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Old Chairs as Functional Music Systems
10.11.2009
01:55 pm
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Clever musical chair designs by artist Mikal Hameed: “By toying with the power of music and endless design possibilities I can brings beats, rhythm, and life into painting, furniture, and mixed media sculpture?

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10.11.2009
01:55 pm
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2012 Is For Suckers and Lapsed Christians
10.11.2009
01:52 pm
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Straightforward article from AP about the 2012 doomsday silliness. Worth reading. The bit about kids and young mothers buying into this BS is sad and depressing.

Pure and simple this is Christian apocalyptism being projected onto the ancient Maya (in retrospect, even!) and various New Age theories (

Gaza Zoo Paints Donkeys to Look Like Zebras
10.11.2009
12:47 pm
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A zoo in Gaza has found a novel way to get around Israeli restrictions on the importation of animals by partly dyeing two donkeys so they resemble zebras.

The owner of the Marah Land zoo in Gaza City said he had used masking tape and black hair dye, applied with a paint-brush, to disguise the white females.

Dye-job donkeys wow Gaza children

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10.11.2009
12:47 pm
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Robotic Dance Competition (1983)
10.11.2009
12:07 pm
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Here’s an amusing robotic dance competition from BBC One magazine-style television series “That’s Life.”

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10.11.2009
12:07 pm
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DMT: The Spirit Molecule
10.10.2009
03:26 pm
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Trailer for a new documentary film called DMT: The Spirit Molecule, based on the book of the same title by Dr. Rick Strassman MD. DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is one of the strongest hallucinogens known to man and each of us has a small amount of it floating around in our brains and blood stream. You can even make it yourself from a handful of a common type of lawn grass, distilled in a shot glass. The film features interviews with Dangerous Minds friends, author Douglas Rushkoff and visionary artist Alex Grey.
 

 
Smoking DMT, as the late Terence McKenna once said, is like getting shot out of a psychedelic canon. I agree. I’ve had some STRANGE experiences on the drug myself. It’s not for the timid, that’s for sure. DMT is not a drug you do for “fun” it’s a means of chemically connecting to an otherworldly “space” inhabited by strange and alien beings. Yes, you read that correctly. Think I’m joking? Smoke some, buster, then we’ll talk…

If you want a really good explanation of what the DMT experience is like, listen to this:
 

 
Bonus clip of Fear Factor’s Joe Rogan talking about his experience: DMT Changes Everything

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10.10.2009
03:26 pm
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Bigfoot and Wildboy
10.10.2009
02:36 pm
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Is Bigfoot a scary, cryptozoological enigma or a crime fighting action hero? Seldom seen Krofft Supershow oddity, Bigfoot and Wild Boy.

Orphaned at a young age, Wildboy was raised in the Pacific Northwest by Bigfoot, a large, hairy man-thing. Together, Bigfoot and Wildboy combated the various forces of evil in their part of the country. Besides being extremely strong, Bigfoot could also use super powered jumps to get to high places or to cover far distances. Helping (and occasionally hindering) Bigfoot and Wildboy were Suzie (first season only), the 12 year old daughter of the Ranger Lucas, and Cindy (second season only), an archeology student.


Thank you Robert Christian Stevens!

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10.10.2009
02:36 pm
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Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Winners
10.10.2009
03:08 am
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Anglerfish ovary by James Hayden from the The Wistar Institute
 
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This section of flower stem was photographed by Gerd Guenther.
 
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This image of olivine within the igneous rock gabbro was taken by Bernardo Cesare.
 
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Arlene Wechezak from Anacortes, Washington, took this image of algae and diatoms.
 
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Veterinary optometrist Havi Sarfaty took this image of discus fish scales.
 
From New Scientist:

Crossing a microscope with a camera gives you a micrograph, a tiny photograph that allows artists and scientists to show the beauty inaccessible to the naked eye. Every year the Small World competition run by optics giant Nikon celebrates this hidden world. This year the winners range from an anglerfish ovary to the sex organs of plants via a rusted old coin.

 
New Scientist: The world’s smallest art prize
 
Small World: 2009 Winners

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10.10.2009
03:08 am
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Sesame Street’s Pitch for Television (1969)
10.09.2009
08:47 pm
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From Time:“The biggest juggernaut in children’s-television history sprang forth from mundane origins. At a Manhattan dinner party in 1966, a Carnegie Foundation executive named Lloyd Morrissett mentioned that his young daughter was so enthralled by television that she would park herself in front of the family’s set to gaze at early-morning test patterns. That story prompted a public-television producer named Joan Cooney to investigate how television could be used to package education as entertainment: “What if it went down more like ice cream than spinach?” The ensuing creation ?

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10.09.2009
08:47 pm
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Cross-Carrying Man Completes Journey
10.09.2009
04:57 pm
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imageAfter five months and 2,500 miles of walking, James Strickland reached the top of Clemons Hill in Central Park with his cross upon his back ?

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10.09.2009
04:57 pm
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Amusing 8-bit “Dallas” Intro
10.09.2009
01:26 pm
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Thanks Iila Alii!

 

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10.09.2009
01:26 pm
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