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Is A Woman Eating Alone An Act Of Bravery?
09.06.2009
05:50 pm
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From Ariel Leve of The Sunday Times:

Who knew eating alone was an act of bravery? The other day I was at a restaurant having an early dinner when I got a phone call from a friend. She asked where I was and when I told her she said, ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.06.2009
05:50 pm
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Canonizing Sinead O’Connor
09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Now here’s a woman.

You know this woman is important because she is a member of Fail Valhalla?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Dramatic, Moving Photos from the Los Angeles Fire
09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Nothing to add to this. See the entire photo essay at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Presidential Adviser Shoved Out for Being Intelligent
09.06.2009
03:41 am
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Oh, lord have mercy. Lord have mercy you people!

A White House environmental policy adviser who specialized in “green jobs” resigned on Sunday after an uproar over his previous affiliation with a September 11 conspiracy group.

Van Jones, special adviser on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

The apology did little to quell Republican criticism, however, and President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman gave only tepid support to the adviser on Friday.

1. Lord forbid a person entrusted with thinking clearly think for themselves.

2. Lord forbid they criticize the previous administration (who everybody knows were Lying Curs Who Would Sell Their Own Grandmothers for Toll Bridge Fare).

3. Lord forbid they criticize the opposition party?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.06.2009
03:41 am
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Horny Goat-Headed Nerds of Yore
09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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No, the above picture is not a Cosplayer, Ren Faire-attendee, 4-Chaner, LARPer or furry. That’s an Alpine villager dressed as a Perchten, an attendant of the Slovenian goddess Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba. The costume is part of a midwinter ceremony in which villagers dressed as Perchten tromp through town to scare away evil spirits and stray dead souls.

Wikipedia says:

Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba as is known in Slovenia, an ancient goddess (some claim a connection to the Nordic goddess Freyja, though this is uncertain). Traditionally, the masks were displayed in processions (Perchtenlauf) during the last week of December and first week of January, and particularly on 6 January. The costume consists of a brown wooden mask and brown or white sheep’s skin… The Roman Catholic Church attempted to prohibit the sometimes rampant practise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but later condoned it, resulting in a revival.

Which is evidence to me that being born 800 years before the release of World of Warcraft is no reason not to start playing.

I often suspect that nerd culture, a large majority of which looks to pagan Europe for inspiration?

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09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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Meet Coffin Joe: Brazil’s Freddy Krueger
09.05.2009
11:38 pm
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Paint Drop Sculptures by Chis Dorosz
09.05.2009
11:15 pm
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Artist Chris Dorosz on his incredible sculptures:

imageOut of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).

With this in mind I?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.05.2009
11:15 pm
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Diesel’s SFW Porn Ad
09.05.2009
08:51 pm
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The Viral Factory advertising agency produced this brilliant ad for Diesel. I’m not exactly of the target demo for Diesel products, but I’m certainly impressed by their smart branding efforts and ability to talent scout awesome designers, like whoever is responsible for this amazing bedding:


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Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.05.2009
08:51 pm
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Give the Anarchist a Cigarette: Happy Birthday Mick Farren!
09.05.2009
06:46 pm
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Mick Farren, legendary British counterculture radical, sci-fi/horror author, cultural journalist, critic, blogger and rock ‘n’ roller has had another birthday. I hope it was a happy one!

I couldn’t resist pilfering another of Mick’s rants, they’re just too good, too eloquent and too true:

It?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.05.2009
06:46 pm
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Shall We Cut the Crap?
09.05.2009
06:04 pm
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I loved this rant from Mick Farren’s blog so much that I am reposting it here. I’m 100% in agreement with this. I’ve had enough of these people myself. Nice one, Mick!

Shall we all just stop messing around? Will politicians and the media can the mealy-mouthed acceptance of right wing assholes doing their level damnedest to throw this country into chaos by toting AR15s into public meetings? Shall we stop pretending that any of this is about healthcare or even conventional party politics? All the Fox/Palin/Glenn Beck bullshit, the white trash whining about how they want their country ?
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09.05.2009
06:04 pm
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