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Taste the Unwearables: Food Fashion
07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Style Bubble has a fun post about De Culinaire Werkplaats’ “Taste the Unwearables” edible fashion installation and menu created for fashion week. The designs are made from fruit and vegetable gelatin-based fabrics (no meat, they’re vegetarian.) Style Bubble says, “So we entered and immediately I went on a camera frenzy snapping everything and anything… fruit gelatin-based fabrics form neckpieces, dresses over chicken wire and dried fruit/vegetables make earrings, rings and bracelets. They’re even constructing an edible wedding dress this weekend that will be eaten in a communal feast.”

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Style Bubble’s “Eating with Eyes”

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07.31.2009
08:09 pm
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Atheist Summer Camp for Kids Offers “Godless” Alternative
07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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BBC News posted this wonderfully neutral report about a Summer camp for parents who would prefer that their children not be fed religious propaganda.

It’s hard to imagine something like this on US news. If a story like this was on Fox News, they’d probably make it out like only “bad parents” would send their kids to a camp like this and turn it into some form of child abuse.

For the “centrepiece” of its scientific approach to religion the camp asks its participants to search for two invisible unicorns.

The unicorns cannot be seen or heard, tasted, smelt or touched, they cannot escape from the camp and they eat nothing.

The only proof of their existence is contained in an ancient book handed down over “countless generations.”

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
07:16 pm
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Golan Levin’s Looking At You
07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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The fine people at TED just posted a talk by Carnegie Mellon-based artist and educator, Golan Levin.  One of its more, ahem, eye-catching moments involves Levin’s demonstration of the Opto-Isolator.  As Levin’s website, Flong., explains it:

The sculpture presents a solitary mechatronic blinking eye, at human scale, which responds to the gaze of visitors with a variety of psychosocial eye-contact behaviors that are at once familiar and unnerving.  Among other forms of feedback, Opto-Isolator looks its viewer directly in the eye; appears to intently study its viewer’s face; looks away coyly if it is stared at for too long; and blinks precisely one second after its visitor blinks.

Levin’s entire talk is a fascinating one, and Flong. itself describes a number of his projects, each one exploring “the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity.”

 
Golan Levin @ TED

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
05:23 pm
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Tim and Eric Interview on Vanity Fair.com
07.31.2009
03:49 pm
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Happy to find this long Tim and Eric interview on VanityFair.com. We certainly know which side of the Tim and Eric equation we’re on here at Dangerous Minds. We love them!

You’ve just finished shooting the fifth season of Awesome Show. Is this going to be the big one, when Tim and Eric finally win over the hearts and minds of the mainstream?

Eric Wareheim: Season Cinco represents a very dark side of the Awesome Show series. I think people are going to be very scared and very disturbed by it.

That is the worst pitch for a TV show ever.

Eric Wareheim: Really? You think so?


Q&A: Tim and Eric on Child Abuse, Diarrhea, and Yerba-Mate Tea by Eric Spitznagel

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
03:49 pm
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Public Health Care Now! Send Senator Ben Nelson a Message!
07.31.2009
02:39 pm
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07.31.2009
02:39 pm
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A Trip Through Muzorama
07.31.2009
12:55 pm
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Here’s a delightfully trippy 3-D short based on the work of French illustrator, Jean-Philippe Masson (Muzo).  It’s certainly got a candy-colored shell, but the contents inside smack of something darker!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:55 pm
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A Peek Inside The Vortex Cannon
07.31.2009
12:40 pm
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My Halloweens of yore would sometimes revolve, unwisely, around tin cans, tennis balls, propane and a Bic lighter.  I remember one year quickly shucking off a highly flammable Adidas tracksuit as it started to go up, so, yeah…unwise.  But, oh, what I might have achieved with a Vortex Cannon and its 200 mph “cloud!”  I’m not sure it’s any more safe or stable than what I was packing, but I’ve got a feeling I would have ended my Halloweens with a ton more KitKats.

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:40 pm
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Surviving Camp Runamuck, Mosley’s Rules
07.31.2009
12:15 pm
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Day-to-day economic fluctuations aside, pockets of the country seem to be either dissolving fast, or mutating into something, well, Thunderdomish.  In today’s NYT, Dan Barry’s excellent “This Land” column sketches a portrait of Camp Runamuck in Providence, Rhode Island, a tent city for the homeless governed by its own compact and leadership council.  The subtext, here?  Cities like this, sadly, might soon become an unavoidable part of the American landscape.  With that in mind, the current issue of The Nation includes an article by author Walter Mosley, Ten Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets.  Mosley’s survival tips include everything from how to find food and clothing, to the always needed, always appreciated reminder that, “housing is a human right!”

In the NYT: Living in Tents, and by the Rules, Under a Bridge

Walter Mosley’s Ten Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.31.2009
12:15 pm
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Forgotten film of Goons restored by BFI
07.31.2009
11:03 am
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The British Film Institute has restored a long forgotten short film of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan:

The BFI regards the restoration as a significant one, a “missing link in British comedy history”. The institute’s curator, Vic Pratt, said: “You are able to see them at the beginning of their careers. The film captures the moment as they are about to revolutionise comedy with the Goon Show and it’s really important for that reason.”

A DVD of the film will be released next month and while the movie is, as Pratt admits, “a bit rough around the edges”, it is not as bad as Sellers remembered.

Sellers, in particular, shines in his two roles as an old major and a smooth talking salesman, Arnold P Fringe. “In Peter Sellers, you see a talent that was fully formed from the beginning and he clearly knows how to use the camera,” said Pratt.

 

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In other news about Sellers, an insecure love letter written by the actor is being auctioned off that gives insight into the tempestuous union with his second wife, Swedish beauty Britt Ekland:

He wrote: “I have a dreadful fear at the back of my mind that you might leave me. I love you so desperately, and think you are so absolutely wonderful in every way, that I find it very difficult to understand why you married me. You who are just the most lovely thing in the whole world. What do you see in me? I’m not handsome. I’m not tall. I’m not special in any way.”

He described himself feeling “quite faint and ill and terrible and wretched and awful” as he imagined other actors wanting to sleep with his wife. “Without any doubt I am a raving idiot and I ought to have my head examined.”

Clearly feeling insecure about his marriage, he questioned why such a ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
11:03 am
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Las Vegas City Council Pranked
07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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Bust-a-gut funny video of Second City performer Michael Lehrer pranking the Las Vegas city council. If you laughed at the inadvertently funny remarks from the Santa Cruz city council meeting, you’ll like this, too. Totally deserves to be a hit on Funny or Die!

“I knew I would be very disappointed in myself if I didn?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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