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Alex Kovas: Freaky Manimal Model
07.23.2009
12:00 pm
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Alex Kovas (born 1977) is a Russian-British male model in the fitness and fashion industries.   He gained notoriety within the furry fandom after a number of videos featuring Kovas were posted to his YouTube account; the videos depict Kovas posing in a combination of body paint and animal masks.

It’s a little creepy folks!  Do what you will with this:

Humanimal is collaboration between amazingly talented body painter Kirsten Bentley and professional model and actor Alex Kovas. Combining detailed body painting with the use of prosthetics, Humanimal can create a variety of visually stunning animals, for your event using, contact lenses, body paint and ingenious prosthetics to complete the illusion. Humanimal can turn Alex Kovas into a jaguar, panther, lion or any other big cat you could imagine, as well as a range of dogs and even a zebra. All these animals are amazing recreations of the orginal, created with astounding attention detail. humanimal have even recieved praise from a big cat game keeper at a safari park reception they performed at. He commented that the markings displayed by Humanimal`s big cat were as close to the real thing as they could possibly be.

Alex has modelled for a Diesel billboard campaign and has starred in commercials for both Nike and Adidas. He has also performed in Calvin Harris?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
12:00 pm
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Radovan Karadzic?
07.23.2009
11:30 am
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imageYes, THAT Radovan Karadzic, the Serbian politician, poet and accused genocider!

In a tale that will surely go down in the annals of WTF? as one of the weirdest “Where are they now?” stories of all time, Rodavan Karadzic—well we know where he is now, he’s awaiting trial at The Hague—grew a beard and took the alias of Dr. Dragan David Dabi?тİ. Under this name he operated a website offering to treat sexual disorders using what he called Human Quantum Energy. He gave talks on his theories to hundreds of people.

This story is super tweaked:

At the time of his arrest, Dragan Dabi?тİ was fast becoming a minor celebrity in Belgrade. He had his own column in a national magazine. He was a rising star in a Connecticut-based vitamin company. And he was collaborating with a well-known sexologist on a novel form of sperm-rejuvenation therapy.

So after Karadzic was hustled off to The Hague last July to stand trial for war crimes, some knotty questions lingered. I made e-mail contact with Tesanovic, whose antiwar writings became popular in the late ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.23.2009
11:30 am
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The ESPN Porn Scam by Douglas Rushkoff
07.23.2009
10:50 am
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Our friend Douglas Rushkoff has written about the ESPN video virus from an interesting perspective over at Tina Brown’s Daily Beast this morning:

But the Andrews video has also fueled the spread of highly toxic computer viruses, and quite probably financial thievery and terrorism, by hackers who know the real law of the Internet: The closer an Internet user is to a set of videotaped breasts, the more likely he (and 99% of those who fall into this trap are male) will be to click on whatever he’s told to.

Porn has become our enemies’ ultimate control mechanism, turning a nation of late-night Internet horndogs into an unconscious army of cyberterrorists. Talk about sleeper cells.

Nice turn of phrase there, Douglas!

The ESPN Porn Scam by Douglas Rushkoff

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.23.2009
10:50 am
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WE DEMAND…MULTIPLE NETWORK OWNERSHIP!
07.23.2009
10:21 am
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If the parliamentarians in South Korea get this riled up over media reform, I’m left to wonder what a Battle Royale over universal healthcare might look like on our own Senate floor.  I got my eye on you, Baucus.  You look like a podium crasher!

Debate Ends With Massive Brawl in South Korean Parliament

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.23.2009
10:21 am
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PAIN FROM ABOVE.  THANKS, PENTAGON!
07.23.2009
09:30 am
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If, like me, you’re up on your “Active Denial Systems,” you probably know that such systems were (thankfully) relegated to slow-moving earth-crawlers.  Well, leave it to the Pentagon to give these non-lethal microwave emitters wings…er, rotors:

The Pentagon’s enthusiasm for non-lethal crowd-control weapons appears to have stepped up a gear with its decision to develop a microwave pain-infliction system that can be fired from an aircraft.  The device is an extension of its controversial Active Denial System, which uses microwaves to heat the surface of the skin, creating a painful sensation without burning that strongly motivates the target to flee. The ADS was unveiled in 2001, but it has not been deployed owing to legal issues and safety fears.

Nevertheless, the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, has now called for it to be upgraded. The US air force, whose radar technology the ADS is based on, is increasing its annual funding of the system from $2 million to $10 million.

The transmitting antenna on the current system is 2 metres across, produces a single beam of similar width and is steered mechanically, making it cumbersome. At the heart of the new weapon will be a compact airborne antenna, which will be steered electronically and be capable of generating multiple beams, each of which can be aimed while on the move.

Microwave Weapon Will Rain Pain From The Sky

Active Denial Systems on 60 Minutes

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.23.2009
09:30 am
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World’s Youngest Smoker: Awesome
07.23.2009
03:31 am
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Tong Liangliang is only 2 years old and smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. His father first gave him fags at the age of 18 months to help cope with pain from a hernia.

This kid is not only the world’s youngest smoker, but he also has the world’s youngest smoker’s personality. Imagine the social skills he’ll have by the time he’s 15?��Ǩ���the mind boggles to even consider! (Via Bizarre Magazine)

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.23.2009
03:31 am
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The Muppets Wanna Start Nuclear War in a Gay Bar
07.23.2009
12:28 am
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I wonder what all of this is about?


(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
12:28 am
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Drawdio: Turn Almost Anything Into a Theremin
07.22.2009
09:38 pm
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This Drawdio kit can be yours for $17.50 at Adafruit Industries. Creator, Jay Silver talks about Drawdio:

Imagine you could draw musical instruments on normal paper with any pencil (cheap circuit thumb-tacked on) and then play them with your finger. The Drawdio circuit-craft lets you MacGuyver your everyday objects into musical instruments: paintbrushes, macaroni, trees, grandpa, even the kitchen sink…

One day I bought a “harmonium” kit at the street market in Bangalore. I hacksawed the keyboard off to make the first ever Drawdio circuit. We played with it at a local school in the slums using plants, water, our foreheads, etc. My friend told me graphite would work too. Meditating on it, I realized the Drawdio circuit should be literally attached to a pencil to “draw audio,” and that’s where the name came from: Draw + Audio.


Drawdio

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
09:38 pm
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Pulp Book: 70s Style Photography by Neil Krug
07.22.2009
08:54 pm
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I like this this! Pulp Book is collaboration between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The book will feature 200 pulp inspired images. Neil Krug explains his book:

Pulp is an upcoming photo book of psychedelic images made to look like old school paperback covers. The book features supermodel Joni Harbeck exclusively as the heroine in a world of fabricated dramas. Everything in the book has been photographed with expired polaroid film to put across the mood of looking at a beautifully beat to hell dusty LP cover.

Putting this book together has been my favorite project to date. The book reflects our love for artists such as Robert McGinnis, Tanino Liberatore, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and a slew of others. Their work is a major influence for this project.


Pulp by Neil Krug

Mini Interview: Neil Krug

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
08:54 pm
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Hysterical Public Comments Made at Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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We can be rich in cotton and mining metals and silkworms and we can makes things, we can make things cars, the machine can make it for us…on the East Coast they have slaves and they believe in slavery and made in China, but on the West Coast, the new West Coast, we don’t believe in that. We believe in the union and that’s what we are.

(via reddit)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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