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24 Jul 17:20

Wraps Are Bullshit, Eat a Sandwich Instead

by Mark Shrayber

pete writes for jezebel now

Fuck wraps. They taste bad, and Big Carb continues to lie to good, honest people by associating wraps with “light eating.” You think eating a wrap for lunch is healthy? You are wrong, chump, and I’d love you to fight me about it.


24 Jul 17:10

Common Is What a Feminist Looks Like

by Kate Dries

Oh hello. It’s me, Common, actor, musician, probable BF of Serena Williams, and owner of an ethically made, we swear! t-shirt that reads “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.”


18 Jul 16:15

Lightning storm ignites Echo Park fires [update @ 11:47 a.m.]

by The Eastsider

Working at the zoo today and it has been ridiculous how much lightning there's been this morning.

Palm trees burning near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street as rain falls | Video by Jonathan Anguiano

ECHO PARK — Lightning strikes from this morning’s powerful thunderstorms ignited at least two small fires in Echo Park, according to firefighters.

The lighting strikes near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street and Baxter and Lemoyne Streets set trees on fire, according to officials at L.A. Fire Station No. 20 in Echo Park (the fire at Lake Shore and Montana had been previously reported as being near Alvarado Street).  In one case, a downpour helped extinguish a burning palm tree, one firefighter said.

Electrical service was knocked out on Lake Shore Avenue following the storm and fires, according to some residents.

Numerous lightning strikes were reported across Los Angeles, including Eagle Rock and near the L.A. River, this morning as tropical storm Dolores moved across Southern California.

Massive lightning storm in #EchoPark caused this fire out our window. Is this end of days?? @LinzHicks

— Laura Zak (@la_wa) July 18, 2015

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street  | Robert Adams

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street | Robert Adams

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17 Jul 20:19

Local Landmarks: The Weird Occult Origins of Downtown LA's Famous Bradbury Building

by Bianca Barragan

Image via Andriana Baker

The timeless, fantastic Bradbury Building at Broadway and Third Street is a much-beloved Downtown Los Angeles landmark, most widely known for its significant appearances in movies including Blade Runner, (500) Days of Summer, and Marlowe, starring the late James Garner. But before it was a popular film set, it was the idea of a gold-mining magnate who really wanted to put his name on a building. His vision led him to turn down a prominent architect and mysteriously commission a totally untrained one instead, and that not-quite-architect, George H. Wyman, turned to ghosts and literature to pull it off. Avery Trufelman, producer of the design and architecture podcast 99 Percent Invisible, talked to Esotouric operators Kim Cooper and Richard Schave about the eerie history of what 99 PI calls "arguably the biggest architectural movie star of Los Angeles."

As the story goes, Lewis Bradbury, a gold-mining millionaire, decided he wanted to build and put his name on a building, so in 1892 he commissioned prominent architect Sumner P. Hunt, who alone and with partners would design the Southwest Museum, the Ebell Club, the Automobile Club in University Park, and loads of private homes for wealthy clients throughout the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Hunt prepared some plans for the proposed building, but when Bradbury visited the office to check them out, he wasn't taken with any of them. Here's where things get weird.

As Bradbury was leaving the office, he noticed Hunt's draftsman, a young man named George H. Wyman. Wyman had zero training or experience as an architect at this point, but Bradbury still, for reasons not really known to anyone, walked up to Wyman and offered him the chance to design a big, fancy, half-million-dollar office building.

Image via Michael Locke

Wyman was initially and justifiably "weirded out." He was totally unqualified for the job, and in taking the commission, he would essentially be stealing a client from his boss. Unsure of how to proceed, Wyman decided to consult someone wiser: his dead brother. Wyman employed a planchette, which looks exactly like the thing that everyone puts their hands on to navigate a Ouija board—the planchette has a pencil attached, and so instead of indicating letters one by one, it writes out whole words and sentences. (At the time, spiritualism was very much in fashion and, says Cooper, planchettes "would typically be consulted when someone had an issue that they wanted some guidance on." )

In Wyman's case, he and his wife sat down together, put their hands on the planchette, and asked Wyman's dead brother whether or not to take the job. The mystical device wrote out—"in a very childish, script hand," Cooper explains—the phrase "take Bradbury … you will be … ." After that, there was a word that at first appeared to be gibberish, but when read upside-down, it supposedly said "successful." Take Bradbury and you will be successful? Ok! Dead brother came through, and the job was a go.

And Wyman was successful. The Bradbury was such an invigorating project that he eventually went to school and became an actual architect. As for Wyman's first big commission, the Bradbury has a kind of timeless versatility that's led it to play a diverse set of locations—a Burmese hotel, a seedy office building, a futuristic ruin.

Image via Shabdro Photo

It's said that Wyman's inspiration for the building's design was directly inspired by a novel, Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy, a popular science fiction novel about a utopian society that was published in 1888. A passage from that book describes this incredible building in the future (which, in those days, was 2000): "a vast hall full of light received not alone from the windows on all sides, but from the dome."
· Episode 172: On Location [99PI]
· Bradbury Building [Curbed LA]

15 Jul 21:15

Things I Assume Happened In True Detective S2

because I haven’t seen it

1) naked lady in front of a very depressed, morose man

2) is this man smoking a cigarette? Maybe not at that moment, but later

3) Colin Farrell is so puzzled about a dead body he puts his hand on his mouth to touch his stache

4) Vince Vaughn acts serious, like he did in that movie where maybe Jennifer Lopez gets into his mind, because he is a serious serial killer

5) A woman makes dinner for her husband in yellow lighting, and the yellow lighting means that it’s a grim situation to be married to a woman

6) There is definitely a sex scene, probably preceding a bar scene where somebody drinks whiskey very fast, and nobody is truly enjoying the sex, except the woman because she’s not very smart

7) serious ass shot in the shower to grim country music

8) the person you are watching this makes a joke about who the true detectives should have been, and it’s an extremely overplayed joke

9) somebody puts a gun in a drawer. For some reason this happens in every show about detectives, if it hasn’t yet just you wait

10) somebody looks at a bunch of photos and evidence on a wall at a police station, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t add up

11) but it might add up enough to talk to this lunatic who definitely didn’t commit the murders, even though he’s like, a weird pervert

12) somebody’s very invested in this dead body, so invested dare I say it’s infesting their personal life and relationships. But it’s always been this way. It’s always been this way because they are a detective, that’s all they are. The last of the true detectives.

13) somebody else says “should we keep watching this?” and then the last five minutes are exciting, just like every damn HBO show in the world, and then it ends with a song

18 Jul 17:00

“My first indication that something was off was an email from a colleague: ‘Congratulations on your

by Stassa Edwards

“My first indication that something was off was an email from a colleague: ‘Congratulations on your cool science result getting some press. Also congrats on the apparently successful gender reassignment surgery.’” An astronomer writes about the entire media assuming she was a man after her research went viral.


13 Jul 15:40

Sylvester Stallone: Rambo will fight ISIS in Last Blood

by (Ryu Spaeth)

no word yet on whether the soundtrack will be provided by military veteran shaggy

Who says Rambo, the volatile veteran of the Vietnam War with a chip on his massive shoulder, isn't relevant?

Sylvester Stallone on Monday announced at Comic-Con in San Diego that the latest installation in the Rambo franchise, Last Blood, will see John Rambo take on the Islamic State.

"We have teams scouting Iraq and parts of Syria where ISIS have their greatest strongholds," Stallone said, according to The Independent. "We're working with the locals there to help deliver the most intense and realistic Rambo movie experience ever."

That hardly means the plot of Last Blood is set in stone. Stallone previously said the movie would be set in Mexico, a Rambo-ized version of No Country for Old Men.

Update: Looks like Stallone didn't actually say this. The Independent and others based their reports on a hoax site.

20 Jun 11:54

Tiny Primate Has a Really Tiny Baby at Columbus Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

A very tiny primate at the Columbus Zoo had a very tiny baby on June 9!  Pygmy Slow Lorises weigh only one pound as adults, and their babies weigh only a few ounces but are born fully-developed and with eyes wide open.

11428237_10152971562502106_5357639955651629422_oPhoto Credit:  Columbus Zoo

First-time parents Gouda and Muenster were paired through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.  The baby’s gender is not yet known, but it is already climbing with mom Gouda in the zoo’s nocturnal house. 

These little Lorises are not monkeys, but belong to a group of primates called prosimians.  Prosimians include Lemurs, Lorises, Aye-ayes, and Tarsiers.  Slow Lorises produce a toxin from scent glands on their elbows.  When alarmed, they lick the scent glands so the toxin becomes mixed with their saliva, rendering bite from these animals dangerous.

During the day, Pygmy Slow Lorises sleep curled up in the treetops. At night, they emerge to forage for leaves, fruits, and insects.

Pygmy Slow Lorises are native to southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their habitat was devastated during the Vietnam War, and they are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  

30 Jun 15:37

How do you get a car out of the L.A. River?

by The Eastsider
car being removed from  la river under 2 freeway. anthea raymond (1)

Photo by Anthea Raymond

Rescue crews were mobilized this morning after a car was found in the L.A. River under the 2 Freeway near Elysian Valley. But rescuers found no passengers inside or persons nearby. The only thing to do was to wait until the vehicle was towed out of the water by a heavy-duty L.A. Fire Department truck and then dragged up the concrete embankment.  Anthea Raymond took shots of the scene.


Photo by Anthea Raymond

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Photo by Anthea Raymond

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30 Jun 13:56

Tiny Java Mouse Deer Debuts at Artis Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

1_Java mousedeer Foto Edwin Butter

Natura Artis Magistra, in the Netherlands, is home to a newly born Java Mouse Deer. The Java Mouse Deer (Tragulus javanicus) is a species of even-toed ungulate from the family Tragulidae. At maturity it reaches the size of a rabbit, making it one of the smallest ungulates on earth.

2_Java mousedeer 3 Foto Edwin Butter

3_Java mousedeer 2 Foto Edwin ButterPhoto Credits: Edwin Butter / Artis Royal Zoo

Mouse Deer are native to forests of South and Southeast Asia, with a single species in the rainforests of Central and West Africa. The species residing at Artis is native to the Indonesian island of Java. Although other Mouse Deer in Southeast Asia are very similar to the Javan species, researchers determined there are enough differentials to consider the Java Mouse Deer a completely separate species.

Although called a deer, they do not grow antlers. Both sexes have elongated canine teeth, but they are especially prominent in males, where they project out on either side of the lower jaw. These teeth become effective weapons for the males in fights over females. The Asian species typically weigh between 1.5 and 17.6 lbs (0.7 and 8.0 kg).

Java Mouse Deer are primarily herbivores. Their diet consists primarily of that which is found on the ground in the dense vegetation they prefer to inhabit.

Mouse Deer are timid and solitary, but they often live in pairs. The young fawns are weaned at about three months of age and reach sexual maturity between five and ten months.

The Java Mouse Deer is currently classified as “Data Deficient” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The data deficiency is due to the inconclusiveness regarding the distinct separation of the Tragulus species, in addition to the lack of information on Tragulus javanicus. Although listed as “Data Deficient”, it is highly probable that a decline in the number of Java Mouse Deer, in the wild, is occurring and the IUCN status could easily change to “Vulnerable” in the near future.

25 Jun 15:59

Rogue model protests Angela Merkel by unfurling handwritten death-threat note during runway show

by Hunter Harris

"Please Kill Angela Merkel — Not," read a passive-aggressive hand-scrawled sign held up by a rogue model during a Rick Owens fashion show in Paris Thursday.

A statement released immediately following the stunt — committed by a model identified as Jera by Women's Wear Daily — explained that Owens had no part in the silent protest of the German chancellor. "Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens."

Rogue model holds up 'please kill Angela Merkel' flag at Paris Fashion Week show

— The Independent (@Independent) June 25, 2015

Owens, a noted designer popular among hip-hop's fashion intelligentsia (Kanye West and Jay Z are fans), is no stranger to controversy — he made headlines last season when several of his designs exposed parts of his model's penises — but the stunt seemed a bridge too far for the designer. "It's a crazy, rogue, f--king model that I punched when he came back out," Owens told WWD. "Please say that I punched him," he added.

Ironically, Owens also said the collection, called "Cyclops," has an underlying theme of understanding and dismantling male aggression.

26 Jun 15:50

Campfire Baked Bananas At Home

by joythebaker

Campfire Bananas At Home

I can just smell the campfire now.  I can feel that tinge of burn in my eyes from the smoke, and I can hear the John Denver.  

Campfires remind me of the last nights of sleep away summer camp.  When I sat with a group of girls… girls who just a week earlier had been complete strangers, now absolute best friends… bidding farewell to our Summer time together, wondering how we’d ever live without each other, without craft hour, without the flagpole song, without the knot workshop, without sliding down the big hill on a giant block of ice.  Just HOW will we go on?  

We’d sing Leaving on a Jet Plane and cry… all the way CRY and promise friendship and love and more summers to come.  Then we’d eat these bananas gooey chocolate and marshmallow bananas, sleep one last night in our bunks, fold up our sleeping bags (impossible for child hands), and wait for our parents to come  pick us up to take us back to home-summer with all of its daytime television and chores (uuugh chores).  

I’m still figuring out how to recreate that campfire feeling here in New Orleans.  I think it’s too humid for fire.  Is that a thing?  I think, yes.  Luckily, I have an oven that heats itself with fire and I can hustle up the most gooey part of my memories: baked bananas, in foil, with a glorious mess of toppings.   

Campfire Bananas At Home

Bananas and foil, an easy place to start.  

Crank the heat in your oven, chop some pistachios, crumble up some Oreo cookies, dig the sprinkles out of the pantry, and pour some of your favorite cold cereal.  All em toppings!  That was easy! 

Campfire Bananas At Home

Bananas are sliced down the center and aggressively stuffed with milk chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.  

Seal the foil around each individual banana.  Seal it well so none of the melting chocolate seeps out of the corners.  Throw the little banana packages on a baking sheet and bake until melted through and softened.  

Campfire Bananas At Home

Pick your poison (not literally…).  What kind of topping fiend are you?  I’m a sprinkle, pistachio, Oreo kind of girl.  All of em, without shame.  

Carefully balance the hot banana bundle on your lap, crank the John Denver, and take yourself back to summer camp.  It’s a good life.  

Campfire Bananas At Home
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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What You'll Need
  1. Bananas, ripe and peeled
  2. Tin foil
  3. Milk chocolate chips
  4. Mini marshmallows
  5. Chopped pistachios
  6. Rainbow sprinkles
  7. Crumbled Oreos
  8. Sugary cold cereal
  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice bananas down the center vertically. Wrap individually in foil. Top each banana with chocolate chips and marshmallow. Seal the foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until chocolate and marshmallow has melted and the bananas are softened slightly.
  3. Remove from the oven, carefully open the foil and top with whatever toppings you'd like. Enjoy and Happy Summer!
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26 Jun 18:00

The Super-Conductive Lexus Slide Hoverboard

by Gregory Han

The Super-Conductive Lexus Slide Hoverboard

Did Lexus just go full-on Marty McFly (“Hellloooo?!”) and somehow figure out how to defy gravity in skateboard form? The luxury automaker unveiled a teaser video offering a very quick peek of the Slide, a hoverboard supposedly capable of floating independently via magnetic levitation. The movie-dream-turned-reality was devised using liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent superconducting magnets inside the chunky deck (the wispy plumes of smoke visible emanating from the board’s sides hint of the superconduction happening within). It’s chockfull of “super” stuff indeed, but Lexus claims it’s no hoax.

But alas, this invention comes with some notable caveats: since it operates magnetically, the Slide only does its magic while above steel surfaces. It also will stop floating when the tank of liquid nitrogen is tapped. And most importantly, Lexus has made it clear the board is for “demonstration purposes only”, designed as a working exploratory concept for an ad campaign being filmed in Spain… and to get us all talking and dreaming about hoverboards for a little longer.


From Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International:

That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the Hoverboard project. It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.


27 Jun 15:00


by TheKitchyKitchen

BEVERLY HILLS S'MORES // The Kitchy Kitchen

Summertime immediately conjures up images of the camp fire, jamborees, kumbaya echoing off the trail, and of course, scary stories being told over toasted marshmallows, sandwiched into s’mores. One of the creepiest campfire stories I’ve heard goes like this…

It was a cold and rainy day in March. I went to Kristoff’s where I usually get my hair done but Kristoff wasn’t there. He had mysteriously disappeared. In his place was a stranger named Rinaldo. I’ll never forget him. His eyes were steely gray. His hands were like ice. He said, “I’ll streak your hair and I’ll give you a body wave.” He worked very fast and then, as he turned my chair around to face the mirror, I saw it. He permed me!

NOOOOOOOO!!!! I know, the horror, right? This little anecdote is from one of the best summer movies ever (high praise, I know, but completely earned) Troop Beverly Hills.  It follows the wilderness incompetent Troop Beverly Hills as they try to earn patches and sell cookies to make it to the jamboree. The villains are the deliciously titled Culver City Red Feathers, there are fashion shows, a baby Jenni Lewis as the main kid, and old school Craig T. Nelson rocking the OG dad bod. So much body hair.

But the best part of the movie has to be Shelly Long’s hysterical performance as Phyllis Nefler. Between her cigarette holder and designer khaki uniform, she’s like if Patton stumbled into Dynasty. Her indefatigable optimism pushes the troop past every obstacle, always in style. Plus, there’s dialogue like this:

Phyllis: Oh, what glorious patches!

Jamie: Thank you, ma’am.

Phyllis: Where can I buy them?

Cleo: Ma’am, you don’t buy them, you earn them.

Phyllis: Oh! Like jewelry!

Inspired by the blend of scouting and shopping, I created a Troop Beverly Hills S’more. Champagne marshmallows, chocolate sables, candied kumquats, and obviously, GOLD. These are decadent, and more appropriate in the Polo Lounge than the great outdoors, but still so fun. Enjoy!

BEVERLY HILLS S'MORES // The Kitchy Kitchen

BEVERLY HILLS S'MORES // The Kitchy Kitchen


For one 9 x 13 inch baking pan of marshmallows

about 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup hot water, divided

3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup champagne

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Oil bottom and sides of a 13 by 9 inch rectangular metal baking pan and heavily dust the bottom and sides with some powdered sugar.

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, pour in a ½ cup hot water and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.

In a medium heavy saucepan combine the white sugar, corn syrup, and remaining hot water over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240 degrees, after about 12 minutes. A word to the wise, this happens very very quickly. While I turned around to tidy up, the entire batch jumped to 275 and burned, so once the thermometer reads 200, keep a close watch, and take it off the heat when it reaches 238. The thermometer should still creep up to 240 after that. Remove the pan from heat and pour sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.

With the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on high speed until pale white, thick and nearly tripled in volume, about 6 minutes if using standing mixer. In a large bowl separately beat the egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Add the whites, champagne, and vanilla extract into the sugar mixture until it is just combined (about 2 minutes). Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and sift a thin layer of powdered sugar evenly over top. Let the marshmallow set uncovered, until firm, at least three hours, and up to 1 day.

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto large cutting board. Lifting up 1 corner of inverted pan, with fingers loosen marshmallow and let drop onto cutting board. With a large knife trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallows into roughly 1-inch cubes. Sift remaining powdered sugar into a large bowl and add marshmallows in batches, tossing to evenly coat. Marshmallow keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


6 ounces unsalted butter, room temp

1/2 cup white sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup grated or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Gold Leaf, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350F.  With a mixer on medium speed, blend together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the mixer gradually on a low speed. Add the vanilla and chocolate and blend until the dough becomes a rich, dark brown. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (the dough will keep, wrapped in plastic, for up to one week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer)

Roll out the dough 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured work surface into a 6-by-7-inch rectangle. Using a ruler, square the edges as much as possible. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch squares. Place them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes and cool completely on a rack. Build the s’more and sprinkle with gold leaf.


1 pound kumquats

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice


Boil together until syrupy. Pour off and seal.

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24 Jun 15:00

Fuzzy Pixels: New Robotic “Mirrors” by Daniel Rozin

by David Behringer

Fuzzy Pixels: New Robotic “Mirrors” by Daniel Rozin

Israeli-American artist Daniel Rozin defies the laws of technology again with new robotic “mirrors” at bitforms gallery in New York. Like his exhibition featured here two years ago, Rozin uses objects as physical pixels, each moving on an individual motor to “reflect” whatever stands in front of them. The result is a low-resolution, non-digital video screen made of objects.

Photographs don’t do the magic of these high-tech artworks justice, so enjoy a video of each artwork after the still images.

PomPom Mirror, 2015

PomPom Mirror, 2015

PomPom Mirror, 2015 (detail)

PomPom Mirror, 2015 (detail)

In PomPom Mirror above, Rozin uses 928 “faux fur pom poms” that push in front or behind each other to create a high-contrast, black and white image of the viewer. The expansion of the “pixels” feels like ink soaking through the back of a paper towel.

Below, Penguins Mirror contains 450 plush toys that rotate 360 degrees to cast your shadow with their white bellies. Step away from either sculpture for a moment, and they will enter a sort-of “screen saver” mode that’s equally entrancing.

Penguins Mirror, 2015

Penguins Mirror, 2015

Penguins Mirror, 2015 (detail)

Penguins Mirror, 2015 (detail)

I’ve been viewing Rozin’s work for nearly 10 years now, watching a progression from wood, to rust, and now fuzz.  These new softer sculptures hit me differently – and not just because of the material. These new works are significantly slower/delayed than early works with far lower “resolution”. My immediate thought was that he was moving backwards, losing the magic of instant and accurate reflection. Standing in front of them however, I found myself interacting with them differently and seeing more. The delay encouraged me to stand motionless for a second, waiting to be captured and watching the process as much as the result. Though no more than 1 or 2 seconds delayed, I suddenly felt like I was sitting for a portrait at a time when cameras took hours to capture a sitter and when taking a “selfie” was an event and a privilege in itself.

Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror, 2014

Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror, 2014

The show also contains a couple of fully digital works that “reflect” you on flat-screen monitors. Sketching you slowly with strange algorithms of charcoal-esque lines, these require you to stand motionless for about 8 seconds, or simply play with the abstraction of your own movement.

Daniel Rozin’s works look at you as much as you look at them. They don’t simply capture your movement, they affect and modify it. If you’re in New York, go experience these in person. And I hate to say it, but bring your iPhone, because these make for some amazing selfies.

What: Daniel Rozin: Decent With Modification
Where: bitforms gallery, 131 Allen Street, New York
When: May 13 – July 1, 2015

All Photographs courtesy bitforms gallery, New York. Photographed by John Berens.

19 Jun 15:54

Yes! Unauthorized '90210' movie coming to Lifetime


We got interviewed by HLN to talk about the upcoming 90210 movie.

Dust off your I8A4RE license plates!

"Beverly Hills, 90210" premiered nearly 25 years ago -- October 4, 1990 to be exact -- and if the quarter-century mark wasn't enough of a reason to celebrate, Lifetime has announced plans to make an "unauthorized" TV movie about the beloved series. 

Lifetime greenlit the project on the heels of two other "unauthorized" stories: last year's "Saved By the Bell" tell-all and a "Full House" movie set to debut in August.

"The Unauthorized 'Beverly Hills, 90210' Story" will delve into Seasons 1-4 (a.k.a. The Brenda Years), so for those doing the math that's the high school years (good ol' West Bev -- Go Wildcats!) plus the first year of college (good ol' equally fictional California University -- Go Condors!). According to the Hollywood Reporter, "the project will show the roller coaster ride of the teen soap's first four seasons, particularly the drama between cast members and producers both on and off-set. The movie will also shed light on the show's several near-cancellations and its subsequent rise to ratings hit and pop culture phenomenon."

We can't wait to see this dramatization of the behind-the-scenes tales of the young (and not so young, *cough* 32-year-old playing a high school senior *cough*) castmates whose careers were launched by the soapy teen drama: Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Gabrielle Carteris.

No airdate has been released yet, but there's oodles we already wanna know about "The Unauthorized 'Beverly Hills, 90210' Story": What's with the on-set hookups we've heard so much (yet nearly not enough) about? What were the exact circumstances behind Doherty's departure from the series? Who will be cast as the cast? Will the film address the fact that the character of Kelly went through a disproportionate number of tragedies, even for a soap (fire, cult, rape, shooting, kidnapping, cocaine)? 

HLN spoke to Lizzie and Kat, hosts of "The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat!," a weekly podcast (named after West Beverly Hills High School's newspaper) dedicated to the original "Beverly Hills, 90210," about their wish list surrounding the zip getting the "unauthorized" treatment. They'd like to know "the circumstances surrounding the Season 2 departure of Douglas Emerson (known to fans as Scott Scanlon), who began the series as a regular cast member, but was written off in a sensational and unforgettable episode, 'The Next Fifty Years.' There's still a lot of urban legends surrounding his decision to leave the most popular teen show of the time, never to act again. We wonder what he's up to now!"
Lizzie and Kat, who both started watching "Beverly Hills, 90210" at "inappropriately young" ages during the series' initial 10 season, 1990-2000 run on Fox bonded over binge-watching the DVDs in college and have been dedicated fans ever since. Describing their podcast as "satirical but heartfelt," they dissect a different episode every week. 
Lizzie and Kat also have a message for Lifetime.
"We're willing and available to cameo in even the smallest roles in the Lifetime, or any other, adaptation of 90210. We especially think we'd be a great fit to play Shelly and Trina, the scheming vixens who steal Steve's Corvette in season one. Casting decisions aside, we'll be tuning in no matter what."
Do you plan on tuning in? That was a trick question. Of course you'll be watching. But how will you prepare? Might we suggest you belt out a few chants of "Donna Martin graduates,"grill up a Megaburger (don't forget the Bermuda onion! Or both American and Swiss cheeses), dance like a fool to Billy Idol's "Mony Mony," and last but not least, swing by your local convenience store and tell them you'd like to exchange an egg.
15 Jun 07:01

028 Maris Kreizman - The Party Fish


Some of y'all like Slaughterhouse 90210, right? She got drunk with us and talked soaps.

Maris Kreizman, the brain behind the amazingly literary pop culture blog (and soon to be a book!) Slaughterhouse 90210 is our guest on this week’s episode of The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat. Together we talk about a shared love for Beverly Hills 90210 and equally strong disdain for Brandon Walsh’s self-righteousness, all while trying to figure out exactly what is going on in this Beach Club episode of season two.

All of Maris’ BH90210 related posts can be found here. Shout-out to listener blogs A Complete Waste of Makeup and The Anonymous Woman!

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What we were drinking: a nice bottle of red wine that I forgot to write down
What we were eating: an assortment of cheese & crackers


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04 Jun 14:13

What is Maple Water?

by Nicole

What is Maple Water?

Maple syrup is one of the most delicious sweeteners that you can have in your kitchen. It is made by collecting the sap from maple trees, then boiling that sap down to concentrate its natural sugars and flavors. The sap that actually comes out of the maple tree is much thinner than the finished syrup. That sap is being packaged and sold as “maple water,” touted as a tasty new – all natural – way to hydrate. The maple water, which is becoming more widely available, is slightly more viscous than water and has a touch of cloudiness to it, though it is almost clear. Just as coconut water has a hint of coconut flavor to it, this drink has a hint of maple flavoring to it, though it is not particularly sweet by itself. It is tasty, but, like coconut water, some will like it more than others.

Some attribute various health benefits to drinking maple water, but there has been very little research to support claims that drinking the water will do anything other than help you rehydrate on a hot day. For someone who likes maple syrup, however, this beverage is a very interesting change of pace from “plain” water and just might get you drinking a bit more water during the day than you might otherwise.

06 Jun 10:41

Shy Pudu Fawn Born at Bristol Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman


A baby Pudu, the world's smallest species of deer, was born at the United Kingdom’s Bristol Zoo in May.



Photo Credit:  Bob Pitchford

Weighing only about two pounds at birth, Pudu fawns have distinctive white-spotted markings on their backs, which help provide camouflage from predators. Because the zoo staff can’t get too close to the fawn yet, they don’t know its gender.  The fawn is being raised by its mother.

Pudus are native to lowland temperate rainforests in Chile and southwest Argentina.  They are usually active at night, when they emerge to feed on leaves, bark, and fallen fruit.  In the wild, Pudu populations are declining as their rain forest habitat is cleared for cattle ranching and other human development.  The Bristol Zoo participates in an international conservation breeding program for the species. Pudus are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

See more photos of the Pudu fawn below.




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by Sarah Waite


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03 Jun 20:31

Wine with your Taco Bell Sriracha Quesarito? The chain is testing alcohol options

by Jenn Harris
Taco Bell is where you might end up post-midnight, drunk on vodka Redbulls, but some new additions to the menu could get you into the Mexican fast food chain before dark.  
13 May 18:00

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

by Jill Layton

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution

In case ordering pizza over the phone or the web is too time-consuming/exhausting for you (which we totally get — sometimes when you want pizza, one minute cannot be spared), beginning May 20, all you need to do is tweet Domino’s your order, and they’ll deliver.

USA Today broke the pizza news yesterday, announcing that Domino’s will be the first major pizza chain to use Twitter as a “tweet-to-order” system. Pizza is a delivery industry, and for Domino’s, 50% of their sales already take place digitally — so this move just makes sense for them. It also makes sense for us—we’re hungry and on Twitter usually at the same time, and usually always.

Domino’s has it down so you don’t even have to use WORDS to order your pizza. All you need to do is tweet a pizza emoji and the hashtag #EasyOrder to @Dominos and they’ve got you covered.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to publicly post your address and credit card info. You just need to set up a profile with your Twitter handle at Domino’s. Done and done.

The post You can now order pizza on Twitter, because evolution appeared first on HelloGiggles.

13 May 18:14

Thanks to hipster chefs, beard hair nets are now a thing

by Lauren Hansen

pretty sure ethnic food industry workers have been doing this since before "hipster chefs"

While there is no concrete data on the number of urban male chefs cooking while sporting massive facial hair, I can tell you in Brooklyn, New York, where I live, you can't swing a pair of vintage suspenders without hitting a bearded chef.

And it seems I'm not alone. "Big beards are booming," says Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley. In the food world, where hygiene is key, what's a restaurant to do about this burgeoning style trend that could introduce unsavory bacterium to a diner's plate? Enter: The beard hair net. Yes, the same thing your school lunch lady wore over her head is now being spread across some chefs' chins. And there's anecdotal evidence the facial hair-net trend is growing faster than a high schooler's mustache.

"As someone who dines out a couple hundred meals annually, I've seen beard snoods this year crop up in small independent restaurants and big corporate chains," Reiley says.

In fact, a few food industry players have already instituted a hygiene rule for beards. A manager for the Florida region Whole Foods Market tells the Tampa Bay Times their official policy states that "beards and mustaches longer than 1/2 inch must also be in a restraint and anything under 1/2 inch in length are not required to be covered."

Interested? Buy a pack of 100 beard hair nets today for just $3.24.

11 May 07:01

023 Charles Rosin - Season One Wrap Up


this episode has gotten crazy high downloads

We feel extremely privileged to be wrapping up season one of The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat with an interview with Charles Rosin, executive producer of Beverly Hills 90210 for its first five seasons. Join us as we chat with him about the behind-the-scenes creative process of creating the show in its first season, and talk a bit about the legacy of 90210 on our listeners’ lives today, 25 years later.

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What we were drinking: coffee and boba from Urth Caffe
What we were eating: Passover-friendly coconut macaroons, fruit, and matzo


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06 May 16:54

Woman saves herself from hostage situation by ordering pizza

by Meghan DeMaria

A Florida woman who was being held at knifepoint by her boyfriend has Pizza Hut to thank for her safety.

Cheryl Treadway's boyfriend Ethan Nickerson took her phone away and was holding her hostage, but Treadway somehow convinced him to let her order a pizza mid-confrontation. Treadway opened up the Pizza Hut app, and in the "special instructions" section where most people would request extra cheese or napkins, she wrote "911hostage help!" and "Please help! Get 911 to me."

When the restaurant received the order, a cook told the manager about the instructions. The Pizza Hut employees called 911, and the the Highland County Sheriff's Office sent a team of deputies to remove Treadway and her children from the house.

Florida's WFLA reports that Nickerson "may have been high on meth" during the situation. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment, and obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement.

28 Apr 15:00

Ringly Is Wearble Notification Under Glamorous Guise

by Gregory Han

Ringly Is Wearble Notification Under Glamorous Guise

Maybe you’re old enough to remember a time when people used to tie a piece of string around their finger as a reminder. That’s the closest approximation of what Ringly brings to this era of Google calendars, messaging, emails, and maybe even the occasional phone call. It’s technology which doesn’t look like technology at all, reminding how quickly tech is increasingly expanding into the realm of fashion.


Designed under the guise of traditional jewel-adorned rings, the attractive semi-precious stone pieces hides a light and vibration notification feature, wirelessly communicating via an app-enabled smartphone. In this way Ringly allows wearers to stay connected via Bluetooth LE, but only as needed. Users can keep their phones put away in pocket, purse, or drawer instead of always distractingly in hand. In this sense Ringly is a functional fashion accessory which severs obsessive glance-every-minute habits, yet looks attractively like any other piece of jewelry, the primary motivation of founder Christina Mercando to “make technology beautiful“.

The Ringly app supports notification for iOS and Android phone calls, texts, emails, out-of-range-from-phone notifications, calendar alerts and social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and Uber.

The Ringly app supports notification for iOS and Android phone calls, texts, emails, out-of-range-from-phone notifications, calendar alerts and social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, and Uber.

RINGLY-BlackOnyx - LR

RINGLY-Emerald - LR

RINGLY-PinkSapphire - LR

RINGLY-Rainbow Moonstone - LR

Ringly's launch collection includes: Daydream with Rainbow Moonstone, Wine Bar with Pink Sapphire, Stargaze with Black Onyx, Into the Woods with Emerald, and a limited edition Dive Bar with Tourmalated Quartz

Ringly’s launch collection includes: Daydream with Rainbow Moonstone,
Wine Bar with Pink Sapphire, Stargaze with Black Onyx, Into the Woods with Emerald, and a limited edition Dive Bar with Tourmalated Quartz

Alongside notifying wearers using customizable light and vibration patterns for incoming calls, messages, and updates with from up to 30 feet away, Ringly aids in the event you accidentally leave your phone. The rings are also waterproof, with a battery life between 24-48 hours during normal use. A smart detail is the ring case in which each Ringly is shipped operates as the device’s charging station.

At the moment Ringly’s sole feature is notification from phone to finger. But the developer hints at “additional functions in the coming months”, like unlocking car doors, sleep tracking, or wireless pay. The question will be whom will be the first person to propose with a Ringly…and will they say, “yes”?

24 Apr 23:59

Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean

by Carly Lane


Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean

Just a lost sea lion hitchhiking his way back to the ocean
13 Apr 07:01

019 Dave Holmes - April is the Cruelest Month


Dave is so great and you should listen to this.


We’re thrilled to be joined by Dave Holmes on The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat this week, pop culture maven and former MTV VJ, host of the International Waters podcast, and host of the travel show American Canvas. After a nostalgia-fueled lovefest, we dive into the episode “April is the Cruelest Month,” featuring guest star Matthew Perry in a role inspired by the real-life crime story of the Menendez Brothers. Then, we discuss the SATs, and, the return of dong talk! Also, Donna Martin has dyslexia.

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What we were drinking: wine and vodka and juice and too much
What we were eating: cupcakes!

Read Dave’s writing at Esquire and Vulture, and see him host the monthly trivia show The Friday Forty at the Nerdist theater in Los Angeles!


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17 Apr 13:55

“After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people...

“After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart’s impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble.”

― Richard Russo, Empire Falls

04 Apr 11:56

Two Clouded Leopards Born at Nashville Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

they look so bored

Cub with keeper 2015 - Amiee Stubbs

Two Clouded Leopard cubs born at the Nashville Zoo will help build a sustainable population of these vulnerable cats.

The cubs, both female, were born on March 13 and March 18 and are being hand raised together.

Clouded Cubs March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs

Profile March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs
Single cub March 2015 - Amiee Stubbs
Photo Credit:  Amiee Stubbs

“Nashville Zoo is on the forefront of Clouded Leopard care and conservation,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “The birth of these two cubs aids in our conservation efforts and benefits the long-term plan to create a sustainable captive population.”

Clouded Leopards are notoriously reclusive, which makes introducing the cats to potential mates a dangerous proposition.  In fact, male Clouded Leopards have been known to attack and kill potential female partners. To reduce these fatal attacks, Clouded Leopard cubs are hand raised and introduced to their future mates at a young age. Since 2009, 26 Clouded Leopards have been raised at the Nashville Zoo and have gone on to live and reproduce at zoos worldwide.

Clouded Leopards are considered Vulnerable to extinction due to deforestation, poaching and the pet trade. As a founding member of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium, Nashville Zoo works with organizations around the world to improve husbandry, breeding, and genetic diversity for this species.