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07 Oct 21:19

Miniature Star Wars Chocolate Desserts Now on Secret LA Pastry Menu

by Farley Elliott

One LA pastry chef is slightly obsessed.

Love Star Wars? Well now’s the perfect time to eat your feelings, as Downtown Los Angeles restaurant Faith & Flower unveils a limited-time off-menu dessert tray based on the massive movie franchise.

A mignardise plate, of course, comprises a series of small one-bite dessert options, usually involving chocolate, cookies, and other simple stuff. Not so at Faith & Flower, where pastry chef Josh Graves is taking the opportunity to meticulously handcraft everything from a dark (read: evil) chocolate Death Star bon-bon to a frozen block of chocolate ‘carbonite’ carrying the encased outline of Han Solo himself.

The coup de grace may well be the gray Millennium Falcon, which is predictably also made from chocolate, but has more detail than you ever thought possible. Thin, perfectly scaled, and astonishingly intricate, the bite-sized bit of dessert is only for the hardcore fans — or, y’know, anyone with a sweet tooth.

Rumor has it this is a limited-time only sort of thing available off menu until December, thanks no doubt to the skill and time it takes to create. But the next time you’re in the mood for an absinthe-candied lightsaber or caramel-filled Darth Vader head, at least you’ll know where to guide your X-wing.

Our chocolate Millenium Falcon: It's the bonbon that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

A photo posted by Faith & Flower (@faithandflower) on

02 Oct 13:15

Nicholas Brendon Arrested Again

by Enty


Nicholas Brendon, who is best known for playing Xander on Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor was arrested in Saratoga Springs, New York when he apparently choked his girlfriend after a fight, according to officials.

Police said they received a call from a hotel around midnight. When they got to the room they found a 33-year-old female there by herself, and she reported that she had been in a domestic incident with Nick, and he had subsequently left before the police got there. She did not have any physical injuries.

The woman told police she had gone to the hotel to give Brendon some personal belongings. When she attempted to leave, he allegedly took her car keys and smashed her cell phone in an attempt to get her to stay. Officers found Brendon a few blocks away from the hotel.

They charged him with two counts of criminal mischief and one count of obstruction of breathing, which are misdemeanors. He was also charged with robbery in the third degree, which is a felony.


02 Oct 14:30

Uh, Doc Martens Did a William 'Gin Lane' Hogarth Capsule Collection 

by Kelly Faircloth on Pictorial, shared by Erin Gloria Ryan to Jezebel

want the satchel so bad

Hot for fall: English artist William Hogarth, 1697 - 1764, famous for his moralistic engravings and paintings. You can now purchase Doc Martens with perhaps his most famous work, the series The Rake’s Progress, slathered all over ‘em. Bewildered, but not mad at it—maybe even delighted?


06 Oct 15:50

Why Margaret Atwood Is a Samantha: An Interview With Slaughterhouse 90210's Maris Kreizman

by Bobby Finger

A little more than six years ago, Maris Kreizman started a Tumblr in which she paired literary quotes with photos from television shows called Slaughterhouse 90210. Over the years, she combined Designing Women with Tolstoy, The Sopranos with Woolf, and, well, you get the picture. Unsurprisingly, the Tumblr took off, and Kreizman eventually got an offer to take it from blog to book.


07 Jul 13:14

Tiny Cavies Come Out to Play at NaturZoo Rheine

by Andrew Bleiman

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In mid-June, NaturZoo Rheine in Germany welcomed a litter of two Patagonian Cavies, also called Mara. Baby Cavies can walk almost immediately after birth, and from their very first days, the pair started exploring outside of the burrow to play, cuddle and groom. 

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7 maraPhoto credits: Eva Bruns / NaturZoo Rheine

These rodents, a Near Threatened species related to Guinea-pigs and Chinchillas, come from Patagonia. At the zoo, the Cavies live in a larger group together with Llamas in a walk-through exhibit. Because Cavies are active during the day, visitors have a unique chance to follow the development of the litter from close-up. 

Cavies mate for life, only finding a new mate if a partner dies, and breed in the company of other pairs in shared burrows or warrens. Having many pairs of eyes around the den helps to protect offspring from predators.

The young can walk almost immediately after birth, but stay close to the den for their first three weeks as they explore. They will begin grazing on plants with their parents and are weaned at about 13 weeks old. 

04 Jul 18:05

Sea Lion Pup Dives In at Denver Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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There's a new set of flippers splashing around Colorado's Denver Zoo. A California sea lion pup, born on the evening of June 11, is the first of its species born at the zoo since 2010. Weighing in at just 20 pounds, the unnamed male pup is starting to learn how to swim with the help of his mother,  Luci.

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 Although pups can see and vocalize at birth, they usually don't learn to swim for a week or two. Keepers say that he's turning out to be very vocal, making lots of sheep-like noises, and he's starting to show a curious and independent personality in his swimming sessions with mom. 

Luci makes a wonderfully attentive mother. At night, she wakes her pup to make sure he is nursing regularly, and keeps a close eye on him when the two are at the seal pool. She's been eating 20 pounds of fish per day to ensure that the pup is receiving milk that is high in nutrients. The pup will spend his first year nursing while transitioning to fish.

Visitors can watch mother and pup exploring the zoo's Northern Shores exhibit, weather permitting. 

The pup is the second offspring for Luci and father, Nick, who welcomed female Ady in 2010. (Luci was born in Orlando, Florida at Sea World in 2001 and came to Denver Zoo two years later. Nick came to Denver Zoo from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California in 2008.) 

California Sea Lions are found along the west coast of North America from Baja California to British Columbia. They are highly social animals, gathering in large groups called colonies. Their streamlined bodies allow them to swim at speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour (40 to 48 km/hr), and their remarkable vision allows them to see well during the day and at night. They are listed as a species of Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List.

Sea Lions are born after a 12-month reproductive cycle. This begins with a 3-month delayed implantation, when the embryo lies dormant before implanting into the uterus. This process is followed by a 9-month gestation period. The little pup has a lot of growing to do: adult males weigh 500 to 800 pounds (227 to 363 kg) as adults, while adult females are between 200 and 250 pounds (91 to 113 kg). 

26 Jul 11:08

Pygmy Hippo Calf Gets in the Swim

by Andrew Bleiman

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A baby Pygmy Hippopotamus born in early June at the Melbourne Zoo is learning how to swim under the watchful eye of his mother Petre.

Pygmy hippo calf - Mark KeenanPhoto Credit:  Mark Keenan

Keepers named the calf Obi, which means “heart” in a Nigerian language. You first met Obi here on ZooBorns last month.

Obi started out swimming in the nursery pool, which is shallow, but quickly graduated to the deep end of the exhibit’s main pool.  Petre is a very attentive mother and makes sure that Obi never strays too far.

Weighing only about 11 pounds at birth, Obi has gained about a pound each day since he was born. 

Pygmy Hippos are classified as Endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  Because they live in dense rain forests in western Africa, not much is known about the wild population.

See more photos of Obi below.


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24 Jul 17:36

Why is so much of the internet still inaccessible to disabled people?

by (s.e. smith)

Twenty-five years ago, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. It was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation for the disabled community, mandating equal treatment and providing for a wide range of protections. But it contained one big loophole: the internet.

Much of the physical realm is more accommodating today than it was in 1990. There are fewer inaccessible stairs or swimming pools. More television shows are required to be captioned. The bBlind are offered alternative ways to fill out ballots. But the disabled community continues to struggle online.

Just take the experience of deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who was surprised to find in 2008 that most networks were posting their videos online without closed captioning — even when it was mandated for broadcast. She began pushing for it online, too — but it took six years for the FCC to begin cracking down and requiring networks to provide quality captioned content. Even now, violations of the rules still are only investigated after viewer complaints.

And Matlin's is perhaps only the most obvious example of the web's failing. Visually impaired and blind users, for instance, struggle with issues like untagged images and low contrast. Other users experience seizures and migraines in response to certain types of content, which often loads and plays automatically and without warning on the web, including on major websites. And those with limited fine motor skills have difficulty navigating sites with small buttons or content packed tightly together.

This is a huge problem, not just because the disabled community deserves the same accessibility as everyone else, but because they otherwise have so much to gain by the web's lack of physical barriers. Take for, instance, distance education, an especially valuable tool for disabled people who have difficulty attending classes in person. Or the power to build online networks, which makes it easier for communities to develop among people who have trouble getting out or who have limitations in their ability to communicate.

And that's what so galling about the inaccessibility of the internet: the wasted promise.

Disabled people need to be active participants on the web now more than ever. Cuts to social services, disability benefits, and other government supports have hit disabled communities especially hard, and the internet could be a powerful tool for self-advocacy.

Nor are the excuses particularly relevant. The commercial internet really didn't start to thrive until after the ADA passed, which could have created a golden opportunity for developing an accessible web from the ground up. Instead, the internet was almost immediately inaccessible, except on government websites, which are required to meet mandates spelled out in Section 508 standards.

These same standards provide a rule of thumb that could be used by any Web developer, yet they're rarely consulted — and few rely on the services of organizations that offer tools and consulting to help people build accessible websites. The Web Accessibility Initiative, for example, provides comprehensive guidelines to help people build visually appealing, functional, accessible websites at costs comparable to those of inaccessible sites.

As the internet ogles listicles of "inspirational" disabled people, members of the very community they're discussing can't participate in those conversations. It didn't have to be this way.

The internet represents one of our greatest post-ADA social failings, as a communications medium that had the potential to build accessibility into its very backbone, but didn't. As the web becomes even more of a way of life in the next 25 years, the disability community will likely have to continue to fight for basic online accommodations, a telling testimony to their status in society.

23 Jul 21:45

Qiyo, the Elephant Calf, Keeps Cool

by Andrew Bleiman


Qiyo, the Asian Elephant calf at Zoo Antwerpen's Planckendael, was recently photographed, having the time of her life. Keepers say she loves the water...and the mud!

Mom, Phyo Phyo, kept a close eye on her calf, but she seemed to approve of the antics and was willing to join the fun.



4_QIYO_MODDERBAD_1Photo Credits: Planckendael / Jonas Verhulst5_QIYO_MODDERBAD_5


29 Jul 13:23

“I have since learned never to be amazed at what men will resort...

“I have since learned never to be amazed at what men will resort to when cornered by a woman’s intelligence.”

–Iris Owens, After Claude

29 Jul 15:55

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

by Elaina Hundley

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

Ever send an email and realize that your tone came across completely differently than you meant it to? Or complete a memo and hit send only to notice you spelled your supervisor’s name wrong (yikes!)? OR, send an e-mail with some super important information that you don’t want hanging out in the cloud? Well, Gmail has your back! The latest and greatest from Google is an app that allows you to send emails that self destruct . . . if you want them to. You thought the un-send button was some good news, but it just keeps getting better and better. Google cleverly named their new extension Dmail and we’ve broken down the sweet, sweet pros for you as well as the cons of this new techno-development. Here’s the breakdown and because I like positivity — let’s start with the pros.


The app allows you to encrypt and decrypt your own emails with the touch of a button. This button is called revoke email and once an email is revoked no one can read it anymore. Not even you! Goodbye embarrassment. Right?

You can set a timer to destroy an email. If you need to send really sensitive materials (account numbers etc.) then you can set a timer on your email so that it is destroyed in a certain amount of time.

Unlike the unsend feature, you don’t have the same time constraint with this extension. You can revoke an email long after it’s been sent — maybe you think better of your angry message over the weekend and decide on Sunday night that your boss really shouldn’t read it. Well now you can take it back super easily (as long as they didn’t already read it) and although the person will know you sent it, you’ll be saved from whatever ills could have come from them reading it. 

The post The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail” appeared first on HelloGiggles.

30 Jul 14:24

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

by Bridey Heing

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

Whether you’re in a car or on foot, when you’re cruising down the street it’s hard to keep track of every little thing. But there’s a lot going on that we all need to keep an eye out for, like the wildlife that could call the places around the road home. In Lithuania, marketing and communications company Clinic 212 has created a petite project to remind the residents of Vilnius that they’re sharing the road with more than just cars.

“Tiny Road Sign” is exactly what it sounds like. Clinic 212 has put miniature street signs, complete with colored edging and silhouette shapes, to show where hedgehogs cross and cats hang out. Ducks and pigeons also get signs, to alert local drivers and pedestrians to be on the lookout.

And, naturally, the signs are totally adorable. What could be cuter than a hedgehog crossing the street? A hedgehog crossing the street while following proper traffic safety etiquette by using his own mini-crosswalk.

The post The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts appeared first on HelloGiggles.

30 Jul 13:01

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05 Nov 19:31

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow

by Apocalypstick

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow
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.

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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
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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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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
2015-06-26 10:44:39
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
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!
By Joy the Baker
Joy the Baker
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.