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21 Feb 08:26

teachorg:#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African...


#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African American woman to travel to space is one of Mae Jemison’s many accomplishments. A dancer, Peace Corps doctor, public speaker and astronaut, Mae went to college at age 16, holds 9 honorary doctorates and has founded many STEM-related programs for students.

I will never be even half as cool as her.

23 Feb 22:45

These are the people who want to control your reproductive tract, ladies

by PZ Myers

I guess you don’t need a medical degree to run for office, and heck, you don’t even need grade school anatomy.

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Just so you know: things that enter the mouth can then pass on to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum, and then exit through the anus. That path does not connect to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix or vagina. It doesn’t even run through to the kidneys or urethra.

It’s only in Republicans that there is a major loop from the colon up through the spine, in through the foramen magnum, and then terminating directly on the forebrain, so we could conceivably do brain scans by feeding them small remote cameras. If we thought they had a brain worth examining.

Explain that, evolution!

By the way, after demonstrating his ignorance, Barbieri of course went on to vote for a bill prohibiting the use of telemedicine in prescribing abortion medication.

23 Feb 18:02

We didn't come here to fuck spiders

23 Feb 07:09

When your friends hairy arm looks like a cat

23 Feb 05:01

Cranial Fauna

by Ian

Cranial Fauna

23 Feb 09:00

Short Rib Pho French Dip Banh Mi with Thai Basil Chimichurri.

by halfbakedharvest
Short Rib Pho French Dip Banh Mi with Thai Basil Chimichurri.-1

Ahh, are you confused??

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23 Feb 13:20

Your face on a pancake

Technology marches onward! Product development company Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that can print faces onto pancakes. It explains:

Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with embedded face recognition and tracking software, the system dispenses layers of batter directly onto a hot plate allowing the creation of detailed and complex images within the pancake surfaces. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour and as subsequent layers are added the different tonal qualities of the image build up.

23 Feb 01:59


21 Feb 18:12

Something amazing, Jon Adams

Something amazing, Jon Adams

21 Feb 18:20

nevver:Fuck it list

21 Feb 22:39

iheartcatgifs:Take a break to do this dance move right now—it’ll...


Take a break to do this dance move right now—it’ll definitely make your day better.

22 Feb 04:39

Photos from Duluth Polar Plunge 2015

by Tony Rogers


Great costumes, great turnout of willing idiots to jump into a hole in the lake for a cause. Just awesome, everyone!






































































The post Photos from Duluth Polar Plunge 2015 appeared first on Perfect Duluth Day.

21 Feb 01:26

Billboard Art Project Sets Off Terrorism Scare Near US/Mexico Border

by Kemy Lin
Billboard #1 at night above interstate highway (Image courtesy of the artist)

Daniel R. Small’s Billboard #1 at night above interstate highway (all images courtesy the artist)

A series of ten billboards erected along Interstate 10 in southern New Mexico by the art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has provoked suspicion, anxiety, and even outright antagonism. The billboards are part of “The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project,” a series of artist-produced billboards that are unfolding across the United States through Spring 2015 and tracing the history of America’s territorial expansion from east to west. The project, curated by artist Zoe Crosher and LAND’s Director Shamim M. Momin, includes 10 artists — among them John Baldessari and Shana Lutker — who each have or will create a “chapter” of billboards along the route west.

The set of billboards in New Mexico is by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel R. Small, and are known as “Chapter 7: Pending Cipher for the Open Present.” Small’s billboard images contain information appropriated from two quasi-historical landmarks. The black writing is based on the inscriptions upon Los Lunas Decalogue Stone which contains the text of the Ten Commandments written in a language derived from old Cypriot Greek and ancient Hebrew. This text — which might appear to the average passerby like a swarm of indecipherable angular symbols — is then interspersed with modern proofreading marks in red and superimposed over photographs from the set of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1923 film The Ten Commandments in Guadalupe, California.

Location of Small’s ten billboards in southern New Mexico (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Location of Small’s ten billboards in southern New Mexico (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Taken together, Small’s red marks and black text meld into hieroglyphic-like symbols that have aroused curiosity and trepidation in some locals. Craig Melton, a resident of Las Cruces, told the Las Cruces Sun News, “I’ve been trying to figure out what it is, what it means.” Melton, who drives past the billboards several times a week, explained:

I was beginning to wonder if it was some kind of threat or warning. You never know, we’re close to the border and you think that ISIS or some other subversives might be trying to get at us.

Melton isn’t alone in his averse reaction to the billboards; in the comments section of Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook link to the article, others expressed both curiosity and distaste about the “foreign country writing” and “terrorist words” inscribed on the billboards.


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Other commenters focus on the fact that the billboards were inscribed with a non-English language, lamenting that a translation was not readily available below Small’s text. “I thought terrorists were making their way into the city,” remarked one commenter, “this has been a concern in my mind since [the billboards have] been up … glad they are the 10 commandments-but how are we to know if we can’t read it?”

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Others expressed their distaste for the billboards in person. In an email from February 13, Small recounts:

There was also a very hostile reaction from a local neighborhood when the installers from Lamar were up the billboard ladder. A group of locals surrounded the base of the pole shouting obscenities and claiming that the billboards were either Satanic or Islamic.

In this instance, the equation of Satanism and Islamism may stem from the Islamophobia rampant in the United States, and the intensity and tenor of viewer responses is bizarre. As one commenter laments, “If you can’t read something, the first thing that pops in your head is terrorists?”

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Small did not anticipate this level of response to his billboards and notes that none of the other chapters of the Manifest Destiny project, thus far, have elicited such heated responses. The “misinterpretation” of the language on his billboards and viewers’ projection of meaning and provenance upon the text adds another dimension to Small’s layering of deceptive information. Both the text and image content of Small’s billboards are fabricated; according to Small, the language is formulated from a fusion of ancient Greek and Hebrew and “the site (The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone) was staged by archaeologist Frank Hibben who is known to have forged several archaeological sites to prove his theory about pre-Columbian contact with North America by an unknown civilization.”


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

The project engages with billboards’ place and function in American culture as sites of capitalistic excess, political promotion, and religious feuds sentiment. Unlike most billboards that dot the American landscape, Small argues that his are more than merely symbolic instructions.” By hinting at the history of the surrounding landscape itself, the project pushes back upon the perception of billboards as visual pollution. The history that informs Small’s billboards is, however, a rather inaccessible and opaque one of which few are aware. Most viewers expect billboards to be easily understandable and to impart their message with little resistance, so Small’s billboards, which call for greater contemplation and, perhaps even an acknowledgement of their incomprehensibility, have aroused anger and frustration in audiences to an extent that is both comical and illuminating. As commenter Daniel Rodriguez asks: “Meaning to who [sic] I’m an American [and] I can’t understand it wtf?”

Billboard #3

Billboard #3

Billboard #5

Billboard #5

Billboard #7

Billboard #7

The billboards in “Chapter 7: Pending Cipher for the Open Present” will remain on view through the end of February. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project continues across the United States through June 2015. 

20 Feb 19:04


20 Feb 19:04

'The Architect' by Erik Johansson really confuses my mind!

20 Feb 22:29


20 Feb 16:04

A mosque in Houston burned down due to an accident. Here's how they responded to the haters

20 Feb 11:39

Calif. congressman Mike Honda: I’m the ‘proud grandpa’ of a transgender granddaughter

by Washington Times
Rep. Mike Honda took to Twitter to express the pride he feels for his granddaughter, a transgender whom he hopes can attend school without fear of bullies. The California Democrat tweeted a picture Wednesday of himself with his arm around the girl, proclaiming himself as a “proud grandpa.̶...
20 Feb 12:56

List: If Critics Wrote About the Male Best Director Nominees the Same Way They Write About Selma Director Ava DuVernay by Shannon Reed

“As though he was born to it, Wes Anderson, working from a script that he actually wrote himself, managed to corral hundreds of pastries, be-ribboned items, and quite a large number of human men on various sets while directing The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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“Alejandro G. Inarritu, despite never having directed a movie about a man-bird hybrid before, impressively directed this movie about a man-bird hybrid, called Birdman. Most notable are his innovative tracking shots, which were not in any way a part of his previous films, but he put them in this film anyway, because he felt this film needed them. That takes cojones, Alejandro!”

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“Richard Linklater pretty much made up the film Boyhood as he went along, but because he had the story very clearly laid out in his head, he was able to keep at it for twelve years despite being a white man. His persistence is inspirational to other white men who want to take forever to make a movie.”

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“Many historians have taken issue with how Morten Tyldum, the first Norwegian man to be nominated for Best Director, chose to portray mathematical genius Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game. Those decrying the film’s depiction of events note that the script completely rewrites history, tossing out the literally thousands of people who worked alongside Turing in breaking the Nazi code so that the Allies could win the war, and replacing them with Keira Knightley. They also point out that the efforts of the American, French and British military forces, among others, have may have had an even larger role than Turing in ending World War II. Finally, some take issue with how Turing is never shown having actual sex with another man, despite the film being entirely set in buildings where no one has ever had sex. Tyldum has been quoted as saying that ‘sometimes liberties are needed to make truer art’ but this has not satisfied the rabid nay-sayers who cannot countenance this film.”

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“Bennett Miller would be the first man named Bennett to be named Best Director, were he to win.”

20 Feb 13:15

An architect's guide to turning the living room into an epic pillow fort

So you know, an architect's guide to turning the living room into an epic pillow fort. Knowledge is power.
20 Feb 01:45

A raven takes over Levi Stadium webcam

19 Feb 12:00

Can you be allergic to your own semen?

We've featured many unfortunate allergies on this blog, from a peanut allergy transferred via lung transplant to a magician who was allergic to his own rabbit. But perhaps none is as unfortunate as the allergy described in this study. Here, the authors examined 45 Dutch men suffering from "postorgasmic illness syndrome" (POIS), which is characterized by a series of flu-like symptoms that come on about 30 minutes after ejaculation. After testing the men for allergies, the doctors conclude tha
19 Feb 19:03

Bondic: Handheld Plastic Welder for Micro-Repairs

One possession I use the crap out of are these Bose noise-canceling headphones. Over a year ago the cable began to fray near the minijack prong, and here you see my inelegant solution:

That's your standard plumber's PTFE tape, the stuff you wrap over the threads of a pipe before you fit the connection. That tape too is starting to fray, so I've been poking around for something else to use and came across this: Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder.

This stuff sounds nuts. It's something like two-part epoxy, except Part 2 is the LED light on the back of it. You basically squirt liquid plastic out of the nozzle, then hit it with the UV light to cure it. Even more impressively, the resultant weld can be shaped after curing. Check this out:

I like the way the tool is designed; it looks like you'd be able to apply the stuff with precision. At $25 a pop it's quite a bit more expensive than a tube of glue, but it seems a helluva lot more versatile. Any of you have experience using this?

18 Feb 17:30


18 Feb 02:17

Walkerism Spreads South

by driftglass
Cary Renquist

Sorry, IL... I guess that there is a reason that I left the land of Cheese-n-Beer.


Since before the dawn of recorded history, when a lost tribe of Chicago pickpockets and sex offenders got lost on the ice of Lake Michigan and accidentally ended up founding the State of Wisconsin, there has existed a great and storied rivalry between the Cheeseheads and the Flatlanders.

So imagine our surprise when we woke up one day and found that the Republican Party of Illinois  had decided to transplant the entire Wingnut Management Necronomicon of the "goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to run their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin" to  the home of Abraham Lincoln.  Well not "surprise", actually, since you could see it coming a mile away, but whatever the polysyllabic German word is for a nightmare that unfolds in slow-motion but which you still can't seem to outpace no matter how fast you run,

For those of you not familiar with what's going on these days in the Petri dish of Illinois politics, here's your primer.

First, The Nation gives you a big and not very detailed picture.
We Need Syriza in Illinois
When a millionaire governor decrees austerity, it’s time for the left to step up.

Jane McAlevey February 16, 2015

The new governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, is a hedge fund manager whose salary last year was $60 million. He spent $65.9 million—including $27.6 million of his own money—buying his last election, and he’s about to introduce an austerity program that will make most folks in Illinois think they are living in austerity-wracked Greece, with less idyllic weather. While he’s generating national headlines by trash talking unions, he is quietly taking a scalpel to every important social program in the state, starting with an Illinois program that subsidizes high-quality childcare for 160,000 low-income kids. Instead of extending a small tax increase that passed the Illinois legislature in 2011, staving off a crisis, he’s letting the increases expire. Rauner is methodically manufacturing an economic crisis for his state, one that will let him do what he has long been set on doing: shrink the government and squeeze the 99 percent.
Rauner hopes to smash labor in Illinois so that he can take a baseball bat to it nationally.
But national magazine flyovers don't tell you what's really happening on the ground.  For that, you need to have someone present in the theater of conflict to tell you Who Struck John, and for that level of detail, you need someone like the indispensable Rich "Capitol Fax" Miller (who generously gave me a home on his blogroll years ago when I used to write a lot more about Chicago/Illinois politics) who explains who these things play out in and around the capitol:
More than a few statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Gov. Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor.

Just what, they ask, is the end game here?

His people say that the governor feels “liberated” since the election to speak his mind about a topic that stirs great personal passion in him. He played up the issue during the Republican primary, then all but ran away from it in the general election, including just a few weeks before Election Day when he flatly denied that “right to work” or anything like that would be among his top priorities.

Yet, there he is, day after day, pounding away at unions, demanding right-to-work laws, vilifying public employee unions as corrupt to the point of issuing an executive order barring the distribution of state-deducted employee “fair share” dues to public worker unions such as AFSCME. The dues are paid by people who don’t want to pay full union dues.

Some top Democrats believe that Rauner may be setting them up for a grand bargain this spring. Democratic lawmakers most certainly are going to freak out when Rauner presents his draconian budget. Rank-and-file members undoubtedly will demand some sort of tax hike to prevent draconian cuts to their cherished programs. Rauner eventually could say he’d agree to additional revenues in exchange for passage of his economic package.
So Rauner is starting a fire to try to force the legislature into giving him half of the Koch Brothers' agenda in exchanging for putting the fire out.

Sound familiar?

Rich also offers this invaluable history lesson for anyone who wants to understand the Byzantine relationships between labor, power politics and wealth among the factions of our two, deeply flawed parties here in the Land of Lincoln:
In the November [1982] election, the Illinois AFL-CIO endorsed [Adlai] Stevenson [III] against [Jim] Thompson. But the incumbent received crucial backing from several individual unions after Stevenson suggested things like replacing unionized highway workers with prison inmates.

Thompson defeated Stevenson by just 5,000 votes. His speech and a sharply divided labor movement were crucial to his success—even though Ryan, whom the unions despised, had become his running mate.

After the election, Thompson signed a bill to legalize collective bargaining for state employee unions. He interceded in contract negotiations to break an impasse, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees endorsed his 1986 re-election bid, followed quickly by an AFL-CIO endorsement.

Every governor since then has learned the Thompson lesson: Keep state workers happy.

Well, every governor except the current one...
So from 30,000 feet, one, hazy view.

From the oculus atop the dome of the state capitol, a sharper picture.

And at eye-level, about a mile from where I live, this is how those policies are being made manifest, (with some eye-catching emphasis added by me):
Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner administration hires three from Illinois Policy Institute

Posted Feb. 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM

KRISTINA RASMUSSEN, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute and its associated organization, Illinois Policy Action, recently issued a statement of congratulations to three people hired away from the organization by the administration of Gov. BRUCE RAUNER.

BRIAN COSTIN of Buffalo Grove, who was Illinois Policy's director of government reform, has been named policy director for Lt. Gov. EVELYN SANGUINETTI. He also worked in government relations for the Heartland Institute in Chicago. He's being paid $80,000 annually.

JANE McENANEY of Chicago, who was government affairs manager for Illinois Policy, is now director of legislative affairs for the Illinois Department of Revenue. She spent five months working in the campaign headquarters of the MITT ROMNEY presidential bid in 2012 and earlier was a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. PAUL RYAN, R-Wis., in Washington. She's being paid $75,000 annually.

DONOVAN GRIFFITH, who was Illinois Policy's manager of government affairs, is legislative liaison to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He was earlier government relations program manager for the Evanston-based American Massage Therapy Association and was a legislative analyst for Illinois House Republicans. He was campaign manager for a winning House race in 2010 of now-state Sen. SUE REZIN, R-Morris. He's being paid $75,000 annually.

"Each of us advances the cause of liberty in our own special way," Rasmussen said in her announcement. "For some of our amazing team members at the Illinois Policy Institute and Illinois Policy Action, that means taking on a new challenge to improve government from the inside out."

"We are honored that the new administration is looking to our team for talent," she added.

The liberty-based Illinois Policy group clearly shares some views with Rauner, whose family foundation has donated at least $625,000 to it since 2009.
For those joining us for the first time, the innocuous-sounding Illinois Policy Institute is exactly what you would expect it to be:  another well-funded Koch Brothers front group with deep roots in all the usual, radical Hobbsean madness to which all those groups swear allegiance (Hail Hydra!)

And the Heartland Institute -- America's leading Randite climate change denial chop shop and spawning ground for future Conservative guests on MSNBC -- is another outfit with longstanding ties to the Koch Empire.

And so, one hire at a time, one policy decree at a time, our new governor works the Koch Brothers's playbook, line by line.

Sorry, The Nation; the time for the left to "step up" and all ye other slumbering workers and prisoners of want to arise was last fucking November.

I guess they had better things to do.

18 Feb 20:47

Artist Ticked Off at Watchmaker’s Unauthorized Use of His Work

by Benjamin Sutton
An ad for the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (via Jewelry Trade Resources)

An ad for the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (via Jewelry Trade Resources)

The Saudi artist Ahmed Mater is suing watchmaker Swatch for using one of his works to sell a luxury timepiece. The ad, hawking the Seamaster Aqua Terra by Omega — which Swatch owns — is a perfect copy of an image from Mater’s Magnetism series, with a watch in the place of the black cube that occupied the center of the original photo. The artist is suing the Swiss watch company in Paris’s high court, Le Figaro reported, based on an original article by Le Quotidien de l’Art.

Mater’s image of thousands of iron particles swirling around a central cube, from a series created in 2012, was intended to symbolize the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to the Kaaba shrine in Mecca. “Magnetism, however, gives us more than simple simulacra of that Ancient House of God,” wrote author Tim Mackintosh-Smith. “His counterpoint of square and circle, whorl and cube, of black and white, light and dark, places the primal elements of form and tone in dynamic equipoise.” That combination of formal elements apparently proved irresistible to Omega.

The company originally approached Mater to ask his permission to use the image for its advertisements. No formal contract or agreement was signed permitting use or modification of works from the Magnetism series, but, according to court papers, Mater gave permission for the use of the images on the condition that Omega buy two pieces from the series and donate them to a museum. Omega never did this.

Ahmed Mater, "Magnetism (Photograuve) II" (2012)

Ahmed Mater, “Magnetism (Photograuve) III” (2012) (image courtesy the artist)

But, as Swatch spokesperson Bastien Buss told Le Figaro, Omega’s version of the image has no bearing on the meaning of Mater’s work. It serves only “to tout the merits of the anti-magnetism of an Omega model. For the first time in the history of watchmaking, a watch resists magnetic fields stronger than 15,000 gauss.” A gauss is a unit of measurement used to quantify the strength of a magnetic field. With its Seamaster Aqua Terra, Omega achieved a major innovation in watch design, a level of resistance to magnetic fields that has eluded watchmakers for decades. “That’s exactly what we show with the metal particles that cannot get any closer to the watch, demonstrating its magnetic resistance,” Buss added. “In every reference manual, anti-magnetism is illustrated in a similar manner.”

According to Le Figaro, the artist, however, is not only upset that his work was put to commercial purposes without his permission, but fears that the unauthorized use of his work may have more far-reaching consequences than artfully visualizing the principle of anti-magnetism. Namely, Mater is concerned that the transformation of a work charged with religious symbolism into a celebration of consumerism — with iron particles that formerly represented devout Muslims now symbolizing worshipers of luxury goods — could spell trouble in his home country of Saudi Arabia, where the image could be taken as a satire of religion and blasphemy is a punishable offense.

Hyperallergic reached out to the artist for comment but has not received a response.

18 Feb 23:18






Who didn’t realize he was gay? ❤️

Who is that? 😓😍



19 Feb 02:24


Cary Renquist

Kinda like Ed Gein

19 Feb 02:44


Cary Renquist

Damn, it looks like I can be replaced by robots...

17 Feb 19:58

Gustavo Ortiz liked when his fat girlfriend sat on his face. But...

Gustavo Ortiz liked when his fat girlfriend sat on his face. But one day she got distracted by eating and almost killed Gustavo. He thanks Saint Pancras because he survived. He promises to moderate his fetishes.