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4 Aug 2015: Lunatic rich people like Tim Draper think the place is so special that they’ve even outlined myopic plans for a ‘six state California’, with Silicon Valley as an independent entity. That might be fine if we could lock in the crazy contagion, but we have to take the good stuff with the bad. The flow of new ideas contains great apps and genuinely cool services next to the idiotic and the sometimes borderline evil.

  • And so I come to Soylent, the meal replacement plan that has taken the SlimFast concept of feeding you unpleasant gloop in place of real food and welded it to a dumbass ideology drunk with libertarianism, confused futurism and startup bro stupidity. A ‘startup’ whose product provokes associations with the fictional food in ‘Soylent Green’, which was infamously made from people, is a startup born out of irony overload.

     
  • Most of us outside of the small bubble of biohacking brosephs who clustered around the Soylent community soon forgot about it. But yesterday, the company introduced Soylent 2.0 with much fanfare, having finally created a version of its super-charged slop that comes prepackaged in bottles rather than requiring tedious mixing (and presumably weeping about the strange emptiness of your existence).
  • However, it wasn’t the startup’s press announcement that got Twitter and Facebook users fulminating. Instead, it was this blog post by Rhinehart that laid out how he lives his day-to-day life, presenting someone so disconnected from reality that he might as well be hooked into an Oculus Rift 24/7, bathing in a bath of temperature controlled Soylent.

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5 Dec 2011: Marx? George Burns? Jean Giraudoux? Celeste Holm? Ed Nelson? Samuel Goldwyn? Daniel Schorr? Joe Franklin? Anonymous?

  • The most important thing is honesty. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
  • Quote Investigator:  Groucho Marx, Samuel Goldwyn, and George Burns have each been credited with versions of this remark. George Burns did include a version in his third memoir in 1980, but this was a relatively late date. QI has located no substantive evidence supporting an ascription to Marx or Goldwyn.
  • The earliest evidence QI has found for this type of remark appeared in a syndicated newspaper column by Leonard Lyons in 1962. The popular Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm attributed the words to an anonymous theater actor [LLCH]:

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16 Jun 2015: The saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns is forcing project creators to resort to narrative tricks to lure in potential backers – and we're falling for them. Oscar Schwartz scours the playbooks of digital marketing gurus to explain why some crowdfunding campaigns fare better than others.

  • narrativised... spam

     

    The amount of money raised globally on crowdfunding platforms grew from US$7 billion (AUD) in 2013 to approximately $20 billion last year, and is projected to at least double again this year. Despite this impressive growth, there is still a limit as to how much people can afford to give to other people’s projects –and the saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns now implies a new type of competition between them. The question that people who are embarking on a crowdfunding project are starting to ask themselves is no longer, ‘Is what I have to offer good enough?’, but, ‘How do I get people to care about me in a global network of people asking to be cared about?’

  • According to internet marketing sage Seth Godin, the secret to getting people to care about a crowdfunding campaign is not the product, but whether the product can be authentically narrativised. Authenticity, in other words, is about commitment: commitment to an idea creates a narrative, and commitment to that narrative eventually makes it come true. There is an underlying philosophical worldview here: truth and value are constructed socially. In marketing-speak this translates as: ‘live the lie… until your lie comes true’. 
  • Vaynerchuk’s motto is that a good story is one that is shareable and warrants retelling. This seems like a fair metric by which to judge the success of a narrative. The issue is that for Vaynerchuk, the shareability of a narrative doesn’t serve the narrative itself, or its moral message, or its aesthetic value – it only serves financial gain. In this Vaynerchuk’s model, narrative is completely instrumentalised – the meaning of your story doesn’t matter, as long as it is leading to more sales. For Vaynerchuk, authentic narrative is the most sophisticated type of spam that has ever existed. 

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Aug 9, 2014: there is a lot of misinformation about the smoke ring out there, and anybody who tells you that good barbecue needs a smoke ring is blowing smoke. The AmazingRibs.com science advisor Dr. Greg Blonder,has done extensive research for us on the subject and has pinned down the facts, among them, you don't even need smoke to make a smoke ring!

Aug 03, 15

2 Aug 2015: 16 of 17 in the set, each is a 2.25" button w/celluloid covered front and tin back. They were specially and specifically made for promotional use and done in very limited quantities. 15 feature character portraits (missing only Oil Well Willie) plus one that promotes the entire series and shows Howdy holding the Clarabell label.

Aug 03, 15

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, a 1988 brilliant classic by Terry Gilliam, explores the mystical travels of the Baron and his friends. On-set photography by Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos, courtesy of Kinoimages. Here’s a rarity: Terry Gilliam’s out-of-print Criterion Laserdisc commentary for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (as always; for educational purposes only). A different commentary track is available on the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD/Blu-ray (Amazon).

Aug 02, 15

I am currently the owner of an independent record label, publishing an eclectic mix of artists worldwide. I'm a performing musician and voting member of The Recording Academy. I worked in technology research in the seventies, including stints at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, where I was on the ARPANet development team, and Raytheon, where I was on a team building laser systems for fusion reactors and manufacturing applications. After working as a product research engineer at Polaroid in the early eighties, I launched a successful entrepreneurial career, founding Grey Management Consulting, a software development and product marketing firm, which I ran for over a decade, providing custom application development and marketing strategy services to a wide range of financial services firms. I held top executive positions in several internet startups, including Kidnetix, an online retail firm which I founded, DCI, a cloud-based distributed load testing company, and others. In 2002, I left the tech world to follow my passion as an haute-cuisine chef, and started a gourmet food service and event management company, which I ran successfully for nine years. Having come full-circle, I am joining the management team of a tech startup. I also spend time as a mentor to young musicians, and have volunteered my time doing food service at shelters.

Aug 02, 15

1 Aug 2015:  The Charming Bastards are four life-long musicians from southern Massachusetts, and we decided to start another band, because, well, there's nothing on TV, so why not?  We could have done our own music, which is profoundly moving, full of subtle artistic nuances, and clever references to pop culture & politics.   BORING! So instead we've put together a set of our favorite rock tunes, new and old.  We like playing music that isn't the same as all the other cover bands, and we have found some real obscure gems, but there are still sure to be at least a few of your favorites on our list,  so come and see us play, 'cause we're really good and - we picked the name for a reason ...

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    At 45, Bonfilio has the demeanor of someone recently deprogrammed from a cult. She's serene but formal, and lithe from years of serious yoga. Her white cotton shirt matches the furniture. She refers to herself as an intuitive rather than a psychic, suggesting that the latter evokes images of "a crystal ball and a palm in the window." Hers is no amateur storefront.

  • "I'm a seer, and I'm also clairaudient, which means I can hear things on a different level," she says. In other words, she can read your mind.
Aug 02, 15

14 Jun 2015: Achilles’ fate is to die at Troy, and once Agamemnon has removed kudos from him in Book 1 of the Iliad by disrespecting him and taking his prize (the slave Briseis), doing so in front of the other heroes, Achilles ostensibly removes himself from the fighting until this slight is righted. @bbfiction

Aug 02, 15

29 Mar 2015: “The pop artists did images that anybody walking down Broadway could recognize in a split second — comics, picnic tables, men’s trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles. All the great modern things that the Abstract Expressionists tried not to notice at all.” – Andy Warhol

  • Russian Marxist, intellectual and revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said “Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
  • Ironically, much of Warhol’s work shone such a spotlight on this new mass consumerist world that it wouldn’t have been lost on Warhol that he had become an artist who was mirroring a superficial world he had helped create. Perhaps that’s what he meant when he said ‘I am a deeply superficial person.’ He loved consumerism. He used a hammer to shape it. Then used a mirror to reflect it back on us.
  • Pop art is easy to recognise. That makes it easy to love. So we’ve drawn from our online gallery to find something everyone in your family can enjoy. In fact, we’ve dedicated a whole collection to it – Pop Art – that you can come back and check out anytime.
Aug 02, 15

The Shell logo. The Greyhound bus. The S-1 locomotive. The Lucky Strike package. The Coldspot refrigerator. The Studebaker Avanti. These and many other modern design icons were all created by Raymond Loewy, "the father of industrial design."

Aug 01, 15

31 Jul 2015:.Each year, ACS celebrates the art of American cheesemaking at our annual Awards Ceremony. Awards are given to cheeses and dairy products that have achieved technical excellence and exhibit the highest aesthetic qualities. We recognize products for their achievements in flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance. Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 ACS Judging & Competition!

Aug 01, 15

2011: Listen to the design genius talk about new visual languages, design processes, the analogies of music and typography, and why we need better client culture in our latest Gestalten.tv video and you will easily realize why. Before heading to new visionary pastures, the bike enthusiast will make a short stop to receive the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 in February.

Aug 01, 15

31 Jul 2015: The Stanford scholars who founded the groundbreaking online encyclopedia say that the project owes its success to the unique way it organizes its community of contributors, editors and users.

  • Launched two decades ago, years before Wikipedia existed, the site led the way in academic information sharing. It now includes 1,478 authoritative and vetted entries about all manner of philosophical topics. It is updated almost daily, thanks to about 2,000 contributors.

     

  • The encyclopedia averages more than a million Internet hits per week. Users include students, scholars, librarians and even military officials.
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    "There was just no model for this, a reference work that was revisable where all the scholarly standards were maintained," said Stanford's Edward Zalta, the executive editor of the site and a senior research scholar at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information. The encyclopedia is one of the leading resources for scholarly research, Zalta said.

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Jul 31, 15

28 Jul 2015: This advertisement for Omron Automation & Safety spends the majority of its one-minute duration teasing the viewer with glimpses of an automated ping-pong bot. When the full-frame reveal happens at the 53 second mark, we expect a friendly looking opponent. Instead, we see a towering, tripedal machine in attack stance, its hulking head lowered halfway across the table in what looks to be a rather menacing stare-down:

  • The title of the advertisement is “Can automation make people happy?” At Boing Boing, Andrea James asks more pressing questions: “What happens to the humans when they lose? Are they used as fuel for the ping pong robot? Or are they used as fuel for the robot that makes more ping pong robots?”
Jul 31, 15

Like wine, there are categories of sake. But instead of breaking out in terms of different varietals of grapes such as Chardonnay or Cabernet, sake is broken down in terms of how much each grain of sake brewing rice is milled. Thus, categories of sake are established by polishing/milling percentages irrespective of the rice varietal.

Jul 31, 15

Four Hot Words: Sweet, Fat, Full, & Powerful
All four of these sakes are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on Gold is a mix of banana bread and honey. This guy is fat, chewy, viscous and packs an uppercut that feels good on the train ride home from work. (They are coin dispensed in Japan) There is a lot of impact from the 18% alc content and the flavor is rich sweet with honey and yeasty tones. It goes well with lots of spicy foods because it is such a blanket of flavor and feeling. It’s pretty huge! WORD: Big WINE: Huge reds and sweet whites. BEER: High alc ales FOODS: All spice dishes from anywhere in the world, salty fare, pub snacks.

Jul 31, 15

3 Aug 2015: Wong’s aim is less to intimidate you with spice than to woo you with depth of flavor. The eclectic assortment of dishes has influences from China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Shrimp—whether whole or pulverized, fresh or fermented—is the great unifying taste. On a recent visit, buttery, cereal-encrusted head-on prawns, fried to a satisfying crisp, were bravely eaten whole. In an appetizer of chicken wings and Chinese celery, a shrimp-paste rub provided a pungent, garlicky funk (the effect is not unlike the ineffable magic that anchovies add to Caesar-salad dressing). Prawn mee, a noodle dish with spare ribs in a spicy shrimp broth, came with a Chinese spoon filled with sambal—a spicy condiment made with, you guessed it, shrimp paste.

  • There are non-fishy flavors, too. A curry of tender lamb rendang is described as “slow cooked lamb shank in a million spices,” among them lemongrass, coriander, and star anise. Hainanese chicken rice is a simple, classic hawker dish of silky roasted chicken—the rich skin of which is neither too soft nor too stiff, and exudes soy and sesame—with a side of ginger-garlic rice cooked with chicken broth. A lot of hawker food falls under the banner of “tastes much better than it looks,” including oh luak, an omelette with plump oysters loosed from their shells, and chye tao kueh, called “carrot cake” in Singapore, though it is neither carrot nor cake in the traditional sense. Cubes of shredded, compressed daikon radish, fried and tossed with shrimp, Chinese sausage, and a healthy dose of shrimp paste, evoke pork-belly fat, in a good way.

  • Do not skip the cocktails. Try a margarita made with calamansi, a mandarin-kumquat hybrid, or the piña cha cha, the smoothest colada you’ll ever taste. Hidden in the latter are cubes of grass jelly, a Chinese dessert that tastes slightly bitter and slightly floral, like tea. For dessert, get the banana fritters, eat them hot, and wait for the kiss of spice. 

Jul 30, 15

30 Jul 2015: You'd be forgiven for being skeptical about Mr. Robot, USA's new hacker thriller starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. In general, movies and TV shows haven't done a great job of portraying hackers, and really, technology of any sort. Even the king of cinematic cool, director Michael Mann, couldn't make cybersecurity exciting with the film Blackhat. But that's what makes Mr. Robot so special: It's a show about hackers that actually features live computer screens with working code and viable cyberattack vectors. It centers on a disaffected cybersecurity expert named Elliot (Malek), who stumbles on a clandestine group of hackers dedicated to disrupting the global economy. We sat down with the show's creator, Sam Esmail, for a long conversation about how it came to be.

  • What was your inspiration for Mr. Robot? I'm seeing plenty of elements from Fight Club and Taxi Driver in the show.

      

    The hacker side of it actually was a combination of my frustration with the way hacker culture and tech culture was represented in Hollywood. I thought it was a very inaccurate, forced and cartoonish way of representing that kind of a culture. I never understand why they felt the need to use cheesy CGI graphics, and make magical leaps -- logic leaps -- in action when the actual reality is far more interesting and compelling.

  • Although, when you boil it down from there, I really wanted to do a character piece about one specific character from this world. I wanted to be inside his head as intimately and as close as possible. Then the character of Elliot started to form. Taxi Driver hands down is probably one of the best character pieces in cinema, so of course that was an inspiration. The use of VO (voice over) and the sort of isolation, in terms of the filming and storytelling -- really you're just locked in with this guy.
  • Did anything inspire the idea of using technology to change the world?

      

    I'm Egyptian, and I have a lot of cousins out in Egypt. I went out right after the Arab Spring and my cousins were part of the whole movement. They were 20-year-old kids who used Facebook and Twitter to sort of start this movement and bring about this dramatic change, unlike any I've ever heard of in the history of Egypt. That moved me so much, and I found that so inspirational. Obviously that ties so well into that sort of ongoing monologue in my head about wanting to write a story about a hacker. When I talked to my cousins and heard their passion and anger, there's this kind of a fine line. What I thought was interesting was that anger was typically considered a negative emotion. But this was not negative; this was positive and channeled in a very positive way to bring about much-needed change over there. If it wasn't for that [emotion], it wouldn't have happened.

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