Created Equal... Photographer Mark Laita In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we were all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become. Los Angeles- and New York-based photographer Mark Laita completed Created Equal over the course of eight years; his poignant words reflect the striking polarizations found in his photographs. Presented as diptychs, the images explore social, economic and gender difference and similarity within the United States, emulating and updating the portraiture of Edward Curtis, August Sander and Richard Avedon. This volume includes an introduction by noted culture writer and editorial cult figure Ingrid Sischy. Bodybuilder / Amish Farmer, 2006 / 2004 Young Boxer / Retired Boxer, 2002 / 2002 Lingerie Model / Woman in Girdle, 2006 / 2007
Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread I’m sorry. I know it’s Monday morning and you probably came here for some pretty pictures of food that you could glance at, and then move on with your day… and here I go thrusting warm, soft cinnamon sugar bread in your face. It’s not fair. I know it’s not fair. I know that now you’re craving cinnamon rolls, and cream cheese frosting and chili fries and hot dogs. You don’t deserve this sort of torture. This bread hits all the comfort spots in my soul. I’m sorry and you’re welcome and I love you. Let’s start at the beginning. I did this all without the use of a stand mixer and dough hook. This dough can be made and left to rise , then refrigerated overnight for use in the morning. This is the dough just before it’s left to rise. After the dough has rested and risen for an hour, I knead it in a few tablespoons of flour. This is the part in the bread process where you can wrap the dough and place it in the fridge to rest overnight. I worked with my dough right away. I can’t even deal.
Bryan Lewis Saunders - DRUGS "Near Death Experience" 25I-NBOMe Abilify / Xanax / Ativan (dosage unknown in hospital) 90mg Abilify (after 3 months usage 3x maximum dose) 1 sm Glass of Absinth 10mg Adderall Alcohol 10mg Ambien Ativan / Haloperidol (doseage unknown in hospital) Bath Salts 15mg Buspar (snorted) 4 Butalbitals (doseage unknown) Butane Honey Oil 250mg Cephalexin (painted w/ watercolor pencil, water and cephalexin) 1/2 gram Cocaine Computer Duster (2 squirts) 2 bottles of Cough Syrup 1 "Bump" of Crystalmeth 20mg Cyclobenzaprine 4mg Dilaudid 1 shot of Dilaudid / 3 shots of Morphine (In the ER with kidney stones) DMT (during and after) 60mg Geodon Hash Heroin (Snorted) Huffing Gas (during and after) Huffing Lighter Fluid 7.5mg Hydrocodone / 7.5mg Oxycodone / 3mg Xanax Khat (chew and tea) 3mg Klonopin 300mg Lithium 10mg Lortab (Shitty) LSD Marijuana (Kine Bud) Marijuana (G13) Marijuana Resin Morphine IV (doseage unknown) Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset) 2mg Nicotine Gum (after quitting smoking for 2 months) Nitrous Oxide Opium 7.5mg Percocet
Experience: I've played a game of tag for 23 years As teenagers, a group of friends and I spent every spare moment at school playing tag. The game developed into more than just chasing each other round the playground; it involved strategy and cunning. But when I failed to tag someone in the last moments before school broke up for summer – he'd locked himself in his car to avoid it – I resigned myself to for ever being "it". We all went our separate ways, off to college or moving away for work, so the game fizzled out. Now we are grown men, we don't run like Usain Bolt, so subterfuge and collusion have become our weapons. I was tagged spectacularly a few years back when a friend popped round to show me his new car. Some things we did early on we wouldn't do now – like when Mike sneaked into Brian's house at night, crept into the bedroom and woke him up to tag him, surprising the life out of him and his girlfriend. Perhaps one of the most unexpected tags was during Mike's father's funeral. Sometimes the strategies don't come to fruition.
Maintaining Memories with Marijuana Can smoking marijuana prevent the memory loss associated with normal aging or Alzheimer's disease ? This is a question that I have been investigating for the past few years. The concept of medical marijuana is not a new one. A Chinese pharmacy book, written about 2737 BCE, was probably the first to mention its use as a medicine for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, malaria, constipation, and (ironically) absent-mindedness. So what does marijuana do in the brain ? It produces some excitatory behavioral changes , including euphoria, but it is not generally regarded as a stimulant. Finally, marijuana produces hallucinations at high doses, but its structure does not resemble LSD or any other hallucinogen. The first endogenous marijuana compound found in the brain was called anandamide, from the Sanskrit word ananda meaning "bliss." Surprisingly, it may also protect against some aspects of age-associated memory loss.
Black Widow Steampunk Chopper Will Set The Streets on Fire Steampunk has never left its tag as the most stylish attire in every gadget or product it comes out with. So when you check out this black widow steampunk chopper, don’t be amazed by its extraordinary stylish trend surpassing conventional designs once again. So you might be passionate about bikes, and with a tinge of steampunkish effect, I am sure no one can resist the temptation to own one for self! This Steampunk chopper tagged “Black Widow” from Solifague Design adorns a classic look, and though the technical details aren’t out as of now, I am sure all the geeky bike lovers would really be eager for the launch of this bike that will set the roads on fire! As this bike is just a concept by the designer, there are chances it might not hit the market, but as we can check out the pictures of this hot concept, I am sure all steampunk lovers would want to see this design to go into production with its simple color combinations of black with golden highlights making it immortal.
Bill Maher | Calls Out Oprah | Merry Christmas Bill Maher, host of HBO‘s Real Time, and notorious religious nonbeliever, taped a harsh and hilarious “Christmas message” for his website that served as a damning critique of all Americans and of the one media figure most are too scared to attack: Oprah Winfrey. Calling Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode “one of the most deeply disturbing things I’ve ever seen on television” was just the beginning of Maher’s memorably “cheerful” message. Maher used Oprah’s audience as the prime example for his thesis that the real religion in America is greed and is “what at the core is so rotten about this country.” Many find Maher’s “humor” offensive, especially towards people of faith, but if you step back and view Maher as a social commentator, merely trying to improve society then maybe you too could appreciate Maher’s willingness to be politically incorrect and go after anyone and everyone to make a point. Maher concluded: This is why everything in America gets sucked down a hole.
52 Projects – Resources NOTE: This resources list originally appeared in the 52 Projects book, which was published in 2005. I updated the list in Oct. 2009, as links to some of the websites listed no longer worked. Following is a list of 52 resources for inspiration. The list includes websites, books, magazines, zines, stories, albums and more. Some of the items provide how-to information, others invite you to participate. A few require you to do some digging. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 52projects.com (and also, spell it out) 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. “92 Days” in Big Bad Love by Larry Brown 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. churchofcraft.org — Community and craft. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 2 a.m., can’t sleep. 52. Tagged as: 52 Projects Book
Humor and Hypocrisy from the World of Politics The Top 5 Astronomical Events to Witness Before You Die | Fun Lists - Top 10 Lists In the age of internet, television, and Lady Gaga, it’s easy to ignore the dazzling displays the sky gives us every night. In ancient times, however, human civilizations based their entire calendar, and thus their way of life, upon what they saw in the cosmos. While humanity’s interest in astronomy has diminished over the centuries, the sky remains nonetheless spectacular. Few people have the time to go stargazing every night, but here are 5 celestial events so awe-inspiring, everyone must see them in their lifetime. 5. Next Occurrence: August 9-14, 2011 Every August, the night sky lights up with a dazzling display known as the Perseid meteor shower. 4. Next Occurrence: June 15, 2011 in Africa Ever get bored with the predictably drab hue of the moon? 3. Occurrence: Year round More commonly known as the Northern Lights, Aurora is a fantastic light display that occurs at extreme Northern or Southern latitudes. 2. 1. Top 10 Amazing Stars in the Universe (toptenz.net) Shortlink:
Fantastically Funny Illustrations by Gemma Correll (11 total) - My Modern... Though Gemma Correll's illustrations may look like they're only meant for children, read the text and you'll soon realize that they're actually meant for adults. Her somewhat acerbic sense of humor is felt in every piece and the way she brings to life animals like dogs, cats and dinosaurs will make you giggle with glee. Gemma uses pens for drawing and then scans her images into Photoshop to adjust the color levels. Love how she makes being an outcast surprisingly cool. Update: We got in touch with the talented illustrator after writing this post. How do you come up with your hilarious illustrations? I find inspiration everywhere I go - it's in the people I encounter, the animals I meet and the songs I listen to. What do you like most about being an illustrator? What do you find most challenging? How did you training in art school help you in your professional career? What advice would you give to artists or illustrators just starting out? Thanks for the interview, Gemma. Gemma Correll
The world’s best secret islands Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new Best in Travel 2011 guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe. 1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia Image by Killer White Fluff As far as you can go in Oz without falling off the map, the Torres Strait Islands are Australia as it might have been if Europeans had never arrived. Permits to visit outlying islands must be obtained at least one month in advance from the Torres Strait Regional Authority. 2. Image by ajari The idyllic Yaeyama Islands are tucked away at the very southern tip of the Japanese archipelago. Japan Transocean Air flies daily from Tokyo to Ishigaki, which is connected to the other islands by regular ferries. 3. Image by Antoine Hubert Most people have heard of Devil’s Island, but few would be able to stick a pin on a map. 4. Image by hkinuthia It’s easy to see the appeal of tiny Ulleungdo. 5. Image by Fathzer 6. Image by hsuyo 7. 8. 9.
Gypsy scale The term Gypsy scale,[a] refers to one of several musical scales named after their association with Romani or stereotyped "Gypsy" music: Hungarian minor scale, minor scale with raised fourth and seventh degrees, also called double harmonic minor scale.Minor gypsy scale, minor scale with raised fourth but natural seventh.  Both these scales are also called Hungarian gypsy scale.Spanish Gypsy scale, another name for the Phrygian dominant scale. Double harmonic scale, the fifth mode of the Hungarian gypsy scale.  Notes References