29 December 2013

Angry Woman Stabs Man With Ceramic Squirrrel

South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel. 

The Charleston County Sheriff's office says in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody. Deputies say the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest. 

Williams was in jail Friday and charged with criminal domestic violence. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.


25 December 2013

David Sedaris | SantaLand Diaries


Merry Christmas from Ms. Lanny-yap with many thanks to Mr. Sedaris and This American Life

See Who Shares Your Birthday

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24 December 2013

SNL | [Do It On My] Twin Bed


From the Saturday 21 December 2013 show.

23 December 2013

Sarah Schoenfeld | All You Can Feel





Whether you’ve tried mind-altering substances or not one thing remains true: we all have an idea of what a drug feels like, be it imagined, anecdotal, or from direct exposure. So what might the effect of a drug look like? That was the question asked by artist Sarah Schoenfeld who had ample exposure to the realities of drugs while working in a Berlin nightclub. To answer the question she converted her photography studio into a laboratory and exposed legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures to film negatives. The resulting chemical reactions were then greatly magnified into large prints to form a body of work titled All You Can Feel.
These final, otherworldly images of heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and other substances explore a relationship between photography, alchemy, pharmacy and psychology. One can’t help but draw parallels between Schoenfeld’s photos and the perceived effects of various narcotics ...
All You Can Feel | Colossal

An Engineer's Guide To Cats 2.0

Two professional engineers update an earlier video tutorial about cats. This is a sequel to the original video "An Engineer's Guide to Cats" released in 2008.
Paul Klusman's Channel

Arson Is A Christmas Tradition In Gavle, Sweden


Each year, a towering Yule Goat is constructed for the holidays in Gävle, Sweden. But more often than not, the Gävle Goat — or Gävlebocken as it is called in Sweden — doesn't make it to Christmas. Since it was first built in 1966, it's almost annually been burned, although arson isn't its only misfortune.
Here's a timeline of the rise and fall of the Gävle Goat by Atlas Obscura's graphic designer Michelle Enemark

Follow the destruction by clicking on the image or click on the link for an interactive graphic

Atlas Obscura

Thanks to Mr. Lanny-yap

22 December 2013

Merry Anti-Christmas | Rare Exports


The Santa Claus/Krampus origin story crossed with "The Thing." My new anti-Christmas favorite.

18 December 2013

14 December 2013

Anti-Barbie | Feral Cheryl

Here she is, the anti-Barbie, fresh from the rainforests of Northern New South Wales, Australia. This 34 cm vinyl doll runs barefoot, dreadlocks her hair with coloured braids and beads, wears simple rainbow clothes, has piercings and a range of tattoos, and even a bit of natural body hair.
Feral Cheryl is modelled on the green extremists, known as ‘ferals’ from Australia. In contrast to the ‘fashion doll’ mentality, Feral Cheryl does not have an extensive wardrobe, or high heels, or swimsuit, or gym gear, or wedding dress or cheerleader outfit. She needs no sports car or hairdressing salon, no disco stage or shopping mall. Her motto is "Live Simply, Run Wild". Her only accessories: a bag of home grown herbs*, a sense of humour and a social conscience.
Each Feral Cheryl doll is individually crafted with a variety of coloured beads, bindis and a range of tattoos, so there are no two exactly the same.
More at Meet Feral Cheryl

Mr. Carson Has A Christmas Message For You

YouTube | Gawker
A dirty, bedraggled and beaten down Santa Claus — played by everyone’s favorite butler, Jim Carter of Downton Abbey fame — announces the end of Christmas due to global warming and oil drilling in the Arctic.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Silverstein | The Thinker Of Tender Thoughts

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New Model Uses "Effective Distance" To Show How Contagions Spread

YouTube | Laughing Squid
[This video] shows how a hypothetical epidemic spreads from Atlanta to the rest of the world via the global air transportation network. It is based on the research of Dirk Brockmann and his fellow researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin, who have developed a new model for understanding the spread of contagions that is based on “effective distance.” In the simulation, the disease spreads rapidly to airports connected to Atlanta. So from an effective distance standpoint, Paris might be closer than a remote town in Montana (when geographically the opposite is true.)

03 December 2013