- shrimpdaddy is my new favourite Instagram account
I love memes on Instagram and I enjoy skateboarding content. But together? *chef’s kiss* shrimpdaddy is the moniker of Marque Cox, a video editor and skateboarder from Los Angeles with a penchant for the absurd, which he briefly mentioned in this 2016 interview: A lot of the video is quite trippy, with weird angles, slo-mo, …
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- Serpent d’océan in France
Shout out to Zito for tweeting about this. Serpent d’océan is a sculpture by late Chinese–French artist Huang Yong Ping. His sculpture is of a 425ft-long sea serpent skeleton (that’s about 130m) and is situated outside of Nantes in France. Jessica Stewart wrote about it in 2018 for My Modern Met: Astonishingly, given its size …
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- Poetry corner #1
I don’t know if the stars rule the world Or if tarot or playing cards Can reveal anything. I don’t know if the rolling of dice Can lead to any conclusion. But I also don’t know If anything is attained By living the way most people do. Álvaro de Campos(from a poem dated January 5, …
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- My favourite Daffy Duck cartoon: The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
- The legendary career of John Cazale
It’s an honour to feature in Oscar-nominated movie, but to appear in 5 (3 of which won Best Picture) and for those film to be the only films in your whole career is an impressive albeit short run. John Cazale is the answer to that pub quiz question by the way, and Brickwall Pictures did …
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- The weird story of Atlantropa
From Atlas Obscura, a recount of Atlantropa, a wild idea to drain the Mediterranean and merge Africa and Europe (and yes, it was real): Back in 1929, [Herman] Sörgel wrote a book on his ideas under the title The Panropa Project, Lowering the Mediterranean, Irrigating the Sahara. Three years later he rebranded his project in another …
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- A cute bird feeding video
Something simple and low energy to watch during these troubling times, featuring a yellow back gouldian finch and a fawn social finch.
- The Phoenix Saint is Ikki
I randomly remembered “The Balls Are Inert“, a classic 00s meme that was the soundtrack to my college days. Its creator, Kajet, has been making meme videos since then (mostly “in-jokes” as he calls them) and I recently found a new-ish one called “The Phoenix Saint is Ikki”. The clip is taken from an anime …
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- Appleton Estate x Sean Brown rum spill coasters
I love these and pretty much anything from Curves. Sean Brown says you can get some this week “if you’re in Toronto”. Jamaican rum related: A very brief history of Jamaican rum
- An interview with Lucia Tang
I’m honoured to have Lucia Tang as my next interviewee. What is your favorite city in the world? Going to go with London. Tokyo is a close second, but my Japanese is really bad. What’s the most unusual item you take everywhere you go? Probably my Anker portable charger. It’s a habit leftover from that …
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- BFI’s top 10 skateboarding films
In 2019, BFI compiled a list of their 10 great skateboarding films. Titles such as Back to the Future and Kids featured where skateboarding wasn’t the main focal point but the majority of the list was dedicated to skating, including Dogtown and Z-Boys: Legendary skater Stacy Peralta’s documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys tells the story of how skateboarding moved …
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- Darth Vader as you’ve never heard him before
Scenes from Star Wars featuring Darth Vader but with voiceovers from James Earl Jones in a variety of different films. Warning: it does get weird towards the middle. Like weird weird.
- A few links on reproductive rights, abortion, and Roe vs. Wade
- Batman’s greatest foes
Featuring Gotham’s Legion of Evil! My favourite is The Eraser: […] the chosen alias of Lenny Fiasco, who turned to crime after living his college days under constant mocking and taunting by his classmates. Fiasco is a professional at covering the tracks of other crimes. For a 20 percent cut, the Eraser will ‘erase’ the evidence …
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- A supercut of Phil Ken Sebben’s laughs
“Ha ha! Cookies on dowels.” Supercut related: a supercut of typewriters, a supercut of Murder, She Wrote jokes, and some kind of Star Trek: The Next Generation supercut
- Who knew watching fruit get cut could be so relaxing?
That machete goes a long way.
- The cosmic importance of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
For GQ, astronaut Charles Duke explained how the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch helped the Apollo 16 mission team land on the moon: Apollo crew members were issued with an Omega Speedmaster after NASA flight-qualified it for all manned space missions. The story of how Omega’s honest 1950s racing chronograph survived a barrage of environmental tests to earn an …
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- PushingUpRoses on Hellraiser V: Inferno
I’ve seen the first three Hellraiser movies. The first two were good, the third was bad and that’s when I knew I should stop. But franchise didn’t and it’s still technically going although it likely won’t have Doug Bradley’s Pinhead in it so I don’t care. What I do care for are PushingUpRoses videos and …
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- Did you know that Danny DeVito wrote a Penguin comic?
Danny DeVito’s portrayal of Penguin was, to echo the words of Alfred, ghastly and grotesque. But did you know that he wrote a Penguin comic for DC last year? Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 was a one-shot comic published on November 30, 2021 (although the cover date was January 2022) and featured the likes …
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- ICYMI: here’s a quick trailer for Sonic Prime
Sonic Prime doesn’t have an air date yet but we do have this short trailer which came out a few weeks ago. The series will consist of 24 episodes and will be the first since Sonic Boom ended in 2017. And we’re getting a Black voice actor (Deven Mack) for the first time in a …
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- Hellraiser, but it’s the VHS tape on top of a bus stop roof
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2: the highest grossing video game movie of all time (to date)
- Izu Ani on his love of food and cycling
Café du Cycliste travelled to Dubai and interviewed Nigerian-British chef Izu Ani. They spoke to him about his culinary career and his love of cycling: Amongst all this Izu dedicates a real importance to the moments he spends on his bike. This is the very particular way he has of balancing his life. In Dubai …
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- An interview with Sy Brand
Sy is one of my favourite people on the internet and I thought “why don’t I ask them some cool questions”? Here’s what they said: What is favourite city in the world? Apart from Edinburgh, where I live, either Venice or Berlin. I love water, so Venice is perfect for me. And Berlin has so …
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- Jens Müller on 5 of his favourite logos
Jens Müller explored the origins of more than 6,000 logos from the last 2 decades for his latest book, Logo Beginnings. He looked at 5 of his favourites and spoke to It’s Nice That about them. Here’s what he thought about Burberry’s logo from 1901: The fashion brand of British textile merchant Thomas Burberry held …
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- An interview with Keidra Chaney
I asked one of my best friends, Keidra, my patented interview questions. What is favourite city in the world? I know I should say my hometown, Chicago but that would be a lie. It’s a tossup between New Orleans and Tokyo. What’s the most unusual item you take everywhere you go? So I have to …
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- Remember SegaWorld London?
If there was one place I wanted to go more than anything as a kid (besides Toys R Us), it was SegaWorld London. The indoor theme park was opened by Sega in the London Trocadero in September 1996 and was apparently the largest indoor theme park in the world. However, it was shut down 3 …
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- Canary Wharf, before the skyscrapers
Before it became the financial capital of the UK (and some might say the world but not me), Canary Wharf in London was docklands and derelict buildings post-Empire. But the Greater London Council (GLC) had a vision to transform the area into mini financial metropolis with skyscrapers and office blocks. MyLondon documented the changes from …
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- It’s pronounced GIF
Are you Team Shadow/GIF or Team Sonic/GIF? I know you read those differently. Sonic meme related: ‘But… it’s in the blockchain!’
- Stewart Hicks on the architecture of ‘indoor cities’
Indoor cities might conjure images of Zion from The Matrix but they’re real things, for better or worse. Stewart Hicks documented these dwellings on his YouTube channel, including the Chicago Pedway and Hyatt Regency Chicago. Architecture related: Róisín Hanlon on Parasitic Architecture and architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980
- Lucia Tang on ‘Kristin Lavransdatter’ and feeling herself again during the pandemic
- I want a full season of Grunge Frasier please!
Outstanding comedy from Jon Blair. Imagine if the Frasier reboot was like this (if it even goes ahead).
- Chiyo Shibata and her Japanese cheese
An interesting piece from Atlas Obscura about Chiyo Shibata, a Japanese cheesemaker and her dream of making the dairy product more of a thing in her native country: Shibata fell in love with cheese as a young girl when her father, a mechanic with Air France, took the family to Paris for summer vacations. However, …
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- That time in Seinfeld when Elaine discovered Puddy’s Christianity
“Well, it’s simple: you’re both going to hell.” A little Christian-themed humour from Seinfeld to celebrate Easter.
- Have you tried the water pie?
When times are hard, you make do with what you have. That was the principle behind a Depression Era pie that made use of science and water: Even among the genre of desserts known as “desperation pies,” “hard times pie” seems particularly dire. Its other moniker, “water pie,” sounds like a practical joke or urban myth. Like …
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- Where was the pizza margherita invented?
I judge the prices of a restaurant by how expensive their pizza Margherita. I don’t know how foolproof that principle is but it has served me well as it’s my second favourite type of pizza (I love you, quattro formaggi). But who invented the Margherita and where? StepYoshi and ccesare wrote and edited some possible …
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- What time do people usually eat their dinner in Europe?
loverofgeography on Instagram posted an interesting albeit sourceless infographic last month: While I couldn’t verify this information, it makes basic sense. 6:30-7:30pm in the UK sounds fair for dinner time as do later times of 9:00-10:00pm for Spain and Portugal. Scandanavia had the earlist dinner time ranges of 4:00-6:00pm. What time do you eat your …
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- The influence of palm trees in Western Africa
Palm trees are much more than giant tropical plants you see in Miami, desert islands, or in the form of Pokémon. They provide spiritual protection as an article from The Guardian Life explains: The sacredness of the palm tree spreads to its edible and non-edible parts. For instance, when making consultations to ascertain the cause …
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- ‘But… it’s in the blockchain!’
A quick, unintentional explainer of why Nasty Fart Tokens are foolish but using a Sonic Heroes cutscene. Poor Knuckles! Sonic related: The final Sonic the Hedgehog 2 trailer
- A portrait of Nottingham from 1993
I love seeing familiar cities in the 90s, just to see what they looked like if I’d visited as a child. The first time I visited Nottingham was in 1995 but I doubt it would have been much different to the above documentary, Portrait of a City – Nottingham. Presented and narrated by Dennis McCarthy, …
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- A very Imperial McDonald’s restaurant in Porto
I covered the old spaceship McDonald’s in Alconbury, UK but on the the other side of the stylistic spectrum is this Imperial McDonald’s in Porto. Formerly Café Imperial, the famous Portuguese coffeeshop became a McDonald’s in 1995 but retained a lot of its Art Deco features including the huge Imperial eagle at the entrance and …
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- James Bond and his licence to drive anything and everything
- Backpacking through Britain, from John O’Groats to Land’s End
- The sheets of gold that covered a 16th-century convent patio in Spain
designers nicola dario baldassarre, salvatore dentamaro, francesco di salvo and ilyass erraklaouy introduce ‘gold digger’, a public installation comprised of golden thermal sheets covering the patio of the 16th century sant jordi and sant domènec convent in tarragona, spain. the eye-catching installation explores the world of curiosity and the desire for discovery. it was created as part of …
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- The attic steps design problem
For Core77, Rain Noe investigated the attic steps design problem and the fact that nobody has really solved it yet: I’ve got your standard pull-down unfolding attic steps, and they kind of suck. I mean the engineering is clever but the UX is poor. Years ago we looked at this alternative Concertina Ladder design. It …
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- Remembering The Bees (1978)
Before the murder hornets of 2020-2021, there was another bee-related horror story in the form of 1978’s The Bees. Here’s the synopsis from IMDB: When South America killer bees, corporately smuggled into the United States, mutates into intelligent insects and attacks helpless people, young scientist work desperately to end the threat as the menace swarms …
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- Cool Coffee with Adriel Hawkins aka Big Groove
Cool Coffee is a new feature for Cultrface where I ask people to talk about their favourite coffee brands. The second instalment comes from Adriel Hawkins aka Big Groove (and go listen to his latest album, Quarantunes, out on Bandcamp and all good digital retailers!) — Kahawa 1893 I love their coffee blends but I …
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- Cool Coffee with Rikesh Chauhan
Cool Coffee is a new feature for Cultrface where I ask people to talk about their favourite coffee brands. The first up is Cultrface’s spiritual forefather, coffee connoisseur, and my good friend Rikesh Chauhan. — Like most things, my pursuit of good quality coffee beans was ex during the first lockdown of 2020. My usual …
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- Disney+’s ‘Sketchbook’ series explores the animation process at Walt Disney Animation Studios
- There could be a major earthquake and volcanic eruption in Azores
- Hey X-Men!
I am here for this Hey Arnold! x X-Men crossover. Buy the shirt on Etsy.
- Check out this cool Milton Glaser-style birthday cake
The above birthday cake was made for swissmiss’s friends’ son in the style of Milton Glaser’s iconic Dylan poster. I will say if you read the original post, don’t read the comments. It’s just Unnecessary Male Opinions™️ and you never need those in your life, especially when they’re full of hot air and not much …
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- Animal species saved from extinction
For BBC Wildlife Magazine, Tamara Hinson reported on some of the species saved from the brink of extinction. Whilst there are quite a few stories of animal, plant and fungi species heading at dangerous speeds toward being extinct in the wild (or worse, species that have already gone extinct), there are positive news stories to …
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- Michael Jackson cookie cutter
Perfect for Halloween. Or a Tuesday. Available to buy on Etsy. Michael Jackson and cookie related: The Addams Family Promo That Became Michael Jackson’s Ghosts and espresso-chocolate chunk cookie cake
- A Letterboxd recommender based on a user’s previous ratings
Sam Learner is graphics journalist for the Financial Times and last year, he built a Letterboxd recommender that gathers movie ratings from any Letterboxd user and provide movie recommendations based on ratings data from thousands of other users. A note on the methodology: A user’s “star” ratings are scraped their Letterboxd profile and assigned numerical …
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- Friends, but Ross has no friends
Everyone knows Ross Geller sucked. But I’m not hear to talk about that—I’m here to offer a glimpse into a world where Ross has no friends. In the above video, you get to see Joey and Phoebe but the hostility is strong. It’d be sad if it wasn’t so funny and righteous. Friends related: spend …
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- There’s a new fish in the pond
The Rose-Veiled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa) was officially declared a newly discovered species thanks to the work of a Maldivian scientist this month. The species initially fell foul of mistaken identity as Elizabeth Gamillo explained for Smithsonian Mag: While hundreds of species thrive in the waters surrounding the Maldives, this fairy wrasse is the first …
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- Giant castella is giant
Ever since I wrote about the Taiwanese castella, I’ve wanted one. And then I saw the above video, featuring a giant castella made by a specialty store in Changwon, South Korea. Besides the size difference, this mega castella has stuffed whipped cream. In the words of Homer Simpson, “eat the pudding, eat the pudding, eat …
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- Ivan McClellan’s photography of black cowboys in America
For Creative Boom, Ayla Angelos covered Ivan McClellan’s photography of black cowboys in America, from his first encounter with them at a Black rodeo to the present day: After he visited the black rodeo with Charles, Ivan commenced his documentary practice focusing on black cowboys in America. It’s a subject and event he holds closely; …
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- Dr. Travis Langley explains every Batman movie villain
Shout out to Dr. Travis Langley, noted psychology professor and author, who explained the motives behind a wide range of Batman movie villains including Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy and more. But the first villain examined by the “superherologist” is Dr Daka from the 1943 serial film Batman: The year was 1943, at the …
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- Yesterworld’s visual history of McDonaldland
Being a kid in the 90s meant the odd Happy Meal, in or out of a McDonald’s restaurant. I don’t eat anything from there anymore but I haven’t forgotten how the place made me feel: the smell (then mouth-watering, now sickness-inducing), the plastic decor, the taste of the hamburger and fries, and that awesome toy. …
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- Visit the Seinfeld diner in New York
You may know it as the Seinfeld diner or by its real name (Tom’s Restaurant). Either way, you can visit the famous eatery in Manhattan, New York. Although the walls are now covered with Seinfeld memorabilia, when the images of the exterior were first taken for the show (including the “Tom’s” part of the name, which was …
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- Remember #StopKony?
Shout out to the folks who did and didn’t get caught up in the Invisible Children campaign to “stop” Joseph Kony. It got a lot of big celebrities and social media users (including me, in my pre-woke 22 years on this earth) and, as Sunnie Fraser explained in their piece for gal-dem, it unravelled quickly …
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- Jason Okundaye on the ‘narcissism of queer influencer activists’
One of my favourite pieces of this year so far is Jason Okundaye’s examination of queer influencer activists and how their brand of infographic-based activism tries to distill a lot of complex historical information but often comes across as misleading and without nuance. Beyond simply being annoying, the bigger problem is that the content and …
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- The final Sonic the Hedgehog 2 trailer
Before, I was hyped. Now I’m HYYYYPPPPEEEEDDDD! I’m really leaning into Idris Elba’s Knuckles, Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik, more Sonic and TAILS! We’re just weeks away from release and I can’t wait. I may or may not see this at the cinema more than once (subject to pandemic safety).
- McDonald’s but make it impressionist
Ad agency DDB Athens created a new ad campaign for McDonald’s called “Meant to be Classic”, with a series of ads depicting the fast food corporation in classic impressionist paintings. For me, this looks good on face value only and doesn’t really speak to McDonald’s target audience who may appreciate it a Monet or Cézanne …
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- Dan Brown’s other book
Caity Weaver profiled Chloe Gordon, a film maker who went Robert Langdon on Dan Brown when she tried to get her hands on a copy of Dan Brown’s lesser known book, “187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman“. The reason for the mystery and intrigue was every time she tried …
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- Steamed Hams but every scene is in a different animation style
- When you’re on Willem Dafoe’s level of drip, lemme know
His fashion game is so on point, he doesn’t even know what some of the labels even are. More on Dafoe: The best of Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin
- TIL: Easter Saturday isn’t the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday
- A Jago Hazzard London train/tube triple bill
If you’re not already subscribed to Jago Hazzard and you like London tube facts, maybe these three videos will entice you: King’s Cross St Pancras, But Why? How come King’s Cross and St Pancras only get one station between them? Why are there two big stations right next to each other anyway? What’s up with …
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- Fancy some snow cream?
It’s amazing what you’ll find on a random Google search. Snow cream is a dessert that comes in two vareties: A whipped cream variant with added flavourings A dessert using real snow mixed with a dairy ingredient, sugar, and flavourings Due to its appearance, whipped cream was known as snow cream until the 17th century …
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- A brief history of Black actresses fighting for sci-fi roles
Jonita Davis wrote an insightful piece for YES! Magazine all about a century-long battle by Black actresses to get their dues in sci-fi: Black women have long been fixtures in science fiction film and television. In the 20th century, they largely appeared in background roles as maids, cooks, sex workers, or dancers. Then, the 21st century …
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- ‘Softly, the current may bend our bodies’ by Sy Brand & Maren Pan
- The curious case of the ‘bucket list’
If you manage to dodge the bigotry, Reddit is a fascinating place when people care about educating and being wholesome(ish). Take this post for example: a Redditor by the name of plumberoncrack posted “Bear with me here, I need a well-known movie screenshot of a white guy crying over a dead black guy…”. The answer …
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- Black Creative Ecosystems: from Google Sheets to digital garden
AIGA Eye on Design spoke to Annika Hansteen-Izora about Black Creative Ecosystems, originally a Google Sheets list used to redirect the public donations from the 2020 BLM protests to bail funds and various Black initiatives focusing on the Black women, the Black LGBTQ community, and their various intersections. After experiencing an overwhelming wave of support …
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- Principal Skinner’s Vietnam flashbacks
The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong Delta. An overheated private removed his flak jacket, revealing a t-shirt with an iron on sporting the MAD slogan “up with miniskirts”. We all had a good laugh even though I didn’t quite understand it, but our momentary lapse of concentration allowed Charlie …
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- Reuters on pronouns and gendered language
I found this insightful interactive by Reuters exploring prounouns and how languages are reshaping to include nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people: Not everyone identifies as a woman or a man. The movement to recognize gender identities beyond female and male is growing in places like Western Europe and the United States, and changing languages around the world. In English, …
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- Bear Walker x The Pokémon Company have a tonne of Pokémon-themed skateboards
- Venom, carved out of wood
From Woodart Vietnam comes this awesome mahogany wood carving of Venom which took 2 pairs of hands and 25 days to complete.
- What did Werner Herzog think of the best films in 2021?
Comedy writer Phil Gillen wrote reviews of 2021’s best films in the style of Werner Herzog. Films include Jungle Cruise: Ah, the ubermensch. His enormity cannot be contained by his world. By his boat. By his shirt. And so he rules over all of us. 5/10 Mortal Kombat: This film claims to be violent. Have …
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- The semiotic and religious themes found in Snow White
Something I never considered was the semiotics and religious themes in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, specifically the allusions between Snow White and Mary, mother of Jesus. Michael Duricy wrote a paper on it, which opens as follows: Sensitivity to ways God speaks via human experience is a major characteristic of Western Christianity …
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- The Wayland Rudd Collection depicts the ties between the USSR and Black liberation
- Jenkem spoke to Black skaters about their skateboarding experiences
- The frozen town of Vörkuta
Nestled in the north-eastern part of the Komi Republic in Russia is a town called Vorkuta. It’s a coal-mining town with a population of about 50,000 and has the distinction of being the coldest city in Europe with a record temperature of −52 °C (−61 °F) [text is in Finnish]. Despite that population, many villages …
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- Rikesh Chauhan’s brief history of Cuban cigar brands
While I don’t partake, cigars have a certain sophistication and charm to them and they are synonymous with the island of Cuba in the Caribbean. Cultrface’s spiritual forefather Rikesh Chauhan wrote a brief history of Cuba’s various cigar brands for EGM Cigars on his website and opened with a historical correction (I’m here for anything …
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- Making bird prints out of LEGO stamps
Colossal covered the LEGO® stamp art of Roy Scholten, a Dutch artist who used LEGO® pieces with paint to create prints of various bird species: From his studio in Hilversum, Scholten forms dozens of winged creatures found in The Netherlands as part of 50 Birds. The 6 x 6-inch designs adeptly arrange the rigid blocks into …
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- Potato milk is apparently a thing
I’ve written about donkey milk, moose milk, and pea milk but there’s a new milk in town: potato milk. Moss & Fog covered potato milk on Monday and its environmental benefits: First came cow’s milk. Then soy, rice, and almond milk came on the scene. A plethora of other nut milks joined the party, until …
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- Sophia Tassew on the need for equality as a standard in fashion
Sophia Tassew spoke to Bustle about inclusivity in the fashion industry, the need for more progression, and why she’s taken a break from modelling. Here are a few excerpts: You’ve always been a fierce proponent of equality within the modelling and fashion industries, why is that important to you? For me, it’s simple: equality should …
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- ProZD channels his inner Werner Herzog in hilarious rendition of the Jem and the Holograms theme song
I never tire of Werner Herzog internet references and this one is particularly funny from ProZD. See also: Herzog’s thoughts on skateboarding and another meme.
- An interview with Ariel Woodson aka kiddotrue
Another day, another great interview with my friend, Ariel aka kiddotrue, especially for Black History Month. What is favourite city in the world? Hands down, New Orleans. What’s the most unusual item you take everywhere you go? Red lipstick. Can totally change the mood of an outfit or event in an instant. Why do you …
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- Can you stop a volcano?
While researching the eruption of Cumbre Vieja, I asked myself “can you stop a volcano from erupting?”. The short answer is theoretically yes, but the longer answer is kinda but it’d take unfathomable effort, time, money, and resources with no guarantee of success. Bill McGuire wrote a piece on how to stop a volcano based …
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- Monique Wells talks to Atlas Obscura about ‘Entrée to Black Paris’
- The 12 million possible combos of bubble tea
I haven’t had a bubble tea in over 10 years but I still remember the flavour (chocolate and ginger). Apparently that’s one of about 12 million options according to Julia Janicki and Daisy Chung who created some brilliant data viz for Taiwan Data Stories: As two Taiwanese people living abroad, bubble tea runs in our …
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- Chris Burkard new book ‘Wayward’ features amazing photography and personal stories from his life and career
- Black Film Archive’s Black History Month film list
Whether you need some audiovisual content to complement the books you’re reading during Black History Month or you’d prefer films as a replacement for books, Black Film Archive’s 28 Black Films for the 28 Days of Black History Month has you covered: […] In building the second edition of 28 films for 28 days of …
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- Espresso-chocolate chunk cookie cake
I regularly put (decaf) coffee in my hot chocolate drinks (and vice versa) but altogether in a cookie cake? Sounds like heaven to me. Joy Cho kindly published a recipe for Eater: Think of this easy recipe as a edgier, caffeine-spiked version of your classic chocolate chip cookie. Brown a stick of butter until it …
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- JSTOR’s Black History Month article picks
We’re past halfway through Black History Month in the US but there’s never a bad time to get educated. On January 31st, JSTOR Daily editors picked their favourite stories for BHM, covering the lives and experiences of Kwame Ture, Carter G. Woodson, Black cowboys (which we’ve covered too) and ’15 Black Women Who Should Be …
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- Young In Hong: We Where
UK-based artist Hong Young-in currently has her debut solo exhibition, “Young In Hong: We Where”, on display at PKM Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. She told The Korea Herald: “I am interested in history. I never knew when I was in South Korea that I was living in an oppressive society in the 1970s and …
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- Culture can affect how you feel when you listen to music
Research by the Durham University Music and Science Lab has suggested that “the emotional perception of music may be influenced by the listeners’ cultural background“. From there, they also wanted to examine whether this was a universal concept. The team travelled to the Kalash valleys of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region in Pakistan to help their hypothesis: …
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Filed under “why didn’t I think of that?”. Eike König is a German artist who specialises in what he calls “König-style anti-aestheticization”. For all the modern performers who see creativity as a good assistance system for planned business success in the branding coordinates system of international communication, he remains an unfathomable puzzle. Buy Homer vs. Homer …
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- Ejatu Shaw on Black joy and her work of representation and authenticity
- The Valentine’s Day post
It’s Valentine’s Day today and while I won’t be partaking per se, I thought I’d put together a list of blogs and articles dedicated to this hypercapitalist day of love (don’t worry, I won’t preach—you can enjoy your things!) or just love in general. Cultrface posts The Marginalian on James Baldwin and long distance love …
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- Morning Moments by Rikesh Chauhan
Back in August 2020, I featured my good friend Rikesh Chauhan aka RKZ and his stylish photography and creativity. I also explained how Cultrface was thought up initially as a joke, “to showcase his photography”. Well, now I’m back to do it again but this time he has a print series. Morning Moments is Rikesh’s …
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- The Marginalian on James Baldwin and long distance love
As someone who has experienced love from a long-distance, this retrospective from The Marginalian resonated with me. Maria Popova looked back at some passages from James Baldwin’s book, Nothing Personal: One discovers the light in darkness, that is what darkness is for; but everything in our lives depends on how we bear the light. It …
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- Cumbre Vieja: an erupting volcano in 4K
The Cumbre Vieja is a volcanic ridge on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. More specifically, it’s an active volcanic ridge and the video above shows it erupting in 4K quality. Bruno Gonçalves filmed the experience last year. A situation of great contrast, between the beautiful and impressive images that the …
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- An interview with Simpsons writing legend John Swartzwelder
Last week, I read an interesting interview with Simpsons writing legend John Swartzwelder in The New Yorker: Swartzwelder has been deemed “one of the greatest comedy minds of all time.” He is famously private and never grants interviews. Few photos of him exist, although he did make some animated cameos as background “Simpsons” characters—once as a …
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- That awkward moment when it’s f***ing raw
Scenario: you’re in the kitchen, your restaurant is failing, and you’ve just prepared a dish but Gordon Ramsey checks it. He bellows, “it’s f***ing raw!” Panic ensues. Gotta love Kitchen Nightmares. The above video demonstrates why. Cook your food all the way through, people!
- The Index of African American Artists
Jasmine Liu wrote about the Index of African American Artists, a log of all the Black artists who have appeared in the Met Library’s digital catalog named Watsonline: “We do hope that it will encourage and make this material accessible, and expand people’s awareness that this exists,” [Jared] Ash says. The Index hasn’t been widely …
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- The forgotten diaspora of Chinese-Jamaicans
For gal-dem, Nandina Hislop wrote about the Chinese-Jamaican diaspora, how the community was built, from a large nation to a small island, and her own experiences as a person of Chinese and Jamaican heritage: Growing up, I didn’t fully grasp the meaning of what it meant to be a Chinese immigrant in Jamaica. I am …
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- The polystyrene art of Chun Kwang Young
I found Chun Kwang Young via Pinterest. He’s a Korean artist who makes vibrant art from coloured polystyrene. Artsy explained how he makes his art: Chun Kwang Young is best known for his process-driven “Aggregations”—freestanding sculptures and wall hangings composed of hundreds of tiny polystyrene triangles, which the artist wraps in colored mulberry paper printed …
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- The precarious economics of gift cards
Unless you receive gift cards for places you regular spend money in, they can feel like a waste. And they are for many as Colin Nagy’s The Gift Card Economics Edition explained: Walk down an aisle in any CVS and you’ll see a huge wall of gift cards. Often bought when you don’t have the …
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- Putting the ring in Haring
Keith Haring “Dancing Ring”. Tarnish free. Stainless steel. Sustainable and 100% recyclable.
- The etymological journey of zen
Victor Mair of Language Log explored the origins of the word “zen”. Unfortunately, I can’t really quote much of the blog post as it is mostly made up of quotes. But here are a few snippets: “Zen” entered the English lexicon already by 1727. It is fascinating to contemplate that “Zen” and “semantics” are ultimately cognate. …
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- Codex Regius: an Icelandic book of Old Norse poems
Discovered in 1643, Codex Regius (Konungsbók in Icelandic) was thought to be written in the 13th century and contains Old Norse poems from another book, the Poetic Edda. Brynjólfur Sveinsson, the then-Bishop of Skálholt in Iceland found it and gave it to King Frederick III of Denmark as a gift (that’s why it’s called Codex …
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- Laugh more (with Minnie Mouse)
Some fools went buckwild over Minnie Mouse in a pant suit like that’s even new or matters. They need to laugh more. Disney related: The history of Walt Disney Home Video
- Match the Simpsons presidents to their names in this quiz
Can you match the US presidents to their pictures from The Simpsons? I think I got 17/20 without a great knowledge of what all the presidents look like but some are more obvious than others. President related: The Brady-Nixon Connection, the Biden-Harris campaign logo, and Trump has always been trash Other quizzes: Which Hey Arnold! …
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- When Duke magazine came and went in the 1950s
On Sampleface a few days ago, I featured a piece about 2022 being the year of Duke Ellington. Well, did you know there was an unrelated magazine called Duke which featured him on one of its 6 covers? But what was it all about and why did it only run for 6 editions in the …
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- The bright pink lakes of Australia
ABC Science‘s Weird Australia looked at the country’s pink lakes and why they’re that colour. The tl;dr answer: a micro-algae called Dunaliella salina and a pinkish-red bacteria called Salinibacter rubber. Dunaliella salina lives in the lakes and produces beta carotene to protect themselves from UV rays, which give vegetables like red cabbage their colour. Salinibacter …
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- Is ‘slave-free’ chocolate really slave-free?
A friend of mine tweeted a link out regarding Tony’s Chocolonely, a notable chocolate brand created by Dutch journalist and TV producer Teun van de Keuken. It’s best known for being slave-free and van de Keuken started the company “after three years of unsuccessful attempts to change the industry through investigative efforts.” But reports last …
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- ‘Nobody trusts anybody now, Jerry’
Seinfeld and The Thing related: The economics of Seinfeld and John Carpenter and Kurt Russell are the ultimate duo in film commentary (via Future Boy Reviews)
- HOME: a Black-owned artist-led space for Black and Indigenous People of Colour
- A bunch of culture blogs
Is it counterproductive to compile a list of culture blogs to visit on a culture blog? Some would say yes, but I don’t care. There’s more than one place to get cultr’d and the list below should help (alongside our archives): Open Culture – The best free cultural & educational media on the web Tofugu …
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- Hey Gerald basketball figure
Unfortunately, this is now sold out but I wanted to add it to the site for posterity. Speaking of Gerald, grab this shirt. And take this Hey, Arnold quiz. (vis Dogman Toys)
- Mental Floss’s top 25 horror comedies of all time
Mental Floss compiled an interesting “best” list comprised of the top 25 horror comedies of all time. The list covers films from the 1940s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. Interestingly, none were picked from the 50s and 60s but a lot were picked from the 80s, which makes sense but nothing for two decades …
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- Dr. Michael Sugrue on Roland Barthes and semiotics
A very interesting lecture on Roland Barthes, semiotics and his “revolt against structuralism”. I’ve been a fan of Barthes’ literary work for a while, particularly in the field of semiotics, and this lecture distils a lot of it, albeit in a very animated way from Dr Sugrue. My favourite part is when Sugrue starts going …
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- The conservatism and affective labour of emojis
I found this really interesting paper on emojis today called The Conservatism of Emoji: Work, Affect, and Communication. Written by Luke Stark and Kate Crawford, the paper explores the concept of affective labour, a form of work that tries to create or change people’s emotional experiences. Here’s the abstract: This piece examines emoji as conduits …
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- Upendo – Crowns for Kings
Montana ink on heavy cotton rag paper 22 in x 27 in Only 1 left. More from Upendo: The wonderful art of Upendo and Upendo says mask up!
- The best of Johnson from Peep Show
“Are you a pathetic worthless punk?” Of all the characters on Peep Show, Johnson has to be my favourite. Played by Paterson Joseph, Alan Johnson is a former senior loan manager at JLB and Mark Corrigan’s boss for much of the show. His style, confidence, and reckless attitude are enough to make Mark question his …
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- Werner Herzog at Comic Con
Excited for a new Werner Herzog adaptation of Akira (lol). (via Dan Writehead on Twitter)
- Hippos can tell who they’re talking to by their “wheeze honks”
Researchers have been studying hippos in Mozambique and found that they can distinguish other hippos by their vocalisations, particularly whether they’re friend or foe: “Hippos are quite talkative. They have a repertoire of different calls: wheeze honks, grunts, bellows, squeals,” said Prof Nicolas Mathevon, of the University of Saint-Etienne in France, a co-author of the …
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- KUMI sneakers: a sustainable footwear brand from Spain
(Note: this is not sponsored) KUMI Sneakers is a Spanish brand that makes sustainable, cruelty-free vegan sneakers. The footwear is made of corn and recycled plastic bottles (as opposed to new, specially-made plastic, although it does say “plastic-free” on the home page so I don’t know how that works). As for the rest of the …
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The only beverage I drink that requires a bottle opener is root beer and what better way to do that than with a cast iron hippo bottle opener from SUCK UK.
- Sharine Taylor on Michael Ford and the role of architecture in hip hop
- The furniture from Thomas Feichtner’s M3 collection looks cool wooden tesseracts
- Joanne the Scammer said…
- Data viz of MCU and DCEU movies based on Metacritic and IMDB ratings
- Why I won’t be watching Don’t Look Up
When I watched the trailer for Don’t Look Up, I was thought it was comical in a way that you’d do that through-the-nose exhaled laugh at something mildly amusing. But I couldn’t help but notice that the ensemble cast, featuring an array of Oscar, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winners, was attempting satire at …
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- Clandestina skateboard designs by Oscar Maia
Clandestina Skateboards is a skateboarding collective from Portugal and fellow Portuguese designer Oscar Maia designed some skate decks for them (above). Oscar resides in Porto and specialises in communication design and art direction. Skate related: How to make a Hey Arnold! skateboard and 5 ways skateboarding culture inspired modern art (h/t SearchSystem)
- Achille Mbembe on planetary consciousness
Philsopher and professor Achille Mbembe spoke to Nils Gilman about his visions for society’s future and how we need rights that don’t rely on the nation-state: Can we rely on infrastructures that have, to some extent, contributed to turning the world into a burning house? Can we rely on them to learn how to inhabit …
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- Harrison Ford really loves his wife and/or family
A funny supercut of every time Harrison Ford’s character talks about his wife and/or family in films, including scenes from Air Force One, Patriot Games, and Frantic.
- Jamaican Stout ice cream
If you want ice cream with a bittersweet and boozy kick, try this Jamaican stout ice cream from Devon House I-Scream: Stout, a dark Irish ale brewed with roasted barley or malt, was brought to the island in the 1820s. The stout introduced to Jamaica was made with extra malt, to produce the needed alcohol …
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- Sohla El-Waylly’s watermelon gazpacho
You may be more familiar with gazpacho as a cold vegetable soup but you can also make it with watermelons as Sohla El-Waylly demonstrated with this recipe. The full recipe can be found on Serious Eats but you can check out the ingredients below: Ingredients 6 cups watermelon (30 ounces; 840g), roughly diced 2 medium tomatoes (14 …
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- It smells like sweet butt juice
Hoarders is something else (from S10E1, 2019) Speaking of sweet butts, check out Christopher Meloni’s.
- 5 Black airport architects
The Points Guy put together a list of 5 Black architects who were either the lead designer or principal in the build of a US airport terminal. But this should not be a surprise. People of color make up a strikingly small percentage of architects in the U.S. with various estimates putting it at around …
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- Upendo says mask up!
A printed mask with Upendo’s original line work in black and white. Get it on his website today and stay safe out there. The pandemic ain’t over yet!
- A Quantum Leap reboot/sequel is in the works
Well, I didn’t see this coming. Quantum Leap is making a comeback on NBC: Plans for a Quantum Leap reboot have been in talks for some time now and on the late Bob Saget’s podcast last year, Bakula mentioned that while there were serious conversations about the potential of a reboot, “the rights were a mess for years.” However, …
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- Split decision pie pan
For the undecided pie lover. This pan would have rendered American Pie obsolete. Available on Amazon, Wares of Knutford, or HomeLoft UK. Pastry related: Emerald marine chocolate mint tart
- 10 weird-ass superhero movies
The superhero movie market is saturated with the MCU and DCEU but before all that, we had real superhero movies. Sorry, I meant real weird superhero movies. Taste of Cinema compiled a list of the 10 strangest superhero films including The Toxic Avenger, Neutron The Atomic Superman Vs The Death Robots, and RoboGeisha, a movie …
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- Iconic Blaxploitation posters
AIGA Eye on Design looked at 5 Blaxploitation posters that defined the era including Super Fly and Foxy Brown: This poster is rare in how women were depicted. Women in Blaxploitation film posters often were just there to adorn men. This image changes the narrative and features actress Pam Grier front and center, independent in …
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- Hey, there’s a dragon on that building!
Atlas Obscura told the story of Providence Children’s Museum and how Nori the Chinese dragon came to sit on its roof.
- Piece & Love
For fans of pizza and love. Get yours from Team Print Shop.
- Tying the knot, literally
Found this on my internet travels and thought it was clever. A wedding invitation that, once opened, ties the knot. This is from 2011 so I hope Lois and Cris are still happy together (or not, but hopefully happy regardless). Wedding related: Bridekilla
- Keith Haring – Whoopsy Doodle
(via Fine Art Simpsons on Instagram)
- The economics of Seinfeld
An oldie but a goodie; The Economics of Seinfeld looks at economic concepts through the lens of Seinfeld clips. There’s also a book you can buy (on Amazon or Bookshop). The links to the clips are broken but I’m sure you can find them on YouTube or whichever streaming platform Seinfeld is on these days. …
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- The curious case of Banff Airport
Hidden away in the resort town of Banff in Canada lies Banff Airport. It’s a rectangular-shaped clearing, visible from the Trans-Canada Highway but it looks nothing like a regular airport or runway. The above video explains why the airport exists, why it closed and then reopened, and what it’s used for now. Local environmentalists weren’t …
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- NatGeo and social media on the Tonga eruption
There’s a lot of news and info online about the recent volcanic eruptions in Tonga, which occurred yesterday. NatGeo has put together an explainer, covering everything from the tsunami warnings to sonic booms heard in and around Tonga: Just a few weeks ago, a submarine volcano identifiable by two small uninhabitable islands in the Kingdom …
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- The blue cows of Latvia
France24 reports that the once-ultra rare blue cows of Latvia are making a comeback: The unique and hardy breed, driven to near extinction during the Soviet era, has made a comeback over the last few decades as an unlikely symbol of Latvian national identity. “Their worst days are over,” said Arnis Bergmanis, head of the …
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- Keanu Reeves takes the Colbert Questionert
Keanu is such a nice, caring dude. He answered Stephen Colbert’s 15-question “questionert” and revealed his “true soul” to everyone.
- The Afrofuturistic fashions of Iriké Jones
Iriké Jones is a fashion and creative brand led by Walé Oyéjidé, Esq and Sam Hubler. Their work exists outside the confines of conventional Western fashions and art and aims to tell stories with every fibre and thread. We are proud of what we do, because our work genuinely means something to those who see …
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- Karhu Fusion 2.0
The India Ink/Fiery Red one is my favourite. Shame they don’t go up to my size.
- Gastronationalism and the cultural conflicts of food
Ashwanta Jackson examined the way some foods become the subject of cultural debates for the sake of protecting their national identities. Who knew hummus could be so controversial? That light might be shining brightest on hummus. The version of the chickpea puree that comes closest to the modern-day version was a thirteenth-century book, Kitab Wasf al-At’ima al-Mu’tada (The …
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- A unified theory of Superman’s powers
A cool paper (note: this is a link to a PDF) on how Superman got his powers, rejecting the Seigel theory that his strength came from Krypton’s higher gravitational force. This paper suggests that his powers came from a unified ability rather than a host. In this paper we propose a new unified theory for …
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- Big Mouth Billy Bass
Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass? The animatronic singing fish that people went wild for in the late 90s and early 00s. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth owns one. One of the best US exports in pop culture history in my opinion. Buy one from Amazon, Studio, or eBay.
- Jago Hazzard on Phoenix Garden in West London
Hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of West London is Phoenix Garden, community garden and registered charity. The garden is located near Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road and started life as a site for houses and a pub before it became a WWII bomb site, then a car park and finally a garden. As …
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- The Batman from wartime Berlin
On my neverending internet travels, I found out about an alternative Batman story called “The Berlin Batman”, set in Berlin, Germany during the Second World War. It tells the story of Baruch Wane, a wealthy Jewish painter who conceals his faith and identity in the light and the dark for he is the mysterious Batman, …
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- The weird and diverse world of ASMR, as told by Luvie
ASMR helps me relax but I appreciate it doesn’t help everyone. I also understand it can go down some weird paths and Luvie discovered that too as she explained in her video (above). If you want to give ASMR a try, my go-to channels are: Whisper Audios ASMR Little Clover Whispers Goodnight Moon Busy B …
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- Barista-style tea
Top tip for anyone at home who wants a fancy cup of tea: add the teabag to your cup of choice, boil your kettle, and, once it’s ready, tilt the cup and pour the water delicately from top to bottom. Then do the same with the milk. Don’t expect a pattern though. Froth the milk …
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- Celebrating Dostoevsky in contemporary culture
Embacy, a Russian design studio, made an interactive site dedicated to Dostoevsky and his contributions to pop culture. The site features the likes of Sigmund Freud, Columbo, The Simpsons, and Akira Kurosawa. I’ve yet to read Dostoevsky’s work but I’ve always been aware of his work. What I didn’t know was how far-reaching his legacy …
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- Why is kawaii so popular in the West?
Angela Chen wrote about the popularity of cute culture from Japan, known affectionately as “kawaii”. The main focus of the article was Hello Kitty, with its global popularity a source of contention from some who thought it “infantilized” the country: The widespread Japanese embrace of cute has always been self-aware and political, according to Yano. Icons like …
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- Brutal rugs
I wrote about brutal bookends a while back. If you managed to get some, you might need a brutalist-inspired rug to really tie the room together. Tigmi Trading has released a rug collection called Rilievo which is inspired by the work of Italian modernist architect Carlo Scarpa. (via My Modern Met)
- Black & Gold II
Rouguy Faye proving all that glitters is gold. (via @schiaparelli)
- People said ‘omicron’ on Star Trek a lot more than I expected
If you’re struggling to pronounce ‘Omicron’, have no fear because Star Trek is here! This quick 30-second guide will have you prepped with the right pronunciation because EVERYONE’S talking about it right now. Can’t think why… *deep sigh*
- 20×200: more affordable art for everyone
20×200 sells exckusive “museum-quality” limited-edition prints. Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and the service works very closely with its artists. 20×200 also sells artist-made objects such as pins and these cute speech bubble dishes which I love. I don’t really want to bring NFTs into this conversation but here they are! 20×200 …
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- Jean-Michel Basquiat is getting a new biopic called ‘Samo Lives’
- Hot chocolate with added spice
If you’re looking for a different kind of hot chocolate, try this spiced hot chocolate recipe. Follow the link for how to make it but check the ingredients below (which I’m sure you can substitute for dairy-free alternatives where applicable) Ingredients 400ml full cream milk 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 1 tsp light brown …
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- Cool stuff I didn’t know about chayote
For years, my mum would talk about this green vegetable called chou chou. All I knew was I didn’t want to eat it as a kid. While I still haven’t tried it (I don’t think, at least not knowingly), I knew it was part of my heritage and I recently discovered it on holiday in …
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- Did you know that ‘fantastic’ and ‘phenotype’ are etymological relatives?
- Satan’s Drano is gnarly, dude!
Most people agree that Los Angeles looks like a boring place. Every high school has a perfect 12 stair handrail and everything is manufactured and inauthentic. But Satan’s Drano, the only skate hot sauce brand, might change that. Their creator Bob LaSalle just released their first “Lifestyle and Action Sports Video” with the perfect amount of guitar solos, …
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- Never Aired: Profile on James Baldwin ABC’s 20/20 (1979)
10 minutes of James Baldwin. Need I say more? See also: James Baldwin on the American Negro image, the world, the meaning of liberty, and brief excerpts from his 1,884-Page FBI File
- That train is moving at a glacial pace
This wouldn’t look out of place in Virginia right now but the video above was taken in 2017 somewhere in the US (if anyone knows, please comment). I’m just surprised the snow wasn’t cleared up as it looks like a busy enough station to warrant it.
- An original clarified milk punch
Via Mary Rockett’s original recipe from 1711 (an adaptation can be found on Cook’s Illustrated): Ingredients Two gallons of hot milk One gallon of brandy Five quarts of water Eight lemons Two pounds of sugar Recipe Let the mixture sit for an hour Strain it through a flannel bag Pour over ice Lasts for months. …
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- Flaming Moe’s x Adidas ZX 1000
Stupid Moe, non-inventing, recipe-stealing, pug-nosed… Get them from Adidas or try your luck on eBay.
- The history of Burger King’s promo kingdom
Yesterworld examined Burger King’s “kingdom”, from the original Burger King to the BK Kids Club and back to the Burger King but in creep mode. I have fond memories of the BK Kids Club before I swore never to eat there again after a bout of food poisoning in 2001.
‘Til Death Do Us Part Ring’ is a project by Kate Mess. Unfortunately, it’s not on sale anymore but I thought it was a unique way to say I’m engaged… in combat!
- Duck fashionistas
Sydney holds an annual duck fashion show as part of its Royal Easter Show. The Pied Piper Duck Show is one of the highlights of the event with around 900,000 visitors attending the whole thing. More on the duck fashion show can be found on My Modern Met. (h/t Cass)
- The ghostly signs of London
Before abandoned billboards showing sun-faded adverts from your childhood, there were painted signs and logos on walls that barely stood the test of time. In a new book called Ghost Signs: A London Story, Sam Roberts and Roy Reed look at London’s “ghost signs” and their history. ‘[The signs] are voices from the past, they …
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- Chris Punsalan and fam did the Hot Ones Challenge
Folks eating spicy food and losing their entire shit will always make me laugh until I can’t breathe. While I’d never do any kind of hot pepper challenges, I guess that lack of oxygen is something we all share. Music producer Chris Punsalan sacrificed his body, mind, and soul for the pursuit of Hot Ones …
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- Have you been to Margie’s Meatloaf Mecca?
It’s only 5th January and I’ve already fallen down the weirdest rabbit hole of the year. On Tumblr, I found this Twitter screenshot: I thought the tweet was funny and then kept reading. Only meatloaf and strawberry milk? There were further screenshots of the actual website and Google reviews. Given the wacky nature of the …
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- The world’s 10 oldest cities with people still living in them
From Web Urbanist, a list of the world’s 10 oldest still-inhabited cities. You’ll recognise a few, such as Jerusalem, Jericho, and Damascus, but a few others might not have entered your head, like Lisbon: Due to its exceptional harbor situated where the Tagus river empties into the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has always been an ideal …
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- Old LEGOs sets could be more valuable than gold, large stocks, and bonds
- Digg’s best movies of 2021 via everyone else
Digg has done the hard work for us and collated lots of “best movies of 2021” lists to make an omnilist of their own (see their methodology). In case you were wondering, I’ve seen precisely zero (0) of them and I even went as far as thinking I saw The French Dispatch until I realised …
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- Marijn van Hoorn’s predictions for 2022
I’ve been following Marijn’s site for some time and they made a list of predictions for this year covering a range of topics including the UK, the US, tech, and entertainment. Some are quite bold but make sense, others less so but still make sense. A few of my “favourites”/ones I can see happening: – …
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- A little less information
In The Convivial Society: Vol. 2, No. 8, L. M. Sacasas explored the idea of doomscrolling and the constant pursuit of more information which isn’t helping us get through whatever the hell is going on right now: My point turns out to be relatively straightforward: maybe you and I don’t need more information. And, if …
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- Copyrighted works from 1926 enter the public domain today
- An interview with ‘Women of Colour in Japan’ director, Amarachi Nwosu
For Tokyo Weekender, Cezary Jan Strusiewicz interviewed Amarachi Nwosu, the director of ‘Women of Colour in Japan’ and two of the documentary’s co-stars, Uzochi Okoronkwo and Ameya: Women of Color in Japan focuses on three people. There’s Ameya, a Japan-born filmmaker, photographer, writer and co-founder of the visual media collective Ikix Studio. Uzochi Okoronkwo is a …
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- Language Log discovers the word ‘yeet’ (and so do I, kinda)
No shade on Mark Liberman at all; I just thought his discovery of the word ‘yeet’ was funny: Today I learned that yeet means (among other things) “To discard an item at a high velocity”. I didn’t learn this from the not-very-reliable Urban Dictionary, but from Umar Shakir, “Tom Brady says the next sideline Surface he yeets will …
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- Monsters ain’t that bad
Cody Delistraty wrote about monsters and their “more nuanced” nature. Are they misunderstood and capable of teaching us more than their evil existence lets on? Though Freud posited that Medusa’s hair represented sexual repression, a symbol of castrated genitalia and the madness to which that might lead a person, the poet Ann Stanford, in her …
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- A directory of Black designers from around the world
Blacks Who Design is a directory of Black designers that aims to “inspire new designers, encourage people to diversify their feeds, and discover amazing individuals to join your team.” While the designers are mainly concentrated in North America (USA + Canada), there are designers from places like the UK, Poland, Nigeria, Kenya, and Germany to …
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- The top 10 posts of 2021
I know the numbers are arbitrary on their own, but I can’t help looking at page views. It lets me know that someone has taken the time to investigate what I’ve written and, if they stick around, great. If not, fair enough (but I always hope they come back). So I decided to look up …
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- Doug Bradley reading A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
- 30 days, 30 maps
Visionscarto spent the 30 days of November publishing daily map data visualisations for a variety of areas both geographically and mathematically. Here he explained why he is so fascinated by mapping algorithms: Why am I so fascinated by the early computer mapping algorithms? Maybe another way of framing that question is to ask, what have we lost when …
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- MSG (monosodium glutamate) as the ‘sixth taste’
Daniel Soar wrote about the origins and racist vilification of monosodium glutamate (MSG), an umami-rich flavour additive created by Ajinomoto Co., Japan’s biggest producer of condiments and seasonings. It grew in popularity for the first half of the 20th century but that success came crashing down thanks to a medical journal article: In 1968 the New …
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- Tips on how to buy presents that people want
Will Patrick wrote some advice on present buying for people and explained why we’re so bad at it: In 1993 – to cries of ‘Grinch!’ – economist Joel Waldfogel published a now-infamous paper (among certain economist circles, anyway) titled ‘The Deadweight Loss of Christmas‘. In it, Waldfogel argues that huge sums of money are wasted …
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- The making of Batman Returns
For Den of Geek, David Crow put together a chronicle of Batman II becoming Batman Returns: Who broods more than the Batman? That is the point of view filmmakers took with Batman Returns, a Tim Burton art-piece masquerading as blockbuster entertainment. The bleakest and kinkiest superhero movie ever made, Batman Returns takes the first line of the original Sam Hamm screenplay to …
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- Hasekura Tsunenaga: the samurai who became a Roman citizen
Open Culture delved into the history of Hasekura Tsunenaga, a 17th century samurai who had an incredible life of travelling which included meeting Pope Paul V: Sent on a mission to Europe and America by his feudal lord, Date Masumune, Hasekura “set off on a quest to earn riches and spiritual guidance,” Andrew Milne writes …
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- A blog post about popular fonts
Thanks to Pocket for inspiring this typographical rabbit hole. The Tragicomedy of Digital Fonts by Frank Adebiaye A piece on the rises, falls, mockeries, and triumphs of a range of fonts and their foundries including: Arial and Monotype Times New Roman Calibri and Microsoft Roboto and Google Monotype’s history is particularly interesting: Monotype was saved …
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- Fancy a feuerzangenbowle this Christmas?
A feuerzangenbowle is a Christmas drink from Germany that literally translates as ‘fire tongs punch’. The ‘punch’ is mulled wine (glühwein) and you get a flaming rum-soaked sugarloaf over the top which drips into it. Gastro Obscura gave some info on how to make it: This special punch starts as red wine that is warmed …
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- ‘What’s a Tom Swifty?” asked Dick in a harried manner
A Tom Swifty is a pun that plays on the description of reported speech. The title of this blog post was an example—it features the names Tom (Swifty), Dick and Harry (in the word ‘harried’). Other examples include: “I manufacture table tops,” said Tom counterproductively. “Let’s have a debate about cows,” Tom mooted. “Who discovered …
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- The black and gold of Vasily Bodnar
Vasily Bodnar is a Russian motion designer and in the above project, called Black Gold, he used motion design and 3D software to create a vision of gold enveloping a black human figure. Gold related: ‘…Paint that shit gold!‘, kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold, and 12 objects unnecessarily covered in gold. (via …
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- L’évolution en voie d’Illumination
I saw this on the news yesterday and had to write about it. L’évolution en voie d’Illumination (Or ‘Illuminated Evolution’) is a spectacular night show exploring the evolution of life over the course of 600 million years. The show is held at Jardin des Plantes in Paris and goes through 4 eras of evolution, from …
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- It’s a Christmas tree in a cocktail!
There’s always a question of what you do with your old Christmas tree when Christmas is over. According to Capital Gardens, you could turn it into mulch or compost, turn it into a bird feeder, or even replant it. But Gastro Obscura has another idea—use it to make a cocktail: In the winter of 2015, …
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- Open Culture’s list of 60 free film noir movies
Film noir is something I’ve really wanted to get into but I didn’t know where to start. The term describes Hollywood crime and mystery involving detectives with issues solving crimes shrouded in cynicism and darkness. While it’s known more as an American film style, film noir is often associated with black and white visuals inspired …
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- Kristin Hunt on our cinematic viewing behaviour in the streaming age
- LogoArchive.Africa showcases the logos and trademarks of the African continent
- bell hooks (1952–2021)
bell hooks has passed away at the age of 69. It’s a tragic loss to the world and she will be sorely missed but her work in writing, feminism, and activism lives on. I remember reading her essay ‘Plantation Mistress or Soul Sister‘ for my dissertation and how it changed a lot of my perspectives …
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- Guy Shrubsole’s ambitious plan to map Britain’s rainforests
Atlas Obscura spoke to Guy Shrubsole about his conversation project aiming to map the rainforests of Britain: Woodland conservationists consider the few fragments of ancient temperate rainforests that survive in Britain to be in more danger than their tropical counterparts, says Shrubsole, who describes himself as a “very amateur, but very enthusiastic naturalist.” “Knowing where …
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- Misinformation vs. disinformation: a battle for better research and policies
- Women in Type showcases the influential women of typography
Type is more than fancy serifs, sans-serifs, ligatures, and Helvetica everywhere. Women in Type is a brilliant interactive site that highlights the contributions of women in the type industry since the last century. There are a host of photos of women in printing studios and type drawing offices alongside links exploring feminism, technology, and their …
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- Vox asks what’s cool these days
When I think of the word “cool“, I think of Miles Davis. But I don’t know many people with even a microgram of that coolness today. Vox examined the idea of coolness and whether it means the same thing now as it did in the 20th century: In America, we have had 30 Under 30 …
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- What’s a ‘jawn’? Well, it could be anything.
Dan Nosowitz wrote about the word jawn for Atlas Obscura and its linguistic ubiquity: The word “jawn” is unlike any other English word. In fact, according to the experts that I spoke to, it’s unlike any other word in any other language. It is an all-purpose noun, a stand-in for inanimate objects, abstract concepts, events, …
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- Rianna Jade Parker on the changing perceptions of Black British art
For The Guardian, art curator and critic Rianna Jade Parker examined the renewed interest in Black British artists: In more recent times, the hugely popular exhibitions Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (2017), The Place Is Here (2017), and Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers (2019) have galvanised a new audience, generating …
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- The new Sonic 2 trailer has me HYPED!
I loved the first Sonic movie. It was the last film I saw before the pandemic and I still carry around the ticket stub as a sentimental reminder of the film and a time before my life was changed by this horrible virus. But Sonic 2 is coming in April 2022 (please?) and Paramount dropped …
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- A blog post about Japanese geishas and kimonos
I found these articles in October and thought I’d share them. The first one, from Vogue, is an interview with a Japanese kimono culture expert and she shares her beauty and wellness secrets some of which had been followed by “Geishas and Japanese women over 100 years ago”: On her detailed skincare routine “In the …
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- Comrade Kiev: a collection of Soviet art posters by Stephane Cornille
- James Bond villains and their love of post-Soviet architecture
For JSTOR, Jonah Goldman Kay examined the preferences of James Bond villains for post-Soviet architecture and it came from Sir Ian Fleming and his disdain for modernism: In particular, Fleming objected to modernism’s obsession with utopia, which was antithetical to his conservative ideology. Fleming saw the ideal world as existing in the past, within an …
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- From Braun shaver to War Machine
Ray is a Gunpla model builder and scale modeller and in the above video, he transforms a Braun Series 9 shaver into War Machine (James Rhodes). The shaver is already a great-looking piece of technology but seeing it become a robot model is a joy to behold. Related to building cool stuff: Ekow Nimako’s Afrofuturistic …
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- An animated version of the ‘what the hell: I’ll just eat some trash’ scene from Seinfeld
- The 13 birds of Christmas
Stephen Moss compiled a list of the 13 birds most associated with Christmas. Most of them are from The Twelve Days of Christmas with a bonus bird: Like many ancient rhymes, stories and songs, The Twelve Days of Christmas has been the subject of countless explanations of its ‘real meaning’. Some have suggested that it is an …
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- Figs and wasps: a mutual relationship
My mum reminded me that I explained how figs were formed a while ago (I’d completely forgotten this but I blame that on the pandemic). The above video explains how wasps play a pivotal role in the survival of figs (their relationship is known as mutualism) but here’s a brief excerpt from Julie R. Thomson: …
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- Phaidon’s ‘African Artists: From 1882 to Now’
Phaidon has published a new book called ‘African Artists: From 1882 to Now‘, covering 140 years of African art through the work of 316 artists from 51 countries. The book aims to showcase art from the whole continent rather than specific countries or regions. That means you get to see North African art alongside West …
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- SeriesHeat gets you a heatmap of average IMDb ratings for your favourite TV shows
- Alan Macleod on the War in Afghanistan and its influence on Hollywood
- Look, don’t touch (or eat!)
Priya Gandhi retold the story of Ed Brzezinski, who, on a visit to a Robert Gober exhibition, ate one of the donuts from his piece called “Bag of Donuts”, as well as other accounts of museum go-ers treating exhibits as interactive art installations (when they weren’t): In 1989, the New York Post reported that Ed Brzezinski, on …
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- The Romans thought excessive milk drinking and eating butter was ‘crude and tasteless’
- Living While Black, in Japan
“Living While Black, in Japan” is a film by photojournalist and filmmaker team Keith Bedford and Shiho Fukada. They are both married and moved to Japan three years ago. Fukada was born in Japan and missed her family while living in New York where she met Bedford. Bedford is African American. He says he likes …
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- The Victoria line could have been called the Viking Line
As Jago Hazzard explains in the above video, there were several proposed names for the Victoria Line on the London Underground and the best one was the Viking Line. But it had nothing to do with the seafaring people of 8th century Scandinavia—it was a portmanteau of Victoria + King‘s Cross as the line went …
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- The cultural taboos of pointing at rainbows
TIL: it’s a no-no to point at a rainbow in many cultures around the world. Robert Blust has spent the last few years exploring these rainbow-pointing taboos and why they all exist. His first encounter with the belief came in 1980 in Jakarta, when he was a university professor: […] One of the teachers, seeing …
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- Ill-Studio’s ‘Then & Now’ explores the reconstruction of deconstructed buildings
- Tobi Kyeremateng on the joy of Nigerian childhood parties
iNews published an excerpt by Tobi Kyeremateng from the book Black Joy about her love of Nigerian parties as a child. I’ll keep the quote short and brief as you should definitely read the original link and the whole book: There was a particular pride to be taken in hosting parties, especially “Why not?” parties …
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- It’s a federal crime to sell a pig carcass if it has a ‘pronounced sexual odor.’
- Is ‘ugly design’ good or bad for culture?
Creative director Andrea Trabucco-Campos wrote about the pros of ‘ugly design’ for Fast Company: For a designer, “ugliness” hasn’t historically been something to strive for. Beauty has largely been a no-brainer when it comes to what’s desirable, or what constitutes “good” design. Yet, culturally, we’re becoming increasingly fatigued by perfection. After years of brands behaving …
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- Design Within Copy shows off design knock offs (and their knock offs)
- Black Film Archive
Black Film Archive is an archive of Black films made between 1915–1979. Their collection is ever-growing and they will likely expand that timeframe in the future but for now, that period covers a lot of significant Black cinema eras. But the important thing is all the films are streamable in some way. Here’s how Black …
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- The best of Salem Saberhagen (some of it anyway)
Sometimes, I wonder where I got my sarcasm from. Other than my dad and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (aka my favourite), it was Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. His acerbic wit and zero chill was a revelation to witness as a kid. He was punished by the Witches Council to live …
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- A Kaws-tic review by Hrag Vartanian
I try to avoid meta-reviews when they’re especially scathing (Rashayla Marie Brown’s review of Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” is a notable exception) but I was intrigued by this one by Hrag Vartanian. For Hyperallergic, he reviewed Kaws’ retrospective exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum curated by Eugenie Tsai. Vartanian starts throwing critical punches from the …
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- The African origins of Yasuke’s name
I covered Yasuke, an African samurai in feudal Japan in 2019 (I honestly thought it was in 2020 but I digress). His story was retold by Satoshi Okunishi for a popular* Netflix animated series and Language Log investigated the African etymology of his name via Wikipedia. Apparently, there are a few theories: He was a …
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- Portillo’s famous cake shake
Portillo’s is a restaurant chain in Chicago known for its famous hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, salads, and its cake shakes. Insider’s Medha Imam visited Portillo’s Summit, IL location to learn what goes into making the iconic cake shake. Rumor has it they put an entire slice of chocolate cake into their milkshake, making it …
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- BlookUp turns your social media updates and blog posts into books
- Babish makes steakhouse burgers
I love Five Guys* but when I need to stop my bank account from gently weeping, I like to make my own (as best I can). That’s why I was excited for Babish’s video about making steakhouse burgers. Babish made his own buns for this episode—not for me but go off, king—and picked 7 cuts …
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- Star Wars… yoga?!
Awaken the force in the down dog position with Cosmic Kids Yoga’s Star Wars-themed yoga workout. Jokes aside, this makes thematic sense given Star Wars’ ties to spiritualism and qi but it was unexpected to see on YouTube, especially because it’s targeted at children. I bet my son would enjoy this.
- Dopesick: a miniseries about America’s opioid problem
It’s great to see Michael Keaton in more things these days and that’s a major part of why I’m looking forward to watching Dopesick. Based on the book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy, the 8-episode series focuses on “the epicenter of America’s struggle with Opioid addiction”. Keaton …
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- Rohini Kejriwal on the history of indigo
Indigo is the penultimate colour of the rainbow and it is etymologically tied to India, demonstrating how far its origins go way back as Rohini Kejriwal discovered for Hyperallergic. While indigo’s etymology identifies it as a “product of India,” it has a long history of being grown and used around the world for over four …
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- ‘We Are History’ examines the links between art, colonialism and climate change
- The spaceship McDonald’s from Alconbury in Cambridge
It’s no longer with us but the spaceship McDonald’s, just off the A1 in Alconbury (UK), was an icon in the 90s. But it wasn’t always a Maccy D’s. The building opened in 1990 and traded as a Megatron, a space-age restaurant (below), but 3 years later, it transformed into a McDonald’s. According to a …
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- …Paint that shit gold!
A group of men were arrested at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport when customs officials found 4kg of gold stashed in their… rectums. Acting on intelligence, the accused were intercepted on Friday after their arrival at the airport in two different flights from Manipur’s Imphal. As per developed intel, Delhi customs (preventive) intercepted five passengers …
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- Mountain Dew-flavoured cocktails, punches, and shooters
Who knew Mountain Dew was so versatile. I blogged about Mountain Dew cheesecake last September and a few months ago, I found a recipe list for 140 Mountain Dew drinks. They’re mostly alcoholic drinks—cocktails, punches, and shooters—but there are a few non-alcoholic ones in there. Names include: Vuck Me Up (Cranberry-Strawberry Juice, Mountain Dew, Vodka) …
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- ‘Repro Japan’ and how Japanese culture has influenced the rest of the world
- The nostalgic packaging of Can Club
Instagram, for all its many faults, is a great place for nostalgia. I’ve featured a few of those accounts on this site and I’m here to add a new one: @itscanclub. The account features mostly food packaging from the 80s and 90s and the odd carrier bag, old phonecard, and map. Anyone who grew up …
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- How’d you like them apples?
William Mullan has an Instagram account called @pomme_queen. It’s dedicated to unique apple variants and flowers and this year, he put wrote “Odd Apples“, a book about those unorthodox cultivars. Where does this fascination come from? Apparently, it began during childhood when Mullan discovered the Egremont-Russet apple variety. But it wasn’t until years later, during …
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- The ordered chaos of Yeesookyung’s kintsugi sculptures
If you’re familiar with kintsugi, you’ll know how it finds beauty in the broken. Yeesookyung’s kintsugi sculptures, however, try to turn broken chaos into a sense of ceramic order. Blending ornately patterned vessels with deities and animals, the delicate assemblages meld shards of discarded ceramic into new forms with bulbous sides, halved figures, and drips …
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- A mini Halloween post
Since it’s Halloween and the last day of “Spooky Month”, I thought I’d put together a list of Halloween/horror related links for you to enjoy. The 20 Best ’80s Horror Movies Ranked (Slash Film) – David Court put together this neat little 80s horror film list with a mix of classics and more niche picks. …
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- How to make Jamaican rum punch with Wray and Nephew (recipe)
- The creative direction of Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams is a creative based in LA. He works predominately in casting, photography, and art direction and boasts clients such as BET, Def Jam Records, Nike, Stussy, and Warner Music Group. There’s something very cool and understated about Tyler’s art direction. I like his use of lighting and colour and the mix of urban landscapes and …
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- ‘I’m just experiencing Japanese culture’
Ah yes, a meme about Japanese culture… except it isn’t really. ‘I’m just experiencing Japanese culture’ or ‘I’m just experiencing Japanese culture, mom’ centres on two memes: My mum thinks it’s all weird (and a lot of anime is) but next time, I’ll do the meme. For the (Japanese) culture! More Japanese culture: Why is …
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- New teaser trailer for The Flash (starring Michael Keaton’s voice)
- ‘Bold Black British’, curated by Aindrea Emelife
‘Bold, Black British’ was an exhibition held at Christie’s London between 1–21 October, showcasing Black British art from the 80s until the present. It was curated by Aindrea Emelife who wanted to show a wide range of Black British art besides a few paintings: ‘I like to see my curatorial practice as a Trojan horse,’ …
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- Oh wow, that’s tight
I’ve never seen anything so tight.
- Brain Pickings is now The Marginalian
I won’t bore you with the inner workings of SEO but I always wince a little when I see a longstanding site change their name (and domain). Not because it’s cringy but because, in some ways, it’s starting from the beginning again. But when I read about Brain Pickings changing its name to The Marginalian …
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- The Morning News’s “Secret Horror” movie list
I’m not big on Halloween but dabble in Halloween-related media when October rolls by. I’m also partial to a good horror movie as long as it doesn’t mess my head up too much. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the movies in The Morning News’s “Secret Horror” list would fall under the latter category, regardless …
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- How many countries can you name in Europe? (QUIZ)
Can you name 47 of the European countries listed in this Sporcle quiz? This will put your geography knowledge to the test, particularly some of the name changes of certain countries and how many of the tiny nations you can remember. Oh, and those pesky municipalities. I’ve said too much already… I got 43/47, although …
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- A UK Black History Month Post (2021)
I’m going to quote myself from last year because it’s still relevant: It’s been a challenging year to navigate and, needless to say, Black people are tired. I’ve not really written anything specific about Black History Month this year but I have thrown in some Black British content here and there. So I’m going to emulate …
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- TheArtfulGabby is doing Halloween makeup every day for charity
The very talented TheArtfulGabby demonstrated her makeup talents for spooky season by transforming into different characters every day this Halloween month for charity. So far she’s done Frankenstein’s monster, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Joker (the 3 most recent ones), Harley Quinn (my personal fave), and some Marvel characters (Black Panther and Spider-Man). I’m …
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- Rhea Dillon on ‘Nonbody Nonthing No Thing’, her debut solo exhibition
For AnOther, Sagal Mohammed spoke to Rhea Dillon about her first solo exhibition, entitled Nonbody Nonthing No Thing. The Black British-Jamaican artist, writer and poet uses a variety of media to interpret what she calls the “‘rules of representation’ as a device to undermine contemporary Western culture” and “‘humane afrofuturism’ as a practice of bringing …
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- Carvell Wallace on Candyman and the exploitation of Black pain in cinema
- Tina M. Campt’s ‘A Black Gaze’
I follow MIT’s tech blog and stumbled upon a book from their press called ‘A Black Gaze’: In A Black Gaze, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary artists who are shifting the very nature of our interactions with the visual through their creation and curation of a distinctively Black gaze. Their work—from Deana Lawson’s disarmingly intimate portraits …
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- A brief history of pumpkin spice
Moss and Fog looked at the history of pumpkin spice: The fall’s unofficial flavor wasn’t always pumpkin spice. But as people’s love of autumn and all things nostalgic reached fever pitch, the unmistakable seasonal taste cemented its place The history of that spice mix goes back much farther than you might think. Indeed, this American …
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- Kyndall Cunningham’s interview with filmmaker Ashley O’Shay
Kyndall Cunningham spoke to filmmaker Ashley O’Shay about her latest documentary, ‘Unapologetic‘. The film examines the way Black organisers in Chicago—primarily focusing on two young Black women, Janaé Bonsu and Bella BAHHS—came together in the wake of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald’s murders by the police. H: Given the history of infiltration in social movements, how …
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- How to brew coffee like it’s the 19th century
You’ve got your French press, your coffee cone, and your Moka Pot to name but a few ways to make coffee. But how about a 19th-century balancing siphon? Boing Boing showed off this throwback contraption in the video above and it certainly has some flair to it. The balancing siphon was notably used in Belgium …
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- When Batman mercilessly killed that Red Triangle Gang member
- Gabriel Rosenberg on W. E. D. Stokes, Charles Davenport, and eugenics
- Wastebasket, Snowflakes, and Spraypaint
Concrete poetry from Rob Giampietro with three poems called Wastebasket, Snowflakes, and Spraypaint. Here is Snowflakes (the poem above) in standard written form: “No owls as we wake now. As flakes fake snow, we fake OKs. So now we owe. Lakes soak. Oaks flake. No snow owls. No snow as we wake.” The work was …
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- Black British people from the Windrush era are the focus of a new photo exhibition at Wrest Park
I’ve been waiting months for this and it’s finally here. So sad that it’s the last one but what a send-off. For those who don’t know, Demi Adejuyigbe has been making videos to commemorate 21st September, the date Earth, Wind & Fire sang about in ‘September‘, and to donate to various charities over the years. …
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- Rachel Syme on Michelle Pfeiffer’s considered career
For The New Yorker, Rachel Syme interviewed Michelle Pfeiffer about her life and career which hasn’t followed the same kinds of paths most Hollywood actresses have taken (on purpose): You’ve given different reasons over the years why you don’t love being interviewed, but the one that stuck with me is that you were always afraid …
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- Language without emojis
Clo S. of This Too Shall Grow went two weeks without using emojis and chronicled her experiment: On the first day of my experiment, I was already worrying that I wasn’t warm enough, or wasn’t conveying my reactions well enough. On the second day, I missed using emojis. It hadn’t even been 48 hours, but …
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- Ricardo Junqueira’s Lisbon lobby photography
The Spaces interviewed Ricardo Junqueira, a man with a love for photography and Lisbon’s vibrant lobby areas: Brazilian photographer Ricardo Junqueira relocated to Lisbon in 2012 and got his start shooting for Airbnb. ‘As tourism bloomed, I had the chance to capture more residential spaces – I photographed around 2000 Lisbon houses’, says Junqueira. ‘The variety I …
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- Zack Handlen’s review of ‘Marge Be Not Proud’ is superb
I’ve never got into episode reviews for TV series, especially for shows like the Simpsons (mostly because I don’t watch new episodes and why would I want to read someone else’s opinion on a show I already love?) Except there’s good reason—you can learn something new. And I did when I read Zack Handlen’s review …
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- Zito Madu on learning French
This is now the third time I’ve covered Zito Madu on one of my blogs (see his features on Playrface and Sampleface). Here, he discussed his year of learning French in 2020: Marseille is a beautiful city, as most cities by the sea and with ancient architecture, large churches and cathedrals tend to be (not …
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- The gloomy digital illustrations of 6VCR
Eugenia Goncharova, aka 6VCR is a concept artist, illustrator, and 2D animator from Kaliningrad in Russia. She specialises in digital art that takes inspiration from her home country. I recommend you check out her shop as well.
- Liam Wong – After Dark
We’ve featured Liam Wong previously and now he’s back with a new book called “After Dark”. After Dark is a one-of-a-kind publication documenting Wong’s nocturnal journeys through the world’s most captivating cities. Following his début monograph, TO:KY:OO, which captured Tokyo’s beauty at night, Wong widens his lens from the city that became his spiritual and …
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- The natural photography of Théo de Gueltzl
Théo de Gueltzl is a Paris-born photographer who has found himself in a lot of different place since he left his native France. When we last spoke to Théo in 2017, he was living in Bogota following a road trip he had undertaken from Los Angeles, through Mexico, and into South America. There he established …
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- A review of Emily Rapp Black’s book, ‘Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg’
Sophia Stewart reviewed Emily Rapp Black’s new book, ‘Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg’ for Hyperallergic: The question that propels Emily Rapp Black’s Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg is simple and self-implicating: “Why do we (I) love Frida?” Throughout the book’s fourteen loosely-linked essays, Black lays claim to Kahlo for unique reason: like the …
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- The pioneering designs of Thomas Miller
Motorola, Bauer & Black, and 7 Up—just some of the names that Thomas Miller worked on during his career at Goldsholl Associates. He’s also best known for his mosaics in the lobby of the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago. The Black American designer worked on everything from logo design to animation, but, like …
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- Rikki Byrd on the anti-Black history of American department stores
- ‘Learning a new language is a lot like entering a new relationship.’
- 3 levels of milkshakes
Epicurious asked 3 chefs to make a milkshake (I think the title was a typo). Once they all made and tasted the milkshakes, a food scientist analysed their creations. More on milkshakes: Binging with Babish’s $5 milkshake from Pulp Fiction and the origin of the milkshake line in ‘There Will Be Blood’.
- Community through food from people of colour
Catharine Hughes looked at the various UK community food projects headed by people of colour: “Community is the act of coming together, but for me, it’s the coming together to achieve something,” says Fahima Jilani, the owner of Mosa Mosa, a Bengali food platform based in the West Midlands. Fahima began Mosa Mosa back in 2017, …
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- Johnson Eziefula on his art and his relationship with identity
Johnson Eziefula is a Nigerian artist who uses mixed-media to display the various elements of life and identity: “I find my major inspiration as an artist in a mix of my environment and its components,” he adds, citing people and their social, behavioural and cultural characteristics as key drivers to his creations. “Environment in this …
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- Sampira on Britain’s Art(ifact) Problem
Sammy Willbourne aka Sampira wrote about the various issues with British museums exhibiting stolen artifacts from countries around the world including the Kingdom of Benin (now modern-day Nigeria, not to be mistaken with Benin), Greece, Easter Island, and Egypt: When you look at a mummy encased in a glass prison, you must wonder, did they …
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- Prince’s shoe collection exhibited at Paisley Park
The Beautiful Collection opened on 9th July 2021 for fans to view over 300 pairs of Prince’s shoes and the stories behind them. The exhibition will be on for a limited time as part of the Paisley Park tour and will also include video interviews from Prince’s design partners and content about Prince’s influence on …
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- 25 of the worst branding fails from 1995-2020
Fast Company looked at some of the worst commercial mistakes of the last quarter-century. Microsoft Vista made it in which, in retrospect, seems a bit harsh. But Calvin Klein’s controversial jeans commercial showing questionably-aged models rightly appears (I’m not gonna say outright what it appears to depict because I don’t want those words on the …
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- Scott Seiss’s retail TikToks (compilation)
Get ready for 5 minutes of belly laughing (and flashbacks if you’ve ever worked in retail or customer service). Scott Seiss is a writer and comedian who took to TikTok to make these grouchy retail meme videos. He is tired of your mess and is ready to tell you about yourself. TikTok related: Gav – …
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- An oral history of the weird Folgers “incest” commercial
Living in the UK, I never got to see this controversial Folgers coffee commercial. But I found out about it through this oral history by GQ: “Coming Home” opens with a taxi dropping a young man off outside a snow-covered house bedecked in Christmas decorations early one morning. A young woman excitedly opens the door …
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- The Fast Saga, Ranked (by Dom Griffin)
If you’ve not watched F9 yet—or any Fast & Furious film—you really should. And if you need a reason why, watch this video of Dom Griffin ranking them. In Dom We Trust.
- Famous people solving Rubik’s cubes
Today, I watched an old video of Will Smith solving a Rubik’s cube in 55 seconds. And then I wondered how many other famous people had solved Rubik’s cubes on video. So here’s an inexhaustible list: Chris Pratt solving a Rubik’s cube Logic solving a Rubik’s cube Justin Bieber solving a Rubik’s cube Edward Snowden …
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- Sonya Clark’s Black hair art
For Hyperallergic, Lowery Stokes Sims reviewed Sonya Clark’s exhibition “Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle and Mend“ which featured at the National Museum of Women in Arts between 3rd March to 27th June this year. Renowned for her explorations of the cultural and political aspects of hair — specifically Black hair — Clark does not disappoint in …
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- What knives does Salt Bae use?
Folks wanted to know what salt Salt Bae used and now they want to know what knives he uses. So here’s the what I found during my research (read: Google searches): Tools for The Discriminating Chef wrote a piece called Salt Bae and His Knife that claimed the Turkish restaurateur used breaking knives: The talented …
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- Binging with Babish’s Ice Cream Cake
I featured a Caked Alaska the other day and to continue the ice cream cake theme… here’s another one from Binging with Babish. It’s decadent and incredibly sweet but my goodness it looks tasty.
- Restoring a Tissot 1853 watch found on the ground
I initially found this video on Twitter and it’s the most intricate restoration I’ve ever seen. Normally, I watch Game Boy restorations but watching this Tissot 1853 watch come back to life was beautiful. Professional watchmakers, or horologists, often have to obtain watchmaking degrees at technical schools to ply their trade with watch companies. So …
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- Star Trek + Design: a site dedicated to collected Star Trek memorabilia
- Argentinian capybaras reclaim their land; are called ‘invaders’; memes ensue
- Kashmiri chai
While Kashmiri chai is a green tea, it’s actually pink in colour. Originally a Himalayan drink, pink tea goes by many names across South Asia, some which reference its unusual color and flavor, from nun chai (salt tea) to gulabi chai (rose-hued tea). Salt and baking soda are key ingredients. Salt acts as an electrolyte to prevent dehydration at …
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- What was François Mitterrand’s final meal and why was it so controversial?
- Artsy on skate culture photography
For Artsy, Alexxa Gotthardt picked 9 photographers that “captured the renegade youth of skate culture“: In the mid-1970s, teen skateboarder Jay J. Adams descended on an empty swimming pool in Southern California, with beers and board in hand. A drought had recently ripped across the state, forcing residents to drain their backyard swimming holes. For …
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- Cory Etzkorn on that little green dot and being online
The term “always online” describes the idea that we’re online all the time and never log off. This could be literally (sleep is for chumps anyway!) or figuratively (i.e. never logging off). In my experience, I’m more figuratively “always online” but during periods last year, my sleep patterns were messed up thanks to the allure …
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- 100 incredible 3D renders of a person walking
A few months ago, pwnisher challenged 3D artists to create an animation of a humanoid(?) walking forward with difficulty. 2,400 artists entered and the video shows the top 100 who were chosen. 5 lucky applicants won prizes from Rokoko, Wacom, Quixel, PNY, and Aftershokz. Watch the top 100 above. The world is full of talented …
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- Nik Sennhauser’s airline meals
Nik Sennhauser and I share a common sentiment. We both miss air travel. To combat his FOMO and general quarantine boredom, Nik decided to start making his own airline flight meals. This from a Thrillist article: “Having been grounded for nearly a year in January 2021, I was so bored during the weekends with absolutely …
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- ‘Barbican Stories’ details racism experienced by current and former employees at the Barbican
- The magic of a stenographer
Stenography is the process of writing in shorthand and a stenographer is someone who transcribes that shorthand on a steno machine into readable text. Above is a video of a stenographer transcribing what is said in court. The steno machine wouldn’t look out of place in a kid’s toy section (remember those VTech computers?) and …
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- Did the Ancient Greeks not have a word for ‘blue’? Or is it a myth?
- A Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Couch Chocolate Cake by Leandro Erlich
Leandro Erlich is a conceptual artist from Argentina. The Barcelona Couch is a couch designed by the late Mies van der Rohe in 1930. Chocolate cake is the best. What you see is a combination of all three. A sight for the eyes and the palate. (via twbe)
- Introducing the Sony SL-C7 Betamax recorder
Sony SL-C7 tech specs PAL colour 75-ohm, asymmetrical aerial socket UHF channel coverage 260 line resolution (300 in B/W) Frequency response of 50Hz–10,000Hz Phono jack input/output Mini jack mic Tape speed: 18.73 mm/sec. 2 hours 10 min, max recording time with Sony L-500 cassette. 3 hours 15 min with L-750 24-hour cycle For recording: 4 …
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- Caked Alaska
A cake with a US state in its name, created in Pakistan. Caked Alaska recipe on RecipeThing, h/t Atlas Obscura
- Massimo Vignelli and Matej Latin say you only need 5 fonts
Vignelli once said that our growing collection of fonts represented “a new level of visual pollution threatening our culture. Out of thousands of typefaces, all we need are a few basic ones and trash the rest”. Of those few, he selected 5: Futura Times New Roman Helvetica Bodoni Century As for Matej Latin, his 5 …
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- Toy Galaxy on Samurai Pizza Cats
They’re cats who are also samurai and they like pizza. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, racism and a bunch of other issues stopped Samurai Pizza Cats from being greater than the premise was and Dan Larson tells the story of its history. If you want to see what all the fuss was about, you can …
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- When Solomon Leyva took his titan arum to an abandoned gas station
- That time Bully Maguire went on Family Feud
I’ve already shown my love for Steve Harvey memes but I’ve recently got into “Bully Maguire” memes, involving clips of Toby Maguire’s rendition of Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3. This one is expertly crafted, showing Parker trying to win a staff job with double the money. Look out for special guest star Harry Osborne.
- It’s time for the Wheel of Prizes!
You’ll never guess what prize Sinbad lands on!!! Probably unintentionally, Eric Andre inverts the classic gameshow device of anticipation in this clip from The Eric Andre Show. You start wondering where the spinner will stop and eventually, you beg to know when it’ll stop, until Sinbad took matters into his own hands (literally).
- Observer on The Rock’s Jungle Movie Cinematic Universe
The Rock is in everything and has been for over a decade now. Observer examined his latest film, Jungle Cruises, and how he’s built up a cinematic universe around jungle movies: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Jungle Cruise is a breezy swashbuckling adventure that delivers audiences an enjoyable dose of Indiana Jones Lite crossed with The Mummy 2.0. But we really shouldn’t be surprised …
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- A guide to Palestinian cinema for newbies (by Hyperallergic)
Munir Atalla compiled a great list of Palestinian films for beginners: […] Interestingly, it has often been Palestine’s proximity to journalists, with their power and modern equipment, that has inspired us to take our narrative into our own hands. The result is that a fragmented mess of people — spanning those living under occupation in …
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- What if there was a ’48 Laws of Power’ for cats?
McSweeney’s, at their irreverent best, posted some excerpts from “The 48 Laws of Power for Cats”: Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions For humans, this simply means hiding your intentions from other humans, which they seem to do quite frequently. As a cat, you need to go further and conceal your intentions from all living things, …
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- Jeff Bridges on his experiences as Obadiah Stane in ‘Iron Man’
- Easy Klein is an ‘Incredibly Kleinish Blue’ paint for everyone to use
- The best of Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin
“YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I’VE HAD TO SACRIFICE?!” hits different during a pandemic. So many great quotes and chaos from Willem Dafoe. Spidey villain related: Venom, the symbiotic supervillain – good or evil? and The Most Evil Carnage Moments In Comic Book History
- The Mandalorian pinball machine
The Mandalorian has been a major hit for Star Wars fans and now there’s an officially licenced pinball machine for it. Stern Pinball, Inc. has made a new line of 3 Mandalorian pinball machines in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models. Prepare for battle on the gravity-changing, rotating Encounter upper mini playfield available on the …
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- gal-dem on visual artists depicting life in Jamaica
Happy Jamaican Independence Day! For gal-dem, Pacheanne Anderson compiled a list of filmmakers, artists, and photographers showcasing life in Jamaica from the Blue Mountains to the troubled streets: There are of course many artists belonging to the Caribbean diaspora working and living in the US and UK such as Karen Mc Lean, Terrell Villiers and …
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- Duck (woo!)
It’s the DuckTales theme song but key phrases are replaced with the word “duck“. It’s still but it’s ducking hilarious and I’ll duck any excuse to listen to the DuckTales theme song because it ducks hard.
- Defunctland on the history of Captain EO
Defunctland gave a detailed account of Captain EO from idea to execution to eventual shutdown. Like with many Disney things, it was over budget at a time when they couldn’t really afford it (it all cost $23.7m to produce, before inflation—$1.7m per minute of the film), too many people were involved, and it didn’t meet …
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- A video of careful craftsmanship
Work can be long, hard, and boring (heh!) but when you put your mind to it and you’ve been doing it for a while, you can do it quickly and efficiently. The video above demonstrates amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail from builders, mechanics, gardeners, and a sheep shearer.
- The etymological identity crisis of Arctic bears
A fascinating read about bears and the Arctic and how their etymological histories are based on anonymity and opposites. The link to the Slovak Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh where the below quote is from is dead so here it is from the Boing Boing article: The Old Slavic people (the linguistic ancestors of today’s …
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- Zinesters of colour discuss the forgotten origins of their work
Christine Fernando spoke to a group of zine-makers of colour for USA Today. Zines have long been a way for marginalized communities to share stories, spread information, build community and organize movements, several archivists and zine-makers said. Often, they offer historical records of communities that have been ignored in other publications. But many zine-makers (“zinesters”) of …
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- A buffalo buffalo-esque sentence in webcomic form
From SMBC Comics (14th May 2021): “This is a complete and cogent sentence: Shit, shit shit shit shit shit shit.” “I thought you went into linguistics to advance human knowledge.” “This is my thesis.” Alt text for the above panel (via Language Log)
- Jyni Ong on the Syrian Design Archive
For It’s Nice That, Jyni Ong spoke with Kinda Ghannoum, Sally Alassafen and Hala Al Afsaa, founders of the Syrian Design Archive. The archive documents the vibrant graphics from the Arab world and celebrates one of the most popular writing systems in the world: “Syria is a country of rich history and culture,” says Hala. …
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- Jurassic Park (1993) in 4K Blu-ray vs 35mm film
CNXToonami did a side by side comparison of Jurassic Park in 4K Blu-ray vs 35mm film. It’s a bit cliché to prefer the old to the new by default (like vinyl vs digital) but the 35mm version looks really good here in comparison. In another referenced clip in 35mm, you also get to see the …
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- Scribble Fix drawing on black paper with POSCA Pens
Last August, Scribble Fix took on a challenge to draw with POSCA Pens on black paper. As a fan of POSCA Pens and art on black paper, this piqued my interest. The finished product is amazing and showcases the quality of the pens. (This isn’t sponsored—I just love POSCA Pens. But if anyone from the …
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- Loungefly’s Star Wars Boba Fett Cosplay Mini Backpack
Be the coolest person in your galaxy with this official Boba Fett backpack. It comes with a stitched Boba Fett helmet design on the front, a Metal Mandalorian crest icon on the zip, and matching interior. What’s more, it’s vegan-friendly and measures around 9 inches wide and 11 inches tall. Order it from Geekcore and …
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- What kind of salt does Salt Bae use?
While not a burning question (it came up 3 times in the last 28 days), the phrase “what kind of salt does Salt Bae use?” came up in Google search data so I thought I’d answer it directly. My research lead me to an article called “In Defense of Salt Bae” by Daniela Galarza: Salt …
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- Why did HD DVD fail?
While many of us still own films on DVDs, the best physical format for consumers remains Blu-ray. But in the 00s, it had competition from HD DVD. This video by 91Tech investigates its demise and how and why Blu-ray won out in the end. Blu-ray has been around for a long time and still reigns …
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- Out now: ‘Clarks in Jamaica’ (revised second edition)
Jamaica loves Clarks shoes and Clarks in Jamaica by Al Fingers celebrates that with its second revised edition: Clarks in Jamaica is a colourful, in-depth study into Clarks’ celebrated status in Jamaica, where for decades they have ruled as the “champion shoes”. Starting with the origins of the Clarks brand in 1825, the book goes …
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- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Official Trailer)
This trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage dropped in May and while I’ve already watched it, I’m just getting around to posting it here because I got busy I guess. That said, watching it a second time has improved my opinion. I didn’t enjoy the first Venom movie all that much but I love …
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- 10 recurring economic falsehoods from 1774–2004
As the title suggests, it’s a list of economic fallacies that kept cropping up between 1774 and 2004 and, unfortunately, they’re still happening today. The fallacies include: Myth #1: The Broken Window One of the most persistent is that of the broken window—one breaks and this is celebrated as a boon to the economy: the …
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- A study into the fonts used by the top 1,000 websites
Data scientist Michael Li studied the top 1,000 websites and the fonts they used to spot any trends in layouts, design choices, and colours and “to better quantitatively understand the world of web design”. I recommend you check to the whole study but I’ll pull out a few things I found: The most popular number …
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- Photos of the Bookshelf Theater in the Kadokawa Culture Museum by Ryosuke Kosuge
- Looper ranks every Venom from worst to best
Venom is my favourite super villain (as you may or may not know). But everyday is a new opportunity to realise that there are a lot of different versions of the symbiote in the Marvel universe. In April, Michileen Martin compiled a list of the 12 best and worst Venoms. In 1984, “Amazing Spider-Man” #252 …
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- Boston’s brutalism
In Boston, Brutalism is tied closely to City Hall, but the infamous building is far from the only “concrete monstrosity” in the city. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, top architects from around the world took advantage of a rebuilding Boston to design and build what they saw as futuristic, expressive works of art. Brutalism hasn’t …
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- Adverts for defunct brands and discontinued products
- Setups: a collection of creator workspaces and tools
If you’re still working from home, doing a hybrid thing, or looking to work from home in the future, you might need some inspiration for your workspace. Setups is a “repository of workspaces, items & tools from the creator community” and could be the answer. Product designer Siddharth Arun put it all together and takes …
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- The watercolour art of Rachel Walker
Rachel Walker is an artist from New Zealand who specialises in watercolour, spray paint, pen and ink artwork. Rachel’s creative work has seen her involved in a range of projects, from commissioned pieces to painting for film and stage sets. Her career to date has included a number of solo gallery exhibitions, creating cover art …
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- The internet’s thoughts on Space Jam 2
I’ve not watched Space Jam 2 yet (tomorrow night) but the signs are not good. So I’ve collected a list of reviews that I’ve not read but the varying titles intrigued me. The new Space Jam is apocalyptic horror (Vox) Space Jam: A New Legacy’ review: LeBron James film is an abomination (New York Post) …
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- Peter Sellers as Laurence Olivier as Richard III reciting lyrics from The Beatles’s ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
- Classic Frasier
If the writing and acting are still as good as this, the return of Frasier is sure to be a hit (for me at least). Here, Frasier is trying to get some sleep but external forces (Eddie and Niles’s starter’s pistol) are getting in his way. My favourite line has to be this: Niles: And …
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- Is it OK to cheat when solving crosswords?
For The Guardian, author Alan Connor examined the idea of using tools to help you finish crossword puzzles and whether it’s okay to do so. Those tools usually include: Word-finders Asking friends, family, or colleagues Dictionaries Blogs and forums His general answer to all of them was “yes” and for varying reasons: Can I ask …
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- Brasilândia: a platform for Black and LGBTQIA+ communities in São Paulo
Ayla Angelos wrote about Brasilândia, a new multidisciplinary platform that showcases the work and communities of Black and LGBTQIA+ people. Founded by Kelton Campos Fausto and Iama Martinho, Brasilândia was launched to provide content for the people in their neighbourhood. Kelton, a multidisciplinary artist, produces works in the video, painting and performance sphere. “They’re currently …
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- Los Angeles’ new tourism logo looks super cool
Apparently, locals are divided over the new logo but I like it and Rob Beschizza made a good point about its implied “specific synth baseline”. The logo was designed by House Industries and Studio Number One, which was founded by artist Shepard Fairey. “When you say ‘Los Angeles’ it doesn’t necessarily mean just a city,” …
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- Slate’s interview with the “MORTAL KOMBAT!” guy
The dude who shouted “MORTAL KOMBAT!” in the movie and video game advert, Kyle Wyatt, spoke to Slate about how it all came about and how it affected his life. But if you thought that it catapulted him to stardom in some way, think again: So had you played Mortal Kombat at the point that you were …
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- Spectrum Culture’s best films of 2021 so far
I’ve not watched many new films (and I can’t remember which ones they are off the top of my head). But the folks at Spectrum Culture have and they compiled a list of their best so far. While I’ve not seen any on their list, I know a few of them because Dom Griffin reviewed …
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- Was Spock bad at logic?
Julia Galef appeared in Episode 462 of Wired’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast to call out Spock’s flawed logic. […] Not only does Spock have a terrible track record—events he describes as “impossible” happen 83 percent of the time—but his confidence level is actually anti-correlated with reality. “The more confident he says he is …
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- Reagan Ray’s Marvel superhero letterings
I love these Marvel 3D-letter designs by Reagan Ray which he explained in a recent post: I just started getting into comic books for the first time a few years ago. My son was interested as well, so we started making regular trips to the comic book store (pre-covid, of course). We loved looking at …
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- Cool word oddities and miscellany
I love interesting words and facts about them. Jeff Miller has 20 pages dedicated to them and they’re a joy to read if you’re an etymology fan. Here are a few of my favourites: The Hungarian words újjáépítéséről (“about its reconstruction”) and újjáválaszthatóságáról (“about his/her re-electability”) have seven accent marks. Also in Hungarian alelölülő means …
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- Guess the Cartoon Network character from their catchphrase
- The history of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
I LOVED ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?‘ and I’m happy that Defunctland made an in-depth video about it. The show had an a cappella vocal group, taught kids geography and problem solving, and a cool cartoon to boot. It also had interesting—and thematically relevant—ways of funding: The show was primarily funded by the Corporation …
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- Another funny video about Daniel Day-Lewis’s acting
There is/was(?) something so intriguing about DDL’s acting, allowing for some very funny parodies. This one imagines Daniel Day-Lewis as a frustrating roommate, involving his portrayals of: Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting in Gangs of New York President Lincoln in Lincoln Goddamn it, Daniel Day-Lewis.
- Hilarious video from The Onion picking holes in Daniel Day-Lewis’s acting in Phantom Thread
- Flying fish doing what they do best
Although I’ve eaten flying fish before, I’d never actually seen them “fly” until recently (easily accessible to me but not something I’ve ever gone out of my way to find). The above video, filmed for BBC Earth, shows a glide of flying fish soaring through the air. Truly majestic. They’re also a significant part of …
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- Distorted sculptures by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest. His series of glitched classical sculptures reimagine works of art as a representation of modernism vs. classicism. Throughout the underpinning of modernist design, aspirations of efficiency and comfort have galvanized visions of what might be possible in the future. Jeremiah …
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- Which Hey Arnold! character are you?
Thanks to the folks at Brain Fall for sending over this cool Hey Arnold! quiz. You get 10 questions to find out which Hey Arnold! character you are. I actually got Arnold which was surprising (I really wanted to get Gerald). Try the quiz yourself and let me know in the comments who you got! …
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- Artsy explored the objects that defined 80s youth culture
- Black Archives: a multimedia showcase of the Black experience
Archiving is so important in an information era that favours the new and quickly discards the old when it’s deemed surplus to requirements (read: it’s not making profit). This is especially true for Black cultures and Black Archives works to change that. […] Through an evolving visual exploration, Black Archives provides a dynamic accessibility to …
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- When Matt Damon met Prince: a lesson in small talk
This is classic Prince and I love it. Julia Stiles: After The Bourne Ultimatum came out, there was a premiere in London. Prince actually came to it, then got tickets for the cast to come see him [perform]. We were summoned into a room to meet him [after the show]. Matt said, “So you live in Minnesota? I …
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- The celebratory art of Aurélia Durand
Aurélia Durand is a French illustrator with a penchant for vibrant designs depicting Black people in joyful, proud, and empowered poses. Her client list is a who’s who of major brands, including: Adidas Adobe Apple Music BBC ESPN Nike With so much bleakness in the world at the moment and heightened Black trauma, vivid celebratory …
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- ‘The Page 69 Test’ tests a Marshall McLuhan addage on choosing books
- How did Frasier afford his Seattle apartment on a radio show host’s wage?
- Vintage pulp comics as lesbian love stories
Jenifer has always been intrigued by portraying lesbian stories in this style, especially when she discovered the effects of storytelling in comic books. The form goes beyond simply having fun, and resonates with her in a more decisively profound way. “I always wished to see lesbian stories and art when I was growing up, and …
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- ICYMI: The Louvre put its entire collection online
Over 482,000 works are now available for people to view as the pandemic continues to change how we engage with the arts. The database for the Louvre’s collections consists of entries for more than 480,000 works of art that are part of the national collections and registered in the inventories of the museum’s eight curatorial …
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- Happy birthday, Octavia Butler! Here’s an exclusive excerpt from her forthcoming biography
- Every day is Kids Day!
Yesterday was Father’s Day. Upon reminding my son (he made me a lovely card on the Friday), he asked “why isn’t there a kids day?” to which I replied, “every day is Kids Day!” I’ll let you debate the validity of that statement but it rings true for me. Then today, one of my Twitter …
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- The masks we’ve worn
Francesca Magnani wrote about her ongoing photo project, documenting people wearing masks and the reasons behind them (besides the pandemic of course): With a background in classics and anthropology I have long been interested in issues of identity and self-representation and in how people live and manage everyday challenges. As a street photographer I have …
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- Research shows that 5 working hours a day can boost productivity and wellbeing
- Nina Banks on Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander and her ideas on economic justice
- Black titles from The Criterion Collection’s upcoming line-up
I didn’t know if this was a conscious effort or a happy coincidence but there were more Black films (or films with Black people in major roles) than I expected in The Criterion Collection’s upcoming line-up. They include: Melvin Van Peebles: Four Films Love & Basketball Mona Lisa Beasts of No Nation Deep Cover Pariah …
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- The theme of today’s Nancy Comic is failed communication
Today’s Nancy Comic reminds me of how we communicate with people, especially during this god-awful pandemic. Should we burden our friends and family with the truth about how things are going or how we really feel? Or will “I’m fine”, “It’s good”, and “Okay” be enough? Maybe one conversation or even one long-winded response wouldn’t …
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- 8 LGBTQ+ artists discuss self-portraits and ‘Expressions of Pride’
For Pride Month this year, Rachel Weisman curated a collection of contemporary LGBTQ+ artwork for Artsy called “Expressions of Pride: Self-Portraits and Reflections by LGBTQIA+ Artists”. Artsy spoke with artists from the LGBTQ+ community about their own self-portraits how they displayed their queer identities. Within the LGBTQIA+ community, visibility is often a double-edged sword: It …
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- Black British LGBTQ+ community deserves better on-screen portrayals, says Nana Duncan
- Katori Hall wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Congratulations to Katori Hall for winning the award for her comedy “The Hot Wing King”. Darnella Frazier also received Special Citation for her filming of George Floyd’s murder which feels weird to comprehend and Mikki Kendall hit the nail on the head in this piece for CNN: This year, the Pulitzer Board’s announcement that Darnella Frazier …
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- I’ve loved seeing Black people rollerskating everywhere
Spiritually sponsored by De La Soul and A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays.
- Zakiya Dalila Harris on her debut novel, ‘The Other Black Girl’
The novel has been described as ‘riveting, fearless, and vividly original’.
- Maro Itoje presented an exhibition on Black histories missing from the UK curriculum
Artwork from the exhibition comes from countries including Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon.
- 20 minutes of Tim Curry’s voice acting
Tim Curry understands every assignment he’s ever given.
- 12 alternative versions of famous monuments
The second place entry for the Sydney Opera House competition looked BAD.
- 12 objects unnecessarily covered in gold
24 carat objects everywheeeeeeere!
- I hope I can visit this Lisbon rooftop bar this year
Java is located a few minutes from the Cais do Sodré Metro station.
- An Alternate Feminist Cinema list on Letterboxd
‘For a decolonial, anticapitalist, emancipated-from-heteronormativity transfeminist future.’
- Waddles the Duck and his new prosthetic leg
Walk on by, mighty duck!
- Tom Karangelov skating on 16mm film
- Queercircle: an LGBTQ+ led charity at the intersection of the arts, culture, and social action
- A book of Haring-isms
‘Art lives through the imaginations of the people who are seeing it. Without that contact, there is no art.’
- Rooting For Everyone Black
- Fumi Ishino’s ‘Index of Fillers’ chronicles Japanese culture in the 80s and 90s
Breathing life into the ordinariness of Japanese culture.
- Create your own Simpsons title screen memes with this generator
If it doesn’t work, you can be the old man yelling at clouds.
- The origin of the milkshake line in ‘There Will Be Blood’
As Gregory Kirschling called it, ‘weird, vaguely hilarious, and unsettling.’
- Helsingin Sanomat’s ‘Climate Crisis’ font weights shrink with the Arctic sea ice
The free font was created to help visualize the urgency of climate change.
- Black Art: In the Absence of Light on HBO
Sam Pollard directed the documentary on Black art and its influence on the 21st century.
- The Green Experience
No prizes for guessing what colour this is about.
- Monocle on how Transhelvetica and Spiritland create their media (VIDEO)
Two European companies that have carved out their own cultural niches in spite of the pandemic.
- A supercut of typewriters
124 seconds of film and TV clips featuring typewriters and the characters who’ve used them.
- Flim: an iconographic search engine
It’s search, in entertainment media screenshot form.
- An immaterial sculpture sells for €15,000
Blink and you’ll miss it.
- Who wants a Darth Vader helmet house for $4.3m?
Of course, this house would be in Texas.
- Simon Doonan’s ‘Keith Haring’ biography
Keith Haring’s iconic art has been documented in a new biography.
- J. Wellington Wimpy, the patron saint of hamburglars
That crafty Wimpy!
- Arndt Schlaudraff, the LEGO® brutalist
Who needs concrete when you have plastic blocks?
- How a clownfish earns their stripes
The secret is in the sea anemone.
- The Cube Rule of food
Forget everything you know about food.
- Volcano pizza is hot, hot, hot!
Don’t try this at home (if your home happens to be near an erupting volcano and you don’t have a pizza oven)!
- Solange turns Saint Heron into a multidisciplinary creative agency
An intriguing step by the artist.
- Every Toy Story trailers from 1995–2041
Super excited for Toy Story 9 tbqh.
- A compendium of interesting words
Who knew “ree” and “beey” were actual words with legitimate meanings?
- 10 best Black superhero movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes, via Screen Rant
You’ll be able to guess around 40% of them at least.
- How to make a Star Wars TIE Advanced grill
I find your lack of seasoning disturbing.
- Aimé Césaire and his Discourse on Colonialism
The Black modernist poet took on colonialism and fought on the land of his oppressors while doing it.
- What is ‘Star Wars: The Lost Cut’?
George Lucas’s original cut was bad. But then it got good thanks to some award-winning magic from Marcia Lou Lucas.
- Is DeepL the best Google Translate alternative?
Maybe they should change their name to DeepW, amirite?!
- Spend a night in Monica and Rachel’s apartment from Friends
For one night, you can live like a New Yorker with rent control between 1994-2004.
- 10 ‘The Man in the’ movies
There are a lot of movies featuring men in a lot of things. Here are 10 of them.
- Bob Ross vs. The Evil Dead in ‘Creepshow’
It’s ‘dead’ funny. Geddit?!
- 10 cool facts about Turkmenistani culture
After reading about Turkmenistan’s gates of hell, I thought I’d look deeper into the country’s culture and found these 10 facts via World Atlas. Some of my favourites: Turkmenistan Also Has Silk Roads The Silk Road sights of Turkmenistan might not be as popular as those of its neighbor, Uzbekistan, but they are still impressive, …
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- Business Secrets Of The Pharoahs by Mark Crorigan
Is this fool’s gold? Probably. But that’s not gonna stop me from reading it!
- Stephanie Williams on Granny Goodness’s Blaxploitation villain traits
From alien orphanage to villainous kingpin, Granny Goodness shared a lot of similarities with Blaxploitation villains.
- The Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan
I guess Belinda Carlisle was right after all.
- My brain made a monkey out of me
I love you Dr Zaius and memory recall!
- A tour of BBC’s old virtual studio (1997)
Before all the drums and red, there were horns and blue. And virtual reality!
- The story behind Mondrian’s iconic style
A breakdown of the real behind the abstract of Piet Mondrian’s work.
- This Hey Arnold! Gerald t-shirt is so cool
Gerald was the best, really and truly.
- How to make a Hey Arnold! skateboard
Move it, skateboard… feet?
- Cultrface is 6 years old today
Still partying like it’s 2015!
- Danny Elfman didn’t like how his Batman score was used in the movie
Those damn ‘professionals’!
- The two typefaces of US highway signs
- How is supermarket pesto so cheap?
Would you say your pesto is the besto?
- Phrases to help you protect your mental health
Helpful advice on how to request support and ask for space.
- Grizzly bear + polar bear = pizzly bear
Is nature playing Pokémon?
- Room Rodeo: a Chicago student’s film about Black cowboys
The film also stars Chicago cowboy Murdock, The Man With No First Name.
- Werner Herzog on skateboarding
From Nosferatu to nosegrind.
- An oral history of The Fast and the Furious
I still think getting a guy called Vin Diesel in a car movie franchise was a genius move.
- archives.design archives designs from the Internet Archive
The best graphic design from the best archives.
- Wislawa Szymborska had the best writing advice
Sage advice for any budding poets out there.
- How to make concrete in a microwave
Brutalism but with microwaves!
- A Tribute to Karl Hubenthal, One of the All-Time Great Sports Cartoonists
‘Karl Hubenthal was just that kind of guy.’
- Carry A Bag Man’s carrier bag designs
Before carrier bags were 5p and upwards, they were free and looked cool.
- The woman who’s lived in a Swedish forest cabin for 8 years
It’s cold, it’s grey, and it’s gonna last you at least 8 years.
- That time two white girls ate a Carolina Reaper
Two girls, one chili.
- 100 quotes from 100 movies, counting down from 100
Who knew film was just a numbers game?
- The Klingon language and its influence on modern culture
You can even learn it on Duolingo!
- Icon vs. Superman, as told by Evan Narcisse
Fear of a Black hero.
- The last 10 seconds of every episode from Star Trek: TNG (Season 1)
- Superman as Clark Kent as Superman
Who knew good posture and a deep voice could make for amazing acting?
- MORTAL KOMBAT!!!
I know you can hear the voice too.
- Ekow Nimako’s Afrofuturistic LEGO® universes
It’s Blackness in LEGO form.
- Julie Adenuga on Catfish UK and the new rules of romance
I will try to be empathetic but I can’t promise I won’t laugh.
- Google celebrates the letter ‘ñ’
How one letter became a symbol of culture and uniqueness for Spain.
- El Tiempo – No black, no history, no news
The world would be a darker place.
- ‘Brutalist Paris’ to explore post-war Brutalist architecture in the French capital
The home of ‘Béton brut’ gets a book by Blue Crow Media.
- Doug Bradley (aka Pinhead) on his idea of Hell and his biggest fears
Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? Ooh, Hell is a place on Earth.
- Sexy MFing pizza
- Akira’s bike made with Coca-Cola cans
Harder, better, faster, taste the feeling-er.
- Dom Griffin on Them: Covenant
Featuring Black torture, Blackface, murder, and more Black torture.
- When São Paulo banned billboard advertising
No adverts, just blank billboards and vibes.
- Islamic tartan of Scotland
Weaving together the histories of Scotland and Islam.
- A supercut of Murder, She Wrote jokes by PushingUpRoses
- What year was Batman Returns set in?
It’s like Back to The Future with a man in black rubber, a woman in black PVC, a megalomaniac, and a dude who looks like a penguin.
- 10 alternatives to Helvetica
Sans serifs sans Helvetica.
- Where did Ruff & Mews go from Petco’s new logo?
Justice for the red and blue pets!
- The lost golden city of Luxor, Egypt
Experts have called this the most important archaeological find since Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- La Soufrière’s eruption: before and after photos
My thoughts are with the residents of Saint Vincent.
- I love eggdog
You can’t woof an omelette without hugging some eggdogs. Or something.
- The super realistic art of Jeff Bartels
Photorealism, Hyper-Surrealism, Post Truth Realism. Jean Baudrilliard and Jacques Derrida would have a field day.
- The Brady-Nixon Connection
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
- Charles Pulliam-Moore on DC Comics’ Black Supermen
For too many, a superhuman alien as Earth’s saviour is fine and dandy as long as he’s not white.
- Bubble wrap portraits by Darian Mederos
His work ‘focuses on the ubiquitous human face’.
- Weird and wild Wikipedia rabbit holes
Try this: culture > knowledge > epistemology > pramana > nyaya > Francis Xavier Clooney
- A Japanese study classified fish-shaped soy sauce containers into species
I do enjoy squeezing those little fish-shaped soy sauce bottles when I have sushi.
- How Michael Keaton perfected the role of Batman
Who’s your favourite Batman and why is it Michael Keaton?
- Is Disney making a retractable lightsaber?
And no, the ones with the rolled up tubes don’t count.
- A Bloodborne comic but it stars Frasier and Niles Crane
Scrambled blood all over my axe. What is a Hunter to do?
- African Americans in Soviet Russia
Mother Russia was home to more than native Caucasians.
- Roy Mehta’s ‘Revival’ explores Brent’s multiculturalism between 1989–93
Mehta’s collection of images from the late 80s/early 90s shows a part of London not unfamiliar with today.
- Sophia Tassew’s Khula jewellery brand is dope
Khula blends East Africa, South Africa, and 70s graphic design to create vibrant styles.
- Nancy explains performative activism in 3 panels
Filed under: Look, look—I stay woke too!
- Would you binge-watch all 24 James Bond movies for $1,000?
‘You expect me to watch?’ ‘No, I expect you di- sorry yes, I expect you to watch.’
- A Quick Ting On: a non-fiction series focused on Black British culture
8 books are due to be released over the next couple of years.
- When did ‘damn’ become a naughty word?
- Burrito speedrun
Could you make a burrito in under 14 seconds?
- Fine Art Simpsons combines The Simpsons with fine art
‘Lifeless images rendered in colourful goop’
- A brief history of DisneyQuest
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a failed Disney project! But this one was actually kinda cool.
- Bees’ brain cell density is higher than birds
Ants aren’t so high on the list, though.
- The history of Times New Roman
The font of the 90s not called Comic Sans.
- Panther milk
Gin and milk? Como se dice ‘say it ain’t so’ en español?
- Marc Wilson’s ‘The Last Stand’ photo series
War is futile.
- TIL: you can eat banana peels
Banana peels aren’t for slapstick gags and road hazards for Mario Kart—you can eat them too!
- The urban photography of Apo Genç
Hamburg in the dark never looked so capitvating.
- Chiso is a 466-year old Japanese kimono house
Chiso also has a gallery of around 20,000 historic fabrics, books, and paintings.
- Penn & Teller’s nail gun trick
Penn & Teller truly NAILED IT with this trick, amirite?!
- Cartoon maps from Mapologies
What do you call Huey, Dewey, and Louie in your country?
- ‘And if we can all be more like little Rudiger…’
‘His name is Bart.’
- Etta Loves’s Keith Haring collection
You’ve gotta love these gorgeous Keith Haring baby sensory products by Etta Loves.
- Whiteness and racism aren’t illnesses
Let’s talk about white supremacy and what it really is.
- The history of US racism against Asian Americans
A great piece from Adrian De Leon on the systematic racism experienced by Asian Americans.
- What do you actually get when you buy an NFT token?
Don’t buy NFTs or create them. That’s all.
- Yaphet Kotto on Alien and Black and female representation in sci-fi
The late actor discussed his gratitude to the movie for what it did for him and his peers.
- Loose Ends: a literary supercut of 137 last lines from sci-fi books by Tom Comitta
A tapestry of final words from some of the greatest science fiction novels. That’s Loose Ends.
- The abstract digital paintings of Sam Chirnside
‘A mixing of natural elements with cosmic & spiritual phenomena that aims to delve beyond the edges of consciousness, exploring areas of order & incomprehension.’
- 12 abandoned islands
Meg Neal looked at 12 unique and abandoned islands for Atlas Obscura.
- The Wobble Dog 9003i
Wacky waving pork-filled flailing sausages! Wacky waving pork-filled flailing sausages!
- Renowned’s John Dean on Zoom calls with Angela Davis
Imagine having a Zoom call with Angela Davis. The honour!
- Emerald marine chocolate mint tart
Here’s how you make a chocolate tart with an emerald marine jelly topping.
- What happened to ‘Hey Arnold!’?
Move it, Football Head!
- Fraunces is an ‘Old Style’ font similar to Cooper Black
Get variably wonky with this new ‘old style’ font from Undercase Type.
- Atom Brick Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin D. Martin House
Regarded as “the opus” by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Darwin D. Martin House can now be made in miniature form.
- Robb Report on the iconic fashion designer Willi Smith
Seeing as his birthday was on 29th February, it isn’t a leap year this year, and it’s the last day of Black History Month (US), let’s call this his birthday.
- Remembering Milton Glaser
A group of graphic designers got together to discuss the life and work of Milton Glaser.
- 25 Black art documentaries you need to watch
Enrich your Black History Month celebrations with these Black art documentaries.
- The enslaved man who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey
The world-renowned whiskey has a history involving an enslaved Black man and the stealing of his work.
- 36,336 versions of the ‘I know a place’ meme
Bloggers be like ‘i know a place’ and take you to the life story you didn’t ask for.
- Audrey Hepburn speaking Dutch in an interview from 1959
A treat for Dutch fans of Audrey Hepburn.
- Tam Tam: the cutest baby pygmy hippo in Japan
How are pygmy hippos so adorable? HOW?!
- UROULETTE takes you on a random journey through the Web
Try your luck with UROULETTE and see which link you land on.
- Helena Hauss’s Hell Hath no Fury ceramic sculpture set
Have you ever seen a grenade, Morning star, or spiked baseball bat made from ceramic?
- It’s vichyssoise, sir. It’s supposed to be cold.
From a French soup for New Yorkers to cool down in the 1910s to blockbuster comic book movies, vichyssoise has had an illustrious career.
- Hug It Out: a series about starting over and snuggling
Check out this award-winning series about a divorcee who turns to professional cuddling to restart her life.
- Donate to the TLF Freelance Emergency Fund
Help out freelance culture writers with a donation to this emergency fund.
- The internet art of Mazaccio & Drowilal
From teenage mutant ninja turtles to sporting icons, Mazaccio & Drowilal create art that questions the number of images and media around us.
- Almost every typeface seen at Disney theme parks
You could say this site is the “font” of all knowledge. Ha ha!
- Steamed Hams but its an oral history
Good lord, what is happening in there?
- A Gold Experience: Part 2
What would you do with all the gold in the world?
- Skateboarding in Jordan
From Red Bull Skateboarding in 2016 came this video about ‘the lost world of skateboarding in Jordan’.
- Equiano is the world’s first African-Caribbean rum
Take the chill off winter and the pandemic in style with a historical glass of African-Caribbean rum.
- There are over a sextillion ways to spell ‘viagra’
This is not a virus or an ad. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A VIRUS OR AN AD!
- The Unwritten Rules of Black life
If rules are meant to be broken, let’s start now.
- The Black Caribbeans of the Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance was influenced by much more than Black Americans as retold by this JSTOR Daily article.
- Calafia: the Black warrior queen
Before Wonder Woman, there was Calafia.
- 5 brilliant and possibly obscure Black authors
Discover—or rediscover—literary brilliance with these 5 Black authors.
- Renovating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Two architecture firms were given the task to renovate a public library built by one of the most famous architects of all time, named after one of the most influential men in modern history. No pressure.
- Did Danny DeVito eat a real fish in Batman Returns?
It’s probably the 975th most asked Batman question but now we have an answer!
- Paul Ford on the inspiration in procrastination
I was gonna write a subheading but I got distracted so… enjoy I guess?
- Rewatching Groundhog Day in 2021
Groundhog Day is one of my favourite movies and I watched it again through the lens that 2020-2021 gave me.
- What are you doing, Lenny?
I already put this in a tweet but it feels more permanent and “mine” in a blog post so deal with it.
- A word on Cultrface in 2021 and beyond
That title might sound ominous but I can assure you nothing is changing.
- Steven Richter made Luke’s lightsaber in a day
No, not MY lightsaber although I’ve always wanted one.
- The cool doodles of Lei Melendres
If you love a doodle, you’ll love Lei Melendres.
- How many countries can you name in 15 minutes?
How good is your geography? Put it to the test with this online quiz.
- The ‘vantafish’ that absorbs nearly all light that hits it
This fish is black and it’s proud!
- The 10 worst movies of 2020 according to Dom Griffin
Don’t try these at home. Or anywhere. But do watch this review of the 10 worst movies of one of the worst years in modern history.
- Places I want to go when it’s safe
Screw you, COVID-19! Let me go to my favourites cities in the world!
- VHS Poster Collection by Xavier Esclusa Trias
TDK, Philips, Fujifilm, Agfa. Just some of the names you can see in this cool VHS poster collection.
- James Baldwin on the American Negro image
Some more sage advice from James Baldwin on how the view of Africa affected the view of Black Americans.
- Souvenir d’un Futur and the forgotten brutalist estates of Paris
Laurent Kronental photo series depicts the Grands Ensembles housing projects that many Parisiens dislike.
- This Is Your Life with Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton, this is your life!
- The best Marvel gaming experiences online
Marvel games never looked so good on mobile, online and more.
- This is some kind of Star Trek: The Next Generation supercut
This is some kind of… subheading.
- Aditya Singh lived inside O’Hare Airport for 3 months unnoticed
COVID-19 has made us do some strange things like stay in airports for 3 months. Wait, that hasn’t happened to you?
- Favourite typefaces of 2020
Here are some of the most coveted fonts of 2020 including a Cultrface favourite.
- A samurai made out of a single piece of paper
If I came up against a samurai, I’d fold too.
- Shoji Morimoto: a Tokyo “rent-a-person”
Aloneness isn’t the same as loneliness but if you need someone, maybe this Japanese man can help.
- Toni Morrison on Martin Luther King
It’s MLK quotes galore today. But maybe you should stop and think about whether that’s a good idea.
- I’m obsessed with Michael Keaton’s Easter Candy SNL skit
Michael Keaton was at his comedic best in 2015 in this SNL skit.
- Detroit’s real life Carl Brutananadilewski
It don’t matter. None of this matters.
- The evolution of Pinhead
Big up Doug Bradley, the OG Pinhead!
- The history of the chili pepper
Hot stuff coming through!
- Philip Crowther telling the news in 6 languages
Watch in awe as AP reporter Philip Crowther tells the news in 6 different languages.
- Amen and awoman
Filed under: when praying in Congress goes wrong. Is awoman even a word?
- Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Milk and Asbestos”
Milk and Asbestos is a relatively small piece by Basquiat’s standards but nevertheless an artwork with a big impact.
- Burger King rebrand is simple, nostalgic, and effective
BK enlisted the help of Colophon Foundry to create a new typeface, a rebrand, and a genius monogram.
- Doom Haikus, sponsored by 2020
In response to top news stories, hundreds of people submitted “doom haikus” that addressed the mess that was 2020.
- Nancy Grace reading Shakespeare (by Ryan Ken)
Imagine your favourite Shakespearean lines read by Nancy Grace. Well, imagine no more thanks to Ryan Ken.
- A Venom/Eddie Brock sculpture timelapse video
Watch this timelapse of a sculptor making a mini bust of Venom/Eddie Brock.
- Viggo Mortensen speaking 7 languages
Who has two thumbs and speaks 7 languages? This guy! No, not me, Viggo Mortensen.
- The hidden history of Fred Hampton
In the first of a series, Sammy Willbourne looks at the hidden history of Fred Hampton, his death, and the legacy he left behind.
- Hungarian cuisine: 5 delicious dishes & recipes
Grab a taste of the Magyars with 5 dishes from Hungarian cuisine.
- Vini Naso’s “The Masks We Wear”
Vini Naso’s mask-themed art series demonstrates the radicalism of the “new normal”.
- A Weird AF RoboCop Video Collage
It’s a RoboCop clip show… or sorts.
- The case for Brutalist architecture
Brutalism has a love-hate relationship with the public but ARTiculations puts the concrete-driven philosophy in the plus column.
- The history of Walt Disney Home Video
Find out how Walt Disney Home Video came to be and its relationship with the Disney vault in this episode of Yesterworld.
- Copyrighted works from 1925 enter the public domain today
Happy new year! Today is Public Domain Day and this year, copyrighted works from 1925 are free for all (subject to exceptions).
- How to make a smashburger (by J. Kenji López-Alt)
Beef, seasoning, lettuce, cheese, bun. Those are just some of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own late-night smashburger.
- How to brew Chinese tea correctly
To make the best cup of Chinese tea, you need skill and consideration. Here’s how to do it.
- Batman Returns is the best Christmas movie
Batman Returns is the best Christmas movie. That’s it—that’s the line. No more, no less.
- Bon Appetit but with more POCs and the racism isn’t addressed
Bon Appetit started uploading videos again a few months ago but how is it? Jack Saint investigated.
- Commercial Break: a YouTube channel for archiving commercials
Never miss a commercial with this awesome YouTube channel.
- TMK Creamery makes vodka from milk
In Canby, Oregon lives a creamery that turns milk into vodka.
- Polygon’s MCU Machete Order
Or, more specifically, how to watch the MCU movies in a more thrilling way.
- Binging with Babish makes Homer Simpson’s Patented Space Age Out-Of-This-World Moon Waffles
Here’s how to make Homer’s moon waffles the right way and the better way. Warning – you’ll need two waffle irons.
- Bridget Minamore’s “When Will Theatre Come Black?”
Theatre critic and poet Bridget Minamore looks at the influence of Black British theatre and how it can forge a new post-COVID future.
- “Why Didn’t You Tell Me?” a podcast about the miseducation of life
Thierry Ngutegure, Felix Prince, and Tinashe Nyamande discuss their experiences of school and how that miseducation got them to where they are.
- The oldest Santa Claus movie in the world from 1898
Did you know the first film about Santa Claus was from 1898? Here it is in all its festive glory.
- ‘Lovers Rock’ named film of the year by Sight & Sound
The film, from Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, won the award ahead of Time, First Cow, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
- The Black American collages of Tay Butler
Tay Butler challenges history with the very material it leaves behind, creating new worlds from old media.
- The $5 milkshake from Pulp Fiction
Babish explored the possibilities of a $5 milkshake. But he soon broke the bank to make a better shake.
- archtype: the culture-rich creative agency
We profiled archtype, a creative agency offering a variety of merch-related services and moving at the pace of culture.
- (Un)productivity or death?
The depressed dinos are back with a poignant comic.
- The world according to James Baldwin
This 4-minute video shows a brief glimpse into James Baldwin’s life and why the FBI kept tabs on him.
- Dave Chappelle, Netflix, and the hypocrisy of his hurt
Chappelle’s request to Netflix made him feel better but what of the trans people he offended with his jokes?
- The history of Toonami according to Toy Galaxy
Dig into the history of Toonami with Toy Galaxy and find out how it went from a daytime block of cartoons to a late-night staple for older viewers of anime.
- The best of Dick and Dom playing “Bogies”
bogies. Bogies. BOgies. BOGIES. BOOOOGIES!
- Appreciating Joel Schumacher’s Batman
Director Patrick Willems believes Joel Schumacher’s Batman films weren’t that bad and we should give them another watch. Here’s why.
- Stalker: the fatal movie of Andrei Tarkovsky
The late Andrei Tarkovsky made Stalker despite a hard time during production. This video essay explains how it could have contributed to his death.
- The sustainability of Christmas gifts
Christmas is approaching and everyone is shopping for gifts. But what are the environmental and social impacts of the top Christmas gifts?
- Daughters, milking cows, and etymological debates
Is the English word for daughter related to a Sanskrit word meaning “one who milks”? Yes, no, and maybe is the answer.
- Farside: the Toronto bar turning into a VHS rental store
This Canadian bar is transforming into a VHS rental store. You’ll never believe what they’re doing. Oh wait, I just told you.
- Black Archivist: a project for Black artists to tell their stories
Through his project, Paul Octavious is giving Black people the chance to shape and archive their own narratives.
- 15 awesome LEGOⓇ sculptures
Interesting Engineering covered 15 of the best LEGOⓇ sculptures ever created including the tallest LEGO tower in the world in Israel, LEGOland swapping their general manager’s car for a LEGO replica car, and a giant LEGO robot from the US: Amount of LEGO pieces used: 2.8 Million Bricks Location: Minnesota Mall of America Called Herobot …
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- Angela Davis: Revolution today
Angela Davis talked about revolution, the need to fight for progress, and her thoughts on modern feminism in a lecture for CCCB.
- Proper Gnar: a skate brand for and by Black girls
Proper Gnar is the home of girl power and gnarly stuff in skateboarding and streetwear.
- Christopher Reeve on the media and being Superman
The late Christopher Reeve sat with Jimmy Carter to talk about playing news reporters, sleazy tabloids, and his role as Superman.
- FlyGirl: a community and safe space for womxn
The Nottingham-based initiative connects womxn of all shades while prioritising those of colour.
- What if Clark Kent was a cartoonist?
A comic where Clark Kent visits Bruce Wayne and talks about his cartoons and receives sage advice from the billionaire.
- Salt Bae: the King of Steaks
Turkish meat master Salt Bae has cooked for a host of celebs. Here’s a compilation of his greatest cuts.
- afrodrops: a Black-owned shop for Afro hair care
afrodrops founder Luke Carthy set up the brand after a poignant message from his 5-year-old son.
- A UK Black History Month Post (2020)
2020 has been a lot for Black people in Britain. Here’s a post celebrating Black History Month for October this year.
- La California: Italy’s home of unofficial US polling stations
La California (not LA, California) is home to over 1,000 people and unauthorised polling stations for US elections every four years.
- Conflict in Literature (with Daffy Duck)
Grant Snider’s ‘Conflicts in Literature’ comic strip turned into a meme back in the 2010s and one involved Daffy Duck.
- Jenn Nkiru on her work and Afro-surrealism
British-Nigerian artist and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru talked about her 2019 film Black To Techno, her style of work, and the histories of Black music.
- Love from a Black perspective
What is love? Here are some quotes from some of the most famous Black writers and thinkers of our time.
- Sir David Adjaye’s best projects
The Spaces looked at some of Adjaye’s landmark projects including Elektra House & the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- The Uganda Skateboard Union
Check out this awesome music video featuring The Uganda Skateboard Union.
- The photography of Kennedi Carter
Explore the expressions of Blackness and Black love with Kennedi Carter’s recent works.
- What if Batman was Black?
It’s been 19 years since the release of Stan Lee’s “Just Imagine…” Batman comic, the first time the former Marvel editor-in-chief worked with DC.
- Albert Murray on race, jazz, and modernism
The late jazz critic’s life and career spanned a century and his book, The Omni-Americans, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
- The super realistic art of Arinze Stanley
Enjoy the hyperrealism of Nigerian artist and photographer Arinze Stanley.
- Toni Morrison on “Jazz” (1993)
Novelist Toni Morrison looked back on her youth, family and her newest book, “Jazz” in a 1993 interview with Charlie Rose.
- Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980
From International Style to Brutalism, Yugoslavia went through a lot in its postwar architecture and MoMA held an exhibition depicting the changes.
- Leslie Nielsen’s Fart Machine
It was never a dull moment with Leslie Nielsen. Here are two videos featuring his signature fart machine.
- Los Angeles’s Hidden Japanese Village
Peter Lai’s giant treasure trove of Japanese collectibles can be found in a Los Angeles warehouse.
- Is milk a healthy drink or a poison?
Don’t have a cow, man! No, seriously – their milk is bad for you. Or is it? Kurzgesagt gives the lowdown on the white beverage.
- Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Hot Sauce
Grab a bottle of Hellboy Right Hand of Doom Hot Sauce and experience 6.66 million Scoville Heat Units of culinary torture.
- Phil LaMarr on his most iconic voices
Phil LaMarr has voiced some of the the most famous characters on TV. Here, he broke down some of those voices for Vanity Fair.
- Over It
Sometimes you’ve just had enough of absolutely everything. And sometimes you’re a pigeon on a roof when you feel it.
- 20th Century Flicks: the last video rental shop
The Last Video Store is a documentary about 20th Century Flicks, the world’s oldest VHS & DVD rental store, operating in Bristol.
- 5 retro videos from The VHS Vault
Now you can watch over 25,000 VHS recordings thanks to The Internet Archive’s digitised video collection.
- STiCH and its Basquiat-inspired art
An AI start-up launched a machine called STiCH that made works of Basquiat-inspired art.
- Clarissa Explains It All, Explained
Clarissa Explains It All was influential back in the 90s and PushingUpRoses explored the quirky Nickelodeon sitcom on her YouTube channel.
- Batman’s Movie Lips Ranked
Gizmodo pays 8 Batmen lip service with their unique ranking of the Caped Crusader, from Robert Pattinson to Adam West.
- Killing the planet is the new black
Colour forecasting in fashion has a darker side and those varying shades are harming the planet.
- The controversial story of Comic Sans
Hate it or hate it more, Comic Sans is a font that makes many people wince or poke fun. Here’s how it came to be and what its creator thought of the derision.
- Marvel Comic Characters on Tableau
Here’s a breakdown of over 16,000 Marvel comic characters, by gender, morals and more.
- The Inneract Project aims to change the design industry
The design non-profit strives to empower the next generation of Black and Brown designers and Maurice Woods leads the initiative.
- Dwindling animal populations as dot density images
As species numbers decline, a Redditor created some dot density images to highlight the regression.
- The painted paper art of Mark Bradford
Mark Bradford discussed his art and the impact of BLM and COVID-19 with Francesca Aton.
- Talking loud and spreadin’ COVID
Infectious disease transmission isn’t reserved for coughing and sneezing. A science paper from 2019 suggests loud speech is a major culprit too.
- The diasporan style of Grace Wales Bonner
Grace Wales Bonner is a Black British fashion designer with an incredible sense of style. Here is some of her work, as profiled by The New Yorker.
- Fan-made Bond trailer starring Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan hasn’t played James Bond since 2002. But this fan-made Bond trailer gives the actor one last try and it kinda works.
- Mountain Dew Cheesecake
Two recipes, one main ingredient. Could a Mountain Dew cheesecake save 2020? Of course not. But it’s worth a try (unless you’re diabetic).
- How to make MooMoo Milk from Pokémon
If you want a health-restoring beverage, look no further than a glass of MooMoo Milk from the Pokémon world.
- Nancy is not a fan of virtual schooling
Nancy and her friends don’t look enthusiastic in the latest Nancy comic about virtual schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Triqqa Pli’c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons
To Klingons, Pizza Hut is out of this world. But to Earthlings, this Klingon advert was the first of its kind back in 1994.
- The emerald cockroach wasp: a true parasite
The emerald cockroach might sound intriguing and it is… if you like parasitic reproduction.
- Shuri as the new Black Panther?
Shuri has already been Black Panther in the comics but is she set to take on the mantle in the movies as well?
- Róisín Hanlon on Parasitic Architecture
Parasitic architecture involves attaching buildings on buildings to combat problems with modern urban living. But is that the best name for it?
- Pea milk is apparently a thing
Pea milk is high in fibre, low in saturated fat and takes 100x less water to farm than almond milk. But can it overtake other plant-based milk alternatives?
- The new trailer for No Time To Die
No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig in his last role as James Bond and it’s set to be the biggest and best yet.
- The gentrification of Black Lives Matter
White co-option of Black struggle isn’t new but it’s more apparent now as it involves Black Lives Matter.
- Black superheroes
I asked people on Twitter to name Black superheroes without Googling. This is what they came up with.
- Keith Haring’s personal art collection to be auctioned
The auction, called “Dear Keith” is set to fetch around $1m all of which is going to charity.
- The Free Black University
Get educated with The Free Black University and it’s recently opened e-library with a wide range of books by influential Black authors.
- Daniel Obaweya is Nigerian Gothic
As Nigerian Gothic, Daniel Obaweya archives moments of Black pop culture history and its influence on the present day.
- Tutankhamun’s tomb is an industry
He only reigned for 9 years but Tutankhamun is the most well-known Ancient Egyptian pharaoh thanks to the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Now it’s a multi-million dollar industry.
- RELAXATION TAPE NO. 2: the opposite of ASMR
If you came here to relax, leave now. RELAXATION TAPE NO. 2 is for anything but relaxation. But if you like wild, random video memes, maybe you’ll find some solace.
- Manga Entertainment brings us Akira in 4K
Akira is a cornerstone of cult film and cyberpunk culture and now you can watch it in 4K in select cinemas across the country.
- An ‘Honest Trailer’ for Batman Returns
Watch an honest trailer about Batman Returns. No, really, it’s Screen Junkies’s Honest Trailers and they did one for Batman Returns.
- Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020)
- Paul R. Williams’s archive finds a home
The archive will become part of two major architectural collections at the University of Southern California and the Getty Research Institute.
- Why we keep seeing Cooper Black everywhere
From The Beach Boys to Tootsie Rolls and easyJet, Cooper Black has turned up everywhere for decades. But why?
- Milton Glaser interview with designboom
The late artist sat with designboom to talk about his music tastes, his design work, and what has satisfied him the most in his career.
- That time BBC2 appeared in a Pizza Hut advert
You don’t expect to see the BBC on commercials but it happened once in the mid-90s and it was for Pizza Hut.
- Grab a pair of Venom socks
Feel like a villainous monster in comfort and style with a pair of Venom socks.
- The origins of the “black sheep”
Why does “black sheep” suggest negative connotations? And does it have anything to do with the sale of black wool? Grammarphobia gave a lengthy answer.
- How to make a Taiwanese Castella
From Portugal to Japan and then to Taiwan, the Castella is a rich sponge cake that goes well with coffee or green tea. Here’s a video recipe.
- The influential art of Aaron Douglas
Aaron Douglas was a powerful figure of the Harlem Renaissance with his stunning visual art. We observed the art that garnered him the accolade of ‘father of Black American art’.
- Black Adam and the Justice Society revealed at DC FanDome
Dwayne Johnson announced the arrival of Black Adam with a teaser at DC FanDome and introduced 4 members of the Justice Society of America.
- D&D moral alignments of One Tree Hill characters
Where would you place your favourite One Tree Hill characters on a D&D moral alignment matrix? I critiqued an attempt by Screen Rant.
- The Collapse of Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit’s collapse wasn’t an accident and Jack Saint’s analysis of the channel’s racism is something everyone should watch.
- A Love Letter to Lisbon
Lisbon is a beautiful city and this short film shows why.
- The Instagram account capturing Japanese facades
@ka_nai, an anonymous Instagram user, exhibits various facades in Japan in varying quality, shapes, and sizes.
- The paintings of Peter D. Harris
Harris’s oil paintings catch late night urban surroundings at their quietest and most peaceful.
- “The road not taken” by Arnaud Montagard
Arnaud Montagard’s The road not taken gives a view of America and its diners, from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest.
- Hilarie Burton on leaving Hollywood
The actress found so much self-worth when she moved to Rhinebeck in upstate New York.
- The visual art of Uzoma Chidumaga Orji
Experience the visual art of Uzoma Chidumaga Orji, a Nigerian creative technologist.
- A to-do list of a Nancy comic
Olivia Jaimes gets self-referential again with today’s Nancy comic.
- Panteha Abareshi on Ableism in the Art World
Abareshi will showcase her work alongside those of disabled artists to address the subject of ableism in art.
- Kottke.org has launched a podcast called Kottke Ride Home
Needs some Kottke.org on your ride home? Well, now there’s a podcast for that. Introducing “Kottke Ride Home”.
- Opinions on the Biden-Harris logo
The Biden-Harris logo is out now. What do you think? Do you even care? Fast Company asked 10 experts what they thought of it.
- Brand New moving to a subscription model
From 24th August, it’ll cost $2 per month or $20 per year to read Brand New and you can blame the pandemic for that.
- LeBron James in his new Space Jam jersey
Hey, it’s LeBron James! And he’s wearing his new Space Jam jersey!
- The plantlife illustrations of Jim Spendlove
The Sheffield-based artist creates dusky landscapes and portraits with his fine line art.
- Indo apples, samurai, and Japanese farmers
The Indo apple is Japan’s first cultivated apple but how did it come to be? And how did the Fuji apple get so popular?
- America’s Oldest Woman is Black and 116
Hester Ford has lived in 2 centuries and under 19 US presidents and is now 116 years old.
- A clever Nancy comic styled as a jigsaw puzzle
Read it, then read it again. This Nancy comic is a simple yet effective jigsaw.
- Stingless bees make healthy honey
According to scientists from Malaysia and Australia, honey made by stingless bees contains sugar with “many health benefits”.
- The 10 best hidden in plain sight jokes in Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! is a hilarious and super clever. Screen Rant compiled a list of the 10 best background jokes you might have missed the first time.
- Rick Deckard’s whiskey glass
Wanna look super cool at house parties or feel sophisticated when you drink alone? Why not get yourself Rick Deckard’s whiskey glass from Amazon?
- Race and Modern Architecture: A Review
Race and Modern Architecture examines the impact people of colour have had on the field for the last few centuries.
- Hey, it’s Tyler The Creator skating!
Here’s a video of Tyler The Creator skateboarding to take your mind of the world for 103 seconds.
- The FBI kept a file on Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was seen as an extremist threat by the first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. And all for speaking out against racism and the Nazis.
- OH-SO: a magazine celebrating women who skate
Creative director Rob Hewitt created OH-SO magazine to highlight the influence of women on skateboarding after his daughter got into the sport. Here’s their story.
- The Guy Who Built A Video Store In His Basement
Nick Collins aka Nostalgia Video turned his basement into a fake video store.
- The night photography of Junya Watanabe
The Tokyo-based photographer captures a muted vibrancy of the Japanese city with their custom made presets.
- Are Pablo Escobar’s hippos good for Colombia’s ecosystem?
Pablo Escobar’s hippos and their offspring are either natural saviours or invasive villains in Colombia. The debate continues.
- Herbie Hancock on Buddhism and Creativity
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock talks about how Buddhism has “absolutely and positively” affected how he looks at everything in a lecture for Harvard University in 2014.
- Shape Grammars by Jannis Maroscheck is a book of shapes and systems
Maroscheck—a German graphic design student—created a design volume of shapes in response to a world dominated by AI.
- Animals on the London Underground
The London Underground is one of 4 major secret zoos but not in the way you think…
- The stylish photography and creativity of Rikesh Chauhan
RKZ is a creative genius behind the camera and there’d be no Cultrface without his photography. Here’s a long overdue post explaining why.
- Paul R. Williams: the Black architect of public buildings and celebrity homes
One of Los Angeles greatest architects, Paul R. Williams designed iconic buildings for celebrities and the general public.
- Black polyglot speaks Japanese, Mandarin, and Arabic
Moses “Mouse” McCormick is a Black polyglot and loves to speak to strangers in their native tongues. Here’s an example.
- The mint julep and the Black bartenders who popularised it
The mint julep went from a medicinal drink to the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. But who were the Black bartenders who popularised the cocktail?
- Kehinde Wiley – The World Stage: Jamaica
Check out some of Kehinde Wiley’s first UK solo exhibition, “The World Stage: Jamaica” and a video explaining his inspirations.
- My Top 5 Jean-Michel Basquiat Paintings
Our guest writer gave her top 5 Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings. Read what they are and why right here.
- The rise of the murder hornets
A murder hornet could ruin bee colonies in the US where there have been 4 sightings this year. But how dangerous are Asian great hornets actually?
- Marni apologises for racist “Jungle Mood” campaign
Marni apologised for its inappropriate “Jungle Mood” campaign shoot but there’s more to it than racist imagery.
- A very brief history of Jamaican rum
We did a quick history lesson on Jamaican rum and looked at the various distilleries, brands, and cocktails made from the island’s beverage.
- Lil Buck dancing through Fondation Louis Vuitton
Andy Margetson captured Lil Buck at his best as he danced through Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
- Steve Harvey on getting fired
“Black people handle getting fired different from White folk.” Steve Harvey’s sketch on getting fired is hilarious and worth watching.
- Augusta Savage and her influence on the Harlem Renaissance
Here’s a look at the life and legacy of Augusta Savage who was at the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.
- New Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit launched by the Brant Foundation
The exhibit, entitled “Jean-Michel Basquiat”, contains nearly 70 pieces from his illustrious career.
- Steve Harvey doesn’t wanna host the show anymore
Vic Berger’s fine editing work turned Steve Harvey into a nervous wreck. Find out how.
- Colin Jackson’s Welsh language journey
Former Olympic hurdler and sporting legend Colin Jackson took a trip back to Wales to improve his Welsh language skills.
- Rememory: a creative directory for Black women and non-binary people
Founded by Mia Coleman, a Black illustrator and designer, Rememory brings together the incredible work of Black women and non-binary people of the African Diaspora.
- Dom Griffin’s Guide To Quarantine Movie Binging
What films have you been binging on during quarantine? Dom Griffin put together a guide to watching movies during the pandemic.
- Alternatives to ableist terms
Don’t call something ‘stupid’ or ‘crazy’. Try some of these alternative words for ableist terms.
- James Baldwin on the meaning of liberty
The late scholar gave his thoughts on what he believed liberty to mean in this short video.
- Interview with Sareta Fontaine
We interviewed Sareta Fontaine about her favourite city, the most unusual item she takes everywhere and the meaning of relaxation.
- ‘Jamaican English is unique’, says UWI Mona study
The study by UWI focused on the acoustic properties of Jamaican English as part of a multidisciplinary project at the Department of Physics.
- Nnesaga’s top 5 DC animated movies
Batman, The Flash, Superman… who would make it into your top 5 DC animated movies? Steph of Nnesaga gave her top 5 picks.
- Milton Glaser on creativity and failure
The late designer died on his 91st birthday on Friday but in 2011, he gave his thoughts on how to be successful as a creative and how to learn from fear.
- 24 Anti-Racist Books You Should Read
These 24 anti-racist books are essential reading, with 19 books chosen by Open Culture readers and 5 by us.
- The Nerd Council: an online platform for Black nerds
As one of the UK’s most prominent Black podcasts and online platforms, The Nerd Council is bringing Black nerds together.
- Jenkem’s list of Black-owned skate businesses
Want to support a Black-owned skate business? Check out Jenkem’s “Black List” with over 130 different brands and stores to support.
- Interview with Terrance Pryor
We interviewed Terrance Pryor, a writer, award-winning radio personality, and “kinda” music producer.
- MJ vs. MJ and the fall of LA Gear
Remember LA Gear? The shoe company rose to incredible heights with endorsements from the likes of Paula Abdul and Michael Jackson. But what caused its demise?
- Fine: the Shanghai cafe that measures 20 square metres
In Shanghai, Fine 西洋果子店 (or Fine for short) fits a mixed minimalist Japanese-style cafe into 20 square metres.
- Pets wore masks during the 1918 flu pandemic
Cats and dogs donned masks during the flu pandemic of 1918. But how different was it for pets back then compared to the current COVID-19 pandemic?
- Do you dance when Law & Order SVU comes on?
In the internet justice system, dance based videos are considered especially awesome. On Cultrface, the dedicated writers who investigate these amazing routines are members of an elite squad known as the Special Viewers Unit. These are their stories.
- Why Dan Larson sold his toy collection
Toy Galaxy’s host Dan Larson sold his toy collection to save his toy collection. He explained how and why in this candid video.
- The African American Miniature Museum
Artist Karen Collins took extra care in creating the incredible African American Miniature Museum. This is her story.
- The rise and demise of Betamax
Before DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and even VHS tapes, there was the Betamax.
- 28 facts about Jamaican culture
Learn more about Jamaican culture with these 28 facts and see the Caribbean island in a brighter light.
- Social Theory: fashion for black culture and identity
Social Theory creates apparel that promotes pride in Black identity and Black culture
- The adventurous art of Pat Perry
Pat Perry is known for his depictions of Midwestern life and street style.
- The Toilet Paper Calculator
How much is too much when it comes to bog roll? Use the Toilet Paper Calculator to find out.
- Venom, the symbiotic supervillain – good or evil?
Is Venom good or bad? What even is Venom? Find the answers and lots more in our guide to the alien Marvel character.
- Meet Gav – the huge TikTok baby
Gav is a big buff baby, but he dances like a man. And he’s taking TikTok by storm.
- LGR eats the World’s Hottest Chip
LGR takes the One Chip Challenge and feels the burn.
- Is multilingualism a privilege or survival?
Only 1 in 5 Europeans can speak two languages other than their mother tongue. But is an honour or a necessity?
- Watch 4,000 films from the National Film Board of Canada for free
The National Film Board of Canada has opened up 4,000 to view online for free.
- Kazvare Made It blends Blackness, art and humour
Their work includes illustrations of Tupac, Beyoncé, Stormzy, and twerking pugs.
- Enjoy aerial footage of Moscow in 5K
You don’t need to leave the house to experience Moscow from above with these 5K drone shots.
- Support the gal-dem platform and become a member
gal-dem has been showcasing the lives of women and non-binary people of colour for years. Now they’ve launched a membership scheme to transform the industry.
- How should you social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The guidelines on social distancing are vague depending on your government. But this video might help you interpret the concept.
- What does 15-year-old Dasani Water taste like?
Just two guys having a bottle of water old enough to study for its GCSEs.
- Unwind LDN lets you unplug and unleash your potential
Improve your mental health and let your creativity flow with Unwind LDN.
- The Most Influential Living African American Artists (According To Artsy Editorial)
Artsy Editorial’s selection isn’t the entirety of African American art but it shows a powerful list of 20.
- The clammy history of TigerSharks
Part of an unofficial animation trilogy, TigerSharks was more of a school of goldfish than an animated tank of hammerheads.
- The breathtaking street art of Odeith
The Portuguese street artist is called the creator of “anamorphic graffiti”, a style that needs to be seen to be believed.
- Swiss gruyère wins World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin
It was a Swiss 1-2 at the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest.
- Reniqua Allen on hope and black millennial burnout
Reniqua Allen was interviewed for Longreads and discussed her latest book, It Was All A Dream, and black millennial burnout.
- Pink things
It’s an entire article about pink things. Please enjoy your pink experience.
- 100 deep burns by Dr Niles Crane
There’s no better person for a cutting remark than Niles Crane. So here are 100 of them to enjoy.
- 8 Keith Haring Documentaries to Watch on YouTube
Because one half-hour documentary isn’t enough to learn about one of the greatest modern artists of the 20th century.
- The Boston cooler: a quick history of a tasty Detroit beverage
Despite the name, the Boston Cooler originated in Detroit and requires a specific brand of ginger ale.
- And the award for Cutest Duck TikTok Goes To…
Animator and duck owner Hart made possibly the best TikTok I’ve ever seen.
- Rashayla Marie Brown’s scathing review of Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech”
Brown’s critique tells an underlying story of Abloh’s lack of black representation in the name of art and postmodernism.
- The fitting room scene from Jackie Brown synced up
James Neumann edited the non-linear fitting room scene into a continuous sequence.
- I Love All The Pins From Super Team Deluxe
Super Team Deluxe is the best place for nerdy pins. Find out how a pair of computer geeks created the “collaborative funhouse”.
- Christopher Meloni reads thirst tweets about his ass
The “thicc daddy” of SVU joined BuzzFeed to read some of the thirstiest tweets about him. People love Christopher Meloni’s butt.
- Pentagram refresh Fisher-Price’s logo and it’s lovely
A few minor tweaks and the Fisher-Price logo is ready for a new decade thanks to Pentagram.
- John Carpenter and Kurt Russell are the ultimate duo in film commentary
What could possibly make “The Thing” better? Stellar commentary from John Carpenter and Kurt Russell.
- Was Jim Carrey an asshole on the set of Man On The Moon?
Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kauffman on the set of Man On The Moon caused controversy. But was the method acting justified?
- Atkinson Hyperlegible is a typeface that helps readers with low vision
Design agency Applied Design Works created a font that “improved character recognition” for the visually impaired and it’s really good.
- Watch “KENOBI”, A Star Wars Fan Film
KENOBI acts as a precursor to A New Hope, with Obi-Wan watching over a young Luke Skywalker.
- Catch some retro 80s and 90s vibes with Retrogeist
From Sega Megadrives to Miami Vice, Retrogeist has you covered for nostalgia on Instagram.
- 8 Things My Mum Made Me Buy From West Indian Shops
What started out as a chore became a welcome break. Here are 8 things I bought for my mum from West Indian shops.
- Tony Hawk dissects skateboarding films for GQ Sports
When Tony Hawk speaks, you listen. Especially when it’s about skateboarding.
- Parenthood Activate! tells comical short stories about life as a parent
Stephanie Williams’s Parenthood Activate! shows the lighter side of parenting in comic form.
- Tom Comitta pens tongue-in-cheek rework of Martin Scorsese’s Marvel essay
What started out as a comical article on literature turned into a look at the pervasive world of publishing.
- Moose cheese is creamy, rare, and expensive
The dairy delicacy is made exclusively in Sweden by two farmers called Christer and Ulla Johansson.
- Cultrface proudly declares November “Purple with Yellow Spots History Month”
Cultrface wants to bring order and balance to the POC discourse with the first Purple with Yellow Spots History Month.
- Kemi Alemoru on the presence of protest and resistance in Black British pop culture
- The POSCA Pen wizardry of Oskunk
Art can take many forms and French artist Oskunk wields his Posca pens like magic wands across Paris and beyond.
- Codex Argenteus: the mysterious Gothic Silver Bible
Behind a silver cover lies the purple pages of Codex Argenteus, an enigmatic bible from 6th century Germany.
- 5 ways skateboarding culture inspired modern art
Skateboarding culture might seem like a pastime for delinquents but its influence on modern art cannot be understated.
- Rent this Mies van der Rohe documentary on Vimeo
Mies van der Rohe documentaries featuring the man himself are rare so you should definitely check this out.
- What if Jim Carrey was in The Shining?
Ctrl Shift Face swaps Jack Nicholson’s face with Jim Carrey’s in a deepfake scene from The Shining.
- The captivating neon photography of Liam Wong
Art director & photographer Liam Wong shows how alluring night time can be with his trademark “neon noir cyberpunk” photography.
- The surreal animations of Wong Ping
From his days as a TV image retoucher, Wong Ping has blossomed into an animator with a unique sense of style.
- Making Peace in Jamaica with former gang members
The Violence Interrupters are working to end violence in their communities. Making Peace tells their stories.
- Lil’ Nitro is the world’s hottest gummy bear
If you fancy candy with a Scoville rating of 9,000,000, Lil’ Nitro is the gummy for you.
- Saul Steinberg on art and philosophy in 1967
Saul Steinberg called himself a “writer who drew” and worked with some of the biggest brands of the 20th century.
- Alex’s “foodsafe” kintsugi hack only took a day to make
Rome wasn’t built in a day but this kintsugi foodsafe was and Alex shows us how.
- The fantastic film posters of Matt Needle
You’ll wish Matt Needle had designed the posters for your favourite films when you’ve seen his work.
- 10 famous hippo characters
They’re not as famous as elephants but hippos have a rich history in the arts.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ideas of how to be an artist
The Black American painter was often cryptic in interviews, but his words said more than he could have ever imagined.
- Cleganebowl, but as an epic lightsaber deathmatch
Finally, something decent from the last season of GoT!
- Marion Stokes: the Black woman who preserved over 30 years of TV history
Marion Stokes’s video collection will be digitized by The Internet Archive in California.
- An interview with “Sampira”
The horror fan behind Slashartsco answered our quick-fire interview questions.
- Soviet modernism, brutalism, and post-modernism
This sub-5 minute film gives a brief overview of the cultural changes in architecture during the mid-to-late 20th century.
- Nike SB’s Gizmo opens the skateboarding community to all
Skateboarding never looked so dope.
- The gorgeous art of Japanese illustrator Hiroshi Nagai
Ever heard of City Pop? Hiroshi Nagai painted the artwork for those soundtracks in the 80s.
- Grab a slice of typography with Pizza Typefaces
Two French type designers are behind Pizza Typefaces, offering some clean and minimal fonts at affordable prices.
- Porto’s Banco de Materiais brings the azulejos to the yards
One tile, two tile, new tile, blue tile.
- 7 Game Boy Accessories You May Not Have Heard Of
Here’s a list of some of the strangest Gameboy add-ons you’ll ever see.
- Let’s make like a tree and split?
You’ll have heard this phrase before. Now take your pick from a selection of over 90 versions of “make like a…”.
- Buy This Radical TMNT Pizza Cutter and Spatula Set
Eat pizza like a ninja turtle with this TMNT pizza cutter and spatula set.
- An interview with Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke, the graphic designer behind Arkotype, answered our quick-fire interview questions.
- What if Game of Thrones was aired in the 80s?
This brilliant audiovisual mashup shows what could have been if GoT was an 80s series.
- From fishin’ to fashion: how fish skin is used for leather
Iceland-based Atlantic Leather owns Europe’s only fish tannery.
- The UN reports a million species are close to extinction
Humans suck for many reasons but species extinction is one of the biggest.
- James Corden did a Reddit AMA and it turned into a roast
A popcorn-worthy moment on Al Gore’s internet when James Corden got his ass handed to him on Reddit.
- 30+ Minutes of Vic Berger’s Daytime TV & Advertising
Super Deluxe is dead, long live Vic Berger.
- Yasuke – An African Samurai in Japan
Yasuke was an African retainer who served under an influential Japanese warlord in the 16th century.
- Facts and figures about the London Underground
Need to know which stations don’t have exit barriers or escalators? This webpage about the London Underground will help.
- Haarkon’s Japan Travel Tips For First-Timers
If you’re travelling to Japan, consider these words of wisdom from Haarkon.
- The amazing photography of Roger “Sharpy” Sharp
Surf’s up, big photographer!
- An interview with Corbet Rutzer
Canadian music director and brand expert Corbet Rutzer answers some questions for Cultrface.
- Chris Morris pranked a McDonald’s employee during a pilot for The Day Today
The classic 90s satirical comedy had a couple of pilots and this one shows Chris Morris asking someone from McDonald’s about warfare.
- Nicky Chulo creates Off-Black brand in response to Off-White’s lack of diversity
The graphic designer criticised the Off-White brand creator for his lack of diversity at Louis Vuitton.
- Khalik Allah’s “Black Mother” is a spiritual trip through Jamaica
The 77-minute movie has been described as a “part film, part baptism”.
- Lorraine O’Grady: the inspiration behind Tracee Ellis Ross’ Met Gala look
The actress paid homage to Lorraine O’Grady, campness, and black art as a whole.
- Cultrface is 4 years old today
Cultrface celebrates its 4th birthday with thanks and a message.
- The Awesome Art of Karis Pierre
The London graphic designer is one to watch for the future.
- Concrete Montreal Map is an atlas of the city’s brutalist architecture
Blue Crow Media creates a brutalist map for Canada’s second biggest city.
- Game of Thrones books versus the TV series
As the series inches towards its finale, here’s an infographic showing how the Game of Thrones books fed into the shows.
- The Machete Order for X-Men
A fan made a guide to watching the X-Men movies the “optimal” way, using the classic Machete Order.
- Yoroshiku 4649
The London indie brand makes “classic StreetWear with a hint of Japanese playfulness”.
- Is tea the new wine?
Before you get angry at the headline, it’s not our creation. But the tea industry is looking for ways to improve its reputation.
- Lebron James’s Blaze Pizza makes pizza with cauliflower crusts
The pizza chain, part-owned by basketball legend Lebron James, will make their cauliflower gluten-free crusts available from 7th May.
- The insular world of hikikomori
FRANCE 24 reported on the hikikomori, people who live isolated in their bedrooms in Japan.
- Was Paul Charles Dozsa the Democracy Manifest Guy?
I’ve watched the Democracy Manifest video for ages and I cannot stop laughing. But was Paul Charles Dosza the real man or was it someone else?
- 400 Gradi Makes World’s Cheesiest Pizza
400 Gradi in Australia has created a pizza with 154 different cheeses because why the hell not?
- Pizza Pi – the Caribbean’s only “food truck boat”
Pizza on a boat in the Caribbean? Take my money and put double cheese on it.
- The Curiosity Show
This Australian programme from the 70s and 80s proved science could be fun. Here’s an optical illusion made from nothing but card and string.
- 22 random scenes from Batman Returns I loved as a kid
Of all the Batman films in the DC universe, Returns is still my all-time favourite.
- The best of Edgar the Bug from Men In Black
Sugar in water. More. More.
- An interview with “Theo Huxtable”
Not *that* Theo Huxtable but close enough.
- Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are The VHS Guys
A couple of regular dudes have made a career from collecting eccentric VHS tapes. They’re known as the VHS Guys.
- Cocoa Tea – The Caribbean drink that’s neither hot chocolate nor tea
Also known as “chocolate tea”, cocoa tea is also the subject of a Bajan folk song and the name of a Jamaican reggae singer.
- Copyrighted works from 1923 enter the public domain today
The likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are open to public domain reinterpretation.
- The Best of Razz Prince
PhoneShop is one of the best comedy series of the last 10 years. Characters like Razz Prince are the reason why.
- İşkembe Çorbası – A Turkish hangover cure
Warning: İşkembe Çorbası is a hangover cure that contains tripe.
- Tumblr Thinks Everything Is Porn
You might have heard Tumblr’s new algorithm is clamping down on explicit content.
- Marcus Daniel, the new EiC of Media Diversified
The non-profit media organisation welcomes a new era with their new editor.
- Go Dutch with tulip vodka
Wine needn’t be the only alcoholic beverage to reference a “bouquet”. Grab a bottle of tulip vodka and find out more about it.
- The Most Evil Carnage Moments In Comic Book History
Cletus Kasady aka Carnage is one of the most evil comic book characters of all time and here’s why.
- Oh Mindy: In defence of a Simpsons “Home Wrecker”
One of my favourite Simpsons in-jokes is a bowling team called The Home Wreckers.
- 9 Things You Might Not Have Known About Beetlejuice
It’s Halloween season but there’s always time for Beetlejuice, right?
- The Time When Uncle Phil Brought Out “Lucille”
We miss Uncle Phil and moments like these demonstrate why.
- An interview with Simon from Power In Discussion
We interviewed Simon from Power In Discussion as part of Black History Month.
- An interview with Shanarà Phillips
Shanarà Phillips is a black filmmaker, writer and editor from London.
- Jim Cummings tells stories behind 4 fan-favorite characters he’s voiced
Jim Cummings is one of the greatest voice actors of our times. Here he talks about four fan-favourites.
- Cook In The Breaking Bad RV with Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
After watching this video, I felt compelled to share it not least because it’s hilarious.
- RIP Jean-Michel Basquiat
Yes, the anniversary of his death was yesterday but everyday should be a celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
- My All-Time Favourite Chili Pepper Challenge by AyyOnline
Whenever people talk about chili peppers, there are two videos I think of. The first one is AyyOnline’s Chili Pepper Challenge.
- Remember when a bee sting turned Bear Grylls into Benedict Cumberbatch?
A bee sting cheaper than plastic surgery but Bear Grylls probably wouldn’t recommend it.
- Regretflix – A Podcast For Patter on Panned Pictures
When did you last laugh at a podcast while shopping in Tesco Express? Never? Then you’ve not heard Regretflix. The podcast comprises three hosts – John Kerrison, Sophie Cowles, and Nicola Robey as review the 100 worst films on IMDB. The trio picks films at random from the list and despite the unordered selection, the …
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- Homer’s Brain
Who knew sticking a crayon up his nose could create such hilarious Homer moments? Homer’s brain is quite something.
- Pule cheese: the world’s most expensive cheese made from donkey milk
If I asked you to name the most expensive cheese and what animal it came from, I doubt you’d guess pule cheese and donkeys. But this rare Serbian export is the real deal.
- Hot meat cleaver seeking 10 lighters for fiery fun
Hot stuff coming through.
- Peter Sellers and the complete guide to accents of the British Isles
Accent-switching is a wondrous talent, for entertainment or as an element of code-switching. Peter Sellers was a skilled intellect.
- Gefilte fish!
Who knew Jewish cuisine could be so hilarious?
- Steamed Hams but there’s a different animator every 13 seconds
14/4/1996. The date we were blessed with Steamed Hams. This is what happened when different artists made their own unique versions of the classic meme.
- The wonderful art of Upendo
Upendo Taylor is a Californian artist “who made New York his canvas”.
- Corey Johnson’s Top 5 Skateboarders
In a new series, we ask people of the internet for their top fives. We kickflip things off with Corey Johnson and his top five skateboarders.
- An empty water park in Dubai made a dope skate park
Three skateboarders got the chance to skate at Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai during a maintenance day.
- One Chip Challenge (special guest star: the Carolina Reaper)
Voice actor and cool dude SungWon Cho did the One Chip Challenge with his wife and you can guess how it went. Not well.
- Steamed Hams but it’s edited like Dragon Ball Z
The ever-creative Steamed Hams memes have now infiltrated Dragon Ball Z.
- Blue Crow Media Loves Brutalism
If you’re looking for a different kind of map for your journey, check out these architectural guides from Blue Crow Media.
- Airport Novella – A Comedic Book by Tom Comitta
Airports are fascinating places.
- Steamed Hams but in the style of Seinfeld
Two of the biggest American shows of the 90s brought together by one meme: Steamed Hams.
- 18 Minutes of Batman Forever Mistakes on YouTube
Some Batman Forever clips crept into my YouTube recommendation feed today so I watched them.
- Picasso was a misogynistic douchebag
Unpopular opinion: Picasso was overrated and a creep.
- 999: What’s Your Pizza Emergency?
There’s nothing worse than ordering a pizza and not getting what you wanted.
- Journalist Charts Every Quantum Leap On A Map
While we wait for that Quantum Leap movie Donald Bellisario is working on, we can now travel with actor Scott Bakula on a map. Sort of.
- Gabrielle Union eats hot wings, discusses Twitter fools & DMX
The only thing hotter than Gabrielle Union is a row of wings from Hot Ones. Here’s how she did.
- Black Minimalists
The world of minimalism is literally whitewashed. These are the stories of black minimalists.
- The World’s Largest Mondrian
The Hague is hosting the “world’s largest Mondrian painting” on the façade of its City Hall.
- What’s The “Jamaica Coalition”?
Is Germany teaming up with Jamaica in the name of politics? Not quite. But the Jamaica coalition is important to the European nation.
- The classic one-liners of Mitch Hedberg
Mitch Hedberg was a modern-day king of deadpan.
- Awesome Queer Halloween Parties in Castro
They know how to party for Halloween in San Francisco.
- Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Repairing Pottery with Gold
One of my favourite forms of art, kintsugi is the idea that anything broken can be repaired with added beauty.
- The Philosophy of Cowboy Bebop
I’ll be honest with you – I’ve never seen Cowboy Bebop.
- Semiotics: myths, #BlackLivesMatter & #AllLivesMatter
There’s something to be said about the link between semiotics and activism. But what links Black Lives Matter with this branch of linguistics?
- Vulture’s Oral History of “Batman: The Animated Series”
Here’s how Batman: The Animated Series was made, as told by the people behind it.
- A Quick Lesson in Semiotics
A drop in the semiotics ocean but a great introduction to a phenomenal subject.
- Seitō – a 1911 Japanese magazine exclusively for women
Atlas Obscura has written a brilliant article about a Japanese women’s magazine called Seitō.
- Codex Seraphinianus is one weird-ass book
With a name like Codex Seraphinianus, it’s no surprise it features peculiar drawings.
- The Photography of Sook Moon
The beauty of photography is its ability to capture so many words in a single flash of light and form. And Sook Moon nails it.
- Modern Art – It’s More Than Just White Paintings
White paintings are super popular. But why?
- Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait
An amazing photobook of Prince is out now.
- The Simpsons – The One At the Bottom (Remix)
- Jumanji Fan Steven Richter Builds Replica From Scratch
Complete with magnets. Well played, Mr Richter.
- The Star Wars Glass Stormtrooper Decanter
Drink in style with this awesome Star Wars Glass Stormtrooper Decanter.
- Postwar modernist Gunnar Birkerts dies at 92
Gunnar Birkerts was one of many European modernists with an eye for details and the God who lived in them.
- Pussy and Her Language – A Pamphlet For Cats
A book about cats and how they talk. What’s not to like?
- Who Old Are You
Find out who achieved their greatest feats at your age with “Who Old Are You”.
- The Best of Bad Acting with Tommy Wiseau
“The Best of Bad Acting” stars Tommy Wiseau, as well as scenes from some random ninja movies, Troll 2, Birdemic and Tough Guys Don’t Dance.
- Interview: CoolFilmArt
We interviewed Robyn, one of the curators behind CoolFilmArt.
- Hibaq Osman – The Heart Is A Smashed Bulb
Hibaq Osman releases a bittersweet anthology you must read.
- 10 Classic German Expressionist Films
German expressionist films helped shaped cinema during the Modernist period.
- 13 year old boy meets Bart Simpson IRL
Imagine meeting the voice of Bart Simpson… but not knowing who it was.
- The History of Japan By Bill Wurtz
Bill managed to condense the history of Japan into 9 minutes which is some achievement.
- The Eccentric Life Of Ed Wood
So bad he was worse, Ed Wood is a bigger figure dead than he was alive.
- Anish Kapoor banned from colour-changing paint
Why is this still going on?
- A Brilliant Banana Bread Bottom Cheesecake
If you love banana bread and cheesecake, you’re in luck.
- Brutal bookends
Designed by Klemens Schillinger, these bookends come as part of his Tabletop Landmarks design set.
- Emotional Simpsons Scenes
“Do it for her.”
- When Joanne the Scammer Visited Britain
Britain is in the throes of turmoil so what better way to cheer the country up than an appearance from Joanne the Scammer.
- The UN want to combat cultural appropriation. But is that enough?
“Cultural appropriation” makes people of colour indignant towards the oppressors and the oppressors indignant towards the accusers.
- Possibly The First Ever Cat Video From 1894?
Cats videos aren’t a modern creation, like this one from the 1894 shows.
- 2 polyglots have an awesome chat in 21 languages
Polyglots are amazing but have you ever seen two speak to each other in 21 languages?
- Trump Has Always Been Trash, But Here’s A Pizza-Related Example From 1995
Fuck 45 for everything, including the way he eats pizza.
- Brief Excerpts From James Baldwin’s 1,884-Page FBI File
James Baldwin, one of the 20th century’s greatest public figures, had an FBI file.
- 40,000 Movie Posters Under The Sea with Posteritati
Posteritati is home to over 40,000 movie posters from decades of cinema.
- FilmGrab: an archive of movie stills and potential memes
We can all appreciate cinematography when we watching a beautiful shot film but capturing the stills adds permanency to its allure.
- Teen Gets Yale Acceptance Letter and Free Pizza
It’s one thing to get accepted to Yale but another to have sent your personal essay with an ode to Papa John’s. That’s precisely what Tennessee teen Carolina Williams did and the move prompted the admissions officer to order pizza after reading. Carolina rejected Yale for Auburn in the end but that story doesn’t end …
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- The Cultural Legacy of the Russian Revolution (BBC Audio Doc)
And not a Russian backwards R in sight.
- Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion (Documentary)
The Barcelona Pavilion is one of the greatest and most famous pieces of modernist architecture.
- The Minimalists + the art of letting go
The Minimalists did a TED Talk last year about letting go.
- Proper Magazine is a proper magazine
Let me preface this article with one statement: print media is not dead.
- will.i.am Can See the Future
I can’t stop watching this video of will.i.am behaving like a futuristic sage.
- The National Film Archive of Japan uploads 60 animated films from 1917–1941
The idea of Japanese animated films from the modernist era will blow the minds of anyone with an interest in… anything!
- The Hateful Eight’s Homage To The Thing
Tarantino loves a good homage.
- The Atlantic Remember Black Postmodern Artist Barkley L. Hendricks
Postmodernist reflection often undermines black culture.
- A Gold Experience
An entire article about gold things. Midas would be green with envy.
- Get Out: Black Solidarity and Knowing the Code
Mark Mukasa takes a look at the intriguing way language is used in Get Out…
- New York’s Met Museum Publish Over 375,000 Images For Free Use
The New York Met Museum digitised their collection under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence.
- A semi-alphabetical listing of Black actors with speaking roles on Friends
Hilarious and eye-opening if you hadn’t noticed the significant lack of Black people in Friends. Yep, all your faves are problematic.
- The Addams Family Promo That Became Michael Jackson’s Ghosts
“Michael Jackson’s Ghosts” is a short film starring the King of Pop made in 1996 but did you know it started life as a shorter film back in 1993?
- The Wonderful Art of Jonny Wan
Jonny Wan is a UK-based graphic artist “with a fascination for all things ancient and Art Deco.”
- Happy 30th, Barcelona Pavilion
When the Barcelona Pavilion was designed in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition, it wasn’t built to last.
- Nottingham Contemporary: A Review
Nottingham Contemporary is an international art centre. Opened in 2009, it holds a strong local purpose. This is my review.
- 8 Games I’d Love To See On The Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is set for release next year. Here are 8 games I’d love to see join it on the shelves.
- Bored Of Crossword Puzzles? Try Nonograms.
My mother once got a free subscription to The Times newspaper for 6 months.
- Internet Archaeology: a gallery of early internet images
Dig a little deeper to find some of the internet’s earliest images via Internet Archaeology.
- Vox analysed the impressive economics of Homer Simpson
With over 100 jobs, Homer has spread his labour over the last four decades.
Ashton James Brown explores a fan-made JSR online playlist/station called JetSetRadio.Live.
- Sucklord, The NYC Artist Who Makes Bootleg Action Figures
All hail Sucklord – the champion of bootleg toys in his kingdom of NYC.
- AntennaPod – A Podcast Manager For Android
Podcasting is a curious digital art form that has changed the way audio (and sometimes visual) media is broadcasted.
- Observe The Rugged Side Of The Internet With “Brutalist Websites”
A good looking website can take you places. But some designers have opted for a more brutal approach.
- X-Men Fan Creates Web Show Based On The 90s Animated Series
Joel Furtado, a Canadian animator and X-Men fan will be giving his fellow “X-Fans” a shot of nostalgic joy with an 18-episode web series based on the 90s animated series.
- The Machete Order – An Alternative Way To Star Wars
You thought Star Wars was only meant to be watched from I to VI (before the VII, VIII and IX come out) didn’t you?
- PokéDad: A Webcomic About A Dad’s Journey Through The Pokémon World
Imagine your father going on a Pokémon journey. PokéDad makes that a reality.
- The Original Ghost Busters
We all remember the classic 1984 film Ghostbusters, along with the sequel and animated series. But before all that, there was a TV series bearing the same name but no relation.
- Pop Culture Soaps by Yvonne Kai
Now you can wash your legs in the shower in style with these awesome pop culture soap bars.
- The Rights To “Do The Bartman” Sold For $38,500
An unnamed party bought the rights to The Simpsons’ song “Do The Bartman” for $38,500 in an auction this week.
- A Spotify playlist of songs about tennis
Tracklist Tennis – Needle And A Knife Sky Sailing – Tennis Elbow De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve – Tennis Jim Noir – Ping Pong Time Tennis Pixel Perfect – Tennis Court Telemachus – Tennis Season Binge – “Grand Slam Man (Roger Federer)” Indian Wells – Wimbledon 1980 Florent Campana …
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- Everything Wrong With Batman & Robin In 17 Minutes
George Clooney’s only outing as the caped crusader was a Bat-flop. But there was plenty more wrong with Batman & Robin.
- Mangle – The Random LiveJournal Image Generator
Mangle has created a random picture generator showing Russian culture in its rawest form using images from LiveJournal.
- Play 3 Video Games Featured On The Simpsons
Now you’re playing with Max Power!
- 17 Proverbs and Phrases from Jamaican Culture
Jamaican people have a way with words and I looked at 17 of the best sayings from the Caribbean island.
- The Ad Hominem Fallacy Fallacy
People love to argue on the internet and especially love a game of oneupmanship.
- Man submits 52,438-word dissertation without punctuation & passes
If you’ve written an academic essay, you’ll know how hard it is to keep to a word count, let alone checking your spelling and grammar.
- The Super Realistic Art of Charles Bierk
Charles Bierk is a photorealist currently living in Toronto.
- Jonpaul Douglass – Pizza In The Wild
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hates pizza (don’t bother looking, it’s not worth the potential pain if you find them).
- Superheroes In Native American Culture Explored By Exhibit At Arizona Museum
The Heard Museum in Arizona held an exhibit looking at superheroes in Native American culture.
- Madison Moore Gives Lectures on “How to be Beyoncé”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the phrase “I wish I was Beyoncé” on Twitter or thereabouts.
- A Cheatsheet of Typographic Characters and How To Use Them
Check out this helpful guide to a plethora of typographic symbols, from ampersands to pilcrows, courtesy of Typewolf.
- A Thesis Discussing Hip Hop, Skate Culture & Web Culture In Tyler The Creator’s Music
As someone who wrote a thesis for my music technology degree, I’m a sucker for music academic papers.
- It’s Not Hip To Be Square: What Is A Hipster Really?
You know the drill. White men with beards, slicked hair, lumberjack shirts and a penchant for obscurity are hipsters.