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Mar 25

Call for artists

litronica:

Litronica LLC, a new brooklyn-based publisher, is creating a new book in the style of an illuminated manuscript, with modern technically-oriented content. It will contain a series of essays and accompanying illustrations. The goal is to look classical, medieval, while recognizing that the content is in fact of the future.

We’re looking for the illustrator, for approximately one dozen full-page illustrations. The content of these will each be based on a single word or phrase that will probably may sound like gibberish to the technically uninclined. It will be up to you to illustrate what it could be, if that word was a thing. We can do this several ways including explaining the concept in advance or leaving it completely to your imagination.

There’s an advance, and you’ll get royalties from the sales of the book.

Interested? Please send some samples of full page illustrations that would sit well in a kind of weird illuminated manuscript. Medieval, steam punk, retro future, technical, internet, or anything vaguely old or futuristic or both.

My friends Gabe, Doug and I started a publishing company on paper last year and now we’re finally getting around to kicking off one of our projects. Tumblr seems like the best place to find an illustrator like the one we’re looking for, so if you’re interested, hit us up via the Ask Box or email! Nerdy technical medieval illustrations! Come on, Tumblr! It’s right up your alley!

Mar 21

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“For now, Auerbach says he’s only noticed a handful of changes since the sale: he’s had to file his expenses differently, he has better benefits, and the snack situation in his office has improved.” — Will Tumblr Become The Next MySpace For Music?

Mar 20

nickdouglas:

CATS shaming

THERE WAS A REASON. I wanted a really good google/tumblr image of some stupid Cats/Memory meme pic to send someone in an email. Okay. And then maybe I got sucked in. 

nickdouglas:

CATS shaming

THERE WAS A REASON. I wanted a really good google/tumblr image of some stupid Cats/Memory meme pic to send someone in an email. Okay. And then maybe I got sucked in. 

Aspyr - Civilization V Gets Open CL Update for Mac Pro -

Civ V was updated for Open CL and 4K for the new Mac Pros. Now I want one. SPEND $10K TO PLAY A GAME.

A Website Asks Readers to Finance Independent Journalists - NYTimes.com

Mar 19

legoloft:

Fall of Cloud Cuckoo Land http://www.flickr.com/photos/34082128@N04/13098262345

legoloft:

Fall of Cloud Cuckoo Land http://www.flickr.com/photos/34082128@N04/13098262345

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““The issue of where we do business is in some ways inextricably linked to where we sell our cars,” O’Connell told Bloomberg this month. “If Texas wants to reconsider its position on Tesla selling directly in Texas, it certainly couldn’t hurt.” Texas laws prevent car manufacturers from selling directly to Texas consumers, and they require manufacturers to sell their cars through tightly regulated franchised dealers. The Texas Automobile Dealers Association and its supporters say the rules protect consumers and ensure the livelihood of Texas auto dealerships, and that the state shouldn’t make an exception for Tesla.” —

Regulations Could Harm Texas’ Bid for Tesla Plant | The Texas Tribune

Hahaha that is genius. Shame New Jersey wasn’t on the short list.

Mar 17

“55 Days At Peking, with Kingsley lying down on the cinema floor every single time Ava Gardner appeared on screen” — I was a semi-literate truant who read Harold Robbins and the dirty bits in Lady Chatterly. Only my ‘wicked’ stepmother made me who I am today, writes MARTIN AMIS | Mail Online

Mar 14

“The nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the president’s, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense that it has placed Democrats from conservative states, several of whom are up for re-election this year, in a difficult spot.” —

White House May Delay Surgeon General Nomination - NYTimes.com

This is about the most depressing article I’ve read all year.

Mar 12

On the 13th March, prior to the launch at the gallery, Drummond will arrive beneath Spaghetti Junction on a raft and construct the sculpture ‘400 Bunches of Daffodils’. Drummond is partly driven by the lyrics of Black Sabbath’s opening song on their debut album released in October 1969, and his ‘World Tour’ starts and finishes at what he sees as the very gates of The Underworld as described by the Birmingham band. (via Eastside Projects | Bill Drummond: The 25 Paintings)

On the 13th March, prior to the launch at the gallery, Drummond will arrive beneath Spaghetti Junction on a raft and construct the sculpture ‘400 Bunches of Daffodils’. Drummond is partly driven by the lyrics of Black Sabbath’s opening song on their debut album released in October 1969, and his ‘World Tour’ starts and finishes at what he sees as the very gates of The Underworld as described by the Birmingham band. (via Eastside Projects | Bill Drummond: The 25 Paintings)

Mar 05

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I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.

There are not any.

By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (on 891 screens) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.

Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.

Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?

They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.

” —

At The Movies, The Women Are Gone : Monkey See : NPR

The whole article is fantastic, as is pretty much everything Linda Holmes writes.

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Linda is my pop culture queen.

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I agree with every word of this. It is an absolute wrong.

But i often wonder: why aren’t rich women doing something about this? When the liberals complained there weren’t enough activist liberal films, liberal billionaires such as Jeffry Skoll stepped up and started producing films. When the Christians thought there weren’t enough Christian films in hollywood, they stepped up and started producing them. The military did it. The communists did it. A woman is Disney’s largest shareholder. America has a large, robust independent film community and production capability. The market is most definitely there. There is money to be made. 

Laurene Powell Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Meyer. Actually, there are 57 women billionaires in America, with a combined net worth just under $300 billion dollars.

I don’t ask this to deny the responsibility or culpability of others. Please don’t take offense. I am genuinely curious. Seems like an amazing business opportunity to go raise production fund. 

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“But one feature of the upcoming devices was revealed on a recent GMCR earnings call: a new DRM-style system that will prevent unauthorized third-party coffee capsules from working in the machines. A bit of actual high tech in what is really a rather low tech device, designed to further lock consumers into keeping the money flowing to GMCR.” —

K-Cup Cops: License and Registration Please | Tonx

AYFKM?

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K-Cup coffee is an abomination.  Therefore it should be no surprise that the company responsible for this abomination wants to trap users in some “roach motel” type scam.

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I feel mildly confident we could figure out how to disable this even when we’re drunk.  

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