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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:10 am

https://www.fastcompany.com/3065928/sleepopolis-casper-bloggers-lawsuits-underside-of-the-mattress-wars
really enjoying this piece on online mattress startups and affiliate marketing programs
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Postby mascotte » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:13 am

An xpost with Twin Peaks thread

I often wonder if Lynch is the era’s most original artist, or at least the creator of its most haunting images—the severed ear in Blue Velvet, the Red Room in Twin Peaks, the Mystery Man in Lost Highway—but his works feel too schlocky, seedy, tearful, too male, too white for me to want to say this often in conversation. His cinema is disreputably baroque, brimming with meaning that it seems to disavow. He’s of the same generation as Terrence Malick, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese, but where they now seem historical, Lynch still has the fragility of the contemporary. The greatness of his art seems directly linked to the kitsch of his materials, all the B-movie unheimlich maneuvers: doppelgängers, prosthetics, recurring numbers, dream sequences, animated corpses. And this, I think, is an enigma worth pursuing.


http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/11/09/twin-peaks-small-town-noir/
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Postby Fullscreen » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:20 pm

From the Atlantic today, attempting to diagnose the plague of cyprian in 3rd century rome.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/solving-the-mystery-of-an-ancient-roman-plague/543528/
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:37 pm

steakspoon wrote:sorry if sounds corny fellas but i'll always remember where i was when i heard my first big star song..the internet.
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:12 pm

I think there are a lot of myths about schizophrenia. What I most wish the public knew is that, at bottom, we are really just like you: we want, in the words of Sigmund Freud, “to love and to work.” There are myths out there that we can’t do this, but they are just that: myths. Mental health professionals should stop immediately telling patient to drastically lower their expectations. With proper resources and proper care, people can live up to their potential. Finally, it is a myth that people with schizophrenia are more dangerous than the general public. The people really to fear are substance abusers, a diagnosis far more highly correlated with violence than mental illness.


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/diary-of-a-high-function/
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Postby hazel » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:09 pm

goldsoundz wrote:really liked this

https://magazine.atavist.com/promethea- ... us-montana


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Postby wintergreen » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:20 am

hazel wrote:


Holy cow


everyone should read this.
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Postby Timothy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:31 am

trope wrote:https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/paying-for-fake-friends-and-family/545060/
In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

This starts out all like lol Japan, of course you can pay for someone to pretend to be your kid's dad for parent-teacher day. But:

Morin: And this is ongoing?

Yuichi: Yes, I’ve been seeing her for eight years. She just graduated high school.

Morin: Does she understand that you’re not her real father?

Yuichi: No, the mother hasn’t told her.

Morin: How do you think she would feel if she discovered the truth?

Yuichi: I think she would be shocked. If the client never reveals the truth, I must continue the role indefinitely. If the daughter gets married, I have to act as a father in that wedding, and then I have to be the grandfather. So, I always ask every client, “Are you prepared to sustain this lie?” It’s the most significant problem our company has.


fuuuuuuuck


this is the wildest thing i've read about in a long time
stump a dunce or debauch a dauphin
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Postby Catullus » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:38 pm

opi wrote:like i don't think it's possible for catullus to be duplicitous, whereas pretty much every other poster at the time struck me as having one foot in shinra
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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:47 pm

what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.

To begin: Kid’s YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I’ve been aware of its weirdness for some time. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze. Surprise Eggs videos depict, often at excruciating length, the process of unwrapping Kinder and other egg toys. That’s it, but kids are captivated by them. There are thousands and thousands of these videos and thousands and thousands, if not millions, of children watching them.

The maker of my particular favorite videos is “Blu Toys Surprise Brinquedos & Juegos,” and since 2010 he seems to have accrued 3.7 million subscribers and just under 6 billion views for a kid-friendly channel entirely devoted to opening surprise eggs and unboxing toys. The video titles are a continuous pattern of obscure branded lines and tie-ins: “Surprise Play Doh Eggs Peppa Pig Stamper Cars Pocoyo Minecraft Smurfs Kinder Play Doh Sparkle Brilho,” “Cars Screamin’ Banshee Eats Lightning McQueen Disney Pixar,” “Disney Baby Pop Up Pals Easter Eggs SURPRISE.”
As I write this he has done a total of 4,426 videos and counting. With so many views — for comparison, Justin Bieber’s official channel has more than 10 billion views, while full-time YouTube celebrity PewDiePie has nearly 12 billion — it’s likely this man makes a living as a pair of gently murmuring hands that unwrap Kinder eggs. (Surprise-egg videos are all accompanied by pre-roll, and sometimes mid-video and ads.)



https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2
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Postby Catullus » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:48 pm

trope wrote:https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/11/paying-for-fake-friends-and-family/545060/
In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

This starts out all like lol Japan, of course you can pay for someone to pretend to be your kid's dad for parent-teacher day. But:

Morin: And this is ongoing?

Yuichi: Yes, I’ve been seeing her for eight years. She just graduated high school.

Morin: Does she understand that you’re not her real father?

Yuichi: No, the mother hasn’t told her.

Morin: How do you think she would feel if she discovered the truth?

Yuichi: I think she would be shocked. If the client never reveals the truth, I must continue the role indefinitely. If the daughter gets married, I have to act as a father in that wedding, and then I have to be the grandfather. So, I always ask every client, “Are you prepared to sustain this lie?” It’s the most significant problem our company has.


fuuuuuuuck


Hole-ee-shiiiiiit

This entire thing is fucking blowing my mind
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Postby speakers » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:57 pm

wintergreen wrote:
hazel wrote:


Holy cow


everyone should read this.


yeah this was heartbreaking in a really weird way
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Postby mascotte » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:32 pm

Oh, I see that the Medium article got its own thread :)
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Postby Mr Spaceship » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:35 pm

goldsoundz wrote:really liked this

https://magazine.atavist.com/promethea- ... us-montana


incredible story
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:14 am

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop. And what about the women? The list immediately becomes much more difficult and tentative: Anne Sexton? Joan Crawford? Sylvia Plath? Does self-harm count? Okay, well, it’s back to the men I guess: Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Lead Belly, Miles Davis, Phil Spector.

They did or said something awful, and made something great. The awful thing disrupts the great work; we can’t watch or listen to or read the great work without remembering the awful thing. Flooded with knowledge of the maker’s monstrousness, we turn away, overcome by disgust. Or … we don’t. We continue watching, separating or trying to separate the artist from the art. Either way: disruption. They are monster geniuses, and I don’t know what to do about them.
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Postby mascotte » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:39 pm

A cent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing hideous humanoids called roaches. It’s a standard science-fiction scenario, man against monster, but there’s a twist: it turns out that the soldier and his cohort have brain implants that make them see the faces and bodies of their targets as monstrous, to hear their pleas for mercy as noxious squeaks. When our hero’s implant fails, he discovers that he isn’t a brave defender of the human race—he’s a murderer of innocent people, part of a campaign to exterminate members of a despised group akin to the Jews of Europe in the nineteen-forties.
The philosopher David Livingstone Smith, commenting on this episode on social media, wondered whether its writer had read his book “Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others” (St. Martin’s). It’s a thoughtful and exhaustive exploration of human cruelty, and the episode perfectly captures its core idea: that acts such as genocide happen when one fails to appreciate the humanity of others.


https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/27/the-root-of-all-cruelty
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:55 am

great article about neglected deaths and the huge aging populatio in japan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/world/asia/japan-lonely-deaths-the-end.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur
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Postby Gooey Bechamel » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:20 am

https://magazine.atavist.com/obsidian-serpent-homeless-murders-california

Haven't finished this yet, but I can't recommend subscribing to the atavist e-mail list enough. Every article is riveting.
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Gooey Bechamel wrote:https://magazine.atavist.com/obsidian-serpent-homeless-murders-california

Haven't finished this yet, but I can't recommend subscribing to the atavist e-mail list enough. Every article is riveting.



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Postby Fullscreen » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:32 pm

some real uplifting stuff on this page.
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Postby lockheed's old roommate » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:03 am

jeffrey wrote:
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Postby fakename » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:38 pm

on debt collection
In method, Therrien was like a prosecutor flipping gangster underlings to get to lieutenants and then the boss. In spirit, he was a bit like Liam Neeson’s vigilante character in the movie Taken—using unflagging aggression to obtain scraps of information and reverse-engineer a criminal syndicate.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-06/millions-are-hounded-for-debt-they-don-t-owe-one-victim-fought-back-with-a-vengeance

meagan day also did a related piece on the history of predatory loans:
https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-shark-and-the-hound-day
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Postby blurst of times » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:04 pm

speaking of wired, this article about algorithmically created sci-fi was pretty fun: https://www.wired.com/2017/12/when-an-algorithm-helps-write-science-fiction/
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Postby blurst of times » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:41 pm

hot new david grann(!) piece about an antarctic explorer: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/the-white-darkness

haven't read it yet but am psyched 4 this
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