Entries in the “Elsewhere” category
Links to interesting things found on the Internet
NPR podcast Planet Money made a t-shirt, and followed the production from the genetically modified cotton seeds through to delivery.
We wanted to see the hidden world behind clothes sold in this country, so we decided to make a T-shirt. We wanted to make an ordinary shirt like the vast majority of the shirts sold in this country — not organic cotton, not hand-sewn in the United States.
The whole project is quite interesting, and the web site is really well done. The pictures juxtapositioning today’s production to the early 1900′s U.S. production are striking. Besides the videos, I highly recommend the audio stories half-way down this page as well.
USA Today gives us a list of America’s 15 best pizzas.
Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country’s best pizzas a truly challenging task.
Six joints in NYC, three in New Haven, CT (wtf?), two in SF, and one each in Portland, Providence, and LA. Notice, not one in Chicago or any mention of that deep dish crap. John Stewart’s right, “It’s not pizza…it’s a fucking casserole.”
The Atlantic lets us know about the trend of using “because” as a preposition.
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes—and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
My new favorite thing to come out of the Internet, as far as language is concerned, is the ability to use a noun as a verb, e.g. when correcting bad grammar and saying, “Sorry, I can’t English,” or not writing the tip amount on a check and instead writing, “I can’t math,” and putting the total in.
The US Supreme Court is trying to figure out what constitutes “clothing”.
In 2012, a group of 800 steelworkers at a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Indiana brought suit against their employer, asking for “work time”—that is, paid time—to include the time it took them to put on and take off their work clothes. For steelworkers, “work clothes” aren’t just suits or coveralls; they include flame-retardant jackets and pants, protective leggings, Kevlar sleeves, gloves, steel-toed boots, hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs, and hoods. When you work with molten metal, getting dressed for work—and, then, un-dressed—takes some time.
Some of the back-and-forth arguments are interesting, especially if you consider a toupee as “clothing”. However, I can’t believe a court needs to decide this. Seems like the steelworkers ratified a bad contract.
Researchers believe that dogs became domesticated much earlier than originally thought.
The authors concluded that dog domestication most likely occurred in Ice Age Europe, between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago — much earlier, and much farther north, than previously believed.
“The initial interactions were probably at arm’s length, as these were large, aggressive carnivores,” said senior study author Robert Wayne, an evolutionary biology professor at UCLA. “Eventually though, wolves entered the human niche. … Maybe they even assisted humans in locating prey, or deterred other carnivores from interfering with the hunting activities of humans.”
Of course, there are those who disagree with the findings. What I want to know is, when did dogs become cute?
The Pacific Standard takes us inside the world of competitive laughing.
“‘Laugher’ is not a proper English word because the idea of being an active laugher was inconceivable until this point. We want to put laugher in the dictionary.” The crowd, which fills the lower half of the room and is already feeling loose from a warm-up laugh led by Kataria, erupts after this. They continue to cheer, and the 10 contestants walk onto the stage to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” The ceremonial first laugh is led by a 103-year-old Toronto resident. He exits the stage with one line: “Let’s get ready to jubilate.”
“Laughletes” is just an awesome word.
Police in Sweden were called after neighbors heard a domestic disturbance. Turns out the family was trying to assemble Ikea furniture.
The family in Strömstad, near the Norwegian border on Sweden’s west coast, was trying to assemble an item from Ikea at around 1am. The noise from the assembly was enough to wake their child, who soon took to screaming. The cacophony distressed the neighbours, who promptly called the police and reported that they heard screaming and banging coming from the home, wrote the Expressen newspaper.
Am I the only one who has never had issues with assembling Ikea stuff? And who the hell assembles furniture at 1am?!
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has ruled that the big metal antenna-looking thing at the top of One World Trade Center is not an antenna but, in fact, a spire. The ruling makes the height of the building 1,776 feet, 325 feet taller than Chicago’s Willis Tower, which makes 1WTC the tallest building in the US.
The bragging rights to America’s tallest tower became clouded over a design decision last year to remove from an architectural shell for the mast, leaving behind steel beams and maintenance platforms that weren’t meant to be seen. At the time the building’s lead designer, David Childs, criticized the decision.
Glad that got settled.
Photographer Abelardo Morell uses a tent and a periscope-like lens to project images onto the ground, which he then photographs. The melding of the two produce very interesting images.
Inside this space I photograph the sandwich of these two outdoor realities meeting on the ground. Depending on the quality of the surface, these views can take on a variety of painterly effects.