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What Goes Around Comes Around

What goes around comes around, by Mark Ward. (via Spaceknuckle)

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To The Victor Belong The Spoils

When most people tell humorless jokes, they get booed off the stage. When Jay Leno does it, he gets paid $20 million a year. The only silver lining to The Mighty Chin’s bottomless bank account, however, is his taste in cars. See Jay Leno’s insane car collection over at Lifelounge.

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Escape From Death Star!

“Who’s blocking the path to the Millennium Falcon? To find out, use your colored pencils to fill in the picture.” Included above is a page pulled from Darth Vader’s Activity Book (1979). Unless you had major perception problems as a kid, it’s obvious who we’re all talking about here.

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Farewell Dennis Hopper

Woke up several weeks ago, before his death, thinking of Dennis Hopper for some odd reason. Read his Wiki page, which threw me into an Internet vortex. Came out on the other side with his Nike commercials from the mid-1990s, where he played a deranged referee named Stanley (see here, here, and here). He’s the quintessential Hopper character —…

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The Science of Slap

This is how today feels, like a slow-motion slap in the face. (via Strike Anywhere)

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M.I.A.: When Pop Stars Stop Being Polite, And Start Getting Real

Turns out M.I.A. is still throwing an Internet tantrum in response to the profile written by New York Times reporter Lynn Hirschberg, published last week. Perhaps her reaction is justified. I’m honestly not 100% sure, because I barely paid attention when the drama erupted. But on the heels of “Born Free,” her controversial-video-for-the-sake-of-controversy, my tolerance for her is waning.…

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Terrorized By The Past, Afraid Of The Future

Elderly businessman Kiichi Nakajima, played by Toshiro Mifune, obsesses over nuclear annihilation in the film I Live in Fear (1955). “With this mournful film, [Akira Kurosawa] depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future.” (via Criterion Collection)

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Walter White’s Fulminated Mercury Bomb

“What is it?” Tuco asks about the explosive crystal. “Fulminated mercury,” replies Walt. “A little tweak of chemistry.” (via Mister Honk)

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The Arsenal of William Burroughs

“If you had a razor sharp, double-edged knife, you could whip it out and cut someone’s throat before he knew what was happening,” Burroughs tells the man behind the camera, “right in the middle of a sentence.” This video shows the author as a wiley old cuss, wielding a blow dart, a pistol, a blackjack, and a large knife…

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In Search of Alan Lomax

It seems all I’ve done lately is look to the past for inspiration. Digging through old photos, books, and music, I’m not certain what it is I’m looking for, besides something — anything — that will shake me out of this deep depression that’s had me so bogged down. That’s why I think I’ve been obsessing over old books,…

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Writers and Editors War Tax Protest

“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it…” Excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience used in an advertisement for the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest launched in opposition to the Vietnam War. View the full-sized advertisement here. The list of those…

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Pee-Wee’s Lemonade Stand (1983)

It’s a hot day in New York City, and Pee-Wee is extorting people’s thirst. Also good: Larry Bud Melman makes an appearance. YouTube has disabled embedding of the video, so check it out here.

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In The Age of Galt McDermot

“[Galt] MacDermot’s music is popular with collectors of jazz and funk. Working with jazz musicians such as Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Lewis and Idris Muhammad, MacDermot created pieces that prefigured the funk material of James Brown. In recent decades, his work has become popular with hip-hop musicians including…“

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Robert M. Johnson: Dispatches From A Distant America

It’s often easy for me to get caught up in the ills of the Internet. So much so, that I forget about its benefits. The other day, however, I was reminded of one of the reasons I repeatedly return to this glowing screen with a sense of hope. It’s because of random encounters with interesting people. People who, before…

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‘Yo-Yo Master’ Kenny Strasser Hijacks TV Shows, Fools Everyone

Kenny Strasser is quite possibly the world’s worst ‘yo-yo master.’ But that doesn’t mean he isn’t an expert at pulling off an elaborate hoax. Strasser, also known as Kenny Strassburg or K-Strass, has made multiple appearances on local television in Wisconsin and Missouri over the last month, claiming to be an expert with a yo-yo who just so happens…

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Ladies And Gentlemen, You’ve Been Living Like Pigs

“Yeah I was poor, dirt poor. I was born poor. My father worked in the sewers. Then came the depression. They closed down the schools. No more school. All I had to wear was one suit, nothing but patches, but clean. We ate meat once a year. My Palm Beach was Hell’s Kitchen.

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L.A. Photographer Faces Criminal Charges for Documenting Graffiti

Documentary photographer Jonas Lara appears in L.A. County court tomorrow where he faces misdemeanor graffiti charges stemming from an arrest this past February. Prosecutors claim that Lara was acting as a lookout for two graffiti artists when all three men were arrested in South Central back on February 4, 2010. If convicted on the charges of aiding and abetting, he…

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Ghost Signs: The Dying Art of Hand-Painted Advertisements

It’s impossible to deny how pervasive advertising has become. I suppose that’s what happens when giant corporations — with seemingly bottomless ad budgets — are hell bent on separating you from your money. McDonald’s wants you to shell out cash and choke down a bunch of McGriddles. Apple wants you to worship at its altar, buy an Ipad for…

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Flirted With You All Of My Life

When Vic Chesnutt died this past December, admittedly, I had heard his name for years, but knew little about his music. Turns out that was a major loss on my part. For years I avoided the work of what I viewed as singer/songwriters, probably because, for whatever reason, I had a bad mental picture of such people in my…

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There Seems To Be A Flaw In The Buddy System

The narrator in One Got Fat, the bizarre bicycle safety PSA filmed in 1963, warns that danger lurks everywhere when the rules of the road are ignored. One by one, the bicycling monkeys learn the error of their ways. You’ll need to watch until the end (video below) to understand why the children are wearing monkey masks…

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