Stay F---! | June 28
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Tue Jun 28 15:27:47 EDT 2005
NO, I'M HAPPY TO SEE YOU
Posted by Charles Star
Newsweek reports that, taking a page from the Wonderbra, manufacturers
are designing men's underwear to give more lift (but presumably not to
JUNK FOODS AGAINST OBESITY
When Armageddon comes, fast food clowns will dress up as fitness
instructors and cola companies will write nutrition guidelines for
schools... Oh wait, they already are, at least judging from this new
batch of corporate "health" websites.
NEW FROM STAY FREE! MAGAZINE
An Interview with Flavor Makers. What's it like on the frontlines of
food chemistry? A couple of former factory workers talk about
non-blueberry blueberries, the dangers of peppermint oil, and why you
really, really don't want to spill the diacetyl. by Amy Balkin and
IF ALBUM COVERS WERE ADVERTISEMENTS
After the unfortunate news spread that Nike has ripped off a Minor
Threat album cover for a new ad campaign, some enterprising readers of
I Love Music tried to imagine what other well-known album covers would
look like if advertisers got a hold of them. There are loads of funny
examples here so check 'em out.
CRITICAL MASS, JUNE
Posted by Matt Ransford
Mr. Ransford recounts the group's encounter with the police in June.
Lots of discussion ensues.
HOW DID THE DOCUMENTARY "MAD HOT BALLROOM" SURVIVE THE COPYRIGHT CARTEL?
Answer: by limiting music that played in classrooms, haggling over
clearance fees, and cutting out a scene. The price tag for a cell-phone
See also the followup:
FAIR USE: USE IT OR LOSE IT
ALAS, TOO LATE FOR THE GENIUS WHO CREATED "PUCK"
Posted by ja3
Big news hot off the wires, dateline Hollywood! The Writers Guild of
America is organizing the writers and editors of reality TV. Yep,
"writers of." Sorry to blow your mind.
Posted by Charles Star
When writer Jeff Johnson was taking the tube to Heathrow airport, he
became the audience for British Airways' latest whispering campaign:
"...two men stopped in my car and started talking about how one of them
wasn't going to make his flight. The man insisted that he was going to
make his flight because he'd checked-in online way before hand at
BA.com. The conversation/argument went on for about a minute and a half
before the BA.com stuff got out of hand and it turned out that the guys
were actors paid to make us think about BA.com."
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Posted by Steve Lambert
In the midst of some research I stumbled across the website of The
Center for Land Use Interpretation. Most interesting is their Land Use
Database. Pick a state and it will show you "unusual and exemplary
sites" catagorized by everything from cultural, to nuclear, to
transporation, and more. Selections from California include an
abandonded solar power plant, the now abandonded Ambassador Hotel, the
world's largest parking lot, assorted military bases, power plants,
mines, environmental disasters, and Jonnies Coffee Shop... I swear I
can't stop looking at this.
DELETING PUBLIC SPACE
DeleteviennaCheck out this awesome public art project in Vienna, where
Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf somehow managed to convince city
officials and local businesses to cover all commercial signs and other
advertisements for a two-week period.
It's taken me a while to get to the new issue of Radar magazine, but I
must say I'm impressed. The celebrity coverage isn't my bag, but
there's a lot of really smart, biting reportage here: great articles
about all the gay children of rabidly anti-gay politicos, the secret
lives of Disney World workers, a psychopath who buddies up to
celebrities, and brainless TV news anchors.
Posted by Charles Star
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy mainstreamed the metrosexual, but even
the Fab Five couldn't have predicted that promoting daily showers and
Kiehl's would lead to ads for balls-shaving gear. Remington and Philips
have both created ads for their shave-everywhere products. The print
ads are amusing, but Philips' flash animation came straight from my
OVERDOSING THE ELDERLY
Following the news that orphaned babies are being treated with
psychiatric drugs, a couple of medical journals report that people in
nursing homes are increasingly dosed with antipsychotics. According to
these studies (see CBC News and Archives of Internal Medicine), roughly
25% of all nursing home residents are given antipsychotics, often for
no medical reason or benefit... and despite the fact that the drugs are
linked to an "increased risk of death" among the elderly.
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