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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Loie Fuller and the Serpentine

quote [ With her serpentine dance ? a show of swirling silk and rainbow lights ? Loie Fuller became one of the most celebrated dancers of the fin de siècle. ]

Pendant que, sur mon mur, dansait la Loie Fuller
[SFW] [people] [+3 Good]
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Friday, 8 November 2019

Common cleaning product linked to death at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant near Boston

quote [ Burlington fire department says chemical reaction to kitchen cleaning product resulted in 10 falling ill and one death ]

Idiocracy is already here. sounds like basic ammonia + bleach reaction.

i wonder how long until incidents such as this are common place
[SFW] [people] [+1 Informative]
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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Are You a Moral Grandstander?

quote [ To be sure, the human drive for social status can be a great driver of growth and goodness in the world. It really depends on whether one has a healthy regulation of this fundamental human need. ]

As Robert Pfaller puts it:
?I don't want to so so you're not permitted to.?

(the manifest thing should be taken with a grain of salt, though)
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:58amGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 25 October 2019

Photographing the Dark: Nadar?s Descent into the Paris Catacombs

quote [ Today the Paris Catacombs are illuminated by electric lights and friendly guides. But when Félix Nadar descended into this ?empire of death? in the 1860s artificial lighting was still in its infancy: the pioneering photographer had to face the quandary of how to take photographs in the subterranean dark. Allison C. Meier explores Nadar?s determined efforts (which involved Bunsen batteries, mannequins, and a good deal of patience) to document the beauty and terror of this realm of the dead. ]

Lost in the catacombs
[SFW] [people] [+1 Original]
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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Tragic Story of America?s First Black Music Star

quote [ Thomas Wiggins, an African-American musician marketed as ?Blind Tom?, had a lucrative career?but saw none of the profits himself ]

Just throw old Blind Tom a bone
[SFW] [people] [+3 Informative]
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Sunday, 13 October 2019

What?s Happening In Sweden?

quote [ There is a ?Computer says no!? quality to Swedish society, a sense that for anything to work at all, it must fit within the categories and fields of bureaucratic forms. What is striking to me, as an incomer, is how natural this seems to everyone else. It?s a testament to how well the system mostly works that it is not treated as a joke, in the way bureaucracies very often are. Instead, Sweden is exceptional for the level of trust that people have in institutions. ]

This is a very long read and a bit dry, but a good introduction into nuances of European/Scandinavian politics and their perception.
[SFW] [people] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@9:16amGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the ?Real? Chateaubriand

quote [ While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France ? a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave. ]

Der Drei-Sterne-Koch serviert Miami Yacine ein Chateaubriand
[SFW] [people] [+3 Original]
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Sunday, 6 October 2019

When Vegetarians were considered so Radical, they only Belonged in Isolated Utopian Communes

quote [ No kings. No priests. No aristocracies. Only a society whose residents believed they should ?grow together ? not by competition, but by united action.? It may sound like a Bob Dylan lyric, but it?s a 104-yr-old excerpt from Herland, the science fiction novel by suffragist Charlotte Perkins Gillman in which a money free, farming heavy, all-female utopia thrives in South America. And as wild as it must?ve been for a petticoated society to read about naked, self-sufficient women swinging from the vines, the book wasn?t that far fetched in terms of what was actually happening in turn-of-the-century America. Communes were everywhere. ]

Vegetarian dishes from the concierge
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
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Friday, 4 October 2019

How Profit and Prejudice Built a Family's Human Skull Collection

quote [ Fowler & Wells created a "Phrenological Cabinet" on the racist belief that skulls held secrets about human nature. ]

We are gathered around a throne of human skulls
[SFW] [people] [+2 Interesting]
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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

'Bees, not refugees': the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry

quote [ Anti-immigrant ideology has been part and parcel of the whole of American conservationism since the first national park was founded, in part to protect wild yet white-owned nature from Mexicans and Native Americans. National purity and natural purity were inextricably linked. ]

That was interesting. Not only linked in US history, of course.
[SFW] [people] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@6:53pmGMT] [5 comments]

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