Friday, June 24, 2005

Porn Stars Advertising Tube Sox

uusivia Mark Morford comes this utterly amusing take on a new twist in advertising: Porn Stars In My Underwear.  As Morford writes, "There's sexy advertising, and then there's hiring hot porn starlets to sell tube socks."

The ubiquitous excerpt:

Oh, I know, it's all horrible and exploitative and demeaning and softcore pornographic and stuff.
It's all destructive and debilitating and morally dubious, the fact that the oddly patriotic clothing company called American Apparel dares to photograph barely of-age girls and boys in sly, smiling, half-lidded, gritty, delightfully sexy poses in order to sell socks and underwear and T-shirts, all manufactured by an L.A.-based company that swears it doesn't employ sweatshop labor and claims it treats its local work force fairly and lovingly and decently, while at the same time it has zero moral issue with hiring -- has anyone noticed? -- true-blue porn starlet and AVN Performer of the Year Lauren Phoenix to model their tube socks and undies and boy-beater tanks.

To which we can only say: God bless them. Mostly.

Here's the snaps which accompany the article. Text via Morford (gratitude via me)

Lip gloss. Lip gloss delivered to humankind on the wings of naked nipple-twisting well-lubed angels


You'd never guess from this humble, sexy photo that she's the star of "Ass Worship #5: Ass for Days!" would you? Or would you? Ga_amerap3

You know, I haven't thought about tube socks in any serious way since I was about 10, back in the '70s, when tube socks ruled the planet and the longer they were, the better, and if they had those cool stripes by the knee they were totally way bitchin'. Now, suddenly, tube socks are very, very impressive items indeed. Suddenly they look positively delicious.

I need to go, um, shopping now . . .

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Extremely catchy video from LCD Soundsystem

The latest LCD Soundsystem video, Disco Infiltrator, is being hosted by Apple as a QT stream.

Warning: the song has an addictive, earworm quality, with catchy rhythm underneath. Expect to play it repeatedly.

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via fimoculous

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005


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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Interesting modern art:

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Source:  AP

Whether you are a fan of modern art or not,  you have to wonder about whether these paintings are really worth $25,620 they sold for at a London auction that included works by Renoir and Andy Warhol at Bonhams.

The three abstract pieces were painted by Congo the Chimp in the London Zoo in 1957. An American bidder named Howard Hong, who described himself as an "enthusiast of modern and contemporary painting," purchased the lot of paintings.

Incidentally, I showed the 3 photos to Mrs. essays & effluvia, who is an art teacher, without letting her know they were done by a chimp. Her reactions ranged from "eeccch!" to "amateurish." (She knows what she likes).


Going ape over art
By Associated Press
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Monday, June 20, 2005

Lunch at the Roof Garden

There's a terrific public roof garden on the corner of 40th and 3rd avenue; It was spectacular out, so we picked up a pasta salad, chicken cutlet and some gazpacho.

Here's how it looked:

Facing East (towards 3rd Ave)
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Facing West (up 40th St)
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Bush/Blair Mashup

OMG this is so funny:

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via ApolloPony

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

'Homo urbanis'

Bbc_saopaulo_203_1More than half of all humans will soon be living in cities, according to a prediction by the United Nations.

"Psychologically it is an important step for mankind," Hania Zlotnik, director of the United Nations Population Division, told the BBC.

There are concerns that, in developing countries, basic provisions in cities will lag behind population growth.

Despite almost four millennia as centres of civilisation, it was only fairly recently that cities attracted more than a small percentage of the global population. With hindsight, the 20th Century was the century of urbanisation.

In 1900, only 14% of humanity lived in cities. By the century's close, 47% of us did so. This change is revealed in the growth of the number of medium-sized cities. In 1950, there were 83 cities with populations exceeding one million; but by 2000, this had risen to 411.

Half of humanity set to go urban
David Whitehouse
Science editor, BBC News website

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Insults about intelligence

A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
- - - Alexander Pope

A mental midget with the IQ of a fence post.
- - - Tom Waits

A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
- - - Alexander Pope

Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast?
- - - from "Heathers"

Differently clued.
- - - Dave Clark

Doesn't know much, but leads the league in nostril hair.
- - - Josh Billing

End of season sale at the cerebral department.
- - - Gareth Blackstock

Has the mathematical abilities of a Clydesdale.
- - - David Letterman

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
- - - Abraham Lincoln

He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.
- - - Robert Redford

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- - - Billy Wilder

He is brilliant - to the top of his boots.
- - - David Lloyd George

He is so stupid you can't trust him with an idea.
- - - John Steinbeck

He is useless on top of the ground; he aught to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.
- - - Mark Twain

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
- - - Joseph Heller

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
- - - George Bernard Shaw

He knows so little and knows it so fluently.
- - - Ellen Glasgow

He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.
- - - Forrest Tucker

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
- - - Groucho Marx

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- - - Leo Tolstoy

He never said a foolish thing nor never did a wise one.
- - - Earl of Rochester

He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
- - - Sydney Smith

He thinks by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.
- - - John Ruskin

He used statistics the way a drunkard uses lampposts - for support, not illumination.
- - - Andrew Lang

He was born stupid, and greatly increased his birthright.
- - - Samuel Butler

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea and that was wrong.
- - - Benjamin Disraeli

His golf bag does not contain a full set of irons.
- - - Robin Williams

His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there's scarcely a hole in it anywhere.
- - - Mark Twain

His ignorance is encyclopedic.
- - - Abba Eban

His mind is so open - so open that ideas simply pass through it.
- - - F. H. Bradley

His mind is so open that the wind whistles through it.
- - - Heywood Braun

I want to reach your mind - where is it currently located?
- - - Ashleigh Brilliant

I wish I'd known you when you were alive.
- - - Leonard Louis Levinson

I would not want to put him in charge of snake control in Ireland.
- - - Eugene McCarthy

If he ever had a bright idea it would be beginner's luck.
- - - William Lashner "Veritas"

Little things affect little minds.
- - - Benjamin Disraeli

Next-day delivery in a nanosecond world.
- - - Van Jacobson

No more sense of direction than a bunch of firecrackers.
- - - Rob Wagner

Please try not to be such a wiener-head.
- - - Dave Barry

Sharp as a sack full of wet mice.
- - - Foghorn Leghorn

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- - - W. Somerset Maugham

She is a water bug on the surface of life.
- - - Gloria Steinem

She's descended from a long line her mother listened to.
- - - Gypsy Rose Lee

Stay with me; I want to be alone.
- - - Joey Adams

Teflon brain (nothing sticks.)
- - - Lily Tomlin

That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.
- - - Douglas Adams

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
- - - Thomas Brackett Reed

Useless as a pulled tooth.
- - - Mary Roberts Rinehart

What has a tiny brain, a big mouth, and an opinion nobody cares about? You!
- - - from "Murphy Brown"

What's on your mind? If you'll forgive the overstatement.
- - - Fred Allen

When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?
- - - David Letterman

While he was not dumber than an ox he was not any smarter either.
- - - James Thurber

You look into his eyes, and you get the feeling someone else is driving.
- - - David Letterman

You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
- - - Groucho Marx

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Elephant Camp

During a trip to Mumbai, India, Joseph Cutrone of New Hyde Park drove south to the city of Goa. “There is an elephant camp where you can go and learn about the elephants, how they are used in Indian farming, and the special place they hold in India,” Cutrone wrote. “We rode the elephants down to the lake, swam with them, and then gave them a coconut bath.” He used a Kyocera Finecam SL400R.

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You missed a spot!

via Newsday

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Planet Under Pressure


Fantastic new series by the BBC:   Planet Under Pressure

With humanity demanding more from the Earth than ever before, BBC News explores the planet's most pressing environmental problems in a six-part series:

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