The social and neurological roots of laughter
Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony
Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)
Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police ofﬁcer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.
Ghana’s most famous witch doctor is claiming that he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent knee injury, which might limit the Portuguese Forward in World Cup play. When asked to explain, Nana Kwaku Bonsam—translated literally as “Devil of Wednesday”—said “I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him, I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.” Dead dogs or not, with the US in the same group as Germany, Portugal and Ghana (who they lost to back in 2010), any black magic from anywhere will do for an American win.
Johannes Kreidler’s “Charts Music,” arranged by using the Microsoft Composition Tool, Songsmith.
Fight or Flight or Whatever is the story of home break-in.
How Miss Info Became Hip-Hop’s Ultimate Insider by Naomi Zeichner
Today, Minya Oh is the linchpin of Hot 97, rap’s most influential radio station. Getting there only took 20 years.
A round-up of all things pot related
The HIGH Kite took flight
9 out of 10 dudes passed out on the couch would disagree: Marijuana Use Can Bring Sleepless Nights
Some people like mellow highs, Miley Cyrus does not
Edibles are still dangerous, and they need very tight regulations. THEY ARE, AND THEY DO.
Which reminds me of this funny animated video about one pot reporter who had an airport freak out because of the stuff.
But if smoke or vapor really isn’t your thing, you can at least get an optimal wake & bake from some cannabis-infused coffee
or as my friend Patrick calls it, the “Hi Lo Challenge”
Because money is money: The feds seized $138,121 because it smelled like pot
And finally, here’s a timelapse of a pot plant going from seed to flower
Wish you could say that again, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Here in the latest Blank on Blank, the late actor talks about happiness during an interview at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Beat Rockers: Keeping The Beat Alive directed by Ryan Staake
According to new research: Hurricanes with a female name are often more deadly than their male counter-storms because people don’t take them as seriously.
Interviewed in 1982 during Sunsplash
Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman
A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.
(Part two here)
Illustration by Henry Wong
This series of photos by Lewis Hine was key in influencing the changing of US child labor laws in the early 20th century.
Sting: How I started writing songs again