The First Rhyme He Learned Was The Alphabet

GZA and the genius of science.

Printables

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Inside the Crumbling 5 Pointz by Tessa Stuart

The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside

The NYPD owns two pairs of Google glasses, neither have ever been used

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Inside the NYPD’s 21st Century Arsenal

Soon with a Bit More ‘Psycho’

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After doing a brief stint in London to mixed reviews, the musical adaptation of “American Psycho” is coming to New York City in February 2015 for a run Off Broadway.

To Anyone Who Has Used the Term “Bae” This One’s For You

Because it is you.

Printables

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Live from the Graffiti Underground by Jamie Maleszka

Decades before street artists like Banksy could ignite an Internet firestorm and fetch millions, three guys with a video camera and a stack of VHS tapes set out to share the gritty story of NYC graffiti.

A Slight Bump in the Night

The Last Titanic Survivor Remembers Hitting the Iceberg

The Wide World of Weed

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Pot news for those who partake
 

The chillest man in Spokane is back on the job after being fired for taking the day off to become the first dude to buy legal pot

That paranoia you feel after getting high? It’s real.

Legal weed delivery is actually illegal in Washington state

Here’s the “World’s First Marijuana Commercial”

One report attempts working out, on weed.

Farmers get to farmin’ because hemp is the future of CBDs

and finally

A pot grower with the unfortunate name of “Smoke” is suspected of starting a wildfire

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Artisanal Economics

Could Brooklyn hipsters help save the middle class? And by “hipsters” I think they just mean people in Brooklyn.

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No, No, Nine-Ettes by James Wolcott

The 90s-nostalgia boomlet that blossomed last year—online, across the cable dial, and in the fashion pages—says as much about the future as it does about the decade of Seinfeld and the Starr Report, of Gingrich and grunge. And it reveals how nostalgia itself has changed.

“On the Internet, Anyone Can Succeed”

Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help).

No Eyez on “Me”

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After less than a month of being officially open, “Holler If Ya Hear Me”, the broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur is closing.

Legend Status

The Guy Who Survived on Pizza for 25 Years

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Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life by Joel H. Richardsoon

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn’t cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy? Did it matter? Does it still? Does it matter that Livestrong, the foundation that kicked him out, now wants him back? Do we care what happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall?

African Land Grab

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While it sounds like a pretty cool skateboard trick, this move was actually made by one dedicated father from Virginia who went all the way to an unclaimed arid desert in Northeast Africa to plant a flag, claiming the region as his own “Kingdom of North Sudan.” The reason? He promised his 6 year-old daughter she could be an actual princess. +1, America.

Linked Out

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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things you’re bound to find interesting
 
The Birth of Bad Taste

Why is Marge Simpson a sex symbol?

Understanding Why a YouTube Video Is Funny

Does Eating Mango Boost The Effects of Marijuana?

California Screaming

Showing Attractive Fans On TV? That Was One Man’s Idea

Slovakian Trolley-Line Pallet Skateboarding

Why You’ve Never Heard of This Typeface That Defined the 1980s

The Rise and Fall of The Cupcake

Richard Linklater’s Best Scenes
 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Does It Take a Screwball to Throw a Screwball?

The NY Times takes a look at this baseball pitch on the verge of extinction

Damn Jo, This List Got Me So Cised

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Here’s a partial list of slang terms native to the D.C. area, which now has more bammas in it than ever. As noted in the comments the term “Kirkin’” was left out, it’s an amazing phrase which basically means you’re out of your mind and is derived from Captain Kirk’s propensity to flip out on things. You can also “kirk-out” on something.

What Does It Look Like To ‘Skate Like A Girl’?

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