Return of the Choco-Dile

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Hostess has announced that they’re bringing back a delicious treat from ’90s, the chocodile. Basically just a twinkie covered in chocolate, sweet-toothed fatties across the globe (including us) are rejoicing. Sadly though, it looks like Chauncey, the chocodile mascot did not make the cut. But with all these comebacks, one can hope that somewhere down the road Hostess will resurrect SuzyQ’s and pudding pies.

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Lunchtime Laughter

World Cup Recycling

In the Studio of Erin M. Riley

 
Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
 
How long have you been in this studio?

Since October 2013.
 
Why did you pick the location?

I was in Philly and my building was being shut down by L&I and this space was opening up. It was my excuse to move to Brooklyn finally. I’m glad I did because the Philly studio was locked for months.
 
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?

My previous studio was twice as big and 4x less expensive. Haha. It ruled, huge windows, nice view. My studio before that was tiny in Chinatown in Philly so I shared it with lots of little mice, and before that I was in grad school. I’ve been to a bunch of residencies and nothing compares to those studios. Currently on the hunt for a new space.
 
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?

I like the location and it’s quiet.
 
How often are you in here?

I am here every day.
 
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?

I have two floor looms here, I spend most days hand weaving tapestries on them. Other days I dye yarn, set up the warp, do hand sewing, drawing or a million other in-between tasks.
 
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?

In the summer I am all about ice, for ice coffee and water. So tons of ice, lunch for the day, fruit, some almond milk, tons of snacks.
 
What kind of sound system do you have?

I don’t have a sound system I just use my laptop with earbuds. My studio mate has one but I don’t use it. My looms make noise when I’m actively weaving but are quiet when I’m just sitting so having earphones helps the sounds get straight to my ears at the most appropriate volume.
 
Have you ever slept here?

Yep, if I am there late enough and have to be back early the next day.
 
 
Erin will be showing new work this Thursday (7/17) in the Summer Mixer 2014 at Joshua Liner Gallery. You can follow her on twitter and instagram at @erinmriley
 

Printables

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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?

Oh Hail No

Just another summer beach storm in Siberia

July 14, 2015: Humankind’s encounter with Pluto

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Save the date, we’re 365 days away from being 6,000 miles from Pluto

Morning Dose of You Still A Kook, Bitch

Bitch slaps and judo kicks a plenty in Southern California

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.

Picture of the Day & The Weekly Round-Up

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Lucas Blalock

Last Week…

We talked with the chef behind Brooklyn Wahines

We flipped through Larry Clark’s new book “Guilty Parties”

We interviewed the authors behind “Beneath the Streets”

We went to the opening of Sticker’s Make Love to the World

and

Yulia Rose was our Muse

The Average Human Sheds 40,000 Skin Cells Per Hour, Which Makes You Wonder: How Are Tattoos Permanent?

This video answers everything.

Nu Liife

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Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

 

For those in NYC tonight (7/12), Andrew’s doing some live comedy!

COMEDY DREAMZ
a night of stand-up, short plays, video, music, dance and whatever!

Hosted by Rose Luardo and Andrew Jeffrey Wright!

Featuring Body Dreamz, Seaton Smith, Malwina, Brett Davis, Carolyn Busa, David Agyekum, Myq Kaplan and more!

Videos by The New Dreamz!

With DJs Emilio Airhorn and Kurt Life!

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Doors 8pm / Comedy 8:30 – 10:00 / Dance Party 10:01 – Midnight
$7

The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave.
Brooklyn

The Ramones are Dead, Long Live the Ramones

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Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the Ramones, passed away Friday,

Artist Eats: Jen Stark

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Jen Stark to share her favorite place to eat. Jen is an artist based in Los Angeles, who creates intricate, hand-carved paper sculptures. Continue reading for her answer.
 
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Lunchtime Laughter

Dan Gilbert Apologizes to LeBron James

25 Grams: Bill McRight

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Bill McRight is a Los Angeles-based artist. This selection is from his #hoopdreams project which honors the memory of the late, great Justin Van Hoy.

He can be followed on instagram at @bill_mcright

Hoatzin

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Odd Creatures is a recurring column about the World’s Weirdest Animals written by award-winning science writer and author Bec Crew, and illustrated by the super-talented Aiyana Udesen
 
Dinosaurs are birds and birds are dinosaurs, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Hoatzin, a mighty bird with claws on its wings, stomachs in its oesophagus, and the lingering scent of freshly laid cow manure.

Found in the swamps, marshy forests, and mangroves of South America, the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) cuts a striking figure as it hops through the canopy. Its smoky black, chestnut, and gold plumage is capped off by an elaborate black-tipped crest, and its face is a featherless smear of bright blue flesh.

Growing to around 70 cm long and weighing half a kilo, these birds are about the size of an Archaeopteryx. But unlike their long-dead doppelgänger, Hoatzins are staunch vegetarians. They’ll occasionally eat flowers and fruit, but what they really love is leaves. More than eighty percent of their diet is made up of them, which means they’ve had to evolve a specialized digestive system to cope with all that noxious ruffage.

No vertebrate can produce the amount of enzymes needed to break down and digest large amounts of vegetation on their own. So heavy-duty herbivores like cows, sheep, sloths, and kangaroos house enlarged and highly modified chambers in their guts where scores of microbes accumulate and produce these enzymes for them. This form of digestion is known as ‘foregut fermentation’ and the Hoatzin is the only bird on Earth that can do it. It’s even got structures in its oesophagus that act as extra fermentation chambers.

Life in the wild is a relentless and all-consuming struggle to keep yourself safe and fed, so the ability to live off something as abundant and easily obtained as vegetation is a real boon for the Hoatzin. But it comes at a price. Because the Hoatzin’s chest area is filled with digestive organs, there’s little room for their wing muscles to develop, which means they’re pretty useless at flying. Plus all that fermenting activity makes them emit a strong, musky stench, which is how they got their nickname – the Stinkbird. It’s not very dignified by our standards, but being stinky has ended up being a blessing in disguise for these near-flightless birds – locals assume they taste as bad as they smell, so for the most part they leave them well alone.

Like many of the world’s herbivores, Hoatzins are highly social and tend to congregate in large groups. They can often be found in tight, noisy groups of up to 100 individuals, these breaking off into smaller family groups when it’s time to breed.

The Hoatzin might look badass as an adult, but it’s even more badass as a baby. Hoatzins breed during the rainy season, which means there’s a good chance their nests will be sitting directly above flooded rivers and creeks. To give them the best chance at survival, young Hoatzins hatch from their eggs with a pair of claws on each wing, which they use to keep a tight grip on their surroundings. Not that they can’t swim though – if Hoatzin nests are attacked, often by larger hawks and vultures, the chicks will drop into the water below and submerge themselves while their parents create a flappy diversion. Once the coast is clear the chicks will use their hooked wing-claws to climb back up to the safety of the nest.
 
—Bec Crew / @BecCrew

Trailer Party

 
All of the movies worth watching in theaters this weekend
 

BOYHOOD

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes
 
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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

Morning Dose of Chicken Monkey Duck

Wonder how many variations this went through before finally nailing it?

via, gm

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