A Weapon of Self Defense and a Place to Hang Your Belongings

The Bat Rack is made out of maple and handturned stainless steel, and was designed by our friends at The Principals. The piece debuts tonight at the American Design Club’s show Threat.

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Artist Eats: West

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked West to share his favorite place to eat. West is a Los-Angeles based abstract painter. He was born and raised in New York City, and has spent the last three years living in Los Angeles. He is a subway graffiti pioneer, a lifelong martial artist and an avid cook. When he’s not listening to old mixtapes of The World Famous Supreme Team Show, he can usually be found eating good food somewhere.

Continue reading for his answer.

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Lunchtime Laughter

More Dave Chapelle this week: Drugs

via, stonerchannel

Biggie Smalls Tribute Art

 

Some good. Most bad. All done out of love.

bonus: the saddest picture of Biggie ever (after the jump)

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Lotto Tips

How to Get a Positive Expected Rate of Return on a Lottery Ticket.

From Scientific American:

“Look for an after-tax, cash value of the jackpot that exceeds 0.8 times the odds against you, and in which the number of tickets sold remains less than one-fifth this jackpot.”

“Pick the most unpopular numbers… By playing unpopular numbers you won’t win any more or less often, but you’ll less often split the pot with other winners.”

“Don’t pick the number one. It’s on about 15 percent of all tickets. Similarly, avoid lucky numbers 7, 13, 23, 32, 42, and 48. Better are 26, 34, 44, 45, and especially overlooked number 46. Avoid any recognizable pattern, but give slight preference to numbers at the edge of the ticket, which are underused. In mathematical terms, picking a unique ticket makes the jackpot look bigger and thus your lottery dollar look smarter.”

via, lifehacker

The Solar Flare From A Couple Days Ago: Up Close and in HD

Science.

“This movie of the March 6, 2012 X5.4 flare was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the 171 and 131 Angstrom wavelength. One of the most dramatic features is the way the entire surface of the sun seems to ripple with the force of the eruption. This movement comes from something called EIT waves — because they were first discovered with the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) on the Solar Heliospheric Observatory. Since SDO captures images every 12 seconds, it has been able to map the full evolution of these waves and confirm that they can travel across the full breadth of the sun. The waves move at over a million miles per hour, zipping from one side of the sun to the other in about an hour. The movie shows two distinct waves. The first seems to spread in all directions; the second is narrower, moving toward the southeast. Such waves are associated with, and perhaps trigger, fast coronal mass ejections, so it is likely that each one is connected to one of the two CMEs that erupted on March 6.”

Linked Out

Every Friday, Chris Black will be using his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things you’re bound to find interesting.

Jim Jarmusch Narrates a Walking Tour of the East Village

Rashid Shabib of Brownbook: Deconstructing the Middle East

Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds

Stefano Pilati’s Eight Years at Yves Saint Laurent

Lungu Lungu: Tanzania’s Hip-Hop Originators

Great Articles that Inspired Films

Documentary on punk bard John Cooper Clarke

Sports Figures And Smoking

John Birdsall looks behind the scenes at America’s finest pastrami makers

Superbad sex scene table read

 

—Chris Black / @donetodeath

Morning Dose of Music and Murder

On the 15th anniversary of his death, we look back at an ABC Primetime special on Biggie Smalls.

Friday’s Vault

Radlands

Picture of the Day

Alec Soth

A Tiny CNC-bot

Pretty cool.

“Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For under $70, you will be able to assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output. Be it plotting a quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale.”

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Dirty Old Town

Billy’s Antiques & Props is shutting down and there’s a nice party to accompany it.

Above is the movie Dirty Old Town, which is available on iTunes. The description is as follows:

“The Bowery becomes a nexus of shattered dreams when a merchant has 72 hours to pay his rent. Facing extinction, his ramshackle tent of antiquities lures a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades who form a tableaux vivant full of carnival pageantry, white lies and victimless crime in a fleeting glimpse of Downtown New York.”

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