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?

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Friday’s Vault

REAL – Kicked Out of Everywhere

Picture of the Day

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Thomas Rousset

Installation View: Eddie Martinez – Neanderthal Jeans

 
What are “Neanderthal Jeans” and how can I get a pair?

Probably baggy acid washed, or a dockers hybrid.
 
How did you come up with the title?

It just came in the air, poof. You can just reach out and grab these things. I let myself act as primal as I need to be in studio…
 
The show features a lot of sculpture, it’s a fairly new medium for you. What made you take the leap from painting to the third dimension?

I had a painting block that went from a normal amount of time to a depressing amount, so I started making small table top sculptures outta beach finds and other materials.
 
You’re incorporating a lot of found objects into the work, some seem nautically inspired while others seem to reference tennis. Am I completely out of my mind or is that a keen observation?

Both spot-on observations, it’s that #islandstyle.
 
How is your tennis game these days, btw?

Fine. I want it to be much better, but it’s such a great sport.
 
In the tradition of many greats before you, you’re spending the Summer working out East on Long Island. Do you notice any shifts in what you’re making out there as opposed to Brooklyn?

I don’t know. I think if I were to notice, it’ll happen once I am working in the city again in the fall. Things are really opening up in the images now though.
 

After this show closes, what’s next for you?

A show in LA and then one in London…
 

“Neanderthal Jeans” is on view at Half Gallery through July 15th, 2014.
 

Does It Take a Screwball to Throw a Screwball?

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

A Car for Fish

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Designed by Studio diip, Fish on Wheels is a mobile aquarium that uses a camera and computer vision software to guide the tank in whatever direction the fish is swimming.
 
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Timber Timbre – Beat the Drum Slowly

Animated by Chad Vangaalen

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.

Reminisce Over This

Cool C, I Got a Habit, 1989

— @TheNameIsJerald

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