EPMD, So Wat Cha’ Sayin’, 1989
Eli Reed skates in and around the Playboy Mansion in “Lost Paradise”
Friends of Type are prolific. For this new box set produced by Princeton Architectural Press, the cross-continental design collective have compiled 100 of their favorite designs produced over the years and turned them into postcards. Featuring slogans, sayings, and salutations, the set is as much a study in letterform as it is a place form letters on.
Mario and his magic mushrooms
Really late on this one as the exhibition curated by Roger Gastman at Jonathan Levine Gallery closed last Saturday. But hey, the show can still live on via the internet.
The Man Without a Mask by William Finnegan
How the drag queen Cassandro became a star of Mexican wrestling.
Time Zone was an electro project by Afrika Bambaataa in which he collaborated on tracks with all sorts of musicians. Here’s one product of Time Zone, the 1984 single “World Destruction” featuring John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten.
A United Flight from Newark to Denver had to be diverted to Chicago for a time-out yesterday after two passengers got into tussle over a reclining seat. It all started when a man used the Knee Defender—a lock that jams up the reclining capabilities of the forward seat—to prevent the lady in front of him from reclining while he was typing away on his laptop. After the man refused a flight attendant’s request to remove the banned device, the furious woman in front took the matter into her own hands and tossed her cup of water all over the business-minded traveler. Emotions kept increasing, and the plane was forced to make a pit stop to hand the big babies over to the TSA, who promptly dismissed the case as “a customer service issue.” The real kicker here though? The grown-up children had been previously sitting in the airline’s “economy plus” section.
Jordan Hoffart ends this line with a move straight out of a video game.
Hey, nightmares are pretty bad, but how about two nightmares combined into one horrible amalgamation of terrifying animals whose entire existence revolves around hunting and killing? Meet the spider-tailed viper, a strange reptile found in the Arabian Desert.
In 1968, a group of scientists travelled to Iran to collect a bunch of native species for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Among the reptiles they collected was what looked like a strange mutated snake. All bottled up and preserved in alcohol, the specimen, named FMNH 170292, appeared to have a large camel spider attached to the end of its tail. Further examination revealed it to be a peculiar growth that looked exactly like a spider.
It was the only snake like this that had ever been found. It was impossible to say whether the mutation was genetic, or maybe it was a tumor, or perhaps a reaction to some sort of parasite.
Four decades came and went, until 2003, when zoologist Hamid Bostanchi collected a second snake with the exact same tail ornamentation. Having examined it and the museum specimen, Bostanchi declared the snake a new species and named it Pseudocerastes urarachnoides. ‘Pseudocerastes’ means ‘false horns’, these vipers have horn-like structures above their eyes that are formed by a build-up of small scales, and ‘urarachnoides’ means literally ‘a tail similar to a spider’. Rivaled only by the rattles employed by the venomous pit vipers of North America, the spider-tailed viper has the most elaborate tail embellishment ever seen in a species of snake.
The spider-tailed snake is a desert species, rarely seen but found in the North Arabian Desert from Sinai and southern Israel, Jordan, Iraq, southwestern Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern Oman. Only Bostanchi had seen one alive at this point, so there was no way of knowing what the tail was actually used for, but he suspected it worked like a fisherman’s lure to attract the birds that hunt camel spiders. Makes sense, he said, because he found the remains of a bird in the stomach of one of the specimens.
A few years later, biologist Behzad Fathinia from Razi University in Iran decided to test Bostanchi’s theory. With a group of colleagues, Fathinia caught a live snake and took it back to the lab. They put a chick in its enclosure to see what it would do. The snake moved its tail embellishment exactly like a spider. “We were able to observe and film the [tail] luring. It was very attractive and looked exactly like a spider moving rapidly,” they reported in 2009. “After approximately half an hour the chick went toward the tail and pecked the knob-like structure. The viper pulled the tail structure toward itself, struck and bit the chick in less than 0.5 seconds.”
They also put an ill-fated male sparrow in with their viper and when the viper saw it, it moved in the corner of the enclosure, formed a coil with its body and positioned its spider tail right in front of its mouth for easy striking. The team concluded that it was not only birds that were caught by the spider-tailed viper’s spider-lure, but also reptiles and even mammals such as shrews; all were the likely prey of these bizarre desert killing machines.
—Bec Crew / @BecCrew
The trailer for Emily Spivack’s new book Worn Stories, which is a collection of “clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers.” Out tomorrow (8/26) on Princeton Architectural Press.
Here’s the new video for Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE”. Directed by Hiro Murai.
We are pleased to present our 208th installment of Sound Advice featuring music selections by Them Jeans. Them Jeans, aka Jason Stewart is a Producer and DJ from Los Angeles, CA. In addition to music, he’s also a food enthusiast working on pop up restaurants, and producing food related internet things for various places.
Sound Advice 208
01. All Under One Roof Raving by Jaime XX
02. Love Songs by DJ Dodger Stadium
03. Residents by Randomer
04. Plato’s Retreat by Velour
05. Who U Love (12 Inch Version) by Roland Tings
06. Aurora Northern Quarter by Lone
07. Angel (Touch Me) by The 2 Bears
08. Beast Numeral by Tuff Sherm & Cassius Select
09. Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK Remix) by Daniel Avery
10. Shekure by Airhead
11. Can’t Do Without You by Caribou
12. Repeat Pleasure by How To Dress Well
13. Hours by FKA Twigs
14. Hyperballad (Instrumental) by Bjork
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Jim Houser made the graphic for the first series of skate decks produced by Spectrum, a new skateboard company based out of Philadelphia, PA. Following Jim’s art, new graphics will be produced by a slew of familiar names to TWBE including Bill McRight, Isaac Lin, and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Very exciting news to say the least.