How Did These Escape Our Periphery for So Long?

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Grilled Banana Boats with Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Marshmallows

Lunchtime Laughter

SHARKLUMBO

Visual Notes From European Summers

Photographs by the legendary Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943 – 1992)

Printables

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The Wonder Years: An Oral History by Bonnie Stiernberg

Kevin & Winnie & Wayne & Paul & Karen & Jack & Norma

“a dystopian vision of the future as imagined by a child in the 80s”

Daniel Wolfe’s striking short film for Scottish musician Paolo Nutini’s new single ‘Iron Sky’

New York City Humpbacks

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The big fish have come to play. Taking advantage of “cleaner water, more nutrients and less garbage” in the rivers that feed into the Atlantic, this summer, whales and sharks are feeding in abundance off the coast of NYC.

photo by Artie Raslich/Gotham Whale

Morning Dose of Hitchcock Cameos

Every time ol’ Alfred showed up in a film.

There’s Truth in That App

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A Washington, D.C. news crew out on the streets reporting on a new app called SketchFactor, “a crowdsourced navigation app that shows the relative sketchiness of an area,” ironically had their van burglarized Friday night… in a sketchy neighborhood.

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Picture of the Day & The Weekly Round-Up

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Richard Kern

Last Week…

We checked out the Sony PS-F9, the closest Sony ever got to making a “Walkman” for records

We featured random bedrooms from the 1980s

We got flashed by Jessica Swaffer

We looked at Ryan McGinness’s new project “Signs”

and

Charlotte McKinney was our Muse

Sound Advice 207: Alexander Richter

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We are pleased to present our 207th installment of Sound Advice featuring music selections from Alexander Richter. Alexander is a photographer based in New York City.
 
Sound Advice 207
 
01. Pretty Little Ditty by Red Hot Chili Peppers
02. Oceansize by Jane’s Addiction
03. Where Is My Mind by Pixies
04. Jah Calling by Bad Brains
05. Inna Di Red by Stephen Marley
06. Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse
07. Truths And Rights by Johnny Osbourne
08. Rudeboy Shufflin’ by Israel Vibration
09. They Don’t Know by Chronixx
10. Children’s Story by Slick Rick
11. Dead Bent by MF Doom
12. Fuck the Police by N.W.A.
13. Shook Ones by Mobb Deep
14. Mighty Healthy by Ghostface Killah
15. D’evils by Jay-Z
16. Scarecrows by Telemachus ft. Roc Marciano
17. Fuck You by Max B
 
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The Tree of 40 Fruits

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By grafting together branches from various stone fruit trees, Syracuse University art professor and artist Sam Van Aken has, over the course of 9 years, created a unique tree that produces over 40 different types of stone fruits including heirloom peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.

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GoldenPalace.com Monkey

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Odd Creatures is a recurring column about the world’s weirdest species written by award-winning science writer and author Bec Crew, and illustrated by the super-talented Aiyana Udesen

 

What a cool name. I wish I could have a name as cool as the GoldenPalace.com Monkey. Even its more serious name, the Madidi titi is pretty great. One of just a handful of new primate species discovered over the past decade, this little monkey was found in 2004, deep in the tropical forests of the Madidi National Park of western Bolivia.

Located at the foot of the Andes, the Madidi National Park is a little-explored area of Bolivia that scientists are calling the most biologically diverse piece of protected land in the world. Some 900 species of birds have been registered here, despite entire areas having never been explored by biologists. Between 1999 and 2004, six sites in the Madidi were surveyed by a team of biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society in Bolivia, and their search turned up two unidentified adult monkey specimens – a male and a female. The team also captured video footage of a number of these monkeys interacting in family groups, and through physical, genetic and molecular analyses, was able to classify them as a brand new species.

The most recognizable feature of these monkeys is their dense, gorgeous pelt. They wear a crown of yellow-gold fur, and the grey that covers much of their bodies gives way to a lovely rusty brown colour along their backs. Their beards, chests and bellies are an unmistakable bright orange, and their long, grey tails taper out to a white tip. Their arms, legs, feet and hands are a dark burgundy, and they have little black naked faces with round amber eyes.

Faced with a new species that needed immediate attention from conservation groups, the research team auctioned off the naming rights in 2004. And who’s got more money than anyone to burn on a killer PR campaign? Internet casinos. Specifically, the GoldenPalace.com Internet casino. They paid $650,000 to win the naming rights, and the GoldenPalace.com Monkey was born. And because they paid the big bucks, they got the scientific name too - Callicebus aureipalatii. “Aureipalatii” means “of the Golden Palace”.

While it needs to be said that this is the same Internet casino that paid $28,000 for a 10-year-old partly eaten grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary on it – that same year, no less – their monkey bid wasn’t as gross as it sounds. One hundred percent of the funds were put towards protecting the Madidi National Park, including the specific areas that these monkeys were known to live and breed.

Like other titi monkeys, GoldenPalace.com Monkeys are monogamous, mating for life and setting themselves up in a territory that they’ll fiercely defend from other titis through loud and constant threatening calls. Once an infant is born, it’s the male’s job to carry it around on his back, teaching it the rules of survival as he patrols and gathers food.

While individuals are sometimes killed by local hunters and used as fishing bait, the GoldenPalace.com Monkey has done pretty well for itself, and so far there are no major threats to any of its populations. Which is just as well, because the CEO of GoldenPalace.com, Richard Rowe, is counting on their longevity – “This species will bear our name for as long as it exist. Hundreds, even thousands of years from now, the GoldenPalace.com Monkey will live to carry our name through the ages.”

 

—Bec Crew / @BecCrew

Artist Eats: Erik Mark Sandberg

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For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Erik Mark Sandberg to share his favorite place to eat. Erik is an artist based in Los Angeles, whose “Hairy Children” series we are particularly fond of. He is currently working on a new body of work, which will be exhibited at Segal Projects in 2015.
 
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“One of my favorite places to venture out and grab some nourishment during downtime is The Black Cat on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, or Silver Lake to be exact. It’s in the neighborhood of the studio and has a chill tailored atmosphere for lunch or a night out. Los Angeles has a lot of unique pockets and Silver Lake richly nurtures its creative residents. This establishment is located in Sunset Junction across the street from Intelligencia coffee and Café Stella, which are both excellent refueling stops as well.
 

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Lunchtime Laughter

Man With a Van, a web comedy about New York’s favorite illegitimate moving company

Openings & Parties: Cruel Summer

This past Wednesday, art & graffiti legends packed the house for the opening of Cruel Summer curated by Roger Gastman at Jonathan Levine Gallery. Christos Katsiaouni was there for the flicks.

Nu Liife

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Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

Trailer Party


 
All of the movies worth watching in theaters this weekend
 
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron’s diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.
 

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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
 
When It’s Bad To Have Too Many Choices

How Spike Jonze’s Films Come Together In Editing

The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Seinfeld: The Elaine Story

Turn On, Retweet, Tune Out

Richard Serra’s List of Inspirational Verbs

Next Time Your Phone Dies, Try Not To Be a Horrible Person

Where Did The Ampersand Symbol Come From?

The Greatest Documentaries of All Time

High Five: The Story of a Celebratory Gesture

What Happens When You Enter the Witness Protection Program?
 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Friday’s Vault

Jason Dill in Habitat’s Mosaic

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