Archive | March 25, 2014

Documentarian Louis Theroux On Fred Phelps’ Hateful Legacy

PIC: WBC (PD)

PIC: WBC (PD)

Documentarian Louis Theroux published a short piece about his time with the Westboro Baptist Church and its pastor, Fred Phelps. Theroux spent a long time with the Phelps family while making the documentaries The Most Hated Family in America and The Most Hated Family in Crisis. I’m probably as sick of hearing about Phelps as anyone at this point, but I think Theroux has some good points to make. Consider this these the final words on the matter, barring Phelps’s return from the dead (excluding his role as Henry Kane in Poltergeist II)

Via LouisTheroux.com:

It has been reported that Pastor Phelps had been “excommunicated” from his own church before he died (probably this doesn’t mean much more than being prevented from preaching; I doubt he was out wandering the streets). In 2010 I heard a similar rumour. Then, the word was that Gramps was panicking about a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against the church by the family of a dead soldier whose funeral they had picketed.

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Artist Vincent Castiglia Paints With His Own Blood

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

Painting with your own blood isn’t anything new, but artist Vincent Castiglia does fantastic work. Click the link to see a gallery at Beautiful Decay. I can only imagine how difficult of a medium blood must be to work with, what with the coagulation and all. Most of his art is NSFW, but if you’re browsing Disinfo, then you probably work for a tolerant work place or are on your own time. Or just taking your chances with the IT department. (No shame – I used to.)

Via Beautiful Decay

For this blood artist, the unusual medium works in service of larger themes. In extracting blood from his own body, sometimes 15 vials at a time (less than a blood donation), he allows the literal life-giving substance to more deeply examine fertile powers of mankind. With the careful painting of milk-filled breasts and deliberate vaginal imagery, Castiglia celebrates the allegorical implications of motherhood and childbirth.

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‘Crabster’ Crab Robot Scuttles Out of Korean Lab

Grab a mallet, tongs, and as much butter as you can carry, because the Crabster is on its way. The 1,400 pound ocean-going robot is the brainchild of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and wasn’t at all designed to dismember you limb from limb before disappearing into the briny depths of an indifferent sea.

Via Popular Science:

What’s that clacking sound? Better read the rest of the article before the Crabster arrives.

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