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Anal Goblins, Randian Dweebs and Crude Middle-manager Types: Thinking about Nietzsche’s Ubermensch

Mitch Hell CC BY-ND 2.0)

Mitch Hell (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Occasionally–the first time being about 10 years ago, or so– I’ll attempt to read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. It’s a book any self-respecting intellectual or radical thinker or simple-minded liberal or Un-American is supposed to read. If you don’t read it, your membership to any of the aforementioned labels/clubs gets revoked. Therefore, every couple of years,  I start to get antsy and I begin to feel nervous that if I don’t read the book, others will recognize that I’m just a “Poser,” a “Fake,” a “Sell Out,” or even an “American” and so I dig through a much-too-big pile of unread books that I have in a closet and pluck out Zinn’s opus, and the same thing happens every goddamned time.

I can’t make it past the first two chapters.

Each and every time I start from the beginning, as any worthwhile book should be read, and I make it through the first two chapters and… I just can’t do it.… Read the rest

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Thousands of Mountains Discovered on Ocean Floor

Brittle stars and deep-sea corals cover a known seamount in the western Pacific Ocean. (NOAA)

“Brittle stars and deep-sea corals cover a known seamount in the western Pacific Ocean.” (NOAA)

via The Weather Channel:

Scientists have discovered thousands of new mountains in the unlikeliest of places: The seafloor.

The seamounts — more specifically, underwater volcanoes — revealed themselves as part of a new ocean floor–mapping project conducted by researchers at California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and other organizations. The project also sheds light on how the continents were formed. The scientists published their research Friday (Oct. 3) in the journal Science.

Though the ocean floor has previously been studied, there’s now better data, and more of it, too, David Sandwell, lead paper author and an SIO geophysicist, told weather.com. “We used a completely different approach,” he said.

The researchers looked at information from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite andNASA’s Jason 1 satellite. Though the satellites themselves aren’t new, using them to look at the ocean floor is, Sandwell said.

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Genetic Engineering and Our Obsession with Beauty

chu20140727aBut once we learn how to democratize movie-star looks through genetic engineering, will we be satisfied? Most likely not. As looks become less of a differentiator, we will appreciate other personal characteristics more, such as kindness and intelligence.”

via Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies:

A Korean woman was on the verge of divorce because her husband no longer found her attractive and was having an affair. Nothing worked in her efforts to save the marriage and as a last resort she underwent cosmetic surgery. The result was so dramatic and her son didn’t recognize her when she returned home.

Even more dramatic was her husband’s attitude towards his new “goddess”: no more mention of divorce, and he was now  willing staying at home all the time! This seems to be a true story as the woman appeared on a TV show. Unfortunately the show is in Korean, but you can see many amazing “before-and-after” faces on this short video.

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Creepy Japanese Rubber Sex Doll Lips Sold to ‘Slim Face’

o-JAPANESE-LIPS-570Via Huffington Post comes news of a product that is in no way a kinky sex toy, so don’t even think about it that way.

From the website:

Just three minutes per day is all you need; pop in the mold and then make mouth movements. The makers recommend you say vowel sounds out loud over and over again, producing regular and methodical exercises that will strength the twelve facial expression muscles in a comprehensive way.

 

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College Students Call Out NSA Recruiters as Professional Liars

NSAStudents Question #NSA Recruiters Over Illegal Spying and Lies

from ActivistPost.com:

When NSA recruiters went to the University of Wisconsin earlier this week to pitch language students on working for the agency, they got more than they bargained for.

The informed students turned the question-and-answer session into a hearing. On trial were the NSA’s lies, their legality, and how they define “adversary”.

The students recorded audio of the exchange on an iPhone proving that the language-analyst NSA recruiters were left tongue-tied.

“I’m surprised that for language analysts you’re incredibly imprecise with your language,” grad student Madiha Tahir charged when they failed to define what constitutes an adversary.

“What you’re selling us is untrue” she added. “We also know that the NSA took down brochures and fact sheets after the Snowden revelations because those fact sheets had severe inaccuracies and untruths in them — so how are we supposed to believe what you’re saying?”

Another student directly challenged the NSA’s morality for using the “globe as their playground” and then partying at the office with co-workers.

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The Fine Art Of Archaeological Hairstyling

Seeking to see other millennia when you look in the mirror? Janet Stephens is a master of what she calls forensic hairdressing — shown via a series of YouTube videos, she ingeniously recreates elaborate coiffure from ancient history, including the style of Roman empress Julia Domna, the Flavian-Trajanic "circle of hair", and the complex braiding of the priestesses known as the Vestal Virgins:
Historical hairdressing tutorials based on archaeological research and primary sources.
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Shape Shifting Lizard Skin Cream (With Vitamin E)

Via Boing Boing, the ideal David Icke-approved holiday gift for the important people in your life is up for sale on Etsy:

Shapeshifting from lizard to human form is great for controlling Earth so you can mine gold to save your dying homeworld, but it’s not so great for your skin.

When you’re juggling appointments and global depopulation deadlines, you don’t have time for an exhaustive skincare regime, especially after you’ve been up all night sodomising infants on a blood-soaked altar.

That’s why there’s new Hypoallergenic Shapeshifting Lizard Skin Cream. Never again spend hours removing crusty nodules from your armoured eyelids or sandblasting your segmented underbelly. Instead, spend your life-cycle on the things that really matter to you: eating babies, manipulating financial markets and basking on rocks in the warm glow of Earth’s home star.

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