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Dying like an American: spaceflight, coral reefs, and other wild ways to get buried

Screen Shot from UrbanDeathProject.org

Screen Shot from UrbanDeathProject.org

Lizzie Plaugic via The Verge:

On the day before her 56th birthday, Grace Seidel talked to me about dying. It probably wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, she said, but when it did, she knew what she wanted her family to do with her body: compost it. Earlier this year, Seidel found out about the Urban Death Project — a proposed system that would turn bodies of the dead into compost — and knew instantly it was how she wanted to go out.

“It took a nanosecond for me to make that decision,” Seidel said. “My brain was probably already working in that direction.”

Seidel, an avid gardener who lives in Seattle, said she’s recently been drawn to the idea of green burials, and the Urban Death Project felt like an intimate, even spiritual way to return to the earth. So she donated $2,500 to the project’s Kickstarter campaign, which secured her a space in the “core”: a multi-story vault designed to sit at the center of every Urban Death facility.

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AI: Coming to a Sexbot Near You

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Aaron Krumens Via Extreme Tech:

While the cynical among us knew it was only a matter of time before the rise of the sexbots, the partnering of RealDoll — maker of high end sex mannequins — with Hanson Robotics has moved that eventuality one step closer to reality.

This new venture has been dubbed Realbotix by founder and CEO Matt McMullen of RealDoll. The goal is to endow the RealDoll line of sex figurines with some basic animation, transforming them from immobile mannequins to full on androids that can follow commands and verbally respond to the user. This advanced line of sex dolls will come equipped with animatronic heads, capable of blinking and opening their mouths suggestively. The dolls will reportedly also make use of a mobile app and a virtual reality headset, whereby the physical doll provides haptic feedback for interactions taking place within the virtual reality console.

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Has Miley Cyrus seen the fnords?

If you’ve ever wandered down that peculiar rabbit hole on the internet that revolves around the various Illuminati-specific conspiracy theories, you’ve likely seen some bizarre shit, some of it migraine inducing.

Every music video is a snarky thumb in our eye from our secret masters, The Illuminati, and every celebrity pop tart in leopard print is a mind-controlled sex slave thanks to our friends in the MK-Ultra (and its sexier cousin MK-Naomi, which is so secret it doesn’t even have a Wikpedia entry) Program.

Fun Fact: Not everyone in animal print is a zombie sex slave (I can hear the disappointed sighing, so zip it). Some people just have bad taste in clothes.

The Transhuman agenda runs amok in the healthcare system and rappers, somehow, are the only ones in the know other than Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. And Taylor Swift.

And now, apparently, Miley Cyrus has been Illuminated- or is she part of an even weirder conspiracy for the control of your mind?… Read the rest

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The joys of collecting thousands of vintage sleazy books

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For those of you who remember the eighties, you may have had that one friend who partook in the hobby of paperback collecting. The goal was to make a collection of one copy of every book produced by a certain publisher. Some enthusiasts still partake in this hobby.

Lance Casebeer and Bob Speray in 1984 started a collection that stood out in the book collection community. The goal was to get one copy of every book published by Greenleaf Classics. Greenleaf published under many different imprints over the years, including Adult Books, Ember Library and the reputable Corinth’s. Amassing an archive of all these books has proved challenging for these two enthusiasts. They focus on books published from 1959 through 1975, though Greenleaf continued to produce sleazy books many years after that. When you search their gallery you’re bound to come across some rather peculiar titles — The Last Orgy; Sex and the Single Gay Girl; Doubled in Lust; The Demon Dyke; and thousands more.… Read the rest

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Which Life Form Dominates Earth?

Springtails can be smaller than a pinhead (Credit: Sinclair Stammers / NPL)

Springtails can be smaller than a pinhead (Credit: Sinclair Stammers / NPL)

Nic Fleming Via BBC:

We humans tend to assume we rule the Earth. With our advanced tool making, language, problem solving and social skills, and our top predator status, we like to think of ourselves as the dominant life form on the planet.

But are we?

There are organisms that are significantly more numerous, cover more of the Earth’s surface and make up more of its living biomass than us. We are certainly having major impacts in most corners of the globe and on its other inhabitants.

But are there are other living things that are quietly having greater, more significant influences? Who or what is really in charge?

If world domination is a numbers game, few can compare with tiny six-legged, shrimp-like springtails, or Collembola. Ranging from 0.25-10mm in length, there are typically around 10,000 per square metre of soil, rising to as many as 200,000 per square metre in some places.

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Death Is The Road To Awe: The Art of Joseph McVetty.

Visions Of The Reverend Mother, 35''x46'' Latex paint, gouache, and pencil on paper.

Visions Of The Reverend Mother, 35”x46” Latex paint, gouache, and pencil on paper.

Joseph McVetty is an artist and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. The masked participants of these drawings are acting out communal rituals involving new age occult signifiers such as crystals, chakras, energy fields, levitation, and conjuring. Each drawing aims to evoke the feelings associated with the cultish, drop-out supernaturalism, and homespun magic.

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Disinformation featured artist: Mu Pan and Humanity’s Fundamental Need for Narrative

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Spider Woman。2015. 30″ x 44″Acrylic on paper.

Artist Statement

Mu Pan, born 1976, lives in Brooklyn NY

My work is quite simply about telling stories; stories in actual history, stories in imaginative history, and stories about human nature. I strongly believe in humanity’s fundamental need for narrative in visual imagery. To tell my stories, I often utilize animal forms, anthropomorphic or otherwise, in an effort to show the viewer the folly of human beings and the boundless power of animals. I draw references from the histories of China, Japan, and the United States, all of which have had a huge influence on my upbringing. Having been born into a military family, I am fascinated by battle scenes. Many such scenes in my work point to the irrevocable mistakes humans have made in the past. I re-create the historical scenarios in my own interpretation, perhaps to lament what we can no longer make up for, or perhaps to imagine that justice can prevail, if only in my image.… Read the rest

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Eating Placenta

Did you know that new mothers are eating their placentas? Neither did I, but according to The Atlantic it’s a big new thing:

If certain corners of the parenting Internet are to be believed, the benefits for a new mom of eating her placenta are manifold. Staving off post-partum depression is a biggie, as is helping with milk production for breastfeeding. Others say it gave them “tons of energy.”

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A slice of placenta.

The practice seems to have had a minor resurgence in recent years, thanks in part to celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and January Jones who have publicly endorsed it. For those who don’t want to just chomp into the raw tissue like Daenerys Targaryen eating a horse’s heart, the Internet provides recipes for smoothies and spaghetti. Dehydrating the placenta and encapsulating it into pills is perhaps an easier-to-stomach method (and Kardashian’s method of choice).

In the hopes of injecting some science into all this, researchers at Northwestern University did a review of the existing literature, published Thursday in Archives of Women’s Mental Health.

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Harmonia Macrocosmica — History’s Most Beautiful Star Maps

The Harmonia Macrocosmica is a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius.

The Harmonia Macrocosmica is a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius.

The Harmonia Macrocosmica is a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius.

 

The first part of the atlas contains copper plate prints depicting the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. At the end are star maps of the classical and Christian constellations, the latter ones as introduced by Julius Schiller in his Coelum stellatum christianum of 1627. The translations are by dr. Henry A.I. Stadhouders (Theological Institute, University of Utrecht).

In the foreword to his Chronologica, Gerard Mercator stated the intention to publish an atlas which would cover everything of the then-known cosmos, geography and history of the earth. During his life, Mercator published five volumes of his atlas, the last one being published by his son Rumold. After Mercator’s death, the Amsterdam cartographerJohannes Janssonius took over the project.… Read the rest

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