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The History of Hippies, Yoga, and Vegetarianism

children-sunIf you think you know the history of the Hippie movement, Yoga or vegetarianism in the West, and you haven’t read Gordon Kennedy’s Children of the Sun, think again. Packed with photos the late 19th century (including many of young men with long flowing hair that look as if they were taken during the 1960s), this is undoubtedly the best documentation of how naturism, yoga, vegetarianism, and much that we associate with the Hippie movement, got its start in Germany, and was imported to the USA close to the beginning of the 20th century.

After a while out of print, Children of the Sun was recently re-released. If you want a taste of his work, Kennedy was recently interviewed by Brian Chidester of the Eden’s Island blog. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from their conversation:

GK: At a time when America had just dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and most of the nation was celebrating the end of America’s biggest war, a tribe of German and Jewish-American kids had united together and were diving into pools under giant waterfalls in the desert, climbing avocado trees, hitchhiking through the mountains and deserts without a gun or a sleeping bag, living in caves, composing music, practicing yoga, playing flutes and, unlike the beats or hippies, doing it without pot, tobacco, acid, qualudes, alcohol, television, methadrine, coffee, or money from mom and dad.

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California Vaping: The New Subculture

I suppose it was inevitable that a new vein of slang would arise around vaping. BBC News Magazine elevates it to the level of a new subculture:

California is generally reckoned to be a trendsetter – it’s not necessarily that things are invented there but California is often an early adopter. Think raves, skateboards, hippies and a whole smorgasbord of drugs. So what’s next?

Vaping an Electronic Cigarette / E Cig / Vaporizor

Photo: Jonny Williams (CC)

 

There’s a cloud-chasing meet and I want to win. And no. Not the clouds in the sky. So here’s the set-up. I want a sub-ohm rechargeable, authentic mech mod so that I that can crank up the power. And a metal rebuildable atomizer. Drip tip, of course, and then a wire coil with a dual silica wick.

I know its old-fashioned but, you know what? I’ve never liked the eco wool. And steel mesh? I haven’t seen one of those for months now.

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What Men Find Behind Female Masks

Female theatre mask. Roman fresco from Casa del Bracciale d'Oro (VI 17, 42) in Pompeii.

Female theatre mask. Roman fresco from Casa del Bracciale d’Oro (VI 17, 42) in Pompeii. (PD)

This is an entirely new subculture that I was unaware of. Not that I seek them out, but the internet has a way of providing.

via The Atlantic

 Julie, an immaculately made-up woman, sits down in front of a camera. She has thick, voluminous hair that frames the high cheekbones of her conspicuously crease-free face. Her elegant, arched eyebrows and extra-long eyelashes act as a counterbalance to her plump, painted lips. She looks out of frame, as if admiring herself in a mirror, before giggling and batting her eyelids.

“Oh dear,” she purrs, tilting her head from side to side. “Another long day in a wig and a girdle.”

She reaches up and emits a light moan as she unclips her gold earrings and gently sets them aside, one by one. She considers her image a few moments longer, then places her hands just below her ears and begins to pull her blemish-free skin off and away from her jawline.

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ASMR: When Sounds Tickle Your Brain


Do you have a little brain quirk that puts you in happy trance whenever you hear certain, soft sounds? Well, you’re in for a treat, because it’s a “thing,” and there are YouTube channels just for you. “For some percentage of readers,” writes Loz Blain of Gizmag, “this article could make a major positive impact on your life…”

Despite the very official-sounding name ascribed to it, there is no science to prove the existence of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR. We have no idea what percentage of people have the ability to experience it, where it comes from, what it’s for or what brain mechanics are involved.

But if you’re lucky enough to be able to feel it, there’s a growing and thriving community out there producing thousands of free samples of canned pleasure and relaxation.

Let me start from my personal experience. As a schoolboy, I had a particular French teacher whose voice would put me into a trance.… Read the rest

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Was Mpregs This Year’s Strangest Meme?

After reading this you may wish you never knew, but if you haven’t heard, the term mpreg refers to a passionate internet subculture devoted to all aspects of male pregnancy. Mpreg enthusiasts create and spread illustrations, stories, and photoshopped images celebrating pregnant versions of imaginary and real-life males of all sorts, from celebrity heartthrobs to political figures to cartoon characters.

Mpreg Central features discussion forums and allows users to upload their own pregnancy “morph” pictures. Meanwhile, the Mpreg Archive boasts pregnant-male fan fiction for Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, The X-Files, and Pirates of the Caribbean, among offerings. With mpreg Harry Potter and touching posthumous mpreg tributes to Paul Walker rolling in, with 2014 be the year mpreg goes mainstream?

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Algorave: Dance Music Created By Coding Algorithms

algoraveCan all digitally-created music really just be thought of as humans manipulating algorithms? If so, why not get to the heart of things? A burgeoning, extremely nerdy subculture called algorave revolves around generating, altering, and combining electronic sound loops via on-the-spot coding, using languages such as SuperCollider, with the coding projected on a large screen. Could this be the worst new form of music, or the most honest? Wikipedia writes:
An algorave is an event where people dance to music generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques. Algoraves can include a range of styles, including a complex form of minimal techno, and has been described as a meeting point of hacker philosophy, geek culture, and clubbing. The first self-proclaimed "algorave" was held as a warmup concert for the SuperCollider Symposium 2012. The first North American algorave took place in Hamilton, Ontario during the artcrawl of 9 August 2013.
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The Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers

Photo: www.kremlin.ru (CC)

Photo: www.kremlin.ru (CC)

The disinformation® website was originally tagged as “The Subculture Search Engine” (back in 1996), so we like to think we know something about American subcultures. Putin-Worship caught us somewhat by surprise, however. Marin Cogan profiles the worshippers for National Journal:

Two years ago, Gayne C. Young, a Texas-based writer and blogger for Outdoor Life, scored the interview of a lifetime. As a beat writer, Young had enjoyed the outdoor exploits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been documented shooting a gray whale with a crossbow, tranquilizing a tiger attacking a news crew, hunting shirtless, fishing shirtless, and riding horseback shirtless. On a personal level, Young liked the rugged brand of masculinity that seemed a throwback to Teddy Roosevelt. “Although you have Clinton shooting ducks, you never see it. Although Rick Perry says he enjoys hunting, you don’t see it. They say they do, but they don’t.

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An Interview With An Otherkin

legolasWriter Danny Smith shares this interview he conducted with an “otherkin”. I couldn’t help but to notice that the ‘kin states that he worships Corellon, God of the Elves – a deity created for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Seems like an odd choice, but I suppose if you’re having “flashbacks” of a past-life battle with orcs and describe your “real” self as looking suspiciously like Orlando Bloom’s portrayal of Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings,  it stands to say that anything goes. I suppose we all build a personal mythology during the course of our lives, and believing that you’re an elf trapped in a human’s body is no more or less ridiculous than anything else offered by the world’s major religions.

What are Otherkin?

The Otherkin are human-bodied individuals who feel themselves to be, in an essential sense, non-human. Their Innate Species Persona (ISP) might be a mundane, familiar animal, such as a wolf, a cat, or penguin – even a highly unfamiliar being like an elf/faerye, demon, or angel not recognised as having even existed by narrow-minded scientists like Stephen Hawkins.

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This Is Punk?

Punk Girl with Lollipop Strawberry Fields ForeverWith punk as the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute benefit, Nitsuh Abebe asks “If a movement known for rage, rebellion, and adolescent id becomes the focus of a high-fashion celebration, is it the final studded nail in the coffin or proof of everlasting life?” for New York Magazine:

Punk rock has always had an easy time living up to E. M. Forster’s view of music as a kingdom that “will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture have alike rejected.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit—the “Oscars of fashion,” currently co-hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and perhaps the city’s most glamorous large social event—feels like the opposite: a celebration of rare finery and a discerning elite. The gala’s theme is generally the same as that of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibit; say, Jacqueline Kennedy or Chanel. But this year’s exhibit is “Punk: Chaos to ­Couture,” a look at punk clothing and high fashion’s varied responses to it.

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