Posts by: Joshuah Bearman

Autochromes

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They look colorized but these images from the Albert Kahn collection are autochromes — the earliest true color photos — and besides being nifty and nostalgic, they seem to live up to Kahn’s goal to create a photographic record of the world in an “Archive of the Planet.”

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At Least The Republicans are Being Honest

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…about being dishonest. This article should have been titled “Republicans Freely Admit They Have No Ideas,” since it basically is an on-the-record admission by GOP strategists that their mid-term strategy, which is the culmination of two years of GOP opposition strategy, is to use fear to impugn Democratic policies while offering none of their own. […]

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No Meat For Sex?

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First they said that monkeys do pay for sex, but only in a lab, and once they’ve been taught to use currency. Or maybe, it turned out, that wild macaques do it too, trading services instead of coins. What services? A little grooming, maybe some hunting. Apparently, this phenomenon has been given the appetizing appellation”meat for […]

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Pimp Flow Chart

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First, a question. If you were a proprietor of a criminal organization with a cliched (and apparently universal) flamboyant aesthetic, don’t you think that you might one day decide to dress in sweaters and chinos so as to avoid easy detection by the police? Aren’t there some economic laws in play? You’d figure there would […]

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Joy in Eccentricity

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Who knew there were still roving bands of dancing hermaphrodites and eunuchs? Even more surprising is the fact that hijira, as the gypsy-like middlesex is called in South Asia, are marginally accepted as a social group, even in conservative Pakistan. In a place where cultural tradition allows for honor killings, it seems surprising that gender-ambiguity […]

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What They Still Carry

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Susan Mullally is a photographer in Texas. Among other things, she takes pictures of homeless people who congregate underneath an Interstate 35 bridge in Waco. The portraits are of the people, rootless for various reasons, and the things they still treasure in their predicament. Mullally also interviews her subjects, who explain why they cling to […]

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The Best Detail…

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The best detail about the Senate parliamentarian is not that he is a mysterious figure with a question mark for a head. Or that his last interview was 22 years ago. Or that Senate Historian Donald Ritchie has only seen him in the cafeteria a couple times in 30 years. Or even that, um, some part […]

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Long Before Lady Gaga

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There was Gerald (and Sara) Murphy: Looking comfortably mechanical at the Comte Étienne de Beaumont’s Automotive Ball in 1924. P.s. How awesome is it that there was such a costume ball? P.p.s. Looks like Gerald’s costume came complete with a revved up engine under the hood!

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How I Managed to Sneak the Words/Phrases “Hobo,” “Astronaut Juice,” and “E.L. Fudge” onto the NY Times Sunday Op-Ed Page

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All in one story! It is the tale of a third-grade indiscretion that also happens to also be an economic parable for our time. It involves snacks. In addition to the above snacks, there are appearances by classics — Cheetos, Fritos, Jolly Ranchers — and some peripheral favorites, like Nutter Butters. There is a Chunky. […]

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M4W-The Power Glove

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I am going to guess that there is no file on this usage in Nintendo’s Product Safety Department. You gotta respect it: dude knows what he wants — and just asks for it:

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Weekly Dose of Wonder

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Martian Landscapes! In orbit 187 miles up, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is taking incredible photos of the surface of the red planet: Here are dozens more equally entrancing images.

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Albert Speer Would Be Proud

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Not to mention Leni Riefenstahl. If Berlin has no mountains, why not build one? Architect Jakob Tigges suggests putting Berlin back on the monumentalist map by erecting a 3,000-foot mountain on the site of the recently decommissioned Tempelhof airport. Summer hiking, winter skiing, Teutonic myth-making — all convenient to the S-Bahn! A nifty idea that […]

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Weekly Dose of Wonder

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Riddle me this, art-cognoscenti? Why is Frederic Church not as well known as William Turner? Does the Hudson not inspire as great art as (my alma mater) Heidelberg? Is it just that Church was American? Twilight in the Wilderness:

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LA Times on Art Laboe

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So there was a great piece in the LA Times last week about Art Laboe, an 84-year-old veteran radio host in Los Angeles whose long history and oldies show has forged a deep cross-cultural connection with the Latino community. Laboe may be old news to some, but that’s all the more reason to say hats […]

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From the Bowels of the Game Developers Conference

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Joshuah Bearman has an article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine about the burgeoning independent video game developer scene. Basically, technology and distribution has enabled a do-it-yourself, ‘zine movement in video games. It’s a raucous avant garde, and wants to upset its medium’s establishment while also — dare one say it — making video […]

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