Corrugated Chalice

Greetings, friends. Hope you’re well!

Yes, it’s been a while.

I don’t know what it is. I have all these tabs open, but I resist posting.

Maybe it’s becoming too much of a chore to post? Maybe I’ll post less stuff, but more frequently? Maybe I should post more of my own writing? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email me or book my face. I want to know, what you’re thinking.

Akrasia is interesting, and probably at the core of societal problems.

Speaking of interesting, check out this monk who covered himself in ashes and blood and adorned his hair with human fingers and toes.

Well wellHmm.…Okay. Enough of that.

Another call for an end to the failed war on drogas. This one by Canadian doctors.

Of course, there are bigger humans to fry. Or bake. Or poison. But, it’s all interconnected anyway. Like the whole terrible degradation of American society. Like I said: interconnected.

But(!). There are answers. We just need to listen. And act.

Inspiration about a man who’s been on a 23-year trip (thanks, Maria).

Also inspiring: an NYC woman who makes a good living from cuddling.

Exquisite old skool poster design from Poland:

Gorgeous photos taken on-the-job by a NYPD officer:

 

Wilhelm Gallhof, The Coral-Chain

 

Pablo Picasso, The Absynthe Drinker

 

I enjoyed this:

 

Leftover random image gallery/slideshow:

Love yous. Long time.

J

Lambert

Greetings, Earthlings. I hope you are quite happy and healthy. And I hope your life gets better and better every day. All these tabs were eating my RAM, so I’ve decided to unleash them upon you.

First off, you should know that you can take MIT courses for free, in your underwear. Here’s an intro to Psychology to get you started.

I’ve read most of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, and seen his TED Talks. I’ve always thought he was a good, thought-provoking writer and admired him. Then I read this article which claims he’s a pro-corporate shill with zero journalistic integrity. Sigh.

A beekeeper posits that businesses have a lot to learn from one of nature’s most shining success stories. Too Big To Fail can and will bring down whole societies.

What do men and women look at while watching porn? The answers may surprise you.

An unknown number of women out there can perceive millions of colors most humans can’t.

More evidence that giving makes us happy.

Good news! More and more people are ditching cable TV.

Bad news: for the past 30 years, US businesses have been injecting trillions of gallons of toxic waste deep into the Earth.

Ever wonder why Europeans are white? Wonder no more.

Why bad jobs — or no jobs — happen to good workers.

Our Milky Way:

 

Vincent van Gogh — Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures (1890):

 

Golden Tortoise Beetle:

 

Hilarious screen test of muppets ad-libbing:

 

Love yous.

J

Lisbon

Does this count as a post? Yes. Yes it does.

The City of Tulsa destroyed a woman’s garden because, well, they didn’t really give a reason. They just did it, and that’s that. One can only guess it’s because she was growing her own food and medicine. She should just be a good consumer and buy it from the Supermarket™ like Everybody Else®.

Good News! A new study predicts imminent, irreversible planetary collapse. Oh. Wait. That’s bad news. Sorry about that.

Here are some awesome examples of superb architecture blending with nature.

Love this:

 

I think Beijing’s Olympic design firms kick all kinds of ass over London’s:

And, finally:

xoxo,

J

Sound the Alarm: A Bus Went By

Do you have a garden? If so, you should plant some medicine.

Oh, by the way, did you know that plants may be able to hear?

The average American family’s net worth dropped 40% in the past 5 years. Meanwhile:

 

Which leads me to believe that our elected officials should be subject to more scrutiny.

Beautiful, intricate egg-shell art by Franc Grom:

 

Barbie and Ken’s life isn’t as great as it seems (via):

 

Melanistic animals are the opposite of albino animals:

 

Jaw-Dropping “Star Trail” images taken by astronaut Don Pettit from the ISS:

 

Mugshots of some Mississippi Freedom Riders:

 

Love (via):

 

Gonna be around for 2 hours? Check out this groovy soundcloud yoga mix and get your chill on.

Love yous.

J

Clamity

Hope you’re doing fantabulous, friends. Just a brief update. Trying to get back into the swing of things. Or not.

Are you aware that humanity is speeding down an unsustainable path? You are? Well, what can we do about that? There is a very simple thing we could all do to be off to a great start.

Interesting article on America’s oldest family firm (it’s actually older than America): Zildjian.

Writers: take note of this excellent writing advice from Pixar.

:-)

 

Screaming. Can’t hear my call…

 

The Big Picture:

 

A gallery of hijab propaganda posters from Iran:

 

Okay, Love yous.

J

Koontz

Hey friend. I know, I know, I’ve been blogstipated, but I just ate some fiber(optics), and I think something’s happening.

I’ve always sorta disliked these, and now I’m glad I know what to call them.

I ♥ free knowledge!

It needs 75k and has 68k. Can you help make this happen?

Did you know about the Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean?

If you’re feeling down or weird, just read this and feel better.

It seems like every week scientists have energy breakthroughs. Who’s gonna tell the guy in the Big Black Truck™?

Groovy typography:

 

Face:

 

Just drop me off here and I’ll get back to you in a few years…

 

NYC Diversity map (based on the recent Census):

 

Yep:

Yep yep:

Rrrrawwwr! (Wikipedia article of the day).

Want more? Here’s the Wikipedia gallery of the day.

xo,

J

PS:

Why You Beastin’, Son?

Whoa! I feel like I’m gonna blog all over the place. Unh. Nnnhhh. Here it comes…

Terrifying chart of the day: 40 years ago MIT researchers predicted that we are headed for disaster unless we curb our consumption. So far, not-so-good. Study this chart and think about what it means.

I knew that Stockton, CA is having a tough go of it, but, wow.

Along those lines, more than 1 million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth.

A video about a Utah man who lives in a cave.

An interesting article about the invention of jaywalking, or, when cars took over.

I would like one of these wearable muscle exoskeletons.

I sure do enjoy me some photo essays:

Interactive satellite imagery of urban sprawl from the 80s to today.

Welcome Homea beautiful, harrowing photo essay about a veteran’s struggle with PTSD and American society.

 

More and more Americans are living off-the-grid:

 

Super-cool, covert, egg-shaped, tree house:

 

Recent, visually stunning photos from North Korea’s celebration of the Kims.

 

The New York City Municipal Archives just released a database of over 870,000 photos. Here are 53 of them chosen by The Atlantic.

 

Check the mailboxes:

 

It turns out money can buy you happiness:

Wikipedia article of the day: Operation Vegetarian.

Phew! So sorry to blog everywhere like that, but, I’ve been backed up for a few days!

xo,

J

PS I think I found a name for my band:

Ski Ball

Through love, all pain will turn to medicine.
~ Rumi

If you watch one video today, make it this one about shame, which she defines as:

The intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging.

It could change your life.

Along those lines, a compelling story of forgiveness.

The Economy by the numbers. Good graphs and charts. May make liberals shake their fists. More chart porn? Check out health care costs around the world.

I’ll have the red  gingham sandwich, please.”

 

Russian Balleria (via):

 

xo,

J