Found at this article in Gawker:
Rumors of a faked death have been just as much a part of Andy Kaufman’s legacy as watching him turn from Foreign Man to Elvis, but if what played out at this week’s Andy Kaufman Awards in New York City are actually true, the comedic genius may have pulled off his biggest hoax of all: not just faking his own death, but secretly spending the last 29 years raising a family.
If anyone ever tries this, I’d love to hear how effective it is.
From this Messynessychic.com article:
Between the 1940s and the 1970s, several ivy league colleges had a very strange requirement for all their incoming freshmen students. Harvard, Yale, Wellesley College, Vassar as well as Brown University, were among the elite American colleges that asked all the young men and women enrolled in their first year, to pose nude. Thousands and thousands of pictures were taken of students, including such notable names such as George Bush, Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
My dream will finally come true. I may be able to see George Bush and Hillary Clinton Naked.
Photo of what looks like a knife through a woman’s hand reads, “Mom broke a knife while cooking and sent me this picture.”
The atheist movement, in my mind, was waning if not dying.
I’m not saying that atheists are growing fewer. I’m saying that the atheist movement as heralded and led by the four horsemen seemed to be in decline, thanks to lots of infighting and disagreement on different topics.
But apparently, the atheist movement is thriving and building up atheist megachurches.
Foul. Foul. Foul.
I get that people want to join likeminded people and give each other verbal reach arounds, but in megachurch-style spaces?
Non-belief overtook the Internet. Isn’t that mega enough, atheists?
Read about it here.
This argument is akin to the response to people to say things like, “When I was growing up, we didn’t need helmets when we rode our bikes.” Or “When I was growing up, there wasn’t ‘organic.’”
The argument is, as I said recently, a fart in the wind,
But it’s actually more solid than some might think.
Here’s my favorite lines:
Here is what we know from a scientific point of view: There is no amount of wood smoke that is good to breathe. It is at least as bad for you as cigarette smoke, and probably much worse. (One study found it to be 30 times more potent a carcinogen.) The smoke from an ordinary wood fire contains hundreds of compounds known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, and irritating to the respiratory system. Most of the particles generated by burning wood are smaller than one micron—a size believed to be most damaging to our lungs. In fact, these particles are so fine that they can evade our mucociliary defenses and travel directly into the bloodstream, posing a risk to the heart. Particles this size also resist gravitational settling, remaining airborne for weeks at a time.
Mind you, Sam Harris is a liberal, commie atheist.
So all arguments from him must be completely inaccurate and wrong.
I was turned on to this article at NPR about how a coffee table/food porn book was created.
The description at Digg was:
The jumbo-sized images in “The Photography of Modernist Cuisine” are truly awesome. And while the images themselves are jaw-dropping, perhaps the best part of the book is that the team shares all the secrets about how the photos are made.
In the article, there are tips for how you, too, can photograph food in great ways:
Five Tips From Modern Cuisine For Taking Better Food Snapshots
- Look to the light: In restaurants, find a big window with diffuse, indirect lighting, Nathan Mryhold recommends. “If you have to use flash, use a napkin or menu to bounce the light off it and make it diffuse.”
- Stand up: The angle at which we usually view dinner doesn’t produce the best photographs. For food that’s flat and wide, shoot the dish from right above. If the food is tall and narrow, get down low and shoot it from the side.
- Put it on black: Food is most dramatic sitting on white or black, says The Cooking Lab’s Chris Hoover. “White can create some weird reflections, but black is quite easy shoot.” Place the food black Plexiglass, he says. Then pin a sheet of black velvet on the wall to adsorb the light behind it.
- Dip your toe into editing: You don’t need to buy a sophisticated editing tool, Hoover says. “Just get a basic program, like Adobe Lightroom,” he suggests. “It’s easy to understand, and there are tutorials on the web.”
- Download an HDR app: For smartphone snapshots, use a high-dynamic range app, like TrueHDR, to capture all the colors and highlights of food.