Cleanliness as an art form?

I’ve never viewed a bathtub as anything other than utilitarian, but it seems Russian designer Alexander Zhukovsky has other ideas. We’re not talking about your traditional marble tub, affixed to the floor, suited to your regular Joe Blow here. Oh no, no –  this is a hanging, clear glass sphere that acts as both bath and shower, with settings for you to alter its internal temperature, humidity, light, sounds and smell. It even simulates rain. How fancy! I mean, who doesn’t want to expose their bits while trying to float in a glass bubble, smack-bang in the middle of the

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A rare treat for fans of Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman

I recall the classic Zatoichi movies with great affection.  The lead role was played by Shintaro Katsu, who became inseparable from the role.  They were iconic films, perhaps not in the same league as those of the incomparable Akira Kurosawa, but possibly even more influential because there were so many more of them – 26, to be precise, plus 100 TV serials.  A later movie came out in 2003, starring Takeshi Kitano, but that’s not considered part of the ‘Zatoichi canon’ by sticklers.  (I’ve seen it, and he does his best, but I think Shintaro Katsu made the role his

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I’d never heard of this stunt before

In 1979 stuntman Kenny Powers tried to jump across the St. Lawrence River between Canada and New York in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental.  In a contemporary news article, he later described his attempt as “the wildest ride of my life”. Another stuntman, ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, announced earlier this year that he planned to try the same jump in May, but I’ve heard nothing more about it.  Does anyone know whether it was attempted? Peter

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Has racism jumped the shark at last?

A prime collection of social justice warrior racist nonsense is on display in an article at National Review.  Here are a couple of examples. 3. Liking white meat is racist. Writer Ron Rosenbaum said in Slate that racism accounts for the popularity of white-meat turkey over more flavorful dark meat. “White meat turkey has no taste,” he explained. “Despite its superior taste, dark meat has dark undertones for some. Dark meat seems to summon up ancient fears of contamination and miscegenation as opposed to the supposed superior purity of white meat.” 6. Complimenting America as open and fair is racially

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Thinking with the lower brain rather than the upper . . .

I’m cynically amused to find that Ashley Madison (“Life’s too short. Have an affair!”) was conning its male customers into spending untold millions of dollars in the hope of finding willing female partners who mostly didn’t exist, except in the shape of fake electronic profiles.  Gizmodo reports: When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and

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Doofus Of The Day #855

Sometimes Doofi self-select themselves.  I only had to read the headline in this case to know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that I’d found the candidate for today’s award. A Lake Elsinore [CA] man was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday as he picked it up and attempted to take a selfie. Alex Gomez, 36, spotted the four-foot rattler in a field by his family’s ranch on Cielito Drive, shortly before he made the potentially deadly mistake. . . . Alex’s nephew, Ronnie, was with him when the snake was discovered, and says the reptile gave plenty of warning. “It was

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Africa wins again

I was saddened, but not surprised, to read of the death of a professional guide in Zimbabwe. A Zimbabwean guide has been killed by a lion after escorting tourists on a walking safari in the country’s Hwange National Park, where Cecil the lion lived before he was killed. Quinn Swales, 40, from Harare, was savaged by what is believed to have been a male lion as he followed it on foot in the centre of the 14,000 square mile park. Sources in the wildlife industry suggested the lion was called Naka and had been behaving aggressively towards humans and vehicles

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A fascinating look at the (shrinking) value of higher “education”

We’ve spoken before in these pages about the growing lack of value in so-called ‘higher education’.  Tonight I came across a fascinating guest article by Matt Baldoni over at Aaron Clarey’s blog, Captain Capitalism.  In it, a musician looks at how he learned the trade, and what he’s experienced in dealing with the ‘big names’ in music education.  Here’s an excerpt. I believe that being a full time musician who plays live (and/or in the studio) is the greatest badge of honor a musician can bestow upon himself. Why? Because it’s proof you can beat the odds. It shows you

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A vastly underpriced gun

I was shocked to read this advertisement on Armslist yesterday, only minutes after it had been put up by the seller. I have a very old colt 45 that I’d like to sale. It’s from around 1881. It’s non-working, but physically in good shape. Don’t know what it’s worth but I’m sure it could be fixed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a Colt Frontier model of 1878.  The advertiser was asking – wait for it – just five hundred dollars for it!  I nearly freaked out on the spot.  It’s worth much more than that, even in its broken condition.

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