Saturday, January 24, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

when your connection is more stable than you

Modern folks can no longer cut it without their electronic companions, so Nicole Amesbury has come to their rescue.

Cleverly addressing “two birds with one stone”, she has set up a website called TalkSpace for iPhone obsessive compulsives.

Those in need can text 24/7 to their therapists for a small monthly fee.

Armed with a recent degree program from a Fort Lauderdale university...

...and a NYC subway ad campaign,

Nicole and her partners offer 1 on 1 video in your own private, secure environment.

Mikey’s a sex addict,

so he and Nicole got a room.

Go Mikey. 

And have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

flush with accomplishment

"Cheaters never prosper" has long been an American aphorism, 
but our cultural values are on a march.

A recent study at the University of Washington has discovered the remorse and guilt felt by previous generations is being replaced by a “cheater’s high” amongst younger people.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that people who cheated felt better about themselves.

We can see this degradation in new business models.

They ignore the law and are so supported by younger folks they just pay the fine and keep the profit.

Sir John Harrington observed this back in the 16th century.

And not incidentally, 
cheating just got Tom Brady back into the SuperBowl.
The Pats will pay the fine and keep the win,
 as modern business is doing.
It’s no accident Sir John Harrington 
is the inventor of the toilet.

Cheating is a shitty way to “win”.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

we’re all from the same mold

Ernest Duchesne was a French doctor in 1897 who noticed that certain molds kill some bacterias.


In just 20 years time, penicillin was being grown on oranges and in regular manufacture.

Working around the clock, the United States crafted 2.3 million doses of penicillin in preparation for the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.

Life Magazine, August 1944

Certain strains are used to make Brie and Camembert cheese, too, and Gorgonzola and Danish Blue Roquefort.

An allergy to penicillin does not preclude enjoying these ripe cheeses with their distinctive blue-green color.

Get an orange. Don’t refrigerate.

Grow some at home! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

got MLK?

“Thank God almighty, free at last” has new meaning when you consider how expensive it is to use Martin Luther King’s words.

Shouldn’t his inspiring speeches belong to us all?

Far from it, in fact.

King copyrighted his “I have a DREAM” speech and sued companies for selling recordings the public wanted.


Today, to watch this historical address from the 1963 March on Washington, you can pay $20 to buy the DVD from an online shop under the control of his heirs.


They took this to a whole new level by demanding an $800,000.00 licensing fee for their father to be honored in a Washington DC monument.

So now USA Today has written an editorial about how King’s friends have tried to convince his kids they are tarnishing his legacy with blatant commercialization.

Should we pay his children everytime we crave his 
soaring inspiration?

Where would King have been without
 civil disobedience?

Monday, January 19, 2015

don't go quietly

bad to the bone


Our downtown correspondent sent this in because the man in the image is holding the cat all wrong.


That’s better. 

It’s a tag by graffiti artist Bradley Theodore.

He’s been painting the skulls of fashion icons all over downtown, contouring bones in the head and then filling them in with bright colors.

This portrait of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with his cat, Choupette is down on Mott between Spring and Kenmare.


Theodore paints a man and dog in time-lapse, here:

I know this will come as a shock,
but I don’t actually care much for cats.


But I do like skull art. Happy Monday!