Category: systems failures

The Confusing Romantic Logistics in "Mannequin"

birth. movies. death.

Kim Cattral, Ancient Egyptian Princess..?

Why does Emmy wait thousands of years only to settle on Blandrew McCarthy? What does she want? Why does she flee an arranged marriage only to completely supplicate to the will of this pasty nincompoop? Why is she even a mannequin to begin with? Was this movie the result of two different screenplays forced together? If Emmy returns to mannequin form the moment anyone sees her, what happens to Jonathan’s penis when they get caught having sex?

Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk

Max Paradiso for the BBC from Sardinia

watching a craft disappear

Some believe it was the cloth God told Moses to lay on the first altar. It was the finest fabric known to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and one of its remarkable properties is the way it shines when exposed to the sun, once it has been treated with lemon juice and spices.

The Stark Racial Divide In Pay For Restaurant Workers

NPR's The Salt

food for thought

For one thing, Benner tells The Salt, Latinos tend to apply for certain types of jobs, like dishwasher, line cook and table buser. Likewise, such “back of house” positions are not generally targeted by Caucasian applicants, who more often seek higher-paying bartender and waiter positions. “We call this the self-selection bias,” says Benner, whose research involved interviewing owners and managers at 12 California restaurants, half of which were high-end establishments, and closely analyzing national industry data. “People may just not see themselves as working in a certain area.”

It seems strange now given the enormity of the situation, but at the time it wasn’t easy for artists to directly address the [AIDS] crisis in their music, and even in the ‘80s coming out as gay could rightly be considered career suicide. Neil Tennant has been open with his sexuality for over two decades now, but in the ‘80s he was understandably a bit coy. Chris Gerard for Popmatters

Behaviour, 25 Years On

Behaviour was created at a time when the world was besieged by turmoil over the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis. By 1990 millions had been impacted by the disease, and the gay community was roiled by fear, loss, outrage, and the fierce determination of growing activism. In April of that year the death of Ryan White, a young boy with hemophilia who acquired the disease through a blood transfusion, brought a wider awareness and sensitivity to the crisis. As the death toll mounted, the group ACT UP staged highly publicized protests at the National Institutes of Health demanding expansion of HIV/AIDS treatments and clinical trials. By the end of the year, AIDS had become the second leading cause of death among American men aged 25 to 44 years.

The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol

New York Magazine

…in 1975.

We’re living in a time when trans models like Lea T and Andreja Pejic have been the faces of Redken and Make Up For Ever, and Caitlyn Jenner has been celebrated on the cover of Vanity Fair. This kind of cultural acceptance makes it easy to lose sight of how dangerous it was 40 years ago — and still can be today — for women like Norman to just walk down a street. Fear of harassment from both police and civilians was constant. To live one’s life openly as a transgender woman, let alone one as a black trans woman, simply wasn’t done. The only option, really, was to “pass” in straight society.

How the weird, unfiltered internet became a media goldmine

Fusion

the lonely web

At the wedding later that month, the dress was mostly an afterthought. Still, something about the Facebook post stuck with Caitlin McNeill, Grace’s friend and guitarist for the folk band Canach. After the ceremony, the 17-year-old posted the image on Tumblr to her 2,000 followers under the username Swiked. She added the caption: “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out.”

Laura Balke, via Instagram

The apotheosis of the deliberately boring normcore turtleneck was found on Steve Jobs, who arrived at his stark trademark look after striking up a friendship with the designer Issey Miyake, who gave him 100 or so of them. Troy Patterson for the New York Times

Can the Turtleneck Ever Be Cool Again?

I can only imagine that Issey Miyake might bristle endlessly unto his death with this association that will never be forgotten, of a rich man so completely and utterly lacking in personal style that he demand one of the finest craftsmen in clothing make for him a shapeless fisherman’s sweater, bearing no resemblance to the craft for which he was hired. Read the entire piece at the New York Times.

Ishiuchi Miyako, at The Guardian, from a collection at The Getty in Los Angeles

Lossless

The Awl

“…but I can’t ever really love them.”

You probably know that there are two main schools of thought when it comes to neural uploading/playback. The “German school” aims for total fidelity: pure, perfect synapses forever. The idea is to capture the consciousness in super-high-resolution; aficionados of that philosophy would be horrified at my early, beloved low-bitrate downloads. They’d point out that the more you compress a Mind, the more you lose those intangible qualities that make it unique. The Japanese approach is much “fuzzier” than that of the Germans’. The idea is not to store and recreate the consciousness with precise, verifiably accurate detail. Rather, Japanese tech hews much closer to the aesthetic idea of wabi-sabi, cherishing incompleteness, impermanence and even decay. Favouring feeling over precision, Japanese-formed Minds have an undeniable elegance and beauty.

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