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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bizarre TV interview with Senate candidate and his 5-year-son

[Creeporama -egg]
Bizarre TV interview with Senate candidate and his 5-year-son:

Watch the father's lips when his kid talks. I don't know what is going on here, but Mediaite offers three explanations:

1. That the boy has a earphone in and his dad is telling what to say and, for some reason, thinks he’s a much better ventriloquist than he actually is.

2. That Hudson’s responses were all scripted and Hinckley can’t help but mouth his brilliant dialogue.

3. Hudson is actually some kind of AI-style android that is being controlled by its “father.”
Either way, this video is absolutely insane

A fourth possibility is that the dad is nervous about what his son is going to say, and he is echoing the kid's replies, in a sort of Clever Hans kind way. Please offer up other possibilities in the comments.

Interview With Senate Candidate And 5 Year-Old Son From Ad Is Creepiest Thing Ever

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[Love it. -egg]

Suit made from a drop-cloth

Suit made from a drop-cloth:

This "drop cloth suit" was made by Sarah Bahr and Hugh O'Rourke by cutting a pattern out of a well-used, well-loved drop cloth and tailoring appropriately.

I had the great pleasure of collaborating with fellow artist and friend Hugh O'Rourke on a super fun project. Hugh is a painter and sculptor here in NYC, you can view more of his work here. We met during my thesis art exhibit at NYU, as he works at the 80WSE gallery where I exhibited my installation. He knew my passion for sewing clothing and asked me to collaborate with him in making a suit out of his drop cloths from his studio. The idea of the suit came from famous artist Joseph Beuys' own sculpture Felt Suit.

Drop Cloth Suit

(via Craft)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Breaking Good: how to synthesize Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) From N-Methylamphetamine (crystal meth)

[Ha!! -Egg]

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Breaking Good: how to synthesize Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) From N-Methylamphetamine (crystal meth)

Genius scientific paper* of the day: "A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine, by O. Hai and I. B. Hakkenshit." (PDF).

A response by annoyed Sudafed users to the onerous demands by pharmacies for ID and tracking, due to the fact that this helpful and common over-the-counter drug can be used to manufacture crystal meth.

Snip from the paper:

A novel and straightforward synthesis of pseudoephidrine from
readily available N-methylamphetamine is presented. This
practical synthesis is expected to be a disruptive technology
replacing the need to find an open pharmacy.

Pseudoephedrine, active ingredient of Sudafed®, has long
been the most popular nasal decongestant in the United States
due to its effectiveness and relatively mild side effects [1]. In
recent years it has become increasingly difficult to obtain
psuedoephedine in many states because of its use as a
precursor for the illegal drug N-methylamphetamine (also
known under various names including crystal meth, meth, ice,
etc.)[1,2]. While in the past many stores were able to sell
pseudoephedrine, new laws in the United States have
restricted sales to pharmacies, with the medicine kept behind
the counter. The pharmacies require signatures and
examination of government issued ID in order to purchase
pseudoephedrine. Because the hours of availability of such
pharmacies are often limited, it would be of great interest to
have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents
which can be more readily procured.

A quick search of several neighborhoods of the United
States revealed that while pseudoephedrine is difficult to
obtain, N-methylamphetamine can be procured at almost any
time on short notice and in quantities sufficient for synthesis
of useful amounts of the desired material. Moreover,
according to government maintained statistics, Nmethylmphetamine is becoming an increasingly attractive
starting material for pseudoephedrine, as the availability of Nmethylmphetamine has remained high while prices have
dropped and purity has increased [2]. We present here a
convenient series of transformations using reagents which can
be found in most well stocked organic chemistry laboratories
to produce psuedoephedrine from N-methylamphetamine.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Types of vagabonds, 1566

Types of vagabonds, 1566:

The following is a list of the "23 Types of Vagabonds" as identified in a 1566 book by Thomas Harman called "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors, vulgarly called vagabonds." These "types" were the chapter titles and a decade later compiled into a list in William Harrison's book "Description of Elizabethan England, 1577" I'm not sure why "male beggar children" are categorized as "Of Womenkind" unless it's being suggested that they should be under the care of their mothers. From Lists Of Note:

1. Rufflers (thieving beggars, apprentice uprightment)

2. Uprightmen (leaders of robber bands)

3. Hookers or anglers (thieves who steal through windows with hooks)

4. Rogues (rank-and-file vagabonds)

5. Wild rogues (those born of rogues)

6. Priggers of prancers (horse thieves)

7. Palliards (male and female beggars, traveling in pairs)

8. Fraters (sham proctors, pretending to beg for hospitals, etc.)

9. Abrams (feined lunatics)

10. Fresh-water mariners or whipjacks (beggars pretending shipwreck)

11. Dummerers (sham deaf-mutes)

12. Drunken tinkers (thieves using the trade as a cover)

13. Swadders or peddlers (thieves pretending to be peddlers)

14. Jarkmen (forgers of licenses) or patricoes (hedge priests)

Of Womenkind:

1. Demanders for glimmer or fire (female beggars pretending loss of fire)

2. Bawdy baskets (female peddlers)

3. Morts (prostitutes and thieves)

4. Autem morts (married harlots)

5. Walking morts (unmarried harlots)

6. Doxies (prostitutes who begin with upright men)

7. Dells (young girls, incipient doxies)

8. Kinchin morts (female beggar children)

9. Kinchin does (male beggar children)

"The 23 Types of Vagabond" (Thanks, Randall de Rijk!)

Make little, make often: how manufacturing could work in the UK

Make little, make often: how manufacturing could work in the UK:

An inspiring call-to-arms from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, founder of Tinker London:

This should be a golden age for UK manufacturing. People are making things everywhere at various scales. In Hackspaces, studios, universities, at home, in their sheds. This is a nation on tinkerers after all. People are coming up with an idea using an Arduino, building a prototype, redesigning the electronics using Fritzing going to Tinkercad to build a box for the prototype. Then they will have the box made by a Makerbot, Ponoko, RazorLab, i-Materialise, Shapeways or other rapid prototyping manufacturers around the world who understand their users want to click a “upload” button and have something sent to them in the post.

That is a different kind of customer for UK manufacturing. It is a digitally-empowered one and to understand him/her, the industry has to adapt. Once that customer has a product they are happy with, they will look for funding through Kickstarter or sell their product online through Etsy or Folsky. (Most of these digital services were not developed in the UK, I hasten to add.)

Make little, Make often: ideas for the future of manufacturing in the UK

(via Make)