Daily Archives: February 27, 2009

The One Flag Competition

posted by Wherehaveyoubean

For all earthlings able to mouseclick

Design is at war with itself. We are taught that design is about finding solutions. But the success of these solutions is judged so narrowly – Did it ooze desire? Did it shift units? – that we find ourselves implicated in problems far greater than the ones we solve. The time has come for a radical shift in priorities. We are now faced with some of the most daunting global challenges in human history.

These are real targets, worthy of our problem-solving skills, ripe for our intervention. Yet those who have the vision to rise above national and political boundaries still have no symbol to rally under. The people from Adbusters invite you to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship.

More than 1,000 entries were sorted through and they came up with a short list of 32 flags. Now it’s your turn. Go to the flag gallery and vote for designs you like best. You can only vote once for each flag, but you can vote for as many flags as you want. The vote will close on March 17, 2009.

Mysore Hijras

posted by ebeans

From Vice Magazine


Be Careful, or the Hijras Will Hex You


India’s proud community of boys who would rather be girls has officially breached the half-million mark, and we wish we could hug every one of these crazy, lovable, mixed-up bastards. They’re a ubiquitous breed known as hijras, or “impotent ones,” with a thousand-plus-year tradition of bringing good luck. However, in these cynical times in which we live, the concept of luck is about as easy to believe in as the concept of leprechauns, and so the hijras have just become endearingly empowered street hustlers.

Vice recently caught up with Rubina, a 35-year-old from Mysore (ha ha ha, a town called “my sore”—only in India, folks!), who kindly invited us back to her place to discuss her transformation. It cost 1,000 rupees (about $20) for her time, and it was money gladly paid.   read more

The Penis Mushroom…

posted by ebean

possibly the best article I’ve ever read…


There is a mythical shroom that is unlike any other shroom. For, you see, this mushroom looks like a penis—not just a little bit like a penis, as many mushrooms do, but exactly like a penis. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? And although mushrooms usually spring forth from the earth as if from the toes of the gods, the penis mushroom is about as natural as a cocker spaniel. In other words, it’s totally man-made and if it were ever placed in the wild it would die instantly.

So what is this magic little cock-looking guy all about? Where did it come from? Who made it? I recently sought to answer these questions and was met with a dizzying world of magic, lies, and unsolved murder. And I was tripping balls the whole time, too.  read more at Vice Magazine

Food art: is this stuff for real?

posted by ebean

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I love this beer

posted by unsinkablemoo

from beerblog.genx40.com

from beerblog.genx40.com

The first beer I really loved was Magic Hat’s #9.  It is light with a delicious apricot taste, although not in a cherry coke kind of way.

Lately I’ve been loving their seasonal beer Roxy Rolles.  It is a hoppy amber beer and perfect at the end of a long day of teaching.

Here is the review on beeradvocate.com

I’m pretty disappointed though because I just finished my 6 pack.  Magic Hat is brewed in Burlington, VT and can be found at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and my local Queens supermarket.