…Despite Growing Belief In Genetic Cause: (Science Daily)
“Here’s some shoes that will (literally) grow on you – the world’s first grass flip flops. Krispy Kreme has created the unique living footwear to help stressed out workers instantly relax by giving people their own mini-park to walk around in wherever they may be.” (Response Source via julia)
“With Sen. McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate, the Huffington Post is re-featuring Chris Kelly’s May 2008 piece on the Alaska Governor” (thanks to walker)
…including what is likely the first analysis of harrumphing.
Inestimable curmudgeon Theordore Dalrymple comments on the recent UNESCO report on childhood:
One of the most compelling arguments against performance enhancing drugs is that they produce an arms race among competitors, who feel compelled to use the drugs even when they would prefer not to, simply to stay competitive. But this argument falls away if the effects of the drug are distributed so unequally. If it’s only the nervous performers who are helped by beta blockers, there’s no reason for anyone other than nervous performers to use them.” — Carl Elliott, University of Minnesota bioethicist (Atlantic)
But why? The answer is simple: It’s a Takashi Miike film. The hardest-working man in showbiz, he’s made close to 80 movies, ranging from the good to the bad to the ugly, and if he’s going to make a Western, then it’s going to pay tribute to the truth that Westerns have never been solely an American undertaking—they’re an international language. With a title that’s one part Japanese (sukiyaki: the everything-in-a-bowl beef dish) and one part Italian (Django: the title character of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti-Western classic), Miike offers up an explosion of influences that mocks the idea of a monoculture that’s immune to foreign influence. Sukiyaki Western Django is a blend of Buddhist philosophy, film noir fatalism, Shakespeare’s Henry VI, and Japan’s very own 12th-century Genpei War. It’s a Wild West pageant of American history seen through Japanese eyes, reducing our entire frontier mythology to an ultraviolent grab for gold.” (Slate)