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The Obama administration might be arguing that it's LGBTs around the world that are the victims of institutional homophobia, but the Vatican isn't going to sit back quietly while earth's bigots get thrown under the bus. The Holy See's Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday that "people are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex. People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex. When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature . . . they are stigmatised, and worse — they are vilified, and prosecuted. These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances." Tomasi was the same guy who, in 2009, told the same Human Rights Council it should ease up on the Catholic sexual molestation scandal, because hey, Protestants and Jews were equally at fault of raping kids, and that babysitters and neighbors are more likely to violate children than your neighborhood priest.
16 yummy In-N-Out burgers for lunch!
Jeff Greenspan and Hunter Fine have been installing "Hipster Traps" around New York City which include sunglasses, a yellow bicycle chain, a Holga camera, a can of PBR and a pack of American Spirits as bait. Jeff is the same artist who came up with the idea for last Summer's Improv Everywhere prank "The Tourist Lane". Next up: Bridge & Tunnel Traps.
Self-described "mathemusician" Vi Hart released a video on Pi Day arguing that "Pi Is Wrong" (shock, outrage!) Not that the mathematical constant (3.141592653…) is incorrect, mind you, but that a number equal to twice pi makes much more sense as a constant for use in equations and so on. It would be called tau.
Hart is just one voice in a mathematical uprising to replace ancient, venerable pi with revolutionary, enlightened tau (they even have a Tau Manifesto and competing Tau Day.) Hopefully this war of mathematical constants will play out on the Internet and not in raging gun battles in math departments around the world. In the meanwhile, my money is on pi and the legions of trigonometry teachers ready to take up arms in its defense.
via The Mary Sue
Our friend Jon Alloway has just launched the website and posted the trailer for Into the Zone: The Story of The Cacophony Society, his upcoming feature length documentary about the subversive prankster group The Cacophony Society. Laughing Squid is one of the co-presenters of the film along with Dreamland Pictures and Weird TV.
"Into the Zone" is a film by Jon Alloway. This hilarious and exciting Dada-documentary follows their evolution from the San Francisco Suicide Club – 1977, the exploits of SF Cacophony, their nexus creating the Burning Man Festival, to the irreverent Los Angeles Cacophony and beyond. This is the history of the a significant American underground cultural movement.
'The Cacophony Society is, 'a randomly gathered network of free spirits engaged in the pursuit of experiences beyond the mainstream.' The credo is 'You May Already be a Member!' It's a non-religious, non-political, non-commercial disorganization of dada klowns rewiring the neuro-circuits of humanity. It's heart is deeply routed in kitsch, weird and nihilism. It's subversion by way of absurdist pranks and fire!
photos by Andrew Myers
Take a close look at the "Bias of Thoughts" bookshelf by Australian architecture firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke and you'll see it doesn't quite make sense. The illusion is created through very clever design, as demonstrated in their short video about the bookshelf.
via The Daily What
photos via Clarke Hopkins Clarke
Shortly after being put on exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, this Caribbean Octopus vulgaris took up residence inside a glass bottle, on full view for adoring fans. Just as quickly, it moved back under a rock and started denning, and laying eggs. While eggs being laid in captivity is generally an exciting event, this particular species, like many but not all octopus, stops eating after it lays eggs and dies soon after they hatch which tends to put a damper on the joyous occasion. The biologist responsible for their care, Richard Ross, caught the hatching of the eggs from start to finish on film, and describes it as a waterfall flowing upwards toward the water's surface. Now, Ross faces the difficult task of trying to support thousands of tiny hatchlings. This species is "small egged" meaning it produces large numbers of very small planktonic 'paralarvae' which are notoriously difficult to feed and raise. The adult female and hatchlings will be on display for as long as possible in the Staff Picks area of Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences.
More pictures below the foldLots and lots and lots of baby octopuses