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An attempt at simplifying human relationships by friends after eating bowls of cabbage soup.
Information is Beautiful has a graphic showing just how much more successful Wikipedia’s “personal appeal” banner ad has been over more traditional banners with mere slogans: a lot more. The banner with Jimmy Wales’s grizzly face earned Wikipedia $47,433 per day—fifteen times as much as the next most successful banner, “Admit it- without Wikipedia, you never could have finished that report.”
Wikipedia performed dozens of tests comparing the donations generated by various slogans in different countries and languages, even going so far as to test between familiar and polite forms of personal pronouns (Dutch: jou vs. u). You may find the raw data from Wikipedia’s banner tests useful for your own campaigns.
Some neighborhoods of Oakland California have an apocalyptic demeanor – emptiness, decay, squalor – but instead of zombies they have street dancers. Turfing is an improvised storytelling dance executed with stupefying precision by some of Oakland’s impassioned youth. One group of friends who dance together, Turf Feinz, has gotten the world’s attention thanks to cheap HD video cameras and the visual wrecking crew named YAK Films, who’s work with youth in urban America is the best kind of heroic.
This video, “RIP Rich D,” is performed by Turf Feinz members No Noize (red jacket), Man (black jacket), BJ (striped shirt), and Dreal (white shirt) as an elegy for Dreal’s brother who died in a car accident at this intersection the day before. It is the second of three “RIP” films produced by YAK about youth killed in the neighborhood – one a victim of a gun shot, one a police shooting, one wreckless driving – stories of the premature demise of urban youth told through the intense physical processing of dance.
To bring focus to KMZ’s new blog and its wayward authors, I’ve suggested we assemble a list of other blogs we hold in high esteem as examples to follow here. I’ve listed mine below, in no conscious order. Each has a unified voice despite being generalized and diverse but not scattered. They’re inspiring to me and my KMZ.
- Never Yet Melted, an assortment of smart oddities and amazements.
- Seth Godin’s relentless flood of reality checks.
- Collision Detection is a collection of offbeat research and musings by science/culture writer Clive Thompson
- The Resist Network showcase of art beyond the gallery walls includes artworks of social justice and activism.
- Sociological Images are a collection of compelling visuals that span the breadth of sociological inquiry.
- Ironic Sans is the mental playground of photographer David Friedman.
- we make money not art is a blog that focuses on the intersection between art, science and social issues.
- F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) is an anarchist art collective “dedicated to enriching the public domain one mutha-fuckin LOL at a time.”
- Ok, so The Yes Men are who I want to be reincarnated as. Their public theatrics are huge. <3!
- Improv Everywhere are masters of large-scale antics.
- Art of the Prank is a healthy dose of pranks, hoaxes, culture jamming and reality hacking.
- Speculative fiction at Brain Harvest
- Strange bits of science at David Disalvo’s Brainspin
- Breakfast in Europe is just delightful in its simplicity and charm of content.
- Though such technical writing may not be appropriate for KMZ Eric Johnson’s Primate Diaries gets on this list because of its anarchist tendencies. He’s thumbed his nose at the establishment (ScienceBlogs.com) and taken his blog in exile.
What are your virtual intellectual lustings?
WASHINGTON—A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had “entirely fabricated” ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.
The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge “Greek” documents and artifacts.
“Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns—everything.”
Even the smallest ones – the preschool children are all into social networking – they have made some handicraft stuff devoted to their favorite Russian facebook-type social network accounts. BTW “Vkontakte” is the biggest social network throughout Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia – it numbers nearly 81,5 million accounts.
Here is a selection of old anatomical illustrations that provide a unique perspective on the evolution of medical knowledge in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Pregnancy illustrations, circa 1860
These pregnancy illustrations are from a copy of Ishinhō, the oldest existing medical book in Japan. Originally written by Yasuyori Tanba in 982 A.D., the 30-volume work describes a variety of diseases and their treatment. Much of the knowledge presented in the book originated from China. The illustrations shown here are from a copy of the book that dates to about 1860.
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Anatomical illustrations, late 17th century [+]
These illustrations are from a late 17th-century document based on the work of Majima Seigan, a 14th-century monk-turned-doctor. According to legend, Seigan had a powerful dream one night that the Buddha would bless him with knowledge to heal eye diseases. The following morning, next to a Buddha statue at the temple, Seigan found a mysterious book packed with medical information. The book allegedly enabled Seigan to become a great eye doctor, and his work contributed greatly to the development of ophthalmology in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Trepanning instruments, circa 1790 [+]
These illustrations are from a book on European medicine introduced to Japan via the Dutch trading post at Nagasaki. Pictured here are various trepanning tools used to bore holes in the skull as a form of medical treatment.
Trepanning instruments, circa 1790 [+]
The book was written by Kōgyū Yoshio, a top official interpreter of Dutch who became a noted medical practitioner and made significant contributions to the development of Western medicine in Japan.