Having watched season 1 of True Detective while ignoring its attendant internet chatter, catching up is proving wildly entertaining.
There were so many complex theories about large conspiracies and supernatural elements, but I think I like this piece best, so far. (spoilers with the click through, of course)
To wax philosophical about the show, briefly (and I hope this is vague enough to not be considered a spoiler…):
I was surprised but not upset by the finale. Even the disappointment, the feeling that we were all so close to figuring out something big, and then we’re forced to withdraw from that edge for the sake of a clean story line - that there is so much more out there that we can’t quite grasp, and maybe trying too hard to do so would only push us into madness with no hope of a happy ending… I don’t know. I like that a lot. It is fitting.
In grad school:
UCLA’s Steve Cole from The Social Life of Genes.
Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.
That sounds like a lot of pressure.(via jesswanderlust)
Epigenetics in a nutshell
It’s forcing me to learn things I wouldn’t ever have investigated otherwise. Things that I am usually pretty good at being 100% ignorant of, like what Michele Bachmann and Lindsay Lohan are up to.
Three covers for the viral campaign I shot for Catapult.org
Even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.
Catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” The Cover Stories campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward.
The magazines display the grisly names Child Bride, Good Slavekeeping and Thirteen — wordplays on the popular magazines Brides, Good Housekeeping and Seventeen, respectively.
Headlines such as "The Wedding You’ll Never Forget But Wish You Could" and "Who Needs a Childhood Anyway?" float next to the young models. The cover of Good Slavekeeping pretends to cater to the human rights violators themselves, adding another dark layer to the already serious campaign.
Pittsburgh, PA-based graphic designer and writer Don Moyer likes to draw things that make him laugh. That’s why he’s been hard at work on a fantastic series of drawings based on traditional blue willow china plate patterns. The designs look authentic except for one extraordinary difference: the otherwise tranquil design on each plate includes some sort of unexpected calamity. It could be an alien invasion or natural disaster. It could be a sea monster or a swarm of bats. It could even be a giant zombie poodle, flying monkeys or robots. There are simply so many ways that disaster might strike.
Moyer calls this awesome ongoing series Calamityware. Two of his designs (the flying monkeys and the giant robot) have been produced as actual porcelain plates thanks to successfully funded Kickstarter projects.
Check out Don Moyer’s Calamityware Flickr set to view more of his designs.
[via Lost at E Minor]
Pennsylvania Dutch nightmares.