Obama And The Shirt

November 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 1 Comment
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The Senator & The Life Aquatic

A chlorinated Obama? Do explain…Readers of this blog will recognize the subject map above: a set of concerns that occupy territory outside the traditional realms of art history, but which are fundamentally engaged with visual-cultural material with a base in cartooning and illustration, including the professional cultures of same.
United States Masters Swimming [USMS] sanctions all sorts of competitions all over the country, which are organized at the local and regional level. The Illinois Masters Swimming Association [ILMSA] is getting all sorts of grief about the shirts which they prescribed for the event. ILMSA sanctioned the event but did not approve the shirt, which has been taken as a political statement of endorsement of Senator Obama’s candidacy for President. The apolitical nature of sport is taken very seriously by some, and I agree, although I tend to think that this was more a cultural statement more than a political one. :
The shirt trades on the famous print image of Obama by Shephard Fairey.

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Squeeze Me

November 2, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Here’s a fun video directed by Andre Maat & Superelectric for the band Kraak & Smaak that features a clever use of animated flipbooks.
clipped from drawn.ca

What The Election Implies

November 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
The Exterior of the Oval Office, as viewed fro...

Has America’s racial divide

narrowed?

The exterior of the Oval Office as
viewed from the south lawn.–>

Watch Obama on television, and he will often be framed by flags and furnishings reminiscent of the Oval Office. During his overseas trip this summer, Obama enjoyed warm banter with the likes of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the two men standing at twin lecterns beneath a crystal chandelier.

Americans have watched Obama act presidential, and he has worked to make them comfortable with the idea of a black man — and a relative newcomer to the national scene — as the nation’s leader.

If voters give him the job, it will cap years of progress in race relations. Prejudice and inequality remain, but a growing black middle class has put more white Americans in contact with blacks, particularly in the workplace. In turn, racial attitudes have softened.

Still, Americans have never seen an African American cast so forcefully as a potential president. By standing as an equal in debates with McCain, by presenting TV ads that show white people listening intently to his words, has Obama created a more colorblind nation?

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A New Superfood: Yak’s Milk

November 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Location within China

Waking up to a new “superfood”

With state investment, a Chinese company aims for the high-end domestic and international markets with Tibetan yak milk, a drink richer (and costlier) than a cow’s. Tania Branigan reports.

A pioneering Chinese company is to market pasteurised Tibetan yak milk in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, in the hope that it will become a new “superfood” in the world’s most populous country.

At 24 yuan (US$3.50) for a small, 250-millilitre carton, Feifan — meaning “uncommonly good” — costs several times as much as cow’s milk. “It’s very natural, green, pure and high-quality. That’s our big selling point — we aim at the high-end market,” said Ding Pengcheng of the Treasure of the Plateau Yak Milk Company.

Over the next three years, the company is to spend millions to crack the domestic and international markets, with the help of Chinese state investment. Yaks produce fewer than 300 litres of milk a year, while cows yield 35 times as much. The company pays Tibetan farmers 16 yuan or more per litre, eight times the price of standard milk.

The Chinese Nutrition Society, a health ministry-backed research institute, says the amino acidscalcium and vitamin A in yak milk are considerably higher than in cow’s milk. Its appeal depends as much on the mystique of its origins as its nutritional qualities. Feifan is undergoing extra safety checks because of China’s recent milk contamination scandal. Yet, in the long run, such concerns could boost the desire for products that combine modern hygiene with unsullied, back-to-the-land imagery.

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A Reptlian Living Fossil

November 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Living fossil found on New Zealand mainland

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years, officials said Friday.

An adult tuatara lizard is seen basking on a tree stump at the Karori Sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand.

An adult tuatara lizard is seen basking on a tree stump at the Karori Sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand.

Four leathery, white eggs from an indigenous tuatara were found by staff at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital, Wellington, during routine maintenance work Friday, conservation manager Rouen Epson said.

“The nest was uncovered by accident and is the first concrete proof we have that our tuatara are breeding,” Epson said. “It suggests that there may be other nests in the sanctuary we don’t know of.”

Tuatara, dragon-like reptiles that grow to up to 32 inches (80 centimeters), are the last descendants of a species that walked the earth with the dinosaurs 225 million years ago, zoologists say.

They have unique characteristics, such as two rows of top teeth closing over one row at the bottom. They also have a pronounced parietal eye, a light-sensitive pineal gland on the top of the skull. This white patch of skin — called its “third eye” — slowly disappears as they mature.

A species native to New Zealand, tuatara were nearly extinct on the country’s three main islands by the late 1700s due to the introduction of predators such as rats. They still live in the wild on 32 small offshore islands cleared of predators.

A population of 70 tuatara was established at the Karori Sanctuary in 2005. Another 130 were released in the sanctuary in 2007.

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Palin Preyed On By Pranksters

November 2, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Caricature of Nicolas Sarkozy about his words ...

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Sarah Palin falls prey to Canadian pranksters

U.S. vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin fell prey to a Canadian prankster on Saturday when he called her impersonating French President Nicolas Sarkozy and got her to accept an invitation to hunt baby seals.

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Wake Up Call

November 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Hayden Panettiere
Wake Up Call
Official Music Video
Hollywood Records
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