This video is crazy.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I had fun interviewing Lisa Looper about the super popular bra holster she created.
At this year’s NRA convention, men were interested, too. “There’ll be a big crowd of men standing around watching us demo,” she recounts. “I think at one point they think there’s going to be a flash, and it never comes. If you take boobs and guns and combine ‘em, there’s some sex appeal, whether you mean there to be or not.”[READ]
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Over at my Forbes blog, I'm working the vice beat. Yesterday, I posted about cricket fighting, and today I'll have a post that's best described as: Is that a gun in your bra or are you just happy to see me?
The vice beat covers a lot of territory -- gambling, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, adult. But it can also include any business sector that a portion of the people view as having a negative impact on our culture. Illegal drugs, for example. Some people consider food a vice these days. I wrote a post awhile back on whether or not Apple is a sin stock.
Got tips on any subjects, people, or stories that you'd like to see explored on SIN INC? Email me.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
One thing that's cool about the internet is that you can watch the arc of someone's career play out in real time.
Take, for example, Clayton Cubitt. A long time ago, he lived in a dreampod. And he took pictures of girls (sometimes in trouble). And he worked with meat. And then he die-d (Antwoord).
Now, he's gone loko.
It's your career. Expanding and contracting. Rising and dipping. The internet where you leave the residue.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
For my Forbes blog, I took a pole dancing class.
In pole dancing class, there is nowhere to hide. At the start of class, I had chosen a pole in the second row. Presciently, most of the other women had chosen poles in the back row.[READ]
Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The awesomely talented Chris Bishop has designed a logo for my Forbes blog, SIN INC. It's a redux of the logo he created for my Reverse Cowgirl blog years ago. It is awesome.
Check out Bishop's original cowgirl logo. His haunting Bad Memory painting hangs in my home office. He's famous for his unicorns humping shirt.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
My pal Bubbles let me interview her for my Forbes blog. What's it like to work with a pole tax? Bubbles explains.
Jezebel, as you pointed out, called Houston’s pole tax “genius,” adding, “Pretty smart to use money from folks who enjoy sexualized women to aid sexually assaulted women.” Are pole taxes feminist — or anti-feminist?
The pole tax is a regressive and optional tax and as such is definitely not progressive, liberal, or in line with a statewide economic policy that would further the interests of most of the working women in the state.[READ]
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Hey! That's me. Back when I had a mohawk. Or maybe it was when I had a fauxhawk.
In any case, please go read photographer Clayton Cubitt's latest phototreatise. It's a fascinating evaluation of how photography has transformed time. Fall into his dark worm hole.
"What if every phone in every pocket had this technology, and you could consent to have your presence 'photographed' from anywhere on Earth at any time, by sharing your own connection with another artist, and vice versa? Imagine Errol Morris' 'Interrotron' in hyper-realistic 3D, from all angles, at all times. What if a future decentralized social networking platform allowed everyone to connect their capture node, for the use of any other artist, or just a chosen circle of friends? We already use Google Street View for location scouting. What if it enabled us to change to any angle and scrub back and forth in time as well, and from any 'open' node near it, side to side, and from drones above, not just from a single Google car that passed by once?[READ]
This is the Constant Moment. This is as close to a time machine as we're likely to get."
Monday, May 13, 2013
Last week I returned from my second trip to China. The first time I went was in December of last year.
In case you are not aware, Asia is insane. Or at least China is. Or at least the parts that I went to are -- Shanghai and Suzhou.
What is the population of Shanghai? Closing in on 24 million. As a point of comparison, the population of New York City is around 8.5 million.
When people find out you went to Asia, they are most of the time impressed. I am not sure why. Invariably, if they haven't been there, they want to know what it's like. I say, "It's like New York City on steroids," but that doesn't really cut it. It is massively busy, a completely different world, hyper-capitalist and deeply old school.
My favorite things are: Pudong, with its wacky skyline; the antiques market with busts of Mao at every turn; the food, especially the crispy duck at 1221; the animals and insects market, where the frogs are rainbow colored and the crickets have a fight club; the marriage market at People's Park; the golden temples populated by saffron-wrapped monks and surrounded by skyscrapers; the sensation of being a stranger in a strange land.
At one point, I was meandering around a park in Suzhou, camera in hand. I thought, There is nothing here to photograph other than trees and bridges. A minute later, I rounded a corner to find a statue of a little boy bent over, his pants pulled down, a sculpted dog sniffing his butt.
That's China for you.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I really loved Kashmir Hill's bitcoin survival story. Hilarious, interesting, smart. Definitely check it out.
Kenna unlocks a barred door next to the T-Mobile store on 20th Street to a bicycle-choked staircase that leads to the second-floor “halfway hacker house.” He tells me he took over the space 14 months earlier and convinced the landlord to let him live in it for 9 months rent-free while he and his childhood friend, Jeff, cleaned the place up.
“We think it was basically a crackhouse,” says Jered. “We were sweeping hypodermic needles off the floors.”[READ]
Thursday, May 9, 2013
From my latest on Forbes, "The Price of Investing in Sin":
In a way, the Asian carp are not unlike sin businesses. Forced to meet extraordinary challenges, both thrive under dire circumstances, surviving despite public dislike, under shifting environments, and circumventing genocide attempts.[READ]