One of the truly indispensable works of nonfiction released in 2015, Jamie Bartlett’s The Dark Net charts the rise of the anonymous Internet — the “dark net” — and its many appendages. Bolstered by rising cryptographic technologies, a fair amount of intellectual hubris, and no shortage of libertarian pride, the trolls and programmers who “built” the dark net (or labored in its underbelly) can aggravate the sensibility of even the sanest person. Nevertheless, the story of how it all came to be is fascinating. Here, drawn from Bartlett’s book, are eight facts you may not have known about the rise of the dark… Read More
“Juxtaposition” is the word of the day. Take New Jersey and New York. Neighbors? Sure. But if you look closely, says Jon Stewart, they are really “two states, united in one spirit…and that spirit is corruption.” Wait, that’s antithetical to “juxtaposition.” Let’s try a better example: Take the United States and the the United Arab Emirates. A couple was caught having sex on a beach in each country. One couple was just sentenced to three months in jail, although the charges carry a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison “under the strict Muslim laws that govern [the country].” But in the other country — the good old U.S. — the man is facing 15 years, the woman’s fate is in the air, and both will have to register as sex offenders.
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They were brought to Japan on ships during the mid-sixth century to protect sacred Buddhist scriptures during transport, but quickly became a central element of Japanese life, appearing in art and folklore throughout the ages. Cats populate the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867). Japan Society Gallery will be presenting a selection of these historic prints, which include the longest-lasting image of a cat in Japanese literature and more. “Much that is fundamental to the Japanese character can be gleaned from these historic popular prints that feature cats in everyday life and lore,” notes Miwako Tezuka, director of the gallery. Half of the works will be on view through April 26, while the rest will be exhibited from April 29 to June 7. Bewhiskered kabuki actors, exotic predators, anthropomorphized felines, and other cats await you in our preview of Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection.
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It’s no secret that cats and dogs dominate the Internet (though cats would take issue with that statement). Throughout the year, adorable photos and heartwarming stories about feline fuzzballs and canine companions distracted us from the daily grind. They became celebrities. With the end of the year in sight, we felt it was only proper to give the most popular pussycats and pups their due. Here are some of the greatest cats and dogs that ruled our hearts in 2014. There is an endless supply of adorbs in the animal department, so be sure to mention any personal favorites, below.
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Today’s been a strange day for news. Rudy Giuliani is serving as co-counsel on a suit filed by Manuel Noriega – former dictator of Panama (who’s currently in prison for, you know, murder). His suit asserts that his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops is a “blatant misuse” of his image, and, according to PC Gamer, he’s offended by his portrayal “as an antagonist and… as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes.” I definitely recommend watching the video (viewable at PC Gamer) in which Giuliani haughtily defends the “good American company” that made Call of Duty.
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If you live to see groundbreaking indie film experiments transformed into cat memes, well, here is one of the… Read More
Esteemed American poet T. S. Eliot had a deep love of cats, evidenced in his 1939 collection of humorous poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The whimsical work was originally composed to amuse his godchildren and friends, but earned the admiration of feline fanciers the world over (and inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats). And Eliot isn’t the only poet with a fondness for four-legged furballs. We’ve collected ten other poems for pussycats — tributes to their mystique and reflections on their place in our (lesser) human… Read More
Grimes x cats: the internet is going to implode.
Yesterday, Grimes’ Claire Boucher posted a new (old) song on… Read More
Few quotidian occurrences are quite as delightful as spotting a pet that, true to the cliché, really does resemble its owner. Sebastian Magnani cheats more than a little bit to achieve this effect, but with delightful results. A few years ago, in Underdogs, he used Photoshop to place canines in their owners’ clothing. Now he’s back with UnderCats (spotted via My Modern Met), a painstakingly crafted series that does the same thing with humans and their feline friends. If you’re dying to see a cat in bleach-blond dreadlocks — and really, who isn’t? — then this is surely the photo project for you.
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