recentpopularlog in

glitter

« earlier   
What Is Glitter?
aluminum metalized polyethylene terephthalate

"Researchers and zookeepers sometimes mix glitter with animal feed to track animals (polar bears; elephants; domestic cats) via sparkly feces."
CaityWeaver  glitter  NYT  light  mica  NewJersey  Glitterex  plastic  mylar  aluminum  color  F.B.I.  forensics  plywood  microplastics  NOAA 
11 days ago by cosmic
What Is Glitter?
A manipulation of humans’ inherent desire for fresh water. An intangible light effect made physical. Mostly plastic, and often from New Jersey. Disposable by design but, it turns out, not literally disposable. A way to make long winter nights slightly brighter, despite the offshore presence of Germans. An object in which the inside of a potato chip bag meets the aurora borealis.
glitter  manufacturing  NewJersey  article  nytimes 
6 weeks ago by NightOwlCity
Caity Weaver, "What Is Glitter?" The New York Times
"What is glitter? The simplest answer is one that will leave you slightly unsatisfied, but at least with your confidence in comprehending basic physical properties intact. Glitter is made from glitter. Big glitter begets smaller glitter; smaller glitter gets everywhere, all glitter is impossible to remove; now never ask this question again.

Ah, but if you, like an impertinent child seeking a logistical timetable of Santa Claus’ nocturnal intercontinental journey, demand a more detailed definition — a word of warning: The path to enlightenment is littered with trade secrets, vapors, aluminum ingots, C.I.A. levels of obfuscation, the invisible regions of the visible spectrum, a unit of measurement expressed as “10-6 m” and also New Jersey."
CaityWeaver  NYT  glitter  DeepDives  manufacturing 
6 weeks ago by briansholis
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
For people who love glitter, there is wonderful news: all the modern plastic glitter that has ever been created is still right here with us. According to Dr. Victoria Miller, a materials science and engineering professor at North Carolina State University, the plastic film from which most glitter is made takes about 1,000 years to completely biodegrade on Earth.
environment  glitter  material 
7 weeks ago by osfa
What Is Glitter?
I skipped this last week, which was a mistake. Great article!
glitter  manufacturing  tootme 
7 weeks ago by nelson
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
When I asked Ms. Dyer if she could tell me which industry served as Glitterex’s biggest market, her answer was instant: “No, I absolutely know that I can’t.” I was taken aback. “But you know what it is?” “Oh, God, yes,” she said, and laughed. “And you would never guess it. Let’s just leave it at that.” I asked if she could tell me why she couldn’t tell me. “Because they don’t want anyone to know that it’s glitter.” “If I looked at it, I wouldn’t know it was glitter?” “No, not really.” “Would I be able to see the glitter?” “Oh, you’d be able to see something. But it’s — yeah, I can’t.” I asked if she would tell me off the record. She would not. I asked if she would tell me off the record after this piece was published. She would not. I told her I couldn’t die without knowing. She guided me to the automotive grade pigments. Now I’m worried I’ll die without knowing which industry uses the most glitter.
ifttt  tumblr  glitter  how  it's  made  behind  the  scenes  tobereviewed 
8 weeks ago by creature
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
He also did not want me to visit his glitter factory. The jovial Mr. Shetty told me over the phone that people have no idea of the scientific knowledge required to produce glitter, that Glitterex’s glitter-making technology is some of the most advanced in the world, that people don’t believe how complicated it is, that he would not allow me to see glitter being made, that he would not allow me to hear glitter being made, that I could not even be in the same wing of the building as the room in which glitter was being made under any circumstance, that even Glitterex’s clients are not permitted to see their glitter being made, that he would not reveal the identities of Glitterex’s clients (which include some of the largest multinational corporations in the world; eventually, one did consent to be named: thank you, Revlon, Inc.), and that, fine, I was welcome to come down to Glitterex headquarters to learn more about what I could not learn about in person.
glitter 
8 weeks ago by noah
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
What is glitter? The simplest answer is one that will leave you slightly unsatisfied, but at least with your confidence in comprehending basic physical properties intact. Glitter is made from glitter. Big glitter begets smaller glitter; smaller glitter gets everywhere, all glitter is impossible to remove; now never ask this question again.
glitter  nyt  caityweaver  shiny 
8 weeks ago by laurenipsum

Copy this bookmark:





to read