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Ichi-go ichi-e - Wikipedia
a Japanese four-character idiom (yojijukugo) that describes a cultural concept of treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment. The term has been translated as "for this time only," and "once in a lifetime."
japan  culture  tea  language 
10 weeks ago by ignatz
Beijing’s Underground City | Amusing Planet
The mostly hand-dug tunnels and bunkers now sprawl across 85 square kilometers stretching all the way to the distant Western Hills on the city’s edge. It was speculated that Beijing’s entire population at that time—8 million—could disappear underneath and stay there for up to four months waiting for the air above to clear from a nuclear or chemical attack.
architecture  culture  china  via:Stolzenhain 
november 2018 by ignatz
Harry Potter and the Death of the West – Medium
A recent trend in political writing and in the strange mirror world of social media is to draw comparisons between real life figures and characters from JK Rowling books. It’s hard to say how long…
politics  culture  usa  literature  failure  harrypotter 
november 2016 by ignatz
Missing stair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Missing stair is a term used to describe a sexual predator who many people know cannot be trusted, but who, rather than excluding, they work around by trying to quietly warn others. The analogy is to a structural fault in a house, such as a missing stair, that everyone who lives in the house has gotten used to and warns newcomers about, rather than fixing.
culture  work  abuse 
june 2016 by ignatz
Welcome to Monoskop, a wiki for collaborative studies of the arts, media and humanities.
wiki  culture 
april 2016 by ignatz
300,000-Year-Old Caveman 'Campfire' Found | LiveScience
The oldest evidence of continuously used fire for cooking.
history  paleontology  culture 
january 2014 by ignatz
UTA Flight 772 Crash Information and Memorial Construction Photos
relatives of air crash victims built memorial visible from space
aviation  death  terrorism  memorial  art  culture 
november 2013 by ignatz
Scarfolk Council
The town caught in 1979?
wtf  ha  culture  dada 
may 2013 by ignatz
Punk Rock Is Bullshit - - Music - Seattle - Seattle Weekly
aging dilettante discovers pop culture not perfect, flails
culture  society  punk  failure 
march 2013 by ignatz
Sarah Banet-Weiser’s Authentic, reviewed. - Slate Magazine
...which is why there are so many jobs for “social media managers” nowadays and so few jobs doing things that aren’t awful.
culture  books  authenticity  failure 
december 2012 by ignatz
Doom Metal Has a Dirty, Soothing Secret: It's a Lot Like New-Age Music - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic
"Metal's obsession with corpses is like New Age's obsession with dolphins: a turn away from the human."
metal  music  culture  via:acb 
august 2012 by ignatz
Usog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Usog" or balis is a topic in psycho-medicine in Filipino Psychology (but considered just as a Filipino superstition in Western Psychology) where an affliction or psychological disorder is attributed to a greeting by a stranger, or an evil eye hex.
psychology  medicine  psychiatry  culture  yow  philippines  wikipedia 
july 2012 by ignatz
Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant
"They had a great lead, they were years ahead. And they completely blew it. And they completely blew it because of the bureaucracy."
microsoft  bureaucracy  stack-ranking  hr  culture  via:jm 
july 2012 by ignatz
The Museum of Idolatry
a journey into evangelical wtf, mostly damaged popular culture
religion  usa  evangelical  failure  culture 
january 2011 by ignatz
Downtown Duds
photoblog of downtown L.A.'s very original dressers
losangeles  downtownlosangeles  clothes  photoblog  culture 
january 2011 by ignatz
now what you hear is not a test « Periscope Depth
So: rising in social class through the use of labor and capital. Sticking together as a family. And the struggle for black identity in America. If I had to capture the opposite of those three concepts in a single symbol, it’d be a North Carolina hipster playing a trombone on his iPhone.
culture  doh  failure  politics  popculture  race  usa 
august 2009 by ignatz
"a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to structure that was necessary in the original"
art  termsofart  terminology  meta  culture 
june 2009 by ignatz
Sisyphus Office Exhibition, Houston 2009. on the Behance Network
Art done at and about work. I WILL CONTINUE TO MICROWAVE HALIBUT...
art  culture  officelife  exhibition  ha 
june 2009 by ignatz
Cultural Dictionary of Punk
promising, a big historical collection of punk stuff
punk  history  reference  music  culture 
june 2009 by ignatz
Google Street View blurs face of Colonel Sanders at every KFC - Telegraph
"The company says it took the decision because he is 'a real person' - despite him passing away in December 1980 aged 90."
via:regine  ha  kfc  advertising  privacy  google  googlestreetview  geo  culture  mapping 
may 2009 by ignatz
Look at this fucking hipster
photos of jerks, annotated. fish, barrel, blam.
photography  blog  culture  fashion  mockery  hipsters  has 
april 2009 by ignatz
Jesus People
Waiting For Guffman meets The Office meets every Christian music ministry ever.
christianity  churchianity  ha  religion  culture  popculture  usa  movies  film  via:positivejeff 
april 2009 by ignatz
Nick Cohen: Why the Tate's posing curator is so passé | Comment is free | The Observer
Yet even the most tolerant journalist would be hard-pressed to deny that Bourriaud is the type of French intellectual who makes the English wish the Channel was a thousand miles wide.
art  culture  via:regine  criticism  london  tategallery 
march 2009 by ignatz
Girls force-fed for marriage as old traditions take grip in west Africa | World news | The Observer
Campaigners in Mauritania accuse the new military regime of turning a blind eye to a cult of obesity among young girls being groomed for suitors
sex  culture  via:regine  gender  bodyimage  beauty  mauritania 
march 2009 by ignatz
Notional Slurry » Personal brand: red hot, with a smell of burnt flesh
Branding is not for people. Branding is for cattle. Branding is for slaves. Do you imagine it’s a coincidence that branding is for property?
failure  culture  via:britta  marketing  business  newspeak 
february 2009 by ignatz
Principles of the American Cargo Cult
list of bad thinking, some of it particularly American
curmudegon  usa  failure  cognition  culture  society  trainwreck  grumpy 
february 2009 by ignatz
Orwell: Politics and the English Language
Read this at least quarterly to remind yourself of what you're exposed to every day.
politics  culture  writing  orwell  language  english 
january 2009 by ignatz
Donkeylicious: Nigerian Weregoats And Malaysian Weretigers
men who accidently get caught in tiger traps are often regarded with great suspicion, because of concern that they may be weretigers.
religion  culture  law  magic 
january 2009 by ignatz
Clay Shirky on how TV sitcoms are analogous to gin
Television isn't gin, nerds shouldn't be allowed to use analogies without supervision, and people who did a thing with a computer once are not universal experts. SHUT UP.
internet  pundit  failure  television  tv  alcohol  gin  history  analogies  hardware  culture  no  shutup  solarlander 
may 2008 by ignatz
webs of influence :: hyperexperience
timelines/evolutionary diagrams of various art, culture, tech phenomena
art  history  culture  maps  timelines  webofinfluence 
march 2008 by ignatz
Who wears the pants? - Opinion
"Modesty is essential to feminine virtue, and the lack thereof implies a state of whorification... The androgynous masculinization of the modern woman...has led to the slow whorification of ladyhood."
via:ethan_t_hein  wtf  politics  gender  no  usa  culture 
january 2008 by ignatz
The Bad Baby Names Blog
blog that tracks unfortunate names
blog  ha  names  culture  badnames  mockery 
november 2007 by ignatz
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