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Modern society seems to have transformed human nature into a pathology. Our emotions are controlled by drugs. We are forced to operate within a narrow bandwith of what are considered ‘acceptable’ levels of emotion. We cannot go too far outside of this range, lest we be labeled an ‘other’, as a person out of control. If we are too sad, we are depressed, and must be medicated. If we are too distracted, we have ADHD, and must be medicated. Human nature is being capitilized on by the drug companies. There is a pill for every mood, every emotion, every state. Our emotions are being pathologized for profit, our identities handed to us in small, jewel-colored pills.
“Take water, regain yourself.” This is a mediated identity, that we are being charged for. So, what are the pros/cons emotions? What are the extremes? And how are emotions transformed into an easily digestible capsules designed to dilute and tamper these extremes?
The sun always shines
on TV in China.
“At this summer’s Beijing Olympics, China puts a 50-year experiment to the test: Officials are betting weather modification can keep the sun shining on the Games. Despite shaky science, the government is confident (not for the first time) that man can beat nature. Whatever their chances, there’s plenty at stake—because all that development and urban renewal won’t look so good beneath a curtain of smog.”
Always wanted to take that parachute jump from the airplane, but never dared to? Why not try an indoor sky dive? Less interesting view, but more floating time. You can jump in here, here, or here. I admit jumping in a vertical wind tunnel feels less natural than an outdoor skydiving, but… wait.. did I say ‘natural’ there? Clearly there is nothing natural in jumping from an airplane, so how can outdoor skydiving feel more natural than indoor skydiving?
We usually don’t realize that sports like skydiving, snowboarding, golf, tennis and football in fact aren’t ‘natural’ activities. They don’t play badminton in old nature. Sport = hyperreality; a substitute for the numbed physicality in our everyday lives. Now then, if sport is already hyperreal, how should we call the indoor ski slopes, beaches and skydiving tunnels that merely fake the hyperreal activity sport already is? Hyper-hyper-reality?
This Japanese Juice box is camouflaged from modern box designs and tries to convince consumers with its appealing ‘natural’ look. A schoolbook example of biomimicmarketing; marketing a product using images of old nature.
Did you know there are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones? Plastic flamingos are widely considered to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch – the American’s answer to garden dwarfs. Designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone while working for Union Products, the pink flamingo has gone from a piece of Florida exotica to a symbol of trash culture. Featherstone sculpted his 3-D flamingos from clay, working from photos of the birds in National Geographic.
The species stopped replicating, when manufacturer Union Products went out of business on November 1, 2006. However Faster-Form Corporations now purchased the copyright and plastic molds of Featherstone’s original plastic flamingos and will be resuming production in order to save the plastic flamingos from extinction.
See also: It came out of the sea.
At first I thought this first pregnant man was a hoax, but after I saw it on Oprah I realized it must be ‘real’. Well, the pregnant man is actually a former woman who had a sex change but kept
her his reproductive organs. Welcome in the 21th century! I am telling you: the surrealists were telling the truth all along.
PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world’s scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of fake meat at competitive prices will receive a check for $1 million. The figure was determined by calculating the number of chickens killed every hour in the U.S. (about 1 million).
My questions are: can vegetarians eat this fake meat? Could one prove that lab-grown burgers don’t have feelings? And which meat will be faked first?
Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made. Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University student Amit Kagian, for his master’s thesis in computer science, created software that can spot female beauty. Next a 3D cutter that automates the plastic surgery procedure accordingly?
More bionic experiments can be found here.
Nobody in recent history was (and is) made by media like Britney Spears. This one is for you, B.
This is Petra. In 2006 she fell in love with a peddle boat designed to look like a swan and has never left its side. In winter, when swans should be flying southwards, the peddle boat remains in the Muenster park (Germany) and so does Petra. Fortunately local zoo chiefs took Petra under their wings and gave her shelter in the Muenster zoo. For the second year now, Petra is reunited with her lover.
A giant, smiling Lego man has been fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model.
“We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water,” said a stall worker. “It was a life-sized Lego toy.” A woman nearby added: “I saw the Lego toy floating towards the beach from the direction of England.”
The toy was later placed in front of the drinks stall. The mysterious Lego man has a slogan on his shirt reading: “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE”.
Chantal Sebire suffers from an extremely rare form of cancer (foto: AFP)
Since a few centuries some we tend to consider nature as something to preserve. Hence the international campaigns for saving the rainforest, panda’s, the ozone layer and the korenwolf (a dutch animal living in the polder).
But who decides what part of nature should be preserved? Nobody seems to be interested in actively saving or preserving mosquitoes, tornado’s, crop-devouring locusts or in this case: tumors. Chantal Sébire, the lady on this picture, is fighting to get legal euthanasia in france. Tumors are a natural thing. We consider them a ‘flaw’ of nature, but a few hundred years ago, we might have considered them a punishment of God. Nature changes along with us.
That shiny sparkling stone you got from your lover… is that a diamond? Lab manufactured diamonds are getting exceedingly good. They have the same color, clarity, cut and carat as minded diamonds and —since they are created in a laboratory— you can be sure they are ‘conflict free‘. The one in the picture (below) is from Israel (speaking of conflict free zones) and can be bought here. Of course, if you really want something exclusive for your lover, you should forget about diamonds altogether and get some biojewellery.
Our peculiar object of the week is the ‘Kokon Chair’ created by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey, who wrapped existing chairs with tight, elastic synthetic fiber resulting in a highly imaginative hybrid. Futuristic nostalgics? Sure. The conceptually interesting thing here, is that instead of using raw material, existing products are recycled as a design material for a new product. Furthermore Kokon furniture subverts the idea of an ideal form by suggesting infinite variations of the archetype; Form follows Form.
This landscape is titled ‘I can not help the way I feel’ and was created by John Isaacs. The way in which the flesh grows, erupts and engulfs the body can be seen as a metaphor of the way in which we become incapacitated by the emotional landscape in which we live and over which we have little control.