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July 11, 2020

13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Above, the trailer for the DVD featuring 13 of Warhol's silent film portraits selected from over 300, each made with a stationary 16-millimeter camera.

"In order of appearance: Paul America, Edie Sedgwick, Richard Rheem, Ingrid Superstar, Lou Reed, Jane Holzer, Billy Name, Mary Woronov, Freddy Herko, Ann Buchanan, Susan Bottomly, Nico, Dennis Hopper. The music is an excerpt from the song 'Knives from Bavaria (Spoonful of Fun)' by Dean & Britta."

More on the subject here.

July 11, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Expert: What the pros use to clean windows


Debra Johnson, training manager for the national housecleaning service Merry Maids, told Bob Tedeschi, writing in the New York Times, that her employees often use coffee filters to wash windows.

"You'll go through a lot of them, but they do a great job," she said. "Newspaper leaves ink on your hands; paper towels shed lint on windows."

I've used paper towels (Bounty) + Windex since forever but maybe next time I'll give coffee filters a try.

But wait, there's more:

From swissmiss: "I had no idea but apparently coffee filters are ideal for cleaning screens/televisions. They'll catch the dust and cut static on the screen, all without leaving behind any fibers like paper towels would."


[via Apartment Therapy]

July 11, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Whisky Flavor Map


From Big Think:

This map is a handy guide to Scottish single malt whiskies, plotted on a grid with two sets of variables:

• Horizontally, from light (left) to rich (right)

• Vertically, from delicate (bottom) to smoky (top)

These are the main taste variables in the vast and bewildering universe of uisge beatha.

In Scotland alone, over 133 distilleries produce over 2,000 brands of whisky.

Many of those are blended; aficionados will prefer the single malt whiskies, i.e. whiskies produced by one single distillery, using only one type of malted grain, and aged in oak casks for at least three years.

Even in the strictly defined and regulated category of Scottish single malt whiskies, there are still over 800 varieties, of which only a few are represented here.

Whisky expert Dave Broom developed the aforementioned grid, also known as the Whisky Flavor Map.

The map allows samplers of single-malt whiskeys to explore taste relations between them, and discover new ones to their liking.

The horizontal axis differentiates lighter from richer flavours.

According to Broom, the Glenkinchie 12 (years old), on the lighter end of the spectrum, "had light floral grassy notes."

Clynelish 14, was "more textured, silkier, waxy, and unctuous," so halfway between the Glenkinchie and the Singleton of Dufftown 12, with its "nutty, almondly, dried-fruit flavors."

The position on the vertical axis is determined by the whisky's degree of "peatiness."

Peat can be used to heat the pot stills in which the damp malt is dried, during which time the smoke gets into the barley — more time, more smoke, more smokiness.

A Laphroaig 10, anyone?

If less or no peat is used for the fire, the taste will be delicate rather than smoky, as with a Scapa 14.

[via Michael Castelein and Malts.com]

July 11, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Manila Folder Boeing 777

Created by Luca Iaconi Stewart, who wrote:

This is a 1:60 scale model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER, made entirely from manila folders.

This project traces its beginnings to an architecture class in high school where we learned to use manila file folders to roughly model our building ideas.

The more I worked with paper, the more I fell in love with its versatility.

At some point, I got the idea to make a model of an airplane as a way of challenging myself with an unconventional shape.

Though the project began on a much smaller and simpler scale in mid-2008, it has since evolved through multiple revisions to become a highly detailed, true-to-life representation of a Boeing 777.

I originally drew my plans by hand, but my desire to increase the accuracy and amount of detail led me to start using Adobe Illustrator to design and print increasingly intricate parts directly onto the folder.

My tools of choice (below)


include an Xacto knife, a cutting mat, straight edges, squares, and a toothpick for the precise application of glue.

July 11, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sega Astro City Mini

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From the Verge:

We may soon be reaching Peak Mini Retro Console.

After the excellent Genesis/Mega Drive Mini and the baffling Game Gear Micro, Sega has unveiled an even more improbable product: the Astro City Mini.

For those unfamiliar with the original Astro City, it wasn't a platform per se but a specific sit-down arcade cabinet that operators could buy and install one of a huge variety of game boards inside.

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Sega developed a whole range of "City" cabinets, with 1993's Astro City proving to be by far the most ubiquitous and iconic.

They're still a very common sight in Japanese arcades.

As such, the Astro City Mini comes preloaded with a bunch of Sega arcade games.

There'll be 36 in total, and here are the confirmed titles so far, via Game Watch:

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The Astro City Mini looks like a shrunken-down arcade cabinet, similar to the Neo Geo Mini.

Unlike that system, though, Sega says that the stick uses proper microswitches, so it should be a lot more satisfying to use.

There's an HDMI-out on the back as well as two USB-A ports, a Micro USB port, and a headphone jack.

Unfortunately, there's no word on whether it'll have a built-in battery.


The Astro City Mini is set for a release in Japan around the end of the year, and it'll cost 12,800 yen (about $120.)

July 11, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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