(1)FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE – COSMIC LOVE
Her voice is quite breathtaking isn't it?
Love her. Love the song. Love the video.
"The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart
I tried to find the sound
But then, it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became"
(2) LYKKE LI and BON IVER– DANCE DANCE DANCE
This is why I love music. Just beautiful.
"Having troubles telling
how I feel but I
can dance, dance, dance.
Couldn't possibly tell you
how I mean but I
can dance, dance, dance."
TOP POT – SEATTLE, WA
(2) AUTOMATIC CAKE DECORATOR
"If you are looking for the finest cakes and desserts in the world, Vienna is the place to turn to. So it is no surprise that this Vienna based studio Mischer'traxler (Katherina Mischer and Thomas Traxler) has created an automatic cake decorator as part of their ongoing experimental series entitled, 'Til you stop - how much is enough'. It is not enough to simply have delicious cakes, the presentation is important and needs to be lovely. This wonderful decorator features of a rotating platform, icing gun, a motor-run arm and a silver dragées spout. It is designed to perpetually repeat one production step. It seems that as the cake rotates under the constantly moving frosting arm, a petal-like pattern of icing forms on the face of the cake. Also, tiny silver balls are dispensed on the other side. After this the decorator will keep going to make beautiful lines on the cakes. In the second process, as the cake rotates under the constantly moving frosting arm, a petal-like pattern of icing forms on the face of the cake. You can keep it simple or make an intricate pattern, the choice is yours. The cakes that get a makeover through this will look gorgeous and elegant."
(3) KIWI GUARD
This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen (food wise) in my entire life. Who would eat this? Who would feed this to their children after seeing this photo?
It takes little to no time to make chicken nuggets from scratch at home. Why don’t you do that instead? Come on people. Wise the F up. For real.
(1) CHICKEN NUGGETS ARE MADE OF THIS PINK GOOP
It looks like some sort of innocent strawberry frozen yogurt, doesn't it? But it's not. That horrible pink image above, my friends, is what happens when an entire chicken is smushed through a sieve, according to the folks at Inquisitr.
Why would someone do that? It's because he or she is making chicken nuggets. Read on -- if you dare! -- to learn about what ELSE goes in to those cute little nuggets.
Nugget-making doesn't stop there! Because there's so much bacteria in this smushed chicken mess -- also known as "mechanically separated chicken" -- the pink goo has to be soaked in ammonia. But who would want to eat pink, ammonia-soaked chicken goo? Nugget-makers accurately assume no one, so they add artificial flavoring and coloring.
So, how do you tell if your nuggets contain this disgusting pink stuff? Simply check the ingredient list: The USDA now requires foods with mechanically separated poultry to be labeled as containing "mechanically separated chicken or turkey."
McDonald's McNuggets no longer contain mechanically separated poultry; however, their ingredient list is still nothing to brag about: Water, modified food starch, salt, seasoning, safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary and sodium phosphates. (Surely I can't be the only one slightly taken aback that McNuggets are flavored with rosemary?)
And they are battered and breaded with: Water, flours, modified food starch, OTHER starches, salt, leavening, spices, and whey. And they are prepared in vegetable oil. And dimethylpolysiloxane is added as an antifoaming agent. Whatever that means.
In case you think I'm being mean to McDonald's, consider this -- Perdue Dinosaur Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets contain: boneless chicken breast with rib meat, water, potassium lactate, sodium lactate, salt, sodium phosphates, sodium diacetate, and flavoring.
They are breaded with: flours, yellow corn meal, dextrose, dried whey, salt, sugar, potassium sorbate, spice, soybean oil, calcium propionate, guar gum, flavoring, extractives of paprika, and spice extractive.
Hard to tell if that's any better, isn't it?
But it's also hard to forget the pink goo, no matter how much you like chicken nuggets.
*Editor's note: This story has been modified from the original version to make it clear that nuggets made by McDonald's and Perdue do not contain mechanically separated poultry.
Is this an appetite killer or what?
(2) HONEYBEE KILLER FOUND BY ARMY AND ENTOMOLOGISTS
It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees?
Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.
Now, a unique partnership — of military scientists and entomologists — appears to have achieved a major breakthrough: identifying a new suspect, or two. A fungus tag-teaming with a virus have apparently interacted to cause the problem, according to a paper by Army scientists in Maryland and bee experts in Montana in the online science journal PLoS One.
Exactly how that combination kills bees remains uncertain, the scientists said — a subject for the next round of research. But there are solid clues: both the virus and the fungus proliferate in cool, damp weather, and both do their dirty work in the bee gut, suggesting that insect nutrition is somehow compromised.
Liaisons between the military and academia are nothing new, of course. World War II, perhaps the most profound example, ended in an atomic strike on Japan in 1945 largely on the shoulders of scientist-soldiers in the Manhattan Project. And a group of scientists led by Jerry Bromenshenk of the University of Montana in Missoula has researched bee-related applications for the military in the past — developing, for example, a way to use honeybees in detecting land mines.
But researchers on both sides say that colony collapse may be the first time that the defense machinery of the post-Sept. 11 Homeland Security Department and academia have teamed up to address a problem that both sides say they might never have solved on their own.
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(1) WILLY WONKA HOUSE – TRIBECA, NY
"This six-floor, 15,500-square-foot warehouse built in 1915 in TriBeCa does not match everyone’s idea of a perfect family home. Mixed Greens gallery owner Paige West, her husband and their three sons thought otherwise. They summoned their many-time design magician Ghislaine Viñas to create their most imaginative project yet while Peter Guthrie handled the renovation of the actual structure.
This is the kind of home where you imagine Willy Wonka to live, or some other out-there character who throws crazy dinner parties that are talked about months afterwards. West’s family occupies the top four floors that are capped by a green roof. The lower two levels are taken up by a guest duplex that is not your typical guest house either. It includes, among other surprises, a two-storey climbing wall.
The old frame has been restored in a subdued style leaving a suitable background a lots of room for the wild interiors. Most of the time, one is not quite sure what one is looking at. It is a delightful, colorful and slightly mad mix of styles, colors, art and props, reminding us of a few hotels - including Hotel Fox in Copenhagen - where each room is decorated by a different artist.
A chandelier made of ping-pong balls, a self portrait by chocolate artist Vik Muniz and a pair of sheep sculptures grazing on a fuzzy green carpet are just some of the crazy details in this home, that according to the designer and owners, was also designed to be easy to care for and live in for a family with young kids. One thing is certain; the kids will not describe their home as ordinary or boring. - Tuija Seipell."
(2)STATUS FACTORY BY RON ENGLISH EXHIBITION NYC RECAP
"Seminal art figure Ron English hosted “Status Factory,” over the weekend, his latest exhibition that debuted at the Opera Gallery in New York’s Soho district. Known for his amalgamation of twisted pop figures, the show was comprised of parodied cartoons, brand logos, and visceral surrealism through a selection of different mediums. For those that missed out on the opening, “Status Factory” will remain open through October 29th, 2010."
(3) DRESSES NOW PAINT THEMSELVES
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(1) GROWING SUSTAINABLE MUSSELS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
(2) BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN – SHARK MEAT
(3) HALLOWEEN AT DYLANS CANDY BAR – GINGERBREAD HOUSE
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