Respite

Pull up a barstool, listen in on some conversation, see things unexpected and bizarre.
dariuswhiteplume:

aanniimmee:

- From “Kodomo Keisatsu (Police Children),” directed by Yuichi Fukuda (2012)

YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

dariuswhiteplume:

aanniimmee:

- From “Kodomo Keisatsu (Police Children),” directed by Yuichi Fukuda (2012)

YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

mikerugnetta:

slavin:

"Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

"Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.

[…]

"The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal," a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. "I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me."

Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.

"I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all," the salesperson said. "If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you."

This is, in a very real sense, why we can’t have nice things.

Absurdly reactive environmental / political statement versus ability to continue living on this planet? SEEMS LIKE A NO BRAINER TO ME I’LL TAKE THE TRUCK THAT SPEWS AIR-GARBAGE PLZ

(Source: youtube.com, via teratocybernetics)

erikkwakkel:

Funny medieval doodles

With their wild hair and frantic gaze, these doodled men look like fools. They are waving as if to seek contact with the reader. The thing is, the reader is busy singing and listening to a sermon. That is because these 800-year-old images are found in a Missal, a book used during Holy Mass. What a shock it must have been for the serious user of the book, to flip the page and suddenly find yourself face to face with these funny creatures. And what a great contrast: a serious book with silly drawings.

Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 95 (Missal, 12th century). More about the manuscript here.