'Empire' Installation by Artist Rone

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Art should be something of a haunting. A memory imprinted forever inside of you. Artist Rone seems to have created the perfect artistic installation in a rather unexpected place: A sprawling 1930’s abandoned and decrepit Australian mansion.

The artist describes the ruined gallery as “part exhibit, part installation, part VR and AR experience”. Empire combines art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent to take audiences on a hauntingly immersive multi-sensory journey through a faded icon. Full details here.

Ventipop Artist Archive

 

15 Spankin' New Songs I Love This Week

Here’s a playlist of my favorite newly released songs this week featuring Jay Som, Chromatics, Amy Rigby, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Rudy Willingham, Cat Clyde, Alex Lahey, Lily & Madeleine, James Bay, Julia Michaels, Amanda Palmer, Marissa Nadler, SWMRS, Otherkin, Kim Taylor and The Wild Reeds.


Favorite New Songs Last Week

Favorite New Songs February 9, 2019

Favorite New Songs February 2, 2019

Favorite New Songs January 26, 2019

Favorite 100 Songs 2018

Favorite 100 Songs 2017


Feel :: Thanks Lieutenant Dan

Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, has dedicated his life to giving back to veterans and their families.

A recent thank-you video from celebrities and veterans brought the actor to tears.

Sinise has spent the last four decades supporting active duty service men and women, veterans, first responders, their families and caregivers, and those in need.

His foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, raises $30 million a year for veterans.

Crazy In the Name of Love?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of love? I thought my secret trip to Italy as a Christmas gift followed up by a surprise proposal atop a hill overlooking Florence was pretty crazy high up the love-o-meter until I read this:

Fell in love with my gondolier, 10 years my senior, while on my birthday gondola ride in Venice on my 33rd birthday, while sitting beside my Spouse of 9 years. Got divorced within 4 weeks of getting ‘home’ and I packed up and went back to Venice with only his email address, a photo and his promise to meet me at the airport. Which he did. We only managed to disentangle after 9 intense years of crazy love, lots of air miles and the tears which became too many.
— Anchorette

Read more nutso things people of done in the name of love (or lust) right here.


Music :: "Voicemail for Jill" by Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer has a new album out March 8 titled “There Will Be No Intermission”. She just released the 2nd pre-release for the record “Voicemail for Jill”. Here’s what she has to say about the new song:

i have been trying for decades to write a song about abortion that actually does justice to the experience. it took this long....but i did it. i’m more proud of this song than almost anything i’ve ever penned. but...if the response on social media just in the past few hours means anything...i think the world is more ready than usual to hear these kinds of stories.

it’s not an easy listen. i suggest listening in a quiet place.
— Amanda Palmer talking about "Voicemail for Jill"

23 Most Interesting Things On The Internet This Week :: Ventipop #236

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If you’re not ready to find exceptional things, you won’t discover them. — Avi Loeb
— Avi Loeb

In this week’s edition, learn all about The Sex Button, Smart Beds, Deadheading, Drinkable Chips, Magnet Fishing, The Period Game, My New Theme Song and the Best New Songs Out This Week


Culture Vulture

  • TV - Want more free tv options? Fast Company put together this list of 20 free streaming services.

  • Sex - There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a device called LoveSync. It’s a $57 button that silently lets your partner know you want sex. The Sex Button.

  • Science - “For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not.” Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

  • Personal Theme Song Discovered:


Getting people to put the word ‘orgasm’ on a billboard in New York City was nearly impossible. We got turned down by tons and tons and tons of out-of-home vendors.
— Tara Lynch of creative agency Vitro, talking about a campaign for Astroglide personal lubricant

Snaps & Buckles & Things

  • Don’t Deadhead. - All the bad things about Uber & Lyft in one simple list.

  • Only in Florida - A couple was “magnet fishing” in the Ocklawaha River near Ocala, Fla. — using a magnet to try to locate “precious metal.” After their venture, they put their finds into a five-gallon bucket, put the bucket in the trunk, drove to a nearby Taco Bell ...and only then called police to report that their haul included a World War II-era hand grenade. The restaurant was evacuated while the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded. Bomb techs “determined that the firing pin mechanism on the grenade did not appear to be functional,” but they removed the grenade for destruction at another location. The Taco Bell was closed for over an hour while the grenade was dealt with.  Taco Bell…always explosive.

  • PopQuiz, Hotshot! - What do morticians do with all the blood they take out of dead bodies?

  • Go With The Flow -The Period Game is a new board game about menstruation.

  • Serving two addictions - A Drinkable Potato Chip so you can have the other hand free to use your phone.

  • Space Invaders - Making marriage counselors everywhere nervous; Ford has created a smart bed that rolls selfish sleepers back into place:


Life is like a box of timelines. You feel me?
— Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) invokes Forrest Gump in Netflix Russian Doll

22 New Songs We Love This Week

Spankin’ new songs we love this week include tracks by Dale Watson, Ashe, Over The Rhine, The Regrettes, Nick Waterhouse, Rosie Flores, The Cactus Blossoms, Hayes Carll, Ider, Caroline Spence, Anna Tivel, Yann Tiersenn & More


Recommendations

  • Book - Stephen King had this to say about Don Winslow’s The Force: “Think THE GODFATHER, only with cops. It's that good.” Even though I have no idea who I’m rooting for as I read it, I’m enjoying the ride. And damn, can Don Winslow write.

  • Movie #1 - A Norwegian disaster movie makes the list of recommendations this week. The tension in this movie is relentless and sustained from beginning to end. Had my kids screaming, “RUN!” at the top of their lungs. It’s overdubbed in English on Netflix; wish they would have just left it with subtitles. It’s a thoroughly fun, heart-pounding movie that moves briskly by at a mere 105 minutes.

  • Movie #2 - Well, actually only the trailer is out for this one, but I have incredibly high hopes for this because it’s from the writer of Love Actually and my favorite movie of all-time About Time. This one is called Yesterday:

 
 
The Force: A Novel
By Don Winslow
 

It’s A Small World After All…

  • London - Cecil Court, the real life Diagon Alley for book lovers.

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  • New Zealand - In America, you get a fake plastic peach in your Happy Meal or some other worthless piece of crap. In New Zealand, kids are getting Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach or other Dahl classic at McDonald’s.


Laugh or Cry, Man...Laugh or Cry


Encore :: Closing this one out with a joke…

Robert and Peter, are sitting at their favorite bar, drinking beer. Robert turns to Peter and says,"You know, I'm tired of going through life without an education.Tomorrow I think I'll go the community college, and sign up for some classes." Peter agrees that it's a good idea, and the two leave.

The next day, Robert goes down to the college and meets the Dean of Admissions, who signs him up for the four basic classes:Math, English, history, and Logic.

"Logic?" Robert says. "What's that?The dean says, "I'll show you. Do you own a lawn mower?" "Yeah." "Then logically speaking, because you own a lawn mower, I think that you would have a yard." "That's true, I do have a yard." "I'm not done," the dean says. "Because you have a yard, I think logically that you would have a house." "Yes, I do have a house" "And because you have a house, I think that you might logically have a family." "I have a family." "I'm not done yet. Because you have a family, then logically you must have a wife." "Yes, I do have a wife." "And because you have a wife, then logic tells me you must be a heterosexual."

"I am a heterosexual. That's amazing, you were able to find out all of that because I have a lawn mower."

Excited to take the class now, Robert shakes the Dean's hand and leaves to go meet Peter at the bar.He tells Peter about his classes, how he is signed up for Math, English History, and Logic. "Logic?" Peter says, "What's that?"

Robert says, "I'll show you. Do you have a lawn mower?"

"No."

"Then you're gay."


Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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By Design, 27 Best Things on the Internet This Week :: Ventipop #235


IN THIS DESIGN-CENTRIC GRIND POST, SEE RYAN REYNOLDS AND HUGH JACKMAN STRIKE A “TRUCE”, READ HOW THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS USE MUSIC TO GAIN YET ANOTHER ADVANTAGE OVER THE COMPETITION, DISCOVER A BOOK THAT SHOULDN’T BE A BESTSELLER…BUT IS AND BE INSPIRED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST CREATIVE & TALENTED DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS.

AND PLEASE REMAIN STANDING UNTIL YOU’RE SURE THE HOUSELIGHTS AREN’T COMING ON..ENCORES ARE SO CHEESY…BUT STAY TIL THE END ANYWAY FOR OUR FAVORITE NEW SONGS OF THE WEEK.


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Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.
— Frank Chimero

Joy To The World

Truce?

Micromosaics :: How Was It Made?


Culture Vulture

  • Journalism - If you only read one thing all week, it should be Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ astonishing tell-all blog post in which he details the National Enquirer’s attempt to extort him by threatening to publish his intimate photos (including a "below the belt selfie.") The Amazon CEO went public with slimy emails he says he received from the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc. No thank you, Mr. Pecker

  • Streaming - Why isn't PBS available in live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue? Turns out, it’s pretty complicated. But there are answers and alternative methods to watch all your favorite PBS shows. Here’s the why and the how.

  • Technology - Technology has made it easier and more convenient than ever to purchase groceries online. We buy everything online, so why not food?

  • Technology Deux - Listening to news articles? Audm makes that possible. Also curio. I had no idea this existed.

  • Sports - Besides collecting many of the best players, the Golden State Warriors also credit music as a key advantage when it comes to their basketball success.

“You’ve got to have young guys. Otherwise, guys like me are going to play Hall & Oates or something.”
— Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr
 


The Joy of Marriage In A Single Pert Conversation

I did laundry. Folded some clothes. A few of my wife’s things remained piled on the bed for a few days before this exchange occurred:

Me: How many days in a row can you go without putting those clothes away?

Wife: I like them there. Easy to find if I need them. (Giggles)

Me: it’s answers like that…accumulating over a 20 year marriage…that eventually escalate into a 911 call.


Modern Day “Bragging”?

I find stuff pretty good on there.
— My Older Brother referencing his awesome skills at finding things to watch on Netflix

Artistry & Design

  • Materialistic - its 2019 and we’re still discovering new materials. How graphene is about to change the face of fashion and metallic wood is as strong as titanium but five times lighter.

  • Here are a few kitchen and bath trends sweeping 2019.

  • MY MOM IS SO GETTING THIS. Korean company Pet Ping has invented a cat treadmill with built-in LED lights, designed for kitty cardio.

  • See all ventipop featured artists here.

  • Chuck Hoberman's eponymous sphere is one of the best-loved toys of the last quarter century. But it's only one example of his incredible work in transformable design. From adaptive nanotech to flexible building materials, Hoberman has created surprising and inventive designs at every scale:

  • Chuck Hoberman has nothing on five minute crafts youtube channel. How to easily hang a picture with a fork:


Masterpiece: The Making of Migrant Mother

At the end of a long day in March 1936, Dorothea Lange stopped in a migrant workers camp in California for just 10 minutes and took six photos of a woman and her children. The final photo, known as Migrant Mother, became one of the most iconic photographs of the Great Depression. Read more on Kottke.org


Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Pet Shop Boys, Flora Cash, Fiona Apple, Henry Jamison, Better Oblivion Community Center, Paris Youth Foundation, Garbage & More…


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Ventipop #234 :: Right On Cue, Sugru & Douchecanoes

If You’re Not Seeing Anything Interesting, You’re Walking Too Fast.

HERE ARE THE MOST INTERESTING, HUMOROUS AND INSPIRING THINGS I FOUND ON THE NET THIS WEEK. IF YOU ENJOY, IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF YOU WOULD HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT VENTIPOP AND SHARE WITH A FRIEND.


Joy To The World


Culture Vulture

  • Technology - Alexa is spying on you. Here’s how to stop your electronic devices from recording you.

  • TV - Stephen King’s The Stand is being adapted as a limited-series event. That’s the good news. The bad news? I have my doubts as to whether or not CBS All-Access is the network to do it justice.

  • Books - Speaking of The Master of Horror, Stephen King announced his new novel and offered a sneak preview of The Institute on EW. The Institute drops September 10, 2019.

  • Streaming - Here's a rundown of what's coming to Netflix in February.

  • Music Tip - Maybe everyone already knows this, but you can ask Siri on your phone to identify music playing in the background. No need to load an app; similar function is built in to Android, too. Also awesome, if you go into the iPhone’s iTunes Store app, tap Menu upper left, then tap Siri, you get a list of all your queries so if you want to buy the music, there it is.

  • Podcasts - The best podcast search engine that actually works: Listen Notes

  • Fake Reviews - Sad. We live in a world where even reviews are fake. Fortunately, there’s Fakespot, a search tool that determines the trustworthiness of reviews using artificial intelligence

  • Science - Cool Vox video detailing how your body is a result of evolution:


It’s A Small World After All


Dad Joke of the Week

It turns out that Mr. Spock has 3 ears: the left ear, the right ear, and the final front ear.


Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.


Closeness Lines Over Time

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Snaps & Buckles & Things

Years ago, I was working in a dive shop when this little old lady with a British accent came into the store and asked if I could direct her to the craft store located in the same shopping center. I told her where it was and after a brief back and forth, she thanked me and in her thickest Hogwart’s sounding accent said this very line: “Well, I’m off for some snaps & buckles & things”. I’ve been quoting it ever since.



Strangest Reader Submission of the Week :: Thanks Reader Doug Chaziel for submitting The Rectal Toolkit.

Yep. You read that correctly.


We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
— Goethe

Recommendations

This Spotify Ad:

 
 

Kraft WritersBlok Keyboard Notebook

Love the simplicity of this grid paper notebook which fits perfectly in front of the keyboard from Kikkerland.

Swiss Miss

Readers ask me all the time where I find content. Whelp, if you like most of the quotes I post on Venti, you’ll love Tina Roth Eisenberg’s site Swiss-Miss. It’s a constant source of inspiration I’ve linked to many times over the years. Please, check it out if you’re seeking more sites like Ventipop.


Mental Yoga :: A Couple Enjoyable Longer Reads

 
 

Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Craig Finn, Billie Eilish, Iron & Wine, Lucy Dacus, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, The Faint & More


When you say goodbye, please whisper it.
Better still, say nothing and just tip toe quietly out of my life.
— Michael Faudet, "Goodbye"

Ventipop #234

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Ventipop #233 :: Kinky Karma, Nordic Noir & The Prison Inside Me

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
— Sagan

HERE ARE THE MOST INTERESTING, HUMOROUS AND INSPIRING THINGS I FOUND ON THE NET THIS WEEK. IF YOU ENJOY, IT WOULD BE AWESOME IF YOU WOULD HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT VENTIPOP AND SHARE WITH A FRIEND.


Joy To The World


SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO VENTIPOP THIS WEEK:

BRYAN JAMISON, LAYDON MCGUIRE, EDNA SIGORSKY, ANTNY HARRISON & LISA MCCADE

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.

Ventipop only survives via the kindness of strangers. Any support is genuinely appreciated.


It’s A Small World After All

  • South Korea - For the past five years, a mock prison facility in Hongcheon, South Korea, has been locking up paying “inmates” for brief stays in simple cells where mobile devices are prohibited, talking with other participants is not allowed, and no clocks can be found. Welcome to The Prison Inside Me

  • Ancient Rome - "Evidence from an archaeological dig has found," wrote Telegraph science correspondent Richard Alleyne in 2012, "that legionnaires wore socks with sandals" — ancient Roman legionnaires, that is. "Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal found in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire appears to contain fibres which could suggest that a sock-type garment was being worn."

  • Japan - In Japan, the swastika still appears on maps and buildings, in its original unflipped form, as a way of designating a variety of positive meanings including good luck, prosperity, and eternity. For Westerners, the swastika induces feelings of disgust and remorse; the tacit acknowledgement that we must not let evil consume us again. Japan is the host country for the 2020 Olympics. Should Japan modify how it culturally displays swastikas before taking the world stage? The debate is on.


If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
— Abraham Lincoln
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Snaps & Buckles & Things

Years ago, I was working in a dive shop when this little old lady with a British accent came into the store and asked if I could direct her to the craft store located in the same shopping center. I told her where it was and after a brief back and forth, she thanked me and in her thickest Hogwart’s sounding accent said this very line: “Well, I’m off for some snaps & buckles & things”. I’ve been quoting it ever since. Sometimes it’s ok if you’re the only one that gets the joke. After all, if you can’t make the audience in your head laugh, it’s gonna be a long, lonely life. Now, “snaps & buckles & things” are the links to the small stories that also make me laugh.

 
 

Strangest Reader Submission of the Week :: Thanks Reader Tony Clayton for submitting The Cleverlys performing “Gangham Style”.

I will sing nothing else all week.



I don’t really go out at all.
— Jack Kerouac

Culture Vulture

Dry
By Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
The Bomb Maker
By Thomas Perry

Recommendations

True Crime TV :: 3 Excellent docs To Watch

1) The Staircase :: Streaming on Netflix - Accident or murder? Author Michael Peterson claims to find his wife’s bloody body at the bottom of the staircase inside their home. The police arrive and immediately become suspicious. The events of this documentary take place between the years of 2001 and 2018. I couldn’t decide the entire time watching this doc whether or not the accused, Michael Peterson, was someone I should feel sorry for or someone I should be scared to death of.

2) Making A Murderer, Season 2 :: Streaming On Netflix - Like everyone else who watched the first season of Making A Murderer, I was pissed off on behalf of the accused. I thought the defense team did a pretty decent job on behalf of Steven Avery, but he was convicted despite their efforts due to a corrupt justice system in the state of Wisconsin. However, after watching an even more infuriating season two of the series, Avery’s new attorney, Kathleen Zellner makes it clear just how incompetent Avery’d defense team were and presents a very logical alternative explanation to the crime and those involved in the ongoing coverup.

3) The Jinx :: Streaming on HBO - This is one of the craziest docs you will ever watch. The story delves into the strange history of real estate heir Robert Durst, long suspected in the still-unsolved 1982 disappearance of his wife as well as the subsequent murders of family friend Susan Berman and neighbor Morris Black. It features an extended, revealing interview with Durst himself. He’s hard not to watch. The final moments of this doc are guaranteed to leave you sitting there with your mouth agape.


Some Long Reads


Encore :: New Songs We Love This Week featuring new songs by Over The Rhine, Jenny Lewis, Florence + The Machine, Lady Lamb, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst & More


Ventipop #233

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