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João Mota
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Wise words from Nick Cave: "Inspiration is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything. I go into my office every day that I'm in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelevant." Inspiration is nice, but if you only work when it strikes, you're going to be an unhappy artist. This is especially true if you want to earn a living at it; you don't hear about surgeons getting "surgeon's block" or garbage men getting "garbage...
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The Swedish news show Uppdrag Granskning has posted an hour-long investigative journalism piece establishing the link between the giant Swedish telcoms company Teliasonera and oppressive regimes around the world. Teliasonera sold and supported network equipment that was used to spy on dissidents, journalists, political reformers, union leaders, and the general public in Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. Here's E...
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Cheguei a casa e alguém me vendou os olhos. - Que vem a ser isto? – perguntei. A última vez que me haviam vendado os olhos tinha sido para me surpreender com uma festa de anos. Havia palhaços, malabaristas, bolo de chocolate com morangos e muito refrigerante. Perguntei quem tinha tido a excelente ideia de pôr morangos no bolo, estragando-o. Houve silêncio, e um daqueles maricas que surgem agora e que gostam de gastronomia explicou-me que era norm...
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Paper Passion, a scent from Geza Schoen for Wallpaper* magazine, makes its wearers smell like freshly printed books. I suppose it can be alternated with "In the Library," a perfume that smells like old books. Paper Passion fragrance by Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper* magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld and Steidl. “The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world.” Karl Lagerfeld. It comes packaged with ins...
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Workers at a Paris McDonald's assault scientist and try to steal his bionic eye, which snaps photos of the assailants. http://t.co/pav7vdcG -- Erik Malinowski (@erikmal)
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Michael Geist sez, Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject ACTA, striking a major blow to the hopes of supporters who envisioned a landmark agreement that would set a new standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. The European Commission, which negotiates trade deals such as ACTA on behalf of the European Union, has vowed to revive the badly damaged agreement. Its most high-profile move has been to ask the E...
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very interesting
Geoff Manaugh at BLDGBLOG has been exploring the bizarre world of Swiss self-destructing infrastructure, documented in La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee's "rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society." It turns out that the Swiss Army specifies that bridges, hillsides, and tunnels need to be designed so that they can be remotely destroyed in the event of societal collapse, pan-European war, or invasion. Meanwhile,...
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Três alunos na aula. Entra o professor. Professor: Bom dia a todos. Aluno 1: Eia, lá vem este. Aluno 2: Por que é que ele diz sempre “bom dia” quando na verdade são duas da tarde? Professor: Hoje vamos estudar os Russos. Aluno 1: Porque é parvo, é o que é. Aluno 2: E porque usa peruca. Aluno 1: Tem falta de cabelo? Aluno 2: Ia, não sabias? Aluno 3: Esperem lá, vamos estudar o quê? Aluno 1: Os Bárbaros. Aluno 2: Não é nada, é os Romanos. Aluno 3: ...
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