Our Favourite Stupid Diets - Viceland 1/22/09
This is where I talk about how all chicks have eating disorders. Growing up in Marin I certainly was witness to what I like to think of as the freakiest examples of girls doing crazy shit to themselves to look good in Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman-era just-over-the-pubic-bone-jeans. Eating disorders are sad. But with that said, eating disorders are funny. Here are the goofiest diets I’ve...
Nathan Williams (crosspost lead) - 1/21/09
Nathan Williams’ lo-fi project Wavves was inspired by loneliness. Wah wah. We love it anyway. Somehow we get a true kick out of it, despite how it could almost definitely be described as a total Debbie downer. And sounding like it’s been recorded inside a hippo’s belly somehow doesn’t mute its extraordinary dynamism and pure character. We interviewed him in our last...
Bad News Bears - Viceland 12/4/08
At times like these, it is important to remember that we are all members of the global economy. Even — nay — especially polar bears. The BBC has reported that the Berlin zoo’s most adorable baby/most awkward teenage polar bear, Knut, may lose his job due to wide-reaching budgetary constraints being felt across EU institutions. This little guy was a shitstorm of adorable. His...
Darwin The Musical - Viceland 12/2/08
Darwin is the new black. Or something. There was that massive exhibit at the Natural History Museum last month. There was a fictionalized Charles Darwin in that fantastical, fanciful kid’s film that turned out to be a total Debbie-downer, The Fall. And now The Knife are writing a Darwin opera. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Ken Ham, founder and curator of the Creation Museum in...
Self Portraits - Vice Magazine 11/28/09
When I started at Vice they sent me out onto the streets to get people to do their self-portraits on post-its. What a day. I met a Swedish girl who worked at American Apparel, a Liverpudlian outside of American Apparel… Anyway it’s up now on Vice
Erin Kaplan on Asses - Viceland 11/26/08
Last week Salon published a commentary on future First Lady Michelle Obama titled ‘First Lady Got Back’. Contributor Erin Aubry Kaplan makes a series of contentious assertions, from the topical (claiming that Obama’s victory entailed a personal exhoneration of America’s racial history) to the outright bizarre (that right-wing attacks launched against Michelle Obama...
Rob Spence - Viceland, 11/21/08
Canadian film-maker and monoculists Rob Spence is blogging about his experience installing a webcam into his eye socket. His goal is to become the world’s first ‘cyborg documentary filmmaker’, and is working with cybernetics expert Steve Mann to build a prototype. The whole kit and caboodle should be done in four to six months, and — erm — ‘production’ is...
Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe - Viceland 11/21/08
I saw this on the tube today and almost pooped my pants (out of excitement) and then almost re-pooped my pants (in a bid of cognitive dissonance). Scorpion? Batman? One is a ninja-sorcerer from the Nether-realm cursed to forever seek vengeance for the murder of his clan and family. And he has a mauling-spear. The other guy’s super-power is that he’s really, really rich. What next?...
Katja Hentschel - 11/17/08
Katja Hentschel is my new favourite thing. She is German photographer who I interviewed for Vice and among many excellent qualities, she has one of my favourite sensibilities in an artist — the one which inclines them to take pictures of me in a bathroom during a particularly painful comedy set at a company dinner. See her blog at www.katjahentschel.com and of course her fashion stuff at...
Xavier de Rosnay, Viceland Interview - 11/10/08
French film-maker Romain Gavras’ A Cross The Universe documents the odyssey of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay (of Justice) on their three-week American tour between March and April of 2008. I didn’t expect much of a band’s documentary about themselves — at best it could have been modest, and at worst it could have been equal parts glossy and wanky. And frankly I was...
Vice Interview With My Mom - Viceland 10/29/08
Boyd Rice is the man behind NON, a post-punk era avante garde musical movement, starting roughly in the late-seventies. He was a charismatic face of the complex art movements that emerged from punk and skinhead movements. He admits to ‘flirtations with Nazi aesthetics and ideology’ and once tried to give first lady Barbara Bush a skinned sheep’s head. The line that he toed...
Jenny Lewis, Interview for Vice - 10/24/08
Jenny Lewis Has Seen Herself on The Golden Girls Dubbed In Hungarian Jenny Lewis has been in our good graces for a while now. She writes songs that make people feel nice. She wore a micro-dress to Coachella 2005 which made its way into almost every major article written on the festival that year. She even earned her very own place in our Vice Guide To Girls alphabet (“Thank you for giving us...
I Want A Kota - Viceland 10/21/08
I more or less understand what I’m supposed to do here. I know that I should be expounding on how Kota the Triceratops, a £300 40-inch ridable robotic dinosaur just released in the UK, is a perfect storm of consumerism and technological hedonism. It’s a bold-faced insult to everyone alive who has even the most cursory understanding of the economic happenings of the past month or...
Hubble Trouble - Viceland 10/21/08
The Hubble Space telescope is a really really good telescope which was designed to be serviced by astronauts instead of robots. It has seen something like four separate servicing missions since its launch, which is like 900 servicing missions in astronaut time. It’s sort of decaying in space. Two missions within its time-frame suffered explosions, it has cost NASA about $3 billion to date,...