“The Max Headroom hack remains the gold standard: its content was bizarre, its motives were mysterious, and its perpetrator was never caught.”-Katie Serena, “The Story Of The Max Headroom Incident, America’s Creepiest Unsolved TV Hack.” allthatsinteresting.com. October 18, 2017
“In this creative series, Claire Saffitz attempts to recreate our favorite junk and comfort foods, such as gushers and twinkies, in the BA Test kitchen. Chef Saffitz will begin taking the necessary steps to turn your childhood snacks into culinary masterpieces.”—Gourmet Makes via Bon Appétit
When we think of the good ol’ days, lets also remember they also included smallpox, polio, yellow fever, typhoid, rubella, rabies, hib, tetanus, mumps, hepatitis A/B, varicella, tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis, anemia from hookworm, and a high instance of dental caries.
Prior to 1795, it was a given that half of all sailors on a voyage during the Age of Sail would die of scurvy. With international trade and industrialized agriculture, famine has moved out of living memory of the people in most economically developed countries.
And as these problems move out of living memory, we forget what life was like before they were solved. Iodine in salt is just one example among many.
“What do you think of a show where we interview celebrities while making them eat violently hot chicken wings?”—Bijan Stephen, “In The Hot Seat.” The Verge. October 31, 2019.
The important thing to remember is that this basement isn’t packed with treasure. It’s packed with junk. You have to spend the time to sort through the junk to find the treasure. There is no shortcut. There is no algorithm. There is only time, attention, noticing — digging…I like to try to apply this spirit of crate-digging to everyday life. The only way to find the good stuff, the special stuff, the genuine moments and the true inspiration, is to first engage with the everyday, the mundane, the seemingly useless, the things nobody else seems to care about. So engage. There is no shortcut; there is no algorithm. If all you do is track what’s trending, then all you’ll ever know is exactly what everyone else already knew. To discover, you have to dig.”—Rob Walker, “Crate-Dig Reality.” The Art of Noticing. No. 29. September 29, 2019.
This could serve as a mission statement for cafebedouin.org.
“A re-evaluation of acid house, a musical phenomenon that, as this film shows, did not spring out of nowhere, but owed its emergence to the social and political landscape of 1980s Britain.