01. Cracking the code of prison tattoos: an archive of human flesh in Poland (Above)
“In FOTO8, a photo gallery and essay by Katarzyna Mirczak about the tattoo collection at the Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland: 60 tattooed chunks of human flesh preserved in formaldehyde, all collected from prisoners at a nearby state penitentiary and from dead people on whom autopsies were performed.” (BoingBoing).
02. How Much Jazz Is Too Much Jazz?
“The other night, I used my iTunes album tabulator to figure out how many jazz albums I had ripped to my hard drive over the years. The answer was an astonishing 276, many of which I’ve never given more than a cursory listen to. I was a bit surprised by the number. I knew I had accumulated a significant amount of jazz over the years (being forced to fill over two-to-three hours of jazz radio programming a week for five years will do that) but I had at least figured on having given most of it an ample listen. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. At least 100+ albums were probably ripped, enjoyed briefly while filling airtime, and then either forgotten or subsumed by other aural desires. Worse still, this figure doesn’t include all the jazz I own on vinyl — another 40-60 albums easy.” (Bop and Beyond).
03. Day Five Las Vegas summer league roundup
“At summer league, athleticism is the most commonly cited variable to distinguish NBA-caliber players from the rest of the talent. DeMar DeRozan’s athletic gifts established him as a Top 10 pick in 2009, despite an underwhelming one-and-done season at USC. DeRozan displayed his explosiveness and agility for much of the 2009-10 season at varying levels of refinement, finishing his rookie campaign with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 12.58. He showed strength (finishing near the rim) and weakness (playmaking) in the precise areas where you’d expect an athlete to succeed and fail.” (ESPN). [ed. note – basketball doesn’t end with “Decision 2010″).
04. Bread Baking: Chicago-Style Hot Dog Buns
“When I moved away from Chicago, I thought that the lack of poppy seed hot dog buns in my new hometown was something I could remedy by looking harder when shopping. It took awhile for me to figure out that poppy seed buns aren’t popular outside Chicago. Everywhere I asked about them, I got quizzical looks, but no buns.” (Serious Eats).