Idea Channel is a new online PBS show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art. Although the show might pepper itself with a few too many meme image macros, it asks a lot of great questions about pop culture and how we think about it. Also, If you are a fan of discussion about what is/isn’t art, there are quite a few videos focused on this topic specifically (instagram, nail art, Microsoft Kinect, Super Mario, Hello Kitty). If you were a fan of the late-show Infomania, this might fill the pop-culture-void left in your heart.
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The show is hosted and written by Mike Rugnetta (“with a small group of people that help him widdle it down” he says) and new videos are posted every Wednesday. If you want to check out more, visit their youtube channel or follow them on twitter.
In the last few months I’ve done more research on dogs than I would care to admit. Although I don’t plan on getting a dog for a few years, I’ve started to look up information on different breeds to curb any future impulse decisions. One dog that was initially on my list was the French bulldog. After looking past their adorableness, I’ve reconsidered.
Surprisingly, the French bulldog is actually English. During the British industrial revolution breeders mixed together a doggy cocktail of a dwarf English bulldog, a pug, and a terrier. The resulting dog was both adorable and bizarrely proportioned. Don’t plan on taking your french bulldog surfing; they are so top heavy that they are unable to swim. Because their heavy fronts are coupled with narrow hips, male french bull dogs are unable to actually mount females. Instead, all French bulldogs are artificial inseminated. And when it comes time for birthing, puppies have to be delivered via c-section because they have such large heads.
The expense and complications involved make me question if the French Bulldog is a breed that should exist. I don’t want to use the term “unnatural” but it’s hard to get past that this breed exists only because of human creation and propagation. It’s almost more of a luxury item than a pet. One positive aspect of the complex breeding process? You won’t see many French bulldogs at puppy mills. If you do decide that you absolutely need a French bulldog, consider adopting from a rescue.
The FX series star and former SNL writer is teaming with Spike Feresten (Seinfeld) on the show, which just received a pilot order from the network. The untitled project is an ensemble comedy about “young people trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.”
Manufacturers have found a new way to appeal to eco-friendly consumers: Brown it. The Wall Street Journal lays out the trend: Dunkin’ Donuts, Cinnabon, and Target are swapping their white napkins for brown ones. Seventh Generation dyes its translucent diapers brown. Cascade has introduced a new, fiber-heavy beige toilet paper it’s dubbed “Moka.”