#Neuroscience of #Chicago #Cubs Fans – YouTube

C2ST Artist in Residence Aaron Freeman pretends to interview Stanford University Neurobiology professor Robert Sapolsky on the difference between the brains of Chicago Cubs fans and those of lesser beings.  According to Sapolsky part of the difference may have  to do with higher sustained levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Advertisements

The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture | Messy Nessy Chic

ethio

Remember when you tried to get creative and bejewel your jean shorts or decorate your new tennis shoes with a Sharpie pen? Well this is not that. In the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia, the Surma and Mursi people don’t have glue guns, sewing machines, sequins or Sharpies to accessorise with. Inspired by the tools and textiles provided by nature alone, these ancient African tribes manage to create their own unique fashion that could easily rival and certainly influence the avant garde looks of Haute Couture Fashion Weeks around the world.

Source: The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture | Messy Nessy Chic

Iraqi Women Are Getting Angry-Looking Eyebrows Tattooed on Their Faces | VICE | United States

Iraqi Women Are Getting Angry-Looking Eyebrows Tattooed on Their Faces | VICE | United States

The women in Iraq look angry. In fairness, they have good reason to be—the Islamic State has taken over a third of their country, bombings have become causal occurrences, and the economy is riddled with corruption. Life, overall, is pretty shitty for many Iraqis. But this isn’t why the women look so vexed.

It’s not even the fiery temperament that Iraqi women are renowned for; it’s their eyebrows. They all have the same eyebrows, tattooed on in two severe straight lines, as is currently in fashion. Cosmetic procedures are on the rise in Iraq—beauty clinics have sprung up in the major cities, and treatments like Botox and fillers are proving to be more popular than massages or facials—but it’s these eyebrows that are particularly striking.

Many in the UK will be familiar with the “Scouse brow”—bold, dark arches achieved with stencils and pencils. The Iraqi versions are similar, but a bit straighter and a lot more permanent.

Iraqi Women Are Getting Angry-Looking Eyebrows Tattooed on Their Faces | VICE | United States.

Everywoman – The Veil

Surprise, surprise there are as many reasons women cover themselves as there are women.  Some are criminals in hiding, some want to please their boyfriends, some think it will help them find the right kind of husband, some want to avoid being constantly hit on, some are religious, some just like being covered but my impression from this short doc is for the most part women put on the hijab and/or niqab and/or jilbab because the are born into or somehow become part of a community wherein modesty is the norm. 

Sir-Jo – Sneaker Artist!

Maybe I need to get out more but this is the first Afro-Dutch accent I’ve ever heard.

I work monthly with the Second City’s REACH company.  It is pert of the theater’s long-standing commitment to developing diverse talent.  What I am getting from working with modern talent of color is that the limits for what audiences will accept as “black” are broader than ever.  Audiences do not expect ALL black comics to swear or tell tales of ‘da hood’ and sometimes groan at obvious, old “cp time” or basketball jokes.

The world is so  much odder and more interesting these days!