1. Title of Magazine Issue #1 Released

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    It exists!

    The first print issue of Title of Magazine is printed and will be haphazardly distributed in the next two weeks. Expect a redesign of this website as well in the coming weeks, shifting away from our blog origins to more of a support site and distribution hub for the more tangible incarnations of TITLE.

    WANT A COPY? Email us. TitleofMagazine -a-t- GMail  If you live in the NYC area, we can probably arrange some sort of hand-to-hand or improvised cache delivery method. If you’re elsewhere, I might ask for a buck via post or PayPal or something to cover shipping. If you see it around town, it should be available for free.

    WANT IT DIGITAL? Here’s a crappy PDF version. More suitable versions (PDF, MOBI, etc) coming soon, along with a HTML version for easy browsing.

    WANT TO PRINT IT YOURSELF? Awesome. Give me a minute and I’ll have it up with instructions on printing it out properly. Here’s the InDesign file if you’ve got CS6: TITLE1.indd Feel free to redistribute (non-commercially) as you see fit.

    GODDAMN IT, JUST GIVE ME THE BOARD GAME! Here you go. Awkwardly resized to US Letter for easy printing/barroom disposability.


  2. Follow Up: More Toynbee Tiles / House of Hades Stuff

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    Flickr user rtype17 passes along a House of Hades tile he found in LA’s Pershing Square

    Our post on the history of the Toynbee Tiles and their various homages (House of Hades, that little mummy guy you see in crosswalks everywhere) still gets a good amount of traffic and comment activity so I thought I’d follow up with a few more notes on the subject:

    + Netflix is streaming Resurrect Dead, the excellent documentary on the search for who is behind the Toynbee Tiles. (Filmmaker’s page)

    + There’s a Google Map showing the location of Toynbee Tiles around Philadelphia, ground zero for the Toynbee Phenomenon

    + The perennially badass Becky Stern over at Makesine brings an excellent how-to video on making your own Toynbee-style linoleum tiles. From back in 2009 (yeah, I totally slept on that one)

    + Oh and in your wanderings, ignore links to toynbee.net. It’s dead an gone, now linking to a site that has something to do with toys, not tiles.

     


  3. *Crash*Boom*Tinkle*Click*

    Like when you wander past one of those closed up shops where there’s nothing but dead flies and sun-faded holiday decorations in the window but yet the mail gets collected, there’s sometimes lights on and you know, just know that someone’s maintaining some minimum presence at this shop… and then when you don’t expect it at all a wild-eyed derelict bursts through the door shaking unidentifiable PRODUCT under your nose insisting you won’t find a better price anywhere.

    Like that. Just like that. Yes, I’m aware we haven’t posted anything since July. We’ve been busy watching the colossal wave of mediocrity swelling to a peak… looming over everything we hold dear… and just starting to break.



  4. Lost Civilization, Vortex to Parallel Universe, Mirage, or Poor Journalism?

    This video is making the rounds as a reported lost civilization, vortex to a parallel universe or just a mirage. According to the report from Britain’s ITN, a lush skyline appears on the horizon over the Xin’an River where no buildings exist in Huangshan. The tin foil hat crowd is reporting it as all kinds of things such as “Project Blue Beam” or a parallel universe appearing in our universe.

    Fox News has picked up this story as well as Huffington Post and The Western Australian.

    Project Blue Beam is the alleged NASA backed project to create a ‘New World Order’ through projecting perfect holograms of artificial spiritual messiahs. Because NASA has a dwindling budget between budget cuts, landing autonomous robots on other planets and trying to maintain a manned space program I doubt this allows them funds to do batshit crazy stuff like that.

    While it would be fun that David Deutsch and Archibald Wheeler‘s ideas of the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. Broken down crudely their theories state that its possible for every quantum event, another universe exists where that quantum event happens differently. A waveform collapses to a different state. Possible? Perhaps. Seeing a ghost city as a result? Not very probable.

    I’ll have to defer to homeboy Carl Sagan in that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

    Then there is the mirage theory. While ITN claims this is the case, they leave out the big reason of “why?” Is there a city nearby with buildings like this? Has this happened before? Who took the video? Are there more videos? No real answers. Landing this case squarely in the case of poor journalism.

    Fortunately, YouTube user rulesofethics has answered those questions in the video below. He even gives the Google Earth coordinates:


  5. Gnome stalking residents of Argentina

    Northern Argentina residents of Suncho Corral are reporting a series of gnome attacks, according to a translation to an article on Rosario3 done by UFO blog Inexplicata.

    Inexplicata’s translation says:

    Local residents state that the small creature appears in dark places and pummels people. Police has issued a statement asking people not to walk alone in the dark.

    Those who follow the wide world of weird may recall that this isn’t the first time Travelocity’s mascot has stalked Argentina: in 2008, according toThe Sun, a gnome was spotted and video recorded (see below). A group of lads returning from a fishing trip shrieked in horror at seeing a little guy in a pointed hat shuffled across the road. This 2008 incident happened in General Guemes just 500km/311mi from the garden statue staple’s most recent spotting.




  6. A Futuristic Buddy Cop Staring Whoopi Goldberg and a Dinosaur. WTF?

    Someone get a man in as there’s something wrong with time and space. Somehow this thing– this movie– came over from some awful bizarro world alternate universe where Gilbert Godfried is President and KFC sells Wolly Mammoth thigh. That can be the only logical explanation.

    Yes, someone in 1995 really thought a movie set in the the future where Whoopi Goldberg teams up with a dinosaur named Theodore Rex was a good idea.

    Theodore Rex Trailer

    Theodore Rex, Best of the Worst


  7. Assholes dominate, scumbags explode, shitheads level off and douchebags steadily rise

    Google release a tool called Ngram Viewer several months ago to evaluate trends of words much in the same way Google Trends displays keyword searching trends.

    This tool could be used to evaluate changes in the public lexicon, political views, or the ebb and flow of the public zeitgeist. Let’s use it to track something more juvenile:  Specifically  the words asshole, dickhead, shithead, and douchebag. Click below to expand.

    Assholes, Dickheads, Shitheads, Douchebags

    Assholes Dominate

    Wow, assholes reign supreme. By far there are more assholes than dickheads, shitheads, and douchebags combined.

     

    Dickheads, Shitheads, Douchebags

    Removing the vast swathes of assholes, we see there are more dickheads now than ever before. Scumbags have soared exponentially above the rest with a boom starting in the 1970′s. Douchebags relatively multiplied in the 1990′s with several bumps in the 1910′s and late 1930′s because of medicinal douchebags rather than the popped collar kind. The number of shitheads leveled off in the 1990′s compared to a meteoric rise of shitheads through the 1980′s.

     

    Douchebags

    The number of douchebags surprises me. Given the perceived growth of stupidly groomed facial hair, people who watch DVDs of Entourage, and an overinflated sense of self worth higher than AIG douchebags would appear more often.