Four hours west of Albuquerque, over the mud brown desert hills, past the impossibly expansive golden plains strewn with flat-topped mountains pressed on god’s griddle, north of Gallup, New Mexico, “The Most Patriotic Small Town in America,” in tiny Chinle, Arizona, off Indian Route 7, on a dirt-paved side street not far from where water washes down from Canyon de Chelly, nestled on a makeshift compound of small homes all occupied by members of the same extended family, inside a little white rectangular building about the size of two suburban garages, against the side wall, there’s a wood stove. Every winter morning at about 7:30 a.m., John Bahe, a stocky 47-year-old man with a dark mustache and a buzz cut, pulls up in a battered blue pickup truck and carries some freshly chopped logs inside that freezing cold un-insulated building and starts feeding them into the wood stove. He has to warm the place up by 8:00. That’s when the workout begins. This little … [Read more...] about The Last Great Warriors of the Navajo Nation
Lucid dream tonight
Ready Player One is all about people using a virtual world called the OASIS to make their dreams come true. While virtual reality has only been a thing—at least in name—since the 1980s, people have been dreaming of life in fictional worlds for thousands of years. In a new episode of “That Looks Familiar,” io9's Beth Elderkin looks at the real history of why we’re so obsessed with virtual reality. What Is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming aware that you’re dreaming, while you’re asleep. Most of the time, people simply wake themselves up. But if you stay asleep, you can basically do whatever you want. The link between lucid dreaming and virtual reality isn’t just in similarity, but also in science. Research from Dr. Jayne Gackenbach has found that people who use virtual reality are better able to enter a state of lucid dreaming. The first known textual description of lucid dreaming came from the Upanishads, the Hindu … [Read more...] about A Brief History of Virtual Reality, From Lucid Dreaming to Ready Player One
I was having one of those mornings where the coffee was weak, the office was empty, and I had stayed up too late last night watching private jet flights on YouTube. I needed a pick-me-up, something to inspire me to do the work that I do here—which is try to get you all to click on The Cars Blogs on Jalopnik’s Facebook and Twitter (please, friends). I needed the Eurobeat, you see. And after listening to it from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. today, I’d like to report that it worked, and that it’s the best shit ever written. Look at this: Hot Hot Racin’ Car by Go2 We like crazy nights We like to start the engine Lets move story this down Lets start this run Picking up the speeding Hot hot racin car Three, two, one! If there’s anything every single gearhead can agree on, it’s “We like to start the engine.” I’m Your Sexy Machine by Hotblade Heartbeat and sweat, adrenaline Leave’em baby up to me I’ll be the … [Read more...] about ‘We Like To Start The Engine’ And Other Very Excellent Eurobeat Lyrics
The guy behind $118.5 million company Juicero, which catastrophically shut down after it was revealed that their eponymous line of $399 cold-pressed raw juice machines were actually just glorified bag-squeezers, is on to new things! Per Vice News Tonight (HBO subscription required), Juicero founder Doug Evans is continuing to get really into raw water, untreated spring water backers say has vaguely defined probiotic properties and doctors say could potentially be filled with pathogens and dangerous chemicals like carcinogens. Evans, accompanied by a man identified as a firedancer, told Vice reporter Will Turton that the implosion of Juicero was awful. But he added that he remains committed to his vegan lifestyle, is entertaining a number of possible executive and board positions at other companies, and in the meantime is traveling and “expanding my consciousness.” “There are things, like, certain dreams I had were shattered,” Evans told Vice. “But my … [Read more...] about Juicero’s Ex-CEO Says He Is Doing Really Well, Also Gets Pretty Mad When Asked About Juicero
Two years ago, I used junkyard parts to turn a $600 Jeep Cherokee into an off-road beast. Then I rebuilt a dilapidated 1948 Willys CJ-2A farm Jeep, took it on a 1,300 mile road trip, and wheeled the crap out of it at Moab. Now it’s time to introduce this year’s project: an $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for which I have plans. Big plans. I spent months stressing out about how I was going to follow Project Swiss Cheese and Project Slow Devil. Leaves began changing colors, and the weather forecast started showing smaller numbers, and I still didn’t have a project vehicle. Desperation grew thick as I recalled just how much of my time last year’s project had demanded, so I started prowling Craigslist more thoroughly than any human should. I was looking at some real crap-cans for a while. At one point, I nearly bought a two-wheel drive 1976 AM General DJ-5 postal Jeep with that huge 10-inch rust hole in the frame rail that you see in the photo above. My boss Patrick … [Read more...] about This $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hasn’t Run In 12 Years And It’s My New Off-Road Project
Last week’s penultimate episodes of Star Wars Rebels introduced us to a wild new concept within the current canon of the galaxy far, far away—one filled with references to Star Wars’ past and future. This neat edit of a few key scenes makes those references explicit in a pretty satisfying way. And, obviously, if you’re not caught up before tonight’s series finale, then... Ezra’s experience in the “world between worlds” threw out some pretty wild concepts, like essentially canonizing quasi-time-travel into the Star Wars galaxy. But the scenes with the young Jedi in that mystical astral plane were also jam-packed with subtle references to Star Wars’ past, present, and future to further accentuate that timey-wimey feeling, in the form of whispery voice snippets from Clone Wars, Rebels, and the Star Wars feature films. YouTube lore channel Star Wars Explained rooted out the source clips for each one of those whispered lines of dialogue … [Read more...] about This Impressive Star Wars Rebels Fan Video Weaves Together the Wider Saga
Or can they at least host the Oscars next year? While the Academy Awards tonight have been sort of a snooze, one unsurprising highlight was when dream team Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish came onstage to present Best Documentary Short and Best Live Action Short. Walking out with their uncomfortable high heels in their hands (Rudolph joked that she was wearing hers since the Critics Choice Awards, and Haddish was visibly wearing Ugg slippers), the two had some words for those in the audience who saw the women onstage and thought the debate over #OscarsSoWhite was changing the ceremony too much. “When we came out on stage, we know what some of you were thinking: are the Oscars too black now?” Tiffany Haddish said. “Don’t worry, there are so many more white people to come,” assured Maya Rudolph, who looked like she was wearing a particularly cozy red Snuggy-slash-jumpsuit situation. And if you thought Tiffany Haddish’s gorgeous, Alexander McQueen … [Read more...] about Can We Please Get a Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish Movie ASAP?
Tonight the Black Lives Matter Global Network took to the Oscar’s stage. Five years of building up black communities. Five years of experiencing police repression. Five years of centering black stories as the way we honor both the dead and the living. We took to the Oscar stage because Black Lives Matter refuses to stop fighting and loving and pushing for the dignity of Black people everywhere. There is an African proverb, “Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” No place is that more true than in American filmmaking. Each year, the Academy Awards is a celebration of hunters and a silencing of lions it is even a celebration of the lion’s slaughter through the centering of White film and stories. These stories both create and feed white fantasy, they enable Eurocentrism and entitlement, with carefully constructed, beautifully written, tales about white love, war, domination, family, power, and every imaginable interaction, both real … [Read more...] about Of Lions, Hunters and Heroes: Black Film, Black Stories and Black Realities
Tonight is the night we’ve been dreaming of, when Hollywood gets to grab a metaphorical peach and engage in a little self-love. The Academy has decided to play itself all over again this year by reportedly having Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty present despite you-know-what. Haha so funny! What could go wrong! While the Golden Globes (where attendees wore all-black) focused on the #MeToo and the Times Up movements, the Oscars have been less visibly woke, and Ryan Seacrest is out and about despite sexual assault allegations. This year, Get Out is nominated for Best Picture, along with a billion other movies: The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The Jezebel staff has come to terms with our love for the fish god and we’re ready to dive in—it’s the 90th Annual Academy Awards. … [Read more...] about Call Me By Your Liveblog: It’s Time for the 2018 Oscars!
As the stars descend on the red carpet and some even have pointedly delayed conversations with alleged abuser Ryan Seacrest, The Rally Against Rape Culture/#OscarsSoComplicit protest is going down on Hollywood and LaBrea. If we have learned one thing this awards season, it’s that it’s difficult to turn an industry-affirming awards show into an industry-critiquing opportunity for protest. The black gowns of the Golden Globes were a statement, but didn’t stand in for actually speaking out; the white roses of the Grammys provided an opportunity for musicians to front concern but avoid meaningful conversation. Last December, columnists worried that #MeToo could outright cancel the Oscars; today, we are watching a man accused of sexual assault lead the red carpet while also promoting his own fashion line. Systemic change will not be made within the glitz and glamour of these types of shows—but props to anyone who tries. Let’s look at some clothes in our … [Read more...] about Every Froufy Gown and Cursed Image From the 90th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet