T LOunge for April 14th, 2021

Posted on April 14, 2021

Sacher Eck Café and Confectionery – Vienna, Austria

It’s a GLORIOUS day, darlings! A national holiday of fabulousness! Why? Well, we could be all community-minded and say that it’s because today is WEDNESDAY and we all need a little bucking up to celebrate the arrival of the week’s hump, but we can only be as God made us and admit that it’s for purely selfish and self-centered reasons. We are getting our second jab! Like, literally at the moment this post publishes! Yay us! Yay, the world!

You’ll have to forgive us, dolls. We’re a little giddy at the mo. Chat amongst yourselves while the post-vax coma takes hold of us! We’ll be back later with a day’s worth of frivolous content for you.

 

 

What a 1,600-year-old New Zealand tree can tell us about climate change
Buried in mud for millennia, some of the hulking kauri trees in rural Northland are portals to the past, present, and future of Earth’s climate.

The kauri tree, or Agathis australis, is one of the largest and longest-lived tree species in the world. An individual kauri can live for more than two millennia, reaching 200 feet tall and more than 16 feet in diameter. Today, the living trees grow only in remnant pockets in northern New Zealand, where the national Department of Conservation lists them as threatened, due to a century of heavy logging, forest clearing for agriculture, and, more recently, the onslaught of a deadly fungus-like pathogen.

 

Saoirse Ronan’s Best Red Carpet Moments
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan came to fame after a scene-stealing role in Atonement alongside Keira Knightley that brought filmmakers (and the Academy — she earned a supporting actress nomination at that year’s Oscars) clambering to her door. Roles in Hanna and The Lovely Bones quickly followed, as did parts in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and 2015’s Brooklyn, which also earned her a Best Actress nomination. And with these roles came a myriad of red carpet opportunities. From the start, Ronan has had a penchant for big names and bold shoes, favoring Valentino, Lanvin, and Proenza Schouler anchored by sky-high Louboutins. Though, as she rose to new heights with films like Lady Bird, she didn’t dare tame her adventurous streak on the red carpet. In fact, in recent years, she’s tended to gravitate toward Alessandro Michele’s outré take on Gucci. She’s certainly not going to let frequent co-star Timothée Chalamet have all the fashion fun. Here, look back at her biggest red carpet hits.

 

The iconic ‘Leave Britney Alone’ YouTube video by Chris Crocker sold as an NFT for over $41,000
Chris Crocker, the creator of the iconic “Leave Britney Alone” viral video, auctioned off the original 2007 footage as an NFT, or nonfungible token, a unique digital asset purchased with cryptocurrency. The bidding for the NFT ended Monday night — it sold for 18.69 ether, or over $41,000, to an anonymous buyer.
The video, in which Crocker cried and pleaded with tabloids to leave Britney Spears alone, became a cultural touchstone and early marker of how the internet would spill into the public consciousness. “Leave Britney Alone” has been credited as one of the first viral videos on YouTube.

 

Benedict & Colin’s Love Stories Will Get The Shondaland Treatment In ‘Bridgerton’ Seasons 3 & 4
Lady Whistledown is going to be spectacularly busy. On 13 April, Netflix confirmed that Bridgerton will return for a third and fourth series – with production for the second instalment currently underway in London. “Esteemed members of the Ton,” begins the wisteria-framed dispatch on the show’s Instagram Stories. “It seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. This author shall have to purchase more ink…”

 

‘Crip Camp’: Judy Heumann Reflects on Her Counselor Days and How Hollywood Should Handle Stories of Disability
The disability rights activist also opens up about how the Oscar-nominated documentary captures the importance of Camp Jened in the 1970s.
Judy Heumann’s disability rights work has spanned decades and helped to pave the way for the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act. But for some Netflix subscribers, their first introduction to the activist was as a 20-something camp counselor in the 1970s leading a discussion on an evening’s dinner options of veal or lasagna. In James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Crip Camp, Heumann is seen as one of the counselors at Camp Jened, a New York summer camp for teens with disabilities. Her tenure at Jened preceded her founding Disabled in Action and serving as special adviser on international disability rights for the U.S. State Department.

 

The Last Time a Vaccine Saved America
Sixty-six years ago, people celebrated the polio vaccine by embracing in the streets. Our vaccine story is both more extraordinary and more complicated.

On the morning of April 12, 1955, an epidemiologist named Thomas Francis, Jr., took the stage of the Rackham Auditorium, at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Short and portly, in his mid-fifties, with a long face and a close-clipped mustache, Francis was there to deliver a ninety-minute lecture on the vaccine field trial he had just completed. The trial had evaluated the efficacy of the poliovirus vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, a former postdoc in Francis’s lab.
An influenza researcher, Francis was known among scientists for his deft direction of complex flu-vaccine trials during the Second World War. He had taught Salk the techniques necessary for developing “killed virus” vaccines—shots in which large quantities of a virus are disabled in a formaldehyde solution, then introduced to the human immune system in order to prompt the production of antibodies. Today, no bioethics panel would allow Francis to run a safety trial for a vaccine developed by someone he knew so well.

 

The World’s Top 10 Costume Design Schools
Sure, nothing can beat hands-on experience, but learning the basics and technology of costume design can offer the skills to meet the unique demands of virtually any type of project. Just ask Emmy Award-winning costume designer Jane Petrie (The Crown, French Exit), who credits her alma mater for giving her a leg up. “I left Wimbledon Art School in 1992 with the practical skills I needed to become a trainee in the costume department of a film or theater production,” she says. “The confidence I’d gained through practice meant I could do an alteration under pressure on the set or dye and break down a garment to support the storytelling on camera.”

 

Pacific Theatres Shutters: Who Will Rescue the Cinerama Dome?
Pacific Theatres announced that it would permanently close all of its ArcLight and Pacific locations, which included a dozen theaters in Southern California as well as a handful in Boston, Chicago and near Washington, D.C. It did not explain the reasons for the decision or lay out what might happen to the theaters.
The announcement led to an outpouring of grief on social media, as movie lovers took to Facebook and Twitter to share memories of visiting various ArcLight or Pacific venues over the years, often tweeting pictures to memorialize the occasions. On Tuesday, one fan even left a bouquet of flowers in front of the ArcLight’s Hollywood location as if to acknowledge the end of an era.

 

Why Would We Rebury Ancient Sites?
Good question. Let’s dig in

When we bury something, it’s usually because it’s dead or we want to hide it. But what if burying something actually extended its life? It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes burying excavated ancient art and architecture is the best way to keep it safe from environmental and human threats. This is the case for cultural heritage sites all over the globe—from the world’s oldest preserved footprints to dazzling Roman floor mosaics.

 

Nick Cave Shares the Story Behind His Subversive Online Store
Whether it’s the epic sweep of his 1980s post-punk records, the aching, piano-led balladry of his late ’90s hits, or the more minimal introspection of his most recent albums, Nick Cave has never been afraid to tackle the big themes. Love, death, religion, war, grief: it’s all there. So it might come as a surprise, then, to stumble across his online store Cave Things, where you’ll find the likes of children’s bunny bowls, coloring books, pornographic wallpaper, religious artifacts, and motivational T-shirts. (A particularly colorful iteration of the latter, also available as a mug, reads: ‘suck my dick.’)

 

First Large-Scale Telemedicine Abortion Service Launches in U.S.
On the heels of a Biden administration announcement that temporarily allows telehealth abortion, a new, first-of-its-kind telehealth service, Abortion on Demand, opens to help women get care.

A new telemedicine site is changing the future of abortion access, hopefully, permanently: Launching today, Abortion on Demand (AOD), the first large-scale telehealth abortion (a.k.a. teleabortion) service run by a U.S.-based provider, will help people who want to end their pregnancies with pills. The launch comes immediately after the Biden administration announced it would temporarily allow telemedicine abortions during the pandemic; it’s a change long-awaited by reproductive rights advocates and AOD’s founder, Dr. Jamie Phifer, who has been building the service for the last year and a half—keeping it under wraps until such a policy change enabled her to legally get it off the ground.

 

Kate Winslet: “Women know what women want”
She plays palaeontologist Mary Anning in the film everyone’s talking about – here, Kate Winslet fills us in on the making of Ammonite (and yes, that sex scene…)
It’s the film – and sex scene – dominating headlines right now, and for good reason. Based on the pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning’s life, Ammonite explores Anning’s contribution to palaeontology – and the lack of acknowledgement she received for her work – alongside her life and romantic relationships. Directed by Francis Lee, Kate Winslet plays Anning opposite Saoirse Ronan (cast as Charlotte Murchison) lending us a peek into the imagined world of ‘the greatest fossilist the world never knew’.
“Well, it was very empowering to play someone who wasn’t defined by men, who wouldn’t allow herself to be defined by men. Because she was dealt such a rough hand by a patriarchal world and I found that really it was sort of an exceptional experience in a way, to just indulge in standing in standing in truth like that. You know Mary had that ability and pairing her with a woman on an intimate level felt right, it felt worthy of her in many ways. And it also meant that we were allowed to access the more feminine side of her that was kept away from her work that she almost didn’t – I think – dare herself to explore or experience, because that just wasn’t how she was emotionally facing the world.”

 

Get Ready for the Bingfen Boom
A cooling end to a Sichuan meal full of tingly heat, Bingfen is gaining popularity in the United States thanks to a spate of new restaurants.

On the streets of Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan province, narrow storefronts in commercial shopping districts all over the city sell bowls of chilled, translucent jelly with a uniquely slippery and soft texture. The jelly itself is practically flavorless, but it is the perfect blank canvass for a buffet of toppings from rich brown sugar syrup to crushed salty peanuts and sweet fermented rice with a slight, heady sting. This is bingfen.

 

 

 

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