Left: Google maps screen shot of somewhere in Canada
Right: Closeup of antique chair I started to refinish

Left: Google maps screen shot of somewhere in Canada
Right: Closeup of antique chair I started to refinish

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latimes:

Meet the family behind prosthetic eyeballs

Ever wonder where prosthetic eyes come from? Some pharmaceutical giant? A loud, whirring assembly line in a far-flung country? Try a few small families, who keep their craft close to their heart…and their bloodlines.

Universities don’t offer course work in ocularistry, with its odd blend of art and science. The only real way to learn the trade is to apprentice yourself to another ocularist, if you can find one willing to train you. Most opt to keep their secrets within their families.

"I equate it to being a blacksmith in the old days," ocularist David Gougelmann says. "Children followed in the footsteps of the father."

But like all families, the ties that bind can also eventually snap:

"Most families in the field of ocularistry have some kind of conflict," Gougelmann says. The son of a father who worked until he was 78 — "I don’t know many ocularists who’ve ever retired" — he chalks it up to a tension that exists in family businesses of all kinds.

"There’s this difficulty letting go," Gougelmann says. "You brought somebody into the business. At what point do you treat him as a peer? At what point do you relinquish the reins?"

Read more in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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nevver:

I Must Lie, Dylan Thomas

nevver:

I Must Lie, Dylan Thomas

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cavetocanvas:

Michaël Borremans, Four Fairies, 2003

Love him.

cavetocanvas:

Michaël Borremans, Four Fairies, 2003

Love him.

@6 months ago with 376 notes
nevver:

The New Yorker
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Words supposedly from Thomas Pynchon’s desk. #Lettering by me. Looking forward to an art-filled weekend celebrating friends who definitely eschew sloth.

Words supposedly from Thomas Pynchon’s desk. #Lettering by me. Looking forward to an art-filled weekend celebrating friends who definitely eschew sloth.

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#lettering 
flavorpill:

"Lou Reed died yesterday. We will be tempted to mourn his death the same way we mourn the deaths of others, but let us not forget that Reed was a different kind of guy. He said himself, “It always bothers me to see people writing ‘RIP’ when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, ‘RIP’ is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.” With that in mind, we asked Flavorwire staffers to forgo the condolences in favor of the chords; below, they recall their favorite Velvet Underground and Lou Reed songs.”
FULL LIST on Flavorwire

flavorpill:

"Lou Reed died yesterday. We will be tempted to mourn his death the same way we mourn the deaths of others, but let us not forget that Reed was a different kind of guy. He said himself, “It always bothers me to see people writing ‘RIP’ when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, ‘RIP’ is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.” With that in mind, we asked Flavorwire staffers to forgo the condolences in favor of the chords; below, they recall their favorite Velvet Underground and Lou Reed songs.”

FULL LIST on Flavorwire

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(via sci-universe)

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"By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, [Penn State archaeologist Dean] Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female. “There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time,” said Snow… . “People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why.”"

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Whaaaaaaaat??? Take me there now!

(Source: thatscienceguy, via loveyourchaos)

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cloudyskiesandcatharsis:

Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried

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I just wanted a pb & j…

I just wanted a pb & j…

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