New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had his camera surgically removed — the one that was surgically implanted in the back of his skull to record, at 60-second intervals, the places he had left behind (beamed to and archived by a museum in Qatar).
The camera had been mounted under his skin, braced by three titanium posts, but his body very painfully rejected one of the posts, and his temporary solution is to merely tie the camera to the back of his neck (even though that work-around is unsatisfactory to him because it represents a less-personal “commitment” to the art).
In the future, he said, communication devices like his will routinely be part of our bodies.
Till Krautkraemer’s New York City beverage company, MeatWater, creates dozens of flavors of water for the upscale market of hearty gourmets who would like their daily salads, or shellfish, or goulash from a bottle instead of from a plate.
Among his new flavors introduced, according to an AOL News report, were poached salmon salad water and a Caribbean shrimp salad water that can double as a vodka mixer.
Old standbys include Peking duck water, tandoori chicken water, bangers ‘n’ mash water, and Krautkraemer’s favorite, German sauerbraten water.
A company in eastern Ukraine (a country known for hard drinking) announced a “drinking buddy” service in which, for the equivalent of about $18, it would supply a barroom companion for the evening, “qualified” to discuss politics, sports, women, etc., and even to offer psychological counseling if appropriate.
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