Even if you're five-foot-nothing, a hundred and nothing, with hardly a speck of artistic talent, Mark Crilley's exhaustive drawing instruction series can teach you the proper technique for becoming a serious illustrator. Now you just need to practice. [Boing Boing]
Black men constitute just over 13 percent of the US population and just over 53 percent of the US prison population, a fact that does not sit well with the legendary film director. Here's what he told Salon while on the set of his new film, Django Unchained:
This whole thing of…this ‘War on Drugs,' and the mass incarcerations that have happened pretty much for the last 40 years has just decimated the black male population. It's slavery…it's just slavery through and through, and it's just the same fear of the black male that existed back in the 1800s. Especially having even directed a movie about slavery, and you know the scenes that we have in the slave town, the slave auction town, where they're moving back and forth. Well that looks like standing in the top tier of a prison system and watching the things go down. And between the private prisons and the public prisons, the way prisoners are traded back and forth.
Times change and businesses, at least the ones that want to be around this time next year change with them. Just look at Anheuser-Busch—the company sold beer until prohibition kicked in, then switched gears and sold soda for 15 years before the law was repealed and they went back to booze. So, will America's two biggest, most villified, tobacco producers—Philip Morris USA and Reynolds American Inc.—try to get in on the ground floor of the new legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington? See what they have to say over at CBS News. [Image: Brian Weed / Shutterstock]
This stop-motion, live action film is equally amazing and disconcerting—like a Tool video were Adam Jones and Fred Stuhr hopped up on Xanax. I can't tell if its a story of a man finally growing up and expanding his horizons or a cautionary tale against modern medical technology. [Laughing Squid]