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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Piss whiskey, cannabis catering, a cigarette-smoking machine and more in our weekly web survey


1. Gilpin Family Whiskey

For this weekend’s gross-out conversation starter, go no further than researcher and diabetic James Gilpin’s extreme DIY project. Pointing out the ways we can “harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance,” he recently started purifying the naturally sugar-rich urine of diabetics to make “pisskey.”

2. A Night Club Map of Harlem

Originally published in a 1932 issue of Manhattan Magazine, “
A Night Club Map of Harlem
” plots out points of interest and places to be during the NYC neighborhood’s heyday. The painstakingly-detailed illustration is the work of Elmer Simms Campbell, the first African-American cartoonist to be published in national publications like The New Yorker, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan.

3. Proenza Schouler Fall 2010 Campaign Video

Set to a dreamy soundtrack by Washed Out, this
atmospheric Proenza Schouler
video by our own
Greg Mitnick
evokes the modern sensuality of the collection. Much more effective than many of the fashion videos and ads we’ve seen lately, the seductive short film shows just enough to make us want to buy all the clothes.

4. Cigarette-Smoking Machine

A machine built for the sole purpose of performing the nastiest of human habits—cigarette smoking—this all-too-clever video will surely have cigarette companies kicking themselves for not thinking of it first.


5. Cannabis Catering

Ariel over at Fast Company interviews Chef Frederick Nesbitt about his thoughtful new menu of
ganja-infused cuisine

6. Terriers

While FX network’s new show Terriers isn’t exactly about
the stubborn-but-lovable group of dogs
, there are some funny promo videos like this one that cuts straight to the heart of a Terrier’s nature.

7. Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood

Maripol, the stylist credited with Madonna’s mid-eighties look, recently released her archive of behind-the-scenes photographs and sketches in the form of a book, “Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood.” With friends like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Debbie Harry, it’s one of those irresistibly intimate looks at New York City in the ’80s.

8. Deus Canggu: Inari

Deus Canggu, a new custom bike shop in Bali, recently completed one of their first builds, naming the bike Inari after the Shinto spirit of fertility and success. Based off the 1976 Honda CB 100 and stripped down to the simple mechanics, it’s an agile motorcycle that handles the Indonesian island’s volcanic terrain well.


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