GOTH Magazine Announced

December 14th, 2005 | people I know, researchmaterial

From the press release:

Wicked Talent, the #1 Not For Profit Modeling Management company especially for freaks, has announced they have begun production on a full color, all inclusive subculture positive fashion magazine.

The decision came after careful analysis of current fashion magazines for teens and their use of alcohol and pornography ads.

GOTH is designed to be for young men and women, with emphasis on beautiful imagery and gorgeous layouts. This fresh, new bimonthly publication provides intelligent, interesting, thought provoking and entertaining articles about current personalities, trends, and designs by clothing companies who create goth, punk, street, and urban wear, as well as amusing anecdotes and music reviews.

Published by Wicked Talent, the female-operated Los Angeles based company with strong ties to the Gothic and Punk Subcultures, GOTH is is tailor-made for women aged 14-25. Breaking the mold of current print magazines, GOTH presents a strikingly bold new look combined with unique perspectives by published authors and fashion designers, sure to captivate the interest of a broad readership.

“We are excited about creating not only a premiere fashion magazine, but also, a cultural and fashion information bridge between artists and consumers” says Donna Ricci, Chief Officer of Wicked Talent. “We are committed to keeping ahead of current trends by featuring up and coming artists, models and other newsworthy people and events. As an example, our debut issue spotlights Josie Nutter, a Seattle-based model/performer whose career has recently catapulted her to the height of popularity with designers and photographers. We’re proud to feature healthy models who are drug and plastic surgery-free as a positive role model to young women.”


December 13th, 2005 | Work

Training The Brain Out Of Pain

December 13th, 2005 | researchmaterial

It may really be a matter of mind over matter – scientists suggest it is possible to control brain activity to reduce the pain you feel.

Stanford University researchers found seeing brain scans and using mental exercises helped reduce pain.

One group was placed inside a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner where they were able to watch their brain activity on a moment-by-moment basis. They were then shown “live” action images of their rostral anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain responsible for processing pain.

Next, they were given various mental strategies to try to train the brain to respond to pain differently, such as being asked to think of it as a relatively pleasant experience. Over time, the eight people who went through this training procedure showed an increased ability to modulate their response to pain…

Vikings Are The New Pirates/Monkeys/Dinosaurs

December 13th, 2005 | music

A month or so back on THE ENGINE, it was decided that Vikings were The Next Big Thing.

Today I find this 27.5MB .mov file — the video for the track “War Photographer” by Jason Forrest. The following capture is not actually the video’s most insane moment:

Not by a long, long way. I didn’t show you the giant robot. Or the shot of the Viking with, presumably to placate those unfunny Americans who think just saying the word makes them a comedy god, the cowbell.