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March 07, 2018

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bilbaoboy

Wow!

Now I have something else important to worry about!

Jen

They’re “strangely beautiful,” it says here.

I disagree. Is it a Huddersfield thing?

champ

It's called a Unibrow...

David

It’s called a Unibrow...

Oh, if you click through to the article, you’ll see it’s more than a mere unibrow; it’s a whole new level of fabulousness.

David

A couple of years ago, at a family gathering in a restaurant, I was seated opposite a teenage nephew and his girlfriend at the time, who was clearly quite interested in the, um, experimental use of cosmetics. She’d shaved off her eyebrows, entirely, and replaced them with what she presumably considered more artistic approximations, rendered in what looked like marker pen. Or possibly brown crayon. Either way, they weren’t entirely convincing, or even roughly symmetrical. It was quite distracting, almost surreal, and I had to stop myself staring in wonderment.

Frank

Just keep shaving it and it will grow one day.

Hopp Singg

Oh David, you nostalgic dear. It's like you take us back, back in time, to when the narcissistic indulgences of the fatuous were amusing rather than threatening.

Hopp Singg

Um, fwiw, on re-reading, that previous comment came off a sounding a little snarkier than intended....

David

[ Sobs into handkerchief. ]

Hopp Singg

I have five sisters, sir. I am immune to sobbing.

Painfully learned, I assure you.

Yours,
Formerly gullible.

David

I have five sisters, sir.

Life can be very cruel. Here, have a small one on the house.

Hopp Singg

Dobby thanks you, sir. May I take your coat?

Jonathan

As a heterosexual man this is not beautiful, it's odd. If I saw a woman with this on their forehead, I'd assume they were in some kind of cult.

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

Her pout is even worse than her eyebrows. (All these awful women taking selfies where they put on these ridiculous trout pout faces because they think it accentuates their cheekbones.)

Pogonip

The “fishtail brows” date back 50 years to the Klingons on the original Star Trek.

Pogonip

Hector, I wondered what was the reason for the silly pout. Thanks! Now can anyone explain the ugly, Soviet era-frame glasses?

Sam

I come for the takedowns of lefty bullshit. But I stay for the makeup tips.

David

But I stay for the makeup tips.

Next week we’ll be covering watercolour basics and advanced boiler repair.

WTP

She’d shaved off her eyebrows, entirely, and replaced them with what she presumably considered more artistic approximations, rendered in what looked like marker pen

Way back in the 70’s, as a young teenager, I had a teacher who was interviewing me for a place in an advanced class. I somehow got through the interview ok but was troubled the whole time upon noticing that she had no hair eyebrows. They were completely drawn in with mascara. At the time I wondered what terrible accident (fire?) or disease had caused to loose them.

To the post itself, I suspect this is really a plot by Maybelline to sell more mascara. I suspect you will see it in upcoming sci-fi shows.

Matthew May

Look carefully and see the beginnings of a Halo 'tache above the fish pout. Literally not Hitler.

Captain Nemo

Every so often, I go over to a friend's house where we have a 'bad film night' - pizza, drinks, and we'll watch a bad movie. A couple of weeks ago, we watched the Bruce Willis film Armageddon. Shit like this, well, it makes me root for the asteroid. Just saying.

R. Sherman

Query why does Dicentra hate your readership?

Anyway, as far as the style, I've seen pre-cancerous moles that were more attractive.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The halo brow, the brainchild of 16-year-old Hannah Lyne...

...and yet despite this there are some people who still want to give 16 year olds the vote.

MC

British teen girl seflie pose checklist:

Remove eyebrows, reapply with marker pen
Apply fake tan with trowel until you look like someone who just fell in a cowpat.
Inflate hair to maximum hugeness
Pout til you look like your mouth's on sideways.

David

why does Dicentra hate your readership?

She made me post it, I swear. She’s broad-backed and freakishly strong.

MrPotatoHead

A couple of years ago, at a family gathering in a restaurant, I was seated opposite a teenage nephew and his girlfriend at the time, who was clearly quite interested in the, um, experimental use of cosmetics. She’d shaved off her eyebrows, entirely, and replaced them with what she presumably considered more artistic approximations, rendered in what looked like marker pen. Or possibly brown crayon. Either way, they weren’t entirely convincing, or even roughly symmetrical. It was quite distracting, almost surreal, and I had to stop myself staring in wonderment.

My friend went out with a woman who had had her eyebrows lasered off and another set tattood on in their places when she was in her twenties. By the time my mate met her she was well into her thirties and had regular botox injections.
This was a problem for me because I kept having to lift my pint to my lips to try and hide the smirks. Not only did this get me more drunk than I wished but if I snorted heavily into my pint I'd end up with a wet face.
My pints always had a fabulous head though.

David

a woman who had had her eyebrows lasered off and another set tattooed on in their places

I don’t spend much time pondering ladies’ eyebrows, but when you’re sitting opposite a really outlandish pair, applied in a somewhat cack-handed fashion, it’s hard not to stare. I wasn’t sure if they were intended as some punk commentary, or just the result of poor hand-eye co-ordination.

W Krebs

Apropos nothing, a peek at how elite American universities select the leaders of tomorrow.

https://admissions.yale.edu/bulldogs-blogs/hannah/2018/02/23/support-student-protests

prm

@W Krebs

Dear Hannah

Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to gun rights and the 2nd Amendment?

Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to bring attention to late-term abortions?

Will we get rescinded if we get suspended for engaging in a school walk-out to support our President?

Etc...

ComputerLabRat

I don’t spend much time pondering ladies’ eyebrows, but when you’re sitting opposite a really outlandish pair, applied in a somewhat cack-handed fashion, it’s hard not to stare. I wasn’t sure if they were intended as some punk commentary, or just the result of poor hand-eye co-ordination.

That reminded me of the Sharpie-marker eyebrows of the chola gang girls in CA, USA I remember reading about on here a bit ago, although they were complaining that their big hoop earrings were being culturally appropriated by evil white women.

Went looking for chola eyebrows and found a Guardian article on the subject:
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/aug/15/-sp-chola-style-cultural-appropriation-fashion-crime

They do think of everything at that newspaper, don't they.

David

They do think of everything at that newspaper, don’t they.

Oh, I’m not sure thinking has much to do with it.

Governor Squid

If you can’t march beside them, at least stand behind them. And at the very least, do not stand in their way.

Hannah is obviously a woman who spent countless hours playing Lemmings just for the thrill of watching them perish. Little wonder that she ended up taking a degree in Psych and becoming the Senior Deputy Assistant to the Assistant Deputy of the Department of Redundancy Department at Yale.

Adam

Somehow, I don't foresee the uni-oval brow trending.

I could be wrong. After all I am a white hetero male, so what do I know?

I should shut up.

Adam

"...brainchild of 16 year old..."

Mozart wrote symphonies as a teen. Hannah created the oval brow.

Who dares say that Hannah is any less creative than dead, white, privileged Mozart?

ComputerLabRat

Who dares say that Hannah is any less creative than dead, white, privileged Mozart?

You forgot male! Can't forget that! And probably cis-hertero too, and now it's the grand trifecta of evil and privilege. Oh the horror!

Y. Knott

They’re “strangely beautiful,” it says here.

*Wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Clicked on Link.

AUGGH!!! MY INNER EYE!!!

"What's seen... cannot be un-seen..." { - and yes I know - "no refunds" - }

SumDumGuy
the brainchild of 16-year-old Hannah Lyne

Kids are experts on everything else these days, why not also this garbage.

WTP

OK, maybe I'm just ornery and bitchy today (today?) but in the general scheme of all things fashion, and especially all things teenager-y, I'm not all that bothered by this. My wife watches The Voice whilst I try, vewy vewy haaaard, to keep my mouth shut. Then this comes on. I was far more disturbed to find out that this was not a hat this guy was wearing:

Hopp Singg

...this was not a hat this guy was wearing

He's a "multidimensional" artist.

[Turn him upside down and he looks the same]

ComputerLabRat

this was not a hat this guy was wearing

Please tell me that was his hair/extensions and not the donut thing implanted under the skin of the forehead that was a body-modification fad a few years back...

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Richard Powell

"She’d shaved off her eyebrows, entirely, and replaced them with what she presumably considered more artistic approximations, rendered in what looked like marker pen."

Nearly thirty years ago now, I read in 'The Coming of the Barbarians", a book by Pat Barr describing 19th century encounters between Japan and the West, an account of how c1854 the Emperor of Japan had his real eyebrows shaved off and a new set of eyebrows painted on, higher up on his forehead. (I'm sorry I don't have the text to hand. It's an interesting book, though.) This made me feel marginally keener about taking up the diplomatic posting in Japan I'd been offered. Unfortunately when I arrived in Japan everyone seemed to have their eyebrows in the place ordained by nature. I had a dull four years there.

I'm not sure there are any conclusions to be drawn from this, but it was the only relevant thing I could find to say.

WTP

Please tell me that was his hair/extensions and not the donut thing implanted under the skin of the forehead

Well, I originally thought the former. But now I'm not entirely sure...No, it's the hair extensions...I think...

Andy

This has 4chan or 8chan written all over it.

Fay

Here's Hannah #3, it must be Crazy Hannah Day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybZ71lqmbjA

Adam

"Hannah is obviously a woman..."

Squid, this is you "mansuming" the gender identity of Hannah.

What is obvious is that Hannah trancends all false boundaries and obsolete categories of what constitutes gender,art, beauty, fashion, time, space, and eternity.

The unibrow transgresses and liberates every socially constructed concept of femininity and intersects politics, class, and oppressive "free market" economic structures.

The Unibrow is the new "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in the revolutionary war of the 21sr Century.

Or not...

Brian

Lobotomy scar?

David Taylor

advanced boiler repair

Having just finished making a boiler for my steam loco I look forward to repair and maintenance tips via my favourite blog :)

Perhaps I can contribute too. Step #1 - pay someone else to do it. It's hellishly difficult and costs a bomb anyway, may as well just save yourself the stress and worry.

Watchman

WTP: It might be a good case for a caput circumcision in this gentleman's case. I know that would be against modern ideas on body modification just to get 'the look', but his current 'uncut' look isn't really attractive (IMHO).

Black Ball

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/03/05/ed-sheeran-delights-fans-welcome-country-more-planned-during-australian-tour

Ed Sheeran carrying on from Laurie Penny. If dear Ed is all guilty about stolen land then he will forfeit all profits on his Australian tour amiright?

Killer Marmot

They say that fucking up is trying something that can't possibly work just in case it does.

Well Hannah fucked up.

Allan

Looks like one of the less convincing races from star trek.... i could see kirk hitting that.

lotocoti

You might expect the original source, PopSugar, to be some vacuous time filler like the Advanced Boiler Repair Quarterly.
Think again.

David

Now even more “strangely beautiful.”

R. Sherman

Now even more “strangely beautiful.”

A goatee gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Spiny Norman

Now even more “strangely beautiful.”

It gave me a headache and put me right off my feed. (>_<)

(My coffee doesn't even taste right now... curse you Thompson!)

Ten

What is obvious is that Hannah trancends all false boundaries and obsolete categories of what constitutes gender,art, beauty, fashion, time, space, and eternity.

The unibrow transgresses and liberates every socially constructed concept of femininity and intersects politics, class, and oppressive "free market" economic structures.

The Unibrow is the new "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in the revolutionary war of the 21sr Century.

Adam wins the Internets.

Hey, anyone remember the film Gravity? The be-all, end-all, hyper-realistic, Hollywood's-state-of-the-art, $56 million dollar scifi film of all time? OMG, what an epic. OMG, Clooney and Bollock. OMG.

Somehow the unknown Russian film Salyut 7 is flatly superior to Gravity in every single way.

Anyone remember the WWII tank epic Fury? The be-all, end-all, hyper-realistic, Hollywood's-state-of-the-art, $68 million dollar tank warfare film of all time? OMG, what an epic. OMG, Pitt and LaBeouf and Shermans and Tigers. OMG.

Somehow the unknown Russian film White Tiger is flatly superior to Fury in every single way.

So what's Ten's convoluted point, given our topic of cultural madness. Well, how does a piddling nationalized film industry from Russia - I know, huh? - pull off what would have been American style story-telling art pieces had the US not gone mad? Had the West not gone mad?

What is art, anyway? Is it deeply humanistic film? Noble, moving, uplifting narrative? As expressed in the lineage of, say, a classical composer or playwright, is it honor and humility and transcendence all at once? Is it an epic portrayal of an equally epic episode of what humanity can and should be? Must be in order to survive ourselves?

Because if that's the case the US and much of the west is simply doomed. It cannot stand on this precarious, temporary mountain of debt while at the same time exulting its own cultural cancer.

The Communist Chinese educate their kids in the classics, typically Western. Wonder where STEM went? There. They went there. The Russians emerge from countless fatal historical wounds to produce spectacular cinema. And the US? What does the US contribute to uplift the human experience and trajectory? Topless twatter pics from narcissists? Runway fashion involving trash cans on suspenders or rubber pipe or men in girls clothes? Performing theatre in transparent plastic sweat suits? The stuff our diligent host dredges up from the - and get this - academy to compete with the very worst of our entertainment complex, the misfits and head cases in charge of furthering the arts?

As is said, what cannot last shall not last. At this point it'd be a relief to find that all we'd made were amphitheaters and bread and circuses. It'd be a relief to learn that we could only fall that far.

PiperPaul

"(My coffee doesn't even taste right now... curse you Thompson!)"

I wonder what David's reply to this will be...

David

[ Dramatic pause. ]

David

No refunds. Credit note only.

Chester Draws

Ten. The Chinese value STEM on a surface level. In practice they are not interested in STEM but in the money of STEM jobs.

To get those jobs the vast majority will cram or cheat to get grades.

What few do is learn it for its own sake.

The Westneed not fear them for a while yet. Not while a cheat is favoured over an honest worker.

And Xi has signalled strongly that he wants a system open to corruption and not one ruled by law or honesty.

Ten

To get those jobs the vast majority will cram or cheat to get grades.

You do realize how tempting it is to play off that, CD?

Even if there were parity, how's the west justify running its books hundreds of trillions into the red to maintain its bogus status quo?

Ten

Turn that into a question: Other than by patriotic platitude, they being vestiges of variable self-image, what exactly recommends the West these days?

David

If anyone has trouble with comments not appearing, email me and I’ll rattle the spam filter.

WTP

Whilst reading Ten's rant, I was all, "Amen, Preach Brother!" Until he drew much broader conclusions. For which I thank Chester for addressing. That said...

Turn that into a question: Other than by patriotic platitude, they being vestiges of variable self-image, what exactly recommends the West these days?

China has vast resources, much like Russia, and to be honest, much like the US and the West. This will permit bad ideas to perpetuate until the inevitable crash. Unlike China and Russia, however, the West for all its faults still permits considerable freedom, still allows its individuals to achieve without too much concern with them threatening the power structure. An aside, I partly believe this is true because we generally have kept the footprint of our governments relatively small. Relatively....but back to the point...How long do you suppose an Elon Musk or Mark Cuban or Steve Woz, etc. etc. etc. would be able to indulge in their resource sucking enterprises without the much more intrusive, paranoid, etc. government structures of C & R taking them out? Much of what these entrepreneurs spend their money on goes to shit. But because it is their money, they learn from their mistakes and go on to do other daring things that do eventually pan out. Government centered/mafioso style countries will not produce such wonders because they cogs in their machines dare not to dare.

That said as well, much of your focus, Ten, is on the arts and an education system, both of which in C & R's context are rote and generally uninformed by real world experience. Partly due to what I just said above. People from those countries who really wish to pursue their own dreams will not remain there. Though I might add to your point about the superiority (taking your word for it) of Russian movies to Hollywood...This is, I think, a very recent matter. And the arts rarely are informed by reality. However I am of the persuasion that repression is actually quite good for the arts. It introduces a dose of reality to the process such that the artist has to put much more thought into his next move. Not that seeing someone take a shit on a stage in some backwater Russian bar would surprise me much, but what would surprise me would be to see anyone there dare call it "art". Or to see Putin and his cosa nostra pay for it.

Ten

I'll bring my comment into sharper focus, WTP.

When going misty-eyed over great western nobility and valor, many of our compatriots automatically appeal to the vagueness of our collected nationalistic sensibilities that are actually quite unexamined. Our sense of what we call "free markets", the king dollar, our purported liberties, our appeals to our own productivity - we root this last one in some even vaguer notions about "Judeo-Christian" values and rising early and apple pie - and the whole assumption that heredity created an unassailable, undiminished, undeniable character and that that character could always and would always prevail.

It's the same subtext that powers scores of our traditional but obsolete narratives, and conversely, it's that narrative that the psychotic left tears at as madly as it can. Both sides of the cultural appeal amp up their appeals to the same thing. It's everywhere. It is our remaining morality, this senseless culture war over nonsense and image.

It's crap. Anthems in football stadiums are the new American bellwether of virtue and goodness yet this display is the most obvious and the most obviously idiotic barometer we could have chosen - in this senseless rite are our proxied opponents arranged for us in ranks for our amphitheater entertainment; white knights and black knights and city versus city and culture versus culture and like that. That's the cartooned version of American virtue and we adore it. It's even newsworthy, night after night.

But then there's the stuff the right is simply ignorant about and evidently proudly so. This is no "free market"; it's infinitely far from one, actually. It's a full-on corporatocracy. "Liberty" is buying lobbyists from that vast industry and calling it free speech, and that's before we examine the highly Orwellian state of affairs where the individual and his home and property and rights are concerned.

Productivity? Legions of swarthy, workers riding around in $75,000 pickups with gigantic flags rippling in slow motion on the way to the plant while patriotic, block-lettered appeals to some undefined greatness embellish these televised fantasies of ours? That's about the extent of our great, noble productivity. We're awash in welfare and bankrupt pension programs and disability claims and prescription drug plans and socialized medicine and sheer unmitigated debt to the tune of about a two hundred trillion dollars. The dollar? A quarter quadrillion dollars deep in bank derivatives itself.

So what then? The arts? Academics? What exactly?

I think your view is a little incomplete, WTP. The appeal to coming to the US to be free and make money is disproved on its face - just look at the wealth in the world. Whether Putin is whatever NATO says he is is as irrelevant as the rest of our evening news is false. Our great captains of industry? Lunching on K Street as likely as not.

We're a fraud.

I don't give a darn about the Russian film guys per se; that was a contrast of cultures, the point of which being meaning in popular narrative. The west simply invents meaning in the text, canon, dogma, and rite of the religion of progressivism, which is a psychosis. This dynamic and tension permeates film (and everything else) yet if you dig around enough you can still find genuine meaning in obscure places, meaning of the likes I haven't seen out of Hollywood that I can recall even once in twenty years.

Jonathan

While we're talking about edumacation, it turns out that getting a degree in gender studies is a waste of time and money:

http://twitter.com/DMillardHaskell/status/971430544515960833

" All but one of the top 10 degrees ranked by mid-career salary are in an engineering discipline, with petroleum engineering coming out on top thanks to a median salary of $172,000 10 years after graduation."

Women's Studies comes 311th out of 336.

PiperPaul

Where do Women's Studies grads get jobs, aside from teaching Women's Studies?

Hopp Singg

Where do Women's Studies grads get jobs, aside from teaching Women's Studies?

Maybe HR for a while; then they marry a rich lesbian and settle down.

WTP

Ten, The short answer (all I have time for tonight) is I think you’ve spent too much time in or around academia. I get much of what you’re saying in context of specific countries in the West, be it the US or Canada or Oz as we’ve seen quite disappointingly lately. But frauds? No. C & R, there’s your frauds. C is basically what Japan was in the 80’s. Just on a bigger scale. While C has made considerable improvements since the days of Mao (once the boot heel was let up a little, how could they not) but is still for the most part, a shithole country. And based on recent news, looks like Xi and cronies can’t keep their hands off the people’s wallets (or whatever you put renminbis in). Sigh...droning long for a short answer sooo even shorter...screw the arts. Screw academics. We go out in the real world and build things. What we don’t build, we design the things that C builds. We create the wealth that R craves but cannot create, thus they steal. C and R deep down inside still fear our military and industrial power. We just need to stop burning money in the academic, legal, and regulatory domains. And get control of our borders. Without that last part, nothing will matter.

Angus

Am I too late to point out that this look has been stolen from the Sci-fi show Star Gate? Christopher Judge rocked a golden version.

Ten

I'm afraid that view is unfounded, WTP. We live on debt - I trust you didn't miss the specifics I listed. That view is in no way whatsoever influenced by academia.

WTP

I'm not saying the debt isn't a problem. A big problem. But to say we live on it is an exaggeration. We waste money on frivolous BS as you point out, which if eliminated would bring the excessive damage of the debt down to a reasonable level. Debt, while I'm definitely not in favor of it per se, is not necessarily a bad thing so long as you get more out of the borrowing than you pay to borrow. C & R have considerable debt as well. It's just not as transparent as ours. How did China build all those empty cities? There's no return coming from all that wasted "investment". That huge damn, which could become a huge disaster, was built with money they have yet to recoup. Those things weren't built with investors' moneys.

Ten

WTP, to repay all the US has borrowed, left unfunded against future receipts, or crosslinked on air would take everything it produces for the next third of a century or so.

Those righteous tax cuts that just saved the world? The rate of debt simply accelerated. You may want to investigate how we're living on it before opining.

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/01/23/20170125_EOD2.png

At this point I'd rather we had built some Potemkin cities and had something to show for it.

Governor Squid

At 9% inflation, they can cut the liabilities in half in 8 years.

You know that's how they'll do it, too. Hell, they'll run for re-election by boasting how they've turned us all into millionaires!

Fruitbat44

Halo brows: better than foot-binding.

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