Exercising equality: The story of the sports bra

Pamela Anderson, in her Baywatch role as lifeguard CJ Parker, would patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, spot a swimmer in distress and spring into action – sprinting across California’s golden sands and into the glittering sea. So quick was her reaction to danger, that viewers needed slow motion to watch their big-bosomed hero bound along, her breasts swinging from side to side, nothing but a red swimsuit to support them. Not once did her face contort in pain. Never was there any sign of bleeding nipples or sores. This was an all-American woman who did not let her DD cups get in the way of saving lives.

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I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children

Every day, I serve food to some of the most powerful people on earth, including many of the senators who are running for president: I’m a cook for the federal contractor that runs the US Senate cafeteria. But today, they’ll have to get their meals from someone else’s hands, because I’m on strike.

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Disappearing Glasgow: documenting the demolition of a city’s troubled past

He was one of the tens of thousands of Glaswegians who were uprooted from the worst slum conditions in Europe to a “completely new life”. “There is an old saying in Glasgow that went: ‘We never knew how poor we were until someone told us.’ It was only then, when we entered our new home on the 14th floor, that we realised the slum-like conditions we had been living in.”

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Everything wrong with Game of Thrones Monopoly

There’s free parking — probably because there are no cars. In lieu of murder and / or mutilation, a grump, blue uniform-clad cop will put you in jail. No nudity, a Game of Thrones staple. The dragon egg token lands on House Targaryen but never turns into a dragon. … on a related note, the White Walker token roams free without anyone batting an eye and without first buying the Wall. … also, a direwolf can own property. Maybe that’s not a problem so much as a potential spoiler. Winterfell is the third most expensive property in the game (300) behind only Braavos (350) and King’s Landing (400). Have you seen Winterfell lately? Every player has a stipend. Survive long enough, and you’ll definitely get paid fairly. Game of Thrones Monopoly has a single, unified currency from the Iron Bank of Braavos. There is no mechanism for winning through violence.

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Can the internet of things save us from traffic jams?

Once computers are in full control of our cars, do we even need traffic lights at intersections? That’s the idea behind AIM – autonomous intersection management – at the artificial intelligence laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Rather than stop at red lights, self-driving cars would schedule a slot through an intersection in real-time, speeding up or slowing down to ensure they’re in the right place at the right time – and not smashing into another car. In black and white text, that seems eminently sensible. But it won’t be for the fainthearted – at least not until passengers have learnt to entirely trust their automated pilots:

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How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

Inside Out is the story of a young girl named Riley who moves to San Francisco from the midwest with her parents. To some extent, the story is about how she adjusts and how her relationship to her family changes along with their locale. But, in parallel, there is an internal story being told about her emotions — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. Emotions which influence how Riley feels, acts and reacts to events in her life — as reflected by some very clever construct building that I won’t spoil here. This dual story led to some sticky issues when it came to representing and differentiating them in ways that contributed to the story. I spent some time at Pixar recently, watching just under an hour of Inside Out and talking to some of the creative people behind the movie. Though there were dozens of anecdotes, a couple of them stood out to me as unique examples of Pixar’s ability to solve technical and creative problems through tool building.

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You’ve sold 17 million albums and you want to pay me nothing? Pat Pope’s row with Garbage

“Unlike Garbage, I think the work of artists, including my own work, has a value that is at least equal to everything else being done in a commercial project, and I’m not prepared to reduce the value of it to zero by giving it away. “Stop Working For Free. That’s my final word.”

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Why the language on food packaging makes me sick

ecently, a Finnish manufacturer of meatballs was told its meatballs didn’t contain enough actual meat to qualify as meatballs. So now it says on the packet simply: “Balls”. One might agree that the mechanically recovered slop that is the main ingredient of these balls should not be called “meat”. But if advertising authorities banned all inaccurate, arguable or just plain ridiculous language on food packets, our nosh would have to be wrapped, as cigarettes soon will be, in completely blank packaging.

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