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>more self-promotion: i should be getting paid for this edition

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>Bruce LaBruce twittered about something i wrote and then i promptly vomited i am so lame

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July 31, 2010 at 3:19 am

>smartest (wo)man in the world

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>Apparently this is old news but I guess I hadn’t been paying attention. Everyone knows that Stephen Hawking has been considered the smartest man in the world, but apparently the torch is passing. Daniel Tammet self-identifies as a prodigious savant, and it is, by his description, often as much a disability as it is a superability. Daniel has serious social issues, he says. He had epilepsy as a child and he thinks it might be that the seizures he had as a child that triggered a malformation of the brain. It’s interesting because he pathologizes his intelligence – it’s just a genetic fact, doesn’t make him better than anyone else, just born in a particular way that can be quite a challenge. He has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as well and he has real problems socializing. Daniel partly sees himself as an activist for savants and Asperger-prone people. Daniel is also a homosexual, and lives with his boyfriend in France. Daniel made this movie, which discusses the synesthesia that Daniel has, which allows him to see colors in place of numbers and compute incredible sums.

Written by alexgfrank

July 31, 2010 at 2:50 am

>Class Picture

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(From Left to Right: Matthew Schnipper, Alex Frank, Chioma Nnadi, Mobolaji Dawodu, Sam Hockley-Smith)

From Matthew’s post today for The Fader.

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July 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

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>THIS IS DEDICATED TO YOU JOHN WATERS I HEART YOU MORE EVERYDAY, xxALEX

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“One of the reasons to keep making new young friends is so that there’ll be enough people at your funeral, that it will be full.” – John Waters

Written by alexgfrank

July 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

>this is art

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thanks to daniel scott erickson for this one.

>Agave Suave

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>I went to Phipps’ Conservatory in Pittsburgh to see the Agave Plant in bloom, a plant that flowers only once in it’s entire lifetime. The plant itself is about 50 years old and will typically live to be about 100, but this is as beautiful as it will ever be.





I also went into the Orchid Room. They are definitely the gayest plant, if you ask me. Look at how bitchy some of them look! Sass factories!










Written by alexgfrank

July 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

>cowgirls and indians

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>I never thought in my life I would shoot a gun, but when my friend Dave offered to take me shooting 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh I couldn’t say no. It was seriously fucked up though and I don’t think I’ll do it again. We bought the ammo at a Wal-Mart and ear plugs at a gun shoppe. I still kind of feel fucked that this even happened.












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July 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm