There I was, trying to scarf down a grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck outside the Austin Convention Center, when a pack of Satanic nuns rolled by to wish everyone a "Merry Apocalypse."In almost any other time or place, this would be an unusual occurrence. Weird, you might say. But at SXSW, an event that mostly defies thematic categorization, weird is always in bountiful supply.Film, music, social issues, politics, business -- SXSW packs a lot into 10 days. Sure, you get red carpet world premieres and blockbusting marquee names, but you also find the unexpected roaming around the streets that surround the convention center. On Saturday, I looked up from my phone to catch a procession of kids with masks, beating a drum, promoting the adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, premiering March 16 at SXSW.Or, there were the two young women walking around in silver alien costumes, with green-painted faces. For what reason? I couldn't tell you. And if angels and demons cruised by on … [Read more...] about SXSW 2019: The weirdest sights from the world’s largest culture fest
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Acquired Tastes In Acquired Tastes, The Takeout explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. One of the most convincing arguments that Filipinos have mastered the roast pig, or lechon, is its skin: brick red and so immensely crunchy it crackles between your teeth like you were chewing glass. Other cultures are known for their own versions of roast pig—the Cantonese suckling pig siu yuk, and whole hog barbecue in the Carolinas come to mind—but Filipinos have managed to raise the standard so high that in 2009, no less a worldly traveler than Anthony Bourdain proclaimed lechon the “best pig ever.” It’s high praise for something where preparation and cooking is a straightforward, albeit time-consuming process. Pigs are butchered, their hair singed or scalded off, and their bellies slit open and stuffed with a bouquet of herbs and seasonings like leeks, garlic, salt, and lemongrass. The skin is often rubbed with coconut water, soy sauce, or … [Read more...] about Lechon is the world’
Throughout her three years at Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, Lacy made it her mission to hire a woman into a leadership role. Lacy had heard plenty of excuses for why her female job candidates weren’t Riot material. Some were “ladder climbers.” Others had “too much ego.” Most weren’t “gamer enough.” A few were “too punchy,” or didn’t “challenge convention,” a motto you can find in Riot’s company manifesto and recruiting materials. “Across the board, you’d have side-by-side similar backgrounds,” said Lacy, which is not her real name, “but the leadership team would constantly ixnay any female candidate for leadership.” Hiring a woman into a leadership position proved impossible for Lacy, she said, and she left the company in part because of the sexism she’d personally experienced. She said her direct manager would ask her if it was hard working at … [Read more...] about Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
Learning from the Sentinelese Feel like being target practice? Then just get within about 50 feet of North Sentinel Island! Photodisc/Thinkstock So, what can we learn from the Sentinelese? Well, not an awful lot since they aren't exactly fond of visitors. Occasionally, they'll let giddy anthropologists give them some coconuts, but that's about as far as that goes. Sometimes they'll take the coconuts, but still fire off a few rounds to encourage a speedy departure. One thing we could learn, however, if they were in the mood to teach us and we could actually understand what on earth they were saying, would be their secret to tsunami survival. The Sentinelese apparently not only know when a tsunami is approaching, but also how to survive an apocalyptic wall of water on a tiny island that's only about 28 square miles (72 square kilometers) in size, with peaks no more than 320 feet (98 meters) above sea level. It seems their attentiveness to nature -- possibly the ocean, the … [Read more...] about What is the most isolated culture on Earth — and what can we learn from it?
Santa Claus rides a float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images All over the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities can be startlingly different from country to country, focusing on different aspects of the nativity story. But whether you're celebrating Sheng Dan Jieh in China or awaing Pere Noel in France, you're sharing in the wonder and magic of the Christmas season. In the following pages, we'll take a look at Christmas traditions in countries around the world, from Sweden to Australia, from England to China. Christmas Traditions in Australia In Australia, December 25 falls during summer vacation, so many of the country's Christmas festivities take place outdoors. The most popular event of the Christmas season is called Carols by Candlelight. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside. The stars shining above add to the … [Read more...] about Christmas Traditions Around the World