In the ongoing debate over whether or not vaping can really be the guilt-free pastime smokers want it to be, there has been a minor, but unsettling discovery. Motherboard reports that one e-liquid manufacturer, Five Pines, has been using two chemicals known to cause lung disease when inhaled.
Diacetyl and acetyl propionyl, both used to make artificial butter flavor in food, is perfectly safe to eat, but not to inhale. With no specific regulations on e-cigarettes, companies are currently required to follow FDA regulations for food products in general. Independent regulatory bodies, however, have apparently suggested that the chemical not be used at all. At the very least, the report suggests that the need to develop specific regulations for e-cigarettes is more urgent than we thought.
The Intercept, the investigative journalism publication founded by Edward Snowden leak recipient Glenn Greenwald, will open a documentary film arm called Field of Vision, according to Indiewire. The studio will be run by Laura Poitras, who also reported on Snowden in her documentary, CitizenFour . The studio, which will focus on producing short documentary projects, plans to release its first film, Poitras’ Asylum.
Speaking of short-form art projects, Big Grams —a new project from Outkast alum Big Boi and Phantogram— released their first single, “Fell in The Sun,” Thursday. According to Pitchfork, the song is available for download if you pre-order the group’s upcoming EP, which comes out September 25.
Harvard linguist Steven Pinker has taken the time to write a book that, in part, clears up some of the most commonly misused words in the English language. An excerpt from the book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in 21st Century, in The MetroWest Daily News asserts that people tend to misuse such words as “adverse” and “appraise.”
Let’s get one thing straight, though: No matter how poor your diction, if you’re wearing the right sneakers, no one will correct you. The self-tying Nike MAG high-tops from Back to The Future II, I would argue, can make a person temporary infallible… Or maybe they’d just look super-cool. /Film believes someone may be making them. Not replicas like the ones they released in 2011. Real ones. With laces that tie themselves.
Max Erdenberger, who used to be art director for Nike’s ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy, posted the above photo on Instagram today, suggesting that something related to the Nike MAG sneaker will be announced on October 21, the day Marty McFly jumps to when he’s sent to the future. Obviously that photo does not show a sneaker tying itself, but shoe designer Tinker Hatfield gave fans hope in January when he told sneaker blog Nike Kicks that a self-tying version of Marty McFly’s future-footwear was in development and he hoped to release them by the end of the year. Is that enough to convince you that this is actually happening? You aren’t sure?
Neither am I, but I want to believe.
(Lead image credit: Vaping360)