Bits: Bromides, Tasered for Graffiti, Herzog's PSA

• Miami Beach police tasered to death 18-year-old artist and graffiti writer Israel Hernández-Llach early Tuesday morning. His crime: writing an R -- that's as far as he got in writing his tag, "Reefa" -- on the side of a shuttered McDonalds. “The officers were forced to use the Taser to avoid a physical incident," said the chief of police.

Werner Herzog takes the dreaded driver-safety PSA into new territory with From One Minute to the Next, a new 35-minute documentary, which offers an unflinching and distinctly Herzogian cautionary tale about texting while driving. He forgoes the genre's usual scare tactics, instead opting for humane portraiture of both victims and perpetrators. It's every bit as engrossing as Grizzly Man or Into the Abyss, making the haunting case that any one of us could find ourselves an unintended killer for checking the iPhone one more time.

Edward Winkelman posted this remarkable story on Facebook: a Russian man, displeased by the terms of an unsolicited credit card offer he received in the mail, scanned and modified the agreement -- to include terms like a 0% APR and no fees -- and mailed a signed copy back. The back approved a card, apparently without reading the fine print. Long story short, it's now two years later and he's suing the back for $727,000 for breach of contract.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/07/v-fullstory/3548779/graffiti-artist-dies-after-tasering.html#storylink=cpy

• PJ Harvey's new single "Shaker Aemer" -- available as a free download -- draws attention to the plight of the last British resident in Guantánamo: Held without charge or trial and cleared of any wrongdoing in 2007, Aamer has been locked up for 11 years. The song recounts the 46-year-old's four-month hunger strike and forced feedings.

• Of its Jay Z/Taylor Swift "Picasso Baby" mashup, Pop Culture Pirate writes, "I love that both artists use their status as outsiders to connect with audiences despite being very much ‘insiders.' I think that dichotomy resonates with the art world attendees as well."

• Painter Rich Barlow tells MN Daily about his "Daily Bromides," a series of  watercolor postcards he sends out anonymously -- one a day for a month to a random recipient -- depicting William Henry Fox Talbot's Reflected Trees, one of the first photographs ever made.

• Apparently, today is go-armed-to-Starbucks day.

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