May 23

"10 points go to ... Sweden!"

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest concluded today, with Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw performing the winning song. A brief recap of the live performances provides glimpses of the costumes, stage effects, and choreography peculiar to Eurovision grand final performances. [more inside]
posted by needled at 7:14 PM - 6 comments

"WHOA!"

Keanu Reeves is immortal.
posted by Fizz at 6:34 PM - 25 comments

This is Richard. His parents are doing OK.

A pretty great comic that clearly lays out how (some) privilege works.
posted by Shepherd at 5:34 PM - 11 comments

Who the heck is Leslie, anyway?

It's almost summer, so here's the story behind one of the best ever pop songs about spending time outside. The Young Rascals, Groovin'.
posted by freakazoid at 5:10 PM - 3 comments

"Simplify your language and thereby find your humanity."

"The life-changing message of 'On Writing Well' is: simplify your language and thereby find your humanity." William Zinsser, journalist and nonfiction writer, passed away earlier this month. His book, "On Writing Well," is one of the definitive works on the craft of writing. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 3:08 PM - 14 comments

Louis 'Thunder Thumbs' Johnson

R.I.P. Louis Johnson, great funk bass player. Founding member of funk group Brothers Johnson and legendary bassist Louis Johnson died too young at the age of 60. [more inside]
posted by maggiemaggie at 2:26 PM - 20 comments

"So, what do you do?"

A 10-step guide to party conversation for bioinformaticians
posted by a lungful of dragon at 1:00 PM - 26 comments

"bad things happen and we don’t lie about it, we don’t hide it"

“All of those things play a part in who I am as a person. It all has equal weight. I want sexual abuse to sit happily alongside other topics like music and creativity, without this gut shudder, ‘Oh no, we can’t talk about that.’” The book is accompanied by a playlist that Rhodes put on Spotify – Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Chopin’s Etude in C Minor – a wonderfully simple, powerful idea, which at times makes it heartbreakingly difficult to read.
For The Guardian Zoe Williams interviews pianist James Rhodes about his just released autobiography, finally available after the UK Supreme Court ruled in his favour in the lawsuit taken out against him by his ex-wife. Trigger warning: child abuse. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 9:24 AM - 20 comments

Damn, Ireland, you're looking fabulous today!

The Republic of Ireland made history today by becoming the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage via popular vote. Ireland only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, so the country has seen an amazing turnaround on gay rights issues. And the omens are good.
posted by orange swan at 8:31 AM - 102 comments

Unreal Food For The Real World

Why would I, who learned to cook from Culinary Luddites, who grew up in a family that, in Elizabeth David’s words, produced their “own home-cured bacon, ham and sausages . . . churned their own butter, fed their chickens and geese, cherished their fruit trees, skinned and cleaned their own hares” (well, to be honest, not the geese and sausages), not rejoice at the growth of Culinary Luddism? Why would I (or anyone else) want to be thought “an obtuse consumer”? Or admit to preferring unreal food for unreal people? Or to savoring inauthentic cuisine?
The answer is not far to seek: because I am an historian.
A Plea For Culinary Modernism
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 5:23 AM - 61 comments

May 22

An Entire Stable of Characters in One Issue

Wham-O (previously) revolutionized the circle, the torus and the sphere, but they once did something innovative with the humble rectangle: Wham-O Giant Comics (alternate ad here), intended to be a quarterly magazine but ultimately the only issue released by the company. You can read it in its entirety here and read critiques of its contents here. It's an anthology whose contents run the gamut of genres, so if you don't like a story, you can just skip to the next. Of particular note are Radian and Goody Bumpkin, drawn by Wally Wood (previouslies).
posted by BiggerJ at 10:49 PM - 11 comments

Small Things Considered

Carl Zimmer writes for The New York Times: How Simple Can Life Get? It's Complicated - "Scientists have long wondered how much further life can be stripped down and still remain alive. Is there a genetic essence of life? The answer seems to be that the true essence of life is not some handful of genes, but coexistence." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:04 PM - 26 comments

“The brain is the station where every railway line passes through.”

Can evolution explain acts of kindness, and morality? [The Guardian]
We arranged a debate between a sceptical Tom Stoppard and the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson. Stuart Jeffries acted as referee. We arranged for the two to meet recently in the grand boardroom of Wilson’s London publishers to discuss their differences, and reflect on two hard problems – what is the proper scope of science, and what is it to be human.
posted by Fizz at 6:28 PM - 26 comments

Wait, it was the dinosaur that escaped from the Zoo!

Lego Adventure in the City. via the always wonderful The Kid Should See This [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:05 PM - 8 comments

60 years

In honor of its 60th anniversary, Disneyland presents "Disneyland Forever", the new "World of Color" and the Paint the Night Nighttime Electrical Parade. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:09 PM - 22 comments

Third time's a charm.

"You have to watch this video 3 times to discover the secret."
A video puzzle by professional juggler Michael Karas.
posted by Atom Eyes at 4:03 PM - 42 comments

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

Aleister Crowley The Most Wicked Man In The World [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:55 PM - 41 comments

Jon Drinks Water

Does what it says on the tin, 2945 times. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 2:28 PM - 28 comments

B.B. St. Roman

B.B. St. Roman [formerly Barbara Becker] is the only staff member for the New Orleans Police Department Homeless Assistant Unit. Before helping the homeless, she traveled the world, recording sound for documentaries .... And at one point, she became the tour manager for Dr. John, Louisiana musician and legend. Her film audio credits include Mother Teresa and Shamans of the Blind Country a film ethnography of the Himalayas. TEDx talk, and here's her Facebook page.
posted by latkes at 1:25 PM - 6 comments

Ross Is the Worst "Friends" Character

It is proven. (SL SBNation)
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:06 PM - 136 comments

A way to keep pollinating bees around without chemicals? There mite bee.

"The first 21 days of a bee's life in 60 seconds" is a time-lapse video by photographer Anand Varma, who discusses his collaboration with the bee lab at UC Davis in breeding a naturally mite-resistant line of honeybees. (Via.)
posted by a lungful of dragon at 11:38 AM - 15 comments

PUT AWAY YOUR FEET YOU HEATHEN

As summer approaches, the hotly contested debate about the appropriateness of flip-flops rears its ugly head. In the no-flip-flops-allowed corner is Slate's Dana Stevens. Coming to their defense is Megan Carpenter over at RawStory. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:20 AM - 150 comments

“I would also like to be called by my name, Kyle.”

Do You Prefer "Native American" or "American Indian"? 6 Prominent Voices Respond "Wherever I go, from the reservation to the city, through the halls of academia, from younger to older, to the grassroots, and in social media, I hear numerous discussions and debates around how people choose to identify with certain references, e.g., which word is the most appropriate: Native American? Native? Indian? American Indian? Indigenous? My task here was to ask several friends and people whom I (and many others) admire what reference they feel most comfortable with."
posted by jaguar at 10:44 AM - 62 comments

Slits/Sarah Jaffe

Why Feminism Needs Punk
posted by josher71 at 10:37 AM - 14 comments

The Simple Logical Puzzle That Shows How Illogical People Are

In the 1960s, the English psychologist Peter Wason devised an experiment that would revolutionize his field.
posted by boo_radley at 10:27 AM - 89 comments

At last, the Lifetime/SyFy crossover we’ve all been waiting for!

A Netflix app glitch created weird new films - Back in 2014 a bug in one of Netflix’s apps is accidentally mashing up the plot summaries of different movies and TV shows. @SummaryBug has been capturing the weirdest results. Here are some examples.
posted by Nevin at 9:49 AM - 15 comments

"Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone famous?"

When a celebrity resemblance is an affliction, not an attribute. A woman writes about being frequently told that she looks like Sandra Bernhard. [more inside]
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 9:30 AM - 115 comments

2015 song of the summer

'AMAZING GRACE' PLAYED ENTIRELY ON AIRHORNS WOOOOOOOOO
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:21 AM - 28 comments

That Thing You Dew

How Mountain Dew Came to Perpetuate a Deep-Seated Appalachian Stereotype As Mountain Dew taps into tropes of corn-syrup-free authenticity and nostalgia for "backwoods" "renegades" and "rebels" with its throwback drink Dewshine, a daughter of Appalachia considers how the beverage reflects cultural stereotypes. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:03 AM - 99 comments

Old Street at 3am on a weekend in the late 90s

Free music Friday! Organic Audio - Back to my Roots As part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration Tummy Touch are offering 'dubbed out disco beats and dirty global grooves WAY before they were fashionable'. [more inside]
posted by asok at 8:34 AM - 3 comments

"The real rare bird is the writer who debuts after 40."

In writing class after writing class, I see time and again how the question of talent haunts the young, who come to class hoping to make it into that anointed group—those who publish to glory young. [But] the question of age haunts my older students more than talent.
[more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 7:56 AM - 39 comments

Predictability is an illusion

Havoc: A life in accidents. An essay by Australian writer Tim Winton
posted by zarq at 7:43 AM - 9 comments

"McDonald's proved themselves to be jerks and the jury didn't like that"

Factual comics Friday: Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler sets the record straight on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:41 AM - 89 comments

Flâner

Flâner is a series by Cecile Emeke (nyt) about blackness in France: episode 1; episode 2; episode 3.
posted by - at 6:42 AM - 3 comments

Don't Make It About The Money

Management advice from former drug dealer Rick Ross
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:50 AM - 31 comments

It’s Not You, It’s Us: Apartment Hunting in Brooklyn

What you do when apartment hunting online, and what a lot of people do, I imagine, is you plug in your preferred neighborhood/price range/amenities/etc., and then out pops a long list of results that you further refine by imagining a very specific and very fictionalized narrative involving a version of yourself that isn’t necessarily true right now but could be true if you lived in apartment X. No, you’ve never wielded a wrench for any longer than the time it takes to pass it to your dad, but why couldn’t you fix a fixer-upper? Or be the kind of person to share one bathroom with six other roommates? Or live with a Ukrainian family that’s gone for five months out of the year, but whose kids you’re expected to babysit as per your new rental agreement?
posted by ellieBOA at 4:57 AM - 22 comments

"BECAUSE LIFE IS IN 3D"

My selfie in 3d. This may be the finest use of 3d printing possible. Gifts for everyone you know or want to know. [more inside]
posted by fizban at 3:53 AM - 43 comments

Let me be frank

It's a short read, but Food Republic's Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide may take you a while to digest.
posted by drlith at 3:45 AM - 70 comments

May 21

"Piglet, put that pepper down." "Nnyyyyuuaahhhgggggggg!"

Little tough guy pizza thief.
posted by phunniemee at 10:09 PM - 27 comments

No Flight Attendants Were Harmed in the Making of This Film

What started as an amusing way to capture to fleeting attention of airline passengers, either with animation (Virgin Air 2007) , body paint (Air New Zealand 2009), elaborate costumed productions (Air New Zealand again, 2012), or sudden viral sensations (Delta Airlines 2008), the airline safety video has now transformed into a production that doubles as a marketing arm by hoping for that elusive YouTube traffic. With the summer 2015 travel season starting the airlines have started rolling out their newest productions. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:15 PM - 49 comments

BIG ANALOG

Tim Heffernan is a freelance writer interested in heavy industry and the natural world. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:56 PM - 6 comments

Welcome... To the world of tomorrow!

Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow - cryogenically frozen head not included.
posted by Artw at 7:45 PM - 19 comments

Don't think. Just shoot.

Lomography is style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. There are several camera types that fall under the lomography genre. Among some of the more popular, are the Diana and Holga. These cameras, and (all of them in the Lomo line) are usually poor technical cameras. They are "poorly" built and often have light leaks, poor alignment of their lenses or other defects. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:15 PM - 52 comments

The road to riches is lined with colored gravel & plastic lawn ornaments

Dave Reynolds, and his partner Frank Rolfe not only own mobile home parks but have a side business teaching potential investors that there's money to be made by buying parks and raising rents. The story from The Guardian. [more inside]
posted by readery at 6:15 PM - 25 comments

Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped

Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped (slyt) [more inside]
posted by mhum at 5:24 PM - 20 comments

Welcome to the Cup of Coffee Club. See ya.

"Of the 17,808 players (and counting) who’ve run up the dugout steps and onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers." These are some of their stories.
posted by artsandsci at 4:57 PM - 8 comments

Welcome to Pacific Tech's "Smart People on Ice".

30 Years Later, Real Genius is Still the Geek Solidarity Film That Nerd Culture Deserves.
posted by fings at 3:41 PM - 131 comments

Happy To Be Here

The first thing you need to know about secure psychiatric facilities is that their bathrooms smell strongly of pee. What does it feel like to suffer from a mental illness? How can you explain that unique pain? I don't know how to explain it but this post hits a few points in a profound way.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 3:29 PM - 23 comments

Student forced to remove online photos under threat of suspension

Imagine assembling a portfolio of over 4,000 photographs and then being forced to make it disappear or face life-altering consequences; that’s the situation sophomore Anthony Mazur is currently facing at Flower Mound High School in his Texas hometown.
posted by komara at 2:37 PM - 80 comments

Mind the gap

Harry Beck's original London Underground Tube Map was a design classic. The latest Transport For London version... Not so much.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:31 PM - 37 comments

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