April 18

New York once had a concentration of type foundries near City Hall. "What did they find so vital about this one neighborhood?"
posted by ChuckRamone at 8:56 AM - 0 comments

The US is a little closer to a popular vote for president. Governor Cuomo added New York State to the National Popular Vote interstate compact. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 8:54 AM - 6 comments

Post-operative Check: "It's okay that you don't remember me. My name is Shara, and I'm part of the surgical team. I'm checking to see how you're doing after your surgery. Do you know where you are right now?" [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:49 AM - 3 comments

Royal Enfield motorcycles are built in Chennai, where they are painted by by hand.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:41 AM - 4 comments

Gorgeous castle, abandoned for 20 years. And, interestingly, it's a variation on a Calendar House, with 365 rooms--one for every day of the year. No idea what they did about leap years. Tent, maybe?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:20 AM - 8 comments

BOYFRIEND TWIN - a tumblr documenting the curious pattern of gay men dating themselves.
posted by The Whelk at 7:47 AM - 27 comments

Pharrell Loves My Work Anne Marsen compares the video of Girl Walk//All Day with Pharrell's Happy
posted by Lanark at 3:01 AM - 18 comments

Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in one flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 1:59 AM - 9 comments

April 17

History of the Cycle World Record brought to you by the World Sport Stacking Association. [previously] [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 9:31 PM - 20 comments

How many rappers have name-checked Tough Actin' Tinactin brand anti-fungal skin products? More than you would think.
posted by not_on_display at 9:27 PM - 18 comments

Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt shadows chef Wylie Dufresne for a day.
posted by moonmilk at 7:12 PM - 24 comments

Won't you please, please won't you be my neighbor? NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star. Kepler-186f is a planet about ten percent bigger than Earth that orbits within the habitable zone of its star. The light there is dim and orange, and it only gets about a third of the sunshine we do, but that may be enough for life. If you go outside tonight, there might be someone 500 light years away looking back at you...
posted by Kevin Street at 4:55 PM - 49 comments

High End Customizable Sauna Experience by Porpentine
posted by bile and syntax at 4:14 PM - 38 comments

How Americans Die - a visual tour through surprising trends in mortality among Americans in the last several decades
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:59 PM - 52 comments

Yupanqui's gorgeous and meaningful songs have been covered by musicians, worldwide. Yupanqui's are songs about life, revolution, the worker, and everyday things (like a workers cart). Give a listen to some of his songs (and their covers) - even if you don't understand a word of Spanish, you will be rewarded lilting melody and the soul of a true musician/poet. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae at 3:58 PM - 2 comments

ALT/1977 is a series of advertising mock-ups which imagines modern products with the aesthetics and production of 1970s consumer electronics. Faux-wood paneling, angular fonts, and more orange than you can shake a stick at.
posted by codacorolla at 2:50 PM - 51 comments

When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview.
posted by scalefree at 2:37 PM - 74 comments

"This is specifically challenging in science fiction and fantasy, where there are often so many ways to heal someone–from super-science to ancient sorcery. And yet there are issues with miracle cures in fiction. For one thing, they rob disability of its narrative power. For another, they play into the problematic narrative that people with a disability somehow “deserve” it." -- Elizabeth Bear talks about writing characters with disabilities in science fiction and fantasy in a guest post for Sarah Chorn's Special Needs in Strange Worlds column.
In this SF Signal column, Sarah Chorn explores how fantasy and science fiction treat disability, through reading lists, author interviews and the examination of characters with disabilities like Tyrion Lannister.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:24 PM - 23 comments

"The post-attack intelligence on Turkey did not make its way to the White House. ‘Nobody wants to talk about all this,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘There is great reluctance to contradict the president, although no all-source intelligence community analysis supported his leap to convict. There has not been one single piece of additional evidence of Syrian involvement in the sarin attack produced by the White House since the bombing raid was called off. My government can’t say anything because we have acted so irresponsibly. And since we blamed Assad, we can’t go back and blame Erdoğan.’"
A report by Seymour Hersh alleges that Turkish PM Erdoğan's National Intelligence Organization is responsible for last August's sarin attack in Syria, in an attempt to force Obama's hand on air strikes. [more inside]
posted by p3on at 2:11 PM - 33 comments

Stellar fusion in 2048 style. Not quite just another 2048 clone. (of which there have been many many many versions, most discussed here). This version follows the fusion path of a main sequence star challenging you to create a stable isotope of iron.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:05 PM - 25 comments

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87. A giant of Latin American literature, he had struggled with lymphatic cancer and likely dementia (previously) in his latter years. To honor his memory, The Paris Review has reposted their interview with García Márquez from 1981, the year before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:41 PM - 114 comments

An army of NYPD cops on Thursday evicted a homeless man from his Manhattan Bridge "home" — which was complete with a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 1:12 PM - 46 comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I share with you today – the latest beat from off the street, the mashup sensation that’s sweeping the internet nation. It's DJ Faroff’s latest groovechild Mash Machine, starring the Godfather of Soul, the Doors, dueling riffs from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. With special guest appearances from the Soul Train line dancers, the Pink Panther and a cowbell.
posted by jason's_planet at 12:58 PM - 10 comments

Ever wish you could actually take classes in Charms, Transfiguration, and Potions from Hogwarts for real? Now you can!
posted by divabat at 12:02 PM - 37 comments

Is your business persona working for you? Stanley Bing as posted an exerpt from his new book, The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of the Business Arts. [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:10 AM - 18 comments

On the first full day of Passover, Jewish people in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were handed leaflets ordering all Jewish residents over the age of 16 to pay the new pro-Russian revolutionary authorities $50 apiece for individual registration, otherwise “the guilty ones would be deprived of their citizenship and deported outside the republic; their property would be confiscated.” [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:05 AM - 72 comments

Cave insect species discovered in which the female has a penis and the male has a vagina.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:04 AM - 35 comments

Wired on how Matt Fraction's Sex Criminals manages to be a comic book, about sex, that isn't completely awful.
posted by Ipsifendus at 9:54 AM - 18 comments

Apparently created in a schism over a TV Tropes policy of content restrictions imposed by their advertising contract, All The Tropes covers much the same ground in a more conventional wiki inteface (Mediawiki). posted by Herodios at 9:50 AM - 52 comments

Ambient Dark Souls. Virtual field recordings from the world of Dark Souls.
posted by neuromodulator at 9:29 AM - 18 comments

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer (previously 1, 2) is currently exploring the Gulf of Mexico. Today, they're exploring a 19th century shipwreck! Watch the discoveries on three live streams.
posted by mudpuppie at 8:41 AM - 17 comments

The most recent story in ProPublica's Living Apart: Examining America's Racial Divide series is "Segregation Now," which focuses on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, city school district "and its fleeting experience with the challenges and virtues of integration." But beyond Tuscaloosa, "almost everywhere in the United States, the gains of integration have been eroded. And nowhere has that been more powerfully and disturbingly true than in the South – once home to both the worst of segregation and the greatest triumphs of integration. Freed from the federal oversight that produced integration, schools districts across the 11 former states of the Confederacy have effectively re-instituted segregation for large numbers of black students, in practical terms if not in law." [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:37 AM - 88 comments

Meet the Lego Pilot. Circling the globe from the flight deck.
posted by Xurando at 8:21 AM - 0 comments

McDonalds, Sorkinized for your pleasure. [SingleLinkComedyCentral]
posted by tonycpsu at 7:16 AM - 20 comments

From the mind of cartoonist KC Green (previously) comes The Ballad Of Dark Homer, a stranger take on our favorite animated family.
posted by The Whelk at 7:11 AM - 11 comments

The Dadliest Decade
posted by valkane at 7:01 AM - 12 comments

The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back - She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
posted by anastasiav at 6:45 AM - 185 comments

A couple's final journey. "Chris MacLellan and Bernard Richard Schiffer never exchanged “for better or for worse” vows. As a gay couple, marriage wasn’t an option in Florida. Instead, they lived together and loved each other for 11 years."
posted by HuronBob at 3:33 AM - 27 comments

April 16

Chinatown Sartorialist. "We saw them at Portsmouth Square and frantically made a beeline for them, both in a brown, earthy palette with matching cheetah sweaters and furry hats."
posted by spamandkimchi at 10:44 PM - 27 comments

An Oral History of 8 Mile's Rap Battles
posted by Sebmojo at 10:12 PM - 23 comments

The Ket from the Lake Munduiskoye (2008, 30 min.) The Ket people are an indigenous group in central Siberia whose population has numbered less than two thousand during the past century. Although mostly assimilated into the dominant Russian culture at this point, a couple hundred of them are still able to speak the Ket language, the last remaining member of the Yeniseian language group. Recent scholarship has proposed a link between Ket and some Native American language groups.
posted by XMLicious at 9:15 PM - 7 comments

British Pathe releases 85K videos to YouTube. An archive of film from the late 1800s onward is now available on YouTube.
posted by bitmage at 7:29 PM - 21 comments

"Academics restart work to unlock secrets of mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia on edge of the Siberian Arctic. The 34 shallow graves excavated by archeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago."
posted by ChuckRamone at 6:25 PM - 18 comments

The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours and bestselling albums. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth, Oni, and most notably the Halo trilogy -- an iconic blend of sweeping orchestral bombast, haunting choirs, and electronic ambience that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors, sound effects, and an innovative dynamic music engine, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney on the score for the upcoming Destiny. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause (flabbergasted reaction: HBO/DBO - NeoGAF - Reddit). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten, Frank O'Connor, Marcus Lehto, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 6:04 PM - 25 comments

Action Park was an amusement park located in Vernon, New Jersey, (in)famous for its dangerous rides. "You'd see a kid in the summer cover in friction burns, and you'd be like 'How was Action Park?' " (13 minute documentary on DailyMotion.) Relive some of those memories with 9 minutes of commercials from 1979-80, including an actual record of people on Cannonball Loop, and almost six minutes of rides and attractions from 1991.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:55 PM - 40 comments

Stephen Soderbergh's 1996 movie of Spalding Gray's Gray's Anatomy
posted by Going To Maine at 5:50 PM - 17 comments

Try to win a staring game against Dali (or a campbell's soup can or a giraffe) in this free staring game on the iPhone. Or have characters from The Office stare at you instead, in The Office Stare Machine.
posted by mysticreferee at 5:16 PM - 4 comments

The Story Behind the "Original" Predator Suit (SLYT)
posted by OverlappingElvis at 4:45 PM - 15 comments

Combat Juggling is a thing? Yes, Combat Juggling is a thing.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 3:47 PM - 20 comments

“Right before I went into high school, my parents enrolled me in a couple of social skills classes to prepare me for the change,” she tells me. “They taught me how to behave in certain social situations, like when girls go into the washroom together, or how to behave when you get invited to a party, or when you want to ask someone on a date. That’s where I think the classes switched from being useful to being controlling.”
posted by Mistress at 3:25 PM - 20 comments

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