July 5

Where is Google taking us?

I listen to one of the two or three key brains behind the Search algorithm itself, Ben Gomes, who speaks 10 to the dozen of “natural language generation” and “deep learning networks” (and, inevitably, of the “holy grail” of answering users’ questions before they have been asked). [more inside]
posted by Little Dawn at 5:15 PM - 10 comments

Not due to legalization

While California's water shortage continues, Cascadia has been suffering its own drought conditions, to the extent that expanding wildfires have lent the skies of Vancouver, B.C. a Mars-like orange hue.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 2:39 PM - 32 comments

Oxi!

Early results indicate Greeks have voted No in a landslide. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 2:09 PM - 72 comments

For every season, there is a meal

"You learn to cook so that you don't have to be a slave to recipes. You get what's in season and you know what to do with it." ~ Julia Child
In North America, summer is peak time for fruits and not bad for vegetables, but not all states are the same, so you can also browse Epicurious' seasonal ingredient map for a view of seasonal selections, month by month for any state. In the UK, you can visit Eat the Seasons to get an idea of what's fresh now, and La Cuisine in Paris has a list for seasonal food shopping in France. If you're in India, there are five seasons to consider, with the addition of monsoon season, and seasonal foods are an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as summarized on The Kitchn. Zipmec has a very general list of seasonal foods in South America, but for some real local flavor, Epicurious has a visual guide to Latin American and Carribean produce (though no mention of seasonal availability). And if you want to take a culinary tour of the world, Food By Country is a great place to start, with geography, history and food, plus recipes for each country (previously). And while shopping for produce, it's good to know how to pick the right vegetables and fruit, from The Kitchn, with additional suggestions in the comments. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:46 PM - 10 comments

"they quickly learn that their lives are the cost of doing business."

Alexander Chee asks: Future Queer: Where is Gay America going next?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:17 PM - 19 comments

Flippin' the Bird

Sure, musical fundamentals are important, but there's also a place for techniques that look cool. Peter Forrest explains Three Tricks for Ukulele Showboating. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 12:04 PM - 6 comments

Dvorak's Ninth Symphony ("From the New World")

Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"). Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Bernstein talks about the piece for a Book of the Month Club "appreciation record." Tom Service writes about it in the Guardian. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:21 AM - 5 comments

The Suwa Lake New Fireworks Contest

Each year two fireworks festivals are held at Suwa Lake in Nagano, Japan. The first, in August, is one of the largest in Japan. The second, in September, features a contest for the best new fireworks. Some of the effects are stunning: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 10:50 AM - 3 comments

"No, it's not fake."

The world's tallest cow dies after a lifetime of Photoshop accusations
posted by Jacqueline at 10:16 AM - 40 comments

The Grass Ceiling

The Grass Ceiling: How to Conquer Inequality in Women's Soccer [Atlantic link] An attorney who helped players file a gender-discrimination lawsuit over artificial turf in the World Cup proposes a way forward for the sport. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:31 AM - 16 comments

Tory Budget to cut 'housing subsidies' for higher earners

BBC: "A clampdown on "taxpayer-funded subsidies" for "higher earners" living in social housing is to be announced by the chancellor in Wednesday's Budget. Local authority and housing association tenants in England who earn more than £30,000 - or £40,000 in London - will have to pay up to the market rent, George Osborne will say. The move is expected to raise up to £250m a year by 2018-19. It is thought that this could affect 340,000 households." George Osborne said: "the Budget would "reward work over welfare" and allow people to keep more of the money they earned."
posted by marienbad at 7:49 AM - 36 comments

The Los Angeles Dollhouse

But yes, definitely, I acknowledge that Joss Whedon, despite being one of my faves, is problematic and that in general yes Your Fave is Problematic. I’d even say that the particular idiosyncratic tics and hypocrisies and contradictions in Joss Whedon’s brand of feminism bear examination, that if we can be mean enough to make a Hollywood in-joke out of parodying the characteristic style of Michael Bay and James Cameron someone by now should’ve done it to Joss Whedon.

Someone did. It was Joss Whedon.
posted by Artw at 7:48 AM - 48 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A at 6:01 AM - 12 comments

    Letter to My Son

    Letter to My Son, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, July 4, 2015: "I came to understand that my country was a galaxy, and this galaxy stretched from the pandemonium of West Baltimore to the happy hunting grounds of Mr. Belvedere. I obsessed over the distance between that other sector of space and my own. I knew that my portion of the American galaxy, where bodies were enslaved by a tenacious gravity, was black and that the other, liberated portion was not... And I felt in this a cosmic injustice, a profound cruelty, which infused an abiding, irrepressible desire to unshackle my body and achieve the velocity of escape."
    posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:17 AM - 24 comments

    “street-level, real-world kinds of stories.”

    In Hawkeye, narrative strategies like the in media res opening, the flashbacks, and the flashforwards are complimented by Fraction and Aja’s use of motifs to thicken individual issues and stories. In #3, two different lists—the “nine terrible ideas” Clint has on the day the story takes place (featured in first-person captions), and a catalog of the trick arrows in Clint’s quiver (featured in inset panels with labels like “Explosive-tip Arrow”)—offer running commentaries on the dominant story. Sometimes Hawkeye’s echoes and callbacks can be very on-the-nose, as in the small panels of Clint praising his boomerang arrow that appear early and late in the story.
    For The Comics Journal, Craig Fischer examines Matt Fraction/David Aja's Hawkeye. Warning: spoilers.
    posted by MartinWisse at 5:16 AM - 17 comments

    July 4

    "It's very easy to break people's will"

    Fifteen miles from Vilnius, Lithuania, in the forest of Nemenčinė, a crumbling, underground Soviet Bunker contains Europe's most terrifying theme park: a KGB torture prison that's still operating on its visitors. [more inside]
    posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:30 PM - 19 comments

    🍴

    “Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue.” 7 Secrets To a Beautiful Cheese Board:
    The first thing to remember when creating a cheese plate is that you want a good balance of flavors (strong to mild), textures (soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard), colors, shapes, and sizes. It’s helpful to find a reputable local market with a cheese counter, and become acquainted with the cheesemonger and the cheese. All of the cheesemongers I know are not only happy to talk cheese, but are happy to let customers sample before they buy.
    posted by Fizz at 6:13 PM - 49 comments

    Lame Selfie Bee.

    A webcomic about a bee and the things that make her feel awkward.
    posted by idiopath at 6:12 PM - 25 comments

    Southern Gothic’s global appeal

    "Although it has been said that every person is the hero of their own life story, it is more accurate to say that every person is the underdog of their own life story." Why southern gothic rules the world [SLGuardian], MO Walsh
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:18 PM - 7 comments

    How our secret snacks are like a great painter's unknown works.

    How we eat when no one is looking, from the School of Life. Text version. From the School of Life.
    posted by Miko at 2:12 PM - 103 comments

    Was the American Revolution a mistake?

    Was the American Revolution a mistake? A counterfactual examination.
    posted by Marky at 1:22 PM - 103 comments

    Zayn was magnificent though

    What it's like to spend 19h in a supermarket
    posted by mippy at 12:33 PM - 29 comments

    I photo the firework

    Once again, Cabel Sasser runs The Gauntlet of Washington fireworks sellers to bring you the very best in fireworks packaging. I will take a case of Angry Beaver! [more inside]
    posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:20 AM - 30 comments

    I'd like to be under the sea, in the octopus's garden with strawberries

    It's hard to be a plant, trying to grow in one location while faced with excessive temperatures, wind and pests, and getting enough water to survive. An Italian family with an extensive history of making diving equipment came up with an idea to address these challenges: grow plants in the ocean. The result are a series of submerged glass domes with plants and sensors, called Nemo's Garden, where they are currently growing a number of plants, such as basil, lettuce, strawberries and beans. You can watch a live stream and view the collected data in realtime, and see more videos from the Ocean Reef Group on YouTube. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM - 15 comments

    Broad-spectrum, water resistant, and SPF 30.

    How to choose the best sunscreen [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:22 AM - 37 comments

    Bill & Ted Should Have Been Higher

    On the occasion of a new Terminator movie, io9 brings us a list of Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked. Spoiler: Back to the Future is at the top, The Lake House is at the bottom, and Star Trek IV is in the middle.
    posted by Etrigan at 9:46 AM - 114 comments

    Mahler's 5th Symphony

    Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Starting from the second, third, fourth, and fifth movements. [more inside]
    posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:20 AM - 16 comments

    “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel”

    This idea that you must travel, as some sort of moral imperative, without worrying about something as trivial as “money.” ... It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it.
    Chelsea Fagan explains Why “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel” Is The Worst Advice Of All Time.
    posted by Dip Flash at 6:00 AM - 242 comments

    "Adblocking is the modern speeding"

    In this scenario, the publishers and journalists are the residents of the suburban street that has been turned into a cut-through: cars keep speeding past, ignoring them and their entreaties. Worse, the cars are driving too fast, and they pose a risk. But nobody can point to anything definite yet. And the car drivers certainly won’t – they’re too busy driving past.
    Charles Arthur thinks adblocking is the internet equivalent of speeding.
    posted by MartinWisse at 3:55 AM - 194 comments

    A Film By Steven Vander Meer : Seven Mermen Farted Viably

    "Salmon Deadly Sins"* is an animated film hand-drawn on over 5000 salmon-colored index cards, with sins, fish, fishbones, and other stuff... and anagrams. Single Link Vimeo (Smiling Oven Like) [more inside]
    posted by oneswellfoop at 3:19 AM - 4 comments

    July 3

    Heavy Barn Find

    A WWII Panzer tank and other military equipment has been found in the basement of a German pensioner.
    posted by chrchr at 11:21 PM - 56 comments

    The Curse of Knowledge

    Why is good writing on technical subjects so hard to find? A popular explanation is that bureaucrats, scientists, doctors, and lawyers who write dense prose are intentionally obfuscating their writing to appear more intelligent than they are. After all, no one likes reading hashes of passive clauses salted with jargon and acronyms--not even fellow specialists. Stephen Pinker, however, has an alternate take on the issue. What if knowing a lot about a topic directly interferes with your ability to effectively communicate it?
    posted by sciatrix at 9:29 PM - 52 comments

    Tour de France 2015: From Eritrea to Utrecht

    On Saturday the 2015 edition of the Tour de France starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For the first time in the Tour's history, "an African-owned, African-sponsored, African-managed professional cycling team", MTN-Qhubeka, will participate. Two Eritrean riders, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, will ride in its Tour de France team. This year's TdF also features two teams named Lotto. And perennial crowd favorite Thomas Voeckler is still riding.
    posted by needled at 6:52 PM - 14 comments

    Freedom Hawk keeping 1970 alive and rockin'

    Emanating from the barrier dunes of Virginia, Freedom Hawk’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce a sound that is distinctly their own. The trio’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, but presents a fuzzy take that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing. for me... Sabbath meets early KISS another track here
    posted by bobdow at 6:40 PM - 12 comments

    🌋

    Grilling with Lava [New York Times]
    This July Fourth, we offer an intense, but minimalist way to grill steak. It requires 800 pounds of Wisconsin basaltic gravel heated to 2,000 degrees. New York Times food writers have advocated cooking directly on hot coals this Fourth of July, but the truly adventurous may want to consider another approach: lava-grilled steak. The Syracuse University professors Bob Wysocki and Jeff Karson, the leaders of this minimalist technique, say the key is to start with thin-cut steaks, the more marbled the better. You then find the nearest retrofitted bronze furnace. (Very likely, that is the one the professors have built for themselves in Syracuse as part of the university’s Lava Project. When not cooking dinner with it, Mr. Wysocki, an artist, and Mr. Karson, a geologist, create lava for scientific research and sculptures.)
    [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 6:04 PM - 21 comments

    Saint Stephen with a rose / in and out of the garden he goes

    Why I’m spending $4,768 dollars to see the Grateful Dead this weekend. May the 4th be with y'all
    posted by growabrain at 5:31 PM - 60 comments

    low-tech mind control

    George Orwell, human resources and the English language | "Had he been alive today, George Orwell – the great opponent and satirist of totalitarianism – would have deplored the bureaucratic repression of HR. He would have hated their blind loyalty to power, their unquestioning faithfulness to process, their abhorrence of anything or anyone deviating from the mean. In particular, Orwell would have utterly despised the language that HR people use..." [more inside]
    posted by Nevin at 3:59 PM - 32 comments

    “Why can’t I use magic to explore a beautiful world?"

    Fight Club: How Masculine Fragility Is Limiting Innovation in Games
    posted by NoraReed at 3:40 PM - 131 comments

    He was on his way to becoming a trail legend.

    When James Hammes, an accountant who embezzled $9 million from the Pepsi distributor he worked at, went on the run he didn't flee the country or live a life of luxury. He spent six years hiking the Appalachian Trail. [more inside]
    posted by edeezy at 3:17 PM - 19 comments

    Hot Girls Wanted

    Rashida Jones has produced a new documentary about the "amateur porn" industry and follows several young women trying to make it in Miami. Here is an interview with Gianna Toboni of Vice about the film. [more inside]
    posted by stinker at 12:32 PM - 65 comments

    Who killed Elsie Frost?

    In 1965, 14 year old Elsie Frost was murdered, and her killer was never caught. BBC Radio 4 is releasing serialized podcast episodes of its current investigation into the half-century old cold case. As listeners across Britain contribute new theories, the West Yorkshire police have agreed to review the old evidence. [via Answer Me This]
    posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:48 AM - 13 comments

    Chill The Lion

    PRESS AND DRAG TO MAKE WIND. THE LION WILL SURELY APPRECIATE.
    posted by Going To Maine at 10:43 AM - 24 comments

    This blog features a lot of drawings of kitties.

    Sometimes, a lot of kitty drawings are all a post needs to be.
    posted by Shepherd at 8:51 AM - 35 comments

    "...my dad found it in a box of 'junk' he was supposed to throw out"

    A prototype of the Nintendo Playstation/SNES-CD may have been located. Photos are here. The ongoing forum thread is here and there is a reddit discussion as well but it in a private group. But a question remains: Is this all a hoax?
    posted by griphus at 8:33 AM - 27 comments

    Thanks, Obama *URP*

    Adult Swim just released the first trailer for animated sci-fi favorite Rick and Morty. The show is set to return July 26th, but the first two episodes recently leaked online. Creator Justin Roiland points a finger at "the president". Meanwhile, at San Diego Comic-Con, Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon will be improvising an episode on July 10th. If you're still catching up, Fanfare is now just over halfway through the first season. And of course, there's the Simpsons couch gag that accompanied the announcement of the season 2 premiere date.
    posted by cosmic owl at 8:12 AM - 31 comments

    The Chef Who Saved My Life

    Here is the story of The Day Jacques Pépin Saved My Life. That’s how I tell it, anyway —at parties, over dinner, on those occasions when a friend finds himself drowning in his own life and I’m cast as an unlikely dispenser of wisdom. That’s when I try to assure him that salvation can come in the most unlikely of guises: in the guise, say, of Jacques Pépin, who, when I, too, was lost and deep in dark waters, came along and showed me the way to back to the light.
    posted by Shmuel510 at 7:40 AM - 23 comments

    Run time: 8 seconds

    Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in [Film title].
    posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:41 AM - 68 comments

    the paradigmatic fantasy of the Age of Aquarius

    Dune, 50 years on
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:31 AM - 90 comments

    Hey Ho! Let's Go! Geronimo!

    The Acid House trend/moral panic of the late 1980s saw house and techno go mainstream, and in the early 1990s, what was now known as 'dance music' was a regular fixture in the UK Top 40. And a trend for songs which sampled video games cartoons, and even government films teaching kids about safety. The Musician's Union ruled that all samples needed to be sung when performed on TV, which led to some interesting TV performances. [more inside]
    posted by mippy at 4:24 AM - 34 comments

    Arguably more honest than some

    A lot of the “tent revival” footage throughout would be relatively unremarkable, except that you know the guy doesn’t really buy into one singular goddamned thing the he’s saying to the shouting crowds of gullible hayseeds and proto mega-churchers. You see how adept Gortner has become at getting people to hand over the “largest bill they have,” while behind the scenes we find him literally counting a pile of cash on a hotel room bed, shaking his head about how easy it is to get the money flowing.
    Dangerous Minds examines the bizarre story of Marjoe Gortner (previously), child preacher turned evangelist conman as depicted in the 1972 Oscar winning documentary Marjoe, now available at the Internet Archive.
    posted by MartinWisse at 3:09 AM - 15 comments

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