The jazz guitarist Jim Hall
The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 8:14 PM - 13 comments
Buried deep among the hundreds of old scripts in RKO Pictures’ archives was a 1941 melodramatic gem about an amnesia-stricken man who wakes up in the middle of a revolution in Mexico. Never produced, the screenplay for “The Way to Santiago”
is credited to Orson Welles.
posted by dobbs at 6:27 PM - 6 comments
Alice Munro, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, was unable to travel to Stockholm due to her health, so the committee went to her. This is their 30 minute interview with the celebrated author. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 6:20 PM - 2 comments
A Louisiana fire ant colony and 18 pounds of molten aluminum -- two great tastes that taste AWESOME together.
Brought to you by the good folks at Anthill Art.
posted by KathrynT at 5:41 PM - 63 comments
Wayside Creations' surprisingly high-budget, on location shot Fallout New Vegas fan-series returns with: Nuka Break Season 2
! (Full episode playlist
). Rejoin Twig the Vault-Dweller, Ben The Ghoul , Scarlet The Escaped Slave and the Mysterious Ranger as they deal with the explosive aftermath of Season 1.
(Nuka Break Previously
, Wayside Creations previously
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM - 35 comments
"...Rest stops are vanishing from the landscapes of America. All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. They're on the chopping block for many states, their upkeep giving way with tight highway budgets. Louisiana has closed 24 of its 34 stops, Virginia, 18 of its 42; pretty much every state in the country has reduced its number of rest areas, or at least cut operating hours. And they're not just being closed, they're being demolished. "They're just toilets and tables" you might say. But if you take a closer look, you will see that they are much more.
" (Via The Atlantic Cities, which includes an interview with the photographer, Ryann Ford
) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:32 PM - 89 comments
After a weekend in which tight end Rob Gronkowski and safety Tyrann Mathieu both sustained season-ending tears to their anterior cruciate ligaments
, many NFL fans are wondering why there seem to be more such injuries this season than in seasons past. Grantland looks at the dreaded ACL tear
and tries to solve the puzzle. [more inside]
posted by savetheclocktower at 1:26 PM - 33 comments
Once upon a database query, while I pondered weak security,
And many avenues of access via backdoor,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a wiretapping,
As of some one gently sniffing, sniffing at our server's door.
“‘Tis some hacker,” I muttered, “tapping at our server door
Or just a virus, nothing more.” -- The NSA Raven
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:21 PM - 6 comments
Blorpy: Interesting stories found in comments
"Internet comments are NOT all stupid.
If you read through enough comments, you come across some amazing stories.
I find them and post them here."
[via mefi projects
posted by rebent at 1:08 PM - 16 comments
Kenny Shirley and Carlos Scheidegger of AT&T Labs have put together a fascinating tool
to analyze voting patterns for the baseball Hall of Fame. This Deadspin post
will help walk you through it. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 12:10 PM - 20 comments
The Twin Peaks 12 Days of Christmas
featuring a few actual cast members of the show
(including BOB!), recorded by those wacky radio folks at KROQ in Los Angeles and barely tied-in to their first annual "Almost Acoustic Christmas"
concert which continues to this day. Lyrics here
. Previous Peaks
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:54 AM - 11 comments
Improve your public speaking
with the help of MeFi's own Mathowie
posted by Artw at 10:33 AM - 56 comments
Veterans Administration hospitals performed lobotomies on more than 2,000 mentally ill soldiers during and after World War II. Today, the Wall Street Journal published the first part of a story extensively documenting
the lives of the men who underwent this procedure, and those who performed it.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:28 AM - 21 comments
Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film. On the 50th anniversary of Yasujiro Ozu's death, Mark Schilling examines the iconic director's own thoughts on the filmmaking process. Donald Richie's review of ‘Ukigusa (Floating Weeds),’
Nov. 26, 1959. Ebert on Ozu
. Criterion on Ozu
posted by KokuRyu at 9:25 AM - 5 comments
The sign language interpreter at the funeral of Nelson Mandela apparently... wasn't.
If you thought the strangest thing out of the Nelson Mandela funeral was the byplay between President Obama, the first lady, and the Danish Prime Minister, think again. Deaf advocacy groups, led by the Deaf Federation of South Africa
are expressing anger today over the appearance onstage of a supposed sign language interpreter who apparently knew nothing of sign language and was just making nonsense gestures.
posted by Naberius at 7:06 AM - 250 comments
"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century." Pope Francis, "The People’s Pope," is Time's 2013 Person of the Year
. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:37 AM - 137 comments
The marking "DG" was said to be an abbreviation of deputy governor, but in fact was a protective code word to indicate that papers so marked were for sight by "British officers of European descent only".
-- Before withdrawing from its colonies, UK colonial officials made certain to destroy any papers
that "might embarrass Her Majesty's [the] government", that could "embarrass members of the police, military forces, public servants or others eg police informers", that might betray intelligence sources, or that might "be used unethically by ministers in the successor government".
posted by MartinWisse at 3:46 AM - 14 comments
The public radio science program Radiolab
recently wrapped up a tour featuring their latest live show, Apocalyptical
. It is, as you might have guessed, about the end times. The show, hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and featuring live performances from comedians Kurt Braunohler and Reggie Watts and an appearance from dinosaur puppets, is now available for free on YouTube.
posted by inturnaround at 3:31 AM - 12 comments
In 1972, National Lampoon
expanded into recorded comedy with Radio Dinner
. The album
was largely a star turn for a young NatLamp
contributor named Christopher Guest; when the magazine followed up on Radio Dinner's
success by sponsoring an off-Broadway "satirical joke-rock mock-concert musical comedy semi-revue,"
he was tapped to perform in it alongside a drummer named Chevy Chase and a 24-year-old John Belushi. National Lampoon's Lemmings
(original cast album
) was another hit, running for 350 performances of Woodstock parody and Joe Cocker mockery
editor Michael O'Donaghue decided the time was right to take the brand to a weekly radio show. He brought the stars of Lemmings
back for it, together with Belushi's old Second City castmates Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, and Brian Doyle-Murray. Harry Shearer, Doug Kenney, and Richard Belzer helped round out the cast of The National Lampoon Radio Hour
. [You should probably just assume that all YT links are NSF playing out loud at W.]
posted by Iridic at 8:46 PM - 31 comments
The Men Who Leaked The Secrets
To the likes of Brooks, Snowden was a disconcerting mystery; Glenn Greenwald, though, got him right away. "He had no power, no prestige, he grew up in a lower-middle-class family, totally obscure, totally ordinary," Greenwald says. "He didn't even have a high school diploma. But he was going to change the world – and I knew that." And, Greenwald also believed, so would he. "In all kinds of ways, my whole life has been in preparation for this moment," he says. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:14 PM - 39 comments
Roger Angell is the greatest of all baseball writers.
Today, the game has recognized the fact. This July, along with Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa, Roger
will be celebrated in Cooperstown, New York, the site of the Hall of Fame. He will receive the J. G. Taylor Spink Award,
which has previously gone to the likes of Grantland Rice
, Red Smith
, Ring Lardner
, and Damon Runyon
. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:54 PM - 9 comments
Russian scientists attempt to perfect the ultimate dance shoe in Slightly Left of Centre's "Love the Way You Move
posted by Aznable at 5:31 PM - 22 comments
became the first country to legalize
the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana
posted by Tom-B at 5:11 PM - 60 comments
Demand Media, once valued higher than the New York Times, is seeing a rapid decrease in profits because of Google changing its search algorithms. Does this mean the beginning of the end for "content farms"?
posted by reenum at 4:43 PM - 41 comments
The Electric Mayhem (previously
) perform "Can You Picture That"
(SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Gelatin at 4:42 PM - 23 comments
Two Turkish girls react
to seeing [SPOILER REDACTED]
in "Day Of The Doctor
posted by mediocre at 3:36 PM - 46 comments
Martyn Ashton gets a little help from his friends to finish Bike Party 2
Earlier this year, Martyn Ashton, one of the fathers of trials riding, sustained life changing injuries (Previously
). He is currently paralyzed from the waist down. When he was injured, he had partially completed the sequel to his first Road Bike Party
video. His friends, Chris Akrigg and Danny MacAskill, helped finish the new video.
posted by The World Famous at 2:34 PM - 11 comments
a BBC documentary on the controversial
cult novelist James Moffat
aka Richard Allen
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:12 PM - 12 comments
Do you like obsessively cataloged information? Do you like abandoned, semi-abandoned, and/or semi-repopulated ghost towns? Do you like amazingly poor web design? Then you will love ghosttowns.com
, an exhaustive collection of thousands of ghost towns in the US and Canada. Find out how to visit ghost towns
, and then click on the map to find one near you!
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:29 PM - 24 comments
"Maybe the Big Bang never happened because the universe never began because it has always existed."
Scientific American magazine revisits the decade-old idea that we live in a "Rainbow" universe
(where different wavelengths of light experience spacetime differently and where the big bang may never have happened) following the publication of new physics research
on the subject.
posted by rcraniac at 12:19 PM - 82 comments
We were left wondering why a man who served 16 terms in Congress and who bravely came out as gay all the way back in 1987 felt the need to hide his atheism until he was out of office. Was it really harder to come out as an atheist politician in 2013 than as a gay one 25 years ago? Incredibly, the answer might be yes. For starters, consider that there is not a single self-described atheist in Congress today. Not one.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:05 PM - 164 comments
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