And the winners are shoppers, workers, and Team Artie T. Previously.
Boston-area grocery shoppers and Market Basket employees rejoice as the Demoulas families have agreed upon a settlement.
An "only in Boston" story, Market Basket's history of family feuding
has been resolved with the assistance of MA Governor Deval Patrick and NH Governor Maggie Hassan
. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 6:18 AM - 12 comments
Don't do what you love.
"We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America." [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 5:46 AM - 34 comments
Behind Claude’s Doors
In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame Claude kept, perhaps the greatest were her own. William Stadiem, who knew the elusive Claude in the 1980s, follows her trail to the South of France. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:54 PM - 11 comments
Human infants are born with a series of reflexes
that help them survive -- or that helped their primate
ancestors survive, whose persistence marks their importance to primate survival. Reflexes are typically not sent to the brain; they occur along a much shorter pathway called a "reflex arc
" (your doctor triggers a simple reflex arc by hitting your kneecap with a hammer; you can't control your leg kicking because the signal doesn't go to your brain but rather hits a reflex arc that is much shorter and only goes to your spinal cord) and "primitive" reflexes in infants are those that disappear and are "integrated" and overwritten by the growing nervous system
. You can keep your adult knee-jerk
reactions -- infants have much cooler reflexes. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:19 PM - 19 comments
Why We're Not Driving the Friendly Skies A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams stretching toward the horizon must also feel a need to know: Where are the flying cars?
posted by modernnomad at 8:14 PM - 21 comments
The Loudest Word in Rock and Roll
: "In a lot of ways it's really perfect and very cool, almost gang-like: 'We are The Stooges or The Kinks or The Sisters of Mercy.' The mind-set is, 'There is only one of us and we are it and we are gonna do it our way, no mercy.'" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 6:36 PM - 25 comments
Bryan Goldberg's site for women was doomed from the start.
One year later (previously
is] hugely successful. What’s his secret?" (Amanda Hess for Slate
posted by box at 5:47 PM - 16 comments
Watch a very good YouTube video review of a Cambridge Satchel bag
by Nix T., and enjoy the cat's appearance about 2 minutes in
(you can hear the cat's jingle-bell collar just prior). (Cat makes valiant effort
to keep appearing in that review.) A jingle-bell can be heard, once again, at the start of the follow-up video review
of another Cambridge Satchel bag. Timing is everything; the cat waits until the four minute mark
to video bomb its owner. Nix T. then proceeds to make use the cat by comparing its body size to his bag.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:57 PM - 24 comments
One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
(YouTube, 1 hour). The story of two activists who fought to improve the lives of Filipino workers in Alaskan canneries, their murders by members of a street gang, and the eight-year investigation that ultimately found Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos responsible for their deaths. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year at 3:46 PM - 5 comments
is a self-taught composer and musician who has expanded his process of composing music for himself and others to perform into creating new or modified instruments
, and is also involved with traveling to hard to access regions of Angola and recording local music, as documented on his website Tsikaya: Músicos do Interior
. You can read an outstanding interview of Victor with Ned Sublette for Afropop
, or read more on his creation of instruments as part of his creative process
, or you can experience his performances on YouTube
and his music on Soundcloud
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:47 PM - 2 comments
Why are lawyers so unhappy? One attorney by way of explanation demonstrates exactly what his days are like
in an answer pulled out and published from a larger Quora thread
posted by shivohum at 2:47 PM - 41 comments
With the approaching end of the last Mondo Kim's Video & Music
, the one on First Avenue
, here's an oral history of the iconic, idiosyncratic East Village video store
from its clerks and customers, including Richard Foreman, Chloe Sevigny, Andrew WK, and many more. (previously
posted by Doktor Zed at 1:28 PM - 29 comments
With the English Premier League season heading into its second week, The Guardian took the opportunity to publish a strange series of pictures
from photographer Ray Wright of some of the top footballers of the 1970s posing at home with their families and a few choice possessions such as vacuum cleaners, radios, moving boxes, tricycles, wallpaper, axes and globes.
posted by salishsea at 1:15 PM - 23 comments
On Sunday, Tina Fontaine's body
in the Red River in Manitoba after running away from a group home
. There are more than 1100 missing or murdered
indigenous women in Canada, and PM Harper has said that an inquiry into this is not needed
, as it is "not a sociological phenomenon [but] crime". [more inside]
posted by jeather at 1:10 PM - 27 comments
Celebrated writer Nalo Hopkinson blogs
that the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy
, the largest publicly-accessible collection of sf/f genre books in the world, may be in danger
, in the wake of changes in the library and university administration. The archive is housed by the library system of UC Riverside
and currently hosts a biennial conference
, a lifetime achievement award for celebrated writers in the genre
and a student short story contest
. The journal Science Fiction Studies
(based at DePauw) sponsors a fellowship
to promote research at the Eaton archive.
posted by aught at 12:22 PM - 3 comments
(the "p(HiLo)sophical blog" dedicated to highbrow AND lowbrow culture, but NEVER middlebrow, seen previously here
) every August does a series of posts with a "(something) Your Enthusiasm" theme. In 2011, it was Jack Kirby for "Kirb Your Enthusiasm"
, in 2012, it was Captain Kirk for "Kirk Your Enthusiasm"
, in 2013, it was Very Old School Hip-Hop for "Herc* Your Enthusiasm"
and this year, it's a mini-essay a day about specific typefaces: "KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM"
. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:12 AM - 18 comments
Feeling nostalgic for those Read Along Adventure books of your youth? Well, this site
has you covered with vintage audio files paired with Flash animation of the books (so you don't even need to turn the pages). List of titles here
. Of course, if you're looking for the same format but with a harder edge, the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop
just recently started creating their own based on "R" Rated films of the time. Their first project? John Carpenter's The Thing.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:13 AM - 19 comments
interviews Joe Pass and Count Basie for his 1980 show "Words and Music." [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone at 8:59 AM - 4 comments
If pop culture treated men the same way it treats women.
I know you're all way too cool for Cracked but I thought this was both hilarious and on point.
posted by phunniemee at 6:45 AM - 84 comments
George Lawler always knew his father was a criminal — his mug shot had been on New York City’s most wanted list in 1962. What he did not know was that his father had been a muse, of sorts, for Andy Warhol.
13 Most Wanted Men
was installed by April 15, 1964 at The World's Fair site in Queens, NY. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller had the work painted over before the Fair opened to the public.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:23 AM - 6 comments
Reviews of classic books,
culled from the internet's think tank.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:20 AM - 64 comments
announces new album SYRO via the deep web! Richard D James uses deep web browser Tor
to announce SYRO
, his first album since Drukqs
in 2001. [more inside]
posted by gideonswann at 12:13 AM - 20 comments
Do you like games with awkward controls and physics? Do you dream of playing QWOP
against your friends? Well, Mount Your Friends
is just right for you! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 8:01 PM - 12 comments
"A great nightclub with amazing DJs, virgin drinks made with love, and hopefully an exciting atmosphere. It will be just like any club in Berlin, London, or Ibiza - minus the drunks." Stockholm's new nightclub Sober
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 7:57 PM - 49 comments
Jim Henson's colorful animation of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's
piece, "Drums West".
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:37 PM - 12 comments
Today, there are new brewers in London diving straight in at the deep end, creating beers with wild yeasts, aggressive hops and whisky barrel ageing. Some of them are exceptional. Many are indifferent, and some are plain bad. Some of these cocky rebels could learn a thing or two from the bland brands they rail against: just as Picasso proved he was a master of painting human figures before he evolved into his unique abstract style, any new brewer should prove they can brew a fault-free, balanced lager or pale ale before they earn the right to tackle the hard stuff.
Pete Brown: in defence of bland lagers
posted by MartinWisse at 3:37 PM - 139 comments
Hüsker Dü's landmark double LP hits its third decade this summer. "Nobody was prepared for Hüsker Dü‘s Zen Arcade
. It didn’t sound like any other album slapped with the "punk" tag. It didn’t even sound like any other music being made in 1984. Zen Arcade
was a double album released in an era when two-record sets were reserved for bloated and pointless live records or even more bloated and pointless “artistic statements” put out by artists with way too much creative freedom. Plus, it’s a concept album — the hoariest of ’70s music shackles. But Zen Arcade
was different — a punk-based double album that wasn’t very punk at times. It wasn’t very focused either, moving from folk and pop to jazz and classic rock." - diffuser.fm
The sky's the limit on this chartered trip away. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 3:24 PM - 32 comments
Women in India face a whole host of period taboos
such as sleeping apart from their husbands, not washing their hair, not touching jars of pickled foods, and not making cheese curd. Most women are too embarrassed to be seen purchasing sanitary napkins
or even watching commercials for them. Napkin manufacturer, Whisper, has launched a campaign by addressing the taboo subject head on. So, go ahead and touch the pickle! [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 2:37 PM - 25 comments
What Should A 4-Year-Old Know? "She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always OK to paint the sky orange and give cats six legs. He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn't care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he'll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud." (ht sonika on FB for this)
posted by Phire at 2:22 PM - 28 comments
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it became possible to believe in the existence of life on other planets on scientific grounds. Once the Earth was no longer the center of the universe according to Copernicus, once Galileo had aimed his telescope at the Moon and found it a rough globe with mountains and seas, the assumption of life on other planets became much less far-fetched. In general there were no actual differences between Earth and Venus, since both planets orbited the Sun, were of similar size, and possessed mountains and an atmosphere. If there is life on Earth, one may ponder why it could not also exist on Venus. In the extraterrestrial life debate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Moon, our closest celestial body, was the prime candidate for life on other worlds, although a number of scientists and scholars also speculated about life on Venus and on other planets, both within our solar system and beyond its frontiers. Venusians: the Planet Venus in the 18th-Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate
(PDF), from The Journal of Astronomical Data
(JAD) Volume 19
, somewhat via NPR
and their mention of amateur astronomer Thomas Dick's estimations of the populations of the other planets in our solar system
(Archive.org online view of Celestial scenery, or, The Wonders of the planetary system displayed
posted by filthy light thief at 2:05 PM - 7 comments
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