July 6

If it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight

James Comisar has amassed a collection of movie and TV props which he currently houses in storage while he sets up the actual Museum of Television.
posted by growabrain at 5:04 PM - 1 comment

Calvin and Markov

Calvin and Markov [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:54 PM - 19 comments

Burt Shavitz, namesake and co- founder of Burt's Bees has passed

Burt's Bees (SLYT) Ingram Berg Shavitz, known as Burt Shavitz, was an American beekeeper and businessman notable for founding the Burt's Bees personal care products company with businesswoman Roxanne Quimby. Burt's likeness is featured on the Burt's Bees products. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 2:36 PM - 16 comments

Forty at even, forty at even, forty at even...

After 167 years of continuous trading, the end of trading bell today in the open outcry futures pits of the Chicago Board of Trade, along with it's sibling at the New York Mercantile Exchange, will signal their permanent closure . Along with the closure of the pits will see the disappearance of multi coloured trading jackets (get 'em while you can), scenes of grown men screaming numbers at each other, a private sign language and gruff traders comprised almost exclusively of men, save for a few women.
posted by PenDevil at 1:52 PM - 30 comments

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Dispatches from Trauma Island. An essay by author Katie Coyle regarding the loss of her daughter, who was stillborn in May.
posted by zarq at 1:05 PM - 8 comments

butter your cat

Buttered cat? Buttered cat! Cat butter? Butter-cat paradox? Butter your cat (or maybe not).
posted by divabat at 12:48 PM - 14 comments

Marital privilege and singlism after Obergefell v. Hodges

"Now all of us single people are pathetic, not just the straight ones. “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there,” writes Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. ...Isn’t it enough to be denied the “constellation of benefits that the States have linked to marriage”? A constellation my coupled queer sisters and brethren now can hold dearly if they just make it official? Once again, being single is the dreary, awful, mournful alternative to marriage. A condition to be pitied, and quickly corrected by a sprint to City Hall." (Spinsters previously)
posted by Lycaste at 12:23 PM - 62 comments

In Israel: casual dress, handle business cards with respect.

CT Business Travel presents an infographic on business etiquette around the globe.
posted by Shepherd at 10:28 AM - 62 comments

INXS' Kick covered in day-long session by Beck and friends. [SLYT]

The purpose of the project is to cover an entire album by another artist in one day, using an informal and fluid collective of musicians. "Joining in this time we had three of my favorite bands— Liars, Annie Clark and Daniel Hart from St. Vincent, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, as well as RC veteran Brian Lebarton, just back from the Charlotte Gainsbourg tour. The record covered this time was 1987 blockbuster 'Kick' by INXS. The record was chosen by fellow Aussie, Angus from the Liars. It was recorded in a little over 12 hours on March 3rd, 2010. It was an intense, hilarious, daunting and completely fun undertaking. Thanks to everybody for being there and putting so much into it. Many classic moments, inspired performances and occasional anarchy." -Beck Hansen
posted by slacy at 9:23 AM - 24 comments

Write your own adventure

Diorama Club - a site where you can play interactive stories or use a simple tree syntax to create and share your own.
posted by Artw at 9:12 AM - 8 comments

Rainbows, Signposts, Secrets, Rewards, Panorama, Fiesta

The Houghton Mifflin Readers (1971): Textbook Illustrations that Blew a Million Minds. Vintage textbook graphics, from covers to poetry to illustrations.
posted by maryr at 8:39 AM - 26 comments

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Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview [The Millions]
If you like to read, we’ve got some news for you. The second-half of 2015 is straight-up, stunningly chock-full of amazing books. The list that follows isn’t exhaustive — no book preview could be — but, at 9,100 words strong and encompassing 82 titles, this is the only second-half 2015 book preview you will ever need. Scroll down and get started.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:21 AM - 27 comments

"British politicians are easily seduced by American money and power"

Ukip seemed to be waging an American-style culture war — but the British didn’t appear to be interested. From October to election day, the party’s standing in the polls fell from 18 to 13 per cent. The dip can’t all be pinned on Ukip’s drift towards Tea Party politics, but a number of Kippers feel that Farage’s infatuation with America distracted him from his mission at a crucial moment, and unbalanced the delicate ecosystem that had allowed the party to flourish.
The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:14 AM - 17 comments

Mary Anning: the greatest fossil hunter the world has ever known

She got off to an inauspicious start when she was born in poverty and then was struck by lightning as a small child. But when her father died when she was ten, leaving her family without any means of support, Mary Anning made her own luck with her skill at fossil finding. Her first big find came when she discovered the first complete skeleton of an Icthyosaur at twelve years old. She went on to discover pivotally important skeletons of plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and a fossil fish which was hailed as the "missing link" between sharks and rays. Despite being self taught, she was widely regarded as one of paleontology's greatest experts in the world when she died. Previously.
posted by sciatrix at 7:36 AM - 10 comments

ida-cracked-files-sostituire agli originali.rar

Italian surveillence software vendor Hacking Team were hacked, with 400GB of data dumped. According to leaked invoices, Hacking Team sold offensive software to countries including South Korea, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, and Mongolia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Luxemburg. There are initial indications that Hacking Team had pretty poor operation security, for example, using the password Ht2015!. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:16 AM - 31 comments

You're The One That I Want Satan

Death Metal Grease (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:04 AM - 26 comments

Living in the Future

Who need jetpacks and flying cars if you (might) have Giant Robot Battles?
posted by signal at 6:17 AM - 19 comments

What? No Couch Gag?

Remember "Bartkira" (previously here), which adapted the manga Akira into the world of The Simpsons? (Now with a website where you can read the first three volumes) Of course you know Akira was adapted into an anime, and now, so has Bartkira... kind of... at least a shot-for-shot remake of the Akira trailer. (For comparison, the original Akira trailer it's modeled from.) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:44 AM - 15 comments

July 5

Rossetti and the wombat

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (/ˈdænti ˈɡeɪbriəl rəˈzɛti/;[1] 12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter, translator and wombat enthusiast. He celebrated it in poetry and image; others have since done so with baking. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:42 PM - 11 comments

How to Not Be a Bullying Mob

Are you angry on the internet? That's ok! Perhaps, though, this would be an excellent time for you, angry person on the internet, to review (MeFi's own) Andrea Phillips's helpful flow chart of how not to be a bullying mob. [via mefi projects]
posted by MeghanC at 10:25 PM - 29 comments

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."

Pixar's 15 movies, ranked: Vulture | Collider | ET | EW [slideshow] | TV Guide [slideshow] | The Wrap | Washington Post, which disagrees on methodology: "My way to rank the Pixar canon is simple: How much did the film give you the feels?" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 6:41 PM - 172 comments

Watching Women Want

"[W]hat moves me [about women's soccer] is not a beautiful pass, or a bad refereeing call, or even the players’ backstories. What moves me is the players’ faces, and watching women want. ... And we need to see this, because when you’re in the act of wanting something badly enough, there isn’t room for self-consciousness. How you look, your stance, your hair, your makeup, whether you appear pretty, your sex appeal: all of these things that coalesce in my brain, and maybe yours, to form a hum so low and so constant that I take it as a state of being—and when you want, they disappear. When you want, the want goes to the fore. The you can take a backseat."
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:05 PM - 45 comments

"This verbal tic makes them sound like pompous bullshitters"

Just don't do it:
What this advice boils down to is ‘talk like a man’. The writer doesn’t even try to argue that there’s some inherent reason to prefer ‘less body language’ (whatever that means) to more. It’s preferable simply because it’s what men are said to do. Men are more successful in the workplace, so if women want to emulate their success, the trick is to mimic their behaviour.
[more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 5:54 PM - 71 comments

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 - 48 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 - 56 comments

Oxi!

Early results indicate Greeks have voted No in a landslide. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 2:09 PM - 183 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 - 25 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 - 25 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 - 9 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 - 8 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 - 5 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 - 47 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 - 25 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 - 40 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 - 81 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 - 28 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 - 21 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

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    “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 - 56 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 - 8 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 - 114 comments

    Was the American Revolution a mistake?

    Was the American Revolution a mistake? A counterfactual examination.
    posted by Marky at 1:22 PM - 116 comments

    Zayn was magnificent though

    What it's like to spend 19h in a supermarket
    posted by mippy at 12:33 PM - 33 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 - 33 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 - 40 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 - 121 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 - 18 comments

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