February 6

And now for something completely different...

Flying Fish Slaps Remix (hat tip: Kottke) Not to be confused with the Fish-Slapping Dance. … For those still confused, here is a documentary on the complex and intriguing ritual of the ancient art of fish-slapping. And for anyone who continues to be confused, Michael Palin explains.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:19 AM - 2 comments

Fake Online Locksmiths, lead gens and Google Maps (nyt)

Fake Online Locksmiths A locksmith’s shop on a street in Sun City, Ariz. [...] turned out to be a fiction that was created for the locksmith by a web design firm using Photoshop at what is, in fact, a vacant lot. [via marginal revolution] [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 3:09 AM - 20 comments

February 5

Error 53

Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:19 PM - 87 comments

My God, it's full of cake!

Crushed between two Portals pushes Valve's Source Engine to places it was probably never intended to go. (SLYT)
posted by Uncle Ira at 7:32 PM - 33 comments

akin to a Rorschach inkblot

A federal court panel has ruled that two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks. Critics of the 2011 Republican-led redistricting contend the map lines were drawn to concentrate black voters in districts that reduced their overall political power. North Carolina is home to 3 of the nation's 10 most gerrymandered congressional districts.
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:00 PM - 44 comments

Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Every Coen brothers movie, ranked from worst to best. [more inside]
posted by How the runs scored at 6:13 PM - 138 comments

The cat's name is Haku

Jun cooks Fluffy Omurice
Jun cooks Koi fish sushi
Jun cooks Chicken Nanban
[more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:57 PM - 23 comments

"Text Mode Lives!"

The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Resource
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:56 PM - 31 comments

I Want to Believe

Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut, Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, and outspoken alien visitation believer, has died at age 85. [more inside]
posted by 1367 at 2:37 PM - 34 comments

"There’s white and then there’s the how-white-my-shirts-can-be white..."

Stealing White: How a corporate spy swiped plans for DuPont’s billion-dollar color formula By Del Quentin Wilber [Bloomberg Business]
“At first, you’re like: Why are they stealing the color white? I had to Google it to figure out what titanium dioxide even was,” says Dean Chappell, acting section chief of counterespionage for the FBI. “Then you realize there is a strategy to it.” You can’t even call it spying, adds John Carlin, the assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national security division. “This is theft. And this—stealing the color white—is a very good example of the problem. It’s not a national security secret. It’s about stealing something you can make a buck off of. It’s part of a strategy to profit off what American ingenuity creates.”
posted by Fizz at 2:01 PM - 43 comments

Watch for the bit where it almost flies into the door

Drone flight over (and in) the ruins of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers. (SLYT, 2:25) (via)
posted by immlass at 1:58 PM - 12 comments

The future will be boring. TBD.

What is Design Fiction?
"the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change. That’s the best definition we’ve come up with. The important word there is diegetic. It means you’re thinking very seriously about potential objects and services and trying to get people to concentrate on those rather than entire worlds or political trends or geopolitical strategies. It’s not a kind of fiction. It’s a kind of design. It tells worlds rather than stories." — Bruce Sterling
Examples of Diegetic Prototypes in Design Fiction. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 1:50 PM - 9 comments

Schrödinger's Fetus

On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines advising all sexually active women to abstain from alcohol unless they are on birth control. The recommendation and related infographic were quickly criticized. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 1:35 PM - 141 comments

100 years of Dada

On February 5, 1916, 100 years ago today, the Cabaret Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland, marking the beginning of Dada. Happy birthday, Dada! [more inside]
posted by larrybob at 1:01 PM - 24 comments

Down these mean streets a man must go

Full cast radio adaptations of The Big Sleep, The Lady in the Lake, Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, The High Window, and three more Raymond Chandler mysteries. Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe.
posted by Iridic at 12:07 PM - 26 comments

There's only power, BIM is the power.

In 1980, Menahem Golan showed us a harrowing vision of the power of rock...in 1994 The Apple is a futuristic, dystopian disco rock musical that also manages to be a druggy, sexy biblical allegory. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:51 AM - 38 comments

A Flag for No Nations

Jury rigged Skylab fix alien satellites fall marathon man disaster refugees ubiquitous. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:50 AM - 6 comments

Pip Pip Pip Pip Pip Piiiiip

First broadcast on Feb 5th 1924, the BBC's Greenwitch Time Signal has collected some history. The pips have marked the hour with six (or seven) beeps for over 90 years. Sometimes the pips arrive on time, but the merely human announcers "crash the pips" by talking over them. Sometimes, the pips go missing entirely, throwing the BBC and its listeners off-kilter. In 2014, Radio 4 celebrated their 90th birthday in musical fashion. A short medley of announcers playing with, swearing at, and missing the pips (via). [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 11:28 AM - 22 comments

Synthetic Dance Moods from Turkey, and more psych/prog/advanced music

Are you looking for a world of progressive and psychedelic music? Look no further than Psyche Music aka Prog/Psych/Advanced Music Reviews and Psychefolk aka Psyche Van Het Folk. The sites are old, so beware of dead links, but there's also more online now than there was when Progressive.Homestead.com was first linked on the blue, over a decade ago. Now hear Metin Alatli's "Alamooga Esinlenmeler" for 34 minutes of "early 70s Moog-madness" from Turkey.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:46 AM - 4 comments

Centriphone

SLYT: Centriphone - an iPhone video experiment by Nicolas Vuignier
posted by Aizkolari at 10:44 AM - 7 comments

Dignified housing at an affordable price

"For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University's design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible problem. How do you design a home that someone living below the poverty line can afford, but that anyone would want—while also providing a living wage for the local construction team that builds it?" Now Rural Studio has a prototype it's trying to bring to market, and it's hitting its biggest challenge yet: how to fit its small, efficient, inexpensive houses into an infrastructure that has no place for them.
posted by sciatrix at 10:44 AM - 62 comments

Two drummers and a lot of hair

The Melvins-Big Business merger crushes the entire Houdini album live. Watch them play Night Goat and just try not to flip over your desk. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:03 AM - 20 comments

Adorable Friday cephalopod

Striped pyjama squids are the latest addition to the Monterey Bay Acquarium's Tentacles exhibit.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:56 AM - 18 comments

Even the title of the game was plagiarized.

ProbablyRichard spends an hour discussing the PC adventure game Limbo of the Lost. A game so bad and so terribly produced that "when the plagiarism was first discovered, many were incredulous that the developers could actually get away with such blatant copyright violation. Some posited that it may be an ARG (Alternate Reality Game)." and was eventually disowned by every person associated with it.
posted by boo_radley at 9:54 AM - 7 comments

Living with microcephaly

Gwen Hartley's two daughters, now 9 and 14, were born with severe microcephaly. In the United States, microcephaly isn't unheard of but relatively rare with an estimated 25,000 diagnoses per year. But with many of us unfamiliar with the risks associated with the Zika virus, the Hartleys' blog gives a valuable look at how this plays out in a middle-class family in the American Midwest. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 9:42 AM - 33 comments

Windes blast and weder strong

The English are famous for complaining about the weather, but this is nothing new. Nearly a thousand years ago, an unknown musician set down a single verse that still carries heartfelt sadness about the longeurs of winter, leaving us a wistful window into existence, art and society in the early medieval years. Decoding the earliest surviving secular song in English.
posted by Devonian at 9:36 AM - 12 comments

Crossfire

Missing Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is smooth and charming, but he hasn’t found his edge.
posted by four panels at 8:17 AM - 67 comments

Cut it out NASA, you don't have the money or a plan for Mars

"Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tore apart NASA's Journey to Mars initiative, claiming the program needs a much more defined plan and clear, achievable milestones to work. Those in attendance also doubted the feasibility of a long-term Mars mission; they cited the massive amount of money needed for the trip — much more than NASA currently receives year to year — as well as a significant leap in technological development. Because of these enormous challenges, a few witnesses at the hearing suggested that NASA either rethink its approach or divert its attention to a Moon mission instead."
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:52 AM - 78 comments

"That’s when the narcotics officers kicked in the door."

The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime via ProPublica and the New York Daily News.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:47 AM - 23 comments

Satanic work experiments significantly impaired in such bioethics

A remodeled wall-climbing toy by Y_Nakajima. Production details (with GIFs), Twitter, and Pixiv.
posted by automatic cabinet at 7:41 AM - 8 comments

What a marvelous knight for a moondance.

BREAKING: Royal with sword attacks popular musician, all applaud! [more inside]
posted by eriko at 7:16 AM - 18 comments

Tables Turned

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed. (SLWAPO)
posted by josher71 at 7:12 AM - 46 comments

Your Code in Spaaace!

In the ISS there are two Astro Pi computers, Ed and Izzy, equipped with Sense HATs, two different camera modules (visual and IR), and stored in rather special cases. They are now running code written by UK school children - the winners of a competition. The data will be feeding back soon! [more inside]
posted by Stark at 6:58 AM - 3 comments

"We love you, Dave Mirra, we're going to miss you."

BMX icon Dave Mirra dead at 41. [more inside]
posted by Huck500 at 6:56 AM - 16 comments

WOT!! No Anti - Virus Software .....

The Malware Museum (archive.org) is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 6:36 AM - 17 comments

Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO's Eastern Flank

Wargaming the Defense of the Baltics. As Presently Postured, NATO Cannot Successfully Defend the Territory of its Most Exposed Members. [more inside]
posted by Roger_Mexico at 5:37 AM - 73 comments

Why, Why, Why?

The shadow leader of the House of Commons, Chris Bryant, has joined calls for the Tom Jones song Delilah to be banned from Six Nations rugby matches because it incites violence against women. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:25 AM - 47 comments

Flatware for those who can afford it!

Despite the name games, airline food hasn't changed much. Economy class meals still come in a wrapper, and business or first-class meals come with real cutlery. This list shows the sometimes striking difference between what the different classes eat.
posted by heyho at 4:41 AM - 65 comments

February 4

That's the Way of the World

Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire Singer and Co-Founder, Dead at 74
posted by ogooglebar at 7:43 PM - 64 comments

Kirk Cousins does not cheat on his wife

It began as a strange post on the Redskins's subreddit outlining the secret to quarterback Kirk Cousins's talent: faithfulness to his wife, Julie. This has spun off into an entire community celebrating the couple, which is currently excited about a touching moment from Kirk's AMA today. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 6:29 PM - 33 comments

The Guardian examines the Furry Fandom

The Guardian: It's not about sex, it's about identity: why furries are unique among fan cultures: Furries tend to get a bad rap as perverse fetishists when in reality, the subculture is about playful escapism and a fascination with what links humans to animals [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:03 PM - 54 comments

Yo is More

'The Story Behind The Most Creative Job Application We've Ever Seen' Étienne Duval is a thirty year old architect who wants to work with Bjarke Ingels at B.I.G. ... 'To catch a big fish you need a big hook! I began this application like an architectural project, by finding the key criteria and playing with it. A cover letter is an ego trip, so I thought about this hip hop video clips and told myself "why wouldn't I do the same?" A short interview with Etienne Duval at ArchDaily
posted by honey-barbara at 4:03 PM - 12 comments

“I am a son of Baltimore.”

Prominent Black Lives Matter member DeRay McKesson has announced that he is entering the Baltimore Democratic Mayoral Primary; McKesson is the 13th candidate to enter the race. The Baltimore Sun has the story, along with follow-up coverage of how the news is being received. The story is also being reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Root, and Slate.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:40 PM - 41 comments

(polite clapping)

Jazz and hip-hop drummer Karriem Riggins and acclaimed DJ, J.Rocc collaborate in a 360° video where they put a live spin on two tunes from their dearly departed collaborator, J Dilla (previously: 1 2) -- "Lightworks" and "E=MC^2" [more inside]
posted by raihan_ at 3:40 PM - 4 comments

The BBC asks:

Why do so many Americans live in mobile homes?
posted by Michele in California at 3:18 PM - 135 comments

"Ollie, you traitor!"

Toddler GoPro Hide-and-Seek
A mom, a dad, a kid, a camera, and a very special appearance by Ollie the dog!
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:05 PM - 13 comments

One is silver and the other gold.

Make new friends. There's an app for that. (SLHP)
posted by Sophie1 at 1:47 PM - 46 comments

“Who is that man, and why isn’t the movie just about him?”

The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
posted by Sebmojo at 12:39 PM - 28 comments

The best website in the world.

Trump Donald: This is absolutely tremendous.
posted by Guy Dudeman at 11:30 AM - 60 comments

How abortion opponents bought a Va. abortion clinic to deceive women

How abortion opponents secretly bought a Va. abortion clinic to deceive women. (WaPost) Just five minutes after signing the final papers at closing, the doctor called her office to check her messages. “Triple A Women for Choice,” a voice answered. The doctor thought she made a mistake and redialed. “Triple A Women for Choice,” the voice said again. Whoever bought her practice had the phones forwarded to the pregnancy center within minutes of the sale, before the lawyers even had a chance to close their briefcases.
posted by OmieWise at 10:56 AM - 48 comments

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