February 9

Imperial History and Film Culture

Having fallen down the rabbit hole of British colonial cinema history, I thought to share some of the wonderful discoveries with you.
posted by infini at 1:24 AM - 1 comment

"The cognitive dissonance was wildly uncomfortable."

How 26 tweets broke my filter bubble -- B. J. May was just an ordinary Javascript developer from Middle America until a series of tweets by Marco Rogers helped him discover a wider world outside his whitebread bubble.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:09 AM - 4 comments

February 8

CoCo Avenue and Black Musicians in Kpop

When Jenny and Jenna, two Black singers regularly posting Kpop covers on YouTube, found that they were often confused for each other, they decided to band together and form CoCo Avenue, currently the world's first all-Black Kpop group. Other Black Kpop performers include RaNia's Alex, Insooni, Lee Michelle, and Tasha a.k.a. Yoon Mi Rae.
posted by divabat at 10:43 PM - 1 comment

That sthmahts

The Slo Mo Guys film a tongue in a mousetrap at 2000fps
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:36 PM - 7 comments

More kids more math

"You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before." Peg Tyre in The Atlantic covers the new wave of deeper, faster, and hopefully broader math education. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:34 PM - 14 comments

"I am grateful."

Daniel Bryan is arguably the most beloved professional wrestler in the entire world; he is also widely considered to be one of the best professional wrestlers of all time. He has not wrestled a match since April of 2015, when injuries forced him out of action - after they had previously cost him much of 2014 as well. He spent 2015 training regularly and going to doctors hoping to learn that he could continue to be a professional wrestler, and finally, last week, learned conclusively that he could not. This is his retirement speech.
posted by mightygodking at 9:28 PM - 4 comments

Wolverine, bring me a cheese pizza

Melbourne researchers develop a paper clip-sized mind control device that sits inside your brain.
posted by adept256 at 9:15 PM - 3 comments

"Skirt the rules but don’t break them."

People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can’t see the place. This is true of Manhattan, but even the outer boroughs too. Whether Flushing Meadows in Queens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They come looking for magic, whether evil or good, and nothing will convince them it isn’t here. This wasn’t all bad though. Some New Yorkers had learned how to make a living from this error in thinking. Charles Thomas Tester for one.
an excerpt, The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:26 PM - 6 comments

A Questionable Business Plan

Buymeonce.com is a website that sells things you should only have to buy once, because they have a lifetime guarantee, lifetime repairs, or are just very well made.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:00 PM - 47 comments

Does what it says on the tin

After logging onto their computers today, staff here at the MERL were greeted by an unusual email from the Assistant Curator:
There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap, it began, …which is not described as being there on the database.
155-year old mouse trap claims its latest victim
and
How a mouse died in our Victorian mouse trap [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:34 PM - 14 comments

L.A. Dreamers

Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers. [SLVimeo]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:13 PM - 3 comments

Wookit da bunneh!

The Scottish SPCA is looking for a new home for Atlas, a continental giant rabbit. "Giant rabbit?" you ask, "How big could a-- Oh dear lord will you look at that." The 7-month old, nearly 6-kilogram Atlas is still growing, and the SSPCA wants you to know that "A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him."
posted by Etrigan at 6:49 PM - 30 comments

Murray Perahia on Bach

Murray Perahia on Bach - a 28 minute chat at the piano.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:40 PM - 5 comments

as government-funded science dwindles

Meet the "rented white coats" who defend toxic chemicals: How corporate-funded research corrupts America's courts and regulatory agencies. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:46 PM - 13 comments

This will tide me over until the Olympics.

Some of the most exciting gymnastics routines are happening at the college level. UCLA Senior Sophina DeJesus helped lead her team to victory with a hiphop-flavored floor routine that included a whip, a nae nae, and a tumbling pass that landed in a split. The Internet is rightly losing its collective mind. The whole Bruins squad seems pretty amazing (Sophina at 1:31). But if that wasn't impressive enough for you, she can also moonwalk on the balance beam.
posted by CatastropheWaitress at 5:31 PM - 17 comments

Disrupt this!

It’s not Cyberspace anymore (from data & society, Medium). [more inside]
posted by redct at 2:00 PM - 44 comments

one weird trick that makes a novel addictive

Catherine Nichols on the technique of adaptation. [more inside]
posted by flex at 1:24 PM - 17 comments

Some things might break

How To Survive A Nuclear Bomb an 'interactive survival experience' from the channel that brought you Threads.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:09 PM - 63 comments

That's what she [redacted]

That'swhatshesaid, a one-person play by Courtney Meaker and Erin Pike, consists entirely of lines and stage directions for female characters in the top 11 most-produced plays of the 2014-15 season. The play opened Thursday night for a four-night run at Seattle's Gay City Calamus Auditorium. An hour before curtain on the show's second night, the publisher of Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews, which is featured in the production, served Gay City Arts a cease and desist order , and the publisher's VP left Pike a voicemail claiming they'd "go after" Gay City Arts if the show continued. Instead, That'swhatshesaid went on as planned--but with a few last-minute changes. Among them: every time a line from Bad Jews came up, Pike merely mimed the stage directions as someone offstage shouted, "Redacted!" Today, according to Meaker, another cease and desist has been delivered--for a play that was not included in That'swhatshesaid because it featured no women. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 12:52 PM - 100 comments

The Trouble With Superman

He’s boring; he’s unrelatable. He wears his underwear on the outside. But is that the real problem of Superman? It’s a problem that has less to do with the character himself and more to with DC Comics, which found itself stuck with a flagship character it thought needed fixing. In trying, it broke him nearly beyond repair. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 12:38 PM - 111 comments

"...preferably under the wheels of an M103 bus."

"Ed Koch once said that "to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker." On the search to find the realest answer (is it "until you cry on the subway"?), we decided to hit the pavement to ask locals to finish the sentence for us. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:24 PM - 47 comments

Take the honey and run

Robbing of bees has become an increasingly problematic crime as bee populations dwindle due to Colony Collapse Disorder and the price of a healthy hive rises. A swarm of thefts occur around this season every year in California as cells of thieves extract hives from almond orchards in the Central Valley, where 90% of all managed bees are brought every year. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 12:10 PM - 9 comments

I still haven't told you about the dream.

Toormina Video- a short comic by Pat Grant
posted by Adridne at 11:51 AM - 6 comments

“There are a lot of pieces in this puzzle.”

In the Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle, each piece of the jigsaw (subsequent to the first) is made of a smaller, constituent puzzle. Confused? Watch the video, or just give it a whirl. Don’t worry about finishing it all in one go: the game saves your progress. [via mefi projects]
posted by Going To Maine at 11:25 AM - 28 comments

Kurt Didn't Know

In Quentin Tarantino's recent Western, The Hateful Eight, one scene involves Kurt Russell's character, John Ruth, snatching a guitar away from Jennifer Jason Leigh's character, Daisy Domergue, and promptly smashing it to pieces. The only problem? The guitar was a 140 year old original Martin on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum and was supposed to have been swapped out for a replica before being said smashed. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 11:07 AM - 109 comments

Super supercuts

Vimeo user somersetVII has created 10 beautiful, masterful supercut videos. Coens | 30 celebrates 30 years of Coen Bros movies while Stanley Kubrick gets an appropriately moody and atmospheric tribute. Other standouts include Baseball on Film and Cinema: A Space Odyssey, which only a true fan of the genres could make.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:55 AM - 7 comments

Are You Poor, or Just Broke?

There’s a big difference between sharing a Netflix account and struggling to make ends meet. There’s a big difference between not being able to order a pizza or go out with your friends and not being able to pay the bills. And there’s a huge difference between being destitute and being strapped for cash. (slEverydayFeminism) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 10:45 AM - 79 comments

Who Tells Your Story? Historical Fiction as Resistance

What my favourite historical fiction has done for me, besides make me happy in the way that good books do, is teach me more about justice, and silence, and perspective. These are the questions I want to spend my time examining and writing about. The limits placed on many women’s lives are the very reason they are conveniently written out of the dominant historical narrative, in a circular argument as old as misogyny itself: “Women do not appear in the record because they didn’t do anything of note, and they didn’t do anything of note because they don’t appear in the record.”
posted by sciatrix at 9:54 AM - 11 comments

4-19-1775 NEVAR FORGET

"It Started Here." With great excitement, living history attraction Colonial Williamsburg spent more than a million dollars to put out its first-ever TV ad during the Super Bowl. The splurge may have backfired, as its use of footage of the World Trade Center towers falling on 9/11 to a Tom Brokaw voice-over angered and upset many in its target markets and puzzled plenty of others. Takes from Daily News, Esquire, Gothamist, USA Today, NY Post, Slate, HuffPo. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:23 AM - 87 comments

You're Gonna Carry That Weight

Like to apply for the position of the head of an organization dedicated to advocating for the disabled? Better not be disabled yourself. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:04 AM - 16 comments

On some evenings, I don't want to deny the indulgence

How Hollywood's Favorite Juice Bar Owner Eats Every Day. Come for the pretty zucchini ribbons. Stay for the magic activated cashews. via Kottke.
posted by Mchelly at 7:29 AM - 191 comments

Ziphius, rumored to slice boats in half with its dorsal fin

Toronto-based artist Bailey Henderson sculpts the fearsome sea creatures depicted on medieval and Renaissance-era maps. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:43 AM - 13 comments

“...we shed light on the scale of the role we play in killing...”

Hard Numbers Reveal Scale of America’s Trophy-Hunting Habit by Rachael Bale [National Geographic]
Sport hunters, those who kill animals for recreation rather than out of necessity, imported more than 1.26 million trophies to the U.S. in the decade from 2005 through 2014, according to a new analysis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s import data by Humane Society International and the Humane Society of United States. That’s an average of 126,000 trophy imports a year, or 345 a day.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:07 AM - 53 comments

The Cuban Money Crisis

The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:12 AM - 15 comments

Supercommuters

"This is what it’s like to spend a fifth of your waking life in transit."
posted by Catseye at 12:26 AM - 114 comments

Website of the Day

Monday Punday - try to figure out the pun illustrated in the cartoon. No scoring. No prizes. And no "I don't get it, tell me" button. (Hint: If you can't figure out the first three, don't torture yourself further.) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:10 AM - 40 comments

February 7

Oliver Morton on The Wonder of Quasars

In the far reaches of the sky there are sun-bright discs as wide as solar systems, their hearts run through by spears of radiation that outshine galaxies. The energies that feed these quasars beggar all metaphor, and their quantification seems all but meaningless. What does it serve to know that they are converting matter to energy at a rate that equates to the complete annihilation of a planet the size of the Earth ten times a second? Or that all the fires of the sun, from its birth to its death, would be a few weeks' worth of work to one of them? No human sense can be made from so inhuman a scale. Boggle, and move on. [via 3quarksdaily] [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 11:40 PM - 31 comments

afrofuturism from the past

The Princess Steel, W. E. B. Du Bois's recently-discovered SF story. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:12 PM - 6 comments

Smiley happiness caused: -9

:D :/ :( :)
posted by MoonOrb at 5:36 PM - 18 comments

JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOOOO

This internet radio station plays music from the Jet Set Radio soundtracks and music that would fit perfectly in them. Real-life Jet Set Radio!
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:57 PM - 33 comments

HTML V = IR

Paul Falstad's stable of science and engineering visualizations has been MeFi-celebrated as recently as 2005 and 2006. Sadly, with Java applets on death's door, they're largely inaccessible today. What remains? A lovingly HTML-Fived and expanded electronic circuit simulator, a gleaming key to understanding hundreds of different circuits and components. [more inside]
posted by tss at 4:03 PM - 10 comments

The House That Built Cam

This is where Cam Newton comes from: an institution where being African-American and excellent, African-American and respected, African-American and optimistic are normal conditions. A visit to the church Cam grew up in.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 2:43 PM - 37 comments

The unlikely and awesome rise of punk, anarchist, and hacker

Birgitta Jónsdóttir May Be Iceland's Next Prime Minister - "Poetry told Birgitta that she is alive. The internet taught her that she belongs in this world. The crisis showed her that she has a role to play, and politics showed her that everything needs to change." (Jónsdóttir, WikiLeaks & Iceland, previously) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:49 PM - 35 comments

triplets+toddler

triplets+toddler -- multitasking
posted by HuronBob at 12:04 PM - 64 comments

Haiti Elections 2015/2016

Haitian President Michel Martelly will leave office today and hand control over to a provisional government (warning: very graphic image in the link). In the face of massive protests against widespread fraud and irregularities in the election process, the January runoff election was cancelled after second place candidate Jude Celestin refused to participate in an election which he believed was rigged in favor of Martelly's chosen successor, Jovenel Moise. This leaves Haiti without a president. Martelly leaves office 30 years to the day since the end of former dictator Baby Doc's rule.
posted by molecicco at 10:38 AM - 9 comments

Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

The top 10 similarities between the Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 9:54 AM - 16 comments

Mozart: the early years

Enjoy this animated webcomic about Mozart's early exploits... up to age nine, along with those of his sister Nannerl.
posted by immlass at 9:14 AM - 8 comments

How in the world can she go to the Super Bowl?

"Demaryius Thomas has just sent his mother a picture of the most unlikely Super Bowl ticket of all, the one intended for her, and now Katina Smith has a few days to decide whether she's prepared to take it."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:01 AM - 34 comments

"I want actual change, not whack-a-mole with a grandiose troll."

Feminist Lindy West writes in The Guardian about how she's experienced years of extreme online harassment from a misogynist blogger and his minions, and about why she's not particularly happy to see them receive the same treatment.
posted by orange swan at 8:58 AM - 91 comments

We'll find out if we'll miss him

Dan Hicks, Bay Area music icon, dies at age 74. Last night Clare Wasserman announced that her husband, musician Dan Hicks, had succumbed to liver cancer. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 7:28 AM - 30 comments

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