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 - 12 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 - 13 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 - 21 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 - 1 comment
(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 - 14 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 - 17 comments
interviews Joe Pass and Count Basie for his 1980 show "Words and Music." [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone at 8:59 AM - 3 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 - 52 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 - 4 comments
Reviews of classic books,
culled from the internet's think tank.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:20 AM - 59 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 - 18 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 - 11 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 - 48 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 - 137 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 - 29 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
The Shadow Syllabus: Writer
Sonya Huber offers some bullshit-free advice for her college students.
posted by dr. boludo at 2:02 PM - 12 comments
"Each of us is born uniquely and dies uniquely. I think of dying as a final adventure with a predictably abrupt end. I know when it's time to leave and I do not find it scary." Gillian Bennett, whose last words are captured in her eloquent farewell website
, has died. (Trigger warning for suicide.) [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 1:58 PM - 19 comments
It was just after dark when Michael Martin, 56, was walking back to his home in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, after helping a friend move...
That's when he was jumped by a group of 13-year-olds and kicked, punched, and choked unconscious. He's not alone. It turns out that New Orleans middle schoolers are beating the shit out of artists and gays
posted by shivohum at 11:49 AM - 71 comments
explore.org livestreams beluga whales from Hudson Bay / Nelson River in Northern Manitoba.
Thousands of belugas migrate hundreds of kilometres each summer from the Hudson Strait to warmer river waters on the western side of Hudson Bay so they can feed, mate and rear their young.
This year, their activities are being captured in real time by cameras mounted underwater and on the bow of a small Zodiac boat, which trolls the water for a few hours each day, Monday to Friday.
The next live showing is tonight @ 5pm EST. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 11:18 AM - 3 comments
Middle East Peace Potential through Dynamics in Spherical Geometry: Engendering connectivity from incommensurable 5-fold and 6-fold conceptual frameworks
. This is an exploration of the hypothesis that unique belief systems depend for their coherence on distinctive patterns typically embodied in geometrical symbols in two dimensions. On the basis of that assumption, the case tentatively explored here is that of the "incommensurability" of the 5-fold Star of Islam and the 6-fold Star of David of Judaism...Mathematically these patterns cannot be readily combined. This issue is described in mathematics in terms of tiling...A set of hexagons and pentagons can however be uniquely fitted together as a particular three-dimensional polyhedron, namely the truncated icosahedron. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 10:33 AM - 32 comments
Are your palms nice and dry? Is your stomach failing to churn? Watch Don't Look Down
, a Channel 4 profile of freerunner James Kingston
that follows him to the Ukraine to fulfill his need to make other people nervous by climbing (and doing backflips on) cranes, bridges, and buildings.
posted by item at 9:34 AM - 23 comments
Perfectly Timed Dog Pictures.
Does what it says on the tin.
posted by hippybear at 8:36 AM - 29 comments
For the second year, the campers at Deaf Film Camp
, a two-week summer experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens interested in filmmaking, have made a great ASL music video. The video is entirely produced by the campers with guidance from a staff of filmmakers from the deaf community
. This year's selection is Pharrell's "Happy"
, with ASL Interpretation created by Azora Telford
and Rosa Lee Timm
and performed by Telford, Timm, the campers and camp staff. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:27 AM - 8 comments
"I present to you Poseidon's Fortress (SYTL)
. Standing guard as you arrive is Poseidon himself as a winged muscular bronzed beast wielding his famous trident spear." One man's themed house in St. Cloud, Minnesota can now be yours. Turn on the laser light show for even more action and entertainment, enter the Cave Bedroom where if you leave the room disappointed you only have yourself to blame, and pump up in a gym complete with temple. [more inside]
posted by Muddler at 7:27 AM - 42 comments
The National Portrait Gallery's exhibit American Cool
is both an exhibition of portraits of 100 iconically cool Americans
(pdf) and a meditation on what it means to be cool and how the concept has changed over time. Among those who made the cut are Bessie Smith
, Joan Didion
, and Benicio Del Toro
. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:04 AM - 62 comments
Pitchfork recently released a list of what they consider the 200 best tracks of the decade so far
(2010-14). [more inside]
posted by threeants at 10:47 PM - 153 comments
A Four-Year Old Reviews The French Laundry (with very cute photos.)
: "For our fifth installment, extreme fanciness edition, we took Lyla Hogan (favorite food: 'good ice cream in a hard cone') to what Anthony Bourdain has called 'the best restaurant in the world, period.' (It won that title officially in 2003 and 2004 and is still the #1 restaurant in California and #3 in the country). Lyla is the youngest person to eat a full tasting menu at the French Laundry."
posted by raihan_ at 9:59 PM - 181 comments
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