Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr
and youtube series TheBrainScoop
, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing.
Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 3:57 AM - 0 comments
For the first time, photographs have leaked out from inside the Nauru immigration detention centre.
Reopened in 2012, the detention centre houses between 500-600 people, mostly of Iranian background, who are attempting to seek asylum in Australia. The centre was most recently in the news following riots
that destroyed much of the facility's infrastructure. Conditions at the center have been criticised
by the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights as "unbearable".
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:35 PM - 18 comments
Sleepy, sleepy ostriches. According to this PLOS One article,
"the amount of REM sleep in ostriches is greater than in any other bird." Here's a simplified article about that study, featuring video of three of the ostriches from that study experiencing [well-labelled] slow-wave and REM sleep.
Here's one tired ostrich,
succumbing to slumber around 0:50. And here's the cute baby ostrich who just can't stay awake.
If this all's making you snoozy, you may need an ostrich pillow.
posted by not_on_display at 9:51 PM - 7 comments
The Odon childbirthing device
Argentinian car mechanic Jorge Odon saw this party trick
. It occurred to him it could help with difficult births. It seems he may be right.
posted by holist at 9:34 PM - 28 comments
Unbrella is everything bad about umbrellas, improved.
Once you see its innovations (dry side out when closed, water repelled away from you as you close it, stands on its own) you'll wonder like I did why no one thought of this decades ago. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:27 PM - 28 comments
U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on "Why Have No High Level Executives Been Prosecuted In Connection With The Financial Crisis?"
Judge Rakoff, a federal trial judge who sits in the Southern District of New York, writes: "[M]y point is that the Department of Justice has never taken the position that all the top executives involved in the events leading up to the financial crisis were innocent, but rather has offered one or another excuse for not criminally prosecuting them – excuses that, on inspection, appear unconvincing."
posted by jayder at 9:08 PM - 9 comments
Who says our friends to the north are too polite to cause trouble ? Sometimes, they like to go out for a rip
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:03 PM - 21 comments
Do you love to play a well crafted video game, and are also interested in learning more about The Ashes? Then this video commentary
is not for you. (SLYT, blue language)
posted by Brocktoon at 7:52 PM - 7 comments
Skeptics Gone Wild: Navigating America’s Conspiracy Theory Culture
But trying to explain away anyone’s specific conspiracy belief, or conspiratorial thinking in general, misses the point—the point being that there’s no longer anything especially irrational about believing that shadowy actors are subverting American democracy. Think of that CIA dispatch, advocating a propaganda campaign against the suspicious. Picture the president, slumped forward in the back seat of his limousine, a bullet through his neck. As he lays dying something new is being born, a creeping miasma of suspicion that will spread across Dallas, across Texas, across America. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:27 PM - 35 comments
Imgur began as a photo sharing site to be used by Redditors. It now outpaces Reddit in total traffic. What's next for the site?
posted by reenum at 7:18 PM - 13 comments
The 33 Most Important Bunny Gifs on the Internet.
(Via Buzzfeed. They can stop now, they have won the Internet.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:51 PM - 18 comments
Now available, Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013
[~90m], a concert film at Staples Center, Los Angeles on November 8, 2013. Also, Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt 2
, a behind the scenes look at preparation for the tour. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:24 PM - 14 comments
with a Santeria
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM - 6 comments
A YouTube user has uploaded an earlier cut of Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal
(with characters designed
Froud). Some scenes are re-ordered, there is some different dialogue and the narration has been removed.
It didn't perform well in testing, so changes were made to the version
we all know and love. A threatened sequel, to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, is on hold
. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 4:59 PM - 23 comments
is a Twine text adventure game made by Tom McHamry
It's about becoming a master of horses, and has been described as "body horsehorror"
and like living "inside a fever dream"
. John Campbell of Pictures For Sad Children
has written a review entitled "Horse Master Class Anxiety Dream Review"
. (Warning: review will make no sense until you play the game.)
posted by Maecenas at 4:51 PM - 17 comments
"My friend Nick and I planned another prank. We thought it would be funny to scare a couple of friends while they were hanging out with some girls. We drove over to their house and crept up to the living room window with ski masks pulled down over our faces and realistic-looking water guns in our hands...
Participants in We Are All Criminals
tell stories of crimes they got away with
. via [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 4:14 PM - 21 comments
Before Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, before Blade: The Series or even the execrable Power Pack, the Marvel television universe was populated by few aside from Spider Man
and The Incredible Hulk
. Until 1990, when NBC and Marvel decided to make a movie that should be admired for its audacity is nothing else, "The Death Of The Incredible Hulk
". And true to word, by films end both David Banner and The Incredible Hulk are dead
posted by mediocre at 2:48 PM - 25 comments
Puppet recreation of the drug den shootout from the brilliant Dredd (2012).
NparticularlySFW owing to voluminous slow-mo blood jets and flagrant use of Paulstretch. Recreated shootout starts at 2.05.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:44 PM - 10 comments
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax.
The policy goals are contained in a set of funding proposals obtained by the Guardian. The proposals were co-ordinated by the State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that act as incubators of conservative strategy at state level.
posted by T.D. Strange at 1:18 PM - 118 comments
King James Programming
– "posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the King James Bible and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
posted by tss at 1:09 PM - 15 comments
is a film-interview conducted by Jean-Luc Godard of his “old friend” Woody Allen, in 1986. With JLG-style editing (and JLG-style trolling??). Previously
posted by zbsachs at 1:06 PM - 2 comments
Christmas Cats TV
is "an eight-hour streaming video of a 'cat lady' and an elf hanging out with cats — some of them in holiday sweaters." (Direct link to site
- autoplaying music)
posted by desjardins at 12:48 PM - 33 comments
"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike.
" [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:27 PM - 24 comments
is a blog devoted to exposing dinosaurs for the murder oriented monstrosities they were, promoting preparations for the likelihood of their return, and outing those people who support the dinosaur agenda."
posted by brundlefly at 12:05 PM - 14 comments
Insomnia causes depression as much as depression causes insomnia: Three surprising points from a fascinating episode of KQED Forum
[audio, no transcript] with guest Dr. Michelle Primeau of the Stanford School of Medicine.
- Insomnia has long been taught to be a symptom of depression, but in many cases is a cause of depression.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an effective treatment for both insomnia and depression.
- CBT can be more effective and longer lasting than sleeping pills
For those averse to audio (like me, normally), the NYT also covered the research in print:
First story: Treating Insomnia to Heal Depression,
Follow up a couple of days later: Double Effectiveness of Depression Treatment by Treating Insomnia,
Two readers (both psychiatrists) respond, and
A NYT editorial. [more inside]
posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 11:53 AM - 18 comments
is a set of generative art pieces written in gazelle
. Best viewed in Chrome.
posted by Jpfed at 10:21 AM - 11 comments
"Over time, it has become clear that anti-negativity is a worldview of its own, a particular mode of thinking and argument, no matter how evasively or vapidly it chooses to express itself. For a guiding principle of 21st century literary criticism, BuzzFeed's Fitzgerald turned to the moral and intellectual teachings of Walt Disney, in the movie Bambi: 'If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.'"
posted by josher71 at 9:43 AM - 93 comments
Theatre critic Mark Shenton has been fired from the Sunday Express
for having brought the company into disrepute after naked images of him were posted on a gay website behind a paywall.
Richard Desmond, the owner of the Sunday Express is also the owner of Television X, the UK's most popular pornographic TV channel.
posted by the latin mouse at 9:16 AM - 50 comments
Monster Of The Week
), the X-files recap comic by Narbonic
creator Shaenon K. Garrity presents a guest-artist filled tribute to one of the strangest episodes of TV ever: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'
posted by The Whelk at 9:06 AM - 20 comments
The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it. Unfortunately, we’re getting to a point where many of New York’s citizens have been excluded from this equation for too long. David Byrne comments on New York's hospitability to creative types
posted by shivohum at 8:40 AM - 78 comments
'Pictures from my own private mouseland' (tumblr) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:37 AM - 19 comments
Forget the pony, forget the teddy bear -- this kid wants a little thing that can turn into anything at anytime
posted by flyingsquirrel at 7:44 AM - 141 comments
Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell has been known to hurl wooden pencils
from the tower of his castle to the stone courtyard below.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:44 AM - 17 comments
For over 17 years Furtherfield
gallery, London, has been working in practices that bridge arts, technology, and social change. As its physical and online territories expand to include a new 'Commons' lab space
curator, director and critic Marc Garrett
reflects on the gallery's rich history, arguing that art from beyond the mainstream exhibits an ever burgeoning oppositional agency
posted by 0bvious at 7:10 AM - 1 comment
Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything
. Warning: arrows hitting people.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:53 AM - 24 comments
by photographer Greg Miller and writer Peter Short, tells the story of how Southern mariachi bands like Mariachi Mexicanisimo de Atlanta
tour the region, “playing to audiences of immigrants and learning to please the gringos at the same time. As Short so beautifully puts it, ‘Tradition and culture sustain themselves not through purity and absolute preservation, but through introduction and acceptance.’”
posted by ob1quixote at 3:30 AM - 19 comments
Because who is perfect?
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Busty Mannequins and an Inflated Sense of Beauty in Venezuela
In Venezuela, women are confronted with a culture of increasingly enhanced physiques fueled by beauty pageants and plastic surgery. - The New York Times [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 2:31 AM - 26 comments
Though humans often liken themselves to top predators such as lions, a new study
) used FAO data to calculate the human trophic level (HTL), i.e.
the position of Homo sapiens
in the food chain, and found that humans are actually on a par with anchovies and pigs with an average trophic level of 2.21
1 for plants to 5.5 for bears and orcas). Values vary by country, from 2.04 in the 97% plant-eating Burundi to 2.57 in the 50% fish-loving Iceland. As meat consumption is growing in countries like India and China, mankind is globally becoming more carnivorous and has been improving its trophic level by 3% since 1961. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 2:09 AM - 30 comments
I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her
"The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda."
posted by GrapeApiary at 8:48 PM - 34 comments
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