September 4

Excavate!

Excavate! (Flash) Build a team of archaeologists to manage a dig in Poland. Discover ruins, catalog nails and tombstone pieces, deal with local officials and press, earn more research funding and see if you can achieve a master's in archaeology with this half-hour turn-based isometric exploration game.
posted by klangklangston at 8:48 AM - 3 comments

Lisa Frank on Lisa Frank

In "Lisa Frank on Lisa Frank", Carly Mark at Foundations Magazine interviews Lisa Frank about her life and career. Come for the hit of psychedelic Trapper Keeper nostalgia, stay for the alarmingly colorful photos of current-day Lisa Frank HQ.
posted by Stacey at 8:27 AM - 6 comments

C-3PO 4 Life

Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels on the new film and his life as C-3PO. Happy Force Friday.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:20 AM - 11 comments

#Ham4Ham

Almost twenty years ago, RENT changed the way Broadway shows offered cheap "rush" tickets by introducing the first lottery for $20 front row seats. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer/lyricist/book writer of Hamilton, introduced #Ham4Ham, a lottery show where Broadway actors from all parts of the community perform in front of the Richard Rodgers theatre while waiting to hear their names called for $10 rush seats.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:07 AM - 6 comments

Yankees Suck

The twisted, true story of the drug-addled, beer-guzzling hardcore punks who made the most popular T-shirts in Boston history.
posted by zamboni at 7:48 AM - 15 comments

Not that you needed to be told this

The biggest reason why people hate sealioning is because responding to it is a complete waste of time.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:37 AM - 54 comments

Take Better Selfies

Also, take more of them. But better.
Anand Prasad offers a guide to selfies for men, and more importantly: why we should take them. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:25 AM - 53 comments

Vulgar auteurism

Vulgar auteurism “is a loosely affiliated group of young cinephiles and critics. In Sarrisite terms, it’s more concerned with Expressive Esoterica than the Pantheon ... the bulk of VA activity actually focuses on directors like Paul W.S. Anderson, Jon M. Chu, John Hyams, Nimrod Antal, Isaac Florentine, Roel Reine, the Farrelly brothers, Neveldine & Taylor, and Russell Mulcahy. VA is also interested in performance, especially when it’s applied to action stars. VA has two missions. The first is to mount convincing arguments in favor of figures it sees at major but undervalued: John McTiernan, Abel Ferrara, Walter Hill, etc. The second, larger mission involves exploring and analyzing [these] directors" (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky). [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 7:20 AM - 3 comments

Ride, hustle, kill, repeat.

The Underground Cycle Gangs of Los Angeles. (slGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 6:55 AM - 5 comments

The Freedom to Flash (your home router, among other things)

LibrePlanet.org: Save WiFi.
Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a "modular wireless radio" (c.f. 1, 2) or a device with an "electronic label" (c.f. 3).
[more inside]
posted by snortasprocket at 6:39 AM - 19 comments

so many severed doll limbs

Here's What We Found Inside The Tenement Museum Walls [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 5:41 AM - 25 comments

♥xoxo♥

Sexy Pudding! Part 2! The long awaited and highly anticipated sequel to butt pudding, previously.
posted by phunniemee at 5:15 AM - 7 comments

"Google Glass: 2013-?"

Here are some useful websites from our pals at Google. Well actually, the websites and tools have all been killed, but their dev blogs helpfully remain!
Google Notebook - iGoogle - Google Desktop - Google Video - Orkut - Jaiku (Here's a hilarious-in-retrospect article from Venturebeat about Google buying Jaiku.) - Google Talk (semi-dead, hasn't updated since 2010) - Google Reader.
A good list of killed Google services can be found on Slate's Google Graveyard, unrelated to the one Joe Beese linked in 2010 which has, itself, died. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 2:47 AM - 59 comments

President Obama is Having the Time of His F***ing Life in Alaska

President Obama recently made a somewhat historical visit to the State of Alaska. While there, he posted a travelogue, met an adorable husky puppy, talked about the very real threat of climate change, but mostly just got jiggy with it.
posted by timelord at 2:11 AM - 41 comments

Basic Income: How to Fix a Broken Monetary Transmission Mechanism

FINLAND: New Government Commits to a Basic Income Experiment - "The Finnish government of Juha Sipilä is considering a pilot project that would give everyone of working age a basic income."[1,2,3] (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:01 AM - 21 comments

Satan Put the Kettle On

If you’ve ever worried that we’ve solved all the mysteries of nature, fear not. Minnesota’s Devil’s Kettle Falls has been puzzling hikers and geologists for generations. At the falls, along Lake Superior’s north shore, a river forks at a rock outcropping. While one side tumbles down a two-step stone embankment and continues on like a normal waterfall, the other side vanishes into a deep hole and disappears — apparently forever.
The Mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls
posted by spinda at 12:49 AM - 40 comments

September 3

tiny robot rides a bike

tiny robot rides a bike
posted by scalefree at 11:43 PM - 11 comments

Where pop music is heading.

Have you seen and heard Beyoncé's new musical direction? It's totally effin AWESOME.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:21 PM - 22 comments

Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Facebook Wants to Redline Your Friends List. Facebook recently filed a patent for its technology tracking how users connect within a network. Three of the uses described focus on how this information could be used to filter spam, tailor search results, or determine access to a third-party website. The fourth use explains how the credit ratings of those in a user's social network could be used to determine loan eligibility. This is raising concerns about data discrimination.
posted by earth by april at 7:05 PM - 38 comments

The personal is political.

Marissa Mayer will take two weeks of maternity leave following the birth of her twins. In 2013, Mayer changed Yahoo policies to allow more generous family leave. New mothers can take 16 weeks of paid leave, while fathers are offered 8 weeks. However, when it comes to her own pregnancy with twins, she has announced she will keep working straight through the pregnancy, and will only take two weeks of leave after the birth. How much obligation does she have as a role model, and how much of the scrutiny around her choices is sexist in itself? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 4:26 PM - 114 comments

Breakups fucking suck.

Exes ask each other questions they never got to ask when dating. Two-part Youtube video that gets really real, really quick.
posted by Huck500 at 3:31 PM - 38 comments

The Cold War: Epic Story of an Ice Cream Truck Turf War in Salem, Oregon

"What began as a simple turf war, erupted into an all out ice cream offensive. Before long, the two men couldn’t even remember why they were fighting. Soon, they were on the verge of destroying the thing they loved the most: the joy of ice cream. " The Cold War (via Epic Magazine)
posted by spock at 3:06 PM - 12 comments

Kickstarter Math is Weird

"Say you want to fundraise to make a thing, and the thing you want to make is My New Album — hooray! So first you make a budget, then you set that as our Kickstarter goal, right? Easy! No." Musician Marian Call provides advice on crowdfunding planning and pitfalls. Also, spreadsheets. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 2:55 PM - 5 comments

Tomato sauce! Cheese! Canned Fruit Cocktail! Chocolate!

Tomato sauce! Cheese! Canned Fruit Cocktail! Chocolate!

In Sweden, its culinary landscape has created - out of necessity and osmosis - a national blanket of works of art that reach such a deeply fucked surreal and counter-intuitive culinary splendor that the most absurd creations by high-concept experimental artists, experimental chefs or artist-chef-experimental-weirdos wither in comparison. HuffPoUK's Johan Kugelberg on Swedish Pizza. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:32 PM - 30 comments

I guess they thought that amassing land was important.

My Nephew Has Some Questions (Jesse Eisenberg in The New Yorker)
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:26 PM - 32 comments

‘The Senator Be Embezzling’

From rotten meat to startup porn sites to a solicitous Snickers bar, what I saw inside the prison-industrial complex—and what it taught me about our criminal justice crisis. Former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith writes about his time in prison. [more inside]
posted by flug at 1:20 PM - 36 comments

I have no idea how Hiroshima got cats wedged into maps but here's why.

I learned two lessons about the nature of cat lifestyles by browsing the maps. First, everything is a door. Second, roads are entirely too big when you're so small ...
posted by tilde at 1:01 PM - 6 comments

What Goes On

The improbable story of how Sterling Morrison left VU for UT.
posted by item at 12:46 PM - 13 comments

The Birds: Why the passenger pigeon became extinct

"One hunter recalled a nighttime visit to a swamp in Ohio in 1845, when he was sixteen; he mistook for haystacks what were in fact alder and willow trees, bowed to the ground under gigantic pyramids of birds many bodies deep." In his new book about the passenger pigeon, the naturalist Joel Greenberg sets out to answer a puzzling question: How could the bird go from a population of billions to zero in less than fifty years? (SLNewYorker.) [more inside]
posted by Rangi at 10:51 AM - 47 comments

“We are thrilled when fragments of reality become utterable.”

The Mysterious, Anonymous Author Elena Ferrante on the Conclusion of Her Neapolitan Novels [Vanity Fair]
Passions run high when you’re talking about Elena Ferrante and her work, particularly her sensational, highly addictive Neapolitan novels, which paint a portrait of a consuming female friendship against the backdrop of social and political upheaval in Italy from the 1950s to the present day. My Brilliant Friend,The Story of a New Name, and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay have made Ferrante, an enigmatic figure who writes under a pseudonym, and is widely regarded as the best contemporary novelist you’ve never heard of, a worldwide sensation.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:24 AM - 17 comments

'Self' is a perpetually rewritten story

The dangerous idea that life is a story.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:04 AM - 87 comments

You literally cannot pay me to speak without a Code of Conduct

Rachel Nabors explains why she declined to speak at a tech conference without a Code of Conduct.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:06 AM - 127 comments

The cute will melt your face off

Bulldog puppies being bulldog puppies. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:55 AM - 24 comments

Everybody like Culture Club!

Highlights from that episode of The A-Team that guess-starred Boy George (SLVimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:27 AM - 57 comments

Get that warm analog sound again

The Last Audio Cassette Factory
posted by Laura in Canada at 7:26 AM - 76 comments

Cue the Foreigner song...

NPR flagstation WNYC's data team is on a quest for the longest possible NYC subway ride. And they suckered Jody Avirgan (538/AskRoulette/UltimateFrisbee) into riding all 11+ hours of it. He's live tweeting the experience, and will also be on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show (which he used to produce) tomorrow to talk about it. Got a question about the NYC subway? Go ahead and tweet him!
posted by ericbop at 6:23 AM - 8 comments

Goddamn it, Kim

"She's not stopping gay marriage. SHE'S JUST STOPPING ME FROM HAVING A QUIET GODDAMN LUNCH" [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:03 AM - 363 comments

it's like a weird naked pink egg

How To 'Skin' A Watermelon
posted by poffin boffin at 5:39 AM - 59 comments

Women geeking out about geeky women

Reclaiming the Nerdiverse [NSFW audio] is a fascinating hour-long discussion about women in science fiction and fantasy on the late night edition of the venerable BBC radio show Woman's Hour (podcast link). The host is Lauren Laverne, and her guests are author and game designer Naomi Alderman, journalist Helen Lewis, sociologist Linda Woodhead, fantasy novelist Zen Cho, and cosplayer and writer Lucy Saxon. The discussion takes in everything from 70s feminist writers to alpha/beta/omega slash fiction to cosplay etiquette to geek sexism. The Late Night Woman's Hour has been the topic of some discussion in Britain.
posted by Kattullus at 5:01 AM - 32 comments

"Please, Jane, not in front of the men."

Actress Melody Patterson, best known as Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift in F-Troop, died August 21 at the age of 66.
posted by bryon at 3:52 AM - 19 comments

Follow the Brown Signs...

If you have driven in the UK, perhaps you have been curious about those little brown signs with tempting drawings of castles or quirky attractions. Amanda Hone was.
"Whenever I was bored it became a bit of thing for me to jump in the car, drive in a random direction and when I spotted a brown sign I’d follow it and visit wherever I ended up, just for fun. I found myself at places I wouldn’t ever have thought of going to before; an otter and owl sanctuary, The National Motoring Museum, an ornate Indian maharajah’s well in the middle of a country village and heading underground into Cheddar’s caves, to name just a few of the early delights. "
What started off as a distraction became a dedicated hobby.
She tells us the 93 different brown signs in the UK.
The history of the brown tourist signs.
Her blog documents some of her quirkier discoveries.
If you want to know more, just Follow the Brown Signs....
posted by vacapinta at 3:35 AM - 34 comments

Dean Jones dies at 84

Dean Jones dies at 84; starred in 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' and 'Beethoven'. He is also remembered for originating the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company.
posted by hippybear at 2:43 AM - 32 comments

A collaboration across time and space

Australian photographer Jane Long's project "Dancing With Costică" brings new life to photos shot by Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte 80 years ago. [more inside]
posted by valetta at 2:32 AM - 3 comments

Queen West loses its learned gorilla

Active Surplus Electronics — purveyors of much surplus electronics, weird stuff, user of really quite sarcastic labels, home of Professor Banana, and Queen W fixture/oddity — is moving away at the end of the month.
posted by scruss at 2:24 AM - 28 comments

Sam Sweetmilk ep. 1 & part one of ep. 2

Here is the first episode of Sam Sweetmilk. A funny/serious sci-fi cartoon, you know, like those that are all the rage these days, extra words. There is currently only one episode (and part of it is an animatic), but a second is nearing completion! Part one.
posted by JHarris at 2:10 AM - 3 comments

Animal sacrifice is, however, not on the syllabus

A college near Oslo is offering students a one-year course in traditional Viking skills and crafts. The students learn how wood and metal crafts, including sword forging, as well as skills such as roof thatching and traditional bread baking. The school is part of the Norwegian folkehøgskule, or “folk college”, system, in which many students spend a year between school and university learning life skills at a local college.
posted by acb at 2:00 AM - 18 comments

September 2

re-pro-duction

The Reproducibility Project out of UVa recently published their findings in Science: Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science
We conducted replications of 100 experimental and correlational studies published in three psychology journals using high-powered designs and original materials when available. ... The mean effect size (r) of the replication effects (Mr = 0.197, SD = 0.257) was half the magnitude of the mean effect size of the original effects (Mr = 0.403, SD = 0.188), representing a substantial decline. Ninety-seven percent of original studies had significant results (P < .05). Thirty-six percent of replications had significant results;
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:51 PM - 22 comments

Stepping out of the clown shoes

Libraries' Tech Pipeline Problem.
posted by solarion at 8:49 PM - 26 comments

They're not human... yet

Mention Vocaloid, and most people think of this. But this is also a Vocaloid. As is this, and this. (warning: Youtube-heavy) [more inside]
posted by satoshi at 8:23 PM - 23 comments

Interview interrupted by the largest animal to ever exist

Live footage of a blue whale.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 8:08 PM - 53 comments

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