"I want to make fictional worlds, inhabited by large robots and machines, all over the Google campus"
Google has recently shown a great deal of interest in robots, snapping up companies right and left. Mark Pauline, a noted expert in the field, offers his services to the search behemoth.
posted by mecran01 at 8:50 PM - 12 comments
I've seen a lot of great bands play public transportation, and TOO MANY ZOOZ is the cream of the crop.
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:40 PM - 3 comments
Comedian Aziz Ansari has posted a subreddit
asking for relationship and dating experiences. Ansari and NYU professor Eric Klinenberg are using the subreddit as part of their research for a new book on modern romance in the US and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:50 PM - 16 comments
Concept artist and animator Lindsey Olivares
has been seized by a vision. A vision of chicken telenovelas.
(scroll past all the chicken pics and sketches for part 1). Part 2, with even more dazzling drawing and hand-lettering.
Also be sure to enjoy her gif moments
with Nana (or with bicycle)
and her lovely student film.
posted by Erasmouse at 4:13 PM - 5 comments
MEG - PRECIOUS
is a music video. Enjoy.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:00 PM - 3 comments
At three, Ron Suskind'
s son, Owen, was diagnosed with regressive autism and all but lost his speech. A year later, watching Disney's The Little Mermaid
, Owen's parents heard him speak again. Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney.
(SLNYTimes Magazine, with video) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:29 PM - 17 comments
Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister were the victims of medical and genetic experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. She recently did an AMA on Reddit
posted by gman at 2:47 PM - 8 comments
posted by Iridic at 1:19 PM - 12 comments
An Anti-Chamber in the Palace.
Enter RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS and ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO, courtiers.
Where left you Chrononhotonthologos?
Catch the Throne (soundcloud)
is a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, and others. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 11:53 AM - 22 comments
Spring Fashion Preview
, by Hannibal Burres and friends on Funny or Die's new humor "magazine
", The Occasional
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:23 AM - 26 comments
Sea Turtles' "Lost Years" Transatlantic Journey Mapped for First Time
"Researchers' stick-to-it-iveness, along with advice from a manicurist lead to radio tags that tracked
baby loggerheads across the Atlantic
(full paper) without hindering them"
posted by dhruva at 10:14 AM - 8 comments
Photos from a Surrealist Ball at Château de Ferrières
, one of the Rothschild family’s gigantic mansions. There is no such thing as the Illuminati.
posted by philip-random at 9:55 AM - 72 comments
A police officer forcibly escorted Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf away from the scene of a police-involved shooting on Feb. 21.
He had been taking pictures from outside the police lines, but an officer told him he had to move back further. Assaf protested, stating he was within his First Amendment rights to be where he was standing. Another officer then forced him to move. The Sun is posting all of Assaf’s images from the shooting scene as well as photos taken by Sun photographer Lloyd Fox, who witnessed and documented the incident. Lt. Eric Kowalczk, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said the department has opened an internal investigation into the allegation. He declined to comment more specifically on the incident, “because we have an investigation and we don’t want to prejudice that.”
(contains some mildly graphic pictures in both links)
posted by josher71 at 9:49 AM - 89 comments
was selected by President Obama to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The Senate, aided and abetted by seven Democratic senators, killed his nomination
. Why? Because
for civil rights
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:21 AM - 45 comments
knows NYC commuting can be depressing. As he says, “Standing under someone’s armpit, you just want to get home.” The MTA conductor livens things up with his unscripted announcements on the 1 train.
posted by mlle valentine at 8:19 AM - 35 comments
The Invention Of The AeroPress
There’s really nothing bad to say about the device other than the fact that it’s a funny-looking plastic thingy. Then again, its inventor, Stanford professor Alan Adler, is a world renowned inventor of funny-looking plastic thingies; while Adler’s Palo Alto based company Aerobie is best known today for its coffee makers, the firm rose to prominence in the 1980s for its world-record-setting flying discs.
This is the story of how Adler and Aerobie dispelled the notion of industry-specific limitations and found immense success in two disparate industries: toys and coffee.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:15 AM - 86 comments
, Carl Sagan's short lived television science program from 1980 was a groundbreaking triumph and firmly established Sagan as a household name. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 7:58 AM - 61 comments
If you've time to spare, the Unusual Locomotives
page is a good index for your perusal. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 7:38 AM - 12 comments
Quite unlike many similar Wikipedia entries
, the Russian Jokes
, Russian Political Jokes
and Jewish humor
articles are treasure troves of actual jokes and anekdoty
posted by griphus at 7:30 AM - 32 comments
that look like succulents. And how to make your own!
posted by moonmilk at 7:08 AM - 23 comments
With this song, 2 Live Crew basically took the distinctive bass riff from the original Orbison song and changed the lyrics in true Crew style. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.
is probably the seminal case for the modern application of the fair use doctrine. The lightning rod was 2 Live Crew
and their allegedly parodic use
of the "Pretty Woman
" song. Instead of dismissing the Crew's claim on the basis that they had used the appropriated material for commercial gain, the court looked at the other factors of permissible fair use and determined that parody was indeed protected fair use, even though the perpetrators gained financially. [more inside]
posted by three blind mice at 6:09 AM - 21 comments
Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and musical guest Paloma Faith were recently on The Graham Norton Show. Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
. This may possibly be the best episode of this or any talk show that will ever exist.
posted by hippybear at 9:09 PM - 44 comments
While you can still follow live events in the Ukraine, with either the compulsively complete live Reddit feed
or the constantly updated BBC feed
being good choices, there has been increasingly useful analyses of the history and politics of the situation. Yale Professor Timothy Snyder, an expert on the region, wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books
describing the roots of the recent uprising, with a great overview of how "people associated with Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian, Armenian, Polish, and Jewish culture have died in a revolution that was started by a Muslim." Other history is provided by a detailed explainer
by the Guardian, in maps
by National Geographic, and the dueling arguments about the roots of the conflict from the the semi-official Russia Today
and the US State Department
posted by blahblahblah at 7:37 PM - 160 comments
"Certainly, there appears to be a large correlation between artists and depression. But I would argue that artistic expression is not a symptom of depression so much as a response to it. I see writing as an act of resistance against an occupying enemy who means to kill me. It’s why I’m writing this now." YA author Libba Bray on living with depression.
posted by changeling at 7:04 PM - 14 comments
Artist Paul Hanley
illustrated a 58 figure all-Doctor canonicity-be-damned "Who's Who?" of sorts titled "The Infinite Doctor"
53 men, 4 women, all Doctor. Alternate annotated version
posted by mediocre at 6:38 PM - 12 comments
Last Day for Last Abortion Clinic in the Rio Grande.
“Honestly, I think they’ll go south of the border, if they have to
,” said a 23-year-old woman who was one of the last patients to be seen at the clinic
and who traveled to San Antonio for her abortion
last month. “It’s cheaper and it’s closer. To go to San Antonio is so much more of a hassle and costs a lot more.”
posted by four panels at 5:55 PM - 69 comments
Coach Dean Smith once led the Carolina Tarheels to a record number of victories. Now, at age 83, dementia has robbed him of the memories of the victories his teams won and the players and families who he so greatly impacted.
Tommy Tomlinson pens a thoughtful and elegiac article that's as much about dementia as it is about the Tarheels and the winningest coach in men's basketball* *at time of retirement.
posted by librarylis at 5:49 PM - 14 comments
Sean Blanda asks, "Do We Really Need Managers?
" He interviews one of the founders of Treehouse, a startup company which has transitioned to a structure with no one in a traditional management role. To show that such an approach can work in the long term, Blanda refers to Gore - managerless since 1958
. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 5:02 PM - 84 comments
This book deals with the Dialect of the English Language that is spoken in Ireland. As the Life of a people—according to our motto—is pictured in their speech, our picture ought to be a good one, for two languages were concerned in it—Irish and English. ... Here for the first time—in this little volume of mine—our Anglo-Irish Dialect is subjected to detailed analysis and systematic classification.
P.W. Joyce's 1910 work, "English as We Speak it in Ireland,"
is a fascinating chronicle of a language's life, and no mistake. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:47 PM - 7 comments
Sherwin Nuland, surgeon and award-winning author who challenged idea of dignified death, has died at age 83.
The son of first generation immigrants
, Nuland survived a troubled childhood and succeeded in medical school only to face near-paralyzing depression, for which he was successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy (first-person TED talk)
. His award-winning book, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter"
, included realistic descriptions of the process of death and helped to frame the national debate on assisted suicide. [more inside]
posted by warm_planet at 3:39 PM - 13 comments
Hieu Nguyen, at the 2013 National Poetry Slam, on losing your language and your culture
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:25 PM - 19 comments
The Articulate Troll.
Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek
has a long conversation with a troll. The troll was originally one of the ones featured in Klepek's article Our Internet Empathy Problem
, written about the torrent of abuse aimed at Dong Nguyen for pulling Flappy Bird. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 2:09 PM - 31 comments
Three thousand years ago, more or less, a Tyrrhenian farmer was working his land when a little boy appeared before the blade of the plow, as suddenly as though he'd risen from below the ground, or had been transformed from a clod of earth. This boy, who was called Tages
, had the wizened face of an old man and the gift of prophecy, and he immediately began to speak on how the future might be discovered. The twelve Etruscan peoples gathered around to listen to him and write down his teachings, from which two schools of divination would develop: haruspicy
(the future read in the livers of sheep) and brontoscopy
(the future read in thunder.) Translated excerpts from a brontoscopic calendar, which assigns meaning to thunder on every day of the lunar year, may be found here
posted by Iridic at 11:55 AM - 42 comments
Ever since Rob Thomas’s beloved TV show Veronica Mars got canceled, he’s wanted to make it into a movie. Turns out all he needed was the help of 91,585 of his biggest fans
. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:53 AM - 91 comments
Forbes has brought forth its annual string-of-zeroes-envy/porn-list of the world's gazillionaires
. Missing from the list is Eike Batista, recently the seventh wealthiest individual
in the world who lost
over 99% of his wealth in eighteen months
and his assets are being sold off
. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:25 AM - 61 comments
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