July 23

When and how Big Mike replaced Michael

In "The Life of a South Central Statistic," Danielle Allen wrangles with the life and death of her cousin, Michael. While she went on to receive two PhDs, he was convicted of robbery and attempted car jacking. When he was released, she tried to help him get a second chance. (This is an excerpt from Allen's forthcoming book, Cuz. )
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:47 AM - 4 comments

I know I want to be going flippity flop in the wind.

Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War
posted by Evilspork at 5:19 AM - 41 comments

July 22

“Relief! Dread. Satisfaction. Emptiness. Excitement.”

Pushing The Edges Of Play: Lessons Learned From Making 100 Games In Five Years [Indie Games] “Developer James Earl Cox has recently completed his 100 Games in 5 Years, having wrapped up development of his taxing, rewarding journey with a cute game about a kitten in a blanket that likes to meow about things. Games about the horrors of war. Games about the horrors of getting caught watching porn. Games about racing fishmen, the well-mannered homeless, cows, sacred snails. Games about silliness, life, despair, world issues, and anything and everything in between. Cox's work has explored many, many different themes, as well as the scope of the developer's sense of purpose and humor. Now, at the end of the adventure, Cox is left to reflect on what's he gained from this undertaking, finding he's learned a great deal from working with so many different genres, ideas, and stories.”
posted by Fizz at 9:33 PM - 1 comment

Get That Monster Off The Stage

The story of Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To the Sea? and Beethoven. [more inside]
posted by motty at 7:58 PM - 2 comments

Darkness falls across the land / The midnight hour is close at hand

Stranger Things 2 is on its way. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 7:56 PM - 78 comments

Stellar optimization

Wibbly-wobbly magnetic fusion stuff: The return of the stellarator
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:22 PM - 7 comments

Mr. Slippery and Erythrina are not on the list

Everyone knows the correct name for a raccoon is Trash Panda, but did you know about Duck Puppies? And you can probably guess the common name for a Fart Squirrel without peeking, but how about a Land Cloud? Bread Moisturizer (not an animal)? Or my favorite, the Dogtor? A few more are here; check out @CorrectNames for the rest.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:54 PM - 39 comments

HOT Wheels!

Do you like Hot Wheels cars? YouTube user baremetalHW does. On his channel, he does all sorts of restorations and customization of old, worn out toy cars, as well as tips and tricks for folks who might want to try it themselves. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 1:29 PM - 12 comments

This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque ...

"This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque and postal order." The traveling post office, the specially designed and operated mail-sorting train, was invented in 1838 and documented as Night Mail in 1936. The British short film has become a classic of its own kind, much imitated (and parodied) by adverts and modern film shorts. Night Mail is widely considered a masterpiece of the British Documentary Film Movement, and schoolchildren often memorize W.H. Auden’s “Night Mail,” the ending poem that was added as almost an afterthought.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM - 16 comments

Syria’s refugees are feeding the world

Food has always been at the heart of Syrian identity, and for nearly a million refugees that is true in a new, sharper way. When homes are destroyed and families scattered, food is a rare constant. It can also be a means of survival. For those who have lost jobs and professional status, cooking is an easily transferable skill, so conflict tends to spread cuisines.
~ source article
posted by infini at 9:47 AM - 11 comments

Who's a good dog? / Qui est un bon chien?

On Wednesday, the premiers of Canada's provinces, gathered for a meeting, held a press conference at the Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. They were upstaged by Smudge, the hotel's "Canine Ambassador," who decided to photobomb the press conference. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:36 AM - 17 comments

Color Our Collections - Again!

#ColorOurCollections "is a week-long coloring fest organized by 107 libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting their followers to color and get creative with their collections." [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:21 AM - 2 comments

Best Home Cooks of All Time (American)

How these cooks changed the way we cook and eat.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:54 AM - 33 comments

The lane is built to help you.

Take 7 1/2 minutes to improve your bowling game with The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes. Also, you should go bowling because it's fun.
posted by hippybear at 6:46 AM - 46 comments

July 21

Wet White Shirt

Jane Austen died 200 years ago this year. There are events planned. There are too many adaptations to list, though most will cite the BBC's production of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth in a wet white shirt. Australian improv artists and rappers Sense and Spontaneity pay tribute to the scene, which wasn't in the book, in Dear Mr. Darcy. Jane's portrait will soon feature on the British £10 note.
posted by adept256 at 9:51 PM - 32 comments


Nintendo trademark suggests Nintendo 64 Classic Edition [Polygon] “Nintendo may be planning to release the next iteration of its “Classics” console series: the Nintendo 64, if recent European trademark filings from the company are any indication. On July 18, Nintendo filed four graphical trademarks with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Each one is a simple piece of black-and-white line art, a 2D graphical representation of a Nintendo console or controller.”
posted by Fizz at 9:17 PM - 34 comments


Brock is a very little boy who just discovered the joy of paint chip samples. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 5:32 PM - 25 comments

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes

Sixty-odd years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the Australian Labor Party (a predominantly working class political party founded in the union movement, and with a large, largely Irish and Italian, Catholic constituency) was torn apart when a faction of social and religious conservatives, citing the threat of Communism, split off to form the Democratic Labor Party. Led by Catholic hardliner B.A. Santamaria, the DLP would keep the ALP in opposition for almost two decades, giving the (right of centre, and then predominantly mainstream Protestant) Liberal Party a long spell in office. Now, lead by Santamaria's intellectual heirs, the same thing may be happening again—this time to the Liberal Party. [more inside]
posted by acb at 5:18 PM - 14 comments

They're good wolves, Bront

Your dog is basically a super social wolf, and scientists may have found the gene that makes him want to cuddle with you. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:12 PM - 20 comments

So then Jada said, "Tiffany, what the hell is a Groupon?"

Comedian Tiffany Haddish tells Jimmy Kimmel about hanging out in New Orleans with Will and Jada Smith.
posted by Mchelly at 12:25 PM - 29 comments

Euron Greyjoy looks like a guy ...

Uproxx shares a list of 22 things Euron Greyjoy looks like.
posted by hanov3r at 11:50 AM - 43 comments

Lying to ourselves about mortality is what separates us from cats.

It's Okay to be a Coward about Cancer. Josh Friedman, tv writer and showrunner of the (late, beloved) tv series Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, shares some thoughts on dealing with cancer. Cancer doesn’t give a damn how tough you are. Cancer doesn’t care if you stared down the North Koreans, or won the Tour De France, or wrote two seasons of a scary robot show.
posted by suelac at 11:29 AM - 33 comments

A setup; a reveal; a slow Homeric smile.

You got the dud. You got the dud. You got the dud.

(Original Simpson's clip for context.)
posted by cortex at 11:28 AM - 17 comments

A treasure trove of electronic tunes from Aphex Twin and his aliases

Aphex Twin recently launched a countdown on his website. It began on the same day he performed at Field Day festival in London, where he sold a mysterious 12" and, for the first time in his career, live-streamed his set. And then he dropped the biggest bomb: an expanded collection of the Richard D. James releases since 1991, even pulling from some of his alternate alias side projects (AFX, Polygon Window, The Tuss, etc). You can buy FLAC or MP3s, or use the embedded streaming audio player with unlimited access to the entire catalog, and there's still more to come...
posted by filthy light thief at 11:01 AM - 20 comments

The moustache is still there and will be for centuries.

Salvador dali's moustache is still intact.
posted by storybored at 10:37 AM - 20 comments

Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI

Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. You’re surrounded by a forest of oak trees, stony ridges, and a tranquil lake—completely isolated and alone in nature. But in 1918, visitors to the 1,146-acre park were unaware that they were in the company of a group of women hiding among the rocks, trees, and grass. [more inside]
posted by twilightlost at 7:33 AM - 45 comments

Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson

From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist’s library and papers. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 6:20 AM - 15 comments

Or at least those that a relatively well read American would know

The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World is probably a deeply silly list, but perhaps fun to argue about on a Friday afternoon?
posted by MartinWisse at 6:01 AM - 80 comments

there is a reason it looks like pvc piping and couplings...

In 2002, the Science Museum of Minnesota absorbed the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices when the curator's health failed. Many of them are still on display, but even those of us unlucky enough to live far from St. Paul can still tour the museum virtually. Come see the foot-powered breast enlarger! Feast your eyes on the Prostate Gland Warmer! Marvel at the Timely Warning! But whatever you do, perhaps don't sample the delights of the Shoe-fitting X-Ray or the Relaxacisor.
posted by sciatrix at 5:08 AM - 32 comments

Big Pacific Behind The Scenes Filming Pufferfish Building A Nest

Take 15 minutes to watch "Chapter 1" of this Big Pacific episode "Behind The Scenes", wherein a film crew innovates ways to film a pufferfish building a nest to attract a female. I'm sorry there is no transcript, and I can't check for region blocking. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:42 AM - 11 comments

Does “Fuel On Hand” Make Coal and Nuclear Power Plants More Valuable?

Does “fuel on hand,” stored onsite in substantial amounts, make fueled power stations somehow more resilient and valuable than other generators? It’s a good question with more claims than analysis, but historical experience may suggest useful insights. (Rocky Mountain Institute)
posted by flabdablet at 3:19 AM - 6 comments

July 20

“...keep them playing – and paying.”

Server Crashes, 40GB Patches and DLC: Gaming's Biggest Irritations Explained [The Guardian] “Video games have changed immeasurably since the days of tape loading and cover-mounted floppy discs. Today, we get lifelike 3D virtual worlds where the player can seamlessly connect with companions and opponents from every corner of the globe. An online triple-A title will now offer literally hundreds of hours of fun spread across years of play. Yet, inflation aside, the price we pay at the till remains the same now as it was 25 years ago. To make this possible, a lot of things have changed about the way the games industry works – but those changes haven’t always been well received. When problems arise, frustrated consumers will often blame “money-grubbing” publishers or “lazy” developers. But is that fair? We asked the industry to explain five of the most controversial aspects of modern games buying – and, crucially, why they happen. 1. Downloadable content 2. Season passes 3. Day-one patches 4. Pre-orders 5. Server crashes” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:01 PM - 57 comments

The One Where Rachel Killed Everybody

A peculiar detail on this Friends DVD cover has Twitter exploding with conspiracy theories.
posted by Etrigan at 6:45 PM - 64 comments

"a love story between one woman and her vagina"

Yes, God, Yes is a 10 minute film by Karen Maine starring Natalia Dyer. It is based on Maine's experiences of growing up Catholic in the Midwest in the 1990s, and coming of age sexually in the age of America Online. Maine was interviewed by Marta Bausells about Yes, God, Yes in The Guardian.
posted by Kattullus at 5:54 PM - 3 comments

I want to be able to remember those stories and enjoy them while I can

The Heartbreaking Story Of A Man And His ‘68 Camaro - David Obuchowski
I ask him if his dad still knew about the Camaro in the end. He says he did, and they’d reminisce about it often.
“Oh, he’d get a kick out of it. We’d get a kick out of it when we’d talk about it. I’d say, ‘Remember, dad, when I was in the service, and I heard from my friends you were cruisin’ Main in it?’ And he’d laugh.”

posted by CrystalDave at 4:22 PM - 5 comments

The Lawyer, the Addict

The Lawyer, the Addict (New York Times). Tragic and thoughtful piece about one of the brightest stars in the Silicon Valley legal industry, drug abuse in the profession, and the mental health tolls of a professional culture of overworking.
posted by naju at 4:17 PM - 42 comments

Life Advice in Exchange for Potatoes

You Don't Have to Love your Body
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:06 PM - 30 comments

There's that whole zero gravity thing...

Welcome to the International Space Station! Feel free to look around. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 2:50 PM - 17 comments

The Deep Joy

Y-40 "The Deep Joy" pool first opened on 5 June 2014 and was designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto. It is 40 metres (131 ft) deep, making it the deepest pool in the world. It contains 4,300 cubic metres (1,136,000 US gal) of thermal water kept at a temperature of 32–34 °C (90–93 °F). Watch Guillaume Néry go deep. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 2:42 PM - 57 comments


Star Wars but the Lightsabers Sound like Owen Wilson saying Wow [SLYT, 1:04]
posted by OmieWise at 1:40 PM - 24 comments

MoMa's First Fashion Exhibition In 73 Years

Items: Is Fashion Modern? the first show the Museum of Modern Art has devoted to the subject since Bernard Rudofsky’s seminal exhibition “Are Clothes Modern?” in 1944, takes up the multiplicity of questions provoked by a design field that, despite playing an integral part in all of our lives, continues to defy easy comprehension. via
posted by infini at 12:44 PM - 6 comments

Why is everything so heavy?

Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41. [NYT]
posted by KTamas at 12:32 PM - 61 comments

When they call you a bitch, say thank you.

Olivia Gatwood reads her poem "Ode to the women on Long Island."
posted by The Whelk at 11:14 AM - 18 comments

The Living and the Dead

In a film, on the news, you watch a war. While in a war, you mostly hear it. In October, Iraqi forces set out to retake Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities and ISIS’s biggest stronghold in the country. It would take them nine months and cost thousands of lives. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:03 AM - 4 comments

c'mon baby, skew the locomotion

Cut & Shut is a short surreal animation of VWs, mostly Beetles, moving in strange ways. By designer Chris LaBrooy.
posted by cortex at 10:39 AM - 9 comments

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth

It has been suggested that Stanley Kubrick, the truly gifted director who was responsible for such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey, was hired to help fake the Apollo landings. Given Kubrick’s painstaking attention to detail, it is now well known that he was involved in this elaborate conspiracy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:34 AM - 40 comments

What Do You Mean You Don't Speak My Language?

Why are there lots of languages over here and only a few languages over there?
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:34 AM - 18 comments

"I only think about the next mile"

"Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the ocean at St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, just before setting out to run across Canada, to raise money for cancer research. During those early days of his Marathon of Hope, as he covered the equivalent of a marathon a day, very few people knew of the 21-year-old from Port Coquitlam, B.C. But through the spring and summer of 1980, Fox captivated the nation with his display of will and strength." This is that story in the words of people who were there.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:01 AM - 17 comments

US senators seek to make boycott of Israel a felony

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is a way for people to non-violently protest the Israeli treatment of Palestinians in a manner similar to the boycott of apartheid South Africa in the 20th century. BDS is supported by such orgs as Black Lives Matter and Jewish Voice for Peace. US senators have recently proposed a bipartisan measure, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), that will make such boycott a felony with up to 20 years of imprisonment. The ACLU, while not supporting a boycott, has come out in opposition to this bill since it would "punish U.S. persons based solely on their expressed political beliefs". [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup at 9:32 AM - 98 comments

Pancreas broken? Make your own.

Dana Lewis has Type-1 diabetes so, she went ahead and built something for that. She built and programmed a computer to monitor her blood sugar levels and adjust her insulin levels automatically. Then she founded Open APS to be a repository for her design, and to let other people use it. She has gotten plaudits from both the maker and the medical community. On her twitter account, Lewis often uses the hashtag #wearenotwaiting. Is she the first wave of a breaking trend?
posted by lumpenprole at 9:28 AM - 12 comments

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