July 21

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 - 5 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 - 28 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 - 15 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 32 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 - 35 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 - 0 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 - 32 comments

Life Advice in Exchange for Potatoes

You Don't Have to Love your Body
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:06 PM - 26 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 - 40 comments

Wooowww!

Star Wars but the Lightsabers Sound like Owen Wilson saying Wow [SLYT, 1:04]
posted by OmieWise at 1:40 PM - 23 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 - 5 comments

Why is everything so heavy?

Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41. [NYT]
posted by KTamas at 12:32 PM - 58 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 - 15 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 - 8 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 - 38 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 - 17 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 - 15 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 - 66 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 - 9 comments

The Medieval Spanish Chef

The Medieval Spanish Chef, written by Susan Lord-Williams, is a comprehensive and ongoing blog covering the cuisine of the Iberian peninsula primarily during the medieval period, with its mixture of Roman, Arabic, North African, and Sephardic Jewish influences. Each post is inspired by a word connected in some way to a recipe, providing some history and etymology to enjoy along with the delicious food. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:03 AM - 9 comments

Great Grandpa: "anxious bubblegum grunge" from Seattle

The Seattle indie-rock band Great Grandpa doesn't ignore the gracelessness of youth. It embraces it. Dubbed "slacker rock" in that NPR review by Maria Sherman, and "anxious bubblegum grunge" in a Pitchfork review by Ian Cohen, with comparisons to Weezer and Speedy Ortiz (Bandcamp), you have a decent idea of what to expect. If not, the quartet has their debut album and earlier EP up on Bandcamp, and the label for their album, Double Double Whammy, posted the full album to YouTube. In support of that 2015 EP, they made a music video for Mostly Here, and for a few tastes of them live, here's Teen Challenge from their new album, plus, Mostly Here and Cheeto Lust from their EP, plus No Hair as a bonus cut.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:16 AM - 8 comments

When even the upside lets you down

Where is that protest music we were promised?
posted by yerfatma at 8:14 AM - 41 comments

88 Lines About The 45th President

Democratic lawmakers have filed a "no-confidence" resolution against Donald Trump, listing 88 reasons why he's not fit to be President. Speaking to the New York Times, Trump provides many additional reasons. And speaking of things that no one likes that refuse to go away, Senate Republicans are back to work on a putative health care bill.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:44 AM - 615 comments

The South Will Rise Again On HBO

Alternate takes on the American Civil War have been a literary niche for a while now, covering angles from the survival of President Lincoln to the South winning the war. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will continue that peculiar institution with a future HBO series titled Confederate.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:11 AM - 185 comments

There's no way I can justify my salary, but I'm learning to live with it

The BBC has disclosed the salaries of stars earning £150,000 or more. This has caused discussion about salary levels, transparency and the gender pay gap. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 4:50 AM - 28 comments

The first rule of Robotwars: Bring your own pen

Robot Wars: what it's like to be a roboteer on the show - The wobbly progress of Team Jellyfish.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:56 AM - 8 comments

Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge on their stage roles in visceral '1984'

Take 15 minutes to listen to john Horn talk to Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge about the stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. You can also read the interview highlights, but there's a lot more in the interview.
posted by hippybear at 2:27 AM - 6 comments

Earth Unplugged

BBC's Planet Earth II team has posted a series of HD "visual soundscapes" on YouTube, pieced together from leftover footage of some of the most beautiful and isolated places in the world. Ten hours of mountains; ten hours of jungle; ten hours of islands; ten hours of desert.
posted by Paragon at 2:11 AM - 6 comments

🎵A-li-ens / Crash landed, right on the planet🎵

Demi Adejuyigbe, aka @electrolemon, has scored a sneak-peak of Will Smith's new track for Disney's Aladdin! Check it out quick before Disney take it down. He's also been posting videos of Will Smith's lesser-known film soundtrack work for Arrival, Moonlight, and Hacksaw Ridge. (They're all end-credit tracks so contain some spoilers). [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:30 AM - 6 comments

July 19

Fill your nightmare tank: panoramic photo fail edition

But with that worldwide surge of panoramic photos being taken comes a secondary phenomenon that no one anticipated– the nightmarish mutants that appear in failed attempts. Let's just say that when a panoramic shot goes wrong, it really goes wrong. This collection of failed photos from around the internet will haunt your dreams forever. And if you're craving more bizarre fails, there's an entire subreddit dedicated to the nightmarish glitches. [Some photos look alarmingly NSFW but are not.]
posted by Room 641-A at 11:43 PM - 12 comments

"criminal versatility"

Valerie Aurora and Leigh Honeywell write of The Al Capone Theory Of Sexual Harassment
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:41 PM - 7 comments

Rocksteady

In 1966, on the island of Jamaica, it was time to slow down. But who figured it out first? There are four generally recognized candidates: Roy Shirley (previously) with Hold Them, Alton Ellis with Girl I've Got A Date, Hopeton Lewis with Take It Easy, and Derrick Morgan with Tougher Than Tough. On three of those four songs, the groove was set by keyboardist Gladstone Anderson. For the next two years - maybe three - before it was swept away by the political and social drive of Rastafari and reggae, the laid-back love songs of rocksteady dominated the Jamaican music scene.
posted by clawsoon at 7:56 PM - 8 comments

I AM THE DOOMGUY.

Doomguy's Identity by John Romero “Don Punchatz, the illustrator who created the DOOM logo and the famous front box cover art came over to id in mid-1993 with a male body model. Don brought a nice camera to take pictures. The model's job was to strike various poses for the marine who would be on the cover of the box. [...] The body model took his shirt off and started posing with our plasma gun toy. Don asked us for suggestions so I started telling him that the Marine was going to be attacked by an infinite amount of demons. It would be cool if he was on a hill and firing down into them. The model was holding the gun in various positions and none of them were interesting to me.”
posted by Fizz at 7:54 PM - 23 comments

The last of the Memphis Mafia..

Red West passes at 81 He was an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter. He was a close high school friend of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. He is probably best known to American film audiences for his role as Red in Road House, alongside Patrick Swayze. He had a co-starring role in the TV series Ba Ba Black Sheep (later Black Sheep Squadron) in the late 1970s. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 7:29 PM - 8 comments

Unearthing the influence of Native Americans on rock 'n' roll

Stevie Salas's research has led to the documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which traces the impact of Native people on America’s rich musical history.
posted by goatdog at 7:17 PM - 9 comments

We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason

Just trees. (From MeFi's Own Alan Taylor.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:16 PM - 22 comments

How Checkers Was Solved

From 1950 to 1990, Marion Tinsley had been the world champion of checkers whenever he wanted to be. He’d occasionally retire to work on mathematics or devote himself to religious study, but he’d eventually return, beat everyone and become champion again. In that 40-year span, he lost five total games and never once dropped a match. In 1994, he sat across a game board from a computer, dying.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:36 PM - 17 comments

Queen of Jamaican Culture

Miss Lou talks Jamaican proverbs and who is Miss Lou, you ask? She was Louise Bennett, poet, folklorist, television presenter, activist and all around Jamaican national treasure. Her archive is kept by McMaster University, and is especially rich in audio recordings, including interviews (e.g. with Sarah Ward on the BBC World Service), storytelling (e.g. her Anancy stories, part 1 and 2) and music (e.g. 1954 Folkways recording, parts 1 and 2). Her music can also be found on Spotify.
posted by Kattullus at 5:30 PM - 1 comment

'Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters'

Female characters appear in superhero comics less often than males — but when they are included, how are they depicted?
posted by MrJM at 4:06 PM - 12 comments

HAL in Bell Bottoms

Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (SLYT)
posted by WCityMike at 2:13 PM - 24 comments

This is the public face of startups. And it’s getting embarrassing.

I gotta ask, what's the absolute maximum number of dog collars you'd like to buy this year? Probably less than twelve? In a lighthearted column, Adam Ozimek turns a beady eye on the wave of start-up subscription services and what they may reveal about the state of tech investment world.
posted by Diablevert at 1:20 PM - 119 comments

Ways To Stay Motivated In This [*insert Expletive*] Era Of Epic Stupid

Author Chuck Wendig gives you a handy top 10 list article to help you Survive and keep creating Art, in this unfurling Age of Dumb "Everything is dumb right now. From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that." - Chuck Wendig [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 12:38 PM - 15 comments

When You See a Red Toggle, That's Definitely the Toggle to Tug

British Airways safety video - director's cut [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 12:15 PM - 18 comments

Is it a rabbit? Is it a spider?

Metagryne bicolumnata, aka the Bunny Harvestman. Probably don't click this if you're a bit wobbly about spiders.
posted by auntie-matter at 12:07 PM - 29 comments

Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew

The AHA reached out to breweries from across the United States and today released its first compilation of 50 commercial clone recipes, scaled to homebrew-sized batches. Whether you want a legendary IPA, a crisp pilsner, or even a fruity mead, there's something for everybody. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 11:37 AM - 27 comments

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