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 - 15 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 - 39 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 - 10 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 - 8 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 - 47 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 - 11 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 - 63 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 - 6 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 - 14 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 - 26 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 - 41 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 - 78 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 - 60 comments
I am The Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak. So tonight, I tell you this story....
If you lived near a west coast CBS radio affiliate between May 16, 1942 and September 22, 1955
, you probably heard The Whistler
, or at least knew of the radio mystery series that was somewhat in the style of the better-known franchise, The Shadow
. If you missed it, you can catch up on Archive.org, with selections from 1942
, 1951 and '52
, or browse through a collection of 502 episodes
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:00 AM - 16 comments
On March 7th, 2014, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
series comes to a close with the release on Netflix of the Lost Missions, 13 final episodes that represent a shortened season 6. Hyping the release is a nearly three minute long trailer
which reveals, among other things, foreshadowing of Order 66
, the secret order to eliminate the Jedi programmed into the clone army
, and of force ghosts
, among trying to help tie the prequel films together. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 9:49 AM - 35 comments
Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. (Wiki
). Case in point
posted by growabrain at 9:21 AM - 9 comments
NASA's 2015 budget request has been released (PDF
, OMB Summary
), with an interesting mission study : $15 million to look at a unmanned mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. Why Europa
? It may have more water than Earth
, sloshing around under a thick ice, which makes it a major contender for harboring life. Don't get too excited just yet though. The mission
would't launch until around 2025 and would arrive in Jupiter's orbit in the early 2030s. That's a long way off, but a particular US Congressman really wants this mission to happen.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:47 AM - 51 comments
"On Monday, veteran Washington Post editor and New Yorker contributor Marc Fisher published a deeply reported, scrupulous Columbia Journalism Review cover story
on how the Internet’s metabolism and economy [including instant-headline video start-up NowThisNews
], which places a premium on being first to a story and on attracting clicks, has led to compromises when it comes to the whole accuracy thing. As if on cue, a fun news story
has been making the rounds in the past few days: A survey
found that 11 percent of Americans believe that "HTML" is a sexually transmitted disease. Other findings included that 20 percent believe a "motherboard" is a cruise-ship deck and 15 percent believe "software" is a type of clothing. The survey itself... may not exist
." -- TNR on the Circular Fact Checking ecosystem of online news reporting.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:27 AM - 38 comments
Administrator Hiring Drove 28% Boom in Higher-Ed Work Force, Report Says The report, "Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive: Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education," says that new administrative positions—particularly in student services—drove a 28-percent expansion of the higher-ed work force from 2000 to 2012...What’s more, the report says, the number of full-time faculty and staff members per professional or managerial administrator has declined 40 percent, to around 2.5 to 1. Full-time faculty members also lost ground to part-time instructors (who now compose half of the instructional staff at most types of colleges)...And the kicker: You can’t blame faculty salaries for the rise in tuition. Faculty salaries were "essentially flat" from 2000 to 2012, the report says. And "we didn't see the savings that we would have expected from the shift to part-time faculty," said Donna M. Desrochers, an author of the report.
posted by mediareport at 7:16 AM - 81 comments
"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."
Newsweek claims to have found Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin
. [more inside]
posted by memebake at 6:34 AM - 238 comments
about a narcoleptic squirrel...
and, for those of you with little kids, LOTS of neat songs (including "kitten sleeping in a cup", "Shark Cat" , and, my own favorite "Snow Dogs")
posted by HuronBob at 4:14 AM - 4 comments
Since the taxonomical work of Erich Moritz von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs*
in the early twentieth century, organologists have classified musical instruments into four major categories, each distinguished by its primary sound-producing mechanism: idiophones (vibrating body), membranophones (vibrating membrane), chordophones (vibrating strings) and aerophones (vibrating air columns). Beyond these basic divisions, scholars have proposed such logically consistent additions as electrophones (for electronic instruments) and corpophones (for the human body as a source of sound). We propose a seventh category: fictophones, for imaginary musical instruments. Existing as diagrams, drawings or written descriptions, these devices never produce a sound. Yet they are no less a part of musical culture for that. Indeed, fictophones represent an essential if hitherto unrecognized domain of musical thought and activity, and it is in order to catalog these conceptual artifacts that we have established the first institution of its kind: The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments
posted by carsonb at 10:22 PM - 18 comments
The new Trailer Park Boys seasons 8 and 9 will debut be on Netflix
(all round, internationally). In addition, all previous seasons, the new Trailer Parks Boys 3: Don't Legalize It
film (in time), and Swearnet the Movie
will be available Netflix wide. Reaction to the announcement
has been mixed. Particularly from those who have paid for Swearnet.com subscriptions. Mike Smith (Bubbles) responds
posted by juiceCake at 9:58 PM - 33 comments
Judgmental maps of cities/areas
including Los Angeles (featuring “botoxed cougars in luxury condos”), Northern Virginia (including “closeted Hispanic husbands”), Richmond, VA (where one finds the “scary Walmart”), Memphis (where there are “people proud, yet ashamed, to be from Memphis"), Chattanooga (see “rich white people & gnomes”), Nashville (one part is “gentrified to a great level of inconvenience”), Phoenix, San Antonio, and “Canada, prolly.”
posted by goofyfoot at 6:40 PM - 113 comments
(the following post was lifted from Richard Metzger via the Dangerous Minds website. All links should be considered NSFW) :
It’s called Way USA, a pilot for a punk/comedy travelogue that was done for MTV in 1988
and hosted by the silver-tongued Tesco Vee
of The Meatmen. It was directed by Peter Lauer
, then a staffer with MTV’s graphics department
who has since gone on to direct dozens upon dozens of major television shows that you have seen, including Strangers with Candy
and Arrested Development. [more inside]
posted by item at 5:28 PM - 5 comments
Watch porn search terms appear
on your screen LIVE, in REAL TIME. So relaxing. By @thomas_violence
posted by Greg Nog at 4:51 PM - 213 comments
Top 20 Bubble Butts
From The Toast
posted by bq at 4:34 PM - 32 comments
, the service which turns social data into pretty pictures
, have been acquired by Yahoo. According to their announcement
, "we just couldn’t say no to the opportunity to bring our vision to the hundreds of millions of people who use Yahoo every day." Vizify, operating out of Portland, was 2 years and 9 months old
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 4:07 PM - 26 comments
Triple Crwn Winners-3 Perfet games pitched-23 300 games bowled-50k
Rick Baird notched 18 straight hole-in-one shots to record a perfect putt-putt score. In more than 50 years of sanctioned competition, it was just the third time that anyone had achieved the feat.
Putt-putt is different from miniature golf. It’s played only on official courses; there are no pirate ships, no windmills, and no holes that cannot be conquered with one stroke — if you execute the perfect shot. On that day in 2011, Baird executed the perfect shot 18 times in a row [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 3:23 PM - 23 comments
As Gawker has done for a couple years now, they sent letters to all the U.S. death row inmates who have execution dates in the upcoming year. Texas inmate Ray Jasper, who is set to be executed later this month, responded with an incredible letter
on his thoughts about the US justice system, race, Christianity, and society as a whole.
posted by gman at 3:21 PM - 77 comments
was a well-known journalist at The New Republic
who was exposed
for multiple instances of fabricating stories and lying to cover up the details (previously here and here
), as well as burning a few bridges
in his attempt to explain his actions. A movie
was made about this, and he wrote a book
. Since Glass’s fall, he has gone to law school and has been practicing as a paralegal at a Los Angeles law firm with the hopes of becoming a lawyer. He has passed the bar exams in New York and California. However, there is a required ethics review in both states before one is allowed to practice. He was already denied (informally) a license in New York, and a final decision in California was appealed
to the California Supreme court, who ruled
last month conclusively
that Glass would not be allowed to practice law in California. Here is the 33-page ruling
. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 1:55 PM - 68 comments
The College Board announced today that the SAT will be undergoing major changes.
The announced changes include the removal of the penalty for incorrect guesses, the essay section becoming optional, and a revision of the vocabulary section. [more inside]
posted by DRoll at 1:35 PM - 71 comments
The Swahili Coast and its culture in the medieval period (roughly the tenth to fifteenth centuries) is relatively little studied, compared with other cultures of its size and influence, though it represents a key node in the development of global trade before the European Age of Discovery. Its history is known in broad strokes, but less is known about how the medieval Swahili lived and how they incorporated influences—from religion to architecture—from across the Indian Ocean world. Fleisher and his codirector, Stephanie Wynne-Jones of the University of York, looked for a site that would allow them to examine such questions in detail. “We had an inkling Songo Mnara would be that site,” he says, “but it has completely exceeded our expectations.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:43 PM - 9 comments
Street kids take justice into their own hands when "Bad Elmo
" returns to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 9:47 AM - 55 comments
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