April 1

"Even if you count doorways as holes, that would still only make 32."

Recently discovered documents reveal "furious" Albert Hall response to a Beatles classic.
posted by young_simba at 2:55 PM - 13 comments

"We see the Universe as a machine."

Sundays is a beautiful science fiction short film by Dutch director Mischa Rozema of PostPanic Pictures for roughly $50000. The film was also intended to be a concept pitch for a feature, and it worked as intended, sparking a bidding war between Hollywood studios.
posted by Kattullus at 2:04 PM - 10 comments

Fool me once, shame on ... oh, you know the rest.

The Washington Post has attempted to comprehensively list all April Fools pranks and hoaxes appearing on the internet today, helpfully separated into categories. There's still April Fools Day on the Web (mentioned twice, previously) which has a collection of jokes, spoofs and parodies around the internet, with annual records going back to 2004. For older records, there's a far from complete Wikipedia list of April Fools' Day Jokes, with a slim selection of notable hoaxes going back to the 1950s, while the Wikipedia article on April Fools' Day goes back much further. Snopes breaks down the legends behind the term (previosuly).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:59 PM - 16 comments

"Look, those people are your enemies.”

On stage that day, Iglesias declared that Podemos would take back power from self-serving elites and hand it over to the people. To do that, the new party needs votes. If that means arousing emotions and being accused of populism, so be it. And, as the party’s founders have already shown, if they have to renounce some of their ideas in order to broaden their appeal, or risk upsetting some in their grassroots movement by tightening central control, they are ready to do that, too. The aim, after all, is to win. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:10 PM - 4 comments

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. 💐

"Neill was hosting a special flower show at his shop called 'Passion for Peonies' as part of Chelsea Fringe. The Peonies he had on display were absolutely breathtaking ~ take a look." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:03 PM - 7 comments

"All of the capybara trivia in it is true"

Measure Yourself by the Standard of the Capybara
April is both Mathematics Awareness Month and National Poetry Month, so logically we should be reading mathematical poetry. "Unit of Measure" by Sandra Beasley is a perfect poem for this purpose. This year [2014]’s Mathematics Awareness Month theme is “mathematics, magic, and mystery.” How could a poem that proposes the capybara as a universal ruler not be magical? How could the fishiness of the capybara not be mysterious?
[more inside]
posted by Lexica at 12:59 PM - 7 comments

Someone lost their mobility because they hated us so much!

Daphne and Celeste were a manufactured teen pop duo around the turn of the century, who released singles such as U.G.L.Y and Ooh Stick You and reached some kind of apotheosis during a legendary near-riot of a performance at the 2000 Reading Festival (at a time when it was essentially a heavy metal festival), and then went off to have normal lives. Ben Jacobs made quirky, obscure but well-loved electro-pop records under the name Max Tundra, before going on an extended sabbatical in 2008. In 2011, Ben contacted Daphne and Celeste and asked if they'd like to make a record with him. This is it. The Guardian reports. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 12:55 PM - 15 comments

Dips: Like Vines, but shorter

Today, April 1, Funny Or Die introduces Dips: 1.5 second looping embeddable videos.
Quite a few MeFi favorites have made dips for the launch, including: Hannibal Burress Ellie Kemper, Jon Hamm, Rachel Maddow, Paul Feig, Al "Weird Al" Yankovich, Michael B. Jordan, Bill Nye The Science Guy, Kumail Nanjani, Cookie Monster, Skrillex, Metta World Peace, and Tommy Wiseau.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:43 PM - 30 comments

Decorative Katana Like Wall Hangings Need Not Apply

Katanas & Trenchcoats! Do you yearn to portray the passionate and harrowing drama of awesome Immortals in a secret supernatural world? Does your heart sing the ancient aphotic melody of ’90s storytelling? Does endless fire burn within you to make an everlasting mark on this Darkest Cosmos? If you meet another Immortal in on a windswept street, do you fight with swords as your way of saying hello? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:23 AM - 24 comments

Back to BASIC

“The inspiration for the graphical design is Courier New meets film noir.” Meet MS-DOS Mobile.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 11:18 AM - 16 comments

Robert Z'Dar

Robert J. Zdarsky, known to cult-film fans everywhere as Robert Z'Dar, has died at age 64. A hard-working actor who had been making steady appearances on TV and film since 1985, Z'Dar is best known -- depending on who you ask -- as the titular Maniac Cop, from his appearance in Samurai Cop, or from the movies that appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 10:02 AM - 17 comments

"We can all feel good about deploring it."

Carbon Capture by Jonathan Franzen [New Yorker] Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation?
And so I came to feel miserably conflicted about climate change. I accepted its supremacy as the environmental issue of our time, but I felt bullied by its dominance. Not only did it make every grocery-store run a guilt trip; it made me feel selfish for caring more about birds in the present than about people in the future. What were the eagles and the condors killed by wind turbines compared with the impact of rising sea levels on poor nations? What were the endemic cloud-forest birds of the Andes compared with the atmospheric benefits of Andean hydroelectric projects?
posted by Fizz at 9:20 AM - 36 comments

Piss Off!

The bands Sparks and Franz Ferdinand have combined into a new group, FFS. This morning, they released Piss Off, their first single.
posted by rorgy at 9:20 AM - 14 comments

Forgotten Iowa

A photo blog from some of the less-traveled parts of Iowa. [via]
posted by Think_Long at 8:58 AM - 24 comments

I AM A COMPUTER - WOW LOOK AN OBLONG

The Puppets return for a lesson in computers and being a clever smart boy in DON'T HUG ME I'M SCARED 4.
posted by The Whelk at 8:54 AM - 18 comments

Being Andre the Giant

"The biggest, most famous guy on the roster is Andre the Giant," DiBiase said. "Andre made Hulk Hogan, in my opinion. Here comes this guy that has everything going for him, you know, Hogan. His size, his whole deal, his look. But you know, somebody's gotta make him a star. And Andre the Giant more than anybody, I think, is the guy who helped Hogan become a star, and I think Hogan would tell you that."
Being Andre the Giant.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:44 AM - 19 comments

Model organisms in the wild: beyond the laboratory

In biology, model organisms are the workhorse species in which most biological science gets done: fruit flies (D. melanogaster), house mice (M. musculus), shale cress (A. thaliana), zebra fish (D. rerio), nematodes (C. elegans), yeast (S. cerevisiae), and bacteria (E. coli.) They are science's heavy hitters... in the lab. But most scientists know almost nothing about how these species behave in the wild, outside of the context of humans. ELife's new series on the natural history of model species aims to change that. So far, they have published on the natural history of zebra fish, E. coli, and nematodes, with more to follow.
posted by sciatrix at 8:40 AM - 3 comments

Bing partners with Cute Cloud

The search for cute just got better with Bing: At Bing, we’re always looking for ways to improve your experience. And the search for cute—be it for bunnies, kittens, teacup pigs, or hedgehogs—is no different. That’s why today Bing is proud to announce its partnership with the Cute Cloud—a cloud-based data store created by Microsoft Research (MSR) to host the web’s massive stock of cute images and videos, from portraits of cherub-cheeked toddlers and bespoke pets to GIFs featuring panicked squirrels and sleepy puppies.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:34 AM - 4 comments

Shred After Reading

DocSend, a digital document delivery and analytics company, unveiled a new service today for more traditional document services: DocSend Dachshund Delivery
posted by zombieflanders at 8:13 AM - 9 comments

Spectre trailer - interesting language

Spectre teaser trailer An ominous teaser trailer to Spectre. Keep your ears open at the 1:01 mark. An interesting choice of scene to feature.
posted by winstonlu at 7:58 AM - 43 comments

You Smurf or you Smurf

Game of Smurfs
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:58 AM - 6 comments

the monk who ran 1,000 marathons

In their quest for enlightenment the legendary monks of Mount Hiei put themselves through an excruciating endurance challenge: 1,000 days of long-distance running. (SLGuardian)) Runner Adharanand Finn writes: I have come to Japan, hoping to meet one of them and to find out what they can teach a recreational runner about the path to spiritual wellbeing. What he discovers is beautiful and true, though at first he's a little nonplussed. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 7:36 AM - 11 comments

The Pez Outlaw

How a Michigan Farmer Made $4 Million Smuggling Rare Pez Containers Into the U.S. [Playboy] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:06 AM - 19 comments

Baby heads will roll.

Music can open doors. Literally. Here's a machine that shows how.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:12 AM - 7 comments

Is there historical consensus as to who actually Shot the Sheriff?

How did the Spacing Guild develop such a stranglehold on the Padishah Emperor? What led to the split between the People's Front of Judea and the Judean People's Front in the first century? If Franz Ferdinand's assassination was the inciting cause for WWI, how are they still able to go on tour? How could Scrooge McDuck have maintained his extraordinary wealth from the 1940s onward without destabilzing the entire world's economy? Did the 'genocide' against the Air Nomads REALLY happen? And, finally, how did the Eagles manage to rescue Frodo and Sam at Mt. Doom and still have time to record "Hotel California"? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 12:51 AM - 27 comments

March 31

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

Incumbent President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan today conceded defeat in last weekend's election, and called President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him. The election has generally appeared to be the fairest in Nigeria's history and mostly free of the bloodshed of Jonathan's 2011 defeat of Buhari; this transition will mark Nigeria's first transfer of power to an opposition party after an election. Buhari's presidency will be his second administration as leader of Nigeria after acting as the head of a military junta from 1983 to 1985. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees at 7:39 PM - 26 comments

A Brief History of the ATM

"Never before had electronic equipment been so exposed to the elements. [T]hey could easily jam or run out of product. They could erroneously dispense several bank notes instead of just one—all without the owner's knowledge. They were activated by plastic or paper tokens that would only activate for the operating bank and, in some cases, only that particular bank location. Some banks would keep the token in the machine and return it to the customer (by post) once the account had been debited. As a result, early ATMs were standalone, clunky, unfriendly, and inflexible."
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 6:32 PM - 68 comments

It's April 1st in Japan

Professional Street Fighter player Daigo Umehara announces plans to retire and become an accountant
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:31 PM - 12 comments

A Handmaid's Tale

On Monday, a judge in the State of Indiana sentenced a young woman to twenty years in prison for the crime of having an unauthorized miscarriage. [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 5:53 PM - 263 comments

kakkoii

Play PAC-MAN in Google Maps
posted by unliteral at 4:36 PM - 25 comments

Margret: Chronicle of an Affair – May 1969 to December 1970

The briefcase was found three decades after the affair took place. The contents of the suitcase: an extraordinary collection of found materials that chronicled the adulterous relationship between a businessman and his secretary in the late 1960s and 70s.
posted by ChuraChura at 3:18 PM - 51 comments

Prank. Not Even Once.

John Oliver on April Fool's Day Pranks: "STOP BEING A DICK." [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:13 PM - 88 comments

Tidal

Yesterday, Jay-Z's streaming music service Tidal was launched. The press event featured over a dozen celebrity musicians as signing "owners" of the service (each reportedly received 3% equity in exchange for exclusive content), and, by some accounts, was a bit awkward and content-free. At $19.99, the subscription plan is double the cost of competing services like Spotify, and no "freemium" plan is offered. The justification is two-fold: 1. Artists should be compensated fairly for streaming; and 2. The service's high-fidelity, lossless streaming is far superior to the current standard (320 kbps AAC, as Spotify and Rdio currently provide.) You can take an online blind test between 320 kbps AAC and Tidal's lossless streaming, to see if you have the "equipment and ears" for lossless music. Is there really a noticeable difference, or is this snake oil? Will the artist-forward approach change the conversation and ingrained habits of streaming music listeners? Is Tidal a sort of streaming for the 1% rather than for struggling independent musicians? Is it a walled garden for artists at the expense of fans? Or is this all simply a great vertical move for Jay-Z's Roc Nation label? So many questions.
posted by naju at 2:43 PM - 84 comments

Facebook is tracking us all, even non facebook users

Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed.
posted by marienbad at 1:05 PM - 57 comments

"My friend here Mr. Burke is going to trounce you all with a vengeance."

The Georgian Celebrity Map (or, A Peek at the Stars of James Gillray’s Caricatures) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:56 PM - 10 comments

"these women paved the way for a more just and compassionate world"

10 Badass Sikh Women in History
Oftentimes, women’s contributions are overlooked because, for the most part, it is men who write history. In India, women of the Sikh faith have fought, ruled, taught and served for centuries. They have managed organizations, guided communities and led revolts. These accomplishments are admirable in their own right, and they are even more impressive when viewed in the context of the intense patriarchy and cultural misogyny against which these women were working.
posted by Lexica at 12:49 PM - 5 comments

“Is this for a class?”

A Guinness World Record Diary: Dr. Strangeline, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee and Love the MTA
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:45 AM - 8 comments

It's the Leaning Tower of Cheese-A

We've had many leaps and bounds in 3D printing technology over the last few years, but this video finally answers the question which will surely bring us to a new frontier of the industry: what happens when you put spray cheese in it? [more inside]
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine at 11:20 AM - 32 comments

Thirty crore speakers, seven lakh words

A group of volunteers has broken the record for most words added to Google Translate in a day. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed at 11:16 AM - 10 comments

"Entertainment is a business, no matter what it means to us"

"The Boys, in many ways, is about how to kill the unkillableand unsurprisingly, an analogue for Superman is at the center of the story. But Superman, I can see them killing. Kryptonite, magic, red sun radiation, just being bigger and tougher, or just realizing that he is one man who can be in one place at one time, and can be managed. There are enough stories about Superman getting killed that we know it’s possible. But Superman’s owners? Not the culture that he’s part of, but the Warner Brothers Corporation that claims him as IP? That dodges through legal maneuvers and drags out court cases, that intimidates and strongarms, all in the name of securing the brand of Superman even as they could care less what Superman stands for as a character?" A lengthy meditation on The Boys, the ultraviolent, ultratransgressive and problematic-but-still-fascinating superhero comics epic as written by Garth Ennis.
posted by mightygodking at 10:38 AM - 37 comments

African Game Development

Aurion looks to be a standard and mechanically unremarkable retro action RPG with heavy Japanese design influences. But its design and feel are unmistakably fresh, offering a bold color palette and interesting unit designs. Its fiction is rooted in stories of exploitation and division, and in a desire for harmony.
This review of Cameroon's Kiro’o Games latest release is just one of the increasingly visible ways Africa's game developers are beginning to gain traction in their domestic and international markets. Last fall, Lagos hosted the inaugural West African Gaming Expo, bringing together startups, gamers, developers and investors for the first time. Games range from mobile only, extremely local - smash the mosquito or drive your matatu like a maniac - to educational - to full fledged RPG like Kiro'o's Aurion. Women are as much a part of this nascent industry, breaking barriers and encouraging others to join. Watch this space.
posted by infini at 9:21 AM - 6 comments

The Legend of Korra Saved My Sanity

"... one of the most startling things about this show is that fact that women in Legend of Korra are not required to be likeable." [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 9:07 AM - 15 comments

“They may be beneficial.”

Headgear Rule for Girls’ Lacrosse Ignites Outcry [New York Times]
Worried about the risk of serious head injuries in a sport where the players wield reinforced sticks and rifle shots with a hard, unyielding ball, Florida last month became the first state to require high school girls’ lacrosse teams to wear protective headgear.
posted by Fizz at 8:58 AM - 77 comments

Game of Thrones Catch-up Machine

With the new season of Game of Thrones less than two weeks away, you may benefit from the Game of Thrones Catch-up Machine, courtesy of lovereading.co.uk.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:45 AM - 20 comments

DO NOT ABUSE OR ENJOY THE BILL BELICHICK OFFSEASON SIMULATOR.

BILL BELICHICK OFFSEASON SIMULATOR. "This must be emphasized from the outset: The Bill Belichick Offseason Simulator is a tool, and not a toy. It does not exist to amuse you. It is meant to train prospective football coaches in the art and science of managing the travails of the offseason. Any fun you may have, or amusement you may find, while piloting this simulator is purely accidental, and should be reported as a software bug." (From Jon Bois, in case it's not immediately apparent.)
posted by kmz at 8:34 AM - 20 comments

"We don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents."

In the 80's and 90's, Robert Norman "Bob" Ross gave us The Joy of Painting. In each minimalist, 30-minute show, he would create an imaginary landscape using a wet-on-wet (or alla prima) oil painting technique while gently teaching viewers his methods. His signature, soothing comments described the "happy little clouds," "almighty mountains" and "happy little trees" that he was creating with his brush. Of the 31 seasons and 403 episodes that aired on PBS, the Internet Archive currently has the first 19 seasons (247 episodes) available for stream and download. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:07 AM - 69 comments

Women and social networks at work

Women often have decreased access to professional networks and mentors for a variety of reasons--men are more likely to mentor and sponsor other men, informal social networking often centers around gendered activity, women may simply not have the time to do after-work socializing. This is unfortunate, since networks and mentoring are incredibly valuable for female professionals and entrepreneurs. The obvious solution has been to encourage early-career women to network more and "better" and highly-placed women to mentor and support younger women, but this has had mixed results. It turns out that highly-ranking women do disproportionately mentor and support lower-ranking women--but only if they aren't "tokens" at their level of their own workplace but instead part of multiple women at that level. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 7:58 AM - 3 comments

Hey hey hey I'm a cat hey hey hey hey hi hello hey I'm a cat pet me hey.

How to train your human, an instructional video for cats.
posted by phunniemee at 7:56 AM - 27 comments

"Are you in the eighth grade?"

This week in The Dissolve’s Forum section, Noel Murray and Alan Sepinwall discuss Midnight Run and what makes the 1988 film an enduring favorite. This is not the first time Sepinwall has written about his favorite movie.

Midnight Run, previously, by our very own AlonzoMosleyFBI
posted by Room 641-A at 7:06 AM - 21 comments

"The explanation is the music."

Electronic musician Charles Cohen is interviewed for this year's Festival Présences Électronique in Paris, which follows with a roughly ten-minute clip of him performing (previously and more previously)
posted by a lungful of dragon at 2:38 AM - 7 comments

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