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 - 19 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 - 3 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 - 38 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 - 52 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 - 30 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 - 28 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 - 64 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 - 40 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 - 10 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 - 26 comments
that look like succulents. And how to make your own!
posted by moonmilk at 7:08 AM - 21 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 - 19 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 - 35 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 - 87 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 - 11 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 - 79 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 - 17 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 - 30 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 - 88 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
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 - 43 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 - 55 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 - 84 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 - 272 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
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