February 7

Oliver Morton on The Wonder of Quasars

In the far reaches of the sky there are sun-bright discs as wide as solar systems, their hearts run through by spears of radiation that outshine galaxies. The energies that feed these quasars beggar all metaphor, and their quantification seems all but meaningless. What does it serve to know that they are converting matter to energy at a rate that equates to the complete annihilation of a planet the size of the Earth ten times a second? Or that all the fires of the sun, from its birth to its death, would be a few weeks' worth of work to one of them? No human sense can be made from so inhuman a scale. Boggle, and move on. [via 3quarksdaily] [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 11:40 PM - 0 comments

afrofuturism from the past

The Princess Steel, W. E. B. Du Bois's recently-discovered SF story. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:12 PM - 2 comments

Smiley happiness caused: -9

:D :/ :( :)
posted by MoonOrb at 5:36 PM - 16 comments

JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOOOO

This internet radio station plays music from the Jet Set Radio soundtracks and music that would fit perfectly in them. Real-life Jet Set Radio!
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:57 PM - 14 comments

HTML V = IR

Paul Falstad's stable of science and engineering visualizations has been MeFi-celebrated as recently as 2005 and 2006. Sadly, with Java applets on death's door, they're largely inaccessible today. What remains? A lovingly HTML-Fived and expanded electronic circuit simulator, a gleaming key to understanding hundreds of different circuits and components. [more inside]
posted by tss at 4:03 PM - 8 comments

The House That Built Cam

This is where Cam Newton comes from: an institution where being African-American and excellent, African-American and respected, African-American and optimistic are normal conditions. A visit to the church Cam grew up in.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 2:43 PM - 15 comments

The unlikely and awesome rise of punk, anarchist, and hacker

Birgitta Jónsdóttir May Be Iceland's Next Prime Minister - "Poetry told Birgitta that she is alive. The internet taught her that she belongs in this world. The crisis showed her that she has a role to play, and politics showed her that everything needs to change." (Jónsdóttir, WikiLeaks & Iceland, previously) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:49 PM - 27 comments

triplets+toddler

triplets+toddler -- multitasking
posted by HuronBob at 12:04 PM - 49 comments

Haiti Elections 2015/2016

Haitian President Michel Martelly will leave office today and hand control over to a provisional government (warning: very graphic image in the link). In the face of massive protests against widespread fraud and irregularities in the election process, the January runoff election was cancelled after second place candidate Jude Celestin refused to participate in an election which he believed was rigged in favor of Martelly's chosen successor, Jovenel Moise. This leaves Haiti without a president. Martelly leaves office 30 years to the day since the end of former dictator Baby Doc's rule.
posted by molecicco at 10:38 AM - 9 comments

Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

The top 10 similarities between the Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 9:54 AM - 16 comments

Mozart: the early years

Enjoy this animated webcomic about Mozart's early exploits... up to age nine, along with those of his sister Nannerl.
posted by immlass at 9:14 AM - 7 comments

How in the world can she go to the Super Bowl?

"Demaryius Thomas has just sent his mother a picture of the most unlikely Super Bowl ticket of all, the one intended for her, and now Katina Smith has a few days to decide whether she's prepared to take it."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:01 AM - 32 comments

"I want actual change, not whack-a-mole with a grandiose troll."

Feminist Lindy West writes in The Guardian about how she's experienced years of extreme online harassment from a misogynist blogger and his minions, and about why she's not particularly happy to see them receive the same treatment.
posted by orange swan at 8:58 AM - 84 comments

We'll find out if we'll miss him

Dan Hicks, Bay Area music icon, dies at age 74. Last night Clare Wasserman announced that her husband, musician Dan Hicks, had succumbed to liver cancer. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 7:28 AM - 28 comments

Aw Nuts!

Classic Era Warner Bros outakes, 1936-46. The breakdowns of 1941 part 1, part 2 The breakdowns of 1946. 1944
posted by The Whelk at 6:40 AM - 11 comments

OUT: bunnies in dresses IN: piglets in dresses with kittens

Rescued piglet in a dress and a rescued kitty: a love story
posted by Room 641-A at 6:04 AM - 19 comments

But where one empire crumbles, another rises

Alan Partridge: I don’t need TV, I’ve got two Nutribullets
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:06 AM - 10 comments

The 101 Slow Jam

Most construction projects are bumpy....but this one, starts out smooth.
posted by vespabelle at 12:14 AM - 12 comments

February 6

So THAT's where Fawlty Towers is.

The Great British Television Map "I'm an American, but I love British TV series, and so does my wife. As for Geography... I'm a bit more into that than she is." So, this informative map showing the locations depicted in most of the most popular British TV series*... and where they were actually filmed (if it differs)**. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:06 PM - 51 comments

Red Africa

The Calvert Journal's Special Report: Red Africa: When international socialism met the developing world [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:28 PM - 6 comments

FUCK ME I MADE PLANS TONIGHT

this is what happens when i stay up 5 hours and 13 minutes past my bedtime [from bitches gotta eat]
posted by desjardins at 3:53 PM - 81 comments

High resolution images of The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch's amazing painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Exceptional detail, zoom in or out inside the painting. There are many stories hidden behind the images inside the painting. Click on the white text boxes to listen to and/or read the stories. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 3:26 PM - 36 comments

Formation

New Beyoncé video
posted by Artw at 3:11 PM - 128 comments

Kamp Kafka

Instilling existential dread, for generations to come. "There should be a camp for Jews who don't like camp," I said. "Who feel alienated by camp." To which a colleague exclaimed, "Camp Kafka!" It came together after that. [more inside]
posted by 0cm at 3:08 PM - 9 comments

The Lions of Alatash National Park

Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia “During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” says Hans Bauer, who led the expedition. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.” [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:41 PM - 6 comments

Pink Prepping: On pitching disaster readiness to women

Lisa Bedford's "Survival Mom" blog, which aims to help women, and especially mothers, be ready for a myriad of possible disasters, is "part of the new accessible, female-oriented, and, crucially, logical face of prepping. Even that word — prepping — makes it sound like an extension of performing responsible motherhood: like scheduling your kid’s dentist appointments ahead of time or making sure to take get your Christmas card ready in October. ... [and] Bedford’s advice feels more and more common sense." Anne Helen Petersen, "What to Expect When You're Expecting the Collapse of Society" (SLBuzzfeed). [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:53 PM - 134 comments

Mama Masika

The Democratic Republic of Congo has a troubled history to say the least. Terrible crimes were committed against children, women, and men, but one woman rose up in response. Now, Rebecca Masika Katsuva has passed. Her words. Her story: Surviving Against the Odds, It's Not the End of the World.
posted by ReginaHart at 12:52 PM - 6 comments

Bip Roberts, unsurprisingly, was the first Bip.

This is a Google Docs spreadsheet recording, for every given name ever held by a major league baseball player, the first player to bear that name. Via Value over Replacement Grit.
posted by escabeche at 12:21 PM - 22 comments

Because White People Always Live Near Large Bodies of Water

The Nicholas Sparks White People Experience: Lainey Gossip's Sarah reviews Nicholas Sparks's latest "whirlwind romance straight out of an erectile disfunction commercial." [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 12:07 PM - 37 comments

W A T E R D R O P

Waterdrop "Waterdrop" is a science fiction film about the second kind of close encounter with aliens. It is a tribute to the critically acclaimed Chinese science fiction novel "The Dark Forest"
posted by dhruva at 11:42 AM - 16 comments

Take the A train and you will experience the Universe

On the Food Warriors, lunch is up to the locals' vote. Traveling the length of NYC's A-train, the Internets Celebrities "talk to people on the street about their habits and tastes," ponder an ever-changing New York, and hopefully find a good meal. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 11:38 AM - 5 comments

I have a scheme, a dream harem (SLvid, audio NSFW)

A slightly silly and squirrelly animation for a rather rude song. Contains meerkats with beehive hair and a very large singing squirrel with a bad wig. Found through b3ta, a long time ago.
posted by Too-Ticky at 11:37 AM - 5 comments

RIP Theia, you crashed with Earth to create the Moon (maybe)

The giant impact hypothesis is the most widely supported theory for how the moon was formed, with research in 2014 adding support to this theory over other possibilities. Now UCLA-led research reconstructs a massive crash that took place 4.5 billion years ago (abstract, full article paywalled), supporting the theory that the Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and Theia, a forming planet.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:01 AM - 11 comments

LSD: My Life-Saving Drug

When a freak brain hemorrhage struck out of nowhere a couple of years ago, I became a little depressed, stuck in a rut, and strangely fearful of death. So when I heard about people (in my neighborhood, even) using hallucinogens to push beyond their preoccupations, to help them live without fear, I decided that was a trip I had to take.
posted by pwally at 8:28 AM - 41 comments

And now for something completely different...

Flying Fish Slaps Remix (hat tip: Kottke) Not to be confused with the Fish-Slapping Dance. … For those still confused, here is a documentary on the complex and intriguing ritual of the ancient art of fish-slapping. And for anyone who continues to be confused, Michael Palin explains.
posted by Doktor Zed at 6:19 AM - 14 comments

Fake Online Locksmiths, lead gens and Google Maps (nyt)

Fake Online Locksmiths A locksmith’s shop on a street in Sun City, Ariz. [...] turned out to be a fiction that was created for the locksmith by a web design firm using Photoshop at what is, in fact, a vacant lot. [via marginal revolution] [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 3:09 AM - 65 comments

February 5

Error 53

Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:19 PM - 186 comments

My God, it's full of cake!

Crushed between two Portals pushes Valve's Source Engine to places it was probably never intended to go. (SLYT)
posted by Uncle Ira at 7:32 PM - 47 comments

akin to a Rorschach inkblot

A federal court panel has ruled that two of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks. Critics of the 2011 Republican-led redistricting contend the map lines were drawn to concentrate black voters in districts that reduced their overall political power. North Carolina is home to 3 of the nation's 10 most gerrymandered congressional districts.
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:00 PM - 69 comments

Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Every Coen brothers movie, ranked from worst to best. [more inside]
posted by How the runs scored at 6:13 PM - 182 comments

The cat's name is Haku

Jun cooks Fluffy Omurice
Jun cooks Koi fish sushi
Jun cooks Chicken Nanban
[more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:57 PM - 27 comments

"Text Mode Lives!"

The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Resource
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:56 PM - 37 comments

I Want to Believe

Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut, Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, and outspoken alien visitation believer, has died at age 85. [more inside]
posted by 1367 at 2:37 PM - 43 comments

"There’s white and then there’s the how-white-my-shirts-can-be white..."

Stealing White: How a corporate spy swiped plans for DuPont’s billion-dollar color formula By Del Quentin Wilber [Bloomberg Business]
“At first, you’re like: Why are they stealing the color white? I had to Google it to figure out what titanium dioxide even was,” says Dean Chappell, acting section chief of counterespionage for the FBI. “Then you realize there is a strategy to it.” You can’t even call it spying, adds John Carlin, the assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national security division. “This is theft. And this—stealing the color white—is a very good example of the problem. It’s not a national security secret. It’s about stealing something you can make a buck off of. It’s part of a strategy to profit off what American ingenuity creates.”
posted by Fizz at 2:01 PM - 57 comments

Watch for the bit where it almost flies into the door

Drone flight over (and in) the ruins of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers. (SLYT, 2:25) (via)
posted by immlass at 1:58 PM - 13 comments

The future will be boring. TBD.

What is Design Fiction?
"the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change. That’s the best definition we’ve come up with. The important word there is diegetic. It means you’re thinking very seriously about potential objects and services and trying to get people to concentrate on those rather than entire worlds or political trends or geopolitical strategies. It’s not a kind of fiction. It’s a kind of design. It tells worlds rather than stories." — Bruce Sterling
Examples of Diegetic Prototypes in Design Fiction. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 1:50 PM - 12 comments

Schrödinger's Fetus

On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines advising all sexually active women to abstain from alcohol unless they are on birth control. The recommendation and related infographic were quickly criticized. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 1:35 PM - 158 comments

100 years of Dada

On February 5, 1916, 100 years ago today, the Cabaret Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland, marking the beginning of Dada. Happy birthday, Dada! [more inside]
posted by larrybob at 1:01 PM - 25 comments

Down these mean streets a man must go

Full cast radio adaptations of The Big Sleep, The Lady in the Lake, Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, The High Window, and three more Raymond Chandler mysteries. Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe.
posted by Iridic at 12:07 PM - 29 comments

There's only power, BIM is the power.

In 1980, Menahem Golan showed us a harrowing vision of the power of rock...in 1994 The Apple is a futuristic, dystopian disco rock musical that also manages to be a druggy, sexy biblical allegory. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:51 AM - 43 comments

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