Here are some compilations of old drive-in theater intermission shorts, obsolete advertising for vanished venues. Won't you please visit our celestial snack bar? The show starts in ∞ minutes. Hover over links for more detail.
1 (10m, corn dogs, Dairy Queen)
- 2 (10m, Butch, Eskimo Pie)
- 3 (7m, public displays of affection)
- 4 (3m, cable TV)
5 (10m, PSAs)
- 6 (10m, performing food!)
- 7 (9.5m, racist indians, snack bar gnomes)
- 8 (10m, Jay Ward-like cartoon roundup)
9 (4m, daylight savings time)
- 10 (13m, shrimp rolls, local ads)
- 11 (10.5m, Dr Pepper robbery, conformity, PSAs)
- 12 (14m, Creepy the Clown and "Dutch Treete")
13 (10m, Optigan music spectacular!)
- 14 (2m, EAT CANDY BARS)
- 15 (9m, Swiss people are magical)
- 16 (5m, assorted animation)
17 (17m, Snacks in Space) [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 4:14 AM - 1 comment
"Picture the scene: you’re on Family Feud (US) or Family Fortunes (UK), and the oily host summons you to go head-to-head with a member of the opposing family. “Hands on the buzzers, please. Top eight answers in this round. We asked 100 people…to name something associated with Holland.”
Suppress lewd thoughts of red-light districts, window brothels, and sex clubs—this is a family show—and quick, the buzzer!
And that, in essence, is Huis ten Bosch, a $3bn theme park answer to a quiz show question nobody asked.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:03 AM - 0 comments
Gary Burger, lead singer and guitarist for seminal proto-punk band The Monks, passed away early Friday morning
after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. [more inside]
posted by Fuzzypumper at 8:29 PM - 21 comments
is a collaborative art Tumblr previously featured on Yahoo News
and recipient of a Rhizome Art Grant
. Cofounder and frequent contributor Brad Troemel
recently had a show at the Zach Feuer
gallery in New York, which prompted Art F City
's Paddy Johnson
to wonder: Does Brad Troemel's Internet Art Work in a Gallery Setting?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:13 PM - 3 comments
some strange b-roll of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (designed for use by SuperPACs) lends itself perfectly to literally any and every
song set as its soundtrack.
posted by leotrotsky at 5:47 PM - 107 comments
The Guardian has an article
describing an upcoming study, funded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and written by a team headed by Safa Motesharrei
at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
, discussing the prospect that "global industrial civilization could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution". [more inside]
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 4:08 PM - 43 comments
Two commercials came out this week from KUKA starring their robot and their new spokesman. Timo Boll vs the Agilus robot
, and the obligatory The Making Of
video to go with it.
ranged from FAKE!!! to possible-but-highly-staged. It's at least more real than the Bruce Lee/Nokia video
. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 2:16 PM - 11 comments
'Madeline L’Engle said, “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” I know that when I’m meeting older people, anyone for that matter, you look in the person’s eyes and their eyes are behind the façade. You feel more connected with somebody’s soul in that sense. So instead of judging a book by its cover, looking at this old person like maybe they’re not capable of this or that, I wanted to show how full and beautiful they are. They’ve already lived what I’m living. They have so much knowledge, and they’re still living.
' Jason Bard Yarmosky
on the portraits of his grandparents: Elder Kinder
(2011), Elder Kinder
(2012), Dream of the Soft Look
(2013) [via Everlasting Blort
] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:08 PM - 7 comments
Western firms have piled into emerging markets in the past 20 years. Now comes the reckoning
Although the average company has prospered, there have been disasters; plenty of firms and some whole industries need a rethink. The emerging-market rush may end up like a giant version of the first internet boom 15 years ago. The broad thrust was right but some big mistakes were made.
posted by infini at 11:48 AM - 15 comments
The William Jefferson Clinton Library has been releasing
, in batches
, thousands of pages
of previously classified documents
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:58 AM - 16 comments
The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ended on March 6
And the news coming out of it was astounding. 33 years after the first cases were described
, researchers are genuinely excited about where we are and where we are going. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 8:53 AM - 28 comments
"Yes?" she asked me, and the tone of her voice calmed me down. It was as if she was saying, Brandon, I already know what you want to tell me. Please, just say it.
Brandon Ambrosino writes about coming out
as a student at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Recently Ambrosino was hired for Ezra Klein's new journalism venture, Vox
, a decision that has bred controversy. Andrew Sullivan explains, and defends him
posted by shivohum at 7:29 AM - 147 comments
Acknowledged to be one of the few British politicians who became more left-wing
after having actually served in government, former veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn
has died at home aged 88. Tony was a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years
, and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. His legacy can be seen in postage
, in the powerful five questions
, the speeches he gave
, and his diaries
posted by Wordshore at 5:08 AM - 78 comments
For a few years, Converse has been bringing three disparate music artists together to create a song. The most recent release "Hero" features Frank Ocean, Diplo, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from the Clash
. [more inside]
posted by superquail at 11:43 PM - 17 comments
"On a sunny day at the very beginning of this millenniums, a crazy frenchman found himself in the desert of Sinai
. After some puffs of a magic smoke he wondered - how come that there are no cinemas in the middle of the desert
posted by miss lynnster at 11:42 PM - 28 comments
Today, the UC Davis student newspaper, The California Aggie, put out its last print edition.
The Aggie has been in dire straits for some time. Ad revenue started to plummet in 2009 and the paper has been working off of its reserve funds.
Publication was cut from five days a week, to four days a week, to one day a week.
Very few of the staff have been paid at all and those who were earned around $2 an hour. Despite the print change, the paper was due to run out of money by June 2014.
Then came a last gasp, paper-saving measure: Measure 1, proposed for the winter 2014 ASUCD ballot, would add a $9.30 increase to student fees in order to subsidize the formerly independently run paper. But.... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:52 PM - 35 comments
"...the hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve...
" Information Management: A Proposal
is a brief technical paper first published on 12 March 1989. Within three years the author, Tim Berners-Lee, elaborated on the original proposal
and created the WorldWideWeb
. The W3C has launched a 25th anniversary
commemorative website to mark the paper's birthday, and Berners-Lee will be giving a TED talk this weekend about the web.
posted by ardgedee at 6:27 PM - 6 comments
Richard D. James is someone whose work can probably be considered outsider art. By almost anyone's standards, his work is eccentric, quirky and idiosyncratic. Its flaws (such as tape hiss and clipping) are arguably as charming as its finer points (such as whole worlds of original sounds), and its deviations from the norm are what make it so endearing, otherworldly and engaging. James seems a good subject for a case study
due to how little music theory he took for granted, and how much he built his own musical principles from scratch, which is a noble goal for anyone trying to carve their own niche in the musical ecosystem.
posted by mannequito at 6:09 PM - 46 comments
In a quick follow-up to this previous post
... Pet Shop Boys have turned Ms Bliss's speech into a dance track: The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)
. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:54 PM - 4 comments
(Mildly NSFW-ish lyrics)
Youtube user strizzalo does a slow, sensitive, acoustic cover
of The Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch."
posted by jason's_planet at 5:44 PM - 17 comments
: Beyonce: I'm not bossy, I'm the boss.
"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood." [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 3:41 PM - 114 comments
You should be ashamed -- or maybe not.
'Shame on you. These three simple words can temporarily -- or, when used too often, permanently -- destroy an individual's sense of value and self-worth.' A paper by Thomas Scheff, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Santa Barbara 'The Ubiquity of Hidden Shame in Modernity
' explores the danger of hidden emotions: ""In modernity, shame is the most obstructed and hidden emotion, and therefore the most destructive," said Thomas Scheff, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Santa Barbara. '"Emotions are like breathing -- they cause trouble only when obstructed." When hidden, he continued, shame causes serious struggles not only for individuals but also for groups.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 3:23 PM - 33 comments
"If you want to be cosmopolitan, you’ll buy star anise, kimchi, and coconut oil. If you want to prevent cancer, buy collard greens, blueberries, and omega-3 eggs. If you want to eat food free of pesticides and high fructose corn syrup, buy organic meat, flour, and dairy. Compound all of these seemingly innocuous exercises in American Dreaming with diet fads like “clean” eating, Westernized veganism, or the paleo diet, and you’ll get a supermarket full of people staring at labels, searching the copy for proof of ideological and medical purity. I need to buy this if I want to be good, if I really want to take care of myself and my family. As it turns out, this moralistic way of framing choice is extremely profitable for food processors, restaurants, and produce retailers: we’ve been effectively held captive by our own consciences
posted by Kitteh at 1:46 PM - 138 comments
, who for many of us was THE voice of movie trailers in the 1990's, has passed away
at age 89. The Guardian pays tribute
with a half dozen of his best trailers. And then, of course, there's the legendary trailer
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 12:13 PM - 58 comments
"As an important part of daily nourishment, women had always produced beer at home and for their own household. However, in Holland from the beginning of the thirteenth century beer production for the general market commenced. In the developing cities more and more labour was divided among specialised craftsmen. Professional breweries were established and the beer industry became a serious trade." -- female brewers in Holland and England
, a paper by Marjolien van Dekken looking at how the brewery industry changed in Early Modern Times from largely homebrewed and controlled by women to a more large scale and male dominated industry. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 12:12 PM - 10 comments
The generic war game has come under fire from many sides, prompting more thoughtful games, such as the recent Spec Ops: The Line (previously
) and others. However, short of post-apocalyptic zombie-type games, no one has thought to make a game about the civilians - survivors living in the cities that other people battle over. Until now.
In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items.
This War of Mine was inspired by real-life events and delivers a message. "This can happen in your city, in your country."
posted by corb at 12:03 PM - 58 comments
Oh, I'm sorry, they're out of Odorless surprise
. How about a new-to-you gamin
? They never have that at the end of the week, they get it fresh on Monday. What about a Refurbished gintleman
? It's been out for two weeks. They were expecting it this morning. Well, there's always more to browse at the Non-Stop Scroll Shop
! It's online, unlike Apple Cabin and it's curious mailers
) [via mefi projects
posted by filthy light thief at 11:51 AM - 18 comments
Apparently back in those days your grandpa still goes on about when gas was less than a buck a gallon and air was free, service stations also gave away some cool swag
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:37 AM - 52 comments
"The only way to end Haiti’s cholera epidemic is to keep infected waste out of food and water. A subterranean network of pipes, pumping stations, and waste-treatment plants would be the ideal solution, but Haiti’s successive governments have had too little money, power, or will to build massive public works on their own.... International donors have been little help: in one case, the U.S. government, to protest the way an election was conducted, withheld funds to build water and sanitation infrastructure in northern Haiti for more than ten years
. From 1990 to 2008, the proportion of Haitians with access to basic sanitation decreased from 26% to 17%. Cholera broke out in 2010. Four years into the epidemic, a trip to the bathroom for most Haitians still means looking for an open field or wading into a public canal at dawn. Those who can afford to, dig cesspools under outhouses. When the cesspools get full, it’s time to call a man like Leon.
" [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:24 AM - 11 comments
is a completely normal human woman
under the name Stacey Nightmare for no reason at all
. She enjoys fitness
. She has
a pet spider
. She lives in Brooklyn
. [[Everything nsfw]]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:18 AM - 24 comments
IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.
But what if that meat is us?
posted by brenton at 10:33 AM - 57 comments
Are the robots about to rise? Ray thinks so...
Google has bought almost every machine-learning and robotics company it can find... And it has embarked upon what one DeepMind investor told the technology publication Re/code two weeks ago was "a Manhattan project of AI"... Peter Norvig, Google's research director, said recently that the company employs "less than 50% but certainly more than 5%" of the world's leading experts on machine learning. And that was before it bought DeepMind which, it should be noted, agreed to the deal with the proviso that Google set up an ethics board to look at the question of what machine learning will actually mean when it's in the hands of what has become the most powerful company on the planet.
In late 2012, Ray became Google's new Director of Engineering
, empowering him with extraordinary resources and latitude. [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 9:49 AM - 115 comments
What do you get when your funeral director is a former women's magazine writer who describes herself as "a Kundalini-yoga-practicing Buddhist Presbyterian on the board of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue"? It's Amy Cunningham's blog The Inspired Funeral
, chronicling trends, products, history, music and ideas related to all sorts of grieving traditions. (From this NYT article
about boomers gravitating towards greener burials and funerals.) [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:27 AM - 16 comments
A sports arena
in Boise is being sued after it was revealed that their $4 "Regular" beer and $7 "Large" beer were the same size, though different shapes. Two fans produced a Youtube that proved it and it went viral.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:19 AM - 86 comments
A videoblogger from the U.K. named Jonny Benjamin
started a social media campaign
to track down
the stranger who convinced him not to end his life
Earlier this year, Benjamin found "Mike"
(whose real name is Neil Laybourn) with help of Rethink Mental Illness
, the organization that helped launch Benjamin's search. In the video
, you can watch
their heartwarming reunion
posted by yeoz at 8:36 AM - 6 comments
"The breach could have been stopped there without human intervention. The system has an option to automatically delete malware as it’s detected. But according to two people who audited FireEye's performance after the breach, Target's security team turned that function off." Bloomberg reports today on "Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It
." (The Target breach, previously
posted by jbickers at 8:27 AM - 52 comments
Congratulations, you won the lottery and got offered a tenure-track job offer in the humanities! Now it's time to start negotiating. But don't negotiate on the terms, because your new colleagues might decide to rescind the offer.
Further coverage at Inside Higher Ed
posted by escabeche at 6:28 AM - 239 comments
Let Me Live That Fantasy.
"In search of Puddles
, the saddest clown
, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music
— made him an Internet star."
posted by homunculus at 10:10 PM - 29 comments
Six years ago, PBS's feature documentary program, Frontline
, aired Sick Around the World
, a documentary examining health care systems around the world -- and specifically how all those featured were generally superior to the American system. (2008 MeFi post
Today, the American Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging
brought the debate over single-payer care to Washington. C-SPAN has a fine video of the hearing
, which features seven witness representing health care systems and think tanks from around the US and the world. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:06 PM - 56 comments
On Aug. 1, 1833 the British outlawed (most) slavery in her colonies. There were, however, still crops that needed tending. Fortunately, Germany had excess people desperate for a better life. Some (as we have seen
) of them wound up in Texas.
Some, willing to sign on as indentured servants, wound up in Jamaica
Jamaica, to be exact. Their descendants can still be found. There is now a documentary
on the subject. (Extended trailer can been seen here
posted by BWA at 7:29 PM - 6 comments
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