May 2

The Cure For Fear

Scientists have discovered a radical new way to treat our most traumatic memories.
posted by MythMaker at 3:30 PM - 24 comments

A cat name is Sashimi-san.Somebody tell me why she's got a anger.

Filmmaker SOEZIMAX (Shingo Soejima) visits his sister. Her cat really, really hates him. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 3:18 PM - 15 comments

Immortality Begins at Forty

Not nearly as uplifting as it sounds Sad truths. My first top post.
posted by Chitownfats at 2:54 PM - 16 comments

Ida Keeling

At the Penn relays this past weekend, Ida Keeling ran a 1:17 in the 100-meter dash, a new world record. Ms. Keeling started running at the age of 67. Now, she's 100.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:05 PM - 8 comments

Louis Le Breton, illustrator of boats and demons

Maybe you first saw one of them in a video game or a heavy metal album cover: the 69 demons Louis Le Breton illustrated for Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal (previously). But who was the man who rendered these images, and brought the dukes and presidents of Hell to life in such specific detail? Would he want to be remembered for his drawings of composite monsters and naked men riding dragons, or did he perhaps leave another legacy entirely? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:35 PM - 6 comments

Mo-Cap Abstract Kung Fu

Motion capture Kung Fu data visualization. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:07 PM - 2 comments

Maybe we need to find more non-edible uses for it

Consumerist: The U.S. has a giant cheese surplus and unfortunately, this is a bad thing. Bloomberg graph: Welcome to Cheese Mountain. (n.b. not a real, visitable, place) nymag: "Our great nation apparently had an inventory of 1.2 billion pounds at the end of March, the highest in 30 years." FoodDive: "Startups may see an opportunity to create marketable products out of inexpensive ingredients, and more cheese-based product startups could pop up and generate interest from investors and major manufacturers." Mashable: "Do your part. Eat more cheese."
posted by Wordshore at 12:58 PM - 88 comments

Usha Uthup: not your average playback singer

Celebrated Indian recording artist and playback singer Usha Uthup, AKA Usha Iyer, has performed many different musical styles during her 47-year career: smokey jazz and pop on the 1968 album Scotch and Soda, funk and disco on 1978's Usha in Nairobi (song: Fever), disco and new wave for numerous films, and across the spectrum in this scene from the 1972 comedy Bombay to Goa. (Yes, that's Amitabh Bachchan in his first leading role.) Uthup is also not afraid to embrace the unusual, as shown on her weirdly wonderful 1984 album, Blast-Off. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:34 PM - 4 comments


This excerpt from the Lexicon Recentis Latinitas contains Vatican-approved Latin translations for 600 (comparatively) modern concepts. For example, the Latin term for "jazz" is iazensis música. "Laser" is instrumentum laséricum, "Scotch" is víschium Scóticum, "mini golf" is pilamálleus minūtus, and "blue jeans" are bracae línteae caerúleae. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:27 PM - 22 comments

How Bob Buckter Repainted San Francisco

Quick: imagine a colorful San Francisco Victorian. The way it looks in your mind's eye probably has something to do with Buckter's decades of steady influence.
posted by gyusan at 12:16 PM - 16 comments

Embroidery on Youtube

Embroider a Guanyin with the hair of the descendant of Rinpoches. Embroider with hooks and gold in India. Embroider with the techniques of European (late) renaissance and modern embroidery. Embroider (...eventually) a kimono. Embroider with horsetail. Embroider with designer Yohji Yamamoto. Embroider like a Ukrainian.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 12:09 PM - 4 comments

Today, we're going to get WEIRD.

The etymology of the word "Weird". By The Endless Knot.
posted by numaner at 11:59 AM - 9 comments

Restreint UE / EU Restricted

Greenpeace Netherlands have released for download what they claim to be the secret TTIP negotiation documents, which reveal that many of the worst fears of the trade agreement's opponents may be real. Activists are claiming it's a significant nail in the coffin for the controversial agreement.
posted by Grangousier at 11:59 AM - 10 comments

Wall Street Journal Guide to Parenting

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg, 5 Signs Your Child Has What it Takes to be a Tech Entrepreneur, featuring advice such as "Teach children to work like a startup" from the former, and "[Your child is] obsessed with money" from the latter. [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 11:47 AM - 30 comments

Yes Yes Yes

The Creatures of Yes
I can't explain it, so I'm not going to. Puppets. That's all you really need to know…puppets. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 11:41 AM - 10 comments

The Secret Scent-based Language of Plants

If you saw the Atlas Obscura "Invisible Worlds" video illustrating The unflinching warfare of the Lima Bean (warning: simplistic animation of wasp larvae infesting caterpillars), you might think that Phaseolus lunatus is unique in its scent-based communication in the plant world. In fact, most if not all plants can communicate with each-other, with insects and other animals through scent. Plants can also time the release of different signals to have different effects. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:38 AM - 4 comments

Leader 1, help!

What’s all this talk about Cybertronians? It’s the Gobotronians who need our attention! Maybe they need to be revamped in a fresher animated style. Or, how about this fresher animated style? Wait, we forgot about the Rock Lords! What do you mean “narlies?” Perhaps what the Gobots need is an edgy animated treatment! With Wolf Swords! Or, perhaps a much higher end toy treatment! #KeepMefiWeird Wait, what's Megatron doing in that last picture?
posted by Slothrop at 11:36 AM - 5 comments

Letting Stephen Colbert Be Stephen Colbert (Whoever That Is)

"CBS says it brought in a new executive producer for “The Late Show” so Stephen Colbert could focus on hosting. Now the network has to give him room to do what he does best." [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 11:19 AM - 14 comments

It's not about willpower

What happens when the winners of reality show The Biggest Loser go home? Researchers followed a set of contestants for 6 years and came to a disheartening conclusion: losing weight lowers your metabolism (possibly permanently) and increases the hormones that make you hungrier. (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:50 AM - 104 comments

oh my god i hope he only saw the sfw version

How did Superman even find my Deviantart? (SL Imgur album)
posted by Uncle Ira at 10:42 AM - 26 comments

There's no such thing as normal. Everybody's weird (SLYT)

Professor Elemental's 'All In Together' should be declared the official hymn for #KeepMeFiWeird May. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:32 AM - 6 comments

"This Louisiana Dance Studio Is Going Viral"

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dance studio En Pointe is breaking out on Tumblr for its images of its young dancers: [more inside]
posted by sobell at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

Before Snowcrash, before Ghost in the Shell

There was 1990's Cyberpunk documentary (SLYT)
posted by I-baLL at 10:04 AM - 16 comments

How Uber conquered London

To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars. (sllongreadTheGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 9:43 AM - 51 comments

64 slices of American cheese

"If it was too much cheese for Homer, that’s a lot of cheese" [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 9:12 AM - 38 comments

Our top-heavy economy has come to this

"One man can move out of New Jersey and put the entire state budget at risk. Other states are facing similar situations as a greater share of income — and tax revenue — becomes concentrated in the hands of a few. New Jersey won’t say exactly how much the hedge-fund billionaire, David Tepper, paid in taxes. But according to Institutional Investor’s Alpha, he earned more than $6 billion from 2012 to 2015 ... [Tepper] is leaving for Florida at an especially opportune time for tax savings." (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 8:49 AM - 45 comments

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83 [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 8:29 AM - 7 comments

“Right now, we have a reed, not a stick,”

Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer [The New York Times] The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer — a roadside test called the Textalyzer. It would work like this: An officer arriving at the scene of a crash could ask for the phones of any drivers involved and use the Textalyzer to tap into the operating system to check for recent activity.
posted by Fizz at 7:32 AM - 158 comments

R2D2 vs BB8

Leaked clip from Star Wars Episode VIII
posted by beerperson at 6:01 AM - 10 comments

If Bigfoot is Real, Where are the Bodies? On the UFOs, obviously!

In 1979, scientist Kewaunee Lapseritis was first telepathically contacted by a Sasquatch and an ET simultaneously, which was the shock of his life! To further complicate matters, the contact changed him and he developed psychic ability overnight, which triggered a spiritual transformation. Psychic Sasquatch covers the intersection of hairy hominids, UFOs, and psychic ability. Lapseritis' first book, The Psychic Sasquatch and their UFO Connection was recently featured in The New Yorker. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:08 AM - 39 comments

“The Cowboy Hávamál”

5. You ought to have
a damn sight of learnin’,
before you step outside that door.
It’s a lot easier to stay at home,
but no one’ll listen to you if you stay there. [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi at 4:45 AM - 6 comments

Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto

Mr Wright has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator. Prominent members of the Bitcoin community and its core development team have also confirmed Mr Wright's claim.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:12 AM - 72 comments

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posted by spinda at 12:29 AM - 37 comments

May 1

Betty Boop's got more metamorphing going on than Ovid!

Whatever happened to the happy modernists?
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 11:24 PM - 11 comments

Turtle Torque & Tippe Tops

Tadashi Tokieda demonstrates discontinuities and phase changes with physics toys. (SLYT 58m)
posted by nom de poop at 10:38 PM - 5 comments

Totally NOT Off the Rails

Last week, Berlin hosted the 5th Annual TRAM-EM European TramDriver Chanpionship (in English) (in German), with the best drivers from 27 cities competing and Budapest becoming the first two-time winner. In addition to the main competition for smoothness in starting and stopping and precision in stopping, they ran a side contest: TRAM BOWLING (longer videos).
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:06 PM - 10 comments

home forever

The House Of Eternal Return is a ... place ... built and run by Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:03 PM - 13 comments

Retro Roadmap

With Retro Roadmap, Mod Betty makes it easy for you to find Cool Vintage Places - (grand)mom & (grand)pop places that have stood the test of time while still retaining their authentic charm.
posted by MoonOrb at 8:07 PM - 12 comments

Life finds a way...

Jurassic Parkour. Also American Ninja-Saurus. And T-Rex doesn't want to be fed; T-Rex wants to dance. Yes, T-Rex is a pretty ballerina. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:35 PM - 12 comments

On thin ice

Every winter in Russia's east, the rivers that vein the enormous open spaces of siberia freeze solid. Photographer Amos Chappel joins one group of men who make a living on these frozen highways.
posted by smoke at 7:23 PM - 36 comments

Welcome, iPad users, to Zombocom.

The only limit is yourself. [via mefi projects]
posted by not_on_display at 5:59 PM - 32 comments

We don't see the fairy tale from this side of the stage.

Dance of the Little Swans - auditions and the first years at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 5:35 PM - 9 comments

Their own personal Jesuses

In the northern Romanian region of Maramureș, roadside crucifixes are part of the countryside landscape and a symbol of people’s spiritual views. Traditionally, they were handcrafted locally and so they were also visual displays of local art. But local handcrafting skills are quickly disappearing and their preservation hardly encouraged. And so the locals switch to representations of Jesus mass produced somewhere in the world. The new plastic Jesus does not reflect the old spirit of the villages but a new trend instead, a mix of consumerist practicality and kitsch. In an ongoing series, photographer Vasile Dorolti tries to capture these People and Crosses, before they disappear. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos at 5:09 PM - 3 comments

Indistinguishable from magic

20+ drones; 16,500 LEDs; 3 shamisen players; 1 Mt. Fuji: Filmmaker Tsuyoshi Takashiro orchestrates a performance combining drones and the Oyamakai shamisen ensemble.
posted by wintersweet at 4:22 PM - 11 comments

An endless series of interchangeable party anthems and syrupy love songs

What Happened to Country Music? Lyrical themes of Billboard #1 Country hits, 1965-2015. [via mefi projects]
posted by not_the_water at 2:35 PM - 62 comments

A man and his botfly

Parasites Are Us: How biological invaders challenge our idea of self and other
The maggot was never invited into Coyne’s head. For those weeks it lived there, however, wasn’t the maggot in many ways literally Coyne? After all, other than the tip of its breathing tube, the maggot existed completely inside his body. Besides, the maggot was flesh-and-blood Coyne in the most literal sense: Almost the entirety of its physical bulk consisted of Coyne’s tissue. [more inside]
posted by wonton endangerment at 2:10 PM - 53 comments

The emotional nuances of being a sex worker

"Is what we offer love? It is when our clients don’t know the difference. And, in this emotional economy, I’m not sure I know the difference either. I don’t come to Showgirls just for the money, though it might have started that way. I come to be held and hotly desired, comforted and supported. I come to be needed too."
posted by stoneweaver at 1:44 PM - 29 comments

Burnistoun, twinned with Quimper, Verona, R'lyeh

South Burnistoun Housing Association deals with a complaint (slyt)
posted by howfar at 11:51 AM - 12 comments

Bosch Work Memes: Typing bird-god words per minute

The feverish apocalyptic stylings of Hieronymous Bosch are detailed, and oddly fitting of various workplace. To better appreciate the individual characters in his pieces, and how they may provide a mirror to office life, gaze upon the Bosch work memes tumblr. Also available via Twitter and Facebook [via mefi projects]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:18 AM - 14 comments

How are you, Sir?

Hello Hello Dinosaur
posted by dhruva at 10:08 AM - 13 comments

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