May 22

Jon Drinks Water

Does what it says on the tin, 2945 times. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 2:28 PM - 5 comments

B.B. St. Roman

B.B. St. Roman [formerly Barbara Becker] is the only staff member for the New Orleans Police Department Homeless Assistant Unit. Before helping the homeless, she traveled the world, recording sound for documentaries .... And at one point, she became the tour manager for Dr. John, Louisiana musician and legend. Her film audio credits include Mother Teresa and Shamans of the Blind Country a film ethnography of the Himalayas. TEDx talk, and here's her Facebook page.
posted by latkes at 1:25 PM - 6 comments

Ross Is the Worst "Friends" Character

It is proven. (SL SBNation)
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:06 PM - 72 comments

A way to keep pollinating bees around without chemicals? There mite bee.

"The first 21 days of a bee's life in 60 seconds" is a time-lapse video by photographer Anand Varma, who discusses his collaboration with the bee lab at UC Davis in breeding a naturally mite-resistant line of honeybees. (Via.)
posted by a lungful of dragon at 11:38 AM - 10 comments

PUT AWAY YOUR FEET YOU HEATHEN

As summer approaches, the hotly contested debate about the appropriateness of flip-flops rears its ugly head. In the no-flip-flops-allowed corner is Slate's Dana Stevens. Coming to their defense is Megan Carpenter over at RawStory. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:20 AM - 96 comments

“I would also like to be called by my name, Kyle.”

Do You Prefer "Native American" or "American Indian"? 6 Prominent Voices Respond "Wherever I go, from the reservation to the city, through the halls of academia, from younger to older, to the grassroots, and in social media, I hear numerous discussions and debates around how people choose to identify with certain references, e.g., which word is the most appropriate: Native American? Native? Indian? American Indian? Indigenous? My task here was to ask several friends and people whom I (and many others) admire what reference they feel most comfortable with."
posted by jaguar at 10:44 AM - 41 comments

Slits/Sarah Jaffe

Why Feminism Needs Punk
posted by josher71 at 10:37 AM - 5 comments

The Simple Logical Puzzle That Shows How Illogical People Are

In the 1960s, the English psychologist Peter Wason devised an experiment that would revolutionize his field.
posted by boo_radley at 10:27 AM - 45 comments

At last, the Lifetime/SyFy crossover we’ve all been waiting for!

A Netflix app glitch created weird new films - Back in 2014 a bug in one of Netflix’s apps is accidentally mashing up the plot summaries of different movies and TV shows. @SummaryBug has been capturing the weirdest results. Here are some examples.
posted by Nevin at 9:49 AM - 14 comments

"Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone famous?"

When a celebrity resemblance is an affliction, not an attribute. A woman writes about being frequently told that she looks like Sandra Bernhard. [more inside]
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 9:30 AM - 91 comments

2015 song of the summer

'AMAZING GRACE' PLAYED ENTIRELY ON AIRHORNS WOOOOOOOOO
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:21 AM - 26 comments

That Thing You Dew

How Mountain Dew Came to Perpetuate a Deep-Seated Appalachian Stereotype As Mountain Dew taps into tropes of corn-syrup-free authenticity and nostalgia for "backwoods" "renegades" and "rebels" with its throwback drink Dewshine, a daughter of Appalachia considers how the beverage reflects cultural stereotypes. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:03 AM - 65 comments

Old Street at 3am on a weekend in the late 90s

Free music Friday! Organic Audio - Back to my Roots As part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration Tummy Touch are offering 'dubbed out disco beats and dirty global grooves WAY before they were fashionable'. [more inside]
posted by asok at 8:34 AM - 3 comments

"The real rare bird is the writer who debuts after 40."

In writing class after writing class, I see time and again how the question of talent haunts the young, who come to class hoping to make it into that anointed group—those who publish to glory young. [But] the question of age haunts my older students more than talent.
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posted by postcommunism at 7:56 AM - 29 comments

Predictability is an illusion

Havoc: A life in accidents. An essay by Australian writer Tim Winton
posted by zarq at 7:43 AM - 5 comments

"McDonald's proved themselves to be jerks and the jury didn't like that"

Factual comics Friday: Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler sets the record straight on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:41 AM - 68 comments

Flâner

Flâner is a series by Cecile Emeke (nyt) about blackness in France: episode 1; episode 2; episode 3.
posted by - at 6:42 AM - 3 comments

Don't Make It About The Money

Management advice from former drug dealer Rick Ross
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:50 AM - 31 comments

It’s Not You, It’s Us: Apartment Hunting in Brooklyn

What you do when apartment hunting online, and what a lot of people do, I imagine, is you plug in your preferred neighborhood/price range/amenities/etc., and then out pops a long list of results that you further refine by imagining a very specific and very fictionalized narrative involving a version of yourself that isn’t necessarily true right now but could be true if you lived in apartment X. No, you’ve never wielded a wrench for any longer than the time it takes to pass it to your dad, but why couldn’t you fix a fixer-upper? Or be the kind of person to share one bathroom with six other roommates? Or live with a Ukrainian family that’s gone for five months out of the year, but whose kids you’re expected to babysit as per your new rental agreement?
posted by ellieBOA at 4:57 AM - 20 comments

"BECAUSE LIFE IS IN 3D"

My selfie in 3d. This may be the finest use of 3d printing possible. Gifts for everyone you know or want to know. [more inside]
posted by fizban at 3:53 AM - 39 comments

Let me be frank

It's a short read, but Food Republic's Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide may take you a while to digest.
posted by drlith at 3:45 AM - 62 comments

May 21

"Piglet, put that pepper down." "Nnyyyyuuaahhhgggggggg!"

Little tough guy pizza thief.
posted by phunniemee at 10:09 PM - 26 comments

No Flight Attendants Were Harmed in the Making of This Film

What started as an amusing way to capture to fleeting attention of airline passengers, either with animation (Virgin Air 2007) , body paint (Air New Zealand 2009), elaborate costumed productions (Air New Zealand again, 2012), or sudden viral sensations (Delta Airlines 2008), the airline safety video has now transformed into a production that doubles as a marketing arm by hoping for that elusive YouTube traffic. With the summer 2015 travel season starting the airlines have started rolling out their newest productions. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:15 PM - 46 comments

BIG ANALOG

Tim Heffernan is a freelance writer interested in heavy industry and the natural world. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:56 PM - 6 comments

Welcome... To the world of tomorrow!

Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow - cryogenically frozen head not included.
posted by Artw at 7:45 PM - 15 comments

Don't think. Just shoot.

Lomography is style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. There are several camera types that fall under the lomography genre. Among some of the more popular, are the Diana and Holga. These cameras, and (all of them in the Lomo line) are usually poor technical cameras. They are "poorly" built and often have light leaks, poor alignment of their lenses or other defects. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:15 PM - 47 comments

The road to riches is lined with colored gravel & plastic lawn ornaments

Dave Reynolds, and his partner Frank Rolfe not only own mobile home parks but have a side business teaching potential investors that there's money to be made by buying parks and raising rents. The story from The Guardian. [more inside]
posted by readery at 6:15 PM - 22 comments

Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped

Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped (slyt) [more inside]
posted by mhum at 5:24 PM - 19 comments

Welcome to the Cup of Coffee Club. See ya.

"Of the 17,808 players (and counting) who’ve run up the dugout steps and onto a Major League field, only 974 have had one-game careers." These are some of their stories.
posted by artsandsci at 4:57 PM - 8 comments

Welcome to Pacific Tech's "Smart People on Ice".

30 Years Later, Real Genius is Still the Geek Solidarity Film That Nerd Culture Deserves.
posted by fings at 3:41 PM - 128 comments

Happy To Be Here

The first thing you need to know about secure psychiatric facilities is that their bathrooms smell strongly of pee. What does it feel like to suffer from a mental illness? How can you explain that unique pain? I don't know how to explain it but this post hits a few points in a profound way.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 3:29 PM - 23 comments

Student forced to remove online photos under threat of suspension

Imagine assembling a portfolio of over 4,000 photographs and then being forced to make it disappear or face life-altering consequences; that’s the situation sophomore Anthony Mazur is currently facing at Flower Mound High School in his Texas hometown.
posted by komara at 2:37 PM - 79 comments

Mind the gap

Harry Beck's original London Underground Tube Map was a design classic. The latest Transport For London version... Not so much.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:31 PM - 37 comments

The state bourbon festival of Kentucky is the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The Official State Amphibian of Kansas is the Barred Tiger Salamander. The Official State Firearm of Arizona is the Colt Single-Action Army Revolver. The Official State Carnivorous Plant of North Carolina is the Venus Flytrap. The Official State Artifact of California is the Chipped Stone Bear. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 11:58 AM - 73 comments

Tortoises Try Tiny Pancakes (as classical music plays)

Reviews are mixed. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 11:53 AM - 21 comments

your mom's djembe is legit gorgeous

real chill situations: fair trade dog bed. tomato plants coming in real good. you can put the pinot in the creek to keep it cold.
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:39 AM - 43 comments

“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking it-self is dangerous.”

The Trials of Hannah Arendt by Corey Robin [The Nation]
There’s a history to the conflict over Eichmann in Jerusalem, and like all such histories, the changes in how we read and argue about the book tell us as much about ourselves, and our shifting preoccupations and politics, as they do about Eichmann or Arendt. What has remained constant, however, is the wrath and the rage that Eichmann has aroused. Other books are read, reviled, cast off, passed on. Eichmann is different. Its errors and flaws, real and imagined, have not consigned it to the dustbin of history; they are perennially retrieved and held up as evidence of the book’s viciousness and its author’s vice. An “evil book,” the Anti-Defamation League said upon its publication, and so it remains. Friends and enemies, defenders and detractors—all have compared Arendt and her book to a criminal in the dock, her critics to prosecutors set on conviction.
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posted by Fizz at 10:28 AM - 37 comments

Class of 2015

via NYT: "Each year, we put out a call for college application essays about money, work and social class. This year, we picked seven -- about pizza, parental sacrifice, prep school students, discrimination and deprivation."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:10 AM - 3 comments

when your Tinder pic is on point and you start harvesting the D like

Medieval Reactions to modern situations. [SLTwitter, some illustrations may be NSFW] [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 10:02 AM - 36 comments

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

Eddie Van Halen describes early experiments with guitars, electronics, and home wiring in the quest for his famous tone. "I'm poking around, and all of a sudden I touch this huge blue thing and my God, it was like being punched in the chest by Mike Tyson."
posted by swift at 9:51 AM - 35 comments

I’m never seeing my Astoria friends again!

But as the city transformed into an exceedingly safe and exceedingly expensive place to live over the past two decades, it’s not only the crime and the pervasive decay that have fallen away, but the close proximity, creating a social commute that echoes and exacerbates a work commute that, at more than six hours a week, is the longest in the nation. People have always traveled to see their friends, of course, but rarely has it been so frequent or far to qualify as a commute
The Social Commute: How the Big Schlep Is Changing the Way New Yorkers Live
posted by griphus at 9:40 AM - 145 comments

Emerald. Elegant. Curious. Hidden. Unseen. Dragon. Treasures. Unbound.

The Asians Art Museum is a parody site bringing a cirtical lens to orientalist tropes in art museums, prompted particularly by rhetorical choices of the San Francisco Art Museum's 2009 Lords of the Samurai exhibition [audio]. It highlights the tendency for museums showing Asian art to present their shows as a"a harmless trip to a fantasyland of romanticized premodern Otherness, a place where dreams of Manifest Destiny never have to die?" [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:50 AM - 24 comments

Why do busses bunch?

Why do busses always seem to bunch together? It's because they actually do. Finally, there's a web game to help you understand why. More intellectually stimulating than Desert Bus, but not much more gameplay. CityLab has more.
posted by entropone at 7:30 AM - 48 comments

I'm the Fastest Man Alive

On Tuesday, the first season finale of CW network's The Flash aired. Can't wait 'til next Fall for your Flash fix? There's always the grittier 1990 series, which ran for a single season. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:26 AM - 39 comments

Your Free Time is Forfeit

User Sparx recently mentioned checking sites of Japanese escape game makers for games of sufficient quality. But what if there were a single, constantly-updated website with links to an obscene number of those frustrating Japanese escape-the-room adventure games? Welcome to hell No1Game. I figured out the site on my own but if you need help, a guide to navigating the site follows. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 7:01 AM - 5 comments

"But as a husband, I was a sanctioned tyrant"

It is worth remembering that the things that were changed were ancient, hallowed traditions, sanctioned by time and religion and social practice. My right to rape my wife was part of common law – it had long seemed perfectly obvious and “natural” that the question of consent to sex simply didn’t arise in a marriage. (In many parts of the world, indeed, this still seems “natural”.) The idea that a wife was not a legally or economically separate person but a mere adjunct to her husband had very deep roots. Within my lifetime, even minimal changes to this idea were bitterly opposed.
Marriage was nothing to be proud of in 1983. On the eve of the Irish vote on marriage equality, Fintan O’Toole puts into context the change it will make to the "sanctitity" of marriage, by reflecting on the changes marriage in Ireland had already undergone since his own marriage in 1983. Tomorrow the Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum on Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015, which if passed would make gay marriage available.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:09 AM - 77 comments

Jackson Bird - Coming out

Jackson Bird posts a Youtube Video about coming out as transgender. Listen carefully, this moves pretty fast...
posted by HuronBob at 5:34 AM - 8 comments

How TV Sex Got Real

Whether it’s two female prisoners competing to see who can coax the most orgasms out of their fellow inmates in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black or a good, old-fashioned kiss-and-cut-away on ABC’s Scandal—the way intimacy is shown on the small screen has come a long way since 1952 when CBS forbade Lucille Ball from calling herself “pregnant” on national TV, substituting instead the priest-approved word “expecting.”
posted by ellieBOA at 4:34 AM - 21 comments

May 20

The Shape of Inequality

Can YOU recognize the shape of inequality in America? Most can't. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 11:52 PM - 104 comments

danny devitos smug cat face looking out over everything i do, forever

a story of a lovely porcelain cup with kitty Danny Devito on it [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:06 PM - 17 comments

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