January 31, 2012

We're here for deliciousness people.

Noma's Chef Rene Redzepi, whose dishes include Vintage Carrot and Chamomile; The Sea; and Asparagus and Spruce, on the science of deliciousness and the importance of using local ingredients. [more inside]
posted by lemuring at 11:41 PM PST - 8 comments

History Channel, Asleep at the Wheel!

It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof.
posted by chavenet at 10:51 PM PST - 52 comments

The secret megalopolis of the ants

This video will haunt your dreams (slyt). Ten tonnes of cement were pumped into a gigantic ant colony and carefully excavated, leaving the skeleton of an alien city and a billion dead ants. (via)
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:52 PM PST - 205 comments

'My entire life had been waiting for this moment'

Kristen Bell's Sloth Meltdown (SLYT)
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:14 PM PST - 137 comments

There are three primary colors!

The band "OK Go" are using their signature blend of pleasant indie pop and quirky, home-grown videos to teach kids about primary colors in a new short for Sesame Street. - SLYT
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Music, Movies, Microcode, and High-Speed Pizza Delivery

Le Blues De Memphis — behind the scenes at STAX & FAME Recording Studios (1969) and Hollywood Blues, a 1969 Hollywood Recording Session. Just a sample of the vintage 50s, 60s & 70s music, movies, microcode and high-speed pizza delivery at Bedazzled.tv. [sacré bleu]
posted by netbros at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Piss

"Piss" Sometimes a girl just wants to get peed on. Filmmaker Bette Bentley has written, produced, starred in and co-directed a funny and very sweet short film on the bedroom negotiations of piss play. [NSFW - also possible trigger]
posted by stray at 6:01 PM PST - 90 comments

Women's Healthcare?

NPR is reporting that the Susan G. Komen foundation is severing it's ties and halting grants to Planned Parenthood, cutting off "hundreds of thousands of dollars", mainly earmarked for breast exams. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:47 PM PST - 317 comments

Let there be facial hair.

A brief but hairy encounter. (SLYT) Don't miss the shocking conclusion.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:35 PM PST - 32 comments

My Gap Yah

The gap year is often a quite memorable experience for some of the London youth. (slyt)
posted by beisny at 3:32 PM PST - 25 comments

That week-old hot dog is nauseous.

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong
posted by dunkadunc at 3:26 PM PST - 182 comments

"It is far more rewarding to achieve your potential in real life."

IRL : "You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit." A short film by a recovering WoW addict.
posted by crunchland at 3:06 PM PST - 35 comments

it could be very fresh and clean it could be Frankie

In honor of Philip Glass's 75th birthday (look at the cake!), here are three rather odd albums of or based on his music, all free to play:
Glassworked by U Can Unlearn Guitar ranges from drone to speed metal.
What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass on Accordion is as described.
Glassbreaks by dj BC mashes up Glass and Hip Hop. (previously)
posted by moonmilk at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

The Story of Trip-Hop's Rise

The Story of Trip-Hop's Rise Sinuous and mysterious as a plume of drifting smoke, a new sort of groove wafted two decades ago from Bristol, a bohemian university town in the west of England.... Not all local grooves take flight, but trip-hop most certainly did. Over the next two decades it was re-imagined as chill-out, downtempo, illbient and lounge music.
posted by modernnomad at 2:21 PM PST - 50 comments

Sheep Cyclone

Sheep Cyclone (SLYT)
posted by clorox at 2:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Massively Parallel & Infinitely Tiny

While Moore's Law continues to drive consumer and manufacturer expectations of technological advancement, frequency scaling has given way to parallel scaling and our most visible indicator of ever increasing transistor density is ever multiplying cores. Welcome to the Parallel Jungle where heterogeneous cores and ultimately the cloud offer far faster growth rates in parallelism than even described by Moore's Law. [more inside]
posted by I've wasted my life at 2:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Dolly Parton's Other Voice

Dolly Parton is two amazing singers. You've already heard her unforgettable voice at normal speed. But as John Oswald and others show, slowed down, it becomes something hauntingly lovely.
posted by Mchelly at 1:11 PM PST - 71 comments

How very pinteresting

Marcin Wichary, a designer for Google, recently visited Chicago's Stern Pinball, the only remaining pinball factory in the world. He posted some amazing photos of his trip. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 12:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How Much Does an A-list Actor Make ... and Spend?

New York Mag presents the balance sheets of an A-List actor for our perusal.
posted by reenum at 12:03 PM PST - 176 comments

Astronomical Cat Removal

Meet Brant Widgeon, an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer. This short video goes into the steps he takes to clean up the images taken of space. One of the most technically difficult parts of Brant's job, however, is dealing with space cats.
posted by routergirl at 11:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Bleached

At Plano Children's Theatre, They've Shampooed All the Black Kids out of Hairspray
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 11:28 AM PST - 125 comments

Technically, the home was simply for “aged and indigent gentlefolk…of culture and refinement,”

Freedman Home For The Elderly in the Bronx had an unusual purpose at its outset in the 1920s: to house retirees who used to be wealthy but had lost their money. Now it is mostly empty. ScoutingNY.com went inside and took pictures. The abandoned upper floors are especially creepy. [found via curbed]
posted by millipede at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

"Taken as prescribed... by my addict brain."

The perils of chronic pain in recovery: As a sober addict prescribed Oxycodone, comedian Amy Dresner was careful to follow doctor's orders. Then her disease kicked in.
posted by hermitosis at 11:16 AM PST - 73 comments

doesn't it feel good to touch

Slam poet Marshall Soulful Jones performs "Touchscreen".
posted by flex at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

AGAIN!

Some cats just like to be flung
posted by The Whelk at 10:05 AM PST - 68 comments

Hustlin': The Rise of the Privileged Poor

Writer and comedian A Wolfe writes a compelling piece on education, poverty, and shame.
posted by Dokterrock at 10:04 AM PST - 43 comments

Forrest Gump + Simpsons mashup

"What if you took the audio from an extended trailer for Forrest Gump and matched to clips from [The Simpsons]? Well, you don’t have to, someone else did and it is fantastic (SLYT)" [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 9:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Do you love what you do?

On the Harvard Business Review, Umair Haque talks about creating a meaningful life through meaningful work. The idea of meaningful work seems to be talked about a lot in business circles. What does that say about people in "business"?

Does meaningful work involve science (as a scientist, I say YES!), or should we just be looking for a job, and not work?
posted by source.decay at 9:53 AM PST - 40 comments

Blah people

Bloomberg columnist and The Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg explains: How to Listen for Racism on the Campaign Trail [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:29 AM PST - 148 comments

"...how did a secondary broker get 2,000 tickets?"

Bruce Springsteen's upcoming tour lands Ticketmaster in hot water. Again. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:59 AM PST - 52 comments

A Cheetah...A Cheetah...A Cheetah

The World of Corporate Logos as Seen By a Five-Year Old (SLYT)
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:21 AM PST - 86 comments

Where did heterosexuality come from?

The Invention of the Heterosexual: In a new book, author Hanne Blank explains the surprisingly short history of the concepts of hetero- and homosexuality. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:58 AM PST - 50 comments

DMARD: Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance

For the past 18 months, engineers at PayPal, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and nine other technology companies have spent their off-hours (and some on-hours) working hand in hand to tackle the problem that plagues them all: e-mail phishing. The result is DMARC, or, "Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance". It's not new, but puts SPF and DKIM to work in a new way.
posted by Blake at 7:12 AM PST - 45 comments

A neu Neubauten

Dub machines. Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher, builds and plays his own drone metal instruments.
posted by googly at 7:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Is the Earth getting lighter?

Is the Earth getting lighter? BBC Radio's More or Less ("the mathematical icing on the cake of life") talks to some of the Naked Scientists from Cambridge about whether the Earth is gaining or losing mass, revealing some surprising and interesting facts.
posted by philipy at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Yiwarra Kuju / One Road

Running nearly 2000 kilometres through Western Australia, the Canning Stock Route is the longest stock route in the world. And since 2006, Indigenous Australians from WA's Mid-West, Pilbara, and Kimberley region have been sharing their stories about this region through the Canning Stock Route Project. [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 6:23 AM PST - 14 comments

"As we shall see, the presence of one or more specimens of Equus caballus x asinus (defunctus) constitutes the truly catalytic element,"

In his essay “The Dead Mule Rides Again,” Jerry Leath Mills argues:
. . . there is indeed a single, simple, litmus-like test for the quality of southernness in literature, one easily formulated into a question to be asked of any literary text and whose answer may be taken as definitive, delimiting, and final. The test is: Is there a dead mule in it?"
Mills’s convincing textual evidence draws on over thirty authors, but declares Cormac McCarthy ”unchallenged king of literary mule carnage.”
posted by Fizz at 5:51 AM PST - 35 comments

The relentlessness of the simplest eukarya.

Gorgeous microphotography of the growth of colonial fungi species. Featuring aspergillus, fumigatus, botrytis, trichoderma, and cladosporidium.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:30 AM PST - 14 comments