April 30, 2010

Yes it's true, the golden age did start with moi

In the wake of their Webby nominations for their Bohemian Rhapsody video (previously), Nerdist Podcast interviews The Muppets. [46m, actual interview starts at 10m40s] Listen on the website, or find download links on the page to take it with you.
posted by hippybear at 11:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Let the Music Play

In 1980s New York, two songs - Planet Rock and Let The Music Play - hit the Latino club scene like an earthquake and the aftershocks created a new genre of dance music - Freestyle. Characterized by funky electro-style breaks made on a Roland 808, with Latin rhythms and uplifting vocals about love and loss, often sung by unknown and untrained singers, the sound has remained a force in pop music and has influenced house and breaks music to this day. [more inside]
posted by empath at 10:32 PM PST - 36 comments

Candy Packers of the World, Unite!

Celebrate the eight-hour work day, dance around a pole, affirm your patriotism to beat the reds, build your community through candy and flower filled baskets, and get caught in flagrante delicto: it's a very special day. Previously, previously
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:09 PM PST - 31 comments

The Quantified Self

The Data-Driven Life. "Ubiquitous self-tracking is a dream of engineers. For all their expertise at figuring out how things work, technical people are often painfully aware how much of human behavior is a mystery. People do things for unfathomable reasons. They are opaque even to themselves. A hundred years ago, a bold researcher fascinated by the riddle of human personality might have grabbed onto new psychoanalytic concepts like repression and the unconscious. These ideas were invented by people who loved language. Even as therapeutic concepts of the self spread widely in simplified, easily accessible form, they retained something of the prolix, literary humanism of their inventors. From the languor of the analyst’s couch to the chatty inquisitiveness of a self-help questionnaire, the dominant forms of self-exploration assume that the road to knowledge lies through words. Trackers are exploring an alternate route. Instead of interrogating their inner worlds through talking and writing, they are using numbers. They are constructing a quantified self."
posted by homunculus at 8:15 PM PST - 57 comments

Pan Am’s Helvetica Dreamtime

Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime. How I unearthed a forgotten chapter in corporate design history.
posted by puny human at 8:12 PM PST - 24 comments

What is this post's title?

This is a zip file, the contents of which is the zip file you started with. An explanation of how one would create such a thing appears here.
posted by Obscure Reference at 7:01 PM PST - 66 comments

A special kind of person with special weird things they go to...

China Miéville has won his third Arthur C Clarke award for his crime/weird fiction novel The City and The City - making him the first person to win the prize three times. Somewhat emotional video of him accepting the prize, where he thanks one special crime reader in particular, his mum, who passed away before it's publication. 10 Questions about China Miéville. An A-Z of China Miéville - 1, 2. An extract from his next novel, Kraken. A Bas Lag Wiki. A discussion of the best genre crossovers. An out of season Christmas tale.
posted by Artw at 6:31 PM PST - 71 comments

Love is a stranger in an open car...

A mixtape a week for a year... Detroit Techno, Giorgio Moroder, Quebecois Disco, Kraftwerk, Bobby Orlando, Synth Pop and loads more.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 5:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Stop overthinking that pan of beans

The Adventist-Style Vegan Dinner Loaf calculator. For all your Adventist-style vegan dinner loaf calculating needs.
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:27 PM PST - 34 comments

I see.

I'd rather measure the diameter of a dove than go barter-shopping with a frilly lion. (Lots of Previously.)
posted by blue funk at 4:04 PM PST - 21 comments

P J Harvey debuts new songs on TV and will design Zoetrope literary magazine

Earlier this month, P J Harvey appeared on The Andrew Marr Show and performed a new song called "Let England Shake" as Gordon Brown watched on a television. Harvey debuted the song last summer, along with another new song entitled "The Last Living Rose." In an interview prior to the performance, Harvey revealed that she wrote "about half" of her new album on her three alternately-tuned autoharps. Harvey loyalists may recall that she seemed to enjoy playing the unusual instrument on her last solo tour. [more inside]
posted by Houyhnhnm at 3:29 PM PST - 56 comments

Still Only Five Cents!

Frankenstein Defeats Evil Computer. Mysterious Grass-Roots Gal-Revolt Rocks Gotham! Are Hippies Slowing Down Space Progam in Protest? Headlines ripped from the pages of such great newspapers as the Daily Bugle and the Gotham Gazette await you at Dateline: Silver Age.
posted by gamera at 2:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Abortion Not OK in OK

Provoking pro-choice advocates, Oklahoma passed two highly restrictive abortion laws on Tuesday. One (rtf file) requires doctors to show women an ultrasound of their fetus and point out its physical characteristics — even if the patient was impregnated through rape or incest. The second (rtf file) stipulates that doctors cannot be sued if they decide to lie to an expectant mother regarding her baby's birth defects. A third requires clinics to post signs telling patients they cannot be forced to have an abortion. The first law prompted an immediate lawsuit from Tulsa's only abortion clinic. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:42 PM PST - 169 comments

First Person Shooter

Dutch Marines capture Somali pirates with all the action caught by the team leader's helmet videocamera.
posted by darkstar at 2:40 PM PST - 39 comments

It's Love, Man!

And you thought Germans didn't know how to have fun. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt at 2:28 PM PST - 32 comments

In the Black

In the black. Maggie Anderson, and her family spent a year trying to patronize only black-owned businesses. Featured in the local papers, you can read about the project and their own views on their website.
posted by Carillon at 1:46 PM PST - 131 comments

Demolition of Texas Stadium

The demolition of the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium [previously], in panoramic 360-degree video, from the 50-yard line. That is all.
posted by Rykey at 1:02 PM PST - 44 comments

I'm a great believer in the force of will.

RIP: Joe Sarno, one of the progenitors of sexploitation in the 1960s. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

The Liberal Moment has Come

Since 1945 the proprietor-free Guardian has supported all 3 major parties, and after an editorial meeting last week, they have declared for the Liberal Democrats. The Economist yesterday published their support for the conservatives: Who Should Govern Britain?, which only really leaves The Independent with any question over who they'll back. [more inside]
posted by gregjones at 11:40 AM PST - 48 comments

Joshua Slocum

On June 27, 1898, all but unnoticed, a Canadian seaman named Joshua Slocum sailed his rebuilt oyster boat Spray into Newport, Rhode Island, completing a 3-year, 46,000 mile voyage conducted solely by dead reckoning that made him the first man to ever achieve a solo circumnavigation of the world. His account of the feat, Sailing Alone Around The World (HTML with illustrations, plain text, EPUB, audio), was described by Arthur Ransome as "one of the immortal books". In 1909, Slocum set out in the Spray for the West Indies. Neither he nor the craft were ever seen again.
posted by Joe Beese at 10:12 AM PST - 27 comments

Here we are!!!!!

That’s so weird! is a Canadian sketch comedy series on YTV. Pitched at the young teen audience, anyone who likes their humour broad and zany will enjoy this. Some favourite sketches are Daniel Book (a 17-but-still-7 Daniel Cook), Logan and Wilf (teen boys parodied) and the Cafeteria Ladies. The show was recently picked up by Boomerang Latin America and Nickelodeon Australia. A whole new generation of Canuck sketch comedy takes off, eh?
posted by No Robots at 10:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Zachary Schomburg

On the Monster Hour, there was this monster that used to come out and try to kill everyone in the audience. No one would expect it, not even the producers who were told by the monster he would play a few blues tunes on the piano.
Surrealism done right, by Zachary Schomburg. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:28 AM PST - 39 comments

A PROSPECTUS for a NEW MAGAZINE

Henry Luce's original prospectus for LIFE magazine, written with the help of poet Archibald MacLeish:
To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things—machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man's work—his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women that men love and many children; to see and take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed;

Thus to see, and to be shown, is now the will and new expectancy of half mankind.

To see, and to show, is the mission now undertaken by a new kind of publication, THE SHOW-BOOK OF THE WORLD, hereinafter described.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

"If you eat italian food in your mind you might go to Italy. So when cats eat cat food, where do they go in their minds?"

Making of Friskies "Adventureland": The creative types behind the insane commercial explain themselves and the six month odyssey that led to the commercial's creation (kitty green screen! turkey dance choreography!). If you haven't seen it yet, The Awl liveblogs the ad. Slate chimes in too, with some quotes from execs explaining what the hell is going on.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:13 AM PST - 107 comments

Where music no longer plays

Apple to shut down Lala May 31st. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:57 AM PST - 141 comments

Lusty Lady Closing

A Seattle Landmark is closing. The Lusty Lady and its marquee has been a mainstay in downtown Seattle since the 80’s. It may be the only peep show to feature monthly art shows. The San Francisco location was unionized in the 90’s and remains open. It was was sold to the employees in the early 21st century and is now cooperatively owned. The Lusty has also inspired a book and a movie.
posted by josher71 at 8:29 AM PST - 37 comments

We ain't no hooligans, this ain't no football song

New Order's 1990 official World Cup song, World In Motion, promised a new, actually listenable era in football songs. So what has England seen since then? The endearing Three Lions for the hopes of Euro '96. Fat Les' Vindaloo celebrated the marriage of matches and curries. Meat Pie Sausage Roll celebrated the meal options of your average footie ground. On The Ball celebrated the meteoric rise of Ant and Dec. In 2006, we had a novelty cover of a novelty song, the unspeakable, the unelectable, and the so bad it loops round to genius. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 8:07 AM PST - 30 comments

G-G-Get Down!

The remix artist Pogo (Previously Previously) goes a little darker and danicer in his latest offering, Skynet Symphonic, entirely built from Terminator 2 clips.
posted by The Whelk at 7:54 AM PST - 20 comments

hand drawn maps

Hand Drawn Maps "These humble maps can be beautiful. They can also be messy, indecipherable, inaccurate, and unattractive ... The crucial advantage of the handmade map is that it is designed for a particular person confronting a particular task. " [via]
posted by dhruva at 7:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Rock That Font

Where music geekery and typographical geekery intersect: Rock That Font looks knowledgeably at the typography of notable album covers.
posted by acb at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Futurama

The New York World’s Fair of 1939 and 1940 promised visitors they would be looking at the “World of Tomorrow”. (second link is similar to the second one here)
posted by gman at 7:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Whizz! Pop! Flash! It's Electron Boy!

Who fights the powers of evil with the incandescent glory of light? Who rescues helpless athletes and utility workers across the Seattle metropolitan area? Who gets a 20-cop motorcade escort for his bad-ass customized Delorean? Why, it's America's newest super hero, Electron Boy! [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 6:23 AM PST - 37 comments

WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU

Father of the Anthora, dead at 87. Known to people outside of New York mostly from Law and Order episodes, the Anthora is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city, the blue and white paper coffee cup with a Greek design and "We are happy to serve you" written on the side. "The Anthora seems to have been here forever, as if bestowed by the gods at the city’s creation. But in fact, it was created by man — one man in particular, a refugee from Nazi Europe named Leslie Buck. " For use outside of NYC, you can order the paper version in bulk or get a ceramic replica from MOMA.
posted by octothorpe at 5:01 AM PST - 61 comments

“I found God in 1992. I found Satan in 1998.”

Get Kony. Sam Childers, former outlaw biker, current evangelical preacher, has set up an orphanage in war-torn Southern Sudan. More controversially, he's on a vigilante crusade* against Joseph Kony and his "outmatched but unstopped" Lord's Resistance Army. [* sound loads immediately on site]
posted by availablelight at 5:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Magnificent Maps

The Klencke Atlas of 1660 (video), the world's largest book.
Grayson Perry's Map of Nowhere (video)
Many more maps and videos at the BBC's The Beauty of Maps site.
Would you like to see these maps in person? The British Library has just opened their exhibition Magnificent Maps where you can see these among 80 treasures from their map collection, many never seen before.
posted by vacapinta at 4:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Ze Frank's Social Network for Two

Hey, let's join Ze Frank's social network for two.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 4:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Henry VIII's opulent wine fountain returns to Hampton Court Palace

Modern Britain
posted by lungtaworld at 3:46 AM PST - 14 comments

More sweary than South Park

Tim Minchin is not keen on the Pope. Quite rude. No, actually very rude. And yes, it's a single link to a YouTube video. NSFW.
posted by MrMustard at 2:04 AM PST - 39 comments