May 3, 2010

Canoe here be dow?

Oh, punt appalled bait oars, Hal. Why Computer Speech Recognition hasn't gotten any better since 2001. Or bed her sin stew thou send Juan.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:14 PM PST - 111 comments

SK8 OR DIE!

Photographer Travis Dove's photo essay on Skatopia, an anarchist skater farm retreat in Ohio, here. From Blue Eyes Magazine (which focuses on new documentary photography). [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 8:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Dr. Zworykin's Secret Experimental RCA Photos

The Personal Photographs of Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, Television Pioneer. The screen images are time exposure photographs of the picture on the kinescope in the monitoring rack in the main control room. Some were taken with stationary frames of moving picture film projected upon the iconoscope by a standard moving picture machine. Others are actually the pictures transmitted with the iconoscope camera in the studio and outdoors.
posted by tellurian at 7:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Who needs a window seat when you have that view?

Despite irrefutable video evidence of the incident, Erykah Badu pleads not guilty to indecency charges.
posted by djduckie at 7:17 PM PST - 127 comments

Just Walken around Queens

A short trip with Christopher Walken to his old neighborhood. I thought it was pleasant, plus it's fun to imagine him saying such ordinary things.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:10 PM PST - 34 comments

Breaking Bad Locations in Albuquerque

Breaking Bad Locations in Albuquerque (Flickr photoset, via the AV Club.)
posted by box at 5:46 PM PST - 58 comments

Virginia is for Science Lovers?

Climate change researcher MichaeMann has had his work subpoenaed by Virginia Attorney General Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli. The subpoena "relates to data and other materials that Dr. Mann presented in seeking awards/grants (pdf) while in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mann has previously been investigated by Penn State, his current employer, for issues related to the hacked CRU emails, and cleared of wrongdoing. A representative from the Union of Concerned Scientists calls this action "a witch hunt."
posted by palindromic at 3:44 PM PST - 86 comments

The American artist Frank Stella

Inside the studio of American artist Frank Stella: "After I started getting a sense of the space and in the groove of shooting, he asked if I minded if he could take a nap. I continued working as quietly as possible since his bed was in the middle of all the work." The work in progress in his studio, The Stations of the Cross, is a commission from Richard Meier for his proposed Jubilee Church at the Vatican. (via DO)
posted by ocherdraco at 2:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Teat Tweet.

For one year, twelve cows on a dairy farm Twitter about their lactation cycle and robotic milking activities. [more inside]
posted by gman at 2:35 PM PST - 49 comments

SEC Prophecy in 2004

"If anything goes wrong it's going to be an awfully big mess. Ha, ha, ha!" The day the S.E.C. changed the game. [flash w/ audio]
posted by RoseyD at 2:08 PM PST - 42 comments

Open Source Language Checking Technology

After The Deadline is an open source spell/style/grammar checker from Automattic for WordPress, Firefox and other stuff. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 1:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Lynn Redgrave Passes Away

After the actress Lynn Redgrave learned she had breast cancer in December 2002, she chose to undergo surgery, followed by a half-year regimen of chemotherapy and radiation. She also asked her daughter Annabel Clark, then a photography student at Parsons School of Design, if she would photograph the course of treatment and recovery. [One photo maybe NSFW]
Sadly, after battling the disease for more than seven years, the Oscar and Tony-nominated actress passed away yesterday at the age of 67. Her official site. Some Slideshow Galleries. BBC Report. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:05 PM PST - 37 comments

Super Bowl Weekend of the Auto Art World

Art Car Weekend is just days away! Worth a trip to Houston. I am happy to see the Art Car Ball, a combination of concert, block party, art exhibit, and performance art venue, return to the lineup. If you view the parade from the north side of the parkway in Elanor Tinsley Park, you get to see all your favorite cars twice!
posted by cross_impact at 12:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Talking Points Memo: Bush prevented Paulson from briefing Congress

September 18, 2008 - Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy four days earlier and the Federal Reserve had authorized the New York Fed to lend up to $85 billion to insurance giant AIG. That afternoon, Nancy Pelosi called Henry Paulson to ask for a full briefing the next morning. "They said, 'That will be too late. That will be too late. Tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock will be too late.' ... 'We were not allowed to tell Congress, but since you called, we're going to answer your questions.'" The Bush administration prohibited its own top officials from briefing Congress on the financial crisis.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:13 PM PST - 29 comments

What you crave?

"To commemorate the 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month, White Castle has teamed up with Laura Slatkin, often called the "queen" of home fragrances, to introduce a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America's first fast-food hamburger." Yes, it's a White Castle scented candle. Just the thing to keep the Valentine's Day flames burning.
posted by jbickers at 11:59 AM PST - 49 comments

Execute artist, Everything.

Everything is a variety program. Five presentations per episode, each one minute or less. Sitting somewhere on the border of experimental film, music video, and bad TV. [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Bodies in Motion

Body Language, Jump and hyper at the Laurence Miller Gallery NYC.
posted by puny human at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

The Lair of Kazoth

"This map was drawn by my cousin, Tim, who introduced me to gaming back in the earlier '80s."
posted by Artw at 11:02 AM PST - 97 comments

Ivan Coyote, a storyteller

Ivan Coyote is a Canadian storyteller. Here's Ivan's story about life in the North called "You are Here". Part 1, 2, 3 and 4. [more inside]
posted by severiina at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Robot Brewery Tour

It doesn't matter that this 11 minute video is just a commercial for Dogfish Head Beer. What matters is that it includes robots, footage of brewing machinery, and Will "Bonnie Prince Billy" Oldham (via The Awl)
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:23 AM PST - 55 comments

Bill Moyers interviews Barry Lopez

This that you call Ursus maritimus, this polar bear. This is a being who came from somewhere and is going somewhere. It's not locked in time. And that—the great resistance to Darwin is, I think, he told us that it's all moving. And it's headed in no particular place. And then particular physics comes along. And quantum mechanics come along. And these physicists tell us the same thing. "It's really fuzzy out there."
A few days ago, without much notice, PBS broadcast the final episode of the Bill Moyers Journal. Moyers devoted his final segment to an interview with essayist Barry Lopez—whose writing, Moyers said, has "set the gold standard for all of us whose work it is to explain those things we don't understand." (Transcript.) [more inside]
posted by cirripede at 8:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Agence France Presse's slap to photographers

Agence France Presse's slap to photographers. The AFP sues a photographer after using his photographs illegally: "On Monday, Agence France Presse filed a complaint in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against Haiti-based photographer Daniel Morel. Agence France Presse claims Morel engaged in an 'antagonistic assertion of rights' after the photographer objected to the use by AFP of images he posted online of the Haitian earthquake of 12 January."
posted by chunking express at 8:41 AM PST - 44 comments

How to Pay the Writer

Writers get pirated too - so how can they still earn money? Here are some ideas, but are they workable? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:48 AM PST - 184 comments

" Jay's got The Tonight Show. I have a beard and an inflatable bat."

Conan O'Brien gives his first interview since losing the Tonight Show to Jay Leno.
posted by jnaps at 12:58 AM PST - 130 comments