August 12, 2015

36 Eggs

HOW many eggs? A couple of librarians make recipes they've always wanted to eat from their favorite books. Recipes may contain bibliographies. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:18 PM PST - 42 comments

Mr. Robot vs True Detective, hacker anti-hero against corruption

Literally everything fans say they want from True Detective (previously) is being done much better by a ridiculously titled show on the USA Network about a computer hacker: Mr. Robot. The show, which airs new episodes on Wednesdays ... is one of the best in years about what it means to be a man in modern America.
This was an article on Vox, but the message has been repeated elsewhere: What True Detective could learn from Mr. Robot, the real best show on television (The Week); Forget this awful season of 'True Detective' and start watching 'Mr. Robot' (FTW, USA Today). Vanity Fair called it "Walter White for the Digital Age." And if you're nervous about how hacking could be realistic and exciting, Wired says Mr. Robot is the best hacking show yet -- but it's not perfect. (Assume some level of spoilers for both shows.) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:02 PM PST - 76 comments

Wipe your mouth...

Napkins today are mundane and practical, made from paper or cheap factory cloth and folded, if at all, hastily into a rectangle. In the past, napkins weren't just for wiping hands or protecting clothing — they were works of art...
posted by jim in austin at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Here come the Men In Black

Air New Zealand's latest air safety video is one for the rugby fans, featuring many current All Blacks riffing off the original Men in Black video. prev.
posted by wilful at 7:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Has Nefertiti's tomb finally been found?

"The implications are extraordinary, for, if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west; to the north (there) appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV 62 (Tutankhamun's tomb), and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment -- that of Nefertiti herself." [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:02 PM PST - 26 comments

In the Mushrooms of Madness

Mods and hacks for console games are becoming more common place as tools improve and resources for newcomers grow. However, the total conversion The Call of Cthulhu based on Super Mario World is in another class. The modder completely changes aspects of the engine, turning it into a twitch puzzler with mind bending graphical effects. You can watch the game speed-run here for a quicker glimpse of the game. Vinny, of VineSauce, as a commentated playthrough here. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

More Philly than the Rocky Theme

"Move closer to your world, my friend / Take a little bit of time"

When you think of Philadelphia music, you may think of the Rocky theme, you may think of Philly Soul, or you may think of The Dead Milkmen, but no song is Philly quite like The Channel 6 Action News Theme, "Move Closer to Your World" [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 6:28 PM PST - 48 comments

This is quite precious

Work that Tolkien did prior to The Hobbit to be published later this month.
posted by adept256 at 6:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Where The Fords And Lincolns Were Settin' The Pace

Halloween Meets Gasoline: The 24 Hours Of LeMons is a short film by Marcus Ubungen about the race of the same name.
posted by mattdidthat at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

A Crumby Post About Some Stale Ash Bread

In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe as part of his culinary investigations for Pompeii Live. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 3:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Massive explosion in Tianjin

Multiple explosions have hit Tianjin's port area. Tianjin is the 4th-largest city in China, sitting squarely next to Beijing in the Bohai Economic Rim, which includes the Hebei area, and slated to be one of the areas of focus and development by the central government. The explosions (recorded footage) have taken place in the Binhai region, by the coast. Details are still incoming, but early indications suggest an industrial accident with 300 casualties.
posted by qcubed at 2:41 PM PST - 193 comments

"...and I was like, 'Look, we have a restaurant to run.'"

Geek Bar's fans rescue it from oblivion—but was it worth saving?
posted by griphus at 2:29 PM PST - 95 comments

a big week for the jets, if you like total disasters

On Tuesday, it emerged that New York Jets' starting quarterback Geno Smith would be out for 6-10 weeks after having his jaw broken by a locker room punch from now-former teammate IK Enemkpali over a $600 airline ticket, leading to possible assault charges. With Smith out, the Jets will start backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. In what some are calling a curse, this is the sixth team for which Fizpatrick will be subbing in for an injured starter. Meanwhile, Enemkpali has been picked up by the division rival Buffalo Bills. And since we're talking AFC East, here's a fantastic courtroom sketch of Tom Brady.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 2:22 PM PST - 45 comments

Money changes hands.

Last month, Pearson sold the Financial Times to Nikkei (the media corp, not stock market), as reported in the Economist. Today, Pearson sold its 50% stake in the Economist to its other owners, as reported in the Financial Times. Thoughts from Slate Money, Quartz, The Week UK, and the New York Times.
posted by psoas at 1:54 PM PST - 20 comments

You can believe me because I never lie, and I'm always right.

My name is Wyatt Scott and I'm running for parliament as an independent candidate for Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon. We all know politics are corrupt so lets do something about it. Put an independent in the house.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

you write because no one is coming

An essay somewhat in the spirit of Montaigne that discusses reading and writing, Nigeria and Biafra, bystander reactions to tragedy, an novel I've never read named Half of a Yellow Sun, early Christianity, and more. As is often the case on Crooked Timber, many of the comments are worth reading too.
posted by kingless at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

#regulatorycompliance

FDA issues warning over Kim Kardashian's drug promotions [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 1:23 PM PST - 26 comments

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

My candidate is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped
posted by Etrigan at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”

Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, explains that the American Civil War was fought over slavery. (Via)
posted by zarq at 1:06 PM PST - 50 comments

A symphony of failure

Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security: Microsoft's James Mickens gives us a light-hearted survey of the bleak, hideous security present and why things are going to get much, much - much - worse in the future. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 12:15 PM PST - 51 comments

"Almost no-one in Britain spoke Japanese"

The UK's desperate-measures approach to teaching Japanese during WWII, and its lasting impact. [SLBBC] [more inside]
posted by terretu at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Self care and the need for leisure

A cruelly optimistic relationship to self-care is one in which self-care is envisioned primarily as a means to rejuvenate us so that we’re able to work faster and harder—precisely the condition that has caused so much of our stress to begin with. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 10:49 AM PST - 72 comments

"Got room for one more?"

After some recent intriguing revelations concerning Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" (such as it's wide 70mm release this Christmas and that it will feature the first Ennio Morricone Western score in over four decades), the full trailer has finally arrived.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:43 AM PST - 63 comments

How Not To Be Seen

From the manuals of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a discussion of camouflage, disguises, and other ways to conceal oneself. (SLSlate) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

All right, I’m going to do it! I’m going to make friends with every cat!

Herding Cats -- a feline puzzle game by indie game maker / big gay witch Anna Anthropy. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Bot, compare me to a summer's day

Last month the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College announced its first annual prizes for the best algorithmically generated short story, sonnet or live DJ set. The three competitions are: DigiLit, "create a 'human-level' short story of the kind that might be intended for a short story collection produced in a well-regarded MfA program or a piece for The New Yorker;" PoetiX, computer-generated sonnet writing; AlgoRhythms, a live dance music DJ. Prize for winning a Turing test for a story, sonnet or music set: $5,000. First prize for each category: $3,000.
posted by not_the_water at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

NSFW NSFW Butt Lips Vine Compilation NSFW NSFW

Butt lips vine compilation (NSFW)
posted by josher71 at 9:55 AM PST - 53 comments

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!

The NOAA weatherView shows global winds at 500 millibar pressure level (~20,000 ft) as well as temps, precip, moisture, pressure, and day/night. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

ASO Right To Know

Spreading awareness of Artificially Selected Organisms. They have a Facebook page full of images sure to go viral, and even a White House petition. [This is satire.]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:49 AM PST - 56 comments

“What makes America special is our capacity to change.”

President Obama’s Letter to the Editor [New York Times]
For the cover story of our Aug. 2 issue, Jim Rutenberg wrote about efforts over the last 50 years to dismantle the protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [previously], the landmark piece of legislation that cleared barriers between black voters and the ballot. The story surveyed a broad sweep of history and characters, from United States Chief Justice John Roberts to ordinary citizens like 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton, a plaintiff in the current North Carolina case arguing to repeal voting restrictions enacted in 2013. The magazine received an unusual volume of responses to this article, most notably from President Barack Obama.
posted by Fizz at 8:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Can We Interest You In Teaching?

“We are no longer in a layoff situation,” said Monica Vasquez, chief human resources officer for the San Francisco Unified School District, which offered early contracts to 140 teachers last spring in a bid to secure candidates before other districts snapped them up. “But there is an impending teacher shortage,” Ms. Vasquez added, before correcting herself: “It’s not impending. It’s here.”
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:11 AM PST - 80 comments

The End of the Sixties

You Must Remember This: Charles Manson's Hollywood - Karina Longworth's podcast on the hidden history of Hollywood (previously, previously) takes an an in depth look at the darker side of the 60s. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 8:02 AM PST - 55 comments

a goat who wears pants

"Thomas Thwaites is currently investigating what it might be like to live as a goat. He commissioned prosthetics for his arms and legs so that he could walk, as comfortably as possible, on all fours. He considered constructing an artificial rumen that would digest grass for him to consume, using actual gut bacteria found in goats. He consulted with a behavioural expert on goats, and even watched as a goat was dissected, to learn more about the animal he wanted to be. But the best part is that Thwaites also arranged to live as a goat for a few days on a goat farm in the Swiss Alps amongst actual grazing goats."
posted by moonmilk at 6:18 AM PST - 64 comments

DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception

"In some ways, C8 already is the tobacco of the chemical industry — a substance whose health effects were the subject of a decades-long corporate cover-up." An investigative report from The Intercept examines the secret history of a toxic byproduct of the chemical manufacturing industry that has recently come to light due to a mass of pending lawsuits.
posted by indubitable at 6:18 AM PST - 31 comments

I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity.

Dylan Matthews reports on the Effective Altruism Global conference.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:15 AM PST - 64 comments

"In the mirror, I am just Tyler"

"I have always felt like a walking brain, living in my head while everyone around me seemed to have some innate understanding of their bodies: how they moved, what they desired. " -- Tyler Ford talks about living their life as an agender person.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:02 AM PST - 13 comments

St Anthony St Anthony, Please come round

St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson aka Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records by Mike Garry and Joe Duddell. More on the project here. Happy Mondays' Rowetta on Tony Wilson: 'He made you love Manchester'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:18 AM PST - 7 comments

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