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November 26, 2011
"...I'm here to present to you - not lectures that are part of some curriculum; but in fact, I've combed the universe for my favorite subjects, and I'm going to spend twelve lectures bringing those favorite subjects to you."
Renowned astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson
discusses the various aspects of our universe in twelve separate half-hour long lectures (MLYT). [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 10:26 PM PST - 41 comments
Azealia Banks (a 20-year-old lyricist from Harlem, NYC) 212
Ft. Lazy Jay (NSFW, explicit lyrics ... implicit too) [more inside]
posted by phoque at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments
Serum hemoglobin is related to endurance running performance. Smoking is known to enhance serum hemoglobin levels ... alcohol may further enhance this beneficial adaptation.
A recent paper
by Kenneth Myers in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
reviews the potential benefits of smoking for endurance atheletes. [more inside]
posted by nangar at 5:17 PM PST - 36 comments
Back in 2006, a red sketch book started a journey around the world
, traveling not through the mail, but from artist to artist. The idea came from Dice Tsutsumi
and Gérald Guerlais
, two animators at Blue Sky Studios
. They compiled a list of 71 artists, personal friends and influential people they would like to have involved in their traveling sketch book. Dice and Gérald thought they could get it done in a year, but the book is now full, five years later. Another component of the project was to auction off the completed book and 9 reproductions
, which was done in October, 2011
, collecting more than 76,000 euros (100,000 US$) for the Room to Read international library-building organization
. You can browse through the past travels on the Sketchtravel blog
, view the participants by name
, along with video interviews and clips with 15 of the 71 artists. There are even more videos in Curio's Vimeo collection
, and two informative interviews with Gérald Guerlais on NoWatch.net
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:02 AM PST - 1 comments
In summer 2011 The Flaming Lips released collaborative vinyl EPs with Lightning Bolt, Neon Indian and Prefuse 73. The 'starter blob' of vinyl for each disc was assembled by hand using random amounts of different vinyl colors, ensuring that every record would be unique. Here are a couple of Flickr photosets
of the finished products (and a bit of the process) as they came off the presses. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments
Steal this record.
A 1-CD (with DVD, vinyl EP, book, poster and other collectables) edition of live recordings from Elvis Costello's most recent tour is being released as a limited edition - for around $260
, with free Super Saver shipping. Expensive special editions aren't new, but this one seems to have caught even Costello by surprise; his official website is advising fans not to buy it, and to get a box set of Louis Armstrong records instead. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest at 8:12 AM PST - 43 comments
Gaga singing into my vagina: [SLYT]
"Ok, it was my sister's and my dad's birthday the day I met Gaga. So I asked her if she could wish them a happy birthday into my crotch, because we couldn't bring phones up and I snuck it into my pants. This is what she said, well sang.
Not my vagina. The poster of this video.
posted by Fizz at 7:33 AM PST - 62 comments