December 27

"Oh my god, I got it."

On Christmas Eve, 7 year old Evan set up a camera to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 27 at 8:08 AM - 3 comments

"Whatever the orientation, fans are passionate about their ships"

"Perhaps shipping also reflects the yearning for a small moment of control in a chaotic world. Children often react to their inherent powerlessness by retreating to the wide-open spaces of their imagination. They make their dolls kiss (or fight), and feel a sense of control that they lack in the real world. As fans, people may not be the author of the fictional worlds they love to inhabit, but when they ship, they can momentarily grab the wheel in the most exhilarating of ways — envisioning and championing relationships that demonstrate their own mastery of a created universe, and their true feelings about how love should exist in that world, if not indeed in their own." [via mefi projects; single-page format]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 27 at 8:02 AM - 2 comments

Comes the beer refreshing

Never Better is The Awl’s goodbye to 2014. The most recent one is Last Year's Punch by Dan Nosowitz. Another notable one is Good Things of 2014, a complete list. Including: [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 27 at 7:44 AM - 4 comments

“Those buildings were taken down not long after I took that picture.”

"Demolished: the end of Chicago's Public Housing" A look back at Chicago's 20th-century public housing high-rises, and how they were taken down. Also an interesting form of web presentation. (SLNPR)
posted by doctornemo on Dec 27 at 6:11 AM - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Make them go, "Oh, oh, oh" As you shoot across the sky

A somewhat impressive firework display (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 27 at 1:34 AM - 18 comments

Jerry Lee Lewis: still alive and making music, at 79

The Killer at Peace: Jerry Lee Lewis's Golden Years
In the living room, directly above Lewis' chair, is a framed photo from the day in December 1956 when Lewis, Cash, Carl Perkins and Presley – a.k.a. "the Million-Dollar Quartet" – hung out and recorded at Sun. Elvis is at the piano, looking upward, eyes fixed on Lewis. Above the bar is a photo from the sessions for the Class of '55 LP, a 1985 reunion of Lewis, Perkins, Cash and Roy Orbison. "All of them, really good friends," he says quietly. "All gone." Lewis took his survival as a point of pride by naming his 2006 comeback LP Last Man Standing. "A lot of people didn't like it when I said that. But they had to accept it."
Jerry Lee Lewis is still alive and rocking, having just released his third album in the 2000s, titled Rock & Roll Time, though his most raucous days are behind him.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 26 at 10:31 PM - 21 comments

Tony Bennett/Bill Evans, Village Vanguard Reissue, Complete Riverside

The Concord Music Group (the Group's labels) is due to release on vinyl The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings in January 2015. This past November 2014, the Concord Music Group released the vinyl reissue, on the Riverside label, of The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961/The Bill Evans Trio. Also due up, is the vinyl reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings/Bill Evans sometime in early 2015. (The pertinent info about the future releases is at the bottom of the page just linked.) [more inside]
posted by cwest on Dec 26 at 9:36 PM - 10 comments

"Well kiddo, in real life, that doesn't matter at all."

Chiara Bautista makes art about love and loss.
posted by dephlogisticated on Dec 26 at 7:11 PM - 9 comments

Sights from Zelda games that will probably never be released again

It's Zelda Day! Presented for your consideration: BS-Zelda, the satellite radio-based Zelda games that never got released outside of Japan.
The first BS Zelda game was an update/modification of the original Legend of Zelda. It was intended to be played over four weeks, an hour at a time, with different areas of the overworld unveiled each week. Here is video, with broadcasts included: 1 (YT 1h) - 2 (YT 58m) - 3 (YT 58m) - 4 (YT 1h2m) Each takes several minutes to get started, which mirrors the time delay before the game started when broadcast.
The second game was called Ancient Stone Tablets, and it used the Link To The Past engine, and much of its map. YouTube playlist (YT 12 items, 3h50m)
More information and emulator files hacked to be playable are at: The BS-Zelda Homepage. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 26 at 4:15 PM - 9 comments

It's a White Industry

It's a white industry, writes Chris Rock on show biz, from the lowliest focus-group testing gig to being a film executive. [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Dec 26 at 3:32 PM - 157 comments

I want to feel what he feels

A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda (by Ruth Michaelson).
Sabrine and her soldier husband managed to marry against all odds, including her family’s wrath. Now, their love story faces an even bigger threat—his abduction by the Nusra Front.
posted by Golden Eternity on Dec 26 at 2:24 PM - 3 comments

"No army has accomplished more than printed textbooks have"

Many are worried about what [e-book] technology means for books, with big bookshops closing, new devices spreading, novice authors flooding the market and an online behemoth known as Amazon growing ever more powerful. Their anxieties cannot simply be written off as predictable technophobia. The digital transition may well change the way books are written, sold and read more than any development in their history, and that will not be to everyone’s advantage. Veterans and revolutionaries alike may go bust; Gutenberg died almost penniless, having lost control of his press to Fust and other creditors. But to see technology purely as a threat to books risks missing a key point. Books are not just “tree flakes encased in dead cow”, as a scholar once wryly put it. They are a technology in their own right, one developed and used for the refinement and advancement of thought. And this technology is a powerful, long-lived and adaptable one.
From Papyrus to Pixels is a long essay in The Economist about the changing form of books, presented both as a traditional web-scroll, as an e-book and in audio form.
posted by Kattullus on Dec 26 at 2:12 PM - 20 comments

The gift that keeps on giving (information to the NSA)

They see you when your sleeping, they know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!
posted by HMSSM on Dec 26 at 1:07 PM - 18 comments

"...perhaps even purchased at an alien trade show."

How to make a cool glowing table using the natural holes in Pecky Cypress and photoluminescent resin.
posted by quin on Dec 26 at 12:36 PM - 13 comments

"confessions of a one-time religious right icon"

Frank Schaeffer: "You can’t understand why the GOP was so successful in winning back both houses of Congress in 2014, and wrecking most of what Obama has tried to do, unless you understand what we did back then." [more inside]
posted by flex on Dec 26 at 11:38 AM - 57 comments

A LOVELY J.R.R. TOLKIEN DOCUMENTARY FROM 1968

An entertaining half hour spent with a man who initiated many of us into realms of magic, shifting our consciousness away from the mundane into the mystic.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 26 at 9:52 AM - 9 comments

Clearly someone was eating it, but doing so was a hidden pleasure.

The Booty-Eating Renaissance
Anilingus is having a moment.
posted by davidstandaford on Dec 26 at 9:12 AM - 95 comments

The Top Nerdy

Yes, there are a LOT of Year-End Best Of Lists (some people say too many - at the same time they make up consensus lists).
But sometimes it just helps to give a 'Best Of' list a different angle, like THE TOP 20 NERDY THINGS OF 2014, which includes two appearances by Neil deGrasse Tyson (#14 and #6) and two "G.I.Joe-related" items (#16 and #8). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Dec 26 at 8:43 AM - 15 comments

Instagram+Twitter+Tinder = Plague

Plague is a new social networking app that spreads information like a contagious disease. You see a post from someone who is geographically close to you. Swipe up to spread it to the users nearest to you, swipe down to not share it. The more fun part is posting your own content and watching it travel around globe. These articles explain with more detail.
posted by Fig on Dec 26 at 8:30 AM - 19 comments

Chatty checkout! Try to escape this conversation...

NES My Life "Mundane everyday challenges (such as finding a job, dealing with ultra conservative relatives, or deleting unwanted dick pics on a dating site) envisioned as classic black box retro 8bit Nintendo games." [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 26 at 7:47 AM - 5 comments

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