April 28

just keep it between the lines bro...

There is no better sports car loop in the USA-- The 75 mile Scenic Loop in far west Texas is a desolate, eye opening...damn I gotta drive. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Apr 28 at 5:15 PM - 9 comments

A Dog is like an eternal Peter Pan

Meet Maru (no, not that one), The Happiest Husky In The World That Is Secretly A Panda. More on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 28 at 4:49 PM - 15 comments

Throw Confetti To Celebrate Oppression

What Fiesta fails to recognize is the consequential oppression and violence of Mexicans at the hands of Anglo Texans following Texas’ “independence.” Fiesta San Antonio is a ten-day festival held every spring. But as writer Denise Hernández explains, what it means to nonwhite residents of the city is darker and more complex.
posted by emjaybee on Apr 28 at 4:02 PM - 2 comments

11:11am until 3:10pm

Man gets wrong number text in the morning. First response is that it's a wrong number text. He's ignored contradicted. Hijinx ensue. [imgur gallery]
posted by hippybear on Apr 28 at 3:51 PM - 77 comments


Pinellas County, Florida is experiencing an epidemic of teen car thefts. Why? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 28 at 2:49 PM - 29 comments

Hissing, knocking, clunking, squealing, screeching, rattling and more

A library of car noises. A new automotive diagnostic app, called ClingClanger, When Your Car Makes Noise, uses a library of failing car noises to help car owners diagnose mechanical problems.
posted by nickyskye on Apr 28 at 1:56 PM - 11 comments


Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 28 at 1:46 PM - 16 comments

"Besides, there’s also the odd business of bog butter."

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets: High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses (SL Smithsonian Magazine)
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Apr 28 at 1:38 PM - 25 comments

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary. Join MeFites infini and glasseyes in a journey through fabric shops and fashion magazines of Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo State, Nigeria, to see how brands are built through word of mouth and hard work in the informal economy. Meet Mama Segun, fashion designer and seamstress, Ayoola Adedokun, the face of modern Nigeria, Lanre Ogunleye, stylist, trader, broker, and maker, and others. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 28 at 12:45 PM - 3 comments

OMG you guys it's a greenhouse bus

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined
posted by bq on Apr 28 at 12:42 PM - 8 comments

"Currently hoping for a cold winter so I can ride across a frozen lake"

"The Explorer Max Square leaderboard has brought together a small but remarkably dedicated international community of riders taking in new roads and trails at every opportunity in order to increase their Explorer Max Square. What drives them to ride across frozen lakes, attempt to access military bases and buy opera tickets to tick off map squares? Let’s ask them!" [more inside]
posted by Stark on Apr 28 at 12:17 PM - 8 comments

Who Killed Otzi?

Often called the Iceman, he is the world’s most perfectly preserved mummy, a Copper Age fellow who had been frozen inside a glacier along the northern Italian border with Austria until warming global temperatures melted the ice and two hikers discovered him in 1991. Now clues emerge about his death.
posted by infini on Apr 28 at 11:25 AM - 18 comments

Fonts of wisdom

Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing.
posted by storybored on Apr 28 at 11:18 AM - 14 comments

Joseph "Joey Bottles" Bonaparte, ex-King, New Jersey Art Collector

The National Gallery of Art special exhibit, "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting," opens May 21. From the program notes: When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. [more inside]
posted by PandaMomentum on Apr 28 at 10:28 AM - 8 comments

Code Name: The Puppy Episode

When Ellen Came Out, She Didn’t Just Change Lives. She Saved Them.
posted by Michele in California on Apr 28 at 10:23 AM - 12 comments

His Minipops

I feel like this person has created a career for herself off the back of my work. She may no longer be actively copying my work, but she’s still ripping the style, and would never have got to that place had it not been for copying my work in the first place. It feels wrong. I’m not happy about it. And I wanna be that pebble in her shoe. Minipops, these tiny pixelly versions of famous people, are mine. I’m proud of them and the many hours I put into them. Artist Craig Robinson busts a plagiarist. [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Apr 28 at 10:20 AM - 23 comments

How ‘body positivity’ lost its true and radical meaning

'The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was snatching body positivity out of the hands of fat women and then convincing them it was never theirs in the first place.' Writing for Dazed, fatshion blogger Bethany Rutter dissects the ways in which the body positive movement has been 'co-opted by [Instagram] models and fashion labels to reject bodies it should celebrate'. [TW: discussion of fatphobia.] [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Apr 28 at 9:49 AM - 62 comments

Fyre Festival

"The luxury party that turned into the Hunger Games." "Watching vapid, rich millennials livetweet the horrors of this thing brought me more joy than anything has in weeks." (from Twitter)
posted by My Dad on Apr 28 at 8:37 AM - 199 comments

All This I Do for Glory

Saxophonist Colin Stetson has a new album out today, All This I Do for Glory. As is the norm for his solo work, Stetson builds an astonishingly deep and varied soundscape using only his bass saxophone and his voice. Even when the music videos for Spindrift and In the Clinches [epilepsy/migraine trigger warning for flashing light and dark] show intimate and close-up looks (like, inside the saxophone close) at just how he summons forth all that sound, it's difficult to believe it's all coming from one man, live, in a single take. Stetson cites early 90s electronica as an influence on this album, and he's engineered and mixed the album himself. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Apr 28 at 8:35 AM - 10 comments

Ride a monorail, see non-linear cinema, or relax at the Asbestos Plaza

Fifty years ago today, Expo 67 opened in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star look back. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Apr 28 at 8:07 AM - 10 comments

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