June 27

Hiss Clack Toot Bang Whirr Puff Scrape

Like enormous Victorian steam engines? From pants and coins to beer and paper, goofball Mark Williams gives us a running (sometimes literally running) tour around the UK’s industrial past. After that, we puff on over to the continent with Ronald Top. For your summer binge-ing pleasure, enjoy many hours of Industrial Revelations on YouTube.
posted by functionequalsform on Jun 27 at 5:51 AM - 0 comments - Post a Comment

We are still mythical

Under May / there is a gulf that separates us and it seems to gape a little wider every day. / Now watch her pray on every tragedy. / Divide divide and frenzy up the nastiness / The them and us, the human cost / the rising threat / we must be watched / clocked and kept and screamed and blocked. / If this is strength then we’re all fucked / But give them an inch and they’ll set up shop. / I want to create a truly hostile environment. / Her words, not mine. [more inside]
posted by Thella on Jun 27 at 4:38 AM - 4 comments

Coldness was, for the first time, a possibility

The African solar power revolution. [SLNewYorker]
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 26 at 8:40 PM - 18 comments

Podcast to the head!

Venerable Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics have pored over their entire CBC radio archive for a (planned) 50-part Best Of Frantic Times podcast. Perhaps better known outside Canada for their relatively short-lived TV sketch show Four On The Floor, The Frantics were a four-man comedy troupe most famous for Mister Canoehead, the ubiquitous-for-Doctor-Demento sketch and song Ti Kwan Leep and Boot to the Head, and a fairly well-received Star Trek sketch in the early days of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Some of the material is... anachronistic is the charitable description; "sexist as hell" is the more accurate label. But for Canadians of a Certain Age, this was the cornerstone of our pre-KiTH comedic development.
posted by Shepherd on Jun 26 at 5:39 PM - 22 comments

Soothing. Therapeutic. Comforting. Yes. Yes. Yes.

The Bestest in the World. Every city has its beloved local bakeries—places that reliably turn out aromatic loaves of baguette or pumpernickel, small cafes that bake a pie, cupcake, or cookie that you crave daily. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Jun 26 at 4:52 PM - 36 comments

Court orders Salvador Dalí's body be exhumed for paternity test

posted by adept256 on Jun 26 at 4:09 PM - 24 comments

in-between food

"Watching The Motel, a 2005 indie film about a Chinese-American family who own a motel in the middle of nowhere, was a revelation to me. I’ll always come back to the scene in which the mom, as a special dinnertime treat, buys McDonald’s for her family. She carefully unwraps the burgers and cuts them in half, placing each half on top of a bowl of white rice. I have never felt so understood by a movie." Let's Call it Assimilation Food, by Soleil Ho
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 26 at 3:28 PM - 15 comments

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.

Surprisingly cute baby animals (baby stingrays previously). (Sidebar may have NSFW pics)

That is all.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jun 26 at 2:41 PM - 13 comments

Just tea for two and two and two and two

Ready for an uncanny tea party? Check out Sarah Duyer's tea sets on arachnid legs. [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Jun 26 at 2:23 PM - 11 comments

Feeling the mood of the room

Research has increasingly shown that emotions are contagious. Emotional or affective contagion has been found between mothers and infants [pdf]; in social networks, where moral outrage increases the spread of ideas by 20%; and especially at work. The emotions of a team member can impact the entire team, changing both attitudes and performance. Do you have negative people around you? Two methods to stop negative contagion that seem to work: be calm, as serenity is one of the most contagious emotions, or else ignore them, as attention is critical to the spread of emotions.
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 26 at 12:48 PM - 23 comments

The "Progressive Liberal" is maybe the perfect wrestling heel

Kentucky-based Appalachian Mountain Wrestling has graced the world with the presence of “Progressive Liberal” Dan Richards. He definitely isn’t a face. Make sure to check out the Youtube clip linked in the article.
posted by cnanderson on Jun 26 at 12:48 PM - 27 comments

“They must've spent tens of dollars on this.”

Grab your robot friends. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon starts now! [Twitch] From June 26 through July 2, you’ll be the subject of a 38-episode experiment to see how long it can take for the human spirit to break after suffering the type of DEEP HURTING that only the worst movies on the planet can provide. We’re even going to pile on the pain with an assortment of vintage educational shorts and other bonus content in between each episode. A running order with the full list of episodes can be found here.
posted by Fizz on Jun 26 at 12:23 PM - 20 comments

Gulf of Mexico's 60,000 year old underwater forest

In an ice age, a couple ice ages ago, a forest of cypress trees was lost under the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Amazingly, the wood is still intact, and can tell scientists about ancient forests, and how rising sea levels might affect modern forests. This short documentary will introduce you to the hurricane that allowed for the discovery, the process of diving for samples and studying them, and what we can learn from this amazing find. [more inside]
posted by HakaiMagazine on Jun 26 at 11:14 AM - 8 comments

Wile E. Coyote Tech

How Does An Old Blasting Machine Work? Cody's Lab previously.
posted by Bee'sWing on Jun 26 at 10:15 AM - 10 comments

"People are saying 'You can be gay but not in this way.'"

At this past Saturday's Chicago Dyke March, controversy ensued when 3 women displaying Jewish Pride flags (a Star of David superimposed onto a rainbow flag) were asked to leave the event for making others feel "unsafe". [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Jun 26 at 10:14 AM - 179 comments

A Tale of Two "How Do I Live"s

Entertainment Weekly reports that the studio felt Rimes’s version lacked the emotional weight needed for the film. One more time, in case you glossed over that: The song lacked the emotional weight needed for a film about Nicolas Cage fighting convicts on an airplane...
Jason Gallagher uses The Ringer's Good Bad Movies Week to tell us about that time that the Grammys nominated two versions of the same song for the same award in "Remembering the 'Con Air' Soundtrack War".
posted by Etrigan on Jun 26 at 9:59 AM - 22 comments

A man with a boat-shaped mind, in a boat with a man-shaped soul

Long Way Home: The circumnavigations of Henk De Velde and his search for that place behind the horizon.
posted by zarq on Jun 26 at 8:27 AM - 6 comments

The CIA reads French Theory

"It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise." [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis on Jun 26 at 7:49 AM - 38 comments

Sundays Smiles for Monday Morning

Do you like long tracking shots? How about Eastern European influenced pop balladry? You might also enjoy Cheap Magic Inside a film by Beruit and Vincent Moon to start off your week. [SLYT, etc...]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jun 26 at 7:24 AM - 1 comments

For Sale: DUP MPs. £100m per MP ONO.

Government has been formed with the Tories striking a deal with the DUP. The big part of the deal? £1 billion is headed towards Northern Ireland.
posted by Talez on Jun 26 at 6:38 AM - 79 comments

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