Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and musical guest Paloma Faith were recently on The Graham Norton Show. Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
. This may possibly be the best episode of this or any talk show that will ever exist.
posted by hippybear at 9:09 PM Mar 6 2014 - 48 comments [98 favorites]
"I will be honest," says Muruganantham. "I would not even use it to clean my scooter."
The incredible and funny story of a man who set out to change the way sanitary pads are viewed and made in India.
posted by secretdark at 8:07 AM Mar 4 2014 - 35 comments [92 favorites]
Each week for a year, the folks in the special collections library at the University of St. Andrews are taking a how-to book from the collection and following its instructions for a project, in order to get a clearer sense of what life was like a century or two ago. Thus far in 52 Weeks of Historical How-Tos
, they've learned how to make shoe polish like an 1825 footman
, bake mince pie from 10 different recipes dating from 1710-1862
, perform parlour tricks to amaze your friends
, and take photographs via the wet collodion process
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:57 AM Mar 9 2014 - 9 comments [84 favorites]
: "One of the more annoying things about Netflix
, Hulu Plus
, and Amazon
's television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them manually. So we did just that." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 10:02 AM Mar 4 2014 - 105 comments [77 favorites]
Are you a fan of inventive, black-humored sci-fi/fantasy animation? Desperate to fill the Futurama-shaped hole in your heart? Look no further than Rick and Morty
, the superb new Adult Swim series from animator Justin "Lemongrab" Roiland and Community darling Dan Harmon
. Inspired by a (terrible and very NSFW) Back To The Future knock-off
, the show pairs a naïve young teen (Morty) with his cynical, alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather (Rick), each episode exploring a trope -- dreams, aliens, innerspace, parallel universes, virtual reality -- and turning it inside-out with intricate plotting
, eye-catching art
, and dark, whipsmart humor
(with plenty of improvisation
along the way). A ratings hit
already secured for a second season
, the show returns from an Olympics-induced hiatus tomorrow -- in the meantime, why not sample the six episodes aired so far: Pilot
- Lawnmower Dog
- Anatomy Park
- M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
- Meeseeks and Destroy
- Rick Potion #9
. Want more? Promo/highlight reel
- AV Club reviews
- Rick & Morty ComicCon panel
- Storyboard Test
- Soundtrack samples
- Play the "Rushed Licensed Adventure" point-and-click game
posted by Rhaomi at 2:20 PM Mar 9 2014 - 41 comments [64 favorites]
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the classic Infocom text adventure based on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
To celebrate, BBC has put up a "spit and polish" refresh of the game, playable in your browser
. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:43 AM Mar 10 2014 - 61 comments [57 favorites]
Watch porn search terms appear
on your screen LIVE, in REAL TIME. So relaxing. By @thomas_violence
posted by Greg Nog at 4:51 PM Mar 5 2014 - 216 comments [56 favorites]
“The good news is that there are solutions. The weakness of mass surveillance is that it can very easily be made much more expensive through changes in technical standards: pervasive end-to-end encryption can quickly make indiscriminate surveillance impossible on a cost-effective basis. The result is that governments are likely to fall back to traditional, targeted surveillance founded upon an individualized suspicion. Governments cannot risk the discovery of their exploits by simply throwing attacks at every “endpoint,” or computer processor on the end of a network connection, in the world. Mass surveillance, passive surveillance, relies upon unencrypted or weakly encrypted communications at the global network level.
Edward Snowden submits written testimony to an EU committee investigating mass surveillance, and answers questions.
The testimony takes place 3 days ahead of his highly anticipated SXSW appearance, to take place later today. Snowden is expected to speak about privacy, security, mass surveillance programs, free speech and whistle-blowing in a rare remote video appearance before a live audience.
Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo finds this “deeply troubling” in a letter he's sent to the organizers of the conference.
Meanwhile, people who wish to #asksnowden questions can use the hashtag on Twitter. The talk is to take place at 12pm PT, today.
posted by fantodstic at 3:32 AM Mar 10 2014 - 55 comments [56 favorites]
I am The Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak. So tonight, I tell you this story....
If you lived near a west coast CBS radio affiliate between May 16, 1942 and September 22, 1955
, you probably heard The Whistler
, or at least knew of the radio mystery series that was somewhat in the style of the better-known franchise, The Shadow
. If you missed it, you can catch up on Archive.org, with selections from 1942
, 1951 and '52
, or browse through a collection of 502 episodes
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:00 AM Mar 6 2014 - 16 comments [55 favorites]
While you can still follow live events in the Ukraine, with either the compulsively complete live Reddit feed
or the constantly updated BBC feed
being good choices, there has been increasingly useful analyses of the history and politics of the situation. Yale Professor Timothy Snyder, an expert on the region, wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books
describing the roots of the recent uprising, with a great overview of how "people associated with Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian, Armenian, Polish, and Jewish culture have died in a revolution that was started by a Muslim." Other history is provided by a detailed explainer
by the Guardian, in maps
by National Geographic, and the dueling arguments about the roots of the conflict from the the semi-official Russia Today
and the US State Department
posted by blahblahblah at 7:37 PM Mar 6 2014 - 220 comments [53 favorites]
Quite unlike many similar Wikipedia entries
, the Russian Jokes
, Russian Political Jokes
and Jewish humor
articles are treasure troves of actual jokes and anekdoty
posted by griphus at 7:30 AM Mar 7 2014 - 33 comments [49 favorites]
Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Gov
- "Unknown to a nation following the fiasco, McDonough's assignment from the President had boiled down to something more dire than how to fix the site. As the chief of staff remembers his mission, it was 'Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over? He wanted to know if this thing is salvageable.' Yes, on Oct. 17, the President was thinking of scrapping the whole thing and starting over." (previously
) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:45 PM Mar 3 2014 - 118 comments [46 favorites]
Opening Strategy Splits Civ V Studio.
Since the beginning of time, man has been bedeviled by the eternal question: "In Sid Meier's Civilization, is it better to found your first city on the opening move, or move around to find a more advantageous spot?"
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:49 PM Mar 3 2014 - 119 comments [46 favorites]
Hieu Nguyen, at the 2013 National Poetry Slam, on losing your language and your culture
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:25 PM Mar 6 2014 - 19 comments [44 favorites]
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