BoJack Horseman Is the Funniest Show About Depression Ever
BoJack Horseman is a weird cartoon about a washed-up sitcom star (who's a horse), a snappy social criticism of the entertainment industry, and the kind of in-jokey cartoon designed to tickle the internet. It's also one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen. Look past the anthropomorphic animal characters and the satire of toxic celebrity culture: This show is radically sad. I love it.
Netflix Original's animated series BoJack Horseman
stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, and Alison Brie. It co-stars Aaron Paul and Paul F. Tompkins and has a long and impressive
list of guest stars. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 7:03 PM Sep 18 2014 - 89 comments [47 favorites]
Wasabi is the most difficult plant to grow commercially.
"The first thing to know about wasabi
- or Wasabia japonica
, as it's officially known - is that you have probably never tried the real thing.
That light green paste nestled next to the pink ginger in your box of sushi? It is most likely a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food colouring.
In fact, by some estimates, only 5% of the wasabi served in Japanese restaurants around the world comes from the rhizome, or root, of a wasabi plant."
"For nearly 30 years, Brian Oates has, in his words, "pig-headedly" devoted himself to a single pursuit: setting up the first commercial wasabi farm in North America
." [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 2:05 PM Sep 18 2014 - 67 comments [38 favorites]
From humble beginnings
as a tabletop game shop in London in the late 1970s with an exclusive contract to distribute Dungeons & Dragons in the United Kingdom, Games Workshop
soon moved into producing its own games
, most notably the wildly successful Warhammer Fantasy Battle
and Warhammer 40,000
. Over the years, the company has transformed itself into a slick marketing machine, dedicated to selling its own (expensive) products to an ever-younger demographic, while managing to live up to its reputation as the big bad
corporation of tabletop gaming. For fans of the spirit and style of the Games Workshop of their youth that aren't interested in the company's products today, there’s Oldhammer
: an Internet community dedicated to playing Warhammer as it existed in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by yellowlightman at 6:47 PM Sep 18 2014 - 28 comments [34 favorites]
The most feminist moments in sci-fi history
-- from 1905 Indian feminist proto-sf to the rescue of Star Trek by female fans and beyond.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:58 AM Sep 19 2014 - 12 comments [26 favorites]
The dance of the peacock spider
"With their ornately-colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract the attention of spectating females as well as researchers. One such animal behavior specialist, Madeline Girard
, collected more than 30 different peacock spider species from the wilds of Australia and brought them back to her lab at UC Berkeley. Under controlled conditions, she recorded their unique dances in the hopes of deciphering what these displays actual say to a female spider and how standards differ between species.'
posted by dhruva at 8:12 PM Sep 18 2014 - 21 comments [22 favorites]
Welcome to TextMechanic.com!
A suite of simple, single task, browser based, text manipulation tools. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 10:36 PM Sep 17 2014 - 41 comments [101 favorites (21 in the past 24 hours)]
What do you do with a vintage synth keyboard collection but not enough ways to make use of them all? Well, if you're Graham Massey, and you stumbled across the forgotten history of Women's Organ Quartets who might have overwhelmed the senses of audiences with their weird electronic music, you put together a four-woman keyboard band, and you take up the drums. Read on, for the story of the Sisters of Transistors
, "a tale which wanders between truth, history and myth, and involves panic in America, army issue organs, a Derbyshire pub and a member of 808 State!
" [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:52 AM Sep 19 2014 - 3 comments [20 favorites]
Building the future in the present
in Rio de Janeiro favelas, which are getting active online
Thanks to young community reporters
people in Rio and all over the world are getting a more accurate, clearer picture of what's happening in the city's favelas.
In 2011 Augusto Paim & MauMau published a two part comic Inside the Favelas
A couple of interviews
with 19 year old Michel Silva of the online
magazine Viva Rocinha
( and FB
posted by adamvasco at 12:28 PM Sep 18 2014 - 3 comments [19 favorites]
New global population predictions
published in Science today says that world population stabilisation is unlikely this century, with an 80% probability that world population, now 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion in 2100, greatly exceeding previous consensus figures that settled around 9 billion, and is expected to keep growing next century. More
in the Guardian.
posted by wilful at 7:38 PM Sep 18 2014 - 92 comments [17 favorites]
Can we talk about how much the gossipy young girls who cluster in the schoolyard must feel like children to her? And Susan has forgotten about being a child. She is the blessed, the chosen, the promised. Susan has decades on them, wars, loss and betrayal, victory and growing fields, the trust of her subjects. It was a visceral thing, to have all those lives under her protection and to know that her subjects slept safe, peacefully, on dark nights. Here, on this drab concrete, her people are untouchable, indefensible; her self is vanished, her kingdom gone; she can feel the loss like a wound. She has lost her power, but that trust, that responsibility remains. It circles her ankles, trips her in the school hallways.
Can we talk about Susan Pevensie for a moment
? (A followup to this
posted by MartinWisse at 4:10 AM Sep 18 2014 - 50 comments [49 favorites (15 in the past 24 hours)]
Thirty years ago this month, NBC premiered "The Cosby Show" and changed the television landscape. And though people will rightly remember it as a groundbreaking show for African Americans
's Jason Bailey argues that it was just as important in its feminism
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:02 AM Sep 18 2014 - 67 comments [32 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]
"...it’s a world so full of carnal conflicts of interest
and deception that only now are biologists getting to grips with all of its ins and outs, including an understanding of why human sex may be about pleasure rather than pain."[via BBC] [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 9:56 AM Sep 18 2014 - 35 comments [18 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]
Baby sings the baby blues. In baby.
"Flipo" is accompanied by his father, Flavio Rigatozzo
, on guitar.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:54 PM Sep 18 2014 - 10 comments [12 favorites]
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