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40 or so studies about human perception in 25-30 minutes. Maybe 35.

Kennedy Elliott, graphics editor at The Washington Post presents a broad, graphics-filled overview of how humans perceive data graphics. [Links to Medium, not WaPo.]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:27 AM May 29 2016 - 5 comments [43 favorites]

Leyla McCalla: from classical cello to Langston Hughes and Haitian folk

Leyla McCalla is a classically trained cellist who grew up in New York with her Haitian parents. She moved to New Orleans where she performed on Royal Street and learned about the Haitian history of the community. McCalla also joined the Carolina Chocolate Drops and diversified her style and sound. With the combined influence of place and company, she started performing Haitian folk music, which she paired that music with poetry of Langston Hughes for her first solo album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes (Soundcloud album stream). That was two years ago, and now she has her second album, A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (YT, official video for the title track; YT playlist), where she sings in Haitian Creole, French, and English. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:49 AM May 29 2016 - 5 comments [29 favorites]

Chlorine probably saved your life today

We don't know for certain if the Gas! GAS! in Wilfred Owen's devastating poem was chlorine, but we do know that it can kill and maim in the way he described. But when his poem was written, chlorine had already begun to play a completely different, quietly heroic role, going on to save hundreds of millions of lives over the course of the 20th century. The battle to get chlorine accepted for water treatment was understandably dramatic given its known killing power. In 1908, John Leal, in almost complete secrecy, without any permission from government authorities (and no notice to the general public)... decided to add chlorine to the Jersey City reservoirs. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 5:51 PM May 28 2016 - 35 comments [56 favorites (27 in the past 24 hours)]

Stradivarius also made guitars

Five of them still exist, albeit chiefly as artifacts and inspiration for luthiers. In 2011, luthiers Daniel Sinier & Françoise de Ridder got the job of restoring one of them, a process they describe in some detail. End result, the Sabionari can go back on stage. Here's Rolf Lislevand (and others) making it work. [more inside]
posted by BWA at 8:58 AM May 29 2016 - 18 comments [24 favorites]

A rolling blob gathers Omoss

Albert Omoss is an artist who uses computers to explore bodies as rubbery, entangled forms (all likely NSFW) and to make ads and data visualizations. Among other tools, he uses Processing to make hypnotic animations.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 2:56 AM May 29 2016 - 13 comments [17 favorites]

BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK / BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK

All Night I Think Of You / I Want To Be Your Lady, Baby. (0:30 sec video, edited by @MikeDiva)
posted by Greg Nog at 10:20 AM May 29 2016 - 24 comments [17 favorites]

Two Great Things That Go Great Together!

What's better than Squirrel Girl? Squirrel Girl Talking About Tree Lobsters! [more inside]
posted by bq at 9:12 PM May 28 2016 - 28 comments [23 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

“...they’re really into capitalism.”

Don’t Know What To Read? Let Goldman Sachs Tell You. [Melville House] "Goldman Sachs: financial giant, hotbed of enthusiasm for subprime mortgages, and hapless recipient of your hard-earned money. Who better to tell you what to read? Well, now they are telling you what to read, in the form of a recently-published recommended book list [PDF]. We’re talking about people who incurred $550 million in fines for schemes to turn a profit on the civilization-threatening financial crisis they themselves had helped create, and the line between genius and chutzpah is notoriously hard to draw, so, yeah, I’d like to know what’s on these folks’ bedside tables."
posted by Fizz at 6:10 PM May 28 2016 - 47 comments [23 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

The Dark Night Begins

The Dark Night Begins. Adam West hosts Hollywood Palace in October 1966. With Joey Heatherton, a French ventriloquist, Roy and Dale headed to Vietnam, George Carlin with an establishment-friendly set, the Charleston on top of an 80 foot pole, laxatives, cigarettes, cigars, cigarettes, cling peaches. Special telephone appearance from the Riddler. (SLYT)
posted by bendybendy at 8:59 AM May 29 2016 - 24 comments [12 favorites]

What happened to Google Maps?

Justin O'Beirne compares the 2010 and 2016 editions of Google Maps and finds a lack of balance — especially after looking at a map printed in the 1960s. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 7:59 AM May 28 2016 - 121 comments [44 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Pickpocket scanners

No PIN needed They enter an amount less than $50 and touch their phone to your pocket; money transfers immediately from your account. [more inside]
posted by naight at 8:53 AM May 29 2016 - 53 comments [8 favorites]

The Graves of the Marines I Lost

"In the early hours of Jan. 26, 2005, one of two large Marine helicopters transporting troops for this expanded and therefore riskier mission crashed, killing all onboard: 30 Marines and a Navy corpsman....I promised myself that night that I would visit all 31 grave sites. I needed to get a sense of where these military service members came from: the schools and churches they attended; the streets where they learned to drive; the neighborhoods where many of their families still lived."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:09 AM May 29 2016 - 8 comments [7 favorites]

America's War On Teens Out At Night

Between truancy and curfew laws teens can only legally be outside a few hours a day. In the US, the only country with teen curfew laws, millions have been arrested since the 90s for simply walking outside at night, with no strong evidence pointing to a reduction in crime.
posted by blankdawn at 10:33 PM May 29 2016 - 16 comments [7 favorites]

A Progressive’s Style Guide

"Every day I experience how language can bring people together and build power. But language can also be divisive, dangerous, and exclusionary... I got to work on a Progressive Style Guide, (pdf) that would help guide fellow campaigners and writers in the progressive movement on using inclusive language."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:02 AM May 27 2016 - 56 comments [65 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

The cars drive in, the cars drive out. Over and over and over.

Using data compiled from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, Mark Evans has compiled hypnotic visualizations of commutes around the U.S. There are more in-depth details at his blog, I Like Big Bytes. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:14 AM May 28 2016 - 25 comments [25 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Nothing but net.

Chef Quah Swee Then shows us how to catch a rabbit. More videos at his Facebook page.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:39 PM May 28 2016 - 38 comments [14 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

We'll have funn funn funn 'til your daddy takes the Funn Pack™ away

Artist Dan Das Mann* has created a wearable Full Party System (and instant Performance Art device) called the Funn Pack™ with loudspeakers, smoke machines, a bubble machine, mirror balls AND FREAKING LAZERS, all battery-powered, self contained and wearable. (yep, this Halloween, I'm dressing up as HIM)
*of L.A.'s BIG ART LABS, LLC so you know he's a professional. Also, absolutely NOT related to Dat Boi
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:08 PM May 28 2016 - 18 comments [7 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Teach The Controversy

The Verge Review of Animals: Spiders

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:11 PM May 29 2016 - 57 comments [4 favorites]

most of these could still have Wolverine slapped on to them just cause

"Nerd pandering at its finest! Got an idea for a shirt! How about combining Doctor Who and Mega Man? That doesn't make sense, you say? Doesn't matter! It's just two things! Put it on a shirt!"
posted by Krom Tatman at 8:50 AM May 24 2016 - 1770 comments [41 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter...

On July 22, 2013, Geraldine Largay stepped into the Maine woods and disappeared without a trace. The 66-year-old had been hiking the Appalachian Trail alone, and failed to make a scheduled meet-up with her husband. Her body was found over two years later, on October 16, 2015, just a 10 minute walk from a trail that turns into a dirt road. On Thursday, the Maine Warden Service released its files on her disappearance, revealing that she had survived for nearly four weeks before succumbing to starvation and exposure.
posted by apricot at 1:15 PM May 27 2016 - 126 comments [33 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

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