Think you're an alcoholic?
Not by the standards of great artists and writers! "As for Balzac, he was definitely a coffee kind of guy – he sank 60 cups a day. Samuel Beckett slurped red wine every night til 5am. Pablo Picasso liked opium (he claimed opium has the “least stupid smell in the world”). Across Paris, Jean Paul Sartre guzzled four pints of Burgundy for lunch, liked his barbiturates, and was addicted to Corydrane, a mix of aspirin and amphetamine. The recommended dose of this now-prohibited tablet was 1 a day, Sartre took 20."
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:17 PM - 4 comments
Inspired by the Massimo Vignelli NYC subway map and the upcoming Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, NJ Transit unveils a new Regional Transit Diagram
(pdf) to help people take public transit between New York and New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by fings at 7:06 PM - 9 comments
Modeltalker has been around since at least the early 90s ...
Modeltalker is a company that, for free, provides people with a synthetic version of their own voice and the software that lets users convert any text they want into that voice. It is continually updating it's software and in beta stages. But for people with onset neurological diseases that threaten to rob them of the ability to speak, Modeltalker will provide them with an 1800 word list to read. From that list, it will deliver a software program that contains their voice, the software and the tools to adjust the voice to make it as natural as possible. At some point, the company will make it product public. There are many synthetic voice programs, but only Modeltalker can make a synthetic voice out of your voice. For now, people can get a free version.
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:43 PM - 9 comments
Congressmen Call For Declassification Of 9/11 Files
Discussing Hijacker Links To Saudi Government.
Last week, Reps. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass introduced a resolution that urges President Obama to declassify the 28 redacted pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) of 9/11
issued in late 2002, which have been thought to hold some answers about the Saudi connection to the attack and were originally classified by President George W. Bush.
Official declassified documents
about the September 11 attacks.
(Previous 1; 2
posted by adamvasco at 3:37 PM - 21 comments
photos of the fog that enveloped
posted by Mistress at 3:05 PM - 12 comments
In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures.
Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business. But that was just a cover story. An Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA. In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of analysts — with no authority to run spy operations — paid Levinson to gather intelligence from some of the world's darkest corners. He vanished while investigating the Iranian government for the U.S. [more inside]
posted by dsfan at 3:04 PM - 10 comments
Undercover of helping immigrant agricultural workers who have long needed a break
in America, the American technology sector - lead by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - has seen fit to heavily lobby Congress to increase H1-B and other worker visa permits, vastly increasing H1-B visas at a time when very good research shows that there is no shortage of tech workers in America. Zuckerberg has so far succeeded, in the Senate. What is motivating the claim for more H1-B visas and what's at stake? [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae at 2:20 PM - 96 comments
But I learned to deal with the pain, the instability, the imbalance, just like every other NFL player does. My story is not unique. Every other football-playing man deals with the same cycle of injury and rehab, separated by periods of relative health. Some bodies are better suited to the demands of the game than others. They stay healthy longer, play more, smash more skulls, die younger. I should see my inability to stay healthy as a blessing in the long run, because it spared my brain the extra punishment. The fact is, no one remembers any NFL game I ever played in but me. My Injury File: How I Shot, Smoked, And Screwed My Way Through The NFL
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 1:25 PM - 9 comments
'90's Video Game Hallucination has Spawned Massive Remix Possibilities, Here is One!
A tiny Vitamin K for a musical diet, continue to scream and dance, oh...I guess driving is involved? Don't drive, please...don't drive.
posted by breadbox at 1:05 PM - 4 comments
2013 Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog.
The Miele Rotary Iron is a machine as old as the hills and used to be called a mangle
. A mangle. For what it did to your fingers. I know, because I inherited one from my grandmother. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 12:57 PM - 107 comments
“I am going to put you on a bit of morphine,” I said, like I was used to saying such things, announcing to dying patients that I was going to put them on a drug named for Morpheus, the god of sleep, descended from Thanatos, the god of death." A doctor reflects on the art of dying in 21st century America.
posted by sonika at 12:47 PM - 9 comments
Animated gifs of high energy
posted by Chrysostom at 12:43 PM - 15 comments
The map of US military installations
by artist Josh Begley
uses the US military's list of bases
(plus a few other sources) to provide satellite image maps of hundreds of military sites around the world
. For similar efforts, see Radical Cartography
and the always-amazing work of Trevor Paglen
posted by blahblahblah at 12:22 PM - 9 comments
"Can we talk about Susan’s fabulous adventures after Narnia
? The ones where she wears nylons and elegant blouses when she wants to, and short skirts and bright lipstick when she wants to, and hiking boots and tough jeans and big men’s plaid shirts when she feels like backpacking out into the mountains and remembering what it was to be lost in a world full of terrific beauty— I know her siblings say she stops talking about it, that Susan walks away from the memories of Narnia, but I don’t think she ever really forgot."
posted by MartinWisse at 11:10 AM - 155 comments
Split of a Second
is an eight and a half minute youtube video about wingsuit flying and a practitioner of the art.
posted by jason's_planet at 11:05 AM - 7 comments
In the mid-1960's, American International Pictures hired director Larry Buchanan
to make eight films
for television. Their instructions were blunt: "We want cheap color pictures, we want half-assed names in them, we want them eighty minutes long and we want them now." [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 9:34 AM - 17 comments
On September 13, 1999, nuclear waste from Earth stored on the far side of the Moon exploded in a catastrophic accident. The explosion knocked the Moon out of orbit and sent it, and the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. Their subsequent trials and adventures were chronicled... in Space: 1999
. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:21 AM - 50 comments
They were a one-hit wonder in the 90s
. Then they got a hit show on Nick Jr. and introduced a generation of young children to Of Montreal
, Mos Def
, and MGMT
. They have another TV show where they fight evil monsters
, but first and foremost they're a kick-ass band that mixes new wave
, surf rock
, and general ecstatic feel-goodiness
into a tight, clever, and totally awesome package. WHO ARE THOSE MASKED MEN, YOU MAY ASK??!? THEY ARE... THE AQUABATS. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:19 AM - 23 comments
Samantha West is a telemarketing robot.
Someone has hooked up a chatbot with speech recognition and a telemarketing script. It charmingly insists that it is a human. Is this the future of telemarketing? Apparently, robo-calls are illegal
, but it is easy for these companies to disappear when caught (as "Samantha West"'s company has
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 7:59 AM - 34 comments
It's an experience any performer will recognise: providing music that is, however reluctantly so, incidental. What is peculiar to our age is that it is now the lot not only of those who play at parties, in pubs or bars and so on, but of almost any artist at every level of performance, when they play anything too soft to blot out the human voice. The gig-talkers have won. It holds out in pockets here and there, but for the most part, quiet music, as a live affair, is done for.
posted by Grangousier at 7:08 AM - 91 comments
On November 21, Busta Rhymes announced
that he and Q-Tip
would be releasing a joint mixtape. On November 25, the two released Thank You
, a single from the tape featuring Kanye West and Li'l Wayne. In a December 6 interview with RapFix Live,
Rhymes explained that the tape would consist of old material that has been reworked or gone unreleased, mixtape-specific material, and songs that will be on future releases from the artists. This tape would be about their legacy, as embodied in the artwork
. The day has arrived, and you can now download The Abstract and the Dragon
posted by Going To Maine at 7:04 AM - 14 comments
A recent great pull
from White House
photographer Pete Souza shows Bush and Obama seeming to not just tolerate but actually enjoy each other's company. This is nothing new, however. Not only have Presidents always still been just as human as anyone else,
but they occasionally cross the aisle to have close relationships
that can be not only shocking, but endearing - including Barbara Bush referring to Bill Clinton as their "adopted son." Ridiculous
conspiracy theories abound, but a simpler explanation may serve: that even the most partisan of politicans have more in common with each other than they would like us to believe - a common background
, and often, common professions
posted by corb at 6:37 AM - 101 comments
Never Forever is Prince Rama's new 18-minute rock epic
"I think music videos will evolve to a point where they are embedded holographically within the songs themselves, so that as your brain is translating the music as auditory information, it will simultaneously be reading it as visual material as well, projecting a unique holographic map of imagery onto the brain that is tailored to the memories and desires of the listener himself." [more inside]
posted by hereticfig at 6:27 AM - 11 comments
Let's celebrate the 80th birthday of Afrofunk pioneer Manu DiBango
with a few of his groovy tunes, shall we? He made a splash way back in 1972 with a catchy (and rather influential) little number called Soul Makossa
. A few years later, in 1982, another DiBango tune, also catchy as hell, might've made it onto a turntable or a dance floor near you: it was called Echos Beti
. Aside from these two tunes, there's been lots, lots more from this very prolific Cameroon-born saxophonist, vocalist and bandleader, so I've included... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:16 AM - 4 comments
Make presents for everyone in the world and save Christmas!
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:13 AM - 131 comments
"After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic. Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth [is] no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.
" A view of the Internet's future from February 26, 1995 at 7:00 PM
posted by Blasdelb at 12:52 AM - 41 comments
The jazz guitarist Jim Hall
The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 8:14 PM - 27 comments
Buried deep among the hundreds of old scripts in RKO Pictures’ archives was a 1941 melodramatic gem about an amnesia-stricken man who wakes up in the middle of a revolution in Mexico. Never produced, the screenplay for “The Way to Santiago”
is credited to Orson Welles.
posted by dobbs at 6:27 PM - 6 comments
Alice Munro, awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, was unable to travel to Stockholm due to her health, so the committee went to her. This is their 30 minute interview with the celebrated author. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 6:20 PM - 6 comments
A Louisiana fire ant colony and 18 pounds of molten aluminum -- two great tastes that taste AWESOME together.
Brought to you by the good folks at Anthill Art.
posted by KathrynT at 5:41 PM - 84 comments
Wayside Creations' surprisingly high-budget, on location shot Fallout New Vegas fan-series returns with: Nuka Break Season 2
! (Full episode playlist
). Rejoin Twig the Vault-Dweller, Ben The Ghoul , Scarlet The Escaped Slave and the Mysterious Ranger as they deal with the explosive aftermath of Season 1.
(Nuka Break Previously
, Wayside Creations previously
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM - 45 comments
"...Rest stops are vanishing from the landscapes of America. All over the country, rest areas are losing the fight to commercial alternatives: drive-thrus at every exit and mega-sized travel centers offering car washes, wi-fi, grilled paninis and bladder-busting sized fountain drinks. They're on the chopping block for many states, their upkeep giving way with tight highway budgets. Louisiana has closed 24 of its 34 stops, Virginia, 18 of its 42; pretty much every state in the country has reduced its number of rest areas, or at least cut operating hours. And they're not just being closed, they're being demolished. "They're just toilets and tables" you might say. But if you take a closer look, you will see that they are much more.
" (Via The Atlantic Cities, which includes an interview with the photographer, Ryann Ford
) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:32 PM - 106 comments
After a weekend in which tight end Rob Gronkowski and safety Tyrann Mathieu both sustained season-ending tears to their anterior cruciate ligaments
, many NFL fans are wondering why there seem to be more such injuries this season than in seasons past. Grantland looks at the dreaded ACL tear
and tries to solve the puzzle. [more inside]
posted by savetheclocktower at 1:26 PM - 34 comments
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