Chinatown Sartorialist. "We saw them at Portsmouth Square and frantically made a beeline for them, both in a brown, earthy palette with matching cheetah sweaters and furry hats."
posted by spamandkimchi at 10:44 PM - 3 comments
The Ket from the Lake Munduiskoye
(2008, 30 min.) The Ket people
are an indigenous group in central Siberia whose population has numbered less than two thousand during the past century. Although mostly assimilated into the dominant Russian culture at this point, a couple hundred of them are still able to speak the Ket language
, the last remaining member of the Yeniseian language group. Recent scholarship
has proposed a link between Ket and some Native American language groups.
posted by XMLicious at 9:15 PM - 1 comment
British Pathe releases 85K videos to YouTube.
An archive of film from the late 1800s onward is now available on YouTube.
posted by bitmage at 7:29 PM - 10 comments
"Academics restart work
to unlock secrets of mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia on edge of the Siberian Arctic. The 34 shallow graves excavated by archeologists at Zeleniy Yar throw up many more questions than answers. But one thing seems clear: this remote spot, 29 km shy of the Arctic Circle, was a trading crossroads of some importance around one millennium ago."
posted by ChuckRamone at 6:25 PM - 9 comments
The world of video game music has blossomed in recent years, enough to support live concert tours
and bestselling albums
. But while most such work is licensed or contracted out to third-party composers, a rare breed make their living at a single company, imbuing entire franchises with their unique sound. And apart from Nintendo's venerable Koji Kondo
, there is perhaps no dedicated gaming composer more renowned than Martin O'Donnell
. From humble beginnings writing the jingle for Flintstones Vitamins
, O'Donnell and longtime collaborator Michael Salvatori
joined developer Bungie in 1997, penning music for Myth
, and most notably the Halo trilogy
-- an iconic blend
of sweeping orchestral bombast
, haunting choirs
, and electronic ambience
that became one of the most acclaimed and successful gaming soundtracks of all time. O'Donnell also helmed Bungie's audio department, managing voice actors
, sound effects
, and an innovative dynamic music engine
, and was most recently working with Paul McCartney
on the score for the upcoming Destiny
. So it came as a surprise today when it was announced MartyTheElder was being terminated without cause
(flabbergasted reaction: HBO
). With O'Donnell following Joseph Staten
, Frank O'Connor
, Marcus Lehto
, and other Bungie veterans out the door, what might this mean for the company and its decade-long plan for Destiny? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 6:04 PM - 12 comments
was an amusement park located in Vernon, New Jersey, (in)famous for its dangerous rides. "You'd see a kid in the summer cover in friction burns, and you'd be like 'How was Action Park?' "
(13 minute documentary on DailyMotion.) Relive some of those memories with 9 minutes of commercials from 1979-80
, including an actual record of people on Cannonball Loop
, and almost six minutes of rides and attractions from 1991.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:55 PM - 26 comments
Try to win a staring game
against Dali (or a campbell's soup can or a giraffe) in this free staring game on the iPhone.
Or have characters from The Office stare at you instead, in The Office Stare Machine
posted by mysticreferee at 5:16 PM - 4 comments
“Right before I went into high school, my parents enrolled me in a couple of social skills classes to prepare me for the change,” she tells me.
“They taught me how to behave in certain social situations, like when girls go into the washroom together, or how to behave when you get invited to a party, or when you want to ask someone on a date. That’s where I think the classes switched from being useful to being controlling.”
posted by Mistress at 3:25 PM - 15 comments
Last month, Beverage Industry published their 2014 US Beer Category Report
, and Dylan Matthews at Vox.com has compiled the numbers into their favorite thing: charts! There's a few interesting details, but the biggest one is that not only is Bud Light one out of every five beers purchased in America, but sells more than all import, craft, cider and malt beverage sales combined.
posted by Punkey at 3:24 PM - 45 comments
When it's time for some mellow craftiness it's time for Bob Ross. But what if you want to know how many times his paintings included palm trees? Cumulus clouds? What if it's time to apply some good ol' fashioned conditional probability to his oeuvre? Then this
is the place to go.
posted by mr. digits at 1:30 PM - 19 comments
"This is the petty tyranny of inconvenience — just as the heroine believes that her individual comfort somehow justifies the enslavement of roughly a hundred other human beings, romance readers feel it’s inconvenient and uncomfortable to reflect on the ways the genre not only has marginalized but continues to marginalize not only characters, but also readers and authors of color. This book was not written by an obscure self-published writer with a small niche audience. Sandra Hill is a New York Times bestselling author, a genre mainstay for the past two decades; she is still writing books set in the contemporary South, though I am certainly not going to read them." -- Romance author Olivia Waite reviews Sandra Hill's Frankly My Dear
, set on a sugar plantation in 1845 Louisiana, as part of the blogging from A to Z challenge
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 1:08 PM - 23 comments
That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine
| You may recall this (previously) epic post about this subject
, but it is time to update the story with recently declassified documents
(PDF: Search it for the term "Azorian" and you'll find some 200 pages of info.) Or just read the first link for the Cliff's Notes.
posted by spock at 12:16 PM - 29 comments
These machines were always too darn hard ....
a 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday.
posted by GhostRider at 10:42 AM - 49 comments
Ferry with 470 Passengers Sinks off Korea Scores still missing,
many of them high school students on an excursion. According to comments on the Marmot's Hole
Korea blog, passengers were told to wait in their cabins rather than gather on deck. Video from Japanese Fuji television.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:31 AM - 48 comments
The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms
"The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles. "
posted by xingcat at 10:08 AM - 77 comments
Victorian Prudes and their Bizarre Beachside Bathing Machines.
If you were a beachgoer in Georgian or Victorian times, more specifically, a female beachgoer, your day at the seaside would’ve likely had all the fun sucked out of it by a little invention known as the bathing machine.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 8:49 AM - 45 comments
Project ROSE is a Phoenix city programme that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online. They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion programme to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:14 AM - 84 comments
Waiting for your lottery number.
James, Oklahoma, 1969, No. 365.
I arrived at the dorm and went to my friend’s room where 12 of us were watching the lottery. I remember we had cases of beers to help us through. We knew this day could forever change our lives. When I came into the room I could feel the tension and see that the lottery had already started. It wasn't a big show on TV; it was just a series of numbers scrolling across the bottom of the screen while “I Love Lucy” played above. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 3:48 AM - 68 comments
You may or may not be aware that voice actor Tom Kenny
performs as both the Number One Employee at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob SquarePants
, and the nemesis of Finn and Jake, the Ice King
. It is a strange nexus between the two shows, which otherwise come from very different imaginations and sensibilities. A 2012 article
from the cartoon insider magazine Hogan's Alley
spoke with many of the people involved in the creation of SpongeBob, while today The Awl featured
this extended look at the creative forces behind Adventure Time, which can be read in full here
posted by briank at 5:27 PM - 39 comments
If cruising through neon wireframe landscapes is your kind of thing, and previous mefi posts
haven’t satisfied your burning desire for synth wave/retro electro/neo 80s
, then perhaps you would be interested in a few of the following albums... [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 5:12 PM - 39 comments
What’s that you say? You need character drawings for your MST3k-themed RPG? Well, here’s 85 of them
! Some favorites include Crenshaw
and Rex Dart: Eskimo Spy
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 3:03 PM - 44 comments
TechCrunch's Kim-Mai Cutler delivers a 12,000-word deep-dive on San Francisco's Housing Crisis.
Touching on: rent control, the Ellis Act, Dianne Feinstein, the mission, the Fillmore, Angelo Sangiacomo, Howard Jarvis, the failure of the Greater San Francisco movement, the perfidy if the Mountain View city council, and the Byzantine machinations behind the Twitter tax. If some of those names are unfamiliar to you, strap in: the story of San Francisco's property law may have found its Gibbon.
posted by Diablevert at 2:18 PM - 88 comments
At first, the new Jerry Seinfeld show seemed reassuringly like the old one. Spontaneous coffees with friends. Mindless chatter that occasionally verged on the hilariously brilliant. But look closer and you see that this show isn’t that show, and that new realities are upon us in America. Anand Giridharadas
editorializes about Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
: Seinfeld, His Show, and Inequality
posted by Going To Maine at 1:55 PM - 120 comments
"When our actions become a reflection of our character, we lean more heavily toward the moral and generous choices"
asserts professor Adam Grant (of the Wharton School
) in a NYT opinion piece entitled "Raising a Moral Child"
. Some research suggests that when parents "praise effort rather than ability, children develop a stronger work ethic and become more motivated"
and Grant draws sharp distinctions between how shame and guilt affect us
citing several experiments
which support the conclusions that when teaching children about moral behaviors "nouns work better than verbs" and "if we want our children to care about others, we need to teach them to feel guilt rather than shame when they misbehave." Grant has written an entire book
about how these concepts influence our generosity and success, and how powerfully feeling "guilt rather than shame" as children can shape us. [more inside]
posted by trackofalljades at 1:21 PM - 37 comments
posted by Chrysostom at 1:17 PM - 27 comments
It's incredibly tense in the English Premier League at the moment, with three teams fighting for the title. With Manchester United disintegrating and lucky to secure European football, the much anticipated Spurs title challenge fizzing out and Arsenal struggling to even reach their customary fourth place and access to the Champions League, it's up to Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool FC. The latter two met last Sunday in an emotional, stressfull match
which saw Liverpool win 3-2, setting a giant step forwards to winning the title.
For Liverpool fans and many neutrals it would be wonderful for Liverpool to win it now, because it's been twentyfour years since their last one, because of Steve Gerrard
who, a single childhood slipup
aside, has always been loyal to Liverpool and who has won everything but the title with them, but mostly because it's been exactly twentyfive years since the Hillsborough Disaster
and just weeks after a new inquest into the disaster and the coverup has started
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 12:42 PM - 24 comments
"The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey
asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue."
posted by brundlefly at 11:46 AM - 69 comments
The Color Of His Presidency
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to jovially spar with ideological rivals, but all of a sudden they both grew earnest and angry. Kristol interjected, shouting, “That’s bullshit! That is total bullshit!” After momentarily sputtering, Kristol recovered his calm, but his rare indignation remained, and there was no trace of the smirk he usually wears to distance himself slightly from his talking points. He almost pleaded to Maher, “Even you don’t believe that!”
“I totally believe that,” Maher responded, which is no doubt true, because every Obama supporter believes deep down, or sometimes right on the surface, that the furious opposition marshaled against the first black president is a reaction to his race. Likewise, every Obama opponent believes with equal fervor that this is not only false but a smear concocted willfully to silence them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:22 AM - 170 comments
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age
Paul Krugman reviews Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty, and discusses the renewal of the importance of capital in preserving inequality across generations.
posted by jaduncan at 6:13 AM - 116 comments
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