April 30

The American South's greatest postmodern novel, circa 1886

The Lost Symphony: "It is difficult to get very far into Don Miff without suddenly holding the book very gingerly, examining the binding for radioactive scorch marks or other signs of time travel, and then finally exclaiming—“What the hell is this?”" [more inside]
posted by steady-state strawberry at 12:09 PM - 0 comments

secrets of the orient

Wellness, Womanhood, and the West: How Goop Profits From Endless Illness
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:47 AM - 9 comments


You're warming up for the new season of Twin Peaks next month. You've watched the previous series and Fire Walk With Me; you've read The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer; you're reading recaps and analysis... but have you heard Diane... The Twin Peaks Tapes Of Agent Cooper? [45m] Originally released only on cassette, sort of in the wild now due to its inclusion in the Internet Archive [download link available].
posted by hippybear at 11:06 AM - 1 comment

Not now, Derek!

Rachel Bloom (1 2 3 4) has a new music video: Ladyboss.
posted by hopeless romantique at 10:44 AM - 0 comments

Born Sexy Yesterday

An interesting dissection of a common gendered trope prevalent in sci-fi, in which the mind of a naive, yet highly skilled girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. (SLYT)
posted by Lurch at 10:21 AM - 30 comments

Never Lose Your Glasses

How I got an FBI record at age 11 from dabbling in cryptography then got into more trouble An entertaining yarn by the author of Can computers cope with human races?
posted by nevercalm at 9:57 AM - 8 comments

The Mother of All Application Letters

Before becoming one of the greatest minds who ever lived, Leonardo da Vinci had to really market himself for a job at the court of Ludovico Sforza.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:55 AM - 9 comments

RIP Ueli Steck, the Swiss Machine

Renowned speed climber Ueli Steck has died at the age of 41 after falling from the Nuptse face of Mt. Everest. The Swiss Machine is most well known for solo climbing the north face of the Eiger without ropes in 2 hours 47 minutes, and for climbing all 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps in 62 days, choosing to bike and walk between each peak. Video series.
posted by furtive at 8:47 AM - 9 comments

Street Food OTOH

Destroying a tradition of Asian street food? Maybe. In contrast to the post yesterday about the youtube channel on vibrant street food culture is this article about efforts to shoo cooking off the sidewalks.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:19 AM - 6 comments

We were out for a Sunday drive

50th Anniversary of the "Black Sunday" Tornado Outbreak [PDF, 86 pages] - Maps, documents and records, photographs, newspaper clippings, stories and recollections from Southern Minnesota in 1967. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 6:49 AM - 5 comments

"...and now you know what it feels like to be a minority."

Hasan Minhaj (Daily Show) performs at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
posted by mysticreferee at 5:04 AM - 45 comments

April 29

"It's a symbiotic relationship."

A feisty duck has chosen a pretty unusual best friend - a loving golden retriever. Proud duck owner Pam Ishiguro has a flock of seven ducks but her four-year-old Pekin duck Rudy and golden retriever Barclay have formed the strongest bond. The Orange County-based mum said: “The animals are much like my two boys - they have a love-hate relationship. When they are together, somebody is always chasing or jumping on someone else, but when they are apart, they’re always calling for each other.”
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:41 PM - 8 comments

American Banksy

Artist Rides Rivers in a Homemade Shantyboat to Learn About the People Who Live on the Banks. Wes Modes, an artist and lecturing professor at UC Santa Cruz and a crew full of creative mates built a shanty boat out of found materials and trash and rode down both the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River over the course of the past two summers. The collective purpose of these journeys is to learn about the people who live on and around the banks and the about the ecology of the rivers. These collected stories are part of the larger multimedia project entitled “A Secret History of American River People“. (it's okay to read the comments on this link folks as it mostly pertains to Water Law.) [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 5:40 PM - 10 comments

And he raved on, and I saw that his tears were not only for himself

The Love and Terror of Nick Cave - GQ But what about the other songs, the ones where the anger or disdain or sarcasm or malevolence or aggression dominates, the ones that have traditionally been performed by what Cave will describe to me, somewhat wryly, as the “deranged preacher”? How can that guy possibly turn up now?
posted by CrystalDave at 2:40 PM - 27 comments

You say you want a counter-revolution

Imagine there’s no Sgt Pepper. It’s all too easy in the era of Trump and May (SLGrauniad)
posted by acb at 2:09 PM - 45 comments

Calling Thunder

Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan: "Immersive soundscapes compare today's urban cacophony to the island Henry Hudson encountered in 1609. History unearths wonder in the green heart of New York." The goal, according to the producers, is to create an immersive audio environment, one that resonates as historically accurate even without realistic images.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:56 PM - 0 comments

Peep Neat Street Eats

Hey friend! Do you like cities? Do you like watching people preparing food? Now there's a YouTube channel just for you! Street Food World is a series of videos documenting street vendor cuisine all over the world. Let's start with Japan. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 1:05 PM - 8 comments

30 years.

Over the past five months, my father and I have taken on the monumental task of getting to know each other (after he spent 30 years in prison). "You're my daughter. Everything you do is interesting to me. I know you're upset, but if you'll let me, I'd like to try and help. Can we just keep talking?" I smiled at the longing in his voice. This was what he never got to do, be there for me in hard times. I could give him this. "Sure, Dad," I said. "I'd love to keep talking." And so we did."
posted by ChuraChura at 12:50 PM - 13 comments

The Changing of the Global Economic Guard

In January 2017 the global economy changed guard. [...] The assembled hedge-fund tycoons, Silicon Valley data executives, management gurus, and government officials were treated to a preview of how rapidly the world is about to change. Xi Jinping, the president of China, had come to the Swiss Alpine resort to defend the global trade system against the attacks of the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump.
posted by infini at 12:07 PM - 15 comments

“...the humility that comes only with sucking and persevering.”

(It’s Great to) Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi [The New York Times] “I suck at it. In the sport of (Hawaiian) kings, I’m a jester. In surfing parlance, a “kook.” I fall and flail. I get hit on the head by my own board. I run out of breath when held down by a four-foot wave. I wimp out when the waves get overhead and I paddle back to shore. When I do catch a wave, I’m rarely graceful. On those rare occasions when I manage a decent drop, turn and trim, I usually blow it by celebrating with a fist pump or a hoot. Once, I actually cried tears of joy over what any observer would have thought a so-so performance on a so-so wave. Yes, I was moved to tears by mediocrity. So why continue? Why pursue something I’ll never be good at? Because it’s great to suck at something.”
posted by Fizz at 11:25 AM - 52 comments

Play some games today

It’s International Tabletop Day! [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:48 AM - 14 comments

Nelson v Colorado and Civil Assets Forfeiture

'Last week, in a case called Nelson v. Colorado, the court laid a foundation for upcoming challenges to roll back law enforcement overreach. As a result of respective 2005 and 2006 convictions, Louis Alonzo Maddon and Shannon Nelson were required to pay a few thousand dollars in court costs, fees, and restitution to Colorado (on top of serving prison time). [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 8:53 AM - 10 comments

Nice racks. (And modules and patches.)

ModularGrid is a database for modular synthesizers with an integrated planner where people gather information and sketch out their modulars. Alternate, unmusical description: OMG look at all the knobs and sliders and buttons and switches and toggles! [via]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:39 AM - 14 comments

Orange is the new hack

Hacker "The Dark Overlord" has [apparently] carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.
posted by nevercalm at 8:14 AM - 50 comments

Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck

Whole Foods may be for sale. Earlier this week, the Financial Times reported that Cerberus Capital Management, the New York private equity firm that owns Albertsons and Safeway, had initiated talks with bankers about making a bid [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:08 AM - 93 comments

April 28

just keep it between the lines bro...

There is no better sports car loop in the USA-- The 75 mile Scenic Loop in far west Texas is a desolate, eye opening...damn I gotta drive. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 5:15 PM - 19 comments

A Dog is like an eternal Peter Pan

Meet Maru (no, not that one), The Happiest Husky In The World That Is Secretly A Panda. More on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:49 PM - 17 comments

Throw Confetti To Celebrate Oppression

What Fiesta fails to recognize is the consequential oppression and violence of Mexicans at the hands of Anglo Texans following Texas’ “independence.” Fiesta San Antonio is a ten-day festival held every spring. But as writer Denise Hernández explains, what it means to nonwhite residents of the city is darker and more complex.
posted by emjaybee at 4:02 PM - 4 comments

11:11am until 3:10pm

Man gets wrong number text in the morning. First response is that it's a wrong number text. He's ignored contradicted. Hijinx ensue. [imgur gallery]
posted by hippybear at 3:51 PM - 147 comments


Pinellas County, Florida is experiencing an epidemic of teen car thefts. Why? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:49 PM - 50 comments

Hissing, knocking, clunking, squealing, screeching, rattling and more

A library of car noises. A new automotive diagnostic app, called ClingClanger, When Your Car Makes Noise, uses a library of failing car noises to help car owners diagnose mechanical problems.
posted by nickyskye at 1:56 PM - 11 comments


Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:46 PM - 27 comments

"Besides, there’s also the odd business of bog butter."

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets: High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses (SL Smithsonian Magazine)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:38 PM - 27 comments

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary. Join MeFites infini and glasseyes in a journey through fabric shops and fashion magazines of Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo State, Nigeria, to see how brands are built through word of mouth and hard work in the informal economy. Meet Mama Segun, fashion designer and seamstress, Ayoola Adedokun, the face of modern Nigeria, Lanre Ogunleye, stylist, trader, broker, and maker, and others. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:45 PM - 2 comments

OMG you guys it's a greenhouse bus

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined
posted by bq at 12:42 PM - 9 comments

"Currently hoping for a cold winter so I can ride across a frozen lake"

"The Explorer Max Square leaderboard has brought together a small but remarkably dedicated international community of riders taking in new roads and trails at every opportunity in order to increase their Explorer Max Square. What drives them to ride across frozen lakes, attempt to access military bases and buy opera tickets to tick off map squares? Let’s ask them!" [more inside]
posted by Stark at 12:17 PM - 10 comments

Who Killed Otzi?

Often called the Iceman, he is the world’s most perfectly preserved mummy, a Copper Age fellow who had been frozen inside a glacier along the northern Italian border with Austria until warming global temperatures melted the ice and two hikers discovered him in 1991. Now clues emerge about his death.
posted by infini at 11:25 AM - 21 comments

Fonts of wisdom

Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing.
posted by storybored at 11:18 AM - 19 comments

Joseph "Joey Bottles" Bonaparte, ex-King, New Jersey Art Collector

The National Gallery of Art special exhibit, "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting," opens May 21. From the program notes: When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. [more inside]
posted by PandaMomentum at 10:28 AM - 8 comments

Code Name: The Puppy Episode

When Ellen Came Out, She Didn’t Just Change Lives. She Saved Them.
posted by Michele in California at 10:23 AM - 12 comments

His Minipops

I feel like this person has created a career for herself off the back of my work. She may no longer be actively copying my work, but she’s still ripping the style, and would never have got to that place had it not been for copying my work in the first place. It feels wrong. I’m not happy about it. And I wanna be that pebble in her shoe. Minipops, these tiny pixelly versions of famous people, are mine. I’m proud of them and the many hours I put into them. Artist Craig Robinson busts a plagiarist. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 10:20 AM - 30 comments

How ‘body positivity’ lost its true and radical meaning

'The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was snatching body positivity out of the hands of fat women and then convincing them it was never theirs in the first place.' Writing for Dazed, fatshion blogger Bethany Rutter dissects the ways in which the body positive movement has been 'co-opted by [Instagram] models and fashion labels to reject bodies it should celebrate'. [TW: discussion of fatphobia.] [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 9:49 AM - 65 comments

Fyre Festival

"The luxury party that turned into the Hunger Games." "Watching vapid, rich millennials livetweet the horrors of this thing brought me more joy than anything has in weeks." (from Twitter)
posted by My Dad at 8:37 AM - 239 comments

All This I Do for Glory

Saxophonist Colin Stetson has a new album out today, All This I Do for Glory. As is the norm for his solo work, Stetson builds an astonishingly deep and varied soundscape using only his bass saxophone and his voice. Even when the music videos for Spindrift and In the Clinches [epilepsy/migraine trigger warning for flashing light and dark] show intimate and close-up looks (like, inside the saxophone close) at just how he summons forth all that sound, it's difficult to believe it's all coming from one man, live, in a single take. Stetson cites early 90s electronica as an influence on this album, and he's engineered and mixed the album himself. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 8:35 AM - 14 comments

Ride a monorail, see non-linear cinema, or relax at the Asbestos Plaza

Fifty years ago today, Expo 67 opened in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star look back. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 8:07 AM - 12 comments

"Paul Revere" -- the American Nazi who worked for National Geographic

Douglas Chandler's 1937 feature on Berlin for National Geographic magazine painted a citizenry content under Nazi rule. He later collaborated with the Nazis, working as a radio propagandist.
Chandler was convicted of treason, but his sentence would be commuted by President Kennedy. He later tried to bill National Geographic for expenses. (h/t Neatorama)
posted by Etrigan at 7:53 AM - 6 comments

Classics of Japanese Animation Now Online

"The National Film Center in Tokyo is celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation this year...Thanks to funding from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the National Project for the Sustainability of Born-Digital Cinema, the NFC has selected 64 works released between 1917 and 1941 and made them available for screening online complete with fresh subtitles by Dean Shimauchi (Rosemary Dean and Tetsuro Shimauchi)."
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:45 AM - 6 comments

Dictator lit

The author's goal is to subject himself to as much tyrant prose as he can bear, reporting back on his findings in this space, until the will to live deserts him. In 2009, Daniel Kalder began an occasional series of reviews of books written by dictators, starting with Hoxha's memoir on Stalin. He moved on to Brezhnev ("bathetic agitprop"), Rahmon ("it could be much worse"), Khomeini ("Open the door of the tavern and let us go there day and night"), Gaddafi ("surreal rants and bizarre streams of consciousness"), Kim Jong Il ("awful enough to kill infants if read aloud"), and Saddam Hussein ("a sudden eruption of interspecies lust"). Castro's Che memoir seems to have finally done him in in 2013.
posted by clawsoon at 7:21 AM - 16 comments

Danger is my middle name

'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History.
posted by sapagan at 7:20 AM - 31 comments

The Physics of Poo

The physics of poo, or why it takes you and an elephant the same amount of time. From the tiniest to the most massive of poos, physics predicts we should all spend the same amount of time on the john.
posted by gudrun at 6:35 AM - 16 comments

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