March 28

$80 mango

Jared Rydelek reviews exotic fruit. Why fruit? Finding exotic fruit that is unavailable to the rest of the world is a bit like a treasure hunt. Finding something I never knew existed is a thrilling experience whether or not the fruit actually tastes good. Some of the fruits I find are tasty, some are disgusting, some are dangerous to eat, but all of them are interesting. Here is his review of the $80 mango. (Via).
posted by growabrain at 12:23 AM - 4 comments

March 27

O Fortuna, the WTF? version

August Schram 'flashmobs' Orff in his own style. (Previously)
posted by pjern at 10:41 PM - 2 comments

"People are always going 'Why are you doing this kind of stuff?'"

Francesco Albano (no, not that one) creates human body sculptures that shock, disgust and horrify [NSFW]. He discusses his influences and his process in this short film [narration, light music].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:27 PM - 5 comments

Live up to your Namesake

Names have power, and nowhere else more than in the world of the comic Namesake. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe at 10:12 PM - 0 comments

Shiny Happy Robots Holding Hands

Rayna meets a "Robot" (SLYT) (via Kottke)
posted by Maecenas at 7:16 PM - 12 comments

A Tool for Thinking in Systems

LOOPY (v. 1.0) is a new bowser-based tool from Nicky Case Previously, previouslier, more previously for constructing simple systems dynamics models by sketching; it also makes it easy to publish your work and let others modify it. Give it a try, or look at some examples: basic ecology; depression & anxiety; and automation & job loss.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:36 PM - 10 comments

Adapting ASL for music

Vox chats to music/concert ASL interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego (previously: 1, 2) about adapting ASL to fully convey musical experiences.
posted by divabat at 5:35 PM - 1 comment

With friends like these....

As repression deepens, Turkish artists and intellectuals fear the worst.
128,398 people have been sacked, while 91,658 are being detained. Turkey Purge logs the daily crackdowns and Human Tragedy.
Artist Zehra Dogan was sentenced to Prison for a Painting of a Kurdish Town Attack.
Meanwhile NATO member Turkey is in a serious diplomatic spat with the Netherlands and sabre rattling with Greece.
posted by adamvasco at 5:27 PM - 3 comments

Steel Magnolias: An Oral History

Thirty Years of Steel Magnolias: The untold story of what would become one of the most beloved touchstones of Southern culture.
posted by leesh at 4:38 PM - 11 comments

Skateboarding on Frozen Sand

"Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp." [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 4:02 PM - 4 comments

Weaknesses: BOB.

As we in 2017 prepare for the May release of the continuation of Twin Peaks on Showtime, let's take a trip back to 1991 when Star Pics issued a series of Twin Peaks trading cards. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:28 PM - 15 comments

"When I was a resident, this wellness concept did not even really exist"

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at about 5:15 in the morning, Kathryn, one of our fourth-year medical students, ended her life by jumping out of her apartment window. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 12:52 PM - 44 comments

Subway dogs of New York, and their obedient and caring human carriers

"Dear USA Today, Can I Travel With a Small Dog in the New York Subway?" "Yes. Transporting a lap-sized pup on the subway is allowed with proper containment." "OK, but whose lap, and what counts as proper containment?" (Urban Dog NYC has more practical tips, but less doggo photos.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:28 PM - 20 comments

The cost of activism in football

Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been in the news for refusing to stand during the national anthem (previously), in silent protest of the song and the United States' racist history and present. He's now looking for a new team and the calls aren't coming. The question is, why? [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 12:23 PM - 60 comments

The children knew, though. Children loved her.

Eulogy for a Fairy Princess: Lisa Williams remembers Heather Adels, her girlfriend, who died suddenly at age 41.
posted by tuesdayschild at 11:46 AM - 9 comments

1918 redux

By now, almost every major city around the world is witnessing people dying in offices, in public buildings, and right on the streets. Morgues are overflowing with bodies and there is a worldwide shortage of coffins. Developing countries begin cremating corpses in large ditches that are then immediately covered over by bulldozers. In the United States and other First World nations, morgues are forced to supplement with freezer trucks, but the spot shortages of electricity and fuel are forcing some difficult decisions on disposal. -- What the Next Global Pandemic Could Look Like
posted by Chrysostom at 11:39 AM - 33 comments

visiting McDonald’s with my Grandmother

visiting McDonald’s with my Grandmother
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 9:56 AM - 13 comments

Glitch: Web Development For the Rest Of Us

Glitch (née Gomix, née Hyperdev) is a new service/community from Fog Creek Software "where anybody can build the app of their dreams." [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:31 AM - 40 comments

YouTubers: not very well supervised, apparently

The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber (by slowbeef, on Polygon)
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 8:47 AM - 54 comments

Thank You For Noticing

ThanksforTyping logs cases of academic works thanking (typically) unnamed wives (and sometimes their daughters) for typing their scholarly works. UVA mediaevalist Bruce Holsinger started the hashtag with five tweets [1|2|3|4|5] triggering the discovery of many more examples.
posted by Karmakaze at 8:19 AM - 29 comments

Permanent Daylight

At least 16 states in 2017 are considering 24 bills or resolutions related to proposed changes to DST.... In fact, it’s an even split as 12 of the bills would establish permanent standard time, while the other 12 would petition for or otherwise seek to create permanent DST.
However, Indiana warns against it, or at least against being the only state in the neighborhood that does.
posted by Etrigan at 6:47 AM - 105 comments

De Stijl Art Movement 100th Anniversary

The Hague's buildings in Mondrian's iconic colors Many buildings in The Hague are using Mondrian's blue-yellow-red-white color scheme to celebrate the art movement's 100th anniversary. I hope they keep it up; it looks great.
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:38 AM - 13 comments

Avengers React to Justice League Trailer [SLYT 3min 28 sec]

How might the Avengers react to seeing the Jusitice League trailer?? Exactly what it says in the title. A short fan video/mashup. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:34 AM - 20 comments

Destroying rock with gyprock

David Byrne posits a fascinating theory that the music of each age is determined by the architecture in which it is performed... Rock’n’roll music is made to be played in pubs and bars, where amplification is needed to be heard over the crowd. And playing with amps and loud drum kits requires musicians to have access to a space where noise can be made. The space where this typically happened was so universal that it defined an entire genre: the garage band. So what happens when there are no more garages? If we assume Byrne is right, you’d expect two things to happen. One, that the loudest music of our age to not come out of inner cities anymore. And two, that the music from cities will not be rock music.
How inner city apartment developments have killed rock'n'roll.
posted by acb at 4:17 AM - 78 comments

Climate Change comes Home to Roost

Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm, is forecast to cross the coast of North Queensland early tomorrow morning. Winds of up to 250km/hr (120kn) are predicted in the centre. A storm surge as high as 2.5 metres is expected, inundating thousands of homes. [more inside]
posted by Combat Wombat at 4:11 AM - 17 comments

Tiny Town + Big Art

Coonalpyn in South Australia, 200kms out of Adelaide, population 300. Onto a group of 30-metre working grain silos Brisbane artist Guido van Helten, mounted on a cherry picker, has painted huge, astonishingly detailed portraits of five local children. Work commenced in early February and is now complete. "In a lot of small towns," says the artist, "people really want to focus on the past and history of the town or the industry. All those themes I really wanted to avoid. The children represent the future of the town." [more inside]
posted by valetta at 2:27 AM - 7 comments

March 26

A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path…

Terrible, awful, no good really bad heavy metal album covers from all over the world. Many more at Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:48 PM - 48 comments

A 4'3" Comet Blazing across the Firmament

Caroline Herschel never expected to be an astronomer. Her oboeist father indulged her voracious mind, but her strict mother restricted her to housework. In 1772, she followed her beloved organist brother William to England to escape the drudgery and become a concert singer. Before long, she found herself assisting in his astronomical endeavors -- first providing his food, then polishing his mirrors, then doing all of his advanced math, despite having never been educated in the times tables as a girl. In 1781, William discovered Uranus, and in 1782 began earning a salary from George III. In 1783, Caroline made her first independent discovery (M110). In 1787, the British Crown began paying her £50/year for her work, making her the first woman scientist to ever earn a salary for scientific work. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:36 PM - 14 comments

Mal de archivo

At his death in 1988, Luis Barragán, the Pritzker laureate Mexican architect of poetic modernist reknown, left his house and library to an architect friend, and his voluminous professional archive to his business associate. This archive eventually found its way to a New York gallerist, from whom it was bought in 1998 and shipped to Basel by a wealthy Swiss businessman for his fiancé - and has been inaccessible ever since. When conceptual artist Jill Magid (previously) heard of the archive's predicament in 2013, she devised her project The Barragán Archives, whose final chapter might bring about a resoluton: in a pact with the architect's family and the Mexican authorities, by way of a transubstantiation of ashes into a diamond, as a participant in "a gothic love story, with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot", she would approach the guarded, private owners of Barragán's legacy with a profound, confounding offer about his body of work - she would make The Proposal. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:26 PM - 4 comments

Rock and roll was atomic powered, all zoom and doom

I can’t say who’s great or who isn’t. If somebody does achieve greatness it’s only for a minute and anyone is capable of that. Greatness is beyond your control – I think you get it by chance, but it’s only for a short time.

Bob Dylan discusses Sinatra, North Minnesota, arrangements, Joan Baez, new CDs, favorites drummers, Rock and Roll, first tracks, playing piano, John Wayne and much more in a broad, fascinating, recently conducted Q&A with Bill Flanagan
posted by timshel at 2:55 PM - 12 comments

Your Cat Probably Prefers Your Company Over Food

Probably. We're not in the guarantee business here. (via) Please note that cats in this study were tested after being deprived of food, toys, awesome scents and people for only a few hours. Further study is required to confirm any changes in categorization, motivation and general niceness after longer periods of deprivation. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 2:27 PM - 45 comments

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Journalist Jancee Dunn examines the inequality in her own family and does something about it. She documented it for everyone. Dunn, mostly known for her work in Rolling Stone, has a new book How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. This is a "self-help" book, but better because it is funny and well-researched. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 1:30 PM - 36 comments

A Seussian smorgasborg for Sunday

Here's a smattering of musical Seuss from the Seventies: The Hoober-Bloob Highway, an original story about a baby in space being given the option to pick their future, which picked up some elements from Seuss's books, and Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?, another original story about a young fellow and his magical piano, with songs by Joe Raposo. Bonus Dr. Seuss short: "Я жду птенца" (I'm waiting for a chick), a stop-motion Russian animation interpretation of Horton Hatches the Egg from 1966. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:26 PM - 8 comments

When in doubt, roll!

So you wanna learn to play the drums? Need some inspiration? Here some sessions from Swedish educational broadcaster UR’s drum school TRUM, featuring Morgan Ågren and friends, for you to play along with. How about starting with some jazz fusion? There’s also jazz funk, experimental metal, blues rock, and more experimental stuff. Grab your sticks and have a go! [more inside]
posted by effbot at 11:45 AM - 9 comments

Bitcoin and Venezuela, etc.

Venezuala, Brazil, property transfer Venezuela has a serious food shortage, but electricity is subsidized. People are mining bitcoins because it's worthwhile to use bitcoins to buy food across the border. Bitcoin is a way for Brazillians to get around currency controls and tarriffs. It's possible that blockchains will be useful to make property transfer easier and cheaper-- even in the US, proving ownership can be complicated for real estate and cars.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 9:26 AM - 21 comments

An update to the cloud atlas.

Pretor-Pinney described the formations as “localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects.” Asperitas clouds tend to be low-lying, and are caused by weather fronts that create undulating waves in the atmosphere.
posted by curious nu at 8:15 AM - 15 comments

O: Good

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:18 AM - 20 comments

March 25

heart of green

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue "One of the defining traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. The work involves modifying a spinach leaf in the lab to remove its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose."
posted by dhruva at 11:52 PM - 25 comments

A Techno-thriller From The Case Files Of Max Remington

What’s The Matter With Covert Action? - The Digital Antiquarian takes a look at The game which Sid Meier considers his most disappointing, and the tension between procedural generation and narrative.
posted by Artw at 10:12 PM - 16 comments

Move over big dog 'cause the little dog's movin' in

Great Dane vs. Hyper Dachshund Puppy [vet waiting room noises]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:18 PM - 29 comments

The Sofas Of Los Angeles

L.A. photographer finds beauty in abandoned couches: Twenty years ago, [Andrew] Ward left Dublin and, after a stint in Vancouver, came to Los Angeles, where he still works as a Hollywood first assistant director. ~ He was driving home one day when he noticed something he rarely saw in Ireland. Couches ... just left there out on the curb. ~ "And I just for some reason just began photographing them," he says. ~ And now, he says, he can't stop.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:53 PM - 41 comments

Daniel Dennett

"As I spent time with my mother, I found that my intuitions were shifting to Dennett's side of the field. It seems natural to say that she 'sort of' thinks, knows, cares, remembers, understands, and that she is 'sort of' conscious. It seems obvious that there is no 'light switch' for consciousness: she is present and absent in different ways, depending on which of her subsystems are functioning. I still can't quite picture how neurons create consciousness." Joshua Rothman on Daniel C. Dennett. [SLNewYorker]
posted by wittgenstein at 1:41 PM - 87 comments

The First Solo Exhibition of Frida Kahlo in Florida

Dalí Museum’s Fascinating Frida Kahlo Exhibit Shows Her Enduring Power NSFW [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 11:05 AM - 9 comments

How to make nuts secure

The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:02 AM - 54 comments

Role model

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo
posted by infini at 11:02 AM - 12 comments

“We have to be ready.”

Justice League [Official Trailer] [YouTube] “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
posted by Fizz at 10:37 AM - 123 comments

Robert Ek

Robert Ek is a digital artist from Sweden with an unsettling style.
posted by growabrain at 8:11 AM - 11 comments

Pass the Heinz

"Fifty years ago, in the fictional world of Mad Men, Don Draper pitched a daring ad campaign to Heinz execs, for the brand’s ketchup, that proposed not showing the product at all. " This month, Heinz has gotten on board.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:22 AM - 60 comments

Easter Surprise

Real Easter Bunny found! Warning: cuteness overload. [slyt]
posted by sour cream at 6:03 AM - 7 comments

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

Writers of feminist dystopian fiction are alert to the realities that grind down women’s lives, that make the unthinkable suddenly thinkable.
By Naomi Alderman, writer of The Power. [more inside]
posted by moody cow at 3:47 AM - 28 comments

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