July 5

Tory Budget to cut 'housing subsidies' for higher earners

BBC: "A clampdown on "taxpayer-funded subsidies" for "higher earners" living in social housing is to be announced by the chancellor in Wednesday's Budget. Local authority and housing association tenants in England who earn more than £30,000 - or £40,000 in London - will have to pay up to the market rent, George Osborne will say. The move is expected to raise up to £250m a year by 2018-19. It is thought that this could affect 340,000 households." George Osborne said: "the Budget would "reward work over welfare" and allow people to keep more of the money they earned."
posted by marienbad at 7:49 AM - 12 comments

The Los Angeles Dollhouse

But yes, definitely, I acknowledge that Joss Whedon, despite being one of my faves, is problematic and that in general yes Your Fave is Problematic. I’d even say that the particular idiosyncratic tics and hypocrisies and contradictions in Joss Whedon’s brand of feminism bear examination, that if we can be mean enough to make a Hollywood in-joke out of parodying the characteristic style of Michael Bay and James Cameron someone by now should’ve done it to Joss Whedon.

Someone did. It was Joss Whedon.
posted by Artw at 7:48 AM - 12 comments

Grand Theft Arthur

YouTube user Merfish has recreated some popular TV show theme intros in the video game Grand Theft Auto V [NSFW]:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Full House
  • Arthur
  • Family Matters

  • posted by Room 641-A at 6:01 AM - 7 comments

    Letter to My Son

    Letter to My Son, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, July 4, 2015: "I came to understand that my country was a galaxy, and this galaxy stretched from the pandemonium of West Baltimore to the happy hunting grounds of Mr. Belvedere. I obsessed over the distance between that other sector of space and my own. I knew that my portion of the American galaxy, where bodies were enslaved by a tenacious gravity, was black and that the other, liberated portion was not... And I felt in this a cosmic injustice, a profound cruelty, which infused an abiding, irrepressible desire to unshackle my body and achieve the velocity of escape."
    posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:17 AM - 11 comments

    “street-level, real-world kinds of stories.”

    In Hawkeye, narrative strategies like the in media res opening, the flashbacks, and the flashforwards are complimented by Fraction and Aja’s use of motifs to thicken individual issues and stories. In #3, two different lists—the “nine terrible ideas” Clint has on the day the story takes place (featured in first-person captions), and a catalog of the trick arrows in Clint’s quiver (featured in inset panels with labels like “Explosive-tip Arrow”)—offer running commentaries on the dominant story. Sometimes Hawkeye’s echoes and callbacks can be very on-the-nose, as in the small panels of Clint praising his boomerang arrow that appear early and late in the story.
    For The Comics Journal, Craig Fischer examines Matt Fraction/David Aja's Hawkeye. Warning: spoilers.
    posted by MartinWisse at 5:16 AM - 9 comments

    July 4

    "It's very easy to break people's will"

    Fifteen miles from Vilnius, Lithuania, in the forest of Nemenčinė, a crumbling, underground Soviet Bunker contains Europe's most terrifying theme park: a KGB torture prison that's still operating on its visitors. [more inside]
    posted by Harvey Kilobit at 10:30 PM - 16 comments


    “Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue.” 7 Secrets To a Beautiful Cheese Board:
    The first thing to remember when creating a cheese plate is that you want a good balance of flavors (strong to mild), textures (soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard), colors, shapes, and sizes. It’s helpful to find a reputable local market with a cheese counter, and become acquainted with the cheesemonger and the cheese. All of the cheesemongers I know are not only happy to talk cheese, but are happy to let customers sample before they buy.
    posted by Fizz at 6:13 PM - 29 comments

    Lame Selfie Bee.

    A webcomic about a bee and the things that make her feel awkward.
    posted by idiopath at 6:12 PM - 21 comments

    Southern Gothic’s global appeal

    "Although it has been said that every person is the hero of their own life story, it is more accurate to say that every person is the underdog of their own life story." Why southern gothic rules the world [SLGuardian], MO Walsh
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:18 PM - 7 comments

    How our secret snacks are like a great painter's unknown works.

    How we eat when no one is looking, from the School of Life. Text version. From the School of Life.
    posted by Miko at 2:12 PM - 89 comments

    Was the American Revolution a mistake?

    Was the American Revolution a mistake? A counterfactual examination.
    posted by Marky at 1:22 PM - 84 comments

    Zayn was magnificent though

    What it's like to spend 19h in a supermarket
    posted by mippy at 12:33 PM - 29 comments

    I photo the firework

    Once again, Cabel Sasser runs The Gauntlet of Washington fireworks sellers to bring you the very best in fireworks packaging. I will take a case of Angry Beaver! [more inside]
    posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:20 AM - 30 comments

    I'd like to be under the sea, in the octopus's garden with strawberries

    It's hard to be a plant, trying to grow in one location while faced with excessive temperatures, wind and pests, and getting enough water to survive. An Italian family with an extensive history of making diving equipment came up with an idea to address these challenges: grow plants in the ocean. The result are a series of submerged glass domes with plants and sensors, called Nemo's Garden, where they are currently growing a number of plants, such as basil, lettuce, strawberries and beans. You can watch a live stream and view the collected data in realtime, and see more videos from the Ocean Reef Group on YouTube. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM - 13 comments

    Broad-spectrum, water resistant, and SPF 30.

    How to choose the best sunscreen [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:22 AM - 31 comments

    Bill & Ted Should Have Been Higher

    On the occasion of a new Terminator movie, io9 brings us a list of Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked. Spoiler: Back to the Future is at the top, The Lake House is at the bottom, and Star Trek IV is in the middle.
    posted by Etrigan at 9:46 AM - 110 comments

    Mahler's 5th Symphony

    Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Starting from the second, third, fourth, and fifth movements. [more inside]
    posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:20 AM - 16 comments

    “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel”

    This idea that you must travel, as some sort of moral imperative, without worrying about something as trivial as “money.” ... It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it.
    Chelsea Fagan explains Why “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel” Is The Worst Advice Of All Time.
    posted by Dip Flash at 6:00 AM - 213 comments

    "Adblocking is the modern speeding"

    In this scenario, the publishers and journalists are the residents of the suburban street that has been turned into a cut-through: cars keep speeding past, ignoring them and their entreaties. Worse, the cars are driving too fast, and they pose a risk. But nobody can point to anything definite yet. And the car drivers certainly won’t – they’re too busy driving past.
    Charles Arthur thinks adblocking is the internet equivalent of speeding.
    posted by MartinWisse at 3:55 AM - 188 comments

    A Film By Steven Vander Meer : Seven Mermen Farted Viably

    "Salmon Deadly Sins"* is an animated film hand-drawn on over 5000 salmon-colored index cards, with sins, fish, fishbones, and other stuff... and anagrams. Single Link Vimeo (Smiling Oven Like) [more inside]
    posted by oneswellfoop at 3:19 AM - 4 comments

    July 3

    Heavy Barn Find

    A WWII Panzer tank and other military equipment has been found in the basement of a German pensioner.
    posted by chrchr at 11:21 PM - 56 comments

    The Curse of Knowledge

    Why is good writing on technical subjects so hard to find? A popular explanation is that bureaucrats, scientists, doctors, and lawyers who write dense prose are intentionally obfuscating their writing to appear more intelligent than they are. After all, no one likes reading hashes of passive clauses salted with jargon and acronyms--not even fellow specialists. Stephen Pinker, however, has an alternate take on the issue. What if knowing a lot about a topic directly interferes with your ability to effectively communicate it?
    posted by sciatrix at 9:29 PM - 52 comments

    Tour de France 2015: From Eritrea to Utrecht

    On Saturday the 2015 edition of the Tour de France starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For the first time in the Tour's history, "an African-owned, African-sponsored, African-managed professional cycling team", MTN-Qhubeka, will participate. Two Eritrean riders, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, will ride in its Tour de France team. This year's TdF also features two teams named Lotto. And perennial crowd favorite Thomas Voeckler is still riding.
    posted by needled at 6:52 PM - 14 comments

    Freedom Hawk keeping 1970 alive and rockin'

    Emanating from the barrier dunes of Virginia, Freedom Hawk’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce a sound that is distinctly their own. The trio’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, but presents a fuzzy take that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing. for me... Sabbath meets early KISS another track here
    posted by bobdow at 6:40 PM - 12 comments


    Grilling with Lava [New York Times]
    This July Fourth, we offer an intense, but minimalist way to grill steak. It requires 800 pounds of Wisconsin basaltic gravel heated to 2,000 degrees. New York Times food writers have advocated cooking directly on hot coals this Fourth of July, but the truly adventurous may want to consider another approach: lava-grilled steak. The Syracuse University professors Bob Wysocki and Jeff Karson, the leaders of this minimalist technique, say the key is to start with thin-cut steaks, the more marbled the better. You then find the nearest retrofitted bronze furnace. (Very likely, that is the one the professors have built for themselves in Syracuse as part of the university’s Lava Project. When not cooking dinner with it, Mr. Wysocki, an artist, and Mr. Karson, a geologist, create lava for scientific research and sculptures.)
    [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 6:04 PM - 21 comments

    Saint Stephen with a rose / in and out of the garden he goes

    Why I’m spending $4,768 dollars to see the Grateful Dead this weekend. May the 4th be with y'all
    posted by growabrain at 5:31 PM - 59 comments

    low-tech mind control

    George Orwell, human resources and the English language | "Had he been alive today, George Orwell – the great opponent and satirist of totalitarianism – would have deplored the bureaucratic repression of HR. He would have hated their blind loyalty to power, their unquestioning faithfulness to process, their abhorrence of anything or anyone deviating from the mean. In particular, Orwell would have utterly despised the language that HR people use..." [more inside]
    posted by Nevin at 3:59 PM - 32 comments

    “Why can’t I use magic to explore a beautiful world?"

    Fight Club: How Masculine Fragility Is Limiting Innovation in Games
    posted by NoraReed at 3:40 PM - 129 comments

    He was on his way to becoming a trail legend.

    When James Hammes, an accountant who embezzled $9 million from the Pepsi distributor he worked at, went on the run he didn't flee the country or live a life of luxury. He spent six years hiking the Appalachian Trail. [more inside]
    posted by edeezy at 3:17 PM - 19 comments

    Hot Girls Wanted

    Rashida Jones has produced a new documentary about the "amateur porn" industry and follows several young women trying to make it in Miami. Here is an interview with Gianna Toboni of Vice about the film. [more inside]
    posted by stinker at 12:32 PM - 62 comments

    Who killed Elsie Frost?

    In 1965, 14 year old Elsie Frost was murdered, and her killer was never caught. BBC Radio 4 is releasing serialized podcast episodes of its current investigation into the half-century old cold case. As listeners across Britain contribute new theories, the West Yorkshire police have agreed to review the old evidence. [via Answer Me This]
    posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:48 AM - 13 comments

    Chill The Lion

    posted by Going To Maine at 10:43 AM - 24 comments

    This blog features a lot of drawings of kitties.

    Sometimes, a lot of kitty drawings are all a post needs to be.
    posted by Shepherd at 8:51 AM - 35 comments

    "...my dad found it in a box of 'junk' he was supposed to throw out"

    A prototype of the Nintendo Playstation/SNES-CD may have been located. Photos are here. The ongoing forum thread is here and there is a reddit discussion as well but it in a private group. But a question remains: Is this all a hoax?
    posted by griphus at 8:33 AM - 27 comments

    Thanks, Obama *URP*

    Adult Swim just released the first trailer for animated sci-fi favorite Rick and Morty. The show is set to return July 26th, but the first two episodes recently leaked online. Creator Justin Roiland points a finger at "the president". Meanwhile, at San Diego Comic-Con, Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon will be improvising an episode on July 10th. If you're still catching up, Fanfare is now just over halfway through the first season. And of course, there's the Simpsons couch gag that accompanied the announcement of the season 2 premiere date.
    posted by cosmic owl at 8:12 AM - 31 comments

    The Chef Who Saved My Life

    Here is the story of The Day Jacques Pépin Saved My Life. That’s how I tell it, anyway —at parties, over dinner, on those occasions when a friend finds himself drowning in his own life and I’m cast as an unlikely dispenser of wisdom. That’s when I try to assure him that salvation can come in the most unlikely of guises: in the guise, say, of Jacques Pépin, who, when I, too, was lost and deep in dark waters, came along and showed me the way to back to the light.
    posted by Shmuel510 at 7:40 AM - 23 comments

    Run time: 8 seconds

    Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in [Film title].
    posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:41 AM - 67 comments

    the paradigmatic fantasy of the Age of Aquarius

    Dune, 50 years on
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:31 AM - 89 comments

    Hey Ho! Let's Go! Geronimo!

    The Acid House trend/moral panic of the late 1980s saw house and techno go mainstream, and in the early 1990s, what was now known as 'dance music' was a regular fixture in the UK Top 40. And a trend for songs which sampled video games cartoons, and even government films teaching kids about safety. The Musician's Union ruled that all samples needed to be sung when performed on TV, which led to some interesting TV performances. [more inside]
    posted by mippy at 4:24 AM - 34 comments

    Arguably more honest than some

    A lot of the “tent revival” footage throughout would be relatively unremarkable, except that you know the guy doesn’t really buy into one singular goddamned thing the he’s saying to the shouting crowds of gullible hayseeds and proto mega-churchers. You see how adept Gortner has become at getting people to hand over the “largest bill they have,” while behind the scenes we find him literally counting a pile of cash on a hotel room bed, shaking his head about how easy it is to get the money flowing.
    Dangerous Minds examines the bizarre story of Marjoe Gortner (previously), child preacher turned evangelist conman as depicted in the 1972 Oscar winning documentary Marjoe, now available at the Internet Archive.
    posted by MartinWisse at 3:09 AM - 15 comments

    I was an artist trying to be all those other things

    Ricky and Doris - Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. Previously.
    posted by asok at 1:46 AM - 2 comments

    July 2

    The Children Came Back

    BriggsGE, aka Adam Briggs, from a town called Shepparton, just dropped his latest track The Children Came Back featuring occasional collaborator Gurrumul, and Dewayne Everettsmith. It's not just a track though, it's an homage to Archie Roach's They Took the Children Away, in and of itself about The Stolen Generation. It features, amongst others, Samara Muir . It namedrops some of the best and brightest, and makes it clear - always was, always will be, Aboriginal land and this struggle is not over.
    posted by geek anachronism at 11:50 PM - 5 comments

    why don't we just terraform the earth?

    In the past few years, science has lurched closer to envisioning habitable Mars, though at the moment estimates for creating breathable oxygen range from hundreds to 100,000 years in the future, the soil is currently toxic to astronauts, and travel is so unwieldy that scientists have proposed "printing" humans on Mars. Meanwhile, I wondered why not make Earth's increasingly inhospitable deserts greener.
    [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:57 PM - 24 comments

    The end of open records in Wisconsin

    Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget. [more inside]
    posted by escabeche at 10:07 PM - 42 comments

    Needs must when the devil drives

    "In principle, it is what scientists call hypodermic insemination: the practice of forcefully depositing sperm outside a female genital tract—and yes, it's as usually as rough as it sounds. Bed bugs are infamous for it, as this type of insemination (also called traumatic insemination) causes major damage to the female and reduces her fitness, though a number of species have been demonstrated to reproduce in this way, including flatworms." These flatworms plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must). - Christie Wilcox for Discover Magazine's 'Science Sushi' blog. Previously: 1, 2, 3
    posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:20 PM - 17 comments

    31 Things Cut In Half To Reveal Their Complicated Inner Workings

    31 Things Cut In Half To Reveal Their Complicated Inner Workings
    posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:42 PM - 27 comments

    Reddit going dark.

    Subreddit Moderators rebel against Admins Triggered by the surprise termination of Victoria Taylor, AKA /u/chooter, Director of Talent and sole official contact for /IAMA by the Reddit admins, and more generally in protest for what has been seen as a lack of communication with and appreciation for the unpaid volunteers that act as moderators of Reddit, many of the most popular subreddits have gone dark, setting their status to private and thereby hiding their content to the vast majority of users. /r/AskReddit, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, and /r/movies have followed /r/IAmA in making themselves private. Many other subreddits have also taken steps in solidarity.
    posted by leotrotsky at 7:39 PM - 488 comments

    Bitcoin is unsustainable

    Bitcoin is unsustainable Bitcoin's power usage per transaction isn't remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system. [more inside]
    posted by modernnomad at 5:38 PM - 77 comments

    The Man Who Saw America

    Looking back with Robert Frank, the most influential photographer alive.
    posted by heyho at 4:52 PM - 7 comments

    Nicole catches a body beatboxing

    Nicole battles her dad in beatboxing. He disputes the outcome of the first battle, so Nicole leaves no doubt in his mind after the second one. [more inside]
    posted by cashman at 4:19 PM - 34 comments

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