December 11

Every country in the world (part one)

Learn a little bit about half the world's countries in fifteen minutes. [more inside]
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December 10

“Did you know that it took them 7 years to make this game.”

The Last Guardian [YouTube] [Video] [NSFW - Explicit Language] by videogamedunkey
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American Life Expectancy Drops’s hard to deny that something truly dire has ensnared a large chunk of the country. In a country as big, complicated, and diverse as the United States, that “something” is actually a great many things, but I would argue they can be broadly summed up by one idea: what I call the “one-bad-break test.” ... In societies that function well, there are various safety nets in place to prevent a bad break from leading to a tailspin for particularly vulnerable victims. Compared to many other rich nations, the U.S. is not such a society — all too often, when vulnerable Americans encounter a bad break, there’s nothing underneath them to stop their slide. Instead, devastation follows, sometimes in the form of bankruptcy and addiction and death.
posted by Bella Donna at 8:58 PM - 16 comments

A DIY Telecine

When Joe Herman's uncle uncovered a trove of more than 130 reels of film shot by Joe's grandfather, some as old as 1939, he decided to digitize them for preservation and to share with their family. With commercial digitization being fairly costly, Joe decided to build his own, out of an old projector, a Raspberry Pi, and some home modifications. The results are quite impressive. [more inside]
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Blimey, if it don't look like mutton again tomorrer

Why do Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty?
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The Art of Learning

Visualizing the Riemann zeta function and analytic continuation (slyt)
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Bob's Other Voice

On a day when a nervous Patti Smith served as Bob Dylan's voice in Stockholm, imagine a world where the new Nobel laureate sang three semitones lower.
posted by Knappster at 5:21 PM - 12 comments

Alright, Dad.

John Peel - Punk Rock Special, 10th December 1976 (Direct mp3 link)
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Miniature Books from the Lilliput Oval Saloon

Tiny Tomes from the World’s First All-Miniature Bookstore: As the 450 lots show, [The Lilliput Oval Saloon] carried a range of finely crafted miniature tomes, from British almanacs with gilded covers to leather religious texts to books celebrating vices — like a tiny one from 1905 with 50 recipes for popular cocktails or 1866’s The Smoker’s Textbook, which features illustrations of water pipes and tobacco plants on an engraved title page. There are works of fiction and poetry, too, penned by names like Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Butler Yeats — whose “Song of the Wandering Aengus” unfolds on tiny pages kept between a carefully embroidered cover. The variety of material used by publishers to construct these diminutive books exemplifies their status as miniature works of art: one 1840 prayer book for children boasts a white bone binding, a vellum spine, and gilded edges.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:18 AM - 8 comments

Deddeh Howard's Black Mirror

‘Black Mirror’ project highlights lack of diversity in the fashion industry NSFW [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 10:07 AM - 9 comments

No one escapes the microbiome

What’s Lurking in Your Showerhead-An examination of the microbial habitat inside a showerhead that might be a lot like yours.
posted by nevercalm at 8:06 AM - 30 comments

Hooked for life

From the outside, the NFL looks like one of the jewels of American capitalism. It remains the most profitable sports enterprise in the world, with $12 billion in revenue in 2015. But a closer look at the trend lines reveals that the NFL’s financial and cultural dominance may be at risk. In response, the NFL has initiated a campaign to secure the next generation of fans that is unprecedented in the history of professional athletics. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 7:54 AM - 51 comments

Greg Lake dead at 69

General write ups abound. The Financial Times does a nice write up of I Believe in Father Christmas (audio version here.) Original version here With Ian Anderson here . [more inside]
posted by BWA at 5:48 AM - 38 comments

From Russia, with love.

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened to help Trump win the US election. It's part of a long game. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 3:50 AM - 331 comments

Big Phat Band

Numerous and busy - The Jazz Police. Their ancestors - Gene Krupa / Buddy Rich drum battle and a classic - Sing, Sang, Sung.
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Wanna get away?

What is the loneliest place on planet Earth? (slyt)---Point Nemo is the furthest place in the world from any sort of human. it is not actually a bit of land. It’s the spot in the ocean furthest from land, in any direction. Other poles of inaccessibility include the Eurasian pole, in China, or the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility in Antarctica — a very difficult place to visit [more inside]
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Your Name in Gum

Spell your name. In gum.
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December 9

A pebble into the pond

In 2012 the Pebble Smartwatch, a pioneer in wearable technology, made Kickstarter history, reaching its funding goal within 2 hours, and ultimately raising over $10M from nearly 70,000 backers. On Thursday, Pebble announced that the company was ceasing operations, and the majority of the company was being sold to Fitbit, maker of fitness and activity trackers. [more inside]
posted by Cheese Monster at 11:21 PM - 29 comments

"Sometimes I tell myself, 'Well, what would a guy do? He'd take it.'"

The Tina Fey Interview, by David Letterman (Hollywood Reporter)

THR's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award honoree confesses to a fellow late-night pioneer her fear of bombing onstage (his response: "It's like I have a twin") as two comedy greats talk Trump's feud with Alec Baldwin ("dignity of a seventh-grader"), the "endless anxiety" of parenting and why TV is "better than movies."
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:33 PM - 6 comments

A Beautiful Exercise in Trust

In November, a gentleman named Karim Sulayman was filmed in Central Park West, enjoying his day, thanks to many, many others in the park. Watch (and have your Kleenex handy): S/L Vimeo (3:14). (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Silverstone at 6:29 PM - 26 comments

the joy of editing in the light of the mind

Princeton University has just launched a new archive showcasing the photographic works of Minor White. White, a founding editor of Aperture Magazine, found inspiration in Steiglitz' concept of Equivalence, as well as in his own complicated sexuality.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teamed with Globe Telecom's #CreateCourage campaign in the Philippines. [SLYT 2:02]
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Tokyo by Train

Spend an entire day riding trains and trams all over Tokyo.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:45 PM - 16 comments

The history and lasting impacts of Acclimatization Societies

In 1854, a French anatomist named Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire established La Societé Zoologique d’Acclimatation, the first acclimatization society, headquartered in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, where he held a senior position. By 1860, the society had over 2,500 members, including diplomats, scientists, foreign heads of state, and military men. In another forty years, there were over fifty societies around the world, swapping species everywhere from Algiers to Tasmania. Some transplants died quickly, while others thrived, with European rabbits multiplying like, well, rabbits in Australia, European starlings taking down planes and ruining crops in the United States, while the English now battle American grey squirrels (previously). [via Presurfer] [more inside]
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The scariest thing about snow in Seattle... the Seattleites who drive in it. With the news that an actual measurable amount of snow fell in the Pacific Northwest, The Stranger is here with a few short films of low speed local failures to navigate a light dusting of the white stuff.
posted by Existential Dread at 1:04 PM - 73 comments

Dissociative Identity ________

Ariadne, Jacqueline, North, and others unnamed are all part of the same system. They share a single body. They take turns “fronting” the body, controlling it. And when they’re not fronting, the system members are free to roam an infinite landscape, a pocket reality that they call the “in-world”.
”Redwoods of the In-World” is an episode of the Here Be Monsters podcast recorded after the system got in touch with producers Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:43 PM - 9 comments

If these monkeys could talk

For years, the standard line in Ling 101 courses has been "Monkeys and apes can't make human speech sounds because of the shape of their vocal tract". A new paper is challenging that idea; NPR write up here. [more inside]
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Divorcees of the Nile God

Alsarah and the Nubatones performed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.
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Best of Bandcamp 2016

Since it first started getting major buzz and attention around the start of the decade, Bandcamp has become the go-to place for anyone and everyone (that is to say, artists without agents and established labels) to release their albums. Musicians point to an artist-friendly approach to business and design, allowing for direct relationships with listeners and minimal interference. And there's been a treasure trove of undersung gems ever since. But the sheer breadth and volume could be hard to navigate, to say the least, leaving many to just wander around the "aisles" aimlessly (some would argue this is a good thing). This year Bandcamp launched Bandcamp Daily (previously) as an attempt to provide some curation around this vast catalog of releases, with a crack staff of knowledgeable, respected music critics. Now they've put out their Best Albums of 2016, and it's a stunner. [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:23 AM - 53 comments

Capturing The Know-It-All Demographic

Writing at the lefty quarterly journal The Baffler, Stanford Social Innvoation Review editor (and former Boston Review editor) David V. Johnson offers a critical look at Ezra Klein's and Matt Yglesias's He labels it "explatainment" and considers its relative sucess at one of its intended central missions, to become an authoritative source of information (not merely journalism) in the style of Wikipedia. Vox's well-known penchant for liberal-educated-white-guy mansplaining is addressed, as well the biases (hidden and not-so-hidden) inherent in modern hybrid information-entertainment delivery.
posted by briank at 11:01 AM - 46 comments

You can’t count votes that never got a chance to be cast

With six weeks to the inauguration of the current President-elect, the son of a Hebridean continues to make the press. Across a smorgasbord of controversy, Boeing and China and a union leader are tweet-called out, Taiwan are on the phone, Ben Carson has (awkward) a top job, Flynn jnr is out but Flynn snr stays in while Goldman Sachs is further in, Mr Coal is given the EPA, Coulter wavers, his wall may not be built after all, and conflicts of interests (one picked at random). Problems with the recent election such as interference and voter suppression (post title) (also, game) continue to be discussed while Jill et al continue with their recount battle. Elsewhere, think pieces about the Democratic party abound, and Hillary continues to stack up the votes. Also California, Biden for 2020, a large bipartisan bill heads Obama's way, some Federal bureaucrats are waiting to see what happens and a prophecy. [more inside]
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No. 37, Wall-ſtreet, nearly oppoſite the Tontine Coffee-houſe

Here’s the front page of the inaugural edition of the American Minerva (“Patroness of Peace, Commerce and the Liberal Arts”), New York’s first daily newspaper, published on December 9, 1793 (SLPR)
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:37 AM - 13 comments

Kind of like putting a humidifier and a dehumidifier in the same room

An Amazon Echo and a Google Home talk to each other. Via Hackster.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:32 AM - 34 comments

Well jel

Businessweek have published their annual list of the stories they are most jealous of in other titles. [more inside]
posted by garlicsmack at 8:10 AM - 12 comments

Still Doing Whatever a Spider Can

The trailer for the third movie incarnation of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, was released via Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which featured a few additional Spider-Men on the show. The movie will feature Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and Michael Keaton as a menacing costumed version of a winged creature (no, not that one, nor that one, either). [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:01 AM - 51 comments

The Feminine Mystic

"The Golden Dawn (and Spiritualism) fostered women’s rights activists, activists against poverty, educators, anti-colonial revolutionaries, and radicals of all stripes. And the way they broke through the despair of daily life was through magic." Jessa Crispin looks at what magical thinking actually does for a person.
posted by Think_Long at 7:50 AM - 13 comments

You gotta get it done in five minutes

Meet The Machinists Who Keep the New York Times Running is a short video from Motherboard. The video initiates a new series, State of Repair, which will look at the work involved in keeping legacy industrial infrastructure functioning.
posted by carter at 5:40 AM - 22 comments

Tastes like

Restaurant reviews are a dime a dozen on Youtube, but what the world still lacked was a guy going around London chicken shops rating them on wing crispiness, chip consistency, burger buildup and value for money (anything over two pounds fifty is stretching it). Fortunately, now there's Chicken Connoisseur's The Pengest Munch to fill the gap.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:17 AM - 18 comments

He's Spartacus!

Issur Danielovitch Demsky, aka Kirk Douglas, turns 100 today. [more inside]
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December 8

Oh good. Let's just get all of our holiday nightmares out at once.

30 Creepy Mall Santas. (Distractify) 16 more. (Buzzfeed) Another 14. (The FW) 10 more. (Top Tenz) Last one. (Macy's) [more inside]
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I Am…You Are….He/She/It Is….

A Polish ad (in English) is winning the Christmas viral video war by a landslide. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:18 PM - 120 comments

Lode Runner in HTML5

The classic action puzzle game Lode Runner is now on the web, implemented in HTML5 by Simon Hung using CreateJS! It has all 150 the levels from the original and the 50 from Championship (VERY HARD), plus some more collections. Here's the source on GitHub. More info. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 3:40 PM - 43 comments

Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories

"And you knew when he was there because you'd turn around and go, 'Holy shit, I smell Prince.' And then, ten seconds later, you'd see him."
posted by apricot at 2:44 PM - 17 comments

Expect Cheese

"Anyone in the area of the intersection between Bergsgatan and Almbacksgatan in the southern Swedish city should pay attention to where they walk: hidden at ground level lies a French nut store named 'Noix de Vie' selling a range of nuts for the city’s mice. Next door, an Italian restaurant called 'Il Topolino' has moved in, complete with a pin-sized menu attached to the wall detailing its range of cheese and crackers." [more inside]
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John Glenn, dead at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
posted by Man with Lantern at 1:11 PM - 157 comments

The least influential images of all time

These 100 photographs did not change the world and had no influence whatsoever (unlike these ones), but we should be thankful for their existence anyway. Includes hamsters, Sarah Bernhardt's foot (and dog), lovers, a large balloon, a kangaroo, some clouds and various types of human beings. (short article about this collection, in French)
posted by elgilito at 12:53 PM - 36 comments

Dinosaur Tail Discovered Trapped in Amber

"The tail of a 99-million year old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists....The amber adds to fossil evidence that many dinosaurs sported feathers rather than scales. " [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:24 AM - 129 comments

The Future of Privacy

"It’s true that states and corporations often desire privacy, they just as often desire that I myself have less privacy. What does it mean, in an ostensible democracy, for the state to keep secrets from its citizens? ... In the short term, the span of a lifetime, many of us would argue for privacy, and therefore against transparency. But history, the long term, is transparency; it is the absence of secrets." - William Gibson [more inside]
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