July 25

"We live in Generation U Mad Bro"

South Park raised a generation of trolls (slAVClub)
posted by sigma7 at 5:14 AM - 4 comments

"A happy and Quiet Valentines Day with no drains blocked!"

The Guardian's Underwhelming UK Holiday Photos (previously) has grown into a rich archive. Enjoy underwhelming photos of office Christmas decorations, heatwaves, snowmen, Valentine's day (and again), pancakes, and many more. [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 3:15 AM - 0 comments

July 24

My briefcase full of bees ought to put a stop to that

Later that very same year, on International Bring A Shit-Ton Of Bees To Work Day... DR. BEES (Harry Partridge, YouTube, 02:11) [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 10:04 PM - 6 comments

the omphalos

Why don't Americans know their own Dutch history?
What's left of New Amsterdam in Lower Manhattan
A forgotten American founding father: Adriaan van der Donck
How New Amsterdam influenced America
Author Russell Shorto, of The Island At The Center Of The World [Guardian, NY Times, Bookslut] also gives a lecture on Dutch-American relations and history, drawing heavily on the New Netherland Project Translations at the New York State Library and Archives, part of the New Netherland Institute, where Dr. Charles Gehring is busy at work Decoding the Dutch for over the past 40 years
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:58 PM - 6 comments

I bet he can't identify mushrooms either

Man is very upset after mistaking squash for cheese
posted by AFABulous at 5:23 PM - 87 comments

"He does have a lot of challenges, but he doesn't know that."

While there are parts of the world where intelligent robots are drowning themselves, it’s good to see technology being used for good elsewhere. In New Hampshire, a group of eighth graders designed and created a 3D-printed wheelchair for a six-month-old kitten named Ray who is unable to use his rear legs due to a spinal condition. On top of that, he was born with abnormally tiny eyes, leaving him blind.
The little charmer (full name: Ray Catdashian) also has an Instagram account.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:01 PM - 9 comments

Brothers Keepers

The cautionary tale of the Harlem hoarders, the Collyer brothers. I've known about this story since 1954, when Marcia Davenport wrote the novel My Brother's Keeper, a romanticized portrait of this sad story. I'd never seen these pictures.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:51 PM - 10 comments

Ratted out

"A forgotten Eden, belonging only to albatrosses, penguins and seals, South Georgia is one of the most remote islands on the planet....We were there for a simple purpose – to free South Georgia from the rats that had plagued the island for almost two hundred years." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:05 PM - 19 comments

Hello, camp director? I was on your website and I don't see them.

For years, summer camp has been known as a technology- and parent-involvement -free zone. But cell phones are making that harder and harder to do. Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?
posted by Mchelly at 2:00 PM - 43 comments

Comedy Bang Bang 500

An Oral History of the Funniest Podcast Ever
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:50 PM - 19 comments

Stay tuned, presumably, for "squid on a grid"

Let's play a mathematical game I call Swine in a Line. [YouTube, about 3 minutes]. The video is broken into short parts so you have time to think; here are Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. If you prefer text (and spoilers), here is the blog post with detailed explanation.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:12 PM - 7 comments

Paint no more.

Microsoft has killed Paint after 32 years of faithful service.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 9:40 AM - 110 comments

Come for the kitties, stay for the mad knife skillz

Chef and cat owner (or cat owner and chef, if you prefer) Jun Yoshizuki (previously) likes to prepare lavish birthday meals for his cats. His YouTube channel, Jun's Kitchen, has lots of great human food, as well as knife techniques, but his chill cats figure prominently in most of them. (Also previously as one half of Rachel and Jun.) [h/t]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:18 AM - 9 comments

Grow your own Purple Crystals [SLYT 4 min 4 sec]

Growing your own purple crystals. A fun, simple and educational diy project With a little potassium, some aluminium sulphate, water, a glass container, an airing cupboard (or similar space), and a little patience you can cultivate your own decorative purple crystals. This video explains how. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:53 AM - 7 comments

The colors of time

On 16 October 1913, two Frenchmen landed in the port of Durrës, or as it was then called, Durazzo, in the recently created Albania. They opened an elongated lacquered trunk, and took out a folding camera mounted on a tripod. They inserted a glass plate, and made photographs of the port, a curious kid in the gate of the former Venetian fortress, two Muslim boys at the base of the wall – one of them also separately –, a man with an attractive face with three or four chickens in his hand, a master who offered his services on the square with a huge-wheeled oxcart and a Ferris wheel pieced together from raw beams. Then they removed the glass plates, and repacked the camera into the trunk. These were the first color photos ever created on today’s Albania. [more inside]
posted by kmt at 7:48 AM - 10 comments

Back to nature

Kate Kato is a designer who creates recycled paper models of the natural world. My favourites are her enhanced 3D books.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:10 AM - 4 comments

That time the Great Crown of England was pawned

In February 1338, the English Parliament approved a forced loan from Edward III's English subjects in support of his war against King Philip VI of France: 20,000 sacks of wool, which were to arrive in friendly Antwerp just before Edward landed with his troops in July. English wool, then the best in the world, could easily be converted into the gold needed to pay for troops and supplies. When Edward landed in Antwerp, his allies were there to greet him: The Duke of Brabant, the Count of Hainault, the Duke of Guelders, the Margrave of Juliers, and a host of lesser princes. But the wool wasn't. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 6:13 AM - 18 comments

I before E, except after... W?

Most kids who grow up speaking English learn the "I before E" rule, complete with its subparts "except after C" and "or when sounding like A". And some people learn some of the major exceptions, like "weird" and "height" and "caffeine" (so many exceptions, in fact, that as Stephen Fry and QI point out, the rule is essentially useless). But not many people go as far as Nathan Cunningham and use their programming skills to see whether C is really the letter that should be cited as the main exception. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 5:56 AM - 44 comments

Food for Soul

In the summer of 2015 Massimo Bottura, the acclaimed chef behind the three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana, began a new project. Located in an abandoned theater in Milan, he invited artists and designers to transform the space into a welcoming place to share a meal. He also invited other world-class chefs like Rene Redzepi, Viviana Varese, Alex Atala, Ana Ros, Joan Roca and Daniel Humm to come create menus that changed daily. The result: Refettorio Ambrosiano. The mission: feed the hungry using food that would otherwise go to waste. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean at 5:30 AM - 2 comments

Young Explorers

Follow Bejla and Tristan as they explore their world after recently mastering walking. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 5:21 AM - 9 comments

A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story

NPR offers a list of 150 albums by women that make up a new music canon. And they elucidate on the matter.
posted by hippybear at 3:24 AM - 96 comments

July 23

“...he used all my Guardian Arrows shooting at Bokoblins. ”

My Son Has Ruined Zelda: Breath Of The Wild by Mark Serrels [Kotaku] “A few details before I go into precisely how my son is ruining my Zelda game. A few answers to questions I suspect you might ask. Firstly why is my son playing Zelda? I dunno. It just happened and now it keeps happening. Secondly, why is he playing my game and not his own game? Simple answer: I’ve got all the cool power-ups and the cool weapons. His chances of actually inching his way through and earning those rewards at four years old are at monkeys writing Shakespeare odds at this point. Thirdly, why do I keep letting this happen? Love, ladies and Gentlemen. Love.”
posted by Fizz at 10:04 PM - 58 comments

"just as monstrous and mutant alge invade the lagoon of Venice"

Peter E. Gordon — The Authoritarian Personality Revisited: Reading Adorno in the Age of Trump, June 15, 2016.
My hope is that by reading Adorno again, we might discern how Trump at once instantiates the category of the “authoritarian personality” but also challenges its meaning. The AP study, I will suggest, contained two distinct lines of argument. The first of these arguments qualified as the “official” discovery of the research program, and its basic message is the one MacWilliams identified in the passages quoted above, namely, it claimed to have identified a new “psychological type.” The second argument was rather more sobering and radical in its implications: it suggested that the authoritarian personality signified not merely a type but rather an emergent and generalized feature of modern society as such.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:03 PM - 18 comments

Brexit, Food & Sustainability.

Jay Rayner: “Michael Gove asked me to a meeting to share my expertise. I declined. Instead, I’ve given him a piece of my mind.” [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 9:02 PM - 16 comments

New inexpensive iron catalyst converts CO2 to methane.

Visible-light-driven methane formation from CO2 with a molecular iron catalyst Doesn't seem like the efficiency is enough yet but seems promising.
posted by aleph at 8:54 PM - 14 comments

Not in a row!

Goats hug with their heads, according to yourdailygoats. This goat is prettier than most people, claims dailygoat. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND LOOK AT THIS HAPPY GOAT INSTEAD, demands daily-goat. Despite their names, none of these sites posts daily—Pbbbbbbbft! Goats previously.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:02 PM - 35 comments

Not all eggs are egg-shaped

"Cracking the Mystery of Egg Shapes" Short graphic-rich description of a study of egg shape, with a software model in which the egg definitely came before the chicken.
posted by Quietgal at 3:24 PM - 8 comments

Sorry but ‘Sweetunia Orange Flash’ petunias will no longer be available.

In 2015, a plant biologist noticed some bright orange petunias near a train station in Helsinki which in May 2017 caused the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [APHIS] to confirm that numerous varieties of petunias were not properly registered as being genetically engineered (GE). [more inside]
posted by bCat at 1:54 PM - 22 comments

When and how Big Mike replaced Michael

In "The Life of a South Central Statistic," Danielle Allen wrangles with the life and death of her cousin, Michael. While she went on to receive two PhDs, he was convicted of robbery and attempted car jacking. When he was released, she tried to help him get a second chance. (This is an excerpt from Allen's forthcoming book, Cuz. )
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:47 AM - 14 comments

I know I want to be going flippity flop in the wind.

Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War
posted by Evilspork at 5:19 AM - 112 comments

July 22

“Relief! Dread. Satisfaction. Emptiness. Excitement.”

Pushing The Edges Of Play: Lessons Learned From Making 100 Games In Five Years [Indie Games] “Developer James Earl Cox has recently completed his 100 Games in 5 Years, having wrapped up development of his taxing, rewarding journey with a cute game about a kitten in a blanket that likes to meow about things. Games about the horrors of war. Games about the horrors of getting caught watching porn. Games about racing fishmen, the well-mannered homeless, cows, sacred snails. Games about silliness, life, despair, world issues, and anything and everything in between. Cox's work has explored many, many different themes, as well as the scope of the developer's sense of purpose and humor. Now, at the end of the adventure, Cox is left to reflect on what's he gained from this undertaking, finding he's learned a great deal from working with so many different genres, ideas, and stories.”
posted by Fizz at 9:33 PM - 5 comments

Get That Monster Off The Stage

The story of Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To the Sea? and Beethoven. [more inside]
posted by motty at 7:58 PM - 3 comments

Darkness falls across the land / The midnight hour is close at hand

Stranger Things 2 is on its way. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 7:56 PM - 133 comments

Stellar optimization

Wibbly-wobbly magnetic fusion stuff: The return of the stellarator
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:22 PM - 14 comments

Mr. Slippery and Erythrina are not on the list

Everyone knows the correct name for a raccoon is Trash Panda, but did you know about Duck Puppies? And you can probably guess the common name for a Fart Squirrel without peeking, but how about a Land Cloud? Bread Moisturizer (not an animal)? Or my favorite, the Dogtor? A few more are here; check out @CorrectNames for the rest.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:54 PM - 46 comments

HOT Wheels!

Do you like Hot Wheels cars? YouTube user baremetalHW does. On his channel, he does all sorts of restorations and customization of old, worn out toy cars, as well as tips and tricks for folks who might want to try it themselves. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 1:29 PM - 13 comments

This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque ...

"This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque and postal order." The traveling post office, the specially designed and operated mail-sorting train, was invented in 1838 and documented as Night Mail in 1936. The British short film has become a classic of its own kind, much imitated (and parodied) by adverts and modern film shorts. Night Mail is widely considered a masterpiece of the British Documentary Film Movement, and schoolchildren often memorize W.H. Auden’s “Night Mail,” the ending poem that was added as almost an afterthought.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM - 17 comments

Syria’s refugees are feeding the world

Food has always been at the heart of Syrian identity, and for nearly a million refugees that is true in a new, sharper way. When homes are destroyed and families scattered, food is a rare constant. It can also be a means of survival. For those who have lost jobs and professional status, cooking is an easily transferable skill, so conflict tends to spread cuisines.
~ source article
posted by infini at 9:47 AM - 12 comments

Who's a good dog? / Qui est un bon chien?

On Wednesday, the premiers of Canada's provinces, gathered for a meeting, held a press conference at the Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton. They were upstaged by Smudge, the hotel's "Canine Ambassador," who decided to photobomb the press conference. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:36 AM - 21 comments

Color Our Collections - Again!

#ColorOurCollections "is a week-long coloring fest organized by 107 libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting their followers to color and get creative with their collections." [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:21 AM - 2 comments

Best Home Cooks of All Time (American)

How these cooks changed the way we cook and eat.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:54 AM - 36 comments

The lane is built to help you.

Take 7 1/2 minutes to improve your bowling game with The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes. Also, you should go bowling because it's fun.
posted by hippybear at 6:46 AM - 48 comments

July 21

Wet White Shirt

Jane Austen died 200 years ago this year. There are events planned. There are too many adaptations to list, though most will cite the BBC's production of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth in a wet white shirt. Australian improv artists and rappers Sense and Spontaneity pay tribute to the scene, which wasn't in the book, in Dear Mr. Darcy. Jane's portrait will soon feature on the British £10 note.
posted by adept256 at 9:51 PM - 34 comments

TAKE TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS WITH A BOULDER OF SALT

Nintendo trademark suggests Nintendo 64 Classic Edition [Polygon] “Nintendo may be planning to release the next iteration of its “Classics” console series: the Nintendo 64, if recent European trademark filings from the company are any indication. On July 18, Nintendo filed four graphical trademarks with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Each one is a simple piece of black-and-white line art, a 2D graphical representation of a Nintendo console or controller.”
posted by Fizz at 9:17 PM - 38 comments

😮

Brock is a very little boy who just discovered the joy of paint chip samples. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 5:32 PM - 27 comments

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes

Sixty-odd years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the Australian Labor Party (a predominantly working class political party founded in the union movement, and with a large, largely Irish and Italian, Catholic constituency) was torn apart when a faction of social and religious conservatives, citing the threat of Communism, split off to form the Democratic Labor Party. Led by Catholic hardliner B.A. Santamaria, the DLP would keep the ALP in opposition for almost two decades, giving the (right of centre, and then predominantly mainstream Protestant) Liberal Party a long spell in office. Now, lead by Santamaria's intellectual heirs, the same thing may be happening again—this time to the Liberal Party. [more inside]
posted by acb at 5:18 PM - 18 comments

They're good wolves, Bront

Your dog is basically a super social wolf, and scientists may have found the gene that makes him want to cuddle with you. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:12 PM - 23 comments

So then Jada said, "Tiffany, what the hell is a Groupon?"

Comedian Tiffany Haddish tells Jimmy Kimmel about hanging out in New Orleans with Will and Jada Smith.
posted by Mchelly at 12:25 PM - 29 comments

Euron Greyjoy looks like a guy ...

Uproxx shares a list of 22 things Euron Greyjoy looks like.
posted by hanov3r at 11:50 AM - 44 comments

Lying to ourselves about mortality is what separates us from cats.

It's Okay to be a Coward about Cancer. Josh Friedman, tv writer and showrunner of the (late, beloved) tv series Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, shares some thoughts on dealing with cancer. Cancer doesn’t give a damn how tough you are. Cancer doesn’t care if you stared down the North Koreans, or won the Tour De France, or wrote two seasons of a scary robot show.
posted by suelac at 11:29 AM - 34 comments

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