June 29

Stripping away negative body image

Burlesque as an expression of body positivity [SLYT, TedX Talk]
posted by a strong female character at 8:25 PM - 0 comments

"That's what makes America special. That's what makes Canada special."

Obama addresses the Canadian Parliament. Includes remarks on Climate Change, Brexit, the US Election, and the War of 1812. [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 8:15 PM - 3 comments

Ben Patterson, 29 May 1934 – 25 June 2016

Ben Patterson was a Fluxus artist. [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 8:03 PM - 2 comments

robots - amazon - robots

"I said once to my board—casually, almost as a joke, 'Boy, we’d really be screwed if Amazon bought this company,'" said Welty. [more inside]
posted by sammyo at 7:41 PM - 4 comments

Present Shock

Seminal author and futurist, Alvin Toffler, passed away at age 87. Mr. Toffler popularized the phrase “information overload.”
posted by infini at 1:57 PM - 40 comments

Tibetan Girls, We are in the Process of Losing ‘Plateau Redness’

藏族姑娘,我们正在消失的那抹高原红 [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:50 PM - 15 comments

Memories of Butter

24 Products That Do Not intentionally Resemble Other Products, Nope, No Way (SLBuzzfeed)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:53 PM - 196 comments

So do the bad people, Frank. So do the bad people.

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence has some travel tips for you, citizen. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 12:39 PM - 33 comments

Westeros does not make sense

Westeros has geography problems. The size, armies & populations of the seven kingdoms make no sense - a great demonstration of how numbers in books are written in the magnitude of plot not reason.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 12:38 PM - 141 comments

Well-seasoned cast-iron pans are the new broken-in jeans

“I have two that are just coming along now,” Ms. Lundy said in the nurturing tone usually reserved for children, sourdough starters and rosebushes.
posted by bq at 11:56 AM - 67 comments

"This is bigger than one woman. This is the only way to use Twitter."

Why I Created The #UnfollowAMan Movement - "I’ve been man-free on Twitter for six months and you can be too. I mean, it can’t make Twitter any worse at this point, right?" Katie Notopoulos, BuzzFeed [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:36 AM - 87 comments

brrrrm...aaaaaaaaaa

Actually, I know exactly how these people got their harmonicas wedged into their vacuum cleaners, and upon studying these videos, I understand why. [via] [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 11:18 AM - 9 comments

Tower of Flame

Welcome to Alesund, home of the World's Biggest Bonfire. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by endotoxin at 10:48 AM - 8 comments

a comet passing through TV's solar system

The Best Show on TV Is ​Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:25 AM - 48 comments

"I want to build a robot that will make the streets of Paris happy"

Ten-year-old Eva writes a blog in French about things she does – such as triathlons – and learns – like the symbolism behind hopscotch (Le jeu de la marelle in French). She also writes about programming her fully open-source Thymio robot. She ran into some difficulty coding it, however, and with a usage goal in mind, she applied to the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship, alongside urban designers, data scientists and hardware specialists. Her application was accepted. [more inside]
posted by fraula at 9:40 AM - 16 comments

a cure for nervous disorders, dyspepsia, and impotence

how the south cornered the soda market
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 9:14 AM - 12 comments

Displacement for the Many and Homesteading for the Few

"America has always been about displacement for the many and homesteading for the few. Our national optimism allows us to see this as easily as it allows us to deny it. We believe things can change. We believe they already have. We believe it’s up to us, and we believe it’s our fault if we can’t." Carvell Wallace writes about The Negro Motorist Green Book and Black America’s Perpetual Search For A Home for The Toast.
posted by ChuraChura at 8:35 AM - 13 comments

“please enjoy the burnt crust of my epic summer reads...”

A Summer Reading List for Wretched Assholes Who Prefer to Wallow in Someone Else’s Misery by Claire Cameron [The Millions] “By some secret law of lists, “summer reads” often settle on books that are light and fluffy and happy. Like a marshmallow, they are usually too sticky and sweet for my taste. What about a list for us wretched assholes who prefer to spend the summer wallowing in a someone’s else’s misery? On holiday, I cut myself off from my regular writing regime to focus on the people I’m with — I understand this is called “relaxing.” As my real life is relatively drama free, this means I have dangerous spare capacity to obsess over…what? While a happy book might distract me temporarily, it’s far easier to become completely consumed by an epic novel full of anguish.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:30 AM - 20 comments

"...no person shall keep a live rooster, duck, goose or turkey..."

Rolling out the red carpet on the streets of New York comes at a price — those who fail to “submit an official permit application to the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting no less than two weeks prior to the date of the event” can expect to pay up to $24,000 in fines for each unveiling.
How Many Of These Strange & Obscure NYC Laws Have You Broken?
posted by griphus at 7:53 AM - 14 comments

DEXYS AT THE IRISH EMBASSY

Dexys (no longer Midnight Runners) are back, and here to introduce them is the Irish ambassador to Britain (his comments seem particularly poignant post-brexit vote, but if you want to skip straight to the music go to 3:45). Can you dig it?
posted by the bricabrac man at 7:53 AM - 2 comments

The campaign lurches into the summer

Based on findings from experiments in political science, BuzzFeed News has designed what should be a powerful get-out-the-vote message. With less than a month before the Democrats get their convention started in Philadelphia, speculation on Secretary Clinton's running mate is rampant, and "Bernie Sanders [said] he is prepared for a floor fight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia if the party doesn’t take more progressive stances on trade, the minimum wage, climate change and other issues in its platform." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:48 AM - 299 comments

"[T]reating the world as software promotes fantasies of control"

Maciej Ceglowski on the moral economy of tech. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 6:09 AM - 50 comments

Seeking paradise: The image and reality of truck art

"A journey to discovering the roots of truck 'art' and the lives of those who work behind its colourful allure" from the Pakistani monthly, Herald.
posted by bardophile at 12:41 AM - 9 comments

June 28

Sad Boner Confessionals

"You can tell you’re reading a Sad Boner Confessional when a man is describing the worst trauma of a woman’s life purely in terms of what it means about him. " After the Huffington Post picked up "self-described "Media Activist" Ian MacKenzie's blog post "Love Will be the Death of Us" (warning: Huffpo), author Alexandra Erin (previously, previously) had some thoughts on the narcissistic and self-serving genre of author confessional. [more inside]
posted by happyroach at 9:36 PM - 361 comments

The Spherical Droste Effect, with added twist and recursion

Mind-bending video from Matt Parker (standupmaths) and Henry Segerman. [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:44 PM - 21 comments

Threshold of Revlation

An Oral History of Angels in America. Isaac Butler and Dan Kois interview Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis, actors, and other participants in the original production of Angels in America.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 7:16 PM - 8 comments

How to Build a Straw Bale Garden

When I moved into my new Philadelphia rowhouse, I was determined to grow the vegetable garden that had eluded me all those years in a cramped Manhattan apartment. But reality struck with the first thrust of my shovel: my soil — a cocktail of concrete shards and construction debris mixed with a bit of sand and dirt — was useless. Faced with the expense (OK, and effort) of building raised beds, I decided instead to go cheap and easy: a straw bale garden. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 7:05 PM - 24 comments

Like a warm hug made of syrup and pie...

From Extra Crispy: 50 of the Best (Non-Chain) Diners in the US. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 4:45 PM - 151 comments

A Movable Feast

Artist Minsu Kim uses synthetic biology to create food that wiggles, waves, and pulsates on the plate.
posted by merriment at 4:42 PM - 36 comments

The Surprising History of the Infographic

Clive Thompson and Smithsonian magazine bring us a history of data visualization, including classics from Florence Nightingale to the red-and-blue state divide. Via Kottke.
posted by Etrigan at 3:52 PM - 3 comments

Place your cat in front of the screen

Cat Game: Mouse Hunt (SLYT)
posted by Jacqueline at 2:56 PM - 22 comments

In Training, photographs of bonsai trees

In Training, photographs of bonsai trees [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 2:45 PM - 9 comments

Merlin, the cat with the loudest purr

Merlin, the cat with the loudest purr. RRRRRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRRRLLLRR. RLLLRRRRRRRRLRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRR. RRRRLLLLLRRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRR.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:34 PM - 24 comments

The Art of Alexander Paulus

The Art of Alexander Paulus - for example: This season on Buy My Shit You Stupid Idiots; A very lucky boy; More trainer please; Tom devouring his Jerry. Some are NSFW.
posted by misteraitch at 1:43 PM - 5 comments

The Florida Highwaymen, Jim Crow era painters who captured old Florida

If you lived or traveled through the Fort Pierce region of Florida in the late 1950s and throughout the 60s, you may have had the chance to buy a landscape painting from an African American man, with Upson board as the canvas and crown molding as a frame, and the paint might have still been wet. Unable to get their art into local galleries, this rough collective of 26 self-taught artists peddled their wares to local businesses, through neighborhoods and to tourists. Their style fell out of fashion into the 1980s, but some of the painters persisted. Their style gained new recognition in the 1990s, a handful continue to paint to this day. They are known as The Highwaymen, and their art captures the natural, and somewhat lost Florida of the past. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:52 PM - 13 comments

When you wish upon a bra...

Victoria Coren Mitchell ponders the unrealistic purchases most women make. Especially the fancy bra.
posted by Kitteh at 12:17 PM - 141 comments

World's Laziest Wolf Howls

Alawa (the lazy howler) is a captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. She is one of the four 'ambassador wolves' at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:52 AM - 13 comments

Guaranteed to feature a basset hound somewhere

Top Ten Mamoru Oshii Films (that Are not Ghost in the Shell): does what it says on the tin, ten movies, animated and live action, which were directed by Mamoru Oshii, all of which probably offer better entertainment than the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell could.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:28 AM - 24 comments

National, just smaller

"I think now is the perfect time to start (or restart) a local digital news operation. There are few greater gifts in journalism than a blank sheet of paper." In CJR, editor and entrepreneur Jim Brady (@jimbrady) on why and how now might finally be the time for local journalism in the USA to find a business model that works. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:15 AM - 12 comments

Of course, none of them compare to "Big McLargeHuge"

To commemorate the 100th episode of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" on IFC, here are the 100 names of Scott Aukerman.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:52 AM - 7 comments

Soviet ingenuity at its finest!

Did you know that the Russians ignite Soyuz rockets with giant wooden matches?
posted by Small Dollar at 10:14 AM - 19 comments

The unintended consequences of tenure timeouts

The bombshell finding was that, when comparing candidates for tenure, the success rate for male candidates increased by 19.4 percentage points after stopping the clock was offered. For women, the rate fell by 22.4 percentage points. [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 10:11 AM - 59 comments

My Apartment: George Lois

Video tour of legendary designer George Lois's Greenwich Village apartment. Also in the series so far: Florence Welch, Glenn O'Brien, others.
posted by Bron at 9:43 AM - 5 comments

Legal Troubles

As the rich get richer, trouble continues to brew for law schools in the United States. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:01 AM - 66 comments

MONEY FOR NOTHING

Confessions of a Payday Lender
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:25 AM - 29 comments

Pat Summitt

"The story of women’s basketball is so incomplete without Pat Summitt, it’s almost not worth telling. Not just the winningest coach in D1 history, Summitt is the modern game, her success mirroring its rise, her ascendancy propelling the sport out of obscurity. And now she’s gone." [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:04 AM - 49 comments

இڿڰۣ-ڰۣ—

The Game of Thrones Graveyard [Slate] [Spoilers] If you watch Game of Thrones, chances are you’ve watched the show kill off a character who mattered to you: a lord, a sellsword, a queen, a knight; someone you loved, or someone you loved to hate. It’s so hard to say goodbye, even when the deceased are fictional. That’s why we’re opening the Game of Thrones Graveyard, where the show’s most well-known characters rest for eternity. Buried in this sacred ground are brave souls who George R.R. Martin took from us too soon, likely by beheading them, filling them with crossbow bolts, slitting their throats, or all of the above. Others lasted far too long and died far too easily considering their depravity. But good or evil, they all touched our lives in some way. Leave a flower for a fallen character.
posted by Fizz at 7:02 AM - 57 comments

A plate of Björk and beans

In 1997, Björk interviewed musicians Alasdair Malloy, Mika Vainio, Tommi Grönlund, and Arvo Pärt in a two-part BBC documentary entitled Modern Minimalists - part I | part II
posted by a lungful of dragon at 3:04 AM - 3 comments

June 27

There's just so much it can't do

Needybot roams the corridors of Wieden+Kennedy, forever seeking help, forever getting stuck, forever searching for a friend.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:34 PM - 49 comments

6 Principles to Make Self-Driving Cars Work for Cities

Summary of six NACTO policy recommendations for self-driving cars. (pdf)
posted by aniola at 9:47 PM - 100 comments

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