May 3

Trump will be the Republican standard-bearer

Ted Cruz ends his campaign, handing the nomination to Donald Trump
posted by Jacob Knitig at 5:42 PM - 162 comments

Philadelphia - Rainbow - Phoenix - Montauk

From Project Rainbow to the Montauk Project - a brief history of what might have happened.... From the Philadelphia Experiment to Project Montauk. [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 5:25 PM - 3 comments

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980)

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980): This exhibit, which was created by Pooja Desai, a student in NYU’s Program in Archives/Public history, looks at theatrical experiments from La MaMa’s early years (1962-1980) through a queer lens. Using objects from La MaMa’s Archives, Desai reconstructs a history of the plays, production companies, playwrights, and directors who presented work on La MaMa’s stages that either reflected a “queer sensibility” or were relevant to queer/trans/LGBTQA audiences.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:55 PM - 1 comment

The Racist History of the Word Caucasian

(Great video + summarizing text) In America, white people are referred to as Caucasians, but outside the U.S. the term refers to people from the Caucasus region, which includes the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia, and Turkey. So why do Americans refer to people of European ancestry as Caucasians? In the video above, Franchesca Ramsey from MTV’s Decoded takes a look at the word’s history and it’s really racist. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 3:26 PM - 13 comments

Episode 00084: The Biracle of Thanksgiving (Part 4)

Fullest House. We fed every Full House script into a artificial neural network machine learning algorithm. Each day, a new episode of Full House will be generated by a computer, forever.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:18 PM - 27 comments

RIP Bookslut

After 14 years, Bookslut has published its final issue. Vulture has an interview with Jessa Crispin, the site's founder and editor.
posted by Gerald Bostock at 2:10 PM - 16 comments

The Lobster

Q: Now have you thought of what animal you'd like to be if you end up alone?

A: Yes. A lobster.
posted by JPowers at 2:09 PM - 14 comments

The odd friendship of Harry the skeptic and Arthur the believer

Arthur Conan Doyle became interested in Spiritualism as early as 1886, inspired by the writing of the US High Courts Judge John Worth Edmonds, and confessing his belief in the supernatural in various publications, including The Coming of the Fairies, "a collection of facts" about the Cottingley Fairies, published a year after the start of an odd friendship. In 1920, Doyle received the book The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin from none other than Harry Houdini, the renowned magician turned resolute skeptic, yet the two became friends, discussing spiritualism in terms of faith and frauds, respectively. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:01 PM - 13 comments

The triumphant return of Canada's census

Canada's census has returned after a 10 year hiatus. And when the number-crunchers at Stats Can link this event to the Battle of Hogwarts [Stats Can Facebook], you've gotta know it feels like a new era to those who dwell in the world of evidence based policy. Canadians seem to agree with the statisticians' enthusiasm, crashing the census site with their nerdy rush to participate and end the data drought. Meanwhile the Beaverton covers the Tory response to this egregious end of privacy. Meanwhile, gender analysis has evolved since the last census, so here is your guide to answering binary gender questions in the census (stop gap until this can be reviewed).
posted by chapps at 1:38 PM - 34 comments

Build lots and lots (and lots) of new power plants

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy. It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:34 PM - 54 comments

Drones will airlift soylent packets and water to members

A hermit colony ran as a decentralised autonomous organisation on the ethereum blockchain.
posted by boo_radley at 12:42 PM - 32 comments

Class warfare in the skies

It’s perhaps no surprise that air rage — instances in which passengers become unruly — appears to be on the rise. The logic is straightforward: When people are strapped to their seats with no escape for hours on end, when they’re hungry and tired and they lack control over their surroundings, that’s when they’re most likely to snap. Except new research suggests that the explanations most commonly offered for passenger outbursts don’t actually explain what’s going on. ... It turns out that what really upsets us in the sky is palpable inequality.
posted by Bella Donna at 11:52 AM - 124 comments

De-exoticizing the Design of Anthropology

A friend of mine pointed out how all anthropology textbooks have these "exotic" images of others on the covers and never an image of "white women eating salad". Me, being Dr. Smarty Pants, said, "Wouldn't it be great to replace those exotica images with those of middle class American/Australian Caucasians doing stuff, maybe even using stock photos?" Anthropologist Dori Tunstall and her students de-exoticize Anthropology.
posted by ocherdraco at 11:45 AM - 17 comments

Contact! Let's make contact!

"'Too many children think that scientists are all middle-aged white males in laboratory coats,' Edward Atkins, 3-2-1 Contact's director of content, told The New York Times in 1983." The Kids' Show That Taught Me to Ask "Why?", an ode to 3-2-1 Contact. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 11:43 AM - 33 comments

The Victim

A Marine's Convictions. "After a flawed sexual assault investigation, a Naval Academy instructor fights to prove he has done nothing wrong. But did he?" (content warning: rape) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:30 AM - 14 comments

You don't just stick it in your underwear!

Remember those period belts from Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? What did they feel like to wear? Did they actually work all that well? What did women use to catch blood, anyway, before adhesive pads and tampons became de rigueur? Turns out that keeping thick cotton pads in place was something of a problem, inspiring a parade of belts, "sanitary shields", and even suspenders. Of course, all of these were originally designed to work with the default style of women's underwear until the 1930s: crotchless. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 10:27 AM - 71 comments

I'm not a light switch, you can't just turn me on

Nightmare in the Morning, animator Yonatan Tal's 3rd year CalArts student film, takes us along on one alien tyrant's musical journey toward wakefulness. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:05 AM - 5 comments

The Rock Clock

The Classic alarm has The Rock say, ‘beep, beep, beep … I could do this all day … beep, beep, beep.’
posted by Kitteh at 9:54 AM - 36 comments

Paper for Water

Katherine and Isabelle Adams are 9 and 11 years old. When they learned that girls in many places have to walk for miles to get to the nearest well (and clean drinking water), they decided they wanted to help. They started selling their origami ornaments to fund a single well in Ethiopia. When they overshot their goal, they just kept going. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 9:47 AM - 4 comments

CHOOSE FROM HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HEADS

Most mascot costumes are boring. Facemakers creates custom costumes guaranteed to satisfy. Ten kinds of bugs! Natural and artificial sweeteners! Maalox and wart removal gel! Money! Female heads! Male heads! Nose heads! Worried about your budget? They have some clearance items, maybe only slightly used.
posted by jessamyn at 9:30 AM - 22 comments

Rankin-Bass Presents “The Wicker Man”

Radiohead have released a video for “Burn The Witch”, the lead single off of their upcoming album. It was directed by Chris Hopewell.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:25 AM - 57 comments

this is good

all i can picture is that horrible rendition of the jurassic park theme with the harmonica
posted by griphus at 8:58 AM - 29 comments

Louie gets his own Jurassic Park!

[SLYT] A guy built a mini version of Jurassic Park for his pet tortoise "I made a miniature Jurassic Park for my Leopard Tortoise Louie. It has grazing areas with seeds planted to grow as the weather gets better, a pool for him to drink/swim about in, visitors center and the Jurassic Park Gates. "
posted by Tarumba at 8:56 AM - 16 comments

A Sort of Gorilla Version of “om nom nom”

Gorillas appear to express their delight with good food by humming little songs. “They don’t sing the same song over and over,” says Luef. “It seems like they are composing their little food songs.” The sound clip here should definitely be played at your next dinner party. If you prefer more formal research and information, it's all here: Food-Associated Calling in Gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) in the Wild.
posted by VioletU at 8:44 AM - 10 comments

Virgil Brigman Back On The Air

From April 20 to July 10 [2016], a team of NOAA and external partners who are participating both at-sea and on shore will conduct the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition.
You can follow the expedition website's daily updates for such sights as this beautiful and chill jellyfish, or perhaps an ROV hanging about, among other things.
posted by tocts at 8:39 AM - 5 comments

Paging Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean to the courtesy phone.

On appeal, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation has overturned the conviction for theft of Roman Ostriakov, a homeless man who stole a few Euros worth of sausages and cheese in 2011. The court ruled that "in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment" the theft was not a crime.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:06 AM - 22 comments

“Everybody wants to own the end of the world.”

Back to the Future by Tony Tulathimutte [The New Republic] For 45 years, Don DeLillo has been our high priest of the American apocalypse, having tackled just about every man-made disaster: nukes in End Zone, nukes and garbage in Underworld, toxic pollution in White Noise, financial busts in Cosmopolis, terrorism in Falling Man, terrorism and the death of the novel in Mao II, war in Point Omega. His latest novel, Zero K, clears out every end-times scenario left in the bag: climate change, droughts, pandemics, volcanoes, biological warfare, even meteor strikes and solar flares. But these only menace in the background as future probabilities, and the novel’s focus is not human extinction but its inverse: immortality through cryonics. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:06 AM - 5 comments

Growth in US incarceration has been fueled by criminal justice policies

Two weeks ago the White House released a report by the Council of Economic Advisors entitled, "Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System." (pdf) The report is a wonkish bombshell, concluding among other things that "if prison admission rates and average time served in prison remained the same as they were in 1984, research suggests that State imprisonment rates would have actually declined by 7 percent by 2004, given falling crime rates. Instead, State prison rates increased by over 125 percent." The CEA also found that "given the total costs, some criminal justice policies, including increased incarceration, fail a cost-benefit test." But the goal is to explain and fix this chart.
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:02 AM - 13 comments

Comedian W. Kamau Bell arranges a special meeting with the KKK

The United Shades of America is a new show on CNN. It's hosted by standup comic W. Kamau Bell, and he says the show is about "a black guy who goes where he shouldn't go or where you wouldn't expect him to go." And if you think that's hype, well, in the very first episode Bell hangs out with Ku Klux Klan members in Kentucky and Arkansas (45 minute Youtube link).
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:01 AM - 17 comments

.su

An excerpt from Ben Peter's How Not To Network A Nation [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:33 AM - 11 comments

How do I stay

In his documentary "the Drew", about a summer basketball league in South Central Los Angeles, 2-time NBA all star Baron Davis uses a basketball league to convey the compassion and the loyalty that allowed him to go from South Central to an exclusive Los Angeles high school to U.C.L.A. and the N.B.A. without leaving home.

“It is a ’hood story and it’s a positive ’hood story,” Davis said in a recent interview. “There’s good stuff in our neighborhood: good people, good leaders, good mentors. That was the beauty of the film.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:44 AM - 1 comment

Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge

On Saturday morning you're given a title, a line of dialogue, and a description of a prop. Exactly 48 hours later, your team hands in a completed 5-minute science fiction film. The shortlisted 5-minute films to win this year's challenge have just been announced, and are free to watch here. Plus, in a new twist for this year, the shortlisted flash fiction (<1500 words) entries based on the same time limit and randomised prompts. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 6:24 AM - 6 comments

In the realm of the ridiculous

Leicester City Football Club has won the UK's Premier League title, an event which bookies were giving 5,000 to 1 odds against at the beginning of the season. As a result, bookmakers will be paying out £25 million, the biggest loss in British history on a single sporting market, with some people winning £10,000 on £2 bets. Striker Jamie Vardy broke a league record for goals scored in consecutive games. The team's new manager, Claudio Ranieri, was initially viewed as an uninspired choice; in another betting market statistic, he was initially considered the most likely manager to be the first to lose his job this season. Ironically, the game that sealed Leicester City's victory was a drawn match between Tottenham City and Chelsea, a team that fired Ranieri in 2004.
posted by kyrademon at 5:41 AM - 62 comments

Take and eat, this is my body

Jesus Christ the Magic Mushroom (part 1)
posted by mosessis at 5:06 AM - 15 comments

Like Burning Man. But in Vegas. For the 1%. The 1% of the Tech Elite.

Picture Eric Schmidt wearing a leather Top hat and a waistcoat made of mirrors No really, the article contains a picture of Executive Chairman of Alphabet (previously one of the Google CEOs) Eric Schmitdt wearing a leather Top hat and a waistcoat adorned with mirrors [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 5:05 AM - 72 comments

James May - The Reassembler

James May reassembles things in his shed. Episode 1 - Lawnmower. Episode 2 - Telephone. Episode 3 - Electric Guitar.
posted by veedubya at 4:49 AM - 11 comments

Meet the Fugglers

Mrs McGettrick makes Fugglers from felt and discarded false teeth. Even stranger, some people buy them. "It was something I would do in the evening to unwind: cup of tea, episode of something trashy on TV, force some teeth into the gaping maw of a felt teddy bear... I was both bewildered and excited when I sold my first order. I purchased another bag of teeth."
posted by billiebee at 4:27 AM - 32 comments

contains the entire word Solar and rhymes with Polaris

33 COSMIC CAR NAMES / Car names -- past & present -- that reference or evoke the Universe.
A list by Neil deGrasse Tyson
posted by timshel at 3:31 AM - 13 comments

Creative People Say No.

"How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do."
posted by Fantods at 3:09 AM - 25 comments

Pogo, Plain or Peanut

Mix-mashmaster Makes M&Ms Medley (SLYT) Pogo (previously) who usually finely purees moments from movies, turns 75 years of candy commercials into 3 sweet minutes that melt in your eyes and ears. Contains chocolate, peanuts, cgi and ancient b&w.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:35 AM - 4 comments

Reviews say it's better than Batman vs Superman

17-year-old Nigerian student Joshua Umia is getting a lot of attention for his homemade action films with special effects, especially his remake of a Flash vs Zoom episode - which are all filmed on a Blackberry Bold 5.
posted by divabat at 1:17 AM - 6 comments

May 2

The Greatest & Most Enigmatic 2-Minute Horror Suspense Film of Our Time

Jewelry ad starring Gwyneth Paltrow, or the greatest and most enigmatic 2-minute horror suspense film of our time? Tumblr user rave sashayed thinks it's the latter. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 11:10 PM - 70 comments

Manus x Machina

Met Ball 2016 - it's a bit technical.
posted by Artw at 11:08 PM - 16 comments

Non-Edible Use #235

Here on The Blue we're already familiar with one form of cheese racing. In another case the "fanny phenomenon" in which it is once again proven we are two nations separated by a common language, the rules of the sport are entirely different when that cheese is American. In these dark hours, when we are all called upon to correct the course of our floundering national cheese-based economy, isn't it about time you learned about that other, meltier, form of cheese racing? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 10:30 PM - 6 comments

Technology would be the rock and roll of the ’90s

Step Behind the Scenes of the Frantic, Madcap Birth of Wired Magazine: “We’re trying to make a magazine that feels as if it has been mailed back from the future.”
posted by Drinky Die at 9:57 PM - 12 comments

"That's insane terrain at its finest."

Dave Bachinsky landed a skateboard trick in 2009 that has still never been repeated: a kickflip over the massive El Toro gap. [more inside]
posted by joechip at 8:48 PM - 34 comments

Why is Westeros so hopelessly fucked up in the first place?

"We are told that recorded history goes back over 10,000 years, much longer than our own, and yet we find so little in the way of progress, innovation, new theories, or new philosophies. It’s a wonder Varys even considers an alternative to the status quo. What gives?" - Robert Repino, TOR [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:31 PM - 89 comments

That washing thing on a stick

Toilets of Roman Pompeii tells you most of the things you wanted to know about Roman habits [more inside]
posted by yarntheory at 7:37 PM - 16 comments

Touchdown Feis

The Seattle Seahawks picked up Arkansas running back Alex Collins in this year's draft - "the epitome of consistency, rushing for over 1,000 yards and at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of his three seasons. Vision and footwork are the catalysts for his elusiveness and he has flashed long speed." But where does he get his fancy footwork? Irish dance.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:30 PM - 7 comments

Light Plane System +Plu

shivinteger designs things [more inside]
posted by clorox at 7:03 PM - 2 comments

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