April 25

Dion! You’re banned from the skating party until you start acting right.

Dion Waiters: The NBA Is Lucky I’m Home Doing Damn Articles: Y'all seen Casino, right? You know, the one with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Vegas? Anyway — that one. If you want to know what it’s like to meet Pat Riley, you need to watch that movie. [slPlayersTribune]
posted by palindromic at 11:00 AM - 1 comment

Think Globally; Pod Locally

Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts curated by Smithsonian.com: Talk of Alaska; Changing Denver; Idaho History; Past and Present (Kansas); Amplified Oklahoma; The Island Wave (Pacific Islanders in Utah); Memphis Type History; Wise about Texas; Brave Little State (Vermont) and more!
posted by melissasaurus at 10:07 AM - 4 comments

We came from somewhere out there.

Our grandparents and their grandparents were born in Kentucky, and my brother and I grew up in Louisville. Like many black people from the south, my family has been unable to trace our lineage beyond slavery, so we don't know where in Africa our ancestors from. Just that we came from somewhere out there. All we had to go on was an oral family history that maintained that we were, in the words of my grandmother, Tootsie, "black, white, and (American) Indian." This is the case for a lot of black families; the idea that we have "Indian in our family" is a bit of a cultural meme in black America at this point, and I've always wanted to examine how true that actually is.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:00 AM - 9 comments

The Philosemitic / Antisemitic Tchotchke Market

Prior to WWII, there were over 3 million Jews in Poland. Today, estimates of the number of Jews living there range from 7,000 to 200,000. Many Poles have never met a Jewish person. But "lucky Jew" (Żyd na szczęście) figurines and oil paintings depicting stereotypical Jews (often wearing black hats, holding money and sporting long noses and sideburns) are becoming popular. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:54 AM - 12 comments

White Collar Crime Risk Zones

Modern life is fraught with perils, but thanks to The New Inquiry's new tool, you can know what your risk of being the victim of a financial crime is at any moment, anywhere in the US. Using state-of-the-art machine learning technology and predictive policing methods, combined with geospatial feature predictors and risk terrain modeling, you can see the risk to your livelihood presented block-by-block across the whole US. Using a database of people at a high risk to commit such crimes, the app even presents a generalized image of the potential perpetrator to allow you to be on the watch for anyone suspicious who may present a threat. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 8:32 AM - 11 comments

Shooting people is stupid. Guns are stupid. THAT SAID...

Shea Serrano brings us an explanation of why movie shootouts are so awesome, a list of the best multi-person shootouts in movie history (if said history begins in 1980 and doesn't include war movies), and a quiz to determine whether you would survive such a gunfight. (Hint: Don't be a hero.) ((And watch out for those scuba tanks.))
posted by Etrigan at 6:56 AM - 42 comments

April 24

No I Can't Even Is Just The Beginning

Weirdly, thinking about Graham’s number has actually made me feel a little bit calmer about death... On coming to grips with g_64.
posted by klausman at 11:59 PM - 53 comments

“Prey feels, on a conceptual level, like madness.”

Why Prey is Frontrunner for Game of the Year 2017 [GamesRadar+]Prey asks 'What if BioShock was fuelled not by weapons, traps, RPG-flavoured FPS and the guided use of weird abilities, but by an unguided set of powers that we don't even want to predict, let alone control? What if we gave players not a Metroid-like set of tools for passing certain obstacles, but left our obstacles open-ended, in terms of both interpretation and solution? What if we didn’t design a set of player abilities, and then built puzzles to fit, but rather designed our world with a rough idea of how things worked, and then played around to see what was really possible? And what if we then redesigned the game on the fly to accommodate everything we could?’ ” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:31 PM - 9 comments

Beau Geste

At the Legion’s tomblike headquarters there is a shrine: a wooden prosthetic hand that once belonged to Legion Captain Jean Danjou, who died in Mexico in 1863 defending a road for a long-forgotten cause. Around the roped off hand-shrine hang placards inscribed minutely with the names of the dead – all 40,000 of them, dating back to the Legion’s inception in 1831. The message is clear. Sacrifice is essential but you will not be forgotten.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:05 PM - 10 comments

Wikitribune, evidence-based journalism and combating fake news

From the founder of Wikipedia comes Wikitribune, a platform for evidence-based journalism. NiemanLab. Guardian.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:35 PM - 23 comments

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive

John Muir, not the naturalist but a descendent, was the bestselling self-published hippie author of the ultimate guide for VW bus repair. The book was part R. Crumb comic, part auto manual, and part philosophical musing that detailed in simple terms how to fix VW microbuses for the mechanically uninformed. His publishing company produced a similar book for Subarus and the format may have inspired the line of For Dummies and For Idiots books of later years. He also penned a treatise on societal justice called The Velvet Monkeywrench
posted by destro at 7:57 PM - 47 comments

Goodbye, Phaedrus

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was one of “the” books of 70’s, and has sold over 5 million copies since it was released in 1974. It’s story of a narrator calling himself Phaedrus who explores the philosophical concept of quality while on a motorcycle journey with his son. It’s author, Robert Pirsig, died today at age 88. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 6:14 PM - 103 comments

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (The ORIGINAL launch)

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. An interesting look at the early days of Warhammer 40K, before it forgot it was a satirical.
posted by chunking express at 4:33 PM - 24 comments

Cities Seek Deliverance From the E-Commerce Boom

It’s the flip-side to the “retail apocalypse:” A siege of delivery trucks is threatening to choke cities with traffic. But not everyone agrees on what to do about it. "While truck traffic currently represents about 7 percent of urban traffic in American cities, it bears a disproportionate congestion cost of $28 billion, or about 17 percent of the total U.S. congestion costs, in wasted hours and gas. Cities, struggling to keep up with the deluge of delivery drivers, are seeing their curb space and streets overtaken by double-parked vehicles, to say nothing of the bonus pollution and roadwear produced thanks to a surfeit of Amazon Prime orders."
posted by AFABulous at 4:19 PM - 72 comments

Super Collier shares the gist of why he's so precocious

Jacob Collier discusses harmony and music theory. The jazz wunderkind shows off his ridiculously precise perfect pitch by, among other things, singing the super-ultra-hyper-mega-meta lydian scale PERFECTLY.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:53 PM - 16 comments


How fast can a bowler roll 12 consecutive strikes and achieve a perfect game? For Ben Ketola, the answer is 86.9 seconds.
posted by chavenet at 3:49 PM - 22 comments

Thank you for being my neighbor.

After years of sharing a wall, saying goodbye to my Upper West Side neighbor:"Here’s what I do know: She worked in radio for years and was a pioneer of sorts, being one of only a handful of female executives at her office in the 1980s. She loved WWD magazine and other fashion publications; her subscriptions showed up regularly at her doorstep, hand-delivered. (Weeks after S.'s death, I opened my door to see one in the middle of our landing right by the elevator—her subscription hadn't been cancelled yet—and my heart ached a little, seeing it just lie there; I grabbed it and propped it by her front door, even though I knew she wasn't there to read it.)"
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:30 PM - 2 comments

"Actually, I think I can sort this out myself"

Scenes I Want To See In An RPG…
posted by clorox at 1:09 PM - 23 comments

Join me.... for Unsolved Mysteries

Finally at long last, full-episodes of the classic masterpiece: Unsolved Mysteries are streaming on Amazon Prime. Join me... perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:24 PM - 43 comments

What the Hell is This Beautiful Thing?

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve. Also labeled a ProtonArc ( video) [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 12:18 PM - 19 comments

“So how else have you fucked me on this deal?”

Sean Tejaratchi, better known as the mind behind LiarTownUSA (previously), has produced a book. He is pleased to announce that the publisher "has honored my desire to keep all the bad words and bird dicks and lunchbox tits and other improprieties. I was not asked to change a single thing." [Readers who wish to avoid the eyestraining retro white-on-black page design should acquire the appropriate bookmarklet.]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:59 AM - 26 comments

Reindeer herding with NRK

Join NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, live as they follow a reindeer migration across Finnmarksvidda and down to their summer pastures by the coast. The broadcast is expected to last for five to seven days as the reindeer herd travels around 100km. [more inside]
posted by knapah at 11:22 AM - 14 comments

The Myth of the Monolith "Millennial"

Don’t Call Me a Millennial — I’m an Old Millennial [nymag] Old Millennials, as I’ll call them, who were born around 1988 or earlier (meaning they’re 29 and older today), really have lived substantively different lives than Young Millennials, who were born around 1989 or later, as a result of two epochal events that occurred around the time when members of the older group were mostly young adults and when members of the younger were mostly early adolescents: the financial crisis and smartphones’ profound takeover of society.
posted by nightrecordings at 10:54 AM - 162 comments

with the furrrrrrrrrrrrr

We voted, we debated, and we have our answers: Billboard's list of the 100 greatest choruses of the 21st century, ranked by no metric other than the songs that most immediately came to mind when thinking about everything that a great chorus should be -- clever, catchy, singular, and utterly unforgettable. And perhaps most importantly: When you see the song title, does the chorus immediately jump to mind, not to leave anytime soon? If so, it's the right song for this list.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 10:47 AM - 59 comments

a gap between my head and the piano

"I could play fluently. Then I struggled to play the song. Then I struggled to remember that I used to play the song. Then I struggled to remember I was the person who wrote the song." A story about Alzheimer's and music, from the Oregonian.
posted by Stacey at 10:39 AM - 6 comments

Concise and austere but not necessarily brief

Postal Pieces is a series of 11 musical compositions (on 10 postcards) by written by James Tenney between 1965 and 1971. Details and images from an essay by Larry Polansky. I'm particularly fond of the look and sound of Cellogram.
posted by cortex at 8:51 AM - 4 comments

1941 State Fair

Rare color photos of a 1941 State Fair in Vermont.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:02 AM - 27 comments

Reports of Her Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Emily Gould covers author Cat Marnell in her piece Cat Marnell is Still Alive for NY Magazine. Gould writes "There’s always a fine line between appreciating the art that someone’s making out of her fucked-up life and feeling like your attention makes you complicit in her self-destruction." [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 6:48 AM - 36 comments

Japan Made Secret Deals with the NSA that Expanded Global Surveillance

Ryan Gallagher of The Intercept provides a fascinating look at the complex relationship between the US and Japanese surveillance organizations who have been cooperating and surveilling each other since the end of the second World War. [more inside]
posted by gen at 6:26 AM - 6 comments

Lifestyles of the Rich and Tasteless

No 18th Century Estate Was Complete Without a Live-in Hermit
posted by Etrigan at 6:16 AM - 43 comments


Remember awesome Mario miscellany Tumblr Supper Mario Broth? (Previously) Here's some equal time for the other side of the console war: Sonic the Hedgeblog! SPECIAL STAGE: Sonic Retro's epic list of romhacks. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 2:14 AM - 12 comments

April 23


It's too noisy to communicate verbally. Or maybe there's a language barrier. Or you're trying to be silent. Non-verbal gestures to the rescue! Be ready in the following situations: [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 9:44 PM - 26 comments

ASH used REPAIR. It's super effective!

This Is How You Fix A Really Busted Copy Of Pokémon Red [Kotaku] “Grant Haack, who goes by Snip3r95 on Imgur, found an old Pokémon cartridge while wandering around a flea market. The game only set them back $5, but actually getting the Game Boy classic up and running required some serious elbow grease. “It was at the bottom of a bin and in pretty bad shape,” Haack wrote in a post on Imgur [Full Image Album] documenting the project. The game wouldn’t properly boot up, so they unscrewed the back and dismantled the game to reveal a bunch of dirt and rust underneath.”
posted by Fizz at 5:36 PM - 19 comments

RIP Joanie

Erin Moran aka Joanie from Happy Days and Joanie loves Chachi has passed on at 56
posted by jonmc at 4:33 PM - 47 comments

Wherefore art thou, Mariotto, Romeus, Rhomeo, Romeo, Etc.?

Three lines from Dante's Purgatorio (early 14th C.). A few motifs from Boccaccio's Decameron, 10th Day, 4th Tale (1353). Masuccio Salernitano's Mariotto and Gianozza (1476; orig. "Ganozza" [PDF]). Luigi da Porto's Giulietta and Romeo (1531; alt. translation). Matteo Bandello's Romeo and Giulietta (1554). Arthur Brooke's Romeus and Juliet (1562; orig. orthography). William Painter's Rhomeo and Iulietta (1567) ... These are just a few antecedents of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597, etc.), according to Olin Moore's The Legend of Romeo and Juliet (1950; PDF). [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 4:02 PM - 4 comments

They're good doggos Brent

"When they stick out their tongues, they're doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork. They boof. Once in a while they do each other a frighten." Jessica Boddy looks at the rise of "DoggoLingo," the language of dog enthusiasts as spread by Facebook communities like Dogspotting and, of course, the twitter account We Rate Dogs (previously).
posted by lunasol at 3:24 PM - 44 comments

And, for the 6-year-olds, they may actually believe I am a pirate.

Living with an Eye Patch in a Big City This week alone, two complete strangers have asked me outright, “What happened to your eye?” This happens to me all the time; sometimes, I get a “Hello!” first. For years, this constant questioning made me really mad. I felt like I could never hide. I didn't understand why strangers would ask such a personal question. After fielding this question hundreds of times, though, I have learned that most people are not trying to make me feel bad. Usually the opposite is true.
posted by bitmage at 2:36 PM - 20 comments

But 40 and 50 meters would be very difficult

How Singapore Is Creating More Land for Itself [NYTMag]
posted by Chrysostom at 2:11 PM - 12 comments

A blindness to boundaries is not uncommon for Silicon Valley

Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire - Mike Isaac (NYT) Inside Uber, Mr. Kalanick began codifying the pillars of the company’s culture. He particularly admired Amazon, the e-commerce company that espouses 14 leadership principles including “learn and be curious” and “insist on the highest standards.” So he created 14 values for Uber, with tenets such as being “super pumped” and “always be hustlin.’” [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 11:57 AM - 156 comments

If music be the food of love, bay on

Buddy, a rescue beagle, demonstrates his soulful singing voice. He's also a talented piano player [videos contain multi-species mouth noises].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:12 AM - 7 comments

I like juice and I like bars...

Anthony Bourdain rates food trends.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:20 AM - 49 comments

I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct

A father sends a letter to all 30 MLB teams, asking them to make their pitch to be his infant son's favorite team. “I must tell you I don’t take this lightly. I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct,” wrote Pete, an Ashland resident who works as a senior digital video content manager for PBS. “Friends may come and go, political affiliations and beliefs in higher powers may change, but one’s team is one’s team. Forever.
posted by COD at 6:37 AM - 136 comments

Just let me pull a few strings

Oliver Mobeli is a young talent from Lobaye, Central African Republic, who performs local music with his handmade band/orchestra made with puppets, toys and marionettes. Facebook links (original source) [more inside]
posted by drlith at 5:51 AM - 5 comments

Yessiree, just your average ordinary week of healthy eating.

posted by aldurtregi at 3:14 AM - 71 comments

April 22

How Candy Stretches Around the World

Lately, I've found that there are few activities as enchanting as watching candy being pulled. Includes Korean yeot, American taffy, Turkish macun, Japanese amezaiku, and Nepalese chaku.
posted by Lexica at 7:31 PM - 26 comments

A failure of imagination

Protesters showed up to physically block and voice their objections to “Open Casket” (2016), a painting of Emmett Till by Dana Schutz. [more inside]
posted by bq at 4:28 PM - 185 comments

Horse Walk Tests

Horse Walk Tests
posted by cortex at 4:00 PM - 27 comments

"Tu sera peintre, mon enfant, ou jamais il n'en sera."

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun: "A Delayed Tribute to a French Trailblazer" [NYT]; exhibition trailer; 8 minutes at the exhibition; web gallery of exhibition objects; audio tour / slideshow; and the Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 4:00 PM - 4 comments

Oh Canada...

The 3 hrs of LeMelons! Get a dirt track cut into a field. Take $300 beaters and race them for 3 hours, or until they all fail. That’s the Three Hours of LeMelons, Canada’s take on the epic beater race...
the 24 hrs of LeMons-- previously on the Blue [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 3:00 PM - 16 comments

Can you tell the sculpture in the pond is only 8mm tall?

The Miniature Paper Pavilion Club met biweekly throughout 2012 - 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, to build tiny commemorative public spaces. They created approximately sixty imaginary landscapes with structures using paper exclusively.
posted by moonmilk at 2:54 PM - 9 comments

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