March 26

A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path…

Terrible, awful, no good really bad heavy metal album covers from all over the world. Many more at Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:48 PM - 10 comments

A 4'3" Comet Blazing across the Firmament

Caroline Herschel never expected to be an astronomer. Her oboeist father indulged her voracious mind, but her strict mother restricted her to housework. In 1772, she followed her beloved organist brother William to England to escape the drudgery and become a concert singer. Before long, she found herself assisting in his astronomical endeavors -- first providing his food, then polishing his mirrors, then doing all of his advanced math, despite having never been educated in the times tables as a girl. In 1781, William discovered Uranus, and in 1782 began earning a salary from George III. In 1783, Caroline made her first independent discovery (M110). In 1787, the British Crown began paying her £50/year for her work, making her the first woman scientist to ever earn a salary for scientific work. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:36 PM - 5 comments

Mal de archivo

At his death in 1988, Luis Barragán, the Pritzker laureate Mexican architect of poetic modernist reknown, left his house and library to an architect friend, and his voluminous professional archive to his business associate. This archive eventually found its way to a New York gallerist, from whom it was bought in 1998 and shipped to Basel by a wealthy Swiss businessman for his fiancé - and has been inaccessible ever since. When conceptual artist Jill Magid (previously) heard of the archive's predicament in 2013, she devised her project The Barragán Archives, whose final chapter might bring about a resoluton: in a pact with the architect's family and the Mexican authorities, by way of a transubstantiation of ashes into a diamond, as a participant in "a gothic love story, with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot", she would approach the guarded, private owners of Barragán's legacy with a profound, confounding offer about his body of work - she would make The Proposal. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:26 PM - 1 comment

Rock and roll was atomic powered, all zoom and doom

I can’t say who’s great or who isn’t. If somebody does achieve greatness it’s only for a minute and anyone is capable of that. Greatness is beyond your control – I think you get it by chance, but it’s only for a short time.

Bob Dylan discusses Sinatra, North Minnesota, arrangements, Joan Baez, new CDs, favorites drummers, Rock and Roll, first tracks, playing piano, John Wayne and much more in a broad, fascinating, recently conducted Q&A with Bill Flanagan
posted by timshel at 2:55 PM - 7 comments

Your Cat Probably Prefers Your Company Over Food

Probably. We're not in the guarantee business here. (via) Please note that cats in this study were tested after being deprived of food, toys, awesome scents and people for only a few hours. Further study is required to confirm any changes in categorization, motivation and general niceness after longer periods of deprivation. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 2:27 PM - 26 comments

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Journalist Jancee Dunn examines the inequality in her own family and does something about it. She documented it for everyone. Dunn, mostly known for her work in Rolling Stone, has a new book How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. This is a "self-help" book, but better because it is funny and well-researched. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 1:30 PM - 24 comments

A Seussian smorgasborg for Sunday

Here's a smattering of musical Seuss from the Seventies: The Hoober-Bloob Highway, an original story about a baby in space being given the option to pick their future, which picked up some elements from Seuss's books, and Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?, another original story about a young fellow and his magical piano, with songs by Joe Raposo. Bonus Dr. Seuss short: "Я жду птенца" (I'm waiting for a chick), a stop-motion Russian animation interpretation of Horton Hatches the Egg from 1966. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:26 PM - 7 comments

When in doubt, roll!

So you wanna learn to play the drums? Need some inspiration? Here some sessions from Swedish educational broadcaster UR’s drum school TRUM, featuring Morgan Ågren and friends, for you to play along with. How about starting with some jazz fusion? There’s also jazz funk, experimental metal, blues rock, and more experimental stuff. Grab your sticks and have a go! [more inside]
posted by effbot at 11:45 AM - 8 comments

Bitcoin and Venezuela, etc.

Venezuala, Brazil, property transfer Venezuela has a serious food shortage, but electricity is subsidized. People are mining bitcoins because it's worthwhile to use bitcoins to buy food across the border. Bitcoin is a way for Brazillians to get around currency controls and tarriffs. It's possible that blockchains will be useful to make property transfer easier and cheaper-- even in the US, proving ownership can be complicated for real estate and cars.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 9:26 AM - 17 comments

An update to the cloud atlas.

Pretor-Pinney described the formations as “localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects.” Asperitas clouds tend to be low-lying, and are caused by weather fronts that create undulating waves in the atmosphere.
posted by curious nu at 8:15 AM - 14 comments

O: Good

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:18 AM - 19 comments

March 25

heart of green

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue "One of the defining traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. The work involves modifying a spinach leaf in the lab to remove its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose."
posted by dhruva at 11:52 PM - 23 comments

A Techno-thriller From The Case Files Of Max Remington

What’s The Matter With Covert Action? - The Digital Antiquarian takes a look at The game which Sid Meier considers his most disappointing, and the tension between procedural generation and narrative.
posted by Artw at 10:12 PM - 15 comments

Move over big dog 'cause the little dog's movin' in

Great Dane vs. Hyper Dachshund Puppy [vet waiting room noises]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:18 PM - 27 comments

The Sofas Of Los Angeles

L.A. photographer finds beauty in abandoned couches: Twenty years ago, [Andrew] Ward left Dublin and, after a stint in Vancouver, came to Los Angeles, where he still works as a Hollywood first assistant director. ~ He was driving home one day when he noticed something he rarely saw in Ireland. Couches ... just left there out on the curb. ~ "And I just for some reason just began photographing them," he says. ~ And now, he says, he can't stop.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:53 PM - 40 comments

Daniel Dennett

"As I spent time with my mother, I found that my intuitions were shifting to Dennett's side of the field. It seems natural to say that she 'sort of' thinks, knows, cares, remembers, understands, and that she is 'sort of' conscious. It seems obvious that there is no 'light switch' for consciousness: she is present and absent in different ways, depending on which of her subsystems are functioning. I still can't quite picture how neurons create consciousness." Joshua Rothman on Daniel C. Dennett. [SLNewYorker]
posted by wittgenstein at 1:41 PM - 76 comments

The First Solo Exhibition of Frida Kahlo in Florida

Dalí Museum’s Fascinating Frida Kahlo Exhibit Shows Her Enduring Power NSFW [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 11:05 AM - 9 comments

How to make nuts secure

The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:02 AM - 52 comments

Role model

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo
posted by infini at 11:02 AM - 10 comments

“We have to be ready.”

Justice League [Official Trailer] [YouTube] “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
posted by Fizz at 10:37 AM - 109 comments

Robert Ek

Robert Ek is a digital artist from Sweden with an unsettling style.
posted by growabrain at 8:11 AM - 10 comments

Pass the Heinz

"Fifty years ago, in the fictional world of Mad Men, Don Draper pitched a daring ad campaign to Heinz execs, for the brand’s ketchup, that proposed not showing the product at all. " This month, Heinz has gotten on board.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:22 AM - 59 comments

Easter Surprise

Real Easter Bunny found! Warning: cuteness overload. [slyt]
posted by sour cream at 6:03 AM - 7 comments

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

Writers of feminist dystopian fiction are alert to the realities that grind down women’s lives, that make the unthinkable suddenly thinkable.
By Naomi Alderman, writer of The Power. [more inside]
posted by moody cow at 3:47 AM - 24 comments

I'm afraid something's not right about this, Chris.

YouTube machinist This Old Tony reveals the true story behind Clickspring Chris's Antikythera project (previously)
posted by effbot at 2:50 AM - 13 comments

The Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant That Changed His Life

It is a beautiful hand: strong, with long, slender fingers and smooth skin, its nails ridgeless and pink. If you didn’t know Jonathan Koch—if you first met him, say, on the courts at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Club—you might not suspect that his hand previously belonged to someone else.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:21 AM - 11 comments

March 24

Talk Talk

Google announces the formal end of Talk come June, formally supplanting it with Hangouts.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:41 PM - 32 comments

Lynda Carter's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy

Lynda Carter's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy (SLYT)
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:34 PM - 38 comments

Signs of Spring - TOO SOON?

The Seasons Aren't What They Used to Be "In the latter half of the 20th century, the spring emergence of leaves, frogs, birds and flowers advanced in the Northern Hemisphere by 2.8 days per decade. I’m nearly 50, so springtime has moved, on average, a full two weeks since I was born." [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:53 PM - 30 comments

Beast is beast and wet is wet and forever the twain shall meet

The only thing that failed harder than these dogs was the Republican Party today [music at beginning and end].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:48 PM - 8 comments

The Young Folks Do Journalism

For years, the Classic had focused on the regular beats of a high school newspaper — — teacher retirements, curriculum changes, bell schedule. It was not an investigative outlet. But with Jahoda's appointment, the very nature of the school appeared to be imperiled, and the paper's staff decided it was time to step in.
posted by Hypatia at 7:24 PM - 15 comments

G'day Bushwhackers!!

Nick Fry and Caleb (slyt) are two good bros who love Camping, Wildlife, Hunting, Cooking and Eating stuff from the Aussie bush and ocean. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:39 PM - 2 comments

Robert Silvers (1929–2017)

Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 2:55 PM - 11 comments

You may be let go...

Friday fiction: A short story by Daniel Orozco. As you leave work for the weekend, think about your first day there, and everybody's first day -- think about Orientation. "You must pace your work. What do I mean? I’m glad you asked that. We pace our work according to the eight-hour workday. If you have twelve hours of work in your in-box, for example, you must compress that work into the eight-hour day. If you have one hour of work in your in-box, you must expand that work to fill the eight- hour day. That was a good question. Feel free to ask questions. Ask too many questions, however, and you may be let go...." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 1:07 PM - 17 comments

The Right Answer Is: I Would Run

What happens if you break an artwork? Cautionary tales have been covered in countless articles and immortalized in videos of surveillance footage, though it’s not often told what happens next — or what to do if this happens to you. So what happens when you break a work of art? What would (or should) you do?
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:56 AM - 71 comments

Advocacy begins by sharing stories

Women's Voices Now hosts hundreds of films by women around the globe. Free for anyone to view, these films depict "women's struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights". [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise at 11:25 AM - 0 comments

Can’t we talk to the humans and work together? No, because they are dead

The robots exclusion standard, also known as the robots exclusion protocol or simply robots.txt, is a standard used by websites to communicate with web crawlers and other web robots, and was first developed by people on the www-talk mailing list in 1994. has information and history, and the similar Robots META tag. As with code in general, you can add silly things in the comments, and Google spoofed the format with their own killer-robots.txt. More recently, robots.txt inspired an alternative file: humans.txt, "a TXT file that contains information about the different people who have contributed to building the website." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:19 AM - 18 comments

You can't dismantle capitalism if you have a headache

Some Friday levity for activists Raccoons of the Resistance Activism Self Care Workshop [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 9:20 AM - 14 comments

A five-minute cop show (SLVimeo)

Standby is a BAFTA-nominated film (From the original site) "Gary and Jenny share the same cramped “office space” as all beat cops: the front seat of a patrol car. Their evolving relationship is an emotional rollercoaster ride that stands in often-comedic contrast to the procession of thugs and criminals filling the back seat." [more inside]
posted by Mogur at 9:05 AM - 19 comments

How Les Misérables Was the Biggest Deal in Book History

Hugo, Inc. For only an eight-year license to publish political exile Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, a Belgian upstart entrepreneur paid an unprecedented and unmatched sum of 300,000 francs (~$3.8 million). Relying upon the first ever bank loan to finance a book, translation rights, and an extraordinary embargo and publicity campaign, the risky venture was a triumphant success.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 8:45 AM - 14 comments

He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's radio...

Nuclear arms tests by Pyongyang / ICE is deporting everyone that they can / Israel’s ambassador says that Jews are Nazis / And President Bannon does whatever he please / Looks like another threat to world peace / Caused by the POTUS [more inside]
posted by jferg at 7:53 AM - 1799 comments

"Can you go and get mummy?"

A four year old boy calls emergency services using his mother's phone to report that she's not breathing. Thanks to the call, things work out well for everyone. Police have released a clip of the call to remind parents about the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 (UK) in an emergency. SLBuzzfeed, with transcript and audio clip of heart-breakingly young boy staying calm under pressure.
posted by RedOrGreen at 7:03 AM - 33 comments

Eleven Years

Brad is mad online and wants to know why Cracker Barrel fired his wife.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:12 AM - 68 comments

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars - The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:39 AM - 5 comments

The eagle(s) have landed!

Last week, both Hanover Bald Eagle eggs hatched successfully. The young are being fed round-the-clock by their doting parents, "Freedom" and "Liberty." The frequent feedings result in the nest being liberally decorated with the remains of their fish, squirrel, and rabbit repasts. The live cams (Camera 1, Camera 2) allow excellent viewing opportunities. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:37 AM - 14 comments

Undergrowth, earwigs, and The Evening Standard

You’re worried that having George Osborne as editor might compromise the paper’s editorial independence. What editorial independence? The Standard is a jellyfish, a parasitic worm, a creature with a hole at each end and nothing inbetween: it thinks nothing, it feels nothing, it floats through the infinite dark and waits for a tide to carry it along. Hence the fury.
Sam Kriss, Against the Evening Standard, Idiot Joy Showland (21 March 2017).
posted by Sonny Jim at 3:44 AM - 7 comments

'and the street lights dance in your eyes'

In many towns and cities the familiar orange glow of HPS Sodium street-lighting has given way, or is giving way, to the cooler white glare of LED illumination, giving cost and energy-efficiency savings, and improving nocturnal colour rendition. Many welcome the change: Hal Espen, writing in 2011 for The Atlantic lamented the prevalence of the ‘jaundiced weirdness’ of sodium lighting and looked forward to its obsolescence. But others are unhappy: LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues reckons Jeff Hecht at IEEE Spectrum; some complain that ‘LED street lights are disturbing my sleep’ as Brian Wheeler reports for the BBC; research at the University of Exeter suggests LED lighting could have major impact on wildlife; and astronomers, among others, are concerned about the possible effects on the night sky — LEDs: Light Pollution Solution or Night Sky Nemesis? ponders Bob King at Universe Today. Lux Review (‘Your independent guide to lighting’) asks: Will tunable street light breakthrough silence LED critics?, while, at the same site, we learn of a Bird-friendly LED island in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 3:21 AM - 52 comments

March 23

Beyond toques and two-fours

The revised second edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles is now available online for all of your Canadian English needs.

A respectful write-up from The New Yorker.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:32 PM - 71 comments

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies

Secret Message Is Only For Dogs (via reddit)—from this years PROSH, a satire newspaper made by students at the University of Western Australia. BONUS: Plunk your doggo in front of the monitor for a SECRET DOG-ONLY VIDEO TO GET DOGS PUMPED [noisy noisy noisy].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:21 PM - 14 comments

49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens sent to the US in 1949. They were showing their appreciation for the 700+ American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by Americans in 1948 via a project calledFriendship Train. Each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift-laden box cars. Many of those boxcars still exist. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 2:53 PM - 29 comments

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