May 4

Hello!

"There is no reason on earth why Prince Charming cannot walk through our front door!"
Bonus: I've curated the classic album, Lenny and Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones, from individual youtube posts, onto a single playlist.
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S ~ P ~ L ~ O ~ S ~ H

Gore, Guts, & the Grotesque :: The Acid Trip Art of Alex Jenkins [Some links NSFW]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:58 PM - 0 comments

The time has come

Midnight Oil have today confirmed they will reform for a series of shows both in Australia and overseas in 2017. This will be the band's first shows since 2009 and their first tour since breaking up in 2002. A refresher: Beds Are Burning - Power and the Passion - The Dead Heart - Bus to Bondi - When the Generals Talk
posted by misterbee at 5:07 PM - 9 comments

One Fish Two Fish Catfish You Fish

I told her I didn’t want to continue our date because she had been dishonest, and given that honesty is the foundation of any meaningful relationship, this was clearly not a good start. After a pause, thick with the tension between us, I took some of the hostility out of my voice. “Look, humor is really important to me, and you’re funny,” I told her. “Be honest next time, and you will find you the right guy. It’s not me.” I told her I was going to leave and got up from the table.

That’s when the cameras came out. In front of them, a shiny-faced man dressed in a suit approached me with an extended microphone. It was John Quiñones, and he told me that I was on ABC’s What Would You Do?
posted by Atom Eyes at 4:25 PM - 45 comments

It's never too early to start thinking about your own death

It is never too early to start thinking about your own death and the deaths of those you love. I don't mean thinking about death in obsessive loops, fretting that your husband has been crushed in a horrific car accident, or that your plane will catch fire and plummet from the sky. But rational interaction, that ends with you realizing that you will survive the worst, whatever the worst may be. Accepting death doesn't mean that you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.
It's never too early to start thinking about your own death
posted by y2karl at 4:22 PM - 16 comments

"Beautiful country burn again."

"This is not about Patricia Hearst. It is about me and the peculiar vacuum in which I grew up, a vacuum in which the Hearsts could be quite literally king of the hill." Joan Didion's notes for a never written story about the Patricia Hearst trial.
posted by Kattullus at 4:04 PM - 1 comment

Dubstep and animals pooping

Dubstep and animals pooping (SLYT)
posted by clorox at 3:50 PM - 16 comments

Consider The Wasp

***links contain pictures of wasps and bees*** "Despite the fear they sometimes evoke, wasps are extremely beneficial to humans. Nearly every pest insect on Earth is preyed upon by a wasp species, either for food or as a host for its parasitic larvae. Wasps are so adept at controlling pest populations that the agriculture industry now regularly deploys them to protect crops." [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge at 3:02 PM - 22 comments

Dept. of Justice Notifies NC it is in Violation of Title IX

The Department of Justice has notified North Carolina that it is in violation of Title IX and has given it until Monday to confirm it will not implement or enforce HB2.
posted by odinsdream at 2:05 PM - 42 comments

Chicken Police?

Bad bun, bad bun, whatchoo gonna do?
posted by ApathyGirl at 2:05 PM - 6 comments

Tasting All These Years

For some people, the answer to "Should I eat that?" is always yes. [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street at 1:57 PM - 13 comments

The Beauty Of No Borders

The non-enforced borders between European nations are a feast for the eye and a testament of hope for a united, peaceful, border-free world.
posted by blankdawn at 1:46 PM - 18 comments

CRUNCH nom nom nom

Compilation of hippos eating whole watermelons
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:21 PM - 22 comments

Cyndi Lauper takes a Detour...into country music

Cyndi Lauper has gone country with her new album, Detour. "My main concern was not making things clinical,...I wanted the beat to be dirty and sexy. It was supposed to be a mix of R&B and country." [more inside]
posted by Beti at 12:54 PM - 6 comments

You can, of course, support it on Patreon

Graphtreon is a website that visualizes how much different creators are earning on Patreon.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:36 PM - 35 comments

The plural of series is series

I Love Serial Entertainment And So Can You - We don’t binge on television because we like it, we like television because we can binge on it.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 12:31 PM - 24 comments

Mount Shasta Octave Spa

Live at the Necropolis: Lords of Synth
posted by naju at 11:05 AM - 14 comments

Ok. Did you turn it off and then on again?

To the immense relief of technical support staff everywhere as well as your Aunt Helen, you can now buy a smartplug for power-cycling your internet router. It seems like router makers are aware you might need this.
posted by selfnoise at 10:04 AM - 67 comments

We're obviously open minded... obviously.

Unfortunately, this is not the type of space for about 80-90+% of the unnecessary human-animal population on the planet.
posted by jillithd at 9:59 AM - 51 comments

'Find lawmakers, votes and bills'

ProPublica has relaunched Represent, which " provides information on lawmakers, the bills they consider and the votes they take (and miss). You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records." This applies to federal representatives in the United States.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:18 AM - 2 comments

There’s a heart container and a 300 rupee chest up there

My hotel has a sitting area with no possible way to access it
posted by griphus at 9:09 AM - 54 comments

I like my frog well boiled

For centuries, Peruvian locals have talked about a river in the Amazon that burns so hot it can kill.
Peru’s mysterious ‘boiling river’ that burns animals to death.
Peruvian geoscientist Andres Ruzo found a river up to 25 metres wide and six metres deep, that runs burning hot for an incredible 6.24 km.
Legends of the Boiling River.
posted by adamvasco at 9:08 AM - 16 comments

Starter D'ough!

Back in March, Sam Sifton wrote an aspirational story about sourdough starters (previously) for The New York Times. On behalf of those of us who aspire, Sarah Jampel responds with "How My Soudough Starter Took Over My Life.".
posted by Room 641-A at 8:40 AM - 25 comments

He's holding a little kitten, and you almost said no.

Amy Schumer hijacks your tinder prof.
posted by phunniemee at 8:21 AM - 25 comments

bad flags

bad flags. bad flags previously. the worst (and best, I guess) city flags in the US. or also this one. THESE CITIES HAVE HAD IT WITH THEIR BAD FLAGS [more inside]
posted by beerperson at 8:16 AM - 34 comments

The Savior of the Great American City

If New York City were Middle Earth, Sauron would doubtless be portrayed by Robert Moses, destroying neighborhood after neighborhood in his own endless quest for greater power and a lifeless personal vision of the city that had no thoughts of its inhabitants. But when he set his eyes on leveling SoHo and Little Italy for a ten-lane expressway across Lower Manhattan, he ran up against an unlikely Frodo. Jane Jacobs would have been 100 years old today.
posted by Navelgazer at 7:56 AM - 9 comments

Why European Children Are So Much Quieter Than Yours

The playgrounds weren’t just beautiful. They were quiet. That was what struck me when I first moved to Vienna, Austria. Children there played and laughed, but rarely yelled across the park.
posted by veedubya at 6:50 AM - 124 comments

May today be with you

The Asteroid Field, covered by Evil Genius Orchestra. Appropriate for the date. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 2:37 AM - 10 comments

May 3

Moon Knights and Demon Bears

A celebration of Bill Sienkiewicz - the unique comics artist most famous for his work on Moon Knight, The New Mutants, Stray Toasters and of course Elektra: Assassin.
posted by Artw at 11:42 PM - 47 comments

This is the Dark Souls of “This is the Dark Souls of…” metacommentary

Dark Souls is a metaphor for the importance of bonfire night
posted by Sebmojo at 9:54 PM - 9 comments

It's the largest fire evacuation in Alberta history

Fort McMurray, a city of more than 80,000, has been ordered to evacuate after a massive wildfire breached the city limits today. The city wide evacuation order advised remaining residents to evacuate north to Noralta Lodge with the work camps that service the oil sands being pressed into service to house the evacuees. Earlier evacuations to the south producing some harrowing footage. Highway 63 has been closed south of the city, cutting off the main road connection between Ft. McMurray and the rest of Alberta.
posted by selenized at 8:44 PM - 80 comments

Natasha Romanoff hated pierogies — but more than that, she hated lies.

The 2016 Lyttle Lytton Awards have been announced [more inside]
posted by firechicago at 8:07 PM - 31 comments

“Watching them feels wicked meditative.”

Brian Feldman, Hopes&Fears: Why are people obsessed with Japanese miniature cooking videos?
There is an irreconcilable conflict at the heart of working with miniatures: “It’s about as far removed as you can get from the chaos of real life, but at the same time it requires you to be a very attentive observer of real life if you hope to capture that in your miniature art. It’s a cool paradox and one that’s really fun to play with as an artist.”
[more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 7:15 PM - 15 comments

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 - 1123 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 - 11 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 - 3 comments

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 - 26 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 - 38 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 - 23 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 - 22 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 - 20 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 - 39 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 - 75 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 - 137 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 - 20 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 - 41 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 - 19 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 - 83 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 - 6 comments

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