June 27

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing (LATimes) “He’s a somewhat dying breed,” said Sarah Reisman, who relied on Gerhart to create 20 maze-like contraptions for her synthetic organic chemistry lab. “There just aren't as many scientific glassblowers anymore, and certainly not ones that have Rick’s level of experience. Even a fraction of that experience, I think, just isn't out there.”
posted by CrystalDave at 2:28 AM - 0 comments

June 26

*whimper, paw, whine*

Blair Braverman (previously) has a litter of newborn huskies at home. She also has a memoir coming out, and she's tired of the kind of questions she gets from sexist interviewers. (Further footage of the interviewers just being complete babies.)
posted by Countess Elena at 8:23 PM - 7 comments

Funky Funday Sunday

Breakestra is a funk band from Los Angeles. A sampling: Come On Over ft. AfrodyeteGetcho Soul TogethaJoyful NoiseCramp Your StyleLowdown StankFamily RapOn-air jam at KCRW [via L.A. Taco Radio]
posted by Room 641-A at 4:53 PM - 3 comments

The Inspirational Capybara

The humble capybara inspires devotion... and music, such music. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 4:22 PM - 15 comments

Mushroom Medleys

Mushroom landart by Jill Bliss [via Cute Biology] [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 1:51 PM - 5 comments

6Password9 DNA1970

An analysis of a worst-case scenario password database reveals patterns. The dataset in question comes from a service where the original programmer created their own "encryption" for storing passwords. Before the site fully converted their password storage to bcrypt, they were hacked. Having access to all the passwords instead of just the "easy" ones allows for additional demographic analysis. Some factoids below the cut: [more inside]
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 11:36 AM - 88 comments

Deepcut - The Shame of the British Army

BBC - Cheryl James: Deepcut soldier's death was suicide, coroner rules - "The death of an army recruit from a gunshot wound to the head at Deepcut barracks was suicide, a coroner has ruled. The head of the army has apologised “unreservedly” to the parents of Pte Cheryl James as he vowed the service would be sure to learn from the inquest into her death at Deepcut barracks. Pte Cheryl James, 18, was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in 1995. She was one of four recruits to die at the base in seven years. Coroner Brian Barker QC said the wound was "self-inflicted" and Pte James fired the gun intentionally. Her father said the family did not believe evidence led to verdict."" [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 11:16 AM - 5 comments

Are you ready?

There are two types of travelers in the world; which one are you? — a checklist by Sarah Cooper. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:42 AM - 72 comments

Legendary Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Leaves This World

Bernie Worrell aka The Wizard of Woo, was probably the most famous keyboardist you've never heard of. Born in 1944, Worrell was the kind of sideman who was as influential as some bandleaders. A broadly grounded musician, he grew up playing classical piano and was adept at jazz, rock and R&B. He was a musical prodigy who attended Julliard and received an honorary degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a college student, Worrell played with a group called Chubby & The Turnpikes; this ensemble eventually evolved into Tavares. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 8:54 AM - 56 comments

Why so Sirius and What's Up With The Moon?

While doing an image search I discovered "Horselover Phat's Subliminal Synchro Sphere", landing on a giant page wherein the writer presents ... um, something about Osirus and "... Incorporating Sirius,the Moon, The Truman Show, 9/11, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Danny Boyle, The Matrix, Harrsion Ford, Ghostbusters, Kevin Spacey, Sigourney Weaver, David Bowie, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, Jeff Bridges, Mike Nichols, Chris Carter X-Files etc etc ..." His very first post from 2009, "...Incorporating Kubrick, Nichols, Carter, Henson, OZ, Baum, Jason, Speilberg, Landis, King Kong ,The Muppets & Revelations " into 9-11 and beyond was also noteworthy. Quite an archive of work to plow through.
posted by Mr.Pointy at 8:34 AM - 21 comments

WITH VOLUMETRIC GOD RAYS!!

Skyrim Remastered [The Verge] Nearly five years after it first came out, Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to have a very impressive fan base that keeps the game pretty through HD mods. Now it's Bethesda's turn: at its E3 press conference, the company has announced a remastered version of Skyrim coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:29 AM - 50 comments

Those Who Marriage Equality Left Behind

"I cannot reconcile the divide between two of the biggest civil-rights movements I've covered—marriage equality and Black Lives Matter. How can two such quintessentially American fights occur so near each other yet feel so disconnected? How were the revelers on the steps of the Supreme Court so far from the implosion of a major American city happening just up the street?"
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:44 AM - 26 comments

Tweedy live in Melbourne

Tweedy is Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer. The father-son duo's debut album Sukierae, released in 2014, features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy with Spencer playing drums. Radio National's live music team caught Tweedy's recent Bluesfest sideshow at the Melbourne Recital Centre. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 12:19 AM - 13 comments

June 25

What to do with extra apricots

I know some of you don't like single-purpose kitchen appliances, but you might make an exception for this recipe. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 11:38 PM - 28 comments

sit back and relax

someone on imgur is making lists of Films You May Not Have Seen:
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#2)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#3)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#4)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#5)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#6)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen 7
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:12 PM - 63 comments

Bill Cunningham 1929-2016

Bill Cunningham, the street fashion photographer who rode his bike all over NYC in that functional blue smock, has died. If you haven't seen this 2011 documentary (previously) you've missed a gem. See also his video channel at the NYT and this New Yorker profile from 2009. His assistant posted this photo to Instagram 2 days ago, saying that Bill was under the weather, but some reports are saying that he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.
posted by maudlin at 2:50 PM - 72 comments

100+ years of Holmes & Watson movies, in one vid

As part of the fanworks exchange "A Holmesian Solstice", fanvidder sanguinity made "Something Good (Will Come From That)" (video, 3min16sec), covering "One hundred years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson." The fifty-four video sources used include Sherlock Holmes stories from several countries, including India, Russia, China, South Korea. The vidder's commentary discusses noticeable changes in cinematography over the past century, how those changes make Holmes and Watson more or less "shippy", re-gendered and chromatic retellings, and contemporary settings versus the "It's always 1895" conceit.
posted by brainwane at 12:16 PM - 16 comments

Make sure you’re solving the right problem

"How does an apparently intelligent person end up suggesting a solution that might, at best, constitute unethical medical experiments on prisoners? How does a well-meaning person suggest a remedy that likely constitutes torture?" -- Are the questions Ethan Zuckerman asks, triggered by a particularly dumb article on using Soylent Green and Oculus Rift in prison reform, using it as a kick off point to discuss the wider problem of techno optimism and the inevitable reaction it brings.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:11 AM - 99 comments

“This was not Holocaust education but miseducation,”

Man Who Claimed to Have Escaped Auschwitz Admits He Lied for Years [The Guardian] Joseph Hirt said he fabricated story of being sent to camp and meeting Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to ‘keep memories alive’ about history of the Holocaust. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:22 AM - 34 comments

Scientology / Won't save you from the traffic / Ask John Travolta

This afternoon, BART's Twitter challenged Metro Los Angeles to a digital poetry slam — "haikus only" — and after several prodding tweets, Metro obliged. (Previously)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:20 AM - 68 comments

The only true form of eating

German YouTuber Eating with Two Hands insists: "I am of the opinion that eating is only true when done with the motions of our two hands. The invention of cutlery, namely fork and knife, was highly unnecessary." See it in practice: Tasty Fruit Salad (with Goldsaft), Instant Breakfast Cereal and Cheese and Grapes. Tasty!
posted by bjrn at 5:26 AM - 34 comments

June 24

From the Bibliophile File

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.
posted by storybored at 7:13 PM - 16 comments

It's just The Tank to us....

You might call it the "small town struggle." The problem tiny communities have with getting noticed. The Tank is an acoustical marvel, a senses-altering experience found nowhere else on earth. A 60′ tall, 30′ across rusted steel water tank – never used – was discovered in Colorado by sound artist and sonic thinker ​Bruce Odland in 1976. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 5:32 PM - 26 comments

That's All

10 years later, an oral history of 'The Devil Wears Prada'.
posted by The Whelk at 3:06 PM - 65 comments

Le Corndog Royale.

Low Budget Gourmet Meals
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:54 PM - 28 comments

Candidate for weirdest headline this year so far

Man Captures Bee and Forces it to Watch "Bee Movie."
What is says on the tin.

posted by Seekerofsplendor at 2:33 PM - 26 comments

i'm just here to kinkshame proust

An Investigation of Asparagus Pee: Ben Franklin called it a "disagreeable odour." Marcel Proust praised it as a "perfume." Here we look into the mystery of an odd phenomenon.
posted by poffin boffin at 12:24 PM - 63 comments

Taking A Whole Bunch For The Team

"Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubble bath. A bolt out of the heavens. Lie down and scream." [SL Atlas Obscura] So what's it actually like to get bitten or stung by the world's nastiest bugs? Welcome to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:07 AM - 37 comments

Announcing the Stonewall National Monument

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one." - President Barack Obama [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:19 AM - 57 comments

The origin story of Izzy from Atlanta

"Mention was made that kids are wearing their hats backward, so maybe Izzy should have its shoes on backward." An oral history of "Izzy", the baffling blue mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:43 AM - 43 comments

What Happened to 'The Most Liberated Woman in America'?

Barbara Williamson co-founded one of the most famous radical sex experiments of the 1970s. Then she got wild.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:35 AM - 16 comments

"A Cautionary Tale of 'Stem Cell Tourism'" [SLNYT]

"Few patients have been as open about their quest for a cure, the money they paid and the tragic consequences as Mr. Gass." [previously, previously]
posted by trillian at 5:31 AM - 38 comments

Excuuuuuuse me... or Excuses me...

Are you screwed? Missed deadline? Don't know what to say to your boss? The internet has come to your rescue with the COP-OUT GENERATION SERVICE. (Also available in Russian) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:37 AM - 6 comments

June 23

Dive into the diverse sounds of Clorinde

If you look at nothing more than album titles, you'll get the impression that the duo of the brothers Andreas and Simone Salvatici, who record and perform as Clorinde, pull in a diverse set of sounds, from The Gardens of Bomarzo, named for the Italian park of stone monsters, to The Poetry of Charles B., with song titles pulled from Bukowski. If that's too vague, "Imagine an orchestral and oriental Efterklang reworking “Selected Ambient Works” by Aphex Twin." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:39 PM - 4 comments

“They’d tell me, 'Music is a hearing thing. It’s not for deaf people'."

Amber Galloway Gallego is an ASL-based music interpreter who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Destiny's Child, Paul McCartney, and many more rappers, R&B stars, and rock bands. Her YouTube channel is chock full of music interpretation for deaf audiences. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:13 PM - 25 comments

“You can just imagine the wind whistling in your ears...”

Happy 20th Birthday, Quake by John Romero [rome.ro] “Twenty years. Wow. Where has all the time gone? We've all had many adventures during those years and Quake spawned many a game franchise and/or game company whether directly or through its influence. For this 20th I'm going to share a document created by Joost Shuur called QUAKETALK 95. This Quake FAQ was created on 10/22/1995 to keep people up to date on everything that had been posted about Quake up to that point. People wanted to know what the game was about and information was spread thin all over the place: magazine articles, IRC logs, even in hint books.” [You can download QUAKETALK 95 here.] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:29 PM - 40 comments

Spare Me Over

Dr Ralph Stanley has passed at age 89
A 2002 Grammy winner and perpetrator of the high lonesome sound he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.
O Death YT
[more inside]
posted by maggieb at 7:33 PM - 88 comments

and a star to steer her by

Being on a 61-foot vessel with no engine in the middle of the ocean is, indeed, as tough as it might seem. The Hokule'a is on a mission. Catch them on their east coast tour!
posted by vrakatar at 6:34 PM - 12 comments

The Ultimate FPP

Ultimate Frisbee is currently having its world championships in London. But before you pass this post by as just a post about an awesome sport...step inside [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:41 PM - 20 comments

Look At Me Now, I'm Just Makin' My Play

When filming cars for movies or commercials, coordinating the availability of exotic, high-performance, or new vehicles--along with the location, the filming, and setting up the perfect shot--can be difficult and expensive. For a shoot, you need the car--that is, until now. The next car you see onscreen may actually be The Blackbird.
posted by mattdidthat at 4:08 PM - 61 comments

Can the Can

A collection of lithographed seafood cans from Portugal (colorful sardine and tuna cans, for instance).
posted by OmieWise at 3:10 PM - 8 comments

Everybody needs a hobby

Katherine Dey is a Registered Nurse who also likes to make cakes. And comfort dolls. And sculptures. And body art.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:41 PM - 27 comments

It's basically first seaon Serial meets schlocky TV murder mystery

Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder [iTunes] is podcast documentary in ten episodes about the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan in 1987. The main producer, Peter Jukes, is a TV screenwriter and political activist who became obsessed with the Morgan murder and has turned that obsession into a podcast. He is not the only one still interested, as the UK government set up the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel to review the case and look into "police handling of the murder investigation" and "connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists" after years of pressure by Morgan's family. So far there have been four episodes, with new ones coming each week.
posted by Kattullus at 12:31 PM - 6 comments

what rough beast, its hour come round at last

Burger King's new Mac n' Cheetos are so beautiful I want to cry
posted by poffin boffin at 9:58 AM - 188 comments

Validating fodar in the Artic Circle

Tallest Mountain in US Arctic Found Using New Technique A 50 year debate has been settled by collaboration between glaciologist Matt Nolan and champion skier Kit DesLauriers.
posted by Michele in California at 9:34 AM - 12 comments

WOOOOOOOOOO: the Tangled History of the Oldest Wrestling Championship

Regional rivalries, bad business decisions, money, television, big egos, and sweaty, shirtless men: the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. [more inside]
posted by gregglind at 7:50 AM - 17 comments

"Have you ever had a riot?"

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:33 AM - 57 comments

The consequences will be wide-ranging if the canal does not deliver.

NYTimes on the newly-rebuilt Panama Canal: "In simple terms, to be successful, the new canal needs enough water, durable concrete and locks big enough to safely accommodate the larger ships. On all three counts, it has failed to meet expectations." [more inside]
posted by entropone at 6:25 AM - 39 comments

Translated, he says: "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, we are winning this."

Iceland is in the European Cup football tournament for the first time. In their last game, they were tied 1-1 until the last minute when an Icelandic attacker made a move and scored. This means Iceland will move on to the next round. Listen to the Icelandic announcer absolutely lose his mind for joy.
posted by colfax at 4:32 AM - 51 comments

Innclusive aims to solve Airbnb's discrimination problem

Airbnb has been accused of discrimination, as Black travelers find it difficult to book reservations under the popular hosting startup. To book on Airbnb, renters must provide real names and photographs. They have taken to Twitter to share their complaints under #AirbnbWhileBlack. Two tech startups try to address this problem with services called Noirbnb and Noirebnb. They might join forces and rename their company to Innclusive, which will connect welcoming hosts with travelers of color. Do you wish this service wasn't necessary in the first place?
posted by ichomp at 12:49 AM - 129 comments

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