May 25

Bottle Flip For the Ages

Mike Senatore is a high school senior with a hidden talent. He can flip a water bottle. So he did. In front of his whole school. History was made and the world went crazy.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:51 PM - 68 comments

(Oh yeah!) I heard there was a secret chord

Did you ever realize that the word "Hallelujah" has the same syllable count and stress pattern as "Waluigi?"
SO!: It's a Cold and a Broken Waluigi - And here, with adjusted lyrics (but without the voice) [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 1:34 PM - 26 comments

Pirates in Shanghai

After watching the on-ride video of POTC, your first thought may have been the same as mine: “How did they do that?”
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:00 PM - 13 comments

Bee '16

The 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee is on. After ties in 2014 and 2015 because the judges ran out of words, the Bee is getting harder -- the opener was "abecedarius". [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 12:15 PM - 38 comments

"...onore agli angeli del fango."

Florence and the Mud Angels. As a sinkhole 200m long and 7m wide opened up along the Arno River embankment around 6.15 am this morning after a major water main broke during the night, the spectre of the Arno flood of November 4th, 1966* looms in the not so distant past. [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 11:55 AM - 8 comments

A quarter of this generation of young adults might never marry

Millennials’ Roommates Now More Likely to Be Parents Than Partners. "Millennials, who have been slower than previous generations to marry and set up their own households, reached that milestone in 2014, when 32.1 percent lived in a parent’s home, compared with 31.6 percent who lived with a spouse or a partner, the report found." [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 11:48 AM - 103 comments

Bees?

Swarm of 20,000 bees follow car for over 24 hours attempting to rescue their queen
posted by almostmanda at 11:19 AM - 53 comments

Lesson well learned

Adam After Being Poisoned By A Manchineel Tree In Antigua, in which the amazingly upbeat Adam kills time on the trip to the doctor by documenting for posterity the effects of touching his face after picking up one of the fruits.

Manchineel trees and other spurges previously
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:47 AM - 5 comments

boosting safety, convenience, & feasibility of walking, biking, transit

Reducing car dependence in the heart of Europe: lessons from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (pdf)
posted by aniola at 10:28 AM - 2 comments

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe

Autoencoding Blade Runner — Artist and researcher Terence Broad shows off his results “getting artificial neural networks to reconstruct films — by training them to reconstruct individual frames from films, and then getting them to reconstruct every frame in a given film and resequencing it.” [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 9:25 AM - 31 comments

The Norwegian Katzenjammer Kids

The second most impressive thing about Katzenjammer is that the band members take turns playing nearly all the shared instruments -- including drums, accordion, guitar, keyboard, mandolin and contrabass balalaika. But even more impressive is that this never feels gimmicky or distracts from the songcraft, and no doubt these switchups help contribute to an amazingly varied repertoire. While their albums are great, they can't match the live shows for pure entertainment value. Fortunately, several are on YouTube including this one from 2012. [more inside]
posted by Slothrup at 8:51 AM - 7 comments

Tree Law is a Gnarly, Twisted Branch of the Legal System

“I thought, as most lawyers do when they get their first tree case: ‘How hard can it be?’” [more inside]
posted by bq at 8:37 AM - 37 comments

Bigger than bathrooms: on non-binary erasure and exclusion.

Why We Must Stop Calling Menstruation A ‘Women’s Issue’
The problems come when I’m told I can’t be a part of [discussions about menstruation]. This is part of why calling it a 'women’s issue' is harmful not only to me, but to trans men and nonbinary trans people as well. It equates womanhood with a single biological process and is simply a scientifically inaccurate understanding. It has the effect of othering anyone who doesn’t fit that narrow criteria. It contributes to a mindset that there are tests one must pass to determine your womanhood."
[more inside]
posted by zebra at 8:18 AM - 84 comments

Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan

"We will again open this container of wisdom that has been left in our care" part 1, part 2.
posted by curious nu at 7:21 AM - 3 comments

Terrapattern

Terrapattern, currently in alpha, is a visual search tool for satellite imagery. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 7:20 AM - 3 comments

Batten down the hatches!

A most succinct expression of a child's imagination. Get in the Boat! (imgur gif) (via reddit) (keepmefiweird)
posted by cwest at 7:04 AM - 7 comments

“Theme for atoms”

Sahara Hotnight’s Josephine Forsman teams up with the grande dame of Swedish folk groove Merit Hemmingson and a music professor to produce a tune that’s scientifically guaranteed to give you extra energy (at least if you live in the 50 Hz parts of the world, so ymmv) (full song (WAV), Spotify). But enough about power company marketing stunts, let’s talk a bit about the legendary "Queen of Swedish folk groove" Merit Hemmingson instead. [more inside]
posted by effbot at 6:37 AM - 7 comments

If they don't own the press, they will destroy it.

Billionaire libertarian Peter Thiel is the formerly anonymous money-man behind Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker.
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:56 AM - 172 comments

May 24

why you keep having the same fight every time: a text game

BECAUSE YOU REFUSE TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL ANGER AND INSTEAD SEARCH FOR A NEARBY REPLACEMENT EMOTION YOU DO NOT ACTUALLY FEEL BUT WOULD PREFER TO EXPERIENCE INSTEAD (Single Link The-Toast.net / Mallory Ortberg why are you spying on my unconscious)
posted by zingiberene at 11:33 PM - 37 comments

Why Are There Violent Rabbits In The Margins Of Medieval Manuscripts?

Why Are There Violent Rabbits In The Margins Of Medieval Manuscripts?
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:32 PM - 40 comments

Do not throw away your Chance

It’s around 9 a.m. on a brisk New York Friday when Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda meet at a photo studio in Chelsea. Within the hour, they’re dressed in dingy overalls and covered in oil, faces smeared with dirt.
posted by rtha at 8:20 PM - 4 comments

Farewell, Mr. Bunting

Farewell, Mr. Bunting (SLYT) From the season finale of SNL
posted by dabug at 7:31 PM - 81 comments

Three views of poverty.

The Precaritat was only a brief pause on the way down. Slate Star Codex takes a look at three articles on the economic "recovery" and all those it leaves behind.
posted by bitmage at 7:06 PM - 71 comments

Nothing is straightforward in the cancer world.

More Men With Early Prostate Cancer Choosing to Avoid Treatment [Gina Kolata, New York Times] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:16 PM - 28 comments

Tails? Yep. Clothes? About half.

The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs [The Toast]
posted by hopeless romantique at 6:12 PM - 71 comments

“— ah, that first whiff of the West!”

On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West [The New York Times] On his cross-country trips chasing butterflies and researching “Lolita,” the Russian-born novelist saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:37 PM - 6 comments

tfw yr coffee game too strong

Lebanese coffee commercial. That's all I got.
posted by drlith at 2:08 PM - 68 comments

A very complex machine that’s doing nothing very special

Jller is a rock sorting robot built by Prokop Bartoníček & Benjamin Maus. Via Wired Design.
posted by slogger at 12:08 PM - 31 comments

"All the World Loves a Baby" read a sign above the entrance.

For years doctors in the US made little attempt to save the lives of premature babies, but there was one place distressed parents could turn for help - a sideshow on Coney Island. In the 1870s, the French obstetrician Tarnier went to the zoo and noticed an incubator for the raising of chicks. He asked its producer to build one capable of holding premature infants, and by the 1890s incubator exhibitions had spread across Europe and the United States. But the most famous one in America was Dr. Couney's exhibition at Coney Island, which ran from 1903 to 1943.
posted by Hypatia at 11:48 AM - 27 comments

Craig Baldwin: surf the wave of obsolescence, redeeming trash(ed) videos

Craig Baldwin creates "collage essay" films, redeeming or taking revenge on the trash(ed) videos of the past, and making movies on the cheap (YT interview). The work of this culture jammer, media appropriator, director and documentarian (Sonic Outlaws, Archive.org) stretches back to his short student films in the 1970s, and often includes political commentary, usually concerning the exploitation of countries and people under imperialism, capitalist or otherwise. But you might have to look beyond the chaos on the surface, as found in the ultimate conspiracy theory film, Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991 - 48 minutes, Vimeo). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:00 AM - 14 comments

All these worlds etc etc

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance. A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:59 AM - 7 comments

"Fly you sonuvabitch. Goddamit go up."

Titan: Freefall, a one-shot superhero comic by Dan Tozek.
posted by Etrigan at 10:29 AM - 12 comments

Help Me, Adobe-Wan Illustrator, You're My Only Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV as a single, 123-meter long infographic.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:15 AM - 25 comments

I Was Ready to Go to Prison for My Anti-War Beliefs.

To protest the Vietnam War, I broke into a federal building. Half a century later, I finally got the chance to ask the judge why he made the shocking decision to let me walk.
posted by goatdog at 9:59 AM - 22 comments

Come for the handmade dollhouse miniatures, stay for the ninja hamster.

Japanese YouTube user HMS2 creates meticulous handmade dollhouse miniatures: DIY Fake Food, DIY Dollhouse Items. There are also hundreds of kit-making videos, from food replicas to complete villages. Yes, there are Re-Ment unboxings! And oh yeah, he also built a ninja mansion for his hamster. h/t [Alert: Ninja mansion link has auto-hamster music.]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:11 AM - 10 comments

most of these could still have Wolverine slapped on to them just cause

"Nerd pandering at its finest! Got an idea for a shirt! How about combining Doctor Who and Mega Man? That doesn't make sense, you say? Doesn't matter! It's just two things! Put it on a shirt!"
posted by Krom Tatman at 8:50 AM - 1440 comments

" like arguing over who gets to fistfight a possum inside a dumpster"

an open letter to my nieces, who are currently fighting over a dude.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:43 AM - 46 comments

Sapiens 2.0: Homo Deus?

In his follow-up to Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari envisions what a 'useless class' of humans might look like as AI advances and spreads - "I'm aware that these kinds of forecasts have been around for at least 200 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and they never came true so far. It's basically the boy who cried wolf, but in the original story of the boy who cried wolf, in the end, the wolf actually comes, and I think that is true this time." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 8:42 AM - 21 comments

“When he moves, am I supposed to ask for my $3 back?"

Venmo is turning our friends into petty jerks
posted by griphus at 8:42 AM - 135 comments

How an Ad Campaign Made Lesbians Fall in Love with Subaru

"While gay and lesbian consumers loved the shout outs in the license plates, straight people would only notice features like a bike rack. Paul Poux, who helped come up with the license plate idea, says he held focus groups with straight audiences where he’d show ads featuring gay couples. Even after an hour of talking about gay issues, they’d think a man was shopping with his uncle." (See also: pinkwashing, pink money.)
posted by zebra at 7:47 AM - 113 comments

Sweeping, physically demanding movements of the animators' whole body

BAFTA Scholarship winner Daisy Jacobs has graduate film recognised as 2016 Next Director winner for The Bigger Picture (making of, interview). She also won the BAFTA for Best Short Animation in 2015 (interview) and had an Oscar nomination. [more inside]
posted by asok at 7:45 AM - 2 comments

Still alive: Judy Blume opens a book store

At 78 years of age, legendary author Judy Blume has made an interesting career choice - in February she opened a book store in Key West, FL. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 6:22 AM - 17 comments

bourgeois capitalist eats too much ice cream and freezes to death

Out with bourgeois crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books (Guardian). A new exhibition, A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia, will be at the House of Illustration. [more inside]
posted by cwest at 6:15 AM - 13 comments

Here Be Dragons... and existential despair.

Last year saw the release of Raven's Cry, an action-adventure pirate game that promised an immersive open world and historical accuracy. What people got was an incredibly buggy game with poor voice acting and glitches aplenty that would eventually earn a 1/10 "Abysmal" review on Gamespot. The creators addressed the concerns by attempting to fix all the bugs and re-releasing it in November of 2015 under the title Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry. Alas, it was eventually removed from Steam two months later after it received some very suspicious positive reviews. If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, video game aficionado and YouTuber Jerma985 has some great examples of gameplay from both the original and the re-release. (Both NSFW audio)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:14 AM - 24 comments

The new wave of student activism: the case of Oberlin

"On or about December, 2014, student character changed” The New Yorker looks at millennial politics. Nathan Heller talks to many students.
posted by doctornemo at 4:55 AM - 97 comments

But he won't travel long alone/No, not in Fiddler's Green

The Tragically Hip are the most Canadian rock band. They have a new album coming out next month. They're going on tour. And today they announced lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 3:56 AM - 80 comments

Tiny faces are his canvas

Noel Cruz is an artist who purchases Barbies and official franchise dolls, strips all of their factory paint, and remakes them into faithful portraits of iconic celebrities and beloved characters using acrylic paints and tiny brushes. His dedication to detail extends to hair styling and commissioning custom clothing to bring a doll to life. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 1:16 AM - 17 comments

May 23

English Profanity in Hong Kong Movies Vol. 02 - 香港電影 英文粗口

English Profanity in Hong Kong Movies Vol. 02 - 香港電影 英文粗口 . (Someone made a .gif of the best scene.) Also: Vol. 01. [NSFW]
posted by milquetoast at 11:04 PM - 5 comments

How the rich got richer

Vox cartoon breakdown of rise in US economic inequality.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:07 PM - 20 comments

Let's not talk about color vs. colour

Lynne Murphy's blog is 'Separated By A Common Language'. It turns out being polite is different in the UK and the US and there are specific differences in the way each culture (and subcultures thereto) use please. [more inside]
posted by bq at 9:45 PM - 131 comments

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