August 10

"Don't take it personally. He doesn't really like anyone."

Humans agree with John Oliver that geese are assholes. Zuri the baby elephant will also testify to that.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:22 PM - 23 comments

Some helium with your hops?

Testing helium beer (SLYT, subtitles) The beer that is what laughter tastes like... (sorry Mike's Hard Lemonade) "Watch at your own risk!" -My Ribs
posted by Amor Bellator at 2:58 PM - 23 comments

Impossible Santa Wife

Another single link of neural-network weirdness: Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence. Just titles (for now, that is) but what titles they are.
posted by Countess Elena at 1:32 PM - 72 comments

What it says on the tin

Dominoes and Fire. That's it. Just dominoes toppling, mostly thanks to creative application of flames and explosions.
posted by Etrigan at 11:48 AM - 12 comments

I Needed Color

"I found myself looking around at one point at a really bleak winter in New York and it was just so depressing, and I think I needed color."
posted by Memo at 8:51 AM - 83 comments

We jumped the shark in, like, Episode 2

An Oral History of the Time a Dog Ate a Heart on One Tree Hill. Finally, the story behind one of most amazing scenes in television history has been told.
posted by kmz at 7:55 AM - 64 comments

They coalesce into a digital harmony

RandomCity is a project by Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an artist and engineer who uses code and light to turn data into stunning landscapes. More of his projects here. [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:52 AM - 9 comments

It Belongs in a Museum

Defending Indiana Jones, Archaeologist
posted by Artw at 7:49 AM - 73 comments

26,000 78s digitised

Through the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive has begun to digitise 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P. Currently the number digitised stands at 25,989. Four stylii are used to transfer the records – 2.0mm truncated conical, 2.3mm truncated conical, 2.8mm truncated conical, 3.3mm truncated conical – recorded flat and then equalised. The preferred version is then chosen by an engineer.
posted by criticalbill at 5:08 AM - 40 comments

Diminished Chords

Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice? More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:11 AM - 62 comments

August 9

“The game they said would never be finished...”

After two decades of delay, 'Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar' is available for play. [Motherboard] “The next time you miss a deadline, take comfort in the fact that you're almost certainly doing better than Cleveland Mark Blakemore. His RPG Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar [Trailer][Steam] was first supposed to hit shelves in 1997, but for two decades Blakemore missed deadline after deadline. To put that in perspective, George R.R. Martin first published A Game of Thrones in 1996. But the wait is over. Grimoire is here. So much time has passed that Grimoire now looks like a relic—something not unlike 1992's Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant. (In fact, Grimoire started life as a cancelled Wizardry sequel.) The good news for Blakemore is that this means it's free to cash in on nostalgia, and it wastes no time doing so.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:52 PM - 73 comments

the breath of life

Christopher Nolan on the organ used in the soundtrack for Interstellar - "Pulling out all the stops, I now know what that expression means for real." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:59 PM - 14 comments

Petrodollar & quango

Merriam-Webster has a new feature where you can see by year what words were coined. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 9:18 PM - 23 comments

A Hero's Legacy + The Backstory Regarding Trump Campaign Corruption

Beginning just after the 17 minute mark,a remarkable and succinct interview with Bill Browder, author of the book Red Notice, about the murder of his friend and colleague Sergei Magnitsky. If you've been looking to understand this whole "Russia thing" and why meetings about Russian adoptions and why abolishing the Magnitsky Act is so damn important to Putin, invest 30 minutes in this interview. It's the backstory missing from most coverage.
posted by jbenben at 8:40 PM - 23 comments

How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance

"People have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end.’’
posted by standardasparagus at 8:36 PM - 5 comments

Punctuation FTW!

At its leading edge, punctuation is volcanically active, giving shape to concepts that move far faster than words. Anyone communicating today has seen #topics and #themes and #categories identified this way, using a symbol that was intuitively understood and replicated even before it was first called a hashtag in 2007. via daringfireball
posted by cgc373 at 7:25 PM - 8 comments

The Beauty and Tragedy of Altering Library Books

DIY book alteration, genderbending, Johnny Law, and unfortunate consequences. Not the first interesting story you have read about queer English couples.
posted by kozad at 7:19 PM - 3 comments

"Purrieu," "ptlee-bl," and other vital feline vocabulary words

"Cases have been given of… cats and dogs living together, in the same kennel, of which there have been innumerable instances." In 1895, Marvin R. Clark self-published a 150-page pamphlet, Pussy and Her Language, about how (and why) to talk to your cat. Atlas Obscura's Cara Giaimo helpfully highlights each chapter of the dense text.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:10 PM - 17 comments

How do you say "You rock!" in Yurok

August 8 is International Indigenous Peoples Day. To celebrate, UC Berkeley highlighted a project to preserve rare audio of 78 indigenous California languages that uses optics technology to copy content from decaying wax cylinders in a non-invasive way. [more inside]
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 5:37 PM - 4 comments

"Cancelling now is really unprofessional."

The Privates They're a unknown rock band struggling to get noticed, but there's just one problem - the uncontrolled bolts of electricity and radiation that their music produces that keep on blowing out amps and starting fires. On the night of their first real show, they have to decide whether or not risking life and limb is worth their 1 AM stage slot. [more inside]
posted by Punkey at 3:05 PM - 22 comments

What Eats? - A Food Web Website

Welcome to What Eats? This is a website specifically for kids seeking information about the relationships between predators and their prey. I discovered this site because I wanted to find out what eats Jellyfish. And then I wanted to know what eats Sharks. But they don't know what eats honey badgers yet.
posted by King Sky Prawn at 2:21 PM - 23 comments

What the fuck did Guy Fieri ever do to anyone?

Comedian Shane Torres wants to know "I know you think Guy Fieri is just a day-old Hot Pocket filled with Smash Mouth lyrics, but what if he’s actually good?" (SLVulture with embedded SoundCloud) [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:12 PM - 114 comments

The Busy Life of Bob the Flamingo

Photographer Jasper Doest: I don’t really like to take images where nature is being made fun of...It’s really funny to see a flamingo in a car, of course, but there’s a deeper meaning in those images.”
posted by acanthous at 1:46 PM - 5 comments

Gentrification Is Deliberate, Planned, And Political

"What happened? The explanation is simple enough: Freret was designated a “cultural district” by the state in 2012, allowing new businesses—but not existing ones—to operate tax-free. A slew of restaurants opened in quick succession, turning Freret Street into a “dining hot spot” for young, white, subsidized crowds while long-running businesses like the local barber shop were left to fend for themselves. “It’s not sharing the table,” as longtime New Orleanian Ruth Idakula told Moskowitz. “It’s coming here and shoving our shit off the table and then demanding we eat your shit.”" - How To Stop Gentrification - Colin Kinniburgh
posted by The Whelk at 11:49 AM - 88 comments

"It's about movement, creation and destruction."

For 20 years now, Swords' house in Camberwell, south London, has had a copy of Hokusai's Great Wave (or Under the Wave off Kanagawa, to give it its actual title) painted across its back. Just as in Hokusai's original - which master cutters carved into multiple blocks of wood, so it could be printed again and again - the wave is cresting, dozens of foam fingers stretching out from it. But on the house it looks as if it's about to break into the alley below, and drench anyone passing by, rather than drench the sailors Hokusai painted in three wooden boats.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:38 AM - 25 comments


Meet the latest doggos on the meme scene: Fat Ass Woofers! (Don't hate, everyone loves a thiccie.) Learn the diff between nugs and potates (u can turn into a potate by eatin nugs, but some are jus born into the nug life) and love and respect these beautiful creatures. [mlfb] [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 11:27 AM - 14 comments

Was he asking for fairness or was he asking me to choose sides?

When Michael Deng, a college freshman, joined an Asian-American fraternity, he was looking for a sense of belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead. [SLNYT] ““Asian-American’’ is a mostly meaningless term. Nobody grows up speaking Asian-American, nobody sits down to Asian-American food with their Asian-American parents and nobody goes on pilgrimages back to their motherland of Asian-America. Michael Deng and his fraternity brothers were from Chinese families and grew up in Queens, and they have nothing in common with me — someone who was born in Korea and grew up in Boston and North Carolina. We share stereotypes, mostly — tiger moms, music lessons and the unexamined march toward success, however it’s defined. My Korean upbringing, I’ve found, has more in common with that of the children of Jewish and West African immigrants than that of the Chinese and Japanese in the United States — with whom I share only the anxiety that if one of us is put up against the wall, the other will most likely be standing next to him.’’
posted by protocoach at 10:40 AM - 27 comments

How Ice Cream Helped America at War

For decades, the military made sure soldiers had access to the treat—including spending $1 million on a floating ice-cream factory.

posted by Etrigan at 10:13 AM - 11 comments

For greed all nature is too little.

Indonesia Again Silences 1965 Massacre Victims.
Last year An international panel of judges concluded that Indonesia's mass killings of 1965 were crimes against humanity, and that the United States, United Kingdom and Australia were all complicit in the crimes.
As John Pilger pointed out; in 1967 The Indonesian economy was carved up, sector by sector. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 10:12 AM - 4 comments

And God said, “Let there be light,” and it was lit AF.

And God Created Millennial Earth 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. #CreationGoals #EarthIsBae 2. Now the earth was formless and basic, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was lowkey hovering over the waters.
posted by straight at 9:59 AM - 47 comments

But you don't get to take their words for it

'Reading Rainbow taught a generation of kids that they could (a) go twice as high as a butterfly, (b) go anywhere, and (c) be anything. Unfortunately, if you chose to be “LeVar Burton using his classic Reading Rainbow catchphrase,” the place you will go might be court. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WNED-TV Buffalo, New York, is suing the children’s show host in part over his continued use of the tagline “But you don’t have to take my word for it” on his podcast LeVar Burton Reads.' [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 9:36 AM - 29 comments

Hold me closer

The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit
posted by ActingTheGoat at 12:05 AM - 55 comments

August 8

Bloody Good Bar Fight Song

Back in 2013, Carbon Leaf released Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle with no advance notice. As a fan who had been missing new output from them, my first listen was really thrilling. If you like rock-flavored Celtic-tinged music, maybe you'd like a first listen too. [YT playlist, 12 songs, annoying silence at the end of track two, sorry, not my fault]
posted by hippybear at 10:16 PM - 27 comments

Kasou Taishou, from a history of bunraku and practical effects

Kasou Taishou, or 欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞 (translation: Kinchan and Katori Shingo's All Japan Costume Grand Prix), is a semi-annual television show in Japan in which groups or individuals perform short skits that are rated by a panel of judges. Nothing exceptional yet, you say? In the last decade or two, many of the skits have expanded from the bunraku-inspired performances and revolved around clever methods of "faking" cinematic special effects on a live stage. The most famous is probably "Matrix ping pong" from 2003 (YT re-post; previously), but as gathered in this Imgur gallery and this YouTube playlist titled "Masquerade Japan", there's a lot of creativity to discover. Or sit back and enjoy the complete 2017 94th All Japan Kasoh Grand Prix on Daily Motion.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:58 PM - 8 comments

referencing a feeling created by another

It’s not hard to fracture the internet with a movie adaptation of a popular bad book. They’re made into movies all the time. They read like screenplays because they skip complex language that defies being replaced with pictures, and producers can’t resist a baked-in audience, which creates a baked-in counter-audience of critics. These people then meet online and ruin each others’ days. You could be forgiven, then, for expecting last month’s trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to break apart the internet entirely.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:34 PM - 202 comments

The John Peel Festive 50

From 1974 until his death in 2004, the UK's legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel's annual rundown of listeners' fifty favourite tracks of the year, 'The John Peel Festive 50' became a Christmas institution. Listeners of John's show picked the chart by voting for their three favourite tracks of the year before the end of November. The Festive 50 were then played on air. And with this Spotify playlist you can stream all 70+ hours --932 songs -- for free. [Requires free Spotify account.]
posted by Room 641-A at 6:18 PM - 8 comments

The Legacy of Broadway Icon Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook, the original Marian the Librarian (here with Robert Preston), Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide and Amalia in She Loves Me (see below), passed away August 8, 2017. [more inside]
posted by NorthernLite at 6:12 PM - 15 comments

The Prince Who Would Be King Is Taking His Anger to the Grave

In the Game of Thrones, you win, or you refuse to be buried next to your wife of 50 years after harboring four decades of spite that you were never named king consort (in Danish). Or at least you do if you're Prince Henrik of Denmark, the world's grumpiest royal, who cites Danish support for gender equality as an important reason he should be king.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:07 PM - 44 comments

“Her story is one of confusion, sadness, fear, and loss...”

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [IGN] “It follows the titular Senua, a celtic warrior, who embarks on a mission to the homeland of the Northmen in order to penetrate the depths of their version of hell, the mythological Norse land of the dead called Helheim. It's bound by threads of historical fiction, historical non-fiction, mythology, and metaphor all admirably weaved together to create a unique backdrop that's ripe for exploring the darker tones and themes Hellblade tackles. But as impressive as its story is, Ninja Theory’s smart design reinforces the sensory nature of the harrowing tale through subtle and intuitive mechanics. Even before the game begins, you're prompted to play with headphones in order to capitalize on the binaural audio design (simulated three-dimensional sound). This is used to great effect as the voices that plague Senua are in a constant chatter, dancing around her head in creepy ways that feel as though you're never alone.” [YouTube] [Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:10 PM - 11 comments

#5280PostItWars: Do you even Morse, bro?

We've been informed that some tenants are making Post-It art on windows that can be seen from other buildings. (Note: TV news page has auto-playing video.) Please know that this places tenants in violation of their leases. Please have the "artwork" removed by 5 PM today.
posted by asperity at 3:24 PM - 47 comments

Glen Travis Campbell, 1936-2017

Glen Campbell has passed away at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He released his last album, "Adiós," in June.
posted by me3dia at 2:39 PM - 89 comments

If Job had a different job, what job would Job have?

What is Your Opposite Job? What if you could start over and take the career path most different from the one you’re on? Type in an occupation and find out its opposite. The gizmo uses the Labor Department's skills and tasks database to figure out the polar opposite of a listed occupation.
posted by storybored at 1:56 PM - 116 comments

En français, mais quel français ?

Français de nos régions. A website (100% in French) that looks at variations in French as spoken in France (and within France), Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and Canada, and in the French-speaking Caribbean. It discusses and maps issues such as whether that chocolate-filled pastry is called a pain au chocolat or chocolatine, the word used for "mobile phone", how "80" is actually spoken in Belgium and Switzerland , Germanisms found in Swiss French such as stempf or poutzer, which regions of France pronounce the final letters in persil, encens, moins and vingt, and so on. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 12:43 PM - 38 comments

I don't know why Li'l Mushie sings in allcaps, he just does, ok.

Li'l Mushie, or, Nymphadora Tonks Gets Bored [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 11:41 AM - 2 comments

The authoritarian tendencies of the suburbs

"The modern suburb in America began as a means of providing abundant and comfortable housing to white Americans and has now evolved into a carefully tuned media surround — replete with ubiquitous screens running alarmist commercial media — that seeks to sustain that apartheid at any cost. But just as the media elevated a man to the presidency only to have him turn around and name it the “enemy of the people,” the built environment of suburbs is riven with contradictions that will ultimately be its undoing." The Authoritarian Surround, the politics of the suburbs by David A. Banks.
posted by The Whelk at 11:35 AM - 18 comments

Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules

Avoiding meat in all circumstances, including in the circumstances in which the vegetarian guest found herself, is a strategy that can backfire. Plausibly, the ‘right’ message to be sent to non-vegetarians is one that increases the chances that as many of them as possible will give up meat or at least reduce their meat consumption. […] A flexible moral position is more appealing than a rigid one that allows for no exceptions. It is more likely that people would be convinced to become flexible vegetarians – that is, that they abstain from eating meat with some exceptions – than to become rigid vegetarians, and being a flexible vegetarian is preferable, from a moral perspective, to being a carnivore.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:56 AM - 128 comments

"It’s not the system that’s broken—you’re just not trying hard enough."

Joining a MLM is appealing to women who find hope in their promises of a better life: freedom, economic independence, and an endless supply of cheery trinkets. Despite professing quick-income prospects though, it’s difficult for MLM consultants to earn more than pocket change. When glitzy recruitment videos yield to the reality of suburban cul-de-sacs, people selling for MLMs can be plunged into debt and psychological crisis.

“I was urged to stop paying my bills to invest in more inventory. I was urged to get rid of television. I was urged to pawn my vehicle. I just had to get on anxiety meds over all of it because I’ve started having panic attacks.” [sl article]
posted by Elly Vortex at 10:16 AM - 95 comments

"White Americans are probably the most dangerous people in the world…"

Unlearning the myth of American innocence. "American exceptionalism did not only define the US as a special nation among lesser nations; it also demanded that all Americans believe they, too, were somehow superior to others. How could I, as an American, understand a foreign people, when unconsciously I did not extend the most basic faith to other people that I extended to myself?"
posted by standardasparagus at 9:06 AM - 78 comments

But I know y'all wanted that 808

Roland has brought back the TR-808 as the TR-08. Compacter, lighter, portable, and most importantly much cheaper than second hand versions of the original. The new variant is slated to hit the shelves with a USB interface to slot into a modern setup and for only $349, about a third of the typical asking price of an original 808 on eBay. Now everyone will be able to have authentic drum lines for their Marvin Gaye covers!
posted by Talez at 8:49 AM - 44 comments

On a microscale, a cookie is essentially a series of small starchy tubes

The Optimal Time to Dunk an Oreo, According to Science. Lucas Reilly of Mental Floss brings us a roundup of scientific research of just how long your cookie/biscuit should remain in the milk, including an actual physics equation and a university-approved chart. Hail science!
posted by Etrigan at 8:42 AM - 6 comments

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