July 22

"Should I eat this?" - librarian edition

In the Mansfield Library of the University of Montana, librarians discover some cold war rations, produced in 1962. Their reaction was to eat them. “I took a taste of one [of the survival biscuits]; It’s like a stale graham cracker with a hint of vanilla in it. It could be far worse.” Making your own food time capsule? A few suggestions.
posted by Wordshore at 11:11 AM - 17 comments

" Slavery, to begin with, was an important part of Rome’s economy."

King, magician, general … slave: Eunus and the First Servile War against Rome, Mike Dash
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:05 AM - 8 comments

"A signifier of cheapness and toxically poor taste"

Sex, death and cannibalism: why mondo movies still shock (SLGuardian) — Mondo Mondo, a wide-ranging repertory series of films running at New York’s Anthology Film Archives from 22-31 July, serves up a platter of grotesque, chewy and challenging work that one would be hard-pressed to label as “entertainment” in any conventional sense.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:00 AM - 18 comments

Vintage aerial photos of rural America

Vintageaerial.com is a photo archive of over 25 million photos from flyover country (PDF), capturing a time and place that may no longer exist. Some of us rural folk may have grown up with aerial pictures of their farms on the walls. My family had two pictures, one from 1967 and one from 1983. Pretty cool archive if you're interested in that kind of thing. Previously something similar.
posted by cass at 9:54 AM - 10 comments

Happy National Hammock Day!

Stressed out by politics, the news, family, or something else? String up a hammock, relax, and take a break from the world for a while: it's National Hammock Day today. July 22, 2016, is the day when we should all take a moment to pause, consider how we sit, sleep, lounge, or camp, and decide to make out lives better...in a hammock! [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 9:51 AM - 29 comments

Kate Bush Gifs

A Kate Bush Gif a day keeps the sanity away!
posted by josher71 at 8:42 AM - 28 comments

We weren’t built to be “happy”

We were born to create.
posted by BekahVee at 8:39 AM - 32 comments

The Entrepreneurial State

Mariana Mazzucato is Rethinking Capitalism (pdf; via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 7:22 AM - 13 comments

“Because stimming is what we do.”

In the Daily Dot, Jaya Saxena profiles Stimtastic, a company that sells jewelry and toys for adults with autism who engage in stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior. People with autism are often encouraged to suppress these behaviors, which include rocking, hand-flapping, and humming, among many, many other things. Stimtastic's products do the opposite: they provide opportunities to stim. Founder Cynthia Kim, who also runs the blog Musings of an Aspie, says that “[m]y goal for Stimtastic and for the products we sell is to help adults and teens who stim feel not just comfortable but celebrated.” [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:46 AM - 41 comments

"That was the eureka moment."

Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.
posted by komara at 6:41 AM - 37 comments

The Sudans Takeover

As South Sudan tries to restabilize after the shaky resolution of the 2013 civil war, The Guardian turned over their African coverage to Sudanese and South Sudanese journalists to talk about more than just violence. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:23 AM - 5 comments

Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president

Woodhull ended her speech with a threat: if men continued to exclude women from government, women had no choice but to revolt and govern themselves. “If Congress refuse to listen and to grant what women ask, there is but one course left to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?"(slTheGuardian)
posted by Kitteh at 5:47 AM - 2 comments

"it was generally accepted that Swift was a kind, genuine person."

When Did the Media Turn Against Taylor Swift? - In an interview with The Guardian, she came out as a feminist. A charitable read is that Swift was simply growing as a person as she entered her mid-20s. A more cynical outlook is that, in the words of BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen, she was employing "an incredibly savvy image maintenance strategy." These interpretations are not mutually exclusive. [...] It's increasingly popular to use celebrities as signposts (or, as Roxane Gay puts it, "brand ambassadors") for various strains of political thought [...] This development has been very beneficial for the media — entertainment news spreads better when injected with a dose of political signaling, and potentially abstract political discussions spread better if they're attached to a recognizable name — and for an artist, there can be definite benefits in having your work linked with a specific politics. But the risks are heightened, too: Your failings become not just the failings of a person, but the failings of an ideology, and must be denounced even more loudly. [previously] [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 2:58 AM - 206 comments

July 21

Power Man and Iron Fist

Marvel and Netflix releases a Luke Cage trailer at SDCC Plus: Iron Fist teaser. Plus: Defenders teaser. Also: Daredevil season 3 confirmed. More from the Luke Cage panel.
posted by Artw at 9:30 PM - 118 comments

Ra-Ra-Robotnik! Lover of the Russian Queen!

A man achieves his dream of becoming Dr. Robotnik, the God of Dance. This is actually a hijacked video, the original had the sin of an inadequate soundtrack.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:20 PM - 9 comments

Be the Random Number Generator you want to see in the world

For your Flash Fthursday enjoyment: Deterministic Dungeon.
posted by threeants at 6:26 PM - 7 comments

“The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it.”

Like These Books? Here Are 60+ Things You Might Also Like ... [NPR.org] Welcome to the second installment of Read, Watch, Binge! our summer recommendation series. As you may recall from last month's list [Like These Movies? Here Are 100+ Things You Might Also Like ...], we were tired of algorithms that only matched books to books or movies to movies. So this month, we've enlisted the help of real live humans to pair books with movies, musicals, TV, comics, podcasts and more.
posted by Fizz at 5:38 PM - 8 comments

Have sonar, will travel

"In August 1868, a double-masted Canadian schooner named the Royal Albert was en route to Toledo, Ohio, loaded down with 285 tons of railroad iron when the heavy cargo suddenly shifted. The iron rails busted the hull open and sent the ship to the bottom of the lake. While the crew survived, the ship was lost for nearly 150 years—until earlier this month, when a group of underwater explorers finally discovered it." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:25 PM - 12 comments

Зона

The twitter account Soviet Visuals is on vacation in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation aka the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. You can follow along on Twitter (where they are semi-consistently using the #LiveFromChernobyl tag) or Facebook. And don't worry: "the radiation exposure inside the approved itinerary @ exclusion zone is equal to roughly 1hr of transatlantic flight [...] and this is over 1 whole day of being in the zone."
posted by griphus at 1:08 PM - 19 comments

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Anthony Schorr has been reviewing root beer at rootbeerbarrel.com since 1996. The rankings. Root Beer Previously [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 10:49 AM - 52 comments

COVERED IN BEES

Watch This Beekeeper Tend To 50,000 Bees At His Apiary In Queens
posted by poffin boffin at 10:23 AM - 63 comments

How To Fix Flying

"Air travelers love nothing more than to complain about their latest flight. But modern aviation is an incredible technological achievement, and it doesn't have to be so miserable. Here's how you'll love flying again." A long read touching on everything from air traffic control, ticket buying strategies, and future airliner improvements, to the future of in-flight WiFi and how to mix your own cocktails while in the air.
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:38 AM - 83 comments

system shock

Did inequality cause the First World War? Contra Hobson-Lenin-Milanovic [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:29 AM - 36 comments

The kappa may be adorable, but it has very few boundaries.

How a Mythical Imp that Snuck Up People's Large Intestines Became a Symbol of Japan
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:10 AM - 22 comments

Do we talk about golf or birds?

I'm Afraid to Talk to Men (slyt music video)
posted by stoneweaver at 7:48 AM - 17 comments

How to crack passwords; how to set passwords

Mike pound explains how to crack passwords to Computerphile. And, on the basis of this he suggests how to choose them. (yes he has read XKCD on the matter). Bonus file on how (not) to store passwords.
posted by rongorongo at 7:13 AM - 104 comments

Remember it's your life. Live it any way you like.

First Lady Michelle Obama joins James Corden for a drive around the White House grounds. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:00 AM - 56 comments

Summon all the courage you require, then count. (Day 1, 2, 3, FOUR) RNC

The morning after Trump's running mate, Mike Pence's big night, the headlines read, "Ted Cruz Dashes Hopes for Unity by Snubbing Donald Trump." Welcome to Day Four. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:31 AM - 3719 comments

Tesla - Master Plan, Part Deux

"Starting a car company is idiotic and an electric car company is idiocy squared."
posted by memebake at 3:33 AM - 130 comments

Show me the money

U.S. Targets $1 Billion in Assets in Malaysian Embezzlement Case After a few years of investigations (and it's not the only country investigating), the USA Department of Justice announced that it will be seeking to seize more than US$1 billion worth of assets 'bought with money stolen from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund by people close to that country’s embattled prime minister, Najib Razak' (perhaps the unnamed 'Malaysian Official 1', as according to US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch - recording; press release). The route of the money being laundered can be traced all the way to Hollywood, in a little movie you may have heard of. [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 2:41 AM - 17 comments

The Olympian and the Terrorist

The older brother detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The younger one is representing Belgium at the Olympic Games in Rio. The story of two Belgian siblings who long ago parted ways.
posted by romados at 2:30 AM - 4 comments

July 20

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

Kirby Café [Japanese] Starting this August, several Kirby Cafes will open across the country [Only in Japan]. Here are some of the dishes that will be served. The Kirby Cafe opens August 5 at Lucua 1100 in Osaka’s Umeda and will run until September 4. Similar cafes are slated to open this August in Tokyo and Nagoya. [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz at 4:37 PM - 26 comments

It's almost like he's trying to provoke controversy with the NPR crowd.

Who's to Blame for Inequality in America? Bowdoin's Awesome Cafeteria. Malcolm Gladwell says that, "The food at Bowdoin is actually a problem, a moral problem,” because every dollar spent towards snazzy cafeteria food to attract wealthy students is a dollar not spent on financial aid. Bowdoin responds: "Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast “Revisionist History” (aptly named) takes a manipulative and disingenuous shot at Bowdoin College that is filled with false assumptions, anecdotal evidence, and incorrect conclusions."
posted by leotrotsky at 3:38 PM - 101 comments

"There is something you can do."

Seattle-based artist Natasha Marin has started a project called Reparations, intended to go through the end of the year, in which people of color make requests and white-identified people volunteer to fulfill them or make offers of their own. [more inside]
posted by Errant at 3:35 PM - 19 comments

Being John Cho

John Cho, star of the new Star Trek movies, Harold & Kumar, and Selfie, as well as the recent internet meme #starringjohncho, gives an honest, insightful interview about his experience as a Korean-American actor in Hollywood. Plus, an answer to the question: should Mr. Sulu have a human husband?
posted by roger ackroyd at 2:25 PM - 16 comments

Playmobil mountain biking and BMX

Playmobil mountain biking and BMX and other videos from Karim Rejeb
posted by pseudodionysus at 2:19 PM - 5 comments

Ready, Unsteady

In June of 1979, a song called "Ready 'N Steady" appeared on Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart and persisted there for three weeks, struggling up to number 102 before vanishing into a legendary obscurity. For the next 37 years, music historians were unable to find any other evidence of the song's existence—no recordings, no memories of airplay, no band or label information. This month, the mystery of the "phantom record" was finally solved: "Ready 'N Steady" exists, and you can listen to it here. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:06 PM - 49 comments

You cannot speak out with a banana in your mouth

Kem Ley, a popular political commentator and critic of Cambodian PM Hun Sen's regime, was shot dead last week while getting his morning coffee (tw: image with gunshot wounds). After over three decades in power, could this spell the end for the ruling Cambodian People's Party? Mu Sochea, an opposition leader and human rights activist, makes the case in a NYT op-ed. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 1:34 PM - 9 comments

Макдоналдс

What if modern brands were found in the USSR?
posted by griphus at 12:56 PM - 26 comments

Chicago close up magicians

Chicago close up magicians: Every Saturday for the past 25 years, a group of friends has gathered in a Lincoln Park apartment to invent and perfect some of the world’s most mind-blowing card tricks.
posted by garlic at 12:44 PM - 9 comments

I think! And I always have a piece of string!

To be a witch is to be a woman with power in a world where women are often otherwise powerless.” [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 9:56 AM - 31 comments

RNC Part III: Return Of The Nominee (probably)

Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee for president, but there are still two days left for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:20 AM - 1708 comments

Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?

A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge (SL NYMag) [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:23 AM - 14 comments

Cosmo on birth injuries and postpartum pain

"Millions of women are injured during childbirth. Why aren't doctors diagnosing them?" [more inside]
posted by liet at 7:47 AM - 44 comments

»Mr. Klein wants to keep control over bad stories.«

Christoph Klein, director of the Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital in Munich, is considered an excellent doctor with plenty of ambition. Too much? For years, Klein has been pursuing an experimental study. Several of the children he has treated are now dead.
[more inside]
posted by brokkr at 7:34 AM - 9 comments

"I have to go now. My planet needs me."

After Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones experienced racist harassment on Twitter, blogger Milo Yiannopoulous has been permanently banned from the site.
posted by Theta States at 7:05 AM - 224 comments

Only You Can Help Us

Joel Cares is a 3D artist who plays with the low rent aesthetic of poser models combined with body morphing glitchiness. Help Us applies that to a familiar genre of commercial (swelling music, confident statements delivered directly to the camera, unsettling wind noises), with bizarre results. You can see more on his personal website.
posted by codacorolla at 6:50 AM - 2 comments

Any monster looks several times cooler if it's oozing something

Bogleech (previously) is currently providing in-depth reviews of every. single. Pokémon. Not every Pokémon game - every individual Pokémon. He's up to #374 now. He can also tell you all about the real-world biological organisms behind such Pokémon as Parasect, Weepinbell, and his beloved Gloom, and explain why they are both grosser and more charming than you ever suspected.
posted by showbiz_liz at 6:48 AM - 20 comments

"Now is not the time to despair, but to act."

Author Rebecca Solnit: "Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​."
posted by zarq at 6:37 AM - 5 comments

The Return of American Hunger

"...in one of the richest countries that has ever existed, about 15 percent of the population faces down bare cupboards and empty refrigerators on a routine basis." (slTheAtlantic)
posted by Kitteh at 5:44 AM - 25 comments

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