May 3

How do I stay

In his documentary "the Drew", about a summer basketball league in South Central Los Angeles, 2-time NBA all star Baron Davis uses a basketball league to convey the compassion and the loyalty that allowed him to go from South Central to an exclusive Los Angeles high school to U.C.L.A. and the N.B.A. without leaving home.

“It is a ’hood story and it’s a positive ’hood story,” Davis said in a recent interview. “There’s good stuff in our neighborhood: good people, good leaders, good mentors. That was the beauty of the film.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:44 AM - 0 comments

Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge

On Saturday morning you're given a title, a line of dialogue, and a description of a prop. Exactly 48 hours later, your team hands in a completed 5-minute science fiction film. The shortlisted 5-minute films to win this year's challenge have just been announced, and are free to watch here. Plus, in a new twist for this year, the shortlisted flash fiction (<1500 words) entries based on the same time limit and randomised prompts. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 6:24 AM - 0 comments

In the realm of the ridiculous

Leicester City Football Club has won the UK's Premier League title, an event which bookies were giving 5,000 to 1 odds against at the beginning of the season. As a result, bookmakers will be paying out £25 million, the biggest loss in British history on a single sporting market, with some people winning £10,000 on £2 bets. Striker Jamie Vardy broke a league record for goals scored in consecutive games. The team's new manager, Claudio Ranieri, was initially viewed as an uninspired choice; in another betting market statistic, he was initially considered the most likely manager to be the first to lose his job this season. Ironically, the game that sealed Leicester City's victory was a drawn match between Tottenham City and Chelsea, a team that fired Ranieri in 2004.
posted by kyrademon at 5:41 AM - 17 comments

Take and eat, this is my body

Jesus Christ the Magic Mushroom (part 1)
posted by mosessis at 5:06 AM - 5 comments

Like Burning Man. But in Vegas. For the 1%. The 1% of the Tech Elite.

Picture Eric Schmidt wearing a leather Top hat and a waistcoat made of mirrors No really, the article contains a picture of Executive Chairman of Alphabet (previously one of the Google CEOs) Eric Schmitdt wearing a leather Top hat and a waistcoat adorned with mirrors [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 5:05 AM - 34 comments

James May - The Reassembler

James May reassembles things in his shed. Episode 1 - Lawnmower. Episode 2 - Telephone. Episode 3 - Electric Guitar.
posted by veedubya at 4:49 AM - 7 comments

Meet the Fugglers

Mrs McGettrick makes Fugglers from felt and discarded false teeth. Even stranger, some people buy them. "It was something I would do in the evening to unwind: cup of tea, episode of something trashy on TV, force some teeth into the gaping maw of a felt teddy bear... I was both bewildered and excited when I sold my first order. I purchased another bag of teeth."
posted by billiebee at 4:27 AM - 18 comments

contains the entire word Solar and rhymes with Polaris

33 COSMIC CAR NAMES / Car names -- past & present -- that reference or evoke the Universe.
A list by Neil deGrasse Tyson
posted by timshel at 3:31 AM - 7 comments

Creative People Say No.

"How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do."
posted by Fantods at 3:09 AM - 10 comments

Pogo, Plain or Peanut

Mix-mashmaster Makes M&Ms Medley (SLYT) Pogo (previously) who usually finely purees moments from movies, turns 75 years of candy commercials into 3 sweet minutes that melt in your eyes and ears. Contains chocolate, peanuts, cgi and ancient b&w.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:35 AM - 2 comments

Reviews say it's better than Batman vs Superman

17-year-old Nigerian student Joshua Umia is getting a lot of attention for his homemade action films with special effects, especially his remake of a Flash vs Zoom episode - which are all filmed on a Blackberry Bold 5.
posted by divabat at 1:17 AM - 3 comments

May 2

The Greatest & Most Enigmatic 2-Minute Horror Suspense Film of Our Time

Jewelry ad starring Gwyneth Paltrow, or the greatest and most enigmatic 2-minute horror suspense film of our time? Tumblr user rave sashayed thinks it's the latter. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 11:10 PM - 49 comments

Manus x Machina

Met Ball 2016 - it's a bit technical.
posted by Artw at 11:08 PM - 10 comments

Non-Edible Use #235

Here on The Blue we're already familiar with one form of cheese racing. In another case the "fanny phenomenon" in which it is once again proven we are two nations separated by a common language, the rules of the sport are entirely different when that cheese is American. In these dark hours, when we are all called upon to correct the course of our floundering national cheese-based economy, isn't it about time you learned about that other, meltier, form of cheese racing? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 10:30 PM - 6 comments

Technology would be the rock and roll of the ’90s

Step Behind the Scenes of the Frantic, Madcap Birth of Wired Magazine: “We’re trying to make a magazine that feels as if it has been mailed back from the future.”
posted by Drinky Die at 9:57 PM - 7 comments

"That's insane terrain at its finest."

Dave Bachinsky landed a skateboard trick in 2009 that has still never been repeated: a kickflip over the massive El Toro gap. [more inside]
posted by joechip at 8:48 PM - 25 comments

Why is Westeros so hopelessly fucked up in the first place?

"We are told that recorded history goes back over 10,000 years, much longer than our own, and yet we find so little in the way of progress, innovation, new theories, or new philosophies. It’s a wonder Varys even considers an alternative to the status quo. What gives?" - Robert Repino, TOR [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:31 PM - 53 comments

That washing thing on a stick

Toilets of Roman Pompeii tells you most of the things you wanted to know about Roman habits [more inside]
posted by yarntheory at 7:37 PM - 15 comments

Touchdown Feis

The Seattle Seahawks picked up Arkansas running back Alex Collins in this year's draft - "the epitome of consistency, rushing for over 1,000 yards and at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of his three seasons. Vision and footwork are the catalysts for his elusiveness and he has flashed long speed." But where does he get his fancy footwork? Irish dance.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:30 PM - 6 comments

Light Plane System +Plu

shivinteger designs things [more inside]
posted by clorox at 7:03 PM - 1 comment

This is not a Drill People-Eurovision comes to the US

LogoTV is going to carry the Eurovision Song Contest! Head out to Ikea folks, and throw your Eurovision Party together, Logo TV is going to air the Grand Final live! [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:31 PM - 39 comments

The Cure For Fear

Scientists have discovered a radical new way to treat our most traumatic memories.
posted by MythMaker at 3:30 PM - 56 comments

A cat name is Sashimi-san.Somebody tell me why she's got a anger.

Filmmaker SOEZIMAX (Shingo Soejima) visits his sister. Her cat really, really hates him. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 3:18 PM - 29 comments

Immortality Begins at Forty

Not nearly as uplifting as it sounds Sad truths. My first top post.
posted by Chitownfats at 2:54 PM - 43 comments

Ida Keeling

At the Penn relays this past weekend, Ida Keeling ran a 1:17 in the 100-meter dash, a new world record. Ms. Keeling started running at the age of 67. Now, she's 100.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:05 PM - 10 comments

Louis Le Breton, illustrator of boats and demons

Maybe you first saw one of them in a video game or a heavy metal album cover: the 69 demons Louis Le Breton illustrated for Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal (previously). But who was the man who rendered these images, and brought the dukes and presidents of Hell to life in such specific detail? Would he want to be remembered for his drawings of composite monsters and naked men riding dragons, or did he perhaps leave another legacy entirely? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:35 PM - 10 comments

Mo-Cap Abstract Kung Fu

Motion capture Kung Fu data visualization. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:07 PM - 5 comments

Maybe we need to find more non-edible uses for it

Consumerist: The U.S. has a giant cheese surplus and unfortunately, this is a bad thing. Bloomberg graph: Welcome to Cheese Mountain. (n.b. not a real, visitable, place) nymag: "Our great nation apparently had an inventory of 1.2 billion pounds at the end of March, the highest in 30 years." FoodDive: "Startups may see an opportunity to create marketable products out of inexpensive ingredients, and more cheese-based product startups could pop up and generate interest from investors and major manufacturers." Mashable: "Do your part. Eat more cheese."
posted by Wordshore at 12:58 PM - 118 comments

Usha Uthup: not your average playback singer

Celebrated Indian recording artist and playback singer Usha Uthup, AKA Usha Iyer, has performed many different musical styles during her 47-year career: smokey jazz and pop on the 1968 album Scotch and Soda, funk and disco on 1978's Usha in Nairobi (song: Fever), disco and new wave for numerous films, and across the spectrum in this scene from the 1972 comedy Bombay to Goa. (Yes, that's Amitabh Bachchan in his first leading role.) Uthup is also not afraid to embrace the unusual, as shown on her weirdly wonderful 1984 album, Blast-Off. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 12:34 PM - 5 comments


This excerpt from the Lexicon Recentis Latinitas contains Vatican-approved Latin translations for 600 (comparatively) modern concepts. For example, the Latin term for "jazz" is iazensis música. "Laser" is instrumentum laséricum, "Scotch" is víschium Scóticum, "mini golf" is pilamálleus minūtus, and "blue jeans" are bracae línteae caerúleae. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:27 PM - 26 comments

How Bob Buckter Repainted San Francisco

Quick: imagine a colorful San Francisco Victorian. The way it looks in your mind's eye probably has something to do with Buckter's decades of steady influence.
posted by gyusan at 12:16 PM - 17 comments

Embroidery on Youtube

Embroider a Guanyin with the hair of the descendant of Rinpoches. Embroider with hooks and gold in India. Embroider with the techniques of European (late) renaissance and modern embroidery. Embroider (...eventually) a kimono. Embroider with horsetail. Embroider with designer Yohji Yamamoto. Embroider like a Ukrainian.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 12:09 PM - 5 comments

Today, we're going to get WEIRD.

The etymology of the word "Weird". By The Endless Knot.
posted by numaner at 11:59 AM - 11 comments

Restreint UE / EU Restricted

Greenpeace Netherlands have released for download what they claim to be the secret TTIP negotiation documents, which reveal that many of the worst fears of the trade agreement's opponents may be real. Activists are claiming it's a significant nail in the coffin for the controversial agreement.
posted by Grangousier at 11:59 AM - 12 comments

Wall Street Journal Guide to Parenting

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg, 5 Signs Your Child Has What it Takes to be a Tech Entrepreneur, featuring advice such as "Teach children to work like a startup" from the former, and "[Your child is] obsessed with money" from the latter. [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 11:47 AM - 33 comments

Yes Yes Yes

The Creatures of Yes
I can't explain it, so I'm not going to. Puppets. That's all you really need to know…puppets. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 11:41 AM - 13 comments

The Secret Scent-based Language of Plants

If you saw the Atlas Obscura "Invisible Worlds" video illustrating The unflinching warfare of the Lima Bean (warning: simplistic animation of wasp larvae infesting caterpillars), you might think that Phaseolus lunatus is unique in its scent-based communication in the plant world. In fact, most if not all plants can communicate with each-other, with insects and other animals through scent. Plants can also time the release of different signals to have different effects. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:38 AM - 4 comments

Leader 1, help!

What’s all this talk about Cybertronians? It’s the Gobotronians who need our attention! Maybe they need to be revamped in a fresher animated style. Or, how about this fresher animated style? Wait, we forgot about the Rock Lords! What do you mean “narlies?” Perhaps what the Gobots need is an edgy animated treatment! With Wolf Swords! Or, perhaps a much higher end toy treatment! #KeepMefiWeird Wait, what's Megatron doing in that last picture?
posted by Slothrop at 11:36 AM - 8 comments

Letting Stephen Colbert Be Stephen Colbert (Whoever That Is)

"CBS says it brought in a new executive producer for “The Late Show” so Stephen Colbert could focus on hosting. Now the network has to give him room to do what he does best." [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 11:19 AM - 20 comments

It's not about willpower

What happens when the winners of reality show The Biggest Loser go home? Researchers followed a set of contestants for 6 years and came to a disheartening conclusion: losing weight lowers your metabolism (possibly permanently) and increases the hormones that make you hungrier. (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:50 AM - 124 comments

oh my god i hope he only saw the sfw version

How did Superman even find my Deviantart? (SL Imgur album)
posted by Uncle Ira at 10:42 AM - 27 comments

There's no such thing as normal. Everybody's weird (SLYT)

Professor Elemental's 'All In Together' should be declared the official hymn for #KeepMeFiWeird May. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:32 AM - 6 comments

"This Louisiana Dance Studio Is Going Viral"

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dance studio En Pointe is breaking out on Tumblr for its images of its young dancers: [more inside]
posted by sobell at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

Before Snowcrash, before Ghost in the Shell

There was 1990's Cyberpunk documentary (SLYT)
posted by I-baLL at 10:04 AM - 23 comments

How Uber conquered London

To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars. (sllongreadTheGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 9:43 AM - 55 comments

64 slices of American cheese

"If it was too much cheese for Homer, that’s a lot of cheese" [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 9:12 AM - 38 comments

Our top-heavy economy has come to this

"One man can move out of New Jersey and put the entire state budget at risk. Other states are facing similar situations as a greater share of income — and tax revenue — becomes concentrated in the hands of a few. New Jersey won’t say exactly how much the hedge-fund billionaire, David Tepper, paid in taxes. But according to Institutional Investor’s Alpha, he earned more than $6 billion from 2012 to 2015 ... [Tepper] is leaving for Florida at an especially opportune time for tax savings." (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 8:49 AM - 46 comments

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83

The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83 [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 8:29 AM - 7 comments

“Right now, we have a reed, not a stick,”

Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer [The New York Times] The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer — a roadside test called the Textalyzer. It would work like this: An officer arriving at the scene of a crash could ask for the phones of any drivers involved and use the Textalyzer to tap into the operating system to check for recent activity.
posted by Fizz at 7:32 AM - 166 comments

R2D2 vs BB8

Leaked clip from Star Wars Episode VIII
posted by beerperson at 6:01 AM - 10 comments

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