July 2

Saturday Morning Cartoons

The 50 Best Animated Films of the 21st Century Thus Far from The Film Stage is the kind of list that will raise discussions about whether certain films deserved to be at the top of the list and whether some near the bottom deserved to be on the list at all, but it shows the impressive diversity of quality recent animation: 2D, 3D, stop-motion, and even rotoscopes and supermarianation, from American studios other than Pixar, Japanese studios other than Ghibli, other countries entirely, animation auteurs and filmmakers best known for NOT animation. Argue away about specifics, but just see how cool it is that at least 50 great animated films have just gotten made in the last 15 years. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:10 AM - 9 comments

July 1

I should not have believed a word he said

Remember how Gay Talese was writing a non-fiction book about Gerald Foos and his voyeurism? Well, not so fast on the non-fiction part. Talese will no longer promote the book, and blames Foos, calling him a dishonourable man.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:58 PM - 21 comments

Traffic Delays usually aren't this amusing

Washington's Department of Transportation (WSDOT)is making the best of event-related traffic closures/slow downs/traffic by unleashing their best staff artists on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by vespabelle at 9:56 PM - 6 comments

the music makes it

Overwatch, Blizzard's new game, incorporates a 'play of the game' highlight after each match. How does it work, and what gets picked?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:52 PM - 21 comments

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

"The very term 'country' can be controversial. Who decides what is a country and what isn't? The criterion used in this document is simple: if the USPS lists it in its Index to Countries and Localities, we treat it as a country. Thus some localities (such as Reunion Island) that are not distinct countries are listed, whereas other localities that consider themselves countries (such as Western Sahara) are not listed (but still discussed). Rationale: if you address mail from the USA to WESTERN SAHARA, the USPS won't know what to do with it. If you want to send mail to SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON (a part of France that is in Canada) from the USA, it doesn't make sense for the mail to go all the way to France and back." Frank's Compulsive Guide to Country Addresses
posted by threeants at 6:43 PM - 16 comments

"It's going to be great, as it always is, from my perspective."

"I don't know why it's so hard for you to believe I could be happy." The official trailer for season three of Bojack Horseman is out now, following the release of the teaser trailer in May. Bojack Horseman previously: 1, 2, 3 and in FanFare.
posted by Room 641-A at 3:48 PM - 17 comments

Happy Canada Day!

You don't need to learn How To Be Canadian to participate, but it couldn't hurt. Pick a delicious dish from What To Eat and enjoy the classic Canadian, Please by honeychip and gunnarolla (gunnarolla previously).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:33 PM - 44 comments

Suit Up!

Furry musicians FoxAmoore (previously and previously) and PepperCoyote (also making music as Look Left) debut their new album #hashtag live at Anthrocon. [1h5m] Recorded July 1, 2016, just about an hour ago. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:53 PM - 14 comments

"We wear flashy boots."

So why is it we still call him an idiot? Why is it when a semi-professional footballer is done for drug dealing, Sterling’s face is used to sell the story on social media?
Carl Anka: We need to talk about Raheem Sterling.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:21 PM - 19 comments

Autonomous vehicles and fatal accidents

On May 7th, 2016, Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, was driving via the Autopilot feature of his 2015 Model S in Williston, FL, when it collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn. This marks the first known fatal accident involving an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, and is being investigated by NHTSA. Tesla declined to answer if it will disable Autopilot, noting that, "...[t]his is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles.” In light of recent accidents (Wired, Geekwire), who's to blame when a self-driving car crashes? And how should autonomous vehicles respond to an impending collision (Science, open access)? [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 1:08 PM - 78 comments

A colorist is really just there to make sure the reader follows

Comics colorist Jordie Bellaire on the art of coloring and stealing from the greats
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:58 PM - 4 comments

A Timely Reminder of Applicable History

On May 23, Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella addressed the Yale Law School. She told the graduating students the very relevant story of her father's experience before, during and after the Holocaust.
posted by bearwife at 12:28 PM - 9 comments

The Writing Men Want You To Know They've Been Very, Very Bad Boys

"The personal essay format demands that women reveal everything, often to the point of absurdity, while also allowing men to get away with vague metaphors and platitudes. On one end of the spectrum you have “I’m Glad My Friend Killed Herself,” and on the other end you have, "I Did Some Bad Shit, But All You Need To Know Is That I’m Dealing With It, Manfully."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:56 AM - 14 comments

All Was Well

Marble machine maker Martin Molin (previously) is back, with two new instruments and one song [SLYT]
posted by effbot at 11:53 AM - 5 comments

Obama on the Obama Presidency

Interview with Barack Obama (NPR's Steve Inskeep). "And I believe that our politics — when our politics are at our best — is not based on identity politics, but it's based on a sense that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should get a fair shake. Everybody should be responsible for doing their fair share, and you know, that theme you'll see in every speech that I've given since I was running for the state Senate, and it hasn't changed much now that I am nearing the end of my political career."
posted by bluesky43 at 11:03 AM - 40 comments

Don't make the mistake of anthropomorphizing Larry Ellison

This candid 2011 talk about the history of OpenSolaris fork Illumos doubles as a history of the late Silicon Valley giant Sun, its engineering and corporate culture, its disastrous acquisition by Oracle, and the rise of open source in the 2000's. [more inside]
posted by whir at 10:53 AM - 15 comments

The club can't even handle me right now

Happy Friday! Here's a video of a bear procedurally dancing to Nine Inch Nails' "Closer". [nsfw Trent Reznor singing]
posted by naju at 10:25 AM - 35 comments

BIG YOGURT

A Brief History of Terrible Yogurt Commercials Targeted at Women [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:43 AM - 86 comments

"I HAVE NEVER BEEN PANDERED TO SO EFFECTIVELY BEFORE"

To mark the website's final day, The Toast posted a note from Hillary Clinton about the site. [SLToast] [more inside]
posted by sgranade at 8:20 AM - 117 comments

"This note 'did not yet exist' on pianos"

A list of extremes of conventional music notation. "Conventional Western music notation is far more complex and subtle than most people think. In particular, it does not have well-defined borders; it just fades away indefinitely in all directions."
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:18 AM - 21 comments

square peg, round hole

The ambiguous cylinder illusion (youtube) - finalist for Illusion of the Year 2016. More up-to-date illusions!
posted by moonmilk at 8:15 AM - 27 comments

"He sent me Christmas cards up until I went to college."

Johnny Bench, the Chicken and an oral history of The Baseball Bunch [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 7:33 AM - 4 comments

Buzzfeed and exploitation of content creators

Buzzfeed is currently coming under fire from various creators: Akilah Hughes claims that Buzzfeed plagiarised her videos, Gaby Dunn speaks up against the no-compete clause that led to 2 colleagues being fired for appearing in another websseries (response by Buzzfeed Motion Pictures head Ze Frank), and Kat Blaque talks about the exploitation of intellectual labour from marginalized people for Buzzfeed content.
posted by divabat at 7:24 AM - 41 comments

Reality is too full

What's wrong with worshipping a tree?
posted by Dumsnill at 5:50 AM - 11 comments

Battle of the Somme centenary commemorated

BBC: Commemorations are taking place to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in World War One. Guns were fired in central London ahead of a two-minute silence at the time the battle commenced at 07:30 on 1 July 1916. Ever wondered what life would have been like for you 100 years ago?, Why was the first day of the Somme such a disaster? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 2:56 AM - 32 comments

June 30

Edsel and Quikster and New Coke, Oh My! (Or Olestra...)

17 Great Failures in New Products and Branding (from established companies that SHOULD have known better). via Consumerist, the Consumer Reports-affiliated blog (and one of their better ideas)
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:43 PM - 65 comments

fucking up his entire morning routine 2 get another look at the cute boy

I started thinking absently about Steve Rogers’ jogging route during my run today and then i couldn’t STOP thinking about it : an exegesis on the daily run of Steve Rogers (aka Cap) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:18 PM - 78 comments

"Christ these are beautiful."

Tilt shift effect applied to van Gogh paintings [imgur]. More tilt-shift fun: "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Open Director's Cut [YouTube]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:46 PM - 25 comments

On a traffic island stopped and he raved of saving me

New York’s Sidewalks Are So Packed, Pedestrians Are Taking to the Streets. A walking city has turned into an obstacle course.
posted by plexi at 6:46 PM - 75 comments

You Belong to the Universe

Life as a Verb: Applying Buckminster Fuller to the 21st Century
posted by infini at 3:20 PM - 3 comments

"And all this story can be recreated solely from her search requests?"

One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age - Digging through the Geocities Torrent [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:55 PM - 27 comments

Meerkats can control electronics with their minds.

Fake Animal Facts at the Los Angeles Zoo [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:29 PM - 21 comments

have guitar will travel

"There was rock music in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in the 70s?" [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:05 PM - 5 comments

New Trial for Adnan Syed

Adnan Syed, who was convicted in 2000 for the death of Hae Min Lee, and who was the subject of the podcast Serial [previously and originally], has today been granted a new trial.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:51 PM - 41 comments

Pupper popper

Why not watch a terrier pop 100 balloons in under 40 seconds.
posted by The Whelk at 1:40 PM - 32 comments

The Paintings of Ben Sakoguchi

In a series of colorful, captivating, and often provocative paintings, Los Angeles artist Ben Sakoguchi (b. 1938) examines how baseball, long referred to as America’s national pastime, reflects both the highs and lows of American culture. The son of a grocer and avid baseball fan, Sakoguchi juxtaposes the iconic imagery of vintage orange crate labels from the 1920s to the 1950s with whimsical, eccentric, and sometimes scathing portrayals of America’s beloved sport. [more inside]
posted by dfm500 at 1:27 PM - 8 comments

Death, Destruction, And Debt: 41 Photos Of Life In 1970s New York

Today, we look at 41 poignant photos that capture a New York City on the brink of implosion...
[more inside]
posted by anarch at 1:27 PM - 26 comments

"neighbors inviting themselves over for dinner"

Twitch has just added a social eating category. It's not as unprecedented as it sounds: watching other people eat has been popular in Korea and China for years. "Some viewers tune in for feats of extraordinary eating, others for vicarious gratification during diets. Most commonly, viewers and observers of the phenomenon say that streaming mukbang during mealtime alleviates the melancholy and discomfort of eating alone in a society where shared meals are the fundamental unit of social life."
posted by perplexion at 1:02 PM - 20 comments

“Maybe nothing's so unfunny as an omen read wrong.”

Michael Herr, author of Dispatches, dies aged 76. [The Guardian] Michael Herr, the American writer and war correspondent famous for writing Dispatches, described as “the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time” by John le Carré, has died aged 76. Born in 1940, Herr was one of the most respected writers of New Journalism, the novelistic reportage pioneered by the likes of Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote, where the journalist is as much part of the story as their subject. He practised this most famously in his book Dispatches, about his time working as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine in Vietnam between 1967 to 1969.
posted by Fizz at 12:42 PM - 18 comments

Airbnb in Disputes With New York and San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has charmed and strong-armed lawmakers around the world to allow it to operate in their communities. But two cities, Airbnb’s hometown, San Francisco, and New York, the service’s largest United States market, have not been so compliant. On Monday, Airbnb sued San Francisco over a unanimous decision on June 7 by the city’s Board of Supervisors to fine the company $1,000 a day for every unregistered host on its service. If Airbnb does not comply, it could face misdemeanor charges. The suit follows a bipartisan move by New York lawmakers who voted this month to heavily fine anyone who uses Airbnb to rent a whole apartment for fewer than 30 days, a practice that has been illegal in the state since 2010. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 12:39 PM - 12 comments

Pentagon Lifts Ban on Trans Service Members

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on trans people serving openly. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:27 AM - 30 comments

They know everything...

You can see everything associated with your Google account that the company is tracking. Going to My Activities will let you see and delete everything from the YouTube videos you watch to the voice commands you have used in Android. Similar company-provided tools exist for Facebook and Amazon. If you want to go one step further, Just Delete Me helps you remove your accounts from many popular services.
posted by blahblahblah at 11:05 AM - 50 comments

Stop The Hate

49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy Hollywood Reporter provides extensive background and photos: Anger and grief were palpable during production on the video, filmed primarily over two days on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot where [Ryan] Murphy produces his substantial roster of shows
posted by hippybear at 8:33 AM - 10 comments

Science

Sharks in utero [more inside]
posted by beerperson at 7:52 AM - 22 comments

Zero to Hero

To celebrate the 19th anniversary of Hercules, Disney reveals the storyboard and live-action animatic behind the film's musical showstopper. (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator at 7:19 AM - 11 comments

The Economics of Genius

Genius comes in two very different forms, embodied by two very different types of people.
posted by romados at 4:40 AM - 56 comments

THIS IS SIMULTANEOUSLY THE BEST AND THE WORST VIDEO IVE EVER SEEN

A cover version... of sorts... of Evanescence's Wake Me Up Inside.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 3:50 AM - 17 comments

Independence Day Regurgitation

In which Comic Book Girl 19 tries to explain the plot.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:34 AM - 22 comments

Editor replies to every PR email for a month with 'I love you'

'For an entire month, I decided, I would reply to every single one of my PR emails with the phrase "I love you."' The results are both surprising and delightful.
posted by nerdfish at 2:00 AM - 53 comments

How is babby formed? How does car get pragnent?

Beans, meet plate. Have you ever been curious about what is going on inside the cars in Pixar's Cars? Want to know where baby cars come from or how cars can die? Look no further.
posted by Literaryhero at 1:52 AM - 25 comments

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