April 29

“...the humility that comes only with sucking and persevering.”

(It’s Great to) Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi [The New York Times] “I suck at it. In the sport of (Hawaiian) kings, I’m a jester. In surfing parlance, a “kook.” I fall and flail. I get hit on the head by my own board. I run out of breath when held down by a four-foot wave. I wimp out when the waves get overhead and I paddle back to shore. When I do catch a wave, I’m rarely graceful. On those rare occasions when I manage a decent drop, turn and trim, I usually blow it by celebrating with a fist pump or a hoot. Once, I actually cried tears of joy over what any observer would have thought a so-so performance on a so-so wave. Yes, I was moved to tears by mediocrity. So why continue? Why pursue something I’ll never be good at? Because it’s great to suck at something.”
posted by Fizz at 11:25 AM - 3 comments

Play some games today

It’s International Tabletop Day! [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:48 AM - 4 comments

Nelson v Colorado and Civil Assets Forfeiture

'Last week, in a case called Nelson v. Colorado, the court laid a foundation for upcoming challenges to roll back law enforcement overreach. As a result of respective 2005 and 2006 convictions, Louis Alonzo Maddon and Shannon Nelson were required to pay a few thousand dollars in court costs, fees, and restitution to Colorado (on top of serving prison time). [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 8:53 AM - 4 comments

Nice racks. (And modules and patches.)

ModularGrid is a database for modular synthesizers with an integrated planner where people gather information and sketch out their modulars. Alternate, unmusical description: OMG look at all the knobs and sliders and buttons and switches and toggles! [via]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:39 AM - 2 comments

Orange is the new hack

Hacker "The Dark Overlord" has [apparently] carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.
posted by nevercalm at 8:14 AM - 25 comments

Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck

Whole Foods may be for sale. Earlier this week, the Financial Times reported that Cerberus Capital Management, the New York private equity firm that owns Albertsons and Safeway, had initiated talks with bankers about making a bid [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 5:08 AM - 49 comments

April 28

just keep it between the lines bro...

There is no better sports car loop in the USA-- The 75 mile Scenic Loop in far west Texas is a desolate, eye opening...damn I gotta drive. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 5:15 PM - 19 comments

A Dog is like an eternal Peter Pan

Meet Maru (no, not that one), The Happiest Husky In The World That Is Secretly A Panda. More on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:49 PM - 17 comments

Throw Confetti To Celebrate Oppression

What Fiesta fails to recognize is the consequential oppression and violence of Mexicans at the hands of Anglo Texans following Texas’ “independence.” Fiesta San Antonio is a ten-day festival held every spring. But as writer Denise Hernández explains, what it means to nonwhite residents of the city is darker and more complex.
posted by emjaybee at 4:02 PM - 4 comments

11:11am until 3:10pm

Man gets wrong number text in the morning. First response is that it's a wrong number text. He's ignored contradicted. Hijinx ensue. [imgur gallery]
posted by hippybear at 3:51 PM - 124 comments

THE CHASE

Pinellas County, Florida is experiencing an epidemic of teen car thefts. Why? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:49 PM - 35 comments

Hissing, knocking, clunking, squealing, screeching, rattling and more

A library of car noises. A new automotive diagnostic app, called ClingClanger, When Your Car Makes Noise, uses a library of failing car noises to help car owners diagnose mechanical problems.
posted by nickyskye at 1:56 PM - 11 comments

+23

Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:46 PM - 21 comments

"Besides, there’s also the odd business of bog butter."

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets: High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses (SL Smithsonian Magazine)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:38 PM - 26 comments

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary. Join MeFites infini and glasseyes in a journey through fabric shops and fashion magazines of Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo State, Nigeria, to see how brands are built through word of mouth and hard work in the informal economy. Meet Mama Segun, fashion designer and seamstress, Ayoola Adedokun, the face of modern Nigeria, Lanre Ogunleye, stylist, trader, broker, and maker, and others. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:45 PM - 2 comments

OMG you guys it's a greenhouse bus

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined
posted by bq at 12:42 PM - 9 comments

"Currently hoping for a cold winter so I can ride across a frozen lake"

"The Explorer Max Square leaderboard has brought together a small but remarkably dedicated international community of riders taking in new roads and trails at every opportunity in order to increase their Explorer Max Square. What drives them to ride across frozen lakes, attempt to access military bases and buy opera tickets to tick off map squares? Let’s ask them!" [more inside]
posted by Stark at 12:17 PM - 9 comments

Who Killed Otzi?

Often called the Iceman, he is the world’s most perfectly preserved mummy, a Copper Age fellow who had been frozen inside a glacier along the northern Italian border with Austria until warming global temperatures melted the ice and two hikers discovered him in 1991. Now clues emerge about his death.
posted by infini at 11:25 AM - 18 comments

Fonts of wisdom

Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing.
posted by storybored at 11:18 AM - 19 comments

Joseph "Joey Bottles" Bonaparte, ex-King, New Jersey Art Collector

The National Gallery of Art special exhibit, "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting," opens May 21. From the program notes: When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. [more inside]
posted by PandaMomentum at 10:28 AM - 8 comments

Code Name: The Puppy Episode

When Ellen Came Out, She Didn’t Just Change Lives. She Saved Them.
posted by Michele in California at 10:23 AM - 12 comments

His Minipops

I feel like this person has created a career for herself off the back of my work. She may no longer be actively copying my work, but she’s still ripping the style, and would never have got to that place had it not been for copying my work in the first place. It feels wrong. I’m not happy about it. And I wanna be that pebble in her shoe. Minipops, these tiny pixelly versions of famous people, are mine. I’m proud of them and the many hours I put into them. Artist Craig Robinson busts a plagiarist. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 10:20 AM - 27 comments

How ‘body positivity’ lost its true and radical meaning

'The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was snatching body positivity out of the hands of fat women and then convincing them it was never theirs in the first place.' Writing for Dazed, fatshion blogger Bethany Rutter dissects the ways in which the body positive movement has been 'co-opted by [Instagram] models and fashion labels to reject bodies it should celebrate'. [TW: discussion of fatphobia.] [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 9:49 AM - 65 comments

Fyre Festival

"The luxury party that turned into the Hunger Games." "Watching vapid, rich millennials livetweet the horrors of this thing brought me more joy than anything has in weeks." (from Twitter)
posted by My Dad at 8:37 AM - 226 comments

All This I Do for Glory

Saxophonist Colin Stetson has a new album out today, All This I Do for Glory. As is the norm for his solo work, Stetson builds an astonishingly deep and varied soundscape using only his bass saxophone and his voice. Even when the music videos for Spindrift and In the Clinches [epilepsy/migraine trigger warning for flashing light and dark] show intimate and close-up looks (like, inside the saxophone close) at just how he summons forth all that sound, it's difficult to believe it's all coming from one man, live, in a single take. Stetson cites early 90s electronica as an influence on this album, and he's engineered and mixed the album himself. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 8:35 AM - 10 comments

Ride a monorail, see non-linear cinema, or relax at the Asbestos Plaza

Fifty years ago today, Expo 67 opened in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star look back. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 8:07 AM - 11 comments

"Paul Revere" -- the American Nazi who worked for National Geographic

Douglas Chandler's 1937 feature on Berlin for National Geographic magazine painted a citizenry content under Nazi rule. He later collaborated with the Nazis, working as a radio propagandist.
Chandler was convicted of treason, but his sentence would be commuted by President Kennedy. He later tried to bill National Geographic for expenses. (h/t Neatorama)
posted by Etrigan at 7:53 AM - 6 comments

Classics of Japanese Animation Now Online

"The National Film Center in Tokyo is celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation this year...Thanks to funding from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the National Project for the Sustainability of Born-Digital Cinema, the NFC has selected 64 works released between 1917 and 1941 and made them available for screening online complete with fresh subtitles by Dean Shimauchi (Rosemary Dean and Tetsuro Shimauchi)."
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:45 AM - 6 comments

Dictator lit

The author's goal is to subject himself to as much tyrant prose as he can bear, reporting back on his findings in this space, until the will to live deserts him. In 2009, Daniel Kalder began an occasional series of reviews of books written by dictators, starting with Hoxha's memoir on Stalin. He moved on to Brezhnev ("bathetic agitprop"), Rahmon ("it could be much worse"), Khomeini ("Open the door of the tavern and let us go there day and night"), Gaddafi ("surreal rants and bizarre streams of consciousness"), Kim Jong Il ("awful enough to kill infants if read aloud"), and Saddam Hussein ("a sudden eruption of interspecies lust"). Castro's Che memoir seems to have finally done him in in 2013.
posted by clawsoon at 7:21 AM - 14 comments

Danger is my middle name

'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History.
posted by sapagan at 7:20 AM - 30 comments

The Physics of Poo

The physics of poo, or why it takes you and an elephant the same amount of time. From the tiniest to the most massive of poos, physics predicts we should all spend the same amount of time on the john.
posted by gudrun at 6:35 AM - 16 comments

Some are pretty good

Garbage Nerd Pitches (slt)
It's an anime set in a quaint English village, but with BB-8 as the devil.
posted by postcommunism at 6:07 AM - 26 comments

The Culture Vs Earth

The State of The Art, By Iain M. Banks, Dramatised by Paul Cornell [audio]
posted by Artw at 5:04 AM - 31 comments

I don't cut up women. I don't eat women, either.

Inside the Insane Feud Between a Vegan Strip Club and the Steak House Next Door
posted by divabat at 4:44 AM - 42 comments

The tragic death of Ledell Lee

The US State of Arkansas killed a man convicted of murder, Ledell Lee, a few days ago even as considerable doubt remained about his guilt and the fairness of his trial and despite his own insistence that he was innocent of the crime. The reason the State of Arkansas was in such a hurry to execute him and three other people on death row? Their lethal injection drugs were close to the expiry date. Elizabeth Vartkessian talked to Leddel Lee and read his life story. [more inside]
posted by toycamera at 12:17 AM - 17 comments

Pig Out

An upcoming Netflix movie directed by Bong Joon Ho (of Snowpiercer fame) is being teased with a fake commercial for a not-yet-existing product. Yes, that is Tilda Swinton. (more conventional teaser here)
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:07 AM - 19 comments

April 27

Snitches get Witness Protection

What happens when you enter Witness Protection? -- 12 facts about witness protection -- A top heroin dealer in 2007 -- Longform magazine piece about leaving a life behind in 1996 -- witness protection in the UK
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:21 PM - 8 comments

Someone who'll watch over me...

A Gershwin classic, Willie Nelson, Someone Who'll Watch Over me. A four minute, six second interlude from today's world. enjoy
posted by HuronBob at 8:00 PM - 20 comments

Men Who Have Sex With Men

20 stories of same-sex hookups from straight men.
posted by The Whelk at 7:17 PM - 30 comments

You think you know, but you have no idea

We spent months bracing and preparing for the death of our daughter. But guess what? We weren’t ready. Royce Young writes about his unborn daughter's anencephaly, and the journey of despair, purpose, and hope he and his wife undertook.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 4:58 PM - 27 comments

NaCl

The Single Most Important Ingredient [The New York Times] “James Beard, the father of modern American cookery, once asked, “Where would we be without salt?” I know the answer: adrift in a sea of blandness. Salt has a greater impact on flavor than any other ingredient. Learn to use it well, and food will taste good. Salt’s relationship to flavor is multidimensional: It has its own particular taste, and it both balances and enhances the flavor of other ingredients. Imagine taking a bite of a rich espresso brownie sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The salt minimizes the espresso’s bitterness, intensifies the flavor of the chocolate and offers a savory contrast to the sugar’s sweetness. Does this mean you should simply use more salt? No. It means use salt better.”
posted by Fizz at 4:47 PM - 65 comments

Jeans represent democracy in fashion

If clear-knee jeans don't go far enough, TopShop now offers full clear jeans (or used to; perhaps they came to their senses). And Nordstrom takes virtue-signaling to new, er, heights with pre-mudcaked jeans. Baffled commentary at Consumerist.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:45 PM - 71 comments

"Car cries are like, extra cathartic. What's with that?"

Grief Is Weird (part 2, part 3) is a short comic by artist Sara Goetter about dealing with losing her mom. (Goetter previously.)
posted by cortex at 2:35 PM - 23 comments

Kung-Fu Flying

No wires are needed for these Shaolin monks to fly. This is the only video I found of it in use. It's short but exuberant. The wind tunnel seems to have come about by an accidental meeting of the Latvian architect and a representative of the Shaolin monastery.
posted by MovableBookLady at 2:17 PM - 7 comments

Real risks that Americans face when they get on the road

ClickHole: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Is A Sobering Commentary On The Perils Of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
posted by porn in the woods at 1:54 PM - 13 comments

Portly astronauts doing a moon walk underwater

Fiona the Hippo (previously) spending more time in deep water and occasionally napping in the shower. But she's not learning to swim; she is practicing her series of porpoise-like leaps and high prancing steps in service of an underwater gallop.
posted by ChuraChura at 1:21 PM - 15 comments

Here's Looking at You

Amazon's latest iteration of its popular Echo device, the Echo Look, will not only include the voice-activated Alexa personal assistant, but also a camera that can take full-length pictures and video of you, and a "Style Check" that uses "advanced machine learning algorithms and advice from fashion specialists" to give you suggestions on what to wear. What could possibly go wrong? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:11 PM - 54 comments

Take a little trip, take a little trip, Take a little trip with me ♩ ♪ ♫

Cassidy the #MiracleKitten He was missing both back legs below the knee when Tiny Kittens HQ rescued him from a feral cat colony. There's no way he should have survived, but their little fighter refused to give up. TinyKittens HQ is located in Fort Langley, BC, and is operated by Shelly Roche. They trap-neuter-release (TNR) local feral cats and foster found pregnant feral moms and their kittens until they're adopted, live streaming their efforts since 2013.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 12:24 PM - 15 comments

Miss Lily Todd's Aeroplane, 1906-1910

"Miss Todd" (Vimeo, 13 minutes) is an award-winning short, stop-motion, musical animation inspired by the first woman to design and build an airplane, Emma Lilian Todd. The self-taught inventor wasn't permitted to pilot her craft, or she might have been the first female pilot, too, when her aircraft first took flight in 1910 (that title would go to the Baroness Raymonde de la Roche [previously]). Lily Todd wrote about her life and how she built her aeroplane in a 1909 article in Woman's Home Companion.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:20 PM - 2 comments

Full of sound and fury/ Signifying, umm, what?

This weekend the Trump Administrations will mark 100 days in office, with little of substance, but plenty of activity and noise, often breaking (or seriously bending) Trump's own promises in the process. Lots of goalpost-moving in just the last 24 hours, so shall we wade in? [more inside]
posted by martin q blank at 12:11 PM - 587 comments

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