Yahoo, on June 12, announced
that it is releasing inactive IDs. Yahoo says they are "committed and confident," while others think it is a "spectacularly bad idea
" and a "dirty trick
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks at 10:55 PM - 25 comments
Gagged by Big Ag.
"Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination
. And the crime is…exposing
posted by homunculus at 8:54 PM - 33 comments
Fuck Yeah Coelacanths!
"It's a Tumblr about coelacanths. For all your coelacanth needs."
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
posted by stet at 6:11 PM - 21 comments
After the demolition accident
caused the death of 6 people in Philadelphia in the beginning of this month, it was brought to light that a resident issued a complaint with Licenses and Inspections
regarding unsafe working conditions at least two weeks prior to the building collapse. Tragically, the LNI inspector took his own life
, feeling responsible for the accident. Now Philadelphia City Council is denying liability
for the accident stating it is not responsible for the work of private contractors, despite the flawed LNI inspection of the demolition site as well as the laughable demolition requirements
established by the city,
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 5:37 PM - 25 comments
New software system from MIT could help people improve their conversational and interview skills
"[N]ew software developed at MIT can be used to help people practice their interpersonal skills until they feel more comfortable with situations such as a job interview or a first date. The software, called MACH (short for My Automated Conversation coacH), uses a computer-generated onscreen face, along with facial, speech, and behavior analysis and synthesis software, to simulate face-to-face conversations. It then provides users with feedback on their interactions."
posted by bookman117 at 5:00 PM - 24 comments
Country crooner Slim Whitman
has passed away
at the grand old age of 90. His gentle, relaxed and pristine voice (featuring an effortlessly soaring falsetto and a mighty fine yodel, friends) is the kind that, well, you just don't really hear anymore on the pop music landscape. Let's take a moment to revisit a musical aesthetic that now seems a million miles away... Cattle Call
, Rose Marie
, North Wind
, Blues Stay Away From Me
and Indian Love Call
. So long and happy trails, Slim.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:56 PM - 34 comments
We Hate Movies
is a hilariously nerdy and affectionate podcast about bad movies. Its sister show, Blame It On Outer Space
, mocks conspiracy theories and paranormal tall tales.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:47 PM - 4 comments
'Lets Grid' is an online programming environment that is designed to get people into programming. I tried to strip away all of the complicated set-up that goes along with real-world programming and just give students the very basics they need to create cool things and share their creations with the world.
posted by Artw at 4:39 PM - 6 comments
The fifty best (public domain) classic movies that you can legally watch online for free right now, all neatly collected for y'all by Flavorwire
posted by MartinWisse at 3:13 PM - 23 comments
With this new video game coming out, we must finally ask: is this the Citizen Kane of video games
? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 1:49 PM - 116 comments
- lead singer of the legendary Czech underground band Psi Vojaci
) - is dead
) at the age of 48. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:15 PM - 1 comment
Did you hear the one about the KKK-member in NY who made a death ray?
In a weird twist, he targeted Jewish Groups--for sales. "An industrial mechanic with General Electric Co., who is also allegedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan, designed a deadly, mobile radiation device that he tried to sell to Jewish groups and then to a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan, according to a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Albany" (found via TPM
posted by saulgoodman at 11:20 AM - 74 comments
Graham Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole are a musical trio from Scotland. They first met at a local hip-hop night for under-16 youth in Edinburgh
, where the music scene is more focused on indie rock than beats and rapping. They started collaborating a few years ago, and now go by the name Young Fathers
. They mix rap, grime, modern R&B, afro-beat, noisy samples and more, though they write music from a pop-perspective, and consider themselves "pop boys."
They have two short releases that are something between EPs and albums, plus a handful of singles. Their primary releases, Tape One
and Tape Two
, have been (re)released on the US label Anticon
, and they have a handful of official videos: Deadline
are the first four tracks from Tape One; I Heard
is the first video from Tape Two; The Guide
is separate single to stream and/or download
, for free on Soundcloud.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:12 AM - 6 comments
The last mystery of the financial crisis.
It's long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it. by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone.
posted by lalochezia at 11:10 AM - 27 comments
Having Daughters Rather Than Sons Makes You More Liberal
In remarkable research, the sociologist Rebecca Warner and the economist Ebonya Washington have shown that the gender of a person's children seems to influence the attitudes and actions of the parent.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 11:04 AM - 84 comments
World's Smallest Museum Finds the Wonder in Everyday Objects
"Tucked away in a lower Manhattan back alley, the freight-elevator-sized, generically named Museum
is one of New York City’s newest curiosities. While it’s only open 16 hours a week, during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, the museum’s contents are viewable 24/7, lit and sealed by glass doors." [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 10:51 AM - 9 comments
The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB), on behalf of The National Academies, is seeking input papers on human spaceflight until July 9th, 2013
. You can also read the current submissions
. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:15 AM - 3 comments
My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter.
Pinterest collection featuring the high style exploits of "Quinoa," an imaginary stylish toddler with her imaginary stylish friends.
posted by sweetkid at 10:05 AM - 82 comments
Digital mapping startup MapBox
teams up with social data warehouse Gnip
to create some stunning visualizations
of every geotagged tweet
since September 2011. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:01 AM - 5 comments
Well, all you lazy butt people who couldn't manage 7 minutes, here's hope.
Norwegian researchers have discovered an even shorter and effective workout
. Straight off the heels of the 7-minute workout
(which really was more of a 21 minute workout), the 4-minute program (but designed to be done 4 times, so 16 minutes of HIIT total) is said to contain the minimum amount of exercise required to develop appreciable endurance and health gains.
posted by kinetic at 9:56 AM - 53 comments
On blogginheads.tv Mark talks to Glenn Loury about helping the state of Washington to legalize marijuana.
Licensing, costs, restrictions, methods of sale etc. One of the best conversations on the topic I've heard.
posted by xjudson at 9:52 AM - 1 comment
Today saw the release of the first trailer for The LEGO Movie
, and there are some interesting things to note about it. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 9:34 AM - 70 comments
Andy Warhol bridge to be "yarn bombed"
Maybe some of you saw the post about the Rubber Ducky coming to Pittsburgh
. Well, apparently, now Pittsburgh is getting one of their bridges covered in yarn. This is so bizarre. I hope it all happens at the same time. Bath time fun for everyone!
posted by kbennett289 at 9:18 AM - 24 comments
's Women in Fiction issue contained “Last Words
”, "a fashion spread featuring models reenacting the suicides of female authors who tragically ended their own lives." Jezebel called it "almost breathtakingly tasteless" and republished the photographs here
after Vice removed them from their website. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 8:45 AM - 118 comments
Margaret Doughty is a 65 year old UK citizen, and founder of Literacy Powerline
, recently applied for US citizenship after living in the United States for more than 30 years. When she noted in her application that she has a moral objection to taking up arms for her new country, the USCIS asked for a letter on official church stationery
. But Ms. Doughty is an atheist. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:23 AM - 155 comments
"I started the World SF Blog in February of 2009
– a century in Internet time! – partly as an excuse to promote my then-forthcoming anthology of international speculative fiction, The Apex Book of World SF – but mostly out of what can only be described as an ideological drive, a desire to highlight and promote voices seldom heard in genre fiction... The change I have seen in the four years of the blog is heartening. In a way, I have decided to stop now because the blog has fulfilled everything I ever wanted it to, and so much more." - Lavie Tidhar. The World SF Blog leaves behind 61 short stories and a serialized novella
by authors from 33 countries, plus exclusive interviews
, articles, guest posts and round tables
(on WP.com where it's likely to stay up for a while)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:52 AM - 5 comments
NGUYỄN Hùng Cường creates some truly amazing works of origami
. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 11:03 PM - 14 comments
The Time I Went Roller-Skating With Prince, as told by Questlove
"I got a text from Prince’s assistant." And so the story begins, in an excerpt from "Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove" by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman. What's not to love?
posted by raysmj at 9:27 PM - 28 comments
Inseminoid Academic criticism of Inseminoid has concentrated on the film's treatment of the female sex and female sexualities in the context of corruption by an alien source. In addition to its depiction of the abject Sandy, who is rendered a distorted Other in the aftermath of her unnatural impregnation, the film has been seen to incorporate a clash between the patriarchal and the maternal towards its climax, as the would-be-mother eliminates her former friends one by one. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:02 PM - 18 comments
, Jesper Juul
, and Nick Montfort
present The Deletionist
, a bookmarklet for automatically producing an erasure poem from any Web page
posted by juv3nal at 8:58 PM - 5 comments
Old school Hip Hop photographer
, Joe Conzo
the emerging art and culture of Hip Hop in the South Bronx during the late 70's and early 80's. Conzo's photo archive
has made its home
at the Cornell Hip Hop Collection
, whose mission is "to collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for future generations." Now Scream!
is the Collection's first comprehensive exhibition. It runs from April 4, 2013 to February 4, 2014. Conzo's work is part of the exhibition as well. [more inside]
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks at 8:19 PM - 6 comments
Russell Brand ends up surrounded by idiots on Morning Joe
. Destroys them and they hardly know it. Pictures at 11.
posted by anothermug at 8:15 PM - 129 comments
Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe: understand the rules
then play it online
. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:01 PM - 15 comments
Steve Reich's 3-movement (Fast, Slow, Fast) somewhat jazzy, somewhat rock-ish 2x5
was composed for 5 musicians and prerecorded tape, or two groups of five musicians. Here is Bang On A Can All-Stars (6 of them, no idea why) performing the piece
. [20m] Here is a large group of BOACA-S performing it as a 10-piece ensemble
. [21m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:40 PM - 4 comments
Form and Landscape - Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990
- is a series of themed exhibitions
that tell the story of how Los Angeles 'became modern' by using photos from the comprehensive archives of Southern California Edison. The photos portray the many roles that electricity has played in the development and modernization of Californian life and culture (domestic life
, etc.). Part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents
posted by carter at 7:04 PM - 7 comments
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