July 30

"Be the reason someone smiles today."

Joshua Coombes' Instagram mostly consists of before and after photos of the homeless people in London who he provides with free haircuts while they tell him their stories.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:04 PM - 0 comments

No pants? Excuse me? This is outrageous!

On July 30, 2016, a Louisville woman was brought into a courtroom without pants It turns out the woman was held for five days in jail for a single shoplifting charge, and denied pants or feminine hygiene products for the entire duration. The video shows the judges reaction, and her following actions to help the woman.
posted by greenhornet at 6:53 PM - 17 comments

Canada and Denmark host polite turn-based "war" over tiny worthless rock

Canada and Denmark have been locked in a dispute over ownership of tiny 1.3-square-kilometer Hans Island since 1933. In 1984, the dispute heated up when the Canadians planted a flag. Incensed Danes removed the Canadian flag, hoisted the Danish one, and left a bottle of Danish schnapps with a note welcoming the Canadian military to Denmark. The Canadians were left no choice but to respond in kind, with Canadian whiskey. Since then, the Canadian and Danish militaries have mounted several expeditions and left several bottles of liquor for their counterparts, keeping the dispute active. Academics have proposed international condominium status, but some consider this a solution in search of a problem, what with the free alcohol and mutual concern about Russian Arctic expansion.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:14 PM - 28 comments

What if it's an egg sac of some sort?

Scientists fight crab for mysterious purple orb discovered in California deep. The E/V Nautilus team are working 5,000ft below sea off Santa Barbara, analysis has revealed a foot and proboscis, making it ‘a gastropod of some kind
posted by Lanark at 1:48 PM - 41 comments

First they quote you, then forget you, then mis-quote you, then we laugh

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. The quote has gotten more attention this year thanks to Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each posting the quote, citing Gandhi, in the past year. But there's no record of Gandhi, or anyone else, saying that phrase, but there are some close matches.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:39 PM - 40 comments

a tiny forest on your ring finger

Secret Wood, a Vancouver-based design studio, makes wood and resin rings that look like tiny forests and landscapes: snowy woods; misty woods; trees under a midnight sky; an underwater plantscape.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:07 PM - 14 comments

The David Spade Index

Which Actors Are Hated by Critics but Loved by Fans? Not a listicle.
posted by ogooglebar at 11:44 AM - 24 comments

So, the unknowable kicks in

Logic hacking - "Writing shorter and shorter computer programs for which it's unknowable whether these programs run forever, or stop... the winner of the Busy Beaver Game for N-state Turing machines becomes unknowable using ordinary math - somewhere between N = 5 and N = 1919." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:42 AM - 8 comments

Small Steps and Giant Leaps

Since May 2015, an man in Far North Queensland, Australia, has been posting videos to YouTube showing how to build various buildings and tools using "naturally occurring materials and primitive tools." In addition to step-by-step videos, he is also leaving increasingly detailed notes on what he is doing, and how.
"I live in a modern house and eat modern food. I just like to see how people in ancient times built and made things. It is a good hobby that keeps you fit and doesn’t cost anything apart from time and effort."
[more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 11:16 AM - 28 comments

"Hearing my trucks on metal is like therapy,” Ms. Olivieri said. [NYT]

The Brujas are a crew of skateboarding women of color. "'There’s so little opportunity for young people of color in terms of jobs and education that we don’t feel like a part of this city,' Ms. Gil said. “Skating is a way to reclaim our freedom.'" These women meet regularly to skate and plan other community events.
posted by TwoStride at 10:26 AM - 6 comments

ᵒᴼᵒ☼)===>

'The Rocketeer' Reboot in the Works From Disney [The Hollywood Reporter] “The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
posted by Fizz at 10:17 AM - 39 comments

The murder of Chandra Levy remains unsolved

This week, prosecutors dropped all charges against the convicted killer of DC intern, Chandra Levy. A new trial had been granted last year, after it was discovered that the primary witness in the case, a jailhouse snitch, had lied about prior jailhouse testimony. The Washington Post reports today that all charges were dropped after a secret recording of the witness was made this month in which he admitted to lying in his testimony. [more inside]
posted by pjenks at 8:56 AM - 8 comments

15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid

Consumer Reports warns that these supplement ingredients can cause organ damage, cardiac arrest, and cancer. They also report in-depth on how supplements are used in medical care (including hospitals) and how little those selling you the supplements actually know about their side-effects and medication interactions.
posted by hippybear at 8:32 AM - 70 comments

Squeakin' for the fjords

Kanji The Parrot makes squeak toy noise when squeezed [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:01 AM - 10 comments

A vocabulary fight turned constitutional crisis

Law professor Zephyr Teachout first rose to prominence as the director of internet organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign. She's published the acclaimed political history book Corruption in America. In 2014 she primaried Andrew Cuomo from the left, winning half of NY's counties despite Cuomo refusing to even mention her name. And now? She's running for Congress. [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise at 6:52 AM - 7 comments

Still got it

Cookie Jar, a short story by Stephen King
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:26 AM - 51 comments

July 29

Could women be trusted with their own pregnancy tests?

"In 1967, Margaret Crane was a 26-year-old product designer at Organon Pharmaceuticals, sketching face-cream bottles and ointment jars. One day, as she walked through a lab at the company’s headquarters in New Jersey, she spotted rows of test tubes on shiny racks that twinkled under the industrial lights. “What are these?” she asked one of the scientists. Pregnancy tests, he said. A doctor would collect urine from his patient and send it to the company’s lab for analysis. The results would be sent back to the doctor, who would then inform the patient. But Ms. Crane immediately saw another possibility: Why not cut out the doctor entirely?" Why at-home pregnancy tests weren't available until the late-seventies. (SLNYT)
posted by gaspode at 8:17 PM - 31 comments

Even the bad ones float

All 58 Stephen King Movie and TV Series Adaptations, Ranked
posted by Artw at 7:46 PM - 51 comments

Wolves? Wolf!

There is only one species of wolf in North America. Genetic analysis has found that the "Eastern Wolf" and the "Red Wolf" are hybrids of the Grey Wolf and the Coyote. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:42 PM - 37 comments

the cataloguing arts are not lost

A list of whales in videogames, with screenshots.
posted by Collaterly Sisters at 6:49 PM - 38 comments

National Statuary Collection

"...the President is hereby authorized to invite each and all the States to provide and furnish statues..." Each state can send up to two statues to the collection, representing notable people from that state. The statues may be rendered in either marble or bronze. [more inside]
posted by dfm500 at 5:50 PM - 39 comments

The winners earn ribbons, and all participants earn respect.

The Oregon State Fair celebrates oddities like the "curviest vegetable" and the "most misshapen fruit." Fairgoers can marvel over award-winning onions and pumpkins and snap photos of the top pig and llama. This year, the state fair is adding a new attraction: prize-winning marijuana plants. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 4:12 PM - 20 comments

100 days

With America's general election 100 days away, and another two months before the first debate, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are off on a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio (events), while Donald Trump campaigns in Ohio and Colorado. Where The Election Goes From Here
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:13 PM - 772 comments

Exhaustion: A History

How Exhaustion Became a Status Symbol. "From sloth to burnout, each age remakes exhaustion in its own image." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 2:22 PM - 16 comments

The USNS Harvey Milk

The US Navy will name a new ship for assassinated San Francisco Supervisor, LGBT and civil rights leader, and Navy veteran Harvey Milk. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 2:08 PM - 31 comments

minimally trained on public domain poetry

CuratedAI is a literary magazine where the poems and stories are written entirely by machines. For example, there is He Lived with Regret ("He lived with regret at his own table– for his own sake have mercy upon him...") by Tolstoyish, a Recurrent Neural Net trained on the work of Leo Tolstoy. Or Defunct ("defunct and master my god is dead with my love/and the man that i give him") by Deep Gimble I, which is minimally trained on public domain poetry and seeded with a single word.
posted by blahblahblah at 1:23 PM - 10 comments

Into The Black

I've nearly paid off $16,000 of student loan debt, but it cost me my friends This is the fourth installment of the series Into the Black , where we hear from people who found ways to pay off serious debt. This week we talked to Kyle Pendergrass, whose debt management has improved his mental and physical health, but who lost some friends in the process.
posted by Michele in California at 12:48 PM - 88 comments

Lichtenberg Figures in wood

Lichtenberg Figures are branching electric discharges that sometimes appear on the surface or in the interior of insulating materials. Which is a fancy way of describing what is happening here. And you can do it too! (though please be extremely careful).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 12:22 PM - 7 comments

The grubby, vandalised ruin evokes a low-budget hipster Ozymandias.

The 27-year-old CEO and founder of Soylent bought a patch of scrub in an area known as Flat Top to begin an “experiment in sustainable living” early this year.

It has not gone well.
posted by griphus at 12:03 PM - 98 comments

' Still, the pivotal year was 1972, and the place was Austin. '

"As the seventies began, there were two major schisms bearing down on Austin’s budding country music scene. As the seventies began, there were two major schisms bearing down on Austin’s budding country music scene. The first was political. The cultural upheaval of the sixties was still going full force, particularly in Texas, even in a city that considered itself as forward thinking as Austin did. The second related more narrowly to the music. The only route to success for young Texas country songwriters went through Nashville, a stubbornly conservative industry town considered every bit as reactionary as the Nixon administration. "
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:53 AM - 4 comments

Rev. William Barber FTW

Many people's first exposure to Rev. William Barber was his speech to the DNC Thursday. But he's been working tirelessly ever since the Republican Party took over North Carolina in 2012. His Moral Mondays movement scored a big win today over voting rights. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 11:09 AM - 23 comments

“administrative offenses”

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement and Charges After Suicide Attempt [The Guardian] Chelsea Manning may face charges relating to a suicide attempt this year, which could lead to indefinite solitary confinement or transferral to a maximum-security facility, according to a civil rights group. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Thursday that Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence in military custody for leaking state secrets to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, was under investigation for three charges related to her 5 July suicide attempt: “resisting the force cell move team”, “prohibited property”, and “conduct which threatens”. Manning confirmed through her lawyers in July that she was receiving medical care after having tried to take her own life. If convicted of these new “administrative offenses”, she faces punishment that could include solitary confinement for the rest of her sentence, reclassification as a maximum-security prisoner, and an addition of nine years to her sentence. It might also negate her possibility of parole, according to the ACLU. [Previously.]
posted by Fizz at 10:14 AM - 52 comments

Our Intention-Birthing Bungalow

Communal Living Is Alleviating Millennial Ennui [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:39 AM - 68 comments

Twinkle, Twinkle, Vogel Staar: On Mozart's Feathered Collaborator

If you whistle a tune often enough to a starling, the bird will not only sing it back to you, it will improvise its response and create something new. On May 27, 1784, Mozart whistled a 17 note phrase to a starling in a Viennese shop and to his delight it spat the tune right back — but not without taking some liberties first. So he bought it and brought it home. That bird lived with him for the three most productive years of his life, during which he completed more than 60 compositions, including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The piano concerto as we still understand it was built in those rooms. The “Jupiter” Symphony began and Figaro ended. Melodies that two centuries of humans have since whistled could have first been volleyed between a genius and his pet bird.
posted by zarq at 7:23 AM - 20 comments

Ken Barrie, the voice of Postman Pat (1943-2016)

Ken Barrie has passed away, aged 83. Ken voiced many of the characters on the TV series Postman Pat, and sang the famous theme tune [alternative: 1, 2, 3] (released as a single, it charted for 15 weeks). Barrie also sang the soundtrack for Charlie Chalk and recorded the soundtracks for Sharks' Treasure and Emily, as well as singing, whistling and narrating in various movies and commercials. Barrie also recorded music under the name Les Carle.
posted by Wordshore at 6:53 AM - 10 comments

Skill and speed are very off-putting.

9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for WomenShould men accept powerful women and not feel threatened by them? Yes. Is that asking too much? IS IT? Sorry I didn’t mean to get aggressive there. (SLCooperReview)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:47 AM - 51 comments

It´s only a Game

100 Stories, 100 Removals, 100 Houses Destroyed by the 2016 Olympic Games.
A difficult legacy to hide: psychological and physical violence, social relations ripped apart, residents in debt and under control of the militias of the West Zone of Rio.
Animations
posted by adamvasco at 5:09 AM - 3 comments

That's another travel, Goku

Space Jam 3 Starring Jeremy Lin (SLYT)
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:08 AM - 7 comments

This is the one thing we didn't want to happen

Fifteen years ago, Brass Eye released the special episode "Paedogeddon". The Atlantic weighs in on its significance.
posted by Ned G at 4:23 AM - 29 comments

"There must be real people"

The Verge interviews Werner Herzog, a passionate German film maker with his own version of cynical seriousness. Topics discussed include the value of film schools by negating their value, the inherent violence of Pokémon Go and the role of technology in extreme situations [TW: rape, violence].
posted by katta at 2:31 AM - 27 comments

"I am able to say this is who I am."

On being lesbian in a straight marriage (approx. 26 mins podcast) A conversation between two friends. [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 1:24 AM - 3 comments

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

The Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died on Wednesday at the age of 87. He wrote eight symphonies, nine operas, 12 instrumental concertos, plus a wide variety of orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal works. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 12:28 AM - 7 comments

Skip to the End

Edgar Wright, director of the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy (made up of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End) has shared his 1000 favorite films. The films are ordered chronologically starting with Robert Wiene’s 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and ending with...*spoilers, sweetie*.
posted by liquorice at 12:03 AM - 38 comments

July 28

The Generation Kill Transcript Project

Full transcripts of all seven Generation Kill episodes. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 11:30 PM - 11 comments

"Dances With Wolves" was one of the least interesting things he ever did

David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy, and Actor, Dies At 97. [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:31 PM - 23 comments

This Pikachu, photographed in 2010, appears to be healthy

What Pokémon Go Would Sound Like Narrated by David Attenborough
posted by infini at 10:23 PM - 0 comments

Sharp's Appalachian Harvest

On July 28, 1916, Cecil Sharp and Maude Karpeles collected their first folk songs from residents of the southern Appalachians, along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. These songs, along with songs collected by Olive Dame Campbell (who had given Sharp the idea the previous year), were published in 1917 in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, now one of the major reference works of American folk music. [more inside]
posted by hades at 10:07 PM - 4 comments

David Bowie: Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie

"From his collection of 2,500 vinyl LPs, the rock star has selected his greatest discoveries, and some record-buying memories as well.... In December of that year, my band Buzz broke up, but not without my demanding we play “I’m Waiting for the Man” as one of the encore songs at our last gig. Amusingly, not only was I to cover Velvet’s song before anyone else in the world, I actually did it before the album came out." [From 2003]
posted by marienbad at 6:02 PM - 18 comments

*takes it to the streets*

In the midst of today's choas and confusion, I bring you an uniting cultural landmark - What's Happening Season Two Episode 16 featuring the Doobie Brothers. For the uninitianted- What's Happening, a TV show inspired by Cooley High. And the Doobie Brothers a band from California, that staretd out playing biker country rock who via personell changes morphed into a blue eyed soul outfit, whose lead vocalist had a solo hit that provided the basis for a hip-hop classic. In any event, the episode is a great late 70's period piece.
posted by jonmc at 5:54 PM - 21 comments

An alternative to an eternally-spinning wheel

tqdm (تقدّم, or “progress”) is a fast, extensible, low-overhead progress bar for Python.
It is primarily developed by Casper da Costa-Luis and Stephen L.
To use, just wrap the tqdm method around an iterable: for i in tqdm(range(1000)): sleep(0.1)
posted by Going To Maine at 5:53 PM - 28 comments

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