"But what makes a Trump impersonation so fascinating is that Trump’s surface, carefully crafted, is all we have of the man. A superficial rendition of his gestures is as faithful a portrayal as any. Conversely, the challenge of playing Trump is that Trump has always been impersonating Trump." [SLGuardianLongRead]
All Over the Map is a neat blog from the folks at National Geographic. Some recent interesting posts:
A question posed to the married men of Reddit: what moment with your future wife made you think "Yup, I'm asking this girl to marry me."? (SLReddit) Although the one-sidedness of the question is not ideal (how about "married women, when did you know you wanted to marry your husband"), there are some great stories in here, from the touching to the silly. [more inside]
The latest from exurb1a (previously) is a list of pithy Instructions for a Happy Life [voiceover, captions, loud music during credits].
The Heart and the Bottle. A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotions.
When people ask this question, what they mean is, “YOU" are being a problem. Gyasi Ross on flying while “being a big Indian” and the powerlessness of being asked that question.
By a unanimous vote, Afghanistan and Ireland join ten other countries in having full ICC membership and Test status. This allows the nations to play the longer (five days per match) form of cricket. Ireland, currently champions of the World Cricket League, are understandably happy, as are Afghanistan who have played international cricket for only 13 years. While their next International fixtures are some way off - Ireland vs The Netherlands in August and Afghanistan vs Hong Kong in October, it is hoped Test series against the top sides will now be arranged quickly (by cricketing standards). The trailer to the acclaimed documentary "Out Of The Ashes" about Afghanistan's cricket journey, and a related documentary. Ireland defeating Pakistan in 2007.
How Alan Eustace, a Google engineer on the edge of retirement, broke the world record for high-altitude jumping. [more inside]
*movie trailer voice* The floppy naked CGI guy is back, and this time...he's brought some friends.
time for sushi [more inside]
time for sushi [more inside]
Netflix has released the first trailer for "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later," the sequel to the 2001 movie and the 2015 prequel series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp." Returning cast members include Amy Poehler, Chris Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon and Paul Rudd; among the new cast members are Samm Levine, Marlo Thomas, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano and Adam Scott.
Finding Meaning in The Book of Henry, the Best Worst Movie of the Year. FULL SPOILERS WITHIN. Dave Holmes delightfully reviews/recaps Colin Trevorrow's bonkers project between Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode IX.
The first time I consult Dad I’m eight. My mom’s dating this guy. He worked with Dad, and I guess he’s a nice enough. But I don’t like it. I go to the library. On the second to bottom shelf, they’re lined up. All twenty-eight volumes of him. He’s there so that at any age I can find him.[more inside]
"The multibillion-dollar college sports industry exploits African-American athletes and has left historically black schools behind. Some people think there's a better way."
One third of all freight traffic in the US goes through Chicago, a train shipment spends an average of 30 hours traversing the Chicago region. To put that into context, freight often takes 48 hours to get from Los Angeles to Chicago. If there was one bit of America’s infrastructure that you should choose to upgrade, this is it.
Today's web toy. Google celebrates animator and filmmaker Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger (1900-1967) with a front page doodle. [more inside]
ロボット相撲 (slyt) "It's like watching typewriters fight."
"Amish dress practices are slow to change because they are viewed as religious precepts. But change they do, and not only for utilitarian reasons. Amish fashion – change for the sake of change – exists, but it is subtle, slow, and miniscule. [...] Individual signs of rebellion or boundary testing include, for women, wearing prayer kapps that are smaller and thus expose more of the ear, kapps with untied strings, kapps with pronounced heart-shaped designs on the back, dresses in brighter colours, decorative pins on jacket lapels, and small frills and ruffles on sleeves." [more inside]
Gothamist: New York City's pension fund is the first in the nation to fully divest from private prisons, according to Comptroller Scott Stringer. Trustees of the city's pension fund voted unanimously to divest in mid-May, and have since pulled $48 million of stocks and bonds from three companies: GEO Group, CoreCivic, and G4S. [more inside]
You know what's kinda relaxing? Watching smart people give advice about their field of expertise. When they happen to also be talented comedic actors, it's even better. So please enjoy "Wood Support" with Nick Offerman and "Doc Support" with Ken Jeong (Part of Wired's "Tech Support" series).
Rainbow Gathering photographs by Kate Harnedy.
Traditional flush toilets aren’t an option in many parts of the world, but neither is leaving people with unsafe and unhygenic choices. Now, one company is piloting a new loo that's waterless, off-grid and able to charge your phone.
Freakishly fast dog runs around 2000 feet in Mexico city traffic, with a biker trying to catch up. They cross at least 5 big intersections. Amazingly, the dog gets caught and no one gets run over. (Warning: dog goes under a car at the beginning but seems to not get hit. ) (SLTwitter) [more inside]
High-end cocktails at 60km/ hr. Luxury trains are special trains designed specifically to offer an elegant train ride, and evoke a strong sense of association as in history, heritage and decadence of a leisurely ride.
MeFite hanzoschmanzo made a comic about a dog. That dog is a knight. His name is Sir Biscuits, the Bone of Treat-Cadia, and as a warning, he might have an anger problem. If you like this, you can see more at Spencer Ranch (and on Wordpress), and Behance. [via mefi projects]
In honor of eight-day-long Cephalopod Week, here are eight fantastic facts about octopuses and their ilk. For example: the Humboldt squid can turn itself blood-red and effectively become invisible in their usual depths, where they exhibit the behavior that earned them the nickname "red devils."
How The Guardian Lost America (Steven Perlberg/Buzzfeed News) -
"The Guardian’s US newsroom didn’t become the voice of the Bernie left during the election. It didn’t break huge campaign scoops. Years after winning a Pulitzer for the Edward Snowden story, Guardian US has slashed costs, leaving employees stewing about mismanagement, infighting, a sexual harassment allegation, and unrealistic business expectations."
When the Village People released their hit in 1978, the American branch of the Christian-centric organisation YMCA threatened to sue them. About 40 years later, the Australian YMCA has decided to embrace the song - partnering with Boy George to record a cover for their new youth-focused initiative Why Not? - highlighting marriage equality, youth unemployment, and mental health.
On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled a new line of diverse Ken dolls to accompany the now diverse Barbie (previously). But who are all these Kens? R. Eric Thomas of ELLE Magazine describes All the Ken Dolls You Will Meet in Your Lifetime.
Against The Clock is a YouTube series from British music portal FACT where electronic musicians of various predispositions lay down a track in their studios. Some use just Ableton or Logic on a laptop and a MIDI controller, others go full hardware and Eurorack, while some explain their process and others are silent throughout the video, but all of them have just 10 minutes to build that track from scratch. [more inside]
Enjoy a fascinating lecture on the Scots language, given IN the Scots language (which it turns out you can understand just fine).
Did you once love a kids' book that no one else remembers? Are you looking for something unique to read at bedtime? Readers of Atlas Obscura share their favorite obscure childhood treasures.
What happens when the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue asks Janelle Shane (previously 1, 2) the question, "Have you ever trained a neural network to generate guinea pig names?” (Bonus: What guinea pig sounds mean)
Former tackle for the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs Ryan O'Callaghan, who grew up believing there was absolutely no way he could live as an openly gay man, came out today in a feature article by OutSports. (tw: in-depth discussion of suicide) [more inside]
Tonight, the much anticipated results of the GA-06 Special Election will be known. Recent polling has shown Ossoff and Handel to be in a virtual statistical tie. Pro-Ossoff dinosaurs have been seen campaigning around the district and have made campaign signs into glitter bombs (Joan Walsh, The Nation! Here are 6 key things to watch for (Caitlin MacNeal, Talking Points Memo) as the results come in. Here are some resources (courtesy of Chrysostom) for following the results. [more inside]
The toe has gone missing before, after being swallowed by a patron, prompting the hotel to ask donors to step up (previously). But this time, Dawson City, Yukon's Downtown Hotel has reported that the key ingredient in its sourtoe cocktail (also previously) has been stolen. According to the Times Colonist: "Hotel manager Geri Colbourne says a couple came in late that night and requested the unique drink but the waitress was called away after pouring two shots. The toe was gone when she returned."
The Forgotten Trains of India, photo essay.
Dr. Mary Austin is a pediatric surgeon in Texas who sometimes performs fetal surgery to correct a birth defect that she herself has.
Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep was reported dead today at the age of 42 from complications of sickle-cell anemia.
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Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller. by Marlon James [Facebook Post] A Brief History of Seven Killings author Marlon James writes an essay on Facebook about being big, close, and black in the United States of America.
Ben Thompson at Stratechery argues that Amazon's recent acquisition of Whole Foods (previously) is all about buying a new "first and best" customer for its logistics ambitions: "Unlike Whole Foods, Amazon has no desire to be a grocer, and contrary to conventional wisdom the company is not even a retailer. At its core Amazon is a services provider enabled — and protected — by scale." In a few years we'll probably be calling this article prescient.
University of Leuven geneticist Claudio Ottoni worked with an international team of almost 30 researchers to analyze the mitochondrial DNA of more than 200 ancient and modern cats, going back 9,000 years, to document the palaeogenetics of cat dispersal in the ancient world (full study on Nature) and the result is what many cat lovers have said for quite a while: cats are still close to their wild relatives. As reported on Ars Technica by Annalee Newitz, cats are an extreme outlier among domestic animals, noting that "humans have been intermittently guiding cat breeding for less than 1,000 years," unlike other domestic animals, like dogs and goats. [more inside]
Because of climate change, there will be less coffee in the future, and it will taste worse and cost more.