June 28

Place your cat in front of the screen

Cat Game: Mouse Hunt (SLYT)
posted by Jacqueline at 2:56 PM - 4 comments

In Training, photographs of bonsai trees

In Training, photographs of bonsai trees [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 2:45 PM - 1 comment

Merlin, the cat with the loudest purr

Merlin, the cat with the loudest purr. RRRRRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRRRLLLRR. RLLLRRRRRRRRLRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRR. RRRRLLLLLRRRRRR. RRRRRRRRRRR.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:34 PM - 8 comments

The Art of Alexander Paulus

The Art of Alexander Paulus - for example: This season on Buy My Shit You Stupid Idiots; A very lucky boy; More trainer please; Tom devouring his Jerry. Some are NSFW.
posted by misteraitch at 1:43 PM - 4 comments

The Florida Highwaymen, Jim Crow era painters who captured old Florida

If you lived or traveled through the Fort Pierce region of Florida in the late 1950s and throughout the 60s, you may have had the chance to buy a landscape painting from an African American man, with Upson board as the canvas and crown molding as a frame, and the paint might have still been wet. Unable to get their art into local galleries, this rough collective of 26 self-taught artists peddled their wares to local businesses, through neighborhoods and to tourists. Their style fell out of fashion into the 1980s, but some of the painters persisted. Their style gained new recognition in the 1990s, a handful continue to paint to this day. They are known as The Highwaymen, and their art captures the natural, and somewhat lost Florida of the past. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:52 PM - 9 comments

When you wish upon a bra...

Victoria Coren Mitchell ponders the unrealistic purchases most women make. Especially the fancy bra.
posted by Kitteh at 12:17 PM - 71 comments

World's Laziest Wolf Howls

Alawa (the lazy howler) is a captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. She is one of the four 'ambassador wolves' at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:52 AM - 9 comments

Guaranteed to feature a basset hound somewhere

Top Ten Mamoru Oshii Films (that Are not Ghost in the Shell): does what it says on the tin, ten movies, animated and live action, which were directed by Mamoru Oshii, all of which probably offer better entertainment than the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell could.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:28 AM - 18 comments

National, just smaller

"I think now is the perfect time to start (or restart) a local digital news operation. There are few greater gifts in journalism than a blank sheet of paper." In CJR, editor and entrepreneur Jim Brady (@jimbrady) on why and how now might finally be the time for local journalism in the USA to find a business model that works. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:15 AM - 8 comments

Of course, none of them compare to "Big McLargeHuge"

To commemorate the 100th episode of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" on IFC, here are the 100 names of Scott Aukerman.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:52 AM - 7 comments

Soviet ingenuity at its finest!

Did you know that the Russians ignite Soyuz rockets with giant wooden matches?
posted by Small Dollar at 10:14 AM - 15 comments

The unintended consequences of tenure timeouts

The bombshell finding was that, when comparing candidates for tenure, the success rate for male candidates increased by 19.4 percentage points after stopping the clock was offered. For women, the rate fell by 22.4 percentage points. [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 10:11 AM - 42 comments

My Apartment: George Lois

Video tour of legendary designer George Lois's Greenwich Village apartment. Also in the series so far: Florence Welch, Glenn O'Brien, others.
posted by Bron at 9:43 AM - 3 comments

Legal Troubles

As the rich get richer, trouble continues to brew for law schools in the United States. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:01 AM - 50 comments

MONEY FOR NOTHING

Confessions of a Payday Lender
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:25 AM - 21 comments

Pat Summitt

"The story of women’s basketball is so incomplete without Pat Summitt, it’s almost not worth telling. Not just the winningest coach in D1 history, Summitt is the modern game, her success mirroring its rise, her ascendancy propelling the sport out of obscurity. And now she’s gone." [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:04 AM - 42 comments

இڿڰۣ-ڰۣ—

The Game of Thrones Graveyard [Slate] [Spoilers] If you watch Game of Thrones, chances are you’ve watched the show kill off a character who mattered to you: a lord, a sellsword, a queen, a knight; someone you loved, or someone you loved to hate. It’s so hard to say goodbye, even when the deceased are fictional. That’s why we’re opening the Game of Thrones Graveyard, where the show’s most well-known characters rest for eternity. Buried in this sacred ground are brave souls who George R.R. Martin took from us too soon, likely by beheading them, filling them with crossbow bolts, slitting their throats, or all of the above. Others lasted far too long and died far too easily considering their depravity. But good or evil, they all touched our lives in some way. Leave a flower for a fallen character.
posted by Fizz at 7:02 AM - 49 comments

A plate of Björk and beans

In 1997, Björk interviewed musicians Alasdair Malloy, Mika Vainio, Tommi Grönlund, and Arvo Pärt in a two-part BBC documentary entitled Modern Minimalists - part I | part II
posted by a lungful of dragon at 3:04 AM - 2 comments

June 27

There's just so much it can't do

Needybot roams the corridors of Wieden+Kennedy, forever seeking help, forever getting stuck, forever searching for a friend.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:34 PM - 44 comments

6 Principles to Make Self-Driving Cars Work for Cities

Summary of six NACTO policy recommendations for self-driving cars. (pdf)
posted by aniola at 9:47 PM - 68 comments

Get goin'! *slap* *click* *slap* *slap* *click* *slap*

RIP Bud Spencer (born Carlo Pedersoli, 31 October 1929 – 27 June 2016). Italian actor, swimmer, and politician, he rose to international fame playing Trinity's portly half-brother in 1970s spaghetti westerns "They Call me Trinity" and "Trinity is Still my Name", setting off a multi-decade film career with his frequent co-conspirator, Terence Hill.
posted by slater at 8:25 PM - 20 comments

A short time previous to his death, he confessed the crime

The Westminster Detective Library plans to "to catalog and make available online all the short fiction dealing with detectives and detection published in the United States before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'A Scandal in Bohemia' (1891)." (This includes fiction originally published in the UK and Europe but reprinted in the USA.) Title, author, date, and full-text searches are all available. At present, the earliest tale available is from 1824. [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise at 7:51 PM - 7 comments

Dinner at the Vulture Restaurant and Other Adventures in Conservation

What do you get when you set a pile of offal and other assorted body parts in a private game reserve in South Africa? An exclusive dining area for the region's vultures (one photo depicts the menu). Keith L. Bildstein, Ph.D., the Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, blogs about his adventures at The Vulture Chronicles. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:46 PM - 6 comments

The Sounds of Cash

Auctioneer Beats smoothly slides beats under auctioneers, cuts nice loops, and puts them on Vine so you can be mesmerized.
posted by ignignokt at 5:25 PM - 22 comments

Grand Theft Cosmos

A fellow calling himself Duggy combines video from Grand Theft Auto with narrations by Carl Sagan.
The Humans
The Pale Blue Dot
Earth
posted by mattdidthat at 4:15 PM - 9 comments

Jack Lew's old sig: "icing on a Hostess cupcake... Charlie Brown’s hair"

"Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as secretary of the Treasury" How Treasury Secretary Jack Lew changed his signature from something cuddly that looked like "Oooooooo" to something that looks like "Paul J Fes." Geithner also had to undergo some signature modification, back in the day. Other US money signatures, for comparison.
posted by jessamyn at 3:11 PM - 34 comments

Reuben Pickle Dog

The Minnesota State Fair has announced the new foods available for 2016. (Prev.)
posted by griphus at 1:27 PM - 189 comments

But is it...food?

This Twinkie is 40 years old. What it says on the tin, or in this case the glass box.
posted by Melismata at 12:16 PM - 28 comments

The irony that this essay is a memoir is not lost on her

The Reluctant Memoirist: Suki Kim, the journalist who spent 6 months undercover in North Korea and wrote Without You, There is No Us talks about the implications of marketing her book as a memoir: I immediately emailed my editor. “I really do not feel comfortable with my book being called a memoir,” I told her. “I think calling it a memoir trivializes my reporting.” Memoir, after all, suggests memories—the unresolved issues of the past, examined through the author’s own experiences. My work, though literary and at times personal, was a narrative account of investigative reporting. I wasn’t simply trying to convey how I saw the world; I was reporting how it was seen and lived by others.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:05 PM - 14 comments

Welcome to YIMBYtown

The first-ever YIMBY conference took place in Boulder, CO, and drew many attendees who are dedicated to building better cities and more housing (both market-rate and affordable). Those who support the YIMBY movement believe that Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) influence pushes housing costs higher and creates more displacement in cities. While the housing shortage is well-documented in places like San Francisco and Seattle, many other cities around the globe are feeling upward pressure on housing costs as more residents move from suburban areas to cities. [more inside]
posted by antonymous at 11:58 AM - 34 comments

Stoya Said Stop.

Stoya on James Deen and Fixing the Porn Industry. "She was one-half of porn’s power couple before she accused her ex-boyfriend James Deen of rape. Now she’s trying to fix the industry from the inside."
posted by chunking express at 11:35 AM - 16 comments

Lael Wilcox bikes alone across U.S. in 18 days

Last week, Lael Wilcox demolished the field at the Trans Am Bike Race, a 4400-mile unsupported trek from Oregon to Virginia ("unsupported" means she had to carry all of her own supplies). Wilcox shattered the old women's record by three days and became the first woman and first American to win the race. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:32 AM - 29 comments

The Full English Brexit

Brexit: why Britain left the EU, explained with a simple cartoon [Vox] // UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle [AP] // David Cameron resigns after UK votes to leave European Union [Guardian], Brexit: David Cameron rules out second EU referendum [Independent] // Brexit: Six key questions after Britain's vote to exit the EU [BBC] // Brexit loophole? MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave the EU, top lawyers say [Independent] // Brexit: Germany rules out informal negotiations [BBC] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:13 AM - 718 comments

HB2 is "an undue burden on abortion access"

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions. In a 5-3 decision the Supreme Court has held that the two restrictions placed on abortion clinics, namely the requirement that all clinics in the state to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers, including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and, staffing and also requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital "places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution". The decision was authored by Breyer and was joined by Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor Elena Kagan. Roberts, Thomas, and Alito dissented. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 7:57 AM - 166 comments

Is Polite Philosophical Discussion Possible?

It is a big part of moral behavior in ordinary situations not to kill people. Yet the morally healthy inhibition against killing people has to be lost, of necessity, in war—even in a morally justified war. It is a big part of politeness—not in the sense of using the right fork, but in the sense of civility—in ordinary situations not to tell another person that she is wrong and misguided about something she cares a lot about, or that she cares about being right about. For brevity’s sake, let’s just say it’s a big part of politeness or civility not to correct people. Yet the civilized inhibition against correcting people has to be lost, of necessity, in a philosophical argument.
Is Polite Philosophical Discussion Possible?
posted by y2karl at 7:53 AM - 49 comments

“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real."

Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy) made a powerful acceptance speech at the BET awards, supporting Black Lives Matter and denouncing racism, inaction, and pushback. Full text here for US readers.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:33 AM - 29 comments

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing (LATimes) “He’s a somewhat dying breed,” said Sarah Reisman, who relied on Gerhart to create 20 maze-like contraptions for her synthetic organic chemistry lab. “There just aren't as many scientific glassblowers anymore, and certainly not ones that have Rick’s level of experience. Even a fraction of that experience, I think, just isn't out there.”
posted by CrystalDave at 2:28 AM - 70 comments

June 26

*whimper, paw, whine*

Blair Braverman (previously) has a litter of newborn huskies at home. She also has a memoir coming out, and she's tired of the kind of questions she gets from sexist interviewers. (Further footage of the interviewers just being complete babies.)
posted by Countess Elena at 8:23 PM - 14 comments

Funky Funday Sunday

Breakestra is a funk band from Los Angeles. A sampling: Come On Over ft. AfrodyeteGetcho Soul TogethaJoyful NoiseCramp Your StyleLowdown StankFamily RapOn-air jam at KCRW [via L.A. Taco Radio]
posted by Room 641-A at 4:53 PM - 6 comments

The Inspirational Capybara

The humble capybara inspires devotion... and music, such music. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 4:22 PM - 20 comments

Mushroom Medleys

Mushroom landart by Jill Bliss [via Cute Biology] [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 1:51 PM - 5 comments

6Password9 DNA1970

An analysis of a worst-case scenario password database reveals patterns. The dataset in question comes from a service where the original programmer created their own "encryption" for storing passwords. Before the site fully converted their password storage to bcrypt, they were hacked. Having access to all the passwords instead of just the "easy" ones allows for additional demographic analysis. Some factoids below the cut: [more inside]
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 11:36 AM - 103 comments

Deepcut - The Shame of the British Army

BBC - Cheryl James: Deepcut soldier's death was suicide, coroner rules - "The death of an army recruit from a gunshot wound to the head at Deepcut barracks was suicide, a coroner has ruled. The head of the army has apologised “unreservedly” to the parents of Pte Cheryl James as he vowed the service would be sure to learn from the inquest into her death at Deepcut barracks. Pte Cheryl James, 18, was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in 1995. She was one of four recruits to die at the base in seven years. Coroner Brian Barker QC said the wound was "self-inflicted" and Pte James fired the gun intentionally. Her father said the family did not believe evidence led to verdict."" [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 11:16 AM - 5 comments

Are you ready?

There are two types of travelers in the world; which one are you? — a checklist by Sarah Cooper. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:42 AM - 120 comments

Legendary Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Leaves This World

Bernie Worrell aka The Wizard of Woo, was probably the most famous keyboardist you've never heard of. Born in 1944, Worrell was the kind of sideman who was as influential as some bandleaders. A broadly grounded musician, he grew up playing classical piano and was adept at jazz, rock and R&B. He was a musical prodigy who attended Julliard and received an honorary degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a college student, Worrell played with a group called Chubby & The Turnpikes; this ensemble eventually evolved into Tavares. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 8:54 AM - 64 comments

Why so Sirius and What's Up With The Moon?

While doing an image search I discovered "Horselover Phat's Subliminal Synchro Sphere", landing on a giant page wherein the writer presents ... um, something about Osirus and "... Incorporating Sirius,the Moon, The Truman Show, 9/11, Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Danny Boyle, The Matrix, Harrsion Ford, Ghostbusters, Kevin Spacey, Sigourney Weaver, David Bowie, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, Jeff Bridges, Mike Nichols, Chris Carter X-Files etc etc ..." His very first post from 2009, "...Incorporating Kubrick, Nichols, Carter, Henson, OZ, Baum, Jason, Speilberg, Landis, King Kong ,The Muppets & Revelations " into 9-11 and beyond was also noteworthy. Quite an archive of work to plow through.
posted by Mr.Pointy at 8:34 AM - 21 comments

WITH VOLUMETRIC GOD RAYS!!

Skyrim Remastered [The Verge] Nearly five years after it first came out, Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim continues to have a very impressive fan base that keeps the game pretty through HD mods. Now it's Bethesda's turn: at its E3 press conference, the company has announced a remastered version of Skyrim coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:29 AM - 55 comments

Those Who Marriage Equality Left Behind

"I cannot reconcile the divide between two of the biggest civil-rights movements I've covered—marriage equality and Black Lives Matter. How can two such quintessentially American fights occur so near each other yet feel so disconnected? How were the revelers on the steps of the Supreme Court so far from the implosion of a major American city happening just up the street?"
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:44 AM - 41 comments

Tweedy live in Melbourne

Tweedy is Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer. The father-son duo's debut album Sukierae, released in 2014, features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy with Spencer playing drums. Radio National's live music team caught Tweedy's recent Bluesfest sideshow at the Melbourne Recital Centre. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 12:19 AM - 17 comments

June 25

What to do with extra apricots

I know some of you don't like single-purpose kitchen appliances, but you might make an exception for this recipe. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 11:38 PM - 29 comments

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