July 30

Still got it

Cookie Jar, a short story by Stephen King
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:26 AM - 2 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 - 13 comments

Even the bad ones float

All 58 Stephen King Movie and TV Series Adaptations, Ranked
posted by Artw at 7:46 PM - 30 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 - 19 comments

the cataloguing arts are not lost

A list of whales in videogames, with screenshots.
posted by Collaterly Sisters at 6:49 PM - 26 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 - 31 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 - 18 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 - 324 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 - 30 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 - 8 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 - 73 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 - 95 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 - 22 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 - 48 comments

Our Intention-Birthing Bungalow

Communal Living Is Alleviating Millennial Ennui [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:39 AM - 66 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 - 19 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 - 9 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 - 6 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 - 37 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 - 15 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

"...one of the most deft interviewers in the business"

Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern? (SLNYT)
posted by The Gooch at 5:38 PM - 17 comments

The Funk and Soul of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

"Since 2002, Sharon Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, have been the world’s standard-bearing funk-bringers," according to Maxwell George, writing about Jones for the Oxford American. "On Sharon’s stage, delivery and dance moves are queen, and in her audience one can rediscover the lost arts of performance: command, direction, showmanship, sincerity." Horns, funk, soul, strength—Jones and her band bring it just for you. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:18 PM - 15 comments

Ah, Mister Garibaldi!

R.I.P. Jerry Doyle. He was a star of epic science fiction tv series Babylon-5, then host of talk radio. Dead at 60. B-5 Great Maker J. Michael Straczynski confirmed this on Twitter and also wrote an obituary.
posted by doctornemo at 2:51 PM - 100 comments

My God, it's full of stars.

Astronomy Photographer of The Year - 2016 shortlist.
posted by smoke at 2:50 PM - 13 comments

Consider not ALL heroes have DD’s

Eisner Nominee Renae De Liz Shares Short Guide for Artists on How to De-Objectify Female Characters
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:54 PM - 25 comments

"Stand By Me" Turns 30

"It’s one of those films that whenever you happen to catch it, you’re caught and you can’t turn away." ‘Stand by Me’ From Variety- Oral History: Rob Reiner and Cast on River Phoenix and How Coming-of-Age Classic Almost Didn’t Happen. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 1:36 PM - 37 comments

Trolls for Hire

“The point is to spoil it, to create the atmosphere of hate, to make it so stinky that normal people won’t want to touch it” [SLNewYorker]
posted by alrightokay at 1:31 PM - 51 comments

Best of women. (DNC Day 4)

Last stop in Philadelphia: Hillary Clinton’s Convention: Day 4 "I'm gay, so I feel like it's my second coming out party as a Democrat, to be free to wear my Hillary shirt," said Robin, who was wearing a 2008 Hillary campaign shirt and plenty of colourful Hillary pins, standing next to her wife. Livestream. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:53 PM - 3586 comments

Not a sunny day

HBO has fired Gordon, Bob, and Luis from Sesame Street. But not Susan, apparently. My childhood has officially been stabbed to death. HBO and Sesame Street previously. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 12:11 PM - 95 comments

This manufacturing technique sucks

So maybe you've seen hydrographic printing. Last year a team devised a technique for computational hydrographic printing which gives amazing results on 3D objects. Now a team has used similar techniques to do computational thermoforming which give amazing results for printing onto a vacuum formed 3D object.
posted by GuyZero at 12:02 PM - 11 comments

Fusion power: a new hope

"Fusion is fifty years away, and always will be? I hate that joke. I'm really trying to get it out of the English language." Dennis Whyte, director of MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and winner of the 2013 Nuclear Fusion prize, may get his wish, as his talk (1h38 YT) demonstrates. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 10:47 AM - 67 comments

I Want My MTV [Classic]

Starting Aug 1, cable channel VH1 Classic will disappear and be replaced by MTV Classic. The debut hour of television will replicate the first hour of MTV, aired 35 years previously to the day. After that, the format will include reruns of TRL and Unplugged and Beavis & Butthead and Daria and a lot of other favorites. Plus, apparently, music videos! The Hollywood Reporter has the most complete scoop on the change / debut / reboot.
posted by hippybear at 10:09 AM - 72 comments

“It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort,”

Divers in Sweden Sniff Out 340-Year-Old Shipwrecked Cheese [The Guardian] Divers exploring a historic royal shipwreck off the south-east coast of Sweden have discovered what they believe is probably a chunk of exceedingly smelly, 340-year-old cheese. “We’re pretty sure it’s some kind of dairy product, butter or cheese,” said Kalmar county museum’s Lars Einarsson, who is in charge of the dive on the wreck of the Kronan, a 126-gun warship that sank in 1676. “It’s like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort, a sort of really ripe, unpasteurised cheese,” Einarsson told local media. He added that, while he was partial to cheeses “whose character lives on in their smell”, this one was “probably not for everyone”.
posted by Fizz at 10:03 AM - 25 comments

Peter. Ben. Harry. Daniel...

What we owe the slaves that built the White House
posted by dfm500 at 9:36 AM - 40 comments

You took this picture and shared it. Now pay up!

Since 1988, photographer Carol Highsmith has been donating many of her photographs to the Library of Congress for public use. But in December, she got a letter demanding $120 as compensation for copyright infringement... for hosting one of her own pictures on her website. Now she's suing Getty Images for USD $1 billion. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 6:53 AM - 64 comments

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