June 29

You say "Super Male Vitality", I say "Sex Dust", tomato, tomahto

All the "wellness" products Americans love to buy that are sold on both Infowars and Goop.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:13 AM - 0 comments

First full Inhumans trailer drops, sits up and begs

Then it stumbles through the broken streets of all your hopes and piddles on your foot
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:02 AM - 6 comments

The Cross-Dressed Unrest

What happened when a peaceable, devout community in 19th century rural south-west Wales was pushed too far by falling wages, rapacious rentierism, unfair taxation, draconian poverty laws, and official disdain? "The 1840s agricultural unrest known as the Rebecca riots is remembered as having been an unqualified success and, most famously, as having been carried out on horseback at night by men dressed, for some reason, like our grandmothers."
posted by Devonian at 7:29 AM - 2 comments

Water protectors build tipi on Parliament Hill

In the middle of the night, a group of Indigenous people and supporters erected a tipi on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, despite police efforts to stop them, immediately before celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation are to begin. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 7:18 AM - 2 comments

Did the Molotov cocktails come in sippy cups?

Bouncy castle boss used firebombing campaign to get jump on rivals, court told
posted by jlittlew at 6:47 AM - 12 comments

Dogs like Mendelssohn too

At a recent performance in Turkey the Vienna Chamber Orchestra had a special guest. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 12:57 AM - 10 comments

June 28

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving

National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year contest ends Friday. The Atlantic has samples here and here. For the rest of the photos, visit the galleries.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:58 PM - 3 comments

"Gratitude is probably, I think, the deepest lesson of this."

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks about returning to work after her husband’s death and the research about resilience with psychology professor Adam Grant. Insightful thoughts for when we grieve, and when people we are care for are grieving.
posted by smoke at 8:17 PM - 2 comments

Rising From The Ash - Like A Phoenix

With the (mostly) successful launch of the game's second major expansion, Stormblood and a player population second only to reigning genre king World of Warcraft, it is easy now to say that Final Fantasy XIV is a well executed and successful MMO. But the game reaching this level of success is an amazing story of how a game that was panned and derided at its original launch in 2010 was brought back and remade into the title we see today through an incredible multiyear process built on the dedication of the development team. To showcase what that effort took, crowdfunded documentary team NoClip went to Japan to speak with key members of the FFXIV development staff in their three part documentary on the game's fall, death, and subsequent rebirth. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:32 PM - 5 comments

Boing, boing, boing, boing...

What's with all the bunnies? The timid rabbit occasionally nibbles plants in the garden but usually lives unnoticed on the fringes of our yards. Mowing and raking yards can disturb rabbit nests. Cats and other animals catch and injure small rabbits. Sometimes people see newly independent young rabbits and think that such small creatures can't possibly get along without their mothers. ***squee trigger warning*** [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:01 PM - 39 comments

Immigrants: We Get the Job Done

From the Hamilton Mixtape: the music video for Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) by K'naan featuring Residente, Riz MC & Snow Tha Product. Directed by Tomás Whitmore.
posted by yasaman at 3:34 PM - 29 comments

“...gameplay is layered, thrilling and, most important, a blast.”

Diablo III's Necromancer Is The Best Spellcaster Yet [Kotaku] “The Necromancer [YouTube] [Trailer], which launched yesterday as a standalone purchasable class for $15, is an avatar of Diablo 3’s signature darkness. The dungeon-crawler’s gore and corruption are assets of the 20-year-old franchise that, when you’re grinding for levels on end, can fade into the background. After a few hours on Diablo 3, I’ve gone into unthinking destruction mode, killing monster upon monster as if I were a kid stomping on anthills. Diablo 3’s Necromancer lets you embody and manipulate D3’s darkness, and by becoming a part of D3’s morbid world, I felt more connected to it.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 2:43 PM - 16 comments


David Kawai makes tiny hand-folded origami cranes. More on his instagram, twitter.
posted by growabrain at 2:29 PM - 7 comments

Chrono Trigger Warning

Rumor has it that if an NES Classic touches a mushroom, it grows into a regular-sized NES. If it touches a flower, it might transform into a SNES Classic Edition... or maybe shoot fireballs? Although untested, this method is probably more reliable than attempting to preorder an SNES Classic (which will include Star Fox 2, but not Chrono Trigger). [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 2:22 PM - 38 comments

It's a list unlike others you've seen before

NPR Music's Essential Songs, Albums, Performances And Videos Of 2017 (So Far) isn't going to rank anything. It's just going to explain why. And you'll be glad for it. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 2:20 PM - 8 comments

Please look after this bear. Thank you.

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, has died aged 91. Paddington, Bond's most famous creation, was immortalised in statue and on film. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:53 PM - 36 comments

Syrians' creative self-expression online

The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution "The outburst of the uprising against oppression and tyranny brought on a surge of these remarkable, latent energies, the spontaneous and the organized, in a way never before seen in all of Syria’s years marked by repression and injustice. History relays similar experiences. This project aims to archive all the intellectual and artistic expressions in the age of revolution; it is writing, recording, and collecting stories of the Syrian people, and those experiences through which they have regained meaning of their social, political and cultural lives." [more inside]
posted by mareli at 11:05 AM - 4 comments

A Transatlantic Race

The Bridge 2017 is a transatlantic race featuring four trimarans and the RMS Queen Mary 2. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault at 10:55 AM - 3 comments

The noise is clipping.

"The problem is we talk each other into these really ambitious ideas where we decide that’s the best idea and we can’t be like “well that’s unreasonable, we shouldn’t do that.” We get so married to these things; “Well that’s what we’re gonna do!” So that song might not come out for a while because we’ve got to put speakers at either end of the Grand Canyon to use it as a reverb chamber and WE WILL NOT DO THIS SONG IF WE CAN’T DO THAT."
Keith McMillen Instruments interviews Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson of clipping. [clipping. previously]
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:28 AM - 6 comments

This, sure as frickle frackle, was a fight for a Jewish-American lesbian

The ButHows are the bane of my career. "But how could they be lesbians if, but how could they be accepted, but how could they take the risk, but how if there are no hormones, but how if the first surgery was in the '60s, but how if she's never—" Shush. Just shush. She's not going to date you. Stop.
Marguerite Bennett talks about her experiences writing a rather queer comic series based on a line of DC Comics 1940ties themed superheroine statues.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:19 AM - 9 comments

Parody rights on making fun of houses

Blogger Kate Wagner, known for McMansion Hell which educates and critiques McMansion architecture, was served with a cease and desist from Zillow, just as the McMansion is coming back into style. Thanks to efforts from the EFF, the blog is back up. McMansion Hell, previously, previouslier.
posted by k5.user at 9:45 AM - 43 comments

Almost Certainly Our Most Famous Painter of Medlars

Caravaggio's Fruit is a paper by horticulturist Jules Janick, originally published in Chronica Horticulturae, that examines we can tell about the fruit seen in 11 different paintings of Caravaggio. It includes a discussion of the fruits themselves, even exploring the different cultivars available in late 16th century Italy, and explains many of the fungal, insect, and nutritional causes for the blemishes Caravaggio famously depicted. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 8:41 AM - 10 comments

Google News news

So, if Google News is your homepage you got a rather different look the last time you went to it. After seven years, Google has pushed out a redesign "to make news more accessible and easier to navigate". [more inside]
posted by yhbc at 8:34 AM - 54 comments

The Ur-Ikea, from whence all other Ikeas sprang

The fourth series of the fabulously otherworldly collaborative fiction project SCP Foundation was opened to submissions in April of this year. From here comes this tale of A Perfectly Normal, Regular Old IKEA. Readers unfamiliar with SCP format may want to just skip to the journal transcript near the bottom
posted by es_de_bah at 8:20 AM - 38 comments

It's easier to get into a war than get out of one.

US - led attacks in Syria 'kill 472 civilians in a month' The past month saw the highest civilian death toll in US-led coalition air raids since they began, says war monitor.
....as the US enforces its No Fly Zone over Rojava. Just the continuation of six years of genocidal war as Assad, Russia and the US pulverize Syria.
Seven decades, seven facts: US policy on Syria in brief.
What Is Trump's Syria Policy?
posted by adamvasco at 7:59 AM - 12 comments

Press the Button

Then Jessica, our server, stops by. She asks if she can get us started with any drinks or appetizers. There’s an awkward pause, like when an acquaintance asks after a recent ex. Waving toward the tablet, I explain we’ve already ordered. I feel guilty that the device could steal her job, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
posted by BekahVee at 7:47 AM - 73 comments

Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men

Julia Angwin at ProPublica reports on internal documents Facebook uses to train its thousands of human moderators. They contain broad rules for determining who is in a protected class and who is not. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 6:09 AM - 84 comments

It's all been eaten; you can't have any more

Meredith Gran's webcomic Octopus Pie ended its 10 year run on June 5, 2017. The comic focused on the life of Everest 'Eve' Ning and her other twenty-something friends living in Brooklyn, NY. The comic is known for its emotional reality and experimentation with structure. [more inside]
posted by Quonab at 3:06 AM - 27 comments

June 27

The music of nightmares

The Apprehension Engine expresses the emotions that cannot be expressed in other ways, triggering fear with intense sonic methods.[via]
posted by dhruva at 11:59 PM - 6 comments

You know what I want

Moneyness is an interesting blog about all things money. Interesting articles: posted by Chrysostom at 9:05 PM - 20 comments

Where do the stairs at the bottom of the pool go? Where?!?

Going to Orlando? With 29 of your favorite friends? And looking for a place to stay? Why not rent The Captain's Quarters III? You might never even make it to DisneyWorld.
posted by Mchelly at 7:47 PM - 90 comments

Baseball criticism from beyond the grave...

"...after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead"
posted by dfm500 at 7:45 PM - 20 comments

Swapping digits of pi and e

Over at Mathoverflow, user Erin Carmody asked the question "If I exchange infinitely many digits of π and e, are the two resulting numbers transcendental?" The answers given were great, and PBS Infinite Studios made this video about it.
posted by klausman at 5:47 PM - 19 comments

There's no comparison

mostly dogs mostly showcases the silly, the adorable, the happy and the skillful.
mostly cats, mostly showcases the teensy, the tender, the annoyed and the weird.

Bonus comic: Dogs vs. Cats
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:53 PM - 3 comments

Building a Better Base

Busy each day with thousands or tens of thousands of people, a military base is a mini-city. It has its own police, fire, and recreation departments, and even a “mayor” (the base commander). It has traffic, crime, and pollution, just like a regular city. And its residents are dealing with a major public health concern—obesity. Now the U.S. Department of Defense is looking to the environment of the base itself to get its forces into shape.
posted by Etrigan at 4:28 PM - 26 comments

Huge as the frowning Precipice, cruel as the bloody Panther

Early American natural historians struggled to establish the validity of their discipline. Europeans such as Count George-Louis Leclerc Buffon, curator of the King’s Natural History Cabinet in France, opined that American species were inherently degenerate and inferior. Thomas Jefferson attempted to change Buffon’s mind by sending him the remains of a large moose. Then, in 1801, the remains of an enormous animal were unearthed on a farm in New York state. It was the Incognitum. [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:22 PM - 10 comments

The synergy was electric.

They hit the ground running, toward each other. And there, in the moonlight, they aligned passionately, on the mouth.
posted by ApathyGirl at 4:02 PM - 17 comments

Killability Score™

All the Marvel Superheroes Who Should Die in Avengers: Infinity War [Nerdist] “Time to kill some superheroes! Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed to JoBlo that Avengers: Infinity War [YouTube] [Extended First Look] will be the last appearance for some central figures of the MCU [wiki], which means they might shuffle off their mortal capes or retire to their secret, woodsy homes… or alien planets or state-of-the-art mansion towers. But hopefully a bunch will get killed. Don’t look at me like that! Marvel needs to show some stakes, especially if the long-promised fight against Thanos is going to live up to the hype as something on a scale we’ve never seen before. Considering their longevity, significance, and power, here are the heroes of Infinity War, ranked by killability.”
posted by Fizz at 1:48 PM - 95 comments

“I Adore my Lesbian Daughters—Keep them safe.”

Frances Goldin, a 93-year-old mother of two lesbians, has been attending the New York City Pride march for nearly 50 years. And each year, she waves the same sign. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 1:08 PM - 11 comments

Major and fast spreading cyber attack

A quickly spreading ransomware attack is hitting countries across the world including Ukraine, Russia, Spain, France and the United States, just weeks after a ransomware attack known as “WannaCry.” [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:32 PM - 89 comments

Coastal Canadian corvid continues campaign of chaos

After being knocked unconscious at a soccer game earlier this year, Vancouver's Canuck the Crow (previously here, Facebook page here) is back in action: Canada Post has suspended mail delivery to three addresses after Canuck repeatedly attacked a mail carrier. On one occasion, the carrier was left bleeding. Earlier this week, he caused a flap at a local McDonald's.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:24 PM - 23 comments

"I have heard the sound of the future. This is it, look no further. "

I feel love: Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder created the template for dance music as we know it
posted by Artw at 12:12 PM - 33 comments

Learn More About Where You Live

Native Land is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history. Search a North American address to learn more about native territories, languages, and treaties.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:26 AM - 16 comments

It's Mr. Galaxywide

a mere suggestion.... anakin's volcano fight scene w/ obi wan + fireball by pitbull (SLT) [more inside]
posted by AirExplosive at 8:31 AM - 41 comments

These New Spaces are All Designed to Be Flexible

Ben Folds Composes a New Song Live at the Kennedy Center, w/ Orchestra, in 10 minutes
posted by Navelgazer at 7:49 AM - 13 comments

The Oklahoma Mixer

The numerous incarnations of "Turkey in the Straw" (previously) over the course of the song's American history have usually focused either on the rural feel of its folk roots or the silly, irreverent and sometimes offensive lyrics. Yet in post-war Japan, the song began another life where it became known as "Oklahoma Mixer," or オクラホマミキサー, by serving as the musical accompaniment for a line-dancing event in school sports days around the nation for decades. More recently, it even provided the basis for a 2016 hit single. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 7:28 AM - 16 comments

Killing beans with robots

GreenPiThumb: A Raspberry Pi Gardening Bot
posted by Jpfed at 6:04 AM - 10 comments

Hiss Clack Toot Bang Whirr Puff Scrape

Like enormous Victorian steam engines? From pants and coins to beer and paper, goofball Mark Williams gives us a running (sometimes literally running) tour around the UK’s industrial past. After that, we puff on over to the continent with Ronald Top. For your summer binge-ing pleasure, enjoy many hours of Industrial Revelations on YouTube.
posted by functionequalsform at 5:51 AM - 12 comments

We are still mythical

Under May / there is a gulf that separates us and it seems to gape a little wider every day. / Now watch her pray on every tragedy. / Divide divide and frenzy up the nastiness / The them and us, the human cost / the rising threat / we must be watched / clocked and kept and screamed and blocked. / If this is strength then we’re all fucked / But give them an inch and they’ll set up shop. / I want to create a truly hostile environment. / Her words, not mine. [more inside]
posted by Thella at 4:38 AM - 14 comments

June 26

Coldness was, for the first time, a possibility

The African solar power revolution. [SLNewYorker]
posted by Chrysostom at 8:40 PM - 54 comments

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