January 18

James Earl Jones reads Walt Whitman

Actor James Earl Jones reads passages from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself", recorded Oct 21, 1973 (via 92Y on Demand)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:43 AM - 0 comments

"The printed book is final and thus unchangeable"

Irma Boom’s Library, Where Pure Experimentalism Is on the Shelf (Joshua Barone, NYT) [via]
posted by Think_Long at 8:24 AM - 1 comment

Lincoln's Worst Decision - Turning Down Elephant Herds

As a celebration of the election of President Abraham Lincoln* in 1860, King Rama IV of Siam** offered the U.S. "several pairs of young male and female elephants", with the intent that they be allowed to reproduce, eventually becoming large herds such that the people of America could use them as beasts of burden. Sadly (but probably for the best), Lincoln turned down the offer, noting that the climate of the U.S. probably did not lend itself to breeding elephants. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:11 AM - 15 comments

"It was just a matter of doing what you could before the fire arrived."

The world surrounding my father's Montana homestead could disappear tomorrow, and he would make out just fine. I went to see him to find out how he does it—and why [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:34 AM - 15 comments

Ain't motherhood grand?

Mama cats taking care of their kittens [obnoxious music at beginning, occasional music throughout]. Mama dogs and their puppies [background music]. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:34 AM - 2 comments

WEIRD

What is weird? 366 Weird Movies (not yet complete but has over 200 entries) is a substantial tribute to celluloid oddities and unconventionals, loaded with interesting essays and outside links. Some good, some bad, and some very bad. Here's just a few: Buckaroo Banzai, Robot Monster, Rubber, Rocky Horror, Zardoz, 2001, Skidoo, 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, Evil Dead II, Glen or Glenda, Manos, Pan's Labyrinth, Time Bandits, Pink Flamingos, Uncle Boonmee, and good lord Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.
posted by JHarris at 6:45 AM - 17 comments

Transcribing handwritten texts from the Shakespearean age

Shakespeare's World is a collaboration between Zooniverse and the Folger Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online project. On the Shakespeare's World website anyone can contribute transcriptions of bits of manuscripts from Shakespeare's time. The project benefits not only Shakespeare studies, but also historians of the early modern period and the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Roberta Kwok wrote an article about the project for the New Yorker.
posted by Kattullus at 4:10 AM - 4 comments

Free School, Under the Bridge

Good people, doing good things --- Rajesh Sharma, a grocery story owner in New Delhi, has spent the last seven years teaching children under a bridge. Nearly 200 underprivileged children from neighbouring ghettos now come to the school, known as ‘Free School, Under The Bridge’ located in one of the world’s most polluted cities, New Delhi.
posted by gt2 at 3:30 AM - 3 comments

England does not want to be just another member of the team

Brexit is the result of an English delusion, a crisis of identity resulting from a failure to come to terms with the loss of empire and the end of its own exceptionalism.
(Or - in song - as once summarised by Flanders and Swann)
posted by rongorongo at 1:49 AM - 54 comments

January 17

A little panda-monium

A bunch of baby pandas. Because we all need a dose of adorable right about now. Because with the beginning of the American apocalypse Friday, we could use a nice big dose of adorable. 23 baby pandas making their public debut in China should do the trick.
posted by azpenguin at 5:47 PM - 21 comments

Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

New York Times President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning.
posted by freakazoid at 1:32 PM - 159 comments

"LEAVE ME ALONE, MOM AND DAD! Literally."

"The fact that people make the opposite judgment — that kids are in more danger when parents leave on purpose — strongly suggests that their estimates of risk have been unconsciously inflated to help justify their stronger moral disapproval of parents who choose to leave children unsupervised."
We’re really bad at judging risk to kids. We’re really good at judging parents. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 1:07 PM - 82 comments

Nugs, Ranked

Ryan Sutton at EATER asks the hard question: What are the best fast food chain chicken nuggets?
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 AM - 111 comments

KEDI - a.k.a. Nine Lives - Cats in Istanbul

“Dogs think people are God, but cats don’t. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God’s will. They’re not ungrateful. They just know better.” Film maker Ceyda Torun and cinematographer Charlie Wupperman have finished their documentary about Istanbul's cats. Coming soon to a city near you. (The movie, not the cats.) [more inside]
posted by BWA at 9:08 AM - 15 comments

it tickles

Butterfly takes over Koala Joey's Photoshoot and owns it like a BOSS!
posted by Evilspork at 4:15 AM - 18 comments

January 16

These are fleeting moments

Astronaut shows videos from Youtube with zero views. Beautiful and surprisingly refreshing.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:30 PM - 67 comments

Dick Gautier, 1931-2017

The actor -- famed for his role in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie, for portraying Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, and for a short run as Robin Hood in When Things Were Rotten -- died Friday. The article includes a link to a three-part interview with Kliph Nesteroff, in which Gautier discusses, especially, his early career.
posted by bryon at 10:32 PM - 20 comments

The six pillars of nonviolent resistance

An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’
posted by HuronBob at 10:21 PM - 10 comments

The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas

Joseph Bottum argues that contemporary American progressivism resembles Christianity sans salvation. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 9:42 PM - 38 comments

Blood Pancakes Are The Most Metal of All Flapjacks

On their own, blood pancakes end up being a savory dish, so many recipes call for enhancing the natural flavor by adding things like onions, spices, bread crumbs, and molasses. The only other body-fluid-specific requirement is to strain the blood to remove any clots that may have formed. Which really hammers home that you’re cooking with blood, in case you forgot. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:29 PM - 31 comments

The Last Man on the Moon

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, has passed away
posted by tgrundke at 2:34 PM - 86 comments

Who's a good dog groomer? You are!

Jess Rona is a dog groomer who posts wonderful slo-mo videos of her clients on Instagram. (Autoplaying music alert) [via Mashable's How She Works series.]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:20 PM - 13 comments

The True Masters Of Cyberwarfare - Squirrels

At a recent presentation at Shmoocon, security researcher Cris "SpaceRogue" Thomas discusses the results of his "CyberSquirrel 1" project, which monitors animal related infrastructure outages. His assessment? The squirrels are winning. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 2:02 PM - 23 comments

genderless_nipples confounds Instagram censorship (NSFW)

In order to subvert Instagram's policy of allowing male nipples without restriction and censoring women's nipples without exception, the account genderless_nipples is posting close-up pictures of nipples. [more inside]
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal at 11:51 AM - 61 comments

We march for Harriet Tubman, Sylvia Riviera, Barbara Jordan, Audre Lorde

In six days, one of the largest mass protests in American history will begin with an estimated 200,000 marchers on DC. For those who cannot travel to Washington, 386 simultaneous sister marches with an anticipated 735,000 marchers will be taking place on the same day in 50 US states and 53 additional countries. 1200 buses will park in the capitol on January 21 compared to a paltry 200 arriving for Trump's inauguration, and the related Pussy Hat Project (previously) is making efforts to ensure that every marcher has access to a handmade pink hat. The Women's March on Washington will unite a new cohort of American activists under the banner of an unapologetically progressive and explicitly intersectional platform. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 8:29 AM - 172 comments

When picky eating becomes an affliction

“It’s like asking a colorblind person what color that is. It doesn’t look like food to me.”
posted by Kitteh at 8:13 AM - 147 comments

The Superfly Flies No More

WWE Hall of Fame Pro Wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away yesterday at the age of 73. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 8:04 AM - 11 comments

Peeqo

Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:47 AM - 12 comments

Scrimmage, Touques, and Yaks

Teaching Hockey in the Himalayas. A photo journey from the HELP fund.
posted by blue_beetle at 6:34 AM - 2 comments

Perverse incentives, Australia's (1790) death fleet & echoes today

Contracts and convicts: how perverse incentives created the death fleet After Australia's First Fleet came the second fleet. Due to contract issues, many people died. (via @smurray38) [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 4:42 AM - 8 comments

January 15

Recent SF/F/H short fiction online

Tables of contents have been published for upcoming best SF, fantasy, and horror collections edited by Neil Clarke, Gardner Dozois, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, and Jonathan Strahan. The Nebula Award suggested reading lists (previously) for novella, novelette, and short story are well-populated. BestSF.net has selected its shortlist. At Strange Horizons, Rachel Swirsky has comments on her favorite short fiction of the year. And at r/Fantasy, the Stabby Award winners have been announced. Many stories suggested by these sources can be read for free. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 11:12 PM - 8 comments

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves a̵̧͏n̶͢o͠t͞h͝e̸͢r̶̛

27 of the Best (and Most Hideous) Face Swaps of 2016. You have been warned.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:19 PM - 33 comments

History of the Turnspit Dog

The Best Kitchen Gadget of the 1600s Was a Small, Short-Legged Dog
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:05 PM - 32 comments

On Food and Cooking and Science

Dinner with Harold McGee
posted by Lycaste at 3:42 PM - 19 comments

The Greatest Show on Earth is Done

The Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus will have its last shows in May, after 146 years in the United States. It appears that many of the employees will be out of work and the animals will be going to shelters.
posted by pyramid termite at 1:37 PM - 125 comments

Mellbergs Customs: Swedish vintage custom cars

Leif Mellberg was a Swedish custom car designer during the 60s-90s. He mainly worked with Saab and Volvo cars, such as the gorgeous SAAB 900 turbo 16 EV-1 or Mayo P1. The site's in Swedish but the pictures say it all really.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:05 PM - 8 comments

Do Teens Know Music from the 90s?

Teenagers try to guess the song and artist from popular 1990s songs. Sample dialogue: "I wasn't even born yet!" (1990s music part 2, part 3. Related: Do college kids know 1980s music?)
posted by AFABulous at 10:35 AM - 171 comments

I give it 5 out of 5 Ellens! (Awesome musical instrument reviews)

Ellen Angelico is a multi-instrumentalist/"utility player" in Nashville TN. She also does hilarious reviews of musical instruments and vintage clothing for sale at Fanny's House of Music. For those who like music, musical instruments, quirky personalities, have shopped in a music store, worked in a music store, or even just looked at weird vintage stuff. [more inside]
posted by gorbichov at 9:41 AM - 16 comments

Ponzi Supernova

“At one point, he cornered the hot chocolate market,” Fishman told MarketWatch. “He bought up every package of Swiss Miss from the commissary and sold it for a profit in the prison yard. … He made it so that, if you wanted any, you had to go through Bernie" ... “He’s a star in prison. He stole more money than anyone in history, and to other thieves, this makes him a hero,” said Fishman, a journalist who spoke with Madoff extensively. Bernie Madoff manipulated the market for hot cocoa mix at his prison [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 8:58 AM - 41 comments

"You look out here and it's a second Rome"

Capitalism without opposition is left to its own devices, which do not include self-restraint. The capitalist pursuit of profit is open-ended, and cannot be otherwise. The idea that less could be more is not a principle a capitalist society could honour; it must be imposed upon it, or else there will be no end to its progress, self-consuming as it may ultimately be. At present, I claim, we are already in a position to observe capitalism passing away as a result of having destroyed its opposition—dying, as it were, from an overdose of itself.
Wolfgang Streeck, How Will Capitalism End?, New Left Review, 87 (May–June 2014). [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 6:23 AM - 44 comments

January 14

The Great American Novel (Pick Only One)

LitHub suggests some top picks for "the" Great American Novel and offers rationales for each with links to articles arguing for them. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:04 PM - 146 comments

Found Sound + Producer = Music

Sponsored by The Netherlands’ Institute for Sound and Vision, the RE:VIVE Initiative brings together archives and artists to create new music out of and inspired by curated sets of archival material. While their workshops are only in The Netherlands, for everyone outside they provide free packs of audio samples collated from different libraries: Pack 1; Pack 2; Schipol Airport; Madagascar, Switzerland, Tahiti, China, and an accordion; Around The House; and The Music of Samoa.
RE:VIVE has collaborated with Fog Mountain Records to release two albums: Damrak, built on samples from Amsterdam; and 010, built on samples from Rotterdam. They have also collaborated with Lakker to provide samples for their Struggle & Emerge album. (A short documentary on the process.)
posted by Going To Maine at 10:19 PM - 2 comments

Gatherer and Fiddler: Alan Jabbour (1942–2017)

Alan Jabbour, who died today, was best known (to those who know of him at all) as a fiddler and a gatherer of fiddle tunes. His name and influence permeate American traditional music. If you like Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Chris Thile, Carolina Chocolate Drops, SteelDrivers, etc., you are enjoying the results of Jabbour's life work. [more inside]
posted by underthehat at 9:59 PM - 9 comments

Chinese Whiskers

When Marcel Heijnen took a picture of cat hanging out in a shop in Hong Kong, he didn't know he had just uncovered his next project. He calls it "pure serendipity."

"[I moved to] an area that is rapidly gentrifying, with new cafés and galleries coming up left right and center, but it’s still rooted in tradition, as well — there’s loads of dried-seafood shops and traditional Chinese medicine halls," he said. "I noticed a cat sitting on the counter of one of those stores and photographed it on my iPhone. Then, another and another."
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:52 PM - 31 comments

Kidnapped Newborn Found Alive...After 18 Years

In a story strikingly similar to the MTV show, Finding Carter, 18-year-old Kamiyah Mobley was allegedly taken by Gloria Williams, posing as a nurse, from a Jacksonville, FL hospital in 1998. Williams, who raised Kamiyah as Alexis Manigo, brought her up alongside her other two children. Williams had suffered a miscarriage a few weeks before the alleged kidnapping, so her family did not question the appearance of a newborn. It seems that the situation was discovered by Kamiyah, who suspected she had been kidnapped. Kamiyah's grandmother, Velma Aiken, "prayed she would see her granddaughter before the day she died. 'Everyone broke down in tears' during the conversation. 'We lost her for 18 years,' Velma said. 'We don't want to lose her again.'"
posted by guster4lovers at 3:34 PM - 81 comments

six seasons and a movie

Will 2017 be the year of the cape? Men, women, children, lawyers, masked men...
Perhaps we should all wear cloaks instead. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:09 PM - 69 comments

I'd knit so hard, bro

Further on the topic of ways that toxic masculinity harms men, an Independent article on feminine activities men would do if society didn't judge them so hard, from a Reddit thread on the same topic.
posted by bile and syntax at 10:26 AM - 242 comments

"So long, Old Bill."

William Peter Blatty, dead at 89. Author and moviemaker, best known for writing The Exorcist (1971).

Tweeted by William Friedkin and Stephen King.

The Exorcist, read by Blatty. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 10:11 AM - 29 comments

Unicycle Polo Match

It's a thing, people.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:24 AM - 15 comments

The Penultimate Week

In seven days, Donald J. Trump is due to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. What happens next? [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus at 5:22 AM - 2072 comments

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