September 26

Calligraphy ・Fashion ・Travel

Shunpu is a Tokyo-based Instagrammer who focuses on coffee and Japanese calligraphy.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:19 AM - 2 comments

Arnie's Army Left Leaderless :(

Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87. One of the all-time golfing greats, a world-class philanthropist, and an advertiser's dream was awaiting heart surgery when he passed away on Sunday, 25 September 2016. [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 2:22 AM - 19 comments

September 25

✒️🍍 🍎 ✒️

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani at 9:42 PM - 30 comments

12 hours of light, 24 hours of dark

Ghana has one of the highest rates of access to electricity in Africa - and yet experienced 159 days of rolling blackouts last year. For Ghanaians, this causes all sorts of problems. Al-Jazeera English explores the dumsors: the electricity outages leaving Ghana in the dark. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 8:57 PM - 3 comments

"Our secret’s out"

VanMoof had a logistics problem: too many of their bikes, beloved of hipsters and retro-fans, were being mangled during shipment. Their solution? It may surprise you.
posted by Pinback at 7:47 PM - 18 comments

That's some Hot Shit....

Paqui Chips releaes The Hottest Chip Ever at one chip per package. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:08 PM - 37 comments

Dust - A Short Film

Dust - by Ember Lab & Mike Grier A Sci-Fi fantasy inspired by anime and classic horror, Dust is set in a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves in an ancient city behind a massive wall. A socially marginalized tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the society that has rejected his way of life.
posted by CrystalDave at 5:06 PM - 2 comments

Can’t stop what the Black Plot Design has done

The Black Plot (trigger warning for lyrics), the new song by stoner metal masters High On Fire, boasts a trippy, Heavy Metal-esque animated video by Skinner, the artist behind many Mastodon album covers and their cat-filled video for Asleep In The Deep.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:56 PM - 7 comments

Cute is one of the most dangerous words...

Is Amelia Ulman the first great Instagram artist? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 4:00 PM - 13 comments

“The game only had a small taste of what Fernández could do.”

MLB Miami Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Killed in Boating Accident at Age of 24 [The Guardian] “Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of one of baseball’s best young players, the Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández [wiki], who was killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday. Divers from the Miami-Dade fire rescue department recovered the bodies of Fernández, 24, and two friends from the water after the crew of a coastguard patrol boat spotted their upturned vessel at about 3.15am, it was announced at a Sunday morning press conference.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:45 PM - 41 comments

WINGARDIUM LEVILOSER

Albus Dumbledore Is Not A Responsible Educator [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:20 PM - 47 comments

How Introverted!

Am I Introverted or Just Rude KJ Dell'Antonia asks in the NY Times, if the current, um, popularity, with introversion is just a way to excuse fundamental rudeness - caring more about what you want than what others want.
posted by Death and Gravity at 2:35 PM - 61 comments

toxin, poison, venom

Tetrodotoxin-producing bacteria and their many hosts. Tetrodotoxin, an ancient alkaloid sodium-channel inhibitor, named from the pufferfish it was first isolated from, produced by several strains of bacteria with possible theraputic uses. Why 'Toxic' is Complicated [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:50 PM - 1 comment

“a rancid, corrupt way to report about science”

"Without the ability to contact independent sources, 'journalists become stenographers'". Scientific American accuses the FDA of manipulating and deceiving the press, the close-hold embargo being a major method, despite the FDA's disavowing the practice in 2011. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 11:55 AM - 14 comments

Danish "House of Memories" for people with dementia

House of Memories is a Danish living history museum created to stimulate the memories of people with dementia through sight, sound, smell and touch. A living history museum usually conjures up images of butter churns and anvils. At Den Gamle By (The Old Town) Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, you'll find all that. But tucked away in one corner of this museum, there's also something different — an entire apartment straight out of the 1950s. The "House of Memories" is not usually open to the public, and it's not aimed at schoolchildren sent to learn about a distant and exotic past. Rather, this exhibit is intended for visitors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. And the history they've come to experience is their own. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:24 AM - 11 comments

"But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.”

Mumble the Chicken was born without eyes. A year later, Mumble — who lives with the dogs, cats, rabbits, humans and other chickens of the Cummings family in North Somerset, U.K. — has become an ambassador for disabled creatures everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:04 AM - 12 comments

The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial

"...Adding to the tragedy, is that this disaster went almost completely unnoticed by the public as later that day another, more “newsworthy” tragedy would befall the nation when beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Museum hopes to correct this oversight by preserving the memory of those lost in this tragedy and educating the public about the truth behind the only known giant octopus-ferry attack in the tri-state area."
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:11 AM - 47 comments

September 24

Detained German physicists hear about atomic bomb (transcript)

Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945) (.pdf) (via @timhwang) [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 8:30 PM - 61 comments

The hermit crab is a peculiar animal.

Herman was lying in the tide
afraid of everything,
until I took him to the safety of the city,
where he now hides
in drugs, religion, money and lust.
posted by phunniemee at 6:34 PM - 8 comments

"I know where I’m sleeping tonight. I’m sleeping at a Marriott."

Sportswriters Love Marriotts More Than You Love Anything
posted by gladly at 2:20 PM - 41 comments

Completely effin serious

Swearing has been clinically proven to reduce pain. It also is known to be processed by a different part of the brain than other kinds of language. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 12:27 PM - 48 comments

Summer is coming, or going; embrace your Beach Body with Parentz

Parentz invite you say hello or goodbye to summer with Beach Body, the music video for their vapory electro-pop + r & b single. It's warmer than their prior ice-pop/ moving-on-with-your-life-pop/ now-pop/ otter-pop/ whatever-pop EP FP&B<3Z1​:​FLY (music video: Fly) from 2013. They also have a future-pop EP, titled Big (music video: Back It Up), that they released in 2011.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:20 PM - 3 comments

Oye, you. Yes, tú. ¿Have you ever alguna vez mordido your lengua?

O quizás que había bifurcated my tongue y yo tendría la lengua bífida de un serpiente for the rest of my vida like esas personas obsesionadas con weird body modifications, Karina Quinn
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:58 AM - 24 comments

“The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege.”

Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview [Vanity Fair] As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
posted by Fizz at 8:40 AM - 42 comments

Daily life for kids in Japan.

Why Japanese bathrooms are the best. What a Japanese apartment is like. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
posted by Bee'sWing at 8:13 AM - 51 comments

I should have just eaten the 18 pounds of Red Leicester.

Deccan Chronicle: "In a study that has been widely welcomed, researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese is good for our hearts." More from [askmen] [delish] [allure] [Telegraph - mentions other studies]. The actual research article conclusion: "A high daily intake of regular-fat cheese for 12 weeks did not alter LDL cholesterol or MetS risk factors differently than an equal intake of reduced-fat cheese or an isocaloric amount of carbohydrate-rich foods."
posted by Wordshore at 6:58 AM - 39 comments

September 23

Dogs vs. Crocs

No, not the scary kind of crocs. Spencer the Irish Bulldog gets stylish prosthetics—you won't BELIEVE what happens at the end! [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:24 PM - 14 comments

Big Lonely Doug

On a sunny morning in the winter of 2011, Dennis Cronin parked his truck by the side of a dirt logging road, laced up his spike-soled cork boots, put on his red cargo vest and orange hard hat, and stepped into the trees. As he waded through the thigh-high undergrowth, something caught his attention: a Douglas fir, poking up through the forest’s canopy and with a trunk wider than his truck. It was one of the tallest trees he had ever come across in his four decades in the logging industry. Cronin reached into his vest pocket for a ribbon he rarely used, tore off a strip, and tied it to a thin root protruding from the base of the trunk. The tape wasn’t pink or orange but green, and along its length were the words “Leave Tree.”
[more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 8:51 PM - 35 comments

Weekend means filesearch comparisons and a drink (drink not provided)

From grep, ag, git grep, ucg, pt, sift comes a New Challenger: ripgrep In this article I will introduce a new command line search tool, ripgrep, that combines the usability of The Silver Searcher (an ack clone) with the raw performance of GNU grep. ripgrep is fast, cross platform (with binaries available for Linux, Mac and Windows) and written in Rust.
We will attempt to do the impossible: a fair benchmark comparison between several popular code search tools. Specifically, we will dive into a series of 25 benchmarks
posted by CrystalDave at 7:06 PM - 29 comments

Fleabag

TV needs far more seething, devastating women like Fleabag - The creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge (interview), Fleabag started as a finely tuned one woman play and made the jump to television, becoming "a precision black-humor mechanism" in the process.
posted by Artw at 3:54 PM - 33 comments

A comic (but not funny) guide to intervening in harassment

What should you do when you are a bystander to Islamophobic (or other) harassment?
posted by bq at 12:59 PM - 48 comments

Ghosts!

Raina Telgemeier's new book Ghosts came out recently to great reviews, so with five separate entries she is dominating the Times' graphic novels bestseller lists (again). [more inside]
posted by mattamatic at 12:42 PM - 16 comments

Inviting the Darkness Home

Sarah Marshall explores Why America Will Never Stop Trying To Solve JonBenét Ramsey’s Murder:
In her CNN appearance, even Patsy Ramsey described JonBenét’s death not just as a personal loss, but as part of an overarching sense that Americans had lost something larger . . . . In this case, ["justice"] does not mean that JonBenét Ramsey will come back to life, that she will grow up, that she will experience the childhood she had barely begun. It means, instead, that her death will finally be part of a story that makes sense, and that gives the public the sense of comfort that only such a story can provide.
posted by sallybrown at 12:40 PM - 68 comments

The laundry, for me, is like the frosting on the cake

This dedicated community of middle-aged men LOVES washing clothes. "Founded in 1984, the group now has 3,000 members from around the world. Members gather several times a year for what they call "wash-ins." Some even travel from as far away as Russia or Canada."
posted by AFABulous at 12:28 PM - 27 comments

September In the Rain

The leaves of brown came tumbling down
  Remember, in September, in the rain
  The sun went out just like a dying ember
  That September in the rain
posted by y2karl at 11:19 AM - 27 comments

DO NOT OPEN - PUPPIES INSIDE

Here's a video of Husky pups swarming through a door vent, which seems upbeat and fun thanks to the indie-pop instrumental score. See a video (.MP4, 7.4mb) closer (Daily Mail) to the source, and it seems a bit more menacing without any audio. Let's amp up the terror and set the scene to The Walking Dead's theme song. If you need a come-down, enjoy Wrigley at the movies, a man and his boss's dog re-enacting romantic movie moments.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:45 AM - 26 comments

'A welcome rebuke to dead white men'

A century in the making, and now completed by Britain’s David Adjaye, the Smithsonian’s gleeful, gleaming upturned pagoda more than holds its own against the sombre Goliaths of America’s monument heartland.
Preparations are in full swing for a historic opening on 24th September 2016 when America's first president of African heritage will ring an equally historic bell. Related.
posted by infini at 10:07 AM - 19 comments

"I'm Brian and So's My Wife!"

Rest in peace, Terence Bayler - groundbreaking NZ actor, Monty Python alum, and so much more. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 8:54 AM - 16 comments

Arthropods now possibly able to employ Archimedes Death Ray

So-called 'mirror spiders' can "manipulate the mirrors in situations where they might feel threatened."
posted by Drosera at 8:34 AM - 26 comments

After 40 Years, It’s Time To End The Dark Legacy Of The Hyde Amendment

"The Hyde Amendment was first authored by the late Representative Henry Hyde (a devout Roman Catholic) in 1976. He expressed the desire to outlaw all abortions, but Hyde knew that he could only effectively target women in poor communities." 35 States + D.C. deny a woman’s coverage just because she is poor. #BeBoldEndHyde [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:06 AM - 17 comments

The Brussels Business - Who Runs the EU ? - 2012 HD

CEO Documentary: "THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS is a docu-thriller that dives into the grey zone underneath European democracy. An expedition into the world of the 15,000 lobbyists in the EU-capital, of the PR-conglomerates, think tanks and their all embracing networks of power and their close ties to the political elites." Spoiler: "2500 Lobby Structures are based in Brussels, 15,000 lobbyists, the 2nd biggest lobby industry in the world, only Washington DC is bigger..." [slyt - Warning - it starts slowly, but is worth sticking with.]
posted by marienbad at 8:05 AM - 26 comments

Knockout rock bouncer racing

KNOCKOUT ROCK BOUNCER RACING IS INSANE (20 min youtube video, but 5 minutes will give an good understanding of the sport as a whole). A rock bouncer is a vehicle designed for driving up and over difficult terrain and obstacles. Races are normally run as time trials with the biggest cheers coming not from finishing but for any vehicle that rolls and lands back on its tires. Racing head to head up a section of bolder strewn mountain ... pretty much what it says on the dented tin.
posted by phoque at 6:44 AM - 33 comments

Justice is Blonde

The United States vs Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier is called to account for his crimes. He needs a miracle. He needs a decent lawyer. He needs Elle Woods. He just doesn't know it yet.
posted by divabat at 5:09 AM - 21 comments

The Nobelity of the Igs

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded yesterday. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 4:49 AM - 34 comments

The Australian mosque

The Australian mosque. On Australia's contribution to Islamic architecture.
posted by tavegyl at 4:04 AM - 8 comments

And color my world Black Gold

Violist and impresario Ashleigh Gordon talks to the Boston Globe about the problem she and her multimedia project Castle of our Skins had when they set out to perform works by black composers: “we could list on maybe one hand, between us, black composers that we knew of.” [more inside]
posted by Fritz Langwedge at 3:02 AM - 2 comments

Good As Hell

Minneapolis alt-hip-hop artist Lizzo won [Luke Burbank's and Andrew Walsh's podcast] TBTL's "Song Of The Summer" bracket battle with her single Good As Hell (beating out competition from JT and Sia and Avett Brothers and many others). It's easily MY song of the summer, but Lizzo is awesome way beyond this one song. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:32 AM - 26 comments

Vroom, vroom

Daniel Jovanov does car engine sound impressions. Impressions good enough to impress a trio of professional race drivers. (He was also on Australia's got Talent a few years ago)
posted by Harald74 at 12:25 AM - 4 comments

September 22

"Are you my mother?"

Meg, an 11-year-old yellow Lab and her human, David Jackson, found a tiny baby bunny in the back yard—and two ravens looming overhead. Because Jackson was raised near the woods and knew the birds were a threat, he decided to hang around with Meg and watch the bunny until the ravens were gone. While they waited, Meg and the bunny began to play. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:13 PM - 56 comments

Nicking Caves

Vice has posted a treasure trove of photos and interviews from The Cave Clan, Melbourne's legendary group of storm drain loving urban explorers (complete with a secret headquarters, The Chamber).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:51 PM - 8 comments

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