May 25

Be fat. Be ugly. Don't be boring.

Spend an hour with New York City’s breathtaking, hilarious, inspiring burlesque diva, Fancy Feast, in this documentary from Leon Chase. Or just catch this quick 2 minute teaser. She’ll leave you hungry for more.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:43 AM - 0 comments

“An unknown force wants to destroy all we have created...”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Official Trailer [YouTube] is an upcoming English-language French science fiction action-adventure film co-produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. [wiki]
posted by Fizz at 10:45 AM - 30 comments

Everyone has to type

Key Crazy: Inside the Wonderful World of Keyboard Fanatics A proud tradition of hackers going back decades gets another moment in the spotlight thanks to Gizmodo. If you're interested in building your own, you might be interested in Jesse Vincent's blog series from 2012,Building a Keyboard, or the venerable Key64 site.
posted by boo_radley at 10:31 AM - 7 comments

I don't know accounting, but I know what I like

The Mexican Pago en Especie program allows artists to pay their taxes with art instead of money. It started informally in the 1950s and was codified in the 1970s. The program includes a jury system to ensure that the country is getting a good value and has amassed a collection of more than 7,000 pieces of art. It even survived a recent bout of tax reform.
posted by Etrigan at 8:13 AM - 11 comments

The end of the "kinder, gentler," Reddit.

Imzy, the "kinder, gentler" Reddit alternative (previously), is shutting down on June 23rd. The site raised an $8 million Series A in October 2016, and opened its platform up to the public that same month. According to The Verge article on the shutdown, less-friendly Reddit clone Voat is also at risk of being shut down due to funding issues.
posted by SansPoint at 8:03 AM - 40 comments

Piano Smashing Contests

How many ways can you destroy a piano? Piano smashing contests were a UK fad in the 1960s, eventually crossing over to the US. Teams used sledgehammers to destroy an upright piano to the point where pieces of the piano could be passed through a 9-inch diameter hole. Infrequent piano smashing contests have been held in recent years although Guinness World Records has retired the category from active competition. Using sledgehammers is one thing, but composer Annea Lockwood has several creative ways to dispose of pianos.
posted by achmorrison at 7:35 AM - 24 comments

I like mine with a side of sliced choma and some sukuma wiki

The History of Porridge in Bantuphone Africa, with Words as Main Ingredients
posted by infini at 6:40 AM - 5 comments

Delicious liquid gold!

How to make Maple Syrup (slyt) I really enjoyed this video of a modern maple syrup farm. Lot's of tubes and filters and pumps. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:05 AM - 17 comments

When Corporations Make History

"The language repeatedly emphasizes consumer choice as particularly important. Residents “prefer to drive alone” and the car became “the option of choice.” But consumers can only choose among the options that are provided to them. The implication here is that people don’t want good public transit, they want GM cars." - Blight At The Museum, how corporate donations are taking control of American history at the Smithsonian.
posted by The Whelk at 4:53 AM - 28 comments

This isn’t gentrification, it’s another phenomenon entirely

Renting in London in 2017 is grim. While the city is in the middle of a record construction boom, almost all of that is luxury apartments for overseas investors. “Golden postcodes” such as Kensington, Highgate and Notting Hill are the preserve of the international “alpha elite”, displacing the local wealthy, and setting off a chain reaction. As rents go up, people on above-average incomes find themselves in “middle-class poverty”, having to move repeatedly and to make do with smaller spaces. As there is no regulation, any house that is not a hazard to health is legal, and it makes economic sense for landlords to evict tenants rather than carrying out repairs. Meanwhile, in outer boroughs, poor workers live in bunks in cramped, shared rooms in houses and sheds, preyed on by chains of “rent to rent” entrepreneurs sometimes shading into human trafficking rings. [more inside]
posted by acb at 4:51 AM - 58 comments

Baseball, bonding, and looking hot

Chicago Cubs' President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein's Class Day speech at this years's Yale graduation
posted by Mchelly at 4:26 AM - 1 comment

'Star Wars' Flashback: When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977

40 years ago. Star Wars. May 25, 1977. It only opened on 42 screens. Basically everyone who tells you they were there on opening day are lying to you. Five veteran distribution execs who were there when George Lucas' first installment of the space saga was set to premiere look back on the challenges that came with being part of movie history.
posted by hippybear at 3:10 AM - 49 comments

May 24

Truck plows AnalTech, odor leads to HazMat situation

"At approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, a car crash involving two pickup trucks sent one of the vehicles inside the AnalTech building of Newark, Del., leaving a giant hole." [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:20 PM - 57 comments

Another wrestler in politics

On the eve of Election Day for Montana's special election for a new Congressional Representative, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body slams Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 6:30 PM - 234 comments

"these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross"

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, who has presided over the city's dismantling of Confederate monuments, delivered a righteous defense of the decision in a speech about history, race, and legacy. Seriously, read the whole thing.
posted by lalex at 3:43 PM - 91 comments

Constitutional Interpretation No. 748 (2017)

Taiwan's Constitutional Court finds restrictions against same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Taiwan, one of the most progressive states in Asia when it comes to LGBTQI equality, heard a case in March pushed in part by long-time activist CHI Chia-wei (祁家威) arguing for marriage equality. Today, with two dissents and one abstension, the Constitutional Court requires the national legislature, the Legislative Yuan, to amend the current Civil Code within two years--and if the legislature fails, same-sex couples will still be allowed to register their marriages with the government. [more inside]
posted by anem0ne at 11:38 AM - 13 comments

ASCII Art - a century before ASCII

In the days before widespread high-resolution graphics, many of us were familiar with ASCII Art, either on screen or printed out. But there were predecessors in the form of typewriter art. (Previously) And going through newspaper ads in old issues of the New York Times and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jacob Harris has found 19th-century examples of typeset images made of letters, as well as larger characters composed of smaller ones. [more inside]
posted by larrybob at 11:36 AM - 17 comments

"The greatest meeting of land and sea"

In a year of dramatic change and threat, An unprecendented 40-foot deep and 1/3 mile wide tongue of earth is newly jutting into the Pacific Ocean across the historic Roosevelt Highway portion of California’s Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur, at Mud Creek. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:32 AM - 34 comments

Damages for illegal Swedish registry of Roma citizens

"Today, the Chancellor of Justice announced that the Swedish state will not appeal the decision by the Svea Court of Appeal regarding the case of the police’s registration of Swedish Roma citizens. Damages will be paid to all persons included in the illegal registry. Civil Rights Defenders, which represented eleven of a total of about 4 700 people included in the registry, won the court case against the Swedish state in the Svea Court of Appeal on April 28, 2017. The state was found guilty of ethnic registration and discrimination, and ordered to pay 30 000 SEK in damages to each of the eleven Roma plaintiffs." [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 11:17 AM - 5 comments

All questions will be answered in Sovalo

In February 1975, the stars aligned in such a way that jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and eclelctic singer-guitarist Jose Feliciano appeared together -- as actors and as a musical double-act -- on the influential eastern-western television series Kung Fu. [more inside]
posted by Herodios at 10:45 AM - 5 comments

“The great war is here.”

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Official Trailer [YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 10:35 AM - 46 comments

Rare footage of Raoul Wallenberg found

Author and historian Gellert Kovacs was watching a TV segment on cyber security, when he thought he recognized someone. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe at 10:17 AM - 8 comments

Every Dog has his day

Not only do we have the recent announcement of Mega City One a planned television series set in the Judge Dredd universe (this guy is excited), the fan film Search / Destroy based on another of 2000AD's beloved stories, Strontium Dog, has appeared by the makers of the Judge Dredd fan film Judge Minty (previous) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:50 AM - 9 comments

Anti-goatee qualities: At least one columnist has blazed it

"A Guide to Conservative Publications: Which ones are trolling you, and which ones are simply bad?" by Alex Nichols in The Outline.
How thoroughly do they embody the worst characteristics of conservative writing? How smug are they? How convinced are they of their own superior intellect? Are they painfully, seethingly horny? As many of the worst specimens delight in terrifying the world with poor grooming decisions, our measuring stick will be the goatee, here affixed to a tiny troll face. The longer the goatee, the more batshit insane the publication.
[more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:27 AM - 36 comments

What happens when a spouse dies in the middle of a divorce?

A terrible, little club. “It’s called disenfranchised grief. It’s also referred to as the grief that has no voice, because it’s a grief that our society typically does not recognize.”
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:23 AM - 25 comments

Every bit as fair as when you raced against your brother as kids.

Hot Wheels Stunt Race [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 9:16 AM - 10 comments

Niche Museums for Your Inner Weird

Toilet seat art? Currywurst? Mammal penises? A clickable list of 86 very specific museums around the world.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:20 AM - 19 comments

Avril, like Paul, yet lives

Teen Vogue covers the latest weird thing to go viral: Avril Lavigne died years ago and has been replaced by a doppelganger named Melissa. But they take the opportunity to educate as well as shrugging at the weirdos who spend too much time on this sort of thing:
It's a premise that assumes a lot about Avril's mental health based on, well, basically nothing, and that is problematic because we should never assume anything about anyone's mental health.
posted by Etrigan at 7:47 AM - 50 comments

A conversation on the state of Paganism

Paganism is dying. "Much of what once made Paganism radical is now widely accepted by those of all religions and none. It is no longer particularly progressive to believe in the central importance of the natural world, or in basic equality for all." It's eating its own. "We are beginning to see those fighting oppression using the tools of the oppressors upon one another." Maybe it deserves to die. "Institutions have a way of taking on a life of their own, so that people start asking how to save the institution, and forget to ask whether it should be saved." No, Paganism is evolving. "Even as parts of Paganism are dying, new parts are being born." It's just fine. "Just because groups like CUUPS or certain Druid orders might be losing members doesn’t mean that Paganism as a whole is headed down the same wormhole." The Pagan world is big and diverse. "So while I believe Paganism is fairly healthy, I could be wrong, but I trust my eyes when my contacts are in and things look pretty good from here."
posted by clawsoon at 7:00 AM - 49 comments

the Education Gig

"The idea that incorporating a gig economy structure to education would result in freedom and active employment of previously untapped talents is laughable. The charter school’s yearly contracts did nothing but create a toxic, anxious environment. As the end of every school year loomed, we would whisper in passing around the copy machines, counting off on our fingers all of those we knew were most disliked by the administration. Even if we hadn’t squared off with an administrator, there were always those who walked out of the office having been told their jobs were reduced to part time the following year. No one was ever safe, secure. Long-term plans were always at risk.

Substitute teaching with a third party contractor has turned me into a ghost."

--The Teaching Gig Economy. by @rebeccaheckyea
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:42 AM - 28 comments

Tragedy in Manchester

Twenty-two people were killed and sixty-four injured in suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night. Nine victims (including an eight-year-old girl) have been named so far. The bombing occurred after a concert by Ariana Grande that was attended by many children and teens. In response, the government has raised the threat level to Critical. The name of the attacker, who is thought to not have been acting alone, was released by police after it was first leaked by US officials. The leak of the attacker's identity has put a strain on US-UK intelligence sharing, since it may have hampered further investigations.
posted by klausness at 3:05 AM - 126 comments

Ancient battle-scarred feral cat meets tiny kittens

Mason is old and ill and grumpy. One day some new kittens came into his foster home. 2m40s to a better day.
posted by hippybear at 1:51 AM - 46 comments

May 23

"If you want to die, stay at the ranch"

"In this oral history, a former sheepherder describes the loneliness and medical hardship he experienced while tending sheep in California’s Central Valley. The stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural work force—are rarely heard. The new book Chasing the Harvest compiles the oral histories of some of these farmworkers." (via Longreads)
posted by primalux at 8:18 PM - 6 comments

Talk Obama To Me

Do you miss hearing President Obama? Try this Obama speech generator and hear him in your own words.
posted by roaring beast at 7:03 PM - 42 comments

Bigger on the outside

A gentle polemic from Grist against green consumerism, off-gridding, and individualism with respect to ecology.
posted by clew at 5:59 PM - 9 comments


Epic Grinds are... meat sculptures. SLTumblr.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:22 PM - 14 comments

The only sanity is a cup of tea. / The music is in minors.

Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies. From the civil rights and women’s liberation movements to Black Lives Matter, poetry is commanding enough to gather crowds in a city square and compact enough to demand attention on social media. Speaking truth to power remains a crucial role of the poet in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse.
[more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:43 PM - 10 comments

The Unchosen Ones

The Unchosen Ones is a project by R.J. Kern featuring photographs of non-winning sheep and their exhibitors from 2016 Minnesota county fairs. Project Statement.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:12 PM - 42 comments

Things cats don't like

This compilation reveals one of the many true natures of cats [ambient sounds, occasional music].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:59 PM - 32 comments

The Trump Documents

The Onion has obtained 700 pages of leaked documents from the Trump Administration. "The Onion has done what no other news organization ever could: expose the Trump administration."
posted by zeusianfog at 11:13 AM - 43 comments

We Have To Be Careful Regarding The Use Of Our Resources

Maria Bamford delivered a sneakily practical commencement speech about the value of education, money, and valuing yourself at her Alma Mater, The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:03 AM - 10 comments

Stay out of Boyle Heights, Lebowski!

The 'Artwashing' of America: The Battle For The Soul of Los Angeles Against GentrficationDefend Boyle Heights has targeted 10 new art galleries on South Anderson Street, a formerly industrial strip along the desolate eastern bank of the Los Angeles River. Activists say the galleries are a proxy for corporate interests, especially those of high-end real estate. After the galleries will come the coffee shops and bars, and after that, the restaurants that serve bacon in cocktails. After that, unkempt lots empty for decades will be boxed in construction plywood, and then there will be many hollow promises of affordable housing. And then it really will be time for “fucking Victorville.” [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:42 AM - 69 comments

Locate yourself

The Dave Rumsey Historical Map Collection. Over 76,000 maps and images online, housed physically at Stanford but available here for your browsing pleasure.
posted by PussKillian at 8:46 AM - 12 comments

Hot Damn! It's the Loveland Frog!

In 2016, amidst the Pokemon Go frenzy, a young couple wandered into the woods near Ohio's Little Miami River and glimpsed a four foot tall humanoid frog, known locally as the Loveland Frog. Several artists have tried to capture what the Loveland Frog must look like, with wildly varying results. The Wikipedia gives perhaps the most sobering idea of what a bipedal frog the height of a small child might look like lumbering over a highway guardrail. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 8:17 AM - 35 comments

The U.S. Air Force began preparing for war on May 23, 1967

On this day, another atomic war scare. "a colossal solar radio burst" (McMath Plage Region 8818) hit important high-altitude sensors, and was interpreted as Soviet radio jamming, which could have been part of an unfolding attack. Space weather forecasters, aided by Pioneer 7, saved the day. (Abstract)
posted by doctornemo at 8:15 AM - 7 comments

Yes, Sand is in Everything and Gets Everywhere

There are more types of sand than most of us know, and it can come from anywhere. For instance, normal beach sand isn't exactly right for volleyball, and horse-show sand is very specific. This article also discusses the destruction of the seabed to maintain the barrier islands of the US east coast. People have become very complacent about hurricanes and their effects on the sand of the barrier islands. Only two of the top 20 storms in Wilmington NC, for instance, have occurred since 2000.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:00 AM - 13 comments

"There were conversations about his mustache."

Take a Look: An Oral History of Reading Rainbow
posted by Etrigan at 7:35 AM - 24 comments

“You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both.”

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89. [The Guardian] “He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”. Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.”
posted by Fizz at 7:03 AM - 95 comments

May 22

A Continuous Shape

Filmmakers Jack Webber and Tommaso Di Paola spent 3 weeks working alongside Anna Rubincam, a contemporary stone carver working in London, as she carved a portrait from start to finish. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 4:10 PM - 24 comments

The Hidden History of Gas Station Bathrooms, By a Man Who Cleans Them

My job involves mopping up the urine-soaked garbage holes that exhausted motorists take for granted. But in another era, the public took great pride in the glory of roadside restrooms. (SL Narratively)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:41 PM - 51 comments

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