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 - 3 comments

You know what I want

Moneyness is an interesting blog about all things money. Interesting articles: posted by Chrysostom at 9:05 PM - 3 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 - 39 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 - 4 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 8 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 - 12 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 - 81 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 - 8 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 - 61 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 - 21 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 - 30 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 - 15 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 - 12 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 - 15 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 - 11 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 - 13 comments

June 26

Coldness was, for the first time, a possibility

The African solar power revolution. [SLNewYorker]
posted by Chrysostom at 8:40 PM - 53 comments

Podcast to the head!

Venerable Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics have pored over their entire CBC radio archive for a (planned) 50-part Best Of Frantic Times podcast. Perhaps better known outside Canada for their relatively short-lived TV sketch show Four On The Floor, The Frantics were a four-man comedy troupe most famous for Mister Canoehead, the ubiquitous-for-Doctor-Demento sketch and song Ti Kwan Leep and Boot to the Head, and a fairly well-received Star Trek sketch in the early days of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Some of the material is... anachronistic is the charitable description; "sexist as hell" is the more accurate label. But for Canadians of a Certain Age, this was the cornerstone of our pre-KiTH comedic development.
posted by Shepherd at 5:39 PM - 33 comments

Soothing. Therapeutic. Comforting. Yes. Yes. Yes.

The Bestest in the World. Every city has its beloved local bakeries—places that reliably turn out aromatic loaves of baguette or pumpernickel, small cafes that bake a pie, cupcake, or cookie that you crave daily. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 4:52 PM - 44 comments

Court orders Salvador Dalí's body be exhumed for paternity test

posted by adept256 at 4:09 PM - 32 comments

in-between food

"Watching The Motel, a 2005 indie film about a Chinese-American family who own a motel in the middle of nowhere, was a revelation to me. I’ll always come back to the scene in which the mom, as a special dinnertime treat, buys McDonald’s for her family. She carefully unwraps the burgers and cuts them in half, placing each half on top of a bowl of white rice. I have never felt so understood by a movie." Let's Call it Assimilation Food, by Soleil Ho
posted by everybody had matching towels at 3:28 PM - 19 comments

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.

Surprisingly cute baby animals (baby stingrays previously). (Sidebar may have NSFW pics)

That is all.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:41 PM - 15 comments

Just tea for two and two and two and two

Ready for an uncanny tea party? Check out Sarah Duyer's tea sets on arachnid legs. [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort at 2:23 PM - 12 comments

Feeling the mood of the room

Research has increasingly shown that emotions are contagious. Emotional or affective contagion has been found between mothers and infants [pdf]; in social networks, where moral outrage increases the spread of ideas by 20%; and especially at work. The emotions of a team member can impact the entire team, changing both attitudes and performance. Do you have negative people around you? Two methods to stop negative contagion that seem to work: be calm, as serenity is one of the most contagious emotions, or else ignore them, as attention is critical to the spread of emotions.
posted by blahblahblah at 12:48 PM - 26 comments

The "Progressive Liberal" is maybe the perfect wrestling heel

Kentucky-based Appalachian Mountain Wrestling has graced the world with the presence of “Progressive Liberal” Dan Richards. He definitely isn’t a face. Make sure to check out the Youtube clip linked in the article.
posted by cnanderson at 12:48 PM - 34 comments

“They must've spent tens of dollars on this.”

Grab your robot friends. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon starts now! [Twitch] From June 26 through July 2, you’ll be the subject of a 38-episode experiment to see how long it can take for the human spirit to break after suffering the type of DEEP HURTING that only the worst movies on the planet can provide. We’re even going to pile on the pain with an assortment of vintage educational shorts and other bonus content in between each episode. A running order with the full list of episodes can be found here.
posted by Fizz at 12:23 PM - 23 comments

Gulf of Mexico's 60,000 year old underwater forest

In an ice age, a couple ice ages ago, a forest of cypress trees was lost under the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Amazingly, the wood is still intact, and can tell scientists about ancient forests, and how rising sea levels might affect modern forests. This short documentary will introduce you to the hurricane that allowed for the discovery, the process of diving for samples and studying them, and what we can learn from this amazing find. [more inside]
posted by HakaiMagazine at 11:14 AM - 9 comments

Wile E. Coyote Tech

How Does An Old Blasting Machine Work? Cody's Lab previously.
posted by Bee'sWing at 10:15 AM - 10 comments

"People are saying 'You can be gay but not in this way.'"

At this past Saturday's Chicago Dyke March, controversy ensued when 3 women displaying Jewish Pride flags (a Star of David superimposed onto a rainbow flag) were asked to leave the event for making others feel "unsafe". [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 10:14 AM - 229 comments

A Tale of Two "How Do I Live"s

Entertainment Weekly reports that the studio felt Rimes’s version lacked the emotional weight needed for the film. One more time, in case you glossed over that: The song lacked the emotional weight needed for a film about Nicolas Cage fighting convicts on an airplane...
Jason Gallagher uses The Ringer's Good Bad Movies Week to tell us about that time that the Grammys nominated two versions of the same song for the same award in "Remembering the 'Con Air' Soundtrack War".
posted by Etrigan at 9:59 AM - 22 comments

A man with a boat-shaped mind, in a boat with a man-shaped soul

Long Way Home: The circumnavigations of Henk De Velde and his search for that place behind the horizon.
posted by zarq at 8:27 AM - 6 comments

The CIA reads French Theory

"It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise." [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis at 7:49 AM - 39 comments

Sundays Smiles for Monday Morning

Do you like long tracking shots? How about Eastern European influenced pop balladry? You might also enjoy Cheap Magic Inside a film by Beruit and Vincent Moon to start off your week. [SLYT, etc...]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:24 AM - 1 comment

For Sale: DUP MPs. £100m per MP ONO.

Government has been formed with the Tories striking a deal with the DUP. The big part of the deal? £1 billion is headed towards Northern Ireland.
posted by Talez at 6:38 AM - 86 comments

The Atlas of Lie Groups and Representations

Math Has No God Particle - "'Mathematicians are extremely reluctant to publicize what they do', Adams said. 'The immediate reaction from 90 percent of mathematicians is, 'It's too hard, there's no point in trying to write about this in the popular press.'' (Yet here we are.) ... About two months ago — 15 years after it began — the project was finally completed. Adams and his colleagues released Version 1.0 of their atlas software... Adams and his team haven't trumpeted this latest accomplishment at all. When I reached him at his home, he summarized the milestone plainly, but proudly, in the jargon of his field: 'We can now compute the Hermitian form on any irreducible representation.'"
posted by kliuless at 5:55 AM - 16 comments

China's Mistress Dispellers

China's Mistress Dispellers - Jiayang Fan writes in the New Yorker about 'mistress dispellers', a cross between private detective and blackmailer, paid by wealthy Chinese women to chase off their husbands' mistresses. Fan writes that wealth, divorce law and unequal gender expectations have created a niche for a new profession.
posted by Dim Siawns at 1:08 AM - 12 comments

June 25

This was the sound, this was the sound I saw

Nigerian American writer Teju Cole also takes vivid photographs which, in his latest book, Blind Spot, he matches with passages of allusive prose. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 6:42 PM - 7 comments

There are roughly 3,738,429 Browns fans for some reason.

Redditor calculates which NFL teams have fewer fans than whatever animal/occupation/mythological creature after which the team is named.
posted by chaoticgood at 4:36 PM - 34 comments

My Mother knew words that will never be spoken again.

Sherman Alexie (his website) speaks about his mother and the world. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe at 4:24 PM - 20 comments

I may not be a bed book, but I'd like to see you.

This and many more shitty pickup lines are the work of an something something AI. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:07 PM - 65 comments

Operation Tracer

Rear Admiral John Henry Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division of the British Admiralty, suggested that they establish at Gibraltar a covert observation post which would remain operational even if Gibraltar fell into enemy hands. This observation post would be located in a hidden chamber within the Rock of Gibraltar with two small openings to watch for movements on the harbor. Six men were selected to be sealed inside the cave, and while there were enough supplies to last one year, there was to be no way out of the chamber, and if any men were to die they were to be embalmed and cemented into the brick floor. [via Nelson]
posted by Chrysostom at 2:40 PM - 31 comments

Great Barrier Reef valued at $56 billion

That's the "total asset value" according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report that calculates the World Heritage site's full economic, social and iconic brand value for the first time.
posted by adept256 at 2:33 PM - 33 comments

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.

These photographs prove that dogs are weird. There's video evidence, too [ambient noise with music]. Sometimes they're weird and jerky to cats.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:28 PM - 10 comments

Mayors can’t start nuclear wars.

Red versus blue. Richard Florida calls for devolving American federal power to the cities, so that progressive and conservative urban areas can do their own thing. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 12:54 PM - 66 comments

Rag Rappy Ad Astra

"One of the biggest things I can think of off the top of my head is when my grandfather died. It was a Thursday in winter. I was living at school at the time. When I got the phone call, I needed to be alone at first, so I went home and cried. It sounds weird, but after that I needed to hear people talking. So I logged onto the voice chat here, and just sat in and listed to the banter and bickering. I logged in and did a run or two with some friends. And by the end of the night when I went to sleep, I was feeling much better." | Wes Fenlon writes about Phantasy Star Online and the people still playing SEGA's first MMO nearly 17 years later. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 12:42 PM - 7 comments

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