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He has played his last set --John Thomas “Sib” Hashian who played the drums on arena-rock group Boston's first two albums, has died at 67.
comment posted at 6:08 PM on Mar-23-17


German scientists are switching on “the world’s largest artificial sun” in the hope that intense light sources can be used to generate climate-friendly fuel. [The Guardian] “The Synlight experiment in Jülich, about 19 miles west of Cologne, consists 149 souped-up film projector spotlights and produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on Earth. When all the lamps are swivelled to concentrate light on a single spot, the instrument can generate temperatures of around 3,500C – around two to three times the temperature of a blast furnace.”
comment posted at 8:03 AM on Mar-23-17


RIP Chuck Barris, dead at 87. NYT obit. Forever associated with The Gong Show, he not only created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, but he was also a songwriter who wrote game show themes and the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon. And perhaps he's a CIA assassin as well? He wrote the "autobiography" Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, later made into a film with George Clooney and Drew Barrymore.
comment posted at 8:26 AM on Mar-22-17

How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'apostles,' is changing the religious landscape of America.
comment posted at 5:47 AM on Mar-22-17

30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987 "Three decades ago, the long-fought Iran-Iraq war had reached a deadly stalemate, the stock markets took a huge hit on Black Monday in October, American politicians were gearing up for the 1988 presidential race, Baby Jessica was rescued from a well, broadcast live on CNN, and much more. Photographers were also busy documenting the lives of Pee-wee Herman, Menudo, Mikhail Gorbachev, Howard Stern, Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Bernie Goetz, and many others. Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1987." (Alan Taylor, The Atlantic)
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"Romances and Play-books too much gratifie the Humours of the Populace; but humble and sincere Christians, with Delight recall to minde Gods Mercies, and with Awfulness tremble at His Judgments," quoth the anonymous editor of London's Dreadful Visitation, a compilation of the weekly bills of mortality collected in the year 1665. While intended to provide a record of the course of that year's plague, these bills inadvertently provide a cross-section of the ways people died in a 17th-century metropolis, including Kingsevil, Grief, Wormes, Lethargy, Griping in the guts, Purples, French-pox, Livergrown, Stone, and Suddenly.
comment posted at 8:11 AM on Mar-21-17

Only a few months after releasing a new album at age 90, rock legend Chuck Berry has passed away. He was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
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Which teenage best friends in literature, television, and movies are really the best? Play along in Forever Young Adult's March Madness.
comment posted at 3:28 PM on Mar-18-17

Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges beginning at 3pm US EDT TODAY (Sat March 18) on WFMU. Every year, Yo La Tengo perform requests live on-air in exchange for pledges, to help keep freeform noncommercial radio station WFMU (91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ) on the air. This year is no exception. They will begin playing at 3pm US EDT today, and will be playing listener requests for several more hours.
comment posted at 4:18 AM on Mar-18-17

Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine. "...This technological revolution has democratized decent wine. Thanks to pumps and powders, drinkers who can’t splurge no longer have to settle for plonk. The gap between fine wine and commercial wine is shrinking as producers use chemical shortcuts not only to avoid blatant flaws, but also to mimic high-end bottles. They can replicate the effects of oak for a fraction of the price of real barrels, correct for inferior climates and keep quality high in crummy vintages."
comment posted at 6:08 AM on Mar-18-17


Plungers work: After anonymous stunt, Wichita makes bike lane protection permanent
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Today are the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, with 28 parties vying for the 150 seats (out of 81 parties originally registered). Everyone is watching Geert Wilder's far-right anti-immigration anti-muslim PVV party, who has been called "the Dutch Trump" and is said to be "even more toxic than the real thing". He has attracted support from US billionaires and even US congressmen, although VVD leader and current minister-president Mark Rutte says the VVD will not form a coalition with the PVV no matter how many seats they gain. This election is viewed as a bellweather for European populism in the coming French and German elections.
comment posted at 8:50 AM on Mar-15-17

http://www.mybodygallery.com/ Female Gallery. Male Gallery "In a world full of images of how we "should" look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look. Our hope is to build a site where men and women can see what real people look like. What we really look like. Most people have spent so many years looking at themselves in mirrors that we can no longer see what's really there. The My Body Gallery project's goal is to help people objectively see what we look like and come to some acceptance that we are all beautiful.
comment posted at 8:13 AM on Mar-15-17

How *do* you go about outfitting your fake Irish pub, anyway?

Fake Irish pubs previously
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An unordered list of every name. All the names there are. [via mefi projects]
comment posted at 11:10 AM on Mar-14-17

A look into the museum and the author as "The Outsiders" turns 50, and Coppola's movie version is 35. (SLNYT)
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Thirty years ago, March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree [YouTube Playlist, mostly lyric videos, ~50m] and changed their lives and the world forever.
comment posted at 11:11 AM on Mar-12-17


NPR: 800 Copies: Meet The World's Most Obsessive Fan Of The Velvet Underground and Nico

AV Club: The Velvet Underground & Nico at 50: Monumental album or just “fine”?
comment posted at 1:28 PM on Mar-11-17

...depending who you ask. Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall leans toward Zero. Elon Musk leans more towards the 99.999% probability. Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom from the University of Oxford, who introduced the thought experiment that sent some very smart people thinking, seems to be somewhere in between, or at least greater than zero.
comment posted at 7:27 AM on Mar-11-17

. . .Which brings us back to all those strange Harvard Crimson corrections, appended in 2013 and 2014 to articles dating back to 2005. Each one reads: “An earlier version of headline of this article and statements in the article stated that the DoubleTree Suites hotel is Harvard-owned. To clarify, the company is housed in a Harvard-owned building.” Harvard’s sudden reticence to claim its property stemmed from a straightforward labor dispute that would last three years and, in the end, lay bare the tension between a burgeoning corporate feminism and the rights of working-class women.
comment posted at 7:24 AM on Mar-10-17

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection. A very comprehensive examination of the art on the Brady Bunch home, and of mass produced mid-century modern art.
comment posted at 7:22 AM on Mar-10-17

Is there something more behind the bleached hair, tattoos, rock n' roll, and diner food of Guy Fieri? "True things have depth" answers Fieri in a longform piece from Vice.
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People aren't going to the movies enough? The Cinepolis theater chain has a solution: Why not put playgrounds in the theater?
comment posted at 10:05 AM on Mar-8-17


Neil Peart, OC, is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. He also reviews books.
comment posted at 9:59 AM on Mar-7-17

A long interview with Rachel Dolezal (who has since changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo) Topics discussed include her past, present on public assistance, and future memoir In Full Color.
comment posted at 7:09 AM on Mar-4-17


"Via Bandcamp's Album of the Day blog: 'Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988' By 1975, the Cape Verde islands and Guinea-Bissau were free from Portuguese rule, embarking on the long journey of post-colonial reformation. Throughout the next decade and a half, the cultural life of the Cape Verdean islands exploded, giving birth to a number of bands who took the islands’ traditional/indigenous styles and fused them with Portuguese fado (the folk music of Portugal’s urban poor and working class), while also taking influences from the rock and R&B sounds that had been coming over from the States.
comment posted at 12:25 PM on Mar-2-17

The Before Trilogy: Time Regained - Film writer David Lim's essay on Richard Linklater’s "Before Sunrise", "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" - recently released as a Criterion Collection set.
comment posted at 6:14 AM on Mar-2-17

There is no record of the 20th Century philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, ever tasting a Jaffa Cake, though there is evidence that he was partial towards a bun. But his ideas are relevant to the Jaffa Cake puzzle.
David Edmonds uses the eternal question of whether a Jaffa Cake is actually a biscuit (it calls itself a cake for tax purposes) to look into the problems with insisting on a strict binary gender identity.
comment posted at 2:48 PM on Feb-28-17

Bill Paxton, Actor Who Starred in Aliens and Titanic, Dies at 61 [The Guardian] “The actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61. The star of films including Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13 died after complications from heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.””
comment posted at 8:45 AM on Feb-26-17


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