NYT Minus Context
(SLTwitter) -- Does exactly what it says on the tin.
The American Museum of Natural History will unlock thousands of old photos from their vault, they announced this week. The new online image database (officially launching on Monday the 28th) will take you behind the curtain, delivering images that span the 145-year history of the Museum. The collection features over 7,000 images—many never before seen by the public—and includes photos, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art, and Museum memorabilia. They say "it’s like stepping into a time machine and seeing a long ago NYC or just catching glimpses of ghosts from a forgotten world now seen only by researchers and Museum staff." Previously
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was held this past Easter weekend. It's considered to be a rebirth and spirital heir of the Breakpoint Demoparty
, and, arguably the flagship "Demoscene
" event of the year. A lot of groups and individuals bring their A game to show off the most inspiring, technically-intense and memorable demos to the world. Every year has highlights and it's a big deal when a brand new platform gets a demo, but this year, the wildest demo went in an entirely unexpected direction: space. [more inside]
Given to the Oxford Union
, I submit a lecture on the nature of celebrity
by one Jack Gleeson, best known as "Little Boy"
in Batman Begins, but also for his role in HBO's "Game of Thrones".
Game of Thrones: Being A Princess Is A Rough Gig "...The privileges held by princesses came at an enormous price. They were used and valued as diplomatic chess pieces, often sent at a very young age to far away places, often to places where they didn't speak the language to live among people who might not care for them or may even be openly hostile.... Game of Thrones does an extraordinary job of showing what being caught in that particular trap must have looked like and felt like. Some flail, some are lucky, some are doomed, some do their best to turn it to their advantage, some become monsters. In this post, I'm going to take a look at the various Game of Thrones princesses in the context of some possible real life counterparts"
On January 21, The Days of Anna Madrigal,
the last in the Tales of the City
series, will be released. [more inside]
A collective narrative of trying to make it on $17,000 a year: bargaining testimony from a UCSC student-worker
We make only $17,000 a year. We make only $17,000 a year in a town where almost that entire paycheck goes to rent. So today I’m going to talk about how academic workers try to get by on $17,000 a year.
But that didn't prevent
On the Media producer Sarah Abdurrahman and several members of her family and friends from being detained at a Canadian-US border while on the way home from a wedding. The story is all the more frightening as it details Sarah's inability to get any answers about policy from the Border Patrol, including the name of the officers who held her.
The state of Washington has filed suit
against Arlene's Flowers, whose owner, Barronelle Stutzman, refused to provide flowers for the wedding of regular customers Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. [more inside]
On September 24th Radiolab posted a new episode, The Fact of the Matter
. It included a segment titled Yellow Rain
. Radiolab's website says that it's "a detective story from the Cold War, about a mysterious substance that fell from the sky in Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam war." Robert Krulwich's interview with two of the segment's guests has prompted outrage at his treatment of them. One of the guests, writer Kao Kalia Yang
, talked with Hyphen Magazine
Her name is Catherine Davis. And she is a Hollywood legend. A near saint. Taylor Negron
remembers Catherine Davis, the woman who was murdered by "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis.
Beloit College examines the cultural backdrop and assumptions of those new college freshpeople headed for, or currently wandering their new college home: Class of 2016 Mindset List
Hamlet is a pig. Hamlet really wants some oatmeal. To get that oatmeal he has to go down the stairs
. (single link CUTESTTHINGEVER) [more inside]
The University of Minnesota recently announced
that its College of Education and Human Development has created a searchable online catalog of "open textbooks"
that are reviewed by U of M faculty. The books must be Openly Licensed, complete (not a draft version of the text, or a collection of lecture notes), suitable for use outside of the author's institution, and available in print for a reasonable price, generally less than $40 USD. [more inside]
"It was hot as blazes as we tore through the south side, pulling up at lights all the people laughing at the white kids doing their little dance in the car." John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats performs 'The Sign,
' by Ace of Base, interspersed with a story about the song and hand-signal dancing.
The Book of Purim (Hasa Diga Eebowai).
The students from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Year-in-Israel class 2011-2012 present, "The Book of Purim!" A Purim Parody of "The Book of Mormon" (SLYT, long but worth it.)
Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
is beautiful and strange. The approximately fifty minute piece was written and premiered in a Nazi prison camp, having grown out of the composers friendship with musicians he met while imprisoned. [more inside]
The Millions 2011: A Year in Reading.
With 72 participants naming 214 books, it’s safe to say this has been our biggest and most high profile Year in Reading yet. Our participants included the current Poet Laureate
, a longtime candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature
, the reigning winners of the IMPAC and Pulitzer Prizes
, two authors
of books named The New York Times’ 10 Best of 2011, a recent inductee to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and more Pushcart winners than I care to count. [more inside]
The Rhythm of Life is one of those songs that sort of embeds itself in your brain. Originally from Sweet Charity
, it's a powerful beat that is able to transcend meaning, transformed by the medium... The original intent was a bit of a bohemian/hippie chant
The song sometimes was voiced by a congregation
that appeared somewhat more innocent.
Yin and yang, backwards.... it's meaning became something different altogether
Or, there's this...
"There has never, ever been a period in the history of mankind where you have as much conformity as you have now, and yet every person is under the delusion that they are an individual. I'm not. I'm trying to fit in. " So says Michael O'Brien
, victorian bookbinder
, sage of Oamaru
, snappy jacobian dresser
and all around good guy. Working in the historic district in the pacific's last remaining Victorian harbour he has inspired a whole traditional craft community
The Pervocracy is a kinky, feminist sexblog. Holly writes about her experiences as an active member of the BDSM community, a partner in a polyamorous relationship, and an all-around completely horny slut. She also writes editorials from a sex-positive feminist perspective, advice on sexuality and kink, and humorous critiques of sexism online and in the media. [more inside]
In 2002 a Mrs. Soile Tuulikki Lautsi, a Finnish/Italian woman and member of the Italian Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists objected to the crucifixes on the wall
of her child’s public school. [more inside]
For your listening pleasure, I present to you the Zelda Rag
, performed (with no prior practice) by Tom Brier. When that gets old, there's also a ragtime adaptation of the horse race theme
from the Ocarina of Time that is not to be missed. And if Zelda's too easy, you can try the theme from Ghosts and Goblins
. And, finally, an actual rag from Final Fantasy VI: the Spinach Rag
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A new documentary entitled "The Vanishing of the Bees"
, narrated by actress Ellen Page
, begins showing on November 29th, 2010. [more inside]
"There was hookers, and hustlers, they filled up the room."
It's a Phish Halloween tradition
to play a costume set as another band. Last Sunday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, they paid tribute to Little Feat's
1978 live album Waiting for Columbus
. "Phish are repaying," David Fricke says in his Phishbill essay
[pdf] "a lifelong debt to the band that has inspired and influenced them above all others." [more inside]
"The Declaration of Independence in American," by H.L. Mencken.
"When things get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody." Why we did what we did. In American, so everyone can understand.
Given it is Sunday, feel free to get your Jesus
on with The Mighty Clouds of Joy
. Somebody say Amen.
The long awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter
opened this morning at Universal's Islands of Adventure to much fanfare
, including appearances by many of the movies' stars. [more inside]
A new report
from the Climate Action Network Canada- Réseau action climat Canada
details a “troubling catalogue of actions” by the federal government to muzzle its own climate scientists and weaken the research capacity of Canada’s climate science community.
The New Economics Foundation, also responsible for the Happy Planet Index
and Jubilee 2000 campaign
, has released a study
(full text here
) about the values and costs of different professions to society.
, beloved caricaturist for several publications, but most notably for the New York Review of Books
last Tuesday at age 83 due to complications of prostate cancer. Since 1963, he contributed over 3,800 caricatures for the magazine, which prominently featured his drawings in promotional material. You can look at over 2,500 of his drawings here
, review his website featuring his painting here
, and see him interviewed here
Toward the end of his life, his vision failed due to macular degeneration and his relationship with the magazine became somewhat strained
. Upon his death, the magazine noted that he was, simply, "the greatest caricaturist of his time." [more inside]
Welcome to the Universe - III: The Size of Things . . .we take a breif trip through the Solar System and beyond to see the size of the Universe.
A youtube video by AndromedasWake about the scale of the Universe.
Have you ever dreamed of moving an object with the power of your mind? Mindflex, the new mental acuity game from Mattel, makes that dream a reality. A lightweight headset containing sensors for the forehead and earlobes measures your brainwave activity. When you focus your concentration, a small foam ball will rise on a gentle stream of air. Relax your thoughts and the ball will descend. By using a combination of physical and mental coordination, you must then guide the ball through a customizable obstacle course, the various obstacles can be repositioned into many different configurations. [more inside]
Tree of Bees? Hills that move? A reflective humorous post about living in Southern California via mockable.org
"Infandous street corner Cromwell" George Galloway MP banned from entering Canada.
Justified on 'National Security' grounds, specifically Section 34(1) of the Immigration Act. George Galloway
reacts to Canadian Immigraton Spokesman Alykhan Velshi
on Channel 4. Velshi suggests this is 'not a freedom of speech issue' but in this day and age of technology is the notion of banning individuals crossing geographical borders due to opinions held absurd. It would seem the Canadian Government think not. Intellectual Protectionism rears its head and the marmite
of international politics basks in the publicity. Domestic navel gazing ensues