The 2014 Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses, or BAHFest
, is a month away. If you're not sure what is in store, you can watch the entire festival
(1 hr 32 min), or jump to the winning presentation: Tomer Ullman: The Crying Game
), or why babies are so annoying and the competitive advantage crying babies likely gave to warriors from times past. "I don't want to get too much into the technical details, so let's not." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 15, 2014 -
Bonding over Bond: Superego
’s Matt Gourley and Matt Mira of The Nerdist Podcast
love James Bond so much they decided to make a podcast about it. Each episode they invite a guest to take a serious — and seriously funny! — deep dive into “the greatest film franchise known to man.” Oh, and it's called James Bonding!
(Of course there are Paul F. Tompkins epsiodes, why do you ask?) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on May 4, 2014 -
Later this year will mark the 45th anniversary of Bill Cosby's first self-titled sitcom
, The Bill Cosby Show
. Ten years ago, the original jam sessions were released, which are notable for the "various collection of notables who steal the show with contributions at various points."
Pianist Les McCann, sax man Ernie Watts, and guitarist Arthur Adams get things going on "Groovy Gravy
," Tom Scott shows some legit chops on "Toe Jam
," while Jimmy Smith offers sampling of his Hammond B3 on the interlude "Jimmy Cookin' On Top
." If seeing Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby get top billing confused you, the album credits reference their roles
, which are not front-and-center, except for some vocal improv by Cosby on "Hikky-Burr
." You can hear more tracks on Grooveshark
, and if you're into more of that modern dance remixery, you might (also) enjoy The New Mixes, Vol. 1
, which can also be sampled on Grooveshark
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 24, 2014 -
The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Feb 9, 2014 -
"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 11, 2013 -
Or, why is there still socialism in the United States?
Why, then, would we look for evidence of socialism only where a state seized by radicals of the Left inaugurates a dictatorship of the proletariat? Or, to lower the rhetorical volume and evidentiary stakes, why would we expect to find socialism only where avowed socialists or labor parties contend for state power? We should instead assume that socialism, like capitalism, is a cross-class cultural construction, to which even the bourgeoisie has already made significant contributions – just as the proletariat has long made significant contributions to the cross-class construction we know as capitalism. What follows?
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Meaghan Smith took an unusual route to the music business.
She can't read music, for one thing. She went to school to study animation for another. Yet, along the way, she took her hobby of playing the guitar to work with her, giving impromptu performances of her songs in the stairwell of the animation building for her friends. One thing lead to another, and she just won the Pop Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards
in Canada for her recording called "The Cricket's Orchestra."
Her sound is a mixture of the music of the 20s 30s and 40s with the pop songs of today.
Her videos often feature animation. A good place to start is "A Little Love"
and also "I Know."
Her song "Here Comes Your Man"
was featured in the film 500 Days of Summer.
She is also a pretty good artist!
posted by Quasimike
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Beatrice Coron is a paper cutting artist, who has a wonderful collection of paper cutting links, including images of her own work
, the extraordinary cut paper art of Hina Aoyama
, Kako Ueda
, Masaaki Tatsumi
, Virginia Rose Kane
, Drew King
, Rick Jones
, Andrea Dezsö
, Bette Burgoyne
, Justine Smith
and papercutting art from around the world
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Sep 30, 2007 -
"In January 2005, Mark E. Smith and The Fall (described as 'one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years') were the subject of a BBC 4 TV documentary, The Fall:
The Wonderful and Frightening
World of Mark E. Smith." parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
posted by item
on Jun 17, 2007 -
There are approximately 81,000 Robert Smiths residing in the United States. Bob Smith USA
appeared at the AFI SilverDOCS film festival yesterday to a sold out crowd.
Bob Smith (New York City) dons his Satan costume to preach the virtues of atheism; Bob Smith (Pennsylvania) puts on his red nose and teaches as part of a Christian clown ministry; Bob Smith (Syracuse) spends his retirement transforming his yard into an oasis of junk; and Bob Smith (Texas) runs for county sheriff.
posted by clgregor
on Jun 18, 2005 -
“I bid you peace…”
Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet
, dead at 65. One of television’s most popular cooking shows throughout the 80s and 90s, The Frugal Gourmet defined the genre. An ordained United Methodist chaplain, Smith lost his PBS show in 1997 after eight men accused him of sexual assault during the 1970s. Denying the allegations, Smith nonetheless settled the cases out of court. Did the Frugal Gourmet do the ultimate shark jump
? Maybe someone should ask Elmo.
posted by wfrgms
on Jul 10, 2004 -