September 22

Listen to the world

An aural experience in which the NY Times explores the soundscape of the earth and its inhabitants.
posted by standardasparagus at 6:22 PM - 1 comment

"And what shall we call the wall, Hadrian?"

If Peter Capaldi had not gotten the Doctor Who gig, the only time travel he would have been known for would be as a tipsy sidekick to a self-proclaimed tight-suited, unfunny fat bastard (previously) in a drunk Time Tunnel parody. Also featuring Jenny Agutter. From The All-New Alexei Sayle Show. Definitely not the best of the web. MLYT. [more inside]
posted by zaixfeep at 6:00 PM - 6 comments

Champion of Household Freestyle h-o-r-s-e

No look, behind the back, toothbrush in the cup, no rim. BAM. This kid wins.
posted by not_on_display at 5:19 PM - 7 comments

The mask doesn't come off

September 22nd - Brock Berrigan [SLYT], because everyone needs a break.
posted by Freeze Peach at 5:00 PM - 2 comments

“For whatever reason it moves the needle for them. I don’t know why.”

How a small company in Malden created the Greatest TV Commercial Ever Made At this point — if you haven’t done it already — it might be time to watch this thing again. But I’ve already been over it like it’s the Zapruder film. I know that the dogwalker in the background was a happy accident; I know that the lemonade at the end is weirdly clear because the pitcher was full of real ice on a very hot day; I know that Dodd’s shirt-tug at the beginning was ad-libbed. So I’m going to sit this viewing out and I’ll see you in two minutes.
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:17 PM - 30 comments

Nobody walks in L.A., but everybody walks the Lijnbaan

Every year on or around 22 September, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society. In support of the idea that going car-free shouldn't just be one day, The Guardian has a series of posts on Walking the City, including life in the Spanish city of Pontevedra that banned cars; an exclusive essay for Guardian Cities: David Sedaris has walked through cities all over the world and the worst, by far, is Bangkok; and Vision Zero: has the drive to eliminate road deaths lost its way? [more inside]
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Doin' Time in Times Square

Doin' Time in Times Square, by Charlie Ahearn (and some footage by Jane Dickson, it appears) (0:40). "In 1986, Ahearn — who’d moved to his second-floor loft apartment on the corner of 43rd and Eighth Avenue in 1981 — began filming what he saw out his window. For the next four years, Ahearn aimed his camera down at the unflinching and uncomfortable realism of Times Square NYC."
posted by WCityMike at 1:14 PM - 16 comments

Full on its crown, a fig's green branches rise

Murdered man's body found after tree 'unusual for the area' grew from seed in his stomach.
posted by Cash4Lead at 12:59 PM - 21 comments

Hayabusa 2 had landed. And is hopping.

The story of an asteroid, one space probe, and two robot rovers. About 200 million miles from Earth the JAXA space probe Hayabusa2 (Japanese language site; English language site; Wikipedia) has landed two tiny rovers on top of a very small asteroid, 162173 Ryugu. The rovers (named 1A and 1B) are now hopping on Ryugu's surface, taking photos, and sending them back to Earth via Hayabusa2 in orbit. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 11:44 AM - 12 comments

"Mr. Frees attributes his success to kindly treatment of his models"

One hundred years before e-mail inboxes crowded with pictures of cats adorned with text like “I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?” and “CEILING CAT IS WATCHING YOU,” lolcats (and loldogs and lolrabbits) were already at the height of fancy. The rise of postcards at the turn of the century enabled Pennsylvanian Harry Whittier Frees to build a career out of photographing cute animals donning hats and britches.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:47 AM - 9 comments

The Elevation Span of Every Country in the World

Distance between the highest and lowest point in each country. [SLVC]
posted by chavenet at 9:35 AM - 19 comments

Form Follows Fashion

Greek architect Viktoria Lytra has created a set of images exploring the relationship and interaction between architecture and fashion. FormFollowsFashion investigates the common purpose of architecture fashion, to create shelter for the human body, placing aesthetic as a common factor in novel approaches to the design of clothes and buildings. Lytra’s series features various movements and styles, such as minimalism, deconstructivism, and postmodernism, playing on common geometric characteristics such as folks, pleats, curves, prints, and twists.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:38 AM - 2 comments

He is not Lance Armstrong. Nor Tom Brady.

Tony Hawk gets recognized a lot, but he also... doesn’t.
posted by Etrigan at 7:22 AM - 32 comments

Keep an eye out for the wicked witch

EF-2 tornado rips through Canada's capital. 170,000+ people without power in Ottawa-Gatineau, six people hospitalized. Damaged projected to be worse than the crippling ice storm of 1998.
posted by Mitheral at 6:53 AM - 17 comments

Barlow’s shame.

Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal [The Guardian] “A 17th-century sailor’s confession about a rape, of which he became so ashamed that he sought to cover it up for ever, has been exposed by conservation workers who discovered the note hidden under a rewritten version in his journal. The confession went unseen for more than 300 years because the sailor pasted his second account so neatly over the top of the original that scholars missed it.”
posted by Fizz at 5:12 AM - 8 comments

The fad that just wouldn’t fade.

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:07 AM - 25 comments

September 21

Moon Base Alpha Beta

Japanese companies plan to build moon colonies - "In collaboration with NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced plans for the construction of the first human colony on the moon, a little more than a decade in the future." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 10:40 PM - 28 comments

Combining childhood creativity with adult ability

Animator, and father of two, Thomas Romain turns his young sons' drawings into finished, professional pieces, sprinkling art advice from a veteran throughout. The results include a Half-Dead Demon Lord, a Pill Boy, and a Time Octopus.
posted by perplexion at 6:28 PM - 9 comments

Pattern to the Seemingly Random Distribution of Prime Numbers

Researchers discover a pattern to the seemingly random distribution of prime numbers. A link to the paper. There is talk of fractal patterns.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 5:30 PM - 16 comments

Good Bye, Clementine

Pioneering narrative game studio Telltale Games has laid off the vast majority of its employees today and is expected to close entirely. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 5:16 PM - 28 comments

Would you be mine?

For those in need of a 2018-strength unicorn chaser, today's Google Doodle celebrates the 51st anniversary of the first episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
posted by nonasuch at 5:11 PM - 7 comments

"You get your heart broken often enough, you learn your lesson"

Every Episode of Sports Night, Ranked
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:43 PM - 52 comments

The Galileo Affair

It had been hiding in plain sight. The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei first set down his arguments against the church’s doctrine that the Sun orbits the Earth has been discovered in a misdated library catalogue in London. Its unearthing and analysis expose critical new details about the saga that led to the astronomer’s condemnation for heresy in 1633.
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In a similar vein to their listing of the saddest desperation cocktails made by readers, the folks at Deadspin asked for the readership's best quitting stories.

And they delivered. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:18 PM - 53 comments

Bad apple spoils eating behavior research

Cornell University's “world-renowned eating behavior expert," Brian Wansink, has resigned (WaPo link) following the news, per Vox, that 13 of Wansink’s studies "have now been retracted, including the six pulled from [the Journal of the American Medical Association] Wednesday. Among them: studies suggesting people who grocery shop hungry buy more calories; that preordering lunch can help you choose healthier food; and that serving people out of large bowls encourage[s] them to serve themselves larger portions." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:10 PM - 33 comments

15 dollars per ounce

Gold seekers are flooding into the Yukon and wreaking havoc on its rivers [more inside]
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Arguably one of the greatest dogs in film history

Skippy the wirehair fox terrier: Hollywood's Top Dog
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Oh my love for the first time in my life my eyes are wide open

Released from the vaults: How Do You Sleep? (footage of Takes 5 & 6, Raw Studio Mix Out-take) - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band with their "diss track" (Beatles Bible entry) in response to Paul McCartney's apparent jabs at John in his tracks Too Many People (YT; BBe) and Back Seat of My Car (YT; BBe). The video was released as a teaser for the forthcoming Imagine: The Ultimate Collection (BBe), which the official johnlennon YouTube account has been promoting with a series of videos and clips, including some annotated videos (turn on the captions), for Crippled Inside (evolution mix), Jealous Guy (raw studio mix, film excerpt), and Jealous Guy (Elements Mix) featuring Nicky Hopkins.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:53 AM - 10 comments

Yeah, I’m Dead to Marvel. Trust Me.

She stresses how many “lovely” colleagues at Marvel, including her editor Wil Moss, expressed shock and compassion after both Mockingbird and Vision’s cancellations. “I don’t think that it was part of some kind of like, sexist conspiracy,” she says. “I think it was some really smart, funny, friendly boys in a room making a decision and it never occurred to them that this was important, or that these kinds of comics needed a place.”
Chelsea Cain talks about Marvel, the comics freelancer life and the lack of support she received after being targeted by rightwing assholes. Note that Marvel's editor in chief used to pretend to be Japanese in order to get jobs reserved for actual freelancers rather than editorial staff.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:52 AM - 17 comments

Don't worry, Dabchick, this one's on me.

Barnaby Dixon is a puppeteer and animator who makes YouTube videos featuring his amazing finger puppets. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 10:40 AM - 7 comments

as a mother, I learned the phrase "as a mother" is divisive & indulgent

Visiting a Syrian refugee camp with Save the Children, [Samantha Cameron] describes how “as a mother, it is horrifying to hear the harrowing stories of the children I meet today”...Is Cameron suggesting that mothers have a special sensitivity that non-mothers lack? That the latter would be less horrified?...If I’m honest, becoming a mother has made me more likely to be upset by images of children in pain. However, this says less about the virtues of motherhood and more about my own moral failings, such as an inability to empathise with others unless their experiences are closely aligned with my own. As a mother, I've learned the phrase "as a mother" is divisive and indulgent (Glosswitch, The New Statesman)
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:38 AM - 37 comments

I never actually picked this place. It just ended up that way.

Meet Sjors Horstman. He has spent the last 31 years of his life at the bottom of the Grand Canyon as a volunteer for the National Park Service. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 10:30 AM - 10 comments

That's today!

We've been waiting all year. [more inside]
posted by rewil at 10:13 AM - 23 comments

“A lot of our conclusions about the sixties are going to be upended.”

“The FBI issues a memo instructing their informants (of which there were hundreds) going into that convention to vote with the national office because it is far preferable for the national office — Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Bernardine Dohrn, the people who would go on to form Weather Underground — to assume power of SDS. Because they’re going to go off. They’re going to commit acts of violence. They’re going to be on the other side of the law and they can be marginalized much more quickly, alienated from US society. Progressive Labor Party, on the other hand, is a disciplined, democratic-centralist organization and if they have power, that’s not going to be good.” Infiltrating the Left - an interview with Aaron J. Leonard, co-author of A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence and Infiltration from the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union — 1962-1974 about how the FBI secured informants and actions against the American Left (Jacobin)
posted by The Whelk at 9:03 AM - 31 comments

I vow to tread lightly, act kindly, and explore mindfully.

Palau is an nation made up of a chain of islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has just 21,000 citizens, and hosts more than 150,000 tourists each year. But how can a nation with such a heavy reliance on tourism protect itself to maintain the beauty that those tourists are looking for? Perhaps by making each visitor sign a pledge in their passport upon arrival. [more inside]
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Judging by the Cover

How the magazine industry’s identity crisis is playing out on its front page: Print may be dying, but the magazine cover still plays an essential role in defining—and sustaining—a media brand. Can the cover outlive the magazine?
posted by ellieBOA at 6:49 AM - 8 comments

Traditions of Life

Human culture is now a Google search Our retention of information and our ability to pass it down changes traditions. Now we rely on Google to tell us about our people’s and how we react and act towards events and what we traditionally do.
posted by Yellow at 6:13 AM - 13 comments

Playing God

John Lewis are introducing a pick 'n' mix style display to allow you to select your own personalised tin of Quality Street. Meanwhile the 'controversial' Honeycomb Crunch is being dropped from ordinary tins after only being introduced a couple of years ago.
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An ROV from the Exploration Vessel Nautilus has a remarkable encounter in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:28 AM - 31 comments

Windex, flea collar, hot dusty VCR, the color brown

Rooms and what they smell like. I don’t know what else to tell you. (SLInstagram)
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September 20

Black Cowboy Photography (2017) & Documentary (9/22)

An exhibition of photographs held in Harlem in 2017, and a documentary film about LA cowboys (upcoming). A quick internet search of “American cowboy” yields a predictable crop of images. Husky men with weathered expressions can be seen galloping on horseback. They’re often dressed in denim or plaid, with a bandana tied ‘round their neck and a cowboy hat perched atop their head. Lassos are likely being swung overhead. And yes, they’re all white. Contrary to what the homogenous imagery depicted by Hollywood and history books would lead you to believe, cowboys of color have had a substantial presence on the Western frontier since the 1500s. In fact, the word “cowboy” is believed by some to have emerged as a derogatory term used to describe Black cowhands. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:15 PM - 9 comments

We have Liftoff

One Small Step is a new animated short about a young girl inspired to follow her dreams by Taiko Studios. It's directed by former Disney animators Andrew Chesworth and ​Bobby Pontillas.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:47 PM - 14 comments

The Billboard Boys

Three Contestants + A Billboard + Radio Station [slpodcast]
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 6:41 PM - 6 comments

On the Nature of Daylight

Max Richter's "On the Nature of Daylight" has now been turned into a short film. Originally released on the 2004 album The Blue Notebooks, contemporary composer Max Richter's stirring "On the Nature of Daylight" has been featured in a number of films and television shows, including Arrival (spoilers!) and Castle Rock. This summer, on the eve of its fifteenth anniversary, the piece was made into a short video starring Elisabeth Moss.
posted by Synesthesia at 4:53 PM - 12 comments

The dirt is shouting out for us to come back here and rescue our town.

Paedophile cult leader Warren Jeffs tore this town apart. Now his victims are putting it back together
posted by Uncle at 4:16 PM - 5 comments

On Sept. 22, 1500 US Museums Open Their Doors for Free

This coming Saturday, September 22, 2018, more than 1,500 museums will open their doors for free as part of Museum Day. Organized by Smithsonian magazine, the annual event includes free admission to museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states. Participating museums range from large, popular institutions like the Zoo Miami to quirky and fascinating specialty museums, like the National Barber Museum in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Visitors are allowed to download one ticket per email address, and each ticket provides free general admission for two people. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 3:15 PM - 16 comments

Cthulhu Rolling

Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound - "The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were 'unbelievable.'" (NPR, NYT, HuffPo, LS, NG, Graun, Vice, WaPo)
posted by kliuless at 2:34 PM - 59 comments

An Oral History of 'Rounders'

Going All In: An Oral History of 'Rounders'. How two first-time screenwriters, a guy from Montana, and a pair of up-and-coming movie stars made the greatest poker movie ever.
posted by rocket88 at 1:39 PM - 26 comments

The Voice and its Village

An alum looks back at the storied alt weekly [The Baffler]: "When I think about my two stints at the now-shuttered Village Voice—for which I freelanced regularly from the late seventies to the late eighties, returning as a staff writer from 1994-1999—one unexpected but apt word that keeps popping to mind is 'fecund.'" THE VILLAGE VOICE (1955–2018) [Art Forum]: "The destruction of the Village Voice—in the spirit of the paper itself, let’s not mince words about the nature of its ending—may not have been a surprise, but it was still a shock to the system." The demise of the Village Voice, previously: "Today is kind of a sucky day."
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After a nice dinner, selling the Chequers plan is not going terribly well for Theresa May, prefering her own plan to Michel Barnier's (which Jeremy Corbyn isn't fond of either). Donald Tusk says it "will not work". Nicola Sturgeon wants Brexit delayed. Jacob Rees-Mogg wants to 'Chuck Chequers'. Leanne Wood is otherwise occupied, Keir Starmer is pretty negative and Vince Cable will oppose it. Michael Gove thinks it is temporary, Boris Johnson refers to 1066, Lynton Crosby is busy plotting, while Mike Penning refers to the dodo. And Emmanuel Macron exclaims that "those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it's going to bring a lot of money home, are liars". The clock ticketh.
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