March 19

I can't stop to mess around

The Damned: how we made New Rose [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:28 AM - 1 comment

Mueslix is trash and no one would look in there.

And Now, A Treasury Of Your Best Weird Grandpa Stories
posted by everybody had matching towels at 8:21 AM - 15 comments

The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck

Let’s say the situation at work is not good. The project (or product, or re-org, or whatever) has launched, and the best you can say is that things aren’t going as planned. At all. It’s a disaster, though the best word for it is the one you drop over drinks with your team and when venting at home: it’s a clusterfuck. […] To appreciate what a clusterfuck is—and to understand how to avoid one—it is first helpful to clarify some of the things a clusterfuck is not.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:49 AM - 20 comments

I'm A Millionaire In Paris, In Raggedy Man's Disguise

First named Spencer Tracy, the Dundee-based trio needed to rename after the estate of the actor threatened to sue. They chose Danny Wilson, after the eponymous Frank Sinatra character in "Meet Danny Wilson".
Signed to Virgin Records in 1986, their first album came out a year later, and spawned a world wide hit about a girl named Mary, but a careful listen to the entire album reveals a great deal more than just a girl praying. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 7:09 AM - 2 comments

I live my life with strangers

Just five years years after his debut effort, Barry Manilow was able to release a double album of Greatest Hits, and if you're of a certain age, you know all these songs already. Side A: Mandy, New York City Rhythm, Ready To Take A Chance Again, Looks Like We Made It, Daybreak [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:49 AM - 20 comments

The enduring appeal of Mr. Brightside

There's some hot fuss about the song Mr. Brightside by The Killers which, after an initially poor chart run, has now totalled 200 weeks in the UK Top 100. Here, it's averaged 878,000 streaming service plays a week this year, and is the most streamed track released prior to 2010; it also remains popular in the USA. Matrimonially banned from singing it, the song is firmly embedded in popular culture and can be spoken as sports commentary, as many covers abound and memes proliferate. As ubiquitous as Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars from 2006, next year there will be teenagers born *after* both these songs were released. The Google autocomplete lyrics and the actual lyrics; the original demo and back story. (Previously)
posted by Wordshore at 5:14 AM - 26 comments

A Hobbesument

Tony Lewis finds a new way of writing poetry, through artistry, and his assemblage of cut-up dialog balloons from Bill Watterson’s much-loved comic strip: This Artist Deconstructed His Love and Fascination for Calvin and Hobbes [more inside]
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March 18

A look back at sad rap: hip-hop has never been too cool for despair

In January 2018, The New Yorker ran the article Lil Xan and the Year in Sad Rap, in which Carrie Battan provides a snapshot of a recent trend where "a cohort of young musicians embraced a depressive sound and became stars." Except the article misses the (slightly) longer history of this sub-genre, focusing on the recent past where Lil Uzi Vert's XO Tour Llif3 is a pinnacle of modern melancholy machismo, but missing 16 year old Yung Lean and his tongue-in-cheek cable broadcast "sadboy" aesthetic earlier in the current sad rap trend, back in 2013. And that's not the beginning, just another starting point. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:01 PM - 6 comments

Strangely graceful creatures and spirits

The Original Little Mermaid: Amber Sparks writes on Kay Nielsen, Disney and the sanitization of the modern fairy tale. previously.
posted by Rumple at 9:41 PM - 20 comments

Home Design Horror: A New Genre

How we get from coveting midcentury things to the Internet of Things
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:50 PM - 10 comments

Big butter

"And while it is true, as Yudkin (previously) divulges, that his sugar theory aroused opposition from those who believed saturated fat was the culprit in heart disease, the image of him as a shunned prophet, preaching in the wilderness and hounded by agents of industry, leaves out the extent to which his research was disbelieved mainly because the evidence supporting it did not hold up to scrutiny. High-profile attempts to replicate Yudkin’s signature finding that heart attack sufferers tended to be heavy sugar users flat-out failed. Present-day Yudkin disciples have also looked past the extent to which his research was richly supported by the food industry." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 4:35 PM - 27 comments

It was awkward like F minor the first time I saw you naked

Lauren Ruth Ward: the raspy, queer soul singer we deserve or what happens when you mix Florence Welch And Janis Joplin. [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:36 PM - 5 comments

“LOL...aaaand goku & naruto are real ones 🙌🏾”

It’s Time To Stop Acting Like Nobody Watches Anime [Kotaku] “Despite the genre’s overwhelming popularity, people act as if anime is still a niche interest. When celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Michael B. Jordan say that they’re fans, or Britney Spears posts pictures of her son’s Dragon Ball Z fanart on Instagram, fellow anime-enjoyers are shocked. Anime has actually been mainstream for a couple of decades now.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 2:32 PM - 45 comments

Black cancer matters

Five-year relative survival is lower for blacks than whites for most cancers at each stage of diagnosis. A 2017 documentary looks at cancer rates in a Georgia Pacific (Koch Brothers) company town, and posits that the economic consequences of racial discrimination increase cancer risk. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 2:07 PM - 2 comments

These same visions

Self-referred as a hybrid form of Krautrock, neo-psychedelia and art punk, Suuns' 2013 release Images Du Futur, featured 20/20 and Edies's Dream. Their latest Felt, according to Pitchfork, "sees the four-piece loosen up and let slip the forces begging for release since their debut". The first three songs for a taste: Watch You, Watch Me, Look No Further and X-ALT.
posted by spaceburglar at 1:53 PM - 0 comments

Cabbage Juice is the New Snake Oil

Jillian Epperly’s recipe for a fermented cabbage slurry that makes “waterfalls” of diarrhea made her the head of what she called a “poop cult.” Thousands embraced her dangerous pseudoscience before a grassroots movement began working to shut her down when Facebook wouldn’t. A fascinating and horrifying account of how dangerous misinformation can entrench itself in the minds of some, who then adamantly resist all debunking or warnings from better-informed, concerned outsiders.
posted by orange swan at 1:15 PM - 90 comments

Mt. Elysium

The Guardian reports on the purchase of Powder Mountain, Utah and its transformation into "a utopian club for the millennial elite." According to its founders, "all entrepreneurs in their 30s," Powder Mountain "is becoming a mecca for altruistically minded members of the global elite." The goal of the project is to "be a beacon of inspiration and a light in the world." [more inside]
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IDEA Instructions Common algorithms in the form of IKEA instructions.
posted by Artw at 10:09 AM - 21 comments

“...and of course, a choker.”

When my student asked, “Which one is Gen X?” I wanted to respond, “The one your classmates are dressed as. Floral dresses with baggy sweaters, beanies, and work boots? That was us.” I didn’t say that. Because we wore those clothes precisely to avoid becoming an easily legible demographic. Reflections on the 90’s fashion revival, from Racked.
posted by Grandysaur at 10:05 AM - 46 comments

Six Degrees Of Surveillance

In the latest Facebook data breach, Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm founded by Alexander Nix, which specializes in public influence campaigns, was commissioned by Stephen Bannon (who was in turn bankrolled by Robert Mercer) to collect and analyze data on Facebook users. CA adapted an online survey tool developed by academic Aleksandr Kogan. If a Facebook user opted in to the survey, for a small reward, the tool scraped not that user's profile, but the profiles of everybody that user was connected with. As former CA employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie puts it, the process "scaled well." For relatively small outlay, CA were able to collect the profiles of 50-60+ million Facebook users for Bannon, to then be used for targeted political advertising. [more inside]
posted by carter at 10:01 AM - 43 comments

There is a pain - so utter -/It swallows substance up -

This Longest Shortest Time episode explores the history of twilight sleep in labor and delivery. Host Andrea Silenzi discusses why women advocated for twilight sleep and what happened to change their minds with author Randi Hutter Epstein. [Heads up: traumatic birth stuff.] [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 9:42 AM - 7 comments

New media representations of women in electronic music

Pioneer Spirits: New media representations of women in electronic music history
posted by OmieWise at 7:59 AM - 1 comment

How many more must die for this war to end?

Marielle Franco was a queer black human rights activist from Maré favela and a groundbreaking politician — she received more than 46.00 votes, the fifth-most, to become a councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, the only black female representative and one of seven women on the 51-seat council. Last Wednesday night, after leaving an event called “Young Black Women Who Are Changing Power Structures” she and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes were shot and killed. [more inside]
posted by florzinha at 6:02 AM - 18 comments

Take your time to treat your friends and neighbors honestly

Simon & Garfunkel's fourth album, Bookends [YT playlist ~30m], was a descendant of their involvement with the film The Graduate and was also their their response to The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers Album. Side A: Bookends Theme, Save The Life Of My Child, America, Overs, Voices Of Old People, Old Friends/Bookends Theme [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:07 AM - 23 comments

“Akha” starts with the letter “A”

The English Wikipedia entry for human gets at least 5,000 views a day. Wired examines how its current main illustration, a photo of a couple from the Akha community in Thailand, came to replace the Pioneer plaque as a representation of all human beings. On-wiki discussions about the perfect illustration are extensive and ongoing.
posted by Vesihiisi at 1:32 AM - 24 comments

March 17

“First Season Competing, first time at Crufts as well…”

On day one of the 2018 Crufts dog show, Tinklebury “Tinks” Bingo the papillon took to the agility course with a distinctive set of moves.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:26 PM - 38 comments

Hidden designs in famous logos

The practice of hiding elements is common to all visual communications, not solely logos. It's as old as the practice of the design of logos itself.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:52 PM - 27 comments

Gravity is Optional

A video on the illusions of Kokichi Sugihara. [SLYT] Previously in Gravity is Optional.
posted by jjray at 8:09 PM - 6 comments

Who are the Compagnons?

Marvel at Tiny, Perfect Staircases Made by a Secret Society of French Woodworkers The name “compagnon” translates to “companion,” relating to the brotherhood between members and the shared identity of a movement that, today, encompasses around 12,000 permanent, active members. Professions usually fall into one of five “groups,” depending on their principal material: stone; wood; metal; leather and textiles; and food. Within these groups are bakers, clog-makers, carpenters, masons, glaziers, and many more. In the past century, new trades have been added and old ones have fallen away. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:24 PM - 20 comments

in Monterrey and Cerro Gordo, we fought on as Ireland's sons

In the US and Canada, St. Patrick's is often remembered as a day of drinking and celebrating the achievements of the Irish diaspora in their new homelands. In Mexico, however, the holiday remembers another aspect of the Irish-American diaspora: the two hundred men of the St. Patrick's battalion, who deserted the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War to fight on behalf of the invaded state of Mexico. Anti-Catholic sentiment within the US Army may have played a role, as did Irish identification with the plight of the Mexican people. While Mexico ultimately lost that war and had to cede large swathes of territory to the increasingly expansionist United States, the men of the St. Patrick's Battalion are remembered fondly for their great effort and sacrifice. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 2:18 PM - 9 comments

Never stop chest compressions to slap or yell words of encouragement.

Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV (SLYT, 20:55)
posted by AFABulous at 1:50 PM - 65 comments

The Other Side of the Opioid Crisis: Untreated Acute & Chronic Pain

The other opioid crisis: Hospital shortages lead to patient pain, medical errors. The flip side of the opioid crisis is just as dark. "Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to doctors, pharmacists and a coalition of health groups." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:42 PM - 41 comments

I'm a Hot Knife

Martina Vinci organised a flash mob rendition of the Fiona Apple song Hot Knife in the Genoa Metro in Italy. After it was posted to the interwebs... Fiona Apple heard it. [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 12:52 PM - 17 comments

The Dreadfully Delightful Existence Of Semi-Spectral Things

Matt Adrian, AKA The Mincing Mockingbird, paints birds. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 12:37 PM - 8 comments

Kiss me, my slave owners were Irish

NO, THE IRISH WERE NOT SLAVES TOO: Historian Liam Hogan has spent the last six years debunking the Irish were slave myth. (Previously)
posted by The Whelk at 11:08 AM - 45 comments

I am the law!

So was it Alex Garland who actually directed Dredd? Karl Urban says so (and he also wants to keep playing the character). [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:59 AM - 40 comments

“Luigi’s bulge is about 40 pixels long,”

Bowser Is Only Four Feet Tall, Judging By Luigi’s Penis [Kotaku] “Thanks to this promotional image for the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces, an intrepid fan figured out how big Luigi’s dick is. Let’s use their math to figure out the sizes of other Mario objects and characters. Let’s not beat around the bush here. In this promotional picture for Mario Tennis Aces, you can see the outline of something in his pants that is more than just Ken-doll smoothness. Assuming it’s not a 1-up mushroom that he stashed away for later, that is presumably Luigi’s penis.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:28 AM - 43 comments

Underdogs In More Ways Than One

Since the NCAA men's basketball tournament adopted its current format of four 16-team brackets in 1985, a 16th seed had never, in 135 tries, won its opening-round game against a 1st-seeded team. Until last night, when the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers blew out the University of Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 7:13 AM - 43 comments

No kings

It wasn't just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas is one of a pair of articles by Lizzie Wade about recent archeological studies of ancient Mesoamerican societies which have uncovered evidence that some were not autocratic but collective and democratic. It takes Tlaxcallan and Teotihuacan as its central examples, but looks further afield, even to societies outside the Americas. The second article, Kings of Cooperation, focuses on one example, the Olmec city of Tres Zapotes, which had seven centuries of collective rule in between times of kingship.
posted by Kattullus at 1:58 AM - 17 comments

March 16

Equal pay, hear what we say

The fifth album from Eurythmics, Be Yourself Tonight [YT album ~43m30s], , moved away from electronica and was a major hit around the world. Side A: Would I Lie To You? [video], There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) [video], I Love You Like A Ball And Chain, Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves [video] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:18 PM - 21 comments

The Intellectual We Deserve

Nathan J. Robinson's authoritative and unrelenting tear-down of the Jordan Peterson sham. [more inside]
posted by little eiffel at 8:40 PM - 108 comments

The Stinkbug Invasion

These uniquely versatile bugs are decimating crops and infiltrating houses all across the country . Will we ever be able to get rid of them? SLNY (previously).
posted by blue shadows at 7:24 PM - 26 comments

Set the phaser to face-plate-incinerate

Rick & Morty x Run The Jewels: Oh Mama (slyt)
posted by zarq at 6:30 PM - 5 comments

8k 360° Aurora

A 1:10 timelapse of the Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks, AK by photographer William Briscoe (Facebook page), filmed as a 360°, 8k timelapse. Oh, plus a lunar eclipse. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 4:58 PM - 6 comments

Two Sets of Lost Kids

One set of Navajo boxers, one set of Syrian refugee slackliners.The Navajo youngsters live near Chinle, a long way from anywhere or anything. The last of a line of boxers teaches them, any age, any gender, for free without support. It's hard to make a career happen in these circumstances. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:23 PM - 6 comments

"…they sleep together like a mother and infant would do in the wild."

GRACE: Come for the baby gorilla tickling, stay for the rehabilitation.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:01 PM - 8 comments

Intriguing Houses

Just a collection of interesting houses I've seen lately: Michigan farmhouse among world's greenest - Hong Kong tiny apartment for 3 showcases art pottery - Oakland cabin covered in 3D-printed tiles - Detroit home with a unique design aesthetic, sold with all contents - A teeny English castle - Indianapolis home a modern spin on a Victorian to fit an older neighborhood - Mexico: Giant boulder for a roof, this is fine - Florida home of three pavilions connected by a lap pool - Hong Kong transforming apartment - Small Shanghai apartment given a cat-friendly makeover
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 3:04 PM - 44 comments

Frogs and snakes living together

'One two-metre paperbark held over 500 frogs, 10 skinks, four blue-tongue lizards, three goannas and two snakes.' Broome (WA) smashes annual rainfall record in less than two months as Cyclone Kelvin caps big wet.
posted by asok at 3:01 PM - 3 comments

I'm officially dead, although I'm alive

Constantin Reliu asked a Romanian court to overturn his death certificate. The court told him he was too late and would have to remain officially deceased. (SL Guardian)
posted by stillmoving at 2:02 PM - 43 comments

RIP Rep. Louise Slaughter, progressive champion of women's rights

VOX: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who at 88 years old was the oldest member of the House of Representatives, has died. Slaughter, who was the top Democrat on the powerful Rules Committee, which determines how bills are voted on the House floor — and the only woman to ever chair that committee — fell at her residence in Washington, DC, and suffered a concussion last week. She was taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment, where she died, her office confirmed Friday morning. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 1:45 PM - 38 comments

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