January 3, 2013

Welcome To New Wave Theatre

In 1980, director David Jove created New Wave Theatre, an L.A.-based music show showcasing live performances by California hardcore punk rock bands. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 7:54 PM PST - 14 comments

IT IS A CAT VIDEO

Nikita and Bobo try to get along (slyt)
posted by boo_radley at 6:20 PM PST - 20 comments

You got your MIDI Maze in my Virtual Boy!

Thought you knew everything there was to know about the Virtual Boy? YOU WERE WRONG. [via] [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Banter about Dildoes

What were things like in the bars and shops of the ancient Romans?
posted by Chrysostom at 5:20 PM PST - 51 comments

The War Tourist

Toshifumi Fujimoto is a Japanese tourist. On the Syrian front line (his Facebook page).
posted by elgilito at 4:35 PM PST - 18 comments

And they're worried about the *football team*?

The football team might be harmed! The Steubenville, Ohio football team, parents, and law enforcement and legal staff are not very pleased with Anonymous right now. They've just released extensive details on a terrible case involving team players and other associated personnel... [warning: triggers / rape] [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com at 4:11 PM PST - 284 comments

I've drowned and dreamt this moment

You may love Paul F. Tompkins (previously) for his stand up comedy, or his character acting, or his internet hilarity across many media or his startlingly good style, but did you know you can love him in a different way? Namely for his ability to cover Adeles "Skyfall"? (previously) Now you do.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:07 PM PST - 39 comments

Summer solstice is right around the corner

In 2010 the annual midsummer bonfire in Ålesund, Norway broke world's records. For more than 3 months, the youngsters built a 40 meter tall structure, and then burnt it down. More here. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 2:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Better than "S&M". Guaranteed.

"As part of Radio 1's Specialist Takeover in the first week of January 2013, Benji B delivered a very special show from Maida Vale. A 16 piece string orchestra performed specially arranged scores, written by Grant Windsor, over some of the biggest underground electronic tunes, including the likes of Kanye West, Flying Lotus and Drake." [more inside]
posted by raihan_ at 1:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Haircut Mouse

Haircut Mouse. A short animated film by Michel Gondry.
posted by painquale at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Projectile Shit Vomiting For the Win

The Norovirus: A Study in Puked Perfection, "Each norovirus carries just nine protein-coding genes (you have about 20,000). Even with that skimpy genetic toolkit, noroviruses can break the locks on our cells, slip in, and hack our own DNA to make new noroviruses. The details of this invasion are sketchy, alas, because scientists haven’t figured out a good way to rear noroviruses in human cells in their labs. It’s not even clear exactly which type of cell they invade once they reach the gut. Regardless of the type, they clearly know how to exploit their hosts. Noroviruses come roaring out of the infected cells in vast numbers. And then they come roaring out of the body. Within a day of infection, noroviruses have rewired our digestive system so that stuff comes flying out from both ends." [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 12:32 PM PST - 120 comments

tiaras & so much sparkly

It's Tiara Thursday at The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor, where each week the provenance & history of a different royal tiara is highlighted. You could start browsing from top 15 readers' favorite tiaras or the top 10 ultimate tiara collection, featuring such sparkly as the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara and the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara. [more inside]
posted by flex at 11:27 AM PST - 47 comments

The Force will guide you

The Original Star Wars Trilogy as Maps
posted by dry white toast at 11:24 AM PST - 28 comments

The hunt for the Death Valley Germans

In 1996, a family of German tourists went on vacation in the desert Southwest of the US. They disappeared in Death Valley sometime late July of that year, and despite repeated searches, their remains were not found until 2009. Tom Mahood details how that happened.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 11:23 AM PST - 174 comments

Undue Burden

Jennie Linn McCormack "isn’t the only woman in recent years to be prosecuted for ending her own pregnancy. But her case could change the trajectory of abortion law in the United States": The Rise of DIY Abortions. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:31 AM PST - 66 comments

Pro Patria Racist Abuse

Boateng walks off: Kevin-Prince Boateng, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder left the field after AC Milan players were abused in a friendly against Pro Patria. On his way from the pitch, Boateng applauded sections of the crowd, who then reacted angrily towards the corner of the ground from which the chants came. It was quickly established that play would not restart and AC Milan's official website said other black players in the Milan side - M'Baye Niang, Urby Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari - suffered abuse. [Video on Daily Mirror Website] BBC report.
posted by marienbad at 10:24 AM PST - 40 comments

I don't always deploy Django, but when I do I use Heroku

An explanation of how hard it is to boycott Amazon, even when you are an organisation calling for the boycott of corporations like Amazon While the organisation UK Uncut is calling for the boycotting of organisations that don't pay their fair share of tax, even they are using Amazon (though Amazon is not a company currently listed on their website, it is one of the most talked about in the UK for not paying corporation tax) The first linked article goes beyond the technical aspects of Amazon and cloud hosting and talks about a re-analysis of capitalism.
posted by Megami at 9:21 AM PST - 28 comments

Anthony Braxton: Bootlegs

Anthony Braxton offers bootlegs of his shows at his Tricentric Foundation website. We offer many bootlegs for free. 13 bootleg albums are added at a time and the newest batch is always available to the public.
He also offers a subscription plan for his record label, and a huge trove of his writings, among other things. (via this appreciation at The Awl)
posted by OmieWise at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

"The best way to honor [Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman] is not with tasteful, funereal reverence but some real attempt to measure the dimensions of the stretch of history they occupied.

In a lengthy back-and-forth discussion about Django Unchained, critics Steven Boone and Odie Henderson discuss the subtleties of Tarantino's racial commentary (as well, as, of course, the more blatant commentaries), their thoughts on Spike Lee's criticism of the film, and Tarantino's vast and nuanced range of inspirations. Elsewhere, Tarantino responds to a critic who called a plot point in Django "harebrained", and what ensues offers an interesting insight into how Tarantino thinks about his characters.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:16 AM PST - 170 comments

Parakeets in the Produce

"We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us." Garden Fresh is a photo series featuring animals exploring a grocery store.
posted by quin at 8:09 AM PST - 34 comments

Get the lead out.

Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is microbial. Think influenza. If it spreads out like a fan, the cause is an insect. Think malaria. But if it's everywhere, all at once—as both the rise of crime in the '60s and '70s and the fall of crime in the '90s seemed to be—the cause is a molecule.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:45 AM PST - 143 comments

Hi Stu, it is a pleasure to meet you.

Cringeworthy SLYT: Jamie Kennedy produced and hosted a New Year's Eve special on a Los Angeles local station this year. It didn't go that well. [more inside]
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It's not all doom and gloom

Tom Spurgeon lists fifty positive comics news stories that happened in 2012.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:01 AM PST - 45 comments

Sweet transformations, as art

Created by using real toffee.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:12 AM PST - 31 comments

Symphysiotomy

“So when I was pregnant and about to give birth, I was expecting kindness, understanding, love. But, by god, was I wrong. They were torturers. They didn’t care. I was a thing. An experiment.” [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 2:43 AM PST - 56 comments

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