February 14, 2012

And the secret message was not "remember to drink your Ovaltine"

An upstate NY man claims he has "decoded music". Using a decoder ring. And music authorities seem to agree. *Eastman School of Music, at 1:55 in the video
posted by Jesse Hughson at 10:50 PM PST - 95 comments

DLR Dog World

David Lee Roth hangs out and herds sheep with his border collie Mike
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:54 PM PST - 47 comments

Bless me Phil, for I have sinned.

Last year, the day was commemorated by a parade through the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn. This year, the affair will be more intimate, as you will get to unburden "your own loves, heartbreaks, obsessions and degradations" in a confessional booth on Freeman Street. Yes, tomorrow is the sixth(!) anniversary of Phil Collins Day in Brooklyn.
posted by stannate at 9:39 PM PST - 57 comments

Staying out of the whole "good-and-bad-drama"

Tonight Frontline aired the documentary film "The Interrupters", the video is available on Frontline's website. On WTTW, Chicago's major PBS affiliate, a special "Chicago Tonight" followed the presentation. It featured a panel discussion with Violence Interrupters Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, and Cobe Williams, an interview with the filmakers and an interview with former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis and CeaseFire Director Tio Hardiman. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor at 8:43 PM PST - 18 comments

The Inside Story Of How Rome Ousted A Bold Bush Bishop

"Benedict says to me, 'You are very gifted, you are very practical, you've got a role to play in the life of the Church, and it's God's will that you should resign.'"
posted by taff at 8:04 PM PST - 120 comments

you had me at the mini volcanoes

Marika Rökk - Mir ist so langweilig - 1958 - this video has everything, I tell you. Monkeys. Volcanoes. Spaceflight. Sequins.(via World of Wonder)
posted by madamjujujive at 7:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Or understand the deliciousness that jiaozi has

You can make jiaozi. But you can't make it like this. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 7:28 PM PST - 29 comments

Jacques Carelman's Impossible Objects

French artist Jacques Carelman created the Catalogue d’Objets Introuvables, in his words, "a criticism of our consumer society, to ridicule the necessity of the inhabitants of the big and rich western cities to buy things and shortly after to get rid of them again and so continue consuming." The collection was exhibited in Bilbao, Spain in September 2011 as part of International Art with Humor Week and has traveled around the world. Bilingual interview with Carelman, Q&A in French and English. Now, Carelman's objects, starting with the famous "Coffeepot for Masochists", are for sale.
posted by gladly at 7:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Dwarf Fortress 2012!

Dwarf Fortress 2012 has been released! After DF2010 [mefi], Toady One had planned to keep up a regular schedule of smaller releases. But while adding 300+ animals from a fundraising drive, the feature set spiralled beyond expectation. [more inside]
posted by free hugs at 7:13 PM PST - 66 comments

9 days, 16 hours, and 5 minutes to race 1000 miles on a dog sled

The Yukon Quest is a 1000 mile dog sled race that stretches from Fairbanks, Alaksa, to Whitehorse, Yukon. The 2012 race had the closest finish ever: the first and second place winners were separated by just 26 seconds. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

the neurochemistry of attraction and rejection

Your Brain in Love and Lust - This Valentine's Day, Scientific American traces the flow of chemicals in the brain during different phases of romance and describes surprising insights from the science of attraction.
posted by nickyskye at 6:54 PM PST - 1 comments

"Technology presumes there's just one right way to do things and there never is." - Robert M. Pirsig

The Museum of RetroTechnology is a curated online collection of (mostly) obsolete inventions. The exhibitions include Gearwheels From Hell, the Dynosphere monowheel, Unusual Pedal Bicycles, Propeller-Driven Sleighs, Water Engines, Dog and Goat Engines, Acoustic Location and Sound Mirrors, Optical Telegraphs, and Combat Cutlery.
posted by troll at 4:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Romance Novels, The Last Great Bastion Of Underground Writing

Romance fiction is widely reckoned to be a very low form of literature. Maybe the lowest, if we're not counting the writing at Groupon, or on Splenda packets. Romance fiction: probably the worst! An addictive, absurd, unintellectual literature, literature for nonreaders, literature for stupid people—literature for women!
posted by latkes at 4:12 PM PST - 100 comments

Professors have status and responsibility?

Taking their position of status and responsibility into account, Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that German university professors are underpaid. [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:58 PM PST - 46 comments

Admiral Ackbar mousetrap exclamation mark

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, narrated in icons. By Wayne Dorrington (Previously). The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi.
posted by running order squabble fest at 3:17 PM PST - 16 comments

She is gone

She is gone. A Valentines story of love and loss.
posted by ColdChef at 1:34 PM PST - 28 comments

John Severin December 26, 1921 – February 12, 2012

Legendary comic book artist John Severin has died. He was ninety years old. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 1:13 PM PST - 43 comments

Melt your cold cold heart.

Today's Google doodle is quite cute. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 12:19 PM PST - 49 comments


Dance With Leroy (SLYT)
posted by The Discredited Ape at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

American Idol

170 years ago, a gala ball was held in his honor on Valentine's Day. Flattered by New York City's elites, the author considered the occasion the finest moment of his life, particularly since he felt the United States was an ideal example of how Britain's class-bound society should live. But in the following weeks, when besieged by fawning groupies and actually meeting directly with the less than well-heeled folk of the New World, that his disposition turned sour. [more inside]
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

"In every family picture ... my mother was wearing a habit."

A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It)
posted by tractorfeed at 11:28 AM PST - 37 comments

Women's Memorial March

Today, across Canada, thousands of women March. The February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March is held on Valentine’s Day each year to honour the memory of women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who have died due to the violence of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse. [more inside]
posted by what's her name at 11:23 AM PST - 57 comments

First Aid Kit: Some strange music draws me in

"Lots of people write storytelling songs about trains and set it to acoustic music and do pretty harmonies, but First Aid Kit transcends that cliché. Their songs sound like they’ve gone away and seen too much and come back tired but still alive. Their music kind of has its own way of breathing: filled with tension for a little while until it goes over the edge and exhales while the instrumental parts just seem to grow. This part of every few songs of theirs is most thrilling in concert, when Klara plays guitar so intensely you’d think it’s her only way of communicating, while Johanna stands perfectly still and lets her voice carry out so that it seems kind of infinite, or like it’s been waiting to come out for forever, and I kind of can’t help imagining that it comes from under the ground up through her mouth, or that a little part of the sky exists in her diaphragm or something. They can sound like freaking angels, or like women demanding life’s answers and who can make Patti Smith cry." Tavi interviews First Aid Kit on Rookie [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Will this put Ask.Me out of business?

A DTMFA decision-tree
posted by jacquilynne at 10:55 AM PST - 83 comments

NYC to have broadcast TV signals streamed to the net. Hilarity, by which I mean lawsuits, ensues.

Aereo is a new venture that is about to start streaming live, over-the-air TV signals in NYC to your computer, tablet or smart phone for $12 per month. How, you might ask, can they do this legally??? They have developed a ultra small TV antenna and they'll be deploying many thousands of them around NYC. Each subscriber then get's their own personal antenna, and they are therefore -- at least in theory -- protected by the 2008 ruling allowing Cablevision to offer DVR services from their head end. It's good they have Barry Diller behind them to cover their legal bills! Here's another article about this in today's NYT.
posted by Dean358 at 10:39 AM PST - 34 comments


Bonsai Treehouses by Takanori Aiba
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Art and Activism: Five Tips for Queer Boys

Yosimar Reyes, a champion slam poet has collaborated with artist Julio Salgado, who is "out and proud" as gay and undocumented, on a new set of works called "Five Tips for Queer Boys" (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and extra). [more inside]
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The End of the Christian Right?

Historian Michael Kazin says that we are witnessing the end of the Religious Right's influence in American politics. Peter Montgomery of Alternet says not to declare the Christian Right dead quite yet.
posted by reenum at 9:49 AM PST - 128 comments

Must I hammer it in?

Weirdo vintage Valentine's Day cards.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Adding a sense of drama to the living room.

To expose a bookshelf is to compose a self. The Paris Review towards a history of bookshelves.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:24 AM PST - 19 comments

The Silicon Cesspool

Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool, by Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) digs into the lying, collusion, and rotten dealings that surround tech journalism in the Valley. [more inside]
posted by smitt at 9:16 AM PST - 55 comments

Have you ever drawn attention from the police?

Winifred Gallagher argues that neophilia has always been the quintessential human survival skill, whether adapting to climate change on the ancestral African savanna or coping with the latest digital toy from Silicon Valley. “Nothing reveals your personality more succinctly than your characteristic emotional reaction to novelty and change over time and across many situations; [i]t’s also the most important behavioral difference among individuals.”[NYT] [more inside]
posted by obscurator at 8:36 AM PST - 39 comments

You're quite fit for a fat ginger bird

Rhodri Marsden, journalist and erstwhile member of Scritti Politti, decided to ask Twitter about their worst Valentine's Days. This was the result.
posted by mippy at 8:27 AM PST - 31 comments

Love Will Tear Us Apart

Love Will Tear Us Apart
posted by philip-random at 8:15 AM PST - 49 comments

“I think I hear someone’s liberty in danger!”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Gregory Brothers and the ACLU have teamed up to bring attention to the issue photographer’s rights in public spaces, with an animated musical piece featuring the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. [via]
posted by quin at 7:36 AM PST - 20 comments

Honest Abe is honestly awesome

The trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been released.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:04 AM PST - 154 comments

doo doo doo, doo doo doo, doo-doo-doo doo doo

A two part look back on Jim Jinkins' cartoon Doug.
posted by griphus at 6:54 AM PST - 29 comments

It's not plagiarism, it's a mashup!

Originality is a relative concept in literature. As writers from T. S. Eliot to Harold Bloom have pointed out, ideas are doomed to be rehashed. This wasn’t always regarded as a problem [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:35 AM PST - 37 comments

One Chicago hotel's story

NEW DELUXE TRANSIENT ROOMS WITH FREE ADULT MOVIES ... that's what the three-story-tall painted sign promised. It's faded and peeling now, but the sign's still there, though the Viceroy Hotel has been closed for nearly a decade. [more inside]
posted by orthicon halo at 2:46 AM PST - 34 comments

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