March 8, 2013

This Here is Rich Terfry: Forty One Odd Years (and a few days more)

Happy belated birthday to Jesus Murphy, Haslam, DJ Critical, Uncle Climax (NSFW audio), Stinkin' Rich (NSFW audio), Dirk Thornton, Buck 65, or as his mom called him, Richard Terfry. Born in the year of the rat, and he's a Pisces, which makes him a rat fish, but by trade, he's a turntablist/ MC/ producer/ broadcaster. Generally he makes some form of hip-hop (some NSFW lyrics), though as of late, he's been broadening his style, as heard in his cover of Leonard Cohen's Who By Fire (previously) and Paper Airplane (official "lyric" video). In tribute to his 41st birthday, there's a lot more music inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:26 PM PST - 19 comments

9th Circuit adopts "reasonable suspicion" for electronics at border

In an en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled in United States v. Cotterman that the 4th Amendment standard of reasonable suspicion applies to forensic searches of electronic devices at an international border. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 8:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Those Atoms are Mighty Fuzzy

16 Golden Retrievers teach all about atoms. SYTL I for one would have probably done much better in chemistry if had been explained this way.
posted by Leezie at 6:16 PM PST - 26 comments


TOKYO GASTRONOMY is the YouTube account of Seiji Yamamoto, chef and owner of the Nihonryori RyuGin restaurant. His videos demonstrate traditional Japanese cuisine preparation in a serene and focused way. The ones that really hooked me was this 9 minute video of Ichiban Dashi creation and spring vegetable soup.
posted by boo_radley at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Who's been cutting all these onions in the chimpanzee enclosure again?!

Retired Lab Chimps Step Outside for the First Time [SLYT]
posted by slater at 5:11 PM PST - 108 comments

Our Man in Samarra

James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq -- A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq.
posted by timsteil at 3:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Prequels! Hunh! Yeah! What are they good for? Absolutely...something

Having mixed feelings about the new movie prequel to The Wizard of Oz? [previously] Well how about new prequels to other film classics such as Gone with the Wind and Dr. Strangelove? Or, try to imagine Casablanca: The College Years. [more inside]
posted by fuse theorem at 2:31 PM PST - 51 comments

Atheists going to church

Sunday Assembly: an atheist service run by two comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 2:17 PM PST - 66 comments

Before and After the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan Earthquake, 2 Years Later
Collected below are a series of before-and-after interactive images. Click on each one to see the image fade from before (2011) to after (2013).
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Aspiring Animators & Game Designers, Study Your Calculus & Combinatorics

Every film Pixar has produced has landed in the top fifty highest-grossing animated films of all time. What's their secret? Mathematics. Oh, and 22 Rules of Storytelling. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:20 PM PST - 40 comments

"Will take photos for $10, $25, or $100."

Ourspot will let you hire amateur photographers for as much (or little) as you want. [more inside]
posted by The Girl Who Ate Boston at 12:25 PM PST - 121 comments

Pork sticky rolls are a REAL THING.

Here's the recipe for chef Hadley Schmitt's famous Pork Sticky Rolls with Dijon-Maple Glaze and Parsnip Icing served at Northern Spy Food Company, East Village, NYC.
posted by ericb at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Flash Friday: Second Empire Artistic Demimonde Edition

In the new game Avant-Garde, you play an up-and-coming artist in 19th century Paris, a contemporary of Manet and Bouguereau. Carve and sell allegorical statue groups! Get snubbed by Napoleon III! Subsidize Gustave Courbet's drinking! Compose and promulgate your own aesthetic manifesto!
posted by Iridic at 11:46 AM PST - 56 comments

Hard numbers

How many people do you know who have been shot?
posted by unSane at 11:25 AM PST - 168 comments

Rare event of a chimpanzee gang murder of their alpha male

"ET TU, chimp? The leader of a wild chimpanzee troupe was recently attacked by four of his underlings, who banded together to beat him to death. It's unusual for chimps to kill their alpha male – and this event gives rare insight into group structure in our closest relatives."
posted by Knigel at 11:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Godwin Orwelled

Ted Rall opines the looming war on crimethink
posted by maggieb at 10:36 AM PST - 59 comments

Passage Through Baltimore

"Baltimore had always been seen as an explosive city, hypersensitive to the shifting currents of politics. The present crisis was no exception. While most Baltimoreans felt that Lincoln should keep his hands off the South, there was also a smaller contingent of Confederate zealots there who were more than willing to go to war over it. Sending Northern troops through their hometown was like putting a lit match to a powder keg."
The Baltimore Riot of 1861, also known as the Pratt Street Riots, underline Maryland's complex and often tragic part in the US Civil War. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Before the dark times... before the Empire.

How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for 'Star Wars' is an interesting BusinessWeek article on how one media conglomerate went about buying another, and how it plans on improving the value of both. [more inside]
posted by DigDoug at 9:12 AM PST - 106 comments

Happiness is Moms and a Mud Puddle.

Baby elephant Navann plays in the mud pit and takes a dip in the river with his mother and nanny at Elephant Nature Park in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. [slyt]
posted by quin at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Not just right, but necessary

"Not so long ago, the idea that women might rule the world seemed slightly ridiculous - like something out of science fiction. But in an essay to mark International Women's Day, political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers argues it's now a topic that can be seriously discussed."
posted by talitha_kumi at 8:27 AM PST - 32 comments

♪ Is it even real? ♪

Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses: [SLYT] "Beach House have shared a very surreal video for their Bloom single "Wishes", directed by Eric Wareheim (of "Tim and Eric") and starring Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks", "Mad Men"). Wise peforms at what looks like a very, very strange half-time event during a football game." [via: pitchfork]
posted by Fizz at 8:10 AM PST - 27 comments

"Why did we even bother to crawl out of the swamps, is this it?"

In between posting rare videos to his YouTube channel and promoting his latest album Love from London, Robyn Hitchcock discusses a baker's dozen of influences for the Quietus and eviscerates his least favorite song for the Onion AVClub's HateSong. features 64 of his concerts spanning 25 years.
posted by carrienation at 7:58 AM PST - 23 comments

"Red is the new Black"

Why Is The Night Sky Turning Red?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:43 AM PST - 55 comments

Is Tia Norfleet NASCARS's first African American Female driver?

According to her website and several news stories, Tia Norfleet has an impressive racing resume, and is said to be the first African American women to compete in Nascar. However, it appears those claims may be exaggerated. The result has caused an uproar on her Facebook page between her supporters and detractors. Further clouding matters, Tia’s father Bobby, has in the past accused NASCAR of Racism for denying him the chance to race. For a sport hailing the achievements of Danica Patrick and desperately trying to promote diversity, could this incident hurt the progress NASCAR has slowly started to make on that front?
posted by remo at 7:39 AM PST - 34 comments

"I'd like to thank God, who was super supportive during all this."

Thank You to the Author's Many, Many Important Friends - How the acknowledgments page became the place to drop names.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:33 AM PST - 55 comments

The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble

A world-renowned physicist meets a gorgeous model online. They plan their perfect life together. But first, she asks, would he be so kind as to deliver a special package to her?
posted by Optamystic at 6:00 AM PST - 196 comments

"When I say this, it should mean laughter, not poison."

"Naming restricts. Once restricted, it’s easy to be judged and punished. Identity is more subtle, more liquid, I hope." An interview with Richard Siken, a poet whose work is easy, entertaining even, yet ferocious as all hell. If you're new to Siken, Scheherazade is a short introduction to the man and his style. You Are Jeff is a prose poem in twenty-six short, brutal chapters. Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out is one of his best: "You get magic gloves! A fish that talks! You get eyes like flashlights! / What more do you want? / I make you pancakes, I take you hunting, I talk to you as if you're / really there." He also paints.
posted by Rory Marinich at 4:14 AM PST - 22 comments


In 1987, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu hit the British music scene with a collage of unauthorised samples, beatboxing, and cryptic, political Scottish-accented raps titled "All You Need Is Love". [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 12:45 AM PST - 75 comments

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