March 15, 2016

So much hairspray

Awkward Metal Band Photos [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:27 PM PST - 98 comments

“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

The Mass-Market Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird Is Dead by Alex Shephard [The New Republic] Harper Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the inexpensive paperback edition that was popular with schools. On Monday, February 29, a judge in Monroe County, Alabama sealed Harper Lee’s will from public view. The motion was filed by the Birmingham law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, which was acting on behalf of Tonja Carter, Lee’s lawyer and the executor of her estate. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:02 PM PST - 102 comments

Rule 303

Harry "Breaker" Morant, Lieutenant in the Bushveldt Carbineers, in 1902 was convicted by court-martial of the killing of prisoners in present-day South Africa during the Boer War. He was executed by firing squad and his story was memorialized in the film bearing his name. More than a century later, Australian lawyer Jim Unkles is fighting to clear his name. But should he be pardoned? [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Do we have a source on this? Uh-huh, a bunch of drunken frat boys.

Pranksters troll TV station with fake news tips from The Simpsons
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 3:47 PM PST - 40 comments

What if food had feelings?

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie (SLYT, NSFW)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:39 PM PST - 95 comments

Cook and cook and keep on cooking

Bon appétit! is launching a new Food Channel by marathon streaming all 201 episodes of Julia Child's groundbreaking TV series "The French Chef." [more inside]
posted by dnash at 2:35 PM PST - 24 comments

"I have failed in my quixotic quest to Unsuck DC Metro"

For the first time in its 40-year history (which it celebrates on March 27) apart from hurricanes and snowstorms, the entire 117 miles of the Washington Metro will be shut down for at least 29 hours starting at midnight tonight for inspections. [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 2:20 PM PST - 105 comments

The time is just coming up to...very late indeed.

All 29 episodes of That Mitchell and Webb Sound, the radio precursor to David Mitchell and Robert Webb's celebrated television sketch show. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Podcast Catalog - the IMDB of Podcasts

Podcat allows you to explore podcasts and their episodes. People, production companies and podcasts can be searched and are cross-referenced.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Dr. Shark Bird vs. Rusty Justice

The 2016 Name of the Year bracket is here! Who will succeed 2015 winner Amanda Miranda Panda as the 2016 Name of the Year? (Previously.) Will it be Taco Pope? Oozi Cats? Lt. Sharlene Sprinkle-Huff? The Key & Peele-worthy Shuntayvious Primes-Willes? Could the final match place Dick Tips against Sweet Orefice? Place your bets now! [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 12:48 PM PST - 53 comments

This is not just buying five more years

"Reels of classic films tend to melt into goo; philanthropist David W. Packard won't let that happen" "UCLA was looking for a modest little place to move to, and I got involved and turned it into something monumental," Packard, 75, said during an extended tour of the facility. "It's a labor of love and a labor of craziness. I could have just built an adequate facility, but it didn't cost that much more for it to be something wonderful."
posted by octothorpe at 12:29 PM PST - 26 comments

REM Out of Time and Losing their Religion

"March 12th marks the 25th anniversary of Out of Time’s release, which will be celebrated this fall in the form of a deluxe reissue from the band and Concord Music Group. Pitchfork decided to celebrate in our own way, speaking with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills — as well as friends and collaborators on the album and beyond — to recount Out of Time’s creation and the band’s central shift in the early ‘90s." An Oral History of R.E.M.’s Out of Time
posted by josher71 at 12:19 PM PST - 74 comments

4 short links about a particular thematic structure

32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
22 Short Films About Springfield
10 Short Films About Wakko Warner
Several Thousand Short Films About Glenn Gould [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Wasps AND spiders. You've been warned.

Guy Finds Wasp Nest Full Of Dead Spiders In His Wall, Resists Burning Home To The Ground (SLDistractify, via)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:11 AM PST - 77 comments

Hearings, Magistrates, Chauffeurs

With trepidation, Weßel ordered a scan, which showed a typed carbon copy, with corrections in Koestler’s handwriting. The date on the title page, March 1940, was the date on which Koestler is known to have finished the novel. There was no doubt. Weßel had stumbled across a copy of the German manuscript of Koestler’s masterpiece. The implications of Weßel’s discovery are considerable, for Darkness at Noon is that rare specimen, a book known to the world only in translation. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Dave, The Bracket

There are more than 100 Daves or Davids in the world! Here are 64 of them.
Narrow down this bracket to the best Dave, hit Submit, and find out how right you are. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM PST - 101 comments

Jay and Miles and Chris X-Plain the X-Men

Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men (previously) has hit its 100th episode and has a very special guest star... Chris Claremont.
posted by Artw at 9:16 AM PST - 31 comments

Sequences, mostly of eighteen things

The music video for “Taken”, from Ana Meredith’s Varmints (Lyrics) [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

The history of the Novaya Zemlya effect, a polar mirage

In 1596, Willem Barentsz and his crew went searching for the Northeast passage for a third time. It did not go well, and the crew was forced to spend a winter on Novaya Zemlya. On November 3 they saw the sun go down, and did not expect to see it again until February 8. However on January 24, 1597, three of the crew caught a glimpse of the sun. Three days later, Barents himself saw the sun, "in its full roundness, just free of the horizon." They had witnessed what would be know as the the Novaya Zemlya effect (YouTube of such an event; PDF with history and details). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face

What is to stop someone, who has access to a 3D printer, from making their own orthodontic aligners? "So what does one need to do this themselves? Knowledge of orthodontic movement, a 3D scanner, a mold of the teeth, CAD software, a hi-res 3D printer, retainer material, and a vacuum forming machine. "
posted by xingcat at 7:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Scuttling the ghost ship

Viking, the last boat of the "Bandit 6", has been captured and scuttled by the Indonesian authorities. [more inside]
posted by clockworkwasp at 6:29 AM PST - 10 comments

What Do The Sex Pistols And Doctor Who Have In Common?

March 1985, England. The long-running BBC TV show "Doctor Who" was seemingly at its nadir* of its then 22-year history. The end of February saw the shock announcement that the sci-fi/fantasy show would be "axed," though in reality, it was about to be placed on an 18-month hiatus. [more inside]
posted by stannate at 5:59 AM PST - 31 comments

Mountains of Books

New Snowcapped Mountains and Swirling Vortexes Excavated from Vintage Books by Guy Laramée. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 4:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Election 2016: Rubio and Kasich's last stand

The 2016 Apocalypse Presidential Election continues: Five states vote in primaries on Tuesday, March 15th. Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump will undoubtedly gain some delegates, while the other two will likely face their last stands: Marco Rubio in Florida, and John Kasich in Ohio. Candidates are taking desperate measures, like recommending each other, to stop Trump, while violence escalates at Trump events. Meanwhile, the Democratic race has tightened between frontrunner Hillary Clinton and her opponent Bernard Sanders as they prepare to split almost 800 delegates Tuesday... [more inside]
posted by mmoncur at 3:55 AM PST - 4500 comments

Man Alive! How did I ever get along with five?!

It looks like a finger, but it does all this! [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:43 AM PST - 17 comments

what to expect when you're expecting to go to jail

Alex Cavendish is an ex-prisoner who blogs about all aspects of UK prison life. Whether you want to prepare yourself mentally, are wondering what to pack, worried about weight gain, or need tips on cooking dinner in your cell, Alex has (incredibly detailed) answers to your questions. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 2:22 AM PST - 16 comments

perfect lattes and avocado toast

Walk into a tasteful design store, carefully curated fashion boutique, or immaculate Airbnb loft anywhere in the world, and you're likely to find [Kinfolk]'s pristine pages laying in wait, the way bibles nestle in hotel drawers to comfort sinners. All the ideals that now make the publication so instantly recognizable were already present in Nathan's fairy-tale proposal: close friends, home-cooked meals, and a nostalgia for a simpler way of life. [...] Yet for all its ubiquity, the magazine retains a central air of mystery.
posted by divabat at 1:00 AM PST - 90 comments

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