May 14, 2020

Year of Polygamy - the story of Mormon plural marriage

A podcast series by Lindsay Hansen-Park of Feminist Mormon Housewives that "follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons. [...] Polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women [...]. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, scholars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy." [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 10:18 PM PST - 2 comments

More Like Quarant-SCREAM

In The New York Times, Molly Fitzpatrick reports on some spooky situations: “Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary”
For those who believe they’re locked down with spectral roommates, the pandemic has been less isolating than they bargained for.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

They’ll never finish remodeling The Brady Bunch

In a half-century, The Brady Bunch has evolved from sitcom to cartoon to variety show to drama to parody to reality series, molding and re-molding itself to fit the prevailing styles, tastes, and sensibilities of multiple eras. By Gwen Ihnat for AVClub.
posted by valkane at 7:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Do not imagine the event happening again!

REMAIN INDOORS (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 7:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Shelter In Place is a miniature gallery, measuring 20 by 30 inches

Shelter In Place is a miniature gallery, measuring 20 by 30 inches and exhibiting scaled-down works in a model structure created using foam core, mat board, balsa wood, and plexiglass. Artists can submit works at a 1:12 or one inch to the foot scale, allowing them to create and show even ambitious, seemingly large-scale pieces. Valentina Di Liscia reports for Hyperallergic.
posted by bq at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

so-called "Grand" "Canyon"

Earle E. Spamer, a (now retired) member of the editorial board of the Annals Of Improbable Research, archivist of the American Philosophical Society and longtime researcher in and supporter of The Grand Canyon asks, over a long career: What Grand Canyon?
Is The Grand Canyon A Fake? [PDF], Spamer 2006, AIR 12-2 [PDF], see also Spamer's Other Grand Canyons, ibid.
What Lies Behind The Grand Canyon? (AIR 16-5 [PDF]) [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:37 PM PST - 14 comments

"Take me out with the crowd"

Remember when Red Sox/Fenway Park organist (and librarian!) Josh Kantor bought the White Sox Comiskey Park organ [eta: oops, the organist's organ] and brought it home in 2015? Well now he's stuck at home but he's still doing a Seventh Inning Stretch there, with his wife Reverend Producer Mary. Watch every day on FB at 3 pm EDT.
posted by jessamyn at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

11-year-old Brazilian lands 1080 on standard vert ramp

Shakespeare may have written King Lear while under quarantine, but Gui Khury did even better than the Bard during his coronavirus pandemic school closure, pulling off the first-ever 1080 (three revolutions) on a standard vertical skateboard ramp.
posted by Etrigan at 12:12 PM PST - 29 comments

"…flagrantly disregarding social distancing guidelines"

Because 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, residents in San Jose, Calif., came face to face with about 200 goats wandering through their neighborhood Tuesday evening. The scene, which looked like some bizarre version of the first few minutes of Dawn of the Dead, was captured on video by new local hero Zach Roelands. “This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine,” he wrote in a tweet sharing the footage. We’re not sure that’s completely accurate, but it’s definitely up there on the list.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:41 AM PST - 22 comments


Y'all! Donald Shoup has a WEBSITE! Please enjoy these parkumentaries. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Thrilling vehicular action at 3 mph.

SnowRunner [Game Trailer] “SnowRunner puts you behind the wheel of a huge roster of 40 customizable off-road vehicles from manufacturers like Chevrolet, Caterpillar, Freightliner and more in some of the world’s most untamed, unforgiving environments. [...] Master extreme hazards like snowbanks, ice, rivers and mud — each with their own unique challenges and physics — to get your mission completed as efficiently as possible. Huge variety of mission types await, and you can take on the elements alone or with friends online in fully synchronous four-player co-op multiplayer! Plus, with mod support.” [Available via Epic Games Store, Xbox One and PlayStation 4] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:35 AM PST - 36 comments

I bet she read Ranger Rick as a kid

Meet this super-spotter of duplicated images in science papers.
posted by Literaryhero at 6:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Watch out, here I come!

1985 was a ridiculously strong year for music releases. May 15, 1985 was when Dead Or Alive released their debut album [YT playlist] Youthquake. It wasn't a giant release but it had a giant single and a lot of people bought it. Side A: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) [video], I Wanna Be A Toy, D.J. Hit That Button, In Too Deep [video - dailymotion link], Big Daddy Of The Rhythm [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:43 AM PST - 17 comments

If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.

Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic.
A public historical archive documenting how the extreme new conditions are changing the routines, expectations, and dreams of people from all walks of life, nationalities, communities, genders, and aged groups across the globe. Archives have to be made.
A doctoral student from Colombo, Sri Lanka. A winemaker in Denman, Australia. An ultra-marathoner from Piracicaba, Brazil. A retired special ed. administrator from Normal, IL.
Go ahead and Share your Story.
posted by adamvasco at 5:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Do not go gentle into that good night

The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece Written in 1947, Thomas’s masterpiece was published for the first time in the Italian literary journal Botteghe Oscure in 1951 and soon included in his 1952 poetry collection In Country Sleep, And Other Poems. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 2:52 AM PST - 4 comments

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