May 22, 2016

WHY'D THEY MAKE THEM INTO SQUARES

As far as I can tell, Da mother fuckin share z0ne is basically what you get when you add a lot of skulls and pretty rad, metal-ass fonts to Laughapalooza.
posted by cortex at 10:57 PM PST - 28 comments

These shots lived, died, and live again!

A comparison between Mad Max: Fury Road and the earlier trilogy [SLVimeo]
posted by coolname at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments

These earbuds are like Instagram filters for sound

What if you could cut out the noise in your life? No more crying babies on planes. No city sirens. No rude people on cellphones in the subway. Silicon Valley startup Doppler Labs has created earbuds that will let you filter out some of the more migraine-inducing sounds in your life.
posted by neworder7 at 9:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Olivia de Havilland: still alive and in Vanity Fair

“I loved her so much as a child,” Olivia says wistfully. Ever the lady, she has steadfastly refused to discuss her sister or their relationship since the 1950s. Not so Joan. In a 1978 interview with People—a forceful blast of sua culpa meant to publicize No Bed of Roses—Joan flatly contradicted Olivia’s recollection of sibling tenderness, saying, “I regret that I remember not one act of kindness from Olivia all through my childhood.”--Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry in Hollywood
posted by MoonOrb at 9:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Blue flash

The demonstration began on the afternoon of May 21, 1946, at a secret laboratory tucked into a canyon some three miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atom bomb. Louis Slotin, a Canadian physicist, was showing his colleagues how to bring the exposed core of a nuclear weapon nearly to the point of criticality, a tricky operation known as “tickling the dragon’s tail.” - The Demon Core and the Strange Death of Louis Slotin
posted by Artw at 5:28 PM PST - 53 comments

Learning Chess at 40

What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game. Although it scarcely occurred to me at the time, my daughter and I were embarking on a sort of cognitive experiment. We were two novices, attempting to learn a new skill, essentially beginning from the same point but separated by some four decades of life. I had been the expert to that point in her life—in knowing what words meant, or how to ride a bike—but now we were on curiously equal footing. Or so I thought. (Tom Vanderbilt, Nautilus)
posted by misterbee at 5:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Children of Heroin Crisis Find Refuge in Grandparents’ Arms

A NYT photo essay: "Not since the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, analysts say, have so many children been at risk because of parental drug addiction."
posted by DarlingBri at 4:09 PM PST - 35 comments

Winner Takes All Morality and the Movies

The Goblin's Dilemma: class soildarity, selfish families, and the working class heros of Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan and Spider-Man By Bud White and Tim Kreider (Spider-Man discussion begins here)
posted by The Whelk at 3:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Apple today for Milk tomorrow

Don't bring your feelings to prison, son... They'll only wind up getting hurt. (SLImgur)

5FrogMargin relates a month spent in the Baldwin Alabama County Jail.
posted by endotoxin at 2:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Juanald's Old-Fashioned Granolarrhea

The tenants at the Burbank Shopping Plaza change frequently. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:47 PM PST - 22 comments

It's getting hot in there.

Newsfilter: India just set a new all-time record high temperature — 123.8 degrees
posted by analogue at 1:38 PM PST - 66 comments

Taking it to a different level

LEGO Pop-up Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle, Japan. According to the creator, he used no adhesives. Several years ago he made a pop-up of the Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji (a previously).
posted by cwest at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Feeding A Billion People

Turpan Yuanyang Xiapu (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Gothenburg Shuffle

Noel Heath does some very smooth card tricks.
posted by stoneweaver at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Dopesick hooking

This is what it's like to have sex for money when you're sick from heroin withdrawal [Content warning: graphic depictions of sex acts, drug use, and other topics which may be uncomfortable to some readers]
posted by item at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Steve Lichman

Steve Lichman - a comic by Dave Rapoza and Dan Warren about a lich and his friends, hanging out in a dungeon and facing the challenges of life and un-death together.
posted by crocomancer at 11:11 AM PST - 19 comments

A/C: the problem began with paper, but the solution changed the world

The problem began with paper. Humidity wreaked havoc with the color register of fine, multicolor printing. Ink, applied one color at a time, would misalign with the expansion and contraction of the paper stock. A solution was designed in 1902 and patented in 1906 (as an Apparatus for Treating Air), starting the "air conditioning" industry, though it would be decades before air conditioning changed the American landscape and beyond, making hot, muggy climates more livable around the world. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:17 AM PST - 95 comments

How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

Long before Edward Snowden went public, John Crane was a top Pentagon official fighting to protect NSA whistleblowers. Instead their lives were ruined – and so was his. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 10:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Twenty-something

Sometimes a music video completely recontextualizes the song. Pet Shop Boys' most recent single Twenty-something is one thing when you just hear the song, but the video makes it something else entirely.
posted by hippybear at 9:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Elderly BASIC programmer yells at moon debris

Bill Gates blogs his reading list at gatesnotes.com -- usually just a quick summary of what he found interesting. For Seveneves, he and author Neal Stephenson went for burgers and recorded their (admittedly brief) conversation in VR and in-browser 360 video. (Gatesnotes previously and previously)
posted by postcommunism at 8:50 AM PST - 36 comments

We are obsessed with you.

Miranda July (previously), Paul Ford (MeFi's own; previously) and Starlee Kine (previously) team up for a presentation with a twist at Rhizome's Seven on Seven 2016. (Spoilers below.) [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:42 AM PST - 10 comments

A Rock Solid Ethos

The Babson Boulders of Dogtown were one man's endeavor to leave a mark... by carving brief mottos in the large boulders in a vacant field he owned.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:29 AM PST - 25 comments

“Questa piedra maladetta — this cursed rock”

The remote south Atlantic island of St. Helena has largely lived apart from the world. For decades travel to the tiny (roughly 10 x 5 miles) island and British territory of 4000 has been entirely dependent upon a monthly visit from the Royal Mail Ship - a week-long voyage from Cape Town that has kept the island on the margins of the global travel market. You have to be a very determined traveller to see where Napoleon died and have a visit with a the oldest living land animal - a 184 year old giant tortoise named Jonathan. That is until last week when the first commerical airplane flight landed at the island's brand new airport. After five years of construction, hundreds of millions of pounds, and 450,000 truckloads of dirt and rock, Saint Helena Airport (airport code: HLE) is open for business, but how will St. Helena (now branded "The Secret Of The South Atlantic") adjust to the end of its isolation? Will the island's culture itself survive? [more inside]
posted by quartzcity at 1:58 AM PST - 31 comments

@chevalier_cygne comes into her own

Ukip councillor attempts to blast BBC for 'historical inaccuracy', gets destroyed by actual historian [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:13 AM PST - 32 comments

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