June 29, 2019

"The public isn't in danger from the methed out squirrel"

"I don't think he likes that shit." Other gems include the sheriff's quote, "Narcotics investigators arrested one man and are looking for another after they executed a search warrant Monday that yielded meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, and a squirrel." Oh, also its name is "Deeznutz." How do you give a squirrel meth? What is the LDL50 of meth for a squirrel? "Authorities say there is no safe way to test methamphetamine."
posted by phlyingpenguin at 8:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Public Domain Krazy Kat

"This page goes into detail on how I used Machine Learning to find hundreds of Krazy Kat comics that are now in the public domain."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Space Leek by Chen Qiufan

Read a new short story about what food means in space. Each month, Future Tense Fiction—a series of short stories from Future Tense and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives—publishes a story on a theme. The theme for April–June 2019: space settlement. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

It Must Have Been Years

At the end of June 1979, Tubeway Army's Are "Friends" Electric? started its four-week residency at the top of the UK pop charts. Painting a dystopian SF world of broken humans emotionally dependent on androids, it wasn't the first synth-heavy song to get to the top, nor did composer/front man Gary Numan come from the northern cities which had hitherto been the breeding grounds of British machine music. But it was the breakthrough hit that made synth-pop a powerhouse genre, foreshadowing much that was to come. For the twenty-one year old Numan, though, that future would turn out less science fiction, more soap opera. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 2:49 PM PST - 36 comments

I like the way you move that thing

A Thong Day’s Journey Into Night: What Wearing a G-String Taught Me About Feminism
posted by Chrysostom at 2:04 PM PST - 83 comments

getting a furby, cat on a roomba, AR space goth, monkey puppet

Princess Chelsea (previously) is from New Zealand and swings twee like a sledgehammer, making tightly constructed big mood dreamy pop music and wonderfully, variously weird music videos. Wasting Time is high kitcsh pink hair singing into a flower with cows; Growing Older is a creepingly psychedelic home video collage.

Both are off her 2018 album, The Loneliest Girl, but boy howdy is there a lot more goodness from the last decade. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

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Twitter Officially Has Separate Rules for Politicians [Vice]
“In the past, we’ve allowed certain Tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public’s interest, but it wasn’t clear when and how we made those determinations. To fix that, we’re introducing a new notice that will provide additional clarity in these situations, and sharing more on when and why we’ll use it.” the company said in a blog post.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:15 AM PST - 55 comments

Sic transit gloria mundi

Nuntii Latini, the weekly news bulletin in Latin broadcasted by Finnish public radio (YLE), is cancelled – after 30 years.
You can still learn some of the vocabulary used in the program to describe the modern world, with English, German and Finnish translations.
posted by Vesihiisi at 8:06 AM PST - 18 comments

AI powered X-ray glasses

The $50 DeepNude app dispenses with the idea that deepfakes were about anything besides claiming ownership over women’s bodies. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 6:53 AM PST - 99 comments

Your momma's a pleb!

Sharing some screenplay-worthy highlights from her 3 years with a very "extra" student, author and educator Erica Buddington stans a Stan.
posted by drlith at 6:29 AM PST - 14 comments

The Englishman who went up a hill, and also a lot of other stuff

"Wilson was well-known as a perambulator, a peregrinator, and a master of 'leg-ology.'" The engrossing tale of the man who captured a nation's heart by walking.
posted by smoke at 3:13 AM PST - 6 comments

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