July 10, 2012

Unintended air conditioned consequences

As the world gets warmer from global warming more people use air conditioning which increases Co2 emissions which increases the warmth of the world which causes more people to use AC... this positive feedback loop turns out to be non-trivial. Cooling a Warming Planet: A Global Air Conditioning Surge. Some facts about air conditioning and the environment, by Stan Cox. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 11:13 PM PST - 114 comments

"inspiration porn" annoys disabled people

We're not here for your inspiration says Stella Young on the ABC's "Ramp Up" disability gateway.
Pictures of people with disabilities going about our everyday lives posted on facebook and twitter as "inspiration porn" shame and objectify those of us they pretend to represent.
posted by wilful at 10:37 PM PST - 50 comments

Metropolis Program

March 21, 1927, Marble Arch Pavilion, London. Fritz Lang's Metropolis receives its British premiere, and the audience was handed programs on their way into the auditorium. Today, only three copies are known to survive. Fortunately for us, the entire program is available to read online.
posted by hippybear at 9:44 PM PST - 11 comments

You're addicted to what?

Challenging the myth of sex addiction [more inside]
posted by latkes at 9:28 PM PST - 59 comments

Sean Penn

22 Reasons Why Design Was More Awesome In The '80s (SLBF)
posted by cmoj at 8:26 PM PST - 100 comments

wouldn't it be funny if

After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…”
Daniel Tosh has more or less apologized after a Tumblr user posted a friend's experience at one of his recent shows. But the controversy has now somehow drawn in Louis C.K., who posted an apparent message of support for Tosh on Twitter the same week a date-rape-themed episode of Louie aired on FX. C.K. has also broached heckling on Louie [NSFW], and had previously defended Tracy Morgan in a similarly charged situation. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 8:22 PM PST - 885 comments

Could the SHIELD Hellicarrier actually fly?

Could the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Avengers movie actually fly? Last link does the math and has homework.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:50 PM PST - 58 comments

"Man is made for something better than distributing dirt."

"It's the 21ist century--why are we working so much?" In which Owen Hatherley exhumes the humiliated, expired idea that the reduction of work is a worthwhile goal. "If there's one thing practically all futurologists once agreed on, it's that in the 21st century there would be a lot less work. What would they have thought, if they had known that in 2012, the 9-5 working day had in the UK become something more like 7am to 7pm? They would surely have looked around and seen technology take over in many professions which previously needed heavy manpower, they would have looked at the increase in automation and mass production, and wondered – why are they spending 12 hours a day on menial tasks?" [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 5:28 PM PST - 106 comments

Choose your own choose your own adventure

Inklewriter allows you to create and share branching, interactive stories online; complete with a light smattering of conditionals, counters and other tools to keep it interesting.
posted by Sparx at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Florence Williams - Breasts: A Natural & Unnatural History

Your Breasts Are Trying To Kill You: Slate reviews Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence WIlliams (an edited excerpt from the book re: breast milk in The Guardian - includes breastfeeding photo). NPR interview with Williams (41 min. audio and text highlights); a brief interview with Williams in The Star and a long interview in Maclean's. A recent piece by Williams in Slate: A new set of reports shows that federal policy on chemicals testing neglects breast health. Subject found via a post on IBTP discussing the ban, and then partial retraction of that ban, on allowing breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks to swim topless at a Seattle public pool - includes topless photo. Some may consider the photos noted NSFW.
posted by flex at 4:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Les Horrible Cernettes

The First Photo on the Web: A story of crossdressing, particle physics, humorous science-based novelty songs, and terrible photoshop.
posted by The Whelk at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

'where clear-cuts mark the edges of some of North America’s last wild places'

THE VANISHING: 'In the stunning and remote wilderness along northern British Columbia’s Highway 16, at least 18 women—by some estimates, many more—have gone missing over the past four decades. After years of investigation, authorities still don’t know if it’s the work of a serial killer or multiple offenders. BOB FRIEL drives into the darkness for answers.' [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Designated Protest Space

Guerrilla art group hacks dozens of Astral info pillars. The city's new, redesigned info pillars that have been rapidly popping up around Toronto have made plenty of enemies: road users claim the large, flat sides block sight lines, pedestrians say their positioning blocks sidewalks, and many others are concerned about the large amount of space given over to advertisers. A team of artists, cARTographyTO, hacked into roughly 35 of the signs' ad spaces over the weekend and installed maps, artwork and other visual displays.
posted by netbros at 1:43 PM PST - 50 comments

Call Your Girlfriend, Tell Her You Need More Margarine Containers.

Call Your Girlfriend done by Lennon (age 12) and Maisy (age 8). A cappella with margarine container accompaniment.
posted by sonika at 12:07 PM PST - 115 comments

SSL vs. The Universe.

SSL vs. The Universe A few concessions were made in the creation and visualization of these materials. The Big Bang shown is simply an artistic interpretation of the event. Most experts agree that there was no giant “explosion” at the start of time. The math.
posted by OmieWise at 11:51 AM PST - 47 comments

Lance Armstrong: Victim?

Lance Armstrong: Victim? The embattled cyclist says USADA is out to get him—using powers that it really shouldn’t have. Brian Alexander says he’s right.
posted by fixedgear at 11:39 AM PST - 123 comments

Grandma's Sitting in the Corner With a Penis in Her Hand Going "No, No, No, No, No"

Dennis Flemion, founding member of the band The Frogs, has reportedly drowned. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 10:14 AM PST - 33 comments

ESPN Body Issue 2012

ESPN: The Body Issue 2012 (nsfw)
posted by Cloud King at 10:07 AM PST - 131 comments

I find myself reading more just so I can use all of my handmade bookmarks!

If Websites Were People: Etsy. Tumblr. Fox News. Jezebel. Gawker. WebMD. Groupon. (MLYT)
posted by DarlingBri at 9:31 AM PST - 219 comments

You have cookie... So share it maybe?

Cookie Monster is going crazy. So share your cookie maybe? SLYT
posted by Uncle at 9:23 AM PST - 49 comments

Ford Fiesta Flips Donuts in SF

DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco -- Or what happens when a drifting master gets free reign over SF streets. I have been wondering who put those donut-shaped tread marks on the Bay Bridge. Previously... Previouslier... Previousliest
posted by cman at 8:23 AM PST - 69 comments

US Rail meets the 21st century

It's been a big week for high speed rail proponents and infrastructure hawks. This week, the California Legislature approved startup funds for the $68 billion high-speed line linking San Diego to San Francisco and Sacramento and points in between. Today, Amtrak unvelied its $151 billion plan (PDF) for the Northeast Corridor. Both will take decades to complete. Detractors worry about exploding costs and operating losses, while supporters stress jobs, mobility, and international competitiveness. Europe and Japan have lapped us a few times over. However, those who want to do this quickly and cheaply might want to take a lesson from once-ambitious China.
posted by moammargaret at 8:06 AM PST - 245 comments

Et un vin beaucoup pour l'humanité

Un Petit plat pour l’Homme (A Small Dish For Man) is a cute animated short by Corentin Charron which looks at dining in space. [via]
posted by quin at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Clam Eating Salt On Table

Clam Eating Salt On Table [YouTube]
posted by Burhanistan at 6:47 AM PST - 149 comments

MASS HYSTERIA

"About six weeks ago at a zoo in Sochi, Russia, an Amur tiger - one of the rarest tigers on the planet - gave birth to a pair of cubs. The zoo, of course, was thrilled, but its joy soon faded - the mother wouldn't feed her babies. Fortunately, the zoo found a woman, Yekaterina Khodakova, whose Shar Pei Cleopatra had recently had a litter of puppies. Cleopatra immediately accepted the tiger cubs as her own, and began nursing them. Now the Amur cubs, dubbed Clyopa and Plyusha, think they're dogs."
posted by davidjmcgee at 5:52 AM PST - 116 comments

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?
posted by markdj at 5:32 AM PST - 110 comments

Games, short and sweet.

When was the last time you finished a video game? The case for movie-length, narrative video games. [more inside]
posted by 23 at 5:15 AM PST - 96 comments

Dorks vs. Jets

David and the Dorks (aka Jerry and the Jets) played one rehearsal, 4 sets at the Matrix nightclub in San Francisco (Dec. 15, 16, 17 and 20, 1970), and one show at Pepperland in San Rafael on Dec. 21. Lineup: David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart (or was it Bill Kreutzmann? Or both?). Setlists. Shows. Analysis. Songs inside. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 12:10 AM PST - 14 comments

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