August 13, 2016

Louisiana Drowning

A 500-year rainstorm is currently underway in Louisiana with record flooding and daring rescues of life. [more inside]
posted by guiseroom at 11:20 PM PST - 74 comments

Most popular assassination target: Fidel Castro

How many ways have his enemies tried to kill Fidel? A whole bunch.
posted by dfm500 at 8:53 PM PST - 21 comments


Jason M. Yu analyzes music from Cave Story, Undertale (Part 1, Part 2), and Chrono Trigger at a friendly, hand-holding pace. (Major spoilers for Undertale!) [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 7:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Rat Poison and Brandy: The 1904 St. Louis Marathon

In the newest episode of Pretty Good, Jon Bois talks about the worst Olympic marathon of all time. [slyt], Jon Bois Previously
posted by brecc at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

To honnold is to face fear, literally.

Rock climber Alex Honnold (previously), the most famous and daring free solo climber in the history of the sport, undergoes an MRI to see whether he even has an amygdala. Spoiler: yes, but with caveats.
posted by Rush-That-Speaks at 1:46 PM PST - 46 comments

Indian government blacks out internet in Kashmir

Kashmir, where over 50 civilian protesters have been killed in recent days and where the Indian government has imposed a physical curfew in places to prevent more protests, has also been subjected to a total "e-curfew": both mobile and broadband internet have been shut down by the Indian government, the former for over a month now (link, link, link). [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup at 11:59 AM PST - 14 comments

A look at Hindu Nationalism under Modi

The New Face of India Is the Anti-Gandhi - "The violence, insecurity, and rage of Narendra Modi." (via)
posted by kliuless at 11:42 AM PST - 24 comments

"Does Dolly Parton win?" Hogan asks. "Always," I answer.

My Virtual Brunch With Dolly Parton is an autobiographical essay by Heather Hogan of Autostraddle about growing up as a gay, southern Dolly Parton obsessive. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 11:25 AM PST - 24 comments

when the chips are down

Steve Blank has been writing an occasional series: The Secret History of Silicon Valley, on Uncle Sam's most successful startup. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker (August 24, 1934 – August 13, 2016)

After a long illness and declining health actor Kenny Baker has passed away today. He was active in film making for over 50 years and will be best remembered for his portral of droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars series.
posted by samworm at 10:39 AM PST - 68 comments

Screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo

Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge recreates David Bowie's make-up from the final Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars concert at the London Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. [more inside]
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

What if they had colors back then?

This nifty app colorizes black and white photos. Background.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Only shooting stars break the mold

I am Star Man! This is my latest audio transmission, pairing Tori Amos' 'Winter' with Smash Mouth's 'All Star'! God help us all. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 7:25 AM PST - 37 comments

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