September 16, 2015

Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the "British Road Sign Project" to standardize the 'chaotic and confusing' signage that existed on British motorways*, London's Design Museum and the Made North Gallery recruited leading artists and designers to transform the familiar circle, triangle and square signs... in ways that are often anything BUT standardized, but sometimes eerily familiar.
*resulting in many designs that are now considered standard well beyond the British Isles
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:43 PM PST - 7 comments

American Experience

Walt Disney - "An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers -- Walt Disney."
posted by kliuless at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

The vices of the clergy are far less dangerous than their virtues.

The Best of Scribblers - an appreciation of Edward Gibbon and The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Crane Collapses into Grand Mosque, Killing 107

This year’s hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca that is required for all Muslims to make once in their lives if they are able) will probably begin next week, but a pall was cast over the event when a crane collapsed into the Grand Mosque, killing 107 and injuring hundreds more. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 12:58 PM PST - 57 comments

Key Appeal

In 1824's Musical Biography, John R. Parker systematically describes the "complexions" and personalities of the major and minor keys. (For example, C major is well suited to the expression of war and enterprize,while C minor is complaining, having something of the whining cant of B. minor. A-flat major is the most lovely of the tribe, and B flat's the least interesting of any...too dull for song.) [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:28 PM PST - 51 comments

This is our collective shocked face.

Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago
posted by cmoj at 12:19 PM PST - 46 comments

giant jerk whale ruins pleasant boat outing

Humpback Whale Leaps Out Of Water, Onto Kayakers [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:07 PM PST - 107 comments

We'll chase them like rats across the tundra

Here's Hunter S. Thompson in the 80s, a post on Rants, Ravings, Gibberish & Jabs. And here's an encode of a rare VHS video of Dr. Thompson at this time in his life, "The Crazy Never Die." (31m, NSFW for a little full nudity.) And here's video of a commercial for Dr. Thompson writing for the San Francisco Examiner.
posted by JHarris at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Where Skateboarders and Wheelchair Users Have Common Ground

Sara Hendren talks at the Eyeo Festival about how she, as an artist, came to work at an engineering college. Hendren teaches at Olin College in Needham, MA and runs the site Abler, a site about "art, adaptive technologies and prosthetics, the future of human bodies in the built environment, and related ideas." Hendren's talk name-checks the artist Claire Pentecost, who has elaborated idea of the artist as "public amateur": the learner who is motivated by love or by personal attachment, and in this case, who consents to learn in public so that the very conditions of knowledge production can be interrogated. [via Text Patterns]
posted by Cash4Lead at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

ISIS, ISIL, Daesh

The Mystery of ISIS
The problem, however, lies not in chronicling the successes of the movement, but in explaining how something so improbable became possible. The explanations so often given for its rise—the anger of Sunni communities, the logistical support provided by other states and groups, the movement’s social media campaigns, its leadership, its tactics, its governance, its revenue streams, and its ability to attract tens of thousands of foreign fighters—fall far short of a convincing theory of the movement’s success.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:31 AM PST - 63 comments

GOP 2016 Presidential Debates: one down, 16 to go

The GOP 2016 presidential candidates will again be split into two sessions for tonight's debates on CNN, but the pool is getting smaller, as Rick Perry suspended his campaign, bowing out before being in the second-tier debates for a second time, and former Virgina governor Jim Gilmore, with a hair above 0% nationally, will participate ... via Twitter*. But the biggest news on the main stage is the inclusion of Carly Fiorina, thanks to her rise in the few polls since the Fox debate (previously). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:21 AM PST - 872 comments

"Where a penguin can get ashore, so, in theory, can a kayaker"

Wild Connections: A Journey Beyond the Kayak In Antarctica
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Bitcoin for Banks

Nine of world's biggest banks join to form blockchain partnership.
"We held several roundtables...to deeply consider what the possible implications of the blockchain were, and what it could possibly do to save money, and time, and to create a better paradigm for the world of Wall Street and finance," Rutter told Reuters on Tuesday. Those that have signed up to the initiative so far are JP Morgan, State Street, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, BBVA and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
posted by clawsoon at 8:39 AM PST - 70 comments

Batman Deja Vu

Comic artist Sal Amendola describes the complicated editorial process behind creating one of the most respected Batman stories ever.
posted by sardonyx at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

A fascinating journey of architectural obsession

Likely the largest collection of Soviet Bus Stops ever assembled.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Because we're young and we're reckless; Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Famed Shakespearean actor Sir Patrick Stewart recently appeared on NPR to perform a dramatic rendition of T. A. Swift's classic work, Blank Space.
posted by schmod at 7:26 AM PST - 19 comments

"This guy has his credit stolen from him in front of his eyes."

An Interview with an identity thief. Bloomberg news profiles Dmitry Naskovets, member of a ring of thieves who help steal millions in fradulent credit card transactions.
posted by Diablevert at 6:59 AM PST - 38 comments

Manfried the Man

Manfried the Man is the new comic by Caitlin Major about the absolutely adorable hijinks of Manfried, who entertains his owner Steve, a middle-aged single cat. "Manfried is a grumpy, lazy, balding, overfed pet man. He is prone to inappropriate displays of affection, sleeping in the sun, leaving his coarse body hair all over the couch, and willfully knocking things off tables and benches. He keeps Steve company though, and occasionally will kill a mouse or spider to save Steve." Also appearing so far is Roger, the pet man belonging to Steve's neighbor Chelsea.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:42 AM PST - 22 comments

How do 21 puppies beat the heat?

By playing in a sprinkler, of course, while listening to Tchaikovsky. [SLYT]
posted by lharmon at 6:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Losing the language of love

Every relationship brings with it a private language built on shared memories and experiences. Maybe it's a joke shared on a date, maybe a saying or misspoken phrase that privately comes to represent so much more. Following the death of her husband, publicist/copywriter and blogger Virge Randall writes about life after losing the shared language of love.
posted by garius at 5:21 AM PST - 56 comments

The Future of Food

A short series from the Guardian.
What we eat
How we eat it
How we grow it
How we cook it
How we share it

posted by ellieBOA at 3:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What we've got here is a fairly large live oak....

TREE JOB FROM HELL! Massive 30-50 ton live oak fall balanced on a chimney removed with naught but slings and a bucket truck and chainsaws. (slyt, 30:23, not safe for home owners)
posted by loquacious at 1:50 AM PST - 39 comments

Amazing Grace, Unprecedented Court Action

Perhaps you're familiar with Amazing Grace, the biggest selling gospel album of all time and most certainly the biggest selling album of Aretha Franklin's career. What you may not know is that Sidney Pollack filmed a documentary during the recording of that album. It was never completed due to analog technical issues, but 43 years later, in our modern digital age, those have been overcome and it's about to hit the festival circuit. But hold on! Literally moments before it was due to make its world premiere at Telluride, Franklin got an unprecedented court injunction to stop the movie from being shown. And the film has also been pulled from Toronto's film festival. Franklin filed an amended lawsuit yesterday to prevent any screenings, specifically citing any seeking to find a distributor.
posted by hippybear at 1:22 AM PST - 41 comments

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