September 22, 2018

Listen to the world

An aural experience in which the NY Times explores the soundscape of the earth and its inhabitants.
posted by standardasparagus at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

"And what shall we call the wall, Hadrian?"

If Peter Capaldi had not gotten the Doctor Who gig, the only time travel he would have been known for would be as a tipsy sidekick to a self-proclaimed tight-suited, unfunny fat bastard (previously) in a drunk Time Tunnel parody. Also featuring Jenny Agutter. From The All-New Alexei Sayle Show. Definitely not the best of the web. MLYT. [more inside]
posted by zaixfeep at 6:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Champion of Household Freestyle h-o-r-s-e

No look, behind the back, toothbrush in the cup, no rim. BAM. This kid wins.
posted by not_on_display at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

The mask doesn't come off

September 22nd - Brock Berrigan [SLYT], because everyone needs a break.
posted by Freeze Peach at 5:00 PM PST - 3 comments

“For whatever reason it moves the needle for them. I don’t know why.”

How a small company in Malden created the Greatest TV Commercial Ever Made At this point — if you haven’t done it already — it might be time to watch this thing again. But I’ve already been over it like it’s the Zapruder film. I know that the dogwalker in the background was a happy accident; I know that the lemonade at the end is weirdly clear because the pitcher was full of real ice on a very hot day; I know that Dodd’s shirt-tug at the beginning was ad-libbed. So I’m going to sit this viewing out and I’ll see you in two minutes.
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:17 PM PST - 84 comments

Nobody walks in L.A., but everybody walks the Lijnbaan

Every year on or around 22 September, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society. In support of the idea that going car-free shouldn't just be one day, The Guardian has a series of posts on Walking the City, including life in the Spanish city of Pontevedra that banned cars; an exclusive essay for Guardian Cities: David Sedaris has walked through cities all over the world and the worst, by far, is Bangkok; and Vision Zero: has the drive to eliminate road deaths lost its way? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:07 PM PST - 38 comments

Doin' Time in Times Square

Doin' Time in Times Square, by Charlie Ahearn (and some footage by Jane Dickson, it appears) (0:40). "In 1986, Ahearn — who’d moved to his second-floor loft apartment on the corner of 43rd and Eighth Avenue in 1981 — began filming what he saw out his window. For the next four years, Ahearn aimed his camera down at the unflinching and uncomfortable realism of Times Square NYC."
posted by WCityMike at 1:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Full on its crown, a fig's green branches rise

Murdered man's body found after tree 'unusual for the area' grew from seed in his stomach.
posted by Cash4Lead at 12:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Hayabusa 2 had landed. And is hopping.

The story of an asteroid, one space probe, and two robot rovers. About 200 million miles from Earth the JAXA space probe Hayabusa2 (Japanese language site; English language site; Wikipedia) has landed two tiny rovers on top of a very small asteroid, 162173 Ryugu. The rovers (named 1A and 1B) are now hopping on Ryugu's surface, taking photos, and sending them back to Earth via Hayabusa2 in orbit. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 11:44 AM PST - 14 comments

"Mr. Frees attributes his success to kindly treatment of his models"

One hundred years before e-mail inboxes crowded with pictures of cats adorned with text like “I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?” and “CEILING CAT IS WATCHING YOU,” lolcats (and loldogs and lolrabbits) were already at the height of fancy. The rise of postcards at the turn of the century enabled Pennsylvanian Harry Whittier Frees to build a career out of photographing cute animals donning hats and britches.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

The Elevation Span of Every Country in the World

Distance between the highest and lowest point in each country. [SLVC]
posted by chavenet at 9:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Form Follows Fashion

Greek architect Viktoria Lytra has created a set of images exploring the relationship and interaction between architecture and fashion. FormFollowsFashion investigates the common purpose of architecture fashion, to create shelter for the human body, placing aesthetic as a common factor in novel approaches to the design of clothes and buildings. Lytra’s series features various movements and styles, such as minimalism, deconstructivism, and postmodernism, playing on common geometric characteristics such as folks, pleats, curves, prints, and twists.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

He is not Lance Armstrong. Nor Tom Brady.

Tony Hawk gets recognized a lot, but he also... doesn’t.
posted by Etrigan at 7:22 AM PST - 41 comments

Keep an eye out for the wicked witch

EF-2 tornado rips through Canada's capital. 170,000+ people without power in Ottawa-Gatineau, six people hospitalized. Damaged projected to be worse than the crippling ice storm of 1998.
posted by Mitheral at 6:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Barlow’s shame.

Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal [The Guardian] “A 17th-century sailor’s confession about a rape, of which he became so ashamed that he sought to cover it up for ever, has been exposed by conservation workers who discovered the note hidden under a rewritten version in his journal. The confession went unseen for more than 300 years because the sailor pasted his second account so neatly over the top of the original that scholars missed it.”
posted by Fizz at 5:12 AM PST - 10 comments

The fad that just wouldn’t fade.

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:07 AM PST - 41 comments

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