October 17, 2015

They're great!

A series of dark commercials (purportedly) for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes have appeared on Youtube as part of a "Tony is Back" campaign. Kellogg's is not amused.
posted by adamrice at 9:29 PM PST - 86 comments

An Oral History of Langtang Valley

An Oral History of Langtang, the Valley Destroyed by the Nepal Earthquake "You've seen the images from Everest Base Camp and Kathmandu, but one village was hit so hard that it ceased to exist altogether. Half the population was buried. The others had to find a way out. This is their story. "
posted by primalux at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Playing with Barbies has rarely been about fashion

A new ad for Barbie tries to get away from the stereotypes (via kveller)
posted by jb at 7:09 PM PST - 60 comments

"I'm taking comfort in the ghosts of my past lives"

Exoho - Past Lives [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

The Gollop Chamber

The making of X-Com, Julian Gollop's squad based tactical game. Many subsequent games have taken the XCOM name, often of dubious qaulity, to the point when an XCOM FPS almost had Gollop crowdsourcing his own remake. Fortunately Firaxis did a "very very good" job with it's XCOM: Enemy Unknown" , though Gollop would have done a few things differently. A sequel, XCOM 2, is on the way, and will show "what happens when you lose Enemy Unknown. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 5:10 PM PST - 57 comments

Choose Something Like a Star: The Return of Celestial Navigation

"[S]atellites and GPS are vulnerable to cyber attack. The tools of yesteryear—sextants, nautical almanacs, volumes of tables—are not. With that in mind, the [U.S. Naval] academy is reinstating celestial navigation into its curriculum." A navigation expert speaks about the importance of a lower-tech approach. Want more? Celestial navigation in the classroom. Build your own sextant!
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:52 PM PST - 34 comments

What happens when someone dies alone

The Lonely Death of George Bell (slnyt) Incredibly well-researched, in-depth article on all the people affected by the death of a random man late last year, from the city workers charged with disposing of him and his things, to the people who knew him. Surprisingly moving, it is full of small uplifting moments.
posted by maggiemaggie at 3:21 PM PST - 51 comments

“We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans.”

The Us and Them Podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting is dedicated to exploring America’s cultural divides. It was partly driven by host Trey Kay’s friendship with Alice Moore (episode one), a major player in the 1974 West Virginia Textbook War that tore up the state in Trey's high-school years. (Episode two, which won a Peabody when originally aired on Studio 360.)
Alice made a reappearance in the podcast during the recent prolonged defeat of the Confederate Flag (episode nine). She also got a brief mention in episode ten, in which American foreign correspondents of color Roopa Gogineni and Mike Onyiego visited Louisiana to report on the flag war.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Can men have it all? (STL)

Table turning Twitter account illustrating the absurdity of women having it all.
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 1:35 PM PST - 75 comments

Apparition, by Stealing Sheep

The new song and video by the psychedelic pop band from Liverpool is on Vimeo and YouTube. A discussion of the video, with screenshots and storyboards. The Stealing Sheep website and twitter; also, wikipedia. More on the video: Nowscopitone, Guardian, folkradiouk, Frontview. The video credits.
posted by Wordshore at 12:22 PM PST - 19 comments

The Confessions of @dick_nixon

“I understood that Nixon couldn't be frozen in the world of the tapes — he belonged ‘in the arena.’ And that made him a natural for Twitter.” Justin Sherin analyzes how and why he imitates Richard Nixon on Twitter as @dick_nixon.
posted by Rangi at 11:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Promoting a new season? Get Your Analog Socia Media On

A new season of Going Deep With David Rees begins next month. To help promote the show, Rees will eschew social media, taking his campaign on the road. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

"Wasn't I hiding something, too?"

"Mom Commercial", featuring Cole Escola.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 9:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Sure, it's a massive time suck, but think of the savings!

A few days ago, a reddit user posted a thought-experiment about living in Las Vegas and working in San Francisco, commuting four days a week by airplane. Their back-of-the-envelope calculations have them saving about $1100/month. The posting was picked up by CityLab, and is leading to some interesting discussions. [more inside]
posted by math at 8:41 AM PST - 167 comments

2015 Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Contest Winners

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posted by lemuring at 6:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Mars with guitars

An outer space trip. Strum.
posted by Mblue at 4:07 AM PST - 6 comments

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