November 8, 2017

Moving ahead. Touching hearts.

Morioka Seiko Instruments is located in the northern industrial city of Morioka, about three-and-a-half hours from Tokyo by high-speed train. This is where Seiko's high-end mechanical watches are born – where a single watchmaker puts together each Credor Caliber 68, where a 40-year Seiko veteran assembles high-end movements, and where the widely revered Grand Seiko takes shapeA visit to Seiko Japan
posted by timshel at 11:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Reblogging Audre Lorde

Discovering theory one sound bite at a time.
posted by koavf at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

We hope you’ll be happy

An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. [h/t Miss Cellania] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:22 PM PST - 17 comments

It's not robots this time

"In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance."
posted by exceptinsects at 9:11 PM PST - 57 comments

“It looks like something out of science fiction”

What Happens If China Makes First Contact? "As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose."
posted by homunculus at 7:42 PM PST - 56 comments

Wanda the Movie and the True Crime that Inspired It

Barbara Loden, director of "Wanda," has her own interesting backstory. The movie is a cult favorite for its uncompromising approach and horrific story. And it's all based on a true story: William & Alma. The first link is specifically about the film. The true crime link has a lot of info on Loden's life and some analysis of her and her film by a French writer. But then it becomes an account of the horrific crime that inspired the film and especially about the relationship between the male and female criminals.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe They'll Give You an Invisibility Cloak for Your Smartphone

Mobile game developer Niantic has conjured up another massively popular franchise to turn into a location-aware mobile game, announcing that they are working on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

However, both their existing games, Pokemon GO and Ingress, have been troubled by cheaters and stalkers who use sophisticated automated tools to gain advantage over legitimate players. Niantic has stated that they will take action to enforce their Terms of Service but will this be enough to mitigate the privacy risks?
posted by radwolf76 at 7:20 PM PST - 40 comments

“It’s a spectacular find.”

A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.” From an archaeological dig in the Pylos region of Greece, a find in a Bronze Age grave : "the tomb has revealed its most valuable secret, and intricately carved sealstone that researchers are calling “one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered.”
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 2:38 PM PST - 50 comments

The spectacle does not sing of men and their arms

The Situationist International Online at The Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech. Worth it for the astonishingly packed chronology - did these people never sleep?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Pants for the end of the world

The Radical Vision Behind One Company’s Unstoppable Pants - "Outlier started nearly a decade ago making pants to bike to work in. Now they’re making weirder, exaggerated, occasionally dystopian gear, too. What happens when a company that makes pants for the future finds itself living in a darkest-timeline present?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:37 PM PST - 72 comments


Peggy is troubled by an ominous dream. Hank makes his dreams come true. Bobby gets ready for his baseball game. Hank meets his neighbors and chats with a machine. Hank catches Bobby smoking and reacts. Edited by Aliantos.
posted by Fizz at 11:43 AM PST - 20 comments

State of the Space Gay

Thor: Ragnarok Is Quietly the Queerest Superhero Movie Yet versus Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie Shows How Far We've Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
posted by Artw at 11:16 AM PST - 42 comments

It starts with one harmonium I don't know why

Gordi's cover of Linkin Park's In the End gives me the frisson.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Outside the Manson Pinkberry

Manson Bloggers and the World of Murder Fandom (Rachel Monroe, in The Believer). Longreads: "Monroe’s piece isn’t just about the Manson Family or those who still obsess about him; it’s about whether we ever truly escape ourselves. Do we carry pieces of our younger selves with us, even as we grow and change?"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Cokers vs. Goshworth is a Barn-Burner

We've had Robo-Rosewater. We've had Robo-Romance (of the Harlequin variety). Most recently, we've even had Robo-Slashdot. But only now have we reached the glory days of what AI can bring us, with the Recurrently Generated English Football League.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Continuing problems with the Internet of Things and cloud requirements

In the ongoing tradition of cloud required devices being killed by their creators, Logitech will be bricking the Logitech Harmony Link in March of 2018. [more inside]
posted by sotonohito at 9:22 AM PST - 58 comments

Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while

The Unforgiving Minute | We have built entire lives, families, and communities around the absence of this conversation. And yet here we are, having it anyway. So let’s deal with some common queries, the very first of which is: how do we handle what we know now about how women have been treated for so long? (Laurie Penny on Longreads)
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:11 AM PST - 53 comments

Explore Wealth and Income Inequality around the world

The World Wealth and Income Database "aims to provide open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries."
posted by amitai at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Nobody took your eye, Polyphemus...

Frank has done it again. Check out the incredible wooden eye Frank Howarth created recently. [more inside]
posted by RhysPenbras at 7:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Let’s remind ourselves of the catalogue of chaos.

There was much discussion, in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election win a year ago this week, of the risk of normalisation ... that a climate of authoritarian nationalism could gradually take hold – and that everyone would simply accept it... I’ve worried about a similar escalation here – but now I think I was worrying about the wrong thing. It’s not authoritarian nationalism that the May government has successfully normalised. It’s total fucking incompetence.
John Elledge in the New Statesman
posted by Grangousier at 6:15 AM PST - 168 comments

The Fingerprint Factory

During World War II the FBI expanded its fingerprint records dramatically. The records were kept on cards in index cabinets in an 80,000 square foot facility in the National Guard Armory in Washington D.C. [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:32 AM PST - 19 comments

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