November 20, 2019

Koalas and quolls and Bear—oh my!

An obsessive-compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires. Bear, a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

I Just Want to Ride

Lael Wilcox and the 2019 Tour Divide [SLYT, 38min] [more inside]
posted by god hates math at 8:15 PM PST - 6 comments

November 20, 2019 -- the year the future became the past

Today is the day of the events in Blade Runner, according to this Blade Runner fan site. [Scroll down] But we've lost a lot of other futures to the past, too!. ‘Blade Runner’ and 11 Other Sci-Fi Films Set in a Future That’s Already in the Past (The Wrap) has a round-up.
posted by hippybear at 7:22 PM PST - 38 comments

Houston: we have a door latch problem

Early in the shuttle days there was a huge concern about what to do if the doors did not close and latch properly at the end of the mission. The doors had to be open during most of the orbit stay time for cooling and to allow satellite deployments or other objectives. But during re-entry and the atmospheric part of the flight, the doors had to be firmly shut and latched down. If they were to spring open and rip off, the vehicle would become uncontrollable and catastrophe would ensue.
posted by sammyo at 6:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Attention Atlanta: The Fifth Democratic Debate

On November 20, starting at 9 p.m. EST, ten Democratic candidates meet in Atlanta, Georgia, for a debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. The debate will be moderated by Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC; Andrea Mitchell, host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC and NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News' White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post. Watch the debate online at or [more inside]
posted by katra at 5:39 PM PST - 315 comments

"Who couldn’t use an AA battery? You had this one in the junk drawer."

“What to do about deliberately bad gifts?” Captain Awkward tackles the subject matter of deliberate bad gift givers and how to handle them, etiquette-wise. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:23 PM PST - 104 comments

The Iran Cables

In an unprecedented leak from one of the world’s most secretive regimes, an anonymous source provided 700 pages of Iranian intelligence reports to The Intercept, saying they wanted to “let the world know what Iran is doing in my country Iraq.” A detailed account of Iranian intelligence at work in Iraq, fighting ISIS, and more. [more inside]
posted by vibratory manner of working at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Are birds dinosaurs?

Don't believe The Hype (SL YouTube, also on Soundcloud).
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:23 PM PST - 12 comments

I am a sinister surprise masquerading as an average parking lot.

I am a Trader Joe's parking lot and I am here to destroy you (McSweeney's).
posted by vverse23 at 12:56 PM PST - 119 comments

Emoji Storm

Every emoji being used on twitter, in real time
posted by Etrigan at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

New Scientist: Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time

"Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death." [New Scientist] [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:17 AM PST - 52 comments

“Nice guy, good father, loving husband, something about a piano...”

Daniel Mallory Ortberg returns with this year’s instalment of his pop-gothic celeb-horror serial fic People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Emphasis on the alive. This year: underdog John Legend takes on Idris Elba. [previously, previously-er]
posted by sixswitch at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments

“We need this solidarity desperately now.”

“ The threat of antisemitism is not some abstract idea to me. It is very personal. It destroyed a large part of my family. I am not someone who spends a lot of time talking about my personal background because I believe political leaders should focus their attention on a vision and agenda for others, rather than themselves. But I also appreciate that it’s important to talk about how our backgrounds have informed our ideas, our principles, and our values.” How To Fight Antisemitism by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Jewish Currents) Responses.
posted by The Whelk at 10:27 AM PST - 29 comments

Woman beefriends an wee bee

Wingless Bumblebee and Woman Become Friends [SLYT]
posted by bouvin at 10:00 AM PST - 18 comments

He's back, and he's Bats

Several years after their epic review of Batman: Odyssey [TVTropes] (previously on the blue), Neal Adams' utterly gonzo take on the Caped Crusader, Laura Hudson and David Wolkin are back to review/analyze/goggle at Adams' latest, Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

The War Criminals I Have Known

"Trump's clemencies were not just to exonerate three trigger-pullers, but to excuse all Americans." [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 8:47 AM PST - 25 comments

That Nature yet remembers / What was so fugitive!

Ten Ways to Live Forever by Ed Simon [The Millions]
posted by chavenet at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Relighting human captures for placement into arbitrary environments

The Relightables: Volumetric Performance Capture of Humans with Realistic Relighting + Technical Video (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:43 AM PST - 7 comments


Lauren Walker of Truthout tweets Bram Stoker's Dracula
posted by um at 5:20 AM PST - 46 comments

Then Annie moved in.

Artist in Residence (SL Guernica) An essay by Lawrence Levi about Annie Ross, adolescence, New York City in the late '80s, ADD, and living with a jazz legend somewhat unawares. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 4:14 AM PST - 5 comments

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