March 7, 2017

So you wear a hat...that's funny

the live podcast is a tresure Norm MacDonald Live is a weekly podcast hosted by Norm MacDonald and co-host Adam Eget. The show features interviews with comedians, actors, and other members of the entertainment community.
Adam Sandler
Bill Hader
Carl Reiner
And much more. Worth a look. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 9:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Three women recall their first vote in the NZ election of 1893

Listen to three women, Mrs. Dickson, Mrs Hills and Mrs Mankelow recall their first vote in the general election on November 28, 1893. Recorded in 1963. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 7:51 PM PST - 8 comments

The friendship of a dog is precious.

Dogs, amirite? Use them for a pillow once and the next thing you know they're up in your grill trying to be your friend [music and cat snark]. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Whale Lifts Up Kayakers With Its Back

Two kayakers paused to take a closer look at some whales off the coast of Argentina, but got an unexpected surprise when one of the giant creatures lifted their boat onto his back. The two very surprised humans on its back are taken along for the ride, but manage to keep their cool.
posted by grobertson at 3:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Masterpieces from the Kermitage

"If you raised the pig a smidge to adjust her relationship to the house, that threw off the balance of the frog to the pitchfork." Michael K. Frith, former Creative Director for Jim Henson Productions, on the making of Miss Piggy's American Gothique.
posted by verstegan at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Some people think that to make an advance in mathematics is to invent something (perhaps it is to invent new uses for language). Others think that to make an advance in mathematics is to discover something (perhaps it is to discover facts about abstract objects that live in Plato's heaven). In Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?, Season 7, Episode 9 of the interview documentary series Closer to Truth, Robert Lawrence Kuhn talks with Roger Penrose, Mark Balaguer, Gregory Chaitin, Stephen Wolfram, and Frank Wilczek about whether mathematics is invented or discovered. [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Livengood at 1:00 PM PST - 133 comments

The villain in your history

The Hamilton Hustle. Why liberals have embraced our most dangerously reactionary founder
posted by no regrets, coyote at 12:52 PM PST - 99 comments

The Mail Order American Dream

Kit houses, once a staple of suburbia, were complete, easy-to-assemble houses you could order from a catalog and have shipped via rail to your building site. Via the always-excellent McMansion Hell, you can learn more about the history of mail-order houses in America, and tips and tricks for identifying them in the wild. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:39 PM PST - 30 comments

Imagine aquatic animals the size of elephants that we just can't find

The first underwater video (Washington Post article with embedded video) of True's beaked whales (Mesoplodon mirus) show a cohesive group of three adult or subadult whales swimming together in the Azores. The video was released in conjunction with a detailed new study in the journal PeerJ that combined data from strandings and sightings with genetic analyses of individual whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres (full paper online). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

of salary men, ikumen and lunchbox boys

Sweetness and Lightning's Counter-Hegemonic Masculinity -- Youtuber Pause and Select examines how one of lat year's most adorable anime series showcases the changing nature of masculinity in Japan.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Wheelchair man: Turning myself into a superhero

Mohammad Sayed was abandoned by his family in Afghanistan after his house was bombed and he was left paralysed. Now he has become a US citizen, and designed a comic book superhero - Wheelchair Man - based on his own life story. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Iceland, Poland ...and America?

On March 8th ..."The International Women’s Strike or “A Day Without a Woman” is asking women to walk out of their jobs (if they can), abstain from both paid and unpaid labor, and take to the streets to emphasize the importance of their contributions to society and what is lost when they elect to withdraw them. No home-cooked dinners. No meetings. No cleaning". - The Only Way To Know if Striking Works Is To Do It (NyMag)
posted by The Whelk at 9:48 AM PST - 98 comments

I'm a groan woman!

Ziek immediately fired back: “That was a measle-y pun.” Not only was he confident, with a malleable voice that was equal parts game show host and morning-radio DJ, but his jokes were seemingly fully formed. Worse, he was nimble enough to turn your own pun against you. “Well, I had a croup-on for it,” I responded. Whoa. Where’d that come from? (previously)

ReflexLOLogy: Inside the Groan-Inducing World of Pun Competitions -- Peter Rubin, Wired [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:06 AM PST - 40 comments

Let the teaching begin!

Speech, protest, and violence at Middlebury College. On March 2nd, Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute fellow and author of The Bell Curve (1994), visited Middlebury College to give a talk on Coming Apart (2012). [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 7:48 AM PST - 220 comments

There is nothing illusory in this tiny heaven.

Before illustrator and writer Maira Kalman's And The Pursuit of Happiness was made into a book, it was a series of opinion pieces for the New York Times. Starting with Celestial Harmony, Kalman pursues happiness, hats, dogs, uncertainty, history, loss, and cake. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments


i have no idea what this is, but it fuckin owns [more inside]
posted by naju at 6:46 AM PST - 25 comments

Nothing is New: 500 year old economic theory works great for hedgefund

500 years ago, the School of Salamanca to the west of Madrid, reformulated the concept of natural law; stating that all humans have the same nature and the same rights to life and liberty. This was dismissed as a novelty (particularly in light of the views of Europeans towards the indigenous people of the Americas). But this post is not about their take on ius gentium (rights of peoples). This post is about a 500 year old concept that a hedge fund in 2017 is using to achieve the best returns of it's peers. [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 6:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Single Cell Life

Peaceful protists [YT, 5:22, classical music] [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 6:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Musings on Iraq

Musings on Iraq. Since 2008, journalist Joel Wing has kept a comprehensive, often day-by-day account on the politics and military actions surrounding the ongoing war in Iraq. His blog entries are at length, detailed, and thoroughly cited. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:12 AM PST - 1 comments

Western depictions of women in power from the Ancient Greeks onwards

If the deep cultural structures legitimating women's exclusion are as I have argued, gradualism is likely to take too long for me, thank you very much. We have to be more reflective about what power is, what it is for, and how it is measured. To put it another way, if women aren't perceived to be fully within the structures of power, isn't it power that we need to redefine rather than women?
Women in Power by Mary Beard, also delivered in an extended version as a lecture, and she took questions afterwards. She discussed her essay and modern politics on the Talking Politics podcast (starting at 16:00).
posted by Kattullus at 4:47 AM PST - 11 comments

What writers really do when they write

An artist works outside the realm of strict logic. Simply knowing one’s intention and then executing it does not make good art. Artists know this. According to Donald Barthelme: “The writer is that person who, embarking upon her task, does not know what to do.”
posted by roolya_boolya at 4:47 AM PST - 19 comments


IMDb introduces classification system to highlight work by women.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

"Trapping the icky smell of your devil's doughnuts."

This product is both absurd and reprehensible. But the ads aren't bad: V. I. Poo; PooPourri.
posted by Paul Slade at 3:29 AM PST - 16 comments

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