March 9, 2017

"Buffy Summers, Class Protector"

10 March 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's TV debut, an occasion for many, many articles, touching on empowerment and life lessons, and resonance with adolescence and adulthood:
... [Buffy] reflected the universal struggle to figure out how to be human in an increasingly unfeeling world, ... even after your heart has been shattered in ways one could not have predicted.
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posted by ZeusHumms at 11:18 PM PST - 118 comments

At last, an excuse to wear make-up!

@SimpsonsFilms is a Twitter account that posts stills from Simpsons episodes that recall famous films.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Sometimes dreams can come true

I really, really, really like this image [catchy music—h/t Miss Cellania].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:10 PM PST - 23 comments

This is what separates us from the animals. AND THE FOOD. (Pepsi Blue)

Tumblr: Food With Eyes
Scary Anthropomorphic Foods Promote the British Food Standards Agency
Orbit Threatens Consumers with Anthropomorphic Food
Mail shrimp
Lost In Space - Dr. Smith turned into a giant celery stalk
More examples plus direct links to embedded videos inside. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 6:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Leeloo Dallas. Multipass.

Michael Moreci looks back at The Fifth Element on as it approaches its 20th anniversary. "The more I think about The Fifth Element, the more I realize it’s a movie that shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does." [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:09 PM PST - 266 comments

At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel.

Two Russian scientists are fighting to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths.
posted by suelac at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Welcome, neighbors!

Tricolored yard signs have begun to appear in communities around the USA and beyond. They carry a simple message “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” in three languages: Spanish, English, and Arabic. [more inside]
posted by Herodios at 1:54 PM PST - 54 comments

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him

A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:22 PM PST - 21 comments

If you ask a boy for his top five fighters he shouldn't name all men.

On Friday night Claressa Shields (previously), the first American boxer to win gold medals at back-to-back Olympics, will become the first woman to headline a boxing card on American premium cable. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 11:38 AM PST - 20 comments

From Minuscule Spirits To Gigantic Cosmic Monsters

A Book of Creatures is a sprawling illustrated guide to monsters of myth and folklore from around the world, with non-Western creatures heavily featured. Updating on a tri-weekly schedule, it aims to provide a comprehensive database of legendary creatures, accompanied with art and thoroughly sourced. Sadly I can't find a way to look at all the creatures at once - however, in the sidebar you can search by creatures by country or region of origin, type, and theme. Just to get you started, there's Animate Inanimates, Deadly Gaze, and Creatures of Darkness and Night; Iceland, Sub-Saharan Africa, and China; Whales, Unicorns, and Insects. And so very much more.
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Characters from Renaissance paintings photoshopped into the present

In an ongoing series entitled "Art History in Contemporary Life,” artist Alexey Kondakov skillfully photoshops characters from Renaissance paintings into present day photos he has taken around Europe. (via Twisted Sifter) [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 9:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta?

Annie Lowrey: "In your speech, you said something provocative: That you think you might be better off living below the World Bank’s extreme poverty line in a country like Bangladesh rather than here. I wouldn’t think that would be true."
Angus Deaton: "I’ve been struggling with it... if you had to choose between living in a poor village in India and living in the Mississippi Delta or in a suburb of Milwaukee in a trailer park, I’m not sure who would have the better life. That’s the point I’ve been pushing."
A conversation between Angus Deaton, Nobel laureate and emeritus Princeton economist, and Annie Lowrey for the Atlantic. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:47 AM PST - 44 comments

Maybe grow some leeks too

Why a German lab is growing tomatoes in urine
posted by Artw at 9:41 AM PST - 27 comments

Justice League Super Antics

Super Antics of the Justice League, drawn in retro style. By Kerry Callen. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 9:09 AM PST - 28 comments

The Food of the (Northern) Gods

Wigan (a seaside resort in the north of England) is the home of the Pie Barm, a delicacy and Cuisine of the North, and ideal corporate identity and enemy to bearded eaters. This is sometimes known as the Wigan Kebab, though occasionally as the Wigan Slappy, Wigan Butty or simpler Wiganburger which may or may not exist like the Wigan wedding cake, and should not be confused with a cob, barmcake, stotty or oven bottom or, especially, a growler butty. Distant cousins exist in Belfast and Australia. An instructional video on making one, and a descriptive Teletext page. Legal: court proceedings may be taken, other variations exist, are occasionally available to southerners, and consult your doctor before commencing a Pie Barm-centric diet.
posted by Wordshore at 8:07 AM PST - 44 comments


chiromurder 😧 RIP neck 😧wrestling time 😧canine chiromurder 😧hoofer version 😧 cat not enjoy 😧 baby cracking 😧 his own baby 😧 exotic full gonzo
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:32 AM PST - 74 comments

i hope you have the TIME of your LIFE

some dumb smarty made a digital clock out of Conway's Game of Life and you can run it yourself if you actually follow the instructions [more inside]
posted by beerperson at 7:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Melting Mountains: An Urban-Rural Gathering

Urban Seattle residents visit rural Oregon. "The people who took part in the discussions told each other whom they’d voted for, revealed their stance on some big issues, talked about the hopes and concerns they had about their country over the next few years, and practiced listening to each other for minutes at a time (with instructions to not interrupt one another)." [more inside]
posted by gsh at 6:58 AM PST - 68 comments

Chondrichthyan Tree of Life

The Chondrichthyan Tree of Life is an incredibly detailed and lovely-to-navigate phylogenic tree of sharks and rays. Click on one to drill down to families, genera, and species.
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Appraising the Brady Bunch Art Collection

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection. A very comprehensive examination of the art on the Brady Bunch home, and of mass produced mid-century modern art.
posted by Capt. Renault at 5:31 AM PST - 83 comments

It's Year Sheero for the UK singles chart

If the problem were just “too many Ed Sheeran songs in the Top 40” then it’s easily fixable – just cap the number of tracks which can chart from any individual LP. But that’s not really the problem. (If you like Ed, it’s not even *a* problem). It’s of a piece with the sclerosis of the chart, that deathly slow turnover of new hits which started in the download era and has been accelerated by the dominance of streaming. And Ed or no Ed, there’s no real sense that the singles chart has a role to play any more.
Loathe him or hate him, Ed Sheeran's near dominance of the UK singles chart is a problem that's bigger than him, as Tom Ewing explains.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:36 AM PST - 25 comments

A Voice Of Reason In A Time Of Troubles

Neal Conan (former host of NPR's Talk Of The Nation) returns to doing regular interviews full of intelligence and insight with his new weekly show/podcast Truth Politics & Power. The trial-ballon first episode in early January was An Inaugural Special, with Robert Kagan and Volker Ullrich. Starting last Friday, it began weekly programs with Enemies Of The People speaking with Scott McClellan and Ted Koppel. The show is distributed by PRX, can be listened to on its website, and is also podcast on all your favorite podcatchers.
posted by hippybear at 4:33 AM PST - 6 comments

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