April 7, 2017
If you are just getting into woodworking as a hobby, your first impression might be that it's mainly a male pursuit (and usually done by men with beards). But there are women doing awesome woodworking out there, for example Popular Woodworking Magazine's editor Megan Fitzpatrick. And of course on YouTube: [more inside]
Pac-Man 256 Review Ben McCurry reviews the new Namco Bandai release, and the Brash Games review site. [Archived link]
You remember Alphaville, right? They've dropped a new album, Strange Attractor. Giants - House Of Ghosts - Enigma are all tracks from this new album.
Welcome To My Life is an animated short by Elizabeth Ito and a team at Cartoon Network, which follows a teenaged monster boy name Douglas through a day at school.
In the old days (1972) when you discovered a copyright violation you didn't have your lawyers fire off some boilerplate takedown notice. In the old days, if you were Neil Young, you just made off with it. After informing the manager and paying for the candle your production crew broke, of course. [more inside]
Alicia Puglionesi explores a curious case of supposed dream telepathy at the end of the US Civil War, in which old ideas about the prophetic nature of dreaming collided with loss, longing, and new possibilities of communication at a distance (Public Domain Review).
Behold the scribings of King Donæld the Unready, the Greatest Bretwalda Mercia ever saw. The Bestwalda. Hear ye of his many kingly exploits and brave pronouncements of divers matters: on his use of St. Elmo's fire against Ivarr the Boneless in Cumbraland and the reaction of the Viking Rus, on efforts to fulfill his promise to build a shieldwall to protect our fair kingdom, on the fate of Ealdormann Bannon and those villainous fake chroniclers... bīdaþ! King Donæld is not alone... [more inside]
Comedian and Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan makes a short documentary about his hairstylist entering the porn industry: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (NSFW)
How to Mourn a Space Robot. "NASA’s Cassini probe will soon plunge into Saturn, ending its 13-year mission to the ringed planet and triggering a wave of grief among scientists, engineers, and an adoring public." [more inside]
Things full of beans that shouldn't be full of beans... [SLFB] Sadly, no plates, but I think those are where beans belong.
Blvck Vrchives Cultural curator Renata Charlise presents"multimedia narratives centering black life in Chicago [and elsewhere], pulling from the Sun-Times photographic archive. " See also her projects Sunday Kinfolk & Blackflorida.
Today began the 2017 Cricket County Championship, a tournament dating from between 1825 and 1890. 12 of the 18 counties which constitute the two divisions were in action from 11am, with lunch being taken around 1pm, tea and cake around mid-afternoon, and close of play at roughly 6pm. Matches last up to four days; possible results are win, loss, draw or tie, with bonus points available for various batting and bowling metrics. However, points can be deducted for poor pitches, slow over rates, ball tampering, a breach of salary cap, or poor discipline. This season, sponsored by an opticians, the championship began with controversial points deductions and will end in late September. For twenty of the other counties there is the minor counties championship, and for many spectators there will be cake. [more inside]
Browder says this new functionality for his robot lawyer is “long overdue”. He told the Guardian: “I’ve been trying to launch this for about six months – I initially wanted to do it in the summer. But I wanted to make sure I got it right because it’s such a complicated issue. I kept showing it to lawyers throughout the process and I’d go back and tweak it.The creator of a chatbot which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing is now turning the bot to helping refugees claim asylum.
How to put on a jumper without disturbing your cat. [h/t yet again to Miss Cellania].
WGA East’s Council Asks Members To Authorize Strike. Almost one decade after the strike that paralyzed the TV industry, the writers are preparing to march again if no deal is reached before the Mayday deadline. [more inside]
Darth Seder. Okay, so it was made for May the 4th, not Passover. Would it kill you to watch it early?
Desert Storm Cards:
Although we Americans remain strongly split in our beliefs about whether or not our military belonged in Iraq after the Twin Towers fell, most of us felt it was the right thing to do to help Kuwait in it's battle against Saddam Hussein's invasion way back in 1991.[more inside]
“On a nutritional level, hominins fall where expected, in terms of calorie content when compared to fauna [animals] of a similar body weight,” the study’s author, archeologist James Cole of University of Brighton, concluded. “However,” Cole went on, when you compare them to the large animals we know our ancestors also ate, “the calorie returns of individuals and groups of hominins are significantly less” than going after that bigger game.
Yes - a woman falls from a cliff, but the important moment is just before that, when she, at age 51 (after two unhappy marriages) discovers a passion for botany - and just after that, when she continues her research and collections.
Parking can seem like the most humdrum concern in the world. Even planners, who thrill to things like zoning and floor-area ratios, find it unglamorous. But parking influences the way cities look, and how people travel around them, more powerfully than almost anything else. Many cities try to make themselves more appealing by building cycle paths and tram lines or by erecting swaggering buildings by famous architects. If they do not also change their parking policies, such efforts amount to little more than window-dressing. How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl (from The Economist) [more inside]
In a short post, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of GNU/Linux distribution Ubuntu has announced that the next generation desktop environment, Unity 8, as well as the phone and tablet OS effort (commonly known as Ubuntu Touch) are being binned. Further adding to the magnitude of the announcement, he reveals that the desktop OS will revert to using GNOME as the default desktop environment starting with the 18.04 release next April. [more inside]