September 17, 2019
Watch out, preppy! The Saved By the Bell reboot is coming, featuring...Zack as the evil governor of California?
Pet Shop Boys. Documentary. The Parlophone Years. [BBC2 link] Neil and Chris talk about their ELEVEN albums released on Parlophone Records between 1986 and 2012 in a documentary radio show, presented by Graham Norton. Covers 52 PSB songs covering every album. Available for about a month. [more inside]
Lilly Singh’s NBC series debut proves late night TV and YouTube need each other Lilly Singh is the first queer woman of color to get her own late night talk show on a major network, and at 30, she’s one of the youngest late night hosts in NBC history. Check out her cold open from the debut episode: Hello my name is Lilly and I ain't a white man/My skin has some colour and it ain't a spray tan/I know you're only used to Jimmys up in the spotlight/But I'm gonna throw some melanin up in your late-night. [more inside]
Two brothers battle over the future of the family, but it will be a young girl who changes her fathers SUBSTANCE and the fate of generations. (Animated Short, Single Link Vimeo) [more inside]
Sagebrush Sisters is a short film (7 minutes) about three women and their hike along a migration corridor between two pronghorn antelope refuges. [more inside]
Maybe you're a knitter. Maybe you like knitting lace. Maybe you should modify a couple of curtain rods into gigantic knitting needles and knit a fence out of fishing net twine. Maybe the local lace museum is so taken with it they'll have you do one for them!
"Dead bodies move while decomposing, a significant find for death investigations," according to researchers who have used time-lapse photography to study the phenomenon at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER). [more inside]
Many of you may recall internet sports statistical bard Jon Bois' adventures in taking sports games and seeing how far he could twist the knobs until everything breaks, such as Breaking Madden, or murdering a virtual NBA with horrible players. Well, he's back at it with compatriot Kofie Yeboah, in a new series for SBNation. (SLYT) [more inside]
Even before its new season begins on Sept. 28, Saturday Night Live has fired new cast member Shane Gillis for "offensive, hurtful and unacceptable" language Gillis used on his podcast. The Good Good Comedy Theatre in Philadelphia chimed in with a tweet saying the establishment chose not to work with Gillis because of his "overt racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia - expressed both on and off stage." Other new cast members joining the show's 45th season are Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang.
Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone. This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. On Friday the 20th – three days out from the UN’s Emergency Climate Summit -- take the day off to show our politicians that we’re serious about climate action. The world isn’t waiting, so neither are we. [more inside]
Have You Ever Googled ‘Woman’? Nearly 30,000 people have signed a petition to change Oxford Dictionary’s sexist definition of "woman" and cut entries that "discriminate against and patronise women". The dictionary staff are taking the points raised in the petition "very seriously" and OUP is now investigating a possible update to its definition of "woman". [more inside]
Curator Theresa McCulla has led the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, amassing a collection of brewing artifacts that will debut on October 25 when the Museum's exhibition, FOOD: Transforming the American Table reopens.
“ A decarbonized food system, on the other hand, demands that we build a system on smaller, local scales, shorter supply chains, and ecologically sound principles that are far more robust in the face of literally every single disaster a broken climate can throw at us. But what would it mean to decarbonize food?” Lifecycle Of A Leaf (Current Affairs) Supply management, absent from discussions for decades, is now back in policy proposals. Can it help to pay people what it actually costs to produce food? (Civil Eats) Reckless farming is destroying the planet (CNN) “The report rejects the idea that subsidies are needed to supply cheap food. It found that the cost of the damage currently caused by agriculture is greater than the value of the food produced. New assessments in the report found producing healthy, sustainable food would actually cut food prices, as the condition of the land improves.” (The Guardian) Pod Damn America talks to a leftist pig farmer about agricultural co-ops and why every organic farmer is on food stamps . (1:27:00)
The happiest introverts are extroverts "If you are an introvert, force yourself to be an extrovert. You'll be happier." "According to all measures of well-being, participants reported greater well-being after the extroversion week, and decreases in well-being after the introversion week. Interestingly, faux extroverts reported no discomfort or ill effects." [more inside]
Supreme Court coverage will never be the same. Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75. Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.
34 years after founding it, Richard Stallman has been driven out of the Free Software Foundation after objecting to the phrase "sexual assault" in reference to Marvin Minsky who may have been the perpetrator of a sexual assault. [more inside]
Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze. A Guardian article by Tessa McClure on the healing crystal industry.
Nature as a spectator sport: For Forest is a temporary landscape installation in the Wörthersee Stadium, a football (US: soccer) stadium in Klagenfurt, from 8 September until 27 October 2019, when it will be Austria's largest public art installation. Its designer, Klaus Littmann, was inspired by "The Unending Attraction of Nature" (1970/71) by Max Peintner, turning a dystopian vision of the 1970s into a spectacular work of land art [via BoringPostcards on MltShp]. [more inside]
Lausan 流傘 is a collective of writers, researchers, activists and artists from Hong Kong and its diasporas, engaging with the city’s political struggle. [more inside]
How To Get Your Significant Other Into Gaming [Kotaku] “You play games, but your significant other does not. It’s a common scenario that can be a point of contention in an otherwise healthy relationship. To relax after work, you load up Overwatch on the living room Xbox. Your beau, on the other hand, wants to cook dinner with you. An hour watching you gun down virtual enemies is, to them, the definition of boring—even disrespectful of their time. [...] Here’s a guide on how to introduce your significant other to the wide world of gaming. Remember—compromise is key. If your significant other takes the time to game with you, make sure you try out their favorite hobby with them, too.” [more inside]