SLYT For those you need a laugh in these bleak ages
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Jurashiku Park ('Jurassic Park' - Japanese Version) (separately, live! - belting & musical interlude both not to be missed).
Former U.S. staffers tell of sleep deprivation, work on weekends and mandatory meetings with colleagues on the other side of the globe. Mr. Martinez said he left after he objected to having to work all weekend even though his project was on schedule, and the response he received from a manager was: “That’s not how we do business here.” ... For months, some former employees said, members of the human resources and finance teams in the New York office didn’t know there were separate teams performing the same functions in California ... TikTok describes itself as a home for “joyful, entertaining, diverse and unexpected experiences.”
In the US, the pandemic has caused a nationwide shortage of medical supplies like syringes, gloves, gowns, laboratory reagents, bedpans, suction canisters, IV kits, and IV contrast. Drug shortages were already a problem pre-pandemic. Shortages of raw materials have also hampered production, as well as the war in Ukraine (in part due to Russia’s outsize role in nickel, steel, and titanium production). [more inside]
How the age-appropriate debate is altering curriculum in Tennessee and nationwide A Chalkbeat investigation explores the report for 31 challenged texts to provide context on the complaints and how they were handled. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
Writing for Defector, Diana Moskovitz recounts the stories of three gymnasts from the Midwest Gymnastics and the abuse, neglect, and harm they suffered at the hands of gym owner and coach Jess Graba and his spouse and fellow coach Alison Lim. [more inside]
I Know What It Sounds Like But My Liege Lord Just Happens To Be Exemplary In Form and Countenance [sir dan lav prev]
A delightful performance of Canon in D by Hiromi Uehara that keeps getting jazzier as it progresses, with an inline transcription following the whole way. [more inside]
Leni Robredo's grass-roots campaign takes on the Marcos juggernaut (WaPo gift article)
On April 7, 29-year-old Ibrahim Sadeq took the title for Tallest Stack of M&M's by stacking seven of the small circular candies in Nasiriyha, Iraq.
The Internet is a 2021 song and meme-centric video by Oliver Tree and Little Big (previously), from their EP "Welcome to the Internet". Oliver Tree and Little Big also worked together - with Tommy Cash - on the song and video "Turn it up" [CW: motion sickness]. [more inside]
What If? is back! For the first time in (just under) four years, xkcd's Randall Munroe gives "serious answers to absurd questions and absurd advice for common concerns". Today's question: how many bananas would you need to power a house?
Infinite Images and the latent camera Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst talk about their experiences with DALL-E (versions 1 and 2) and their thoughts on a future where anyone can make conceptual art from a few words. Holly and AI previously and previouslier.
How did it come to this? In the 1980s, a vibrant opposition to mass culture thrived. Punk formed a whole DIY ethos, a collective way of life outside of mainstream structures. At any rate, that was the promise. Michael Friedrich looks at Jim Ruland's new book on the legendary punk label in The Unraveling of SST Records [The New Republic; punk rock no-paywall version] [more inside]
In the world of modern portable devices, it may be hard to believe that merely a few decades ago the most convenient way to keep track of time was a mechanical watch.
The Great Salt Lake is drastically receding, and is is expected to reach a new historic low this year. [more inside]
Chartreuse had its own party drink? In branded Mason Jars? Yes. Punchdrink takes us to a time when desperate importers thought big -- and gives us a modern remix. David Lebovitz gives us the original recipe and the ads that introduced it.
Banned Book Store Library advocacy group EveryLibrary launches the Banned Book Store, the most comprehensive seller of currently banned and challenged books in the United States.
Thrifter locates first-century Roman bust looted from a German museum/villa. Absolutely wild story that includes Pompeii, one Drusus "Dennis" Germanicus, King Ludwig I, lawyers, and ultimately a new home.
The Gif Gallery claims to contain (very nearly) 100,000 gifs. Related: a 2013 FPP on the pronounciation, a Stephen Whilite obituary, the giphy repository (FPP), and a 2010 Slate article.
All-girl group Fertile Virgin was the hottest soon-to-be-obscure band in Boston in 1990. They had two drummers, gigged constantly, signed to respectable indie label Harriet Records, and even had their record played on the John Peel radio show. As with so many promising acts, the grunge tidal wave buried them. [more inside]
Scientists Discover Method to Break Down Plastic in Days, Not Centuries - "Scientists modified an enzyme that can break down plastic in one week to create fresh material for new products."[1,2,3] [more inside]
Between The Scenes is Trevor Noah doing audience work during tapings of The Daily Show. If you want to see his comic gifts sparkle, here's your chance, as compilations. The Best Of Trevor's Accents [24m], Growing Up In South Africa [19m], Trevor's Family [15m30s], Eight Times America Surprised Trevor [16m], The Best Guest Moments [23m] [more inside]
“Of supreme importance,” writes Zola in his 1883 department store novel The Ladies’ Paradise, “was the exploitation of Woman. Everything else led up to it, the ceaseless renewal of capital, the system of piling up goods, the low prices which attracted people, the marked prices which reassured them.” from "Lost In the Supermarket," in which Rhian Sasseen riffs on Claire-Louise Bennett's new book Checkout 19 and the literature of retail
Tico is a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot vocalist who performs with his guitarist, Frank Maglio, on YouTube as the duo Tico & the Man. They began performing together when Frank started working from home because of COVID, and he discovered Tico's response to strumming his guitars. They have amassed a huge collection of videos (and followers) and covered all the big hits. And yes, of course he's done Freebird. [more inside]
i am feeling unwell. would you like to report an incident after months of total darkness? please, at least before you begin destroying the earth, over and over again... just look at that round ass shit. //// Today marks the beginning of PRISMATIC GROUND (Year Two), an experimental documentary and avant-garde film festival that you can experience in person if you happen to be in New York City, New York, USA, or for free, online, everywhere there is an internet. [more inside]
They Might Be Giants' Fingertips, set to The Last Jedi. Set to other Star Wars movies. (Previously, set to The Force Awakens) [more inside]
Today I read and enjoyed the English Wikipedia-style-y plot summary for The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover, a classic children's book. Here's the edit that changes "However, nothing works (primarily because from the reader's POV these are simple illustrations, not actual difficulties)" to "nothing works (mostly because these are really simple illustrations, not actual obstacles)" (the "primarily" line having been added in 2014; thanks XTools Blame!). Previously, previously.
"In a lot of ways I think this attitude reflects this, now dated, conception of the geek as an oppressed underdog [...] but, at the same time, the actual real world conditions around you reflect the exact opposite of that. So, you not only get this fervent demand for geek stuff to be liked and consumed by everyone but also this notion that a rejection of geek culture is somehow the dominant attitude: "the bully picking on the loser"
Sarah Z chronicles The Rise and Fall of Geek Culture.
Sarah Z chronicles The Rise and Fall of Geek Culture.
Knotwords (iOS, Android, Steam) (trailer, review) is a new daily word game from Zach Gage, creator of games like Ridiculous Fishing, SpellTower, and Really Bad Chess. It's probably not going to get Wordle-famous, but Josh Wardle likes it, and, if you like word games and/or logic puzzles, you might too.
World’s Most Dangerous Toy? Radioactive Atomic Energy Lab Kit with Uranium (1950) “USERS SHOULD NOT TAKE ORE SAMPLES OUT OF THEIR JARS, for they tend to flake and crumble and you would run the risk of having radioactive ore spread out in your laboratory.” Such was the warning that came with the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, a 1950s science kit that included four small jars of actual uranium. Yes, the Gilbert company definitely intended for kids to try this at home. And so the company’s warning was couched not in terms of health risk but rather as bad scientific practice: Removing the ore from its jar would raise the background radiation, thereby invalidating your experimental results."
What Democrats Don’t Understand About Rural America. Chloe Maxmin is a state senator (D) in Maine. Canyon Woodward was her campaign manager in 2018 and 2020. "As two young progressives raised in the country, we were dismayed as small towns like ours swung to the right. But we believed that Democrats could still win conservative rural districts if they took the time to drive down the long dirt roads where we grew up, have face-to-face conversations with moderate Republican and independent voters and speak a different language, one rooted in values rather than policy." [more inside]
"Today is my birthday. I turn 70. I’ve learned a few things so far that might be helpful to others. For the past few years, I’ve jotted down bits of unsolicited advice each year and much to my surprise I have more to add this year. So here is my birthday gift to you all: 103 bits of wisdom I wish I had known when I was young."--Kevin Kelly (more advice, previously, from the man who brought you Cool Tools). [more inside]
David Adamsen is a woodworker out of Maine, with a delightful YubTub channel full of vids showing how his luxurious woodturning creations come into being. Come for the delicious wood art, stay for the soothing and wordlessly meditative twenty minute vids of blurs turning into shapes and wood shavings.
It's May 3rd, the date of Johnathan Harker's first diary entry, which means Dracula Daily starts today! Sign up and every day somebody writes a letter or a diary entry, through the ending on November 7, you'll get that day's segment of the classic epistolary novel in your email.
“I am a homosexual,” he began. “I am a psychiatrist.” For the next 10 minutes, Henry Anonymous, M.D. — this is what he had asked to be called — described the secret world of gay psychiatrists. Officially, they did not exist; homosexuality was categorized as a mental illness, so acknowledging it would result in the revocation of one’s medical license, and the loss of a career.
"There’s a common story about abortion in this country, that people have only two options to intentionally end a pregnancy: the clinic or the coat hanger. They can choose the safe route that’s protected by Roe v. Wade—a doctor in a legal clinic—or, if Roe is overturned, endure a dangerous back-alley abortion, symbolized by the coat hanger. But a close look at the history of abortion in this country shows that there’s much more to this story. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could overturn Roe v Wade in June, activists are once again preparing to take abortion into their own hands." [more inside]
The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion (pdf) written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO. No draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending.
This $139 million Bel-Air mansion has its own Nightclub and vodka tasting room... and dinosaur, and a six car rotating see-through Batman-like garage, two theaters and a bar with swings. The vodka tasting room has fur coats in case you get cold. Still less than the most expensive LA-area home: the $177 million Marc Andreessen mansion in Malibu.
cw: death, police violence Last Monday, the Indianapolis Police Dept. killed Herman Whitfield III, a Black pianist and composer, while he was experiencing a mental health crisis [more inside]
In an essay translated by Ikuho Amano and James Shea and published in Poetry Magazine, 19th c. (Meiji period) poet Masaoko Shiki ponders the ways in which the authors of haiku refer very directly to excrement: “Haiku on Shit”
Search Movie Quotes. Does what it says on the tin, for MCU and Star Wars; cites in the manner of Bible verses.
Receipts can target customer preferences far better than circulars or coupon offers. Ever walk into a CVS to pick up some gum, maybe some Chapstick, only to get hit with a ridiculously long receipt? It’s no secret that most CVS purchases come with these comically long receipts. But what might surprise you is that these long receipts are part of a marketing plan that's paying off big time for CVS. Cheddar Explains: Youtube. [SLYT 8mins] [more inside]