November 13, 2013

"Match of the Century"

With little hesitation, Carlsen moves queenside. His opponent, Anand does not visibly respond - kingside was the more common choice. The game is pulling away from textbook play into strange territory. As black, Carlsen is playing at a disadvantage. He knows that this is his chance to improve his odds, leading Anand into an unfamiliar middle game. After two beats, Carlsen bolts from his chair and walks away from the table. The chair swivels around lazily and the camera remains on Anand, who studies the board, either ignoring or oblivious to the young player's exit. [more inside]
posted by lubujackson at 10:04 PM PST - 62 comments

There is nothing so redolent of the past as its vision of the future.

A tour of GE's Kitchen of the Future from the 1964 New York World's Fair. Warnings: Racistly vague ethnic appropriation; monorails; AquaNet. Kitchen porn kicks in hard core around minute 5. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 8:05 PM PST - 42 comments

Markov GIFs

is an exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur between two randomly generated arrays. the arrays contain a mix of custom and found .gifs sourced from tumblr. the output is autonomous, generative, art made possible through curation & code." (WARNING: frequent flashing/optically intense backrounds, plus full volume sound [mutable from top-right corner button])
posted by
oneswellfoop at 7:26 PM PST - 26 comments

You are all perverts, and we are going to kill you to save the world.

How Jihadists Are Blackmailing, Torturing, and Killing Gay Syrians. Even between the plush sofas and mood lighting of one of Beirut’s hippest bars, Ram shook with fear as he relived his ordeal. He turned his large green eyes from me to the translator and then back to me again, speaking in a low voice, even though we were the only people in the room. "I think I was targeted for two reasons: because I'm a Druze, and because I’m gay," he said. "They told us, ‘You are all perverts, and we are going to kill you to save the world.'"
posted by treepour at 6:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Nextra

The Nextraterrestrials are a little-known group of underground rappers, producers, and DJs originally centred around Ottawa and Toronto in the 1990s with a sci-fi/conspiracy-theory/metaphysics/outer-space bent. [more inside]
posted by Hoopo at 5:34 PM PST - 5 comments

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

"The Synth Kit that just hit the market originated a year ago, at a TED conference where Bdeir and comedian/musician Reggie Watts met backstage after giving talks, and started discussing the idea of littleBits musical instruments."
posted by kliuless at 5:32 PM PST - 48 comments

TPP Negotiating Text IP Chapter Published by Wikileaks

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has come under fire for the sweeping effects it may have on intellectual property laws in signatory countries, and is expected to export and even extend some of the worst features of US copyright law, including the criminalisation of DRM circumvention. The level of secrecy surrounding the agreement has been controversial: the US Trade Representative has refused to make the text of the agreement public, and only three persons in each TPP nation have access to the full text. The New York Times editorial board has been criticised for its endorsement of the deal, when the public (and supposedly the NYT) were unable to read the agreement. In advance of the 19-24 November Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Wikileaks has obtained and published the secret negotiated draft text of the TPP Intellectual Property Chapter, including negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states. [more inside]
posted by anemone of the state at 5:22 PM PST - 54 comments

"Be Mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up."

Students at Richardson High School (Richardson, TX) was treated to a special, optional PTA-sponsored assembly during the school day. R U Dateable? founder and motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo came to let students know his big cool rules for dating, which included telling girls that they need to shut up and and let men lead.

Parents are angry about the religious nature of the assembly and the short notice given. The school district has yet to respond to inquiries.
posted by SNWidget at 4:52 PM PST - 543 comments

Mathemusician Extraordinaire

Vi Hart speaks at XOXO and is funny, meandering, interesting, and musical.
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Elk vs photographer

Photographer gets in a tussle with an elk, copious amounts of headbutting ensue.
posted by mahershalal at 3:09 PM PST - 63 comments

You can't have fucking nothing isn't, everything is?!!

Jaeil Cho illustrates Louis CK's bit on when children ask 'Why?' [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 2:44 PM PST - 37 comments

JPMorgan Chase does not control Twitter

JPMorgan Is Taking Questions From Twitter And Getting Thoroughly Trolled [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 2:33 PM PST - 27 comments

"Pork" and Beans

"The McRib is like Holbein’s skull: we experience it as (quasi-)foodstuff, as marketing campaign, as cult object, as Internet meme, but those experiences don’t sufficiently explain it. To understand McRib fully, we have to look at the sandwich askew." By Ian Bogost (Previously). Also previously, The McRib as Arbitrage.
posted by codacorolla at 1:56 PM PST - 117 comments

Better than Star Trek V anyway

In 1991, Your Family Could Make Its Own Star Trek Episode In the early ’90s, Universal Studios had the absolute genius idea to partner with Paramount Pictures to bring a green-screen experience to its Orlando, Florida theme park, in which Trekkies of all shapes and sizes could dress up, act out, and be inserted into a pre-filmed, Star Tours-esque episode of The Original Series. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:42 PM PST - 48 comments

A bail out of the people by the people.

Rolling Jubilee have spent just $400,000 to purchase $15 million of Americans' personal debt from banks before 'abolishing' it, freeing individuals from their bills.
Apart from The Guardian, HuffPo and Business Insider no one else seems very interested. Rolling Jubilee is a project of Strike Debt - slogan You are not a Loan. Previously - just on a year ago.
posted by adamvasco at 1:39 PM PST - 83 comments

"That’s cruel and unusual punishment to me.” -Angola Warden

A LIVING DEATH: Sentenced to die behind bars for what?
For 3,278 people, it was nonviolent offenses like stealing a $159 jacket or serving as a middleman in the sale of $10 of marijuana. An estimated 65% of them are Black. Many of them were struggling with mental illness, drug dependency or financial desperation when they committed their crimes. None of them will ever come home to their parents and children. And taxpayers are spending billions to keep them behind bars.

A LIVING DEATH: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses (PDF)
posted by andoatnp at 1:31 PM PST - 35 comments

Nightmare Before Christmas: known throughout England, France, Italy ...

If you've like Jack, the Pumpkin King, and you've grown so tired of the same old thing, you know all the songs from the The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack (YT Playlist), and you're done with the covers in the 2006 reissue bonus CD (featuring Fiona Apple, Fall Out Boy, She Wants Revenge and Panic! at the Disco) and the 2008 cover album, Nightmare Revisited (YT Playlist), why not check out the official translated versions? There's L'Étrange Noël de Monsieur Jack, Pesadilla Antes De Navidad, and ナイトメアー·ビフォア·クリスマス, to name a few versions. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:07 PM PST - 14 comments

The dinos are really good at tin-foil, Daddy

Welcome to Dinovember. "Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep." By Refe Tuma via Medium.
posted by sweetkid at 12:02 PM PST - 39 comments

one of the fastest decimations of an animal population in world history

The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:53 AM PST - 41 comments

Good and evil, together in one Tumblr.

National Socialists with Cats
posted by Wordwoman at 10:11 AM PST - 62 comments

Rest is a luxury for the rich

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts. "This is what our lives are like, and here are our defense mechanisms, and here is why we think differently." (SLKinja) [more inside]
posted by Kybard at 9:45 AM PST - 279 comments

Cut mine into four pieces. I don't think I could eat eight.

The Modern Farmer Pie Chart of Pies
posted by zarq at 9:31 AM PST - 40 comments

From the mind of Byrne

In 1984, the same year that Stop Making Sense was released, another meticulously crafted Talking Heads concert movie made its debut as well. Once in a Lifetime is a 69-minute piece of experimental television (originally broadcast on England's Channel 4) that Talking Heads fans (as well as those interested in mid-80s video montage stylings) will surely want to check out.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Kookaburra Sits in the Jury Box

In 2007 (or maybe 2008, sources differ here), the Australian music game show Spicks and Specks asked its contestants to name the popular children's song that can be heard inside the all-time great 1981 Aussie anthem "Down Under" by Men at Work. None of the contestants identified the correct answer - "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree." (As a flavor - or flavour, I guess - of the show, here's Colin Hay of Men at Work on the show in 2008. He performs "Down Under" at the end.) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:09 AM PST - 15 comments

How To Win on The Price is Right

Game Theory - it's not just for economists If you find yourself going on The Price is Right, you'll need this handy cheat sheet explaining how to win The Price Is Right—not just the Contestants' Row segment, but all of its many pricing games. This guide, which conveniently fits on the front and back of an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper, does not rely on the prices of items. Also see this
posted by 2manyusernames at 8:55 AM PST - 28 comments

"No, I've never seen a movie."

A Man Has Trouble With His Security Questions - a sketch from The UCB show 'Small Men'
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 AM PST - 36 comments

Django Jesus Telekinesis Bird Wow

Behold the trailer for The Visitor, which is now being re-released by Drafthouse Films. Co-financed by the notorious Film Ventures International, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, this Italian-American co-production features John Huston, Shelley Winters, Sam Peckinpah, birds, Franco Nero, and Neal Boortz. It is also an amazing piece of work that has befuddled and delighted many.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:48 AM PST - 28 comments

The psychology of objectification

What goes on in our minds when we see someone naked? A 2011 study [PDF] led by Kurt Gray revealed a curious fact about how people perceive other people when they take their clothes off: What emerged was that we see the capacity for feelings, whether pleasure or pain or happiness or anger, as distinct from the capacity for intellectual thought and planning. Namely, that we treat those we objectify as less intelligent, yet simultaneously we endow them with a greater ability to feel things.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:34 AM PST - 49 comments

Prosperous Suzhou

Prosperous Suzhou (20,353 × 546 pixel JPEG) is a 1757 scroll painting by Xu Yang illustrating the everyday life of the city, including more than 4,600 figures and 400 boats. It combines Western perspective with traditional Chinese style, and is currently on display at the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting exhibition at the London V&A.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 3:13 AM PST - 25 comments

Plan A to Z

"I felt the only way to make any progress with the project was to make a clay model to show Katayama-san, gain his support, and ask him, as the President of Nissan USA, to push for the model's development."

The Datsun 240-Z In The Styling Studio
Concept To Reality 1965 to 1968

posted by timshel at 3:06 AM PST - 30 comments

Putting the play in playing music.

Adrian Belew has played with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, The Talking Heads and The Tom Tom Club - as well as having released many albums inependently. [more inside]
posted by vapidave at 12:19 AM PST - 38 comments

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