November 29, 2015

“My body knows it's time to say goodbye.”

Kobe Bryant to retire after this season. [Los Angeles Times] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:02 PM PST - 79 comments

This place has changed a lot.

These photos are why I'm trapped in Tokyo forever now is an animated photo essay about ... some kind of Tokyo.
posted by grobstein at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Touring America has become a nightmare

For a British band to tour America it costs 7000 dollars to even get into the place and the visas arrive so late so you have to cancel your flights and gigs and rebook everything losing money and gigs before you even get there between flight reschedules . [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 6:32 PM PST - 76 comments

You do unbend your noble strength, to think/ So brainsickly of things.

Why 'MacBeth' seems to play better onscreen than onstage.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:45 PM PST - 18 comments

How to Start an Intersectional Feminist Club

Step One: Read this article. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

The Daily Life of Darth Vader

Born on Tatooine. Recently got into photography.
posted by ladyriffraff at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Because (Wild) Life is Funny

The Winners (and a small flock of runners-up) have been named in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Must love flow charts.

Were you thinking of buying a board game for someone this holiday season? Snakes and Lattes would like to help you pick just the right one.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:23 PM PST - 61 comments

Say Hello To My Little House

The four-bedroom/nine-bath house at 631 Parra Grande Lane in Montecito has been sold. Built on ten acres in 1906, El Fureidis--originally called Gillespie Estate or Gillespie Palace--is one of five homes designed by American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. If you're not familiar with El Fureidis and its long and dignified history, , and a video of an infamous owner's wedding.
posted by mattdidthat at 12:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Several Witty SF/F Stories from 2015--Some Humorous, Some Serious

Heather Lindsley's "Werewolf Loves Mermaid," Sunil Patel's "The Merger," and Emil Ostrovski's "Tragic Business" develop humorous situations from SF/F motifs: cryptid romance, intergalactic business negotiations, and the cycle of death and rebirth, respectively. Lincoln Michel's "Dark Air" combines common weird fiction / horror situations with a very dry, very dark sense of humor. Naomi Kritzer's "So Much Cooking" is a serious SF story about a grave possibility, but it brings the matter home via a witty parody of a cooking blog.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 11:44 AM PST - 9 comments

It's like Uber for Willy Wonka boat rides.

WikiTravel calls The Shanghai Sightseeing Tunnel "A slow-moving tram, through a comically low-tech tunnel of antiquated 80's era rope lights, lasers and car dealership ilk inflatables." YMMV. [SLYT, lots of blinking lights]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:22 AM PST - 30 comments

Antitrust Antitrust Antitrust Bring Back Antitrust

After 18 years in operation, after a federal law mandating that hospitals work to prevent needle-stick, and after two successful lawsuits resulting in BD paying more than $400 million for violating anti-monopoly statutes, Retractable Technologies made only $34 million in global sales last year. BD, with an inferior, more expensive product, sold $8.4 billion, the payouts to its competitor serving only as the cost of doing business. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control estimated 380,000 needle-sticks at hospitals every year. Today, they estimate 385,000. “You turn on the TV and watch politicians talk about unleashing the power of the free market, that’s absurd,” Shaw says. “The American public is being denied a free market, being denied competition.”
We need a new antitrust for a new predatory era.
posted by ennui.bz at 8:07 AM PST - 28 comments

They're everywhere!

Miniature Superheroes Brought To Life Through Absurd Scenarios. (More from VSEOK)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:06 AM PST - 17 comments

You won't get a better collection of AfroSFF

Nigerian AfroSFF writer Wole Talabi shares links to his favourite 10 short stories of 2015 with a short intro.
posted by infini at 6:02 AM PST - 11 comments

“The thing about the adult industry today is that it’s a very low-margin

The Porn Business Isn't Anything Like You Think It Is [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:29 AM PST - 50 comments

"You can’t sell something to people if they don’t want that thing."

Sending and receiving emails are important parts of his job. On average, he gets an email every 45 minutes. Sometimes, the interval between emails is only two minutes. Other times, it’s three hours. Although many of these emails are unimportant or stress-inducing, some of them are fun. Before long, whenever Michael S has an internet connection, he starts refreshing his email inbox every 30 minutes, and then every five minutes and then, occasionally, every two minutes. Before long, it’s a compulsive tic – the pecking pigeon of web usage.
If the internet is addictive, why don’t we regulate it?
posted by rorgy at 4:19 AM PST - 46 comments

Puttin' on the (Nancy) Ritz: Daily Booster Packs for Five Card Nancy

Before people were doing things to Garfield, they were cutting up Nancy strips and playing Five Card Nancy (previously). Recntly, playing it the old-fashioned way (and not wi-- wow, is this still up? I remember when it was this big) has become a lot easier - earilier this year, classic Bushmiller Nancy strips began rerunning on GoComics. And if those are booster packs, Random Acts of Nancy (previously) is the one-per-pack uncommon/rare card. And, of course, there is the greatest of them all.
posted by BiggerJ at 12:05 AM PST - 12 comments

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