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Friday, 18 August 2017

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

quote [ "In the pictures that have been mislabeled as the plague, we see in them what we want to see of the plague," says Jones. We see groups of victims mid-demise, covered in lesions, reaching up to the heavens for help that we know won't come.
Almost everything about that is wrong. ]

Reconstructing the Black Death in extended.

[SFW] [health] [+3 Good]
[by midden@10:58pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 14 August 2017

VR porn performer is a potty-mouthed librarian turned tech nerd

quote [ If there were such a thing as a “normal” porn star, Darling would certainly defy that logic. With an undergrad degree in forensic psychology and a master’s in library science, the 31-year-old became a name in the industry as the world’s first virtual reality cam performer. ]

People, pr0n, technology, VR, it's got it all! Plus, "sexy librarian," has always been a favorite.
[NSFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3 Interesting]
[by midden@12:32pmGMT] [17 comments]

Construction photos of Leeza SOHO Tower look like Sci-Fi matte paintings

quote [ The 172,800m² design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium – the world’s tallest – extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city.

Once the 46-story structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September of this year, it will be home to the world's tallest ]

The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed. - William Gibson
[SFW] [art] [+5]
[by midden@12:20pmGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Trump tweets gratitude to Russian twitterbot

quote [ Even as the president has railed against multiple investigations into Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics, he may have become Exhibit A of the foreign government’s influence by elevating a suspected Russia-connected ­social-media user — part a sophisticated campaign to exacerbate disputes in U.S. politics and gain the attention of the most powerful tweeter in the world. ]

Not technically a bot. Full text in extended because Washington Post.

[SFW] [humor]
[by midden@1:54amGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 4 August 2017

What the Trump-Russia Grand Jury Means

quote [ After Mueller uses the grand jury to compel the production of documents and other evidence from targets and witnesses in the investigation, he will likely begin bringing witnesses in for testimony. Though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, prosecutors often use F.B.I. interviews for witnesses they deem to be more friendly. They use a grand jury, before which testimony is under oath and transcribed, to lock in testimony from more adversarial witnesses. ]

This is a followup to knumbknutz's post a day or two ago. http://sensibleendowment.com/entry.php/10022
It's a New Yorker article that goes into some depth on the subject, but is only a couple pages long.

[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+4 Informative]
[by midden@10:25pmGMT] [8 comments]

DCs Legendary Punk Label Dischord Records Makes Its Entire Music Catalog Free to Stream

quote [ MacKaye’s brother Alec was a member of Dischord band Faith—one of Kurt Cobain’s admitted influences—and of Ignition with Gray Matter’s Dante Ferrando, who went on, with investments from Dave Grohl, to found the club Black Cat, a central hub of punk and indie rock in DC for 27 years. The more you dig into the musical families of Dischord, the more you see how embedded they are not only in their home city, but in the weft of modern American rock. ]

I didn't realize DC was so influential in the punk scene. Looks like you need an account on the Dischord site to listen, but it's free and they have over 75 bands and several hundred albums. Link to the band list in extended.

[SFW] [music] [+9 Good]
[by midden@3:34amGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Breaking News: Texas calf resembles Gene Simmons

quote [ Simmons himself was delighted, tweeting: "This is real, folks!!!" ]

This is the End Times, for sure.

The infamous Terry Gross interview in extended.

[SFW] [humor] [+4 Funny]
[by midden@10:33pmGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Cautionary Tale of the Harlem Hoarders

quote [ In 1947, it took police five hours to plough through the junk and find the first Collyer brother’s body. It took them three weeks to find the second brother just 10 feet away, buried under a collapsed junk tunnel inside the four-storey brownstone. ]

Thumb is the police walking under a 12 foot ceiling. I have a dear friend with a hoarder in his family. It really is a serious illness. It makes me want to go the opposite direction and be happy with as little as possible. Well, maybe except for tools. A few more hoarding links in extended. Just a few, I promise.

[SFW] [health] [+2 Interesting]
[by midden@12:05pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Scotland Is Blocking the Expansion of Donald Trump's Golf Empire

quote [ At one testy meeting, Trump was apparently startled by a local planning official who accused him of not researching the limits of the property before he bought it. “You know, nobody has ever told me before I don’t know how to buy property,” he snarled. “You’re the first one. I have done very well buying property. Thanks for the advice.” ]

I can totally imagine him buying the place, assuming he could just bully the locals into doing whatever he wanted. Idiot. Do not fuck with the Scots. He should have watched Local Hero first. Great movie. Also the first time I saw Peter Capaldi. GIFs in extended.

[SFW] [sports] [+3 Funny]
[by midden@8:35pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

James Franco Hosts Philosophy Time, a New Videos Series Created to Help Philosophy Reach a Wider Audience

quote [ How do you get ordinary people interested in philosophy? If we are to believe the accounts of Plato, this wasn’t so difficult in ancient Athens. One simply lounged around the Acropolis harassing passersby, a tactic sure to fail in most city centers, town squares, and strip malls today. ]

I'm all for whatever it takes to get people thinking. It doesn't quite fit any any existing category (history? literature? art? religion & spirituality? science? politics?), so I stuck it in "people." John Cleese Philosophy PSAs and a talk about why metaphors make such good insults in extended.

[SFW] [people] [+3 Interesting]
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