Keep calm and stockpile: An Irish parcel for Brexit Britain | Irish Times
"[A]dvances in vacuum packaging means rationing can be a far jollier affair than it was in [our] grandparents’ day". This is what we look like to the rest of the world.
Brexit  britishness  food  dystopia  fuckwits  politics 
2 hours ago
Armageddon vs. Deep Impact: 20 Years Later | IGN
I'd have to watch it again to be certain, which I have no inclination to do, but I recall DEEP IMPACT being dreadful mawkish bullshit. ARMAGEDDON, though flawed, at least was fun.
movies  film  review  #youareold  splosions  spaaace  sf 
7 hours ago
Iron age logboat | Flickr
The School of Ancient Crafts in collaboration with Granton:Hub, a lot of choppin, and a log the size of a house
IFTTT  photos  photography 
8 hours ago
American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths | Truthdig
Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart, the listicle edition. (And yes, it hurt to type that apostrophe.)
clickbait  americans  usa  politics  society  incrediblyobscurereference  freedom  zeitgeisty 
21 days ago
Edinburgh art festival review – a plodding, poor relation of the fringe | Guardian
"Ethical hand-wringing is not art". And hectoring, gatekeeping lectures about what is and isn't art aren't journalism, but what would I know. Good to see Summerhall get a positive shoutout though, and there are a couple of things on (fortunately, ones that Jonathan Jones considers 'art') that I'd like to see.
art  review  edinburgh  local  fringe  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  journalism 
21 days ago
Brexit provides the perfect ingredients for a national food crisis | Guardian
This is an excellent precis of the situation in which we find ourselves, with only one problem that I can see. The last sentence of the article is four words too long.
doom  Brexit  food  politics  history  bloodytories  fuckwits  dystopia  economy  europe 
21 days ago
Spoof poster telling parents to shoot their kids if they had rabies was included in an official government magazine | Mirror Online
It is entirely unsurprising to me that the Cabinet Office thought that Scarfolk Council was one of their own. For more information, reread this article.
politics  fuckwits  silly  art 
4 weeks ago
Egypt’s Huge Sarcophagus Yields Three Possible Warriors | Archaeology Magazine
I'm not entirely sure what we were all expecting to find innan Ominous Black Sarcophagus. Although, given how much it looks like a photon torpedo casing, I thought it would be more likely to find someone's neatly folded robes than an actual corpse.
history  archaeology  news  incrediblyobscurereference 
4 weeks ago
The Prisoner 001 (2018) | View Comic
Yes folks, it's a modern sequel/revival! (Although I think they have the chessboard in the wrong part of the Village, but perhaps they've relandscaped the lawn in the 52 years since we last saw it.) It's being released one episode per month, with #2 already available. Be seeing you.
tv  comic  privacy  sousveillance  surveillance  society  narrative  coolstuff  nerd  books  scifi  incrediblyobscurereference 
4 weeks ago
The Neural Net Tank Urban Legend | Gwern.net
It's like Snopes but for tech folklore! It was Sweeedish tanks in the version I was taught at university. Rule #55 applies here: it doesn't matter if it's true, it's a teachable moment.
tech  ai  narrative  natureoftruth 
4 weeks ago
The Trump Protest in Pictures | Broughton Spurtle
"Irony and understatement were the order of the day." Contains pictures of friends of mine.
drumpf  scotland  edinburgh  politics  protests  photos  news 
4 weeks ago
Giant statue of sexy Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park unveiled to mark film’s 25th anniversary | Pink News
Your sculptors were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.
art  film  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  silly 
4 weeks ago
How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit | The New York Review of Books
"What is the point of the BBC if it cannot tackle issues of national importance? What is the point of a news organization that is frightened of journalism?"
journalism  BBC  Brexit  britishness  politics  bloodytories 
5 weeks ago
Who Is Reality Winner? | NYMag
"The World’s Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread"
politics  surveillance  sousveillance  usa  terrorism  putinonthereich  drumpf 
5 weeks ago
A denunciation of Donald Trump | The Scotsman
Tough talk for the Hootsmon. Nothing here we don't already know, but perhaps it's nice to have it all set out plainly in the MSM.
journalism  news  drumpf  fuckwits  politics  usa 
5 weeks ago
Nobody knows what’s inside the newly found massive Egyptian sarcophagus | The Verge
26 Reasons For And Against Opening The Ominous Ancient Black Sarcopahgus. It took about four hours for this fascinating titbit of archaeological news to be turned into a listicle, which is a modern-day curse the Pharaohs could never have imagined. Contains more references to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than you're likely to find in the Journal of Archaeological Science, but one can always hold out hope.
news  clickbait  history  archaeology  silly 
5 weeks ago
JUGGALOS | Federal Bureau of Investigation [PDF]
53 tantalizing pages have been redacted from the FBI report on the Safe Streets/Gang Unit's investigation into Juggalos. Of the bits that aren't classified, there's this burn: "Insane Clown Posse can't get its music on the radio, but claim to have 1 million devoted fans".
music  fuckwits  americans  usa  law  policing  silly 
5 weeks ago
Century's longest lunar eclipse July 27 | EarthSky
In Edinburgh moonrise will happen at the same time as the moment of greatest eclipse, 2122 BST. Totality ends at 2213. Best find a high vantage point.
astronomy  spaaace  coolstuff  local  edinburgh 
5 weeks ago
A Massive, Black Sarcophagus Has Been Unearthed in Egypt, And Nobody Knows Who's Inside | Science Alert
"It could almost be the start of a new Indiana Jones film." Or the apocalypse. Here's hoping.
history  archaeology  news 
5 weeks ago
These Atomic Shelters Serve As Housing for Many in Beijing | National Geographic
"Many of the residents are aspiring youth who believe that underground dwelling is just a transitional phase of their life until they gain the financial means for a room with windows and sunlight."
cyberpunk  dystopia  capitalism  photography  photos  poverty  coldwardinosaur 
5 weeks ago
Blondie & Philip Glass - 'Heart of Glass (Crabtree Remix)' | daftbeatles - mashups
Yes, it's the one featured on The Handmaid's Tale (s01e03). This is marvellous. Debbie Harry's vocals have never been so haunting, and the relentless textures of Glass' concerto layer against them sumptuously. Best served with a side of slomo splosions and shattering windowpanes, but then so many things are.
music  tv  don't_cross_the_memes 
5 weeks ago
Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think | AAAS
"When threatening faces or unethical research proposals became less common, people started to consider previously benign examples as posing a threat or being unethical."
science  psych  psychology  natureoftruth  millennials  society 
6 weeks ago
Forty years and still going strong | Astronomy.com
TIL that Voyager 1 and 2 come equipped with 8-tracks.
spaaace  tech  coolstuff  nerd  science  astronomy 
6 weeks ago
The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence | Nautilus
The cheese the mouse the cat the dog chased chased ate... fell
language  words  narrative  evolution  programming 
6 weeks ago
Exposure - The cryptocurrency for creative professionals
Finally, when someone offers you an opportunity to do it for the exposure, you can say, "how many Exposure™®?"
internet  art  crypto  society  silly  socialmedia 
6 weeks ago
SMORGASBORD OF MYTHOLOGY! | Myths RETOLD
Now this is how you tell a story. These days. Apparently.
culture  narrative  writing  silly 
7 weeks ago
Mars Retrograde 2018: What You Need to Know | Teen Vogue
TIL that TEEN VOGUE has a surprisingly good astrology section. If everything's gone catastrophically weird the last couple of days, this is why.
woo  natureoftruth  nerd  astronomy 
7 weeks ago
Reality Check: Has the UK's devolution settlement been ripped up? | BBC News
TLDR: Yes. But it's hardly surprising. The powers were always Westminster's to take back whenever they felt like it. Otherwise, devo-max would have been an acceptable alternative to indy. The problem is not that Brexit has provided an excuse for WM to do what WM was always going to do---the problem is the naked contempt with which they've done it. The fact that the whole thing went almost completely unreported until the SNP pulled their little walkout stunt today only serves to underline that.
indyref  independence  scotland  uk  politics  news  analysis  Brexit 
9 weeks ago
The Lifespan of a Lie | Medium
Changing perspectives on the Stanford Prison Experiment.
science  psychology  history  natureoftruth  society 
9 weeks ago
Two Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize | Bloomberg
OH FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK. I suppose nobody trolls better than a Norwegian.

[Warning: infuriating autoplaying video]
news  politics  fuckwits  drumpf  wtf 
9 weeks ago
How bad could it be, really? | tigerfort
Better start stockpiling bondage gear and dune buggies.
Brexit  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  dystopia  news  uk 
9 weeks ago
Rat Park drug experiment comic about addiction | Stuart McMillen comics
For every scientific study there is an equal and opposite study. This utopia seems to conclude with much more optimism.
society  science  mentalhealth  drugs  comic  dystopia  psychology 
9 weeks ago
The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the 'Rats of NIMH' | Atlas Obscura
In which the mice all started wearing leather bondage gear and driving dune buggies around. Science!
dystopia  psychology  science  zeitgeisty  incrediblyobscurereference  society 
9 weeks ago
On the Risk of an Accidental or Unauthorized Nuclear Detonation | RAND Corporation, 1958
p. 24. "There are two delusional complexes frequently observed in paranoia or paranoid disorders which could bring forth the intent to cause an unauthorized nuclear detonation. One is the desire to seek fame[...] The other complex is the idea of having a special mission in history." 
coldwardinosaur  drumpf  nuclearpower  history  usa 
9 weeks ago
Bare hill of the hind | Walkhighlands
This is why we need rewilding. Moar wolves pls.
scotland  rewilding  walking  politics  opinion 
9 weeks ago
WHY I WANT TO FUCK RONALD REAGAN
J G Ballard's classic 1968 demolition of the media-friendly politician. What a world it must have been, when this was a novelty deserving of commentary.
writing  books  dystopia  americans  usa  politics  satire  deconstruction  zeitgeisty  literature 
9 weeks ago
Rai stones | Wikipedia
"Because these stones are too large to move, buying an item with one simply involves agreeing that the ownership has changed. As long as the transaction is recorded in the oral history, it will now be owned by the person it is passed on to and no physical movement of the stone is required."

TIL that the Micronesian islanders invented the blockchain.
economy  capitalism  tech  nerd  silly 
9 weeks ago
The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto | Serious Eats
Now this is how you do a cookery blog. And also how you do a risotto. Nom.
food  blog  cooking  science  nerd 
9 weeks ago
The Pivot | Charlie's Diary
Meanwhile in Britain. Charlie recaps everything nicely.

(I hadn't seen the news about Dacre, good riddance, but the other day I did have to blink and check what reality I was in when I saw an oddly anti-Brexit headline on the Daily Fail.)
news  journalism  Brexit  zeitgeisty  wtf  conspiracy  DailyMail  bloodytories  fuckwits  politics  uk 
9 weeks ago
First, Let’s Fire All the Managers | Harvard Business Review
A company as red as the tomatoes they process. And they still make money. It can be done.
capitalism  socialism  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  economy  economics  work 
9 weeks ago
"We’re America, Bitch:" White House Official Defines Trump Doctrine | The Atlantic
In the current climate, any scholarly political article that references <cite>Team America: World Police</cite> can only be a good thing.
news  politics  drumpf  fuckwits  usa  zeitgeisty 
10 weeks ago
Bad jobs can warp your sense of what’s normal | Slate
On toxic workplaces, and their similarity to any other form of dysfunctional relationship.
work  employment  wellness  mentalhealth  psych  apophany  capitalism  health 
10 weeks ago
The Queen's corgis are dead: long live the 'dorgis' | The Guardian
I stand corrected. There won't be corgis. She's letting them die off before she does. h/t @clanwilliam.
news 
10 weeks ago
'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death | The Guardian
"There may be corgis". And all nonessential work will stop for twelve days and the economy will tank. But there'll be a free bank holiday!
news  uk  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  coldwardinosaur  history 
10 weeks ago
Scientists Reveal That Quantum Time Travel Exists | Perfect Edition
No they don't, but quantum computation might be possible along open timelike curves in addition to closed ones, which themselves might or might not exist.
science  tech  nerd  computing 
10 weeks ago
White power, white nationalism, and the Vietnam War: a brief history | Vox
"there’s this perpetual engagement in state violence, and we should expect that violence to reverberate throughout society during and after war."
racism  usa  drumpf  fuckwits  bloodytories  nazis  history 
april 2018
Amazon Buys ‘The Peripheral’ Drama | Deadline
Ooh, this could be interesting. Or terrible. Cautious optimism.
tv  books  WilliamGibson  news  media  sf 
april 2018
Facebook Crossed The Creepy Line And Can’t Go Back | Buzzfeed
"Google makes a lot of futuristic technology [...] that feel like useful tools on their own merits. Facebook’s core features [...] while disruptive and transformative at scale, were never exactly new. Facebook’s true innovation is a ruthlessly efficient and effective machine that serves highly targeted ads in ways that seem increasingly adversarial to traditional views of personal privacy."
privacy  whyfacebooksucks  internet  socialmedia  tech 
april 2018
Perfect Day: All the dairy you love, with none of the dairy cows. | Perfect Day
Interesting method of creating dairy products without the tedious necessity of putting corn into a cow and then squeezing milk out the other end. This will be useful when we go to space, but I still want to see herds of cattle on the cargo deck eventually.
science  tech  coolstuff  futurism  livinginthefuture  food 
april 2018
What football will look like in the future | SB Nation
Possibly the most dystopic future ever created. But I absolutely love the way this is told.
writing  futurism  sf 
april 2018
The American Chopper meme, explained | Vox
Apparently it's all about Socratic dialectics. And rednecks with Hulkamania moustaches throwing chairs at each other. Personally, of course, I favour the Downfall meme as a best fit for my own personal style of philosophical discourse.
philosophy  nerd  meme  socialmedia  millennials  language  #getoffmylawn  culture  internet 
april 2018
David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’ | Guardian
"There was never a single trunk population in the human past. It has been mixtures all the way down."
anthropology  racism  science  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  race  history 
april 2018
Are music videos behind the rise in UK's violent crime? | Sky News
Because the problem is rock and/or roll. Why can't these gangsters listen to some ballet like normal people.
betteridgesLawOfHeadlines  news  crime  music  bloodytories  fuckwits  politics  policing  acab  incrediblyobscurereference 
april 2018
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