How to tell if you accidentally end up in a classic Doctor Who episode | Exilian
"You have been accused of treason and spying. You have been on the planet for five minutes and are not yet sure who you might have been committing it against."

Hurr hurr quarries corridors hurr hurr wobbly sets hurr
who  clickbait  silly  tv 
28 days ago
How the Famous Five sold us a myth of Britain—and set the stage for our Brexit fantasies | Prospect Magazine
TL;DR it's all Enid Blyton's fault. A thoroughly convincing demolition of the moronic fantasism that's brought us here.
britishness  news  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  Brexit  literature  lies  zeitgeisty 
28 days ago
Regionalism in Disney Animation: Pink Elephants and Dumbo | Mark Langer | JSTOR
h/t @JuliaGalef. That total big-lipped alligator moment in the middle of <cite>Dumbo</cite>? (I adored it, but I'm told it's been the source of most children's nightmares since 1941.) Apparently there was a minor coup at Disney halfway through production, after Walt wandered off to do management things, allowing two directors from the subversive East Coast animation school to take charge and insert bits. The East Coast school do the weird stuff involving sex and drugs and rubber skellingtons dancing alongside a rotoscoped Cab Calloway, as opposed to the West Coast school who do princesses in floaty dresses acting as aviary perches for flocks of highly choreographed songbirds. I think the film is much improved as a result.
animation  film  movies  history 
28 days ago
The Modern Urbanism of Cook's Camden | Place Journal
"In retrospect it can be seen within a larger historical context, the long period of idealism and energy following the end of the Second World War, what some economists call the <i>Trente glorieuses</i> — the three decades during which social goals were leading motivators of public policy."
history  architecture  society 
28 days ago
Humanity Star - Orbit | Heavens Above
Heavens-above had this in the database as OBJECT F until this morning. There were three satellites from that launch with similar orbital characteristics and I couldn't be sure which was which. Now nicely updated and even with a link from the front page. No passes visible from the UK in the next good long while.
spaaace  coolstuff  tech  nerd 
28 days ago
The Humanity Star
So this is what was up with that Electron launch. I'm not convinced this is going to work. Each individual panel is significantly smaller than the reflective pane on an Iridium. Nonetheless I'll be keeping an eye out when the orbit's right.
spaaace  coolstuff  tech 
29 days ago
University of Haifa Researchers Decipher One of the Last Two Remaining Unpublished Qumran Scrolls | אוניברסיטת חיפה
The Dead Sea Scrolls are still yielding secrets---and that's a lot of information they've got out of a handful of scraps. The bit about linguistic obfuscation as a marker of social status is particularly interesting.
words  woo  language  writing  narrative  history 
29 days ago
Why Are People Eating Tide Pods? | NY Magazine
"Ah, youth!" says NYmag, "Never underestimate the power of social-platform metrics to drive adolescent meme consumption!", which I believe is intended to be sarcasm.
zeitgeisty  meme  journalism  #getoffmylawn  socialmedia  internet 
4 weeks ago
The (almost) complete history of 'fake news' | BBC News
"'If someone starts calling a telephone a banana, and has a very big megaphone, doesn't mean that the rest of us should stop calling a telephone a telephone.'" He literally said.
words  language  journalism  churnalism  news  drumpf  futurism  theBenefitsOfAClassicalEducation 
4 weeks ago
Salem: What the Problem Wasn’t | An Historian Goes to the Movies
Apparently the ergotism theory has been in and out of fashion a couple of times over the last few decades. This article is pretty recent, and very well done, although I feel it misses the point a couple of times.
history  journalism  science  woo  witchcraft  narrative 
4 weeks ago
Cars found trapped in Edinburgh’s ‘robot car park’ 15 years on | Edinburgh Evening News
If anyone's wondering when exactly the future became the past, I propose a date of around 2003.
news  cyberpunk  tech  wheresmyjetpack 
4 weeks ago
Using myth: a focus on Katabasis | EACWP
"Writing prompt: write your own myth of katabasis". Waaaay ahead of you.
narrative  writing  theBenefitsOfAClassicalEducation  monomyth  wellness  woo 
4 weeks ago
A quick trip to Loch Tay | Flickr
Killin and thereabouts, 22/01/18 It was snowy.
IFTTT  photos  photography 
4 weeks ago
UK water firms admit using divining rods to find leaks and pipes | Guardian
"We've found that some of the older methods are just as effective [as] the new ones"
natureoftruth  news  tech  woo 
11 weeks ago
Russell Crowe calls for fans to support Master and Commander sequel | Film-News.co.uk
Now this is the kind of online activism I can get behind. ON THE UPROLL, FIRE!
movies  film  sailing  clicktivism  news  books  history 
11 weeks ago
Government confirms freeze on working age benefits | Independent
"longest fall in living standards in the past 60 years [...] The news came just twenty minutes after Clarence House announced Prince Harry’s engagement"
republicanism  politics  bloodytories  welfare  news  benefits  classwar 
11 weeks ago
Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier | JOE.co.uk
Oh great. Another year of endless headlines obsessing about some chick's frock.
news  journalism  republicanism  satire  checkyourprivilege 
11 weeks ago
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance on Dutch street organ | YouTube
TIL that there is a one-to-one correspondence between MIDI files and piano roll encoding. Expect more of this.
music  silly  video 
12 weeks ago
Wealth, Illth, and Net Welfare « Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
"The fact that we have to stretch English usage to find words like illth and bads with which to name the negative consequences of production that should be subtracted from the positive consequences, is indicative of our having ignored the realities for which these words are the necessary names."
economics  ecology  words  etymology  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW 
november 2017
Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence | YouTube
In case you've not heard this yet. This rocks.
music  video  coolstuff 
november 2017
Burn The Programmer! - Charlie's Diary
Because programming is ma[gj][iy]c{k,}. Machinimaguruhughhancock expounds.
code  hacking  computing  natureoftruth 
november 2017
Meet the Bartender Making Buckfast Negronis - MUNCHIES
Ahh, Buckfast. For when it's not yet early enough for Irn-Bru.
food  booze  classwar  scotland 
november 2017
Who Started the First Fire? | SAPIENS
It's a bit late to start ascribing blame now.
archaeology  fire  history  technology 
october 2017
Three wild speculations from amateur quantitative macro history | Luke Muehlhauser
"Everything was awful for a very long time, and then the industrial revolution happened." I gots some serious questions about the choice of metrics here, but I enjoyed this article nonetheless.
history  statistics  dataisbeautiful 
october 2017
Dangerous sound? Listen to what Americans heard in alleged Cuba attacks | KUTV
In the absence of any credible threat, the U.S. diplomatic corps opts to get pissy about a randomly occurring 7kHz tone that probably comes from an air conditioner or something. Announcements that it can be deployed within 45 minutes presumably forthcoming.
news  espionage  usa  coldwardinosaur 
october 2017
"Oxide Ghosts" screenings | Michael Cumming | latest news
Today is the 20th anniversary of 1997. People did different things then, like watch Brass Eye on its original broadcast. Looks like I've missed the screening of this (and the York one), but there's still... um... Sheffield? Halifax?
tv  satire  coolstuff  silly  art  incrediblyobscurereference 
october 2017
What Facebook Did to American Democracy | The Atlantic
And this is whose fault it was. Contains discussion of blogocubes^Wfilter bubbles.
filterbubbles  natureoftruth  news  whyfacebooksucks  internet  zeitgeisty  politics  psephology  journalism  media 
october 2017
People matching artworks | Stefan Draschan | Tumblr
Stefan Draschan clearly spends a great deal of time sitting in galleries, waiting for serendipity to occur. And he gets results.
art  silly  coolstuff 
october 2017
How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record | Boingboing
"Welcome to the digital stone age". Recall that V'ger^WVoyager was launched in 1977, and employs technology available at the time. This clearly explains why the aliens are all avoiding us. They think we're all wearing bell bottoms and deely boppers, and encoding image data as analogue audio. Kinda haunting to listen to the raw recording.
science  tech  audio  spaaace  coolstuff  video 
october 2017
The Astrobiology of the Subsurface [PDF, powerpoint pres] | NASA
No srsly. They recovered 50kya-old microbes from geological inclusions and now they're growing them inna lab in California [pp40ff in the presentation]. This can't possibly end badly. ME AM PLAY GODS. ME GO TOO FAR.
incrediblyobscurereference  science  scifi  spaaace  geology 
october 2017
Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life | BBC News
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
science  coolstuff  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  spaaace 
october 2017
Nazi-killing video game adopts controversial anti-Nazi marketing stance | AV Club
"I dislike how you phrased this. You guys might want to make a statement that you guys dont hate Trump or freedom"
advertising  news  politics  fuckwits  drumpf  nazis  gaming 
october 2017
5 Reasons to Leave Your Toxic Job Right Now | On Careers | US News
"[I]t's crucial to get out of toxic jobs quickly because staying can warp your norms and do real damage to you professionally".
work  wellness  woo  blog  psych 
october 2017
How a fish tank helped hack a casino | Washington Post
I know, let's put absolutely everything online. That can't possibly have any negative consequences.
internet  tech 
october 2017
The catalogue of UK Entrances to Hell
The British versions are slightly less impressive.
photography  uk  photos  urban  silly 
october 2017
Archaeologists Find a Classic Entrance to Hell
"The eunuch priests of Pluto would prove their power by entering the gassy cleft and coming out alive (presumably by holding their breath)"
history  archaeology  religion  natureoftruth 
october 2017
May's speech ripped off from the West Wing | Streamable
Did Samsung write this one, or did Toby? Either way Lord John Marbury is going to have some explaining to do.
news  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  copyfight  video 
october 2017
What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know - CBS News
"So you see these human stories which are not -- they're not real. They're not real. But they were real."
history  journalism 
september 2017
Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons
There is actual science in this. Look, there are graphs and everything. I am a fairly recent convert to going barefoot (modulo some paddling obvs), but I like it.
science  woo  natureoftruth 
september 2017
Hakim Bey's Pirate Utopias - Hermetic Library
TIL about the Republic of Salé, which existed while the rest of western Europe was still grubbing about with absolute hereditary monarchy. "Liquor was never forbidden. Pirate ships were true republics, each ship an independent floating democracy."
piracy  history  politics  society 
september 2017
Merry Christmas, VT | YouTube
Starring the Doctor (the genuine article, you might say), Romana (I), gin, K9, and UST.
who  tv  silly  booze  incrediblyobscurereference  video 
july 2017
Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing | NBC News
"[Random lady in random old photo is] wearing pants, something for which Earhart was known"
news  history  photography  feminism  journalism 
july 2017
Why Embracing 'The Suck' Is The Key To Setting Yourself Free | Careershifters
"The poet, David Whyte, says, 'Anything or anyone that does not bring you fully alive is too small for you.' &nbsp;" Fine words from a poet. Some of us have to work for a living.
wellness  woo  socialism 
july 2017
What Donald Trump really said to Angela Merkel | The Poke
The zeitgeist, all of it, in one relatively brief clickbait post. I love Internet.
zeitgeisty  politics  news  silly  clickbait 
july 2017
Scottish bank holidays are the best bank holidays | Link and Lorne - YouTube
Millport: island of dreams.

(I'd point out that Millport's the town and the island is Cumbrae, but then I'd be accused of portsplaining.)
scotland  video  silly 
may 2017
Beltane 2017 | Flickr
Thornborough Henge, Yorkshire
IFTTT  photos  photography 
may 2017
Bempton Cliffs, Flamborough Head, April 2017 | Flickr
A walk around the nature reserves. Singularly failed to spot any puffins.
IFTTT  photos  photography 
may 2017
Donald Trump calls Meryl Streep 'overrated' after Golden Globes speech | BBC News
One day I hope to be a good enough human being to be insulted by the president-elect.
drumpf  politics  acting  news 
january 2017
The UBI already exists for the 1% | Medium
"The UBI does not invent passive income. It merely doles it out evenly to everyone in society, rather than in very concentrated amounts to the richest people in society."
basicincome  economics  politics  welfare 
january 2017
The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain | Guardian
"At its core is a message from the state to the individual, saying ‘we actually give a damn about you and we’ll treat you with respect’."
economy  welfare  scotland  basicincome  politics  news  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW 
january 2017
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