The Ruin – An Anglo-Saxon Poem of the Past | Eagles and Dragons
Twelve hundred years ago, an unknown scribe lamented the long-departed wonders of five hundred years before that. The translation on Wikipedia preserves the kenning better, but this version had commentary.
history  archaeology  wheresmyjetpack  poetry  narrative 
12 days ago
How to Survive an Authoritarian Government | Extra Newsfeed
This is just generally good advice even if you don't live inna terrifying Orwellian dystopia.
listicle  politics  samizdata  solidarity  activism  dystopia  socialism  sousveillance 
4 weeks ago
How One Tiny Swedish Submarine 'Sunk' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier | The National Interest
"U.S. antisubmarine specialists were 'demoralized' by the experience."
news  ships  usa 
4 weeks ago
The Meteorological Strangeness Of Hurricane Florence | Forbes
"Florence also has the potential to be a life-altering rainfall event."
meteorology  science  news  nerd  doom  ecology  usa 
4 weeks ago
Iridium flares to cease by end of 2018 | BBC Sky at Night Magazine
RIP Iridium. The new constellation won't flare. Time for me to get good at astrophotography very fast, I think.
spaaace  astronomy  tech  science  nerd  photography 
4 weeks ago
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 | NASA
TIL the Carrington Event very nearly happened again, but we missed it by a week.
spaaace  doom  science  astronomy  dystopia 
6 weeks ago
If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Guardian
Veganism is rarely the answer unless the question is "how can I be more miserable and sanctimonious".
food  opinion  rewilding  ecology 
6 weeks ago
The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews | The New York Times
It's okay, HR people. As long as you're aware that your entire profession is based solely on lies and false assumptions, you just go right on doing what you're doing.
work  employment  psych  psychology  society 
7 weeks ago
EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE | Permanent European Union Citizenship
"Noting the ECJ’s view of Union citizenship as a ‘fundamental status’ of nationals of Member States, and that Brexit will strip millions of EU citizens of this status and their vote in European elections, requests the Commission propose means to avoid risk of collective loss of EU citizenship and rights, and assure all EU citizens that, once attained, such status is permanent and their rights acquired." There's been talk of this before---there being no mechanism to strip a citizen of their rights---but this is, to my knowledge, the first effort to formalize it, and it's worth a shot.
petition  clicktivism  europe  Brexit 
7 weeks ago
Jamie Oliver accused of cultural appropriation for 'jerk' rice | Metro News
On the plus side, this means that there's a product out there that has the word "PUNCHY" right next to a picture of his gurning fat-tongued mockney twat face.
food  jamieoliver  fuckwits 
7 weeks ago
Nightcore - Russian Rock Anthem | YouTube
*Soyuz nerushimiy* "And the singing?" "Let them shing."
silly  music  incrediblyobscurereference  video 
7 weeks ago
LET'S VISIT SCARBOROUGH! courtesy of the Tripe Marketing Board | Wakelet
On second thought, let's not. Scarborough is just as terrifying as I remember.
silly  yorkshire  twitter 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks 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 
8 weeks 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 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
11 weeks 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 
12 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 
12 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 
12 weeks ago
The Neural Net Tank Urban Legend |
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 
12 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 
12 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 
12 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 
july 2018
Who Is Reality Winner? | NYMag
"The World’s Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread"
politics  surveillance  sousveillance  usa  terrorism  putinonthereich  drumpf 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
A no-deal Brexit survival guide: what food to stockpile | Graun
Better stock up on bondage gear and dune buggies while we're at it.
dystopia  Brexit  news  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  britishness  food  doom 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
Forty years and still going strong |
TIL that Voyager 1 and 2 come equipped with 8-tracks.
spaaace  tech  coolstuff  nerd  science  astronomy 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
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 
july 2018
Now this is how you tell a story. These days. Apparently.
culture  narrative  writing  silly 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
The Lifespan of a Lie | Medium
Changing perspectives on the Stanford Prison Experiment.
science  psychology  history  natureoftruth  society 
june 2018
Two Norwegian Lawmakers Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize | Bloomberg
OH FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK. I suppose nobody trolls better than a Norwegian.

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news  politics  fuckwits  drumpf  wtf 
june 2018
How bad could it be, really? | tigerfort
Better start stockpiling bondage gear and dune buggies.
Brexit  politics  fuckwits  bloodytories  dystopia  news  uk 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
Bare hill of the hind | Walkhighlands
This is why we need rewilding. Moar wolves pls.
scotland  rewilding  walking  politics  opinion 
june 2018
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 
june 2018
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