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When Ellen Came Out, She Didn't Just Change Lives. She Saved Them.
posted by Michele in California at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:03 GMT

I feel like this person has created a career for herself off the back of my work. She may no longer be actively copying my work, but she's still ripping the style, and would never have got to that place had it not been for copying my work in the first place. It feels wrong. I'm not happy about it. And I wanna be that pebble in her shoe. Minipops, these tiny pixelly versions of famous people, are mine. I'm proud of them and the many hours I put into them. Artist Craig Robinson busts a plagiarist.

Craig Robinson's FlipFlopFlyin site
39 Princes (one for each year of his career)
Minipops previously (though links all dead)
Flip Flop Fly Ball
Also, Lollipops
posted by chavenet at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:20:11 GMT

'The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was snatching body positivity out of the hands of fat women and then convincing them it was never theirs in the first place.' Writing for Dazed, fatshion blogger Bethany Rutter dissects the ways in which the body positive movement has been 'co-opted by [Instagram] models and fashion labels to reject bodies it should celebrate'. [TW: discussion of fatphobia.]

More from Bethany Rutter: Twitter and blog.

[TW for discussion of eating disorders]
'Why One Woman "Broke Up" With Body Positivity' , by Kelsey Miller at Refinery29, which delves into the reasons Joni Edelman - author of a viral pro-body-positivity article in 2015 [SLRavishly]- now rejects the movement [SLRavishly].

Body positivity previously on the Blue:
- Lindy West on being a fat bride
- Marie Southard Ospina on wearing a low-rise bikini on the beach as a fat woman
- Erica Hanna on shopping for clothes
- Body positive Tumblrs
posted by thetarium at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:49:43 GMT

"The luxury party that turned into the Hunger Games." "Watching vapid, rich millennials livetweet the horrors of this thing brought me more joy than anything has in weeks." (from Twitter)
posted by My Dad at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:37:55 GMT

Saxophonist Colin Stetson has a new album out today, All This I Do for Glory. As is the norm for his solo work, Stetson builds an astonishingly deep and varied soundscape using only his bass saxophone and his voice. Even when the music videos for Spindrift and In the Clinches [epilepsy/migraine trigger warning for flashing light and dark] show intimate and close-up looks (like, inside the saxophone close) at just how he summons forth all that sound, it's difficult to believe it's all coming from one man, live, in a single take. Stetson cites early 90s electronica as an influence on this album, and he's engineered and mixed the album himself.

Stetson is also a member of a new post-metal band, Ex Eye, with Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, and Toby Summerfield. They have no album out yet, but they have performed together, which you can check out here and here.

(Colin Stetson previously: 1, 2, 3, 4)
posted by yasaman at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:35:53 GMT

Fifty years ago today, Expo 67 opened in Montreal. The Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star look back.

Widely acknowledged as the most successful World's Fair ever, Expo 67 is mostly remembered for its iconic design and architecture (and cuisine, muses the Globe and Mail). It helped shaped modern Montreal, leaving behind Île Notre-Dame (built from millions of tons of rock excavated for the Montreal Metro), Parc Jean-Drapeau, Buckminster Fuller's Biosphère, Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, the Montreal Casino, Place des Nations, and numerous public artworks. It paved the way for Montreal to host the 1976 Summer Olympics (and lent its name to the much-missed Montreal Expos).

(Expo 67 previously, on, MetaFilter)
posted by oulipian at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:07:12 GMT

Douglas Chandler's 1937 feature on Berlin for National Geographic magazine painted a citizenry content under Nazi rule. He later collaborated with the Nazis, working as a radio propagandist.
Chandler was convicted of treason, but his sentence would be commuted by President Kennedy. He later tried to bill National Geographic for expenses. (h/t Neatorama)
posted by Etrigan at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:53:45 GMT

"The National Film Center in Tokyo is celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation this year...Thanks to funding from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the National Project for the Sustainability of Born-Digital Cinema, the NFC has selected 64 works released between 1917 and 1941 and made them available for screening online complete with fresh subtitles by Dean Shimauchi (Rosemary Dean and Tetsuro Shimauchi)."
posted by MonkeyToes at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:45:07 GMT

The author's goal is to subject himself to as much tyrant prose as he can bear, reporting back on his findings in this space, until the will to live deserts him. In 2009, Daniel Kalder began an occasional series of reviews of books written by dictators, starting with Hoxha's memoir on Stalin. He moved on to Brezhnev ("bathetic agitprop"), Rahmon ("it could be much worse"), Khomeini ("Open the door of the tavern and let us go there day and night"), Gaddafi ("surreal rants and bizarre streams of consciousness"), Kim Jong Il ("awful enough to kill infants if read aloud"), and Saddam Hussein ("a sudden eruption of interspecies lust"). Castro's Che memoir seems to have finally done him in in 2013.
posted by clawsoon at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:21:46 GMT

'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History.
posted by sapagan at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:20:39 GMT

The physics of poo, or why it takes you and an elephant the same amount of time. From the tiniest to the most massive of poos, physics predicts we should all spend the same amount of time on the john.
posted by gudrun at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:24 GMT

Garbage Nerd Pitches (slt)
It's an anime set in a quaint English village, but with BB-8 as the devil.
posted by postcommunism at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:07:46 GMT

The State of The Art, By Iain M. Banks, Dramatised by Paul Cornell [audio]
posted by Artw at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:04:53 GMT

Inside the Insane Feud Between a Vegan Strip Club and the Steak House Next Door
posted by divabat at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:44:55 GMT

The US State of Arkansas killed a man convicted of murder, Ledell Lee, a few days ago even as considerable doubt remained about his guilt and the fairness of his trial and despite his own insistence that he was innocent of the crime. The reason the State of Arkansas was in such a hurry to execute him and three other people on death row? Their lethal injection drugs were close to the expiry date. Elizabeth Vartkessian talked to Leddel Lee and read his life story.

The New York Times reported he was killed 16 minutes before the death warrant expired at midnight and interviewed five people who have witnessed state executions including Marine Glisovic, a reporter for KATV in Little Rock watched Lidell Lee die: "It's almost set up like a mini-movie theater. There was a black curtain in front of four window panels.They peeled back the curtain, and the inmate is lying down already, and he's got an IV in each arm. He's horizontal before us. He stared up the entire time. When they peeled that curtain down, they turned the lights off in our room, the witness room, so the only thing that was lit up was the chamber. As it's going on, it's quiet. No one's saying anything. It was very sterile and clinical. It was like watching somebody be put to sleep, if you will. It is probably the shortest yet longest 11 minutes of my life. No matter what anyone says, there's really nothing to prepare you for what you are about to see." If you hit the paywall there is a PDF of the interviews.
posted by toycamera at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:17:44 GMT

An upcoming Netflix movie directed by Bong Joon Ho (of Snowpiercer fame) is being teased with a fake commercial for a not-yet-existing product. Yes, that is Tilda Swinton. (more conventional teaser here)
posted by oneswellfoop at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:07:27 GMT

What happens when you enter Witness Protection? -- 12 facts about witness protection -- A top heroin dealer in 2007 -- Longform magazine piece about leaving a life behind in 1996 -- witness protection in the UK
posted by Eyebrows McGee at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:21:09 GMT

A Gershwin classic, Willie Nelson, Someone Who'll Watch Over me. A four minute, six second interlude from today's world. enjoy
posted by HuronBob at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:25 GMT

20 stories of same-sex hookups from straight men.
posted by The Whelk at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:17:13 GMT

We spent months bracing and preparing for the death of our daughter. But guess what? We weren't ready. Royce Young writes about his unborn daughter's anencephaly, and the journey of despair, purpose, and hope he and his wife undertook.
posted by Pater Aletheias at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:58:36 GMT

The Single Most Important Ingredient [The New York Times] "James Beard, the father of modern American cookery, once asked, "Where would we be without salt?" I know the answer: adrift in a sea of blandness. Salt has a greater impact on flavor than any other ingredient. Learn to use it well, and food will taste good. Salt's relationship to flavor is multidimensional: It has its own particular taste, and it both balances and enhances the flavor of other ingredients. Imagine taking a bite of a rich espresso brownie sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The salt minimizes the espresso's bitterness, intensifies the flavor of the chocolate and offers a savory contrast to the sugar's sweetness. Does this mean you should simply use more salt? No. It means use salt better."
posted by Fizz at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:47:36 GMT

If clear-knee jeans don't go far enough, TopShop now offers full clear jeans (or used to; perhaps they came to their senses). And Nordstrom takes virtue-signaling to new, er, heights with pre-mudcaked jeans. Baffled commentary at Consumerist.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:45:32 GMT

Grief Is Weird (part 2, part 3) is a short comic by artist Sara Goetter about dealing with losing her mom. (Goetter previously.)
posted by cortex at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:35:18 GMT

No wires are needed for these Shaolin monks to fly. This is the only video I found of it in use. It's short but exuberant. The wind tunnel seems to have come about by an accidental meeting of the Latvian architect and a representative of the Shaolin monastery.
posted by MovableBookLady at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:17:50 GMT

ClickHole: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Is A Sobering Commentary On The Perils Of America's Crumbling Infrastructure
posted by porn in the woods at Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:54:47 GMT