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"For the past 96 years, the annual Santa Fe Indian Market has been the largest cultural event in the Southwest, bringing together upwards of 1,100 Indigenous artists from the U.S. and Canada, and 150,000 visitors from around the world, more than doubling the New Mexican town's typical population. Indian Market takes place the third weekend in August, and it has long been considered the most prestigious arts show in the Native community." (Smithsonian)
posted by strelitzia at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:17:29 GMT


"A lie by omission may be a small one, but for a movement so vocally concerned with where things come from, the proprietors of craft culture often seem strangely uninterested in learning or conveying the stories of the people who first mastered those crafts." Lauren Michele Jackson examines The White Lies of Craft Culture. (slEater)
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:16:04 GMT


The faded advertisements on old brick buildings often go unnoticed, and they're disappearing fast. Ghost signs have a special place in any city. Hand-painted signs were a popular form of advertising between the 1880s and the 1950s, before ads could be inexpensively mass produced, installed, and replaced. Their remnants offer a lens into a neighborhood's past, reminding viewers about elements of commerce and life at certain points in history.
posted by adamcarson at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:10:42 GMT


Research into a symbiosis between plants and fungi is challenging our ideas of consciousness and intelligence.
in the last few years there has been a explosion of interest in what is sometimes called plant "neurobiology." Plants and trees don't have brains and that's enough, in some quarters of the intellectual establishment, to settle in the negative the question of whether they sense, evaluate, think, learn, plan, act or feel. But that inference — from no brain, to no mind — may be too quick.
NPR - A Web of Trees and Their "Hidden" Lives
Roots and fungi combine to form what is called a mycorrhiza: itself a growing-together of the Greek words for fungus (mykós) and root (riza). In this way, individual plants are joined to one another by an underground hyphal network: a dazzlingly complex and collaborative structure that has become known as the Wood Wide Web.
The New Yorker - The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web

This symbiosis is thought to be 450 million years old. The fungi help plants grow by assisting in the delivery of water, phosphorus, and nitrogen. In exchange plants send the fungus food. The network enables plants to communicate with each other. Fungus will even help plants defend themselves.
We know that trees also exchange information. When one tree is attacked by insects, we can measure electrical signals that pass through the bark and into the roots and from there into fungi networks in the soil that alert nearby trees of the danger. The trees pay for this service by supplying the fungi with sugars from their photosynthesis. And the fungi in turn protect their host trees from attacks by other dangerous species of fungi and contamination by heavy metals.
Yale Environment 360 - Are Trees Sentient?
. . . it has been known for a while that trees of different species can communicate with and support one another via their mycorrhizae. I had already known that plants can communicate with unrelated species through the air; plants getting chomped by herbivores release volatile chemicals that are sensed by neighboring plants, who up their defenses pro-actively. But communicating — and even sharing resources — through mutual root fungi was news to me.
Scientific American - Dying Trees Can Send Food to Neighbors of Different Species

Mycorrhiza networks send nutrients to trees in need:
One of the important things that we tested in that particular experiment was shading. The more Douglas fir became shaded in the summertime, the more excess carbon the birch had went to the fir. Then later in the fall, when the birch was losing its leaves and the fir had excess carbon because it was still photosynthesizing, the net transfer of this exchange went back to the birch.
Yale Environment 360 - Exploring How and Why Trees "Talk" to Each Other.

Trees will also keep neighbouring stumps alive,
[Peter]Wohlleben: This one beech tree was cut four to 500 years ago by a charcoal maker, but the stump is still alive — we found green chlorophyll under the thick bark. The tree has no leaves to create sugars, so the only explanation is that it has been supported by neighboring trees for more than four centuries. I made this discovery myself, and later learned that other foresters have observed this happening as well.
Yale Environment 360 - Are Trees Sentient?

and will sabotage nearby unwanted plants.
This "allelopathy" is quite common in trees, including acacias, sugarberries, American sycamores and several species of Eucalyptus. They release substances that either reduce the chances of other plants becoming established nearby, or reduce the spread of microbes around their roots.
BBC Earth - Plants Have A Hidden Internet

Additional resources:
TED Talk - Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other.

Radiolab - From Tree to Shining Tree

Quirks and Quarks - Trees Have Their Own Fungal Internet
posted by Stonkle at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:07:53 GMT


Discussing a new divide: those who walk because they can and those who walk because they must. Why people walk now and where they walk illustrates a cultural chasm. At the end of this article is a corollary article "The Walking Poor" you can click on to get the other side of the chasm.
posted by MovableBookLady at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:44:56 GMT


The Moon in Her Doorway. (Saturday flash fiction) "She didn't know why the moon had smashed into her house, trapping her inside. After working a double shift, she had walked home on tired feet under a night sky. The moon had hung large and low on the horizon, like a silver dollar. It balanced on the hill above her neighborhood. She remembered thinking, "It looks like it could roll into my arms."And then it did. Or almost. It was larger than it looked."
posted by storybored at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:28:35 GMT


"A typical stolen base is over within four seconds; a typical single within eight; a typical triple within 12. The most elaborate and disorienting plays might get to 20 seconds. I have found a play that took 26 seconds, and one that took 29 seconds, but I have never seen a play that took longer." The Portsmouth High Patriots, though, once tried a trick play that ran two minutes and thirty two seconds.
posted by Literaryhero at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:38:02 GMT


BBC Radio 4: Misunderstanding Japan "What images come into your head when you think of Japan? Dr Christopher Harding explores how Western media representations of Japan, from the very first Victorian travellers through to Alan Whicker and Clive James, have revisited the same themes."

"Often portrayed as workaholics driven by a group mentality, with submissive women and bizarre crazes, Dr Harding asks whether many of these stereotypes have led to the country being misunderstood by people in the West.
Have the Japanese had a role in perpetuating some of these stereotypes in an effort to set themselves apart?
What do our images, feelings, fears and fantasies about Japan tell us about ourselves?"
posted by gen at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:59:24 GMT


In a reversal of the current trend towards automation in the service industry, Chuck E. Cheese [previously] is retiring its animatronic show. Father John Misty has written a touching farewell.
posted by MrVisible at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:51:04 GMT


Long ago in "The Good Old Days", surfers ruled. It was bitchin'! That was before the threat of chemical pollution, nuclear waste and the horror of Buzzz Cola....
And so opens Surf II (YT, trailer): The Nerds Strike Back (via), a 1980s teen gross-out surf parody with added nudity*, stocked with some notable actors, and a soundtrack suitable for a surf film from 1984. Currently placed somewhere between one of the worst movies ever (next to another 1980s "sex comedy," Lunch Wagon [nsfw trailer]) and on the other extreme, just as funny as Naked Gun [trailer]. The film is considered an acquired taste, but if it might be your taste, you can watch it on YouTube (disregard the title, there is no second part).

On its face, it sounds like a winning idea: ur-geek Eddie Deezen was bullied in high school by the surfers, so he seeks his revenge through science. Then there's the conflicts between the surfers and the "new wave punks," surfers against teachers, and surfers against their parents.

Throw in exclusive Oingo Boingo music with other surf tunes from the Beach Boys and The Ventures , plus more new wave from Thomas Dolby, Talk Talk and Split Enz, and add some toxic soda that turns people into garbage-eating zombies (of a sort), and you've got a hit!

* Except it was written over a long weekend, under the influence of heavy painkillers, initially filmed in 29 days, and thenseveral shots depicting nudity were later inserted into the film by the executive producers after they decided they wanted an "R" rating. Initially titled Surf II: The End of the Trilogy, but later promotions re-titled the film Surf II: The Nerds Strike Back, following the success of Revenge of the Nerds (trailer). Those additions and re-brandings didn't do much to sell the final film, and it was critically panned (Leonard Maltin wrote Deezen's always good for a few laughs, but the film's best joke is its title: there never was a Surf I -- Google books preview), then generally sank into obscurity.

The movie was released on VHS, but has since spread via the internet. Today, some find redemption for the film, in part due to nostalgia for goofy films of the 1980s. And for what it's worth, Eddie Deezen had a lot of fun in the film, the only time he was the villain and it was a rare major role for him.

25 years after it was first released, Alamo Drafthouse supported Lars and Zack presents Cinemapocalypse: West Coast Tour, which showed Surf II and opened with this introduction from Zach, and was followed by some Q & A (Q & A part 2, and part 3).
posted by filthy light thief at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:35:08 GMT


LCD Soundsystem - tonite
posted by hippybear at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:07:31 GMT


Zero Gravity Canyon, San Rafael Swell, all kinds of swell times. The San Rafael Reef, or San Rafael Swell, is an easy drive from Salt Lake City, and holds many adventures. The Narrows of Little Wild Horse Canyon is a perennial favorite of families who take their kids into the slot canyons for the coolness of them. I had never heard of Zero Gravity Canyon until today, when I read this tale.

I have gone to the San Rafael many times to see the pictographs there, some of the most moody and evocative pictographs ever, are there, for instance "A Shaman and His Dog" in Black Dragon Canyon, this is easily walkable. Here is a little video from Emery County.