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GreenPiThumb: A Raspberry Pi Gardening Bot
posted by Jpfed at Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:04:02 GMT

Like enormous Victorian steam engines? From pants and coins to beer and paper, goofball Mark Williams gives us a running (sometimes literally running) tour around the UK's industrial past. After that, we puff on over to the continent with Ronald Top. For your summer binge-ing pleasure, enjoy many hours of Industrial Revelations on YouTube.
posted by functionequalsform at Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:51:13 GMT

Under May / there is a gulf that separates us and it seems to gape a little wider every day. / Now watch her pray on every tragedy. / Divide divide and frenzy up the nastiness / The them and us, the human cost / the rising threat / we must be watched / clocked and kept and screamed and blocked. / If this is strength then we're all fucked / But give them an inch and they'll set up shop. / I want to create a truly hostile environment. / Her words, not mine.

Kate Tempest performs at Glastonbury 2017 (54min).

Tempest previ/ously.
posted by Thella at Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:38:37 GMT

The African solar power revolution. [SLNewYorker]
posted by Chrysostom at Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:40:13 GMT

Venerable Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics have pored over their entire CBC radio archive for a (planned) 50-part Best Of Frantic Times podcast. Perhaps better known outside Canada for their relatively short-lived TV sketch show Four On The Floor, The Frantics were a four-man comedy troupe most famous for Mister Canoehead, the ubiquitous-for-Doctor-Demento sketch and song Ti Kwan Leep and Boot to the Head, and a fairly well-received Star Trek sketch in the early days of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Some of the material is... anachronistic is the charitable description; "sexist as hell" is the more accurate label. But for Canadians of a Certain Age, this was the cornerstone of our pre-KiTH comedic development.
posted by Shepherd at Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:39:20 GMT

The Bestest in the World. Every city has its beloved local bakeries—places that reliably turn out aromatic loaves of baguette or pumpernickel, small cafes that bake a pie, cupcake, or cookie that you crave daily.

Our Picks

The Baker Man

Le Lyon

Tastey SF Sourdough
posted by shockingbluamp at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:52:02 GMT

posted by adept256 at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:09:05 GMT

"Watching The Motel, a 2005 indie film about a Chinese-American family who own a motel in the middle of nowhere, was a revelation to me. I'll always come back to the scene in which the mom, as a special dinnertime treat, buys McDonald's for her family. She carefully unwraps the burgers and cuts them in half, placing each half on top of a bowl of white rice. I have never felt so understood by a movie." Let's Call it Assimilation Food, by Soleil Ho
posted by everybody had matching towels at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:28:10 GMT

Surprisingly cute baby animals (baby stingrays previously). (Sidebar may have NSFW pics)

That is all.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:41:48 GMT

Ready for an uncanny tea party? Check out Sarah Duyer's tea sets on arachnid legs.

Her unsettling pieces include mugs with fingers, bowls with bones, and a bird feeder with a mouth.

On a less creepy side, she makes motivational trophies, paints animals in sweaters and creates ceramics without added limbs.
posted by carrioncomfort at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:23:35 GMT

Research has increasingly shown that emotions are contagious. Emotional or affective contagion has been found between mothers and infants [pdf]; in social networks, where moral outrage increases the spread of ideas by 20%; and especially at work. The emotions of a team member can impact the entire team, changing both attitudes and performance. Do you have negative people around you? Two methods to stop negative contagion that seem to work: be calm, as serenity is one of the most contagious emotions, or else ignore them, as attention is critical to the spread of emotions.
posted by blahblahblah at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:48:45 GMT

Kentucky-based Appalachian Mountain Wrestling has graced the world with the presence of "Progressive Liberal" Dan Richards. He definitely isn't a face. Make sure to check out the Youtube clip linked in the article.
posted by cnanderson at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:48:10 GMT

Grab your robot friends. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon starts now! [Twitch] From June 26 through July 2, you'll be the subject of a 38-episode experiment to see how long it can take for the human spirit to break after suffering the type of DEEP HURTING that only the worst movies on the planet can provide. We're even going to pile on the pain with an assortment of vintage educational shorts and other bonus content in between each episode. A running order with the full list of episodes can be found here.
posted by Fizz at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:23:47 GMT

In an ice age, a couple ice ages ago, a forest of cypress trees was lost under the waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Amazingly, the wood is still intact, and can tell scientists about ancient forests, and how rising sea levels might affect modern forests. This short documentary will introduce you to the hurricane that allowed for the discovery, the process of diving for samples and studying them, and what we can learn from this amazing find.

Produced by This is Alabama. You can read more about the project on this news release.
posted by HakaiMagazine at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:14:03 GMT

How Does An Old Blasting Machine Work? Cody's Lab previously.
posted by Bee'sWing at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:15:28 GMT

At this past Saturday's Chicago Dyke March, controversy ensued when 3 women displaying Jewish Pride flags (a Star of David superimposed onto a rainbow flag) were asked to leave the event for making others feel "unsafe".

Chicago Dyke March's statement on the subject.
posted by The Gooch at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:14:51 GMT

Entertainment Weekly reports that the studio felt Rimes's version lacked the emotional weight needed for the film. One more time, in case you glossed over that: The song lacked the emotional weight needed for a film about Nicolas Cage fighting convicts on an airplane...
Jason Gallagher uses The Ringer's Good Bad Movies Week to tell us about that time that the Grammys nominated two versions of the same song for the same award in "Remembering the 'Con Air' Soundtrack War".
posted by Etrigan at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:59:31 GMT

Long Way Home: The circumnavigations of Henk De Velde and his search for that place behind the horizon.
posted by zarq at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:27:47 GMT

"It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise."

Gabriel Rockhill in The Philosophical Salon on how the CIA examined "the French intelligentsia and its fundamental role in shaping the trends that generate political policy".

CIA's research paper from 1985, "France: Defection of the Leftist Intellectuals". [pdf]
posted by Pyrogenesis at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:49:05 GMT

Do you like long tracking shots? How about Eastern European influenced pop balladry? You might also enjoy Cheap Magic Inside a film by Beruit and Vincent Moon to start off your week. [SLYT, etc...]
posted by 1f2frfbf at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:24:57 GMT

Government has been formed with the Tories striking a deal with the DUP. The big part of the deal? £1 billion is headed towards Northern Ireland.
posted by Talez at Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:38:46 GMT