Open Culture
2 months
They may have arrived on the scene in the 80s as one of the four horsemen of thrash metalkin to such cuddly acts as Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer—but believe or not, Metallica had some serious crossover appeal from the start. Granted, that appeal was limited to a small subset of punks and skaters who came to appreciate metal thanks to Metallica’s covers of horror-punks The Misfits on their 1987 Garage Days Revisited EP . Nonetheless, it showed that the band always had a sense of humor and an appreciation for other—albeit very closely-relatedgenres. Since then, Metallica has grown up, sometimes awkwardly. We watched them do it with the help of a therapist in the 2003 documentary Some Kind of Monster . We listened to their grown-up angst on that bummer of an album, St. Anger . That year, they also took on a fourth member, bassist Robert Trujillo, whose extra-genre affinities are broad and deep—from his love for Motown, funk, and the athletic fusion of Jaco Pastorius to his dabbling in flamenco .
Open Culture
2 months
They may have arrived on the scene in the 80s as one of the four horsemen of thrash metalkin to such cuddly acts as Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer—but believe or not, Metallica had some serious crossover appeal from the start. Granted, that appeal was limited to a small subset of punks and skaters who came to appreciate metal thanks to Metallica’s covers of horror-punks The Misfits on their 1987 Garage Days Revisited EP . Nonetheless, it showed that the band always had a sense of humor and an appreciation for other—albeit very closely-relatedgenres. Since then, Metallica has grown up, sometimes awkwardly. We watched them do it with the help of a therapist in the 2003 documentary Some Kind of Monster . We listened to their grown-up angst on that bummer of an album, St. Anger . That year, they also took on a fourth member, bassist Robert Trujillo, whose extra-genre affinities are broad and deep—from his love for Motown, funk, and the athletic fusion of Jaco Pastorius to his dabbling in flamenco .
The Event Chronicle
4 months
That’s still only scratching the surface. There’s a lot more that can be said, like the Ark of the Covenant and the Great Pyramid and the Holy Grail and how that ties into all of this. Great Pyramid Conventional Egyptology says the Great Pyramid was built around 2600 B.C. and was a tomb built for King Khufu. Which, we all should know is baloney because Egyptian records say that Khufu merely did some minor restoration work on it, so it was already old and crumbling by this time. Based on my research, the Great Pyramid was completed between 3500 and 3200 B.C. and it was built by those same global mariners being discussed on this show. They arrived there after already having established Sumerian civilization to the east, in what is today Iraq and parts of Syria and Iran. In the 4th millennium B.C. they came to Egypt, which was already known to their ancestors from several millennia before that, and they built various complexes and set about building the main three pyramids, with the Great Pyramid being their final and most successful one.
BoingBoing
4 months
Those paths could be reset as many times as I wanted, but I chose to go off in the direction of natural selection which collapsed the other branches and created a new hexagon with the Charles Darwin node still attached. The new hexagon offered six new paths, and on I went down a chain of connections until I arrived at Frankenberry Cereal. That might seem like just a bit of fun trivia, that Darwin and Frankenberry are linked together in an academic six-degrees-of-separation sort of way, but along that path I learned how advances in biology led to the mass production of gelatin. That took me to the history of pectin, fruit roll-ups, and something I had never heard of before calledFrankenberry Stool ,” the pink poop that comes from eating too much monster-based manufactured breakfast which caused a short-lived health scare in the early days of artificially dyed food.
Techradar
5 months
£8.06/$9.99 (roughly AU$13.24) FiLMiC Pro has been on iOS for a while and it's so good that it was even used to make the arthouse feature film 'Tangerine'. Now it's arrived on Android and it's every bit as impressive here. As a premium video camera app it doesn't come cheap, but it gives you far greater control over your footage than most alternatives. There are standard, manual and hybrid shooting modes, with options to adjust the temperature, tint, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, focus and more. You can also shoot in slow or fast motion and a variety of different resolutions and aspect ratios, including the likes of Cinemascope and letterbox. Shooting your film isn't the end of the fun either, as FiLMiC Pro lets you alter the exposure and saturation after you've captured your footage. Then, there are a variety of encoding and sharing options.
NPR News
6 months
But it added that the storm is expected to remain a hurricane through tonight. "On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will continue to move near or over the coast of South Carolina today, and be near the coast of southern North Carolina by tonight," the agency says. Governors in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina urged evacuations before this storm arrived; as of last night, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said , around 355,000 people had fled South Carolina's coastal areas. In an update on the storm Saturday, Haley said more than 437,000 power outages have been reported in the state. Friday night, Haley said 2,500 National Guard members had been activated in an effort to cope with the storm. She also said that while shelters remain open, residents shouldn't try to travel far; most counties along the S.C. coast are already under curfews. "Really, the best thing now is to just hunker down, stay in a safe place, don't try to move around," Haley said Friday night.
NPR News
6 months
The video went viral and protesters began to gather at the area, de la Canal says. Glenn wasn't present for the start of the protest but says that, according to witnesses, it began peacefully. De la Canal reported on what happened next: "[A]s the night wore on, more protesters arrived, and the mood turned more aggressive. They forced the shutdown of Old Concord Road, right next to the rail tracks. "Overhead, a police helicopter was swinging its search light over the crowd, which stretched all the way down the street. "Just as the 11 o'clock freight train passed, protesters began throwing rocks and water bottles at police, and smashing in the windows of police cruisers, some so badly they had to be towed from the scene. Then, at once, police in riot gear, donned gas masks and helmets, and began shooting rounds of tear gas into the crowd." De la Canal reports that protesters wrapped T-shirts around their faces; some kneeled and raised their arms as they faced off with the officers.
NPR News
6 months
Mirrorspectrum
8 months
Eyewitnesses reported that the plane exploded above treetop level before it had even hit the runway. Hunt said that “at least 20-25 FBI members,” as well as numerous DIA agents were at the scene of the crash within minutes before rescue personnel had even arrived, and that this fact was attested to in a letter sent by the head of the Chicago FBI to investigator Sherman Skolnick. Hunt said that his safety was guaranteed by the dissemination of the tape and that he had several copies and had mailed others to addresses both abroad and in the U.S. “Once this information is out there’s really no point in anyone trying to do me in or do me wrong – someone may try to discredit me but I have no skeletons in my closet,” said Hunt. As we have previously reported, the night before the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson met with Dallas tycoons, FBI moguls and organized crime kingpinsemerging from the conference to tell his mistress Madeleine Duncan Brown that “those SOB’s” would never embarrass him again.
NPR News
9 months
Timeline Hundreds had gathered for the Black Lives Matter rally and march, which was coming to a close just before 9 p.m. CT when gunfire cut through the air. "They were targeting the police," NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports for Morning Edition . "They let the protesters pass by and started shooting the police." Part of the gun battle that ensued was captured on a Facebook live stream . We'll warn you that it includes images and language some may find disturbing. Police believe the shots came from an "elevated position," targeting officers who had been helping secure the rally. "Dozens of Dallas police cars arrived immediately" after the first shots were fired," reports member station KERA . "Officers were out in force, wearing helmets, shields and holding assault weapons." In addition to those officers, many of the police who were trapped at the scene were in their patrol and bike uniforms.
NPR News
9 months
Project Censored
a year
Peter and Mickey spend the hour examining immigration issues. They speak to two undocumented young adults who arrived in the US as children. Also on the show are two immigration attorneys, who explain the Obama Administration's DACA and DAPA actions one of which is now before the Supreme Court and the millions of [...] The post immigration issues appeared first on Project Censored .
Project Censored
a year
Peter and Mickey spend the hour examining immigration issues. They speak to two undocumented young adults who arrived in the US as children. Also on the show are two immigration attorneys, who explain the Obama Administration's DACA and DAPA actions one of which is now before the Supreme Court and the millions of [...] The post immigration issues appeared first on Project Censored .
The Event Chronicle
a year
In late September, we were stunned to read ( and report ) that in the first mega-layoff in recent Chinese history, the Harbin-based Heilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group, or Longmay Group for short, the biggest met coal miner in northeast China had taken a page straight out of Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg's playbook and fired 100,000 workers overnight, 40% of its entire 240,000 workforce. For us this was the sign that China's long awaited hard landing had finally arrived, because as China's paper of record, China Daily, added then: now, many migrant workers struggle to find their footing in a downshifting economy. As factories run out of money and construction projects turn idle across China, there has been a rise in the last thing Beijing wants to see: unrest. We added that if there is one thing China's politburo simply can not afford right now, is to layer public unrest and civil violence on top of an economy which is already in hard-landing move.
Open Culture
a year
Image by BBC Radio 6Symphonies, perfume, sports cars, graffiti, needlepoint, monuments, tattoos, slang, Ming vases, doodles, poodles, apple strudels. Still life, Second Life, bed knobs and boob jobs” — why do we make any of these things? That question has driven much of the career (and indeed life) of Brian Eno , the man who invented ambient music and has brought his distinctive, at once intellectual and visceral sensibility to the work of bands like Roxy Music, U2, and Coldplay as well as the realm of visual art. Back in September, he laid out all the illuminating and entertaining answers at which he has thus far arrived in giving the BBC’s 2015 John Peel Lecture . http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p033smws.mp3 We featured Eno’s wide-ranging talk on the nature of art and culture, as well as its utility to the human race, back when the Beeb offered it streaming for a limited time only.
BoingBoing
a year
In psychology they call thinking that you see the world as it truly is, free from bias or the limitations of your senses, naive realism. According to our guest in this episode, famed psychologist Lee Ross, naive realism also leads you to believe you arrived at your opinions, political or otherwise, after careful, rational analysis through unmediated thoughts and perceptions. In other words, you think you have been mainlining pure reality for years, and like Gandalf studying ancient texts, your intense study of the bare facts is what has naturally led to your conclusions. DownloadiTunesStitcherRSSSoundcloud This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses . Get 80 percent off Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior presented by Professor Mark Leary along with many other fantastic lecture series by visiting this link and ordering today! This episode of You Are Not So Smart is also brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or online portfolio.
NPR News
a year
The Huffington Post
a year
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog On October 1, I arrived at the Oklahoma City headquarters of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) -- a congressionally-chartered collective of oil and gas producing states -- hoping for an interview. Photo Credit: Steve Horn | DeSmog There to ask IOGCC if it believed human activity (and specifically oil and gas drilling) causes climate change and greenhouse gas emissions , my plans that day came to a screeching halt when cops from the Oklahoma City Police Department rolled up and said that they had received a 9-1-1 call reporting me and my activity as "suspicious" ( listen to the audio here ). What IOGCC apparently didn't tell the cops, though, was that I had already told them via email that I would be in the area that day and would like to do an interview. That initial email requested an opportunity to meet up in-person with IOGCC's upper-level personnel, a request coming in the immediate aftermath of its Oklahoma City-based annual meeting , which I attended.
The Event Chronicle
2 years
Jupiter in Virgo: The Clean Up Crew Has Arrived (And Youre In It) by Kathy Biehl The old song “The Party’s Over” is in the air. (Dont know it? Have a listen). It’s sounding one of the themes of the next 13 months, as bigger-is-better Jupiter travels through the improvement zone of Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo is Good News for all of us. It’s turning some of the rubble of the past three years into firm and sturdy foundations. Not to mention, encouraging quite a lot of clean-up work. A back-to-school, back-to-work vibe will underlie the entire time of Jupiter’s in Virgo, which lasts from August 11, 2015 to September 9, 2016. The early days have the feel of coming to after a wild party and easing into putting your surroundings — and yourself — back in a semblance of order. No matter how much of a mess you see, there’s no need to rush. Let your head adjust.