Friday, January 17, 2020

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A Brief History of Double-Nominated Actors at the Oscars.  

The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret. A year of reporting reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse. (via Digg)

The Jedi of the past who talked to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker. With the perfect punch line. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Chef Restoring Appalachia’s World-Class Food Culture.

Envy over her success led her husband, also a writer, to become violent. She fights every day for her safety — and to avoid being relegated to obscurity like so many writers who are mothers. (via Metafilter)

Chainsaws Were Invented to Help with Childbirth.

The Mulan live-action remake doesn't have any songs for a very good reason. (via Uproxx)

18th-Century Naturalist Believed He’d Discovered an Eyewitness to the Biblical Flood. Only after his death was it successfully identified.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time.

A blast from the past (2007): Who Flew Before the Wright Brothers?

Sheer Poetry

(via Fark)

Car Chase

I sometimes get the feeling that all police chases would be better with Yakety Sax as a soundtrack. However, this one, which is at least ten years old, is particularly suited to the theme. (via Boing Boing)

Tweet of the Day

Every voter in America needs to pay attention to the impeachment trial. How is your senator treating the process? The result is a foregone conclusion, but will the public get to hear the whole story?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Safe Water

How 1917 Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot

Those who have seen the movie 1917 were impressed by its realism. That may be because it was filmed to appear as one long continuous shot. Director Sam Mendes recalls the reaction editor Lee Smith had to the outlandish idea.
“I laughed hysterically,” Smith said. “Sam actually had it on the cover page of the script that it should look like a single shot. And as I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself, ‘I have no idea how this is going to work.’ Whenever I read a script, the film plays out in my head in conventional coverage–and I had to keep reminding myself that even though there will of course be edits, you’re not supposed to see them.”
It works, as the movie won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and is a favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars. Jason Kottke said the technique was a bit distracting for him, because he tended to look for the edits. So just watch this video about how they did it, then go see the movie and let yourself get lost in the action. 

Sphinx of Black Quartz

Sometimes the comments are better than the post submission at reddit. This exchange is both educational and humorous.

Tell Me What Happened

He's a good boy, let him go free. This comic is from Jim Benton. (via reddit)


(via Buzzfeed)

The Original Game of Life was Incredibly Dark

Milton Bradley first sold The Checkered Game of Life in 1860, and almost single-handedly launched the board game craze. While the games tiles seem discouraging and downright depressing, it was a change from previous versions of the game that were designed to promote only morality to focus more on long life, happiness, and achievements -although there were some pretty scary pitfalls. The more modern version, of course, focuses mostly on money. This video is only 4.5 minutes long, the rest is an ad.

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Kidnapped Goat Found, Reunited with Depressed Cow.

An Oral History of Rickrolling.

What the Color ‘Haint Blue’ Means to the Descendants of Enslaved Africans.

The Coded Couture of Antique Lacework. Aristocrats had custom-made lace of silk and gold thread, embedded with pearls and gems, with patterns that included fantastical animals, historic scenes, and meaningful personal symbols.

Older Sister Cat Retrieves Stuck Toy For Kitten. (via Metafilter)

The 2019 McGingerbread Hell winners have been announced. This is the second year for the competition at MsMansion Hell.

The post-war adverts that tried to cure lonely women. By selling them something, of course. (via Damn Interesting)

Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across America, working-class people -including many of our friends- are dying of despair. And we’re still blaming the wrong people. (via Metafilter)

See the world through the lens of a snail in these miniature creations. (via Laughing Squid)

A blast from the past (2012): 10 Clever and Creative Crochet Creations.

Your Name Is...?

(via reddit)

Google Maps Gone Wrong

Google Maps joins science fiction lore in this eerie video.

Tweet of the Day

Amazing is the word. I couldn't even see the bar he was trying to clear for the longest time.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Marquees Are Hard

(via Bad Menu)

Ghostbusters Gangnam Style

Let's dip back in time to see how little music has changed. In 1984 we were bobbing our heads to the Ghostbusters theme, and in 2012, "Gangnam Style" was everywhere. Here they inhabit the same space.

Pew Pew

(via reddit)


Pass the test, fail anyway. Our hero decided he would be better off confronting a phantasm. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

The Quantum State of Garbage

(Thanks, WTM!)

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Turns out Colin Trevorrow’s version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually.

The Search for Eden: in Pursuit of Humanity’s Origins. It may be that modern humans came from many places across Africa. (via Strange Company

How One Librarian Tried to Squash Goodnight Moon. (via Digg)

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Posters.

The Rich American History of Nazi-Punching. (via Nag on the Lake)

The weirdest cat pictures on the internet are at the Twitter account this cat hopefully does not exist. (via Everlasting Blort)

Here Are 20 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That May Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters.

Taxonomania: An Incomplete Catalog of Invented Species, From the Pop-Eyed Frog to the Loch Ness Monster.  (via Damn Interesting)

Continents of the Underworld. These are the largest things on the planet. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): 7 Real-Life Fairytale Castles.