Saturday, April 21, 2018

Flowers and Trees

The classic Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1932. Flowers and Trees was the first cartoon to win an Oscar for animated shorts, a category introduced in 1932.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Cannot Be

Every Rod Serling Twilight Zone Opening Monologue

Rod Serling perdonally introduced every episode of The Twilight Zone, setting us up for the awesome story to follow. The intros were not timed, and came in many different lengths. Yet they all ended the same way. In this video, they are all synched to end together. It's weird, but the payoff at the end is worth it. (via Boing Boing)

Kylo Ren Explains The Last Jedi

Now that he's caught up with the story so far, Supreme Leader Ren, or Supreme Leader Kylo, or Supreme Leader Ben, lets us in on how he sees his progress and where things may go from here. He's pretty confident in this video from Auralnauts.   


Nothing Compares 2 U

Prince originally wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" for his side project The Family. The song was purportedly about Susannah Melvoin. After the release of one album in 1984, the members of The Family were reorganized into Prince & The Revolution. The song was later a global hit for SinĂ©ad O'Connor in 1990. To coincide with the two-year anniversary of Prince's death tomorrow, his estate has released the original studio recording, accompanied by video footage of Prince & The Revolution's rehearsal sessions from 1984.  (via Uproxx)

Miss Cellania's Links

Time's Most Influential People of 2018. They are divided into categories instead of ranking, and each have a tribute written by their biggest fan.

The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool. (via Metafilter)

A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

How the Panama Canal Took a Huge Toll On the Contract Workers Who Built It. The world's greatest infrastructure project took ten years and thousands of lives, but even more were permanently injured. 

The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

After an 11-year-old Navajo girl was kidnapped, her family and friends sprang into action to find her. Why did it take so long for law enforcement to join them? (via Digg)

Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

Why in the World Did Ancient Humans Perform Brain Surgery on This Cow? It could have been practice for human trepanation.

The Restaurant Industry Ran a Private Poll on the Minimum Wage. It Did Not Go Well for Them. (via Boing Boing)

Worse Than Crab Legs

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The Differences Between the U.S. and New Zealand

Jordan Watson gave us two lessons on the difference between Australia and New Zealand, because he is from New Zealand and people thought he was from Australia. He must have gotten some feedback from Americans. Probably confused Americans. So now he brings us a lesson on the differences between the States and New Zealand, as if we needed that. But he is, as always, entertaining. I honestly saw "Howdy" coming a mile away, and then expected him to go from "chilly bin" to the "chili bun," which is a Southern US thing.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, April 19, 2018


He was fine; he's distressed now. (via Bad Newspaper)


William Levitt did more than anyone else to invent the nightmare we know as suburbia. There was a housing shortage after World war II, so he used the conveyor-belt method to build thousands of identical houses in planned communities in Long Island and an event bigger one in Pennsylvania. Levitt retained the commercial centers, and sold the houses at an affordable price to veterans who wanted their own home to raise their families in. There were HOA-type rules, and severe redlining. Levitt wouldn't sell to any family that wasn't white. The first black family, William and Daisy Myers, bought a house from a Levittown resident in 1957. Riots ensued, but the Myers stayed for several years.

The suburban ideal caught on and spread across America. The connection between work, family, and community was severed as fathers commuted miles to work in the city every day, while housewives stayed home, drank, scrubbed their perfect suburban houses, made Jell-O salads, and played bridge with each other. The soul-sucking conformity of living in such a community inspired The Stepford Wives, The Feminine Mystique, and Suburbicon

The above clip is a condensed version of the 1957 documentary Crisis in Levittown, PA. Here is the full version. It contains some disturbing language. It is only a half-hour long, then clips are repeated. 

Read more about Levittown at Messy Nessy Chic


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Kitten Loves Human

This video follows the kitten Oscar as he bonds with his human, Brian. That's the way a human-pet relationship should be, and it's adorable. Oscar and his bud Kimi have their own Facebook page.

Pet-human relationships can get a little wonky over the years, though, as my personal experience will show. A few years ago, we had four cats and four people in this house. My cat was Gogo, my husband's cat was Tommy, Apollo belonged to Princess, and Marshmallow was Gothgrrl's cat. That was all well and good until the girls went off to college. Then Gogo succumbed to old age (she was 17). Then my husband passed away a year ago. So it's just me and three other peoples' cats. The girls come home occasionally, but they don't stay long. Sure, I take care of all the cats, and they depend on me, and I do my best to give each one personal attention. But transferring a special relationship to a new human takes time.

Marshmallow is now almost eight years old. She is deaf, and was always standoffish to people. For years, she couldn't stand for a human to touch her for more than a few seconds, although she acts downright maternally with the tomcats. She grieved when Gogo didn't come home. Just a few months ago, Marsh started to enjoy being petted. Now she'll even sleep in my bed with me, which never happened before. Strange that it took seven years for her to become comfortable with me.

Apollo (the ginger) is the alpha male. He was well bonded with Princess, but she's been gone most of the past three years. She hasn't come home in nine months now (she lives in Europe). Apollo is very friendly- he even approaches strangers walking past the house for his "tribute" of a back scratch. He expects a back scratch every time he comes into the house, like that means he's a good boy. But it's only in the past month that Apollo has started coming to me for extensive petting and cuddling.

Tommy was an injured stray, maybe three months old, when he came to live with us. He bonded strongly with my husband, who would watch TV in bed and pet the kitten. When I lie down, it's to go to sleep. About six months after my husband died, Tommy started jumping into the bed as soon as I got in it. He'd get up in my face with his awful breath and lick me. I would pet him and fall asleep while he kneaded me, claws out. He really needed that.

So after all this time, the three cats are fully mine. They may still expect their original human to come home at any moment, but they are no longer waiting for them. 


Musical World Map

We've seen before how people turned art into music by playing it through a midi program. John Keats did that with a map of the world, and the results are surprisingly pleasant. Well, maybe it shouldn't be too surprising, since a talented programmer/musician would adjust those pixels to avoid the most dissonant notes. But it's nice to see our world sounding this good! 

Keats' musical map of Europe is way more discordant, his musical map of Africa is more dramatic, and his musical map of France is experimental, since he used the sounds of different musical instruments. You can see more of Keats' musical midi maps at YouTube. (via b3ta)

Miss Cellania's Links

Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

How Dog Poop Led to Me Cleaning Out a Meth House. An amazing story. (via Metafilter)

North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs. The rest of the world thinks we've lost our marbles.

The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous. (via Everlasting Blort)

5 Reasons Growing Old In 2018 Is A Total Nightmare.

19 Secrets of Public Librarians.

In The Bath

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Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors

How many times have you thought, "There's no way those people aren't aware of how much noise they're making." How right you are. Not only are they aware, they've turned it into an art form.I once lived downstairs from these guys. (via reddit)