Gainsbourg and Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde" (1968)

Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde" from 1968. The lyrics (in French) are based on Bonnie Parker's poem "The Trail's End" that she wrote several weeks before she was killed. You can find the song on several releases, including Gainsbourg and Bardot's fantastic collaborative album "Bonnie and Clyde" and also on multiple Gainsbourg compilations, including Monsieur Gainsbourg: The Originals. (And yes, Mad Men viewers, it is indeed the tune playing at the Electric Circus in the "To Have and To Hold" episode.)

Final scene from Black Orpheus

Watching the video about Luiz, the adorable boy who explained why he didn't want to eat octopus, gave me the same feeling as the beautiful ending of Black Orpheus, which is one of the best movie endings ever. It's not really a spoiler either, so enjoy it then watch the entire movie when you can.

Ronald McJoker


This terrifying Ronald McDonald/Joker mashup cosplayer was snapped at San Jose's FanimeCon 2013 by David Ngo.

Ronald McDonald (via Neatorama)

Mouldering city built of bread is a metaphor for Earth without humans


Swedish artist Johanna Mårtensson created this installation depicting a cityscape made of bread in 2009, and photographed it as it decayed, creating a series of pictures representing the destiny of all human folly come the day that we make ourselves extinct and vanish from the face of the Earth:


I was inspired by an article about how well the earth would do without us. Within 500 years all buildings would be half fallen or fallen, perfect homes for animals and plants. The forrest would soon grow in cities. After hand buildings as well as pollutions would be taken care of by bacterias and micro-organisms. An ufo that came here in a couple of of hundred thousand years would not see many signs of that a gang of primates ones thought that they where the lords of the planet.

Decor Photoinstallation by Johanna Mårtensson (via Crazy Abalone)

Bomber enraged by spelling error can't blow up sign because his bomb instructions were riddled with typos


A 50-year-old man was upset that the sign in front of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission read "Oregon Teacher Standards an Practices Commission" (the D had fallen off the sign or been worn away), so he resolved to explode it with a pressure-cooker bomb. But the bomb didn't work, an outcome the man blamed on the spelling errors and typos in the bomb-making instructions he'd downloaded from the Internet. So he took his bomb into the Oregon Teacher Standards an Practices Commission and gave them a piece of his mind, vis-a-vis bombs, standards, and education. And practices.

"He walked quite confidently into our office as though he had a mission," she said, "and I think that was what alarmed me right off the bat." (Because no one who wants to be a teacher comes in with a good attitude? My guess is that the pressure cooker with wires sticking out of it might have also played a role in her alarm.) The man explained that he was upset with their misspelled sign and had just tried to blow it up for that reason. Didn't work, and you know what else?

After discussing his failed attempt to detonate his bomb, the man complained that the instructions he downloaded to make the bomb also had misspellings. [According to the director, he] implied that [she] and her employees should be concerned about the level of education children receive, given that his [bomb-making] instructions were rife with errors.

I think that only follows, though, if these were official State of Oregon bomb-making instructions that he'd gotten hold of. Then it would be fair to worry that our children are not getting the kind of training in literacy and improvised explosive devices that they will need to be successful in today's competitive economy. But if these were just any old bomb-making instructions, then the state's not to blame. You always have to be careful with what you find on the internet.

Man Tries to Blow Up Misspelled Sign, Criticizes Misspelled Bomb Instructions [Lowering the Bar]

Real Stuff: Close Call

“Because the bartender is always on TV, I got laid a lot. There were plenty of free drugs and drinks. I lived out all my middle-class Idaho fantasies as quickly as possible.” From Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).

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Disneyland dry-ice explosion: employee did it twice


More on the dry-ice explosion that triggered an evacuation of Toontown in Disneyland: it appears that the employee who put dry-ice in a sealed bottle in order to cause a loud bang and some water vapor did the same thing earlier in the day in another part of Disneyland. That seems like pretty authoritative proof that this was a premeditated attempt to cause alarm and not absentminded improper waste-disposal:

The Orange County district attorney's office says the first dry-ice explosion took place about 4 p.m. Tuesday outside Toontown shortly after Barnes was ending his shift and a colleague was taking over the vending cart with drinks.

Several minutes later, Barnes is accused of taking a second water bottle from the cart and walking toward the employee break room. While passing through Toontown, Barnes allegedly placed a second water bottle with dry ice in a trash can before leaving the area.

They're charging him with a felony and he's facing six years in jail for a prank that would have barely rated being fired a decade or two ago.

Disneyland worker charged in dry-ice blast 'wouldn't hurt anyone' [Mike Anton and Andrew Blankstein/LA Times]

(via The Disney Blog)

(Image: ToonTown sign, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from bfurlong's photostream)

Arms folded: a study in local reportage


Local People, Arms Crossed: exactly what it sounds like. A Tumblr full of hometown heroes, posed by unimaginative newsies with their arms crossed for extra competence. (via Waxy)

This is what a hairless raccoon looks like

Delightful! (Via Reddit)

The Value in Fixing: Nat Geo's "World's Toughest Fixes" host Sean Riley in conversation with Xeni at Maker Faire

I had a great time interviewing Sean Riley at Maker Faire this year. Watch our conversation, here. (Fora.tv)

Watch PBS NOVA on the science of the Boston bombing manhunt

Watch Manhunt—Boston Bombers on PBS. See more from NOVA.

Above, "Manhunt—Boston Bombers," a documentary for the PBS science program NOVA reported and directed by Miles O'Brien. The hour focuses on which technologies worked, and which didn't, in the race to track down the men behind the April 2013 Boston marathon attack. Watch online for free.

My contribution to this documentary consisted mostly of coffee runs, takeout food selection, and obtaining accurate sound effects for the Twitter screengrab sections. Hugs may also have been given.

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Grainy sonar image may or may not be new clue to Amelia Earhart's plane wreckage

A sonar image taken hundreds of feet below the surface of the Pacific may help solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of aviation: What happened to Amelia Earhart, and where is her plane?

TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, has a website dedicated to the search and the new data.

Northern Ireland builds a Potemkin Village for the G8

The G8 Summit is coming to Fermanagh, a county in Northern Ireland that has been devastated by austerity. To spruce things up and maintain the fiction that austerity will get us out of the global economic depression, the county has spent £300,000 giving local businesses "a facelift" -- including installing a fake butcher-shop window full of imaginary meat in a derelict storefront.

Two shops in Belcoo, right on the border with Blacklion, Co Cavan, have been painted over to appear as thriving businesses. The reality, as in other parts of the county, is rather more stark.

Just a few weeks ago, Flanagan’s – a former butcher’s and vegetable shop in the neat village – was cleaned and repainted with bespoke images of a thriving business placed in the windows. Any G8 delegate passing on the way to discuss global capitalism would easily be fooled into thinking that all is well with the free-market system in Fermanagh..

The butcher’s business has been replaced by a picture of a butcher’s business. Across the road is a similar tale. A small business premises has been made to look like an office supplies store. It used to be a pharmacy, now relocated on the village main street.

Elsewhere in Fermanagh, billboard-sized pictures of the gorgeous scenery have been located to mask the occasional stark and abandoned building site or other eyesore.

Recession out of the picture as Fermanagh puts on a brave face for G8 leaders [Dan Keenan/Irish Times]

(via The Atlantic)

First-ever high-res photos of chemical bonds breaking

About this groundbreaking photo from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley:

"Almost as clearly as a textbook diagram, this image made by a noncontact atomic force microscope reveals the positions of individual atoms and bonds, in a molecule having 26 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms structured as three connected benzene rings."

"Nobody has ever taken direct, single-bond-resolved images of individual molecules, right before and immediately after a complex organic reaction," said Felix Fischer of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

(via physorg, James McInerney)

Seattle Pot-trepreneur plans $100 Million chain of weed stores throughout America

Get ready for the Walmart of weed. Even Mexican President Vicente Fox thinks it's a good idea. The Stranger reports on a Seattle entrepreneur's plans to launch a $100 Million chain of marijuana stores throughout the US.