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You got your kayfabe in my bad lip reading...

The BLR effect applied to pro wrestling.

endless, ecstatic play with thousands of little yellow plastic balls

Suck the Balls! is an installation by Niklas Roy, the first version in Krakow, the second in Prague.

"When sucking the balls which are surrounding his feet, the balls race through the transparent pipe system, creating a visually stunning scene. The journey of the little balls ends in a container above the ball pit, waiting for the climax of the operation: When the visitor pulls the release handle of the container, a fountain of balls splashes down onto his head in a joyful shower."

Not exactly The Rumble In The Jungle

Rope-A-Dope 2 , a short film. Basically Jackie Chan meets "Groundhog Day". (via MeFi fave Tony Zhou)

"It's a scary a movie. I was not allowed to watch it."

Nightmares in the Horror Aisle: Exploring the Movie Art That Traumatized You as a Child

American Dynasty

Congressional Democrats for the past six years have lamented their chilly relationship with President Barack Obama. He doesn't schmooze enough, they say. He is missing the glad-handing gene that makes politics fun. He just doesn't get it.

But they are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel: the prospect of a Clinton back in the White House.

zara zara goro goro poki poki zaku zaku

Chocolates That Represent Japanese Onomatopoeic Words To Describe Texture

The trailer is dark and full of spoilers

The final two episodes from Season 4 of Game of Thrones were shown again, in remastered IMAX format, along with a trailer for the upcoming season 5. Unsurprisingly, the trailer was posted online, in all its blurry goodness. So HBO decided to release the high quality version and photos from the upcoming season, prompting much speculation on what will and won't be in the tv version of the popular books.

A rising tide lifts Iceland — literally

A rising tide lifts Iceland — literally A team of geoscientists has detected evidence that Iceland is literally rising along with sea levels.

See also: Iceland's Earth Rising Up As Glaciers Shrink, Will Volcanic Activity Increase As Well?

Georges will watch this all day.

Golden Retriever can't get enough of Australian Open tennis

"Writing is not a linear process. It's all work. This is work."

Put On Some Pants and Get Out: Writing a Book Without Destroying a Marriage by Brian Stavely

Je Suis Newsweek?*

The 5000 word cover story on "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" in Newsweek is getting a lot of attention, but mostly for the illustration on the cover, which very simply (or simplistically) depicts high-tech sexism, and which writers like Rachel Sklar and Alexia Tsotsis consider to be sexist itself.
Responding to Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast**, article author Nina Burleigh says "It's provocative because it quite powerfully and accurately depicts the disgusting behavior and attitudes toward women that dozens of women in tech described to me and that tens of thousands more must navigate on a daily basis, to the detriment of their professional advancement."

Burleigh adds "It is unfortunate, shallow, and frankly, petty, that magazine cover critics seem more upset about an image than the actual behavior that permeates Silicon Valley culture."
Newsweek is apparently going for more 'provocative' covers, ever since its best-selling issue with a cover story on The Bible and the cover headline "So Misunderstood It's a Sin".

*JUST FOR THE RECORD, this post's title does not intend to suggest this cover is as 'provocative' or 'provoking' as the infamous Charlie Hebdo covers, nor that Newsweek editors should take precautions to avoid an attack by machine-gun-carrying feminists. It's just an analogy (and, yes a rather weak one) that you can expect any time a "controversial magazine cover" makes the news from now on.

** The Daily Beast did have the same owner as Newsweek during the latter's failed 'digital only' experiment, when it had no covers at all, but I digress.

A modern war story

FLAG is a unique anime series: a fictional war documentary told entirely through a camera lens.

Background
Wikipedia
TV Tropes

This post's first link goes to a playlist for the English dub.

FLAG is a thoughtful drama that covers many war-related issues, including the role propaganda plays in modern warfare. Most of the animation is intended to be realistic rather than stylized. Overt CGI is minimal, and even though it's described on Wikipedia as a "mecha-genre anime series" there isn't much mecha action.

All 13 episodes are shown through either a video or digital camera lens, photographic prints or webcam footage. This contributes to a documentary feel: footage looks as if it was compiled from multiple sources, captured as events unfolded.

Reviews
* The Anime Review
* Nihon Review

"disorder ... is cheap to create, but very costly to prevent"

The Galula Doctrine: An Interview with Galula's Biographer A.A. Cohen, who wrote Galula: The Life And Writings of the French Officer Who Defined Counterinsurgency, and an excerpt.

David Galula is a popular subject: Grégor Mathias wrote Galula in Algeria: Counterinsurgency Practice Versus Theory, with the forward, is reviewed in Tablet by Ann Marlowe, author of David Galula: His Life And Intellectual Context[PDF], and also reviewed by Mike Few in Deconstructing Galula.

Pacification in Algeria[PDF], by Galula from RAND.

Pros and Cons of the Galula Model
David Galula, Frantz Fanon, and the Imperfect Lessons of the Algerian War

Cage match in a cornfield: G. Gentile wrestles J. Nagl on counterinsurgency
Gentile: If we listen to A.A. Cohen and J. Nagl, we'll wind up involved in Syria
Abu Muqawama: I Can't Get No (Military) Satisfaction - "The counterinsurgency debate very much resembles the protracted, indecisive wars that spawned it."

title from Galula's Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice[PDF, reviewed, reviewed], via James Fallow's Why Iraq Has No Army, The Atlantic 2005

These players really are the creme de la creme!

Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key star in a series of East/West Football videos wherein they play a number of increasingly uniquely named characters playing in a fictional football game. East/West Bowl 1, East/West Bowl 2, East/West Bowl Rap, Hingle McCringleberry's Excessive Celebration and East/West Bowl 3 (Pro Edition).

It's possible that this was inspired by stand-up comedian Bob Nelson's 1980s routine about football players.

The Myth of the Gay Community

"I am the gay community that many people think of, that gets to have its voice heard, who considers the prospect of marriage. But it certainly doesn't end with me." (SL Atlantic)

This wasn't a slamma-lamma-ding-dong trip. Something was off.

"Grease delay," he said once more. "We should be back to full-throttle in a jiff, but there's a lot of grease paving the path to Flavortown."

The woman did not nod, but tilted her gaze ever so to the left to see the view herself. No marinara monsoon, no blitzkrieg of bacon. Nothing but awesome blossoms as far as the eye could see.
Tabitha Blankenbiller takes us on the Train to Flavortown. [h/t]

Flavortown previously. See also: Guy Fieri Menu Item Generator. This is who Guy is.

Everyone knows you can't be in love with a robot

HOW TO BECOME A ROBOT IN 12 EASY STEPS by A. Merc Rustad. (short story)

A Bowl of Red, AKA a Plate of No Beans

Don't Mess With Texas' Chili. 'So when a cookbook author like Mark Bittman writes—in How to Cook Everything—that chili means "slow-cooked red beans seasoned with cumin and chiles," he betrays his ignorance of the dish and its history. When he writes that a true chili dish, one made with meat and no beans, has "entered the realm of cassoulet," he might confuse chili-heads who don't know what cassoulet means—but they'll always recognize when someone's messin' with Texas. It's when Bittman advises amateur cooks to make chili with tofu or espresso that he is doing something worse than disrespecting the dish—he is suggesting that the names of foods can mean whatever the speaker wants them to mean.'

Somehow the misguided folks at Cook's Country escape the criticism they deserve for their crimes against chili. For that matter their taste in salsa is also suspect. Get a rope.

The Queen Of Code

The Queen Of Code.

You probably don't know the name Grace Hopper, but you should.

As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields.

Erik Ferguson

If you enjoy Erik Ferguson's short films VEv and Kometh, you might also like his Birth series and Worm series. Lots more horrifically lifelike rendering on his Vimeo page. (Possibly NSFLunch.)

1976 was a crap year for music, but it got better as I got older.

Rediscover your musical past. Enter your birthday with day and year and this fun site gives you what was popular from your date of birth right up to when you graduated college (provided that you went at all or didn't graduate like me).

Vocal Color in Public Radio: "authentically black, but not too black"

This summer during the Transom Traveling Workshop on Catalina workshop, I produced my first public radio piece. While writing my script, I was suddenly gripped with a deep fear about my ability to narrate my piece. As I read the script back to myself while editing, I realized that as I was speaking aloud I was also imagining someone else's voice saying my piece. The voice I was hearing and gradually beginning to imitate was something in between the voice of Roman Mars and Sarah Koenig. Those two very different voices have many complex and wonderful qualities. They also sound like white people. My natural voice — the voice that I most use when I am most comfortable — doesn't sound like that.
On the sound of public media, on the air and in the podcast world, from Chenjerai Kumanyika, communications professor and hip-hop artist. (via NPR) See also: All Things Considerate, How NPR makes Tavis Smiley sound like Linda Wertheimer.

I have no idea how these people got these things wedged into themselves

amazing radiology images: how sharing them is changing medicine (radiopaedia.org) (radiopedia tumblr)

That's not cricket! No, it's tennis. (SLYT)

The Australian Open takes an...innovative approach to tennis in this short video from Melbourne-based filmmaker Michael Shanks.

How the Seahawks are Keeping Football Weird

"Does football offend you to your very core? If there was any town in this country that was poised to agree, it's Seattle. But then the Seahawks got good. Like the best. So what's a town full of anti-establishment nerds to do? Scurry to find a justification for loving them of course!" Nerd City Jocks, a cartoon by Sarah Stuteville and Eroyn Franklin at The Nib.