Sunday, October 7, 2012

Star Wars at the Coronet Theater

Neatorama | Miss Cellania

Did you happen to go see Star Wars on its opening weekend in San Francisco in 1977? Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle found and posted photos of the crowds at the Coronet Theater waiting to see the new film Star Wars, and he wants to find those folks. Even if you weren't there, you'll want to see the pictures. Oh, and you'll definitely get a kick out of the newspaper ads for the movie -one describes Darth Vader as a metallic star creature. 

22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps

Mental Floss |  by Erin McCarthy
1930s: Long before mariachi bands and hip-hop dancers took over, the Sixth Avenue subway was a great place to close your eyes.

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1888: Is that a beard, or the fur on his animal skin sleeping bag?

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Ronald Reagan Collage Art Show

Boing Boing | By David Pescovitz

Bedtime Democracy Reag 50

This Friday at Grant's Tomb in San Francisco, "The Beginning of the End: Ronald Reagan's Legacy," a show of new and classic collage art by Winston Smith, Fast, Cheap & Easy Graphics, Ron Donovan, and Jon-Paul Bail. The event is one-night-only, tomorrow (10/5) from 6pm to 11pm at 50-A Bannam Place (tiny alley off Union Street at Grant in North Beach.) Below, two more of Winston's Reagan pieces from those oh-so-fun 1980s.

Reagan FlagSuit flat
Ruling Class 400

Friday, October 5, 2012

Off Colored Honey - Even the Bee's Are Weird in France

French bees make green and blue honey after M&M’s feast

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Beekeepers in north eastern France have been scratching their heads after the hives began to produce a weird colored substance instead of regular honey. They think candy M&Ms are to blame.
The bees around the town of Ribeauville in the Alsace region have been carrying an unidentified colored substance back to their hives since August. The keepers have done a bit of sleuthing and think the Agrivolar biogas plant around 4 kilometers away is to blame.
The enterprise has been processing waste from a Mars factory producing the colored M&M's. The waste products have been stored in open containers and the bees could easily access the contents.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. - Poster

Next in the fall tour poster series is one from regular Dinosaur Jr. collaborator Marq Spusta for the @MohawkAustin show tonight.

Google and Iran both warn of state-sponsored computer attacks


A Google employee works on a laptop before the start of a new conference about Google Maps.(AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)

A Google employee works on a laptop before the start of a new conference about Google Maps.(AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)

Google is warning thousands of Gmail customers this week that state-sponsored attackers may be trying to compromise their computers, an admonition that comes as authorities in Iran claim that their systems are coincidently being targeted as well.

Although neither Google nor Iran has explicitly singled-out a specific culprit or country as being behind the assaults, the Silicon Valley search engine says attacks on their servers are thought to be “state-sponsored.”


Neil deGrasse Tyson About PBS

Neil deGrasse Tyson Wrote the Only Thing You Need to Read About Mitt Romney's Vow to Cut Funding for PBS

Neil deGrasse Tyson Wrote the Only Thing You Need to Read About Mitt Romney’s Vow to Cut Funding for PBS

Gawker |  Neetzan Zimmerman

By far the most viral sound bite produced during last night's presidential debate was Mitt Romney's line about cutting federal support for PBS, which was accompanied by the laugh-to-keep-from-crying line "I like PBS, I like Big Bird."

The social media world seized on the quote and exploded.

On Twitter, the phrase "Big Bird" generated over 17,000 tweets per minute and spawned not one, but two parody accounts that were themselves retweeted thousands of times.

Facebook played too, and "Big Bird" mentions increased 800,000%. On Tumblr, users responded with photoshops, macros, and animated GIFs galore.

In short, it was a Big Birdemic.

But, in all the fun and memes, a serious point was left to be made: That cutting PBS and killing Big Bird was hardly going to make a dent as far as the federal budget was concerned.

Sensing the real message was getting lost in the yellow-feathered fray, world-renowned science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson stepped in to sum up the flaw in Romney's Big Plan.

"Cutting PBS support (0.012% of the budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive," Tyson tweeted.

Boom. That's the sound of a truth-meteor hitting Uranus and snuffing out all the bullshit.

[tweet via @neiltyson via NewsHour]

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Birdwalk Empire

Neatorama | Miss Cellania

Chewbacca Belly Dancing While Backed by a Klingon Band

Neatorama | John Farrier

I'm conflicted. It's wrong. But it feels so right!

Raks Geek, the dancing troupe that features a TARDIS dance, presents "Let the Wookiee Dance." Musical accompaniment includes "Muaarga," a Klingon song performed by Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project.

Raks Geek and Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project -via Daily of the Day