A Music-Mixing Command Station  
 
Today's featured workspace comes from reader Rasidel Slika, who put together a really intense digital audio workstation in a pretty small space. In addition to being practical and well-organized, the vibration dampening pads on the walls actually look cool (which you know isn't an easy feat, if you've ever tried before).
Cool summer temperatures can be found in major cities across the United States. Among the country's 51 largest cities, San Francisco tops the list for usually having the coldest weather each day in June, July and August.  
 
The major cities included in the weather rankings below represent the 51 metropolitan areas in the United States with the most people, all those with over one million residents in 2010, according to the US Census Bureau.
Rupert Murdoch
Posted by dorian in some dude/some chick 6 years ago
Rupert Murdoch doesn't like the BBC.  
 
And sometimes the BBC doesn't seem to like Rupert Murdoch either.  
 
Following the principle that you should know your enemy, the BBC has assiduously recorded the relentless rise of Rupert Murdoch and his assault on the old "decadent" elites of Britain.  
 
And I thought it would be interesting to put up some of the high points.  
 
It is also a good way to examine how far his populist rhetoric is genuine, and how far its is a smokescreen to disguise the interests of another elite.  
 
As a balanced member of the BBC - I leave it to you to decide.
At the peak of the underground comix movement—roughly 1972-1973—the Mission District was peppered with cartoonists all living within walking distance of each other. Few of the artists involved were San Francisco natives. As with the upsurge of the Beats in North Beach in the ’50s, and with the much-hyped love generation in the Haight-Ashbury around 1966, the influx of cartoonists attracted to the underground scene in the Mission pulled in participants from far and wide.  
 
Listen to an excerpt from "The Rise and Fall of Underground Comix in San Francisco and Beyond" read by author Jay Kinney:
A bombing starts off smelling similar to a barbecue. There's a charcoal-like whiff of gunpowder mixed with blood and burned flesh. It's thick and bitter, and it overpowers everything. You can taste it in your mouth.
In the new Russia, a country obsessed with wealth and status, snagging a superrich man is big business — and so are the outrageous classes that claim to give women a leg up.
There are lots of reasons why women have sex – some are very misleading, some are very serious, and some can be very, very, VERY SURPRISING. The hardest fact is that women’s reason and desire for sex is not necessarily a desire to really have sex and experience a pure physical pleasure. The Texas University psychologists, Cindy Meston and David Buss, conducted a fascinating study (2006-2009) and interviewed 1,000 different women to find out why they really have sex. In their book “Why Women Have Sex” (2009), Meston and Buss identified more than 200 unexpected reasons and diverse sexual motives!  
 
Some women have sex to keep their loved one, whereas other women have sex to trap a new partner or get rid of an unwanted one. Some ladies do not know how to say ‘‘no’’ and feel like it’s easier to ‘‘go all the way’’ than to say no. Some feel sorry for a person, others feel guilty or make a special favor to someone. Among female reasons for sex there are – revenge, boredom, profit, losing weight, boosting self-esteem, curing a headache, relieving menstrual cramps, making her partner to forget about his problems and keeping the peace at home. The list is long, and love and pleasure are not at the top of it…  
 
Survey: 3 Percent Have Sex Once a Day
Vintage Nuclear Toys
Posted by dorian in strangely funny 6 years ago
This was the most elaborate Atomic Energy educational set ever produced, but it was only only available from 1951 to 1952.
Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine is an epic Rube Goldberg machine takes pictures and makes videos of its audience as it sets things on fire and smashes ceramic hippos.  
 
Libyan Food
Posted by dorian in just add bacon 6 years ago
Libyan Food contains delicious recipes and fascinating information about Libyan food culture. It discloses no information about its author who describes the blog as being about “food cooked in the modern Libyan kitchen, based on traditional Shargawi [eastern Libyan] and Gharbawi [western Libyan], Amazigi [Amazigh/Berber mountain tribes in western Libya] and South Libyan cuisines” and “recipes recently imported into Libya from the rest of the Arab world.
How did more than 160 million women go missing from Asia? The simple answer is sex selection -- typically, an ultrasound scan followed by an abortion if the fetus turns out to be female -- but beyond that, the reasons for a gap half the size of the U.S. population are not widely understood. And when I started researching a book on the topic, I didn't understand them myself.  
 
I thought I would focus on how gender discrimination has persisted as countries develop. The reasons couples gave for wanting boys varies: Sons stayed in the family and took care of their parents in old age, or they performed ancestor and funeral rites important in some cultures. Or it was that daughters were a burden, made expensive by skyrocketing dowries.
Another Nickel In The Machine is a blog about 20th century London, its history, its culture and its music.
Dmitriy T.M. sent us a link to some images at the Brookings Institution, based on analysis by William Frey, illustrating the very uneven changes in average of of the population by state in the U.S. Overall, the U.S. population is aging, with rapid growth in the population over age 55 and individuals over age 45 surpassing those aged 18-44, according to the 2010 Census  
 
The traditional family is now the preserve of a minority  
Vampires A-Z
Posted by dorian in entertainment 6 years ago
Throughout the shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet dight with such fearful fascination, as the vampire, who is himself neither ghost nor demon, but yet who partakes the dark natures and and possesses the mysterious and terrible qualities of both.
The events of the past few years—financial meltdown of 2008, the failed Copenhagen talks and increasing climate destabilization, the BP oil disaster, and the financial crises in the Eurozone—make it clear that the business-as-usual economy is both wreaking havoc on the planet and failing on its own terms. But so far, the conversation about how to transform this economic model has been stuck in neutral. Traveling around North America discussing my new book, Plenitude, I am increasingly convinced that a key obstacle to moving forward is a lack of confidence that there is another way. To gain that confidence, we need to articulate a model of how a sustainable economy could work.  
 
The core insight of my model is the need to transform how people spend their time. Its first principle is to reverse the increased in time devoted to the market that has occurred in recent decades. (The US, most of the global South and some OECD countries have experienced rising hours.) In the US, annual hours of work rose more than 200 from 1973 to 2006. Longer hours raise the ecological footprint, both because of more production, and because time-stressed households have higher-impact lifestyles. Getting to sustainability will require slowing down the pace of life, which means working less.