"You take your middle initial and insert it somewhere into your first name. Then you add on the smallest foreign town you've ever visited."
I don't know the populations of all the little foreign towns I've been in, but let's say my name is Mact Ataria
Some great examples of retro-futurist "envisionings"
The site: http://ru-2061.livejournal.com/ is devoted to a drawing contest where artists imagine a planet Mars colonized by a thriving Soviet space program in the year 2061.
Not all of the work is good, but some is very good. The second round of the contest, "The Stone Belt" seems to have attracted more talent than the first.
The page is in Russian, but Chrome translates it pretty well.
Russian art is always fascinating to me because the default color palette is just a little different from the American one. It's hard to put my finger on it, but if you look at, say images taken by Russian satellites:
the blues are shifted a bit toward green and the reds shifted a bit toward orange, in comparisons to the NASA photos which are usually "color-corrected" so that the blues, reds, and greens are fully saturated.
So much information on pizza delivery. Stories, trivia, advice...
Did you know:
"Pizza delivery is considered a hazardous job by the US government. They are third most likely to be murdered on the job, right after police officer and taxi driver."
The stat is not cited, but I believe it.
Game of Thrones has captured a lot of attention. I've seen a few episodes and wonder if it's not just Mad Men meets Lord of the Rings - a very slick and polished period soap opera set in Middle Earth.
But the intro is gorgeous. It is reminiscent of Tolkien's books, with a map at the very beginning to show you the world the characters inhabit. Supposedly it will change over the course of the show to reflect the changes to the world.
I've been having trouble keeping track of all the characters, but their animal representatives help keep them in order in my head
Stark = Wolf
Targaryen = Dragon
Lannister = Lion
Baratheon = Stag
Arryn = Eagle
Greyjoy = Squid
Tully = Fish
Pripyat is the abandoned city near the Chernobyl power plant
Maybe it isn't fair to tag this as steampunk, since that is locked into the Victorian Age, while this aesthetic fits more with the post-apocalyptic genre set in the near-future.
Childrens respirators (never used) in a school in the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl.
This is interesting both because of the novel method of showing a recipe via video and because the recipe is for a cake made of beets.
We had good luck making a chocolate cake using chick peas instead of flour+oil and this cake looks similar.
This blog has lots of fascinating graphics displaying geographical information.
The data is sourced from Wikipedia, so it is about 97% likely to be accurate.
This is a series of 6 brilliant lectures Leonard Bernstein gave at Harvard in 1973 on the subject of music theory. He goes so deep, yet in such an approachable way. Anyone with an interest in creating or appreciating music should listen to them
Anthony Bourdain answers questions from Reddit.
His answers remind me why he's popular and why I like him: he's very thoughtful and communicates clearly. The subject matter he discusses is interesting as well, but the main reason I like to hear him speak is that he thinks things through and describes his thoughts effectively.
The Quoperative has a tool/utility/app that deconstructs the 9 tracks from the Rolling Stone's song, 'Gimme Shelter' into an interactive playback toy.
The woman who sang on the song was named Merry Clayton. The song, and her singing in particular, was a prominent part of my musical experience as a child in the 70s. Supposedly she suffered a miscarriage as a result of the effort she put into her singing on that song.