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16 Sep 16:56

World's most hipster cities: Top 5 -

by russiansledges
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shared to incite fury and obvious corrections

Somerville is where hipsters live and hang out in The Hub. It has the college town’s best coffee and some of its best restaurants. With Boston’s quirkiest street festivals, Somerville always has something exciting and interesting happening. For a fun time, just head to Davis Square and take in the ridiculousness of the locals. To do: Drink coffee at True Grounds; brunch at Highland Cafe; visit during the Fluff Festival (every last Saturday of September)
17 Sep 04:06

giseducenter: This survey map of San Francisco in 1891 shows...

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via firehose


This survey map of San Francisco in 1891 shows that while the city was growing on the eastern side of the peninsula, the western and southern sides were nearly empty. Source.

16 Sep 17:20

Slideshow: Best Cities For Millennials

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more accurate than metro article

Best Cities For Millennials

12 Sep 13:00

Blog post: For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

by Jill Hurst-Wahl
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via firehose via A

In his blog post, Joshua Ranger argues that we should stop digitizing materials that are already in a stable format and turn out attention to those materials that are in an unstable format, like audio and video.  Ranger makes several interesting arguments, which are finding an audience that believe these arguments are worth making.  I suggest that you read his entire piece, then discuss this with your colleagues. Do you find merit in his arguments?  Are his priorities the ones that you are following?
16 Sep 13:47

The University of California’s English Broadside Ballad...

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via firehose

The University of California’s English Broadside Ballad Archive is also a fantastic project, with a dedicated team making previously hard to find (on microfiche or in archive) broadsides available to everyone, and transcribed to modern eyes and ears.  Amazing.  What we have online is amazing.

16 Sep 02:21

Obama, a communist

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via overbey

It just totally upsets me that Obama, a communist, made ObamaCare instead of making the Affordable Care Act.  That was a better idea.  He should have done that.  

16 Sep 14:25

Man Not Himself Until He Has So Much Coffee He Feels Like He’s Going To Die

VINELAND, NJ—Saying that he doesn’t function properly unless he’s completely jittery and suffering from nausea, local claims adjuster Spencer Howell told reporters Monday that he’s not his normal self until he has too many cups of ...

15 Sep 14:50

Night Of Uninterrupted Deep Sleep Really Throws Man’s Day Off

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this is me, in california

HARRISBURG, PA—Feeling uncommonly alert and rested, local web designer Michael Schlesinger reported Monday that his entire workday had been thrown off after receiving eight hours of undisturbed sleep.

15 Sep 17:30

The Gothic Novel 1790 – 1830: Index to Motifs

by Lawrence Evalyn
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in case you didn't know: I love indices

Lawrence Evalyn's last piece for The Toast was 100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth-Century Novels.

As a graduate student of specializing in eighteenth century British literature, I get to read some pretty amazing stuff. The following is a curated selection of actual entries in the index of Ann B. Tracy’s important reference text, The Gothic Novel, 1790-1830: Plot Summaries and Index to Motifs. Before the Victorians turned the Gothic into moor-stranded governesses and the brooding hunks who love them, the Gothic novel was characterized by:

baby swapping, 22, 33, 34, 45, 56, 113, 119, 154, 191.

Bible-reading, dangers of, 99, 128.

blood: alleged pool of, 53; baptism of infant in, 107; boiling, 158; bowl of, dipping daggers in, 116; cup of, in demon’s hand, 10; drinking, 59, 75, 102, 129, 187, 206; on face, from invisible hands, 108; of lover, on cudgel, 98; as noble adornment on scarf, 100; overflowing room, dream about, 137; as payment to witch, 10; spreading magically, 134.

bosom: bloodstained, 9, 90, 116; as distraction, 74, 99, 167; hag's naked, 75, 100; lover's severed heart placed on, 33; pawed by lecherous jailer, 75; viper in (figurative), 30, 35, 36, 46, 61, 71, 83, 108, 113, 168, 178, 183, 188, 194.

Read more The Gothic Novel 1790 – 1830: Index to Motifs at The Toast.

11 Sep 22:42


10 Sep 16:30

Get Murky with One-Woman Black Metal Outfit Myrkur’s Full EP Stream

by Vince Neilstein
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via multitask suicide

It's alternatingly dark and light, it's haunting and it's beautiful, and it's generally everything you want black metal to be... yet Myrkur's angelic, almost Gregorian voice lends a touch of femininity.

The post Get Murky with One-Woman Black Metal Outfit Myrkur’s Full EP Stream appeared first on MetalSucks.

14 Sep 23:37

laurennmcc: face-down-asgard-up: lushwig-fittgenstein: fairdig...

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Christina Hendricks in her 90s teen goth days

I know there’s plenty of people who want to smooch Joan Holloway, but I just wanna grab a coffee with Christina Hendricks and listen to some Sisters of Mercy.

i literally just yelled “i know you’re doing something but this is important” to get my housemate over to the computer so we could sit in front of this together and go “oh SHIT. what a look WHAT A LOOK STRONG YES STRONG LOOK YES”

I wanna take her to see Bauhaus and smoke cloves omg

Oh JESUS CHRIST Christina Hendricks, are you kidding me with this? Could you BE more perfect? Sigh.

15 Sep 22:10

Republican group convinces 772,000 people to oppose “Internet regulation”

by Jon Brodkin
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A Republican advocacy group called "American Commitment" said today that 772,000 Americans have signed its petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to avoid "regulating the Internet"—a reference to the agency's current net neutrality proceeding.

"Regulating the Internet has always been a solution in search of a problem," says the petition, which is addressed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. "By trying for a third time to regulate the Internet, the FCC is demonstrating that it is no longer acting in the interests of the American people. Instead of doing its real job—providing more spectrum for wireless users or deregulating wireline telephone service—it is trying to move backward in time to 1930s-era phone regulation. If the FCC drags 2014 technology back into 1930s regulations, the Internet will suffer, and so will the American people. Do not regulate the Internet."

The petition's website rotates through several pitches to make its case. One accuses the FCC of "usurping the legislative powers of the Congress by attempting to rewrite the laws passed by Congress." Signing the petition submits it as a comment to the FCC's net neutrality proceeding.

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15 Sep 21:51

Death Metal Angola - Movie Trailers - iTunes

by russiansledges
Death Metal Angola follows a loving Angolan couple, Sonia and Wilker, whose love for death metal music is bringing hope to the town and children of Huambo and Angola as a country. The devastating reality of Angola’s history of wars and civil unrest has left the country’s people torn, broken, and starving for something to give them peace. Sonia and Wilker’s dream to put on the first national rock festival ignites the emotions of the Angolan people, and helps them heal from the war-stricken path Angola has left behind. This engaging reality of Angola touches the heart of the viewer and sheds new light on a music genre that is not well understood.
10 Sep 13:29

tinycartridge: Here’s Sherlock Holmes in the Great Ace...

by villeashell
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via otters ("uhhh ok")


Here’s Sherlock Holmes in the Great Ace Attorney ⊟

The little girl is Capcom’s version of Watson, a pink-haired 8 year old. Don’t underestimate her, though — Iris Watson is a genius with a medical Ph.D., and the author of novel series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The 3DS game is set to release in Japan next spring. Thanks to Kotaku for posting these scans and details from the latest issue of Famitsu.

BUY Ace Attorney games, upcoming releases
14 Sep 21:21

laurenlikesthings: in gallifreyan they don’t say “i love you” they say


in gallifreyan they don’t say “i love you” they say

15 Sep 19:52

Greg Reeves Talks Viale, Soon to Open in Central Square

by russiansledges
Joining the two in their “French and Italian-themed” concept will be bar manager Patrick Gaggiano, who recently left Brookline’s Fairsted Kitchen. Reeves says Gaggiano was an easy choice for Viale because of his cocktail knowledge and his reputation for warm hospitality. “Whether you want an egg in your drink or you just want to chill with a Bud Light, per se, he’s going to make you feel very comfortable,” Reeves says. “He has all the geeky beer and cocktail knowledge, but he also wants to establish a fun, no-pressure environment.”
15 Sep 19:54

FAQ - The Confetti Bar

by russiansledges
Q: How do you make your confetti? A: All of our loose confetti is completely unique and handmixed. Making confetti usually involves lots of paper and an array of paper punches, rotary cutters, and/or die cutting machines in various shapes & sizes. While some of our metallic confetti is purchased in bulk, each type of confetti offered on our site is still carefully designed and hand-mixed.
11 Sep 00:00

Dalai Lama says he might not be born again

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via overbey

14th Dalai Lama looking for ways to prevent China exerting more control over Tibetan Buddhism

Dharmsala, India -- China has criticised the Dalai Lama and called on him to “respect” the tradition of reincarnation after the Tibetan Buddhist leader repeated his claim that he may not choose to be reborn.
15 Sep 15:39

Dog mass

by villeashell
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via otters

Dog mass:

LC control 85038767 
LC classificationBX2015.5.H
Topical headingDog Mass
    Browse this term in  LC Authorities  or the  LC Online Catalog See alsoDogs—Religious aspects—Catholic Church
    Browse this term in  LC Authorities
Hunting—Religious aspects—Catholic Church
    Browse this term in  LC Authorities

11 Sep 18:00

Read Andrew W.K.’s Stirring Defense of Metal

by Axl Rosenberg
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via multitask suicide

A woman asked Andrew W.K. how she can get her boyfriend to give up extreme music. His response will make you wanna stand up and applaud.

The post Read Andrew W.K.’s Stirring Defense of Metal appeared first on MetalSucks.

11 Sep 14:40

slaughterlord: The Ayam Cemani Chicken is notable for a couple...

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The Ayam Cemani Chicken is notable for a couple of things. First of all, partially due to its rarity, especially outside of its native Indonesia, one Ayam Cemani will run you about $2,500. Second, it is clearly the chicken of Our Dark Lord and Savior Satan! The birds exhibit the genetic condition “fibromelanosis,” which renders them totally black—we’re talking feathers, skin, organs, bones, the works. Only their blood is red, albeit a very dark shade.


10 Sep 19:00

Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton Continue Crushing on Each Other

by David Ludwig, The Wire
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via multitask suicide

Kissinger said Clinton ran the State Department more effectively than he did.
10 Sep 14:29

Review: No surprise the surprise U2 album shines

by By Associated Press
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embarrassingly gushy AP review of the U2 album that appeared, unbidden, in my itunes:

'launching into one of those trademark power ballads that feel like a jet plane racing to the horizon'

'there's no question there's more energy here, more inspiration and more to be excited about than anything since "Beautiful Day" — and it's hard to believe it's been 14 years since the band released that latter-career high-water mark.'

'There's a lesson [...] for everyone else in the game. Pay attention.'

...are there actually people who feel this way about U2? are their feelings real?

U2, "Songs of Innocence" (Interscope)

Everything about U2's new album is unexpected. Like its very existence, for one, after the Irish rock band dropped it on iTunes users Tuesday in a surprise move.

10 Sep 01:24


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11 Sep 17:21

Tiny Toadstool Tesla on a Teacup (sorry)

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via rosalind

Tiny Toadstool Tesla on a Teacup (sorry)

10 Sep 00:10

Sad Picnic t-shirts are available...

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"If you've been following my blog this year, you know I'm a big fan of sad picnics. From Debussy to Bartók, Vaughan Williams to Dvořák, there's nothing like your favorite composers having a miserable time with their friends and family."

Sad Picnic t-shirts are available now!

Half of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be donated to the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri to help the Creating Original Music Project. 

Support your favorite blog and this great program! 

16 Jul 16:12


10 Sep 11:00

5 ways to hand stitch a hem

by Devon
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hand-stitched hems forever


While machine sewing a hem is fast and easy, hand sewing can give you a nearly invisible finish. Below are five different options for hand stitching your hems.

Before we begin, let’s go over a few basic techniques that will be the same for all hand stitching.

Anchoring and tying off

Work with an arm length of thread, and anchor/tie off in the hem. To begin sewing, stitch twice in the same place, but do not pull thread all the way through. Pass the needle through the loop twice.


Pull to tighten knot down to fabric.


When you reach the end of your thread or hem, tie a knot in the same way. To hide the tail, pass the needle through the fabric layers without going all the way through. Bring the needle out a couple inches from the knot.


Cut the thread flush with the fabric. The tail will disappear and be hidden between the layers.


For any hand stitching, if you find it difficult to maintain even stitches, a quick marking with a disappearing fabric pen can be very helpful.


In the photos, contrasting thread is being used to make it easier to see, but you will want to use thread that matches your fabric.

And lastly, any right handed directives are bold in the main text, and left handed directives are in italics and parentheses. Hopefully this isn’t too confusing for anyone, but I wanted to make sure everyone could follow along!

Catch stitch

A catch stitch has a bit of elasticity, and the criss crossing of the thread adds strength.


Worked left to right (right to left).

Anchor thread. With needle pointing to the left (right), take up a very small bit of the garment fabric just above the fold of the hem. Try to make your stitch very small as it will be visible from the right side.


Pull up thread. Move the needle a bit to the right (left) – about 1/4″ to 1/2”. Take up a small amount of the hem fabric with the needle still facing to the left (right).


Continue to complete hem.


Your stitching will look like little “x’s”.


Blind stitch

A blind stitch is barely visible from either side.


Press hem allowance into a double fold hem. Fold hem towards right side of garment so that finished edge sticks out by about 1/8”.


Anchor thread. Working right to left (left to right), pick up a very small bit of fabric in the folded edge of the garment fabric. Make sure you are only sewing through one layer, and make your stitch as small as possible as it will be visible from the right side.


Move about 1/2″ to the left (right) and pick up a bit of fabric in the hem.


Continue working this way until the end of them hem.


Fold hem down and press.

For a variation, use the same technique, but sew a catch stitch to create a blind catch stitch. This will be slightly stronger.

Slip stitch

This stitch works great with a double fold hem, as most of the stitching is hidden within the upper fold of the hem allowance. Like the blind stitch, it’s useful when your hem needs to look good from both sides.


Work right to left (left to right) with the needle pointing left (right). With wrong side of garment facing, sew a stitch in the upper fold of the hem 1/4”-1/2” long. Be sure to not pierce all the way through to the right side of the garment. Think of your needle as just skimming through the fabric.

When you bring the needle out of the fold, pick up a very tiny bit of fabric on the garment.


Pull thread through. Enter back into the fold of the hem directly even where the previous stitch ended.


Stitch forward another 1/4”-1/2” and repeat process to complete hem.


Fell stitch

The fell stitch is stronger than a slip stitch, but it is visible from the underside of the work if a thinner single layer of fabric is used. For bulkier fabrics, the thread can be hidden by passing through only a portion of the fabric’s thickness. With linings it can be completely hidden by stitching only through the lining and hem.


Anchor thread. Working from the wrong side and right to left (left to right), pass needle through garment fabric to make a stitch approximately 1/4″-1/2” long. (For a lined garment, stitch only through the lining.) Bring the needle out through the very top edge of the folded hem.


Enter back into the garment directly behind end of previous stitch to make another stitch.


Repeat to end.


On the underside of the work, there will be a line of slightly diagonal stitches.


Hand rolled hem

This is a nice hem for lightweight and sheer fabrics. It does not work well on thicker fabrics or embellished fabrics.


Trim any vertical seams in the hem allowance down to 1/8”. On your machine, baste around the hem at the hemline. Then shorten your stitch length to 1.5 and stitch 1/8″ below the hemline. This will keep the edge of the fabric from fraying.

(Note: For a slightly wider, but easier to roll hem, stitch 1/4″ below the basting line.)


Trim about 6-8” of the excess fabric close to the stitching line. Attach the end of the fabric to something stable to act as a third hand. You can safety pin it to a couch, put a weight onto it, or put it under the presser foot of your machine.

Roll the trimmed edge of the fabric towards the wrong side, stopping at the basting stitches. The other stitching line should be enclosed by the roll of the fabric. (Licking your fingers will really help. It’s ok, no one’s watching.)


Use slip stitches to sew down the roll. Roll and stitch a little bit at a time. When you get close to your trimmed edge, trim a bit more. Trimming as you go prevents stray threads from fraying as you work with the fabric.


Continue to finish the hem.


Remove basting stitches.


For an additional tutorial on sewing a hand rolled hem, you can also check out this Coletterie post.