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Gong Founder, Poet and "Space Whisperer" Gilly Smyth Has Died. We Won't See Her Like Again

18 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Dave Segal Gilli Smyth, now off to the castle in the clouds. Gilli Smyth, vocalist for English/French prog-psych band Gong, has died at 83 after a long illness. Sometimes performing under the name Shakti Yoni, Smyth was known for her echo-laden "space whisper," wide array of personae, and surrealistically poetic lyrics. Show More Summary

We Should be Grateful to the YouTube Star Who Captured a Cyclist Accident on Camera

23 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Viral video forces Torontonians to confront the realities of road safety. The accident happens in a matter of seconds. A courier cyclist riding north on Bay Street motions at a taxi driver, and bangs on his window. Then the driver veers right into the cyclist, and knocks him onto the sidewalk, bending his front wheel. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. Show More Summary

EOD: Wu-Tang Clan and the Beatles Come Together For Some New Mash-Ups

by Dave Segal You won't believe how well ODB and "Piggies" bump. British producer Tom Caruana has created his second collection of Wu-Tang Clan/Beatles mashups, titled Leftovers & Demos. It's the follow-up to 2010's Enter the Magical...Show More Summary

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]

Photos, Video: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Was Super Mario At Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

In a real power up move, Tokyo's 2020 Olympics team stole the thunder from the Rio Olympics closing ceremony by unveiling a promotional film that showed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveling from Tokyo to Rio as Super Mario, through a pipe—and then appearing at the Maracana Stadium in a Super Mario costume and cap. [ more › ]

Road Trip!

Whah ho hey I’m back.Thanks for your patience, all. I enjoyed a lovely birthday blog break. So since we last met…Kp2 and I had a silly birthday party, complete with piñata, tabehoudai, and CAKE. Mostly it was a nice chance to catch up with our friends. Show More Summary

Former Firehouses - Reused, Renovated, Awaiting New Life

I received the following list from a friend in the St. Louis Fire Department that includes 11 retired firehouses that are still standing as of publishing: No. 1 - 2411 McNair Avenue, 63104, Benton Park neighborhood (Built 1872) No. 3 - 3648 S. Show More Summary

Trump Statue Artists: "America Wants to See His Tax Returns. INDECLINE Wants to Know If He Has a Small Dick"

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sean Nelson I can belly believe how much I hate this goddamn statue. Gothamist has an interview with a representative of INDECLINE, the putative "anarchist collective" responsible for the Trump statues that I, for one, can't stop thinking/reading/talking about. Show More Summary

Science News: Coral Reefs Desperate for More Fish Piss, Jill Stein Exaggerates Sea Level Rise

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Ethan Linck The shaky science of Jill Stein continues. BART.GOV Did Jill Stein Inaccurately Tweet About Sea Level Rise?: Climate scientists are questioning Jill Stein’s recent tweet that “12.3M Americans could lose their homes due to a sea level rise of 9ft by 2050.”, saying that the figure exceeds even extreme estimates. Show More Summary

What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?

5 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith Portrait of a self-portrait with dick pic. RS People in real life and on the internet are going nuts over the nutless statue of Donald Trump, which appeared in a handful of cities all across the U.S. The plaque at the statue's feet reads, "The Emperor has No Balls" I got excited. Show More Summary

Butch Walker talks ‘Stay Gold,’ Cartersville and Springsteen

Butch Walker has carved a successful career producing everyone from Pink to Weezer to Taylor Swift to, currently, Panic! At the Disco with their remake of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack. But Walker...

This Toronto Start-Up Wants More Women to Get Screened for HPV

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Eve Medical has developed a self-testing kit for STIs. Six years ago, Jessica Ching was working towards her master’s degree in industrial design at OCAD University. One day, while she and some of her female friends were chatting over coffee, the topic of Pap smears came up. Show More Summary

EOD: Man Eats a Pot Brownie and Finally Tells Cat How He Really Feels

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Jennifer Campbell What I'd definitely be doing if I ate four pot brownies or was a cat. Alena Ozerova We all have buried aggression against our cats. Aren't you tired of their shit? Am I alone in this? I am not. The Omaha World-Herald...Show More Summary

"The Victorians" From Port Townsend Refused Entry From B.C.'s Butchart Gardens For Being Themselves

"The Victorians" from Port Townsend, Sarah and Gabirel Chrisman were denied entry to famed Butchart Gardens near Victoria B.C. because of how they were dressed. by Tricia Romano The Dream of the 1890s is alive in Port Townsend. Sarah...Show More Summary

EOD: Oh Man. We Really Feel For You, Olympic Pole Vaulter Hiroki Ogita

by Jennifer Campbell This is going great! There is perhaps not a better Venn diagram representation of these, the Olympics of GIFs, than the moment Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita was knocked out of contention by his own penis. The resultant gif combines the physical pain, humiliation and defeat common to so many Olympic viral moments. Show More Summary

A Love Letter to Light-Rail Transit

Speed, accessibility, affordability—please be mine. Dear LRT, please be mine. I want to say a few things about light-rail transit (LRT)—really, it’s a love letter—but this is not meant to be a comment on any specific project under discussion in Toronto. Show More Summary

Williamsburg Millennials Are Getting Their Very Own Pog Lounge Lifestyle Experience

I was a '90s child, and I can say with certainty that I found pogs boring and dumb. I'm still not quite clear on what you were supposed to do with those little cardboard circles, but I recall you tried to...shoot them? slam them?...until they flipped over, and then you won more pogs. Show More Summary

I Think ZIPCAR Rental Car is Calling You a Loser Here If You Don’t Drive Around with Friends

Tweet(Oh, I’m sry, Internet – I should have typed that as “looser,” you know, for clarity.) Anyway, what do you make of this banner ad? In my day it was “HANG UP AND DRIVE” but in these days of miracle and wonder, it’s “LOG OFF AND DRIVE?” And in my day Avis was all “WE […]

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