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New black tarantula spider species discovered near Folsom Prison is named after Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash and his eight-legged namesake tarantula spider, Aphonopelma johnnycashi

Aphonopelma johnnycashi is a new species of black tarantula spider that was just discovered roaming the hills near Folsom State Prison. The lockdown, near Sacramento, CA, is where Johnny Cash performed two historic shows inside the walls of the still operational correctional facility in 1968, captured on the iconic album, At Folsom Prison.
 
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According to Biologist Chris Hamilton of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Aphonopelma johnnycashi was one of fourteen new tarantula species that were discovered in and around western Sierra Nevada mountains. The males of the species are predominately black and while there is no word on how big Cash’s eight-legged namesake is, Hamilton (who also sports a Johnny Cash tattoo, because science), had this to say about the newest arachnid to be named after rock and roll royalty:

Then once we looked at the genomics and looked at some of the ecological constraints, we could see this species was pretty unique and independent from the others that it’s closely related to.

Which fittingly sounds very much much like the Man in Black himself.

After the jump,Johnny Cash sings “Folsom Prison Blues”...

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The Young Ones, Ab Fab, Einstein and more, recreated with LEGO


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I’m not huge fan of LEGO, but every once in awhile I do come across some LEGO minifigures that make me smile. These The Young Ones minifigures by Etsy shop Glinda the Geek do the job quite nicely. They’re kind of adorable, right?

Not only is there The Young Ones, but there’s also Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous, Jane and Blanche from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Charles Dickens.

There are more LEGO minifigures at Glinda the Geek‘s shop, I just picked the ones I liked best.


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You could get some work done today, or you could visit the online Museum of Endangered Sounds
02.04.2016
10:43 am

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Brendan Chilcutt is, like many Dangerous Minds readers surely are, a collector of cultural ephemera. But his trove is not of real world objects, but once-common sounds that we no longer regularly hear. This is a relatively recent phenomenon on Planet Earth—the changes in the technological components of everyday life that became very rapid in the second half of the 20th Century have been accelerating even faster since the 1980s, to the point where now a gizmo that’s only a few years old can seem like a relic of a bygone time.

According to the about page for Chilcutt’s online Museum of Endangered Sounds:

I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. As you probably know, it’s a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it’s likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products come to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.

Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads? Tell me that. And tell me: Who will play my GameBoy when I’m gone?

It’s questions like that last one that have never once kept me up at night, but to each…
 

 
While some of Chilcutt’s dozens of collected sounds date back to the turn of the 20th Century (the rotary phone dial) or the Great Depression (the teletype), most of the tech here comes from after the mid ‘70s—Space Invaders and Pac Man; the wheel-grind of a cassette player; AOL IM alerts; Brian Eno’s Windows95 startup sound; that satisfying THUNK of inserting video game console cartridges; the whirr of a rewinding VHS; the sound of a floppy drive reading a disc; and OF COURSE the dial-up modem connection sound sequence is present.

The interface allows for more than one sound to be played at once, and I definitely recommend creating some musical compositions by mixing and matching a few or several at once (a welcome dialog advises the user “if you like industrial music, try turning on all the thumbnails at once!”) It seems like there could be so much more to this collection, and devices are becoming obsolete at an ever-accelerating rate. But this also seems to be a bigger project for Mr. Chilcutt than just a web toy—he states that his ten-year plan is “to complete the data collection phase by the year 2015, and spend the next seven years developing the proper markup language to reinterpret the sounds as a binary composition.” So he may have more sounds collected than he’s posted so far.

The lag may also be due to the fact that, as he bluntly puts it, “I have eight gerbils.”
 

 
Hat tip to Mr. Lawrence Daniel Caswell for this find.

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Turkish reporter confuses giant mushroom with microphone
02.04.2016
09:02 am

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Haven’t we all done this one time or another? I just wish I knew what these two guys were talking about. Perhaps something about mushrooms? That would be my best guess.

Or maybe he’s just tripping?

 
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Photos of women and giant-ass mainframe computers from the 1960s
02.02.2016
09:51 am

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All hail the vintage female geek culture from the polyester past! These splendid images come from Lawrence Harley “Larry” Luckham. Yep, that’s his name. Anyway, he used to work for Bell Labs back in ‘60s “managing a data center and developing an ultra high speed information retrieval system.”

I took a camera to work and shot the pictures below. I had a great staff, mostly women except for the programmers who were all men. For some reason only one of them was around for the pictures that day.

Women and giant-ass computers! What more could you ask for? So retro-looking that they’re almost futuristic!

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Couples Fight: Synth band sets arguments to music, and it’s pretty brilliant
02.02.2016
09:30 am

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Phoenix, AZ musician Travis James (a/k/a “TJ”) is the ringleader of the eclectic and snarky trio Travis James & The Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists, but he’s attracting more musical attention lately with his ex-girlfriend, Alaynha Gabrielle (a/k/a “A”), a pianist and singer with a background in theater. Their duo, Couples Fight, transforms the most ordinary of significant-other arguments into stupidly catchy, acutely ‘80s synthpop songs. Their first digital single—“Whatever You Want,” a rehash of that one singularly annoying back-and-forth about where to go for dinner that we’ve all been in about a million times—was released just this past December, and their debut E.P. showed up on Bandcamp less than a week ago. But despite their practically neonatal status as a band, they’ve already been featured on the cover of the Phoenix New Times bands to watch in 2016 issue.
 

 

 
A & TJ have successfully turned a pretty loathsome universal experience into a really fun E.P., which we’ve embedded for streaming below. A & TJ were kind enough to give DM some of their time to jointly answer some questions:

Dangerous Minds: What sparked the idea of transcribing arguments into lyrics? Since you two are exes, it’s tempting to wonder if this wound up being a creative expression of your own actual breakup.

Couples Fight: The arguments featured on the E.P. are actually things we never really fought about, so the cliché problems other couples fight about inspired us to make songs that make fun. The title “Breaking Up” has kind of a personal element to it since we were technically together when the project started, but the details of our split would be a bit more complex to put to song, haha.

DM: You could have done any kind of music, why dancey synth-punk? What’s the actual process of making a Couples Fight song happen?

Couples Fight: Electronic music spares us the hassle of having to try to get along with actual people, cus if we had other permanent band members, we’d probably either date’m or hate’m, the former often leading to the latter. Also, not playing instruments frees us up to make a more engaging stage production with props and fun stuff to make the fun music even funner. The writing process is basically just brainstorms and back-and-forths; we mutually pitch ideas to each other both conceptually and musically.

DM: How long does this stay funny, do you think? Given that you’ve only released a handful of songs so far, there are obviously plenty of untapped topics left to lampoon. Does this project have a known shelf life, or does it go on indefinitely until you’ve had your last musical argument and you break up again?

Couples Fight: I think a good argument for the staying-power of this project’s concept is the overwhelming abundance of songs about love and relationships that have permeated popular music since forever. The history of pop and punk music alike undeniably demonstrates that there is no shortage of interest in or innovation for songs about interpersonal relationships and their complexity.

DM: What’s next? More recordings, gigs, any touring? Today Greater Phoenix, tomorrow the world?

Couples Fight: In the coming year, we want to begin working on a full-length that explores a bit more dark and less cute content and get a bit experimental in ways that don’t ruin the original approach like most idiot bands do when they say “experimental.” We’ll eventually tour, and keep going until every heart is broken!
 
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Baby onesie makes it look like your kid has a tail
02.02.2016
08:39 am

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If you want your baby or toddler to look like they need to use a litter box, you might be interested in these cat-tail onesies with bonus buttcrack. Of course these distinctive cosplay for kiddies onesies are coming out of Japan—where else?—and can be yours for 4230 yen (or around $35).

I’m holding out for the adult version. You know it’s going to happen.


 
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Comic trolls Donald Trump with a tough guy Cockney gangster accent


 
Sometimes a small change in perspective can reveal the whole truth of a subject. While most people know Donald Trump is a dangerous idiot, there are some (god help them…) who are deluded by his bluster, bullying and ranting xenophobic hatred. These poor souls are caught like a rabbit in the headlights or you know, a mouse hypnotized by a snake or whatever it is snakes do to fool mice into standing still long enough to become lunch… promise them some tasty cheese or something…

Hopefully this may all change as actor, comedian and writer, Peter Serafinowicz has done a truly marvellous thing. He has added a cockney tough guy accent to Donald Trump making sound like a cross between a Bob Hoskins’ villain in a British gangster flick and one of the Monty Python’s Piranha Brothers (Dinsdale).
 
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Mr. Serafinowicz has not altered any of Trump’s words, but his small and powerful tweak in presentation is like having subtitles for the hard of thinking. Do spread this far and wide, please.
 

 

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Pimptastic untouched ‘70s penthouse apartment can be yours for $158k
01.28.2016
09:52 am

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I love when these types gems pop up on the MLS or Zillow. They’re rare finds. Take this funky Chicago penthouse apartment for instance that recently went up on the Multiple Listing Service for a cool $158,000. It’s 1,877 square feet, built in 1972 and with its original decor included. Did you hear me? With its original decor included! Apparently—at least according to the Internet so this may not be 100% accurate—the people who owned the apartment never lived really there and therefore didn’t bother to update it. Hence why it’s “untouched” with all its funky psychedelic glory still intact.

If you have an extra $158k and want to live in the Chicago area, this awesome time capsule can be yours. 


 

 

 
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What if Werner Herzog wrote inspirational greeting card messages?
01.27.2016
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Werner Herzog does not like social media. He thinks it is “stupid.” In fact he’s none too keen on the Internet overall describing it as a “massive, naked onslaught of stupidity.” Mr. Herzog’s social media is his kitchen table.

My wife and I cook and we have four guests maximum because the table doesn’t hold more than six.

It’s a small group. Though I am surprised Mr. Herzog eats dinner for surely he’s thinking What is the point? We will all be dead soon… just like the dinosaurs.

Though he is surely aware of his image as “the gloomy Teutonic dangerously living guy” it is difficult to imagine the internationally respected film director, writer and sage as the “fluffy husband” he claims to be.

Maybe his image would be helped if he branched out into say… writing inspirational cards? You know the kind—those nauseating little cards your friends share on Facebook along with all those goddamned pictures of cats. “Greetings pal! Here’s a waste of time!”

Thankfully, some kind individual has already started this new user-friendly career option for Herr H. on a Tumblr site called Herzog Inspirationals. Unfortunately however it appears this potential shiny future did not last long—possibly because of the “massive, naked onslaught of stupidity” that now fills Tumblr’s pages? Maybe. And maybe this is the opportune moment for Herzog to take up the reins and share his gloomy Teutonic wisdom with the rest of us in snappy little postcards or in Tweets of 140 characters or less? Twitter wouldn’t be nearly as stupid if Herr Herzog were active on it.
 
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I hear the ravens, but a denial is building up inside me. By all means, do not glance upwards! Let them go! Don’t look at them, don’t lift your gaze from the paper! No, don’t! Let them go, those ravens! I won’t look up there now!

 
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...we have to declare holy war against what we see every single day on television.

 
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