Finger-Painting, All Grown Up

Iris Scott’s oil paintings elevate the childhood practice of using fingers instead of brushes to a higher form of art. Her grown-up finger-painting technique results in vibrant, uniquely textured works that would do her inner child proud.

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Thank goodness April showers have given way to May flowers, because “Presidents look like doofuses in the rain.”

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Details from Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” trials have grown increasingly bizarre as the case nears its close, with reports that the former Prime Minister of Italy had women perform for him dressed as nuns and President Barack Obama.

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This Arrested Development party crammed in dozens of jokes from the series, from Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand to the stair car to goodie bags labeled “Dead Dove, Do Not Eat.” Hot Cops made an appearance, and guests feasted on Hot Ham Water and fresh cornballs.

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The Office may have spent nearly a decade making a mockery of the corporate workplace, but Michael Scott and coworkers shared some genuine insight into how to survive the 9-5 drudgery.

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An enterprising movie theater manager in Missouri thought it would be a clever promotional stunt to hire actors in body armor, fully armed with plastic weapons, to storm a midnight premiere of Iron Man 3. Needless to say, he thought wrong.

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These pets riding Roombas make spring cleaning look fun.

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There’s a growing threat to relationship bliss: Netflix adultery, wherein one partner watches ahead on a TV show without the other. In an informal survey, 12% of participants admitted to this shameful infidelity. Watch your queues.

The Smithsonian Needs Your Help Transcribing Sally Ride’s Notebooks

Sally Ride in 1984.
Sally Ride in 1984.
Coffeeandcrumbs, NASA, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

On June 18, 1983, Sally K. Ride made history when she became the first American woman to travel into space. Now, the Smithsonian Institution is making the history of her incredible decades-long career more accessible to everyone—and they need your help to do it.

The National Air and Space Museum Archives is home to the Sally K. Ride Papers, a collection of 38,640 physical pages (over 23 cubic feet) of material spanning Ride’s professional life as an astronaut, physicist, and educator from the 1970s to 2010s. Those resources have been scanned and used to create an online finding aid—not unlike a table of contents—so researchers can easily navigate through the wealth of information.

To simplify the searching process within that online finding aid, the Smithsonian Institution is asking for volunteers to transcribe documents in the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center, a digital hub launched in 2013, where anybody can sign up to type and review historical sources. Three projects from the Sally K. Ride Papers are currently available to transcribe, which include her notes for shuttle training between 1979 and 1981, notes about the Remote Manipulator System Arm (there's one on the International Space Station today), and notes from NASA commissions on which she served. One, for example, was the Rogers Commission, which investigated the causes of the fatal Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

You can find out more about the documents in the projects here, and if you’re interested in joining the forces of “volunpeers,” as the Smithsonian likes to call its transcribers, you can create a new user account here. (All you’ll need is a username and email address.)

Check out more citizen science projects you can participate in at home here.

You Could Get Paid $1000 to Host a Remote The Office Watching Party

NBC
NBC

If getting paid to watch The Office sounds like a dream come true, well, you're in luck. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Overheard on Conference Calls, an online resource that provides helpful guides to navigating the workplace, is paying one diehard fan $1000 to host a remote watch party of The Office.

"In a time when most states in the U.S. are under stay at home orders due to COVID-19 and words like social distancing are common, it can be tough to still remember there are good things out there. Two of those things are friendship and the television show The Office," the company said on their website.

But there are a few important requirements. According to the site, Overheard is looking for someone who loves the show, has accessibility to host a video call, and will watch 15 episodes in the span of one week with their friends.

You also need to be 18 years or older and a current resident of the United States. If you fit all these requirements, simply fill out this form by April 27.

Even if you aren't the lucky winner, you can still host an Office watch party while social distancing. Check out this free browser extension that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends.

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