July 7

Haven’t you heard the word of your body?

Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles has announced it will bring its production of Spring Awakening to Broadway this fall. This will mark the first Deaf West production on the Great White Way for Deaf West since 2003's Big River.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:03 PM - 3 comments

Keep your day job, Ted. On second thought... DON'T.

Our long Springfield nightmare is over: Harry Shearer will indeed be coming back for the next season of the Simpsons (previously). Simpsons fans are understandably happy with the news, but others who had hoped to replace him may be a little bummed out.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 11:48 AM - 29 comments

Spock the Impaler

Spock the Impaler: A Belated Retrospective on Vulcan Ethics - Peter Watts As you know, Bob, Nimoy’s defining role was that of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the logical Vulcan who would never let emotion interfere with the making of hard choices. This tended to get him into trouble with Leonard McCoy, Trek‘s resident humanist. “If killing five saves ten it’s a bargain,” the doctor sneered once, in the face of Spock’s dispassionate suggestion that hundreds of colonists might have to be sacrificed to prevent the spread of a galaxy-threatening neuroparasite. “Is that your simple logic?” The logic was simple, and unassailable, but we were obviously supposed to reject it anyway. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 11:28 AM - 7 comments

Blaine Gibson, sculptor and Disney Legend, dead at 97

If you've ever visited a Disney theme park, you likely saw the work of Blaine Gibson. Gibson died earlier this month at the age of 97. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 11:16 AM - 4 comments

“I just follow what inspires me as an artist and a storyteller...”

Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra creator previews new graphic novel Threadworlds [Entertainment Weekly]
Imagine five planets that share a single orbit. Imagine an inquisitive young scientist, curious about the world, setting out on adventures across the universe. That’s the grounding for Threadworlds, a new graphic novel by Bryan Konietzko, best known for creating the internationally acclaimed animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Published by First Second Books, Threadworlds is Konietzko’s graphic novel debut and takes you on a science fiction journey that promises to inspire you, captivate you and thrill you all at once.
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posted by Fizz at 11:10 AM - 2 comments

Boston Museum of Art, Monet, and La Japonaise

A program at the Boston Museum of Art inviting visitors to don a replica kimono from a Monet work has sparked protests over appropriation. Boston Art blog Big, Red & Shiny also has a write-up. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 10:54 AM - 29 comments

BBC and partners unveil the landmark BBC micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized, codeable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. In the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free. "We happily give children paint brushes when they’re young, with no experience - it should be exactly the same with technology. The BBC micro:bit is all about young people learning to express themselves digitally, and it’s their device to own."
posted by adept256 at 10:45 AM - 18 comments

"Girl has look of mild panic."

While hanging out in a coffeeshop, Toronto-based writer Anne Thériault live tweeted the bad date that took place at the table next to hers.
posted by orange swan at 10:26 AM - 224 comments

Inside JFK's amazing, abandoned TWA terminal

A pristine time capsule from 1962. Stunning pictures and video from this classic terminal, designed by famed Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. [via] [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish at 9:58 AM - 22 comments

Nonpartisan Redistricting

Supreme Court rules against gerrymandering - "Ginsburg's opinion is now the law, and I suspect that, in a few decades, this case will be considered one of the most important of the term. Thus far, only California has copied Arizona and created an independent redistricting commission. But with the court's blessing, more states are likely to follow suit. These commissions have been hugely successful thus far, a real boost for representative democracy and a cure for the notoriously stubborn problem of gerrymandering. Had Justice Anthony Kennedy swung away from Ginsburg and aligned with his fellow conservatives, America would be facing down a distressingly undemocratic future."
posted by kliuless at 9:41 AM - 45 comments

Searching for Ways to Emotionally Traumatize Superman

Marsh Davies talks about how games distribute power to players and how power fantasies often fail to work as parables about bigotry through the window of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with side discussions of how violent combat became so common in video games, how stealthy paths can be less interesting than combat-heavy paths, the tension between player power and narrative, and how these narratives can encourage people who already have power to feel sorry for themselves. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 9:22 AM - 16 comments

"People in 2015 shouldn't be able to get away with things like this ..."

There was a thought that there weren’t enough bands with guitars that were exciting in the same way as the bands we cared about so we had the thought let’s try and do it better ourselves ... What I wanted that was something post-punk or whatever you want to call it but with songs. There was a while there where I wasn’t hearing any songs.
Formed in 2013, North London band Desperate Journalist take their name from an obscure 1979 beef between The Cure and the NME's Paul Morley. Together, they make jangly, intense indie pop, redolent of faded seaside resorts, cramped book-filled bedsits, and English winter chill. Their debut album, Desperate Journalist [Spotify], appeared earlier this year. [Youtube.] [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 8:48 AM - 13 comments

Double time swing

Comparison between a scene in the film Whiplash and the short film it was based on(MLYT) (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:08 AM - 1 comment

New job, same as the old job.

Eric Holder goes home.
posted by T.D. Strange at 7:27 AM - 24 comments

Best album ever. 8/10.

The editor of the 63-year old weekly music magazine announces a new direction for Britain's flagship music publication. Following the trend of shrinking sales across all printed media (from a peak of over 300'000 issues sold weekly to barely staying above 15'000 last year), the NME will continue as a free "music and lifestyle" magazine and a new, revamped web presence. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 7:03 AM - 31 comments

Your World Will Never be the Same

Excerpts from either a memoir by a first-time parent or a post-apocalyptic novel.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 6:19 AM - 30 comments

“This is stuff that is not floating in the harbor.”

Remnant of Boston’s Brutal Winter Threatens to Outlast Summer [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:12 AM - 47 comments

"Seeing my passengers in such a state really shocked me"

Ten years ago, four suicide bombers carrying rucksacks packed with explosives attacked central London, killing 52 people and injuring hundreds more. It was the worst single terrorist atrocity on UK soil. [more inside]
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics at 4:11 AM - 37 comments

Zee! Ee! Arr! Oh! Zee! Ee! Arr! Oh!

Ryan Richardson has recently digitised and made available the entire run of Slash, an LA punk magazine, which ran from 1977 to 1980. [more inside]
posted by frimble at 1:40 AM - 9 comments

July 6

so much depends

"On July 18, in a moment of belated poetic justice, a stone will be laid on the otherwise unmarked grave of Thaddeus Marshall, an African-American street vendor from Rutherford, N.J., noting his unsung contribution to American literature."
posted by How the runs scored at 11:54 PM - 9 comments

Duck Club

Ask a Manager is a work advice site linked to sometimes on the green. In April a letter was published on a sex club at work and in June an update was sent in, with some pretty interesting details Real or fake? Commenters were divided.
posted by Aranquis at 8:26 PM - 67 comments

"You ever seen GI Joe?" / "Lol nope"

Win a Date with Channing Tatum: a Twine game by Mefi's own nerdfish [via mefi projects; also mentioned in MetaFilter Podcast 106] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:59 PM - 26 comments

Brahms's First Symphony

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Johannes Brahms's First Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. Listening guide to a Bernstein performance with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1983, two years after this one. Tom Service writes about the piece in The Guardian. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:18 PM - 15 comments

If it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight

James Comisar has amassed a collection of movie and TV props which he currently houses in storage while he sets up the actual Museum of Television.
posted by growabrain at 5:04 PM - 11 comments

Calvin and Markov

Calvin and Markov [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:54 PM - 68 comments

Burt Shavitz, namesake and co- founder of Burt's Bees has passed

Burt's Bees (SLYT) Ingram Berg Shavitz, known as Burt Shavitz, was an American beekeeper and businessman notable for founding the Burt's Bees personal care products company with businesswoman Roxanne Quimby. Burt's likeness is featured on the Burt's Bees products. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 2:36 PM - 31 comments

Forty at even, forty at even, forty at even...

After 167 years of continuous trading, the end of trading bell today in the open outcry futures pits of the Chicago Board of Trade, along with it's sibling at the New York Mercantile Exchange, will signal their permanent closure . Along with the closure of the pits will see the disappearance of multi coloured trading jackets (get 'em while you can), scenes of grown men screaming numbers at each other, a private sign language and gruff traders comprised almost exclusively of men, save for a few women.
posted by PenDevil at 1:52 PM - 45 comments

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Dispatches from Trauma Island. An essay by author Katie Coyle regarding the loss of her daughter, who was stillborn in May.
posted by zarq at 1:05 PM - 11 comments

butter your cat

Buttered cat? Buttered cat! Cat butter? Butter-cat paradox? Butter your cat (or maybe not).
posted by divabat at 12:48 PM - 18 comments

Marital privilege and singlism after Obergefell v. Hodges

"Now all of us single people are pathetic, not just the straight ones. “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there,” writes Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. ...Isn’t it enough to be denied the “constellation of benefits that the States have linked to marriage”? A constellation my coupled queer sisters and brethren now can hold dearly if they just make it official? Once again, being single is the dreary, awful, mournful alternative to marriage. A condition to be pitied, and quickly corrected by a sprint to City Hall." (Spinsters previously)
posted by Lycaste at 12:23 PM - 79 comments

In Israel: casual dress, handle business cards with respect.

CT Business Travel presents an infographic on business etiquette around the globe.
posted by Shepherd at 10:28 AM - 75 comments

INXS' Kick covered in day-long session by Beck and friends. [SLYT]

The purpose of the project is to cover an entire album by another artist in one day, using an informal and fluid collective of musicians. "Joining in this time we had three of my favorite bands— Liars, Annie Clark and Daniel Hart from St. Vincent, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, as well as RC veteran Brian Lebarton, just back from the Charlotte Gainsbourg tour. The record covered this time was 1987 blockbuster 'Kick' by INXS. The record was chosen by fellow Aussie, Angus from the Liars. It was recorded in a little over 12 hours on March 3rd, 2010. It was an intense, hilarious, daunting and completely fun undertaking. Thanks to everybody for being there and putting so much into it. Many classic moments, inspired performances and occasional anarchy." -Beck Hansen
posted by slacy at 9:23 AM - 27 comments

Write your own adventure

Diorama Club - a site where you can play interactive stories or use a simple tree syntax to create and share your own.
posted by Artw at 9:12 AM - 12 comments

Rainbows, Signposts, Secrets, Rewards, Panorama, Fiesta

The Houghton Mifflin Readers (1971): Textbook Illustrations that Blew a Million Minds. Vintage textbook graphics, from covers to poetry to illustrations.
posted by maryr at 8:39 AM - 33 comments

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Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview [The Millions]
If you like to read, we’ve got some news for you. The second-half of 2015 is straight-up, stunningly chock-full of amazing books. The list that follows isn’t exhaustive — no book preview could be — but, at 9,100 words strong and encompassing 82 titles, this is the only second-half 2015 book preview you will ever need. Scroll down and get started.
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posted by Fizz at 8:21 AM - 37 comments

"British politicians are easily seduced by American money and power"

Ukip seemed to be waging an American-style culture war — but the British didn’t appear to be interested. From October to election day, the party’s standing in the polls fell from 18 to 13 per cent. The dip can’t all be pinned on Ukip’s drift towards Tea Party politics, but a number of Kippers feel that Farage’s infatuation with America distracted him from his mission at a crucial moment, and unbalanced the delicate ecosystem that had allowed the party to flourish.
The transatlantic flirtation behind Ukip’s sudden meltdown.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:14 AM - 23 comments

Mary Anning: the greatest fossil hunter the world has ever known

She got off to an inauspicious start when she was born in poverty and then was struck by lightning as a small child. But when her father died when she was ten, leaving her family without any means of support, Mary Anning made her own luck with her skill at fossil finding. Her first big find came when she discovered the first complete skeleton of an Icthyosaur at twelve years old. She went on to discover pivotally important skeletons of plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and a fossil fish which was hailed as the "missing link" between sharks and rays. Despite being self taught, she was widely regarded as one of paleontology's greatest experts in the world when she died. Previously.
posted by sciatrix at 7:36 AM - 12 comments

ida-cracked-files-sostituire agli originali.rar

Italian surveillence software vendor Hacking Team were hacked, with 400GB of data dumped. According to leaked invoices, Hacking Team sold offensive software to countries including South Korea, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, and Mongolia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Luxemburg. There are initial indications that Hacking Team had pretty poor operation security, for example, using the password Ht2015!. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:16 AM - 41 comments

You're The One That I Want Satan

Death Metal Grease (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:04 AM - 34 comments

Living in the Future

Who need jetpacks and flying cars if you (might) have Giant Robot Battles?
posted by signal at 6:17 AM - 21 comments

What? No Couch Gag?

Remember "Bartkira" (previously here), which adapted the manga Akira into the world of The Simpsons? (Now with a website where you can read the first three volumes) Of course you know Akira was adapted into an anime, and now, so has Bartkira... kind of... at least a shot-for-shot remake of the Akira trailer. (For comparison, the original Akira trailer it's modeled from.) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:44 AM - 15 comments

July 5

Rossetti and the wombat

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (/ˈdænti ˈɡeɪbriəl rəˈzɛti/;[1] 12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter, translator and wombat enthusiast. He celebrated it in poetry and image; others have since done so with baking. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:42 PM - 12 comments

How to Not Be a Bullying Mob

Are you angry on the internet? That's ok! Perhaps, though, this would be an excellent time for you, angry person on the internet, to review (MeFi's own) Andrea Phillips's helpful flow chart of how not to be a bullying mob. [via mefi projects]
posted by MeghanC at 10:25 PM - 31 comments

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."

Pixar's 15 movies, ranked: Vulture | Collider | ET | EW [slideshow] | TV Guide [slideshow] | The Wrap | Washington Post, which disagrees on methodology: "My way to rank the Pixar canon is simple: How much did the film give you the feels?" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 6:41 PM - 195 comments

Watching Women Want

"[W]hat moves me [about women's soccer] is not a beautiful pass, or a bad refereeing call, or even the players’ backstories. What moves me is the players’ faces, and watching women want. ... And we need to see this, because when you’re in the act of wanting something badly enough, there isn’t room for self-consciousness. How you look, your stance, your hair, your makeup, whether you appear pretty, your sex appeal: all of these things that coalesce in my brain, and maybe yours, to form a hum so low and so constant that I take it as a state of being—and when you want, they disappear. When you want, the want goes to the fore. The you can take a backseat."
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:05 PM - 47 comments

"This verbal tic makes them sound like pompous bullshitters"

Just don't do it:
What this advice boils down to is ‘talk like a man’. The writer doesn’t even try to argue that there’s some inherent reason to prefer ‘less body language’ (whatever that means) to more. It’s preferable simply because it’s what men are said to do. Men are more successful in the workplace, so if women want to emulate their success, the trick is to mimic their behaviour.
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posted by NoraReed at 5:54 PM - 72 comments

Where is Google taking us?

I listen to one of the two or three key brains behind the Search algorithm itself, Ben Gomes, who speaks 10 to the dozen of “natural language generation” and “deep learning networks” (and, inevitably, of the “holy grail” of answering users’ questions before they have been asked). [more inside]
posted by Little Dawn at 5:15 PM - 52 comments

Not due to legalization

While California's water shortage continues, Cascadia has been suffering its own drought conditions, to the extent that expanding wildfires have lent the skies of Vancouver, B.C. a Mars-like orange hue.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 2:39 PM - 58 comments

Oxi!

Early results indicate Greeks have voted No in a landslide. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 2:09 PM - 219 comments

For every season, there is a meal

"You learn to cook so that you don't have to be a slave to recipes. You get what's in season and you know what to do with it." ~ Julia Child
In North America, summer is peak time for fruits and not bad for vegetables, but not all states are the same, so you can also browse Epicurious' seasonal ingredient map for a view of seasonal selections, month by month for any state. In the UK, you can visit Eat the Seasons to get an idea of what's fresh now, and La Cuisine in Paris has a list for seasonal food shopping in France. If you're in India, there are five seasons to consider, with the addition of monsoon season, and seasonal foods are an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as summarized on The Kitchn. Zipmec has a very general list of seasonal foods in South America, but for some real local flavor, Epicurious has a visual guide to Latin American and Carribean produce (though no mention of seasonal availability). And if you want to take a culinary tour of the world, Food By Country is a great place to start, with geography, history and food, plus recipes for each country (previously). And while shopping for produce, it's good to know how to pick the right vegetables and fruit, from The Kitchn, with additional suggestions in the comments. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:46 PM - 27 comments

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