August 16

Technology adoption swerve

8 lessons from 20 years of Hype Cycles looks at how Gartner's predictions of upcoming tech panned out.
posted by Jpfed at 9:38 PM - 10 comments

Q: Why did the explorers haul a fruitcake to the South Pole?

A: So they could leave it untouched. For 106 years. And it's ...almost... still edible.
posted by not_on_display at 6:17 PM - 26 comments

"You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor"

Previously on Metafilter, British tech company Nanosystems created VantaBlack, the world's darkest color. As a promotional push, they sold exclusive artistic rights to the material to renowned artist Anish Kapoor. This didn't sit well with painter Stuart Semple and his contemporaries. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 5:18 PM - 33 comments

"We became the party of the status quo."

"Look at the continuing scandals that are pouring out of Wells Fargo, with the most recent headlines about their having sold car insurance to people without any rationale, whatsoever... Lanny Breuer’s articulation of 'too big to prosecute' goes down as, on the one hand, the most honest and also the most disturbing statement made by the head of the Criminal Division in the Justice Department." A two-part interview with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer about antitrust, economic concentration, and regulatory capture.
posted by crazy with stars at 4:52 PM - 1 comment

Ball of Confusion

Dogs who think they're cats. Cats who think they're dogs (there are, like, entire breeds of those). IMHO, the cats have the right idea: dogs are indisputably better than cats, despite the propaganda from Big Cat.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:10 PM - 18 comments

Long Ones, Short Ones, Fat Ones, Skinny Ones...

....Itsy, Bitsy Polychaete Worms: "Leslie Harris, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, is a taxonomist who specializes in polychaetes. She’s sharing her expertise with the Smithsonian MarineGEO bioblitz currently underway at the Hakai Institute’s Calvert Ecological Observatory." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:56 PM - 5 comments

C is for Cookie; That's Good Enough for Me

A Death Growl is the one of the hallmarks of Death Metal. Sometimes referred to as Cookie Monster Vocals. This isn't lost on metal bands. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 2:20 PM - 10 comments

Amazing A Capella by the Beach Boys

Just the vocals of "Wouldn't It Be Nice," showcasing the sophistication of Brian Wilson. There's a lot of info here about the actual construction of the song and the harmonies and the advanced musical methodology used. I've been listening to this song for 40 years or so and was astonished at this a capella version.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:44 PM - 22 comments

Freddy didn't kill the kids on Elm Street, the Manson Family did

Cult actor John Saxon is perhaps best-known for his role as Donald Thompson in the first and third Nightmare on Elm Street films. But in 1987, Saxon also tried his hand as a screenwriter with a bizarre treatment for a prequel to the series in which it was to be revealed that Fred Krueger was an innocent man and the real killer was... The Manson Family? (via Bloody-Disgusting)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:51 PM - 20 comments

Wedding rings don't grow on carrots, you know. Oh wait, they do.

August 2017: Canadian woman finds long-lost diamond engagement ring on a carrot growing in her garden. November 2016: German man finds long-lost wedding ring on a carrot growing in his garden. November 2011: Swedish woman finds long-lost wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:17 PM - 24 comments

It Isn't Just Me Then

Brilliant writings on the latent queer aesthetic of Carly Rae Jepsen. Respect between gay fans and the pop music artist is mutual. What is the delineating factor between the headcanon and the truthful reading? Gay publications take notice. What's not to love? Carly puts her money where her mouth is. "Carly Rae Jepsen invented gay people," says a very earnest concert-goer.
posted by lilies.lilies at 11:59 AM - 14 comments

Palm leaves and cow dung, less common writing surfaces in India and Asia

Paper, textiles and stone have traditionally been used to as surfaces on which to write and paint, but Warli tribal or folk paintings are done on a cow-dung base on textile (though "gheroo," red mud or clay, is more common now). On the other side of India and throughout South and Southeast Asia, palm leaves have historically been used, including for one of the oldest known dated Sanskrit manuscripts from South Asia, and are still used to this day. If you want to try your hand at making or maintaining a palm-leaf manuscript, there are guides, collected on the AIC Wiki, sponsored by the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works. [historic manuscripts previously, including rolled palm leaf manuscripts in Nepal; indirectly via Dark Roasted Blend]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:51 AM - 5 comments

The kids have gone to the dogs

According to a recent survey, 33% of Americans age 18-36 who purchased their first home did so primarily to accommodate a dog. This exceeds the number purchasing primarily because of a marriage or the birth of a child. [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 10:03 AM - 55 comments

Who'd Win?

Elektra or Black Widow? Or rather, of their respective stunt doubles, Lauren Mary Kim or Amy Johnston? Part of the Kali Diary video series that Kim put up on her Youtube channel, showcasing this particular brand of Philipino martial arts.
posted by MartinWisse at 9:41 AM - 2 comments

Chill out and watch ancient tools be made to work again

Hand Tool Rescue is a Youtube channel devoted to repairing old hand tools. Slightly sped up, minimal commentary work; perfect to relax to at the end of the day. Some choice vids include: an antique nail gun, a 1940s band saw tooth setter, or a handpowered wall paper cutter.
posted by Ferreous at 8:53 AM - 8 comments

Socialists, Tenant Farmers, Native And African Americans Against The War

"The aftermath of the rebellion was a radical change in Oklahoma politics, which included a severe crackdown on the Socialist Party of Oklahoma (which had not been involved in the Green Corn Rebellion) and the Industrial Workers of the World. There was also a crackdown on all forms of dissent against the draft and World War I, and a large scale orientation of Oklahoma politics towards the right — a major change in a state which had once had the strongest and most active Socialist Party in the USA." - Remembering The Green Corn Rebellion 100 years later with contemporary accounts, video, Oklahoma issues, and more
posted by The Whelk at 8:35 AM - 3 comments

The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.

More than 200 potential jurors were excused during the jury selection process for the trial of Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Among the reasons jurors gave for feeling that they could not be impartial: Shkreli disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan, and he kind of looks like a dick. Shkreli was convicted on three of eight counts and says he is "delighted" with the verdict. His sentence has not yet been issued.
posted by xylothek at 8:27 AM - 48 comments

How one man built a $51m theme park for his disabled daughter

A father from Texas realised there were no theme parks where his disabled daughter could play. So he decided to build one. "We wanted a theme park where everyone could do everything, where people with and without special needs could play," Gordon Hartman says. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 5:34 AM - 19 comments

My childhood fears realized

On their way through North Dakota, indie rock band Belle and Sebastian made a late-night stop at a Walmart in Dickinson to get some water, and drummer Richard Colburn stepped out to use the bathroom. When he finished, the rest of the band was gone. Not having a phone with him, he spent several hours sitting around in his pajamas before his absence was noticed, but luckily they were able to recover.
posted by ckape at 12:23 AM - 61 comments

August 15

“ a sort of mystic version of Ultimate Frisbee.”

Pyre is a Game About a Game —But It's Really About Why We Play [Wired] “We pass through the gate leading up to the summit. When we reach the top, the liberation rite will begin. Prismatic light trickles down from on high as we climb and make our preparations. Set our uniforms just so. Put on the ritual masks. Stretch. This is magic, but it's something else, something much simpler: it's a sport. One last match, this one with huge stakes. This is the world of Pyre. The third game by beloved independent developer Supergiant Games (Bastion, Transistor), Pyre is about a magical tournament of sorts called the Rites. The competitors are all exiles, criminals cast out of the civilization of the Commonwealth into the wilds of a land known as the Downside; for the victors, the Rites are a ticket home from isolation, and back into society.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:40 PM - 16 comments

Please Don't Bomb Us, North Korea

"Weird" Al Yankovic comes to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver to play the accordion to help communicate how the people of the USA actually feel about North Korea. For context on why the accordion, watch the full episode.
posted by hippybear at 8:36 PM - 23 comments

"Eine neue Generation deutscher Philosophen"

Stuart Jeffries, Foreign Policy: Verdirbt Richard David Precht die Deutsche Philosophie? - "Aber Precht lässt das kalt. Als einer der berühmtesten und gefragtesten Figuren einer neuen deutschen Philosophiewelle argumentiert er, dass die moderne Philosophie, um relevant zu bleiben, von ihrem Elfenbeinturm herunterkommen und mit der Masse in Kontakt treten muss." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:09 PM - 5 comments

Why doesn't banana candy taste like banana?

Why doesn't banana candy taste like banana? Watch banana candies being formed by hand using Victorian techniques and discover why banana candy typically does not taste like what you think a banana should taste like. Also explore the weirdness of the banana plant and the correct way to peel a banana. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:45 PM - 66 comments

The endless river is the message.

Hvper is the new PopURLs. Thomas Marban, creator of Popurls has released Hvper, which is a "quick, non-personalised, anti-social and unfiltered news time sink". He explains here.
posted by soelo at 2:54 PM - 15 comments

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal

Three hundred feet in the air, Mauli Dhan dangles on a bamboo rope ladder, surveying the section of granite he must climb to reach his goal: a pulsing mass of thousands of Himalayan giant honeybees. They carpet a crescent-shaped hive stretching almost six feet below a granite overhang. The bees are guarding gallons of a sticky, reddish fluid known as mad honey, which, thanks to its hallucinogenic properties, sells on Asian black markets for $60 to $80 a pound—roughly six times the price of regular Nepali honey.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:34 PM - 31 comments

Music that soothes the savage feast

On a muggy day in July, in a Long Island backyard, a group of musicians had gathered for rehearsal. As their conductor gently raised both hands, they steadied their instruments, and played the first notes of a Bach chorale, “Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all.” (SLNYT)
posted by strelitzia at 2:17 PM - 5 comments

How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers

Twelve years ago, SB Nation began as a do-it-yourself venture, by and for fans, more a community of communities than a journalistic endeavor. It has since evolved and rebranded itself and emerged as Vox Media, which was valued at $1 billion in 2015 after a $200 million round of funding from NBCUniversal. The SB Nation network itself, consisting of 319 team websites, has remained in place, a vast operation read by millions of people every month and powered by unpaid and underpaid labor.
posted by crazy with stars at 12:26 PM - 31 comments

Will Adam Sandler finally win his Oscar?

The first teaser trailer for Noah Baumbach's new movie, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) has just been released prior to its appearance at the New York Film Festival in late September. [more inside]
posted by gusottertrout at 11:55 AM - 24 comments

Dawn Series

Here's What Coney Island Looks Like In The Empty Pre-Dawn Hours [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:51 AM - 14 comments

A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

In July 2016, Smith, who identifies as black, gay and deaf, presented to a doctor seeking pre-exposure prophylaxis. Despite his knowledge of PrEP, the HIV infections rates in the black queer community and his willingness to take the drug, one thing stood in his way: a hearing doctor. The doctor told Smith that Deaf people should not be having sex. Journalist Matthew Rodriquez (twitter) writes about the unspoken HIV crisis in the deaf community for Into, the online lifestyle magazine from Grindr (yes, that Grindr - note: not a link to Grindr)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:43 AM - 17 comments

but where are the badger-moles?

Miles of tunnels in South America were excavated by enormous giant sloths. At least, scientists think they were dug by giant sloths. But they're not entirely sure. The giant armadillo, the largest living member of the family, weighs between 65 and 90 pounds and is found throughout much of South America. Its burrows are only about 16 inches in diameter and up to about 20 feet long. “So if a 90-pound animal living today digs a 16-inch by 20-foot borrow, what would dig one five feet wide and 250 feet long?” asks Frank. “There’s no explanation – not predators, not climate, not humidity. I really don’t know.”
posted by suelac at 11:42 AM - 34 comments

Wild Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Nick Zentner, of Central Washington University, lectures entertainingly on the rather exciting geology of the Pacific Northwest in the US. Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest discusses the infamous "everything west of I-5 is toast" New Yorker article. Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest explains how the Yellowstone hot spot came to dominate the landscape of the Northwest. Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts describes the catastrophic ice age floods that roared down the Columbia river gorge.
posted by Bee'sWing at 11:35 AM - 19 comments

Ping! Pop! Poof!

Moonshadow was a ground-breaking graphic novel of exceptional beauty, a "fairy tale for grownups," beloved by Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 11:06 AM - 18 comments

Eight small things worth your time

The New York Times has a lovely feature looking at 8 short things, very closely. A 90 second scene from Freaks and Geeks that "takes you from melancholy to sheer delight." A pizza being made. An Eddie Murphy joke. An amazing adaptation of the Swan in dance. The erection of a building on the High Line. The 2-second bleat of Law and Order. A lyric from Lil Uzi Vert. A shoe painted by Manet.
posted by blahblahblah at 11:02 AM - 6 comments

Current female fronted rock

Wolf Alice: Brilliant indie rock, stretching from folk to punk. Watch Yuck Fou and Don't Delete the Kisses, from their upcoming sophmore album 'Visions of a Life', and one of their first songs Fluffy. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:01 AM - 25 comments

Saudi Arabia's Missing Princes

"In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them." [more inside]
posted by sour cream at 7:00 AM - 21 comments


Engine Stop Motion Teardown (2m50s; h/t)
posted by Gyan at 5:45 AM - 14 comments

“Let’s not try to make a big deal out of this!”

posted by DoctorFedora at 5:09 AM - 31 comments

Cam-girls in Romania

Cam-girls: Inside the Romanian sexcam industry - a BBC News magazine article by Linda Pressly (also available as a podcast) featuring some photographs by Lorenzo Maccotta.
posted by misteraitch at 4:36 AM - 12 comments

August 14

Peace and Quiet Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be

94 yo puts in a pool for the neighborhood kids. Who needs a thousand lakes when your neighbor lets you use their pool? [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 11:08 PM - 30 comments

“This is 'Sonic,' pure and distilled.”

Sonic Mania: The Return to Form You've Been Waiting For [The Verge] “For years, Sonic has been in need of a shake-up. Ever since the 16-bit era ended, the iconic mascot has struggled through one console generation after another. Some of his post-Genesis adventures were terrible, a handful were good, but most were aggressively mediocre — a sorry state for one of the biggest names in the medium. While Super Mario evolved over the years with inventive new takes on platform games, its longtime rival stagnated. Sonic has remained an enduring brand, thanks to comics and cartoons, but it hasn’t been an important force in gaming for some time. Sonic Mania has been billed as a return to form for the series. It’s far from the first game to claim that mantle, so it’s easy to be skeptical. But Mania is different than its predecessors. Most notably, it brings the series back to what made it so popular in the first place: blazing-fast side-scrolling action.” [YouTube] [Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:06 PM - 46 comments

Travelers' Rest Ponderosa Stage

I just got back from the Travelers' Rest music festival, two days of music in Missoula, Montana curated by The Decemberists. The main stage acts were all great, but I want to laud their second stage acts, starting with the first band to play all weekend, opening Saturday, Caroline Keys And The Lanesplitters and a sample track: Fort Benton. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:24 PM - 7 comments

Remember those crazy Danes?

It's been a while. And now, just as they are about to launch their biggest rocket so far, Copenhagen Suborbital's founder Peter Madsen has been arrested for murder.
posted by rikschell at 1:06 PM - 38 comments

Crafty Foxes and Smoking Snowmen

Femtasia: The Artwork of Femke Hiemstra
The narrative of my ‘painted stories’ involve characters and (anthropomorphic) flora and fauna and is part real and part fictitious. The characters interact in a figurative surrounding yet all is cast in a surreal light. Although I don’t paint the human figure very often the creatures in the scenes behave like them, with the same glory or shortcomings. Furthermore I’m attracted to contrasts. Humour is part of my stories but I’m also drawn to darker themes that involve strong emotions like battles, a hunt, the loss of a loved one or the ‘romantic’ death.
[h/t Dangerous Minds]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:40 PM - 3 comments

In a world where...

The Auralnauts present How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer in 2017. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 12:27 PM - 42 comments

Hugos in Helsinki

Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards - the annual SF award won an award of its own and managed to be largely free of the slating problems of recent years, whose instigators have largely moved on to the Dragon Awards. Worldcon, host of the Hugo Awrds, was without some controversy though, with the withdrawal of A Home for the Old (dropbox PDF) a planned LARP dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
posted by Artw at 11:59 AM - 64 comments

Orphan Utopia

The children had one thing in common: all had been orphaned, and most were among the poorest of the poor. Such were the children that John Ballou Newbrough hoped would inherit the earth.
 [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:44 AM - 3 comments

Chronik der Mauer

Chronicle of the Berlin Wall - a detailed timeline from 1961 to 1990, supported with recordings, photos, letters, transcripts of speeches, and more. (The text is available in German or English, but most of the supporting materials are German-only.) [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 9:27 AM - 6 comments

I come when the trumpet sounds

Trumpy Bear: Born on flag day... find the secret zipper, simply style his trademark hair. SLYT, unless you order one.
posted by bendybendy at 7:25 AM - 38 comments

August 13

The Moon's origin

One of the earliest known instances of mooning happened during the Fourth Crusade around 1203, when...
posted by storybored at 10:15 PM - 22 comments

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