December 5

LiartownUSA: When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

Pottery:
Birds with Human Penises Collector Plates, 2016 (Rock Pigeon, Cedar Waxwing)
Books:
Selections from New York Dick Pics and Classic Dick Pics
Dick Sleeves No.17
The Occult Art of Dildomancy by Purina Blackthorne
Unwanted Thoughts (1981)
The What? How? Wonder Book of Dicks of the Great Explorers
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posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:17 PM - 1 comment

Luis Carlos Montalvan

Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, an Army veteran and advocate for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), died Friday night. After serving in Iraq and suffering a TBI, Montalvan was paired with a service dog, Tuesday. He and Tuesday crossed the country over the past few years, advocating for the use of service dogs for injured vets. Capt. Montalván was 43. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:36 PM - 13 comments

"...and we'll have a burial for him tomorrow.”

William Callagan was captain of the USS Misouri, when she was hit by a kamikaze pilot. The only casualty was the pilot. Callaghan buried the pilot at sea. With dignity.
posted by dfm500 at 5:27 PM - 8 comments

Not / But

Not / But. 19-and-counting bits of creative-work encouragement from Croatian cartoonist Tonči Zonjić.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:40 PM - 10 comments

Feature design versus trolling

“Harassers are very clever. They take advantage of tools that are very innocuous and use them as vectors for abuse,” Ehmke told me. “If you’re creating products and not thinking about how it could be used for abuse, you are not doing your job.” - How Github is dealing with its troll problem.
posted by Artw at 2:22 PM - 36 comments

The Real U.S. Embassy in Accra is White, not Pink

Mobsters ran a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, flying the flag and issuing visas for $6,000 [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 1:37 PM - 6 comments

gtfo

Amazon has opened a corner store where customers can pick up their groceries and just walk out without having to queue up and pay at the checkout. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 1:27 PM - 118 comments

I'm sending in more trains!

This morning in Montréal. (SLYT 1:47)
posted by bonehead at 1:19 PM - 66 comments

Here comes the Santa Claus (Ladies and gentlemen!)

Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story) An a capella re-singing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the style of Hamilton, by Eclipse 6. (The antlers are the perfect icing on the cake.)
posted by current resident at 12:51 PM - 9 comments

At least 30 dead in Oakland warehouse fire

A warehouse, artists colony and music venue known as the "Oakland Ghost Ship" went up in flames Friday night during a concert promoted by the house music record label 100% Silk, featuring several musicians from its roster. "People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings — pianos, organs, antique furniture, doors and half-finished sculptures" (L.A. Times). A Reddit user who identified himself as a survivor of the fire posted about his escape from the inferno. The whereabouts of Ghost Ship owner Derick Ion Almena, who apparently lived in the building with his wife and children, are unknown.
posted by Clustercuss at 11:41 AM - 140 comments

The Persistence of Memory (lots of copies keep stuff safe)

"The history of libraries is one of loss." After receiving a second National Security Letter, the Internet Archive, already concerned by some of Donald Trump's statements on the campaign trail have announced plans to build a copy of the archive in Canada, so that "no one will ever be able to change the past just because there is no digital record of it. The Web needs a memory, the ability to look back." [more inside]
posted by TwoToneRow at 11:39 AM - 5 comments

This is the Injustice Boycott.

Today We Launch the Injustice Boycott in Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City

Intro: Here is how we will boycott injustice and police brutality in America
posted by andoatnp at 11:18 AM - 23 comments

Better far to live and die, under the brave black flag I fly

After placing third in the October election (previously), and following the failure of talks between other parties to form a coalition, the Pirate Party of Iceland has been invited to form government. [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 11:00 AM - 24 comments

Time keeps on slippin', drippin', meltin', into the future

As you look to the end 2016, you might think of New Years Eve celebrations, including the iconic Times Square Ball, "probably the greatest single moment of public timekeeping in the world." Digging in, you'll find that it's really just a glorified time ball, an antiquated tool for sea-farers to set their chronometers and discern their longitude by means of celestial navigation. The first time ball went into use 1829, pretty late in the time-keeping game, so let's re-fill the ol' water clock and take this way back. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:57 AM - 11 comments

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra, an intense auditory exploration of the natural world. (Headphones recommended)
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 9:42 AM - 3 comments

A Critique of the Mindfulness Movement

"Actually, Let's not Be in the Moment" "Mindfulness is . . . a special circle of self-improvement hell, striving not just for a Pinterest-worthy home, but a Pinterest-worthy mind." Ruth Whippman, The New York Times, 11/26/16.
posted by A. Davey at 8:40 AM - 108 comments

To say rap is not work is ludicrous, whoever said it must be new to this

Adult Rappers is a documentary that chronicles the lives of 30 rappers stuck in between obscurity and making it, including battle rappers, retired legends, new blood, and many others from the U.S. and Canada who have achieved various levels of success, and explores what it means to chase your dream while simultaneously trying to earn enough just to get by. Trailer (Vimeo). Full documentary (also Vimeo). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:09 AM - 9 comments

Stalking & harassment in the classic arcade gaming community

"I am now his designated excuse for every failure he’s ever had, past or present. I will become his everlasting excuse for the next four years. When he fails to obtain respect from the classic gaming community he desperately seeks adoration from, I am his reason for why that is so. When he fails to convince others to buy into his ludicrous delusions that playing the NES professionally is a skill worthy of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for, I am the reason why that is not so. And when he fails to make national headlines for taking a world record on an NES game title, like Home Alone, Jaws or Duck Tales, his delusions of grandeur are never to blame. I am." -- When Harassment Becomes a Game
posted by Theta States at 7:58 AM - 24 comments

My lumps, my lumps, my Anglo-Saxon lumps

"Scientific analysis reveals origins of odd 'lumps' in Anglo-Saxon grave. How did bitumen from Syria wind up in a buried Anglo-Saxon boat?" [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:43 AM - 11 comments

No recipes, just looking

Wikipedia's List of Cookies of the world. List of Cakes. List of Candies.
posted by Mchelly at 7:40 AM - 16 comments

Clickspring Chris has completed his clock

Clickspring Chris, mentioned several times previously on Metafilter (1 2 3), has posted his last clock build video. The final results are stunning. [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:19 AM - 28 comments

I identify with that feeling of wandering the seashore, looking baleful.

Kate Washington at LA Review of Books discusses her feelings as a caregiver prompted by Anne’s House of Dreams, the fifth book of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:11 AM - 15 comments

December 4

Waypoint

Waypoint is vice.com's rebranded gaming segment comprising a veritable supergroup of game critics led by EIC Austin Walker (Streamfriends, Friends at the Table & Giant Bomb), and featuring Patrick Klepek (1up, Giant Bomb, Kotaku) and Danielle Riendeau (Idle Thumbs/Weekend, Polygon). They inaugurated their launch on Halloween weekend with a stream of 72 games in 72 hours. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 11:17 PM - 11 comments

The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.

Strange Creatures Appear On Kansas Police Cameras. At least they were clothed, unlike the primate filmed by Virginia Tech.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:02 PM - 11 comments

"One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone."

Satanic Temple Says Texas's New Rules on Fetal Burial Violate Their Religious Freedom
In December, Texas will impose new rules requiring all fetal remains to be buried or cremated, a sneaky way to impede abortion access and make patients feel just a little worse, all at the same time. The Satanic Temple, the nation’s best and foremost trolls, declared today that under federal religious freedom laws, their members must be granted immunity from the new rules.
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posted by XtinaS at 8:26 PM - 101 comments

“Tofu was a tough sell"

In what remains a QVC record, Ina Garten — the only guest who Mr. Venable says made him feel like a crazed teenager at a rock concert — sold out of 30,000 copies of her latest book in 25 minutes 4 seconds. And that doesn’t take into account what the publishing industry calls the QVC effect. That is, the extra sales and marketing power that rises up through Amazon sales and bookstore orders because QVC has deemed a book worthy. -- QVC’s David Venable: The Man Who Helps America Cook by Kim Severson, New York Times
posted by Room 641-A at 1:22 PM - 14 comments

Peepaw's Christmas Party!

Every winter Katie Faflik's Peepaw throws a holiday party, with one guest dressed as Winter Man. Is it Gregg this year [Facebook]? Snaps from Peepaw's Thanksgiving party, with all the trimmings [also Facebook]. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 1:11 PM - 23 comments

David Bowie's final three songs

When the Original Cast Album of Lazarus was released, it contained a bit of a bonus: three studio tracks of songs from the show recorded as out-takes from his final album ★. No Plan, Killing A Little Time, and When I Met You. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 12:06 PM - 5 comments

How the Circle Line rogue train was caught with data

The MRT Circle Line was hit by a spate of mysterious disruptions in recent months, causing much confusion and distress to thousands of commuters. Like most of my colleagues, I take a train on the Circle Line to my office at one-north every morning. So on November 5, when my team was given the chance to investigate the cause, I volunteered without hesitation.
posted by infini at 11:29 AM - 26 comments

The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

"Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks. "
posted by Confess, Fletch at 11:25 AM - 125 comments

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

"I feel like I’ve fallen down a wormhole, entered some parallel universe where black is white, and good is bad. Though later, I think that perhaps what I’ve actually done is scraped the topsoil off the surface of 2016 and found one of the underground springs that has been quietly nurturing it. It’s been there all the time, of course. Just a few keystrokes away… on our laptops, our tablets, our phones. This isn’t a secret Nazi cell lurking in the shadows. It’s hiding in plain sight." [SLGuardian]
posted by roolya_boolya at 9:25 AM - 137 comments

Marcel Gotlieb est mort

Marcel Gotlieb est mort à 82 ans. Known as Gotlib, founder of the comic magazine Fluide Glacial, creator of Gai-Luron, SuperDupont and many more. Author of the Rubrique-à-brac serie, considered a masterpiece of french humor.
posted by CitoyenK at 8:18 AM - 16 comments

We've really got to get back to writing about Back To The Future

Signs Of A Creepy Government Conspiracy At Standing Rock is a bit of investigative journalism from, er, Cracked, covering various cybersecurity attacks that have been launched against the protest camp at Standing Rock.
posted by whir at 8:16 AM - 29 comments

December 3

“WE'RE THE ALIENS!!”

Mass Effect: Andromeda [YouTube] The journey to Andromeda begins now. Navigate the uncharted reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find a new home among the stars. How far will you go to become humanity’s hero? [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:56 PM - 40 comments

“I just want the system to follow the rules,” he said.

An investigation by The New York Times of tens of thousands of disciplinary cases against inmates in 2015, hundreds of pages of internal reports and three years of parole decisions found that racial disparities were embedded in the prison experience in New York.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:00 PM - 11 comments

Gerudo Valley

Gerudo Valley (alternate), composed by Koji Kondo, is part of the soundtrack of the popular 1998 Nintendo 64 title: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The valley itself lies to the west of Hyrule and can be traversed by jumping across on Epona. Recently, an Unreal Engine 4 recreation of the location was produced. The tune has been covered quite a lot (more below the fold) or reworked by DJs or given a full orchestral interpretation (alternative). Also, the original as a 10 hour loop. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 5:11 PM - 9 comments

It's like having an extra U.S. on the planet

Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study. Writing in the journal Nature, they project that an increase of 1C (1.8F) will release an additional 55 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere by 2050...previous assessments have not taken carbon released by soil into account. This could trigger a "positive feedback" and push the planet's climate system past the point of no-return. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 4:31 PM - 69 comments

Now That's What I Call Alt Right!

WHITE NOISE - the best of the AltRight. "It's not that fringe, okay?"
posted by philip-random at 4:28 PM - 15 comments

28. Tuareg guitar players really like Dire Straits

Tom Whitwell of Fluxx lists 52 things I learned in 2016. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:58 PM - 17 comments

Why we don't really want to be nice

"Setting out to try to become a nicer person sounds like a deeply colourless and dispiriting ambition. In theory, we love niceness of course, but in practice . . . "(SLYT)
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 1:02 PM - 25 comments

Emotions are Work

Men Dump Their Anger Into Women "Women are expected to regulate the emotions of men as well as themselves. They have to sharpen their emotional regulation skillz because they’ll be regulating for two even when they’re not pregnant. [...] This takes many forms, and at its most benign looks like listening, support and empathy. However, as it becomes more noxious, women are expected to read the emotions [of] men and proactively protect them from their own negative emotions. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 12:32 PM - 212 comments

Turning a blind eye to what’s happening on the Earth

"Turning a blind eye to the Earth wouldn’t just stifle basic research. It would leave us more vulnerable to all sorts of weather and climate-related disasters, from drought-fueled famines in Ethiopia to devastating wildfires in Alberta to the ceaseless march of sea level rise in South Florida and the South Pacific. These, and many other environmental challenges that NASA’s Earth science division helps us to understand, have enormous economic and national security implications for all of humanity." [more inside]
posted by puffyn at 11:09 AM - 20 comments

Hello, Wayne Knight.

Hey, Aren't You... is a short (15 min) DVD extra featuring interviews with many of the actors who played supporting characters on Seinfeld and the impact the show had on their life.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:20 AM - 18 comments

Seagulls vs. Yoda

More bad lip reading, to an unbelievably catchy tune.
posted by gryphonlover at 9:39 AM - 14 comments

It was just meant to be played once, on that day.

Noel Gallagher talks about the making of Be Here Now, and why D'You Know What I Mean? needed to be remixed.
"So you've got this huge desk the size of Bradford, you've got a tape machine which couldn't handle the amount of tracks so you had to get another tape machine. It's the only time I've ever seen it in the history of music... When we separated all a hundred guitars, all doing the same thing, and got the key elements, and then did that remix, it sounds amazing. You can actually hear the strings, the bass guitar, and you can actually hear everything."
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posted by Juso No Thankyou at 7:21 AM - 25 comments

Evan

Can you figure out the mystery inside this remarkable ad about high school love? (Do watch the ad before scrolling further.)
posted by carrienation at 7:02 AM - 67 comments

To all the women who've had to fight

"With "Fight," Magnets put her finger on the pulse of the feminist revenge fantasy" [more inside]
posted by misfish at 3:21 AM - 47 comments

December 2

SIMPSONWAVE

Wherein the soothing nostalgia of vaporwave is combined with the hallucinatory, corrupted-VHS ennui of Marge and the gang. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:24 PM - 20 comments

Not quite a billion years in Banjul

The Gambia’s autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, who once claimed a “billion-year” mandate to rule, has conceded defeat after a shock election loss to a real-estate developer who once worked as a security guard in London. "Hello, are you hearing me?” Jammeh asked Adama Barrow, grinning widely on his mobile. “I wish you all the best. The country will be in your hands in January. You are assured of my guidance. You have to work with me. You are the elected president of The Gambia. I have no ill will and I wish you all the best.” [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 9:21 PM - 30 comments

¿Qué?

Actor Andrew Sachs, best known for his beloved portrayal of a hapless Spanish waiter named Manuel on the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died at 86...
posted by jim in austin at 7:16 PM - 64 comments

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