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September 23

Once I checked financial stability, a good partner, and sufficiently sown wild oats off the list of Reasons Why I Am Not Ready, I was left with my own brain, which rarely goes well for me. Kate Harding writes about her ambivalence about having children, and her ultimate decision.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:59 PM - 4 comments

India's Mars Orbiter Mission In 45 mins from now (watch a webcast), India's Mars Orbiter Mission's satellite will insert itself into orbit around Mars. This is the final hurdle for MOM to overcome to achieve a big milestone for the Indian Space Research Organization.
posted by dhruva at 5:34 PM - 40 comments

Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk throat singer, has won the 2014 Polaris Prize for her album Animism. The Polaris goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on "artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation". Her acceptance speech was a little more controversial than usual for the Polaris, with Tagaq saying "People should wear and eat seal as much as possible" and "Fuck PETA." Her performance. Her acceptance speech.
posted by GuyZero at 4:07 PM - 52 comments

From the ever-fertile brain of Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face, half of Electric President) and pals comes Clone, a musical-visual story in six acts, posted weekly starting today. Act I: The Laboratory.
posted by FelliniBlank at 3:58 PM - 0 comments

The other epidemic. From 2006 to 2013, the United States had an average of 28 cases per annum of chikungunya, a viral disease. So far, this year, there have been 1052. Once confined to Africa and Southeast Asia, localized outbreaks have appeared in Italy, other parts of Europe, and the Americas. Although the first known locally acquired case appeared in the Caribbean in 2013, it has achieved epidemic levels with an estimated 738000 cases. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 3:54 PM - 14 comments

Screens generate distraction - biologically impossible to resist - in a manner akin to second-hand smoke. Allowing laptop use in class is like allowing boombox use in class  -  it lets each person choose whether to degrade the experience of those around them. [CITATION PROVIDED] I've stopped thinking of students as people who simply make choices about whether to pay attention, and started thinking of them as people trying to pay attention but having to compete with various influences, the largest of which is their own propensity towards involuntary and emotional reaction.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:32 PM - 66 comments

The New York Times reports on a new way medical professionals are gaming the system (to the tune of $2.8T a year) - by making end runs around cost controls through out of network consultation calls.
posted by NoxAeternum at 3:17 PM - 17 comments

Nicholas Felton datafied all his conversations in 2013. ALL of them. You may remember Felton, a performance artist, from previous datafication projects. In 2013, he kept detailed records of every conversation he had - with anyone, in any medium. Last month, he released the Report.
posted by BaffledWaffle at 2:12 PM - 14 comments

being FactMag's months-in-the-making rundown of the 100 greatest Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) tracks of all time. [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 12:48 PM - 52 comments

As hospitals struggle to cope with the ebola epidemic, where are patients with other emergencies finding care? In Monrovia, Liberia, it's Cooper Adventist Hospital. Without proper isolation facilities to handle ebola, they are instead tackling everything else. This August 17, 2014 San Bernardino Sun article discusses the challenges the doctors are facing. Dr. James Appel's blog (Dr. Gillian Seton's article appears in the side bar), and his recent remarks on international aid efforts.
posted by probably not that Karen Blair at 12:47 PM - 17 comments

Age as the new inequality. Full report here.
posted by cyml at 12:35 PM - 24 comments

Cordial Minuet is a video game being developed by Jason Rohrer (Previously, previously, previously). It is played for money, and is designed with the intent to remove chance from the outcome.
posted by joelhunt at 12:28 PM - 27 comments

Starbucks Is Testing a Drink That Tastes Like Guinness (Without the Alcohol) by Samantha Grossman (@sam_grossman), Time magazine:
The new drink, called the Dark Barrel Latte, is being tested at select locations across Ohio and Florida, Grubstreet reports. It doesn't contain any alcohol, but it supposedly contains the dark, toasty, malty flavors of Guinness. A BuzzFeed writer who got his hands on one in Columbus confirmed that it really does taste like stout. Several customers who've tweeted about the drink agree that it tastes like Guinness — but the jury's still out on whether or not that’s actually a good thing.

When I asked a colleague who was born and raised in Dublin (Guinness's birthplace) how he felt about all this, he responded first with this GIF. Then, as he mulled it over a bit more, he added, "Holy hell. Worst." Then he posed a question: "American Guinness already doesn't taste like Guinness. So what will this taste like?" Then he barfed all over me and my stupid American ignorance.
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posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:24 AM - 154 comments

Between the limited amount of titles on streaming services and the fact that Netflix seems to be shifting away from DVDs altogether, are you just out of luck if you want to watch a non-blockbuster like "Sweet Sweetbacks' Baadasssss Song" or "Raising Arizona"? KQED investigates.
posted by Clustercuss at 10:59 AM - 88 comments

Blizzard cancels Titan. After 7 years of work on the MMO, the successor to World of Warcraft has been cancelled.
We didn't find the fun," Morhaime continued. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."
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posted by blue_beetle at 10:46 AM - 111 comments

Do you miss Paris? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:58 AM - 15 comments

There are 47 episodes of Scandal (so far). In advance of the start of season 4 on Thursday, Vulture runs down the 50 most shocking moments. [Spoilers within, naturally] [more inside]
posted by donajo at 8:56 AM - 39 comments

Raiders of the Lost Ark as a black and white silent film. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:46 AM - 31 comments

Angry Letters to the One Member of Congress Who Voted Against the War on Terror
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Lee's story is how little credit she or her constituents receive for what they got right. Even though a majority now considers the war most understood the AUMF to authorize to be a mistake; even though it has been used to justify military interventions that no one conceived of on September 14, 2001; even though there's no proof that any war-making of the last 13 years has have made us safer; even though many more Americans have died in wars of choice than have been killed in terrorist attacks; even though Lee and many of her constituents were amenable to capturing or killing the 9/11 perpetrators, not pacifists intent on ruling out any use of force; despite all of that, Representative Lee is still thought of as a fringe peacenik representing naive East Bay hippies who could never be trusted to guide U.S. foreign policy. And the people who utterly failed to anticipate the trajectory of the War on Terrorism? Even those who later voted for a war in Iraq that turned out to be among the most catastrophic in U.S. history are considered sober, trustworthy experts.
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posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:28 AM - 96 comments

Dutchman fought to keep amputated leg, made a lamp.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:08 AM - 54 comments

In 1997, Smith retired from the police force. He needed a job to help cover his two daughters' college expenses, so he signed up as an investigator in the Broward County Public Defender's Office. He had little idea that he'd end up a key player in a bold experiment in criminal justice, one that aims to give tens of thousands of people who can't afford lawyers a fighting chance in a system stacked against them. It's an effort that suggests new ways for court-appointed attorneys to get at the truth, despite their insane caseloads. And a big part of it is getting former cops to police the police.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:21 AM - 21 comments

September 22

NVIDIA demonstrates how the lunar landing photos were not faked.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:33 PM - 75 comments

Noting the passing Saturday of Eric S. Lynch, a.k.a. Eric the Actor, a.k.a. Eric the Midget, a regular caller to The Howard Stern Show. [more inside]
posted by NedKoppel at 8:12 PM - 14 comments

For the cat and free speech lover in your life are these fabulous Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un scratching posts. Also a variety of more affordable litter trays.
posted by brookeb at 6:36 PM - 11 comments

The Great Authorial Hookup Chart (larger image), or how to connect Bram Stoker to Arthur Miller in 12 connections, and from Oscar Wilde to Roald Dahl in 12 romances (or how to make distracted students pay attention to English and History), from Black Balloon Publishing's Airship Daily blog. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:16 PM - 22 comments

Grantland writer Rembert Browne journeys into the "dark heart" of 90s nostalgia via Central Perk, the museum / tourist trap / coffee dispensary dedicated to the popular television show Friends. The modestly popular show premiered 20 years ago today, and had a number of memorable moments which are fondly remembered by its small, but dedicated group of fans. Friends previously and previously on Metafilter.
posted by codacorolla at 5:38 PM - 111 comments

Meet Pudding, the Photogenic Fox That’s too Friendly to be Released Into the Wild (SLD'awww)
posted by slater at 4:01 PM - 35 comments

It's a simple game, really. You just click the box that's a different color than the others.
posted by kafziel at 3:26 PM - 147 comments

They say that one night of ayahuasca is like ten years seeing a psychiatrist.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:23 PM - 109 comments

"What am I painting? Fuck you, that’s what I’m painting."
posted by brundlefly at 2:27 PM - 40 comments

Scotland’s young, feisty yes generation has nowhere to go [more inside]
posted by Nevin at 2:16 PM - 59 comments

Spoiler Alert You were warned.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:43 PM - 106 comments

The Atlantic pulls back the partition on Hollywood, Health, and Society, a CDC-funded clearinghouse for popular media to better understand modern medicine - and modern medical legislation like the Affordable Care Act.
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:41 PM - 5 comments

Frog TV
posted by alms at 12:40 PM - 6 comments

Yelling Cat wants something. A cat to human translation reveals what it is. [Previously, Via]
posted by homunculus at 11:56 AM - 26 comments

Vice interviews the shit out of Ben Carr, full-time dancer for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones since 1983.
posted by prize bull octorok at 11:26 AM - 34 comments

After two decades of very little activity (with one notable exception), Pink Floyd has announced that a new album, titled The Endless River, will be released in November. Arriving in a variety of formats with the now-obligatory bonus tracks and multimedia content, The Endless River is based on material developed during writing and recording sessions for the group's last album, The Division Bell, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. [more inside]
posted by gern at 11:18 AM - 96 comments

Anthology of the Best Short Stories [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:11 AM - 8 comments

When I won, as a high school junior, a state-wide essay writing competition, I was invited with sundry other academic winners to a celebration at the capitol. Rick Perry was to preside. All of us — champions in debate, calculus, physics, music, literary criticism, and more — gathered on the floor of the Texas state senate to accept Governor Perry’s congratulations. Perry took the podium as he does, with all folksy gravitas, gripping its edges in each hand. But when he addressed us he didn’t talk about academic achievement. He talked about football.
The Homecoming Queen: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig writes about Texas, football dreams, and homecoming mums. [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 11:10 AM - 14 comments

Ten years ago today, LOST premiered on ABC. EOnline posts an interview with Damon Lindelof, about the show's legacy. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:48 AM - 214 comments

The Solace of Oblivion by Jeffrey Toobin [The New Yorker] "In Europe, the right to be forgotten trumps the Internet."
posted by Fizz at 9:47 AM - 22 comments

Hieroglyphic Being (Jamal Moss), head of Mathematics Records, is an old school Chicago House DJ who jams together a messy clump of styles to try to keep things "giddy, impatient and unpredictable." Sun Ra, Peter Gabriel, Native American chants, Brian Eno, and Mr. Fingers all bump up comfortably next to each other. To get you through your Monday afternoon... posted by Going To Maine at 9:40 AM - 5 comments

Whoever saves a life - In a war with many villains, these are the good guys. Earlier this month Khaled Hajjo and the majority of the Hanano team were briefly arrested by a rebel brigade in the city, and then forced to flee to Turkey.
posted by TheProudAardvark at 9:27 AM - 4 comments

The Little-Known Story of How The Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films of All Time
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 9:12 AM - 45 comments

An international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) is a unique number, usually fifteen digits, associated with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) network mobile phone users. An IMSI catcher is a device, used by the NSA drone program, the police, criminals, Chinese spammers and spies all around Washington DC and the world to spoof the identity of a GSM cell tower and intercept cellular voice and data communication. They come in all sizes and flavors, from tiny or body-worn professional surveillance devices, to easy to order off the shelf solutions, to Chinese DIY (links in Chinese) and have spawned efforts to retaliate with an IMSI-catcher-catcher. IMSI-catcher technology has become increasingly widespread, with far-reaching constitutional and technical implications.
posted by T.D. Strange at 8:32 AM - 10 comments

[Vice News Video] Women across America who are seeking abortions are accidentally booking appointments at crisis pregnancy centers—pro-life, government-funded religious centers that don't provide abortions, but instead try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:12 AM - 41 comments

"There is not one person in prison in Iraq who has not been subjected to some kind of abuse." "I want people to consider, what if that happened to your family member?" [more inside]
posted by blankdawn at 7:38 AM - 9 comments

I had a stroke at 33—On New Year’s Eve 2007, a clot blocked one half of my brain from the other. My reality would never be the same again. [more inside]
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 6:40 AM - 23 comments

Alaskan television reporter quits on-air in spectacular fashion Charlo Greene (apparently her real name) quit her job on-air, after outing herself as the owner of the marijuana exchange on which she was reporting.
posted by Optamystic at 5:13 AM - 125 comments

Dallas County, TX, considers banning live visits for jail inmates and switching to for-pay videoconferencing service. However, other communities have already installed the system by jail-telecom-for-profit experts, Securus. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:00 AM - 58 comments

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