October 6

“I have trust issues, but it’s something I’m working on.”

Felines of New York, inspired by Humans of New York, will show you what authentic cats are really thinking. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 11:29 AM - 0 comments

"I am healthy, and I have a plan to stay that way.”

Dallas County district attorney Susan Hawk's life fell apart after she took office: divorce, depression and thoughts of suicide. After she fired some of her most experienced staff and amid allegations of erratic or unstable behavior, she vanished from public view in late July. Nine weeks later, she re-emerged to announce that she had undergone two months of treatment at a mental health facility for Major Depressive Disorder. She says she’s ready once again to serve. Is she up to the job? (Some links in this post discuss suicide / suicidal ideation. Some readers may find linked content disturbing.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:17 AM - 1 comment

We have replaced “venture” capital with “product-market fit” capital.

Bros Funding Bros: What's Wrong with Venture Capital. "What really matters is that we are in the midst of a technological renaissance that will be much farther reaching than any of us can predict if we invest correctly. Our generation has an opportunity, in our lifetime, to put a massive dent in human suffering and make trillions of dollars in return. ... We need a wake up call on Sand Hill Road. We need to recapture our potential and open the doors." [more inside]
posted by annekate at 10:50 AM - 5 comments

Sick of Comcast? Five Bucks, and It's Gone

Comcast is famously bad at customer service, "winning" Consumerist's Worst Company in America award for 2014 and 2010. In particular, it's famously bad at letting customers go. But for the low, low price of $5, AirPaper will cancel your service for you. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:51 AM - 51 comments

BM 2.0

Two short videos from last year's RISE Lantern Festival outside Las Vegas. This year's evnt is scheduled for this weekend in the Mojave desert. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 9:05 AM - 11 comments

The economic impact of the strike will be...

...a net positive. We often hear about how much strike will cost the economy, however new research suggests the London underground train strike of early 2014 may have positive effects as it forced commuters to find different routes to work, many of which they stuck with. Researchers were able to access 200 million data points from the Oyster Card system that allows access to the London transport system to conclude about 5% of travellers switched their route after finding a new route during the strike, suggesting a lack of experimentation concerning the available options. Short paper here.
posted by biffa at 8:46 AM - 12 comments

But where's the Coffee Shop AU?

As a tenth-anniversary surprise, Stephanie Meyer released a genderswapped version of Twilight this morning, in which Bella and Edward are replaced by Beau and Edyth. EW calls it a Twilight Surprise. Cleolinda (of Movies in 15 Minutes fame) is doing a read-along on Twitter under the hashtag #sparkletime.
posted by suelac at 8:36 AM - 48 comments

Cake is one of the major food groups

Scott Waters is a 66 year old American, artist, photographer and ex-Apple Computer employee. He recently took a trip in England (Portreath, Redruth, Wadebridge, Padstow, Ashby de la Zouch, Little Eton, and Oxford) and listed his observations on Facebook. It went viral; coverage in Cosmopolitan, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, and the Metro. Naturally, some people disagree. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 7:42 AM - 158 comments

CJEU Strikes Down Safe Harbour Data Sharing

Europe's top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has struck down the 15-year-old Safe Harbour agreement that allowed the free flow of information between the US and EU.
posted by XtinaS at 7:36 AM - 13 comments

The Columbine effect

Mother Jones: How the Media Inspires Mass Shooters, and what it can do to prevent copycat attacks
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:31 AM - 68 comments

Good women seldom make history.

This is Professor Wangari Maathai. The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The first Kenyan woman to earn a doctoral degree. An icon of Kenya’s democratic movement who repeatedly put not just her mind but also her body on the line in order to secure a better future for Kenyans and their natural environment. But Maathai’s standing in Kenya is definitely ambiguous. She is beloved by feminists and environmentalists, and tolerated by everyone else... Women are expected to look backwards on guidance on what it means to be “good” – where “good” is primarily defined by men – but not too good because that makes women less interesting to men. This was not Wangari Maathai.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:30 AM - 3 comments

"whatever comes out of oppression is more interesting"

Chantal Akerman the director of Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles died yesterday evening. Le Monde says she commited suicide. Her last film No Home Movie was shown last summer at the Locarno International Film festival.
posted by SageLeVoid at 6:52 AM - 23 comments

Poor Man's Eggs Benedict

"That sound you hear at 11 a.m. Tuesday — those exultant cheers swiftly muffled by mouthfuls of English muffin, bacon, egg and cheese? They are the victory cries of thousands of McDonald’s breakfast lovers, who for the first time in 43 years will (officially) be able to consume Egg McMuffins at whatever time of day they deem fit. These are heady times, people." By Sarah Kaplan. SLWashPost.
posted by valkane at 5:35 AM - 111 comments

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for neutrino oscillations

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Canada share the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in neutrino oscillations ("metamorphosis in neutrinos" in the press release), in which neutrinos switch flavors as it propagates through space. The finding has a large impact on the standard model, as it requires neutrinos to have non-zero mass.
posted by oheso at 4:49 AM - 12 comments

"You know the thing I'll be great at?"

Your Drunk Neighbor: Some rich asshole. (Oh, and that's "Some rich asshole" for those of you without the browser add on)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:47 AM - 12 comments

Association Football in the Philippines

Football in the Phillipines has been largely an unsuccessful project. But is it Azkals' (street dogs) time to shine? Maybe, but it's a long way to the top if you want to kick and rush.
posted by josher71 at 3:49 AM - 0 comments

The Smartest Building in the World

Inside the connected future of architecture.
posted by ellieBOA at 1:42 AM - 24 comments

Passengers 'rush to be in my bus'

Vankadarath Saritha, Delhi's first female bus driver - "Women have been to space so why can't we drive a bus?"
posted by kliuless at 12:12 AM - 6 comments

“And here’s our agent.” They pointed a smartphone at Wiley.

Real estate brokerage Marketplace Homes has begun using its ZipTours application to allow buyers to tour homes for sale in the Detroit area under the supervision of an agent video chatting on their smartphone. After providing photo ID and a facebook account, the buyer receives a code to open the lockbox and can tour the home with their remote agent. [Alt link for possible paywall problems]
posted by polymath at 12:02 AM - 14 comments

October 5

Hail to the Pencil Pusher

Hail to the Pencil Pusher — American Bureaucracy's Long and Useful History [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 8:20 PM - 21 comments

🎶 Final fan-ta-sy is an R.P.G. 🎶

A Cockatiel learns to sing the Chocobo Song, sings constantly (SLTwitter)
posted by rebent at 7:48 PM - 18 comments

Step Aside, Pops!

How Internet Magic Helped A Quirky Cartoonist Find Success [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:36 PM - 51 comments

Block Transfer Computation

The Doctor Who Lego set has been officially revealed
posted by Artw at 4:12 PM - 43 comments

Children and Screen Time

Maybe screen time isn't so bad for your kids... Here's a summary from LifeHacker Vitals, the tl/dr version of the paper recently released from the American Academy of Pediatrics- "Growing Up Digital:Media Research Symposium" held earlier this year. The full paper is located here. The Academy seem to be relaxing the rather strict limited time recommendation they've held in the past. Teenagers around the world are breathing a sigh of relief.
posted by HuronBob at 2:36 PM - 48 comments

My God, it's full of letters

Fractal font is here to vibrate your brain.
posted by AteYourLembas at 1:22 PM - 38 comments

He disliked the machine so much that he won't be keeping it.

Product testers and analysts are scratching their heads over Keurig's latest attempt to revolutionize beverage preparation. Pop a $1.25 pod into the 24-pound, $370 Keurig Kold, wait a minute and a half, and behold: an 8-ounce glass of cold soda that doesn't taste very good. Coca-Cola has signed on as partner to the SodaStream rival, but as Motley Fool points out, this may not be the vote of confidence it appears: "Now we now why Keurig Green Mountain was able to get two soda giants to back the platform. It's not going to cannibalize retail sales." [more inside]
posted by mama casserole at 1:16 PM - 157 comments

we just make a little money and we buy a little mercy

"I think there are different kinds of mercy: big Mercy and little mercy. Big Mercy is so big because it is made out of suffering and ultimatums, out of saviors and omnipotence, and out of stories that have only one way of ending, which are brutal and where almost nobody wins... But maybe there's another kind of mercy—mercy so little that it costs almost nothing. So little most of us never notice it." [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 12:23 PM - 13 comments

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another”

Rest in Power, Grace Lee Boggs. [more inside]
posted by migrantology at 11:28 AM - 41 comments

Perfect Blue

Keeping up the trend of 2015 not living up to our high expectations, Pepsi-Cola, will be selling Pepsi Perfect starting on October 21st, 2015, but only in a limited edition batch of 6,500 bottles. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 at 11:15 AM - 50 comments

Inside Essex's "wonderhome"

John Trevillian has spent the last 25 years transforming an ex-council house near Stansted into a historic fantasy. “Everyone thinks I’m independently wealthy or that I’ve got a degree in interior design. But all I had was these stories in my head." (dlTheGruaniad)
posted by Kitteh at 11:02 AM - 31 comments

The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

We have long asked whether we are alone in the universe. But clearly we are not alone on earth. The evolution of intelligence, of empathy and complex societies, is surely more likely than we have hitherto considered.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:57 AM - 22 comments

Just call 1-800-SMOOTHE for Magic 102

A Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness is a limited-run, six-episode, serialized podcast (primarily conceived by David Wilcox and co-written with Johanna Hyman, but with a number of producers actors, and co-writers) chronicling the decline and fall of radio veteran Greg Willis, host of the eleventh most-listened-to, syndicated, smooth jazz/classic light R&B program on radio today. Take a trip to an alternate universe radio station with bizarre ad spots, musical numbers, call-ins, and an overarching narrative of a DJ gone power mad. Remember: when sneaking onto Sade’s estate, beware the Sax Wolves.
🎷 Smooth With A Silent E 🎸 Laser Vandross 🎷 Unexpected Robes 🎸 Camelot 🎷 The Request Hour 🎸 The Comfort Cruise [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 10:24 AM - 2 comments

"the trade agreement almost certainly will encounter stiff opposition"

Multinational agreement reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Representatives of a dozen nations agreed on the TPP, a wide-ranging trade agreement for the Pacific region, excluding China. Years of discussion and months of intensive negotiating led to this consensus. Opposition continues, based on a wide range of issues. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 9:35 AM - 64 comments

Publication bias in studying the efficacy of psychotherapy.

"The efficacy of antidepressant medication has been shown empirically to be overestimated due to publication bias [...] The efficacy of psychological interventions for depression has been overestimated in the published literature, just as it has been for pharmacotherapy. Both are efficacious but not to the extent that the published literature would suggest"
posted by OmieWise at 9:17 AM - 37 comments

On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?

Nihilistic password security questions
posted by gwint at 8:13 AM - 94 comments

Black & White In Color

One of my biggest pet peeves in art is the lazily-desaturated DSLR video. "Black & White In Color" is my personal response to treating black and white as an editing afterthought.
Visual artist Julianna Thomas reminds us that some things really are black and white. (SLVimeo)
posted by Etrigan at 6:48 AM - 31 comments

Kidnapped caprine recovered in Canada

Stubborn goat arrested after refusing to leave a Saskatchewan restaurant: "RCMP said that employees initially 'asked' the goat to leave and tried to walk him outside, but the rebellious animal turned around and sauntered back through the restaurant's automatic doors." It turns out that the seemingly ornery creature had actually been kidnapped from a rodeo: team members are thankful it's back safe and sound, but Katie Dutchak, co-founder of the University of Saskatchewan rodeo team, reminds everyone that tampering with animals is not funny.
posted by fraula at 6:00 AM - 21 comments

“People always leave traces. No person is without a shadow.”

Henning Mankell, Dean of Scandinavian Noir Writers, Dies at 67 [The New York Times]
Henning Mankell, the Swedish novelist and playwright best known for police procedurals that were translated into a score of languages and sold by the millions throughout the world, died Monday morning in Goteborg, Sweden. He was 67. Mr. Mankell was considered the dean of the so-called Scandinavian noir writers who gained global prominence for novels that blended edge-of-your-seat suspense with flawed, compelling protagonists and strong social themes. The genre includes Arnaldur Indridason of Iceland, Jo Nesbo of Norway and Stieg Larsson of Sweden, among others.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:31 AM - 33 comments

Just when you were worried about bridge collapse.

Geologists use a novel dating technique to find the cause of a tsunami. Single link New Yorker.
posted by Bee'sWing at 4:17 AM - 16 comments

"Calm down... I gotta play this cool..."

For 24 hour comics day 2015, Sara Goetter did an absolutely adorable comic about that first time you recognise a fellow geek in middle school.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:25 AM - 30 comments

October 4

Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution

Sophie Gamand has created a photographic series of pit bulls wearing flower crowns to challenge the common association of pit bulls with violence. Inspired by Rococo and Baroque traditions of portraiture, the photographs reveal another side to these often-maligned dogs.
posted by Athanassiel at 11:34 PM - 164 comments

Diamond Dogs

Mining diamonds from the street. (SLYT)
posted by loquacious at 9:51 PM - 6 comments


Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world. "Failure in Iraq, debates about freedom, expenses scandals, sex advice … the Romans seem versions of ourselves. But then there’s the slavery and the babies on rubbish heaps. We need to understand ancient Rome, but should we take lessons from it?" [Via]
posted by homunculus at 9:40 PM - 21 comments

We're A Happy Family

Do It For Mom! (And Denmark). Denmark's birth rate is stlll languishing, so the Danish government has expanded their original program. Parents can send their adult children on vacation to, uh, make grandchildren. Danish Blue, previously on MetaFilter.
posted by mattdidthat at 8:27 PM - 18 comments

The latest battleground in language shaping culture

His daughter died as a result of a car "accident". He and others argue that they should be called "crashes". An academic exercise, or the latest battle in changing the way people think about car culture?
posted by Automocar at 7:38 PM - 184 comments

A ponderous, scholastic joke

On the Nature of Things Humanity Was Not Meant to Know: Cosma Shalizi considers Lucretius' De Rerum Natura ('On the Nature of Things') as a "real-life Necronomicon, a book full of things humanity was not meant to know."
posted by kliuless at 6:54 PM - 9 comments

Gourmet plating

60 Second Tasting Menu. Now that Eater is part of a $850M media org, they have rebundled their site's video offerings.
posted by growabrain at 4:46 PM - 36 comments

Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

TauntBot [via mefi projects]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 4:12 PM - 11 comments


Can the Pentagon do business with Silicon Valley?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:04 PM - 46 comments

Five Big Issues Raised by “The Inner Light”

Morgan Gendel, writer of the Star Trek TNG episode, "The Inner Light," writes about it on Tor.com: "But now that I’ve begun speaking regularly about “The Inner Light,” questions about the episode that lay dormant for two decades like a Romulan Warbird waiting to de-cloak have suddenly shimmered into view. Fan questions and my responses have yielded up, in addition to the “Road Not Taken,” Five Big Themes addressed in “The Inner Light.”" [via Keith R. A DeCandido's rewatch, which was an FPP on Mefi a few years back]
posted by marienbad at 1:57 PM - 37 comments

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