August 4

#FieldWorkFail

"Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter." The #fieldworkfail hashtag reveals the hilarious perils experienced by the Science side of Twitter.
posted by magstheaxe at 9:14 PM - 0 comments

Say it Ain't So, Joe!

How A Young Joe Biden Turned Liberals Against Integration. Metafilter has been talking about another Joe Biden presidential run, and about school integration, and given that the most deeply segregated schools aren't where you might think they are, perhaps it's a good time to explore how Joe Biden turned against busing as a tool of desegregation in the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by gryftir at 8:41 PM - 1 comment

Brain Food

Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism (2014). Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He founded "The Best of Journalism", a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction. This is his list of the best stories from 2014. There are personal essays, business stories, stories of government misbehavior, science stories and more.
posted by storybored at 7:38 PM - 2 comments

Gentle Giant German TV ZDF 1974-Live Brussels film studio

In 1974 Christopher Nupen, the celebrated classical music director, invited the so-called progressive rock band Gentle Giant to record THIS CONCERT in a Brussels film studio to be broadcast as a 'Sunday Concert' on German television station ZDF.
posted by philip-random at 7:35 PM - 8 comments

Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the La Scala Orchestra in Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's program notes on the piece. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's extended video about the piece's composition, "Why Italy?" [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:34 PM - 0 comments

Closed Binders

Yesterday, journalist Melody Kramer used her column on the website of the Poynter Institute to publish "a list of every hidden journalism-related social media group I could find”. Reaction to her column has been decidedly mixed. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:03 PM - 35 comments

They Lied to Me in Song

The Indian Government will pay 3000 Mumbai beggars to sing about its inititives. All-India Radio will help with training, though most singing beggars are apparently trained in music, up to degree level.
posted by Segundus at 6:39 PM - 4 comments

The Gay DNA of House Music

"At Pyramid, die-hard leather clones inhaled amyl nitrate with nuclear goths and industrial transvestites."
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:02 PM - 11 comments

One Billion Dates

Alec Robbins is a person of many talents, most of which can be summed up in his look at his unfinished work, that spans comics, poetry, and film. Most recently he spent 1,600 of his own money to shoot, direct, and edit his latest short film in which he also acted the main character, One Billion Dates
posted by everyday_naturalist at 5:30 PM - 3 comments

Getting the most out of your ice cream maker (from Salt & Straw)

Portland, Oregon's Salt & Straw creative director, Tyler Malek, was recently named to Forbes "30 under 30" list. In this PDF he generously shares how to get the most of your ice cream maker. To calculate how to get to his "magical 17% butterfat" for YOUR quantity of ice cream, use this handy Butterfat Calculator from Ice Cream Geek. See also their handy Ice Cream Butter Fat Converter.
posted by spock at 4:24 PM - 40 comments

The Revolution Has Been Digitized.

Collections of activist ephemera (posters, leaflets, etc) are increasingly available online. The University of Michigan Library recently made available its digitized Joseph A. Labadie Collection of activist and political posters dating back to 1911. Selected posters from Michael Rossman's 25,000 piece collection "All Of Us Or None" are available online at the Oakland Museum of California. Lincoln Cushing's archive is up at Docs Populi: documents for the public . (via) (previously) [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:52 PM - 3 comments

Homme de Plume

What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name: I sent the six queries I had planned to send that day. Within 24 hours George had five responses—three manuscript requests and two warm rejections praising his exciting project. For contrast, under my own name, the same letter and pages sent 50 times had netted me a total of two manuscript requests. The responses gave me a little frisson of delight at being called “Mr.” and then I got mad. Three manuscript requests on a Saturday, not even during business hours! The judgments about my work that had seemed as solid as the walls of my house had turned out to be meaningless. My novel wasn’t the problem, it was me—Catherine.
posted by frumiousb at 3:33 PM - 37 comments

I deserve not to worry

Only a few weeks after becoming an independent media company, This American Life covers "The Problem We All Live With" -- namely, why desegregation is still the only proven way to improve bad schools, and what happens when one school district accidentally has to attempt it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:44 PM - 38 comments

How many ridiculously long escalators can YOU find?

Axonometric diagrams of every London Underground station Glorious, glorious tube station diagrams (not to scale) from Transport for London that will make fans of David Macaulay, Stephen Biesty, or Kate Ascher swoon. From the rather simple Bethnal Green to the much more complex Bank/Monument, enjoy a perspective of stations quite different from the daily commuter's view. (Previously from the same website.)
posted by ocherdraco at 2:21 PM - 27 comments

Costumed wrestling heel VS costumed vigilante face

After months of social media sparring, the Arrow TV superhero / WWE fanboy / giant nerd actor Stephen Amell will don full Oliver Queen-ish kayfabe to face his WWE nemesis Stardust on WWE Monday Night RAW. [Mild Arrow season 3 / The Flash season 1 spoilers within] [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 2:04 PM - 10 comments

The plot thickens

What was once a series content to celebrate simple boy-racer pleasures, the seventh Fast & Furious fell prey to a recent tentpole-film affliction: ridiculously over-complicated plotting. Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer Drew Pearce draws an analogy for this blockbuster bloat, responsible for routinely pushing run times over the two-hour mark: “Much as I love a prog-rock album, if it’s a pop song I like it to be short and sweet, and I think it has more impact that way. And summer blockbusters are very proggy right now.” Mission impenetrable: are Hollywood blockbusters losing the plot?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:48 PM - 49 comments

"I like music."

Helena Teasdale likes music. She also likes her furry white hat that looks like a bear's head. And her white wall. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 1:29 PM - 2 comments

Because we have never seen and will never again see anything like her.

In just 34 seconds, MMA virtuoso Ronda Rousey defended her championship title by knocking out Bethe Correia this past Saturday. In 2015, the average duration was 600 seconds. Her entire 4 year undefeated career spans under half an hour. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 1:23 PM - 48 comments

How many miles to Wall Drug?

An hour and a half east of Mount Rushmore, and four hours west of Sioux Falls, you'll drive by Wall, South Dakota, population 800 or so. 84 years ago, the population was 326 people, but it was located on Interstate 90, so there was steady traffic of people driving past the town, even in the Depression. Wall Drug Store was just another quiet shop run by Ted Hustead, who watched all the traffic drive right on by, until his wife Dorothy hit upon a big idea: put up billboards telling people they could stop in and get free ice water. This is the origin of Wall Drug's fame, putting the store on the map. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:50 PM - 37 comments

They say, ‘I never saw a Jew with a dog before!’

Meet Brooklyn's Fearless Hasidic Dog Walker [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:36 PM - 48 comments

The wine that came in from the cold

How Moldova's wine industry became a new battlefront in the new cold war between Russia and the EU.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:19 PM - 4 comments

It's like, how much more black could this chicken be?

And the answer is none. None more black. A look at Ayam Cemani, a breed of chicken so black you half expect to see it smoking clove cigarettes and listening to Bauhaus. Black feathers, skin, muscle, bones, and a black, black heart. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 12:14 PM - 31 comments

Targeted Advertising Considered Harmful

"The best thing that you, as a user, can do to get better ad-supported content is to install a tracking protection tool." - Don Marti [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 12:07 PM - 18 comments

Love is Dead.

If Kermit and Miss Piggy can't make it work, what hope do the rest of us have? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:06 PM - 64 comments

"You've never seen any of them. At least, let's hope you haven't."

The recent reboot "Vacation" is packed with call backs to the original 1983 film, but one thing that is conspicuously missing is the name "National Lampoon" preceding the title. Vulture recently published a short history of the National Lampoon and how it has gone from it's peak in the 70's and 80's way down to the unfortunate straight-to-DVD output of the last fifteen years. Bonus: The trailer for the upcoming documentary: "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:43 AM - 25 comments

Both children were punished for behavior related to their disabilities.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Kentucky in the case S.R. v. Kenton County Sheriff's Office on behalf of two elementary school children, aged eight and nine, who were restrained in handcuffs because of behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. Video footage (trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:28 AM - 36 comments

What Kind of Person Would Vote For Donald Trump? These People.

Inside Donald Trump's Surging GOP Campaign (SLGQ), by Drew Magary. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:20 AM - 204 comments

Shirley Jackson on writing

The New Yorker has recently put online three short essays on writing by novelist and short story writer Shirley Jackson, author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House. They are Memory and Delusion, On Fans and Fan Mail and Garlic in Fiction, where she sets out her methodology of writing fiction. You can read one of Jackson's short stories on The New Yorker's website, Paranoia, and an interview she did with her son.
posted by Kattullus at 8:21 AM - 12 comments

Stax of Wax

"For almost 70 years, United Record Pressing [previously] has been in the business of pressing vinyl records. A quarter century ago, everyone thought those old black disks were going the way of the dodo. Then a few years ago, a funny thing happened: The kids started buying vinyl again. And now, one of Nashville’s oldest manufacturing businesses is growing to beat the band." -- "The Persistence of Vinyl" via The Bitter Southerner
posted by jim in austin at 6:49 AM - 54 comments

AP posts Hiroshima archive

AP WAS THERE: US drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 By The Associated Press Aug. 3, 2015 4:06 AM EDT. WASHINGTON, AUG. 6. — An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President (Harry) Truman disclosed in a White House statement at 11 a.m. Eastern War Time, today that the first use of the bomb — containing more power than 20,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before — was made 16 hours earlier on Hiroshima, a Japanese army base.
posted by bukvich at 6:16 AM - 80 comments

Twitter Contest Winning as a Service

Hunter Scott wrote a Python script that automatically entered 165,000 contests on Twitter. "My favorite thing that I won was a cowboy hat autographed by the stars of a Mexican soap opera that I had never heard of."
posted by artsandsci at 5:54 AM - 28 comments

“...have your lawyer call our lawyer & we might answer some questions.”

Open the Music Industry’s Black Box by David Byrne [New York Times]
“Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?”
posted by Fizz at 5:36 AM - 46 comments

Wadiayatalkinabeet?

Once upon a time, three Australian friends decided to take their private jokes and characters and turn them into a cartoon. Then something unexpected happened: they actually did it. This is THE BIG LEZ SHOW. Here's the compiled first season - links to episodes from all three seasons are after the break. Oh, and here's a recent podcast episode about it I just discovered. Warning: series contains profanity and depictions of drug use, yeeeewww fukken druggo. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 5:07 AM - 1 comment

The value of an effective police organization

Unlike the soft forms of social control — meaning the ameliorative and redistributive welfare programs of the Great Society — the new model of social control does not come with dangerous notions of "equality" and "social inclusion." Today, the poor are thoroughly locked down, as is our political imagination about what poverty means. Law enforcement has moved to the center of domestic politics; state violence is perhaps more than ever a constant, regular, and normal feature of poor people’s lives.The Making of the American Police State, Christian Parenti
posted by jammy at 5:01 AM - 12 comments

August 3

Or how to get ahead.

Pope Frankenstein, by the erudite and amusing Yanko Tsvetkov.
posted by Joe in Australia at 10:21 PM - 3 comments

Why we can't have nice private corporations

Paid $1 to $3 a day, unauthorized immigrants keep family detention centers running (LA Times) "Cruz, 36, cleaned bathrooms, hallways and other areas of the government-contracted detention center for $3 a day. At the commissary, a bag of potato chips cost $4, bottled water $2. The facility in Karnes City is run by Geo Group, the country’s second-largest prison company."
posted by pjmoy at 9:46 PM - 26 comments

Schedule I drug in the US, Class A drug in the UK, stupèfiant in France

There isn’t much magic left in the world today, which might explain the widening appeal of ayahuasca—the plant has made Joe Rogan’s “Scholar List” and apparently changed Sting’s life and saved Lindsay Lohan. But not everyone can come to the Amazon. Some believers think the solution is to bring the plant, and the ceremony, to the rest of the world. Tanner’s Ayahuasca Foundation, in conjunction with a Shipibo medicine man named Don Enrique, is training curanderos from all over the world how to lead ceremonies back home. So let’s talk briefly about things as they are in the real world. And then we too will cross over.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:44 PM - 15 comments

A family walks into a talent agent's office ...

Nevada Public Radio has made an oral (no comment) history of the making of The Aristocrats, the infamous documentary about the offensive joke that comedians tell each other. The movie has many, many great performances, but I'm partial to Wendy Liebman's and Martin Mull's, which are kind of riffs on the joke and not the actual joke. For that, you need to see Bob Saget or Gilbert Gottfried.
posted by anothermug at 9:44 PM - 21 comments

Give us a wink and make me think of you

Album cover artist Mitch O'Connell has come up with an "unrequested poster" for Paul McCartney's current Out There 2015 world tour. HE claims there are about 50 Macca-related references, but I only count about 12 or so. If anyone is up to it and can site 50 or even close to it, please post to comments! It's done in the psychedelic style of 60s artist Peter Maxx, and is a curious and fun piece.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 8:48 PM - 14 comments

ICU Nurse, Blogger

An ICU nurse with a way for words details her shift reports elise the great is a Something Awful poster (in the hidden Goon Doctor section) who has a long history of frank and well-written posts detailing her shifts at work in a busy ICU. After a long period of trying to convince her to write a book, and a subforum experiment involving diary-style entries, she has agreed to a blog. [more inside]
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 7:38 PM - 92 comments

The word 'Pajubá' mean 'gossip' or 'news'.

"Pajubá is one of the many queer anti-languages of the world. People study them in 'Lavender Linguistics'. It's hard to study those languages because their usefulness vanishes if they are not secret anymore. Pajubá is a moving target, evolving so rapidly that it can't be documented." — Pajubá: The secret language of Brazilian trans women [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:36 PM - 6 comments

Learning to Speak Lingerie

"Days start late, and nights run long; they ignore the Spring Festival and sell briskly after sundown during Ramadan. Winter is better than summer. Mother’s Day is made for lingerie. But nothing compares with Valentine’s Day, so this year I celebrated the holiday by saying goodbye to my wife, driving four hours to Asyut, and watching people buy underwear at the China Star shop until almost midnight." Chinese lingerie merchants in Egypt. (New Yorker via Longform)
posted by pravit at 7:02 PM - 10 comments

When Bicyclists Obey Traffic Laws...

Riders arrived at every stop sign in a single file, coming to a complete stop and filing through the intersection only once they were given the right-of-way. The law-abiding act of civil disobedience snarled traffic almost immediately. "The thing you say you want — every cyclist to stop at every stop sign — you really don't want that" [more inside]
posted by latkes at 6:51 PM - 191 comments

We go down to the indie disco every Thursday night

Irish indie rock: kinda like Scottish indie rock, but way less beards. Have you thought about Irish indie rock since the glory days of Ash, Mundy and My Bloody Valentine? There's more than U2 and Hozier happening in the Emerald Isle. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:51 PM - 6 comments

America's Own Little Greece

Puerto Rico Default: How We Got Here And What Happens Next "But Puerto Rico is unlikely to get much out of Washington. Despite calls by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton to let Puerto Rico use bankruptcy court, conservative lawmakers aren’t likely to allow it because they fear the reprisals of constituencies that regard municipal bankruptcies as backdoor bailouts." [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 5:35 PM - 21 comments

Dying for their Art

in hamburg in the twenties of the past century lived a girl who was a dancer named lavinia schulz with her boyfriend, who was a dancer too, named walter holdt.
They were known as the mask dancers.
Knowledge of their astonishingly bizarre and tragic art is obscure and largely based on the rediscovery in 1986 of artifacts deposited in a Hamburg museum back in 1925.
posted by adamvasco at 5:14 PM - 16 comments

The continuing crisis in Mexico - Now with more dead journalists

Last saturday Ruben Espinosa, a Mexican photojournalist, was found dead in his apartment in a middle-class neighborghood in Mexico City. With him, four women were also found dead, three of which lived in the same apartment, and a domestic employee. All five showed signs of torture and had been killed with a shot to the head, execution style. [more inside]
posted by omegar at 3:43 PM - 13 comments

Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources aims to document all given names recorded in European sources written between 600 and 1600.
posted by escabeche at 3:15 PM - 36 comments

Tired of image pressure on women of a certain age? Here's the antidote

This recent guest editorial (hopefully the first in a new intermittent column) is a cri de coer from an educated, intelligent and caring middle-aged career woman and mother For most women in the public eye their outward visual image is the most valuable currency available, and the booming cosmetics (and aesthetic surgery) industry banks - excuse the pun - on this. As a senior political staff writer this lady has spent many years in - or at least no more than a door away from - the corridors of power. Here she proves that the pen is mightier than the scalpel.
posted by kairab at 2:36 PM - 28 comments

“I need you alive. Who knows when this piece of shit will break again?"

Hacking the digital and social system: Voja Antonić on being a microcomputer enthusiast in Yugoslavia (via Hack A Day)
posted by GenericUser at 2:21 PM - 6 comments

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