On July 22, The Ohio State University fired
Marching Band director Jon Waters because he was allegedly aware of (or should have known) about an "environment conducive to sexual harassment within the Marching Band".
The University's 23-page report
details a wide range of incidents, including sexualized nicknames and staff supervision of an annual "Midnight Ramp" performed in underwear, and includes as exhibits a "rookie test" and a copy of the band's unofficial songbook. Perhaps most distressingly, during Waters' brief tenure as director, two band members were sexually assaulted.
The Title IX
complaint that prompted Waters' firing was filed by the parent of one of the assaulted band members
. (After reporting the assault, the victim declined to rejoin the band for her senior year out of fear that she would be ostracized by some of the other band members.) Waters was also initially unsympathetic to a victim of a different sexual assault
which occurred during the Athletic Band's trip to the Big Ten basketball tournament in March 2013. Some legal analysts suggest that Title IX law gave the University no choice but to fire Waters, given his knowledge of the culture issues within the Band
claims he was doing his best to fix the Band's culture
, and submitted
his own lengthy document
listing the steps he's taken. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 8:00 AM - 9 comments
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats
, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country
during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his Asia trip on a personal blog
set up to elude Chinese censors. [more inside]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 7:54 AM - 3 comments
Advice on how to survive late capitalism
: "Your life is sold to serve an economy that does not serve your life. You don’t seem to be entertained, Bank-robbin’; your white-hot rage festers. It probably doesn’t help that you live in Brooklyn—this place where in the last ten years rent has spiked 77 percent while real median income has dropped, where the rich (the top 10 percent of earners who, as is well known, control 80 percent of the wealth) and their children live right on top of some of the worst poverty known to this country, while 20 percent of Brooklynites survive somehow below the poverty level, such that the widening income and wealth gap becomes achingly visible here. I could advise you to leave Brooklyn. But I don’t want you to leave Brooklyn."
posted by Snarl Furillo at 7:47 AM - 6 comments
The Wall Street Journal looks at Palna
, an organization in Delhi that raises children who have been abandoned. Palna means "cradle"; most children who live there are left in a wicker basket outside the front door
. Established in 1978, today, "these services reach over 2500 children daily and are provided virtually free of cost to them. ALL activities and policies of DCCW are colour / caste / community blind, and are based on secular principles." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:51 AM - 0 comments
The highway, however, is getting mighty crowded. Hundreds of different beers debut weekly, creating a scrum of session IPAs, spiced witbiers, and barrel-aged stouts scuffling for shelf space. For consumers, the situation is doubly confusing. How can you pick a pint on a 100-brew tap list? Moreover, beer shops are chockablock with pale this and imperial that, each one boasting a different hop pun.
America has too many craft brewers
posted by MartinWisse at 6:46 AM - 126 comments
Don’t just say, ‘Oh, I need to work on that.’ Say, ‘I need to work on this element of that.’ Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.
Fast Company interviews Joss Whedon on how to get things done
, part of a round-up
of creative advice from Guillermo del Toro
, Ron Howard
, Chris Hardwick
, Josh Fox
, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci
, Robert Rodriguez
, Matthew Weiner
, and Ernest Greene aka Washed Out
posted by shivohum at 6:14 AM - 7 comments
- For the legendary expats of Tangier, a life devoted to beauty reaches full flower in this North African hothouse of history and hedonism.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:52 AM - 3 comments
I come from the future
, and I’m here to tell you: transcending the limits of the flesh can be downright dull. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 5:19 AM - 12 comments
One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?
Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America"
including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports
, most overrepresented job in every state
, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree
, number of billionaires in each state
, number of Starbucks locations in each state
, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress)
, fast food consumption
and exercise frequency
(detail in a weird format here
), and cavities per capita
But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:51 AM - 21 comments
"DISCLAIMER TIME! 50 is a very small number. I make no claims to any of these lists being either comprehensive or some sort of objective analysis of the 'best' films directed by women. I make selections based on on what I've seen, what I like, and the position of the stars. One film per director. Ready? Let's go
." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:12 PM - 41 comments
- A vast repository of Adult Swim bumps dating back to 2001, including audio and video downloads, live streaming, and musical artist information for each bump.
posted by not_on_display at 10:26 PM - 9 comments
British romance novelist Ida Cook (1904-1986) wrote over a hundred books for Mills & Boon under the name Mary Burchell
, including the thirteen-book, opera-focused Warrender saga
. The passion she and her sister, Louise Cook, shared for opera carried them across oceans and countries in the years prior to the outbreak of WWII, and when Ida took account of her writing career's financial success, she was by struck by a "terrible, moving and overwhelming thought--I could save life with it." So beginning in 1937, she and Louise helped save dozens of lives by entering Germany disguised as themselves: eccentric opera fanatics. Louise Carpenter's "Ida and Louise"
looks into the lives of these two sisters, these "lives which swung dizzyingly between the purest fantasy and the utterly real." [more inside]
posted by mixedmetaphors at 10:21 PM - 4 comments
As a single woman, I received a lot of attention. ... It felt that I was either pissing people off with my bubbly attitude or breaking hearts. All that said, the most difficult part of all was having everyone think I was bad at Magic simply by looking at me—and them being right. This was by far what drove me the most.
There and Back Again: A Wizard's Tale
— Feminist gamer/producer Tifa Robles writes candidly about her journey in, out, and around the world of competitive gaming. [more inside]
posted by annekate at 10:10 PM - 5 comments
Why are women so less self-assured and why are men so overconfident?
The Atlantic takes on what they are calling the "confidence gap," the tendency of women to underplay their expertise to lack confidence in both their achievements and their potential. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:30 PM - 46 comments
On July 29, 2014, the City of Chicago released to the public a set of documents long sought by journalists and civil rights lawyers. Here they are. [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot at 8:53 PM - 17 comments
Banco Espírito Santo, Portugal's second largest bank by assets held, was nationalized "through the back door
" several days ago after the shocking revelations of money laundering and tax evasion by the bank's founding family
which had become
public over the past few months caused the bank to post a recordbreaking loss of 3.6 billion euros. [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 8:42 PM - 4 comments
"The difficult ... you're supposed to do right away. The impossible ... that'll take you a few days longer." Building your own town
out near Tuscon, Arizona probably falls in the category of "the impossible," but Ed Keeylocko did that, a pickup truck of materials at a time. This is the story of Cowtown Keeylocko
, built by an African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, who was abandoned by his mother, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities. He served in Korea and Vietnam
, and he returned to the US, where he took up ranching in Arizona. In December of 1974, he founded Cowtown Keeylocko, a western ranch that is "an odd mixture of the real and the fanciful."
The ranch/town expanded by 1989 to have a mayor, citizens, its own zip code, fourty-six head of cattle, three ranch hands, 10,800 acres of land, and five buildings
(Google books preview). The March/April 1996 issue of American Cowboy has a short article on Ed Keeylocko and his cowtown
, and here's a more recent (but still dated) website on the mayor and trail boss of Cowtown Keeylocko
, with stories from visitors and photos from a roundup.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:28 PM - 2 comments
You are a bear
. You wake up in a dimly lit cave. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 7:03 PM - 37 comments
Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins
is an animated children's show about 6-year-old Dottie McStuffins, who wants to be a doctor like her mother, and pretends to be a doctor to her toys. Doc McStuffins
has done well as a TV show, but it's as a doll that Doc's success has been stratospheric
, with over $500 million in sales last year. “'When little white girls embrace Doc McStuffins, for them Doc McStuffins is a girl, and Doc McStuffins is powerful,' Dr. [Margaret Beale] Spencer said. 'For a little black girl, it may be all of those things, but also that she’s black
posted by ocherdraco at 5:22 PM - 34 comments
Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table
Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table, according to a recent study led by UC Berkeley researchers at the Haas School of Business. The study, published online July 14, determined that women are more likely to be lied to than men from a series of face-to-face negotiations among about 300 MBA students at Haas.…The cultural stereotype is that women are “too nice” to accuse someone of lying, but the study found that whether or not women were lied to was rooted in how their competence was perceived by their negotiating partner, [lead researcher] Kray said. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 5:19 PM - 21 comments
The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War.
"I had a little bird,
Its name was Enza.
I opened the window,
~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918"
posted by Dashy at 4:30 PM - 14 comments
Are you combing Netflix
trying to find all the TV shows you missed the first time around? Or maybe you just want to take a nostalgia trip and revist all of the great television that is gone but not forgotten? So much good TV! Problem is, it's not like you can stand at the office watercooler chatting about that awesome episode you saw last night...especially if it first aired in 1994.
So what do you do when you want to really mull over an episode you just watched? You listen to some great podcasts with fans discussing in depth your favorite shows, that's what. [more inside]
posted by BeBoth at 3:20 PM - 16 comments
Who knew structural engineering could be so sweet? Justina Yang is the "paper engineer" behind Fiber Lab
, a design studio located in her sunroom. She creates paper art, décor, bracelets, bowties, and lamp shades. In her short videos, she demonstrates how to make your very own dodecahedron
; a whimsical carousel
that produces beautiful waves and teaches you about wave interference; a mesmerizing interactive kinetic wave sculpture
; a string art geometric love story
; and a delicious-looking paper croissant
posted by fundip at 1:48 PM - 4 comments
Behold the five Oscar-nominated Supporting Actresses of 1973
: a "bitchin' babe" (Candy Clark), a pint-sized con-artist (Tatum O'Neal), a possessed teenager (Linda Blair), a selfish carnival dancer (Madeline Kahn), and a vinegary New York institution (Sylvia Sidney). A roundtable discussion at The Film Experience
. [more inside]
posted by troika at 1:34 PM - 16 comments
Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983
"I went to Hollywood to 'make it', but didn't, and ended up taking pictures of Hollywood, capturing scenes of others 'not making it' as well."
posted by scody at 11:59 AM - 21 comments
Russia bans apples from Poland due to health regulation violations.
Ukrainian cornmeal and McDonalds are also on the hit list. Russia has a pattern of banning the products of countries it has disputes with — under the guise of sanitary violations — in order to impose political pressure. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 11:30 AM - 39 comments
Putting on a brave face.
It isn’t easy to do without, but to do without while giving the impression that little has changed offers necessary courage to one living in an otherwise terrifying situation. Women had no power over the volatile state of the world, and after conscription was introduced, they also lost control over which jobs they held and where these jobs took them; if they could succeed in appearing strong and unruffled on the outside, perhaps on the inside they might also feel capable of succeeding in the midst of the uncertainty that had become their lives
posted by ellieBOA at 11:19 AM - 11 comments
was the first
, and, so far, only, female mayor of Chicago,
serving from 1979-1983. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 11:09 AM - 8 comments
VanillaReview.com provides reviews of online vanilla bean sources.
If you want to give homemade vanilla extract
to your friends and family this Giftmas, now's the time to get started. But don't stop there -- you can also learn about vanilla frost
, vanilla bean grading
, vanilla growing
, and even vanilla tattoos
, which are used to prevent vanilla rustling. [more inside]
posted by pie ninja at 10:35 AM - 12 comments
On the 25th of May, 2014, Martin Sonneborn of Die PARTEI became the first member of his party to enter the EU parliament.
Currently using the slogan, "Inhalte überwunden
" or "Overcome substance", the
Partei für Arbeit, Rechtstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative (Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Protection, Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Initiatives) was founded in 2004 by the staff of Titanic
, a satire magizine. [more inside]
posted by frimble at 10:27 AM - 11 comments
Inside the Internet’s Craziest Destination for Blogger Hate
"I just like to point and laugh at the absurdity of personal blogging as a career," A. continues. "I mean, people quit well-paying jobs to become personal bloggers. They get book deals so they can put their ramblings in print. They make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year through sponsorships and partnerships. It's all so insane to me, and my only motive is to point, shrug and go, 'WTF?'" [more inside]
posted by danabanana at 10:10 AM - 97 comments
If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this
1989 LifeCall ad — featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
— may be the best-loved commercial of all time
posted by Mchelly at 10:03 AM - 56 comments
is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself
, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW)
. Buy her photozine
, see photos from an exhibition
, or read her text blog
. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:54 AM - 12 comments
Every Upworthy video ever
in just over two minutes. (SLYT)
posted by gman at 9:28 AM - 6 comments
posted by cjorgensen at 8:35 AM - 57 comments
30 Bisexual Women Discuss Their Long-Term Relationships With Men.
Even though more people self-identify as bisexual
than gay and lesbian, there is a widespread belief that those who identify as bi are either in a transitional stage or are lying to themselves or others.
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:40 AM - 125 comments
electrifying vocal harmonies, beats and funky basslines. [more inside]
posted by asok at 6:50 AM - 7 comments
is the latest Long Player by R&B singer and songwriter King avriel.
Linked is an interview with her and a soundcloud stream of her new album.
posted by zoo at 6:50 AM - 2 comments
Try the foster kitten cams
. Currently eighteen different kittencams are available on one page.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:30 AM - 28 comments
The Adobe Illustrator Story
. Watch the Illustrator
story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution
, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:57 AM - 42 comments
Why Everybody Hates 'Garden State' in 2014.
"When they burst forth in 2004, simply being non-masculine was a bit of a political gesture. It imagined itself as a refusal to play the game of (party) politics. But now it literally looks like guys standing around thinking. Watching any of those films, we’re right to ask ourselves: Why was this supposed to mean anything to us? The culture has shifted since 2004." See also, "In Defense of Garden State
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:40 AM - 177 comments
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