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March 4

We should limit each student to 25W

Ray Perry recounts a speech by Howard Strauss (previously) that mined the discussions around the introduction of electricity to Princeton University.
posted by rhizome at 5:48 PM - 0 comments

When Mentally Ill Students Feel Alone

Following the apparent suicide of an undergraduate student, Yale University's community is grappling with questions and concerns about the school's handling of students with mental illnesses. In ""When Mentally Ill Students Feel Alone", The Atlantic discusses the school's policies, how they may be discouraging students from taking needed time off to address mental illness, and broader questions about the rise of mental health diagnoses on college campuses and how universities can better address their students' mental health needs.
posted by Stacey at 5:43 PM - 3 comments

At this very moment, countless dicks compete for your attention.

"With a bit of panic and a lot of excitement about debasing my philosophical heroes, I will attempt to place the dick pic at the intersection of anatomical and juridical photography, the #selfie, pornography, and finally, the global brand." [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally at 5:24 PM - 2 comments

The largest battleship in naval history

A research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen claims to have finally found the wreckage of the Japanese Yamato-class Battleship Musashi, sunk at the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea October 23-24, 1944, part of the largest naval battle of World War II. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:06 PM - 3 comments

Hospitals For Bats, Hedgehogs, And More

Australia's Tolga Bat Hospital (slogan: "Batting For Australia"!) has many adorable patients . Meanwhile, one of England's shelters, Tiggywinkles, is home to "sick and injured hedgehogs, badgers, wild birds, foxes, even reptiles and amphibians."
posted by purplesludge at 4:27 PM - 8 comments

On Being a Badass

Friedman's editorial in "The Cut" about what it means to be a badass woman If we can call any woman a badass, we can surely call Mac McClelland one. An international journalist who has traveled to and extensively reported on crisis situations, McClelland has recently published the book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story. Friedman explores what we mean when we call her a "badass." [more inside]
posted by amanda at 3:50 PM - 9 comments

Begging mercies for their sins

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has written a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in hopes of swaying him to stop the impending execution of two Australian men in their prison system. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Iommi joins the many international appeals urging the Indonesian president to save the lives of the two convicts.
posted by misterbee at 3:43 PM - 12 comments

Welcome to Hope's Peak Academy

Originally released on the PSP system in 2010 the first Danganronpa game called Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ( (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生) developed and produced by Spike Chunsoft . It featured a classic whodunit game where the MC (Makoto Naegi) a Japanese teenger found himself stuck in a strange high school setting with a unique cast. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 3:10 PM - 4 comments

"I still am embarrassed by this memory."

Female company president: "I'm sorry to all the mothers I worked with"
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:44 PM - 79 comments

Game of Cards

Game of Cards
posted by univac at 2:44 PM - 5 comments

Surprise Archaelogical Find in Paris: Mass Grave under Supermarket

The mass grave underneath a supermarket: Extraordinary burial pit containing 200 bodies found by accident in Paris Archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) were called in to take a look and have spent days tirelessly uncovering the bones. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:24 PM - 18 comments

(Ο_Ο)

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron - Trailer 3 [YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 1:46 PM - 118 comments

an existential montage of boobery

The concept first bubbled up out of the pop-cultural ether when competitive reality shows hit upon their formula, in the form of “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.” TV enthusiasts — part fan, part Roland Barthes with a TiVo — congregated on online message boards like Television Without Pity, creating a new slang with which to dis and deconstruct their favorites. Fifteen years later, the critical language used to carve up the phonies, saints and sad-sack wannabes of reality shows has migrated, and the loser edit has become a limber metaphor for exploring our own real-world failures. Colson Whitehead: The ‘Loser Edit’ That Awaits Us All
posted by everybody had matching towels at 11:51 AM - 20 comments

People do not naturally assume that my family is a family.

Friends often try to assure me that people mean well, urging me to go easy on them, to be gracious, to give people the benefit of the doubt. "People don't mean to be offensive," they tell me. "They just don't know how to say it without coming across that way."

What these friends don't understand is that when the act of defining your family structure becomes an expected part of every day of your entire life, you grow tired of being gracious. It's exhausting to have strangers view your life as an up-for-grabs educational experience. For my kid, it's to constantly hear the underlying message: "Your life, your family, doesn't make sense to me. Someone needs to explain it to me. You owe me an explanation."

It's the people who live comfortably inside majorities who tend to discount any sort of commentary from minorities as being "overly sensitive." And I imagine that it's hard to step back and grasp the fact that when the world you occupy is built to accommodate you, you fit inside the boxes. You make sense. You are expected.
Nishta Mehra writes about her family's experience with learning how to navigate the landscape of interracial adoption in a "post-racial" America: Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair.
posted by divined by radio at 11:19 AM - 48 comments

"A Pattern or Practice of Unlawful Conduct"

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division released its report on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, whose officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown in August 2014, prompting large-scale, nationwide protests, which only increased following a grand jury's choice not to indict Wilson for the killing. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 10:59 AM - 97 comments

The Corinthian 15: Ann, Natalie, Latonya, Mallory, Hollie, Paul,...

...Natasha, Nathan, Jessica, Amanda, Ashlee, Deanda, Dawn, Makenzie, and Tasha. These are the names of the Corinthian 15, as signed to an open letter to the US Department of Education stating their refusal to repay their federal student loans. Their website includes a photo of each of the fifteen, and a brief story of each one's encounter with the for-profit Corinthian Colleges system, which is now being dismantled. (It operated colleges called Everest, Heald, and Wyotech.) Related stories from The Atlantic, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Consumerist, Inside Higher Ed, and Al Jazeera America. [more inside]
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck at 10:26 AM - 35 comments

Are they made from real Girl Scouts?

Do you know where your Girl Scout cookies come from? Are yours different from your neighbors? [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 9:07 AM - 68 comments

Carol how hungover are you

Pattern Behaviour
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:59 AM - 42 comments

Is Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever?

Is Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever? Without box scores, we can’t measure Brown based on Pythag, and without statistics, we can’t even try to measure the team’s performance against its WAR, as Adam Darowski once suggested. We don’t even have an idea of the league’s playing environment, given that we know less about Brown’s rivals than even his own team. (It would seem, based on the pitches he’s seen to swing through, that most pitchers can throw harder than the batters can handle.) We can only broadly guess at Brown’s skills or habits as a tactician based on what little we know. Please consider the following science inexact. (via SpoFi)
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:33 AM - 22 comments

Troubles in Paradise

Troubles in Paradise is a review of the history and arguments of the creationism/intelligent design movement, written by James Downard.
posted by brundlefly at 8:06 AM - 18 comments

My dear sons, learn eloquence.

Beginning in 1808, a young man begins keeping a secret, ciphered journal of his life with terse detail of his days. Astronomical observations, interpersonal relationships (to put it mildly), weather notes, and the minutiae of a planter's life in 19th Century North Carolina were collected into these volumes that were nearly lost, decoded in 1979 and mostly forgotten again. The Coded Life of William Thomas Prestwood.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:54 AM - 17 comments

Making everyone's commute better, one concerto at a time

Bach on the A train. Every year on March 21, Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, musicians around the world celebrate Bach in the Subways Day by offering free performances in subways and other public spaces. Performances are planned in Bonn, Berkeley, Seoul, Portland, Amherst, (which doesn't have a subway so the performance will be at a Subway), Singapore, and Budapest, among many others.
posted by holborne at 7:54 AM - 4 comments

Ye truth is yt ys might surprise you!

So where exactly did "ye olde" come from? (SLYT)
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 7:29 AM - 28 comments

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

It was at this moment that the East India Company (EIC) ceased to be a conventional corporation, trading and silks and spices, and became something much more unusual. Within a few years, 250 company clerks backed by the military force of 20,000 locally recruited Indian soldiers had become the effective rulers of Bengal.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:24 AM - 17 comments

The Uncanny X-Men

What if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie?
posted by Artw at 7:13 AM - 25 comments

"Once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

The Velveteen Rabbit read by Meryl Streep (24 min. 39 secs.); a shorter, more official source of the video is at Meryl Streep Info blog, with promotional material. Online edition of the 1922 book by Margery Williams, complete with original illustrations by William Nicholson, at the Digital Library at UPenn. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:29 AM - 7 comments

Nobody's admitting that they're evicting the fairies

Fairy control is coming to Somerset woods It seems that the fairies of Wayford Woods, Crewkerne in Somerset have been neglecting the need for planning permission before they begin construction. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:20 AM - 21 comments

GET THEM ON THE BLOWER

London's forgotten pneumatic messaging system.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:53 AM - 36 comments

"Everyone will land, but some people fly first class"

Ronson’s argument is essentially a reactionary liberalism taking shelter in the privilege of the status quo: while the ideals of twitter shaming campaigns are well-founded, their application, in practice, is problematic. They go too far. Innocents have suffered. His rhetorical appeal, therefore, is like the many liberals who have written books and essays and memoirs about how they joined the communist party (or Occupy, or whatever) only to discover that it didn’t instantly solve everything painlessly and precisely, who find fault with every activist who isn’t literally the saintliest fantasy of MLK and Gandhi rolled into one. The theory is (still) good, they always say, but the practice leaves something to be desired. I’m all for anti-racism, but you know what, I can’t get on board with disrupting people’s commute.
Aaron Bady: On Landings, Soft and Otherwise, and Aggressive Lacks of Proportion.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:52 AM - 40 comments

The Kaizen of Japanese Porn

As Shimiken's public profile grew, he began approaching his career with the commitment of an elite athlete: eating an all-protein diet, lifting weights, abstaining from alcohol, and staying up late at night to practice ejaculating on glamour shots of starlets to get the aim of his gansha (facial) just right. "It's rude to get it in a girl's eyes," he says. "I wanted to make it perfect."
posted by appleses at 4:55 AM - 14 comments

The ultimate vegan ramen

Climbing Mt. Ramen, vegan-style. For the past four years, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats has gone vegan for the month of February.
This is hands-down the best bowl of ramen I've ever made. And it can all be yours—with a little bit of heavy-duty climbing, that is. It's a bear of a recipe with many moving parts and tons of individual elements that need to come together in one bowl at the end. Set aside at least half a day for this project because you won't be making it on a weeknight. That said, it's not very difficult, technique-wise, lots of simmering and straining and just a bit of roasting. Come with me. I can lead the way and put the anchors in for you, but you're going to have to pull yourself up to the top.
posted by Lexica at 3:46 AM - 14 comments

All hail the Monkey God!

Archaeologists in Honduras have discovered ruins deep in the rainforest that appear to be the fabled White City (known fancifully as "The City of the Monkey God"). Unfortunately there are deforestation threats to the site, including illegal cattle ranching.
posted by graymouser at 3:06 AM - 8 comments

March 3

Now playing: yrCodeIsBadAndYouShouldFeelBad

Gibber is a creative coding environment for audiovisual performance and composition. It contains features for audio synthesis and musical sequencing, 2d drawing, 3d scene construction and manipulation, and live-coding shaders.

It comes with a few demos (autoplaying audio)

To stop the current audio or animation, press Control-.
posted by frimble at 11:31 PM - 4 comments

Phranc talk (with a P-H and a hard C)

Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger" has been a little quiet lately, but she's back with a new website and a new instrumental song. And if that wasn't enough, her entire solo catalog is now available on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:33 PM - 8 comments

Scaled in Miles

Scaled in Miles is an interactive visualization that "... is a look at the history of Miles Davis' career and collaborations according to his recording sessions as documented by the Jazz Discography Project. Over four hundred recording sessions are shown in a timeline across the middle of the screen. The circles above it represent the nearly six hundred people who played those sessions; larger circles indicate more sessions with Miles. Scrub and click over the timeline to highlight the people who played with Miles on each date. You can also find specific artists and highlight their sessions by clicking on the circles, or by entering different names in the search box. And if your browser plays audio, you can listen to samples from iTunes in the upper left." [more inside]
posted by cwest at 10:29 PM - 9 comments

Knitting patterns are only guidelines

The knitware design process [large PDF] has three phases: [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 10:07 PM - 5 comments

Save the Honeybee, Sterilize the Earth

The state of the bees. "For the past seven years, as has been widely reported, honeybees have been dying at an alarming rate. Yet today there are slightly more hives in the country than before the die-offs began. That’s because beekeeping families like the Brownings have moved beyond panic and begun quietly adjusting to a strenuous way of doing business, one that requires constant monitoring, treatment, supplemental feeding, rapid replacement of dead hives, and grudging participation in an agricultural system that grows increasingly inhospitable to the bees it needs to survive."
posted by Dynex at 9:40 PM - 22 comments

HTTPS crypto protection suffers "FREAK" flaw

Washington Post: Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov. The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that forbade the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 8:53 PM - 18 comments

When Is a Robin Not a Robin? When It's a Thrush.

With spring just around the corner (Mother Nature swears for real this time), North Americans are eagerly on the lookout for one of the earliest migratory harbingers of spring, the robin.

Wait, what? Robins are a Christmas bird! Hey, that's not a robin at all! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:17 PM - 36 comments

Coke + Nutella + Mentos + Durex ITALIA world record

But we’re gonna try something new today: the energy and vitality of Nutella! And as always, we’re gonna use a condom, but this time it’s gonna be mango-flavored.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:14 PM - 18 comments

How the (human) penis lost its spikes

We're beginning to understand the genes behind how men lost their dick spines. In fact, smooth penises are a derived state in humans; many if not most mammals have some level of spikiness or roughness on the penile tissue. We've known that chimps have penile spines since 1944! However, no one's really quite sure exactly why humans lost their spines. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 7:05 PM - 55 comments

"Yeah, what the hell, I'm Pope."

So what is Stephen Colbert doing between TV gigs? Two things: One, growing awesome facial hair and Two, being an awesome Catholic (with Father James Martin).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:50 PM - 45 comments

The Unlost Generation

The White Negro, Norman Mailer, 1957.
It is on this bleak scene that a phenomenon has appeared: the American existentialist—the hipster, the man who knows that if our collective condition is to live with instant death by atomic war, relatively quick death by the State as l’univers concentrationnaire, or with a slow death by conformity with every creative and rebellious instinct stifled (at what damage to the mind and the heart and the liver and the nerves no research foundation for cancer will discover in a hurry) , if the fate of twentieth century man is to live with death from adolescence to premature senescence, why then the only life-giving answer is to accept the terms of death, to live with death as immediate danger, to divorce oneself from society, to exist without roots, to set out on that uncharted journey into the rebellious imperatives of the self.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:11 PM - 16 comments

Sex, Lives, and Disability

Most debates around sex and disabled people in the mainstream press mirror those of medical ethicists, by focusing on whether disabled people have the ‘right’ to pay for sex. But this is just one small part of the overall picture. Disabled academics and activists paint on a much larger canvas, writing about issues such as consent around mental capacity, the forced sterilisation of disabled people, the rights of disabled people in institutions to have sex and be free from sexual abuse, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) disabled people.
"Sex, Lives, and Disability", from Mosaic Science, covers a lot of ground on many issues relating to including history of disability rights movements, what role sex workers may play in the lives of some people with disabilities, barriers often faced by LGBT people with disabilities, rethinking definitions of sex, and consent when verbal consent may not be possible. In sidebar videos, journalist and disability activist Mik Scarlet tackles Ten Myths about Sex and Disability and Alternate Erogenous Zones. Mik also co-authors The Love Lounge, an advice column focusing on love, sex, and relationship advice for people with disabilities. (Links contain possibly nsfw images and video, depending on your workplace. Clicker beware.)
posted by Stacey at 5:41 PM - 7 comments

... so here is a photo of a weasel riding a woodpecker.

Martin Le-May was birding with his wife when he caught this once-in-a-lifetime shot.
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:23 PM - 51 comments

Hey... that guy looks kinda familiar.

Vince Vaughn and Co-stars Pose for Idiotic Stock Photos You Can Have for Free. [more inside]
posted by quin at 5:09 PM - 24 comments

Alternative Model Has Her Anus Cast In Bronze

Magnus Irvin and Michael Ritzema, run a company called Edible Anus. For fifteen years they’ve been producing chocolates made from a mould created by an actual human anus! And now they’ve taken things a step further, offering personal anus castings... made of a more permanent material, like glass or bronze. (SLYT/NSFW)
posted by josher71 at 5:02 PM - 40 comments

There is a rumbling in the sky. All the wheat disappears.

A First Look at Settlers of Catan: The Movie
posted by Mchelly at 4:06 PM - 22 comments

Squirrels? That's where I'm a Viking!

Common knowledge about squirrels is that they are basically furry rats. Yes, they are adorable in an amnesiac sort of way, what with their inability to remember where they buried their nuts, but the modern squirrel is not typically considered a manifestation of anything monstrous. Interestingly, much like Coca-Cola and Pop Rocks, if you combine Viking aesthetics with squirrels, you produce a malevolent little rodent called Ratatoskr (“Drill Tooth” in Old Norse) that spends his days spreading malicious gossip and trying to start a fight between the eagle at the top of the World Tree Yggdrasil and the angry Wyrm beneath called Níðhöggr, generally with phrases like, “Did you hear what he said about your mother?”
posted by ChuraChura at 2:16 PM - 36 comments

Curt Schilling 1, Internet Trolls 0

Curt Schilling's tweet congratulating his daughter on her college acceptance was met with the usual assortment of congratulatory replies from friends and fans, some light-heated "can't wait to date her" messages from current students at her future school, and a few seriously vile and offensive responses. The authors of the latter group probably regret their actions today.
posted by COD at 1:13 PM - 190 comments

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