May 6

Ichi

ICHI's song GO GAGAMBO opens with a universally recognisable mosquito hum, then proceeds with a catchy, familiar-sounding bass line, strummed out on a long, thin insect-like home-made instrument, while the vocals are punk-like, small and high-pitched, in the language of the insect itself. It’s a song about mistaken identity - (gagambo is an insect unfortunate enough to be mistaken as a big mosquito, resulting in probable death by angry clapping hands), and it is a clever blend of the familiar and the bizarre. [more inside]
posted by smcg at 2:08 AM - 0 comments

May 5

Restroom etiquette

Pfft. . . A real man just craps his pants and asks if anyone has a problem with it. The anthropologist Horace Miner once wrote about the Nacirema, a strange North American people he said all perform the exact same set of rituals in communal “shrine rooms,” but pretend to be doing it in almost total secret. [more inside]
posted by rankfreudlite at 11:55 PM - 15 comments

In which a bee stings a pianist's hand and all musical hell breaks loose

"Alfonso Muskedunder", an animated video by Bendik Kaltenborn and Espen Friberg for the song by Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer Todd Terje. A '60s jazz influenced (yes that's 7/8 time) hodge-podge with 4 additional remixes (soundcloud) and a 'shortreel' of animated outtakes, it's the latest addition to a series of oddball-character-themed singles: "Inspector Norse", "Delorean Dynamite" and "Leisure Suit Preben".
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:41 PM - 9 comments

Not the usual ship sails.

In keeping with sweet music videos evening here on Metafilter, please take a moment to appreciate the sheer number of hours and sore thumbs it must have taken to make Son Lux's new video for Change is Everything.
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:17 PM - 2 comments

"Bored yet? Dunked in the alphabet soup?"

So the Scottish National Party is "nationalist" and "socialist." Does this mean they are secretly fascists? In what sense are "national socialists" "socialist?" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:12 PM - 16 comments

New Chemical Brothers Song

Chemical Brothers "Go." They still sound like the 90s. Music video by Michel Gondry.
posted by ourt at 7:07 PM - 25 comments

Gloucester's plan for their opiate crisis

Lives are literally at stake. I have been on both sides of this issue, having spent 7 years as a plainclothes narcotics detective. I have arrested or charged many addicts and dealers. I've never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance. The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life. As of June 1, the police department of Gloucester, Massachusetts will no longer be charging drug addicts who turn themselves in and ask for help. Instead, they will be fast tracking them into a recovery program. [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 6:58 PM - 26 comments

"It’s a song that circles round and around"

Calexico - "Falling From The Sky" [YouTube] Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson. Featuring José González.
posted by Fizz at 6:53 PM - 2 comments

Eat your heart out George

The perfect espresso with the perfect view requires the perfect cup. [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 5:37 PM - 11 comments

It is time we demonstrated the full power of this styling station.

The LEGO Friends series has received a lot of criticism (previously) since it was released over three years ago, but as any fan of LEGO will tell you: Parts is Parts. And it's what you do with them that makes the difference. To Wit: The LEGO Friends Death Star. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:06 PM - 18 comments

Fjords and their secret identity as super carbon sinks

The Surprising Link Between Fjords and Carbon While fjords make up just one tenth of one percent of the oceans’ surface area they account for about 11 percent of the carbon locked away in marine sediments each year ... [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 4:13 PM - 15 comments

AAUP Salaita report

"The administration of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, in rejecting Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment without demonstrating cause, and in doing so only after the appointment had been approved and courses had been assigned to him, acted in violation of the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the university’s own stated policies on the subject." The American Association of University Professors has issued its report on the Salaita case. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 4:10 PM - 43 comments

Only in America

Q: What do the US, Somalia, and South Sudan have in common? A: It's totally cool to put kids in jail forever.
At 38, Adolfo Davis is re-sentenced to life imprisonment as an accomplice to a gang murder when he was 14.
“The defendant’s acts showed an aggression and callous disregard for human life far beyond his tender age of 14.” [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 3:47 PM - 34 comments

Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?

"The Whitney museum says, 'Isn't it wonderful – we have 30% women in the new collection!'" says the activist known as Frida Kahlo. "And we're saying, why is that something to be happy about – 30%? Where is the other 20?" The Guerrilla Girls: 30 years of punking art world sexism (Emma Brockes, The Guardian); previously on MetaFilter.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:46 PM - 6 comments

Wait for it....

The Ribbon Worm has a Branching Proboscis. [slyt | via | nightmare fuel] [more inside]
posted by quin at 3:16 PM - 49 comments

China announces it is scoring its citizens using big data

China rates its own citizens - including online behaviour: "The Chinese government is currently implementing a nationwide electronic system, called the Social Credit System, attributing to each of its 1,3 billion citizens a score for his or her behavior. The system will be based on various criteria, ranging from financial credibility and criminal record to social media behavior. From 2020 onwards each adult citizen should, besides his identity card, have such a credit code." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:34 PM - 65 comments

One rural American town is in the grip of a dramatic outbreak of HIV

How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana — and why we should be paying attention [Washington Post]
Rural Indiana Struggles to Contend With H.I.V. Outbreak [New York Times]
The Drug That’s Infecting Indiana [Medium]
The Best Way To Stop Indiana’s Outbreak Is The Most Unpopular [Medium]
Small Town America: This Is Your War On Drugs [Medium]
posted by andoatnp at 12:59 PM - 57 comments

FKIN

Fucking Inappropriate. No matter what I do, it always ends this way. The money gets spent. The whiskey runs out. The hangover always comes, and the show is always over. TW for graphic discussion of combat, PTSD, pretty much everything war-related. [more inside]
posted by mrbigmuscles at 12:05 PM - 8 comments

Just On Time Manufacturing Comes to Breakfast

If you can draw it, you can eat it.
posted by bswinburn at 11:29 AM - 24 comments

The Jelly Film

"Jellies (molded gelatin desserts, for non-UK types) all have distinct personalities and everybody relates to a different one." The Jelly Film lets your dessert dance, with charming results. Associated NOWNESS article.
posted by hippybear at 11:05 AM - 12 comments

Wheel of Lunch

Wheel of Lunch For those days when you do not know what you want to eat.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:55 AM - 65 comments

"a tongue like a sea sponge that's decided life just isn't worth it."

As a sex worker who has done in-person work for a decade, I've kissed a lot of frogs. So many, in fact, that I have a theory about why call girls of old had the "no kissing" rule, a rule that is unfortunately uncommon among contemporary escorts: It's not because kissing is more intimate than other acts, but because it's uniquely cruel to have to endure bad kissing. And bad kissing is a guarantee.
Charlotte Shane (previously, previouslier) wants help you stop sucking at kissing.
posted by divined by radio at 9:34 AM - 85 comments

Yes, you really can get them to say "butts"

The Mountains of Mouthness recites tweets sent to them. If you post a public tweet on twitter with "@MoMouthness" or "#mouthness" in it, the mountains will recite everything you posted in that tweet, word for word, in a booming voice that can be heard by all four corners of whatever kingdom they happen to be residing in. You can even watch the mountains from the perspective of a lowly villager with your phone or tablet. When you load the mountains up, be sure to unmute them by clicking on the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If they still don't say anything, you might have to reload the page or restart your browser. [more inside]
posted by surazal at 9:34 AM - 47 comments

How deserted lies the city

New York's Museum of Biblical Art is closing June 14th, despite large recent crowds (NYT). Often confused for a evangelical organization, perhaps because of its name, MOBIA is something unique: a secular institution that is serious about placing religious art clearly in the context of the beliefs that inspired it. David van Biema explains what we are losing.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:24 AM - 19 comments

Just eat it!

Ryan Gosling eats his cereal [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:09 AM - 10 comments

You're going to prom!

Teen Vogue presents the Best Prom Ever [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:04 AM - 10 comments

Oh SCHNAPP! The Super Type of Ira Schnapp

Would you believe that the artist who designed in engraved Roman letters the slogan, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” atop New York City’s main post office at Penn Station is the same man who designed the famous, iconic Superman comic book logo? Both are the works of Ira Schnapp (1892-1969), a descendant of stonecutters, calligrapher and hand-letterer who defined the “house style” of DC Comics for over 30 years...

Ira Schnapp, DC Comics Sr. VP for Advertising, and logo designer extraordinaire, is the subject of an exhibit and lecture at the Type Director's Club of New York. Read a ten-part comprehensive bio with lots of examples of Schnapp's work at Dial B for Blog starting here. And if that's not enough, here are the first three parts of an ongoing five-part series on Schnapp based on Arlen Schumer's upcoming lecture at the Type Director's Club.
posted by marxchivist at 8:18 AM - 3 comments

What does an electric eel tweet about? Mostly puns.

On Dec. 15, the Tennessee Aquarium's newly installed Amazonian electric eel, Miguel Wattson -- get it, Watts-on? -- registered an account on Twitter that automatically posts messages whenever probes in his tank detect a strong-enough electrical discharge from him.
posted by sciatrix at 7:14 AM - 14 comments

Shatter a crystal in your hand, stinkwhisk.

Slice your dominant hand all up with the shards of a wizard's amethyst. Classic 90s Scholastic paperbacks brought back to us by Neil Cicierega (previously). Contains cursing, nostalgia, ill wishing, Adolf Gruntpile, and disturbing cover art.
posted by automatic cabinet at 7:11 AM - 9 comments

Trauma Porn

“This show, these people, it’s a disaster in my life,” said Kamylla, who spent weeks waiting for the promised assistance, quickly running out of money to support herself, her husband, and her children. They gave her a $200 fee and then did not follow through on promises of medical, dental, housing, and employment assistance, she told BuzzFeed News. “I kept on calling them, and nothing happened.”
-- Sex workers who were filmed for A&E’s 8 Minutes, which says it provides resources for women who want to get out of sex work, allege that the production lied to them.
posted by almostmanda at 6:58 AM - 36 comments

America's Music Triangle

A new approach to framing and promoting the South's music heritage...but they left out Bristol!
posted by mmiddle at 6:14 AM - 6 comments

Fallon/Black go Extreme

Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black remake "More Than Words" The inimitable Jack Black guests on The Tonight Show 5/4/15 and joins Jimmy Fallon to cover Extreme's More Than Words (SLYT).
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:16 AM - 60 comments

I hear you can turn left on a red, too.

"In some quarters, the scorn that New Yorkers once piled on Los Angeles is now sounding like envy." (SLNYT) "Indeed, Los Angeles has seemingly become the flight fantasy of choice for the likes of Ms. Turner, who insists that anything good she was giving up in overpriced, overstressed Brooklyn is already in place on the booming east side of Los Angeles: the in-season Zambian coffee outposts, the galleries, the vintage clothing boutiques."
posted by persona au gratin at 1:36 AM - 99 comments

May 4

If you ever go to Japan, ride the trains and weep

Why can't America have Great Trains?
...Amtrak, which runs a deficit and therefore depends on money from Washington, remains on a seemingly permanent path to mediocrity.
What gives, exactly? Why can't Amtrak create any momentum for itself in the political world? Why is the United States apparently condemned to have second-rate trains?
Part of the answer, of course, is geography: Density lends itself to trains, and America is far less dense than, say, Spain or France. But this explanation isn't wholly satisfying because, even in the densest parts of the United States, intercity rail is slow or inefficient.
posted by frimble at 11:25 PM - 147 comments

All about the rhythm

Touch Pianist – Tap in rhythm and perform your favourite music [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 9:59 PM - 16 comments

The Met's China Exhibit: Cultural Celebration or Appropriation?

The Met's soon-to-open exhibit, titled "China: Through the Looking Glass," tackles the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how Chinese culture has inspired fashionable imagination for hundreds of years. Juxtaposing high fashion with Chinese art, film, clothing, and artifacts, the exhibit looks to explore why Western culture is as enraptured with the East as it is. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 6:55 PM - 39 comments

This wasn't exactly a clean operation.

It's been a long time coming, but the Porn Trolling copyright lawyers of Prenda Law finally had (another) day in court, this time before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It went poorly.
posted by T.D. Strange at 4:29 PM - 47 comments

To market, to market to sell a fat pig: A brief history of hog-driving

"Think of it: Pig drives, like cattle drives, only stranger. Who knew a pig could walk that far or would travel in the desired direction?" From Atlas Obscura: The Great Appalachian Hog Drives.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:05 PM - 15 comments

"The knives of jealousy are honed on details."

Ruth Rendell, crime writer, dies aged 85. [The Guardian]
Ruth Rendell, one of Britain’s best-loved authors, who delighted fans for decades with her dark, intricately plotted crime novels, has died at the age of 85, her publisher has announced.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:04 PM - 24 comments

"The hell of Francisco Goya has no parallel in art."

The Courtauld Gallery is currently displaying the surviving pieces from Goya's "Witches and Old Women Album." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:40 PM - 4 comments

Polymorphic sentient rocks! They're here to hollow out the Earth!

Is your love for jewels hampered by their inability to take on humanoid forms? Do you wish Adventure Time had been (a little) more grounded in the real world? Or are you simply one of those people who constantly have boring songs stuck in your head, and you'd like a little more colorful variety in your mental music videos? Perhaps you should watch STEVEN UNIVERSE! [more inside]
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 3:24 PM - 77 comments

An assertion of creative agency

"What does it mean to be British? Read five outspoken collectives' views on identity in UK culture in this roundtable." - text by Zing Tsjeng for Dazed magazine (part of a series of articles on the state of the nation as the May 7 election approaches in the UK).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:01 PM - 1 comment

How to find deserving Hugo candidates?

I seriously need some helpful soul, or maybe some kind of crowd-sourced thing that can tell me what I should be reading as things come out so I’m not floundering under drifts of pages on book mountain when the Hugo nomination period opens. Preferably some recommendation engine where my fellow writers, bless you guys I love you all but damn I know how we are, are not allowed to nominate or push their own books. I don’t want reviews, I don’t even want opinions, I just want a simple but large list of titles and authors
Rachael Acks about the plight of next year's Hugo nominators looking for worthy candidates in a field in which at least 4201 new novels in English were published in 2014. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 2:02 PM - 125 comments

Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science

Biologist/blogger PZ Myers provides a nice introduction to evolutionary theory, and explains how classical Darwinism is distorted by proponents of scientific racism and other pseudoscientific movements.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 1:59 PM - 16 comments

You the one who is moving

RESPOND! [slyt]
posted by Ferreous at 1:48 PM - 15 comments

Himself

AV Club staff writer Joshua Alston attended the last stop on Bill Cosby's "Far From Finished" comedy tour this past Saturday night in Atlanta and shared his observations of what may be Cosby's last comedy show.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:43 PM - 31 comments

Meet the World's Toughest Cyclist

On December 22, 2012, Buhring arrived back in Naples. Guinness World Records certified her time of 152 days total, 144 of them on the bike. She had wanted to be the fastest woman to cycle around the world; instead she was the first, or as Guinness defines it, the first to do it alone, traveling continuously and in the same direction . [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 12:34 PM - 18 comments

BBC 4 TV Goes Slow - fancy watching a 2 hour uninterrupted canal trip?

Inspired by a Norwegian channel that featured an uninterrupted 8-hour knitting session and a six day commentary free ferry journey through the fjords, the BBC has started a new season of 'deliberately unhurried programmes'. Enjoy a two hour, single shot drift down a canal without voiceover or interruption (which you won't have anyway, since the BBC doesn't have ads.) It's garnering rave reviews. .
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:23 PM - 41 comments

Rated R but for the bleeps

Last December, we (The Dissolve) ran an excellent essay from familiar face Chris Klimek on the regrettable history of the PG-13 rating. He explained how the huge gulf in content between PG and R films necessitated the creation of a middle ground. The PG-13 rating was created expressly to attend to that problem, but that created a handful of problems all its own… Animator Mack Williams cooked up the video below, which reshapes Chris’ essay into a snappy, informative, and visually slick cartoon.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:37 AM - 12 comments

Movement in the Sky

An amazing murmuration of starlings to make your Monday more enjoyable. [slyt | previously 1,2]
posted by quin at 10:09 AM - 31 comments

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