September 3

it's like a weird naked pink egg

How To 'Skin' A Watermelon
posted by poffin boffin at 5:39 AM - 1 comment

Women geeking out about geeky women

Reclaiming the Nerdiverse [NSFW audio] is a fascinating hour-long discussion about women in science fiction and fantasy on the late night edition of the venerable BBC radio show Woman's Hour (podcast link). The host is Lauren Laverne, and her guests are author and game designer Naomi Alderman, journalist Helen Lewis, sociologist Linda Woodhead, fantasy novelist Zen Cho, and cosplayer and writer Lucy Saxon. The discussion takes in everything from 70s feminist writers to alpha/beta/omega slash fiction to cosplay etiquette to geek sexism. The Late Night Woman's Hour has been the topic of some discussion in Britain.
posted by Kattullus at 5:01 AM - 4 comments

"Please, Jane, not in front of the men."

Actress Melody Patterson, best known as Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift in F-Troop, died August 21 at the age of 66.
posted by bryon at 3:52 AM - 7 comments

Follow the Brown Signs...

If you have driven in the UK, perhaps you have been curious about those little brown signs with tempting drawings of castles or quirky attractions. Amanda Hone was.
"Whenever I was bored it became a bit of thing for me to jump in the car, drive in a random direction and when I spotted a brown sign I’d follow it and visit wherever I ended up, just for fun. I found myself at places I wouldn’t ever have thought of going to before; an otter and owl sanctuary, The National Motoring Museum, an ornate Indian maharajah’s well in the middle of a country village and heading underground into Cheddar’s caves, to name just a few of the early delights. "
What started off as a distraction became a dedicated hobby.
She tells us the 93 different brown signs in the UK.
The history of the brown tourist signs.
Her blog documents some of her quirkier discoveries.
If you want to know more, just Follow the Brown Signs....
posted by vacapinta at 3:35 AM - 20 comments

Dean Jones dies at 84

Dean Jones dies at 84; starred in 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' and 'Beethoven'. He is also remembered for originating the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company.
posted by hippybear at 2:43 AM - 14 comments

A collaboration across time and space

Australian photographer Jane Long's project "Dancing With Costică" brings new life to photos shot by Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte 80 years ago. [more inside]
posted by valetta at 2:32 AM - 0 comments

Queen West loses its learned gorilla

Active Surplus Electronics — purveyors of much surplus electronics, weird stuff, user of really quite sarcastic labels, home of Professor Banana, and Queen W fixture/oddity — is moving away at the end of the month.
posted by scruss at 2:24 AM - 12 comments

Sam Sweetmilk ep. 1 & part one of ep. 2

Here is the first episode of Sam Sweetmilk. A funny/serious sci-fi cartoon, you know, like those that are all the rage these days, extra words. There is currently only one episode (and part of it is an animatic), but a second is nearing completion! Part one.
posted by JHarris at 2:10 AM - 1 comment

Animal sacrifice is, however, not on the syllabus

A college near Oslo is offering students a one-year course in traditional Viking skills and crafts. The students learn how wood and metal crafts, including sword forging, as well as skills such as roof thatching and traditional bread baking. The school is part of the Norwegian folkehøgskule, or “folk college”, system, in which many students spend a year between school and university learning life skills at a local college.
posted by acb at 2:00 AM - 7 comments

September 2

re-pro-duction

The Reproducibility Project out of UVa recently published their findings in Science: Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science
We conducted replications of 100 experimental and correlational studies published in three psychology journals using high-powered designs and original materials when available. ... The mean effect size (r) of the replication effects (Mr = 0.197, SD = 0.257) was half the magnitude of the mean effect size of the original effects (Mr = 0.403, SD = 0.188), representing a substantial decline. Ninety-seven percent of original studies had significant results (P < .05). Thirty-six percent of replications had significant results;
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:51 PM - 15 comments

Stepping out of the clown shoes

Libraries' Tech Pipeline Problem.
posted by solarion at 8:49 PM - 17 comments

They're not human... yet

Mention Vocaloid, and most people think of this. But this is also a Vocaloid. As is this, and this. (warning: Youtube-heavy) [more inside]
posted by satoshi at 8:23 PM - 15 comments

Interview interrupted by the largest animal to ever exist

Live footage of a blue whale.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 8:08 PM - 36 comments

new/ old/ hazy/ lo-fi boom-bap beats from Saikei Collective

If you enjoy laid back/ hazy/ chilled/ lo-fi hip-hop type beats, you may well enjoy the sounds of the Saikei Collective, which is based in the Philippines but includes a fluid roster of like-minded cats* from around the world, making original beats and remixing some tracks you may recognize. Since April 2015, the collective has posted nine releases on Bandcamp, consisting of five compilations, one collection of "two-player" collaborations, and three solo releases. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:39 PM - 4 comments

best friends, best cuddlers, pyjama wearing blanket hoggers

Playing with bubbles, frolicking outside, after a bath, taking a nap. Meet Darren and Phillip, a pair of sweet Staffies from Brisbane: The Blueboys! [h/t]
posted by divined by radio at 6:58 PM - 6 comments

“I was robbed of my childhood”

Children are defenseless against abuse. They don’t vote. They don’t organize. They don’t have money to hire lobbyists or spin media campaigns to protect their interests. They don’t have a voice. They rely on adults for protection—and sometimes it’s those same adults who violate their rights. Children of the Tribes is a look at child abuse masked as religious practice in the reclusive and controversial Christian Twelve Tribes sect. Some may find the descriptions of corporal punishment of children at these links disturbing.
posted by zarq at 6:33 PM - 18 comments

"I've tried to end this video like five times"

Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad? was released on Steam today.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:18 PM - 25 comments

"No deal is perfect"

Today, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced she would support the Obama Administration's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the international agreement to end economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions imposed on its nuclear program. As the 34th Senator to so announce, Mikulski hands the White House the final Senate vote needed to protect President Obama's veto of Congress's expected rejection of the deal. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 6:18 PM - 28 comments

I'm the treasure in the box

The annoying boxes puzzle: There are two boxes on a table, one red and one green. One contains a treasure. The red box is labelled "exactly one of the labels is true". The green box is labelled "the treasure is in this box." Can you figure out which box contains the treasure?
Solution.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:29 PM - 102 comments

Slave Tetris

Because it was "perceived to be extremely insensitive by some people," Danish game developer Serious Games Interactive has removed the 'Slave Tetris' feature from Playing History: Slave Trade.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 5:20 PM - 60 comments

"In the interests of metric, that is more than a metre?"

Daniel Tomlin, a gardener from Kelowna, British Columbia, claims he has grown the world's longest cucumber. According to Guinness World Records, the cucumber that currently holds the world record for longest ever grown measured "107 cm (42.1 in) and was grown by Ian Neale of Wales, UK. It was presented at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK, on 26 September 2011." Tomlin's cucumber measures just over one metre (44.5 inches). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:14 PM - 9 comments

"Roots of the Cotton Tree"

Paul Lewin likes to mix traditional Caribbean and African motifs with surreal visions of nature and the ancestry that surrounds us daily. Enjoy.
posted by adamvasco at 5:11 PM - 2 comments

Let him wear it!

Egyptian president (1956-1970) Gamal Abdel Nasser uses comedic timing to entertain a live audience by recalling his meeting with the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1953. "What did he request?" [Pause]. "The first thing he asked for was to make wearing a hijab mandatory in Egypt, and demand that every woman walking in the street wear a scarf" . Hilarity ensues. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 4:09 PM - 3 comments

Good luck, woolly!

Overgrown sheep rescued near Canberra receives some much-needed help from four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins. As carrying full fleece can be dangerously unhealthy for the animal, RSPCA Australia will assess any injuries and provide updates.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 3:42 PM - 27 comments

Mystery Woman on Otis Redding Album

Help Solve the Mystery! Who is the woman on the cover of the Otis Redding album Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul? On the 50th anniversary of the album, the Estate of Otis Redding asks for assistance in identification. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 2:50 PM - 14 comments

The world's longest yard sale runs for nearly 700 miles

It seems fair to say that the average yard sale has a few hundred items for purchase, maybe a thousand, between the bins of baby clothes and the stacks of books and the junk boxes full of old Happy Meal toys. That's a dense concentration of the evidence of lived human lives. But imagine even more. Imagine the sheer scale of humanity at the largest yard sale there's ever been.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:34 PM - 19 comments

How to Survive a Footnote: AIDS activism in the "after years"

"When protease inhibitors arrived, one era of the AIDS crisis was over. Many stories of the plague years in America end with this victory. Sometimes a coda is appended to acknowledge that the crisis itself isn’t over, referencing ongoing epidemics in Africa and, less often, in black and brown populations in America. What’s often missing from these analyses is an era that I’ve come to think of as the “footnote years” of AIDS activism: a sliver of about five years, from 1996 to 2001, in which a specific urban, queer-identified American activism played a role in changing the global response to HIV, and sought, less successfully, to use this work as a jumping-off point for a broader quest for justice."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:20 PM - 3 comments

Temple of Bel: 32 AD - 2015 AD

The UN has confirmed, through satellite imagery, that militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) have destroyed the Temple of Bel, one of the most iconic structures in the ancient city of Palmyra. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 1:46 PM - 82 comments

Going back to summer in Igboland

“Before the trip, Nigeria was a dim set of associations in my mind: my parent’s stories of their childhood, highlife cassette tapes, dated images from Google searches, negative news headlines, the taste of rice and stew. Going back gave me vivid experiences to call part of my life, to draw from when I talk about the country, my identity, what kinds of people I come from, and the roots of why I do what I do.”
posted by ChuraChura at 1:35 PM - 1 comment

Ruth Newman dead at 113

1906 San Francisco Earthquake survivor Ruth Newman passed away July 29th at the age of 113. This leaves William Del Monte (warning: auto-playing video), currently 109, as the last confirmed living person to have survived the earthquake and fire.
posted by DrAmerica at 1:20 PM - 9 comments

Everyone goes to Hell's Club.

And I do mean everyone.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:07 PM - 21 comments

If every state had an official word, what would it be?

Slate presents The United Slang of America, a state by state map of popular regionalisms. I'll take jojos over a quakenado any day.
posted by redsparkler at 12:54 PM - 166 comments

A MASSIVE BRONZED FIBREGLASS MODEL OF A TYRANNOSAURUS REX

Christie's third annual Out of the Ordinary auction (PDF catalogue) will take place in London on September 10. If you've been in the market for screaming Japanese nut demons, a Victorian caiman dumbwaiter, or a spoon bench, now is your chance. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 12:26 PM - 30 comments

College Football Returns, Notre Dame Still Sucks

The college football season kicks off in earnest tomorrow night (though the first game and first upset have already happened) when the Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech take on the Alcorn State Braves. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:23 AM - 71 comments

Aerophones In Flatland

SIGGRAPH 2015 - Technical Papers Trailer (Previously)
posted by griphus at 10:48 AM - 12 comments

The locally-sourced seaweed bruschetta pairs well with a Double IPA

Have you recently purchased a bar in Brooklyn, but are completely bereft of original ideas? Firstly, congratulations on joining the thriving Brooklyn bar scene! Secondly, relax! You can use this handy tool to generate a name and menu for your fine establishment – absolutely no imagination neccessary!
posted by SansPoint at 10:44 AM - 81 comments

"An amazing journey full of outsized memories folded over decades"

This morning Édouard Lock, bad boy of Canadian dance and founder/choreographer of Montréal's celebrated La La La Human Steps, posted an emotional open letter to the company's website, announcing that due to continued financial hardship, the iconic company is no more. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 10:24 AM - 5 comments

And the Taylor has to TayTay...Tay?

Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue
posted by jacquilynne at 10:06 AM - 22 comments

Grids within grids within grids within grids...

TreeSheets is an open-source "Free Form Data Organizer" for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's an outliner! It's a spreadsheet! It's a mind-mapping tool!
posted by overeducated_alligator at 9:56 AM - 18 comments

I had summoned a very friendly Balrog.

It was like a mirror world to YouTube comments, where several dozen anonymous people had come together in love and harmony to write a complex, logically coherent document, based on a single tweet.
Fan is a tool using animal. Maciej Cegłowski on what happened when fandom was forced to migrate from Delicious to Pinboard and he asked what his site could do better.
posted by MartinWisse at 9:54 AM - 29 comments

Rim to River

Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's comic about a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 9:40 AM - 14 comments

How Depression Will Save Skype

Are Thinkpiece Twitter Bots Causing Mefites to Wear Skinny Jeans? and other important thinks and thoughts. [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 9:20 AM - 48 comments

Uber for Quinoa

Faced with the prospect of $15 an hour wages for fast food workers, Silicon Valley is re-inventing the automat.
posted by Diablevert at 8:48 AM - 164 comments

I don't wanna be the President of America

Nicole Frýbortová refuses to ride her bicycle like a normal human being. (SLYT)
posted by swift at 7:40 AM - 28 comments

Cockatoo Peekaboo

"Peek Boo!" [slTumblrVideo]
posted by ellieBOA at 5:06 AM - 40 comments

The XKCD Survey

Introducing "The XKCD Survey" - a search for weird correlations
posted by gorcha at 4:39 AM - 326 comments

Kings County Penitentiary

The Luxury Brooklyn Apartment Complex at the Site of a Former Prison [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 4:12 AM - 20 comments

Archive Corps: Year One

Manuals Plus was going out of business. MeFi's own Jason Scott wanted to save its collection of 200,000 booklets before they were lost forever. He had three days.
Introducing the Archive Corps [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:35 AM - 23 comments

Cotton Mather and Mass Panic

Cotton Mather's career is defined by two episodes of mass panic. In 1721 he found himself the target of public anger in Boston when he advocated for small pox inoculation after inoculating his own children on the advice of his West African slave, Onesimus. Three decades earlier, in 1692, he was one of the instigators and defenders of the Salem Witch Trials. For more on the latter, visit the comprehensive Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive (previously).
posted by Kattullus at 3:08 AM - 17 comments

The epic story of 30 circles as they battle the squares, and themselves

Here's a collection of Sesame Street "30 Dots" shorts, from the show's classic days. They build in an entertaining way, but whatever they're supposed to teach beats the heck out of me.
posted by JHarris at 1:53 AM - 52 comments

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