October 10

Don't try this at home

Japanese live streamer demonstrates a permanent match lighter... and it goes wrong in just about the worst possible way (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:10 AM - 8 comments

October 9

What's the frequency, kid?

A Highly Irregular Children’s Story: David Gates reviews The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine, a children's book by Donald Barthelme. [Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 1976]
posted by Lorin at 10:54 PM - 1 comment

The Rhythm of Life

Because, at 1:32 am, you need to feel a bit of the Rhythm of Life.
posted by HuronBob at 10:35 PM - 14 comments

#15Girls: 15yr old girls seeking to take control and change their fate

Refuse to share a pencil, reject a boy, say no to your imprisoned dad — all of these can get a teen girl killed in El Salvador's gang war - "Aby, whose best friend disappeared, is still staying at home. Her latest aspiration is to be the director of NASA." Warning: Some of the depictions and images in this story are graphic. [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:41 PM - 3 comments


WeWork Used These Documents To Convince Investors It’s Worth Billions
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:41 PM - 11 comments

Mother Jones wins suit against wealthy political donor

For three years, Mother Jones has been litigating a defamation suit over a piece that drew attention to the political activites of wealthy billionaire Frank VanderSloot. "This was not a dispute over a few words. It was a push, by a superrich businessman and donor, to wipe out news coverage that he disapproved of. Had he been successful, it would have been a chilling indicator that the 0.01 percent can control not only the financing of political campaigns, but also media coverage of those campaigns." [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 6:19 PM - 18 comments

Corner coup

In August, Mara Willaford and Marissa Johnson disrupted a Social Security rally in Seattle and upstaged Bernie Sanders. This week, they gave their first local interview to Real Change, a weekly progressive newspaper sold by self-employed vendors, many of them homeless.
posted by bq at 3:41 PM - 10 comments

The tragic tale of Mt Everest’s most famous dead body

The tragic tale of Mt Everest’s most famous dead body is part one of a two part BBC article centered around the story of Tsewang Paljor, known as "Green Boots", whose body has remained for 20 years near the summit where he died. Part two is Death in the clouds: The problem with Everest’s 200+ bodies [more inside]
posted by danny the boy at 3:28 PM - 34 comments

Judgemental Reviews Of Common Pasta Shapes

MeFi's own The Whelk reviews common pasta shapes for The Rumpus. I can only assume he recused himself from judging conchiglie due to the family resemblance. [via mefi projects]
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:39 PM - 101 comments


Kowloon Walled City exist in the space between the atmospheric gloom of Neurosis, the sludgy twang of late-period Godflesh, and the echoing space of Low. Kurt Ballou of Converge interviews Scott Evans of KWC on the process of recording their excellent new album Grievances.
posted by Existential Dread at 12:17 PM - 15 comments

"This is the guy you’ve been talking about in all those pages."

Jason Baca has been the cover model for over 400 romance novels. What is his life like? "Things get a little weird" he admits. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 10:22 AM - 122 comments

Do what you can with the time you have.

...as someone who is invisibly sick, I often feel pressure around the clear boundaries I have in my head of what my disease really means, and how to convey that to others
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:40 AM - 11 comments

In Case You Aren't Paranoid Enough About Social Media & Privacy

"One broader implication of this is that no one should take the NSA seriously when they say they are only collecting “metadata” on whom someone contacts, rather than the content of the communication. Social network metadata is incredibly powerful." How to tell whether a Twitter user is pro-choice or pro-life without reading any of their tweets
posted by COD at 9:23 AM - 44 comments

This Could Be Bad For Movie Stars Everywhere!

The trailer for the Coen Brothers' "Hail Caesar!", a caper set in Golden Age Hollywood, has been released.
posted by The Whelk at 8:56 AM - 111 comments

Chick-fil-A and the Politics of Eating

Chick-fil-A and the Politics of Eating: In recent days, the complicated politics of urban consumerism have been playing out most visibly, with the arrival of Chick-fil-A, a totem of red-state habits, in New York City. Created by a conservative Christian child of public housing, S. Truett Cathy, in Georgia, in the mid-20th century, Chick-fil-A has come under fire during the past few years over comments made by the founder’s son Dan Cathy, the company’s president, in opposition to same-sex marriage. [more inside]
posted by wondrous strange snow at 8:46 AM - 242 comments

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:42 AM - 4 comments

Reel-to-reel tape is the new vinyl

In case you have any spare cash lying around. "I could hear the pedal squeak every time John Bonnam hit the bass drum."
posted by freakazoid at 8:40 AM - 79 comments

One Square Mile at a Time

The Jefferson Grid (SLIG) [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 8:07 AM - 5 comments

Prince, too, seemed a little awestruck by Madge

Thirty-three civilians showed up to Paisley Park late last night. [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 8:05 AM - 9 comments

We found love in a Hopeless Pass

@sadtopographies: An Instagram account cataloging the most unfortunately named places on Earth, from Shades of Death Road in New Jersey to Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya (or "Where the devil urinates") Hill in Australia and everywhere in between.
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:53 AM - 12 comments

But I don't know anybody in New York and I'm on Grinder, so...

On Pop-Up Porno, dating horror stories are lovingly animated as pop-up books.
posted by frimble at 7:52 AM - 9 comments

Happy seventy-fifth birthday, John Lennon

Yes, he would have turned 75 today. Links abound. Here are a few.
posted by Sir Rinse at 7:35 AM - 27 comments

that this dowager ball park should be destroyed by a ball

It came up rain, a gray somber rain that put a frown on the careworn face of Pittsburgh. My window was streaked with erratic wet lines that made me think of a small child crying. Rain meant disappointment to thousands of fans—and a doubleheader to broadcast—and it meant that on that wet afternoon, I was face to face with the biggest enemy on the road… time
In September 1965, legendary broadcaster Vin Scully wrote guest column for the times.
posted by Sokka shot first at 6:45 AM - 4 comments

“What's past is prologue.”

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Launches Three-Year Shakespeare Translation Commissioning Project [Oregon Shakespeare Festival]
OSF is commissioning 36 playwrights and pairing them with dramaturgs to translate 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into contemporary modern English between now and December 31, 2018. By seeking out a diverse set of playwrights (more than half writers of color and more than half women), we hope to bring fresh voices and perspectives to the rigorous work of translation. Play on!
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posted by Fizz at 6:24 AM - 48 comments

The Fluffernutter

Did you mark Fluffernutter Day yesterday? Part of the cuisine of New England, a fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, usually served on white bread. The name was invented by an ad agency in 1960. Also called a Liberty Sandwich, it been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts. There are many variations e.g. Reese's Pieces and Nutella, and... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 4:50 AM - 82 comments

The music stuck in my head.

Jim Dickinson was a musician, producer, and writer based in Memphis. A lifelong curator and steward of American music until his death in 2009, he fronted the band Mud Boy & the Neutrons and contributed to albums by Sleepy John Estes, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Albert King, Big Star, the Replacements, and many others. [This] essay...was adapted from his memoir The Search for Blind Lemon. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:29 AM - 6 comments

Wishing Well

I’ve been given instructions for my meeting with Sananda Maitreya. 1. Please don’t mention the name “Terence Trent D’Arby”, as it is painful for him. 2. Please don’t make any comparisons with Prince regarding his name change, which occurred in 1995 after a series of dreams. 3. Please don’t ask him things like, “What songs do you think would make a good single from your new album, Rise of the Zugebrian Time Lords?” “I was killed when I was 27”: the curious afterlife of Terence Trent D’Arby
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:55 AM - 33 comments

October 8

This blazer is the best thing you have ever bought.

Getting a Job, a Short Story by Your Parents
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:36 PM - 228 comments

Chef Paul Prudhomme has died:

He introduced the rest of the world to Cajun foods Chef Prudhomme introduced the world to Cajun foods. Blackened red - fish was his most noted dish. He really will be missed. He had a great personality.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:29 PM - 45 comments

Poopsi Blue

If you are a human being who poops from your butt, you should consider viewing this informative Squatty Potty commercial. (Relevant previously.)
posted by swift at 8:11 PM - 58 comments

Woodwork by raking light

Dominique Nicosia builds a Violin (slvimeo)
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:09 PM - 17 comments

Visionary of the Year

Why Iraq Needs Music: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra - "You know, we all need our basic needs — we need food, we need shelter and we need education — but we also need to be human."
posted by kliuless at 7:49 PM - 0 comments


Towards a Classification of Tech-Induced Mental Disorders
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 PM - 10 comments

Getcha motor runnin...or something

Geraldo Rivera interviews the Hell's Angels (1974) (Direct video link) [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 7:37 PM - 7 comments

Slow Steps To Freedom

A nonviolent drug offender who was granted clemency after 22 years adjusts to life on the outside. "I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong." - President Obama [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 6:18 PM - 14 comments

Siinä kaikki

While the end of Sábado Gigante's 53 year television run has received heavy press coverage, earlier this year another foreign-language television show ended a 53 year reign with a single host: Finland Calling. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue at 6:04 PM - 6 comments

Raury is the new Beck?

Hip Hop is evolving, take a look at Raury he's 18 and his work so far draws on on Gospel, Hip Hop, alt folk, Rap and Freakfolk Raury is a free-spirited singer, rapper, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, roughly 20 miles outside Atlanta. He mixes alternative folk, rap, and electronic music while counting the diverse likes of Chance the Rapper, King Krule, and Lorde as contemporaries. He's a trippy kid who has sort of a "new age poor swamp people" optimistic view on life. It's sort of contagious. Check out this companion track to Devil's Whisper, God's Whisper. it's Beck, The Flaming Lips, Violent Femmes, Kanye, and a little bit Rocky Horror Picture Show! How does it translate to live performance? Check him out on Late Night With Colbert and check out the fun and weird bit on Sway In The Morning as Raury freestyles over Outkast's "Elevators" He's also made some straight out of the 80's stealing from the 70's feel good pop with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
posted by bobdow at 5:45 PM - 21 comments

A vision perpetually deferred

Rose Eveleth writing in Eater's Future Week: Why the 'Kitchen of the Future' Always Fails Us.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:29 PM - 53 comments

Dear Friends

A contemporary fictional account of promoting contemporary fiction.
posted by DarlingBri at 4:23 PM - 4 comments

How about a Sexy CEO costume?

We Talked to the CEO Behind Those Ridiculous “Sexy” Halloween Costumes.
posted by GuyZero at 2:41 PM - 173 comments

Vote-swapping in 16 ridings.

There is actually a way to guarantee Harper’s defeat. Here’s how.
posted by joannemerriam at 1:51 PM - 61 comments

Problem: "the American public has become more consistent and polarized"

American Democracy is Doomed is a Vox long(ish)read by Matthew Yglesias summarizing the work of Juan Linz on constitutional crises in presidential democracies (previously), which combined with constitutional hardball and ideological polarization threaten to destroy American democracy (#nottheonion). As Yglesias describes the problem, it's primarily structural, an inevitable result of rules that have failed in every other country that has tried them. (We're 30 for 30 so far.) (All but the first link are pdf.)
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:49 PM - 95 comments

Tragedy turned to slapstick

Benny Hill This makes all YouTube videos better by speeding them up and adding Yakkity Sax music. Technology has advanced from the last Benny Hill-ifier on MeFi in 2008, when speeding up technology did not yet exist. Some suggestions: Car chases! Light saber duels! Dirty Dancing (forward in three minutes for maximum enjoyment)! Donald Trump!
posted by blahblahblah at 12:38 PM - 29 comments

A drunk man's assault on a robot raises unusual legal issues

After a drunk man pummels a Pepper robot greeting customers at a store in Japan, robotics ethicists call for a new type of legal protection that would apply specifically to robots.
As more-advanced robots can already react to basic stimuli, navigate complex environments, and use specialized “intelligence” to accomplish narrowly defined tasks, they present themselves as far from human but also as something rather different from a toaster or basic tool. Weng calls for a set of laws to guide human interaction with robots as they become more common and more social. He argues that they are a “third existence,” after people and property, deserving of their own legal protections.
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posted by Existential Dread at 12:06 PM - 91 comments

Britain's water crisis

The risk here is not that millions of people in Britain are suddenly going to die of thirst. It is that after all those years in which humans settled by rivers and thrived, we are now locked in conflict with our natural surroundings. Either the humans or the rivers have to suffer. At the moment, it is the rivers, although in the longer term a sick river will produce less water, so the humans will end up in trouble as well. (longformGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 11:43 AM - 12 comments

I know a guy and a gal

Marvel Studios is following up on that mid-credits scene from Ant-Man by announcing a sequel for 2018, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:32 AM - 83 comments


Dabbawalla: Fast, efficient, and proud, Mumbai’s teams of home-to-work lunch couriers connect families through meals cooked with love. [more inside]
posted by Shouraku at 10:31 AM - 22 comments

Racial Profiling via Nextdoor.com

"Under the 'Crime and Safety' section of the site, the tone is much less neighborly. There, residents frequently post unsubstantiated 'suspicious activity' warnings that result in calls to the police on Black citizens who have done nothing wrong." [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 10:28 AM - 82 comments

The (mostly) limbless magician, penman, musician of the 18th Century

Matthias Buchinger, sometimes called Matthew Buckinger, described himself as "the wonderful Little Man of but 29 inches high, born without Hands, Feet, or Thighs." Despite being born (in Germany in 1674) with limbs "more resembling fins of a fish than arms of a man," he was renowned for his works as a calligrapher and micrographer (remarked for details illustrated in psalms written in characters of different sizes), builder of whimsey bottles (the oldest known "mining bottle"), and called the most extraordinary conjurer of all time. People may have initially gathered to see a tragedy, but instead were presented with an astounding range of impressive skills. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 AM - 6 comments

Why you might want to shred your boarding pass after flying

If you leave your boarding pass in the seat-pocket in front of you after your flight has landed, someone else could upload it to this site, and you might be surprised at how much they could find out about you.
posted by John Cohen at 9:22 AM - 39 comments

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