April 18

Anthropology, already read

Déjà Lu republishes locally-selected scholarly articles from journals connected to regional anthropological associations around the world. The result is a PDF-heavy but fascinating collection of long reads on obscure topics. Via. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution at 4:56 AM - 0 comments

Not-So-Stupid Vine Tricks

If 4-year-old Ava is the Queen of Vine (previously), then 23-year-old Zach is the King. That's his name, Zach King, and he has gotten 2.9 million followers with his skillful use of practical and digital effects to cheerfully do the impossible in 6 seconds. Here's a five-minute compilation of his most popular Vine bits, and here, as part of a Red Bull promotion is "How He Makes a Vine", a Rube Goldberg process with several impossible transitions. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:30 AM - 3 comments

And not just for expressing your feels about Supernatural

And this is significant: not just because it enables a deeper, more thorough analysis of visual media, but because it makes that analysis both overt and accessible in a way it wasn’t before. A well-constructed gifset is a thing of tremendous beauty, and the more of them I see, the more I’m convinced that we’re in the midst of an academic paradigm shift. It’s not just that gifsets let us contrast the dialogue, cinematography, composition and acting of various visual narratives side-by-side in unprecedented ways, or even the fact that anyone, potentially, can make one; it’s the that this tremendously useful ability is online-only at a time when the vast majority of academic writing, even when digitally accessible, is stuck in static, access-restricted, locked-in formats, despite the fact that most everyone else is using free blogging platforms.
Foz Meadows: how gifs are changing critical analysis.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:53 AM - 1 comment

She's the minister for men

The Minister for Men: a web series by Gretel Killeen. As background, it probably helps to know that Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, appointed himself the Minister for Women. But the series is entertaining even without a background knowledge of Australian politics. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 3:25 AM - 6 comments

Hire a typist

Robert Eaglestone reviews the first English translation of Umberto Eco's How To Write A Thesis:
Into this bleak picture comes the first English translation of Eco’s How to Write a Thesis, continuously in print in Italy since 1977. That was a long time ago in academia, and, at first sight, lots of this book looks just useless, rooted in its historic and specific Italian context. Who uses index cards any more? (I mean, I used to, but I wrote my PhD on a computer with no hard drive, using 5¼-inch diskettes, when the internet was still for swapping equations at Cern or firing nukes at Russia.) Who has typists copy up their thesis? The sections on using libraries and research sources sound like an account of a lost, antediluvian culture. But.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:11 AM - 3 comments

April 17

Ladies and Gentlemen and all 68 other genders... Royal Blood!

If The White Stripes and Queens of The Stone Age had a baby... Millennials, congratulations. You made something I love. The bludgeoning opener to Royal Blood's self-titled debut, Out of the Black is a riff-fueled onslaught that belies their two-piece status; with just a heavily processed bass guitar and a drum set between them, they make some four-piece rock bands look inconsequential. You're welcome.
posted by bobdow at 8:10 PM - 26 comments

The Intercept's new blog gets its stories from unofficial sources

We believe the awful truth is out there, it’s just not at background briefings by the National Security Council.
posted by Bella Donna at 6:33 PM - 11 comments

Ghanaian Hustle by Yepoka Yeebo

This is Suame Magazine. A vast, open-air industrial district in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city. Here, 200,000 skilled workers manufacture everything from bolts to tanker trucks by hand. A million dollars passes through the factories and workshops here every day, and it’s the place where most of the country’s laborers learn their trades: the heart of Ghana’s informal economy.
Photos and Story
posted by infini at 1:41 PM - 12 comments

How did you find out about my vibrations!?

Remember when Captain America had a district attorney alter-ego named Grant Gardner? And he fought The Purple Death Scarab? No? Then you might need to rewatch the original 1944 Captain American Republic Serials! Bonus: The (deservedly) short lived Captain America Cartoon 1966
posted by The Whelk at 1:08 PM - 24 comments

“But Tibetan mastiffs are so 2013.”

Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China [New York Times]
“Then there is the Tibetan mastiff, a lumbering shepherding dog native to the Himalayan highlands that was once the must-have accouterment for status-conscious Chinese. Four years ago, a reddish-brown purebred named Big Splash sold for $1.6 million, according to news reports, though cynics said the price was probably exaggerated for marketing purposes. No reasonable buyer, self-anointed experts said at the time, would pay more than $250,000 for a premium specimen.”
posted by Fizz at 12:51 PM - 32 comments

Isaiah 11:6

"More than sixty years have passed since Israel started its nuclear venture and almost half a century has elapsed since it crossed the nuclear weapons threshold. Yet Israel's nuclear history still lacks a voice of its own: Israel has never issued an authorized and official nuclear history; no insiders have ever been authorized to tell the story from within. Unlike all seven other nuclear weapons states, Israel's nuclear policy is essentially one of non-acknowledgement. Israel believes that nuclear silence is golden, referring to its nuclear code of conduct as the policy of amimut ("opacity" in Hebrew)." A special collection of declassified documents was published by the National Security Archive this Wednesday, that sheds some light on How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program.
posted by zarq at 12:51 PM - 57 comments

A new wrinkle in "A Wrinkle in Time"

A previously unknown 3-page passage, cut from "A Wrinkle in Time", has been found by Madeline L'Engle's granddaughter, and published by the Wall Street Journal. It provides strong insight into the political thought regarding conformity and security in the book.
“I’ve come to the conclusion,” Mr. Murry said slowly, "that it’s the greatest evil there is. Suppose your great great grandmother, and all those like her, had worried about security? They’d never have gone across the land in flimsy covered wagons. Our country has been greatest when it has been most insecure. This sick longing for security is a dangerous thing, Meg, as insidious as the strontium 90 from our nuclear explosions . . .”
posted by nubs at 11:43 AM - 33 comments

The cockpit…what is it?

An extensive oral history of Airplane!
posted by Chrysostom at 10:09 AM - 81 comments

I present to you the top-three mind-blowing concepts...

"Come As You Are" an illustrated book review at The Nib and mirrored at Oh Joy Sex Toy [previously] by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:05 AM - 19 comments

Where Shmaltz and Soul Food Meet

Michael Twitty, Black Jewish Foodie, Talks 'Culinary Justice'.
posted by josher71 at 9:59 AM - 19 comments

John has graciously allowed our cameras into his home

The true crime film Foxcatcher (Trailer, FanFare) starred Steve Carell in an Oscar-nominated role as the self-aggrandizing, eccentric millionaire John du Pont. The plot features a video du Pont commissions to tout the Foxcatcher Farm wrestling team and himself as coach. Here is the real video.
posted by griphus at 8:53 AM - 16 comments

Leaning Out

Love is the only motivating force, and while love can motivate some pretty awful things, it’s nonetheless impossible to do any good without it. I have no love left for my job or career. Tim Chevalier on tech as a coping mechanism and a place of toxicity and moral stagnation.
posted by Zarkonnen at 8:44 AM - 80 comments

how many people in rock & roll can sing? Ringo can deliver a song.

"I don't want to bring in the violins, but we all came from hardship," says McCartney. "All of us except for George lost someone. I lost my mum when I was 14. John lost his mum. But Ringo had it worst. His father was gone; he was so sick they told his mum he wasn't going to live. Imagine making up your life from that, in that environment. No family, no school. He had to invent himself. We all had to come up with a shield, but Ringo came up with the strongest shield."

Part of that shield was playing the fool; part of that shield was booze. It led to a lost decade of L.A./London/Monte Carlo partying where Ringo woke up many mornings wondering, "Why are the birds coughing so loudly?" But he's been sober for 26 years, and there's one essential thing that keeps Ringo young: the sticks and the drum kit.
In anticipation of the inimitable Mr. Starkey's imminent (and long-awaited) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone presents Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr Life.
posted by divined by radio at 8:31 AM - 49 comments

"Whenever you dig a hole [in Lecce], centuries of history come out"

In 2000, Luciano Faggiano wanted to open a trattoria in Lecce, in the "boot-heel" of Italy. He bought what looked to be a modern building, but he had to open the floors in 2001 to find a leaking sewer pipes that were causing continuous humidity problems. He didn't find pipes, but a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. Instead of opening a restaurant, his family has a museum, which is also available to virtually tour on Google Maps.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:30 AM - 12 comments

Duel in the sun

In 1982, they battled stride for stride for more than two hours in the most thrilling Boston marathon ever run. Then the drama really began.
posted by bq at 8:22 AM - 3 comments

We Are Here For You, and We Welcome You

The Real Purpose of Libraries, by Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner (SLReading Rainbow)
posted by box at 7:30 AM - 6 comments

The least favorite Avenger

Comic-Book Writer Nick Spencer talks about writing the print version of Ant-Man as Marvel releases a second trailer for the movie and Vulture looks at the film's long production history.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:57 AM - 48 comments

Utility to Glorious Extravagance

Adrift in a sea of digital apps for every imaginable function, we often feel our needs are met better today than in any previous era. But consider the chatelaine, a device popularized in the 18th century that attached to the waist of a woman’s dress, bearing tiny useful accessories, from notebooks to knives.
--Chatelaines: The Killer Mobile Device for Victorian Women [more inside]
posted by almostmanda at 6:35 AM - 34 comments

HBO's Static Intro

"Everybody kind of gravitated towards this idea of a TV turning on, and out of this static comes this resolved HBO logo that lifts itself out of normal television series.” (via Playboy) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:24 AM - 39 comments

Why can't I speak German???????

What happens when an English reporter live blogs from a German press conference. The Telegraph newspaper sends reporter Ben Bloom to Germany to live blog the resignation of Jurgen Klopp as the manager of Borussia Dortmund football club. Reading from the bottom of the page upwards, at 12:37 it dawns on Bloom that the press conference is in German, which he doesn't understand. Panic and embarrassment levels rise rapidly. Luckily, he becomes an internet phenomenon.
posted by milkb0at at 4:07 AM - 44 comments

How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges...

...And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever
But his track record is also flecked with broken friendships and hard feelings. While he keeps a relatively low media profile–this story marks the first time he’s cooperating for a major story–his big mouth, incessant name-dropping and blunt elbows cause eyes to roll. “He’s got a bit of a hero complex,” says a peer who knows him well. “He’s an amazing investor, but that’s not enough–he has to do this heroic stuff.” At Google he crashed every meeting he could and then wouldn’t shut up. Twitter eventually had to pass a rule, driven in part by Sacca, barring nonemployees from showing up at all-staff meetings. He and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, once close friends, now barely speak, despite Sacca’s major stake in the company.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:48 AM - 28 comments

All the Noms

FoodGawker is basically a food-based search engine, complete with pretty pictures of really good lookin' foods and the links to their recipes. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 3:34 AM - 7 comments

Getting What You Paid For

The hidden FM radio inside your pocket -- and why you can't use it. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 3:06 AM - 100 comments

An Ecomodernist Manifesto

To say that the Earth is a human planet becomes truer every day. Humans are made from the Earth, and the Earth is remade by human hands. Many earth scientists express this by stating that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. As scholars, scientists, campaigners, and citizens, we write with the conviction that knowledge and technology, applied with wisdom, might allow for a good, or even great, Anthropocene. A good Anthropocene demands that humans use their growing social, economic, and technological powers to make life better for people, stabilize the climate, and protect the natural world.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:27 AM - 9 comments

How to keep gamers happy losing to Pay to Win players

Paying to Win: Battlefield Heroes, Virtual Goods and Paying For Gameplay Advantages -- Ben Cousins, then general manager of Easy, EA's free to play development studio, looks at the controversy surrounding Battlefield Heroes and its "pay to win" model and how the game was (re)designed to deal with those complaints while still getting people to spent money on it. -- More presentations are available from his website.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:25 AM - 7 comments

When is Revenge Most Satisfying?

Vengeance is a goal-driven act, sought out to restore a sense of justice to the universe. But what happens when retaliation is targeted at someone other than the original transgressor? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:07 AM - 16 comments

April 16

Gawker media staff push for unionisation

If the effort is successful, Gawker Media would be the first major online media company to unionise.
posted by modernnomad at 10:41 PM - 27 comments

Shane Ortega served three combat tours: two as a woman, one as a man.

Army soldier Shane Ortega comes out as transgender as the military evaluates their policies on transgender service members. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the US lags behind other countries in allowing people to serve openly. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:50 PM - 4 comments

You Wouldn't Believe Our World

In 1985, multinational conglomerate Majesco Industries changed its name to MJI. To publicize this change to its employees, subsidiaries, shareholders and partners, it commissioned an industrial video... [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:30 PM - 6 comments

War is so compelling even pacifists pay money to be entertained by it

Sebastian Junger Knows Why Young Men Go to War “I think this is probably the first society in history that actively discourages an intelligent conversation about what manhood should require of men”
posted by Michele in California at 6:14 PM - 59 comments

War for profit - The Return of the Mercenary.

Private armies, and the technology they use, are changing warfare.
Blackwater’s Legacy Goes Beyond Public View.
Facts About Private Military Companies.
Excerpted from "The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean For World Order"
The private military business is a large and growing industry that can be expected to grow larger in the future.
posted by adamvasco at 5:42 PM - 20 comments

Did Doodie Do It?

A forensic psychiatrist and first cousin, once-removed, examines the sad case of a dreamer who left behind riddles, explanations, and a confession to a series of unsolved murders.
posted by maggieb at 5:32 PM - 3 comments

The Passport Power Index

The Passport Index is an interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world, based on how many countries their holders can visit without obtaining a visa before arrival or at all.
posted by damayanti at 4:29 PM - 51 comments

Museum Dance Off 2

Museum Dance Off 2. 28 participating museums have created videos showcasing their staff/interns/volunteers etc. dancing and lip-syncing to their melody of choice. Voting begins on April 20 and runs through April 29, with several museum dance videos highlighted each day, out of which viewers choose one favorite. Those favorites will ultimately battle it out in the next rounds, until only one is left standing. Anyone can vote, from anywhere in the world. Voting rules and videos are at the main link. Here is the official trailer. Smithsonian Magazine article on the competition.
posted by gudrun at 4:09 PM - 3 comments

"THERE IS NO BIRTH CONTROL EXCEPT CONDOMS AND THEY FAIL."

A bioethicist, at her son's request, sat in on his public high school sex-ed class -- which taught "abstinence only" -- and livetweeted it. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 3:38 PM - 112 comments

I heard you like incremental games...

How I lost My Soul in AdVenture Capitalist
posted by backseatpilot at 12:15 PM - 30 comments

"My culture, their culture, our culture."

Ultra Orthodox Traditions and Beliefs, Photographs by Yaakov Naumi
posted by andoatnp at 12:05 PM - 28 comments

None More 80s

Last year, Laser Unicorns raised over $630,000 to create their 80s-inspired kung fu cop movie that involved time travel, ancient gods, dinosaurs, and Nintendo Power Gloves. All made with virtual sets and a shoestring budget. They've now released the movie's theme song, starring David Hasselhoff. How much more 80s could it be? None. None more 80s. Previously on MetaFilter
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:36 AM - 34 comments

1:35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Force Awakens, Teaser Trailer #2
posted by Lucinda at 11:32 AM - 499 comments

Wolf Proverbs

Wolf Proverbs is a twitter bot that posts lupine dicta and apothegms. [via mefi projects]
posted by kenko at 11:02 AM - 16 comments

Growth Over All

Journalist Felix Salmon brings us up to speed on the increasingly strange and complicated saga of The Cooper Union School For The Advancement Of Science And Art, one of the last historically free schools in the US for Art, Architecture and Engineering, which may be brought down by shameless trustees, incompetent management, the State Attorney General, or pure greed. (Cooper Union charging tuition previously. Cooper Union students occupying the president's office previously)
posted by The Whelk at 10:49 AM - 21 comments

The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight

How a pro-domme, a Russian diplomat, U.S. intelligence and Mary Tyler Moore’s landscaper conspired to create a dance classic.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:28 AM - 12 comments

Britney Girl Dale

If you’ve driven Ritchie Highway where Baltimore spills into Anne Arundel County, or vice versa, you’ve probably seen her shaking her money maker and stopping traffic. Britney Girl Dale, the alter ego of Dale Crites, has become something of a celebrity here in Baltimore and she now has herself a short documentary, courtesy of filmmaker Dan Bell. The film, now showing on YouTube and embedded below, shows Britney Girl Dale and her pal Anthony doing what they do best within their South Baltimore and Anne Arundel County stomping grounds. Britney Girl Dale’s mission is to entertain the masses- whether they want to be entertained or not. Already semi-famous, Britney has appeared on 98 Rock and has already broken YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, in that order, but this film gives us a glimpse into her daily existence. Filmmaker Dan Bell shows us why Dale transforms himself into Britney, and Bell’s film shows the love, the hate, and the drama that revolves around the daily grind of being Ritchie Highway’s biggest star. The short is absolutely hilarious at times (especially when Anthony chimes in), but it’s not all beeps and hollas out there on the streets. There are also several sobering and sad moments that paint a complex picture of two of Baltimore’s most unique characters. (NSFW)
posted by josher71 at 9:55 AM - 2 comments

Search algorithms have learned our nefarious ways

New research from Carnegie Mellon reveals: Ads for careerchange.com advertising "$200k+ Jobs - Execs Only" were shown roughly 1,800 times to the “male” profiles and only around 300 times to the “female” profiles.
posted by Dashy at 9:49 AM - 14 comments

"Somebody called on the... PHONE!"

MODERN HORROR TALES - It's from Mefi's own The Whelk aka John Leavitt. [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:42 AM - 22 comments

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