It's a sex crime.
"It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take 'enough' measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said sex crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that 'Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.' "
posted by Librarypt at 9:01 AM - 131 comments
A self-taught special effects guru, A.S. Hamilton has crafted [simulated injuries] with chilling perfection. But his greatest big-screen challenge was bringing one of human history’s most gruesome chapters back to life.
CONTENT WARNING: descriptions of violence, graphic movie set photos and stills
posted by tykky at 8:16 AM - 0 comments
I found this short film
on Youtube (have also seen it on Vimeo) but am not exactly sure who the actors are. Short (< 3 minutes) movie about one year in a young girl's life. Packs a punch. Watch it twice.
posted by Mogur at 7:46 AM - 8 comments
In honour of Labour day, enjoy a documentary
on Jewish anarchism at the turn of the 20th century, and the story of The Free Voice of Labour
, their Yiddish newspaper that ran from 1890-1977. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:54 AM - 0 comments
It strikes me that these two branches of science fiction are actually conditioning us to accept our current situation. Dystopia readers are waiting for a Katniss – and then everything will be all right. Post-apocalypse readers know they’re currently better-off, even if they’re being oppressed, than they would be with gangs of marauding slavers, rapists and murderers roaming the countryside. Science fiction was once a literature which encouraged change, which explored ways and means to effect changes. Now it’s comfort reading, it makes us feel good about our reduced circumstances because at least we’re not suffering as much as the fictional characters we read about.
Critic and science fiction writer Ian Sales is concerned about the state of the genre
and what it says about our future.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:16 AM - 48 comments
talks to doctors and nurses on the front line treating patients in West Africa. It touches on why they take the risk of contracting Ebola, either from patients, or from each other. [more inside]
posted by Admira at 12:56 AM - 4 comments
James Murphy (formerly of LCD Soundsystem) has built an algorithm to musically interpret live data from the US Tennis Open
which will create around 400 hours of music
All previous games can be listened to and each has a different flavour - it can get a little glitchy but try Djokovic vs Querry
or Brengle vs Lisick
for starters. Or have a play with the algorithm
posted by meech at 10:27 PM - 5 comments
I feel like a Mommy [SLYT, Buzzfeed]
posted by maggieb at 8:31 PM - 12 comments
March in August: thousands rally against Tony Abbott by taking to streets
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for the latest wave of protests against the federal government.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:21 PM - 35 comments
Demonstrations were held in cities across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, to protest against a range of of social and economic policies being implemented by the Abbott government.
About 3,000 protesters marched through Sydney, voicing their concerns on a range of issues, from Australia's asylum seeker policies, to education cuts and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Tens of millions a viewers a month watch Youtube videos of an orange and white cat and his friends playing in Minecraft
. Twenty-three year old Joseph Garrett plans to use Minecraft as a platform for launching an educational channel. [more inside]
posted by carter at 6:19 PM - 26 comments
Thousands of cats served in the First World War
-- as rat killers, as mascots for troops in the trenches, at sea, and elsewhere. War at its furriest.
posted by heurtebise at 5:52 PM - 24 comments
The Tick is a big, blue, nigh-invulnerable, possibly
brain-damaged super-hero created by Ben Edlund
in 1986. He has appeared in comic books (1988)
, animated TV (1994)
, and live action TV (2001)
According to The Wrap, Patrick Warburton has worked out a deal with Sony to create a new Tick pilot for Amazon
posted by Guy Smiley at 5:21 PM - 82 comments
is an online community of people from all across the globe that have come together to share their information, experience, and knowledge regarding dreadlocks with others.
posted by josher71 at 4:32 PM - 13 comments
Taco Bell opens its "upscale" brand extension, U.S. Taco Co., in Huntington Beach: the first of what could be many
. "It's food truck food you don't have to chase." The LA Times takes a first look
. Money describes it as taking (secret) aim at foodies
: "The goal is to win over entirely new customers, notably the folks who wouldn’t be caught dead in a Taco Bell, KFC, or Cinnabon." [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 2:42 PM - 105 comments
Authors can choose to respond to reviews in many ways. This is a bad choice.
Found at the LJ of James Nicoll.
posted by PussKillian at 12:09 PM - 124 comments
The Sad State of America’s Aging Sisters
: Why are there so few nuns today?
You may wonder whether the global church the sisters belong to is interested in keeping the convents open. It sure seems like it isn't. By 2005, the Catholic Church had spent $1 billion on legal fees and settlements stemming from priests sexually abusing children. Yet church leaders have allocated no funds to take care of elderly sisters, and while priests’ retirement funds are covered by the church, the sisters have no such safety net. When their orders run out of money, that’s it. [more inside]
posted by flex at 9:26 AM - 72 comments
“Why would you want to be a nun if the archdiocese is going to treat you like they do?” Ann Frey at the Wartburg said. “Their whole lives they’ve been obedient and done what they were asked to do, and now nobody is helping them?”
Uncomfortable in His Own Skin ‘Your Face in Mine,’ by Jess Row, a Novel About Changing Race: [New York Times]
"When literary fiction dares examine the issue of race at all, it is usually done in an exceedingly tone-deaf way (think William Styron’s Confessions Of Nat Turner or Kathryn Stockett’s The Help) or from a somewhat safe remove (think Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue). It always seems as if the story is accompanied by a blaring announcement that it’s time for this (white) protagonist to learn something. Sometimes the pedantic drum-banging can get so excessive it drowns out everything else, including the inclination to tell a good story. If nothing else, the debut novel from Jess Row, Your Face In Mine, is a refreshing plunge into the deep end of the race conversation." [A.V. Club] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:17 AM - 6 comments
End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email
— THIS Labor Day weekend, odds are you’ll peek at your work email on your “day off” — and then feel guilty about it.
posted by cenoxo at 6:26 AM - 46 comments
I don't doubt characterising Orwell as a talented mediocrity will put noses out of joint. Not Orwell, surely! Orwell the tireless campaigner for social justice and economic equality; Orwell the prophetic voice, crying out in the wartime wilderness against the dangers of totalitarianism and the rise of the surveillance state; Orwell, who nobly took up arms in the cause of Spanish democracy, then, equally nobly, exposed the cause's subversion by Soviet realpolitik; Orwell, who lived in saintly penury and preached the solid virtues of homespun Englishness; Orwell, who died prematurely, his last gift to the people he so admired being a list of suspected Soviet agents he sent to MI5.
For the BBC's Point of View series, Will Self tackles the cult of Orwell
posted by MartinWisse at 2:14 AM - 75 comments
Wilson recently calculated that the only way humanity could stave off a mass extinction crisis, as devastating as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, would be to set aside half the planet as permanently protected areas for the ten million other species. “Half Earth,” in other words, as I began calling it—half for us, half for them. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah at 12:10 AM - 40 comments
) was "conceived...as a German version
of the Funk Brothers
– session musicians who performed most of the instrumentals on the 1960s Motown records [previously
]. The idea was to channel that era of the live rhythm section." [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot at 11:39 PM - 5 comments
Just 3 days before they would go into effect, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel struck
down the admitting-privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements of Texas's recently passed HB2 (remember the one with the filibuster?
), finding that they placed an undue burden on women, especially those in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 11:05 PM - 26 comments
The Fast Show
summary from Wikipedia:
The Fast Show, known as Brilliant in the US, was a BBC comedy sketch show programme that ran from 1994 to 1997, with a special in 2000 and 2014. It was one of the most popular sketch shows of the 1990s in the UK. The show's central performers were Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne. Other significant cast members included Paul Shearer, Rhys Thomas, Jeff Harding, Maria McErlane, Eryl Maynard, Colin McFarlane and Donna Ewin. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:03 PM - 27 comments
It was loosely structured and relied on character sketches, recurring running gags, and many catchphrases. Its fast-paced "blackout" style set it apart from traditional sketch series because of the number and relative brevity of its sketches; a typical half-hour TV sketch comedy of the period might have consisted of nine or ten major items, with contrived situations and extended setups, whereas the premiere episode of The Fast Show featured twenty-seven sketches in thirty minutes, with some items lasting less than ten seconds and none running longer than three minutes. Its innovative style and presentation influenced many later series such as Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show.
Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles.
The decline of birds
might have something to do with this recent news that half the insects (and spiders, crustaceans, slugs, worms) are gone.
posted by sfenders at 12:14 PM - 60 comments
Ever wondered why your favourite movie star is now in straight-to-video hell? What the hell happened?
is a series of articles about the career ups and (mostly) downs of contemporary actors, actresses and directors who were once Hollywood stars (but who stumbled at one point) or serious contenders for stardom (but who did not make it). While the articles are made of known material and rather-matter-of-fact ("...but it got terrible reviews and bombed at the box office
"), they offer a singular perspective on what it takes to reach the A-list and stay on it. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 10:25 AM - 175 comments
It’s as if every child under age 5 in the United States has seen it. Four times.
The New York Times Magazine explores the world of unboxing videos and boggles at the appeal of DisneyCollector
, an anonymous and seemingly independent female toy 'reviewer' who may be earning over seven figures.
Are the videos' popularity connected to ASMR?
posted by bq at 8:31 AM - 94 comments
A New Yorker Faces His Phobia, One Stroke at a Time [New York Times]
With Intensive Swim Lessons, a Man Attacks His Fear of Water
"Traumatized by childhood incidents, Attis Clopton was deathly afraid of water, so he attacked his phobia by enrolling in a program of swimming lessons."
posted by Fizz at 6:35 AM - 25 comments
How did something as loud as a bell—something which is experienced so much more often, and more powerfully, by hearing than by sight—become dumb? [more inside]
posted by tykky at 12:05 AM - 20 comments
Confessions of a Fat Bastard
: Texas Monthly's Daniel Vaughn
on the life of a full-time barbecue writer.
"Since Texas Monthly named me the nation’s first and only full-time barbecue editor
in March 2013 (previously
), my health has been a topic of international discussion. My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on the steer. And I can’t forget to order the pork ribs, sausage, and beef ribs. Of course my diet is going to raise eyebrows. Including those of my doctor."
posted by porn in the woods at 10:37 PM - 47 comments
Looking for another source of public domain images? Yahoo research fellow Kalev Leetaru has extracted over 14 million images from IA public domain book scans, and so far 2.6 million of them have been posted to the Internet Archive Book Images photostream
, where they have become part of The Commons
. [more inside]
posted by fings at 9:31 PM - 24 comments
Mathematician Zachary Abel builds impressive Mathematical Sculptures
from office supplies and other household objects. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 6:48 PM - 11 comments
Big list of Games
– "An unfiltered list of games featuring a leading lady, because such a list should exist."
Have a suggestion for a game?
Leading Ladies in Media
– "Highlighting female protagonists in Film, TV, Comics, and Books."
Bonus link: hardcore gaming
– Fuck Yeah 1990s
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:33 PM - 26 comments
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