August 27

John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular:

"How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels Kindle Edition" In the wake of this year's kerpupple surrounding the Hugo awards, Alexandra Erin has created a Kindle book in response to Theodore Beale's (Vox Day) Amazon release of "SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police". [more inside]
posted by AGameOfMoans at 5:42 PM - 66 comments

"I just want this type of support to be normalized."

The Rise of the Abortion Doula
As Abortions Become Harder to Obtain, Pro-Choice Activists Eschew Policy Debates for Flesh and Blood Activism

The Job of an Abortion Doula
My Year As an Abortion Doula
True Story: I’m An Abortion Doula
On Being an Abortion Doula: The range of emotions involved in helping women terminate pregnancies
posted by andoatnp at 5:27 PM - 10 comments

Forever and Ever: Losing My Husband at 24

Did Andy have two weeks left or was his rapid decline of this morning merely a temporary problem that was easily fixed? Unsure, Andy turned to me and said, “Two weeks? I’m not ready for this ‘A Walk To Remember’ shit.” He had been fighting to live, but now it seemed he was merely fighting for a year.
Sarah McBride writes beautifully about losing her husband. She was 24. He was 28.
posted by kate blank at 3:50 PM - 26 comments

"What Is His Doctorate In? Being an **bleep**?"

The Black Tapes Podcast started when Alex Reagan of Pacific Northwest Stories profiled Dr. Richard Strand of the Strand Institute about his rigorous career debunking claims of the paranormal. During the interview, she discovered that he had files on cases that he had not yet debunked. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:35 PM - 19 comments

100 great films by female directors

100 great films by female directors. Part 1: 1912-1953, Part 2: 1962-1975, Part 3: 1975-1981, Part 4: 1982-1991, Part 5: 1991-1997, Part 6: 1998-2001, Part 7: 2002-2009, Part 8: 2007-2009, Part 9: 2010-2012, Part 10: 2012-2014. (This is not "The" 100 Great Movies By Female Directors. It's merely 100 movies we love and honestly think you will too.) [more inside]
posted by dng at 3:33 PM - 27 comments

“The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.”

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written [Buzzfeed]
Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.
posted by Fizz at 2:53 PM - 102 comments

Dr. Dunkenstein. Sir Slam. Lovetron. Chocolate Thunder.

One of the most influential sports figures you've never heard of, Darryl Dawkins has passed at the age of 58. Dawkins was an NBA star in the flashy, no-defense, pre-Michael Jordan days, an early Nike-splashed icon, with multiple self-styled nicknames, although "Chocolate Thunder," was bestowed on him by Stevie Wonder. Think of the image of a basketball player shattering the backboard glass. You're thinking of Dawkins.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:08 PM - 23 comments

putting 'feminist' in your online dating bio is a good misogynist filter

Last year, Laura Nowak used Instagram to document the responses she got when she asked men on Tinder about their views on feminism. Nowak said she started the project because “I don’t want women thinking they have to settle for being objectified if they want casual sex, and I don’t want men on Tinder being systematically categorised as creeps.” In February 2015, Instagram deleted her @feministsontinder account, stating that it violated their guidelines. Now Nowak is back on Instagram with @feminist_tinder, recording the responses she received when she put the phrase "hello I am a feminist" in her Tinder profile. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:33 PM - 112 comments

The Other Paper

Meet The Indie Newspaper Man Who Documented The East Village In The 1980s [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:17 PM - 5 comments

Mapping the beautiful chaos of informal transit

As transit systems go, the matatus in Nairobi exist somewhere between underground gypsy cabs and MTA bus service. The minibuses themselves aren't owned by any government agency. The fares aren't regulated by the city. The routes are vaguely based on a bus network that existed in Nairobi some 30 years ago, but they've since shifted and multiplied and expanded at the region's edges... Riders who navigate the matatu system rely on it in parts, using only the lines they know and the unofficial stops they're sure actually exist. As for the network as a whole – there's never even been a map of it... In the absence of a formal public transit system in Kenya's capital, people have created a comprehensive – if imperfect – one on their own. And now we know that it looks like this. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 11:01 AM - 18 comments

Upgraded Medium Chain Snake Oil

The founder of Fitocracy explains how consumers fall for dubious fitness fads, with special emphasis on the work of Dave Asprey, "The Bulletproof CEO" (previously and previously).
posted by chrchr at 10:28 AM - 67 comments

Mormon breast implants and Jewish Dowries

Dateonomics: What two religions tell us about the modern dating crisis.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:02 AM - 93 comments

Orsini's Sacro Busco, or the Park of Monsters

Count Pier Francesco Orsini (Google auto-translate) was a man much given to melancholy. The premature death of his wife, Giulia Farnese, and other troubles contributing to the decay of the once proud Orsini dynasty, darkened his outlook on life. Like the world-hating Jacques in Shakespeare's As You Like It, he seems to have come to regard the world around him with a somewhat self-advertising disgust. Orsini retreated noisily from the world of human affairs into nature, albeit a nature much improved by art (Google books preview). Those improvements came in the form of larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populated Sacro Bosco ("Sacred Grove"), colloquially called Parco dei Mostri ("Park of the Monsters"). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:04 AM - 6 comments

No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby

How I’m slightly terrified of the oncoming mix of motherhood and art….and how judging and terrifying me further isn’t going to help me. (slMedium, NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:11 AM - 84 comments

When did we all become 'curators'?

"how did curating, a highly specialized line of museum work involving the care, accessioning, and exhibition of artworks, come to mean, as cultural policy scholar Amanda Coles puts it, “just picking stuff?”" - Miya Tokumitsu [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:47 AM - 92 comments

He's singing!

Cuzzie the puggle loves his hot tub (SLYT)
posted by griphus at 5:53 AM - 7 comments

teachers' classrooms, minus teacher-purchased items.

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers (SLHuffPo, image gallery down the page)
posted by Greg Nog at 5:35 AM - 75 comments

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to stare at it

Artist Teresita Fernández muses on the creative process.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:31 AM - 5 comments

Estimated American veteran suicides per day: 22

The staggering reality of America's post-9/11 era of perpetual war: For every active duty soldier killed in combat, twenty veterans died by their own hand. This is Daniel Wolfe's story. (This story discusses self-harm, suicide and suicidal ideation. Some readers may find the content disturbing.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 4:35 AM - 63 comments

From Chaplin to Zuckerberg

The Evolution of Magazine Covers
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:30 AM - 15 comments

My God, it's full of dots!

The globe of economic complexity is a beautifully trippy interactive dot-based map of $15.3 trillion or world trade, each glowing dot encoding $100 millions worth of exports (poster). It is based on the Atlas of economic complexity by Harvard University Data Visualisation Fellow Romain Vuillemot and developed by WikiGalaxy creator Owen Cornec.
posted by elgilito at 2:28 AM - 10 comments

Engineering the BART System

Engineering Geology of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System, 1964-75 (J. David Rogers & Ralph B. Peck, published 2000) chronicles the construction of the subterranean components of BART.
posted by DrAmerica at 1:04 AM - 15 comments

Leaving Everywhere

I've looked at the US Census Bureau data, and the numbers don't lie. They paint a dire picture. On top of all that they closed one of my favorite mac & cheese joints. Look, I still love this place. Sometimes. But I'm done with wherever I am. Best of luck to those who stay wherever they are.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 12:47 AM - 34 comments

August 26

Try the New Cat Door

Philo 1, Human 0 (warning: vertical format, single link youtube)
posted by ladyriffraff at 10:14 PM - 14 comments

We are people, just like them

It was easier to give in than keep running From I believe you | it's not your fault (previously)
posted by triggerfinger at 9:41 PM - 22 comments

"...pretty much all biologists love junk."

Last night, Virginia Tech grad student Ann Hilborn, her labmate Chris Rowe, and their research supervisor Marcella Kelly were posting pictures of animal genitals on their lab’s Twitter account (@Whapavt). When Hilborn added some more from her collection, one of their readers called it a “junk-off”. And thus a hashtag was born. [NSFW?]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:02 PM - 22 comments

The songs were about London...if you want to be particular, South London

Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours (2012) | Squeeze - Bands Reunited (2003). Previously: Up the Clapham Junction
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:52 PM - 33 comments

The Struma Disaster

"[In May 2014] some 72 years after his ordeal in the Black Sea, David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the Struma explosion, died on dry land, in Bend, Oregon. He was among the hundreds of men, women, and children who had been abandoned to their fate by a confluence of war, hate, and international politics. In a strange confederacy, Nazis, Communist officials, British Foreign Office personnel, and Turkish politicians all played various roles in one of the worst maritime tragedies of the previous century."
posted by storybored at 6:47 PM - 7 comments

The Beat Generation

The Word is Beat: Poetry, Jazz, Literature and the Beat Generation "It is the aspiration of much literature that it wants to change the way we look at the world, but few authors and poets have been as influential as the group of writers labeled the Beat Generation. They saw a lot that they did not like about American society in the fifties when they came of age, and they did their best to change it through their literature and a new practice of living."
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 6:24 PM - 3 comments

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time since 1984

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 6:23 PM - 16 comments

Meet the new carbon-fiber-based economy?

Scientist develops technique for sucking carbon out of the air, making stuff out of it. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: A new electrochemical process pulls carbon from the air, and creates carbon nanofibers and oxygen.
posted by 40 Watt at 5:02 PM - 90 comments

The Naked Truth

What's All This Hubbub About Topless Women In Times Square? [NSFW]
​Over the past two weeks, top New York officials — from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and even former governor George Pataki — have been grumbling about the rising presence of topless performers, known as Desnudas, in Times Square. Is the famous pedestrian plaza going back to the bad old days, or is this just the petulant whining of some grumpy old men? Here's what to make of it.
posted by andoatnp at 4:08 PM - 100 comments

With Muppets, It's NOT Dismaland

Of course, Disney is the media master of cross-property promotion. And there are a LOT of Muppet videos popping onto YouTube in preparation for their new fall series (on Disney-owned ABC). So this was natural (if not inevitable): MUPPETS DOING DRAMATIC READINGS OF THE LYRICS OF DISNEYLAND ATTRACTION SONGS.
First was Bunsen and Beaker with "A Pirate's Life For Me."(maybe TOO dramatic)
Then Floyd and Animal of the Electric Mayhem with "It's A Small World." (what could go wrong?)
And most recently, Rowlf with "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from The Haunted Mansion. (solo, but not quite) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:41 PM - 24 comments

Google has a secret candidate-finding technique

"If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild." "I typed 'request; and half expected to see 'Follow the white rabbit, Max.' Instead, the screen displayed a paragraph outlining a programming challenge and gave instructions on how to submit my solution. I had 48 hours to solve it, and the timer was ticking."
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:30 PM - 112 comments

“I’m a white guy and an African; the son of Europeans and Mozambicans;”

Novelist Mia Couto discusses his hopes for conservation after the death of Cecil the lion, and his memories of Mozambique’s bloody civil war. [The Guardian] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:52 PM - 2 comments

The Opposite of Cold Fusion

The online edition of Science magazine reports that the private and secretive company Tri Alpha Energy, has built a machine that forms a ball of superheated gas—at about 10 million degrees Celsius—and holds it steady for 5 milliseconds, calling the achievement "a significant step toward mastering nuclear fusion"
posted by Frayed Knot at 1:41 PM - 47 comments

Legend lets New Jersey man near her '61 Cadillac

Darlene Love's new music video features cameos from Joan Jett, Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, her 'Forbidden Nights' songwriter Elvis Costello, and her album's producer, Steven Van Zandt, who once called her "the greatest singer in the world." Van Zandt appears in the video being strangled by another Love collaborator and fan, Bruce Springsteen. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 1:40 PM - 6 comments

An Oral History of Theodore Rex

Previously, we were left with unanswered questions like: Why did Whoopi agree to make this movie? Why did she want out? Why wouldn't she want out? Who would think to make a buddy cop sci-fi comedy starring a dinosaur? And for the love of God, why? Finally, we get (some of) the answers.
posted by meese at 1:25 PM - 23 comments

No White Flags

"The hurricane lives in a complicated place. Everyone's experience is both communal and personal, obvious and hidden. The memory of the death is everywhere, buried in shallow and temporary graves." (SL Longform ESPN)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:21 PM - 5 comments

Find the porn, boy! Find it! Get the porn! Good boy!

Dogs can find people. Dogs can find cancer. Dogs can find porn.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:02 PM - 43 comments

"I just want to be there, if they ever do find a cure."

An oral history of "Longtime Companion." The first major release movie to deal with the AIDS epidemic, 1990's Longtime Companion focuses on a group of gay friends in New York City, revisiting them one day per year starting in 1981. Bruce Davison won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 12:33 PM - 13 comments

Big Dig

In Baylor County, paleontologists are assembling clues to the prehistoric world of Dimetrodon. [previously]
posted by brundlefly at 12:20 PM - 4 comments

"I felt a little bit f'ed over after the last conference call with them"

In 2013 computer researcher David Kriesel discovered that certain Xerox scanners were altering numbers in the documents they scanned (MeFi post) At the recent FrOSCon, Kriesel gave an hour-long talk recounting his experiences discovering and reporting the problem, with lots of details on what it was like dealing with a large multi-national corporation like Xerox, and what the impacts and fall-out of his discovery have been. (SPOILER: Germany has eliminated JBIG2 as a legally admissible scan format.)
posted by benito.strauss at 12:13 PM - 20 comments

Can they claim a senator as a tax deduction?

H&R Block lobbied for a longer, more complicated Earned Income Tax Credit schedule, to encourage lower-income households to use their services. (SLVox) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:02 AM - 58 comments

Music industry sexism

"Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn't 'count'?" This tweet from Jessica Hopper kicked off a thread that lasted 2 days, with over 400 stories being shared. Storify of the full thread. Trigger warning for sexism, harrassment, rape.
posted by naju at 10:57 AM - 40 comments

Not as massive as Zero Freitas collection

The vinyl collection of Aussie music aficionado Brad Miocevich: "Cataloging 30,000 LPs was a nightmare"... (Previously).
posted by growabrain at 10:56 AM - 7 comments

Hey now, hey now now, sing some other tracks for me

A three-hour mixtape of Goth history - a selection of nearly 50 tracks of early-to-mid eighties Goth classics that goes a lot deeper than your standard Bau'd Hauses and Sisters of the Mercy. Part of the Secret Thirteen mixes, a series nearly 160 sets deep of interesting and offbeat sonic collections. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:35 AM - 36 comments

Everything you always wanted to know about panda sex

Since the pandas’ arrival, the team at Edinburgh zoo had already tried three times to breed the bears – with considerable fanfare and public attention – and each attempt had ended in disappointment. After a thoroughgoing review of these attempts in late 2014, this year’s season carried with it a sense of added pressure. But the keepers had also come up with one or two new tricks. A few weeks earlier, Maclean had daubed urine from Long Hui, an impressive male panda kept at Schönbrunn zoo, in Vienna, all over Yang Guang and Tian Tian’s enclosures, in order to spice the air with competition and possibility. “She spent a lot of time sniffing and seeing what was going on,” said Maclean. “He came out and was just like, ‘Whoa!’ He was all over the place.”
posted by ChuraChura at 10:03 AM - 17 comments

The cold plains of infinity

Take a pixel tour of the universe with French cartoonist Boulet (previously on metafilter). Soundtrack: Le grand pan • RoxanneMessage in a Bottle. Bonus: Pixel quantum physics.
posted by moonmilk at 9:14 AM - 6 comments

They most certainly are giants

Young Marble Giants was a dawn-of-the-80s three-piece Welsh band that released just three records - one LP and two EPs. With virtually no sales and deeply diffident about touring, YMG should by rights have vanished without trace like so many of their one shot post-punk peers. But no. Tomorrow, they're the star turn at fanboy David Byrne's Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 9:14 AM - 25 comments

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