February 10

“The frontier of science is unlimited.”

Why Ghana started a space programme.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:21 AM - 1 comment

Left Eye Lopez!

Horses can recognise human emotion, study shows Man’s favourite neigh-sayer can not only tell whether a human might be in a bad mood, it can do so from a photograph. So brilliant! [more inside]
posted by stevedawg at 1:57 AM - 1 comment

Dr. Lecter, you are needed in Sickbay!

Bryan Fuller to Run New Star Trek Television Series! [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi at 1:34 AM - 3 comments

February 9

yarrr.

The Research Pirates of the Dark Web - "After getting shut down late last year, a website that allows free access to paywalled academic papers has sprung back up in a shadowy corner of the Internet."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:56 PM - 4 comments

How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like FREE NOIR?

60 Free Film Noir movies, courtesy of MetaFilter favorite Open Culture.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:20 PM - 11 comments

Free at last?

The world could be free to sing Happy Birthday without being sued by as early as next month.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:19 PM - 18 comments

Immortal Love Rodd

Rejected Lord Voldemort Anagrams
posted by capricorn at 6:14 PM - 11 comments

Mar-co Ru-bio, Marco Rubio! 🎶 (It tested extremely well)

2016 All Candidates Debate - [SLYT] from Mefi's own Greg Nog [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:13 PM - 17 comments

The Woman Who Makes Prosthetic Pinkies for Ex-Yakuza Members

When “Mike” spotted a newspaper advert for a clinic making prosthetic fingers in the 90s, he thought it was a scam. But the ex-yakuza member had booked himself a consultation within the hour. For almost a decade, a stumpy pinkie on his left hand had marked out his previous allegiance to the criminal world, preventing him from leading a normal life. A fake little finger, he thought, sounded outlandish, but it was worth a shot. It might allow him to disguise his past—and help shield against Japanese society’s prejudiced view of ex-yakuza members in search of redemption. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:06 PM - 13 comments

baby that's all there is to the coastline craze

Stunning drone footage of surfers off of the coast of Teahupo’o in Tahiti.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 5:22 PM - 18 comments

Carbonating the World

Carbonating the World. "Overweight, obesity, and diabetes have been spreading throughout the world hand in hand with the consumption of ultra-processed foods, especially sugar-sweetened beverages. My country, Mexico, has almost the highest per capita consumption of sugary drinks in the world, where 70 percent of added-sugar consumption comes from those products. You can stand in front of any audience and ask who has a relative with diabetes, and a landscape full of hands will rise before you, revealing a tragedy that has already caught up to us." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 4:21 PM - 34 comments

Don't be a NARP. Learn to Snapchat like a boss from a 13-year old.

"I thought I was pretty good at Snapchat. Then I watched my little sister ..." Buzzfeed's Ben Rosen learns to Snapchat like a boss from his 13-year old sister. "I would watch in awe as she flipped through her snaps, opening and responding to each one in less than a second with a quick selfie face. She answered all 40 of her friends’ snaps in under a minute. How was this even possible?"
posted by zanni at 1:11 PM - 138 comments

From Syria to the Six

What It's Like Experiencing Canada as a Refugee [video] “Amidst ongoing attacks from public figures such as Donald Trump, it's easy to forget that Syrians and other desperate refugees are, in fact, people. One person is pushing back and rolling out the red carpet: Kourosh Houshmand. [more inside]
posted by mr. manager at 12:00 PM - 4 comments

Live free or die.

New Hampshire votes today in the first primary of the 2016 US Presidential election. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas at 11:42 AM - 819 comments

Silly Walks

Caution: Silly Walk Zone
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:38 AM - 5 comments

OCD's Jerk-Face Cousin

Life with hypochondria, as described by an anonymous and humorous buzzfeed user.
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 10:46 AM - 19 comments

And the Oscar for Best Synthesized Performance Goes to ...

New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions A new software, from Disney Research in conjunction with the University of Surrey, may help cut down on the number of takes necessary, thereby saving time and money. FaceDirector blends images from several takes, making it possible to edit precise emotions onto actors’ faces. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 10:20 AM - 56 comments

Beautiful pictures about beautiful people

Studio Heads Of The Classic Era Ranked In Terms Of Personal Awfulness -by resident Hollywood expert The Whelk [via mefi projects]
posted by Artw at 9:05 AM - 19 comments

Jian Ghomeshi made me remember all the times I was sexually violated

In October 2014, eight women came forward to the Toronto Star stating that well-known CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi had assaulted them. [Previously on Metafilter] As the case against Ghomeshi finally went to trial this month, it has prompted criticism over the way the defense has treated the women testifying against him. Canadian radio host and therapist Svea Vikander has decided to share her personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault, one for each day of February: "This trial is not only about a man who violated the four women pressing charges, but about whether we, as a society, trust women who tell...It's personal for me...But I can't not do it. The Ghomeshi scandal has one hell of an undertow." [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:40 AM - 174 comments

Ducks usually lie

Daniel Pinkwater reads Ducks! [audio, about 7 minutes]. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 7:56 AM - 14 comments

THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED

A Fine Mess: How Not to Assert Your Copyright in the Youtube Age by Vlad Savov [The Verge] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:40 AM - 43 comments

Why Gloria Steinem should be no ones role model...

An open letter to Gloria Steinem on Intersectional feminism. By Sarah Grey at theEstablishment.co [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 6:44 AM - 127 comments

When the Pancake Bell rings we are free

A Shrove Tuesday pancake history, with seventeenth century recipes! Take twenty eggs, with halfe the whites, and beat them half an houre or more...
posted by moonmilk at 5:44 AM - 56 comments

What is a dungeon?

WRITE YOUR OWN FANTASY GAME FOR YOUR MICROCOMPUTER (PDF) is a beautifully illustrated guide to programming (what else) fantasy roleplaying games on early personal computer hardware, along with its companion WRITE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE PROGRAMS (also PDF), covering text adventures. Hat tip to the game design Tumblr Put Games Here for the original link. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 5:19 AM - 27 comments

An Emoji Tool to Support Victims of Cyberbullying.

Emojis are like modern-day cave paintings: simple, direct, visual. And because visual images are processed far faster than text, emojis can be among the quickest ways to send a message of support or concern. Anti-bullying advocate Monica Lewinsky has partnered with Vodafone on a new tool set for teens. [VanityFair]
posted by Sir Rinse at 4:59 AM - 20 comments

Imperial History and Film Culture

Having fallen down the rabbit hole of British colonial cinema history, I thought to share some of the wonderful discoveries with you.
posted by infini at 1:24 AM - 3 comments

"The cognitive dissonance was wildly uncomfortable."

How 26 tweets broke my filter bubble -- B. J. May was just an ordinary Javascript developer from Middle America until a series of tweets by Marco Rogers helped him discover a wider world outside his whitebread bubble.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:09 AM - 28 comments

February 8

CoCo Avenue and Black Musicians in Kpop

When Jenny and Jenna, two Black singers regularly posting Kpop covers on YouTube, found that they were often confused for each other, they decided to band together and form CoCo Avenue, currently the world's first all-Black Kpop group. Other Black Kpop performers include RaNia's Alex, Insooni, Lee Michelle, and Tasha a.k.a. Yoon Mi Rae.
posted by divabat at 10:43 PM - 1 comment

That sthmahts

The Slo Mo Guys film a tongue in a mousetrap at 2000fps
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:36 PM - 14 comments

More kids more math

"You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before." Peg Tyre in The Atlantic covers the new wave of deeper, faster, and hopefully broader math education. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:34 PM - 27 comments

"I am grateful."

Daniel Bryan is arguably the most beloved professional wrestler in the entire world; he is also widely considered to be one of the best professional wrestlers of all time. He has not wrestled a match since April of 2015, when injuries forced him out of action - after they had previously cost him much of 2014 as well. He spent 2015 training regularly and going to doctors hoping to learn that he could continue to be a professional wrestler, and finally, last week, learned conclusively that he could not. This is his retirement speech.
posted by mightygodking at 9:28 PM - 22 comments

Wolverine, bring me a cheese pizza

Melbourne researchers develop a paper clip-sized mind control device that sits inside your brain.
posted by adept256 at 9:15 PM - 6 comments

"Skirt the rules but don’t break them."

People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can’t see the place. This is true of Manhattan, but even the outer boroughs too. Whether Flushing Meadows in Queens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They come looking for magic, whether evil or good, and nothing will convince them it isn’t here. This wasn’t all bad though. Some New Yorkers had learned how to make a living from this error in thinking. Charles Thomas Tester for one.
an excerpt, The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:26 PM - 10 comments

A Questionable Business Plan

Buymeonce.com is a website that sells things you should only have to buy once, because they have a lifetime guarantee, lifetime repairs, or are just very well made.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:00 PM - 80 comments

Does what it says on the tin

After logging onto their computers today, staff here at the MERL were greeted by an unusual email from the Assistant Curator:
There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap, it began, …which is not described as being there on the database.
155-year old mouse trap claims its latest victim
and
How a mouse died in our Victorian mouse trap [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:34 PM - 22 comments

L.A. Dreamers

Five Japanese girls meet in Los Angeles. They are far from home but they have same goal, chase the dream of becoming hip hop dancers. [SLVimeo]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:13 PM - 4 comments

Wookit da bunneh!

The Scottish SPCA is looking for a new home for Atlas, a continental giant rabbit. "Giant rabbit?" you ask, "How big could a-- Oh dear lord will you look at that." The 7-month old, nearly 6-kilogram Atlas is still growing, and the SSPCA wants you to know that "A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him."
posted by Etrigan at 6:49 PM - 38 comments

Murray Perahia on Bach

Murray Perahia on Bach - a 28 minute chat at the piano.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:40 PM - 7 comments

as government-funded science dwindles

Meet the "rented white coats" who defend toxic chemicals: How corporate-funded research corrupts America's courts and regulatory agencies. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:46 PM - 17 comments

This will tide me over until the Olympics.

Some of the most exciting gymnastics routines are happening at the college level. UCLA Senior Sophina DeJesus helped lead her team to victory with a hiphop-flavored floor routine that included a whip, a nae nae, and a tumbling pass that landed in a split. The Internet is rightly losing its collective mind. The whole Bruins squad seems pretty amazing (Sophina at 1:31). But if that wasn't impressive enough for you, she can also moonwalk on the balance beam.
posted by CatastropheWaitress at 5:31 PM - 20 comments

Disrupt this!

It’s not Cyberspace anymore (from data & society, Medium). [more inside]
posted by redct at 2:00 PM - 50 comments

one weird trick that makes a novel addictive

Catherine Nichols on the technique of adaptation. [more inside]
posted by flex at 1:24 PM - 24 comments

Some things might break

How To Survive A Nuclear Bomb an 'interactive survival experience' from the channel that brought you Threads.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:09 PM - 79 comments

That's what she [redacted]

That'swhatshesaid, a one-person play by Courtney Meaker and Erin Pike, consists entirely of lines and stage directions for female characters in the top 11 most-produced plays of the 2014-15 season. The play opened Thursday night for a four-night run at Seattle's Gay City Calamus Auditorium. An hour before curtain on the show's second night, the publisher of Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews, which is featured in the production, served Gay City Arts a cease and desist order , and the publisher's VP left Pike a voicemail claiming they'd "go after" Gay City Arts if the show continued. Instead, That'swhatshesaid went on as planned--but with a few last-minute changes. Among them: every time a line from Bad Jews came up, Pike merely mimed the stage directions as someone offstage shouted, "Redacted!" Today, according to Meaker, another cease and desist has been delivered--for a play that was not included in That'swhatshesaid because it featured no women. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 12:52 PM - 118 comments

The Trouble With Superman

He’s boring; he’s unrelatable. He wears his underwear on the outside. But is that the real problem of Superman? It’s a problem that has less to do with the character himself and more to with DC Comics, which found itself stuck with a flagship character it thought needed fixing. In trying, it broke him nearly beyond repair. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 12:38 PM - 141 comments

"...preferably under the wheels of an M103 bus."

"Ed Koch once said that "to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker." On the search to find the realest answer (is it "until you cry on the subway"?), we decided to hit the pavement to ask locals to finish the sentence for us. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:24 PM - 50 comments

Take the honey and run

Robbing of bees has become an increasingly problematic crime as bee populations dwindle due to Colony Collapse Disorder and the price of a healthy hive rises. A swarm of thefts occur around this season every year in California as cells of thieves extract hives from almond orchards in the Central Valley, where 90% of all managed bees are brought every year. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 12:10 PM - 9 comments

I still haven't told you about the dream.

Toormina Video- a short comic by Pat Grant
posted by Adridne at 11:51 AM - 6 comments

“There are a lot of pieces in this puzzle.”

In the Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle, each piece of the jigsaw (subsequent to the first) is made of a smaller, constituent puzzle. Confused? Watch the video, or just give it a whirl. Don’t worry about finishing it all in one go: the game saves your progress. [via mefi projects]
posted by Going To Maine at 11:25 AM - 33 comments

Kurt Didn't Know

In Quentin Tarantino's recent Western, The Hateful Eight, one scene involves Kurt Russell's character, John Ruth, snatching a guitar away from Jennifer Jason Leigh's character, Daisy Domergue, and promptly smashing it to pieces. The only problem? The guitar was a 140 year old original Martin on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum and was supposed to have been swapped out for a replica before being said smashed. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 11:07 AM - 117 comments

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