May 6

12 angry men discuss whether Amy is hot enough for TV

12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer Pitch-perfect reenactment of the Sidney Lumet classic. (SLYT - 21 minutes, and worth every one) [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 8:03 PM - 5 comments

"It’s a class I teach once a year; it fills within 24 hours"

Would you put oregano on your posole?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:42 PM - 1 comment

Orange Crush: NDP victory in Alberta

"I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight." Alberta, Canada's most conservative province, the home of the oil/tar sands, and most of Canada's oil and gas industry, has elected a majority NDP government. And one run by a woman, at that. [more inside]
posted by jrochest at 5:54 PM - 41 comments

Wellness is New Age for the Instagram era

"Wellness is New Age for the Instagram era. Amethysts and incense have been replaced with kale and balayage; tie-dye and velvet with bamboo cotton and designer yoga pants. It’s the alternative lifestyle but with better design. It is a movement defined by its minimalist, feminine aesthetic – pastel homewares, bright vegetable smoothies, slim legs in clean, expensive exercise wear. It’s not really about health – health does not have to be beautiful, thin and tidy in designer crop tops, but wellness does. It’s an aesthetic of wealth, a sort of gentle, palatable capitalism. There’s a dizziness to its beauty: it is light, weightless, transcendent. It probably feels this way thanks to the restricted calories as much as the calm from appropriated Eastern meditation. [more inside]
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 5:52 PM - 27 comments

I said, hey, you’re good at combat and people need you here; why not go?

Many American, Canadian, and British military veterans opposed to the actions of ISIS in Iraq have been, individually, going over to fight with the Kurdish Peshmerga for some time now, bringing thousands of dollars of military gear and irreplaceable training. There have been so many of them fighting that the Peshmerga are now actively recruiting military veterans online. Not to be internet-outdone, military veterans have begun investigating forming units of their own to fight ISIS -including notable and controversial science-fiction author John Ringo, who suggested trying to crowdfund for 'a brigade of soldiers'. [more inside]
posted by corb at 5:12 PM - 37 comments

Larry Wilmore Keeps It 100-Plus

We talked about The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central's time-slot replacement for The Colbert Report soon after it premiered, and the show has been busy working out a lot of the bugs we talked about -- in particular, taking the panel down from four participants to three and occasionally focusing an entire show on the panel without Wilmore's standard-issue monologue or wacky skits. Then Wilmore left the studio entirely, sitting down in a Baltimore diner with Crips and Bloods to discuss their truce during the protests, which one reviewer is calling TNS finding its voice.
posted by Etrigan at 5:08 PM - 6 comments

I Was An Undercover Uber Driver.

After months of trying to investigate what it's like to be an UberX driver, Emily Guendelsberger of the Philadelphia City Paper decided to become one herself. She also picked up some tricks on how to do it along the way.
posted by workingdankoch at 4:03 PM - 22 comments

I see you are writing an academic article while being female...

...can I help you with that? PLOS (The Public Library of Science) gets rid of reviewer and editor as a result of sexist statements, from Science Insider; Retraction Watch's summary. Here's the direct link to the apology and update on peer review policy from the PLOS ONE blog. Finally, this story gets the BuzzFeed treatment, plus some of the scientific community's responses using the hashtag AddMaleAuthorGate (additional examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, and the Microsoft Assistant paperclip: 5)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:56 PM - 27 comments

The Wonder Of The Age

The Edison Talking Doll is just what it sounds like: a doll, with a small phonograph in its body, mass-produced by Thomas Edison’s lab in the 1890s -- and it … shrieks. It’s like an unearthly Carol Kane screaming in a wind tunnel, trapped in the body of a lifeless totem. Listen at your own risk. Even more Edison Talking Doll recordings.
posted by The Whelk at 3:08 PM - 25 comments

Just rub these two wires for the doorbell.

"Yo, who remembers my episode of MTV Cribs? You remember that guy who was asleep on the floor?" An oral history of the infamous Redman episode.
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:26 PM - 16 comments

There's A Song About it

An Illustrated Review of Broadway Musical "Fun Home" [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:00 PM - 27 comments

But if you’re not a fan, this probably seems absurd.

Battering the Batter
For too long, MLB has tolerated the 'tradition' of pitchers intentionally hitting the other team's players. That needs to change.
posted by andoatnp at 1:04 PM - 67 comments

Elton John: Prisoner of New York

In 1976 Elton John was one of the biggest superstars in pop music. His album from the previous year, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album to enter the Billboard charts at #1. The follow-up album, Rock of the Westies, was the second album in history to enter the charts at #1. But behind the outrageous costumes and garish glasses was a lonely man whose fame had grown to the point where he and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin started referring to it as "The Beast". Thousands of adoring fans all over the world wasn't enough; as Elton confided to interviewer Cliff Jahr, "I crave to be loved".
posted by MattMangels at 12:47 PM - 31 comments

The auteur of Black Widow is Scarlett Johansson

The Black Widow Conundrum - how Black Widow being the most popular female superhero of the decade is both exciting and disappointing. Also Ike Perlmutter thinks female-led films bomb, The Mary Sue discusses Joss Whedon leaving Twitter.
posted by Artw at 12:20 PM - 95 comments

Put a Rang on it.

What if everyone famous was ginger?
posted by Stewriffic at 12:14 PM - 42 comments

George Lucas x Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Nobody Puts R2 in the Corner [more inside]
posted by alby at 10:39 AM - 6 comments

"Ich frage euch: Wollt ihr den totalen Krieg?"

Colour footage of Berlin, July 1945. Aerial colour footage of the destruction of Berlin, 1945 (II, III.) Colour footage of Trümmerfrauen in front of the Reichstag.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:27 AM - 13 comments

"Femininity, as it turns out, can be a barrier to enlightenment."

The psychotherapist Carl Jung, after seeing a photo of the Arctic explorer Augustine Courtauld, remarked that Courtauld's was the face of a man 'stripped of his persona, his public self stolen, leaving his true self naked before the world.' For women, this is doubly true: a woman's life is one lived under surveillance, a system of inner and outer regulations even more restrictive than a man's. Even a simple stroll down the sidewalk becomes an exercise in self-loathing. Suck in your stomach. Straighten your hem. (What if it rides up, exposing you?) Every shop window offers a glimpse of your own reflection. Adjust, adjust, adjust.

It's enough to drive a woman crazy (and isn't this what we're always being accused of?). It's enough to drive any woman to the woods.
So where are all the women hermits? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 10:20 AM - 27 comments

Bizarre Batman

The 1000 Most Bizarre Batman Images EVER! The title says 1000 images, but I think there's just 100. I haven't counted. (some images nsfw)
posted by marxchivist at 8:56 AM - 27 comments

Gush.

It is not polite to say that I have no uterus. People react as though I’ve bullied them, stepped over a line. But they are the ones who pushed themselves into my body to begin with, assessing its suitability as habitation for an embryo. I’m only pointing out that, no matter how nice the curtains, how lovely the paint scheme, there’s no actual house there at all. No place to put a potential human.
--Positive I Don’t Have a Uterus
posted by almostmanda at 8:15 AM - 59 comments

The Rat Paths of New York

It's common to frame ecology as a science that gets practiced in wild, untraveled areas. But cities have an ecology all their own, and the design of a given city contributes to the diversity of animals that make their homes there. Rats are particularly good at navigating cities, but other species might have a tougher time getting around.
posted by sciatrix at 7:18 AM - 11 comments

I think that splotch was Tabasco

" “I tell my daughters that when I go, they’ll know the good recipes from the dirty pages.” [NYT]] A group of Nashville writers mounts an exhibit of the dirty pages from their own family cookbooks.
posted by Miko at 7:12 AM - 18 comments

Aerosmith. Drugs. Video. Dream On.

"What we have here are Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the height of their 'Toxic Twins' indulgence, zonked completely out of their minds, barely able to stumble through their signature tune. Perry delivers so many clams he could open a seafood shack, sounding like a fumbling teenager’s first visit to a Guitar Center President’s Day sale. Tyler fades in and out, struggling to keep it together. At times the other band members look on with some confusion. The band starts to gel by the crescendo, and then allows the fizzle-fart ending to put a cap on how much of a shit they don’t give about being onstage."
posted by josher71 at 6:44 AM - 49 comments

Pay-to-troll: infamous troll "weev" deploys paid Twitter ads

Infamous troll, Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, has annoyed Twitter users by using purchased Twitter advertisements to bypass blocks and target controversial political messages at selected groups. By focusing ads at specific user demographics, he was able to spend very little money while optimizing for outrage. [more inside]
posted by theorique at 3:45 AM - 64 comments

Ichi

ICHI's song GO GAGAMBO opens with a universally recognisable mosquito hum, then proceeds with a catchy, familiar-sounding bass line, strummed out on a long, thin insect-like home-made instrument, while the vocals are punk-like, small and high-pitched, in the language of the insect itself. It’s a song about mistaken identity - (gagambo is an insect unfortunate enough to be mistaken as a big mosquito, resulting in probable death by angry clapping hands), and it is a clever blend of the familiar and the bizarre. [more inside]
posted by smcg at 2:08 AM - 5 comments

May 5

Restroom etiquette

Pfft. . . A real man just craps his pants and asks if anyone has a problem with it. The anthropologist Horace Miner once wrote about the Nacirema, a strange North American people he said all perform the exact same set of rituals in communal “shrine rooms,” but pretend to be doing it in almost total secret. [more inside]
posted by rankfreudlite at 11:55 PM - 159 comments

In which a bee stings a pianist's hand and all musical hell breaks loose

"Alfonso Muskedunder", an animated video by Bendik Kaltenborn and Espen Friberg for the song by Norwegian DJ, songwriter, and record producer Todd Terje. A '60s jazz influenced (yes that's 7/8 time) hodge-podge with 4 additional remixes (soundcloud) and a 'shortreel' of animated outtakes, it's the latest addition to a series of oddball-character-themed singles: "Inspector Norse", "Delorean Dynamite" and "Leisure Suit Preben".
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:41 PM - 16 comments

Not the usual ship sails.

In keeping with sweet music videos evening here on Metafilter, please take a moment to appreciate the sheer number of hours and sore thumbs it must have taken to make Son Lux's new video for Change is Everything.
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:17 PM - 9 comments

"Bored yet? Dunked in the alphabet soup?"

So the Scottish National Party is "nationalist" and "socialist." Does this mean they are secretly fascists? In what sense are "national socialists" "socialist?" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:12 PM - 38 comments

New Chemical Brothers Song

Chemical Brothers "Go." They still sound like the 90s. Music video by Michel Gondry.
posted by ourt at 7:07 PM - 46 comments

Gloucester's plan for their opiate crisis

Lives are literally at stake. I have been on both sides of this issue, having spent 7 years as a plainclothes narcotics detective. I have arrested or charged many addicts and dealers. I've never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance. The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life. As of June 1, the police department of Gloucester, Massachusetts will no longer be charging drug addicts who turn themselves in and ask for help. Instead, they will be fast tracking them into a recovery program. [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 6:58 PM - 72 comments

"It’s a song that circles round and around"

Calexico - "Falling From The Sky" [YouTube] Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson. Featuring José González.
posted by Fizz at 6:53 PM - 4 comments

Eat your heart out George

The perfect espresso with the perfect view requires the perfect cup. [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 5:37 PM - 12 comments

It is time we demonstrated the full power of this styling station.

The LEGO Friends series has received a lot of criticism (previously) since it was released over three years ago, but as any fan of LEGO will tell you: Parts is Parts. And it's what you do with them that makes the difference. To Wit: The LEGO Friends Death Star. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:06 PM - 19 comments

Fjords and their secret identity as super carbon sinks

The Surprising Link Between Fjords and Carbon While fjords make up just one tenth of one percent of the oceans’ surface area they account for about 11 percent of the carbon locked away in marine sediments each year ... [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 4:13 PM - 17 comments

AAUP Salaita report

"The administration of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, in rejecting Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment without demonstrating cause, and in doing so only after the appointment had been approved and courses had been assigned to him, acted in violation of the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the university’s own stated policies on the subject." The American Association of University Professors has issued its report on the Salaita case. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 4:10 PM - 71 comments

Only in America

Q: What do the US, Somalia, and South Sudan have in common? A: It's totally cool to put kids in jail forever.
At 38, Adolfo Davis is re-sentenced to life imprisonment as an accomplice to a gang murder when he was 14.
“The defendant’s acts showed an aggression and callous disregard for human life far beyond his tender age of 14.” [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 3:47 PM - 40 comments

Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?

"The Whitney museum says, 'Isn't it wonderful – we have 30% women in the new collection!'" says the activist known as Frida Kahlo. "And we're saying, why is that something to be happy about – 30%? Where is the other 20?" The Guerrilla Girls: 30 years of punking art world sexism (Emma Brockes, The Guardian); previously on MetaFilter.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:46 PM - 8 comments

Wait for it....

The Ribbon Worm has a Branching Proboscis. [slyt | via | nightmare fuel] [more inside]
posted by quin at 3:16 PM - 55 comments

China announces it is scoring its citizens using big data

China rates its own citizens - including online behaviour: "The Chinese government is currently implementing a nationwide electronic system, called the Social Credit System, attributing to each of its 1,3 billion citizens a score for his or her behavior. The system will be based on various criteria, ranging from financial credibility and criminal record to social media behavior. From 2020 onwards each adult citizen should, besides his identity card, have such a credit code." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:34 PM - 69 comments

One rural American town is in the grip of a dramatic outbreak of HIV

How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana — and why we should be paying attention [Washington Post]
Rural Indiana Struggles to Contend With H.I.V. Outbreak [New York Times]
The Drug That’s Infecting Indiana [Medium]
The Best Way To Stop Indiana’s Outbreak Is The Most Unpopular [Medium]
Small Town America: This Is Your War On Drugs [Medium]
posted by andoatnp at 12:59 PM - 62 comments

FKIN

Fucking Inappropriate. No matter what I do, it always ends this way. The money gets spent. The whiskey runs out. The hangover always comes, and the show is always over. TW for graphic discussion of combat, PTSD, pretty much everything war-related. [more inside]
posted by mrbigmuscles at 12:05 PM - 10 comments

Just On Time Manufacturing Comes to Breakfast

If you can draw it, you can eat it.
posted by bswinburn at 11:29 AM - 27 comments

The Jelly Film

"Jellies (molded gelatin desserts, for non-UK types) all have distinct personalities and everybody relates to a different one." The Jelly Film lets your dessert dance, with charming results. Associated NOWNESS article.
posted by hippybear at 11:05 AM - 12 comments

Wheel of Lunch

Wheel of Lunch For those days when you do not know what you want to eat.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:55 AM - 68 comments

"a tongue like a sea sponge that's decided life just isn't worth it."

As a sex worker who has done in-person work for a decade, I've kissed a lot of frogs. So many, in fact, that I have a theory about why call girls of old had the "no kissing" rule, a rule that is unfortunately uncommon among contemporary escorts: It's not because kissing is more intimate than other acts, but because it's uniquely cruel to have to endure bad kissing. And bad kissing is a guarantee.
Charlotte Shane (previously, previouslier) wants help you stop sucking at kissing.
posted by divined by radio at 9:34 AM - 88 comments

Yes, you really can get them to say "butts"

The Mountains of Mouthness recites tweets sent to them. If you post a public tweet on twitter with "@MoMouthness" or "#mouthness" in it, the mountains will recite everything you posted in that tweet, word for word, in a booming voice that can be heard by all four corners of whatever kingdom they happen to be residing in. You can even watch the mountains from the perspective of a lowly villager with your phone or tablet. When you load the mountains up, be sure to unmute them by clicking on the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If they still don't say anything, you might have to reload the page or restart your browser. [more inside]
posted by surazal at 9:34 AM - 50 comments

How deserted lies the city

New York's Museum of Biblical Art is closing June 14th, despite large recent crowds (NYT). Often confused for a evangelical organization, perhaps because of its name, MOBIA is something unique: a secular institution that is serious about placing religious art clearly in the context of the beliefs that inspired it. David van Biema explains what we are losing.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:24 AM - 19 comments

Just eat it!

Ryan Gosling eats his cereal [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:09 AM - 13 comments

You're going to prom!

Teen Vogue presents the Best Prom Ever [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:04 AM - 10 comments

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