August 24

An apartment roughly the same size as the coffin you'll be buried in

IKEA's 2017 Catalog Is A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Tiny Apartments Of The Future
posted by acb at 1:32 AM - 0 comments

Awwwww Cute meets Ewwww Puns

For four years now, artist Piper Thibodeau has created a charmingly cute painting every day and posted it to her Deviant Art gallery and her Tumblr, as well as a Twitter account showing 'work in progress'. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:25 AM - 0 comments

Bauhaus Online

Harvard Art Museums has made available a searchable digitized collection of over 32,000 Bauhaus artifacts: including paintings, photographs, drawings, textiles, sculptures, periodicals. [more inside]
posted by cwest at 12:33 AM - 1 comment

“How am I the bad guy in that situation?” she asked.

 In March of 2011, 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez was taken into an interview room at a Jacksonville, Florida, police station and interrogated by Michelle Soehlig, a ponytailed female officer. Before Soehlig began questioning him, she told the child, “These are your constitutional rights,” and slid over a document listing the Miranda warnings, familiar to anyone who’s seen an episode of Law & Order. [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 12:09 AM - 3 comments

6.2 Earthquake rocks central Italy

At 3.36AM local time a 6.2 quake hit between the Rieti and Ascoli Piceno provinces. [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 12:01 AM - 4 comments

August 23

Alexander Polli, brought down.

"In the long-run, this can't end well." Previously on Metafilter: A sadness for those who lived not too wisely, but too well.
posted by The otter lady at 9:57 PM - 3 comments

Wherein your local chamber of commerce lets its hair down

Looking to buy Boardwalk and Park Place? How about Torrance, California's Mulligan Family Fun and Golf Practice Center or the dental offices of Gary D. Weber in Sterling, Colorado? If you've spent time in the board game section of your local thrift store, you might be familiar with Wheeler Dealer, a Monopoly-like board game designed by a Michigan production company and localized for over 1,200 cities and towns across North America (long before localized editions of Monopoly existed). Marketed to rotary clubs, chambers of commerce, and other civic organizations as a fundraiser that would boost civic pride while supporting local business, the game board featured small ads, complete with businesses' phone numbers, on each space. But did the idea pan out? A resident of Brookfield, IL isn't so sure. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 9:36 PM - 3 comments

"He makes his work look effortless."

Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show? by Geoff Edgers, Washington Post
"If we could have, we would have had Norm on every damn week,” Letterman says. “He is funny in a way that some people inhale and exhale. With others, you can tell the comedy, the humor is considered. With Norm, he exudes it. It’s sort of a furnace in him because he’s so effortless. The combination of the delivery and his appearance and his intelligence. There may be people as funny as Norm, but I don’t know anybody who is funnier.” -- David Letterman
(Norm Macdonald, most recent previously: 1, 2, 3, 4)
posted by Room 641-A at 7:47 PM - 21 comments

The Master Theorem Stirs.

After a near 5 year hiatus the diverse and devious puzzles of M have returned. As of yet, we don't know how frequently we'll be given our next challenge from the shadowy M. Previously puzzles were posted weekly, while further puzzles lurked within the seals. All the puzzles, prior to the interregnum are still up and waiting for you to have a crack at them.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:14 PM - 8 comments

“We really don’t know how many sign languages there are"

But just as linguists were substantiating its existence, HSL stood on the brink of extinction, remembered by just a handful of signers. Unless the language made a miraculous recovery, Lambrecht feared that her announcement might turn out to be HSL’s obituary.
posted by Chrysostom at 3:01 PM - 5 comments

Ask your bank for permission to pay!

"Our concern was an intuitive one about a potential future world in which we'd have to report our every economic move to a bank, and the effect this could have on marginalised people."
posted by Lycaste at 2:05 PM - 47 comments

Leading Lady

"“A lot of our audiences are kids and teens, and they want to be in on the joke. And they’ll listen again. We’re just a little looser with this stuff than most traditional first ladies.”" -- Michelle Obama, interviewed by Variety.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:29 PM - 15 comments

👺

If you tweet @NYPLEmoji an emoji, it will respond with a related image from NYPL’s digital collections. (It’s not same fancy algorithm -sadly?- but rather a diligently-curated list - feel free to contribute!)
posted by Going To Maine at 12:53 PM - 15 comments

Stanford Revises Alcohol Policy, Continues To Not Understand The Problem

In response to the recent conviction of Stanford student and rapist Brock Turner, Stanford University has revised their alcohol policy, claiming to be doing so to combat sexual assault. But as observers and critics point out, the revisions place the blame on women and alcohol consumption, while protecting rapists. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:17 PM - 47 comments

Clean that wind instrument

A new case study of a 61-year-old bagpipe player who died of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a chronic inflammatory lung condition, found that it was likely caused by fungi growing inside his bagpipes. The study also notes that "there have been previous case reports of HP in saxophone and trombone players attributable to isolated fungi and Candida." [more inside]
posted by fraula at 11:50 AM - 34 comments

From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

The Legacy Of Lynching, On Death Row - "In Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is saving inmates from execution and memorializing the darkest episodes of America’s past."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:32 AM - 4 comments

Grad Students Can Now Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that graduate students at private universities can unionize, reversing a previous decision in 2004. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 11:14 AM - 55 comments

"I'll tell you what's unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses."

Masai Graham has won the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival's best joke competition, with "My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:20 AM - 48 comments

King gets promotion

A post to celebrate the ascension of Sir Nils Olav III to Brigadier. The UK and Norway have a long history of mutual support. Not long after Norwegian independence explorers from each country raced for the South Pole. The UK had a lead role in efforts to liberate Norway in WW2, including hosting the king in exile, as commemorated by the annual gift of a Christmas tree from the people of Oslo to the people of London, another goes from Bergen to Newcastle, and there are numerous others. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 9:07 AM - 4 comments

"‘Jette ce jouet’ — ‘throw that toy away’, get a real instrument"

"Toots" Thielemans died in his sleep in Brussels on Monday, August 22, 2016. He was 94. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 7:56 AM - 24 comments

At whose sight all the stars, Hide their diminish'd heads.

Fear of the light: why we need darkness [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 7:07 AM - 19 comments

Um, spoon?

Compare and contrast:
The new The Tick (Amazon, ep 1)
The old The Tick (YouTube, ep 1)
From the middle The Tick: vs. a vending machine
posted by JHarris at 12:54 AM - 56 comments

4, or Security

The South Bank Show, 1982, Peter Gabriel documents the recording of his fourth album. [49m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 12:16 AM - 17 comments

The Ray Bradbury Theater

All 65 episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theater are available in full. (via boingboing) It ran on HBO 1985-1986 for two seasons and on the USA Network 1988-1992 for four more seasons. "All 65 episodes were written by Ray Bradbury and many were based on short stories or novels he had written..." The DVD set is available on Amazon.
posted by cwest at 12:10 AM - 8 comments

August 22

A puzzle wrapped in an enigma

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds. The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed world.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:33 PM - 27 comments

Cinema isn't dying, it's evolving

The 100 greatest films of the 21st century (so far), as determined by 177 film critics from around the world.
posted by imaginary_mary at 8:45 PM - 123 comments

"Military recruiting is a sophisticated psychological pursuit."

High School Students' Test Results Are Being Sent to Military Recruiters Without Consent
Data released by the Department of Defense on August 1st shows the military administered its 3-hour enlistment exam to nearly 700,000 students in 12,000 high schools during the 2013-14 school year, a 2% increase over the prior year. [...] For instance, North Little Rock High School tested 680, almost all of its juniors and seniors. All of the data was shipped to recruiters without mom and dad in the loop, while the Pentagon’s database reports that the students took the test voluntarily
posted by Room 641-A at 7:36 PM - 56 comments

How Things Implode

Nick Denton's Final Gawker Post.
posted by Talez at 7:30 PM - 128 comments

Why the lids on beer steins? [1] The real reasons!

Why do beer steins have lids? Steve will set you straight.
posted by zennie at 6:14 PM - 37 comments

Read Us the Book of the Names of the Dead.

Christopher Knowles (author of Our Gods Wear Spandex) has a remembrance of rock producer Sandy Pearlman (Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash), who died July 16, on his Secret Sun blog: Read Us the Book of the Names of the Dead. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 5:55 PM - 4 comments

"There were Americans everywhere." U.S. partiers wash up in Canada.

An estimated 1,500 Americans illegally and unexpectedly washed up in Canada late Sunday after strong winds blew them across the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ont.
posted by adamcarson at 4:00 PM - 98 comments

Did the ‘Two-Fingered Salute’ really come from the Hundred Years War?

I found this after giving my 9-year-old daughter the apparently incorrect version of the story. ”However it really came about, we can be pretty sure that it’s bugger all to do with medieval archers.”
posted by dfm500 at 3:42 PM - 35 comments

It was utter fucking pandemonium.

On June 14th, 1991, Morrissey appeared on The Tonight Show to perform "Sing Your Life," and "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends," as part of his Kill Uncle tour. This is the story of how Morrissey (and his fans) upstaged and perplexed Johnny Carson and now-disgraced celebrity guest Bill Cosby. 25 Years Ago, Morrissey Ruined Bill Cosby’s Appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 2:04 PM - 42 comments

“it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial”

U.N. Admits Role in Cholera Epidemic in Haiti [The New York Times] “For the first time since a cholera epidemic believed to be imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to respond to the crisis.” [Previously.] [Previously.] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:32 PM - 12 comments

“The world’s first organic universal bitter blocker”

In its Aurora, Colorado production facility, MycoTechnology is fermenting mycelia, later blast-drying them into an odorless, tasteless powder called ClearTaste—what marketing manager Hahn would call “the world’s first organic universal bitter blocker.” Not a black coffee drinker? You could be with just a tiny sprinkle of the stuff. It works on the molecular level, bonding to taste receptors on your tongue and blocking signals to your brain that translate to perceiving bitterness. Such a substance could have big implications for the health of the United States’ sugar-addicted society. But like all food additives, it has its mysteries—and no one is sure exactly what your body does with it once it’s inside. (SLWired)
posted by not_the_water at 12:31 PM - 95 comments

The autopen is mightier

In April, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order reinstating the voting rights of 200,000 convicted felons who had completed their sentences. [previously] Gov. McAuliffe's plan produced some unintended consequences, and incurred the ire of the General Assembly's top Republicans. The Supreme Court of Virginia overturned the original order in an opinion that rejected the Governor's "blanket use" of his restoration authority. Gov. McAuliffe is now proceeding in accordance with the Court's ruling, signing the first 13,000 individual orders with the assistance of an autopen.
posted by enjoymoreradio at 12:09 PM - 39 comments

My voice is a smallpox blanket

"Bad Indians" a poem by Ryan Red Corn, performed by some Bad Indians. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 11:13 AM - 4 comments

The Homeless in America's National Forests

As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns To millions of adventurers and campers, America’s national forests are a boundless backyard for hiking trips, rafting, hunting and mountain biking. But for thousands of homeless people and hard-up wanderers, they have become a retreat of last resort. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 10:23 AM - 70 comments

laughing and not being normal.

The story of Grimes [slvimeo]
posted by holmesian at 9:47 AM - 16 comments

The US military industry _is_ 'complex'

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds - "The Defense Department's Inspector General, in a [July 26 (pdf)] report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up... The report affirms a 2013 Reuters series revealing how the Defense Department falsified accounting on a large scale as it scrambled to close its books. As a result, there has been no way to know how the Defense Department – far and away the biggest chunk of Congress' annual budget – spends the public's money."
posted by kliuless at 9:41 AM - 45 comments

If you ain't got it, flaunt it.

Body Anomaly Tattoos compiled by Miss Cellania.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:41 AM - 8 comments

Henderson informed the man that he had a tyre waiting for collection.

Dr. Donald Ainslie "D.A." Henderson, the Chief Medical Officer of the World Health Organization's fight against smallpox, has died at the age of 87. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:12 AM - 12 comments

Girls of the Golden West

The San Francisco Opera, in a coproduction with the Dallas Opera, the Dutch National Opera, and Venice's Teatro La Fenice, will premiere Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. The new opera by composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars tells the story of "mining camps in the Sierra Mountains during the California Gold Rush of the early 1850’s. The libretto texts are drawn from first hand accounts by Mark Twain, newspaper articles, letters, journals, original Gold Rush song lyrics and political speeches and slogans."
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:20 AM - 43 comments

X.

When he crossed the marathon finish line as a silver medalist, in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 54 seconds, earning a silver medal, Feyisa Lilesa put his hands above his head in an "X." He later explained that the gesture was meant to demonstrate his solidarity with his Oromo people in Ethiopia. "Amnesty International reports that at least 97 Oromo were killed in peaceful anti-government protests earlier this month. This is the latest in a string of protests that Human Rights Watch estimates have resulted in over 400 deaths in all. In addition to the killings, many more have been arrested and detained by the government."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:46 AM - 7 comments

Globalization is ancient

Mapping the Mercantilist World Economy Our current globalized capitalist world economy was built on Mercantilist foundations, put in place in the first phase of global European expansion, the second phase being that of the formal European empires of the industrial age. In the case of the “New World” in the Americas, Europe’s Mercantilists were creating entirely new trade networks and hinterlands. In the Old World of Afro-Eurasia however, Europe was rearranging the existing, much older, world economy it had been part of since the Middle Ages. I wanted to illustrate this first phase of global capitalism with thematic maps.
posted by infini at 6:26 AM - 13 comments

Peace and Quiet and Open Air / Wait for Us / Somewhere

76 trombones days to go in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and the candidates have a lot on their minds: Clinton makes a $95 million ad buy; Trump and his band of Steves yearn for calmer days when they'll be able to discuss Morning Joe gossip in peace, as Minion "9/11" Rudy spreads Clinton conspiracy theories; Egg McMuffin continues to do his thing.
posted by sallybrown at 6:00 AM - 1142 comments

Only 4400 miles to go

An older man who has been watching the entire time approaches me and tells me that he’s sorry that I lost control of my boat and that he’s sure it’ll wash up on the beach somewhere. I assure him that the boat is on autopilot, going exactly where it’s supposed to be going. “And where is that?” he asks. “Hawaii.” [more inside]
posted by notyou at 5:52 AM - 32 comments

John Locke: Against Freedom

If Locke is viewed ... as an advocate of expropriation and enslavement, what are the implications for classical liberalism and libertarianism? The most important is that there is no justification for treating property rights as fundamental human rights, on par with personal liberty and freedom of speech.
In an essay in Jacobin entitled John Locke Against Freedom, Australian economist John Quiggin argues that Locke's "classical liberalism offers no guarantee of freedom to anyone except owners of capitalist private property." [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 5:05 AM - 9 comments

Wandering New York

Wandering New York is a blog where amateur photographer Joseph Raskin posts new photos of various New York City neighborhoods every night.
posted by ariadne's threadspinner at 3:42 AM - 5 comments

Choose Your Poison... I mean, Sugary Cereal

It's the one election that truly matters: General Mills Monster Cereal Election. A three-way race with Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Franken Berry. So far, the Count is winning with 42% of the total vote and leading in 43 states. (registration required to vote, but there are prizes for participating, unlike other elections... no, you may not write in the Lucky Charms Leprechaun - I tried)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:41 AM - 51 comments

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