September 1

Fútbol on the neutral ground

In the new New Orleans, an international soccer hero hides in plain sight. There are many Tony Laings in New Orleans. You can find them on weekends in City Park, playing in the Spanish-speaking leagues that have boomed since Katrina; professional stars who once played before big crowds back home. Now they work construction jobs in America’s south, speaking a language the rest of the city doesn’t understand, living in the open, but hidden all the same. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 8:46 AM - 0 comments

It's not all selfies on pristine beaches; it's also hard work.

Why We Quit Our Jobs in Advertising to Scrub Toilets. Chanel and Stevo are two young South African professionals who decided to forego their cushy life and opt to travel around the world, earning what they can doing low-paying work. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:23 AM - 21 comments

Carp, Congressman, is the main ingredient

The story behind the funniest e-mail Hillary Clinton has ever sent. Subject line: Gefilte fish.
posted by Mchelly at 7:54 AM - 23 comments

You Need to Go Door-to-Door to be Sure You've Got Your Election Rigged

Gerrymanders Miss One Person The City Council of Columbia Missouri recently created the Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District in the interest of raising taxes in that area to allow for improvement projects. The district boundaries were carefully created to exclude any actual residents of Columbia, giving the property owners the exclusive right to vote on property assessments. They almost got it. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:47 AM - 42 comments

“Please, may I cry?”

Martin Gardner, sprouts, the game of Life, and much more - John Conway's lifetime in games.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:18 AM - 1 comment

"Seriously, fuck it," explains the paper’s abstract.

Nuance is revered in higher education. That’s especially true in sociology, where scholars spend their lives digging into the fine grain of human social behavior, often finding even finer grain underneath. Which is why it came as such a surprise — and perhaps a relief — when Kieran Healy, an associate professor of sociology at Duke University, last week brought a blunt message to the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting: "Fuck Nuance."
[more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:33 AM - 26 comments

The Heart Of Football Beats In Aliquippa

Over five decades of economic decline and racial conflict, a Western Pennsylvania mill town has found unity and hope on the football field. "There is no drug dealing at the Pit, and rarely any violence," Walker says. "It really is sacred ground; it's like a miracle. You've got guys that, any other time of the day, they're going to try and rip each other's throats out, but they just walk past each other in the Pit. They're there to watch those kids play."
posted by ellieBOA at 4:41 AM - 4 comments

How to make Mario levels, by negative example

Here's a list of things not to do in your Mario levels, consider it advice for when Super Mario Maker comes out in a week and a half. Also, here's things not to do in your Mario overworld. They both come from the rom hacking community at SMWCentral.
posted by JHarris at 12:52 AM - 14 comments

August 31

Hey, watch it!

Someone misses all the quick time events in a Heavy Rain chase sequence. Benny Hill ensues. (SLYT)
posted by zixyer at 11:12 PM - 26 comments

Pregnancy is brutal

"It took me eighteen weeks to heal. I never did manage to breastfeed properly, either gross incompetence on my part or possibly my body deciding: what the fuck, man. My hair went grey. I didn’t try to ask for support, at least until I started showing PTSD symptoms and developed Postpartum Psychosis. The experience had taught us that I was essentially disposable, and I didn’t trust the hospital enough to return. I sought help from other services instead. I heard voices, ringing in empty rooms. I heard constant crying while the baby was asleep." [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 11:00 PM - 50 comments

Weirldy sexual henchman! Burn the village!

Every JRPG Ever.
posted by bswinburn at 9:48 PM - 30 comments

Satchmo

When author Stephen Mailtland-Lewis was 12 years old, he wrote a fan letter to Louis Armstrong, and to his surprise, a few weeks later, he received a 4 page response back from the trumpeter. "What happened next will touch you"... For the next 18 years, until his death, Louis kept corresponding with this fan (As he did with very many others).
posted by growabrain at 9:19 PM - 6 comments

“And now you’re you."

Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye.
Useful resources for participating in the discussion: Ohio U's Trans 101* : Primer and Vocabulary guide; and GLAAD's Transgender Media Program [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:50 PM - 3 comments

Literature and addiction

"Here are some books that will not only make you want to quit doing the thing that is killing you, but also offer an interesting narrative structure for writers because they flout the conventional hero journey template. Instead of a reluctant hero emerging from an ordinary world to delve into the tricky landscape of magic and tests, these heroes begin in chaos and emerge from the grungy ashes of last call and plunge into sober, or at least peaceful, life earned by one’s ability to overcome hurdles associated with addiction." (Antonia Crane at Electric Literature) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:58 PM - 14 comments

ConspiraSea

Are you ready for the New Life and New Paradigm? Got $2278? If so, pack your bags and board the ConspiraSea Cruise, setting sail next January. Rub shoulders with anti-vaccine crusader Andrew Wakefield! Get up to speed on US politics with 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik! Hear Sharon Schloss explain how orgone energy can fight chemtrails, electromagnetic fields, and the California drought! [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:32 PM - 141 comments

the f-stop of the human eye

Differences between eye and camera: practical implications, Ming Thien [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:31 PM - 14 comments

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks

What happens in these deals is a matter of perspective. To industry advocates, the transactions get money to people who need it now. They keep desperate families off the streets, pay medical bills, put kids through school [...] But to critics, Access Funding is part of an industry that profits off the poor and disabled. And Baltimore has become a prime target. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:21 PM - 17 comments

The art of tweeting isn't hard to master

Villanelle Bot: Poems in the Villanelle Form, Created Using Random Posts from Twitter [more inside]
posted by oakroom at 6:11 PM - 6 comments

Indian stairwells

Rudimentary stepwells first appeared in India between the 2nd and 4th centuries A.D., born of necessity in a capricious climate zone bone-dry for much of the year followed by torrential monsoon rains for many weeks. It was essential to guarantee a year-round water-supply for drinking, bathing, irrigation and washing, particularly in the arid states of Gujarat (where they’re called vavs) and Rajasthan (where they’re baoli, baori, or bawdi) where the water table could be inconveniently buried ten-stories or more underground. Over the centuries, stepwell construction evolved so that by the 11th century they were astoundingly complex feats of engineering, architecture, and art.
posted by curious nu at 5:26 PM - 16 comments

Eyes on the Ladyprize

The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. - Tropes vs Women: Women as Reward. Tropes versus Women creator Anita Sarkeesian on the backlash to the series (Warning: GamerGate), Previously, previously.
posted by Artw at 5:16 PM - 28 comments

How Eric Ripert Became a Restaurant Legend W/O Working Himself To Death

The Le Bernardin chef is a practicing Buddhist who meanders to work in the morning and drinks double martinis in the afternoon. Spend a day with the man who has it all figured out. Eric Ripert is one of the most highly regarded chefs of our time, and he does something that is increasingly rare - he actually cooks at his restaurant most nights. [more inside]
posted by helmutdog at 2:38 PM - 41 comments

#Harperman

Tony Turner worked at Environment Canada. After releasing his protest song Harperman in June, he was recently put on leave for impartiality. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 12:51 PM - 52 comments

Oh God I bet somebody put them out

A new meaning to "Catfishing", as two fishermen rescue two kittens from Alabama's Black Warrior River.
posted by numaner at 12:34 PM - 51 comments

Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is a new album by Miley Cyrus, released yesterday for free. 14 of the 23 tracks are cowritten and produced by Wayne Coyne and other members of The Flaming Lips, the rest either solo work, or made with her regular producers Mike Will Made It and Oren Yoel. Joe Coscarelli wrote about the making of the album for The New York Times. This is not the first time Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips have worked together, as she sang two Beatles with them last year, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (live version) and A Day in the Life (live version).
posted by Kattullus at 12:18 PM - 116 comments

Older than the Rolling Stones: lithophones of the world

A Lithophone is a music instrument consisting of a rock or pieces of rock which are struck to produce musical notes. While there are a number of such man-made instruments built with stones, like The Musical Stones of Skiddaw (in action) and possibly Stonehenge, there are also rocks that resonate, when struck in their natural setting, such as these ringing rocks in Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, and Cerro de las Campanas (The Hill of the Bells) in Querétaro, Mexico (which is better know as Maximilian and two of his generals, Miguel Miramón, and Tomas Mejia were shot). But that's just the tip of this trip, so let's get ready to rock! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:03 AM - 18 comments

...helpless cogs in a corporate profit machine?

Workers in a World of Continuous Partial Employment.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:08 AM - 57 comments

There is pow'r in an Agile methodology

Mike Bulajewski on the war between labor and management in the software industry, as manifested in the rise (and possible fall) of the Agile development: From this subset of principles, it’s clear that although Agile positions itself as a software development methodology, a closer inspection reveals clues to a greater ambition: to protect the interests of software engineers at work. [...] With this agenda, it is possible to characterize the Agile movement as a labour union.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:58 AM - 85 comments

The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism

Our books lived, were killed, and reborn, and released. They were donated, organized, cataloged, seized, destroyed, saved, and became testimony, evidence, burden, and discarded. The Dregs of the Library: Trashing the Occupy Wall Street Library
posted by anastasiav at 9:00 AM - 14 comments

Apparently, I have passed away.

Slate reports on the rise of the changing world of death notices. (SL Slate)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:52 AM - 31 comments

Everything is on fire and no one cares.

This year, my summer visit to Idaho was swallowed, most days, in a thick, gauzy haze. It was as though the sky was overlaid with a bleakest of Instagram filters; the smoke was often so dense, it blocked the blue light spectrum entirely, washing everything in a pale, flat yellow, a creepy, apocalyptic tint that contrasted well with the redness in your eyes and the gray dryness of your throat. [more inside]
posted by j03 at 8:31 AM - 47 comments

No relation to Adrian

Tche Belew is a 1977 album by Hailu Mergia and the Walias that was out of print until late last year. It sounds like Jimmy Smith Goes to Ethopia. The album was released a few years into the Derg regime, which ousted Haile Selassie I. Not too long ago, Hailu was driving a cab in DC but is now back on tour, reportedly.
posted by about_time at 7:13 AM - 5 comments

A "Wonderously Wonderful" Film with the "Strangest Cast[...] in History"

There exists a film whose trailer tantalizes the brain; a film whose English dub, believed to have been created by the notorious K. Gordon Murray (his previous lies - he is described as a "flim-flammer" who ran a "kiddie circuit"), has eluded even the most fervent afficionados of strange cinema. Thanks to the people of Sweden and a translator known only as Doctor Death (and fixes from uploader Justin Sane - you can see the translation by turning on captions), you can enter the world of The Secret of Magic Island: the live-action children's film starring an all-animal cast.
posted by BiggerJ at 5:32 AM - 14 comments

The Summer That Never Was

"I suspect that the way I feel now, at summer's end, is about how I'll feel at the end of my life, assuming I have time and mind enough to reflect: bewildered by how unexpectedly everything turned out, regretful about all the things I didn't get around to, clutching the handful of friends and funny stories I've amassed, and wondering where it all went. And I'll probably still be evading the same truth I'm evading now: that the life I ended up with, much as I complain about it, was pretty much the one I chose. And my dissatisfactions with it are really my own character, with my hesitation and timidity." (slNYT)
posted by Kitteh at 4:43 AM - 38 comments

We Call This Home

Travel plan: Save up 2 1/2 years --> Travel for 3 years, 60 countries [slyt]
posted by ellieBOA at 3:04 AM - 17 comments

August 30

"I caught this transparent gecko in my French press turned iridescent"

On /r/SubredditSimulator, all the posts and comments are made by bots. These bots generate text using Markov chains trained on humans' comments from different subreddits. Their posts are at times ordinary, surreal, revealing, and even self-aware. [more inside]
posted by Rangi at 9:15 PM - 19 comments

Wes Craven Dies at 76

"Nine, ten, never sleep again." RIP to a horror master. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 8:57 PM - 72 comments

frenemy mine

Fascinated by those Best of Enemies, Gore Vidal and William Buckley, going at it in 1968 live on national television? (youtube). It's Buckley against Vidal, but don't get pulled into the Buckley Myth [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:04 PM - 41 comments

An unlikely friendship and an end to the guilt

Juan Romero, the Ambassador Hotel busboy who cradled a dying Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot on June 5, 1968, carried the weight of that moment through the decades. Now, he says, "I don't carry the cross anymore."
posted by Xavier Xavier at 4:28 PM - 14 comments

“the high one” or “the great one.”

Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali [New York Times]
President Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America. The move came on the eve of Mr. Obama’s trip to Alaska, where he will spend three days promoting aggressive action to combat climate change, and is part of a series of steps meant to address the concerns of Alaska Native tribes. The central Alaska mountain has been called Mount McKinley for more than a century. In announcing that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, had used her power to rename it, Mr. Obama was paying tribute to the state’s Native population, which has referred to the site for generations as Denali, meaning “the high one” or “the great one.”
posted by Fizz at 3:56 PM - 117 comments

quaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh

Duck army (SLVine) - just six seconds of video but what seconds they are. (Requires audio)
posted by moonmilk at 3:18 PM - 56 comments

hideous martha stewart vanity light fixture

salad - healthy, right? or is it?
posted by griphus at 3:05 PM - 37 comments

We try our best to forget it was “all started by a mouse.”

Lucian hangs out next to Indiana Jones. Buford's favorite is Splash Mountain. Bernice prefers California Adventure. The Cats of Disneyland. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:36 PM - 13 comments

Surfacing

In Surfacing, you are a signal traveling across the undersea network... In the process, narratives about the history of the cable network, the companies that construct it, and the ecologies that it runs through will orient you in your journey. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:15 PM - 3 comments

"Anxious? Depressed? You might be suffering from capitalism"

In a new study from researchers at Columbia University, of nearly 22,000 full-time workers (from a dataset from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions), they saw that 18 percent of supervisors and managers reported symptoms of depression. For blue-collar workers, that figure was 12 percent, and for owners and executives, it was only 11 percent.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:45 PM - 27 comments

Chad Crow, the Super Chill Grandson of Jim Crow

Also known as "Polite White Supremacy." [more inside]
posted by ourt at 12:39 PM - 29 comments

"The Capricorns love you with a pure undying magic filled love"

In the summer of 2000 Heather Lynn and Kirsten Nordine started playing synthpop together in Grayslake, IL as The Capricorns. Only one song exists online from their first cassette, The Capricorns Are Gonna Get You. In 2001 Paroxysm Records released In the Zone, which gave birth to mixdisc classic The New Sound (live version). In 2003 there followed Go the Distance! Their last album, Pure Magical Love came in 2006. Lynn made a further single and album under the moniker Pure Magical Love, which evolved into a Chicago-based performance troupe. In 2013 Lynn staged her first rock opera, Templehead (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). A second rock opera, Genesis and Nemesis, is coming later this year. Morgan Claire Sirene wrote an appreciation of Lynn for Slutist, and she was interviewed about her life and career by Zachary Hutchinson. Nordine is a sometime member of Prince Rupert's Drops and releases music as Jantar.
posted by Kattullus at 11:56 AM - 5 comments

Paper showing effectiveness Golden Rice on Vitamin A levels retracted

Paper showing positive effect of Golden Rice on Vitamin A levels in children retracted. Though the retraction wasn't for any issues around the science (which was solid), but around the ethics. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 11:18 AM - 133 comments

Build it with timbits, glued together with maple syrup

Wisconsin governer Scott Kevin Walker, currently the 3rd favorite to be the GOP 2016 presidential candidate, is said to have been approached by voters with the idea of building a wall between the USA and Canada. Walker claims some voters supporting a northern border wall worry that terrorists could cross from Canada to the USA. It is unclear what such a wall would look like; the U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long, which includes the Alaska/Canada bit, and has many crossing points. To complicate the issue, Canada and the USA are in (currently non-war) dispute over their border in several locations.
posted by Wordshore at 11:18 AM - 112 comments

I Could Do That

"So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that -- why didn't you? Why did the artist? And why does it have an audience?"
A primer from PBS Digital Studios, addressing common questions about modern art. (YT, 5:40)
posted by Countess Elena at 10:42 AM - 32 comments

The End of the Appalachian Trail

"Where would they end it? At a stream? On a piece of grass?" Maine's Baxter State park, which hosts the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, pressures local and national groups affiliated with the AT to address their concerns of overuse or potentially find another northern terminus for the trail. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 10:02 AM - 48 comments

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