October 8

This blazer is the best thing you have ever bought.

Getting a Job, a Short Story by Your Parents
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:36 PM - 27 comments

Chef Paul Prudhomme has died:

He introduced the rest of the world to Cajun foods Chef Prudhomme introduced the world to Cajun foods. Blackened red - fish was his most noted dish. He really will be missed. He had a great personality.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:29 PM - 15 comments

Poopsi Blue

If you are a human being who poops from your butt, you should consider viewing this informative Squatty Potty commercial. (Relevant previously.)
posted by swift at 8:11 PM - 26 comments

Woodwork by raking light

Dominique Nicosia builds a Violin (slvimeo)
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:09 PM - 7 comments

Visionary of the Year

Why Iraq Needs Music: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra - "You know, we all need our basic needs — we need food, we need shelter and we need education — but we also need to be human."
posted by kliuless at 7:49 PM - 0 comments


Towards a Classification of Tech-Induced Mental Disorders
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 PM - 5 comments

Getcha motor runnin...or something

Geraldo Rivera interviews the Hell's Angels (1974) (Direct video link) [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 7:37 PM - 1 comment

Slow Steps To Freedom

A nonviolent drug offender who was granted clemency after 22 years adjusts to life on the outside. "I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong." - President Obama [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 6:18 PM - 12 comments

Siinä kaikki

While the end of Sábado Gigante's 53 year television run has received heavy press coverage, earlier this year another foreign-language television show ended a 53 year reign with a single host: Finland Calling. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue at 6:04 PM - 3 comments

Raury is the new Beck?

Hip Hop is evolving, take a look at Raury he's 18 and his work so far draws on on Gospel, Hip Hop, alt folk, Rap and Freakfolk Raury is a free-spirited singer, rapper, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, roughly 20 miles outside Atlanta. He mixes alternative folk, rap, and electronic music while counting the diverse likes of Chance the Rapper, King Krule, and Lorde as contemporaries. He's a trippy kid who has sort of a "new age poor swamp people" optimistic view on life. It's sort of contagious. Check out this companion track to Devil's Whisper, God's Whisper. it's Beck, The Flaming Lips, Violent Femmes, Kanye, and a little bit Rocky Horror Picture Show! How does it translate to live performance? Check him out on Late Night With Colbert and check out the fun and weird bit on Sway In The Morning as Raury freestyles over Outkast's "Elevators" He's also made some straight out of the 80's stealing from the 70's feel good pop with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
posted by bobdow at 5:45 PM - 17 comments

A vision perpetually deferred

Rose Eveleth writing in Eater's Future Week: Why the 'Kitchen of the Future' Always Fails Us.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:29 PM - 34 comments

Dear Friends

A contemporary fictional account of promoting contemporary fiction.
posted by DarlingBri at 4:23 PM - 2 comments

How about a Sexy CEO costume?

We Talked to the CEO Behind Those Ridiculous “Sexy” Halloween Costumes.
posted by GuyZero at 2:41 PM - 117 comments

Vote-swapping in 16 ridings.

There is actually a way to guarantee Harper’s defeat. Here’s how.
posted by joannemerriam at 1:51 PM - 43 comments

Problem: "the American public has become more consistent and polarized"

American Democracy is Doomed is a Vox long(ish)read by Matthew Yglesias summarizing the work of Juan Linz on constitutional crises in presidential democracies (previously), which combined with constitutional hardball and ideological polarization threaten to destroy American democracy (#nottheonion). As Yglesias describes the problem, it's primarily structural, an inevitable result of rules that have failed in every other country that has tried them. (We're 30 for 30 so far.) (All but the first link are pdf.)
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:49 PM - 81 comments

Tragedy turned to slapstick

Benny Hill This makes all YouTube videos better by speeding them up and adding Yakkity Sax music. Technology has advanced from the last Benny Hill-ifier on MeFi in 2008, when speeding up technology did not yet exist. Some suggestions: Car chases! Light saber duels! Dirty Dancing (forward in three minutes for maximum enjoyment)! Donald Trump!
posted by blahblahblah at 12:38 PM - 21 comments

A drunk man's assault on a robot raises unusual legal issues

After a drunk man pummels a Pepper robot greeting customers at a store in Japan, robotics ethicists call for a new type of legal protection that would apply specifically to robots.
As more-advanced robots can already react to basic stimuli, navigate complex environments, and use specialized “intelligence” to accomplish narrowly defined tasks, they present themselves as far from human but also as something rather different from a toaster or basic tool. Weng calls for a set of laws to guide human interaction with robots as they become more common and more social. He argues that they are a “third existence,” after people and property, deserving of their own legal protections.
[more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 12:06 PM - 73 comments

Britain's water crisis

The risk here is not that millions of people in Britain are suddenly going to die of thirst. It is that after all those years in which humans settled by rivers and thrived, we are now locked in conflict with our natural surroundings. Either the humans or the rivers have to suffer. At the moment, it is the rivers, although in the longer term a sick river will produce less water, so the humans will end up in trouble as well. (longformGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 11:43 AM - 11 comments

I know a guy and a gal

Marvel Studios is following up on that mid-credits scene from Ant-Man by announcing a sequel for 2018, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:32 AM - 79 comments


Dabbawalla: Fast, efficient, and proud, Mumbai’s teams of home-to-work lunch couriers connect families through meals cooked with love. [more inside]
posted by Shouraku at 10:31 AM - 22 comments

Racial Profiling via Nextdoor.com

"Under the 'Crime and Safety' section of the site, the tone is much less neighborly. There, residents frequently post unsubstantiated 'suspicious activity' warnings that result in calls to the police on Black citizens who have done nothing wrong." [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 10:28 AM - 76 comments

The (mostly) limbless magician, penman, musician of the 18th Century

Matthias Buchinger, sometimes called Matthew Buckinger, described himself as "the wonderful Little Man of but 29 inches high, born without Hands, Feet, or Thighs." Despite being born (in Germany in 1674) with limbs "more resembling fins of a fish than arms of a man," he was renowned for his works as a calligrapher and micrographer (remarked for details illustrated in psalms written in characters of different sizes), builder of whimsey bottles (the oldest known "mining bottle"), and called the most extraordinary conjurer of all time. People may have initially gathered to see a tragedy, but instead were presented with an astounding range of impressive skills. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 AM - 6 comments

Why you might want to shred your boarding pass after flying

If you leave your boarding pass in the seat-pocket in front of you after your flight has landed, someone else could upload it to this site, and you might be surprised at how much they could find out about you.
posted by John Cohen at 9:22 AM - 35 comments

"Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them."

The Passion of Nicki Minaj: "To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they're children and I'm responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that's not just a stupid question. That's a premeditated thing you just did." [SLNYT]
posted by divined by radio at 9:16 AM - 50 comments

Greyjoys and Cthulhu devotees, rejoice!

Happy Cephalopod Appreciation Day! October 8 is Cephalopod Appreciation Day, the eighth day of the month celebrating those with eight tentacles. But it's not just a mere day of squidly homage, it's an entire week! [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 9:04 AM - 21 comments

But I Want It

"Maybe you didn’t hear me. I really, really, really want it." Or, "The four conversations you can have with a small child."
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:50 AM - 72 comments

Bird of the Year

Every year, Forest and Bird New Zealand holds a vote for the (New Zealand) Bird of the Year. Will you vote for the cheeky kea, the fantail, the bellbird, the little blue penguin, the famous kakapo, the melodious kokako, the NZ robin, the plucky pukeko, the tui, the curious weka or one of the other contenders?
posted by scodger at 8:17 AM - 19 comments

"What happened to Lane is illegal."

"A BuzzFeed News investigation into Texas judicial practice found that with no public defenders present, traffic court judges routinely flout the law, locking up people for days, weeks, and sometimes even months because they did not pay fines they could not afford. The result is a modern-day version of debtors prison, an institution that was common two centuries ago but has been outlawed since the early ’70s."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:50 AM - 45 comments

Love comes in so many forms and can be directed at so many things.

"There is no good answer to being a woman; the art may instead lie in how we refuse the question." In "The Mother of All Questions", Rebecca Solnit writes for Harper's about being asked to justify her own (and Virginia Woolf's) childlessness, and more broadly about how to define happiness and a meaningful life.
posted by Stacey at 6:35 AM - 38 comments

Twenty Hours and Ten Minutes of Therapy

Twenty Hours and Ten Minutes of Therapy Reflections at 50 on being young, scared, and coming out. Allison Green taped the therapy sessions she had when she was 23. Years later, she listened to them and wrote about what, and who, she heard.
posted by listen, lady at 6:22 AM - 11 comments

The winner will be revealed on November 10.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents its 2015 shortlist. The five titles were chosen from a longlist of 12 books announced on September 9, 2015. One hundred and sixty-eight titles were submitted by 63 publishers from every region of the country. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:33 AM - 6 comments

The 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature is Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich is the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature: "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time". Alexievich is a Belarusian writer and is unusual among Nobel laureates in that she is primarily a non-fiction writer. Her most famous book is Voices from Chernobyl, and you can read an extract in The Paris Review. You can read more about her books on her website and read excerpts in English. John Lloyd wrote a long review of her book Zinky Boys for the London Review of Books. And you can read an interview with her on the home page of her American publisher, Dalkey Archive.
posted by Kattullus at 4:14 AM - 21 comments

October 7

‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show

Few people afford Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network’s strange, seminal comedy, its rightful place in the pantheon. But from its bargain-basement launch in 1994 to its place at the center of the wildly popular Adult Swim lineup in the 2000s, it helped introduce cringe comedy to the American viewing public, deconstructed the idea of the talk show beyond repair for a generation of comedians, and changed the look and feel of the entire animation art form.
posted by cthuljew at 11:25 PM - 89 comments

Mr. Oscilloscope Risin'

Break On Through by The Doors, played by vintage electronic equipment arranged by James Cochrane. Here's a version with vocals. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat at 7:36 PM - 17 comments

Stereotype Threat, Imposter Syndrome and Stereotype Tax

How Poker Player Annie Duke Used Gender Stereotypes To Win Matches - "By the time she got to that championship game 10 years later, she had also figured out a way to make people pay, quite literally, for the stereotypes they had about her." (previously)
posted by kliuless at 6:54 PM - 66 comments

None more black

The Reinvention of Black
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:48 PM - 25 comments

The Great British Bake-off

The winner of the Great British Bake-off Season 6 (spoilers!) [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 5:52 PM - 53 comments

"No - no no no! Dude, don't do that!"

Extreme phone pinching is the latest trend sweeping social media networks, and it involves holding your expensive phone over perilous locations.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:41 PM - 58 comments

"You and I are in fact unequal."

Male engineering student Jared Mauldin, a senior at Eastern Washington University, wrote a letter to the editor of The Easterner expounding on the differences between him and the women entering his program. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 3:57 PM - 47 comments

"This is not who I am"

Steve Rannazzisi discusses with Howard Stern how a lie told by a young comedian seeking acceptance snowballed into a career-threatening scandal.
posted by Knappster at 3:49 PM - 65 comments

“This is for the kids,” he said, “I’m too old.”

A new trend in headwear is taking China by storm. The New York Times is on the case. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:12 PM - 60 comments

The stage is set...

The Sherlock special trailer (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:55 PM - 55 comments

Verus sis is futurus

The University of Antarctica has a central campus consisting of 400 acres in a built-up area around University Peak, Victoria Land. The official founding occured on Antarctic Independence Day (23 June 1961), when it became Antarctica's first (and still its only) university.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:44 PM - 29 comments

"...and I was licking the baby's face."

Earlier this year, legendary actor Brian Blessed withdrew from the Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear due to complications with an existing heart condition. And so to see his name trending on Twitter this morning was a cause of some alarm to his fans - until it was revealed that not only was he not dead, he was on BBC Radio 4 talking about a 1963 incident in which he helped a woman deliver her baby in a public park. [Warning: some birth details]
posted by angeline at 11:54 AM - 58 comments

You can't spell America without Gay Cabal

Author and historian Bob Arnebeck writes about early American history and its Founding Fathers' "relationships with men beyond conventional propriety." Featured characters include war hero and Washington D.C planner Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the first inspector general of the US Army Baron Von Steuben , and Alexander Hamilton. Bonus: Revolutinary America's tolerance for homosexuality by Victoria A. Brownworth.
posted by The Whelk at 11:51 AM - 24 comments

Squidward laughing spreads his wings, OH LORD YEAH!

If you watch only one completely-realized, well-lipsynched, full-length video mashing up Spongebob Squarepants clips with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" this year, make it this one.
posted by not_on_display at 11:24 AM - 35 comments

Meatloaf Again?

From today's Atlantic magazine: a treatise on the economic history of leftovers, and how America's overall rise to the status of economic superpower lead to their downshift from "budget-minded lifesaver" to "butt of jokes." [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:09 AM - 86 comments

Buck up, you melancholy dadbod!

Was Hamlet fat? Isaac Butler (previously) investigates for Slate.
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:34 AM - 24 comments

a button to stop all the chaos that doesn't work

On October 1st, Davey Wreden (creater of The Stanley Parable, previously) released The Beginner's Guide. "It lasts about an hour and a half and has no traditional mechanics, no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand." [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack at 10:08 AM - 13 comments

Harvard Debate Team Loses to Maximum Security Prisoners

Harvard's debate team won the world championship in 2014 and the national championship in 2015, but lost to a team at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security state prison. The debate program at Eastern is part of the Bard Prison Initiative, which teaches classes in six prisons across New York "to redefine the relationship between educational opportunity and criminal justice." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:06 AM - 43 comments

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