September 24

Comics and Cowardice

Comics and Cowardice: a twine essay about how those in comics lie about their own work, ignore, excuse, or even celebrate bigotry, and quietly tolerate harassers in their field. Furry writer and comics critic Colin Spacetwinks comes for the comics industry, with receipts, in a 75,000-word Pay-What-You-Want Twine essay.
Cowards made by complicity, cowards made by dishonesty, cowards made by a desire to be praised and an even greater desire to avoid all negative response. Comics runs on cowardice, because it is run by cowards. And I'm hardly the first person to point all this out. This piece doesn't exist without dozens of people pointing out all the problems in comics, on the page and off of it, that have been ritually, systematically, ignored. When you say "comics has problems", people in comics will nod their heads and agree. When you say "and these are specifically the things and people contributing to those problems", everybody can't run away fast enough.
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posted by nicebookrack at 10:06 PM - 0 comments

Sun Studio & Muscle Shoals

There are two instantly recognizable recording studio sounds: Sun & Muscle Shoals. This first link is a playlist from the manager of Sun Studios of the most important songs recorded there. Then there's a CMT series about the nascent days of Sun Studio CMT series, showcasing the glory days with Presley, Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Then there's the Muscle Shoals studio that drew all sorts of musicians from all the world and now (2013) there a documentary about it Muscle Shoals All music and people I grew up with and still love.
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:24 PM - 9 comments

Habilis hobbitus

According to detailed analysis of skeletal measurements, Homo floresiensis (previouslies) is most closely related to Homo habilis. "Although the remains of H. floresiensis date to the relatively recent past (roughly 60,000 years ago), their closest relatives appear to have lived two million years ago in Africa." Original paper.
posted by clawsoon at 5:32 PM - 3 comments

It Cremates Of Greenness

Translation Fails (SLBFL)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:49 PM - 25 comments

"Strong words outlast the paper they are written upon." - Joseph Bruchac

dCode is a French and English site that is hundreds of en/decoding, de/cyphering, and other mathematical and puzzle making/ solving tools, from Alberti cipher (Wikipedia) and Navajo code (Wiki), to inverse of a matrix and Knuth's arrows (Wiki).
posted by filthy light thief at 2:00 PM - 4 comments

Just add blorps and floof.

Updated your mental image of a dinosaur to include feathers? You're probably still not picturing a plausible animal, much less a realistic depiction of a dinosaur. Artist C.M. Kosemen points out that paleoart historically has just "skinned" the fossiled remains, creating improbable creature designs that lack all kinds of soft tissue and features that wouldn't show up in most fossils. To illustrate our collective failures of imagination, he's re-envisioned swans, baboons, elephants, zebras, hippos and rhinos as if they were drawn by future paleontologists working only from fossilized remains.
posted by deludingmyself at 12:35 PM - 19 comments

Upset in German federal election

Germany's federal election was held today. Latest projections (in English) indicate drastic losses for chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats and her coalition partner Social Democrats. Far-right Alternative for Germany is to enter federal parliament for the first time. [more inside]
posted by blasser duenner Junge at 11:54 AM - 42 comments

Most Inspiring 11th Hour Speech After A Disastrous Dress Rehearsal

Allison Page for Medium: Honest Theatre Awards
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:55 AM - 21 comments

Holy Father, you're a heretic.

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a “filial correction” to the pope — a measure they said hadn’t been employed since the 14th century. [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 6:01 AM - 53 comments

Don't forget to pick up the passengers

A Short Trip is an interactive illustration by Alexander Perrin. Use left and right arrows to move. Requires WebGL so may not work in all browsers.
posted by gwint at 6:00 AM - 23 comments

Dance like nobody's watching

The hooded grebe is a bird found in isolated lakes in the most remote parts of Patagonia. Sadly, it's critically endangered, but certainly not for lack of an awesome courtship dance (SLYT with rare footage)
posted by Harald74 at 12:15 AM - 16 comments

September 23

Dammit Jim, beam me over!

Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence? In this Ars Technica long read, Xaq Rzetelny looks to Trek's past to suss out specifics of how transporters work.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:52 PM - 104 comments

I'm annoyed. Just shut up. Who came up with this damned day anyway?

Did you know September 24th is World Cassowary Day? We all need to think more like Cassowaries Why not meet Snitty in his gig as an annoyed Australian psephologist. And to finish up this glorious day. Just how dangerous are Cassowaries anyway?
posted by michswiss at 11:38 PM - 7 comments

My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor

My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor [via mefi projects]
posted by curious nu at 9:01 PM - 39 comments

Your homework for Bi Visibility Week

100 Must-Read Bisexual Books
15 Must-Read Bisexual Non-Fiction Books
37 Books By, For, or About Bisexual or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People
The Bi-Bibliography
Bi Book Club, which recommends Deadpool, among others.
posted by Grandysaur at 7:55 PM - 15 comments

1956 Hugo Nominee List Rediscovered

"When the Received Wisdom is Wrong" by Mike Glyer: "This month fanhistorians were turned on their ears when a previously unknown shortlist of 1956 Hugo nominees came to light ... As the official Hugo Award site explained when they updated the entry for 1956 – 'We thank Olav Rokne for bringing to our attention an article on page 15 of the 1956 Worldcon Progress Report 3 ...'" Several previously unacknowledged fiction nominees are available online. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:33 PM - 20 comments

“Oh, Mom,” he says with exasperation as she tousles his hair.

Tangs for the Memories
posted by jjray at 4:58 PM - 39 comments

A day late but still relevant

Mr. Autumn Man
posted by koavf at 2:55 PM - 19 comments

Education Can't Solve Poverty

So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can? An interview with historian Harvey Kantor, the author, with Robert Lowe, of a 2013 paper on the history of Educationalizing the Welfare State (8.4MB PDF).
posted by clawsoon at 1:23 PM - 42 comments

“Shall we play a game?”

The U.S. Navy's most advanced submarines will soon be using Xbox controllers [The Virginian Pilot] “The control room of one of the Navy’s most advanced submarines is filled with sophisticated computers, flat-screen monitors and sailors who grew up in a digital world. At times it can look a bit like a video game arcade, and not just because of the high-resolution graphics. The Navy is beginning to use an Xbox 360 controller – like the ones you find at the mall – to operate the periscopes aboard Virginia-class submarines. [...] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:03 PM - 35 comments

Some Tech Bros Think Gender Equality Has Gone Too Far

Mr. Altizer is part of a backlash against the women in technology movement. While many in the tech industry had previously dismissed the fringe men’s rights arguments, some investors, executives and engineers are now listening. Though studies and surveys show there is no denying the travails women face in the male-dominated industry, some said that the line for what counted as harassment had become too easy to cross and that the push for gender parity was too extreme a goal. Few were willing to talk openly about their thinking, for fear of standing out in largely progressive Silicon Valley. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 12:39 PM - 137 comments

They are glowing with affection

Please Do Not Pet the Radioactive Puppies of Chernobyl.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:27 PM - 43 comments

"Why throw it away just because the author has died?”

Well, it happened again. When Lillian Ross died earlier this week, the New York Times ran an obituary written by someone who was also dead. It's not a secret that celebrities -- especially long-lived ones -- have "advance" obituaries, but the NYT (thanks partially to its rigorous byline practices) is often noted as having obits that seem to be "ghost"-written. Via Kottke. Open NYT links in Incognito or Private mode.
posted by Etrigan at 9:29 AM - 26 comments

Santa's dead

British PM Theresa May has finally made her big speech on Brexit... to little acclaim. Best coverage, as it often is, comes from Marina Hyde. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:28 AM - 49 comments

I only saw the ocelot smile once, the day it escaped

The foundation that administers the .cat domain for Catalonians just got raided by the Spanish police, but all the media wants to talk about is cats. The office was raided because Catalonia hopes to hold a referendum on October 1 to decide if it should secede from Spain, and in an effort to quash the referendum, the government of Spain ordered puntCat to “block all .cat domain names that may contain any kind of information about the forthcoming independence referendum,” according to a press release from the foundation.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:28 AM - 34 comments

September 22

West, Jim West - before he was wicki-wicki-wild, he was a suave spy

Wild Wild West is a American steampunk western action comedy film from 1999, featuring Will Smith as U.S. Army Captain James West and Kevin Kline as U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon, who together face off against a giant robotic spider and other mechanical menaces. But did you know the movie wasn't (just) an attempt to blend nostalgia for rollicking westerns and a more contemporary fascination with steampunk, but a remake of a TV series that was intended to capitalize on the then-contemporary 1960s spy thriller trend? It's true. Behold: The Wild Wild West, a western series with gadgets that ran on the CBS television network for four seasons, with 104 episodes that aired from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:11 PM - 91 comments

If you are not paying for it...

Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads but to shape the flow of news to them. Since there is so much content posted on the site, the algorithms used to filter and direct that content are the thing that determines what you see: people think their news feed is largely to do with their friends and interests, and it sort of is, with the crucial proviso that it is their friends and interests as mediated by the commercial interests of Facebook. Your eyes are directed towards the place where they are most valuable for Facebook.
-You Are the Product, John Lanchester for the London Review of Books
posted by joedan at 10:33 PM - 39 comments

What Happened?

Hllary Clinton's book What Happened set sales records amid a mass fake review campaign. She's on tour to support her book. So what did happen? "I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that. But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it. I think, Jane, that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn't want to hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should've done a better job of demonstrating 'I get it.'" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:11 PM - 339 comments

The Linguistics of AAVE

The Linguistics of AAVE - Linguist enthusiast Xidnaf breaks down why African American people (sometimes) have a very different accent from non-African American people, despite growing up in the same area. Note that this accent is not always the same everywhere you go.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:47 PM - 68 comments

Pie holes

Karin Pfeiff Boschek is an artist, cook, and photographer who creates beautiful graphic pies.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:07 PM - 15 comments

King Willi

Netflix yanks episode of kids’ show after finding a huge hidden penis.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:44 PM - 45 comments

Awesome birthday party ideas

Artist Masayoshi Matsumoto makes balloon animals, and balloon animal skeletons.
posted by jeather at 1:19 PM - 14 comments

"I lived with a ghost, with this child inside me, speaking to me."

The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer. How do you live after unintentionally causing a death? There are no self-help books for anyone who has accidentally killed another person. An exhaustive search yielded no research on such people, and nothing in the way of therapeutic protocols, publicly listed support groups, or therapists who specialize in their treatment. But there is, a support group site started by social psychologist and educator Maryann Gray, who at age 22 struck and killed a child with her car.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:02 PM - 38 comments

Keepers of the Secrets

But the real gem of the library, in Lannon’s view, is the stuff that you can find only in boxes like the ones now strewn across the table. “You can get a book anywhere,” he said. “An archive exists in one location.”
posted by ellieBOA at 12:09 PM - 6 comments

“Shooting them will only teach them to use a gun.”

Echo Is A Terrifying Game Where You Teach Enemies How To Kill You by Riley MacLeod [Kotaku] “The Palace is populated by beings En calls Echoes. They are copies of her who form from some black muck in the beginning of the game. As En moves through the Palace, picking up keys or orbs to unlock doors, the Echoes start learning. The Palace moves on a light-dark cycle; when it’s light, anything En does is recorded by the station. Vault over a low wall, for instance, and you’ll leave a brief, blurry ghost behind you that means the Palace has logged your actions. After you’ve performed a few actions, the Palace goes dark, and then reboots. On this round, the Echoes can do anything you did during the last light cycle until another reboot wipes the slate. Between the light and the reboot is a brief period of darkness.” [YouTube][Gameplay Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:56 AM - 51 comments

The Book of Numbers

US Trade Publishing by the Numbers. An intensive dissection of the book industry with breakdowns by digital vs print, traditional vs indie, price-points and genre. Bonus: A Definitive Study of Amazon Author Earnings (2016). [more inside]
posted by storybored at 10:07 AM - 12 comments

foolproof cosplay of a Respectable White Lawyer, but on Twitter

THREAD: My dispute with a billionaire Texan GOP donor, the exotic dancer he nearly killed, and the photo he does not want people to see.
Single link twitter thread from @RespectableLaw. Some descriptions of sexual violence. Sorta previously on mefi.
posted by postcommunism at 9:43 AM - 51 comments

Let’s see what’s out there

With Star Trek: Discovery, CBS Discovers That TV Ain't Easy Anymore - CBS All Access is about to have it's most important day ever this Sunday. As for the show itself, a review embargo has raised fears of a stinker, but reportedly early reactions are good.
posted by Artw at 9:39 AM - 167 comments

Unlocking Braden's Potential

Activist investors are everywhere. [pdf] This is a parody powerpoint deck, with jokes about finance and parenting. You have been warned.
posted by thedaniel at 8:22 AM - 30 comments

Submission Fees are Classist as F***

It makes your “we encourage diverse voices” statement utter bull** You say you want diversity, which means POC, members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, and folks without MFAs living paycheck to paycheck in tiny rooms…but you want money to read their work? You’re a hypocrite. (Warning, curse words used. Many.)
posted by Toddles at 8:19 AM - 53 comments

The ultimate revenge of Pistol & Boo

Australia's parliament is in the grip of the world's most ridiculous constitutional crisis. The situation threatens the country's democratic process, which is reason enough for politicians and courts to work to unpick it. More importantly, though, it raises questions the rest of the world would do well to ponder. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 5:36 AM - 48 comments

Talking Tui

The Tui is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family. What many people don’t know is that the Tui has a remarkable facility for mimicry. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 4:01 AM - 12 comments

Uber loses its licence to operate in London

In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. Uber has 21 days to appeal the decision. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:57 AM - 81 comments

September 21

Wherever you go, there you are

Location History Visualizer does what it says on the box, using Google location history json files. So if you have an Android device, and location tracking switched on (or have ever had this) you can view your own movements around the world over time as a heat map. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 10:59 PM - 21 comments

"It releases a hormone called oxytocin, which reduces stress."

Voiceover artist Paul Rugg demonstrates why the best way to relax is petting your dog.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:34 PM - 30 comments

bleep. bzzt. yay.

Simon the Magpie makes noises, makes things that make noises, and makes things that make noises that make music. He will also bend your circuits. Oh, he also makes noises with his cat.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:43 PM - 13 comments

The Senators Strike Back

The Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act has returned, in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Think Progress reports that the bill, will, among other things, gut Medicaid and throw 32 million people off of insurance. The Center for American Progress says that premiums for those with preexisting conditions will skyrocket: for instance, a $17,320 surcharge for a "preexisting" pregnancy and a $142,650 for a 40-year-old with metastatic cancer. Graham-Cassidy seems to have a good chance to pass. Or maybe it can still be stopped, says Politico. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel is fighting the good fight against the bill. There is still time to contact your Senators and Representatives. [more inside]
posted by migrantology at 3:31 PM - 227 comments

Pam showed up with more news: She’d recovered a memory!

The only possible motive connecting all three cases was money. Hupp, who’d held several jobs in the insurance industry, was the beneficiary of both her friend’s and mother’s policies. But would somebody really stab a sick friend and shove her own mother off a balcony to get cash she’d receive in a few years anyway, then shoot a perfect stranger just to twist the plot?
posted by Chrysostom at 2:29 PM - 30 comments

"Catholic Alt-Right" organizes online to stifle Jesuit speaker

The Jesuit priest and writer James Martin, S.J., has had three recent talks cancelled after a coordinated campaign by the "Catholic alt-right," because of his recent book on connecting the Catholic church with LGBT Catholics. As in the secular sphere, web sites, Twitter, and FaceBook groups are being used to organize actions to promote alt-right agendas, as described by the NYT here. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 1:26 PM - 53 comments

the loneliness of the long-haul mover

My destination is the ultrarich haven called Aspen, Colorado. This makes perfect sense because I’m a long-haul mover at the pinnacle of the game, a specialist. I can make $250,000 a year doing what is called high-end executive relocation. No U-Hauls for me, thank you very much. I’ll take the movie stars, the ambassadors, the corporate bigwigs. At the office in Connecticut they call me the Great White Mover. This Aspen load, insured for $3 million, belongs to a former investment banker from a former investment bank who apparently escaped the toppled citadel with his personal loot intact. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:56 PM - 35 comments

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