June 29

The Frenzy About High-Tech Talent

"A recurring complaint is that not enough of our young people and adults have the kinds of competence the coming century will require, largely because not nearly enough are choosing careers that require the skills of STEM...The US has all the high-tech brains and bodies it needs, or at least that the economy can absorb."
posted by Lycaste at 3:42 PM - 5 comments

Does the moral universe arc?

On conscience, morality, and Theodore Parker in part. "Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice." -Theodore Parker, 1853.
posted by shenkerism at 2:33 PM - 6 comments

1948-2015

Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire has died. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:30 PM - 71 comments

A taste for isometrics

Spotting real-world architecture in Monument Valley
posted by Artw at 12:00 PM - 3 comments

“SO DO I!!!!!”

Why Disney Marriages Never Work: [SLYT] What happens after the credit roll is the truly depressing part.
posted by Fizz at 11:59 AM - 24 comments

XOXO NAKED PISSAR DENIED

License plates Massachusetts won't let you have.
posted by jessamyn at 11:15 AM - 79 comments

Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines.

How World War III became possible: A nuclear conflict with Russia is likelier than you think (SLVox).
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:38 AM - 66 comments

Being Disabled Means No Marriage Equality For Many People

Getting married means losing life saving services for many people with disabilities. "How do you tell a person to choose between having food to eat and getting married? How do you tell a person to choose between their medication or their therapy or their wheelchair or their program that helps them to be more independent and self-sufficient and getting married?"
posted by stoneweaver at 10:32 AM - 37 comments

Define "wellness."

Green is the new black: the unstoppable rise of the healthy-eating guru (slGrauniad) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 10:20 AM - 64 comments

Her Story: A game about a 20-year-old crime

In June, 1994, a man goes missing. His wife makes a series of interviews with police. Those interviews form the basis of the recently released title Her Story, an FMV-style game that tasks the player with digging through hours of video to determine what happened, and how, and why. [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 9:23 AM - 31 comments

Call Me (ex)Blue

The Exit Interview: I spent 12 Years in the Blue Man Group
"In our conversation with Issac Eddy, we found that he was far from silent about his experience as a Blue Man. From the struggles of learning drumming for the audition, to how the behavior of dogs informed his performance, to his portentous final show, Eddy let us in on just about every aspect of his time under the Blue, and why he decided to be a human again."
This is the first in a new series from Atlas Obscura called Exit Interview, where people leaving interesting jobs talk about their work and what they're doing next.
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:17 AM - 24 comments

"This wicked conglomeration of horrors..."

This was a world that never quite fit me. I was unnaturally hungry and never found something that could satisfy that hunger. No job kept me. From desks to barns to the muffling din of factories, the concept of a profession was foreign. No drug quieted me for more than a few hours. No friend or lover ever lasted for more than a few days. My family had long since receded into the gray haze of memories.
Thomas Ligotti reviews the new Hot Dog Bites Pizza from Pizza Hut. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:09 AM - 48 comments

Job's a good 'un

Science with Bez [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:07 AM - 4 comments

Leap Second 2015: adusting for wibbly wobbly time-y wimey stuff

The headlines are exciting: "Clocks to read 11:59:60 as time lords add leap second" and "Global markets spooked by looming 'leap second'," as June 30, 2015 will be extended for one second to keep Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) close to the mean solar time, or UT1 because the Earth is constantly undergoing a deceleration caused by the braking action of the tides. So why are markets bracing for trouble and some suggesting you avoid air travel at that time? There are always a few more bugs to work out, as seen when the extra second "crashed the web" in 2012, and global outage of computerised check-in systems used by Qantas and Virgin Australia. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:52 AM - 54 comments

Boiled/Braised, (Stir-)Fried, Grilled, Baked/Roasted, Made into Sauce

Unsure of what to do with your CSA share? Enter the Contorni Matrix.
posted by slogger at 7:43 AM - 36 comments

"My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site

Facebook's "authentic name" policy drew protests this weekend. Zip@Medium: A woman responsible for expanding Facebook's gender categories was blocked for using the name she used on the job. Nads@Wired: "All I’ve gotten for my troubles are nearly two dozen emails from Facebook informing Nads about everything she’s missing out on by not logging in, and a request for feedback about my experience." The Guardian: Radical Faeries and #MyNameIs protest Facebook's sponsorship of San Francisco Pride. [more inside]
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 7:23 AM - 56 comments

Trans 101

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Transgender Rights is your new go-to on transgender 101. (SLYouTube)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:16 AM - 48 comments

The "braided stream" of human evolution

Recent genetic discoveries are revealing this is a more accurate analogy for human origins than the "branching tree" model. John Hawks discusses the role of connectivity in human evolution in a clip from the new PBS series First Peoples.
posted by ChuckRamone at 7:08 AM - 5 comments

where everyone is bisexual and no one is bisexual

As much as we wish it weren't so, the queer world still exists apart -- discrete, you might say -- from the straight world, and to be a bisexual woman on OKCupid is to travel back and forth between them, bicoastal, bilingual, bicultural, always apologizing to one on behalf of the other.
The Two Faces of Bisexual OKCupid, by Frankie Thomas at the Hairpin.
posted by Stacey at 6:15 AM - 31 comments

Delivery on time or your astronauts back.

The launch of Progress M-28M, now set for July 3rd, 2015, 0055 EDT has become critical to the sustained manning of the ISS. [more inside]
posted by eriko at 5:48 AM - 54 comments

Grand Delusions

‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’ My 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder.
posted by almostmanda at 5:30 AM - 6 comments

He wants to come inside

Call of Tutu is a Lovecraftian short film by Aaron Vanek. An old man describes his cat... but is it really a cat? (SLYT)
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:11 AM - 5 comments

Tei Shi - Bassically

Please don't think
that I'm begging you for love.
posted by metaplectic at 12:35 AM - 1 comment

Not Necessarily the New York Times

The Romenesko journalism blog has become aware of some links to nytimes.com.co for some - interesting - stories that are currently getting Facebook 'link juice', including:
WI Gov. Scott Walker Challenges Supreme Court Justices to Fist Fight
Marcus Bachmann Files For Divorce, Fresh on Heels of SCOTUS Ruling
Kanye West Calls Brown v. Board Of Education ‘Best Supreme Court Decision Of All Time’
The unlabeled parody stories are re-postings of material from the equally unlabeled parody site National Report, with over 300 stories going back four months.
Previously, the Newspaper of Record had only taken 36 hours to C&D nytimes.cat [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:22 AM - 15 comments

June 28

Live From Austin ‘75

Flaco Jiménez and his Conjunto with Ry Cooder, Austin City Limits - 1975
posted by Lorin at 9:54 PM - 6 comments

"Why did I write so much about this shit. Who cares. Enjoy!"

Giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order "This is a behemoth of a playlist I put together, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the alt/indie/college side of the 90's experience. It's 800+ tracks, about 55 hours, and features plenty of songs that tend to get overlooked in the "remember these 90's hits?" pieces that pop up from time to time. Not definitive by any means, and extremely subjective, but it's a decent chunk of curated history in one convenient place. Also it's a fully chronological playlist, on a week-by-week level. So a track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. Time and research went into this. Think of it as the Boyhood of 90's playlists!" (From Mefi's own naju, via MetaFilter Projects.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:38 PM - 88 comments

Quit shaking your eyes!

The resonant frequency of googly eyes [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 7:32 PM - 30 comments

"There are no personal solutions at this time."

They could sometimes admit that women were oppressed (but only by “the system”) and said that we should have equal pay for equal work, and some other “rights.” But they belittled us no end for trying to bring our so-called “personal problems” into the public arena—especially “all those body issues” like sex, appearance, and abortion. Our demands that men share the housework and childcare were likewise deemed a personal problem between a woman and her individual man. The opposition claimed if women would just “stand up for themselves” and take more responsibility for their own lives, they wouldn’t need to have an independent movement for women’s liberation. What personal initiative wouldn’t solve, they said, “the revolution” would take care of if we would just shut up and do our part. Heaven forbid that we should point out that men benefit from oppressing women.
is from the 2006 introduction by Carol Hanisch to "The Personal Is Political" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:25 PM - 8 comments

Animating a Jump: Part 269

Animating a Jump Tutorial Video, Part #269. (SLYT, 2m10s, shades of Duck Amuck)
posted by Greg Nog at 6:37 PM - 8 comments

“Dead people have taught me how to live better,”

The Lonely End. "Three months ago in an apartment on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan, Haruki Watanabe died alone. For weeks his body slowly decomposed, slouched in its own fluids and surrounded by fetid, fortnight-old food. He died of self-neglect, solitude, and a suspected heart problem. At 60, Watanabe, wasn’t old, nor was he especially poor. He had no friends, no job, no wife, and no concerned children. His son hadn’t spoken to him in years, nor did he want to again."
posted by zabuni at 4:23 PM - 58 comments

One step closer to the hydrogen economy

"Stanford University scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
posted by Quietgal at 4:17 PM - 65 comments

Nikon COOLPIX P900 83x optical zoom video test on moon

This is a Nikon COOLPIX 9500 with 83x optical zoom. This is what you can do if you point it at the moon.
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:14 PM - 39 comments

Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia

"The Matsés Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia marks the first time shamans of an Amazonian tribe have created a full and complete transcription of their medicinal knowledge written in their own language and words. One of the intentions is to stall Biopiracy and at the same time preserve knowledge which up to now was passed orally.
posted by adamvasco at 3:23 PM - 9 comments

Steer the hallucinations of a neural net

Watch a Large Scale Deep neural net hallucinate while onlookers supply topics in a chat room. Almost magically, after a few seconds the psychedelic representations of those suggestions begin creeping out of the woodwork into which you infinitely zoom. Jonas Degrave writes about how the thing came to be on his blog. Previously.
posted by smcameron at 1:48 PM - 22 comments

Worth a Potosi

Potosí (Silver Mines of Colonial Peru) In 1545, the population of Potosí and its environs stood at around 3,000. Thirty-five years later, in 1580, the numbers had swelled to around 120,000, and by 1650 to around 160,000, making the remote mining center one of the largest urban concentrations in the world. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:30 PM - 9 comments

A Shaggy Dad Story

As Bethesda is gearing up for the release of a new game in the Fallout franchise, Shamus Young of Twenty Sided considers the writing in Fallout 3. In a five part series, Shamus details the "blistering stupidity" of the concept, the world, the protagonists, the antagonists, and the conclusion. Young has been featured previously on the blue talking about both Skyrim and Star Trek.
posted by codacorolla at 10:15 AM - 114 comments

I don’t like any food adjectives that are superlative. I hate them all.

An interview with “America’s Test Kitchen” founder Christopher Kimball on how cooking is like woodworking, the business model behind “Cooks Illustrated,” and the awesome powers of baking soda and gelatin.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:59 AM - 65 comments

"It's all keywords and being in Amazon's system"

Peter was surprised to find that vampires actually aren't all that popular, either, as fetishes go. Apparently, they're more of a flash-in-the-pan, while werewolves are a stolid, reliable source of salable smut. "I had assumed that vampires would be popular, but werewolves -- they're the sexy ones. They've been sexy for decades. It's because they're so big and muscley and out of control."
For Cracked, Robert Evans interviews Peter Hayward aka Pandora Box about his career writing female orientated Kindle fetish porn. That is, fetish porn produced for the Kindle, not fetish porn about the Kindle
posted by MartinWisse at 9:00 AM - 45 comments

Viva San Pietro

Yesterday, "Surf and Turf" Joey DaSilva slid, slipped, and skipped to the end of a 45-foot-long telephone pole suspended over the water and covered with grease and slop. By grabbing the flag at the end, he became the 2015 Saturday champion of the annual Greasy Pole contest, making him one of the elite crew eligible to compete again on Fiesta Sunday for the rest of his life. It's one of the highlights of the unique St. Peter's Fiesta, an annual festival sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester, MA. The festival is a five-day celebration including a procession of St. Peter's effigy accompanied by bands and Sicilian chants, a Sunday mass on a large outdoor altar, seine boat races, a carnival, food, and drinking - lots of drinking. The annual festival is a defining force in Gloucester's tight-knit community, even as the fishing industry that generated it continues a long decline. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:24 AM - 6 comments

And now, some news from Lake Wobegon

After more than forty years, humorist and radio personality Garrison Keiller has announced he is stepping down as host of the long-running public radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. During the 2015-2016 season, Keillor will be phasing himself out and handing over the reins to Chris Thile, best known for his singing and mandolin playing in Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:17 AM - 91 comments

Making Space Tortillas With Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is currently living on board the International Space Station for her long duration mission Futura. In this video Samantha shows us how she manages to cook one of her bonus food recipes in microgravity: a quinoa salad with dried tomatoes, mackerel and leek cream, all wrapped in a warm tortilla. [via TwistedSifter]
posted by ellieBOA at 7:21 AM - 22 comments

The latest best image of Pluto and Charon

Raw images of Pluto document our progress to the dwarf planet! We are about 15 days away from the close encounter with Pluto. Raw images are being uploaded here, every day. Other information and goodies can be found here.
posted by amy27 at 7:08 AM - 15 comments

In the Shadow of Sigourney

On the heels of their recent discussion of "Aliens" in their Movie of the Week series, the folks at the Dissolve have put together an impressive list inspired by the last survivor of the Nostromo: "The 50 Most Daring Film Roles For Women Since Ripley"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:48 AM - 52 comments

“A very difficult time, you say. A very very difficult time.”

The Detainee’s Tale by Ali Smith Over the last few weeks, writer Ali Smith has taken part in the Refugee Tales project, a group of volunteers who befriend and support immigration detainees. This is her response:
So: the first thing you remember knowing is that there isn’t any more school. Your mother dies when you are three, you don’t remember. You never see your father, so you can’t remember him. You know, from being told, that your father’s family fought with your mother’s family; his were Hausa, hers were Christian. So you get given by your father’s family to a man in the village and for a short while there’s school under the great big tree, where you sit in the shade on the ground and the teacher sits on a seat and you get taught letters and reading. Then the school has to have money so the man you’ve been given to takes you to the farm. You are six years old. There is definitely no school on the farm.
Story contains descriptions of trauma/distress.
posted by Fizz at 5:27 AM - 4 comments

Plasma-Based Midair Displays

Using a femtosecond laser to create tangible holographic plasma. [SLYT]
posted by Rob Rockets at 3:38 AM - 23 comments

June 27

A T O M I C !

Top Of The Pops - The Story 0f 1980 [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:09 PM - 30 comments

All Engine Running

Jack King, voice of Apollo 11, has died. He was 84. King, a former NASA Chief of Public Information and Public Affairs Officer, is remembered for having voiced the commencing countdown of, among hundreds of other NASA launches, perhaps the most famous space launch in human history: the launching of Apollo 11. Named as "the voice of launch control", King's presence and contributions are deeply woven into the beginnings of NASA. Indeed, save for that of Neil Armstrong's, no voice is as indelibly etched in our collective memory of humankind's move to space as Jack King's. Recounting those halcyon days of NASA and the birth of the Space Age, here is one of King's last interviews.
posted by Mike Mongo at 4:38 PM - 25 comments

The first time I coughed up blood, I shook it off.

Medical Fat Shaming Could Have Killed Me Sex educator Rebecca Hiles (Frisky Fairy) details the years of being told to lose weight to deal with her persistent cough before doctors finally diagnosed her with lung cancer. Part I of her cancer story.
posted by emjaybee at 3:47 PM - 150 comments

“We look for people who are isolated,” he said.

A Detailed Look At How ISIS Recruits Young Americans Online [SLNYT]
posted by Itaxpica at 3:26 PM - 26 comments

Just another day in the third dimension

"The only way to play Virtual Boy for any length of time is lying flat on your back with the visor laying on your face and its flimsy stand propped on your chest. Then you just had to hope Teleroboxer didn’t give you eyestrain and nausea-inducing headaches. Outside of kitsch value and the zealous fandom Nintendo inspires, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to play the damn thing 20 years after the fact. When you do, though, there is something unmistakably alluring about Nintendo’s biggest failure. As with a curious stench you can’t stop sniffing, the Virtual Boy is hard to ignore because of how it embodies some of Nintendo’s best qualities. It’s also easy to see how its limited catalog hid some intriguing, forward-thinking ideas about how to make games..." With the Oculus Rift and friends putting virtual reality video games back on the scene and generating buzz, let's take a look back at one of the most beloved, most critically and commercially successful game consoles of all time--and the Virtual Boy. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 12:25 PM - 34 comments

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