The Identity Project
"seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality." Accompanying each portrait are words the subjects prefer to use to describe themselves -- "Boi," "Provocateur Lesbian Dandy," "Queer Femme Beefcake," "Gold Star Gay Wife," "Gay Masculine of Center," "Lezzer Queer Bossy Mama," "Inbetweener," "Legally Married." By San Francisco photographer Sarah Deragon. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:31 PM - 1 comment
We can't create Jurassic Park era (yet) but there is a place on Earth lost to time
, a modern proxy
of the Pleistocene (35,000 to 12,000 years ago). Other than the mammoth and a few other species, the flora and fauna remain largely unchanged, even the climate is similar to the last ice age (cold and dry). There are wild horses, reindeer, saiga antelopes, argali sheep, wolverines and snow leopards. The Altai and Sayan mountains of western Mongolia and southern Russia (map
)... [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 5:12 PM - 0 comments
is a floating black sphere that follows people around and plays back ambient sounds it has recorded. It was designed
by Francesco Tacchini
, Will Yates-Johnson and Julinka Ebhardt.
posted by Kattullus at 4:05 PM - 18 comments
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, and focus attention on areas still needing action. In the run-up to the event, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits
of women and their daughters. They asked each mother what her profession was, at what age she had finished education, and what she wanted her daughter to become when she grew up. They also asked each daughter at what age she would finish education and what she wanted to do in the future. (SLAtlantic)
posted by capricorn at 1:52 PM - 7 comments
Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie
- "The lettuce, peppers, and broccoli—plus a melon and an onion, with a watermelon soon to follow—aren't genetically modified at all. Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same technology that farmers have been using to optimize crops
for millennia. That doesn't mean they are low tech, exactly. Stark's division is drawing on Monsanto's accumulated scientific know-how to create vegetables that have all the advantages of genetically modified organisms without any of the Frankenfoods ick factor." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:34 PM - 28 comments
The Men of Atalissa
collaborates with the New York Times
on a 35-minute documentary about the intellectually disabled men exploited for thirty-five years by Henry's Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. (The documentary at the NYT
or embedded in a Q&A with the journalists at PBS's POV
.) [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:11 PM - 3 comments
This site has the aim of encouraging a wider reading of all types of literature, through a series of recipes inspired (directly or indirectly), by those works. It explores the ways in which descriptions of food are used to elicit meaning for a character trait, a foreign country, or social etiquette. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 11:38 AM - 5 comments
Earlier this week, the captain of a Westjet
flight received a note from a passenger
regarding her place in the "cockpit". At the time Westjet declined to comment, feeling no need to "lend credibility to the author of the note." In honour of today being International Women's Day,
Westjet has provided a more subtle response.
posted by nubs at 11:31 AM - 58 comments
It turns out that fish may need bicycles after all.
Or, more accurately, fish need more bicyclists, and fewer motorists. "Water pollution attributable to automobiles includes oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, [copper], etc." (via rootsimple.com
) See also
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 11:14 AM - 4 comments
Britain will betray the United States and Ukraine to keep laundering dirty Russian money.
"The city has changed. The buses are still dirty, the people are still passive-aggressive, but something about London has changed. You can see signs of it everywhere. The townhouses in the capital’s poshest
districts are empty; they have been sold to Russian oligarchs
and Qatari princes."
posted by four panels at 10:23 AM - 52 comments
Melee combat enthusiasts rejoice! Cold Steel
) are back with a whole bunch of new videos
showing off their newest armaments. The more exotic selections include the Battle Star
, the Boomerang
, the Viking Axe
, the Grosse Messer
, the Sergeant's Halberd
, the War Hammer
, the War Club
, the Sword Cane
, and a brand new video for the beloved Two Handed Great Sword
: Pig carcass butchery and tactical dummies full of blood ahead.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:40 AM - 49 comments
Talking gender to Africa
International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misunderstood. It fosters inaction and lip service on the part of patriarchal African governments and civil servants. Gender has become the preserve of the educated elite. The voices of African women have been lost. [more inside]
posted by infini at 8:32 AM - 6 comments
The Teaching of Arithmetic: The Story of an experiment. In the fall of 1929 I made up my mind to try the experiment of abandoning all formal instruction in arithmetic below the seventh grade and concentrating on teaching the children to read, to reason, and to recite - my new Three R's. And by reciting I did not mean giving back, verbatim, the words of the teacher or of the textbook. I meant speaking the English language. I picked out five rooms - three third grades, one combining the third and fourth grades, and one fifth grade. I asked the teachers if they would be willing to try the experiment.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:55 AM - 10 comments
Jean Bon-Bon is a very sad guy in pursuit of cookies on the streets of Paris. Les Mousserables
is a Sesame Street parody which explores the many emotions which a powerful musical can create.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 AM - 6 comments
Artist Jesse Krimes created a 39 panel allegorical mural
while incarcerated in a federal prison in Butner, NC. The multi media piece is made primarily from prison bedsheets and photos from the NY Times. A little more about Krimes.
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:41 AM - 16 comments
Glasgow graffiti artist Rogue One
casts some new light
on a dark and dank local underpass. [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 4:32 AM - 14 comments
touched a nerve at the beginning of the ’90s, as grunge rock poured from the Pacific Northwest and independent movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992), Clerks (1994), Kids (1995), and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) flourished. In the same way that punk and grunge felt real—not like slick stadium rock, big-budget studio movies, hokey scripted TV—Geek Love achieved a fresh kind of authenticity. The Binewskis felt real, even as their lives and their story were fantastical. There was something about the idea of a freak show, an entertainment that hadn’t thrived in American culture for generations, which felt just right in the early ’90s."
posted by R. Schlock at 4:30 AM - 21 comments
, produced by WGBH, in cooperation with the Poetry Foundation, presents videos of poetry being read, often by the author
And, if you want to introduce a child to poetry, don't miss the animated films
made by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
(there even seems to be one written and animated especially for MetaFilter, Spacebar)
posted by HuronBob at 2:58 AM - 2 comments
"I want to make fictional worlds, inhabited by large robots and machines, all over the Google campus"
Google has recently shown a great deal of interest in robots, snapping up companies right and left. Mark Pauline, a noted expert in the field, offers his services to the search behemoth.
posted by mecran01 at 8:50 PM - 23 comments
I've seen a lot of great bands play public transportation, and TOO MANY ZOOZ is the cream of the crop.
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:40 PM - 13 comments
Comedian Aziz Ansari has posted a subreddit
asking for relationship and dating experiences. Ansari and NYU professor Eric Klinenberg are using the subreddit as part of their research for a new book on modern romance in the US and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:50 PM - 22 comments
Concept artist and animator Lindsey Olivares
has been seized by a vision. A vision of chicken telenovelas.
(scroll past all the chicken pics and sketches for part 1). Part 2, with even more dazzling drawing and hand-lettering.
Also be sure to enjoy her gif moments
with Nana (or with bicycle)
and her lovely student film.
posted by Erasmouse at 4:13 PM - 6 comments
MEG - PRECIOUS
is a music video. Enjoy.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:00 PM - 4 comments
At three, Ron Suskind'
s son, Owen, was diagnosed with regressive autism and all but lost his speech. A year later, watching Disney's The Little Mermaid
, Owen's parents heard him speak again. Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney.
(SLNYTimes Magazine, with video) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:29 PM - 20 comments
Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister were the victims of medical and genetic experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. She recently did an AMA on Reddit
posted by gman at 2:47 PM - 10 comments
posted by Iridic at 1:19 PM - 12 comments
An Anti-Chamber in the Palace.
Enter RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS and ALDIBORONTIPHOSCOPHORNIO, courtiers.
Where left you Chrononhotonthologos?
Catch the Throne (soundcloud)
is a Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, and others. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 11:53 AM - 25 comments
Spring Fashion Preview
, by Hannibal Burres and friends on Funny or Die's new humor "magazine
", The Occasional
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:23 AM - 26 comments
Sea Turtles' "Lost Years" Transatlantic Journey Mapped for First Time
"Researchers' stick-to-it-iveness, along with advice from a manicurist lead to radio tags that tracked
baby loggerheads across the Atlantic
(full paper) without hindering them"
posted by dhruva at 10:14 AM - 8 comments
Photos from a Surrealist Ball at Château de Ferrières
, one of the Rothschild family’s gigantic mansions. There is no such thing as the Illuminati.
posted by philip-random at 9:55 AM - 75 comments
A police officer forcibly escorted Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf away from the scene of a police-involved shooting on Feb. 21.
He had been taking pictures from outside the police lines, but an officer told him he had to move back further. Assaf protested, stating he was within his First Amendment rights to be where he was standing. Another officer then forced him to move. The Sun is posting all of Assaf’s images from the shooting scene as well as photos taken by Sun photographer Lloyd Fox, who witnessed and documented the incident. Lt. Eric Kowalczk, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, said the department has opened an internal investigation into the allegation. He declined to comment more specifically on the incident, “because we have an investigation and we don’t want to prejudice that.”
(contains some mildly graphic pictures in both links)
posted by josher71 at 9:49 AM - 89 comments
was selected by President Obama to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The Senate, aided and abetted by seven Democratic senators, killed his nomination
. Why? Because
for civil rights
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:21 AM - 45 comments
knows NYC commuting can be depressing. As he says, “Standing under someone’s armpit, you just want to get home.” The MTA conductor livens things up with his unscripted announcements on the 1 train.
posted by mlle valentine at 8:19 AM - 36 comments
The Invention Of The AeroPress
There’s really nothing bad to say about the device other than the fact that it’s a funny-looking plastic thingy. Then again, its inventor, Stanford professor Alan Adler, is a world renowned inventor of funny-looking plastic thingies; while Adler’s Palo Alto based company Aerobie is best known today for its coffee makers, the firm rose to prominence in the 1980s for its world-record-setting flying discs.
This is the story of how Adler and Aerobie dispelled the notion of industry-specific limitations and found immense success in two disparate industries: toys and coffee.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:15 AM - 89 comments
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