April 21

If you are not paying for it et cetera

"Do Not Track is a personalized web series about privacy and the web economy. If you share your data with us, we'll show you what the web knows about you."
posted by no mind at 3:44 PM - 1 comment

Beauty is the job, victory the pleasant possibility.

Corley Miller of Eight by Eight magazine writes a wonderful piece about Arsene Wenger.
posted by pasici at 3:14 PM - 0 comments

semi-judiciously sprinkling some 'fucks' into your web pages

Fuck Shit Up is a Chrome extension that semi-judiciously sprinkles some "fuck"s into whatever web page you're reading. Not enough fucks? Hit the button a few more times. Gets interesting results when applied to news, dry technical stuff, Wikipedia, and Twitter at the least. [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:43 PM - 35 comments

Don Lemon is the anchor America deserves

Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviews Don Lemon for GQ. The results are amazing. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 11:36 AM - 57 comments

The Skin I'm In

"I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black." Desmond Cole writes in Toronto Life about his experiences with being carded and harassed by police.
posted by orange swan at 11:31 AM - 41 comments

red button metrics tracking failure

How to appear smart in meetings
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:03 AM - 74 comments

The Best of Black Punk Rock, in My Humble Opinion

Shotgun Seamstress of Maximum Rocknroll on the best of black punk rock.
posted by josher71 at 9:37 AM - 17 comments

Cannons on Clark Street

In Chicago's early years, city politics were a dull non-partisan affair. That changed in 1855, when a coalition of temperance advocates and anti-Catholic Know Nothings took advantage of low voter turnout to seize city hall.
Once elected, Mayor Levi Boone and the new council majority hiked liquor license fees while also shortening license terms from one year to three months. Expecting resistance, Mayor Boone “reformed” the city's police force: tripling its size, refusing to hire immigrants, requiring police to wear uniforms for the first time, and directing them to enforce an old, previously ignored ordinance requiring the Sunday closing of taverns and saloons. These were intentionally provocative acts aimed at Germans and Irish accustomed to spending their leisure hours in drinking establishments. [...] Prosecutions clogged the city courts and attorneys scheduled a test case for April 21. This, in effect, scheduled the riot.
Today is the 160th anniversary of the Lager Beer Riot, Chicago's first civil disturbance. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:08 AM - 14 comments

Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow

The 1964 NYC World's Fair. Period photos. Then and now. What remains. Video of the Futurama II ride. Stock footage at the Fair. NBC's ' A World's Fair Diary'.
posted by The Whelk at 9:07 AM - 29 comments

tradition, pride, religion, and patriarchy: a dangerous mix for women

Located in the heart of the Bible Belt, South Carolina is a deeply conservative state where men have ruled for centuries. The state elected its first female governor four years ago, but men continue to dominate elected offices, judicial appointments and other seats of government and corporate power. In many respects, the state's power structure is a fraternity reluctant to challenge the belief that a man's home is his castle and what goes on there, stays there.
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service has been awarded to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier newspaper for their seven-part special investigation on domestic violence and femicide in a state that consistently places in the top ten nationally in the rate of women killled by men: Till Death Do Us Part. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 9:05 AM - 19 comments

Something Something Being Green

Newly discovered glass frog looks just like Kermit
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:28 AM - 26 comments

OH! MY CAR

That Street Fighter II car smashing bonus stage in real life.
posted by griphus at 7:11 AM - 24 comments

1.5 Million Missing Black Men

For every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men. The remaining men – 1.5 million of them – are, in a sense, missing. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.
posted by OmieWise at 6:57 AM - 33 comments

5 ACROSS - WELSH VALLEY

Behind the scenes of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:57 AM - 13 comments

In mathematics, you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.

Calculating the Speed of Light Using a Microwave and PEEPS (or other melty things) from National Geographic's Education Blog and NPR's Skunk Bear videos (showing some history of calculating the speed of light... with peeps as historical scientists, of course)
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:42 AM - 15 comments

Even Internet Everywhere was there! Seriously. Better catch up.

What's that? You say you missed out on Record Store Day 2015? No prob, Bob: Homestar Runner has you covered. [YT] And if you missed the Brothers Chaps' April 1st 2015 shindig, they've gotcha covered there, too [YT].
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:41 AM - 9 comments

students, artists, lazy people, poets, dreamers, even Polish physicians

Edouard Pozerski de Pomiane was a physician and biologist with a particular interest in gastronomy and cooking. Long before thirty, twenty, and fifteen minute meals, de Pomaine made La cuisine en dix minutes. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:34 AM - 2 comments

Too young, too soon, too dead.

There is little in English about the Basque artist Nicolas de Lekuona who was killed in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War aged 24
Photographer, Collagist; some of which are definitely unsettling; whilest others explore the humanform. He also painted.
He was killed in bomb attack by the nationalist forces that he had recently joined as a stretcher bearer. Some of his works, many still in private hands can be viewed here.
( not a very user friendly website, use control + to set new default )
posted by adamvasco at 6:07 AM - 0 comments

How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind

Even though Lorenz, who, like Downey, is blind, can't see the space before her, she knows exactly what to expect. On her desk at the ILRC's current office on Mission Street, she keeps a tactile floor plan that Downey printed for her. The plan's fine web of raised lines looks like an elaborate decorative pattern, suggesting a leaf of handmade stationery or a large sheet from which doilies are about to be cut. Though Downey has consulted on other architects' projects since going blind six years ago, this one marks a turning point for him. The community center is the first space he's designed since losing his sight. The center recently opened its doors to the public with a celebration to inaugurate the new space, located on Howard Street in the city's Yerba Buena district, just down the block from the Moscone convention center. But on this May afternoon, the walls are just beginning to go up.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:57 AM - 3 comments

The Man Who Broke the Music Business

At work, [Bennie Lydell] Glover manufactured CDs for mass consumption. At home, he had spent more than two thousand dollars on burners and other hardware to produce them individually. His livelihood depended on continued demand for the product. But Glover had to wonder: if the MP3 could reproduce Tupac at one-eleventh the bandwidth, and if Tupac could then be distributed, free, on the Internet, what the hell was the point of a compact disk? SLNYer.
posted by chavenet at 3:54 AM - 27 comments

Hair-say

"The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000", reports Spencer S. Hsu for The Washington Post.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:44 AM - 60 comments

April 20

Why Zev Love X became MF Doom and put on that metal mask

In 1991, Daniel Dumile was part of KMD, a trio with his brother and another kid from their neighborhood, when they released their first album on Elektra, Mr. Hood (YT playlist). Dumile's next album wouldn't come out until 1999, and on an independent label. Operation: Doomsday was not released under the name he used with KMD, Zev Love X, but M(etal) F(ace) Doom, and he only appeared while wearing his metal mask. The transition from an upbeat youth to a cartoon villain was not clear at the time, unless you got your hands on the unreleased (except as a bootleg) second album of KMD, Black Bastards (full album on YT). Here is the story of that transition: KMD's Black Bastards and the Birth of MF Doom, a chapter from Brian Coleman's Check the Technique Volume 2, "more liner notes for hip-hop junkies." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:34 PM - 12 comments

a beguiling stream of unsullied strangeness

Kill Screen Daily has an interview with FM Towns Marty (NSFW), who posts images and gifs from otherwise inaccessible retro Japanese computer games. His images were controversially used in Jon Rafman's video for Oneohtrix Point Never's song Still Life (Betamale) (NSFW).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:23 PM - 5 comments

Bitcoin done (or at least demo'd) Right

...MIT Media Lab announced the launch of the Digital Currency Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to bring together global experts in areas ranging from cryptography, to economics, to privacy, to distributed systems... previously previously-er more-previously more-er-previously oh-heck-kittens-in-boxes
posted by sammyo at 4:46 PM - 34 comments

A nude female corpse is allowable, of course.

Editorial guidelines from Spicy Detective magazine, 1935:
posted by Confess, Fletch at 4:39 PM - 31 comments

Two Countries, Separated By A Common Tongue

How to Pronounce UK Place Names (SLYT) "Anglophenia's Siobhan Thompson teaches Science Friction's Rusty Ward—and the rest of America—how to pronounce difficult British place names."
posted by Michele in California at 3:45 PM - 139 comments

"I was doing fine until they started bunting."

Philadelphia — 1912. In a matter of hours, college student Allan Travers, 20, went from having never pitched a game in his life to starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. [more inside]
posted by starman at 12:57 PM - 26 comments

Day 1,825

1,825 days after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Perrin Ireland (@experrinment) and the Natural Resources Defense Council ask: Where'd the oil go?
posted by ChuraChura at 12:31 PM - 29 comments

The Catastrophe

He had always wanted his suicide to be high drama , but in the end he said nothing to anyone; he simply disappeared from sight and silently returned to the sea. Oliver Sacks looks at the last years of monologuist Spalding Gray's life, and the accident that precipitated a decline before his death. (Previously.)
posted by maxsparber at 12:29 PM - 36 comments

Taco nights, competitive board games, group viewings of Game of Thrones

Moving to Mars. "The volunteers perched in the lava fields of Mauna Loa on the HI-SEAS (Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission are as close as Earthlings will get to Mars in the foreseeable future." [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:25 AM - 12 comments

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.

The Ghost of Cornel West. President Obama betrayed him. He's stopped publishing new work. He's alienated his closest friends and allies. What happened to America's most exciting black scholar?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 8:36 AM - 154 comments

"May you always know you are loved," I whispered.

"It's completely alone," I said. That baby, that poor baby. What had it done? "Nobody is coming for it."

Softly she asked, "Would it be OK if we called it 'her'?"

It was then as though my therapist's finger grew very long. It arced through the air, crossing the space between us, and touched my chest, the tip of it pressing into my heart, and my body collapsed around it, folded in on itself from pain, the worst pain I had ever felt because it had no source. I was the pain. I saw that baby on her back, alone, and I understood that she was me. In that moment I was flooded—intellectually, emotionally, physically—by the very knowledge I had so long barricaded myself against: that someone had given birth to me. And worse: that I had not been fit to keep.
A meditation on adoption, heartbreak, and healing, by Sarah Church Baldwin for The Rumpus: Build-A-Bear.
posted by divined by radio at 8:06 AM - 24 comments

Litigate, Don't Capitulate

Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy. Shannon Liss-Riordan has filed lawsuits against five of the largest "sharing economy" start-ups (Uber, Lyft, Homejoy, Postmates, and Caviar), contending that they pay the people who supply the equipment and manpower that power their businesses like independent contractors, while burdening them with the work expectations of employees. Previously.
posted by exogenous at 7:59 AM - 159 comments

Payday at the Mill

A tax incentive in Maine is being used to funnel money from tax dollars directly into corporate pockets. [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 7:01 AM - 27 comments

Revisiting the Spandrels of San Marco: an interview

The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme” was written by Harvard biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard C. Lewontin and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London in 1979. Their critique of their own field of evolutionary biology spilled out of the Ivory Tower onto the pages of general intellectual forums such as the New York Review of Books. I talked by phone with Lewontin on March 2 2015. In his mid-eighties, he is still scientifically active and could recall his collaboration with Gould in detail. Our conversation is highly relevant to the “Just so story” critique that is frequently leveled against Evolutionary Psychology.
posted by sciatrix at 6:34 AM - 14 comments

Would you like fries with that triple bypass?

The Problem with Satisfied Patients
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 6:29 AM - 34 comments

It's like a dog meowing...

Once in awhile an unusual voice shows up on one of the many TV talents shows these day, a countertenor. Greg Pritchard first appeared on Britain’s got talent in 2007. Though he has disappeared from limelight, he brought the existence of Countertenors back onto the public radar. Since then every few years one pops up, causing confusion, disbelieve, then applause from the audience and judges.

Andrew De Leon Singing starts at 2:05.

Travis Pratt Singing starts at 1:05

Artur Vasiliev This version only shows the judges reactions.

Last but not least, the professionals.

Previously on the blue:
Machismo is basically a drag act
Deller on the Threshold
posted by KaizenSoze at 5:43 AM - 18 comments

Archie Andrews' 75th birthday

As Archie Andrews turns 75, Archie Comics releases a "new look" flagship series, Archie #1. Archie #1 will be released in 2015 from writer Mark Waid, known for his work for DC and Marvel comics, and artist Fiona Staples. The series will "reenergize the story of Archie and his friends, presenting for the first time ever the origins of everyone’s favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica". [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:20 AM - 60 comments

Bank of the Underworld

Liberty Reserve was like PayPal for the unbanked. Was it also a global money-laundering operation? By Jake Halpern at The Atlantic (previously).
posted by valkane at 3:39 AM - 3 comments

Life Lines

For an artist with amnesia, the world takes place through her pencil.
posted by ellieBOA at 3:37 AM - 1 comment

20 Years After the Oklahoma City Bombing...

...authorities have lost sight of domestic extremists and failed to prevent acts of terrorism, while the violence is metastasizing and the threat is growing. - Kansas City Star [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:41 AM - 35 comments

Who is ruining comics this week?

And I find it amusing that this “they’re fans of MOMENTS but won’t buy anything” complaint was being made at fans who were at a comic convention. Look, cons ain’t cheap. If someone’s spending their time and money to go to a con or make their own Captain Marvel costume or whatever, they clearly have some kind of passion and fondness for what they’re seeing. No one goes to a con just because they reblogged Unbeatable Squirrel Girl a couple times.
Is Tumblr fandom ruining comics because Tumblr fans "love the characters and love MOMENTS of stories, but don’t read the actual comics ever"? The answer may not surprise you.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:00 AM - 80 comments

April 19

That time when Toronto had Johnny Cash machines

Retrontario remembers Johnny Cash advertising for Canada Trust, along with several other advertisements from the 80s.
posted by frimble at 10:38 PM - 11 comments

So Outrageous, Like we're Fam--📵

The music video for Charlie XCX's "Famous", directed by Eric Wareheim, for the YouTube Music Awards. Previously
posted by Going To Maine at 7:58 PM - 30 comments

We put a chip in it!

It was just a dumb thing. Then we put a chip in it. Now it's a smart thing.
posted by koeselitz at 6:41 PM - 97 comments

How to fly a P51-C Mustang

Three YT's showing how to fly a P-51C Mustang.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:16 PM - 47 comments

Happy Bicycle Day!

On April 19, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman took a momentous bicycle ride home. His discovery influenced pop culture, psychotherapy and even the CIA..
posted by sleepy psychonaut at 5:10 PM - 37 comments

“They were looking for a better life.”

Hundreds Feared Dead After Boat Filled With Migrants Capsizes in Mediterranean [New York Times]
"For the past several years, Europe has been confronted with hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving illegally from Africa and the Middle East, many of them fleeing war and poverty. Italy has been in the vanguard of rescue efforts, with its Navy and Coast Guard ships rescuing more than 130,000 people last year in a widely praised program known as Mare Nostrum."
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:43 PM - 33 comments

Opting out.

An estimated "40 percent of all Long Island [grade] 3-8 students refused to take last week’s ELA Common Core state tests. Numbers in some districts reached well over 70 percent, with at least one district exceeding 80 percent....It seems clear that the final 2015 tally will well exceed 200,000 students. New York State will likely not make the minimum 95 percent federal requirement for testing.... What will happen to New York schools then? " [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:36 PM - 126 comments

"Every instinct will persuade you that there should not be a Pakistan."

The Los Angeles Times in 1943 further declared that “Only an old-school Southerner who thinks Appomattox was a shocking bad show could go for Pakistan.” The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India And Pakistan, the latest book by long-time Middle East observer Dilip Hiro, is a grim assessment of the current state of relations.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:28 PM - 17 comments

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