November 25

“....if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!”

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise After Turkey Downs Jet [The New York Times]
Two big powers supporting different factions in the Syrian civil war clashed with each other on Tuesday when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had strayed into its airspace. The tensions immediately took on Cold War overtones when Russia rejected Turkey’s claim and Ankara responded by asking for an emergency NATO meeting, eliciting more Russian anger and ridicule. After the meeting, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, called for “calm and de-escalation” and said the allies “stand in solidarity with Turkey.”
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posted by Fizz at 1:23 PM - 47 comments

As if ripped from the pages of classic sci-fi

Epigenetic Signaling Induces Species-Specific Head and Brain Growth in Flatworms Scientists have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm, without altering genomic sequence.
posted by Michele in California at 1:22 PM - 8 comments

Why Vaginas?

Sure, we may be a little weird compared to our close relatives for not having a baculum (penis bone), and maybe that's the sort of thing you want to explain for whatever reason, but does human penis size and shape need a uniquely human story? Assuming it's correlated to the vagina like it probably is in many other species, then no it doesn't... unless the size and shape of the human vagina has an exceptional story. Does it? We wouldn't know. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 12:42 PM - 27 comments

please stop roasting my goddamned shoes

I don't remember buying these gaudy mother fuckin shoes but am i gonna wear em? you bet your ass [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:18 PM - 33 comments

The £240 million kid

The story of Kane Robinson, the man who supposedly stole £240 million from the music industry. Kane Robinson was a kid who loved the web and the Arctic Monkeys. His music forum Dancing Jesus became the target of the largest anti-piracy case ever seen in the UK.
posted by jontyjago at 12:07 PM - 1 comment

Winter is ruff.

Dogs in the snow. (slyt)
posted by ladyriffraff at 11:36 AM - 13 comments

"It kinda does bring back a lot of memories, come to think of it..."

How Chuck Jones drew "The White Seal" (YouTube) / Animator Chuck Jones on creative work and not comparing yourself to others (YouTube)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:25 AM - 2 comments

These women show that joy can come from even the darkest of experiences.

In Photos: A Beauty Pageant for Holocaust Survivors (Haaretz)
Thirteen women compete in the third annual beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi effort to exterminate European Jews.

Winner of Holocaust survivor’s beauty contest: The Jew will never disappear from the world (JPost)
Title from the Daily Mail.
posted by andoatnp at 10:14 AM - 6 comments

Also cheese, also yogurt.

I never imagined that photos of bread baking could so thoroughly gross me out. It’s “Not Impossible” To Bake Sourdough Bread Using Vaginal Yeast, But You Probably Shouldn’t Eat It
posted by palegirl at 8:56 AM - 136 comments

The Best of Behind Closed Ovens

With the changes in formats occurring at Gawker Media, several of the niche sub-sites are being shuttered. One of the more notable is Jezebel's Kitchenette, which had focused on the trials and tribulations of the food service industry, at all tiers. The highlight of Kitchenette was the regular Behind Closed Ovens column, in which site runner C.A. Pinkham would publish stories of the weird, rage-inducing, and just outright insane world of food service. As a final hurrah, Pinkham has published a list of the best 30 BCO stories from the year, some of which may make you rethink about eating out. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:57 AM - 42 comments

Laquan McDonald

For the first time in 35 years, an Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, in this case, that of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. Last night, the city of Chicago released the dash-cam footage that had been kept out of the public eye for more than a year, showing Mr. McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A second video, which was taken by a security camera at a nearby Burger King, was allegedly deleted by the police. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:34 AM - 175 comments

Why Not Both?

Is it a Pokémon, or is it big data?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:20 AM - 22 comments

I want to eat the Muppets because they are delicious.

Jim Henson's early journals reveal some surprising back stories.
posted by like_neon at 7:08 AM - 17 comments

Links in the Chain

Voices of the Food Chain Farmers are the iconic symbols of the food system, but food production, processing, and distribution make up nearly 15% of the American workforce. Today, StoryCorps and the Food Chain Worker Alliance are sharing videos of conversations from workers in different industrial sectors of the food system, showing how food labor crosses boundaries of culture, language, and experience. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:20 AM - 3 comments

Dear Lord, thx for the Cap/Bucky team-up beatdown of Tony

The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War premiered last night on Jimmy Kimmel.
posted by Kitteh at 6:12 AM - 121 comments

and you thought the US elections were intense

The Organization for Transformative Works, a fan-run organization that hosts significant fandom-culture projects including one of the biggest fanfiction archives around, a fandom wiki, and a peer-reviewed academic journal, just had their 2015 Board elections, the first since 2011 - and, like its predecessor, was very contentious before, during, and after the election. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:47 AM - 24 comments

Template maker: Free custom box-making templates

Need to wrap an odd-shaped gift? Create a box for it! Measure it up, choose a template and print it. This page is a resource for DIY artists, graphics designers and everyone who likes paper crafts. It contains an ever-growing number of templates for gift boxes and increasingly more other interesting things that can be made out of paper. What makes this site special is that the templates are all dynamic: you can customize almost all dimensions. All templates are free, no login is required. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:30 AM - 12 comments

TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend

"Thanksgiving weekend in the United States is a four-day festival of overindulgence: Giant meals, giant balloons representing pop-culture favorites, giant savings at the big box store on Friday morning. As we did in 2013, The A.V. Club aims to contribute to this tradition of extreme consumption with a guide to some TV shows worth tasting, snacking on, or straight-up devouring this weekend."
posted by valkane at 3:19 AM - 49 comments

Thirty eight jewels

If you're like a whole buncha other folks out there who haven't heard nearly enough (or even any) of the music of America's perhaps least-known MAJOR soul man, then I've got the cure right here. Right here in this little Metafilter post. Yes indeed I do. Thirty eight songs of the great, great Solomon Burke. Just sit back and let it rain down on you, brothers and sisters.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:13 AM - 8 comments

Gaming for Millennials

Gaming for Millennials: "Games such as Mass Effect allow a millennial to spend hours modelling my own face but prettier, something that has become important to me after years of Mad Men era advertising deriding my own self-image in order to have me buy their beauty products in a feeble attempt to feel better. Mass Effect also enables me to go out into a world of arseholes to battle some made-up concepts in order to gain made-up currency, something I imagine Wall Street executives braying over as they have a butler hold their dick at a urinal. What an outlandish idea! How could it be applicable to the real world."
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 2:11 AM - 41 comments

November 24

The ISIS Twitter Census

Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter Although much ink has been spilled on the topic of ISIS activity on Twitter, very basic questions remain unanswered, including such fundamental issues as how many Twitter users support ISIS, who they are, and how many of those supporters take part in its highly organized online activities. ... We set out to answer some of these important questions using innovative techniques to create a large, representative sample of accounts that can be clearly defined as ISIS supporters, and to attempt to define the boundaries of ISIS’s online social network. [SLPDF] [via]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 11:47 PM - 3 comments

Pregnant women get sick, and sick women get pregnant

Emily Anthes on drug testing and pregnancy
Because it has long been considered unethical to include expectant mothers in clinical trials, scientists simply don’t know whether many common medicines are safe for pregnant women. Of the more than 600 prescription drugs that the US Food and Drug Administration approved between 1980 and 2010, 91 per cent have been so meagrely researched that their safety during pregnancy remains uncertain.
Over the last few years, however, a small, tight-knit group of ethicists, including Lyerly, have become determined to reverse this longstanding scientific neglect of pregnant women. Science and society, they argue, have got it utterly wrong: our efforts to protect women and their fetuses have actually put them both in jeopardy. “Ethics doesn’t preclude including pregnant women in research,” says Lyerly. “Actually, ethics requires it.”
posted by frimble at 10:40 PM - 39 comments

1986 in Comics

David Gibbons talks Watchmen vs Dark Knight Returns - part of a series of posts on The Dark Knight Returns.
posted by Artw at 9:18 PM - 33 comments

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, the first Thanksgiving dino film

Pixar's new film, The Good Dinosaur, is the second animated dinosaur film to come out in time for Thanksgiving. The previous one came out 22 years ago, with executive producer credits for Steven Spielberg and a whole host of stars lending their voices to the film, telling the story of dinosaurs coming to New York City. And it bombed. Let's go back in time and look at We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:49 PM - 19 comments

The Seven Essential Southern Dishes

The Bitter Southerner never shies away from grand pronouncements, but when we make one, we try hard to make sure it’s based on substance. As the holidays — that special time of year when calories don’t count — approached, we wanted to challenge a great Southern food writer to do the impossible: Define the most essential Southern dishes, the ones that speak most clearly about who we are. Today, North Carolina writer Sheri Castle — the only person alive who can legitimately claim to have read every recipe ever published in Southern Living magazine — takes the big leap.”
posted by ob1quixote at 6:54 PM - 93 comments

Those who wish for deflation should think through what it means.

Nick Rowe is a Canadian macroeconomist at Carleton University. He's the most prolific of several bloggers at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, a group (mostly macro) economics blog. He often writes on, often colorful, (for a macroeconomist) thought experiments and analyses probing intuitive understandings of 'money,' and generally on the topic of exactly what money and monetary policy are: Is money a liability? Was Milton Friedman a crypto-communist? Can we actually avoid helicopter money? Could we have an economy with negatively valued money? How many markets are there? And of course, what if Chuck Norris was a central banker? He also writes on the nominal GDP level targeting, mentioned previously.
posted by PMdixon at 4:39 PM - 23 comments

Tune your turkey.

Set it and rock out to it; Spotify times playlists to your turkey's suggested cooking time.
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:21 PM - 8 comments

Battle demons with Hyde's PSYCHO-WAVE

Cinemassacre brings us the trailer to the long-awaited film adaptation of the infamously terrible and bizarre Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde for NES.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:18 PM - 0 comments

Goodnight Moon and Gertrude Stein

In the Great Green Room: This dovetailed with another observation: my students are not as puzzled by Stein as I expect them to be. Stein writes: “Glazed Glitter. Nickel, what is nickel” and my students recognize the moment of wondering. This habit of wonder is familiar in part because we have been raised on the lists of Goodnight Moon. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 3:57 PM - 5 comments

Why don't they leave ?

Hitting Home: The hard truth about Australia's domestic violence crime wave (comments best ignored) Documenting the epidemic of domestic violence in Australia. Sara Ferguson's report into domestic violence can be seen on ABC iView (probably need a proxy) Also - These women had a right to be safe tells the story of the victims that have died in 2015. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic at 2:58 PM - 14 comments

Hugh. George. Matthew. Johnny. Ryan. Bradley. Channing. Pierce. Ben...

The Toast continues its annual celebration of People's Sexiest Man Alive.
posted by psoas at 2:42 PM - 13 comments

“As though the New Jersey suburbs were grafted onto South Carolina”

10 ways to map Northern Virginia. 12 ways to map the midwest. Which states are in "The South?"
posted by schmod at 2:19 PM - 72 comments

StoryCorps Launches "The Great Thanksgiving Listen"

"StoryCorps is an oral history project that has collected 65,000 stories from 100,000 participants since 2003 using sound booths and mobile studios. However, with the newly developed StoryCorps mobile app, the booth is no longer needed. Now anyone with a mobile phone can record an interview and upload the audio to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress." [more inside]
posted by yueliang at 1:44 PM - 12 comments

Before I go any further, I want to address the purists.

A colorization of the Munsters opening sequence [more inside]
posted by ilama at 1:34 PM - 24 comments

hope, love, and a teddy bear

We asked refugees: What did you bring with you?
posted by infini at 1:27 PM - 8 comments

You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else.

Alien 3's perfect shot [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:12 PM - 118 comments

Of cakes and cancer

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a Baking Blogger Uses Cake to Tell Her Story About a year into blogging, one of Sung’s cakes went viral: a cupcake version of the Very Hungry Caterpillar...and Sung’s social media following exploded ...She was even approached by a publisher to write a cookbook. And then..."I felt a thickening of flesh where my breast meets my rib cage, and I was like, ‘Huh. That could just be my rib?’ [But] it turned out that there were two tumors in there.”
posted by Michele in California at 12:58 PM - 3 comments

built on sand

When workers first arrived on the lot that Monday morning, they got a message through a security guard or a colleague or a handwritten sign taped up to the wall: Don’t turn on your computer. Later, someone might pop in and deliver the latest directive fourth-hand: “Unplug your computer from the wall.“ Which plug? The network cable? The power cord? Who knows? Just unplug everything. Says one worker: “It was all the hysteria of not knowing.” --One year later, what it was like to work at Sony when all their internal systems got hacked.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:50 PM - 16 comments

The Gossamer Pleasures of Faerie Magazine

I would argue that Faerie endeavors to cultivate in readers a quality of attention that registers the most diminutive details, that perceives the world as though under a spell. (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:46 AM - 9 comments

"Looking forward, the models see red"

25 years of climate talk history in one comic: Richard Monastersky & Nick Sousanis explore the history of climate treaty negotiations in Nature's special Paris Climate Talks issue. The goal of the Paris Talks is to limit emissions so that Earth won't warm by more than 2°C, and there are many reasons to be optimistic about the prospects for an agreement - but what will it really take to limit warming to 2°C??
posted by dialetheia at 11:43 AM - 16 comments

Minimum Viable Planet

The inconveniences of daily life are not the significant problems.
The world that scrolls past you on Twitter is not the real world.
You cannot calibrate your sense of what’s valuable and necessary to the current fashions in your field.
Bret Victor: What can a technologist do about climate change?
posted by modernserf at 11:25 AM - 16 comments

The three witnesses to Lord Vader's skiing mishap were never seen again.

"Two years ago, Finnish illustrator and designer Vesa Lehtimäki put out a 38-page hardcover book of photos of Lego-built scenes showing imagined scenarios on the snow planet Hoth. It was a delightful collection of pictures full of levity, depicting AT-AT Walkers kicking through fresh powder, snowtroopers on skis, and Chewbacca covered in snow. Today, Lehtimäki is back with an expanded collection of Lego Star Wars photography, titled Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy." [more inside]
posted by lharmon at 11:09 AM - 5 comments

gather round my friends as we speak of the oneg shabbats of yesteryear

Photos: A Look Inside The 128-Year-Old Eldridge Street Synagogue [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:40 AM - 14 comments

Get a Real Job (or Take This HMO)!

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), the largest health insurance company in the state, announced in October that it is discontinuing it’s popular Blue PPO provider plans for individuals. BCBSIL says the move was made to keep affordable plan options for all individual plans, citing “applicable laws” requiring plan rates to be based on total medical cost of all members. This move affects only self-insured individuals, while those in group plans continue to have access to the traditional broad PPO network of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 10:37 AM - 103 comments

“Guilt is good! It’s the flip side of empathy.”

The Paris-based magazine Télérama have published a conversation between Thom Yorke and author/activist George Monbiot. Yorke is a professed fan of Monbiot's writing, and throughout the interview, the two men discussed climate change.Throughout the conversation, Yorke and Monbiot discuss how they've responded to climate change in their day-to-day lives—becoming vegetarian, Radiohead's carbon neutral touring initiative, and so on. Yorke said that for a time, figuring out how to reduce his carbon footprint became an obsession.
posted by Fizz at 8:40 AM - 9 comments

Sorry, we're closed

Sorry We're Closed is "an awareness project by designer and educator, Kelly Holohan", designed to bring attention to LGBTQ human rights around the world. It's on at the AIGA Philadelphia, but you can see the posters here.
posted by greenish at 8:30 AM - 2 comments

Making Shoes by Hand

Shoemaking (the job of a cordwainer) is a very particular blend of artistry and science. Here are some masters at work: Emiko Matsuda at Foster & Son; artisans at Saint Crispin's; and at Paul Parkman. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 8:23 AM - 11 comments

The Villas™ at Retention Pond®

The Frankenburb: Retrofitting most suburbs is less likely than having a few successful ones remain as they are while many more simply fail outright.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:08 AM - 95 comments


"Jane the Virgin is doing some of the most serious, most valuable work I’ve seen in a long time, and that work is rooted in a radically frank depiction of new motherhood." Links may contain spoilers, but also this show is very silly so knowing some things that happen will probably not ruin your enjoyment of the rest of it [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 7:08 AM - 16 comments

ERROR - Rug Not Found - Abort, Retry, Fail?

Faig Ahmed mixes traditional carpet-weaving with 3D sculpting and computer display glitches. It really ties the centuries together.
posted by Etrigan at 6:11 AM - 17 comments

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