August 23

Because you should dance in the living room

C'mon , it's totally in your key Even if it isn't- sing
posted by LuckyMonkey21 at 10:59 PM - 2 comments

If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.

Cats being weird adorable. [ambient noise only; h/t Miss Cellania; this is a good excuse to share Cat vs. Printer again.]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:04 PM - 6 comments

Packing your 70s Suitcase

"What if you could send a package (let’s say suitcase-sized) to 1977? It will arrive at today’s date, minus 40 years. You can have it sent to whomever you like, but you can’t personally hang around and make sure it gets used properly. There’s nothing about this delivery that will convince the recipient that this package is from the future. There won’t be any flashing lights or vortexes or portals for them to see. All they see is the package on their doorstep, and they have no special knowledge of this experiment or your efforts. It’s up to your packaging to motivate the people of 1977 to open it and pay attention to the contents." Shamus "DM of the Rings" Young with an interesting thought experiment. Here's his own answer.
posted by Sebmojo at 5:40 PM - 114 comments

“Anyone want a popsicle?”

"Rise and Shine" [Overwatch Animated Short] [YouTube] ““Rise and Shine” is the seventh short film the company has released so far set in the Overwatch world, joining “Recall,” “Alive,” “Dragons,” “Hero,” “Infiltration,” and “The Last Bastion.” The almost 10-minute-long video gives fans a deeper look into the backstory of Mei, who was cryogenically frozen for years while doing research in Antarctica, before rejoining the Overwatch organization in the present day. Like the other shorts, the level of quality in the animation really stands out. The company also released a new Hearthstone short, and it’s easy to mistake the animation at first glance for something at the level of, say, Pixar or DreamWorks.” [via: Polygon] [Previously.]
posted by Fizz at 4:02 PM - 26 comments


Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes.
This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices — and suffer other symptoms that psychiatrists would consider severe — have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?
posted by Joseph Gurl at 3:37 PM - 42 comments

Keep 'er movin'

Ok, ya know what, I'll tell you what, welcome to the Manitowoc Minute! [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 3:16 PM - 8 comments

Does what it says on the tin.

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posted by jenkinsEar at 1:58 PM - 45 comments

Woodstars, pufflegs and sabrewings.

Hummingbrds: cute, hypnotic, surprising and interesting.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:21 PM - 14 comments

Mic's Drop

How exploited social justice for clicks, and then abandoned a staff that believed in it [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:25 AM - 43 comments

Leif Garrett beat me. I would’ve had him if my foot hadn’t gotten stuck

An Oral History of Battle of the Network Stars
posted by Lucinda at 11:14 AM - 16 comments

a taxonomy of trolls

But the keystone of this vernacular is “cuck.” A shortening of “cuckold,” an old word used to refer to men who allow their partners to sleep with other men (and often find sexual gratification in the humiliation of it), its use has become the sine qua non of alt-right group membership.
Tim Squirrell explains the linguistic shibbolets of the far right, as researched by the Alt-Right Open Intelligence Initiative at the University of Amsterdam.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:11 AM - 60 comments

"Football just sort of happens to them."

SB Nation staffer, master storyteller, and stats geek Jon Bois has a new Chart Party - where he examines the volatility of every NFL team over the past three decades. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:04 AM - 19 comments

There's a storm coming in

“It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves” - Terminator 2: Judgment Day as a movie obsessed with nuclear apocalypse.
posted by Artw at 9:44 AM - 47 comments

Idiolects in movies

Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 31 Actors Playing Real People
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:42 AM - 11 comments

Fruit brings people together

Want to meet your neighbors? Plant a mango tree. "I loaded brown paper grocery bags with as many mangoes as they'd hold, set them on my doorstep, and waited." [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 9:05 AM - 21 comments

Nice day for a fight wedding

A wedding party turned into brawl at an Edmonton bar. The bride ended up in handcuffs. The radio interview of an eyewitness is a classic.
posted by No Robots at 5:30 AM - 71 comments

time to kick out the JAMS again

It's 23 years since they burnt a million quid and the KLF have returned. They have published a book. You can read an extract in the Guardian. Meanwhile, in Liverpool, other things are happening.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:26 AM - 29 comments

Oh, no! Not this song again!?

El Patito
posted by Stewriffic at 4:08 AM - 7 comments

August 22


Fuck Buttons, an electronic music group dedicated to loud-soft dynamics, cover “Mogwai Fear Satan”, a song by Mogwai, a post-rock group dedicated to loud-soft dynamics. (Original)
Mogwai, a post-rock group dedicated to soft-loud dynamics, remix “Colours Move”, a song by Fuck Buttons, an electronic group dedicated to soft-loud dynamics. (Original)
posted by Going To Maine at 11:09 PM - 10 comments

Rebuilding in Miniature

Ali Alamedy, an Iraqi artist living in Turkey after being forced out of his country, makes incredibly detailed dioramas of places he has read about but has never been. From filmmaker Veena Rao.
posted by growabrain at 6:32 PM - 6 comments

How to Find a Four-Leaf Clover

When I was in the third grade, we had a scavenger hunt at school.
posted by clawsoon at 5:58 PM - 43 comments

Possibly The Best (Cutest) Apology Letter Ever

Letter to park rangers in Sequoia National Park.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 3:22 PM - 49 comments

Separate pockets, padded bum rolls

In the 18th century, especially if you were a woman, clothes could be so complicated that you wouldn’t be able to get into them easily without someone else’s assistance. Ideas about privacy and intimacy were different then too – it was normal to be touched by a servant if they were helping you wash or dress. You can now watch a short video that shows how a well-off woman was dressed by her maid servant at that time.
posted by ChuraChura at 1:55 PM - 68 comments

“We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us.”

Did BioShock Define the Last 10 Years of Video Games? [A.V. Club] “Ten years ago today, Irrational Games’ sci-fi first-person shooter BioShock [YouTube] [Trailer] was released, and its story of a ruined undersea city and the brutal objectivist that led it to its doom was instantly canonized as one of the medium’s strongest artistic statements. The art-deco-adorned city of Rapture was realized with a depth and vision few games had ever approached and populated with some unforgettable characters, like the twisted artist Sander Cohen and the city’s power-hungry founder Andrew Ryan. Its grappling with Randian philosophy gave the dialogue a high-minded and dramatic flair, all of which culminated in its iconic twist and commentary on the futility of choice in video games. In the years since, BioShock’s shine has waned. So many of its most foundational elements found their way into games of all genres and scopes, and its flaws practically became more talked about than its merits.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:07 PM - 63 comments

The richest neighborhoods in many cities are also the most vacant

"But the pushers of market-friendly solutions, and even most affordable housing activists, miss a central point in the housing debate: we already have enough housing in this country. The problem is not supply. It’s just that the supply is owned by the wrong people. From downtowns to suburbs, there’s a glut of vacant housing and land owned by the rich. The one neat trick to solving the housing crisis: give the things owned by the rich to the poor." - Evict The Rich, Peter Moskowitz, Outline.
posted by The Whelk at 12:11 PM - 102 comments

Historic Battlefield Women and their Functions

Vivandieres were common and ubiquitous in the French armies up to WW I. The first link is a good overview with some nice paintings/photos. The second linkVivandieres in the military gives a more nuanced view of these women, and has link to references and a one-book bibliography. This last link is a Pinterest page 76 Best Vivandieres images with many of them having info attached.
posted by MovableBookLady at 11:23 AM - 14 comments

“Grated cheese to be renamed Pulled Cheddar”

Here on Albion, recent times have not been good for this ancient food. In Brighton, a travelling cheese festival ran out of cheese, causing concern at future locations. Before this, a similar discontent occured at a London cheese festival. Eleven blocks of prize-winning cheese were stolen. In an episode of Midsomer Murders, a wheel of cheese was the weapon of choice. An attractive sculpture in Hull was rejected, and more hatred. To top it all, people have started adding avocado to Mac and Cheese. In positive news, “Cheese is more accessible than ever”, a cheese toastie truck, Liverpool is the city to go to, and Pavé Cobble is named the UK’s champion cheese. Related: how long can you store cheese?, the Illuminati of cheese, and the post title.
posted by Wordshore at 10:29 AM - 54 comments

We don land gidigba! ('We've finally arrived!')

The BBC has launched a Pidgin English platform. The new platform is part of the BBC's plans to expand in Asia and Africa. [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 10:04 AM - 15 comments

Counterfeit Metal Oxide Semiconductor

Ken Shirriff examined the internals of Intel's first chip (a 64-bit RAM), including taking his own die photos. Fresh off this, he came across die photos of a different 64-bit chip and knew one of them was not what it seemed.
posted by Jpfed at 7:37 AM - 27 comments

Maybe Steve Jobs has a company in the afterlife?

Burning cars and cellphones to keep your ghostly ancestors happy. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by destrius at 7:16 AM - 6 comments

Mystery horse braids

From the Fortean Times: "I live in Costa Rica these days. My girlfriends family here own a farm with many horses. She tells me that many times in the past they have discovered some of the horses in the morning with their manes braided perfectly. She says the horses were in a remote part of the farm where there are no people. Anyone have a clue what could be going on here?" Some suggestions from Fortean Times readers: occultists, Bigfoot, and little girls. Warlocks are consulted. Academic papers are published. It gets a little malicious. Just don't blame the hedgewitch!
posted by misterbee at 2:31 AM - 42 comments

August 21

More like Mastodon't, amirite?

Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable
Ethan Zuckerman on a social network's surprising/disturbing source of popularity. [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:45 PM - 41 comments

Some rural markets and towns even experienced a 55% decline post-plague

A new study of annual to multiannual levels of lead in the Alpine glacier, Colle Gnifetti, in the Swiss-Italian Alps provides further validation of the calamitous character of the plague and the accompanying events in the 14th century. These new hard-core data demonstrates the impact which the Black Death had on society and economy.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:57 PM - 8 comments

Six cents of every tax dollar to the moon

The Atlantic, August 1963: Two scientists argue that sending men to the moon is worth the cost.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:17 PM - 16 comments


Dogs on trampolines [bouncy EDM soundtrack]. That is all.

Wait, there is more: Bodega Cats (previously) posted a picture that charmed the internet: This looks like the CD cover for an all-cat, sassy girl band.

Ooh, one more thing: Everyone needs a hug.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:57 PM - 12 comments

Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves

The “Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves” is the perfect thing to send both white allies genuinely interested in learning more, and that special Facebook commenter who loves playing “Devil’s Advocate.” Whenever anyone asks you for stats, “proof,” or info no one who has an actual human schedule has the kind of time to provide, you can send them here. [Google Docs link via Teresa Jusino at The Mary Sue]
posted by cgc373 at 6:57 PM - 16 comments

"Boone... I'm going into the next office."

STAR GATE was one of a number of "remote viewing programs" conducted under a variety of code names, including SUN STREAK, GRILL FLAME, and CENTER LANE by DIA and INSCOM, and SCANATE by CIA. These efforts were initiated to assess foreign programs in the field; contract for basic research into the the phenomenon; and to evaluate controlled remote viewing as an intelligence tool. Records of the Stargate Program were published by the CIA earlier this year.
posted by stinkfoot at 6:19 PM - 14 comments

And other kids are being framed too.

Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd Precinct, the Bronx DA’s Office, and the City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 4:07 PM - 29 comments

Seersucker's Curious Class Struggle

Seersucker's Curious Class Struggle [via mefi projects] The Whelk provides a thorough, and thoroughly engaging, history of America's most underrated fabric.
posted by tel3path at 3:10 PM - 40 comments

Uncanny Japan

Uncanny Japan is Thersa Matsuura's podcast dedicated to Japanse folk lore, customs and historical oddities.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:04 PM - 3 comments

A Most American Terrorist

[Dylan] Roof was safeguarded by his knowledge that white American terrorism is never waterboarded for answers, it is never twisted out for meaning, we never identify its “handlers,” and we could not force him to do a thing. He remained inscrutable. He remained in control, just the way he wanted to be.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on what created Dylann Roof.
posted by AceRock at 12:58 PM - 26 comments

“Use some mercy, human.”

The Undertale Drama by Chloe Spencer [Kotaku] “Undertale’s stigma as a toxic fandom arose after incidents involving harassed YouTubers, pornography, and fans who plastered the internet with in-game jokes. Over time, a game that started out as heartwarming and lovable gained infamy for supposedly having one of the worst fandoms on the internet. Undertale’s descent into online infamy was largely due to the pervasive thought that there was only one way to play the game.” [Previously.]
posted by Fizz at 12:02 PM - 46 comments

The Steep Game

Alpine football in the Austrian Alps. SLYT
posted by zeikka at 11:20 AM - 5 comments

Neil Chayet (1939–2017)

Neil Chayet broadcast one-minute summaries of quirky lawsuits on the radio for more than 40 years. He died of small cell cancer last Friday, at age 78. Obits at NYTimes, the Boston Globe, and Harvard Law. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 11:18 AM - 7 comments

After 15 years Whedonesque Shuts Down. Site was Inspired by MeFi.

Yesterday, Joss Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole accused him in a scathing editorial (published in The Wrap) of having multiple affairs with actresses, co-workers, fans and friends and of being a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.” Today, in apparent response, Whedonesque has been shut down by its founders/admins. Whedonesque turned 15 on July 29. The site was inspired by MeFi, and its design was based on an early version of Metafilter, with mySQL/Perl code reportedly tweaked by Mefi's Own prolific. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:08 AM - 294 comments

Another deadly collision.

Top Navy admiral orders fleetwide investigation following latest collision at sea. Previous collisions involving U.S. Navy vessels. Discussion over at r/Navy suggests pervasive lack of sleep contributes to the problem.
posted by Bee'sWing at 10:30 AM - 38 comments

How Blind Astronomers Will Observe the Solar Eclipse

Like millions of other people, Wanda Diaz Merced plans to observe the August 21 total solar eclipse...But she won’t see it. She’ll hear it. Diaz Merced is an astrophysicist who also happens to be blind. While searching for ways to study stellar radiation without relying on sight, she has developed a way to represent complex data about our universe as sound (transcript). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:29 AM - 6 comments

Beyond the cheesy fried enchilada funnel cake: 2017 state fair foods

At this years Iowa State Fair (BBC previously) the usual corn dogs, golden fry choco pocket and cheeses and other foods on sticks (more previously) were available, amongst the butter sculpting, baking contests and writing your bucket list. These could be followed by Iowa's big pork leg, or perhaps Thanksgiving balls, apple tacos or bauder mud, washed down with honey lemonade. Or perhaps healthy choices like a vegetable, or peanut butter and jelly, on a stick (previously golden fried), eaten while Skip Hitchcock judges your potatoes or you rest up with your cow. Amongst the 44 new foods, the pork almighty emerged as a popular winner. But, what delicacies were available at other nearby state fairs... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 8:35 AM - 44 comments

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

What gave these trolls power on platforms wasn’t just their willingness to act in bad faith and to break the rules and norms of their environment. It was their understanding that the rules and norms of platforms were self-serving and cynical in the first place. (SLNYT)
posted by Panthalassa at 7:14 AM - 36 comments

Bury My Heart at W. H. Smith's

RIP Brian Aldiss, British science fiction writer, part of The New Wave. He wrote the novels Non-Stop, Hothouse, Greybeard and the Helliconia trilogy. He also wrote the short story 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long' which the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence was partially based on [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:13 AM - 57 comments

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