September 26

Bad Science

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science "Now, imagine you’re a researcher who wants to game this system. Here’s what you do. Run many small and statistically weak studies. Tweak your methods on the fly to ensure positive results. If you get negative results, sweep them under the rug. Never try to check old results; only pursue new and exciting ones. These are not just flights of fancy. We know that such practices abound."
posted by dhruva at 11:52 PM - 1 comment

Scientific Breakthroughs 10 Years On

Where are some of the celebrity molecules featured in past scientific breakthroughs? Science takes the time to follow up. [more inside]
posted by mark k at 9:59 PM - 3 comments

Boots (borrowed directly from our cowboy friend)

A week ago GQ published a fashion shoot featuring rock climbers (warning: autoplaying video with sound). Outdoor Research offered its own take.
posted by jedicus at 8:50 PM - 12 comments

we are the virus of the new world disorder

CyberFeminism in the 90s and An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists chronicle a wave of multimedia art that spun out of Australia's VNS Matrix, creators of the CyberFeminist Manifesto and All New Gen, a CD ROM game where "Female ‹cybersluts› and ‹guerrillas,› ‹anarcho cyber-terrorists› infiltrate cyberspace and hack into the controls and databanks of Big Daddy Mainframe, the Oedipal man". (Most links NSFW).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:26 PM - 2 comments

you can't just smash a bunch of protons together and hope it sticks.

Iron Man and the Island of Stability - Tony Stark found the Holy Grail of nuclear physics and nobody noticed [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:09 PM - 6 comments

Bored? Nothing on TV? Want some happy fun in what's left of September?

3dNES (Windows, Linux) allows you to play NES games with community-added 3d textures. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 7:19 PM - 8 comments

Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances.

Tonight at 9PM Eastern Time, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off at Hofstra University for the first 2016 Presidential Debate. Print out your Bingo cards and tune in to any of the major networks. Alternately, YouTube is partnering with NBC, PBS, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Fox News, Telemundo, and Univision to stream coverage. Twitter is offering Bloomberg coverage and Facebook is streaming ABC and PBS. You can even watch on your Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift via Altspace VR. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:14 PM - 1916 comments

In a battle between a Bald Eagle and a chicken...

A few weeks later they went after the newborn goats.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:25 PM - 21 comments

something like a cloud of sound

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time [SL p4k] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 1:14 PM - 65 comments

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Taz & Zahra

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim is a podcast by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh. [more inside]
posted by one teak forest at 1:09 PM - 2 comments

If you put a silk dress on a goat he is a goat still.

Photographer Kevin Horan took portrait photos of goats. Who could say "No" to that face? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:36 AM - 29 comments

What does chameleon really mean?

The word chameleon is often broken down to mean "lion on the ground," which is quite odd for what are generally tree-dwelling lizards. But if you look further at the etymology of its name, it indicates it could also mean "small lion," potentially because some have head-crests that could resemble a lion's mane. Oh, and people in Shakespeare's time thought chameleons ate only air, an idea that can be traced back to Pliny the Elder's description in Natural History. This notion of eating air, or surviving for long periods with no food, also fostered the notion that chameleons represented strength to survive, as possibly referenced in the Bible, so it could be that chameleon really meant "small lion" for its strength, not its appearance. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:25 AM - 17 comments

next year's most expensive Hosaka computer

Cyberdeck64 by D10D3
posted by griphus at 9:09 AM - 51 comments

How It's Made: Toxic Masculinity

"American Male, a short film [~6 min] from MTV’s Look Different Creator Competition, is a gritty look at how gender norms make it hard for us to be who we really are." [content warning: some violence]
posted by AFABulous at 9:07 AM - 57 comments

This garbage of demolishing a record has turned into a fiasco!

As useful as round-ups, retrospectives, and anniversary pieces can be for making sense of historical events, there’s no substitute for going back to primary documents. And an exceptional primary document quietly appeared on YouTube Sunday: the WSNS Channel 44 Chicago broadcast of the July 12, 1979 double-header between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Those baseball games, only one of which was ultimately played, lived on in infamy under a different name: Disco Demolition Night. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 9:00 AM - 126 comments

Happy Birthday, Ms. Andrea

Today, Andrea Dworkin, "radical feminist" would have turned 70 years old. (Trigger Warning: written depictions of rape, assault) [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 6:39 AM - 24 comments

Calligraphy ・Fashion ・Travel

Shunpu is a Tokyo-based Instagrammer who focuses on coffee and Japanese calligraphy.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:19 AM - 9 comments

Arnie's Army Left Leaderless :(

Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87. One of the all-time golfing greats, a world-class philanthropist, and an advertiser's dream was awaiting heart surgery when he passed away on Sunday, 25 September 2016. [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 2:22 AM - 35 comments

September 25

✒️🍍 🍎 ✒️

Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani at 9:42 PM - 62 comments

12 hours of light, 24 hours of dark

Ghana has one of the highest rates of access to electricity in Africa - and yet experienced 159 days of rolling blackouts last year. For Ghanaians, this causes all sorts of problems. Al-Jazeera English explores the dumsors: the electricity outages leaving Ghana in the dark. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 8:57 PM - 8 comments

"Our secret’s out"

VanMoof had a logistics problem: too many of their bikes, beloved of hipsters and retro-fans, were being mangled during shipment. Their solution? It may surprise you.
posted by Pinback at 7:47 PM - 51 comments

That's some Hot Shit....

Paqui Chips releases The Hottest Chip Ever at one chip per package. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:08 PM - 48 comments

Dust - A Short Film

Dust - by Ember Lab & Mike Grier A Sci-Fi fantasy inspired by anime and classic horror, Dust is set in a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves in an ancient city behind a massive wall. A socially marginalized tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the society that has rejected his way of life.
posted by CrystalDave at 5:06 PM - 4 comments

Can’t stop what the Black Plot Design has done

The Black Plot (trigger warning for lyrics), the new song by stoner metal masters High On Fire, boasts a trippy, Heavy Metal-esque animated video by Skinner, the artist behind many Mastodon album covers and their cat-filled video for Asleep In The Deep.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:56 PM - 9 comments

Cute is one of the most dangerous words...

Is Amelia Ulman the first great Instagram artist? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 4:00 PM - 15 comments

“The game only had a small taste of what Fernández could do.”

MLB Miami Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Killed in Boating Accident at Age of 24 [The Guardian] “Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of one of baseball’s best young players, the Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández [wiki], who was killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach early Sunday. Divers from the Miami-Dade fire rescue department recovered the bodies of Fernández, 24, and two friends from the water after the crew of a coastguard patrol boat spotted their upturned vessel at about 3.15am, it was announced at a Sunday morning press conference.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:45 PM - 48 comments

WINGARDIUM LEVILOSER

Albus Dumbledore Is Not A Responsible Educator [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:20 PM - 62 comments

How Introverted!

Am I Introverted or Just Rude KJ Dell'Antonia asks in the NY Times, if the current, um, popularity, with introversion is just a way to excuse fundamental rudeness - caring more about what you want than what others want.
posted by Death and Gravity at 2:35 PM - 94 comments

toxin, poison, venom

Tetrodotoxin-producing bacteria and their many hosts. Tetrodotoxin, an ancient alkaloid sodium-channel inhibitor, named from the pufferfish it was first isolated from, produced by several strains of bacteria with possible theraputic uses. Why 'Toxic' is Complicated [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:50 PM - 4 comments

“a rancid, corrupt way to report about science”

"Without the ability to contact independent sources, 'journalists become stenographers'". Scientific American accuses the FDA of manipulating and deceiving the press, the close-hold embargo being a major method, despite the FDA's disavowing the practice in 2011. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 11:55 AM - 17 comments

Danish "House of Memories" for people with dementia

House of Memories is a Danish living history museum created to stimulate the memories of people with dementia through sight, sound, smell and touch. A living history museum usually conjures up images of butter churns and anvils. At Den Gamle By (The Old Town) Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, you'll find all that. But tucked away in one corner of this museum, there's also something different — an entire apartment straight out of the 1950s. The "House of Memories" is not usually open to the public, and it's not aimed at schoolchildren sent to learn about a distant and exotic past. Rather, this exhibit is intended for visitors living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. And the history they've come to experience is their own. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:24 AM - 11 comments

"But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.”

Mumble the Chicken was born without eyes. A year later, Mumble — who lives with the dogs, cats, rabbits, humans and other chickens of the Cummings family in North Somerset, U.K. — has become an ambassador for disabled creatures everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:04 AM - 13 comments

The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial

"...Adding to the tragedy, is that this disaster went almost completely unnoticed by the public as later that day another, more “newsworthy” tragedy would befall the nation when beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Museum hopes to correct this oversight by preserving the memory of those lost in this tragedy and educating the public about the truth behind the only known giant octopus-ferry attack in the tri-state area."
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:11 AM - 49 comments

September 24

Detained German physicists hear about atomic bomb (transcript)

Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945) (.pdf) (via @timhwang) [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 8:30 PM - 64 comments

The hermit crab is a peculiar animal.

Herman was lying in the tide
afraid of everything,
until I took him to the safety of the city,
where he now hides
in drugs, religion, money and lust.
posted by phunniemee at 6:34 PM - 8 comments

"I know where I’m sleeping tonight. I’m sleeping at a Marriott."

Sportswriters Love Marriotts More Than You Love Anything
posted by gladly at 2:20 PM - 42 comments

Completely effin serious

Swearing has been clinically proven to reduce pain. It also is known to be processed by a different part of the brain than other kinds of language. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 12:27 PM - 49 comments

Summer is coming, or going; embrace your Beach Body with Parentz

Parentz invite you say hello or goodbye to summer with Beach Body, the music video for their vapory electro-pop + r & b single. It's warmer than their prior ice-pop/ moving-on-with-your-life-pop/ now-pop/ otter-pop/ whatever-pop EP FP&B<3Z1​:​FLY (music video: Fly) from 2013. They also have a future-pop EP, titled Big (music video: Back It Up), that they released in 2011.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:20 PM - 3 comments

Oye, you. Yes, tú. ¿Have you ever alguna vez mordido your lengua?

O quizás que había bifurcated my tongue y yo tendría la lengua bífida de un serpiente for the rest of my vida like esas personas obsesionadas con weird body modifications, Karina Quinn
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:58 AM - 24 comments

“The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege.”

Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview [Vanity Fair] As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
posted by Fizz at 8:40 AM - 42 comments

Daily life for kids in Japan.

Why Japanese bathrooms are the best. What a Japanese apartment is like. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
posted by Bee'sWing at 8:13 AM - 54 comments

I should have just eaten the 18 pounds of Red Leicester.

Deccan Chronicle: "In a study that has been widely welcomed, researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese is good for our hearts." More from [askmen] [delish] [allure] [Telegraph - mentions other studies]. The actual research article conclusion: "A high daily intake of regular-fat cheese for 12 weeks did not alter LDL cholesterol or MetS risk factors differently than an equal intake of reduced-fat cheese or an isocaloric amount of carbohydrate-rich foods."
posted by Wordshore at 6:58 AM - 40 comments

September 23

Dogs vs. Crocs

No, not the scary kind of crocs. Spencer the Irish Bulldog gets stylish prosthetics—you won't BELIEVE what happens at the end! [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:24 PM - 14 comments

Big Lonely Doug

On a sunny morning in the winter of 2011, Dennis Cronin parked his truck by the side of a dirt logging road, laced up his spike-soled cork boots, put on his red cargo vest and orange hard hat, and stepped into the trees. As he waded through the thigh-high undergrowth, something caught his attention: a Douglas fir, poking up through the forest’s canopy and with a trunk wider than his truck. It was one of the tallest trees he had ever come across in his four decades in the logging industry. Cronin reached into his vest pocket for a ribbon he rarely used, tore off a strip, and tied it to a thin root protruding from the base of the trunk. The tape wasn’t pink or orange but green, and along its length were the words “Leave Tree.”
[more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 8:51 PM - 37 comments

Weekend means filesearch comparisons and a drink (drink not provided)

From grep, ag, git grep, ucg, pt, sift comes a New Challenger: ripgrep In this article I will introduce a new command line search tool, ripgrep, that combines the usability of The Silver Searcher (an ack clone) with the raw performance of GNU grep. ripgrep is fast, cross platform (with binaries available for Linux, Mac and Windows) and written in Rust.
We will attempt to do the impossible: a fair benchmark comparison between several popular code search tools. Specifically, we will dive into a series of 25 benchmarks
posted by CrystalDave at 7:06 PM - 30 comments

Fleabag

TV needs far more seething, devastating women like Fleabag - The creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge (interview), Fleabag started as a finely tuned one woman play and made the jump to television, becoming "a precision black-humor mechanism" in the process.
posted by Artw at 3:54 PM - 37 comments

A comic (but not funny) guide to intervening in harassment

What should you do when you are a bystander to Islamophobic (or other) harassment?
posted by bq at 12:59 PM - 48 comments

Ghosts!

Raina Telgemeier's new book Ghosts came out recently to great reviews, so with five separate entries she is dominating the Times' graphic novels bestseller lists (again). [more inside]
posted by mattamatic at 12:42 PM - 16 comments

Inviting the Darkness Home

Sarah Marshall explores Why America Will Never Stop Trying To Solve JonBenét Ramsey’s Murder:
In her CNN appearance, even Patsy Ramsey described JonBenét’s death not just as a personal loss, but as part of an overarching sense that Americans had lost something larger . . . . In this case, ["justice"] does not mean that JonBenét Ramsey will come back to life, that she will grow up, that she will experience the childhood she had barely begun. It means, instead, that her death will finally be part of a story that makes sense, and that gives the public the sense of comfort that only such a story can provide.
posted by sallybrown at 12:40 PM - 70 comments

The laundry, for me, is like the frosting on the cake

This dedicated community of middle-aged men LOVES washing clothes. "Founded in 1984, the group now has 3,000 members from around the world. Members gather several times a year for what they call "wash-ins." Some even travel from as far away as Russia or Canada."
posted by AFABulous at 12:28 PM - 27 comments

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