Bill Adler's Xmas Jollies 2013, via LAtino USA this year.
Christmas music. It is bad. There is no escaping it. This playlist might help. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 4:17 PM - 1 comment
The worst thing ever written
- The terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction
posted by Artw at 4:00 PM - 10 comments
Whether taking all mankind close to the edge
with his keyboard contributions
to every punk's favorite prog-rock band Yes
, or going it solo
(in fully sequined gown) with all Six Wives of Henry VIII
all the way to the center of the earth
, or perhaps with figure skating Knights of the Round Table
, or composing the score for Ken Russell's Liztomania
in it), or doing definitive session work for the likes of David Bowie
, Black Sabbath
, or candidly singing the praises
... [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 12:10 PM - 13 comments
is probably best known for his collaborations
with Salvador Dali and for his Jump
A Latvian, he was exiled from Austria in 1931 after serving
prison time for patricide and went to Paris where his photographic career really began
; also this series of magnum galleries
shows the full diversification of his work.
posted by adamvasco at 9:11 AM - 3 comments
John Bell Hood’s Leg
— "This marked Hood’s third major combat injury; he had suffered an arrow through the hand while fighting Comanche Indians in 1857, and had lost the function of his left arm after being struck by shell fragments at Gettysburg. Hood was a famous general, but he now faced an outlook shared by hundreds of thousands of other soldiers who were likewise injured during the war. He became dependent on the kindness of strangers, like the Little family, in order to start his long road to recovery in the midst of a realization that he would live the rest of his life as a disabled man." By Brian Craig Miller
, New York Times
, December 20, 2013.
posted by cenoxo at 9:08 AM - 9 comments
You or someone you know, at one time or another, might have taken a blade of grass, positioned it between thumbs or fingers, and made some sound, a note or two, by blowing over it. You can actually do the same with certain other things, like, say, fish scales. But chances are that neither you nor anyone you know can make music like the music Marin Toma of Romania, back in the 1930s, made with a fish scale. I mean, hey, just listen to this
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:16 AM - 20 comments
Every year the British Medical Journal publishes a special Christmas edition
posted by alby at 5:29 AM - 11 comments
Why is pop music so sad?
(PDF) published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways.
Over the years, popular recordings became longer in duration and the proportion of female artists increased. There was also an increase in the use of minor mode and a decrease in average tempo, confirming that popular music became more sad-sounding over time.
) [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 4:56 AM - 42 comments
] has been released. [more inside]
posted by 7segment at 2:38 AM - 80 comments
on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word. [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 1:09 AM - 96 comments
The oral history
of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."
posted by Chrysostom at 8:00 PM - 61 comments
A Christmas Boner
is a complete retelling of A Christmas Carol, with the added wrinkle of Scrooge's constant erection. Completely puerile, completely giggle inducing.
posted by yellowbinder at 7:49 PM - 25 comments
"We can go to science fiction for its sense of wonder, its power to take us to far-off places and future times. We can go to political fiction to understand injustice in our own time, to see what should change. We may go to poetry — epic or lyric, old or new — for what cannot change, for a sense of human limits, as well as for the music in its words. And if we want all those things at once — a sense of escape, a sense of injustice, a sense of mortality and an ear for language — we can read the stories of James Tiptree, Jr.
," the reclusive, award-winning author whose vague biography started out in the Congo, routed through a period as a painter, then service as a photo intelligence officer in WWII, and finally a researcher and teacher of "soft" sciences before getting to writing science fiction
. There was another facet that was only guessed at by some, dismissed by others: the fact that "Uncle Tip," and his reclusive friend, the former school teacher Racoona Sheldon, were the same person. And they were Alice Bradley Sheldon
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:32 PM - 27 comments
"They sit cross-legged, facing each other, six thousand miles apart. Then he strokes her cheek." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 6:55 PM - 9 comments
delightful photography series Lady Manes
was just featured on HuffPo.
It is very much not safe for work.
posted by showbiz_liz at 4:53 PM - 33 comments
, one of the most influential of 20th century statisticians, passed away on December 14 at age 90. Lindley was a strong advocate for Bayesian statistics before it was widely popular.
What is Bayesian statistics and why was Dennis Lindley important? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 4:04 PM - 13 comments
And if a series of well-timed massacres by the regime would provoke outrage in the West, Assad also knew that images of carnage would cause Gulf states to arm the Islamist opposition and escalate the sectarian warfare. This was his strategy: to make intervention so unpalatable that the international community would take no steps to alter the course of the conflict. “These jihadists who have come in, largely courtesy of private Gulf money, these are his enemies of choice,” says Frederic C. Hof, the Obama administration’s former envoy to the Syrian opposition and currently a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “I call it a coalition of co-dependency.”
- An in-depth piece in The New Republic Examines Bashar Al Assad
posted by beisny at 3:52 PM - 7 comments
"Undisclosed until now was that RSA received $10 million in a deal that set the NSA formula as the preferred, or default, method for number generation in the BSafe software
, according to two sources familiar with the contract. Although that sum might seem paltry, it represented more than a third of the revenue that the relevant division at RSA had taken in during the entire previous year, securities filings show." Previous
posted by stoneweaver at 3:41 PM - 64 comments
Do you have a horse that you want to dress up in a costume but can't decide which
costume? Then check out the Horse Fancy Dress ideas blog
. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 2:25 PM - 24 comments
A federal judge has ruled Utah's Amendment 3
is unconstitutional. [more inside]
posted by msbutah at 1:44 PM - 151 comments
Best known for creating the nostalgic mash-up REMEMBER
), Youtube user Thepeterson teams up with Slackstory to create another video clip time machine: REMEMBER 1994
posted by The Whelk at 1:23 PM - 16 comments
, consisting of Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and James Dean Jay Byrd, first surfaced
in New York city in 1992, touting themselves
as the first openly gay country music act. That same year, they preformed Y'all's First Xmas Xtravagaza: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 12:41 PM - 5 comments
The Millions has finished its Year In Reading for 2013.
Sixty-eight people, including Metafilter's own Stephen Dodson,
write about the books they read in 2013. Highlights include Choire Sicha,
editor at The Awl, Sergio de la Pava,
who wrote A Naked Singularity
, and Rachel Kushner,
who wrote The Flamethrowers
. Full list here.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 10:14 AM - 18 comments
Michael Walden satisfies a 30-year search for the magazine glimpsed in WarGames
with help from the efforts of the Internet Archive
posted by gilrain at 9:59 AM - 60 comments
There is a fundamental disconnect between large-scale, for-profit media and the crushing power of enthusiasm, which is that when they try to control it, it instantly isn't real. It's patently unreal. It's excitement given life by force, Pet Sematary-style.
But when they don't control it, it isn't profitable. And that means that when they run into people excited about their stuff, they vacillate between an Ebenezerian lack of generosity and a Professor-Harold-Hillian smarm. To own enthusiasm and to exploit it are competing instincts, much as they often seem to be twins. You can, in fact, sometimes best exploit it — or only exploit it — by leaving it alone.
-- In what could be considered a Metafilter Manifesto, Mefi's own Linda Holmes
takes on the multivariate economics of fandom and the internet.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:57 AM - 20 comments
24 million gallons of jet fuel have been leaking from Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base for 60 some years. And nobody seems very concerned about it.
posted by fontophilic at 9:55 AM - 40 comments
The book reviewed.
. The TED talk
. The interview
with Nick Gillespie from Reason
magazine. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 9:53 AM - 3 comments
...They have got up among themselves a periodical called THE LOWELL OFFERING, "a repository of original articles, written exclusively by females actively employed in the mills," -- which is duly printed, published, and sold; and whereof I brought away from Lowell four hundred good solid pages, which I have read from beginning to end...Of the merits of the Lowell Offering as a literary production I will only observe, putting entirely out of sight the fact of the articles having been written by these girls after the arduous labours of the day, that it will compare advantageously with a great many English Annuals. It is pleasant to find that many of its Tales are of the Mills, and of those who work in them; that they inculcate habits of self-denial and contentment, and teach good doctrines of enlarged benevolence.
On an early leg of his 1842 American tour
, Charles Dickens paid a visit
to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he toured the famous river-powered textile mills and met some of the thousands of young women employed there
. The literary journal he carried away, the Offering
, inculcated certain of its benevolent doctrines through stories about Christmas, ghosts, mystic journeys through time and space, and mystic journeys through time and space with ghosts. Soon after his return to England, Dickens published A Christmas Carol
. Coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:36 AM - 13 comments
For years we've been told that our laptop cameras and webcams are "hardwired" to an LED such that the camera can't be turned on without triggering the light. Yeah, you can see where this is going
(the original paper
). The exploit works on pre-2008 Macs, though other laptops and webcams could be vulnerable to a similar exploit. The researchers have a kernel extension to prevent this
on 2007 / 2008 MacBooks. My preferred solution
for the rest of us.
posted by dirigibleman at 8:31 AM - 91 comments
144 characters can ruin a lifetime of work.
In September, The University of Kansas suspended a tenured journalism professor for a tweet. On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted a new rule that says that faculty members and other employees can be fired for "improper use of social media", including when the usage "is contrary to the best interest of the university." [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 8:17 AM - 76 comments
"Tiny plastic beads used in hundreds of toiletries like facial scrubs and toothpastes are slipping through water treatment plants and turning up by the tens of millions in the Great Lakes. " (NYT)
This new environmental threat is particularly worrisome because the beads float and look like fish's normal food. The toxins in the beads tend to degrade slowly, so they bioaccumulate and are passed up the food chain. The majority of the beads appear to enter the lakes when storms cause wastewater treatment plants to overflow
posted by DoubleLune at 8:16 AM - 52 comments
An explanation of the most confusing car buttons and symbols
is illuminating (what does the "Funk" button do?) but even better is this comment thread featuring
an incredibly funny interpretation of some particular obscure symbols. If bad design has you down, look at some of the most amazing in-car graphics
for contrast. Jalopnik has been compiling these lists for awhile, with the help of their readers. Some other favorites: the cheapest cars ever sold
, the worst highway exits
, worst taxi experiences
, misleading car names
, coolest non-US space projects
, oldest military vehicles in service
, best car print ads
, coolest car keys
, and, more practically - things you shouldn't ignore on your car
if they go wrong and the 10 cars most recommended by readers
posted by blahblahblah at 7:58 AM - 44 comments
After years of speculation and stagnation, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was reportedly passed
by Uganda's parliament. Early reports indicate the bill passed despite a possible lack of quorum
. A full history of the bill and additional context on LGBT rights in Uganda can be found here
posted by duffell at 7:50 AM - 22 comments
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down Canada's prostitution laws
saying that bans on street soliciting, brothels and people living off the avails of prostitution are arbitrary and create severe dangers for vulnerable women. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 7:12 AM - 37 comments
Spotify marks today's death of Winamp (previously
) by releasing Spotiamp
, a winamp-inspired player for Spotify Premium subscribers with a built-in shoutcast
server and compatibility with Winamp visualization plugins.
More info and downloads here
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:04 AM - 19 comments
For the latest edition of The Food Lab J. Kenji Lopez-Alt made 1,536 cookies in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
posted by Karmeliet at 3:36 AM - 52 comments
Simpsons animator and cute animal comicker Liz Climo (previously here
) is currently doing her own version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" featuring her bear and bunny characters: Day 1
, Day 2
, Day 3
, Day 4
, Day 5
, Day 6
, Day 7
, Day 8
(and more to come),
Meanwhile, those always wacky and seldom subtle folks at Cards Against Humanity (also previously here
) are doing "12 Days of Holiday Bullshit"
, as 100,000 people reportedly sent them $12 to get 12 daily gifts, also being made available online (including a special Day 8 package for comics lovers!) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:03 AM - 17 comments
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