October 2017 Archives

October 15

They were just drug dealers in lab coats.

THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S TRIUMPH OVER THE DEA Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, a Washington Post and ‘60 Minutes’ investigation finds. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 9:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Assorted cuteness

22 Dogs Who Just Want To Say Hello
20 Totally Random Animal Photos That Will Make You Pee Yourself
22 Photos That Prove It's Easier With A Second Dog
28 Bizarre Photoshopped Hybrid Animals We Wish Existed IRL
20 Dogs Who Are Doing Us A Kindness
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Be a Planetarium and Explore

Kelli Anderson has a new interactive pop-up The Planetarium that works. Not only do things pop-up but there are tools to use. If I still collected movable books, this one would already be in my collection. And she has a fabulous website to explore, among which is a pop-up with a working pinhole camera. Here's the link to the website blog. She does a lot more than just pop-ups, as you'll see. Enjoy!
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:29 PM PST - 2 comments

*mufled EDM beats in the distance*

Alex the Kid and Butch Callinan: They're a couple of lonesome cowboys with dusty pasts. But perhaps, with the help of Molly Lewis and Ol' Jim Barnes, they might be able to find a place...for both of us.
posted by KChasm at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Hi, my name is Emily. I am 9 years old and this is my seventeenth video

Emily's drum cover of "Be Yourself" by Audioslave (check out the subtle sideways glance at 4:05). Emily posts videos of her drum covers of rock songs, and has been doing so for a while. The drum only audio track for the linked Audioslave song. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 4:23 PM PST - 15 comments

I paint the way I do because I’m just plain scared.

Known in Chicago as the Queen of the Bohemian Artists ; in her papers is an elegy from Studs Terkel who had interviewed her for radio - “To Queen Gertrude, You are regal—And we love you—Studs.”
Mainly self taught, Gertrude Stein in 1935 advised her to ‘draw better'.
She lived and moved in the Chicago Jazz scene inspiring Richie Powell to write Gertrude's Bounce as she walked "just like the way the rhythm sounds in the Introduction". Her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago became a salon of sorts for such writers and musicians as Dizzy Gilespie, Sonny Rollins, Billie Holiday, among others.
posted by adamvasco at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → Ⓑ Ⓐ START

The Quest To Make A Better Video Game Controller [Kotaku] “Next time you play a video game, look down at the controller in your hand. Is it comfortable? Does it work well with the game you're playing? Are your fingers all being used efficiently? If you could change one thing, what would it be? About 10 years ago, after permutations ranging from Atari 2600 joysticks to Sega Genesis "C" buttons, console game controllers arrived at something resembling a standard. A modern console controller must have: Two clickable sticks and a D-pad, four face buttons, a pair of triggers, a start and options button, and a pair of shoulder buttons. That configuration has held steady for at least one full console generation. The modern PS4 controller, Xbox One controller, and Nintendo Switch Pro controller all have more or less the same functionality as their predecessors. Of course, some people still think it's time for new ideas.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:40 PM PST - 43 comments

"That's a man who doesn't know what to do with a horse."

Conan O'Brien Didn't Ask David Letterman For A Horse After Conan O'Brien wrote a loving farewell tribute article to David Letterman, Letterman repaid the gesture with a most unusual gift. [SLYT]
posted by Servo5678 at 2:28 PM PST - 20 comments

#asymmetryissexy #imnotyourinspiration

When Vasu Sojitra was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs.
Today, he is:
a back country skier “Skiing down isn’t hard, but it’s just constantly pulling myself up the mountain that is.”
a mountaineer “On the climb itself, I just strapped my crutches to my backpack and just climbed with my hands and foot. Nothing too crazy.”
and Tony Hawk’s recent inspiration. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence

A discourse on the potential of AI, with air-planes and alarms. An interesting essay on the difficulty of predicting technological advances, with a focus on whether a clear signal of imminent A.I. will be apparent even to those in the field.
posted by bitmage at 2:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Alternative twitter feed

A livestream of hummingbirds, along with wasps and the occasional woodpecker, coming and going from a feeder somewhere in West Texas.
posted by daisystomper at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

She's a good girl, loves her mama

8 European kids living with disabilities experience zero gravity. The experience was made possible by the European Space Agency, and Novespace, a subsidiary of French CNES. The kids rode a converted Airbus A310 which flew in repeated parabolic arcs to simulate the effects of zero-gravity without having to visit space.
posted by growabrain at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

"we should not expect the first NS-NS GWs to be accompanied by a GRB"

20 months after announcing the first gravitational wave detection, and two weeks after winning the Nobel Prize, the LIGO-Virgo collaboration returns to the National Press Club on Monday morning at 10 am to reveal "groundbreaking observations" relating to "an astronomical phenomenon that has never been witnessed before." (live stream links: 1 2) [more inside]
posted by pjenks at 10:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Fish's famous foul-up

30 years ago the UK was battered by hurricane strength winds in the Great Storm of 1987, following a now notorious weather forecast by Micheal Fish. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:29 AM PST - 24 comments

a small win against 'just trash it' attitude

Monsieur Pep has been repairing umbrellas in Paris for nearly fifty years. (2:20 SLYoutube) It is the only umbrella repair shop in France.
posted by freethefeet at 3:16 AM PST - 16 comments

14 Links Definitely Not Intended as Free Promotion for Another Country

Erin Chack (senior editor at Buzzfeed) tells how "I Accidentally Became Famous In Another Country" in a video summarized as "One BuzzFeed article leads to a country-wide campaign involving newspapers, fundraising, and the highest level of government." [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 12:04 AM PST - 18 comments

October 14

a watercolor sci-fi comic about a boy robot in a dangerous world

Descender is a comic book printed by Image Comics, publisher of many sweet creator-owned titles. It's written by Jeff Lemire of Old Man Logan, Black Hammer, and Essex County. The artist is the inimitable Dustin Nguyen, whose work (mostly in watercolor) graces such titles as Streets of Gotham, Manifest Eternity, Secret Hero Society, and Lil Gotham. It's a sci-fi story about Tim-21, a boy robot designed to be a child's companion, and his adventures in a world where robots are hunted. There are four volumes out so far in trade paperback, collecting the first 21 issues. It's very pretty-- this Kotaku Australia review has some pictures.
posted by 4th number at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Bishop's Hat, Fan, Bird of Paradise, Crown

Napkin folding is an old art, which reached its height between 1600 and 1850. But you probably just want to know how to fold fancy napkins, in which case check Buzzfeed, Bumblebee Linens, or the Napkin Folding Guide. (Previously)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

"the transmutation of information into common myth."

Some Early Facebook Employees Regret The Monster They Created. Not among them, says Max Read, is Mark Zuckerberg, who may not even know what Facebook is
In late September, Zuckerberg apologized for being initially “dismissive” about the problem of misinformation but insisted Facebook’s “broader impact” on politics was more important. He’s probably right, but I’m not sure he should want to be. What happens to politics when what he calls our “social infrastructure” is refashioned by Facebook?
Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook into a behemoth whose power he underestimates [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:33 PM PST - 120 comments

Ellison and Parks on Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks and their collaboration on what "invisible Man" means.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

The snids (snail kids) are all right

Jeremy the left-coiled snail has died but his life was an inspiration to science. An international volunteer effort to find him a left-coiled (sinistral) mate even inspired a song. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 7:47 PM PST - 18 comments

It should be called 'correctile dysfunction'

Where do mansplainers get their water? From a well, actually 🗣️
posted by Thella at 6:07 PM PST - 73 comments

Breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent since 1989

Washington Post: "Breast cancer death rates increased by 0.4 percent per year from 1975 to 1989, according to the study. After that, mortality rates decreased rapidly, for a 39 percent drop overall through 2015. The report, the latest to document a long-term reduction in breast-cancer mortality, attributed the declines to both improvements in treatments and to early detection by mammography."
posted by jazzbaby at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

The magnificent 139

Bill Wyman (no, the other one) ranks every song the Clash ever recorded. I am happy to report that #139 is "We Are the Clash," off Cut the Crap. I'm pretty sure we can all agree on that, at least.
posted by scratch at 3:08 PM PST - 72 comments

Mr. Vampire (and kin) - experience the adventure! Embrace the darkness!

Clear some time for kung fu comedy with spooks and spirits, because here comes Mr. Vampire (YT, trailer)! While the Sammo Hung production isn't the first Hong Kong comedy horror fighting film to feature a jiangshi, or hopping corpses or vampires of Chinese folklore, it's the one that created a franchise and inspired numerous sequels and tributes. As a successful special effects driven 80’s comedy, it is often compared to Ghostbusters, but, you know, with martial arts. Let's dive into the world of Chinese folklore in HK comedy horror! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:28 PM PST - 12 comments

“It is not noble men we are dominating, but savage orcs.”

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War can’t decide if it thinks orcs are people too [The A.V. Club] “There’s a horrible reality underneath all the blood and bombast of Shadow Of War: When you “dominate” an orc, you are erasing its agency and enslaving it. There’s really no two ways around it. The notion that this entire game is built upon the act of removing another living thing’s will and using them as an object is an unsettling truth that you’re forced to confront over and over again. Sometimes it’s not enough to brainwash your enemy. Sometimes you also have to explode your allies’ heads or steal their life like the miserable vampire you are. Sometimes the people around you will question your methods, pointing out that the Ring Of Power enabling your domination has been used time and again to deceive and corrupt others and that its use never ends well for the wearer. [...] The game clearly wants you to think about what you’ve spent dozens of hours doing, or at the very least, it’s finally accepted the fact that there’s really no escaping the hypocrisy and ugliness of its entire conceit.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:56 PM PST - 62 comments

We don't need no interwebz

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones
posted by infini at 10:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Baby Pong

No, not that kind—the smelly kind! Skunk babies are irresistible and adorable. Even mama cats like them. And no post is complete without a puppy. Bonus: 15 Skunk Facts. (Cute skunks previously)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:33 AM PST - 21 comments

We offer them neither our empathy nor our respect

America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People (SL CityLab) [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 7:57 AM PST - 78 comments

uʍop ǝpᴉsdn ǝɥʇ oʇ ʞɔɐq ǝɯoɔlǝʍ

Stranger Things series 2 final trailer. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Float like a butterfly, sting like a moth

Mothing is generally a fairly low-key hobby. But even in the UK, it can get a bit lively; and in some parts of the world, it can be really quite intense. [more inside]
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 4:29 AM PST - 13 comments

In Telepathic Society, One Who Can Hide Thoughts Is King

Hugh Howey: How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine - "Unlike the direction most autonomous vehicle research is going—where engineers want to teach their car how to do certain things safely—our team will instead be teaching an array of sensors all over a city grid to watch other cars and guess what they're doing." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:21 AM PST - 25 comments

October 13

Two recent short stories by Jess Zimmerman

"Never Quiet Again" (Catapult, May 12, 2017): "It's not that we don't remember what it was like before the sound. If you asked us, we could tell you." "All the Ways He Won't Die" (Catapult, Feb. 17, 2017): "Someday he'll meet a fate I didn't think of, and that will be my fault, too." Jess Zimmerman has several notable previouslies, e.g 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
posted by Wobbuffet at 10:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Kosovo's First Ever Pride Parade

On October 10th, a couple of hundred LGBT people marched in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, for that country's first ever Pride parade. Oddly, the coverage is only in the German press: blu.fm [Google Translate], Mannschaft Magazin [Google Translate]. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:59 PM PST - 4 comments

From boiling lead and black art: Eddie Smith on math typography

What makes Knuth’s role in typographical history so special was just how much he cared about the appearance of typography in the 1970s—and the fact that he used his technical abilities to emulate the art he so appreciated from the Monotype era. Eddie Smith at Practically Efficient essays some 6000 words on the history of mathematical typography.
posted by cgc373 at 7:48 PM PST - 28 comments

Happy Friday the 13th

Simon's Cat: Spider Cat Edition (slyt) (previously)
posted by aniola at 7:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Marie Curie in WW I with Doughnuts

Curie built traveling x-ray vehicles for battlefield use. She had been told to take a break from radium for her health's sake, and she did. During the break, she designed and had built these traveling x-ray vehicles to take triage and diagnoses to the front line. Meanwhile, to help morale, the Doughnut Dollies were making and handing out hot fresh doughnuts to the troops. doughnut heroines
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:26 PM PST - 17 comments

“If it's not broken, don't fix it,”

Humble Bundle has been acquired by media giant IGN. [Gamasutra] “Media giant IGN announced today that it has acquired Humble Bundle, the company best known for selling packs of indie games at pay-what-you-want prices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is potentially a big deal for game developers, since Humble has expanded beyond its bundling business to publish games, pay devs to make games for its subscription-based monthly game club, maintain a subscription-based online game trove, and operate an online game storefront. However, a press release confirming the deal also noted that Humble will continue to operate independently in the wake of the acquisition, with no significant business or staffing changes.”
posted by Fizz at 1:50 PM PST - 31 comments

“I told you so. You damned fools.”

As part of writing a literary biography of H.G. Wells, SF author and critic Adam Roberts is reading and blogging about everything Wells wrote.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

"Puerto Rico’s colonial reality"

The Way We Talk About Puerto Rico Is Bullshit
The Media Really Has Neglected Puerto Rico [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:30 PM PST - 24 comments


Director Barry Jenkins, in partnership with The Chopstars has released a chopped and screwed version of the Grizzly Bear albums Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. [more inside]
posted by sleeping bear at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Don't call them X-babies!

A trailer for The New Mutants has creeped outta the shadows. Bear with it, there's a different feel to it, the breakdown is here, with plenty of potential spoilers. What are The New Mutants? Only one of the best comic books you've probably never read.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:12 AM PST - 50 comments

Criminalizing a Boycott

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit arguing a Kansas law requiring all state contractors to certify that they aren’t boycotting Israel violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Text of the complaint, Koontz v. Watson, is here. [more inside]
posted by marycatherine at 10:05 AM PST - 25 comments

They survived six hours in a pool as their neighborhood burned

"Jan Pascoe and her husband, John, were trapped. The world was on fire, and Jan was hyperventilating from fear. Then they remembered their neighbors’ pool."
posted by the turtle's teeth at 8:38 AM PST - 28 comments

Random Ties that Bind

Match.com went live in 1995. A new wave of dating websites, such as OKCupid, emerged in the early 2000s. And the 2012 arrival of Tinder changed dating even further. Today, more than one-third of marriages start online. Clearly, these sites have had a huge impact on dating behavior. But now the first evidence is emerging that their effect is much more profound.

Online dating may be enhancing racial integration and building stronger marriages. MIT Technology Review writes about a recent study.
posted by polywomp at 8:31 AM PST - 56 comments

All the colors, see the colors, feel the colors ... do you feel alive?

If you're looking to be properly un-spoopy in October, specifically on today, Friday the 13th, Beck's 13th studio album Colors might be the thing for you, if you want some solid, generally upbeat dance-rock. "It's like if the Clash decided to bring in some disco and hip-hop beats," he explains. "I wanted the songs to sound great in the car or at a party." (Sydney Morning Herald interview with Andrew Murfett, with a long look at Beck's life and musical career) If that sounds like your kind of thing, you can stream it on YouTube, Apple Music or Spotify via Pitchfork, and Soundcloud Go+. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments


After the banning of Rose McGowan showed that nothing's changed at Twitter, a flood of users have decided to boycott Twitter today. The tweets that got McGowan temporarily banned were part of the conversation about sexual harassment in the film industry prompted by allegations against Harvey Weinstein (previously).
posted by clawsoon at 4:11 AM PST - 278 comments

October 12

"I think that such ‘ambivalent’ emotions can be embodied"

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s sculptures include large intricate skeletal memento mori which achieve just what their titles describe—figures gripped by the bones beneath the skin. He also carves strange figures with multiple heads [making-of] which depict human indecision, ambiguity, the swinging change of mood daily wrought by life like an unmoored boat upon torturous seas. And then we have the split personalities or “glitches,” the two-head figures that capture “the hesitations or inconsistencies” that we can never answer.
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:44 PM PST - 6 comments

The angry sea will kill us all

"The respondents were asked to rate various statements that echoed their thoughts about climate change. A common reply was 'the angry sea will kill us all,' the line from the popular song which tapped into the national sense of futility. Many of the i-Kiribati have accepted migration may be necessary. Where do they go, when the sea rises?" [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

For decades, that open-endedness has brought players back to the table

At FiveThirtyEight, Gus Wezerek asks, "Is Your D&D Character Rare?": "We got a peek at what kind of characters everyone is building, and a lot of players are sticking close to reality." Going beyond basic descriptors, Neal Litherland at Improved Initiative explores uncommon ways to think about Pathfinder characters in a regular feature: "Unusual Character Concepts," e.g. "The Farmer Ranger," "The Heretic," and "The Pill-Popping Paladin." And in an interview about the podcast Tell Me About Your Character, Steve Keller praises "that off-the-cuff, excited meander" exemplified in his first interview about someone's favorite character.
posted by Wobbuffet at 7:24 PM PST - 75 comments

Prototyping Tools Roundup

Decent roundup of tools to help designers create interactive prototypes and wireframes. The prototyping and interactive design space has been changing rapidly. Sitepoint has provided thumbnail sketches of 15 of the top ones, as well as videos showing them in action.
posted by jenkinsEar at 6:10 PM PST - 8 comments

"He has the posture of a warrior. Brash. Worldly. Fearless."

On This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch presents an erotic reading of longtime Globe & Mail columnist Margaret Wente's column on the New Democrat Party's new leader, Jagmeet Singh, with the help of an actor resembling Jagmeet Singh, moody lighting, strawberries and wine, and at least a litre of maple syrup.
posted by orange swan at 4:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Bowling Architecture & Culture, Old & New

These extravagant alleys in Germany might be found in a Wes Anderson movie. Though the bowling culture has declined precipitously in Germany, several of these alleys are still pristine. Here in the US, there's a mostly forgotten set of alleys in the basement of churches, many also forgotten church alleys. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 2:31 PM PST - 31 comments

This is how many women practice self-preservation: we vanish.

"On the way out, I demanded he never touch or speak to me again or I would address his behavior publicly. Then, the demoralizing introspections: Should I voice this now—potentially putting a wedge in their marriage and positioning myself for backlash and ostracism? Should I do as I said and await a future transgression—again, knowing ostracism would be almost certain? How important to me is my inclusion in this community? This group helped me climb free of my divorce-induced depression, gifted me a network of peers, offered encouragement, but now this—and it would most certainly land in the murk of he-said/she-said. More specifically, he stays or I stay. And why? Why is this litany of concerns mine to bear—not his? All I did was eat a goddamn salad. " A Dossier of Red Flags: Literary Encounters with (White, Straight, Cis) Men by Jeanann Verlee
posted by a fiendish thingy at 1:55 PM PST - 23 comments

"like carpet"

John Carpenter - Christine music video for a track off the soon to be released Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 album. Interview. Another interview. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:03 AM PST - 25 comments

"And the food was always phenomenal"

The Untold Story Of America's Southern Chinese "There's a rather unknown community of Chinese-Americans who've lived in the Mississippi Delta for more than a hundred years. They played an important role in the segregated South in the middle of the 20th century. Join us as we get a taste of Southern Chinese food and learn about the unique history of the Delta Chinese." [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 10:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet

The Frizzle Fry/Seas of Cheese/Pork Soda era lineup of Primus - Larry Lalonde, Les Claypool, and Tim 'Herb' Alexander - return with The Desaturating Seven. A concept album based on Ul De Rico’s colorfully illustrated children’s book The Rainbow Goblins and accompanied by a porcine narration of that book, "...in addition to being unsettling, it’s a vibrant, knotted work of screwball fun." (AV Club)
posted by Existential Dread at 10:18 AM PST - 21 comments

“Swashbuckling adventure crossed with literary criticism...”

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is the Monster Mashup We Need [The Verge] “Goss introduces us to Mary Jekyll, whose well-regarded scientist father died when she was a child. While cleaning up her recently deceased mother’s affairs, she learns of an account in her name supporting someone named Hyde. With the death of her mother, her first priority is to get her household back in order, and to figure out how to pay off old debts. She enlists the services of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to investigate, believing the person to be a notorious and brutal associate of her father’s, Edward Hyde, who is wanted for murder. Mary hopes the money from a long-offered reward would help set her house in order. Instead of the wanted criminal, she discovers that the money is supporting a feisty young woman named Diana Hyde, left in the care of a charitable organization.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:13 AM PST - 28 comments

“When will you bring back socialism?”

“In some cases – as with Greece’s Syriza, Spain’s Podemos and France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon – the leftist explosion took place outside the political mainstream. In Britain, it happened within the venerable Labour Party. Young recruits were joined by older returners who had left the party during the Blair years. The membership swelled from 200,000 in May 2015 to 299,755, with a further 189,703 affiliated supporters and 121,295 registered supporters (at more than 600,000, Labour’s membership is now among the highest in western Europe).“ - How the Labour left triumphed: the inside story, George Eaton (New Statesmen)
posted by The Whelk at 9:40 AM PST - 50 comments

land, money, labor, and stains

The Forgotten Kingpins Who Conspired to Save California Wine [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Culture is a very complicated and hard thing to understand and get right

A father and a daughter driving after baseball practice. A momentary glimpse of a peacock. An ignored phone call from Mom. The Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.” All of these are part of Toyota’s marketing campaign for its new Camry. But which commercial you get to see may depend, in part, on what ethnicity you are.
Different Ads, Different Ethnicities, Same Car
posted by timshel at 6:16 AM PST - 72 comments

V (not) for Veracity

(Musical) Interpretation: A Case for a Broad Perspective
posted by Gyan at 12:22 AM PST - 13 comments

October 11

Canoe odysseys

Nine rivers. Lake of the Woods to Arctic Ocean. Gulf of Mexico to Arctic Ocean. Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean. 28,000 miles around and across North America. Highlights: "Our first big river, the kind that we dream about in wintertime." A bear and a wolf, playing. Maps. "Beautiful glass days on the lake." Lowlights: Bugs. Bugs. Ice. So many bugs.
posted by clawsoon at 11:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Go home baby pandas / you are drunk

In 2003, scientists from Zoo Atlanta, Chengdu, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding published a study that described trends in the behavior of giant panda cubs. Among other findings, this study confirmed that falling was a normal and expected part of the play of the giant panda cubs being reared by their mother. [...] In celebration of our giant panda cubs second birthday on October 13, we at the Toronto Zoo wanted to show you just how promising the development of Canada’s first giant panda cubs has been over the last 24 months. It’s a bunch of baby pandas falling on their little baby panda baby butts! [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Two legs are better than none

Move over, Duncan Lou Who, and make room for a couple of feline bipeds. Rocket was born without hind legs and lives in Berlin. Anakin, a feral cat like Rocket, has no pelvis or hind legs: he lives in Pensacola. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Undiscovered Classic PS1: Petscop

Despite the first generation of 3D consoles being long since dead, intrepid archivists, thrifters, and antiquarians are still uncovering before unknown alphas, betas, and demos (e.g. The Cutting Room Floor). Recently an anonymous YouTube Let's Player found a demo for an unfinished Pokemon style game called "Petscop" for the PS1 from the unknown developer Garalina. They have been playing through the game, which is much longer than it seems like it should be, and reporting on their progress: starting with the first video here. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:35 PM PST - 17 comments

"Perfect in so many ways"

The Jonny Greenwood-approved short film, Each Radiohead album described with Spongebob
posted by palindromic at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What walks down stairs, alone or in OH MY GOD

I have been using slinkys all wrong (SLYT)
posted by smoke at 3:29 PM PST - 60 comments


Why Do Hong Kong Restaurants Serve Borscht? (The Overlooked History of Russian Hong Kong.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 3:07 PM PST - 34 comments

LA Metro raises the bar on transit etiquette campaigns

LA Metro has a new Japanese-inspired etiquette campaign staring You Tube personality Anna Akana. (Autoplay video on her page). They are fun and silly and we need more fun and silly.
posted by agatha_magatha at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

SKVLL CVLTS, where the dead are not gone or forgotten

"Skull cult" is a term for rituals of human skull decoration and transformation during the Neolithic in the west between 9,000-4,000 years ago. In several archaeological sites, we find skulls that have been painted, perforated, and used for...something. In the first episode of Ars Technica's video short series Ancient People Did Stuff, Annalee Newitz summarizes what is known about the skull cults at Göbekli Tepe and Çatalhöyük, where some skulls were plastered and painted and painted red, though the reason or purpose is still unclear. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

“Do you know what happened to me on Dizengoff Street?"

I Have a Message for You (NYT Op-Docs) is a short video documentary by Matan Rochlitz about holocaust survivor Klara Prowisor. "To escape Auschwitz, she left her father to die. Decades later, she got a message from him."
posted by amf at 11:42 AM PST - 31 comments

"We'll call it, 'The Bloody Awful'"

"We bought a small bottle of Jamesons Irish Whiskey and a tub of single cream and hurried back. It was a lovely May morning. 1973. Underdogs Sunderland had just won the FA Cup. We mixed the two ingredients in our kitchen, tasted the result and it was certainly intriguing, but in reality bloody awful. Undaunted, we threw in some sugar and it got better, but it still missed something."
In 1973, I invented a ‘girly drink’ called Baileys (David Gluckman for The Irish Times)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:17 AM PST - 59 comments

This will go over well...

Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
posted by ShawnString at 10:59 AM PST - 105 comments

Hip Hop and the Man

This is a story of a man who was a rapper and had to find himself again among aged Jews. Absolutely fascinating. He was an up and coming rapper, just becoming a star, got beaten and lost himself, and found himself again after years in an old folks home. The difference between his former self and his new self and what it meant to recapture or relive or recreate memory illuminates what being human is.
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

California reduces penalty for knowingly transmitting HIV

Previously a felony, knowing transmission of HIV is now a misdemeanor in California. (Single link WaPo). Critics of the previous law note that few cases were knowing or malicious and the law unfairly targeted those engaging in sex work, women, and minorities.
posted by stillmoving at 10:24 AM PST - 49 comments

Like The Settling Of Oklahoma, But With Catgirls

On October 10th, Square Enix released patch 4.1 for Final Fantasy XIV, The Legend Returns. While there were many long awaited features released in the path, such as the first part of the Final Fantasy Tactics themed 24 man raid Return to Ivalice, one part of the patch stood above all else: The fourth player housing area, Shirogane, would finally be opened for sales of land. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Yes, I said. It’s real.

The title refers to the extra stitch sometimes given to a woman after the area between her vagina and anus is either torn or cut during childbirth. The purpose of the extra stitch is to make the vagina tighter than it was before childbirth in order to increase the husband’s pleasure during sex.
Jane Dykema: What I Don’t Tell My Students About ‘The Husband Stitch’.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:05 AM PST - 92 comments

You have given us confidence to go out and fight the fight

Ninja Theory releases a very special "accolades" trailer for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and promises a donation to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The trailer highlights some of the many touching messages received by Ninja Theory since the launch of the game. Hellbladehelp.info connects players to local mental health support organizations. [more inside]
posted by adept256 at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Nothing about her can rightly be called a small detail

Melanie Gillman's #24HourComic "SWEETROCK" about a Giantess that visits a town once a year. [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Delivering medical supplies by drone

The company Zipline have built a drone delivery system for medical supplies. For areas of the world where road infrastructure is limited, this service can cut delivery times from four hours to fifteen minutes. They have been running in Rwanda for over a year and are about to launch in Tanzania.
posted by Stark at 6:58 AM PST - 20 comments

October 10

Dean Pitchford Is Footloose

You've probably never heard of Dean Pitchford, but if you are of a certain age, you've definitely witnessed and listened to Dean Pitchford. He wrote the screenplay for 1984's Footloose, and he also co-wrote every song on the soundtrack. Beginning co-writing with Kenny Loggins the title track, a chart topper and Academy Award nominee, performed by Loggins, Footloose. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:38 PM PST - 60 comments

The Storm

“And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his/ I’m drawing in the sand a line/ You’re either for or against/ And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split/ On who you should stand beside/ I’ll do it for you with this.” Eminem's cypher rips into Trump at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. (text)
posted by mysticreferee at 9:48 PM PST - 67 comments

an oily paper plate and a small tomato-stained Styrofoam cup

Garlic knots are, quite simply, a perfect food.
posted by moonmilk at 7:52 PM PST - 64 comments

The sadness of Saturn

Sam Kriss writes for The Outline.
People have always distrusted Saturn. For 5,000 years it’s been a symbol of age and death and misery. But the present-day theorists of its evil have proof. In its 13-year orbit of the planet (it took seven years for the spacecraft to reach Saturn's orbit, although it made some stops at other planets along the way), the Cassini mission, a collaboration between NASA and the space agencies of Italy and the European Union, saw incredible things.
[more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 7:51 PM PST - 20 comments

"Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!"

The Internet Archive today announced that, thanks to "a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law," they're now able to offer many books published from 1923 to 1941: the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Among the 67 texts currently available, two are famous portrayals of American social life: the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos (including 1919, selected by Robert McCrum as #58 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels) and Middletown: A Study in American Culture by Robert and Helen Lynd (a controversial and influential ethnographic study of Muncie, IN, referenced over 100 times in the Indiana Magazine of History). [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Please remember to return your library books before then.

We have a pretty good idea when humans will go extinct.
posted by storybored at 7:12 PM PST - 64 comments


The Fright for the Future Returns | Overwatch’s Halloween Terror 2017 skins [YouTube] [Pepsi Blizzard Blue] “This Halloween, explore the haunted streets of Eichenwalde and Hollywood, expand your collection of spooky seasonal cosmetics, and team up to fight the forces of evil once more in not one, but two Junkenstein’s Revenge-themed brawls! We’re also re-opening our crypt so players can unlock their favorite Halloween-themed items from last year along with over 50 new tantalizing treats, including legendary skins like Corsair Ana, Van Helsing McCree, Dragon Symmetra, Cultist Zenyatta, Jiangshi Mei, Dracula Reaper, Viking Torbjörn, & Totally 80s Zarya.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:20 PM PST - 36 comments

Works every time, 100% of the time

The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment | Are you a man confused on how to treat the women you work with? Do you feel like if you can’t say or do *anything* you don’t know what to say or do at all? Well stress no more! This life hack will have you treating women like people in no time!!
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 1:51 PM PST - 112 comments

knowledge devouring itself

How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World - "“We have been so clever at learning to play with atoms and molecules without ever thinking about what they do once they are out,” she told me. “Put a complex molecule into the environment,” said Costner, “and it is going to undergo any number of transitions in hard-to-predict ways.”" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Adorable, hackable NES and Super NES Classic

If you're stymied by the limited number of games on the NES Classic and Super NES Classic (both prior posts), the hacker community has your back. For the original NES Classic, it’s not as simple as drag-and-drop, but no screwdriver or hardware mods needed to load ROMs of almost any of the official NES catalog, and Super NES Classic hack is similar, plus you can load custom backgrounds and tweak the "scanline" feature via telnet operations. But because of more custom chips and other irregularities, to play all your SNES backups, you will have to increase the versatility of the SNES model by loading a different emulator, like RetroArch. And yes, these run on Linux builds that you can download for free, and as such, you can load your own (custom) distro. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:36 PM PST - 37 comments

The problem is that "technically" isn’t good enough.

The first thing you need to understand about consent is that consent is not, strictly speaking, a thing. Not in the same way that teleportation isn’t a thing. Consent is not a thing because it is not an item, nor a possession. Consent is not an object you can hold in your hand. It is not a gift that can be given and then rudely requisitioned. Consent is a state of being. Giving someone your consent — sexually, politically, socially — is a little like giving them your attention. It’s a continuous process. It’s an interaction between two human creatures. I believe that a great many men and boys don’t understand this. I believe that lack of understanding is causing unspeakable trauma for women, men, and everyone else who is sick of how much human sexuality still hurts.
The Horizon of Desire: Laurie Penny wants a new conversation about women, men, consent, desire, and autonomy. [slLongreads] [more inside]
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at 11:34 AM PST - 19 comments

I’m not allowed to tell you that your dog is dead

So, Your Kid Found Out About Death: Nicole Cliffe (previously) on how parents can explain (more likely fail to explain) the fact of death to their children.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:58 AM PST - 77 comments

Evolution and male mass murderers

A new study of mass murderers in North America reveals some interesting patterns, and could support an evolutionary theory of mass shootings by older men (and younger men).
posted by John Cohen at 9:45 AM PST - 89 comments

History is a comfort in times of doubt.

Kaitlyn Greenedge and her sisters take a road trip. "The art historian Moyo Okediji notes that in Yoruban concepts of history, the community must assure children that they are not physically alone and that a series of road maps exists, made by great and talented ancestors who as individuals have beaten a track for succeeding generations. That is why history is a comfort to me, in times of doubt. And this is, of course, why the past is a battleground." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 9:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Operation Brain Drain

How the CIA staged sham scientific conferences to thwart Iran's nuclear program.
posted by Jpfed at 8:41 AM PST - 18 comments

A-ha - Take On Me

A-ha - Take On Me (2017 Unplugged). Time carries on and none of us are as young as we used to be. But it's not all bad. A-ha gives us a contemplative version of the old pop hit. [more inside]
posted by severiina at 7:57 AM PST - 79 comments

bump bump bump bump-bump-bump

In the Line of the Riding King.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:07 AM PST - 12 comments

How to Be a Know-It-All

What you learn from the Very Short Introduction series: Like its subject, “Teeth” is both a freestanding entity and part of a larger body: the Very Short Introduction series, a project of Oxford University Press. At present, that series consists of five hundred and twenty-six books; “Teeth” clocks in at No. 384. If you are so inclined, you can also read a Very Short Introduction to, among a great many other things, Rivers, Mountains, Metaphysics, the Mongols, Chaos, Cryptography, Forensic Psychology, Hinduism, Autism, Puritanism, Fascism, Free Will, Drugs, Nutrition, Crime Fiction, Madness, Malthus, Medical Ethics, Hieroglyphics, the Russian Revolution, the Reagan Revolution, Dinosaurs, Druids, Plague, Populism, and the Devil. (SL New Yorker).
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:52 AM PST - 23 comments

from hell's heart, I STaB at thee

Stephanie Kelton: How We Think About the Deficit Is Mostly Wrong - "Unfortunately, budgetary effects are the sun around which everything revolves in Washington. Should we invest a trillion dollars in our crumbling infrastructure, offer Medicare for All or pass the biggest tax cut in the country's history? ... In a more rational world, lawmakers would abandon the crude C.B.O. scoring model and recognize that the risk of overspending is inflation, not bankruptcy. They would avoid fruitless battles over the debt ceiling, and they would acknowledge that the deficit itself could be deployed as a potent weapon in the fights against inequality, poverty and economic stagnation." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Play as an AI who makes paperclips

Universal Paperclips is an incremental browser game (like Cookie Clicker etc.) by Frank Lantz, Director of the NYU Game Center, perhaps based loosely on the paperclip maximizer thought experiment. It has additional programming by Bennet Foddy of QWOP/GIRP fame (though to be clear, it is nothing like his games, so don't go in expecting that). [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 12:20 AM PST - 202 comments

October 9

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen.’

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’ In light of flooding in major cities in the US, the NY Times covers Tokyo's Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (首都圏外郭放水路 shutoken gaikaku hōsuiro), the world's largest underground flood water diversion facility. [more inside]
posted by gen at 10:09 PM PST - 15 comments

"Save your favourite dildo, but throw away the other 15!"

Let’s get it out of the way right now: Swedish death cleaning is a little bit morbid. The idea is that when people die they leave stuff. Lots of stuff. Reams and reams of it, piles and piles of it. And it’s friends and family that are left to dealt with this stuff surfeit, this surplus of minutae. That’s where Döstädning comes in. In Sweden, people start the process as early as their ‘50s, slowly but steadily decluttering as the years roll by.
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:40 PM PST - 68 comments

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before”

The second trailer for “The Last Jedi” has been released.
posted by New Frontier at 7:40 PM PST - 272 comments

When Workers Aren't Even Involved in the Means of Production

"This is the real danger of a universal basic income – it makes the citizens unnecessary to the government." We have discussed unemployment, economic surpluses, and UBI here before, but I hadn't seen this thought-provoking concern. (A year or so of earlier, earlier, and earlier.
posted by twsf at 7:28 PM PST - 57 comments

“Where are you from?”

Native or Invasive "Like India, lantana as it is today in the Indian wild did not exist back in the seventeenth century. The plant has hybridized, many times. From its hybridity comes a kind of strength—the ability to thrive in a wide range of harsh environments. In Hindi there is a word corresponding to that kind of adaptability: jugaad, roughly translated as “making do.” Take the resources that you have and transform them into whatever it is you need. Improvise, adapt, and grow. In its capacity for jugaad, if nothing else, lantana is actually very Indian." [via]
posted by dhruva at 6:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Gonzo Oobah

How far can you take the notion of an all you can eat buffet? And other questions you never knew you had. Oobah Butler will go to great lengths for the sake of journalism. Real gonzo stuff here. Inserting himself into his stories gives him one of the freshest perspectives on the web. [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 5:29 PM PST - 29 comments

“Its charming inoffensiveness is at the root of its insidious politics.”

Why does Hollywood keep churning out racist fantasies like ‘Victoria & Abdul’? by Bilal Qureshi [The Washington Post] ““Victoria & Abdul,” [YouTube][Trailer] is keenly aware of that history and yet intentionally chooses to keep its audience entertained on the lush grounds of Victoria’s palaces, parlors and gardens. We see the empire as she did: a confection, a distant dream, a realm of personal prizes. For a film about the legacy of a global empire, that is intentionally and unforgivably narrow. Abdul’s world is shown through hazy and cliched scenes of exotic marketplaces and in the distant tourist views of a glimmering Taj Mahal. There is no real conversation or parity between Victoria and Abdul. In the screenplay, his character is simply there to serve as her Manic Pixie Dream Brownie. There are several scenes of him simply collapsing to the ground to kiss her feet. Abdul joins a long line of South Asian male characters relegated to prop status in Hollywood features. Once they were silent servants in black and white adventure films a la “Gunga Din,” then accented comedic sidekicks or exotic freak shows, and in recent years, terrorist villains in newsy thrillers. In “Victoria & Abdul,” he is an object of exotic eroticism.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:51 PM PST - 51 comments

Inside the CIA's black site torture room

There were twenty cells inside the prison, each a stand-alone concrete box. In sixteen, prisoners were shackled to a metal ring in the wall. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 1:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Two Dream Jobs

Manager of the Magic Castle in Hollywood is the first one. And the second one is an Angler/Archer/Woodsman who is a sage at heart.
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain

In Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany, Super Bunnyhop discusses the parallel development of technology and video games in East Germany during the cold war.
posted by lkc at 11:16 AM PST - 20 comments

"You guys have some sort of rallying cry?" ... "Try not to die."

The first trailer for Marvel's Runaways on Hulu is here. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 11:02 AM PST - 30 comments

The literal sound came to be used figuratively as a rhetorical interrupt

*Record scratch*

Freeze Frame.

Yep, that's the introduction to this post. You're probably wondering why I started with this cliche, but it all began with Merriam-Webster... *wavey flashback motion*
posted by MartinWisse at 10:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Googly Eyes

Hilarious Kinetic Eye Sculptures by Lucas Zanotto via This Is Colossal [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Why celebrate Columbus, and who else to celebrate instead

On October 12, 1492, Columbus made landfall in the "New World," reaching the Bahamian island that he named San Salvador (called Guanahaní by the native Taíno people). Why did the U.S. start to celebrate Columbus? To celebrate Italian heritage, and respond to anti-Italian sentiments. But why celebrate Columbus now? That's just history, and history is told by those currently in power. What else to celebrate today? Many cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, especially in states that still call it Columbus Day, while some celebrate specific individuals, like Standing Bear in Nebraska and Po'Pay and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:37 AM PST - 45 comments

State of state

Dexter Filkins profiles Rex Tillerson, United States Secretary of State, for the New Yorker : The Breaking Point - "In an interview with a conservative Web site, Tillerson alluded to his ambivalence. “I didn’t want this job,” he said. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:27 AM PST - 92 comments

You're a Wizard, Morgan!

On Friday night in Montreal, 16-year-old Morgan Hurd won the women’s all-around title at the World Gymnastics Championship. Miss Hurd wasn’t expected to be the United States’ top contender. She finished sixth in this year’s U.S. championships and until this weekend had no “career highlights” listed in her official USA Gymnastics biography. But now, thanks to her own breakthrough performances and injuries sustained by other gymnasts, she is champion of the world. The feat also earned her high praise from her favorite author. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

From Lorne and Gwendoline to Zainab and Linden

The most Canadian names, decade-by-decade. Bonus: The most loved Canadian books. The most loved Canadian movies. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 4:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Closer to Perfect Smile

Here's a fan edit of the legendary Smile album by the Beach Boys. As there have been lots of fan edits of this album this doesn't seem very special on it's own, were it not that this one is particulary well done. In my ears the album sounds more coherent and like a finished product than ever before. [more inside]
posted by Kosmob0t at 3:57 AM PST - 13 comments

October 8

Goodnight MetaFilter, goodnight moon.

At 1:00pm on May 17th, 2017, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted that he occasionally longed for someone to read "Good Night Moon" to him as he falls asleep. Six minutes later, LeVar Burton tweeted "I got you... Let's do this!" And do it they did. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:40 PM PST - 42 comments

That Time Kottke Was on Halt and Catch Fire

Now, I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but I love the web. (Oh, you could tell? I let that slip at some point?) And I am so very nostalgic for the early days of the web in the 90s — the Mosaic days, the Altavista days, the Bobaweb days, the Entropy8 days, the Suck days, the CSotD days, the alt.culture.days, the 0sil8 days, the Yahoo on the akebono server at Stanford days.
posted by cgc373 at 9:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Dissect is a serialized music podcast

Now in its 2nd season, Dissect uses "long-form musical analysis, broken into short, digestible episodes" to explore Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in depth. Enjoy the 1st season's 23 episodes dedicated to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. Dissect is created by Cole Cuchna.
posted by klausman at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

A Visit to the Synthetic Cadaver Factory

Inside this otherwise unassuming facility, workers are creating what may be the world’s most advanced surgical and anatomical models out of little more than salt and water. Fully synthetic corpses like these, complete with skin, muscle, organs, and bone, might one day eliminate our need to test many new technologies on humans or animals. And it’s not just SynDaver’s materials that make their cadavers unique. It’s their visceral realism.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:28 PM PST - 17 comments

But I do. I really believe in it.

A story about David Bowie, as recounted to Paul Magrs via Neil Gaiman
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:45 PM PST - 52 comments

Three recent texts from alternate timelines

"The Primordial Gound" by Justin E. H. Smith (The Public Domain Review, October 2017; but reworked from earlier articles): "Klopp records that in May of 1777 Kant's ship suffered heavy damages in a storm in the South China Sea." "From The New Ecyclopedia" by Byron Landry (Conjunctions, April 2017): "Little is known about the pre-Socratic philosopher Polycyathus, and that little unlikeable: ... he believed that, of all the forms of governance, tyranny was best, because 'it breeds monuments.'" "The Doctor is Who?" by Heavy (alternatehistory.com, July 2017): "Several actors were considered to play the Second Doctor ... Peter Jeffrey, Valentine Dyall and Patrick Troughton were all approached but each declined the role."
posted by Wobbuffet at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

At the heart of all international post is ... a spreadsheet

Christmas is only eleven weeks away. But how will your card, letter or present get to you from your relative or partner or MeFite crush in distant lands, and who pays who? These questions are periodically asked [1] [2] by MeFites. As explained by Josh Urich, the answer lies in the Universal Postal Union, a Switzerland-based agency of the United Nations, and their lovely spreadsheet you can download and play with.
posted by Wordshore at 3:47 PM PST - 9 comments

“Then comes the Turbo Tunnel speeder level...”

Battletoads: The Strange History of a Nigh-Impossible Franchise by Gavin Jasper [Den of Geek] “In the early 90s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the kings of children’s entertainment. They were everywhere and like all successful concepts, they were followed by copycats. Over the years we’d see attempts to piggyback on their success with such concepts as Street Sharks, Biker Mice from Mars, and the Country Cuckoo Clock Codpiece Zulu Warriors. There was one pretender to the throne that appeared as a cheap Turtles knockoff at first glance, but had more than enough uniqueness to stand on its own. To a point, at least. I want to talk to you about Battletoads. Battletoads is one of those game franchises that had so much personality and quality that it should have survived for years. Unfortunately, it’s become a relic of semi-obscurity...” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:46 PM PST - 35 comments

You can't take the sky from me (or me) (or me)

A collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.
posted by queen anne's remorse at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets

On the last day of August, a six-car armada of FBI agents in bulletproof vests, armed with search warrants, descended upon two small shelters for abandoned farm animals: Ching Farm Rescue in Riverton, Utah, and Luvin Arms in Erie, Colorado. Why two particular piglets have become an issue of great importance for the factory-farm industry and the federal administration. [Warning, graphic photos.]
posted by splitpeasoup at 11:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Probably the best thing that happened in my college career

20 years ago today, Cornell students, faculty, and staff woke up to find someone had speared a giant pumpkin on the McGraw clock tower spire. [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 10:42 AM PST - 24 comments

How Animated Cartoons Are Made (back in 1919)

How they made cartoons before Disney: an instructional silent movie from 1919.
posted by MartinWisse at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Nom nom ... crunch?

Giant Lego ice cream. A giant disposable razor. A giant toothbrush. Film projector, office chair, stapler, matches, and many others ... [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Sex abuse in the marijuana industry

In secretive marijuana industry, whispers of abuse and trafficking [TW for sex abuse and rape]
posted by OmieWise at 7:01 AM PST - 20 comments

A cartoon about new motherhood

A female French cartoonist writes about new motherhood, maternity leave, and postpartum depression. Cartoon is in English.
posted by colfax at 6:15 AM PST - 14 comments

The art, science, and math of gerrymandering

"Politics, they say, is a game where whoever’s ahead gets to change the rules on the fly. It’s about winning, not being fair. But this isn’t just a politics story; it’s also a technology story. Gerrymandering used to be an art, but advanced computation has made it a science." MeFi's own Jordan Ellenberg pens an op-ed for the New York Times.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Dockless bike shares are here. Are cities ready for them?

Dockless bike shares have arrived. Cities from Seattle to DC to London now host competing bikeshare systems with no set parking areas or dock spaces. Between bad user behavior and a growing backlash from San Francisco to Singapore to Sydney the future looks bright for #DocklessBikeFails.
posted by peeedro at 5:50 AM PST - 91 comments

Your life is written on your face

Frances McDormand’s Difficult Women (NYT Magazine).
posted by sapagan at 2:11 AM PST - 19 comments

October 7

......when the baby's asleep.

Justin Kuritzkes, best known for being the Potion Seller, writes sad, dark, funny songs, with excellent music videos. The name of his album, Songs About My Wife, maybe says it all, and so do the titles of his songs: Fuck Your Blood, I Slept With A Man, All I Want is a Fucking Bride, Even Though We Got A Baby, and—perhaps my favorite—Dance You Back To Life. Meanwhile, if you want another side to the Potion Seller, watch Dolores.
posted by rorgy at 8:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Singin' in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things

The Personal Property Auction of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is happening now. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Includes an incredible treasure trove of Golden Age Hollywood costumes, movie posters, and memorabilia. [more inside]
posted by hampanda at 8:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Dear catcallers,

20 years old dutch student Noa Jansma documented one month of street harassment on her @dearcatcallers Instagram account, taking selfies on the street with the harassers, to which they were happy to oblige, without the faintest clue of the situation, bar one. [more inside]
posted by _dario at 7:01 PM PST - 65 comments

Are Clothes Modern?

Bernard Rudofsky is not so well known for his social critiques. But in 1944, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) put on an exhibition based on his book, Are Clothes Modern?. The museum didn't do another exhibition on this subject for 73 years. In the second link Exhibition Info, you will see info about the out-of-print book and link to "View the Publication" which will give a download pdf for the entire book. Below that is a link to "View the Checklist" which will give you a download of the list of all garments shown in the exhibition. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Mean Girls: The Forbidden Lesbian Romance

Is what it says on the tin. (A few days late for Mean Girls Day, October 3rd) TwoLYT
posted by Grandysaur at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

What am I hiding ffff....?

Exciting new trailer for what appears to be an iconic Star Trek film! Editing courtesy The Alloy Foundation.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:14 PM PST - 16 comments

The Energy East pipeline is dead

The planned tarsands-transporting pipeline was canceled on Thursday after the National Energy Board of Canada insisted on "assessment of greenhouse gases generated by the fossil fuels to be transported in the pipeline".
posted by clawsoon at 4:19 PM PST - 33 comments

What is this "doot" thing, with the skeletons?

Every October, this disembodied skull emerges from its slumber to doot across the internet with its trusty brass trumpet. Actually, skull trumpet never sleeps, and is kept alive by Le Doot Generation on Reddit and folks on Tumblr (and specifically The Skull Trumpet), as well as mashup makers, re-mixers and even live covers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

As the Nights Get Longer, What Is Better Than Weird Audio Dramas?

A couple of years ago, it seemed like there were only a few paranormal podcast audio dramas (with Welcome to Nightvale Website Previously FanFare, the most visible), but more and more creators have decided to share their visions. Here’s a round up of audio dramas with paranormal elements for the spooky fall season. Most aim for chills, sometimes leavened with humor. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:05 PM PST - 43 comments

Step 1. Acquire a corpse.

The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Eliminating the profit motive in health care,

Down with Copay. The history of copays in the American health system, and why they shouldn’t be allowed to exist.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:46 PM PST - 29 comments


Historical Body Mechanics: Walk Medieval! [YouTube] “Before structured shoes became prevalent in the 16th century (and apparently in those places where they never have) people walked with a different gait, pushing onto the balls of our feet instead of rocking forward on our heels. It looks a little affected -- like a gymnast or ballet dancer -- but is apparently much healthier.” [via: Boing Boing]
posted by Fizz at 11:45 AM PST - 45 comments

Euromyths A-Z

A-Z Index of Euromyths 1992 to 2016.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:43 AM PST - 7 comments

”Do what you want with my music but don't make me boring."

Watching Brazilian artist Juliana Lepine sculpt an 18 cm/7.5 inch figure of Freddie Mercury is anything but boring.
posted by Lexica at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

The swinging piano sound of Ms. Cleo Brown

Lookie Lookie Lookie, here comes Cleo Brown, an accomplished stride/boogie woogie pianist, singer and composer active during the late 1920s to the 1950s. The Stuff Is Here and it swings: Brown recorded mainly for Decca and Capitol Records with the backing of such notable cats as Gene Krupa. She was a contemporary of Fats Waller, replacing him on WABC New York in 1935. (Think Your Feet's Too Big? Nope, you're just Breakin' In A Pair of Shoes.) [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 9:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Gen-X Women at Midlife: Fear, Anxiety, Anger

Generation X...They're smart. They're grateful for what they have. They're also exhausted. Some of them are terrified. A few of them are wondering what the point is. I called my best friend, a reporter a few years older than me who grew up in the Midwest...: "[D]o you know anyone having a midlife crisis I could talk to?" The phone was silent for a second. Finally, she said, "I'm trying to think of any woman I know who's not."
posted by drlith at 8:00 AM PST - 140 comments

A post of a good sort

Sorting Visualizations - via HN
posted by Gyan at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

This was how, for the first time in my life, I began to feel European

Before coming to Britain I had always thought that the tabloids were like a misanthropic counterpoint to Monty Python. Like many Europeans, I saw these newspapers as a kind of English folklore, laying it on thick in the way that theatrical British politicians conduct their debates in the House of Commons. Newspapers in the Netherlands would carry on their opinion pages articles by commentators such as Oxford scholar Timothy Garton Ash—giving the impression that such voices represented the mainstream in Britain. Watching QI before coming to the UK, I remember seeing Stephen Fry banter with Jeremy Clarkson and imagining the former was the rule, and the latter the exception. Living in London taught me that it is the other way around. George Orwell is still correct: England is a family with the wrong members in charge.
How I Learned To Loathe England; the Dutch journalist, former British resident and former Anglophile Joris Luyendijk diagnoses a neurosis at the core of English society—an entrenched acceptance of arbitrary inequality as the very definition of fairness, a pathologically adversarial, zero-sum world-view with a contempt for compromise, and a hostility to the idea of trying to see the point of views of foreigners—and how, in light of it, something like Brexit was inevitable.
posted by acb at 5:07 AM PST - 73 comments

"As a young footballer, everybody is selling the same dream to you"

Of the boys who make it into football's elite scholarship programme at 16, past PFA research has found that five out of six are not playing professional football at 21. The Guardian takes a look at the damaging outcomes for boys who wash out of the system. [CN: mental health, suicide]
posted by threetwentytwo at 3:22 AM PST - 9 comments

the most important part of learning is actually forgetting

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning - "A new idea called the 'information bottleneck' is helping to explain the puzzling success of today's artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn."
posted by kliuless at 12:34 AM PST - 52 comments

October 6

"None of it was cool."

The Legendary Roots Crew Presents: "I Am Slave" (SLYT). Slavery history meets Schoolhouse Rock. From an episode of black-ish.
posted by josephtate at 11:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Frank, still my hero

Frank has a new hat. He's also helped Opus through a bad day. I *heart* Frank. Frank, previously.
posted by hippybear at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments

"Wrap your penis in cold steel" said no doctor, ever.

In 2014, the American College of Physicians went so far as to recommend against pelvic exams, citing the "harms, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, pain, and discomfort" associated with speculum examinations. -- The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign (Arielle Pardes, Wired)
posted by Room 641-A at 7:46 PM PST - 36 comments

A weekend with the Order of Tents

Founded in 1867 by two ex-slaves, the Order of Tents is a semi-covert fraternal sororal benefit organization founded and managed by Black women. They do good works but keep a low profile. Author Kaitlyn Greenidge spent a weekend with them.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Death at a Penn State Fraternity

Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic, reporting on the death of Tim Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi pledge at Penn State. A story of abuse, gas-lighting, and perverse incentives in the Greek system that has led to at least one death. [more inside]
posted by suelac at 4:05 PM PST - 52 comments

smells like a 4th grade scholastic bookfair on a chilly tuesday in 2007

"[T]the Scholastic Book Fair? That week where your elementary school was packed full of books and pens and erasers and you could just wade right on in and go wild? Oh, man, that’s the good stuff." Constance Grady, for Vox: The nostalgic joys of the Scholastic Book Fair, explained.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:39 PM PST - 53 comments

Spot the toothbrush

Why We Miss Objects That Are Right in Front of Us. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 3:34 PM PST - 45 comments

Perspective (as in Rashomon) in Short Films

Six short films illustrating perspective and its influence, as with Rashomon. 6 films | 1 hr 3 min Experiencing the world from other points of view is a crucial component of cinema (and any sort of creative endeavor, really). For this month’s Mixtape, we’ve chosen a selection of shorts that play with perspective. You’ll see a son’s attempt to re-create video footage from his mother’s last day on Earth, a married couple living very different lives, a bystander’s view of a bank robbery, and more.
posted by MovableBookLady at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

an informal inquiry

The Informal Inquiry Into Gender and Sexuality Differences is a detailed attempt to inquire about intra-LGBTQ attitudes, beliefs, and identities on online communities. Released initially in June, it has currently amassed over 4,000 responses and will continue to collect responses until August 1, 2018. Interestingly, the survey's curators are happy to answer any and all questions about the data collected to date and provides the raw (and anonymized) dataset for anyone to view every 500 responses. While the survey team is not a university-affiliated unit, it is particularly interesting in the broad flexibility and diversity of identity terms available to respondents.
posted by sciatrix at 2:06 PM PST - 17 comments


Okay, let’s begin. Every story needs to begin somewhere, so it makes sense to start with how I got embroiled in the “Y-life”. So, in this first instalment, I will tell you how I was reeled in like a carp on a fisherman’s hook, in… Chapter 1 – Getting Reeled In
- Elle Beau writes on getting sucked in to Younique, a multi-level marketing scheme for makeup. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:18 PM PST - 40 comments

Away message: RIP AIM 1997-2017

AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down December 15. Launched in 1997 as an instant messaging service that broke down the wall between AOL and the wider internet, but somehow unable to make the transition to today's ubiquitous messaging environment, AOL has announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will cease operations in two months. Time to take one last spin through your Buddy List before signing off for good.
posted by stopgap at 11:36 AM PST - 82 comments

Pick a month, guys. Every month of 2017 has been a treat.

MeFi's own, John Scalzi, writes about writing and the inability to focus, in this era of Trump. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:28 AM PST - 74 comments


PACIFIC RIM 2: UPRISING [YouTube][Trailer]
posted by Fizz at 11:25 AM PST - 98 comments

"Molson's stock price fell sharply on the news of Bill Eves' passing"

Perhaps most important to Bill was educating people on the dangers of holding in your farts. Sadly, he was unable to attain his life-long goal of catching his beloved wife Judy 'cutting the cheese' or 'playing the bum trumpet'—which he likened to a mythical rarity like spotting Bigfoot or a unicorn.
Silly obituaries. More silly obituaries. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

This Is Your Brain With A Yeerk

40 of the Creepiest Book Covers of All Time selected & riffed on by Emily Temple, Associate Editor at Literary Hub
posted by chavenet at 8:45 AM PST - 40 comments

De burgemeester van Amsterdam is overleden.

Eberhard van der Laan, the mayor of Amsterdam, has, not unexpectedly passed away. A well like man who, in the fashion of the Dutch, did not mince words.. Recently thousands gathered outside the official residence to applaud for almost 20 minutes.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Why didn't they ask Evans?

The tragic death of Scott of the Antarctic and four companions on the return of his scientific expedition to the South Pole in 1912, has long been blamed on poor planning by Scott. But the discovery of new documents by University of New South Wales researcher Prof Chris Turney revealed today in the journal Polar Record show how the actions of another expedition member brought about their deaths and why it has been covered-up for over a century. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 8:14 AM PST - 26 comments

I am vengeance! I am the night! I AM BATMAN!

An Oral History of Batman: The Animated Series from Vulture.
posted by zabuni at 7:47 AM PST - 33 comments

A big house, a big big house

Lost Heritage is a website that examines, in greater or lesser depth, English country houses that have been burned down, demolished, abandoned or otherwise lost.
posted by Dim Siawns at 6:50 AM PST - 7 comments

The Confession of a Funeral Home Batman

"It was a gig I had for about two weeks in October of 1989. I was broke, ready to take any job. And I ended up dressing in a Keaton Batman-like suit and attending wakes and funerals in a suburb South of Chicago." (scroll down)
posted by MrJM at 6:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Here comes the fun!

Trailer for Happy! A tv series based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, produced, written and directed by Brian 'Crank' Taylor (SLYT, NSFW)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:20 AM PST - 16 comments

"I love the monster that the artist creates."

Nick Pinkerton interviews Gérard Depardieu: "When I met with Depardieu on the patio of The Mark Hotel in New York on an overcast morning in mid-September, he was markedly disinterested in talking about any of his movies, in town as he was for a talk at the French Institute Alliance Française to promote his slender new book, Innocent. The book is more scattershot manifesto than autobiography, its title a double meaning—its author both describes his personal philosophy, of which a doctrine of innocence is an essential element, and protests his own innocence before an imagined jury of the media, who have made tabloid fodder of him."
posted by sapagan at 5:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Kitty’s unfortunate taxidermic quality

In my grandmother’s world, there are few constants except for this robot cat, and I am eternally grateful for its existence.
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 4:31 AM PST - 19 comments

The Nazis were not lefty socialists...

The Nazis were not lefty socialists...(Extreme language warning. Probably appalling to Americans. You've been warned about the language. [more inside]
posted by taff at 4:00 AM PST - 75 comments

In the loop

The Academic use Facebook Live's video delay to make a mesmerising music video for their song Bear Claws. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 1:45 AM PST - 4 comments

You are the byproduct

All of it, [former Apple engineer Chris Marcellino] says, is reward-based behaviour that activates the brain’s dopamine pathways. He sometimes finds himself clicking on the red icons beside his apps “to make them go away”, but is conflicted about the ethics of exploiting people’s psychological vulnerabilities. “It is not inherently evil to bring people back to your product,” he says. “It’s capitalism.” [Paul Lewis, SLGuardian] [more inside]
posted by runcifex at 1:08 AM PST - 57 comments

October 5

Hanging coffins in China, Indonesia and the Philippines

Longhu (Dragon and Tiger) Mountain is famous for being one of the birthplaces of Taoism, as well as a scenic region, including Danxia rock peaks and cliffs, where you can find numerous hanging coffins from the almost eradicated Bo people. For a longer look at the few remains of the Bo, here's a documentary on the mysterious hanging coffins of China (DocuWiki), which have undergone some preservation and additional studies in recent years. The Bo weren't the only ones to practice this sort of "sky burial," as noted in this article with more information on the Bo and other hanging coffins, which can also be found in the Philippines (CNN tour short) and Indonesia, where the practices live on.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:09 PM PST - 6 comments

1,858 artworks of Adora

1,858 artworks of Adora [via mefi projects]
It started over 7 years ago as a 365-photo-a-day-type tumblr for my baby daughter, and it keeps propagating. Right now, the best way to see (most of) the 1,858 different artworks of Adora (with a new one coming every day) is on instagram, a massive cache of original illustrations.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Bobson Dugnutt of the Cleveland Queens

Fighting Baseball , the Japanese version of MLBPA Baseball (1994), had some . . . interesting player names.
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Community and Connection - Diversity in Bluegrass

Rhiannon Giddens (previously winner of the Steve Martin prize for excellence in banjo and bluegrass) gave the keynote address at this year's IBMA. The speech explored the creole history of bluegrass and asks "how do we get more diversity in bluegrass? Which of course, behind the hand, is really, why is bluegrass so white??? But the answer doesn't lie in right now. Before we can look to the future, we need to understand the past."
posted by Arbac at 3:43 PM PST - 30 comments

Only the best people

BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein tells the story of Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream. Reporting from a cache of Breitbart documents, the story depicts in exhaustive detail how white supremacist thought was laundered through Milo Yiannopoulos and repackaged for Breitbart's audience, with stops along the way to discuss the hidden support Milo received from tech workers and media figures, the role of the Mercer family in backing the entire operation, Nazi-themed passwords, and Steve Bannon, who emails Yiannopoulos to describe mosques as "ALL ‘factories of hate.'" Not to mention the video of Yiannopoulos performing a karaoke version of "America the Beautiful" for well known white supremacists doing Nazi salutes.
posted by zachlipton at 2:59 PM PST - 230 comments

kill yr idols

Kill! Your! Idols! is a project by Ashley Blewer about abuse and celebrity featuring simple facts in beading, paint, embroidery, and glitter.
posted by maryr at 2:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Slashdot Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

20 years ago today Slashdot.org appeared on the internet for the first time. As it enters its third decade, the editors are celebrating their 162,000+ technology news stories with a special anniversary post looking back at their all-time most popular stories. Great moments include the time Slashdot readers leaked the launch of Google Maps and the 2002 posting where 25-year-old Slashdot founder Rob Malda proposed to his fiance. (Its headline? "Kathleen Fent Read This Story.") [more inside]
posted by destinyland at 1:38 PM PST - 88 comments

draining the swamps

Richard L. Hindle writes for Boom California:
California’s Legacy of Swamplands - "The consecutive Swamp Land Acts (1849, 1850, and 1860) were among the first federal water policies to reach newly minted western and southern states, designed ostensibly to encourage reclamation and settlement of wet and inundated areas. They are known today to have displaced indigenous cultures, retooled ecological systems, incentivized risky prospecting, and left California and large swaths of America with aging flood infrastructure projected to cost billions." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein

"An investigation by The New York Times [has] found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company."
posted by brundlefly at 11:27 AM PST - 170 comments

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he's dead.

Santa's dead.
posted by rikschell at 10:02 AM PST - 60 comments

A History of American Protest Songs, Parts 1 & 2

Who was that steel-drivin' man, John Henry? In the folktale, a powerful black steel-driving man named John Henry challenges the steam drill to a race, beats it, and dies. In some versions, John Henry is almost seven feet tall. In others, he wears fine clothes and commands any price for his work. In our national consciousness, he stands for the common man, beaten by industrialization, but unbowed. [part 1] [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Awesome Tapes

Maghrebi Mix #1 A great mix of jajouka & beyond. If you like it, you can also check out Moroccan Tape Stash. Beyond the Maghreb? Awesome Tapes from Africa. If you're willing to leave the continent, and cop to vinyl as a format, Global Groove is the place.
posted by OmieWise at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Incredible Doom

Incredible Doom: It’s about teenagers in the '90s getting into life & death situations over the early Internet. [via mefi projects]
posted by holmesian at 9:06 AM PST - 40 comments

The 2017 Nobel Laureate in Literature is Kazuo Ishiguro

English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro perhaps best known for The Remains of the Day has been given this year's Nobel Prize in literature. If you want to know more about Ishiguro, the British Council has a good profile on him, but it might also be a good idea to read these two dialogues, one between him and fellow Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe and another with Neil Gaiman [previously] or the Paris Review interview in the Art of Fiction series. For live updates, analysis and reaction, head to The Guardian's liveblog and The Comlete Review's Literary Saloon blog.
posted by Kattullus at 4:16 AM PST - 62 comments

Give me ketchup in a corner

When your language is too small for Google Translate, you've got to take things into your own hands. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:54 AM PST - 36 comments

Birds Do It, Bees Do It, But How Does The NYT Review It?

Robert Gottlieb's Roundup of the Season’s Romance Novels. [more inside]
posted by gusottertrout at 1:55 AM PST - 51 comments

But what do we need to know for the exam?

At Literary Hub, Emily Temple has gathered up "10 College Classes to Read Along with This Semester" and "The Classes 25 Famous Writers Teach." Syllabuses on other media suggest how Richard Lemarchand (designer on Uncharted) teaches video game design [PDF], how David Isaacs (consultant on M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, etc.) teaches comedy, or how video/performance artist Patty Chang teaches video/time-based art [PDF]. Syllabuses related to current events suggest how Noam Chomsky (who has joined the U. of Arizona) co-teaches politics [PDF], how Chris Holmes teaches about gun violence, or how Jacob Remes (interviewed this week about Puerto Rico) teaches critical disaster studies [PDF]. [Previously: 1M+ syllabuses / autodidact course catalog.]
posted by Wobbuffet at 1:08 AM PST - 11 comments

October 4

Fowl play

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants.
posted by retrograde at 11:10 PM PST - 47 comments

The Right To Bear Arms Against Slave Revolts

It's the answer to the question raised by the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained when he asks, "Why don't they just rise up and kill the whites?" If the movie were real, it would have been a purely rhetorical question, because every southerner of the era knew the simple answer: well regulated militias kept the slaves in chains [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 10:14 PM PST - 62 comments

Out of the gate, and off for a walk

New Zealand author Lynley Dodd, creator of the beloved Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy describes the real-life inspirations for her stories and the secret lives of pets, as well as her favourite books for children.
posted by prismatic7 at 10:02 PM PST - 19 comments

PepperCoyote/LookLeft/JaredClark, looping master

I've posted before about PepperCoyote in a live band performance, but here he is a bit earlier in a solo performance [58m45s] that demonstrates his skill with looping. Watch him build songs layer by layer right before your eyes ears! [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Think you used enough dynamite there, Caitlin?

On the night of January 17, 1881, a would-be body snatcher by the name of Dipper was killed by a blast in a Mount Vernon, Ohio cemetery. The attempted grave-robbery was a three-man operation, according to the Stark County Democrat. The explosion broke the leg of the second thief. The third—tasked with keeping watch—was allegedly left unscathed and hoisted his wounded friend into a sleigh.

Another win for the coffin torpedo.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:59 PM PST - 21 comments

To this day I’ve never met a scarier human being

Videographer Loren Kantor was hired to videotape a Black Flag/Fear/Circle Jerks show in 1981. It did not go well.
posted by larrybob at 6:00 PM PST - 56 comments

“Hooray for people being allowed to enjoy a game in a different way...”

Now Ubi’s opened the door, can we have our “Skip Boss Fight” button? by John Walker [Rock Paper Shotgun] “Ubisoft made a fascinating announcement this week. They revealed that the latest Assassin’s Creed [official site] is to add a “Discovery Tour” mode, removing all the combat and challenges from the game, to let players just freely experience their in-depth recreation of Ancient Egypt. It’s fascinating, to me, because it’s a big deal. And goodness me, it shouldn’t be a big deal. Because games should be delighted to include modes that remove all their difficulty and challenge, and players should cheer when they hear about it. Oddly enough, a lot of players don’t cheer. In fact, people can get awfully angry about it. Since the announcement I’ve seen on Twitter a combination of people declaring, “Hooray! I’m interested in playing Assassin’s Creed for the first time in years!”, alongside others pointing toward those utterly furious that it demeans their hobby, cheapens games, and most heinous of all, lets in the riff-raff.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:45 PM PST - 221 comments

F off

You are the Prime Minister. You unexpectedly call an election but won't debate and lose seats because you weren't prepared. The more-popular opposition leader draws large crowds wherever he goes. No-one likes you. The EU doesn't think much of you or your negotiators, and your Europe minister has gone rogue. Your foreign secretary, while continuing to be offensive, keeps pitching for your job. The extreme right-wing and arguably hypocritical aristocrat continues to gain popularity. It's problem after problem. But don't worry! Your big conference speech will work out fine and you won't be given your P45 (redundancy notice) during the highly-secure event and ... oh. Oh no! Though social media loved it. What now? Post title, and the six words of Ten (related ethics, US politics).
posted by Wordshore at 2:57 PM PST - 68 comments

The dog jumped over the moon

"Husband pretended to throw a white ball for her. When she went looking for it, she looked up and thought the ball was stuck in the sky." [SLT48SOPOYT (Single Link To 48 Seconds Of Purity On YouTube)]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Let This Sin Be Upon My Neck: Yezidi Songs, Genocide, & Scripture

"The Yezidis kept their hymns secret for centuries, so scholars have barely analyzed them as music. ... the holiest of hymns is a qewl. The form is often cryptic: “Four lamps with one wick! / There are seven doorways for one Word. / Eleven are a deep ditch: / Seven are dark, four are luminous.” ... No one knows for sure why the qewls are sung and not just spoken. ... A memorizer, though, knows who taught him every piece in his repertoire. Each hymn is the product of a unique line of transmission, so the stanzas vary from region to region, generation to generation, person to person. ... One qewl, sung in Yezidi communities as far-flung as Germany and the Caucasus, has thirty known variations. It could be no other way in a game of telephone that has lasted centuries. ... A talented memorizer will intersperse sung stanzas with sections from prose narratives known as chiroks. Some chiroks serve mainly to illuminate the most enigmatic verses of a qewl, while others recount myths that are not in the hymns at all. They are just as important to the religion but even more flexible, with much room for individual flourishes and interpretations. Different versions can even contradict each other." (Lapham's Quarterly, longread) With this rich tradition of orality in danger from modernity, genocide, and diaspora, Yezidi leaders have decided to allow qewls to written down (beginning in the late 1970s) and are now in the process of forming, for the first time, a written canon. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Whatever It Takes

“The transformation of the Finns’ education system began some 40 years ago as the key propellent of the country’s economic recovery plan. Educators had little idea it was so successful until 2000, when the first results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year-olds in more than 40 global venues, revealed Finnish youth to be the best young readers in the world. Three years later, they led in math. By 2006, Finland was first out of 57 countries (and a few cities) in science. In the 2009 PISA scores released last year, the nation came in second in science, third in reading and sixth in math among nearly half a million students worldwide. ” — Why Are Finland’s Schools So Successful? The Smithsonian
posted by The Whelk at 12:33 PM PST - 41 comments

In Nethack, kraken releases you

The dev team thinks of everything (SLYT). Because it's been a while since anyone's mentioned Nethack, here's a short, fun video explaining why its multiplicity of options is as freeing to the player as it is confusing — and why there's nothing else quite like it.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:17 PM PST - 26 comments

"the silhouette of an RV in motion, with the corporation’s 'smile' logo"

The story of Amazon's Camper­Force. Jessica Bruder describes a cadre of workers who are older, nomadic, and coping with financial disaster. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 12:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

A monument to America's 4,384 known victims of lynching is being built in Montgomery, Alabama. (Background, with videos.) The America's Black Holocaust Museum is being rebuilt in Milwaukee. The Brooklyn Museum's display The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America ends October 8th. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Every case file is a story

In late 2005, an Archives staff member was pulling a file from the Civil War Widows Certificate Approved Pension Case Files for a researcher. The file seemed unusually bulky, so he opened it. Inside the folder, tucked between sheets of a letter was one of the most unusual items found in the records of the National Archives: the preserved skin of a mole.
posted by Cash4Lead at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Preventing Computerpocalypse

More and more, critical systems that were once controlled mechanically, or by people, are coming to depend on code. The attempts now underway to change how we make software all seem to start with the same premise: Code is too hard to think about. Before trying to understand the attempts themselves, then, it’s worth understanding why this might be: what it is about code that makes it so foreign to the mind, and so unlike anything that came before it. Although code has increasingly become the tool of choice for creating dynamic behavior, it remains one of the worst tools for understanding it. The point of “Inventing on Principle” is to show that you can mitigate that problem by making the connection between a system’s behavior and its code immediate.
posted by blue shadows at 10:58 AM PST - 27 comments

Time to renovate the Nobels ?

Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait lays out problems of modern science and the Nobel awards.
posted by k5.user at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

There is only one Olive Garden, but it has a thousand doors.
posted by rewil at 10:25 AM PST - 41 comments

internet of things that screw you over

Cory Doctorow wriotes for Locus: The Demon Haunted World
Wannacry was a precursor to a new kind of cheating: cheating the independent investigator, rather than the government. Imagine that the next Dieselgate doesn’t attempt to trick the almighty pollution regulator (who has the power to visit billions in fines upon the cheater): instead, it tries to trick the reviewers, attempting to determine if it’s landed on a Car and Driver test-lot, and then switching into a high-pollution, high-fuel-efficiency mode. The rest of the time, it switches back to its default state: polluting less, burning more diesel. This is already happening.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Untitled Goose Project

It's a lovely weekday morning in the village and you are a horrible goose in an upcoming game from House House, the makers of Push Me Pull You.
posted by JHarris at 9:01 AM PST - 29 comments

A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without the wings

Horse culture in Mongolia is extensive, but much of its history is not well known. Take, for example, the intricately carved deer stone pillars that are often accompanied by horse skulls and few other clues to this ancient culture, and the fairly intact burial of a possible seamstress from 1,100 years ago, with a sacrificed horse. The last truly wild horses still live in Mongolia, where monuments to Mongolian history feature horses and tribute is still paid to dead horses. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Music vlogger The Needle Drop's side gig as an alt-right edgelord

Music vlogger Anthony Fantano's outspoken opinions and early support for acts like Death Grips have brought his YouTube channel The Needle Drop a staggering 260,000,000 views. It turns out that until yesterday, Fantano had another booming YouTube channel, this one offering videos like “pepe the frog triggers hillary clinton,” “I CHANGED MY GENDER CUZ DONALD TRUMP,” and “MEGA-CUCK SAYS POKEMON GO IS LIKE DOGFIGHTING.” The Fader has the story.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:16 AM PST - 101 comments

Crack Pipe Stadium

Remember Rob Ford? Toronto's former crack smoking, drunk driving Mayor who, in 2008, was charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his wife? The current Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, thinks it's a good idea to name a city stadium after Ford. Ford was a volunteer football coach who was fired not once but twice for, among other things, making his high school players roll in goose crap, showing up drunk for practice and threatening to beat up a teacher. There has been an outcry, but so far John Tory is sticking to his guns.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:11 AM PST - 36 comments


The Canadian government has announced a new cultural policy, of which the centrepiece is Netflix. The policy has been attacked as being only a sweet deal for Netflix and - in its call "for developing the business, technology and entrepreneurial skills of Canadian artists and creators" - a profound misunderstanding of the place of art and culture in our society.
posted by clawsoon at 5:53 AM PST - 21 comments

It’s not so very strange to me.

There is a whole class of slaves. It is illegal for them to escape slavery. The cops are supposed to murder the slaves if they escape, because there is a risk that they will start to think they’re people. But the cops know that the slaves are not people, so it’s okay to murder them. The greatest danger, the thing the cops are supposed to prevent, is that the slaves will try to assimilate into the society that relies on their labor. Sarah Gailey watches Blade Runner for the first time and finds it entirely familiar.
posted by automatronic at 2:43 AM PST - 224 comments

Quite gay

New Zealand's Rainbow Youth have a new video ad targeting homophobic slurs and it's quite good.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 12:56 AM PST - 21 comments

October 3

Fat Possum's Blues Treasure Trove

A collection of rediscovered blues musicians. Some are still well known, some hadn't recorded in decades, but now they're available again.
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Strange Æons in Æstivation

"That is not dead which can eternal lie: the aestivation hypothesis for resolving Fermi's paradox" , by Anders Sandberg, Stuart Armstrong, and Milan Ćirković, is a cosmic horror journal article hypothesizing that the Old Ones are sleeping until the stars come right and the universe is cooler - "this occurs at time t = H ln(T0/TdS), in about 1.4·1012 years." Outline and FAQ.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth at 10:02 PM PST - 35 comments

"My family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge!"

As America reels from the mass shooting in Las Vegas (the third such shooting regarded as the deadliest ever in a decade), Puerto Rico citizens have gone nearly two weeks without power, with reports that already ageing infrastructure has been irretrievably destroyed. (Puerto Rico's infrastructure status page reports only 5% of the network is operational.) [more inside]
posted by Merus at 6:27 PM PST - 3081 comments

No, that's a 55 you stupid [bleep]!

Is this Australia's worst apprentice? (SLReddit)
posted by Pinback at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Five Ghost Stories

"Taiya" by Vanessa Fogg (The Future Fire, 2017): "Surprisingly, Patrick doesn't seem annoyed when he hears about the ghost. He's washing dishes, his sleeves rolled up and a dishtowel draped over one shoulder. 'A taiya you said?' He doesn't look up from the suds. 'Those things don't cause any harm.'" [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments

"For me, that’s like a final spa treatment."

For decades, most people arranging a funeral have faced a simple choice - burial or cremation? But in parts of the US and Canada a third option is now available - dissolving bodies in an alkaline solution. It will arrive in the UK soon. Its technical name is alkaline hydrolysis, but it is being marketed as "green cremation:" Dissolving the dead—A radical alternative to burial and cremation.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:19 PM PST - 81 comments

This little light

This little light: On fathers, sons and that little lamp in the Pixar logo. Once upon a time in the Pixar offices my dad played ball with me, and “Luxo Jr.” was born. via kottke
posted by not_the_water at 4:30 PM PST - 6 comments

display: block

BlocktoberLD collects tweets to #blocktober - wherein video game level designers post their blocked out designs as they were prior to an art pass.
posted by Sparx at 4:20 PM PST - 2 comments

To Feed the Soul

"My name is Leah Chase. I run this kitchen at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Been here for what? Sixty-eight years." Meet the amazing woman behind a New Orleans culinary institution in this 2014 interview with the Southern Foodways Alliance. And then take a few moments to appreciate her taste in African-American art. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:23 PM PST - 6 comments

EU English

When everyone's using it as a second language and very few as a first, some odd usages crop up, to wit: "The Committee urges the Commission ... to precise which period before confinement is meant. Without further precisions, this could lead to support for poorly justified financial instruments." Mental Floss has 11 examples from EU documents, including to precise (meaning: to make precise), dispose of (to use), important (significant), opportunity (opportuneness), punctual (periodic), actual (current), eventual (possible), expertises (expertise), planification (planning), comitology (having to do with committees), and actorness (the quality of being a party which is taking an action). If that's not enough for you, the European Court of Auditors has prepared a glossary (PDF) with explanations that will assist you in translating EU English to standard English and vice versa.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:32 PM PST - 51 comments

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 1:32 PM PST - 57 comments

Let's get small

The Big World of Teeny-Tiny Things
Miniacs are the makers, collectors, and fans of diminutive versions of, well, everything: dime-size dentures or tarot cards as small as pencil shavings. Miniature-making has long been viewed as an oddballish hobby akin to clockmaking, relegated to trade shows and obscure publications like the Nutshell News. But in the past few years, the miniac demographic has shifted to young artists and aesthetes who just happen to like objects more when they perch on the tip of a finger.
posted by Lexica at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

“...like a perfume or a caress”.

Virtuoso sisters claim to have solved Proust’s musical puzzle [The Guardian] “It was just a “little phrase” from a sonata for piano and violin in F sharp, but it triggered a tumult of emotion for Swann, and prompted a musical puzzle that has intrigued Proust’s fans since the publication of his epic work in 1913. It is often argued the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns must be the real musician behind the mystery piece that haunts the pages of the revered seven-volume novel, but since Proust invented a composer called Vinteuil in the first book, a succession of favourite candidates have been put forward down the years, including César Franck, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Richard Wagner and even the comparatively obscure Belgian Guillaume Lekeu. Now two leading concert musicians and sisters, the violinist Maria and the pianist Nathalia Milstein, have a compelling new theory.”
posted by Fizz at 12:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Like Uber for vegan food

How did Josh Tetrick’s vegan-mayo company become a Silicon Valley darling—and what is he really selling? Mayonnaise, Disrupted. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 4:14 AM PST - 147 comments

Paintings in Sikhism

Although mostly a music review site, the Quietus has posted an interesting short essay by Gurmeet Singh on the development of painted representations of Sikh gurus and religious subjects.
posted by Dim Siawns at 2:26 AM PST - 4 comments

October 2

said, and left unsaid. done, and left undone.

In The Baffler, Siddartha Deb asks us Stranger than Fiction - Why won’t novelists reckon with climate change? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:46 PM PST - 129 comments

Music Machine Mondays

Wintergatan's Marble Machine (previously) was originally inspired by a visit to the Speelklok Museum in Utrecht. As work on a new machine proceeds, Martin Molin is hosting a series of videos with the museum explaining and demonstrating various machines in their collection. [more inside]
posted by ckape at 7:52 PM PST - 8 comments

The Haunting of Netflix House 5: The Netflix Dimension

What’s up Octobocops, it’s Halloweason. Let’s get spooked. Here are some movies of the horror and horror-adjacent genres that you might watch by yourself or with a party of friends or with the spirit of a long-deceased duke who lives in inhabits your house. This is part five; you know the goddamn drill by now.
posted by Artw at 5:54 PM PST - 66 comments

Life goes on

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Image of the Year Competition [NSFW].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Into the Great Wide Open

Tom Petty has died at the age of 66 after suffering cardiac arrest. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:16 PM PST - 364 comments

football politics

(FC)Barcelona in the strange and symbolic eye of a storm over Catalonia "That identification with Catalonia, while nuanced, shifting, unevenly embraced, sometimes vague and often problematic, is part of what gives Barça an explicitly socio-political dimension. It comes together, of course, in the slogan: mes que un club, more than a club. And that meant this was always going to be more than a match even if in the end it was less than one.'
posted by dhruva at 12:05 PM PST - 33 comments

Black Farmers and Changing Times

The African American farmers of Covert, MI Shifting market forces, immigration reform, and a lack of interest from younger generations mean that black farmers in the small town of Covert, Michigan, are at a crossroads.
posted by OmieWise at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

It's hard to understand a brain injury until you have one.

I noticed someone moving above me, and asked her what was happening. I was about to get a CT scan, she told me. She is the first person whose appearance I remember, even in part. She had Shirley Temple curls. I’m not sure what her face looked like, but I remember I liked her hair. I was a science journalist and had written about CT scans but I’d never had one before, I told her. So this was exciting. But as they moved me into the scanner, I wondered: was I a science journalist? I had spoken without thinking. My entire life before the ambulance felt dim and far off. I might as well have been born on the pavement, with the neck brace half on.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:21 AM PST - 42 comments

“... games that encourage players to take a moment and breathe.”

Treat Yourself with Self-Care Jam Games “There's… kind of a lot to be scared of. I'm grateful for the efforts of the Self-Care Jam creators, who all made small games in early December 2016, with the theme of self-care. Self-care is a pretty self-explanatory concept: these are things meant to give you a moment to breathe, reflect, literally take care of yourself. There are many games, zines, and interactive vignettes, all available on the Self-Care Jam page. I'd encourage you to check them all out when you need a breather.” [via: Waypoint]
posted by Fizz at 8:52 AM PST - 30 comments

50 plus dead in Las Vegas mass shooting

More than 50 people have been killed and 200 injured in a mass shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This is the worst mass shooting in United States history, exceeding the 49 in the Orlando Nightclub Shooting. [more inside]
posted by MattWPBS at 5:25 AM PST - 1183 comments

How about that much anticipated sports match last night?

A potentially humorous take on being an introvert from non-introverts.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 AM PST - 48 comments

October 1

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? ...But the best thing that Pychyl recommends is to recognize that you don’t have to be in the mood to do a certain task — just ignore how you feel and get started. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 9:38 PM PST - 77 comments

"I mean... eating each other. That's unamerican."

This album tells the story of the 2020 presidential election. The voice you hear is Dan Carlin, but he didn't say any of this stuff. Hardcore Prophecy: the Trump of Doom is an astonishing, hallucinogenic video telling the imaginary and heavily cannibalistic apotheosis of Donald Trump. Music and story by Dan Warren, images from SA goons. CW: cannibalism, descriptions of orgies in breach of both House and Senate rules
posted by Sebmojo at 9:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Raddle is a leftist alternative to Reddit

Raddle is a leftist alternative to Reddit, created after the organisers were banned. FAQ, Q & A.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 9:14 PM PST - 35 comments

Maori Modernism

How the advertising and travel posters changed in New Zealand. The subtitle of this article is "The New Zealand Artist Who Put the Islands' Native People First."
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Recent SF/F about Machine-Assisted Therapy

Xia Jia's story "The Psychology Game" (Clarkesworld, 10/17) contemplates a familiar sort of Turing test in a new venue: "This is a globally popular reality TV show ... The patient and the therapist are not in the same room." But she mentions Hector Levesque's "On Our Best Behaviour" / "The Winograd Schema Challenge" [PDFs] as a greater hurdle for AI. Recent news from Apple and Google suggests more near-term realities for automation. Meanwhile, David Burr Gerrard's "The Epiphany Machine" (Guernica, 2017; standalone excerpt from the novel) imagines machine-based insight from a magical realist perspective: "1. The epiphany machine will not discover anything about you that you do not, in some way, already know." [Siri, previously.]
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Not Safe For Work But Safe For Lunch

Ms Yeah is often hungry at work but her office lacks a kitchen, so she makes do with office supplies. When she craves for jianbing (煎饼), she turns her computer into a pan. Fried fish? A butane cartridge, some liquid soap and her hand will do (note the FBI warning at the beginning). Ice cream rolls? Computers fans. Barbecue? Neon lamps or electric warming fan. Fancy an espresso? Lightbulbs. And because ’Tis the Season, mooncakes. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 2:39 PM PST - 56 comments

Local Prepper Makes Good

Joseph Badame spent four decades outfitting his home for the day when, he believes, an economic collapse will make it necessary for survival. But his many barrels of food couldn't stave off bank foreclosure. Rather than sending those supplies to the dump, a chance encounter has inspired him to ship it all to Puerto Rico. (SLnj.com)
posted by waninggibbon at 10:14 AM PST - 47 comments

Pythagoras on Pizza

Surprising Uses of the Pythagorean Theorem. A nice intuitive exploration of the old mathematical chestnut. With just a little bit of simple logic, we find that the Theorem doesn't just apply to triangles. From this we learn for instance, that the energy used to accelerate one bullet to 500 mph can accelerate two others to 400 and 300 mph. And whether that large pizza is better than two mediums. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 9:30 AM PST - 25 comments

Deaf Music Fans Are Finally Starting To Be Heard

Thanks to a concerted push from DHH advocates and a growing cohort of employees plugged in to the DHH community, festival organizers have been prioritizing access for DHH fans. At Lollapalooza this year, a fifth of the 170 performances scheduled had ASL interpreters. [slBuzzfeed]
posted by ellieBOA at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

All Night Long

"I missed my connecting flight in Charlotte, and I didn't want to sit in anger all night long, so instead I did what makes me happiest..." (SLYT)
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:32 AM PST - 27 comments

“That's too bad," Mr. Hall said, opening Door 1. "You've won a goat."

"But you didn't open another door yet or give me a chance to switch." "Where does it say I have to let you switch every time? I'm the master of the show.”

Monty Hall, the famous host of the television game show Let's Make a Deal, passed away yesterday at the age of 96. [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 6:51 AM PST - 52 comments

I want to believe

The curious case of the alien in the photo and the mystery that took years to solve
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:27 AM PST - 22 comments


Move over, Comic Sans... the font that haunts our dreams is now.... PAPYRUUUUUS!!!!!! (SLYT)
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:48 AM PST - 43 comments