November 2017 Archives

November 16


FR. Reginald Foster, The Vatican's Latinist []
The number of Foster’s students runs into the thousands, and many of them are now themselves some of the most dedicated teachers in the field. “When I was in college I asked people, ‘Hey, we all know Latin is a language. Does anybody actually speak it anymore?’ And they told me there was one guy, some guy at the Vatican, who still spoke the language, and that was Fr. Foster,” says Dr. Michael Fontaine, a professor of Classics at Cornell University. “I said to myself, ‘I have to study with this guy.’ And that changed everything for me.” Dr. Paul Gwynne, professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the American University of Rome, said of Foster, “He is not just the best Latin teacher I’ve ever seen, he’s simply the best teacher I’ve ever seen. Studying Latin with the Pope’s apostolic secretary, for whom the language is alive, using the city of Rome as a classroom . . . it changed my whole outlook on life, really.”
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posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

We've changed kings since then, some of us twice. No one cares.....

… one remembers. The uncounted. US Military officials say that the air war against ISIS is the most precise in history. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

What's new, Atlas?

Boston Dynamics has posted a new video. It's 54 seconds of a robot doing things I never thought they could do. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:05 PM PST - 59 comments

What If It Was Voodoo?

For years, this day had seemed inevitable. It was the predictable end to nearly a decade of well-documented and thoroughly-investigated psychological and physical torment: threatening phone calls, notes, strange encounters, vandalism, fires, animal killings, and a half-dozen violent physical attacks; all perpetrated by an unknown assailant. There were about a hundred documented incidents between 1982 and 1989. Someone was terrorizing her. After Cindy’s death, there was a thorough investigation. It culminated in the lengthiest and most expensive public inquest in British Columbia’s history. Cindy’s death was ruled a suicide. The Mysterious Death of Cindy James [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

I have time left. I have a feeling I could still get a little sexier.

Each year Mallory Ortberg explores the horror of what it takes to be crowned People's Sexiest Man Alive. She began with Adam Levine. Then there was Chris Hemsworth and David Beckham. Now, Blake Shelton has been named Sexiest Man Alive. God have mercy on his soul.
posted by Emily's Fist at 4:50 PM PST - 41 comments

Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, possibly some condiments

The Greggs £24 advent calendar has 24 tear-off doors that customers can exchange for a treat in a Greggs shop - though the choice of promotional picture has raised eyebrows. However, the UK Evangelical Alliance says it is "not too outraged" about the Greggs nativity scene (contradictory quote), while a vicar from t'north is not amused. Becky Barnicoat rounds up some tweets, while Peter Ormerod argues this is not an issue to be outraged about. (First mentioned by fearfulsymmetry)
posted by Wordshore at 4:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Girl Gangs UK & US

Teddy Girls and Drag Racers. The Teddy Girls had their own style but were often overshadowed by the Teddy Boys. This is a short photo-essay on the girls. Next, we have a photo-essay on a girls' drag-racing team, the Dragettes of the Kansas City Timing Association drag strip in the 1950s. They preferred convertibles and they worked as their own mechanics, too. The Dragettes
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

“Alter Dark allows you to patch NES ROMs in the browser via a REST API.”

Alter Dark is a new project that lets you create your own screensavers out of NES ROMs. It was put together by Rachel Weil, an NES homebrew expert and glitch enthusiast, and recently shown off at NodeConf EU in Dublin. For Weil, it combines two of her favorite things: messing around with NES software and the dated aesthetics of screensavers. The name is also a play on the After Dark software package release in 1989 which consisted of, among other things, a flying toaster screensaver.” API files and code at GitHub. Rachel Weil also discusses how screensavers influenced her work, spurring a years-long obsession with putting screensavers where they don't belong. [YouTube]. [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz at 3:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Every physical record shop and record event on the planet

An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World. (You're welcome.)
posted by mrgrimm at 11:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Welcome back, Frank

The Punisher, Marvel’s avatar of gun violence and toxic masculinity, is hitting TV screens at possibly the worst ever time (just like every other time), to mixed reviews. With the shows focus on angry male white men the characters popularity with law enforcement officers and the military may be more troubling than ever.
posted by Artw at 11:25 AM PST - 73 comments

Timbuktu's learned history and legacy

Timbuktu has long been Africa's El Dorado. Located on the southern edge of the Sahara and north of the Niger river (Google maps), what was initially a small river-side settlement bloomed as a trading hub for salt, gold, slaves, ivory and later, books. While its academic prominence has never returned to its peak of centuries past, it is still a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts from western Africa, maintained and protected through the years by families who have kept these works safe from numerous regime changes. These are the lost (and found) libraries of Timbuktu (hour long documentary on Vimeo from documentary producer; more info from BBC Four and stream if you're in the UK). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Are you okay, Elon?

Jalopnik excerpts Elon Musk's Rolling Stone profile. (full profile)
posted by Literaryhero at 7:24 AM PST - 82 comments

Big Eck's big show

Alex Salmond is the ex-leader of the Scottish National Party who lost his Westminster seat at the last election. He has recently launched The Alex Salmond Show on RT. This has been criticized by many other politicians and journalists (many of whom have actually appeared on the channel) but is seen by others as a voice against a pro-nationalist mainstream media. His first main guest was deposed Catalan president, Carlos Puigdemont, You can watch the episode on youtube.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:21 AM PST - 11 comments

The “Depressive Dream Girl” of online dating

I Pretended to Be Emily Dickinson on an Online Dating Site Would a lovelorn poet, obsessed with death and privacy, be able to woo a modern man?
posted by Miko at 7:19 AM PST - 31 comments

"an additional toll of up to 100 deaths every day"

The squeeze on public finances since 2010 is linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England, with the over 60s and care home residents bearing the brunt, reveals the first study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. The critical factor in these figures may be changes in nurse numbers, say the researchers, who warn that there could be an additional toll of up to 100 deaths every day from now on in.
The original research is published in the BMJ Open journal. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 6:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Dead-eyed capitalism with Snapchat's puppy filter on

A report from Millennial 20/20, a two-day conference held in the Carriageworks “creative space” in Sydney; where hundreds of marketing executives, CEOs, startup founders, big-data analysts, “disruptive innovators”, “change makers” and “thought leaders” gathered to discuss the subject of “millennials”, and how to most effectively monetise them. The WiFi password was “SmashedAvo”, there were branded fidget spinners in the swag, and the overall attitude was one of predatory infantilisation.
posted by acb at 5:01 AM PST - 66 comments

Benedict Allen I presume

British explorer Benedict Allen found alive in Papua New Guinea, 16 Nov, 2017
“He has been sighted alive and well near a remote airstrip in Papua New Guinea having trekked vast distances. He has requested rescue and efforts are under way to get him out. This is only a reported sighting, but it is the second sighting and it’s a tribal commission that has been looking for him and they have reported him in. So unless they have got it horribly wrong, and I’m not aware of any other lost British explorers in that part of Papua New Guinea, Benedict Allen is safe and well.”
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posted by Thella at 2:40 AM PST - 60 comments

November 15

God has given you one face and you make yourselves another

YouTuber Woodsie employs the Face Swap Live iPhone app to make videos of his daughters. Sometimes you get miniature food critics, sometimes you get nightmare fuel [h/t Miss Cellania].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Volvelles and sammelbands

A simple list of charming terms from libraries/archives. [special appearances by MeFi's Own jessamyn]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:27 PM PST - 14 comments

the infinitely shifting repetition of the patterns

Umberto Eco in 1985, and Bill Watterson in 1989, discuss the poetry and artistry of Krazy Kat and Peanuts.
posted by J.K. Seazer at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Nonsense has a welcome ring

On the 25th anniversary of Automatic for the People, R.E.M. has released a remastered album. Remastered in Dolby Atmos by the original producer (Scott Litt) and engineer (Clif Norrell), the reissue has been well received. [more inside]
posted by hexaflexagon at 4:40 PM PST - 85 comments

Another Early Woman Car Racer

Joan Cuneo raced in the very early 1900s and once set a speed record at 111mph. Second part of this blog post Part Two
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

if the men find out we can shapeshift, they're going to tell the church

Contouring 101 (SLYT)
posted by Four String Riot at 4:17 PM PST - 54 comments

Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall? Storm powers?

Why the Movies are So Obsessed with Capes [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 4:12 PM PST - 22 comments

“How does it feel to know that I’m never, ever, ever going to stop?”

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
posted by capnsue at 2:39 PM PST - 61 comments

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The Game Awards 2017 Nominee Announcement! [YouTube] “The Game Awards nominees are in for 2017, and they are a preview of just how great of a year it was for video games. Four of 2017’s biggest games — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn, Destiny 2 and Super Mario Odyssey — each received six nominations. Those were followed by strong showings from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (five nominations), Persona 5 (four nominations), Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (four nominations), Cuphead (four nominations) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (three nominations). Nintendo, in a hot race with itself for many of the awards, took home 23 nominations, the most for any publisher. The nominees were selected by a jury of 51 media and influencer outlets. Voting is now open to the public on most awards, and fans can vote via The Game Awards website, or on social media platforms. (Full instructions are available in this Medium post.)” [via: Polygon]
posted by Fizz at 2:30 PM PST - 28 comments

Son Goku "represents the journey of the black man."

Why Black Men Love Dragon Ball Z.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 2:21 PM PST - 5 comments

This might be the most Nova Scotian thing you've ever seen.

A 24-hour live stream of donair. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by anem0ne at 12:58 PM PST - 32 comments

Poldark: Ranking the Show’s Best Sex Stares

"Poldark is ostensibly a soap opera about eighteenth-century copper mining, but, in reality, it is a show about hot people staring at one another to a soundtrack of melancholy orchestral whining and the ceaseless crashing of waves upon the Cornish beach. Sometimes the hot people are staring at each other in anger over the glaring economic and political disparities of Georgian England, and sometimes they are staring at one another in sadness over babies dead of putrid throat or peasants crushed in mine collapses. But mostly, they are just looking at each other because they want to fuck."
posted by blithers at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Stripping The Copper Out Of The Economy

“Billions of dollars of this debt comes due in the next few years. “If today is considered a retail apocalypse,” Bloomberg reported, “then what’s coming next could truly be scary.” Eight million American retail workers could see their careers evaporate, not due to technological disruption but a predatory financial scheme. The masters of the universe who devised it, meanwhile, will likely walk away enriched, and policymakers must reckon with how they enabled the carnage.“ - The Cause and Consequences of the Retail Apocalypse - David Dayden for The New Republic.
posted by The Whelk at 11:32 AM PST - 76 comments


The gang at the Onion just launched The Takeout, a new food-focused spinoff site. Stories for the debut include Rick Bayless' gravy recipe, advice for restaurant-goers from a server, and a review of Trader Joe's' turkey and stuffing flavored potato chips.
posted by Clustercuss at 11:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Bail Bloc

Volunteer your computer's spare power to get people out of jail - When you download the app, a small part of your computer's unused processing power is redirected toward mining a popular cryptocurrency called Monero, which is secure, private, and untraceable. At the end of every month, we exchange the Monero for US dollars and donate the earnings to the Bronx Freedom Fund and through them, a new nation-wide initiative, The Bail Project.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

The Myth of the Male Bumbler

Male bumblers are an epidemic. A nice explanation to provide to those who confess to be worried that they can't tell the difference between sexual assault and asking someone out on a date. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 11:17 AM PST - 54 comments

British Scrabble champion accused of cheating by double-dipping

Allan Simmons, a top-billed British Scrabble player, has been barred from tournaments for three years after an inquiry concluded he had broken the rules by putting a hand with freshly drawn letter tiles back into a bag to draw more favorable tiles. [more inside]
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 10:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Speaking of sexual harassment....

The Unique Sexual Harassment Problem Female Prison Workers Face The sexual harassment began in 1994, Paula Purdy says, shortly after she started work as a corrections officer at the Denver County Jail. Colleagues made demeaning comments about her body. One male captain made her so uncomfortable she avoided him. But the worst abuse came from inmates, who would make sexual remarks and masturbate at her as she did rounds in their housing areas. Purdy says she reported the behavior to her bosses, but there were few consequences. “I would get emotional at work several times a day,” she said.
posted by strelitzia at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

A Million+ Navi's screamed 'HEY LISTEN' Into The Void [SLYT]

'Hello. Hey Listen'. The Phrase that makes Zelda Fans everwhere shudder Warning: This Video Gets Exponentially loud and mind-meltingly annoying. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:51 AM PST - 15 comments

This is what I call “swimmin’ juice”

In December 2016,Water Safety New Zealand and ACC created The Swim Reaper as a way to use dark humor and social networking to spread awareness of swimming hazards, specifically targeting young males. You can find the Swim Reaper lurking at known high risk beaches, lakes, rivers and waterways in New Zealand, looking out for young people making bad decisions. He's been in a few YouTube videos, but the best place to see his work is on Instagram. (title source)
posted by Fig at 7:46 AM PST - 10 comments

If I pretend I'm bad at this, will you do it for me?

Male Incompentence is a Subtle Form of Misogyny talks about the larger picture of many men's refusals to perform emotional labor in the frame of gender politics.
posted by bile and syntax at 7:30 AM PST - 189 comments

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need

Nick Offerman loves woodworking. The actor, perhaps best known for his turn as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, adores the craft so much, he’s started Offerman Woodshop, where he makes and sells everything from meat paddles to mustache combs to custom dining tables. Nick Offerman also loves the betterment of humanity which is why when he found a project that combined his two passions, he leapt at the chance to participate. Would Works is a non-profit charity that helps Americans in need get back on their feet through the production of handmade wood goods. Proceeds from purchases help fund the woodshop and the program. Plus, Offerman will match any donations to Would Works, dollar-by-dollar, up to $20,000. [slGQ]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:49 AM PST - 22 comments

November 14

No more guessing

The Racked Swag Project:
We Received $95,000 Worth Of Free Stuff In Six Months
Brands Send Me More Free Stuff Than You Can Imagine
The Secret Swag Resale Economy

posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:51 PM PST - 32 comments

“Ironic Nazism disguised as real Nazism disguised as ironic Nazism.”

“At times while tracking [Anglin], I couldn’t help but feel that he was a method actor so committed and demented, on such a long and heavy trip, that he’d permanently lost himself in his role.”
Writing for The Atlantic, Luke O’Brien has assembled a detailed account of the strange history and fickle beliefs of Andrew Anglin, the man behind the almost-defunct Daily Stormer: “The Making of an American Nazi”
posted by Going To Maine at 9:50 PM PST - 40 comments

"Assorted"—his voice catches—"intimate clothing. Ropa íntima."

Returning stuff is an American pastime, a tradition even. The industry-wide consensus is that 8 to 10 percent of all goods bought in the U.S. will be returned. For online sales, the rate is much higher, in the range of 25 to 40 percent. So...what happens to it all?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:42 PM PST - 32 comments

Asian-American Cuisine's Rise, and Triumph

Could we call it Asian-American cuisine? The term is problematic, subsuming countries across a vast region with no shared language or single unifying religion. It elides numerous divides: city and countryside, aristocrats and laborers, colonizers and colonized — “fancy Asian” and “jungle Asian,” as the comedian Ali Wong puts it. As a yoke of two origins, it can also be read as an impugning of loyalties and as a code for “less than fully American.” When I asked American chefs of Asian heritage whether their cooking could be considered Asian-American cuisine, there was always a pause, and sometimes a sigh. [SLNYT]
posted by destrius at 6:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Desprit to pass spring projict

The Shadow Scholar: The man who writes your students' papers tells his story. Two days had passed since I last heard from the business student. Overnight I had received 14 e-mails from her. She had additional instructions for the assignment, such as "but more again please make sure they are a good link betwee the leticture review and all the chapter and the benfet of my paper. finally do you think the level of this work? how match i can get it?" [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 1:27 PM PST - 112 comments

No. Not Possible.

An Important Discussion About ‘Pottersville,’ The Weirdest Christmas Movie Ever
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:12 PM PST - 48 comments

Why the hell any sane person would take a picture of a Dodge Journey

A Guide To A Bunch Of Weird Chinese Car Brands You've Never Heard Of
posted by timshel at 12:55 PM PST - 23 comments

“The Last of Us is a series that deserves much better...”

The Last of Us 2 Trailer Controversy Explained [Game Rant] “One of the nice surprises at Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference was a new trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2. While many fans were excited to see more footage of the highly anticipated game, others were outraged at the extreme level of violence shown in the trailer. Over the past couple of weeks, numerous outlets have stepped forward decrying the trailer for its brutality, but some fans may still not quite understand why there’s so much controversy.” [YouTube][Teaser Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:49 PM PST - 43 comments

From and to "The Place that Looks Like a Caribou".

A three-metre-tall polar bear stood in the doorway. It walked up to her, put its snowshoe-sized paw on her pregnant belly, and began to speak: ‘If it’s a boy, you name it after me.’ . . . When Alice gave birth to a son two weeks later, she gave him two names. The first was Mangilaluk. The second was Bernard.
A new all-season highway opens tomorrow, which will be the first road to connect Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, in Canada's far North. It is already informally being called "Bernard's Highway". Nadim Roberts tells the harrowing life story of Mangilaluk / Bernard.
posted by Rumple at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Amazon will produce a LoTR TV series

New Lord of the Rings series coming to Amazon.
posted by mono blanco at 10:51 AM PST - 144 comments

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes, that prevents women from accessing the ranks of power. Conservatives and chauvinists tend to endorse the first; liberals and feminists prefer the third; and those somewhere in the middle are usually drawn to the second. But what if they all missed the big picture? ... In my view, the main reason for the uneven management sex ratio is our inability to discern between confidence and competence. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 10:22 AM PST - 50 comments


The ABS will be announcing the results of Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite in just under eight hours. After a long fought campaign which has seen some of the worst of Australia's homophobia given license to speak up, the same-sex marriage plebiscite is coming to a head. If polling is any indication, with 89 percent turnout, the yes vote looks to be romping home with 63% polling yes.
posted by Talez at 7:23 AM PST - 123 comments

Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Reckoning Bill Clinton's sex crimes (not an article about Monica Lewinsky) "...Let us not forget the sex crimes of which....Bill Clinton was very credibly accused in the 1990s" -Caitlin Flanagan
posted by bearette at 7:16 AM PST - 162 comments

...and you’re being told, do it just like Apu from "The Simpsons".

How is a long-running comedy distorting the perceptions of South Asians? Comic Hari Kondabolu, a long-time Simpsons fan, confronts the problematic portrayal of his ethnicity on TV, with The Simpsons as the most conspicuous and influential aspect. His new documentary, The Problem with Apu explores the mass-media depiction of Indian-Americans, with help from Aziz Ansari, Vivek Murthy, Maulik Pancholy, Sakina Jaffrey, Kal Penn, and others.
posted by jackbishop at 5:09 AM PST - 47 comments


Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by a Tribal Government - "Thanks to a profitable casino, an Indian tribe gives its members sizeable cash payments."
posted by kliuless at 3:33 AM PST - 26 comments

Thumbs up

RIP Jeremy Hutchinson, AKA Baron Hutchinson of Lullington AKA Lord Hutchinson of Lullington who has recently died at the age of 102 and was one of finest criminal barristers to practice. He defended Lady Chatterley, Fanny Hill and Christine Keeler and defeated Mary Whitehouse. The Guardian has an extraordinary obituary of an extraordinary man.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:42 AM PST - 12 comments

An urgent need to play

Gamepee - connect with your audience through the interactive experience of this new technology in advergaming. (Yes, the start-up behind this is Belgian.)
posted by progosk at 1:55 AM PST - 18 comments

November 13

There's only one rule that I know of, babies

The Washington Post asked readers to submit stories of a time a stranger performed an act so unexpectedly kind that it stayed with them. Here are some of the most poignant ones, in honor of World Kindness Day. (yesterday at this point, but every day is immeasurably improved by kindness)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:35 PM PST - 45 comments

A system of cells interlinked within cells interlinked

The incredibly detailed miniatures of Blade Runner 2049. Blade Runner 2049 concept art by George Hull. Designing the technology of ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
posted by Artw at 10:15 PM PST - 35 comments

Endless protective coats of olive oil mixed with methylated spirits

“It’s lovely to drive by on a motor boat and it has a very nice crew and very capable, but the acoustics are hideous,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “For a catholicity of reasons, it’s not the wisest place to put on anything…with the possible exception of maybe a circus.” -- Sydney's beautiful but impossible Opera House.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:18 PM PST - 11 comments

two out of three ain't bad

What The Hell Explains Its Appeal? Of life’s great mysteries, surely among the most impenetrable is how Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf’s adolescent wet dream of an album that was released forty years ago today [October 21, 1977], came to be one of the best-selling albums in the history of the record industry, cracking the top five in some rankings, and out-selling nearly all the pillars of the rock canon. - Matt Fogelson [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:09 PM PST - 108 comments

Church of England supports trans students

"In a directive called “Valuing All God’s Children,” the Church [of England] said elementary school students 'should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision'...'All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide,' Archbishop Welby wrote, 'This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion.'." SLNYT
posted by Grandysaur at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Beauty in Blackwater

Stunning photos of critters who only surface from the depths at night.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:05 PM PST - 15 comments

"A High School Musical for Adults"

Kristen Bell Will Reunite High School Musical Cast Members for New TV Series "ABC is teaming up with Frozen and The Good Place star Kristen Bell on a new TV series titled Encore, which will reunite former high school class mates to perform their high school musical one more time. Executive produced by Bell, the series is currently seeking out cast members from high school musicals in the [1990s and early 2000s]." [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 3:28 PM PST - 38 comments

The Boys in the Picture

In July, 1990, photographer Peter Widing snapped a perfect shot of three young football (soccer) players. In 2006, his friend and colleague Christian Daun first saw and became obsessed with the photograph, half-joking with Widing about tracking the three unnamed boys down. In May, 2016, Widing took his own life, shattering Daun's understanding of things and sending him down the journey they'd never taken. By July, 2017, he'd found the boys, now grown men, and learned about where their own lives had led.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

performing what could fairly be called unsuccessful music

That time that Brian Eno was a member of the worst orchestra in the world. (You may know them from that one Youtube video).
posted by MartinWisse at 1:25 PM PST - 29 comments

"Kickoffs are stupid and bad."

In the newest installment of Chart Party, SB Nation writer and national treasure Jon Bois discusses why the kickoff sucks and should be abolished. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:50 PM PST - 40 comments


The Union of Concerned Scientists is on the phone again. You going to get it this time? In 1992 the UCS issued the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity. Now, 25 years later, many things have changed. They've gotten worse.
posted by crazylegs at 12:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Against Productivity

When I look back on not only the wasted time in Puerto Rico, but the couple of unproductive years around it I see it differently now. When I wasn’t beating myself up for not being productive enough, I was thinking about and interacting with the world. I was laying the first stones of a new foundation, a new way of thinking about networked culture, and even about our place on this planet. Instead of getting things done I was learning, smiling at people I didn’t share a language with, and cross-connecting the notions of my brain and the experiences of my life. via
posted by roaring beast at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Controlled chaos

215 gunshot victims, arriving four to a car, in one night, in one ER. A Nevada emergency doc tells how he managed the ER on the night of the worst mass shooting in US history. (Warning: contains descriptions of injured people and trauma medicine).
posted by stillmoving at 11:17 AM PST - 31 comments

We're putting human brain bits in mice and they're growing in there

"These micro quasi-brains are revolutionizing research on human brain development and diseases from Alzheimer’s to Zika, but the headlong rush to grow the most realistic, most highly developed brain organoids has thrown researchers into uncharted ethical waters....In the previously unreported experiments implanting human brain organoids into lab rodents, most of the transplants survived....More notably, the human organoids implanted into mice connected to the rodent’s circulatory system, making this the first reported vascularization. And mature neurons from the human brain organoid sent axons, the wires that carry electrical signals from one neuron to another, into “multiple regions of the host mouse brain,” according to a team led by Fred “Rusty” Gage of the Salk Institute".
posted by Diablevert at 10:45 AM PST - 38 comments

“They just made it harder for us smaller publishers,”

Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition [Engadget] “Before September, it was possible to launch a boxed version of an existing, digital-only game without paying for an additional ESRB rating. This policy allowed Limited Run to be a lean operation, avoiding ESRB fees and still releasing physical versions of weird digital games (all of which are already rated by the ESRB). In September, the board announced a new tier for rating digital-to-physical games, allowing any title with a development budget of $1 million or less to be rated as a boxed product for $3,000, rather than the standard submission price of more than $10,000. With this change, all three console manufacturers made it a requirement for every game to pay this fee and carry an ESRB rating -- even physical launches of digital titles.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Bruce Yeany - Home Made Science

Bruce Yeany's Youtube channel has some great build-your-own classroom and home demos for physics, such as physics marble tracks, and sand pendulums and Lissajous patterns.
posted by carter at 10:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Canada’s Most Memorable (English) TV Thing: Round of 64

I’ll get straight to the point: you know what hasn’t been done before? A public vote, in the digital age, to see what is the most memorable piece of Canadian television. You know what we’re going to do? That. Right now.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:22 AM PST - 175 comments

"we are a talented bunch. We are also diverse"

Edward Enninful is the new Editor-in-chief of British Vogue. His first cover girl, Adwoa Aboah is also a founder of Gurls Talk. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Episode 57: Return of the 'Fox

The browser that Mozilla built jumps into a new chapter on November 14th. They're saying this is pretty big jump as they're giving Firefox release 57 the moniker "Quantum". [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 7:47 AM PST - 153 comments

50 Years of Generative Music in your browser

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective by Tero Parviainen (Put on headphones, uses mouse/keyboard/touch)
posted by gwint at 5:38 AM PST - 17 comments

November 12

Love's Road Home

Let it be known that Ashley Volk had loved Sam Siatta since elementary school, the age of True Love Always in sidewalk chalk. She loved him before he joined the Marines and went to war, before he descended into depression and alcoholism upon his return, before he was convicted on a felony charge for a crime he did not remember through a blackout fog. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:58 PM PST - 19 comments

To the glory that was Greece, and the grandeur that was Rome

Could the Romans have had their own Industrial Revolution?
posted by Chrysostom at 8:46 PM PST - 32 comments

Opioids Threat

A Visual Explanation of the Relative Toxicity of Opioids. Fentanyl is so lethal, it requires new procedures for first responders. Carfentanil though is in a class by itself. There are concerns it can be used as a WMD.
posted by storybored at 7:58 PM PST - 62 comments

Nice celebrity allegations

Awesome Twitter Thread Of “Nice Allegations” About Celebrities Gives Us Hope "It’s rough out there emotion-wise, as day after day seems to arrive with fresh allegations that expose many of our famous faves as awful abusive creeps. So this Twitter chain wherein people share happy stories of fun celebrity encounters and anecdotes feels like balm for our wounds." [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 4:47 PM PST - 107 comments

Soutine and the little pastry cooks

In the 1920s and 1930s, Chaïm Soutine painted a series of portraits of service personnel at hotels and restaurants around Paris. These helped launch his career (though he's perhaps better known today for his paintings of meat and having posed for Modigliani). Now the portraits have been brought together in an exhibition at London's Courtauld Gallery. Soutine's distant cousin, Stanley Meisler, has written about his life and his tragic death under the Nazi occupation.
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Ready for some SMAC talk

A Paean To SMAC
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:37 PM PST - 46 comments

"I do not tell plane stories; I tell stereoscopic stories"

The Mysterious Frontiers of Can Xue - 'The author, whom the American novelist and editor Bradford Morrow has described as one of the most “innovative and important” in contemporary world literature, revels in such mysteries and entanglements. Can Xue is the genderless pen name of Deng Xiaohua, who was born in 1953, in Changsha City, in Hunan Province. In Chinese, the name means “residual snow,” a phrase, Deng has explained, that is used to describe both “the dirty snow that refuses to melt” and “the purest snow at the top of a high mountain.” [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

I've Had A Night Fever For 40 Years

November 15, 1977 marks 40 years since the release of the Saturday Night Fever Original Movie Sound Track Album [YouTube full playlist]. The globally music defining album's run of hits actually started in 1975 when the Bee Gees released "comeback track" Jive Talkin' which reached the top of the charts in several countries and and was included on the album even though it was cut from the final film. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 12:28 PM PST - 80 comments

Forgotten Muslim WW I Warriors for Britain

Million of Muslim soldiers came to fight in the savage trench warefare. Most people have no idea that there were any Muslims at all fighting on the western front for the allies but a new foundation has begun getting the story out and more people are going to the French national cemetery to visit the graves. The new foundation has a link in this article but most of its introduction is in the news story. It's definitely a story that should be better known.
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Great empires are not maintained by timidity

A Huthi Missile, a Saudi Purge and a Lebanese Resignation Shake the Middle East.
Volatility is rising across the Middle East as local, regional and international conflicts increasingly intertwine and amplify each other. Four Crisis Group analysts give a 360-degree view of the new risks of overlapping conflicts that involve Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Israel. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 5:13 AM PST - 27 comments

November 11

Lessons from the Worst Food Hack of 2017

In the video, Weidner, chipper and chatty, lobs a few big spoonfuls of smooth peanut butter onto a piece of wax paper, folds it, then runs over its surface with a rolling pin to spread the peanut butter thin. She puts the whole thing in the freezer and, when it’s sufficiently chilled, cuts the hardened sheet into sandwich-size squares that she keeps in a stack, à la Kraft Singles. […] On Facebook, commenters, eighteen thousand of them, were not buying it. “Love this . . . since having kids I had to quit my job due to the amount of time I needed to spread peanut butter each day,” one woman wrote. “Maybe now I can go back to work part-time!”
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:43 PM PST - 177 comments

“Suspenders b̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶i̶e̶s̶ are cool.”

How Doctor Who’s New Costume Cleverly Leans on History [Vanity Fair] “Cosplayers and fan artists alike, rejoice! Doctor Who, the iconic, lead-swapping franchise, has just revealed the costume for the 13th actor taking on the moniker of “The Doctor”: Jodie Whittaker. The reveal of a new Who costume—soon to be replicated and worn by convention-goers around the world—is always a cause for celebration. But anyone following the cloud of controversy swirling around Whittaker’s casting will know that, this time, the costumers on the long-running show faced a new challenge when selecting just the right coat and trousers for the time-traveling adventurer.” [.jpg] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:06 PM PST - 72 comments

Classical Music, Visualized with Animations

Stephen Malinowski of the Music Animation Machine creates beautiful animated visualizations of classical music, which enable viewers to see repetition, variations on a theme, structure, complexity, and other interesting properties of music. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

"You just called Commander Sisko 'dad.'"

#Deep Space Nine Nine, source of the title and prompt for this FPP, is an entertainingly silly series of posts with dialogue from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on screencaps of "Deep Space Nine." [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 7:51 PM PST - 29 comments

the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Not Your Messiah, Peter Lucier, for The Revealer
The language that Marines use about death is revealing. The radio code for a dead casualty when I was in Afghanistan was “hero.” It suggested to me something about the nature of service, and sacrifice. Growing up Catholic, the idea of a blood sacrifice, a human sacrifice that could save and redeem, was familiar to me. Above every chalkboard in my grade school was the image of our Christ, crucified. Now, my dead friend was the lamb burnt whole, the crucified bloody savior.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Mews of the Day

Whilst having a poo, a human could read a book, a magazine, MetaFilter, or a newspaper, for example. But why just humans? Don't cats appreciate lavatorial reading material too?
posted by Wordshore at 2:30 PM PST - 17 comments

“We bleed so everyone else can live."

The crimson wave of menstruation liberation (slTheGuardian)
posted by Kitteh at 12:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Lest we forget

For Remembrance Day: Although not subject to conscription, many Aboriginal men and women signed up to fight for Canada in the World Wars. Some escaped from the horrors of residential schools to the horrors of the battlefield. Although many experienced equal treatment on the front, upon return they were denied the same benefits and recognition as their non-Aboriginal comrades. Photographer Zehra Rizvi interviews three surviving Aboriginal WWII veterans (and the late Henry Beaudry, who died last year at 95). [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Sonny Sharrock Interviews

Transcriptions of a bunch of Sonny Sharrock interviews.
posted by OmieWise at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

...filling the hollows...

Fountain Girls by Samantha Tucker.
(cw: domestic violence, suicide)
posted by zarq at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

They say that no one knows everything about everything in the dungeon.

Roguelike Celebration 2017 is currently streaming on twitch and scheduled to run throughout the weekend. Last year's celebration was covered on Metafilter; the talks were consistently interesting and fun, and they're all available on Youtube and The Internet Archive. This year's talks will be archived as well. What's a roguelike?
posted by naju at 10:58 AM PST - 24 comments

If the valley was hidden, how did they find it?

Be the death of the party with this keg of ranch dressing. The five-litre mini keg is currently available for preorder. For presentation purposes, a ranch dressing fountain is also available, but sold separately.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:23 AM PST - 63 comments

Don't Let My Past Be Your Future.

Harry Leslie Smith is not afraid to school anyone on the current regression to the bad old days. At 94, he’s got every right. He’s a veteran of the British Royal Air Force during World War II, so when he compares current times with Nazi Germany he knows about it first hand. [more inside]
posted by mrcrow at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

7 forgotten women surrealists

Good work you probably haven't seen
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

November 10

An Extremely Close Reading of Pop Song Duets

No no, you can't just listen on the surface. You have to do a critical reading of just the lyrics. I love stuff like this.
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:41 PM PST - 24 comments

I Cut, You Choose

CMU researchers suggest a new method of redistricting which might create voting districts which prevent gerrymandering. It's all about who cuts the cake, and who gets to choose their piece. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:31 PM PST - 57 comments

It is to laugh

The 2017 finalists for Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced (previouslies: 1, 2, 3)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:43 PM PST - 32 comments

You can’t say you support LGBTQ people then vote against us

Tegan and Sara are twin sisters and a singing duo from Calgary. They are openly gay, and have been strong advocates on LGBTQ issues. They have recently spoken out on the issue of Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta’s schools, an issue that is garnering a lot of attention, with conservatives warning of sex clubs operating without any parental input. K.D. Lang, who also hails from Alberta, has also been active recently on the issue of LGBTQ rights in Alberta. The voices of gay women are now a force to be reckoned with in the land of the Rocky Mountain cowboy.
posted by No Robots at 6:51 PM PST - 29 comments

It's a great day for America, everybody!

Day 295: the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, as the Democratic wave starts sweeping elections across America, including the Deep South. Attention turns to the special senate election in Alabama next month, where jerk-off Republican candidate Roy Moore is facing unexpected allegations of child predation. As of posting, Trump is currently touring Asia, representing America and definitely not getting orders from Putin in a secure, untraceable manner how could you think that there is no collusion. [This is your catch-all U.S. politics thread, for things not related to the recent elections or Roy Moore.] [more inside]
posted by Merus at 5:53 PM PST - 2100 comments

Defeating Shingles

Good news for people who've had chicken pox. Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine prevents more than 90 percent of shingles cases, even at older ages. It will start shipping this month. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:16 PM PST - 39 comments

[sarcastic waltz figure]

Pianist Nahre Sol improvises Mary Had A Little Lamb in the style of Bach, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Glass, Reich, and herself. (SLYT)
posted by theodolite at 2:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Scientists Hunt for a Killer Virus

The word from the doctors came early this week: They had tried one cocktail of antibiotics after another, but Mallory Smith’s fever and chill and chest rattle were only getting worse. They were out of options. Her father, though, had an idea. He wanted to infect Mallory with a virus — one carefully selected to kill the bacteria that had colonized her lungs. It was hardly foolproof, and it would require special emergency approval from the federal government, but it might just do what the antibiotics couldn’t.
posted by Bella Donna at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

DC's pustule finally bursts

How Eddie Berganza rose through the ranks at DC Comics despite accusations of sexual harassment.
posted by Artw at 2:09 PM PST - 32 comments

faster than feet, less impactful than cars, individual unlike busses

Everyone hates e-bikes
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:01 PM PST - 80 comments

“On Nov. 9, 1997, the professional wrestling industry changed forever.”

Twenty years later, Shawn Michaels reflects on the Montreal Screwjob. [ESPN] “In the midst of the most heated days of the "Monday Night Wars" between World Wrestling Entertainment (then the WWF) and World Championship Wrestling, money and contract issues led Bret Hart and Vince McMahon to an impasse. McMahon needed to get the title off of Hart before he left for WCW, and Hart refused to lose the title to Shawn Michaels, his most bitter rival, in front of a pay-per-view crowd in Montreal, feeling that a loss in such a Canadian stronghold would be devastating for his on-screen persona. In the lead-up to Survivor Series, there were several different ideas thrown around as solutions. Hart suggested he could instead lose to Steve Austin, or perhaps drop the title to Michaels at a live event in Detroit the night before. But once it became clear that they couldn't come to terms on a solution, the wheels were set in motion for a moment that would forever alter two companies, countless wrestlers' careers and, ultimately, set the WWE on a path toward becoming a multibillion-dollar brand.” [WWE][Autoplay Video] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

And Now For Something Completely Different

A needed reminder that people and even corporations can be lovely: TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Nordstrom and Starbucks are paying their Puerto Rican employees despite their stores being closed; a 100-year-old woman got 600 birthday cards from total strangers; these two little girls insist they're twins with the "same soul"; Australian thieves returned a little girl's puppy which they stole; the Vatican is going to stop selling cigarettes; and a woman successfully raised funds to help her husband's ex-wife with her chemotherapy costs.
posted by WCityMike at 12:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Not alone

Yes Mom, There is Something Wrong.
From Victim to Survivor.
In Medium, actor Anthony Edwards reveals that he was sexually molested and a friend of his was raped when they were children, by Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:39 AM PST - 22 comments

The United States loses close to $70 billion in tax revenue

How Corporations and the Wealthy Avoid Taxes (and How to Stop Them)
posted by crazy with stars at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Secret History of Cricket Magazine

The Secret History of Cricket Magazine, the "New Yorker for Children," by A.J. O'Connell at Electric Literature. "In a time when children’s magazines mostly featured hidden object drawings and games, Cricket stubbornly refused to underestimate its young readers. It welcomed their correspondence, and was such a human endeavor that for many readers, finding Cricket in the mailbox every month was like a visit from a friend."
posted by goatdog at 7:57 AM PST - 78 comments

River basins of the world

The Interactive Database of the World's River Basins is an interactive database of the world's river basins.
posted by Dim Siawns at 5:54 AM PST - 21 comments

The end of cheap postal rates from China to Canada

Ever wondered why it's so cheap to ship small stuff on the slow boat from China? It's due to an international agency that "sets prices based on factors such as national income. The cost of sending mail from China to Canada was set at a low amount years ago, long before the advent of e-commerce and China's emergence as a major economic force." That will start to change in 2018.
posted by clawsoon at 5:18 AM PST - 26 comments

Community collectives, epic granaries, and quirky breeding tactics

The Acorn Woodpecker is one of the most interesting birds in North America. A short documentary by bioGraphic describes their granaries, and the unusual family structures that may show that cooperation can be good evolutionary sense.
posted by Stark at 2:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Christmas is finally here

Contemporary Christmas, here in Albion, is marked by the unveiling of ad campaigns by the chain stores, of which the big one is the the John Lewis Christmas TV advert (previously). This year, their theme is something under the bed/child insomnia, soundtracked by a cover version of Golden Slumbers by The Beatles. Some other stores and chains have released their ads, including the strange honesty of the PC World family, Asda's food factory, Aldi's sweet carrot lurve, Tesco's middle class Aga-ruined Turkey, the slightly odd gender dynamics of the Morrison family, and the tie-in between Paddington Bear and Marks and Spencer - but does he swear at the bear? Also Argos, and an obscure American online shop. Verily, Merry Christmas, MeFites!
posted by Wordshore at 12:18 AM PST - 64 comments

November 9

Take up the song, forget the epitaph

Hilary Clinton is the guest editor of the forthcoming issue of Teen Vogue -- before Conde Nast shuts down print production thereof, as previously. [more inside]
posted by clew at 11:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Paul Buckmaster, legendary string arranger, dies.

If you think about Rock and Pop songs with great strings there's a good chance you're thinking about the work of Paul Buckmaster who died Nov. 7 2017. If you don't know the name you almost certainly know his work. [more inside]
posted by bongo_x at 1:45 PM PST - 18 comments


The Web Began Dying in 2014 - André Staltz [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:44 PM PST - 81 comments

On the Record

Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say [SLNYT]
posted by kittensofthenight at 1:38 PM PST - 613 comments

Lessons in Stillness

In the wilderness of Washington State’s Hoh Rain Forest, a poet searches for the rare peace that true silence can offer.
posted by bq at 12:57 PM PST - 19 comments


“Of course Mario isn’t a plumber, or at least not just a plumber. Because professionally speaking, Mario wears many hats. He’s a doctor. He’s the lead in a mariachi band. He’s a building inspector. He’s eager to fill whatever role the occasion calls for. Super Mario Odyssey expands on Mario’s chameleon-esque nature by giving him a new, all-encompassing ability: the power to take over and control other characters and enemies by tossing his hat upon their noggin. So now, with the zip of his cap, Mario is also a Goomba. Or a Bullet Bill. Or a strange woodland creature that can extend its legs to reach untold heights. Or a stylish statue with the ability to see invisible platforms.” [YouTube][Game Trailer] [via: Polygon] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:54 PM PST - 52 comments

Lord willing and the creek don't rise

After cathartic Democratic gains on Tuesday, 2017 awaits one last big federal contest -- Alabama's December 12th special election to fill A.G. Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. The normally determinative Republican primary was riven by divisions, with the controversial theocratic ex-judge Roy Moore defeating establishment-backed Luther Strange. The Democrats, meanwhile, nominated respected US attorney Doug Jones, best known for successfully prosecuting the Klansmen behind the horrific 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Still, Moore was widely seen as the narrow favorite... until today's bombshell WaPo story in which multiple conservative women independently confirmed Moore sexually harassed them in the 70s -- some as young as 14. While the Moore campaign rejects the story as "fake news", GOP senators are abandoning him in droves, with talk of mounting a write-in campaign for primary loser Luther Strange. With just a month until election day, could deep-red Alabama elect a progressive Democrat for the first time in more than twenty years? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 12:37 PM PST - 1306 comments

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum: The Oral History | Nick Offerman: "If Jeff says 'Thank you. Have a nice day,; there’s a natural timbre that he can’t even control that vibrates the pelvic bone of whomever he’s making eye contact with." [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:18 AM PST - 64 comments

"The people who design our world usually never take a biology class"

Vox teams up with 99% Invisible to help explain biomimicry.
posted by hanov3r at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

How a Retro-Futurist Spends 3 Days in L.A.

Author Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG shares his picks for Three Obscure Days in Los Angeles...
posted by jim in austin at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

For The Union Makes Us Strong

“Over the past seven months, Tanisha Smythe has spent her entire life savings, and most of her son’s. She’s on the verge of losing her apartment and is relying on food banks for meals. Smythe is one of 1,800 former Time Warner Cable employees who have been on strike in New York City since 28 March, over a contract dispute with Charter Communications.” - Seven months long, 1,800 out … an epic TWC strike mirrors US unions' fight to survive (The Guardian) A Conservative Case For Unions ( New Republic) - Meet The NYC Strippers On Strike (Broadly) - What Labor Needs Now (Splinter)
posted by The Whelk at 8:54 AM PST - 26 comments

No mere squeezebox

The bayan is a type of Russian chromatic button accordion with a phenomenal range and tone. The favoured tool of Eastern European and Russian accordion virtuosi in particular, you might be surprised at what it can be pressed to do in the hands of a skilled performer:
Sergei Teleshev performing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Alexandr Hrustevich performing Vivaldi's Summer (Four Seasons) and Alexander Borodin's Petite Suite
Alexandr Hrustevich performing Franck Angelis' Etude sur Chiquilin de Bachin, Brahms' Hungarian Dancea, Vyachesla Chernikov's Jazz Waltz, Waltz Impromptu, and The Lonely Harmonica, Vladimir Zubitsky's Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla, and Yevgeny Derbenko's Cabman
All links to YouTube
posted by Dysk at 7:07 AM PST - 16 comments

July 26, 1965--A Love Supreme Live

The surviving footage of the only time Coltrane performed of A Love Supreme live. (Previously, 6 yrs ago, broken link)
posted by OmieWise at 5:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Al Franken: "We are not [tech giants'] customers, we are their product."

"Al Franken Just Gave the Speech Big Tech Has Been Dreading" [SL Wired] [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:32 AM PST - 99 comments

Piano Quintets

Do you like string quartets? And piano music? How about combining these flavours in the form of a Piano Quintet? If you’re unsure (or haven’t much time), try dipping a small spoon into the bowl with the second movement of Antonin Dvořák’s 1881 Piano Quintet. If this kind of thing is already to your taste, or if you have all day & nothing better to do, then see within for a whole lot more... [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 2:24 AM PST - 25 comments

November 8

Moving ahead. Touching hearts.

Morioka Seiko Instruments is located in the northern industrial city of Morioka, about three-and-a-half hours from Tokyo by high-speed train. This is where Seiko's high-end mechanical watches are born – where a single watchmaker puts together each Credor Caliber 68, where a 40-year Seiko veteran assembles high-end movements, and where the widely revered Grand Seiko takes shapeA visit to Seiko Japan
posted by timshel at 11:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Reblogging Audre Lorde

Discovering theory one sound bite at a time.
posted by koavf at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

We hope you’ll be happy

An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. [h/t Miss Cellania] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:22 PM PST - 17 comments

It's not robots this time

"In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance."
posted by exceptinsects at 9:11 PM PST - 56 comments

“It looks like something out of science fiction”

What Happens If China Makes First Contact? "As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose."
posted by homunculus at 7:42 PM PST - 56 comments

Wanda the Movie and the True Crime that Inspired It

Barbara Loden, director of "Wanda," has her own interesting backstory. The movie is a cult favorite for its uncompromising approach and horrific story. And it's all based on a true story: William & Alma. The first link is specifically about the film. The true crime link has a lot of info on Loden's life and some analysis of her and her film by a French writer. But then it becomes an account of the horrific crime that inspired the film and especially about the relationship between the male and female criminals.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe They'll Give You an Invisibility Cloak for Your Smartphone

Mobile game developer Niantic has conjured up another massively popular franchise to turn into a location-aware mobile game, announcing that they are working on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

However, both their existing games, Pokemon GO and Ingress, have been troubled by cheaters and stalkers who use sophisticated automated tools to gain advantage over legitimate players. Niantic has stated that they will take action to enforce their Terms of Service but will this be enough to mitigate the privacy risks?
posted by radwolf76 at 7:20 PM PST - 40 comments

“It’s a spectacular find.”

A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.” From an archaeological dig in the Pylos region of Greece, a find in a Bronze Age grave : "the tomb has revealed its most valuable secret, and intricately carved sealstone that researchers are calling “one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered.”
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 2:38 PM PST - 50 comments

The spectacle does not sing of men and their arms

The Situationist International Online at The Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech. Worth it for the astonishingly packed chronology - did these people never sleep?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Pants for the end of the world

The Radical Vision Behind One Company’s Unstoppable Pants - "Outlier started nearly a decade ago making pants to bike to work in. Now they’re making weirder, exaggerated, occasionally dystopian gear, too. What happens when a company that makes pants for the future finds itself living in a darkest-timeline present?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:37 PM PST - 71 comments


Peggy is troubled by an ominous dream. Hank makes his dreams come true. Bobby gets ready for his baseball game. Hank meets his neighbors and chats with a machine. Hank catches Bobby smoking and reacts. Edited by Aliantos.
posted by Fizz at 11:43 AM PST - 20 comments

State of the Space Gay

Thor: Ragnarok Is Quietly the Queerest Superhero Movie Yet versus Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie Shows How Far We've Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
posted by Artw at 11:16 AM PST - 42 comments

It starts with one harmonium I don't know why

Gordi's cover of Linkin Park's In the End gives me the frisson.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Outside the Manson Pinkberry

Manson Bloggers and the World of Murder Fandom (Rachel Monroe, in The Believer). Longreads: "Monroe’s piece isn’t just about the Manson Family or those who still obsess about him; it’s about whether we ever truly escape ourselves. Do we carry pieces of our younger selves with us, even as we grow and change?"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Cokers vs. Goshworth is a Barn-Burner

We've had Robo-Rosewater. We've had Robo-Romance (of the Harlequin variety). Most recently, we've even had Robo-Slashdot. But only now have we reached the glory days of what AI can bring us, with the Recurrently Generated English Football League.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Continuing problems with the Internet of Things and cloud requirements

In the ongoing tradition of cloud required devices being killed by their creators, Logitech will be bricking the Logitech Harmony Link in March of 2018. [more inside]
posted by sotonohito at 9:22 AM PST - 57 comments

Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while

The Unforgiving Minute | We have built entire lives, families, and communities around the absence of this conversation. And yet here we are, having it anyway. So let’s deal with some common queries, the very first of which is: how do we handle what we know now about how women have been treated for so long? (Laurie Penny on Longreads)
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:11 AM PST - 53 comments

Explore Wealth and Income Inequality around the world

The World Wealth and Income Database "aims to provide open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries."
posted by amitai at 8:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Nobody took your eye, Polyphemus...

Frank has done it again. Check out the incredible wooden eye Frank Howarth created recently. [more inside]
posted by RhysPenbras at 7:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Let’s remind ourselves of the catalogue of chaos.

There was much discussion, in the wake of Donald Trump’s shock election win a year ago this week, of the risk of normalisation ... that a climate of authoritarian nationalism could gradually take hold – and that everyone would simply accept it... I’ve worried about a similar escalation here – but now I think I was worrying about the wrong thing. It’s not authoritarian nationalism that the May government has successfully normalised. It’s total fucking incompetence.
John Elledge in the New Statesman
posted by Grangousier at 6:15 AM PST - 149 comments

The Fingerprint Factory

During World War II the FBI expanded its fingerprint records dramatically. The records were kept on cards in index cabinets in an 80,000 square foot facility in the National Guard Armory in Washington D.C. [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:32 AM PST - 19 comments

November 7

The gateway to mind-wandering

Spacing out is so important to us as a species that “it could be at the crux of what makes humans different from less complicated animals."
Manoush Zomorodi discusses boredom.
posted by Rumple at 11:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Carol Anne! Go Into The Light!

Chris de Burgh's 1986 album Into The Light [50m35s] was released at the height of the Reagan-era Cold War and is a document of its time. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 11:17 PM PST - 40 comments

Neo-Feudal Political Division

Finance isn't just an industry. It's a system of social control - "A system for constraining the choices of other social actors." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:12 PM PST - 15 comments

This contract's too smart for its own good

Approximately US$150M of Ethereum was accidentally burned by someone mucking around with a multisig contract. [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 7:00 PM PST - 204 comments

Their lives are about to be turned upside-down!

Larry and Balki meet the Demogorgan in Perfect Stranger Things. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 3:02 PM PST - 48 comments

Roy Halladay dies plane crash

Roy Halladay, former pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, has died in a plane crash off the Gulf coast of Florida. Halladay is one six pitchers to win a Cy Young award in both the American and National Leagues, and only the second person to throw a no-hitter in the post-season. He was 40.
posted by thecjm at 2:32 PM PST - 42 comments

What Happened to the Internet’s Favorite T-Shirt Company?

Threadless made millions by selling out huge runs of crowdsourced T-shirts; now they’re printing almost everything one by one.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:36 PM PST - 74 comments

Hola, Papi!

Hola Papi! is an advice column by "writerTwitterer, and prolific Grindr user John Paul Brammer", that tackles topics like cultural appropriationinternalized homophobia, and mental health concerns with empathy and humor. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 12:16 PM PST - 14 comments

What happened when my partner became prime minister?

What happened when my partner became prime minister? For starters, no curry
posted by Start with Dessert at 12:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Breaching the limits of an instrument

Bendik Giske creates incredible solo performances with just himself and a saxophone. He states "By using a number of microphones on my instrument and body, I aim to create an augmented version of the instrument and my voice without any loopers or layers." The result is something unique, abrasive and wonderful.
posted by Field Tripper at 11:09 AM PST - 7 comments

“You have been here before, landed on these beaches before...”

Call of Duty: WWII – War Is Still Kind of The Same [Gaming Bolt] “Since 2003, Activision has released sixteen full-length Call of Duty games, if you count standalone spin-offs like Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Games in the series have been created by original developer Infinity Ward, Treyarch (who has made the franchise’s most commercially successful games with the Black Ops sub-series), and newcomers Sledgehammer Games. The series has traveled from the beaches of Normandy to the rivers of Vietnam and even into space. [...] The goal is here is twofold: to return the series to its boots-on-the-ground roots, which were lacking in the last two titles, and to the conflict that defined the series before its excursion to a technology-focused future for a change of pace.” [YouTube][Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:35 AM PST - 42 comments

Mom won't let me move to Madagascar

In 1990, Bill Watterson created a Calvin and Hobbes storyline in which Calvin is bullied into playing baseball during recess.
posted by rewil at 9:14 AM PST - 119 comments

Princeton and Slavery

Princeton University, founded as the College of New Jersey in 1746, exemplifies the central paradox of American history. From the start, liberty and slavery were intertwined. The Princeton and Slavery Project investigates the University’s involvement with the institution of slavery, through a range of primary sources and stories exploring its slaveholding presidents and professors, its African American communities on campus and in town, its first African American students, and the legacy of slavery in its archives and public memorials.
posted by verstegan at 6:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Russian Revolution Centenary

100 years ago today, the Petrograd Soviet's Military Revolutionary Committee toppled Russia's Provisional Government, leading to the Bolsheviks' assumption of state power. [more inside]
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles at 5:51 AM PST - 85 comments


You know you just can't get enough of those juicy, succulent Presidential tweets, so here's the Markov chain bot the world so obviously needed.
posted by loquacious at 5:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Decriminalization: A Love Story

When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the eighties, one in ten residents slipped into the deep of heroin addiction—bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners—and Portugal fell into a panic.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Meet Nuclear Holocausto, Sodomitic Slaughter, Black Jesus & Hellripper.

The Guardian's Alexis Petridis anatomises the underground metal scene. This is the most enjoyable bit of music journalism I've read in some time - it has just the right tone of affectionate bemusement which this genre demands. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 2:58 AM PST - 29 comments

November 6

Eight hundredth anniversary of the Charter of the Forest

The Charter of the Forest gave the commons rights, and protected the common good. Facsimile and translation, rich with words. A proposed modern version. In Our Times discusses it with the Battle of Lincoln (around 35'). A glorious tree that was coppiced for centuries. Previously (Chomsky, commons), previously (secret history of Magna Carta).
posted by clew at 11:16 PM PST - 8 comments

To swear is human; to moo, bovine

Who can resist adorable baby cows? Not these dogs and humans. Older cows are pretty fun, too—and give excellent face baths. Aw heck, just watch this compilation of charming cows. [Most videos have cheery music]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:31 PM PST - 26 comments

A Surprising Puerto Rico [Corporate] Good News Story

In which a large corporation reacts to a major natural disaster with a bit of heart that feels completely heartwarming to me. TJX [TJ Maxx & related companies] Paying Its Employees In Puerto Rico, Even Though Its Stores Remain Closed [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:48 PM PST - 10 comments

A puffin would also be fine, thanks!

Last week, author, UN speaker, and Chuck Tingle avatar Zoe Quinn was banned from Postmates for attempting to order a penguin from the zoo. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay!

Teamwork [farther] [closer]
posted by Room 641-A at 6:44 PM PST - 15 comments

A Few of My Favorite Things

Chris Thile and his Prairie Home Companion band cover Vulfpeck's Fugue State.
posted by stinkfoot at 5:45 PM PST - 26 comments

et maintenant, de bonnes nouvelles / and now, some good news

Valérie Plante a été élue maire de Montréal. Elle est la première femme à occuper cette fonction.
Valérie Plante has been elected as mayor of Montréal. She is the first woman to hold this office. [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 5:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Off to the vet!

You have worked hard today. You deserve to sit back and enjoy the Simon's Cat animated special in color.
posted by 4ster at 5:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Downtown Portland. Morale: Excellent. You may: 1. Visit a brewery...

Travel Oregon : the game is a web-based travel adventure simulation, rendered in a style which may appear historically familiar. Choose what type of traveler you are e.g. Yoga Teacher, Winemaker or Surfer, spend your $1,000 on supplies (artisanal coffee is $5 a pot, kombucha is $3), choose your region of the Beaver State, and away you go. Part of the Travel Oregon tourism website.
posted by Wordshore at 5:11 PM PST - 28 comments

Hanezeve Caradhina

Adapted from an ongoing manga by relative newcomer studio Kinema Citrus, Made in Abyss (youtube trailer) explores the drive of curiosity, the limits of humanity, and a giant, terrifying pit. [more inside]
posted by lucidium at 4:50 PM PST - 15 comments

The Museum of Online Museums

This site, a rabbit-hole, only got a casual mention back in 2012. Two other posts from 2011 were about specific collections, so I believe this is the first post about the full site. The lists are updated quarterly so there's a lot new (and they're marked since the last update). The sections for the main collections are The Museum Campus, The Permanent Collection, and Galleries, Exhibitions, and Shows. Then, over on Page Two / Archives (link in the upper right corner), are several other categories of lists/links for such things as posters, typography, comics, maps & travel. I dipped into Typography and quickly realized I'd be there for hours, so have put it off. Great fun.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:02 PM PST - 5 comments

The pod eased into the stream and he drank to his last day driving

A brave journalist sees the bittersweet vision of the end of his job and his industry. Building on the many fascinating discussions [fp btw, hello to all] here on the cars that will drive themselves, Bob Lutz of Automotive News takes a guess at the near future of the automotive industry. Bring on the pods.
posted by breezytimes at 2:34 PM PST - 59 comments

Zappaland the Hard Way

On being a Frank Zappa fan.
posted by Artw at 2:28 PM PST - 46 comments

Muggles become Μύγαλοι [Mugaloi]Greek for field-mice, quite appropriate

posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:20 PM PST - 13 comments

"I was American, and that was all I wanted to be.”

Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn’t a US Citizen
posted by crazy with stars at 1:18 PM PST - 18 comments

If he be worthy

What To Do When Racists Try To Hijack Your Religion White supremacists are coopting Norse heathen symbols. Should the heathens ignore them? Protest them? Create a new theology?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:04 PM PST - 97 comments

Why you hate contemporary architecture

It’s somewhat stunning just how uniform the rejection of “ornament” became. Since the eclipse of Art Deco at the end of the 1930s, the intricate designs that characterized centuries of building, across civilizations, from India to Persia to the Mayans, have vanished from architecture. . .no modern buildings include the kind of highly complex painting, woodwork, ironwork, and sculpture that characterized the most strikingly beautiful structures of prior eras. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 11:35 AM PST - 140 comments

Trouble in Paradise

5 November 2017 - the ICIJ leaks a literal treasure trove of documents related to the piggy banks of the 1% Wilbur Ross, Bono, Trump, Apple, and Queen Elizabeth II are among over 120k people variously implicated in leaked documents pertaining to an estimated $10 trillion dollars in funds.
posted by aspersioncast at 11:23 AM PST - 69 comments

Forget #vanlife, what about #nomadlife?

Miriam Lancewood and her husband Peter live a decidedly spartan nomadic existence. (slTheGuardian) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 11:16 AM PST - 38 comments

Bastards stole their power / from the victims of the Us v Them years

One year after perhaps the most disastrous electoral result in the history of the United States, tomorrow America returns to the polls for Election Day.

With a mixed record this year of surprising victories in state-level legislative special elections, but several disappointments in Congressional ones, the Democratic party is hoping to turn the historic low approval ratings of the president into electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere across the nation. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:59 AM PST - 1169 comments

The lost, glorious future of high-speed HOVERTRAINS

Who needs Hyperloop when we could have been getting around all this time in hovercraft trains? That's right: I said hovercraft trains! Get your fill of air-cushioned, levitating nerdery after the jump. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

"Piata Mai Nei"

Before New Zealand director Taika Waititi (previously) hit the box office big leagues this week with Thor: Ragnarok, he helped usher in another blockbuster when he wrote the initial screenplay for the Disney hit Moana. More recently, he took time out of his busy schedule to translate the entire movie into Maori. So now you can now enjoy Jemaine Clement getting his Bowie on in this Maori translation of "Shiny".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Remembering the Radioactive Boy Scout. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:12 AM PST - 24 comments

“All media are extensions of some human faculty -- psychic or physical.”

Our Choices to Buy Physical or Digital Games Are Controlling Our Gaming Habits [Game Revolution] “Outside of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’ve logged the most Nintendo Switch hours playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The former I purchased on a physical cartridge, while the latter was received via digital code as a review copy. It may seem minor, but the more I think about it, the more certain I am that I wouldn’t have played either game as much had they swapped places. As digital marketplaces have become increasingly commonplace and storage becomes cheaper, most players have begun to establish a consistent preference: I prefer digital, or I prefer hard copies.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:57 AM PST - 44 comments

John John

Sometimes the gods see a little boy with a single mother and no money and decide to sprinkle stardust on him. Friends come easy and stay true. He is given effortless grace and talent, and the respect of his peers. When the time comes to ask for the blessing of the great departed elder (previously), he glides down the face of a monstrous wave and through its roaring foam to victory. He is given normal human fears, but none of the demons that the gods use to drive and torment the great. He sails from island to island with his friends, immersed in beauty, making movies. The gods never ask him to grow up. Like everything else with John John, the tableau is weirdly innocent—Edenic, even.
posted by clawsoon at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

World Parliament

In existence since 1958, the World Constitution and Parliament Association has been taking preliminary steps to form a World Parliament, as mandated by the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, which had its first draft in 1968. This constitution, under the auspices of the so-called Earth Federation Movement, sets out in detail how a world parliament should be construed, as well as defining the steps and processes we need to take towards achieving it. Jindal Global University is hosting a conference in Delhi this week: “Building the World Parliament 2017”. [more inside]
posted by cbrody at 6:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Second Mother

How do we know when it starts? How to differentiate dementia from climbing the stairs to retrieve something, but being unable to remember what? Do we declare an onset of Alzheimer’s after forgetting a famous face (you know, what’s his name?). It’s a dim boundary, but at some point our neurons struggle to recalibrate. The cortex and hippocampus are irrevocably changed. In memory loss, there is already death. Cells die and each one is a divesting of some part of the past. The cortex shrinks where the cells used to be. The spaces in between expand. Islands in the sea of the mind. An archipelago of the former self.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Lewes Bonfire Night 2017: A Wicker Man Mardi Gras.

Flaming good fun in Sussex. Every year at this time, the English seaside town of Lewes goes slightly insane. It hosts the biggest and best Bonfire Night celebration anywhere in the UK, a festival that's essentially a Sussex Mardi Gras with elements of The Wicker Man thrown in. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 2:02 AM PST - 17 comments

I would prefer not to, said the garbage chute

A man named Hlynur Hallgrímsson tried to throw a garbage bag down the garbage chute in his apartment building while a storm passed through Reykjavík last night.
posted by Kattullus at 1:43 AM PST - 22 comments

November 5

Clothes of Dead White People

Various countries in East Africa are trying to curb the import of used clothing from the West not just to support their local textiles industries but also to protect "the dignity of its people". However, their efforts to do so have led to severe backlash from Western countries like the United States, who have threatened to remove these countries from trade deals geared towards building economic growth in the region.
posted by divabat at 10:00 PM PST - 48 comments

Posh and repressed, or repressed and posh.

Nearly three hours of David Mitchell (previously 1, 2). being hilarious on the BBC show, Would I Lie To You: Posh and repressed?; Barbigerous Harbinger of Exuberance; Mitchellian rants and outbursts.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:52 PM PST - 82 comments

"He was shot dead in his squad car a couple months later."

TripAdvisor removed warnings about rapes and injuries at Mexico resorts, tourists say
posted by crazy with stars at 1:07 PM PST - 54 comments

"Waluigi – the Gamma Caste: A Brave New (Mario) World”

from 2013: Critical Perspectives on Waluigi
Guest Post: More Critical Perspectives on Waluigi [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Burial's 'Untrue' turns 10

Why Burial’s Untrue Is the Most Important Electronic Album of the Century So Far (Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork). [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 10:49 AM PST - 45 comments

Mike Olbinski, storm-chasing wedding photographer

4K time-lapse footage of monsoons [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

A Different Corner

George Michael once said that he wanted to be remembered as a great songwriter more than anything else. Here's Coldplay's Chris Martin performing a posthumous duet with Michael: A Different Corner.
posted by hippybear at 9:55 AM PST - 20 comments


Nintendo’s old promotional Flash games are being brought back to life. [Origami64] “A modder, programmer, and all-around Nintendo enthusiast who goes by the name Skelux has been working on restoring all of Nintendo’s old promotional Flash games. As these creations only lived online, many of them eventually disappeared without a trace. Over time, Flash became less popular and dedicated Flash-based game websites were often deleted once they had aged past the release they were designed to promote. However, Skelux has made it a mission to restore and make available all of Nintendo’s Flash games, spanning from 1999 to 2010.” [Flash Games Nintendo Made, MEGA Collection!][YouTube] [via: The Verge]
posted by Fizz at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Twitter: What does it take for us to all quit?

@Jack has been a busy boy recently: Twitter banned a popular account because dumb nazis fell for a prank (or pretended to). In fairness, so did fox. Twitter announced new rules to prevent abuse and harassment - the main outcome of which appears to be banning bisexuals. Nazis, an extremely favored user group on Twitters, are likely to be okay. A Twitter engineer identified Russian bots in 2015 and was told to "stay in lane". The thing Jack does want from employees, instead of raising obvious problems? Relentless optimism.
posted by Artw at 8:33 AM PST - 126 comments

A Restaurant Ruined My Life

A man with a steady job leaves it behind to start a restaurant. If at any point during reading this you think, "Eesh, what else could go wrong?" just wait a few paragraphs. You'll find out.
posted by veggieboy at 7:03 AM PST - 170 comments

Don't mention the c word

The Observer celebrates 10 years of the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize with a Graphic Novel special [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:11 AM PST - 15 comments

November 4

This is why we can’t have nice things

The internet will inevitably steal the soul of every child at some point as he or she grows up, but some are speeding the process along by manipulating YouTube's powerful algorithm. […] Take for example the video embedded below that showed up on both YouTube and the Kids app: You press play and at first your screen fills with recognizable cartoon characters and cheesy music — but things take a drastic turn when Elsa and Spider-Man arm themselves with automatic weapons.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:35 PM PST - 82 comments

Reasoning the unreasonable.

"You can play this game forever, with any given set of magical powers. Controlling the elements, for instance, seems considerably harder than controlling an animal (unless, perhaps, it is a cat)—but, if you are going to try to control the elements, summoning a breeze seems easier than turning night to day. If you’re going to work magic on your own body, becoming invisible seems more plausible than transmogrifying, perhaps because of the abundance of everyday ways to conceal ourselves. Yet, if transmogrification is going to occur, I’d wager that it is easier to turn oneself into a wolf than one’s enemy into a toad."
An article on the relative plausibility of impossible beings and reasoning about unreasonable things, SLNewYorker
posted by Grandysaur at 9:44 PM PST - 12 comments

“We talk in our heads”

Krista and Tatiana Hogan (previously) share a skull, a thalamus, a conciousness, a tiny dog, and, recently, a landmark birthday (video is canada-locked. workarounds welcome) [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments


The Canadian Down Syndrome Society would like to offer some suggestions on what to say when you hear that a friend's bundle of joy has Down Syndrome. And what not to say. Perhaps you'd prefer to send a card?
posted by jacquilynne at 8:08 PM PST - 23 comments

On the Face of It: Darwin and the Evolution of Expression

On the Face of It: Darwin and the Evolution of Expression. An experiment on his son 4-month-old Willy Darwin led Charles Darwin to a lifelong study of how we show emotion - and to breakthroughs in child psychology. The experiment turned out to be an often-overlooked landmark in the history of science.
posted by gudrun at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Culinary Historian Michael Twitty on The Souls of Southern Food

Boston University recently hosted culinary historian Michael Twitty as part of its Pépin Lecture Series. Here's what he had to say about his memoir, The Cooking Gene, and the "search for my food roots and family routes during the first 250 odd years of American history." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Promethea Unbound

A child genius raised in poverty, she wanted to change the world. Then a horrific act of violence nearly destroyed her. This is a story of how family dynamics and outsider obsession can stifle and derail the most brilliant among us, and poses the question of how much can be lost and has been lost to the world. It's one of the saddest stories I've heard.
posted by MovableBookLady at 3:14 PM PST - 57 comments

Why can't I go faster than light?

Why can't you go faster than the speed of light? Here it is, explained just about as simply as possible. From Fermilab.
posted by JHarris at 2:57 PM PST - 86 comments

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital.

Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Riyadh [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 2:06 PM PST - 71 comments

A new public library in Tianjin, China

A short video clip. Dezeen: "The five-storey-high space is framed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which are staggered at different levels to form the shape of an eye socket, while a spherical mirrored auditorium at the centre forms the pupil." Curbed: "Measuring about 363,000 square feet, the Tianjin Binhai Library comprises what is essentially a glass box sheathed in horizontal louvers that correspond to the “continuous” floor-to-ceiling system of bookcases that appears to “cascade” down the interior walls." Inhabitat: (Winy Mass, co-founder of the designers MVRDV) "The bookshelves are great spaces to sit and at the same time allow for access to the upper floors. The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 1:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Organize The South

“There’s no state too red for us to go into,” Turner said. “We’re not going to leave any state or anybody in any state behind because they’re not ‘electorally viable.’”

“From Texas to Florida, voters are supporting candidates across the broad spectrum of the left: progressive Democrats and committed socialists who want to reduce wealth inequality, return power to workers, and chip away at structures of oppression that have kept people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and others from wielding economic and political control.” In cities across the South, Socialism is on the ballot. Casey Williams, Scalawag Magazine. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:06 AM PST - 114 comments

Urban Color: Vivid Visions of the American metropolis

Wayne Sorce's cityscapes captured NYC and Chicago in gorgeous color. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Sorce explored the urban landscapes of New York and Chicago with his large format camera, making precisely balanced compositions of color, geometry, and light that also recorded the era’s particular styles of signage, advertising, and automobile design.
posted by hippybear at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Pope Francis and his enemies.

The War Against Pope Francis.
With more than a billion followers, the Catholic church is the largest global organisation the world has ever seen, and many of its followers are divorced, or unmarried parents. To carry out its work all over the world, it depends on voluntary labour. If the ordinary worshippers stop believing in what they are doing, the whole thing collapses. Francis knows this. If he cannot reconcile theory and practice, the church might be emptied out everywhere. His opponents also believe the church faces a crisis, but their prescription is the opposite. For them, the gap between theory and practice is exactly what gives the church worth and meaning. If all the church offers people is something they can manage without, Francis’s opponents believe, then it will surely collapse.
Oh, and did you know that Steve Bannon is trying to take over the Church too? (Single link, longread Guardian.)
posted by Melismata at 6:37 AM PST - 52 comments

Real men (still) don't eat quiche

J. Saxena (previously) on gender in food trends and marketing: Women Aren't Ruining Food and Are Men OK? No really, are they OK?
posted by progosk at 3:33 AM PST - 119 comments

Sea snails, cow urine, mummy flesh and digital preservation

Alongside a few tubes of Mummy Brown are other pigments whose origin stories are practically legend. Tyrian purple, an ancient Phoenician dye that requires 10,000 mollusks to produce a single gram of pigment, is said to have been discovered by Hercules’s dog as he snuffled along the beach. Indian yellow, purportedly made from the urine of cows fed only on mango leaves, was banned by the British government in the early 20th century on the grounds that its production constituted animal cruelty. Ultramarine, a vivid blue made from lapis lazuli mined in Afghanistan, was once more precious than gold.
[more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 2:16 AM PST - 5 comments

What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?

Indeed, one of the most significant challenges facing anyone who wants to develop an exercise pill is that the biological processes unleashed by physical activity are still relatively mysterious. For all the known benefits of a short loop around the park, scientists are, for the most part, incapable of explaining how exercise does what it does. [slNewYorker]
posted by ellieBOA at 12:34 AM PST - 23 comments

November 3

Tell me about a complicated man.

Tell me about a complicated man. / Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost / when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy, / and where he went, and who he met, the pain / he suffered in the storms at sea, and how / he worked to save his life and bring his men / back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools, / they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god / kept them from home. Now goddess, child of Zeus, / tell the old story for our modern times. / Find the beginning.
Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. via [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 11:05 PM PST - 29 comments


All the News and Trailers From Blizzcon 2017's Opening Ceremony [IGN] New characters, new expansions, and much more. Blizzcon kicked off today with an opening ceremony full of new announcements for StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft. Below you'll find all the news and trailers from Blizzcon 2017's opening ceremony. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:40 PM PST - 40 comments

RAR in the classroom

The rise and decline of one college's student movement. Chris Bodenner chronicles the career of Reedies Against Racism. (Reed College previously)
posted by doctornemo at 6:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Quincy Symonds loves surfing

4 years old. 5 years old. 6 years old. 7 years old. 8 years old.
posted by clawsoon at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Reddit cleaning up its act?

Reddit has banned several hate groups in the past couple of weeks, including r/Nazi, r/EuropeanNationalism, and r/pol. Also gone: r/NationalSocialism, r/whitesarecriminals, r/Far_Right, and r/DylannRoofInnocent. The new policy explanation says,
Going forward, we will take action against any content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people; likewise, we will also take action against content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. This applies to ALL content on Reddit, including memes, CSS/community styling, flair, subreddit names, and usernames.
[more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 3:36 PM PST - 104 comments

Pentagons, hexagons, what's the difference...

Maths crusader and football fan, Matt Parker, has started a campaign to fix the football image on street signs in the U.K. which are mathematically incorrect. He explains here.
posted by agatha_magatha at 3:21 PM PST - 30 comments

On the way to the funeral, he delivered a pizza.

Pizza and Insults
posted by JeffL at 3:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Strange New Worlds

8 sci-fi writers what Star Trek show they would write if given the chance.
posted by Artw at 11:27 AM PST - 182 comments

Pen, ink, water, bleach

Nick Stewart: Fountain pen inks are made up of dyes. When the inks are applied to blotting paper the dyes are released and the colours spread outwards – imagine a drop of petrol on wet tarmac. I have found a way of achieving and utilising this effect on watercolour paper. The chromatic process is very much serendipity led and the beauty of the final outcomes are invariably dictated by this. Because they are natural and non contrived, the viewer is naturally drawn to them, like watching clouds or a sunset. I’m also a firm believer in the concept of ‘less is more’ and through these processes you can get so much from so little. I also love the idea of alchemy or in this case, creating a gold effect through subjecting fountain pen inks to bleach.
posted by rewil at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Artworks with problematic creators

After the LA Times reported how Disney uses its power to dodge paying its fair share of Anaheim local government, the company banned the newspaper from its press events, in effect preventing them from reviewing and reporting on their movies before public release.
posted by grobstein at 10:03 AM PST - 24 comments

On Happy Endings and Earning Them

Lindsay Ellis once again gives a deep dive into movie history and film theory with Disney’s The Hunchback Of Norte Dame (38:00), touching on Victor Hugo’s original work, authorial intent, the history and problems of adaptation, visual mass media, internal Disney power struggles and ...Nazis.
posted by The Whelk at 9:48 AM PST - 17 comments

"It was exhausting; It's like being in a Hentai S&M club."

"The reason bosozuko are gone now is that Japan is a fully developed country. It won't allow any flaws in the system. Current society will not allow the average low-life to succeed at life by doing low-life things."
-Revisiting the Glory Days with One of Japan's Most Violent Biker Gangs [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 9:16 AM PST - 18 comments

"I discovered that diaries in families are doomed."

The Great Diary Project: "Diary rescuer" (and also British Museum curator) Irving Finkel, founded the Great Diary Project, a repository for any all diaries in non-digital formats by private individuals. Finkel believes that every diary is a valuable resource full of remarkable details. "All human life is there, and every entry is helpfully dated for future historians." For the sake of posterity, you can donate your own. via ALDaily.
posted by Miko at 6:19 AM PST - 36 comments

A minor German heresy?

How Martin Luther Changed The World [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:15 AM PST - 19 comments

November 2

Who’s a vulnerable boy?

Study Explains Why We Empathize More With Dogs Than [Adult] People [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:05 PM PST - 86 comments

and then secondly being able to open my throat

Canadian runner breaks beer mile world record “I guess you could say I’m living every student athletes’ dream,” he said with a laugh. Corey Bellemore breaks (his own) world record for the beer mile.
posted by kneecapped at 10:42 PM PST - 31 comments

The most theatrically corrupt city in America

The story behind the Chicago newspaper that bought a bar: "One of our customers who came in every day, suddenly said to no one in particular, but loudly, “I’ve figured it out, I’ve finally figured it out, this place is a front! It’s gotta be a front for something.”" Ron Howard: "It was."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:09 PM PST - 29 comments

The Handbook of Japanese Beans

Spoon and Tamago review The Handbook of Japanese Beans. Behold lovingly arranged pages and pages of beans for all of your plating needs.
posted by Gotanda at 9:20 PM PST - 13 comments

“This is generational and about honoring those who came before.”

No, this video game is not ‘eco-terrorism’ [The Verge] “...Minnesota lawmakers and oil lobbyists have slapped a terrorism label on an unexpected new target: a game about a bird. Specifically, a thunderbird. The video game Thunderbird Strike [Vimeo], created by Native designer and Michigan State University professor Elizabeth LaPensée, transforms players into a thunderbird flying across Canada and through the Great Lakes. In dozens of indigenous traditions throughout North America, thunderbirds are considered sacred beings that can bring renewal or destruction; in the game, you restore fallen caribou and buffalo to life, and strike construction and oil equipment with divine lightning. "My goal was to examine the modern through the lens of our stories," LaPensée told The Verge in an interview.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:40 PM PST - 34 comments

Radical Origami

By reimagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in a lattice, researchers are uncovering strange behavior hiding in simple structures. Statistical mechanics is not my area of expertise (hahaha) but, as much as I can grasp, it's fascinating in its use of origami structures with deliberate faults. The Origami Revolution is a Nova program about all the new ways origami is being used.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:29 PM PST - 4 comments

"So I followed the money."

Politico has published an excerpt from the upcoming book by Donna Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC. "When I got back from a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America. The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised." [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 5:04 PM PST - 615 comments

His villagers must be wondering where he is

As the CIA releases (link news) more of the content of the hard drives in Osama Bin Laden's compound, the Internet wades through the movies (Antz, Cars, Chicken Little, and Resident Evil), propaganda, anime, and games including not surprisingly Counter-Strike, but perhaps more surprisingly ... Animal Crossing: Wild World. We can sadly only speculate on life in his town as Mayor, and his encounters with Tom Nook. (Post title)
posted by Wordshore at 4:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Gothamist and DNAInfo.Com Hyperlocal News Websites Shuttered

Owner Joe Ricketts closes down the Gothamist and DNAInfo network of hyperlocal news websites, one week after the newsrooms vote to unionize. (h/t The Whelk) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:08 PM PST - 127 comments

he was just trying to make a living

"OR4’s ancestors didn’t ask to be relocated to the lower 48. And while gray wolves have arguably restored a lost component to western ecosystems, they returned to a place much changed—a place full of people, of fat hornless cattle, of snack-sized sheep, of rubber bullets and range riders and firecrackers and helicopters and tranquilizers and traps and collars and GPS signals and government regulations. OR4 never failed as a wolf. He broke human rules. And in the 21st century, being a competent wolf isn’t enough to stay alive. You must also — impossibly — know your place."
posted by zarq at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Teen Vogue going digital-only

Condé Nast is shutting down Teen Vogue's print version, laying off 80 people, and reducing frequency on other print publications. No explanations beyond the usual "reduce expenses; remove low performers" business babble. The Mary Sue has some things to say about the shutdown. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 1:06 PM PST - 57 comments

It's possible!

"When shooting began for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in July of 1997, the closest Disney had come to showcasing a black princess were the muses from Hercules. In fact, it would be another 12 years before an (animated) black girl got the lead in The Princess and the Frog. But megastar Whitney Houston didn’t want to wait. Remaking Cinderella had been on Houston’s mind for years; long before any footage was shot, before glass slippers were fitted, before anyone thought that Cinderella could have microbraids. Houston and her co-producers knew how important it was for each modern generation to have their own Cinderella — and for many young black girls growing up in the 90s, Brandy was ours." 20 years on, a conversation with the team behind Cinderella.
posted by ChuraChura at 12:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Everybody's got a little gaslight under the sun

The trouble is that masculinity tells us all – whatever our gender – that women do not know what we are talking about. We live in a world that does not want women to trust themselves. Maybe, as a man with his own abusive tendencies told me not long ago, “even good men don’t really want women to trust themselves, because that would give back some of the power and control that patriarchy gives men.” ‘Good men’ can destroy a woman’s sanity, if they have not seriously, seriously worked on this.
posted by crunchy potato at 12:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Math-powered pretty motion

Andrei Kashcha's vector field explorer : Plentiful examples of interesting fields on reddit, compose your own with GLSL, or just click randomize.
posted by Jpfed at 11:30 AM PST - 21 comments

the first cut won't hurt at all

Day 287: Cut, Cut, Cut. [this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 11:29 AM PST - 2724 comments

Play Payba¢k

Play Payba¢k [via mefi projects]
posted by ellieBOA at 10:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Coders Of The World, Unite!

“Recognizing these difficulties, a growing number of activists within the industry are developing a different plan. Their insight is as compelling as it is counterintuitive: the best people to confront the power of the tech giants may be their own employees. First, they want to teach their colleagues to see that tech work is work, even though it doesn’t take place in a factory. Then, they want to organise them, so that rank-and-file workers can begin to bring political transparency and democratic accountability to the platforms they have worked to build. Call them the Tech Left.“ - For decades, tech companies promised to make the world better. As that dream falls apart, disillusioned insiders are trying to take back control. By Moira Weigel for The Guardian.
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Unicode Consortium and the Frowning Pile of Poo
posted by rewil at 9:25 AM PST - 33 comments

No This Isn't About Knitting

Google's AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun. The 3D-printed turtle is an example of what’s known as an “adversarial image.” In the AI world, these are pictures engineered to trick machine vision software, incorporating special patterns that make AI systems flip out. Think of them as optical illusions for computers. Humans won’t spot the difference, but to an AI it means that panda has suddenly turned into a pickup truck.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:18 AM PST - 66 comments

“They hated it. Hated. Especially the fans.”

John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’: The Story of an SF Horror Game-Changer
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:44 AM PST - 65 comments

Smaller states had to drag the zero all the way around ...

Why aren’t area codes laid out in a seemingly logical way, like ZIP Codes are? A dig into the history of the apparently random assignation of US telephone area codes.
posted by carter at 5:10 AM PST - 96 comments

November 1

A Wolf in Dancing Shoes

Dan Erlandson (aka DanceHer) has been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct by dozens of women for many years within Seattle's ecstatic dance community. After a failed attempt by the community itself to conduct restorative justice, this week's Seattle Weekly cover story blew the story open.
posted by Revvy at 11:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Your hard drive will be deleted in 4m 26s, to stop please call....

A Large-Scale Analysis of Technical Support Scams. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 10:20 PM PST - 34 comments

RIP Consumerist (2005-2017)

After 12 years, The Consumerist is no more. Founded by Gawker Media (also RIP), Consumerist was sold in 2009 to nonprofit Consumer Reports and reborn as a nonprofit consumer affairs blog with a snarky, savvy tone. On October 30, Consumer Reports moved toward its long-term strategy of "transitioning Consumerist from a standalone site" by shuttering the site and firing the writing staff: Chris Morran, Mary Beth Quirk, Laura Northrup, Kate Cox, and Ashlee Kieler. [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 7:49 PM PST - 62 comments

Overlooked Authors . . . for Various Reasons

The first article is about writers who've faded into obscurity and some who could repay new fans. Most of them are British, but the story of one who quit after being a best-selling author and went into an entirely new line of work—well, he was American. The second article is about horror authors who deserve movie or tv adaptations of their work. Some have had small success, some have never been on any screen. Horror writers
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:38 PM PST - 38 comments

“It seems video games have a thing for world-pivotal trees.”

An Ode To The Greatest Trees In Video Game History [Now Loading] “With trees being a fairly common sight in all but the harshest environments found on Earth, it's only natural that they soon made their transition into the digital world. From the blurry emerald blobs found in the top-down games of the '80s, to the fluffy 3D structures seen in Super Mario 64, trees have been with us gamers all the way. Sometimes, they have a purpose beyond aesthetics. As in Black and White where your divine avatar is able to pick them up and use them for ungodly purposes, or in today's MOBAs where the fog of war created by trees is an essential part of the mechanics. But mostly, they're just there to create a recognizable and immersive world. Let's take a closer look at some of the defining trees in the history of games” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:16 PM PST - 29 comments

Practical Antitrust Action

Attorneys general from 46 states and the District of Columbia have filed an antitrust complaint against the $75 billion generic drug sector of the pharmaceutical industry to include 18 companies and at least 15 drugs. The 230-page consolidated brief is here for your reference in case you come across news purporting to summarize the merits or conflate them with any virtuous cause of action to "break-up" Amazon, Twitter, Google, Facebook, or other forms of "prescription benefit management" (PBM). [more inside]
posted by marycatherine at 3:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Saint Tolkien?

"On Saturday 2 September, a Traditional Low Mass was held at the Oxford Oratory to mark the anniversary of the death of world-renowned Catholic writer & philologist JRR Tolkien. The Mass was offered, however, not for the repose of Tolkien's soul – but rather praying for his Cause for Beatification to be opened." [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 2:49 PM PST - 42 comments

Scents from a Mall

The Sticky, Untold Story of Cinnabon [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:05 PM PST - 116 comments

A social experiment in demographic diversity

Revisiting the Greenbelt Towns, a Forgotten 1930s Attempt at American Utopia - “They didn’t want these towns built because they would be put into direct competition with the private housing market.“ (NYT blog) - StoryCorp interviews with long time Greenbelt residents
posted by The Whelk at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

I should really deal with that soon

Jonesing for just one more scary story after Halloween? Check out the short comic The Door In The Kitchen by Abby Howard.
posted by Adridne at 8:17 AM PST - 23 comments

College Scholarship Tycoon

Can you improve your school's rankings without discriminating against the poor? Probably not, as it turns out. This Vox article and browser game will simulate how selective colleges make their student acceptance and aid package decisions (in a very simplified way). Decent overview of the market failures in the system and in the way America ranks its universities, so that poor students are discriminated against while richer kids with better SAT scores get aid they probably don't really need.
posted by sharp pointy objects at 7:58 AM PST - 54 comments

“He’s not a grandstander."

Mark Hamill has always embraced his “Star Wars” legacy, but when he was invited back for “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” he hesitated: “I was just really scared.” from Luke Skywalker Speaks [SLNYT]
posted by chavenet at 7:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Get Covered

It's health insurance time again. Open enrollment season starts today in the United States for individuals. Need to sign-up? It's time to get covered on by December 15th. The marketplace offers lower costs for most Americans this year, yet "daunting obstacles" and widespread confusion persist amid sabotage attempts, causing much higher costs for some. And a grassroots group works to do what the government won't to Get America Covered. More details inside, in increasing levels of wonkery. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 7:36 AM PST - 43 comments

Oh My Gourd

A Halloween stop motion pumpkin carving experiment [slyt] [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 7:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Stop. Haeckel time!

Haeckel's legacy as a biologist includes the phrases "ecology" and "stem cell", but he is most known for his amazing illustrations. His radiolaria images are iconic. Wait, you say, haven't we seen him on here before? You have indeed, but not since 2009, so you might not yet know that his book Kunstformen der Natur is now also available as a coloring book, or that this gallery of Haeckel images is curated by the editor of an entirely new book with 450 drawings and paintings by Haeckel. This sudden abundance of Haeckel art is possibly a build-up to the 100th anniversary of his death in 2019. Either way, after 8 years it was about time for some more Haeckel on here.
posted by easternblot at 5:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Dabtoes forward and the dustmen aft

Chicken on a Raft is a sea-shanty. But what the hell is it about? [more inside]
posted by Stark at 4:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Dark chocolate hasn’t had a glass of Merlot since it saw 𝘚𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴

Milk Chocolate Is Better Than Dark, the End
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:26 AM PST - 115 comments