August 2015 Archives

August 31

Hey, watch it!

Someone misses all the quick time events in a Heavy Rain chase sequence. Benny Hill ensues. (SLYT)
posted by zixyer at 11:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Pregnancy is brutal

"It took me eighteen weeks to heal. I never did manage to breastfeed properly, either gross incompetence on my part or possibly my body deciding: what the fuck, man. My hair went grey. I didn’t try to ask for support, at least until I started showing PTSD symptoms and developed Postpartum Psychosis. The experience had taught us that I was essentially disposable, and I didn’t trust the hospital enough to return. I sought help from other services instead. I heard voices, ringing in empty rooms. I heard constant crying while the baby was asleep." [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 11:00 PM PST - 95 comments

Weirldy sexual henchman! Burn the village!

Every JRPG Ever.
posted by bswinburn at 9:48 PM PST - 42 comments

Satchmo

When author Stephen Mailtland-Lewis was 12 years old, he wrote a fan letter to Louis Armstrong, and to his surprise, a few weeks later, he received a 4 page response back from the trumpeter. "What happened next will touch you"... For the next 18 years, until his death, Louis kept corresponding with this fan (As he did with very many others).
posted by growabrain at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

“And now you’re you."

Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye.
Useful resources for participating in the discussion: Ohio U's Trans 101* : Primer and Vocabulary guide; and GLAAD's Transgender Media Program [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Literature and addiction

"Here are some books that will not only make you want to quit doing the thing that is killing you, but also offer an interesting narrative structure for writers because they flout the conventional hero journey template. Instead of a reluctant hero emerging from an ordinary world to delve into the tricky landscape of magic and tests, these heroes begin in chaos and emerge from the grungy ashes of last call and plunge into sober, or at least peaceful, life earned by one’s ability to overcome hurdles associated with addiction." (Antonia Crane at Electric Literature) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:58 PM PST - 15 comments

ConspiraSea

Are you ready for the New Life and New Paradigm? Got $2278? If so, pack your bags and board the ConspiraSea Cruise, setting sail next January. Rub shoulders with anti-vaccine crusader Andrew Wakefield! Get up to speed on US politics with 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik! Hear Sharon Schloss explain how orgone energy can fight chemtrails, electromagnetic fields, and the California drought! [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:32 PM PST - 158 comments

the f-stop of the human eye

Differences between eye and camera: practical implications, Ming Thien [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:31 PM PST - 23 comments

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks

What happens in these deals is a matter of perspective. To industry advocates, the transactions get money to people who need it now. They keep desperate families off the streets, pay medical bills, put kids through school [...] But to critics, Access Funding is part of an industry that profits off the poor and disabled. And Baltimore has become a prime target. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:21 PM PST - 21 comments

The art of tweeting isn't hard to master

Villanelle Bot: Poems in the Villanelle Form, Created Using Random Posts from Twitter [more inside]
posted by oakroom at 6:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Indian stairwells

Rudimentary stepwells first appeared in India between the 2nd and 4th centuries A.D., born of necessity in a capricious climate zone bone-dry for much of the year followed by torrential monsoon rains for many weeks. It was essential to guarantee a year-round water-supply for drinking, bathing, irrigation and washing, particularly in the arid states of Gujarat (where they’re called vavs) and Rajasthan (where they’re baoli, baori, or bawdi) where the water table could be inconveniently buried ten-stories or more underground. Over the centuries, stepwell construction evolved so that by the 11th century they were astoundingly complex feats of engineering, architecture, and art.
posted by curious nu at 5:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Eyes on the Ladyprize

The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. - Tropes vs Women: Women as Reward. Tropes versus Women creator Anita Sarkeesian on the backlash to the series (Warning: GamerGate), Previously, previously.
posted by Artw at 5:16 PM PST - 35 comments

How Eric Ripert Became a Restaurant Legend W/O Working Himself To Death

The Le Bernardin chef is a practicing Buddhist who meanders to work in the morning and drinks double martinis in the afternoon. Spend a day with the man who has it all figured out. Eric Ripert is one of the most highly regarded chefs of our time, and he does something that is increasingly rare - he actually cooks at his restaurant most nights. [more inside]
posted by helmutdog at 2:38 PM PST - 48 comments

#Harperman

Tony Turner worked at Environment Canada. After releasing his protest song Harperman in June, he was recently put on leave for impartiality. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 12:51 PM PST - 56 comments

Oh God I bet somebody put them out

A new meaning to "Catfishing", as two fishermen rescue two kittens from Alabama's Black Warrior River.
posted by numaner at 12:34 PM PST - 53 comments

Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips

Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is a new album by Miley Cyrus, released yesterday for free. 14 of the 23 tracks are cowritten and produced by Wayne Coyne and other members of The Flaming Lips, the rest either solo work, or made with her regular producers Mike Will Made It and Oren Yoel. Joe Coscarelli wrote about the making of the album for The New York Times. This is not the first time Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips have worked together, as she sang two Beatles with them last year, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (live version) and A Day in the Life (live version).
posted by Kattullus at 12:18 PM PST - 131 comments

Older than the Rolling Stones: lithophones of the world

A Lithophone is a music instrument consisting of a rock or pieces of rock which are struck to produce musical notes. While there are a number of such man-made instruments built with stones, like The Musical Stones of Skiddaw (in action) and possibly Stonehenge, there are also rocks that resonate, when struck in their natural setting, such as these ringing rocks in Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, and Cerro de las Campanas (The Hill of the Bells) in Querétaro, Mexico (which is better know as Maximilian and two of his generals, Miguel Miramón, and Tomas Mejia were shot). But that's just the tip of this trip, so let's get ready to rock! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:03 AM PST - 18 comments

...helpless cogs in a corporate profit machine?

Workers in a World of Continuous Partial Employment.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:08 AM PST - 59 comments

There is pow'r in an Agile methodology

Mike Bulajewski on the war between labor and management in the software industry, as manifested in the rise (and possible fall) of the Agile development: From this subset of principles, it’s clear that although Agile positions itself as a software development methodology, a closer inspection reveals clues to a greater ambition: to protect the interests of software engineers at work. [...] With this agenda, it is possible to characterize the Agile movement as a labour union.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:58 AM PST - 90 comments

The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism

Our books lived, were killed, and reborn, and released. They were donated, organized, cataloged, seized, destroyed, saved, and became testimony, evidence, burden, and discarded. The Dregs of the Library: Trashing the Occupy Wall Street Library
posted by anastasiav at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Apparently, I have passed away.

Slate reports on the rise of the changing world of death notices. (SL Slate)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:52 AM PST - 31 comments

Everything is on fire and no one cares.

This year, my summer visit to Idaho was swallowed, most days, in a thick, gauzy haze. It was as though the sky was overlaid with a bleakest of Instagram filters; the smoke was often so dense, it blocked the blue light spectrum entirely, washing everything in a pale, flat yellow, a creepy, apocalyptic tint that contrasted well with the redness in your eyes and the gray dryness of your throat. [more inside]
posted by j03 at 8:31 AM PST - 51 comments

No relation to Adrian

Tche Belew is a 1977 album by Hailu Mergia and the Walias that was out of print until late last year. It sounds like Jimmy Smith Goes to Ethopia. The album was released a few years into the Derg regime, which ousted Haile Selassie I. Not too long ago, Hailu was driving a cab in DC but is now back on tour, reportedly.
posted by about_time at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

A "Wonderously Wonderful" Film with the "Strangest Cast[...] in History"

There exists a film whose trailer tantalizes the brain; a film whose English dub, believed to have been created by the notorious K. Gordon Murray (his previous lies - he is described as a "flim-flammer" who ran a "kiddie circuit"), has eluded even the most fervent afficionados of strange cinema. Thanks to the people of Sweden and a translator known only as Doctor Death (and fixes from uploader Justin Sane - you can see the translation by turning on captions), you can enter the world of The Secret of Magic Island: the live-action children's film starring an all-animal cast.
posted by BiggerJ at 5:32 AM PST - 14 comments

The Summer That Never Was

"I suspect that the way I feel now, at summer's end, is about how I'll feel at the end of my life, assuming I have time and mind enough to reflect: bewildered by how unexpectedly everything turned out, regretful about all the things I didn't get around to, clutching the handful of friends and funny stories I've amassed, and wondering where it all went. And I'll probably still be evading the same truth I'm evading now: that the life I ended up with, much as I complain about it, was pretty much the one I chose. And my dissatisfactions with it are really my own character, with my hesitation and timidity." (slNYT)
posted by Kitteh at 4:43 AM PST - 39 comments

We Call This Home

Travel plan: Save up 2 1/2 years --> Travel for 3 years, 60 countries [slyt]
posted by ellieBOA at 3:04 AM PST - 18 comments

August 30

"I caught this transparent gecko in my French press turned iridescent"

On /r/SubredditSimulator, all the posts and comments are made by bots. These bots generate text using Markov chains trained on humans' comments from different subreddits. Their posts are at times ordinary, surreal, revealing, and even self-aware. [more inside]
posted by Rangi at 9:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Wes Craven Dies at 76

"Nine, ten, never sleep again." RIP to a horror master. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 8:57 PM PST - 72 comments

frenemy mine

Fascinated by those Best of Enemies, Gore Vidal and William Buckley, going at it in 1968 live on national television? (youtube). It's Buckley against Vidal, but don't get pulled into the Buckley Myth [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:04 PM PST - 42 comments

An unlikely friendship and an end to the guilt

Juan Romero, the Ambassador Hotel busboy who cradled a dying Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot on June 5, 1968, carried the weight of that moment through the decades. Now, he says, "I don't carry the cross anymore."
posted by Xavier Xavier at 4:28 PM PST - 14 comments

“the high one” or “the great one.”

Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali [New York Times]
President Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America. The move came on the eve of Mr. Obama’s trip to Alaska, where he will spend three days promoting aggressive action to combat climate change, and is part of a series of steps meant to address the concerns of Alaska Native tribes. The central Alaska mountain has been called Mount McKinley for more than a century. In announcing that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, had used her power to rename it, Mr. Obama was paying tribute to the state’s Native population, which has referred to the site for generations as Denali, meaning “the high one” or “the great one.”
posted by Fizz at 3:56 PM PST - 131 comments

quaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh

Duck army (SLVine) - just six seconds of video but what seconds they are. (Requires audio)
posted by moonmilk at 3:18 PM PST - 67 comments

hideous martha stewart vanity light fixture

salad - healthy, right? or is it?
posted by griphus at 3:05 PM PST - 37 comments

We try our best to forget it was “all started by a mouse.”

Lucian hangs out next to Indiana Jones. Buford's favorite is Splash Mountain. Bernice prefers California Adventure. The Cats of Disneyland. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Surfacing

In Surfacing, you are a signal traveling across the undersea network... In the process, narratives about the history of the cable network, the companies that construct it, and the ecologies that it runs through will orient you in your journey. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

"Anxious? Depressed? You might be suffering from capitalism"

In a new study from researchers at Columbia University, of nearly 22,000 full-time workers (from a dataset from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions), they saw that 18 percent of supervisors and managers reported symptoms of depression. For blue-collar workers, that figure was 12 percent, and for owners and executives, it was only 11 percent.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Chad Crow, the Super Chill Grandson of Jim Crow

Also known as "Polite White Supremacy." [more inside]
posted by ourt at 12:39 PM PST - 30 comments

"The Capricorns love you with a pure undying magic filled love"

In the summer of 2000 Heather Lynn and Kirsten Nordine started playing synthpop together in Grayslake, IL as The Capricorns. Only one song exists online from their first cassette, The Capricorns Are Gonna Get You. In 2001 Paroxysm Records released In the Zone, which gave birth to mixdisc classic The New Sound (live version). In 2003 there followed Go the Distance! Their last album, Pure Magical Love came in 2006. Lynn made a further single and album under the moniker Pure Magical Love, which evolved into a Chicago-based performance troupe. In 2013 Lynn staged her first rock opera, Templehead (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). A second rock opera, Genesis and Nemesis, is coming later this year. Morgan Claire Sirene wrote an appreciation of Lynn for Slutist, and she was interviewed about her life and career by Zachary Hutchinson. Nordine is a sometime member of Prince Rupert's Drops and releases music as Jantar.
posted by Kattullus at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Paper showing effectiveness Golden Rice on Vitamin A levels retracted

Paper showing positive effect of Golden Rice on Vitamin A levels in children retracted. Though the retraction wasn't for any issues around the science (which was solid), but around the ethics. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 11:18 AM PST - 136 comments

Build it with timbits, glued together with maple syrup

Wisconsin governer Scott Kevin Walker, currently the 3rd favorite to be the GOP 2016 presidential candidate, is said to have been approached by voters with the idea of building a wall between the USA and Canada. Walker claims some voters supporting a northern border wall worry that terrorists could cross from Canada to the USA. It is unclear what such a wall would look like; the U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long, which includes the Alaska/Canada bit, and has many crossing points. To complicate the issue, Canada and the USA are in (currently non-war) dispute over their border in several locations.
posted by Wordshore at 11:18 AM PST - 112 comments

I Could Do That

"So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that -- why didn't you? Why did the artist? And why does it have an audience?"
A primer from PBS Digital Studios, addressing common questions about modern art. (YT, 5:40)
posted by Countess Elena at 10:42 AM PST - 33 comments

The End of the Appalachian Trail

"Where would they end it? At a stream? On a piece of grass?" Maine's Baxter State park, which hosts the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, pressures local and national groups affiliated with the AT to address their concerns of overuse or potentially find another northern terminus for the trail. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 10:02 AM PST - 48 comments

Durham Pop-Up Chorus - no auditions

The Pop-Up Chorus in Durham, NC. has no auditions. Once a month, anyone can show up and sing - people of all ages do. Imperfection is embraced. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 8:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Kyle Jean-Baptiste died in an accident on Friday at the age of 21. Mr. Jean-Baptiste joined the company of Les Miserables this summer after his college graduation, and became the first African-American man to play Jean Valjean on Broadway on June 23, while understudying the role. He recently announced on Facebook that he would be joining the Broadway cast of The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson. His last performance as Valjean was on Thursday night. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Dr. Oliver Sacks, 1933-2015

The clinical neurologist, author, former weightlifter, and popularizer of science has died of the metastatic melanoma that he announced in February had spread to his liver. A perennial guest on WNYC's broadcast of WNYC's Radiolab, he unfailingly came across as clever, kind, and self-deprecating (including about his prosopagnosia, or face blindness). Dr. Sacks remained engaged with science and the public until the end. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:58 AM PST - 176 comments

How the ballpoint pen killed cursive

How the ballpoint pen killed cursive.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:55 AM PST - 162 comments

The New Markov

The Verge has developed a way to game the New Yorker cartoon caption contest (previously: 1 2 christ what an asshole 4), in the sense that roulette and chuck-a-luck are games.
posted by BiggerJ at 4:58 AM PST - 31 comments

August 29

No disassemble!

Escaping from Children’s Abuse of Social Robots. "the robot is programmed to run away from people who are below a certain height"
posted by bitmage at 6:00 PM PST - 78 comments

on the history of electronic music

Createdigitalmusic collects together 11+ documentaries on the history of electronic music. Ranging from 2 on Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1 previously), to EMS (previously), to detroit, acid house, rave (previously), tresor, and more. Plus one news report an the early days of Chicago house that's a documentary in and of itself.
posted by advil at 5:20 PM PST - 16 comments

45 murders in 31 days

"July saw 45 homicides across Baltimore, a toll that matched the deadliest month in the city’s modern history and came amid a violent crime surge that has stretched the entire summer. The killings occurred across the city, overwhelmingly in historically impoverished neighborhoods. The victims included a 5-month-old boy and a 53-year-old grandmother, a teen stabbed to death in a dispute over a cell phone and a carryout deliveryman killed in a robbery. The Baltimore Sun sought to profile each victim, through interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors and police, as well as information on social media — and to chronicle the impact on those left behind."
posted by josher71 at 5:03 PM PST - 22 comments

‘‘Let’s all remember this moment!’’

‘Moment’ Is Having a Moment [New York Times]
“What, exactly, is a cultural moment? How long does it last? Who participates in it? Who on earth gets to decide? Can you marshal literally anything that has happened in the last 10 years, or 10 months? What are the parameters? Is there a minimum Q rating? Who has to experience a thing, be aware of it, find satisfaction (or prestige) in discussing it? And how do we distinguish kairos from chronos — a moment from an ordinary shred of time? How do we distinguish a meaningful, fateful, crucial moment from all the other moments that fall all over the place like bread crumbs out of an overturned toaster?”
posted by Fizz at 3:38 PM PST - 13 comments

"Do you think Harper has ever touched a dildo?"

Meet the man behind the Tumblr that's putting dildos in Stephen Harper's hands.
posted by Lemurrhea at 3:10 PM PST - 54 comments

Larry Chung here...

Larry Chung talks about and plays a 1934 Gibson L-5. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments

More than 600 secret societies in the US, documented in 1899

If you take Adam Parfrey's definition of a secret society as a social group that demands an oath of allegiance to join, and then consider that such societies include labor unions, business groups, rural/agrarian organizations, religious and occult organizations, sobriety groups, drinking groups, immigrants, anti-immigrant organizations, philosophy and science (including optometry) (previously), and groups for "persons of quality" who wanted to engage in "immoral acts." With that introduction, here is The Cyclopædia of Fraternities; a compilation of existing authentic information and the results of original investigation as to more than six hundred secret societies in the United States, written by Albert Clark Stevens and published in 1899, in full on Archive.org.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:04 PM PST - 33 comments

He was drawn to her like a yellow cat to navy blue pants

Dr. Joel Phillips, of West Trenton, NJ, is the 33rd grand-prize winner of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which challenges writers to concoct the worst opening sentence of a hypothetical novel. (Or, to look at it another way, the best sentence in the genre of "bad opening sentences.") The full list of winners, runners-up, and dishonorable mentions. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 11:30 AM PST - 30 comments

It appears quite black.

Recovering the Mindset. Three interpretations of a single scene from Manhunter, Red Dragon and Hannibal, in a single edit. Creepy, bloody. Bon appétit.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:28 AM PST - 69 comments

Let's play spot the former plantation

Something you seldom think about: A fascinating imgur set of The Governor's Mansions of the United States, sorted alphabetically. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 8:14 AM PST - 91 comments

Things My Dick Does

I've always wondered what my dick does in the times he is up before I am. He must get so bored waiting for me to wake up. Happens EVERY day. Poor little guy :\ Warning: contents excessively NSFW, like super extra NSFW
posted by item at 7:40 AM PST - 91 comments

Design flight

When Airlines Looked Cool and Showed It (SLNYT) Accompanying slideshow
posted by infini at 7:29 AM PST - 11 comments

100 Days of Pleasantries

Social media personality extraordinaire Jacq The Stripper chronicles 100 moments from her life on the job, complete with droll, colorful pen & paper doodles. It's like Humans of New York, but with a strip club.
posted by zeusianfog at 3:09 AM PST - 7 comments

A Critical Library

What books should a critic own? "Each week, the National Book Critics Circle will post a list of five books a critic believes reviewers should have in their libraries." Here are all the lists, from 2007-2011. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise at 3:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Palestinian journalist, Said K. Aburish, died on August 29

Three years ago today saw the end of Palestinian writer Saïd Aburish. Parkinson's disease, he was 77. Aburish chose America for education and early life experience that included Princeton, the US Army and Madison Avenue. Aburish went to ground after writing this book. Of all the obituaries, Marian Houk's of The Independent is by far the most knowing, and his keenest publisher had kind things to say. The Guardian said Aburish "did much to illuminate the relationship between the Middle East and the west," and "Aburish’s writing was notably blunt" said the New York Times. At Twitter, and Google. R.I.P.
posted by Schroder at 1:31 AM PST - 3 comments

August 28

Hurricane Katrina's forgotten souls

On August 29, 2008 the remains of Katrina's unclaimed dead were put to rest. "Nobody has ever come searching for their loved one in the memorial, as far as I know." (warning: last link has some graphic imagery language)
posted by ladyriffraff at 9:28 PM PST - 41 comments

NSA Mass Phone Surveillance Possibly Constitutional After All

On December 13, 2013, the US district court for the District of Columbia ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of American citizens' telephone records was "likely" to violate the Fourth Amendment (previously on MeFi). Today, DC's federal court of appeals overturned that ruling. The rationale is that the plaintiffs did not prove "that they were affected by the metadata-gathering program," so they did not have standing to challenge it in court. [more inside]
posted by Rangi at 9:17 PM PST - 25 comments

#9 Inadvertent, Manitoba. #33 Wintergreen Slap. #39 Don Henley Tirade.

Superego's Mark McConville (previously: 1, 2, 3, 4) is making some very specific Top 50 lists:
    Top 50 Nastiest Black Diamond Ski Runs in the World
    Top 50 Retired Price Is Right Games
    Top 50 Canadian Ghost Towns
    Top 50 Vape Flavors in America for 2015
    [h/t]

posted by Room 641-A at 6:54 PM PST - 26 comments

Things That Make You Go HURRRGGGHH

Do recipes for moist cakes make your skin clammy? Did that article about hardscrabble pugilists leave you nauseated? Do you feel super-embarrassed (YT) when you have to say completely innocent words like onus or cunning or bean curd out loud? Or even in writing? If so, you are far from alone! Word aversion, or logomisia, is an extremely common phenomenon that affects up to one in five (links to PDF) of us, and it's extremely contagious. [more inside]
posted by jake at 6:22 PM PST - 226 comments

It Could Have Been A Utopia

Jaime Prater grew up in the Jesus People U.S.A. commune in Chicago. He set out to make a documentary about the religion, and in the process uncovered widespread sexual abuse of children in the group.
posted by chrchr at 5:33 PM PST - 20 comments

'buttery and mellow, with hints of lemon'

"Good fresh goat cheese is a special and important thing. It should be moist and creamy, without a hint of graininess. Its flavor should be clean and fresh, mouthwateringly tangy but not astringent, lemony but also milky and balanced. An unaged cheese has nowhere to hide its faults."
Beyond Chevre: 10 Essential Goat Milk Cheeses to Know and Love - by Liz Thorpe at Serious Eats [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:11 PM PST - 27 comments

An extravagant symbol of a man who can’t hide his true nature

A brief history on Spats, a mostly obsolete fashion accessory
posted by timshel at 4:00 PM PST - 29 comments

“producing much fruit, or foliage, or many offspring”

Can a Novelist Be Too Productive? by Stephen King [New York Times] [Op-Ed]
“No one in his or her right mind would argue that quantity guarantees quality, but to suggest that quantity never produces quality strikes me as snobbish, inane and demonstrably untrue.”
posted by Fizz at 3:19 PM PST - 112 comments

Be Happy for a Few Seconds

Watch a Baby Lose Its Mind Because It Loves a Cat Too Much (here is a direct link to the video if you'd prefer)
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:57 PM PST - 50 comments

Watch the skies

North Dakota becomes the first state to legalize weaponized drones. "Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are now permitted on drones, thanks to the actions of a lobbyist representing law enforcement.

Drones previously.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:51 PM PST - 75 comments

Ube Goldberg

New Uber Service Sounds Suspiciously Like a Bus — New Uber "Smart Routes" feature offers passengers fare discounts in exchange for pick-ups along predetermined high-ridership routes. Rather than trying to compete with public transit, FiveThirtyEight points out that Uber and public transit can complement each other. Meanwhile, the yellow cab industry is trying to fight back against Uber with an Uber-like smartphone app for NYC passengers.
posted by tonycpsu at 2:47 PM PST - 61 comments

You have to learn to love the bomb.

The Late, Great Stephen Colbert “The level of emotion you're getting from me right now—I'm not saying it's dishonest,” he said. “I'm just saying it's not normal. I'd really love to go to bed. I promise you, I do not spend my time on the edge of tears.”
posted by anazgnos at 2:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Because the Internet needs more

Rice University Fondren Library maintain a guide to cat videos on the web. But what do they think? Meanwhile, in the UK Labour Party leadership contest, socialists cannot vote, but cats can. And people like watching cat videos on TV. And as for Tinder for cats? There's an app for that. But, why so popular? And why does Larry Ellison like them? So do you want more? Why not go on a cat holiday, or run away and join the cat circus?
posted by Wordshore at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

line-square-dot

LSD - Line Square Dot ... an addictive, minimalistic, JavaScript game. (source)
posted by swift at 2:00 PM PST - 25 comments

We will show you... The real world we found!

Every day the members of the Bureau of Proto Society debate the cause of the fall of the world from past documentary videos. New Anima(tor)'s Expo short from Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted). Site will show up as Japanese at first, but there is a translation if you click "EN" in the upper right.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

It's Flash Friday at Anatomy Arcade

The Revenge of Flash Friday - It's ALIVE! Anatomy Arcade "makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos." There are two timed games: Whack-A-Bone and Poke-A-Muscle (both feature auto-playing music, but you can turn it off in PAM). For less stress, there are jigsaw puzzles to help you get familiar with the digestive system, skeletal system, muscular system, the brain, the eye and the heart. (Via everlasting blort)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Understanding Politics For Geeks

Vox argues that the reason the technical set gets frustrated with American politics is simple. They have a mental model of the political structure that is divorced from the actual reality of American politics. (SLVox) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:01 AM PST - 84 comments

It Wasn't My Fault!

Former FEMA Head Michael Brown: Stop Blaming Me For Hurricane Katrina (SPL) In which he explains from his point of view what the real problems with the Katrina response were.
posted by mephron at 10:54 AM PST - 118 comments

Love, Hate, Security, and the Writer

"This was also the tour that I was jumped by a disgruntled fan in the ladies room. A rather tall woman, she may have not been over six feet tall, but only seemed that tall after she slammed me up against the wall, and forced me in a corner (people often seem taller when they’re threatening you). She was angry about the new book, angry about Anita having sex with someone that wasn’t Richard, and angry with me for adding new men to her life, and basically not happy with the way my series had turned in book ten, Narcissus in Chains." Laurell K. Hamilton on book tour woes.
posted by Shmuel510 at 10:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Dear Future Bedmate,

"How To Make Me Come" is a collection of anonymous essays penned by women about their orgasms. (Content NSFW: Text only.)
posted by zarq at 10:00 AM PST - 44 comments

Under such conditions, Stiob aesthetics made sense

American Stiob: Or, What Late-Socialist Aesthetics of Parody Reveal about Contemporary Political Culture in the West, Dominic Boyer and Alexei Yurchak, paper here in PDF [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Panic and Tumult in Northamptonshire

A cow in Northamptonshire has gotten its head stuck in a lawn chair. The County of Northamptonshire in England's East Midlands was first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1011), as Hamtunscire: the scire (shire) of Hamtun (the homestead). There are 129 things to do in Northamptonshire, the best of which is a llama farm. But all that changed today, when Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service were summoned to save a cow who had somehow gotten its head stuck in a lawn chair. [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 8:48 AM PST - 37 comments

M.E. called, says that's the third kid died snorting cool ranch doritos.

Absolutely true plotlines from the latest season of Law & Order SVU. [single link imgur album]
posted by phunniemee at 8:41 AM PST - 83 comments

Vulture talks to Quentin Tarantino

Frankly, sophisticated audiences are not a problem. Dumb audiences are a problem. But I think audiences are getting more sophisticated — that’s just a product of time. In the ’50s, audiences accepted a level of artifice that the audiences in 1966 would chuckle at. And the audiences of 1978 would chuckle at what the audience of 1966 said was okay, too. The trick is to try to be way ahead of that curve, so they’re not chuckling at your movies 20 years down the line.
posted by octothorpe at 8:39 AM PST - 30 comments

There are very few people to root for in this story

GQ's Taffy Brodesser-Akner looks at the culture and economics of sugar daddies.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:58 AM PST - 62 comments

Mr. Whiskerstein has been catatonic since yesterday afternoon

Cat Hospital, a cat soap opera.
posted by numaner at 7:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Come Fly With Me

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of a paper airplane drone. Forbes has an interview with the UAV advocate who filed the petition to get an exemption for the paper airplane drone.
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

You Be Illein'

Why do some people refer to themselves in the third person? asks Vanessa Barford, in a BBC News Magazine article. Misteraitch doesn’t know. The act of referring to oneself in this way is known as Illeism (Wikipedia) (apparently from the Latin ille meaning “he, that”). At Language Log, Arnold Zwicky writes on Illeism and its Relatives, and maintains that illeism in young children ought not be blamed on Elmo. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 6:04 AM PST - 37 comments

Ftaires! We have found ftaires!

For the last three days, a Search and Rescue Officer for the US Forest Service has been telling his stories to the NoSleep subreddit. They are by turns unsettling, sad and and just plain creepy ... and what's with the stairs? Read the comments, too. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 5:54 AM PST - 97 comments

Real vs Reel

History vs Hollywood fact-checks "based on a true story/inspired by true events" popular movies, and tries to match faces and events with their real-life counterparts.
posted by elgilito at 5:39 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm Raven, your hostess with the mostess.

In 1997, HBO hired animation legend Ralph Bakshi to create an animated sci-fi show for adults. The result was "Spicy City," which only lasted for six episodes. All six of them are on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:09 AM PST - 13 comments

F is for farce, P is for police state, S is for slippery slope

A plan to conduct Operation Fortitude, a joint operation between the Victorian Police and the newly-created paramilitary Border Force as not been well received by the people of Melbourne who, to put it mildly, did not like the idea of being forced to show their papers in spot checks this Saturday. As Lenore Taylor says, Australian Border Force has united the nation against it. The Police say it was all a terrible misunderstanding over the wording of a press release typed by a "low level official". The original release has been removed. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 2:04 AM PST - 65 comments

"This only happened because people organized"

Following on from the New York Times' expose of nail salons, Sukjong Hong looks at the ongoing attemps to organise workers as well as the reactions of manucurists to the piece (also available in Korean). Sukjong Hong is a freelance writer and artist specialising in the intersection between journalism and comics.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Ten millimeter with over-and-under thirty millimeter pump action grenade

Build Your Own Aliens M41-A Pulse Rifle Prop for Under $30 (SLYT)
posted by Artw at 12:39 AM PST - 25 comments

August 27

John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular:

"How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels Kindle Edition" In the wake of this year's kerpupple surrounding the Hugo awards, Alexandra Erin has created a Kindle book in response to Theodore Beale's (Vox Day) Amazon release of "SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police". [more inside]
posted by AGameOfMoans at 5:42 PM PST - 207 comments

"I just want this type of support to be normalized."

The Rise of the Abortion Doula
As Abortions Become Harder to Obtain, Pro-Choice Activists Eschew Policy Debates for Flesh and Blood Activism

The Job of an Abortion Doula
My Year As an Abortion Doula
True Story: I’m An Abortion Doula
On Being an Abortion Doula: The range of emotions involved in helping women terminate pregnancies
posted by andoatnp at 5:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Forever and Ever: Losing My Husband at 24

Did Andy have two weeks left or was his rapid decline of this morning merely a temporary problem that was easily fixed? Unsure, Andy turned to me and said, “Two weeks? I’m not ready for this ‘A Walk To Remember’ shit.” He had been fighting to live, but now it seemed he was merely fighting for a year.
Sarah McBride writes beautifully about losing her husband. She was 24. He was 28.
posted by kate blank at 3:50 PM PST - 32 comments

"What Is His Doctorate In? Being an **bleep**?"

The Black Tapes Podcast started when Alex Reagan of Pacific Northwest Stories profiled Dr. Richard Strand of the Strand Institute about his rigorous career debunking claims of the paranormal. During the interview, she discovered that he had files on cases that he had not yet debunked. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:35 PM PST - 26 comments

100 great films by female directors

100 great films by female directors. Part 1: 1912-1953, Part 2: 1962-1975, Part 3: 1975-1981, Part 4: 1982-1991, Part 5: 1991-1997, Part 6: 1998-2001, Part 7: 2002-2009, Part 8: 2007-2009, Part 9: 2010-2012, Part 10: 2012-2014. (This is not "The" 100 Great Movies By Female Directors. It's merely 100 movies we love and honestly think you will too.) [more inside]
posted by dng at 3:33 PM PST - 40 comments

“The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.”

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written [Buzzfeed]
Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.
posted by Fizz at 2:53 PM PST - 157 comments

Dr. Dunkenstein. Sir Slam. Lovetron. Chocolate Thunder.

One of the most influential sports figures you've never heard of, Darryl Dawkins has passed at the age of 58. Dawkins was an NBA star in the flashy, no-defense, pre-Michael Jordan days, an early Nike-splashed icon, with multiple self-styled nicknames, although "Chocolate Thunder," was bestowed on him by Stevie Wonder. Think of the image of a basketball player shattering the backboard glass. You're thinking of Dawkins.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:08 PM PST - 27 comments

putting 'feminist' in your online dating bio is a good misogynist filter

Last year, Laura Nowak used Instagram to document the responses she got when she asked men on Tinder about their views on feminism. Nowak said she started the project because “I don’t want women thinking they have to settle for being objectified if they want casual sex, and I don’t want men on Tinder being systematically categorised as creeps.” In February 2015, Instagram deleted her @feministsontinder account, stating that it violated their guidelines. Now Nowak is back on Instagram with @feminist_tinder, recording the responses she received when she put the phrase "hello I am a feminist" in her Tinder profile. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:33 PM PST - 178 comments

The Other Paper

Meet The Indie Newspaper Man Who Documented The East Village In The 1980s [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Mapping the beautiful chaos of informal transit

As transit systems go, the matatus in Nairobi exist somewhere between underground gypsy cabs and MTA bus service. The minibuses themselves aren't owned by any government agency. The fares aren't regulated by the city. The routes are vaguely based on a bus network that existed in Nairobi some 30 years ago, but they've since shifted and multiplied and expanded at the region's edges... Riders who navigate the matatu system rely on it in parts, using only the lines they know and the unofficial stops they're sure actually exist. As for the network as a whole – there's never even been a map of it... In the absence of a formal public transit system in Kenya's capital, people have created a comprehensive – if imperfect – one on their own. And now we know that it looks like this. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 11:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Upgraded Medium Chain Snake Oil

The founder of Fitocracy explains how consumers fall for dubious fitness fads, with special emphasis on the work of Dave Asprey, "The Bulletproof CEO" (previously and previously).
posted by chrchr at 10:28 AM PST - 82 comments

Mormon breast implants and Jewish Dowries

Dateonomics: What two religions tell us about the modern dating crisis.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:02 AM PST - 101 comments

Orsini's Sacro Busco, or the Park of Monsters

Count Pier Francesco Orsini (Google auto-translate) was a man much given to melancholy. The premature death of his wife, Giulia Farnese, and other troubles contributing to the decay of the once proud Orsini dynasty, darkened his outlook on life. Like the world-hating Jacques in Shakespeare's As You Like It, he seems to have come to regard the world around him with a somewhat self-advertising disgust. Orsini retreated noisily from the world of human affairs into nature, albeit a nature much improved by art (Google books preview). Those improvements came in the form of larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populated Sacro Bosco ("Sacred Grove"), colloquially called Parco dei Mostri ("Park of the Monsters"). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby

How I’m slightly terrified of the oncoming mix of motherhood and art….and how judging and terrifying me further isn’t going to help me. (slMedium, NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:11 AM PST - 108 comments

When did we all become 'curators'?

"how did curating, a highly specialized line of museum work involving the care, accessioning, and exhibition of artworks, come to mean, as cultural policy scholar Amanda Coles puts it, “just picking stuff?”" - Miya Tokumitsu [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:47 AM PST - 99 comments

He's singing!

Cuzzie the puggle loves his hot tub (SLYT)
posted by griphus at 5:53 AM PST - 9 comments

teachers' classrooms, minus teacher-purchased items.

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers (SLHuffPo, image gallery down the page)
posted by Greg Nog at 5:35 AM PST - 83 comments

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to stare at it

Artist Teresita Fernández muses on the creative process.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Estimated American veteran suicides per day: 22

The staggering reality of America's post-9/11 era of perpetual war: For every active duty soldier killed in combat, twenty veterans died by their own hand. This is Daniel Wolfe's story. (This story discusses self-harm, suicide and suicidal ideation. Some readers may find the content disturbing.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 4:35 AM PST - 64 comments

From Chaplin to Zuckerberg

The Evolution of Magazine Covers
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:30 AM PST - 15 comments

My God, it's full of dots!

The globe of economic complexity is a beautifully trippy interactive dot-based map of $15.3 trillion or world trade, each glowing dot encoding $100 millions worth of exports (poster). It is based on the Atlas of economic complexity by Harvard University Data Visualisation Fellow Romain Vuillemot and developed by WikiGalaxy creator Owen Cornec.
posted by elgilito at 2:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Engineering the BART System

Engineering Geology of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System, 1964-75 (J. David Rogers & Ralph B. Peck, published 2000) chronicles the construction of the subterranean components of BART.
posted by DrAmerica at 1:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Leaving Everywhere

I've looked at the US Census Bureau data, and the numbers don't lie. They paint a dire picture. On top of all that they closed one of my favorite mac & cheese joints. Look, I still love this place. Sometimes. But I'm done with wherever I am. Best of luck to those who stay wherever they are.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 12:47 AM PST - 34 comments

August 26

Try the New Cat Door

Philo 1, Human 0 (warning: vertical format, single link youtube)
posted by ladyriffraff at 10:14 PM PST - 14 comments

We are people, just like them

It was easier to give in than keep running From I believe you | it's not your fault (previously)
posted by triggerfinger at 9:41 PM PST - 24 comments

"...pretty much all biologists love junk."

Last night, Virginia Tech grad student Ann Hilborn, her labmate Chris Rowe, and their research supervisor Marcella Kelly were posting pictures of animal genitals on their lab’s Twitter account (@Whapavt). When Hilborn added some more from her collection, one of their readers called it a “junk-off”. And thus a hashtag was born. [NSFW?]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:02 PM PST - 29 comments

The songs were about London...if you want to be particular, South London

Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours (2012) | Squeeze - Bands Reunited (2003). Previously: Up the Clapham Junction
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:52 PM PST - 33 comments

The Struma Disaster

"[In May 2014] some 72 years after his ordeal in the Black Sea, David Stoliar, the sole survivor of the Struma explosion, died on dry land, in Bend, Oregon. He was among the hundreds of men, women, and children who had been abandoned to their fate by a confluence of war, hate, and international politics. In a strange confederacy, Nazis, Communist officials, British Foreign Office personnel, and Turkish politicians all played various roles in one of the worst maritime tragedies of the previous century."
posted by storybored at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

The Beat Generation

The Word is Beat: Poetry, Jazz, Literature and the Beat Generation "It is the aspiration of much literature that it wants to change the way we look at the world, but few authors and poets have been as influential as the group of writers labeled the Beat Generation. They saw a lot that they did not like about American society in the fifties when they came of age, and they did their best to change it through their literature and a new practice of living."
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 6:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time since 1984

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 6:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Meet the new carbon-fiber-based economy?

Scientist develops technique for sucking carbon out of the air, making stuff out of it. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: A new electrochemical process pulls carbon from the air, and creates carbon nanofibers and oxygen.
posted by 40 Watt at 5:02 PM PST - 90 comments

The Naked Truth

What's All This Hubbub About Topless Women In Times Square? [NSFW]
​Over the past two weeks, top New York officials — from Mayor Bill de Blasio to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and even former governor George Pataki — have been grumbling about the rising presence of topless performers, known as Desnudas, in Times Square. Is the famous pedestrian plaza going back to the bad old days, or is this just the petulant whining of some grumpy old men? Here's what to make of it.
posted by andoatnp at 4:08 PM PST - 103 comments

With Muppets, It's NOT Dismaland

Of course, Disney is the media master of cross-property promotion. And there are a LOT of Muppet videos popping onto YouTube in preparation for their new fall series (on Disney-owned ABC). So this was natural (if not inevitable): MUPPETS DOING DRAMATIC READINGS OF THE LYRICS OF DISNEYLAND ATTRACTION SONGS.
First was Bunsen and Beaker with "A Pirate's Life For Me."(maybe TOO dramatic)
Then Floyd and Animal of the Electric Mayhem with "It's A Small World." (what could go wrong?)
And most recently, Rowlf with "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from The Haunted Mansion. (solo, but not quite) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Google has a secret candidate-finding technique

"If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild." "I typed 'request; and half expected to see 'Follow the white rabbit, Max.' Instead, the screen displayed a paragraph outlining a programming challenge and gave instructions on how to submit my solution. I had 48 hours to solve it, and the timer was ticking."
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:30 PM PST - 120 comments

“I’m a white guy and an African; the son of Europeans and Mozambicans;”

Novelist Mia Couto discusses his hopes for conservation after the death of Cecil the lion, and his memories of Mozambique’s bloody civil war. [The Guardian] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments

The Opposite of Cold Fusion

The online edition of Science magazine reports that the private and secretive company Tri Alpha Energy, has built a machine that forms a ball of superheated gas—at about 10 million degrees Celsius—and holds it steady for 5 milliseconds, calling the achievement "a significant step toward mastering nuclear fusion"
posted by Frayed Knot at 1:41 PM PST - 47 comments

Legend lets New Jersey man near her '61 Cadillac

Darlene Love's new music video features cameos from Joan Jett, Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, her 'Forbidden Nights' songwriter Elvis Costello, and her album's producer, Steven Van Zandt, who once called her "the greatest singer in the world." Van Zandt appears in the video being strangled by another Love collaborator and fan, Bruce Springsteen. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

An Oral History of Theodore Rex

Previously, we were left with unanswered questions like: Why did Whoopi agree to make this movie? Why did she want out? Why wouldn't she want out? Who would think to make a buddy cop sci-fi comedy starring a dinosaur? And for the love of God, why? Finally, we get (some of) the answers.
posted by meese at 1:25 PM PST - 24 comments

No White Flags

"The hurricane lives in a complicated place. Everyone's experience is both communal and personal, obvious and hidden. The memory of the death is everywhere, buried in shallow and temporary graves." (SL Longform ESPN)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Find the porn, boy! Find it! Get the porn! Good boy!

Dogs can find people. Dogs can find cancer. Dogs can find porn.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:02 PM PST - 43 comments

"I just want to be there, if they ever do find a cure."

An oral history of "Longtime Companion." The first major release movie to deal with the AIDS epidemic, 1990's Longtime Companion focuses on a group of gay friends in New York City, revisiting them one day per year starting in 1981. Bruce Davison won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. [more inside]
posted by dnash at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Big Dig

In Baylor County, paleontologists are assembling clues to the prehistoric world of Dimetrodon. [previously]
posted by brundlefly at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

"I felt a little bit f'ed over after the last conference call with them"

In 2013 computer researcher David Kriesel discovered that certain Xerox scanners were altering numbers in the documents they scanned (MeFi post) At the recent FrOSCon, Kriesel gave an hour-long talk recounting his experiences discovering and reporting the problem, with lots of details on what it was like dealing with a large multi-national corporation like Xerox, and what the impacts and fall-out of his discovery have been. (SPOILER: Germany has eliminated JBIG2 as a legally admissible scan format.)
posted by benito.strauss at 12:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Can they claim a senator as a tax deduction?

H&R Block lobbied for a longer, more complicated Earned Income Tax Credit schedule, to encourage lower-income households to use their services. (SLVox) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:02 AM PST - 58 comments

Music industry sexism

"Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn't 'count'?" This tweet from Jessica Hopper kicked off a thread that lasted 2 days, with over 400 stories being shared. Storify of the full thread. Trigger warning for sexism, harrassment, rape.
posted by naju at 10:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Not as massive as Zero Freitas collection

The vinyl collection of Aussie music aficionado Brad Miocevich: "Cataloging 30,000 LPs was a nightmare"... (Previously).
posted by growabrain at 10:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Hey now, hey now now, sing some other tracks for me

A three-hour mixtape of Goth history - a selection of nearly 50 tracks of early-to-mid eighties Goth classics that goes a lot deeper than your standard Bau'd Hauses and Sisters of the Mercy. Part of the Secret Thirteen mixes, a series nearly 160 sets deep of interesting and offbeat sonic collections. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:35 AM PST - 39 comments

Everything you always wanted to know about panda sex

Since the pandas’ arrival, the team at Edinburgh zoo had already tried three times to breed the bears – with considerable fanfare and public attention – and each attempt had ended in disappointment. After a thoroughgoing review of these attempts in late 2014, this year’s season carried with it a sense of added pressure. But the keepers had also come up with one or two new tricks. A few weeks earlier, Maclean had daubed urine from Long Hui, an impressive male panda kept at Schönbrunn zoo, in Vienna, all over Yang Guang and Tian Tian’s enclosures, in order to spice the air with competition and possibility. “She spent a lot of time sniffing and seeing what was going on,” said Maclean. “He came out and was just like, ‘Whoa!’ He was all over the place.”
posted by ChuraChura at 10:03 AM PST - 17 comments

The cold plains of infinity

Take a pixel tour of the universe with French cartoonist Boulet (previously on metafilter). Soundtrack: Le grand pan • RoxanneMessage in a Bottle. Bonus: Pixel quantum physics.
posted by moonmilk at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

They most certainly are giants

Young Marble Giants was a dawn-of-the-80s three-piece Welsh band that released just three records - one LP and two EPs. With virtually no sales and deeply diffident about touring, YMG should by rights have vanished without trace like so many of their one shot post-punk peers. But no. Tomorrow, they're the star turn at fanboy David Byrne's Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 9:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Istanbul’s city planners have a problem: too much history

If fifteen houses are built on top of one another, which one is the most important? The Big Dig, a long read about shipwrecks under Istanbul, archaeological "surplus", Neolithic footprints, elephants fed to lions, and the collision of modern city planning imperatives with a glut of priceless antiquities. SLNewYorker. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Outerpants included

The entire 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is online and amazing
posted by Artw at 8:31 AM PST - 72 comments

Happiness is a warm puppy... holiday. It's National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day! Here are NDD's 20 ways to celebrate this, the finest of all holidays. For the next ~30 hours, you can post a photo of your pup to the National Dog Day Facebook page (or any other social media site) with the hashtags ‪#‎NationalDogDay‬ and ‪#‎DogDayCutestDog‬ to enter them into a quest for the title of Cutest Dog... IN THE WORLD. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 8:26 AM PST - 54 comments

Let's Watch Some Bouldering Videos

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing without ropes or harness, generally over short, low routes with only a crash pad for protection. Watch Louis Parkinson, Sasha DiGiulian, and Chris Sharma do some amazing work. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 8:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Put your glad rags on, join the hop.

Mark Havens photographs the out-of-season motels of Wildwoods: 1 // Kona Kai // palms
Wildwood Motels: Midcentury Modern for Everybody [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Jedi Backup Dancers

Darth Punk - The Funk Awakens (SLYT) One day Vader and Fett will recruit for the the dark side, disguised as an electronic music duo... they will be arresting ears and administering intergalactic rhythm and beats. The Rebels won't stand a chance. This is their music video, featuring 'Dj Gonk'. Courtesy of The Mary Sue
posted by CrystalDave at 7:20 AM PST - 11 comments

"democracy is a shitty way to evaluate art"

Pitchfork has released their list of The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by Theta States at 6:18 AM PST - 201 comments

someone in a casual setting doing a thing on their device

These are all very different services. Several of them are cool and useful, but it’s hard to tell them apart. - Send In The Clones
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:17 AM PST - 62 comments

Tandem Computers

Remembering Tandem Computers: "Tandem was an archetype Silicon Valley company with stock options, an emphasis on taking chances, a recognition that sometimes the answer lies in a place where no one else has thought to go." The company was founded in 1974 by Jimmy Treybig. Though largely forgotten today, Tandem's surviving legacy is the NonStop line of servers, now owned by Hewlett-Packard.
posted by DrAmerica at 12:57 AM PST - 20 comments

August 25

Red Duke (1928-2015)

James Henry "Red" Duke passed away today at the age of 86. With his Texas accent and folksy expressions, Dr. Duke was most famous for his 15 year running TV series Health Reports which covered topics like hyperthyroidism, kidney stones, and even stress management. [more inside]
posted by fremen at 11:08 PM PST - 17 comments

zither and yon

Many of you have undoubtedly seen at some time or another the legendary film noir masterpiece The Third Man. The theme song from the film is every bit as famous as the film itself, perhaps even more so. Here's Anton Karas, the original composer of the charming and memorable little tune, playing the Theme from the Third Man, on zither.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Damian Lazarus, The Ancient Moons and Crosstown Rebels

Damian Lazarus is an interesting chap. On one hand, you have the self-proclaimed ancient wizard who channels mysticism into his live rave mixes around the world, while on the other hand there is his well-regarded house music label, Crosstown Rebels, which recently celebrated its tenth birthday with a 3 CD/40 track compilation. You can find a ton from both sides of Damian online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:49 PM PST - 4 comments

The Exorcist was recorded in front of a live studio audience.

YouTube user Muted Vocal changes 5 iconic creepy themes into major key: The X Files, Halloween, Saw, The Exorcist and Nightmare on Elm Street. He does five more with Jaws, The Fog, Psycho, Phantasm and The Omen. He expands the chipper X-Files theme out into a full track as well.
posted by codacorolla at 7:23 PM PST - 46 comments

De Profundis Clamavi, o mandarin

In a week when China's troubled economy and plunging stock market have made headlines worldwide, the Globe and Mail probes one of hidden causes of the difficulty the country faces in transitioning to a modern consumer economy: The Ant Tribe, the middle class Chinese who are literally being driven underground. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 6:59 PM PST - 20 comments

There's no such thing as a pitching prospect

In 2010, a Metafilter post featured a 13 year-old girl who lit up Little League baseball with a killer knuckleball. In 2015, Chelsea Baker is still ringing up batters, and is catching the eye of major league scouts.
posted by chrchr at 5:24 PM PST - 57 comments

Ein Jahr, eine BahnCard 100, keine eigene Wohnung, und ich

After a dispute with her landlord, 23-year-old student Leonie Müller abandoned her apartment in Tübingen and started living on trains. On the first of May, Müller bought a BahnCard 100, a ticket which costs 4090€ and entitles her to unlimited travel on Germany's railway network for a year, and has been calling the trains home since then, living out of a backpack, washing her hair in the train bathroom, writing her papers whilst watching the scenery go past at 320kph, and periodically staying with friends and relatives across Germany. She has a blog (auf deutsch) and plans to write her undergraduate thesis on her experiences as a train nomad.
posted by acb at 5:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Mad Max is in a movie about Furiosa

Honest Trailer turns its eye, and snark, on Mad Max: Fury Road.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:53 PM PST - 55 comments

“Capitalists… unironically love Burning Man”

Burning Man is earning a reputation as a “networking event” among Silicon Valley techies, and tech magazines now send reporters to cover it. CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Alphabet are foaming fans, along with conservative anti-tax icon Grover Norquist and many writers of the libertarian (and Koch-funded) Reason magazine. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even went so far as to claim that Burning Man “is Silicon Valley.”
Former Burner Keith A. Spencer writes for Jacobin: “Why the Rich Love Burning Man”
posted by Going To Maine at 4:24 PM PST - 127 comments

Beyond Dark Castle

"During one of the worst years of my life, I drew solace, as much as from any book, from regularly visiting the swamp level of Beyond Dark Castle, a video game for the Mac. You had a little helicopter-backpack, and you just motored over this desolate bayou throwing rocks at bats in the darkness and silence. There was a sense of stillness and peace there that I still refer back to in my head." [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 4:19 PM PST - 22 comments

Geological Time Scale Metaphors

Imagine that the entire history of the earth is (number) (unit) long. . .
posted by curious nu at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

The first case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard

The IgNobel paper that inspired an Opera [more inside]
posted by indianbadger1 at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Resource limitation, economic inequality, and diversity

Why Poor Places Are More Diverse : a lesson from ecosystem ecology.
posted by dialetheia at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Make another parking lot or five

One-star Yelp reviews of National Parks.
posted by item at 2:35 PM PST - 89 comments

#4 ... One is really heavy, the other is a little lighter.

And the winner of the Best Joke at the 2015 Endinburgh Fringe Festival is... (with runners-up #2 - #10, featuring Kim&Kanye, a desert island, dreams, Jesus, tapas and a clown divorce)
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:47 PM PST - 65 comments

Covertly-Sponsored Instruments of State Power, at Least in Part

Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked [from The Awl] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

‘‘I play for me,’’

The Meaning of Serena Williams by Claudia Rankine [New York Times] On tennis and black excellence.
There is a belief among some African-Americans that to defeat racism, they have to work harder, be smarter, be better. Only after they give 150 percent will white Americans recognize black excellence for what it is. But of course, once recognized, black excellence is then supposed to perform with good manners and forgiveness in the face of any racist slights or attacks. Black excellence is not supposed to be emotional as it pulls itself together to win after questionable calls. And in winning, it’s not supposed to swagger, to leap and pump its fist, to state boldly, in the words of Kanye West, ‘‘That’s what it is, black excellence, baby.’’
posted by Fizz at 12:40 PM PST - 34 comments

Hick Hop

Kenny Rogers is rumored to have said that, "Country music is whatever country people listen to." Eventually, it seems, all musical styles are absorbed into country music. Jazz, folk, pop, and Nickelback have all made their way into country music, sooner or later. Hip-hop has made an unfortunately appearance or two, but in tentative crossover format. Big Smo is here to change that; he is, he says with hip-hop swagger, Boss of the Stix. He likes mud.
posted by clawsoon at 10:33 AM PST - 78 comments

“I know you’re going to solve it. You always do.”

Relentless: Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills chases a killer
In Putnam County, everybody knows Howard Sills, and Howard Sills knows everybody—except who brutally murdered an elderly couple on Lake Oconee last May. After four decades of always getting his man, has the sheriff met his match?
posted by andoatnp at 10:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Look at the extension on those jazz hands!

Broadway Draft 2015 (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Notes toward a definition of hoof-based cuisine

A Social History of Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon
posted by Chrysostom at 10:17 AM PST - 58 comments

The Most Timeless Songs Of All Time

Using Spotify plays to quantify how old music has stood the test-of-time.
posted by nadawi at 9:50 AM PST - 120 comments

Mambo #5, but with bike horns.

Mambo #5, but with bike horns. [sl-cautiondonotlistentothis]
posted by odinsdream at 9:49 AM PST - 50 comments

correctness rests upon usage; all usage is relative

"What of those grammar rules that were entirely dreamt up in an age of moral prescriptivism, reflecting nothing of historical or literary usage, to encourage the poor English language to be more like an entirely different (and entirely dead) language, namely Latin? Wait, which rules are those? It seems pretty crazy but the popular grammar rules familiar to most of us may in fact be completely fake and have no basis in linguistic reality. The English language didn't change to make those rules obsolete, they were simply fictional from the start." || Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake, by Chi Luu.
posted by divined by radio at 8:12 AM PST - 170 comments

Vixen joins the Arrowverse; the WWE and Constantine tag along

Releasing its first episode today, Vixen is a CW animated web series starring DC Comics' shapeshifting African-American superheroine Mari McCabe. Vixen is set within the CW's steadily-growing Arrowverse, the DC TV universe shared by live-action series Arrow, The Flash, and forthcoming team series Legends of Tomorrow. But that's not all: it's been an eventful summer for the Arrowverse! [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 7:57 AM PST - 44 comments

They're very expensive-sounding sounds

Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber collaborate on a song and talk about the process in this NYT mini-doc.
posted by swift at 6:52 AM PST - 83 comments

I, too, have birthdays.

Its. Not. About. You. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:35 AM PST - 21 comments

When Microsoft's "Family Safety" is unsafe

Microsoft accounts have a feature called family accounts. And with Windows 10, Microsoft automatically emails parents a weekly activity report that includes all websites visited by the child, time spent in apps, etc. if they have a family account set up. [more inside]
posted by floatboth at 6:12 AM PST - 120 comments

... well, I'd like to start with caviar...

Dying To Eat, food photographer Henry Hargreaves and creative director Charlotte Omnès recreate the meals from the James Bond novels
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:19 AM PST - 29 comments

August 24

A dabbawalla in a taxi!

Taxi Fabric - connecting designers with taxi drivers – turning seat covers into canvas’ for young Indian designers to show off their design talent and storytelling skills. [via Art Radar]
posted by unliteral at 9:16 PM PST - 11 comments

He said he'd break my arm off if I ever referred to him as a mixologist

Sasha Petraske, founder of the legendary bar Milk & Honey, and considered by many to be the Godfather of modern cocktail & bartender culture, has died. He was 42. Sasha was one of the featured interviews for the documentary Hey Bartender. At 9:00pm Eastern Monday August 31st, bartenders and friends of Sasha the world over will be having daiquiris in his memory. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 9:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Map of Jazz

Map of Jazz A visualization of collaboration in jazz through mapping players by session, for roughly 14,000 sessions. Full methodology described here (PDF)
posted by klangklangston at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

An advertisement for planet Earth.

Ripple - a short film by Connor Griffith. "It's a flurry of frame-by-frame images, mostly from Google Earth and Wikipedia, that depict the many developed and undeveloped surfaces on the planet." - the Atlantic.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.
posted by standardasparagus at 7:16 PM PST - 60 comments

Life – simple life – is always right.

"Life does not have a narrative arc. The world does not have a narrative arc. Or if it does, it’s bigger than anything we could ever fucking write about." An unusually great, philosophical interview with punk/DIY legend Ian MacKaye on self-preservation, digital obsession and finding your life tree trunk.
posted by naju at 7:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Weekend at Bernie’s

Weekend at Bernie’s by jurassic marx (Jake Verso) Bernie Sanders has frequently identified himself in interviews speeches etc. as a “socialist.” When pressed as to what this means, he usually mentions something about Sweden and/or sticks the “democratic” moniker in front of it, presumably to be less scary. Yet Sanders is deliberately appealing to something bigger and more powerful than what is normally found within the bounds of typical political rhetoric. ...I’m going to examine and critique some of the assumptions underlying his appeal and then briefly look at just how meaningless Sanders conception of socialism really is.
posted by Golden Eternity at 5:06 PM PST - 95 comments

Bork bork bork!

Bork bork bork! [via mefi projects]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Black pitmasters left out of US barbecue boom

"Barbecue is long, hard, hot dirty work. When given an option, particularly in the south, that's not the work white people did."
posted by Kitteh at 3:18 PM PST - 27 comments

Like...

"Like Totally Whatever" by Melissa Lozada-Oliva at the National Poetry Slam 2015 [slyt]
posted by mysticreferee at 2:56 PM PST - 20 comments

We are each other's holding bread

Anne Lamott on being young, being old, and feeling safe. [SLFacebook]
posted by Mchelly at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Donald Trump, possibly upsetting Fox News' role in Republican politics

Following the GOP presidential candidates' debate on Fox, the presidential hopefuls were asked tough questions that could serve to weed out the weaker candidates, but the big news came from Trump lashing out at Fox, and winning. It's no secret that Fox is "the engine that drives the GOP agenda" and bolsters the careers of conservative politicians, including 40% of those in the early August debate, and Trump has appeared as a guest on Fox News programs some 200 times in the last five years. But when Trump gets more attention on the nightly news than his 16 rivals combined, Fox finds itself in an interesting position: if Trump doesn't need Fox News, could other Republicans buck the Fox media machine?
posted by filthy light thief at 1:08 PM PST - 518 comments

Lettuce is a vehicle to transport refrigerated water from farm to table.

Why salad is so overrated
There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate. It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

Why Your Salad Obsession Could Be Hurting The Planet
Do you like salad? You're a fool
posted by crocodiletsunami at 12:42 PM PST - 199 comments

Ebola's Lessons

How the WHO Mishandled the Ebola Crisis A well-written Foreign Affairs essay by Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague, about how the WHO (mis)managed the recent Ebola outbreak.
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

“Daniel-san, you look revenge. That way you start by digging two grave!”

Proof That Daniel Was The Real Bully In The Karate Kid [YouTube] [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz at 11:36 AM PST - 49 comments

Rachel Laudan: My Great Grandmother’s Industrially Processed Food

Rachel Laudan: My Great Grandmother’s Industrially Processed Food
posted by boo_radley at 11:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Dr. Shock

The Walrus has published an article entitled "Dr. Shock: How an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Alberta." "Dr. Shock" is Aubrey Levin, a psychiatrist currently serving a five-year prison term for sexual assault on three male patients. Prior to arriving in Canada, Levin was a colonel and psychiatrist for the apartheid-era South African Defence Force (SADF), which used drugs, electric shock torture and forcible gender reassignment surgery in "attempts to cure homosexual conscripts." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

(U.S. vs. U.S. Banks) vs. (U.K. vs. U.K. Banks)

In 2008 both the U.S. and the U.K. spent big bucks bailing out their banks.
At the end of last year the US government announced that it had made a profit from its bank bailouts. The UK, on the other hand, probably won’t. So what did the Americans do right and we do wrong?
British business blog Flip Chart Fairy Tales tries to account for the difference. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss at 11:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Serving elaborate meals to the super-rich left me feeling empty.

Dinner and Deception by Edward Frame
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:32 AM PST - 92 comments

Where do you want to go today?

20 years ago: August 24, 1995 was the release date of Microsoft Windows 95. Its legacy was vast.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:30 AM PST - 115 comments

The BESTÅ video you'll watch all day, I GÅRÖntee

Guy annoys girl with puns at IKEA. [SLYT, 2:03]
posted by sacrifix at 10:16 AM PST - 43 comments

Ray Bradbury: Spreading Distrust

Given that Ray Bradbury's novella The Fireman (which would eventually become Fahrenheit 451) was written in response to the McCarthy HUAC hearings, it might not be a surprise to learn that the FBI kept a file on him. The contents of that file have been released under the FOIA, and shows that the FBI apparently held a dim view of science fiction, since it could "frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe could not be won..." [emphasis mine]. (via).
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 9:29 AM PST - 32 comments

Unusual Traveler

Christian Lingr says: "Bored from studies I quit everything when I was 18-years-old and started traveling around the world. Now I’m 27 and have visited 97 countries, From Nigeria in Africa to North Korea in Asia. I always travel on a low budget and I never use guidebooks. Here are some of the hidden beauties around the world." His incredible blog UnusualTraveler.com
posted by spock at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

G3DP

G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:09 AM PST - 38 comments

Court fees in the UK producing '18th century justice'

The Independent has been running a series of stories about the effect of new mandatory court fees on the criminal justice system in the UK. Louisa Sewell, who shoplifted a 75p pack of Mars Bars, was fined £330, of which £150 reflected court fees. Janis Butans, who stole 3 bottles of baby milk, was fined £295. Stuart Barnes, a homeless man who shoplifted cosmetics, was fined £900. The judge commented: 'He cannot afford to feed himself, so what are the prospects of him paying £900?' [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 at 5:29 AM PST - 61 comments

Frankenstein’s Mother

"Since I was a little girl I’ve been afraid of monsters. I’d put garlic on my window ledge to ward off vampires and sage in the corners to protect me from zombies. Even as a young adult I lay on my ratty futon surrounded by library books terrified someone or something would break into my apartment. After my daughter was born, my fear escalated. I’d check the front door several times a day to make sure the deadbolt was secure and the chain latched. At night I lay in the dark, my mind sending out waves of panic."
posted by ellieBOA at 4:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Merl Reagle, RIP

Merl Reagle, the imaginative and irrepressibly amusing verbal virtuoso who created the crossword puzzles published each week in The Washington Post Magazine and in many newspapers, died Aug. 22 in a hospital in Tampa. He was 65. (Washington Post obituary) [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 4:09 AM PST - 24 comments

in the world of GoogleEarth...

In the spirit of his Previously Mefi'd "Guide to Star Warms", internet evil genius pop culture mashmaster Neil Cicierega, aka BigRingLover, presemts his (Mis)Guide to J.R.P.G. Torkelson's "The Lorne of the Rings" trilogy, directed by Tito Jackson.(SingleLimpYouTombs)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:28 AM PST - 20 comments

August 23

I should be able to read that

Copperplate, a beautiful and elaborate script that in its time was considered a basic penmanship style. Most people in the west know it from wedding invitations and the Declaration of Independence. Traditionally done with a steel nib it was quick, legible and considered elegant. Some consider the flourishes (majuscules in calligraphy vocab) the best part.
posted by ladyriffraff at 5:07 PM PST - 31 comments

I love meat! And peanut butter! Do they have something with both?

Puppy Love, a fetching first date tale, took home 1st place in this year's Des Moines 48 Hour Film competition. Woof.
posted by item at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

There is no "migrant" crisis in the Mediterranean

Why Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean 'migrants'. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 1:46 PM PST - 46 comments

Can Google Rig Elections?

A fascinating article by Robert Epstein at Politico.com about Google's Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) work, and whether and how they'd be able to influence an election. [more inside]
posted by sneebler at 1:40 PM PST - 34 comments

You Can't, You Won't And You Don't Stop

The Philosophy of Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru, No-Win Scenarios, And Ethical Leadership
posted by Artw at 1:11 PM PST - 52 comments

"...because I have to."

There is no clever way to title this video. It is a man talking about being raped.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Bloup!

A new mini-game from Tigrounette (Area801). The objective is to get to the flag. The Master will help some of you or kill you.
posted by what's her name at 11:36 AM PST - 23 comments

What would MetaFilter Water taste like?

Artisanal water is a thing. Products include Fat Water, which contains 2 grams (20 calories) of Bulletproof XCT oil (related: buttered coffee chain). More conventionally, Whole Foods recently sold three stalks of asparagus in 16 oz of water for $6 for a short while. There is artesian Norwegian water, which some allege is “identical to the municipal water supply”. In Texas, Scottish artisanal water is free (though must purchase $2,900 meal to accompany). There is Canadian glacier water, poured by water butlers in Ireland but costing 53 Canadian dollars per bottle. In a Los Angeles bistro, you can drink Berg, a “glacial water from western Greenland” harvested from 15,000-year-old glaciers and displaying “sweet” and “smooth” tones ($20 per 0.75 liter bottle). And finally the Timmy Brothers explain their artisanal water journey (“It’s like opening up a Mark Twain story, except without the racist parts”).
posted by Wordshore at 11:16 AM PST - 76 comments

"Social Media Guy for the Hell's Angels": The Moth live performance

Live standup/storytelling: 'New Yorkers Scream At Each Other When They're Being Nice.' [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:37 AM PST - 13 comments

“So you have put your hope in something else.”

Living in the Age of Permawar by Mohsin Hamid [The Guardian]
You see from your nook that humanity is afflicted by a great mass murderer about whom we are encouraged not to speak. The name of that murderer is Death. Death comes for everyone. Sometimes Death will pick out a newborn still wet from her aquatic life in her mother’s womb. Sometime Death will pick out a man with the muscles of a superhero, pick him out in repose, perhaps, or in his moment of maximum exertion, when his thighs and shoulders are trembling and he feels most alive. Sometimes Death will pick singly. Sometimes Death will pick by the planeload. Sometimes Death picks the young, sometimes the old, and sometimes Death has an appetite for the in-between. You feel it is strange that humanity does not come together to face this killer, like a silver-flashing baitball of 7 billion fish aware of being hunted by a titanic and ravenous shark. Instead, humanity scatters. We face our killer alone, or in families, or in towns or cities or tribes or countries. But never all together.
posted by Fizz at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

“His death certificate should say: Hurricane Katrina.”

"Billy McDonald rose to political power in a little Mississippi beach town on the strength of his resilience and colorful personality. But when Hurricane Katrina hit Pass Christian, it took everything from him and his city."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Foo Fighters Rick Roll Westboro Baptist Church

Foo Fighters Rick Roll Westboro Baptist Church
posted by signal at 8:39 AM PST - 45 comments

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride."

If cuisine drives (or helps) you decide your travel plans, USA Today's list of food favorites covers Best Farmers Market, Best Food Trail, Best Food Factory Tour, Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood and Best Local Food Scene. All those lists are pretty self-explanatory, except for the food trails, which aren't even fully described in the more verbose slideshow of the top 10. And of course there are more than 10 food trails in the US (not to mention abroad), so let's dive in. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:33 AM PST - 13 comments

"Doctor ... Doctor ..."

Pertwee's People. [slyt]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Cat Purr Generator

If cats were real this is probably how they would have sounded like.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:39 AM PST - 31 comments

August 22

Everybody celebrates the human body

Conceived by Australian avant-garde theatre group Snuff Puppets, Everybody is a giant 26.5m human puppet with articulated, detachable and interactive body parts and organs. Everybody is all genders and multi-racial; it is also the largest human puppet on the planet. An immersive experience, audiences can walk around, sit on, lie against, get inside, and cuddle up to Everybody. [NSFW and yet...meant for kids. But really, NSFW.] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:12 PM PST - 53 comments

Guitars? We don't need no steely Guitars.

Watch this completely a capella cover of "Hotel California".
posted by pjern at 8:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Crazy like a (Fire)Fox

While it used to be the leading alternative to Internet Explorer (and others), Firefox has seen its market share erode steadily since the 2008 debut of Google Chrome. The Mozilla Foundation has made several oft-controversial bids at relevancy, including native video chat, Pocket integration, a mobile browser (and OS), a UI overhaul, and a rapid release schedule that's reached version 40 (and counting). But the latest proposal -- part of a reboot of the stalled Electrolysis multiprocessing project -- will prove the most daunting. Although it will modernize the browser's architecture, it also deprecates the longtime XUL framework in favor of more limited and Chrome-like "web extensions" -- requiring Firefox's vast catalog of powerful add-ons to be rewritten from scratch or cease functioning. While developers will have until 2017 to fully adapt, opinion is divided -- NoScript's Giorgio Maone reassures doubters, while the DownThemAll! team says "it feels like I just learned my dear old friend Firefox is going to die." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:30 PM PST - 216 comments

The quiet death of the Human Terrain System

The Quiet Demise of the Army’s Plan to Understand Afghanistan and Iraq. "In the heyday of counterinsurgency, the United States military’s Human Terrain Teams were a bold idea. In the drone-war era, they became an anachronism." [Previously 1, 2] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:32 PM PST - 30 comments

Karma

"If I could write this shit in fire, I would write this shit in fire." Dominique Christina delivers the fiercest poem you'll ever hear.
posted by billiebee at 1:07 PM PST - 23 comments

‘‘excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed."

The Bail Trap
Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.

Previously: Memorize a landline number RIGHT NOW
posted by andoatnp at 12:29 PM PST - 26 comments

World Jollof Rice Day, you say?

Today is World Jollof Rice Day. Jollof rice is a traditional West African dish, but not a humble one. Subject of #JollofGate, the outraged social media response to chef Jamie Oliver's patently inauthentic recipe, aficionados debate the merits of special ingredients. Others prefer joining the loud brangling online over Ghanaian vs Nigerian Jollof. Regardless of your beliefs, join the world today in celebrating the tasty goodness of this much loved dish.
posted by infini at 12:21 PM PST - 53 comments

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood.

"It is a central principle of sound editing that people hear what they are conditioned to hear, not what they are actually hearing. The sound of rain in movies? Frying bacon. Car engines revving in a chase scene? It’s partly engines, but what gives it that visceral, gut-level grist is lion roars mixed in. To be excellent, a sound editor needs not just a sharp, trained ear, but also a gift for imagining what a sound could do, what someone else might hear." [via The Week, print edition]
posted by Shmuel510 at 11:01 AM PST - 22 comments

You coulda been getting down to this sick beat

A fan created video combining the far superior and punk-as-fuck Screaming Females cover of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off with the original video. The cover was part of the sometimes amusing, often surprising AV Undercover series.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:11 AM PST - 80 comments

From the Persian for "eyebrow"

Ebru (paper marbling) has a long tradition in Turkey with more than just the feathery peacock pattern on your kleenex boxes. In the gallery at Ebru Atölyesi, some look geologic, some combed, some swirls, even leaves and flowers. Modern patterns exploit turbulence in the bath. [more inside]
posted by janell at 9:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Video(clip) Nasties

UK music videos forced to adopt age ratings. Following frequent controversy surrounding the content of freely available videoclips on the digital era, artists working for the three major labels (a "six month plan" is now on course for indies) are now required to submit videoclips to the BBFC for classification. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 9:18 AM PST - 16 comments

moving from light brown to dark green suckas

"Every County in America Ranked by Natural Beauty" -- Christopher Ingram of the Washington Post presents an interactive map comparing the "natural amenities" of every county in the continental US, from a USDA study of "six measures of climate, topography, and water area that reflect environmental qualities most people prefer." [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 8:58 AM PST - 71 comments

Cancel awards season. We have a winner.

You may think: "The last thing I want to do is intentionally watch a commercial for a Madden video game." You're wrong. (SLYT)
posted by 256 at 8:54 AM PST - 60 comments

“Coal-black is better than another hue,”

Vengeance, Death, Blood, and Revenge by Dan Piepenbring [The Paris Review] Leonard Baskin’s grotesque etchings of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Below are some of the highlights to his Andronicus etchings—he made twenty-four in all. You can see more at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, which has a number of Baskin’s works in their collection. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:41 AM PST - 9 comments

The World’s Biggest Pet Store Has 250,000 Animals

Zoo Zajac is a 130,000 sq ft (120,77.4 sq m) pet store in a small town in Germany. The owner, Norbert Zajac, got his first pet, a golden hamster, when he was 4 years old. He started breeding and selling animals at 8 years old. Today his pet store is officially recognized as the largest in the world and has a selection of animals better than many zoos. They stock 250,000 individual animals of 3,000 different species.
posted by 2manyusernames at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Anti-GMO thinking

'Why People Oppose GMOs Even Though Science Says They Are Safe - Intuition can encourage opinions that are contrary to the facts' (SciAm)
posted by peacay at 3:40 AM PST - 176 comments

August 21

Why Do Activists Do What They Do?

How can climbing a flagpole or hanging from a bridge reform society or improve our political system? How can marching down the street with a cardboard sign that reads “Black Lives Matter” do anything other than disrupt traffic? Why do activists do what they do?
posted by aniola at 9:33 PM PST - 43 comments

Travel the way your luggage does

Have you ever wanted to follow your suitcase down the conveyor belt into the bowels of the airport? Well thanks to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, now you can. There's a cool 360 degree view, too. (Flash required for 360 view.) [via]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:52 PM PST - 32 comments

It's puppies all the way down

Openpuppies is a web toy created by Olivia Cheng. Press the space bar to load a new puppy. (It may not work correctly on mobile devices.)
posted by jessypie at 7:26 PM PST - 41 comments

"Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient."

Hearts and Minds is a documentary about the Vietnam War. It was directed by Peter Davis. It came out in 1974 to considerable controversy. The war finally ended in 1975. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Rebel Alliance Vs Empire United

Star Wars, as directed by Ken Loach
posted by Artw at 6:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Sexe & ye Syngle Gyrle

Thus Man’s most noble Parts describ’d we see;
(For such the Parts of Generation be;)
And they that carefully survey’t, will find,
Each Part is fitted for the Use design’d:
The Purest Blood we find, if well we heed,
Is in the Testicles turn’d into Seed;

Aristotle's Complete Masterpiece isn't by Aristotle, is no masterpiece, and is far from complete, but from its publication in 1684 well into the 1930s, it served as by far the most popular sex manual in the English language.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

The Indigo Girls - The Making Of One Lost Day

30+ year veteran folk-rock duo Indigo Girls release their first ever behind the scenes making of documentary film about the recording of One Lost Day, their first album in four years.(Vimeo) [1h5m] (YouTube) [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Could it be that the smog's playing tricks on my eyes?

Flash may be dying, but that party animal won't slow down! Los Angeles Shark is much more mixed-up memetic Mausland mischief.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Hey! I'm walkin' here!

In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health. Car culture, NIMBY-ism, class struggles, and fear of outsiders are making it harder for people to get around on foot, whether that's to get to work or just go out for a stroll.
posted by Weeping_angel at 5:28 PM PST - 97 comments

Lesbian movies that don't suck

Top Ten Best Lesbian Movies: 10 Queer Movies That Don’t Suck. | Top Ten Queer Girl Movies That Don’t Suck: Best Lesbian Movies Part #2 (Autostraddle). Previously: "I bind you, Hollywood, from doing harm", Maybe not the warmest color.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:00 PM PST - 40 comments

"massive chords of intemperate savagery"

Jón Leifs' Organ Concerto (jump to 21:30) was played tonight as part of the BBC Proms classical music program by organist Stephen Farr and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo. Farr recounts the work's strange story, first performed by the Berlin Philharmonic in 1941 to walk-outs and booing. Jón Leifs' own story is strange enough. After gaining prominence in post-WWI Germany, he was popular in Nazi circles for a few years, but became a persona non grata. Nonetheless, he, his Jewish wife and their two daughters received permission to leave for Sweden in 1944. After his death in 1968, he seemed headed for obscurity but some pieces became popular, such as the Requiem for his daughter. In recent years he's gained some ardent fans, such as Alex Ross of The New Yorker. For more, read this collection of reviews of recordings Leifs' work.
posted by Kattullus at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Next time NASA lands on Mars, they want your name on the lander.

Your name could be on Mars in the next several months. You've already paid for it, so you might as well go. In March 2016, NASA is launching its Insight lander, which will be the first Mars mission to probe beneath the surface of the Red Planet and explore its interior in-depth. (In-depth, get it? Nevermind) They're offering to micro-etch the name of any Earthling who wishes on the lander. Here's where to sign up. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 2:39 PM PST - 28 comments

10 Years Later....

The Oral History of Six Feet Under [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:11 PM PST - 30 comments

Can Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi’s Biggest Awards?

The Hugo Award process has always been hackable, There was just never anyone narcissistic enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by AGameOfMoans at 12:11 PM PST - 860 comments

Youtube video game stars may be breaking FTC regulations

According to Gamastura, Youtube stars like Seananners may be breaking FTC disclosure guidelines. Adam "SeaNanners" Montoya has heavily promoted a new video game called Dead Realm on his Youtube channel. He does not mention that he has a financial stake in the game's publisher, 3BlackDot, in every video about the game. The FTC has specific guidelines for Youtubers and product endorsement, which Adam (and others) have ignored. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 11:47 AM PST - 54 comments

The Bears Go Swimming!

A family of bears descends upon a human family's pool in New Jersey. Ok, long time listener...first time poster. Please be kind. This is an eleven minute video of a bear family swimming in an above-ground pool. While the video is great...it is really the audio of the human family, filming from a second floor bedroom,that really makes this special.
posted by shibori at 11:27 AM PST - 123 comments

I’ll look up love in the dictionary: ‘A titanic tower of garbage’.

Dictionary Stories--Very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary. A project by Jez Burrows. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

One weird trick to stop the baby inquiries!

A photographer in London did a new-baby photo shoot with an adorable puppy named Humphry standing in for a human infant in order to send a message. (SLBuzzfeed)
posted by Fig at 10:35 AM PST - 43 comments

"A fuckboy is a man who is lame, who sucks, who ain’t shit."

The Definition of 'Fuckboy' Is Not What Bad Trend Pieces Are Telling You
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:24 AM PST - 129 comments

blatant library propaganda

The Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:48 AM PST - 23 comments

"The transubstantiation of the turnip"

Four scathing restaurant reviews (Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Chef's Table, and Masa) for the price of one! Or for the price of $3569.63, to be more accurate. In which Harper's intrepid restaurant critic gleefully excoriates to the dreams and excesses of New York’s most fashionable eateries.
posted by c'mon sea legs at 9:03 AM PST - 215 comments

"This guy must have done something mental and terrible"

Russell Brand is putting The Trews on hiatus. He's also taking a break from Twitter and Facebook: "I'm going to be learning, because I know that real change is coming, and I want to be part of that." He provides a good short overview in his last posting about some of the hilites of his run. Like many people, I've particularly enjoyed the pokes in the eye he gave to Fox news, especially Hannity and O'Reilley (and they've responded in their usual dyspeptic way).
posted by anothermug at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Oh, are you brushing my cheeks now? Okay, that's fine.

Monkey who looks like Van Pelt from Jumanji consents to be pampered.
posted by phunniemee at 8:33 AM PST - 20 comments

“She was a symbol,” he said. “And she died for others.”

Marion True, former curator at the Getty, discusses the charges of looting leveled against her in 2005. “The art is on the market. We don’t know where it comes from. And until we know where it comes from, it’s better off in a museum collection. And when we know where it comes from, we will give it back.”
posted by PussKillian at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Reboot, reuse, recycle

93 Movie Remakes and Reboots Currently in the Works. From the recent and the successful to the silent and obscure, Hollywood is going to remake and reboot it all.
posted by immlass at 8:07 AM PST - 155 comments

nothing I can do except die or, I suppose, retire and never write again.

Jonathan Franzen 'considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people'. [The Guardian]
In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen, the bestselling American novelist, has said he once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to help him understand young people better, but was persuaded against it by his editor. Franzen said he was in his late 40s at the time with a thriving career and a good relationship but he felt angry with the younger generation. “Oh, it was insane, the idea that Kathy [his partner] and I were going to adopt an Iraqi war orphan. The whole idea lasted maybe six weeks.”
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:54 AM PST - 98 comments

Makin' Groceries in New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Ten years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it was the city's Lower Ninth Ward that was hit the hardest. Nine years later, while New Orleans on the whole has returned to pre-Katrina numbers of super markets, the Ninth was with without a grocery store and many other local businesses. Burnell Cotlon put his life savings into the shell of a building and opened Makin' Groceries. Along with Cotlon's grocery store, there's also a barbershop and a sweets shop — but there's plenty of work still to be done. And Burnell isn't resting.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

UGLY MYSPACE DEFILES OUR AIRSPACE

"LOOSE TWEETS DESTROY FLEETS" -- image macro-style meme created by US Air Force Central Command. [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 7:36 AM PST - 33 comments

That ain't no whistling in the dark.

You may recall that in the film To Have and Have Not, Lauren Bacall famously reminds Humphrey Bogart how to whistle: you just put your lips together and blow. And that is indeed how most of us do it. But not Hungarian whistling sensation Hacki Tamás, who, back in the 1960s, delivered some pitch-perfect Mozart by not *exactly* following Bacall's advice.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:23 AM PST - 8 comments

"I don't recall anybody literally throwing up in the office..."

Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality. It was a risky, innovative gamble for Nintendo that didn't pay off, leaving many to wonder why it existed in the first place.
Unraveling The Enigma Of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, 20 Years Later
posted by griphus at 7:22 AM PST - 12 comments

A QA Engineer walks into a B͏̴͡͡Ą̛Ŗ̴

The Big List of Naughty Strings is a Github repository containing a long list of hypothetical user inputs that can potentially wreck havoc on a computer program, including SQL Injection, malformed and evil HTML, stupid Unicode gimmicks, or innocuous phrases that look like profanity.
posted by schmod at 7:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Nobody knows what the hell they're doing.

CBC Radio's WireTap is saying farewell. In this special video message, people of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

surviving in a hungry sea of white noise

Brooklyn's Afropunk festival has gone from a small gathering of friends celebrating an underground documentary to a massive, celebrated boutique fashion and mainstream music cornucopia. Some say they have sold out. But in Pitchfork, author Hanif Abdurraqib, (previously) makes a case that it still represents something very real and important to black youth culture.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:13 AM PST - 9 comments

You need both sides of your brain to speak whistled Turkish

Whistled Turkish is a non-conformist. Most obviously, it bucks the normal language trend of using consonants and vowels, opting instead for a bird-like whistle. But more importantly, it departs from other language forms in a more fundamental respect: it's processed differently by the brain.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:46 AM PST - 9 comments

August 20

I thought, Oh my god this is really a jail

Behind the Wire is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understandings of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it. [more inside]
posted by flora at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

No, not emoji-only web browsers.

Eric Andrew Lewis has created a fun, novelty website that converts pictures into emoji mosaics. It has received some press-release-style coverage at Gizmodo, Cosmopolitan, TIME, and other sites.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Make The NOISE!

Take one rotten 1980 Mini 1000 and one Toyota Celica GT-Four and use all their guile, cunning and skill to graft them together to create a Frankenstein’s monster of a car. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:53 PM PST - 41 comments

Run! Run, fat boy, run!

We created a live action first-person zombie shooter in our garden - then invited unsuspecting people on chatroulette, omegle and skype to take control. [Behind the Scenes] [via]
posted by Knappster at 7:55 PM PST - 23 comments

And down and down and down and down you go

Spiraling stairs far from ordinary.
posted by adamvasco at 6:16 PM PST - 17 comments

7.5 Million Wasps

As well as founding the field of sexology, Alfred Kinsey was an avid entomologist who collected 7.5 million specimens of gall wasps and plant galls. After his death his collection was donated to the American Museum of Natural History.
posted by carter at 5:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Through 50 States in 70 Days (with an American flag)

Through 50 States in 70 Days (with an American flag) [via mefi projects]
posted by tractorfeed at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Aqua Teen won't never be cancelled, Aqua Teen won't be dismantled

After 14 years, 13 seasons, five titles, countless guest stars, a theatrical release, a video game, a Christmas album, and one bomb scare Aqua Teen Hunger Force is airing its final episode, "The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We Fucking Mean It)", this Sunday. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 4:36 PM PST - 71 comments

The NFL's current mantra -making football safer - is silly and pointless

"Based on that definition, how many concussions do you think you've had?" she asked. Borland paused. "I don't know, 30?" he said finally. "Yeah, I think 30's a good estimate."

With youth football enrollment in decline, increased research expenditures to make football safer, and further troubling developments with former players, Chris Borland's high profile retirement after a promising rookie season seemed to mark a turning point for the NFL (previously). [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 3:59 PM PST - 91 comments

Virtually Abandoned Places

Touring abandoned college campuses, Second-Life style. What happened to the virtual-world dreams of a decade ago? Patrick Hogan of Fusion investigates, and finds a pirate ship, Test Questios [sic], and defunct certification programs. Get comfy. [via ArsTechnica]
posted by wanderingmind at 3:00 PM PST - 38 comments

The Country's Largest Mental Health Hospital

The Cook County Jail, the nation's largest single site jail, recognizing that it handles the largest number of mentally ill people of any facility in the country, has been taking steps to help the mental ill in its cells. Last month, Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist who previously ran the mental health program at the jail, was appointed as the executive director. Many of these improvements were put in place after a damning 2008 report by the US Department of Justice. Sheriff [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 2:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How about four seasons and EIGHT movies?

Hollywood's reboot-a-palooza continues with the recent release of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", based on the classic 1960's television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. However, this is far from the first time the property has been in theaters. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:30 PM PST - 32 comments

The most efficient way to move around in the forest canopy

'Base Jumping' Spider Soars from Rainforest Treetops "They immediately right themselves, which means they turn dorsal side up [back facing the sky], and they essentially sail over towards the tree trunk — kind of like a Frisbee that's not spinning," Yanoviak said. The spider glides down headfirst for about 16 to 26 feet (5 to 8 meters), before hitting the trunk of the same tree from which it just leaped, he added.
posted by Michele in California at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Flowetry in motion

2009 UK Slam Poetry Champion Hollie McNish, aka Hollie Poetry, questions our attitudes on immigration with Mathematics. [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:55 PM PST - 11 comments

"No observable talent is required to gain admission to AAU"

Black Arts: The $800 Million Family Selling Art Degrees and False Hopes: The Stephens family has amassed an impressive fortune - the kind of fortune where you name your yacht after yourself - through their for-profit art school The Academy of Art University. Headed by "Doctor" Elisa "The Princess" Stephens, the AAU is being increasingly criticised for leaving students in debt (an estimated $45 million in 2013-14) and exploiting loopholes in funding requirements. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 12:38 PM PST - 75 comments

"Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?"

Bloomberg wonders why last's year Bar Exam pass rates were notably lower. Officials who administer the national multiple-choice portion of the exams said this was a predictable result of the lower credentials of the test-takers when they entered law school versus those of earlier entering classes. Deans of lower-ranked law schools whose accreditation (and federal loan eligibility) depend in part on Bar pass rates don't like that answer. (Earlier this week, the WSJ noted the growing debt of law students, the expanding programs which reduce payments and ultimately forgive balances, and suggests the latter is now starting to drive the former: some people are only borrowing because they know they won't have to repay in full.)
posted by MattD at 11:55 AM PST - 74 comments

Social Justice Witcher

I wanted to see if instead I could play a character whose interests were a bit less tedious than being some empty, unquestionable Nietzschean superman. I wanted to test the so-called freedom of what is clearly the most groundbreaking open world game of our generation, to see if I could reject the usual triple-A heroism and play a character who is sensitive, humble, committed to social justice rather than self-aggrandisement. I wanted to play a male character who could be an actual ally to the empowerment of his female co-stars, a-la the new Mad Max, rather than just the tough guy who saves them. I wanted to immerse myself in this world committed to freeing its inhabitants from their miserable feudal bondage, rather than just saving the day and making sure that the system can survive. I wanted to play a hero that Gamergate couldn’t wank over.
posted by josher71 at 11:50 AM PST - 58 comments

"This is B.S., but you're trying to make me think it's true."

Pregnant? Scared? Need Options? Too Bad: "The majority of pregnancy-center staff I've met are Evangelical Christians who say they're dedicated to helping women escape a cycle of premarital sex and spiritual pain. Yet at the conference, Heartbeat speakers coached center staff to scrub their websites of Christian references. Speakers also recommended pregnancy-center staff to discourage women and girls from not only abortion but also contraception by emphasizing disproven "negative consequences" and encouraging "sexual integrity," meaning sex only within heterosexual marriage. All of this is supported by tens of millions of federal and state dollars." [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 11:46 AM PST - 42 comments

It stands for "Special Person Entering the World... Egg Yolks"

In 1990, the Fox network was looking for a sitcom to become the next Cosby Show. So initially, David Mirkin, Adam Resnick and Chris Elliott pitched Get A Life as "What would Dennis the Menace be like, at age 30?": a show starring Elliott as a likeable, wisecracking 30 year old bachelor who lives with his parents, has a job as a paperboy and is beating the system by refusing to grow up. But once they had a green light.... [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:45 AM PST - 52 comments

Well… maybe it isn’t beauty in EVERY direction

17 Bucket List Items Ruined By Reality
posted by Mchelly at 11:33 AM PST - 147 comments

it's mostly pee i think

The Smells of Summer (slnyt) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:20 AM PST - 77 comments

Pitch Perfect was an inside job

A mind-blowing breakdown of the symbology and politics of Pitch Perfect. The most radical and honest film of our time. (SLYT)
posted by lattiboy at 9:19 AM PST - 21 comments

DNA sculptures in London

London art trail: 'What's in your DNA?' | sculpture gallery | map. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Gaming's silent heterogeneity

While more girls are (silently) enjoying games than you might think, many still feel cultural pressure to unlearn that love. Is this reinforced by an orthodoxy about who the "core" gamer is? Let's hope not.
posted by selfnoise at 8:27 AM PST - 27 comments

Can you add faster than a 5 year old

CMA is a "brain development program designed to develop higher learning capability and aims to promote mental arithmetic, enhance memory, boost creativity, and increase focus using the principle of Abacus". Watch some kids from The Philippines calculates in seconds, using their fingers. (SLYT)
posted by growabrain at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Making a State By Iron and Blood

Britain built an empire on the slave trade. Germany perpetrated the greatest genocide in human history. Who says the Islamic State won’t be a U.S. ally someday?
posted by rosswald at 8:09 AM PST - 54 comments

The creative apocalypse that didn't happen

Steven Johnson looks into concerns that the internet would destroy creators. He finds that while some bad things happened, "economic trends suggest that the benefits are outweighing the costs."
posted by doctornemo at 7:23 AM PST - 28 comments

By the time we drop Deez Nuts on them, they’re pretty deep into the poll

Deez Nuts, the Independent candidate from Iowa, is polling at 9 percent in North Carolina for President of the United States. Sadly, Deez Nuts does not appear to exist. But Brady Olson does [...] Brady Olson is 15 years old. He filed to run for the President of the United States with the FEC on July 26 as Deez Nuts.
Presidential Sensation Deez Nuts Is a 15-Year-Old Iowa Farm Boy
posted by griphus at 7:14 AM PST - 119 comments

amusements and anarchism

Banksy opens a theme park, Dismaland
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:11 AM PST - 59 comments

What is this, a pub for ants?

Feel like spending 20 minutes watching somebody build an elaborate dollhouse-sized bar today? Here you go.
posted by phunniemee at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

“'Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice.”

A Mad Hatter’s Mashup Party: Reimagining Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with public domain and CC-licensed art. [Medium]
The Public Domain Review has invited a dozen Lewis Carroll experts to annotate a special version of the story with lots of fun trivia and facts about the book and its author. You’ll find their comments in the margin notes. We’ll be publishing two new annotated chapters here each week for the next six weeks.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Una poca de gracia

Google Translate's real-time sign translation [Word Lens] vs. La Bamba. Plus a link to a video interview with creator Otavio Good about how it works.
posted by Westringia F. at 6:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Shutdownify is shutting down

"It is with tremendous regret that I must announce the shutdown of Shutdownify"
Once the darling of the neo-dot-com era, Shutdownify (Shutdown Notice as a Service) is no more after failing to secure additional funding. What a long, strange journey it has been.
posted by AndrewStephens at 5:56 AM PST - 16 comments

The Village Where Men Are Banned

The Village Where Men Are Banned (and accompanying photos). Julie Bindel at the Guardian writes about the Kenyan village of Umoja, where for 25 years, since the village was founded by survivors of sexual assault, only women and their children have lived.
posted by Stacey at 5:49 AM PST - 15 comments

GCHQ and Me

My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:47 AM PST - 14 comments

United States of Emoji

Which emoji does each state use more than others?* [more inside]
posted by box at 4:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Let's get small.

Apparently, Оркестр "Тагильские гармоники can be translated in two ways: one is "welcome to accordion Hell", and the other is "hey, all you accordion players, while you play your accordions, watch me play these INCREDIBLY TINY accordions that I pull out of buckets!"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:23 AM PST - 44 comments

Sympathy for Harper {/}

Imagine learning everyone you trusted lied to you. [more inside]
posted by chapps at 12:11 AM PST - 154 comments

August 19

R.I.P. Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, perhaps best known as TV’s Batgirl, died Monday at the age of 78 of cancer.
posted by bryon at 10:36 PM PST - 40 comments

You know, it was visually delicious.

"Pee-wee’s Playhouse is where you can stop at every roadside attraction in the world." Patreon's Art of the Title speak with Prudence Fenton, Phil Trumbo and Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens about the two-minute animation that opened each episode of the classic 1980s television program Pee-wee’s Playhouse
posted by a lungful of dragon at 10:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Your Sex is Not Radical

Your Sex is Not Radical In queer radical circles and in much of the left, the worlds in which I operate, there’s a widely held idea that one’s political radicalism can be attached to one’s sexual practices. This is why those who practice BDSM and are variously “sex positive” are often equated with left politics. But the sad truth that many of us learn after years in sexual playing fields (literally and figuratively) is that how many people you fuck has nothing to do with the extent to which you fuck up capitalism.
posted by modernnomad at 9:20 PM PST - 52 comments

"Today is the second anniversary of Steve’s death."

I’m Sorry I Didn’t Respond to Your Email, My Husband Coughed to Death Two Years Ago [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 8:59 PM PST - 45 comments

Ring stuck on your finger?

A few creative techniques to remove a ring that is stuck on your finger.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:57 PM PST - 9 comments

A forum game of secrets and treachery

You may have heard of Mafia, a psychological party game where players try to weed out the killers in their midst.

You may not have stumbled across NeoGAF's ongoing forum-based mafia games, though. Each season, games are hosted with media "flavors," chock-full of back-stabbing, mind games, and more twists and turns than a double helix. This season you can follow the madcap, Cthulhu-esqe adventures of tourists stranded on a island with insane cultists. Or perhaps you'd rather go back to Despair Academy with a psychotic teddy bear, or observe as ISIS agents try to catch those KGB bastards. [more inside]
posted by anthy at 8:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Copy Cat

Bath time! A little kitten tries to mimic mama kitty. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Algorithms, Accountability, #algacc

"Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know." Frank Pasquale, for Aeon: "Digital Star Chamber." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Derek Davison's History of Islam for Dummies

Writer, researcher, and Middle East scholar Derek Davison is writing an ongoing series on "a very bare bones, 'just the facts' history of Islam" at his blog, and that’s the way it was. In the introduction, he writes: "I'm going to stick as closely as possible to the most commonly accepted historical narrative, for two reasons: one, because the field is refined to the point where what is widely accepted is probably a fairly good approximation of what really happened, and two, because the commonly accepted narrative (particular for the origins of the faith) is what most people learn and therefore what animates their behavior today." [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Keeping the search for significance at Bayes

From FiveThirtyEight, a 3 part series on p-values, retraction, and the importance of experimental failure and nuanced interpretation: Science Isn't Broken.
posted by Lutoslawski at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

"The human gray area is where I want my hands to glide."

A massage therapist struggles to answer the erection question.
posted by gladly at 6:14 PM PST - 50 comments

Julie Dillon - artist

Julie Dillion is an award winning science fiction and fantasy artist in a field that rarely nominates women. One of the themes of her work is diversity. And yes, she's up for the Best Professional Artist Hugo again this year.
posted by ladyriffraff at 4:53 PM PST - 13 comments

God help you if you buy pre-crumbled grocery store feta

“If you wanted to dismiss something, you would say ‘this is horiatiki,’ to mean, this is not good,” says Kremezi. “So for a salad to succeed with that name, it must have been a great salad!” Greek The Salad - Dan Nosowitz on authenticity, history, Greek salad, and the very idea of"American Food" (plus two recipes)
posted by The Whelk at 3:39 PM PST - 93 comments

The websites you were browsing, twenty years ago

InternetDir95 is a twitter account, tweeting "Every website from the Internet International Directory, published 1995". This was the year Yahoo! was founded (March), Windows 95 was launched (August), the DVD announced (September), and ebay was founded (September). Perhaps redundantly, the twitter account profile also says "many dead links". Twitter account by Jeff Thompson.
posted by Wordshore at 2:00 PM PST - 39 comments

Everybody get up, it's time to slam now

The original website for the movie Space Jam, still up and mostly functional on Warner Brothers' servers, is an incredible time capsule of mid-90s web design. In 'Space Jam' Forever: The Website That Wouldn't Die, Erik Malinowski profiles the the site and its creators. The site was rediscovered in 2010 and likely would have been taken down by Warner if two of its original creators weren't still with the company. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 1:49 PM PST - 32 comments

Josh Donaldson hate-watched The Bachelor with you

The Toronto Blue Jays, owners of the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports, are finally in a bona fide pennant race for the first time since 1993. Despite scuffling through the first half of the baseball season, the Jays' season quickly turned around as a result of a crazy 48 hours prior to the Major League trade deadline that landed the Jays two of the best players in the game to accompany an already impressive line-up. Toronto is abuzz about the Jays for the first time in a generation, having sold nearly half a million tickets since the big trades. Toronto journalist and Jays fan Stacey May Fowles created a how-to guide for new members of the bandwagon. This Blue Jays squad is not your typical baseball team. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast at 1:49 PM PST - 20 comments

"For those people the only black stories are those familiar to them."

What the mainstream would seem to want from black writers are only stories of blackness written from a marginal position, on one hand to serve as witness and on the other to affirm for mainstream readers that they remain white, and so privileged. They want affirmation that the inner life of black folks is more or less the way black folks exist in the white imagination.
"Color Blind: A Pocket Guide to Race in America," by Calvin Baker, author of Grace [.pdf excerpt] and Dominion
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Shhh

Following up on their promise last month to release the data they hacked from Ashley Madison (the online infidelity-enablement site) hackers have released a ship-load personal information on ASM users. The hackers claim it is more of an attack on the shady business practices of the corporation than the users. (Though in contrast to other hacks, it looks like ASM managed to do a better job of storing passwords semi-securely). But certainly a lot of people's private issues are now public, including 10,000 folks with government emails, and many writers are warning: "Don't be smug, this is only the beginning. And Wired has some useful advice on checking out if you or a loved one is among the hacked data: Don't.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:54 PM PST - 396 comments

Aim High: Congressman Louis Stokes, 2/23/1925 - 8/19/2015

The state of Ohio mourns the loss of one of their greatest citizens. Congressman Louis Stokes died this morning at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 12:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Well I have a pigeon, Lucas Don Velour

First Republican Debate Highlights from Bad Lip Reading (SLYT)
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:58 AM PST - 28 comments

"I'm not holding onto the past. I have a souvenir that I never wanted."

"The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn't want to see a depiction of me getting beat up, just like I didn't want to see a depiction of Dre beating up Michel'le, his one-time girlfriend who recently summed up their relationship this way: 'I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up.' But what should have been addressed is that it occurred."

Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up by Dee Barnes. [cw: violence against women, extreme misogyny]
posted by divined by radio at 10:20 AM PST - 56 comments

Zozobra, making Santa Fe's fiesta celebrations more with pyrotechnics

In 1924, the longest-running community festival in the United States, Las Fiestas de Santa Fe, got a bit weirder, thanks to the artist Will Shuster. That year, he found inspiration in the burning of Judas effigies, specifically the practice including firecrackers, performed by the Yaqui Indians of northwest Mexico (Google books preview) and he created Zozobra (meaning anxiety, worry in Spanish, nicknamed "Old Man Gloom" or "the gloomy one"). The burning effigy was joined by a fire spirit dancer around 1933, originally created by Jacques Cartier, formerly a ballet dancer in New York. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Ben cheezburger etti miyim?

Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople: The city has long been famous for its large population of street cats, as reflected in a popular Instagram feed and upcoming documentary. “Being a cat in Istanbul is like being a cow in India,” said Sibel Resimci, a musician and confessed cat junkie who says her husband often walks nearly 2 miles to work rather than disturb street cats sleeping on his moped. “For generations, they’ve had a special place in the city’s soul.” [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:17 AM PST - 28 comments

How black reporters report on black deaths

"[W]e don't stop being black people when we're working as black reporters." "Over the past month, I've talked to a dozen other black reporters who've covered race and policing since Michael Brown's death — or even further back, since Oscar Grant or Ramarley Graham — and it's been a relief to learn that I'm not the only one."
posted by theorique at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

they'll get you ... in the end

How The Rats Are Getting Up Into Your Toilet Bowl [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:13 AM PST - 93 comments

True translation has its own shadows.

Translator's Note.
A translator must naturally take certain liberties with other people’s words in order to wrest the most truth into the text. In this essay on translation, composed strictly of quotations, I have taken the liberty of replacing select words and phrases with “translation,” “translator,” and the various verb forms of “translate.” I have also committed untold infidelities.
[more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Fire forming on flame fronts of pressure waves

The Mythbusters record a bullet leaving a gun at 73,000 frames per second. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 8:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Next Step: Cheese Subs... No, real homebrew submarines. In the Baltic.

Russian police have smashed an international smuggling ring moving product with an estimated street value of 3 billion rubles into the country. The product? Cheese. Officers recovered some 1,000 pounds of cheese and cheese paraphernalia (rennet and printing equipment for making counterfeit labels). The ring was supplying a growing underground black market for cheese in Russia. [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 7:53 AM PST - 35 comments

LEGO kits vs LEGO tiny pieces + imagination

The LEGO sets of our youth promote creativity better than the kits of our kids' The take-away (for me) was that people like kits, because worrying about building something from scratch is hard, but that reliance on kits decreases creativity, not only around the original topic but also across other activities.
posted by old gray mare at 7:53 AM PST - 90 comments

U.S. Trans Survey

The U.S. Trans Survey, currently being conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, "will give researchers, policymakers, and advocates the ability to see the experiences of trans people over time, how things are changing, and what can be done to improve the lives of trans people."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:21 AM PST - 19 comments

“I have not met a single human being who’s motivated by bad news,”

The Weight of the World: Can Christiana Figueres persuade humanity to save itself? by Elizabeth Kolbert [New Yorker]
Of all the jobs in the world, Figueres’s may possess the very highest ratio of responsibility (preventing global collapse) to authority (practically none). The role entails convincing a hundred and ninety-five countries—many of which rely on selling fossil fuels for their national income and almost all of which depend on burning them for the bulk of their energy—that giving up such fuels is a good idea. When Figueres took over the Secretariat, in 2010, there were lots of people who thought the job so thankless that it ought to be abolished. This was in the aftermath of the fifteenth COP, held in Copenhagen, which had been expected to yield a historic agreement but ended in anger and recrimination.
posted by Fizz at 5:52 AM PST - 33 comments

Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate

Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate: A Research Paper on the Internet’s Reaction to Last Year’s Mob An in-depth research project that suggests that the vast majority of people do in fact equate GamerGate with online harassment, sexism, and/or misogyny.
posted by papercake at 5:32 AM PST - 91 comments

You will know fear

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop. (SL Guardian video) It's a koala.
posted by biffa at 1:57 AM PST - 36 comments

August 18

99frames project

Your animation must be exactly 99frames...
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Keep a straight face for exactly five seconds, then krump. Like. Mad.

British electro-R&B singer/producer/director/choreographer/etc FKA Twigs has released a 16 minute video to promote her new LP, M3LL155X [NSFW]. The music is fantastic and the visuals are surreal. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 8:46 PM PST - 27 comments

A different breakfast every day

Breakfast -- Eating the World Every Morning is a series of dispatches about breakfast around the world. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 7:31 PM PST - 35 comments

"HUSH, Rod!"

Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse: Smashie and Nicey - The End Of An Era Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 (note: the very end edited out). [Previously: "Do you... do you like Tina Turner, Ted?"]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

You're gonna need a bigger block.

Bitcoin's forked: chief scientist launches alternative proposal for the currency [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 5:57 PM PST - 87 comments

♫“Do you want to CTRL|⌘+V a ☃?…”♫

Nick O’Neill gave us ».net, «.net, ›.net, ‹.net, ”.net, “.net, ’.net, and ‘.net.
Leo Wallentin gave us –.net, ≈.net, ≠.net, ·.net, ½….net, and →.net.
Alix Land gave us ←.net and copypastecharacter.com for building lists of all the characters you might want to copy and paste.
posted by Going To Maine at 5:32 PM PST - 12 comments

The long and winding road

The Biloxi Shuckers are the AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Due to delays in building their stadium, they had to start the season with a bit of a road trip. A fifty-eight straight day road trip.
posted by Chrysostom at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Welcome to a place you thought you've been to.

Swedish prog-rock band Dungen has a wildly mesmerizing new video for a new track called "Franks Kaktus." Join us, if you will, in Cafe Franks Kaktus
posted by salishsea at 4:35 PM PST - 14 comments

"I know this is my silence to break."

Today, respected medical medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine published a short, anonymous account called "Our Family Secrets" of two different sexual assaults (or, in the journal's words, situations with "overtones" of sexual assault) by surgeons on their unconscious patients. (trigger warning for sexual assault and misogyny) [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 4:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Here’s how we figured out that it's AT&T.

Investigative journalism lives. How some journalists proved empirically that AT&T has been in a decades-long spying relationship with the NSA, using the Snowden documents as a starting point.
posted by pjern at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

We think of the Stone Age as something that early humans lived through. But we are not the only species that has invented it.
posted by brundlefly at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Ghosts at the Banquet

Martin Gusinde documented the life and rituals of the Selk'nam people of Tierra del Fuego, off the southern tip of South America from 1918-24. They had been nearly wiped out by a genocide led by Julius Popper, the Tyrant of Tierra del Fuego, their numbers reduced from an estimated four thousand to only a few hundred. Now a book has been published containing hundreds of Gusinde's photos. Forty-five photos are available on the National Library of Chile's website. The last native speaker of Selk'nam, Herminia Vera Illioyen, died in 2014. That same year, linguist Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia completed a reference grammar of Selk'nam. His friend Joubert Yanten Gomez, a young Selk'nam, has taught himself the language. Selk'nam and efforts to preserve it are one of the languages profiled in Judith Thurman's A Loss for Words, an essay about whether dying languages can be saved.
posted by Kattullus at 3:47 PM PST - 5 comments

HONK FOR FONK

Anyone who watches late-night TV in the Puget Sound region is likely familiar with the commercials for local high-risk insurer Vern Fonk Insurance (previously). For twenty years Robert Thielke, a longtime employee who was named president of the company in 2013, has been the face of Vern Fonk in all of its advertising. He passed away Sunday after a long struggle with cancer. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 2:27 PM PST - 18 comments

They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard

Ten years ago today Erwin Beekveld unleashed a video on the internet. (youtube). During the filming of the Hobbit movies Peter Jackson went a little...meta. Erwin himself owns up to the earworm and his 5 minutes of fame.
posted by ladyriffraff at 1:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Defining the Gothic

"So for my overarching statement I will say that in a Gothic, every single aspect of the text—language, plot, setting, characterization—is in service to the mood. And that mood is creepy."
posted by MartinWisse at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

For some reason he didn't use AskMe.

Today, Twitter saved noted comics writer Ryan North (previously, previously, more previously still, also he does some comic about dinosaurs) after he trapped himself and his dog in a hole.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:41 PM PST - 103 comments

Three Stars Mound

In 1986, workers in Sichuan province in China were digging for clay for bricks when they stumbled onto an archaeological treasure: a major site for a Bronze Age civilization previously only guessed at. The civilization, called Sanxingdui (wikipedia), had an art style unlike any other Chinese civilization previously encountered. Archaeologists had suspected there was a major city in the area since an early jade find in 1929 and a team went to work immediately, unearthing burial pits and gorgeous artifacts. (More history of the site.) An exhibit of treasures from Sanxingdui is on display in Houston until September; a permanent display can be found at a museum dedicated to the culture in Chengdu. Meanwhile, archaeologists continue to discover more of the city (warning: autoplay video) and even the remains of some of the inhabitants.
posted by immlass at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Wine, Conversation, & a Hike With The Scariest Guy in Black Metal

Gaahl is the former vocalist for Gorgoroth, Norwegin black metal powerhouse and satanic ideologues. In 2005 he was sentenced to 14 months in prison for beating and torturing an intruder in his home. In 2007 Vice went to the remote Norwegian hamlet of Espedal (named for/owned by Gaahl's family for generations) to talk music, philosophy, painting, and get some insights into True Norwegian Black Metal. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 11:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Keepin' it real

SNL veterans Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have teamed up for "Documentary Now!," a new IFC parody show premiering this Thursday with a send up of "Grey Gardens." IFC says: "Paying homage to everyone from the Maysles to Errol Morris, topics range from guerilla-style filmmakers who vastly underestimate the danger in exposing a drug cartel to a soft rock doc about a Chicago band's rise to fame with their hit album 'Catalina Breeze.'" Episode 2, a Vice parody, is free to watch online now.
posted by Clustercuss at 11:50 AM PST - 26 comments

The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

The Museu do Azulejo in Lisbon has an amazing panorama (video) of the city painted shortly before the historic earthquake of 1755 (image, here are some sections). Azulejo is a traditional form of Portuguese painted tiles -- the "azul" does NOT come from the blue color, a fairly recent development, but from the much older Arabic word "zellige" meaning "polished stones". This panorama comes from an age before photography and provides a look at the old city in a characteristic Portuguese art form, providing a fascinating glimpse into the old city before it was virtually destroyed. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Trekking to the Indonesian Chicken Church, a dove-shaped house of prayer

1.6 miles (2.56 km) west of the famous Borobudur, or Barabudur, Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia is a building in the shape of a giant bird with a crown (warning: unnecessary music). Though widely referred to as the Chicken Church ("gereja ayam" in Indonesian), the builder, Daniel Alamsjah designed it to be a dove-shaped house of prayer. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

"Torture good, videogames bad" -- APA

In 2013, 230 researchers signed an open letter condemning the American Psychological Association's public stance on video game violence, which they say ignores all the evidence against claims that video game violence causes real violence. (Via RPS) [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 9:52 AM PST - 81 comments

mitti attar: earth's perfume

"Along with their ancient perfumery, the villagers of Kannauj have inherited a remarkable skill: They can capture the scent of rain." [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 9:08 AM PST - 43 comments

Inflatable Space Elevator to 20 kilometers

Wild Inflatable Space Elevator Idea Could Lift People 12 Miles Up [more inside]
posted by Herodios at 9:06 AM PST - 71 comments

The Internet of Poops

How Ted Benson hacked Amazon Dash (the $5 WiFi enabled single product order button) to track baby data.
posted by Artw at 8:57 AM PST - 68 comments

First Female Rangers Set to Graduate

The U.S. Army's Ranger School is one of the toughest courses in the world. Over nine weeks, students are subjected to tests of their ability to perform under pressure, with little food, in austere and grueling environments. Graduates include Wesley Clark, Colin Powell, Kris Kristofferson, and -- for the first time ever -- two women. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:55 AM PST - 34 comments

What it says on the Tintin

Tintin au Congo à poil (Tintin in the Congo, naked) (full archive) is a subverted version of the classic Tintin au Congo comic, where the titular character is literally stripped of its colonial clothes (before | after) (links NSFW due to Tintin's penis). [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 8:04 AM PST - 21 comments

♫ Corn Wars/if they should scorn wars/please let these Corn Wars stay ♫

Corn Wars: The farm-by-farm fight between China and the United States to dominate the global food supply. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI now contend, in effect, that the theft of genetically modified corn technology is as credible a threat to national security as the spread to nation-states of the technology necessary to deliver and detonate nuclear warheads. Disturbingly, they may be right. As the global population continues to climb and climate change makes arable soil and water for irrigation ever more scarce, the world’s next superpower will be determined not just by which country has the most military might but also, and more importantly, by its mastery of the technology required to produce large quantities of food.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:03 AM PST - 26 comments

When BLM met HRC.

Video of Hillary Clinton's meeting with Black Lives Matter has been released. (YouTube playlist) Surprisingly intelligent, unscripted, and revealing.
posted by markkraft at 7:13 AM PST - 264 comments

The case for legalizing prostitution

Vox presents a case for legalizing prostitution. In other news, Amnesty International recently announced they were developing global policy proposals advocating for the decriminalization of prostitution as well. Previously
posted by scunning at 7:07 AM PST - 29 comments

Man Trying to Figure Out What Just Dropped on Him

"When you see an image of smiling people on an ad or a website, there's a pretty good chance it's a stock photo — a generic picture of some situation, like "Woman Laughing Alone with Salad." There are easily millions of stock photos online for download, usually for a price. But the WNYC Data News Team is adding a few more: photos illustrating quintessential NYC situation"
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:54 AM PST - 129 comments

A love letter to the Internet of old

Cameron's World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009). (music autoplays)
posted by curious nu at 5:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Blackhat 2015 Keynote

End of the Internet Dream? - by Jennifer Granick This field should be in the lead in evolving a race, class, age, and religiously open society, but it hasn’t been. We could conscientiously try to do this better. We could, and in my opinion should, commit to cultivating talent in unconventional places.

Today, the physical design and the business models that fund the communications networks we use have changed in ways that facilitate rather than defeat censorship and control.
posted by CrystalDave at 12:51 AM PST - 49 comments

Bay Gold: the brand appropriate to a junior vice-president of GT

Big Pot: the California Democratic party added marijuana legalisation to its party platform - "Earlier this year Founders Fund, a venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, led a $75m investment round into Privateer, a private equity group focused on cannabis. It is the biggest single investment in the US cannabis industry to date: 'What Privateer is doing is looking like a Procter & Gamble or a Coca-Cola approach. The real value in the market is going to be having the Coke-calibre brand...' Meanwhile, a distinctly California-style backlash is already growing [and] the US has become an exporter of illegal cannabis to Mexico, as cultivation in the US has increased." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:21 AM PST - 73 comments

August 17

Achieving a sense of peace

And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.
Sabbath, an essay by Oliver Sacks (NYT) [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 11:07 PM PST - 15 comments

253'28"

John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Bangkok's struck by a bomb attack

Last night (Thailand time), its capital city, Bangkok, has been struck by a deadly blast near one of its famous shrines, the Erawan shrine, in the centre of the city. 22 casualties have been reported, with the Thai Defense Minister claiming that the attack was targeted at foreigners, towards hurting the tourism industry. At the same time, the Royal Thai Army chief and deputy defence minister General Udomdej Sitabutr claimed that the attack did not match the hallmarks of the southern separatist insurgents. Bangkok has been the centrestage of political disturbances in recent years, but this has been seen to be the deadliest attack it's suffered in years, posing a challenge to the military-led administration.
posted by cendawanita at 8:03 PM PST - 20 comments

July in Osaka

You’ve decided on a life of letters. You’ve got that manuscript you workshopped getting your MFA, an agent, and a publisher. Congratulations! You’re well on your way to being a critical darling. Now all you need is a catchy title. Lucky for you, this handy guide will help you title your book, and every book you write in your illustrious career. Janet Potter (previously) at The Millions (previously)
posted by davidjmcgee at 5:26 PM PST - 85 comments

Gerald Ford and the Onion Futures Act

By the mid-50s, onions futures contracts were the most traded product on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In the fall of 1955, Sam Siegel and Vincent Kosuga bought enough onion futures so that they controlled 98% of the available onions in Chicago. As the growers began buying back onions, Siegel and Kosuga purchased short positions on a large amount of onion contracts, and driven the price of 50 lbs. of onions down from $2.50 to 10¢, cheaper than the actual bags. Then-congressman Gerald Ford sponsored a bill, known as the Onion Futures Act, which banned futures trading on onions. [more inside]
posted by atomicmedia at 5:23 PM PST - 78 comments

Rube Goldberg machines in the movies

"Why simply turn on a light switch when you could light a candle which burns a string, which releases a bowling ball, which lands on a bag of air, which blows over some dominoes, which knock an action figure into a pot, which onto a piece of metal, which startles a chicken, which lays an egg, which rolls down a ramp and breaks open on a brick, then drains into a cup which weighs down a board which flips the light on?" -- Atlas Obscura takes a surprisingly uncomplicated look at Rube Goldberg machines in movies.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Hail Satan!

Fresh from defeat following their face-off with Pope Francis for the souls of Philadelphia, Papa Emeritus III and the newly remasked Nameless Ghouls of Swedish occult metal band Ghost are streaming their third record, Meliora, due out August 21st, 2015. An appropriately tongue-in-check video accompanies lead-off single Cirice. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 3:06 PM PST - 18 comments

animated data visualization, or ambient data art

"Goals representing all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoff teams are arranged in a circle, with Western Conference teams on the left, and Eastern Conference teams on the right. Higher-seeded teams are at the top of the circle. The goals tally cumulative scoring for each team (rather than goals against). When a puck crosses the goal line, a musical note plays." Stanley Cup Summed Up, by Bård Edlund.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Egon is wrong. Print isn't dead.

While many in print media are moving their focus to the web, London Reconnections is doing the opposite and launching as bi-monthly* magazine! Brought to us by master of online long form, mefi's own Lapsed Historian garius, London Reconnections digs into the least known aspects of London's transportation history as well as keeping a finger on the pulse of the latest issues facing the worlds oldest undergound. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

"the biggest clue yet about the future of the Disney metaverse"

The Verge presents: THE ABRIDGED HISTORY OF DISNEY, 2015–2040 AD
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 1:20 PM PST - 36 comments

“...a sinister flirtation with minimalist funk,”

Deerhunter - Snakeskin [YouTube] Atlanta art-rock band Deerhunter announced its seventh LP, Fading Frontier, Sunday, and premiered the abstract video for its lead single, "Snakeskin." Fading Frontier comes out Oct. 16 on 4AD. via: NPR Music
posted by Fizz at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

0.01 Megapixels in two colors

Kodak’s First Digital Moment
“It only took 50 milliseconds to capture the image, but it took 23 seconds to record it to the tape,” Mr. Sasson said. “I’d pop the cassette tape out, hand it to my assistant and he put it in our playback unit. About 30 seconds later, up popped the 100 pixel by 100 pixel black and white image.”
posted by octothorpe at 11:54 AM PST - 32 comments

Norm Macdonald is the new KFC Colonel

Our Long National Nightmare is Over ..."just a few short months later, Hammond is out for some reason and Norm Macdonald — of all people, being that he is not known to take corporate sponsorship very seriously — is in, if you caught the commercials that debuted on TV and online Sunday night..."
posted by randomkeystrike at 11:06 AM PST - 95 comments

Giga Coaster... of love! (Say what?)

Just How Tall Can Roller Coasters Get? The New York Times tests out four Giga Coasters, super-tall roller coasters built for altitude, speed, and airtime. And there's video of each, so strap in. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 10:51 AM PST - 44 comments

Road tripping back in time on the Old Spanish Trail

In 1915, there were many ways to drive across and around in the United States (though trans-continental routes were mostly dirt, with some improved sections). So why did a group meet that same year to develop another cross-country road, one that would take 15 years to complete, rather than tying together existing segments? Tourism to their communities, mostly, but their* Old Spanish Trail also boasted of being the shortest route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Today, you can still find remnants of that road, and there's a group of people who are trying to revive this historic highway. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

RIP Leonard Robinson, aged 51. He was Batman.

Leonard Robinson, 51, of Owings Mills, Md. died Sunday night. Robinson (seen here previously) became an Internet viral sensation in 2012 when he was pulled over by Montgomery County MD police while dressed as Batman. [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 9:21 AM PST - 64 comments

Minor-League Baseball Player Finds a Better Way to Be Out

David Denson is a first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers' Rookie League affiliate in Helena, Montana. He has a long way to go if he wants to play in Major League Baseball -- the Rookie League is the lowest rung of the professional baseball ladder, and most players will never play a game in the bigs. Denson started his pro career with the Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last year but was demoted to Helena following an anemic .195 start to the 2015 season. Denson attributes his poor showing to hiding a secret from his teammates -- he is gay, and no active MLB-affiliated player has ever come out of the closet. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:36 AM PST - 41 comments

Fast endless Bi-directional spiral with an ho scale train

Mesmerizing (SLYT)
posted by numaner at 8:15 AM PST - 47 comments

That's intelligent design, not Intelligent Design.

Daniel Dennett, known for having previously explained thinking, religion, and consciousness, recently spoke at the Royal Institution where he did a most excellent job of explaining memes [1-hour video].
posted by sfenders at 7:47 AM PST - 22 comments

What are your favorite books? "I don’t have any."

John Scioli, Brooklyn's Most Eccentric Book Seller, Explains Why He's Cashing Out
posted by Gin and Comics at 7:36 AM PST - 61 comments

Goodbye, Blingee. You were sweet, sexy, gangsta, and %100 crazy.

After more than 130 million Blingees made, the time has come for Blingee to ride off into the sunset. Into the sparkly, glittery, ridiculous, bizarre, amazing, soooo last decade, MySpace-era, not always tasteful, frequently juvenile, dancing-Snoop-Dogg-tacular sunset. If you really need to glitter up all your photos, there are a couple alternatives. (Note: all links have flashing/glittering animated GIFs that people with visual sensitivies might want to avoid.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Crisis, Biopower, Finance: Speculative Fiction resists neoliberalism

"Like all cultural works, SF is situated in a political and economic context. In ours, people are noticing that whatever carrot of prosperity capitalism seems to offer, the stick is all they ever get. SF’s heightened focus on inequality is a sign that the ideological basis of our current social order may be undergoing a significant shift." From Jacobin: "Unequal Universes."
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:09 AM PST - 33 comments

Finally a horology post for people who like shiny things.

“Making a clock is a fascinating and satisfying experience. From the matching of the first two components, to the moment one hears the first beats of the escapement - it is as though one has created a living thing.”
Ever want to build your own clock? It might be fun, especially if you’re into home machining and are bored of small projects (like building a working steam engine). You could always buy a Clock Construction Manual by John Wilding. Or you could sit at home and watch a beautiful brass skeleton clock being made over at ClickSpring. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman at 6:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption

In which John Oliver expounds on how televangelists raise income for necessities such as a private jet or two, his faux-penpal correspondence with such a televangelist, how easy it is to set up a church for tax-exemption purposes and, with the assistance of Sister Wanda Jo Oliver, this inevitably happens...
posted by Wordshore at 6:37 AM PST - 101 comments

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight

The Japanese women who married the enemy — "American GIs were told not to fraternise with Japanese women, but they did." Within a few years after Imperial Japan's surrender on August 15, 1945 and subsequent occupation, over 30,000 Japanese war brides married American troops and returned to the United States with them (BBC News documentary broadcast schedule).
posted by cenoxo at 5:18 AM PST - 15 comments

August 16

acting as their ghostly embodiments

In 1988, he was convicted of killing his stepsons—based on arson science we now know is bunk. A quarter of a century later, Texas granted him a new trial. While the state has not budged in its use of the death penalty—just last year topping 500 executions since the state brought back capital punishment in 1982—it has reinvented itself as a leader in arson science and investigation. A new fire marshal, Chris Connealy, revamped the state’s training and investigative standards. He also set up a panel comprised of some of the top fire scientists in the country to reconsider old cases that had been improperly handled by the original investigators. Graf’s case was one of the first up for review, and it was determined that the original investigators had made critical mistakes.
posted by bq at 10:47 PM PST - 44 comments

Piracy gave me a future.

Poverty traps its victims in intellectual dead zones. I don't pirate games anymore, but when I needed it, it gave me access to the literature and artistic inspiration of my generation.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:06 PM PST - 59 comments

Art at 200 mph

Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop tour the Isle of Man (SLYT)
posted by dazed_one at 7:04 PM PST - 28 comments

"We're going viral!!!"

Sam and Nia, are the YouTube "stars" whose pregnancy announcement reached the national news in the US. But they are just the tip of the "family vlogging" iceberg.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:11 PM PST - 113 comments

If you get divorced, you must bake us a cake.

Sexual-Preference Cakes We Are Willing to Build (a parody in light of the recent ruling in Colorado that Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against two men by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Slow Poison

Even if the police don’t kill me, a lifetime of preparing for them to just might. By Ezekiel Kweku in Pacific Standard.
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:19 PM PST - 41 comments

Have you seen this woman?

On April 3, 1946 a young girl was photographed looking out over the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Sixtynine years later this picture has gone viral in Poland leading to a search for this unknown woman, who if still alive, would be in her eighties and could be living anywhere in the world.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Going Rogue

Fenlason dubbed his clone Hack for two reasons: "One definition was 'a quick [computer] hack because I don't have access to Rogue'. The other was 'hack-n-slash', a reference to one of the styles of playing Dungeons and Dragons." - A chapter long excerpt from David Craddock's Dungeon Hacks, a new book on the history of the Roguelike RPG.
posted by Artw at 11:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Julian Bond, 1940-2015

"He advocated not just for African-Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination because he recognized the common humanity in us all." Goodbye to Horace Julian Bond, freedom fighter and lifetime champion of civil rights. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 4:18 AM PST - 92 comments

"I didn't make him look pretty enough"

After a courtroom artist drew a less-than-flattering sketch of Tom Brady, the Twitterverse turned it into Internet Gold. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg at 2:08 AM PST - 49 comments

August 15

"I did not get her a gift. I do not feel bad about it."

"Being in someone’s wedding is a special privilege. It’s also often a ton of work and includes paying more money than one expected for clothes, bachelorette parties, and other assorted wedding activities. And it’s also frequently time-consuming and an emotional commitment (especially if the bride becomes difficult) (and almost all brides do). So does a bridesmaid ever owe the bride a gift besides his/her time, love, and understanding?" From the etiquette section of Gizmodo's "I Thee Dread" section: Angry Bride: How Do I Confront a Bridesmaid Who Didn't Give a Gift? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:37 PM PST - 207 comments

someone tweet @ me a very bad video game idea

"someone tweet @ me a very bad video game idea" - a series of pixel-art gifs from @bonerman_inc based on suggestions from the crowd
posted by Greg Nog at 9:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Take Me Out to the Brain Game

Baseball, perhaps more than any sport, is always straddling that delicate line between old school and new.
posted by MoonOrb at 9:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How Snoopy Killed Peanuts

How Snoopy killed Peanuts. "By the end of its run in 1999, Peanuts was an institution. It had become an omnipresent part of American culture, and that’s not a compliment."
posted by goatdog at 8:13 PM PST - 120 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Tom Jones

Courtesy of Turkish YouTube user Burç Arda Gül, highlights from This is Tom Jones, a variety show that ran on ATV in the UK and ABC in the US from 1969-1971.
Raise Your Hand, with Janis Joplin
Delta Lady, with Joe Cocker
Medley, with Stevie Wonder
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, with Tony Bennett
I Walk the Line, with Johnny and June Carter Cash
Hard to Handle, with some enthusiastic audience members.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:25 PM PST - 30 comments

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

There are two routes to literary immortality: [Pepsi-Infinite-Blue] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:40 PM PST - 32 comments

Social Perfectionism And Why Suicide Unfairly Impacts Men

In 2013, if you were a man between the ages of 20 and 49 who’d died, the most likely cause was not assault nor car crash nor drug abuse nor heart attack, but a decision that you didn’t wish to live any more. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 12:15 PM PST - 168 comments

Really.

Ann Coulter is a human being
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:14 PM PST - 128 comments

The criminals' alphabet (UK edition)

The criminals' alphabet (UK edition). You want some or what, Charlie Big Spuds?
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Do not fly drones near birds of prey

Angry eagle attacks UAV: How do drones affect wildlife? "This is the last thing a small bird sees when a Wedge-Tailed Eagle decides that you are dinner"
posted by Michele in California at 11:12 AM PST - 31 comments

Mine Spill Turns River in Colorado Orange

On August 5th, EPA workers and contractors from Environmental Restoration accidentally released 3 million gallons of mine wastewater -- including massive amounts of arsenic, cadmium, and lead -- into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River and part of the Colorado River Basin. The visible toxic plume took nearly a week to dissipate, and the EPA says that the river nearest the spill "has returned to pre-event water quality levels." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:51 AM PST - 21 comments

The official White House spotify channel

The White House released two Spotify playlists of songs on Friday morning, one for day and one for night, that were hand-picked by President Barack Obama. [more inside]
posted by adept256 at 10:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

"The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions."
posted by box at 9:52 AM PST - 218 comments

"If someone doesn’t want to have sex with you, don’t have sex with them"

In the United States, only 22 states require that sex education should be taught in their schools. Of those, only 13 insist upon medical accuracy. There is no federal standard. As a result, classroom lessons that teach purity culture – the idea that virginity is a state of moral accomplishment – are pervasive. John Oliver's Last Week Tonight covers Sex Education in America. (NSFW) The end of the segment features a modern sex education video created by LWT, narrated by several celebrities (including Laverne Cox, Nick Offerman, Jonathan Banks, Kristen Schaal and Aisha Tyler) that touches on topics outdated lessons may be ignoring. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:11 AM PST - 45 comments

Detainees' lawyers question Obama commitment to close Guantanamo.

There is this profound dissonance between what the administration is saying about its desire to close Guantanamo and what it is actually doing.
In an extremely rare legal manoeuvre, the Obama administration has challenged a legal request to free a hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay detainee entirely in secret.
Meanwhile the Guardian reveals that it is the The Pentagon that is blocking the return of UK permanent resident Shaker Aamer and two other longtime Guantánamo Bay detainees for whom the US Department of State has completed diplomatic deals to transfer home.
The contravention of the president’s orders indicates that there is a profound problem with the state of democracy in America.
posted by adamvasco at 7:47 AM PST - 55 comments

An oral history of Lollapalooza '95

Alternative nation’s last stand: Lollapalooza 1995, an oral history (WPost)
posted by OmieWise at 4:53 AM PST - 32 comments

You're a hot dude, so this sounds like a good business plan.

Attractive entrepreneurs get more funding – but only if they're male. The research paper "Investors prefer entrepreneurial ventures pitched by attractive men", written by researchers at Harvard, Wharton School and MIT, found the gender and attractiveness of entrepreneurs have a significant effect on whether their business ventures will receive funding. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 3:46 AM PST - 19 comments

August 14

A Wiseguy Ossuary

Although most New Yorkers haven't been there, the Hole hides in plain sight. Many pass it on the way to John F Kennedy International Airport, on a bleak road above which jets wheeze in on their final descent toward the runways along Jamaica Bay. Behind a tatty curtain of trees and weeds, there is a strange depression in the land, as if a sinkhole had opened here on the desultory border between Brooklyn and Queens. It looks less like a New York neighbourhood than an Arkansas village, only with housing projects on the horizon instead of the Ozark Mountains. Welcome to the Hole.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 11:23 PM PST - 25 comments

"It has to do with the Netherlands, and with racism."

Dutch newspaper uses n-word in headline of review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book On July 31, the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published a review of several books on race and racism in the United States. The series, written by the paper’s Washington correspondent Guus Valk, leads with a review of Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’s latest book, “Between the World And Me.” Somewhere along the editorial process, the editors thought it would be a good idea to headline the article, “Nigger, Are You Crazy?” (Washington Post) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 10:21 PM PST - 91 comments

The Sims

Interactive simulations for science and math for teachers and interested students, from acids and bases to waves
posted by a lungful of dragon at 9:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Hai! 🚀 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🍦yes yes 🍦 yes yes yes

The music video for Earthly's “Ice Cream”, from their album Days.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:41 PM PST - 9 comments

"Before Destiny’s Child came along, it was the Pointer Sisters."

Anita Pointer: Civil-Rights Activist, Pop Star, and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 8:34 PM PST - 11 comments

"Don't threaten me with a dead fish"

"Hollywood brings glitz, glamour and big budgets to movie-making; France has avant-garde artistry. But what about Britain? Looking at our selection of the 75 greatest British movies of the past century, you'll find that Britain excels at genres you'd expect (kitchen sink and period drama, class-obsessed satire) and plenty you wouldn't (strange sci-fi, blood-freezing contemporary horror). Here are the essential home-grown films to watch, listed in the order they were made..." [SLTelegraph]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:57 PM PST - 63 comments

The good advice Lockheed Martin just didn't take

"Ideally suited to mobilization on the shifting terrain of asymmetrical conflict, inherently covert, insidiously plastic, politically potent, irony offers rogue elements a volatile if often overlooked means by which to demoralize opponents and destabilize regimes. And yet, while major research resources have for forty years poured into the human sciences from the defense and intelligence community in an effort to gain control over the human capacity to lie (investments that led to the polygraph, sodium pentothal and its successor compounds, “brain fingerprinting” and associated neuro-physiological imaging techniques, etc.), we have no comparable tradition of sustained, empirical, applied investigation into irony."
posted by escabeche at 5:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Are you G'd up?

Now I've never played, but it looks like in an effort to give Destiny players a little taste of egalitarianism, everyone's favorite merchant Xur will be selling the Gjallarhorn this weekend. [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 5:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Singing Schubert While Having Brain Surgery, No Bigs

"Hey, Ambrož, what are you up to?" "Little brain surgery, little opera, quiet day for me."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 2:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Feline asana

Have a seat, Red. (SLFB) (has a cat, but was filmed in portrait).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:50 PM PST - 18 comments

The Closing of the Canadian Mind

Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with gun control, universal health care and good public education. But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance.
posted by standardasparagus at 1:48 PM PST - 78 comments

It's Friday, so let's all relax with some CPU design theory

Raymond Chen breaks down the itanium processor in a 10  11 part series on his weblog.
posted by boo_radley at 1:42 PM PST - 57 comments

It's not all joy and kisses

A study of 2,016 Germans has found that, "on average, the effect of a new baby on a person’s life is devastatingly bad — worse than divorce, worse than unemployment and worse even than the death of a partner."
posted by clawsoon at 1:27 PM PST - 207 comments

“Obama is the most bookish of modern residents of the White House,”

Mark Lawson Unpacks President Obama's Summer Reading Picks [The Guardian]
Barack Obama has reached the stage of his administration when plans are being made for the construction in Chicago of the Presidential library that former American leaders get to set up in their memory. But, before that, he – or his aides – have also had to think about a smaller library: the shelf of books that the American people are told their leader plans to read on his summer vacation.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:48 PM PST - 44 comments

Take a Gander

Lost Canada goose follows forester's truck to water
posted by figurant at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

A War Of All Against All

Why Turkey is bombing the Kurds more than Islamic State - "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bombing campaign — capitalizing on the nationalist, anti-Kurd sentiment that has been steadily growing inside Turkey — could help him regain his AKP party's absolute majority in parliament now that coalition talks have failed and snap elections are likely." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Why Taylor Woolrich Wanted A Gun

"For four years, a Dartmouth student had been relentlessly stalked by an older man. The legal system couldn’t protect her, so she wanted permission to carry a gun on campus. One year after becoming a gun-rights poster girl, Taylor Woolrich tells her story."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:52 AM PST - 76 comments

OVERKILL

The Schwarzenegger Explosion Supercut
posted by brundlefly at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Blue Velvet

SYTL The Internet God demands I share.
posted by breadbox at 11:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Apparently I am still indestructible

Lemmy is as much a collection of myths and legends as a man. In the popular imagination, he’s made up of equal parts Jack Daniel’s, amphetamine sulphate, Nazi memorabilia and extreme-velocity noise.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:12 AM PST - 47 comments

Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles

Daylong live reading of Homer's Iliad with more than 60 artists, presented by The British Museum and Almeida Theatre. [more inside]
posted by earth by april at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Au Revoir, Mogadishu Vol. 1 — Songs From Before The War

"This Mix (Soundcloud) of '70s and '80s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors. There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu." [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Cut. It. Out.

What happens when you combine the Giants and iconic San Francisco-based sitcom Full House? (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

The Ghosts of Pickering Trail

How do violent acts affect home value, and what should be disclosed by the seller? A family's effort to find healing and recompense after tragedy (trigger warning: discussions of violence, suicide and murder)
posted by glaucon at 9:11 AM PST - 40 comments

"A Piece of Meat and a Bun with Something On It."

First We Feast: An Illustrated History of Hamburgers in America. "The rise, fall, and resurgence of America's greatest cultural export." [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:52 AM PST - 34 comments

Featuring "Diligent Cube" and "Gary Kasparov’s Extreme Beach Chess"

Fake Video Games [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:03 AM PST - 20 comments

On becoming African-American

I knew that my sister was smarter than her husband; I also knew that she knew this. But I also knew that her husband thought little of women, and nothing of their intelligence. Yet, here he was losing a shouting match on his home court. He was embarrassed. After seeing how the French language had betrayed him, a bittersweet subtlety slipped from his lips like licorice. In plain-vanilla English he said, “This is exactly why I shouldn’t have married a black girl.”
--Coming to America
posted by almostmanda at 7:56 AM PST - 58 comments

Han shot ... well, you know

But still, I couldn’t shake the question: Am I a Star Wars fraud for having never seen them?
posted by octothorpe at 7:49 AM PST - 75 comments

haha look out your window

My Roommate Sonic [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:52 AM PST - 17 comments

The Arrogance of Unacknowledged Playstyles

Bell of Lost Souls user YorkNecromancer talks about different approaches to playing games (specifically about 40K and Vampire: the Eternal Struggle, but the points made apply to all games) and how particular playstyles can cause confusion and pain when unexpected. tw: child abuse mentioned, panic attacks depicted
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Honest tales from the trenches of AAA game writing

“Even that didn't work," she said. "One of the directors on God of War 3 said, 'I need your input on this, this is what design's doing. And I said ‘this is bullet proof, there is no way you can ruin my narrative moment.’ -- "I come back the next week and they ruined my narrative moment."
Gamasutra talks about writing for AAA games
posted by MartinWisse at 5:57 AM PST - 36 comments

Don't need a cure, need a final solution

First you had changing the Australian migration zone, then the Pacific Solution, and then boat turnbacks (and paying people smugglers for the same - a policy supported by both major parties), and then a murder in custody on Manus Island, and then allegations of rape, trafficking and traumatising children (some of whom try to hang themselves at 6yo) and spying on parliamentary oversight, and now a whistleblower says staff members at the Australian detention centre on Nauru - "a diverse workforce and provides continuing cultural awareness training" - employed waterboarding on asylum-seekers. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 5:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Forty-Seven Creatures You've Probably Never Heard Of

Gold Key Comics once put out the call to young aspiring artists to submit drawings of monsters, some of which were featured in issues of the publisher's various comics. Here's two example pages (and a Monster Museum page), and here's 47 monsters' worth of submissions: 1 2 3 4 5 pages, another two pages, nine more monsters and one duplicate. And here's some big duplicates of eight of them, and a hi-res duplicate page at the end of Lancelot Link Secret Chimp #6. If you can find any others, please post them in the comments. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 4:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Attention to detail

"In July 2012, Roger wrote about viewing 'Spirited Away' for a third time and how he was then 'struck by a quality between generosity and love.' It was during that viewing he 'began to focus on the elements in the picture that didn’t need to be there.'" An analysis of some of the amazing level of detail packed into the Miyazaki classic.
posted by jbickers at 4:13 AM PST - 14 comments

#046 - I hate smiling

365 Parisians by fellow Parisian (born in Kazakhstan, raised in Spain) photographer Constantin Mashinskiy: I decided to take one street portrait, every day, of a random Parisian stranger until I had reached 365 pictures, and met 365 people. Mashinskiy at work in the streets of Paris and short interview.
posted by elgilito at 3:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Think of it as the Briggs Garfield Myers test

The Intercative (sic) Experiment is a personality test for your cat, from the makers of the Poopy Cat brand of cat litter, so it must be totally serious, right? Note: you must have your cat with you and near the screen so you can judge its response to certain stimuli.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Good neighbors keep your pigeon population down

“It’s almost the norm for locals now,” he says, “just grilling on your balcony barbeque, right there next to one of the fastest animals in the world.” [more inside]
posted by rtha at 12:43 AM PST - 31 comments

August 13

YOU DIED

After famously playing through Pokemon (previously) and Metal Gear, the Twitch hive mind has decided to try its hand at Dark Souls. [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee at 9:45 PM PST - 45 comments

Let's All Just Keep Laughing, Jeremy!

"Brands can't be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes others can do it for them. That dynamic played out in particularly rogue fashion on Target's Facebook page this week. As the retailer received a steady stream of nasty comments from people upset about its move toward gender-neutral labeling of children's products in its stores, Mike Melgaard came to Target's defense—in a most provocative way."
posted by mannequito at 8:34 PM PST - 129 comments

Won't You Say Their Names?

This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our black brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves ... Won't you say their names? Earlier today, Janelle Monáe and her record label Wondaland Records released the protest song "Hell You Talmbout," after leading a march protesting police brutality in Philadelphia (warning for autoplaying video). [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 8:30 PM PST - 26 comments

I guess it's not just me...

It might not be because you're introverted, or because they probably don't give you cancer. Maybe mobile phones just suck. (Hint: Because they sound horrible.) [more inside]
posted by prismatic7 at 8:01 PM PST - 60 comments

Brennan: "I apologize for the actions of CIA officers"

While the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was preparing its torture report, the CIA spied on their computers and launched a spurious criminal inquiry against their staff (previously). The CIA and its director, John Brennan, with the support of the White House, have taken a brazen public stance, denying any wrongdoing in directly spying on their nominal overseer. But documents obtained by Jason Leopold and VICE News show that the CIA had prepared a written apology for the spying, which they ultimately decided not to issue (was the White House involved in this decision?). [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 7:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Are you smarter than 45,802 other New York Times Readers?

Are you smarter than 45,802 other New York Times Readers?
posted by pravit at 7:37 PM PST - 101 comments

6 Tricks to Get 86% More Chipotle Burrito (for free!)

A man ate 35 Chipotle burritos in one week to help determine how to maximize the amount of food one can get in a single Chipotle order.
posted by reenum at 6:51 PM PST - 109 comments

href="tufte.css"/

Tufte CSS : "Tufte CSS provides tools to style web articles using the ideas demonstrated by Edward Tufte's books and handouts. Tufte's style is known for its simplicity, extensive use of sidenotes, tight integration of graphics with text, and carefully chosen typography." via mefi projects from Mefi's own daveliepmann, 'maker and maintainer'. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:51 PM PST - 35 comments

Want to play a surreal interactive fiction game?

Neon Haze Porpentine has made a new twine game, Neon Haze, with art and music by Brenda Neotenomie. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Gentrification and the hacker

Hacking, then, looks like a practice with very deep roots – as primally and originally human as disobedience itself. Which makes it all the more disturbing that hacking itself appears to have been hacked.
posted by Lycaste at 4:29 PM PST - 29 comments

"You can't move to New York City unless you're not afraid to fail."

Millennials of New York. True stories from real millennials living in New York City.
posted by grouse at 3:04 PM PST - 31 comments

Cuckservative is an amalgamation of the word cuckold and conservative.

From the Right, a New Slur for G.O.P. Candidates [NY Times]
Cuckservative is an amalgamation of the word cuckold and conservative. [Salon]
Conservatives Are Holding a Conversation About Race [The New Republic]
‘Cuckservative’ — the conservative insult of the month, explained [Washington Post]
‘Cuckservative’ Is A Gloriously Effective Insult That Should Not Be Slurred, Demonised, Or Ridiculed [Breitbart]
“Cuckservative” is a Racist Slur and an Attack on Evangelical Christians [Red State]
posted by andoatnp at 3:00 PM PST - 212 comments

Forced to Love the Grind

There are numerous reasons for the disappearance of the forty-hour workweek, but journalist Sara Robinson singles out work cultures that promote worker passion as one of them. She sees this culture taking root first in the defense and then in the tech industries in late twentieth-century California. During the Cold War, defense companies like Lockheed in the Santa Clara Valley drew scores of ambitious scientists; these workers seemed to share certain personality traits, including social awkwardness, emotional detachment, and, namely, a single-mindedness about their work to the point at which “they devoted every waking hour to it, usually to the exclusion of nonwork relationships, exercise, sleep, food, and even personal care.”
An excerpt from Do What You Love, and Other Lies About Success and Happiness.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:57 PM PST - 54 comments

Bambi & Thumper

Fawn frolics with rabbit (SLYT) (no cats, sorry, but at least it's filmed in landscape).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Man on Fire

Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period. "I think the great thing about this podcast is, even if people don't think he's the greatest actor of all time—first of all, they'd be wrong—you'd totally get why somebody would be excited about Denzel Washington. He's like black Santa Claus, like he'd walk into the room and everybody gets excited." [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 1:22 PM PST - 41 comments

Warren Harding's Legacy Further Tarnished, if That Is Even Possible

Warren G. Harding is known for many things. Teapot Dome, dying in office (or maybe not), having the middle name "Gamaliel", and consistently being ranked one of the worst Presidents ever. His personal life was little better than his presidential one, with allegations of multiple affairs and even one claim of an illegitimate child born just a couple of years before he was elected to the White House. Which, according to DNA testing, is totally true. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 1:21 PM PST - 43 comments

Stephen Colbert: Almost as good as a woman

In an article for Glamour , Stephen Colbert acknowledges that late-night TV is a “sausagefest” and pledges to create a show that not only appeals to women, but also celebrates their voices.

When he was 10, Stephen’s father and two brothers died in a plane crash. His mother, Lorna Colbert, raised him and 8 remaining siblings. If one wanted to evaluate whether his feminist stance is real, a good place to start is the touching tribute that he shared when he returned to The Colbert Report after her funeral.
posted by ArmandoAkimbo at 12:16 PM PST - 67 comments

The birth of the Anti-GOOP

With Celebrity Lifestyle Sites proliferating like an algal bloom as of late, actress and neuroscientist PhD Mayim Bialik raises the bar with Grok Nation. [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 10:25 AM PST - 84 comments

“why should it be so surprising that these terrorists are so educated?"

On 24 April 2015, Pakistani "social and human rights activist" Sabeen Mahmud was shot to death by two men on a motorbike after hosting an event for killed and disappeared journalists at her space The Second Floor (T2F).
The Anatomy Of A Murder [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

“...a bit of a shock to find, all of a sudden, that I am driving Yeats!”

A Lazarus Beside Me by Avies Platt [London Review of Books]
“‘Are you, by any chance, going to Norman Haire’s party?’ I inquired. ‘I rather think that is where I’m supposed to be going,’ he replied. A little strange, that, I thought. But I said, ‘That’s where I’m going, so perhaps I may give you a lift?’ ‘Thank you,’ he said. ‘That’s very kind of you.’ And we got into the car and drove off. At first neither of us spoke. I was concerned with joining the stream of traffic in Lower Regent Street. Then he asked abruptly: ‘Are you connected with the arts?’ ‘I don’t know about connected,’ I replied guardedly. ‘I’m interested.’ ‘And may I ask the name of my kind chauffeur?’ he continued. ‘Platt,’ I said. ‘Avies Platt. And may I ask yours?’ ‘Yeats,’ he said! ‘W.B. Yeats.’ And added: ‘I’m a poet.’.”
posted by Fizz at 9:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Birth Pictures Of A Galaxy

The Cosmic Web Imager at Palomar Observatory has been studying a system 10 billion light years away illuminated by two quasars. Now, a Caltech team has published pictures of the giant swirling disk of a protogalaxy being fed cool - 30,000 degree - gas by a filament of the cosmic web. This is the first time we have ever seen a galaxy being built, and it reveals unique new evidence about the early Universe and the still poorly-understood life and evolution of the galactic population. Abstract of letter in Nature (full paper paywalled).
posted by Devonian at 9:19 AM PST - 11 comments

"Insane and a public danger"

When Science Fiction writer Lou Antonelli felt slighted by David Gerrold, presenter of this year’s Hugo Awards, he did the obvious thing: Wrote to the Spokane police in an attempt to SWAT Gerrold at WorldCon. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 9:03 AM PST - 211 comments

Sarah Kliff watched all 12 hours of the Planned Parenthood videos

Here's what happened.
posted by femmegrrr at 8:34 AM PST - 95 comments

The letters of the day on “Sesame Street” are H, B and O.

This morning, Sesame Street announced that the new season, which begins next month, will air on HBO. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:31 AM PST - 127 comments

If news of your death is greatly exaggerated, it’s hell on your credit.

Paul Ford (MeFi's Own) looks through the Social Security Death Master File, the federal government's list of U.S. citizens who have died since the creation of Social Security in 1935. (NOTE: Not everyone on the list has actually died. Also, not everyone who has died in on the list.) You can explore the database yourself: The Database of the Dead -- Are You in It?
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:30 AM PST - 30 comments

oKILLy doKILLy

Meet the world's first Ned Flanders-themed metal band. “In reality, this is all just an over-the-top attempt at getting Matt Groening’s autograph, even if it comes on a cease and desist letter.” Here's a direct link to their demo album.
posted by moonmilk at 7:50 AM PST - 31 comments

Books that shaped America

From A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible to Our Bodies, Ourselves. In 2012 the United States Library of Congress held an exhibition on what it saw as the most influential books in American history. (via) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

The Miniature Calendar of Tatsuya Tanaka

Since April 20, 2011, Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka has created tiny dioramas with common household objects as landscape for tiny people. One every day. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 6:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Melæna Stools' patient consultation

Sydney University has Queen Elizabeth doing some voice over work. It's a single link. It's YouTube. It's a currently used teaching video in Risk Communication. [more inside]
posted by taff at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How Claire McCaskill Helped Todd Akin Win the Republican Nomination

As it turned out, we spent more money for Todd Akin in the last two weeks of the primary than he spent on his whole primary campaign - how Claire McCaskill got her opponent nominated, in order to beat him. [more inside]
posted by hepta at 5:55 AM PST - 52 comments

The Tough Birchers Paddle 445 Miles in The Yukon River Quest

"Jenny Who’s Been Around the Block had six seats, hard fiberglass benches that we’d padded with yoga-type mats, and there were eight of us to fill them. Carmen was in the bow, with a narrow bench to herself, and a second Carmen alone behind her. Then came Anna and Syd, on a wide middle bench, and Jacqueline and me behind them. Cristi, alone in the second-to-last seat, and Vanessa, in the stern, rounded out the lineup... Jacqueline, by coincidence, was my closest friend in the boat, and we had joked that sharing a canoe bench for 50 or 60 hours was likely to make or break the relationship." By Eva Holland for SB Nation
posted by valkane at 3:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Gatsby to The Shining

William S. Burroughs Teaches a Free Course on Creative Reading and Writing
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Ralph and Friends

Ralph Steadman (previously here), the illustrator best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson, has illustrated other people's books, notably some newer editions of older volumes: Alice in Wonderland (previously here, but with dead links), George Orwell's Animal Farm, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, not as well known because the edition was limited to 451 copies, all autographed by both Bradbury and Steadman. He has also written and illustrated I, Leonardo, an "imaginary autobiography" of Leonardo DaVinci, adding more centuries to his historical reach.
Trigger Warning: Large Quantities of Visual Gonzo-ness
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:30 AM PST - 14 comments

August 12

36 Eggs

HOW many eggs? A couple of librarians make recipes they've always wanted to eat from their favorite books. Recipes may contain bibliographies. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:18 PM PST - 42 comments

Mr. Robot vs True Detective, hacker anti-hero against corruption

Literally everything fans say they want from True Detective (previously) is being done much better by a ridiculously titled show on the USA Network about a computer hacker: Mr. Robot. The show, which airs new episodes on Wednesdays ... is one of the best in years about what it means to be a man in modern America.
This was an article on Vox, but the message has been repeated elsewhere: What True Detective could learn from Mr. Robot, the real best show on television (The Week); Forget this awful season of 'True Detective' and start watching 'Mr. Robot' (FTW, USA Today). Vanity Fair called it "Walter White for the Digital Age." And if you're nervous about how hacking could be realistic and exciting, Wired says Mr. Robot is the best hacking show yet -- but it's not perfect. (Assume some level of spoilers for both shows.) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:02 PM PST - 76 comments

Wipe your mouth...

Napkins today are mundane and practical, made from paper or cheap factory cloth and folded, if at all, hastily into a rectangle. In the past, napkins weren't just for wiping hands or protecting clothing — they were works of art...
posted by jim in austin at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Here come the Men In Black

Air New Zealand's latest air safety video is one for the rugby fans, featuring many current All Blacks riffing off the original Men in Black video. prev.
posted by wilful at 7:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Has Nefertiti's tomb finally been found?

"The implications are extraordinary, for, if digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era storeroom to the west; to the north (there) appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV 62 (Tutankhamun's tomb), and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment -- that of Nefertiti herself." [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:02 PM PST - 26 comments

In the Mushrooms of Madness

Mods and hacks for console games are becoming more common place as tools improve and resources for newcomers grow. However, the total conversion The Call of Cthulhu based on Super Mario World is in another class. The modder completely changes aspects of the engine, turning it into a twitch puzzler with mind bending graphical effects. You can watch the game speed-run here for a quicker glimpse of the game. Vinny, of VineSauce, as a commentated playthrough here. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

More Philly than the Rocky Theme

"Move closer to your world, my friend / Take a little bit of time"

When you think of Philadelphia music, you may think of the Rocky theme, you may think of Philly Soul, or you may think of The Dead Milkmen, but no song is Philly quite like The Channel 6 Action News Theme, "Move Closer to Your World" [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 6:28 PM PST - 48 comments

This is quite precious

Work that Tolkien did prior to The Hobbit to be published later this month.
posted by adept256 at 6:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Where The Fords And Lincolns Were Settin' The Pace

Halloween Meets Gasoline: The 24 Hours Of LeMons is a short film by Marcus Ubungen about the race of the same name.
posted by mattdidthat at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

A Crumby Post About Some Stale Ash Bread

In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe as part of his culinary investigations for Pompeii Live. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 3:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Massive explosion in Tianjin

Multiple explosions have hit Tianjin's port area. Tianjin is the 4th-largest city in China, sitting squarely next to Beijing in the Bohai Economic Rim, which includes the Hebei area, and slated to be one of the areas of focus and development by the central government. The explosions (recorded footage) have taken place in the Binhai region, by the coast. Details are still incoming, but early indications suggest an industrial accident with 300 casualties.
posted by qcubed at 2:41 PM PST - 191 comments

"...and I was like, 'Look, we have a restaurant to run.'"

Geek Bar's fans rescue it from oblivion—but was it worth saving?
posted by griphus at 2:29 PM PST - 95 comments

a big week for the jets, if you like total disasters

On Tuesday, it emerged that New York Jets' starting quarterback Geno Smith would be out for 6-10 weeks after having his jaw broken by a locker room punch from now-former teammate IK Enemkpali over a $600 airline ticket, leading to possible assault charges. With Smith out, the Jets will start backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. In what some are calling a curse, this is the sixth team for which Fizpatrick will be subbing in for an injured starter. Meanwhile, Enemkpali has been picked up by the division rival Buffalo Bills. And since we're talking AFC East, here's a fantastic courtroom sketch of Tom Brady.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 2:22 PM PST - 45 comments

Money changes hands.

Last month, Pearson sold the Financial Times to Nikkei (the media corp, not stock market), as reported in the Economist. Today, Pearson sold its 50% stake in the Economist to its other owners, as reported in the Financial Times. Thoughts from Slate Money, Quartz, The Week UK, and the New York Times.
posted by psoas at 1:54 PM PST - 20 comments

You can believe me because I never lie, and I'm always right.

My name is Wyatt Scott and I'm running for parliament as an independent candidate for Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon. We all know politics are corrupt so lets do something about it. Put an independent in the house.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

you write because no one is coming

An essay somewhat in the spirit of Montaigne that discusses reading and writing, Nigeria and Biafra, bystander reactions to tragedy, an novel I've never read named Half of a Yellow Sun, early Christianity, and more. As is often the case on Crooked Timber, many of the comments are worth reading too.
posted by kingless at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

#regulatorycompliance

FDA issues warning over Kim Kardashian's drug promotions [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 1:23 PM PST - 24 comments

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

My candidate is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped
posted by Etrigan at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”

Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor and Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, explains that the American Civil War was fought over slavery. (Via)
posted by zarq at 1:06 PM PST - 50 comments

A symphony of failure

Not Even Close: The State of Computer Security: Microsoft's James Mickens gives us a light-hearted survey of the bleak, hideous security present and why things are going to get much, much - much - worse in the future. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 12:15 PM PST - 50 comments

"Almost no-one in Britain spoke Japanese"

The UK's desperate-measures approach to teaching Japanese during WWII, and its lasting impact. [SLBBC] [more inside]
posted by terretu at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Self care and the need for leisure

A cruelly optimistic relationship to self-care is one in which self-care is envisioned primarily as a means to rejuvenate us so that we’re able to work faster and harder—precisely the condition that has caused so much of our stress to begin with. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 10:49 AM PST - 72 comments

"Got room for one more?"

After some recent intriguing revelations concerning Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" (such as it's wide 70mm release this Christmas and that it will feature the first Ennio Morricone Western score in over four decades), the full trailer has finally arrived.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:43 AM PST - 62 comments

How Not To Be Seen

From the manuals of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a discussion of camouflage, disguises, and other ways to conceal oneself. (SLSlate) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

All right, I’m going to do it! I’m going to make friends with every cat!

Herding Cats -- a feline puzzle game by indie game maker / big gay witch Anna Anthropy. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Bot, compare me to a summer's day

Last month the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College announced its first annual prizes for the best algorithmically generated short story, sonnet or live DJ set. The three competitions are: DigiLit, "create a 'human-level' short story of the kind that might be intended for a short story collection produced in a well-regarded MfA program or a piece for The New Yorker;" PoetiX, computer-generated sonnet writing; AlgoRhythms, a live dance music DJ. Prize for winning a Turing test for a story, sonnet or music set: $5,000. First prize for each category: $3,000.
posted by not_the_water at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

NSFW NSFW Butt Lips Vine Compilation NSFW NSFW

Butt lips vine compilation (NSFW)
posted by josher71 at 9:55 AM PST - 53 comments

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!

The NOAA weatherView shows global winds at 500 millibar pressure level (~20,000 ft) as well as temps, precip, moisture, pressure, and day/night. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

ASO Right To Know

Spreading awareness of Artificially Selected Organisms. They have a Facebook page full of images sure to go viral, and even a White House petition. [This is satire.]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:49 AM PST - 56 comments

“What makes America special is our capacity to change.”

President Obama’s Letter to the Editor [New York Times]
For the cover story of our Aug. 2 issue, Jim Rutenberg wrote about efforts over the last 50 years to dismantle the protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [previously], the landmark piece of legislation that cleared barriers between black voters and the ballot. The story surveyed a broad sweep of history and characters, from United States Chief Justice John Roberts to ordinary citizens like 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton, a plaintiff in the current North Carolina case arguing to repeal voting restrictions enacted in 2013. The magazine received an unusual volume of responses to this article, most notably from President Barack Obama.
posted by Fizz at 8:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Can We Interest You In Teaching?

“We are no longer in a layoff situation,” said Monica Vasquez, chief human resources officer for the San Francisco Unified School District, which offered early contracts to 140 teachers last spring in a bid to secure candidates before other districts snapped them up. “But there is an impending teacher shortage,” Ms. Vasquez added, before correcting herself: “It’s not impending. It’s here.”
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:11 AM PST - 80 comments

The End of the Sixties

You Must Remember This: Charles Manson's Hollywood - Karina Longworth's podcast on the hidden history of Hollywood (previously, previously) takes an an in depth look at the darker side of the 60s. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 8:02 AM PST - 53 comments

a goat who wears pants

"Thomas Thwaites is currently investigating what it might be like to live as a goat. He commissioned prosthetics for his arms and legs so that he could walk, as comfortably as possible, on all fours. He considered constructing an artificial rumen that would digest grass for him to consume, using actual gut bacteria found in goats. He consulted with a behavioural expert on goats, and even watched as a goat was dissected, to learn more about the animal he wanted to be. But the best part is that Thwaites also arranged to live as a goat for a few days on a goat farm in the Swiss Alps amongst actual grazing goats."
posted by moonmilk at 6:18 AM PST - 62 comments

DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception

"In some ways, C8 already is the tobacco of the chemical industry — a substance whose health effects were the subject of a decades-long corporate cover-up." An investigative report from The Intercept examines the secret history of a toxic byproduct of the chemical manufacturing industry that has recently come to light due to a mass of pending lawsuits.
posted by indubitable at 6:18 AM PST - 31 comments

I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity.

Dylan Matthews reports on the Effective Altruism Global conference.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:15 AM PST - 64 comments

"In the mirror, I am just Tyler"

"I have always felt like a walking brain, living in my head while everyone around me seemed to have some innate understanding of their bodies: how they moved, what they desired. " -- Tyler Ford talks about living their life as an agender person.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:02 AM PST - 11 comments

St Anthony St Anthony, Please come round

St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson aka Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records by Mike Garry and Joe Duddell. More on the project here. Happy Mondays' Rowetta on Tony Wilson: 'He made you love Manchester'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:18 AM PST - 7 comments

August 11

The Sci-Fi Corridor Archive

Screenshots of corridors from SF movies. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Cgate

Hillary Clinton instructed aides today to give the Justice Department computer equipment that had been used as a private email server while she was Secretary of State. Earlier in the day, the Inspector General for Intelligence stated that two of the 30,000 "work-related" emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department in December were now considered Top Secret (a larger number were earlier deemed to be Classified at a lower level). [more inside]
posted by pjenks at 9:10 PM PST - 217 comments

Why should women be punished? But what the hell can we do?

Kiran Gandhi has attracted a certain amount of attention for running the London Marathon while menstruating without using a tampon, pad or otherwise "cleaning up" her period. Meanwhile, in Nepal, menstruation is dirty, and a menstruating girl is a powerful, polluting thing. A thing to be feared and shunned. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 8:57 PM PST - 122 comments

Accumulating Stitch by Stitch

Nina Paley Animates the Passover song Chad Gadya In one of the most labor intensive feat taking a year and a half, Nina Paley animates Chad Gadya on matzoh covers. She calls the process "embrodermation" Her work had been featured on the site previously and 1, 2
posted by 27kjmm at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Benjamin Shine - Tulle Works

Benjamin Shine is a fashion designer and fabric artist, who has done some fantastic three dimensional works created in tulle. He talks about and demonstrates his process with an iron and thread in this video.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:05 PM PST - 3 comments

"The changes we make to existing pages are rarely challenged.”

Is it really a concern that some high-level decision maker at Medicare or a hospital system might be making billion-dollar decisions based on information from Wikipedia? “Yes,” Heilman insisted. “Definitely.”
Even minor changes in wording have the potential to influence ... how millions of dollars are spent. How can a site run by volunteers inoculate itself against well-funded PR efforts?
In The Atlantic.
posted by grobstein at 7:39 PM PST - 11 comments

DC residents are not as hot as they think they are

The National Weather Service replaced the temperature sensor at Reagan National Airport this week because it has been running too hot by approximately 2 deg. F since January of 2014. Virgina state climatologist explains by comparing temperatures at Dulles (IAD) with Reagan National (DCA): "Of course DCA is going to be intrinsically warmer than IAD. It’s several hundred feet lower in elevation and its being additionally heated by the bricks, buildings, and the pavement of urban Washington, as well as the waste heat from all your money changing hands. What is interesting is that the departures from normal, or “anomalies,” at DCA were all running hot compared to the departures from normal at IAD". The Capital Weather Gang offers additional temperature analyses of the two airports and questioned 3 years ago if Reagan National should remain DC's official weather station. Meanwhile, recent records, like this past May which was thought to be the hottest May on record at DCA are now called into question.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 6:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Lessig Running for "Referendum" President

Lawrence Lessig is (probably) running for President of the United States. But he only wants to be President long enough to pass the Citizen Equality Act, which includes publicly funded elections, an end to gerrymandering, online voter registration, and making election day a national holiday. After that, he'll resign. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 6:08 PM PST - 102 comments

JK Rowling: "[he] has sat in a darkened room and been witty on paper..."

"He probably finds himself the most attractive person that you could possibly meet." James O'Briend, friend of Morrissey, in the documentary, The Importance of Being Morrissey (2003) [SLYT]. From the video details: "UK TV Documentary Narrated by Christopher Eccleston, With contributions from Johnny Marr, Alan Bennett, Kathy Burke, Noel Gallagher, Nancy Sinatra, Linder & others."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Oracle's CSO praises Free Software

Oracle's CSO wrote a (now deleted) blog post arguing against reverse engineering in which she mocked security researchers, compared them to cheating spouses, accused them of wasting her time, discounted bug-bounty programs, refused to credit vulnerability reporters, and promoted her sister's murder-mystery books. The reaction from the security community was unanimously opposed (1, 2, 3, ...) and some are looking on the lighter side by writing Oracle Fan Fiction.
posted by autopilot at 4:30 PM PST - 50 comments

Cosmic Call

“In 1999, two Canadian astrophysicists, Stéphane Dumas and Yvan Dutil, composed and sent a message into space. The message was composed of twenty-three pages of bitmapped data, and was sent from the RT-70 radio telescope in Yevpatoria, Ukraine, as part of a set of messages called Cosmic Call.” [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck at 4:16 PM PST - 20 comments

10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond.
posted by standardasparagus at 3:26 PM PST - 36 comments

U2 Talk 2 U

In the midst of their five night engagement at Madison Square Garden, members of U2 took a bit of time off from their usual gig. First, Adam Clayton and the Edge made a surprise appearance at the 20th anniversary party of fansite @U2, joining a tribute band onstage to play a couple of songs. Then, the entire band sat down with the Scotts for the U Talkin' U2 To Me? episode years in the making, including multiple I Love Films segments and the band finally giving the Scotts some swag. (Still no t-shirts.)
posted by kmz at 2:31 PM PST - 26 comments

A Time-Honored Tradition

Draw Where You Think Your [NYC] Neighborhood Borders Are on This Map
posted by griphus at 2:27 PM PST - 39 comments

The Curb-Cut Effect

You probably haven't thought about curb cuts recently, but you've almost certainly used one. Curb cuts were originally introduced to benefit mobility impaired people in wheelchairs, but they're used by nearly everyone. This is an example of the curb cut effect: accommodations are often initially developed for disabled people but prove to make everyone's lives a little easier. The philosophy of inclusive design incorporates building accommodation for disabilities into products and architecture as a way to improve the product for everyone who might use it.
posted by sciatrix at 2:15 PM PST - 60 comments

The Philosopher of Surveillance

When intelligence officials justify surveillance, they tend to use the stilted language of national security, and we typically hear only from senior officials who stick to their platitudes. It is rare for mid-level experts — the ones conducting the actual surveillance — to frankly explain what they do and why. And in this case, the candid confessions come from the NSA’s own surveillance philosopher. The columns answer a sociological curiosity: How does working at an intelligence agency turn a privacy hawk into a prophet of eavesdropping?
What Happens When a Failed Writer Becomes a Loyal Spy? Peter Maass for The Intercept
posted by p3on at 11:56 AM PST - 26 comments

New Pentagons

Mathematicians discover a new type of pentagon that can cover the plane leaving no gaps and with no overlaps. It becomes only the 15th type of pentagon known that can do this, and the first discovered in 30 years. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:50 AM PST - 53 comments

Canids will be canids

Two foxes come across dog's ball. Adorableness and frivolity ensue. slyt
posted by Existential Dread at 11:44 AM PST - 32 comments

The perils of the 'de Blasio feature'

"Leading technology companies are increasingly soliciting their users to take political action on their behalf to defend controversial business models from regulation, support new programs, and promote their moral values in active political battles." Matt Stempeck explores the implications [alt link] of Uber and Facebook (among others) turning their users into lobbyists for the companies.
posted by librarylis at 11:22 AM PST - 25 comments

Trigger Warnings and Respect in the Classroom

An teacher's experience orchestrating student led trigger warnings in adult basic education. Story #1 Story #2
posted by klausman at 10:26 AM PST - 117 comments

Graceful Sunset Mix

“For any service that interoperates with content on the open web, yes, we think this is going to get more common, for the next little while anyway. Trends tend to be cyclical. We can all see where the current one is going, but it’s hard to say what the next swing of the pendulum might look like.” - Popular (at least on Metafilter) Music Discovery and Microblogging service This Is My Jam is shutting down, without screwing its users, but with some dire predictions about the open web.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:07 AM PST - 21 comments

"Re-Compositions, Not Covers"

Sam Amidon is a fiddler, guitarist, banjoist, and songwriter who writes and performs distinctly American music. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Paper people not included.

A growing paper city, models by Charles Young. [via] [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Don't forget yourself

Unfinished Letters From the Most Popular Kid in the Psych Ward (TW: mentions of sexual assault, profound mental illness events). , an article by woman of colour, poet, sometime interviewer, and activist Casey Rocheteau. Her blog is well worth reading, too. In 2014, she became the first recipient of the Write a House writer's residency in Detroit.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

"Live the healthiest life that you can enjoy - [...] do your best."

Yoni Freedhoff is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa and the founder of the Bariatric Medical Institute which is a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre. Dr. Freedhoff has been referred to as Canada's most outspoken obesity expert and the Canadian Medical Association Journal once dubbed him a Canadian "nutritional watchdog". In other words, he's a respected professional - and he's using that power for good. [more inside]
posted by VioletU at 7:12 AM PST - 73 comments

Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care

"House calls, which accounted for 40% of all doctor visits in 1930, dwindled to less than 1% by 1980 as physicians found it far more efficient to see 20 or 30 patients a day in an office than just a handful in their homes. But in-home care is starting to be seen as cost-efficient again—particularly for the most expensive patients." [SLWSJ]
posted by Jacqueline at 6:34 AM PST - 41 comments

“Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?”

Visiting Tokyo Snake Center: A 'Snake Cafe' in Jingumae, Shibuya Ward [YouTube]
Who needs a cafe full of cute kittens or fluffy owls when you can unwind and enjoy a refreshing beverage in the company of …SNAKES! A new snake-themed cafe has just opened up in Tokyo that makes such beautiful dreams possible. For a mere 1000 yen, patrons can enjoy a spot of orange juice and a sit-down with a non-venomous viper. [via: Crunchyroll]
Official Site: Tokyo Snake Center
posted by Fizz at 6:02 AM PST - 63 comments

ROTFLMAO

According to an analysis of Facebook posts, using "LOL" as a way to express laughter... is dead. (at least on Facebook)
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:18 AM PST - 111 comments

I made this!

The stories behind TV production company closing logos
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:03 AM PST - 30 comments

A how not to guide for special collection librarians

So you're an university or research institute with a special collections library full of interesting books and other cool stuff and you're pressured to get down with the kids in social media but don't want to? Sarah Werner has you covered: How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:41 AM PST - 33 comments

August 10

"It was necessary also to fish for one's dress"

Chiara Vigo is the last master of weaving the sea-silk cloth bysso [byssus]and showcases her art at Museo del Bisso in Sant'Antioco, Sardinia. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:14 PM PST - 11 comments

“Late” according to whom?

Welcome to Bloom — a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older. Bloom is also a community of artists and readers who believe that “late” is a relative term, not an absolute one, and who are interested in bringing to attention a wide variety of artistic paths — challenging any narrow, prevailing ideas about the pacing and timing of creative fruition. (via Ask)
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I eat it?

Eat By Date: A Shelf Life & Expiration Date Guide. The answers to all your AskMe food safety questions on one website.
posted by immlass at 6:29 PM PST - 31 comments

Bulldog + box

Scientifically minded bulldog seeks to answer the age-old question: "Is it possible to walk around holding a box in front of your face?" [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 4:03 PM PST - 51 comments

We go by "G" now.

Larry Page announces, in a blog post, a massive restructuring of Google. Google is now a subsidiary of Larry and Sergey Brin's new company "Alphabet", and Sundar Pichai Google's new CEO.
posted by sutt at 3:53 PM PST - 165 comments

The look of silence never blinks: Why Australia won’t help the Rohingya

Richard Cooke visits Rohingya refugees in Malaysia and looks at Australia's history of collaborating with human-rights abusers: "There’s a strange feeling in the room. An unusual aspect of being subjected to a 21st-century genocide-in-progress is that there are templates, blueprints, precedents. They know the fate of the Bosnian Muslims, of the Vietnamese boat people, of the Tutsis. They know this will take a long time, that their fate is uncertain. There is patience, and much more humour than I anticipated." [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 2:39 PM PST - 25 comments

How a Fringe Theocratic Movement Helped Shape the Religious Right

"Julie Ingersoll‘s new book, Building God’s Kingdom, is a meticulous account of this movement’s history and its aims. Founded by Rousas John Rushdoony in the early 1970s, Reconstructionism asserts the primacy of the Bible from the home to local government to national political life. While Rushdoony’s views were as alienating to the right as to the left in some aspects, many of his ideas did find traction among Christian conservatives. I began my conversation with Ingersoll last week by asking her to elaborate on the history of that influence."
posted by sciatrix at 1:58 PM PST - 38 comments

The sound of life going on is missing.

"The twins’ mother, Sandra King, held her sons tightly, then returned to her post at the Grant Aviation ticket counter. She said she’d be joining them in California later. The rest of the family went out to the tarmac. Kremer was left leaning against an educational display detailing the natural wonders of the Izembek Lagoon. “Well,” he said. “I guess I’m the last kid in Cold Bay.”
posted by anastasiav at 1:46 PM PST - 12 comments

NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI

Can you solve the code in the sword? (dailymail.co.uk) British Library appeals for help in cracking an enigmatic 'NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI' inscription on a mysterious medieval blade. Curator Julian Harrison writes a bit more on his blog.
posted by sidereal at 1:09 PM PST - 133 comments

True Horror: Tales from the Insect-world Crypt

Walking Dead: How Wasp Overlords Control Spider Zombies No, this isn't science fiction; it's the somewhat terrifying (but very real) tale of the orb-weaving spider Cyclosa argenteoalba and the parasitic wasp Reclinervellus nielseni, two species that carry out a strange relationship in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Scrundle

"New Pal" - the latest comic in a series that Lauren Monger has been cartooning for Vice. More Lauren Monger comics and drawings (most of which involve the same cast of beautifully-watercolored animal friends) at her tumblr and her twitter.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm sexy, I'm cute! I'm popular to boot!

‘Bring It On': The Complete Oral History
posted by signal at 8:58 AM PST - 59 comments

“Do you love me? Will you remember?”

This is the music video for “Sapokanikan” by Joanna Newsom, directed by P.T. Anderson. These are its lyrics.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:43 AM PST - 53 comments

Pro-Wrestlers' Mortality Rates are Nearly THREE TIMES Worse Than Normal

The BBC asks, "Why do wrestlers so often die young?" After aggregating the multiple studies of professional wrestler mortality, a Manchester University researcher points the finger at "cardiovascular disease". One of the studies he examined was a grim University of Eastern Michigan mortality study of 557 former wrestlers which showed that wrestlers aged between 45 and 54 had a mortality rate 2.9 times greater than the rate for average men the same age. And the prognosis for professional wrestlers is even worse when compared to athletes in other American sports. Even when compared to NFL football. [more inside]
posted by MrJM at 6:46 AM PST - 43 comments

The Flag Consideration Project

New Zealand is considering a new national flag design. The Flag Consideration Project recently published the group of forty flags which made the long list from more than 10000 subscriptions. The official website also has resources on what makes a good flag design; and presents the results of public polling on "What New Zealand stands for." [more inside]
posted by seyirci at 5:42 AM PST - 83 comments

Straight Out

To promote the “Straight Outta Compton” movie, Dr. Dre and his Beats (which are technically Tim Cook's Beats now) put up a meme-building webwidget at StraightOuttaSomewhere where you can fill in the last word and add a background pic. Everybody's* doing it.
*for certain values of Everybody [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:38 AM PST - 53 comments

Sol's Song

A guitarist captures visible sound waves by placing a camera inside his guitar, pointing it towards the Sun, and making the strings dance.
posted by banal retentive at 12:53 AM PST - 17 comments

August 9

Why would a tiny dose of estrogen derivative cause infertility, anyway?

Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines Fearing a UN plot to sterilize the populace with vaccines containing estrogen derivatives, Bishop Philip Anyolo and others have been encouraging others not to immunize their children. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 11:48 PM PST - 47 comments

"The men in this town have a serious case of pussy affluenza"

"I call it the Dating Apocalypse,” says a woman in New York, aged 29. “Guys view everything as a competition,” [Alex] elaborates with his deep, reassuring voice. “Who’s slept with the best, hottest girls?” With these dating apps, he says, “you’re always sort of prowling. You could talk to two or three girls at a bar and pick the best one, or you can swipe a couple hundred people a day—the sample size is so much larger. It’s setting up two or three Tinder dates a week and, chances are, sleeping with all of them, so you could rack up 100 girls you’ve slept with in a year.”
posted by modernnomad at 11:24 PM PST - 148 comments

White God

How did they get those dogs to do that? "Hundreds of dogs rise up against their oppressors in this visually stunning, one-metaphor-fits-all Hungarian drama... a film featuring 274 dogs, no CGI, and a pair of canine protagonists who consistently out-emote their human co-stars."
posted by kliuless at 10:32 PM PST - 32 comments

ArchiveReady: website archivability evaluation tool

ArchiveReady is a free (for personal use) online tool which evaluates if a website will be archived correctly by web archives, such as the Internet Archive. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 8:22 PM PST - 12 comments

"You're so sadly neglected And often ignored A poor second to Belgium"

"Welcome to the nerve-wracking reality of being Finland. To a casual visitor, it seems like yet another Western European country, a placid paradise with its abundance of bicycles, its obsession with its own mid-twentieth-century design, and stores that close punctually at six in the evening. The Finns feel otherwise. When they go to neighboring Sweden, they say they are “going to Europe.” As it happens, neither country is a member of NATO, but only Finland has a long land border with Russia—and a living memory of having been invaded by the Soviet Union." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:21 PM PST - 29 comments

CLEVER URL IS CLEVER

A Two-Word Review of the New "Fantastic Four" Film —By Ben Dreyfuss [Mother Jones] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:09 PM PST - 74 comments

In their defense, standards were lower back then

Being a review of the CDs I found in the used car I just bought
posted by Sebmojo at 7:16 PM PST - 44 comments

What do the poor need? Try asking them.

To improve poor neighborhoods, the people who live there must have a hand in deciding their own fate. That approach works well in Houston, where one program has enabled hundreds of thousands of poor residents, many of them immigrants, to move up the ladder of economic and educational opportunity each year. It’s a strategy that can — and should — be implemented nationwide. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 6:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Lips Like Sugar: The dangerous diet of the checkout aisle

One of the biggest offenders in promoting unhealthy eating, facilitating diet-related disease, and exploiting decision fatigue in Americans is hidden in plain sight: the checkout aisle. And it's all according to plan. The Center for Science in the Public Interest's recent report, Temptation at Checkout: The Food Industry's Sneaky Strategy for Selling More (executive summary) takes a critical look at how the retail environment maximizes sales of snacks and candy at the cash register. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:58 PM PST - 55 comments

"It feels good to know there are other people like me in the world."

A: What was it like when you finally got to talk to Laverne? M: It was real exciting; I was the first one to get a hug from her. I was the only one because she wasn’t going to hug people because she didn’t want to get sick, but I was like, ‘Laverne, I love you!’ and she was just like, ‘How could I say no, you’re so cute!’ And then she hugged me! And it was really, really super really great!...I can relate to her because she’s transgender and I like to relate to people who are like me. It feels good to know there are other people like me in the world. An interview with M. and Marlo [previously] on Amy Poehler's Smartgirls blog. Marlo's gendermom blog post and podcast on the day her 7-year-old trans daughter met Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

“If that’s your definition of a romantic hero… I have no words for you."

For Such a Time, the first work by author Kate Breslin was an obscure romance novel..until it was nominated for two RITA awards by the Romance Writers of America. The ensuing publicity storm has exposed serious rifts in the industry group, and has started a major discussion about problematic themes in romance fiction. This is because the story, a retelling of the Story of Esther, set durng the Holocaust, is part of a subgere of romances set in concentration camps. In brief, a young woman is saved by a concentration camp commandant, and uses her relationship with him to try to save some people, while drawing faith from the New Testament. The controversy centers of over the sympathetic portrayal of the Nazi commandant, and the conversion of the heroine to Christianity. [more inside]
posted by happyroach at 2:36 PM PST - 136 comments

Their mission is far from over.

The Guerrilla Girls, After 3 Decades, Still Rattling Art World Cages
posted by shakespeherian at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Check Your Location Before Your Assignation

Most popular word used in online dating profiles by state .
posted by WalkerWestridge at 1:59 PM PST - 60 comments

Ferguson Remembers

One year later:
posted by Artw at 12:29 PM PST - 159 comments

A Clock That Tics Once A Year

"Erik, photojournalist, and I have come here to try and get the measure of this place. Nevada is the uncanny locus of disparate monuments all concerned with charting deep time, leaving messages for future generations of human beings to puzzle over the meaning of: a star map, a nuclear waste repository and a clock able to keep time for 10,000 years—all of them within a few hours drive of Las Vegas through the harsh desert." -- Built For Eternity, Elmo Keep on structures designed to potentially outlast human civilization. (Motherboard)
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM PST - 67 comments

Remembering Bobbi Campbell

Thirty two years ago this weekend, Bobbi Campbell and his partner, Bobby Hilliard appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine, most notable because the two men, embracing, were living with AIDS. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

A Ridiculous Logical Language

Fractran (previously) is a Turing Complete language invented by John Conway (yes that John Conway) that uses only a simple list of fractions to form each program. Astonishingly it takes only a list of 14 fractions to form a program to generate all the primes. Here's the man himself explaining how it all works. [more inside]
posted by Proofs and Refutations at 3:20 AM PST - 38 comments

Sunday Funnies from Moose Kid and Friends

"Moose Kid Comics is a glorious 36-page, free to read, digital children’s comic. It features over 40 of the best comic artists working today. No-one involved makes any profit, all artists have given their time for free.
We created Moose Kids Comics for three main reasons: 1. To entertain comic readers and win new audiences. 2. To show how fantastic a children’s comic can be when artists create it themselves. 3. To open up the discussion about how we can make children’s comics great again."
[for children of all ages... if you enjoy the 'non-children's' comics of any of these artists, you'll likely enjoy these] [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:00 AM PST - 16 comments

“Turtles are allowed, but no photography.”

What do an alpaca, a turtle, a snake, a pig, and a turkey have in common? They're all animals that New Yorker writer Patricia Marx passed off as emotional support animals, with varying results.
posted by carrienation at 1:24 AM PST - 67 comments

The network is the music

Here's how to create and train your very own neural networks to compose classical music! Technical background, cool illustrations and music samples included.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:06 AM PST - 14 comments

No family is safe when I sashay

Perfume Genius is Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas. In 2014 Slate magazine named his song Queen the gay anthem of the year. Per Hadreas, it addresses gay panic and the power that he feels over how people react to him in public. It is also achingly beautiful. Speaking on gay rights Hadreas has stated "I'm glad things are getting better, but I'm going to push and be pissed off until they're perfect. That will probably never happen, but I feel some weird duty nonetheless. Even though I can get married in Seattle, I could go to another country and get the death penalty just for being myself—I'm not making music just for fiancés in Seattle."
posted by Hazelsmrf at 12:52 AM PST - 19 comments

August 8

California With The Death Penalty

The nicer a place Singapore becomes, the more it is flooded with outside capital and migration. That raises the cost of land and thus rents and home prices. Imagine if I didn’t own a home and suddenly Fairfax, VA became like Beverly Hills or Palo Alto. I would have to pay more, but wouldn’t benefit much from the proximity of the movie stars or the tech titans.
The political reaction is to make Singapore an even nicer place to live, which is what you would expect from a competent government. That’s great, but in some ways it makes the underlying problem worse by attracting additional foreign capital and labor. The city becomes more Westernized and more corporate and land values rise all the more.
A simple theory of Singaporean complaints.
posted by grobstein at 10:58 PM PST - 14 comments

The most beautiful airplane that never flew

The Bugatti 100p (Yes, *that* Bugatti) was a remarkable airplane and an innovative design. A single-seat air racer, it was supposed to have been the fastest thing in the skies with a projected top speed of almost 500MPH. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 9:13 PM PST - 23 comments

A 'constant chorus of skepticism' about the"establishment."

"They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing... Once allied with but now increasingly hostile to the Republican hierarchy, conservative media is shaping the party’s agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans’ ability to govern and to win presidential elections."
posted by zarq at 6:47 PM PST - 81 comments

Got a few few hours this Sunday?

Make your own 20 dollar cigar box guitar (slyt) Three strings of awesome. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

We can never keep, never predict our fortunes for the coming year (mlyt)

August 8 is the birthday of Faye Wong (a/k/a Wang Fei a/k/a 王菲 ). Mefi's own Zompist had this to say about her her. [more inside]
posted by otherchaz at 3:03 PM PST - 27 comments

One Way or Another

"In a patent dispute between two pharmaceutical giants arguing over who owns the royalty rights to a lucrative wound-dressing solution, their lordships sat in judgment over an issue that would have tested the mettle of the finest mathematical logicians; and in the process coined a new legal definition of “one”." [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 2:24 PM PST - 43 comments

BadBadNotGood: the kids are alright (and jazz isn't dead)

Back in December 2011, three kids (none over 21) who were studying jazz bonded over their love of hip-hop, performed a live cover of Gucci Mane's "Lemonade". It was noisy and jammy, but jazzy, and the crowd loved it. The trio followed up with a live video titled The Odd Future Sessions Part 1, which got love and support from Tyler, The Creator. BadBadNotGood (BBNG) took off from there, and are still going .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Reinventing Science

Science "explains things" in various ways. You can start with initial conditions, and apply laws of motion (classical kinematics). Or you can predict things via evolving probabilities (quantum mechanics). Or you can find emergent laws (thermodynamics). Or ... - There are many different modes of explanation. Recently, David Deutsch invented a new one: Constructor Theory. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 1:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Nom Nom Noma

Rene Redzepi, of Noma restaurant, has a beautiful instagram feed. Here are photos of a "Danish", crispy cabbage, segments of citrus, gooseberries, the "ellen-selfie" for chefs, fiddlehead, porcini, a giant conch, honeycomb. How do they get all these ingredients? (Previously).
posted by growabrain at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Spoiler: There’s a lot of Mo’ Wax

Writing for FACT, Laurent Fintoni and John Twells have compiled a list of the fifty best trip-hop albums. (Before you freak out, realize that particularly big artists all only get one entry, and the list is confined to the 1990s.) The list is reproduced inside, with links to entry pages, artist info, and (when available) Youtube streams. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 12:38 PM PST - 93 comments

No matter what, Edward will always be special.

Edward Scissorhands, a baby sloth at the London Zoo, has a teddy bear BFF. [Buzzfeedified]
posted by phunniemee at 10:47 AM PST - 25 comments

"He Who Controls the Spice Controls the Universe"

Use of K2/Spice continues to rise, despite public health officials in many parts of America declaring it a national health crisis. But let's take a look back. Like many in the American military where its use remains twice as popular as marijuana, some early users may have thought that K2/Spice (or "synthetic marijuana") was a safer, more responsible alternative to weed for managing their substance abuse problems and for self-medicating anxiety disorders. After all, until recently, it was still sold legally throughout the country, and convenience stores everywhere sold the stuff. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 10:32 AM PST - 78 comments

China’s most controversial,most honored, most censored author

China’s Most Censored Author Published His Riskiest Book Yet [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Vandals

“We had to block the road, we had to call out the bomb squad, we had to call up supervisors to come down, we had to close everywhere off because your vehicle was parked in a higher security hotspot in London with that written on the sides. That’s the justification, it doesn’t say ‘Spain is Great’, ‘Italy is Great’, whatever.” Counter-terrorism police were called this week to investigate a family van parked in central London, with ‘Iran is Great’ emblazoned on its sides [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:10 AM PST - 55 comments

“This is the literature of Louisiana.”

Patter and Patois by Walter Mosley [New York Times] Walter Mosley writes about his relationship to the literature of Louisiana.
“Louisiana flowed in that blood and across those tongues. Louisiana — a state made famous by Walt Whitman and Tennessee Williams, Ernest Gaines and Arna Bontemps, Kate Chopin and Anne Rice. These writers, from many eras, races and genres, took the voices of the people and distilled them into the passionate, almost desperate, stories that opened readers to a new kind of suffering and exultation.”
posted by Fizz at 7:44 AM PST - 1 comment

xkcd explained

You know those days when you read the latest xkcd comic, and you sit there, scratching your head, clueless as to the meaning, scared that someone will reference it and your response will immediately expose you as the idiot that you are? Relax, the explain xkcd wiki answers all your questions. You too can smile at the in jokes, understand the math, and get the obscure references. or you could just memail Randall
posted by HuronBob at 7:33 AM PST - 26 comments

Small Science

Not all science is about going to Pluto, curing cancer, or ripping apart the fabric of the universe. Chris Buddle gives an object lesson in curiosity, passion and science for its own sake. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

The Many Origins of the English Language

An Interactive Visualization.
posted by lemuring at 3:46 AM PST - 11 comments

KROQ Freddy Snakeskin On Air, circa 1983

Former DJ Freddy Snakeskin has posted in-studio footage from the glory days of LA's legendary "Rock of the 80s" KROQ FM. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli at 2:29 AM PST - 29 comments

August 7

I'm angry, lah.

Malaysian cartoonist Kazimir Lee documents the oppression faced by trans women in Malaysia, particularly touching on the 17 women arrested at a wedding last year as well as the landmark victory for the declaration of the 'cross-dressing' ban as unconstitutional, the first time Syariah law was challenged and defeated in civil court.
posted by divabat at 11:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I can give you a tour. I think you look lovely tonight. I'm a gift.

Sophia Foster-Dimino is an illustrator and cartoonist.
Foster-Dimino’s ability to articulate very specific, very familiar, rarely articulated emotional sensations is uncanny here. (...) “Have you noticed that loving someone is like pouring water into a well,” asks the frenemy. “You don’t pour water into a well you get water out of a well,” protests the protagonist, now crying. “Your lover is a deep dark delicious well & you’re nothing but a bucket,” her tormenter responds without missing a beat. “Not even a cool bucket,” she continues, “a lackluster ordinary bucket—that feels so heavy but holds so little.” To be blunt, fuuuuuuuck.
[more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

The promise and the peril of the exoskeleton.

"The tension, the promise, and the peril of the exoskeleton: It is great for some, but in the gusto for technological solutions, for stories that “inspire” and for devices that pull people into the “normal” world, people can lose sight of a future that could be much better. " Rose Eveleth at The Atlantic writes about exoskeletons and other forms of assistive technology for people with disabilities, the life-changing things they can do, and the possibility that they are blinding us to other ways to look at disability, accessibility, and infrastructure. This is part of Remaking the Bodies, a series on how science and technology are re-engineering the human body.
posted by Stacey at 7:04 PM PST - 37 comments

The Opossum Banana Eating Choir

To start your weekend off right, here are 8 opossums eating banana pieces all at the same time. It's hypnotic.
posted by codacorolla at 4:57 PM PST - 74 comments

searching for traces of work by Soviet photographer Alexander Rodchenko

Formally, I came to the White Sea Canal to try to find the missing photo archive of the famous artist and photographer Alexander Rodchenko—to be exact, to try and find the negatives of photos taken during the construction of the canal named after Stalin in 1933.
[more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

what's an ounce of prevention worth again?

It's been posited that one way to deal with climate change is to be rich, or, failing that, to live in a country that can afford to take protective measures. However, a new study published in the journal Science concludes that mega-engineering projects along river systems -- particularly near river deltas -- will actually worsen the eventual impact of flooding. The underlying reason is simple: when you prevent flooding in a delta system, you also prevent fresh sediment from being deposited. The land that's already there compacts, erodes, and subsides. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 4:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Featherbowling and Detroit

Only in Detroit. "Featherbowling was born from that medieval family of games that endure in no small part because they can be played with a beverage in the shooter’s free hand."
posted by motownie at 4:05 PM PST - 9 comments

It's like Uber for shower gel

"In lieu of showering I sprayed myself with AOBiome’s custom skin bacteria blend. Body odor is caused by the emissions of proliferating skin bacteria, as unique as a fingerprint. The Nitrosomonas eutropha taking over my skin now metabolizes ammonia into odorless nitrite and nitric oxide. Success! I wish I had a strain that excreted lipases, as my hair was still greasy." Why is the software engineer behind Soylent not using water in the shower and spraying himself with dirt instead? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 4:02 PM PST - 131 comments

"I am not going to be your attorney"

When Eric Wyatt told his public defender that he was mistakenly being thrown back into jail after already serving his time, his public defender cut him off with those eight words. He would spend over three months incarcerated before another public defender urged him to take a plea deal to serve 10 years in prison for a crime he already served time for. It would be another week, 110 days in total, before Wyatt would be set free. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 2:04 PM PST - 36 comments

Office Chairiot: Why motorize an office chair? That's a silly question

Let's say you work somewhere hot, and you have to travel between office buildings. You're handy with various technologies, so you make your chair capable of speeding (and drifting, somewhat) around work. Once you've gone this far, why stop? Making it remotely controllable is basic. Why not add a lot of crazy features like individually programmable lights and a pressure-sensitive seat alarm? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

A Child Again

WNEW Sunday News Closeup interview with Marcy, November 1967. Sampled by various artists including Meat Beat Manifesto and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.
posted by boo_radley at 1:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Mapping prostitutes in London in the 18th century

The (in)famous Harris's List of Covent-Garden Ladies, or, Man of Pleasure's Kalender (the 1788 edition on Project Gutenberg) catalogued, often with some of the worst puns and double entendres imaginable, the names and locations of the London prostitutes. The website Romantic London has mapped 93 of the entries. As Romantic London reports:
Harris’s List is lewd and frequently misogynistic, romanticising prostitution while largely silencing the women involved. It commonly fails to account for (and occasionally seems uncomfortably to relish) the suffering and exploitation of those whose histories it affects to encompass. It is sometimes compelling as a composition, but its main use for modern audiences is as a record both of a deeply unpleasant side of eighteenth-century London and of the social attitudes which fostered the kinds of commerce and objectification which it embodies.
posted by anothermug at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

When dealing with these frogs, we now use heavy rubber gloves

Do not touch: This frog has venomous head spikes that could kill you Now scientists have discovered — the hard way — two species of Brazilian frog that are venomous.
posted by Michele in California at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

"I LET MY WIFE SPRAY ME"

You have about 5 to 10 seconds of coherence (barely) after contact, and after that, your only concern is pain. Even with my prior experience, I was completely incapacitated. If I were an earnest attacker, this would deter my attack immediately. My wife is not a trained combatant, and she hit me with a glancing spray across my cheek and that was enough to stop me. (Ideally one would draw a line from ear to ear for max. effect) Amazon.com reviewers' pepper spray stories are painful and hilarious to read.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:02 PM PST - 53 comments

Waiting for Delta

Are Rogue Militants Preparing for War on American Soil? (Spoiler: Betteridge's Law of Headlines applies here.) How that whole Jade Helm 15 conspiracy thing worked out, just in case you were wondering. Not yet established: correlation with frequency of chemtrails, if it was all a big headfake by the lizard people, whether it will affect Texas adopting the gold standard (previously on the blue).
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:30 AM PST - 58 comments

‘Welcome Home.’’

"In 1979, a gay rights activist, communist and Angeleno named Harry Hay — a founder of a neo-­pagan countercultural movement called the Radical Faeries — urged gay men to ‘‘throw off the ugly green frog skin of hetero-­imitation.’’ Instead of fighting for the rights that straights had, like marriage and adoption, the faeries believed that to be gay was to possess a unique nature and a special destiny apart from straight people, and that this destiny would reach its full flowering in the wilds of rural America. " -- Out Of The Woods, After decades of semi-secrecy, a commune for L.G.B.T.Q. nonconformists has slowly begun to join the mainstream, by Alex Halberstadt for New York Times Magazine
posted by The Whelk at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

“Neoliberal England is a boring dystopia. Here’s why.”

The Evil of Banality
The writer, theorist and academic Mark Fisher recently set up a Facebook page called ‘Boring Dystopia’, and invited the submission of photographs of Britain in the 21st century to illustrate the concept. I’ve already uploaded a few snaps, as manifestations of dullness and decay have long been an interest of mine, particularly the places where the banal and the broken intersect, and the true, terrible, tedious horror of modern life is revealed.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:15 AM PST - 40 comments

RIP Frances O. Kelsey, Ph.D., M.D.

Frances Oldham Kelsey, the doctor who kept thalidomide from becoming available in the United States, has died at age 101. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:29 AM PST - 49 comments

"The basic terms are about as unambiguous as they could possibly be"

The U.S. District Court in Chicago has ruled that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign had hired Steven Salaiita last year prior to a series tweets the scholar and author published prompted by the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict even though he had not begun teaching classes or received approval from the University's board of trustees.. Amid charges that the tweets were anti-Semitic, chancellor Phyllis Wise cancelled the classes Salaita was scheduled to begin teaching and rescinded his offer of employment. In language sharply critical of the University's action the Court cleared the way for a suit alleging breach of contract and violation of Salaita's First Amendment Rights. In the wake of the decision, the Wise has resigned and one observer of the case has speculated that the University will re-instate Salaita to avoid a judgement "for which the damages could easily amount to compensation for his entire career, i.e., 35 years of salary and benefits, plus additional damages for the constitutional claims."
posted by layceepee at 9:26 AM PST - 91 comments

A Ferguson Syllabus: Reading a Movement

"Here are some essential readings from several astute activists, journalists and writers that have inspired, angered and challenged readers everywhere this past year. While this is in no way an exhaustive list, the following offers insider and outsider views of Ferguson, pushing all of us to consider the radical spirit and collective beauty illuminated in mass mobilized protests. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Several secular Bangladeshi bloggers hacked to death

August ’15: ‘Blogger hacked to death in Dhaka’ (BBC article); May ’15: ‘Secular blogger hacked to death;’ March ’15: ‘Another online activist hacked to death in Dhaka;’ Feb. ’15: ‘Assailants hack to death Avijit Roy, wife injured; Nov. ’14: (accounts of five previous attacks). [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments

There's a problem with electronic voting machines in the USA

My statistical analysis shows patterns indicative of vote manipulation in machines. The manipulation is relatively small, compared with the inherent variability of election results, but it is consistent. [...W]e have a serious pervasive and systematic problem with electronic voting machines. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 7:33 AM PST - 74 comments

"Women – Love each other, support each other, defend each other."

Herself.com (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Let's talk about the issues, eh?

There was a another major political debate last night. It was held in Canada, between the leaders of the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Greens. It may have produced less bang and flash than the US Republican primary debate, but there was an important divide between the two parties most likely to win, the neo-liberal ruling Conservatives and the previously socialist NDP.
posted by clawsoon at 7:12 AM PST - 94 comments

The Cat Who Hunts for Dinner

"...So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence."
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:18 AM PST - 34 comments

Ethereum Launched

In case you missed it Ethereum announced its first developer release a week ago. What is Ethereum? According to the video it's a "planetary scale computer powered by blockchain technology." Given the breathlessness, some skepticism is in order, but what if it purports to do on the tin is true? [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:34 AM PST - 57 comments

August 6

California is burning. What the hell are you going to do about it?

The Rocky Fire, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, has defied projections and containment for more than a week. Almost 1/3 of the firefighters dispatched to California's wildfires are working on the Rocky Fire, which is over 100 square miles and only 40% contained. Last weekend, aided by the hot, dry weather, the fire doubled in size in five hours. This fire season has been one of the worst in California, particularly because of the drought and years of budget crises. It is so big that the smoke can even be seen in space. "'It has gone in every direction with intensity,' including downhill said Scott Upton, a unit chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and an expert on fire behavior. 'It’s like an amoeba.'" [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 10:55 PM PST - 38 comments

Why Your Rent Is So High and Your Pay Is So Low

Why Your Rent Is So High and Your Pay Is So Low
posted by anazgnos at 9:11 PM PST - 112 comments

Last Call for the First Family?

Is the ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie the End of the Fantastic Four?
posted by Artw at 5:50 PM PST - 196 comments

George, the Self-Esteem Cat

George, the Self-Esteem Cat [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:24 PM PST - 23 comments

After 35 Years, a Stolen Strad Reclaimed

I would love to tell you some bizarre story of the violin's travels through the underworld, but the true story is much more mundane, even pathetic.
posted by Peregrine Pickle at 4:21 PM PST - 18 comments

The state of being both kid and squid simultaneously

Nintendo's quirky squad shooter Splatoon, which sold 1.6 million worldwide copies in two months of release, is their first real new property since the Gamecube era. People are calling it the game that could save the Wii-U. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 4:06 PM PST - 87 comments

Cats, cats and more cats!

Do you like cats? Don't lie, we know you do! Cats at the Museum of Moving Image, and you know it's because you love cats!
posted by Yellow at 3:54 PM PST - 9 comments

"I’ll be 25. I can’t rent my first car as a virgin. They’ll know."

The Atlantic: On "Late"-in-Life Virginity Loss. Vice's predictably Vice-ier take. Meanwhile, Dr. Nerdlove and Gawker's After Hours have advice. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Let the games begin! Er, continue! 17 GOP candidates enter ...

Tonight (Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015) is the first official** televised debate for Republican presidential candidates, to be held in two separate events on Fox. First, there's the happy hour debate at 5 PM EST, with the seven candidates who didn't make the final cut*. At 9 PM EST, the Prime Time debate takes place with the top 10 candidates. You can watch online, if you have cable authentication, but you can also participate through Facebook, who are co-presenting the debates. Otherwise, wait until after the show for clips to start surfacing, or you can follow live-blogging a-plenty (NPR | New York Times | The State | Reason), and you can add your two bits with the Fox News Election HQ 2016 App. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:44 PM PST - 1007 comments

In the Game of Football, You Win or You Die

"As NFL players start training camp, they’ve got to make weight and learn the playbook. These are the requirements to make the team in the fall. But among players, another task has become equally important, and it’s causing problems throughout NFL camps. You must finish watching “Game of Thrones,” because the loudest debate in NFL locker rooms right now is not over Deflategate; it’s over television spoilers. With the exception of off-season workouts, this is the first time some teams have gotten together en masse in more than eight months. Naturally, talk at the lunch table or in the training room turns to the wildly popular HBO show, which wrapped its fifth season in June." (SPOILERS) [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:37 PM PST - 13 comments

"...then I'll give them back ridiculousness in kind."

"...the undersigned (Luthmann) respectfully requests that the court permit the undersigned to dispatch plaintiffs and their counsel to the Divine Providence of the Maker for Him to exact His divine judgment once the undersigned has released the souls of the plaintiffs and their counsel from their corporeal bodies, personally and or by way of a champion."
Lawyer seeks trial by combat to resolve lawsuit (Previously)
posted by griphus at 12:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Going Green

GOING GREEN II: Green Screen Shots before (and after) Visual Effects
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

World’s largest natural sound archive now fully digital and fully online

“In terms of speed and the breadth of material now accessible to anyone in the world, this is really revolutionary,” says audio curator Greg Budney (2010 NPR interview), describing a major milestone just achieved by the Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. All archived analog recordings in the collection, going back to 1929, have now been digitized and can be heard at www.MacaulayLibrary.org.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Time Stands Still

400 Years - a browser game that uses time as a gameplay mechanic as you play a stone idol racing to stop a looming disaster (via Gamefilter).
posted by The Whelk at 11:18 AM PST - 22 comments

Don’t even go, if you’re going to sabotage your own damn self.

"Doug Williams used to give polygraph exams. Now he’s going to prison for teaching people how to beat them" -- the true story of a polygraph critic and coach arrested in a sting operation.
Luley displayed a striking compulsion for detailed self-incrimination. “If I tell them that I sold drugs in the jail when I was a jailer, can they use that against me?” he asked at one point. He also mentioned that he’d “messed around” sexually with a 14-year-old drug suspect after interviewing her.
posted by grobstein at 11:09 AM PST - 36 comments

Message 652

'Honestly, I keep thinking this but not saying it because it sounds really glib, but I never thought about wanting kids until you guys made it look actually appealing somehow.'
'Hm.'
'Ha, what?'
'No, I was gonna make some generic self-deprecating remark about how "Oh, it's not all fun and games, you know" but honestly it's the best thing ever.'

posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:27 AM PST - 13 comments

it's raining, it's pouring / the old man is snoring / now is our chance

Across the Internet, it was a time of peak misandry. Know Your Meme attributes the popularization of the term to various cultural artifacts few enthusiastic current misandrists will recognize. But, hilariously, the word (and the attendant attitude) seems to have gained visibility thanks to anti-feminists treating the concept as a real, widespread ideology, and therefore a personal threat. When feminists noticed the notion was a useful tool for poking the buttons of an especially nasty brand of sexist, a meme was born.
The Meme-ification of Misandry
posted by kagredon at 9:12 AM PST - 161 comments

Starting Now at Netflix: Unlimited Maternity and Paternity Leave

At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today we’re introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 9:08 AM PST - 51 comments

100 Years of ...

[more inside]
posted by jillithd at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Good science is boring science

A study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that measures currently afoot in nearly every area of science to increase the transparency requirements for research will mean we can expect to see more of these seemingly dull results in the future -- and that's a good thing. Far from boring, those trials that find a drug doesn't do what we hoped can be equally as important -- or even more so -- than the ones that do.
posted by sammyo at 8:39 AM PST - 10 comments

#iLookLikeAnEngineer

"Hi, my name is Isis. I’m a full-stack engineer at OneLogin." When self-described introvert nerd Isis Anchalee agreed to appear in a "hastily planned and executed" ad campaign for her employers, she didn't expect the internet to decide she couldn't possibly be an engineer based on her looks. She was a model, some said. No "real" engineer would make such a "come-hither" face, some said. It was a transparent attempt to sex up the tech world, some said. Those marketers really screwed this one up, some said. [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy at 8:35 AM PST - 66 comments

And Now, Jon's Last Moment of Zen

Tonight is the night. As announced in February, Jon Stewart hosts his final episode of The Daily Show after 16 and a half years. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:10 AM PST - 111 comments

Born in between

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies? (SL Buzzfeed longform)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:06 AM PST - 54 comments

Mystery, History, and Beauty: The Sudanese lyre

"Of all the objects I’ve worked with in my eight years as an interpretation officer at the British Museum, the Sudanese lyre is perhaps the most intriguing. Made in northern Sudan, probably in the late 19th century, it would have been played by a male musician at weddings and harvest festivals as part of a small band. ... Just as fascinating as the actual instrument are the coins, beads, shells and, as yet, unidentified objects that are attached to the lyre. In a sense, the Sudanese lyre is both a single object and an assemblage of many objects each with their own story to tell."
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Metal for the Masses

Professionally Recorded Live Sets by bands performing at St. Vitus and The Archeron Filmaker Frank Huang records a lot of shows by metal bands passing through NYC. He archives them at his Pit Full of Shit site, and on his YouTube page. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 7:29 AM PST - 13 comments

“With great power, comes great irresponsibility!”

Deadpool [Red Band Trailer] [NSFW] [Green Band Trailer] [SFW]
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
posted by Fizz at 6:55 AM PST - 69 comments

Staring down the barrel

With oil prices low and unlikely to rise, Saudi Arabia is in severe trouble, facing existential crisis by the end of the decade if the oil futures market is right. [more inside]
posted by acb at 6:48 AM PST - 57 comments

Mars Trek

Curiosity explores the surface of Mars and so can you. To celebrate the third anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars, NASA has created Mars Trek, a whiz-bang site for armchair explorers.
posted by condesita at 6:22 AM PST - 7 comments

An In-Depth History of One Block of Greene Street in SoHo, NYC

The entirety of Greene Street in SoHo is pretty short, as New York City streets go -- just five blocks long. Walk along it today between Houston and Prince Streets and you’ll pass an Apple Store, a Ralph Lauren store, and a variety of other high-end retailers. A hundred and forty years ago, you’d be walking by brothels. A new website, The Greene Street Project: A Long History of a Short Block, covers more than four hundred years of that one block section -- just 486 feet long -- illustrated with photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, survey data, and charts. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 6:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Fifty psychological and psychiatric terms to avoid

From Frontiers in Psychology, a list of inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused words and phrases. "The goal of this article is to promote clear thinking and clear writing among students and teachers of psychological science by curbing terminological misinformation and confusion. To this end, we present a provisional list of 50 commonly used terms in psychology, psychiatry, and allied fields that should be avoided, or at most used sparingly and with explicit caveats."
posted by Pyrogenesis at 3:05 AM PST - 49 comments

Or possibly the worst

The greatest game of women's soccer ever played. An oral history from the Globe and Mail of the US-Canada Women's Soccer match, played 3 years ago today at the London 2012 Olympics.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:09 AM PST - 12 comments

August 5

#ciswashing #whitewashing #Stonewall

"The trailer, claiming to be a ‘true story’ tells the audience that a young, white, cisgender, gay man was the first to throw a brick and start the Stonewall Riots. In truth, real historical truth based on hundreds of eye witness accounts and documented evidence that Roland Emmerich seems to have completely skipped over or simply ignored, the riots were started by black drag queens and transgender women."
posted by Urban Winter at 8:12 PM PST - 112 comments

"One dog goes one way and the other dog goes the other way."

It starts with one of cinema's most famous paintings (you may have seen it before), but it doesn't end there. Guardian contributor Alex Godfrey does a little investigating into a famous movie prop and discovers the life of its subject, John Weaving.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Just your everyday Nippon Kondate

Bismark, North Dakota, 1905: Typical menu for a ladies' church group luncheon: Tcha, kashi, sushi. Yes, that kind of sushi: Eccentric Culinary investigates the culinary history of America's love affair with Japan in Part 1 of The Great Sushi Craze of 1905.
posted by Diablevert at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Point of no return? Passed that already.

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. [...] London reached 98ºF during the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. [...] In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 7:29 PM PST - 148 comments

Was it darkness, or the shadow of my brother?

Spend some time with a depressed, laconic Luigi as he chain smokes and wanders through a crumbling Mushroom Kingdom, ruminating on ontology, ethics, family, identity, and the mistakes he and his brother have made, in Josh Millard's Ennuigi
posted by Catblack at 5:13 PM PST - 29 comments

We've made progress, but we have not come far enough

Three years ago, Paramjit Kaur Saini, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Suveg Singh Khattra, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh and Sita Singh were murdered by Wade Michael Page at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Deepya Iyer looks at where things stand in 2015 and what can be done better to prevent similar hate violence in the future. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 4:23 PM PST - 17 comments

How to do it

How to make corks fit. How to adjust a door. How to extract a splinter. A surprisingly useful How to Do It series of mid-19th century cigarette trade cards, digitized by the New York Public Library.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:15 PM PST - 26 comments

ENHANCE!

A computational approach for obstruction-free photography takes out the chain link fence obscuring the target of your photo, removes reflections, and--this is the crazy TV show part--can even build a separate image from the reflection. It uses multiple frames and magic math to build up the two "clean" images. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 3:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Don't know much about history: New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

The College Board has just released the latest curriculum framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, in response to some long-brewing controversy around the updates, which were to be the first since 2006. Critics of the prior changes are happy, while those who supported the prior edition are miffed. If you've missed the lead-up to this, here's some more history on the AP U.S. History debate... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:55 PM PST - 85 comments

I hate everyone I meet and want to go home.

Stress Fantasy: Overwhelmed by the relentless p_a_c_e of it all, I decide to abandon the Internet and live a simpler life founded on principles of health and self-sufficiency. I move to an organic farm and learn to make my own yogurt.
Reality: I cannot boil water, let alone handle live cultures. I become incredibly sick after eating the yogurt and blog about it before I die.
posted by griphus at 12:13 PM PST - 91 comments

The Typewriters That Came In From The Cold

In 1983, the US got a tip-off that the Soviets had designed a new breed of hard-to-find bug, capable of relaying information from office equipment. The Moscow Embassy had more than ten tons of gear, all of which was immediately suspect. It had to be fixed, and now. Problem one: how do you replace it all? Problem two: how do you get the old stuff back? Problem three: what on earth were they looking for? What they found surprised them! A tale of bureaucracy, secrecy, narrow corridors and IBM Selectrics that weren't quite what they seemed. (SL NSA PDF)
posted by Devonian at 11:20 AM PST - 35 comments

It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon

From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:54 AM PST - 74 comments

BRRRRRRRRRRRTTTT

New tensions between Russia and NATO have led the US to commit additional military resources to Eastern Europe. 9 reasons we love the A-10 European Theater Security Package.
posted by grobstein at 10:43 AM PST - 58 comments

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

“Six figures, right off the bat,” Mr. Minton said. “To me, it was astonishing.” The average class length among the schools is just under 11 weeks, and costs $11,000. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:35 AM PST - 79 comments

"too radical, too weird and too far ahead of its time"

Rebecca Traister, Huffington Post: Lets Go Full Crocodile, Ladies - "A documentary that disappeared more than 40 years ago—available to everyone for the first time here—is a gift to modern-day feminists. It's belligerent, it's hilarious, and it reveals exactly what the Clinton campaign is missing."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Ai Pioppi: Human powered fairground; with good first aiders

Forty years ago an Italian restauranteur, called Bruno, decided he liked welding and started making playground equipment for his customers' kids to play on. Today the entirely human powered - and rather scary - theme park of Ai Pioppi is the result. Reviewer Tom Scott escaped with a little more than grazed knees. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

A list of theories for why Lego-izing movie posters is problematic

Noel Murray (from the AV Club and the Dissolve ) talks about how the masses talk about movies in 2015.
posted by Tevin at 8:49 AM PST - 72 comments

Why Straight Men Have Sex With Each Other

Dr. Jane Ward discusses her new book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men with New York Magazine.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:39 AM PST - 91 comments

Clash of the Canadians

Starting on August 3, Narratively has been publishing a week of stories by Canadian photographers. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comment

FPP: a method of sharing content everyone would have seen anyway

The New Devil's Dictionary. These words don't mean what you thought they meant.
posted by mullacc at 8:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Canine Facial Recognition Area Identified

You Seem Familiar Probably not news to us dog owners, but Emory university researchers have confirmed via fMRI that dogs have a specialized brain region for facial recognizance. These are days of miracle and wonder, this is the long distance call.
posted by mrdaneri at 7:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Truck Driver Wins Mississippi Governor Primary Without Really Trying

Mississippi Governor Dewey Phillip "Phil" Bryant is pretty confident that he will be re-elected this year. His only opponent in the Republican primary spent less than $1000 on the campaign, and every prominent Democrat -- in fact, every Democrat who had ever run for office in the state -- declined to run. And that's how truck driver (and retired firefighter) Robert Gray won the Democratic gubernatorial primary without party backing, money, a website, or even a Facebook page. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:23 AM PST - 53 comments

“He’s got a dragon in his book,” she said. “A very limp one."

Portlander Ursula K. Le Guin is Breathing Fire to Save American Literature - Portland Monthly, Taylor Clark. “I just played with words all my life,” she told me. “I kind of went to my room and found out what was going to happen that day.” [Previously: "How are things in the Land of Youth?" Ursula Le Guin blogs from 85 | Ursula K. Le Guin on writing and freedom at the National Book Awards]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:48 AM PST - 31 comments

August 2015: The Metropolitan Opera abandons blackface

First reported in this article by Alison Kinney, writing about the legacy of African-Americans in Opera, and later picked up by the NYT. SLYT: Otello's monologue sung by James McCracken in 1983, and by Placido Domingo in 1991. Perhaps someday soon we can hear the rising star Issachah Savage sing this role at the Met.
posted by operalass at 6:42 AM PST - 11 comments

“I write and that way rid myself of me and then at last I can rest.”

A Passion for the Void: Understanding Clarice Lispector’s Strange and Surreal Fiction. [The New Republic]
Plenty of writers inspire fierce devotion in their readers—the David Foster Wallace acolytes, with their duct-taped copies of Infinite Jest, come to mind, as do the smug objectivists dressed in tech-world casual who owe their entire world view to Ayn Rand. But no one converts the uninitiated into devout believers as suddenly and as vertiginously as Clarice Lispector, the Latin-American visionary, Ukranian-Jewish mystic, and middle-class housewife and mother so revered by her Brazilian fans that she's known by a single name: "Clarice."
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Wild horses near Salt River to be removed by Forest Service

The Arizona Republic details a plan to remove free-living horses that the Forest Service doesn't consider to be "wild" from land in Arizona as a safety measure. Local Native American groups are affected by the decision. They may not be strays from ranches or tribes, but possibly from the Spanish Conquistador era. Even the Arizona Republic is against this decision.
posted by hippybear at 3:16 AM PST - 27 comments

That's just how her face looks.

Mic article on Resting Bitch Face EJ Dickson article about people constantly telling her she looks angry and discovering that her "RBF" is a symptom of her anxiety.
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 1:08 AM PST - 109 comments

Keeping First Nations issues in the forefront: Canadian election edition

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is working hard to put First Nations front and centre in Canada's 42nd federal election. Polls suggest the election is a three way race, with the NDP, for the first time ever, contending to form (a minority) government. Indigenous voters could tip the balance, resulting in an end to Stephen Harper's Conservative government. Both the NDP and the Liberals made their case to the Assembly of First Nations, and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair underscored the importance of First Nations issues in a campaign rally in Montreal today. [more inside]
posted by chapps at 12:36 AM PST - 28 comments

August 4

“It’s not quite what it was... it’s more sophisticated now.”

A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.
posted by zarq at 10:23 PM PST - 17 comments

#FieldWorkFail

"Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter." The #fieldworkfail hashtag reveals the hilarious perils experienced by the Science side of Twitter.
posted by magstheaxe at 9:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Say it Ain't So, Joe!

How A Young Joe Biden Turned Liberals Against Integration. Metafilter has been talking about another Joe Biden presidential run, and about school integration, and given that the most deeply segregated schools aren't where you might think they are, perhaps it's a good time to explore how Joe Biden turned against busing as a tool of desegregation in the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by gryftir at 8:41 PM PST - 51 comments

Brain Food

Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism (2014). Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He founded "The Best of Journalism", a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction. This is his list of the best stories from 2014. There are personal essays, business stories, stories of government misbehavior, science stories and more.
posted by storybored at 7:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Gentle Giant German TV ZDF 1974-Live Brussels film studio

In 1974 Christopher Nupen, the celebrated classical music director, invited the so-called progressive rock band Gentle Giant to record THIS CONCERT in a Brussels film studio to be broadcast as a 'Sunday Concert' on German television station ZDF.
posted by philip-random at 7:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the La Scala Orchestra in Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony. Second movement. Third movement. Fourth movement. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's program notes on the piece. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's extended video about the piece's composition, "Why Italy?" [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Closed Binders

Yesterday, journalist Melody Kramer used her column on the website of the Poynter Institute to publish "a list of every hidden journalism-related social media group I could find”. Reaction to her column has been decidedly mixed. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:03 PM PST - 62 comments

They Lied to Me in Song

The Indian Government will pay 3000 Mumbai beggars to sing about its initiatives. All-India Radio will help with training, though most singing beggars are apparently trained in music, up to degree level.
posted by Segundus at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

The Gay DNA of House Music

"At Pyramid, die-hard leather clones inhaled amyl nitrate with nuclear goths and industrial transvestites."
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:02 PM PST - 20 comments

One Billion Dates

Alec Robbins is a person of many talents, most of which can be summed up in his look at his unfinished work, that spans comics, poetry, and film. Most recently he spent 1,600 of his own money to shoot, direct, and edit his latest short film in which he also acted the main character, One Billion Dates
posted by everyday_naturalist at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting the most out of your ice cream maker (from Salt & Straw)

Portland, Oregon's Salt & Straw creative director, Tyler Malek, was recently named to Forbes "30 under 30" list. In this PDF he generously shares how to get the most of your ice cream maker. To calculate how to get to his "magical 17% butterfat" for YOUR quantity of ice cream, use this handy Butterfat Calculator from Ice Cream Geek. See also their handy Ice Cream Butter Fat Converter.
posted by spock at 4:24 PM PST - 56 comments

The Revolution Has Been Digitized.

Collections of activist ephemera (posters, leaflets, etc) are increasingly available online. The University of Michigan Library recently made available its digitized Joseph A. Labadie Collection of activist and political posters dating back to 1911. Selected posters from Michael Rossman's 25,000 piece collection "All Of Us Or None" are available online at the Oakland Museum of California. Lincoln Cushing's archive is up at Docs Populi: documents for the public . (via) (previously) [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Homme de Plume

What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name: I sent the six queries I had planned to send that day. Within 24 hours George had five responses—three manuscript requests and two warm rejections praising his exciting project. For contrast, under my own name, the same letter and pages sent 50 times had netted me a total of two manuscript requests. The responses gave me a little frisson of delight at being called “Mr.” and then I got mad. Three manuscript requests on a Saturday, not even during business hours! The judgments about my work that had seemed as solid as the walls of my house had turned out to be meaningless. My novel wasn’t the problem, it was me—Catherine.
posted by frumiousb at 3:33 PM PST - 64 comments

I deserve not to worry

Only a few weeks after becoming an independent media company, This American Life covers "The Problem We All Live With" -- namely, why desegregation is still the only proven way to improve bad schools, and what happens when one school district accidentally has to attempt it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:44 PM PST - 59 comments

How many ridiculously long escalators can YOU find?

Axonometric diagrams of every London Underground station Glorious, glorious tube station diagrams (not to scale) from Transport for London that will make fans of David Macaulay, Stephen Biesty, or Kate Ascher swoon. From the rather simple Bethnal Green to the much more complex Bank/Monument, enjoy a perspective of stations quite different from the daily commuter's view. (Previously from the same website.)
posted by ocherdraco at 2:21 PM PST - 35 comments

Costumed wrestling heel VS costumed vigilante face

After months of social media sparring, the Arrow TV superhero / WWE fanboy / giant nerd actor Stephen Amell will don full Oliver Queen-ish kayfabe to face his WWE nemesis Stardust on WWE Monday Night RAW. [Mild Arrow season 3 / The Flash season 1 spoilers within] [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 2:04 PM PST - 18 comments

The plot thickens

What was once a series content to celebrate simple boy-racer pleasures, the seventh Fast & Furious fell prey to a recent tentpole-film affliction: ridiculously over-complicated plotting. Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer Drew Pearce draws an analogy for this blockbuster bloat, responsible for routinely pushing run times over the two-hour mark: “Much as I love a prog-rock album, if it’s a pop song I like it to be short and sweet, and I think it has more impact that way. And summer blockbusters are very proggy right now.” Mission impenetrable: are Hollywood blockbusters losing the plot?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:48 PM PST - 58 comments

"I like music."

Helena Teasdale likes music. She also likes her furry white hat that looks like a bear's head. And her white wall. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Because we have never seen and will never again see anything like her.

In just 34 seconds, MMA virtuoso Ronda Rousey defended her championship title by knocking out Bethe Correia this past Saturday. In 2015, the average duration was 600 seconds. Her entire 4 year undefeated career spans under half an hour. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 1:23 PM PST - 71 comments

How many miles to Wall Drug?

An hour and a half east of Mount Rushmore, and four hours west of Sioux Falls, you'll drive by Wall, South Dakota, population 800 or so. 84 years ago, the population was 326 people, but it was located on Interstate 90, so there was steady traffic of people driving past the town, even in the Depression. Wall Drug Store was just another quiet shop run by Ted Hustead, who watched all the traffic drive right on by, until his wife Dorothy hit upon a big idea: put up billboards telling people they could stop in and get free ice water. This is the origin of Wall Drug's fame, putting the store on the map. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:50 PM PST - 44 comments

They say, ‘I never saw a Jew with a dog before!’

Meet Brooklyn's Fearless Hasidic Dog Walker [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:36 PM PST - 57 comments

The wine that came in from the cold

How Moldova's wine industry became a new battlefront in the new cold war between Russia and the EU.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

It's like, how much more black could this chicken be?

And the answer is none. None more black. A look at Ayam Cemani, a breed of chicken so black you half expect to see it smoking clove cigarettes and listening to Bauhaus. Black feathers, skin, muscle, bones, and a black, black heart. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 12:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Targeted Advertising Considered Harmful

"The best thing that you, as a user, can do to get better ad-supported content is to install a tracking protection tool." - Don Marti [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 12:07 PM PST - 25 comments

Love is Dead.

If Kermit and Miss Piggy can't make it work, what hope do the rest of us have? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:06 PM PST - 73 comments

"You've never seen any of them. At least, let's hope you haven't."

The recent reboot "Vacation" is packed with call backs to the original 1983 film, but one thing that is conspicuously missing is the name "National Lampoon" preceding the title. Vulture recently published a short history of the National Lampoon and how it has gone from it's peak in the 70's and 80's way down to the unfortunate straight-to-DVD output of the last fifteen years. Bonus: The trailer for the upcoming documentary: "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon".
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:43 AM PST - 28 comments

Both children were punished for behavior related to their disabilities.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Kentucky in the case S.R. v. Kenton County Sheriff's Office on behalf of two elementary school children, aged eight and nine, who were restrained in handcuffs because of behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. Video footage (trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:28 AM PST - 39 comments

What Kind of Person Would Vote For Donald Trump? These People.

Inside Donald Trump's Surging GOP Campaign (SLGQ), by Drew Magary. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:20 AM PST - 377 comments

Shirley Jackson on writing

The New Yorker has recently put online three short essays on writing by novelist and short story writer Shirley Jackson, author of The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House. They are Memory and Delusion, On Fans and Fan Mail and Garlic in Fiction, where she sets out her methodology of writing fiction. You can read one of Jackson's short stories on The New Yorker's website, Paranoia, and an interview she did with her son.
posted by Kattullus at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Stax of Wax

"For almost 70 years, United Record Pressing [previously] has been in the business of pressing vinyl records. A quarter century ago, everyone thought those old black disks were going the way of the dodo. Then a few years ago, a funny thing happened: The kids started buying vinyl again. And now, one of Nashville’s oldest manufacturing businesses is growing to beat the band." -- "The Persistence of Vinyl" via The Bitter Southerner
posted by jim in austin at 6:49 AM PST - 57 comments

AP posts Hiroshima archive

AP WAS THERE: US drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 By The Associated Press Aug. 3, 2015 4:06 AM EDT. WASHINGTON, AUG. 6. — An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President (Harry) Truman disclosed in a White House statement at 11 a.m. Eastern War Time, today that the first use of the bomb — containing more power than 20,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before — was made 16 hours earlier on Hiroshima, a Japanese army base.
posted by bukvich at 6:16 AM PST - 92 comments

Twitter Contest Winning as a Service

Hunter Scott wrote a Python script that automatically entered 165,000 contests on Twitter. "My favorite thing that I won was a cowboy hat autographed by the stars of a Mexican soap opera that I had never heard of."
posted by artsandsci at 5:54 AM PST - 30 comments

“...have your lawyer call our lawyer & we might answer some questions.”

Open the Music Industry’s Black Box by David Byrne [New York Times]
“Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Tales of popular artists (as popular as Pharrell Williams) who received paltry royalty checks for songs that streamed thousands or even millions of times (like “Happy”) on Pandora or Spotify are common. Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?”
posted by Fizz at 5:36 AM PST - 50 comments

Wadiayatalkinabeet?

Once upon a time, three Australian friends decided to take their private jokes and characters and turn them into a cartoon. Then something unexpected happened: they actually did it. This is THE BIG LEZ SHOW. Here's the compiled first season - links to episodes from all three seasons are after the break. Oh, and here's a recent podcast episode about it I just discovered. Warning: series contains profanity and depictions of drug use, yeeeewww fukken druggo. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 5:07 AM PST - 3 comments

The value of an effective police organization

Unlike the soft forms of social control — meaning the ameliorative and redistributive welfare programs of the Great Society — the new model of social control does not come with dangerous notions of "equality" and "social inclusion." Today, the poor are thoroughly locked down, as is our political imagination about what poverty means. Law enforcement has moved to the center of domestic politics; state violence is perhaps more than ever a constant, regular, and normal feature of poor people’s lives.The Making of the American Police State, Christian Parenti
posted by jammy at 5:01 AM PST - 12 comments

August 3

Or how to get ahead.

Pope Frankenstein, by the erudite and amusing Yanko Tsvetkov.
posted by Joe in Australia at 10:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Why we can't have nice private corporations

Paid $1 to $3 a day, unauthorized immigrants keep family detention centers running (LA Times) "Cruz, 36, cleaned bathrooms, hallways and other areas of the government-contracted detention center for $3 a day. At the commissary, a bag of potato chips cost $4, bottled water $2. The facility in Karnes City is run by Geo Group, the country’s second-largest prison company."
posted by pjmoy at 9:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Schedule I drug in the US, Class A drug in the UK, stupèfiant in France

There isn’t much magic left in the world today, which might explain the widening appeal of ayahuasca—the plant has made Joe Rogan’s “Scholar List” and apparently changed Sting’s life and saved Lindsay Lohan. But not everyone can come to the Amazon. Some believers think the solution is to bring the plant, and the ceremony, to the rest of the world. Tanner’s Ayahuasca Foundation, in conjunction with a Shipibo medicine man named Don Enrique, is training curanderos from all over the world how to lead ceremonies back home. So let’s talk briefly about things as they are in the real world. And then we too will cross over.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:44 PM PST - 17 comments

A family walks into a talent agent's office ...

Nevada Public Radio has made an oral (no comment) history of the making of The Aristocrats, the infamous documentary about the offensive joke that comedians tell each other. The movie has many, many great performances, but I'm partial to Wendy Liebman's and Martin Mull's, which are kind of riffs on the joke and not the actual joke. For that, you need to see Bob Saget or Gilbert Gottfried.
posted by anothermug at 9:44 PM PST - 24 comments

Give us a wink and make me think of you

Album cover artist Mitch O'Connell has come up with an "unrequested poster" for Paul McCartney's current Out There 2015 world tour. HE claims there are about 50 Macca-related references, but I only count about 12 or so. If anyone is up to it and can site 50 or even close to it, please post to comments! It's done in the psychedelic style of 60s artist Peter Maxx, and is a curious and fun piece.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 8:48 PM PST - 16 comments

ICU Nurse, Blogger

An ICU nurse with a way for words details her shift reports elise the great is a Something Awful poster (in the hidden Goon Doctor section) who has a long history of frank and well-written posts detailing her shifts at work in a busy ICU. After a long period of trying to convince her to write a book, and a subforum experiment involving diary-style entries, she has agreed to a blog. [more inside]
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 7:38 PM PST - 111 comments

The word 'Pajubá' mean 'gossip' or 'news'.

"Pajubá is one of the many queer anti-languages of the world. People study them in 'Lavender Linguistics'. It's hard to study those languages because their usefulness vanishes if they are not secret anymore. Pajubá is a moving target, evolving so rapidly that it can't be documented." — Pajubá: The secret language of Brazilian trans women [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning to Speak Lingerie

"Days start late, and nights run long; they ignore the Spring Festival and sell briskly after sundown during Ramadan. Winter is better than summer. Mother’s Day is made for lingerie. But nothing compares with Valentine’s Day, so this year I celebrated the holiday by saying goodbye to my wife, driving four hours to Asyut, and watching people buy underwear at the China Star shop until almost midnight." Chinese lingerie merchants in Egypt. (New Yorker via Longform)
posted by pravit at 7:02 PM PST - 10 comments

When Bicyclists Obey Traffic Laws...

Riders arrived at every stop sign in a single file, coming to a complete stop and filing through the intersection only once they were given the right-of-way. The law-abiding act of civil disobedience snarled traffic almost immediately. "The thing you say you want — every cyclist to stop at every stop sign — you really don't want that" [more inside]
posted by latkes at 6:51 PM PST - 225 comments

We go down to the indie disco every Thursday night

Irish indie rock: kinda like Scottish indie rock, but way less beards. Have you thought about Irish indie rock since the glory days of Ash, Mundy and My Bloody Valentine? There's more than U2 and Hozier happening in the Emerald Isle. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

America's Own Little Greece

Puerto Rico Default: How We Got Here And What Happens Next "But Puerto Rico is unlikely to get much out of Washington. Despite calls by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton to let Puerto Rico use bankruptcy court, conservative lawmakers aren’t likely to allow it because they fear the reprisals of constituencies that regard municipal bankruptcies as backdoor bailouts." [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 5:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Dying for their Art

in hamburg in the twenties of the past century lived a girl who was a dancer named lavinia schulz with her boyfriend, who was a dancer too, named walter holdt.
They were known as the mask dancers.
Knowledge of their astonishingly bizarre and tragic art is obscure and largely based on the rediscovery in 1986 of artifacts deposited in a Hamburg museum back in 1925.
posted by adamvasco at 5:14 PM PST - 17 comments

The continuing crisis in Mexico - Now with more dead journalists

Last saturday Ruben Espinosa, a Mexican photojournalist, was found dead in his apartment in a middle-class neighborghood in Mexico City. With him, four women were also found dead, three of which lived in the same apartment, and a domestic employee. All five showed signs of torture and had been killed with a shot to the head, execution style. [more inside]
posted by omegar at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources aims to document all given names recorded in European sources written between 600 and 1600.
posted by escabeche at 3:15 PM PST - 36 comments

Tired of image pressure on women of a certain age? Here's the antidote

This recent guest editorial (hopefully the first in a new intermittent column) is a cri de coer from an educated, intelligent and caring middle-aged career woman and mother For most women in the public eye their outward visual image is the most valuable currency available, and the booming cosmetics (and aesthetic surgery) industry banks - excuse the pun - on this. As a senior political staff writer this lady has spent many years in - or at least no more than a door away from - the corridors of power. Here she proves that the pen is mightier than the scalpel.
posted by kairab at 2:36 PM PST - 31 comments

“I need you alive. Who knows when this piece of shit will break again?"

Hacking the digital and social system: Voja Antonić on being a microcomputer enthusiast in Yugoslavia (via Hack A Day)
posted by GenericUser at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Get Down, Get Down

The Muppets - Jungle Boogie (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:05 PM PST - 24 comments

“What race is that?”: Whatever you want it to be.

The Reactions I’m Assuming People Want When They Comment On My Name. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 12:44 PM PST - 272 comments

...but buildings are too cold because they're optimised for men.

Fix sexism in air conditioning, save the planet: A quick article from Ars Technica (UK) talks about the frustration we've all experienced where buildings are often air conditioned to be too cold. Dress for summer and bring a sweater for the office. Enjoy the temperature preferred by your (likely older white male) managers. Original article is paywalled but the abstract can be found here. Finally, some (more) science to point out more obvious issues in the workplace. Not the genre-defining paper to lay all doubts to rest...but a good place to start.
posted by Strudel at 12:17 PM PST - 185 comments

Haven't you heard? Flash is dying!

Homestar Runner is vulnerable and should be updated.
posted by RobotHero at 12:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Abbreviations Carrying Resonance of Names Your Members Shortened

364 bills that have been introduced in [the US] Congress, ranked by acronym quality.
posted by threeants at 11:08 AM PST - 39 comments

You can tell no one here is high. It sucks.

The Onion has released the first installment of their newest series: EDGE. [more inside]
posted by joechip at 10:20 AM PST - 27 comments

United Nations of Food

My mission: to eat (reasonably) authentic cuisine from every country in the world (160 countries), without leaving New York City.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Did you ask for that raise? You totally deserve one.

The Data Drive. "After twelve years spent relentlessly growing Facebook into one of the largest internet companies in the world, [Zuckerberg] unexpectedly fled the country in 2015, taking with him an industrial air-hangar's worth of hard-drives containing all of the information accumulated through his social network from its inception to the day of his mysterious departure."
posted by thecaddy at 10:01 AM PST - 18 comments

The Man Who Shot Michael Brown

This March, I spent several days at his home. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. Because of such precautions, Wilson has been leading a very quiet life. During the past year, a series of police killings of African-Americans across the country has inspired grief, outrage, protest, and acrimonious debate. For many Americans, this discussion, though painful, has been essential. Wilson has tried, with some success, to block it out.
posted by standardasparagus at 9:36 AM PST - 73 comments

"What you have there is basically raw sewage"

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:35 AM PST - 43 comments

Sunday, July 2nd, 1978

Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU: a short film documenting the production of the last edition of the New York Times to use hot metal typesetting. [via PrintingFilms.com]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 9:24 AM PST - 13 comments

How I Infiltrated a White Pride Facebook Group

How I Infiltrated a White Pride Facebook Group and Turned It into 'LGBT Southerners for Michelle Obama' Sort of like e-mails from an Asshole, but the trolling is directed at hate groups instead of innocent bystanders on the Internet.
posted by rossination at 9:15 AM PST - 67 comments

Soylent's founder Rob Rhinehart shares his technotopian dream-reality

How I Gave Up Alternating Current - "I buy my staple food online like a civilized person. " [more inside]
posted by Tevin at 9:14 AM PST - 128 comments

Amnesty for some

The Guardian view on Amnesty International’s call to decriminalise sex work: divisive and distracting - "Obviously, Amnesty is right to say that sex workers have human rights and that these should be respected. But many Amnesty supporters believe that the trade itself tends to corrupt or to violate these rights, except for a lucky few participants. The broadest coalitions unite around the narrowest agendas. A call to decriminalise sex work is a distraction from Amnesty’s core mission, and dangerous to it too."
posted by Punkey at 9:06 AM PST - 42 comments

Yeah, you landed on the Moon, but where's your paperwork?!

The second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, recently shared his expense reports and other travel documents from his road trip with Neil and Mike.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Like many things, this will require some patience to get through.

Why Time Flies: A visualization by Maximilian Kiener of philosopher Paul Janet's theory of why time seems to pass more quickly as one gets older. As Wonkblog explains it, The apparent length of a period of time is proportional to our life span itself.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:00 AM PST - 26 comments

HOOBASTANKONIA

Every day this month, I’m searching the word “mashup” on Twitter and turning 31 jokes into real mashups. Why? I don’t know. Probably as a distraction from real things I should be doing. [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later

"When police officers shoot people under questionable circumstances, Dr. Lewinski is often there to defend their actions." ... "His conclusions are consistent: The officer acted appropriately, even when shooting an unarmed person. Even when shooting someone in the back. Even when witness testimony, forensic evidence or video footage contradicts the officer’s story." [SLNYT]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:43 AM PST - 45 comments

Fairest of Them All - Sequel to Mirror, Mirror

Previously on the blue, the fan produced Star Trek Continues series was mentioned. They have now produced four episodes. If you'd like to sample one, might I suggest watching episode 3, Fairest of Them All. It's a sequel to one of the most celebrated Star Trek TOS episodes - Mirror, Mirror.
posted by wittgenstein at 6:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Folks Went Wild For It: The Memphis Blues

The song Memphis Blues first brought the blues to a wide audience. In 2012, the BBC looked back the history of the song first published in 1912. [more inside]
posted by julen at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

"When you want 100 crore, just make a party video"

Award-winning actor Irrfan Khan and noted comedy collective All India Bakchod presents Every Bollywood Party Song [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 6:10 AM PST - 15 comments

"working with words is a kind of love, it's like being in love"

Words (part 2) is a performance by Scottish novelist and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy about working with words. Kennedy has reflected quite a bit about the craft and practice of writing, including a blog called On Writing that ran in The Guardian from 2009-2013, and was collected into a book of the same name.
posted by Kattullus at 6:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Biden 2016?

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign. Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.
posted by wondrous strange snow at 5:58 AM PST - 108 comments

"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it."

Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki [VIMEO]
posted by Fizz at 3:34 AM PST - 33 comments

How Early-20th-Century Americans Taught Their Kids to Be Thrifty

Slate takes a look at some of the concepts in Andrew L. Yarrow's Thrift: The History of an American Cultural Movement including various methods of teaching thrift to children. One tool used was a chart that teaches children how much it cost their parents to support them.
posted by purplesludge at 3:08 AM PST - 25 comments

August 2

*Dʰu̯órom *Bʰl̥gés

The *Bʰlog
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

a guy who’s giving 150 percent, and yet you’re not sure if he means it

"I’m not here, however, to adjudicate Cruise’s religious views or mental health or even, really, his public image, which seems to be a complicated one. I’m here to say: It’s time to start liking Tom Cruise, movie star and actor, again." - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:08 PM PST - 246 comments

Beyond fantasy monoculture

“As a black woman,” Jemisin tells me, “I have no particular interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would I? The status quo is harmful, the status quo is significantly racist and sexist and a whole bunch of other things that I think need to change. With epic fantasy there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative, in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.”

NK Jemisin on upending the fantasy literature status quo and getting beyond medieval fantasy Europe.
posted by Artw at 4:54 PM PST - 51 comments

The Big Uneasy

"Everyone in New Orleans knows that 911 is a lost cause." ‘‘What I’m doing now isn’t all that different from the trash thing,’’ Torres said. ‘‘It’s about seeing a need — an unfortunate need — and stepping up to fill it.’’
posted by bitmage at 4:11 PM PST - 54 comments

The road to pigmentocracy

It was ‘invisibilization’. The discourse was that we don’t have race in Brazil, so you don’t have race problems in Brazil...”
Brazil is combating many kinds of inequality. But one of the world’s most diverse nations is still just beginning to talk about race.
posted by adamvasco at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Ex-palliative care nurse dies by suicide

Healthy 75-year old dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland. Gill Pharaoh's last blog post is here. She has written two books about carers.
posted by mgrrl at 2:58 PM PST - 49 comments

The Pig is full of Many, Many Cats

Wisdom from mistranslated shirts.
posted by Segundus at 2:41 PM PST - 71 comments

The Eviction Series

Paul Madonna (previously on MeFi) and his wife have been evicted from the home and workspace in which they've lived for ten years. In response, Paul is drawing and writing All Over Coffee: The Eviction Series about his life in San Francisco right now.
posted by mattdidthat at 12:52 PM PST - 21 comments

On the plus side, regular vegetables taste heavenly now.

Remember back in the halcyon days of about five weeks ago when griphus inflicted the Minnesota State Fair menu on us? Many of us sighed, thought Oh, if only..., then moved on to discussing the President on a podcast or marriage equality becoming the law of the land or some less important nonsense. But what if you really wanted to know what that stuff will do to you? Fortunately, the Cracked team is there for you (albeit at the Calgary Stampede rather than the Minnesota State Fair), with 10 Carnival Foods Invented By Crazy People (Taste Tested). [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:57 AM PST - 55 comments

The Tongueless Fish

"I’ve been infected by a parasite. I won’t tell you what because I don’t want you to search for it. By the time this reaches you it won’t matter much, anyway. In fact, I’m forbidding you right now from looking for anything or asking anyone. Apparently I have about twelve hours as myself. They won’t say what happens next, because it’s kind of unpredictable. There are lots of animals who’ve had it, but only two people. They won’t tell me." -- The Glad Hosts, a SF short story by Rebecca Campbell
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 AM PST - 51 comments

You can't fuck osmosis jones

you can't fuck osmosis jones. other things you can't fuck: ratigan, rats from secret of nimh, the alan rickman fish from help im a fish, the iron giant, the weed ghost from cartoon all stars to the rescue, mufasa's ghost, the horrible cgi dinosaurs from dinosaur, or many other cartoon things. The deets: on tumblr. on youtube (2m) (via @Monodi)
posted by JHarris at 9:44 AM PST - 25 comments

Delta Flight 191

30 years ago today (August 2nd, 1985), Delta Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar from Fort Lauderdale, bound for Los Angeles, crashed over a mile short of the runway at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The plane was caught in an unexpected weather event called a microburst, which causes a sudden downdraft of air. During the struggle to regain control, the plane careened across a highway north of the airport, struck a car, and skidded into two large water tanks, which broke it apart. (Flightpath/Crash diagram) The crash killed 136 of the 152 passengers and 11 crew on board, and the driver of the car. (Cabin seat diagram showing injuries and survivors) [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 7:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Meet Jane Marie Kroc

There has obviously been a great deal of gossip, rumors and questions about me the past few days. To put them to rest: yes, I am transgender/gender fluid. Janae Marie Kroc, in her own words, is a "Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body." She is also a powerlifter, bodybuilder, and strongman competitor who owns several records in the 220lb weight class. [more inside]
posted by mrbigmuscles at 7:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Don't worry, you probably won't be secretly murdered if you watch this.

In 1991, a documentary, intended to be the first of a series on celebrity businessmen, was completed. It was screened twice, but its subject prevented its release and it was clear that continuing the series wasn't worth the trouble. So why has that film been released almost a quarter of a century later? Because that same businessman is now running for president. Trump: What's the Deal? (trailer, direct Vimeo link to full film, unofficial YouTube mirror)
posted by BiggerJ at 6:05 AM PST - 75 comments

(Sixty(-Eight(Candles)))

After sixty-eight years, Cooch-Behar is no more. At midnight on Friday the almost-fractal boundary between India and Bangladesh was rationalised, erasing 162 enclaves and counter-enclaves, including Dahala-Khagrabari, the world's only counter-counter-enclave as well as what was, at one time, the world's only part-time enclave. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:04 AM PST - 17 comments

The quikk bronw foxjumps over teh laz ydog

It started because I was trying to tell my kids about how typewriters worked (because of course they've never seen one), and all the existing typewriter simulators that I could find on the web get one very basic thing wrong - when you press backspace, they erase the character you just typed, like a computer. On a real typewriter, backspace simply moves the carriage back one space, allowing you to overtype a previously typed character. Erasing requires Tipp-Ex or suchlike.
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:38 AM PST - 36 comments

You can't be funny in the moors.

Great Confrontations at the Oxford Union: That Englishmen are Funnier Than Americans was the third in a series of debates held at the Oxford Union debating hall in 1986, attempting to settle the debate over who is funnier, the Americans or the British. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:08 AM PST - 22 comments

I have a home I built for you, right here in monkey land.

"Old Weird America", you say? I got some right here for ya: Oh, My Pretty Monkey, by Kelly Harrell. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Featuring Spock on the space guitar

What you get if you put Shatner's version of "Common People" to clips of the original Star Trek series (Previously from 2008: The Animated Version.)
posted by MartinWisse at 3:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Hyperion Systems Activated

Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing (YouTube) Hyperion handles several million light rays at a time by sorting and bundling them together according to their directions. When the rays are grouped in this way, many of the rays in a bundle hit the same object in the same region of space. This similarity of ray hits allows us – and the computer – to optimize the calculations for the objects hit. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 12:36 AM PST - 8 comments

August 1

You get disqualified if you don't have your hands behind your back.

American schoolkids had spelling bees, British schoolkids had Shakespeare competitions, Malaysian schoolkids had choral speaking: a Greek-theatre-inspired cross between spoken word and choir, commonly used to teach English. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:45 PM PST - 10 comments

The Imaginary Network

The Imaginary Network rounds up under categories the various subreddits for imaginary art such as Imaginary Cityscapes, Ebony, Architecture, Ruins, History, Science, Starships, Aww, Weather, Armored Women and more.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 9:18 PM PST - 12 comments

What to eat at 28 North American airports

What to eat at 28 North American airports
posted by escabeche at 8:38 PM PST - 46 comments

A Ribfest in Every Town

Ontario has hit peak ribfest. This is a distinctly heartland phenomenon: More than two-million people will visit one of the province’s 65 ribfests this summer. (There are only three dedicated ribfests in British Columbia; Alberta has two.)
The surprising politics of Ontario's growing ribfest industry.
posted by parudox at 7:02 PM PST - 27 comments

The Last Days of Oot and Aboot

Linguists are now finally alerting the Canadian and world public to the Great Canadian Vowel Shift which noone in general had really noticed before
posted by Bwithh at 5:17 PM PST - 89 comments

“There was art before him and art after him and they were not the same.”

Caravaggio [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] Art critic Robert Hughes reflects on the work of troubled Italian artist Caravaggio.
posted by Fizz at 5:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Charny's Questions

Geoffroi de Charny (c. 1300 – 19 September 1356) was a French knight and author of at least three works on chivalry. One of his works, Questions for the Joust, Tournaments and War consists of a series of open-ended questions regarding the law of tournaments and the proper conduct of war. The complete set of questions has been translated into English and made available online. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

revolutionize

Are you someone who thought the Segway had too many wheels? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:44 PM PST - 117 comments

"The seed of death is the most bitter and beautiful of all."

The Last Days of Kathy Acker by Jason McBride. Mathias Viegener, the friend who stayed with the author during her final month, also wrote an account of her passing called Cannibal Acker. Shortly after her death, her friend Peter Wollen wrote an obituary, Death (and Life) of the Author.
posted by Kattullus at 3:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Tarkovsky on Tarkovsky

Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film (Note: free versions of these films have been here before, links have sadly died in the old posts). [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 2:16 PM PST - 18 comments

You... you imbecile. You bloated idiot. You stupid fat-head you.

Adam Frost and Melanie Patrick of the British Film Institute take a look at film noir and what makes a film noir-ish.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

The Thousand Year Journey

My best friend, Jedidiah, quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. I joined him for a month and a half to ask why.
posted by saul wright at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Ten points to Gryffindor!

Simon Pegg as drunk Ron Weasley wishing Harry Potter a happy 35th Birthday. Weasley previously got smashed to celebrate the occasion back in 2013.
posted by Artw at 10:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Annual Beer Float

Annual beer float in Helsinki, Finland. The event causes heartburn to bureaucrats as it doesn't have an organizer, no one applies for permits and it just kind of happens.
posted by zeikka at 9:34 AM PST - 22 comments

eating a maple bacon donut on a Citi Bike en route to Whole Foods, yoga

"Gentrifiers are people with medium or high incomes moving into low-income neighborhoods, attracting new business but raising rents, and often contributing to tensions between new and long-term residents. Sociologists coined the term, which alludes to the European gentry—and which has only become more loaded at a time of skyrocketing rents and profound demographic changes in American cities. But are you a gentrifier?" [SLSlate]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:02 AM PST - 142 comments

Gotta be KD

Kraft Mac and Cheese officially changes its Canadian name to KD Staple of children and dorm rooms everywhere, Kraft Dinner ("macaroni & cheese" to our friends down south) will now be officially branded as KD in Canada. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:35 AM PST - 67 comments

“The life I’m living right now is just so much more fun.”

As the demand for tech labor grows, ambitious teenagers are flooding into San Francisco. There’s no official tally of the number of teens who work in tech, but Fontenot estimates that there are as many as a hundred recent high school dropouts working on startups in the city. Some were too distracted by programming projects and weekend hackathons to go to class. Others couldn’t pay for college and questioned why they should go into debt when there is easy money to be made. Still others had already launched successful apps or businesses and didn’t see why they should wait at home for their lives to start. In Facebook groups for young technologists, they saw an alternative: teens lounging in sunny Dolores Park (dolo, as they call it), teens leasing expansive South of Market office space, teens throwing parties whenever they want. And so they moved to San Francisco, many of them landing in houses like Mission Control. -- The Real Teens of Silicon Valley: Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits
posted by Room 641-A at 6:49 AM PST - 40 comments

Complex Systems Break in Complex Ways

The RISKS Digest Turns 30: In February 1985 Adele Goldberg, the President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), published a letter in the Communications of the ACM expressing concern with humanity’s “increasingly critical dependence on the use of computers” and the risks associated with complex computer and software systems. On August 1st 1985 Stanford Research Institute's Peter G. Neumann responded by creating RISKS@SRI-CRL. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:01 AM PST - 15 comments

"Have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music."

Famed debunker James Randi (Wikipedia) teams up with Ars Technica to test the AudioQuest Vodka, a $340 Ethernet cable whose superiority to run-of-the-mill Cat 5 cables, as per a review by Audiostream.com, is as plain as day.
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:45 AM PST - 97 comments

U2 is the world’s foremost creator of Oh Man, So Deep faces

Probably this is the first time Bono has ever publicly baptized a long-dead wife-beater into postmortem Irishness at Ellis Island, but honestly I wouldn’t know, because I mostly ignore his activities in his role as The Living Incarnation Of Thirst. Mostly this is just the convenient, and conveniently ridiculous, news peg I am using as an excuse to point out that he is an annoying doofus who has been peddling emptily profoundish, nauseatingly wholesome, sexless Disney World theme music to milquetoast nice bros for longer than I have been alive, and I wish he would quit it.
Albert Burneko puts the boot into Bono and U2, along the way taking swipes at John Lennon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You might want to calibrate your outrage with his views on cats.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:13 AM PST - 120 comments

Auralnauts Star Wars: The Saga Continuums

Episode 1: Jedi Party. Episode 2: The Friend Zone. Episode 3: Revenge of Middle Management. And now, Episode 4: Laser Moon Awakens. See also: The smoking and youth biology PSAs. And, of course, this (previously).
posted by BiggerJ at 12:17 AM PST - 7 comments