November 9, 2015

A place where our language lives

A short film: The winter stories of the Ojibwe are vital narratives that offer a historical and moral guide for understanding the environment and our people’s place within it. One of these stories tells of the first maple sugar gathering. A tree offered its life-force (sap) for use by the people to help keep them alive through a difficult winter when many were starving to death. This tree asked to be cared for in return and to be thanked properly for this gift. Each spring the students at Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School open the school sugar bush with a retelling of this story and an opening feast of thanks.
posted by rtha at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

I bean, Ubeam, we all beam...

UBeam claims to be able to do wireless charging via ultrasound. "UBeam, a high-profile start-up backed by some of Silicon Valley's most prominent investors, has become a tech industry sensation because of the wireless charging technology it says it has developed... But the company, which has never demonstrated a fully-functioning prototype, is now facing an onslaught of questions about whether it can actually deliver the breakthrough it is promising." EEVblog is critical. The demo.
posted by GuyZero at 5:45 PM PST - 103 comments

On being a starving art critic

"So, we all need to remember that except for like 1% of 1% of 1% of everyone in the art world, almost no one in the art world makes money." Jerry Saltz turn his pockets inside out out to reveal that, despite being one of the best known art critics working, he lives paycheck to paycheck. The original facebook post is here. [more inside]
posted by batbat at 5:19 PM PST - 30 comments

I guess it’s sunglasses all the time now

Facial recognition software is increasingly being deployed in the retail sector. Stores say this helps them achieve 2 main goals: identify shoplifters, and target high-spending customers. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 4:27 PM PST - 87 comments

A Handout Is The Best Hand Up

A generation of evidence affirms cash transfers as among the most powerful means of eliminating extreme poverty in the world. Transfers of money, along with transfers of food vouchers, have seen Brazilian inequality plummet alongside the numbers of the very poor.
posted by blankdawn at 3:46 PM PST - 47 comments

Grave Metallum

The infrequently updated blog Heavy Latin chronicles and translates the uses, and misuses, of Latin by metal bands.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:01 PM PST - 20 comments

…something that was encouraged by Satan.

Dr. Leo Spaceman (from the 30 Rock series) and Dr. Ben Carson (from the Republican presidential debate series) are both doctors. They both say outlandish things. A group of MeFites have placed Dr. Spaceman's quotes on Dr. Carson's pictures and vice versa. No verisimilitude has been lost in these exchanges. [via mefi projects]
posted by ignignokt at 1:25 PM PST - 38 comments

Not paying your writers SUCKS.

The Rumpus is not of the same world as The Huffington Post, and therein lies the problem with this conversation: somewhere along the line, in an important and valuable attempt to be pay writers better, the issue of what any given publication could legitimately afford was thrown out the window. Paying writers = the right side of history, period. If you don’t have the financial backing of venture capital or a man with a lot of money, you shouldn’t even exist. Your continued dedication to existence is in fact offensive to the very writers you claim to nurture. [...] I’m sensitive to this issue as a website that was unable to pay most of its writers from our inception in 2009 until late 2013. We didn’t have the money to pay them, that’s just a fact. The money did not exist, we could not summon it from the sky; we’re lesbians, we inherently lack rich husbands. Maybe that means we should’ve given up, I’m not sure, but that makes me really frightened for the future of independent journalism by and for populations even more disenfranchised than our own. How can we advocate for both disenfranchised writers and disenfranchised publishers? Because the thing is… Not paying your writers SUCKS.
- Autostraddle: The “Who Pays Writers” Conversation Needs a Little Nuance
posted by divabat at 1:24 PM PST - 78 comments

Baby Hitler

On October 23, The New York Times Magazine caused a stir when they released the results of their reader poll: "If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it?" US presidential candidate Jeb Bush is now the first of the candidates to announce, on video, that he would do so.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:48 PM PST - 268 comments

A Near-sighted Scrap Pile

R2-D2, beloved blue and white astromech droid or perhaps, the biggest scumbag in Star Wars? via Geek.com.
posted by Atreides at 12:47 PM PST - 60 comments

"No, he loves treading water."

This talking horse is a brutally honest and accurate portrayal of all of us, and the struggles and suffering we face in life. The Zen of Bojack Horseman
posted by litleozy at 12:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Earlier Life

Seven fossilized brains from the Cambrian. A complex animal skeleton from the pre-Cambrian. Oxygen made by photosynthesis a billion years before the Great Oxygenation Event. Carbon made by life from 4.1 billion years ago. (Okay, maybe not so fast on that last one.)
posted by clawsoon at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Somewhere in America

Three young women, part of a literacy project called Get Lit, drop a powerful message on Queen Latifah's talk show. (TW: mentions of sexual assault, racism, assault)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Kid Nation

40 kid "castaways."
40 days.
No Adults.
Kid Nation [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:10 AM PST - 28 comments

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

One morning as I scanned the news...I thought of Edward Snowden and wondered how he was holding up in Moscow. I began to imagine a conversation between him and Daniel Ellsberg... And then, interestingly, in my imagination a third person made her way into the room—the writer Arundhati Roy. It occurred to me that trying to get the three of them together would be a fine thing to do.
John Cusack (yes, that John Cusack) asks Arundhati Roy to join him and Daniel Ellsberg on a trip to Moscow to have a conversation with Edward Snowden [more inside]
posted by aerosolkid at 11:10 AM PST - 32 comments

Hallowed be thy bane

The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World A new study published in Cell shows that "Parents in religious households reported that their children expressed more empathy and sensitivity for justice in everyday life. However, religiousness was inversely predictive of children’s altruism and positively correlated with their punitive tendencies." [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 10:36 AM PST - 42 comments

Dear men: you should totally have close friends post-30 years of age

Three more years have passed in a blur of deadlines and I still don’t know anybody who isn’t connected to my work. If I nip out to buy wine on Saturday evening, I pass pubs full of people who look like they’re having fun. I see groups of men often catching up one-to-one, and I experience pangs for when my weekends were like that. Everybody except me has a fulfilling social life. Or does it only look like that? The difficulty of forging friendships in your adulthood on MeFi, previously and previouslier.
posted by Kitteh at 10:01 AM PST - 179 comments

*Sigh*

In the early 1950s, when Donna Mae Johnson arrived at work, she’d sometimes find her desk calendar festooned with doodled greetings or cartoons from Sparky, her co-worker. For three years, Johnson dated Sparky, but when he proposed to her, she turned him down. Although Donna Mae Johnson became Donna Johnson Wold, she maintained a lifelong friendship with Sparky, who for half a century, drew cartoons occasionally imbued with secret, romantic messages read by millions, yet truly understood only by Donna and Sparky.
posted by mattdidthat at 10:01 AM PST - 24 comments

the resulting rustle of zippers and thuds

How to Run A Successful Conference Panel Discussion [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:52 AM PST - 3 comments

That face — it isn't a face, but a mask!

At the recent World Fantasy Awards it was announced that the trophy will no longer be modeled on the head of horror writer HP Lovecraft. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:36 AM PST - 132 comments

Regency Dances

Let's learn some Regency-era dances! [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

March of the balloon animals

1929-1964, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (SL Mashable)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Is this a joke? It feels like a joke.

Slate: Meet Our New Dear Prudence Columnist: After a glorious decade, Emily Yoffe is passing the advice-giving pen to Mallory Ortberg. [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 7:35 AM PST - 75 comments

How First Nations kids built their own internet infrastructure

Three years ago, the people living in the Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario would crowd in each other’s homes and outside the band office to access what little internet the community had. There was dial-up, there was expensive cellular data, and there was some service from an internet provider in a neighboring town; when the network went down, it would sometimes take weeks for a technician to come and fix the issue. The community’s kids—itching to get their gaming systems online and scroll through Facebook on their phones—weren’t having it. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Never forget the tree from the first episode

After a successful kickstarter campaign, Muzzled the Musical has released it's promised three episodes (season one): episode 1, episode 2, episode 3. An epic saga of mean girl princesses and bloody musical warfare, starring Ashly Burch (of HAWP) and created by Matthew Mercer.
posted by Theta States at 6:54 AM PST - 4 comments

"We may be tokens, but we're damn good-looking ones."

Phoebe Robinson, author of the the Blaria blog, writes about the meaning of her blog's name and how Daria Shaped a Generation of Women.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

"It’s worth sacrificing... because I’m already not wanted here."

After several high-profile incidents of overt racism at the University of Missouri, the student organization Concerned Student 1950 (named after the first year that African-American students were allowed to enroll at UM) held protests and demanded the resignation of Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri System. Graduate student Jonathan Butler started a hunger strike, and student members of the football team have boycotted all team activities until Wolfe resigns. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 6:12 AM PST - 236 comments

Living and dying on Airbnb

'It’s only a matter of time until something terrible happens,' The New York Times’s Ron Lieber wrote in a 2012 piece examining Airbnb’s liability issues. My family’s story — a private matter until now — is that terrible something.
Writer Zak Stone about a tragic family death and the lack of regulations and liability in the sharing economy at the example of Airbnb.
posted by starzero at 3:33 AM PST - 159 comments

Cancer Survivors Talk About What It’s Really Like To Have Cancer

In this Buzzfeed video, young cancer survivors talk honestly about their experiences. (SLYT) We all spend our lives wondering what it would be like if the doctor told us we had cancer. How would we react? How would our lives change? In this video young cancer survivors talk with candor and some humor about the day they were diagnosed, and what happened after that. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:27 AM PST - 17 comments

barbecued-tofu sandwiches, spinach salads and chocolate-covered bacon

certain football clubs have become symbols of football hipsterdom and many of them seem to have a lot in common: an almost blanket lack of on-field success, a history of anti-establishmentarianism, the status of plucky underdog, a nice away shirt
The Grauniad's regular football column, Joy of Six, presents hipsters' favourite football clubs.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:51 AM PST - 31 comments

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