January 27

California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity.

In 1967, Ronald Reagan began a revolution in education by altering the scope and purpose of California's public universities: A higher education should prepare students for jobs. Full stop.
posted by absalom on Jan 27 at 3:46 PM - 1 comments

Burlesque

"All The Glamour That Was Never There!" Brief essays by, and material from, the collection of Jim Linderman
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“I’m sorry, I’m just so happy to see another brown person at Fest!”

Pilot Viruet writes about being black and punk. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 27 at 2:36 PM - 4 comments

En garde!

Sword Fights Movie Montage (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 27 at 2:21 PM - 7 comments

you can't name him that.

Don’t Even Try to Pick the Perfect Baby Name: "I was left with the same old words I’d had before, the same short list of names worn thin by the lives of other men ... For every boy name there is a man in the world who has ruined it."
posted by changeling on Jan 27 at 2:08 PM - 99 comments

This plan isn’t for the next two weeks or three months.

EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance
For years, we’ve been working on a strategy to end mass surveillance of digital communications of innocent people worldwide. Today we’re laying out the plan, so you can understand how all the pieces fit together—that is, how U.S. advocacy and policy efforts connect to the international fight and vice versa. Decide for yourself where you can get involved to make the biggest difference.
posted by andoatnp on Jan 27 at 1:42 PM - 11 comments

Live-Action Dwarf Fortress

The Rat Tribe of Beijing. A photo-essay about diverse folks who live in former bomb shelters turned into private apartments underneath the streets of Beijing. By Al-Jazeera America.
posted by Pfardentrott on Jan 27 at 12:58 PM - 7 comments

It's been too long, Manny

Grim Fandango, the brainchild of Tim Schafer (also known for such greats as Full Throttle and Psychonauts), has been on Best Game Ever lists since its release in 1998. Like other games that stand the test of time in terms of gameplay, it has not always been updated for newer technology, and as such, has left fans yearning for a pure game experience. There have been work-arounds over the years, albeit not always easily implemented. Today, however, like other "lost"games that eventually found the light, Grim Fandango has been released remastered on platforms like Steam, GOG.com, and PS4 to be reappreciated by fans, old and new alike. Please consider this product from Double Fine Games as you anticipate your gaming library for 2015. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 27 at 12:40 PM - 41 comments

Totally Unrelated

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender. You don’t smile enough. People don’t like you.You smile too much. People don’t take you seriously. (Single link McSweeney's).
posted by zutalors! on Jan 27 at 12:16 PM - 18 comments

"Basketball would be bad enough. But hoops?"

Article: Hiring is Broken [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 27 at 11:54 AM - 42 comments

The Mystery Of Faith

"In creating a work that portrays real internal struggle and transformation, Caravaggio converted painting. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 27 at 11:27 AM - 1 comments

"...a woman who becomes a mother cannot have the same career as a man."

Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?
Most new mothers are in their 20s or 30s, which means they grew up in a world of female Supreme Court justices, politicians, and astronauts. They have more college degrees than men, they entered the workforce in near-equal numbers, and they chose their careers assuming that having children wouldn’t mean losing money. Almost two-thirds of women with children under 6 work, about twice the rate of the previous generation. "I went to college and found something I loved. I got a job. I married and had babies and just assumed maternity leave was something that existed," says Annalisa Spencer, 31, an electrical engineer in Salt Lake City who has three children, and got no leave for the third. "Nobody told me it would be like this."
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posted by divined by radio on Jan 27 at 10:02 AM - 61 comments

idiopathic hypersomnia

what if you could sleep 50 hours straight and still never feel truly awake?
welcome to the bizarre, distressing, and totally exhausting world of the hypersomniac. (wiki) [more inside]
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Jan 27 at 9:34 AM - 18 comments

In the living room the voice-clock sang

Deathhacks: Tech tips for people who are going to die (someday) Jessamyn West (Mefi's own) describes the challenges that came with being executrix of her father's estate, and his house.
posted by zabuni on Jan 27 at 9:06 AM - 56 comments

"I sometimes think I am working in a madhouse."

Maybe the real state secret is that spies aren't very good at their jobs and don't know very much about the world. Adam Curtis entertainingly discusses the competence (or lack thereof) of MI5 and other spy agencies in this rather aged but still relevant article for the BBC. Note that you'll probably need a proxy of some sort to see the videos outside the UK.
posted by disclaimer on Jan 27 at 8:44 AM - 37 comments

"Where is the door?"

Profile: Breaking down the problem of bound gaps [New Yorker]: After graduating with a Ph.D. in algebraic geometry from Purdue in 1991, Yiting Zhang kept the books for a friend's Subway franchise and found other odd jobs before taking up a part-time calculus teaching position at the University of New Hampshire in 1999.
“For years, I didn’t really keep up my dream in mathematics,” he said.

“You must have been unhappy.”

He shrugged. “My life is not always easy,” he said.
He published one paper in 2001. Then, in 2013, he submitted "Bounded Gaps Between Primes" to Annals of Mathematics, one of the most prestigious journals in the field, which contained a proof for a finite bound within which there exist an infinite number of pairs of primes. It was a stunning mathematical breakthrough. [more inside]
posted by ilicet on Jan 27 at 8:29 AM - 55 comments

"Hands on your neck. Squeeze it tighter." (SLMINDFUCK)

THE HORSE RAISED BY SPHERES Directed by David O'Reilly.
posted by huguini on Jan 27 at 7:39 AM - 23 comments

Tom Brady Cannot Stop

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich dives deep into Tom Brady, one of the "most famous [people] in the world nobody knows," and finds a man "bent on nothing less than subverting the standard expectations of how long a superstar quarterback can play like one." Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl about whether the Patriots deflated balls in their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts -- and if so, how and why, with Coach Bill Belichick appearing to point the finger at Brady, the superstar quarterback himself. Others question the Deflategate/Ballghazi hype. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jan 27 at 7:19 AM - 144 comments

Sea smoke in Maine

Sea smoke or steam fog, fog caused by cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, the vapor condensing in small convective columns near the water surface and giving the appearance of smoke or steam. It is common in the Arctic and Antarctic, but if it is cold enough, it sometimes it happens in Maine; youtube links follow (some with music of varying quality): one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
posted by gudrun on Jan 27 at 7:17 AM - 14 comments

This summer is starting to look Fantastic.

Fantastic Four, that is. The first teaser for Marvel's 3rd kick at the can of rebooting the Fantastic Four dropped this morning.
posted by Kitteh on Jan 27 at 7:02 AM - 114 comments

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