August 3

...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 on Aug 3 at 12:17 PM - 9 comments

Haven't you heard? Flash is dying!

Homestar Runner is vulnerable and should be updated.
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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 on Aug 3 at 11:08 AM - 15 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 on Aug 3 at 10:20 AM - 19 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 on Aug 3 at 10:16 AM - 19 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 on Aug 3 at 10:01 AM - 12 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 on Aug 3 at 9:36 AM - 48 comments

"What you have there is basically raw sewage"

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 3 at 9:35 AM - 25 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 on Aug 3 at 9:24 AM - 3 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 on Aug 3 at 9:15 AM - 37 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 on Aug 3 at 9:14 AM - 70 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 on Aug 3 at 9:06 AM - 15 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 on Aug 3 at 8:40 AM - 11 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 on Aug 3 at 8:00 AM - 18 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 on Aug 3 at 7:45 AM - 10 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 on Aug 3 at 7:43 AM - 41 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 on Aug 3 at 6:56 AM - 8 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 on Aug 3 at 6:45 AM - 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 on Aug 3 at 6:10 AM - 10 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 on Aug 3 at 6:01 AM - 2 comments

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