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"Are my methods unsound?" "I don't see any method at all, sir."

Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 5:51 PM Jul 25 2017 - 1272 comments [120 favorites]

We don’t want you to help us understand; we want to punish you.

You might disagree with how we approached it. You don’t have to agree. You just have to understand why we approached it that way. The brief transition period between the elections and the arrival of the new administration is always a chaotic time. Outgoing staff tries to bring the incoming team up to date on the pressing issues, the looming crises, and the loose ends. But what if the new arrivals simply don't care?
posted by bitmage at 4:27 PM Jul 26 2017 - 51 comments [67 favorites]

A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story

NPR offers a list of 150 albums by women that make up a new music canon. And they elucidate on the matter.
posted by hippybear at 3:24 AM Jul 24 2017 - 105 comments [61 favorites]

Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI

Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. You’re surrounded by a forest of oak trees, stony ridges, and a tranquil lake—completely isolated and alone in nature. But in 1918, visitors to the 1,146-acre park were unaware that they were in the company of a group of women hiding among the rocks, trees, and grass. [more inside]
posted by twilightlost at 7:33 AM Jul 21 2017 - 46 comments [60 favorites]

"just as monstrous and mutant alge invade the lagoon of Venice"

Peter E. Gordon — The Authoritarian Personality Revisited: Reading Adorno in the Age of Trump, June 15, 2016.
My hope is that by reading Adorno again, we might discern how Trump at once instantiates the category of the “authoritarian personality” but also challenges its meaning. The AP study, I will suggest, contained two distinct lines of argument. The first of these arguments qualified as the “official” discovery of the research program, and its basic message is the one MacWilliams identified in the passages quoted above, namely, it claimed to have identified a new “psychological type.” The second argument was rather more sobering and radical in its implications: it suggested that the authoritarian personality signified not merely a type but rather an emergent and generalized feature of modern society as such.
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posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:03 PM Jul 23 2017 - 24 comments [59 favorites]

Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson

From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist’s library and papers. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 6:20 AM Jul 21 2017 - 16 comments [57 favorites]

THE TOAST IS BACK FOR ONE DAY

THE TOAST IS BACK FOR ONE DAY. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. So far: Link Roundup, and Harvard Magazine Personal Advertisements’ Many Synonyms For “Rich” or “Thin”.
posted by Shmuel510 at 7:57 AM Jul 26 2017 - 56 comments [54 favorites]

A treasure trove of electronic tunes from Aphex Twin and his aliases

Aphex Twin recently launched a countdown on his website. It began on the same day he performed at Field Day festival in London, where he sold a mysterious 12" and, for the first time in his career, live-streamed his set. And then he dropped the biggest bomb: an expanded collection of the Richard D. James releases since 1991, even pulling from some of his alternate alias side projects (AFX, Polygon Window, The Tuss, etc). You can buy FLAC or MP3s, or use the embedded streaming audio player with unlimited access to the entire catalog, and there's still more to come...
posted by filthy light thief at 11:01 AM Jul 21 2017 - 20 comments [52 favorites]

That time the Great Crown of England was pawned

In February 1338, the English Parliament approved a forced loan from Edward III's English subjects in support of his war against King Philip VI of France: 20,000 sacks of wool, which were to arrive in friendly Antwerp just before Edward landed with his troops in July. English wool, then the best in the world, could easily be converted into the gold needed to pay for troops and supplies. When Edward landed in Antwerp, his allies were there to greet him: The Duke of Brabant, the Count of Hainault, the Duke of Guelders, the Margrave of Juliers, and a host of lesser princes. But the wool wasn't. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 6:13 AM Jul 24 2017 - 18 comments [50 favorites]

I bet he can't identify mushrooms either

Man is very upset after mistaking squash for cheese
posted by AFABulous at 5:23 PM Jul 24 2017 - 180 comments [50 favorites]

“In the right context you can make words do all kinds of things.”

The Last Days of New Paris is China Miéville’s novella about a surrealist Paris magically overlapping with our realist Paris.
At the back of the book, Miéville offers endnote citations of the surrealist art that inspired his writing. I corralled all the art in this post.
posted by adamvasco at 10:12 AM Jul 25 2017 - 26 comments [50 favorites]

The colors of time

On 16 October 1913, two Frenchmen landed in the port of Durrës, or as it was then called, Durazzo, in the recently created Albania. They opened an elongated lacquered trunk, and took out a folding camera mounted on a tripod. They inserted a glass plate, and made photographs of the port, a curious kid in the gate of the former Venetian fortress, two Muslim boys at the base of the wall – one of them also separately –, a man with an attractive face with three or four chickens in his hand, a master who offered his services on the square with a huge-wheeled oxcart and a Ferris wheel pieced together from raw beams. Then they removed the glass plates, and repacked the camera into the trunk. These were the first color photos ever created on today’s Albania. [more inside]
posted by kmt at 7:48 AM Jul 24 2017 - 13 comments [48 favorites]

This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque ...

"This is the Night Mail crossing the border, bringing the cheque and postal order." The traveling post office, the specially designed and operated mail-sorting train, was invented in 1838 and documented as Night Mail in 1936. The British short film has become a classic of its own kind, much imitated (and parodied) by adverts and modern film shorts. Night Mail is widely considered a masterpiece of the British Documentary Film Movement, and schoolchildren often memorize W.H. Auden’s “Night Mail,” the ending poem that was added as almost an afterthought.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM Jul 22 2017 - 17 comments [45 favorites]

The pen is mightier.

Overwhelmed by all the choices in pens, pencils, paper, and other stationery items? JetPens has a guide for you! Colored pencils, fountain pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and paper notebooks are just a few general categories available. Not specific enough? How about a guide for teachers on pens and inks for grading papers or brush pens for comics? Have all the supplies, but don't know where to start? The Art of Letter Writing has you covered.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:45 AM Jul 27 2017 - 37 comments [45 favorites]

88 Lines About The 45th President

Democratic lawmakers have filed a "no-confidence" resolution against Donald Trump, listing 88 reasons why he's not fit to be President. Speaking to the New York Times, Trump provides many additional reasons. And speaking of things that no one likes that refuse to go away, Senate Republicans are back to work on a putative health care bill.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:44 AM Jul 20 2017 - 2808 comments [145 favorites (44 in the past 7 days)]

Life Advice in Exchange for Potatoes

You Don't Have to Love your Body
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:06 PM Jul 20 2017 - 31 comments [40 favorites]

When they call you a bitch, say thank you.

Olivia Gatwood reads her poem "Ode to the women on Long Island."
posted by The Whelk at 11:14 AM Jul 20 2017 - 18 comments [48 favorites (38 in the past 7 days)]

"the living record of a universal mind"

The British Library has digitized Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook ('The Codex Arundel') and made 570 digitized images available online. [via] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:43 PM Jul 25 2017 - 6 comments [38 favorites]

Norm Macdonald talks with David Letterman for an hour.

Norm MacDonald talks with David Letterman for an hour. At one point they discuss their experiences with OCD, anxiety and depression in a refreshingly candid manner.
posted by craniac at 9:58 AM Jul 26 2017 - 30 comments [37 favorites]

Agoraphobic Traveller, globetrotting from home via Google streetview

Jacqui Kenny is searching for the perfect Google street photo (Wired), as seen on her Instagram feed, Agoraphobic Traveller/ Streetview Portraits. Kenny especially likes when you can see the Google car's shadow or dust kicked up as it rolls by. "It gives it an otherworldly feel," she says. At first, she would pick locales more or less at random, poking around the streets of faraway towns and taking screenshots whenever she stumbled upon a striking image. After a while, she began seeking out certain kinds of views: arid regions with clear horizons; latitudes where she found that the sunlight fell at a dramatic slant. (New Yorker) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:57 PM Jul 26 2017 - 19 comments [36 favorites]

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