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웃 i am not here and this is not really happening.

After the triumph of OK Computer, Radiohead fell into a creative tailspin -- and frontman Thom Yorke into a nervous breakdown. Exhausted from touring, hounded by press, and jaded by copycats, he escaped into the electronica scene pioneered by Kraftwerk and Warp Records -- fertile ground, the band discovered. Trading spacey rock for apocalyptic brooding, they teased their new sound not with singles or music videos but with innovative web streaming and cryptic, dreamlike "blips" -- winterlands, flocks of cubes, eyeballs, bears. After nearly breaking up over tracklist angst, they cut the kid in half. Thus fifteen years ago today, Kid A and (later) Amnesiac debuted, a confounding mix of electronic fugue, whalesong, pulsing IDM, drunken piano, and epic jazz funeral whose insights into anxiety, political dysfunction, and climate crisis would make it one of the most revered albums of the twenty-first century. See the documentary Reflections on Kid A for interviews and live cuts, or look inside for much more. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:45 AM Oct 2 2015 - 60 comments [244 favorites]

*DING!* Thank you! Good morning!

The Principles of Argumentation - Pan African Studies Department - California State University, Northridge
Using Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasian - Purdue
Four Argument Strategies - Ethical Realism
38 Ways To Win An Argument—Arthur Schopenhauer - India Uncut
How to win Arguments – Dos, Don’ts and Sneaky Tactics - Lifehack
How to Win Every Argument - Eric Barker, Time (with TED talk by Daniel Cohen) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:26 PM Oct 6 2015 - 17 comments [90 favorites]

"This is where people died. For that right. Our right."

Following the 2014 implementation of a strict photo voter ID law and a 54% increase in the cost of a driver license earlier this year, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency cited budget cuts as the instigating factor for the recent closure of 31 driver license bureaus across the state. As of last week, every county in Alabama where black citizens currently comprise more than 75% of registered voters has had its driver license office closed. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 8:01 AM Oct 7 2015 - 121 comments [88 favorites]

Need A Little Sugar in my Bowl

He shakes my ashes
Greases my griddle
Churns my butter
And he strokes my fiddle
My man, is such a handy man

Alberta Hunter - My Handy Man

Euphemisms in the blues. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 11:19 PM Oct 3 2015 - 51 comments [77 favorites]

Attention K-Mart Shoppers

"This is a digitized version of an in-store cassette tape that was played within a Kmart store. See the title of the file for the month and year. I worked at Kmart between 1989 and 1999 and held onto them with the hopes that they would be of use some day. Enjoy!" (via)
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM Oct 2 2015 - 38 comments [73 favorites]

‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show

Few people afford Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network’s strange, seminal comedy, its rightful place in the pantheon. But from its bargain-basement launch in 1994 to its place at the center of the wildly popular Adult Swim lineup in the 2000s, it helped introduce cringe comedy to the American viewing public, deconstructed the idea of the talk show beyond repair for a generation of comedians, and changed the look and feel of the entire animation art form.
posted by cthuljew at 11:25 PM Oct 7 2015 - 90 comments [69 favorites]

The Apollo Photos

The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded to Flickr all photographs taken by the Apollo missions to the moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). [more inside]
posted by nubs at 6:47 PM Oct 2 2015 - 36 comments [66 favorites]

If we do not find new images, we will perish

"The Fall" is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh. The opening title sequence is the "perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision." Ebert described the movie as "a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. Tarsem... has made a movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. " [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 2:16 PM Oct 2 2015 - 39 comments [64 favorites]

I Missed You in the Rain

A 1972 missed connection, as written up more than 40 years later on Craigslist. [internet archive link]
posted by ChrisR at 8:09 AM Oct 3 2015 - 104 comments [64 favorites]

Stereotype Threat, Imposter Syndrome and Stereotype Tax

How Poker Player Annie Duke Used Gender Stereotypes To Win Matches - "By the time she got to that championship game 10 years later, she had also figured out a way to make people pay, quite literally, for the stereotypes they had about her." (previously)
posted by kliuless at 6:54 PM Oct 7 2015 - 66 comments [53 favorites]

On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?

Nihilistic password security questions
posted by gwint at 8:13 AM Oct 5 2015 - 96 comments [51 favorites]

Step Aside, Pops!

How Internet Magic Helped A Quirky Cartoonist Find Success [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:36 PM Oct 5 2015 - 57 comments [49 favorites]

The Spiritual Ordeal of Marriage

National Magazine Award Finalist Katy Butler describes a heartfelt experience attending the Art and Science of Love, a Gottman workshop, with her "almost husband". "I remember the cautionary words of Wendell Berry in an essay on marriage...'Some wishes cannot succeed. . . . Because the condition of marriage is worldly and it's meaning communal, no one party to it can be solely in charge. What you alone think it ought to be, it is not going to be. Where you alone think you want it to go, it is not going to go. . . . When you unite yourself with another, you unite yourselves with the unknown.'" John Gottman's well-known research on successful marriages.
posted by storybored at 6:45 PM Oct 3 2015 - 20 comments [46 favorites]

"Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them."

The Passion of Nicki Minaj: "To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they're children and I'm responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that's not just a stupid question. That's a premeditated thing you just did." [SLNYT]
posted by divined by radio at 9:16 AM Oct 8 2015 - 51 comments [43 favorites]

Problem: "the American public has become more consistent and polarized"

American Democracy is Doomed is a Vox long(ish)read by Matthew Yglesias summarizing the work of Juan Linz on constitutional crises in presidential democracies (previously), which combined with constitutional hardball and ideological polarization threaten to destroy American democracy (#nottheonion). As Yglesias describes the problem, it's primarily structural, an inevitable result of rules that have failed in every other country that has tried them. (We're 30 for 30 so far.) (All but the first link are pdf.)
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:49 PM Oct 8 2015 - 83 comments [42 favorites]


Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world. "Failure in Iraq, debates about freedom, expenses scandals, sex advice … the Romans seem versions of ourselves. But then there’s the slavery and the babies on rubbish heaps. We need to understand ancient Rome, but should we take lessons from it?" [Via]
posted by homunculus at 9:40 PM Oct 4 2015 - 22 comments [41 favorites]

You're really huge now, Knut

Bodybuilders Go To This Tiny Town To Cheer Themselves Up When They're Feeling Sad (slyt) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:24 PM Oct 6 2015 - 32 comments [40 favorites]

But I Want It

"Maybe you didn’t hear me. I really, really, really want it." Or, "The four conversations you can have with a small child."
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:50 AM Oct 8 2015 - 74 comments [40 favorites]

The white man in that photo

The story of Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter and third man in the Black Power salute picture from the 1968 Olympic Games. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:45 AM Oct 7 2015 - 14 comments [39 favorites]

Sleep Aid

"It’s late, and you’re still awake. Allow us to help with Sleep Aid, a series devoted to curing insomnia with the dullest, most soporific texts available in the public domain." [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:03 AM Oct 7 2015 - 47 comments [39 favorites]

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