I am working at the new Amazon fulfillment center in Haslet, Texas as a seasonal, part-time picker. It is winter. We aren’t workers here: we are associates. It is a job that I can do hung-over and high and I can make just enough money here to technically have my own apartment, a place to store all my empty beer cans and all my crumpled Taco Cabana wrappers and all my stacks of shitty sci-fi novels.
posted by Artw at 11:55 AM Dec 3 2013 - 84 comments [85 favorites]
In 1979, a 14-year-old called Andy Popplewell started building his own six track mixer from a blueprint in an electronics hobbyist magazine.
After it was finished he graduated to constructing his own synth before he turned 17 and then wrote a synth pop album in his mum’s garage and recorded it himself between 1981 and 1983; making one single cassette copy. Then due to a chance meeting with Andy Votel 30 years later in 2012, that cassette - not even a demo really as it never got sent to anyone - has now been released as an album.
posted by ignignokt at 12:46 PM Nov 29 2013 - 18 comments [75 favorites]
"In one generation, working for free for people who can pay you went from something laughable, to something wealthy people were doing in a few fields, to something everyone was recommended to do, to something almost everyone has to do. Entry-level jobs were replaced with unpaid internships. That same monopoly on opportunity reshaped lower-skill labor. Jobs that once offered on-site training now require college degrees. In response, universities ramp up tuition, knowing that students have little choice but to pay to compete. Instead of options, there is one path to professional success — one exorbitantly expensive path." -- At PolicyMic, Sarah Kendzior explains why you should never ever take an unpaid internship
(but you will nonetheless because you have no choice).
posted by MartinWisse at 11:27 PM Dec 1 2013 - 116 comments [72 favorites]
Print What You Like
and Print Friendly
are two similar free web services that address the same desire: remove unwanted elements from webpages before you print them or save them as a PDF. Additionally, both sites include bookmarklets, as well as extensions/addons (PWYL: Chrome
; PF: Chrome
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:10 PM Dec 3 2013 - 16 comments [68 favorites]
TV's longest-running World War II drama, Combat!
aired on ABC between 1962 and 1967. "It was really a collection of complex 50-minute movies. Salted with battle sequences, they follow [US Army King Company's travails during the invasion of France, starting with the landing at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day. It's] a gritty, ground-eye view of infantrymen trying to salvage their humanity and survive." [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:29 PM Dec 2 2013 - 33 comments [67 favorites]
"He logged onto the central network using his personal computer, and waited while the system verified his identity. With a few keystrokes he entered an electronic ticketing system, and entered the codes for his point of departure and his destination. In moments the computer displayed a list of possible flights, and he picked the earliest one. Dollars were automatically deducted from his personal account to pay for the transaction." -- If all stories were written like science fiction stories
, by Mark Rosenfelder.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:44 AM Nov 29 2013 - 116 comments [56 favorites]
, the grand repository for free recordings of public domain literature, hosts quite a few fine readers. I'm partial to the Dickens interpretations of Czechchris
and Mil Nicholson
, and I've warmed to Chiquito Crasto's judicious renditions
of classic ghost stories. But for my money, the best reader on Librivox is Elizabeth Klett
, a trained actor and English professor
whose many recordings unite range and insight. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 10:02 AM Dec 4 2013 - 32 comments [56 favorites]
Just how much have dog breeds changed in the past hundred years? A lot (and for the worst)
. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:49 PM Dec 3 2013 - 174 comments [55 favorites]
Insomnia causes depression as much as depression causes insomnia: Three surprising points from a fascinating episode of KQED Forum
[audio, no transcript] with guest Dr. Michelle Primeau of the Stanford School of Medicine.
- Insomnia has long been taught to be a symptom of depression, but in many cases is a cause of depression.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an effective treatment for both insomnia and depression.
- CBT can be more effective and longer lasting than sleeping pills
For those averse to audio (like me, normally), the NYT also covered the research in print:
First story: Treating Insomnia to Heal Depression,
Follow up a couple of days later: Double Effectiveness of Depression Treatment by Treating Insomnia,
Two readers (both psychiatrists) respond, and
A NYT editorial. [more inside]
posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 11:53 AM Dec 5 2013 - 18 comments [51 favorites]
Ask a North Korean
, a periodic special feature from nknews.org
) in which North Korean expatriates discuss their experiences living in the most oppressive nation on Earth. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 9:32 PM Dec 2 2013 - 27 comments [48 favorites]
I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her
"The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda."
posted by GrapeApiary at 8:48 PM Dec 4 2013 - 34 comments [47 favorites]
For over a year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
has been digitizing old photos from its far-reaching library and putting them on a Tumblr called The Digs
. [more inside]
posted by mcoo at 8:00 PM Dec 2 2013 - 9 comments [44 favorites]
Daniel Friedman makes men's suits cut for the bodies of trans* men and women. What is the meaning of a man’s suit? Every day men disappear into them, as into uniforms. In wool and creased flannel, the suits tell a story of power and belonging. When Ms. Tutera approached Mr. Friedman, she offered a new twist on that story.
“We started looking at these weddings from Maine, because it had legalized gay marriage,” he said. “And these women who were getting married in these tuxedos looked ridiculous. They looked awful. The suits were giant. And I can only imagine these people going into a Brooks Brothers in Maine and saying, ‘I want a men’s suit that’s going to fit me,’ and I can imagine how uncomfortable it was for both sides.”
posted by Apropos of Something at 11:36 AM Dec 1 2013 - 51 comments [43 favorites]
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