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The abuser's side of the story

Down the Rabbit Hole is a repository of observations about estranged parent support forums (previously). It contains comparisons of forum culture between discussion sites for estranged parents and those for children, themes of discussion found on estranged parent sites, and possible reasons estranged parent forums develop toxic dynamics.
posted by sciatrix at 1:51 PM Apr 29 2015 - 82 comments [112 favorites]

What to send when you don't know what to say

Empathy Cards for Serious Illness
posted by sleepy psychonaut at 10:01 AM May 4 2015 - 36 comments [101 favorites]

Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month, 2015

Every April for the past several years, Fantasy Cafe has published a series of guest posts for Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month. This year, the article that generated the most discussion was "'I am ... ?': Representation of Mature Women in Fantasy" by Mieneke from A Fantastical Librarian, who asked, "So where are the older women in fantasy? Mature women who are the hero of their own story?" The many other guest posts this year offered an interesting range of questions, observations, and reflections--often by well-known names in the field. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution at 4:24 PM May 3 2015 - 22 comments [90 favorites]

What it Says on the Tin, Collect Cats

A highly addictive and adorable Japanese Smartphone Game Available for both IOS and Android and exclusively in Japanese, it's pretty easy to navigate, and a clearer explanation of how to play can be found here.
posted by KernalM at 3:02 PM Apr 28 2015 - 214 comments [83 favorites]

Gamergate gets the profile it deserves

“But before he emptied the contents of Quinn’s private life into the gaping maw of a bloodthirsty Internet, back before he instigated the most vicious online backlash against feminism in a generation, there was a first date.”
Zachary Jason writes about Eron Gjoni's break-up and his subsequent actions in Boston Magazine: Game of Fear: What if a stalker had an army?
posted by Going To Maine at 8:56 AM Apr 28 2015 - 411 comments [66 favorites]

Spoiler: they sleep a lot

The news is full of awful things right now, so turn it off and watch this livestream of day-old kittens and their mother. These little guys are being fostered by the people at tinykittens.com, where you will never run out of squee.
posted by desjardins at 5:05 PM Apr 28 2015 - 78 comments [65 favorites]

A Strangely Funny Russian Genius

Russia is the funniest country in the world. Some countries, like America and England, are funny mostly on purpose, while others, like Germany and France, can be funny only unintentionally. (But that counts! Being funny is tricky, so any way you do it counts.) Russia, however, is funny both intentionally (Gogol, Zoshchenko, Bulgakov) and unintentionally (Vladimir Putin singing, as he did at a televised event a few years ago, “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill”). Given the disaster Russian history has been more or less continuously for the last five centuries, its humor is of the darkest, most extreme kind. Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:48 PM May 2 2015 - 29 comments [60 favorites]

Gymnasium locker rooms may never be secure again

It turns out just about anyone can open a Masterlock combination lock in under two minutes, in eight tries or less. ArsTechnica has the story. See how it's done.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:07 PM Apr 28 2015 - 76 comments [50 favorites]

How Photography Was Optimized For White Skin

"the lighter you were, the more likely it was that the camera got your likeness right.” "In film photography, color balance has a lot to do with the chemical composition of the film. For many decades, color film in the United States was calibrated to highlight Caucasian skin tones. This was the most fundamental problem. With an unusual degree of skill and attention, a photographer could compensate for the biases in most stages of production. But there was nothing they could do about the film’s color balance. When the famous New Wave filmmaker Jean Luc Godard was commissioned to make a film about Mozambique, he reportedly refused to use Kodachrome film -- the most popular color film at the time. He complained the film, developed for a predominantly white market, was 'racist.'"
posted by minhrootloop at 1:35 PM Apr 28 2015 - 58 comments [49 favorites]

Looking at shipwrecks from the sky

Lake Michigan is so clear right now that many shipwrecks are visible from the air.
posted by drezdn at 9:49 AM Apr 28 2015 - 29 comments [48 favorites]

"I don’t need to defend my credentials."

Imagining a Safer Space: Building Community & Ending Harassment in Punk
I recently got harassed in a pretty terrifying way at a punk venue in Austin, Texas. I used my experience as inspiration for a piece that examines why and how harassers are allowed to continue operating within the punk community, as well as how to establish community norms that holds them accountable for their actions.
[via mefi projects]
posted by griphus at 10:26 AM Apr 28 2015 - 36 comments [48 favorites]

I - VT

Vermont Public Radio reports that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his run for the Democratic nomination for US President. Other sources - among them, the Guardian and the Washington Post - have confirmed the scoop.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 6:10 PM Apr 28 2015 - 174 comments [48 favorites]

Putting pins in a map is something I've loved doing for many years

Printing a wall-sized world map and what I've learned from it : One man's epic journey to possess a wall-sized world map, which he loves.
posted by swift at 3:12 PM Apr 30 2015 - 59 comments [45 favorites]

And my imagination will feed my hungry heart

You Must Remember This (previously) is a weekly podcast by Karina Longworth, documenting the secrets and forgotten histories of 20th century Hollywood. The podcast recently wrapped up "Star Wars," its first themed arc on the subject of movie stars and their lives and careers during times of war... [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:34 AM Apr 29 2015 - 38 comments [44 favorites]

"It's something we must do, and we can do, and we will do."

Tesla Powerwall Battery Economics: Almost There - "Elon Musk announced Tesla's home / business battery today. [video] tl;dr: It'll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market... That said, for large scale grid deployment (outside of the home), it still looks like flow batteries[1] and advanced compressed air[2] are likely to be far cheaper in the long run." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:34 AM May 1 2015 - 94 comments [44 favorites]

Shit people say to Women Directors

Shit People say to Women [film] Directors. Tumblr - Exactly as described. The first part of their About page states: SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO WOMEN DIRECTORS is an anonymous open blog for any female-identifying individual to submit personal accounts of absurd, offensive, threatening, or downright fucked-up “shit” people have said to you while working in the film business. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 12:34 AM May 3 2015 - 27 comments [43 favorites]

BBC 4 TV Goes Slow - fancy watching a 2 hour uninterrupted canal trip?

Inspired by a Norwegian channel that featured an uninterrupted 8-hour knitting session and a six day commentary free ferry journey through the fjords, the BBC has started a new season of 'deliberately unhurried programmes'. Enjoy a two hour, single shot drift down a canal without voiceover or interruption (which you won't have anyway, since the BBC doesn't have ads.) It's garnering rave reviews. .
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:23 PM May 4 2015 - 33 comments [42 favorites]

Freddie Gray protests: Governor of Maryland Declares State of Emergency

The Governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency due to the situation in Baltimore. For several days protesters have been highlighting the cause of Gray, an African-American who died after being taken into police custody for making eye contact with an officer, then attempting to run away. Gray's spine was nearly severed at the time of his death, possibly having to do with his seatbelt not being fastened in the police van. [more inside]
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles at 5:26 PM Apr 27 2015 - 1022 comments [77 favorites (40 in the past 7 days)]

Lucero Tena, maestro of castanets

Lucero Tena (Spanish) has amazing rhythm and control, as seen and heard in her dancing, tapping, clapping and snapping, but she is best known for her mastery of the castanets, used in accompaniment to a solo guitar along with her dancing, and perhaps more impressively, as a solo instrument in front of an orchestra there in a piece specifically written for her and her castanets. She may not dance any more, but her skill with the castanets is still astonishing. If you're lucky, you can catch her in a live performance.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:35 PM Apr 28 2015 - 13 comments [40 favorites]

This video will make you hallucinate

Warning: do not watch this if you’re epileptic. Don’t watch it if you’re on your way to a meeting or about to write an article, either. This video will allow you to hallucinate without taking any drugs. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:59 AM May 1 2015 - 58 comments [40 favorites]

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