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Crazy like a (Fire)Fox

While it used to be the leading alternative to Internet Explorer (and others), Firefox has seen its market share erode steadily since the 2008 debut of Google Chrome. The Mozilla Foundation has made several oft-controversial bids at relevancy, including native video chat, Pocket integration, a mobile browser (and OS), a UI overhaul, and a rapid release schedule that's reached version 40 (and counting). But the latest proposal -- part of a reboot of the stalled Electrolysis multiprocessing project -- will prove the most daunting. Although it will modernize the browser's architecture, it also deprecates the longtime XUL framework in favor of more limited and Chrome-like "web extensions" -- requiring Firefox's vast catalog of powerful add-ons to be rewritten from scratch or cease functioning. While developers will have until 2017 to fully adapt, opinion is divided -- NoScript's Giorgio Maone reassures doubters, while the DownThemAll! team says "it feels like I just learned my dear old friend Firefox is going to die." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:30 PM Aug 22 2015 - 215 comments [92 favorites]

Where do you want to go today?

20 years ago: August 24, 1995 was the release date of Microsoft Windows 95. Its legacy was vast.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:30 AM Aug 24 2015 - 114 comments [84 favorites]

Hey now, hey now now, sing some other tracks for me

A three-hour mixtape of Goth history - a selection of nearly 50 tracks of early-to-mid eighties Goth classics that goes a lot deeper than your standard Bau'd Hauses and Sisters of the Mercy. Part of the Secret Thirteen mixes, a series nearly 160 sets deep of interesting and offbeat sonic collections. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:35 AM Aug 26 2015 - 38 comments [74 favorites]

Cat Purr Generator

If cats were real this is probably how they would have sounded like.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:39 AM Aug 23 2015 - 31 comments [68 favorites]

I should be able to read that

Copperplate, a beautiful and elaborate script that in its time was considered a basic penmanship style. Most people in the west know it from wedding invitations and the Declaration of Independence. Traditionally done with a steel nib it was quick, legible and considered elegant. Some consider the flourishes (majuscules in calligraphy vocab) the best part.
posted by ladyriffraff at 5:07 PM Aug 23 2015 - 31 comments [60 favorites]

putting 'feminist' in your online dating bio is a good misogynist filter

Last year, Laura Nowak used Instagram to document the responses she got when she asked men on Tinder about their views on feminism. Nowak said she started the project because “I don’t want women thinking they have to settle for being objectified if they want casual sex, and I don’t want men on Tinder being systematically categorised as creeps.” In February 2015, Instagram deleted her @feministsontinder account, stating that it violated their guidelines. Now Nowak is back on Instagram with @feminist_tinder, recording the responses she received when she put the phrase "hello I am a feminist" in her Tinder profile. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:33 PM Aug 27 2015 - 176 comments [60 favorites]

“The wheel weaves as the wheel wills.”

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written [Buzzfeed]
Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.
posted by Fizz at 2:53 PM Aug 27 2015 - 150 comments [59 favorites]

Everybody celebrates the human body

Conceived by Australian avant-garde theatre group Snuff Puppets, Everybody is a giant 26.5m human puppet with articulated, detachable and interactive body parts and organs. Everybody is all genders and multi-racial; it is also the largest human puppet on the planet. An immersive experience, audiences can walk around, sit on, lie against, get inside, and cuddle up to Everybody. [NSFW and yet...meant for kids. But really, NSFW.] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:12 PM Aug 22 2015 - 53 comments [57 favorites]

Ftaires! We have found ftaires!

For the last three days, a Search and Rescue Officer for the US Forest Service has been telling his stories to the NoSleep subreddit. They are by turns unsettling, sad and and just plain creepy ... and what's with the stairs? Read the comments, too. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 5:54 AM Aug 28 2015 - 92 comments [53 favorites]

Life – simple life – is always right.

"Life does not have a narrative arc. The world does not have a narrative arc. Or if it does, it’s bigger than anything we could ever fucking write about." An unusually great, philosophical interview with punk/DIY legend Ian MacKaye on self-preservation, digital obsession and finding your life tree trunk.
posted by naju at 7:03 PM Aug 24 2015 - 12 comments [50 favorites]

John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular:

"How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels Kindle Edition" In the wake of this year's kerpupple surrounding the Hugo awards, Alexandra Erin has created a Kindle book in response to Theodore Beale's (Vox Day) Amazon release of "SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police". [more inside]
posted by AGameOfMoans at 5:42 PM Aug 27 2015 - 148 comments [50 favorites]

We are people, just like them

It was easier to give in than keep running From I believe you | it's not your fault (previously)
posted by triggerfinger at 9:41 PM Aug 26 2015 - 24 comments [49 favorites]

Understanding Politics For Geeks

Vox argues that the reason the technical set gets frustrated with American politics is simple. They have a mental model of the political structure that is divorced from the actual reality of American politics. (SLVox) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:01 AM Aug 28 2015 - 70 comments [49 favorites]

100 great films by female directors

100 great films by female directors. Part 1: 1912-1953, Part 2: 1962-1975, Part 3: 1975-1981, Part 4: 1982-1991, Part 5: 1991-1997, Part 6: 1998-2001, Part 7: 2002-2009, Part 8: 2007-2009, Part 9: 2010-2012, Part 10: 2012-2014. (This is not "The" 100 Great Movies By Female Directors. It's merely 100 movies we love and honestly think you will too.) [more inside]
posted by dng at 3:33 PM Aug 27 2015 - 38 comments [48 favorites]

A Critical Library

What books should a critic own? "Each week, the National Book Critics Circle will post a list of five books a critic believes reviewers should have in their libraries." Here are all the lists, from 2007-2011. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise at 3:01 AM Aug 29 2015 - 8 comments [46 favorites]

Istanbul’s city planners have a problem: too much history

If fifteen houses are built on top of one another, which one is the most important? The Big Dig, a long read about shipwrecks under Istanbul, archaeological "surplus", Neolithic footprints, elephants fed to lions, and the collision of modern city planning imperatives with a glut of priceless antiquities. SLNewYorker. [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 8:55 AM Aug 26 2015 - 15 comments [44 favorites]

I'm Raven, your hostess with the mostess.

In 1997, HBO hired animation legend Ralph Bakshi to create an animated sci-fi show for adults. The result was "Spicy City," which only lasted for six episodes. All six of them are on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:09 AM Aug 28 2015 - 10 comments [43 favorites]

Lettuce is a vehicle to transport refrigerated water from farm to table.

Why salad is so overrated
There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate. It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

Why Your Salad Obsession Could Be Hurting The Planet
Do you like salad? You're a fool
posted by crocodiletsunami at 12:42 PM Aug 24 2015 - 199 comments [42 favorites]

M.E. called, says that's the third kid died snorting cool ranch doritos.

Absolutely true plotlines from the latest season of Law & Order SVU. [single link imgur album]
posted by phunniemee at 8:41 AM Aug 28 2015 - 80 comments [42 favorites]

World Jollof Rice Day, you say?

Today is World Jollof Rice Day. Jollof rice is a traditional West African dish, but not a humble one. Subject of #JollofGate, the outraged social media response to chef Jamie Oliver's patently inauthentic recipe, aficionados debate the merits of special ingredients. Others prefer joining the loud brangling online over Ghanaian vs Nigerian Jollof. Regardless of your beliefs, join the world today in celebrating the tasty goodness of this much loved dish.
posted by infini at 12:21 PM Aug 22 2015 - 49 comments [65 favorites (41 in the past 7 days)]

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