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Alexander Hamilton's beany guacamole dip: 18 days to go

With the final debate behind us (MetaFilter), many people registered and many states now voting, we're into the last few weeks of this increasingly globally watched 2016 US election. These are unhappy days for Donald, with that debate not going well for him and launching a hundred t-shirt designs, the map shrinking, likely voters not helping, and being booed at a charity dinner; sad! Hillary, at increasingly shorter odds to win, seems to be having a better time, while Joe has a hot car (MetaFilter) and Evan McMullin (who) (twitter) continues to make the presidential vote in Utah more interesting. But it's not just the presidency up for election; there's the Senate (538 forecast), House, and various measures such as the minimum wage, and 17 propositions in California (also on MetaFilter), plus a crucial vote in Westport. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 2:15 PM Oct 21 2016 - 488 comments [86 favorites]

McLuhan, Massage, Film

This Is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is The Massage [54m] is a well-done little-known film put out in conjunction with his well-known book The Medium Is The Massage: An Inventory Of Effects [pdf page includes download link] and the cult album The Medium Is The Massage: with Marshall McLuhan [41m]. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:21 PM Oct 21 2016 - 20 comments [48 favorites]

Let's bust up some of this election malaise with Kate McKinnon!

10 minutes of Kate McKinnon's improvised outtakes from Ghostbusters. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 11:25 AM Oct 21 2016 - 60 comments [40 favorites]

Welcome to our channel: Drugslab

Drugslab is an educational YouTube channel about drugs. On this YouTube channel we will take in the drugs you want us to try. We do this in the name of science so we can show you what the effects of drugs are on the human body. ... Besides our weekly experiment, we provide you of safe methods of use, safe doses, the effects, the risks and very useful do's and don'ts when high on drugs. Given by experienced epicureans. Light it up people, in the name of science! Peace. Dutch language, English subtitles, links inside. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 11:01 AM Oct 21 2016 - 25 comments [35 favorites]

"Anime fandom has a cultural resistance to critique"

I have a lot of friends who used to watch anime but don’t anymore, partly because, like me, it became too hard to seek out anime that treated women well. There are also lots of people who are enthusiastic about other geek properties but won’t touch anime because of its reputation of infantilizing women and sexualizing children. It makes it hard to recommend anime to people who aren’t already fans.
Amelia Cook on the need for more feminist criticism in anime. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 7:09 AM Oct 22 2016 - 26 comments [35 favorites]

Ed Motta - Japanese City Pop Mix Vol. 2.

Brazilian musician, Ed Motta, created a good mix of Japanese 70s-80s AOR music titled: Japanese City Pop Mix Vol. 2. [more inside]
posted by gen at 6:31 PM Oct 21 2016 - 5 comments [30 favorites]

You will not go to Mars today

Dr Casey Handmer (homepage) gave a talk last month to the Mars Society about why getting humans to Mars will be really hard. He's also written a much more detailed analysis.
posted by moonmilk at 4:40 PM Oct 21 2016 - 35 comments [25 favorites]

Wave of Cyber Attacks Hit Major US Websites

Many sites including Twitter, Shopify and Spotify suffering outage. USA Today and Fortune Magazine offer additional details. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security was “monitoring the situation" but that “at this point [we] don’t have any information about who may be responsible for this malicious activity.”
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:08 AM Oct 21 2016 - 239 comments [28 favorites (24 in the past 24 hours)]

Donald Glover is your new Lando Calrissian

Confirming months of speculation, the official Star Wars Twitter account has announced that Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover has been cast as smooth-talking space pirate Lando Calrissian in Disney’s upcoming Han Solo film.
posted by misterbee at 4:04 PM Oct 21 2016 - 72 comments [24 favorites]


Couple Encounters a Black Metal Band in Woods During Engagement Shoot
posted by Artw at 9:17 PM Oct 21 2016 - 41 comments [21 favorites]

Pantsuit 2.1.0

Pantsuit 2.1.0 : Mina Markham, Senior Software Engineer with the Hillary Clinton campaign, writes about her experience building the design library that drives the campaign.
posted by odinsdream at 9:51 AM Oct 21 2016 - 12 comments [20 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

A Snack Tray to Gather the Family Around

The lady in seat 4F, though, the one in the light cashmere pullover reading the newspaper, she clicked the latch on her seat-back tray and said: “Double Smirnoff, on the rocks. And Doritos.” NYTimes [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 3:12 PM Oct 21 2016 - 42 comments [15 favorites]

>intoxication o’r dizziness<

A look at Arno Schmidt's challenging 1970 work Bottom's Dream, newly translated into English.
posted by holmesian at 10:33 AM Oct 21 2016 - 15 comments [12 favorites]

Warning: This post contains abstract depictions of nudity

What makes an image NSFW, according to Yahoo's recently open sourced neural network, open_nsfw?
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:41 AM Oct 21 2016 - 36 comments [44 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Danger from coal slurry being tipped at the rear of the Pantglas School

21st October 1966, 9.20am and school had just started. (Trigger warning - immense tragedy involving children.) It's 50 years to the day that the tragedy at Aberfan occurred. A school was lost and a community was devastated. And those responsible denied their culpability for as long as possible. [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 11:59 PM Oct 20 2016 - 48 comments [26 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

J.T. Sexkik - how is prangent formed

How is prangent formed? The legend continues
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:42 AM Oct 21 2016 - 31 comments [16 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]

Weekendkiller VI Debuts

The sixth official installment in the Civilization computer game series drops any minute now, and the anticipation is at its usual fever pitch. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:55 PM Oct 20 2016 - 85 comments [32 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Now that I’m sober, they look quite different.

A Walking Tour Of The Places Where I Hit Rock Bottom by writer Michelle Tea
posted by gwint at 8:11 AM Oct 21 2016 - 5 comments [16 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

A Mormon tycoon wants to build Joseph Smith's mega-utopia in Vermont.

David Hall is snapping up farmland to bring his vision of a sustainable high-density community to life. The neighbors are horrified. (SLBloomberg)
posted by zebra at 7:56 AM Oct 21 2016 - 68 comments [15 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

This is a regime for the stone age operating in the 21st century.

The regime’s state of emergency, announced this month, has legitimated two things. The first one is that it formalized the regime’s implicit desire and behaviour of being a military dictatorship... Secondly, it made it official that the slow motion mass murder the regime has been undertaking for the last 25 years could be carried out with full scale and coordinated order of the “command post” with much bigger causalities than the “red terror” of 1978-79.
posted by BekahVee at 5:02 AM Oct 21 2016 - 10 comments [14 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

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