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Cake is one of the major food groups

Scott Waters is a 66 year old American, artist, photographer and ex-Apple Computer employee. He recently took a trip in England (Portreath, Redruth, Wadebridge, Padstow, Ashby de la Zouch, Little Eton, and Oxford) and listed his observations on Facebook. It went viral; coverage in Cosmopolitan, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, and the Metro. Naturally, some people disagree. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 6 at 7:42 AM - 3 comments

The Columbine effect

Mother Jones: How the Media Inspires Mass Shooters, and what it can do to prevent copycat attacks
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 6 at 7:31 AM - 6 comments

Hail to the Pencil Pusher

Hail to the Pencil Pusher — American Bureaucracy's Long and Useful History [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Oct 5 at 8:20 PM - 15 comments

"whatever comes out of oppression is more interesting"

Chantal Akerman the director of Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles died yesterday evening. Le Monde says she commited suicide. Her last film No Home Movie was shown last summer at the Locarno International Film festival.
posted by SageLeVoid on Oct 6 at 6:52 AM - 12 comments

CJEU Strikes Down Safe Harbour Data Sharing

Europe's top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has struck down the 15-year-old Safe Harbour agreement that allowed the free flow of information between the US and EU.
posted by XtinaS on Oct 6 at 7:36 AM - 1 comments

Poor Man's Eggs Benedict

"That sound you hear at 11 a.m. Tuesday — those exultant cheers swiftly muffled by mouthfuls of English muffin, bacon, egg and cheese? They are the victory cries of thousands of McDonald’s breakfast lovers, who for the first time in 43 years will (officially) be able to consume Egg McMuffins at whatever time of day they deem fit. These are heady times, people." By Sarah Kaplan. SLWashPost.
posted by valkane on Oct 6 at 5:35 AM - 73 comments

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for neutrino oscillations

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Canada share the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in neutrino oscillations ("metamorphosis in neutrinos" in the press release), in which neutrinos switch flavors as it propagates through space. The finding has a large impact on the standard model, as it requires neutrinos to have non-zero mass.
posted by oheso on Oct 6 at 4:49 AM - 7 comments

“And here’s our agent.” They pointed a smartphone at Wiley.

Real estate brokerage Marketplace Homes has begun using its ZipTours application to allow buyers to tour homes for sale in the Detroit area under the supervision of an agent video chatting on their smartphone. After providing photo ID and a facebook account, the buyer receives a code to open the lockbox and can tour the home with their remote agent. [Alt link for possible paywall problems]
posted by polymath on Oct 6 at 12:02 AM - 14 comments

"the trade agreement almost certainly will encounter stiff opposition"

Multinational agreement reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. Representatives of a dozen nations agreed on the TPP, a wide-ranging trade agreement for the Pacific region, excluding China. Years of discussion and months of intensive negotiating led to this consensus. Opposition continues, based on a wide range of issues. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Oct 5 at 9:35 AM - 61 comments

He disliked the machine so much that he won't be keeping it.

Product testers and analysts are scratching their heads over Keurig's latest attempt to revolutionize beverage preparation. Pop a $1.25 pod into the 24-pound, $370 Keurig Kold, wait a minute and a half, and behold: an 8-ounce glass of cold soda that doesn't taste very good. Coca-Cola has signed on as partner to the SodaStream rival, but as Motley Fool points out, this may not be the vote of confidence it appears: "Now we now why Keurig Green Mountain was able to get two soda giants to back the platform. It's not going to cannibalize retail sales." [more inside]
posted by mama casserole on Oct 5 at 1:16 PM - 153 comments

Block Transfer Computation

The Doctor Who Lego set has been officially revealed
posted by Artw on Oct 5 at 4:12 PM - 40 comments

The Smartest Building in the World

Inside the connected future of architecture.
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 6 at 1:42 AM - 18 comments

Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution

Sophie Gamand has created a photographic series of pit bulls wearing flower crowns to challenge the common association of pit bulls with violence. Inspired by Rococo and Baroque traditions of portraiture, the photographs reveal another side to these often-maligned dogs.
posted by Athanassiel on Oct 4 at 11:34 PM - 160 comments

"You know the thing I'll be great at?"

Your Drunk Neighbor: Some rich asshole. (Oh, and that's "Some rich asshole" for those of you without the browser add on)
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 6 at 4:47 AM - 9 comments

You're saying "Khaleesi" wrong.

Building the languages of Game of Thrones.
posted by curious nu on Oct 2 at 4:20 PM - 13 comments

🎶 Final fan-ta-sy is an R.P.G. 🎶

A Cockatiel learns to sing the Chocobo Song, sings constantly (SLTwitter)
posted by rebent on Oct 5 at 7:48 PM - 15 comments

The latest battleground in language shaping culture

His daughter died as a result of a car "accident". He and others argue that they should be called "crashes". An academic exercise, or the latest battle in changing the way people think about car culture?
posted by Automocar on Oct 4 at 7:38 PM - 183 comments

Step Aside, Pops!

How Internet Magic Helped A Quirky Cartoonist Find Success [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 5 at 4:36 PM - 43 comments

Inside Essex's "wonderhome"

John Trevillian has spent the last 25 years transforming an ex-council house near Stansted into a historic fantasy. “Everyone thinks I’m independently wealthy or that I’ve got a degree in interior design. But all I had was these stories in my head." (dlTheGruaniad)
posted by Kitteh on Oct 5 at 11:02 AM - 31 comments

"Barbaric Cultural Practices"

"The Conservative government is not afraid to defend Canadian values." Welcome to the home stretch of the Canadian election! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Oct 2 at 1:01 PM - 121 comments

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