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...but buildings are too cold because they're optimised for men.

Fix sexism in air conditioning, save the planet: A quick article from Ars Technica (UK) talks about the frustration we've all experienced where buildings are often air conditioned to be too cold. Dress for summer and bring a sweater for the office. Enjoy the temperature preferred by your (likely older white male) managers. Original article is paywalled but the abstract can be found here. Finally, some (more) science to point out more obvious issues in the workplace. Not the genre-defining paper to lay all doubts to rest...but a good place to start.
posted by Strudel on Aug 3 at 12:17 PM - 78 comments

“What race is that?”: Whatever you want it to be.

The Reactions I’m Assuming People Want When They Comment On My Name. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture on Aug 3 at 12:44 PM - 13 comments

“Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor

Housework is not work. Sex work is not work. Emotional work is not work. Why? Because they don’t take effort? No, because women are supposed to provide them uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.
posted by sciatrix on Jul 15 at 2:38 PM - 1880 comments

Like many things, this will require some patience to get through.

Why Time Flies: A visualization by Maximilian Kiener of philosopher Paul Janet's theory of why time seems to pass more quickly as one gets older. As Wonkblog explains it, The apparent length of a period of time is proportional to our life span itself.
posted by Cash4Lead on Aug 3 at 8:00 AM - 19 comments

The Man Who Shot Michael Brown

This March, I spent several days at his home. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. Because of such precautions, Wilson has been leading a very quiet life. During the past year, a series of police killings of African-Americans across the country has inspired grief, outrage, protest, and acrimonious debate. For many Americans, this discussion, though painful, has been essential. Wilson has tried, with some success, to block it out.
posted by standardasparagus on Aug 3 at 9:36 AM - 53 comments

Get Down, Get Down

The Muppets - Jungle Boogie (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 3 at 1:05 PM - 4 comments

revolutionize

Are you someone who thought the Segway had too many wheels? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 1 at 3:44 PM - 114 comments

a guy who’s giving 150 percent, and yet you’re not sure if he means it

"I’m not here, however, to adjudicate Cruise’s religious views or mental health or even, really, his public image, which seems to be a complicated one. I’m here to say: It’s time to start liking Tom Cruise, movie star and actor, again." - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 2 at 7:08 PM - 221 comments

Haven't you heard? Flash is dying!

Homestar Runner is vulnerable and should be updated.
posted by RobotHero on Aug 3 at 12:12 PM - 8 comments

United Nations of Food

My mission: to eat (reasonably) authentic cuisine from every country in the world (160 countries), without leaving New York City.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 3 at 10:16 AM - 23 comments

"What you have there is basically raw sewage"

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 3 at 9:35 AM - 29 comments

Amnesty for some

The Guardian view on Amnesty International’s call to decriminalise sex work: divisive and distracting - "Obviously, Amnesty is right to say that sex workers have human rights and that these should be respected. But many Amnesty supporters believe that the trade itself tends to corrupt or to violate these rights, except for a lucky few participants. The broadest coalitions unite around the narrowest agendas. A call to decriminalise sex work is a distraction from Amnesty’s core mission, and dangerous to it too."
posted by Punkey on Aug 3 at 9:06 AM - 18 comments

Did you ask for that raise? You totally deserve one.

The Data Drive. "After twelve years spent relentlessly growing Facebook into one of the largest internet companies in the world, [Zuckerberg] unexpectedly fled the country in 2015, taking with him an industrial air-hangar's worth of hard-drives containing all of the information accumulated through his social network from its inception to the day of his mysterious departure."
posted by thecaddy on Aug 3 at 10:01 AM - 14 comments

Abbreviations Carrying Resonance of Names Your Members Shortened

364 bills that have been introduced in [the US] Congress, ranked by acronym quality.
posted by threeants on Aug 3 at 11:08 AM - 20 comments

Biden 2016?

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign. Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.
posted by wondrous strange snow on Aug 3 at 5:58 AM - 86 comments

You can tell no one here is high. It sucks.

The Onion has released the first installment of their newest series: EDGE. [more inside]
posted by joechip on Aug 3 at 10:20 AM - 25 comments

"I think we only use 10% of our hearts."

Peter Watts: No Brainer.
For decades now, I have been haunted by the grainy, black-and-white x-ray of a human skull. It is alive but empty, with a cavernous fluid-filled space where the brain should be. A thin layer of brain tissue lines that cavity like an amniotic sac. The image hails from a 1980 review article[PDF] in Science: Roger Lewin, the author, reports that the patient in question had “virtually no brain”. But that’s not what scared me; hydrocephalus is nothing new, and it takes more to creep out this ex-biologist than a picture of Ventricles Gone Wild. What scared me was the fact that this virtually brain-free patient had an IQ of 126.
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posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 28 at 8:02 PM - 47 comments

Soylent's founder Rob Rhinehart shares his technotopian dream-reality

How I Gave Up Alternating Current - "I buy my staple food online like a civilized person. " [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Aug 3 at 9:14 AM - 79 comments

Ex-palliative care nurse commits suicide

Healthy 75-year old commits assisted suicide in Switzerland. Gill Pharaoh's last blog post is here. She has written two books about carers.
posted by mgrrl on Aug 2 at 2:58 PM - 48 comments

Searching for Ways to Emotionally Traumatize Superman

Marsh Davies talks about how games distribute power to players and how power fantasies often fail to work as parables about bigotry through the window of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with side discussions of how violent combat became so common in video games, how stealthy paths can be less interesting than combat-heavy paths, the tension between player power and narrative, and how these narratives can encourage people who already have power to feel sorry for themselves. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Jul 7 at 9:22 AM - 21 comments

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