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UK Goes To Polls In EU Referendum

The day is finally here, the UK decides. BBC: "Britain is set to go to the polls in an historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave. Polling stations are open between 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST. An estimated 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in the vote - a record number for a UK election. It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns. In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close on Thursday evening." [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Jun 22 at 5:58 PM - 2378 comments

sit back and relax

someone on imgur is making lists of Films You May Not Have Seen:
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#2)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#3)
Actual Films You May Not Have Seen (#4)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#5)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen (#6)
Films You Actually May Not Have Seen 7
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25 at 9:12 PM - 19 comments

Bill Cunningham 1929-2016

Bill Cunningham, the street fashion photographer who rode his bike all over NYC in that functional blue smock, has died. If you haven't seen this 2011 documentary (previously) you've missed a gem. See also his video channel at the NYT and this New Yorker profile from 2009. His assistant posted this photo to Instagram 2 days ago, saying that Bill was under the weather, but some reports are saying that he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.
posted by maudlin on Jun 25 at 2:50 PM - 56 comments

Scientology / Won't save you from the traffic / Ask John Travolta

This afternoon, BART's Twitter challenged Metro Los Angeles to a digital poetry slam — "haikus only" — and after several prodding tweets, Metro obliged. (Previously)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 25 at 7:20 AM - 59 comments

What to do with extra apricots

I know some of you don't like single-purpose kitchen appliances, but you might make an exception for this recipe. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Jun 25 at 11:38 PM - 1 comments

The only true form of eating

German YouTuber Eating with Two Hands insists: "I am of the opinion that eating is only true when done with the motions of our two hands. The invention of cutlery, namely fork and knife, was highly unnecessary." See it in practice: Tasty Fruit Salad (with Goldsaft), Instant Breakfast Cereal and Cheese and Grapes. Tasty!
posted by bjrn on Jun 25 at 5:26 AM - 33 comments

case/lang/veirs

The whole album, performed live at OPB in Portland, OR. (SLNPR) Previously.
posted by sutureselves on Jun 22 at 9:59 AM - 15 comments

Make sure you’re solving the right problem

"How does an apparently intelligent person end up suggesting a solution that might, at best, constitute unethical medical experiments on prisoners? How does a well-meaning person suggest a remedy that likely constitutes torture?" -- Are the questions Ethan Zuckerman asks, triggered by a particularly dumb article on using Soylent Green and Oculus Rift in prison reform, using it as a kick off point to discuss the wider problem of techno optimism and the inevitable reaction it brings.
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 25 at 8:11 AM - 91 comments

From the Bibliophile File

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.
posted by storybored on Jun 24 at 7:13 PM - 15 comments

The Result Won't Matter

BBC: "Pro-Remain MPs are considering using their Commons majority to keep Britain inside the EU single market if there is a vote for Brexit, the BBC has learned. The MPs fear a post-Brexit government might negotiate a limited free trade deal with the EU, which they say would damage the UK's economy. There is a pro-Remain majority in the House of Commons of 454 MPs to 147. A Vote Leave campaign spokesman said MPs will not be able to "defy the will of the electorate" on key issues."
posted by marienbad on Jun 6 at 3:29 AM - 227 comments

The last primary

Tomorrow's primary in Washington, D.C. will mark the final presidential primary of 2016. Then, Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders are set to meet Tuesday night. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 13 at 1:18 PM - 2844 comments

"A Cautionary Tale of 'Stem Cell Tourism'" [SLNYT]

"Few patients have been as open about their quest for a cure, the money they paid and the tragic consequences as Mr. Gass." [previously, previously]
posted by trillian on Jun 24 at 5:31 AM - 34 comments

100+ years of Holmes & Watson movies, in one vid

As part of the fanworks exchange "A Holmesian Solstice", fanvidder sanguinity made "Something Good (Will Come From That)" (video, 3min16sec), covering "One hundred years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson." The fifty-four video sources used include Sherlock Holmes stories from several countries, including India, Russia, China, South Korea. The vidder's commentary discusses noticeable changes in cinematography over the past century, how those changes make Holmes and Watson more or less "shippy", re-gendered and chromatic retellings, and contemporary settings versus the "It's always 1895" conceit.
posted by brainwane on Jun 25 at 12:16 PM - 12 comments

"Have you ever had a riot?"

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 23 at 6:33 AM - 57 comments

“This was not Holocaust education but miseducation,”

Man Who Claimed to Have Escaped Auschwitz Admits He Lied for Years [The Guardian] Joseph Hirt said he fabricated story of being sent to camp and meeting Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to ‘keep memories alive’ about history of the Holocaust. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jun 25 at 7:22 AM - 31 comments

Did I have a stroke or did the mage just heal too hard?

can we take a moment to just think about how incredibly scary magical healing is?
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 21 at 10:15 AM - 80 comments

what rough beast, its hour come round at last

Burger King's new Mac n' Cheetos are so beautiful I want to cry
posted by poffin boffin on Jun 23 at 9:58 AM - 188 comments

Announcing the Stonewall National Monument

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one." - President Barack Obama [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 24 at 9:19 AM - 57 comments

“They’d tell me, 'Music is a hearing thing. It’s not for deaf people'."

Amber Galloway Gallego is an ASL-based music interpreter who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Destiny's Child, Paul McCartney, and many more rappers, R&B stars, and rock bands. Her YouTube channel is chock full of music interpretation for deaf audiences. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 23 at 9:13 PM - 25 comments

It's just The Tank to us....

You might call it the "small town struggle." The problem tiny communities have with getting noticed. The Tank is an acoustical marvel, a senses-altering experience found nowhere else on earth. A 60′ tall, 30′ across rusted steel water tank – never used – was discovered in Colorado by sound artist and sonic thinker ​Bruce Odland in 1976. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp on Jun 24 at 5:32 PM - 25 comments

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