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Reddit going dark.

Subreddit Moderators rebel against Admins Triggered by the surprise termination of Victoria Taylor, AKA /u/chooter, Director of Talent and sole official contact for /IAMA by the Reddit admins, and more generally in protest for what has been seen as a lack of communication with and appreciation for the unpaid volunteers that act as moderators of Reddit, many of the most popular subreddits have gone dark, setting their status to private and thereby hiding their content to the vast majority of users. /r/AskReddit, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, and /r/movies have followed /r/IAmA in making themselves private. Many other subreddits have also taken steps in solidarity.
posted by leotrotsky on Jul 2 at 7:39 PM - 431 comments

“Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel”

This idea that you must travel, as some sort of moral imperative, without worrying about something as trivial as “money.” ... It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it.
Chelsea Fagan explains Why “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel” Is The Worst Advice Of All Time.
posted by Dip Flash on Jul 4 at 6:00 AM - 79 comments

“Why can’t I use magic to explore a beautiful world?"

Fight Club: How Masculine Fragility Is Limiting Innovation in Games
posted by NoraReed on Jul 3 at 3:40 PM - 110 comments

Mahler's 5th Symphony

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Starting from the second, third, fourth, and fifth movements. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jul 4 at 7:20 AM - 9 comments

Bill & Ted Should Have Been Higher

On the occasion of a new Terminator movie, io9 brings us a list of Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked. Spoiler: Back to the Future is at the top, The Lake House is at the bottom, and Star Trek IV is in the middle.
posted by Etrigan on Jul 4 at 9:46 AM - 5 comments

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Grilling with Lava [New York Times]
This July Fourth, we offer an intense, but minimalist way to grill steak. It requires 800 pounds of Wisconsin basaltic gravel heated to 2,000 degrees. New York Times food writers have advocated cooking directly on hot coals this Fourth of July, but the truly adventurous may want to consider another approach: lava-grilled steak. The Syracuse University professors Bob Wysocki and Jeff Karson, the leaders of this minimalist technique, say the key is to start with thin-cut steaks, the more marbled the better. You then find the nearest retrofitted bronze furnace. (Very likely, that is the one the professors have built for themselves in Syracuse as part of the university’s Lava Project. When not cooking dinner with it, Mr. Wysocki, an artist, and Mr. Karson, a geologist, create lava for scientific research and sculptures.)
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posted by Fizz on Jul 3 at 6:04 PM - 19 comments

"Adblocking is the modern speeding"

In this scenario, the publishers and journalists are the residents of the suburban street that has been turned into a cut-through: cars keep speeding past, ignoring them and their entreaties. Worse, the cars are driving too fast, and they pose a risk. But nobody can point to anything definite yet. And the car drivers certainly won’t – they’re too busy driving past.
Charles Arthur thinks adblocking is the internet equivalent of speeding.
posted by MartinWisse on Jul 4 at 3:55 AM - 98 comments

Saint Stephen with a rose / in and out of the garden he goes

Why I’m spending $4,768 dollars to see the Grateful Dead this weekend. May the 4th be with y'all
posted by growabrain on Jul 3 at 5:31 PM - 55 comments

The Curse of Knowledge

Why is good writing on technical subjects so hard to find? A popular explanation is that bureaucrats, scientists, doctors, and lawyers who write dense prose are intentionally obfuscating their writing to appear more intelligent than they are. After all, no one likes reading hashes of passive clauses salted with jargon and acronyms--not even fellow specialists. Stephen Pinker, however, has an alternate take on the issue. What if knowing a lot about a topic directly interferes with your ability to effectively communicate it?
posted by sciatrix on Jul 3 at 9:29 PM - 47 comments

low-tech mind control

George Orwell, human resources and the English language | "Had he been alive today, George Orwell – the great opponent and satirist of totalitarianism – would have deplored the bureaucratic repression of HR. He would have hated their blind loyalty to power, their unquestioning faithfulness to process, their abhorrence of anything or anyone deviating from the mean. In particular, Orwell would have utterly despised the language that HR people use..." [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Jul 3 at 3:59 PM - 29 comments

Grexit

What's happening in Greece? Explaining the Greek Debt Crisis. Latest developments: In the Eurozone, growing support for a Greek Exit. while Greeks are stashing €10,000 bundles in their homes. preparing for what the Greek Central Bank calls a financial collapse.
posted by storybored on Jun 18 at 11:05 AM - 113 comments

why don't we just terraform the earth?

In the past few years, science has lurched closer to envisioning habitable Mars, though at the moment estimates for creating breathable oxygen range from hundreds to 100,000 years in the future, the soil is currently toxic to astronauts, and travel is so unwieldy that scientists have proposed "printing" humans on Mars. Meanwhile, I wondered why not make Earth's increasingly inhospitable deserts greener.
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posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 2 at 10:57 PM - 23 comments

Run time: 8 seconds

Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in [Film title].
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 3 at 6:41 AM - 65 comments

Why should it be limited to just two individuals?

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy: Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.
No, Polygamy Isn’t the Next Gay Marriage: Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 1 at 4:28 PM - 173 comments

Tour de France 2015: From Eritrea to Utrecht

On Saturday the 2015 edition of the Tour de France starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For the first time in the Tour's history, "an African-owned, African-sponsored, African-managed professional cycling team", MTN-Qhubeka, will participate. Two Eritrean riders, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, will ride in its Tour de France team. This year's TdF also features two teams named Lotto. And perennial crowd favorite Thomas Voeckler is still riding.
posted by needled on Jul 3 at 6:52 PM - 10 comments

Hot Girls Wanted

Rashida Jones has produced a new documentary about the "amateur porn" industry and follows several young women trying to make it in Miami. Here is an interview with Gianna Toboni of Vice about the film. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Jul 3 at 12:32 PM - 49 comments

Freedom Hawk keeping 1970 alive and rockin'

Emanating from the barrier dunes of Virginia, Freedom Hawk’s heavy riffs, rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce a sound that is distinctly their own. The trio’s brand of heavy rock capitalizes on the best of the heavy ‘70s, but presents a fuzzy take that’s modern and based around quality songwriting rather than style-over-substance retro posturing. for me... Sabbath meets early KISS another track here
posted by bobdow on Jul 3 at 6:40 PM - 9 comments

All your passwords belong to us

Yesterday a Fisa court judge issued final authorisation to a programme banned after Congress banned bulk collection of telephone data in the USA Freedom Act.
Today The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system.
posted by adamvasco on Jul 1 at 4:52 PM - 9 comments

Hey Ho! Let's Go! Geronimo!

The Acid House trend/moral panic of the late 1980s saw house and techno go mainstream, and in the early 1990s, what was now known as 'dance music' was a regular fixture in the UK Top 40. And a trend for songs which sampled video games cartoons, and even government films teaching kids about safety. The Musician's Union ruled that all samples needed to be sung when performed on TV, which led to some interesting TV performances. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 3 at 4:24 AM - 32 comments

Heavy Barn Find

A WWII Panzer tank and other military equipment has been found in the basement of a German pensioner.
posted by chrchr on Jul 3 at 11:21 PM - 34 comments

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