November 27

“Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
posted by Fizz at 2:54 PM - 11 comments

You might say the secret ingredient is salt.

Laurel Randolph comes up with Simpsons inspired recipes for Paste Magazine - Clove And Tom Collins Pie - Little Meatloaf Men - Üterbraten - Thanksgiving edition.
posted by The Whelk at 9:40 AM - 38 comments


The XKCD comic for 11/24/15 is this game. The goal seems to be collecting as many gold coins as you can and put them in a coin.. depositor. (protip: you can keep pressing up to keep jumping up through the air. Hoverboard technology is sweet) [more inside]
posted by numaner at 8:33 AM - 39 comments

Endless Sky

Endless Sky is a space trading and exploration game, dubbed as a spiritual successor to Escape Velocity. It's free to play, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, completely open-source (GPLv3), and available on Steam. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 8:19 AM - 23 comments

the youtube planner people are so #OBSESSED for some reason

Thinking about getting your life together in 2016 with planners? Not only do you have many types of planners to choose from, you can also dive into the sparkly, colourful, washi-tape-and-sticker covered world of planner decoration. Let's begin! [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:45 AM - 37 comments

Why Do Car Dealers Hate Electric Cars? (SLNYT)

Apparently, they don't break down enough. Wonder why there are so few electric cars on the road? Dealers hate to sell them. They make three times as much from service as from selling cars, and the darn things just won't break down.
posted by musofire at 6:24 AM - 75 comments

Lives of Solitude

Ever long to get away from it all? The Hermitary is a web directory for all things hermit-related. Look up local hermits or hermits from lore, literature and history, or discover present-day hermits on the web. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 5:33 AM - 3 comments

The Serial Swatter

Internet trolls have learned to exploit our over-militarized police. It's a crime that's hard to stop — and hard to prosecute.
posted by Pendragon at 2:38 AM - 60 comments

November 26

From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State

That powerful scene is one of many in a 90-minute film that amounts to a relentless, religious repudiation of the Islamic State and the opening salvo in a global campaign by the world’s largest Muslim group to challenge its ideology head-on. The challenge, perhaps surprisingly, comes from Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population but which lies thousands of miles away from the Islamic State’s base in the Middle East.
posted by destrius at 11:23 PM - 23 comments

I don't know if they're the best. I don't know if there's even 100.

100 Best Photographs Taken Without Photoshop (or, at least, 100 pretty cool photographs that are well worth scrolling through if your turkey coma doesn't allow for any serious reading.)
posted by jacquilynne at 10:27 PM - 32 comments

People think that beauty opens doors, but it opens doors to cliff edges

Caitlin Stasey talks about beauty and sexism in the entertainment industry. (SLYT) (NSFW swearing) [more inside]
posted by imaginary_mary at 8:40 PM - 14 comments

You got a stew going

Michael Dukakis would very much like your turkey carcass. In his tidy Brookline kitchen, the state’s former governor and onetime Democratic presidential nominee has had a quirky but endearing tradition legendary among family and friends. He collects Thanksgiving turkey carcasses to make soup for his extended family for the year to come.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:20 PM - 51 comments

No pressure

David Bowie's Greatest Collaborations
posted by Artw at 5:57 PM - 26 comments

false testimony occurred in hundreds of trials, incl. 32 death penalty

Forensic Pseudoscience
This past April, the FBI made an admission that was nothing short of catastrophic for the field of forensic science. In an unprecedented display of repentance, the Bureau announced that, for years, the hair analysis testimony it had used to investigate criminal suspects was severely and hopelessly flawed.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:29 PM - 41 comments

"I focus my mind by making noodles"

Korean Buddhist temple cooking has been preserved by Buddhist nuns for over 1,600 years. One of its practitioners, Jeong Kwan, has been celebrated by chefs such as Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin in New York City. Korean temple cuisine is vegan, made without meat, fish, dairy, garlic, or onions. Layers of flavor are achieved through use of fermented, pickled, and dried ingredients. The preparation and consumption of the food are seen as part of Buddhist practice. [more inside]
posted by needled at 4:40 PM - 10 comments

In a beautiful pea-green boat

Thankful for Friendship: the story of Marimo the cat and Fuku the owl
posted by infini at 2:17 PM - 8 comments

“Some books are clearly disappointing, however.”

Betting Big on Literary Newcomers [The Wallstreet Journal] The publishing industry’s hunt for the next blockbuster has given rise to an elite new club: the million-dollar literary debut.
The need to secure one of the few must-read books of the year has given rise to an elite new club: the million-dollar literary debut. At least four literary debut novels planned for 2016 earned advances reported at $1 million or more, a number agents say is striking in the world of highbrow fiction. At least three such debuts were published this year, and two in 2014. “City on Fire,” by first-time novelist Garth Risk Hallberg, came out last month amid a flurry of publicity after receiving a nearly $2 million advance from Alfred A. Knopf, one of the largest ever for a literary debut.
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posted by Fizz at 2:16 PM - 21 comments

"We are inner galactic lovers" – Kutiman strikes again.

Inner Gallactic Lovers
"Inner Galactic Lovers" is a collaborative project between Kutiman and Fiverr. This original song was produced by Kutiman, with music created by the contributing Fiverr users.
Fiverr (website) Fiverr (Wikipedia) Kutiman: previously, previously, previously, previously, previuously, previously.
posted by nangar at 12:53 PM - 3 comments

Art of Sakuga

The term sakuga (作画) refers to a series of well-drawn movements in animation found in both western and Japanese animated shows. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 12:51 PM - 8 comments


The 10 Best Black Friday Deals at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon, by Vice Magazine and a Very Special Guest Writer.
posted by rorgy at 12:14 PM - 50 comments

I’m sweet, I’m red, and I plop out of a can.

"...judging from the looks on all of your faces, I seem to be the only one who thought there was a problem. Am I correct? Wow. All right. Unbelievable." The Cranberry Sauce Has Something To Say (SLNewYorker)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:04 PM - 31 comments


Whether you know the basic story or not, you may enjoy Mark Steel's lecture on Beethoven's life for its entertaining (and decidedly informal) presentation.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:33 AM - 7 comments


In the early 1960's, drugs like LSD and psilocybin found their way out of university labs and onto the street -- and their value as medicine was lost as their status as protest and party drugs emerged. Mass recreational use, conservative political forces and a continuing media frenzy ensured the vilification of hallucinogens – until drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms were completely outlawed in 1970. Serious medical research would not begin again until the early 21st century, four decades later.
Turn on, tune in, and heal thyself - CBC's Ideas presents High Culture, a 3-hour (2--3) series examining the use of psychedelics to curb anxiety, alcoholism, and depression. [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 11:31 AM - 18 comments

1 in 30 American Kids is Homeless. That's about 2.5 Million Children.

A College Guide for Homeless Students (by [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:19 AM - 5 comments

Sports Turkeys 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sports Illustrated presents their 2015 Turkeys of the Year slideshow.
posted by The Gooch at 10:03 AM - 8 comments

Til Death Do Us Blart

From the Brothers McElroy and The Worst Idea of All Time comes a new holiday tradition: Til Death Do Us Blart. Every American Thanksgiving, from now until the end of linear time, the five hosts (and their cursed successors) will watch and review Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. An eternal pocast, released annually. The first episode is now available.
posted by kmz at 7:52 AM - 24 comments

I just bought a magazine that came with a free computer.

The new Raspberry Pi Zero is so cheap and so small the first 10000 of them are being given away free on the cover of a magazine. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:55 AM - 95 comments

50 years on, you can get anything you want

This Thanksgiving marks 50 years since the famous Alice's Restaurant Masacree. Guthrie still views the antiwar classic as an "anti-stupid" song. He has returned to the scene, the former church, which is now the Guthrie Center. Tonight PBS will air a 50th anniversary concert with Guthrie singing the song in its original form. [more inside]
posted by graymouser at 6:36 AM - 24 comments

You're left wing and look about 12

Journalist Owen Jones meets one of his twitter trolls. (SLYT) (NSFW swearing)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:47 AM - 20 comments

The Season Of The Goat 2015

Hi friends! Soon I´m back om my feet, and we shall se each other again! #sharegavle #gavlegoat And thus begins the live cam from Gävle Sweden, and the construction of the Christmas Goat has begun!
posted by hippybear at 2:30 AM - 24 comments

November 25

Futsal victory

Niloufar Ardalan, star of women's futsal, has been granted permission to travel abroad by an Iranian court, overturning her husband's veto. Ardalan, captain and top goal scorer of her national team, was prevented by her husband from travelling to the AFC championship where her team nevertheless triumphed against Japan.
posted by Segundus at 11:22 PM - 11 comments

Talking turkey with some helpful hotlines

The Turkey Hotline Exists and Here is Everything You Need to Know About It - well, it's six key facts about the Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line, including that it started in 1981, and a reminder that it was featured in The West Wing. To make your references a bit more current, here's Stephen Colbert's call to the hotline this year and part two. Butterball's not the only game in town - you can also contact the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, or hear a pre-recorded message from Rob Zombie and PETA. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:55 PM - 19 comments

Setsuko Hara, 1920–2015

It was reported today that Masae Aida, better known by her screen name Setsuko Hara, died 05 September 2015, aged 95. Hara starred in Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), and 98 other movies including a fruitful 12 year collaboration with Yasujiro Ozu. Despite being one of the biggest stars in Japan, in 1963 she walked away from her acting career, living in seclusion for the rest of her life.
posted by ob1quixote at 7:39 PM - 19 comments

Girls: Sad + Empowered

In a recent Dazed article, artist Audrey Wollen explains "Sad Girl Theory" and how it's empowering women on the internet. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 6:15 PM - 81 comments

make sure your mind and body are clear and ready for intellectual combat

Thanksgiving is coming up and preparation is crucial don’t let this be like last year when your uncle tricked you into admitting that “Yes Mussolini did make the trains run on time I grant you that ok.” A woke guide to winning the annual familial debate “Thanksgiving”
posted by koeselitz at 6:13 PM - 40 comments

This quality of uncertainty

How I Fell Face First for an Epic IRS Scam: I received a call on my home phone recently from someone who identified himself as Officer Jason Dean with the Investigative Bureau of the Department of Treasury. He said an arrest warrant had been issued in my name for failure to respond to IRS Notice CP503 — a third reminder — informing me that I owed $5,347 in back taxes. He said my home and cell phones were being traced and I should not attempt to leave the city. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:24 PM - 71 comments

“....if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!”

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise After Turkey Downs Jet [The New York Times]
Two big powers supporting different factions in the Syrian civil war clashed with each other on Tuesday when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had strayed into its airspace. The tensions immediately took on Cold War overtones when Russia rejected Turkey’s claim and Ankara responded by asking for an emergency NATO meeting, eliciting more Russian anger and ridicule. After the meeting, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, called for “calm and de-escalation” and said the allies “stand in solidarity with Turkey.”
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posted by Fizz at 1:23 PM - 121 comments

As if ripped from the pages of classic sci-fi

Epigenetic Signaling Induces Species-Specific Head and Brain Growth in Flatworms Scientists have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm, without altering genomic sequence.
posted by Michele in California at 1:22 PM - 11 comments

Why Vaginas?

Sure, we may be a little weird compared to our close relatives for not having a baculum (penis bone), and maybe that's the sort of thing you want to explain for whatever reason, but does human penis size and shape need a uniquely human story? Assuming it's correlated to the vagina like it probably is in many other species, then no it doesn't... unless the size and shape of the human vagina has an exceptional story. Does it? We wouldn't know. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 12:42 PM - 46 comments

please stop roasting my goddamned shoes

I don't remember buying these gaudy mother fuckin shoes but am i gonna wear em? you bet your ass [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:18 PM - 90 comments

The £240 million kid

The story of Kane Robinson, the man who supposedly stole £240 million from the music industry. Kane Robinson was a kid who loved the web and the Arctic Monkeys. His music forum Dancing Jesus became the target of the largest anti-piracy case ever seen in the UK.
posted by jontyjago at 12:07 PM - 5 comments

Winter is ruff.

Dogs in the snow. (slyt)
posted by ladyriffraff at 11:36 AM - 17 comments

"It kinda does bring back a lot of memories, come to think of it..."

How Chuck Jones drew "The White Seal" (YouTube) / Animator Chuck Jones on creative work and not comparing yourself to others (YouTube)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:25 AM - 4 comments

These women show that joy can come from even the darkest of experiences.

In Photos: A Beauty Pageant for Holocaust Survivors (Haaretz)
Thirteen women compete in the third annual beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi effort to exterminate European Jews.

Winner of Holocaust survivor’s beauty contest: The Jew will never disappear from the world (JPost)
Title from the Daily Mail.
posted by andoatnp at 10:14 AM - 9 comments

Also cheese, also yogurt.

I never imagined that photos of bread baking could so thoroughly gross me out. It’s “Not Impossible” To Bake Sourdough Bread Using Vaginal Yeast, But You Probably Shouldn’t Eat It
posted by palegirl at 8:56 AM - 173 comments

The Best of Behind Closed Ovens

With the changes in formats occurring at Gawker Media, several of the niche sub-sites are being shuttered. One of the more notable is Jezebel's Kitchenette, which had focused on the trials and tribulations of the food service industry, at all tiers. The highlight of Kitchenette was the regular Behind Closed Ovens column, in which site runner C.A. Pinkham would publish stories of the weird, rage-inducing, and just outright insane world of food service. As a final hurrah, Pinkham has published a list of the best 30 BCO stories from the year, some of which may make you rethink about eating out. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:57 AM - 73 comments

Laquan McDonald

For the first time in 35 years, an Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, in this case, that of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. Last night, the city of Chicago released the dash-cam footage that had been kept out of the public eye for more than a year, showing Mr. McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A second video, which was taken by a security camera at a nearby Burger King, was allegedly deleted by the police. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:34 AM - 217 comments

Why Not Both?

Is it a Pokémon, or is it big data?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:20 AM - 29 comments

I want to eat the Muppets because they are delicious.

Jim Henson's early journals reveal some surprising back stories.
posted by like_neon at 7:08 AM - 22 comments

Links in the Chain

Voices of the Food Chain Farmers are the iconic symbols of the food system, but food production, processing, and distribution make up nearly 15% of the American workforce. Today, StoryCorps and the Food Chain Worker Alliance are sharing videos of conversations from workers in different industrial sectors of the food system, showing how food labor crosses boundaries of culture, language, and experience. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:20 AM - 3 comments

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