February 14

Death, The Prosperity Gospel, and Me"

An essay [NYT] by Kate Bowler, author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, following her diagnosis with stage 4 cancer. The prosperity gospel has taken a religion based on the contemplation of a dying man and stripped it of its call to surrender all. Perhaps worse, it has replaced Christian faith with the most painful forms of certainty. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 3:25 PM - 0 comments

"there are ten enthusiastic seconds in 6 weeks"

What is the coolest mathematical fact you know? (SLReddit)
posted by holmesian at 3:24 PM - 0 comments

Valentine, be the unforgiving tundra to my deranged penguin.

Tell the people you care about that you love them with a Werner Herzog Valentine. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 1:08 PM - 9 comments

Life is too damn short for phone calls

Why Texting is Better Than Calling
posted by desjardins at 12:58 PM - 55 comments

All You Need is Chocolate, Butter and Eggs

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Flourless Chocolate Torte but Were Afraid to Ask
posted by ShooBoo at 12:45 PM - 20 comments

I’m going to call my sister & order sushi. You should do something, too.

Valentine's Day Poems for Married People - by John Kenney (SLNewYorker) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:33 AM - 18 comments

It must be nice to have Washington's hairdresser at your side

National Geographic's Robert Krulwich discusses George Washington’s Oh-So-Mysterious Hair (which was red, and not a wig!). Includes a set of delightfully-illustrated instructions for replicating Washington's signature look, just in case you want to look like a dollar bill.
posted by schmod at 10:56 AM - 18 comments

Chubiiline

5th-grader Nigerian-American Ify Ufele channeled the bullying she got for her size towards designing and making Chubiiline, a line of plus-size fashion with African influences.
posted by divabat at 7:36 AM - 12 comments

Midnight Radio

A beautiful standalone comics story.
posted by Kitteh at 7:27 AM - 17 comments

Pray and Obey

[Warning: not a pleasant read] A Polygamist Cult's Last Stand: The Rise and Fall of Warren Jeffs Previously, 1, 2, 3, 4.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:37 AM - 32 comments

Equality by Edward Bellamy

Equality [internet archive] was first published in 1897: "The story takes up immediately after the events of Looking Backward with the main characters from the first novel, Julian West, Doctor Leete, and his daughter Edith. West tells his nightmare of return to the 19th century to Edith, who is sympathetic. West's citizenship in the new America is recognized, and he goes to the bank to obtain his own account, or 'credit card', from which he can draw his equal share of the national product... " (previously 1,2) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:21 AM - 3 comments

One big hand, two little hands.

Bach/Siloti Prelude in B minor - left hand arrangement for my baby daughter (SLYT)
posted by lawrencium at 1:05 AM - 14 comments

February 13

Claim what's yours

MissingMoney.com is a database of governmental unclaimed property records. Exactly what it says it is. Click here for a list of participating states and provinces and links to individual states and provinces, along with contact information for the agencies for each respective jurisdiction. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:36 PM - 45 comments

"This is the sound of China’s young and restless."

A mixtape featuring 20 young independent bands from China, curated by Wooozy, one of the country's leading indie music blogs. "From sunny Guangzhou and cyberpunk Chongqing to the frigid northeast grasslands beyond Beijing. From shoegaze to riot-weird." It can also be downloaded in full here.
posted by beijingbrown at 8:26 PM - 16 comments

Another one from the NOPE file

The Whip Spider: A spider with hands/claws. Let the nightmares begin!
posted by blue_beetle at 7:05 PM - 53 comments

Reality is what it used to be

The Brain: What is Reality To conjure a reality from all [that] sensory information your brain needs about half a second. [more inside]
posted by asok at 4:59 PM - 10 comments

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

"Peyton, you messed up. I still don't know why you dropped your drawers. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe not. But it was definitely inappropriate. Please take some personal responsibility here and own up to what you did. I never understood why you didn't admit to it...."
Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies, as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim by Shaun King
posted by The Gooch at 4:17 PM - 67 comments

Antonin Scalia (March 11, 1936 - February 13, 2016)

Reports indicate that he died of natural causes on a West Texas ranch.
posted by Ouverture at 2:08 PM - 875 comments

Louisiana's budget irresponsiblility so bad, it threatens football team

The state of Louisiana is facing a massive budget shortfall. Former governor Bobby Jindal positioned himself for a presidential run by slashing taxes and cutting spending, pinning his fiscal policy on the hopes that oil revenues from the Gulf of Mexico would continue to grow. Those revenues have failed to materialize, leaving the state with a deficit. Since higher education funding is one of the largest components of the state’s discretionary spending, it was one of the hardest areas hit. Louisiana has made deeper cuts to education than any other state, and colleges in Louisiana are receiving 55% less state funding than they did before the recession. The state now finds itself with a gap of $850 million for this year, and more than $2 billion next year. The result has been steeply rising tuition and decreased enrollment. It’s about to get much, much worse. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 12:06 PM - 57 comments

Wisconsin teledildonics

"We grew up pretty conservative," she recalls. "My parents kept us away from everything. Now everything we do is a sin." Meet Chris Johns and Tabitha Rae, the God-fearing Wisconsin couple who, if web glitches, fiercely defended patents, and a shortage of Novint Falcons don't stop them, are going to build the future of remote fucking right here in the Upper Midwest.
posted by escabeche at 12:05 PM - 15 comments

Another Vietnam

Unseen, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side
posted by infini at 12:03 PM - 22 comments

"We're gonna arm this thing and go hunting"

How Rogue Techies Armed The Predator, Almost Stopped 9/11, And Invented Remote Warfare [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:02 PM - 14 comments

Samantha Bee launches her own late night show, Full Frontal, on TBS

Samantha Bee Takes Her Place in Late Night (NY Times) Samantha Bee fumed for a few minutes in September, when Vanity Fair published an article on late-night television and placed a portrait of 10 hosts — all men, including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Conan O’Brien and Trevor Noah — on its cover. Then she asked a co-worker to insert an image of her as a tattooed centaur shooting laser beams from her eyes into the portrait. She tweeted it with a single word: “BETTER.” [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms at 11:33 AM - 23 comments

The Elwha River Comes Roaring Back

Eighteen months after removal of the last chunks of two dams on Washington State's Elwha River, an event marked on Metafilter by this brilliant post by edeezy, the Seattle Times documents the remarkably fast recovery of the Elwha ecosystem, from headwaters to saltwater. Complete Seattle Times' Elwha coverage
posted by Rumple at 11:28 AM - 10 comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a reminder that ...

The best love stories on TV are between two women, By Molly Eichel, A.V. Club
posted by pjsky at 9:17 AM - 20 comments

Federal Prisoners of New York

In case you missed it, Humans of New York (previously) has recently been doing a series specifically on federal prisoners in the northeastern United States. The project is ongoing, but you can read the stories compiled so far, and general reactions to the stories, on the facebook page or instagram.
posted by likeatoaster at 9:08 AM - 8 comments

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

Zika is not the new Ebola But what is the truth about Zika and microcephaly?
Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly
Meanwhile Brazil’s health minister insisted on Friday that authorities were “absolutely sure” Zika was connected to microcephaly, though it has yet to be scientifically proven.
A review of four years’ worth of medical records finds far greater numbers of microcephaly cases from before the ongoing Zika virus epidemic than had been officially reported.
(Related)
posted by adamvasco at 7:11 AM - 23 comments

“Let's get started before my headache gets any worse.”

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek by Xaq Rzetelny [Ars Technica] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:05 AM - 33 comments

By itself, a comma is a portrait of a guitar. This is entirely correct.

Strunk & White's Elements of Style, rewritten by a predictive text generator by Jamie Brew. Follow along at @elementstrunk. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 5:44 AM - 26 comments

“Whenever I smell asphalt, I think of Maureen.”

RPS' Cara Ellison talks about Maureen, a character in Tim Schafer's adventure game Full Throttle.
posted by Sebmojo at 3:26 AM - 11 comments

February 12

Apprentice & Mentor: A First Deer Season

I’ve watched my dad gut a lot of deer, but this time it was different. It’s different when it’s your own deer. Everything was really interesting, how all the organs fit together and how they all come apart. How much blood is inside a deer…--11 year-old Iris, reflecting on her first deer hunting season. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:31 PM - 22 comments

Github Gender Gap

Researchers find software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed. (slGrauniad) [more inside]
posted by coolname at 9:59 PM - 44 comments

HERCULES MULLIGAN! A TAILOR SPYING ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

Finally, the article on your favorite spy who sews that you always wanted. Also, he saved George Washington twice and Washington stopped in the middle of a parade to have breakfast with him. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:42 PM - 31 comments

How Inequality Works When You're Not Famous

Bear Bellinger writes about his experiences as a black actor in the Chicago Theatre Scene.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 8:12 PM - 17 comments

Squashed Roach

Why is it so hard to squash a cockroach? "Insects, whether they creep or fly, live in a world of hard knocks. Who has not stepped on a cockroach, then raised her shoe to watch the creature get up and scoot under a door? Bees and wasps, for their part, face a never-ending obstacle course of leaves, stems, and petals—bumblebees crash their wings into obstacles as often as once a second. Now, researchers are learning how these creatures bend but don’t break."
posted by dhruva at 8:11 PM - 24 comments

Danglerack Cuckooclock

FIRST, there was the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.
NOW? If you have Python installed, there is module cumberbatch.
> pip install cumberbatch
[...]
>>> cumberbatch.full()
'Fragglerock Cabbagepatch'
>>> cumberbatch.full()
'Bendandsnap Covergirl'
>>> cumberbatch.full()
'Bakery Capncrunch'
[more inside]
posted by JHarris at 5:34 PM - 44 comments

Leicester City Longshot

Premier League leader Leicester City entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog -- the same chance as a bet on Elvis being alive -- which is why the English soccer team could become the undisputed champion of beating the odds. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:33 PM - 39 comments

Snack Check

Last year Regal Cinema started checking bags and backpacks in their theaters. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 4:14 PM - 183 comments

2 friend requests pending from the BFG and the Lorax.

In the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches. “These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light."
posted by Hermione Granger at 4:02 PM - 9 comments

How to destroy an iPhone

How to brick an iPhone: Set the date to January 1, 1970. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:35 PM - 136 comments

Your Friday touch of Zen

With the highly-anticipated release of two King Hu masterpieces on home video by the Masters of Cinema organization, as well as the critical success of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin last year, it seems like the wuxia film is making some inroads into the Western critical consciousness. So I thought I’d put together a guide to some of the essential films of the genre. - 30 Essential Wuxia Films
posted by Artw at 3:01 PM - 29 comments

AIM love, IRL

"I changed the quotes in my AOL Instant Messenger profile almost daily, and fretted over the right combinations of font and color to make my IM voice look as bright and edgy as I wanted to be in real life. I started conversations with acquaintances who made me feel shy in person. I imagined I had inner beauty and wit, and that in chatrooms and AIM was where I could shine until that outer beauty showed up. And slowly, the IRL me started to become more like the me I allowed myself to be online... Matt and I built our relationship over AIM. We used AIM because it was our most practical option; like many teenagers in the year 2001, we didn't have cell phones. We did have computers in our respective bedrooms, though, and parents who weren't expecting phone calls after dinner hours."
posted by ChuraChura at 2:24 PM - 28 comments

Cute and cuddly dolphins are secretly murderers

They do not just behave like Flipper Dolphins are clever and sociable, but they also have a dark side that will make your hair stand on end
posted by cwtell at 2:05 PM - 41 comments

The opposite of rape culture is nurturance culture

"Violence and nurturance are two sides of the same coin. I struggle to understand this even as I write it." From Nora Samaran, author of Dating Tips for the Feminist Man (previously).
posted by Catchfire at 1:51 PM - 19 comments

Algorithmic Education vs Indie EdTech

An algorithmic education, despite all the promises made by ed-tech entrepreneurs for “revolution” and “disruption,” is likely to re-inscribe the power relations that are already in place in school and in society. Whether it's annotating the scholarly web, creating connected copies through wikity or domain of one's own, alternatives to algorithmic education are offered by the indie edtech movement.
posted by typecloud at 1:33 PM - 10 comments

Heliciculture

Why I had to become a snail farmer According to a site dedicated to looking at France through data, Snails production in France is limited to 191 farms. Don't miss all the gory details of snail farming. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:17 PM - 29 comments

A doctor shares his terrifying experience with undiagnosed Lyme disease

"Patients assume doctors are omnipotent and they know everything there is to know about the universe."
posted by trillian at 1:11 PM - 30 comments

How Ronald Reagan paved the way for Star Wars selling everything to kids

If asked to think of the lasting legacies of Ronald Reagan, you might conjure up the long shadow of US military intervention in Central America or the coordinated attack on organized labor and public-sector programs. Probably few of us would think about the spectacle of Shrek hawking Twinkies. But one lasting consequence of Reagan’s reign is felt by every parent in the country every day: As president, Reagan opened the floodgates to targeted junk food marketing to children and teens.
What Ronald Reagan has to do with Dora on your Popsicle package: the backstory behind Shrek hawking Twinkies (and everything else) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:09 PM - 18 comments

Musical Tidbits

Rick Rubin: My Life in 21 Songs
posted by josher71 at 1:03 PM - 5 comments

Michael Jackson's Pet Chimp Bubbles Is Retired in Florida

The 4.5-foot-tall, 185-pound chimpanzee is built like a high school wrestling coach with a gray beard and a small bald spot just above his brow. Keepers have called him ugly, but he doesn't care. He's come a long way since hanging on Michael Jackson's hip. Bubbles' moonwalking days are over. [more inside]
posted by narancia at 12:01 PM - 20 comments

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