July 27

110 N.F.L. Brains

NYT Interactive: Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings [JAMA, open access] was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 4:27 PM - 9 comments

Correlation vs causation once again

This time taught by xkcd cartoons "Hill for the data scientist: an xkcd story"
posted by aleph at 4:22 PM - 2 comments

A sewer becomes a frying pan, gas meters turn into quirky lobsters

American artist Tom Bob is running loose in the streets of New York, and let's hope nobody catches him.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:38 PM - 12 comments

Wally G: Sea of Greed

In response to a Tweet about a dream some guy had, a subreddit, public discord, Trello, and git repository have been created to create an open world pirate exploration RPG for Wally G: Sea of Greed.
posted by bookman117 at 1:18 PM - 6 comments

I never knew I could miss a hand this much.

Ron Howard Narrates Star Wars
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:45 AM - 22 comments

Remembering friends and neighbors

Veterans, dancers, children, grandparents, immigrants, lifelong locals: Elissa Ely's Remembrance Project for WBUR features long obituary profiles showing that every ordinary person has an extraordinary story.
posted by nonane at 11:40 AM - 1 comment

the road is a metaphor

Accurately Titled Novels [single link facebook album, visible without logging in]
posted by phunniemee at 11:28 AM - 16 comments

Content Warning: Kuso

"My intention was not to make the grossest film of all time, but to show ugly in a time where everyone is trying to be beautiful," says Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus, the director of Kuso (imdb, wikipedia, trailer) in an interview to Film School Rejects. Talking to The Fader, Ellison describes the movie: "One day I watch it and it’s a slapstick comedy, one day it’s a musical, and others it’s a bizarro horror. It’s kind of all over the place in that sense. I think, if anything, the music fans will be happy. They can always close their eyes and listen to the music." [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 11:14 AM - 17 comments

Fairpoint was not providing more than half a megabit

Welcome to Saguache County, Colorado. Home of the worst internet service in America.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:57 AM - 25 comments

Fieldwork's tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside

Suzanne Pilaar Birch was seven when she caught the archaeology bug on a family trip to Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. “Oh this is so cool!” she declared. “I want to come back here and dig.” So when, 24 years later – and now a professional archaeologist based at the University of Georgia and still devoted to digging – she was invited on a field trip in Cyprus, it should have been a no-brainer. Except that she would be six months pregnant on the trip.
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:53 AM - 2 comments

Feline lullabye

Instagram user sarperduman and his adorably sleepy cat play the piano. [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel at 10:43 AM - 10 comments

“All the dads here just are queer in some way—and that’s that.”

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator [PG Gamer] “Visual novels and dating simulators are strange beasts, and the intersection of those genres with comedy often results in parody. Dream Daddy [YouTube] [Trailer] sounds exactly like that—like it’s going to riff off and satire both the simplification of relationships down to dialogue options and usage of queer relationships in the genre. It really isn’t, though: beneath the dad jokes and past a first glance, it’s a game about kindness and positivity. You play your own, custom dad, who’s moving to a new area with his daughter, Amanda. After his partner died, he’s been raising Amanda as a single father, and the two have a very close relationship. The cul-de-sac they move to is, conveniently, filled with dads, most of which are single (the other is in the perpetual relationship state of ‘it’s complicated’).” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:40 AM - 45 comments

They even have their own ship now

It's been a few months since a good EVE Online story. Unfortunately, all we have is this horrible EVE Online story about people who collect, buy, and sell digital space-frozen corpses.
posted by Etrigan at 8:37 AM - 28 comments

All surroundings are evolving, in the stream that clears your head

Written by Roky Erickson and Tommy Hall, Slip inside this house (alternative, another) is a song (live in 2015) by the 13th Floor Elevators (previously, and poolside performance of "You're gonna miss me"), appearing as the opening track on their 1967 album Easter Everywhere. Though mostly from Austin and Kerrville, Texas, the band became influential in the San Francisco cultural scene. Electric jug player Tommy Hall starts to describe what it's about; the original mono recording. With some lyric changes, the song was covered by artists such as Primal Scream (live) on their 1991 album Screamadelica, and also covered by Madrugada, On Trial, Oneida, and The Shamen. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 8:24 AM - 10 comments

My motto was 'Buy a picture a day' and I lived up to it.

We all know about the Guggenheim museums but what of the founder Peggy Guggenheim?
In the 1920s, Peggy went travelling in Europe, discovered Paris and stayed there, on and off, for 22 years. From the start, her predominant interests were art and sex.
From her NYT obituary: One of her grandfathers, she said, was born "over a stable in Bavaria, and my other grandfather was a peddler."
posted by adamvasco at 7:59 AM - 8 comments

"Eldridge Cleaver is in Algiers and he needs help, go see him"

I had made a home in Algeria; I was happy with my life and my work in the national press. In 1969, events took an extraordinary turn. Late one night I received a call from Charles Chikerema, the representative of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union, one of many African liberation movements with an office in the city. He told me that the Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver was in town and needed help.
Short memoir by Elaine Mokhtefi about working with the Black Panthers in Algeria. Interview with Mokhtefi (audio and transcript).
posted by Kattullus at 6:51 AM - 6 comments

The Cornservatives and the DUPea

The wonderful Vegetable Figures of Lambeth Country Show
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:37 AM - 4 comments


Susie Dent's Guide to Swearing ~!@#$%^&*~ Auntie Doris's That's Swearing ~!@#$%^&*~ Mapping the United Swears of America
posted by Wolfdog at 5:54 AM - 27 comments

June Foray, RIP (1917-2017)

June Foray, the last of the great old voice actors, has passed away at the age of 99.
The Voices of June Foray - June Foray on Mel Blanc - June Foray's Animated Life - June Foray on Johnny Carson - June Foray on Beyond the Marquee - June Foray on VoBuzz Weekly three years ago, part one, part two - Foray in an interview on the Rocky & Bullwinkle DVDs
Foray was perhaps best known as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel. Here's some episodes: Upsidasium, Parts 1 & 2 - Box Top Robbery, Parts 1 & 2 - Buried Treasure, Parts 1 & 2 - Jet Fuel, Parts 1 & 2Greenpernt Ogle, Parts 1 & 2 - Rue Brittania, Parts 1 & 2
posted by JHarris at 5:48 AM - 70 comments

The pen is mightier.

Overwhelmed by all the choices in pens, pencils, paper, and other stationery items? JetPens has a guide for you! Colored pencils, fountain pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and paper notebooks are just a few general categories available. Not specific enough? How about a guide for teachers on pens and inks for grading papers or brush pens for comics? Have all the supplies, but don't know where to start? The Art of Letter Writing has you covered.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:45 AM - 45 comments

Toasting is the essence of toastness

Ian Bogost writes about falling in love with a toaster, the design, reasoning and philosophy of an 'A Bit More' button, and about how designers "are explorers who breach the alien frontier of toasterness".
posted by secretdark at 4:37 AM - 34 comments

Now is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?

Cultural Appropriation: Whose culture is it anyway, and what about hybridity? (Sonny Hallett, Medium) [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 2:15 AM - 93 comments

July 26

Agoraphobic Traveller, globetrotting from home via Google streetview

Jacqui Kenny is searching for the perfect Google street photo (Wired), as seen on her Instagram feed, Agoraphobic Traveller/ Streetview Portraits. Kenny especially likes when you can see the Google car's shadow or dust kicked up as it rolls by. "It gives it an otherworldly feel," she says. At first, she would pick locales more or less at random, poking around the streets of faraway towns and taking screenshots whenever she stumbled upon a striking image. After a while, she began seeking out certain kinds of views: arid regions with clear horizons; latitudes where she found that the sunlight fell at a dramatic slant. (New Yorker) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:57 PM - 19 comments

I roll on the stinkiest corpse!

Dungeons and Doggos! A brand new web comic about puppers playing tabletop rpg. The very first comic posted on June 30, 2017: "There is an ogre sleeping in the room. What do you do?" (via Tor.com)
posted by spamandkimchi at 6:00 PM - 15 comments

We don’t want you to help us understand; we want to punish you.

You might disagree with how we approached it. You don’t have to agree. You just have to understand why we approached it that way. The brief transition period between the elections and the arrival of the new administration is always a chaotic time. Outgoing staff tries to bring the incoming team up to date on the pressing issues, the looming crises, and the loose ends. But what if the new arrivals simply don't care?
posted by bitmage at 4:27 PM - 52 comments

Does local establishment The Stars At Night stand up to scrutiny?

On a shelf behind the bar was a small, green plastic elephant. It belonged to a local called Sedge. Whenever he had a pint, he'd drop the elephant into it. It was called the Sedgephant. This is not a good anecdote, but it is the sort of thing that happens in pubs. - Phil Savage from PC Gamer reviews a pub. A pub in the game Everybody's Gone To The Rapture.
posted by ambrosen at 3:17 PM - 8 comments

Detroit '67

"This July marks the 50th anniversary of the civil disturbance and unrest that erupted in Detroit. [...] As we planned our coverage, we wondered: What would it have been like to witness the summer of '67 with the tools and technologies of today?" As part of its anniversary coverage, on July 23 the Detroit Free Press began posting news reports from the time along with current-day perspective via three social media accounts: Detroit1967 (Facebook), @Detroit_1967 (Twitter), and @Detroit_1967 (Instagram), while the Detroit Historical Society has collected over 400 stories from Metro Detroit residents as part of its Detroit 1967 Oral and Written History Project. [Note: some of the Detroit Free Press links may contain autoplaying content.]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:49 PM - 6 comments

Dull Universe

How The Mummy did Sofia Boutella dirty
posted by Artw at 12:39 PM - 51 comments

Aww Josh! What is that?

We've talked about Justin Trudeau. We've talked about The West Wing Weekly. But have we talked about Justin Trudeau on The West Wing Weekly? [JT segment starts at 45:04] [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 12:21 PM - 25 comments

I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, we're all dudes

At long last: Good Burger: The Oral History.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:51 AM - 17 comments

Norm Macdonald talks with David Letterman for an hour.

Norm MacDonald talks with David Letterman for an hour. At one point they discuss their experiences with OCD, anxiety and depression in a refreshingly candid manner.
posted by craniac at 9:58 AM - 30 comments

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Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius. Here, the authors of a Claude Shannon biography (who also recently did an AMA) explore his wife's role in his life.
posted by Jpfed at 9:55 AM - 9 comments

Animal behaviour in its own proper context.

Why Animals Do The Thing is a Tumblr blog focused on animal science education.
They often explain animal news articles and debunk anthropomorphic beliefs about nature.
Topics: Cats, Dogs: training, expressions, toxic food. Horses and Goats, Wolf packs, Snakes, Zoos and the AZA. They also have some cute pictures. [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 8:53 AM - 13 comments

“...regrets to inform you that this next test is impossible.”

Portal Done Without Mouse Movement [YouTube] The entire game is completed inbounds without moving the in game camera which is typically controlled by the mouse.
posted by Fizz at 8:51 AM - 12 comments

"Some people believe that it was cheating. I know it wasn’t."

Phil Ivey is one of the most famous poker players in the world, and has been part of more than one of the most important hands in the history of the game as we know it today. But it's been a while since he played in the most high-profile games.
posted by Etrigan at 8:22 AM - 25 comments


THE TOAST IS BACK FOR ONE DAY. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. So far: Link Roundup, and Harvard Magazine Personal Advertisements’ Many Synonyms For “Rich” or “Thin”.
posted by Shmuel510 at 7:57 AM - 56 comments

Gin to Me is Home Now

The Poisoning, an essay by Alexander Chee [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 7:51 AM - 14 comments

Live and Let Live

This is a playable explanation of how we trust, why we don't, and who wins, through the lens of the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma[wiki]. Made by Nicky Case, n.b. music will play when you press Start.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 5:42 AM - 13 comments

July 25

When you try to whip them forwards, they buck you off

In Defence of the Bad, White Working Class. Shannon Burns writes thoughtfully in Meanjin about middle-class myopia in antiracist politics.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:29 PM - 139 comments

Strange Fruit

New cover of Strange Fruit "It’s a small and safe thing, using music as a political statement, but at a time when we feel utterly powerless to fix what is so clearly broken with our country, any action at all feels like progress." From Cover Me

posted by Gorgik at 9:53 PM - 4 comments

A looming male fertility crisis

A newly published meta-analysis of 185 studies of 42,935 male-bodied people from 1972-2011 [pdf] found that sperm concentration has fallen by 52.4% in North America, Europe Australia and New Zealand—with no sign of stopping. No significant trends were seen in South America, Asia and Africa, but the authors noted that limitations in the underlying studies made it impossible to rule out a significant trend in those continents as well. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 7:54 PM - 66 comments

🚒 🎶 🐕

Siren Songs of Samoyeds [howling and sirens, h/t Miss Cellania]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:05 PM - 17 comments

"Are my methods unsound?" "I don't see any method at all, sir."

Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 5:51 PM - 1502 comments

Billy Bragg on Roots, Radicals, and Rockers

What do you get when a bunch of British school boys in the mid-'50s play Lead Belly's repertoire... on acoustic guitars? Skiffle. And Billy Bragg wants you to get to know the music that brought the guitar to post-war British pop. (YT video of his recent talk at the Library of Congress, with transcript.) [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:06 PM - 18 comments

"the living record of a universal mind"

The British Library has digitized Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook ('The Codex Arundel') and made 570 digitized images available online. [via] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:43 PM - 6 comments

Terrific TV titles

How Opening Titles Became So Damn Good. (SLVWired)
posted by storybored at 2:30 PM - 34 comments

My whole family is being chipped

On Aug. 1, employees at Three Square Market, a technology company in Wisconsin, can choose to have a chip the size of a grain of rice injected between their thumb and index finger. (SLNYT) Once that is done, any task involving RFID technology — swiping into the office building, paying for food in the cafeteria — can be accomplished with a wave of the hand.
posted by stillmoving at 1:03 PM - 133 comments

Lasseter: the man who found that fabled reef, a man from death returned

Field-Marshal Sir William Birdwood wrote: " The annals of Central Australian exploration are tragic and heroic, but it is long indeed since I read a more moving story of endurance and heroism in the face of terrific odds than the epic which Mr. Ion Idriess has woven out of the last few months of the life of L. H. B. Lasseter." Lasseter's Last Ride was published in 1931, then turned into a folk song and a (possibly related) poem. This story mixes facts, half-truths, rumours, stories (PDF) — adds a twist of drama, waits 80 years and serves up a story nearly as reliable as Ulysses, wandering his own Mediterranean desert. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:17 PM - 7 comments

Cousins, identical cousins...

"Pet brothers from other mothers..." [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 11:15 AM - 23 comments

The Transported Man

"Teleportation killed the Mona Lisa." So begins The Punch Escrow , a novel about everyday teleportation gone awry in the year 2147, by MeFi's own analogue . Available all over the interwebs today from places you buy books. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 10:30 AM - 33 comments

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