May 3

Vending machine tally: This rule can go to hell.

Nearly losing sanity in a 28-hour Marvel Marathon.
posted by mysticreferee at 9:04 PM - 22 comments

African-American migrants to the Soviet Union

"My father felt that the U.S.S.R. treated him better than America. He was happy here."
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 7:19 PM - 10 comments

Be it Pill, Patch, Shot, Ring

Health insurance companies are illegally charging for birth control, according to studies conducted by the National Women's Law Center. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 4:53 PM - 42 comments

Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month, 2015

Every April for the past several years, Fantasy Cafe has published a series of guest posts for Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month. This year, the article that generated the most discussion was "'I am ... ?': Representation of Mature Women in Fantasy" by Mieneke from A Fantastical Librarian, who asked, "So where are the older women in fantasy? Mature women who are the hero of their own story?" The many other guest posts this year offered an interesting range of questions, observations, and reflections--often by well-known names in the field. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution at 4:24 PM - 13 comments

OMG! 美语

Pick-up Line Do's & Don'ts! Order Food At A Restaurant! What In The World?! NYC & LA! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:03 PM - 23 comments

Parts & Recreation

“Parts & Recreation” by Jeff Greenwald
“What makes people devote hours to the frustrating task of gluing together pieces so small you have to pick them up with tweezers? And does this obsessive hobby even matter anymore? To find out, a devotee of the art dives into Revell’s world of plastic models.”
posted by ob1quixote at 2:50 PM - 31 comments

Dear music fans, today we are shutting down Grooveshark

After a years-long court battle with major record labels, Grooveshark, one of the earliest online music streaming services, announced its abrupt shut down with a brief statement on the site's homepage. The fast rise and inevitable fall of Grooveshark.
posted by scribbler at 2:48 PM - 32 comments

I go head first Acknowledging with a new secret The birth of images

Alexander Aksinin Was a Ukranian graphic artist who died in a plane crash in 1985 aged 36.
He also worked in Colour
(Via the wonderful time sink butdoesitfloat)
posted by adamvasco at 12:53 PM - 4 comments

An election about nothing...or maybe about everything

"In four short weeks, the sure-thing election about nothing has turned into an election about everything; a historic campaign that could spell the end of the 44-year Progressive Conservative political dynasty, or see them snatch another stunning victory from the jaws of defeat." Alberta goes to the polls May 5 in their 29th general election. It has turned out to be a far more interesting campaign than many thought at the outset. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 12:36 PM - 29 comments

The struggle is real

UBC research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed ‘chemo-brain,’ the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the UBC study is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention. Previously on AskMe [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 12:22 PM - 8 comments

"May the ox of journalism always be yoked to the cart of commerce."

The Onion Is Not a Joke [The Atlantic] How a fake newspaper is turning into a real media empire.
posted by Fizz at 12:08 PM - 12 comments

American Gothic, without the Pitchfork

Brian Carpenter is a master of dark Americana. Hailing from Boston, his style is fluid, mostly referencing early 20th Century American jazz and other folk/roots music. His first band that caught attention, Beat Circus worked in a self-described "American Gothic" style, releasing three albums with three different themes. But this is not his sole musical endeavor. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 11:04 AM - 1 comment

I was fired from a brothel for alcoholism.

I Was An Administrator At A Fading DC Brothel
posted by The Whelk at 9:50 AM - 33 comments

Rubella eliminated in the Americas

On April 29 the World Health organization declared North and South America to be free of rubella after the last reported endemic case in Argentina in 2009. The New York Times discusses the history of rubella eradication in the Americas and the case of Gene Tierney, an actress who caught the disease while performing a show in 1943.
posted by lharmon at 8:56 AM - 12 comments

I'll help you find your own reason

Life as a suicide hotline responder. Imgur gallery. Surprisingly, read the comments. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:13 AM - 22 comments

How private DNA data led Idaho cops on a wild goose chase

... and linked an innocent man to a 20-year-old murder case. Analysis by the EFF of the case of Michael Usry, a New Orleans filmmaker whose father's DNA profile in a non-profit DNA database, which he had been assured would remain private, dragged him into a grisly unsolved murder case. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 1:49 AM - 39 comments

Shit people say to Women Directors

Shit People say to Women [film] Directors. Tumblr - Exactly as described. The first part of their About page states: SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO WOMEN DIRECTORS is an anonymous open blog for any female-identifying individual to submit personal accounts of absurd, offensive, threatening, or downright fucked-up “shit” people have said to you while working in the film business. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 12:34 AM - 27 comments

May 2

The island where you can disappear

Pitcairn Island is one of the most remote communities in the world, a five-square-kilometre volcanic outcrop in the Pacific Ocean almost 6000 kilometres from the nearest continent. It has a population of less than 50 people, many of whom can trace thier family history to the HMS Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian partners. You can immigrate, but if you don't want to do that (or visit) you can enjoy Google Streetview, or read one of the two local publications for some local colour. Previously.
posted by Mezentian at 11:31 PM - 17 comments

2nd generation Spencer Tunick

Italian artist Angelo Musco constructs complex compositions of naked models into feathers, nests and other shapes. Kind of a second-generation Spencer Tunick. (NSFW)
posted by growabrain at 10:47 PM - 7 comments

WHAT KIND OF HAT IS IT? I call it a fedora.

The Men of Condé Nast Photographed in Their Natural Habitat (New York Times)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:56 PM - 123 comments

A solid ball of flesh many thousand light years in diameter

Overpopulation and overconsumption in pictures (SLGrauniad)
posted by slater at 5:55 PM - 32 comments

"Are you going to finish that?"

Pictures of Pets Looking at Food
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:55 PM - 33 comments

"The creative process ... was slightly disastrous."

The Whole Family [(1908; Wikipedia)] is a bit of an oddity - a 'shared-world' by twelve prominent authors, each focusing on an individual member of an extended New England upper class family. William Dean Howells sets up the framework in the opening chapter ... [I]n the second story, Mary Wilkins Freeman overturns the whole table with a wonderfully feminist reinterpretation of a secondary character. The rest of the book is a scramble to put the apples back in the cart ...
In "5 Goodies from Gutenberg," Jared Shurin revisits a round-robin novel he reviewed in more detail last summer at Pornokitsch, but it's not the only classic collaborative fiction available online. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution at 4:15 PM - 4 comments

The Days of the Enola Gay

Science Needs a New Ritual
And so transcendence can take the form of blindness to differences between people and to our own biases. We assume scientists all think and believe the same things, even beyond the unequivocal data. We are all equal as scientists if we all value the same principles. And what we value comes almost entirely from Enlightenment-era Europe. This is a troubling state of affairs if we claim to strive for all humanity.
posted by jaguar at 3:23 PM - 49 comments

A Strangely Funny Russian Genius

Russia is the funniest country in the world. Some countries, like America and England, are funny mostly on purpose, while others, like Germany and France, can be funny only unintentionally. (But that counts! Being funny is tricky, so any way you do it counts.) Russia, however, is funny both intentionally (Gogol, Zoshchenko, Bulgakov) and unintentionally (Vladimir Putin singing, as he did at a televised event a few years ago, “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill”). Given the disaster Russian history has been more or less continuously for the last five centuries, its humor is of the darkest, most extreme kind. Russian humor is to ordinary humor what backwoods fundamentalist poisonous snake handling is to a petting zoo. Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:48 PM - 28 comments

Ancient Mayan Urban Planning

Early Urban Planning: Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid No other city from the Maya world was planned using this grid design, researchers say. There is more background on what was typical on Urban Planning in Ancient Central Mexico.
posted by Michele in California at 11:14 AM - 3 comments

Kristen Wiig's Post-SNL Low Carbohydrant Diet: Welcome to Me

Kristen Wiig has a new movie out titled Welcome to Me, about a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins $86 million dollars, goes of her medication, and then buys herself a two hour talk show. In promoting the film, Ms. Wiig recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as Game of Thrones character, Khaleesi. Ms. Wiig stunned audiences earlier this year at the Grammys performing an interpretive dance with Maddie Ziegler, to Sia’s Chandelier. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 10:10 AM - 42 comments

You're not getting anything for Chrismas!

Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who was pelted with snowballs at the Philadelphia Eagles game in 1968, has passed away. The Philly native was 19 years old when the Eagles pulled him out of the stands and asked him to fill in for the regular Santa who was snowbound in New Jersey.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:44 AM - 26 comments

"Bruce Jenner isn’t gone. I should know."

"A trans story is a ghost story. A trans story is an integration story about learning to love your ghosts." By Thomas Page McBee.
posted by MartinWisse at 9:30 AM - 3 comments

Vintage drum kits

Drum kits of the '20s and '30s Came across this through a classic source, but too good to miss. Site curated by a certain Mefite who can't spell "pancakex" correctly, and eats them late.
posted by Wolof at 8:15 AM - 19 comments

"Thank God. Another human being."

You couldn’t control the camera, I mean. The Silent Hill video games were blunt and herky-jerky—you, backed into a corner, swinging a plywood board clumsily at two sets of mannequin hips bolted horrifically together, flailing at you. Clay-colored, faceless children grabbed at you in the dark as you tap-tap-jogged awkwardly in circles, desperate to regain some kind of control. The world fell silent for cutscenes, PlayStation glory-era wax-lipped women with empty eyes mouthing hollow dialogue at you from the mist and shadows.

It was all really bad and scary, and kind of broken, and everyone loved it, especially me.
Why Silent Hill mattered.
posted by Artw at 7:14 AM - 45 comments

This should be done in a proper laboratory, he thought.

In the past five years, no product has perplexed, mesmerized, and divided the cannabis world quite like the increasingly popular and incredibly potent form of concentrated marijuana known as butane hash oil, or BHO. Demand for the intense high BHO delivers has birthed a massive underground industry, with federal and state governments at a loss for how to regulate it and potheads and entrepreneurs accidentally incinerating themselves trying to make it... But while many stoners take BHO’s presence on dispensary shelves as a sign that it is just as safe as weed itself, others find the noxious goop inherently suspicious, and the people who are making, selling, and regulating hash oil admit they know very little about the product.
Wax Is Weed’s Next Big Thing And No One Knows If It’s Safe
posted by griphus at 6:29 AM - 94 comments

"In case you haven't noticed lately, girls are all about that dad bod."

"The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either." (Mackenzie Pearson writing forThe Odyssey. Follow-up interview at Slate.com)
posted by valkane at 5:43 AM - 125 comments

"I wholeHEARTEDLY disagree with you."

Jon Stewart's April 29 interview with Judith Miller, formerly of the New York Times, was one of those serious, detailed, quietly angry interviews he does so well. You should watch it.
posted by Paul Slade at 5:39 AM - 78 comments

The roads ahead are long and winding...

Alcazar is a neat little path-finding logic game. There are also printable puzzles, strategy tips and metapuzzles to be had. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 5:07 AM - 12 comments

May 1

how do you even put people on money?

One of These 4 Radical, Badass Women Could Be on the $20 Bill [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:30 PM - 68 comments

The Dickonomics of Tinder

When Tinder first came along, it was heralded by some as the Grindr for straight people and a hook-up app that women would actually use. Men braced themselves for what was supposed to be a rush of incoming babes, women who had been released from the confines of a Girls Gone Wild! VHS but didn’t expect anything so extravagant from them as a novelty T-shirt for taking their clothes off. Simple girls, horny girls. When Tinder matches occurred, these men stormed into our messages with all the social grace of Steve fucking Urkel but none of his endearing sincerity with appeals like, “Sexy dress. Hook up?” They used the precious real estate of their bio to complain about women rather than entice them. They wore jerseys for teams that suck. They attempted to order women to their homes as if they were chicken fingers on Seamless. And almost every last goddamn one of them found their whiskey habit absolutely fascinating.
"Dick is abundant and low value." Alana Massey on successfully using Tinder as a hook-up app. [NSFW header illustration]
posted by automatic cabinet at 7:38 PM - 158 comments

So many more stories of fascinating and brilliant women to be told

"Every one of these sites is worthy of visiting." Sophia Dembling highlights U.S. women's museums and sites for The Toast. Related: Women in Game Developement, a recently opened exhibit at the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, California. This exhibit features the work of early developers like Roberta Williams, Carol Shaw, Amy Henning, and more — see MADE's webpage for full list and game screenshots.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:11 PM - 5 comments

Ben E. King (1938 - 2015)

Ben E. King has died at 76. He was the original singer of "Stand by Me" (later covered by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Bono/Springsteen, and many others), which he cowrote with the famous songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 6:41 PM - 36 comments

Hahaha vs. Hehehe

The New Yorker investigates the differences between "e-laughter" in its latest cultural commentary. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 3:40 PM - 108 comments

"I don't know but I really want one!"

The Amazing New Thing by Tom Gauld [New York Times] [Magazine]
posted by Fizz at 1:24 PM - 20 comments

‘What’s your favorite post-Peter Gabriel song by Genesis?’

In which the crowd at Dangerous Minds get serious about the question that's been on everyone's mind.

warning: advertorial
posted by philip-random at 12:09 PM - 118 comments

HTTP SOL

Mozilla is moving to deprecate support of HTTP:

After a robust discussion on our community mailing list, Mozilla is committing to focus new development efforts on the secure web, and start removing capabilities from the non-secure web. There are two broad elements of this plan:
* Setting a date after which all new features will be available only to secure websites
* Gradually phasing out access to browser features for non-secure websites, especially features that pose risks to users’ security and privacy.

posted by Chrysostom at 12:09 PM - 76 comments

Canines are cool, too, MetaFilter!

The title of this collection is wrong. These are dogs at their doggiest.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:02 PM - 29 comments

Dress for Success

Want to change your mind? Wear a suit[study] or a labcoat[study].
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:53 AM - 31 comments

Compton's cowboys: the urban oddity of Richland Farms

When [Griffith Dickenson Compton, a Methodist minister and leader of a temperance group] donated his land to incorporate and create the city of Compton in 1889, he stipulated that a certain acreage be zoned for agricultural purposes only -- thus Richland Farms was born.
This isn't such a unique thing, except Richland farms is still focused on agriculture, while the rest of Los Angeles County became urbanized. It's here you can find Compton's cowboys who support the Compton Jr. Posse, which focuses on ranching, riding, education and outreach. And if you watch the rodeo circuit, you might have seen Tre Hosley representing his community. You can read much more about Richland Farms and its residents in KCET's online Communities series.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:39 AM - 10 comments

This video will make you hallucinate

Warning: do not watch this if you’re epileptic. Don’t watch it if you’re on your way to a meeting or about to write an article, either. This video will allow you to hallucinate without taking any drugs. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:59 AM - 58 comments

Have you turned it off and on again?

FAA (pdf link): A Boeing Model 787 airplane that has been powered continuously for 248 days can lose all AC electrical power due to the generator control units (GCUs) simultaneously going into failsafe mode. This condition is caused by a software counter internal to the GCUs that will overflow after 248 days of continuous power. We are issuing this airworthiness directive to prevent loss of all AC electrical power, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. Guardian article: "In the latest of a long line of problems plaguing Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which saw the company’s fleet grounded over battery issues and concerns raised over possible hacking vulnerabilities, the new software bug was found in plane’s generator-control units." [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 10:19 AM - 77 comments

"Optimization For The Motorola RAZR"

The Onion's Redesigned Online Experience
posted by artsandsci at 10:13 AM - 26 comments

Did this film direct itself?

How Hollywood Keeps out women In 2013, 1.9 percent of the directors of Hollywood's 100 top-grossing films were female, according to a study conducted by USC researcher Stacy L. Smith. In 2011, women held 7.1 percent of U.S. military general and admiral posts, 20 percent of U.S. Senate seats and more than 20 percent of leadership roles at Twitter and Facebook — and both companies now face gender-discrimination lawsuits.
posted by octothorpe at 9:52 AM - 20 comments

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