October 4


Can the Pentagon do business with Silicon Valley?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:04 PM - 0 comments

Five Big Issues Raised by “The Inner Light”

Morgan Gendel, writer of the Star Trek TNG episode, "The Inner Light," writes about it on Tor.com: "But now that I’ve begun speaking regularly about “The Inner Light,” questions about the episode that lay dormant for two decades like a Romulan Warbird waiting to de-cloak have suddenly shimmered into view. Fan questions and my responses have yielded up, in addition to the “Road Not Taken,” Five Big Themes addressed in “The Inner Light.”" [via Keith R. A DeCandido's rewatch, which was an FPP on Mefi a few years back]
posted by marienbad at 1:57 PM - 3 comments

"We need to value women’s work and put our money where our mouths are."

Life as a waitress too often means low pay and sexual harassment — When you live paycheck to paycheck, reporting discrimination or harassment becomes complicated. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 10:16 AM - 51 comments

Nuclear Fruit: The Cold War's Impact on Video Games

Beautiful and insightful, these five videos explore how the Cold War shaped video games.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:00 AM - 2 comments

What She Left Me

"They’re such small things —a big toe, an ankle joint—but if they’re yours and they hurt, they become huge. Once it became painful to walk, I found myself wondering if the cancer was coming back, as it can, in my feet, which made me think about the hysterectomy I’d undergone just months before. I found myself thinking, if I cut off my feet, they wouldn’t hurt."
posted by listen, lady at 6:02 AM - 20 comments

October 3

Need A Little Sugar in my Bowl

He shakes my ashes
Greases my griddle
Churns my butter
And he strokes my fiddle
My man, is such a handy man

Alberta Hunter - My Handy Man

Euphemisms in the blues. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 11:19 PM - 40 comments


Do I have boobs now? "Dear Facebook and Instagram, I'm a trans woman starting hormones. Are you going to censor me?" [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 9:15 PM - 6 comments

Facebook is just going to do whatever the f— it wants to me. And to you.

Violet Blue, a technology journalist and sex blogger, describes how she has been locked out of her Facebook account and cannot access it without providing a government ID.
Last weekend, as I sat locked out of my Facebook account ‘for security reasons’ (and you tagged me in something, not knowing I can’t respond), my friend’s boss Mark Zuckerberg spoke at the United Nations. He talked about plans to expand Facebook use into refugee camps, and made no pretensions about how this would be used to benefit his company. I personally know what this will do. [...] De-anonymizing refugees usually precedes murder on a grand scale.
[more inside]
posted by Rangi at 8:17 PM - 96 comments

The Spiritual Ordeal of Marriage

National Magazine Award Finalist Katy Butler describes a heartfelt experience attending the Art and Science of Love, a Gottman workshop, with her "almost husband". "I remember the cautionary words of Wendell Berry in an essay on marriage...'Some wishes cannot succeed. . . . Because the condition of marriage is worldly and it's meaning communal, no one party to it can be solely in charge. What you alone think it ought to be, it is not going to be. Where you alone think you want it to go, it is not going to go. . . . When you unite yourself with another, you unite yourselves with the unknown.'" John Gottman's well-known research on successful marriages.
posted by storybored at 6:45 PM - 14 comments

A Room Of One's Own

Room 8, a short film by James W. Griffiths.
posted by mattdidthat at 6:44 PM - 6 comments

Shortest FPP ever?

Late for work [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 4:24 PM - 18 comments

Looking back on Anabolic Frolic, Happy 2b Hardcore in Canada

The story of Anabolic Frolic, the DJ name for Chris Samojlenko, tracks closely to the history of Happy Hardcore in Canada, if not North America at large, from the very first Happy 2b Hardcore mix released in the beginning of 1997, to the final Hullabaloo to mark the anniversary of the first Hullabaloo rave. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:52 PM - 16 comments

No money means no animation!

Self-aware cartoons [Imgur gallery] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:31 PM - 27 comments

Cross that bridge when you come to it

Gephyrophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of bridges. No not those bridges. If you suffer from this disorder (as I do) you may not want to read this list of bridge collapses. You may also not want to read that the US Department of Transportation rates 1 out of 9 bridges in the country as deficient. Even worse, here's an awesome interactive map showing your local bridge evaluation scores from the USDOT.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:18 AM - 52 comments

I Missed You in the Rain

A 1972 missed connection, as written up more than 40 years later on Craigslist. [internet archive link]
posted by ChrisR at 8:09 AM - 98 comments

Unlockdown Nation

Why are little kids in Japan so independent? - 'If we had a nonviolent society, kids could walk around on their own, unafraid, like they do in Japan'. (via)
posted by kliuless at 8:08 AM - 78 comments


Can You Survive A Week As Jeremy Corbyn? The press hates you, lots of your party hates you – can you make it through a week without resigning? (NSFW, Buzzfeed, Choose Your Own Adventure format)
posted by Wordshore at 6:57 AM - 32 comments

38 Saint Bernards breathing

Lasqueti Island in British Colombia is home to about 350 year-round human residents and a whole bunch of Saint Bernards. [more inside]
posted by minsies at 5:57 AM - 26 comments

Beauty is Slavery. Ugliness is a Virtue

What's really important in our lives is not how we appear. Beauty will vanish, but what we have inside, it will never change.
Welcome to the capital of ugly
posted by KirkpatrickMac at 5:13 AM - 6 comments

Swiss suffragettes were still fighting for the right to vote in 1971

It was not until 1971, 65 years after Finland became the first European country to grant women the vote, that Switzerland became the last, not only in Europe but in much of the world.
posted by infini at 3:36 AM - 9 comments

A Sewing Machine, Murder, and the Absence of Regret

Why Has India's 'Beef' Lynching Sparked No Remorse? Ravish Kumar writes for NDTV about the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq: We are not understanding what is happening around us. We are not being able to make others understand. The sparks have been spread across our villages. Young men with their half-baked sense of history want me to pose with them for selfies, but are not willing to even consider my appeal that they give up their violent ideals. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 12:59 AM - 41 comments

October 2

It was me. I let the dogs out.

This work documents the history and possible origin(s) of a musical hook which consists of the phrase "Who let the dogs out" in combination with the sound of dogs barking. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:00 PM - 33 comments

Painting on Petri dishes

The 2015 finalists for the American Society of Microbiologists'agar art winners have been announced! Agar art, also sometimes called petri dish art or microbial art, is a technique in which colonies of bacteria or fungi are grown on agar plates to produce a pattern. If you want to see more, the Daily Dish posts a new art plate every single day. Previously.
posted by sciatrix at 10:10 PM - 9 comments

The Apollo Photos

The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded to Flickr all photographs taken by the Apollo missions to the moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). [more inside]
posted by nubs at 6:47 PM - 35 comments

The Earth-Twin Planet That Nobody Talks About

If we found it orbiting another star, this world would surely be hailed as the most Earthlike exoplanet known: the best place yet to search for alien life. No doubt you sense there is a catch, and indeed there is. It is not orbiting another star; it is the planet closest to home right here in our own solar system. The world I’m talking about is Venus: The Earth-Twin Planet That Nobody Talks About
posted by Evilspork at 5:53 PM - 71 comments

The race

This week, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota and a local Black Lives Matters group came to an agreement to prevent the disruption of this Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:44 PM - 25 comments

You're saying "Khaleesi" wrong.

Building the languages of Game of Thrones.
posted by curious nu at 4:20 PM - 12 comments

The birds that fear death

A study published in the journal Animal Behavior found that crows can recognize their fellow dead crows and learn to avoid the dangerous circumstances associated with death. The BBC described the study, which involved a "masked individual playing bad cop, arriving on the scene holding up a dead crow." [more inside]
posted by Rangi at 3:53 PM - 37 comments

Just Say "I Don't" to the 80s

10 Decades of Wedding Gowns
posted by jacquilynne at 2:44 PM - 83 comments

You used to call me on my cell phone ...

First Disclosure & Sam Smith covered Drake's latest hit Hotline Bling. Now we may have the definitive interpretation by Erykah Badu [more inside]
posted by JoeBlubaugh at 2:22 PM - 11 comments

If we do not find new images, we will perish

"The Fall" is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh. The opening title sequence is the "perfect example of a director’s absolute control over his vision." Ebert described the movie as "a mad folly, an extravagant visual orgy, a free-fall from reality into uncharted realms. Surely it is one of the wildest indulgences a director has ever granted himself. Tarsem... has made a movie that you might want to see for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it. " [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 2:16 PM - 35 comments

German soldiers who fought in the American Revolution

I've listened to most of the Wartime podcast and enjoy it. But there is one episode that really caught my attention. As a Canadian, I don't know a great deal about the American Revolution and I had no idea that a huge number of Germans fought for the British. This episode gives a fascinating glimpse into who these Germans were. Check it out.
posted by Phormio at 1:09 PM - 66 comments

Quantum of Solace

Quantum cryptography could render all our protections worthless soon(ish). But cunning cryptographers have other tricks up their sleeves.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 1:07 PM - 19 comments

"Barbaric Cultural Practices"

"The Conservative government is not afraid to defend Canadian values." Welcome to the home stretch of the Canadian election! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 1:01 PM - 99 comments


No matter. Try again. Pee again. Pee Better. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:09 PM - 34 comments

"He would never cut off funds to his own f—ing dog!"

The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon was a philanthropist and animal lover who gave millions and millions of dollars to various organizations, especially after he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, is named after Simon, as is a 182-foot ship used by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Simon died earlier this year, at which time the Sam Simon Foundation was established by a trust he had set up. The Foundation is now under fire for not continuing to support Simon's pet causes, including the MY Sam Simon and his dog, Columbo, a rescued Cane Corso, "a mastiff breed that some people consider a pit bull on steroids" whose care may cost more than $140,000 a year.
posted by Etrigan at 12:07 PM - 51 comments

Carlsbad's Frank Kindel: Flying paper boy of the Guadalupes

If you happen to drive along NM-137, a quiet rural road in south-east New Mexico, you'll drive through Queen, a former ghost town that is once again inhabited by the living. Slow down and you'll see a monument to The Flying Paper Boy Of The Guadalupes, Frank Kindel. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:50 AM - 3 comments

웃 i am not here and this is not really happening.

After the triumph of OK Computer, Radiohead fell into a creative tailspin -- and frontman Thom Yorke into a nervous breakdown. Exhausted from touring, hounded by press, and jaded by copycats, he escaped into the electronica scene pioneered by Kraftwerk and Warp Records -- fertile ground, the band discovered. Trading spacey rock for apocalyptic brooding, they teased their new sound not with singles or music videos but with innovative web streaming and cryptic, dreamlike "blips" -- winterlands, flocks of cubes, eyeballs, bears. After nearly breaking up over tracklist angst, they cut the kid in half. Thus fifteen years ago today, Kid A and (later) Amnesiac debuted, a confounding mix of electronic fugue, whalesong, pulsing IDM, drunken piano, and epic jazz funeral whose insights into anxiety, political dysfunction, and climate crisis would make it one of the most revered albums of the twenty-first century. See the documentary Reflections on Kid A for interviews and live cuts, or look inside for much more. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:45 AM - 55 comments

“I’d rather that everyone… could just stay obscure”

[T]here are immediate practical benefits to trolling. The way we’ve designed the Internet has made the old cliché “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” actually come true. It’s now possible to monetize any kind of attention, good or bad—and if your gift happens to be generating the bad kind of attention, then it’s well within reach to make trolling into a full-time career.
Arthur Chu writes about “The Big Business of Internet Bigotry” for The Daily Beast.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:39 AM - 77 comments

What keeps us apart, what brings us together

"The famous festival in Nevada has a policy of ‘inclusion’ yet you won’t see many ‘burners’ who are black. Is it unwelcoming, or are there other matters in play?" [Slightly NSFW]
posted by I-baLL at 9:48 AM - 49 comments

Evil! -- one seemed to see it everywhere

This is the way the world ends: not with a bang but a bronchial spasm. That is, at least, according to William Delisle Hay’s 1880 novella The Doom of the Great City. It imagines the entire population of London choked to death under a soot-filled fog. The story is told by the event’s lone survivor sixty years later as he recalls “the greatest calamity that perhaps this earth has ever witnessed” at what was, for Hay’s first readers, the distant future date of 1942. -- Brett Beasley in the Public Domain review on one of the first modern urban apocalypse stories.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM - 8 comments

I really did believe we were talking about Edward Scissorhands

Jon Hendren spent an entire segment talking about Edward Scissorhands instead of Edward Snowden. No one noticed.
posted by Windigo at 9:07 AM - 58 comments

“I like the half-rhyme. I like 'greatest' & 'played with'. That's good.”

Salman Rushdie Reads Drake Lyrics. [YouTube]
Salman Rushdie's a 68-year-old award-winning novelist but he can also spit bars — Drake's bars. In this clip from Exhibitionists, a new CBC Arts series premiering Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:30pm, watch Rushdie read selected lyrics from hip hop icon Drake.
posted by Fizz at 9:00 AM - 2 comments

Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time.

After a pair of baseball announcers roasted a group of selfie-taking women, members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Arizona State University, in the stands at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, SBNation fires back: Taking photos at sporting events isn't worthy of ridicule. It's simply how fans in the 21st century document moments of their lives.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 8:38 AM - 203 comments

“Nobody ages like anybody else.”

What old age is really like. Getting beyond "Generic Old Man" and "Eccentric Old Woman" by examining literature by 'natives' of old age.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:36 AM - 6 comments

After my son was born, everyone told me to write it all down.

"I'm trying to think of when my birth story begins, and even though this isn't fair to my son and isn't part of his story, I know it has something to do with when my sadness begins." Part of the Exposing the Silence project.
posted by divined by radio at 8:36 AM - 3 comments

Attention K-Mart Shoppers

"This is a digitized version of an in-store cassette tape that was played within a Kmart store. See the title of the file for the month and year. I worked at Kmart between 1989 and 1999 and held onto them with the hopes that they would be of use some day. Enjoy!" (via)
posted by griphus at 8:27 AM - 37 comments

EXTREME! Oil Extraction

Project Oil Sands - "In the late 1950s, Dr. Manley Natland, a passionate, life­long geologist working for the Richfield Oil Corporation, hatched a gonzo idea to harness the power of a nuclear explosion for the benefit of bitumen extraction in Alberta’s oil sands. He proposed a plan to plant an atomic bomb deep below the oil sands, set it off and start pumping the oil freed up by the intense heat of the explosion."
posted by thatwhichfalls at 8:05 AM - 25 comments

Memories of Future Past

Photographs of crumbling modernist architecture in Paris. This is a sampling of the photography in Laurent Kronental's "Souvenir d'un Futur" exhibit, showing the crumbling majesty of Paris' architectural experiments during a period of great growth.
posted by ChrisR at 7:08 AM - 34 comments

I know you already had to prove yourself beyond them...

To the woman riding in my husband’s combine
posted by metaquarry at 4:29 AM - 67 comments

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