December 1

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.

Want to get an idea whether it'll be worth hauling your kit out to your favourite spot to capture a magnificent sunset? Consult the sunset forecast at SunsetWX. Forecast valid in continental US and adjoining fringes only. And SunCalc will let you know exactly where the sun will cross the horizon from your vantage point. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 11:43 AM - 4 comments

We All Hear Differently

The analogy Kraus uses is that the world around us is like a great concert — and our brains are a mixing board. How that mixing board translates what we’re hearing can have a profound impact on what we understand about what’s going on around us... Here’s the good news: Kraus also firmly believes that our brains can be be trained to hear more clearly. She’s found that musicians and people who are bilingual are able to process sound better than the rest of us.
WNYC's Only Human brings you Listen Up! - a project "to help us all become better listeners." [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 11:34 AM - 3 comments

In The News: Dino Eggs

Drowned dinosaur eggs' fossil remains reveal embryos grew fast Plus a new study suggests a link between dinosaur and bird nesting habits. Another article frames that study differently. And, remarkably, a treasure trove of dinosaur eggs was found in fossil-poor Japan.
posted by Michele in California at 11:32 AM - 1 comment


Modernist gingerbread houses | More | Ginger Bauhaus | Architectural 3-D ginger cookie | The history of using gingerbread at Christmas with recipes.
posted by nickyskye at 11:16 AM - 6 comments

And women reacting to sexy men producing synthesized harsh noise

Women reacting to (and producing) harsh noise and sexy men of the synthesizer, two single-serving tumblrs from a WHPK dj (previously)
posted by kenko at 10:36 AM - 9 comments

Divides over Free Speech and Free Press

A new Pew survey looks at attitudes towards free speech from around the world. It explores how different nations think about free speech and government, the press, religion, minorities, the internet. Also in the report: attitudes towards democracy, religion, and gender. (SLP)
posted by doctornemo at 10:26 AM - 11 comments

Chris Cornell covers the song One.

Chris Cornell covers the song One. (SLYT)
posted by bondcliff at 10:16 AM - 22 comments

A Black Body On Trial: The Conviction of HIV Positive "Tiger Mandingo"

"In his final arguments to the jurors, Groenweghe called Johnson’s accusers “promiscuous.” Hands in his pockets, eyes downcast, he told the members of the jury that these young gay men “have a lifestyle I don’t understand, that many of us don’t understand. But, he said that HIV criminalization laws weren’t put on the books by legislators just to protect them, but to protect the public health — including the health of the jurors." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:50 AM - 12 comments

Motor City to Bike City

Inside Detroit's Bicycle Renaissance (NBC)
posted by aniola at 9:21 AM - 4 comments

Where'd you get that body double from?

Psy (previously) (previously) (previously) is back with a somewhat surreal and arguably catchy new single and video: Daddy (ft. CL of 2NE1) [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 9:10 AM - 9 comments

Racismo Virtual, Consequéncias Reais

The Virtual Racism, Real Consequences campaign in Brazil geolocates racist Facebook and Twitter comments and puts them on billboards near the posters' homes, with names and faces blurred. The campaign started after a torrent of racist comments on a Facebook picture of Afro-Brazilian weather presenter Maria Júlia "Maju" Coutinho. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:41 AM - 16 comments

Nothing is Real Any More, All Hail the Matrix

Last night on Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens and The Cleveland Browns (both with terrible records and disappointing seasons) battled it out to stay out of the bottom of the AFC North rankings. The Browns seemed to have the game in the bag, as a series of Baltimore mistakes placed them within field goal range and a victory. However, the kick was blocked (a rarity in the NFL) and then returned for a touchdown (even rarer) for a 0 second win by The Ravens. Browns fans were upset (NWS: cursing). The media exposure of this unlikely series of events has caused renewed interest in a list that a fan compiled in October of this year: Every Browns Loss Since 1999, Ranked.
posted by codacorolla at 7:44 AM - 44 comments

The free Turkey men get is good

ClickHole asks: What does it mean to be a man?
posted by schmod at 6:48 AM - 15 comments

Autumn Enigma

Why are autumn leaves mostly yellow in Europe and red in North America? The colour of a British wood in autumn is predominantly yellow. There are relatively few European trees which have red leaves in the autumn....Autumn is much redder in North America and east Asia than it is in northern Europe, and this can’t be explained by temperature differences alone.
posted by caddis at 6:47 AM - 18 comments

At one point in time we thought this song was empowering

Of course, no post-breakup wallow cycle is complete without revisiting Lauryn Hill’s debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. So one Tuesday evening, I got my glass of wine, dimmed the lights, and got ready for my almost daily routine of crying my eyes out until my tear ducts were depleted enough to be functional around well-adjusted humans for 8 hours the next working day.

That same Tuesday is when I promptly discovered that this album is terrible...As I am sure that a few of you are still vehemently denying reality, I will submit to you some incontrovertible track-by-track truth bombs.
-- "The Miseducation Is Overrated", a truth bomb by Shamira Ibrahim
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:38 AM - 48 comments

“Everyone knows what a New Yorker story will look like.”

Marlon James, winner of this year’s Man Booker prize, believes that writers of color are “pandering to the white woman.” [The Guardian]
The 2015 Man Booker prize winner Marlon James has slammed the publishing world, saying authors of colour too often “pander to white women” to sell books, and that he could have been published more often if he had written “middle-style prose and private ennui”.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:31 AM - 45 comments

A History in 46 Images

The Birth and Death of Privacy
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:03 AM - 20 comments

"I'm Heading Out to the Black. Farewell, io9 and Gizmodo!"

Annalee Newitz (prev) is jumping ship for Ars Technica.
posted by valkane at 4:15 AM - 19 comments

Party like it's 198x!

If you’re looking for a good way to spend the rest of your week, has unearthed a gigantic collection of cassettes from the mid-80 into the mid-90s. According to their notes, the 30GB collection was saved from the archives of (previously) and donated by former CKLN-FM radio host Myke Dyer in August 2009. Due to its size and obscurity, the collection hasn’t been properly notated but is said to include cassettes ranging from “tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indie, rock, DIY, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials”. (via FACT)
posted by lmfsilva at 3:25 AM - 13 comments

"Damn you. Where's the disc?"

Stylish supercut of 70s and 80s hacking scenes.
posted by Sebmojo at 1:06 AM - 24 comments

Portnoy's complaining

Drummer Mike Portnoy drums a game of "Name That Tune" (NSFW) on a Hello Kitty drum kit. Bonus live set.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 12:25 AM - 5 comments

November 30


Q-carbon is a new phase of solid carbon.
posted by klausman at 11:16 PM - 39 comments

The Future is Female

The Internet is blowing up over this 70's "radical lesbian separatist" shirt. i-D has the story. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 8:57 PM - 41 comments

Legofy, making (moving) images into so many little bricks

Legofy is a python program (hosted on github) that takes a static image or gif and makes it so that it looks as if it was created by 1x1 LEGO bricks. For example: a gif; a small work of art; a large work of art; recursive LEGO-ification. [via reddit]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:24 PM - 10 comments

10 minutes to write, excluding the chorus

How Writing 'A Design For Life' Saved Manic Street Preachers [Youtube] / Live Jools Holland 1996 performance
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:03 PM - 16 comments

SLYT: The word 'Gaman' means, "endure with dignity."

Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling with George Takei and the cast of Allegiance. George Takei and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Ham4Ham ticket lottery having a six minute roundtable on civics, democracy, reclamation of history, allegiance, and endurance. [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont at 5:08 PM - 12 comments

Re: Joyce

Delaney on Joyce Frank Delaney reads James Joyce's Ulysses a little bit at a time, explaining as he goes. The podcast began in 2010 and is still going strong.
posted by kingless at 5:06 PM - 13 comments


"His palms were bloody, knees beat, cross was heavy, there's wine on his torso already" From BuzzFeed.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:39 PM - 28 comments

It's Christmas, Charlie Brown

"So as much as A Charlie Brown Christmas is about the significance of the religious tradition as what Christmas is "really about," it sees that tradition at least in part as a gateway to, and an inspiration for, other actions. It doesn't only suggest Christmas is really about the Bible story; it suggests Christmas is also really about friends, dogs, cooperating, the beauty of humble things, singing out loud, and hope." Linda Holmes, "'A Charlie Brown Christmas' At 50," for NPR's Monkey See. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:42 PM - 56 comments

My Dark California Dream

My Dark California Dream. Confusing one’s own youth with the youth of the world is a common human affliction, but California has been changing so fast for so long that every new generation gets to experience both a fresh version of the California dream and, typically by late middle-age, its painful death. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:48 PM - 49 comments

Brother, can you spare an hour for a CEO down on her luck?

The Beggar CEO and Sucker Culture castigates employers who think their employees should do extra work for free.
posted by chrchr at 12:01 PM - 197 comments

The New Yorker's Animated Cover

This week’s cover, “Mirror:” a collaboration between The New Yorker (Ware) and the radio program “This American Life" (Glass) and Hanna Rosin.
posted by OmieWise at 11:18 AM - 25 comments

Jeb! as Marilyn in the Style of Warhol

This week is Art Basel Miami Beach -- the United States' leg of the three-city Art Basel art fair, at which "267 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars." Also in attendance will be scores or hundreds of exceptionally well-heeled art collectors, plus three US presidential apsirants. [more inside]
posted by notyou at 10:47 AM - 5 comments

How I became afraid

So long as I was smoking, I would never reach the point where there would be nothing more to be done. Emmett Rensin on the peculiar self-management of anxiety.
posted by Zarkonnen at 10:41 AM - 15 comments

Leatherman – his colleagues found him a complete tool

The Weird World Of Military Nicknames is a (mostly lighthearted) article from a site that focuses on the British armed forces: "Of course the fresh-faced recruit is too junior to protest, if s/he even understands the black humour behind their re-christening. The nickname may stick with them for the rest of their career, and will be used all the more if it particularly upsets the poor soldier / sailor / airman lumbered with it." [more inside]
posted by taz at 10:26 AM - 64 comments

The Berkeley Fish House

Eugene Tssui designed the “Fish House” – based on the tardigrade, a segmented marine microanimal – for his parents in Berkeley, California. But that’s not the only interesting thing about him. . . . [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke at 9:53 AM - 11 comments

Dying Words Project

The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz, and How It Transformed the New York Times. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:45 AM - 4 comments

Stepping Out at The Cross-Dressers’ Ball

The Seahorse Society of New South Wales is a support organization for transvestites. While it has been around since 1971, this year marks the first time that press has been invited to the annual ball. William Verity reports for A(ustralian) Broadcasting Corporations’s Earshot: posted by Going To Maine at 9:10 AM - 4 comments

"A mixture of beneficial and problematic experiences..."

"her challenges point to a need for tech companies to openly examine patterns of hostility toward underrepresented employees that stem from no apparent cause other than irrational bias." [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada at 8:37 AM - 11 comments

Style Out There

Asha Leo of Refinery29 travels around the world to learn about international fashion subcultures and the way fashion affects society worldwide. So far she's met Gothic (and other) Lolitas in Amsterdam, Moroccan expat culture, hijra in India, Hasidic designers in Brooklyn, Korean matchy-matchy fashion for couples, and the highly colorful world of Japanese decora.
posted by divabat at 8:17 AM - 6 comments

What Teachers Do

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García on what teachers do
posted by aniola at 7:36 AM - 29 comments

Timed Travel

Ever wonder how quickly you could get from London to Winnipeg a hundred years ago? Turns out it's 5 to 10 days, according to an "isochronic" map from An Atlas of Economic Geography, compiled by John G. Bartholomew in 1914. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:17 AM - 37 comments

Global weather

Windyty is a very pretty way of visualising current and forecast weather data from around the globe.
posted by Dim Siawns at 5:32 AM - 11 comments

Hattie Brazier Stands Up

In 1958, James Brazier was beaten to death by sheriff's deputies and police officers in Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:55 AM - 10 comments

November 29

“My body knows it's time to say goodbye.”

Kobe Bryant to retire after this season. [Los Angeles Times] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:02 PM - 72 comments

This place has changed a lot.

These photos are why I'm trapped in Tokyo forever now is an animated photo essay about ... some kind of Tokyo.
posted by grobstein at 7:55 PM - 15 comments

Touring America has become a nightmare

For a British band to tour America it costs 7000 dollars to even get into the place and the visas arrive so late so you have to cancel your flights and gigs and rebook everything losing money and gigs before you even get there between flight reschedules . [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 6:32 PM - 71 comments

You do unbend your noble strength, to think/ So brainsickly of things.

Why 'MacBeth' seems to play better onscreen than onstage.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:45 PM - 18 comments

How to Start an Intersectional Feminist Club

Step One: Read this article. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 5:25 PM - 3 comments

The Daily Life of Darth Vader

Born on Tatooine. Recently got into photography.
posted by ladyriffraff at 4:33 PM - 13 comments

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