February 25

Safety Pins and Swastikas

The frameworks of liberal identity politics and “alt-right” white nationalism are proving curiously compatible. Jacobin's Shuja Haider explores the co-opting of progressive methods by the alt right.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:09 PM - 2 comments

High-def, close-up, like you're RIGHT THERE with the nachos

Are you bored staring at a blank wall all day? Stupid landlord won't let you hang pictures? Has life hidden your stud finder? It's okay, you don't need them anyway! Fall asleep beneath the disappointed gaze of this blue-eyed grey kitten. There's no way you *won't* lose weight with this fresh, hot pizza in a box placed strategically above your television. Nachos not for you? Enjoy your refined-palate lifestyle surrounded with locally-grown laughter and Pinterest-worthy paella decals . Still hungry? Not lactose intolerant? Jazz up your Wednesday dinner routine and impress your date with omnipresent cow's milk cheeses. And if that's not enough, you ungrateful monster, ruin your brain with this cloud of programming languages that may actually be used to create The Cloud OMG what is even real anymore.
posted by Munching Langolier at 5:41 PM - 23 comments

Call me, Ishmael.

Station 51000, a buoy, came unmoored in 2013. It's still reporting, and some Eddystone Light-hearted genius has hybridized the data with Moby Dick. ( Or possibly it isn't lost at all? NOAA still lists it with lat-long. )
posted by clew at 3:31 PM - 7 comments

"It’s imperative to make sure that these manuscripts are safe"

The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS "Rescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black robes, this 59-year-old American has spent the past 13 years roaming from the Balkans to the Middle East in an effort to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts threatened by wars, theft, weather—and, lately, the Islamic State."
posted by Hypatia at 3:28 PM - 2 comments

Dogs are like kids. Cats are like roommates.

Enjoy the smile-inducing spectacle of this dog buying his own treats. Now watch this cat trying to help with taxes. [both videos ambient sound only]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:17 PM - 17 comments

When Your Greatest Romance Is a Friendship [SLNYT, will make you cry]

When Your Greatest Romance Is a Friendship [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 2:07 PM - 11 comments

I Hate eBays

@ebaygarfield is a twitter account that posts eBay Garfields
posted by cortex at 2:06 PM - 9 comments

I accidentally bought a giant pig

The vet that said if Esther really was six months old, she was possibly a sick runt and would grow to about 200lb, the size of a very large dog. But by her first birthday she had blown past 250lb; she was on track to be at least 500lb.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:44 PM - 51 comments

Well, there never was a hat!

As Jake Gyllenhaal begins his stint as the lead in Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George, he's posted on Facebook a video of him singing Finishing The Hat, filmed by Cary Fukunaga. [Ed note: I think he does a pretty good job!]
posted by hippybear at 11:19 AM - 14 comments

Doubling the RDA for Fruits and Veggies

New research indicates we should eat 10, not 5, fruits and veggies a day. Here are some real people who talk about how they manage it.
posted by Michele in California at 11:09 AM - 63 comments

Do a Pubmed search after talking to your doctor

When evidence says no, but your doctor says yes [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 10:41 AM - 18 comments

Turning electronic waste into tiny robot pendants

Romanian artist 11pixeli (Andreea Strete) turns electronic waste headed for the landfill into tiny robots you can wear around your neck. (You can see all the robots on a single page here.) Artist's Instagram.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:22 AM - 4 comments

Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

A few days before Christmas 2016, a phone call took place that no one could have predicted. One of the world’s most esteemed HIV doctors, Professor Sheena McCormack – whose life’s work as an epidemiologist has been to track and fight the virus – picked up the phone to deliver a message that would make headline news: In the space of 12 months, the number of gay men in London being diagnosed with HIV had dropped by 40%. The man McCormack credited with this unprecedented reduction in HIV transmissions was not a fellow doctor, nor the head of a charity, nor even a politician. Greg Owen is unemployed, a former sex worker, and homeless. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 9:08 AM - 38 comments

19 TripAdvisor User Who Are 100% Done with Scotland

Edinburgh Dungeon: "I don't like it. The actors have Scottish accents and its very hard to understand." [SLBF]
posted by DarlingBri at 4:58 AM - 51 comments

Online art community Deviantart bought by Wix.com for (reported) $36mill

Wix.com - primarily a WYSIWYG Web hosting company - buy DeviantArt Established in 2001, the art community / noticeboard DeviantArt (aka DA) has long been the place to see some of the best hobbyist, and professional fandom and original digital art. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:22 AM - 26 comments

February 24

blacks swans, the dragon king, and the power law

How Dragon Kings Could Trump Black Swans, MIT Technology Review, 4 AUG 2009.
Sornette goes on to identify a number of data sets showing power laws with outliers that he says are the result of positive feedback mechanisms that make them much larger than their peers. He calls these events dragon kings. What’s interesting about them is that they are entirely unaccounted for by a current understanding of power laws, from which Nassim Nicholas Taleb built the idea of black swans.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:35 PM - 8 comments

“...the dogs run on about ten acres of her family’s 142-acre farm.”

Our Lady of Strays [Outside] “The world's greatest dog sanctuary is on a small farm in Costa Rica, where hundreds of canines run wild over the land — eating huge piles of food and slobbering happily on Lya Battle and her small band of dedicated volunteers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:17 PM - 8 comments

The Jobs Americans Do

Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow. [slNYT]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:59 PM - 11 comments

Caesar, ironically, was born the usual way

C-sections are a boon for humans, who can have very complicated birth situations due to their big heads. But they're not the only mammals with C-sections! (Note: ALL VIDEOS ARE GROSS.) [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:37 PM - 14 comments

Democrats: Now what?

Which way, Democrats?
What Democrats should learn from 2016
The wrong way to rebuild the Democratic Party
posted by latkes at 4:11 PM - 318 comments

"The concept of being able to do literally anything is hard to grasp"

Arbitrary Code Execution Glitches in video games have allowed creators of Tool-Assisted Speedruns break open a game entirely, using nothing more than the controller inputs that are normally used to guide in-game actions.

Originally used just to skip to the end credits screens, since then ACE has been used to program games to run other games. One recent example by MrWint, begins as a demonstration of running Pokemon Gold from within Pokemon Yellow, and quickly escalates from there. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 at 3:37 PM - 25 comments

April the Giraffe

April the Giraffe is due to give birth to her fourth giraffe baby at the age of 15. Zookeepers have set up a live stream of her pen in the days approaching its arrival. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 2:21 PM - 16 comments

The photography of Maria Svarbova

Maria Svarbova is a Slovakian photographer who specializes in white and pastel compositions with bright accents, featuring people in carefully static and sometimes eerily affectless poses. The Dining Room. Pool Without Water. Healthy Teeth, Good Mood.

Standing apart somewhat from the rest and visually remarkable in its own right is (n.b. nudity) God's Mirror.
posted by cortex at 1:59 PM - 7 comments

Or eight legged Proclaimers?

Numerous pictures of animals that look like they're about to drop the hottest albums of the year.
posted by howfar at 1:00 PM - 31 comments

A real Great Escape

Double-sided ramps were built inside the pits. One crew hauled stretchers filled with corpses up the ramp, and another crew pushed the bodies onto the pyre. In a week, the Burning Brigade might dispose of 3,500 bodies or more. Later, the guards forced prisoners to sift through the ashes with strainers, looking for bone fragments, which would then be pounded down into powder.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:44 AM - 18 comments

Portions of the Following Program Have Been Pre-Recorded

Live from 1981, it's the 53rd Academy Awards—complete with original commercials! [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 8:54 AM - 40 comments

My conclusion: I really don’t understand why dancers turn CW.

Ballet photographer Kent G. Becker asks, Why Do Ballet Dancers Turn Clockwise? While he doesn't come up with a good reason other than "tradition", it's an interesting look at how little variation there is, even compared to other spinning endeavors -- athletes seem to turn mostly counterclockwise, but not as overwhelmingly as ballet dancers.
posted by Etrigan at 8:45 AM - 34 comments

Lo Mein and Plantains

Take a trip to Manhattan's Upper West Side and you might come across a ungentififed relic of naturally occurring fusion cuisine - La Caridad 78 - the last remaining Cuban-Chinese restaurant in town.
posted by The Whelk at 7:58 AM - 29 comments

We can fly with our spirit

Miyazaki Dreams of Flying by Zach Prewitt. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:56 AM - 30 comments

The Competing States Hypothesis

How Europe became so rich - "In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?" (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:32 AM - 61 comments

Feel The Pulse Of The Morning Once Again

When was the last time you read Maya Angelou's 1993 Inaugural Poem "On The Pulse Of The Morning"? It might be time to experience that inspirational poem [6m25s] again. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:53 AM - 6 comments

February 23

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily

In 1969 a young danish girl had been given permission to travel the countryside alone (on foot), which apparently was considered highly unusual at the time. She even had a document with a stamp from the local police chief. In this video a reporter asks what she would do to protect herself if harrassed. [speaking only]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:06 PM - 58 comments

Triumph of the Will and the Cinematic Language of Propaganda

Folding Ideas is a Youtube channel that analyzes movies and video games. By popular demand, the latest video is on Triumph of the Will and how it reflects fascist ideology and the historical context in which it was made.
posted by RobotHero at 7:18 PM - 22 comments

Cloudflare not happy times

Cloudflare CDN has been dumping uninitialized memory from its reverse proxies, including all sorts of things that are supposed to be under HTTPS. Like passwords and private messages from dating sites and cookies and online password manager data. [more inside]
posted by hleehowon at 5:57 PM - 133 comments

Archaeogenomic evidence reveals prehistoric matrilineal dynasty

For societies with writing systems, hereditary leadership is documented as one of the hallmarks of early political complexity and governance. In contrast, it is unknown whether hereditary succession played a role in the early formation of prehistoric complex societies that lacked writing. Here we use an archaeogenomic approach to identify an elite matriline that persisted between 800 and 1130 CE in Chaco Canyon, the centre of an expansive prehistoric complex society in the Southwestern United States. We show that nine individuals buried in an elite crypt at Pueblo Bonito, the largest structure in the canyon, have identical mitochondrial genomes. Analyses of nuclear genome data from six samples with the highest DNA preservation demonstrate mother–daughter and grandmother–grandson relationships, evidence for a multigenerational matrilineal descent group. Together, these results demonstrate the persistence of an elite matriline in Chaco for ∼330 years. (fulltext)
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 5:42 PM - 3 comments

“It doesn't ring like anything I know,”

Anonymous Sources, Pharmacy Pills, and Gang Wars: Inconsistencies raise questions about "Pill City," a Baltimore tale of drugs and murder. [City Paper] “But there are inconsistencies that raise questions about the veracity of "Pill City." After The Sun's Justin Fenton reported neither local nor federal officials could confirm many claims in the book, Deutsch responded in a post on Medium. "Until last week, I never knew what it felt like to be on the other end of reporters' barbed — and biased — questions," he wrote. Then he goes on to call out: Fenton; David Simon, who said the book is "by and large, a wholesale fabrication" on Twitter; and Baltimore City Paper, whose story, which you are reading, had not yet been published.”
posted by Fizz at 2:45 PM - 21 comments

Hi-Phi Nation

Hi-Phi Nation is a new podcast that uses narrative storytelling to explore ideas in philosophy, featuring thoughtful interviews with philosophers and nuanced storytelling, created by philosopher Barry Lam. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:05 PM - 9 comments

Metrics for Community Toxicity

From Google, Perspective API for scoring comments Perspective is an API that makes it easier to host better conversations. The API uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact a comment might have on a conversation. [...] We’ll be releasing more machine learning models later in the year, but our first model identifies whether a comment could be perceived as “toxic" to a discussion. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 11:22 AM - 116 comments

Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions

Urasawa Naoki no Manben is a NHK documentary series in which mangaka Urasawa Naoki (20th Century Boys, Yawara, Master Keaton) goes around talking to and filming other cartoonists at work. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 10:27 AM - 4 comments

Get Out

“Get Out” Lets Black Men Be Scared Instead Of Scary: "Not until films like the Purge trilogy and Peele’s Get Out have black men been allowed access to the countryside, and depicted as vulnerable — a privilege they are rarely afforded in real life — rather than caricatured by the associations usually attached to their mythic bodies or the rumors of their sexual prowess. These films grant black men a rare aura of grace precisely by staging their moments of vulnerability in a suburban landscape, traditionally depicted as pristine and white." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:01 AM - 36 comments

Apolitical old-timeyness

How to make a wooden bucket. 6th generation cooper George Smithwick charmingly discusses his craft as me makes a bucket. [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:38 AM - 19 comments

If your beers have sexist names, it's clear your beers aren't for me.

It's time to take a stand against sexist beer marketing. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:29 AM - 173 comments

Is your commute insufficiently terrifying? Good news.

The Washington Post brings us a tool to check which of your local bridges might be "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete". [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:21 AM - 50 comments

The Last Supper

Alien: Covenant | "Prologue: Last Supper" [4m45s]
posted by hippybear at 3:45 AM - 83 comments

Good for the arts

Slate is publishing short stories that "imagine the dystopian future of Trump's America" in the Trump Story Project. Direct links plus a bonus below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:42 AM - 32 comments

UKIP's moment of truth?

Voting gets underway in the Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland by-elections today. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 1:13 AM - 73 comments

No professional actors were harmed in the making of these commercials

Enjoy these 80s-drenched low-budget ads from Okanagan television station CHBC-TV (now a Global affiliate). You can spend an hour watching the whole series, but here's some prime cuts: Spaniard hairRad DoctorsMagical Savings • Gift RapO.K. Welders (Of Course) • And finally, the Downtown! Trilogy: 1, 2, 3.
posted by smasuch at 12:36 AM - 31 comments

February 22

An escalator can never break, it can only become terrifying

These pictures won't make you even slightly nervous about escalators
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:58 PM - 96 comments

Ser Pounce

Boer has never put a mouse in the armor, but he has put one of his cats inside and has "the scars to prove it."
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:02 PM - 14 comments

In the greatest Hellmouth in the world

Hamilton in Sunnydale: Buffy the Vampire Slayer screencaps with Hamilton lyrics.
posted by jeather at 5:33 PM - 30 comments

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