October 27

Monochromatic Nightmare

Mattis Dovier is a visual artist and director who makes black and white animations (think early 80s Mac GUI). Content Warning: flashing lights, horrific imagery, and NSFW themes throughout. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:27 PM - 2 comments

Major Tom, Terraformer

Could an astronaut’s corpse bring new life to another world?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:27 PM - 12 comments

The Road to Tama Re

An Enigmatic Ex-con, His Improvised Religion, and the Georgia Town That Watched It Fall (SL Oxford American/Warning: descriptions of abuse) [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:58 AM - 9 comments

Just because you saw a rat (okay, two rats) you want your money back?

RIP to the Worst Movie Theater in NYC
posted by Mchelly at 11:44 AM - 33 comments

My Beloved Little Weird Murder Husband Show

A sizable video essay on Hannibal, the embrace of The Other, and the fascination with death, courtesy of Shannon Strucci of So You Wanna Be A Film Nerd. [more inside]
posted by Peevish at 11:39 AM - 18 comments

The one on your missing back wheel's not pedalling!

Over 10 years ago, Klaus and Roland Bartl, from Munich rode 70 km (43 miles) along the Danube river from Passau, Germany to Linz, Austria. This was a Guinness World Record. This previous Sunday, they got round to posting the video of them riding their tandem unicycle. [more inside]
posted by ambrosen at 11:11 AM - 5 comments

He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

8000 Match Chain Reaction — what better and more-satisfying way to encapsulate 2016 than with a red flower of FIRE? Imagine your least-favorite person or organization consumed by the flames of their own wrath... h/t Atlas Obscura
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:35 AM - 6 comments

what will we reblog on tumblr now

Twitter is discontinuing Vine and shuttering its mobile app. They say users' content will remain accessible, but just in case, maybe start collecting some of the best vines now. [more inside]
posted by rewil at 10:03 AM - 158 comments

A little bit on the long tradition of historical interest in the ghostly

"Many historians, I fear, still think of ghosts as the province of a small number of specialist ‘historians of the ghostly’, such as Peter Marshall, Sasha Handley and Shane McCorristine. They are prepared to acknowledge that belief in ghosts, like other supernatural beliefs, can be illuminating of the culture of a particular time and place." Yet "Every half decent historian has had this experience: for a moment, the past seems more real than the present, and the absence of the dead an absurdity." Why Historians Need Ghosts, an article by Dr. Francis Young. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 AM - 8 comments

Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

In theory, any of the major characters could have been the star of this episode. But it is not at all a coincidence that it is Beverly — a woman, a healer, a mother, and Picard’s occasional love interest — who lives out this story. Star Trek’s Feminist Statement: Believe Women
posted by redsparkler at 9:49 AM - 33 comments

"It suddenly looks like it's made for cooking"

In Food Hacking, a documentary series of shorts from Vice's Munchies, host Simon Klose explores the people and science mapping out new boundaries of Japanese cuisine, as well as their social and environmental implications. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:54 AM - 3 comments

Teaching (and Collecting) with Calvin and Hobbes

In 1993, Bill Watterson did something he almost never did: he approved a piece of Calvin & Hobbes merchandise. No, not a T-shirt or a window sticker of his hero peeing on a Ford logo. The merch was Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, a middle-grade reading textbook. It has become the Holy Grail of C&H collectors, with a Blogspot column that "archives information from all sources about the rare and collectible textbook". Copies are valued as high as $34,000. Eight are known to exist in libraries, half in North Dakota (where the book was published) and one in Singapore.
posted by Etrigan at 7:54 AM - 22 comments

The Weaponisation of the Working Class

The moment we get too uppity and start demanding anything other than commitments to the further brutalisation of foreign people at the hands of the state, they will turn on us just as quickly as they do on our non-native neighbours. We will be shifted from the frame where we are honest hard working salt of the earth noble peasants, to the frame where we are obese thick scroungers suitable only to be mocked on a Channel 5 docusoap.
McDuff on how the fetishisation of the very real concerns of the (white) working class in British politics doesn't extend outside of providing cover for racists.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:58 AM - 78 comments

October 26

The Failure of Adolesence

"Progressive societies cared for their children by emphasising play and schooling; parents were expected to shelter and protect their children’s innocence by keeping them from paid work and the wrong kinds of knowledge ... adolescence soon became a vision of normal development that was applicable to all youth – its bridging character (connecting childhood and adulthood) giving young Americans a structured way to prepare for mating and work. In the 21st century, the bridge is sagging at both ends as the innocence of childhood has become more difficult to protect, and adulthood is long delayed." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:39 PM - 7 comments

Kesha, Interrupted

A profile of the artist by Taffy Brodesser-Akner [content warning: sexual assault]
posted by thetortoise at 11:06 PM - 7 comments


To celebrate "20 years of preserving the web", the Internet Archive has unveiled GifCities – The Geocities Animated GIF Search Engine. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:56 PM - 17 comments


Iceland's Pirate Party looks likely to take the country's election next weekend - "If you're worn out and depressed with the US election campaign, ponder what's going on in Iceland for a moment. The country's Pirate Party, founded less than four years ago by a group of activists, anarchists, and hackers, is poised to upend Icelandic politics with an Oct. 29 general-election victory."
posted by kliuless at 9:41 PM - 56 comments

What kittens look like mid-pounce

Photographer captures what kittens look like mid-pounce
posted by Confess, Fletch at 8:08 PM - 27 comments

But you map one sheep...

Submitted for your consideration: Google Sheep View. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 6:59 PM - 12 comments


Why is Tom Hanks, as SNL one-off David S. Pumpkins, setting the Hallowe'en world on fire?
posted by Shepherd at 5:53 PM - 75 comments

A non-fiction comic book about making journalistic sausage

Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
posted by bq at 5:39 PM - 1 comment

Oh, doctor, I don't speak Jive.

Female Doctors Speak Out About Racism and Sexism During Airplane Emergencies
posted by Evilspork at 5:27 PM - 31 comments

“The Library exists ab aeterno.”

An Attempt to 3D Model Jorge Luis Borges’s Library of Babel [Hyperallergic] Programmer Jamie Zawinski has created a digital rendering of the infinite, hexagonal library that is the subject and setting of Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Library of Babel.”
posted by Fizz at 5:16 PM - 13 comments

how do you solve a problem like Peter?

Peter Thiel[readme] (Paypal inventor, venture capitalist, libertarian, vampire, techno-optimist, futurist, tranhumanist, lawsuit-machine finanicier and inflation-predicting billionaire) is supporting Donald Trump for President of the United States, and thinks America made a (one of many) wrong turn granting women the vote. Why?
This has made some of his compatriots in Silicon Valley (and New York, but not Chicago) anxious. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:09 PM - 96 comments

"Hello, I'm a Social Justice Warrior, and I'm here to take your guns."

There are a couple of other things you should know. When you’re reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, you are now required by law to say “one nation, under a groove.” Also, after careful deliberation, we’ve decided to change the National Anthem to something a little less militaristic: Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Standing while the anthem is playing will be optional, but bobbing your head during the acoustic guitar breaks will be strictly enforced. By the way, America is now gluten-free.
posted by listen, lady at 2:39 PM - 44 comments

His prices are insaaaaaannne!

The colorful rise and fall of "Crazy Eddie" Antar, who built an New York City electronics store empire and then ended up in prison. (Bonus: more Crazy Eddie at the New Yorker).
posted by Chrysostom at 11:23 AM - 33 comments

"Scattered pic-tures of the smiles we left behind..."

The police show up, they do some canvassing, they try to find some fingerprints, then that’s it. They leave her to deal with her suddenly broken life. They’re gone and Josh is gone and there’s not even any sign of the guy who broke into her home. All she knows is that when she went to bed her son was at home safe with her and when she woke up he was gone and a man was standing in her kitchen wearing Josh’s underwear. That’s where she is.
Big’ Is Secretly a Horror Movie — Just ask Tom Hanks’s terrified mom
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:55 AM - 72 comments

Beauty is in the AI of the beholder

Recognition is an artificial intelligence program that compares up-to-the-minute photojournalism with British art from the Tate collection.
posted by obscurator at 10:46 AM - 3 comments

Not patient zero

More than thirty years after his death, Canadian flight attendant Gaetan Dugas — who has been dubbed “Patient Zero” of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, has been exonerated by medical evidence, a new study published in Nature today.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:41 AM - 26 comments

Home, James... by way of Mount Washington, if you will.

The Google Maps Streetview Player • Input either a starting point and end point, or a provide a file of a route, and Brian Folts's app will provide you with a Google Streetview maps-lapse. (Tips: Check the Advanced Options box, and tweak the FPS or mode of transportation; and mess about with the progress bar in case the app gets ahead of itself.) — Routeview is a very similar app, with a few more more ways to configure your ride. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 10:22 AM - 3 comments

The only effective answer to organized greed

SAG-AFTRA, an actors’ union, represents a number of voice actors in video games. And on October 21st, they went on strike against video game employers: Activision, Take 2, Electronic Arts, WB Games, and several talent agencies, including Blindlight, Disney, and VoiceWorks. They've been tweeting with #PerformanceMatters since before the strike started. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 10:06 AM - 28 comments

Interactive Fiction competition 2016

The Interactive Fiction Competition 2016 is open for judging, and invites us all to play and rate this year's entrants. Browse the games individually to play in your browser or download, or grab the 222MB zip archive containing all the entrants. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 8:30 AM - 8 comments

Henry VI, by Wiltopher Shakeslowe

The Oxford University Press, upon the recommendation of a panel of 23 international scholars and extensive data analysis, has decided to give co-author credit of the three Henry VI plays to Christopher Marlowe. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:20 AM - 44 comments

So these are basically sarcastic YouTube videos

So this is basically [MLYT]....
Steven UniverseGravity FallsAdventure TimeMiraculous LadybugCowboy BebopOverwatchPokemon [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 6:52 AM - 35 comments

Trainers, enjoy the candy

While speculation continues on how Pokemon GO will handle the coming winter, the game has begun its first global event with a Halloween treat. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:24 AM - 59 comments

A poem for lovers, and lovers of science fiction

In 2010, science fiction and fantasy author (and MeFi's own) Tim Pratt wrote "Scientific Romance", a Valentine's Day love poem for his wife.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:08 AM - 2 comments

The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history

With Halloween right around the corner, and Horrors Weeks in full swing, The A.V. Club is counting down the scariest, creepiest, and most nerve-shredding opening scenes in horror-movie history. Bonus: Karin Slaughter recommends 7 thrilling, disturbing mysteries written by women.
posted by valkane at 4:10 AM - 35 comments

Springs and things

A mesmerising video of industrial robots working together to create a variety of springs. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 3:52 AM - 28 comments

Liking any of these makes you a monster, objectively speaking

The 337 justifiably most despised and detested songs in the world, as determined through a Twitter thread started by Edward Mund.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:41 AM - 260 comments

October 25

"I guess I'm quite detached from dead bodies."

Australian writer Marise Williams' essay "Mourning Half Begun" begins with "I’m thinking of having my cat stuffed when she dies," proceeds through Barthes, Sontag and the OED and arrives at the taxidermy work of artist Julia deVille. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:14 PM - 3 comments

Kadhja Bonet: phantasmagoric R&B, soul from another time, another place

Celestial Soul Singer Kadhja Bonet's Voice Has the Power to Stop Time. At least, that's the headline from LA Weekly's interview with young-looking musician who claims that she was born in 1784 in the backseat of a sea-foam green space pinto. But as The Guardian puts it, "Sometimes it’s like listening to music ... from the 1940s, say – drenched as it is in Disney-sweet Hollywood strings. At others it seems as though it’s beamed in from the 2040s, from a science fictional future when soul has become completely deracinated and etherised." Enough talk, time for the music! Enjoy The Visitor, her debut album, and for a stripped-down sound, here's Kadhja performing Fairweather Friend live and This Love in April 2015, just her vocals, her guitar, and a backing vocalist/ guitarist.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:14 PM - 6 comments

Kindness to all is the golden key to happiness.

One evening in 1972 a group of young people from Catalina High School were talking about dreams. One told of a dream where he was led through a fantasyland by a Wizard who was all dressed in black and performed magic. In the dreams he saw faries and elves dancing in the moonlight. Three others said they'd had the same dream. Another friend said he was pretty sure their dream was an actual place, so they set out to find it. What they found was sadly overgrown with weeds and badly in need of repair, and the aging Wizard (George Phar Legler). [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 9:49 PM - 5 comments

When Norah Met Mr. Dan

Little Norah Wood met 82-year-old Mr. Dan on her 4th birthday while shopping at the grocery store with her mother. When Norah requested a special birthday photo with Mr. Dan a few aisles later, her mom obliged (and thankfully, so did Mr. Dan!). It was the start of a beautiful, and very healing, friendship.
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:55 PM - 20 comments

The definitive map of the world’s extraordinary sights.

Atlas Obscura (previously) recently hit a milestone when it reached a total of 10,000 places listed on the site. And now, for your convenience, those places have been mapped for easy browsing.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:17 PM - 24 comments

Vacuum cleaner espionage

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers - The Obama administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 3:39 PM - 10 comments

"I felt like it had always been there."

It is believed every Māori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface.
posted by bq at 1:36 PM - 15 comments

“...it’s an extremely handy collection.”

Finally a Handy Chart of the “Big 5” Book Publishers and Their Imprints [Tor] “Trade book publishing is dominated by the “Big 5”: five book publishing companies that own or partner with over 100 different publishers and imprints, and who are responsible for the lion’s share of books that you see on shelves. As such, it can get confusing as to which imprint (like Tor Teen) is owned by which publisher (Tor/Forge Books) is owned by which “Big 5” company (Macmillan). Designer and author Ali Almossawi recently collected this information into an easy online info chart, allowing curious folks to quickly identify imprints and publishers owned by the same “Big 5” company. This is publicly available information, but it can be difficult to track down in some cases. Almossawi’s chart greatly simplifies that information. It should be noted that not all publishers are included in the chart, just the ones that are considered the five most prominent.”
posted by Fizz at 1:24 PM - 20 comments

The Political Environment on Social Media

More than one-third of social media users are worn out by the amount of political content they encounter, and more than half describe their online interactions with those they disagree with politically as stressful and frustrating
Americans, Politics, and Social Media by Pew Research Center
posted by infini at 12:03 PM - 49 comments

I wandered lonely...

After being used to describe boring games (and remaining as a controversial term), the walking simulator is finally getting its due. Recently there have been many great free examples of pure, procedurally-generated walking simulators: no puzzles, no goals, no crafting, no enemies... just walking in a space that was created just for your game. Bernband gives you the feeling of walking through a bustling alien city/mall/something and observing its inhabitants. The ominous TRIHAYWBFRFYH lets you wander around a setting as the apocalypse begins. Secret Habitat creates an island full of art galleries. Sanctuary features a strange, creepy walk among mysterious obelisks. Sacremento is a stunning walk through a watercolor world. If you like realistic walks, Outerra is an amazing engine producing procedurally-generated landscapes using Google Earth data that lets you wander anywhere on the planet, zooming out from a blade of grass to outer space, at which point you probably want to shift to the equally amazing Space Engine to explore other worlds. [all games downloadable, most for Windows and Mac]
posted by blahblahblah at 11:53 AM - 58 comments

I Leeeeeeeeve For Moments Like Theeeees

Netflix releases the trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
posted by Talez at 10:44 AM - 96 comments

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