January 19

America's Best Security Blanket: Meet the Woobie

"There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the poncho liner, affectionately known by all those who have felt its life-giving warmth as the 'woobie.'" [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:28 PM - 0 comments

Character Actor Miguel Ferrer Has Died

"Ferrer was the son of top 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, and first cousin to George Clooney."
posted by guiseroom at 3:24 PM - 61 comments

The Complicated History of Headscarves

The headscarf has been banned, made mandatory, hailed as a symbol of religious virtue, accepted as a means of controlling female sexuality, and politicized by governments and colonizers across the world. Manipulated and misinterpreted, it is seen as both a sign of liberation and imprisonment, of progress and regression. It’s a source of friction both outside and inside the communities that wear it.
posted by insectosaurus at 1:44 PM - 13 comments

Impossibly Intricate Embroideries

"New Impossibly Intricate Embroideries by Chloe Giordano" Colossal: "We continue to be enthralled by the work of Chloe Giordano [...] who produces everything from tiny coin-sized depictions of woodland creatures to entire book covers typography and all. The Oxford-based illustrator is entirely self-taught, learning her craft “through a lot of trying things out and messing them up.” Each piece is deeply connected to her pencil drawings, as she works out many of the details on paper before turning to thread. Giordano frequently fields questions on her Tumblr and you can follow more of her progress on Instagram." [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:19 AM - 24 comments

RIP, sir.

Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor died January 16, 2017.
Onyeabor previously on MF.
posted by OmieWise at 11:09 AM - 18 comments

Hoop Dreams for Safer Neighborhoods

"In North Lawndale, Chicago, a public basketball court is changing the way people relate to local police. Built just last October, it’s a half court built right next to the West 10th district police station, and it’s designed to get cops to shoot hoops with young men and women they might otherwise never meet."
posted by storybored at 10:25 AM - 19 comments

Purple mountain majesties

Conor Knighton is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. During the course of 2016, he visited all 59 U.S. national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. At every park, he stopped and recorded himself singing “America The Beautiful,” and made this compilation video in which you can get a glimpse of them. (Instagram) [h/t Miss Cellania]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:15 AM - 3 comments

An exceptional archive of paintings of children around the world

I Am A Child – Children in Art History, more than 3,100 artists and more than 30,000 paintings. A sampling of various artists' works from horrific depictions of children in war to gently sublime storybook illustrations. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 9:55 AM - 2 comments

"Those rules of thumb don’t apply to hard tech startups"

How to Build a Hard Tech Startup | CEO Jason Rosenthal deep-dives into the trials and tribulations surrounding the development of Lytro Cinema technology. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:30 AM - 17 comments

We wanted to come up with a different approach

The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent. This is how Iceland did it and why the Icelandic strategy for preventing/reducing teen substance use may or may not work elsewhere.
posted by elgilito at 8:56 AM - 43 comments

"Well, maybe I can make a mansion out of a series of linked yurts"

The audiobook for George Saunders’s debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, will be narrated by Nick Offerman, Julianne Moore, Miranda July, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, Keegan Michael Key, David Sedaris, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Brownstein, a dozen other A-listers, top audiobook narrators, the author’s close friends and family, volunteers from Random House, and the author himself to form a 166 voice American chorale.

Penguin Random House Audio is applying for a Guinness World Record. Listen to a clip here. [more inside]
posted by little onion at 8:11 AM - 12 comments

"What an incredible place (heart-eyes emoji)"

Yolocaust re-contextualizes selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. (Trigger warning: use of historical death camp photography.)
posted by mightygodking at 7:48 AM - 53 comments

Forum Drama. Forum Drama Everywhere.

The Alt-Right’s Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama (single link Buzzfeed, by Katie Notopoulos)
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:43 AM - 86 comments

A Francesinha

When picturing a francesinha, imagine a croque monsieur — the delicious baked or grilled French ham and cheese sandwich — that got extremely angry, hulked out into a muscle-bound edible behemoth and was then doused by the attendant cook with a zesty beer-and-tomato sauce to prevent any further, monsterlike growth. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 3:34 AM - 35 comments

Live From the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago...

Tom Hanks guest hosts on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, with panelists Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstone, and Faith Salie, and Simone Biles playing Not My Job. AV Club was there, and apparently it was an interesting night. Chicago Tribune was also there.
posted by hippybear at 3:04 AM - 43 comments

January 18

A short but excellent piece by the Southern Poverty Law Center

Google and the Miseducation of Dylann Roof - How did Dylann Roof go from being someone who was not raised in a racist home to someone so steeped in white supremacist propaganda that he murdered nine African Americans during a Bible study?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:08 PM - 63 comments

Tomato, dairy, cut of meat? Feuds started over less

In Search of Ragu - Matt Goulding (Roads & Kingdoms) The beauty of ragu is that it’s an idea as much as it is a recipe, a slow-simmered distillation of what means and circumstances have gifted you: If Zia Peppe’s ragu is made with nothing but pork scraps, that’s because her neighbor raises pigs. When Maria cooks her vegetables in a mix of oil and butter, it’s because her family comes from a long line of dairy farmers. When Nonna Anna’s slips a few laurel leaves into the pot, she plucks them from the tree outside her back door. There is no need for a decree from the Chamber of Commerce to tell these women what qualifies as the authentic ragu; what’s authentic is whatever is simmering under the lid.
posted by CrystalDave at 7:55 PM - 14 comments

Tight as a Boiled Owl

The English language has produced a staggering number of words and phrases for the state of being intoxicated by alcohol. The Drunktionary collects hundreds of them, from "A beat up tank" to "zozzled", all in glorious 2001 Tripod style. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 6:40 PM - 14 comments

"Honey, as far as reads go this is Infinite Jest."

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Will Read You Now (R. Eric Thomas, Elle Culture)
posted by moons in june at 5:29 PM - 46 comments

i lik the bred

A Reddit thread about health inspection violations has led to an unlikely yet delightful new meme: in response to a redditor's story about their stepdad's recreation of an 18th century French bakery, redditor Poem_for_your_sprog, also known as Sam Garland, offered the following summation in verse: my name is Cow / and wen its nite, / or wen the moon / is shiyning brite, / and all the men / haf gon to bed - / i stay up late. / i lik the bred. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 4:02 PM - 106 comments

Rock, Pudge, and a Killer B

The results of the 2017 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame vote were announced this evening, and Tim Raines (in his last year of eligibility), Ivan Rodriguez (in his first year of eligibility), and Jeff Bagwell (in neither his first nor last year of eligibility) were elected. Close watchers anticipated both Bagwell and Raines's elections based on Ryan Thibs's ballot tracking spreadsheet which compiled over 240 votes (more than half of those cast) from public posted columns and a few given anonymously, but the it was still unclear until the announcement whether Rodriguez would have enough support from those who did not make their ballot public to clear the 75% mark required for election. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 3:50 PM - 24 comments

The Creator of the Mirai Botnet Unmasked

Remember the Mirai botnet that took down Dyn and made most of the Internet unusable for a day back in October of 2016? Internet security expert (and also Mirai botnet victim) Brian Krebs, author of excellent blog Krebs on Security, has a massive, four-months-in-the-making investigation unmasking the creator of Mirai, and it reads like a really good thriller novel.
posted by Peemster at 3:20 PM - 25 comments

Missing an old friend....

Adam Sandler singing about Chris Farley NSFW Lyrics, poor video quality.
posted by dfm500 at 1:54 PM - 7 comments

Jamming With The Koopas

Nintendo Special Big Band [SLYT] Spend an hour listening to Nintendo's jazz band jamming away at musical hits from Super Mario, Kirby, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 12:29 PM - 6 comments

4.6 Billion Year Story

Released in 1992 (the same year as the much more complex Sim Life) and published by Enix, Almanic's E.V.O.: Search for Eden is a Super Nintendo game in which players evolve a custom-made organism across vast geologic epochs and numerous phylums by growing new jaws, fins, tails, wings, horns, lungs and assorted other body parts. A cult classic that predates the more widely recognized evolution-em-up Spore by 16 years, E.V.O. is actually the thematic followup to an obscure 1990 PC-98 evolution-themed RPG called 64 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinka Ron (4.6 Billion Year Story: The Theory of Evolution). For almost as many years, 46 Okunen Monogatari has remained an intriguing mystery for Western audiences, but now a full English translation patch has been released. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 12:06 PM - 13 comments

pepsee blue

pEPsi - "A tribute to Pepsi and Doritos, featuring remixes of some classic, re-imagined hits. Sorry in advance."
Sgt. Pepsi's Thirsty Hearts Club Brand - "Fourteen icy cold tracks to celebrate your white hot love for your favorite blue soft drink. It's Pepsi. Pepsi is blue." [more inside]
posted by jason_steakums at 12:00 PM - 9 comments

Superyacht Consumers No Longer Underserved By Housing Market

America's most expensive luxury home - complete with Dom Perignon-filled fire extinguishers, a candy wall, and the helicopter from Airwolf - can now be yours for a cool $250 million.
posted by Small Dollar at 11:29 AM - 134 comments

I wish it was my idea for him to eat Cheetos, but that was all him

Young Thug - 'Wyclef Jean' (no nudity, but possibly NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:21 AM - 29 comments

You Must Be This Tall To Enter the Void

"Miguel Marquez Outside" (aka Michael Pederson) takes Jeff Wysaski's "Obvious Plant" fake posters/flyers/shelf tags a step farther with site installations like the Gravity Gauge, the Vicarious Yelling Station and the Small Orange Cones for Minor Hazards.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:05 AM - 8 comments

BBC Radio 4 - The New World

BBC Radio 4 has served up five 45 minute programmes of high quality brain food. Where intelligent and informed people present shows exploring the topics of; Politics, Power, Population Demographics, Globalisation and Truthy-ness at the start of 2017. It's the Demography, Stupid!, David Willetts investigates how is population change transforming our world? (Wow! The problem with all those baby boomers.) Us Versus Them, John Harris examines the international rise of anti-elitist or 'populist' politics. (Including Trump and Farage.) [more inside]
posted by Dr Ew at 11:03 AM - 1 comment

James Earl Jones reads Walt Whitman

Actor James Earl Jones reads passages from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself", recorded Oct 21, 1973 (via 92Y on Demand)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:43 AM - 16 comments

"The printed book is final and thus unchangeable"

Irma Boom’s Library, Where Pure Experimentalism Is on the Shelf (Joshua Barone, NYT) [via]
posted by Think_Long at 8:24 AM - 4 comments

Lincoln's Worst Decision - Turning Down Elephant Herds

As a celebration of the election of President Abraham Lincoln* in 1860, King Rama IV of Siam** offered the U.S. "several pairs of young male and female elephants", with the intent that they be allowed to reproduce, eventually becoming large herds such that the people of America could use them as beasts of burden. Sadly (but probably for the best), Lincoln turned down the offer, noting that the climate of the U.S. probably did not lend itself to breeding elephants. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:11 AM - 69 comments

"It was just a matter of doing what you could before the fire arrived."

The world surrounding my father's Montana homestead could disappear tomorrow, and he would make out just fine. I went to see him to find out how he does it—and why [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:34 AM - 37 comments

Ain't motherhood grand?

Mama cats taking care of their kittens [obnoxious music at beginning, occasional music throughout]. Mama dogs and their puppies [background music]. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:34 AM - 14 comments

WEIRD

What is weird? 366 Weird Movies (not yet complete but has over 200 entries) is a substantial tribute to celluloid oddities and unconventionals, loaded with interesting essays and outside links. Some good, some bad, and some very bad. Here's just a few: Buckaroo Banzai, Robot Monster, Rubber, Rocky Horror, Zardoz, 2001, Skidoo, 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, Evil Dead II, Glen or Glenda, Manos, Pan's Labyrinth, Time Bandits, Pink Flamingos, Uncle Boonmee, and good lord Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.
posted by JHarris at 6:45 AM - 64 comments

Transcribing handwritten texts from the Shakespearean age

Shakespeare's World is a collaboration between Zooniverse and the Folger Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online project. On the Shakespeare's World website anyone can contribute transcriptions of bits of manuscripts from Shakespeare's time. The project benefits not only Shakespeare studies, but also historians of the early modern period and the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Roberta Kwok wrote an article about the project for the New Yorker.
posted by Kattullus at 4:10 AM - 9 comments

Free School, Under the Bridge

Good people, doing good things --- Rajesh Sharma, a grocery story owner in New Delhi, has spent the last seven years teaching children under a bridge. Nearly 200 underprivileged children from neighbouring ghettos now come to the school, known as ‘Free School, Under The Bridge’ located in one of the world’s most polluted cities, New Delhi.
posted by gt2 at 3:30 AM - 13 comments

England does not want to be just another member of the team

Brexit is the result of an English delusion, a crisis of identity resulting from a failure to come to terms with the loss of empire and the end of its own exceptionalism.
(Or - in song - as once summarised by Flanders and Swann)
posted by rongorongo at 1:49 AM - 99 comments

January 17

A little panda-monium

A bunch of baby pandas. Because we all need a dose of adorable right about now. Because with the beginning of the American apocalypse Friday, we could use a nice big dose of adorable. 23 baby pandas making their public debut in China should do the trick.
posted by azpenguin at 5:47 PM - 22 comments

Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

New York Times President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning.
posted by freakazoid at 1:32 PM - 189 comments

"LEAVE ME ALONE, MOM AND DAD! Literally."

"The fact that people make the opposite judgment — that kids are in more danger when parents leave on purpose — strongly suggests that their estimates of risk have been unconsciously inflated to help justify their stronger moral disapproval of parents who choose to leave children unsupervised."
We’re really bad at judging risk to kids. We’re really good at judging parents. [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 1:07 PM - 117 comments

Nugs, Ranked

Ryan Sutton at EATER asks the hard question: What are the best fast food chain chicken nuggets?
posted by The Whelk at 10:13 AM - 119 comments

KEDI - a.k.a. Nine Lives - Cats in Istanbul

“Dogs think people are God, but cats don’t. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God’s will. They’re not ungrateful. They just know better.” Film maker Ceyda Torun and cinematographer Charlie Wupperman have finished their documentary about Istanbul's cats. Coming soon to a city near you. (The movie, not the cats.) [more inside]
posted by BWA at 9:08 AM - 18 comments

it tickles

Butterfly takes over Koala Joey's Photoshoot and owns it like a BOSS!
posted by Evilspork at 4:15 AM - 22 comments

January 16

These are fleeting moments

Astronaut shows videos from Youtube with zero views. Beautiful and surprisingly refreshing.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:30 PM - 68 comments

Dick Gautier, 1931-2017

The actor -- famed for his role in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie, for portraying Hymie the Robot in Get Smart, and for a short run as Robin Hood in When Things Were Rotten -- died Friday. The article includes a link to a three-part interview with Kliph Nesteroff, in which Gautier discusses, especially, his early career.
posted by bryon at 10:32 PM - 20 comments

The six pillars of nonviolent resistance

An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’
posted by HuronBob at 10:21 PM - 10 comments

The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas

Joseph Bottum argues that contemporary American progressivism resembles Christianity sans salvation. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 9:42 PM - 42 comments

Blood Pancakes Are The Most Metal of All Flapjacks

On their own, blood pancakes end up being a savory dish, so many recipes call for enhancing the natural flavor by adding things like onions, spices, bread crumbs, and molasses. The only other body-fluid-specific requirement is to strain the blood to remove any clots that may have formed. Which really hammers home that you’re cooking with blood, in case you forgot. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:29 PM - 32 comments

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