June 2

Attempts to solve security problems [with] dualism are usually wrong.

Joanna Rutkowska is the creator of the Qubes OS, one of the preeminent security researchers on virtualization security, and CEO and founder of Invisible Things Lab. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 8:43 AM - 0 comments

The Russian Troll Factory

The Agency is every online community member's worst fears come to life: a real honest-to-goodness troll/noise factory where dozens of employees using hundreds of accounts post thousands of highly targeted and coordinated attacks as awful comments on Twitter, Facebook, and forums in order to sway public opinion about geopolitics. From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities...
posted by mathowie at 7:55 AM - 16 comments

Klaus

Klaus, a new film in development by Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, uses traditional hand-drawn animation and secret compositing techniques to bring its world to breathtaking, painterly life.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 7:45 AM - 0 comments

"...he extends his preferences in games to All True Gamers..."

Games have the opposite problem: an elitism defined by the absence of taste, or simply by bad taste [...] Stepping into games is like arriving at a cheese-tasting party where most of the crowd is angrily murmuring that cheddar and swiss are always and objectively the best cheeses on grounds of utility and pleasure, that assholes offering a plate of mold-laced bleu are an affront to any real cheese-lover, that brie may simply be too soft to be a real cheese.
A Lack of Taste (via Offworld)
posted by griphus at 7:15 AM - 9 comments

Le cinéma est une invention sans avenir

Lumière and Company was a project realised in 1995 to mark the centenary of the Lumière brothers’ first movies. Forty directors were given the use of a restored Lumière Cinematograph and asked to make a film under 1895-style constraints: (1) the films could be no longer than 52 seconds; (2) no synchronized sound was permitted; (3) no more than three takes were allowed. Any editing had to be done in-camera. Nearly all of the completed shorts have been compiled into a YouTube playlist. Please note that some of the clips contain nudity: treat this post as NSFW. Les Frères Lumière previously: 1, 2. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 6:59 AM - 7 comments

Temptation in the Archives - and more

UCL Press University College London is pleased to announce the launch of UCL Press, the University’s in house publishing arm, on 4 June 2015. UCL Press will be the first fully Open Access university press in the UK with all books, journals and monographs freely available online, creating a diverse and accessible global knowledge resource.
posted by Segundus at 6:55 AM - 3 comments

Inside Disney's radical plan to modernize its cherished theme parks.

The Messy Business of Reinventing Happiness. The story behind FastPass+ at DisneyWorld. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 6:53 AM - 11 comments

Books before print

"If you love old books, you've come to the right place." Quill is a project by Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel and librarian/photographer Giulio Menna, detailing the laborious process of creating a manuscript before Gutenberg. Learn what a "quire" is, and the origin of the term "watermark." [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm at 6:52 AM - 0 comments

Charles Peter Kennedy (25 November 1959 – 1 June 2015)

Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal-Democrats, dies aged 55, one month after he lost his seat in the 2015 UK general elections. The police are treating his death as not suspicious. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 6:09 AM - 17 comments

Chip McCallahan Forever

Duke Nukem Forever. Earthbound and Donkey Kong 64 on Virtual Console. DnD RPGs and LucasArts adventure games on GOG.com. What an age we live in, in which vidya games we were once denied are suddenly no longer denied. And now, Chip's Challenge and its fabled sequel, classic puzzle games long thought permanently unrereleasable and unreleasable respectively due to copyright issues, have finally been released on Steam (and let's not forget its spiritual successor from during the drought, Chuck's Challenge 3D). But why stop there? Fans have created a bunch of free extra levels for the original game, including three epic collaborative level packs, and a free program (first version, newer version) capable of running them. The latter version also has a convenient bundle including all three level packs and an intro pack that serves as a tutorial. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 5:30 AM - 3 comments

How to fix inequality: Squash the finance industry and redistribute more

Joe Stiglitz on Inequality, Wealth, and Growth: Why Capitalism is Failing (video; if you don't have 30m, skip to 20m for discussion of political inequality, wealth, credit and monetary policy) - "If the very rich can use their position to get higher returns, more investment information, more extraction of rents, and if the very rich have equal or higher savings rates, then wealth will become more concentrated... economic inequality inevitably gets translated into political inequality, and political inequality gets translated into more economic inequality. The basic and really important idea here is that markets don't exist in a vacuum, that market economies operate according to certain rules, certain regulations that specify how they work. And those effect the efficiency of those markets, but they also effect how the fruits of the benefits of those markets are distributed and the result of that is there are large numbers of aspects of our basic economic framework that in recent years have worked to increase the inequality of wealth and income in our society... leading to a society which can be better described, increasingly, as an inherited plutocracy." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:02 AM - 13 comments

June 1

The market is as wide open as a walk-in closet in a sprawling McMansion

George Zimmer Starts an 'Uber for Tailors' - David Gelles, NYT
"Mr. Zimmer, whose net worth has been estimated to be $150 million to $800 million, is the chairman and the financial force behind zTailors. Other people and wealthy families have contributed money to the start-up, he says, but no venture capitalists are involved, despite the Oakland, Calif., company’s proximity to Silicon Valley.

In recent months, zTailors has been in stealth mode, operating in several major cities around the country, and it already has 600 tailors signed up. The plan is to be operating in all 50 states by the end of the year, with more than 1,000 tailors."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:12 PM - 42 comments

A Masterpiece of Modern… Trial and Error

Rejected poster designs by Saul Bass for ‘The Shining’, with Stanley Kubrick’s notes
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:55 PM - 12 comments

100 years, 94 books

Matt Kahn has read and reviewed every bestselling novel of the last 100 years, starting with The Inside of the Cup (1913), including masterpieces like s like All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) to the surprisingly dark E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) to a reluctant slog through John Grishham, ending with The Fault in Our Stars (2014). Interview.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 10:07 PM - 15 comments

Esquire's best jokes of all time

"I can't even fit all of you in my eyes." Esquires polls 22 comics on the best jokes of all time. Includes videos.
posted by gottabefunky at 9:53 PM - 29 comments

"I no longer believed in the various justifications for our existence"

Wallace Shawn interviewed by Liese Spencer in The Guardian. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Susan Bernofsky for Public Books. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Hilton Als for The Paris Review. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Andrew O'Hehir for Salon. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:52 PM - 11 comments

Discord at the Buffalo Philharmonic

"As principal oboe, your lack of musicality is shocking and destructive to our orchestra" The Buffalo Philharmonic fired principle oboist Pierre Roy in 2012. He filed a petition with the State Supreme Court, and the case has moved on to federal court. The Buffalo News covers the suit, and the fights within the woodwinds section. [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 6:05 PM - 72 comments

Tokyo Roar

Tokyo saturates the senses.
posted by Sokka shot first at 3:58 PM - 20 comments

It's the End of (A Softer) World As We Know It, And I Feel Fine

After 12 years and 1243 updates, Emily Horne & Joey Comeau's seminal photo-webcomic "A Softer World" has served up its last panels of "sad, weird, harsh and sometimes ridiculous comics", about a week after namechecking itself in a callback to one of the first strips. And with a parallel-timed (just closed) Kickstarter for a 'Best of' book that raised 10 times its goal*, this world ended, not with a bang OR a whimper but with a loud "thank you!"
But then, "because today is the very last day, they will sing forever."
[Previously (year one) and previously (year ten)] [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:00 PM - 33 comments

Poverty is the Worst Kind of Violence

How do they make such a decision? By engaging The American tradition of separating the poor into two, mutually exclusive categories: those who deserve to be poor, and those who don't. More here, here, and here. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 2:54 PM - 73 comments

Why do people, when playing CEOs, become tyrants from central casting?

How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening
The classic problem presented by the game is one all managers face: short-term issues, usually involving cashflow, versus the long-term challenge of nurturing your workforce and your client base. Despite the fact that a public-address system was blaring out, in English and Chinese, that “your workforce is your vital asset” our assembled young professionals repeatedly had to be cajoled not to treat them like dirt.
posted by frimble at 2:49 PM - 31 comments

RIP Professional Wrestler Tommy Rogers (of the Fantastics)

Professional wrestler Tommy Rogers (real name Thomas Couch), best known as one half of the tag team The Fantastics, has passed away at the age of 54. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Rogers "...had been having legal troubles in recent years stemming from fighting. He was to be sentenced tomorrow over a fight with police officers and feared a long prison stay." [more inside]
posted by The Gooch at 2:31 PM - 1 comment

Supreme Court upholds right to wear a hijab at work

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager when it refused to hire her, in part, because she wore a religious headscarf, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday. During oral arguments, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that the case is unlike most employment discrimination cases in that the hiring manager at Abercrombie has openly admitted lowering Elauf’s score upon learning from another manager that the hijab violated company policy.
posted by Sir Rinse at 1:22 PM - 73 comments

here I come, taking the floor to recite a page of quatrains

When the family business is ribald wedding poetry.
posted by curious nu at 1:19 PM - 0 comments

Bless $BLOG_OWNER, May his passing cleanse the world

"Spend enough time in any community or social circle – whether online or in person – and you’ll inevitably hear people complaining about the group being too insular, too much of a circle jerk or just plain unwilling to listen to people who disagree with them. You may especially notice this when forums have active moderation or websites and YouTube accounts turn off the ability to post comments. Now, on occasion, you will find a group or community that is unwelcoming to divergent voices… but more often than not, the problem isn’t that people are unwilling to hear an opposing opinion, but rather a case of “we don’t like assholes in the clubhouse.”
--How To Share Your Unpopular Opinion (Without Being An Asshole)
posted by almostmanda at 12:49 PM - 48 comments

#CallMeCaitlyn

Introducing Caitlyn Jenner [Vanity Fair]
Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize–winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better. . . . This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, O.K. This is about your life.”
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:25 PM - 118 comments

Twistatec Technology, designed by NASA scientists

Manpons by Manpax. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 11:23 AM - 7 comments

Big Marble Run Machine: 11 000 Marbles!!!

Rumble roar clatter. Does what it says, etc. Home page of the creator, Jelle Bakker, the Marble Master. [more inside]
posted by carter at 11:13 AM - 23 comments

This Gene, and Carl my training partner.

This is obviously the reason you came to Metafilter today: videos of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu demonstrations featuring a big, friendly pitbull. Supplemental material: posted by entropone at 10:22 AM - 32 comments

June, June, June

Leslie Uggams on the viral video that appears on your social media feeds every June 1st.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:19 AM - 36 comments

Bisexual people and their community talk support

A video from Rainbow Health Ontario interviews three bisexual people and their partners about support and identity within relationships. Part of a series including friends and parents. (Bi defined broadly in video.) Other links below the cut... [more inside]
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 8:16 AM - 15 comments

The Grand Overlook Hotel

A movie trailer.
posted by HuronBob at 7:44 AM - 16 comments

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give glory

Predator: Dark Ages Templar Knights are put to the ultimate challenge, to hunt The Predator. Testing not only their skills as fighters but also their faith. Kickstarter funded fan film. IMDB. Facebook page.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:15 AM - 68 comments

The Change Trays of Japan: Object lesson

"I am very curious about those small trays that are used in Japan when settling daily cash transactions. Instead of handing your payment to the clerk, or setting it on the counter by the cash register, here you are generally expected to put your payment into a tray that is presented expressly for the purpose. ... So, what the heck are these trays called? And what is their origin and purpose?" [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:04 AM - 45 comments

"It is harder for us to be nice to kids"

When I look back over my notebooks and journals from the past 21 years there are plenty of things I regret. What I do not regret were the times we educators chose to be kind to a kid. The times when we gave a child a second–and then third and fourth chance. The times we decided to let a kid go on a field trip, ignoring some misdeed that might have excluded him from the trip so that a child who had never been further than the county line could see the world writ large. You know the drill.
"School should be a place for all sorts of kindnesses." Retiring school principal George Wood talks about what should be the most important part of school and why it has become difficult to achieve.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:48 AM - 54 comments

May 31

Nothing exotic or supernatural

Tatjana Joelle van Vark [previously] creates beautiful and sophisticated devices, like this recreation (including a "hypothetical planetarium") of the Antikythera Mechanism. In this video she walks us through some of her constructions: Mythe van een Magistra
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:44 PM - 10 comments

Men Adrift

For those at the top, James Brown’s observation that it is a man’s, man’s, man’s world still holds true. Some 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs are male, as are 98% of the self-made billionaires on the Forbes rich list and 93% of the world’s heads of government. In popular films fewer than a third of the characters who speak are women, and more than three-quarters of the protagonists are men. Yet the fact that the highest rungs have male feet all over them is scant comfort for the men at the bottom.
posted by Chessboxing at 8:28 PM - 78 comments

The United States of Horror

Where everything went wrong. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:08 PM - 71 comments

Gotta make a move to a town that's right for me 🎶

Funky town - Lipps Inc 1980 [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:38 PM - 76 comments

Solar Flight Telemetry, Live

The Solar Impulse, the world's first solar-powered manned long-haul flying machine, is currently in the midst of the longest leg in its pioneering round-the-world journey — China to Hawaii, which at a cruising speed of less than 30mph is anticipated to take most of a week. Follow along with live flight telemetry here. Swiss businessman André Borschberg and Swiss psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, who both previously participated in the world's first round-the-world balloon voyage, in the Breitling Orbiter 3, are alternating flight legs. Borschberg is at the controls until the aircraft reaches Hawaii.
posted by killdevil at 5:38 PM - 12 comments

Loplop

And Loplop, bird superior, has transformed himself into flesh without flesh and will dwell among us.
Loplop was the Dada and Surrealist artist Max Ernst's alter ego. whose beloved pet cockatoo had died the same night his sister was born.
He described his birth in 1891 as having hatched from an egg that his mother laid.
Ernst took many ideas incorporated in Freud's works and used them to try to identify himself, in 1922 painting Oedipus Rex and then in 1922 Two children are threatened by a nightingale.
In 1931 Loplop; who had the previous year introduced Loplop, now introduced the surrealist group.
Ernst described collage as the "alchemy of the visual image". Loplop was the narrator in his alchemical collage novel Une Semaine de Bonté. as he had previously with La Femme de 100 tetes.
In 1937 he painted Fireside Angel predicting the rise of Fascism. and in 1940 he painted Attirement of the bride depicting his then lover Leonora Carrington. With the war arriving in Europe Ernst left for America. Loplop lived on at least through to 1960 in his sculpture.
posted by adamvasco at 2:08 PM - 12 comments

Centuries-old bridges, grown from tangled roots

The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built — they're grown. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 1:23 PM - 6 comments

Carolina Hall

On Thursday, the Board of Trustees of UNC- Chapel Hill voted to change the name of Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall. "University trustees made [an error] in 1920 when they recognized William L. Saunders’ leadership in the Ku Klux Klan as a qualification for naming a building in his honor." [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 1:16 PM - 31 comments

The Chinese Juggernaut Isn't

For American pundits, China isn’t a country. It’s a fantasyland.

Whenever I want to be cheered up about the future of my adopted country, I turn to American pundits. The air here might be deadly, the water undrinkable, the Internet patchy and the culture strangled, but I can always be reassured that China is beating America at something, whether it’s clean energy, high-speed rail, education or even the military.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:52 PM - 17 comments

“Many atheists are still in the closet,”

Wanted: A Theology of Atheism by Molly Werthen [New York Times] [Op-Ed] What do people who don’t believe in God believe instead?
posted by Fizz at 12:10 PM - 172 comments

The other FAIL blog

Dr. Yotarou Hatamura, who runs the Association for the Study of Failure, is also supervisor of the Failure Knowledge Database Project. He proposes adopting the "Failure Mandala" to promote the systematic understanding and dissemination of failures. To support this approach, he presents a compilation of 100 case studies of failure events organized by topic (also viewable as a single list of PDF files; and available in Japanese). Dr. Hatamura subsequently chaired the investigative committee into the Fukushima nuclear incident, which he discusses here.
posted by Rumple at 11:49 AM - 11 comments

3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya

New fieldwork in West Turkana, Kenya, has identified evidence of much earlier (than 2.6 ma) hominin technological behaviour. We report (paywalled) the discovery of Lomekwi 3, a 3.3-million-year-old archaeological site where in situ stone artefacts occur in spatiotemporal association(pdf) with Pliocene hominin fossils in a wooded palaeoenvironment. Given the implications of the Lomekwi 3 assemblage for models aiming to converge environmental change, hominin evolution and technological origins (pdf), we propose for it the name ‘Lomekwian’, which predates (pdf) the Oldowan by 700,000 years and marks a new beginning to the known archaeological record. (abstract)
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 10:44 AM - 9 comments

Ballast

For the first time, "the wreckage of a slaving ship that went down with slaves aboard has been recovered." The recovery of artifacts from the 1794 shipwreck is a milestone for the African Slave Wrecks Project, a collaboration by six partner groups (including the National Museum of African-American Art and Culture and the National Parks Service) to find, document, and preserve archaeological remnants of the slave trade. Some of the objects will be included in exhibits in the NMAAHC.
posted by Miko at 10:21 AM - 7 comments

We all need something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for

Never Had To Go - The Dustbowl Revival, featuring Dick & Arlene Van Dyke [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 9:32 AM - 11 comments

Adios, Hola

Hola is probably the most popular VPN service today, allowing unblocked access to region-locked content. It has been discovered, however, that they have been selling access to their network to third parties. Hola was just used as a botnet for attacking 8chan. Adios, Hola lays down the reasons for why the extension is problematic, and helps you determine whether you are at risk. Hola's response? That was the agreement all along.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 8:46 AM - 35 comments

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