February 21

I guess you could call it (puts on shades) a Glock-enspiel

Vitaly Kryuchin performs some popular melodies using Glock pistols
posted by pjern at 2:29 PM - 31 comments

The Age of Female Dominance, Brought to You by Robots

There’s a lot of speculation on how robots taking over people’s jobs could impact the economy. After all, if nearly half of American jobs are automated in the next 20 years, what will people do? And while automation does include losses of jobs, it could also change what we value when it comes to skill sets. For example, care-related work, like nursing and education, will likely remain human. Jerry Kaplan, a futurist and professor at Stanford University, thinks that automation could place a premium on the type of work that women tend to be good at, like person-to-person interaction, reading human emotion, collaboration, and creativity.
posted by Glibpaxman at 1:10 PM - 39 comments

Annoyed Elephant Chases Tourists for Miles

Going on a safari affords you the chance to see amazing animals out in their natural habitat. It's thrilling, but there's also an underlying sense of nervousness. These tourists on a safari ride through Kruger National Park in South Africa fully realized this when an elephant decided to chase after their vehicle for several miles. What started out as an awe-filled sighting quickly became more of a edgy slow-speed chase. "He's coming! He's coming!" one of the tourists says. "Oh my god, please go!"
posted by grobertson at 12:54 PM - 9 comments

Open Source Flatpack Urban Farm Pavilion

Ikea's Space10 lab has released open source plans for the Growroom, a 2.8 x 2.5 meter spherical garden.
posted by romakimmy at 11:19 AM - 49 comments

Sure, Mark 4:9 and Matthew 11:5, but Luke is oddly silent on the issue

Those edit boys at Auralnauts (of whom previously, previously, pre— oh just do a bloody search) are at it again, with an edited dub of Star Wars: A New Hope in which R2-D2 has a speaking voice. (Specifically, that of voice actor Scheiffer Bates.)
posted by cortex at 10:52 AM - 17 comments

Cora searches for a place outside of racism's insidious grasp

In Strange Horizons, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun reviews Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Ben H. Winters's Underground Airlines, two recent novels that integrate speculative fiction and fictional slave narratives. His critique includes an interlude asking (and answering), "How can you tell if a narrative is meant for a white audience?"
posted by mixedmetaphors at 10:18 AM - 15 comments

The integrity of the game is at steak

In the 84th minute of his team's 0-2 loss to Arsenal yesterday, Sutton United's reserve keeper Wayne Shaw was shown eating a pie on the bench. With all of Sutton's substitutes used and the non-league side happy just to be in the fifth round, it seemed to be, as Shaw would later describe it, "a bit of fun". It wasn't. [more inside]
posted by 7segment at 9:32 AM - 68 comments


Pretty much exactly what you imagine. Yes, it's a real hashtag. [Some NSFW illustrations there.] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:48 AM - 33 comments

identify, capture and quickly deport

"The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation." (SLtheUSAToday) [more inside]
posted by Huck500 at 7:49 AM - 308 comments

But we planned that obsolescence ourselves!

Nebraska Will Become A 'Mecca For Hackers' If Right To Repair Bill Passes. As "right to repair" bills continue to gain traction, Apple lobbies against them in the cornhusker state. [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast at 7:12 AM - 54 comments

The Next Financial Crisis Might Be in Your Driveway

[U.S.] auto debt hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, when a rush of year-end car shopping pushed vehicle loans to a dubious peak of $1.16 trillion. ... It’s an alarming number, big enough to incite talk of a bubble.
posted by Etrigan at 6:46 AM - 83 comments

"We were work proximity associates."

How To Keep A Healthy Distance From Your Terrible Co-Workers - in which Dante Jordan sets out a case for avoiding interaction with one's colleagues at any and all cost.
posted by ominous_paws at 5:46 AM - 84 comments

150+ gravesites vandalized at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri

The gravesites of more than 170 Jews were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Mo., sometime over the weekend. [more inside]
posted by listen, lady at 4:59 AM - 74 comments

Europe's child refugee crisis

At an age when most kids need supervision to do their homework, hundreds of thousands of minors are crossing continents alone. [SL The New Yorker]
posted by The Illiterate Pundit at 12:35 AM - 14 comments

February 20

“Everything starts as somebody's daydream.”

SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! [SFWA.org] The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is pleased to announce the nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:30 PM - 40 comments

The Time Of Your Life

The Time Of Your Life is a 30 minute play/dance piece showing a man being swept quickly through the iconic moments of his life. Written and performed by the Gecko theatre company, The Time Of Your Life was one of the last programmes ever recorded at BBC Television Centre and was broadcast live on BBC Four in November 2015, as part of a two hour farewell to the studio. [more inside]
posted by dng at 6:02 PM - 1 comment

"Midlife Divorced Lady Cliche"

Scrubbing a Stranger
posted by R.F.Simpson at 5:29 PM - 59 comments

He finds the corsets very uncomfortable.

Christian Fuchs: The man who dresses up as his ancestors.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:36 PM - 32 comments

Leaves of Crass

"Readers who picked up The New York Times on March 13, 1852, might have seen a small advertisement on Page 3 for a serial tale set to begin the next day in a rival newspaper. “A RICH REVELATION,” the ad began, teasing a rollicking tale touching on “the Manners and Morals of Boarding Houses, some Scenes from Church History, Operations in Wall-st.,” and “graphic Sketches of Men and Women” (presented, fear not, with “explanations necessary to properly understand what it is all about”). It was a less than tantalizing brew, perhaps. The story, which was never reviewed or reprinted, appears to have sunk like a stone. But now comes another rich revelation: The anonymously published tale was nothing less than a complete novel by Walt Whitman.
Grad student Zachary Turpin discovers a long lost Walt Whitman novel, about a year after he discovered a long lost Whitman self-help treatie. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 12:15 PM - 29 comments

"Why drink alone when you can drink with your pet?"

Cat wines are the latest manifestation of a growing trend of pet owners treating them like people. Over the past 15 years, “the pet market has been transformed by humanization of pets,” said David Sprinkle, the research director at marketresearch.com....“The term ‘pet parent’ has increasingly replaced ‘pet owner,’” Mr. Sprinkle said. Cat products and supplies make up 30 percent of the $40 billion United States pet market, excluding services, he said. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:13 AM - 78 comments

The Stuff of Fiction

Over the next few months, the Public Theatre in New York will present "A Well Ordered Forum", four evenings which will be livestreamed, featuring :artists, thinkers, journalists, performers, and politicians will come together at The Public to consider what it means to be responsible citizens and how culture can respond to politics". Tonight's panel, "The Stuff of Fiction", which will kick off at 7:30pm Eastern, includes playwright Tony Kushner; poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, and moderated by David Remnick, "to make sense of an American moment when truth can feel stranger than fiction." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:23 AM - 4 comments

I’m a commis in a Chinese restaurant kitchen, this is what I do

The dude at the chopping board has already pushed the lettuce, diced seafood, and salted fish from his side to our side of the table. We take a quick glance at the order sheet. First, we grab a medium-sized portion of rice. Then we transfer everything from our side of the table to the table directly accessible to the wok guys. We tell him, “no MSG, not too oily”. We then fetch a serving tray, six small plates, a small rice bowl, and a metal dish. The wok guy makes the fried rice, dumps it in the metal dish, then we portion the fried rice using the small rice bowl (so that every portion is in a neat little mound). This fried rice example is a very simple example involving a bit of communication between our section and the wok line.
posted by destrius at 6:40 AM - 43 comments

You, a Mac, the world.

The Enduring Appeal of Macintosh Picasso Artwork
posted by timshel at 6:27 AM - 17 comments

Coloured by Regional Grammar

Because of where the structurally unemployed live, what they’ve done, or the skills they lack, employers can’t or won’t hire them. The problems that keep today's jobless stuck on the sidelines are different than those of past recoveries: a complex web of often interrelated issues from disability and drug use to criminal records.
Jeanna Smialek and Patricia Laya, The New Face of American Unemployment, Bloomberg (7 February 2017). [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 5:54 AM - 80 comments

February 19

Food Wishes with Chef John!

Food Wishes with Chef John - Do you want to learn how to cook fancy meals? Simple meals? Was Alton Brown a bit too high-concept? An actual chef, with a puckish voice and self-deprecating humor and dedicated to education, tackles your questions on "How do I cook...(dish here)?" on the Food Wishes youtube channel. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:04 PM - 42 comments

“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”

17 Great Books About American Presidents for Presidents’ Day Weekend [The New York Times] “There’s nothing like a big juicy presidential biography when you’re looking for guidance about history’s long and hard lessons. We’ve selected some of our favorites by and about presidents from the past few decades — and including one that reaches back into the 19th century. Here’s to an inspiring Presidents’ Day weekend.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:00 PM - 11 comments

Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

Susan Fowler, a former site reliability engineer at Uber, recounts her year of employment at the company, including stories of sexual harassment, retaliation by managers, and a pattern of inaction or coverups by the human resources department. [more inside]
posted by bluecore at 5:26 PM - 140 comments

Giving the magic away

Many of Pixar's films can seem like magic, and while much of that relies on storytelling, the art of animation has many, many, many skills in it. Pixar has partnered with the Khan Academy to provide a free practical introduction to how the best-of-the-best do their job. Because who doesn't want to understand how you simulate hair?
posted by petrilli at 5:14 PM - 3 comments

Hobbits, Hooligans and Vulcans

Or, a brief exploration of why politics makes us mean and dumb.
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 5:14 PM - 27 comments

The Russian Thread Reset

With the White House insisting that Air Force One won't be a prop, Trump pulled up to his airport hangar rally in Air Force One with the Air Force One theme playing in the background. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 3:00 PM - 1685 comments

"it’s hard not to admire and be grateful for Tracey’s hubris"

Amanda Petrusich writes about a collector of African folk music named Hugh Tracey whose collection of more than ten thousand recordings has been digitized and partly made available online as the International Library of African Music on the South African Music Archive Project website. Petrusich also writes about the Singing Wells project, which aims to return copies of Tracey's recordings he made in Kenya and Uganda to the places where they were recorded, though their main focus is to make new recordings. Petrusich focuses on a recording of Kipsigi girls singing about a half-man half-antelope called Chemirocha, who turns out to have a rather surprising origin.
posted by Kattullus at 2:20 PM - 8 comments

The Colors of Japanese Internment

Similar questions might have echoed in the mind of the internee Bill Manbo, a car mechanic from Riverside, California, when he picked up a camera to document his surroundings after months of captivity at the Heart Mountain camp, in Wyoming. Though internees were initially prohibited from bringing cameras into the camps, that rule was loosened at Heart Mountain in 1943. The photographs of another internee, Toyo Miyatake, who was sent to Manzanar, in California, and assembled a makeshift camera from a lens that he had smuggled inside, have become essential records of the incarceration. But of all the most famous images of Japanese internment by either internees or government-hired photographers, only Manbo’s were in color. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 12:46 PM - 19 comments

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

There’s a new automated propaganda machine driving global politics. How it works and what it will mean for the future of democracy.
posted by a_curious_koala at 11:12 AM - 43 comments

February 18

You can't go wrong with pizza, unless it's terrible pizza.

9 Things We Learned About A Guy Who Claims He’s Only Eaten Pizza For The Past 25 Years—one of 30 times that pizza news has made Consumerist very happy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:31 PM - 147 comments

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you

For two years, filmmaker Jennifer Crandall has crisscrossed this deep Southern state, inviting people to look into a camera and share a part of themselves through the words of Walt Whitman. The 19th century poet’s “Song of Myself” is a quintessential reflection of our American identities.
Welcome to Whitman, Alabama. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 8:24 PM - 18 comments

The Collaborator

The final, sad fate of Jar Jar Binks has been revealed by Chuck Wendig in the latest of his pre-Force Awakens Star Wars: Aftermath books.
posted by Artw at 4:55 PM - 92 comments

I got carded in whole foods

What's in this $5 kombucha anyway?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:41 PM - 79 comments

Clyde Stubblefield (1943–2017)

The Original "Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield has died at age 73. (Okayplayer, Rolling Stone, NY Times, Washington Post) [previously] [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 2:55 PM - 44 comments

When I was your age, I got my first guitar....

The Boss (slyt) I realized it wasn’t about how well you played it, it was how good you looked doing it. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 12:01 PM - 32 comments

"The Straight Men Who Made America's First Gay Record"

Like a magic mirror held up to America's heteronormative postwar culture, its music reflected a dignified, and seductive, vision of gay life. Just below the album's title read the teaser: "For adult listeners only—sultry stylings by a most unusual vocalist."
55 years ago Lace Records released "Love Is a Drag", where a male vocalist sang standards written for female singers. The people behind it were a mystery until one of them contacted J. D. Doyle of Queer Music Heritage in 2012 and was interviewed (transcript, mp3). YouTube has a few tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4. Doyle put the LP in context in an interview with Color Magazine.
posted by Kattullus at 11:49 AM - 17 comments

Nijntje's 'Spiritual Father' has passed away

On Thursday, Dick Bruna died in Utrecht. He was 89 years old. CBC obit, WaPo obit. The Dutch artist created Miffy in the 1950s. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:52 AM - 14 comments

RIP Jane Roe

Norma McCorvey passes away at 69... Ms. McCorvey, the iconic Roe in Roe v. Wade, just passed away in an assisted living facility at the age of 69.
posted by Samizdata at 10:08 AM - 24 comments

Hygge is so 2016

Meet kalsarikannit, the word for drinking at home without pants on.
posted by infini at 9:22 AM - 53 comments

Ice Dragon boat | Bateau dragon sur glace

This weekend, Ottawa is hosting the first North American ice dragon boat festival. Ice dragon boating has its own international federation, and Ottawa is the latest addition to its international series. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:45 AM - 11 comments

CRS-10 Launching!

T-Minus 2 minutes! SpaceX is hosting a webcast of today's launch of CRS-10. This is a historic launch for two reasons. The first is that it's the first time launch pad LC-39A has been used since the space shuttle. The second is they're doing a return to launch site in the day time.
posted by Talez at 7:00 AM - 29 comments

You must always caulk the wagon.

The Forgotten History of 'The Oregon Trail,' As Told By Its Creators (Previously, previouslier, previousliest) [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:45 AM - 34 comments

Interactive Julia Set Generator

Oooh! [Via the (ever wonderful) Kottke]
posted by carter at 5:52 AM - 20 comments

February 17

In these words I often think you'd recognize me

Midnight Oil has announced dates for the Great Circle 2017 reunion tour [more inside]
posted by ZenMajek at 7:51 PM - 33 comments

The Kids Think I'm A Shoe

Stan Smith and the iconic shoe that bears his name are profiled in New York Magazine.
posted by chrchr at 7:43 PM - 16 comments

A president's words. A supervillain's mouth.

Behold the Red Skull-Donald Trump mashup. D.M. Higgins replaces a classic Marvel villain's dialogue with choice president Trump quotes. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 7:29 PM - 20 comments

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