August 3

The continuing crisis in Mexico - Now with more dead journalists

Last saturday Ruben Espinosa, a Mexican photojournalist, was found dead in his apartment in a middle-class neighborghood in Mexico City. With him, four women were also found dead, three of which lived in the same apartment, and a domestic employee. All five showed signs of torture and had been killed with a shot to the head, execution style. [more inside]
posted by omegar at 3:43 PM - 13 comments

Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources aims to document all given names recorded in European sources written between 600 and 1600.
posted by escabeche at 3:15 PM - 36 comments

Tired of image pressure on women of a certain age? Here's the antidote

This recent guest editorial (hopefully the first in a new intermittent column) is a cri de coer from an educated, intelligent and caring middle-aged career woman and mother For most women in the public eye their outward visual image is the most valuable currency available, and the booming cosmetics (and aesthetic surgery) industry banks - excuse the pun - on this. As a senior political staff writer this lady has spent many years in - or at least no more than a door away from - the corridors of power. Here she proves that the pen is mightier than the scalpel.
posted by kairab at 2:36 PM - 31 comments

“I need you alive. Who knows when this piece of shit will break again?"

Hacking the digital and social system: Voja Antonić on being a microcomputer enthusiast in Yugoslavia (via Hack A Day)
posted by GenericUser at 2:21 PM - 6 comments

Get Down, Get Down

The Muppets - Jungle Boogie (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:05 PM - 24 comments

“What race is that?”: Whatever you want it to be.

The Reactions I’m Assuming People Want When They Comment On My Name. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 12:44 PM - 257 comments

...but buildings are too cold because they're optimised for men.

Fix sexism in air conditioning, save the planet: A quick article from Ars Technica (UK) talks about the frustration we've all experienced where buildings are often air conditioned to be too cold. Dress for summer and bring a sweater for the office. Enjoy the temperature preferred by your (likely older white male) managers. Original article is paywalled but the abstract can be found here. Finally, some (more) science to point out more obvious issues in the workplace. Not the genre-defining paper to lay all doubts to rest...but a good place to start.
posted by Strudel at 12:17 PM - 180 comments

Haven't you heard? Flash is dying!

Homestar Runner is vulnerable and should be updated.
posted by RobotHero at 12:12 PM - 25 comments

Abbreviations Carrying Resonance of Names Your Members Shortened

364 bills that have been introduced in [the US] Congress, ranked by acronym quality.
posted by threeants at 11:08 AM - 38 comments

You can tell no one here is high. It sucks.

The Onion has released the first installment of their newest series: EDGE. [more inside]
posted by joechip at 10:20 AM - 27 comments

United Nations of Food

My mission: to eat (reasonably) authentic cuisine from every country in the world (160 countries), without leaving New York City.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:16 AM - 32 comments

Did you ask for that raise? You totally deserve one.

The Data Drive. "After twelve years spent relentlessly growing Facebook into one of the largest internet companies in the world, [Zuckerberg] unexpectedly fled the country in 2015, taking with him an industrial air-hangar's worth of hard-drives containing all of the information accumulated through his social network from its inception to the day of his mysterious departure."
posted by thecaddy at 10:01 AM - 17 comments

The Man Who Shot Michael Brown

This March, I spent several days at his home. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. Because of such precautions, Wilson has been leading a very quiet life. During the past year, a series of police killings of African-Americans across the country has inspired grief, outrage, protest, and acrimonious debate. For many Americans, this discussion, though painful, has been essential. Wilson has tried, with some success, to block it out.
posted by standardasparagus at 9:36 AM - 72 comments

"What you have there is basically raw sewage"

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:35 AM - 41 comments

Sunday, July 2nd, 1978

Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU: a short film documenting the production of the last edition of the New York Times to use hot metal typesetting. [via PrintingFilms.com]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 9:24 AM - 12 comments

How I Infiltrated a White Pride Facebook Group

How I Infiltrated a White Pride Facebook Group and Turned It into 'LGBT Southerners for Michelle Obama' Sort of like e-mails from an Asshole, but the trolling is directed at hate groups instead of innocent bystanders on the Internet.
posted by rossination at 9:15 AM - 60 comments

Soylent's founder Rob Rhinehart shares his technotopian dream-reality

How I Gave Up Alternating Current - "I buy my staple food online like a civilized person. " [more inside]
posted by Tevin at 9:14 AM - 110 comments

Amnesty for some

The Guardian view on Amnesty International’s call to decriminalise sex work: divisive and distracting - "Obviously, Amnesty is right to say that sex workers have human rights and that these should be respected. But many Amnesty supporters believe that the trade itself tends to corrupt or to violate these rights, except for a lucky few participants. The broadest coalitions unite around the narrowest agendas. A call to decriminalise sex work is a distraction from Amnesty’s core mission, and dangerous to it too."
posted by Punkey at 9:06 AM - 37 comments

Yeah, you landed on the Moon, but where's your paperwork?!

The second man on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, recently shared his expense reports and other travel documents from his road trip with Neil and Mike.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:40 AM - 13 comments

Like many things, this will require some patience to get through.

Why Time Flies: A visualization by Maximilian Kiener of philosopher Paul Janet's theory of why time seems to pass more quickly as one gets older. As Wonkblog explains it, The apparent length of a period of time is proportional to our life span itself.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:00 AM - 24 comments

HOOBASTANKONIA

Every day this month, I’m searching the word “mashup” on Twitter and turning 31 jokes into real mashups. Why? I don’t know. Probably as a distraction from real things I should be doing. [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:45 AM - 16 comments

Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later

"When police officers shoot people under questionable circumstances, Dr. Lewinski is often there to defend their actions." ... "His conclusions are consistent: The officer acted appropriately, even when shooting an unarmed person. Even when shooting someone in the back. Even when witness testimony, forensic evidence or video footage contradicts the officer’s story." [SLNYT]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:43 AM - 45 comments

Fairest of Them All - Sequel to Mirror, Mirror

Previously on the blue, the fan produced Star Trek Continues series was mentioned. They have now produced four episodes. If you'd like to sample one, might I suggest watching episode 3, Fairest of Them All. It's a sequel to one of the most celebrated Star Trek TOS episodes - Mirror, Mirror.
posted by wittgenstein at 6:56 AM - 18 comments

Folks Went Wild For It: The Memphis Blues

The song Memphis Blues first brought the blues to a wide audience. In 2012, the BBC looked back the history of the song first published in 1912. [more inside]
posted by julen at 6:45 AM - 6 comments

"When you want 100 crore, just make a party video"

Award-winning actor Irrfan Khan and noted comedy collective All India Bakchod presents Every Bollywood Party Song [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 6:10 AM - 14 comments

"working with words is a kind of love, it's like being in love"

Words (part 2) is a performance by Scottish novelist and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy about working with words. Kennedy has reflected quite a bit about the craft and practice of writing, including a blog called On Writing that ran in The Guardian from 2009-2013, and was collected into a book of the same name.
posted by Kattullus at 6:01 AM - 2 comments

Biden 2016?

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign. Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.
posted by wondrous strange snow at 5:58 AM - 105 comments

"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it."

Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki [VIMEO]
posted by Fizz at 3:34 AM - 33 comments

How Early-20th-Century Americans Taught Their Kids to Be Thrifty

Slate takes a look at some of the concepts in Andrew L. Yarrow's Thrift: The History of an American Cultural Movement including various methods of teaching thrift to children. One tool used was a chart that teaches children how much it cost their parents to support them.
posted by purplesludge at 3:08 AM - 25 comments

August 2

*Dʰu̯órom *Bʰl̥gés

The *Bʰlog
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:40 PM - 11 comments

a guy who’s giving 150 percent, and yet you’re not sure if he means it

"I’m not here, however, to adjudicate Cruise’s religious views or mental health or even, really, his public image, which seems to be a complicated one. I’m here to say: It’s time to start liking Tom Cruise, movie star and actor, again." - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:08 PM - 245 comments

Beyond fantasy monoculture

“As a black woman,” Jemisin tells me, “I have no particular interest in maintaining the status quo. Why would I? The status quo is harmful, the status quo is significantly racist and sexist and a whole bunch of other things that I think need to change. With epic fantasy there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative, in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.”

NK Jemisin on upending the fantasy literature status quo and getting beyond medieval fantasy Europe.
posted by Artw at 4:54 PM - 49 comments

The Big Uneasy

"Everyone in New Orleans knows that 911 is a lost cause." ‘‘What I’m doing now isn’t all that different from the trash thing,’’ Torres said. ‘‘It’s about seeing a need — an unfortunate need — and stepping up to fill it.’’
posted by bitmage at 4:11 PM - 54 comments

The road to pigmentocracy

It was ‘invisibilization’. The discourse was that we don’t have race in Brazil, so you don’t have race problems in Brazil...”
Brazil is combating many kinds of inequality. But one of the world’s most diverse nations is still just beginning to talk about race.
posted by adamvasco at 3:05 PM - 7 comments

Ex-palliative care nurse dies by suicide

Healthy 75-year old dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland. Gill Pharaoh's last blog post is here. She has written two books about carers.
posted by mgrrl at 2:58 PM - 49 comments

The Pig is full of Many, Many Cats

Wisdom from mistranslated shirts.
posted by Segundus at 2:41 PM - 71 comments

The Eviction Series

Paul Madonna (previously on MeFi) and his wife have been evicted from the home and workspace in which they've lived for ten years. In response, Paul is drawing and writing All Over Coffee: The Eviction Series about his life in San Francisco right now.
posted by mattdidthat at 12:52 PM - 21 comments

On the plus side, regular vegetables taste heavenly now.

Remember back in the halcyon days of about five weeks ago when griphus inflicted the Minnesota State Fair menu on us? Many of us sighed, thought Oh, if only..., then moved on to discussing the President on a podcast or marriage equality becoming the law of the land or some less important nonsense. But what if you really wanted to know what that stuff will do to you? Fortunately, the Cracked team is there for you (albeit at the Calgary Stampede rather than the Minnesota State Fair), with 10 Carnival Foods Invented By Crazy People (Taste Tested). [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:57 AM - 55 comments

The Tongueless Fish

"I’ve been infected by a parasite. I won’t tell you what because I don’t want you to search for it. By the time this reaches you it won’t matter much, anyway. In fact, I’m forbidding you right now from looking for anything or asking anyone. Apparently I have about twelve hours as myself. They won’t say what happens next, because it’s kind of unpredictable. There are lots of animals who’ve had it, but only two people. They won’t tell me." -- The Glad Hosts, a SF short story by Rebecca Campbell
posted by The Whelk at 9:55 AM - 50 comments

You can't fuck osmosis jones

you can't fuck osmosis jones. other things you can't fuck: ratigan, rats from secret of nimh, the alan rickman fish from help im a fish, the iron giant, the weed ghost from cartoon all stars to the rescue, mufasa's ghost, the horrible cgi dinosaurs from dinosaur, or many other cartoon things. The deets: on tumblr. on youtube (2m) (via @Monodi)
posted by JHarris at 9:44 AM - 25 comments

Delta Flight 191

30 years ago today (August 2nd, 1985), Delta Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar from Fort Lauderdale, bound for Los Angeles, crashed over a mile short of the runway at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The plane was caught in an unexpected weather event called a microburst, which causes a sudden downdraft of air. During the struggle to regain control, the plane careened across a highway north of the airport, struck a car, and skidded into two large water tanks, which broke it apart. (Flightpath/Crash diagram) The crash killed 136 of the 152 passengers and 11 crew on board, and the driver of the car. (Cabin seat diagram showing injuries and survivors) [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 7:49 AM - 32 comments

Meet Jane Marie Kroc

There has obviously been a great deal of gossip, rumors and questions about me the past few days. To put them to rest: yes, I am transgender/gender fluid. Janae Marie Kroc, in her own words, is a "Transgender/genderfluid Alpha male/girly girl Lesbian in a male body." She is also a powerlifter, bodybuilder, and strongman competitor who owns several records in the 220lb weight class. [more inside]
posted by mrbigmuscles at 7:47 AM - 29 comments

Don't worry, you probably won't be secretly murdered if you watch this.

In 1991, a documentary, intended to be the first of a series on celebrity businessmen, was completed. It was screened twice, but its subject prevented its release and it was clear that continuing the series wasn't worth the trouble. So why has that film been released almost a quarter of a century later? Because that same businessman is now running for president. Trump: What's the Deal? (trailer, direct Vimeo link to full film, unofficial YouTube mirror)
posted by BiggerJ at 6:05 AM - 75 comments

(Sixty(-Eight(Candles)))

After sixty-eight years, Cooch-Behar is no more. At midnight on Friday the almost-fractal boundary between India and Bangladesh was rationalised, erasing 162 enclaves and counter-enclaves, including Dahala-Khagrabari, the world's only counter-counter-enclave as well as what was, at one time, the world's only part-time enclave. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:04 AM - 16 comments

The quikk bronw foxjumps over teh laz ydog

It started because I was trying to tell my kids about how typewriters worked (because of course they've never seen one), and all the existing typewriter simulators that I could find on the web get one very basic thing wrong - when you press backspace, they erase the character you just typed, like a computer. On a real typewriter, backspace simply moves the carriage back one space, allowing you to overtype a previously typed character. Erasing requires Tipp-Ex or suchlike.
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:38 AM - 36 comments

You can't be funny in the moors.

Great Confrontations at the Oxford Union: That Englishmen are Funnier Than Americans was the third in a series of debates held at the Oxford Union debating hall in 1986, attempting to settle the debate over who is funnier, the Americans or the British. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:08 AM - 21 comments

I have a home I built for you, right here in monkey land.

"Old Weird America", you say? I got some right here for ya: Oh, My Pretty Monkey, by Kelly Harrell. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 AM - 10 comments

Featuring Spock on the space guitar

What you get if you put Shatner's version of "Common People" to clips of the original Star Trek series (Previously from 2008: The Animated Version.)
posted by MartinWisse at 3:57 AM - 22 comments

Hyperion Systems Activated

Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing (YouTube) Hyperion handles several million light rays at a time by sorting and bundling them together according to their directions. When the rays are grouped in this way, many of the rays in a bundle hit the same object in the same region of space. This similarity of ray hits allows us – and the computer – to optimize the calculations for the objects hit. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 12:36 AM - 8 comments

August 1

You get disqualified if you don't have your hands behind your back.

American schoolkids had spelling bees, British schoolkids had Shakespeare competitions, Malaysian schoolkids had choral speaking: a Greek-theatre-inspired cross between spoken word and choir, commonly used to teach English. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:45 PM - 10 comments

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