February 2

I Used to Shave My Furry Ankles to Win Games

NFL Bad Lip Reading 2016, part 1. (2015, 2014, Etc.) [more inside]
posted by numaner at 6:08 PM - 19 comments

"Women lose over 241 million dollars a year to direct discrimination"

John Green discusses the gender pay gap (SLYT)
posted by Adamsmasher at 5:54 PM - 18 comments

“[A] bit like the French ‘gomme’ but the q is a post-alveolar click”

Whence gqom, for the West?
January, 2016? Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban is the first full-length, high-quality audio compilation of the scene and you can stream it on Bandcamp for free. Jake Hulyer profiles the scene and album, and suggests that gqom : kwaito:: footwork : ghetto house. Kwanele Sosibo breaks the style down in more detail. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 5:13 PM - 6 comments

20/20 vision in the world of high-end art

A painting commissioned for the firm’s hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary, “Transport Through the Ages,” hung above the reception desk. Bouvier insists that he never used confidential information from his logistics business to buy and sell paintings. None of the thirty-five works that he sold Rybolovlev were in storage with Natural Le Coultre. “I have the information not because I am a shipper,” he said. “It is because I am clever.”
The high-end of the art market is full of mystery, built on trust, reputation, and secrecy. What happens when someone starts turning all of that on its head? An art shipper, Russian oligarch, and a Rothko in The Bouvier Affair. (Sam Knight, for The New Yorker)
posted by redct at 3:57 PM - 12 comments

And she is unanimous in that!

In the 1970s and early 1980s, there was a massively popular BBC sitcom called Are You Being Served, about the “antics” of the staff of the Grace Brothers department store ... [One of the main characters] was devoted to her cat, Tiddles. She would regale her colleagues each day with tales of its various misfortunes, and was always keen to finish work on time to get home and attend to its catly needs. She rarely called the moggy by its proper name, though – it was always referred to as “my pussy”.
A tribute to Mrs. Slocombe's Pussy.
posted by tocts at 2:07 PM - 71 comments

Single-Serving Recipes

Single-Serving Recipes [via mefi projects]. Does what it says on the tin.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:02 PM - 41 comments

The Last of Its Kind Still Flying

In honor of its latest flight transporting the Orion capsule to the Kennedy Space Center, let's consider the world's most bulbous plane, NASA's Super Guppy.
The Super Guppy has a cargo area that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long. The jumbo plane can carry over 26 tons worth of cargo and is often used by NASA to ferry large components around the country that would take too long (or be impossible) to ship by land or by sea.
[more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 1:06 PM - 51 comments

"I never met Bill Cosby. But I knew Cliff Huxtable."

Trying to Separate Bill Cosby From Cliff Huxtable by Rachel L. Swarns [The New York Times]
"It was hard then to know where Dr. Huxtable ended and Mr. Cosby began. Mr. Cosby inhabited the role so completely that for a long time I thought character and creator were pretty much one and the same, at least until the allegations of rape began surfacing with increasing frequency. Then I went from feeling certain that Mr. Cosby was just like Dr. Huxtable, to wondering whether Mr. Cosby was like Dr. Huxtable, to desperately hoping that Mr. Cosby was the devoted family man I once thought he had been."
posted by Fizz at 12:23 PM - 103 comments

I said to myself, "I don't believe this shit is happening again."

Martha Wash was sitting in a Los Angeles hotel room, furious and confused. It was late 1990 and the singer, relaxing before a show that night, had decided to unwind with some channel surfing. She stumbled upon a new music video by Italian house group Black Box, whose synth lines, horn stabs and pulsating, club-tailored drum patterns had already made them dance music stars. When the song's vocals kicked in, she was shocked to see French model Katrin Quinol, the ex-girlfriend of founding member Daniele Davoli, bending over and crouching in a unitard, lip-syncing Wash's vocals to the eventual hit "Everybody Everybody." - Martha Wash: The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the '90s Speaks Out (Rolling Stone) [more inside]
posted by duffell at 12:16 PM - 28 comments

He's takin' to the stars, to take down the man!

Grindhouse Star Wars (slyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:01 PM - 15 comments

Are you a female between the ages of 18 and 26?

Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It’s time for women to register for the draft The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
posted by pjsky at 10:48 AM - 161 comments

Kratom, controversy and harm reduction

It's a legal, natural plant that has been used in Asian medicine for centuries. Indeed, a growing number of Americans are finding it to be a useful alternative to heroin and prescription pain relievers. But of course, there's a catch. Like the opioid drugs it is used to replace, this stuff can be addictive, and it can also cause serious nausea. Unlike other opioids, however, it seems to have an extremely low overdose risk, which has caught the eye of people working to fight the record high level of overdose deaths. It's called kratom. MeFi's Own Maia Szalavitz for Vice News. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 10:23 AM - 34 comments

LUXE ET VERITAS

Frederick Seidel’s poems of age and experience. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:05 AM - 4 comments

Songwriter on Reclaiming Adele, Rihanna's Unwanted Hits

Sia Furler's forthcoming album, This Is Acting, has a novel concept: It's full of songs rejected by A-list artists
posted by josher71 at 10:04 AM - 31 comments

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don’t Feed Children Raw Milk

Two years ago, when Oregon parents Jill Brown and Jason Young met Brad and Tricia Salyers, the families had no idea that they would eventually be sharing in a tragedy that sickened four of the Salyers’ children and left Brown and Young’s youngest child, Kylee – 23 months old at the time – with such severe medical complications that she would need a kidney transplant from her mother. All of that and more happened beginning in April 2012 when the children were among 19 people – 15 of them under the age of 19 — who fell ill with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially fatal foodborne pathogen. Soon after, Oregon health officials determined that the outbreak was caused by raw milk from Foundation Farm near Wilsonville in Western Oregon — the Salyers’ family farm. Four of the sickened children were hospitalized with kidney failure. Foundation Farm had been providing 48 families with raw milk. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful and sometimes deadly foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter.
posted by Blasdelb at 9:46 AM - 76 comments

Quick+Regen+Slow

Colin Hanson, aka Active_ate, goes through the original (fan-translated) version of Final Fantasy V with only a single Time Mage character, and provides complete, exhaustive details of how this feat was achieved: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3. From retrogaming enthusiast site Skirmishfrogs. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 8:06 AM - 16 comments

Cinesift: find a film to watch

Cinesift: A movie database site that combines Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Letterboxd and Metacritic scores, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and DVD availability, to quickly help users find what to watch.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 2:12 AM - 26 comments

February 1

Dinosaurs vs. Robots - What could possibly go wrong?

Dutch National police are training eagles to take down drones.
posted by Mitheral at 10:10 PM - 37 comments

What can change the nature of a man?

Often considered to have the best writing of any game, 1999's Planescape Torment (as can be seen in this short video) is getting a spiritual successor. Torment: Tides of Numenera, now in early beta (the first 30 minutes of which can be seen in this Let's Play), features many of the same writers (plus other favorites). To see what made the first game so great, fans have turned the original Planescape game into surprisingly readable novels. One version just contains mostly the dialogue for one particular path through the game with just a little linking text (457 pages worth), the other features an expanded version with more original material (1,219 pages). Both are available in a variety of formats, and you can buy the original game as well.
posted by blahblahblah at 9:40 PM - 48 comments

Would have a better title, but I've got a lot of reading to do...

So anyway, here's about five million pages (many searchable) of 20th century magazines regarding things like recording, mastering, broadcasting and even microcomputers.
posted by pompomtom at 8:43 PM - 16 comments

Chang'e 3 moon shots

The China National Space Administration released all of the images from their Chang'e 3 moon landing mission (previously), including hundreds of amazing true color, HD photographs. Some 35 GB of datasets, including photographs of and by the Yutu rover have been difficult to retrieve outside of China and have been mirrored by Emily Lakdawalla at planetary.org.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 6:02 PM - 27 comments

In the future, things.

How to tell time in 3 minutes or less. [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 5:38 PM - 8 comments

Escaping generational poverty in the Mississippi Delta

In This Impoverished Mississippi Community, Teacher Assistant Is a Coveted Job. It Pays $9 an Hour. The Mississippi Delta, in particular, offers few economic opportunities, especially for women of color with children. While the unemployment rate stands at 5 percent nationally, it’s nearly 10 percent in Washington County, where Riley lives. And while about 15 percent of Americans live in poverty, more than 30 percent of Washington County residents do. The major town of Washington County,
posted by Michele in California at 5:35 PM - 10 comments

Too poor to retire, too young to die

America's retirement crisis: 29% of people 55 or older lack savings or pensions, says the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 1 in 4 people aged 65 or older is still working, many because they have no choice but to keep working as Social Security cannot cover their living costs. These working seniors find themselves too poor to retire, too young to die.
posted by so much modern time at 4:30 PM - 216 comments

The 2016 Iowa Caucuses

Amidst an increasingly unpredictable political season, tonight the Iowa caucuses will finally cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential campaign. It's an outsider vs. establishment war in both parties, as Republican leaders struggle to dislodge Donald Trump and Ted Cruz from the top while Hillary Clinton marshalls her endorsements and long résumé against the populist zeal of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. The best guesses of FiveThirtyEight, BetFair, and Ann Selzer's gold-standard Des Moines Register poll all favor Trump and Clinton, but the race remains very close, and turnout in the demanding and complicated caucus events will be key. Vox provides a helpful video explainer on the process [previously]. Pass the time with FiveThirtyEight's 40-minute elections podcast, and keep an eye on the New York Times live blog of the caucuses for real-time updates once voting starts at 8:00 PM Eastern -- and don't forget to leave your two cents in the MeFi election prediction contest!
posted by Rhaomi at 2:30 PM - 2047 comments

This is the worst party I've ever been to.

Starting in July 2015, I have photographed Republican and Democratic presidential candidates as they hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire[.] [I’ve used] a harsh and direct flash, evocative of early press photography. The campaigns usually bring in their own lighting and backdrops, and this technique is a deliberate attempt to subvert their control of the optics of politics. Shooting in this way reveals the edges of this political spectacle: cold food left on a buffet line, duct tape holding up the banners[.]… The work is not meant to be critical of any candidates, but rather to focus on the banality of these events as they are set up, performed, and taken down again and again and again. [via mefi projects]
posted by Going To Maine at 1:38 PM - 70 comments

Sarah? Sarah's not here.

Behold. Erowid Sarah Palin, a twitterbot with a mission to do Markov mashups between Sarah Palin quotes and "trip reports" from the Experience Vault at Erowid. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 12:49 PM - 40 comments

It'll get there eventually

Every Peano number.
posted by kenko at 12:22 PM - 19 comments

World's oldest surviving inscription of the Ten Commandments? Not quite.

... conventional history teaches that the Americas were discovered by the Europeans either in 1492 by Columbus, or maybe a few hundred years earlier by the Vikings. There still seems to be an aversion among the establishment historians to even consider the idea that ancient Mediterranean peoples from the Middle East might have traveled to the Americas in the centuries before Christ. Only so-called diffusionists would have accepted a different view. And yet, there it is, this inscription in New Mexico, an undeniable witness from an ancient past telling its history ...
Behold, The Los Lunas Decalogue, a fascinating "old" site south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:14 PM - 22 comments

Because Everyone Loves A Good Owl

With owls of high quality on everyone's mind this week, what can the owl curious do? Luckily, Vox has your back with nine superb owl facts. (SLVox)
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:47 AM - 20 comments

Nah. - Rosa Parks, 1955

23 Ways To Celebrate Black History Month In Style (Hannah Giorgis for Buzzfeed)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:23 AM - 7 comments

My ex used to call this place a "cut'n'shoot" kind of bar.

The last local honky tonk (slCreativeLoafingAtlanta)
posted by Kitteh at 10:30 AM - 16 comments

In Case you don't already know everything there is to know

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Infinite Jest, Happy 20th Birthday
posted by Yellow at 10:24 AM - 53 comments

Hey @Comcast why is my internet speed 31down\9up when I pay for 150down?

This Bot Will Tweet at Comcast Whenever Your Internet Is Slower Than Advertised
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:17 AM - 58 comments

Unpublished Black History

"Every day during Black History Month, we will publish at least one of these photographs online, illuminating stories that were never told in our pages and others that have been mostly forgotten.... other holes in coverage probably reflect the biases of some earlier editors at our news organization, long known as the newspaper of record. They and they alone determined who was newsworthy and who was not, at a time when black people were marginalized in society and in the media."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:38 AM - 13 comments

Your P-value is in another castle

Guess the Correlation: The aim of the game is simple. Try to guess how correlated the two variables in a scatter plot are. The closer your guess is to the true correlation, the better.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:59 AM - 25 comments

This list is great if you like to laugh and want 100 of something

In chronological order from Bert Williams to Amy Schumer, Vulture lists the 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:22 AM - 70 comments

Jacques Rivette (1928–2016)

Revered arthouse icon Jacques Rivette, whose films explored the fine line that separates reality from theater and paranoid fantasy, died at his home in Paris on Friday of complications related to Alzheimer’s. [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 4:34 AM - 10 comments

Guardian restricts commentary on contentious topics

Going forward, the Guardian will refrain from allowing comments on articles discussing sensitive issues such as "race, immigration, and Islam". Per Mary Hamilton, executive editor, this move is necessary in order to address "a change in mainstream public opinion and language that we do not wish to see reflected or supported on the site".
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 4:32 AM - 128 comments

Speaking of stereotypes...

Coldplay's New 'India' Video... [more inside]
posted by xm at 1:53 AM - 61 comments

January 31

Human Harp

LETS TRANSFORM SUSPENSION BRIDGES INTO GIANT HARPS AND PLAY THEM! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:25 PM - 11 comments

Raw Power: From Iggy and the Stooges to AMD and Blu-ray

The Leap: The Improbable Transformation of a Punk Pioneer (mp3) - "James Williamson is a successful tech executive who's been working in Silicon Valley for decades. But it turns out Williamson had a secret, something that no one working with him knew. He was a pioneer in a type of music that is about as far from the tech world as you can get." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:41 PM - 24 comments

Returning to spacedock

Starship Enterprise in the shop for repairs [Washington Post]
After 50 years of imaginary intergalactic service and epic flights of science fiction, the starship Enterprise, registry number NCC-1701, lies in pieces on a table at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
posted by peeedro at 5:20 PM - 54 comments

Scrawled on the box in black Magic Marker were the words “TIME MACHINE.”

The Philosophers
posted by anotherpanacea at 3:28 PM - 16 comments

Here she has grabbed by the neck and by his member

Trial by combat (or judicial duel, judicial combat) was a method of Germanic law to settle accusations in the absence of witnesses or a confession in which two parties in dispute fought in single combat; the winner of the fight was proclaimed to be right. One of the forms of judicial duel was so-called marital duels (or conjugal duels) in which a husband and a wife physically prove their case in domestic disputes. In an effort to even the field, husbands were ordered to fight while confined to a shallow pit with one arm tied to his body.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:54 PM - 28 comments

Ruff Ride

Somebody ring the buzzer for me please? [more inside]
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 1:29 PM - 19 comments

Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP

Long-running experimentalists Ulver break free from the studio to release ATGCLVLSSCAP. From PopMatters:
The basis of this new double LP, ATGCLVLSSCAP, comes from a dozen shows the band performed in early 2014, not long after the unit had issued its postmodern requiem mass Messe I.X-VI.X. The material here is the result of the group improvising in the live setting, blending the dark electronic elements that it has become known for with traces of the psychedelic, dashes of minimalism and rhythms that sway somewhere between Scandinavian primacy and ornate Latin temples to movement and time. Now placed side-by-side the pieces form two possible interpretations: the first of which is an album that evolves with a tension and release strategy in its sequence or a composition with 12 chambers that take the listener through all the same movements and emotions of a well-wrought symphony.
[more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 1:23 PM - 9 comments

Yes We Can(ada)!

If you're tired of the status quo, there is a third path forwards — Canada for President [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon at 1:19 PM - 28 comments

Women farmers & food leaders

Oregon Tilth's magazine, In Good Tilth:
Our inaugural issue of 2016 celebrates women farmers and food leaders. Stories include: An interview with Doria Robinson of Urban Tilth; a photo narrative by Audra Mulkern; an analysis of why women farmers have been invisible for so long; a look around the United States at female leaders in our good food movement; and more.
(probably not mobile-friendly)
posted by aniola at 12:57 PM - 12 comments

Visualizing History

Syracuse, ancient and late classical era. Pompeii's Last Day. Hadrian's Villa: reconstruction and current state and virtual walkthrough. Virtual exploration of Corinth, 2nd century C.E. Rome circa 320 C.E. Flyby of Tenochtitlan. A 3-D walkthrough of Paris in the 18th century. Paris in 1896 and today. London in 1927 and 2013, side by side. A portal into 1924 London through 2014. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 11:37 AM - 10 comments

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