November 23

Winning the residential race

When it comes to housing, Australia and Berlin are worlds apart. In Australia, as in much of the English-speaking world, housing is treated as primarily a vehicle for investment and wealth creation, a state of affairs which began with the privately-financed speculative building of colonial times, and is firmly entrenched in the culture; 70% of Australians own their own homes, and the “Australian Dream” is still widely held to be home ownership, though these days the home may well be a trendy inner-city apartment rather than the traditional bungalow on a quarter-acre block. In Berlin, however, the vast majority of residents are renters, and they have considerable political clout, as they have had for decades. [more inside]
posted by acb at 10:29 AM - 22 comments

The Hatemonger

Donald Trump isn't funny anymore. Currently leading the polls in part due to a reaction to the Paris attacks that saw him inciting hatred against Muslim Americans with defamatory lies, Trump has eased off calls for a database of Muslims in favor of a new target, Black Americans, retweeting fake crime statistics provided by neo-nazis and supporting the beating of black protestors at his rallies. Let’s be clear, millions of Americans love Trump and are perfectly fine with him advancing racist lies. writes activist Shaun King, It’s ugly, but this, ladies and gentlemen, is America. 2015.
posted by Artw at 9:54 AM - 417 comments

Come aboard. We're expecting... well, maybe not YOU.

In the ten years it ran on ABC, it seemed like everybody who was anybody had been a guest star on "The Love Boat". Well, not quite, and one weird Tumblr now exists to fix that... Love Boat Insanity inserts pictures of those who missed the Love Boat into the familiar logo - people who were doing other things, or the producers would not have approved of, as well as others who were too young at the time, or too old or too dead or just purely fictional. Over 850 guest stars so far...
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:31 AM - 29 comments

Naming at Princeton

What We Owe the Students at Princeton A Crooked Timber discussion of naming public architecture and engineering in the context of the recent Princeton controversy over Woodrow Wilson.
posted by kingless at 9:23 AM - 35 comments

(Sail Away)

"Enya emerges from the shadows wearing a full-length black taffeta dress and a velvet shrug. She’s 54, but she has the skin of someone much younger — or someone who spends most of her time in an Irish castle. She looks like a mix of Deanna Troi and my mom, which is to say, she is the most beautiful woman in the world. She appears, nods as the room applauds her, and disappears without a word. “Now, for a light mingle,” the exec announces." -- Anne Helen Petersen on Enya, her avoidance of celebrity, her history, her massively successful career, and her castles.
posted by The Whelk at 9:05 AM - 68 comments

“But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man just like you.”

Every Philip Seymour Hoffman Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best By Nathan Rabin []
“...we figured this would be a good time to delve deep into Hoffman’s filmography to determine what art of Hoffman’s is objectively, definitively better than his other art. In making our selection, we considered both the quality of the film as well as Hoffman’s performance. Though we strived to be as complete as possible, we were not able to see Mockingjay Part 2 ahead of this article, nor were we able to track down two of his most obscure early films, Szuler and Joey Breaker, left behind in VHS format. We still, however, had an awful lot to sift through, much of it awfully good.”
posted by Fizz at 7:48 AM - 51 comments

The underlying message of the Neighborhood

"I can still hear him signing off his show similar to the way he concluded his letter to Amy Melder: “You’ve made this day a special day by just your being you. There is no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” Some have suggested that this message sought to instill children with a sense of self-importance, but to believe that is to fundamentally misunderstand Fred Rogers. At the core of Rogers’ mission was the paradoxical Christian belief that the way to gain one’s life is to give it away." (SL Atlantic)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:09 AM - 34 comments

'Last year I made a plan to record a bunch of dank new tunes...'

Electronic composer Dan Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has just released his long-awaited new album, Garden of Delete. But he hasn't just released an album - he's created an entire, detailed, sorta disgusting lore. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 6:03 AM - 6 comments

Eleanor Saitta calls for secure decentralized collaboration tools

"Given that we still have so far to go, why am I telling people they should stop writing secure messaging tools? Because we have too many other tools we also need." Decentralized collaboration is how programmers work on software projects; it's also a good model for nonprofits, NGOs, and distributed teams of all kinds, especially ones which operate in risky environments or have powerful adversaries, according to this essay by Eleanor Saitta, a security consultant, systems thinker, and activist. She lists a number of system properties such teams need (decentralization, offline-friendliness, end-to-end encryption, etc) and two dozen ideas for needed tools: mind mapping, wiki, map-based storytelling, work assignment and tracking, reference management, and so on. [more inside]
posted by mbrock at 3:07 AM - 21 comments

November 22

Fun with n-grams and the internet's other discussion site

You may have heard about n-grams, which identify particular strings of text in a large corpus (an n=3 n-gram could be "plate of beans"). You probably have played with Google Ngram search which lets you look through millions of books to see the first use of the phrase, or when it was most popular (though be warned, recent research shows some limitations, such as the false popularity of a certain expletive in the 1700s). The newest is the Reddit ngram search by 538, which lets you chart the rise and fall of things progressive and regressive. I await more insights in the discussion...
posted by blahblahblah at 9:01 PM - 20 comments

Psychopaths really like bitter food

"The results suggest that how much people like bitter-tasting foods and drinks is stably tied to how dark their personality is.”
posted by stoneweaver at 5:20 PM - 148 comments

Unicorn on a Roll

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson. It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. [more inside]
posted by ladyriffraff at 5:19 PM - 19 comments

How to Feed an Army

Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of feeding your holiday guests? Maybe you should refresh yourself on "How to Feed an Army" (1901). Perhaps a history lesson on feeding the troops would inspire you? (Break out your P38.) Ever wonder about the nutritional content of combat rations? Can sailors bring ship-grown lettuce to the table? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:17 PM - 24 comments

Good job, internet.

In preparation for police raids tonight in Brussels, Belgian authorities asked journalists not to tweet using #brusselslockdown. The response has been a hundred thousand photos of cats.
posted by nickrussell at 3:11 PM - 115 comments

Rolling in the Turkey...

As we enter Thanksgiving week in one of the most politically-charged environments in recent memory, Saturday Night Live reminds us to steer the dinner-table conversation toward something that everybody can agree upon -- Adele's new album is pretty great.
posted by schmod at 1:47 PM - 43 comments

Leave no ball behind.

"Once upon a time, in a tiny home, lived three ball brothers: Biita, Biisuke, and Biigoro. The three lived happily together but one day.... What?! Two of the brothers were taken!"

And so begins Biisuke Ball's Big Adventure, where one little ball braves a Rube Goldberg machine and larger-than-life enemies to rescue his ball brothers and bring them home. (Turn on closed captioning for subtitles in English.) [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 12:04 PM - 8 comments

Kaizo Trap - full of dead ends

Kaizo Trap is an animated story about love, determination, and overcoming nearly impossible obstacles. Mostly that last thing. It pays tribute to ultra-difficult platformers like Kaizo Mario World and the speedrunners they inspire to achieve impressive results through brutal trial and error, as well as tool-assisted speedruns that make the impossible look easy. The title "Kaizo Trap" refers to a particular trope within these unfairly difficult games. Note: the first link has a photosensitivity warning and maybe more cartoon violence than you might expect. [more inside]
posted by knuckle tattoos at 11:59 AM - 18 comments

"Lately, the Sea of Polls is deeper than ever before, and darker."

Politics and the New Machine, Jill Lepore, New Yorker-"What the turn from polls to data science means for democracy." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:11 AM - 10 comments

It spent all its money on whiskey and beer

Remember the prototype lunar rover that was believed to be scrapped but was recovered by a junkyard owner? It just failed to sell at auction, and could be yours if you have an amount of money more than $30000 burning a hole in your pocket.
posted by Artw at 9:47 AM - 10 comments

Adventures with Mari the Shiba Inu

Ms. Mari has been called a total jerk, but the Shiba Inu is also a good sport in costumes and scenarios, as seen in inosemarine's numerous YouTube videos. Some popular picks: an unhelpful cooking assistant in 邪魔されクッキング | rejected affections in 柴犬の拒む瞬間6連パチュー 6 running fire that a dog refuses and more in 柴犬の拒む瞬間5連パチューー 5 running fire that a dog refuses | Mari keeps her person attentive with water in 浪人させない犬.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:57 AM - 8 comments

"A more civilized age" indeed.

The knighthood of Star Wars is neither Galactic nor an Order. "In the Star Wars films, the Jedi Order and their Galactic Republic are an undemocratic, ineffective government maintained by a combination of religious awe and martial force. Nobody elected their Council - they noisily resent any outside input at all - yet each member of their entire order is a roving diplomat plenipotentiary, general, judge, and executioner. Their members are spirited away as toddlers, promised that they are chosen by a higher, ineffable power, and trained to act without emotion while training them in personal combat and the ability to telepathically manipulate "the weak-minded". They are trusted despite the fact that this power can corrupt - not only in the traditional way, but in a metaphysical one, transforming these unemotional, unaccountable warlord-judges into monstrous super-powered spree killers. "
posted by Sebmojo at 8:56 AM - 97 comments

Tweeting from a protest subjects you to enrollment in a police database

Your Social Media Posts Are Fueling the Future of Police Surveillance - Any posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other location-tagged social media uploaded in [an] area will appear on a display at police headquarters. An uploaded Vine from one block away could show someone running away, and give the cops a starting point for their investigation. How long until that hypothetical situation is a reality? “We’re 100 percent there,” says Lee Guthman, head of business development at Geofeedia, a location-based social media monitoring site.
posted by nevercalm at 6:57 AM - 44 comments

Sibelius 3

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 [YouTube]. There is no imagery and no drama—except that of the musical events themselves—for you to lose yourself in. This is like Haydn. You can't do anything with it except listen to it.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:41 AM - 7 comments

Greek New Testament Papyrus: $99 + shipping and handling. Buy it now!

Greek New Testament Papyrus discovered on eBay. (NY Times)
posted by colfax at 6:21 AM - 13 comments

I think they use Dire Straits, Sade and the Batman soundtrack.

Start your day with a video and some ridiculous numbers: The Slow Mo Guys spin a CD at 23,000 RPM and film it at 170,000 FPS.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:53 AM - 17 comments

Robots that are Shitty

Reddit has a section devoted to robots that are shitty. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 5:28 AM - 30 comments

November 21

Too many ships and/or an obsolete economic indicator?

The Baltic’s BDI index, which gauges the cost of shipping resources including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertilizer, has dropped to 498 points and is over 95 percent down from its all-time high of 11,793 points in 2008 before the financial crisis first hurt the sector. This index can be used as an overall economic indicator as it shows where end prices are heading for items that use the raw materials that are shipped in dry bulk. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that what the index is measuring isn’t the use of those commodities, but the shipping of them. Judging by wait times at the Panama Canal, you'd think things are busy but that traffic jam seems to be easing. [more inside]
posted by karst at 10:05 PM - 23 comments

So what’s your solution?

Professor of Mathematics Izabella Laba's "A Response to … " Scott Aaronson's "Words Will Do". An exchange between a mathematician and a computer scientist, on the use of terms including: privilege, hegemony, false consciousness, mansplaining, etc., and the general problem of clear communication, when the social sciences are applied towards political causes. [more inside]
posted by polymodus at 8:43 PM - 111 comments

"Ardent fans of a meaningful idiocy." Dancepop with a passionate point.

Today we're republishing one of Sansara's most recent and important albums for a Western audience, together with translations of the songs, thirty-one articles, and twenty-four video clips. The album's title - "Igla" (Needle) - carries a specific meaning in the context of Russian rock. It's a reference to a prior generation and therefore to any (ongoing) hope of building meaningful linkages today. For audiences across Russia, that simple noun will undoubtedly suggest a famous cinematic melodrama of 1988, in which rock legend Viktor Tsoi played a young man whose life is tragically shackled to the local drug trade.

He is killed seconds before the credits roll.
posted by rorgy at 7:27 PM - 4 comments

Four Hamlets

The Many Facets of Hamlet: Hamlet's most famous monologue, spliced together from performances by Mel Gibson, Laurence Olivier, David Tennant, and Kenneth Branagh. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:23 PM - 28 comments

DIY Phone/Tablet Accessories

10 cellphone/tablet accessories you can DIY. 10. Car docks. 9. Styluses. 8. Rubber Cases 7. Touch Screen Gloves 6. Mini-Charging Tables 5. Headphones with Remote Controls 4. Portable USB Chargers 3. Screen Protectors 2. Portable Speakers 1. Stands and Docks. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:50 PM - 9 comments

Bad Sex with Morrissey and Erica Jong (Really!)

It's time once again for The Literary Journal's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees (previously here: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, because we love it!) The Guardian (in Guarniad style) has a collection of NotVerySafe CannotBeUnseen HiYoTriggerWarning excerpts, including first-time novelist Morrissey's "giggling snowball of full-figured copulation" and sex-writing veteran Erica Jong's "Adam just discovering Eve’s pussy". It doesn't get much badder.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:46 PM - 62 comments

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - watercolor artist

Stephanie is a painter and illustrator of fantastical art or as she puts it - painted reality.
posted by ladyriffraff at 4:22 PM - 11 comments

a bland and horrible science-fiction monster that tips over on its belly

"Bland, horrible, almost always dry: turkey is an awful choice for a main course." Here's my tip for your Thanksgiving turkey prep: throw it in the garbage, by Dave Bry (SLTheGuardian)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:15 PM - 136 comments

The evolution of JSTOR and chill

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. It also has a tumblr.
posted by kenko at 2:52 PM - 21 comments

Space is smol. Really smol. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely…

Nebulae run through a tilt-shift filter come out looking tiny and adorable and precious.
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:48 PM - 27 comments

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Metafilter favorite Tony Zhou is back with a video about everybody's favorite visual comedian, Buster Keaton. [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 1:49 PM - 12 comments

Biomimetics and the next robot generation

11 robots whose designs were inspired by animals plus more in depth coverage on that roach inspired robot. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 12:02 PM - 7 comments

Beautiful And Rare "Blue Dragon" Washes Ashore In Australia

"Looks more like a Pokemon than a real animal, right? But the 'blue dragon" is quite real. It's actually named Glaucus atlanticus and is a small sea slug found in in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. One recently washed ashore in Queensland, Australia." [more inside]
posted by yueliang at 11:41 AM - 19 comments

“It takes me three years to train a good sales consultant"

The Cult of the Toto Toilet
“I’ve had conversations about washlets with people and it’s always, ‘How good is your life now?’” Ms. Poh said. “It’s about the heated seats. Your life is really good when you have a heated toilet seat.”
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:02 AM - 115 comments

“We actually met because of Russian literature.”

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, The Art of Translation No. 4 [The Paris Review] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:25 AM - 20 comments

Toxic Workspace or CIA Sabotage?

The CIA’s WWII Guide to Creating Organizational Dysfunction Perfectly Describes Your Toxic Workplace (and the link to the full 1944 document at
posted by ShooBoo at 10:19 AM - 29 comments

FIFA needs more women

Less than half of FIFA’s national federations have girls soccer programs. Those that do exist give a girl less access to facilities, less support, and poorer development pathways than her brother. She will play in competitions with less investment, minimal promotion, and consequently fewer fans than the all-important male versions. Media coverage will amplify this skew, battling age-old preconceptions and making her all but invisible in the mainstream. Administrators preoccupied with the men’s game will struggle to meet her needs. (SLNYT)
posted by josher71 at 6:02 AM - 17 comments

November 20

'The only lesbian novel with a happy ending.'

Frank Rich discusses Todd Haynes's new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, Carol.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:49 PM - 27 comments

(206) 885-PLAY

What was it like to be a Nintendo game play counselor? The A.V. Club interviews three former Nintento Hotline gameplay experts.
posted by figurant at 10:42 PM - 25 comments

It's kind of a love song--all the monsters enjoying each other's company

You've tuned back into Radio FLTR, where we're digging up more hits from the past and doin' a monster song with ya on this beautiful November night. Here's that young dreamboat with the wacky expressions, Bobby Pickett doing the Monster Mash back in 1964 on American Bandstand, two years after his hit was first released, when he first cashed in on two hits at once - songs about dancing and monster mania. Bobby "Boris" Pickett didn't rest on those laurels in '62, but swiftly came back with a whole album of monster songs that same year .... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:35 PM - 13 comments

Can we get some of these remade in full size for Jennifer Lawrence?

Le Petit Théâtre Dior: An exhibit of miniature Dior creations was mounted in China earlier this year. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 9:15 PM - 4 comments

... I wasn’t really an option, but we got on terribly well.

Ian McKellen gives an hour long presentation featuring some of the amazing women he's worked with over his 50 year acting career.
posted by h00py at 7:24 PM - 8 comments

Mark Zuckerberg Plans 2-Month Paternity Leave From Facebook

"Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said he planned to take two months of paternity leave after his daughter is born this year, amid a debate about work-life balance at technology companies." (NYT)
posted by New Year at 5:18 PM - 83 comments

Inside the Clinton Donor Network

2 Clintons * 42 years * $3 Billion: A Washington Post investigation reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe. Their fundraising methods have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors.
posted by growabrain at 4:05 PM - 68 comments

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