July 2

younger, hotter, wetter

First Day of Camp: the full trailer for Netflix's 8-episode prequel to the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. Here's the promo released last week. Happy summer! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 9:36 AM - 76 comments

Secrets of catching attention revealed! 1,072 ‘context words’ disclosed!

The 1,072 Words That Will Forever Change How You Write Headlines. As some publishers struggle to grow their web traffic, one company believes increasing the ratio of some words in headlines could draw in readers. Researchers at native-advertising company Sharethrough say they have narrowed down a thousand words in the English language (pdf) that are proven to elicit higher emotional engagement. The research released today builds on a previous study published in March from Sharethrough and Nielsen.
posted by TheLittlePrince at 9:34 AM - 46 comments

¡te queremos, Maria!

On Monday, at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference, actress and author Sonia Manzano announced her retirement from the cast of Sesame Street, where she has played the role of Maria for more than 40 years. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 8:54 AM - 20 comments

I'd hit that

ValleyRecreational420 is a California prop 215 Patient who rolls out outrageous blunts
posted by growabrain at 8:47 AM - 46 comments

You went above the line

"I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was "buffed" with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year." via
posted by rtha at 8:28 AM - 66 comments

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving

A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America and why no one likes to be wrong. [SLNYT]
posted by chavenet at 8:00 AM - 86 comments

Proposing certain things in terms of dystopia that are not untrue

"Science, Chance, and Emotion with Real Cosima": A Longreads profile of Cosima Herter, the show's science consultant and the inspiration for Orphan Black's character Cosima. Mostly not directly about the show, but probably contains some spoilers if you're not fully caught up through season three.
posted by Stacey at 7:57 AM - 9 comments

I wish I could come to your Jamberry "Girls Night In!!!" but I've got this thing.

Tired of seeing your friends' bands? Don't feel like going to that dinner party? Sick of social events? Too polite and/or timid to say "That won't be possible"? Worry no more --pull up your calendar and show your would-be host or hostess that you'd love to make it but you've just too busy. Amazingly busy. Fuck-off levels of busy.
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:55 AM - 15 comments

Writing the memoir (or "memory war")

Harrison Scott Key, author of "The World's Largest Man" on the writing of memoirs
posted by ColdChef at 7:13 AM - 1 comment

Singular, Remarkable AND Curious

In advance of Ian McKellen's new take on Sherlock Holmes being released later this month (trailer), The Guardian has published a nice set on infographics on Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved detective.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:32 AM - 20 comments

Pregnant and searching for a great place to give birth?

Hello Kitty Maternity Ward I've read that looking at cute cats have calming effects. I bet being surrounded by Hello Kitty could help you push your way through an easier labor!
posted by Yellow at 5:47 AM - 22 comments

What do you dream about?

Night Physics is a webcomic (currently updating bi-monthly) on tumblr that is sometimes about anthropomorphic animals in a "tough-but-doomed little mountain town somewhere in the American Midwest" being asked what they dream about, and sometimes about some friends living in that town "as they try to navigate relationships, sexual ethics, suburban legends, ancient myths, haunted houses, and psychedelic wastelands--often all at the same time." The story begins when two friends consume exactly too much of a new drug and have revelatory visions about their lives - and afterward, one can't seem to stop having them.
posted by BiggerJ at 5:12 AM - 13 comments

Metafilter's Own Cat-Scan.com

This is one of the strangest stories I've seen in some time. I have some idea how these people got their cat wedged into the scanner, but not why.
posted by Evilspork at 2:48 AM - 41 comments

A Tale of Two Cities Caught in Time

While the ancient city of Herculaneum is experiencing something of a archaeological renaissance, the nearby site of ancient city of Pompeii is falling apart due to a cocktail of mismanagement, corruption, weather, neglect, and the decisions of the past. The Smithsonian provides an overview. [more inside]
posted by julen at 1:52 AM - 12 comments

After Capitalism, Humanism

Shared Prosperity, Common Wealth, National Equity and a Citizen's Dividend: Nirit Peled takes a look at social experiments in basic incomes for VPRO Tegenlicht, a Dutch public television documentary series. Starting with a German crowdfunded UBI chosen by raffle -- kind of like the opposite of Le Guin's Omelas (or Shirley Jackson's Lottery in reverse) -- the focus moves on to Albert Wenger who wants to disconnect work from income not only as automation progresses but to accelerate the process. Then it's on to Guy Standing who has conducted basic income experiments in India and Namibia (pdf) and is trying to get one off the ground in Groningen (Utrecht apparently is also a go). Finally, a stop in Alaska to ask some of its residents about their views on the state-owned Permanent Fund. This last part brings to mind the question: just what is wealth anyway? [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:11 AM - 7 comments

July 1

WOMBAT ROMP WOMP WOMP ROMP ROMP WOMBAT

[Facebook-hosted] video of Yengo the baby wombat having a quick romp on the couch.
posted by barnacles at 11:36 PM - 28 comments

Bright stroll, big city

Mark Kingwell: "Walking in a city is the greatest unpriced pleasure there is." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:53 PM - 26 comments

Strong in the Real Way

‘Steven Universe’ and the Shape of Masculinity to Come (includes spoilers) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 10:30 PM - 62 comments

And after all...

Anyways, here's Wonderwall ... [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax at 9:55 PM - 63 comments

The roads of Chittenden County

Until this year, Vermont had never formally decommissioned any roads. Ever. This has had some implications.... [via jessamyn's Twitter]
posted by Chrysostom at 8:36 PM - 20 comments

A lick is NOT blep 🐈

When 'meh' just won't do: blep. But maybe you're not a cat person. In which case: blop. And yes, there is a place for all other animals - meet blup. (Previously.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:11 PM - 18 comments

Deep web horror

Someone apparently found a strange horror "game" that was uploaded to a remote corner of the deep web, accessible only via anonymizing tools like Tor. No one seems to know what it is or who made it, and apparently the link hosting the file is now down. All we have to go by at the moment is part of a playthrough (note: potentially unsettling material): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
posted by naju at 7:55 PM - 41 comments

Made of the Same Metal

The Families Who Negotiated With ISIS - "Until recently, they had not known of one another, or of the unexpected benefactor who had brought them together. They were the parents of five Americans who had been kidnapped in Syria." [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 5:50 PM - 6 comments

Motherfucking warrior that likes to eat cake

That's right, celebrate that "Muffintop" [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:20 PM - 23 comments

New York Times? Get a rope!

The New York Times suggests putting peas in your guacamole. Following up on a suggestion it made two years ago, the Times is offering a guacamole recipe from ABC Cocina in Union Square: a collaboration between the restaurant's chef-owner, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his chef de cuisine, Ian Coogan, that contains green peas. The suggestion has been met with dismay from guacamole-lovers around the country, including the President himself. But it's not a political issue: in Texas, for instance, Republicans and Democrats alike agree that the New York Times shouldn't mess with guacamole.
posted by immlass at 5:10 PM - 144 comments

All your passwords belong to us

Yesterday a Fisa court judge issued final authorisation to a programme banned after Congress banned bulk collection of telephone data in the USA Freedom Act.
Today The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system.
posted by adamvasco at 4:52 PM - 9 comments

Why should it be limited to just two individuals?

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy: Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.
No, Polygamy Isn’t the Next Gay Marriage: Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 4:28 PM - 180 comments

“Hasta la vista, baby.”

Everything Wrong With The Terminator [YouTube] [Spoilers!] [duh..] via: CinemaSins [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:13 PM - 48 comments

Only In Monroe --- July 2015

LIVE FROM MONROE! IT'S STEPHEN COLBERT!
posted by boo_radley at 3:44 PM - 33 comments

Africa's Innovators

As part of our special focus on innovation in Africa, we have developed a list of 40 remarkable African innovators. Actually, it’s more like 47 but we counted teams as one. Our decision to celebrate these idea creators and solution providers stems from our belief that the true wealth of Africa is not buried under its soil, but in the brains of its best minds. This list is a testament to that belief.
posted by infini at 3:20 PM - 3 comments

We fuck up. All of us.

Last March, activist Asam Ahmad posted a critique of call-out culture, arguing that public call-outs for bad behavior on social media are an ineffective as well as toxic method of furthering social justice. Instead, he advocates Ngọc Loan Trần's concept of calling-in, which emphasizes compassion and kindness while holding people accountable for their actions. While call-out culture is often criticized based on its effects on more privileged people, it can also have negative consequences for marginalized groups. For example, language policing can stifle discussion about social injustice. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 2:33 PM - 71 comments

A Global Neuromancer

"I merely want to remind us that cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet." - Fredric Jameson looks back on Neuromancer by William Gibson
posted by jammy at 1:56 PM - 218 comments

"I am convinced now that 1954 is not just a year - it is an army"

I mean, sure, she’s got a major label record deal, is one of only a handful of black women to run her own record label, is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working, and is making a good living while making art according to her own vision and nobody else’s, but her best-performing album only hit #5 in the charts, so obviously she’s doing something wrong. And looking at her work and her career, I think I know what her problem is: she’s never had a white male science fiction fan whose only credentials for writing about music are having co-authored a book about They Might Be Giants write a detailed guide to her work.
Philip Sandifer writes A Short Guide to Janelle Monáe and the Metropolis Saga.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:50 PM - 15 comments

“What more can they do to me?”

Cruel and All-Too-Usual: A Terrifying Glimpse into Life in Prison—As A Kid A new HuffPo report on juveniles serving time in adult facilities (trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault, suicide), this piece features videos showing how juveniles are treated in facilities designed for adults (trigger warning for violence), several pieces of interpretive art based on those videos, and images of documents retrieved from inmates and prison records.
posted by a fiendish thingy at 1:08 PM - 12 comments

Psychiatrists have been conspiring against us for millennia.

L. Ron Hubbard (Andy Daly) is interviewed by time traveler H. G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) on a special 2-part episode of The Dead Authors Podcast. Part 1, Part 2. [more inside]
posted by painquale at 1:06 PM - 35 comments

Smooth Music Jesus made me do this

An oral history of Yacht Rock. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:24 PM - 26 comments

The world, our world, is on fire

We inch towards war, a short step to nuclear, on the eastern plains of Europe. To the south, economies unravel. The climate collapses, like ice shelves into the sea. The struggle for social justice continues, two hopeful steps forward and one bitter step back, in a thousand places. Medicines fail, peace talks fail, the bioweb fails, one disappearing species at a time. TV news flickers with graphic violence, with hurt and inequality. Social media is filled with anger and retribution, through the mob or through anonymity. People are unhappy, worried, rage in frustration and impotence. We no longer go to the moon, but consider instead that the end days are finally approaching. Here, therefore, are some cats in Kimonos.
posted by Wordshore at 12:08 PM - 24 comments

“I've been a boy for three years and I was a girl for six.”

Esteemed PBS series Frontline has produced a new documentary profiling a number of trans children and their families in the U.S. today: Growing Up Trans. There will be a Google Hangout with the producers and several of the film's subjects on July 1, at 3 PM EST. Inside, please find a number of articles released by Frontline to flesh out the film. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 11:36 AM - 35 comments

Everything Is Yours, Everything is Not Yours

Clemantine Wamariya:
"At age six, I ran away with my sister to escape the Rwandan massacre. We spent seven years as refugees. What do you want me to do about it? Cry?"
posted by purpleclover at 11:13 AM - 18 comments

Librarian of Progress

Should the next Librarian of Congress be the Librarian of Progress? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 10:35 AM - 33 comments

Then you calm down and take a shower. And everything starts to burn.

Sam Borden on calcio storico, Florentine historic football
With two teams of 27 players placed in a sand pit and told, essentially, to do whatever is necessary to get a ball into the other team’s end zone, the sport is a strange mix of American football, rugby and street fighting. Watching it live, a more direct comparison might be to the children’s game Red Rover, but with punching and tattoos.
posted by frimble at 9:50 AM - 18 comments

"There's a lot of terrible smells in there."

"What the fuck is this and where is it from and how do I never have it again?" (SLBuzzfeed)

Americans taste surströmming (Swedish fermented herring) for the first time. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:40 AM - 89 comments

"All the gates of compassion seemed to have been closed."

Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 Jewish children as part of the Kindertransport in 1939, died today aged 106.
posted by Thing at 9:21 AM - 54 comments

Saved by the Bell: Written by English occultist Alesiter Crowley

Someone is turning the Saved By The Bell Wiki into a thing of beauty. The Onion's AV Club notices that a wiki for Saved by the Bell has been taken over by malevolent, occult forces that communicate in messages of existential despair, as in this quote by Screech: I think we are just insects, we live a bit and then die and that’s the lot. There’s no mercy in things. There’s not even a Great Beyond. There’s nothing. [more inside]
posted by maxsparber at 9:04 AM - 39 comments

A Hard Day's Work Deserves a Fair Day's Pay

President Obama, blogging at the Huffington Post, announces new overtime regulations. The rule change proposed by the Department of Labor would raise the salary threshold of workers covered by overtime to $50,400, from $23,660. [more inside]
posted by Asparagus at 8:31 AM - 73 comments

Farewell to America

Foreign correspondents posted to America talk about the future, and the past.
posted by grubby at 6:56 AM - 20 comments

Hello from the Magic Tavern

Hello from the Magic Tavern! A few months ago, Arnie Niekamp fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found himself in a strange magical land called “Foon.” He's still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal from the Burger King and so, as you do, hosts a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur, interviewing monsters, wizards, and adventurers.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:53 AM - 15 comments

The severity and sympathy of Ezra Pound

As bread owes something to the wheat winnower, etc. So much happening in between. A letter from Ezra Pound to French critic/academic, Rene Taupin. [more inside]
posted by GrapeApiary at 6:38 AM - 6 comments

I was not prepared for that

13 prepared guitar videos. A prepared guitar is a guitar that has been modified with various objects (such as alligator clips or chopsticks) in order to change the sounds it produces. Here are videos from thirteen different musicians who use prepared guitars (including Keith Rowe and Fred Frith).
posted by klausness at 5:50 AM - 15 comments

Your favorite trillion-dollar weapons platform sucks

Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight
posted by T.D. Strange at 5:28 AM - 179 comments

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