"I'm not sure whether it mattered. One young man very kindly said to me, 'You don’t understand, women are holier than men.'
I said, 'That’s rubbish and it doesn't excuse the insult,' and then I added that I spent 13 years in yeshiva and there's nothing he could tell me that I haven't already heard. Then the original man, the one who refused to sit next to me, muttered to another man as he was walking away, 'She doesn't understand.' I said, 'I understand everything, and don't talk to me as if I'm not here.' He ignored me, and all the other men turned their backs and did not respond or even look at me." [Similar version
"This is like the gateway drug of the Jewish foods"
- Non-Jews try traditional Jewish food for the first time
Doug wants to do other things so you had better go while you still can... Previously
Hot Doug's is a Chicago, Illinois-based restaurant specializing in a variety of hot dogs and sausages. The self-proclaimed "Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium" is in its second location at 3324 North California Avenue in the city's Avondale neighborhood. Its first location, on Roscoe Street, closed after a 2004 fire. Hot Doug's is frequently featured in local and national media for its unique menu, and its purveyor and head chef, Doug Sohn, has been noted for his work to create affordable gourmet food. The restaurant is an extremely popular dining destination among both locals and tourists, and at lunch time and throughout much of the weekend customers can expect to wait in lines sometimes exceeding an hour just to get in the door.
On May 6, 2014, Doug announced that he will be permanently closing Hot Doug's on Friday, October 3, 2014 (WiKi)
(slyt) [more inside]
"We were homeless; that’s why we were in the hostel in the first place. We didn’t have anywhere else to go. There were 210 other young women living there. Now it’s luxury flats."
A group of young, homeless mothers have taken over an empty council house in Newham, East London, in protest over the council's plans to rehome them to other parts of the country while selling off social housing and closing the specialist hostel where they were living. The Guardian reports: "For real politics, don't look to Parliament but to an empty London housing estate.
" [more inside]
"I loathe science fiction," Vladimir Nabokov declared to a BBC interviewer in 1968. A few months later Nabokov published an elaborate sci-fi novel.
Nabokov's Ada or Ardor
is one of the works in the Science Fiction in Transition
(1958-1975): New Wave & New Directions reading list put together by Ted Gioia
, in his day job a jazz critic and music historian. [more inside]
Australian journalists must ask what agenda they serve
At the end of a week of much media hysteria about terrorism, the Senate passed arguably the most significant restraints on press freedom in Australia outside of wartime.
, a critically-acclaimed
new film given a limited release in the US today
, tells the true story
of how a small group of LGBT activists became the biggest fundraiser for the year-long British coal miner's strike
of 1984-85. The miners faced a pre-meditated
, organized, thuggish
, and illegal surveillance
and smear campaign
by the Thatcher government, which froze all mining union funds, cancelled their unemployment, and denied food and housing welfare to their wives and children, in an attempt to starve them out. For the first time, the British government trained Britain's police into a paramilitary force
, bused in at great expense and in great numbers to overwhelm the protesters
, using violent, repressive, and corrupt tactics
against non-violent protesters
, with prolonged police detentions and the indiscriminate arrest of over 11,000 British citizens
. The government was supported by the rightwing tabloid media
, who used sensationalist, crude headlines
to shape public opinion. LGBT activists reclaimed one such headline as the name
of their most successful benefit
Although the miner's strike was broken by the Thatcher government, the miners kept their promise to support the LGBT community, by marching alongside them at the front
of London's 1985's Pride parade.. Later that year at the Labour Party conference, a motion was tabled that supported adding equal rights for gays and lesbians as part of the Party's platform. This motion was opposed by Labour's executive committee, but the motion went to a vote – and passed
, thanks to the votes of the National Union of Mineworkers and their allies.
is a short film by Cirque Du Soleil about a solitary inventor. And his lampshades.
After eight main instalments and two collaborative instalments (including July's Minnano Hoshi Saga 2), Nekogames'
classic Hoshi Saga
series returns with a new instalment that changes the formula a little: Hoshi Saga Reishiki.
The goal, as always, is to find the star in each level, but this time, you can only use the arrow and Enter keys. Also, there is now a gift hidden in each level. (Pre
- see also Nekogames' Ouka
, also previously.
Where is the Drama
takes any song input recognized by Spotify and analyses it to find the 30 seconds or so of highest drama, defined as the portion of the song with the largest increase in loudness. [more inside]
"Dave Beeth-Oven. Maxine of Arc. Herman the Kid. Bob Genghis Khan. So-Crates Johnson. Dennis Frood. And, uh... Abraham Lincoln." Hadley Freeman revisits Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure with Alex Winter
, and Ben Child reports on the long-awaited follow-up to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The exhaustively researched Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This
) presents a two part episode focusing on Madonna's use of classic Hollywood imagery and references as a form of conceptual art and her early attempts to trade pop idol success for movie stardom within the context of two high-profile relationships with Sean Penn and Warren Beatty. Episode One
. Episode Two
Meanwhile, Todd In The Shadows creates video reviews for every movie Madonna was ever in. So far he's done Desperately Seeking Susan
, Shanghai Surprise
, A Certain Sacrifice
, and Who's That Girl
Nothing to do tomorrow (Sept. 27th, 2014)? Well, it's Museum Day Live
, and you can score free admission for two at over 1,500 museums in the United States by registering at Smithsonian.com
to determine if there are any participating museums in your area.)
"Marvellous" - the amazing story of Neil Baldwin on BBC IPlayer (UK only)
When I was at Keele University back in the early 90s, Nello was already a legend. A campus fixture, I had no real idea what he did there, or what he was doing there. But the stories were legion. A circus clown turned kit man for Stoke City FC, and a "very good friend"
to bishops, politicians, footballers, and, well, just about everyone.
Online diarist mimi smartypants has been typing about her life for just over fifteen years, and now she's considering quitting the gig.
"Next week marks fifteen years of this online diary thing, and I have been toying with the idea that maybe that is quite enough, thank you. In fact, I had not updated in so long that I sat down to type a mic-drop “thanks for the memories”-style entry, but then this crap came out instead. So maybe I’m not quite done yet? I don’t know." [more inside]
GUTS is a new online feminist magazine.
Topics from the first two issues include Canadian feminist documentary filmmaking; feminist strategies for commemorating gender-based violence; "postfeminist" parliamentary political discourse; Canadian novelist Sheila Heti's genre-bender on women's relationships, How Should A Person Be?
; women's paid and unpaid labour; institutionalized gender inequality in organized sport; Indigenous women, decolonization, and institutionalized racism. There's also a blog.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke just released a surprise album, Beyoncé-style [vox.com]
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes is only available on BitTorrent, where listeners can download the track "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" for free, and watch the video. The full album can be downloaded for $6, and will also be available on vinyl and in a box set. [more inside]
Female football star Hope Solo
was recently arrested and charged
with two counts of domestic abuse in connection with an assault on her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Although domestic abuse has rightly ended the careers of male athletes like Ray Rice
, Adrian Peterson
and Greg Hardy
, Solo continues to play for two teams (including the US National team) and maintains her sponsorship with Nike. The BBC asks; does domestic violence have a double standard
The new hottest clicking game is Clicker Heroes
. For more advanced discussion there's a subreddit
with a helpful strategy FAQ
In 1924 a consortium of lightbulb manufacturers formed the Phoebus cartel. Its goal: planned obsolescence. The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
. [more inside]
Dogs of the World
: adorable illustrations of dog breeds, grouped by the regions where they originated.
By Lili Chin
, whose Doggie Drawings
include numerous infographics
on dog training and behavior. Some examples: Greeting a Dog, Space Etiquette for Dogs, Positive Reinforcement Training, How to Create a Dangerous Dog.
Wondering about the Boston Terrier who keeps popping up in these infographics? Meet Boogie.
Metafilter's own Mark Saltveit profiles
eclectic Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly for Philly.com
. Saltveit already wrote the book on Kelly
, and the profile is part of a follow-up effort called "Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly's Football Revolution." [more inside]
"You poked my heart."
SLYT. A group of tow headed toddlers get in a row about the weather, adorableness ensues.
Season five of The Walking Dead
starts in two weeks, and the Internet is getting excited [NSFW]:
Washington Post's Wonkblog, leveraging data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) and economics and public policy professor Philip J. Cook's "Paying the Tab" looks at how much Americans drink. 30% of Americans don't drink at all. Another 30% consume fewer than one drink per week. To be in the top 10% of American, you'd need to drink the equivalent of 74 drinks per week, every week, or a little over 10 drinks per day.
She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck
is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.
Su has no earliest single memory and resents the question (it is the one she’s asked most frequently). She begins remembering around 1992, when she was roughly three months pregnant with Kassidy and a friend who was aware of her condition explained why her period had likely ceased, and went with her to a drugstore to buy a test. [more inside]
US Creates Largest Protected Area in the World.
Over 3x larger than California, the Obama
administration has enlarged the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Fishing, dumping, and removal of coral are now prohibited.
Somaly Mam [previously]
responds to the Newsweek article last spring that raised questions regarding the legitimacy of her work as a Cambodian anti-trafficking activist, tainting the nearly two-decades-long work on behalf of victims that catapulted her into the global spotlight. "I didn't lie."
She was determined to fulfill her father’s dearest wish, the wish so common among frail, elderly people: to die at home. But it seemed as if all the forces of the health care system were against her — hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, insurance companies, and the shifting crosscurrents of public health care spending. The NYT reports in depth on a single case
, a snapshot of the typical end-of-life care situation in the United States. A worthwhile but disturbing long read, potentially very upsetting if you've lost a loved one in a similar managed care setting. [more inside]
OneRepublic just released their latest music video, I Lived
, which tells the story of Bryan Warnecke
. He's a fifteen year old boy who cycled over a thousand miles in 43 days over 8 mountain passes
, raising $260,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research. He also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis
. [more inside]
He does not believe himself to be an exceptional person but now understands that if you push yourself exceptional things can be done.
Eight men and one young boy
, near the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island, on a fishing and mutton-birding
trip on the evening of 14 March 2012. Only one man made it back. This is the story of how he survived and his colleagues didn't. [more inside]
The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to monitor big banks and prevent another financial crisis. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Fed was so alarming that she bought a tiny recorder, and started secretly taping. This American Life
reports. [more inside]
Translating technological terms throws up some peculiar challenges
Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven. In Malawi’s Chichewa language, which has 10m speakers, “cached pages” became mfutso wa tsamba, or bits of leftover food. The windowless houses of the 440,000 speakers of Zapotec, a family of indigenous languages in Mexico, meant that computer “windows” became “eyes”.
We Made Young Liberals And Young Labor Date Each Other
Vice Australia: "Who are those students who join political clubs at university? They wear suits, push flyers, and disagree by default, but what makes them tick? To find out we paired them up with the people they disagree with most—students from opposing parties—and made them go on dates with each other."
TedEd gets it wrong
when they talk about the history of tattooing. Good thing the Tattoo Historian
is here to set the record straight with a concise list of errors. [more inside]
"Many Marines I talk to are skeptical of the aims used to justify the war - fighting terrorism, getting weapons of mass destruction (which they never see). Quite a few accept that this war was probably fought for oil." 'The Killer Elite', Evan Wright's coverage of a US Marine Corps Battalion in the 2003 Iraq War
(later developed into the book and TV series Generation Kill
). [more inside]
Stressed out? Does the fast-paced world of today have your head spinning? Sit back and relax with the Finnish educational TV show "Hello, Hello, Hello
," and the terrifyingly slow adventures of Stan and Dud.
Clip most likely to cause childhood trauma
: "I'm Cecil. She's Cissy
Most likely to mark you as a Finn who learned English from watching this show: "The cat's in the moon
." [more inside]
An interview with the man who banned in Boston, circa 1930.
The New Republic is republishing a haul of classics from its archives
in celebration of its 100th anniversary. In honor of banned books week, today's selection is a brief interview/profile of one of the U.S. Customs officials in charge of clearing books for circulation circa 1930. [more inside]
Life in Timbuktu:
how the ancient city of gold is slowly turning to dust
(a long-form article from the Guardian with an accompanying photo gallery
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