December 1

In a different world, that would be the end of it, but this is academia.

In his 2005 book Gnostic Philosophy: From Ancient Persia to Modern Times, Churton challenged this scholarly consensus, acknowledging the likelihood that Baphomet originated as a botched transliteration from Arabic to French, but offering a few alternate etymological routes that it may have traveled to get there.
What’s In A Name: How A Medieval French Typo Might Have Come To Represent Satanism
posted by griphus at 2:17 PM - 29 comments

It can’t come as a surprise that the ending left fans wanting more.

The Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life postmortem with Amy Sherman-Palladino (major spoilers) (FanFare threads: Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:52 PM - 13 comments

Hayden James Makes House Music

Aussie Hayden James makes extra awesome house music, if you're into that kind of thing. See Permission to Love, in all of its 8-bit glory. Also listen with your ears to Something About You and (my favorite) Just a Lover.
posted by JPowers at 12:58 PM - 7 comments

Hot Knife vs.

Tired of RHNB? Does ruining the plumbing with sodium and mercury not do it for you any more? Does dry ice leave you cold? Get your ASMR on with Will It Melt! (YT channel) [more inside]
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:42 PM - 18 comments

The Exhibitionist

The Dallas World Aquarium is one of the eminent tourist destinations of Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums through 2017, the aquarium has recently come under scrutiny owing to some of the more cavalier acquisitions and future plans of its bombastic owner, Daryl Richardson.
posted by Krazor at 12:30 PM - 3 comments

It was just salt.

When you emigrate, you end up the last person to touch a lot of your family history. Somewhere along the line, we’ll forget my mom’s maiden name. We’ll forget what her actual name was before she changed it when she moved. We’ll lose language and the way to make a candle from ghee and a cotton ball. I can’t pull all of this information out of her, and I can’t carry all of it after she’s gone, and I panic when I think about how impossible it feels to one day not need her. But at least I can try to cook.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:46 AM - 18 comments

Zooming down alleyways in China.

Two guys, one British, one American, both married to Chinese women, ride motorcycles around Guangdong talking about what it is like to live there. Why is everything in China falling apart? China's lost generation. You will never be Chinese. Part of the interest is just seeing what China looks like on the street level. They talk about some things that have been discussed here lately.
posted by Bee'sWing at 10:05 AM - 41 comments

Thanks, we'll call you...

Is it possible for those who are tone-deaf to appreciate music or become better singers? Author and journalist Tim Falconer- a self-confessed “bad singer” — is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia (he is scientifically tone-deaf). [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:12 AM - 63 comments

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

Merry Christmas from Elefant Studios [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:50 AM - 2 comments

Women at at punk shows are done with your shit

Australian indie-punk band Camp Cope has spearheaded a call to action for bands, venue staff, and concert-goers to stand up against sexual harassment at shows, in part because of incident that went viral at their gig this past may. Their hashtag, #ItTakesOne, has been picked up by other Aussies in the music scene, including Courtney Barnett, and Luca Brasi-who notes the importance of strong male presence in the movement:
"It shouldn't solely be the responsibility of women to fix the problem," they wrote. "We feel it's important for men to speak too, and speak out against other men's behaviour and be positive role models to other men."
The band has been sending this message since the beginning- their cardinal song Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams is an anthem exploring the ideal of female safe spaces. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:43 AM - 22 comments

Avalon Emerson -Natural Impasse

All of the clips are from my personal phone video archive taken over the last half a year or so. I trimmed each video, turned them into gifs, and processed them into various emojisaic gifs using a ruby script created by my friend Lucas Mathis (github: @lilkraftwerk), then edited them all together using Adobe Premiere, a process that took me about two months.
posted by DynamiteToast at 8:31 AM - 2 comments

Now you really can be the very best there is

Our long Pokemon nightmare is over! The much talked around in-game tracker is now live in all of the continental United States and spreading to the UK, just in time for the eighth migration.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:06 AM - 43 comments

A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted

Hillary Clinton forgoes makeup following the election
posted by BaffledWaffle at 4:56 AM - 118 comments

The Indonesian Throughflow: The Fifteen Thousand Rivers

If Indonesia did not exist, the earth’s day would be significantly shorter than the approximately twenty-four hours to which we have become accustomed.
This would have a dramatic impact on the clock industry.
(In case you forgot what a Sverdrup was. - It is equivalent to 1 million cubic metres per second or 264,000,000 USgal/s)
posted by adamvasco at 3:43 AM - 14 comments


The End of the Anglo-American Order
posted by infini at 2:26 AM - 22 comments

I don't see color

Watching Trevor Noah on The Daily Show cover the last month or so of the election, one could feel he was beginning to find his footing. But Trevor shows he has claws (and uses them playfully, like a cat batting around a mouse) during his interview with Tomi Lahren. (SLYT)
posted by hippybear at 1:54 AM - 74 comments

November 30

a garden city for the future

Interview with WOHA – a Singapore-based architectural practice: "We aim at merging the megacity project from the past with the idea of a garden city for the future. We want our cities to be cozy, comfortable, natural, and domestic. Our ideal is to create a comfortable garden suburb experience and then replicate it vertically through a megastructure for everyone to enjoy... The beliefs that man is separate from nature and cities are separate from countryside are obsolete. In the Anthropocene era, the whole world is a managed landscape. The only way to preserve nature is to integrate it into our built environment." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:49 PM - 8 comments


The Witch as a Wes Anderson movie (Single link YouTube fake trailer)
posted by Artw at 10:05 PM - 15 comments

Chicago's Neofuturists lose "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind"

Today, Greg Allen announced that he was letting the license lapse at the end of 2016 for the Neofuturists of Chicago to run his licensed show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Well, technically, he unilaterally announced that the show was ending via a press release, without telling the Neofuturist board or staff. The Artistic Director of the Neofuturist ensemble released a response indicating that they were blindsided. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 8:58 PM - 40 comments

jude law sex pope

Jude Law is starring as Pope Pius XIII in new series The Young Pope [trailer]. Law plays 47 year old Lenny Belardo, an American, and former Archbishop of the Diocese of New York. The series also stars Diane Keaton, Cecile de France, Silvio Orlando, Javier Camara, and is directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The series is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:02 PM - 33 comments

Judicial committee unanimously recommends to remove Judge Camp

Federal Court Justice Robin Camp, who asked a woman during a rape trial why she could not keep her legs together and called her 'the accused' several times, has been recommended to be removed from the bench, after an initial request from Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley. (The report is quite long but written in clear English.) [more inside]
posted by jeather at 5:58 PM - 20 comments

Creator of the Big Mac Died

Michael James Delligatti, Creator of the Big Mac, Dies at 98 "Jim Delligatti, the McDonald’s franchise owner who invented the Big Mac, died on Monday at his home in Fox Chapel, Pa. He was 98. The death was confirmed by his son Michael. Mr. Delligatti, who opened the first McDonald’s in western Pennsylvania in 1957, owned about a dozen franchises in the Pittsburgh area by the mid-1960s, but he struggled to compete with the Big Boy and Burger King chains. He proposed to company executives that they add a double-patty hamburger to the McDonald’s menu, something along the lines of the Big Boy, that could put a dent in sales of Burger King’s Whopper."
posted by grobertson at 5:49 PM - 39 comments

Me: This is just clickbait from a week ago. Me to Me: Make an FPP!

Evil Kermit: The Perfect Meme For Our Terrible Times. More Evil Kermit Memes Not related to Bert is Evil.
posted by Mchelly at 5:00 PM - 15 comments

"Who would have thought of posting pictures of weapons and dogs?”

The TSA Instagram account has your daily wacky items/batarang/doggos quota covered. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 4:03 PM - 28 comments

Incredible discovery of 40,000-year-old tools for art and engineering

Ars Technica: "Humans began making paint and glue at roughly the same time with the same tools. Evidence from a cave in eastern Ethiopia has revealed something extraordinary about the origins of symbolic thought among humans." [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:42 PM - 11 comments


On November 28, Chapecoense, a small club from Santa Catarina in Brazil was boarding a flight headed to Medellín, where they would face Atlético Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana (the CONMEBOL second-tier club trophy). A few hours later, the day ended in tragedy as the plane crashed on the mountains outside the host city, killing 76 of the 81 on board. The flight included the squad and staff, but also 21 journalists covering the big game, and early reports claim it ran out of fuel on the approach and was facing electrical problems. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 1:39 PM - 27 comments

"For you are now the last of the Kai—you are now the Lone Wolf"

Joe Dever, best known as the author of the Lone Wolf fantasy gamebooks, has died. For those looking to remember his legacy, Project Aon has a wealth of Lone Wolf material including the Grey Star series and the once-rare Magnamund Companion. It also contains some of Dever's other gamebooks. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 11:32 AM - 33 comments

It's like the Chilean miners only there's only one and it's a manatee.

Rescue operations are currently underway for a manatee stuck in a storm drain in Jacksonville, FL. Watch live now!
posted by bondcliff at 11:19 AM - 53 comments

Haranguing Chad: How Nickelback became pop’s ultimate punchline

This week, reports the Charlottetown Guardian, police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island threatened to force impaired drivers to listen to Nickelback while locked in the back of a police cruiser. But, reports the UK Guardian, "they’re hardly the first band to be turned into a punchline that doesn’t require a set-up. Sting’s career has suffered for years from the notion that he is some kind of tantric sex god, based on a throwaway comment he made in a 1990 interview."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:49 AM - 93 comments

Like it's proud of itself.

Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop.
posted by zarq at 10:44 AM - 62 comments

Cue The Kitten Logo (Grant Tinker 1926-2016)

Grant Tinker was one of the best known and most successful producers of network television shows of the 1970s and 1980s, and also the man who rescued NBC after the disastrous years of Fred Silverman's chairmanship. He founded MTM Enterprises in 1970 to create a television property for his then-wife, Mary Tyler Moore. [more inside]
posted by briank at 9:58 AM - 28 comments

Your chance to begin again (insurance included)

Itching to get off-world for some reason? United Launch Alliance has, well, launched Rocketbuilder, a one-stop interactive desktop/mobile tool to select, configure and cost your next ride to orbit - or beyond. [more inside]
posted by Devonian at 9:51 AM - 8 comments

Sale into the 90s

First, a message from your friend, Joe Isuzu
posted by timshel at 9:40 AM - 23 comments

History can repeat itself. Why not philosophy?

"Democratic man loves freedom; the desiring part rules his soul yet there is nothing but desire to distinguish which objects of desire to pursue and nothing to keep desire in check. The freedom that initially accompanies democracy makes it a possible home for all types of men, even philosophers, but according to Plato this very unrestrained freedom inevitably degenerates into mob rule and rampant license, a condition ripe for tyrannical man to step in as a demagogue promising order and change. Tyrannical man is the logical conclusion of this decline in the soul as he is completely a slave to his passions and projects his lack of self-mastery or self-control onto the world as a blind need to control others and satisfy his insatiable appetite." [more inside]
posted by prepmonkey at 8:48 AM - 26 comments

Heart-Shaped Red Pill

The couple never forgot how lucky they were, or as Fidden put it, “how difficult it must be for someone who is single and who also has this understanding and awareness and these truths.” Where would such a person find love, especially given that they are even more ostracized from society than Aine and him? Then it hit him: “Wow, what a fantastic business idea! Let’s go and do it! So that’s what we did.” Longreads investigates the loves lives of Truthers, with a little help from Rob Brotherton, conspiracy theorist theorist. Another take from Vice is a little less sympathetic. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:32 AM - 37 comments

"Code reviews are for improving code quality and morale"

Sean Hammond, a developer at Hypothesis, writes about code review in remote teams.
posted by metaquarry at 8:15 AM - 25 comments

The Understudied Female Sexual Predator

According to new research, sexual victimization by women is more common than gender stereotypes would suggest. Two years ago, Lara Stemple, Director of UCLA’s Health and Human Rights Law Project, came upon a statistic that surprised her: In incidents of sexual violence reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 38 percent of victims were men––a figure much higher than in prior surveys, Results published here[Fulltext]. Intrigued, she began to investigate: Was sexual violence against men more common than previously thought and who were the perpetrators? Other men? Women? In what proportions? Under what circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 7:53 AM - 136 comments

Time spent with cats is never wasted

A cat’s sandpapery tongue is actually a magical detangling hairbrush (WaPo)…you may be wondering why cat grooming mechanics matter. There are two big reasons: First, it might add insight to the field of soft robotics, which, among other things, is about making robots that can move through small spaces for search-and-rescue missions or surgeries. Second, it might help make a better brush that, Noel said, could herald “new ways to clean deeply embedded dirt in your carpet to wound cleaning advances in the medical field.” (alternate link for non-subscribers, lacks video of cat licking a blanket)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:37 AM - 12 comments

“You don’t have to eat it,” she offered. “Just make it pretty.”

After my mom gently inquired about, as she put it, “your male modeling career,” and I told her I was working on a story, she let out a sigh. “Oh,” she said. “I was worried there was some massive insecurity going on.” My baffled friends also had questions. “First, you look boss. Congrats,” my friend Dave wrote in a comment. “Second, what is going on?” Confessions of an Instagram Influencer (Bloomberg)
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:30 AM - 26 comments

How to Hide $400 Million

When a wealthy businessman set out to divorce his wife, their fortune vanished. The quest to find it would reveal the depths of an offshore financial system bigger than the U.S. economy. By Nicholas Confessore in the New York Times Magazine
posted by chavenet at 7:11 AM - 21 comments

A description of the camp and protests

Bury My Heart at Standing Rock
posted by kuatto at 7:03 AM - 44 comments

But I wanted a circular pancake

A simple but ingenious pancake-making machine. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 6:23 AM - 25 comments

November 29

AKIRA: How To Animate Light

How Akira uses lighting to tell its story.
posted by Artw at 9:56 PM - 15 comments

"Our most detailed view of Earth across space and time"

Google has released an update to their Google Earth Timelapse feature that provides for a longer time horizon and a much greater level of detail than has been previously available. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 8:07 PM - 10 comments

Don't be a glasshole

Mozilla and the Tactical Technology Collective have created a popup storefront in lower Manhattan called The Glass Room: Looking Into Your Online Life. Situated somewhere along the education—art spectrum, The Glass Room provides "a place to consider how you use technology and how those behind technology use you" (as put on the landing page). Resources include a variety of workshops about technology and privacy, along with a book of leaked passwords and other art installations.
posted by redct at 6:49 PM - 14 comments

“Throw a grenade in the middle and post the results,”

Diving Into One Dishonored 2 Player's Obsession With “Explosive Orgies” [PC Gamer] “Videogames aren't just for entertainment, they are also the foundation for scientific research. For years players have been asking questions like "How many tanks does it take to stop the train in GTA 5?" [YouTube] or "How many people can I lure into a pool of electrified water?" [YouTube] You know, the difficult inquiries that really further us as a species. But sometimes science goes too far, as might be the case with one player and their obsession with "explosive orgies." What started as a little joke has spiralled into a madness to test the limits of what Dishonored 2's physics engine can handle. His name is 'Fattydude66' and he originally posted a screenshot to Reddit entitled "Is this one of the orgies the Duke loves so much?" It was a morbid jab at Luca Abele, the Duke of Serkonos, an oppressive ruler who offhandedly mentions a certain affinity for orgies during Dishonored 2's story. Fattydude66 was so committed to his joke that he spent an hour piling up 80 unconscious bodies, four dead ones, and two wolfhound. But that's where things got a wee bit dark. [.gif]
posted by Fizz at 6:43 PM - 23 comments

Tech, phones, capitalism, dopamine

“The world is turning into this giant Skinner box for the self, The experience that is being designed for in banking or health care is the same as in Candy Crush. It’s about looping people into these flows of incentive and reward. Your coffee at Starbucks, your education software, your credit card, the meds you need for your diabetes. Every consumer interface is becoming like a slot machine.”
posted by latkes at 6:19 PM - 39 comments

Raw eggs and the single life

Emma Morano celebrated her 117th birthday today. She was born in the 1800's and credits her longevity to a diet of raw eggs and being single.
posted by gryphonlover at 5:35 PM - 34 comments

Fire on the Mountain

Suffering from exceptional drought conditions, the areas around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park haven't seen significant rainfall since September. Wildfires have ravaged the southeast for the last few weeks, however, starting on Wednesday, November 23, a fire near the summit of the Chimney Tops trail in the GSMNP caused Park officials to close the trail and surrounding others. The fire spread from the park to areas near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and as of 4 PM EST on November 28, an evacuation order was issued for areas of Gatlinburg. [more inside]
posted by teleri025 at 11:59 AM - 71 comments

She started her own firm. "That way, I could be the lawyer I'd needed."

"A lot of the people called to legal-services work are do-gooders, and they are a little passive and meek. They don't have that fierceness that Carrie has." Margaret Talbot profiles Carrie Goldberg for The New Yorker: The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 11:49 AM - 19 comments

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