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January 27

"If ASMR has a godfather, it is television painter Bob Ross."

How a bunch of YouTubers discovered a tingling sensation nobody knew existed.
posted by artsandsci at 7:30 PM - 121 comments

I open up my wallet and it's full of blood

Breaking Madden: the 2015 Super Bowl.
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:13 PM - 45 comments

Spider-Man in Love

"I knew, from a very early age, that there was love in my house, imperfect love, love that was built, decided upon, as opposed to magicked into existence. That was how Peter loved Mary Jane." In The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on love and marriage as portrayed between Peter "Spider-Man" Parker and Mary Jane Watson. [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 6:32 PM - 42 comments

Diary Of A B Grade Hooker

Kinja user "Curious Squid" is an Australian woman who moonlights as a prostitute. She keeps a diary of her life as a sex worker, writing about the banal (arranging jobs) to the very interesting (sexual violence against sex workers).
posted by reenum at 5:19 PM - 18 comments

'We Are Koch'

Kochs Plan to Spend $900 Million on 2016 Campaign - "an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history... These donors represent the largest concentration of political money outside the party establishment, one that has achieved enormous power in Republican circles in recent years. Now the Kochs' network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party's dominance of state capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government."
posted by kliuless at 4:20 PM - 78 comments

♪ ♫ ♬ ♩

The Thurston Moore Apartment Tour (1988) [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] An interview with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore recorded in his apartment in September 1988.
posted by Fizz at 4:05 PM - 12 comments

I ain't afraid of no ghost

Last October, director Paul Feig announced he was working on Ghostbusters 3 along with the writer of The Heat, Katie Dippold, and said it "will star hilarious women". Today, the all-female cast of the Ghostbusters reboot was announced: SNL alum (and star of Bridesmaids) Kristen Wiig, two current SNL performers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and star of The Heat & Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy. The movie starts shooting this Summer.
posted by mathowie at 3:59 PM - 184 comments

California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity.

In 1967, Ronald Reagan began a revolution in education by altering the scope and purpose of California's public universities: A higher education should prepare students for jobs. Full stop.
posted by absalom at 3:46 PM - 47 comments

Burlesque

"All The Glamour That Was Never There!" Brief essays by, and material from, the collection of Jim Linderman
posted by josher71 at 3:03 PM - 1 comment

“I’m sorry, I’m just so happy to see another brown person at Fest!”

Pilot Viruet writes about being black and punk. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:36 PM - 14 comments

En garde!

Sword Fights Movie Montage (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:21 PM - 21 comments

you can't name him that.

Don’t Even Try to Pick the Perfect Baby Name: "I was left with the same old words I’d had before, the same short list of names worn thin by the lives of other men ... For every boy name there is a man in the world who has ruined it."
posted by changeling at 2:08 PM - 233 comments

This plan isn’t for the next two weeks or three months.

EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance
For years, we’ve been working on a strategy to end mass surveillance of digital communications of innocent people worldwide. Today we’re laying out the plan, so you can understand how all the pieces fit together—that is, how U.S. advocacy and policy efforts connect to the international fight and vice versa. Decide for yourself where you can get involved to make the biggest difference.
posted by andoatnp at 1:42 PM - 23 comments

Live-Action Dwarf Fortress

The Rat Tribe of Beijing. A photo-essay about diverse folks who live in former bomb shelters turned into private apartments underneath the streets of Beijing. By Al-Jazeera America.
posted by Pfardentrott at 12:58 PM - 13 comments

It's been too long, Manny

Grim Fandango, the brainchild of Tim Schafer (also known for such greats as Full Throttle and Psychonauts), has been on Best Game Ever lists since its release in 1998. Like other games that stand the test of time in terms of gameplay, it has not always been updated for newer technology, and as such, has left fans yearning for a pure game experience. There have been work-arounds over the years, albeit not always easily implemented. Today, however, like other "lost"games that eventually found the light, Grim Fandango has been released remastered on platforms like Steam, GOG.com, and PS4 to be reappreciated by fans, old and new alike. Please consider this product from Double Fine Games as you anticipate your gaming library for 2015. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 12:40 PM - 70 comments

Totally Unrelated

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender. You don’t smile enough. People don’t like you.You smile too much. People don’t take you seriously. (Single link McSweeney's).
posted by zutalors! at 12:16 PM - 26 comments

"Basketball would be bad enough. But hoops?"

Article: Hiring is Broken [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:54 AM - 52 comments

The Mystery Of Faith

"In creating a work that portrays real internal struggle and transformation, Caravaggio converted painting. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:27 AM - 4 comments

"...a woman who becomes a mother cannot have the same career as a man."

Can the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?
Most new mothers are in their 20s or 30s, which means they grew up in a world of female Supreme Court justices, politicians, and astronauts. They have more college degrees than men, they entered the workforce in near-equal numbers, and they chose their careers assuming that having children wouldn’t mean losing money. Almost two-thirds of women with children under 6 work, about twice the rate of the previous generation. "I went to college and found something I loved. I got a job. I married and had babies and just assumed maternity leave was something that existed," says Annalisa Spencer, 31, an electrical engineer in Salt Lake City who has three children, and got no leave for the third. "Nobody told me it would be like this."
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posted by divined by radio at 10:02 AM - 72 comments

idiopathic hypersomnia

what if you could sleep 50 hours straight and still never feel truly awake?
welcome to the bizarre, distressing, and totally exhausting world of the hypersomniac. (wiki) [more inside]
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 9:34 AM - 26 comments

In the living room the voice-clock sang

Deathhacks: Tech tips for people who are going to die (someday) Jessamyn West (Mefi's own) describes the challenges that came with being executrix of her father's estate, and his house.
posted by zabuni at 9:06 AM - 70 comments

"I sometimes think I am working in a madhouse."

Maybe the real state secret is that spies aren't very good at their jobs and don't know very much about the world. Adam Curtis entertainingly discusses the competence (or lack thereof) of MI5 and other spy agencies in this rather aged but still relevant article for the BBC. Note that you'll probably need a proxy of some sort to see the videos outside the UK.
posted by disclaimer at 8:44 AM - 39 comments

"Where is the door?"

Profile: Breaking down the problem of bound gaps [New Yorker]: After graduating with a Ph.D. in algebraic geometry from Purdue in 1991, Yiting Zhang kept the books for a friend's Subway franchise and found other odd jobs before taking up a part-time calculus teaching position at the University of New Hampshire in 1999.
“For years, I didn’t really keep up my dream in mathematics,” he said.

“You must have been unhappy.”

He shrugged. “My life is not always easy,” he said.
He published one paper in 2001. Then, in 2013, he submitted "Bounded Gaps Between Primes" to Annals of Mathematics, one of the most prestigious journals in the field, which contained a proof for a finite bound within which there exist an infinite number of pairs of primes. It was a stunning mathematical breakthrough. [more inside]
posted by ilicet at 8:29 AM - 66 comments

"Hands on your neck. Squeeze it tighter." (SLMINDFUCK)

THE HORSE RAISED BY SPHERES Directed by David O'Reilly.
posted by huguini at 7:39 AM - 23 comments

Tom Brady Cannot Stop

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich dives deep into Tom Brady, one of the "most famous [people] in the world nobody knows," and finds a man "bent on nothing less than subverting the standard expectations of how long a superstar quarterback can play like one." Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl about whether the Patriots deflated balls in their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts -- and if so, how and why, with Coach Bill Belichick appearing to point the finger at Brady, the superstar quarterback himself. Others question the Deflategate/Ballghazi hype. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 7:19 AM - 180 comments

Sea smoke in Maine

Sea smoke or steam fog, fog caused by cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, the vapor condensing in small convective columns near the water surface and giving the appearance of smoke or steam. It is common in the Arctic and Antarctic, but if it is cold enough, it sometimes it happens in Maine; youtube links follow (some with music of varying quality): one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
posted by gudrun at 7:17 AM - 14 comments

This summer is starting to look Fantastic.

Fantastic Four, that is. The first teaser for Marvel's 3rd kick at the can of rebooting the Fantastic Four dropped this morning.
posted by Kitteh at 7:02 AM - 127 comments

A new face

Violet Pietrok was born with a Tessier Cleft, a skull defect. Surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital used 3-D prints of her skull to practice before cutting into Violet's own skull to repair the damage.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:39 AM - 9 comments

I hear you people like cats.

Here's 5 minutes of a cat doing cat things.
posted by phunniemee at 6:26 AM - 39 comments

The Rescued Film Project

The Rescued Film Project found 31 rolls of undeveloped film shot by a soldier during WWII. The WWII photos
posted by COD at 5:57 AM - 21 comments

Early culinary self-sufficiency

The History Kitchen takes a quick look at the food of the California Gold Rush, and has a recipe for Hangtown Fry.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:35 AM - 16 comments

Each time I feel I am on the cusp of nirvana, I hit a wall

Ashwin Rodriguez visits a strip mall sensory deprivation clinic
"This place has not done proper soundproofing, and it is unnerving to head the occasional footstep or shutting door. I know it’s not going to happen, but part of me thinks maybe someone will open the door to this tank and steal my kidney. I begin to think, does anyone know I came here? Why didn’t they take down any of my information?"
posted by frimble at 3:57 AM - 35 comments

A ring around the sun

"The details that we see in the light curve are incredible. The eclipse lasted for several weeks, but you see rapid changes on time scales of tens of minutes as a result of fine structures in the rings," says Kenworthy. "The star is much too far away to observe the rings directly, but we could make a detailed model based on the rapid brightness variations in the star light passing through the ring system. If we could replace Saturn's rings with the rings around J1407b, they would be easily visible at night and be many times larger than the full moon."
The first extrasolar ring system found turns out to be some 200 times larger than that of Saturn, easily eclipsing its parent star for days.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:22 AM - 21 comments

January 26

Take THAT, evil-doers!

Islamophobic Bus Ads In San Francisco Are Being Defaced With Kamala Khan. From the article: "Well, this is just brilliant. Racist adverts promoting hatred against Muslims are currently being run on buses in San Francisco - but someone has started covering them up with anti-hatred messages from Marvel's première Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel." [more inside]
posted by surazal at 8:36 PM - 101 comments

These old photographs are in color. The world was black and white then.

Animated stories that parents tell their children: How milkshakes are made (really bouncy grass) and why you have to be quiet on trains (beware of bears, they're unstoppable). But if you're grown up now and want to really know if your parents were full of ... molasses, let Ken Jennings share the truth behind 17 things parents tell their kids, and five more excerpts from his collection of such because-I-said-so-isms.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:39 PM - 35 comments

How the price of paint is set in the hearts of dying stars

The Smithsonian Magazine reminds us that "Barns are painted red because of the physics of dying stars", summing up a more detailed post by Google employee Yonatan Zunger on the nature of stars, the atmosphere, and cheap paint found on barns.
posted by mathowie at 7:18 PM - 60 comments

It also means "unboil" is now a word.

Scientists unboil an egg, and it may be a big deal. "This method … could transform industrial and research production of proteins," Such as new, and much faster ways of producing anti-bodies to fight cancer and cheese-makers who could use recombinant-proteins to improve their products.
posted by quin at 7:15 PM - 29 comments

"What kind of life is this?"

Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, flew teenage fashion bloggers, Anniken Jørgensen, Frida Ottesen and Ludvig Hambro, to the Southeast Asian country’s capital of Phnom Penh, where they experienced a modicum of a Cambodian textile worker’s life for a month in 2014. Their experience is the subject of a five-part reality show available online, titled "Sweatshop - Deadly Fashion." [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 5:42 PM - 37 comments

Of course I’m a classics teacher. There’s a Parthenon behind my head.

The Jennifer Lopez vehicle "The Boy Next Door" opened this past weekend and earned a paltry 12% on the Tomatometer. There's nothing terribly unique about this number deep in the cinematic dumping ground that is January, but people are quickly taking notice on how absolutely bonkers the film really is. This starts with the trailer and then moves on to the film itself, which is that rare beast in this era of boring SyFy Channel schlock: A bad movie that never stops being fun. If you need further convincing, witness one moment from the film that was recently singled out by Slate. It's a thing of beauty.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:31 PM - 117 comments

Let it Plow, Let it Plow, Let it Plow

Find yourself elsewhere than in the grips of Juno, the Blizzard of 2015? Want to play the home game? Track the plows of NYC using the PlowNYC map. Want something faster than 15 minute update intervals, or less NYC-centric? Twitter's got you covered.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:51 PM - 260 comments

Carles is back bb!!!

Carles, of Hipster Runoff fame, is back with Carles.buzz.
posted by josher71 at 2:13 PM - 21 comments

Albums That Never Were

Albums That Never Were [more inside]
posted by goethean at 2:02 PM - 24 comments

A new way to tackle ultra-poverty

A new approach to assisting the "ultra-poor" – the poorest people on the planet – is showing promising results. In up to 95% of cases, the approach has been shown to help people exit the category of ultra-poverty, defined as living on less than 50 cents per day. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:50 PM - 26 comments

“Let’s ask, in the 21st century, are there limits to free speech?”

UK should consider ban on Mein Kampf, says Scottish Labour MP [The Guardian]
Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty has written to culture secretary urging a ‘sensitive debate’ on allowing its sale.
posted by Fizz at 12:51 PM - 99 comments

don't forget your empathy at home

On Running and Street Harassment
This past Saturday, eight different men verbally harassed me. Two stepped into my path and said they wouldn’t move unless I gave them a high five. The murmurs, the coos and looks, all serve as reminders that I am not a person to them.

By the seventh man, I was tired. He told me he could look at that ass all day. I told him to shut up. He said to me, “Don’t worry, baby, I still love you,” and my skin went clammy with defeat. And there was something about hearing the word “love” come out of his mouth that made me want to push him into traffic.
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posted by saucy_knave at 12:32 PM - 168 comments

Whistling at Your Mom

Oh my God, I'm ashamed that your are my son. The Peruvian show Sílbale a tu Madre (Whistling at your Mom) takes a...creatively confrontational approach to fighting street harassment. They enlist the mothers of chronic catcallers to catch their offspring in the act, a process involving makeovers, hidden cameras and very public shaming. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:08 AM - 50 comments

Beautiful People Get What They Want

Emma Munger's Men of Twin Peaks Pinup project are ready to wish your sweetheart a saucy and studly Valentine’s Day! (SLTumblr)
posted by valkane at 10:32 AM - 15 comments

I need another outlet. And there follows my return to art. 📚 🎨

​​P​hDs​:​ Creative Writing - from the PhD research blog Deathsplanation:​
​"​I almost went to college to study art. I even interviewed for a place. I had a portfolio and everything. That was more than a decade ago and honestly, I can’t even remember if I got in. But I didn’t go. Things changed, life took a drastic turn, and I wanted to leave everything behind. And so I did. I ended up at university, pursuing another passion of mine: archaeology; history, anthropology. ​​

​"​I have never strayed that far from art. It’s always been there, in my life. But recently, it’s been a lot more… present.​"
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posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:32 AM - 4 comments

Try to make you angles as non-euclidean as possible

Yoga Fhtagn A holistic workout were we tone our bodies while slowly losing our minds (SLYT 3d6 SAN loss)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:45 AM - 19 comments

Arithmeticfilter

Nothing but an endless supply of mental arithmetic problems. Five levels of difficulty, from "10 - 6" to "√370881." [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 8:41 AM - 20 comments

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