April 21


Carmen Cusack performs "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton at this year's Miscast gala celebrating 30 years of the MCC Theatre in New York. The goal of Miscast is to allow Broadway stars perform songs from roles in which they would NEVER be cast. Jennifer Holliday sings “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles. Brian D’Arcy James performs “Unusual Way” from Nine. Kelli O’Hara performs “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:45 AM - 15 comments

Again the mantle of pity descended upon me like a wet, sodden blanket

In February, 93-year-old Tom Sitter entered The Moth in Madison StorySLAM storytelling contest in Madison, Wisconsin. He told about his Valentine's Day experience in 1933, when he was in third grade. Sitter scored the competition's first-ever perfect ten. [laughter and cheers; h/t Miss Cellania]. The Moth previously.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:11 AM - 8 comments

What's a Jello Biafra?

Graham Isadore writes: "Earlier this month I decided to live a week as Ian Mackaye. I wanted to see what I could learn by emulating my hero. What I discovered is that most people don’t know who Ian Mackaye is."
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:47 AM - 41 comments

April 20

Build a Better Monster

The correct way to play Pac Man, of course, is to consume as much as possible while running from the ghosts that relentlessly pursue you. This was a valuable early lesson in what it means to be an American.
posted by bashism at 11:47 PM - 15 comments

But can we do more?

On the Turing Completeness of PowerPoint (SLYT)
posted by Chrysostom at 10:47 PM - 12 comments

Secret Empire #0 reveals that he was simply returned to his true base

A fundamental change to the history of World War II in Marvel Comics "Secret Empire #0 reveals a flip on that narrative. As we’re to understand it now, in the “true” history of the Marvel Universe, the Allies actually lost World War II. The only reason no one remembers this is because the Allies used a Cosmic Cube to change reality, warping it into a false history where they won and Captain America was always the Sentinel of Liberty and representative of the American dream." (previously on MeFi, when diversity was blamed for the poor sales)
posted by cendawanita at 7:27 PM - 132 comments

0x100 bytes, no filler

A Mind Is Born is a C64 demo with a driving hypnotic soundtrack. The program is 256 bytes long. How it works: A Mind Is Born
posted by scruss at 7:18 PM - 34 comments

How deep is my lack of artistic character? Pretty deep, it turns out.

My Life As a Failed Artist by Jerry Saltz [previously on mefi]. "I miss art terribly. I’ve never really talked about my work to anyone. In my writing, I’ve occasionally mentioned bygone times of once being an artist, usually laughingly. Whenever I think of that time, I feel stabs of regret. But once I quit, I quit; I never made art again and never even looked at the work I had made. Until last month..."
posted by moonmilk at 6:39 PM - 27 comments

'We should have called them education camps.'

Late in the evening, early in the morning, really, on this day, at just about this time, 72 years ago, Norbert Masur, a Swedish volunteer from the World Jewish Congress sat down to talk to Heinrich Himmler in hopes of freeing and bettering treatment of Jews still remaining in concentration camps. Himmler was meant to arrive on the evening of the 20th, but was held up late celebrating Hitler's birthday and did not arrive until 2:30AM on the 21st. This is his first-hand account.
posted by maryr at 3:46 PM - 24 comments

Admittedly, courage acorns ARE good bait

Almost 17 months ago (previously), MetaFilter enjoyed the tale of Biisuke, the ball who bravely saved his ball brothers after they were kidnapped by traversing a Rube Goldberg world full of enemies. Now can Biita and Biigoro return the favor? Find out in the action-packed, also-musical sequel Save Biisuke! Ball Brothers Big Adventure (SLYT). [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:11 PM - 6 comments

French bowldog, am I right?

"On a day of general perturbation, I bring you a French bulldog, skateboarding in Clissold Park." Children's book critic Imogen Russell Williams went to the park, and in the skate bowl, a dog was skateboarding. So she took a 45 second SLTwitter video of it. Despite the fact that it hasn't learnt any tricks yet.
posted by ambrosen at 3:01 PM - 10 comments

Why the Snake?

The sort of isolation that gave us tall and short and light and dark and other variations in our species was no protection against the advance of language. It crossed mountains and oceans as if they werent there. Did it meet some need? No. The other five thousand plus mammals among us do fine without it. But useful? Oh yes. We might further point out that when it arrived it had no place to go. The brain was not expecting it and had made no plans for its arrival. It simply invaded those areas of the brain that were the least dedicated. ... What we do know—pretty much without question—is that once you have language everything else follows pretty quickly. The simple understanding that one thing can be another thing is at the root of all things of our doing. --Cormac McCarthy, "The Kekulé Problem"
posted by chavenet at 1:41 PM - 21 comments

“It is in the most dangerous times that art is the voice —”

'The Book Of Joan' Recasts A Historic Heroine — In Space [NPR] “What does it mean to be human? In Lidia Yuknavitch's new novel The Book of Joan, what's left of the human race is orbiting above the Earth, sexless and ageless, prisoners in a technological hell. Their lives are preserved through growing limbs and grafting skin. Presiding over it all is a one-time billionaire celebrity who evolved through media and technology into a despot. His adversary is a girl called Joan; Yuknavitch says she adapted the story of Joan of Arc to make her heroine "an eco-terrorist of sorts, although that name would depend on your point of view. She has allegiance to the planet, and diversity on the planet, including plants and animals and people. And as the story progresses, her allegiance turns into a question somewhat like "what's the worth of humans, and what's our relationship to the planet?"” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:47 AM - 10 comments

Votre pain est exquis

Give up on Your Dreams of Becoming a Baker, a catchy music video by Brian David Gilbert. See also e.g. Thom Yorke was raised in a barn, Justin [Timberlake] checks WebMD, or When I Make a Good Pun.
posted by cortex at 11:41 AM - 10 comments

MORTIMER had his photograph taken in his dress suit.

If the hostess asks him to have a chair Freddie comes right back at her with "No, thanks; we have chairs at home." If the host offers him a cigar he will say just like a flash, "What's the matter with it?" If one of the men borrows a cigarette and a light from him Freddie will say in that dry voice of his, "Do you want the coupons too?" Of course his wit is pretty fairly caustic, but no one ever seems to take offense at it. I suppose there is everything in the way he says things.
"Men I'm Not Married To", Dorothy Parker, 1922 [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:38 AM - 15 comments

The Ugly Side of Getting Rich

In one photograph, the German-born, Harvard-educated hedge fund manager Florian Homm, who made and lost a personal fortune of more than $800 million, poses in a German brothel that he once co-owned. In another, Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines accused of stealing billions from state coffers, sits in her Manila apartment beneath a gold-framed Picasso. Later on, a 43-year-old Chinese billionaire Huang Qiaoling is pictured walking from his mansion, built as a full-scale replica of the White House, to his chauffeured Mercedes S Class. Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth will be published in May. Dozens more similarly lavish and disconcerting vignettes fill Generation Wealth (Phaidon, 2017), a 504-page monograph by Lauren Greenfield and out on May 15. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 11:09 AM - 44 comments

First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'God's Problem Child'

Still going strong at 84, Willie Nelson releases yet another album and you can listen to it before it's released thanks to NPR.
posted by hippybear at 10:41 AM - 18 comments

“Is there a time traveling portal in your dashboard?”

Alex Tom took his car to the shop because its airbag had been recalled. But the tech found something odd in the airbag compartment: a smartphone, locked and stuck in January 2015. Tom, naturally, posted about it on social media, and eventually found the owner thanks to a dating app.
posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM - 26 comments

I still hear it. It's still going!

Lovemaking interrupts a tennis game. (SLYT)
posted by numaner at 10:17 AM - 20 comments

Many of these birds have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard

There are a lot of dumb birds out there. Here's how you can figure out what they are.
posted by hydrobatidae at 9:01 AM - 19 comments

Persona 5: Phantoms of Translation

"[Persona 5] falls incredibly short of the standard it should be held to. A video game is a professional work, no different from any other form of media. Yet no other form of media would ever get away with the number of errors found in Persona 5's English script."
[more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:00 AM - 63 comments


Perhaps you're wondering, how does PawBot really work?
posted by theodolite at 7:50 AM - 40 comments

Joe Miller was a "snapper up of unconsidered trifles"

Joe Miller, also known as Joseph or Josias (1684–1738), was an English actor who favored comedies, but was in fact, known for his grave demeanor and subdued humor. This led to an in-joke whereby all his companions ascribed all new jokes to him, though he is also said to have collected jokes himself. After his death, John Mottley (1692–1750), using the pseudonym of Elijah Jenkins, Esquire, published a book called Joe Miller's Jests, or the Wit's Vade-Mecum in 1739 (Archive.org; also available in a semi-modern web format), containing 247 jokes, but that was just the first of many editions and copies. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:41 AM - 13 comments

It's about coming in second and thriving anyway

Gudetama, a lazy, perpetually weary egg yolk, is a Sanrio cartoon character. Since its creation in 2013, it has become very popular in Japan, and is now starting to find an enthusiastic audience abroad, causing some to theorise that Gudetama may be the cartoon mascot for our troubled age.
posted by acb at 7:05 AM - 20 comments

Monogamy Is In The Genes

A boring mouse who tends to their home and children show monogamous behavior is genetic, just like humans! Oldfield Mice not only make lifelong connections with their partners, they never inbreed. They even build better nests! Lady mice all over the world are looking for an Oldfield mouse...
posted by Yellow at 3:22 AM - 36 comments

Don't give me that look.

Guy Frees Owl from Kitchen Using a Swiffer (SLYT). NSFW due to a small amount of cursing.
posted by invisible ink at 12:39 AM - 41 comments

April 19

The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World

Carter and his White House were interested in more specific questions. If the presidency could survive after a nuclear war, what exactly would it do afterward? How could the surviving commander in chief be identified? Who would identify him? How would he fulfill the three main functions of the presidency: to be the chief executive of the government, the head of state, and the commander in chief of its armed forces?
posted by Chrysostom at 10:43 PM - 14 comments

“Q Did y’all ever run out of breadsticks? If so what happened?”

@JoeWadlington: I went on a date last night and the guy meekly shared that he used to be THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE TIMES SQUARE OLIVE GARDEN. Clearly, he'd seen some shit. So the next hour and a half was me asking questions. I tried to do y'all right. (The thread continues for many tweets, and can be read here as a Twitter Moment.)
Randall Coburn at The A.V. Club.: “Former manager of the Times Square Olive Garden shares harrowing war stories”
posted by Going To Maine at 9:56 PM - 132 comments

Directed by Arthur Slugworth?

"Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is one of the most beloved family films ever made. Featuring an iconic performance from the late, great Gene Wilder, eyepopping production design, a sly sense of humor and a parade of memorable songs, the film is a stone-cold classic.

So, here's a fun idea: what if you turned that stone-cold classic into a horribly-animated, direct-to-video Tom And Jerry movie?"
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:04 PM - 90 comments

Looks a lot more like it does now than it did before

Boat builder Louis Sauzedde has been crafting a wooden work skiff from raw lumber and documenting the process each week in a series of 36 videos. His Rhode Island accent, complete mastery of his craft, ability to explain both what he is doing and why he is doing it, casual use of nautical jargon, and his general good natured enthusiasm -- combined with excellent production and editing -- makes this series well worth watching. [more inside]
posted by cubby at 7:52 PM - 15 comments

Real Housecats Play The Real Housewives

Real Housecats of Orange County. Some silliness from ellentube. With cats. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 7:25 PM - 3 comments

In a Genocide, Who Are the Morally Upright?

Niyitegaka told the soldiers that, whether in life or in death, she would remain with the Tutsis she had sheltered. Singing and chanting, she followed them onto the buses, which headed for the notorious Commune Rouge, a public cemetery that served as a killing field. There, alongside her Tutsi friends, Niyitegeka was slain by an assassin’s bullet.
On the motivations of rescuers in the Rwandan genocide.
posted by Rumple at 7:19 PM - 4 comments

A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor

"Mr. Ahmed, 46, is in the business of chicken and rice. He immigrated from Bangladesh 23 years ago, and is now one of two partners in a halal food cart that sets up on Greenwich Street close to the World Trade Center, all year long, rain or shine. He is also one of more than 10,000 people, most of them immigrants, who make a living selling food on the city’s sidewalks..." (New York Times link)
posted by pravit at 7:03 PM - 11 comments

Sectors and Voxels and Sprites and more...

Ken Silverman's Build Engine served as the backbone for a generation of shooters that bridged the early efforts of DOOM and Wolfenstein with the later 3D revolution of Quake and Half-Life. The Build Engine's Golden Era (in Rock Paper Shotgun) traces the inception and legacy of the quirky and clunky, but powerful software: "... Build [engine] games took the action to urban centres, morgues and small-town Americana. We were whisked away to more fantastical worlds by Shadow Warrior and the wonderful Outlaws ... What unified all these environments is that they felt like real spaces designed for humans to reside in, but which just happened to be beset by zombies, aliens, or foul-mouthed shotgun-wielding hillbilly clones (that’s Redneck Rampage, in case you were wondering)." [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:08 PM - 11 comments

The Museum of Failure

From Colgate Lasagne to Crystal Pepsi The Guardian brings you news of a museum in Sweden that showcases - "products that swan-dived from the highest board; failures so legendary they have their own appendix in business-school textbooks. They’re proof that even with a multi-million dollar marketing budget, you still can’t buy someone who’ll see that the emperor’s new soft drink tastes like cat piss." [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 5:18 PM - 35 comments

I think maybe I am more like a child’s bench covered with fur.

My First Trip to Oakland, by Merle (and Sarah Miller).
posted by burgerrr at 5:08 PM - 5 comments

10 quadrillion vulgar tongues

Vulgar is a constructed language (conlang) generator for fantasy fiction writing that creates unique and usable constructed languages in the click of a button. Vulgar’s output models the regularities, irregularities and quirks of real world languages; phonology, grammar, and a 2000 unique word vocabulary. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 3:48 PM - 30 comments

Eighty Sixed

Love and Breakup in the digital age....or, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for Millennials. Written by, and starring, Cazzie David, Larry David's daughter. All four episodes are on youtube.
posted by HuronBob at 3:06 PM - 15 comments

World's biggest jukebox, Alan Lomax style (no quarters needed)

"Since 1990, the Global Jukebox has functioned as a digital repository of music from [folklorist Alan] Lomax’s global archive...Now, updated and put online, the newly-launched Global Jukebox web site provides an interactive interface, giving you access to detailed analyses of folk music from all over the world, and highly technical “descriptive data” for each song." Via Open Culture, thousands of international folk songs (and more!) are now available for your listening and learning pleasure. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:47 PM - 9 comments

Screenings for Canadian Values

Today is National Canadian Film Day 150, a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. To help you celebrate from your couch, the CBC is offering 7 Canadian feature films you can watch online for free. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos at 1:03 PM - 55 comments

Grant me the carving of my name

Hey guys, you know about that rule in archeology that says never go looking for a specific thing, and especially don't go looking for famous people because you'll almost NEVER find them?? Well, we think we may have found the grave of Richard III under your car park, maybe under a spot marked “R” on the asphalt. May we excavate? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:03 PM - 28 comments

Little boxes / on the game sprite / little boxes / made of rectangles

Here's a flickr album of images of and about hitboxes, the simplified mathematical regions—sometimes literally boxes (whether 2D or 3D), sometimes other shapes—used to quickly calculate collisions between objects in video games.
posted by cortex at 11:33 AM - 13 comments

two fare zone

"New York’s MTA subway system is an essential part of many New Yorkers’ lives [...] RentHop’s data scientists love maps and rental data, so they’ve mapped out rental prices by subway stop to assist in your apartment hunting endeavors [...] This year, we’ve seen rents dropping across most of Manhattan Island while prices in the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan rise due to what appears to be a migration in search of bigger apartments and/or cheaper rents." [more inside]
posted by griphus at 11:03 AM - 17 comments

"why did I ever build this"

The Robot That Shines a Laser in Your Eye [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 10:50 AM - 29 comments

Can I be Sleepy and Dopey too?

The case for being grumpy at work "Research shows that forcing workers to appear more pleasant and more cheerful than they actually feel can lead to a whole host of negative consequences—from emotional exhaustion to withdrawal. And women in particular suffer from the expectation that they should constantly demonstrate happiness." Constantly being expected to smile, or other types of emotional dissonance, can wreak havoc. Other studies indicate that appearing too cheery can actually harm a woman's chances for promotion.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:45 AM - 50 comments

The Myth of Everyday Cooking

" I care a lot about quality ingredients but there is literally zero way I am making food as rich, complex, and expensive as what constitutes Prueitt’s notion of “all day.”"
posted by Lycaste at 10:32 AM - 39 comments

Squeeze me till I pop, yeah, squeeze me till you drop

Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze: One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely pick for top technology investors, but they were drawn to the idea of an internet-connected device that transforms single-serving packets of chopped fruits and vegetables into a refreshing and healthy beverage.... But after the product hit the market, some investors were surprised to discover a much cheaper alternative: You can squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands.
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:28 AM - 150 comments

Books Now! Books Wow!

31 vintage posters that demand you pick up a book.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:24 AM - 19 comments

Stop hurling insults on Twitter and start throwing rocks in Dark Castle.

Wired: Want to leave the internet behind for a simpler time, one where computer frogs crossed rivers instead of spewing hate speech? The Macintosh Software Library from the Internet Archive lets you run old-school Macintosh games and applications in your browser, so stop hurling insults on Twitter and start throwing rocks in Dark Castle. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:16 AM - 28 comments

It's good to hear that voice again

New Music From Prince, Set For Release Friday, The Subject Of A Suit From His Estate from NPR. Here's the title track Deliverance [SoundCloud link].
posted by hippybear at 10:00 AM - 11 comments

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