October 12

“We need you.”

Welcome Back, SPY. [Esquire] “Then came the last year: the withdrawal of Stewart and Colbert from Comedy Central, the death of Gawker, the return of Hillary, and especially the rise of Donald Trump. SPY pioneered the exposure and ridicule of Trump back in its day, of course, always referring to him as "short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump"— and in this campaign, astonishingly, that epithet (and the general tiny-hand critique) resurfaced in a big way. As Trump became the Republicans' presumptive nominee, lots more people, pretty much every day, said to me, "SPY really needs to be rebooted, if only just for the election."” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:05 PM - 31 comments

Speak up.

Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech. Researchers have detailed the difficulty of confronting prejudice, but they have also found that even the politest of objections – or subtle corrections to loaded words – can almost instantly curb a speaker’s behavior. With a clearer understanding of the dynamics of such confrontation, psychologists say, people can develop tactics that can shut down the unsavory talk without ruining relationships, even when the offender has more status or power: a fraternity president, say, or a team captain or employer. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 1:05 PM - 36 comments

Dragons first

I Wore a Tail for 1 Week and Learned Nothing
posted by clorox at 12:03 PM - 45 comments

Yup. They're going to put me in a bean can.

July 1939. The world teetered on the brink of war as Hitler menaced Poland. The 11 millionth visitor passed through the turnstiles of the New York World’s Fair. Baseball fans still reeled after Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man” speech at Yankee Stadium. But many Americans could think only of Donn Fendler, a 12-year-old boy lost on Mount Katahdin in Maine, the object of a frantic search and rescue operation that dragged on for nine days, monopolizing the radio airwaves and newspaper headlines. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 11:19 AM - 23 comments

I Was Pregnant, And Then I Wasn’t

There are many administrative tasks to a miscarriage. You have to tell everyone, including your boss and your sister and your husband’s parents. We thought we were in the clear at 13 weeks along, so we had already started telling all of our friends and family, some only a few days earlier. We didn’t have the energy to make dozens of phone calls, so we sent text messages. I felt an urgent need to update everyone who knew, as if I had passed out bad information and needed to correct it as quickly as possible. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 11:04 AM - 26 comments

Tiny groups, big weights

Interesting piece from the NYT, on how one 19 year-old Illinois man is distorting national polling averages: "If you trim the weights, your sample will be biased — it might not include enough of the voters who tend to be underrepresented. If you don’t trim the weights, a few heavily weighted respondents could have the power to sway the survey."
posted by stillmoving at 11:03 AM - 19 comments

Final Thoughts on Tomi Lahren

Outside of work, she mostly hangs out at home with Grose and the producer’s younger sister, eating pigs in a blanket and watching The Real Housewives; she and her Marine ex-boyfriend broke up when she moved for the job. She doesn’t have time to go out that much anyway, unlike the Dallas “nerds” she describes partying every night on their parents’ money. She never had any of that, and anyway, she has a show to write.
Kyle Chayka writes for The Ringer on controversial 24-year-old conservative sensation, Tomi Lahren
posted by The Gooch at 10:37 AM - 34 comments

I vant to suck your blood: vampire finches, vampire moths and oxpeckers

Vampirism — piercing or cutting animal skin to suck or lap up blood — is known throughout the animal kingdom. Mosquitoes come to mind, plus ticks, mites, vampire bats, and the vampire finch of the Galapagos Islands. But … vampire moths? Wait, let's take a step back, did you say the vampire finch of the Galapagos Islands? Yes. They're a subspecies of the sharp-beaked ground finch that outnumber every other finch species on all of the islands combined. While they don't seem to bother the adult Boobies whose blood they drink, they may be fatal to chicks* and even crack open eggs. Right, what of those vampire moths? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:54 AM - 4 comments

Stranger Things

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" broke around the same time that we started the paper, so that was Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Screaming Trees, everything was going on. Soundgarden. The whole world was moving to Seattle at the time. - Travel back to 1991 for an oral history of The Stranger, now celebrating it's 25th Year as "Seattle's Only Newspaper". [more inside]
posted by Artw at 9:11 AM - 15 comments

"Death, blood and excrement are our life."

Kajetan Obarski is an artist who publishes animated GIFs under the pseudonym Kiszkiloszki. Many rework classic paintings for humorous or gruesome effect (and often both). His most widely-known creations feature a skeletal figure called the Death Fairy. He talks about his work in an interview with Dioniso Punk. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:33 AM - 4 comments

Turning on the NES just to listen to the title music again

Musician and Youtube user Luminist is remaking music from the original Metroid using some full-on synths, and it sounds amazing. Title Theme; Brinstar; Kraid's Lair; Samus Fanfare; Item Room.
posted by cortex at 7:49 AM - 21 comments


Please do not look away from... The Kettle. The Kettle Is Now Calibrating. Data specialist Mark Rittman spent an entire day attempting to set up his new appliance so that it would boil on command (Guardian via, of course, @internetofshit)
posted by lmfsilva at 6:55 AM - 75 comments

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

To the tune of the Divine Comedy this time around.
posted by pharm at 4:42 AM - 25 comments

October 11

Riddle me this. And that.

Riddlewot is a website with riddles made by whoever correctly guesses the front page riddle. That's all. If you want to post a riddle, you gotta make an account.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:45 PM - 64 comments

“You cannot really calculate the loss of consumer trust in money.”

A Bad Week for Samsung [The New York Times] “Samsung Electronics is killing its troubled Galaxy Note 7 [wiki] smartphone, a humbling about-face for the South Korean giant and its global brand. In an unprecedented move, the company will no longer produce or market the smartphones. The demise of the Galaxy Note 7 is a major setback for Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones. The premium device — with a 5.7-inch screen, curved contours and comparatively high price — won praise from consumers and reviewers, and was the company’s most ambitious effort yet to take on Apple for the high-end market.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 2:42 PM - 129 comments

My saying is: We win and lose together

As we stand four weeks to election day, we know more about the candidates, and it's not good. Things have also recently not been great for Donald; following the taped revelations of last week, involving yet another (and now dismissed) member of the Bush dynasty, a fiery and ugly debate ensued (MetaFilter). Since then, he has marched increasingly alone; Paul Ryan has all but unendorsed him, John McCain has had enough, a lot of other Republicans are doing their own thing, and his friends are mainly the apologist Ben Carson, Rudy Giuliani, a 'coward' in Florida, and Wikileaks and dubious Russian information services (leading perhaps to a campaign event cancellation). [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 2:02 PM - 3497 comments

so put away that meat you're selling

"Millions of containers, thousands of ships, hundreds of scientists, 30 laws, 15 federal agencies, and we still can't prevent the next foodborne illness outbreak."

[Fun supplementary reading: FDA Defect Levels Handbook, FSIS Meat & Poultry Hazards & Controls Guide, CDC Foodborne Outbreak Investigations.]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 1:10 PM - 12 comments

Images from old books about medicine and biology

Wunderkammer is a collection of high resolution images from old books in the Hagströmer Medical Library. Some of my favorites are sea anemones, nerve cells, rooster chasing off a monster, 16th Century eye surgery, muscles and bones of the hand and arm, elephant-headed humanoid and cupping. It can also be browsed by tag, broken up into subject (e.g. beast), emotion (e.g. strange), technique (e.g. chromolithography) and era (e.g. 18th Century). Once you've exhausted the pleasures of the Wunderkammer, venture into the Bibliotheca Systema Naturae, with scans from more books in the Hagströmer Medical Library, such as portraits of patients and Goethe's theory of optics.
posted by Kattullus at 12:25 PM - 11 comments

like a river

"Shut your mouth, baby, stand and deliver Holding hands won't make me a sinner" - Bishop Briggs, River [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:01 PM - 9 comments

Do not count the squirrels, I think. The squirrels are not yours.

"Removed audio of a cat purring when headphone jack is plugged in" [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 11:56 AM - 3 comments

The Political Logic of Hard Brexit

A majority of UK voters oppose hard Brexit, and yet the government seems to be pursuing it. Why? Jacek Rostowski offers a cynical explanation.
posted by HoraceH at 11:05 AM - 123 comments

All Australians, please take three steps north and turn slightly right

Australia's GPS coordinates will be moved 4.9 feet by the end of the year. The shift is not because old measurements were wrong, but because our smallest continent rests on a particularly fast-moving tectonic plate (relatively speaking, that is -- it's only about 2.7 inches per year). This is the fourth such adjustment for Australia over the last half-century; the last such adjustment in 1994 was a whopping 656 feet.
posted by Etrigan at 9:48 AM - 29 comments

Afrika Bambaataa accused of decades of sex abuse

Hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa allegedly molested young men for decades. Why are the accusations only coming out now? (SLVice; TW: descriptions of sexual abuse)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:12 AM - 38 comments

How to spend your commissary money wisely

Make Chi Chi: just combine ramen, hot pickle, spicy sausage, jalapeno squeeze cheese, canned chili, honey, spicy cheese puffs, minute rice, hot sauce, and a billion dollar industry. Don't worry, you can buy the chips.
posted by phlyingpenguin at 8:34 AM - 24 comments

Panama: The Hidden Trillions

Previously, we thought that the offshore world was a shadowy, but minor, part of our economic system. What we learned from the Panama Papers is that it is the economic system.
posted by Bee'sWing at 7:38 AM - 39 comments

Even the word had power for me. Quilts.

Twenty-nine years ago, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfolded on the Mall for the first time, with 1,920 panels. Today, it has grown to more than 49,000.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:54 AM - 11 comments

Maximum Nutrition with Minimal Effort

People get “violently ill” from Soylent bars; company stumped
posted by almostmanda at 6:27 AM - 141 comments

October 10

Classifying Voice

Freedom of speech in the digital age - "Speech that disseminates ideas is more valuable than speech whose purpose is to intimidate others." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 10:10 PM - 26 comments

Don't bother, they're here

Who Are the Real ‘Killer Clowns’ Terrorizing America? Insane Clown Posse weighs in on the most pressing issue in America today. (Autoplay audio)
posted by GuyZero at 4:11 PM - 79 comments

For the love of #god, Montresor

The hot new meme on tumblr is "The Cask of Amontillado". (via catesish on twitter) [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 2:18 PM - 128 comments

There is an excitement about having nightmares.

An artist named Christopher Shy has somehow managed to capture the swirling, amorphous feeling of a nightmare with his series of watercolor horror and sci-fi movie posters, and each is more terrifying than the last. For example: The Thing [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:07 PM - 17 comments

“‘This is shit. I’m one of the other people who got the shit!’”

Shitstorm In Academia As Professors Receive Packets Of Poop [Buzzfeed News] Junk mail took on a new meaning when three philosophy professors received envelopes of feces last summer. Now, the hunt is on for the 'poopetrator'. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:38 PM - 59 comments

Romani representation in comics blows up LGBT panel

At New York Comic Con last weekend, the Q&A for a panel on LGBT representation in comic books included a question about Romani representation. Writer Peter David responded with a story about a Romanian tour guide telling him that Romani parents break their children's legs to make them better beggars. He retold the story on his blog, saying further, "Apparently the only thing that matters is the sensitivities of activists, and if you take issue with actions that the people they represent have taken, then clearly there is something wrong with you." [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:20 AM - 65 comments

how a rare clinical diagnosis became a repository for our deepest fears

"If the uncannily accurate descriptions of your personal villain imply that he or she is outside the empire of normal mental health, flickering eerily at the edge of pathology, why do these descriptions also (in moments you quietly bury deep inside you) remind you, sometimes, of an entirely different person—that is, you? And why does the nightmare with which the internet is obsessed, of encountering people who look and sound real but are fake, remind you so much of the feeling of reading the internet itself?" Emptiness. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 9:03 AM - 13 comments

"The Fact No Sabotage Has Happened Is Proof It Will"

Pictures of Japanese-Americans, 120,000 of whom lost property and were placed in camps for the duration of the war. "The people who lived across from us came to our house and took everything." - George Takei [more inside]
posted by blankdawn at 8:57 AM - 45 comments

joint session

The Joinery contains animated illustrations of wooden joints coming together.
posted by griphus at 8:49 AM - 23 comments

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly to Be Fearful of the Night

Chinese, Ancient Greek, and modern Western skies, swappable [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:06 AM - 13 comments

October 9

Sex Pistols/Vicious White Kids, Live 78

Vicious White Kids - Electric Ballroom, London - August 22, 1978. Sex Pistols, Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas, Texas - January 10, 1978. (This is the concert where Sid's bass comes unplugged and Steve Jones stops playing, walks over and plugs it in again - it is at about 6:30.) Bonus - Sex Pistols, Winterland, January 1978 - their final concert. (This has been an FPP previously but the link no longer works.) All links are Youtube. [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 6:16 PM - 10 comments

My First Gulfstream

My First Gulfstream In 1998, Vanity Fair published this account by an anonymous "information entrepreneur" (rumored to be Nathan Myhrvold) about the process of buying a private jet.
posted by mecran01 at 5:49 PM - 38 comments

♪♫ Don’t modulate the key then not debate with me!

With just a month to go until the election (and after a Trumpian pre-debate shitshow) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off again in the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis at 9PM Eastern Time. Print out your Bingo cards and tune into any major network (Channel 4 in the UK) or listen on NPR. Alternately, watch on one of YouTube's channels (NBC, PBS, Fox News, the Washington Post). Twitter will stream Bloomberg. Facebook has ABC and PBS. C-SPAN has its own feed (C-SPAN Radio is also streaming.) You can even watch in virtual reality (Gear, Rift, or Vive) via AltspaceVR. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:37 PM - 4190 comments

A University of Whales

Losing a large number of individuals is a tragedy, but what happens when we lose an entire whale culture? What do we lose when we lose a way of life? Every culture, whale or otherwise, is its own solution to the problems of the environment in which it lives. With its extirpation, we lose the traditional knowledge of what it means to be a Caribbean whale and how to exploit the deep sea riches around the islands efficiently. And that cannot be recovered.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:27 AM - 11 comments

'Kimye v. Taylor: American Snapchat Story'

The Ringer puts forth an interesting exercise: "draft" a TV show, spending a total of $250 on actor's salaries, time period, setting, special effects, intellectual property, and miscellaneous expenses ($12 for "gritty", $7 per pun in title). Readers submitted their own ideas, ranging from James Marsden and Geena Davis on a miniature golf course to a remake of Up with Charles Barkley and Matt LeBlanc.
posted by Etrigan at 9:16 AM - 7 comments

Mestiza Music

In 2014, Grammy-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank brought together a chamber quartet with Ecuadoran pan players for a week-long workshop culminating with a performance of Mestiza Music. [57m] Trailer.
posted by hippybear at 9:09 AM - 5 comments

Postmodern Colonial Rococo Baroque

Unique one of a kind finishing completed by a professional!
posted by bonefish at 9:03 AM - 72 comments

Doughnut Kitten

Doughnut kitten: pretty much as advertised. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 2:01 AM - 27 comments

October 8

“Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.”

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival, a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, is observed primarily in Southeast Asian countries. Thailand’s celebration is called the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, and is notable for devotees called Ma Song—“entranced horses”—whom the gods enter during the festival. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:44 PM - 2 comments

Empire de la Mort: honoring the dead around the world

"Do you ever marvel at how there is not a single part of the planet that has not been died upon?" Dr. Paul Koudounaris probably has, given his interest in regional traditions regarding death and ways of honoring (and living with) the dead, with a focus on charnel houses and ossuaries. He has a website titled Empire de la Mort, "being an online resource for charnel houses and burial catacombs," and includes a section on skeletal reliquaries and individual mummies and other miscellaneous sites. His website is a bit dated in design, if not content, and he also posts on Facebook as Empire of Death and on Instagram as hexenkult. (Paul Koudounaris, previously)
posted by filthy light thief at 10:11 PM - 10 comments

Return of an Edomae Sushi Legend

Shiro Across the Sea The owners of Maneki agree to build Shiro a proper sushi bar—no more preparing omakase hidden in a kitchen. Seattle in 1969 is swarming with Japanese businessmen here to do deals—shipping, lumber, imports, Boeing. And they want to seal those deals the best way they know how: at a sushi bar. But first, the liquor board needs convincing that a sushi bar is merely a counter where the chef stands, making food and presenting it directly to diners.
posted by CrystalDave at 6:20 PM - 12 comments

Here’s how to tell the new Underworld and Resident Evil trailers apart

Dark, confusing times have come to America. Times of turmoil. Times when difficult choices must be made. Times when the latest entries in two surprisingly long-lived actress-centered undead-fighting action series—both due in theaters next January from the same fucking studio—can release new trailers on the same day, both featuring their respective heroines on motorcycles.
posted by valkane at 5:33 PM - 32 comments

The Amen Break

The most sampled song of all time. "..what is it about a 47-year-old, six-second drum solo from a relatively unknown soul band that’s given it musical immortality? The answer involves the invention of two new musical genres, a new piece of technology and a power blackout."
posted by storybored at 5:28 PM - 27 comments

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