February 1

Because Everyone Loves A Good Owl

With owls of high quality on everyone's mind this week, what can the owl curious do? Luckily, Vox has your back with nine superb owl facts. (SLVox)
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:47 AM - 21 comments

Nah. - Rosa Parks, 1955

23 Ways To Celebrate Black History Month In Style (Hannah Giorgis for Buzzfeed)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:23 AM - 7 comments

My ex used to call this place a "cut'n'shoot" kind of bar.

The last local honky tonk (slCreativeLoafingAtlanta)
posted by Kitteh at 10:30 AM - 16 comments

In Case you don't already know everything there is to know

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Infinite Jest, Happy 20th Birthday
posted by Yellow at 10:24 AM - 53 comments

Hey @Comcast why is my internet speed 31down\9up when I pay for 150down?

This Bot Will Tweet at Comcast Whenever Your Internet Is Slower Than Advertised
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:17 AM - 58 comments

Unpublished Black History

"Every day during Black History Month, we will publish at least one of these photographs online, illuminating stories that were never told in our pages and others that have been mostly forgotten.... other holes in coverage probably reflect the biases of some earlier editors at our news organization, long known as the newspaper of record. They and they alone determined who was newsworthy and who was not, at a time when black people were marginalized in society and in the media."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:38 AM - 13 comments

Your P-value is in another castle

Guess the Correlation: The aim of the game is simple. Try to guess how correlated the two variables in a scatter plot are. The closer your guess is to the true correlation, the better.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:59 AM - 25 comments

This list is great if you like to laugh and want 100 of something

In chronological order from Bert Williams to Amy Schumer, Vulture lists the 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:22 AM - 70 comments

Jacques Rivette (1928–2016)

Revered arthouse icon Jacques Rivette, whose films explored the fine line that separates reality from theater and paranoid fantasy, died at his home in Paris on Friday of complications related to Alzheimer’s. [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 4:34 AM - 10 comments

Guardian restricts commentary on contentious topics

Going forward, the Guardian will refrain from allowing comments on articles discussing sensitive issues such as "race, immigration, and Islam". Per Mary Hamilton, executive editor, this move is necessary in order to address "a change in mainstream public opinion and language that we do not wish to see reflected or supported on the site".
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 4:32 AM - 129 comments

Speaking of stereotypes...

Coldplay's New 'India' Video... [more inside]
posted by xm at 1:53 AM - 63 comments

January 31

Human Harp

LETS TRANSFORM SUSPENSION BRIDGES INTO GIANT HARPS AND PLAY THEM! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:25 PM - 11 comments

Raw Power: From Iggy and the Stooges to AMD and Blu-ray

The Leap: The Improbable Transformation of a Punk Pioneer (mp3) - "James Williamson is a successful tech executive who's been working in Silicon Valley for decades. But it turns out Williamson had a secret, something that no one working with him knew. He was a pioneer in a type of music that is about as far from the tech world as you can get." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:41 PM - 24 comments

Returning to spacedock

Starship Enterprise in the shop for repairs [Washington Post]
After 50 years of imaginary intergalactic service and epic flights of science fiction, the starship Enterprise, registry number NCC-1701, lies in pieces on a table at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
posted by peeedro at 5:20 PM - 54 comments

Scrawled on the box in black Magic Marker were the words “TIME MACHINE.”

The Philosophers
posted by anotherpanacea at 3:28 PM - 16 comments

Here she has grabbed by the neck and by his member

Trial by combat (or judicial duel, judicial combat) was a method of Germanic law to settle accusations in the absence of witnesses or a confession in which two parties in dispute fought in single combat; the winner of the fight was proclaimed to be right. One of the forms of judicial duel was so-called marital duels (or conjugal duels) in which a husband and a wife physically prove their case in domestic disputes. In an effort to even the field, husbands were ordered to fight while confined to a shallow pit with one arm tied to his body.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:54 PM - 28 comments

Ruff Ride

Somebody ring the buzzer for me please? [more inside]
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 1:29 PM - 19 comments

Ulver - ATGCLVLSSCAP

Long-running experimentalists Ulver break free from the studio to release ATGCLVLSSCAP. From PopMatters:
The basis of this new double LP, ATGCLVLSSCAP, comes from a dozen shows the band performed in early 2014, not long after the unit had issued its postmodern requiem mass Messe I.X-VI.X. The material here is the result of the group improvising in the live setting, blending the dark electronic elements that it has become known for with traces of the psychedelic, dashes of minimalism and rhythms that sway somewhere between Scandinavian primacy and ornate Latin temples to movement and time. Now placed side-by-side the pieces form two possible interpretations: the first of which is an album that evolves with a tension and release strategy in its sequence or a composition with 12 chambers that take the listener through all the same movements and emotions of a well-wrought symphony.
[more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 1:23 PM - 9 comments

Yes We Can(ada)!

If you're tired of the status quo, there is a third path forwards — Canada for President [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon at 1:19 PM - 28 comments

Women farmers & food leaders

Oregon Tilth's magazine, In Good Tilth:
Our inaugural issue of 2016 celebrates women farmers and food leaders. Stories include: An interview with Doria Robinson of Urban Tilth; a photo narrative by Audra Mulkern; an analysis of why women farmers have been invisible for so long; a look around the United States at female leaders in our good food movement; and more.
(probably not mobile-friendly)
posted by aniola at 12:57 PM - 12 comments

Visualizing History

Syracuse, ancient and late classical era. Pompeii's Last Day. Hadrian's Villa: reconstruction and current state and virtual walkthrough. Virtual exploration of Corinth, 2nd century C.E. Rome circa 320 C.E. Flyby of Tenochtitlan. A 3-D walkthrough of Paris in the 18th century. Paris in 1896 and today. London in 1927 and 2013, side by side. A portal into 1924 London through 2014. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 11:37 AM - 10 comments

The Junior Vasquez Post You Didn't Know You Needed

1983: Donald Mattern releases his first remix, a 12" for Kid Nice's song "Keep Dreaming". It was the inauspicious birth of a phenomenon who would dominate house music remixes for decades -- Junior Vasquez. Join me for a chronological and selective journey through his remix career, won't you? As the years go by, witness the evolution of synth technology, remix philosophy, and house and dance music. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:37 AM - 17 comments

The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict

An expert in prison literature, Smith felt sure that the book was written by someone with firsthand knowledge of 19th-century correctional facilities. And if Haunted Convict was a genuine account, it would be groundbreaking: the earliest-known narrative penned by an African-American prisoner.
posted by a strong female character at 9:10 AM - 7 comments

Pregnant, Sick With Zika—and Prohibited From Getting an Abortion

"The way these governments are handling the virus is foolish, highly unrealistic, and insensitive to women." But Zika Virus Isn't The First Disease To Spark A Debate About Abortion [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:18 AM - 24 comments

No, I'm afraid it doesn't qualify for Free Shipping

Though prefab houses have started to increase in popularity, the concept is certainly not a new one. Sears & Roebuck, through it's Modern Home program, sold mail order homes for over thirty years at the start of the 20th century. And though Sears was the most popular home seller at this time, other companies such as Aladdin in Bay City, Michigan also made their mark. Central Michigan University has an online archive of these home catalogs for those curious. And these Flickr albums include not only Aladdin catalogs, but also Sears Home catalogs and many others for your perusal. Finally, if you think that you might live in a Sears home or you've seen one in your neighborhood, here are a few tips for successfully spotting them (Previous Prefab Posts).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:14 AM - 38 comments

So that's why they sound better

Audioquest, the folks who claimed their expensive Ethernet cables made a “noticeable improvement in sound quality” (previously) has a YouTube video that clearly proves their claims. It demonstrates the improvement in sound quality their HDMI cables provide. Folks, this is not a subtle improvement that requires “golden ears” to perceive. In fact, you can even hear it on laptop speakers. Not surprisingly, the more expensive the cable the greater the improvement in the sound quality. Money well spent. Except, as Mark Waldrep points out: they cheated by faking the results. Here’s the response from the C.E.O. of Audioquest.
posted by Dean358 at 6:02 AM - 78 comments

“Warren! Warren! Answer me—are you there?”

The Ordeal of Randolph Carter - not quite an adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's The Statement of Randolph Carter By Chris Lackey and Greig Johnson.
posted by Artw at 4:32 AM - 15 comments

Dawn of a new era

For the first time, the UCI has discovered a motor in a cyclist's bike. Femke Van den Driessche dropped out of the under 23 Women's World Cyclo-Cross Championship race with apparent mechanical problems, the bike was taken away for investigations. The Clinic started speculating right away about a previous performance at Koppenberg Cross. I believe this is a video of that event.
posted by Chuckles at 3:09 AM - 73 comments

Every year I expect it to be less foolish, and every year it is more so.

RIP Sir Terry Wogan, Irish radio and television presenter whose long career at the BBC included many notable shows including Wake up to Wogan, the Wogan chatshow, Blankety Blank and The Eurovision Song Contest. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:37 AM - 51 comments

Count Me Out

Robb Flynn of Machine Head responds to former Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo's racism.
posted by dazed_one at 12:26 AM - 101 comments

Bouletize Me!

Following in the semi-proud tradition of The Peanuts Movie, The Simpsons, Scott Pilgrim, Mad Men, South Park, The Great Gatsby (?!?) and too many other media entities to mention, you can now create a Personal Avatar in the style of MeFi's Favorite French Cartoonist* Boulet (10X previously):
LE BOULETMATON. (in French with no English translation I could find**, but it's pretty self-explanatory) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:18 AM - 22 comments

January 30

#ColorOurCollections

"Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the Color Our Collections event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections."
To start with, check out the natural history offerings from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the medieval offerings from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. [more inside]
posted by flex at 10:38 PM - 9 comments

“IF YOU REMEMBER THIS, THEN YOUR CHILDHOOD WAS AWESOME.”

We always just called it the Castle Park. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:12 PM - 36 comments

New Potter Wizard School Info

J.K. Rowling has recently released some information on international wizarding schools. We already knew a fair amount about Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. But she also discusses Mahoutokoro, the Japanese school that actually has day students; Uagadou, the African school carved out of a mountainside; and Castelobruxo, the Brazilian home of Bill Weasley's ear-shrivelling penpal. She gives no information about Ilvermorny, the "North American" school. (There is not even a mention of the Salem Witches' Institute.)
posted by vogon_poet at 7:26 PM - 101 comments

The "Guilty Mind" principle eliminates a lot of "crimes"

Everyone commits crimes. There are so many laws out there making what's relatively banal behavior criminal if looked at in that light. Apparently a longstanding legal principle tho has been the idea of a "guilty mind," which has gotten somewhat lost recently. The idea is that if you can't write a law where it's possible for a person to commit a crime without meaning to commit a crime. More in the link.
posted by BradyDale at 6:48 PM - 43 comments

Oregon Under Attack: And then there were four

The FBI negotiated further with four armed occupants at a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday while the holdouts in a video posted online expressed their mistrust of the government and reluctance to leave. (Mega) Previous.
posted by valkane at 5:44 PM - 904 comments

Cafe Grumpy and more: NYC coffee shops

28 Outstanding Coffee Shops in New York City - Levi Dalton and Marguerite Preston, The Eater, 2015 (with map)
The 10 best coffee shops in New York City - Liz Clayton, The Thrillist, 2015
10 Hottest Coffee Shops in NYC - Megan O. Steintrager, Zagat, 2015
The best coffee shops in New York - Time Out, 2014
101 Places to Find Great Coffee in New York - interactive map
And of course, there's an app for that.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:36 PM - 23 comments

"Oh! how I wish I could fly, There’s so much to see from the sky."

For decades, artist Harry Smith (previously on mefi) collected paper airplanes that he found on the streets of New York City- over 250 of them from 1961 to 1987. They're now in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 5:05 PM - 5 comments

The 10 Best Canadian Heritage Minutes of All Time

"Heritage Factor (how much does it feel like a Heritage Moment?): 9.1. We’ve got period costumes, some clunky exposition/dramatic devices to ensure everything is explained in a minute, and a dramatic ending. Most importantly, we’ve got lots of historical half-truths in order to service television drama....I’m not saying we have a national fetish for comparing ourselves favourably to America. I’m just noting a full 10% of Heritage Minutes are based around that theme." Vancouver journalist Justin McElroy presents The 10 Best Canadian Heritage Minutes of All Time. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:50 PM - 34 comments

Kumbali and Kago's First Snow

Cheetah and dog play in the snow. SLYT, 1:43. [more inside]
posted by asperity at 1:58 PM - 16 comments

Geeta, Rohan, and the Factory

A few weeks earlier, the male elders of their caste had decreed that village women working at nearby meat-processing factories should leave their jobs. The reason they gave was that women at home would be better protected from the sexual advances of outside men. A bigger issue lay beneath the surface: The women’s earnings had begun to undermine the old order. It came as a surprise when seven of the women, who had come to rely on the daily wage of 200 rupees, about $3, refused to stop. The women would have to, the men said, blocking the lane with their bodies. They did not expect the women to go to the police. (SLNYTimes). [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 1:57 PM - 14 comments

Alabama Shakes

Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music - "Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. 'It was a really interesting way to grow up', she tells Fresh Air." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:08 PM - 13 comments

Oh, Seattle! in comic form

Seattle alt-paper The Stranger carries comic-strip renditions of real police reports by Callan Berry. Recent pieces include: Man Throws Boasts (and Roasts) in Elevator, Woman Gets Cut in Line, Uses Peppery Language, and Man Gives Friend a Beer, Fight Ensues. Meanwhile, Real Change features MetroFareComic by Peter Orr, affectionate pieces based on real bus rider experiences, such as the overheard new lips prayer and misheard pothead genocide.
posted by splitpeasoup at 11:52 AM - 31 comments

Name that fragment of a century-old forgotten silent film!

Beneath glimmering chandeliers at an Art Deco movie house built into the side of a mountain, 150 silent-movie buffs sat wide-eyed as snippets from films lost decades ago lighted up the screen. Their quest: Name the film, or at least spot details that will advance the cause. The fans shouted clues as a piano player wearing an old-time parlor vest and a thick period mustache improvised jaunty scores. They scoured vintage magazines on their laptops, checked film databases on their tablets, and scrubbed their brains for odd bits of early 20th century cultural history. Every frame had the potential to unlock a secret.
posted by jason's_planet at 10:12 AM - 8 comments

Tattooed Ceramic Ladies

Jessica Harrison takes old ceramic statues of fancily-dressed women and decorates them with tattoos.
posted by divabat at 9:56 AM - 14 comments

UNiversal ARticulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science

Meet Unarius, the world's most stylish UFO reincarnation cult.
posted by The Whelk at 7:47 AM - 37 comments

“I gave them their own species name: Abundus egocentrus.”

A tyrannosaur of one’s own. by Laurie Gwen Shapiro [Aeon] Dinosaur collecting isn't just for museums any more — film stars and sheikhs do it too. What drives a man to covet big bones?
The world’s most famous palaeontologist doesn’t understand why anyone wants to collect dinosaurs. Mark Norell sits across from me in his expansive corner office at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and launches right in: ‘People are weird. I think: “Who is buying this shit?” No accounting for people’s taste. I have a passion for dinosaurs, but certainly not what I would call “dinosaur insanity”. Dinosaurs are just a medium for me to do science. But if I were doing the same thing on some other organism – you wouldn’t be here.’
posted by Fizz at 7:43 AM - 20 comments

Animal Families

Animal Families - A collection of animal illustrations that explore the relationship of parent and child. By artist Michael Sutton.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:29 AM - 3 comments

What if Doctor Seuss channeled H.P. Lovecraft?

The Call of Cthulhu (for beginning readers)
posted by fings at 7:10 AM - 25 comments

Become A Better Developer — By Having A Blast

“At CodinGame, we believe that everyone should be able to discover the pleasure of coding. We are programmers at heart, and we know that code is a powerful tool to innovate and create. It's a matter of passion, but above all, it's fun. So we've imagined a platform which merges programming and video games.” [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote at 1:21 AM - 33 comments

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