August 8

“Her story is one of confusion, sadness, fear, and loss...”

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [IGN] “It follows the titular Senua, a celtic warrior, who embarks on a mission to the homeland of the Northmen in order to penetrate the depths of their version of hell, the mythological Norse land of the dead called Helheim. It's bound by threads of historical fiction, historical non-fiction, mythology, and metaphor all admirably weaved together to create a unique backdrop that's ripe for exploring the darker tones and themes Hellblade tackles. But as impressive as its story is, Ninja Theory’s smart design reinforces the sensory nature of the harrowing tale through subtle and intuitive mechanics. Even before the game begins, you're prompted to play with headphones in order to capitalize on the binaural audio design (simulated three-dimensional sound). This is used to great effect as the voices that plague Senua are in a constant chatter, dancing around her head in creepy ways that feel as though you're never alone.” [YouTube] [Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:10 PM - 11 comments

#5280PostItWars: Do you even Morse, bro?

We've been informed that some tenants are making Post-It art on windows that can be seen from other buildings. (Note: TV news page has auto-playing video.) Please know that this places tenants in violation of their leases. Please have the "artwork" removed by 5 PM today.
posted by asperity at 3:24 PM - 47 comments

Glen Travis Campbell, 1936-2017

Glen Campbell has passed away at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He released his last album, "Adiós," in June.
posted by me3dia at 2:39 PM - 89 comments

If Job had a different job, what job would Job have?

What is Your Opposite Job? What if you could start over and take the career path most different from the one you’re on? Type in an occupation and find out its opposite. The gizmo uses the Labor Department's skills and tasks database to figure out the polar opposite of a listed occupation.
posted by storybored at 1:56 PM - 116 comments

En français, mais quel français ?

Français de nos régions. A website (100% in French) that looks at variations in French as spoken in France (and within France), Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and Canada, and in the French-speaking Caribbean. It discusses and maps issues such as whether that chocolate-filled pastry is called a pain au chocolat or chocolatine, the word used for "mobile phone", how "80" is actually spoken in Belgium and Switzerland , Germanisms found in Swiss French such as stempf or poutzer, which regions of France pronounce the final letters in persil, encens, moins and vingt, and so on. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 12:43 PM - 38 comments

I don't know why Li'l Mushie sings in allcaps, he just does, ok.

Li'l Mushie, or, Nymphadora Tonks Gets Bored [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 11:41 AM - 2 comments

The authoritarian tendencies of the suburbs

"The modern suburb in America began as a means of providing abundant and comfortable housing to white Americans and has now evolved into a carefully tuned media surround — replete with ubiquitous screens running alarmist commercial media — that seeks to sustain that apartheid at any cost. But just as the media elevated a man to the presidency only to have him turn around and name it the “enemy of the people,” the built environment of suburbs is riven with contradictions that will ultimately be its undoing." The Authoritarian Surround, the politics of the suburbs by David A. Banks.
posted by The Whelk at 11:35 AM - 18 comments

Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules

Avoiding meat in all circumstances, including in the circumstances in which the vegetarian guest found herself, is a strategy that can backfire. Plausibly, the ‘right’ message to be sent to non-vegetarians is one that increases the chances that as many of them as possible will give up meat or at least reduce their meat consumption. […] A flexible moral position is more appealing than a rigid one that allows for no exceptions. It is more likely that people would be convinced to become flexible vegetarians – that is, that they abstain from eating meat with some exceptions – than to become rigid vegetarians, and being a flexible vegetarian is preferable, from a moral perspective, to being a carnivore.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:56 AM - 128 comments

"It’s not the system that’s broken—you’re just not trying hard enough."

Joining a MLM is appealing to women who find hope in their promises of a better life: freedom, economic independence, and an endless supply of cheery trinkets. Despite professing quick-income prospects though, it’s difficult for MLM consultants to earn more than pocket change. When glitzy recruitment videos yield to the reality of suburban cul-de-sacs, people selling for MLMs can be plunged into debt and psychological crisis.

“I was urged to stop paying my bills to invest in more inventory. I was urged to get rid of television. I was urged to pawn my vehicle. I just had to get on anxiety meds over all of it because I’ve started having panic attacks.” [sl article]
posted by Elly Vortex at 10:16 AM - 95 comments

"White Americans are probably the most dangerous people in the world…"

Unlearning the myth of American innocence. "American exceptionalism did not only define the US as a special nation among lesser nations; it also demanded that all Americans believe they, too, were somehow superior to others. How could I, as an American, understand a foreign people, when unconsciously I did not extend the most basic faith to other people that I extended to myself?"
posted by standardasparagus at 9:06 AM - 78 comments

But I know y'all wanted that 808

Roland has brought back the TR-808 as the TR-08. Compacter, lighter, portable, and most importantly much cheaper than second hand versions of the original. The new variant is slated to hit the shelves with a USB interface to slot into a modern setup and for only $349, about a third of the typical asking price of an original 808 on eBay. Now everyone will be able to have authentic drum lines for their Marvin Gaye covers!
posted by Talez at 8:49 AM - 44 comments

On a microscale, a cookie is essentially a series of small starchy tubes

The Optimal Time to Dunk an Oreo, According to Science. Lucas Reilly of Mental Floss brings us a roundup of scientific research of just how long your cookie/biscuit should remain in the milk, including an actual physics equation and a university-approved chart. Hail science!
posted by Etrigan at 8:42 AM - 6 comments

Nick, this changes everything. games journalist Nick Robinson, best known for his work with the irrepressible Griffin McElroy on such acclaimed projects as Car Boys, Touch the Skyrim, and gamestorming podcast CoolGames Inc, has by proxy developed a "soft boy" image of friendly inclusivity and innocent, goofy charm. So it came as a shock this weekend when a Twitter spat over a glitch snowballed into the outing of Robinson as one of the industry's more notorious missing stairs, with multiple colleagues and even young fans accusing him of sexual harassment. Reaction was swift: longtime friends broke ties, Griffin expressed shocked anger and pushed back on calls for proof, and Polygon suspended Robinson pending inquiry. Vice Media's Waypoint podcast sums up the situation with a frank discussion (starting @32:54) of sexism in the gaming industry, power dynamics in a world of personality-driven social media fandom, the difference between legal and social transgression, and how to deal when a favorite artist betrays your trust. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 7:42 AM - 158 comments

— but where were the women composers?

The top 35 female composers in classical music The Washington Post's Classical Music Critic writes: NPR’s recent list of the 150 greatest albums by women was inspiring — but where were the composers? In the wake of much discussion about the chronic underrepresentation of female composers on American concert programs, I came up with my own best-of list. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 7:37 AM - 13 comments

Very High Confidence

The New York Times has published a report on climate change that has been signed off on by the National Academy of Sciences, but is awaiting approval from multiple agencies before release. The report projects increases of 5.0 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.8 degrees Celsius) by late this century, depending on the level of future emissions. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 7:36 AM - 29 comments

"Butlandings Head Woodhuel" vs. "Bilton-in-Ainsty"

Can You Distinguish These Real British Places From Fake Ones an AI Made Up? Dan Hon dumped 50,000 real British place names into a neural network, and Gizmodo turned the results into a short but entertaining quiz.
posted by Copronymus at 7:35 AM - 33 comments

The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu

Fourteen Julys after he had debuted on the mound at Yankee Stadium in front of 52,000 fans, and nine years after he’d thrown the last pitch of a major league career that had tailspinned from promising to punch line, Hideki Irabu, 42 years old, had died desperately alone.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:18 AM - 15 comments

Charles Komanoff and the Balanced Transportation Analyzer

Starting in the mid-2000s, economist and transportation analyst Charles Komanoff began constructing a tool of fantastic complexity to analyze traffic policy impacts in Manhattan and surrounding territories. . . [more inside]
posted by saladin at 7:11 AM - 5 comments

There goes Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima, the first actor to portray Godzilla, has died at the age of 88.. He donned the suit 12 times over 18 years from 1954 to 1972. He also had parts in other Japanese tokusatsu movies, and even bit parts in The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and The Hidden Fortress. Here's an interview with Nakajima from 2014.
posted by adamrice at 6:47 AM - 15 comments

“We hardly go anywhere, and nobody comes here”

The isolation of caregiving (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 6:21 AM - 5 comments

High-Level Design in Game of Thrones

The Getty Museum's video (long) on the manuscripts and costume design exhibitions relating to Games of Thrones and the Middle Ages. Fascinating and humorous, e.g. Ikea rugs as GofT robes.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:16 AM - 2 comments

Otterly adorbs

Here are some otters playing in a river, and three going round in a pool, and here is one playing like a dog. Elsewhere, a young otter tries to sleep on mom because otters like their sleep quite a lot. Otters have their own language and like talking to each other, sometimes quite loudly. Finally, a baby otter is introduced to water. [MetaOtter thread]
posted by Wordshore at 5:14 AM - 19 comments

Anything Between the Streets and the Trains

Project Subway NYC is a blog by architect Candy Chan that is working towards revealing and representing the three-dimensional structure of New York subway stations and tracks. For example, X-Ray Area Maps.
posted by carter at 4:08 AM - 7 comments

Pink or blue

Open your Eyes is a new collaboration between Hollie McNish and Jake Dypka. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 3:23 AM - 1 comment

August 7

#VisibleWomen 2017!

"Hey, folks! We're doing another round of #VisibleWomen on August 7th, 2017. This time we're opening submissions up to include women* colorists, letterers, inkers and writers as well as artists." Advanced search. Via.
posted by Wobbuffet at 10:56 PM - 4 comments

Frank is my new hero

Dateline: Bloom County: Steve Dallas started caring for Sam The Lion, a young boy undergoing cancer treatment, I think because he was trying to impress his mother, or something similarly shallow. But he got emotionally involved. The thing is, Sam was in the ICU when a bad storm started. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:02 PM - 37 comments

I'm with the news, dude

'Driverless' Van in Virginia Is Driven by Man Dressed Like a Car Seat
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:26 PM - 53 comments

Just eat less, right? It's so simple!

"Weight isn't neutral. A woman's body isn't neutral. A woman's body is everyone's business but her own. Even in our attempts to free one another, we were still trying to tell one another what to want and what to do. It is terrible to tell people to try to be thinner; it is also terrible to tell them that wanting to lose weight is hopeless and wrong." Taffy Brodesser-Akner explores the changing stories and conflicting messages around weight loss in Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age.
posted by Athanassiel at 7:10 PM - 39 comments

somewhere down the road, somebody is earning more money

Consumers have grown accustomed to being told by insurers — and middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers — that they must give up their brand-name drugs in favor of cheaper generics. But some are finding the opposite is true, as pharmaceutical companies squeeze the last profits from products that are facing cheaper generic competition. Out of public view, corporations are cutting deals that give consumers little choice but to buy brand-name drugs — and sometimes pay more at the pharmacy counter than they would for generics. - Take the Generic, Patients Are Told. Until They Are Not.
posted by beisny at 6:23 PM - 18 comments

Myrmecology dies in darkness

Here at The Daily Ant, our mission is to provide premier ant content for general consumption. The Daily Ant hosts a weekly series, Philosophy Phridays, in which real philosophers share their thoughts at the intersection of ants and philosophy.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 4:01 PM - 19 comments

I'd like to know what's your intend

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 3:27 PM - 154 comments

"In the end, the only person who got really screwed was Sting."

"The mystery of time is such that some of the truly hidden gems of cinema do not fully bloom until all of the historical context surrounding their creation can be stitched together and applauded for the sheer impossibility of the mission and the absurdity of the serpentine path taken to get there. As it turns out, the story on screen and the story of the creation of the story on screen can find a groove so completely and utterly in-sync that the only option is to stand a generous distance back from the epicenter and say "Let's ignore for a second that you literally have groove in your title and ponder longingly that there is no other word that can describe the other-timedness of .... THIS"" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:58 PM - 18 comments

Radiohead hide a beautiful rhythm

Do you enjoy believing Radiohead's song Videotape is a dirge? Don't click this!
posted by klausman at 2:50 PM - 25 comments

Everything's Coming Up Rosies

On March 29, 2014, 778 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter, at the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan, to set the Guinness World Record for "The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter”.

On August 15, 2015, a new record was set by the World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, with 1,084 Rosies. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:20 PM - 8 comments

At the intersection of machine learning & journalism: Spy planes

BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What We Found (Buzzfeed News) The algorithm was not infallible: Among other candidates, it flagged several skydiving operations that circled in a relatively small area, much like a typical surveillance aircraft. But as an initial screen for candidate spy planes, it proved very effective. In addition to aircraft operated by the US Marshals and the military contractor Acorn Growth Companies, covered in our previous stories, it highlighted a variety of planes flown by law enforcement, and by the military and its contractors.
posted by CrystalDave at 2:05 PM - 13 comments

seducing them with imagined realities

Only one of Daguerre’s dioramas remains today, but their influence was lasting, as a new exhibit at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris shows.
posted by bq at 1:23 PM - 3 comments


Frustrated with Twitter's lack of response to hate tweets, Shahak Shapira spraypainted 300 of them in front of Twitter's offices in Hamburg, filming the response of passers-by. (SLYT)
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:58 PM - 25 comments

“Here’s another dumbass thing burger chefs do...”

You Are Cheesing Your Cheeseburgers All Wrong And I Can't Stand It Anymore [Deadspin] “...they flip the burgers on the grill, and then, while the burgers finish cooking, the chef lays slices of cheese on the top of the burgers, where presumably the heat of the grill will aid in the melting of the cheese. Don’t do this. It’s dumb! The cheese does not need a lot of heat to melt, and there will certainly be enough residual heat in the patties to melt the cheese when the patties go into the sandwiches. When you turbo-charge the melting process, all you wind up with is a burger with cheese that is melted too thinly over the top and is all folded up and congealed on the side of the burger.”
posted by Fizz at 12:47 PM - 121 comments

It's slow-moving, and it's filled with numbers

That time when Hank Aaron met Paul Erdős - via Numberphile [YouTube, about 9min]
posted by Wolfdog at 12:36 PM - 2 comments

The long, dark 'And finally...' of the soul

"Bare in mind it is August"... BBC News presenter Simon McCoy providing all the enthusiasm this story about surfing dogs deserves. (slyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:34 PM - 11 comments

And I was like, “I got it, just jump.”

Britney Young speaks with UPROXX's Brandon Stroud about learning how to appreciate and perform professional wrestling.
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:33 PM - 1 comment

Foal Eagle

The operation appeared at first to succeed...Despite the usual threats from Mr Kim to “wipe America off the face of the Earth” and to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire”, nothing appeared to happen. Mr Trump’s poll ratings spiked and he tweeted: “Fat Kim just got what he’s been asking for. SAD!” Triumphantly, he berated “my generals” for their caution which had stopped him from doing something similar sooner. A cautionary tale from 2019.
posted by fiercecupcake at 12:10 PM - 29 comments

Los Angeles, with umbrella

Longboarder Hyojoo Ko rides through the city.
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:40 AM - 1 comment

The infamous practice of contract selling is back in Chicago

50 years ago, when African-Americans on Chicago's South and West sides weren't able to get mortgages due to redlining, a predatory practice called contract selling sprung up. Later, during the sub-prime heyday, these neighborhoods were targeted with sub-prime mortgages. Now, after credit tightening due to the mortgage crisis in 2008, contract selling has returned and continues to prey on disadvantaged neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 11:22 AM - 6 comments

Cats and dogs are the bomb!

116+ Times Asshole Cats Hilariously Photobombed Purrfect Shots
200+ Times Asshole Dogs Ruined Perfect Shots
To be fair the dogs are mostly goofballs. The cats, though....
posted by Room 641-A at 10:39 AM - 9 comments

No gypsum in the impact zone, no sulphuric acid haze

If the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had showed up ten minutes earlier or later, there would have been no mass extinction.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:21 AM - 23 comments


What happens when you're a rescue pup, your best friend has been hospitalized for five weeks, and some strange-looking fella who's fifty pounds lighter shows up? You learn to stop trusting your eyes and start trusting your nose!
posted by zombieflanders at 10:13 AM - 20 comments

A Revolution in the Plus-Size Market

"A 2012 market-research study estimated that 67 percent of American women wore a size 14-plus. The number has only grown, and the market for plus-size clothing is valued at $20.4 billion. Revenue in the category increased by 17 percent between 2013 and 2016 (compared with growth of just 7 percent in apparel overall). There is, to put it crudely, an insane amount of money just sitting on the table, and it seems, finally, that there are some savvy entrepreneurs out there ready to shrug off fashion’s inherent snobbery and claim a piece of it." Fashion for the 67 Percent by Ashley C. Ford [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 10:07 AM - 44 comments

The more we dug into this, the more interesting it got

Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street
posted by Think_Long at 10:04 AM - 53 comments

This land is your land...until I steal it.

113 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017 while protecting their community’s land or natural resources.
In collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian will attempt to record the deaths of all these people.
At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet.
posted by adamvasco at 9:22 AM - 4 comments

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