February 17

If 60's Were 90's

In 1993, UK music collective Beautiful People released Rilly Groovy [official video], the first single from the electronica/EDM/house album If 60s Were 90s, an album built largely around Jimi Hendrix samples. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:47 PM - 8 comments

That outward sign of an inward or unseen calamity.

The Age of Rudeness. An essay by Rachel Cusk. "Society organizes itself very efficiently to punish, silence or disown truth-tellers. Rudeness, on the other hand, is often welcomed in the manner of a false god. Later still, regret at the punishment of the truth-teller can build into powerful feelings of worship, whereas rudeness will be disowned. Are people rude because they are unhappy? Is rudeness like nakedness, a state deserving the tact and mercy of the clothed? If we are polite to rude people, perhaps we give them back their dignity; yet the obsessiveness of the rude presents certain challenges to the proponents of civilized behavior. It is an act of disinhibition: Like a narcotic, it offers a sensation of glorious release from jailers no one else can see." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 3:30 PM - 31 comments

“Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all.”

Philip Pullman Unveils Epic Fantasy Trilogy The Book of Dust [The Guardian] “The as-yet-untitled first volume of The Book of Dust [Amazon], due out on 19 October, will be set in London and Oxford, with the action running parallel to the His Dark Materials trilogy [wiki]. A global bestseller since the first volume, Northern Lights, was published in 1995, Pullman’s series has sold more than 17.5m copies and been translated into 40 languages. Pullman’s brave and outspoken heroine, Lyra Belacqua, will return in the first two volumes. Featuring two periods of her life – as a baby and 10 years after His Dark Materials ended – the series will include other characters familiar to existing readers, as well as creations such as alethiometers (a clock-like truth-telling device), daemons (animals that are physical manifestations of the human spirit) and the Magisterium, the church-like totalitarian authority that rules Lyra’s world.” [Previously.]
posted by Fizz at 2:48 PM - 52 comments

Une Femme Coquette

An early and rare Godard short film, Une Femm Coquette, has been uploaded to youtube. [via].
posted by Think_Long at 1:29 PM - 5 comments

Calculating inequalities at math camp

Equations and Inequalities: Math, Race and Fellowship looks inside a math summer camp aimed at low income non-white and non-asian kids in New York. This program aims to scoop up kids who have a natural aptitude for math, but don't have a privileged family background. Fighting against systemic inequalities like family income, race, parental education, and media portrayals of who is a mathematician. Francis Su, the outgoing President of the Mathematical Association of America (and the first non-white holder of that title) addresses similar issues in his beautiful outgoing speech. [more inside]
posted by Joh at 1:23 PM - 10 comments

James Hogue - Alexi Santana

He woke up one morning and decided to become someone else. (SLNewYorker)
The questions I was asking him weren’t real questions, he explained. They were the products of a story line in my head, whose relation to his life was at best coincidental. [more inside]
posted by zinon at 1:16 PM - 4 comments

Turnbuckles everywhere sigh in relief - RIP George "The Animal" Steele

Wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele (real name Jim Myers) has died at the age of 79. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 1:10 PM - 24 comments

“Keeping Up With The Kattarshians.”

An Icelandic news website has released a live, reality-style YouTube show featuring four, nine-week-old kittens living in a dollhouse stocked with bunk beds, toys and of course cameras.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:43 AM - 39 comments

This question of library handwriting is an exceedingly practical one

In September 1885, a group of librarians spent four days discussing major issues for libraries, including handwriting. Though typewriters had been commercially available for over a decade, librarians were still handwriting their catalog cards to catalog their expanding collections, but their writing was without consistency . Thomas Edison was cited for his described handwriting style for telegraph operators (paywalled source), and from this, Melvil Dewey and his crew of “a dozen catalogers and librarians” hashed out the rules of library hand, a precise, almost mechanical style. If you enjoy that summary, you may enjoy The (Lengthy) Context and History of Library Hand, with ample notes and references. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:43 AM - 24 comments

Tinkertoys CEO Peg Wheelsticks declined to comment

How many ways can you stack six 2x4 lego bricks? In 1974, LEGO said it was 102,981,500. But! High school student Mikkel Abrahamsen and mathematician Søren Eilers revisited the problem and got 915,103,765. Here's the paper [pdf] with the details and some nice graphs and illustrations. And if that's not enough for you, see also On the entropy of LEGO [pdf] by Eilers and Bergfinnur Durhuus.
posted by cortex at 11:39 AM - 6 comments

Remembering the SS Mendi

"In February 1917 the SS Mendi, a First World War troopship, was carrying 802 men of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), bound for the Western Front. Many had never seen the sea before. The men had signed up because they believed that, despite being oppressed by the white South African government, if they demonstrated loyalty to the British Empire, it would gain them a voice in their deeply divided land." so writes Historic England writing about one of the more tragic events in British history:
"On 21 February 1917, the British ship, the SS Mendi was sunk off the Isle of Wight. It was hit not by a German torpedo, but by another British ship, the Darro, in thick fog....The Darro made no attempt to rescue the men in the water, and the Mendi’s Royal Navy escort ship was able to find only a very few." [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 10:18 AM - 9 comments

Moving the heaviest item in the museum's collection

Did they build the building around it? No, they did not.
posted by dfm500 at 10:02 AM - 24 comments

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

In which Dale Beran traces the rise of 4chan and how a bunch of lulz-loving guys in their parents' basements seized on the loser-winner Trump as the ultimate prank on an outside world they had long abandoned. Long, but full of insights and well-worth the read. Ends with a challenge and note of hope for the left.
posted by criticalbill at 10:02 AM - 72 comments

The Anton Chekhov-George Saunders Humanity Kit

A little over three years ago I asked George Saunders whether I could sit in on one of his MFA classes at Syracuse, and, flabbergastingly, he said okay. In an effort to transmit the benefits of the taking the class to readers more widely, Maria Bustillos put together the Chekhov–Saunders Humanity Kit.
posted by AceRock at 6:54 AM - 9 comments

"It's almost like the oceans are getting ready for a heart attack."

A new study published in Nature says that the overall oxygen content of the ocean has declined by 2% over the past 50 years. Because oxygen is always unevenly distributed in the ocean, that 2% average represents a larger drop in some areas than others. Bacteria in areas of low oxygen tend to produce nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas that has risen in a way similar to CO2 over the decades since the industrial revolution. Low O2 leading to more N2O from the ocean is another likely global warming feedback loop. Projections indicate that we could lose 7% of the ocean's oxygen by 2100. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 4:29 AM - 52 comments

February 16

The first chapter is omitted for the time being.

Soviet attempted calendar reforms. Featuring the five and six day weeks.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:04 PM - 16 comments

Get a job, you lazy hipster.

Cats are weird. Or so says Jeff Wysaski of Obvious Plant (previously)
posted by QuakerMel at 8:03 PM - 13 comments

Counting your Kegels? There's an app for that!

The game has a downloadable app and a pink device with sensors that is inserted into the vagina to play. Users play games on the app, which are powered by movements of the pelvic floor muscles made around the controller inside the woman. In at least one level, for instance, contracting pelvic floor muscles will cause a butterfly on the game screen to fly upward.
posted by waving at 4:04 PM - 50 comments

Fans of Love | Love Has No Labels [YouTube] [Ad Council] For years, kiss cams have been a big part of American sports culture. This year, Love Has No Labels puts a twist on the kiss cam by turning it into a symbol for unbiased love. In the stadium, fans cheered for love in all its forms - regardless of race, gender, disability, age or religion.
posted by Fizz at 2:41 PM - 10 comments

Good Good Goofs

The first episode (content warning: tarantulas) of the TV Show based on the podcast My Brother, My Brother And Me has dropped. What's MBMBAM, other than "an advice show for the modren era"? Well there's this long and very thoughtful meditation on the McElroy Brothers' brand of goofy kind humor. Or you could find out from the fans directly. Or just listen to some classic bits like Amelie, I Hate You, Ron, or Tim McGraw's Krav Maga. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 1:49 PM - 89 comments

Technically it's the middle of the Afsluitdijk

Rarely is the question asked: what point in the Netherlands is the furthest away from any buildings and how far away can you get from people?
posted by MartinWisse at 1:20 PM - 20 comments

We Are Only One Menstrual Cycle in and There Is Blood in the Water

Here we go. Good afternoon, everyone. As you just saw, the President was honored to host a press conference just a short time ago. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 1:00 PM - 2410 comments

What Do You Do After Surviving Your Own Lynching

On August 7, 1930, three black teenagers were lynched in Marion, Indiana. James Cameron was one of them. He lived.
Cameron, the only known survivor of an American lynching, lived to 92 and committed his life to antiracism work, including founding the American Black Holocaust Museum. (Cameron previously on MetaFilter.)
posted by Etrigan at 12:53 PM - 7 comments

‘It’s a problem we need to hate more’

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic Office Susie had told her to ask her family for rent. She often heard a similar line at the crisis centres. When the social workers behind the glass asked her, “Well, don’t you have family that can help?” Larraine sometimes would reply, “Yes, I have family, and, no, they can’t help.”
posted by Michele in California at 12:23 PM - 31 comments

"a device that rides in the butt-crack, for lack of a better term"

NASA's Space Poop Challenge is over, and we have a winner. [NASA press release]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:09 PM - 19 comments

The Angriest Dog in the World (not a Westminster Dog Show post)

From 1983 to 1992, David Lynch published a cartoon in independent papers. The images were supposedly always exactly the same. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 9:50 AM - 30 comments

Nothing would make us happier than going out of business

"As hard as polio is, malaria is harder. As hard as reproductive health is, nutrition is harder than that. As hard as it is to save children under five, saving newborns is the hardest test of all. Still, we’re optimistic. Polio will soon be history. In our lifetimes, malaria will end. No one will die from AIDS. Few people will get TB. Children everywhere will be well nourished. And the death of a child in the developing world will be just as rare as the death of a child in the rich world." Bill and Melinda Gates respond to Warren Buffet's request for an update on the work of the Gates Foundation, ten years after the biggest single gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything. Profusely illustrated and hand-annotated, a rare uplifting moment for your 2017.
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:36 AM - 19 comments

Skeletal Archiporn

Scaffoldage is a blog of photographs of large structures covered in scaffolding. (slTumblr)
posted by Going To Maine at 9:28 AM - 10 comments

What harm could ever befall a woman as strong as Big Mama?

The Thinning of Big Mama: If you want to see “Big Mama” Thornton singing the blues in her prime, look up her performance of “Ball and Chain” with Buddy Guy and his band, filmed at Boston public television station WBGH’s studio in 1970, when she was forty-four. The occasion was a music show called “Mixed Bag.” (SL Oxford American/Youtube)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:02 AM - 5 comments

"Mimosa-sipping Manhattanites and liberal witch hunters"

How Sportswriting Became a Liberal Profession
posted by selfnoise at 9:00 AM - 17 comments

Beware of the man who never dies

Lee Falk's hero the Phantom made his comic book debut in February 1936, but he also appears on dozens of traditional war shields made by people from the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea between the 1960s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 8:58 AM - 7 comments

What happens when privacy violations are committed by devices inside us?

Ross Compton of Ohio was charged with arson based partly on data collected from his pacemaker. A Florida woman's claims of sexual assault were undermined by data from her FitBit. Gizmodo explores what happens when privacy violations are committed by our personal electronics, including implanted medical devices.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:56 AM - 41 comments

And a doll's house, that doubles as shelves.

The Square Meter Challenge Fitting more and more people into less and less space? Ikea has some design suggestions. But will they actually work?
posted by Mchelly at 8:47 AM - 22 comments

Dr. Death did not win

After what should have been routine spinal surgeries, Texas neurosurgeon and entrepreneur Christopher Duntsch left a horrifying trail of maimed humans and bodies.
Anyone close to me thinks that I likely am something between god, Einstein and the antichrist. Because how can I do anything I want and cross every discipline boundary like its a playground and never ever lose. But unfortunately, despite the fact I am winning it is not happening fast enough.
On Tuesday, after just four hours of deliberation, a Dallas County jury convicted Duntsch of aggravated assault for deliberately maiming his patient. He faces life in prison.
posted by Dashy at 8:22 AM - 35 comments

Leave offerings - cream cheese packets or whipped cream vodka or butter

Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide. (slTumblrcomic)
posted by Kitteh at 7:50 AM - 8 comments

"an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world"

Radio Atlas is a website with radio documentaries from around the world, subtitled in English. It has pieces from countries such as Finland, France and Argentina. So far there are 22 different pieces, with more being added.
posted by Kattullus at 6:48 AM - 6 comments

Maybe you could find Planet 9

A fun new citizen science project called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 launches today! The goal is to look for fast-moving but very faint substellar objects in the solar neighborhood. The sensitivity is good enough that you could even potentially spot the theoretical ninth planet in the dataset! [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:30 AM - 14 comments

Tango Americano

The database at TV Tango allows you to see the American TV schedule for any day since 1950. You can check out your birthday or any other significant date. They also include TV show ratings going back to late 1982. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:26 AM - 16 comments

Question Your Answers

As part of a campaign highlighting their commitment to asking tough questions, The Atlantic created a short starring Michael K. Williams (known predominantly for his roles in 'The Wire' and 'Boardwalk Empire'). It's an introspective, quiet examination of whether he's being typecast.
posted by secretdark at 5:02 AM - 19 comments

February 15

And the Arthur Award goes to...

We do this thing. We open our hearts to the world around us. And the more we do that, the more we allow ourselves to love, the more we are bound to find ourselves one day... standing in the kitchen of our life, surrounded by the ones we love, and feeling empty, alone, and sad, and lost for words, because one of our loved ones, who should be there, is missing. Stuart McLean, host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Cafe, died today of melanoma. [more inside]
posted by e-man at 8:39 PM - 39 comments

Look to the trees. Look to the rock. Look to the river.

Justin Trudeau is the latest person to create a video for the We Matter Campaign, a campaign started by two indigenous siblings, which hopes to communicate to indigenous youth their importance in the world. Suicide is the leading cause of death in indigenous youth.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:32 PM - 11 comments

Were you rushing or were you dragging?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How 'La La Land' Misleads on Race, Romance and Jazz
posted by Artw at 6:02 PM - 67 comments

“Pewdiepie will have to face some consequences of his own.”

Disney Drops Pewdiepie Over Anti-Semitic Jokes [Kotaku] Maker Studios, a division of Disney, just severed their deal with YouTube megastar Pewdiepie, Felix Kjellberg. They pointed to a (now-deleted) January 11 video in which Pewdiepie paid two men to hold up a sign that read, “Death To All Jews.” The Wall Street Journal reports that Pewdiepie had editorial independence in his deal, but this was a bridge too far. “Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate,” said a spokeswoman for Maker Studios. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 2:22 PM - 233 comments

They're good dogs, Brent! Especially this one!

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was won by Rumor, a German Shepherd who took Best in Show. She is a very good dog. There are also many other good dogs. The handlers, however, are another story. Surely someone can teach these people how to dress themselves?
posted by Naberius at 12:56 PM - 79 comments

Why does the Wingdings Font Exist? [SYTL 3min]

What is Wingdings and why was it created? Wingdings is a font made entirely out of symbols. Buy why? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 12:30 PM - 44 comments

It's kind of a mess up there

Stuff in Space is a realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit, visualized using WebGL.
posted by figurant at 12:18 PM - 19 comments

A Martian volcano may have erupted for two billion years straight

A meteorite from Northwest Africa named "NWA 7635" has been dated at 2.4 billion years old by a team at Purdue University. [more inside]
posted by Secretariat at 12:05 PM - 20 comments

"The body never lies"

Swan, Late: "My inability to dance became a matter of faith, something I believed in unquestioningly for the next two decades. "
posted by Lycaste at 11:11 AM - 10 comments

The price of light has fallen by 500,000 times since prehistory

Tim Harford tells us about how economist William Nordhaus determined how much better we are at making light nowadays in a transcript of an episode of the BBC World Service's podcast series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy.
posted by Etrigan at 9:45 AM - 23 comments

Old French Crime

A daily pic of crime, accident or dirigible disaster from French tabloids circa 1890-1920. Created by journalist Marie Gilot, who started the project to "highlight sensationalist--and often inaccurate--journalism of the past so we can feel better about the sensationalist--and often inaccurate--journalism of today."
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:32 AM - 15 comments

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