October 25

When Norah Met Mr. Dan

Little Norah Wood met 82-year-old Mr. Dan on her 4th birthday while shopping at the grocery store with her mother. When Norah requested a special birthday photo with Mr. Dan a few aisles later, her mom obliged (and thankfully, so did Mr. Dan!). It was the start of a beautiful, and very healing, friendship.
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:55 PM - 4 comments

The definitive map of the world’s extraordinary sights.

Atlas Obscura (previously) recently hit a milestone when it reached a total of 10,000 places listed on the site. And now, for your convenience, those places have been mapped for easy browsing.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:17 PM - 8 comments

Vacuum cleaner espionage

The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers - The Obama administration has been touting a decrease in commercial espionage, but the reality for corporate America may be more complicated. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 3:39 PM - 7 comments

"I felt like it had always been there."

It is believed every Māori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface.
posted by bq at 1:36 PM - 12 comments

“...it’s an extremely handy collection.”

Finally a Handy Chart of the “Big 5” Book Publishers and Their Imprints [Tor] “Trade book publishing is dominated by the “Big 5”: five book publishing companies that own or partner with over 100 different publishers and imprints, and who are responsible for the lion’s share of books that you see on shelves. As such, it can get confusing as to which imprint (like Tor Teen) is owned by which publisher (Tor/Forge Books) is owned by which “Big 5” company (Macmillan). Designer and author Ali Almossawi recently collected this information into an easy online info chart, allowing curious folks to quickly identify imprints and publishers owned by the same “Big 5” company. This is publicly available information, but it can be difficult to track down in some cases. Almossawi’s chart greatly simplifies that information. It should be noted that not all publishers are included in the chart, just the ones that are considered the five most prominent.”
posted by Fizz at 1:24 PM - 12 comments

The Political Environment on Social Media

More than one-third of social media users are worn out by the amount of political content they encounter, and more than half describe their online interactions with those they disagree with politically as stressful and frustrating
Americans, Politics, and Social Media by Pew Research Center
posted by infini at 12:03 PM - 41 comments

I wandered lonely...

After being used to describe boring games (and remaining as a controversial term), the walking simulator is finally getting its due. Recently there have been many great free examples of pure, procedurally-generated walking simulators: no puzzles, no goals, no crafting, no enemies... just walking in a space that was created just for your game. Bernband gives you the feeling of walking through a bustling alien city/mall/something and observing its inhabitants. The ominous TRIHAYWBFRFYH lets you wander around a setting as the apocalypse begins. Secret Habitat creates an island full of art galleries. Sanctuary features a strange, creepy walk among mysterious obelisks. Sacremento is a stunning walk through a watercolor world. If you like realistic walks, Outerra is an amazing engine producing procedurally-generated landscapes using Google Earth data that lets you wander anywhere on the planet, zooming out from a blade of grass to outer space, at which point you probably want to shift to the equally amazing Space Engine to explore other worlds. [all games downloadable, most for Windows and Mac]
posted by blahblahblah at 11:53 AM - 41 comments

I Leeeeeeeeve For Moments Like Theeeees

Netflix releases the trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
posted by Talez at 10:44 AM - 86 comments

Randy Newman's Putin

"Putin" is a new song and video by Randy Newman, from an as-yet untitled album due next spring. A review in Pitchfork by Greil Marcus. A Washington Post interview about the song. A Telegraph interview from last year. His last album of new material was 2008's Harps and Angels (not counting five film scores and two volumes of his Songbook series). His last music video was 2012's "I'm Dreaming" (prev).
posted by rollick at 9:54 AM - 10 comments

Are you listening closely?

"Narcissus was a man who was so in love with himself that he fell in love with his own reflection. No one else was good enough for him. He stared into the pool, and eventually wasted away." But that's not the whole story.
posted by Alterity at 9:50 AM - 31 comments

A combo of trust and earnest nerdiness

The New York Times Company recently acquired The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, "product-recommendation services that serve as a guide to technology gear, home products and other consumer services." Some guy without a blog thinks that is awesome news, and that Brian Lam doesn't get the credit he deserves for building a successful business that doesn't have to cater to either advertisers or investors, but relies instead on "a combo of trust and earnest nerdiness".
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:45 AM - 32 comments

I went undercover with a border militia. Here is what I saw.

We are in a Walmart parking lot in Nogales. Captain Pain and a couple of others go into the store to get supplies. In Pain's absence, Showtime is our commanding officer. He is a Marine special-ops veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan. He has camo paint on his face and a yeti beard. He gets in the cab to check Facebook on his phone while Destroyer, Jaeger, Spartan, and I stand with our backs to the truck, rifles in hand, keeping watch for anything suspicious. The Mexican border is three miles away. (TW: Extremely offensive language to pretty much everyone)
posted by josher71 at 8:48 AM - 101 comments

The Greatest Stick and Rudder Man

Bob Hoover, one of the finest pilots in generations, has died at age 94. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 8:28 AM - 28 comments

The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine [yes, he's still with us]

It’s been a monumental month for one of Nashville’s most masterful songwriters, John Prine. As October rolled in, Prine’s latest album of duets with women, “For Better, or Worse,” was released and debuted at #2 on the Country Charts, making it the highest-charting album of his career. A week later, he celebrated his 70th birthday with a series of star-studded, sold-out shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium... [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:13 AM - 36 comments

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Cubs-Indians World Series shows what fans long have known: Life is suffering
Whichever team wins, that city will have its parade. But the fans of the losers will, in the way of their breed, find a different kind of victory. Much as they would have preferred to be drunk on joy, they’ll share their frustration, rewind memories of their fine season, commiserate, support each other and, in yet another season without a title, show much of what is most resilient, most loyal and most generous in themselves. And they’ll show it to each other.
[more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:29 AM - 73 comments

Sir, Yes, Sir

What It Feels Like Being A Trans Person Serving In The Armed Forces, an interview with former Senior Airman Jordan Blisk, US Air Force Reserves, cartoonified by Jess Ruliffson
posted by Etrigan at 7:08 AM - 21 comments

"For a kid my age, I really understand what has happened in this world."

HBO's Class Divide is a documentary that profiles the neighborhood of West Chelsea, New York, and in particular focuses on the housing projects that sit across the street from Avenues: The World School, a private school with an entrance fee of $50,000 per year.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:38 AM - 13 comments

What if you invested instead?

InvestedInstead.com is a little website with a single purpose, which is to provide you with the answer to the question "if I instead of buying <iconic product> on launch day invested the same amount of money into <iconic product's maker>, what would my investment be worth today?"
posted by Harald74 at 3:31 AM - 39 comments

October 24

Mundane details of living

"...the underlying philosophy here is that what is mundane in one local is exotic in another, and underlying the daily events in all of our lives, there is profound truth lurking in the seemingly mundane details of living."

In the early 90s, Lyle Hiroshi Saxon filmed many hours of video documenting scenes and life in Tokyo and other areas in Japan.
1990 / 1991 / 1992 / 1993
posted by timshel at 11:45 PM - 8 comments

The A858 Project Has Concluded. You may unsubscribe.

A little more than five years ago, a previously unused Reddit account began posting seemingly random strings of numbers and text in a new subreddit it had created. To the casual eye, there wasn’t much to see. The subreddit shared the same inscrutable set of numbers and letters as its moderator; the sidebar and comments provided no clarifying information.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:19 PM - 22 comments

Out of Bounds

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin - "Ursula Kroeber was born in Berkeley, in 1929, into a family busy with the reading, recording, telling, and inventing of stories. She grew up listening to her aunt Betsy’s memories of a pioneer childhood and to California Indian legends retold by her father. One legend of the Yurok people says that, far out in the Pacific Ocean but not farther than a canoe can paddle, the rim of the sky makes waves by beating on the surface of the water. On every twelfth upswing, the sky moves a little more slowly, so that a skilled navigator has enough time to slip beneath its rim, reach the outer ocean, and dance all night on the shore of another world."
posted by kliuless at 10:34 PM - 26 comments

Jealousy incarnate.

Jeff Beck describing (and playing!) some of his favorite guitars. (SLYT)
posted by dfm500 at 10:00 PM - 17 comments

"I believe that some things should not be told, they should be felt."

Almost 100,000 dogs are euthanised every year in Taiwan. The dogs caught on the street are kept in the kennel for twelve days waiting for adoption. If nobody rescues them over that period of time, they are put down. The ones who are seriously ill and suffering are put down immediately. Yun-Fei Tou is the author of Memento Mori, a series of portraits of these Taiwanese stray dogs taken just before being euthanised. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:24 PM - 33 comments

At least nine awards for “excellence in structural engineering"

Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.
The Millennium Tower in San Francisco's Financial District is sinking, and leaning. And it shows no signs of stopping. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 8:49 PM - 66 comments

We Want To Be Rehabilitated

Inmates explain how they'd run prisons. From saving prisons money to encouraging good behavior, most suggestions have this in common: respect the basic dignity of the people behind bars.
posted by blankdawn at 7:39 PM - 10 comments

Memento Mori, a short story written and read by Jonathan Nolan

"Your wife always used to say you'd be late for your own funeral. Remember that? Her little joke because you were such a slob—always late, always forgetting stuff, even before the incident. Right about now you're probably wondering if you were late for hers." This is the beginning of Memento Mori, a short story by Jonathan Nolan, which was originally published with an Esquire article Everything you wanted to know about "Memento". Jonathan also read the story, which became the movie Memento (trailer, original 2000 era website, still online - previously, twice). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:44 PM - 3 comments

Or you could just buy some Eggos

Stranger Things is streaming on Netflix, so just in time for Halloween, Netflix Kitchens shows you how to make French Onion Barb and Demogorgon Pie.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:07 PM - 9 comments

Native Lives Matter

The Police Killings No One Is Talking About. "Native Americans are being killed by police at a higher rate than any other group in the country - but these deaths are rarely covered in the media. Now, Native groups are organizing for justice in a growing Native Lives Matter movement." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 3:55 PM - 21 comments

Outside man, Art does not exist

Marlow Moss was a radical lesbian who apprenticed herself to Léger and became a modernist to rival Mondrian.
She is one of the great figures of modern English art (keep Scrolling).
The first full-length academic study of Marlow Moss in English wasn't written until 2008.
posted by adamvasco at 2:14 PM - 15 comments

the suicide the nations are so elaborately preparing to commit

"A sculpted pair of figures thirty-three feet tall, on a high platform, were striding triumphantly toward the German pavilion. I therefore designed a cubic mass, also elevated on stout pillars, which seemed to be checking this onslaught, while from the cornice of my tower an eagle with the swastika in its claws looked down on the Russian sculptures. I received a gold medal for the building; so did my Soviet colleague." A story of dueling architecture at the Paris International Exposition of 1937.
posted by theodolite at 1:59 PM - 4 comments

Organic pet food? There goes the neighborhood!

GTFO: an eviction story in one Ellis Act by Kenny Keil.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:47 PM - 10 comments

sauced for the holidays: boozy infusions and DIY liqueurs

Infuse Your Booze! Don't let the gift-giving season catch you unawares; whip up a big batch of homemade liqueur this week and all you'll have to do is wait. Some of my tried-and-true favorites under the fold. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 1:33 PM - 29 comments

This Was Your Life!

The man that Daniel Raeburn suggested was "the most widely read theologian in human history," for better or worse, has died. A report from the official social media of Chick Publications states that Jack T. Chick has passed away at the age of 92. The wide, insane, paranoid, KJV-only, anti-Catholic, anti-Masonic, anti-Semitic, and, of course, loving world of Chick's work has appeared in the finest of public transit and mall restrooms for decades. An accessible and delightful in-depth critical review of his work can be found in The Imp, available here [nsfw] as a PDF [direct link].
posted by Countess Elena at 12:42 PM - 147 comments

More fun than a barrel of monks

Roly poly Tibetan monks having roly poly fun (FB link) doing handstands badly over barrels. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:13 PM - 6 comments

The ultimate reading list, created by librarians

We asked our librarian delegates to help us build the perfect library by answering one simple question: which one book couldn’t you live without?
posted by infini at 11:41 AM - 38 comments

A Fatal Mistake

The Sinking of El Faro: On October 1, 2015, the container ship El Faro sailed directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. When it sank it took the lives of all 33 aboard, including eight New Englanders. Rachel Slade wanted to know what happened and why. You will not soon forget what she found.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:39 AM - 46 comments

The Evolution of Lady Gaga

Meet her newest incarnation: Joanne. "She’s Burt Bacharach in sequined hot pants; she’s a Liza Minnelli for the Beyoncé era; she’s Streisand Spice. She projects the kind of timelessness that makes it very easy to forget that Lady Gaga is just 30, a ’90s kid trying more to be slightly more like Cole Porter than Kurt Cobain."
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 8:03 AM - 45 comments

Why Isn’t 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' on Netflix?

Classic black TV shows haven’t made the jump to streaming platforms — and their window of opportunity may be closing
posted by Etrigan at 5:56 AM - 75 comments

Activist Tom Hayden has passed away

Tom Hayden, member of the Chicago Seven, one of the founders of the SDS, politician and leading anti-Vietnam War activist has passed away at the age of 76. Link to recent NPR podcast from the DNC.
posted by HuronBob at 3:56 AM - 53 comments

October 23

Cracking the Cranial Vault: What It Feels Like to Perform Brain Surgery

Dr. Rahul Jandial takes us inside the thoughts of a brain surgeon. After working on flesh and bone for 30 minutes, the real summit presented itself: the human brain, the most delicate, complex, and beautiful thing [in] the universe.
posted by pjern at 9:02 PM - 30 comments

A Book by Its Cover: The strange history of books bound in human skin

"Anthropodermic bibliopegy, or books bound in human skin," writes Megan Rosenbloom in Lapham's Quarterly, "are some of the most mysterious and misunderstood books in the world’s libraries and museums. The historical reasons behind their creation vary [...] The best evidence most of these alleged skin books have ever had were rumors and perhaps a pencil-written note inside that said 'bound in human skin'...until now." Anthropodermic biblipegy on Metafilter previously and previously. Warning: links may contain details disturbing for some. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:32 PM - 7 comments

Turn that election frown upside down with happy animals!

201 smiling animals!
posted by Room 641-A at 2:50 PM - 18 comments

Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste

[T]o toast the 10th birthday of The Black Parade, I called up two black writers whose work I adore and whose taste I admire, to have the exchange of ideas I wish I'd known how to have way back when. Here's hoping it reaches a few brown kids still learning how to trust themselves. NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen offers up a 25m audio article and an accompanying article about being black and loving My Chemical Romance's mega-hit album, released on Oct 23, 2006.
posted by hippybear at 2:45 PM - 13 comments

Like shallowly turned soil in a field...

We Salted Nannie. A small tale of ghosts and spirits both real and semi-real, and what lies buried in the past.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 12:48 PM - 20 comments

Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm (redux)

June 2016; a small cardboard sign appears by the A456 Hagley Road, near Birmingham UK. It reads 'who put Bella in the wych elm'. A few new twists have recently been added to a 73 year old murder mystery, including a connection to the last man executed in the tower of London. [more inside]
posted by AFII at 10:55 AM - 10 comments


Shelter. a collaboration between Porter Robinson, Madeon, Crunchyroll , and A-1 Productions. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 10:49 AM - 7 comments

The 19th Century Yoruba repatriation

I hardly ever heard about the Nagô, the Afro-Brazilians, and the Lukumí, the Afro-Cubans, who returned back to West Africa. The idea that the Yorùbá people share one identity is strongly related to the transatlantic experience of the slave trade and the returnees’ influence in the homeland. This story contributes a lot to the classical discussions of what is ‘Original-Yorùbá’ and what a diaspora invention - as not even the word ‘Yorùbá’ is of ‘Yorùbá’ origin itself. I summed up the basic facts.
posted by infini at 10:20 AM - 12 comments

Who's Spending Britain's Billions?

BBC Four Documentary: Jacques Peretti explores how public bodies utilise their resources and asks whether taxpayers are getting value for money. [slyt]
posted by marienbad at 9:25 AM - 13 comments

The enigma of pre-Columbian whistling water jars

Peruvian shamanic whistling vessels. Being made out of clay archaeologists first thought these beautiful, ceramic sculptures were water bottles or toys until an amateur anthropologist explored their ritual use. One can just blow into the vessel but when water is added in one of the chambers and the vessel is rocked back and forth the shifting air creates an interesting sound pattern. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 8:55 AM - 10 comments

1,000 Rooms of Cute Terror

You have been invited to visit a haunted mansion owned by a ghost named Spooky. Can you survive all 1,000 rooms of jump scares? Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion is a free (Steam and Indie DB) 2.5D FPS puzzle survival horror game. Despite its cute exterior, there's more to Spooky's house than meets the eye. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 8:52 AM - 7 comments

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