Today, the UC Davis student newspaper, The California Aggie, put out its last print edition.
The Aggie has been in dire straits for some time. Ad revenue started to plummet in 2009 and the paper has been working off of its reserve funds.
Publication was cut from five days a week, to four days a week, to one day a week.
Very few of the staff have been paid at all and those who were earned around $2 an hour. Despite the print change, the paper was due to run out of money by June 2014.
Then came a last gasp, paper-saving measure: Measure 1, proposed for the winter 2014 ASUCD ballot, would add a $9.30 increase to student fees in order to subsidize the formerly independently run paper. But.... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:52 PM - 4 comments
"...the hope would be to allow a pool of information to develop which could grow and evolve...
" Information Management: A Proposal
is a brief technical paper first published on 12 March 1989. Within three years the author, Tim Berners-Lee, elaborated on the original proposal
and created the WorldWideWeb
. The W3C has launched a 25th anniversary
commemorative website to mark the paper's birthday, and Berners-Lee will be giving a TED talk this weekend about the web.
posted by ardgedee at 6:27 PM - 2 comments
Richard D. James is someone whose work can probably be considered outsider art. By almost anyone's standards, his work is eccentric, quirky and idiosyncratic. Its flaws (such as tape hiss and clipping) are arguably as charming as its finer points (such as whole worlds of original sounds), and its deviations from the norm are what make it so endearing, otherworldly and engaging. James seems a good subject for a case study
due to how little music theory he took for granted, and how much he built his own musical principles from scratch, which is a noble goal for anyone trying to carve their own niche in the musical ecosystem.
posted by mannequito at 6:09 PM - 15 comments
In a quick follow-up to this previous post
... Pet Shop Boys have turned Ms Bliss's speech into a dance track: The Best Gay Possible (Oppressive Dance Mix)
. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:54 PM - 2 comments
(Mildly NSFW-ish lyrics)
Youtube user strizzalo does a slow, sensitive, acoustic cover
of The Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch."
posted by jason's_planet at 5:44 PM - 5 comments
: Beyonce: I'm not bossy, I'm the boss.
"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood." [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 3:41 PM - 77 comments
You should be ashamed -- or maybe not.
'Shame on you. These three simple words can temporarily -- or, when used too often, permanently -- destroy an individual's sense of value and self-worth.' A paper by Thomas Scheff, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Santa Barbara 'The Ubiquity of Hidden Shame in Modernity
' explores the danger of hidden emotions: ""In modernity, shame is the most obstructed and hidden emotion, and therefore the most destructive," said Thomas Scheff, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Santa Barbara. '"Emotions are like breathing -- they cause trouble only when obstructed." When hidden, he continued, shame causes serious struggles not only for individuals but also for groups.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 3:23 PM - 20 comments
"If you want to be cosmopolitan, you’ll buy star anise, kimchi, and coconut oil. If you want to prevent cancer, buy collard greens, blueberries, and omega-3 eggs. If you want to eat food free of pesticides and high fructose corn syrup, buy organic meat, flour, and dairy. Compound all of these seemingly innocuous exercises in American Dreaming with diet fads like “clean” eating, Westernized veganism, or the paleo diet, and you’ll get a supermarket full of people staring at labels, searching the copy for proof of ideological and medical purity. I need to buy this if I want to be good, if I really want to take care of myself and my family. As it turns out, this moralistic way of framing choice is extremely profitable for food processors, restaurants, and produce retailers: we’ve been effectively held captive by our own consciences
posted by Kitteh at 1:46 PM - 85 comments
, who for many of us was THE voice of movie trailers in the 1990's, has passed away
at age 89. The Guardian pays tribute
with a half dozen of his best trailers. And then, of course, there's the legendary trailer
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 12:13 PM - 52 comments
"As an important part of daily nourishment, women had always produced beer at home and for their own household. However, in Holland from the beginning of the thirteenth century beer production for the general market commenced. In the developing cities more and more labour was divided among specialised craftsmen. Professional breweries were established and the beer industry became a serious trade." -- female brewers in Holland and England
, a paper by Marjolien van Dekken looking at how the brewery industry changed in Early Modern Times from largely homebrewed and controlled by women to a more large scale and male dominated industry. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 12:12 PM - 9 comments
The generic war game has come under fire from many sides, prompting more thoughtful games, such as the recent Spec Ops: The Line (previously
) and others. However, short of post-apocalyptic zombie-type games, no one has thought to make a game about the civilians - survivors living in the cities that other people battle over. Until now.
In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items.
This War of Mine was inspired by real-life events and delivers a message. "This can happen in your city, in your country."
posted by corb at 12:03 PM - 43 comments
Oh, I'm sorry, they're out of Odorless surprise
. How about a new-to-you gamin
? They never have that at the end of the week, they get it fresh on Monday. What about a Refurbished gintleman
? It's been out for two weeks. They were expecting it this morning. Well, there's always more to browse at the Non-Stop Scroll Shop
! It's online, unlike Apple Cabin and it's curious mailers
) [via mefi projects
posted by filthy light thief at 11:51 AM - 17 comments
Apparently back in those days your grandpa still goes on about when gas was less than a buck a gallon and air was free, service stations also gave away some cool swag
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:37 AM - 47 comments
"The only way to end Haiti’s cholera epidemic is to keep infected waste out of food and water. A subterranean network of pipes, pumping stations, and waste-treatment plants would be the ideal solution, but Haiti’s successive governments have had too little money, power, or will to build massive public works on their own.... International donors have been little help: in one case, the U.S. government, to protest the way an election was conducted, withheld funds to build water and sanitation infrastructure in northern Haiti for more than ten years
. From 1990 to 2008, the proportion of Haitians with access to basic sanitation decreased from 26% to 17%. Cholera broke out in 2010. Four years into the epidemic, a trip to the bathroom for most Haitians still means looking for an open field or wading into a public canal at dawn. Those who can afford to, dig cesspools under outhouses. When the cesspools get full, it’s time to call a man like Leon.
" [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:24 AM - 10 comments
is a completely normal human woman
under the name Stacey Nightmare for no reason at all
. She enjoys fitness
. She has
a pet spider
. She lives in Brooklyn
. [[Everything nsfw]]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:18 AM - 15 comments
IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of feeding antibiotics to chicks and nursing calves. Dusty agricultural journals attest to the ways in which the drugs can act like a kind of superfood to produce cheap meat.
But what if that meat is us?
posted by brenton at 10:33 AM - 48 comments
Are the robots about to rise? Ray thinks so...
Google has bought almost every machine-learning and robotics company it can find... And it has embarked upon what one DeepMind investor told the technology publication Re/code two weeks ago was "a Manhattan project of AI"... Peter Norvig, Google's research director, said recently that the company employs "less than 50% but certainly more than 5%" of the world's leading experts on machine learning. And that was before it bought DeepMind which, it should be noted, agreed to the deal with the proviso that Google set up an ethics board to look at the question of what machine learning will actually mean when it's in the hands of what has become the most powerful company on the planet.
In late 2012, Ray became Google's new Director of Engineering
, empowering him with extraordinary resources and latitude. [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 9:49 AM - 104 comments
What do you get when your funeral director is a former women's magazine writer who describes herself as "a Kundalini-yoga-practicing Buddhist Presbyterian on the board of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue"? It's Amy Cunningham's blog The Inspired Funeral
, chronicling trends, products, history, music and ideas related to all sorts of grieving traditions. (From this NYT article
about boomers gravitating towards greener burials and funerals.) [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:27 AM - 12 comments
A sports arena
in Boise is being sued after it was revealed that their $4 "Regular" beer and $7 "Large" beer were the same size, though different shapes. Two fans produced a Youtube that proved it and it went viral.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:19 AM - 84 comments
A videoblogger from the U.K. named Jonny Benjamin
started a social media campaign
to track down
the stranger who convinced him not to end his life
Earlier this year, Benjamin found "Mike"
(whose real name is Neil Laybourn) with help of Rethink Mental Illness
, the organization that helped launch Benjamin's search. In the video
, you can watch
their heartwarming reunion
posted by yeoz at 8:36 AM - 6 comments
"The breach could have been stopped there without human intervention. The system has an option to automatically delete malware as it’s detected. But according to two people who audited FireEye's performance after the breach, Target's security team turned that function off." Bloomberg reports today on "Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It
." (The Target breach, previously
posted by jbickers at 8:27 AM - 51 comments
Congratulations, you won the lottery and got offered a tenure-track job offer in the humanities! Now it's time to start negotiating. But don't negotiate on the terms, because your new colleagues might decide to rescind the offer.
Further coverage at Inside Higher Ed
posted by escabeche at 6:28 AM - 198 comments
Let Me Live That Fantasy.
"In search of Puddles
, the saddest clown
, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music
— made him an Internet star."
posted by homunculus at 10:10 PM - 28 comments
Six years ago, PBS's feature documentary program, Frontline
, aired Sick Around the World
, a documentary examining health care systems around the world -- and specifically how all those featured were generally superior to the American system. (2008 MeFi post
Today, the American Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging
brought the debate over single-payer care to Washington. C-SPAN has a fine video of the hearing
, which features seven witness representing health care systems and think tanks from around the US and the world. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:06 PM - 51 comments
On Aug. 1, 1833 the British outlawed (most) slavery in her colonies. There were, however, still crops that needed tending. Fortunately, Germany had excess people desperate for a better life. Some (as we have seen
) of them wound up in Texas.
Some, willing to sign on as indentured servants, wound up in Jamaica
Jamaica, to be exact. Their descendants can still be found. There is now a documentary
on the subject. (Extended trailer can been seen here
posted by BWA at 7:29 PM - 6 comments
"I had heard about this film through various channels off and on through the years. It had gotten to the point where it was almost apocryphal in my mind.... Nobody knew where it was, nobody had ever seen it, but I was aware it existed. It was like the holy grail
." said Wayne Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas program for Mass. Audubon on the archival footage of the extinct heath hen discovered, restored and premiering at the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting this month. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:15 PM - 19 comments
A show about Nothing
posted by griphus at 5:29 PM - 19 comments
SXSW Mario Kart
Real live Mario Kart at SXSW [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 at 5:18 PM - 3 comments
"In 1805, a twenty-three year-old Bostonian called Frederic Tudor launched a new industry: the international frozen-water trade.
Over the next fifty years, he and the men he worked with developed specialised ice harvesting tools, a global network of thermally engineered ice houses, and a business model that cleverly leveraged ballast-less ships, off-season farmers, and overheated Englishmen abroad. By the turn of the century, the industry employed 90,000 people and was worth $220 million in today’s terms. By 1930, it had disappeared, almost without trace, replaced by an artificial cryosphere of cold storage warehouses and domestic refrigerators." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 3:58 PM - 44 comments
As it turned out, when I started working in Brooklyn, the most difficult to serve were the ones who wanted—or expected, really—for you to be cool, or at least receptive to a certain projection of hip-and-coolness. It was nice, at first, to have a job that let me swear and show my tattoos, but the pleasure of that freedom waned somewhat when most of my interactions became about the "fucks" and body modifications. If I had a quarter for every time I showed off my expensive liberal arts degree, holding up my end of a conversation about New York’s small presses or the most recent issue of The New Yorker, my tips certainly would have been better.Molly Osberg: Inside the Barista Class
posted by RogerB at 2:10 PM - 163 comments
Chain of Life
is a three part article done by The Star Ledger
of New Jersey, following a rare instance where six patients in New Jersey and New York received kidney transplants in March from six living donors, all unrelated and previously unknown to them. Over 36 hours.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:59 PM - 4 comments
found that black boys
can be seen as responsible for their actions
at an age
when white boys still benefit
from the assumption that children
are essentially innocent." [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 12:09 PM - 38 comments
With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, it's a great opportunity to have a look at "Danny Boy"
. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 11:34 AM - 48 comments
Giovanni Battista d'Antonio Braccelli was a Florentine artist
(PDF*) who was active from 1616 to 1649, and is little known beyond some highly creative works. Finding details on his life can be more difficult due to multiple forms for his names (Giovanbatista, Bracelli, Braccielli, Brazzè, and the nickname "il Bigio" - the gray one) within his own work and secondary sources, and early writers conflated his biography with that of a Genoese painter of the same name. But if you enjoy surreal illustrations
, check out Braccelli's Bizzarie di varie figure
(online view from Gallica - Bibliothèque nationale de France; online and PDF in the US Library of Congress collection
** from Lessing J. Rosenwald
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:32 AM - 6 comments
Use your name
as starting seed in Conway's Game of Life.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:56 AM - 35 comments
Top-secret documents reveal that an elite unit at the National Security Agency has developed technology allowing it to automatically install malware on millions of computers worldwide in what it calls 'industrial-scale exploitation'.
TURBINE, developed by the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit (mentioned previusly here),
is a command-and-control suite automating tasks that previously had to be performed manually: Using 'internet chokepoints' and a capability called SECONDDATE, the NSA can perform man-in-the-middle attacks to quietly redirect web browsers to FOXACID malware servers en masse.
posted by anemone of the state at 9:13 AM - 86 comments
is known for its flashy technology displays like holograms of Will.I.Am
and its glossy map displays
, not everything about the network is so up-to-date: the CNN Interactive: In-Depth Food
website appears to have remained unchanged since 2001. via
posted by Going To Maine at 8:38 AM - 56 comments
Drowning In Light
n 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal.
Except for one thing: We treat light like a drug whose price is spiraling toward zero. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:28 AM - 70 comments
"In 2011, when we blogged about the Shaftesbury Psalter (which may have belonged to Adeliza of Louvain; see below), we wrote that medieval manuscripts which had belonged to women were relatively rare survivals. This still remains true, but as we have reviewed our blog over the past few years, it has become clear that we must emphasize the relative nature of the rarity – we have posted literally dozens of times about manuscripts that were produced for, owned, or created by a number of medieval women." -- For International Womens' Day last week, the British Library's Medieval Manuscripts blog showcases a selection of manuscripts that belonged to some of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 8:00 AM - 8 comments
What would a great ad for a university of technology be? An ad, that itself, solves a problem through technology
This is exactly what the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and their ad agency Mayo DraftFCB have done - the first billboard in the world to make drinking water out of thin air and alleviate the lives of Peru's people.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:45 AM - 14 comments
-- "a blog about design, programming and general geekery" -- tackles The Geometry of Starship Design -- the USS Enterprise
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:28 AM - 42 comments
The Egyptian Military's War on Alcohol Just before the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, which links Egypt's main bulk of land to the Sinai Peninsula, there are two consecutive checkpoints. One of them is run by the military, and the other by the Ministry of Interior. This weekend, on a trip to Sinai with a group of friends, we were stopped at the military checkpoint. The conscripts insisted on searching us, and a mere inquiry as to what the purpose of the search was made them adamant on going through every bag.
posted by modernnomad at 12:12 AM - 20 comments
Carry cash, take the metro and always look at people's feet – Araz Fazaeli, who lives in Paris but runs the street style blog Tehran Times with a team in Iran, offers his tips about how to make the most of the capital.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:49 PM - 18 comments
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