December 3

“WE'RE THE ALIENS!!”

Mass Effect: Andromeda [YouTube] The journey to Andromeda begins now. Navigate the uncharted reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find a new home among the stars. How far will you go to become humanity’s hero? [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:56 PM - 11 comments

“I just want the system to follow the rules,” he said.

An investigation by The New York Times of tens of thousands of disciplinary cases against inmates in 2015, hundreds of pages of internal reports and three years of parole decisions found that racial disparities were embedded in the prison experience in New York.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:00 PM - 2 comments

Gerudo Valley

Gerudo Valley (alternate), composed by Koji Kondo, is part of the soundtrack of the popular 1998 Nintendo 64 title: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The valley itself lies to the west of Hyrule and can be traversed by jumping across on Epona. Recently, an Unreal Engine 4 recreation of the location was produced. The tune has been covered quite a lot (more below the fold) or reworked by DJs or given a full orchestral interpretation (alternative). Also, the original as a 10 hour loop. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 5:11 PM - 5 comments

It's like having an extra U.S. on the planet

Earth warming to climate tipping point, warns study. Writing in the journal Nature, they project that an increase of 1C (1.8F) will release an additional 55 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere by 2050...previous assessments have not taken carbon released by soil into account. This could trigger a "positive feedback" and push the planet's climate system past the point of no-return. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 4:31 PM - 37 comments

Now That's What I Call Alt Right!

WHITE NOISE - the best of the AltRight. "It's not that fringe, okay?"
posted by philip-random at 4:28 PM - 11 comments

28. Tuareg guitar players really like Dire Straits

Tom Whitwell of Fluxx lists 52 things I learned in 2016. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:58 PM - 9 comments

Why we don't really want to be nice

"Setting out to try to become a nicer person sounds like a deeply colourless and dispiriting ambition. In theory, we love niceness of course, but in practice . . . "(SLYT)
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 1:02 PM - 22 comments

Emotions are Work

Men Dump Their Anger Into Women "Women are expected to regulate the emotions of men as well as themselves. They have to sharpen their emotional regulation skillz because they’ll be regulating for two even when they’re not pregnant. [...] This takes many forms, and at its most benign looks like listening, support and empathy. However, as it becomes more noxious, women are expected to read the emotions [of] men and proactively protect them from their own negative emotions. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 12:32 PM - 68 comments

Turning a blind eye to what’s happening on the Earth

"Turning a blind eye to the Earth wouldn’t just stifle basic research. It would leave us more vulnerable to all sorts of weather and climate-related disasters, from drought-fueled famines in Ethiopia to devastating wildfires in Alberta to the ceaseless march of sea level rise in South Florida and the South Pacific. These, and many other environmental challenges that NASA’s Earth science division helps us to understand, have enormous economic and national security implications for all of humanity." [more inside]
posted by puffyn at 11:09 AM - 19 comments

Hello, Wayne Knight.

Hey, Aren't You... is a short (15 min) DVD extra featuring interviews with many of the actors who played supporting characters on Seinfeld and the impact the show had on their life.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:20 AM - 14 comments

Seagulls vs. Yoda

More bad lip reading, to an unbelievably catchy tune.
posted by gryphonlover at 9:39 AM - 9 comments

It was just meant to be played once, on that day.

Noel Gallagher talks about the making of Be Here Now, and why D'You Know What I Mean? needed to be remixed.
"So you've got this huge desk the size of Bradford, you've got a tape machine which couldn't handle the amount of tracks so you had to get another tape machine. It's the only time I've ever seen it in the history of music... When we separated all a hundred guitars, all doing the same thing, and got the key elements, and then did that remix, it sounds amazing. You can actually hear the strings, the bass guitar, and you can actually hear everything."
[more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 7:21 AM - 23 comments

Evan

Can you figure out the mystery inside this remarkable ad about high school love? (Do watch the ad before scrolling further.)
posted by carrienation at 7:02 AM - 63 comments

To all the women who've had to fight

"With "Fight," Magnets put her finger on the pulse of the feminist revenge fantasy" [more inside]
posted by misfish at 3:21 AM - 28 comments

December 2

SIMPSONWAVE

Wherein the soothing nostalgia of vaporwave is combined with the hallucinatory, corrupted-VHS ennui of Marge and the gang. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:24 PM - 20 comments

Not quite a billion years in Banjul

The Gambia’s autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, who once claimed a “billion-year” mandate to rule, has conceded defeat after a shock election loss to a real-estate developer who once worked as a security guard in London. "Hello, are you hearing me?” Jammeh asked Adama Barrow, grinning widely on his mobile. “I wish you all the best. The country will be in your hands in January. You are assured of my guidance. You have to work with me. You are the elected president of The Gambia. I have no ill will and I wish you all the best.” [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 9:21 PM - 23 comments

¿Qué?

Actor Andrew Sachs, best known for his beloved portrayal of a hapless Spanish waiter named Manuel on the British sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died at 86...
posted by jim in austin at 7:16 PM - 62 comments

To condense fact from the vapor of nuance

It’s no accident that many people who appreciate VR and AR are also fans of scifi books, movies, and TV shows. Technology has imitated art and the other way around, with science fiction writers coining terms like “virtual reality” and “the metaverse,” and tech companies using science fiction writers as in-house futurists and advisers.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in books with significant AR and VR presence, this is the reading list for you. Also on Goodreads.
posted by timshel at 6:52 PM - 15 comments

Salterns for the better

Aerial Images of Salterns That Blur the Line Between Photograph and Painting "Photographer David Burdeny [...] began the series SALT: Fields, Plottings and Extracts in 2015, using aerial photography to explore some of the world’s most vibrant salterns in Utah, Mexico, and Australia. Gazing upon the images it’s difficult to determine whether the expressive boxes of color are produced with a camera or paintbrush, or if the gestures were made by hand or nature."
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:59 PM - 7 comments

Before the Fantasy Finalized

An electric company, a college dropout, a DOG, a Bohemian musician, an up and coming artist, spies, robots, Aliens™ and "Erotic Space Adventures": The (Early) History of Squaresoft [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 3:14 PM - 8 comments

Here comes a regular

Why not eat steak tartare at the same restaurant seven nights a week? It’s not because I’m boring; I’m just saving my exciting stuff for other areas of my life.
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:14 PM - 119 comments

Living at the Edge of Feasibility

Making the Geologic Now is an online book in the form of a Zuihitsu, in which short chapters that are part science, part interview, part engineering, part art, part culture, and part whimsy mingle with each other to reflect upon the Anthropocene. It can be browsed on the web, downloaded for a price you choose (including free), or bought as a hardcopy.
posted by Rumple at 1:10 PM - 2 comments

Some phone numbers are more equal than others

I Dialed a Wrong Number and Stumbled Into International Phone Fraud. "Cuba is one of the most expensive countries to call from the U.S. […] To get around this tightly restricted market, a great many fraudulent and ingenious ways of making money have sprung up around calling to Cuba. Global capitalism abhors a vacuum. And so, of calls from North America and Europe, the ones to Cuba are the most likely to be fraudulent in some way, according to the Communications Fraud Control Association’s 2015 global survey. And telecommunications fraud is no small thing. In all, fraud costs the telecommunications industry an estimated $38.1 billion a year." [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:09 PM - 19 comments

And Gene Kelly. I also have Gene Kelly. And his beautiful, perfect ass.

"But seriously. If you're going to create a world where an entire town of Puritanical eighteenth-century Scots(wo)men have their town converted into a forward-motion-only time machine that will, in the span of just one year in their eyes, deposit them in the year 38235 — that's thirty-eight thousand two hundred thirty five — in what frickin universe does it make any sense whatsoever to make your story about a guy one of the village girls develops a crush on, on day goddamn two!?!"
posted by MartinWisse at 11:21 AM - 76 comments

Olivia! (&ABBA&Gibb!)

"Olivia!" 1978 ABC TV special with Andy Gibb & ABBA This is the concert segment IN TRUE STEREO from the 1978 special "Olivia!"
posted by OmieWise at 11:10 AM - 30 comments

Is rock the new jazz?

PopMatters thought so in 2012. Now Brooklyn Vegan blames it on The Strokes. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:03 AM - 100 comments

(this feels like the future I was promised)

The Police but every time they say "roxanne" it gets faster (single link Twitter video)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:12 AM - 73 comments

"He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president"

The interval between the 2016 US election and inauguration of POTUS #45 continues. Donald likes an avid reader, but claims many bogus votes were cast and others believe it. Romney (previous, post title, transcript) emerges full of chocolate cake and glowing praise. The "swamp" continues to be filled, and despite 'leaving business' there are conflicts (multiple, many) of interest. There's recount news in Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. Amongst voter suppression news (more, more, again), recent tactics arguably worked (more), Michigan is trying to pass tougher ID laws, legal issues continue in North Carolina, and the fight will be a hard and an unavoidable one. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 9:37 AM - 715 comments

Into Pieces

It's here! It's December which means it's time for the yearly DJ Earworm: United State of Pop 2016. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 8:40 AM - 28 comments

"A Stir‐Fried Masterpiece"

Peng Chang-kuei, the inventor of General Tso's Chicken, has died at the age of 98. Peng first made the dish in the 1950s while working for the Nationalist government in Taiwan, naming it for Zuo Zongtang, a statesman and military leader from the Qing dynasty famous for having put down the Taiping Rebellion (previously). When the dish made it to the U.S., the New York Times' Mimi Sheraton raved about it using the words in the post title. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:15 AM - 33 comments

Students make pricey drug for 2 bucks per pill; pharmabro has tantrum

A group of Australian high school students have managed to recreate a life-saving drug that rose from US$13.50 to US$750 a tablet overnight after an unscrupulous price-hike by former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli. The Sydney Grammar students reproduced the drug, Daraprim, used to treat a rare but deadly parasitic infection, in their high school laboratory with support from the University of Sydney and global members of the Open Source Malaria consortium. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 7:59 AM - 53 comments

(Includes the Chasm of Ignorance)

The Map of Physics : "Everything we know about physics - and a few things we don't - in a simple map." (SLYT, via Kottke)
posted by gwint at 6:28 AM - 10 comments

December 1

Don't forget the paper clip

Handgun Safe Research is a vimeo channel where various handgun safes are effortlessly defeated with zip ties and paper clips.
posted by fleacircus at 7:15 PM - 87 comments

Striking Portraits of Lonely Cars in 1970s New York

Nighttime scenes of parked cars and deserted streets, photographed by Langdon Clay (1974-76).
posted by philip-random at 5:13 PM - 47 comments

Jon Sudano Vocal Covers

Jon Sudano has covered a diversity of groups from the Village People to Adele . . . but all his songs have one thing in common. It's not his beard or his dedication to his craft; every song he covers has the lyrics and melody replaced with Smash Mouth's "All Star". [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 4:14 PM - 37 comments

Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies

Toto's "Africa" with vocals one step out of key and off-beat
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:03 PM - 117 comments

A Mammoth (or Mastodon) Discovery at Wilshire and La Brea

LA Times: Remains of ancient elephant unearthed at L.A. subway excavation site "The first discovery, made just before Thanksgiving, was of a 3-foot section of tusk fragments, as well as fragments of a mastodon tooth, found at a depth of 15 feet at the Wilshire and La Brea excavation site, said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:52 PM - 24 comments

Black Gold: where and who hair extensions come from

The New Zealand Herald's extended report on the hair extension industry and how hair gets from rural China to first world salons
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:38 PM - 21 comments

In a different world, that would be the end of it, but this is academia.

In his 2005 book Gnostic Philosophy: From Ancient Persia to Modern Times, Churton challenged this scholarly consensus, acknowledging the likelihood that Baphomet originated as a botched transliteration from Arabic to French, but offering a few alternate etymological routes that it may have traveled to get there.
What’s In A Name: How A Medieval French Typo Might Have Come To Represent Satanism
posted by griphus at 2:17 PM - 28 comments

It can’t come as a surprise that the ending left fans wanting more.

The Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life postmortem with Amy Sherman-Palladino (major spoilers) (FanFare threads: Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:52 PM - 13 comments

Hayden James Makes House Music

Aussie Hayden James makes extra awesome house music, if you're into that kind of thing. See Permission to Love, in all of its 8-bit glory. Also listen with your ears to Something About You and (my favorite) Just a Lover.
posted by JPowers at 12:58 PM - 6 comments

Hot Knife vs.

Tired of RHNB? Does ruining the plumbing with sodium and mercury not do it for you any more? Does dry ice leave you cold? Get your ASMR on with Will It Melt! (YT channel) [more inside]
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:42 PM - 18 comments

The Exhibitionist

The Dallas World Aquarium is one of the eminent tourist destinations of Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums through 2017, the aquarium has recently come under scrutiny owing to some of the more cavalier acquisitions and future plans of its bombastic owner, Daryl Richardson.
posted by Krazor at 12:30 PM - 3 comments

It was just salt.

When you emigrate, you end up the last person to touch a lot of your family history. Somewhere along the line, we’ll forget my mom’s maiden name. We’ll forget what her actual name was before she changed it when she moved. We’ll lose language and the way to make a candle from ghee and a cotton ball. I can’t pull all of this information out of her, and I can’t carry all of it after she’s gone, and I panic when I think about how impossible it feels to one day not need her. But at least I can try to cook.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:46 AM - 18 comments

Zooming down alleyways in China.

Two guys, one British, one American, both married to Chinese women, ride motorcycles around Guangdong talking about what it is like to live there. Why is everything in China falling apart? China's lost generation. You will never be Chinese. Part of the interest is just seeing what China looks like on the street level. They talk about some things that have been discussed here lately.
posted by Bee'sWing at 10:05 AM - 39 comments

Thanks, we'll call you...

Is it possible for those who are tone-deaf to appreciate music or become better singers? Author and journalist Tim Falconer- a self-confessed “bad singer” — is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia (he is scientifically tone-deaf). [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:12 AM - 62 comments

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

Merry Christmas from Elefant Studios [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:50 AM - 2 comments

Women at at punk shows are done with your shit

Australian indie-punk band Camp Cope has spearheaded a call to action for bands, venue staff, and concert-goers to stand up against sexual harassment at shows, in part because of incident that went viral at their gig this past may. Their hashtag, #ItTakesOne, has been picked up by other Aussies in the music scene, including Courtney Barnett, and Luca Brasi-who notes the importance of strong male presence in the movement:
"It shouldn't solely be the responsibility of women to fix the problem," they wrote. "We feel it's important for men to speak too, and speak out against other men's behaviour and be positive role models to other men."
The band has been sending this message since the beginning- their cardinal song Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams is an anthem exploring the ideal of female safe spaces. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:43 AM - 21 comments

Avalon Emerson -Natural Impasse

All of the clips are from my personal phone video archive taken over the last half a year or so. I trimmed each video, turned them into gifs, and processed them into various emojisaic gifs using a ruby script created by my friend Lucas Mathis (github: @lilkraftwerk), then edited them all together using Adobe Premiere, a process that took me about two months.
posted by DynamiteToast at 8:31 AM - 2 comments

Now you really can be the very best there is

Our long Pokemon nightmare is over! The much talked around in-game tracker is now live in all of the continental United States and spreading to the UK, just in time for the eighth migration.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:06 AM - 37 comments

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