March 28

"Oh god, it tastes like mashed potato now. Why? I don't know!"

Irish People Try Surströmming (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 4:57 PM - 2 comments

Building bridges from the Cold War to Trump

The Daily Beast reports that "Thirty-four years ago, on five consecutive episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, two feuding sects representing Russia and the United States began stockpiling parts for bombs—at one point stripping the neighborhood’s arts funding to bankroll the build-up." [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 4:37 PM - 5 comments

One of the most successful invasive species on the planet

"In South Florida, cane toads are so numerous that they seem to be dropping from the sky. They're overtaking parking lots and backyards, can weigh almost six pounds, and pack enough poison to kill pets. Why the surge?" A long article at Outside about an increasing population of cane toads in South Florida. [more inside]
posted by fever-trees at 4:33 PM - 4 comments

Completely Meat Chocolate Pie

Research scientist Janelle Shane has been training a neural network to generate cooking recipes, based on 30 MB-worth of recipes. The results thus far have been interesting, to say the least. Would you perhaps like to try Beef Soup With Swamp Peef And Cheese? Or maybe Salmon Beef Style Chicken Bottom? Or maybe some delicious Star * ? [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 4:04 PM - 28 comments

Microscopic time lapse films

Stunningly clear video of cell division, followed by tadpole development. [more inside]
posted by lucidium at 2:38 PM - 7 comments

All Buttons and Keys Work

People Who Call Synths "Beasts."
posted by Sokka shot first at 2:28 PM - 14 comments

Holey felines, Catman!

Stray Cats Are Having The Best Time Playing In These Holes: Nyan Kichi is a Japanese photographer who dedicates his time to hanging out with and photographing stray cats. The cats have come to know and love him, and love to jump around and show off for him — especially in one particular spot that has a lot of drain pipe holes. Also: bleps, butts, and lots of leaping.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:59 PM - 10 comments

The Best Art

The Best Art is an ongoing artistic collaboration between the computer (MacBook Air, 13-inch, early 2015), and the human (Nicole He). The computer queries the universe and uses an algorithm to objectively calculate the best art for any given moment in time. The human executes the commands.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 12:43 PM - 11 comments

AD 12,017: Hull Kingston Rovers must play all away matches

East Yorkshire has the fastest-eroding coastline in Europe, already some three miles inland of where it stood in Roman days. More than two dozen towns have disappeared beneath the waves of the North Sea. More details here.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:47 AM - 13 comments

Metafilter: The level of hatred was amazing and quite funny.

How we made the typeface Comic Sans. [previously, previously]
posted by Evilspork at 11:43 AM - 39 comments

“ weighs about as much as a refrigerator,”

Thieves Take a Chunk of Change, All 221 Pounds of It, From a Berlin Museum [The New York Times] “ You could never palm it, flip it or plunk it into a vending machine. But apparently it can be pinched: One of the world’s largest gold coins, a 221-pound Canadian monster called the Big Maple Leaf [wiki], was stolen overnight from the Bode Museum in Berlin, the police said on Monday. The coin is about 21 inches in diameter and over an inch thick. It has the head of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other. Its face value is 1 million Canadian dollars, or about $750,000, but by gold content alone, it is worth as much as $4.5 million at current market prices.”
posted by Fizz at 11:19 AM - 51 comments

Still on the Payroll

Pitchfork celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer
posted by artsandsci at 9:28 AM - 75 comments

Save us, Spiders Georg

Spiders mostly eat insects, although some of the larger species have been known to snack on lizards, birds and even small mammals. Given their abundance and the voraciousness of their appetites, two European biologists recently wondered: If you were to tally up all the food eaten by the world's entire spider population in a single year, how much would it be? (Please note: the article is illustrated with gifs of spider nests being poked, if seeing those gives you the wiggins.)
posted by rewil at 8:42 AM - 34 comments

Women in the Ivy League

How smart women got the chance
posted by tavegyl at 8:35 AM - 17 comments

Computer Recreations

If drawing your own Penrose Tilings or Mondrian-style images sounds like fun, or recreating A. K. Dewdney's simulated Wa-Tor World ecology, or solving Word Wheel puzzles; or if you'd just generally like a pool of projects, examples, and exercises to practice Python, then here you go: Learning Scientific Programming with Python. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 8:22 AM - 4 comments

a fairly wonky academic feed

He knows English, German, French, Russian, Korean, Latin, and classical Greek. He's worked for Applebee's and interned for John Boehner. He has a wife and two kids, a job teaching political science and diplomacy, and about 19,000 more Twitter followers than he did a few weeks ago. Robert E. Kelly has been writing and speaking on international relations (especially in East Asia) and US foreign policy for several years. Some pieces of particular interest... [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 8:19 AM - 4 comments

The Apathetic Children

Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients have no underlying physical or neurological disease, but they seem to have lost the will to live. The Swedish refer to them as de apatiska, the apathetic. “I think it is a form of protection, this coma they are in,” Hultcrantz said. “They are like Snow White. They just fall away from the world.” [Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker]
posted by neroli at 8:14 AM - 14 comments

Home is where the art is

“'Someone very dear to me once said, ‘When I’m in your house or at the Rancho, I feel like I’m walking around inside of your body.’ I love that he didn’t say ‘mind,’ because I don’t create with my head. I create with my heart,” [Sheila Youngblood] says. “What I wear, what my spaces look and feel like—these are expressions of my own heart, and inviting people into a space where you can feel the love and the soulfulness is my goal. It’s an invitation into something deeper. It’s gratifying, inspiring, and undeniably real.'” From Texas Monthly, a lovely photo essay: The Most Colorful House in Texas. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:12 AM - 18 comments

Hold My Beer!

Whether you like Carly Rae Jepson or Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson or Johnny Cash, Disney or big movie epics, Brahms or Bizet, the Bottle Boys have it covered.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:51 AM - 4 comments

Why Belle Should Have Chosen Gaston

Why Belle Should Have Chosen Gaston, "A PowerPoint presentation by me" (warning: douchey automatic video plays on this page) is a scholarly but accessible look at factors, both personal and socioeconomic, that lead to the controversial and explosive conclusion that Belle should have opted to marry Gaston instead of the Beast.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:43 AM - 46 comments


Akira Kurosawa's great advice to aspiring filmmakers (6:40 slyt)
posted by timshel at 2:21 AM - 7 comments

$80 mango

Jared Rydelek reviews exotic fruit. Why fruit? Finding exotic fruit that is unavailable to the rest of the world is a bit like a treasure hunt. Finding something I never knew existed is a thrilling experience whether or not the fruit actually tastes good. Some of the fruits I find are tasty, some are disgusting, some are dangerous to eat, but all of them are interesting. Here is his review of the $80 mango. (Via).
posted by growabrain at 12:23 AM - 49 comments

March 27

O Fortuna, the WTF? version

August Schram 'flashmobs' Orff in his own style. (Previously)
posted by pjern at 10:41 PM - 14 comments

"People are always going 'Why are you doing this kind of stuff?'"

Francesco Albano (no, not that one) creates human body sculptures that shock, disgust and horrify [NSFW]. He discusses his influences and his process in this short film [narration, light music].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:27 PM - 8 comments

Live up to your Namesake

Names have power, and nowhere else more than in the world of the comic Namesake. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe at 10:12 PM - 3 comments

Shiny Happy Robots Holding Hands

Rayna meets a "Robot" (SLYT) (via Kottke)
posted by Maecenas at 7:16 PM - 21 comments

A Tool for Thinking in Systems

LOOPY (v. 1.0) is a new bowser-based tool from Nicky Case Previously, previouslier, more previously for constructing simple systems dynamics models by sketching; it also makes it easy to publish your work and let others modify it. Give it a try, or look at some examples: basic ecology; depression & anxiety; and automation & job loss.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:36 PM - 18 comments

Adapting ASL for music

Vox chats to music/concert ASL interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego (previously: 1, 2) about adapting ASL to fully convey musical experiences.
posted by divabat at 5:35 PM - 3 comments

With friends like these....

As repression deepens, Turkish artists and intellectuals fear the worst.
128,398 people have been sacked, while 91,658 are being detained. Turkey Purge logs the daily crackdowns and Human Tragedy.
Artist Zehra Dogan was sentenced to Prison for a Painting of a Kurdish Town Attack.
Meanwhile NATO member Turkey is in a serious diplomatic spat with the Netherlands and sabre rattling with Greece.
posted by adamvasco at 5:27 PM - 8 comments

Steel Magnolias: An Oral History

Thirty Years of Steel Magnolias: The untold story of what would become one of the most beloved touchstones of Southern culture.
posted by leesh at 4:38 PM - 20 comments

Skateboarding on Frozen Sand

"Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp." [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 4:02 PM - 5 comments

Weaknesses: BOB.

As we in 2017 prepare for the May release of the continuation of Twin Peaks on Showtime, let's take a trip back to 1991 when Star Pics issued a series of Twin Peaks trading cards. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:28 PM - 20 comments

"When I was a resident, this wellness concept did not even really exist"

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at about 5:15 in the morning, Kathryn, one of our fourth-year medical students, ended her life by jumping out of her apartment window. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 12:52 PM - 58 comments

Subway dogs of New York, and their obedient and caring human carriers

"Dear USA Today, Can I Travel With a Small Dog in the New York Subway?" "Yes. Transporting a lap-sized pup on the subway is allowed with proper containment." "OK, but whose lap, and what counts as proper containment?" (Urban Dog NYC has more practical tips, but less doggo photos.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:28 PM - 21 comments

The cost of activism in football

Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been in the news for refusing to stand during the national anthem (previously), in silent protest of the song and the United States' racist history and present. He's now looking for a new team and the calls aren't coming. The question is, why? [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 12:23 PM - 81 comments

The children knew, though. Children loved her.

Eulogy for a Fairy Princess: Lisa Williams remembers Heather Adels, her girlfriend, who died suddenly at age 41.
posted by tuesdayschild at 11:46 AM - 10 comments

1918 redux

By now, almost every major city around the world is witnessing people dying in offices, in public buildings, and right on the streets. Morgues are overflowing with bodies and there is a worldwide shortage of coffins. Developing countries begin cremating corpses in large ditches that are then immediately covered over by bulldozers. In the United States and other First World nations, morgues are forced to supplement with freezer trucks, but the spot shortages of electricity and fuel are forcing some difficult decisions on disposal. -- What the Next Global Pandemic Could Look Like
posted by Chrysostom at 11:39 AM - 39 comments

visiting McDonald’s with my Grandmother

visiting McDonald’s with my Grandmother
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 9:56 AM - 15 comments

Glitch: Web Development For the Rest Of Us

Glitch (née Gomix, née Hyperdev) is a new service/community from Fog Creek Software "where anybody can build the app of their dreams." [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:31 AM - 47 comments

YouTubers: not very well supervised, apparently

The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber (by slowbeef, on Polygon)
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 8:47 AM - 59 comments

Thank You For Noticing

ThanksforTyping logs cases of academic works thanking (typically) unnamed wives (and sometimes their daughters) for typing their scholarly works. UVA mediaevalist Bruce Holsinger started the hashtag with five tweets [1|2|3|4|5] triggering the discovery of many more examples.
posted by Karmakaze at 8:19 AM - 32 comments

Permanent Daylight

At least 16 states in 2017 are considering 24 bills or resolutions related to proposed changes to DST.... In fact, it’s an even split as 12 of the bills would establish permanent standard time, while the other 12 would petition for or otherwise seek to create permanent DST.
However, Indiana warns against it, or at least against being the only state in the neighborhood that does.
posted by Etrigan at 6:47 AM - 113 comments

De Stijl Art Movement 100th Anniversary

The Hague's buildings in Mondrian's iconic colors Many buildings in The Hague are using Mondrian's blue-yellow-red-white color scheme to celebrate the art movement's 100th anniversary. I hope they keep it up; it looks great.
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:38 AM - 14 comments

Avengers React to Justice League Trailer [SLYT 3min 28 sec]

How might the Avengers react to seeing the Jusitice League trailer?? Exactly what it says in the title. A short fan video/mashup. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:34 AM - 20 comments

Destroying rock with gyprock

David Byrne posits a fascinating theory that the music of each age is determined by the architecture in which it is performed... Rock’n’roll music is made to be played in pubs and bars, where amplification is needed to be heard over the crowd. And playing with amps and loud drum kits requires musicians to have access to a space where noise can be made. The space where this typically happened was so universal that it defined an entire genre: the garage band. So what happens when there are no more garages? If we assume Byrne is right, you’d expect two things to happen. One, that the loudest music of our age to not come out of inner cities anymore. And two, that the music from cities will not be rock music.
How inner city apartment developments have killed rock'n'roll.
posted by acb at 4:17 AM - 84 comments

Climate Change comes Home to Roost

Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm, is forecast to cross the coast of North Queensland early tomorrow morning. Winds of up to 250km/hr (120kn) are predicted in the centre. A storm surge as high as 2.5 metres is expected, inundating thousands of homes. [more inside]
posted by Combat Wombat at 4:11 AM - 18 comments

Tiny Town + Big Art

Coonalpyn in South Australia, 200kms out of Adelaide, population 300. Onto a group of 30-metre working grain silos Brisbane artist Guido van Helten, mounted on a cherry picker, has painted huge, astonishingly detailed portraits of five local children. Work commenced in early February and is now complete. "In a lot of small towns," says the artist, "people really want to focus on the past and history of the town or the industry. All those themes I really wanted to avoid. The children represent the future of the town." [more inside]
posted by valetta at 2:27 AM - 7 comments

March 26

A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path…

Terrible, awful, no good really bad heavy metal album covers from all over the world. Many more at Assorted Thoughts From An Unsorted Mind.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:48 PM - 48 comments

A 4'3" Comet Blazing across the Firmament

Caroline Herschel never expected to be an astronomer. Her oboeist father indulged her voracious mind, but her strict mother restricted her to housework. In 1772, she followed her beloved organist brother William to England to escape the drudgery and become a concert singer. Before long, she found herself assisting in his astronomical endeavors -- first providing his food, then polishing his mirrors, then doing all of his advanced math, despite having never been educated in the times tables as a girl. In 1781, William discovered Uranus, and in 1782 began earning a salary from George III. In 1783, Caroline made her first independent discovery (M110). In 1787, the British Crown began paying her £50/year for her work, making her the first woman scientist to ever earn a salary for scientific work. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:36 PM - 14 comments

Mal de archivo

At his death in 1988, Luis Barragán, the Pritzker laureate Mexican architect of poetic modernist reknown, left his house and library to an architect friend, and his voluminous professional archive to his business associate. This archive eventually found its way to a New York gallerist, from whom it was bought in 1998 and shipped to Basel by a wealthy Swiss businessman for his fiancé - and has been inaccessible ever since. When conceptual artist Jill Magid (previously) heard of the archive's predicament in 2013, she devised her project The Barragán Archives, whose final chapter might bring about a resoluton: in a pact with the architect's family and the Mexican authorities, by way of a transubstantiation of ashes into a diamond, as a participant in "a gothic love story, with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot", she would approach the guarded, private owners of Barragán's legacy with a profound, confounding offer about his body of work - she would make The Proposal. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:26 PM - 4 comments

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