Skip

March 26

A Clean Version of Hell

Inside America's Toughest Federal Prison For years, conditions inside the United States’ only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery. But a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within. (SLNYT)
posted by box at 1:47 PM - 16 comments

The biggest challenge for a woman working in construction? Bathrooms.

Twenty Questions for Women in Construction was a series of blog posts about female construction workers in NYC which ran on Huffington Post in 2013. Kicking off the series was the article A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction by Ana Taveras. Many of the respondents to the Twenty Questions series are graduates of Nontraditional Employment for Women. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:27 PM - 18 comments

If you learn by doing, this is for you.

Code4startup is an online resource that lets you clone and hack copies of real services you already use on the web to make something new and cool You have an idea and want to quickly build your own web app for startup? Code4startup throws you into the deep end of the pool of established services, TaskRabbit, Udemy, AirBnb, Fiverr... explains how they are constructed with various technologies and then lets you bang on the code of these to make something new and cool for yourself. Angular JS, Bootstrap, Wufoo, ChromeDeveloperTools, Rails... and more to come.
posted by bobdow at 12:10 PM - 10 comments

'casts for your 'pod

Stuff You Missed In History Class [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:24 AM - 25 comments

One man's "cogito" is another's "white mask"

"In short, it seems that when a white male thinks about the meaning of things, any things, it is philosophy..." (SLTheGuardian)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:06 AM - 64 comments

Spoon us today our daily spoon

Stian Korntved Ruud is nearing the end of a yearlong project in which he designs and crafts a unique wooden spoon every day. He's using hand tools exclusively. You can follow the results and see a little of the process on instagram. Via core77.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:01 AM - 13 comments

Anti-LGBT Bill Leads SalesForce to Reduce Investments in Indiana

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, along with six other Indiana tech CEOs, co-signed a letter opposing the a bill which would allow business to refuse to serve LGBT customers. When asked about his participation in the effort, Benioff said in an email to IBJ: "We will be forced to dramatically reduce our investment in Indiana based on our employees' and customers' outrage over the Indiana religious freedom bill." [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 11:00 AM - 85 comments

Should losing on purpose in sports be considered morally corrupt?

The NHL instituted a draft lottery system after the Ottawa Senators flopped to select Alexandre Daigle first overall in 1993. The gambit backfired. Daigle is considered among hockey’s biggest draft busts. Former Washington Capitals coach Ron Wilson admitted this month – without providing all the details – his general manager, George McPhee, ordered him to lose down the 1998-99 homestretch to improve draft position. The NBA changed its postseason seeding rules when the 2005-06 Los Angeles Clippers seemingly tanked games to dodge Cuban’s Mavericks in the first round. The 2006 Swedish hockey team lost a game to avoid playing Canada or Russia in the Olympic quarterfinals. Four women’s badminton doubles teams were ejected from the 2012 Olympics for throwing round-robin matches to manipulate their seedings. Last month, two Tennessee high school girls’ basketball teams were banned from their postseason. They tried to lose to each other and avoid playing the defending state champ in the regional tournament. They committed blatant fouls and even shot into the wrong basket. The Ethics of Tanking
posted by everybody had matching towels at 10:34 AM - 59 comments

"Are you a nice goat?"

Man has a goat & llama encounter in upstate NY.
posted by The Whelk at 10:28 AM - 22 comments

Gender Diversity in All Its Colorful Glory

Drew Riley explores the visibility "explosion" for trans and gender-nonconforming people in gritty, vibrant portraits that capture the eye.
Transgender and gender-nonconforming figures rarely pop from the page quite like they do in artist Drew Riley's new collection Gender Portraits. Painted with splashes of bright color, full of dynamic movement or charged silence, and set against whimsical or brooding backdrops, Riley's portraits are nothing short of arresting. They pull the viewer in for a closer look — which is exactly the response Riley was aiming for, she tells The Advocate.
[more inside]
posted by Lexica at 10:05 AM - 7 comments

Scenes From the Death of a College

"Alumnae like to describe Sweet Briar College as a magical place ... That sense of magic evaporated in early March, after the board of directors decided that Sweet Briar’s failure to increase its revenue in recent decades had driven it to the brink of financial collapse. The board had voted unanimously on February 28 to close the 700-student college at the end of the current academic year."
posted by svenx at 10:00 AM - 25 comments

The Rise and Fall of the Borscht Belt

As the term borscht implies, the people who worked and stayed in the hotels and bungalow colonies were almost all Jews. The “fall” in the title of Davis’s film refers to the tourist industry collapsing after Jews became wealthier and more assimilated. After moving from the garment industry cutting rooms to accounting firms, they could now afford vacations in Puerto Rico and no longer felt the need to be in a hotel that served kosher food.
The Rise and Fall of the Borscht Belt, a 1986 documentary by Peter Davis on the famous Jewish-American holiday resorts of the Catskills, has been put online by Louis Proyect.
posted by MartinWisse at 9:47 AM - 10 comments

CBC podcast connects with indelible 70s child star Mason Reese

Whatever happened to that quirky-looking "borgasmord" moppet? After stumbling across this Youtube video of 70s child star Mason Reese crying on the Mike Douglas show, Canadian broadcaster Jonathan Goldstein follows the trail all the way to Reese's modest Manhattan apartment.
posted by MACTdaddy at 8:54 AM - 17 comments

♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪

Chilly Gonzales - Advantage Points [YouTube] Chilly Gonzales, Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer, returns with his much anticipated follow-up to Solo Piano II: "Chambers". Enjoy "Advantage Points" music video from Chambers, Directed by Jonathan Barré.
posted by Fizz at 8:04 AM - 5 comments

Everything that happened was for both of us a prehistory of our future

In 1910 and 1911, Anna Akhmatova and Amadeo Modigliani were in love. She was a then-unknown Russian poet who would return to Russia and struggle within the Soviet system before being widely acknowledged as one of Russia's great poets; he was a mercurial artist who would be dead within 10 years, but whose art would capture the imagination of future generations. [more inside]
posted by julen at 7:21 AM - 12 comments

Mexico Mass Graves

Hundreds of mass graves have been discovered across Mexico, but the government isn’t keeping tabs. How many clandestinely buried bodies are rotting under the country’s surface? (SLBF)
posted by josher71 at 7:17 AM - 27 comments

The Cook's Thesaurus

Got a recipe with an ingredient you can't find? Never fear, the Cook's Thesaurus is here. The Cook's Thesaurus contains information on thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools, including recommended substitutions and commentary on flavors, and is especially useful for people learning to improvise in the kitchen. Entries range from callaloo to huauzontle to Velveeta. There's even sometimes a bit of colorful commentary, as in the entry for chipped beef.
posted by sciatrix at 6:42 AM - 14 comments

264 keys and an infinite amount of NOLA soul

Stevenson J. Palfi’s 1982 documentary Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together (58:19) is a remarkable look at three generations of New Orleans keyboard masters, Isidore “Tuts” Washington, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd, and Allen Toussaint.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:55 AM - 5 comments

Germanwings / 4U 9525 A320

The New York Times is reporting this morning that crash of the Germanwings plane on Tuesday in the French Alps that killed 150 people "most likely happened" because the co-pilot crashed the jet deliberately, [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:14 AM - 318 comments

The glorious Russian troll army

It's a modern building, four floors. There's a LiveJournal department, a news department, a department where they create all sorts of images and demotivators (Editor's Note: Demotivators are satirical graphics that tend to undermine their subject matter), a department where they make videos.
posted by grobstein at 4:21 AM - 29 comments

Lesbians can't be misogynist, can they?

"My agency was taken away from me, and it was just as terrifying when done by fellow queers as it was when it was men." [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 12:30 AM - 50 comments

March 25

Need a therapist? Eat a cookie and talk to cookie monster.

Need therapy? Cookie Monster as a life coach.
posted by Wolfster at 8:00 PM - 14 comments

But in Vietnam there was not only one My Lai—there were many.

"The Scene of the Crime: A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past" by Seymour M. Hersh
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 7:46 PM - 10 comments

Seth’s quest to get broadband from someone, anyone

What happens when broadband companies lie and claim they service areas they don't? If you're reliant on your home internet connection to work, you may end up having to move out of a house you just bought.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:31 PM - 62 comments

Game of Thornes

A popular exhibit at the Art Intitute of Chicago is the Thorne Rooms, tiny historically accurate scale models of living spaces from all over the world. [more inside]
posted by bq at 7:20 PM - 12 comments

The 2016 campaign’s most interesting long shot

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ben Carson?
What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?
Taking Ben Carson Seriously
posted by andoatnp at 5:58 PM - 48 comments

13 Long Minutes

In 13-minute harrowing and graphic long take/oner, Quebec police drama 19-2 takes the viewer inside a school shooting. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 5:13 PM - 23 comments

“We always say, Someday we’ll meet on Thursday Island,”

“White Australians don’t want to talk about it, and it’s so recent, so raw, that it’s a sensitive topic. And then there are those who don’t even know the Torres Strait Islands exist. So he’s not only educating people around the world, he’s educating Australians. Patty’s a bridge builder. And as an NBA star, he’s got the cool factor. Crazy as it sounds, there aren’t many people who are proud to be indigenous. And Patty, he’s putting it on the world stage." Story of Patty Mills: Spur, Aussie, Bala
posted by colt45 at 4:25 PM - 12 comments

Does What it Says on the Tin

Rap Battle: Hodor vs. Groot.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:01 PM - 18 comments

This sounds like the setup to Indiana Jones V

WWII-era German coins and parts of a broken plate suggest that a ruin in the Argentinian jungle may have been built as a shelter for Nazi leaders in case of a defeat. (Or maybe it's just archaeologists fooling themselves.)
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 3:53 PM - 14 comments

"I am deeply superficial."

Elle magazine interviews the iconoclastic Fran Lebowitz on style.
posted by orange swan at 3:53 PM - 57 comments

John Prine has not yet released new lyrics

Larry Tribe has a new client. (SLNYMag)
posted by PMdixon at 3:18 PM - 9 comments

Free bananas in Berkeley

"Thousands of Berkeley voters got stuck in an email storm last week after a technical glitch became a viral meme that prompted around 70 residents to hold a potluck picnic Sunday." [more inside]
posted by rtha at 2:13 PM - 47 comments

This is Swing Street!

A TV pilot which failed to attract sponsors, After Hours carries all the poignance of a noble lost cause. Despite a certain self-consciousness in presentation, which clearly aims at winning over a recalcitrant audience, some of the best jazz ever recorded on film is available here. After an opening montage devoted to Manhattan jazz clubs accompanied by the narrator’s patter (“This is my beat — the jazz beat”), one is introduced to the ‘cigarette girl’ and ‘doorman’ at the “After Hours Club,” complete with fictional glosses (the girl is an “aspiring actress”). But as soon as Coleman Hawkins enters, joins the rhythm section on the bandstand and launches into a gorgeous version of “Lover Man,” the film properly gets down to business.
Jonathan Rosenbaum on After Hours (1961), featuring Johnny Guarnieri, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Cozy Cole, and Carol Stevens. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:13 PM - 8 comments

"Respect the elves - or else"

Huddled together amid the jagged rocks of the Gálgahraun lava field, a group of nervous onlookers wait with bated breath. Suddenly, there's a loud crack and a tumble of stones as a 50-tonne boulder is wrenched from the ground, then slowly raised into the air and eased down nearby, so delicately you'd think it was a priceless sculpture. "I just hope they’re happy in their new home," says Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir. "The elves really don't like being uprooted like this."
Huldufólk, or "hidden people," are beings from Icelandic folklore reported to dwell in rocks. People are very reluctant to disturb their homes. (Previously.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:44 AM - 22 comments

"GooooooOOOOOO INTERNET!"

If The Internet Was a High School.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 11:25 AM - 28 comments

tampon or fungus?

the girls on shit duty
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 11:17 AM - 32 comments

The Hip-Hop Messiah: An Archetype

The hip-hop messiah is both real and not real. [more inside]
posted by ourt at 10:36 AM - 35 comments

Can you wiggle? Can you chomp?

"Grandmother Fish is a book like no other I have seen"
We start with a delightfully drawn Grandmother Fish, who lived a long, long, long, long, long time ago and could wiggle and swim fast and had jaws to chomp with. At once, this is made personally relevant: "Can you wiggle? … Can you chomp?" We proceed by way of Grandmother Reptile, Grandmother Mammal and Grandmother Ape, to Grandmother Human, who lived a long time ago, could walk on two feet and talk and tell stories
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:17 AM - 11 comments

Another Nail In The NCAA's Coffin

After years of fighting over keeping the records sealed, the NCAA has finally released to the public their internal documents on the Reggie Bush investigation, as part of the defamation lawsuit filed against the NCAA by former USC RB coach Todd McNair. The NCAA had argued that allowing the records to be unsealed would hinder future investigations, but such arguments were dismissed by the California courts, leading to the release. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:14 AM - 32 comments

"He thought Nashville was the roughest"

On the Road Again: Mapping All the Cities in Willie Nelson's Songs
Over the course of his career—a five-decade ramblin' run that spans recordings as far back as 1962 and as recent as last year—Willie has written endlessly about his affection for (and occasional vexation with) cities across the land. These are all of those places. Well, a whole hell of a lot of them, anyway.
posted by Lexica at 10:03 AM - 14 comments

"First of all, things need to be very, very rainbow"

An Idaho State Senator, Paul Shepherd, has called on the state to impeach federal judges who struck down the state's anti-SSM law. One mistake, though. He forgot to renew the domain for his re-election campaign, and now a gay nerd has taken it over.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:28 AM - 21 comments

Hot Town, Summer in the City

What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan? [via realfuture]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 7:47 AM - 179 comments

Communicate affordably with imprisoned loved ones

Pigeon.ly has joined Y-Combinator's 2015 Winter class. While in prison, founder Frederick Hutson was amazed by the cost and difficulty of communicating with those outside. When he was released in 2011, he founded Pigeon.ly (originally Picturegram) to help people send pictures (and, later, make phone calls) to inmates. Additional coverage: The New York Times (2013), Forbes (2014), Planet Money.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:28 AM - 30 comments

Taco to the face

Fritz the golden retriever is really bad at catching food. [slyt]
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:11 AM - 84 comments

Orchids underground: a beautiful parasite

In 1928, a farmer digging in his garden found a flower blooming underground. Three years ago, scientists discovered that it's so well adapted to living underground that it has lost almost all of its chloroplast genes. While this species is unusual for an orchid in the extent of its parasitism, it turns out that all orchids are actually parasites--stealing nitrogen from tiny fungi in the soil without trading any carbon back as plants usually do. See photos of the underground orchid here.
posted by sciatrix at 6:31 AM - 31 comments

Burmese slaves in the global fish trade

"If Americans and Europeans are eating this fish, they should remember us," said Hlaing Min, 30, a runaway slave from Benjina. "There must be a mountain of bones under the sea. ... The bones of the people could be an island, it's that many."

Are slaves catching the fish you buy? A year-long AP investigation into the use of slaves to catch fish that end up in supply chains going to Kroger, Wal-Mart and Sysco, the U.S.' biggest food distributor.
posted by mediareport at 6:22 AM - 20 comments

I would prefer not to.

Clerks. “vain, mean, selfish, greedy, sensual and sly, talkative and cowardly”
posted by bitmage at 5:35 AM - 19 comments

Reactions to 'The L Word' Ten Years On

The Emotional Stages Of Rewatching The L Word Ten Years Later
1. No. No. No. No. No no no. No. NO.
2. YES.
Listling Without Commentary: 22 Excerpts From Brutal Amazon Customer Reviews Of “The L Word”
16. I couldn’t bear having it in my room so I broke it and threw it in a huge garbage next to our house. Hope this review stops you from buying it, don’t repeat the mistake that I’ve done.
17. Turns out lesbians aren’t that interesting.
Also, the comments on the articles (both contain spoilers).
posted by moody cow at 2:10 AM - 63 comments

March 24

The Gravekeeper’s Paradox

The Gravekeeper’s Paradox The impermanency of stone is visible everywhere at Mount Auburn. One headstone Gallagher and I stop at has been sandwiched between two wooden braces a few feet away from its rectangular base. Both pieces were struck by a snowplow during the winter, and a few chips in the base form a scar that shines bright white against the old greenish-grey rock. Gallagher’s assistant, Steve Brown, is trying to glue the monument back together. “The whole stone used to be white like that. That’s an algae growing on it,” Gallagher says, pointing to the damage.
posted by CrystalDave at 11:25 PM - 27 comments

« Older posts

Posts