Can we talk about how much the gossipy young girls who cluster in the schoolyard must feel like children to her? And Susan has forgotten about being a child. She is the blessed, the chosen, the promised. Susan has decades on them, wars, loss and betrayal, victory and growing fields, the trust of her subjects. It was a visceral thing, to have all those lives under her protection and to know that her subjects slept safe, peacefully, on dark nights. Here, on this drab concrete, her people are untouchable, indefensible; her self is vanished, her kingdom gone; she can feel the loss like a wound. She has lost her power, but that trust, that responsibility remains. It circles her ankles, trips her in the school hallways.
Can we talk about Susan Pevensie for a moment
? (A followup to this
posted by MartinWisse at 4:10 AM - 1 comment
is a powerful, brief, one-act play written by Susan Glaspell and published in 1916. It is for this play (and a short story version of it entitled "A Jury of Her Peers") that Glaspell is best known today, but she deserves to be better appreciated
: "Her plays received better reviews than those of Eugene O’Neill, and in 1931 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play Alison’s House
[pdf summary]. . . . Glaspell was the co-founder with her husband George Cram Cook of the Provincetown Players
(1916-1922), the Little Theatre that did most to promote American dramatists, and her diplomacy and energy held the group together for seven years. It was largely thanks to Glaspell’s intervention that O’Neill’s first plays were performed, and she played a major role in stimulating and encouraging his writing in the following years."
posted by ocherdraco at 4:02 AM - 1 comment
What happened to pay toilets in the USA? In the early 1900s, when railroads connected America’s biggest cities with rural outposts, train stations were sometimes the only place in town with modern plumbing. To keep locals from freely using the bathrooms, railroad companies installed locks on the stall doors—only to be unlocked by railroad employees for ticketed passengers. Eventually, coin-operated locks were introduced, making the practice both more convenient and more profitable. Pay toilets then sprung up in the nation’s airports, bus stations, and highway rest stops. By 1970, America had over 50,000 pay toilets.
By 1980, there were almost none.
posted by modernnomad at 10:52 PM - 40 comments
"If I had been born 10 years earlier, I don’t think I would be an animator," wrote Makoto Shinkai
. Despite the fact that even his earliest animations were completed with a Mac and a tablet, his style is influenced by the works of prior Japanese animators, even earning him the title "the next Miyazaki," which he says is an honor, but overstating his skills
. From his earliest short, Other Worlds
, he set some of the tone and pacing featured in his subsequent works, which are discussed in the lead up to an interview Shinkai did with Tested
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:48 PM - 4 comments
Welcome to TextMechanic.com!
A suite of simple, single task, browser based, text manipulation tools. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 10:36 PM - 14 comments
For those of you that haven't discovered her yet, I present Jessica Hernandez
(and the Deltas).
Sorry I Stole Your Man
No Place Left to Hide
and Cry, Cry, Cry.
(here's a handy Spotify playlist
posted by HuronBob at 9:26 PM - 1 comment
This is not the stirring tale of macho crew cuts and heroic deeds from The Right Stuff that is now a fat chapter in every U.S. high school history book. This is a tale replete with fumbling, bumbling, bickering and at least one insane-sounding notion. To nuke the moon
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:12 PM - 9 comments
Our cities are full of majestic monuments, stunning sculptures and artistic statues, each having a story to tell. Thousands of them have been made but only a few of them are really extraordinary and picture-worthy. That’s why our readers set out to find the world’s most creative statues and sculptures, which add color and emotion to the most boring areas of the cities.
Brought to you by Bored Panda 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World
posted by JujuB at 7:29 PM - 18 comments
A movie star names things.
The Toast tells us what movie stars really think as they film the films.
posted by Kitteh at 7:12 PM - 17 comments
Search for word usage in movies and television over time
Movies and television shows often reflect cultural trends of the time they are made in. Even movies that take place during the past or future can say something about the present through metadata or production style. Using the Bookworm platform, Benjamin Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University, provides a tool that lets you see trends in movie and television dialogue.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:35 PM - 23 comments
The Smart car folks have come up with an idea to make crosswalks a little safer (SLYT, Smart Blue), the Dancing Traffic Light
posted by agatha_magatha at 3:58 PM - 19 comments
Kumari in Kathmandu, Nepal:
Living pre-pubescent girls are believed to be the earthly manifestations of divine female energy, incarnations of the goddess known as Taleju. There can be as many as 13 Kumari at any one time, and the practice can be dated as far back as the 17th century. At the onset of menses, the Kumari are retired and begin life as mere mortals, experiencing the world for the very first time. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 2:07 PM - 7 comments
Looking at Russian Valery Nosal's collection of 25,500 chewing gum wrappers
may seem like a mere curiosity, but you gotta wonder about the ethnography of chewing gum
around the world. Perusing the catalog you can find the some expected regional flavors
, fascination with far away places
over taste chews
, odd promotions
, and, for a Scandinavian country, a surprising disregard for sustainability
and other chiclephobes
should not click.
posted by cross_impact at 1:07 PM - 9 comments
Future Politics (PDF link)
is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign class by Jake Bowers on the political theory of science fiction and a great recommended reading and discussion list for the rest of us. How can imagining the future help us understand the present? How does considering the future help us think critically about politics today?...The future hopes and imaginings of past political thinkers do not include either enough detail or enough information about our rapidly changing technological, social, political, and economic landscape to provide us with enough practice to confidently confront the future as citizens as it happens to us. Science fiction allows us a much more detailed view of life in alternative futures, and the writers that we choose to read here tend to think seriously and logically about how current cutting edge technology might have social and political ramifications — however, science fiction authors are also mostly working on a narrative and thus may skim over core concepts that ought to organize our thinking about politics and society. Thus, we read both together in order to practice a kind of theoretically informed futurism (which is not the same as prediction or forecasting, but is more like the practice of confronting the unexpected).
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 12:07 PM - 2 comments
is a Twitter celebrity
. He’s known for retweeting
some of the worst people on Twitter. Recently, he played detective
and was able
to use social media to track down some alleged
Philadelphia gay bashers
posted by josher71 at 12:04 PM - 42 comments
How To Home Brew Beer in Your Kitchen
, from Drink [Craft] Beer:
Brewing beer in your home can be as simple, or as complicated, as you want to make it. Here, we’re going to present the simple way. There is a lot of science you can get into, but we’re going to skip a lot of that as there are a lot of people who can tell you about it a lot better than we can. And they have books out (John Palmer’s How to Brew (online), and Charlie Papazian’s The Complete Joy of Homebrewing). We’d recommend reading these books at some point. You’ll learn a lot about why everything happens, how brewing really works and just a lot more in-depth information. If you want to make this a serious hobby, those are two can’t miss books. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:54 AM - 56 comments
In this article, though, we’re going to run through step-by-step how to brew in a small kitchen setting. We know many of you live in apartments (we do), and we’ve heard too many people say they can’t brew because of this. You can! We know this, because we do it. We’ll show you how to go about brewing your first batch. Plus, we’re including pictures to really show you how it’s done. So, let’s get brewing!
Since 2009, a statue of Buddha
has been quietly reducing criminal activity and increasing community in one Oakland neighborhood.
posted by Lexica at 10:47 AM - 44 comments
Rebuild the Universe
an incremental game that starts with the smallest unit possible to end with the universe itself. Bonuses, special effects and more await you in this incremental game.
posted by boo_radley at 10:25 AM - 46 comments
Have you ever wondered who owns the largest private collection of artifacts related to the Alamo? Well, wonder no more
. The answer is vocal mega-creep
and platinum-selling recording artist Phil Collins
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:22 AM - 44 comments
You’re about as sexually attractive to me as a turtle: Coming out as asexual in a hypersexual culture
plus, more from the author:
the author's tumblr
, essays (on the inside, your reason, "playing devil’s advocate" with someone else’s identity, missing out, coming out as asexual, asexuality pre-and-post-transition)
, other writings and articles ("Enjoy Your Houseful of Cats": On Being an Asexual Woman)
, videos (introduction to asexuality, a talk @ UVA about asexual relationships, shit people say to asexuals)
, and a list of arguments she's had with other people on the internet (but, why be asexual?)
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 9:52 AM - 76 comments
The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind
. A short history of the Heaven's Gate Millenarian Cult
and the (ex?) members who still keep the page running seventeen years after their last contact
with the leader and members.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 8:15 AM - 13 comments
Fan stories, like midrash, give voice to characters who aren't front and center in narratives as we've received them.
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, who blogs at Velveteen Rabbi
, has published an essay in Transformative Works and Cultures
on the parallels between fan works that fill gaps in pop culture stories and midrash used to fill gaps in the Torah.
posted by emjaybee at 7:52 AM - 21 comments
Yes, we could more easily aim toward something considered more “objective” at this point, simply listing the facts as presented by the developer/publisher. But oh my goodness, what now? See – see where this notion of objectivity has so quickly taken us? Objectivity is now demanding that we parrot information given to us by the creator/publisher of the game, and not apply our own critical faculties – our own subjective expertise – to this.
-Some Subjective Thoughts On Objectivity [in Games Criticism]
posted by griphus at 7:30 AM - 96 comments
...the reality of ISIS and what this group seeks is opaque to the public, and to policymakers not clued into the private salons where the details of secrets can be discussed. Even among those policymakers, the compartmentalized national security establishment means that no one really grasps the whole picture. The attempt to get the US into a war in Syria a year ago was similarly opaque. The public cannot make well-informed decisions about national security choices because information critical to such choices is withheld from them. It is withheld from them at the source, through the classification-censorship process, then by obfuscations in the salons and think tanks of DC and New York, and then finally through the bottleneck of the mass media itself.
The Solution to ISIS Is the First Amendment
by Matt Stoler [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 7:30 AM - 34 comments
: a side-scrolling game with a surprising mechanic. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 7:27 AM - 4 comments
is a beautiful collection of photographs taken at night on the streets of Nairobi. Sometimes chilling, sometimes grim, always evocative
posted by darsh at 7:15 AM - 6 comments
In This Horror Film, Blood Is All Too Real [New York Times] ‘Terror at the Mall’ on HBO
documents an Attack in Kenya.
One year ago, gunmen from the Shabab militant group in Somalia laid siege to the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Armed with AK-47s and grenades, they stalked their victims from a gourmet burger restaurant at the entrance to the vegetable aisle of a grocery store at the back.
The British filmmaker Dan Reed assembled thousands of hours of footage gleaned from more than 100 security cameras inside the mall, video from television crews and modest cellphones, as well as still photographs. Then he and his team tracked down more than 200 people and interviewed 82 of them on camera, many survivors or their rescuers. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:04 AM - 2 comments
In superheated London, where stratospheric land values beget accordingly bloated developments – authorities are allowing planning policies to be continually flouted, affordable housing quotas to be waived, height limits breached, the interests of residents endlessly trampled. Places are becoming ever meaner and more divided, as public assets are relentlessly sold off, entire council estates flattened to make room for silos of luxury safe-deposit boxes in the sky. We are replacing homes with investment units, to be sold overseas and never inhabited, substituting community for vacancy. The more we build, the more our cities are emptied, producing dead swathes of zombie town where the lights might never even be switched on.
's architecture and design critic Oliver Wainright
discusses housing development policy in London and the new city it is ushering in. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 6:09 AM - 19 comments
The importance of the culture-of-poverty approach is that it allows for recognition of the accumulated history of racism and inequality, but posits the ongoing effects of these as mediated through black cultural pathologies. It therefore permits American liberals to identify with opposition to racism while pushing them towards policy solutions geared towards the transformation of black people, and not American society.
With every crisis in Black America the same pathologies the Black community supposedly suffers from -- veneration of the criminal lifestyle, lack of proper family structures, abhorrence of education as acting white -- are trotted out as an explanation, by conservative commentators as that's just how those people are, by supposed liberals as the unfortunate end product of Black history in America. There's just one problem: they're lies. The culture of poverty does not exist
posted by MartinWisse at 3:49 AM - 77 comments
A heavily-illiustrated article on Jeff Wilson ("Professor Dumpster") and the evolution of his thirty-six square feet of open-air accommodation: Living Simply in a Dumpster
posted by Joe in Australia at 12:32 AM - 42 comments
Having a rough day? Need something to make you feel better? May I present you with A DEN OF KITTENS
, a video where the roar of their purring is punctuated by the occasional "Meep" as one after another pops up to discover the camera.
posted by quin at 9:11 PM - 33 comments
A few days ago, the first race of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)'s new Formula E Championship
ran with the Bejing ePrix
. The race is not quite a simple variant of Formula 1 with electric cars, as the heavy battery packs don't provide enough energy for a complete 50 mile race
, so a second car is used to finish the race, and each Formula E car receives 10 specially designed tires per race weekend
, which are designed to last the full race, compared to the 52 tires that Formula One cars receive. Though this is a serious race with serious vehicles, as veteran open-wheel and sports car driver Katherine Legge explains in a first-hand account of what it's like to drive the all-electric Formula E car
, it's also an effort to promote the potential of electric cars via social media
. Saturday's race was the first of 10 races, which will wrap up in June 2015
. The Wire has a wrap-up of various news stories
, and that article includes a full video of the race in Beijing
. More information from Wired
, and on the official FIA Formula E
posted by filthy light thief at 8:46 PM - 34 comments
In “The Strange Tale of Graceland Too,”
Richard Murff writes for The Bitter Southerner
, “Among the King’s acolytes, it’s hard to seem crazier than the average Presleyhead. But Paul MacLeod went plumb overboard.”
posted by ob1quixote at 8:27 PM - 8 comments
A new book by journalist Dana Goldstein
profiles the deeply controversial history of the teaching profession in the US. A write up in the New York Times
and the New Inquiry
posted by latkes at 8:14 PM - 23 comments
When the prices of the steel and (especially) gold Apple Watches are announced, I expect the tech press to have the biggest collective shit fit in the history of Apple-versus-the-standard-tech-industry shit fits. The utilitarian mindset that asks “Why would anyone waste money on a gold watch?” isn’t going to be able to come to grips with what Apple is doing here.
Apple watcher and polarizing writer John Gruber offers a long meditation
on Apple's philosophy, the (as yet unannounced) pricing tiers of the Apple watch, the "smartwatch" market versus the "watch" market, and the new frontiers of wearable technology.
posted by RedOrGreen at 6:55 PM - 148 comments
Binary stars are common in our galaxy. In fact, singleton star systems like ours make up only 15% of the systems in the Milky Way
In the 1970s, astronomers Kip Thorne and Anna Żytkow, imagined what might happen if a neutron star in a binary system merged with its partner, a red supergiant. Recently, a real example of this strange star-within-a-star, known as a Thorne–Żytkow object (TZO), appears to have been spotted
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 5:39 PM - 21 comments
The recovery of Salyut 7
In 1985, the Soviet Union's space station Salyut 7 was crippled by an total electrical failure. Reactivating it would require a manual docking and working in bitter cold, 130 miles above the planet.
posted by bitmage at 5:06 PM - 18 comments
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