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i lik the bred

A Reddit thread about health inspection violations has led to an unlikely yet delightful new meme: in response to a redditor's story about their stepdad's recreation of an 18th century French bakery, redditor Poem_for_your_sprog, also known as Sam Garland, offered the following summation in verse: my name is Cow / and wen its nite, / or wen the moon / is shiyning brite, / and all the men / haf gon to bed - / i stay up late. / i lik the bred.
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We march for Harriet Tubman, Sylvia Riviera, Barbara Jordan, Audre Lorde

In six days, one of the largest mass protests in American history will begin with an estimated 200,000 marchers on DC. For those who cannot travel to Washington, 386 simultaneous sister marches with an anticipated 735,000 marchers will be taking place on the same day in 50 US states and 53 additional countries. 1200 buses will park in the capitol on January 21 compared to a paltry 200 arriving for Trump's inauguration, and the related Pussy Hat Project (previously) is making efforts to ensure that every marcher has access to a handmade pink hat. The Women's March on Washington will unite a new cohort of American activists under the banner of an unapologetically progressive and explicitly intersectional platform.
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 8:29 AM
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Recent SF/F/H short fiction online

Tables of contents have been published for upcoming best SF, fantasy, and horror collections edited by Neil Clarke, Gardner Dozois, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, and Jonathan Strahan. The Nebula Award suggested reading lists (previously) for novella, novelette, and short story are well-populated. BestSF.net has selected its shortlist. At Strange Horizons, Rachel Swirsky has comments on her favorite short fiction of the year. And at r/Fantasy, the Stabby Award winners have been announced. Many stories suggested by these sources can be read for free.
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These are fleeting moments

Astronaut shows videos from Youtube with zero views. Beautiful and surprisingly refreshing.
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The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America

Assuming no last-minute surprises, while the White House transitions the son of a Leòdhas emigrant will take the Oath and become the next POTUS in Washington D.C. today (security gates open at 6am, ceremony begins at 11:30am), as part of the 58th Presidential Inauguration (events began yesterday). Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath; the Lincoln Bible and a family bible will be used. Clarence Thomas will administer the Oath of Office to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Many Democratic lawmakers are boycotting the inauguration; security is tight, and selfie sticks, drones and drums are not permitted. Some artists are performing at the inauguration and after events. The day after, the Women's March takes place in D.C. and many other cities and towns. Channels showing the inauguration, the 2009 and 2013 ceremonies, and Obama's 2008 victory speech.
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What is weird? 366 Weird Movies (not yet complete but has over 200 entries) is a substantial tribute to celluloid oddities and unconventionals, loaded with interesting essays and outside links. Some good, some bad, and some very bad. Here's just a few: Buckaroo Banzai, Robot Monster, Rubber, Rocky Horror, Zardoz, 2001, Skidoo, 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, Evil Dead II, Glen or Glenda, Manos, Pan's Labyrinth, Time Bandits, Pink Flamingos, Uncle Boonmee, and good lord Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 6:45 AM
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Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

New York Times President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning.
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"You look out here and it's a second Rome"

Capitalism without opposition is left to its own devices, which do not include self-restraint. The capitalist pursuit of profit is open-ended, and cannot be otherwise. The idea that less could be more is not a principle a capitalist society could honour; it must be imposed upon it, or else there will be no end to its progress, self-consuming as it may ultimately be. At present, I claim, we are already in a position to observe capitalism passing away as a result of having destroyed its opposition—dying, as it were, from an overdose of itself.
Wolfgang Streeck, How Will Capitalism End?, New Left Review, 87 (May–June 2014).
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Impossibly Intricate Embroideries

"New Impossibly Intricate Embroideries by Chloe Giordano" Colossal: "We continue to be enthralled by the work of Chloe Giordano [...] who produces everything from tiny coin-sized depictions of woodland creatures to entire book covers typography and all. The Oxford-based illustrator is entirely self-taught, learning her craft “through a lot of trying things out and messing them up.” Each piece is deeply connected to her pencil drawings, as she works out many of the details on paper before turning to thread. Giordano frequently fields questions on her Tumblr and you can follow more of her progress on Instagram."
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Mark Fisher, Theorist, 1968-2017

Mark Fisher, blogger, editor, and cultural theorist, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmith's, University of London, and author of Capitalist Realism (2009) died suddenly on 13 January 2017. He was 48 and leaves a wife and young son.
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Memorizing the following logarithm values is a good place to start

Physicist Enrico Fermi famously arrived at the approximate strength of the Trinity test explosion by dropping pieces of paper and watching how far they drifted. Estimates with little or no data are now called Fermi problems, including the famous "How many piano tuners are there in Chicago?" and the Drake equation. Fermi Questions has been an event in the Science Olympiad, a competition in American K-12 schools, where competitors must estimate amounts such as the number of playing cards it would take to equal the mass of Betelgeuse (2x10^34, or twenty decillion). Practice your wild estimates at FermiQuestions.com (tutorial here).
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 9:43 AM
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BBC Radio 4 - The New World

BBC Radio 4 has served up five 45 minute programmes of high quality brain food. Where intelligent and informed people present shows exploring the topics of; Politics, Power, Population Demographics, Globalisation and Truthy-ness at the start of 2017. It's the Demography, Stupid!, David Willetts investigates how is population change transforming our world? (Wow! The problem with all those baby boomers.) Us Versus Them, John Harris examines the international rise of anti-elitist or 'populist' politics. (Including Trump and Farage.)
posted by Dr Ew to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 11:03 AM
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The Twentieth Day of January

Now, I never paid any attention to this. I had no interest in reading an obscure spy novel just because Trump liked it. But then over Christmas after the election, I was visiting family in Bozeman, Montana. And there it was, in a used bookstore: The Twentieth Day of January. THEORY OF EVERYTHING: And? Is it good? “JOSH GLENN”: No, it’s terrible. The plot is ridiculous.
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Tomato, dairy, cut of meat? Feuds started over less

In Search of Ragu - Matt Goulding (Roads & Kingdoms) The beauty of ragu is that it’s an idea as much as it is a recipe, a slow-simmered distillation of what means and circumstances have gifted you: If Zia Peppe’s ragu is made with nothing but pork scraps, that’s because her neighbor raises pigs. When Maria cooks her vegetables in a mix of oil and butter, it’s because her family comes from a long line of dairy farmers. When Nonna Anna’s slips a few laurel leaves into the pot, she plucks them from the tree outside her back door. There is no need for a decree from the Chamber of Commerce to tell these women what qualifies as the authentic ragu; what’s authentic is whatever is simmering under the lid.
posted by CrystalDave to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 7:55 PM
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The Creator of the Mirai Botnet Unmasked

Remember the Mirai botnet that took down Dyn and made most of the Internet unusable for a day back in October of 2016? Internet security expert (and also Mirai botnet victim) Brian Krebs, author of excellent blog Krebs on Security, has a massive, four-months-in-the-making investigation unmasking the creator of Mirai, and it reads like a really good thriller novel.
posted by Peemster to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 3:20 PM
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What is Probability?

The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics - "The introduction of probability into the principles of physics was disturbing to past physicists, but the trouble with quantum mechanics is not that it involves probabilities. We can live with that. The trouble is that in quantum mechanics the way that wave functions change with time is governed by an equation, the Schrödinger equation, that does not involve probabilities. It is just as deterministic as Newton's equations of motion and gravitation. That is, given the wave function at any moment, the Schrödinger equation will tell you precisely what the wave function will be at any future time. There is not even the possibility of chaos, the extreme sensitivity to initial conditions that is possible in Newtonian mechanics. So if we regard the whole process of measurement as being governed by the equations of quantum mechanics, and these equations are perfectly deterministic, how do probabilities get into quantum mechanics?" (via)
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jan 21 at 9:41 PM
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The six pillars of nonviolent resistance


"The fact that people make the opposite judgment — that kids are in more danger when parents leave on purpose — strongly suggests that their estimates of risk have been unconsciously inflated to help justify their stronger moral disapproval of parents who choose to leave children unsupervised."
We’re really bad at judging risk to kids. We’re really good at judging parents.
posted by The Gooch to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 1:07 PM
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Forum Drama. Forum Drama Everywhere.

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

American Masters explores the work of Finnish/American architect Eero Saarinen (or here), who designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, the main terminal at Dulles Airport, numerous buildings for iconic US corporations, and campus buildings for Yale, MIT, Vassar, and the University of Chicago. Previously: JFK's TWA terminal, Bell Labs, Michigan Modern.
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(I just put this on Facebook...) I will not be watching the Inauguration today. Because, at that time, I will be at my job - a low-level, data-entry job at the International Rescue Committee, where I handle the day-to-day processes that go into hiring, transferring, and arranging pay for the nearly 10 thousand men and women working all around... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 3:45 AM
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Well. I am spending today having been literally abandoned by Republican family members on the streets of a strange city after a meal in which my grandparents insinuated my job was worthless, vomited some impressively copied and pasted racism, and then decided to dig in further in a vicious screed against immigrants in front of my immigrant partner.... [more]
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my name is Carlos, on breakfast blighte, wen ye olde icebox is seeming lite, and all the rest haf not got sums - i stay'd up late. i lik'd the plums. [view]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 4:20 PM
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The end of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has been running through my mind a lot recently. In the film, at least, they are standing, nooses around their necks, and one of them says something along the lines of "There must have been a moment when we could have stopped this. There must have been a moment when we could have said 'no,' but... [more]
posted by Ghidorah to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 4:46 AM
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My God, I can't believe we're actually going to do this. It's like I'm watching a horror movie, yelling, "Don't open the door! Don't open the door! He's right outside the Oval Office and he's got a chainsaw!" No one can hear me and nothing can stop it. [view]
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We took our kids down to the St. Louis march and one of our nine-year-old twin girls started calling out chants she'd heard from other protesters or seen on signs: "Black lives still matter! No justice, no peace! White silence costs lives!" A few people around us started repeating each chant after she called it out, and pretty soon she... [more]
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My elder daughter lives in Arlington and has the day off today. She and some friends are going to the Women's March, and we talked last night about whether she wants to go to the Inauguration. "I've never gotten to see President Obama," she reasoned. I pointed out that he would be living in the area a little while longer and would... [more]
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 4:43 AM
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If we make it through this, and actual democratic elections happen in 2018 and beyond, one thing is clear: we must ensure that the modern Republican party is not allowed to exist any longer. A partial (but incomplete!) list of the sins of the modern Republican party: Took every possible opportunity to pad their own pockets, and the pockets of... [more]
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A good friend of mine was a party once and some dude from central Europe whipped out an old, authentic Nazi tank flag, showing it around and talking about how it was passed down from his great uncle or whatever. The guy was an asshole, had been a problem at the party, and was of the fascist persuasion. When he got to my pal, my pal calmly... [more]
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I am so, so, genuinely fucking sorry for everyone in the US. This is breaking my heart so I can't even imagine what it's like for people who live there. I just don't understand how this is even happening. I remember being so thrilled watching Obama being sworn in and thinking what that said about how far society had finally progressed and now I... [more]
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Kind of odd anecdote. I went to the same highschool as Richard Spencer (St. Marks in Dallas). When I was a senior he was a freshman. Apparently I got into a big fistfight with him while I was there. My brother reminded me of this over the holidays. I offer this as a side anecdote, not as a value judgement on pro/con punching him as an... [more]
posted by Lord_Pall to MetaFilter on Jan 21 at 5:18 PM
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Tantrums don't change the world. I mean, they literally just got someone elected, so I really don't know what to say. [view]
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For a lot of complex reasons (increasing poverty, the way school funding works, ideology of the people involved, insert your idea here, etc), we've been seeing a lot of schools taking on these battles. Schools trying to solve the problems of what-are-the-kids-wearing, or food insecurity issues, or using heavy therapy-type counselors in the... [more]
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Vilissa Thompson is my go-to on the intersection of women, women of color, and women with disability. She was fairly critical of the Women's March. I don't know if she still is, but I assume so. At first it looked like a white-feminist fest I *was* going to go to the one in DC. I was thrilled because I have enough airline miles as... [more]
posted by barchan to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 11:30 AM
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A Scene from the D.C. Women’s March: As a woman with a Trump scarf on climbed into the backseat of a black Suburban — her driver standing by her side, eagerly waiting for her to sit down so he could close the door — she kept lunging out the vehicle to give her commentary on the scene around her. She was clearly disgusted by the marchers... [more]
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Jared Yates Sexton is attending the inaugeration as a student of politics. Here's his Twitter from the last few minutes. Jared Yates Sexton ‏@JYSexton White people. Most celebrating Obama leaving, vocalizing Trump as revenge. They're reveling in sending him as punishment, not governance This isn't about government. This is about winning.... [more]
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When Biden pulled into the Wilmington train station, the conductor made sure to announce its full name to cheers. Hundreds of supporters turned out to welcome the Bidens with signs and flowers as tubas blared patriotic tunes The last time that Joe Biden was a private citizen was 1972. [view]
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“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” That kinda sums up how this aging geek feels today. [view]
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Given that one of the major factors seems to have been people's increasing understanding that it's cruel and inhumane to exhibit animals this way, I can't be entirely sorry it's closing. [view]
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