December 7

Donald Trump is Time's 2016 Person of the Year

"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is Time Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year." [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:52 AM - 46 comments

I was going for small, specific and good.

2016 was a very punishing year for a variety of reasons. We lost a lot of good people. The election certainly was divisive. I wanted to remind people that there are these moments scattered throughout the year where something good came out of popular culture. (Audie Cornish interviews Glen Weldon of Monkey See)
Once a day until December 25, the Monkey See blog is highlighting a small good thing that happened in pop culture this year. (the Pop Culture advent calendar)

posted by BekahVee at 5:46 AM - 5 comments

Block by block

An Atari 2600 Emulator in Minecraft built by Youtube user SethBling. After the initial 'wow' response this is actually a fascinating under-the-hood model/demo/explanation of how video game cartridges and displays functioned.
posted by carter at 5:27 AM - 7 comments

December 6

Survivors speak highly of it

Austrian ski resort Obergurgl-Hochgurgl has three live webcam feeds to its guest rooms; in 2015, "some idiots" photobombed all three. The photobombing is now under control, so this year's video shows the new extreme ski run.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:22 PM - 17 comments

YOOOOUUUUU AND MMAAAEEEEE. MAAAEEEEEEEE AND YOOOOUUUUUUUU

I Fucking Live For Haunting Covers Of Literally Any Song In Movie Trailers - the comments have some great additions too.
posted by divabat at 8:08 PM - 45 comments

This isn't Amsterdam.

There's a futuristic sort-of new highway in Paris.
posted by aniola at 7:50 PM - 14 comments

Ear of the Year

100 Outstanding audio stories of 2016. The best podcast episodes & audio journalism of the year, as chosen by the Bello Collective team, in categories including: Investigative journalism; politics & history; first-person storytelling & interviews; out of the ordinary; human behavior, love, & other feelings; science, nature & technology; cool collaborations & serialized stories; audio drama; documentary-style. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 7:09 PM - 13 comments

“To them, the gray jay is a stranger.”

We give you the gray jay. Also known as the whiskey jack or Canada jay, it is Canadian Geographic’s official choice for National Bird of Canada. [Canadian Geographic] There are more than 450 species of birds across Canada, but until now, not one of them has been designated as our national bird. In 2015, the team at Canadian Geographic decided it was time to change that, and founded the National Bird Project with the aim of declaring an official bird for Canada by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:49 PM - 55 comments

Cooking In Russia

Greg Easter and his Youtube channel, CookingInRussia, are one of the internet's greatest (and growing) repositories of culinary knowledge. I was reminded again of his unequalled excellence when he recently posted his unbelievable recipe for Persian Rose Chicken. Everything he teaches is directed at the home cook, but he will never dumb it down or simplify anything to sacrifice flavor. If a stock cube will make it taste just as good as stock from scratch, he's absolutely fine with that. But if stock from scratch is what's required, he will quite directly tell you to start roasting those bones, buster. [more inside]
posted by macross city flaneur at 2:15 PM - 7 comments

What your social-media news feed could look like if things go wrong

The Pessimist’s Guide to 2017. Donald Trump and Brexit shocked most of the world in 2016. But not readers of last year’s Bloomberg Pessimist’s Guide, which warned that the unthinkable could happen in both cases. Now the authors are turning their attention to 2017. (SLBBW)
posted by slogger at 1:16 PM - 92 comments

Your Cure for Luposlipaphobia

Tales from The Far Side.
Tales From the Far Side II. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:03 PM - 21 comments

The Sweethome Guide to Menstrual Cups

This week, the Sweethome (previously) tackles the question of finding the best menstrual cup for a first-time user to try out. With menstrual cups (previously) quickly increasing in popularity from relatively unknown status, it can be difficult to figure out what models to try and what size your vagina even is, so the article includes some helpful tips on guesstimating size and cervix height. Cups don't work for everyone and there's definitely a learning curve, so making sure to start with a model that's probably not completely the wrong size can be surprisingly important! Of course, testing out cups in an evidence-based way meant designing an artificial vagina to keep things consistent--which turned out to be a bit more difficult than previously expected.
posted by sciatrix at 10:38 AM - 56 comments

I'm a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and my butt smells

The Best Simpsons Faces
posted by griphus at 10:00 AM - 14 comments

It was four a.m. when we arrived in the lot...

But one day I realized recruiter emails were something else altogether: writing prompts. From a captive audience. [more inside]
posted by acb at 9:05 AM - 36 comments

Don't ask a question you aren't prepared to have answered

Sid the Science Kid asks: Where did I come from? (SLYT)
posted by Small Dollar at 8:55 AM - 29 comments

The Best Southern Albums 2016

"So, if 2016 left you feeling crappy, you can turn to our music for solace and inspiration. We hope you find both inside this list, and we expect you will." (SL Bitter Southerner)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:42 AM - 18 comments

That is when I say, oh yes yet again, can you stop the cavalry?

It is the time of year when the voice of Jona Lewie, a musician since school and a composer and performer across several genre for over half a century, becomes frequently heard in shops and on radio. Stop the Cavalry is a single from 1980 (live: [1] [2] [3]); the arguably anti-war protest song was not originally intended to be a Christmas single, and was kept off the #1 UK chart spot by songs from the recently deceased John Lennon and the St Winifred's School Choir. The tune, often covered by brass bands, is more well-known in the USA through the cover by The Cory Band with The Gwalia Singers (also Gwalia Singers on own and background). However, Jona was successful before this... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 5:45 AM - 19 comments

This land is our land

Gillan Alexander's seed drill is on the fritz. So the winter wheat he’d hoped to get in the ground this early-October morning will have to wait until a parts dealer more than 80 miles away locates the necessary ball-bearing housings. Alexander, 59, who also grows sorghum and soybeans in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, puts the hassle in perspective: “My grandfather farmed wheat here using mules. I’m grateful to carry on that tradition, though it’s hard, even with modern equipment, and it does put pressure on me. I feel like I need to do an exceptional job, not only because that’s what farmers do, but because I’m one of the few black farmers left—in this town, the state, and the nation.”
posted by ChuraChura at 4:46 AM - 10 comments

RIP Czech rock guitar legend Radim Hladik (1946–2016)

Hladik, who died Sunday from lung disease, would have turned 70 next Tuesday. He was considered his country’s equivalent of a Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton, but performed in relative obscurity behind the Iron Curtain. [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo at 1:27 AM - 5 comments

Socialize Finance

The economic geography of a universal basic income - "An underdiscussed virtue of a universal basic income is that it would counter geographic inequality even more powerfully than it blunts conventional income inequality. By a 'universal basic income', I mean the simple policy of having the Federal government cut periodic checks of identical dollar amounts to every adult citizen, wherever they may live. Importantly, a universal basic income would not be calibrated to the local cost of living. Residents of Manhattan would receive the same dollar amount as residents of Cleveland. But a dollar in Cleveland stretches much farther than the same dollar in Manhattan..." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:06 AM - 47 comments

This was a forest, not a battlefront

“The Growler is not louder” than the Prowler, reads a public information statement from the navy, “but has a slightly higher potential to cause noise-induced vibration,” low frequencies that can physically shake you. Some who live beneath the navy’s flight paths say the Prowler was tolerable. But the noise from the Growler? Maddening.
The military’s plan to send newer, more disruptive jet planes over the Hoh and Quinault rain forest region has unraveled not only townspeople throughout the Olympic Peninsula, but the veterans who thought they’d found a refuge. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 12:02 AM - 31 comments

December 5

“No te quiero ilusionar,” she’d say.

Whoever he’d been before, whoever he still was inside, to the world around him, he was now a human riddle, a blank slate on which to write a thousand possible names and stories. He needed a name for the forms and the charts and the billing, and so he was assigned one — a strange name whose origins have been lost in the nearly 17 years since the accident. It might have come from an auto shop to which the truck was taken or near where the accident occurred; some people heard it came from the truck’s route, or it was simply random. However it happened, legally he became Sixty-Six Garage.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:21 PM - 3 comments

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but 4500 apples...

Creating a clone army of apple trees. A tiny non-profit in Molalla, Oregon, is working to save a private collection of 4,500 rare apples.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:11 PM - 24 comments

LiartownUSA: When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

Pottery:
Birds with Human Penises Collector Plates, 2016 (Rock Pigeon, Cedar Waxwing)
Books:
Selections from New York Dick Pics and Classic Dick Pics
Dick Sleeves No.17
The Occult Art of Dildomancy by Purina Blackthorne
Unwanted Thoughts (1981)
The What? How? Wonder Book of Dicks of the Great Explorers
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:17 PM - 21 comments

Luis Carlos Montalvan

Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, an Army veteran and advocate for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), died Friday night. After serving in Iraq and suffering a TBI, Montalvan was paired with a service dog, Tuesday. He and Tuesday crossed the country over the past few years, advocating for the use of service dogs for injured vets. Capt. Montalván was 43. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:36 PM - 25 comments

"...and we'll have a burial for him tomorrow.”

William Callagan was captain of the USS Missouri, when she was hit by a kamikaze pilot. The only casualty was the pilot. Callaghan buried the pilot at sea. With dignity.
posted by dfm500 at 5:27 PM - 11 comments

Not / But

Not / But. 19-and-counting bits of creative-work encouragement from Croatian cartoonist Tonči Zonjić.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:40 PM - 15 comments

Feature design versus trolling

“Harassers are very clever. They take advantage of tools that are very innocuous and use them as vectors for abuse,” Ehmke told me. “If you’re creating products and not thinking about how it could be used for abuse, you are not doing your job.” - How Github is dealing with its troll problem.
posted by Artw at 2:22 PM - 49 comments

The Real U.S. Embassy in Accra is White, not Pink

Mobsters ran a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, flying the flag and issuing visas for $6,000 [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 1:37 PM - 7 comments

gtfo

Amazon has opened a corner store where customers can pick up their groceries and just walk out without having to queue up and pay at the checkout. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 1:27 PM - 162 comments

I'm sending in more trains!

This morning in Montréal. (SLYT 1:47)
posted by bonehead at 1:19 PM - 74 comments

Here comes the Santa Claus (Ladies and gentlemen!)

Hamildolph (An American Christmas Story) An a capella re-singing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the style of Hamilton, by Eclipse 6. (The antlers are the perfect icing on the cake.)
posted by current resident at 12:51 PM - 10 comments

At least 30 dead in Oakland warehouse fire

A warehouse, artists colony and music venue known as the "Oakland Ghost Ship" went up in flames Friday night during a concert promoted by the house music record label 100% Silk, featuring several musicians from its roster. "People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings — pianos, organs, antique furniture, doors and half-finished sculptures" (L.A. Times). A Reddit user who identified himself as a survivor of the fire posted about his escape from the inferno. The whereabouts of Ghost Ship owner Derick Ion Almena, who apparently lived in the building with his wife and children, are unknown.
posted by Clustercuss at 11:41 AM - 191 comments

The Persistence of Memory (lots of copies keep stuff safe)

"The history of libraries is one of loss." After receiving a second National Security Letter, the Internet Archive, already concerned by some of Donald Trump's statements on the campaign trail have announced plans to build a copy of the archive in Canada, so that "no one will ever be able to change the past just because there is no digital record of it. The Web needs a memory, the ability to look back." [more inside]
posted by TwoToneRow at 11:39 AM - 8 comments

This is the Injustice Boycott.

Today We Launch the Injustice Boycott in Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City

Intro: Here is how we will boycott injustice and police brutality in America
posted by andoatnp at 11:18 AM - 29 comments

Better far to live and die, under the brave black flag I fly

After placing third in the October election (previously), and following the failure of talks between other parties to form a coalition, the Pirate Party of Iceland has been invited to form government. [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 11:00 AM - 27 comments

Time keeps on slippin', drippin', meltin', into the future

As you look to the end 2016, you might think of New Years Eve celebrations, including the iconic Times Square Ball, "probably the greatest single moment of public timekeeping in the world." Digging in, you'll find that it's really just a glorified time ball, an antiquated tool for sea-farers to set their chronometers and discern their longitude by means of celestial navigation. The first time ball went into use 1829, pretty late in the time-keeping game, so let's re-fill the ol' water clock and take this way back. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:57 AM - 14 comments

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra, an intense auditory exploration of the natural world. (Headphones recommended)
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 9:42 AM - 3 comments

A Critique of the Mindfulness Movement

"Actually, Let's not Be in the Moment" "Mindfulness is . . . a special circle of self-improvement hell, striving not just for a Pinterest-worthy home, but a Pinterest-worthy mind." Ruth Whippman, The New York Times, 11/26/16.
posted by A. Davey at 8:40 AM - 143 comments

To say rap is not work is ludicrous, whoever said it must be new to this

Adult Rappers is a documentary that chronicles the lives of 30 rappers stuck in between obscurity and making it, including battle rappers, retired legends, new blood, and many others from the U.S. and Canada who have achieved various levels of success, and explores what it means to chase your dream while simultaneously trying to earn enough just to get by. Trailer (Vimeo). Full documentary (also Vimeo). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:09 AM - 10 comments

Stalking & harassment in the classic arcade gaming community

"I am now his designated excuse for every failure he’s ever had, past or present. I will become his everlasting excuse for the next four years. When he fails to obtain respect from the classic gaming community he desperately seeks adoration from, I am his reason for why that is so. When he fails to convince others to buy into his ludicrous delusions that playing the NES professionally is a skill worthy of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for, I am the reason why that is not so. And when he fails to make national headlines for taking a world record on an NES game title, like Home Alone, Jaws or Duck Tales, his delusions of grandeur are never to blame. I am." -- When Harassment Becomes a Game
posted by Theta States at 7:58 AM - 25 comments

My lumps, my lumps, my Anglo-Saxon lumps

"Scientific analysis reveals origins of odd 'lumps' in Anglo-Saxon grave. How did bitumen from Syria wind up in a buried Anglo-Saxon boat?" [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:43 AM - 11 comments

No recipes, just looking

Wikipedia's List of Cookies of the world. List of Cakes. List of Candies.
posted by Mchelly at 7:40 AM - 17 comments

Clickspring Chris has completed his clock

Clickspring Chris, mentioned several times previously on Metafilter (1 2 3), has posted his last clock build video. The final results are stunning. [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:19 AM - 28 comments

I identify with that feeling of wandering the seashore, looking baleful.

Kate Washington at LA Review of Books discusses her feelings as a caregiver prompted by Anne’s House of Dreams, the fifth book of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:11 AM - 16 comments

December 4

Waypoint

Waypoint is vice.com's rebranded gaming segment comprising a veritable supergroup of game critics led by EIC Austin Walker (Streamfriends, Friends at the Table & Giant Bomb), and featuring Patrick Klepek (1up, Giant Bomb, Kotaku) and Danielle Riendeau (Idle Thumbs/Weekend, Polygon). They inaugurated their launch on Halloween weekend with a stream of 72 games in 72 hours. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 11:17 PM - 12 comments

The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.

Strange Creatures Appear On Kansas Police Cameras. At least they were clothed, unlike the primate filmed by Virginia Tech.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:02 PM - 11 comments

"One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone."

Satanic Temple Says Texas's New Rules on Fetal Burial Violate Their Religious Freedom
In December, Texas will impose new rules requiring all fetal remains to be buried or cremated, a sneaky way to impede abortion access and make patients feel just a little worse, all at the same time. The Satanic Temple, the nation’s best and foremost trolls, declared today that under federal religious freedom laws, their members must be granted immunity from the new rules.
[more inside]
posted by XtinaS at 8:26 PM - 102 comments

“Tofu was a tough sell"

In what remains a QVC record, Ina Garten — the only guest who Mr. Venable says made him feel like a crazed teenager at a rock concert — sold out of 30,000 copies of her latest book in 25 minutes 4 seconds. And that doesn’t take into account what the publishing industry calls the QVC effect. That is, the extra sales and marketing power that rises up through Amazon sales and bookstore orders because QVC has deemed a book worthy. -- QVC’s David Venable: The Man Who Helps America Cook by Kim Severson, New York Times
posted by Room 641-A at 1:22 PM - 15 comments

Peepaw's Christmas Party!

Every winter Katie Faflik's Peepaw throws a holiday party, with one guest dressed as Winter Man. Is it Gregg this year [Facebook]? Snaps from Peepaw's Thanksgiving party, with all the trimmings [also Facebook]. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 1:11 PM - 23 comments

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