September 28

The Clean

I knew dimly that I might gain advantages by befriending my wealthier clients, but I wasn’t sure what kind — and I was nervous about seeming phony. I’d occasionally sense that a strange door was open to me: not to friendship, exactly, but to some sort of benevolent leeching, or simply the opportunity to be liked.
posted by Kitteh at 5:03 PM - 12 comments

RIP Agnes Nixon TV Soap Opera Writer, Creator, Legend

Agnes Nixon creator of 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live,' dies at 93 Ms. Nixon was a dominant force in daytime TV. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences called her "the grand dame of daytime serial drama" when she won lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 for her serials. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 4:00 PM - 12 comments

Mario cover art through the years

A short visual essay on the unnamed but consistent visual style of Mario game box art
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:37 PM - 1 comment

“A word can be reclaimed, or reconstituted...”

On Carefree Black Boys: Understanding the Appeal of the 'Carefree' Aesthetic to Black Male Musicians From Young Thug to Chance the Rapper [MTV] “Chance has found a slogan to represent what is irrepressible in him: #BlackBoyJoy. Following his appearance at the 2016 VMAs, he started sharing photos of himself at the event, preening, dancing, and posing, with the hashtag. He was a natural spokesman. Others followed suit, posting photos of boys and men frolicking and grinning. The #BlackBoyJoy hashtag preceded Chance’s use of it, and its origins are in the broader, voguish idea of “carefree blackness.” Like the loose digital community that bore it, this carefreeness has an ambient quality, a collection of aesthetics and identities that many laud as a generalized form of activism.”
posted by Fizz at 3:26 PM - 3 comments

Why do we dance?

Dance is a language, and social dance is an expression that emerges from a community. A social dance isn't choreographed by any one person. It can't be traced to any one moment. They are as old as our remembered history. In African-American social dances, we see over 200 years of how African and African-American traditions influenced our history. The present always contains the past. And the past shapes who we are and who we will be.
posted by ChuraChura at 2:32 PM - 2 comments

The Queer Poor Aesthetic

There’s a viral and ironic trend that i’ve been lately noticing in and beyond my TQPOC community: my wealthier friends own everything but their class privilege. I couldn’t “be myself” in a space built for people like me. I couldn’t identify with people I shared identities with. The identity that significantly affects my daily life was erased in a culture that consumes identity politics. The only times my anti-capitalist housemates mentioned class was when it was theoretical and not about them personally, as if being marginalized makes you entitled to know how every kind of oppression feels. It’s easy to hide behind your oppression.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 2:08 PM - 21 comments

I sing the city

The City Born Great, short fiction by Hugo Award winner N. K. Jemisin.
posted by Artw at 1:09 PM - 5 comments

like The Rock in Fast & Furious 7, only with much more crying

"Summer is the time for sunshine, sudsy brews and sandwiches of the hot dog variety. And of course, that classic game. The sport of kings. Baseball. What better way to celebrate America’s pastime than that classic sportswriter trope of visiting all 30 MLB parks in 30 days. Crossing the country, seeing the sights and catching a ballgame or two along the way. My trusty editor set up an itinerary and sent me on my way. What wonders will I encounter and valuable lessons will I learn along the way? Let’s find out as I embark on this adventure into America’s pastime!" -- A tribute to the great parks by the inimitable Ethan Booker
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:48 PM - 5 comments

You’ve been drinking SQUASH FREAKING SPICE LATTES this entire time

I just found out canned pumpkin isn't actually pumpkin at all, and my whole life is basically a lie. By Emma Crist at Food & Wine.
posted by Mchelly at 12:46 PM - 82 comments

The hills are alive with the sound of pinballs...

Jollyball is a rolling ball sculpture by Charles Morgan. (site is in French, but a short film on Morgan is in English.) It debuted at the Expo 86 Switzerland Pavilion in Vancouver, Canada, and is seen briefly in this Expo 86 promotional video. It is now located at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, which means we can now see videos of the pinball's entire 5 minute adventure through Swiss life.
posted by Theta States at 12:32 PM - 4 comments

Don't look back—something might be rolling on you.

The Best Sport Of The Early 1900s Involved Pushing Around An Elephant-Sized Ball (Atlas Obscura) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:31 PM - 12 comments

Because ≤ and ← are better than <= and <-

Some monospaced fonts with ligatures for common mathematical and programming symbols: Hasklig, Fira Code, Monoid (a small “why” from the creator), Iosevka, DejaVu Sans Code, and Fixedsys Excelsior. Take them (and a bunch of no-ligature monospaced fonts) for a spin at app.programmingfonts.org!
posted by Going To Maine at 11:07 AM - 60 comments

Useful Guide For Living A Self-Sustatining Lifestyle

Shershnyov's royalty report showed that itemized revenues from the 11 master accounts generated $2.44 million since June 2015, which is when Amazon changed the terms in which authors were paid based on the number of books loaned. (It's not known what was made during the six months prior to that, which was when the scam began.)
Revealed: How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars
posted by griphus at 9:46 AM - 28 comments

BUCKAROO PARTY is not being represented tonight

After a must-read Presidential Debate Live Tweet, Internet Saint Chuck Tingle has brought forth trumpdebatefacts.com, blowing open the lies of the man crab from the Void, along with some brand new Tinglers (last two links are NSFW).
posted by Itaxpica at 9:31 AM - 49 comments

Mini Lasagna!

Does what it says on the tiny little tin: a guy making adorable, small food.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 9:31 AM - 24 comments

Still solvent after all these years

Wisconsin's unique pension system was "designed like a Swiss watch that winds itself," adjusting payouts based on how well the fund is doing, so as to automatically stay solvent. The architect? Gary Gates, a man so thrifty he would cut out and reverse the collars on his dress shirts when they got too worn.
posted by Slinga at 7:11 AM - 27 comments

Colombia's half-century civil war ends

With the signing of a peace deal between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (better known as FARC), the Western Hemisphere has no active wars for the first time in six decades. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:02 AM - 5 comments

Battery is a really, really bad sport anime.

This is not bait. This is not subtle. This is there to be recognized by people who know what they're looking for. A deliberate hand put this together, and it's all part of the much bigger overall theme. Battery is about self-discovery and societal oppression by way of growing up gay in Japan.
Redditor TheHaruWhoCanRead shows why the recently concluded baseball anime Battery might be more than meets the eye. Note: spoilers. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 7:00 AM - 3 comments

"Ophiuchus," means "Snake Bearer"

NASASpacePlace : "When the Babylonians first invented the 12 signs of zodiac, a birthday between about July 23 and August 22 meant being born under the constellation Leo. Now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because Earth's axis (North Pole) doesn't point in quite the same direction. Now Mimi's August 4 birthday would mean she was born "under the sign" of Cancer (one constellation "earlier"), not Leo. " The new 13-sign calendar plays out like this.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:38 AM - 53 comments

If you think these events sound far-fetched, I agree

Ted's Caving Page Due to the overwhelming number of requests I have received to tell about my discoveries and bizarre experiences in a cave not far from my home, I have created this web page. I will outline the events that happened to me during the past few months. Beginning with my journey into a familiar cave in December 2000 and ending... well, it hasn't actually ended yet. I will use my caving journal as the text to tell about my recent experience. I will give them to you as I experienced them, in chronological order. [in case of popup weirdness, alt link to archive.org with various options to view, including a PDF]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:13 AM - 47 comments

September 27

My sign name is Emma, I love to dance

Emma Watkins, best known as the current Yellow Wiggle, dances Justin Timberlake's Can't stop the Feeling for World Deaf Day (September 24.) (SLYT) (Emma is Australian and I believe she is using Auslan.)
posted by freethefeet at 11:39 PM - 16 comments

Famous and Infamous Census Records

Famous and Infamous Census Records — Find out where they lived from 1790 to 1940: presidents; celebrities; authors; human rights activists and social reformers; industrialists and inventors; politicians and public servants (including U.S. Census Bureau luminaries); American Indians, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians; military personnel; scientists; artists, cartoonists, and animators; adventurers; musicians; other notable Americans; sports stars; and of course, the truly infamous.
posted by not_on_display at 11:29 PM - 8 comments

Shimon Peres dies at 93

PM Peres, "one of the last surviving pillars of Israel’s founding generation", passed away in a Tel Aviv-area hospital on Wednesday. Peres was hospitalized after a stroke recently. He served as prime minister and president of Israel, as well as a minister of defense, foreign affairs, finance, and transportation. He was jointly awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, a champion of strong Israeli defense and peace in the region. Coverage from The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, BBC. Live reactions compiled by The Guardian.
posted by redct at 7:37 PM - 31 comments

Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom

Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom. The ultimate post-apocalyptic synthesizer short film. [NSFW]
posted by chunking express at 6:17 PM - 16 comments

Alabama’s Holman prison guards have joined striking prisoners

The Alabama Department of Corrections has confirmed to local media that Holman Prison guards have joined prisoners on strike.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:31 PM - 27 comments

Abe was just a kid who loved clothes.

His clothes were not on the outside of his body; they were—for now—the outside of his body. They were the visible form taken by the way he chose to define himself. None of the gawky young models, standing around flat-footed and hunch-shouldered with their assigned coats and jackets and baggy shorts hanging off them like drop cloths thrown over a dining room set, could say that.

My Son, The Prince Of Fashion
posted by Windigo at 3:34 PM - 32 comments

Heavy flow

Ever wonder what it would be like to flush a toilet with mercury instead of water?
posted by Rhomboid at 2:17 PM - 76 comments

After One Match And 67 Days It's All Over For Big Sam

BBC: "Sam Allardyce has left his post as England manager by mutual agreement with the Football Association after one match and 67 days in charge. It follows a newspaper investigation claiming he offered advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers. Allardyce, 61, is also alleged to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East firm." Alan Shearer: "England a Laughing Stock."
posted by marienbad at 2:05 PM - 32 comments

"Let me ‘splain… no, there is too much. let me sum up."

Why The Princess Bride Is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. Discuss. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:13 PM - 105 comments

it is better to speak / remembering / we were never meant to survive

The final week of September comprises the fourth week of the latest iteration of Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest, a 14-week interdisciplinary seminar taught by NYU Professor Frank Leon Roberts. Texts, videos, and reflective writing prompts for each class are being made available online. Next week's readings are Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill and the U.S. Department of Justice Report on the Ferguson, MO Police Department (previously); this week's reading is A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice (previously). [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 10:40 AM - 5 comments

"It's about more than pho and sombreros"

"Cultural appropriation: It's about more than pho and sombreros." Viet Thanh Nguyen, recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer, presents the 101 basics of Cultural Appropriation for a general audience and then addresses how to move forward.
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:42 AM - 33 comments

Too interesting to not attempt a landing there

Europa, the moon of Jupiter made famous by the movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact, appears to have plumes of water at its south pole. This will make it easier to figure out what's in the ocean underneath all that ice. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:30 AM - 18 comments

"Crocodilians are the most vocal of the reptiles."

Alligators hiss and bellow, and crocodiles, same thing. If you can hear them, they're around... [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 8:58 AM - 9 comments

C.R.E.A.M. (Class Rules Everything Around Me)

Why class won't go away (slTheGuardian) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:14 AM - 27 comments

"No, it was urine. It was mine."

David Wartinger is a urologist, a professor emeritus, and a guy who is willing to ride Big Thunder Mountain with a backpack full of urine and kidney stones... for SCIENCE. The upshot is, roller coasters might help you pass kidney stones. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 6:58 AM - 20 comments

“What we need now is more information, more voices, and more speech.”

Banned Books Week Launches With Call to Read Books the 'Closed-Minded' Want Shut [The Guardian] ““But librarians would argue that the best way to guide your children’s reading is to read with them, and talk about what you read. For every parent convinced that a book is evil, there are two other parents who think it’s wonderful. So you have the right to guide your own children’s reading – but not to dictate or suppress someone else’s,” said LaRue. “The truth is, [these] issues are already a part of many children’s lives, and suppressing books about them doesn’t help anyone. In fact, these books may tell children that they are not alone, that what’s happening to them is not unique, and it can be survived. The world can be a dangerous place, but reading about it makes it less so.”” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:57 AM - 17 comments

Dubstep's great-great-grandad

More famous for helping to crack the Enigma code during World War 2, Alan Turing also created the first ever computer-generated musical notes in 1948. In 1951, a recording - the first ever of computer-generated music - was made at the BBC. The recording was restored this year at the University of Canterbury in new Zealand and can be heard here [mp3]. via @v21
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:01 AM - 20 comments

September 26

Bad Science

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science "Now, imagine you’re a researcher who wants to game this system. Here’s what you do. Run many small and statistically weak studies. Tweak your methods on the fly to ensure positive results. If you get negative results, sweep them under the rug. Never try to check old results; only pursue new and exciting ones. These are not just flights of fancy. We know that such practices abound."
posted by dhruva at 11:52 PM - 15 comments

Scientific Breakthroughs 10 Years On

Where are some of the celebrity molecules featured in past scientific breakthroughs? Science takes the time to follow up. [more inside]
posted by mark k at 9:59 PM - 10 comments

Boots (borrowed directly from our cowboy friend)

A week ago GQ published a fashion shoot featuring rock climbers (warning: autoplaying video with sound). Outdoor Research offered its own take.
posted by jedicus at 8:50 PM - 33 comments

we are the virus of the new world disorder

CyberFeminism in the 90s and An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists chronicle a wave of multimedia art that spun out of Australia's VNS Matrix, creators of the CyberFeminist Manifesto and All New Gen, a CD ROM game where "Female ‹cybersluts› and ‹guerrillas,› ‹anarcho cyber-terrorists› infiltrate cyberspace and hack into the controls and databanks of Big Daddy Mainframe, the Oedipal man". (Most links NSFW).
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:26 PM - 5 comments

you can't just smash a bunch of protons together and hope it sticks.

Iron Man and the Island of Stability - Tony Stark found the Holy Grail of nuclear physics and nobody noticed [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:09 PM - 14 comments

Bored? Nothing on TV? Want some happy fun in what's left of September?

3dNES (Windows, Linux) allows you to play NES games with community-added 3d textures. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 7:19 PM - 12 comments

Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances.

Tonight at 9PM Eastern Time, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off at Hofstra University for the first 2016 Presidential Debate. Print out your Bingo cards and tune in to any of the major networks. Alternately, YouTube is partnering with NBC, PBS, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Fox News, Telemundo, and Univision to stream coverage. Twitter is offering Bloomberg coverage and Facebook is streaming ABC and PBS. You can even watch on your Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift via Altspace VR. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:14 PM - 3425 comments

In a battle between a Bald Eagle and a chicken...

A few weeks later they went after the newborn goats.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:25 PM - 22 comments

something like a cloud of sound

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time [SL p4k] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 1:14 PM - 88 comments

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim with Taz & Zahra

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim is a podcast by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh. [more inside]
posted by one teak forest at 1:09 PM - 4 comments

If you put a silk dress on a goat he is a goat still.

Photographer Kevin Horan took portrait photos of goats. Who could say "No" to that face? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:36 AM - 29 comments

What does chameleon really mean?

The word chameleon is often broken down to mean "lion on the ground," which is quite odd for what are generally tree-dwelling lizards. But if you look further at the etymology of its name, it indicates it could also mean "small lion," potentially because some have head-crests that could resemble a lion's mane. Oh, and people in Shakespeare's time thought chameleons ate only air, an idea that can be traced back to Pliny the Elder's description in Natural History. This notion of eating air, or surviving for long periods with no food, also fostered the notion that chameleons represented strength to survive, as possibly referenced in the Bible, so it could be that chameleon really meant "small lion" for its strength, not its appearance. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:25 AM - 17 comments

next year's most expensive Hosaka computer

Cyberdeck64 by D10D3
posted by griphus at 9:09 AM - 51 comments

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