May 25

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

If I could go back and tell my younger self one thing it would be this: “Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood; you were always the wolf.” So when I was entrusted with the honor of speaking here today, I decided that the most important thing for me to say to you is this: BARNARD WOMEN—CLASS OF 2018—WE. ARE. THE. WOLVES.
Former U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach delivers the commencement address at Barnard College. Transcript. via.
posted by Rumple at 7:31 PM - 2 comments

“Khajiit has wares, if you have coin.”

An appreciation of in-game shopkeepers [Engadget] “In-game shops are more than handy outlets to transform random metal scraps and tired old gear into new and useful items. Shops offer a reprieve from the action of whichever digital world you've entered, allowing you to take a moment, breathe and consider the situation from afar. Do you want to play as a gun-toting tank or a sneaky spy? Is your bow powerful enough for the battles ahead? Do you have enough health potions? Does your character look better in green or purple? Only the shop can provide the answers. Overseeing all of these calculations -- and guarding stores' impossibly large piles of loot -- are the shopkeepers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:21 PM - 32 comments

How to talk to bears

What to do when there's a bear in your yard? As in any other interpersonal/ursine situation, communication is the key. Here are some practical demonstrations on how to establish boundaries with your furry neighbors. Canadians like to do it politely, while we Finns like to be a bit more assertive. Via SATW.
posted by severiina at 4:43 PM - 6 comments

Two Babies and a Bride

ULC-ordained mother-to-be performs maternity ward ceremony from her hospital bed. Adorable photos of both babies included within.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:28 PM - 6 comments

Death to America

America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy "American democracy is unwell; on this much, President Trump’s detractors can agree. But when they turn to the tasks of identifying our republic’s symptoms, naming its illness, and writing a prescription, different factions of “the resistance” produce divergent diagnoses." [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 3:32 PM - 7 comments

I mean, Daniel Day Lewis, I think he could learn something from me.

Emilia Clarke launches a new career in stock photos (slyt)
posted by octothorpe at 2:33 PM - 10 comments

Hot Take In The Summertime (Northern Hemisphere Edition)

The Tastes of Summer, Ranked: Peach vs. watermelon. Kielbasa vs. hot dog. Fudgsicle vs. Chipwich. New York Times food critics and writers assess the season’s peak pleasures. [No fire wall]
posted by Room 641-A at 1:23 PM - 41 comments

♣ ♢ ♠ ♡ your one-stop shop for rounds of cribbage, euchre, gin rummy, hearts, idiot, manni, classic rummy, spades, spit, switch, whist, and more. No bells, few whistles, mostly cards (plus backgammon, checkers, and Yahtzee). [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 1:17 PM - 31 comments

Pankaj Mishra on the absence of compassion

A Gandhian Stand Against the Culture of Cruelty. An essay by Pankaj Mishra on the importance of compassion in public life, and its absence today. "More ominously, this moral calamity in the world’s largest democracy is part of a global rout of such basic human emotions as empathy, compassion, and pity."
posted by russilwvong at 1:15 PM - 2 comments

The Poor People's Campaign And The Religious Left

From healthcare to tax and immigration, Rev William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign are driven by faith to focus on the disadvantaged ‘Jesus never charged a leper co-pay’ (The Guardian). The revitalized Poor People’s Campaign calls for ‘a moral agenda based on fundamental rights.’ THE SOULS OF POOR FOLK is an audit of the state of poverty, systemic racism, and militarism since the last campaign 50 years ago. Find a campaign event near you.
posted by The Whelk at 12:58 PM - 2 comments

Let's Not Play

Idle Animations, depending on who you ask, are either the animation a video game character plays when no input is given, or the animation played when no input has been received for while. Read what a number of game developers have to say about their favorites, or maybe you'd just like to sit through 20-odd minutes of sprites killing time.
posted by subocoyne at 10:38 AM - 22 comments

Witness to Reggae – the 80s Archive

Beth Lesser's cool photographs on the Greek website, Lifo. During the 1980s, my husband and I traveled frequently to Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, NY from our home in Toronto, Canada to follow the changing reggae scene. At the time, we were publishing Reggae Quarterly magazine and Dave was hosting Reggae Showcase on CKLN radio. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:19 AM - 1 comment

What does the fox say about *this*?

A couple of days ago, I captured an especially dramatic act of thievery...
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:53 AM - 26 comments

Expat Wildlife Vet for Emirati Royalty (for now)

She has an astonishing resume, starting with her current job as vet to Emirati royalty's animals. Here's her Linkedin list: Stewart at linkedin And here's one of her YouTube videos from Hawaii: Hollis on Whales
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:13 AM - 1 comment

Nudge Theory

Tokyo is home to the world’s busiest train stations, handling a combined 13 billion passenger trips annually. Beneath the bustle, unobtrusive features are designed to unconsciously manipulate passenger behavior, via light, sound, and other means. [more inside]
posted by carter at 9:02 AM - 13 comments

Misinterpretative dance.

In the last several decades, performance art—or at least the evocation of “performance art”—has somewhat unexpectedly wormed its way into popular music.
posted by spaceburglar at 7:40 AM - 17 comments

Wrong sport!

"One crucial function of the brain is the retention of traumatic events and the feelings associated with them. Theoretically the function is designed to prevent us from repeating our mistakes, but more often than not it just means a flashback in the middle of Whole Foods to that one time in first grade when you called your teacher “Mom.” Certain scenarios are ripe for producing those decadeslong cringes, but the arena of childhood sports might combine all the elements necessary for a permanent scar: audiences composed of peers and strangers, shows of dexterity, the agony of adolescence." What Childhood Sports Failures Keep You Up at Night?
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:28 AM - 76 comments

General Data Protection Regulation

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation has gone live today. Some American newspapers have decided that it's easier to block European users than comply. Having had two years to prepare, they say that they continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism. What is the goal of the GDPR, and what impact will it have? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 5:53 AM - 101 comments

Brexit bites

Mate, I really don't care. The issue of Brexit was settled almost two years ago. We have ten years from the point at which we leave the European Union to negotiate a free trade agreement. Your next ten years are irrelevant. I was not prepared to end up with absolutely the most harmful outcome imaginable. If they don't support and help Theresa May to get a deal, there is the risk of having somebody much, much more aggressive. You're deluded if you think you'll be able to blame the debacle just on them. I'm beginning to think I may have voted the wrong way. [more inside]
posted by rory at 5:24 AM - 81 comments

Five part musical harmony

Working with "Amazing Grace", musician Jacob Collier discusses and demonstrates five levels of understanding of harmony - from child level to expert (with an expert who I'll leave as a surprise). [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 3:55 AM - 12 comments

Omar's coming... and coming... and coming

Question Your Answers is a series of short films that 'challenge our certainties'. Michael K. Williams ‘Typecast’, Jeffrey Wright ‘Should I Be Scared?’ (mlyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:43 AM - 9 comments

May 24

The Fabio of Horses

Frederik the Great is a Friesian stallion who may be the most handsome horse in the world. More evidence at Pinnacle Friesians.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:29 PM - 37 comments

Sublime Ruby

What Does Ruby Chocolate Taste Like? Although the article says there are no recipes online, there is one now - from MasterChef Australia, a component of Nigella's Chocolate Feast.
posted by unliteral at 6:35 PM - 39 comments

Coyote Carnage: The Gruesome Truth about Wildlife Killing Contests

Coyote killing competitions, where contestants vie to shoot the most animals, are held throughout the U.S. But some hunting groups are denouncing these events as unethical, and states from New Mexico to New York are considering bans on these and other wildlife killing contests. In 2014, Vice Magazine reporters went undercover on such an event.
posted by Rumple at 6:33 PM - 48 comments

First Law of Robotics

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Malfunction, It Was Just Bad. There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal crash, merely poor object recognition, emergency planning, system design, testing methodology, and human operation. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 6:31 PM - 113 comments

The Emperor has died. Long Live the Emperor!

Genna Bain tweeted: Rest in Peace my Dearest Love John @Totalbiscuit Bain July 8, 1984 - May 24, 2018 [more inside]
posted by andycyca at 6:11 PM - 32 comments

an inimitable depth of flavor

“The dude who helped make ‘umami’ a household word, Adam Fleischman, along with LA-based writer (and former Food Republic contributor) Tien Nguyen, bring us Flavor Bombs, the cookbook dedicated to adding that fifth dimension of flavor to every dish possible.” How To Build The Umami Pantry [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 5:09 PM - 21 comments

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Radical Critique of Wellness and Self-improvement

At first glance, her new book, Natural Causes, is a polemic against wellness culture and the institutions that sustain it. It opens with her decision to reject a series of medical interventions. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 3:23 PM - 44 comments

Karl Marx, father of biology

In this bicentenary of Marx’s birth, one aspect of his thought and work that requires attention is his attitude toward nature and mankind’s place within it. There are in fact several recent works that examine Marx’s views on the biosphere: Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams (Excerpt), “Karl Marx, radical environmentalist” by Phil Gasper, and “Twenty-First Century Species-Being” by Nick Dyer-Witheford. [more inside]
posted by No Robots at 2:27 PM - 2 comments

Elon Musk Embraces The Dark Side Of Fake News

Faced with reporting on labor troubles and shoddy workmanship, Tesla founder Elon Musk lashed out at journalists on Twitter, all but outright claiming that they are corrupt pawns of the extraction industry, and saying that he intends to create a "Yelp for journalism", where outlets would be publicly ranked. He even gave a name for it - Pravda.

However, this may not be as idle a comment as one might think. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 2:26 PM - 108 comments

“It feels like 1986 all over again.”

'Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon' summons 8-bit 'Castlevania' charm [Engadget] “Players will be able to toggle between four characters on the fly: Zangetsu, a sword-wielding demon slayer, fearless whip-bearer Miriam, sly alchemist Alfred, and Gebel, a misanthrope who for some reason, has undergone crystal transplant surgery. There'll be multiple stages with a ravenous boss awaiting at the end, but once defeated, potential new allies can join your team and boost your chances of survival. Another interesting feature in Curse of the Moon is its leniency; where kicking the bucket normally would have resulted in repeating previous sections, recruited allies can now take your place.” [YouTube][Game Trailer]
posted by Fizz at 1:58 PM - 20 comments

Joshua Sokol writes about Namibia's fairy circles in The Atlantic

The patches are Namibia’s enigmatic fairy circles, and for decades they have drawn visitors, including our convoy, into the desert. In recent years, Jürgens and other researchers have argued bitterly over the how and why of fairy circles, disagreeing over data and theory in person and across the pages of the world’s preeminent journals. This is more than an academic dispute over a tourist attraction, however. Fairy circles are a test case in the emerging field of biological-pattern analysis, where they may offer an encrypted message about the future of desert ecosystems—and the humans who hope to survive in them.
posted by bq at 12:02 PM - 4 comments

Super Succulent Celebration

"...a drought, social media, and a generation of itinerant aspiring gardeners—and suddenly, the succulent became the trendiest members of the plant kingdom." "Over the past decade, horticultural and technological forces have collided to make succulents the unlikely heroes of modern gardening. Succulents, the plants defined by their fleshy, water-retaining leaves and stems, are inescapable in 2018."
posted by narancia at 11:15 AM - 53 comments

“You get the feeling they support it so they don’t have to feel guilty”

Current Affairs, the magazine of politics and culture, now has Current Affairs: The Podcast where editors (Brianna Joy Gray, Oren Nimni, Lyta Gold, Nathan J. Robinson, and Pete Davis) discuss current issues from the left. The pilot episode includes a discussion of Universal Basic Income Vs. a Job Gaurentee, modern monetary theory , how the rich already have a UBI, why can’t we have both, and what would the wrong kind of UBI look like.
posted by The Whelk at 10:28 AM - 31 comments

Just Leopard Things

Snow Leopards Biting their Tails; a thread
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:34 AM - 35 comments

Aliens among us

The Alien Faces Illusion explained with youtubers (SLYT)
posted by zengargoyle at 8:57 AM - 4 comments

Please Don’t Ask Me To Be Your Bridesmaid

As a generation encumbered with student loan debt, job insecurity, and an economy that will prohibit many of us from ever owning homes, maybe it’s time declare a moratorium on foisting unnecessary expenses on those we care most about?
posted by Lycaste at 8:55 AM - 122 comments


Sometimes Al Horford (Boston Celtics forward) flinches at the basketball. He has finally revealed his reasons.
posted by ChuraChura at 8:47 AM - 8 comments

"The world’s only known vertebrate-microbe symbiosis"

Algae trapped inside salamander cells do not appear to be able to generate enough oxygen to meet the dual demand from self and salamander. Compounding the trouble, being inside an animal also tends to obscure the sun.
An article from Jennifer Frazer's Artful Amoeba blog on the Scientific American site (previously).
posted by inconstant at 7:14 AM - 14 comments

The Jeffersonian/Hamiltonian divide regulating 'platform capitalism'

Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem by Frank Pasquale - "Though Jeffersonian trust-busters and Hamiltonian utility regulators have very different views of political economy, each counters the untrammeled aspirations (and disappointing quotidian reality) of the stalwarts of digital capitalism. They also help us understand when giant firms can help us solve the 'knowledge problem' Hayek identified, and when they exacerbate it via obscurity and obfuscation. If conglomeration and vertical mergers actually help solve real-world problems—of faster transport, better food, higher-quality health care, and more—then authorities should let them proceed. Such industrial bigness helps us understand and control the natural world better. But states should block the mere accumulation of bargaining power and leverage. Such moves are exercises in controlling persons—a much less salubrious aim of industrial organization. Economic policy focused on productivity and inclusive prosperity will balance and do justice to important insights from both Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian critics of our increasingly sclerotic economy." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:19 AM - 12 comments

I think I'm hyper enough as it is.

Hypermodernity, the age of the new totally electronic World Interior.
posted by spaceburglar at 4:37 AM - 12 comments

It’s a spherical video in a triplified space with symmetry in space-time

MetaFilter favorite Vi Hart and mathematician Henry Segerman collaborated on creating Peace for Triple Piano, a 360° video with 3D audio in which Vi is singing “Dona nobis pacem” as a canon and accompanying herself on the piano while Henry is playing the triangle. But they added some space-time twists to the video, which they explain in The Making of "Peace for Triple Piano”.
posted by amf at 4:15 AM - 7 comments

Lesson One: Greed is good

Why we should bulldoze the business school
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:34 AM - 67 comments

May 23

"Using Ludwig van like that!"

Bach at the Burger King, Theodore Gioia
Take your delinquency elsewhere could be the subtext under every tune in the classical crime-fighting movement. It is crucial to remember that the tactic does not aim to stop or even necessarily reduce crime — but to relocate it. Moreover, such mercenary measures most often target minor infractions like vandalism and loitering — crimes that damage property, not people, and usually the property of the powerful. “[B]usiness and government leaders,” Lily Hirsch observes in Music in American Crime Prevention and Punishment, “are seizing on classical music not as a positive moralizing force, but as a marker of space.” In a strange mutation, classical music devolves from a “universal language of mankind” reminding all people of their common humanity into a sonic border fence protecting privileged areas from common crowds, telling the plebes in auditory code that “you’re not welcome here.”
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:07 PM - 49 comments


Claudio Passavanti of Doctor Mix breaks down Michael Jackson's post-disco classic Thriller. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva at 10:26 PM - 9 comments

A shave, a haircut and a blood pressure check.

Barbers can do a better job of delivering healthcare than doctors. "We have the health care system [in the U.S.] we do because of history and economics, not because of studies that show it’s optimally designed. Changes are most often made within the current framework; those that buck the system are usually met with more resistance."
posted by storybored at 9:32 PM - 16 comments

General Tubman, a Secret Military Weapon

Not just a rescuer and transporter of slaves, she was also a Union Army asset.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:10 PM - 11 comments

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Facial Fitness Pao. (slyt)
posted by Literaryhero at 7:26 PM - 5 comments


Over 500 classic episodes from the 26 seasons of classic Doctor Who will air worldwide on the live streaming video platform Twitch from May 29th.
posted by hippybear at 7:06 PM - 22 comments

Article 40.3.3

On Friday May 25th Ireland will hold a referendum to decide whether or not to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish constitution, which was added to the constitution by referendum in 1983. The 8th amendment inserted a subsection to the Irish constitution equating the right to life of the unborn with the right to life of the mother, effectively banning abortion in Ireland in all cases bar the most severe risk to the life of the mother. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 4:38 PM - 88 comments

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