December 3

Get Away from your Computer Idea #1: Watch a Dog Agility Event

How to Find Dog Agility Trials (via UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada links inside. See pure happiness without having to talk to anyone! How could anybody have a better time than a very good dog who finally has something to do with all that energy and smarts? The hottest club in [your US state] is your local dog agility course. Culture and rules might vary at places and events – especially indoors, so check before going, but generally you do not have to own a dog to watch an agility trial. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:23 PM - 9 comments

it's kind of like Suspiria but for synth nerds with perms

The year is very very definitely 1971, and these are Rare Moog Dancers.
posted by cortex at 3:24 PM - 13 comments

...It's How Hard You Believe It

Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny [Official Trailer] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 2:22 PM - 49 comments

Life under fascism... in space

Andor: Star Wars for Grownups "But Andor is something new and astonishing: a Star Wars series written and filmed entirely for discerning grown-ups. It’s accurate but faint praise to call this the smartest Star Wars ever made; it’s one of the smartest shows anyone has made in recent years, and can reasonably be mentioned in the same breath as, say, The Wire. It’s better than this bloated and wildly uneven franchise deserves; that it was greenlit at all suggests, against all odds, that even endlessly recycled blockbuster intellectual properties have some room for artistry." (n.b. spoilers) [more inside]
posted by gwint at 12:41 PM - 46 comments

They Did the Christmash

All I Want for Christmas is ... Bootie Mashup. The song you're going to hear 50,000 times this next month anyway, mashed up 41 times with other different songs.
posted by MollyRealized at 12:39 PM - 6 comments

Flash Forward's "Vanguard Estates" explores dementia

Flash Forward with Rose Eveleth is a podcast that explores possible or not-so-possible futures, taking great care to examine how technology, opportunity, and adversity will be experienced differently by people of different identities. Typically, each episode begins with a short piece of audio fiction, followed by inteviews with experts. The current ongoing special series, Welcome to Vanguard Estates, kicks off a with a choose-your-own-adventure style nonlinear narrative, which you can experience in audio form or read as text. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 12:21 PM - 2 comments

Joycean Chamber Music

How James Joyce Almost Became A Famous Singer. "Joyce was angry at his defeat in the competition—but in typical fashion, blamed the rules, not his own shortcomings. He complained about the pigheadedness of judges who evaluated contestants in singing music they had never rehearsed. Who cared how a musician learned a song, he argued, when the real measure of ability is what you do after you learn it?" [more inside]
posted by storybored at 11:18 AM - 5 comments

Lack of police protection shuts down Columbus Holi-Drag Storytime

The family-friendly Holi-Drag Storytime event in Columbus, Ohio, co-hosted by the Red Oak Community School and the local Unitarian Universalist Church, was canceled early this morning. Last month, the Proud Boys, a domestic terrorist group, publicized their intent to disrupt the event. Columbus police stated that they would be present to'monitor the situation'. The organizer, in an emotional statement, details the actual lack of commitment or support. Posts attempting to communicate and build community support on the usually LGBTQ+-supportive /r/Columbus subreddit have been deleted and the poster shadow-banned. [more inside]
posted by Silvery Fish at 10:08 AM - 32 comments

Hoi poli ruining everything

Airport lounges being spoiled by the unwashed masses This is satire? Right? If you read it as White Lotus level parody it's brilliant.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:05 AM - 26 comments

The Golden Age of Volleyball Is Here

From the youth game to emerging pro leagues, the sport is booming among women and girls ( link)
posted by Etrigan at 9:34 AM - 1 comment

Ted Cruz Is The Most Hated Member of The Senate

Here's Al Franken explaining why, by way of an anecdote involving Amy Klobuchar, as well as a harsh yet very funny observation by Lindsey Graham. Watch the whole video. It's worth it
posted by BadgerDoctor at 8:39 AM - 38 comments

Colonel Mustardle in the Yardle with a Petardle

In the latest proof of new legal requirements that all internet puzzle games must now end in "rdle," distinguished readers, I give you Murdle, a daily homicide-based logic / elimination puzzle game. A bit of fun for when you still want to kill somebody some time after the crosswordle and the sudokurdle, but before watching Jeopardle. [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:43 AM - 26 comments

No, that can't be done.... WHAM!!!

Matt Parker contemplates the question: can the same net fold into two shapes?
posted by Pendragon at 12:03 AM - 11 comments

December 2

Should you even try to buy a house right now?

Something that is always “a little bit scary” is “particularly scary” right now. A confluence of factors, some structural and some cyclical, have aligned to make the current housing market among the most challenging, expensive, and stressful ones in recent years. Many Americans seem to share that sentiment: Half as many home sales occurred this past July as in the same month two years ago.
posted by folklore724 at 11:44 PM - 33 comments

Holly Johnson, Basil Switzerland, Nov 11, 2022

It's like peeling back nearly 40 years of history. Holly Johnson performs just a few weeks ago in Switzerland, doing many Frankie Goes To Hollywood hits. Holly Johnson of Frankie goes to Hollywood - Baloise Session 2022 – @ARTE Concert [1h11m]. At age 62, he's still got the voice, and his band takes twice as many people to make up for The Lads.
posted by hippybear at 4:40 PM - 16 comments

Acoustic Kitty, RIP

Subtitles, rich lifeguards, heavenbanning, and gold-plated Morse Code keys: Tom Whitwell brings us 52 things I learned in 2022. (SLMedium)
posted by swift at 4:11 PM - 34 comments

Alice Guy-Blaché: the Life and Career of Cinema’s First Woman Director

Alice Guy-Blaché -- The Consequences of Feminism (1906)

Alice Guy-Blaché -- A Fool and His Money (1912) First Narrative film with an all black cast*

Alice Guy-Blaché -- Falling Leaves (1912)

Alice Guy-Blaché -- The Ocean Waif (1916)

Films - Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché: Cinema’s First Woman Director [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 4:06 PM - 3 comments

EU Would Cry Too If It Happened To EU

EU throws party in €387K metaverse — and hardly anyone turns up [Politico] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 1:32 PM - 26 comments

cat-related Christmas tree security attempts

People Hanging Christmas Trees from the Ceiling to Outsmart Their Cats season has arrived. Link goes to version. Direct links to Tiktoks: ornament protection, ceiling tree, plexiglass barrier, a cat tree, and a tree cat. Original tweet by writer and local whale enthusiast s.e. smith (who just launched a link roundup tinyletter!).
posted by spamandkimchi at 1:18 PM - 15 comments

I'm fond of you

How Fondue Was Invented. Ok, but for real: How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular. Fondue in the 70s. The canonical fondue pot. Le Chalet, Restaurant of the Pavilion of Switzerland, New York 1964 World's Fair, dejeuner menu
posted by gwint at 10:20 AM - 40 comments

Cry Moar

Did a parent, teacher, or unsympathetic friend ever tell you to "save your tears"? Use of this item is probably not what they actually meant: Debunking the Myth of 19th-Century ‘Tear Catchers.’
posted by taz at 9:50 AM - 10 comments

Dungeons & Democracy

The system is structurally designed in favor of older members with more seniority. Can you, a young member of Congress, survive? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 9:27 AM - 18 comments

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight Over Candy)

But we will! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:35 AM - 73 comments

Sacred trash

Heritage out of Control: Disturbing Heritage, Birgit Meyer's essay on the idea of material waste in religious objects, thoughtfully compares Dutch and Ghana as religions, colonialism and modernity intertwine. Going from the academic to the practical, Decluttering Dilemma: What to Do With Religious Items (multi-religious) and a librarian for a Catholic collection on What can you do with unwanted holy cards and Grandma’s religious statues?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:47 AM - 11 comments

BFI top 100 Films

Once a decade, the British Film Institute polls thousands of critics and directors to determine the best film of all time. Here is the newly-released critics list from 2022. The greatest film of all time? Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles No other film made by a woman has ever reached the top 10. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 5:35 AM - 91 comments

"She always manages to seem both amused and joyless."

How Wednesday Addams Birthed a Generation of Cynics Nearly 30 years ago, Christina Ricci’s version of the character reinforced millennials’ suspicion that “the bright side” is an illusion (Emily Alford for Longreads).
posted by box at 4:51 AM - 22 comments

"you had to write out how it was smart"

"how many painters are having to basically become process artists and action artists instead and setting up a camera in order to film themselves doing the painting because actually, what the algorithm cares more about is the verb..." Gabrielle de la Puente, in the conversation "Instagram Has Ruined The Art World" (27 Nov 2022) on making alternative online venues for artists to display work. (via sliceofpearpie: "this isn’t about external validation.... these form part of our working conditions.") "You were trying to explain to an artist how they could reach ten times more followers online by adhering to certain principles. You felt like the devil when you explained it." A comic by Jaakko Pallasvuo about relatability and attention. "Not everyone presents well in 280 characters, especially in a space they don’t even want to be present." charlottemadison42 and largishcat on a similar issue for writers.
posted by brainwane at 4:33 AM - 9 comments

Less is more: If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.

It's official: The world's biggest 4-day workweek trial proves there's no reason to work five days a week [ungated] - "The pandemic has proven that our modern notions of how the office and our week should look are not as set in stone as we might think, exposing our ideas of what is needed to ensure productivity. Now that we've discovered that work can be done from home just as effectively, the next step is questioning how many working days are actually needed."[1,2] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:57 AM - 41 comments

December 1

[Re]Making the Book of Kells - Lessons from the Edge

Thomas Keyes sets out to reproduce the circa 800 CE Book of Kells from parchment making, to pigment finding/ foraging/ growing/ producing pigments (from scratch), forming and writing the text, to a complete folio. [Dark Mountain in case anyone's averse], Thomas also has a kickstarter [I have no affiliation, I simply love re-creation and experiential historical research for itself, and what we can learn from doing, I also value much of the though, work and ethos that is Dark Mountain]
posted by unearthed at 11:30 PM - 7 comments

The echo of a distant time

A deeply trippy A.I. generated music video for a shortened sixteen-and-a-half minute cut of Pink Floyd's track Echoes (original track was twenty-three-and-a-half minutes) from their album Meddle. Be sure to watch at a high resolution.
posted by Hot Pastrami! at 9:58 PM - 15 comments

Religious people probably aren't actually healthier

There are thousands of studies connecting religious belief and practise to health. However, much of this research has failed to include non-believers. In a recent study [paywalled] using data from almost 16,000 Canadians which included non-believers, the researcher "failed to find any evidence that religious believers had better levels of stress, physical health, life satisfaction or mental health compared to non-believers."
posted by clawsoon at 7:53 PM - 13 comments

Should we give up flying for the sake of the climate?

“I thought I was so green, but then I realised I'm flying,” she says. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 4:47 PM - 114 comments

Lasting Impressionism

Returning after a seven month sabbatical, Jason Kottke brings us, via Open Culture, a engrossing, beautiful documentary about China's Van Goghs: The Village That Paints A Thousand Fakes A Year. [more inside]
posted by mhoye at 4:31 PM - 4 comments

To dream of flying

The big search company that people have complicated feelings about
+ fantasizing about traveling somewhere, anywhere
+ a corporate tool for buying plane tickets
+ a fun interface design
posted by Going To Maine at 1:34 PM - 7 comments

"All right. You've covered your ass now."

Secret 9/11 memo reveals Bush rewriting the history of the 9/11 attacks and the warnings he'd tuned out
On April 29, 2004, President George W. Bush hosted one of the most unusual meetings to ever take place inside the Oval Office. The 10 members of the 9/11 Commission got to ask him and Vice President Dick Cheney any question they wanted about the September 11, 2001, attacks. The words that were spoken in that room remained secret for nearly two decades. Now, we can finally read what Bush said.
[more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 1:20 PM - 45 comments

An Inappropriate, Indispensable Form

Weakness, specifically literary weakness, is enlivening, challenging, and generally has the effect of compelling the reader to move, as we say, outside their comfort zone. Weak novels cause us to attend to fiction as strategy rather than as entertainment. from The Weak Novel by Lucy Ives
posted by chavenet at 1:08 PM - 6 comments

It isn’t a universe unto itself where we get to live unencumbered.

¡Hola Papi! (aka J.P. Brammer) offers a meditation on "the gay bar."
But sometimes, after spending too much time outside of one, I get that familiar urge for an overpriced well drink and shitty pop music, for the sharp, judgy, lustful glances of faggots, for the near-darkness and the sticky floors and the people who, while not in perfect accord, have at least resolved to find each other.
posted by spamandkimchi at 10:48 AM - 7 comments

Explore Quasi-Periodic Tiling

Pattern Collider is an interactive tool to explore Penrose (and other "quasi-periodic") Tilings. (here's another webtoy) minutephysics on YT: Why Penrose Tiles Never Repeat. [more inside]
posted by gwint at 9:39 AM - 12 comments

It is time no longer to praise the Seagram Building, but to bury it

The embodied energy just of the construction materials of the Seagram Building is estimated at 173 million kWh – almost four times the amount of energy that workers put into building the Great Pyramid at Giza (46 million kWh, approximately 78 million days of manual labour).
Barnabas Calder and Florian Urban compare the energy profile of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram Building with Waugh Thistleton’s 6 Orsman Road, London. via
posted by Rumple at 9:24 AM - 30 comments


Wordle gets more intentional, but the new Wordle editor is ruining Wordle.
posted by Etrigan at 8:30 AM - 57 comments


One of the pioneers of indie feminist cartooning, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has died at 74 after a long illness. Kominsky-Crumb, whose alter ego was (and was not) "Honeybunch Kominsky," drew rough, hilarious, vital cartoons about her experience as a young Jewish woman in a raunchy world. (2018 interview, cw: sexual violence.) Her obituary at Comicsbeat shows some of her characteristic strips. She is survived by a daughter, a grandson, and her husband. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 8:28 AM - 22 comments

The "tribal" views of climate change across people working in the field

The most important thing about climate tribes is that they shift the conversation from passive, “true-believer” narratives towards active, action-oriented ones. I couldn’t help but notice that the aforementioned YPCCC climate typology is inherently passive. “How worried are you about climate change?” is a very different question from “What do you believe is the right approach?”
Nadia Asparouhova (previously) creates a framework to understand the diverse, complex, and sometimes conflicting objectives and narratives that shape different types of climate work and advocacy. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:21 AM - 19 comments

All The Live Long Days

Why The Railroads Refuse To Give Their Workers Paid Leave by Eric Levitz at NYMag. link. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 7:13 AM - 85 comments

Picking till it hurts

More than picking a zit - dermatillomania or obsessive skin picking, and sufferers using social media to build community and awareness (Buzzfeed News).
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 6:28 AM - 24 comments

Woodcocks dancing across the road

The best 60 seconds of your life? [more inside]
posted by greenhornet at 4:39 AM - 16 comments

How to feel about climate change

"The landscape of climate emotions is broad and complex, with different emotions being elicited in different people to different degrees. This gives rise to an additional, yet undertheorized layer of disagreement among the public: there is division of opinion not only about what should be believed regarding climate change, but also about how we should emotionally react to it." (The paper's key example: How should one face a warmer than normal summer--with pleasure or fear?) How to Feel About Climate Change? An Analysis of the Normativity of Climate Emotions.
posted by mittens at 4:25 AM - 21 comments

Tubi, a free-to-watch (ad-interrupted) film and TV streaming site

In the US and some other countries, Tubi is an ad-supported streaming service where you can watch some movies and TV for free, without having to log in. The catalog of course includes a lot of "that looks like dreck" stuff, but also 16 seasons of Columbo, classic films such as Stalag-17 and Fail-Safe, and other stuff you may have been meaning to watch. [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 4:13 AM - 55 comments

Bookmarklet to fix ads on Twitter

If Twit, but don't fancy the ads. Bookmarklet to block promoters of tweets automatically.
posted by pompomtom at 4:11 AM - 5 comments

November 30

250 AI-Generated Pages from the 1987 Radio Shack Catalog

Paul Ford: "Tonight I've asked Stable Diffusion to generate 250 different pages from the 1987 Radio Shack catalog." This is awesome.
posted by MollyRealized at 11:33 PM - 27 comments

*waves* new Masto thread

Mastodon isn't just a replacement for Twitter Users flocking to the platform will need to shift their expectations for social media and become engaged democratic citizens in the life of their networks. [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 9:34 PM - 93 comments

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