May 26

Names Full Of Sentiment

In the BBC's Word of Mouth, Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright look into the history, meaning, and pleasures of biscuits, with Anastasia Edwards, author of Biscuits and Cookies, A Global History. (A 30 minute podcast, so go make yourself a nice cup of tea.)
posted by carter at 5:08 AM - 0 comments

Girl, what did that girl just say, girl?

Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels (SLYT)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:06 AM - 6 comments

May 25

"You can’t just look for bees with their eyes closed"

Dr. Universe tells you about sleeping bees. Photographer Joe Neely took an adorable picture of some.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:42 PM - 10 comments

the most common violent crime for which police officers are arrested

If domestic abuse is one of the most underreported crimes, domestic abuse by police officers is virtually an invisible one. It is frighteningly difficult to track or prevent—and it has escaped America’s most recent awakening to the many ways in which some police misuse their considerable powers. Very few people in the United States understand what really happens when an officer is accused of harassing, stalking, or assaulting a partner.
posted by Cozybee at 8:56 PM - 5 comments

A Poisoner's Book

For all your sneaky poisoning needs: "A curious late 19th century concoction, using an inconspicuous mid-17th-century volume of theology in a slightly later binding to conceal a miniature chest of drawers with space for four bottles measuring up to ca. 10 cms. The German-language drawer labels bear the names of poisonous plants: banewort, Devil's snare, hemlock, wormwood, henbane and foxglove, among others. The pastedown bears a large memento-mori illustration with a Latin quote from the Epistle to the Hebrews (9:27): "Statutum est hominibus semel mori" ("All men are destined to die once")."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:33 PM - 5 comments

like the nucleus of a cell, it grows, the colors are clustered around it

On Chance in Artistic Creation - an 1894 essay by August Strindberg paired with paintings by Strindberg. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 6:24 PM - 3 comments

blue_beetle was right.

Fortnite is basically a giant, endless advertisement now [Polygon] “Last year, playing Fortnite largely meant hopping onto a make-believe island in the hope of surviving against 99 other players. This year, Fortnite isn’t as divorced from the real world — there are constant tie-ins that encourage people to buy, or at least engage with brands and products. To play Fortnite in 2019 is to be enmeshed in advertisements.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:07 PM - 24 comments

Shields made of bark

According to Julius Caeser, the Gauls had "shields made of bark or interwoven wickers, which they hastily covered over with skins." But no bark shields from the period have ever been found--until now. [more inside]
posted by flug at 2:55 PM - 11 comments

Goat. LARP.

The Jibe-iT goat farm in Redding, CT, USA, is hosting what may be the world's first GOAT LARP this June. Not a Live Action Role Playing game (LARP) where you play a goat, but a LARP for the goats: "Goat Larp is a 1 day live action roleplaying event at a goat farm in southern Connecticut. Attend in-costume as any character you want and help run live adventures for the goats."
posted by rmd1023 at 2:45 PM - 16 comments

Discards, dumping, downsizing, and the afterlife of our stuff

"I slowly began to understand that people in consumption-based societies assemble their identities via stuff, and become very emotional when those identities – and that stuff- is discarded in ways that don’t match their values. Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that consumers actually care more about how their stuff is discarded, than how it is manufactured." Adam Minter discusses where stuff comes from, and how we feel about where it goes, in an interview with Discard Studies.
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:16 PM - 38 comments

The Songs Of The Summer

In which NPR examines the concept of "The Song Of The Summer" and provides a Spotify playlist of their 100 songs of the summer since 1962, plus a list of the top songs (2-6 per year) they they've defined as one of that year's Songs Of The Summer. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:14 PM - 34 comments

Includes Venger

The live-action remake of the Dungeons & Dragon cartoon we’ve been waiting for
posted by bq at 9:25 AM - 26 comments

Russian website features weekly long-form profiles of pets (so far two cats and a dog), along with quality photos and videos of the subjects going about their activities. There are sidebars on topics like proper veterinary care, adopting from shelters, and leash-walking cats. [more inside]
posted by larrybob at 8:32 AM - 5 comments

No Moon and Flat Calm

A new short story about panic in space by Elizabeth Bear. Each month, Future Tense Fiction—a series of short stories from Future Tense and ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives—publishes a story on a theme. The theme for April–June 2019: space settlement. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:15 AM - 3 comments

history type things, quite cool

‘Globalisation was rife in the 16th century – clues from Renaissance paintings’
posted by hugbucket at 4:14 AM - 16 comments

May 24

Personal space

Colbert invites Conan to join him in the box
posted by growabrain at 11:39 PM - 15 comments

You got it, dude!

Every Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie, Ranked by Surreality
posted by Chrysostom at 7:01 PM - 46 comments

"1566 seems very recent, but the hedgehog was around before then"

"It was around before this Parliament. The hedgehog, and its ancestor, narrowly missed being crushed under the foot of Tyrannosaurus rex. The hedgehog was around long before the human species. It tells us a great deal about British civilisation that my hon. Friend has raised the subject, because the hedgehog is a magical creature. It is a creature that appears on cylinder seals in Sumeria, bent backwards on the prows of Egyptian ships..." [more inside]
posted by Damienmce at 5:09 PM - 17 comments

this account now belongs to the foxen

“pssst guys GUYS the coolest thing just happened” is how it all began, back on April 18, when author and MetaFilter favorite Chuck Wendig (previously, previouslier) spotted an elusive fox out behind his writing shed. [more inside]
posted by martin q blank at 4:31 PM - 15 comments

"Everybody feels free here"

Much has happened in the past 30 years to try to give disabled people a life that looks the same as for anyone without special needs. People who would have at one time been institutionalized are living in group homes. Sheltered workshops are closing as people are moving into integrated workplaces that embrace what’s called the “neurodiversity” movement. And social opportunities are growing to include specific dating sites, cruises and proms. But adults with disabilities, like Jones, yearn for more opportunities to socialize. Club 1111 is unique for how often it is held — once a month — and for how many people it draws. Local, state and national advocates are not aware of another event like it anywhere in the country.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:13 PM - 6 comments

folklore cards offer insights

Cards of folklore in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive "offer insights into some of the hardships and preoccupations of domestic life in Newfoundland over the past half-century or so. But many of the cards, which date back to the mid-1960s, lack the full names of the women who authored them and signed them as their husband’s wife, nothing more. Archivists grew so irked by this that they recently launched a mission to find out the writers’ true names." Household names: Archivists take on task of identifying women who captured Newfoundland folklore [The Globe and Mail] [more inside]
posted by readinghippo at 3:37 PM - 7 comments

Murray Gell-Mann, 1929-2019

The great theoretical physicist Murray Gell-Mann passed away today at the age of 89, after a lifetime of contributions from fundamental particle physics to complex systems theory. NYT obit; Caltech obit [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 3:20 PM - 26 comments

Troubled treasure

Troubled treasure "But as much as Burmese amber is a scientist's dream, it's also an ethical minefield. The fossils come from conflict-ridden Kachin state in Myanmar, where scientists can't inspect the geology for clues to the fossils' age and environment. In Kachin, rival political factions compete for the profit yielded by amber and other natural resources"
posted by dhruva at 1:41 PM - 2 comments

O₂ ≠

Oxygen Not Included [YouTube][Trailer] “...developed by highly regarded Canadian team Klei Entertainment, best known for Mark of the Ninja and Don't Starve. It's a sideways-view building and resource management game set inside a giant space rock. I begin the game with three little characters who've been portaled into a small hole inside the rock, armed with nothing more than a box filled with a few days' worth of food and some funky tools for digging. They begin tunneling in order to create more room for themselves, and to yield resources. The inside of this rock is a Battenberg Cake of liquids, solids and gases, as well as organic stuff that is either really useful or absolutely life-threatening.” [via: Polygon] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:16 PM - 35 comments

Death (Of A Career), On-Air

Author (and conspiracy theorist) Naomi Wolf went on an interview with BBC Radio as part of promotion of her upcoming book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love. She was expecting to have a chance to talk about the thesis of her book, the way sexual expression has been criminalized.

What she was not planning for, however, was for interviewer Matthew Sweet to show, with evidence, that her book was built on Wolf's misunderstanding of the archaic legal term "death recorded". [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 1:11 PM - 74 comments

♪♫♬ I gave my love a lizard / that had some bones ♪♫♬

VITAL UPDATE: my road runner porch-buddy used to run away if I wanted a pic but now when he catches a lizard he KNOCKS ON MY DOOR and then parades his catch around and poses, it’s amazing. Who’s a good boy! Mr Meepmeep! 😍

A woman chronicles being courted by an amorous(?) roadrunner. [Twitter thread with pics and video]
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:50 PM - 26 comments

How we treat women

Worker camps make it possible to build infrastructure in remote locations in Canada. Is it worth the human cost? (cw: sexual assault) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:23 AM - 9 comments

Make Way for Ducklings, 2019

On May 23rd, Boston Police issued a traffic advisory: Tremont Street was down to one lane. A brood of Boston ducklings had not one but two friendly officers to clear their path, as well as assistance from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission when one duckling fell into a storm drain and needed rescue. Channel 7 had a helicopter on the scene.
posted by Hypatia at 11:11 AM - 23 comments

the railway’s revival hasn’t solely been due to the cats

On a bright May morning at Japan’s Idakiso train station, a small cat basked in the sun as her photo was taken by a group of tourists before getting a tummy tickle from a toddler. While the white, tan and black kitten purred and meowed in the arms of a visitor, one of the station workers looked on with a grin, interjecting only to gently reposition the cat’s brimmed conductor hat whenever it threatened to slip over her eyes. “Having her around the station makes everyone happy. I sometimes forget that she is my boss. previously
posted by ChuraChura at 10:58 AM - 12 comments

And you may ask yourself, well / How did I get here?

Samsung researchers have developed a GAN-based method for building "talking heads" or animated figures from one or a handful of still photographs (paper). [more inside]
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 10:08 AM - 41 comments

Classic videogame/anime music interpreted for the xylophone

A YouTube channel where three Japanese women play classic videogame and anime music on a giant xylophone while wearing themed hats. "Corridors of Time" from Chrono Trigger "Big Chocobo" from Final Fantasy III "Love Song" from Dragon Warrior II
posted by Automocar at 9:05 AM - 13 comments

"He feeds all the cats... They all know him, and they know that buggy!"

On Wednesday, May 22 Floyd Martin delivered mail for the last time after 35 years at the United States Post Office. @Jennifer_Brett accompanied him and took photos of Floyd saying goodbye to the people on his route (SLT Thread).
posted by mcmile at 8:16 AM - 21 comments

A New Island in the Carceral Archipelago

"The military-surplus control console had three buttons labeled “Search,” “Track,” and “Destroy”—the last of which was mercifully disabled but often vigorously pushed by young probationers." An inventor of the first ankle bracelet trackers for criminals points out that smart phones will do everything that ankle bracelets will, are actually useful to prisoners re-entering society, and can be loaded with apps that will help prisoners remember court and parole officer dates, detect drug and alcohol use, and reward rehabilitation. [more inside]
posted by ckridge at 7:32 AM - 15 comments

A notably memory-inefficent way to generate fractals

Making fractals with recursive nested Powerpoint presentations and slides. How they work. A better way. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:08 AM - 11 comments

This is the magic right here

Stephen Colbert plays D&D with Matt Mercer (YouTube) For Comic Relief's Red Nose Day this year Stephen Colbert teamed up with Critical Role's Matt Mercer for a one on one D&D session. Colbert's joy and enthusiasm is infectious, and Mercer offers up a DMing master class in the way he weaves the theme of Red Nose Day into the adventure.
posted by calamari kid at 6:51 AM - 15 comments

Living My Best Life With My Curvy Wife

2 days with Curvy Wife Guy, the most controversial man in body positivity He’s just released a music video called “Chubby Sexy.” Will it silence his internet haters?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:32 AM - 44 comments

David Milch discusses his Alzheimer's in The New Yorker

David Milch's Third Act. The NYer's Mark Singer gives some background on Milch's writing process on Deadwood and interviews him about his current memory problems. "I've always said that he writes novels set like plays, and shot like movies, that air on television," Milch's daughter says. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 4:25 AM - 6 comments

“It’s as though that was all I needed to see”

A week ago, Transworld Skateboarding released DAEWON, a documentary about the life and 30-year career of legendary skateboarder Daewon Song. It's free to watch on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons at 3:09 AM - 6 comments

May 23

“Current sea otter populations are at carrying capacity,”

Sea otters are bouncing back - and into the jaws of great white sharks The sharks aren’t actually trying to eat the otters, preferring calorie-dense, blubbery prey like seals and sea lions. The bites are merely investigative, with sharks recoiling with a mouth of fur instead of a fatty meal. But such bites often cause mortal injuries to the otters, and they’re now happening more often off California’s beaches. [more inside]
posted by ActingTheGoat at 9:38 PM - 12 comments

You would think it would be ARRR

As the internet continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, one thing always remains constant — The Pirate Bay
posted by allkindsoftime at 4:04 PM - 64 comments

Drain-cleaning porn

Hi, this channel shows drain cleaning blocked sewer drains using a high pressure water jet machine. The high pressure water hose that cleans the drain has specific nozzles on the end for cutting out tree roots, grease blockages and clearing rubble out of drains. It is a disgustingly dirty and smelly job, but some one has to do it, so it may as well be me. Thanks for taking the time to view my dirty videos. (h/t Miss Cellania)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:01 PM - 24 comments

The Naked Don

Brexit: The Naked Truth (Dr Victoria Bateman, Cambridge, 2019)NSFW VIDEO CONTAINS NUDITY [more inside]
posted by bq at 3:18 PM - 12 comments

What the Herp?

Hello! My name is Fitch. I’m a bot (v4.0) learning to ID reptiles & amphibians in pics. Tweet @WhatTheHerp for IDs. Report sightings to to help. [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 1:00 PM - 11 comments


Found Cat - Need Owners ASAP
posted by krix at 12:59 PM - 72 comments

How Holly Herndon and her AI baby spawned a new kind of folk music

Holly Hendron's new album PROTO is, according to Fader, "an engrossing testament to the power of multiple voices singing in unison. One of those voices is a computer named Spawn", an AI trained in live ceremonies in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach it how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions. The video for Eternal might give some context. [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:11 PM - 13 comments

The End Is Only the Beginning

Teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard. More info on the series at io9.
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:34 AM - 177 comments

The Lady is a Jock

Mary Bacon took a bullet while pilfering fruit as a child. Mary Bacon dropped out of school in the sixth grade and was pregnant by age 16. Mary Bacon had a romantic relationship with Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Mary Bacon was kidnapped by a stalker. That same stalker later tried to shoot her with a gun. Not all of those sentences are complete horseshit.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:23 AM - 5 comments

“Hasta la vista, baby!”

Terminator Dark Fate [YouTube][Teaser Trailer] Terminator: Dark Fate is the sixth film in the Terminator franchise, but acts as a direct sequel to only the first two movies: Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The other three films are now considered part of an alternate timeline, according to the filmmakers.
posted by Fizz at 10:22 AM - 93 comments

"All my dreams fall like rain on a downtown train..."

"The acclaimed songwriter of hits like Forever Young and Maggie May contacted Model Railroader magazine to talk about his other achievement, Grand Street & Three Rivers Railroad." [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 9:17 AM - 24 comments

Can We Make America A Democracy?

"Even the most basic liberal democratic right—the right to vote, about which there is no end to sanctimony in this country—has never been equitably put into practice. Gaze upon our system’s vaunted political blessings from the perspective of, say, someone in Puerto Rico, and they look even more mixed than they do from the mainland, where the Constitution places more weight on rural votes and less-populated regions by design." Reclaiming the Future: On the growing appeal of socialism in an age of inequality "The top 0.1 percent of Americans held 20 percent of the nation’s wealth in 2016 (up from 7 percent in 1979) and owned as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. Evidence suggests that the threat that the wealthy pose to what Rawls termed the “fair value of political liberty” has become extraordinary." Socialism and the Democracy Deficit "In reality, though, the resurgence of socialism in our time is a tale of dogged organizing against formidable odds of attaining simple cultural and intellectual visibility, let alone electoral success. " The Socialist Network (The New Republic) "But here, the local DSA has exactly the sort of qualities that have long been hard to find in left groups: practicality, organization, and friendliness. What has impressed me most is that they fundamentally care about actually getting things done, and not just engaging in symbolic politics." Why I Love The DSA (Current Affairs)
posted by The Whelk at 9:11 AM - 17 comments

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