July 16

A comprehensive test of positive and negative effects of fact-checking

Current interventions to combat misinformation, including fact-checking, media literacy tips and media coverage of misinformation, may have unintended consequences for democracy. We propose that these interventions may increase scepticism towards all information, including accurate information. ... Accordingly, this project addresses an overarching question of theoretical and practical importance: how can we improve interventions against misinformation to minimize their negative spillover effects? from Prominent misinformation interventions reduce misperceptions but increase scepticism [Nature] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 11:35 AM - 3 comments

On emotional attachment to an item of clothing you've never worn

Delving into the psychology of a closet from the #NEVERWORNS newsletter (Youtube too!): “Maybe I’m having trouble styling it. I bought it with white pants but I kind of felt like I was a finance bro”; and “The daughter is like the one stop before Goodwill” aka the Soft Trash Can Move, a guilt-free way to part with the item; "This scarf is not warm; it’s like wearing a demented Italian noodle on the shoulders"; research on how retail therapy can relieve residual sadness. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 11:07 AM - 8 comments

Why walk when you can fly (Everest version)

A drone's eye view of much of the route to the summit of Mt. Everest. (SLX/Twitter) Full-screen recommended.
posted by beagle at 9:04 AM - 36 comments

Maia Kobabe on the changing statements of the librarians

Maia Kobabe, for The Nib, on the changing statements of the librarians who come to see em and talk about Gender Queer.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 8:17 AM - 6 comments

"As we scroll, they feast."

Roxane Gay on the addictive effect of TikTok. (slTheBitterSoutherner)
posted by Kitteh at 6:58 AM - 16 comments

♪ ♫ “I've heard them once before, I know that feeling...” ♬♪

The Voice, by Ultravox, peaked at #16 in the UK, #27 in Ireland and #29 in New Zealand; an alternate video was partially filmed in a slanted room. Much more Ultravox in a 2018 post.
posted by Wordshore at 12:46 AM - 14 comments

Don’t you think every hero must grow to love their algorithm?

POET AS CYBORG PORNSTAR is one of Seven Poems by Hasti [The White Review]
posted by chavenet at 12:30 AM - 1 comment

July 15


Nanoscapes: Making the invisible, visible! "Images of butterfly wings at the microscopic scale are stunning, and at the nanoscopic scale they become otherworldly. Shot with light and electron microscopes at magnifications up to 50,000x, Nanoscapes reveals the elaborate topography of butterfly wings, which have produced a wealth of data on the surprisingly little known story of structural coloration."
posted by dhruva at 11:38 PM - 6 comments

An idea to save blue-tongues

These pygmy blue-tongues are facing extinction. A controversial idea may save them and other species. A secret field in South Australia housing a group of lizards once thought extinct. Researchers hope their conservation efforts might provide a blueprint for other animals at risk of dying out due to climate change.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 8:37 PM - 1 comment

Don't project. Don't connect. Protect. Don't expect. Suggest.

Thirty-one freaking summers ago, U2 released the debut single from their album Zooropa. Numb (yt) was a strange, uncharacteristically dark and despairing track for the band, featuring guitarist the Edge on lead vocals with Bono's falsetto backing vocals credited to "the Fat Lady." [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:27 PM - 36 comments

The Last of Us + Breaking Bad + A Bug's Life: The Porn Parody

Hyper-sexual "zombie cicadas" that are infected with sexually transmitted fungus expected to emerge this year. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:41 PM - 14 comments

Trump's Pick for Vice-President

James David Vance, a junior United States senator from Ohio elected in 2022 and author of a 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, who has previously said in reference to Donald Trump, "I'm a never Trump guy", "never liked him", "terrible candidate", "idiot if you voted for him", "might be America's Hitler", "might be a cynical a-hole", "cultural heroin", "noxious", and "reprehensible", has just been announced as Trump's running mate for 2024.
posted by orange swan at 12:37 PM - 193 comments

Right now, it’s hard to see that future

Sci-fi is an amazing genre. It helps us explore our feelings about the unknown, the future, and the possible. It lets us imagine “what if” scenarios, and then build out rich worlds that our minds can occupy. It depicts dystopias we should fend off and utopias we should seek – and it teases us with the scintillating possibility that humans may actually be able to build the world we want. But over the last few generations, it’s been harder for us to imagine this better world – and our sci-fi reflects that. from who killed the world? [The Pudding]
posted by chavenet at 12:19 PM - 33 comments

Pee Wee Herman: The Documentary

Pee Wee Herman: The Documentary

Need I say more?
posted by y2karl at 11:34 AM - 8 comments

Pi is now 202,112,290,000,000 digits

Storagereview Lab breaks Pi calculation world record with over 202 trillion digits That’s a lot. But why stop there?
posted by verylazyminer at 11:28 AM - 28 comments

“But Aquaman, you cannot marry a woman without gills.”

Continuity doesn’t matter.
posted by Artw at 11:21 AM - 21 comments

if you understand this youre a giant nerd

Vibroplex: the Fastest Key in the West [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:18 AM - 8 comments

A deliciously detailed 13th century plan. And a Tudor one, too

A New Map Of Medieval London Matt Brown for Londonist writes about work by the Historic Towns Trust. “Today, I’d like to share with you a newly created map of medieval London that is, quite frankly, astonishing in its detail.”
posted by bq at 7:57 AM - 8 comments

Judge Dismisses Classified Documents Case Against Trump

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon Dismisses Case Against Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — By ERIC TUCKER Updated 10:20 AM EDT, July 15, 2024 The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case of former President Donald Trump in Florida dismissed the prosecution on Monday, siding with defense lawyers who said the special counsel who filed the charges was illegally appointed. The decision by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon brings a stunning and abrupt conclusion to a criminal case that at the time it was filed was widely regarded as the most perilous of all the legal threats that the Republican former president confronted. Trump faced dozens of felony counts accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and obstructing FBI efforts to get them back. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 7:31 AM - 167 comments

archaeoacoustic bird & jaguar

“The Initial Period is important because it’s when we first start to see evidence of an institutionalized religion in Peru,” says Muro Ynoñan in the statement. “The bird creature at this temple resembles a figure known from the Chavín region, nearly 500 years later.” [smithsonian] [more inside]
posted by HearHere at 4:11 AM - 1 comment

OnStar just stopped being special

As consumers in general, we've gotten very good at completely disregarding things that don't offer us anything worthwhile, even when they want to be noticed. "Banner blindness" is a particularly acute form of this adaptation to capitalism. Our almost subconscious filtering of our perception to things that seem worth the intellectual effort allows a lot of ubiquitous features of products to fly under the radar. Buttons that we just never press, because sometime a decade ago we got the impression they were useless. from the contemporary carphone by j.b. crawford [computers are bad]
posted by chavenet at 1:10 AM - 29 comments

nom + nom = nomtastic ... and it's your free thread

The Gonster is a fusion (though not literally, if made right) of Guinness and Monster. The Every Sauce is a blend of 14 sauces. Someone has created a new frontier in Midwestern excellence. But have you ever mixed two (or more) drinks, or ingredients, or foods, and created something delicious? Or, perhaps not quite delicious? ... Or write about whatever is on your mind, in your heart, on your plate or in your journal, because this is your weekly free thread. [Most lastly-ist] Bonus: over on MetaTalk, you can stuff your cheeks with CakeTalk...
posted by Wordshore at 12:00 AM - 64 comments

July 14

The saddest creatures in late-stage capitalism

Nearly 250 years after the publication of Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ and the West has lost the economic plot
posted by latkes at 9:38 PM - 15 comments

Survey of the ocean floor discovers submarine canyons

First-of-its-kind survey of the ocean floor discovers submarine canyons full of unique marine life. Ever wondered what the ocean floor around Australia's coast looks like? A first-of-its-kind survey has uncovered new information about underwater canyons.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 9:28 PM - 1 comment


"Changing nominees at this point has literally never happened before—not even once. Richardson’s assertion that “in the whole picture of American history, if you change the presidential nominee at this point in the game, the candidate loses”—so clear, so forceful, so authoritative—is totally invented." 'Is the Age of the Resistance Historian Coming to an End? (via A&L Daily) [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 7:00 PM - 15 comments

A small nice thing in these trying times

As far as we are aware, Ralf Schumacher is now the winningest gay driver in the history of Formula 1. [more inside]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:05 PM - 13 comments

savoir faire

our real question is: Are you still up? [McSweeney's]
posted by HearHere at 4:51 PM - 13 comments

There is one checkbox. You all have to share it. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 2:06 PM - 32 comments

Follow the Crypto

Molly White, independent journalist, maintainer of the site Web 3 is Going Great and the newsletter and podcast Citation Needed (not the podcast about Wikipedia), has a new project called Follow the Crypto. In 2024, the cryptocurrency industry has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to influence races across the US, more than the health or energy sectors despite being a much smaller fraction of the economy. Follow the Crypto reveals what's been learned about their enormous pile of lucre and the ways it is being wielded to distort the United States' political processes, by organizations like FairShake, "Defend American Jobs," and "Protect Progress."
posted by JHarris at 1:59 PM - 5 comments

"One of the links you entered was found in 24 previous threads"

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 8:48 AM - 177 comments

Robert Towne, 1934–2024

Robert Towne, who wrote the script for Chinatown, punched up the script for The Godfather, and had numerous other writing and a few writer-director credits to his name, died July 1. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 8:39 AM - 19 comments

A dance to the music of death

Death and the human A look at how the artistic figure of death taking people has changed over centuries, with links to sources. (SLPublic Domain Review)
posted by doctornemo at 8:38 AM - 9 comments

A black hole 20,000 times bigger than the Sun

A black hole 20,000 times bigger than the Sun could help us understand how galaxies evolved. Astronomers catalogued 1.4 million stars to find the black hole, 18,000 light-years from our Solar System, in the Milky Way.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 7:37 AM - 10 comments


Shannen Doherty has passed away from cancer at age 53 (NYT, BBC, People, Variety). The actor is known for roles in, among other things, Heathers, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Charmed.
posted by box at 7:15 AM - 71 comments

I hate Adams for his success, too.

TheGamerFromMars presents a thorough history of Scott Adams’s rise and fall, including his interactions with the blue. [slyt]
posted by es_de_bah at 6:23 AM - 24 comments

Hey, you guys!

Morgan Freeman, DJ (SLYT)
posted by bq at 5:58 AM - 11 comments

Bird flu--not just for birds

Bird flu has been found in an ever-expanding variety of species and it likes the brain Also, for the first time there has been a rabies outbreak in marine mammals. I expect there is going to be more fun on the horizon for all of us soon. [more inside]
posted by Didnt_do_enough at 3:38 AM - 8 comments

"He is not a forgiving cat"

Woody Harrelson reads a letter on stage, from novelist John Cheever to a friend who had burdened him with a cat, who would then become... vivid (6 minutes). From Letters Live, which has many such missives.
posted by JHarris at 2:37 AM - 5 comments

A great mosaic – a great False Self – is itself a work of art

Did Sontag and Steiner get along? Don’t be silly. Like two positively charged particles, they were kept apart by powerful forces of repulsion. They ‘disliked and mistrusted one another,’ Boyers says; ‘the loathing they came to have for each other clearly had much to do with the sense that there was room on the current scene for only one such person.’ It seems hardly worth saying that Sontag and Steiner were alike not just as critics but as psychological case studies. Two False Selves, two mosaic-builders, busily building. If there is one true thing about a False Self, it’s that it loathes and despises other False Selves, perceiving in them, of course, the falseness that it can perceive in itself only at the cost of its existence. from The Devouring Mind by Kevin Power [Dublin Review of Books; ungated] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 1:11 AM - 1 comment

“Happy birthday, happy birthday...”

Happy Birthday, a 1981 song by Scottish band Altered Images, reached #2 in the UK singles chart. Altered Images also released "I could be happy", and "Don't talk to me about love", while lead singer Clare Grogan forged a career in film and TV, most notably in Gregory's Girl. Altered Images are still touring, playing in Worcestershire this summer alongside The Levellers, Holly Johnson, The Wurzels, David Essex, Bananarama and Jason Donovan.
posted by Wordshore at 12:02 AM - 20 comments

July 13

Rangers find six surprise joeys in pouches of endangered rock wallabies

"Phenomenal news": Rangers find six surprise joeys in pouches of endangered rock wallabies. The tiny new brush-tailed rock wallaby arrivals were discovered by elated rangers during an annual check as part of a breeding program at the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 7:24 PM - 5 comments

Season Liberally.

Anti-MAGA spice company Penzey's is hoping their special deal - just $35 for a $50 Choose Love gift card - and their free Twilight Revolution sample bags and January 6 gift boxes - "keep hope alive and vote (and cook)" - will help spread their message about the importance of stopping the right-wing Republican agenda. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 4:01 PM - 48 comments

Shots fired at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

NYT Live: Former President Donald J. Trump was escorted off the stage by Secret Service agents and into his motorcade just minutes into his rally in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, after a series of pops that sounded like gunshots rang out. The exact source of the noises was unclear, but Mr. Trump’s ear appeared to be bleeding heavily as he was rushed off the stage. Mr. Trump ducked quickly after the noises began, with the sound coming from the bleachers to the left of where he was standing. As members of the crowd began screaming, Mr. Trump was tackled by Secret Service. Officials shouted for the crowd to duck and cover, whisking members of the news media off the press riser where they had been watching Mr. Trump’s speech. After a brief pause, Mr. Trump rose, surrounded by a group of uniformed Secret Service members. He pumped his fist to the crowd, and then was rushed off the stage and ushered into his motorcade, which quickly left the venue, the Butler Farm Show.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:46 PM - 906 comments

Livestream of the earth, running (almost) 24/7

ISS High Definition Live Streaming Video of the Earth. The High Definition Earth-Viewing System concluded its mission on August 22, 2019. In retirement, it has been showing a livestream of the earth from its spot on the International Space Station External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:17 PM - 7 comments

Fitness guru Richard Simmons dead at 76

Fitness guru Richard Simmons dead at 76 Fitness guru Richard Simmons dead at 76 He just celebrated his birthday on Friday.
posted by robbyrobs at 2:02 PM - 66 comments

Life is too short to have bad sex.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer - 1928-2024 Dr. Ruth, America's diminutive Jewish Grandmother with sex on the mind, has passed. With a life that started with being sent to Switzerland from Nazi Germany and then to Israel and the brand new IDF, Dr. Ruth eventually achieved fame as a radio host, author and popular talk show guest as she sought a frank and open discussion of sex and relationships.
posted by drewbage1847 at 1:51 PM - 47 comments

"In those days television could be more didactic"

In the 1980s, the BBC explored the world of computing in The Computer Literacy Project. They commissioned a home computer... and taught viewers how to program. The Computer Literacy Project chronicled a decade of information technology and was a milestone in the history of computing in Britain, helping to inspire a generation of coders. This site contains all 146 of the original Computer Literacy Project programmes plus 121 related programmes, broken down into 2,509 categorised, searchable clips.
posted by jessamyn at 12:53 PM - 8 comments

"I can honestly say I've never had a complaint about any of her rides."

Top Canadian jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson made history in the fifth race at Woodbine July 11, breaking Hall of Famer Julie Krone's all-time purse earnings record for a female jockey, and you couldn't have scripted it any better.
posted by sardonyx at 12:10 PM - 5 comments

The way is more important than the act

“Does this country have any heroes?” Gatalo asked. “We do not,” came the reply. A minute later there was another answer. They did have a hero. His name was Bruce Lee. from The Wild True Story of the Bruce Lee Statue Heist [DailyBeast]
posted by chavenet at 11:56 AM - 2 comments

The Age of Dip

I have thoughts about dip. Particularly the 4-way ‘Dip Selection’ that became popular in Britain in the mid-1990s. And therefore I also have thoughts about the specific context of class narratives and family economies that emerged then. Holly Pester on dip for dinner [Vittles] CW: Eating Disorders
posted by protorp at 11:26 AM - 10 comments

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