June 24

Into the Forest

Midsummer listening recommendations on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Over midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 explored the "the enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer", through words, music and soundscapes. And if you need more, Radio 4's Pursuit of Beauty recent episodes include Colombian born artist, Alison Turnbull travelling to the tropical forest of Chocó on the Pacific coast in search of butterflies, and this week, going in search of musicality and sonic landscape of Virginia Woolf's world.
posted by Helga-woo at 8:54 AM - 0 comments

A Wes Anderson Versailles in Brooklyn

The Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn is a Victorian Banquet Hall. It's an over-the-top banquet hall, full of things to look at and nowhere to rest your eyes.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:00 AM - 6 comments

happy camper

David Lynch interview as Room to Dream, his biography is published. Discussion (audio only). 'It is calling, but there are a lot of disturbances' Lynch hints at the possibly of more Twin Peaks.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:53 AM - 2 comments

The most Instagrammable view in New York City [SLNYT]

"Situated in a neighborhood that's almost a caricature of urban grit — where the city's early-20th-century streetscape meets the Instagram-era — Washington Street has become a must-visit because of the way the buildings frame the Manhattan Bridge and the bridge, in turn, frames the Empire State Building beyond it." [more inside]
posted by How the runs scored at 6:33 AM - 14 comments

Helping your brain function better with music

The unexpected is what makes an impression Surprises fires up the neural signals in the brain way more than an expected outcome. It is no different when listening to music and the notes take a different path.
posted by Yellow at 4:11 AM - 4 comments

Free trip to slightly alternate universe provided via art

Yamaguchi Akira makes art that takes everyday aspects of Japanese modernity (department stores, highway intersections, telephone poles...) and makes them half medieval and half science fantasy, without losing their everydayness. The art is also really beautiful. (I would give anything to ride on one of his subway trains; he's also done the New York subway among his illustrations to Donald Keene's autobiography, sadly not findable online as far as I can tell.)
posted by huimangm at 3:12 AM - 3 comments

June 23

Are we in an existential crisis?

"We are a species that strives not just for survival, but also for significance. We want lives that matter. It is when people are not able to maintain meaning that they are most psychologically vulnerable." An opinion piece about society and our existential crises (SLNYT).
posted by JiffyQ at 9:07 PM - 34 comments


Dog eating watermelon. Another dog eating a watermelon. More dog eating watermelon. Lots and lots of dogs eating watermelon. What's that, you want more dogs eating watermelon. A dog with flowers on its head eating a watermelon. A dog watermelon eating contest. A dog in a watermelon eating a watermelon. Two dogs in pink tutu dresses eating watermelon. Just another old dog eating a watermelon. Slow-motion dog eating watermelon. Two dogs enjoying watermelon in the backyard. Dogs sharing watermelon. Bonus capybara eating watermelon.
posted by Fizz at 7:04 PM - 34 comments


Looking at the current state of being bisexual on TV.
I was told so many lies about what being bisexual means that it took me 27 years to come out as bisexual myself. Friends shrugged that bisexual people just couldn’t make up their minds. Family members insisted that being gay or straight was one thing, but anything in between just didn’t make sense. And in a crushing blow, my beloved escape, television, insisted over and over that someone who might like men and women was a confused joke at best, and a slutty sinner at worst.
[more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 6:53 PM - 27 comments

Welcome to 2018

On Friday night the New South Wales Blues defeated Queensland Maroons 16-10 in the first ever Women’s State of Origin rugby match. After the contest, Queensland captain Karina Brown shared a kiss with her long time partner, NSW player Vanessa Foliaki. The National Rugby League had some words for any haters. [more inside]
posted by chrisulonic at 6:24 PM - 2 comments

There's No Right Way to Be Queer

There is a . . . tension running through this year’s Pride celebrations . . . it’s becoming harder for people who don’t present as the “right” kind of queer-identified person to feel welcome "The contrast is clear in triumphant, ecstatic celebrations of marriage equality, when trans people still can’t use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Corporations are cashing in on these identities by selling gay-themed products during Pride Month — often referred to as 'rainbow capitalism' — but too often, the rainbow begins and ends with masculine gay men. 'There is a sense now of compulsory gayness,' said Josh Burford, the director of community engagement at the Invisible Histories Project." [more inside]
posted by A. Davey at 5:39 PM - 45 comments

Blood Money

Lift bans on paying for human-blood plasma. "Plasma is used to make drugs such as factor VIII, which helps haemophiliacs’ blood to clot, and vaccines for rabies, tetanus and Rhesus disease. Almost 50m litres of it were used in 2015, enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools. America, the OPEC of plasma, produces 15 of those swimming-pool equivalents. Forget steel and cars: plasma makes up 1.6% of America’s total goods exports. The secret of this success is simple: America lets companies pay people for their plasma. ...The aversion to paid plasma rests on three reasonable-sounding but largely groundless propositions. "
posted by storybored at 5:17 PM - 10 comments

The Luke Cage Syllabus

"Books are such a significant part of the dialogue in key scenes, and how often does any show feature a Black man with an affinity for books — as any character, much less the lead?" (The comments actually are mostly pretty good and have additional information!)
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 2:16 PM - 5 comments

Can there be a “very good dog?”

Kant didn’t believe a dog like Mu could think or distinguish between bad and good because she isn’t self-aware. For this reason, she is not moral. This view—which is known as human exceptionalism—persists today. But increasingly philosophers and scientists argue that animals are moral and that we humans may just be insufficiently aware of their inner lives to understand how or why they decide to do what they do.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:58 AM - 41 comments

Come out Swingin'

Gentle Forest Jazz Band (Japanese-language site) is a 21 (or so) piece Japanese big band-style jazz group.
  • Dolls Look the Moon - Come for the hot playing, goggle at the manic bandleader, and stay for the Andrews-sisters harmonies of the women after they make their way down the stairs.
  • Otokotte Otokotte - In which our singers turn into goldfish and everyone plays barefoot in a river. Contains a traveling clarinet soloist.
  • Nica's Band - Standout guest vocals, shoes, and posing by Nikaido Kazumi.
  • Thrilling the Band - It's never good when you're being chased by someone in a black tinted motorcycle helmet. As more people join the pursuit, the band pulls out all the stops.
Hope this puts a smile in your day!
posted by freecellwizard at 10:25 AM - 13 comments

The Prince of Odometers

This is the inspiring tale of one number-loving man with a 2007 Honda Odyssey and a dream. Shortly after posting a photo of his carefully planned odometer reading to social media, MetaFilter's own freecellwizard was contacted by a senior editor from Jalopnik interested in sharing this heroic achievement with their readership. Later that afternoon, the Canadians came calling.
posted by little mouth at 8:11 AM - 26 comments

I didn’t even really think of myself as particularly Asian

And it’s sort of like — in my first fiction workshop, I wrote a story using Tagalog words, and I italicized them, because that’s what I was used to even back home, because I write in English. And it became a huge discussion for the class. Like, “why is she italicizing her words? Is that othering? Is that intentional? Is she writing for a white audience?”
Isabel Yap talks about writing Filipino speculative fiction and learning to write for an American audience when you don't necessarily feel like you're Asian-American.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:54 AM - 10 comments

Get the funk up!

Dancing in Movies (movie list) Bonus! Batman Dance Party, Batcave Dance Party VR
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:38 AM - 4 comments

War and Pieced

The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics, currently on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, contains intricate and complex geometric quilts (Vimeo) made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts,” the pieced textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War as well as conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire during the nineteenth century. [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:42 AM - 7 comments

You Gotta Give The Butcher His Share

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird are a modern klezmer band whose music I discovered about a month ago. Their dark, yiddish-infused songs feel perfect for Trump's America, offering a witty, wise take on all the worst aspects of human nature. The accompanying music is utterly joyous, however. Among their best songs are March of the Jobless Corps Freedom is a Verb and The Butcher's Sher. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 2:21 AM - 8 comments

June 22

The VVisdom of Crowds

11 horror movies that critics loved but (Rotten Tomatoes) audiences hated versus 12 horror movies that (Rotten Tomatoes) audiences loved but critics hated.
posted by Artw at 11:28 PM - 55 comments

Ya smell that? Somethin’ stupid’s about ta happen!

"A few years back, I worked for a small, questionably honest used car dealership and repair shop. I'm a service writer, which means I'm the interface between customers (who are idiots) and the technicians (who are mostly felons). Think Tom Smykowski from Office Space. I will warn you ahead of time, I am not the hero of my stories, just the protagonist. There are no heroes in the car industry - we are all villains in our own ways." u/36055512 regales r/talesfromtechsupport with stories about Dishonest Used Car Dealership. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 10:00 PM - 51 comments

"Mom! Dad! It's evil! Don't touch it!"

Giant Hogweed Can Cause Burns And Blindness — And It’s Arrived In Northern Virginia [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:57 PM - 51 comments

Brass Against The Machine

Wake Up from Brass Against
posted by latkes at 8:45 PM - 14 comments

“...embraces the old by shaping it with a modern aesthetic.”

Octopath Traveler’ Brings it Back to JRPG Basics [Goomba Stomp] “The original Final Fantasy set the JRPG standard: heroes of good unite to combat the forces of evil. The NES’ limitations necessitated a simplistic approach, but there’s no denying it was an effective one. As time passed, more games added to the laundry list of JRPG tropes. Players took on the roles of brighteyed youths yearning for adventure or stoic warriors heeding the call of duty. There’s a certain charm and familiarity that comes with revisiting these stories in different forms. Octopath Traveler, the upcoming Square Enix game on the Switch, capitalizes hard on that. However, rather than relying on nostalgia to prop itself up, Octopath factors it into its own unique design.” [YouTube][Game Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:14 PM - 17 comments

Don't play with nature boys, it'll sort you out!

The Mahlongwa River needs to be in that Ocean RIGHT NOW! Watch as a tiny trickle turns into a raging torrent. Part One and Part Two
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:15 PM - 26 comments

Sitting in skirts

When designing a conference, who do you expect to be on stage? What do they need?
I was recently set to co-host an event. I wore a cute blue dress that ended just at my knees. This, I soon learned, was a mistake. My male co-host and I were seated on two tall stools. As he chatted up the audience, the dress slowly crept up my legs. I spent the entire event balanced precariously at the edge of the stool, legs crossed, trying not to move too much so I wouldn’t inadvertently flash the audience. When I thought maybe nobody was looking—which made no sense, since there were only two of us on stage—I lightly tugged my dress down.
[more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 2:12 PM - 40 comments

I don't want to break it apart

ちえのわ feat.峯田和伸 (Chie No Wa, or Wisdom Ring, feat. Kazunobu Mineta) - Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra [SLYT]
posted by Freeze Peach at 2:03 PM - 13 comments

We call them otmorozki

No alcohol, weekly training sessions, and an unwavering dedication to fighting football fans: the life of a Russian hooligan, as told to an unsuspecting English fan (reporter) in Moscow
posted by sammyo at 1:53 PM - 14 comments


ShortWaveMusic (2005-2013) was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. Recordings include low-power and community stations, pirate and clandestine transmissions, and traditional international broadcasters. (previously)
posted by OverlappingElvis at 1:49 PM - 4 comments

Up with vegetable soup... down with plastic soup

In the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, sellers and manufacturers of foodstuffs are experimenting with different ways to reduce plastic packaging. Free plastic shopping bags are already a thing of the past in, among other countries, the Netherlands; as a result, more and more Dutch shoppers show up with their own reusable bags, and usage of plastic bags has dropped by 71%. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:32 PM - 25 comments

robot security system

robot security system
posted by zippy at 12:26 PM - 7 comments

Fodor's No List.

Though in the business of selling travel to people, long-time guidebook company Fodor's is now also advising you where not to go. The inaugural list in 2017 told us what was too dull or crowded or full of Zika virus to rate a visit, and where you should go instead. The 2018 list is more focused on the damage that too much tourism is doing to a number of areas and places that don't rate getting your money because of human rights issues. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 12:01 PM - 55 comments

The first glimpse of Kubrick’s genius

Stanley Kubrick was 17 when he joined Look magazine in 1945 as a staff photographer, shooting feature stories all over his hometown of New York City. He spent the next five years working on stories that focused on New Yorkers and their daily lives. Looking back at Kubrick’s early photos, one can get a glimpse of what he would he eventually become.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:45 AM - 9 comments

Words to piss you off

Why Do We Hate Certain Words? The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
posted by strelitzia at 11:40 AM - 122 comments

Queer Love In Color

A celebration of being black and in love. As a visual journalist, I believe pictures can connect with people in a way that other forms of media can’t. To this end, I decided to give a gift to my younger self: the imagery of queer love I’ve never seen.
posted by stoneweaver at 11:35 AM - 7 comments

4,000-year-old stew

Teams from Yale, Harvard, and elsewhere recently met up to try recipes recorded on ancient Babylonian tablets, possibly the oldest surviving recipes in the world. “Having an understanding of what the food is supposed to feel and taste like is very important,” says Lassen. “We didn’t know what we were looking for. When we were recreating one of the recipes I kept thinking they were doing this wrong, ‘this is not how I would make this.’ And then when it had boiled for a while it suddenly transformed itself into something delicious.” [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 11:04 AM - 33 comments

The Warrior Pose

How to become a certain kind of man.
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:53 AM - 73 comments

The dog does not die.

A big swift car squealed its tires and jerked his wheel, the car nearly tipping up on two tires as the vehicle narrowly missed the family pet. “Dammit, but I won’t be a symbol for the suffocatin’ and murd’rous weight of capitalism and the myth of the American Dream on the day laborer and migrant worker by killin’ your pup with my sportscar!” the driver screamed out his window, giving the whole Joad family the finger. And he wouldn’t. Everythin’ else — ev’ry death an’ loss an’ unjustice an’ tragedy an’ animal for the next 400 pages or so would basically drive that point home — but at least the whole time, through everything, the Joads had their beloved dog. He wasn’t very good symbolism, but he was a very good boy.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:23 AM - 7 comments

LAist Returns (And Here's a Post About the Thomas Guide to Prove It)

Remember late last year when the jerk new owner of Gothamist and DNAInfo shut down his string of hyperlocal news sites? The one in LA has been resurrected (LAist) and today it reminds us of the book all Angelenos of a certain age owned. [more inside]
posted by notyou at 10:14 AM - 21 comments

Jerry O'Connell loves North Bay

Jerry O'Connell loves North Bay, Ontario... and North Bay seems to love him back. Jerry spent last summer in Ontario's "Gateway to the North" filming the TV series "Carter" and became a local favourite and a city ambassador. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 9:20 AM - 27 comments

Matt "Guitar" Murphy, passes away at the age of 88

Matt "Guitar" Murphy, one of the last links to the heyday of Blues Scene in the 40's and 50's Chicago, passes away. [more inside]
posted by indianbadger1 at 9:13 AM - 19 comments

Please give this post five stars or I could be banned

Many chain restaurants have tabletop tablets that let restaurant customers rate their servers. But what happens when you give your waiter 4 stars ("satisfied") instead of 5 ("highly satisfied")? Their hours can get cut, and they can be moved to less lucrative roles in the restaurant, which can lower their weekly paycheck by hundreds of dollars. What about when you rate an Uber driver 4 stars? The driver can be put on probation, and eventually deactivated. If the service wasn't perfect, what is the morally right thing for the consumer to do? (Spoiler: You rate drivers 5 stars. Always. Unless they truly, royally suck.) (previously) [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 9:07 AM - 137 comments

This Is Going Well

It's time for another episode of Dorktown, and in this episode, SB Nation editor/national treasure Jon Bois and compatriot/fellow stats dork Alex Rubenstein discuss the Houston Rockets' love for the trey, how it got them to the heights of the NBA...and how it broke their heart in Game 7 of the conference finals. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 9:02 AM - 1 comment

"... take a shot every time you experience a meme real time ..."

Tumblr user alloverthegaf plunks down $4AUD to watch "The Fellowship of the Ring" for the first time and liveblogs it. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 8:36 AM - 26 comments

Humane society tests group habitat for shelter dogs

A shelter in Golden Valley, Minnesota is testing out housing for dogs where they can interact with each other, instead of being housed separately. "Instead of housing animals individually, the new space allows for up to six dogs to live together in a shared room. Each still has their own den, where they rest and eat, but for much of the day they live and mingle with one another in an open play area. And when potential adopters visit, they're more likely to see a dog's true personality." [more inside]
posted by Emmy Rae at 7:43 AM - 26 comments

10,000,000 Patents

On Tuesday the 19th of June, the US Patent Office granted it's 10,000,000th patent. Inventor Joseph Marron and patent assignee Raytheon Company received this patent for a “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection,” which improves laser detection and ranging (LADAR). A new patent cover was released at SXSW in anticipation of this event, originally anticipated to occur at some point this summer. The USPTO has created a special website, 10 Million Patents, with a timeline of the intellectual property process (sliced bread, Hedy Lamarr, the Slinky!). [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 7:14 AM - 20 comments

Toy Stories

Portraits of Children and their Toys Around the World - From China to Zanzibar, kids proudly pose with their treasures.
posted by like_neon at 7:11 AM - 7 comments


Multimillion-dollar lawsuits, a haze of booze and hash, a marriage gone very wrong and a lifestyle he can’t afford - The Trouble With Johnny Depp
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:31 AM - 82 comments

I have no idea how these cats got themselves into the water, or why

A man saves a kitten stranded on a flooded street in Tallinn. A cat is pulled up from the river Liffey by a lifebuoy. A fisherman catches two kittens swimming in the Warrior River in Alabama. A Swedish seaman rescues a cat stuck on the HSC Gotlandia II.
posted by Vesihiisi at 6:11 AM - 15 comments

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