September 25

Where are you now my fingerprints?

The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints "It is true that every print is unique to every finger, even for identical twins, who share the same genetic code. Fingerprints are formed by friction from touching the walls of our mother’s womb." [more inside]
posted by carolr at 9:54 PM - 0 comments

The 13th month would be named Sol—every month would have Friday the 13th

The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar: Apropos of alternate time/calendar discussion in MetaTalk, check out CityLab's article on the International Fixed Calendar, which Kodak used for decades. (Previously: AskMe and MeFi calendar posts.) [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 6:26 PM - 18 comments

The Robots Are Now Hiring

Some Fortune 500 companies are using tools that deploy artificial intelligence to weed out job applicants (wsj). HireVue uses machine learning algorithms to analyze facial expressions for companies such as Unilever and Hilton. DeepSense use ML to analyze an applicant's LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media accounts.
posted by adept256 at 5:34 PM - 43 comments

Wild Donkeys Become Shepherds

The Donkey Refuge Where Burros Become Coyote-Kicking Livestock Guardians.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:19 PM - 2 comments

#NotHim: Brazilian women organize against fascism

[NYT] [Guardian] [Bloomberg] [Economist] Brazilian women are faced with a direct threat in the October 7th elections: presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls with 28% of voting intentions. He is a dangerous figure who spreads explicit hate speech towards women, blacks, LGBTs, indigenous and other minorities; his proposals for economic, health, climate change and environmental issues are senseless. He wants to arm the population and increase police violence towards black youth. He is a drugs prohibitionist that promotes fascist ideas and practices. For the past few weeks, women in Brazil have organized via social media groups and have called for public demonstrations that will take place on September 29. [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 5:14 PM - 1 comment

Towers of Song

A year after Leonard Cohen's death on November 7th, 2016 (previously), musicians ranging from Courtney Love to Elvis Costello to Adam Cohen gathered with Cohen's longstanding backup singers The Webb Sisters and Sharon Robinson for a Memorial Concert. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 3:40 PM - 15 comments

Joe Iconis. George Salazar. And Michael in the Bathroom.

Joe Iconis writes songs. Songs about outcasts and misfits and people who aren't comfortable in their skins. George Salazar is one of the people who sings them.
Iconis's latest musical, Be More Chill has become an underground sensation. It is wildly adored by its teen fan base. With no traditional advertising, it sold out its off-Broadway run entirely. Its cast album has received over 160 million streams. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 3:24 PM - 9 comments

still here

One of the "most poorly known mammals in the world" and previously considered to be extinct, the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo of New Guinea has finally been spotted (and photographed) for the first time in 90 years.
posted by fight or flight at 2:14 PM - 6 comments

No Parking Zone

"My son has parked his bike by this lamppost just about every day for the last year. This morning, this sticker had appeared. Absolutely made our day. People can be so brilliant. Thank you, whoever did it" (STL)
posted by growabrain at 12:53 PM - 19 comments

“Not Even Scared!”

Skulls and snuffboxes, tombs, bankers, umbrellas, devils, pins, babies... Baroness Mathilde de Rothschild collected skull art, which she then donated to a Parisian museum. The Fondation Bemberg Musée is now hosting an exhibition of this cranial creativity, entitled Même pas peur! [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 12:43 PM - 4 comments

Since the death of god, there's been a vacancy; you could fill that void

Mind Control Made Easy (or how to become a cult leader), a short film by Carey Burtt, who shared more offbeat, lo-fi, "underground" works on YouTube.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:52 AM - 7 comments

Spock-bop-a-loo-bop, a Spock bam-boom

Let’s just SAY I was writing a Wrath of Khan musical... and let’s just SAY I finished the song where Khan ambushes Kirk’s Enterprise... let’s just SAY—ok here it is [SLYT]
posted by Servo5678 at 11:26 AM - 33 comments

Cheesy movies return

Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to the air with its twelfth season, dropping on Netflix on Turkey Day.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:04 AM - 28 comments

The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world

Smart Design’s Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:49 AM - 45 comments

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Arctic Cauldron. "Across the Arctic, lakes are bubbling and hissing with a dangerous greenhouse gas, methane, as the Arctic thaws. And one lake is behaving very strangely." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 10:22 AM - 33 comments

“Doors are important. What we find on the other side matters even more.”

Portals in Science Fiction & Fantasy [Kirkus] “The most obvious definition of portals—doorways to other places—is too simplistic to convey the true nature of them. Sometimes those places are real, but far away. Sometimes they are fantasy worlds that shouldn't exist but do. Sometimes they are physical, sometimes metaphorical, mere plot devices to advance the story. They could take many forms, from holes in the ground, to mirrors, to large constructs big enough to fly a starship through. Sometimes they aren't about traveling distance at all, but instead are about traveling through time. In fantasy novels, portals tend to be ways for characters to pass from their world (usually our own) to a fantastical secondary world.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:54 AM - 46 comments


With a very short proof, mathematician Michael Atiyah claims to have solved the Riemann Hypothesis
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:12 AM - 29 comments

2018 Is The Year Of The Queer Woman Pop Star

The days of “fauxmosexual” singers playing gay for the male gaze are (mostly) gone. But as more out queer woman pop stars rise, what kinds of representation do we want from them? [slBuzzfeed Reader] [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:49 AM - 20 comments

September 24

"Mmmm has that new viper smell"

Unwrapping a viper: Twitter | Threadreader | reddit (no sound) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:40 PM - 30 comments

Consent should be mandatory

Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of women around the world have had pelvic exams while under anesthesia, without their consent or being informed, sometimes with multiple medical students doing an exam each on a single patient. In 2014, The American College of Physicians released a paper suggesting that pelvic exams were not an effective diagnostic tool, and yet, hospitals continue to let medical students get inside any woman under anesthesia, including procedures unrelated to reproductive health. [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 6:54 PM - 79 comments

im in ur bookmarks, deleting ur data

Firefox 62.0 removes bookmark descriptions from the UI. Go to Bookmarks, Show All Bookmarks. Notice anything missing? Firefox 62.0 has removed the "Description" free-text field. This has been in the works for some time, as the long-standing existence of this data was flagged as a bug about a year ago. Currently, descriptions are only hidden in the UI; current plan is to delete them from the user's bookmark database altogether in Firefox 64.0 on December 11, 2018. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:32 PM - 108 comments

My favourite too

The Fascinating History of the Iconic Mysore Sandal Soap
posted by infini at 3:55 PM - 19 comments

Nintendo Makes Mistake, Gives Internet Ideas

In a recent Nintendo Direct discussing the Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, a new item was brought up - the Super Crown, which allows Toadette to become Peachette, who looks like Princess Peach and grants her many of Peach's usual platforming abilities.
Then, a Twitter user posted a comic of Bowser using the Super Crown to turn into a Peachesque bombshell...and the Internet was off and running. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 1:26 PM - 68 comments

Tiny but Mighty

Seven year old Malea Emma gives a rousing performance of the US National Anthem at an MLS game (article).
posted by roaring beast at 1:23 PM - 16 comments

Arthur Mitchell, Dance Legend, R.I.P.

Arthur Mitchell co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem, a world-renowned company. A star of New York City Ballet and the co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell was also the first African American principal dancer in any major ballet company. Mitchell, who has died aged 84, had classical lines, buoyant energy and a palpable joy in movement. In NYCB, where he danced from 1955 to 1968, he gained renown for two roles he created: the startlingly modernist Agon pas de deux, choreographed for him and Diana Adams by George Balanchine, and the mischievously bounding Puck in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. According to his fellow NYCB dancer Jacques d’Amboise, “every time we toured Europe, he was a sensation … There would be hundreds of fans at the stage door.” [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:12 PM - 11 comments

Raptors, Aphids, Dragonflies And Robins

“So, fun fact: birds and insects show up on radar. Often. As in, pretty much every day.” (link to Twitter thread; you can also read the same thing on Thread reader)
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 11:57 AM - 26 comments

Breaking A Sacred Trust

On the exploitation of traditional native knowledge [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:47 AM - 14 comments

Is it pitchfork time yet?

Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court, faces more and more allegations of sexual assault. Michael Avenatti has entered the fray. Something's up with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. A UN General Assembly Meeting is this week, and Trump is set to chair a Security Council meeting. And among other things, the Trump administration seeks another tightening of immigration rules. [more inside]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 9:20 AM - 571 comments

All hail Gritty.

"The Philadelphia Flyers have unearthed something amazing, and also possibly horrible they are now unleashing on the world. Meet Gritty."
posted by everybody had matching towels at 8:52 AM - 80 comments

The power of nice

The trend of Nice Media seems to be the sun-filled, hopeful answer to the negativity and division offered nearly everywhere else. No single video game series encapsulates that sense of safe, intentional and welcoming niceness like Animal Crossing, and it has been doing it for almost 20 years.
posted by Memo at 8:07 AM - 22 comments

Looking for yet an otter pun here...

This week is Sea Otter Awareness Week. A few things about otters floating around out there include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Sea Otter Recovery Plan (pdf), the USGS California Sea Otter Surveys and Research page , complete with northern sea otter and southern sea otter colouring pages, the Oregon Zoo's 20-year-old rescued sea otter Eddie, and the Elkhorn Slough otter cams. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:38 AM - 24 comments

"Is Chris Messina married?" "I don't know." "Shall I look it up?"

"3 friends try to have a conversation but can’t stop looking stuff up." A stand-alone episode by Cazzie David. [previously]
posted by Wordshore at 7:23 AM - 20 comments

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write

"The idea of LETTERS LIVE is simple: we ask talented, inspiring and high-profile artists from various disciplines to read letters out loud to our audiences. LETTERS LIVE celebrates letter writing and the art of correspondence first and foremost." [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:06 AM - 2 comments

No need to peel off the stickers

Self-solving Rubik's Cube
posted by ook at 6:03 AM - 30 comments

An Ill Wind

While the number of opioid overdose deaths nationwide has doubled since 2008, the number of those victims who have become organ donors has quadrupled. Partially as a result of the newly available organs from overdose deaths, the list of people waiting for transplants — nearly 124,000 at its peak in 2014 — has begun to shrink for the first time, after 25 years of continuous growth.
posted by Etrigan at 5:58 AM - 10 comments

Man, machine or beast

Police have called off the three year investigation into the 'Croyden Cat Killer' as they believe they now know the answer. But some locals are not happy and want the hunt to continue (Video possibly nsfw, other links have potentially disturbing descriptions)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:29 AM - 34 comments

Mr. Rogers vs. the Superheroes

One of the few things that could raise anger — real, intense anger — in Mister Rogers was the willful misleading of children. Superheroes, he thought, were the worst culprits. An excerpt adapted from The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King, on Longreads.
posted by Svejk at 1:04 AM - 25 comments

“...Now we have a glue gun”

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Twizzlers (SLYT)
posted by not_the_water at 12:15 AM - 27 comments

September 23

Look closely: you never know what you might see.

Art History for All is a young podcast by independent scholar Allyson Healey (pronouns they/them), devoted to making visual art accessible by exploring "a global history of art and material culture in a casual, conversational way. [...] This podcast is dedicated to accessibility in the practical sense, as well, providing episode transcripts for those who find the podcasts difficult to listen to or understand in audio form, or those who want to be able to access citations and sourcing. Both audio podcasts and transcripts will include verbal descriptions of the central works discussed, for the benefit of those who cannot view them." Podcast listening bonus: the soothing sounds of ambient electronic music and Healey's calm, crisp voice. [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 11:10 PM - 9 comments

Proposal for a book to be adapted into a movie starring Dwayne Johnson

I am here to tell you the professional wrestler turned movie star Dwayne The Rock Johnson is going to be president, but before that happens, we are going to make a book, to make a movie, to make a mind.
posted by Zed at 10:52 PM - 16 comments

Couple in the next room bound to win a prize

What’s worse than nosy neighbors? How about noisy neighbors? The Washington Post's John Kelly recently asked readers to share tales of strange noises they’ve heard from their neighbors.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:21 PM - 56 comments

Two Brothers. One Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book. So Many Endings.

Finish It! is a completionist Choose Your Own Adventure podcast, focusing on one book at a time. Each week, Matt and Chris get one attempt each at this Choose Your Own Adventure until they read every single ending. Will they ever choose every adventure? Will anyone listen?! Join them on their descent into a madness of their own design. [more inside]
posted by meese at 7:53 PM - 5 comments

Amos and American Christianity

"Amos was responsible for one of the three major conversions in my life. Two were intellectual and religious: a conversion to the study of religion and an experiential conversion to the conviction that God is real. The third was political: from the conservative political orientation I absorbed while I was growing up to what I have learned from the Bible and Jesus. Amos was the trigger. In my junior year in college in a political philosophy course, we spent a week on Amos. The encounter stunned me. Speaking in the name of God, he passionately indicted the powerful and wealthy of his time because they had created an economic system that privileged them and inflicted misery and suffering on most of the population." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 4:38 PM - 16 comments

If I had a hammer

How To Make a Hand-Engraved Hammer with Simple Tools Uri Tuchman & his cat show us how to do it. (SLYT)
posted by supermedusa at 2:20 PM - 29 comments

Hardy Fox (1945 - 2018)

Hardy Fox, composer for Avantgarde music group, The Residents is not dead, but is near death. The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation "prefer to celebrate his life rather than dwell on his impending exit. And to respect his actions, we will not share any details he himself does not make public." [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 11:53 AM - 38 comments

Umberto Eco on Lists

"The list is the origin of culture," said Umberto Eco About the exhibition on the history of the list he curated at the Louvre. "It's part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often."
posted by MovableBookLady at 11:11 AM - 9 comments

Don't vote for our brother

Don't vote for our brother. A series of ads were released this week featuring 6 of Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar's 9 siblings endorsing his opponent Democrat David Brill. (The NYT reports that their mom supports Paul.) [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:04 AM - 40 comments

Sorry I'm not home right now / I'm walking into spiderwebs

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach [The Guardian] “A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long. The web has been built by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus. They are often known as stretch spiders, as they have elongated bodies – and in another worrying development for those who fear spiders – Tetragnatha extensa are small enough and light enough to be able to run across water faster than they can move on land.” [YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 5:24 AM - 33 comments

An umbrella is a fearful weapon if used with both hands like a bayonet

“Lithe as the animal she takes her cognomen from, and strong and supple as steel, she presented an extraordinary picture as she awaited the onset. When the signal was given the heavy blades cut through the air like flashes of lightning, and steel rang on steel in a series of movements so rapid in execution as to defy being followed by the eye.
Ben Miller writes about colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, one of the few fencing instructors to teach women to not just fence, but fight -- including the proper use of umbrellas in self defence -- and his greatest student: Ella "Jaguarina" Hattan, America's greatest ever swordswoman.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:09 AM - 11 comments

遠い昔 はるかかなたの銀河系で・・・

A fan-made trailer for an anime version of Star Wars (slyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:09 AM - 18 comments

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