October 2018 Archives

October 31

Miffa Miffa Meeka Moo!

Homestar Runner Halloween 2018: Mr. Poofers Must Die, the story of a dog that no one can bring themselves to kill when telling a creepy ghost story. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 10:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Actually evil, not high school evil

How Jennifer’s Body went from a flop in 2009 to a feminist cult classic today
posted by Artw at 10:13 PM PST - 37 comments

In the Ocean of Night

So let me spell it out for you... 1. A year ago, we got buzzed by a really weird interstellar object that is looking increasingly like some sort of galactic sentry buoy. [more inside]
posted by JamesBay at 9:39 PM PST - 65 comments

A spectre is haunting the streets ....

Socialists Must Reclaim Halloween , China Miéville "a celebration of the chaotic social over the orderly individual, an intuitive solidarity with those called monsters, and a principled refusal to be afraid of the dark." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:47 PM PST - 14 comments

I heard there was a scary chord…

During the 19th century, composers like Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner cracked the code of creepiness. The sonic dread they pioneered involved two key ingredients that horror movies and metal bands still use today: a forbidden sequence of notes known as “Satan in music,” and a spooky little ditty that Gregorian monks sang about the apocalypse. ♫ Cue unsettling chord. ♫
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Archaeology of the Night: life after dark in the ancient world

What the Archaeology of Night Reveals. Podcast. TEDx talk. Symposium abstracts. The Archaeology of Darkness: abstracts.
posted by paduasoy at 6:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Art History Parades Around the Streets of Japan Ahead of Halloween

“Beast Jesus” is finally getting his due alongside works by Picasso, Vermeer, and Munch
posted by bq at 5:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Well-thumbed books

Maybe English-readers will enjoy little books with the spine on top (slNYT). They're already successful in the Netherlands. Perhaps fiction will evolve away from the doorstops again?
posted by clew at 4:19 PM PST - 37 comments

"The Radical Restaurants of Father Divine, Founder of Peace Mission"

The case was brought to Justice Lewis J. Smith, who sentenced Divine to a year in prison. But four days after the sentencing, the 55-year-old judge died of a sudden heart attack. When journalists asked for Divine’s reaction, his brazen response made headlines, and helped turn the cult leader into a media phenomenon: "I hated to do it," he reportedly said.
Heaven Was a Place in Harlem by Vince Dixon, about "the radical tableside evangelism of Father Divine — equal parts holy man, charlatan, civil rights leader, and wildly successful restaurateur".
posted by Kattullus at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Hoity Toity Squiggles

Analysis: Lets get rid of the apostrophe. Opinion: Apostrophes are members of the English alphabet, not punctuation, and too important to lose. Previously.
posted by jjderooy at 2:17 PM PST - 69 comments

What age are you most likely to become homeless in NYC? 1 year.

There is a picture of homelessness etched in public perception: a solitary, disheveled man holding a cardboard sign. But the largest single population in NYC's shelters is kids under 6. Antonio Sanchez lives with his parents and two older siblings in a studio-like apartment provided by a shelter organization. He was born into homelessness, and when he was just one week old, he was one of 11,234 children under 6 living in a shelter system that houses about 60,000 people daily. There were 1,164 children born into the shelter system last year, up from 877 in 2015, according to data obtained by the Coalition for the Homeless.
posted by stillmoving at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

"I think it's hard for people to come to terms with their own mortality"

Timothy Caulfield is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor & Research Director at the University of Alberta. He is also fascinated by pseudoscientific celebrity health advice, specifically how it's based on bad science, and on that topic, published the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (Goodreads). He also uses his humour, quick wit and science knowledge to investigate trendy diets, ancient therapies, wellness and anti-aging products to separate science fact from fiction in a series called A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (YT, trailer). He's into his second season of six episodes each, streaming for free from Vision TV for folks in Canada, and all 12 episodes are available on Netflix, too. More below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

La la la la la la la la la la (Halloween! Halloween!)

This is Halloween by Danny Elfman [YouTube] • This is Halloween by Panic at the Disco [YouTube] • This is Halloween by Marilyn Manson [YouTube] • This is Halloween by Broken Peach [YouTube] • This is Halloween (Violin Cover) [YouTube] • This is Halloween (Piano Cover) [YouTube] • This is Halloween (Music Box Cover) [YouTube] • This is Halloween (A Cappella) [YouTube] • This is Halloween (Spanish Cover) by Creepypastas [YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 1:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Neither Escape Nor Catharsis but Rather a Repetition of Trauma

On this spoopiest of days, let us indulge in the most Metafilter of indulgences and overthink our way through scary movies. “After World War I, Horror Movies were Invaded by an Army of Reanimated Corpses” by W. Scott Poole "The movies. . . are just entertainment and so they are simply mirror images of the culture that produced them, flexible and flaccid in the messages they convey. He did not think that this made them. . . possible instruments of revolutionary change. Instead, as artifacts of mass culture, they put dissent to sleep, enervated their audiences, and legitimized the existing order." [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 1:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Water tastes like nothing. Why would I drink nothing? What’s the point?

"I’d rather quench my thirst with castor oil than have to take a sip of water. I remember really not liking it from about six or seven and tended to drink a lot of milk as a kid. I’m now in my 30s, and it makes me feel sick to the stomach when I see people constantly 'hydrating' with big, huge bottles of mountain-fresh spring water (shudder)."
Meet the Hydro-Haters: The People Who Refuse to Drink Water, No Matter What [Quinn Myers, MEL Magazine]
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:10 PM PST - 143 comments

Call your girlfriend...and tell her to listen to Honey.

Her first in 8 long years, Robyn is back with a much awaited new album. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Don’t kiss your birds

The CDC has clarified that it never said you couldn't dress your chickens up for Halloween. It's unclear why news outlets reported that the CDC referenced Halloween specifically, but its website has a guide about handling poultry in general.
posted by numaner at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Hundreds of witches pick paddles over broomsticks

The event , called Standup Paddleboard Witch Paddle, dodged days of rain, catching a short window of sunshine for the entire three-hour event. [more inside]
posted by Little Dawn at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Classically Trained Pianist Helps Soothe Elephants

"They say an elephant never forgets, and those at Elephants World in Thailand will certainly never forget Paul Barton. Barton is the man who introduced these elephants to classical music." "Barton is a classical pianist who has shared his talents with some very big audiences — literally big. He spends a lot of his time performing for elephants. Barton shares his experiences with these giant creatures in vlogs on his YouTube channel and on Facebook, and his videos have gone viral."
posted by grobertson at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

The Enduring Mystique of The Waterboys’ Fisherman’s Blues

Fisherman's Blues turns 30 "Sometimes you hear an album and there is no immediate way to make sense of it. There might be hints, small ways in which you can locate it in the ‘80s or ‘90s or ‘60s or whatever...But it still sounds like it occurred in a slightly altered version of that reality, emanated less from the world you know and recognize and more from an echo or reflection. ...These are the albums that exist out of time, not just removed from the trends of their era but seemingly the product of a visitor who isn’t even aware of that era, but is looking for something more eternal."
posted by Bron at 9:04 AM PST - 27 comments

So, to start with, Unions are really important.

Labor issues as seen in American film and TV, seventy years of nonsense . Part 1 & Part 2 (YouTube)
posted by The Whelk at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

it seems that there's someone who wants to talk to you.

Toby Fox has announced a new project via the @UnderTale twitter account for Halloween. Spoilers abound, so beware... [more inside]
posted by domo at 8:30 AM PST - 33 comments

C'est l'Halloween, c'est l'halloween, HEY!

'C'est l'Halloween': the story behind the greatest French Halloween song ever
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Martial Arts Novelist Jin Yong R.I.P.

Louis Cha (penname Jin Yong), famous for epic wuxia novels, has died. While few of his books have been translated into English, Cha is one of the world’s most-read Chinese authors, with fans across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and throughout the Chinese diaspora. His stories have been adapted into television shows, films, comic books, and video games. The first part of his most popular series, Legends of the Condor Heroes, was published in English earlier this year.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:16 AM PST - 14 comments


1990 was a 1970s television series depicting a then future UK under dystopian state control following an economic collapse. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:32 AM PST - 21 comments

October 30


Cyriak (previously) is dead. ...DEAD tired of not releasing anything while working on his book about a horse that tries to destroy the universe (trailer)! So he's released RIP, his variously whimsical and... Cyriakian 21st century take on Disney's 1929 Silly Symphonies short The Skeleton Dance.
posted by BiggerJ at 11:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Welcome To Antarctica!

Back after a ten year (more or less) hiatus, Wally and Osborne is a family-friendly comic about an Adelie penguin and a geographically-confused polar bear cracking wise and chilling out at the coldest place on Earth. [more inside]
posted by colin.jaquiery at 10:53 PM PST - 3 comments

If we're strong for once, it could get contagious.

Guster has a new album coming out in January, and we get to hear a few new songs now. In fact, here's the first third of the album available to listen to now: Look Alive [current single], Don't Go, Hard Times [(rather clever) lyric video]. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Some churches...

...and their possible congregants
posted by gwint at 7:06 PM PST - 38 comments

More brooding than Hayden Christensen

World's largest deep-sea octopus nursery discovered , in which up to 1000 female Muusoctopus robustus were keeping their eggs.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 7:01 PM PST - 23 comments

“Our heads were on the penny first, of course,"

These Writers Are Launching A New Wave Of Native American Literature, Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed
With two highly anticipated books, Terese Marie Mailhot[@TereseMarieM] and Tommy Orange[@thommyorange] are part of a new generation of indigenous writers, trained in a program that rejects the standards of white academia.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:37 PM PST - 7 comments

"Denying death is denying life."

Thoughts About Life and Death [NSFW], a series of paintings by Chilean artist Fernando Gómez Balbontín, explores ideas about our need to confront, or at least come to terms with, death. (via, also NSFW)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:34 PM PST - 2 comments

In every shot, there is an owl

Marker’s The Owl’s Legacy presents a complex portrait of Ancient Greece in 13 episodes that revolve around single words.
posted by bq at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

"Through knowledge to justice!"

A new episode of the Making Gay History podcast (previously) covers the life and work of Magnus Hirschfeld, a pioneering researcher and gay rights activist who founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in 1897, and whose Institute for Sex Research was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. The episode is accompanied by a full transcript, along with photos and links to resources and related stories. Among these is an account of the final years of Hirschfeld's lover, Li Shiu Tong, in Vancouver, B.C.—and how, in 1993, a Vancouver man discovered Hirschfeld's death mask, papers, and other artifacts in a garbage bin.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

[sound of individual quietly sobbing to himself]

On January 15, 2009 US Airways flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport on its way to Charlotte. Roughly three minutes into the flight they struck a flock of large winged rats Canada geese, which caused a loss of thrust from both engines. This was uncharted territory. In short, this crew went from routine to having a very bad day in just a few seconds. This is where I try to imagine myself in that situation.
posted by sciatrix at 1:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Frank Stahl: An Interesting and Diverse Life on the Prairie

Francis Marion (Frank*) Stahl was born in Ohio [on 23 May 1841] and moved to Kansas in 1857. He rode the Santa Fe trail twice, prospected in Colorado, fought in the Civil War, served as chief of police in Topeka, and was a leader in the Kansas temperance movement. (Click here for a short bio.) The materials [here] are in his own words. Also included is information on his family history and original documents that chronicle his life. Enjoy seeing a bit of his world through his eyes. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

"Serial-killing hoodlum dead in prison"

James "Whitey" Bulger, 89, killed in a West Virginia prison. (Credit for title: Mefi's Own™ adamg's blog entry) He won the lottery. His brother is William M. Bulger, former Massachusetts state senator and University of Massachusetts president. And he was one of Boston's most notorious gangsters, on the run for 16 years until captured in 2011. Tons of coverage at the Boston Globe (article limits); here's their timeline, and their news story of his death, and his obituary.
posted by Melismata at 12:54 PM PST - 25 comments

"You Know What I Am? I'm a [] Nationalist."

"It doesn't matter if it's 100% accurate. This is the play." Eleven worshippers were killed, and six others injured, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in what is thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history. Trump’s caravan hysteria led to this (Adam Serwer, Atlantic) Stop trying to understand what Trump says and look at what his followers do (Dahlia Lithwick, Slate) Why did synagogue suspect believe migrant caravan is Jewish conspiracy? Maybe he watched Fox News (Slate) Synagogue Killings Mark a Surge of Anti-Semitism (The Atlantic) Thousands Signed a Letter Saying Trump Was Not Welcome in Pittsburgh He plans to visit anyway. Shooting victim’s family shuns President Trump in Pittsburgh as top officials decline to join him (WaPo) [more inside]
posted by box at 12:50 PM PST - 2000 comments

“Shoulder to shoulder...”

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book [NPR|Books] “When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long? The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt.”
posted by Fizz at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Changed ‘Personal Freedom’ to ‘Doughnuts’ (Reason: More Recent Data)

A map of International Number Ones, Because Every Country is the Best at Something (according to data) from Information is Beautiful in 2016, with some 2017 updates
posted by chavenet at 10:39 AM PST - 32 comments

"It is designed to do what it is doing"

The health system in Canada’s North is failing — but not by accident. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:54 AM PST - 17 comments

That’s right: “Your Body Is a Wonderland” is not music.

67 different editions of Now That's What I Call Music! have been released in the US (not counting Christmas or Now Esto Es Musica! Latino variants) since the concept was brought to our shores in 1998. For your convenience, they have now been ranked according to a highly scientific proprietary formula. Is a snapshot of twenty songs (or so) radio hits from 2013 going to outperform the one from 2003? Is Rolling in the Deep by Adele more representative of its time and place than Clocks by Coldplay? Did Jennifer Love Hewitt ever do something that, now, we call music?
posted by Copronymus at 8:54 AM PST - 31 comments

Condensed Milk Toast

When I think of a childhood sandwich that creates the same enthusiasm that PB&J does for many Americans, it has to be a Hong Kong-style sweetened condensed milk sandwich.
Another recipe.
posted by growabrain at 8:20 AM PST - 42 comments

my kid could program that

The First AI-Generated Portrait Ever Sold at Auction Shatters Expectations, Fetching $432,500—43 Times Its Estimate [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:56 AM PST - 46 comments

A veritable treasure trove of old footage

The Library of Congress has unveiled its new National Screening Room , a free collection of digitized historical films, commercials, newsreels and other clips from the 1800s until the end of the 20th century and capture a broad range of American life. Notable films include home movies by the songwriters George and Ira Gershwin; issues of the “All-American News,” a newsreel intended for black audiences in the mid-20th century; and a selection of instructional films about mental health from the 1950s. Hat tip to Sara Aridi @ NYT .
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 6:59 AM PST - 5 comments

The children that you see in there are just completely skin and bones.

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia's War - "In Yemen, an economic war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation." [cw: starving children] (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:30 AM PST - 22 comments

More animated book covers

Henning M. Lederer's continuing series of animated vintage geometric book covers. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 6:15 AM PST - 5 comments

The social media Fordlândias

This is how we radicalized the world. "This era of being surprised at what the internet can and will do to us is ending," writes Ryan Broderick of BuzzFeed News, after the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil. "The damage is done. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably spend the rest of my career covering the consequences." [more inside]
posted by rory at 4:56 AM PST - 148 comments

The essence of a nightmare

From Rosemary's Baby to Suspiria, five directors on cinema's scariest moments
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:56 AM PST - 28 comments

October 29

Retconning William the Bastard.

Save Harald with the The Historic Tale Construction Kit (Previously, Previouserly) which has been revived (sort of) and open-sourced, for all of your imitation-medieval-embroidery needs.
posted by pompomtom at 10:42 PM PST - 3 comments

A Grim Education: 72 Years of School Shootings

The Class of 1946–2018: Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness. "Over a half-century's worth of school shooting survivors share their memories of life-changing trauma, as well as insights from living with the scars — physical and mental — of gun violence." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 8:10 PM PST - 17 comments

And 40 million pages of justice for all

"The Caselaw Access Project (“CAP”) expands public access to U.S. law. Our goal is to make all published U.S. court decisions freely available to the public online, in a consistent format, digitized from the collection of the Harvard Law Library. Our scope includes all state courts, federal courts, and territorial courts for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Our earliest case is from 1658, and our most recent cases are from 2018." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:29 PM PST - 22 comments

The pursuit of physical swoleness is virtuous and therefore worthy

Adler, S. 2018. A MORAL DEFENSE OF CHIDI'S SWOLENESS: An ethical examination of abs in 'The Good Place.
posted by ChuraChura at 4:45 PM PST - 36 comments

TinyKittens: Making Good Choices Since 2013

Since it is National Cat Day, I thought an update on the adventures of Vancouver, BC area rescue TinyKittens (Previously) would be in order. [more inside]
posted by Meghamora at 4:10 PM PST - 17 comments

So you say you're under a curse? So what? So's the whole damn world.

How do you live with a true heart when everything around you is collapsing? Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Worlds
posted by Artw at 3:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Bitcoin's effect on the planet is worse than 1 million flights

From the Guardian, Jan. 2018: Bitcoin’s electricity usage is enormous. In November, the power consumed by the entire bitcoin network was estimated to be higher than that of the Republic of Ireland. Since then, its demands have only grown. It’s now on pace to use just over 42TWh of electricity in a year, placing it ahead of New Zealand and Hungary and just behind Peru, according to estimates from Digiconomist. That’s commensurate with CO2 emissions of 20 megatonnes – or roughly 1m transatlantic flights. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 2:50 PM PST - 79 comments


Calculators Calculators Calculators Calculators Calculators Soviet Calculators Calculators Calculators (via) (previously) (previously)
posted by bq at 2:02 PM PST - 24 comments

The Lost Apocalypse of Romaine Fielding

Romaine was interested in nightmares, how terror never truly disappears, but evolves the camouflage of routine. Romaine Fielding stepped off the train at Silver City NM in 1918 and settled his top hat the way he always did, with some of that conniving charm. He knew he had his finger on the country’s pulse. And he was ready to unsettle something in its soul. Soon he would fit his 28 horsepower Buick with military search lights and a massive machine gun. Soon he would strap a canon to an airplane. Soon he would gather thousands of pounds of explosives, gather and arm thousands of dispossessed laborers. Soon he would orchestrate an apocalyptic uprising the likes of which the world had never yet seen.
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

We thought we could control it. And this is beyond our power to control.

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley A wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high. The debate now is about how much exposure to phones is O.K. (SLNYT)
posted by box at 12:24 PM PST - 113 comments

Google won't save cities from climate change, but is offering a big tool

Google, with its Environmental Insights Explorer, is estimating greenhouse-gas emissions for cities in part of the company's ambitious new plan to share its geographic information to support climate-concerned local leaders. It's just starting with five cities, Buenos Aires, Melbourne City, Victoria, Mountain View (Calif.), and Pittsburgh, and plans to expand the program gradually to cover more municipalities worldwide. As part of this initiative, Google says it will also release its proprietary estimates of a city’s annual driving, biking, and transit ridership, generated from information collected by its popular mapping apps, Google Maps and Waze. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:08 PM PST - 6 comments

The Definitive Guide to Metafilter's Infinite Favorite

How to Read Infinite Jest
posted by OmieWise at 9:01 AM PST - 98 comments

Memo: Regarding Escape of Five Girls from the Shelter, August 8, 1944

The quick-thinking young women informed the taxi driver that their clothing had been stolen while they were at Coney Island, and directed the driver to the apartment of a boyfriend on Madison Avenue.
From kottke.org via This Week in Scams, Emily Brooks brings us the tale of five teenaged women who escaped the Brooklyn "shelter" of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1944. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Much of Pi’s considerable publicity centered on its special effects—perhaps logically, considering that the film had no stars, apart from Gérard Depardieu, who makes a cameo as a ship’s cook. What it sold was illusion: Of the film’s 960 shots, 690—one and a half of its two hours—employ visual effects. And which of its illusions was more potent than Richard Parker, a triumph of digital engineering that also chewed the scenery? Because Life of Pi is based on what is essentially a philosophical novel, the big cat was, in the words of one commentator, “a visual representation of a philosophical abstraction.” But it was a representation that throbbed with life. You could hear it breathing. You could smell its catty stench. I couldn’t guess what percentage of the picture’s audience came expressly to see the tiger, as opposed to the cataclysmic storm, the sinking freighter, the phosphorescent breaching whale, the island of meerkats. The tiger was an essential part of the movie’s spectacle, maybe the synechdoche for that spectacle, and it was spectacle that people came to see.
Inside the Tiger Factory, Peter Trachtenberg
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Progressive policies (and politics)

How Warren and Sanders approach empowering the working class - "In the simplest possible terms, Warren wants to organize markets to benefit workers and consumers, while Sanders wants to overhaul those markets, taking the private sector out of it." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:14 AM PST - 45 comments

Nothing's Easy in San Juan County

Why Is It So Hard For Native Americans To Vote In This Utah County? [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Do you think the new logo will be purple?

Red Hat, the software company that produces an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, contributes to projects like GNOME, LibreOffice, and also sponsors the Fedora Project is being acquired by a company known only as IBM.
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 5:03 AM PST - 133 comments

Our saying is: Toujours Prêt!

Boy Scouts in a war zone: There are more boy scouts than peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Even in the midst of a civil war, the scouts are arguably more effective.
posted by PenDevil at 4:02 AM PST - 5 comments


Ross MacDonald is a creator of fake period paper props - books, documents, packaging etc - for use in movies and television.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:16 AM PST - 14 comments

October 28

A cat will be your friend, but never your slave

October 29th is National Cat Day in the USA. Show us pictures of your cat(s). Hang out at a cat cafe. Volunteer at a local shelter or Humane Society. Don't forget to watch cute cat videos. If you're a cat, go hassle a dog or just be your badass self.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:12 PM PST - 35 comments

“I don’t think he wants to be found,” I said.

I knew that our problems were similar. Not because being gay and being trans are so alike in nature: they’re not. But because George seemed to want something impossible, too.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 7:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Got to Stick Together and Fight Them All Now

A Taxonomy of Calls for Unity in the Hardcore Scene (slDeadspin)
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:35 PM PST - 11 comments

I had this idea but didn’t know if I could keep it going for 11 minutes

"Casper had someone storyboard it up with classic sitcom moments, like accidentally roller-painting someone’s face. That one feels like a trope, but we couldn’t find it online." An Oral History of 'Too Many Cooks'
posted by bondcliff at 7:04 PM PST - 16 comments

‘Some things will be dealt with at a later date’, ... ‘If at all.’

‘The Simpsons’ Is Eliminating Apu, But Producer Adi Shankar Found the Perfect Script to Solve the Apu Problem [Indie Wire]
““I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” said Shankar in an interview with IndieWire. “They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.””
“It was Shankar’s intention to crowdsource a script that “in a clever way subverts him, pivots him, writes him out, or evolves him in a way that takes a creation that was the byproduct of a predominately Harvard-educated white male writers’ room and transforms it into a fresh, funny and realistic portrayal of Indians in America.” Shankar’s primary hope was that Fox would produce the script as an episode of “The Simpsons,” but now that he has found what he calls the “perfect script” and announces the winner of his contest, he told IndieWire that he has heard from people who work for the show that “The Simpsons” is eliminating the character.” [Previously.] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:25 PM PST - 28 comments

It's time to act like that truth is real.

A group of campaigners called Extinction Rebellion are planning a series of escalating acts of civil disobedience in London over November as a response to a lack of action by the UK government on climate change, culminating in a Rebellion Day with a sit-in at Parliament on November 17th. [more inside]
posted by AllShoesNoSocks at 4:04 PM PST - 32 comments


turtle.audio is an audio environment where simple text commands generate lines that can play music. Double-click to create a new line. Give it a rule: use m to move forward, r to turn right 90 degrees, and l to turn left 90 degrees.
posted by curious nu at 3:34 PM PST - 13 comments

The Mines of Messines Ridge

About 8 kilometers south of Ypres, in the middle of a farm, is a small green pond known as the “Pool of Peace”, but its creation was a rather violent event. It was 1916 and the First World War was in its second year. The Germans had occupied the Belgian coast and was using the coastal ports as bases from which they attacked merchant ships and troop transports in the North Sea and English Channel. Capturing these ports became a major objective for the British army. But before that could happen, the British had to drive the Germans out of a tactically important high ground called the Messines–Wytschaete Ridge, located south of Ypress, in Belgium. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:24 PM PST - 11 comments

"What's your big biff with the Nazis?"

The Very Best of Jiminy Glick
The Jon Stewart interview (with the donut)
All Youtube videos
posted by growabrain at 10:24 AM PST - 27 comments

dark phrases of womanhood/of never having been a girl

Ntozake Shange, author of 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf,' has died. She added the term "choreopoem" to our lexicon when 'for colored girls' made its off-Broadway debut in 1975 and became only the second work by an African American woman to make it to Broadway the following year. Her work is a staple on college campuses today and helps women of color celebrate sisterhood, self-love, and creative expression: “i found god in myself & i loved her/i loved her fiercely.” [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 8:05 AM PST - 36 comments

A New Orleans brass band reinterpret Love Will Tear Us Apart

From New Orleans, Hot 8 Brass Band rework the 1980 song Love Will Tear Us Apart with a video filmed around the city. Hot 8 Brass Band, active since 1995 through much adversity and Grammy-nominated in 2013, have also covered Sexual Healing and Ghost Town. Performing on Clapham Common, England, Get Up, Can't Nobody Get Down, St. James Infirmary and Bingo Bango.
posted by Wordshore at 3:17 AM PST - 18 comments

The tales that local people tell just to frighten the incomers

News from Norfolk , 'the occasional diary of someone who lives in an old house in East Anglia', has three tales for Halloween: all set in Norfolk, and all in the classic tradition of the English ghost story. The Old Road. Incomers. Old Tom.
posted by verstegan at 2:37 AM PST - 13 comments

October 27

Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

With illustrations and pronunciations
posted by bq at 11:36 PM PST - 4 comments

travels in space, travels in time

Seven Weeks To Venice: Isochronic Maps. Want to find travel times? 24 hrs of traffic data anywhere? The Shape of Transit in Singapore? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Captivating, calming competition: it's the 2018 Winter MarbleLympics!

The Jelle'sMarbleRuns wiki is home to all things Jelle'sMarbleRuns. Here you will find information about the Sand Marble Rally, Hubelino Tournament, and most notably, the MarbleLympics. Jelle Bakker, the Marble Master, isn't new around these parts (Big Marble Run Machine: 11 000 Marbles!!! | Longest sand marble run ever | Sand Marble Rally - 33 competitors! | Betting on Balls of Chaos) but if you haven't seen his 2018 Winter MarbleLympics, take some time to enjoy the well-produced Olympics-style games, featuring unique teams and a calming commentator throughout. The Wikia page for the 2018 Winter games makes it feel all the more official, complete with International Marblelympic Committee.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

The Social Responsibility of Business

Marc Benioff's backing, donation for Prop. C came following late-night Twitter interaction with bookstore owner - "On Friday, Oct. 5, Mayor London Breed, Sen. Scott Wiener, and Assemblyman David Chiu made a coordinated announcement that they were opposed to Proposition C, a November measure that would tax the wealthiest San Francisco businesses to potentially double funding to treat and house the homeless. On Monday, Oct. 7 Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced he was not only supporting Prop. C, but putting some $2.5 million toward its passage." (previously)* [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:06 AM PST - 58 comments

We both know what memories can bring

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall
[more inside]
posted by growabrain at 7:08 AM PST - 28 comments

I bless the acid rains down in Africa

Look, the old ones are disabled to response, so here is the monthly Toto's Africa awesomeness thread. This time, pitched out (previously: off beat). previously with Pluffnub.
posted by avi111 at 5:19 AM PST - 20 comments

October 26

Bird-Watching with the Ravenmaster

The yeoman warder charged with caring for the ravens of the Tower of London hikes along the Hudson. [slNewYorker]
posted by ellieBOA at 10:52 PM PST - 20 comments

"Some kind of inspiration porn on Deaf’s natural language"

A new mural commissioned by the ACLU of Idaho and executed with the help of the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation was recently completed in downtown Idaho Falls. The selected artist’s concept employed American Sign Language subject matter, and was titled “Look and Listen.” The artist reviewed the work with a friend who teaches ASL, but did not consult with members of the Deaf community in advance. It did not go over well. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Dawn of Dianetics: Hubbard, Campbell, & Origins of Scientology

An excerpt adapted from Alec Nevala-Lee’s book: Astounding For most of his life, John W. Campbell, Jr., the editor of the magazine Astounding Science Fiction, had trouble remembering his childhood. He had filled his stories with extravagant images, but he had no visual memory, to the point that he was unable to picture the faces of his own wife and children. When L. Ron Hubbard, one of his most prolific writers, approached him with the promise of a new science of the mind, he was understandably intrigued. And he was especially attracted by the possibility that it would allow him to recall events that he had forgotten or repressed.
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Cats and Death

Throughout history people linked cats with death or bad luck, and some of these beliefs still hold true today. But what is it about our beloved cats that makes them so notorious through history? Is it their powerful, stealthy ways that makes them so mysterious? Cats can also be creepy, but creepiness isn’t enough to feed the strong connection people feel between cats and death. Cats may have characteristics that link them to death, but perhaps our perception of these strange creatures derive from our experiences with them rather than their traits alone. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Does a country have the right to decide who comes in?

Countries are not people, but government policy needs to actually follow elementary humane principles. Unfortunately, the implications of those principles are quite radical: as those who happen to have been born into a prosperous land, we have to share with those who have little. "But," you say, "does that mean full open borders? Does that mean all of the world's poor should be able to come here?" Doesn't a country have the right to enforce its laws and decide who comes in?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 8:20 PM PST - 80 comments

An erosion of cultural heritage under the guise of infinite availability

It was announced today that Filmstruck, a curated streaming service which aimed to stream the best and most interesting cinema in existence, would be shut down effective November 26. It is assumed that corporate shareholders were pleased with the value extracted.
posted by Automocar at 7:34 PM PST - 81 comments

Not All Its Fracked Up To Be

Mystery and high stakes often go together, as is the case with fracking — the process of using high pressure to extract oil and gas from shale rocks buried deep under the earth’s surface. Fracking companies are hot destinations for investors chasing yields and growth industries, especially private equity companies, in part because of the large appetite the capital intensive industry has for debt. However, several warning signs suggest the fracking industry not only may fall short of investor expectations, but also could actually help to precipitate the next financial crisis. [more inside]
posted by stilgar at 5:07 PM PST - 19 comments

New music from the Twin Infinitives

Royal Trux have released their first new music since 2000's Pound For Pound. In 2015 Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty reunited as a duo for a series of shows and the live album Platinum Tips And Ice Cream (Domino/Drag City). These two new tracks, however, were recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2018.

"Every Day Swan"

"Get Used To This"

Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan coverage. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

A beautiful collection of antique calculating instruments

From the mid 16th century until the 1970s all architectural and engineering drawing was done manually by using pencil and pen with the aid of drawing and other technical instruments. Today most technical drawing is done with CAD and the great instrument manufacturers have all but disappeared and the tools of yesteryear have now become museum exhibits and prized collectors' items.
posted by bq at 3:09 PM PST - 50 comments


In Japan, the Kit Kat isn't just chocolate, it's an obsession. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:06 PM PST - 52 comments

The Inventor of Green Bean Casserole Has Passed On

The Kitchn.com notes that the woman who created the nearly-ubiquitous American Thanksgiving favorite green bean casserole has passed away at the age of 90 at her home in New Jersey. Dorcas Reilly, a Campbell's Soup test kitchen supervisor, created the dish in 1955 at the request of an Associated Press reporter looking for simple holiday recipes. [more inside]
posted by briank at 12:21 PM PST - 48 comments

AI vs Lawyers

Hackernoon is reporting a study of AI vs team of "top US corporate lawyers" in NDA test "In a landmark study, 20 top US corporate lawyers with decades of experience in corporate law and contract review were pitted against an AI. Their task was to spot issues in five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), which are a contractual basis for most business deals." Large differences in time and accuracy are claimed. [more inside]
posted by aleph at 12:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Dogs romping to "Rompo i Lacci"

Tilda Swinton directed a music video that's just her dogs running on a beach. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

THE MARTIANS ARE CO-- don't bother, they're here

Sesame Street, the venerable, educational, entertaining children’s television program, debuted in 1969; the characters the Martians (aka the Yip Yips) made their first appearance in 1971. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:24 AM PST - 56 comments

Peace, Solidarity, Ecology, Justice

“Plotting a new path forward in accordance with left values requires left foreign policy leaders to reject the stance of restrained, technocratic stewardship that defines the self-image of the existing national security state. Instead, left leaders must make explicit how the values that inform their domestic platforms can express themselves in the United States’ actions on the world stage. Extending those values outward is a way to reorient the state, to lessen its power for harm, and to urgently answer the call for international cooperation on issues from combating climate change to arms control.” Five Principles Of A New Left Foreign Policy submitted by Ro Khanna– Congressman representing California’s 17th District. Kate Kizer – Policy director at Win Without War. Patrick Iber – Assistant professor of history at University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fellow Traveller previously)
posted by The Whelk at 9:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Do you want to receive notifications?

Websites in 2018.
posted by Wordshore at 7:51 AM PST - 126 comments

Amazon Waterway Project threatens indigenous food sources

A multi-million dollar project is set to span territory home to 424 native communities belonging to 14 native groups. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 7:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Not reliably different from zero

"The story of intranasal oxytocin (previously) and trust is more than sad; it’s a scientific tragedy. ... Some still dispute this, but it seems likely that the very large literature claiming behavioral effects of intranasal oxytocin on human behavior is completely and totally spurious. It’s been a colossal waste of money and time. It gave false hope to those with autism and needlessly harmed clinical trial participants. And the nightmare drags on as oxytocin->trust is *still* being cited and marketed as well-established science." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

We are supposed to be oiled and that we are not oiled enough

How I Get It Done, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner: Taffy is a familiar name around these parts. She's best known for her profiles in The New York Times (Mefi discussed the ones on Gwyneth Paltrow and Tonya Harding). But it's time we got to know Taffy herself. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 6:30 AM PST - 14 comments


posted by BuddhaInABucket at 5:58 AM PST - 38 comments

Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science

In the summer of 1996, during an international anthropology conference in southeastern Brazil, Bruno Latour, France’s most famous and misunderstood philosopher, was approached by an anxious-looking developmental psychologist. The psychologist had a delicate question, and for this reason he requested that Latour meet him in a secluded spot — beside a lake at the Swiss-style resort where they were staying. Removing from his pocket a piece of paper on which he’d scribbled some notes, the psychologist hesitated before asking, “Do you believe in reality?”
posted by Pyrogenesis at 5:46 AM PST - 21 comments

.... silver shamrock

Experience: I got my head stuck in a pumpkin
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:48 AM PST - 22 comments

October 25

The Flight of the Conchords, now with more songs for more situations

The Biggest Band in New Zealand, in terms of number of people, is back! It's Bret McKenzie & Jemaine Clement aka the Flight of the Conchords, live in London, with a song for every situation [3x teasers]. And there's new content, including Deana and Ian, "A Gender Reversal Reversal," and Hurt Feelings, an impromptu and momentary trio with Nigel. Not from that night, but also new: Father and Son, and some old-new* content, seen here in its old form, The Bus Driver Song. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:31 PM PST - 20 comments

8000 Sculptures from Chopstick Sleeves

Tatsumi collected over 13,000 paper sculptures that range from obscure and ugly to intricate and elaborate Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. Japan doesn’t have a culture of tipping but Tatsumi imagined that this was a discreet , subconscious method of showing appreciation. He began paying attention and sure enough noticed that other customers were doing the same thing. Tatsumi began collecting these “tips” which eventually led to his art project: Japanese Tip. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:37 PM PST - 8 comments


Che Apalache is a bluegrass band from Buenos Aires. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Unquiet meals make ill digestions

Cannibalism is a symbol in our culture of total confusion: a lack of morality, law, and structure; it stands for what is brutish, utterly inhuman. The idea is that, unlike cannibals, we are upright, orderly, enlightened, and generally superior. But what we might use for symbolic purposes as an embodiment of structureless confusion has nevertheless a basis in clear cold fact: cannibal societies have existed since time immemorial. As social beings, cannibals must inevitably have manners. Whatever we might think to the contrary, rules and regulations always govern cannibal society and cannibal behaviour.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Dog Tired

Modern times got you stressed out? Dogs pick up on that sort of thing! Give your dog the gift of relaxing dog music.
posted by aniola at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Symbrock: when a grimy human disaster and a chompy goo alien are in love

How Venom's Unspoken Symbiote Love Story Beat Out the Internet's Most Popular Pairings. Trashed by film critics, the comics superhero movie Venom has nonetheless won vocal approval from the Internet: "as of Monday, October 15, 'Symbrock,' the most popular ship name for the romantic pairing of Venom hero Eddie Brock and his chaotic hanger-on Venom, was the number-one most-talked-about ship on Tumblr." Intentional or not, "Venom is a god damn queer rom-com," with erotic and romantic themes straight from the comics. The fantastic primer Eddie Brock’s Body: An Artistic Overview of the Venom Symbiote traces the history and hotness of Venom, including the origins of THAT TONGUE. (Movie spoilers, comics spoilers, and NSFW links within.) [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack at 6:30 PM PST - 88 comments

"...trying to visualise the Platonic realm of form underlying reality"

... a hypnotic audio-visual mind-warp recently released by musician Max Cooper (previously on the blue: one, two) and artist/filmaker Páraic Mc Gloughlin. (No mention of a photosensitive epilepsy warning on the page, but maybe there should be?)
posted by kmkrebs at 5:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Catnip for autodidacts

Quartz has compiled a list of 600 free online courses offered by 190 universities around the world.
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments


This is how you get Google Translate to sound like an old Russian car trying to start.
posted by glonous keming at 5:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Making Spies Disappear

For years, Jonna Mendez was undercover as a part of the CIA's Office of Technical Service. She later became the Chief of Disguise for the CIA. Here's a YouTube video of her talking about how spies use disguise. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 3:33 PM PST - 43 comments

for want of a nail...

"Without a good shoeing, a horse can indeed be lost. Enter the farrier." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Not OK, Google

How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ The internet giant paid Mr. Rubin $90 million and praised him, while keeping silent about a misconduct claim. The article goes into a number of other accusations of sexual misconduct against high-profile Google execs, and how the company ignored them or covered them up, often while rewarding the men involved.
posted by olinerd at 11:30 AM PST - 64 comments

The library was a map of my life as a reader, and later a writer

Jeff Abbott, best-selling author of mysteries and thrillers, had amassed a personal library of more than 2,500 books. Then his house was struck by lightning, and he had to restart the "annex to [his] imagination" from scratch.
posted by Etrigan at 9:58 AM PST - 9 comments

The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture

The idea that the ancients disdained bright color is the most common misconception about Western aesthetics in the history of Western art. "He started poking around the depots and was astonished to find that many statues had flecks of color: red pigment on lips, black pigment on coils of hair, mirrorlike gilding on limbs. For centuries, archeologists and museum curators had been scrubbing away these traces of color before presenting statues and architectural reliefs to the public."
posted by automatronic at 8:13 AM PST - 65 comments

The Halibut Hook Revival

An ingenious Indigenous fishing technology with spiritual significance is making a comeback [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 7:32 AM PST - 13 comments

The replication crisis comes for evolutionary psychology

"A host of bewildering, bizarre results made their way into the journals. Fertile women are better at sussing out which men are gay, one study claimed. Their breasts become more symmetrical, said another. They wear skirts instead of pants. They have a better sense of smell. They’re more assertive. They seek out more variety in mini candy bars, but strive to lose more weight. They turn their backs on God, at least when they aren’t married, and they say they’ll vote for Barack Obama. ... Eventually, the underlying theory of this field of research grew so encrusted with garish findings, so brittle and baroque that it finally collapsed into a string of nonresults. ... The implications of this newer research have not escaped the founding fathers of the field. “In terms of overall effects, I don’t think there is anything,” admitted Gangestad in a recent interview, referring to his theory of women’s so-called dual sexuality." [SLSlate] [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 6:16 AM PST - 67 comments

One way ticket

in 1941, 23-year-old painter Jacob Lawrence completed The Migration Series - 60 paintings that documented the Great Migration. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:13 AM PST - 10 comments

The traditional start of the Christmas season (9pm tonight)

It is time! The Christmas season traditionally starts with global megastar Peter Andre turning on the lights somewhere (Spalding). With less than nine weeks till the day, the clocks go back, gritters do test runs, vaginas are winterized, occasions merge, Le Arctic Blast approaches from the north, the John Lewis ad is London-themed and Brits get their flu jab while planning Christmas TV viewing (being filmed). But lo! Supermarkets (not all) fill with foods (buyer/eater beware) such as brussels sprouts tea, cheese advent calendars, candy canes, vegan turkey and stuffing tortilla chips, things topped in prosecco, mince pie ice cream and other compared foods. Or make a Christmas pudding cheesecake while listening to the carols of Shatner/Pop. Seasons greetings, MeFites! (previously)
posted by Wordshore at 4:59 AM PST - 75 comments

"It sounds like the soundtrack of a bad medieval series"

Songs in a major key are probably an old gimmick but nice gems love to be thrown off the vault. And this is indeed an old upload but I first met it today and like that comment in this link, "I'm smiling at the whole audio, while reading comments". They are priceless. So, this is how 'The Final Countdown' would be if it was envisioned by the Pet Shop Boys. [more inside]
posted by avi111 at 12:12 AM PST - 26 comments

Glimpses of the Great Beyond

See the Glorious Winners of the 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest (Gizmodo's images can be zoomed). Details of the overall 2018 winners are at Royal Museums Greenwich, along with galleries of 2018 sub-category winners. Vote for your favorite image among other entries in the People's Choice Awards 2018, and browse galleries of previous 2017-2009 contests.
posted by cenoxo at 12:04 AM PST - 3 comments

October 24

No Hay Trico Tri, No Kendy

Hispanic Halloween | Hispanic Halloween 2 || Juan vs Chucky | Juan vs IT / Pennywise | Juan vs Jigsaw (David Lopez shorts)
posted by filthy light thief at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

The experience of synchrony precedes and shapes all social skills

One of Feldman’s first experiments involved 73 preemies born in Israel in the 30th week of pregnancy and weighing 1,270 grams on average. Every day for two weeks, the preemies received one hour of “kangaroo,” or skin-to-skin, care. They were removed from their incubators and placed naked between their mother’s breasts. A control group of the same size and medical condition only received contact through the incubator. Feldman and her staff tracked these children at seven junctures in time, over the next 10 years. The findings showed a dramatic impact on the children who had received the kangaroo care. “They had a better connection with their mother, better adjustment abilities, lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and lower ADD rates throughout their entire development,” says Feldman. “Small differences, created at the start, amplified over the years.” The experiment was simple: Mothers of preemies were asked to hug them without clothes. The impact on their lives 20 years later was dramatic (SL Haaretz) [more inside]
posted by beisny at 8:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Iggy Pop's Contract Rider

Of course it is. Mostly written by Jos Grain, producer. Long, so keep reading or skimming. Very funny except when it's not.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:04 PM PST - 48 comments

which cake they're going to inflict on their poor parents

How the Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book changed the shape of Australian birthdays as told by the author Pamela Clark. The Australian Women's Weekly's Children's Birthday Cake Book was first published in 1980. There have been a number of editions, and in 2011 a reprint of the original edition. [more inside]
posted by readinghippo at 7:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Geese make for a strange welcome totem, but that never stopped anybody

From its humble origins in Kentucky and waddling as far west as Colorado, concrete geese dominated many a lawn and the front porch step in the 80's and 90's. But why geese? Why these clothes? And would a real-life example be any cuter? (Previously on Metafilter)
posted by dinty_moore at 7:41 PM PST - 17 comments

"Adonaj es mi pastor. No mankare de nada."

"When the Jews left Spain, they took their language with them. Over the last 500 years, the language has maintained the structure of medieval Spanish and sounds more similar to some forms of Latin American Spanish than European Spanish." -- A brief look at Ladino in Bosnia and Herzegovina [BBC Travel]
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

One Wouldn’t Wear Dirty Old Sneakers to a Business Meeting,

The Swords of George Washington: An Interview
posted by shoesfullofdust at 6:08 PM PST - 2 comments

The “Queen of Shitty Robots” won’t be stopped.

The queen is back: Simone Giertz didn’t let brain surgery stop her. What’s next? "In the six months since the YouTube star and inventor had a large brain tumor [previously] that could have left her paralyzed, blind, or a completely different person removed, Simone Giertz [previously] moved her workshop out of her house, jumped back into vlogging for her nearly 1.4 million subscribers, gave a TED talk, and kickstarted an electronic calendar — all while rocking a silvery 'supervillain scar' that runs down her scalp, flirting with her hairline." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 6:00 PM PST - 14 comments


Borderline. "Navigating the invisible boundary and physical barriers that define the U.S.-Mexico border."
A scrollable flyover of the entire border between the United States and Mexico.
posted by kirkaracha at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Two taps to the head

What the hell happened to Darius Miles? I know dudes like me aren’t supposed to talk about depression, but I’ll talk about it. If a real motherfucker like me can struggle with it, then anybody can struggle with it.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

"This is one of the greatest posts in Business Insider history."

A day in the life of an HSBC exec who wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work out, always eats green, and studies at Stanford in her free time. Twitter's reactions. Subsequent internet losing it's mind. Dealbreaker's take.
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:09 PM PST - 68 comments

A monster that’s always there

Jeff VanderMeer, Annalee Newitz, and other writers discuss how science fiction portrays the one monster that will actually kill us all: climate change
posted by Ouverture at 2:50 PM PST - 25 comments

1-844-WYT-FEAR: Operators are Standing By!

Niecy Nash's informercial for white people who just want to call 911 on their POC neighbors (NYT) “You’re scared. You’re white. But with cell phone, cameras, and social media, calling 911 on your Black or brown neighbors just isn’t what it used to be,” Nash, playing narrator, says to potential white customers. [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Inside Rockstar Games' Culture of Crunch

"The tale of Red Dead Redemption 2’s development is complicated and sometimes contradictory. For some people at Rockstar, it was a satisfying project, an ambitious game that took reasonable hours and far less crunch than the company’s previous games. Many current employees say they’re happy to work at Rockstar and love being able to help make some of the best games in the world. Others described Red Dead 2 as a difficult experience, one that cost them friendships, family time, and mental health. " Kotaku's Jason Schreier publishes a longform investigation of Rockstar Games' working culture and the evergreen controversy over excessive overtime hours in the video game industry. [more inside]
posted by Errant at 1:26 PM PST - 26 comments

"Internal Use Only"

"The longest amount of time any area in the continental United States has gone without an update on Google Earth has been 8 years. From 2008 to 2016, a series of dry lake beds in Southwestern Nevada located in the Tonopah Test Range was a blind spot from the all-seeing corporate monolith continuously mapping the Earth. So we bought a satellite image ourselves. We would like to [invite] you, the reader, to join us at Eyebeam, at 199 Cook Street in Brooklyn, at 6pm on Thursday October 25th to view image #103001000EBC3C00 yourself." Or — since the image is for internal use only — you can look at a painting of the image online. (Previously, related.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 12:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Dogs and Death

Dogs are said to have supernatural vision; they can see faeries and sprites, and even Death himself, and bark to let you know they’re near. […] A dog’s howl was said to predict death in many cultures; Egyptians, Hebrews, Irish, Romans, and Greeks all have ominous associations to a dog’s howl – especially at night. This could tie into the idea above that they could see Death. Dogs were also sometimes viewed as guides to the afterlife. Mayan remains have been found buried with dog remains, their dog a faithful guide to the end. […] So do real life dogs understand death? Do they mourn?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:27 AM PST - 27 comments

“They’re not people, they’re creatures.”

“With his post, Bethel created the Black-Eyed Kids (BEK for short), an internet urban legend, Slender Man for boomers. Rooted in middle class fears of the homeless, of unattended youths, and of property invasion, BEK stories blew up in the late aughts inspiring hundreds of internet “accounts” across a variety of sites, Coast to Coast episodes, several books, a series of graphic novels, and even a couple of lackluster found-footage horror movies. Like all folklore, BEK stories speak to the deep anxieties of a population that is increasingly isolated and socially alienated. It is a story for a culture that takes seriously Margaret Thatcher’s dictum “There’s no such thing as society,” only individuals.” Nightmares From The Suburbs, The online folklore of the 00s.
posted by The Whelk at 10:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Treaty of Westphalia signed on 24th October 1648

Today in 1648: The final Treaty of the Peace of Westphalia is signed, ending of the Thirty Years' War. Many scholars credit the treaties with the foundation of the modern state system and establishing the concept of territorial sovereignty.
posted by infini at 10:20 AM PST - 25 comments

from holiday jams to S&M-club electronica to acoustic musings on death

Illinois remains Sufjan’s most high-profile project, and the place where new listeners are usually instructed to go; “Concerning the UFO…” is a wardrobe without a rear wall, a fitting point of entry into something new and strange and lovely. I’m reminded of a close friend who, last year, underwent a long-awaited top surgery. He was lying on the table, waiting for anaesthetic, when the doctor asked him what he’d like to listen to as he went under. He chose this song. He fell asleep to the gentle, ambulatory trills of Sufjan’s piano, and he woke up in a new body.
All 293 Sufjan Stevens songs ranked, by Peyton Thomas. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:46 AM PST - 36 comments

"how web 2.0 (and especially tumblr) is ruining fandom"

The Tumblr blog freedom-of-fanfic discusses how the lack of moderation tools and semi-private spaces in modern social media encourages fandom policing and shaming tactics.
posted by brainwane at 9:46 AM PST - 45 comments

"I also planned to put it on a hot dog."

Chopped champion Drew Magary goes on a journey through the dumbest foods you could put $400 of caviar on. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 8:49 AM PST - 21 comments

"My real name is Joe, and I've been living with leukemia for 11 years."

This week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw started like many others, with Universal Champion Roman Reigns walking purposefully to the ring, title belt over his shoulder, microphone in hand, to address the audience. Instead of his regular boasting and selling of the next big pay-per-view event, though, Reigns broke kayfabe, surrendering his championship and announcing that he would be taking a break from the ring to battle leukemia. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:46 AM PST - 16 comments

The Real Correlation is Exposure to Television News

Americans Over 50 Are Worse Than Younger People at Telling Facts from Opinions The Atlantic reports on a Pew Research Center study about Americans' ability to distinguish factual statements (like 'Health care costs per person in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world') from opinions (like 'Democracy is the greatest form of government'). An earlier study from the American Press Institute found that older Americans are also more confident in their ability to distinguish fact from opinion, while an earlier Pew study found that people with high political awareness, those who are very digitally savvy, and those who place high levels of trust in the news media are better able to accurately identify news-related statements as factual or opinion. [more inside]
posted by box at 7:39 AM PST - 93 comments

Google auto-corrected this to "YouTube"

Supertyphoon Yutu is making landfall in the Northern Mariana islands. The official windspeed is 165 mph (265 kph) but the satellite measurements suggest higher. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

It can be the most exquisite, beautiful thing

Wetherspoons, an essay by Megan Nolan
posted by mippy at 4:27 AM PST - 33 comments

October 23

Kennedy Ground. For the last time. Speedbird Concorde 2 London Heathrow

G-BOAG (Concorde 214, Alpha-Golf) left New York's JFK as BA2 on 24th October 2003. The final transatlantic passenger crossing of a Concorde. Arriving at Heathrow to landing in sequence with G-BOAE (Concorde 212, Alpha-Echo) and G-BOAF (Concorde 216, Alpha-Foxtrot). [more inside]
posted by Z303 at 11:57 PM PST - 45 comments

Ari Weinzweig of Zingerman's: Interview

How Food Empire Zingerman’s Was Built on Anarchist Theory. Zingerman’s, a group of 20 loosely associated businesses mostly focused on hospitality and food in the Ann Arbor area, encompasses a deli, bakehouse, restaurant, creamery, training organization, candy business, tour company and more. Behind it all sits co-founder Ari Weinzweig, an inspirational figure who spurns the idea of growth for growth sake, refuses to duplicate any business, and detests hierarchical thinking.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:43 PM PST - 15 comments

They used explosives. It blew the door clean off.

Little Rock’s dangerous and illegal drug war: "The outside camera had recorded two odd incidents. First, a man whom Talley didn’t know approached the apartment while Talley wasn’t home. Looking anxious, the man knocked, waited a few moments and then left. A few days later, the camera picked up a police officer outside the door. The officer looked around, snapped a photo of Talley’s door with his cellphone, and left.

Talley at one point told his father about the two visits, who in turn relayed the story to a police officer friend. “When he heard about both men, he told my dad, ‘It sounds like they’re about to kick down your son’s door,’ ” Talley says." [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Leonid & Friends

A band from Moscow that covers the hell out of the American soft-rock band Chicago. [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 2:14 PM PST - 44 comments

"It is to kill a cub before he becomes a beast."

"Why #MeToo Needs to Talk About Predatory White Women": Stacey Patton dives deep into the historical and contemporary dynamics driving white fear and violence against boys and men of color
posted by Ouverture at 1:40 PM PST - 49 comments

Everyone is for the birds

A lot of people love birds, but even avid birders sometimes only know species by sight. Yet you are often more likely to hear a bird than see it, so anyone who is interested in birds or appreciating nature really should consider learning to bird by ear. It is a valuable skill that only enhances your time in the field. But for the blind or disabled, learning birds calls and songs offers even more. It gives a whole new dimension and accessibility to the natural world. Trevor Attenberg on "Birding Blind" [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 1:21 PM PST - 15 comments

PLINK plink plink PLINK plink plink...

The theme to John Carpenter's Halloween on accordion and banjo, Resident Evil - Vacant Flat (Guardhouse Dormitory) on ukulele, banjo, ukulele bass, and other instruments, Silent Hill - Opening Theme cover on banjo, mandolin, octave mandolin, ukulele bass and concertina.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Working on the Levee

In 1978, Alan Lomax returned to the Mississippi Delta for another of his numerous field recording trips to the area. While there he recorded an interview with men who had worked levee building work teams during the depths of Jim Crow. This playlist has some of the work songs and hollers he recorded at the same time. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

those grey-white gas meter boxes on the outsides of terraced housing

"So playing this, every single time I see something undeniably British, which is approximately every 1.6 seconds in Horizon 4, I double-double-take." John Walker over at Rock Paper Shotgun writes about the strange un-uncanny valley roadtrip that is being a British person, raised on a diet of American driving games, confronting a driving game that is actually casually understatedly British.
posted by cortex at 11:05 AM PST - 96 comments

The overall empathy level of a community

"One of the first things I learned when I began researching discussion platforms two years ago is the importance of empathy as the fundamental basis of all stable long term communities. The goal of discussion software shouldn't be to teach you how to click the reply button, and how to make bold text, but how to engage in civilized online discussion with other human beings without that discussion inevitably breaking down into the collective howling of wolves. That's what the discussion software should be teaching you: Empathy. You. Me. Us. We can all occasionally use a gentle reminder that there is a real human being on the other side of our screen, a person remarkably like us." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 10:41 AM PST - 37 comments

Farm Crime

Farm Crime is a true crime documentary series about offences in the world of farming and agriculture. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:06 AM PST - 18 comments

The Fabulous Fenella

Fenella Fielding OBE died last month at the age of 90. It's one of the mysteries of British life that Fenella Fielding, whose wit and distinctive stage presence captivated figures such as Kenneth Tynan, Noël Coward and Federico Fellini, should have drifted into obscurity rather than being celebrated as a national treasure. Last year, in an interview with The Guardian, her lipstick was still blood red, her hair dark brown, and her voice unchanged: plummy, breathy, sexy, every word perfectly enunciated. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

"It’s not 'Marley and Me,' though dogs are the central characters."

Cat Warren is a university professor and former journalist with an admittedly odd hobby: She and her German shepherd have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog. What started as a way to harness Solo’s unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced her to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Jeff Bezos Has Too Much Money

Maybe the most “fun” part of the game is not literally spending Jeff Bezos’s money, but remembering that he is only one of many, many newly minted, appallingly wealthy Silicon Valley tycoons. Each of them has not just a lot of money, but a truly earthshaking fortune with which every day they choose to do mostly nothing. “You Are Jeff Bezos, how much can you spend before you run out of money?
posted by The Whelk at 9:39 AM PST - 89 comments

Who controls the spice, controls the universe

"Welcome to The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow, an irregular feature where I pointlessly share my opinions on pumpkin spice products." The latest column reviews pumpkin spice bars, beers, breakfast cereals, and bagels.
posted by Iridic at 8:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Before & After Hollywood VFX Blade Runner 2049 [9min 22sec SLYT]

Spoilers for some Blade Runner 2049 Character Appearances A known VFX heavy film, it might surprise you to see just how much and how subtle some of the VFX shots / Manipulations / Whole-piece Fabrications there actually were in Blade Runner 2049. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Getting Very Academic - CYBERPUNCTUM: Metaphysics of Cyberpunk

From the Sublime Cognition conference in London, September 2018 If you're into Cyberpunk and academic inquiry, man is this presentation for you! [more inside]
posted by RickLiebling at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Baking "Turbo" No-Knead Bread

We've had 20 hour [previously], and 5½ hour [previously], but what would you say to 2½-hour no-knead bread? Steve Gamelin's technique leaves your hands clean; and through feedback from his viewers, he has tailored the process for people with limited motor control. His YouTube channel covers a variety of recipes, but you can get started with his Ultimate Introduction to No-Knead "Turbo" Bread YouTube video. [more inside]
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 7:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Why the hell would you want to rent a middle-aged man?

Do you need some advice about adulting? Do you need to move something heavy? Short on fans at your gigs? No problem, Japan has you covered. If you have these problems, and if no-one else can help, and if you can find one, maybe you too, can hire an ossan! [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 5:59 AM PST - 45 comments

Little Britain (and the rest of the planet)

Shrinking the world: why we can't resist model villages
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:44 AM PST - 22 comments

October 22


Isola is a fantasy comic book that tells the story of Queen Olwyn, who has been transformed into a tiger. She is accompanied by Rook, her guard, who feels compelled to take her queen to the fabled island of Isola where she might become human again. Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki, the storytelling is more dependent on art than prose. It is published by Image comics and created and written by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl (previously). Karl Kerschl and M.Sassy.K handle the art, with lettering done by Aditya Bidikar. The four recently worked together on Gotham Academy along with Becky Cloonan. [more inside]
posted by Quonab at 8:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Residents keep comparing it to an old Joni Mitchell song

The city that built a forest on top of its unused downtown freeway.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:17 PM PST - 19 comments

And still she cried, and still the world pursues

A Woman Becomes a Nightingale: Carolita Johnson reviews the ugly history of rape being weaponized — and politicized — as a means of silencing women. (SL Long Reads) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Ornate Birds and Sea Creatures

sculptures of animals from the land and sea, crafting realistic depictions with a surreal edge. Each porcelain creature features elaborate elements that connect the animal back to its natural environment—such as green leaves that sprout from the wings of a black cockatoo, or tiny yellow fish that are found along the spines of her ornately patterned seahorses.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Call it by its name: Fox Evangelicalism

A disgruntled evangelical scholar examines "The Onward March of Christian Political Power" (earlier, earlier, earlier). He identifies three interlinked factors (personalities, organizations, media) that keep, for example, the War On Christmas alive and tuck Donald Trump and many evangelical leaders into bed together. "This is power. And, as an evangelical myself, I do not think we should have it."
posted by PhineasGage at 3:57 PM PST - 70 comments

Horror setup story: unfrozen undead want back in their thawing graves

Les Diablerets, translated as "the abode of devils", is releasing The Ghosts of the Glacier from Tsanfleuron, the long-frozen "field of flowers" in the Swiss Alps (Sean Flynn for GQ). For a positive spin on disappearing icepack, Sarah Gibbens, writing for National Geographic, covered the related discoveries last year and wrote that climate change may have just helped solve a cold case in Switzerland.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans

C-SPAN and the Aspen Institute: Impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans (50min video, transcript included) Yale University history professor Ned Blackhawk and Patricia Limerick of the Center of the American West discussed the interactions between Native Americans and white settlers in the 19th century. They talked about the impact of trade alliances on Native Americans and their struggle to preserve their political and social autonomy. The discussion also includes fascinating details and anecdotes concerning development and progress in the academic study of indigenous history in the U.S. during the past few decades. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 1:25 PM PST - 1 comment

White Supremacy Mob Violence

On these pages you will meet Monroe Nathan Work, who lived from 1866 – 1945 [. . .] he felt compelled to document every known lynching that was happening in the United States.[. . .] Before this website, it was impossible to search the web and find an accurate scope of the history of American lynching. The names have always been kept safe, but distant, in old archives and scholarly books and dissertations. This site leaves the record open for all Americans, especially high school students who want to learn more than what their textbook has to say.
Monroe Work Today, which includes an interactive map.
posted by Rumple at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments


posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:11 PM PST - 145 comments


Pertti Jarla ( @PerttiJarla) "tekee Fingerpori-sarjakuvia, rakentaa autojen pienoismalleja." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments

"[R]efusing to accommodate pregnant women is often completely legal"

The New York Times: Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination. "Women in strenuous jobs lost their pregnancies after employers denied their requests for light duty, even ignoring doctors’ notes, an investigation by The New York Times has found." [more inside]
posted by amf at 12:22 PM PST - 25 comments

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love

For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect. We asked several authors to tell us about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.
posted by bq at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Last Hero of Telemark

Joachim Rønneberg, commander of Operation Gunnerside and other Norwegian sabotage raids against German heavy water production during World War II, died October 21, 2018, age 99. He was the last survivor of the real "Heroes of Telemark".
posted by cenoxo at 11:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Meet Enypniastes eximia, the 'headless chicken monster'.

This unusually mobile species of sea cucumber has only been captured on film once before, in the Gulf of Mexico. [YouTube] “This colorful creature, known as Enypniastes eximia, is a type of sea cucumber that has adapted to deep sea environments. The species was caught on video for the first time in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017. Now, fisheries cameras deployed by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), a division of Australia’s Department of the Environment, have captured it on video for the first time in the Southern Ocean.” [via: Motherboard]
posted by Fizz at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

45, a.k.a. Cheeto, a.k.a. the Manchurian Combover

Voldemorting: The act of never speaking the name of someone truly terrible. E.g. ‘Don’t bother sending me those links, I’m Voldemorting those losers!’
Wired's Resident Linguist Gretchen McCulloch writes about the "anti-SEO" practice of using different names for entities whose attention you don't want to attract.
posted by Etrigan at 10:45 AM PST - 41 comments

The Warrior Society Rises

How a mercury spill in Canada inspired a movement [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

That Time the City of Seattle Accidentally Gave a Guy 32m Emails for $40

The first large batch of requests for email metadata were sent to the largest cities of fourteen arbitrary states in a trial run of sorts. In the end of that batch, only two cities were willing to continue with the request - Houston and Seattle. Houston complied surprisingly quickly and snail mailed the metadata for 6m emails. Seattle on the other hand... 2800 words from Matt Chapman.
posted by cgc373 at 8:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Pickled To Death

[…] embalming fluid was frequently mistaken for something drinkable like whiskey or beer, or even plain water. I find this a bit baffling. I admit I do not know how vintage embalming fluid smelled, but I would assume that there was enough of a smell to alert the drinker that it wasn’t whiskey. But given the copious amounts of alcohol served to mourners at wakes, were there any alert drinkers? The overflowing cup of cheer (along with an apparent shortage of cups) lies behind many of these tales. “Dead drunk” was no mere figure of speech.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

You Gotta Give to Get

Japan's Hometown Tax — an innovative Japanese tax policy helps share tax revenues with regions outside of the urban metropolises.
posted by exogenous at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

SHE BON : Sensing the Sensual

SHE BON is a platform, a human-computer interface for sensing and indicating different aspects of arousal by harnessing a variety of body-data! "What I'm aiming to achieve is encouraging a more healthy, approachable dialog about sex amongst humans." (NSFW)
posted by greenhornet at 2:18 AM PST - 16 comments

October 21

Dr. Caligari (1989)

We’ve discovered a midnight movie that’s slipped under our radar all these years. It’s just as retro, hypnotic, and freaky as say, the cult musical Rocky Horror Picture Show— but you might even say more chic. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Is there a such thing as ballet that doesn't hurt women?

"Just being in the ballet studio, she said, it is assumed that you can be adjusted at any point by a teacher, choreographer, or partner. Personal boundaries are crossed through persuasion or physical adjustment, without asking the dancer to check in with her own comfort and ability. It’s simply not part of the equation; if a dancer can’t keep up, there is always someone willing to take her place." (CW: sexual abuse)
posted by Lycaste at 4:17 PM PST - 30 comments

Read this and weep for Brazil.

Thy Will Be Done: Brasil’s Holy War.
A fifty year foreign battle to combat Catholic Liberation Theology in Brazil promises rich rewards for the vested interests which initiated it.
By this time next week the odds are that Brazil will have elected a fascist as President. Jair Bolsonaro, who has openly stated that the dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill, and his volunteers envision a state of war for Brazil. That is the experiment they are hoping to deliver to the world.
The far-right Brazilian leader isn’t just another conservative populist. His propaganda campaign has taken a page straight from the Nazi playbook.
[more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 4:12 PM PST - 57 comments

Love. Always.

Gary Andrews is a cartoonist who lost his wife Joy to sepsis. He has continued his doodle a day during that time. [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 1:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Full eyes, clear hearts, here's how it's gonna go, can't lose

"Sweeping my hair uneasily into a baseball cap, I decided to try to be as “Coach Eric Taylor” as possible for two weeks. I am a five-foot-two white woman with glasses, shoulder-length hair, a wide smile and ready eye contact. I was dubious about this stunt working. Could I truly effect male power?" [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 12:16 PM PST - 43 comments

Day of the Devs

Indie games offer innovation and niche appeal in a market dominated by formulaic blockbusters. At the 6th annual Day of the Devs there will be 70 unreleased games to play. Watch the teaser preview of all 70 here.
posted by adept256 at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

the ice-cold reality of the retail death spiral

"What if I told you one of the largest ever undertakings in American historic preservation was happening not through the graces of any large institution, but through the autonomous participation of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of individuals across the country, who are collectively stitching together their own narrative of architectural history?" Kate Wagner in The Baffler, The Archivists of Extinction: Architectural history in an era of capitalist ruin
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments


Are you #TylerStrong? (SLYT - have a tissue handy) The best sports story that is not really about sports that you will see this weekend. [more inside]
posted by COD at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Kaitlin Prest: "I didn’t take that feedback"

Take some time to explore the work of Kaitlin Prest. Her newest podcast, The Shadows, was just released. You can also hear Prest's work on RadioLab's recent series In the No on the topic of consent. Part II is here. Part III to come. Prest's whole "No" series is here. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comment

So this is probably my 10th client who is the smartest man in the world.

"There's nothing." Escaping NXIVM is a new CBC podcast focusing on the experience of Sara Edmonson, one high-profile defector from the recently-crashed cult. (Stitcher, iTunes, Twitter) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 6:54 AM PST - 38 comments

Did Joshua Schachter Make a Mistake Selling del.icio.us to Yahoo?

Joshua Schachter’s groundbreaking social-bookmarking site Del.icio.us, founded in 2003, popularized the idea of “tags” — organizing bookmarks by appending just a word or two. At its height, Del.icio.us was the toast of budding social sites known as Web 2.0, had millions of users, and served as a direct inspiration for sites like Reddit and Pinterest. Schachter talked to Intelligencer about his decision sell Del.icio.us to Yahoo in 2005 — and how it felt to watch as the company was mismanaged and sold off to a series of buyers before being permanently shut down in 2017. [more inside]
posted by gen at 5:00 AM PST - 53 comments

October 20

When do you jump? And where do you land?

Why Kodak Died And Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale Of Two Film Companies
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:57 PM PST - 59 comments

Allergic to Modernity

The Guardian discusses the recent, and startling, mass increase in allergy occurrences - possibly connected to delayed exposure to allergens, overly-hygienic practices, and lack of exposure to sunlight. Are our best laid plans in health and wellness wreaking havoc on our immune systems?
posted by TruthfulCalling at 8:42 PM PST - 55 comments

"Censorship was a problem."

Emanuele Taglietti is an Italian illustrator, mostly known for his covers for digest-sized, adult comics (fumetti) whose themes were sex, violence, and horror. The following links are so, so NSFW:

Sex And Horror: The Lurid Erotic Art Of Emanuele Taglietti (Dangerous Minds)
Emanuele Taglietti art at Comic Art Fans
Cover Art By Emanuele Taglietti at Spaghetti Fumetti
Interview with Korero Press
Emanuele Taglietti Fan Club
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:37 PM PST - 20 comments

So You Want to Open a Small Press Bookstore/Artist-Run Space?

A cautionary tale by poet Noel Black.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:22 PM PST - 32 comments

"Monsters, if they are interesting, are unpredictable."

“Polysemy (from Greek: πολυ-, poly-, "many" and σῆμα, sêma, "sign"), the capacity for a sign, such as a word, phrase, or symbol, to have multiple meanings, usually related by contiguity of meaning within a semantic field.” – definition adapted from Wikipedia

“If you cannot convince a fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement.” – Gritty (probably)
True Grit: From Weird Mascot to Eldritch Revolutionary
posted by Lexica at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Needle Felted Faces

Hyperrealistic cat portraits needle felted by Japanese artist Wakuneco. [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 5:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a better game plan than us trying to pick a fight with Hammer?

"The upside was that we finally did finish Paul's Boutique. The downside is that we wasted So. Much. Fucking. Money. Soon enough, though, the amount of money we'd just wasted would be the least of our problems." The Making (and Unmaking) of Paul's Boutique.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:17 PM PST - 30 comments

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark

Follow some of the about 1.9 million Venezuelans who have fled since 2015 in one of the largest migrations in the world in recent years.
The price of oil plummeted from $96 per barrel in 2014 to just $49 in 2015.
Corruption and rot run from the president right down to the human traffickers, brothel proprietors, contraband smugglers and taxi drivers.
Meanwhile drug trafficking structures are a series of often competing networks buried deep within the Chavista regime, with ties going back almost two decades. The Development of the Cartel of the Suns.
posted by adamvasco at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

We all die alone, but some more than others

Miyu Kojima cleans the apartments of those who have died alone. These lonely deaths (kodokushi) are often undiscovered for months, and the work is difficult and grim. But in her off hours she takes these experiences and turns them into art, memorializing the apartments she's cleaned in painstakingly constructed dioramas.
posted by serathen at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Best Wildlife Photos of 2018

The 40 best from over 45,000 entries to London's Natural History Museum. This is the best representation among several sites with these photos. The images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience, and vulnerability of life on Earth. The winning photos were chosen from more than 45,000 entries from 95 countries for their artistic composition, technical innovation, and truthful interpretation of the natural world.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

“I’ve always known that I’m multiracial”

A DNA test said a man was 4% black. Now he wants to qualify as a minority business owner. (WaPo)
posted by girlmightlive at 12:04 PM PST - 75 comments

Slate - The New American Songbook

The New American Songbook is emphatically not a list of the best songs of the past quarter-century, although many of these tracks would make that list, too. As predicted by our panel, tomorrow’s oldies, like tomorrow’s America, will be a lot less male-dominated, and a lot more diverse. [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 10:10 AM PST - 60 comments

101. Metafilter (1999)

100 Websites That Shaped the Internet as We Know It [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 9:15 AM PST - 97 comments

With what do you want to light the torch? Say things in full, bedlamite!

40 years ago (near enough), and inspired by Zork, Roy Trubshaw coded (in MACRO-10) the first version of MUD, the Multi-User Dungeon, at Essex University. With the work of Richard Bartle (previously) versions were recoded and refined over the next few years. Soon, external access to the university DEC-10 between 2am and 7am increased player numbers at their expense. Various incarnations and versions appeared over the next few years with MUD being hosted, between 1984 and 1987, by Dundee Technical College (which became Abertay University). MUD was one of several early games which inspired online adventure and virtual environment creators; MUDs and MOOs, such as TinyMUD in 1989 and the still-developing MUDII from 1985, proliferated. [Post title]
posted by Wordshore at 8:40 AM PST - 29 comments

It's That Pivotal Moment

“For me, this is something you’ll not see this year, last year, the year before that. . . kissing. . . Liam Neeson, a hunk. And kissing him sexually, romantically.
[more inside]
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Monkey Lifts Its Baby to the Sky

The Disney-like moment was captured on film. Photographer Dafna Ben Nun, 38, captured the incredible real life Disney moment whilst on a trip to Zimbabwe. "It was just a split second, but it was fascinating to watch!"
posted by grobertson at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments


On the Pleasures of the Escape Room. "Escape rooms make a simple and beguiling metaphor for life. In the space of an hour, you dart through all the stages of human maturation, from bewilderment (infancy) to discovery (puberty) to reasoning (adulthood) to deliverance (death). It’s like starring in your own dumb biopic."
posted by storybored at 8:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Another way to prove you’re a gentleperson and a scholar

Indiana University English professor Michael Adams reflects on dictionaries as physical objects.
posted by Vesihiisi at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Women in the U.S. Can Now Get Safe Abortions by Mail

The Atlantic interviews doctor Rebecca Gomperts about the recently-launched Aid Access. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told me. “Something had to be done.” [more inside]
posted by Little Dawn at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

For Halloween, the Spooky and Queer Holiday, More Weird Audio Dramas

Some of you may be aware that Limetown Website Previously FanFare is making a return at the end of the month, but other creators have been turning out more and more spooky and weird (and sometimes funny) audio dramas for your entertainment as the nights get longer and the days colder (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). Here’s a round up of audio dramas with paranormal elements. In honor of the historical queerness of Halloween, LGBTQ characters and elements are also identified. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Jesse Jackson ’88 tees are hot in Asia. Here’s why.

Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign logo trending in Asian fashion "The Jesse Jackson ’88 “content” is the least important aspect of the shirt. In today’s globalized world, items can jump between cultures, but they mostly succeed in other places because they take on completely new meanings upon arrival."
posted by MythMaker at 6:32 AM PST - 15 comments

In which a skillet is saved

Kat Kinsman came into possession of an extremely neglected cast iron pan and asked the internet for advice. A short but satisfying story of redemption and high heat. Previously.
posted by arcticseal at 1:22 AM PST - 30 comments

October 19

But what if I want to go from C - L, via A, B and A again?

Desire paths have been described as illustrating “the tension between the native and the built environment and our relationship to them”. Because they often form in areas where there are no pavements, they can be seen to “indicate [the] yearning” of those wishing to walk, a way for “city dwellers to ‘write back’ to city planners, giving feedback with their feet”. Stroll on through: Desire paths: the illicit trails that defy the urban planners. (SL The Guardian)
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 11:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Thanks, Mole Playing Rough

The Mystery of the Mole Playing Rough (SLYT): why did SNES classic Earthbound contain an unavoidable random encounter with a plucky (but doomed) mole?
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 11:40 PM PST - 4 comments


Enjoy a song consisting entirely of bits of video game console startup audio. [slyt]
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Are You There God? It's Me, Movie Rights

Nearly 50 years after its publication, Judy Blume has granted the screen rights to her coming-of-age classic, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:32 PM PST - 28 comments

I am Herschel and so is my wife

A story of trout, human hubris, and the scapegoating of hungry sea lions. (SLHakai)
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 5:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Accurate perception is optional

The 2018 Best Illusion of the Year Contest results are out, and unsurprisingly Kokichi Sugihara has won with a truly disorienting illusion. Sugihara previously.
posted by jjray at 5:14 PM PST - 22 comments

What up with that?

Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac are fighting again.
posted by prize bull octorok at 3:20 PM PST - 55 comments

A tree grows in Pittsburgh. Well, up to 100,000

On a patch of land beneath the 62nd Street Bridge, Tree Pittsburgh is looking to train the next generation of local dendrophiles. On Oct. 18, the environmental nonprofit unveiled an expansion of its existing tree nursery on the shores of the Allegheny River. In addition to new space for more than 100,000 new tree saplings, Tree Pittsburgh also opened the doors to its new and totally green education center. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Criminalizing Victims

Last Thanksgiving, a Chinese woman named Song Yang fell to her death during a police raid of her apartment in Queens. This is her story. (Linked article discusses sexual assault, suicide and abuse.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

poorly known and rarely seen felid

Chinese Mountain Cats. Video footage of a mother and two kittens of a cat species with "a very small known range on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau (Qinghai and northwest Sichuan), [...] the only cat endemic to China".
posted by readinghippo at 1:23 PM PST - 33 comments

The Sunburnt Country

Whiteness as disease in skin-cancer-ridden Australia
posted by zeptoweasel at 11:40 AM PST - 51 comments

Is there racial inequality at your school?

A ProPublica developer uses Illinois as an example of the data on racial disparities in education that can be easily viewed using the new Miseducation online tool. A recent story uses some of the same data (and a great deal of individual reporting) to explore education disparities in Charlottesville.
posted by eotvos at 11:16 AM PST - 18 comments

“Mothers, moreover, were the typical organizers of rent strikes.”

“Starting from scattered clues left by Marx and his successors, above all Rosa Luxemburg, this essay outlines a theory of class formation and socialist hegemony in consonance with the historical, revolutionary experience of the working class’s actual lives and ideas. The basic thesis is that “agency” in the last instance is conditioned by the development of the productive forces but activated by the convergence (or “overdeterminations”) of political, economic, and cultural struggles.” Old Gods, New Enigmas: as production becomes more abstract and society more alienated, what can we learn about building class consciousness from the movements of the past? (Catalyst)
posted by The Whelk at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

Reuters reports on the world’s two biggest lithium producers' plans to increase output by drawing more brine from beneath Chile's Atacama desert, the world’s driest, and the attendant environmental impact. The story includes an accompanying interactive infographic version and photo essay. The industry's impact in the region has also caught the eye of photographer Edward Burtynsky, with images of lithium brine operations in the Atacama forming part of the work in his collaboration with Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, The Anthropocene Project.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Inertia Creeps

For the 20th anniversary of Mezzanine, arguably one of the best and most important albums of the '90s, Massive Attack has decided to not only release a deluxe, re-mastered version of the album, but following in the footsteps of avant-garde Canadian poet Christian Bök's Xenotext, and in a move unlikely to quell rumours that Robert "3D" Del Naja is actually Banksy, they are releasing it as synthetic DNA suspended in a can of matte black spray paint. [more inside]
posted by Fish Sauce at 9:16 AM PST - 55 comments

Architecture Drawing Prizes for 2018

The World Architecture Festival, with co-curators Make Architects and the Sir John Soane’s Museum, announced today the winners of their annual Architecture Drawing Prize, established in 2017
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

.:Ultimate Writer: an Open Digital Typewriter:.

TL;DR: A digital typewriter based on a Raspberry Pi and an E-Ink screen. The code/build instructions are available on GitHub. 2600 words from ninjatrappeur describing the build, along with photographs and opportunities to contribute.
posted by cgc373 at 9:03 AM PST - 32 comments

A day in the life of a former global superpower

As a recent deputy Prime Minister joins Facebook, a John Inman double sues his weary hosts, something from the 1990s makes an unwelcome return, technology startups quietly move eastwards, residents hide from a cat, amputated limbs are (allegedly) kept in handy skips, and a rising Tory MP who but a few hours ago demonstrated he is a very angry man goes "pub carpark fight" on (inevitably) Twitter, so the lonely Prime Minister, bereft of even a genuine handshake or a legal joint (which is ironic), charges on with cannon to right of her, cannon to left of her, and cannon in front of her, though much of the nation is otherwise gripped by the latter part of Bread and Circuses, namely Jose-drama and who is [redacated] who on Strictly Come Dancing, when not growing pumpkins.
posted by Wordshore at 8:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Todd H. Bol, founder, Little Free Library Movement, 1956-2018

'“If I may be so bold, I’m the most successful person I know,” Bol said, with a sideways smile, “because I stimulate 54 million books to be read and neighbors to talk to each other. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the very definition of success.' [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Oh my god what would you name this cat...?? 😱😲😺

Offer an appropriate name (and reverence, if you're smart) to this creature: Twitter | Threadreader
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:54 AM PST - 61 comments


The next generation of streaming video games is on its way [Engadget] “There's a specific kind of frustration associated with crappy game-streaming services. It's all about the buildup: You find a game, whether it's something brand new or a long-lost childhood favorite, and boot it up. It takes forever to load. The title screen stutters and your heart drops, but it's easy to convince yourself it was just a bout of preliminary jitters. And then the game begins. And stops. And starts up again. And stops. [...] That's been the story with so many streaming services over the years, from OnLive to GeForce Now. However, this entire ecosystem is poised to change. After years of impossible promises and half-baked public trials in an incomplete online ecosystem, streaming services are finally viable, and major companies like Google and Microsoft are teasing the future of the industry.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:18 AM PST - 34 comments

How The University of Oregon's Soul Was Sold

Facing pressure from an anti-tax initiative that pit university funding against K-12 education, UO president Dave Frohnmayer was forced to look to corporate funders to help fund the school's mission, especially local megacorporation Nike. But Nike's owner, Phil Knight, viewed his largesse as an investment, and that, along with family tragedy for Frohnmayer and a misstep on the latter's part leading the former to exact a brutal toll on him, would lead to the University of Oregon surrendering much of its identity and control to Nike. (SLPSMag) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 6:17 AM PST - 30 comments

The feminist case against the feminist case against trans inclusion

"I’m not transphobic, but…”: A feminist case against the feminist case against trans inclusivity This Friday, the 19th October, the [British] Government's consultation on a proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) will close. The process has become a focal point for a heated and often toxic debate over what we as a society owe to trans people, and how the claims of the trans community - and of trans women in particular - relate to the characteristic commitments and concerns of feminism. [Content note - this article discusses transphobia extensively, as do the links below] [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas at 3:00 AM PST - 126 comments

We popped down to Colwood to build a life-size Woolly Mammoth

"I’ve always seen stuff in the driftwood: oh, there’s a dinosaur bone; oh, there’s a triceratops skull" Alex Witcombe launched Drifted Creations after his first driftwood sculpture received a deluge of praise from the public. Today, the artist, who is based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, makes public art pieces and does commissions for a variety of clients. He also runs workshops to help others learn the coastal craft. More images!
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:25 AM PST - 4 comments

October 18

Ninety Minutes of Unbridled Female Excellence

As we head the 2019 Women's World Cup, let's take a look at the state of American women's professional soccer. [more inside]
posted by Tentacle of Trust at 11:26 PM PST - 10 comments

The Indonesian Immigrants who brought Rock'n'Roll to the Dutch

Between 1945 and '65 around 300,000 Dutch, Mollucans and Indo people, the descendants of mixed Dutch and Indonesian parents, left the Dutch East Indies, today known as Indonesia, for the Netherlands. The majority arrived around the time of Indonesia's struggle for independence in the second half of the 1940s. And some of these immigrants brought in western Rock'n'Roll: The Blue Diamonds, The Crazy Rockers and The Tielman Brothers (trio of black'n'white rock'n'roll videos; more below). [Another twang of the guitar to Johnny Wallflower for this musical trip] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

I don't have any more luxury goods to fill this box so are words OK?

“People talk about subscriptions as if they’re all the same,” says Ipsy CEO Marcelo Camberos. “But in fact, subscription commerce is just a new way to engage with brands and get products. We’re all fundamentally different businesses.” Inside the $2.6 billion subscription box wars.
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 9:15 PM PST - 61 comments

This is not the new politics thread

How to Stop Yourself From Crying: Crying is a natural human response to joy, stress or sadness. But what if you don’t want to let the tears fall? (SLNYT)
posted by not_the_water at 6:04 PM PST - 35 comments

Do No Harm

Do No Harm. "3am. 1980s Hongjing. In an aging private hospital, a single-minded surgeon is forced to break her physician’s oath when violent gangsters storm in to stop a crucial operation." [SLV, Via] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 5:55 PM PST - 3 comments

They Live: A populist documentary on shadowy cabals turns 30

"Drones in the sky, conspiracies in our heads, militarized police in the streets, economic inequality in every corner of society, media that seeks to control our minds: The terror of They Live is more tangible and primal in 2018 than a slasher movie could ever be." Steven Hyden, The Ringer: John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ Was Supposed to Be a Warning. We Didn’t Heed It. We Didn’t Even Understand It. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:28 PM PST - 37 comments

"Game on, Tiny"

Last Sunday's “60 Minutes” aired an interview by Lesley Stahl with Donald Trump, who informed her, twice, "I'm not a baby." (Transcript) Among other highlights, Trump, bobbing and weaving to avoid the truth, tried to cast blame on China when pressed about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign election, declared he knew more about NATO than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation), suggested climate change will "change back again", and let slip, "I don’t trust everybody in the White House". The AP reports 11.7 million viewers tuned in to watch, just over half the audience that Stormy Daniels had on the CBS newsmagazine last spring. CNN tracks 11 noteworthy moments from Trump's '60 Minutes' interview. [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:19 PM PST - 2029 comments

Welcome to math, where everything is cool if you know how it works

Geometry is neat:
Surface Area of a Sphere
Cake by Dinara Kasko
Morphing Cube
Slowly Filling a Maze
Pop-up cards
Milling Machine At Work
Church in Mogno, Switzerland
Two inverted magnetic bowls causing un-magnetized steel balls to organize into geometric patterns [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 3:40 PM PST - 14 comments

The Knack

"The thing I hated most about being a child in the 1950s was that you couldn’t just open the cupboard." Why growing up in the 1950's sucked by M. John Harrison.
posted by thatwhichfalls at 2:49 PM PST - 59 comments

Death is in demand. Life is golden, until it isn’t.

The Life and Death of a Mexican Hitman
Researching how Mexico can uproot the scourge of organised crime, Falko Ernst befriends a doomed hitman on the run from his past. Talking to the sicario in the Michoacán underworld, he learns much about the deadly challenges the new government faces. Additional: 'The training stays with you': the elite Mexican soldiers recruited by cartels.
posted by adamvasco at 2:18 PM PST - 2 comments

He escorted me to the door and placed his iron-tipped toe to my rump...

Friday flash fiction: What Happened to Auguste Clarot? A blast of sci-fi comedic nonsense reminiscent of Donald Bartleme. "When I was summoned posthaste to the topsy turvy office of Emile Becque, savage editor of L'Expresse, I knew in my bones that an assignment of extraordinary dimensions awaited me. Becque glared at me as I entered, his green-tinted eyeshade slanted forward like an enormous bill. We sat there, neither of us saying a word, for Becque is a strong believer in mental telepathy. After several moments I had gathered nothing but waves of hatred for a padded expense account and then, all at once, I knew. It was l'affaire Clarot. I leaped to my feet crying out, I will not let you down, Emile, and stumbled (almost blinded by tears) out of his office."
posted by storybored at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Mary Bono Nails the Dismount

Soon after allegations of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar were made by three former gymnasts on 60 Minutes, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Steve Penny resigned. Kerry Perry was hired to change the climate at the governing body, then fired "after nine months marked by chaos [and] lack of tangible action". [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 11:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Beat The Devil Out Of It

46 minutes of Bob Ross beating the devil out of it, redecorating his living room, covering everybody in the studio, taking out his hostilities, just enjoying the best part of painting. [Digg] [YouTube] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 11:53 AM PST - 9 comments

flood the swamp!

From the very beginnings, Europeans looked at the swamps, marshes, bogs, and wetlands of what would become the United States as useless lands, suitable only for draining prior to agriculture or dredging for ship traffic. Now we have all found ourselves In The Dismal Swamp. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Oh, dear.

I need a new bum! Read by The Scottish Granny. [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

there can be only one

The Best Halloween Candy, Ranked [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:14 AM PST - 214 comments

Better than tiger urine

Calvin Klein's "Obsession" for Men could be used as lure to catch a dangerous man-eating tiger in India. The cologne's ability to attract tigers was discovered in an experiment at the Bronx Zoo in 2003. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 9:14 AM PST - 39 comments

Precarious by Design

Passengers are empowered to act as middle managers over drivers, whose ratings directly impact their employment eligibility,” note Rosenblat and Stark in their paper. “This redistribution of managerial oversight and power away from formalized middle management and toward consumers is part of a broader trend in flexible labor. via Kenyatta
posted by infini at 8:56 AM PST - 80 comments

“As players, we rarely look down on our own shoes, or even NPCs shoes,”

Shoes for Virtual Feet: “People wear shoes. Well, most people do. The same applies to virtual humans, every character in videogames wear shoes of some sort. I wonder what they are wearing? I've been documenting shoes in videogames for a few months now. It's experimental, it's not a full documentation yet, only the ones I find interesting. Protagonist, supporting characters, enemies, NPCs, pedestrians, they are all included.” [via: Rock Paper Shotgun]
posted by Fizz at 5:00 AM PST - 42 comments

October 17

Art and technology meet in Stargazing: A Knitted Tapestry

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a 1980s knitting machine to create a massive star map. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:49 PM PST - 17 comments

"Some students knew beforehand and still consumed the cookies"

A Davis high school student allegedly baked her grandfather’s ashes into a batch of sugar cookies and gave them to classmates, some of whom were aware they contained human remains before they ate them, authorities said Tuesday. […] Asked if the allegation seems credible, [Police Lt.] Doroshov gave a long sigh. “Yeah.” (SL LA Times)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:46 PM PST - 119 comments

It's competitive gourd season, motherf**kers

From Barnesville, Ohio, Topsfield and Marshfield, Massachusetts, to Half Moon Bay, California, contest and county fair records for "heaviest pumpkin" have been falling like autumn leaves. National records have also been crushed beneath the weight of some impressive specimens - a new Canadian record (1,959 lbs), a new UK record for the largest pumpkin grown indoors (2,433.9 lbs), and a new U.S. (and North American) record (2,528 lbs). The current world record of 2,624.6 lbs still stands for now. Have pumpkins maxed out? [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:20 PM PST - 17 comments

A.. AH... SOM...THI...TO...E EAT...?

Eighteen year old high school student Hyun Cha
Lost all his family
Here, alone
At the end of the world
SWEET HOME - Youngchan Hwang, Carnby Kim
CW: violence, self-harm, suicide, monsters [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 8:13 PM PST - 10 comments

When I'd Give Her The World, She Asks Instead For Some Earth

The Tony award-winning 1991 Broadway production of The Secret Garden (adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel) is not particularly well-known. Its house is haunted by the past and its young heroine struggling to grow into the future. The show's sophisticated examinations of love and loss and its depiction of youthful self-discovery was deeper than typical musical fare. The main record we have of this show is the Original Broadway Cast recording [discogs], which features Daisy Eagan, Mandy Patinkin, and John Cameron Mitchell (very much pre-Hedwig), amongst others, and contains between song scenes which flesh out the story even for those who have never seen the show. Here's a YouTube playlist (I apologize for the commercials). [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:13 PM PST - 32 comments

Because of Mark Twain, Somehow

The Soylent Corporation maestro is under attack for making Soylent Green out of people. But we need people who take risks. We need people who try. We need people to eat. In Defense of Soylent Green Inventor Henry C. Santini (after the Popular Mechanics defense of Elon Musk)
posted by Artw at 7:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Patterns in Nature: RSB 2018 shortlist

The Royal Society of Biology’s 12 shortlisted entries range from symmetries seen under a microscope to camouflaged insects
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship provides focus on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 6:37 PM PST - 24 comments

There can be no greater issue than that of archiving in this country

The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress. Consisting of 276,000 documents and 461,000 images, the collection includes letters, speeches, executive orders, scrapbooks, diaries, White House reception records and press releases of his administration, as well as family records. [more inside]
posted by waninggibbon at 6:18 PM PST - 3 comments

When I Came Out to My Parents, Kimchi Fried Rice Held Us Together

I'd always thought that you're supposed to learn something about yourself when you come out, but I think I learned more about my parents.
It meant something to me that in the midst of my mother's grave disappointment, during a time in her life when everything had seemed to change, the rug pulled out from under her, somehow she and I could seek refuge in this one thing that would never change. I was still her son and she was still my mom, and kimchi fried rice—something only she could make—was still my favorite thing to eat in the entire world.
By Eric Kim.
posted by Lexica at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Attack method #268324: Sonar Phishing

Don't have a photo of your victim to break into their phone? Too lazy to walk to the printer to smash that fingerprint ID roadblock? Not to worry: now you lazy cracker kids can infect your mark's device with the latest and greatest sonar phishing tech. Thanks, Lancaster University: Researchers Used Sonar Signal From a Smartphone Speaker to Steal Unlock Passwords (SL Motherboard). [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Abortion to be decriminalised in Queensland

For over 100 years, abortion in Queensland has been a crime, unless a doctor considered it necessary to "prevent serious danger to the woman's physical or mental health". Last night, the Queensland parliament voted in favour of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill. The Bill removes abortion from the criminal code, allows abortion on request up to 22 weeks, and introduces safe access zones of 150 metres around clinics to shield women from harassment. [more inside]
posted by fever-trees at 4:51 PM PST - 8 comments

It's not rocket surgery

A malaphor is a Blend of malapropism +‎ metaphor. Examples: "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it"... "Even a blind squirrel is right twice a day"... "If a bear shits in the woods, does it make a sound?"... "An apple a day leaves the whole world blind" [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 2:51 PM PST - 128 comments

A Fighting Chance

Monday, October 15: CNN, 'Why Elizabeth Warren is #1 in Our New 2020 Rankings'; WaPo, 'Elizabeth Warren Has Her Act Together: Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Better Wake Up'. Boston Globe, Warren Releases Results of DNA Tests [more inside]
posted by box at 2:23 PM PST - 185 comments

"Twitter’s focus is on a healthy public conversation."

Twitter has released a dataset consisting of 1.24GB of messages and 296GB of media "that we believe resulted from potentially state-backed information operations on our service", according to the company. They come from "3,841 accounts affiliated with the [Internet Research Agency], originating in Russia, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran. They include more than 10 million Tweets and more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts", and are being made publicly available in partially-anonymized form. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Status and meaning of photography in a digital world drowning in images

What next for photography in the age of Instagram? Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian's photography critic, examines the changing landscape of a thriving medium, and provides updates on his musings on an ever-evolving art form from six years ago, covering everything from the absurd number of photography festivals held each year to the value of truth in photography in the age of Photoshopping, in contrast with videos of a fatal shooting at an Iranian protest that went viral. In his prior piece, O'Hagan compared photographs netting high bids at auctions, between the 1906 "old master," Edward J. Steichen's The Pond - Moonrise, and Andreas Gursky's "The Rhine II". Adding to the discussion is the fact that the latter was, as Gursky said, digitally altered to "leave out the elements that bothered me." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

American Mercenaries

A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be The Future Of War. [Buzzfeed News] “Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV as it wound through the darkened streets of Aden. Two other commandos on the mission were former Navy SEALs. As elite US special operations fighters, they had years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But now they were working for a different master: a private US company that had been hired by the United Arab Emirates, a tiny desert monarchy on the Persian Gulf. On that night, December 29, 2015, their job was to carry out an assassination.” [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 11:51 AM PST - 36 comments

The NCAA Is Gaslighting You

In a longform piece for Deadspin, Andy Schwarz talks about how the argument at the core of the NCAA's justification for not allowing players to be paid - "the fans demand it" - not only doesn't hold up to any sort of scrutiny, but also how the NCAA works to make people buy into their view even with all the evidence against it. (SLDeadspin)
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:46 AM PST - 19 comments

The world is dying; come see it

"The world is on fire but the new Google Pixel 3 — a Good Phone, which I do recommend you buy if you like Android and can afford it, although its updates are mostly incremental — in my pocket is cool to the touch. ... My neck hurts. I am never not looking down. When I am not looking at my phone, I become slightly anxious. And then, when I do actually look at it, I become even more so. It reminds me of how I once felt about cigarettes. I don’t recall exactly when my phone became such a festival of stress and psychological trauma, but here we are." Matt Honan reviews the Google Pixel 3 for Buzzfeed News through a haze of existential angst about the smartphone revolution. (via Daring Fireball.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:33 AM PST - 51 comments


Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering. "It can be distressing to witness the pain of family, friends or even strangers going through a hard time. But what if, just like strengthening a muscle or learning a new hobby, we could train ourselves to be more compassionate and calm in the face of others’ suffering?" Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger With Training: Loving-kindness meditation and compassion training boost empathic resilience. [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

The Fascist Creep

“In Germany in 1933, Wilhelm Reich, in analyzing how a society chooses fascism, rejected the all-too-easy notion of the duped masses. He insisted that we take seriously the fact that people, en masse, genuinely desired fascism. Ignorant masses weren’t manipulated into an authoritarian system they do not actually want.” No Joke (Real Life) “And that brings me to the point of this little essay. How did America end up so hilariously, amazingly, spectacularly stupid, it couldn’t even figure out when fascism, comic-book fascism, in fact — replete with cartoon dictator, demonization, scapegoating, camps, bans, and so on — was rising right in front of its eyes?“ Why America Didn’t See Fascism Coming (Medium) Republicans Are Adopting the Proud Boys ( Daily Beast). “The past three years have seen a proliferation of such groups: organized reactionaries of various political tendencies seeking out ideological enemies (mostly, but not exclusively, on the anti-capitalist left) to beat to a bloody pulp.” Boys To Men (Baffler)
posted by The Whelk at 10:17 AM PST - 68 comments

It's like battling a monster

Elite Wildland Firefighters Are The Pride Of The Blackfeet Reservation [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Fiat Lux!

Next month, California votes on 11 propositions covering everything from rent control to transportation funding to taking control of the shared concept of time itself. State and local offices, judges, and local ballot measures on everything from homeless services to a public bank are all up for grabs, not to mention several competitive House races. Register to vote by October 22nd (or anytime through Election Day) or check your voter registration. Then find your polling place and your ballot. We'll take the state propositions one-by-one, and everyone can discuss what's on the ballot in your part of the state. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 10:00 AM PST - 88 comments

me, ordering a 3x3: is this a recuperation?

The Weird World of Secret Menus, Alison Pearlman
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that variations on the expression to hack the menu have been used to describe off-menu ordering at fast-food chains almost exclusively. This language, derived from computer hacking, encapsulates the secret-menu subculture that revolves around them. When I hear the verb hack used this way, I picture someone trying to game a system. Convinced that an organization can’t be trusted to act in her interests, she resorts to work-arounds and trickery. At the root of her approach is a reciprocal alienation: the system treats the individual as faceless and interchangeable, so the hacker views the system as a monolithic adversary.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:19 AM PST - 68 comments

Reply All episode 127 and 128: The Crime Machine

New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.
PJ Vogt tells the story of the New York cop who brought data to policing, and the unintended consequences that followed. Part 1 (45 minute audio with transcript). Part 2 (40 minute audio with transcript).
posted by rebent at 9:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Caroll Spinney (STILL ALIVE), aka Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Retires

After nearly 50 years, Caroll Spinney (WHO IS STILL ALIVE) has announced that he is stepping down as the primary performer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney, last of the original Sesame Street Muppeteers, has already taped his final performances as Messrs. Bird and Grouch have already been taped for Sesame Street's 50th season, which will air next year. The tall yellow role will be taken by Matt Vogel, currently Count Von Count and Kermit the Frog; the short green role will be taken by Eric Jacobson, currently at least 10 other Muppets.
posted by Etrigan at 8:43 AM PST - 31 comments

Herb is the healing of a nation

Today is the day recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada. Canada is the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis after Uruguay (it has been decriminalized but not legalized in Portugal). The rules around cannabis sales and consumption will vary from province to province and from municipality to municipality. In British Columbia, where there is a backlog of private business licences waiting to be processed, pot will be available immediately through the provincial government's BC Liquor Distribution Branch, for sale online or in one lone storefront in Kamloops. Meanwhile, the federal government has announced it will move quickly to pardon those with past convictions for simple possession. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:40 AM PST - 110 comments

I should’ve gone to therapy but instead I came back to Mississippi.

Bim Adewunmi on Kiese Laymon and his new book, Heavy. I write the way I write because my mother and my grandmother encouraged me not to write that way most of my life... But also, I listened to them talk to one another. And sometimes in private, I would hear my mother and my grandmother and my aunts talking in a way that I had never...just nothing I had read sounded like that. Maybe some Toni Morrison sounded like it, but I just heard them reckoning in a way that I wanted do in my art. I know English. I know all the rules. I read damn near all the books. I mean, I literally have to read all the books! So if I wanna fuck around with the language, I can do that. Because my mama created a fucking reading machine.” [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 5:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Teacup pigs are popular on YouTube and Instagram once again..

What most sellers/owners don't know (or won't tell you) is that most of these micropigs aren’t going to remain small ... " It’s a universal truth that what’s old will eventually become new again, and what’s beloved on Instagram or YouTube can never truly die. And so, adopting teacup pigs, a fad inspired partly by Paris Hilton in 2007 (the same year Hilton’s reality series, The Simple Life, ended) is back. " [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 3:05 AM PST - 40 comments

In Every Way Shopping Reinforced Hierarchy. Until Sears.

The catalog undid the power of the storekeeper, and by extension the landlord. Black families could buy without asking permission. Without waiting. Without being watched. With national (cheap) prices! How the Sears Catalog Undermined White Supremacy in the Jim Crow South -- a catalogue of fascinating articles curated by [MetaFilter's Own™] Jason Kottke
posted by chavenet at 1:13 AM PST - 25 comments


Alice Mann has won the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize for her series 'Drummies' featuring South African teams of all-female drum majorettes
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:42 AM PST - 10 comments

October 16

Living with Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton was one of two women I learned to admire growing up in East Tennessee. The other was Pat Summitt, head coach of the Lady Volunteers, the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team. One flamboyantly female, the other a masculine woman. Both were arguably the best at what they did, had fantastic origins stories of hardscrabble lives in rural Tennessee, and told us that with enough grit and determination, we could succeed. Queer kids and nerdy girls, effeminate boys and boyish girls who desired something more than home took comfort in their boundary crossing. From these women they learned that they too could strike out on their own while maintaining both their authenticity and ties to home. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Love and death have long walked hand in hand

Memento Mori, Memento Amare [was] a three-person exhibition featuring art nouveau body horror sculptures by Isabel Peppard (NSFW), absurdist vanitas paintings by Beau White (NSFW) and neogothic etchings by Jonathan Guthmann (NSFW).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:36 PM PST - 4 comments

"A family ruthless in its quest for power and passion."

"Dallas" at 40: The Inside Story Behind the Show That Changed Texas Forever (SL Texas Monthly).
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:24 PM PST - 38 comments

An Amazing Obituary

If you work in one of the many institutions through which addicts often pass—rehabs, hospitals, jails, courts—and treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve, thank you. If instead you see a junkie or thief or liar in front of you rather than a human being in need of help, consider a new profession. One family's amazing, heartbreaking, and educational obituary for a loved one who died too soon.
posted by Bella Donna at 3:18 PM PST - 34 comments

Gene Genie

Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases. "Already, 60 percent of Americans of Northern European descent — the primary group using these sites — can be identified through such databases whether or not they’ve joined one themselves, according to a study published today in the journal Science. Within two or three years, 90 percent of Americans of European descent will be identifiable from their DNA, researchers found."
posted by storybored at 2:07 PM PST - 52 comments


Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem The platform has cast itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users argue harassment is rampant, and employees say efforts to stem it aren’t funded well or prioritized. (Taylor Lorenz for The Atlantic)
posted by box at 1:55 PM PST - 23 comments

In the future days which we seek to make secure

For Freedoms is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to increase civic discourse via art. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Suss "feels a movie soundtrack that got bored ... and left the theater"

What would it sound like if Brian Eno had produced the Western film scores of Ennio Morricone? We don't know, but it might sound like Suss, who make ambient country, "the new folk music." "There is no chair! It's a new thing every time" (Facebook video; also on YouTube). Those and more musings are from member the musicians behind Suss, who released their album Ghost Box (YouTube playlist) last February, and they're putting out an expanded version via Bandcamp. More audio/visual chaos from Bob Holmes (on mandolin, guitar, and harmonica): Canyonlands (Return to Wichita) live; Rain, live @ Secret Theatre, NYC 2/4/18; Rain (studio audio/ mixed media video); and Late Night Call (clip).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:10 PM PST - 25 comments

The penpal experience

Slowly is an app avaialble for iOS or Android, which enables you to write letters to people around the world. The catch (or hook): Your letters will take hours to arrive, mimicking a slower, pen-pal like experience.
posted by Cozybee at 10:05 AM PST - 26 comments

Abandoned in America

What stands in the way of Native American voters? [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments


STET is a new short story by Sarah Gailey, written “entirely out of spite” and published online by Fireside Magazine. Don’t skip the footnotes.
posted by Zonker at 9:49 AM PST - 66 comments

Universal Childcare

"At the same time we thrust new parents back into the labor market, we also insist that they comparison shop for childcare in a country with no national standards for quality, accessibility or safety. Nearly 11 million children, including over half of children below the age of one, spend an average of twenty-seven hours a week in some kind of childcare setting, yet the burden is on individual parents to assess the risks and benefits of a confusing, unaccountable, generally private system pieced together state by state for the care of our littlest and most vulnerable children. In essence, giving birth or adopting a child in America means you also take on the job of government regulator. It’s an impossible task, with occasionally tragic consequences." A Blueprint for Universal Childhood Care (Jacobin)
posted by The Whelk at 9:38 AM PST - 25 comments

“To have light, there must first be darkness,”

Montegrappa Chaos Watch & Pens by Sylvester Stallone [YouTube] “Sylvester Stallone [has] teamed up with the 106-year-old Italian luxury brand Montegrappa to create the Montegrappa Chaos Limited Edition. But a pen like this, inspired by 16th-century artists such as Battista Franco and Sebald Beham, couldn’t simply just be put on sale. No, a pen like this needed a trailer. The trailer, which has just resurfaced on social media, it is easily the most ostentatious project Sylvester Stallone has been involved with. It deserves to be deconstructed.” [via: The Guardian]
posted by Fizz at 9:13 AM PST - 50 comments

there is another ...

The Making Of The Empire Strikes Back, by Michel Parbot, SYGMA Television [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Artificial Robot Funk

Boston Dynamics perfected the Turing test for Robot Funk. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:00 AM PST - 62 comments

Apiarists Gone Rogue

California’s almond harvest has created a golden opportunity for bee thieves. Come for the bee thievery; stay for names like Joe Romance and "Rowdy" Jay Freeman (a sheriff's deputy and a beekeeper).
posted by Etrigan at 6:50 AM PST - 19 comments

A Map of Recent Philosophy

"This graphic is my attempt to give a data-driven representation of the structure of recent philosophy. ... For this map I parsed 55327 papers in philosophy from the Web-Of-Science-Collection." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

"just whose side was Virgil on?"

Since the end of the first century A.D., people have been playing a game with a certain book. In this game, you open the book to a random spot and place your finger on the text; the passage you select will, it is thought, predict your future. If this sounds silly, the results suggest otherwise. The first person known to have played the game was a highborn Roman who was fretting about whether he’d be chosen to follow his cousin, the emperor Trajan, on the throne
Is the Aeneid a Celebration of Empire—or a Critique? by Daniel Mendelsohn. You can inquire about the future from the Aeneid on the Sortes Virgilianae website (English, Latin).
posted by Kattullus at 5:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Some 41

The dawn of television promised diversity. Here's why we got "Leave It to Beaver" instead. [more inside]
posted by Arson Lupine at 12:34 AM PST - 15 comments

October 15

My what will be at right angles?

A Deep Dive Into Uranus Jokes The search for Uranus Joke Zero, including some history of the 19th century US newspaper industry, the naming of celestial bodies, and the possibly first publication of emoticons.
posted by DyRE at 10:54 PM PST - 25 comments

Bro, be humble

Ferda Girls (HUMBLE. Parody) Ft. Micayla Gatto

More Micayla, riding through her paintings

Interview about women in cycling and more.
posted by Gorgik at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Mr. Ouija and Mrs. Gail

I wasn’t afraid of being possessed, but Gail did freak me out, with stories of Satanic rituals that had taken place in the small Appalachian mountain town I grew up in.
posted by standardasparagus at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

"Embodies a sort of can-do attitude that feels commendably not-straight"

As Halloween approaches, a young woman’s fancy turns towards thoughts of spooky things, and also spooky women. Like witches! We can agree that all vampires are bisexual, but are all witches as gay as Willow and Tara led us to hope? We present one theoretical exploration of fictional witches ranked by lesbianism for you to enjoy disagreeing with both in substance and in terms of who was and was not included.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:47 PM PST - 48 comments

Paul G. Allen, 1953-2018

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has died at 65 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 3:45 PM PST - 77 comments

Little Potato.

The story of a mother and son who emigrate to America. [SLYT]
posted by peeedro at 1:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Walk this way

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities, an excerpt from Jeff Speck's new book, Walkable City Rules -- 101 Steps to Making Better Places
posted by Room 641-A at 1:14 PM PST - 20 comments

We think anime is, well, a whole lot gayer than that

AniGay is a small group of good friends who love anime and care deeply about the multifaceted, nuanced ways in which it depicts queerness. Over the years, we’ve spent more time than it’s possible to quantify researching, analyzing, and conversing about queerness in anime together, and we’ve become frustrated with the tendency of popular discourse to reduce queerness to binary categories: “representation” (good or bad) and “canon” (yes or no).
Anime? Anigay.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:39 PM PST - 18 comments

House-building robots and 3D-printing concrete buildings

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have developed a humanoid robot that can handle a variety of construction tasks when there's either a staffing shortage or serious hazards (Engadget). The prototype uses a mix of environment detection, object recognition and careful movement planning to install drywall by itself -- it can hoist up boards and fasten them with a screwdriver. If you prefer your homes made by a more mechanical-looking machine, here's how to 3D print an 800 square foot (~74.35 square meter) building in a day (Wired + short video from New Story & Icon), though roof, windows, doors and electrical/plumbing are installed with conventional methods.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:00 PM PST - 37 comments


A Marimba Rendition Of The Super Mario Bros. Theme (with 4 Mallets) by Aaron Grooves [YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 9:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Mother of Waters

In the Salish Sea, Native American communities bond over a rigorous canoe voyage. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 6:45 AM PST - 8 comments

“Translation, a carrying over…”

Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness is a 2016 essay by John Keene about the necessity of translating more stories and poems by African and Afro-descendant writers from outside the Anglophone world into English. Recently the Asymptote Podcast devoted two episodes to responding to the essay, first in the summer when host Layla Benitez-James interviewed Lawrence Schimel, focusing on his translation of Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda and the issues raised by being a Western, gay, white man translating an African, lesbian, black woman. Benitez-James returned to the subject last week after Keene received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and interviewed him about his essay.
posted by Kattullus at 3:27 AM PST - 2 comments

best job and best party

Possible best job: Cat caretaker in Zelenogradsk. Also cats in the news: Sadly cancelled, US Embassy apologises for cat pyjama party email. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 3:04 AM PST - 23 comments


Livetweeting watching Alien for the very first time. (SLTwitterthread)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:48 AM PST - 128 comments

October 14

Pennsylvania prisons switching to ebooks

Prisons are switching to ebooks but that’s not a good thing. The "Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced that inmates would no longer be able to receive physical books from outside organizations or inmate’s families. Instead, the state’s prison system would be switching to ebooks. These will be available on tablets sold by prison telecommunications giant GTL."
posted by readinghippo at 9:56 PM PST - 61 comments

It's close to midnight...

Wayne Brady joins Postmodern Jukebox for a seasonally appropriate cover of Michael Jackson's Thriller. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:18 PM PST - 40 comments

My god, isn't the news already scary enough?

Business is Boo-ing! Every Halloween, theme parks like Universal Studios come alive with actors who are paid to startle attendees. And in recent years, elaborate haunted houses have gotten more popular each fall. But these seasonal events are merely child’s play compared to what is happening year-round in the underground world of immersive horror. (CW: Graphic descriptions of simulated violence)(SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by holborne at 2:22 PM PST - 48 comments

"The heart and soul of the Roches"

Suzzy Roche's goal for the posthumous Maggie Roche compilation Where Do I Come From was "for her voice to be heard as much as possible." But the video for the unreleased 1972 demo "Stayin' Home" […] provides a visual souvenir of the late singer-songwriter, too. […] "Right after she died I discovered a video of her dancing," Suzzy tells Billboard. "Maggie was very quiet and shy on stage, but then all of a sudden she would go and do this dance during the middle of one of the songs, which was so great. Dick took this dance and reconfigured it a bit and said, 'Why not let it be raw Maggie?'"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men

The men who harass me know three things: I’m Chinese-American, my husband is white, and our son is multiracial. You hate Asian men, they insist; you hate your own child. You hate yourself. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 1:07 PM PST - 91 comments

Foreign charity to predator's hunting ground

Once an acclaimed charity that was helping young girls in Liberia escape sexual exploitation, this school turned into a rapist's hunting ground. [more inside]
posted by movicont at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Inside MIT's Nuclear Reactor

On the corner of busy Mass ave and Albany street (slyt) a nondescript older looking industrial building and what looks like a water tank resides an active research nuclear reactor (not for power generation). If you don't watch all do jump to the end (12:30) where they ask the student operator her favorate button and test her knowledge!
posted by sammyo at 10:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Ocean-Centered Map

The Spillhaus Projection reverses the traditional land-based map schemes. We all learn the names, locations, and even characteristics of the oceans in school. But unless we go into oceanography or some other body-of-water-centric profession, few of us keep them at our command. Maybe the loss of that knowledge has to do with our land-centricity as a species: not only do we live on the stuff, we also put it before water intellectually. Until now.
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Samuel L. Jackson scoops cat litter for Angie Craig

Samuel L. Jackson has made a video of himself scooping cat litter to support Minnesota House candidate Angie Craig. We do get to see her adorable kitty.
posted by bile and syntax at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments


The "Vampire of Lugnano" had a rock in its mouth to keep it from rising from grave. [Ars Technica] “Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a 10-year-old child at an ancient Roman site in Italy with a rock carefully placed in its mouth. This suggests those who buried the child—who probably died of malaria during a deadly fifth century outbreak—feared it might rise from the dead and spread the disease to those who survived.”
posted by Fizz at 7:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Spray-on antennae

Researchers at Drexel University have developed a new kind of antenna that can be sprayed onto just about any surface. The antenna is made up of an incredibly thin, metallic material known as "MXene", a two-dimensional form of titanium carbide that's highly conductive, which allows it to transmit and direct radio waves. (Science).
posted by adept256 at 7:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Mmm, pie

Lauren Ko makes pies with geometric designs. [more inside]
posted by cellar door at 4:30 AM PST - 27 comments

dingo music, sign language Live

How about a few songs and a sign language interpretation of the lyrics? 볼빨간사춘기 "First Love" | 비투비 "Missing You" | Ladies' Code "I'm Fine Thank You"
posted by one teak forest at 3:09 AM PST - 1 comment

We Can Work It Out

Paul Is Dead - The Fab Four are on a musical retreat in the Lake District when an incident occurs... (SLVimeo, nsfw swearing)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:28 AM PST - 23 comments

October 13

"You treacherous bastard."

Eric Idle and John Cleese (of Monty Python) sit down in front of an audience and reminisce about John's life and career. [1h17m] Recorded in late 2014 as John was doing promotion for his memoir, "So, Anyway...". Charming and hilarious. Enjoy!
posted by hippybear at 10:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Made up places and costly mistakes: a history of unfortunate maps

For all their inaccuracies, falsifications and fantasies, these cartographic antiques tell us a great deal about their times.
posted by standardasparagus at 7:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Your Worst Nightmares

Imagine someone sneaked into your bedroom when you were asleep, peeled back your eyelids and scooped out your very worst nightmares then turned them all into sculptures. Well, that’s kinda like what Mexican artist Emil Melmoth [NSFW] has achieved with his gruesome, morbid, yet strangely compelling sculptures of deformed creatures and unnamed things that dwell in the night—he has made the terrors of darkness visible. [NSFW]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Guess I drew the short straw

Why Not Have A Randomly Selected Congress? , Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs - "Selecting the House and Senate like juries would not be ideal, but it would definitely be better."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:13 AM PST - 78 comments

TMBG gets sorta political

Youtube video TMBG has a new video #aynrandsandwich . [more inside]
posted by boilermonster at 10:01 AM PST - 33 comments

Berea College: 90% Pell grant eligible, 40% minorities, 45% debt-free

"Berea College isn’t like most other colleges. It was founded in 1855 by a Presbyterian minister who was an abolitionist. It was the first integrated, co-educational college in the South. And it has not charged students tuition since 1892." SLAtlantic
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 10:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Bringing Us One Step Closer to Our Real-Life Themyscira

Same-sex mouse parents give birth via gene editing: Scientists delivered pups with genetic material from two moms and two dads. But only pups with two moms survived to have babies themselves "In an important move for both science as well as Women Who Are Over This Shit, researchers in China have just helped a pair of female mouse parents give birth to healthy pups via gene editing and stem cells, no male mice involved."
posted by homunculus at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Australian threatened species, in cake form

Australian Geographic presents photos of the best entries from this year's Threatened Species Bake Off. [more inside]
posted by terooot at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

After Ruining Mayonnaise... Can Millennials Save America ?

I’ve given up hope that boomers can rescue us from the tyranny of the Trump age. Boomers were supposed to fix things, build things, save things for future generations. They would see things as they are, and instead of asking why, dream of things that never were and ask why not — as Robert Kennedy promised. Allow me to burn my generational card.
Can Millennials Save America ? [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 7:20 AM PST - 120 comments

The Gang Within: A Baltimore Police Scandal

“The Gang Within: A Baltimore Police Scandal” (video, 25min, Al Jazeera English's Fault Lines) ...new details emerge about an elite plain-clothes police unit that, for years, doubled as a criminal gang - robbing residents, planting evidence, and sending countless innocent people to jail. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 4:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Hurricane Michael: The Destruction of Mexico Beach, FL

Remarkable footage of the destruction from a Gopro camera left running at Mexico Beach while Michael made landfall. Via reddit/r/TropicalWeather
posted by carter at 3:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Your confusion / My illusion

'Atmosphere' - Joy Division / Russ Abbot, 'Atmosphere' - Russ Abbot / Joy Division [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:24 AM PST - 15 comments

October 12

Matreon: The Patreon platform for emotional labor

"Hello and thank you for attempting to engage in an unsolicited conversation with me! In order to ensure our interaction is productive and enriching for both parties, I invite you to join my Matreon. For just a few dollars a month, you can continue to approach me with whatever the hell is on your mind regardless of context or appropriateness, and I will continue to do the emotional labor required to respond without calling you a privileged, myopic dipshit.
posted by Thella at 11:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Love Is Magic

John Grant (whom you perhaps remember from an earlier FPP about his song Glacier) released a new album [discogs] today. Love Is Magic is the title track and was the advance-release single [lyric video]. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Today bright Phoebus she smiled down on me for the very first time

The siblings Norma, Michael (Mike) and Elaine (Lal) Waterson, with their second cousin John Harrison, toured little clubs and coffee shops in England, playing traditional folk music. They released three albums in the mid-to-late 1960s as The Watersons and were known as the premiere traditional folk family*. Then in 1972, Mike and Lal (with various friends and visitors) recorded some unusual, original songs in Bright Phoebus. There were some mis-drilled records, and reviews of that time weren't too positive, sinking the record into obscurity. 45 years later, the album was remastered and re-released, with a set of demos (YT official audio playlist) by Domino. This is the stunning pagan Brit folk cult classic that you must hear before you die!** [via Johnny Wallflower] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Making Christmas

Halloween Christmas is approaching: Pentatonix brings you Making Christmas
posted by HuronBob at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments


Dante Basco Discusses Becoming Rufio for Hook, the Character's Legacy, and So Much More [io9] We talked to Basco about how he got the role, the food fight, the amazing costume, Rufio’s legacy and so much more.
“I think it’s one of those things that, as you grow up, you’re able to appreciate aspects of your career and celebrate them with fans out there and understand and engage on social media. Like it’s nostalgic for me too so it’s kind of fun to capsulize a part of your life which, to me, was 15. Clearly, it means a lot to so many people and it’s something I’m proud of too, work-wise. Look, everyone who ever comes to Hollywood, you hope to do something that people will remember you for. We work on so many things and I continue to work today, not just as an actor but as a writer and a producer. But [certain roles] really kind of mean things to people. [Hook] has become, for a certain generation, a part of the vernacular.”
posted by Fizz at 5:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Resembled a budgie that had inhaled a lumberjack’s breakfast

A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot from Audubon. Audubon article updated October 2. Wildlife group investigates claim night parrot photos were staged today in The Guardian.
posted by readinghippo at 3:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Figure / Ground

The New York Times has just created an online map showing the silhouettes of the 125,192,184 buildings in the United States of America. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 2:02 PM PST - 31 comments

Say not the struggle naught availeth

The first known photo of a crowd: Chartists in London, 1848.
posted by clew at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Novelist Chuck Wendig fired by Marvel

Marvel has fired Star Wars writer Chuck Wendig apparently because of his politics. [more inside]
posted by suelac at 1:21 PM PST - 56 comments

& as I went to grab her buttcheeks she screams "NO MY GLASSES!"

please tell me about a time you laughed so hard you cried. (SLTwitter) Currently best viewed via the user's timeline, since she's retweeted the best ones, but I made the original tweet the main link for posterity. Also, I am deceased. Happy Friday!
posted by sunset in snow country at 12:26 PM PST - 65 comments

Pick It Up!

Reel Big Fish Release Track From First Album in Six Years Reel Big Fish are partnering with AP to premiere their track “You Can’t Have All Of Me.” As if that’s not exciting enough, they’re also revealing plans to release their first new album in six years, Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!, this winter. (Video for the first release, "You Can't Have All Of Me," is embedded therein. Also, tour dates. Enjoy.)
posted by NedKoppel at 12:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Wave and ripple

A Meji-era design book of waves and ripple designs is now available for download. The three book series, titled Hamonshū, was created by artist Mori Yuzan. Direct link
posted by PussKillian at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Dammit, Moon Moon

Titan and Iapetus, Jupiter’s moon Callisto, and Earth’s Moon could, theoretically, have a moonmoon, according to the researchers (though, of course, they don’t actually).
posted by Etrigan at 12:05 PM PST - 24 comments

It it live?

On the heels of the In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert hologram tour currently underway in America, BASE Hologram has announced a 2019 Amy Winehouse hologram tour, featuring "digitally remastered arrangements of the British singer’s hits — including 'Rehab,' 'Back to Black' and 'Valerie' — with Winehouse’s hologram backed by a live band, singers and 'theatrical stagecraft,' according to BASE."
posted by Clustercuss at 11:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Haunting of Hell Hill (1999)

Know Your Haunts: A Crash Course in Horror's Most Confusingly Similar Ghostly Titles, a brief list that mentions the new Haunting of Hill House Netflix series but omits The Legend of Hell House. Shirley Jackson’s opening paragraph To The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the best of all time.
posted by Artw at 11:01 AM PST - 30 comments

Her interpretation: Call 911, get sticker.

The Best Reddit Parenting Tricks That Backfired [Lifehacker] [AskReddit thread]
posted by ellieBOA at 10:48 AM PST - 42 comments

قل كلمتك … وامش

Jamal Khashoggi (twitter), is a Saudi Arabian-born journalist [Al-Jazeera English] and opinion[Washington Post] writer[Al-Arabiya]. A critic[MidEastEye] of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman[aka MBS][AJE] and his policies[WaPo], he left Saudi Arabia for Turkey last year. On October 2, he was called to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul[MEE] on what was apparently a routine paperwork matter.
He has not been seen since[AJE]. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:21 AM PST - 208 comments

“going to the biggest-worst”

“Futility is a strategy. An indispensable aspect of this is to make people associate the unionization election itself with the pain and discomfort of the polarized, harsh language coming at them from all sides: The sooner the election goes away, the better they will feel. Things will return to “normal,” since they will stop fighting with friends and family, and the once-bad normal — the reason for the struggle in the first place — suddenly feels better, until their employer cuts benefits weeks after the election. Futility makes the act of voting, discussing and even thinking about the election feel bad.” Three Lessons for Winning in November and Beyond : What union organizers can teach Democrats (NYT Op-Ed) by Jane McAlevy, author of No Shortcuts (Labor Notes.) Jane McAlvey Structural Power Requires Structure-based Organizing (Vimeo 01:28)
posted by The Whelk at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Vale Greg Stafford

Legendary game designer Greg Stafford has passed away. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 9:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Dancing With Death

These vintage photographs and postcards of women dancing and flirting with skeletons (NSFW) are more than mere memento mori or snapshots of ladies at carnivals having a jolly wheeze in the face of death—they are in some respects quite transgressive. Some of these pictures were intended as, well, shall we say, “educational erotica” giving the viewer a frisson of arousal while at the same time battering them on the head with the salutary warning that the wrong kind of boner could lead to disease and death. Something those Decadent artists used to bang (ahem) on about in their paintings.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:38 AM PST - 23 comments

A Person Who Has Not Seen A Star Is Born Ranks Its Entire Soundtrack

Natalie Walker, who is really just the best, has done "something very dumb that will destroy my existing relationships and cut nascent ones off at the root" .
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Skibidi ua-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa

{randomly NSFW} Skibidi is the latest release by the Russian dance/rave/art/electro/satire Little Big. The band/collective have a reputation for their videos, which include the Disney-lawyer-baiting AK-47, Kim Jong Un tribute LollyBomb, the gangster culture Give me your money, to the retirement home Faradenza, the street life With Russia from love, the nightmare-inducing Hateful Love, and the unforgettable {definitely NSFW} piano-playing Big Dick.
posted by Wordshore at 5:04 AM PST - 22 comments

libraries change lives

Of course libraries can be a temple of books. I love nothing more than a well-stocked bookshelf and a leather armchair, but if, like me, you are into that sort of thing, you probably have the benefit of a literate upbringing. You were probably never in danger of being left behind. But we need to be careful of our romantic mistake, because a "temple of books" can be a very easy target for those looking to cut costs. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 5:00 AM PST - 29 comments

October 11

dispensing with the soft focus in adoption stories

Why do you think we are asked to lean so hard into this fantasy of everyone being the same, deep down? Nicole Chung (formerly of the Toast; previously) in conversation with Mira Jacob (previously) about Chung's new memoir All You Can Ever Know. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

She Says, He Sues

One of the men named in the Shitty Media Men spreadsheet (earlier), author and filmmaker Stephen Elliott, has now followed up his recent essay "How An Anonymous Accusation Derailed My Life" with a lawsuit against Moira Donegan, creator of the list, for libel and emotional distress.
posted by PhineasGage at 5:12 PM PST - 81 comments

Capitalism with a communist face

You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” (vox.com)

“First, a shopper in the US or Europe finds a note in the pocket or on a tag of a product from a big retailer — Walmart, Saks, Zara. The note claims the product had been made using forced labor or under poor working conditions. The writer of the note also claims to be in a faraway country, usually China. The shopper takes a photo of the note and posts it to social media. It’s reported on by all sorts of publications from Reuters to Refinery29, where the articles reach millions of readers.

Then the hysteria cools, and the story falls into the viral news abyss.”
posted by sudogeek at 2:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Should marrying a child be allowed?

She was 16. He was 25. Even in an era when the median age of marrying has climbed higher and higher, unions like Phil and Maria’s remain surprisingly prevalent in the United States. Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 248,000 children were married, most of whom were girls, some as young as 12, wedding men. [more inside]
posted by hydra77 at 1:11 PM PST - 126 comments

Co*Star: the Record Acting Game

Today is the day your bizarrely specific dream comes true: this is your chance to act with Vincent Price in scenes from An Enemy of the People and The Importance of Being Earnest. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:12 PM PST - 23 comments

I think that we basically waited out the span of his short-term memory

I want to tell you a story about Grinch. (original Twitter thread here)
posted by Etrigan at 11:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Please Adjust Your Set for Live Disasters

Live Disasters is not just a video game. It is a surreal, dizzying piece of art comprised of a nightmare collage of hallucinated blasts of cable news coverage, disaster fetishism, and staticky, between channel weirdness from American multimedia artist (mefi's own) Andrew Vennell. You play as a perpetually-crashing airliner that is on fire. You can fly around, collecting power-ups, avoiding obstacles, and ejecting passengers with the space bar. Or not! [more inside]
posted by Krazor at 10:54 AM PST - 17 comments

It's hard to get things right and we will fail; we must be humble

Shaping our children's education in computing : a talk by Haskell designer Simon Peyton Jones at Strange Loop about computer science in childhood education- its nature and place, and the work of effectively implementing it.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 9:47 AM PST - 46 comments

Larger Spleens Help Bajau “Sea Nomads” Dive

'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving. "For hundreds of years, the Bajau (previously) have lived at sea, and natural selection may have made them genetically stronger divers."
posted by homunculus at 9:40 AM PST - 9 comments

“We had insolently threatened to roast the Duck.”

How we roasted Donald Duck, Disney's agent of imperialism [The Guardian] “We had received death threats, an irate woman had tried to run me over and neighbours – accompanied by their children – had stoned the house where my wife, Angélica, and I lived in Santiago, shouting: “Long live Donald Duck!” It was later discovered that the 5,000 copies of the third printing of the book [How to Read Donald Duck] had been taken from a warehouse by the Chilean navy and cast into the bay of Valparaíso. What had we done to incur such enmity? Armand and I had denounced Walt Disney as an agent of American cultural imperialism, incarnated in the life, adventures and misdeeds of Donald Duck, that innocuous icon, then one of the most popular characters in the world.”
posted by Fizz at 9:29 AM PST - 14 comments

For Sale: Haunted Shoes. Very Cursed.

Haunted teddy bears, eyeglasses, dolls, and teacups are big business on eBay. So we bought some. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Environmental protection is incompatible with capitalism

What Is Eco-Socialism? (Motherboard)
posted by The Whelk at 9:08 AM PST - 16 comments

for the rest of your life

How I Learned to Love Bonsai, Harley Rustad - "When my amateur attempts at the art weren’t working, I went to YouTube star Nigel Saunders"
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Inuit of Clyde River v Big Oil, a block to seismic testing

How an Inuit community won against Big Oil (New Republic), in which the Clyde River community teamed up with Greenpeace Canada to forge a new relationship in the wake of Greenpeace's public apology for demonizing the traditional practice of seal hunting and won in Canada's Supreme Court to block seismic testing that would have had a ound impact on marine animals.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:38 AM PST - 6 comments

A Tale of Two Games

With Magic: The Gathering turning 25 this year, it's creator Richard Garfield is not resting on his laurels. November sees the release of not one, but two brand new Garfield designed card games with very different philosophies - Keyforge on the tabletop and Artifact online. [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 5:59 AM PST - 40 comments

October 10

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train)

Everything you need to know about the final weeks of Brexit in five minutes
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:31 PM PST - 112 comments

The Life Of Saint Death

Santa Muerte (previously) is considered the patron saint of outsiders. In popular culture she’s been painted as the patron saint of drug traffickers and gangsters, who are drawn to her for her deathly appeal. But she has also come to be known as a representative for trans and queer individuals, as well as undocumented immigrants. […] This short documentary from AJ+ follows the celebrations of a group of Santa Muerte devotees in Queens, New York who believe that since death comes for us all, it’s best to be on her side when she does.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Free Your Self

The Chemical Brothers have a new song out, from last month. I finally found it not on a streaming service. The Chemical Brothers - Free Yourself. It's possible they have a new album coming out (their first since 2015). [EBW 12 is apparently imminent, Free Yourself is a direct descendent.] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

It’s incredible what you can accomplish when you’re not high.

My name is Neal, and I’m a marijuana addict. But I’m not a child with intractable epilepsy, or a veteran with PTSD, or a person who just wants to chill a little, or Willie Nelson. Unless you count writing articles about marijuana, I’m not profiting from the industry. I’m just a middle-aged house dad with a substance-abuse problem. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 6:43 PM PST - 102 comments


Airbnb and the commodification of home - "What does this to do our relationships with one another? When every interaction becomes a rateable exchange, we can no longer just be two humans holding a conversation: we are conducting a business transaction in which your ‘communication’ will be given a score out of five."
posted by unliteral at 5:24 PM PST - 42 comments

Anthony Bourdain: the College Course

Bourdain's influencers, movies and literature, infused his work. There's no doubt Bourdain's profound influence on how we view the world as travelers, as storytellers, as both outsiders and insiders, as consumers — of food, culture and media — will stir thoughtful discourse for years to come. But if you're a student at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, you'll have a chance to discuss all things Bourdain — and earn college credit for it — as early as 2019. Professor Todd Kennedy, the head of the university's film studies program, is teaching a new class entitled "Anthony Bourdain and His Influencers" next spring.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:17 PM PST - 8 comments

The Emu and The Weasel

What happens when some emus and an ostrich meet a weasel ball.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 3:56 PM PST - 42 comments

Professor sanctioned for refusing to write a recommendation letter

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has disciplined a professor who retracted his offer to write a letter of recommendation for a student who wished to study in Israel. After the associate professor refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student, the student went public about it, the professor was sanctioned by not getting his merit raise and his planned sabbatical was cancelled and he cannot apply for sabbatical for 2 years. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 1:53 PM PST - 145 comments

F*ck it, we’ll do it live!

On Warner Bros.’ remake of “A Star Is Born,” actor-director Bradley Cooper and co-star Lady Gaga refused to settle for the traditional practice of pre-recording their songs and later lip-synching on set. Instead, they embraced the more risky approach of performing the movie’s songs live. The studio was aware of the danger, but with the help of state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated crew and some of the most innovative sound professionals around, Cooper and his team pulled it off.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:25 PM PST - 38 comments

Corruption in the 42nd

The State Sponsored Conspiracy to Destroy Pedro Hernandez Shaun King, journalist and co-founder of Real Justice PAC, has leveled charges against NYC 42nd Precinct detectives and an Assistant District Attorney that puts most conspiracy theories to shame. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 12:09 PM PST - 29 comments

And she nailed it, of course

The surviving members of Nirvana played a short set at CalJam 18, with guest performers including Joan Jett taking Kurt Cobain's role for "Breed", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "All Apologies".
posted by Etrigan at 11:40 AM PST - 16 comments

We the Polarized

The Hidden Tribes of America - Social scientists and researchers from YouGov, in conjunction with the More in Common initiative, researched the current state of civic life in the United States. Among their major findings:
  • 87% of Americans: "most divided our country has been in my lifetime"
  • 70% frustrated by how "both sides" handled Kavanaugh nomination
  • But 77% say that "the differences between Americans are not so big that we cannot come together"
And "[they] uncovered a different story, one that probes underneath the issues that polarize Americans, and finds seven groups that are defined by their core beliefs, rather than by their political opinions, race, class or gender." The hope is by calling out and understanding the polarization (and tribalism that underlies it), we can fix it and come together. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 10:49 AM PST - 102 comments

"One of my favourite shots is the aquarium-like garage..."

Russian photographer Daria Garnik's project Gagarin looks at "the nostalgic traces" of Yuri Gagarin's life in his hometown of Gzhatsk, which was renamed in his honour in 1968.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

"I am a different person"

"Hark! A Vagrant, such as it is, is an archive website now." About ten years ago, Kate Beaton started posting her history-themed comics at "Hark! A Vagrant" [previously]. She's now moving on to other comics and books projects. "I miss making humour comics, but coming back to them, I will have to figure out what that will look like." Beaton dedicates this archive to her late sister Becky.
posted by brainwane at 9:22 AM PST - 43 comments

What does depression feel like?

What does depression feel like? A spoken word and dance performance. (Performance starts at 0:08 after a short ad)
posted by tickingclock at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

The Plasticians: Death is not The End

Dr. Gunther von Hagens developed the preservation process of plastination in the late 1970s, which "unite[s] subtle anatomy and modern polymer chemistry." The result was not only a preservation process that improves medical teaching, but also allowed for the creation of Gunther's Body Worlds exhibits. Now, suffering from Parkinson's disease, which he says is "like practising dying," von Hagens wants to be plastinated when he dies, where his wife, fellow anatomist Dr. Angelina Whalley said she will eventually join him on display. Gunther has asked his wife to transform him into an exhibit. “It’s somehow finalising his life’s work,” she said. “I understand now that it’s more an appreciation and an expression of love for me to do it.”
posted by filthy light thief at 5:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Benchmark Testing "There's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity"

Following the debut of Intel's new 9th generation CPUs, Intel published a set of benchmarks commissioned from third-party Principled Technologies - ten full days before the press embargo was to be lifted. A set of benchmarks, that upon closer inspection, are suspect at best. With mistakes ranging from poor memory settings on the AMD systems and different hardware per test system, to the Intel CPUs given high-performance coolers with AMD CPUs running stock or unsuitable coolers and actually disabling half of the AMD Ryzen CPU's cores, there's a lot of questions about the testing Intel released ahead of the press embargo date. Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus drove to Principled Technologies' offices and sat down with one of the co-founders to try to find some answers.
posted by Punkey at 1:38 AM PST - 41 comments

October 9

The last full measure of devotion

As life ends for one person, it is just beginning for someone else. That is the bittersweet reality of organ donation, and the staff and care givers at St. Luke’s Meridian have found a way to honor that process with something they call the “walk of respect.”
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:56 PM PST - 24 comments

dun dun dun da-dun DUNNNN dunnnn

Super Mario Bros, with a live big band score, featuring Guy In Headband on solo NES controller.
posted by cortex at 7:17 PM PST - 19 comments

the faint sound of a grown ass man SCREAMING in pain

A True Story About My Trip to the Dentist
posted by griphus at 4:54 PM PST - 33 comments

The Specialized Field of Fetal Surgery

Dr. Timothy Crombleholme has dedicated his career to fetal surgery. Article from D Magazine. [Post title is from Longreads on the article.]
posted by readinghippo at 3:24 PM PST - 5 comments

"pRoVen INnoCeNt"

Despite everything, Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in to the SCOTUS on the evening of Saturday, Oct 6, by Chief Justice John Roberts. The NY Times has reported evidence of tax fraud from the '70s and '80s; Donald Trump and his family evaded a tax bill that could have been as high as half a billion dollars. Trump is currently the President of the United States. Nikki Haley, ambassador to the U.N., has announced her resignation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change produced a new report warning of warming by as much as 1.5°C as early as 2040. More shady shit around Trump's 2016 campaign is coming out. [more inside]
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 2:29 PM PST - 1376 comments

What We Owe to Each Other

"If 'Seinfeld' was a show about nothing, 'The Good Place' is a show about everything — including, and especially, growing and learning. By all rights, it should probably be awful — preachy, awkward, tedious, wooden, labored and out of touch. Instead, it is excellent: a work of popular art that hits on many levels at once. It has been not only critically acclaimed but also widely watched, especially on streaming services, where its twists and intricate jokes lend themselves to bingeing and rebingeing." [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:29 PM PST - 77 comments

“a slight ready salted flavour with a hint of pine”

“Some of us appreciate the seasonal tastes of the season, like your pumpkin beers and cinnamon-steeped fruit bakes. But as the end-of-year holidays approach, the ambition of these seasonally-specific snacks increases significantly. Case in point: The British-based Iceland grocery chain has just released these holiday-themed crisps (which we know as potato chips): “Luxury Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand-Cooked Crisps.” [via: The Takeout]
posted by Fizz at 12:07 PM PST - 40 comments

Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice

This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds. YouTube video link.
posted by hydra77 at 11:02 AM PST - 46 comments

"I’m an English person who has not been to Mexico" (NOT ACCURATE)

As research for a new play, Daniel Radcliffe visited the fact-checking department at The New Yorker. He even got to fact-check an article, saying, "I’m more nervous about this than I am about going onstage tonight." This is not Radcliffe's first office gig. It's good to see young actors with backup career plans.
posted by Etrigan at 10:57 AM PST - 23 comments

The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth

"The promise, the deal, was almost unheard of: “work hard, work smart, create value for society, and you’ll become wealthy, your own master for all eternity.” The slave works for his owner. The indentured servant for his master. The communist for everyone. The American for himself. It’s a powerful idea, a powerful motivator, and a powerful system. [...] And they make perfect competitors. For those who have forgotten their first Economics lecture: Perfect Competition: 'In a perfect market the sellers operate at zero economic surplus…This equilibrium will be a Pareto optimum, meaning that nobody can be made better off by exchange without making someone else worse off.' Oh. Right. That sounds fun.
posted by kaibutsu at 10:25 AM PST - 28 comments

In the Kingdom of the Bears

The human-bear bond is ancient, but across the northern hemisphere, only a few societies remember the art of neighboring bears. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

cities out of wood

The Case for Making Cities Out of Wood. Alphabet's (nee Google) Sidewalk Labs proposal for Toronto's Quayside development may be The world's largest timber project. Heavy timber construction is becoming popular, with project in France , Vancouver, Amherst, and planned for more, like Tokyo. The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here. Mass Timber 101. Can building codes keep up? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:05 AM PST - 24 comments

What Happened to the Houston Astros' Hacker?

None of the other inmates knew about Correa's background—or that he was the camp's most prominent resident—until Jan. 30, 2017. That was when baseball commissioner Rob Manfred levied a $2 million fine on the Cardinals for Correa's actions, ordered the club to surrender two draft picks to the Astros and banned Correa from the game for life. Inmates in Cumberland are not allowed to access the Internet, but it was on the news. "Was that you?" people asked him. "Yeah, that was me," he said. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:29 AM PST - 13 comments

as it turns out, Pieter has cats and isn’t afraid of going on solo dates

A woman's attempt to make the anti feminist hashtag #HimToo happen--by tweeting a photo of her Navy vet son--backfires amusingly. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:01 AM PST - 89 comments

Ending Bail On Paper But Not In Practice

“...Recent events in Atlanta show that while more and more progressive officials are embracing bail reform, the optics may be better than the actual results. After legislation passes, the problems presented both by implementation and backlash are where the rubber meets the road, and substantive changes either happen––or don’t.” What will it take to truly end wealth-based detention? (Scalawag)
posted by The Whelk at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Little Green Receptionists

Dr. Claire Simeone, marine mammal veterinarian, received several mysterious calls from the seal hospital. But who was on the other line? [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments


On this Ada Lovelace Day, Girls Who Code Debuts International Day of the Girl “Sisterh>>d” Visual Album : Sisterh>>d is a digital visual album celebrating young women driving our most transformative movements — and calling on girls around the world to join them. [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Lady Voldemort flies again

Florida Elizabeth Man wants you to know this.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Supporting Fast Payments for All – and Economic Freedom

Democratising online payments – and the digital economy - "When Berners-Lee and his team were building the world wide web and designing HTTP and HTMP standards, they included error codes such as '500: internal server error', or '404: page not found'. In the early 90s, they were trying to realise Licklider's vision and setting out the rules for how we were all going to interact over this information network. One long-standing error code is '402: payment required'. The original intention – the reason 402 is reserved for future use – was that this code would be used to transact digital cash or micropayments. It has never been implemented – and the Collisons argue this is the reason tech is turning from an equal access opportunity to an oligopoly controlled by five companies now worth more than $3 trillion." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Ghost notes

When Classical Musicians Go Digital - How the switching from physical printed scores on paper to digital ones on tablets is changing the performance of classical music.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:00 AM PST - 22 comments

October 8

United Daughters of the Confederacy Problematic History

Things the UDC don't want you to know about them. "It’s helpful, in the midst of any conversation about this country’s Confederate monuments, to understand who put these things up, which also offers a clue as to why. In large part, the answer to the first question is the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a white Southern women’s 'heritage' group founded in 1894. Starting 30 years after the Civil War, as historian Karen Cox notes in her 2003 book 'Dixie’s Daughters,' 'UDC members aspired to transform military defeat into a political and cultural victory, where states’ rights and white supremacy remained intact.' In other words, when the Civil War gave them lemons, the UDC made lemonade. Horribly bitter, super racist lemonade."
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem

Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation "How do you know whether a quantum computer has done anything quantum at all?" Dr. Mahadev's (she recently finished her PhD) paper, Classical Verification of Quantum Computations has been described as “one of the most outstanding ideas to have emerged at the interface of quantum computing and theoretical computer science in recent years.” [more inside]
posted by blob at 10:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Good food

Grace Stone Coates (1931), "Wild Plums": "I knew about wild plums twice before I tasted any." Benjamin Rosenbaum (2001), "The Orange": "An orange ruled the world. It was an unexpected thing ..." Shing Yin Khor (2018), "Say It with Noodles": "I have forgotten how to speak two languages. But I have learned this one."
posted by Wobbuffet at 8:15 PM PST - 6 comments

A woman and her dog go camping

Camping solo in Spirit Forest (her land in CO) Pt1, Pt2

A man and his dog go camping
posted by Gorgik at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

All Cats Go to Heaven

Bruce and Terry Jenkins run a retirement home for old cats (The Atlantic). Their charges are rescues, often having been abandoned due to the death or sickness of a previous owner. Cats Cradle is a short film about them. And where do they go after they die? The Rainbow Bridge, according to Kirk Rudell at the New Yorker.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Pizza pizza!

Little Caesars Is 'Investigating' After Location Allegedly Caught Selling DiGiorno Frozen Pizza
posted by Literaryhero at 6:53 PM PST - 49 comments

Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned.

In the span of less than a week, Hurricane Michael has gone from being a low pressure system on October 2nd, all the way to a full-fledged hurricane by October 7th. By the time it makes landfall tomorrow, it is projected to be a major Category 3 Storm. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 1:43 PM PST - 55 comments

“We are a people who have historically been on the verge of extinction”

On Lupe Fiasco' seventh album, the conscious hip-hop fallback poses a revisionist fantasy about underwater slaves sinking other slave ships— [Pitchfork Media] “...Drogas Wave, a wildly unrealized 24-track, 98-minute concept album with a surreal premise: What if African slaves thrown overboard during their transatlantic passage had managed to survive underwater and dedicate their existence to sinking other slave ships?” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

To join the Highpointers club, just keep climbin'

If the Seven Summits (Wikipedia; previously) are a bit too daunting, or the number seven isn't your jam, you could work on climbing (or strolling) to the top of extreme elevations in countries around the world (sortable Wikipedia list). In the United States, there's the Highpointers Club who have the goal of getting to the highest points in all 50 states, plus D.C. (Peakbagger). Wikipedia also has a list of (major) cities by elevation and capitol cities by elevation. Peakbagger takes it to another level with more than 200 lists of peaks by continent and country.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Final Call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

The most recent climate report from the IPCC minces no words. We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN. [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 11:11 AM PST - 124 comments

Don't see evil

Google+ to shut down after coverup of data breach.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 10:52 AM PST - 116 comments

"...any hope for a rescue is unlikely."

Obituary: Rick Stein, 71, of Wilmington was reported missing and presumed dead on September 27, 2018 when investigators say the single-engine plane he was piloting, The Northrop, suddenly lost communication with air traffic control and disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rehoboth Beach. Philadelphia police confirm Stein had been a patient at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was being treated for a rare form of cancer. Hospital spokesman Walter Heisenberg says doctors from Stein's surgical team went to visit him on rounds when they discovered his room was empty....
posted by zarq at 10:40 AM PST - 38 comments

The end is nigh

Good Omens - Official Teaser Trailer. Based on the best-selling novel by renowned authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this series follows the story of Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, who have formed an unlikely friendship spanning 6,000 years and have grown fond of life on earth. However, the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon and they must now join forces to find a way to save the world.
posted by Pendragon at 10:03 AM PST - 37 comments

"Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare..."

Some of the most remarkable lost artefacts from the ancient world were the titanic wrecks of the Nemi ships. In their 1st century heyday they held gardens, palaces & baths in a floating wonderland. But barely a decade after their recovery, they were lost forever.
posted by gwint at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Once upon a time in Sichuan...

Vlogger Li Ziqi (李子柒, Weibo link, verified YouTube channel though I'm not sure what's up with that given YouTube's status in China) cuts some bamboo down and makes a living room set, forages for and prepares mushrooms, makes paper, and cooks a lot of traditional foods over wood stoves and coal braziers. There are costume changes, flute music, and more puppies than you might initially suspect. Also an oven shaped like a cat. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

"It’s a start, a step.”

Yurok tribe revives ancestral lands by restoring salmon runs, protecting wildlife [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 7:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Visual rare grooves ripe for sampling

"I’m sorry. By the end of this post, I will have completely eradicated all productivity from the rest of your day, simply by mentioning fulltable.com." (Via) Full Table previously. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:55 AM PST - 18 comments

The City At The Bottom Of The Sea

I’d never known my grandfather to show any interest in boating but, even at seven or eight, I understood that this was how he did things, with an impulsiveness so decisive and so laconic that the whole question of premeditation seemed somehow beside the point. Explanations, generally speaking, ran counter to my grandfather’s mode of being. If he had an idea about how to farm pigs more efficiently, he became a pig farmer. If he wanted to fly, he bought an airplane. Was there a boat he liked? Let’s hit the water. Why would someone need to know what he was thinking, when anyone could see what he was doing? [slNewYorker Personal History]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:53 AM PST - 2 comments

October 7

Tsukiji Market (1935-2018)

The bells ringing out at 6 AM signal the final tuna auction at Tokyo's famed Tsukiji market. Many merchants are in mourning. Some have decided to retire. Others are migrating at dawn [video] to new facilities in Toyosu, still skeptical that tourists and old customers will follow. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 8:20 PM PST - 31 comments

The worst may yet be to come

Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.
posted by blue shadows at 7:07 PM PST - 47 comments

Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy

Redditor elfsoamah discovered that "Party Rock Anthem" has the same BPM as "Hungry Like the Wolf". Redditor actuallydavide found that it also has the same BPM as "Uptown Girl" (and works in either direction). Now there's a SharedBPM subreddit.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:44 PM PST - 42 comments


100 years ago today the Lost Battalion was rescued. It may have been the most famous American story of the Great War: more than 500 soldiers in the Argonne forest totally surrounded by the German Imperial Army, cut off, starving, under nearly continuous attack by artillery, gas, snipers, flamethrowers, and infantry assaults, not to mention subjected to friendly artillery fire. Commander Charles White Whittlesey refused multiple German entreaties, and six days later reunited 194 survivors with their army. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

::desirable difficulty for your brain::

Sans Forgetica! The Font That Helps You Remember? Brought to you by Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the idea behind the new font was to create a slightly more difficult reading experience, forcing the reader to absorb each word as they stare at it. Wait until you see it. [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl at 5:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Just a few recent comic book (etc.) recommendation threads

Gail Simone (Twitter, 10/07/2018): "So today, I ask, what was the most recent comic you read that you really enjoyed?" Zen Cho (Twitter, 05/29/2018): "What's your favourite cheerful book by a PoC author? Graphic novels, comics & manga count. Extra points for female creators!" Sara Saab (Twitter, 06/15/2018): "Tell me about one book you read one time that gave you a feeling that life was big and meaningful and transcendent?" Goblin Barbarian (AskMe, 08/11/2018), "Manga for Adult Women." Abraham Riesman (Vulture, 06/07/2018): "The Best Comics of 2018 (So Far)." Brandi Bailey (Book Riot, 05/04/2018): "Feminist Graphic Nonfiction."
posted by Wobbuffet at 5:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Klahowya, nika tillcum

100,000 people from the California / Oregon border to the Inside Passage spoke this language, and it was used in legal courts and newspapers from 1800 to 1905. So what happened to Chinook Jargon, also known as Chinook wawa? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

The map just might be the territory

Counter Mapping: “To assume that people would look at the earth only from a vantage point that is above and looking straight down doesn’t consider the humanity of living on the landscape." ... The Zuni maps have a memory, a particular truth. They convey a relationship to place grounded in ancestral knowledge and sustained presence on the land.
Modern maps don’t have a memory: ‘More lands have been lost to Native peoples probably through mapping than through physical conflict.’
posted by Rumple at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Mathematics couldn't fill the void of Richard's heart

The Museum of English Rural Life shares an 18th century teenager's homework . Spoiler: Teenagers don't need social media to goof off when they're supposed to be studying. Also, a good dog and amazing handwriting. More about the MERL here.
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 12:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Haunted Hollywood, ghosts and graves and frights, oh my!

Oh, Hollywood! Sure, it’s the land of sunshine, stars and swirling, sweeping spotlights, but there’s a darker side to the entertainment mecca—an underside teeming with wandering, unrooted spirits and wild tales of paranormal activity. With Halloween just around the corner, Parade takes a spook-tastic tour of some of the most hair-raising places and eerie events of Haunted Hollywood. And L.A. Tourist has more resources and stories if you're interested in the spirits wandering around Tinseltown and surroundings.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:26 AM PST - 2 comments

video games skies

the art of depicting skies in video games [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse at 10:21 AM PST - 16 comments


Video games and the change of autumn by Rob Dwiar [Eurogamer] “Some games have wondrous, gorgeous autumn landscape that present supreme autumnal palettes, narrative-mirroring landscape conditions and encapsulate the mysterious change that hangs in the air. Autumn's transitional nature enables it to offer different aesthetics and atmospheres - perfectly encapsulating our often-mixed feelings about the season. This flux occurs in games, too: storyline changes; mysterious plotlines, character and atmosphere intricacies; constant environmental transformations; and a powerful sense of mystery, story-foretelling and landscape-opening are all harnessed to be used as game-changing devices.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Movie Nerds Unite

10 Best Uses of Color in Cinema of All Time by Youtuber Cinefix. Many other lists & geeky compilations from Cineflix below [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Relax, Ladies. Don’t Be So Uptight. You Know You Want It

"Look, I get it. I was 20 years old in 1990. After my boyfriend punched me in the eye, he cried too. I held him until he felt better. I told friends I’d stupidly walked into the corner of an open cabinet. Because, like the Washington Post in 1990, I understood it was my job to help men feel better about themselves. It was my job to understand that their gross, abusive language was just locker room talk. Most men don’t mean to hit us or rape us or verbally abuse us. They don’t really want gay people strung up and hung. It’s just a macho act, you know? Like the Diceman. Besides, if women don’t like that sort of thing, why do they go for guys like that? Or vote them into office? Or make them Supreme Court justices?" Anastasia Basil in Medium
posted by Grandysaur at 9:14 AM PST - 41 comments

My Great-Grandfather the Bundist

Molly Crabapple explores the history and ultimate tragedy of the Algemeyner Yidisher Arbeter Bund (General Jewish Workers' Union), an early-twentieth-century political movement devoted to a radical, secular, diasporic Jewish identity. Bundists celebrated Doykeyt or Hereness, the belief that Jews should stay in Eastern Europe and fight to build a society in which they could thrive. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:36 AM PST - 10 comments

October 6

"My Doctor is in. And it's about freaking time."

7 October brings the debut of Series 11 of Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor and Chris Chibnall as showrunner. The changes have been greatly anticipated and warmly received: Doctor Who Season 11 Marks a New Era — and It's Been a Long Time Coming (Maureen Ryan, TV Guide); How Doctor Who could change the way women are portrayed in sci-fi (Danush Parvaneh, Vox); and The unimaginable joy of finally seeing a woman as 'Doctor Who' (Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY); [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:57 PM PST - 59 comments

On this strange and mournful day

How about some curated animal posts by MeFi's own Miss Cellania?

Dog Has Conversation With Rubber Chicken
Baby Rhino Wants to Play
Great Dane Does Lunges
Senior Cat Loves These Little Girls More Than Anything
Cow Plays Fetch
and for something more interactive:
Make Your Own Hybrid Animal with the Hybridizer
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:31 PM PST - 26 comments

pick one: driverless cars OR high-quality, human-scaled communities

Safe, efficient self-driving cars could block walkable, livable communities. Ready or not, here they come.
posted by aniola at 2:52 PM PST - 115 comments

Humble Publishing

In 2010, Wolfire Games decided to try "an experiment" in selling indie games online: they called it a 'Humble Bundle'. The initial bundle of games sold out, spawning several imitators and many more Humble Bundles. Now, Humble is their own store, competing with Steam and GoG— and they've just moved into publishing.
posted by Quackles at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

As Shipped: Shavings to Starboard, Plugs to Port

Tool-manufacturer Ryobi noted that boat builder Louis Sauzedde wields one of their electric planes (albeit well-used) from time to time on his "Tips from a Shipwright" YouTube channel. Unprompted, they sent him a new one, requesting he "unbox" it in a video. I wonder what they think of the segment? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:42 PM PST - 39 comments

30 Years a Prince

This is the story of a man with an amazing talent and chutzpah. He may or may not be a Saudi prince. According to some in this article, he seems to believe he is.
posted by Alensin at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Sarcastic answers, awkward pauses, Dada-ist boot tossing

Thurston Moore interviews Beck on MTV's 120 Minutes in 1994 [YT VHS rip | 3m46s] [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 10:13 AM PST - 25 comments

Conspiracy Theories Replace Systemic Understanding Of Oppresion

“Illuminati theory helps oppressed people to explain our experiences in the hood. Society throws horrible stuff in our faces: our family members get locked up for bullshit. Our friends kill each other over beefs, money or turf. Our future is full of dead-end jobs that don’t pay shit. We struggle to pay bills while others live in luxury. On TV, we see people all over the world dying in poverty, even though we live in the most materially abundant society in history. Most people act like none of these terrible things are happening. Why does this occur? We start looking for answers, and Illuminati theory provides one.

We believe Illuminati theory is wrong, and we wrote this pamphlet to offer a different answer. “ How to Overthrow the Illuminati: How conspiracy theories thrived in the aftermath of the Black Power movements and how to combat them.
posted by The Whelk at 10:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Code-named Fracture Jaw

In 1968 general Westmoreland asked for nuclear weapons to be sent to Vietnam. The story was contained in a cable declassified in 2014, but only now being written about in a new book. (SLNYTimes) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

waiting for this moment

Deer hears something coming, oh lord (sound on for this)
posted by griphus at 9:28 AM PST - 30 comments

Will Vinton, 1947–2018

Innovative animator Will Vinton, who coined the word "Claymation," has died at the age of 70, following a long illness. Vinton animated popular and toyetic advertising mascots, such as the California Raisins and the Noid, but he was also capable of eerie, dark work, as with the stones in Return to Oz and the appearance of Satan in The Adventures of Mark Twain. Children of the '80s will remember his work vividly for its rich, uncanny, lifelike qualities.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:10 AM PST - 30 comments

The architecture of a Nazi murder exposed

On September 18, 2013, in a working class neighborhood of Piraeus, Greece, Golden Dawn nazis, attacked and stabbed to death 34 year old rapper Pavlos Fyssas [previously]. His murder precipitated, albeit belatedly, the seminal and ongoing trial of the organization. A guilty verdict on charges of forming a criminal organization would lead to Golden Dawn being outlawed in Greece.
At the trial, which has been dragging on for 4 years now, the prosecution invited Forensic Architecture, a "multidisciplinary research group based at the University of London that uses architectural techniques and technologies to investigate cases of state violence and violations of human rights around the world", to sort through the evidence and recreate what happened the night of Pavlos Fyssas murder. The findings where damning for both the police and the Golden Dawn thugs. The police is shown to have lied about the time of their arrival at the crime scene and about their proximity to the crime, standing next to Fyssas as he was being stabbed. The Golden Dawn members' mobile phone calls corroborate that there was a chain of command that ordered the killing.
Forensic Architecture's video on the murder summarizing their analysis, presented to the court along with their full report, is a masterpiece of analytic exposition and impressively recreates the events surrounding the murder based on available data sources.
posted by talos at 8:54 AM PST - 10 comments

“In the end, there can be only one.”

An eight-year-old girl has pulled a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in southern Sweden. [The Guardian] ““I felt something with my hand and at first I thought it was a stick,” Saga Nevecek told the local Värnamo Nyheter newspaper. “Then it had a handle that looked like it was a sword, and then I lifted it up and shouted: ‘Daddy, I found a sword!’” The find, made in July but announced only this week for fear it would trigger a summer stampede to the site at Tånnö on the shore of Lake Vidöstern, felt “pretty cool and a bit exciting”, she told the Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio.”
posted by Fizz at 5:17 AM PST - 35 comments

Banksy banksys Banksy (and Sotheby's)

An original, authenticated Banksy painting was sold for more than a million pounds -- and then it shredded itself.
posted by Etrigan at 2:13 AM PST - 107 comments

Human forms

The shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards has been announced.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:57 AM PST - 4 comments

October 5

Articles of Interest: Fashion

Four podcasts on specific articles of clothing #1 Kids Clothing #2 Plaid #3 Pockets #4 Hawaiian Shirts Podcaster talks to historians, museum curators, and more, about each of these specific things.
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Forty-seven States and the Soviet of Washington

'Still, there are ghosts dwelling here: old memories — dimly held, to be sure. Here is Yesler Way, once better known as Skid Road because of the logs rolled downhill along its course to Henry Yesler’s sawmill on the shore. Nowadays a nondescript thoroughfare dotted with cafes frequented by tourists, including a branch of the city’s ubiquitous Starbucks chain, it used to heave with disreputable saloons, brothels, and flophouses, making Skid Road synonymous with any district where the down-and-out may gather: places that are rough, sometimes radical. The Industrial Workers of the World put down roots in this quarter among loggers, itinerant farm workers, and miners bound for the Yukon, as well as the shipyard workers who led the Seattle General Strike of February 6–10, 1919, the only true general strike in US history and the one occasion when American workers have actually taken over the running of a city — the sort of endeavor which earned this state, now given over to the billionaires of the new economy, the appellation “the Soviet of Washington.”' [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Yes, that's Apocalypsewang!

Something to occupy you while you REMAIN INDOORS this weekend, a bit of fun from Mitchell and Webb, creators of Countdown parody Numberwang. Fear The Quiz Show. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by zaixfeep at 7:02 PM PST - 16 comments


For 40 years, Cindy Sherman, the great chameleon of our time, has created more than 500 photographs and almost as many distinct characters. She has transformed herself into vamps and victims, biker chicks and slasher babes, lonely-hearts and killer clowns. She has made herself over to look like a Goya painting and a lactating Madonna; a society matron with pink-rimmed eyes, radiant with contempt; an ashen-faced corpse, the lividity just setting in. John Waters has called her a “female female impersonator.” She has put it more simply, joking, “I collect breasts,” referring to the prosthetics she uses in her work.(SLNYT)
posted by octothorpe at 6:13 PM PST - 5 comments

I've got the weight of a rather tempestuous life to carry

Erin Ruberry shows us how you weigh baby animals: Twitter | Threadreader

Don't miss the koala.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Safe House

A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women. (tw: domestic violence) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 12:38 PM PST - 4 comments

...and counting

Scott Ashlin reviews horror, sci-fi, fantasy, giallo, b-movies, and trash from across the entire history of film at 1000 Misspent Hours (previously). Despite the occasionally lurid subject matter and defiantly old school HTML styling, Ashlin's reviews are thoughtful, literate, and often take unexpected detours into critical and historical minutiae. (His review of the 1946 gothic melodrama Dragonwyck, for example, contains a brief history of the Hudson Valley Rent War, and recent coverage of Green Room draws on the author's experience with a touring punk band.) A number of films paired with Ashlin's reviews wait below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Je suis un Génie, jongleur, magicien

If you've ever wondered "what might a cut-rate Disney musical cartoon number look like?" Alex Ramirès has the answer, in a series of low cost adaptations, in French: La Petite Sirene | Pocahontas | Vaiana feat. Elodie Arnould | La Reine Des Neiges | Le Roi Lion Feat Max Bird | Aladdin with Nino Arial | Bonus: playlist of other low cost movie scenes. Double bonus: if you want to sing along or understand the literal translations of the lyrics, head over to Lyrics Translate.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

The End Of Big Ag?

“That same year, Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm next door also suffered; the farmers managed to earn a small profit—enough to net each farmer the equivalent of $5 an hour. It wasn’t much, but had the farm been structured in a typical hierarchy, the owner would have already paid out the labor and been left to bear the losses alone. “In our case, as bad as it was, no one was in debt,” says Dylan Zeitlyn, one of the founders of the worker-owned farm. “We were more resilient because of [our model]—it could have bankrupted somebody.” The Co-op Farming Model Might Help Save America’s Small Farms (Civil Eats) - Cuba’s Urban Farming Revolution: Creating more self-sufficient cities (Architectural Review) - The road to restoration: smaller, sustainable farms (UN Environment) - Agroecology can free farmers from dependency, manipulated commodity markets, unfair subsidies and food insecurity. It is resisted by giant corporations that profit from the status quo. ( Climate And Capitalism)
posted by The Whelk at 9:36 AM PST - 59 comments

His stories "throw torches over the underground lakes of the human soul"

Ashley Stimpson and Jeffrey Irtenkauf (Johns Hopkins Magazine, Fall 2018), "Throngs of Himself": "Near the end of his life, [Cordwainer Smith] wrote to a friend: 'Life is a miracle and a terror. The progress of every day, any day, in the individual human mind transcends all the wonders of science. It doesn't matter who people are, where they are, when they lived, or what they are doing—the important thing is the explosion of wonder that goes on and on—stopped only by death.'" SFE entry. ISFDB entry. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

So that's what would've happened if I invented the Finglonger

What if your phone had a finger? Just think of the possibilities. (cw: kinda weird?)
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 8:08 AM PST - 84 comments

Elton made the music. Bernie made the words. History made it a legend.

45 years ago, October 5, 1973, Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was released. Possibly Elton John's/Bernie Taupin's best, but you also can't discount his band who contributed mightily. You probably know a bunch of songs off of it even if you never intended to. Nearly the entire release is worth chewing through; it's One Of Those. It's still a bold double album, 45 years later. Let's listen! Full Album Playlist, ~75m. Side One: Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Candle In The Wind, Bennie And The Jets [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:42 AM PST - 61 comments

Drops of water

‘Human impulses run riot’: China’s shocking pace of change Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. China’s leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:23 AM PST - 11 comments

October 4

The Art of Japanese Funeral Flowers

The lavish display of funeral flower arrangements is only 30 years old. But it's become really big business. A lot of money is spent on funeral flowers in Japan. In fact, in 2006 Beauty Kadan became the first publicly traded Japanese company specializing in funeral flowers when it listed itself on the Mother’s section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Youkaen, a general flower company that entered the funeral flower business in 1972 now says that roughly 75% of their 50 billion yen in sales (roughly $44 mm USD) comes from their funeral flower segment. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:03 PM PST - 14 comments

The Viruses That Neanderthals Spread to Humans

Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals. "Long ago, Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses." "The two ancient hominin groups swapped genes, diseases, and genes that protect against diseases, according to a new study."
posted by homunculus at 8:52 PM PST - 9 comments

"The idea is for humanity to be attracted by its own viscera"

With his work, Javier Pérez (previously) reveals his inquiries and reflections on mankind, using a language full of intense metaphor and imbued with a strong symbolism,” a statement says. His works contain an intrinsic dialectic, showing how weak can be the boundary between concepts seemingly opposite such as the natural and the cultural, the inside and the outside or life and death. The idea of cyclical fluctuations, circularity, temporality and impermanence are some of the artist’s recurring themes.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland & physics' problems with sexism

Canadian physicist Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo) has become the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years (previous discussion of Strickland in MeFi Nobel post). Strickland and French physicist Gérard Mourou shared half the prize for their laser technique called chirped pulse amplification. She is only the third woman ever to win for physics, illustrating the field's continuing problems with sexism. This past weekend, at a conference hosted by CERN intended to address the issue of gender bias, prominent Italian physicist Alessandro Strumia claimed that women are worse at physics than men and lectured a group of predominantly young women scientists about "the dangers of gender equality." [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:13 AM PST - 82 comments

First Nation water is cheap for companies, unavailable for residents

Canada is home to 60% of the world’s lakes and one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, yet there are currently 69 indigenous communities with long-term boil water advisories (Gov't of Canada, Water in First Nation communities), which means tens of thousands of people haven’t had drinkable water for at least a year. Meanwhile, working legal ambiguity to their favor, Nestlé extracts water on expired permits for next to nothing, paying the province of Ontario $503.71 (US$390.38) per million litres (CBC, Nov. 26, 2017). But they pay the Six Nations nothing, despite their pumps pulling water out from Six Nations treaty land. In response, the Six Nations are suing the province, in a case before the superior court of Ontario. (Alexandra Shimo for the Guardian, Oct. 4, 2018) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

HUD And Its Discontents

"Indeed, the real-estate industry grew in tandem with and helped to popularize racist, even eugenic ideas about African Americans, including the notions that Black residents negatively impact property values, are undesirable neighbors, and pose an existential risk to communities and neighborhoods. As early as the 1920s, the National Association of Real Estate Boards had threatened professional discipline against any agent who disrupted segregated neighborhood racial patterns." How Real Estate Segregated America (Dissent)
posted by The Whelk at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

always online?

Low Tech Magazine [previously] has built a solar-powered version of their homepage. How To Build A Low-Tech Website
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:01 AM PST - 43 comments

DIY-abetes glucose monitors

"By some estimates, as many as 2,000 people around the world have used a home-built pancreas , cobbled together mostly via social media and the free-code clearinghouse GitHub. Tech support consists of parents and patients who use Facebook Messenger or email to help newcomers fix bugs or revive busted equipment. There are plenty of potential converts: In the U.S. alone, about 1.3 million people have Type 1 diabetes, and there are indications the technology could also help some sufferers of Type 2, the group that accounts for most of the world’s 422 million diabetes cases…. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Today's menu: Virginia possum

For gentle enjoyment of our impending decay: the Virginia Museum of Natural History's dermestid flesh-eating beetle live cam. More details here. "When the colony is really active, they can be given a mouse whole - without skinning or gutting the specimen - and finish it in a single day."
posted by mediareport at 7:10 AM PST - 19 comments

This post is not a hoax

To "expose the reality of 'grievance studies,'" three scholars submitted 20 "hoax" papers to a variety of journals. Seven were accepted. The authors say their goal was to expose an "undeniable problem in academic research on important issues relevant to social justice." Critics say it reveals only that it's easy to lie to people who assume honesty. Dubbed "Sokal squared," after the 1996 hoax article "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity," the incident has generated robust debate on Twitter.
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 6:47 AM PST - 141 comments

BARTENDER: “What is this, a joke?”

So a racehorse runs into a bar... [YouTube] “Reuters reports that a racehorse got loose and busted into a bar near the racecourse in Chantilly, France, about 30 miles north of Paris. The filly’s trainer said that he lost control of the animal as he led her from the stables (where some scenes in the James Bond movie A View To A Kill were shot) to a racecourse, and stated that “the young horse has a fondness for running off.”” [via: The Takeout]
posted by Fizz at 6:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Go home birds, you're drunk

Intoxicated birds ruffling feathers in northern Minnesota town. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 5:50 AM PST - 32 comments

Spy chips found on server motherboards

Bloomberg reports a major supply-chain hack. After Apple, Amazon and others started to see unusual behaviour in servers from SuperMicro, investigations found chips on the motherboards that shouldn't have been there. Disguised as other components, the chips reportedly intercepted and modified low-level code, creating back doors for remote exploitation. But who put them there?
posted by Devonian at 5:46 AM PST - 103 comments

Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend

Who was the "One Tin Soldier?"

"Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
‘Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below..."

The song, written by Canadians Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, became a Northern American sensation when Skeeter Davis recorded the single, which also coincided with the Billy Jack phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:25 AM PST - 47 comments

October 3

The little lost computer that could

A man finds a Commodore 64C left outside for a decade. Will it still work? I was given a Commodore 64C that had been left outside for a decade or more in rural Oregon. It dealt with everything mother nature could throw at it while it sat outside; rust, water damage, even an ant colony. Could this machine possibly still work?
posted by scalefree at 10:37 PM PST - 40 comments

The Weird of Wendy Pini

A biographical sketch of Wendy Pini The life and work of Wendy Pini, co-creator and illustrator of ElfQuest and occasional Red Sonja Actress(!) - from the pre-elf days to the recent completion of the quest. content warning: some references to abuse and death
posted by Sparx at 8:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Are you ready for some fat bears?!?

"On Wednesday, October 3rd, Katmai National Park and Preserve kicks-off Fat Bear Week 2018 to determine which gluttonous giant sits atop the brown bear oligarchy of obesity. The annual march madness-style competition, now in its fourth year, pits commonly seen bears on the Bear Cam against one another to decide which bear indeed, looks the fattest. The public is encouraged to vote on Katmai National Park and Preserve’s Facebook page in head-to-head matches each day beginning October 3rd. The bear whose photo receives the most likes will advance to the next round, until one bear is crowned “Fattest Bear” on Fat Bear Tuesday, October 9th." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 7:43 PM PST - 44 comments

Morbidly beautiful medical illustrations

Dr. Frank Netter was a surgeon during the great depression, though as a child growing up in Manhattan, he aspired to be an artist. As it turns out, Netter became both a great artist as well as a doctor [NSFW] […] His use of color is in line with schemes used in classic pulp novel illustration, and he used real patients for his subjects when depicting various medical issues, such as a man suffering the after-effects of a brain injury[…], or what goes on inside the human body during a fit of unbridled rage. [NSFW] Netter’s paintings and illustrations are as remarkable as they are often strange and off-putting at times. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:54 PM PST - 40 comments

Tomorrow Never Knows

Geoff Emerick, Beatles engineer, passes away at 72. Many comments on @thebeatles, Paul pays tribute to Geoff. Without a doubt, he threw himself whole-heartedly into the adventure.
posted by pyramid termite at 12:59 PM PST - 27 comments

a Zulu groove bomb

Blinded in the age of 5 due to illness, Steve Kekana was one of the most successful south african musicians of the eighties, and actually one of the first to take his band to perform overseas. In 1980 he probably had a big continental-european hit called "Raising my family", that tooped the charts in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria etc. "Bushman" was another hit from this era (reminds me Sting & The Police), and so "Africa". Most of his work is collected in an english-album compilation "The English Album". [more inside]
posted by avi111 at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City

It’s hard to live in any urban area if you are anxious about elevators. Somehow, these New Yorkers make it work. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:18 AM PST - 55 comments

He makes Patrick Bateman look like Mr. Rogers

The official trailer for Vice, the Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale and directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short), has dropped.
(w/ Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.)
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:00 AM PST - 72 comments

at some point they backtracked on scrotality

Natural selection has sculpted the mammalian forelimb into horses’ front legs, dolphins’ fins, bats’ wings, and my soccer ball-catching hands. Why, on the path from the primordial soup to us curious hairless apes, did evolution house the essential male reproductive organs in an exposed sac? It's like a bank deciding against a vault and keeping its money in a tent on the sidewalk.Why are testicles kept in a vulnerable dangling sac? It’s not why you think.
posted by sciatrix at 9:59 AM PST - 70 comments

Understanding Reality: What Hallucinations Reveal

Hallucinations Are Everywhere: Experiences like hearing voices are leading psychologists to question how all people perceive reality.
posted by homunculus at 8:58 AM PST - 58 comments

A Good Wolfenoot to You!

This November 23rd you can celebrate the first Wolfenoot. Jax Goss's 7-year old son invented a holiday called Wolfenoot, and the internet got very excited to join him in celebrating. #Wolfenoot has lots of pictures of doggos and plans to donate to wolf sanctuaries and animal shelters. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 8:54 AM PST - 29 comments

Afrobeats Worldwide: Nigerian Musicians making the new global pop

Kelefa Sanneh wrote for the The New York and recently profiled ten Nigerian musicians and groups who are changing the sound of global pop, including brief bios of each and a description of how they fit (or don't fit) into the Afrobeats sound. "But isn't Afrobeat old?" Yes, but this is Afrobeats plural. For more context, last year Fareeda Abdulkareem wrote for The Culture Trip and provided An Introduction to Afrobeats, Nigeria's Beloved Music Genre, but wait, there's more! If you have the time, start with an hour long audio-history of Nigerian music from Afropop Worldwide. Even more music and links below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:29 AM PST - 15 comments

The Philanthro-Capitalist Class

“First, for years, they allowed problems to fester—real problems like declining social mobility, what trade was doing to America, issues around cities and gentrification. Every time you say Lean In is going to fix gender equality, or one charter school in Bed-Stuy is going to solve education, or you’re going to have some kind of tote bag that saves the environment—every time we were promulgating phony change, that is not doing real change. It is crowding out real change and redefining change so we cannot do more ambitious change.” Why Real Change Won’t Come From Billionaire Philanthropists - “Just as the firm dodged the collapse of those toxic securities, it dodged the public’s thirst for justice. The e-mail’s recipients—and the very affluent in general—would capture most of the gains from the long recovery. A Times analysis of Federal Reserve data last year found that, while the average American household was still thirty-per-cent poorer, in net worth, than in 2007, the top ten per cent of households were twenty-seven per cent wealthier than before the crisis“ After the Financial Crisis, Wall Street Turned to Charity—and Avoided Justice - Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win–win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s rich (Jacbonin Radio)
posted by The Whelk at 8:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Fingertip Universe

Nikon Small World in Motion Annual Winners 2018-2011 — beautiful microscopic movies and digital time-lapse photomicrography. (See also Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition Annual Winners 2017-1975).
posted by cenoxo at 5:11 AM PST - 4 comments

The Tenacious Spirit of Servitude

For NYC sommelier Yannick Benjamin, integrating disability and hospitality was the only way forward.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:58 AM PST - 2 comments


Spiderween: An Arachnophobe-Safe Guide To Spiders. "I think everyone deserves a chance to learn about such an amazing corner of the animal kingdom, and so for an entire thirty-one entries in a row, we're about to go over some of the most interesting spider species, spider habits and spider superpowers without a single realistic spider in view. Instead, we're substituting the real animals with anthropomorphs I believe I've designed to capture as much of a spider's 'character' or 'personality' as a four-limbed, two-eyed, endoskeletoned biped ever reasonably could." [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 4:36 AM PST - 21 comments

"No, I can assure you it sucks in many other ways"

A fully functional Wii portable (not an emulator) that fits into an Altoids tin. I repeat: not an emulator.
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:30 AM PST - 32 comments

Scott Galloway, 2018 Code Commerce

NYU professor Scott Galloway speaks at the 2018 Code Conference and calls again for the breakup of big tech (Amazon, Facebook, Google) with lots of data and insight. Galloway predicted the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods weeks before it happened.
posted by gen at 1:59 AM PST - 36 comments

October 2

Ju-Jitsu Suffragettes

In 1914 suffragettes learned to fight back. It’s Edwardian Era Glasgow, circa 1914, and the stress mounting in St. Andrews’s Hall is unbearable. Flocks of Suffragettes and policemen are waiting for the woman of the hour, Emmeline Pankhurst, to magically surface and fight against her own arrest — the tension is so palpable, you could cut it with a knife. Or karate-chop it, which is exactly what “the Bodyguard”, a top-secret secret society of feminists, decided to do. They were corseted, they were clever, and they could flip a man over like a pancake. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:30 PM PST - 15 comments

We're talking away

Take on me (take on me) / Take me on (take on me) / I'll be gone / In a day or two
posted by Fizz at 6:23 PM PST - 51 comments

24 Years of The Interactive Fiction Competition

2018's IFComp has seventy-seven entries, which is actually less than 2017's seventy-nine entries - a long way from 1995's twelve. This year shows a continued trend of browser-based online games, although ADRIFT and Z-code based games still make a showing. This year's organizer is Jacq, who previously organized IntroComp, which helps IF writers consider try new things out and gauge reactions before finishing the whole game. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine at 5:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Science fiction is for real, space opera is for fun

Space Opera Cover Maker (via ansible)
posted by thatwhichfalls at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Volta Jazz :
Wêrê Wêrê Magne,
Mama Soukous,
Djougou Malola
When Burkina Faso Vibrated with a New Culture [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Life, Death, and John Prine

When my wife had been in labor for 16 hours, I played her John Prine’s “Everything Is Cool.” She’d begun gasping instead of breathing, climbing into the tub to gather herself. As Prine’s fingerpicking rang out from a tiny speaker, she closed her eyes and smiled. […] When my daughter died two years later, the song rang out again into the stricken silence at her service. This time, it felt like a hymn.

Pitchfork's Jayson Greene talks to John Prine about his latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, and discusses how he came to Prine's music.

Also, the heartbreaking official video for "Summer's End" dropped last week. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:53 PM PST - 40 comments

Dear Dads:

Your daughters told me about their assaults. This is why they never told you. [WaPo]
posted by maggieb at 1:45 PM PST - 93 comments

Dung beetle worms in PNAS

From Ed Yong: "TFW your genitals are full of sexually transmitted worms, and that's great news for your kids" (and you're a dung beetle). [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 10:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Even God is uneasy, Say the moist bells of Swansea.

And who robbed the miner?/Cry the grim bells of Blaina. A little-known poem discovered by Pete Seeger became a popular folk standard and subsequently recorded hundreds of times by various artists. Besides the original, most folksy version by Pete Seeger (1964 live performance linked, but originally recorded live for the 1958 album, "Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry"), the most famous version is probably by The Byrds and was released on their debut album, "Mr Tambourine Man" (1965). A poppy version that borrows heavily from The Byrds was recorded by Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians (1984); and Cher tried her hand in 1965, with good results. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:05 AM PST - 25 comments

Historic low for Liberals as the CAQ wins majority in Quebec

With the sovereignty question largely off the table in this election, the Quebec Liberal Party was ousted as the ruling party in Quebec, with historically low numbers, while the Coalition Avenir Québec formed their first government, a majority. Along the way, Québec Solidaire gained 7 more seats, bringing them to the cusp of official party status (10 seats and 12 are required) while the Parti Québécois dropped from 28 seats to 9, losing official party status and their leader, Jean-François Lisée, lost his seat and resigned from his leadership position. [more inside]
posted by juliebug at 8:58 AM PST - 54 comments

The stream is coming from inside the Netflix House

What up, haints, it’s October times. Let’s get Halloweird with it. Here are some movies of the horror and horror-adjacent genres that you might watch by yourself or with a party of friends or with a 20 foot tall whistling ghost who grinds the bones of womanizers into dust inside his sack. - Yes, it's The Haunting of Netflix House VI: Netflix Lives, the annual roundup of the spookiest streaming spookmares for the spookiest month. This post is of course a sequel to previous archival spookings.
posted by Artw at 8:51 AM PST - 40 comments

In The Language Is Life, In The Language is Death

The Birth of Hawai‘i’s Native-Language Newspaper Archive [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Degrowth/Green Deal

"Since the chimera of sustainable development is an alibi for permanent growth, degrowth is meant to grab hold of the dominant discourse of growth, envelop it and its apologists, and in fact take on fundamentalism where one must: at the roots. The idea of degrowth, this book included, is meant as invitation to debate. Degrowth is not meant to replace communism, anarchism, or democratic socialism as horizons for human hope, and it is certainly not a recipe for disregarding class struggle." Degrowth Considered "Clearly then, even under a degrowth scenario, the overwhelming factor pushing emissions down will not be a contraction of overall gdp but massive growth in energy efficiency and clean renewable-energy investments—which, for accounting purposes, will contribute towards increasing gdp—along with similarly dramatic cuts in fossil-fuel production and consumption, which will register as reducing gdp. Moreover, the immediate effect of any global gdp contraction would be huge job losses and declining living standards for working people and the poor." Degrowth Vs. A New Green Deal - All Of A Sudden Putting 'Green" Next To a Policy Idea Makes it More Popular - The New Green Deal Report
posted by The Whelk at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Booksellers, this one weird trick could increase your bottom line by 25%

Nicola Griffith points out in a helpful post (with downloadable guide!) why making bookstores and book events accessible to disabled readers both online and in RL makes profitable sense. She also updates her Fries Test (named after activist Kenny Fries) count. Given that 1 in 4 people already in the US have some kind of disability, there should be roughly 1.25 million books out there on the Fries Test list yet so far only 55 have made it past the extremely low requirements -- which do not include the disabled character even having a name. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes sadly did not make the cut.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Inside Tokyo's audiophile venues

Inside Tokyo's audiophile venues. Small bars, good sound systems. (Not really audiophile as that term is normally used.)
posted by OmieWise at 6:39 AM PST - 18 comments

I’ll never work in restaurants again—my body won’t allow it.

Taria Camerino writes about finding her way back to working with chocolate after her breast cancer diagnosis.
posted by soelo at 6:37 AM PST - 1 comment

When you post a video, you’re the star

A lot of people I’ve run across shouldn’t be exposed to public comment. Some of them want exposure anyway, and the exposure will make them worse. Some want exposure but aren’t ready for the criticism it will bring. Some don’t realize they’re exposed. Issendai (previously re: sick systems and estranged parents) is a blogger who often writes about abusive relationships and disordered personalities. Recently, she's been watching "CPS took my children" videos and wondering: When it comes to analyzing YouTube videos, where’s the line?
posted by sciatrix at 6:34 AM PST - 36 comments

October 1

“We're gonna talk about urbanism and economics and social issues.”

The Socialist YouTuber Using Cities: Skylines To Explain Politics [YouTube] “Roczniak’s main Skylines series is centered on a city named Franklin. The videos are unflinching looks at how American history and politics have created its cities. The series approaches cities from a historical angle, beginning with the time before colonization in North America and then slowly building period-to-period from there. There is no blank slate from which cities emerge, the videos argue, but instead they are founded through mass displacement and control. The early videos are dominated by discussions of trade and mercantile systems because Roczniak is plainly claiming that thinking the American city without taking those things seriously means that you’re not really addressing what cities are. Franklin exists as a kind of allegory for real cities, not being based on any one in particular, but the things that happen in and around the city of Franklin are all based on the history of city development.” [via: Kotaku] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Tropical Storm Kirk's exposed low-level circulation. Freaking awesome.

If you would like to spend an evening admiring the spinning weather from above with an enthusiastic host, Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) on Twitter has you covered. You can find Florence ramping up, and get an idea of the flooding that resulted. Or maybe a more tranquil wave of clouds off of Lake Michigan. Or possibly a little GOES-17 water vapor imagery?
posted by cowcowgrasstree at 5:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Just a pair of eyes, walking through the world unseen

"I have always wanted to be just a pair of eyes, walking through the world unseen, only to be able to see others.”
In 1933 the artist Jeanne Mammen was labelled a degenerate.
She was a chronicler of life in Berlin between the wars, her portrayal of lesbians was ground-breaking, often portraying women simply enjoying the company of other women. A little bit more and a pdf.
posted by adamvasco at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

2018 Nobels

It's Nobel Prize week! The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for discovering how to release the immune system's brakes and enable it to attack cancer cells. Who will the awards in Physics and Chemistry go to? Inside Science (from the American Institute of Physics) has some predictions. [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 1:45 PM PST - 35 comments

Putting the FUN in funeral

Nearly a million people have downloaded the starter kit for the Conversation Project, (previously) a guide to discussing plans for the end of life. Others use the popular WeCroak app, which sends five daily reminders that we are all going to die. All share a common idea: that Western culture has become too squeamish about talking about death, and that the silence impoverishes the lives leading up to it.

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life (John Leland, NYT)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:25 PM PST - 40 comments

The Horror Oscars

Sean Fennessey picks "The Best Scary Movies of Every Year Since 1978’s ‘Halloween’"
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:26 PM PST - 65 comments

André Leon Talley, Fashionista

Diana Vreeland loved him, as did Lagerfeld and de la Renta. But his style roots are in Durham NC On a clear and lovely Saturday evening last April in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 450 guests gathered on the lawn of the city’s Mint Museum for its annual gala, a black-tie shindig called Coveted Couture, a reference to the museum’s dazzling show The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, which opened the next day. André Leon Talley, the towering (he is six foot six) former Vogue editor who was a close friend of the late designer’s and the curator of the exhibit, sat slightly apart from the crowd, bedecked in a stately Tom Ford cape made of black silk faille—“like those,” he informs me, “of the bishops and cardinals.”
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

The music was neither fake nor true.

"The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care." Larissa MacFarquhar explores many dimensions of treatment for people afflicted with memory diseases. (SLNewYorker) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 11:58 AM PST - 31 comments

Mum you've got the dog's arse!

Woman frightened by VR experience snuggles the wrong end of dog for comfort. Dog to forever be known as Snugglebutt. (SLYT via BoingBoing) [more inside]
posted by numaner at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Love is blind, and Brooks Orpik is still a Washington Capital.

"Boys and girls and babes, we all learned so much during the 2017–2018 NHL season. For example, I learned that chaos rules the universe, sports predictions are horoscopes but less accurate, and hockey games are won by pure, defiant, you-said-I-couldn’t-do-it spite and very little else. The meteoric rise of the Vegas Golden Knights and the triumph of the Washington Capitals reveal the true keys to hockey success. Depth at center and a hot goalie? No. You need a team that is obsessed with each other, and feels unfairly maligned by God. “Nobody believes in us but we believe in each other.” Romance, and grim vindictive gall: it’s how the ragtag Knights sailed past the West and how the cursed Caps clawed through the East. Throw in that center depth and the hot goalie, and you’ve got a Stanley Cup champion. Amid the rampant parity of the NHL, a team needs to nail it in three categories: spite, love, and I guess something to do with being good at hockey, each on a scale of 1–5. Here’s how all 31 teams stack up." Hockey podcaster Kelly Harris presents All You Need Is Spite: A Very Emotional NHL Season Preview
posted by everybody had matching towels at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

The piano player is shot

Charles Aznavour sings La Boheme. Aznavour au cinéma. French singer Charles Aznavour dead at 94
posted by growabrain at 11:04 AM PST - 24 comments

Matthew McConAUUUUGH!hey

Matthew McConaughey is essentially a human soundboard.
posted by chavenet at 9:19 AM PST - 19 comments


At ImagineNative, Indigenous-Made Films Challenge Expectations [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:38 AM PST - 2 comments

It's a coin flip as to if you're now going to achieve the American dream

It used to be that people born in the 1940s or '50s were virtually guaranteed to achieve the American dream of earning more than your parents did, Chetty says. But that's not the case anymore. "You see that for kids turning 30 today, who were born in the mid-1980s, only 50 percent of them go on to earn more than their parents did," [Harvard University economist Raj] Chetty says. "It's a coin flip as to whether you are now going to achieve the American dream." Chetty and his colleagues worked with the Census Bureau's Sonya Porter and Maggie Jones to create the The Opportunity Atlas ... merging U.S. Census Bureau data with data from the Internal Revenue Service. (Via NPR) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:29 AM PST - 45 comments

“Who’s gonna milk the cows?”

“Nelson was freaked out. There was no phone call, of course. The mysterious chubby man had asked Hoyer to have us ejected. According to Nelson, she had told him that an article about dairies and immigration would “destroy our lives out here.” It was an incredibly sensitive subject. “It’s kind of a third rail among dairy farmers,” Nelson said. “Whenever I go to a dairy farm, I never ask about the immigrant-labor thing unless they bring it up themselves.” Devin Nunes’ Family Farm Is Hiding A Secret (Esquire)
posted by The Whelk at 7:37 AM PST - 51 comments

Charlie Squirrel

RIP Carlos Ezquerra, comic artist who was the co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog for 2000AD [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:06 AM PST - 26 comments

A future that exceeds the most daring fantasies of George Orwell

The cameras register not only a car’s license plate number but also the face of its driver. At night, lights are projected over the camera lenses, blinding drivers more than oncoming headlights ever could. As we drove past another checkpoint, I tried to shield my eyes with my hand in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the road. The gesture did not go unnoticed: all four cameras immediately flashed a series of strobe lights.
Meduza publishes a report by a Russian-speaking journalist and traveler who managed to enter Xinjiang during the summer and observe how the new technologies in use there facilitate total surveillance, segregation, and discrimination. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos at 6:17 AM PST - 29 comments

A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon

A panel of critics tells us what belongs on a list of the 100 most important books of the 2000s … so far. [Vulture] [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 2:37 AM PST - 75 comments