December 2018 Archives

December 14

"Learning is as important in Finnish society as politics"

Helsinki's new central library, Oodi, opened on 5 December 2018 – the eve of Finland's Independence Day. The building, designed by ALA Architects, boasts not only 100,000 titles but also a workshop with 3D printers, tools and sewing machines – and living black olive trees. Finns – the world's most literate nation – do love their public libraries. They can even imagine going on a date there.
posted by Vesihiisi at 11:53 PM PST - 1 comment

He's got you covered

Greg Dulli (of The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins w/Mark Lanegan [who has also played with a few bands]) has released a cover of "Have Yourself a merry little Christmas". Dulli has been known to cover a song or two in his day, often times completely changing the arrangement. A few examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd at 10:15 PM PST - 1 comment

Well, do they?

Upon observing the behavior of his Welsh corgi, Elvis, when chasing a thrown tennis ball, Professor Tim Pennings asked: Do Dogs Know Calculus? [PDF] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:13 PM PST - 4 comments

"The audience went nuts for it." [citation needed]

The single for the Captain and Tennille's song Muskrat Love featured a locked groove in the 45 which would play little pitter-patter muskrat mating sounds, forever. Other albums with locked grooves. [via]
posted by jessamyn at 8:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Look Before You Leap

Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial. Parachute use did not reduce death or major traumatic injury when jumping from aircraft in the first randomized evaluation of this intervention. [British Medical Journal Christmas edition]
posted by hawthorne at 8:33 PM PST - 8 comments

He's…a pretty good boy. Lots of spirit.

In addition to offering training services for pets, Double H Canine Training Academy produces service dogs. Some dogs, however, just aren't cut out for the service life.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Candle candle, are the children safe now?

Christmas carols with a twist, but not the twist you might expect. Tori Amos' 2009 release Midwinter Graces is both familiar and new, and is every single bit old-school Tori, symphonic and surprising. Recommended for those who love holiday music but who are sick of holiday music. CD: What Child, Nowell; Star Of Wonder; A Silent Night With You [video]; Candle: Coventry Carol; Holly, Ivy, And Rose; Harps Of Gold; Snow Angel; Jeanette, Isabella; Pink And Glitter; Emmanuel; Winter's Carol; Our New Year
posted by hippybear at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

To titrate a dose correctly is the essential skill of pharmacy.

For the murder to make sense, it must be true that somebody isn’t who we think they are – but who do we think they are? How do we know who is and who isn’t what they seem to be? How do the characters know? In essence, that is what detective fiction is: a mystery about which of a particular cast of characters isn’t who they say they are. And that, I suggest, is a, perhaps even the, core reason for Christie’s appeal to so many readers in so many different times and places. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 3:09 PM PST - 17 comments

"I find systemic racism exists in TBPS at an institutional level."

Ontario's independent police watchdog says systemic racism exists throughout the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS). Its report, Broken Trust: Indigenous People and the Thunder Bay Police Service (pdf), concludes that the investigations into the deaths of Jethro Anderson, 15, Curran Strang, 18, “C.D.,” 18, Marie Lynette Spence, 30, Christina Gliddy, 28, Reggie Bushie, 15, Kyle Morrisseau, 17, Jordan Wabasse, 15, and “I.J,” 57, were grossly inadequate and should be reopened. Thunder Bay, with a population of just over 100,000 people, accounted for one-third of the total reported anti-Indigenous hate crimes in Canada in 2015. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

to make people conscious of the cyclical time of the universe

Nancy Holt (1938-2014) was an American artist. Over the course of five decades, her work encompassed films, videos, photography, audio works, concrete poetry, and artists’ books, but Holt is best known for her large-scale, public art installations. [more inside]
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There is no fear in love

Brandan Robertson writes about his experience trying to "pray the gay away".
posted by clawsoon at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Warning Signs

Michelle was 31 and 5'6, the perfect age and the perfect height. She had thick, straight hair, which wasn't a must-have, necessarily, but it was certainly nice. She smiled in every picture, a wide, inviting smile. She had a fine sounding job as a Project Manager and went to a college he had heard of. He messaged "Hey." This wasn’t his best work but it was usually good enough. [more inside]
posted by smcg at 1:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Data is Beautiful!

Simulated Dendrochronology of U.S. Immigration
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Focus on the Science, Not the Scientist

Astronomers gathered in Baltimore recently to complete the annual Telescope Allocation Review for the Hubble Space Telescope. Last year, despite efforts made to reduce bias, proposals for medium and large programs on the Hubble Space Telescope had an acceptance rate of 24% for programs led by men and 13% for programs led by women, an imbalance largely in keeping with the telescope's history. This year, in one of the most competitive cycles ever, that suddenly changed to a near-equivalent 8.7% acceptance rate for women and an 8.0% acceptance rate for men, reversing the trend seen over the past 15 cycles. What happened? Anonymized proposals. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 11:54 AM PST - 18 comments

To Protect Migrants From Police, a Dutch Church Service Never Ends

Under an obscure Dutch law, police may not disrupt a church service to make an arrest. And so for the past six weeks, immigration officials have been unable to enter Bethel Church to seize the five members of the Tamrazyan family, Armenian refugees who fled to the sanctuary to escape a deportation order. The service, which began in late October as a little-noticed, last-gasp measure by a small group of local ministers, is now a national movement, attracting clergy members and congregants from villages and cities across the Netherlands. More than 550 pastors from about 20 denominations have rotated through Bethel Church, a nonstop service all in the name of protecting one vulnerable family. (SLNYT)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:48 AM PST - 20 comments

“This is one of the most important films I’ve come across.”

They are on screen for less than 30 seconds, a couple in simple embrace. The man, dressed in a suit and bowtie, and the woman in a frilled dress. They hug and kiss, swing wide their clasped hands, and kiss again. Titled Something Good-Negro Kiss, the newly discovered silent film from 1898 is believed to be the earliest cinematic depiction of African-American affection. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

No matter what we write, white people can turn our stories into weapons.

Native American Lives Are Tragic, But Probably Not in the Way You Think [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Blue, Blue, My World is Blue

Nancy Wilson, jazz singer who turned songs into stories, passed away yesterday at 81. (No, not that Nancy Wilson.) [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 9:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Underground psychedelic therapy

Welcome to the trip of your life: the rise of underground LSD guides. "Some Americans searching for alternative paths to healing have turned to psychedelics. But how does one forge a career as a guide when the substances are illegal?" [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 9:18 AM PST - 32 comments

The internet spawned Uber and Amazon, not the Paris Commune

“In times in which financial institutions and even whole political entities may just dissolve into fluffy glitter, investment in art seems somehow more real. Moreover, as alternative currency, art seems to fulfill what Ethereum and Bitcoin have hitherto only promised. Rather than money issued by a nation and administrated by central banks, art is a networked, decentralized, widespread system of value. It gains stability because it calibrates credit or disgrace across competing institutions or cliques. ” If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms (e-flux)
posted by The Whelk at 9:14 AM PST - 1 comment

10,000-foot-tall, carrot-chomping, gay cocaine addict

"What we learn from that finding is that 'mischievous responders' think some responses are funny but not others. For example, a 12-year-old saying that he has used heroin over 40 times has a certain panache to it compared to, say, disclosing suicidal ideation. But that could have the net effect of making it seem like gay and bisexual boys are abusing substances at much higher rates than they actually do." These Teenage Trolls Are Pretending to Be LGBT, and Screwing Up Scientific Studies [SLTheDailyBeast]
posted by Grandysaur at 8:56 AM PST - 35 comments

Minimalist City Maps with a Twist

Every city has a defining feature that acts as a cultural shorthand for those in the know. Peter Gorman is the designer behind Barely Maps, a series of illustrated maps that turn these design features into wonderfully opaque visual riddles. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:36 AM PST - 27 comments

—for years, Steam has been the only digital games store for many players

Epic Games takes on Steam with its own fairer game store [The Verge] “Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and the widely used game-making software Unreal Engine, is about to start selling other companies’ games, too. Epic is launching a new online store like Valve’s Steam that will similarly feature third-party games, marking yet another substantial threat to Steam’s dominant position as the lead distributor of PC titles. Epic’s store, which is set to launch soon, will start with a select number of PC and Mac games, and it will open up to more developers next year.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:28 AM PST - 48 comments

Rejoice Greatly indeed

Trinidadian soprano Jeanine DeBique performs 'Rejoice greatly' from Messiah (SLYT) People are gagging over her ability to accurately and gorgeously render the challenging coloratura of this piece at near breakneck speed, with such warmth and expression. Her slow sections are equally beautiful. At the 2:25 mark, her use of straight tone is devastating. DeBique is in a class by herself. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:25 AM PST - 33 comments

December 13

Celebrating Avril 14 four months early

As the darkness of December descends, why not celebrate April 14th four months early? Aphex Twin dropped a few new gifts recently, expanding his 2001 album Drukqs with two newly available versions of Avril 14 (a 3rd was briefly available, long enough that someone got it and posted it to Soundcloud). Richard D. James isn't one to talk about song titles or inspirations, but there's a theory that he's marking a rather dark day, or repeating date, in history. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Quod me nutrit me destruit

What's the most dangerous food of all time? Experts give and explain their answers: Durian (physical accidents, sulfur content); lookalike mushrooms; domesticated livestock (zoonotic diseases); alcohol; food-spoiling fungi; beef (global warming); raw food; and sugar (x4). [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:32 PM PST - 80 comments

Humble Bachelor who is Prone to Conniptions

19th Century Character Trope Generator
posted by spamandkimchi at 5:25 PM PST - 51 comments

Why Are So Many People Suddenly Allergic to Meat?

More and more people are becoming allergic to mammal meat, and worryingly, mammal products such as cheese, wool, and even the gelatin in pill capsules “This increasingly common sensitivity seems to result from a certain type of tick bite. The fact that we’ve figured that out is the result of some amazing coincidences in scientific research.” It’s called an Alpha-Gal allergy, and due to climate change, it’s becoming a problem worldwide.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:23 PM PST - 74 comments

Of the 385,000 electric buses worldwide, 99% of them are in China

Bloomberg: Electric buses are hurting the oil industry. Buses consume 30x more fuel than cars, so 84% of the fuel displaced by electric vehicles so far has come from the usage of electric buses, compared to just 16% attributed to the use of electric passenger vehicles such as those produced by Tesla or Nissan. [more inside]
posted by xdvesper at 1:40 PM PST - 51 comments

The biggest news in Australia that Australians don't know yet.

While the news is available to the rest of the world, the majority of Australians don't know that the most senior catholic in the country, Cardinal George Pell, is now a convicted paedophile. At the request of the prosecution, a suppression order forbids the media from reporting this, in an effort to preserve impartiality in further trials. The trial inspired a Tim Minchin song two years ago, it's popularity indicating the public interest.
posted by adept256 at 1:04 PM PST - 59 comments

The trident is superfluous at this point.

At the blue carpet premier of Aquaman last night, Jason Momoa joined Kiwi costar Temuera Morrison and some other cast members in a performance of the Haka dance (Youtube link). It should be noted that this is not Momoa's first foray into this traditional Maori performance.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 11:23 AM PST - 37 comments

The Secret Origin of the Secret Society of Secret Santas

What to do when your children stop believing in Santa: teach them to become him. [slImgur] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:33 AM PST - 24 comments

"I'm confused, I'm not sure where to go, but I know my door is blue"

"We had a traffic jam of wheelchairs and walkers because everyone was so excited to come and see how the doors were going to turn out." Trying to find their own room among identical beige doors can be confusing and stressful for care home residents with dementia. Some memory care facilities are trying a new approach: large decals that transform each featureless beige door into the distinctive front door of a real house. The decals are based on the final art school thesis of Marieke van Diepen, who worked with a social development organization to figure out how to use the door decals to help people with dementia. The Amsterdam-based company even offers custom decals based on the actual front door of a person's former home.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Architectural Drawing Of The Year 2018

The drawings are created by architecture students from around the world and the competition is held by Aarhus School of Architecture.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Chocolate Spills Out Into German Street

"A ton of chocolate" has brought a local road to a standstill in Germany, according to local authorities. "The chocolate quickly solidified. About 10 sq m (108 sq ft) was cleared by 25 firefighters using shovels, hot water and blowtorches."

Additional links:
NBC News
posted by grobertson at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments


Project Drawdown is a book edited by Paul Hawken, and a plan, that ranks the top 100 solutions to global climate change. "The list is comprised primarily of “no regrets” solutions—actions that make sense to take regardless of their climate impact since they have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Chicago's mass school closings

A Generation of School Closings. Since 2002, Chicago has closed or radically shaken up 200 public schools. Public radio station WBEZ takes a look at who the shakeup helped, who it hurt, and where the city’s schools stand now. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't tell me it's raining

Insect pee: Ultrafast fluidic ejection from sharpshooters - Sharpshooters are agricultural pests that “suck” copious amounts of fluid from plants and spread Pierce’s disease which threatens California’s multi-billion agricultural industry. A single sharpshooter can ingest up to 300 times their body weight per day in xylem fluid making them extreme biological pumps. To prevent fluidic build-up, they constantly have to release droplet excrements before ejecting them in the form of “pee” at ultra-high speeds. These insects, nicknamed the "pissing fly," have left passersby wondering if it's raining. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Hair Today, Gone... Never?

For almost fifty years, the increasing emphasis on dramatic mourning in the English-speaking world spurred an unlikely medium for art: severed human hair. Hair could be prepared for art, jewelry, or keepsakes in four different ways depending on texture. Hairwork isn't dead, however. There are still artists who work with human hair--and some of them even teach classes in the Victorian style. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix at 7:34 AM PST - 3 comments

I asked someone how they were and they actually told me.

Londoners troll New York Times with deluge of 'petty crimes'
An appeal for victims of petty crime in the UK’s capital has been met with sarcasm.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 7:05 AM PST - 36 comments

Dense rings of dust

ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets. ALMA‘s first large-scale, high-resolution survey of protoplanetary disks. Fantastic pictures. Because what is astronomy if not fantastic pictures?
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 6:32 AM PST - 3 comments

“He’s probably in his room right now, stuffing Lego in the hole”

It is the season of goodwill, of delivering gifts and presents, and the traditional British Santa's Enchanted Adventure That Isn't. Santa has been getting into the festive rage/spirit in Cambridge (the county of interesting school plays), while in Thornaby he gets a parking ticket. In Hull, the elderly spend the night cutting their neighbour's flashing lights, while in Reading “the lights were flashing and it is so in your face, you cannot help staring at it - I was in complete disbelief.” Though in Chard, some residents will become familiar with Baby Shark. And in Yorkshire, a shepherd was sent to the school nativity with a ... multi-purpose ... sheep. Should you charge your relatives to eat Christmas dinner, or just let them tuck into marmite sprouts? Happy Christmas, MetaFilter.
posted by Wordshore at 2:28 AM PST - 46 comments

December 12

Handel's Messiah - the best in New York.

What the New York Times has described as the best Messiah performance in New York will be live-streaming here on Sunday Dec 16th at 3pm.
posted by storybored at 10:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Art of a water shaped planet

Water · Shapes · Earth "A project that combines power of aerial photography and storytelling to rediscover the beauty of our planet, and to show how water shapes Earth and influences our lives." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

“The numbers don’t lie,”

Elizabeth Rowe has sued the BSO. Her case could change how orchestras pay men and women. [The Washington Post] The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the country's "big five" orchestras. There are 95 musicians in the orchestra — 63 men and 32 women. Principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe sits next to principal oboist John Ferrillo. She's paid $64,451 less than him a year.
“Money is the one thing that we can look to to measure people’s value in an organization,” Rowe says. “You look at the number of women that graduate from conservatories and then you look at the number of women in the top leadership positions in orchestras, and it’s not 50-50 still. Women need to see equality, and they need to see fairness in order to believe that that’s possible.”
posted by Fizz at 8:39 PM PST - 71 comments

National Geographic 2018 Winners & More

The winners and honorable mentions of the 2018 photography competition. These are just a few of the many winners/honorable mentions. If you go to the NatGeo website NG Photo Contest, you can poke around in different categories to see more.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:05 PM PST - 3 comments

A Demon Underneath

Long before Elon Musk, a visionary automaker showed how ugly the American Dream could be. Long before the rise of utopian tech billionaires and Silicon Valley mountebanks, John DeLorean blazed the trail they would eventually follow. The Outline explores DeLorean's apocalyptic, quintessentially American life.
posted by Naberius at 6:05 PM PST - 27 comments

The Island the Left Neglected

Imagine a small, peaceful, progressive island in Asia about the size of Maryland. Ruled until the Cold War’s very end by a military dictatorship, it is now a robust democracy, although it endures incessant hostility from its giant neighbor. Its people treasure their hard-fought equality, free press, and vibrant civil society. [By Jeffrey C. H. Ngo in Dissent Magazine] [more inside]
posted by FJT at 5:57 PM PST - 19 comments

The Cosplay of Nations 2018: Miss Japan Makes Title More Literal

Arriving earlier than expected this year, it's the Miss Universe national costume pageant, better known as The Cosplay of Nations - a title that was more literal than usual, thanks to Miss Japan. Female empowerment seemed to be an unofficial theme this year, with costumes paying tribute to a Kenyan village that empowers and shelters women and to the suffergette movement being of note, as well as a number of outfits that bring to mind angry deities or superheroes and supervillains. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:27 PM PST - 53 comments

Lithotomy? You barely know me!

Extremely detailed surgical illustrations [SO NSFW] from two 19th-century medical texts. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:46 PM PST - 29 comments

Ghost Ship

Max Harris and the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire A look at one of the two men who have been named culpable in the Ghost Ship artist's collective fire. (SLNYT) Previously
posted by PussKillian at 2:13 PM PST - 111 comments

here's hoping for a consistently dense thread

Got some fabric, want to check it for thread count or imperfections, and you can only use the power of moire? Looks like you need a Lunometer! The device was invented, patented in 1929, and eponymously branded by one Hans Peter Luhn, who also invented the goddam hashing algorithm among other things.
posted by cortex at 1:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Humongous fungus: ancient invaders of old-growth forests

In 1992, Anderson and his colleagues estimated that the honey mushroom, which is growing in a forest on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was 1,500 years old, weighed 100,000 kilograms (~220,460 pounds or ~110 tons) and covered 15 hectares (~37 acres). Based on additional samples taken between 2015 and 2017, the new estimate is that this mushroom is at least 2,500 years old, weighs 400,000 kilograms (881,849 lb or ~441 tons) and covers about 70 hectares (~173 acres) ( According to the researchers, "any temporally continuous forest could support large , old Armillaria individuals," and this isn't the biggest, or oldest (BBC; previously). Worse, Armillaria doesn't share well, and tends to kill off trees. The Secrets of the 'Humongous Fungus' (The Atlantic).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Look at these animals

A cat attends college and dates on campus. | A smart golden retriever which runs errands | Dog giving birth to a kitten...? | Genius dog Hoya, the PR ambassador for going against smoking | A few most excellent videos from South Korea's SBS TV program "Animal Farm x Look at Animals" 동물농장x애니멀봐 ( previously)
posted by spamandkimchi at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Intersectional sustainable crop science, and GIFs

Dr. Sarah Taber is an aquaponics and agricultural consultant and food safety scientist, Doctor of Plant Medicine, Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management, and science communicator who's attracted a Twitter following and is writing a book. Following the jump, a collection of links. [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 12:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Revealed: Google's 'two-tier' workforce training document

Guardian exclusive: internal document shows how Google employees are trained to treat temps, vendors and contractors. (SLGuardian by Julia Carrie Wong)
posted by crazy with stars at 10:54 AM PST - 100 comments

Police Play Video Games with Tenants After Responding to Noise Complaint

Neighbors called the police on Jovante M. Williams and his friends playing video games. Police responded appropriately. “We got a lot of cops. We’re telling them this is the same noise level we’ve been having,” Williams tells us. “They confirmed, a few times, that we weren’t even loud.” Eventually, one police officer asked the young men what they were playing. “I’m like, ‘Y’all wanna play Smash?!’ And two of them literally raised their hand and walked up. They’re like, ‘How do you jump?’ They were acting; one of them was playing Pikachu!” Williams says, laughing, alluding to the fact that the officers knew how to play very well.
posted by grobertson at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Amazon Warehouse Workers in Staten Island Go Public With Unionizing Push

Employees at a newly-opened Amazon warehouse in Staten Island went public with a campaign to unionize last night. In the face of the company’s hyper-aggressive, global anti-union campaign, the new push is a pretty huge development for workers in other parts of the country—and other Amazon-owned companies like Whole Foods. The Staten Island employees’ complaints are familiar—mainly, that Amazon treats them like shit for not enough money.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 8:34 AM PST - 44 comments

Photosynthesis Makes a Sound

The ping of algae turning sunlight into energy adds to the soundscape of marine ecosystems. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 7:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Forget eagles. All hail the Broiler Chicken!

A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.K. and one in South Africa has come to the conclusion that the broiler chicken offers perhaps the most striking evidence of the rise of the Anthropocene... []
posted by jim in austin at 6:58 AM PST - 24 comments

How the Paradox of 'Original Series' Explains the Video Industry

Using the phrase "Original Series" (or some similar label) was superfluous for the first sixty years of TV. Until a series hit syndication (which took at least five years), ABC shows were on ABC, NBC shows were on NBC, and so on. [...] This raises the question of what, exactly, is an "Original" - and how could Netflix possibly produce several times more than HBO, Amazon, Hulu, Starz and Showtime combined? The answer is simple: "Original" isn't a technical definition but a marketing one. And thus not only is the definition of "Original" vague, it also differs from network to network. And no one has a wider definition than Netflix. [more inside]
posted by smcg at 6:50 AM PST - 31 comments

I figured out I was actually the white moderate

When does prioritizing our own #selfcare mean we’re failing to adequately prioritize making the world more tolerable for everybody else? More to the point: When are [the author, activist and former mommy blogger Glennon] Doyle’s followers supposed to take her advice about telling their own stories, speaking up, empowering themselves — and when are they supposed to take her advice about shutting up, listening, and letting women of color lead the way? (SL Buzzfeed News) [more inside]
posted by devrim at 6:42 AM PST - 25 comments

The four elements: Water, Wind, Fire and Soap

Handheld inverted fire tornado bubble (slyt)
posted by Stark at 3:03 AM PST - 24 comments

December 11

I must keep reliving this beautiful year!

The New York Times (or its Styles Desk) invites you to relive 2018, now blessed with cheevos. (Best on mobile, ok on desktop.)
posted by Going To Maine at 11:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Confederate monuments and their legacy

Why do so many people refuse to believe that the Confederacy was built on slavery?(WaPo) The Myth of the Lost Cause is a strong one and supported by tens of millions of public dollars spent to maintain Confederate monuments and sites. (Extended Radio Version) As much as many local governments would like to take down these down, there are laws in many states preventing cities from removing them. In the wake of this, more Confederate monuments have been recorded or erected than taken down in the past year. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 8:14 PM PST - 62 comments

“This report is definitely not news to the black community,”

A Black person is 20 times more likely than a white person to be fatally shot by Toronto police [Vice News] “A Black person in Toronto was nearly 20 times more likely than a white person to be shot and killed by the Toronto Police Service between 2013 and 2017. The numbers were uncovered as part of an interim report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission released on Monday into racial profiling and discrimination of Black people, who comprise only 8.8 percent of Toronto’s population, by one of Canada’s largest police forces. The data confirms long-standing concerns of members of the Black communities in the city that they are over-represented in incidents of serious injury and deadly use of force involving Toronto police officers. It also raises broader concerns about transparency, accountability, and officer misconduct with the police service.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:55 PM PST - 16 comments

“The cake to cheese ratio is all important....”

As documented in “The Studies in Nidderdale”, in t'northern county of Yorkshire (Leeds!), Christmas cake is eaten with cheese. Emma Stokes, from Tadcaster, says: “Until I moved down south I didn’t realise some people think it’s weird to have cheese with your Christmas cake”, as the nation is further divided. Perhaps pair with Piave cheese, or cranberry-infused cheese, or a Harrogate Blue? “You can't beat a bit of Stilton with a piece of Christmas cake.” Though a wedge of Wensleydale is traditional and unbeatable and lovely. (Monterey!?!) Americans, and others, can vote on this and other British foods.
posted by Wordshore at 4:18 PM PST - 41 comments

People are emailing trees

Melbourne City Council gave 70,000 trees an email address so that people could report on the health of the trees. But they have now received over 4,000 emails to the trees, including 'love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns'.
posted by AnnaRat at 12:56 PM PST - 28 comments

20 minute video I accidentally watched all of after all, vol. XVII

Leo (of Leo Makes) makes, or rather remakes, a plate reverb unit out of an Ikea shelf. He made one before, too, but the new one is better.
posted by cortex at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

A painting as habitat: art as food to eat and protect, by microbes

If you could zoom in for a microscopic look at an oil painting on canvas, you would see many thin, overlapping layers of pigments—powdered bits of insects, plants, or minerals—held together with oils or glue made from animal collagens. Many of those pigments and binding materials are surprisingly edible to bacteria and fungi. Each patch of color and each layer of paint and varnish in an oil painting offers a different microbial habitat. So when you look at a painting, you’re not just looking at a work of art; you’re looking at a whole ecosystem. What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes (Kiona N. Smith for Ars Technica, on a study of the microbes on a Renaissance painting called “Incoronazione della Virgine,” by painter Carlo Bononi) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Subverting Number 1 with Number 2

Everyone on the set of The Magnificent Seven had diarrhea and what that says about toxic masculinity (slMedium)
posted by backseatpilot at 10:53 AM PST - 53 comments

Orlando, FL is named after a man who may have died by stampede

Last night, Nicole Cliffe asked people to tell her their favorite weird fact (twitter) (kottke)
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:39 AM PST - 52 comments

Population Mountains

What stands out is each city’s form, a unique mountain that might be like the steep peaks of lower Manhattan or the sprawling hills of suburban Atlanta. When I first saw a city in 3D, I had a feel for its population size that I had never experienced before. 1000 words from Matt Daniels at The Pudding with lots of images.
posted by cgc373 at 10:01 AM PST - 31 comments

O you, beloved of my twenty-seven senses, I love your!

Anna Blume Fan Club is a Dada fanpage in Spanish with many photos and photomontages.
It includes a page on Dada in Barcelona and another on the wonderful Art Nurse.
Kurt Schwitters original 1919 poem An Anna Blume and a little prize winning film.
posted by adamvasco at 10:00 AM PST - 1 comment

“I am not a Marxist” - Karl Marx

“What Marxism teaches us is simply to approach questions of society from a material basis: how does human life persist? Through production of the goods and services needed to live. How are these things produced under capitalist society? Through exploitation of the labor of the working class, that is, by requiring one class of people to sell their labor as a commodity to another class to produce values. What is the result of this system? That workers are “alienated” from their labor, meaning from much of their waking life, constantly required to produce more and more with an ever-precarious access to the means of subsistence.” What It Means to Be a Marxist (Jacobin) “ If we want to avoid the mistakes of the 20th Century, we must not drive away those who largely agree with us over small ideological distinctions.” I’m A Socialist But Not A Marxist (Midwestern Socialist)
posted by The Whelk at 9:56 AM PST - 30 comments

I have always preferred things that work in spite of themselves

How To Poach An Egg And Leave A Marriage
posted by griphus at 7:15 AM PST - 60 comments

Beautiful, disturbing paintings

Roberto Ferri appears to have grown up looking at Robert Mapplethorpe pictures. If you are easily disturbed by cruelty, distorted bodies, and Catholicism, or are at work, pass by. If not, he will at least stimulate your imagination, and may educate it. His paintings are some combination of Renaissance religious art, high-end magazine advertising illustration, fetish porn, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and body dysmorphia anxiety. They are beautiful. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by ckridge at 7:03 AM PST - 11 comments

The uncertain new world of labour

New world of work leaves 'precariat' living on edge [Reuters] - "In 1997, Pierre Bourdieu[1] argued that the 'precariousness' of modern work was a big problem. The French intellectual claimed that the decline of secure jobs and clear career paths led to 'the destruction of existence … to the degradation of every relationship with the world, time, and space'. Everyone, he said, was affected, because no one could escape the fear of being rendered precarious." (previously) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:49 AM PST - 22 comments

The Guardians and the War on Truth: TIME's Person of the Year

The Guardians and the War on Truth: For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo — are TIME's Person of the Year. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:39 AM PST - 17 comments

How the IRS Was Gutted

An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment. The result: billions less to fund the government. That’s good news for corporations and the wealthy. SL ProPublica/The Atlantic by Paul Kiel and Jesse Eisinger (previously)
posted by crazy with stars at 5:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Unexpected item in the bagging area

This was the day Parliament was supposed to have its "meaningful vote" on the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK government and the EU - a supposedly "soft Brexit" that is anything but. But Theresa "Contempt of Parliament" May has postponed the vote, supposedly to renegotiate the backstop designed to prevent a reemergence of a hard border on the island of Ireland, possibly to "focus minds" by running down the clock (108 days and ticking), and possibly because she seriously believes that cherry-picking is still possible. The EU's response is that the Withdrawal Agreement and its backstop are as good as they will get. [more inside]
posted by rory at 2:41 AM PST - 271 comments

December 10

In Sighisoara, the story of Emil & Xaver

The other day I promised you that I would explain the mystery that lies behind this tombstone in which two soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who fought and died in the First World War... and who were buried together. By Guillem Clua (translated) [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 10:49 PM PST - 21 comments

If you can read this, leave me alone I'm watching Hallmark movies.

Why an ad for bootleg Hallmark socks is one of the most ubiquitous of the holiday season. Have you been bombarded with strange online ads for socks about Hallmark movies? It's not a clever marketing ploy by the network. It's all about drop shipping. [more inside]
posted by dw at 9:33 PM PST - 38 comments

Obviously burritos, corn dogs, dumplings, Pop-Tarts are all calzones

Earlier this year @Phosphatide stepped into the (apparently never, ever, ever ending) "what is a sandwich" debate with the Cube Rule of Food, a six-part classification system for dishes based on the location of the starch. @indirect then stepped in to clarify the finer points. Therefore, according to the Rule: nigiri sushi should be categorized as toast, stacked toast as a sandwich, a hot dog as a taco, pigs in a blanket as sushi, and cheesecake as quiche. via Kottke [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 7:52 PM PST - 81 comments

Reconsidering the Jewish American Princess

Jamie Lauren Keiles writes for Vox on Jewish American Princesses: The JAP, as a figure, is a paragon of nuance, as complex as the Jewishness and womanhood she draws from. At worst, she is the dybbuk of the upwardly mobile, the ever-haunting spirit of the Jewish nouveau riche as it tries to find its place in the American class system. At best, she performs her own kind of Jewish drag, reclaiming the anti-Semitic tropes of yore as a positive ideal of Jewish womanhood. I see her as a queen of multitudinous existence.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:17 PM PST - 15 comments

"It’s like finding a whole new reservoir of life on Earth"

A multidisciplinary team of scientists affiliated with the Deep Carbon Observatory are nearing the end of a decade of collaboration to explore and study life in Earth’s subsurface. After sampling microbes from hundreds of boreholes as deep as 5 km underground and 2.5 km below the seafloor, the researchers have begun reporting some of their findings [scroll down for illustrations below appendix]. [more inside]
posted by theory at 4:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Bizarre "Dark Fluid" with Negative Mass

Our best theoretical model can only explain 5% of the universe. The remaining 95% is famously made up almost entirely of invisible, unknown material dubbed dark energy and dark matter. The two have always been treated as separate phenomena. But my new study, published in Astronomy and Astrophysics, suggests they may both be part of the same strange concept – a single, unified “dark fluid” of negative masses.
posted by MovableBookLady at 3:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Thy Flesh Consumed.

John Romero Celebrates Doom's 25th Anniversary With Nine New Levels [Kotaku] “The original Doom first came out 25 years ago, on December 10, 1993. To commemorate the cruel, unceasing passage of time, designer John Romero is revisiting his beloved demonspawn baby. Today, Romero announced Sigil, a Doom “megawad” containing nine new single and multiplayer levels. It’s basically a big mod, but from one of the original game’s creators. The goal, Romero said on Sigil’s website, was to pick up where Doom’s original episodes left off in terms of both design and story. Sigil is coming out in February and will be free to download.” [YouTube][25th Anniversary Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:27 PM PST - 32 comments

Gallup's Migration Research Center

Measuring our world in motion - How many people want to leave their country? Where do they want to go? How do people feel about migrants living in their communities? How do migrants feel about their own lives?
posted by unliteral at 1:46 PM PST - 2 comments

All The Time I've Wasted Watching Better Versions of Me

“I feel so crowded,” I wrote to a friend, “so many people are trying not just to be a person — but trying to be the exact person I want to be.”
posted by perplexion at 11:40 AM PST - 45 comments

Minneapolis fights housing segregation

On Friday, the Minneapolis city council passed a 481-page plan called Minneapolis 2040, "a comprehensive plan to permit three-family homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods, abolish parking minimums for all new construction, and allow high-density buildings along transit corridors." Single family home zoning is a major contributor to housing segregation.
posted by soelo at 10:57 AM PST - 69 comments

The challenge was to capture my knowledge into a computer program.

CastlevaniaBot is a plugin for the Nintaco NES emulator that plays Castlevania. It "is a system that simulates the same decision-making process that I perform when I have a controller in hand. Creating it involved articulating in elaborate detail the physics that govern Simon Belmont’s 8‑bit world and all the tactics required to be an expert vampire killer."
posted by Jpfed at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Reflection as a self-congratulatory proxy for action

"Conservative funders focus on the big picture, act quickly, do not micromanage, provide significant general operating funds, fund for twenty or thirty years, support leaders and movements, engage in policy and politics, and treat grantees as equal partners. Progressive funders—with a few exceptions—intellectualize, are severely risk-averse, focus narrowly, fund isolated strategies and programs, avoid politics, and treat grantees like parasites and freeloaders." 10 things progressive funders must learn from conservative ones, or we are all screwed.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:31 AM PST - 30 comments

“It feels like someone is following me, personally.”

The New York Times investigated location tracking in apps, and the results are creepy. The app-makers themselves appear to be unmoved by the findings: “You would have to be pretty oblivious if you are not aware that this is going on," says one CEO. Yet plenty of recent research indicates most people are unaware of how common location-tracking via mobile app has become, and app-makers aren't in a rush to clue us in. [more inside]
posted by faineg at 8:12 AM PST - 45 comments

we are the descendants of the grandmothers who wouldn’t die

These Mayan Weavers Could Be Paving the Way For Indigenous Communities to Trademark Their Work [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

New Autocrats in Eastern Europe

The New Autocrats by Griff Witte (@griffwitte) is a photoessay about the Czech Republic, Poland, Rumania, and Hungary.
posted by kingless at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Mr. Eisenstein Goes to Hollywood

Eisenstein versus Sinclair: H. W. L. Dana and “¡Que Viva México!” (Angela Shpolberg, LA Review of Books). [more inside]
posted by sapagan at 5:06 AM PST - 2 comments

December 9

"I am a scavenger salvaging lost aesthetics"

Carrie Ann Baade [NSFW] paints pictures that link “the power of historical masterworks with [her] own experience as a contemporary artist.” Her work is fragmentary using an image bank culled from Renaissance and Baroque art which is used to contemplate “the ageless issues of morality, politics, and the individual quest for self-expression.[NSFW] She describes herself as “a kind of Dr. Frankenstein attempting to piece together the sublime.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:09 PM PST - 2 comments

après nous, l'enfer

The 2018 fire season in California has been the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history, and made visible smoke across the USA. The Carr Fire, in and around Redding, killed eight as it burned 359 square miles over a month and a week, whose deadliest day came from a fire tornado, a long 150 Minutes of Hell
The tornado signified with horrifying clarity the reality California faces. As wildfire season intensifies, conflagrations will increasingly defy efforts to control them, becoming more powerful and erratic as they race into communities, striking in ways that once seemed unfathomable. “As much as I hate to say it, this is what the future of wildfires looks like[ed],” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “Except the acceleration hasn't ended yet.”
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:06 PM PST - 30 comments


Rémy Métailler rides Mountain Bikes with a mounted GoPro.
Here he is taking the Medellín Challenge in Colombia.
Photos from the same race.
Here he is @ The RedBull Valparaiso Urban DH 2014
posted by growabrain at 5:49 PM PST - 17 comments

The Mother of All Demos turns 50

On December 9, 1968, Douglas Engelbart gave a demo of NLS, the "oN-Line System", to the Fall Joint Computer Conference of the ACM and IEEE. Later dubbed The Mother of All Demos, it demonstrated many concepts that would later become fundamental elements of personal computing, including the mouse, windows, hypertext, graphics, video conferencing, and word processing. [more inside]
posted by ckape at 3:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Smita Patil: The First Feminist In Indian Cinema

In a time where the feminist movement was fairly nascent in India and the film-industry was struggling between exploring social themes and conventional ones, Smita Patil was like the missing puzzle piece who fit just right. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

We didn't tell anybody what was going on in anybody else's room.

Cragne Manor is a text adventure commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Michael Gentry's Anchorhead. It's also a huge, ridiculous experimental collaboration.
posted by markx2 at 11:35 AM PST - 30 comments


Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive and beautiful database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of all kinds of objects and spaces. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

“a violence that continues to dehumanize and perpetuate racist ideas...”

Red Dead Redemption 2's Redface Proves How Far Games Haven't Come [Paste Magazine] “It’s nearly the end of 2018, and I have to write an article about blackface and redface in Red Dead Redemption 2. That sucks. It sucks, because it means no one bothered to interrogate the casting. It sucks, because I know the pushback I’ll get for being the one to call out readily apparent racism in a game that opened to $725 million in sales. It sucks, because we’re still having to have conversations about why the perpetuation of racist stereotypes and the dehumanization of people of color is bad. It sucks, because didn’t we just do this with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy? And it sucks, because I hoped maybe we could do better than Charles, and as a Native woman who got her start pleading with games journalists and developers to do better, I wouldn’t need to keep writing these articles.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:49 AM PST - 19 comments

We Don't Wants It

Andy Serkis joins the debate on Brexit by expressing Theresa May's inner Gollum. (slyt)
posted by Eleven at 9:55 AM PST - 22 comments

Arch history

The History of Architecture in Eleven Arches
posted by infini at 9:52 AM PST - 27 comments

twelve songs for the twelve days of christmas

1995 saw the release of You Sleigh Me, a compilation album of Holiday songs which featured an interesting selection of artists and many really good performances. Cassette Side A: Run Rudolph Run - Mary Kartzen, Blue Christmas - Collective Soul, Little Drummer Boy - Tori Amos, Christmas Lights - Donna Lewis, The First Noel - Billy Pilgrim, Make It Home - Juliana Hatfield [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

The Smithsonian's 'Whale Warehouse'

A behind-the-scenes tour of the large facility that houses cetacean specimens for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
posted by carter at 7:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Hoping for a better world

Today is the 70th anniversary of the United Nation's passage of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. (Tomorrow will be the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.) 45 nations have yet to ratify it. "Genocide" is a relatively new word, having been coined in 1943 to describe the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, but the practise is depressingly ancient and common. Biblical scholars argue about whether the Canaanites and Amalekites suffered genocide; Rome and Athens both committed genocides. A two-volume Encyclopedia of Genocide is available. The definition of genocide in the Convention is broader than the conventional usage, and Canadians might be dismayed to realize that forcing First Nations children into residential schools probably counts as genocide under the Convention.
posted by clawsoon at 6:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Uber is headed for a crash

What has made Uber a good deal for users makes it a lousy investment proposition. The notion that Uber, the most highly valued private company in the world, is a textbook “bezzle” — John Kenneth Galbraith’s coinage for an investment swindle where the losses have yet to be recognized — is likely to come as a surprise to its many satisfied customers. ... Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi effectively admitted that Uber isn’t profitable in any market when you factor in corporate overheads.
posted by mecran01 at 6:07 AM PST - 87 comments

"Route involved disappearing bridge over lake of fire. One star, no tip"

Uber engineers build an AI that can reliably beat 80s videogame classic Montezuma's Revenge.
posted by panama joe at 6:07 AM PST - 5 comments

December 8

Including "Ten Books to Help You Become a Librarian"

In "A Nella Larsen Reading List" (Lapham's Quarterly, Nov. 12, 2018), Jaime Fuller takes note of what the author of Passing and Quicksand herself seemed to enjoy reading: "The Harlem Renaissance novelist has faded in and out of focus ... although recent years have seen several biographies and an overdue obituary in the New York Times. Here is a list of books that flitted through her life." The third article in a series, its predecessors are "An Emily Dickinson Reading List" and "A Flannery O'Connor Reading List."
posted by Wobbuffet at 10:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Kittens to the left, kittens to the right, every friggin' night!

A lesbian metal song about kittens? Yes please. For something a bit more holiday-themed: Krampus Bitch. (From L.A.'s Sapphic Musk)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Photos of Isolated Tribes

In 2018, Jimmy Nelson published his second major project titled "Homage to Humanity." He visited 34 indigenous cultures in five continents, revisiting some from his previous journey. While his first book was a collection of pictures, this time the photographer decided to expand and added travel journals, maps, local facts, and personal interviews, shifting the focus of his story from the objects he captures to the journey itself. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Ready Player Two?

Back in 2009, the first Mario AI competition was held, using Markus Persson's Infinite Mario. Robin Baumgarten won, but the contest fizzled out after a couple of years. Then in 2015, youtuber SethBling (best known for his Minecraft and Mario hacks) coded a machine learning Lua program to play Super Mario games, cleverly named MarI/O. What was revolutionary is that this neural net was evolutionary. (Good explainer if you don't want to watch video.) But what was really meant as a demo took on an extra life of its own with Luigi/o, a livestream that's been running for months, improving the code, and finally completing every level of Super Mario Brothers. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Disappearing Acts - An elegy on loss

Disappearing Acts A crushingly sad article about the mass extinction we are all participating in, with photos from Nick Brandt and others. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Liminal: Sigur Rós as a living, breathing eco-system

Welcome to Liminal. Liminal is an ‘endless’ Sigur Rós ambient playlist which is live today [May 8, 2018], brought to you by Jónsi, Alex Somers and Paul Corley. It will be built over linear time into a never-finished project. Albums will be released, volumes added to. Liminal, both live and locally, takes the listener to a place neither here nor there; a “liminal" space. Liminal + Liminal 2 + Liminal 3 = approximately 3 hours of ambient "chill-out" music from Iceland, both original compositions and remixes of works by this trio and others. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

“It had never been done before on a system using the Z80 processor"

Joystick: The Untold Story of Ottawa's Coke-Fueled 1980s Video Game Industry. "Quest for Tires would become the first cartridge video game produced in Canada, and was a hit, winning 'Game Of The Year' from Video Game Update magazine who said 'B.C.’s Quest for Tires isn’t so much a computer game as it is an interactive cartoon'. Hailed as a game that is not another 'shoot the aliens and save the world scenario', and had 'first rate' animation." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Black Grooves

Black Grooves is a monthly online music magazine highlighting the latest releases - often reissues of classic, underground, lost or simply underrated albums - by black musicians. It is edited by the staff at Indiana University's Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC). [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

The Hard Border And The Forever War

“And, in the intervening decade since that photo was taken, there hasn’t been a holiday season in which the United States was not at war. This is a fact so utterly banal that it barely warrants mention anymore. When that photo was taken, we’d been at war in Afghanistan for almost as long as the Soviet Union was.” Deployed for the holidays: Troops at the border missed Thanksgiving to carry out an ill-defined and unjustifiable mission. They weren’t alone. (Outline)
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Skibidi: PART DEUX, errm, два!

Little Big's "Skibidi" (previously) now has its own Everything Wrong With video as well as a Making Of the Music Video (Russian language). More ominously, a #skibidichallenge has been virally propagating the "Macarenova" ("Gangnamevich"?) over the Web. (Many YouTube links) [more inside]
posted by zaixfeep at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

“I’m gay, black, a furry—pretty much everything a Republican hates—”

SonicFox Steals The Show at The Game Awards [YouTube] Dominique “SonicFox” McLean took home the award for Best Esports Player tonight at The Game Awards in Los Angeles. The 20-year-old full-time student and fighting game ace gave a candid acceptance speech that was one of the night’s more heartfelt moments. Stepping on stage in his now-iconic fursuit, McLean gave an acceptance speech that was funny, honest, and worth watching. [via: Kotaku] [YouTube][The Game Awards Full Show] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:23 AM PST - 22 comments

Pikachu vs Eevee

If we're going to live in a world of ruthless competition, let it be like this.
posted by storybored at 8:54 AM PST - 16 comments

I wasn’t going anywhere except the airport.

I walked to the airport simply to see if it could be done. It was an expedition, like Magellan circumnavigating the earth or Lewis and Clark trekking to the Pacific Ocean, except we were heading to a place that had already been thoroughly discovered—by some 30 million passengers a year—and is only five miles, as the crow flies, from midtown Manhattan.
posted by gyusan at 8:12 AM PST - 59 comments

December 7

I bless the [covers] down in Africaaaaaa

Toto's Africa played on Japanese traditional instruments - koto, tsugaru-shamisen and steel drum (via NHK Blends). [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:44 PM PST - 25 comments

"Leave it to a zombie show to take deadnames seriously."

To Zombie Land Saga's Lily Hoshikawa, The Best Trans Girl I've Seen In Anime: I’ve been watching anime for as long as I can remember and I never really found a character I could relate to over my gender troubles. That’s why I’m so grateful to know that you’re here. These days, I’m settled a little more comfortably as a trans person, but I saw a lot of myself in you and the turmoil we shared. You gave me a little push to be more expressive with my gender identity. I’ll always appreciate that. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

"This is probably a good idea, and I feel fit and confident!"

National Treasure Alexandra Petri (previously and ubiquitously) has compiled a list of 100 holiday songs, ranking them from Most Especially Heinous to Best. (She expounded upon the worst holiday song of all a few years ago.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:15 PM PST - 184 comments

“[F]rom chocolate chips to Sriracha.”

Just in time for the MetaFilter Cookie Swap, the Washington Post has put together a Holiday Cookie Generator!
(Or, really, an ingredient-based cookie search.)
Mmm, cookies.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Fantastical Piñatas

The artist’s most recent series Illuminated Piñata pulls characters from the Luttrell Psalter (c. 1325-1335). Works from his Bosch series will be on view at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA in the group exhibition BEAST, opening February 2, 2019.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Australia's national drink?

Lemon, lime, and bitters - a staple of golf, bowling and other clubs in Australia, could be considered the default non-alcoholic beverage. But how did it get this way when most other countries are unfamiliar with its piquant delights?
posted by smoke at 4:48 PM PST - 55 comments

It's Friday, Wanna Fight About Football?

The Offside Rule and The Guardian name the best 100 female soccer players of 2018.
posted by Tentacle of Trust at 2:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Browser wars update: Microsoft gives up

In 2015, Microsoft announced Internet Explorer would no longer be actively developed, in favor of their new web browser, Edge featuring a new proprietary rendering engine, EdgeHTML. In 2017, MS ported Edge to Android and iOS; instead of EdgeHTML they used Chromium (on Android) and WebKit (on iOS), both wrapped in Microsoft's UI. Chromium is an open-sourced browser platform for which the development is lead by and the project is hosted by Google.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the termination of their proprietary browser technology in favor of Chromium. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 11:06 AM PST - 86 comments

"That dead fly just makes me want to look away. And wash my hands."

Who Wore It Best? US book covers vs. UK book covers for 2018 (SLLitHub)
posted by not_the_water at 10:09 AM PST - 29 comments

9 and 3 or 8 and 4

"For decades, the standard instruction was that drivers should hold the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions, as envisioned on a clock. This, it turns out, is no longer the case. In fact, driving that way could cost you your arms or hands in particularly gruesome ways if your airbag deploys." Get with the times: You’re driving all wrong (NBC news) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:52 AM PST - 73 comments

"why is this a WHOLE ASS bop" -YouTube comment

Botnik feat. Morrissey – Bored With This Desire To Get Ripped
posted by josher71 at 9:39 AM PST - 13 comments

“...we retract the lips and cheeks using an OptraGate lip retractor.”

Disney Has a Horrifying New Method to Create Video Game Teeth [YouTube] “The ideal teeth appearance depends on the social and cultural context of the subject, as well as on their age since teeth appearance changes over time,” Disney researchers said in a paper titled Appearance Capture and Modeling of Human Teeth [.pdf]. “We present a system specifically designed for capturing the optical properties of live human teeth such that they can be realistically re-rendered in computer graphics. To capture the beauty of both the teeth and the oral cavity, Disney researchers needed their volunteer to remain still while a barrage of 54 different lights blasted at his face for 10-15 second intervals while a camera snapped pictures.” [via: Motherboard]
posted by Fizz at 8:47 AM PST - 39 comments

"Very legal & very cool"—Individual 1

The Special Counsel's office has been busy lately, beginning with Michael Cohen's surprise court appearance last Thursday to plead guilty to lying about the Trump Tower Project in Moscow (PDF) and then Michael Flynn's heavily redacted sentencing memo on Tuesday (PDF). While Cohen's guilty plea filing was expansive—finally linking "Individual 1" (Donald Trump) formally to the Special Counsel investigation (WaPo)—here's how to read between the lines of Mueller's blacked-out memo on Flynn (CNN). Mueller’s sentencing memo for Flynn doubles as a warning to Manafort (Natasha Bertrand, The Atlantic), and it should worry Kushner and Trump (Bloomberg). But what's behind those lengthy redactions? One clue: As Flynn case winds down, investigation of Turkish lobbying persists (NYT). It's all leading up to a big day Friday (CNBC), with expectations of Michael Cohen's sentencing memos, new details in Paul Manafort's case, James Comey's closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill, and George Papadopoulos's release from prison. [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 8:10 AM PST - 1292 comments

The Last Chess Shop In New York City

King of the Night is a short documentary about Imad Khachan, the owner of Chess Forum, the only remaining chess shop in New York City. (SLYT, published by The Atlantic)
posted by carter at 6:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Part of the journey is the end.

Avengers: Endgame The epic conclusion to Avengers: Infinity War
posted by Fleebnork at 5:53 AM PST - 152 comments

Solas means "Pride"

Thursday night, BioWare's official blog posted a teaser for the next game in the Dragon Age series, possibly subtitled "The Dread Wolf Rises."
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:16 AM PST - 63 comments


Two images of the miners' strike, an instant apart: so which is the classic? The great photographers Don McPhee and Martin Jenkinson both shot a miner in a policeman’s helmet confronting cops at Orgreave – but whose image became iconic, and who decides? (previously)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:13 AM PST - 6 comments

December 6

"…about as likely to happen as your brain falling out of your butt."

On Tuesday, The New England Journal of Medicine tweeted the most recent addition to its photo series of the most visually arresting medical anomalies. The image is of a mysterious, branchlike structure that, posted elsewhere, would probably pass for a cherry-red chunk of some underground root system or a piece of bright reef coral. But this is no creature of the deep. It’s a completely intact, six-inch-wide clot of human blood in the exact shape of the right bronchial tree, one of the two key tubular networks that ferry air to and from the lungs. And it was coughed up in one piece. (SLTheAtlantic)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:52 PM PST - 63 comments

All men Believe They Are Good

Hannah Gadsby has had it with "good men" talking about bad men, especially in Hollywood. Previously, and on Fanfare. Via WaPo.
posted by Alensin at 7:45 PM PST - 52 comments

Amazon vs. Brands

An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands. The next time you buy a PopSockets cellphone grip from Amazon, be forewarned: It likely won’t come with a manufacturer’s warranty — because it won’t be coming from PopSockets or one of its authorized sellers. That’s one of the trickle-down effects of a power move that Amazon recently made against PopSockets and other brands that sell their goods through the largest online store in the U.S. Amazon is taking more control over where and how product manufacturers can hawk their wares on Amazon.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:15 PM PST - 29 comments

I have no idea who stuck these eels in here or why.

Young monk seal, this is not how to fish for eels. This phenomenon, eels getting stuck in seals' noses, is rare; the team has observed only three or four cases of eel-nose in the past four decades.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 3:17 PM PST - 39 comments

you can dance if you want to, that'll be $9.50 please

Rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games for including his signature dance moves in Fortnite without his permission. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 2:41 PM PST - 39 comments

Homosapien too

Pete Shelley, front man for The Buzzcocks has died today of a heart attack. You want words? Honestly, I don't really have much to say. Follow the links, listen to the music. Youngs, form your own opinions, olds, do what you do. As for me, him and his band formed an important background of much of my misspent youth. If you've got more and better links please add them otherwise... . [more inside]
posted by evilDoug at 1:40 PM PST - 106 comments

How we waste time!

“People say that their loved ones matter the most, but the way they divide their time doesn't bear that out. This is because of how the brain works: we are programmed to avoid thinking about the time left to us to live.” - Why a Christmas drinks advert has all of Spain sobbing [more inside]
posted by beisny at 11:45 AM PST - 46 comments


The bizarre, touching story behind Rocky IV's robot butler "Designed, controlled and voiced by Robert Doornick, the founder of US company International Robotics, the robot has had a more successful acting career than many of his fellow cast-members. Known as Sico, it is the first non-human member of America’s Screen Actors Guild." [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 11:38 AM PST - 13 comments

One Weekend

The theme for Reno's Biggest Little Furcon in 2018 was Broadway Musicals. So, some furry musicians and writers came together to write a musical, over the internet, over the span of just a few months. Here's a documentary about that process -- Making A Musical Tail [25m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 10:56 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

What's up with the Comanche "savages" in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs?

How the Coen Brothers handle Native American representation in The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is, to put it mildly, not great...The caricatured Native American characters in Netflix's The Ballad of Buster Scruggs [are] part of the satire, but is that portrayal responsible? Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson and Métis director Shane Belcourt join film critic Adam Nayman in a roundtable about race, representation and making space for non-white voices in film. (Radheyan Simonpillai, Now Toronto) Warning: This article contains plot spoilers for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:17 AM PST - 41 comments

" trying very hard to have the good time they paid thousands for,"

Laurie Penny spends Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:06 AM PST - 102 comments

Here Comes A New Challenger!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the very best of the Smash Bros. series. [Kotaku] “Some say Smash is a party game for tweens idling away a Friday night with a two-liter of Pepsi on their parents’ sectional sofa. Others, myself included, say it’s a fighting game. I think that because I’ve played Smash competitively, obsessively, and adoringly, for a very, very long time, and know that after crossing its childishly low barrier to entry, there is a world of knowledge and sport so in-depth that it’s spurred its own language: “edge-guarding,” “DI” (directional influence), “fast fall.” I think of controllers—GameCube controllers—thrown furiously across a couch after a missed, and subsequently punished, attempt at a grab. I think of crowds of hundreds or thousands thrusting themselves out of folding chairs to bellow at a Smash pro who, after minutes of cat-and-mouse, deftly dodged, threw, and spiked an opponent deep into the void.” [YouTube][Game Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:47 AM PST - 28 comments

"A kind of dark realism"

Why the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve (SL WaPo) [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 7:25 AM PST - 142 comments

Smitten By Mittens

Typology of 100s of old Swedish mittens. [via]
posted by Room 641-A at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

he also attac

Officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources risked life and limb to return Mister Murderbritches to the wild.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:53 AM PST - 37 comments

December 5

One photo, seven atmospheric phenomena

Halo. Parhelic Circle. Sundog. Parry Arc. Upper Tangent Arc. Sun pillar. Crepuscular rays.

Steve LeBaron of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s Highway Design Bureau captured a stunner of a sky atop Cannon Mountain while skiing.
posted by ShooBoo at 9:19 PM PST - 22 comments

Africa, So Cal doo-wop musicians' surprising detour into Latin psych

Just when you thought it was safe to listen to your records again, along comes another roller coaster ride through the torturous labyrinth of West Coast group members. This is the story of the Sabers, Chavelles, Valiants, Untouchables, Electras, Alley Cats, Africa, and a few other things along the way. Just the intro to the story of The Valiants, from Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks, based on interviews with Rip Spencer .... except as Africa, a bunch of former doo-wop cats came together to make some slinky Latin-tinged psychedelic soul covers on the album Music From "Lil Brown", putting their own twists on The Rolling Stones and The Doors, mashing up Richard Berry and Bobbie Gentry, and spinning some original cuts (YouTube; Spotify). [via Johnny Wallflower].
posted by filthy light thief at 8:09 PM PST - 3 comments

The death certificate ... listed his profession as chef

Drew Magary, writing for GQ’s Men of the Year brings us The Last Curious Man, an oral history take on the life and death Anthony Bourdain as told by friends, family, and colleagues.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:05 PM PST - 19 comments

You're an Iridescent Moonbeam!

I love Hue: a "gentle journey into colour and perception" The makers, Zut! games, say "I Love Hue is a minimalist, ambient puzzle game [...]The game has a very simple concept - players must arrange grids of coloured tiles into perfectly ordered spectrums. It was designed from the start to be a meditative, chilled experience with no timers, no move limits and no punishments for failure. " [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade at 4:24 PM PST - 43 comments

🎵 This is how we do iiit 🎵

Internet Boy Band Database
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Where Our Views of Reality Go Wrong

A thought experiment has shaken up the world of quantum foundations. That quantum mechanics is a successful theory is not in dispute. It makes astonishingly accurate predictions about the nature of the world at microscopic scales. What has been in dispute for nearly a century is just what it’s telling us about what exists, what is real. There are myriad interpretations that offer their own take on the question, each requiring us to buy into certain as-yet-unverified claims — hence assumptions — about the nature of reality. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 2:48 PM PST - 50 comments

A Return to Form

Justin and Griffin return to Polygon as guests to make a new Monster Factory. You KNOW it’s Soul Calibur 6.
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:12 PM PST - 39 comments

Man, oh man, I hate those fancy lads!

“This Is Just So Sh**ty, We Gotta Watch”: The Beautiful, Inspirational Disaster of ‘Cabin Boy,’ 25 Years Later
posted by Chrysostom at 12:59 PM PST - 46 comments

The #D5 Cheesecake Wars

The Cheesecake Factory's free cheesecake deal ends in chaos, furious customers, and reports of battling delivery people
posted by Etrigan at 12:25 PM PST - 57 comments

But Zuck's emails!

UK MP publishes internal Facebook documents, including correspondence between Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.
posted by tobascodagama at 10:58 AM PST - 37 comments

Question: Why use Quora?

The question and answer website Quora has been hacked, leaking data on over 100 million user accounts. But there are other reasons not to use the service argues MeFi's own Andy Baio.
posted by gwint at 10:49 AM PST - 47 comments

Clickhole's Oral History Of The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden

It is my profound regret to present you with yet another installment (so, so many times previously) of Clickhole's "An Oral History of..." series: "The Most Wanted Man In History: An Oral History Of The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden." It is certainly Not for Everyone™, but I hope that current fans of the series and uninitiated lovers of the absurd may delight in this nonsensical, wholly fictitious account of the hunt for bin Laden and, more importantly, John Wayne's ruby.
posted by Krazor at 10:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Put it on the front burner

Front Burner is a new(ish) podcast from CBC that goes in-depth on a issue currently in the news. Being from CBC, there is a focus on Canadian news, but many of the stories cover global issues. [more inside]
posted by kmkrebs at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers

In western Washington, a nation looks to rodent restoration as a natural, ecological engineer. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 9:16 AM PST - 19 comments

I posted this to MetaFilter, and Sibelius crashed

Music Software & Bad Interface Design: Avid’s Sibelius [YouTube] - In this video, I take a detailed look at the design of Avid's Sibelius - a popular music notation application. Sibelius is the embodiment of what not to do as a user experience designer and this video covers a range of examples of inappropriate design patterns and bad user interface choices. Then I go insane. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 8:08 AM PST - 45 comments

Slow Earthquake

These waves didn't just zip by; they rang for more than 20 minutes. And yet, it seems, no human felt them. Was it a meteor strike? A submarine volcano eruption? An ancient sea monster rising from the deep?
posted by Mr.Pointy at 7:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Bring Democracy To America

“There is a solution, however, that could gain immediate popular support: Abolish the Senate.” I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here’s How to Fix It. John D. Dingell, former Michigan Representative. (Atlantic)
posted by The Whelk at 7:26 AM PST - 102 comments

Schizophrenia, Poetry and the Everything In Between

The remarkable story of a woman diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, who manages to find her voice again through poetry. Amy Willans is now an award winning social support worker herself, and has given the radio program 'White Coat, Black Art' this candid interview about how writing helped her rediscover herself.
posted by TruthfulCalling at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

What they're up to, only Heaven knows!

20 years ago, Cyndi Lauper released her delightfully sensitive, playfully zydeco, also rather traditional [full album, 42m] sixth studio album, Merry Christmas... :P Have A Nice Life! It's mostly original songs with a few very strong covers or traditional carols mixed in. Quality stuff, IMO! (When has Cyndi ever NOT released quality stuff?) Side A: Home On Christmas Day, Early Christmas Morning, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Christmas Conga, Minnie And Santa, Feels Like Christmas [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:15 AM PST - 6 comments

"his collections of things — cats, rocks, beanbags, books"

Edward Gorey's enigmatic world. Article in The New Yorker by Joan Acocella. Lots of Gorey previously.
posted by paduasoy at 5:19 AM PST - 20 comments

The Modernization Sequence, Regional Divergences and Mobility

How to Get Growth in the Places That Need It Most - "The 2017 tax reform law gave the wrong kinds of incentives to help struggling urban areas and regions." (thread) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:59 AM PST - 14 comments

The work is never finished. The work will never be finished.

Alexandra Rowland writes about Hopepunk “But once in a while, the people toward the middle of the heap manage to look down and see the mass of wretched bodies below, the base of the pyramid that’s supporting them, and for a moment, they see the instability of their own position, that their pyramid isn’t built on solid ground but on human flesh and human pain. For a moment, they see, and the illusion of niceness is wrenched away from them, and they weep, but still, still not for the people below them whose suffering has gone on so long. They weep like children over the teddy bear that’s been snatched out of their hands. They weep only because the world suddenly isn’t as nice as they thought, and it’s hard to deal with that.“
posted by Gilgongo at 12:11 AM PST - 19 comments

December 4

Stop stacking stones and painting rocks in natural places

The balancing of stones is an elementary kind of creation, not unlike the building of sand castles. Stone stacks, or cairns, have prehistoric origins.... Contemporary stone stackers, then, are taking up the mantle of an ancient and artistic tradition. In the past decade or so, though, there has been an explosion of cairns around the world.... Park rangers, environmentalists, and hikers have all become alarmed, to varying degrees. The movement of so many stones can cause erosion, damage animal ecosystems, disrupt river flow, and confuse hikers, who depend on sanctioned cairns for navigation in places without clear trails. People Are Stacking Too Many Stones (Sophie Haigney for The New Yorker) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:39 PM PST - 77 comments

“Silflay hraka, u embleer rah!”

Watership Down [YouTube][Trailer] “It’s a tale of survival, pain, and the unyielding power of hope that rings just as true now as it did almost half a century ago. The first trailer for BBC One’s Watership Down is here, boasting an A-level cast and a powerful message about doing whatever it takes to seek a better life.” [via: io9]
posted by Fizz at 4:20 PM PST - 79 comments

A picture-perfect Hebridean island

Scottish islanders are buying out their lairds (The Economist) [more inside]
posted by bq at 1:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Nothing could be finer than North Carolina... this year's Oxford American Music Issue. Notes on songs include: Tift Merritt on Elizabeth Cotten's "Holy Ghost, Unchain My Name," Rhiannon Giddens on Joe and Odell Thompson's “Lights in the Valley,” Michael Park on Ruby Johnson's “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” Mark Powell on Malcolm Holcombe's “You Don’t Come See Me Anymore,” and Harmony Holiday on Sun Ra and His Arkestra's (feat. June Tyson) "Somebody Else's World." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:21 PM PST - 13 comments

"It’s a good video, I think you’ll be at least fine with it."

Kelly Conaboy (previously) ranks the top five parts of this sloth and kangaroo video.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

The Case of the Missing Meerkitten

Was it a bird of prey? Was it a plane? The day before it was to be introduced to the public, a baby meerkat vanished from its enclosure. Perth Zoo appealed to the public. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Woman Astronomer's Firsts Not Credited

Cecelia Payne wrote her PhD thesis on the composition of the sun. Everybody poo-pooed her idea that it was composed of hydrogen and helium, as were other stars. Fellow astronomer Henry Norris Russell, who had doubts about her theory, persuaded Cecilia not to present her thesis, only to publish her discovery in 1930 as his own discovery. Cecilia’s 200-page long research was ignored and she was robbed of her of her due credit. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Thoughtful, Compassionate, Wrong

Ozy Frantz, who writes the blog "Thing of Things," asked their readers to list "thoughtful and compassionate people you disagree with." Here are the results. [more inside]
posted by HoraceH at 11:44 AM PST - 66 comments

I’m going to talk about abortion! ABORTION!

An interview and biography of Pat Maginnis, the founder of Society for Humane Abortion, whose legal branch would become NARAL. [more inside]
posted by zenon at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

I miss my harp

Give in to the understated allure of genteel Twitter with the self-proclaimed 20-something seabird adrift on the tides of London, Bougie London Literary Woman. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:03 AM PST - 23 comments

We're Here - Get Used to It

It's that time of year again! While the world continues to descend into a garbage pile, amazing music continues to be made. This is the best albums lists of 2018 round-up. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:54 AM PST - 66 comments

Best mimicry ever

Best mimicry ever "It’s all done with color and shading: nature’s smoke and mirrors."
posted by dhruva at 9:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Remaining seeded

Native Seeds/SEARCH preserves indigenous food strains [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

A noble warrior hero

Kree! Skrulls! Young Nick Fury! Mohawk helmet! It's all there in the new Captain Marvel trailer!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:29 AM PST - 90 comments

Irony is dead: UK food bank edition

Happy food poverty!” On BizarroIsland, Conservative MPs have been using food banks as a PR exercise. Newsworthy Claire Perry is particularly jovial, while Ross Thomson is hypocritical. The pictures have not gone down well; recently, the now-former Brexit minister said a typical food bank user is ‘someone who has a cashflow problem episodically’. Context: the UK is the 5th or 6th largest economy by GDP. Since 2010, food bank use has greatly increased; Universal Credit rollout has led to higher demand, and 4.5 million children live in poverty. Recent UN investigation: “14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials.
posted by Wordshore at 2:53 AM PST - 41 comments

Finding another person to love is finding another person to lose

Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s | Groundbreaking Slits guitarist Viv Albertine writes about dating, aging, and how it feels to be a woman of a certain age in a world that we never saw coming. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:30 AM PST - 71 comments

Chasing away individual academics is so 20th century

CEU has been forced out,” said CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. “This is unprecedented. A U.S. institution has been driven out of a country that is a NATO ally. A European institution has been ousted from a member state of the EU. “ [more inside]
posted by kmt at 1:12 AM PST - 25 comments

December 3

Raycipes. Resippies. Re— Recipes.

All ten episodes of Bee and Puppycat are now available for the public to watch! At last!
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:48 PM PST - 27 comments

"very much in the spirit of Seuss’ extravagant verses."

I Am Eating Everything on IHOP's 'The Grinch' Menu, by Matt Singer [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Classical Art & Real-Life Doppelgänger

In which costumer and historical sewing enthusiast Bernadette Banner recreates the dress from Jacques-Louis David's "Portrait of a Young Woman in White": Making a Regency-Bodied petticoat. Making the gown. Bringing the portrait to life.
posted by Lexica at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

"the universal signifier of .... gloom and crime"

Mansard and gabled roofs, decorative ironwork, gingerbreaded porches and towers: Why are Victorian houses so creepy? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:15 PM PST - 48 comments


What kind of world would people prefer? "We asked people to imagine that they had responsibility for the well-being of a child. However, they didn’t know anything about the specific child: nothing about the child’s health, or its intelligence, or talents. Moreover, they had to imagine they were not taking care of the child themselves, and that they had no control over the kind of family the child would grow up in. However, they had one important decision to make: Which world will the child be born into?"
posted by clew at 2:07 PM PST - 38 comments

“Can you black it up? Can you make it blacker … more street?”

From ‘Dawson’s Creek’ to ‘Buffy’ to ‘Frasier’ to ‘Seinfeld’ — what happened to those lone, ‘token’ black actors? [The Undefeated] Eight talents tell stories of offensive scripts, stunt people in blackface and the heartbreak — and hope — of portraying Thug No. 2 and the dope dealer’s girlfriend.
“It’s there in the memories of the stars below: There were “black shows” and there were “white shows.” If you were a black actor appearing on a white show, you were usually alone. For some of the most visible black actors coming of age in the 1990s, it’s clear that along with the triumphs came isolation, blatant racial stereotyping and biased casting calls. As for “crossing over” to the mainstream, in the mostly segregated worlds of Seinfeld, Frasier, Melrose Place, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Felicity, V.I.P., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek and more, blacks were usually relegated to bit parts or were there for a short time.”
posted by Fizz at 11:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Tumblr Bans Reason Most People Have Heard of Tumblr

As of December 17th, Tumblr will ban "adult content", which "primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts". The Verge gives some further context.
posted by Etrigan at 11:20 AM PST - 298 comments

Sky high

Pov real time, unedited, video of the French Spider-Man, Alain Robert, climbing the Sky Habitat Melia Hotel tower in Barcelona. Need more? Here's Marcin Banot edited climb of the same building. (mlyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

"I’ll write things that’ll break your heart"

Charlotte Flynn's recent story "Lunch With My First Love, 20 Years Later" (The Cut, 28 November): "Where does the history go when the relationship ends? Is there a storage locker in the unconscious that keeps the memories until you meet up decades later at a McDonald’s in the middle of nowhere?" [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips at 10:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Stage Six: Process-Analyzing Thinkpiece; Stage Seven: MetaFilter Post

A Guide to the Content Cycle, looking at how online content goes from minor meme to major news network outrage, using the model of last week's most pressing issue according to the right-wing media, whether the SJWs are trying to ban Rankin-Bass Christmas specials.
posted by Copronymus at 9:37 AM PST - 23 comments

100 Variations

100 Variations presents a collection of 100 grey-scaled Rubik's Cubes arranged in 100 different symmetrical configurations within a 6x6x? cube volume. Click through the individual photos for explanatory captions. More from artist Roula Partheniou.
posted by cortex at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Spike in hate crimes for the third straight year.

“To this day, it is unclear if the FBI talked with Arthurs or what steps it took to shut down Atomwaffen. The FBI declined repeated requests to discuss the case. But this much is clear: Within months of Arthurs’ warnings, Atomwaffen members or associates had killed three more people.” An Atomwaffen Member Sketched a Map to Take the Neo-Nazis Down. What Path Officials Took Is a Mystery. (ProPublica) “Within the confines of a secure chat room viewed by VICE, Spear and his burgeoning global web of terror cells are networking, creating propaganda, organizing in-person meet-ups, and discussing potential violence or “direct action” against minority groups, especially Jewish and black Americans. An extensive online library contains a trove of manuals with instructions on lone wolf terror-tactics, gunsmithing, data mining, interrogation tactics, counter-surveillance techniques, bomb making, chemical weapons creation, and guerilla warfare.” Neo-Nazis Are Organizing Secretive Paramilitary Training Across America. (VICE) “True enough: the fascists (or proto-fascists, or neo-fascists, or whatever you want to call them) are ridiculous—but so too were many of their predecessors.” Scary Clowns. (Baffler)
posted by The Whelk at 9:02 AM PST - 31 comments

anxiety about what’s right and how much celebrating there should be

Lavish weddings had become trendy in the United States by the 1990s... And this shift instigated a sort of celebratory creep, not only stretching traditional celebrations like weddings and births into multiple events, but inspiring celebrations for life events that historically passed without much fanfare: things like divorces, job departures, pets’ birthdays, and asking someone to prom (now known as a “promposal”). (SL TheAtlantic) [more inside]
posted by devrim at 6:54 AM PST - 166 comments

"I Hereby Confess Judgement"

Sign here to lose everything How an obscure legal document turned New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine that’s chewing up small businesses across America. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 6:52 AM PST - 23 comments

State of the Slice

The 27 Pizza Spots That Define New York Slice Culture [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 4:03 AM PST - 35 comments

December 2

All I Want for Christmas is Darkness and Dread

It's that time of year again, to share the clip of cybergoths raving to Christistmas music (related, previously). And this isn't dance-shaming the fact that goths can dance to anything around 160 BMP (The Verge), but a goofy intro to gothic music for winter holidays. Happy Gothmas! Top 10 Goth Christmas songs (Houston Press). Post-Punk dot com has more Christmas songs for Goths, while Darklinks provides Dark and Dreary Goth/ Industrial and Steampunk Songs for a Macabre Christmas Holiday Season. Or skip the descriptions and justifications for song selections and enjoy a YouTube playlist of 50 Gothic Christmas music tracks/ videos plus some bonus links to albums and compilations.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Dispatch from the Land of Enchantment

New Mexico's statehood questioned during marriage license application in the District of Columbia. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 5:17 PM PST - 148 comments

My parents own this, I own it, if I had kids, they'd probably own it too

1962 saw the release of a truly classic Holiday album -- The Glorious Sound of Christmas, from the Philadelphia Orchestra [44m]. Lush playing under Eugene Ormandy and creative arrangements by Arthur Harris lift the familiar carols well above most holiday fare that has come before or since. With the Temple University Concert Choir. Side A: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Joy To The World, Oh Holy Night, O Come O Come Emanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Ave Maria [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:30 PM PST - 12 comments

HUMAN the movie

HUMAN the movie is a series of interviews with people from around the world. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 11:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Very Young Dancers

One reason City Ballet’s 1954 production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” remains enchanting has to do with the delightful children who appear in it: 126 students, ages 8 to 12, from the City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet are participating this year. They all carry their share of responsibility - but here's what it's like to be the Nutcracker Prince, and Marie in New York City Ballet's Nutcracker.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:46 AM PST - 2 comments

How Global Warming Works

For anyone not completely swamped by climate change news, Michael Ranney, professor of Education at the University of California, created this informative website with a series of short videos explaining the basic mechanisms of global warming. As explored by this article , misinformation, along with ulterior motives, selective evidence scanning, and an overly fatalistic mindset, is one of the biggest reasons some still deny climate change is happening.
posted by TruthfulCalling at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you imagine Charlie filling Wonka’s shoes? That passive, naive boy?

Violet Beauregarde should’ve won Wonka’s chocolate factory SLTumblr
posted by Etrigan at 8:50 AM PST - 109 comments

What if Doggerland had survived?

Only a few degrees of temperature separate us [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Democracy. Sustainability. Soildarity.

The rising tide of fascism cannot be defeated through liberal reformism. We will win the battle for our lives, our dignity, and our planet by coming together as working people to form a global movement -- a new popular front -- to end capitalism once and for all. Video (Via Means Of Production) for The Progressive International.
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 AM PST - 20 comments

When Soviet Industrial Designers Imagined a Better World

Thanks to tireless work by the Moscow Museum of Design, a forgotten institute’s lost work is being introduced to a new generation of designers.
posted by infini at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Think of us as a walk down a dark alley.

Creepbay: the weird side of online shopping. “Sometimes, with an emphasis on actual creepy and scary stuff. If it is creepy, fantastic, weird, crazy, stupid, hilarious, or strange, and it is for sale, we are all over it. The awesome stuff too. We also explore weird paranormal news.”
posted by Fizz at 7:25 AM PST - 8 comments

“They gave us one night a week, and they called it ‘Soul Night.’”

Despite rink closures, the mostly black skate scene thrives underground. [NYT] “Skating goes deep for us,” said Brandon Young, 27, a custodial worker in the Newark public school system, who skates at Branch Brook most Sundays and who teaches others the form. “It’s a whole culture.” The connection between African-Americans and adult skate nights is deeply linked to the country’s wrenching history of segregation. That relationship, which includes racist policies and the rich culture that rose up in reaction, is the subject of “United Skates,” a documentary that opened this weekend in New York and Los Angeles and will be shown on HBO in February. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

the right to global citizenship

Left-wing Critics of Mass Immigration Have a (Weak) Point - "Mass immigration creates problems for the left. Tighter borders can't be the solution." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:55 AM PST - 42 comments

December 1

"I could only imagine what kind of unholy cacophony it would create"

Born in the Manitoba prefecture of Canada, Steve-san Onotera, a.k.a. samuraiguitarist, answers the age-old question: What do 37 guitar pedals sound like when played at the same time?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Mouse on the Keys: synesthesia feeling in geometric, grooving music form

Mouse on the Keys is a (mostly) instrumental band consisting of the trio Akira Kawasaki (drums), Daisuke Niitome (piano/keyboard) and Atsushi Kiyota (piano/keyboard), who describe their sound "a mix of post-hardcore, techno and contemporary music, among others." John D. Buchanan wrote that "their intention was to combine the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk with artistic piano compositions inspired by jazz, contemporary classical, the work of Godzilla composer Akira Ifukube, and the well-known Ryuichi Sakamoto," and notes that their band name is inspired by the ragtime song Kitten on the Keys by Zez Confrey. Here's an hour-long live show from November 13, 2016; Reflexion @ Kaputtmacher Sessions; and 最後の晩餐 (Last Supper) music video. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

The Christmas Light War

The long, strange story of the four-year-battle over Christmas lights that drove Hayden, Idaho insane. Featuring: a camel named Dolly, a dog named Ronald Reagan, the Three Percenters of Idaho, homeowners' assocations dragged into court, Fox and Friends, "Larry Bird threatened to murder me in front of my family," "Bolsheviks have taken over the school board," and much, much more. Reported by Daniel Walters at The Inlander.
posted by escabeche at 6:10 PM PST - 65 comments

Settling scores

Because it's raining, and without further ado:
Bernard Herrmann's last film score, the Theme from Taxi driver
Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown soundtrack
Miles Davis for Louis Malle's 1958 Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso
Hand Covers Bruise by Trent Reznor for The Social Network
Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Vangelis Blade Runner
Up by Michael Giacchino
Hans Zimmer's You're so cool from True Romance
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posted by growabrain at 6:01 PM PST - 57 comments

A Quote met a Quote on the Avenue One Day

And held a conversation In their own peculiar way Critic David Garner has emptied out his commonplace book, and arranged his favorite quotes in the form of a conversation. However jaded you may be by Bartlett's and its hundred sisters, you're sure to find something new here.
posted by Modest House at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet; It Unleashed Catastrophe.

It was startlingly efficient, extremely profitable and utterly disastrous. The uniformity of the world he was growing up in was striking, like the endless plains of drilling rigs in an East Texas oil field. It was, in a way, an astounding achievement, the ruthless culmination of mankind’s long effort to extract every last remaining bit of the earth’s seemingly boundless natural wealth. SLNYT
posted by blue shadows at 1:12 PM PST - 15 comments

A Soap Label To Save The World From Future Hitlers

Emanuel Bronner didn’t just want to make soap. He wanted to unite the world. "In this light, the bottle’s breathless monologue reads more like a doomful love letter from the past. A warning to humanity rising up from the sorrows of loss at the hands of a despot. Woven between incoherent maxims are the raw wounds of a man incapable of communicating just how horrific his pain was. He discloses his grief in a desperate, almost childlike way—on a soap label. A soap label that has become the iconic face of a $120 million soap company. A soap label the Bronner family will never change." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 11:50 AM PST - 82 comments

Gilets Jaunes

In the past number of weeks a French protest movement, the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), has sprung up and amid violent clashes with police in Paris today a car near the Jeu de Paume art gallery has been set on fire. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:39 AM PST - 117 comments

Singularly discriminatory.

"If you are divorced, widowed or never married and develop cancer, watch out. You may get less aggressive treatment than your married friends." Joan DelFattore on how the medical system quietly shortchanges single patients.
posted by Ralston McTodd at 10:34 AM PST - 28 comments

More nutritious than 25 days of chocolate

And we're off and running with the 2018 edition of Advent of Code, December's greatest nightly programming puzzle adventure game. Make friends with a new programming language you want to learn (but keep the old) and head on over to day 1 to collect stars and save Christmas! No CS degree or fancy computer necessary. [more inside]
posted by waninggibbon at 6:40 AM PST - 292 comments

My Beautiful Death

"I spent up to 12 hours a day grinding and sanding the shells." Artist Gillian Genser writes about art, shells, death and heavy metal poisoning. (SL Toronto Life)
posted by frumiousb at 2:29 AM PST - 52 comments