February 2019 Archives

February 16

2 guys catching a flight

A door in the sky: 2 wingsuit flyers BASE jump into a plane in mid-air
posted by growabrain at 7:27 PM PST - 12 comments

"crowded congregations could be unpleasant to unbearably irritating"

There are moths that drink tears from sleeping birds' eyes. There are butterflies that feed on turtle tears. And then there are the wild bees that drink from human eyes. [CW: literally closeup photos of bees drinking from a person's eyes.] [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 4:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Ken Nordine (1920 - 2019)

"The Voice of God," Ken Nordine, passed away today at age 98 Ken Nordine was one of the greatest voice artists of all time. You may not know his name, but assuredly you know his voice. [more inside]
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 4:14 PM PST - 33 comments

What killed off the Megalodon, supernova radiation or the Great Whites?

2.6 million years ago, a nearby supernova impacted earth around the time of a significant die-off of large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene, in a newly documented marine megafaunal extinction (press release) tied to the presence of Iron-60 (Wikipedia). The research is reported in Astrobiology: Muon Radiation Dose and Marine Megafaunal Extinction at the end-Pliocene Supernova. A notable example of extinct marine megafauna is the currently popular Megalodon, but another recent study disputes the supernovae explanation for Meg's extinction, instead linking it to the rise of the Great White Shark (NatGeo): The Early Pliocene extinction of the mega-toothed shark Otodus megalodon: a view from the eastern North Pacific (PeerJ).
posted by filthy light thief at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

All Breakfast, All The Time

Mr. Breakfast is committed to: 1) assisting breakfast lovers find the best possible breakfast, and 2) making breakfast lovers out of those who are not.
The site features an interactive database of recipes.
A section called “The Breakfast Times” offers interesting articles, product reviews and the latest news concerning breakfast.

The Cereal Project at MrBreakfast.com is an online encyclopedia of every breakfast cereal ever made in the U.S. with over 1,400 different cereals profiled.
For assistance navigating around the site, please try the search box at the top of each page or consult our site index.
Enjoy your stay. Enjoy your breakfast.
About Mr. Breakfast - The Man | Happening Now! Star Wars Breakfast Recipes [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 2:55 PM PST - 22 comments

When modern builders meet old houses

Peter Ward is a surveyor who specialises in very old houses, watch him explain the problems that arise when modern builders try to 'fix' the external timber frame of a Grade 2 listed old house. At the other extreme discover a time capsule house from the 1600's that's barely been touched for centuries.
posted by Lanark at 2:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Soothing Saturday Sharing

Reddit's /r/aww forum is excellent mind bleach in these days of modern time: Hello ! | Late night study partner | Nothing funny just my old doggo | Little boy gets to be in a puppy pile | Snuggle time
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

The Genome of the Rose

The rose genome has recently been completely sequenced, which should lead to much faster and easier development of traits such as fragrance, colour, and healthiness - maybe even thornless varieties.
posted by blue shadows at 10:41 AM PST - 28 comments

Drowning in Debt

A social and financial divide is forming — between those who have student debt, and those who do not — that will have ramifications for decades to come. (SLBuzzfeedNews)
posted by holmesian at 10:33 AM PST - 78 comments

I'm not gonna lie... I'm outta ideas.

Do you prefer your video game reviews in comic form? Maybe with a side of (non-manic) playthrough videos? Why not check out GamePadInk? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 8:14 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Institutional racism at NYU

"I found it easier to lead the discussion without black presence in the room, since I do feel somewhat uncomfortable with the (perceived) threat that it poses." While traveling abroad, a black graduate student at New York University says he was told by a classmate that a class discussion was easier to facilitate without a “black presence” in the room.
posted by Morpeth at 3:44 AM PST - 91 comments

February 15

Rise of the mid-rise

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same TLDR: Because they're made of wood, which is cheap... but read on for more on the confluence of changing building codes, institutional investors, and a nationwide housing shortage... [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:48 PM PST - 47 comments

Angelic Art

The Heavenly History of Angels in Art.
posted by storybored at 9:48 PM PST - 6 comments


How to make bread. Happy Friday Everyone!
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

The Chattering Order of St. Beryl

The Chattering Order of St. Beryl of Lower Tadfield, UK, are united by their love of the Lord of Darkness and most recently a capella.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Pinky And The Brain Theme - Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox covers the Pinky And The Brain Theme, featuring Emily Goglia, Rob Paulsen, and Maurice LaMarche.
posted by fings at 8:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Metal (melted?) clarinets

Gleb Kanasevich covers Necrophagist “Epitaph” on clarinet (Youtube) [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Maybe it’s okay for your definition of sex to be subjective

I’ve been writing about sex online for the better part of a decade now, and my understanding of what “sex” is has only become broader and murkier as time has progressed (not to mention, as acts like sexting and phone sex have become a bigger and bigger part of my life). I’m not sure I know what sex is. I’m not sure I ever knew.
posted by sciatrix at 4:27 PM PST - 68 comments

"Something about that look, those ears, that tail. But, mostly the look"

BBC: Tudder features data profiles of animals from 42,000 UK farms in an effort to help farmers find the perfect breeding partner for their cattle. Farmers can view pictures of bulls or cows and swipe right to show interest. ABC: "I'd have to talk to Brownie and a few of the girls and see what they're really wanting," Mr Jenkins said. Guardian: ‘How do they swipe right with their hooves?’ Metro: Launching just in time for the most romantic day of the year, the pioneering matchmaking app is thought to be the first of its kind for livestock. (App)
posted by Wordshore at 3:21 PM PST - 19 comments

"The bones sealed up the marrow like a Tupperware container"

A taste for fat, not meat, may have made us human: A new paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by eating marrow scavenged from the skeletal remains of large animals that had been killed and eaten by other predators. The argument challenges the widely held view among anthropologists that eating meat was the critical factor in setting the stage for the evolution of humans. While focusing on fat over meat may seem like a subtle distinction, the difference is significant. The nutrients of meat and fat are different, as are the technologies required to access them. The authors review evidence that a craving for marrow could have fueled not just a growing brain size, but the quest to go beyond smashing bones with rocks to make more sophisticated tools and to hunt large animals.
posted by not_the_water at 2:03 PM PST - 24 comments

More than J-Pop: Ongaku 70-90, Kankyō Ongaku compilations

Four (plus Four) for Friday: the trio of decade and genre-focused "Ongaku" (音楽, music) compilations from the dubious French label, Hiruko Records: Ongaku 70 (YouTube playlist; Discogs), subtitled "Vintage Psychedelia in Japan" / Ongaku 80 (YT album; Discogs), subtitled "Alternative Waves from Japan" / Ongaku 90 (Discogs with some YouTube clips embedded), subtitled "Underground Music from Japan," (Discogs lists styles as New Wave, electro, experimental, and ambient) // If you want more experimental, ambient music from this period, Light in the Attic recently released Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, and a YouTuber made a playlist of some of the clips that are already online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments


Hidden women of history: Enheduanna, princess, priestess and the world’s first known author. "The world’s first known author is widely considered to be Enheduanna, a woman who lived in the 23rd century BCE in ancient Mesopotamia (approximately 2285 – 2250 BCE). Enheduanna is a remarkable figure: an ancient 'triple threat', she was a princess and a priestess as well as a writer and poet." [Via] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 10:55 AM PST - 15 comments

All Care For All People

“...Jayapal’s bill joins a crowded mess of at least eight other healthcare policies being bandied about among Democrats. I couldn’t fault anyone for getting confused when candidates talk about “Medicare for All,” or “Medicare Extra for All,” or “Medicare for America,” or the “public option.” The relatively simple problems of health finance have been made very complicated by people who make money off of healthcare. So what are all of the issues being discussed and what do they mean? What’s really “Medicare for All” and what’s not? How do existing bills stack up? And why does this matter?” The Only Guide To ‘Medicare For All’ You’ll Ever Need by Tim Faust (Splinter)
posted by The Whelk at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

What Are the Best Policies to Solve Climate Change?

The Energy Policy Solutions Simulator " lets users test different policy options and see the results instantly" for carbon dioxide emissions reduction in Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and the United States
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:55 AM PST - 19 comments

"A Novel": A MetaFilter Post

Vox's Eliza Brooke asks the question "Why do so many book covers still use the phrase 'A Novel' for works of fiction?" and finds some answers, linking to a 2008 Ask MeFi thread in the process, and points out that often "A Novel" is added to the cover of book-length works of fiction when they cross over from the UK to North America.
posted by sillygwailo at 9:14 AM PST - 53 comments

"We just beat the richest man in the world."

After months of public outcry and demands for transparency, Amazon has cancelled its plans to build a corporate campus in Queens. Activists and community groups who swore they would crush the deal are elated; real estate brokers, not so much.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:02 AM PST - 183 comments

“s/he shook my rack/bookshelf”

What does ‘I love you’ mean? It depends on where you say it and what language you speak. Translators, scholars, and dating coaches from various countries discuss expressions of love. -- Alice Robb for the Washington Post.
posted by Hypatia at 7:09 AM PST - 14 comments

The King of the Ferret Leggers

What kind of person sticks a ferret down his pants for more than five consecutive hours? "Ay lad," said the 72-year-old champion, "no jockstraps allowed. No underpants—nothin' whatever. And it's no good with tight trousers, mind ye. Little bah-stards have to be able to move around inside there from ankle to ankle."
posted by calamari kid at 6:53 AM PST - 46 comments

A time of debt

Two years after global economy crashed in 2008, austerity politics swung into action. Using Greece as its example, a transatlantic alliance of right-wing fearmongers, conservative political entrepreneurs and centrist fiscal hawks abandoned stimulus and instead turned the screw. Adam Tooze reconstructs the spread of the austerity epidemic and recalls how decision-makers in Europe ploughed their course even after the US had begun to pour money back into the system (Eurozine). (This is an extract from Tooze’s book "Crashed", London: Allen Lane 2018.)
posted by sapagan at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Kelly Slater’s Shock Wave

[New Yorker]The best surfer in history made a machine that creates perfect conditions on demand. Will his invention democratize surfing or despoil it? Surfing on Kelly Slater’s machine-made wave [Video] Previously.
posted by ellieBOA at 2:16 AM PST - 22 comments

February 14

Squirrel and cat. Living together. Mass hysteria.

Cat and squirrel play-fight Sorry, those looking for a despair, outrage or poop fix, there's none of that in this post. TW: Do not search the web for this topic, most end very badly.
posted by zaixfeep at 10:51 PM PST - 32 comments

When You Bring the Songs Back, You Are Going to Bring the People Back

Jeremy Dutcher is a First Nations classically trained tenor, musician, and composer whose debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa [Youtube playlist], sung entirely in the "severely endangered" language of Wolastoqey, won the 2018 Polaris Prize, which is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian music album. You can watch him perform a stunning medley of his album at the Polaris Gala, and accept the prize. Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation, and his album is based on traditional Wolastoqiyik songs, often sampling century-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' singing, to devastatingly beautiful effect. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 10:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Better Language Models and Their Implications

We’ve trained a large-scale unsupervised language model which generates coherent paragraphs of text, achieves state-of-the-art performance on many language modeling benchmarks, and performs rudimentary reading comprehension, machine translation, question answering, and summarization — all without task-specific training. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 9:03 PM PST - 44 comments

There is a reason why dog owners have coined the term "poopsicle."

The weird things dogs do when they poop serve a purpose. Afterwards, be sure to monitor the color of their poop to keep abreast of their health. And don't be too upset when they eat poop. It's probably an ancient pack-survival behavior. They'll even venture outside the species and eat cat poop—it smells like cat food to them.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:24 PM PST - 38 comments


The Achewood Tarot
posted by griphus at 7:23 PM PST - 15 comments

"I thought I did good"

Tri-State man mistakenly gets wife turnips instead of tulips
posted by JeffL at 6:37 PM PST - 32 comments

The League of Not Extraordinary and Not So Gentle Men

In 2009, a secret Facebook group called the Ligue du LOL (The League of LOL), led by young French male journalists, started harassing fellow journalists, writers, bloggers and activists - predominantly targeting women and minorities (also NYT), disrupting the lives and ruining the careers of their victims through barrages of sexist, racist and homophobic insults, pornographic montages, prank calls, and Twitter-coordinated attacks, online and IRL. The existence of the group was revealed last week, resulting in a flood of heartbreaking testimonies (megathread on r/feminisme (in French)), and in an intense bout of soul-searching in the progressive French media: not only the victims had been ignored before last week, but most of the Ligue members are now prominent journalists in major left-wing publications. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 4:57 PM PST - 64 comments

Take Me To Church except he’s practicing it alone in an empty cathedral

bassiter on tumblr creates specific music edits [more inside]
posted by blithers at 3:33 PM PST - 13 comments

This Person Does Not Exist

This Person Does Not Exist is a single-serving website that does only one thing: algorithmically generate fake human faces. Refresh for more. [more inside]
posted by penduluum at 2:34 PM PST - 90 comments

Victorian vinegar Valentines: Why send me such detested stuff?

If you're sick of the simpering sweetness of this supposed saint's day (Catholic.com), you might enjoy some Victorian vinegar Valentines, as recounted by Atlas Obscura, with more from Collector's Weekly (previously). If you want to copy some salty prose or rather precise, personal poetry, The Satirical Valentine Writer (circa 18xx, via Archive.org) could be your new friend, itself a response to the earlier Valentine Writers, such as Richardson's New London Fashionable Gentlemen's Valentine Writer or, the Lover's Own Book (1828, Archive.org) and the new and improved Sentimental Valentine Writer, containing a selection of the best and newest Valentine Poetry (1850, Archive.org). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Probably quite ticklish

Estudio del movimiento gasterópodo: A snail traverses a person's face [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

DIY Divorce

“Lawyer up!” each future divorcée is exhorted, by those who’ve been there. The call to arms is a directive, not a suggestion. But what if the future divorcée—like me, like so many—cannot afford a lawyer? (SL The Atlantic)
posted by devrim at 1:10 PM PST - 29 comments

The home-wrecking usurper Aaron Burrd

Bald eagle named Justice missing from nest in D.C.: Things appeared to be going fine at the nest, with a hint of spring and new life in the air. Liberty and Justice mated Saturday, experts said, and fertilized an egg. But in that afternoon, a new, younger male eagle showed up at the nest. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Swahili for "friend"

Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu wanted a hopeful African love story she could adapt into a film. She found what she was looking for in Jambula Tree, a Caine Prize-winning short story by Ugdandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko about the love and courtship of two young women. Kahiu's film is named Rafiki--Swahili for "friend"--which, as Kahiu frequently states in interviews, "is how queer Kenyans need to introduce their partners in a society where it is not yet safe to name their love directly." The film premiered at Cannes in 2018 (trailer here), but the Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned it back home. After suing the government, Kahiu won a 7-day suspension of the ban to allow Rafiki to qualify for the Academy Awards; the theaters were packed, breaking box office records, but the Kenyan Oscars selection committee declined to submit Rafiki for consideration. Africa Is A Country has more on the film, which plays against the backdrop of Kenya's expected February 22nd Constitutional Court ruling on colonial-era laws that criminalize homosexuality.
posted by duffell at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

And a marginal contribution of prostatic secretions

"It Is Definitely Pee": The Ecstatic, Pedialyte-Fueled Art of Performing Squirting in Porn
posted by Etrigan at 11:58 AM PST - 36 comments

“Marriage is primarily an economic arrangement, an insurance pact.“

“The defenders of authority dread the advent of a free motherhood, lest it will rob them of their prey. Who would fight wars? Who would create wealth? Who would make the policeman, the jailer, if woman were to refuse the indiscriminate breeding of children? The race, the race! shouts the king, the president, the capitalist, the priest. The race must be preserved, though woman be degraded to a mere machine, — and the marriage institution is our only safety valve against the pernicious sex-awakening of woman. But in vain these frantic efforts to maintain a state of bondage.” - Anarchist agitator Emma Goldman, “Marriage and Love.” 1914
posted by The Whelk at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

About 500 miles away and mainly to the south

In the coming decades, the climates of North American cities will shift to those of locations that are hundreds of miles away or, in some cases, to climates "with no modern equivalent in North America”. An interactive map shows what the climates of 540 urban areas in the US and Canada will feel like 60 years from now. [more inside]
posted by theory at 9:54 AM PST - 42 comments

Cortex's beautiful stained glass piece

There's a detailed walkthrough of the process with photos. The shape is a Menger sponge.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:20 AM PST - 29 comments

In A Post-Parkland America, Teens Talk About Gun Culture

NPR spent nearly a year talking to high school students about their attitudes about guns. Here is their reporting in a 20 minute video -- Senior Spring: How Teens Feel About Guns In America.
posted by hippybear at 8:20 AM PST - 16 comments

The dream of the 90s is alive in Nairobi

Did you ever wonder where the rollerblades you had in the 90s are now? If you donated them to a charity shop, there's a good chance that they ended up in a container of secondhand clothing exported to Africa (a trade known by the Swahili word mitumba, meaning “bundles”), made their way to a skate shop in central Nairobi, and right now are in the possession of a stylishly attired young Kenyan, racing deftly down a busy street in Kenya's inline skating craze.
posted by acb at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Blippi blip

Kids YouTube Star Blippi “Regrets” The Viral Video In Which He Poops All Over His Friend (Buzzfeed)
posted by josher71 at 7:36 AM PST - 43 comments

unbelievably me

She lay every morning under an avalanche of details, blissed: pictures of breakfasts in Patagonia, a girl applying foundation with a hardboiled egg, a shiba inu in Japan leaping from paw to paw to greet its owner, white women’s pictures of their bruises – the world pressing closer and closer, the spider web of human connection so thick it was almost a shimmering and solid silk. Patricia Lockwood writes about being online.
posted by theodolite at 7:28 AM PST - 12 comments

yacht influencer is now a thing

THE LONELY LIFE OF A YACHT INFLUENCER: Alex Jimenez (aka TheYachtGuy) might look like he’s comfortably residing in the lap of luxury on Instagram, but the truth is, he’s kinda lost at sea.
posted by gen at 6:51 AM PST - 36 comments

But does reading MetaFilter help you poop?

Does reading on the toilet help you poop? references a 2011 Guardian article (previously). If you don't have a serious need to go, and you haven't overdone it on the cherries, then maybe. Science says that 52.7% of Israeli adults indulged, to no effect either way. Other issues abound e.g. is it offensive to read the bible while on the toilet? Does also being naked help? Or phoning your cable company? Or wearing a hat while reading? What potty-prose is most suitable? Moby Dick? Otherwise, perhaps some oats? Serious point: read if you want, but always look back.
posted by Wordshore at 5:07 AM PST - 37 comments

February 13

"a Darwinian botanical Battle Royale"

Reimagining the Suburban Yard to Reverse Pollinator and Insect Decline
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Never Gonna Give You Up

This dog is very excited. Perhaps he has heard of solutions to a problem he contributes to.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Award-winning photographer Lisa Saad accused of stealing images

A comprehensive case made for accusations of image theft.
posted by unliteral at 5:13 PM PST - 31 comments

There might be a word for it now

But there’s no word for “dinosaur” in Zulu. Nor are there words for “Jurassic,” “fossilization,” or “evolution.” [more inside]
posted by clew at 5:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Hold down the tab key. Select "Piss," "Poop," or "Vomit,".

The hardest part of video game Scum was learning how to pee/poop. [Polygon] “Tossing turds around is nothing new in the survival genre. Ark: Survival Evolved launched with poo for you and your dinosaur mounts to boot, but their flavor of feces didn’t really serve much of a purpose. In Scum, however, everything matters. By simulating human frailty, they’re trying to bring competition and fairness back to one of gaming’s most competitive multiplayer genres. And they’re doing it with an absurd amount of complexity. [...] The developers say that they’ve created the most realistic simulation of the human metabolic system ever made, the end result of which is a fairly regular requirement that my avatar urinate and empty his bowels. But why?” [YouTube][Gameplay Footage][NSFW] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:29 PM PST - 30 comments

I See Monsters

Ryan Adams dangled success. Women say they paid a price. Multiple women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore, and one whose interactions with Adams began at age 14, "described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex." Adams responds.
posted by waitingtoderail at 3:17 PM PST - 92 comments

The home-made roller coasters of Will Pemble and Paul Gregg

For Will Pemble, it all started when his son asked "wouldn't it be awesome if we had our own roller coaster." Five seconds later, he thought "Yes, yes it would," and that's the origin story of CoasterDad, the guy who built a roller coaster in his back yard (Wired Video, YouTube alt. link), and his front yard, and another friend's back yard, and for the Maker Fair in San Francisco. He has more videos on his YouTube account, specifically in the the CoasterDad Project playlist. If that's all a bit too loosey-goosey for you Coaster 101 talks to Paul Gregg about building and testing safe back yard roller coasters, as he discusses on his website Backyard Roller Coasters dot org, which has his two books about DIY coaster-making.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

58% Interest + 25% Confusion +8 Awe + 8% Realization

Here's an interactive map of the 2,032 sounds humans use to communicate without words. Based on new research [PDF] that found brief vocal bursts can convey at least 24 distinct kinds of emotion. Previous studies had estimated the number at around 13.
posted by not_the_water at 1:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete.

"To the robot who turned 90 days into 15 years of exploration: You were, and are, the Opportunity of a lifetime. Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete. (2004-2019)"
Sarah Kaplan, WaPo: Opportunity, NASA’s record-setting Mars rover, is declared dead after 15 years. Opportunity’s mission was planned to last just 90 days, but it worked for 5,000 Martian “sols” and traversed more than 28 treacherous miles — two records for NASA. (Previously, and more at NASA's Mars page.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:25 AM PST - 156 comments

Multis e gentibus vires

Saskatchewan resident Dave Assman, denied a personalized license plate, finds a backdoor solution.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:44 AM PST - 39 comments

I'm @jack's complete lack of #karajack 🔥 LIKE & RT PLS 🙏

How hard is it to have a conversation on Twitter? So hard even the CEO can’t do it. Here's a transcript of the interview.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:00 AM PST - 58 comments

A family member is never a number

LOOK FOR ME, PLEASE: How indigenous women work to help each other when authorities turn a blind eye. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans?

[NYT] Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. But a study published this month adds a twist. It found that there is likely no single natural diet that is best for human health. The research, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, looked at the diets, habits and physical activity levels of hundreds of modern hunter-gatherer groups and small-scale societies, whose lifestyles are similar to those of ancient populations. They found that they all exhibit generally excellent metabolic health while consuming a wide range of diets.
posted by ellieBOA at 7:26 AM PST - 78 comments

The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea

Day Care for All - "Free public college, health care for all, a living wage: These are all important causes that will improve life for millions. But there's another proposal that belongs on the progressive to-do list: universal affordable high-quality child care. In fact, I would put it ahead of free public college: It would help more people and do more to change society for the better." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:11 AM PST - 90 comments

February 12

This Doesn't Have To Be The Limit Of Your Imagination. Dream Bigger.

As 'LeftTube' becomes a thing (Previously) you might've heard of Olly Thorn/Philosophy Tube (Previously heard in the Contrapoints Video "Incels", previously) He has his own channel where he discusses Witchcraft, Marxism, and the history of being anti-feudal and anti-capitalist. (27:25) Systems Of Vulnerability is Why The Left Will Win (12:30) How to Fix the Housing Crisis as a Superhero Battle (20:36) When will Security Go Back To Normal and national systems of control (26:12) What Was Liberalism? (9:47) 2 3 4. Steve Bannon and Neofascism: An Explanation (44:57), drawing heavily on Max Frisch's play the Arsonists/The Firebugs.
posted by The Whelk at 11:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Thirsty for Science

I raced a T. Rex so you don't have to. Dustin Growick loves dinosaurs, museums and running around shirtless. In this YouTube cinematic feat, he runs a theoretical race against a T. Rex, amongst other important Science.
posted by jillithd at 9:24 PM PST - 7 comments

It Does Not Follow

"Non Sequitur" artist Wiley Miller included an "Easter Egg" in the Sunday, February 10th comic strip. Many of the 700+ newspapers that carry the syndicated strip were not pleased.
posted by Big Al 8000 at 7:25 PM PST - 70 comments

That's UNtertainment

The mission of National Poo Museum on the Isle of Wight is "to lift the lid on the secret world of poo - to examine our relationship with it and to change forever the way we think about this amazing substance." Northern Italy's Shit Museum uses cow poop to generate electricity and heat. Yokohama's Unko Museum, however, is about adorable poo. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Austerity cheese and a death in the Dales

"Real Wensleydale cheese died in the early 1940s." How? Why? Garius explains in this Twitter thread (unrolled on Thread reader). Let's talk about Wensleydale. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:14 PM PST - 32 comments

It's been ________ since I __________.

Time Since Launch is a web site that allows you to commemorate THIS moment in time, when this moment in time marks a significant moment in your life. Use it when you've gotten married, given birth, quit smoking, stopped eating sugar, made a conscious effort to push hate from your heart, or decided from this very second to fill every moment of your life with purpose. It'll provide you with a unique URL to visit in the future to see how many days | hours | minutes | seconds have passed since your moment. Want something more permanent and decorative to mark the occasion? The creators sell a single-use physical version to hang on your wall as a constant reminder.
posted by dobbs at 3:40 PM PST - 18 comments

"Things are acting very strangely at high latitude."

Magnetic north was formally redesignated ahead of schedule. Here's what that means. The foundation of many navigation systems, the World Magnetic Model finally got a much-needed update with the end of the U.S. government shutdown. (National Geographic). The geomagnetic poles "wander," which isn't news (National Centers for Environmental Information), but recently it was recognized that Earth’s northern magnetic pole is moving quickly away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia, which has forced NCEI’s scientists to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) mid-cycle (NCEI). If you want to see how declination has changed historically, NCEI has a neat online map (may not render properly in all browsers).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:29 PM PST - 23 comments

“... I think we can outrun it,”

“Shooting down the slopes as Donkey Kong and recovering from a slight setback, Skilloz_ prepared to claim a new world record for the Star Cup circuit at 200cc speed. As he got closer to the finish line, he started to realize that this could be a world record run. At the same time, he noticed [something incoming]...” [via: Kotaku] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 1:13 PM PST - 19 comments

So may I introduce to you/ The act you've known for all these years

So, you're a struggling musician, and you get into an accident after a mysterious power outage; when you wake up, you play "Yesterday" on your guitar, and... no one recognizes it, because no one has ever heard of the Beatles. What do you do? (Hint: rhetorical question.) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:06 AM PST - 153 comments

Rethinking Animals

Maybe a fish's on-deck thrashing is really a "a silent scream, born of the fish’s belief that it has entered a permanent state of extreme suffering."
posted by ecourbanist at 10:24 AM PST - 41 comments

The jokes just write themselves

Reddit users are the least valuable of any social network: With 330 million monthly active users and revenue of about $100 million the company is generating an estimated $0.30 per user, much lower than Twitter ($9.48), Facebook ($7.37), Pinterest ($2.80) and Snap ($2.09).
posted by not_the_water at 10:06 AM PST - 70 comments

someone once told me the real action was in the footnotes

Illuminating Women’s Hidden Contribution to Historical Theoretical Population Genetics [preprint bioRxiv], Samantha Kristin Dung, Andrea López, Ezequiel Lopez Barragan, Rochelle-Jan Reyes, Ricky Thu, Edgar Castellanos, Francisca Catalan, Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and Rori V. Rohlfs, GENETICS February 1, 2019 vol. 211 no. 2 363-366; https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.118.301277
While productivity in academia is measured through authorship, not all scientific contributors have been recognized as authors. We consider nonauthor “acknowledged programmers” (APs), who developed, ran, and sometimes analyzed the results of computer programs. We identified APs in Theoretical Population Biology articles published between 1970 and 1990, finding that APs were disproportionately women (P = 4.0 × 10−10). We note recurrent APs who contributed to several highly-cited manuscripts. The occurrence of APs decreased over time, corresponding to the masculinization of computer programming and the shift of programming responsibilities to individuals credited as authors. We conclude that, while previously overlooked, historically, women have made substantial contributions to computational biology.
The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:06 AM PST - 1 comment

The Local-Carb Diet

Dedicated Pacific Northwest plant lovers nurture an indigenous food with ancient roots. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments


The plot of Othello in under five minutes, using clips of stand-up comedian John Mulaney.
posted by rollick at 5:13 AM PST - 32 comments

What's Inside your [Desktop] computer Graphics Card? SLYT - 6min 28sec

Animated explanation of your desktop graphics cards components and what each part is designed to do. Use a computer? Game on a PC? Ever wonder how those graphics get so pretty? Let's go inside your high-end graphics card with this animation. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Te tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: the comic book The illustrated story of the Treaty of Waitangi, courtesy of the New Zealand School Journal. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 3:20 AM PST - 12 comments

February 11

all the wrong answers are interesting

“Eskimos Have Fifty Words for Snow” is an amazing phrase, because every word in it is wrong. Aaron Bady on what he thought would be "a few days’ research and a quick little explainer essay" and turned into half a year of research and an unexpected appreciation. "What’s fascinating to me about actually reading Whorf’s work—after working my way debunkers who gesture at his ignorance as disqualifying—is how simple the point he was trying to make actually was: that ignorance is, itself, a pathway towards new knowledge."
posted by spamandkimchi at 6:49 PM PST - 76 comments

What's the bandwidth of a seal with a USB drive?

Although it's been known for years that poop can be mined for the metals used in technology, researchers in New Zealand were surprised to discover a functional USB drive in leopard seal poop.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:58 PM PST - 30 comments

All good things to those who wait

Anthony Hopkins listening to his own composition “The Plaza,” performed by The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The Heavy Metal version.
As reported before, Hopkins has been composing classical music for over 50 years
posted by growabrain at 5:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Of Course The Sports Channel Would Be "The Slapshot"

On Twitter, one inventive Canadian amused and mortified his girlfriend whenever they passed a gas station - by using the gas price as a launching point to create an ad hoc promo for a fictional radio station. (SLTwitter)
posted by NoxAeternum at 5:10 PM PST - 53 comments

It says here... "Process for filling grave is reversal of excavation."

John Haynes, saviour of amateur car mechanics everywhere, has passed away. Before an endless sea of YouTube car repair videos made it possible to watch someone else change a suspension bushing or bleed their brakes, stabbing at the screen with greasy fingers to pause the clip while you followed it step-by-step in your own driveway, John Hayne's manuals democratized the process of car repair, from the bland to the exotic. From my first car onwards they've saved me grief, brought joy to my grandfather, mirth to my friends, and helped keep countless cars running.
posted by MarchHare at 4:37 PM PST - 46 comments

Nobody expected that from an English Bulldog

Dog agility courses are typically associated with speed and agility. English Bulldogs are not typically associated with speed and agility. Nobody told Rudy. Then there is Macaroni the pokey puppy. Also, Dachshunds! Mo is fast. Megan? Not so much. Almost 8 hours of footage there if you want more.
posted by COD at 4:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust

Joan had “impudently cast aside the propriety of religion and the modesty of her sex”, and “out of a malicious mind simulating a bodily illness, she pretended to be dead, not dreading for the health of her soul, and with the help of numerous of her accomplices, evildoers, with malice aforethought, crafted a dummy in the likeness of her body in order to mislead the devoted faithful and she had no shame in procuring its burial in a sacred space amongst the religious of that place”.
posted by clawsoon at 4:22 PM PST - 14 comments

It's a godawful small affair

Mars One Ventures is liquidating - the future of the organization is uncertain. Is the Mars One Foundation shutting down? After years of skepticism, criticism, and outright accusations of being a suicide mission, Mars One may be folding. [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast at 4:16 PM PST - 37 comments

Cold? Try some "Spice on Snow."

The Freight Hoppers: "Fort Smith Breakdown." Alex Kehler and Jeremiah McLane: "Le Pruneau" on accordion and nyckleharpa. Dana and Susan Robinson: "The Flying Farmer." Mike Merenda and Ruthy Unger: "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Ida Mae Specker, Rachel Eddy and Brian Slattery: "Boil Them Cabbage Down" and "Big-Eyed Rabbit."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Finnish Basic Income experiment: positive psychological effects

Finland's two-year experiment with Basic Income have concluded, and the preliminary results are out (Kela.fi x2). The take-aways are generally mixed to pessimistic, many similar to this Fortune article title: Finland's Basic Income Experiment Kind of Works, but Not in Employment Terms. In short, while the €560 (~$630) per person per month, given to 2,000 people, wasn't enough to boost employment, those BI recipients were happier and less stressed, a result that was apparent after only four months (Business Insider). While Finland chose to end the experiment here, as the Government rejects request to expand scheme and plans stricter benefits rules (Guardian), others are trying their own Basic Income experiments (Huffington Post). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:25 PM PST - 52 comments


Game of Thrones showrunners reveal ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ is dead [Entertainment Weekly] “There have been so many tragic deaths on Game of Thrones [YouTube][Season 8 Trailer]. Yet the fate of one beloved character has remained uncertain, until now.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Listening and learning, but standing strong

Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes "Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it." [more inside]
posted by box at 12:47 PM PST - 183 comments

Librarians on Horseback

Evocative photos of dedicated librarians delivering books to rural families. The Pack Horse Library Initiative, part of the Works Progress Administration suite of programs, was intended to improve literacy and thus readiness for employment. Precursor to Bookmobiles? The heroes we need...
posted by carmicha at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

"The networks, all of them, dance to the NFL's tune."

Bob Costas speaks out on CTE, NBC, and how he got pulled off the Super Bowl LII broadcast. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 11:08 AM PST - 49 comments

Saudi App Lets Men Track Their Female Charges

Apple and Google have been accused of helping to "enforce gender apartheid" in Saudi Arabia, by offering a sinister app which allows men to track women and stop them leaving the country. Both Google Play and iTunes host Absher, a government web service which allows men to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders, and to get close to real-time SMS updates when they travel. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 10:40 AM PST - 45 comments

"I have a dream that one day Dodge will commodify me to sell trucks"

How capitalism reduced diversity to a brand: A law professor explains how corporations commodify people of color. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Etiquette Guide for Surviving the Workplace for Autistic People of Color

"Even if debbie’s idea is the worst fucking idea in the history of the world and likely to end with global extinction, you say something like “this is a really great idea! bouncing off what debbie said [insert ur opinion that may or may not be actually bouncing off of debbie’s world ending idea]. Don’t say “omfg, debbie that is the worst idea in the history of ideas”. Or even anything close to it." [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver at 10:20 AM PST - 16 comments

“It doesn’t happen like the movies. That’s not how patients die.”

What People Actually Say Before They Die: “Famous last words” are the cornerstone of a romantic vision of death—one that falsely promises a final burst of lucidity and meaning before a person passes. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 10:01 AM PST - 64 comments

Try harder, Megan

Choose your own corporate adventure . You will not be eaten by a grue.
posted by Mchelly at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

All the Bad Things About Uber and Lyft In One Simple List

Streetsblog publishes a compilation of why the current explosion of unlicensed taxis is bad. One nice, easy read summarizing a bunch of things (with links, facts, and figures): vast increase in car driving; increase in new car ownership; >100% "deadheading" (cruising without passengers); cannibalizing transit; political effects; traffic fatalities; data opacity; financial unsustainability.
posted by splitpeasoup at 9:39 AM PST - 62 comments

The world could use more blockheads

An average day has ~1,000 minutes. That works out to 100 blocks of 10-minutes. Here are some thoughts about how you want to use those blocks vs how you actually use them. And here's a website where you can track your daily blocks.
posted by dancing leaves at 9:12 AM PST - 30 comments

Dogs of New York

Finding the Story of New York in 5,000 Dog Pictures (SLNYT) [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 8:13 AM PST - 3 comments

The Rights of Manoomin

Why the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized Wild Rice’s Rights: Under the Rights of Nature, the plant—as well as the freshwater resources it needs to survive—now have an inalienable right to exist. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:07 AM PST - 12 comments

"Governance is not supposed to be for sale": Sidewalk's Mercenary Utopia

As the Canadian Civil Liberties Association declares Sidewalk Labs' activities in Toronto a mercenary end-run around local democracy, Molly Sauter examines the utopian smart-city project through the illustrations that have accompanied its public-facing documents, finding links to historical colonialist projects and the fraught history of interference with local democracy in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by Fish Sauce at 6:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Not quite a "sharing" economy

Through the policy, workers were guaranteed a base amount of $10 per delivery; Instacart would apply tips to the overall payment, according to Business Insider. For example, if a customer tipped $4, Instacart would only pay an additional $6 to the driver. If the tip was $6, the company would pay even less — just around $4 for that delivery. Some observers characterized this as a deceptive business practice equivalent to tip theft, but because of the relatively unregulated nature of the gig economy, delivery workers had little legal recourse.
After having been called out for using customer tips as a means to pay out less than otherwise would be required to delivery contractors, Instacart has reversed their policy and will stop counting tips towards contractor base pay. DoorDash and Amazon Flex, however, have no intent on changing their similar policies.
posted by tocts at 6:01 AM PST - 51 comments

Gustav Klimt and Neuroscience

“The purpose of a scientific approach to art is not to take the mystery out of the art. It’s to give you new insight into why you think it’s so wonderful and mysterious.” Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele appeals to something other than just our interest in art. It’s our interest in our own feelings and memories of experiences they ignite.
posted by Yellow at 5:33 AM PST - 3 comments

The Heroes of the Thai Cave Rescue

Into the dark: The inside story of an improbable team of divers, a near-impossible plan and the rescue of 12 boys from a Thai cave. [Previously, previouslier]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Massive insect decline could have 'catastrophic' environmental impact

More than 40% of insect species could become extinct in the next few decades, according to the "Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers" report, published in the journal Biological Conservation.
posted by thirdring at 1:52 AM PST - 85 comments

February 10

"A fascinating look at a future that came to be..."

Why you should watch Paranoia Agent (some mild spoilers within - major spoilers with a warning half-way through): "There's a quote from Satoshi Kon that I really like, in which he states, 'A world that a person perceives is filtered by their own fantasy and paranoia,' and you can see this same quote reflected in every character of Paranoia Agent. Rather than the show telling us how we should perceive each of its characters, the series is instead more focused on how they perceive themselves, and the reality around them, and all of the delusion and fantasy that comes with that." From the late director Satoshi Kon (previously), 2003’s Paranoia Agent (spoiler-free MyAnimeList description and reviews) is a limited anime series that starts with a seemingly simple crime: a string of physical assaults all perpetrated by the same mysterious figure, known as Lil' Slugger / Shonen Bat. Content warning: discussions of assault, sexual violence, and racism. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Their Secret Love

Redditor Elphaba16 has several pets, including a male cat named Kelvin Jones and a female dog named Joule. She set up a camera to see what goes on in the home when the humans are at work, and found out that Kelvin and Joule have a special relationship. More on their Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:50 PM PST - 22 comments

I never went to grad school

The Relentless Picnic Podcast and the Power of a Real Conversation [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:09 PM PST - 9 comments


Against mourning: It takes a lifetime of preparation to grieve as the Stoics did – without weeping and wailing, but with a heart full of love. Brian D. Earp on Stoicism in practice: "Stoics can ‘afford’ to grieve as little as possible – that is, as little as Nature will allow – because they have spent their lives training in philosophy. And that means: ridding themselves of false beliefs, learning how to face the inevitable, and carefully matching their desires with the will of Zeus. So, when the worst things happen, when a child, friend or spouse is struck down in an unplanned hour, the Stoics’ muted response will reflect their hard-won preparation, not a lack of prior love or affection..." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:49 PM PST - 44 comments

Liisa Hietanen's still life and portrait sculptures in yarn

Knitting is a popular pastime in Finland. Even Finnish Olympians were noted for knitting before and after their competitions at the 2018 Winter Olympics! (Mother Nature News) But Finnish artist Liisa Hietanen takes it to a whole new level (MNN) with her knitted and crocheted sculptures of real-life people and scenes (artist's website). Hietanen painstakingly crochets, knits and sometimes embroiders every single piece of her sculpture — from the clothes and accessories down to the objects a sculpture is holding. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments


@sheepfilms asks If baguettes could move, how would they move? Give your reasoning pls [Twitter]. 1 - worm 2 - gallop 3 - robot rotate 4 - caterpillar. A lot of people think the baguette should stay rigid. So I've done some new animations to choose from (plus the snake one just because).
posted by Fizz at 12:00 PM PST - 49 comments

Reclaiming the Cone of Shame

Photographer Transforms Canines' Cones From Shame To Glam "Photographer Winnie Au wanted to capture the range of emotions dogs feel while wearing these conical contraptions. In Cone of Shame — a nod to another of the device's popular nicknames — Au's stylized portraits show dogs of all breeds looking everything from grand to dazed." [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Hundreds rally against vaccines in Washington State

In the midst of a measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would "remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine." The Pacific Northwest has some of the highest numbers of unvaccinated children in the country, and they let their voices be heard on Friday at the state Capitol in Olympia, WA when they packed a public hearing on the bill. At least 51 cases of measles have been confirmed in Clark County, WA, with another two suspected, bringing the current total up to 53, and that's not counting cases in King County, WA and Multnomah County, OR. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane at 9:03 AM PST - 206 comments

Half of the books in this bookstore are not for sale

Where Books Meet Black Mecca "If they’re well worn, that’s all the better. I think it tells a story,” she said. “Someone actually went through it and read every word and received something from it and you’re next. It’s like they are almost doing you a favor.” [more inside]
posted by luaz at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Fish looks in mirror, sees something on its face

"A fish, the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus, shows behaviour that may reasonably be interpreted as passing through all phases of the mark test." The mark test, or mirror test, is a classic measure of whether an animal has self-awareness. The fish joins a short list of animals including great apes, a single Asiatic elephant, dolphins, orcas and the Eurasian magpie. The study has received mixed reviews, and the journal published a more cautious interpretation alongside the main article.
posted by clawsoon at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

They just ate Howard Schultz

You would think Minnesota native Daniel Silvermint would be accustomed to these conditions, but there's something distinctly different about a blizzard in Seattle. (SLTwitter)
posted by drlith at 6:16 AM PST - 134 comments

The Brown Baby Plan

Mabel Grammer adopted twelve mixed children and found homes for 500 more after they were orphaned in post-war Germany. They were called “brown babies,” or “mischlingskinder,” a derogatory German term for mixed-race children. And sometimes they were just referred to as "mutts." They were born during the occupation years in Germany after World War II, the offspring of German women and African-American soldiers. Their fathers were usually transferred elsewhere and their mothers risked social repercussions by keeping them, so the babies were placed in orphanages. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 4:36 AM PST - 12 comments

February 9

thank u, next

Everyone was joking about Konmari-ing their Twitter, but Julius Tarng went ahead and made a tool to do just that.
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 6:35 PM PST - 33 comments

70 Jahre Currywurst

Currywurst [translation] was invented by Herta Heuwer 70 years ago, and there's a plaque in her honor in Berlin. The Staatliche Münze Berlin has been minting coins since 1750, but it took 269 years to release a coin in honor of currywurst. It is spectacular.
posted by moonmilk at 6:29 PM PST - 33 comments

Collage Barrage

Robin Isely is a surreal and digital artist from San Francisco. [NSFW] Robin’s art moves between surrealism, beauty and the grotesque, exploring the intersections of the human figures and animal nature. Compositions that seem to be inspired by all eras, a journey that could start in mythology and Roman goddesses following the Victorian Gothic, the romanticism of the twenties, and the unfiltered sensuality [NSFW] of the incandescent sixties. Tumblr [also NSFW]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

A 4 Day Week

The case for a 4-day workweek - "The campaign for the 4-day work week has been a talking point for many British progressive politicians in the Labour Party... Last September, Frances O'Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), made headlines for positioning the 4-day work week as a priority issue for the Labour Party. She emphasized its urgency at the organization's 150th annual gathering, arguing that evolving technology should be cutting the number of hours spent at work." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:38 PM PST - 41 comments

Thread count

A "19th-century prayer book woven entirely from silk on a Jacquard loom" is currently on display in Baltimore. The pages are black, grey and white images woven in silk lampas, using some unknown but high number of punch cards to drive the loom. [more inside]
posted by clew at 4:22 PM PST - 16 comments

The world is glitching

Portals: Autumn is beautiful and strange time of year
posted by not_the_water at 3:50 PM PST - 5 comments

I was like "What the hell is this? It sounds like Wii Sports."

“Doing genuine musical comedy where the joke is, it’s just an earnest song.” In 2017, comedian and musician Gabriel Gundacker released the Unofficial Wii Sports Soundtrack, featuring imagined tunes for croquet, volleyball, curling, snorkeling, windsurfing, and jogging. He offers a sampling in a YouTube compliation video. In an interview with Kotaku, Gundacker discusses the history of the project and the relationship between earnestness and irony in comedy.
posted by duffell at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

all there is, seen and unseen

When the camera was a weapon of imperialism (and when it still is). [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Musée des Plans-Reliefs

Say you're the Sun King of France, and say you want to invade things (but I repeat myself). What you need, sire, is a collection of elaborate scale models, some as large as an apartment, of cities you might want to invade or defend, to better plan your strategy. Might I interest you in the maquettes at the Musée des Plans-Reliefs? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

A hero in every pack!

The website for Captain Marvel is live, and appropriate to the timeline.
posted by Ilira at 12:03 PM PST - 38 comments

U r a froshmin at 🅐 🅡 🅣 🅢 🅠 🅞 🅞 🅛.

ART SQOOL [YouTube][Game Trailer] “Art Sqool is a game from Julian Glander, a 3D artist who has done illustration work for Wired, The New Yorker and Adult Swim. In it, you play a first-year student at an art school called Art Sqool, named Froshmin. You get assignments from your professor, a self-described neural network that judges you based on your technique. Between assignments, you explore your school’s campus to find new swatches and brushes.” [via: Kotaku] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Song classics saturday?

Certain song classics have history that's surprising.
posted by sammyo at 7:48 AM PST - 15 comments

February 8

I see trees of green

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
posted by growabrain at 10:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Let's lead this world a merry dance

Pet Shop Boys are still here, and they have an Agenda [YT playlist, ~13m]. That is, a four-song EP released with little warning and a whole lot of political... um... agenda. Give stupidity a chance, On social media, What are you going to do about the rich?, The forgotten child [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:59 PM PST - 21 comments

"You Are My Sunshine," three ways (so far)

Fretboard Journal: "What if we asked all the great musicians passing through our office to give us their take on the exact same tune?" The tune they picked is "You Are My Sunshine," and the first three takes they've released are by Bryan Sutton, Noam Pikelny, and Bill Frisell, with more to come each week.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:53 PM PST - 21 comments

newly-public-domain hobo-related news

From the Tucson Daily Star, February 18, 1923:
GIRL HOBO CROSSING CONTINENT THREE TIMES ENDS HER TRAIL IN THE OLD PUEBLO 19 YEAR OLD WIFE LEAVES HUSBAND TO MAKE HER OWN WAY BY BUMMING AROUND. Mrs. Virginia W. Stopher, Adopted Daughter of Wealthy Parents, Forsakes Mate Rather Than Work For Him. Three times across the continent in seven months! Riding the “blinds” during heavy rains! Reading poetry by the firelight of the “jungle”! Traveling on the same train as dozens of hobos, bums, criminals, and escaped convicts! These, all these and more, are the experiences of Mrs. Virginia W. Stopher, girl hobo, who spent part of the past week in Tucson. Yes, a girl hobo, for she is but 19 years old.
posted by ChuraChura at 5:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Seth might have a drinking problem

Seth Meyers takes drinking seriously. "We have a prop department that could put apple juice in a Jameson glass. We did not do that." Which leads to Seth getting goofy. Seth gets drunk on St. Patrick's Day. Then Seth and Josh Meyers celebrated a day off by going day-drinking in Brooklyn, and dad joins them to get brunch drunk. Later, Seth and his mom went day drinking. Then we get to drunken singing and shouting, when Seth and Kelly Clarkson go day drinking, and drunk taste-testing, when Seth and Ina Garten go day drinking.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Does the basement have ample closet space for bondage equipment?

Selling a large suburban house with a sex room in the basement. Realtor is facing some hostility. The listing. I'm surprised-- the price seems kind of low considering the size and luxuriousness.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 3:28 PM PST - 119 comments

Give a shit about workers’ rights

Shit Solidarity: Magnetic Memes on Workers' Wages in Shitter Stalls MeFi’s duffell makes magnets bearing the ancient poem of worker solidarity (boss makes a dollar; I make a dime; that's why I shit on company time). These magnets include a URL, shitsolidarity.com, which offers a brief spiel about income inequality and corporations' attempts to curtail workers' rights to pinch a loaf (drop anchor, lay cable, squeeze out a senator) on the job. [via mefi projects]
posted by not_the_water at 1:39 PM PST - 8 comments

My Father is A Butch Dyke

"My father was and maybe is dapper and beautiful. She taught me to believe in gender self-determination and how to be a dyke warrior. I choose to honor her after father’s day because she was or is better than that, more than that. My father is a butch dyke, redefining fatherhood and family by being brave enough to create a family of outlaws and outcasts." - by Cyree Jarelle Johnson
posted by stoneweaver at 1:17 PM PST - 8 comments

An apple a day

Freezing rain will turn anything it touches into a glaze of pure ice. In this case, unpicked old apples. The Great Cold Snap of 2019 has given us terms we didn't know we needed: Frost quakes. Snow squalls. Steam fog. Now we can add another one to the list: ghost apples. Surely there's a joke here about poison apples and glass houses...
posted by wicked_sassy at 1:10 PM PST - 19 comments

402 Payment Required

Shouldn't We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now? - "The web's founders fully expected some form of digital payment to be integral to its functioning. But nearly three decades later, we're still waiting." (previously) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:01 PM PST - 48 comments

Anchor Steam trying to Unionize

One of the World's Most Iconic Craft Breweries Is Unionizing Workers at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company have announced a drive to gain union recognition on Thursday, according to members of the organizing committee. If successful, the maker of the iconic Anchor Steam beer will be one of the first craft breweries in the country to become a union shop, and the most significant.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 12:52 PM PST - 20 comments

“Your black widow isn’t allowed to get a job, so marrying money is key.”

Watch Me Try To Kill Ten Husbands In The Sims 4 [YouTube] “The Black Widow Challenge was created by the simmer Simalot, and the rules are simple. You make a Sim with the Snob, Materialistic, and Romantic traits, find them a would-be husband, marry that guy, and then kill them. Then you do it again, and again, until you’ve killed ten husbands. There are a few other rules and a complex scoring system, but that’s the gist.” [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz at 10:41 AM PST - 45 comments

You can survive in the city and you can survive in the bush.

First Course: In 1992, Wet’suwet’en chef and hereditary wing chief Andrew George, Jr. was on the first team of Indigenous chefs to compete at the Culinary Olympics. He has been working to get Indigenous cuisines into restaurants ever since. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

“...very much representative of the undercover donor class.”

“Ricketts doesn’t appear to believe American laws should inconvenience him, or that his actions should be of interest to anyone but himself. In emails to friends and associates he has centered his needs as a businessman, denigrating the “welfare society,” regulation, and taxation. When the IRS comes knocking, he serves them warm bison and mediates an agreeable deal; when his employees vote to unionize, he shutters the business the next week; when one of his smaller personal enterprises hires too many employees, he shuffles them around to avoid federal discrimination laws. Even the prospect of establishing a “family bank” for the personal use of his dynasty was scrapped when Ricketts discovered the entity might be subject to oversight from the SEC.” How To Get Filthy Rich In America Without Anyone Knowing Your Name (Splinter) part of the series The Billionare’s Inbox, presenting the ambitious but secretive Ricketts family in their own emails.
posted by The Whelk at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

"Today, we embark on a crusade to stamp out runaway decency in the West"

"So I've been seeing a lot of the 'Blazing Saddles could never be made today because of the PC police' Discourse today.
Okay, fine. Let’s go ahead and dignify this with a ~ * ~ thread ~ * ~

Could BLAZING SADDLES or something similar be made today? NO. Here's why." [Twitter thread via @thelindsayellis]
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:27 AM PST - 82 comments

Cinema's Original Angry Young Man

Albert Finney has died. He was 82. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 9:01 AM PST - 46 comments

the best advice we can give you on leftovers is to know thyself

A powerful foe exists in kitchens the world over —a force so strong it can render even a famous chef's roast chicken cardboard-y, stale, and faintly rancid. It's called warmed-over flavor, or WOF for short, and we most recently met when I reheated some chicken I'd braised for a dinner party the night before. One bite in, I panicked—had I really served my guests a bird tainted with that much funk? But I distinctly recalled that dinner had been delightful, the chicken perfectly cooked. The truth was, warmed-over flavor had struck again (SL Serious Eats).
posted by devrim at 8:42 AM PST - 62 comments

round, fast, spiky, ugly, fat, pleased

In The Beginning Was The Word - David Robson: "A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances?" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Hand to hand, toe to toe, the trikitixa's boss in our dance

Huntza is a triki-pop band from the province of Gipuzkoa (Guipúzcoa) in Spanish Basque Country. This music has it's roots in Basque folk music traditionally performed by a pair of singers accompanying themselves on the diatonic button accordion (trikitixa) and tambourine (pandero). Triki-pop ensembles add guitar, bass and drums to the traditional duo, and often other instruments. (The band's name means "Ivy", thus the logo.) Videos below the fold, and bit more about where this music comes from. [more inside]
posted by nangar at 6:56 AM PST - 5 comments

This one goes up to 1

Like chiptunes but find the SID chip and NES sound chip too ornate and maximal? Shiru, a Russian video game composer and programmer, has composed an album using only the IBM PC speaker, arguably the most primitive possible computer sound output device. Technical details, including links to the code used to create the music, are here. [more inside]
posted by acb at 6:48 AM PST - 31 comments

Should social workers be engaged in these practices?

"Over the past 15 years, we have gathered examples of “ideas” and “activities” associated with social workers as examples of possible deviations from the mission of social work." The authors of this study gathered evidence of social workers who promoted practices that "would not receive universal acclaim and, in some instances, might appear highly questionable." [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 5:25 AM PST - 49 comments

a sophisticated gag

Beer before wine not fine, scientists find after vomit-filled tests (The Guardian). The reported study: Grape or grain but never the twain? A randomized controlled multiarm matched-triplet crossover trial of beer and wine (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
posted by sapagan at 2:01 AM PST - 40 comments

February 7

Life Without The Tech Giants

Gizmodo Reporter Kashmir Hill cut 'The Big Five' out of her life for a week at a time, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Week six - blocking all five. Her tech expert Dhruv Mehrotra finishes with guide to cutting them out of your life.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:08 PM PST - 49 comments

"A PC-building game could have easily turned out to be tedious"

"PC Building Simulator, which is now available on Steam after a period of early access, gives you the experience of being a one-person PC-building workshop." ... It even has an original soundtrack, including a rap song about building the ultimate PC. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 6:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Consciousness spotted in brain patterns

Seems to be a mix of long range correlations and some dynamical patterns
posted by aleph at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Play This Game, Plan Your Dinner

Food52 has created Mad Libs-like, printable recipe templates for a variety of meal basics which lets you build a recipe with ingredients of your choice.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Nice Bookstore You Have Here. Be A Shame if Something Happened To It.

Moreover, American Media is undeterred from continuing its reporting on a story that is unambiguously in the public interest — a position Mr. Bezos clearly appreciates as reflected in Boies Schiller January 9 letter to American Media stating that your client “does not intend to discourage reporting about him” and “supports journalistic efforts.” That said, if your client agrees to cease and desist such defamatory behavior, we are willing to engage in constructive conversations regarding the texts and photos which we have in our possession. Dylan Howard stands ready to discuss the matter at your convenience.
America Media Inc (owner of the National Inquirer) attempts to extort Jeff Bezos. Bezos responds by making the threat public
posted by Frayed Knot at 4:00 PM PST - 276 comments

God has a dream to free nations from the godless left and their culture

How a Demon-Slaying Pentecostal Billionaire is Ushering in a Post-Catholic Brazil.
Edir Macedo, the Patriach has a nephew, Bishop Marcelo Crivela who is the rather useless homophobic, killjoy Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
A Reddit thread about The (very real) menace of an evangelical theocracy in Brazil.
posted by adamvasco at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

"How did I survive? What do I do now? How do I live?"

The Battle Over Teaching Chicago’s Schools About Police Torture and Reparations: A little-known city law has educators figuring out how to talk to eighth and tenth grade students about the history of Chicago police abuse. [more inside]
posted by Ouverture at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

The Five Families of Feces

The New York City porta-potty business is as dirty as you’d think. But one man keeps coming up smelling like roses. (David Gauvey Herbert, New York Magazine) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Population plunge: what if the past is not prologue, and the models lie?

The UN's World Population Prospects has a ton of data, including a number of forecasts for world population*, with the median coming in around 11 billion in 2100. Back in 2013, Gapminder (previously) presented an optimistic look at that figure, titled Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population, which presents in a simple, graphical way how we've reached (or will reach) "peak child" (Our World in Data) yet population keeps growing, if more slowly. But what if those projections are wrong, and in roughly three decades, the global population will begin to decline (Megna Molteni for Wired) according to a global look at population trends by journalist John Ibbitson and political scientist Darrell Bricker, and presented in their book Empty Planet (Goodreads; Amazon). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Flying squirrels secretly glow pink

Flying squirrels were already exceptional, as far as rodents go. Gifted with a flap of skin between their limbs, they can glide long distances between the trees where they live. But new research [abstract] suggests some of the critters hide a bizarre secret—their fur glows a brilliant, bubble-gum pink under ultraviolet light. The discovery happened entirely by accident when the paper's coauthor was doing an exploratory forest survey with an ultraviolet flashlight and happened to flash it at a nearby flying squirrel.
posted by not_the_water at 1:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Pixar vs Bro's

A new short subject film about workplace issues, Fast Company reviews/discusses, and a behind the scenes. It's quite a yarn.
posted by sammyo at 12:48 PM PST - 39 comments

Frank Robinson, 1935-2019

Frank Robinson ,"a trailblazing figure who was Major League Baseball's first African-American manager and one of its greatest players during a career that spanned 21 seasons, died Thursday after a prolonged illness." Robinson, a Hall-of-Fame player, manager, and President of the American League, was the first player to win Most Valuable Player Awards in both leagues, spent two years as a player-manager with the Cleveland Indians, and went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, as well as serve as honorary President of the American League. He is 10th All-Time in Home Runs and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility with 89.2% of the vote.
posted by waitingtoderail at 12:37 PM PST - 20 comments

India man to sue parents for giving birth to him

A 27-year-old Indian man plans to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Taking "I wish I had never been born" and turning it into action. "I must admire my son's temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. And if Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault," she said. Mr Samuel's belief is rooted in what's called anti-natalism - a philosophy that argues that life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating immediately.
posted by GoblinHoney at 11:54 AM PST - 58 comments

You otter be back with your mom, pup!

Otter pup reunited with mom after humans use recording of lost baby otter to bring them back together.
posted by vespabelle at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Freediver, Guillaume Néry's new film

One Breath Around the World . "Turn out the light, put your headphones and freedive with me around the world..." (12 mins, Youtube)
posted by dobbs at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

the application seems to have been an afterthought

Along with jet packs and hover boards, a machine to translate from any language to any other is so appealing as a fantasy that people are willing to overlook clunky prototypes as long as they can retain the belief that the future promised by science fiction has, at last, arrived. One particularly clunky subspecies of the universal language translator has a rather dismal history: the sign-language glove, which purports to translate sign language in real time to text or speech as the wearer gestures. For people in the Deaf community, and linguists, the sign-language glove is rooted in the preoccupations of the hearing world, not the needs of Deaf signers.
posted by sciatrix at 9:16 AM PST - 23 comments

The Liberal Argument For a Green New Deal

“Candidates and opinion-makers can do this by describing a Green New Deal as a remedy for personal and local issues that people experience every day: air and water pollution and high energy costs in low-income and minority communities. Mass transit inadequacies, congestion, and sprawl in urban and suburban communities. Stagnating economic growth and shrinking union jobs set against dwindling wildlife and agricultural yields in rural communities. The loss of culture and community by encroaching sea levels in coastal towns and aggressive expansion of fossil fuel industries on public and Indigenous lands.” What’s Your Green New Deal? “The fact that the implications are “radical” has led many people to overlook a simple fact: Climate change may be “human-made,” but it is not made by all humans equally, and if some are responsible for knowingly doing damage to others, they must be held legally liable.“ If Property Rights Were Real Climate Destroying Companies Would Be Sued Out Of Existence (Current Affairs)
posted by The Whelk at 8:44 AM PST - 157 comments

The Seed Stewards

Farmer Kristyn Leach is empowering people of color to preserve their own agricultural history. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Around the World in Eighty Years

Start with a small spaceship having a mass of 1500 kg from earth with a low start delta velocity of maximal 2.5 km/s, visit all nine planets of the solar system using only about 550 kg propellant in at most 80 years. Sounds crazy? Watch a short animation of such a "Jules Verne Tour," or if you like details, read all about how it was computed.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:46 AM PST - 14 comments

British Cookery, by George Orwell

Generalising further, one may say that the characteristic British diet is a simple, rather heavy, perhaps slightly barbarous diet, drawing much of its virtue from the excellence of the local materials, and with its main emphasis on sugar and animal fats. It is the diet of a wet northern country where butter is plentiful and vegetable oils are scarce, where hot drinks are acceptable at most hours of the day, and where all the spices and some of the stronger-tasting herbs are exotic products. Garlic, for instance, is unknown in British cookery proper: on the other hand mint, which is completely neglected in some European countries, figures largely. In general, British people prefer sweet things to spicy things, and they combine sugar with meat in a way that is seldom seen elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 7:36 AM PST - 57 comments


A 6-minute timelapse of the development of the alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris from single-cell zygote to hatched larva, by Dutch photographer/filmmaker Jan van IJken (SLVimeo).
posted by elgilito at 7:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Trimming the FAT framework

A Mulching Proposal: Analysing and Improving an Algorithmic System for Turning the Elderly into High-Nutrient Slurry [more inside]
posted by waninggibbon at 7:00 AM PST - 12 comments

The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books (NYT)

But it remains the case that the authors of many of the most successful and influential works of children’s literature in the middle years of the last century — works that were formative for baby boomers, Gen-Xers, millennials and beyond — were gay. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:16 AM PST - 39 comments

“Ribbed with bacon”

(Increasingly NSFW) As Valentine's Day nears, upmarket Marks and Spencer lead the way with appropriately marketed food delights (more) while offering a vegan option. Alternatives exist: Aldi will do you steak and chips for seven quid, over which you can propose with a £1 engagement ring (20,000 sold to date), or perhaps doughnuts or a Big Mac or a bouquet, but not Sweethearts. And also in the USA, fine dining seatings will begin at 4 p.m. on the 14th of February, while back in England in t'north, thar be romantic pudding. Non-food alternatives, such as roses for a good cause, or playing Fortnite, are available. Five pounds to spend? Ask a cashier for 'Justin'.
posted by Wordshore at 5:13 AM PST - 37 comments

How to implement wealth taxes

The opportunity cost of firm payouts - "It is reported ad nauseam, when people point out that the US did very well under the high top marginal tax rates that prevailed from World War II through the 1980s, that those high rates were rarely paid. People bring this up as though it was some kind of policy failure. No, it was then and would be again quite the point of the policy. The purpose of very high tax rates at very high incomes is not to generate revenue. It is to make costly the practice of making payments to people who are already very rich relative to other things the payers could do with their money, and so reduce the opportunity cost of doing other things." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:48 AM PST - 43 comments

February 6


It all started in a bar in Paris, back in 2008, when a friend told Lena Mauger a story. It was about a Japanese couple who had disappeared. They hadn’t died. They weren’t kidnapped. They just deliberately vanished in the middle of the night without explanation. [more inside]
posted by bongo_x at 11:55 PM PST - 39 comments

Even cooler than Super Blood Wolf Moon

The ALE-1 commercial microsatellite (previously)—designed to create on-demand artificial meteor showers (story begins at about 30:30 in the video), essentially setting off fireworks from above the atmosphere—arced towards its destiny in the heavens with the late January launch of the Epsilon-4 solid-fuel rocket by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from the historic Uchinoura Space Center at the southern tip of the archipelago. The company's CEO and founder, Lena Okajima ( 岡島 礼奈  ( おかじま れな ) ) says she expects, if initial testing is successful next spring, to officially debut the fully operational satellite's capabilities at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Four colors of meteor are available.
posted by XMLicious at 7:50 PM PST - 35 comments

The Would-Be Comeback Kid

"What MoviePass was doing was a gift from the heavens, as far as users were concerned. But in the eyes of business analysts, it was downright offensive. 'They were selling other people’s services at a discount, while paying full price for those services themselves. It was like a bank giving you a dollar for every 25 cents you deposit,' says Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who seems mildly upset that I even had the temerity to make him talk about MoviePass." On the movie theatre subscription service's disastrous 2018, and how the company is attempting to rebound.
posted by sgranade at 2:39 PM PST - 50 comments

With all due respect . .

What do you mean? A lot of people in general, and almost all of those on the autism spectrum, have trouble with social interactions where people don't say what they mean. Here is a useful guide . . .
posted by dangerousdan at 2:35 PM PST - 119 comments

Princess Bride? No.

Rom-comoisseur Dana Schwartz walks us through the criteria of the rom-com, first and foremost of which is "the film’s primary comedic tension derives from a central romantic relationship."
posted by Etrigan at 2:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Er war ein Rockidol

Today we are pleased to have the exclusive premiere of Front Line Assembly's re-work of the storied "Rock Me Amadeus" originally by Falco. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 1:49 PM PST - 36 comments

-=- still a place where ~ is $HOME -=-

This page is anonymous. These days it's getting hard to have a truly anonymous web page, but at the SDF Public Access UNIX System, you too can have shell access to a wide array of services like INTERNETWORKED EMAIL, GAMES and USENET
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Helenite is not rare. Anyone with a heat source can create it.

After the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state [Rare Historical Photos], timber company employees noticed that the intense heat from the acetylene torches they were using to clear dust and debris was melting the nearby volcanic ash and rock and turning it a greenish color. Jewelry companies also noticed, and crafted an exciting story about discovered gems [Stauer promotional video, YT], even though there are trillions of cubic tons of this volcanic ash and mud available, and a five gallon bucket full of ash will make many thousands of carats of this so-called gem [snarky comments from GeologyIn.com] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Toilet paper and other things I lacked in prison

In New York prisons, we got five rolls of single-ply per month. Which I'm sure is adequate if you're a dude. If you're a woman, it's only enough to remind you that you to feel like an eff-up. You learned to lock up your toilet paper in your locker and never bring the whole thing to the bathroom — lest you get toilet paper-jacked en route. (It is prison after all — some of your friends may have a history of jacking people.) You can't just nicely ask for more — they say they're not supposed to give it to you. So you beg, you plead. Once, I heard a woman offer sexual favors. For toilet paper. An essay by Keri Blakinger.
posted by Bella Donna at 1:20 PM PST - 25 comments

In which Microsoft stands in a cesspool and declares it fit for swimming

People around the world report increased civility online, new Microsoft research shows. The survey [Powerpoint] questioned teens and adults in 22 countries about their exposure to online risks across four categories: reputational, behavioral, sexual and personal/intrusive. There were tiny improvements worldwide in perceived online civility, with US showed the biggest positive change. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 12:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Death and valor on a warship doomed by its own Navy

A little after 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, Alexander Vaughan tumbled from his bunk onto the floor of his sleeping quarters on board the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The shock of cold, salty water snapped him awake. He struggled to his feet and felt a torrent rushing past his thighs. [a ProPublica investigation]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:54 AM PST - 43 comments

"More like C’monwealth of Virginia"

Virginia Politics In Chaos [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 10:27 AM PST - 277 comments

when dogweight fades away

“A rag, a bone, and a hank of hair” is the best description of the dog Murphy I ever came across (Content: impending dog death [old age-related illness].) [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 10:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Pomegranates: all other deseeding approaches are inferior

The actual best way to de-seed a pomegranate here and here. And some examples that are clearly not as good: this one, another one, still another, and yet one more.
posted by dancing leaves at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

“You got the power!”

The Cybertronic Spree: a cosplaying Transformers band. Here they are playing Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" [YouTube], the "Pokemon Theme" [YouTube], the "Ghostbusters Theme" [YouTube], and of course "The Touch" [YouTube] from the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack.
posted by Fizz at 7:56 AM PST - 18 comments

“He wouldn’t turn the meter on.”

The Winnipeg Women Ridesharing to Keep Each Other Safe: Non-profit, donation-run Ikwe Safe Rides is an alternative to taxis powered by Indigenous women. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

It’s time for Hubert Cumberdale to become a real boy

Looking into Glass Brother. David Firth returns to his unsettling Salad Fingers animated series (Wikipedia, IMDB, Know Your Meme) (previously). (likely NSFW) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 5:38 AM PST - 12 comments

A Dinosaur Dragon

On Godzilla and the Nature and Conditions of Cultural Success; or, Shedding the Skin - "Necessarily, the vast majority of this success and popularity has been distant in time, space, social structure and cultural context from 1950s Japan. How can these two observations --- the specificity of origins and the generality of success --- be reconciled?"
posted by kliuless at 2:46 AM PST - 4 comments

February 5

I’m no 20-year-old SoundCloud rapper

I am not the next big thing: on creativity and aging [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:40 PM PST - 107 comments

“The part of Bruce the Duck is played by a [synthesized] oboe.”

Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf and Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of The Animals,
narrated by “Weird Al” Yankovic and performed by Wendy Carlos.
Lyrics to The Carnival of The Animals courtesy of Google
posted by Going To Maine at 11:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Surveyors Wanted

Sarcastic Rover (@sarcasticrover) fixes the posters that NASA released to recruit Mars explorers.
posted by hippybear at 10:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Frida Kahlo Was a Painter, a Brand Builder, a Survivor. And So Much More

The artist and pop culture icon meticulously built her own image. A sweeping survey at the Brooklyn Museum examines how she did it, and why. By Rebecca Kleinman, NYT
posted by bq at 6:36 PM PST - 7 comments

I will not greyish forms; greyish forms are the mind-killer.

From the Public Domain Review: Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia, a look at the intersection of early 20th century occult theory, theosophical tomfoolery, and aesthetic abstraction in Besant and Leadbetter's Thought-Forms.
posted by cortex at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

"When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose"

Tonight at 9 pm, Donald Trump will make his second State of the Union address, in which he is expected to expatiate on the themes of "choosing greatness", infrastructure investment (maybe), bipartisanship (hopefully), and not declaring a national emergency (yet). Having made little progress on last year's SOTU promises (NYT), this year's could be even less believable (Politico). Here's how to watch it (Politico) or, if you prefer, drink to it (Newsweek). [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:47 PM PST - 1268 comments

You might hear the sun and rest

"Welcome to AIstrology. With the help of research scientist Janelle Shane, we built a bot to generate monthly horoscopes, trained on about 3,500 extant readings as well as current monthly horoscopes. Each horoscope below is therefore a prediction based on a wealth of predictions for each sign; a distillation of what the stars have in store for you this month." [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 3:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Another man done gone. Izzy Young.

Izzy Young passed away today in Stockholm. Almost 91 years young -- Talking folklore center. Only last week at our MeFi meet-up in Stockholm Old Town, we were talking about the legendary Izzy. Now he has gone and my FB feeds are overflowing. Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet writes. Only one previous posting. In Stockholm he was a legend, an institution even. The story of how he arranged Bob Dylans first performance in New York has been recycled regularly for years. His Folklore Center here has been putting concerts, on and off, for decades. [more inside]
posted by jan murray at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge...

She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge... Jacob Rees-Mogg has a message for the Common People
posted by Lanark at 2:07 PM PST - 22 comments

"You know he’s evil, but the camera sure doesn’t."

“If you actually watch the movie, the last thing we’re doing is glorifying him,” Berlinger claimed in an interview with Bustle. “He gets his due at the end, but we’re portraying the experience of how one becomes a victim to that kind of psychopathic seduction.”

It’s a nice thought, but that’s not what the film does. Liz’s experience isn’t the same as ours out in the audience — we know who this guy is from the start — and so we’re just watching a duped woman get more duped […] At most, we learn that it really, really sucks when your handsome and attentive fiancé turns out to be the century’s most famous and heinous serial killer.
The Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron sure does love Ted Bundy [Alissa Wilkinson, Vox]
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:59 PM PST - 41 comments

Are you tone deaf?

Test your tone-deafness with The Music Lab at Harvard University's department of psychology. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 11:02 AM PST - 95 comments

above it all

"Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich" a combination of skyrocketing land valuations, concentrations of finance capital [and money laundering], and transferable development rights, aka air rights [especially in Midtown]. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:45 AM PST - 47 comments

New tools against (old) data breaches

On January 17, 2019, 'Collection #1' revealed 773 million email addresses and passwords (PC World), followed by Collections #2-5, plus two more, which together dwarfed Collection #1 (Computer World). Though daunting in scale, it seems these collections are made up of individual breaches from thousands of different sources (Troy Hunt, security researcher), and may not contain newly compromised accounts (Recorded Future, US security firm). Hunt runs the free service, Have I Been Pwned (previously), where you can check email addresses or passwords against published breaches like these, or get notified if your email address is included in newly published breaches. Google partnered with HIBP in Password Checkup, a new Chrome extension (Wired), similar to Firefox Monitor, another HIBP coordination (Sophos Naked Security).
posted by filthy light thief at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

“But once you hear ‘swastika made of dicks’ it's kind of over."

Slack, the office messaging app company, unveiled a new logo. Five minutes later, Twitter got at it. [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 9:36 AM PST - 116 comments

Just swingin' on by...

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Dissecting The Rhetorical Strategies Of The Alt-Right

Youtube channel Innuendo Studios (previously) has been running a semi-regular series of videos in which a certain rhetorical strategy employed by the alt-right is dissected and contexualized in order to better understand how they work. The latest, The Card Says "Moops", is an analysis of how chan culture has informed a rhetorical strategy of using whatever argument works, and the subsequent genesis of "Schrodinger's Douchebag". [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Friend of mine down in Quincy just named his pit bull “Ozawa.”

If Bostonians Loved Other Local Institutions The Way They Loved Their Local Sports Franchises. (Sl McSweeney's)
posted by bondcliff at 8:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Simple (?) linear browser puzzler

Linjat is a puzzle game playable in your browser by Juho Snellman. Try to form lines of the correct length that do not cross, and cover each dot.
posted by Jpfed at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't you wanna be free?

Spiritland Legends: David Bowie - Hosted by Black Wax Solution : a great four hour mix of David Bowie to stream and improve your day. (Black Wax Solution is also a radio show hosted by DJ Eops, who regularly spins in East London, and specializes in vinyl for Funk, Soul, Disco, House, and has a special place in his heart for Bowie.)
posted by jillithd at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

“Lord Ruthven and Varney were able to be healed by moonlight”

List of vampire traits in folklore and fiction is a Wikipedia page which exhaustively enumerates the appearance, weaknesses, supernatural powers, reproduction, feeding and setting characteristics of various fictional vampires, taking in everything from folklore and Bram Stoker, through video games like Touhou and Sims, to Twilight and Buffy. [via]
posted by Kattullus at 5:24 AM PST - 46 comments

When eating McDonald’s fries, do not dilly-dally

First, speed is key here. Second, if you have the ability to wait for a fresh batch, do. Third, preserve heat at all costs. You have this many minutes to consume McDonald's French fries before they're inedible.
posted by Vesihiisi at 3:00 AM PST - 101 comments

February 4

Web Design... Monday?

Can't Unsee - Web/Frontend Design Challenge The premise is simple: Pick which image is the right one. Don't pick the flawed one. But the difficulty ramps up nicely. Great way to practice discerning mocks from outcome. By Alex Frantic
posted by CrystalDave at 10:17 PM PST - 63 comments

FamilyTreeDNA is providing their database to the FBI

Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its vast genealogy database in an effort to solve violent crime cases, BuzzFeed News reports. Under the previously undisclosed cooperation with Family Tree, the FBI has gained access to more than a million DNA profiles from the company, most of which were uploaded before the company’s customers had any knowledge of its relationship with the FBI.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 9:19 PM PST - 41 comments

UNIX is dead

The Tragedy of systemd A thoughtful analysis of the current state of play from Benno Rice, a longstanding FreeBSD developer, at linux.conf.au 2019 (Christchurch, New Zealand). [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 8:25 PM PST - 99 comments

Why are millennials burned out?

“If Millennials are different, it’s not because we’re more or less evolved than our parents or grandparents, it’s because they’ve changed the world in ways that have produced people like us. What made millennials the way they are? Why are they so burned out? Why are they having fewer kids? Why are they getting married later? Why are they obsessed with efficiency and technology? And his answer, in so many words, is the economy. Millennials, author Malcolm Harris argues, are bearing the brunt of the economic damage wrought by late-20th-century capitalism. All these insecurities — and the material conditions that produced them — have thrown millennials into a state of perpetual panic. If “generations are characterized by crises,” as Harris argues, then ours is the crisis of extreme capitalism.
posted by robbyrobs at 7:58 PM PST - 93 comments

Robot Learns How to Play Jenga

Using machine-learning and sensory hardware, Alberto Rodriguez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and members of MIT's MCube lab have developed a robot that is learning how to play the game Jenga. The technology could be used in robots for manufacturing assembly lines.
posted by numaner at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Sort By Controversial

You guys, who haven’t heard a really bad Scissor statement yet and don’t know what it’s like – it’s easy for you to say “don’t let it manipulate you” or “we need a hard and fast policy of not letting ourselves fight over Scissor statements”. But how do you know you’re not in the wrong? How do you know there’s not an issue out there where, if you knew it, you would agree it would be better to just nuke the world and let us start over again from the sewer mutants, rather than let the sort of people who would support it continue to pollute the world with their presence?

Scott Alexander (previously) with a fictional(-ish) tale of weaponized online strife.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:54 PM PST - 62 comments

Edible extremophiles

“These extremophiles learned to be extremely efficient in using their resources,” he said. “They are very relevant at a point in time when humanity already uses tremendous amounts of resources to support the highly inefficient animal-protein model.”
posted by clew at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

The Importance of Keeping Things That Spark Rage

I have a drawer overflowing with socks. Most serve a utilitarian purpose. A few genuinely do delight me (Marie Kondo would be proud). And tucked in the back are the wool socks I’ve kept for 23 years.
posted by adamcarson at 4:36 PM PST - 31 comments

It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space Travel

The assumption has long been that this [Astronaut] training is a necessity—traveling to space is a mentally and physically grueling endeavor. We need the strongest, smartest, most adaptable among us to go. But strength comes in many forms, as do smarts. And if you want to find people who are the very best at adapting to worlds not suited for them, you’ll have the best luck looking at people with disabilities, who navigate such a world every single day. Which has led disability advocates to raise the question: What actually is the right stuff? [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 2:19 PM PST - 22 comments

“where the worlds of gaming, music, and celebrity combined”

10m players attended Fortnite's Marshmello concert [Eurogamer] “More than 10 million people played Fortnite on Saturday night to attend its brilliant in-game Marshmello concert, with millions more watching streams online. The DJ set had been teased throughout the week via posters in-game, and the gradual building of a stage in Pleasant Park. As 7pm neared, Fortnite threw players into a match centring on the area - and then removed all weapons. Right on schedule, Marshmello turned up and played a 10-minute set, the performance punctuated by live audio from the DJ himself and interactive sections where players found themselves in low gravity, or able to hover and soar around the neon-lit stage.” [YouTube][Full Concert] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:31 AM PST - 52 comments

a mildly antisocial state would be easy to replicate

How long could my murderer pretend to be me online?
posted by not_the_water at 10:57 AM PST - 55 comments

The Talented Mr. Mallory

A fabulist's path through the world of publishing. Dan Mallory, who writes under the name A. J. Finn, went to No. 1 with his début thriller, “The Woman in the Window.” His life contains even stranger twists. (SL New Yorker) A review of the book in the same magazine by Joyce Carol Oates.
posted by PussKillian at 10:01 AM PST - 93 comments

1950: The Bomb in the Heart of the Century

"I’m pleased to announce my latest music project, which is actually an old project: Mixcloud GO! 1950: The Bomb in the Heart of the Century. It’s a 2013 Spotify playlist of mine featuring 170 pieces of international audio culture from the year 1950 with no artist repeated, recreated on Mixcloud for your streaming delectation." [more inside]
posted by naju at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

When truth is not the truth, what dimension are you even in?

"CBS is off the air" [YT trailer] -- a fake-out teaser for Twilight Zone reboot interrupted the Super Bowl [Ars Technica], with the new series' presenter, Jordan Peele, debuting in his role. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:34 AM PST - 41 comments

higher housing costs for city residents, loss of tax revenue

“The debates about whether and how to regulate IBSFs (Internet based service firms) often involve theories about their economic costs and benefits. This report aims to inform the debate by testing those theories. Specifically, it assesses the potential economic costs and benefits of the expansion of one of the most well-known of the IBSFs: the rental business Airbnb.” The Economic Policy Insitutue provides an in-depth study of the economic costs and benefits of Airbnb and how cities should respond to it and other IBSFs.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM PST - 23 comments

it is neither a factory nor a bagel

"It’s strange that we think of hoardings as construction detritus and the buildings that emerge behind them as architecture. Something I’ve tried to suggest through DA is that hoardings are architecture. They’ve become as much a permanent part of cities as office blocks and Starbucks even if their location constantly changes." Death Sentence: The Words That Bulldoze Our Cities
posted by everybody had matching towels at 9:23 AM PST - 24 comments

voxel populi

Paintings of 2D video game sprites as volumetric 3D objects in perspective, by Chad Ferber:
Missile Command, 2
Space Invaders, 2, 3, 4
posted by cortex at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Will Colorado ditch the Electoral College?

"The Colorado Senate this week passed a bill that would award the state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote." Colorado Senate passes bill favoring popular vote over Electoral College. The bill is known as the the national popular vote interstate compact.
posted by dancing leaves at 8:25 AM PST - 24 comments

the last wild food

"How did the last fish you ate die? If you don’t already know, then I’ve got some bad news: the most likely answer is that it asphyxiated. Slowly. " And since we know that fish feel pain, and we should take suffering seriously, the Japanese fish-killing technique[demonstration] of ike jime, to reduce pain, preserve freshness and increase flavor, is catching on on the United States [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:21 AM PST - 11 comments

A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points

Three weeks ago, ace math visualizer 3Blue1Brown posted an extremely weird and surprising method of deriving the value of pi. Why does this work? Well, it has to do with a velocity phase diagram. Wait, it's a semicircular fan of mirror universes. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

his music always made you think; it never made you smile

(Gimme Some of That) Ol' Atonal Music (SLYT) - a country singer celebrates the work of his father, a modernist composer. By Merle Hazard (previously on mefi)
posted by moonmilk at 6:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Justice by the Numbers

Over 10 million arrests are made each year in the United States, amounting to an astounding one every three seconds. Are all these arrests necessary? What are they for, and have they changed over time? Who are the people being arrested? And where? Are arrests “equitably” distributed, or a function of where police are deployed? To answer those questions, Vera Institute of Justice recently launched Arrest Trends, a groundbreaking data tool that helps answer fundamental questions about American policing. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 5:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Kotaku writer plays every availible Angry Birds Game..

.. so you don't have to. First released in 2009 for iOS, the original Angry Birds mobile game now has 22 official incarnations, most of which are licensed spin-offs. "Did you realize they’ve made 22 Angry Birds games? We all learned something today." - Zack Zwiezen: Kotaku.com [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 3:22 AM PST - 27 comments

“For many, ‘counterintuitivity’ is the new intuition.”

“I became a total Republican playing this game,” one SimCity fan told the Los Angeles Times in 1992. “All I wanted was for my city to grow, grow, grow.” Despite all this attention, few writers looked closely at the work which sparked Wright’s interest in urban simulation in the first place. Largely forgotten now, Jay Forrester’s Urban Dynamics put forth the controversial claim that the overwhelming majority of American urban policy was not only misguided but that these policies aggravated the very problems that they were intended to solve.
Model Metropolis by Kevin T. Baker. [via Anne Helen Peterson]
posted by Kattullus at 2:52 AM PST - 44 comments

“Do I need it? Can I afford it?” “Will I use it? Is it worth it?”

The Money Saving Expert: how Martin Lewis became the most trusted man in Britain [slGuardianLongRead]
posted by ellieBOA at 1:43 AM PST - 5 comments

February 3

They brought each other carefully selected pebbles

New York Times article "Male Penguins, And Baby Makes Three". "One couple, though, was extraordinary. Not because they were the colony’s only gay penguins, though they were, but because Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly."
posted by readinghippo at 10:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Shapely AI

Japanese developer rarapima has a couple of nifty demos. The first transforms the line you draw into a 3-D wireframe. The second is more interesting, and shows how scarily accurate AI has become: draw something and the page’s AI will try to correct it for you based on what it predicts you drew. If it’s wrong, shake the screen. [Maybe NSFW]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:03 PM PST - 38 comments

Women on the pill don't need a period, say U.K. guidelines.

There's No Medical Reason to Get Your Period While on the Pill - "If you take the pill but don't want to get your period, you can safely forgo that pesky week of placebos, according to new guidelines in the U.K. ... no need to fear: Just as with other hormonal birth control methods that lighten or skip periods, the report specifies that 'there is no build-up of menstrual blood' when you take the pill without breaks." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:04 PM PST - 44 comments

Let the children be bored.

Boredom is something to experience rather than hastily swipe away. Only a few short decades ago, during the lost age of underparenting, grown-ups thought a certain amount of boredom was appropriate. And children came to appreciate their empty agendas. (NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul on the importance of boredom).
posted by stillmoving at 4:00 PM PST - 73 comments

PG&E to file for bankruptcy

The California Energy Utility That May Have Sparked the Deadly Camp Fire Has Filed for Bankruptcy Pacific Gas and Electric, the country's largest utility company is filing for chapter 11. PG&E faces billions of dollars in liability from wildfires exacerbated by rising temperatures and drought. The Problems with PG&E in the state have only grown since The 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, and now to avoid liability for multiple fires in the state that were caused by the utility, they're filing for bankruptcy. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:18 PM PST - 50 comments

A Colossal Mural Chronicles 375 Million Years of Bird Evolution

Artist Jane Kim painted a 2,500 square-foot “Wall of Birds” mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Now a new book from Harper Design, called The Wall of Birds, chronicles its creation. Kim describes the breadth of the project in the publication: Nothing quite like this had ever been done: a mural depicting all 243 modern families of living birds, five modern families that had gone extinct by human hand within the last thirty thousand years, twenty-one prehistoric ancestors, and a ten-foot caiman to remind people of the mind-bending reality that the crocodile family is more closely related to birds than it is to other reptiles.
posted by bq at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

“What happened to you Birdman?”

Where did all the skateboard games go? [Destructoid] “Sure, when it comes to skateboard games we've had the dumpster fire that was Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 and smaller titles such as OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. But compared to previous hardware generations, the lack of skateboard and extreme sports games in general is evident. So today I'm going to attempt to answer that question, in what I believe is a number of problems that began occurring over time, but inevitably killed off skateboard video games within the mainstream. Knowing and looking back at the history behind the sub-genre itself can provide great context and the answers we seek, as this didn't exactly happen overnight.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:34 AM PST - 39 comments

I guess that's two reasons to not drink juice

"Fruit juice’s health halo has slipped in recent years, mainly because it packs a lot of sugar and calories. But there’s another, lesser-known health risk with these juices: They may also contain potentially harmful levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead, according to new tests from Consumer Reports."
posted by clawsoon at 8:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Update on 'Right to Repair' Activism

"In the EU and at least 18 U.S. states, regulators are starting to listen and considering proposals that address the impact of planned obsolescence by making household goods sturdier and easier to mend." [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 8:03 AM PST - 45 comments

Currently there's over half a terabyte of music

"Napster is the greatest thing to happen to mp3's since . . . well since anything I guess. Someone told me about it a couple weeks ago, so I downloaded their beta, ran it for a few days and I have to say that I'm very impressed. It's the newest killer internet app and an amazing tool for music lovers. If the recording industry knew about this, they'd probably shut it down."
posted by Vesihiisi at 7:45 AM PST - 78 comments

Now stop and turn around and look

Before he died in 2005, Philadelphia city planner Edmund Bacon donated hundreds of photos to the Fisher Fine Arts Library. The photos arrived without identification, so now the library is making the collection available to the public via Flickr hoping that crowdsourcing will provide the answers. [link]
posted by cashman at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

In ye good ole dayes of yore circa 2011

When was the last time you thought of the internet as a weird and wonderful place? Single link engadget: How sex censorship killed the internet we love.
posted by adamvasco at 5:37 AM PST - 35 comments

February 2

She plays a mean banjo but she's actually really nice

"Mean Mary" James is a dazzling multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Mean Mary writes and performs ballads like Iron Horse with fast banjo and haunting vocals. Sea Red, Sea Blue is a bittersweet song with a beautiful video featuring Mean Mary on underwater violin. She has a lighter side too, dancing in sugar to Sweet, a sweet and catchy little love song. There's plenty more to delight you on her website - enjoy!
posted by Quietgal at 8:00 PM PST - 6 comments

The Heretic

After his book Love Wins, former megachurch pastor Rob Bell [tumblr] "went from “being the coolest Christian in America” to “the biggest heretic in America”," along with a sympathetic New Yoker profile. Now a new documentary about him has been released called The Heretic "Explores Increasingly Disaffiliated Expressions of Faith" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:57 PM PST - 31 comments

Fractal Octopodes

These creatures are rare, but every so often an octopus with extra tentacles is discovered. These octopi [sic] typically have the usual eight tentacles branching off their trunk. But then the tentacles branch out themselves, and continue to branch out, until you have something like the last specimen: an 84-limbed beast. You end up with a fractal octopus. Delightfully weird octopoda pictures from 2008.
posted by jjray at 7:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Security through the greatest obscurity of all

“Despite repeated and diligent searches, I have not been able to find [the passwords] written down anywhere.” These were the words of Jennifer Robertson, the widow of Gerry Cotten, the sole CEO of QuadrigaCX, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange. Cotten had moved currency worth an estimated US$137 million into a "cold wallet", an encrypted wallet which was not part of the online exchange. Unfortunately, while on a trip to India in December, Cotten passed away. Yesterday, Quadriga filed for creditor protection, admitting those funds are likely not recoverable. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 4:58 PM PST - 101 comments

Poo Flip

First watch the ‼️ NSFW ‼️ video (Twitter | Threadreader), then read the story behind it (ALSO NSFW).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:20 PM PST - 75 comments

Golden Gate Bridge sunsets

This map helps you find spots from which you can see the sun set right in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge
posted by not_the_water at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Meet My Friends the Friends

It starts out as a rough-around-the-edges TV recap podcast covering that NBC classic from the 1990's, Friends. But since it's hosted by Tom Scharpling (previously on MetaFilter), it turns out to be something altogether more worth listening to. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 3:59 PM PST - 9 comments

The Future Is Female!

A History of Cyborg Sex, 2018–73 - "Sex with robots was much safer than sex with actual men—and better than anything women had previously experienced." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Capable of enduring adversity, severity, or hardship.

Endurant [SLYT], the latest music video from Bloodywood, the hardest-working metal band in New Delhi.

And if you like that, you might like this, too: Ari Ari. (Previously on Metafilter here and here.)
posted by doctor tough love at 2:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Who were the Pinkertons?

The modern day descendants of the Pinkerton Agency are suing Rockstar games for how the Pinkertons are depicted in RDR2 [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 1:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Red Pill Blues

Why Maroon 5's Super Bowl Halftime Show is Already a Mess (Vulture) Bonus links: What do We Want from Maroon 5? (Billboard) 25 Years of Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Ranked (538) Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ranked, From Worst to Best (Rolling Stone) Every Super Bowl Halftime since 1993, Ranked (Vulture) How Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Became the last Niche Act to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show (The Ringer)
posted by box at 10:47 AM PST - 62 comments

They've figured out how to print a 3D object all at once

Parallel 3D printing. Instead of the usual way of layer by layer. [more inside]
posted by aleph at 9:37 AM PST - 35 comments

Teach the Children, Save the Nation

"They tried to ban, censor and erase Indian culture from rock and roll history but Native American influence is wrapped into modern music’s DNA. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (1:25:29) is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock." [more inside]
posted by cashman at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Marty's Matchbox Makeovers

Marty restores various vintage Matchbox vehicles in a series of gently-paced and informative maker-style videos. [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Tiny yet fierce.

They fight. They hiss. They growl. They stare. They snarl. They bite. Please do not underestimate kittens.
posted by Vesihiisi at 7:06 AM PST - 26 comments

The umbilicus that captivated a nation

The image of a giant "snow bear" appeared on Montreal's Lachine Canal this week, apparently made by its artist tracing a bear-shaped path through the snow. But the bear was 12 feet across--so how, wondered the nation of navel-gazers, did the snow bear get its belly button? CBC News spoke to the snow bearer herself, Valérie Duhamel, who revealed her secret: five snowballs, thrown with precision aim.
posted by duffell at 1:09 AM PST - 17 comments

February 1

I'm gonna have some fun!

D-D-Dance Party Time
posted by zabuni at 9:31 PM PST - 10 comments


Fifty-one Wolves Howling! Fifty Wolves Howling! Thirty Wolves Howling! Twenty Five Wolves Howling! Twenty-Wolves Howling! You Howl High, I'll High Low! Wolf Duet! Wolf Trio! Wolves Howlin' in the Rain! Howling in the Snow!
posted by Fizz at 8:35 PM PST - 25 comments


Why not go gradually insane this weekend watching the computer generated "educational" videos of Raibow Animals, La La, Bi Bi TV, Toy Monster, Funny TV show, TOY Kids TV, totite tetito, Bobi Star TV, ABC Kids TV, and undoubtedly others. They should not be confused with TocToc Toys or Rainbow Art, god forbid, which are composed of actual footage of people doing random color-related things, with no computer rendering. [more inside]
posted by JHarris at 7:47 PM PST - 24 comments

Just how many ways can you prepare goat?

It would be hard to be a vegetarian... "Matthieu Paley, in the mountains of Afghanistan where no crops grow, the journey to get flour takes days, and goat eyes are on the menu."
posted by dfm500 at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik retires from classical chess

Vladimir Kramnik: Closing time for the Master of opening ideas - Vladimir Kramnik’s decision to retire has ended a glorious chapter in the world of professional chess. The last of the products from the once-feared Soviet “school of chess” to leave an indelible mark on the sport, the 14th World champion announced the decision that left the chess world sad, to put it mildly. A disarming smile, a touch of genius, and ruthless precision over the board, Kramnik possessed it all. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 4:07 PM PST - 11 comments

The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World

In 1896, Marshall “Major” Taylor finished the Six Day Bicycle Race in Madison Square Garden, having completed a record 1,732 miles on the 0.1-mile track. Survival was no small feat. Half the field dropped out because of crashes, exhaustion, or hallucinations. The New York Times correspondent described Taylor as the “wonder” of the event, in part because of his age and inexperience. He was only 18, and it was his first professional race. He was also the lone African American in the otherwise all-white field. [more inside]
posted by asperity at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

A-all-the-way-to-the-E: 19 hours of Autechre, circa 2015

Whatcha doing this weekend? Nothing much planned? OK, good, because Autechre recently dropped a set of 19 live recordings to stream and buy from Bleep, from their 2015 North American tour, running over 19 hours total. Bonus 1: early evening set from Rob Hall in Los Angeles (Mixcloud), before the Autechre set. "Gentle friendly tunes to greet the gentle friendly folk of LA." Bonus 2: Here's almost 3 minutes Live at Sónar on YouTube (the lights come on at about 45 seconds in). Bonus 3: 20 minutes of Live at Sweatbox 2, Bojangles, Drake Street, Rochdale, 4th June 1991, back when people thought it was a good idea to bring the whistle posse to Autechre shows.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Code Brown

Military tech and spycraft sometimes create disgusting but highly-useful devices. Cases in point: the Turd Transmitter, used to track enemy troop movements in Vietnam; and the CIA's Rectal Tool Kit, an item designed to help agents work their way out of a jam.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:11 PM PST - 90 comments

On Being a Continual Student of Your Own Style: Wardrobe Planning Advice

Perplexed by picking suitable clothing? Need help with paring down your wardrobe? Thinking about learning to sew it yourself? Come be inspired by this longread post from The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done: The Orange Swan Guide to Wardrobe Planning.
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:53 PM PST - 32 comments

Image compression icon, 47 years on

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs (Wired) - Linda Kinstler "Jeff Seideman, a former chapter president of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, recalls that Lena’s presence at the conference caused a stir among his colleagues. “As silly as it sounds, they were surprised she was a real person,” he told me. “After some of them had spent 25 years looking at her picture, she just became this test image.” Since then, as the internet has grown to encompass billions of users and trillions of photos, no one has bothered to ask her what she makes of her image and its controversial afterlife." [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 12:49 PM PST - 35 comments

100% filled with mirth!' Comedians pay tribute to Jeremy Hardy

The standup inspired Mark Thomas with his activism, opened Jack Dee’s eyes and appalled Mark Steel – in the best possible way. Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Hardy, who has died aged 57 SLGrauniad
posted by stanf at 11:51 AM PST - 43 comments

London’s Rich History of Transit Textiles

SL CityLab Designing a practical and attractive seat covering for public transit has never been the easiest of briefs. When designer Enid Marx was commissioned in 1937 to create textiles for use on London’s Tube and Buses, she was told it had to look fresh “at all times, even after the bricklayers had sat on it.” It also had to look bright and attractive, but avoid what the network called “dazzle”—the potentially nauseating effect a garish, busy design might have on passengers eyes when in motion. The brief—and Marx’s and others responses to it—helped to create a visual identity for London’s public transit through textile design, one that still continues today. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 10:42 AM PST - 19 comments

This Woman's Work: A Live Symphonic Tribute to Kate Bush

Last March, the Gothenburg Symphony celebrated musical visionary Kate Bush with an inspired live retrospective [Vimeo] spanning her 40-year catalog, from The Kick Inside (1978) to Aerial (2005). Bandleader Martin Schaub arranged the program for orchestra, 12-member vocal ensemble, and folk and rock ensemble—the foundation for a power duo on lead vocals: singer-songwriters Jennie Abrahamson [YT, Spotify], who performed with Peter Gabriel on his ‘Back to Front’ tour, and Malin Dahlström of indietronica trio Nicki and the Dove [YT, Spotify]. Inside: annotated setlist, personnel notes, and SLYT samples. [more inside]
posted by prinado at 10:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds ...?

"The polar vortex (previously) is dangerous, record-breaking, can’t-look-away weather. Yet this cold snap’s arrival was preceded by a marvel so spectacular that we hardly noticed it: It was correctly predicted. As early as a month ago, forecasters knew that colder-than-average weather would likely strike North America this month; a week ago, computer models spit out some of the same figures that appeared on thermometers today." Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic on how Modern Weather Forecasts Are Stunningly Accurate, and why that's an astonishing achievement.
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:56 AM PST - 45 comments

Langston Hughes Reads Langston Hughes

For the 117th anniversary of his birth, listen to Langston Hughes Reads Langston Hughes to hear the poet read his work and explain it in context.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

BassoonTracker - opensource javascript music tracker

In a stunning display of programming virtuosity, Steffest of stef.de has released BassoonTracker to the world. Based on the old Amiga ProTracker, it supports both MOD and FastTracker ][ XM files, which it can load from the massive collection Mod Archive. Find the source on Github.
posted by kmkrebs at 9:11 AM PST - 34 comments

The Best Man Can Get

“Under a perfect economical system of production and distribution, and a system combining the greatest elements of progress, there can be only one city on a continent, and possibly only one in the world.” Before perfecting his invention of the safety razor and founding what became a major American industrial and sales enterprise, King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) authored several books and pamphlets calling for radical changes in the country's economic and social system. The first of these polemical tracts, The Human Drift, called for the establishment of an ideal society to be created by The United Company "Organized for the purpose of Producing, Manufacturing, and Distributing the Necessities of Life." Except for agricultural and other rural pursuits, all activities and all the population would be concentrated in one gigantic urban complex that Gillette called "Metropolis."
posted by The Whelk at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender

Elsa Beskow var konstnär och illustratör men främst bilderboksförfattare. Elsa BeskowNordiska Akvarellmuseet [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

A remembrance

The genius of Jeff Hanneman, by ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo
posted by josher71 at 7:17 AM PST - 15 comments

The New Voices Of Native American Literature

Wide Range Of Writers Work To Celebrate Evolving Literary Canon Without Limiting It: "It’s about time we start to hear all the other voices that have always been here." [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 6:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Junk Science or the Real Thing? ‘Inference’ Publishes Both.

Exposé on pseudoscience publication secretly funded by Peter Thiel [via mefi projects]
posted by ellieBOA at 5:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Homes they don't leave

More than half a million Japanese people are hermits "But in Japan half a million people live as modern-day hermits. They are known as hikikomori – recluses who withdraw from all social contact and often don’t leave their houses for years at a time. A government survey found roughly 541,000 (1.57% of the population) but many experts believe the total is much higher as it can take years before they seek help. The condition was initially thought to be unique to Japan, but in recent years cases have appeared across the world. In neighbouring South Korea, a 2005 analysis estimated there were 33,000 socially withdrawn adolescents (0.3% of the population) and in Hong Kong a 2014 survey pegged the figure at 1.9%. It’s not just in Asia, cases are appearing in the US, Spain, Italy, France and elsewhere." If you're in the US and want to be a hermit, here are, according to Estately, the best places to seek your hermitage.
posted by mareli at 5:03 AM PST - 62 comments

"... and then see if I give a stinking shit"

10 Commandments. Saffiyah Khan is the young woman who faced down English Defence League supporters when they surrounded a Muslim woman in Birmingham a couple of years ago. Photos of her smiling defiance and Specials T-shirt went viral. The band sent her tickets to an upcoming show and offered her the chance to contribute to their new album. The resulting track is out now, and it's great - a heavy dub with Saffiyah chanting over the top. The song is her reply to Prince Buster's notoriously misogynistic 10 Commandments of Man. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 1:17 AM PST - 29 comments