June 2019 Archives

June 17

Because Australia, that's why

Pygmy possums usually aren’t on the menu for huntsman spiders. But an Australian man from Tasmania has captured the rare moment a huntsman attempted to devour a tiny possum at a lodge in the Mount Field national park, 64 km north-west of Hobart. CW: PICS OF A SPIDER EATING A MAMMAL (Possum-eating spider previously)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:26 PM PST - 9 comments

"Fasten, then zip. You?" "Fasten, zip."

Babylon 5 Is the Greatest, Most Terrible SF Series. Jennifer Giesbrecht takes an extended look at the best and worst aspects of this pathbreaking TV program 26 years after it first aired. Spoilerrific, of course.
posted by grouse at 3:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Amazon's union busting training video

Actual clips from Amazon's union-busting training video that was sent to Whole Foods management in 2018. It was then leaked by Whole Worker to the media.
posted by adept256 at 2:27 PM PST - 35 comments

A spanner in the wercs

Mr Olds' Remarkable Elevator - Tom Scott explores a (recently discovered) counterintuitive engineering solution that had been hiding in plain sight
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 12:50 PM PST - 31 comments

A comedy podcast that exists in the universe of bicycling

Yardsley. Or she may possibly have punctured her tire—that would delay her fifteen or twenty minutes. Don’t worry, my dear boy. I showed her how to fix a punctured tire all right. It’s simple enough—you take the rubber thing they give you and fasten it in that metal thingumbob, glue it up, poke it in, pull it out, pump her up, and there you are.

Bradley (with a mock sigh of relief). You don’t know what a load you’ve taken off my mind.
For its 40th episode, The Wheel Friends (FB, Patreon)recreates The Bicyclers, the epitome of bicycle based comedy in 1896
posted by rebent at 12:30 PM PST - 1 comment

mh370: where is it?

from the atlantic, more about where mh370 may have gone, and an american lawyer looking for the debris, over five years later.
posted by koroshiya at 12:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Ugliness is a gatekeeper to being worthy of love

At the first annual Ugly Conference, attendees aren't trying to "reclaim" anything. They're just trying to be seen as they are. A Vice reporter recounts their experience at Oakland's first annual Ugly Conference, which was organized by Vanessa Rochelle Lewis after her picture made the rounds on the internet when a party promoter used it in a meme. Lewis hopes the conference is the "first in a series of gatherings designed to combat image-based prejudice and abuse." [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

The Case Against Quantum Computing

The proposed strategy relies on manipulating with high precision an unimaginably huge number of variables
posted by hugbucket at 11:22 AM PST - 25 comments

Local production, reliability, easy repair, and low embodied energy

Low-tech Magazine does small wooden wind turbines.
posted by clawsoon at 9:44 AM PST - 28 comments

The Bread-Roll’s Path into Socialism

The LA Review of Books revisits the life and writing of Ronald M. Schernikau
i am afraid. am female, am male, double. feel my body departing from my body, see my white hands, my eyes in the mirror, i don’t want to be double who am I? want to be me, male, female, see only white. i am facing myself, want to reach myself, stretch my arms out towards myself where am i? i see, kiss, hug and intermingle. at some point lea appears, then reappears, and at last he is aware of her. b. senses: he’s lying in bed, it’s morning, his room is blurry, he tries to take it in, feels the movement of his head, doesn’t try to steer it. no hope for a good day today, fuckingettingup, fuckingschool, fuckinglife.
posted by frimble at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comment

At-home medical tests are an awful lot like astrology.

Mail-in diagnostic testing lacks the rigor and accuracy of actual medical testing. The results can be inaccurate and misleading even when true, as they lack context. Science and astrology are often seen as opposite poles... The implication is that anything making a scientific claim, like a medical test, should not be as squishy as astrology. Yet the same thing that drives some people toward astrology drives others toward mail-in test kits: People want to learn more about themselves and make sense of why they are the way they are. Your life might be fine, but perhaps it could be better if you understand yourself on a deeper level. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:46 AM PST - 23 comments

The 2020 census is coming.

Will Native Americans be counted? [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 5:50 AM PST - 4 comments

June 16

Fashion beyond form is not new, particularly for footwear

English sumptuary laws (Wikipedia) started off with regulations on work attire, then a proclamation against 'outrageous consumption of meats and fine dishes' by nobles, in 1281 and 1309, respectively (Lords and Ladies.org). Next came the regulation of pointy shoes. Why Were Medieval Europeans So Obsessed With Long, Pointy Shoes? (Atlas Obscura) Want more? Check out The history of sumptuary law and shoes, a blog in which "the author attempts to describe a brief history of sumptuary laws and relate this to how legislation of the Middle Ages may have influenced the design and style of today’s shoes," though the latest post looks at early Christian times, and other cultures around the world.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:21 PM PST - 19 comments

"Medieval peasants had perfect teeth."

Television Heaven tweeted 20 Things You Know Because of Television. Writer John Donoghue asked his followers "what else can we add?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 PM PST - 127 comments

Small Bikes Big Adventures

Two motorcycle enthusiasts KiwiGrom are making videos and documenting their trip riding a pair of 8hp Honda Groms across the US, mostly off-road, via the Mid Atlantic Backroad Discovery Route and TransAmerica Trail. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

The very rich are different from you and me.

A friend who used to play at Augusta every year during non-tournament weeks (his father was a member) told me that, at dinner in the clubhouse, you could see the power of the green jacket in the body language of the guests, as they fawned over their host. Yet there was also a certain gelding effect: “Dad was not a humble man, but he was always nervous at Augusta. He didn’t want to break a rule. The club turned these high-powered men into boys.”
Writing for The New Yorker, Nick Paumgarten takes us on a 10,000-word tour of Augusta National Golf Club during the 2019 Masters Tournament: its founding, its opulence, and its handling of media: “Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National”. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 2:13 PM PST - 32 comments

Auschwitz Is Not A Metaphor

The new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage gets everything right—and fixes nothing. Dara Horn reviews “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away" for The Atlantic. [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock at 12:43 PM PST - 25 comments

What Podcasting Pays Now

WNYC did a podcaster survey as part of their Werk It campaign and festival. "We received 612 responses in total from a self-selecting group of anonymous US-based participants who reported earnings in US dollars. These are a few of the headlines that emerged."
posted by hippybear at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

You Know the Advertisement of the Man

For the time, it would certainly have been subversive and risky to base the country’s most prominent symbol of haughty masculinity on Leyendecker’s own gay lover. Their forbidden love was in everyone’s faces in the ads of one of the country’s most prominent clothing manufacturers and on the covers of America’s favorite conservative magazine, though it remained hidden in plain sight—so much so that few sources even mentioned Leyendecker’s homosexuality until fairly recently. The Arrow Collar Man specifically, and the Leyendecker Man more generally, became the model of style, sophistication, and masculinity. What Maketh a Man: How queer artist J.C. Leyendecker invented an iconography of twentieth-century American masculinity by Tyler Malone
posted by chavenet at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Voila! Your dog’s face now looks like a fucked-up person.

“Today in nightmare fuel: the “AXAYINC Dog Masks, Pet Entertainment Spoofs, Super Cute Masks Designed for Pets to Prevent Bites and Eat Unclean Food.” As the name very clearly implies, these masks, available on Amazon, serve as a fun way to keep your dog from biting things and eating food that is not clean (?) while also making your dog look like a serial killer.” [via: A.V. Club]
posted by Fizz at 10:54 AM PST - 18 comments

June 16…

is Bloomsday! Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. [more inside]
posted by Ahmad Khani at 9:19 AM PST - 42 comments

Concrete clickbait

Photos of Yugoslav monuments known as spomeniks are often shared online, exoticised and wrenched from context. But now, argues Owen Hatherley, it is vital that we make the effort to understand what they truly represent.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Self Referential Meta Dementia?

Since the 60s, *every* field has become beset by specialization, fueled by increasing competition for jobs and spiraling productivity, which forces researchers to take a narrow, goal-oriented, approach to science. Those who don't do this to some degree vanish. (twitter thread) [more inside]
posted by sammyo at 5:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Cold War Steve

Coldwar_Steve “I don’t know what I would do if couldn’t satirise these repellent, grotesque imbeciles. From the point of view of creating art, it’s a fantastic time, there’s so much material. But thinking of my daughters growing up in this world is frightening – a small, shrinking island, bitter little England. I just hope good will prevail in the end.” From The Guardian: 'His work features public figures in typically English settings – seaside towns, low-cost supermarkets, working men’s clubs, car boot sales, a nostalgic place of “Fray Bentos pies and insipid high streets”. Among the Brexit cast list are Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jeremy Corbyn and the Queen. An international presence is supplied by Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un.' Picture gallery, The Guardian. The Time Magazine cover, link from The Poke. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 3:06 AM PST - 21 comments

June 15

The Kids Are All Red

"If Sunkara asks “Freedom for whom?” Aaron Bastani wants to know “who will benefit?” The rise of Millennial Socialism (The New Statesman America) A specter is haunting the straight white liberal sixty-something American dad—the specter of his damn socialist kids. (Bookforum) "More than a century and a half after Marx first talked about the struggle between the ruling class and labour, the promise of capitalism — that progress was inevitable and would ultimately lead to good things for everyone — has proven empty for many people." Reclaiming Marxism in an age of meaningless work (CBC) "On further examination, I found a sign on printer paper attached to one of the side doors: LOOKING FOR SOCIALISTS? → THIS WAY!" Millennial Socialism from the point of view of the dictatorship of present. Say it loud, Say it proud, Democratic Socialism is the future (Medium) ‘We Have to Talk About Democratic Socialism as an Alternative to Unfettered Capitalism’ (The Nation)
posted by The Whelk at 10:55 PM PST - 98 comments

The Wrap-up Rap

A brief history of the movie-summarizing end-credits rap from “Addams Family (Whoomp!)” to “Deepest Bluest” to far too many songs from Will Smith.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:21 PM PST - 30 comments

What region has the nation's best pizza?

Can we just say some pizzas are demonstrably better than others? The quality gap between the best and worst regional styles is a wide chasm. This doesn’t apply to any other food in America with the exception of maybe barbecue (but even with barbecue, we’re talking about a genre, not a specific dish). And frankly, some city’s pizza styles are half-assed ideas that get disproportionate championing in the name of civic duty. Every city thinks it’s the best in America, and we know that’s just not possible. The same goes with pizza. (Kevin Pang, The Takeout)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:38 PM PST - 166 comments

Lustucru: From Severed Heads to Ready-Made Meals

"This almanac of 1659, now lost, featured the first appearance of a character named Lustucru, a blacksmith turned brain surgeon or 'operateur cephalique' ... In today’s terms, he went viral."
posted by todd at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Eugene Lee Yang: I'm Gay

Eugene Lee Yang (of the Buzzfeed-pals-turned-giant-YouTube-stars The Try Guys) [The Try Guys previously] comes out as gay in a fully-choreographed music video.
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:10 PM PST - 43 comments

Rapturous Ecstasies!

I’m sorry, have guys heard of the “Joe Pera Reads You The Church Announcements” episode of Joe Pera Talks With You? It rocks! It’s unbelievable! Music writer / politics reporter @DaveWeigel tweeted about it this morning and I haven’t slept since.
ed. note: this is a link to a website with a 10-minute long video. Here is a brief interview with Pera about this episode and others
posted by Going To Maine at 11:02 AM PST - 20 comments

This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation

Apollo 11 in real-time.
"This website replays the Apollo 11 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material.
Select whether to begin one minute before launch, or click "Now" to drop in exactly 50 years ago, to-the-second during the anniversary."
posted by thatwhichfalls at 10:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Attention is an art form. Perception is a skill.

The Side View is about "the knowledge and intuition we use to navigate the world. It’s about how our minds meet the world, but it’s also about how our minds, when trained in the right way, change how we perceive what’s around us and within us. In other words, The Side View is about how we become skillful perceivers and doers, people who know, in the moment, the right details to attend to and the right actions to take. But The Side View isn’t just about expertise or getting more efficient at things; it’s about learning how to deepen our engagement with a complex world..." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 9:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Bartleby the Scrivener -- Eiffel Tower!

Wiki Titles Singable to TMNT Themesong is a twitter bot that generates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-style title art images based on wikipedia article titles singable to the TMNT theme song. [hat tip to waxpancake]
posted by cortex at 8:54 AM PST - 22 comments

June 14

Batteries, included

The lab of famous battery scientist John Goodenough is working on Lithium batteries that use powdered glass as an electrolyte . One of the great advantages to this construction is reducing the well known risk of lithium battery explosions, which is leading to increasing fires in the scrap industry, and increasing the challenge of recycling. [more inside]
posted by unknown knowns at 11:14 PM PST - 18 comments

I realize this analysis may shock many of you

Actually, Air Bud sucks at basketball
posted by Chrysostom at 8:02 PM PST - 33 comments

México acusa a Carolina Herrera de apropiación cultural por su colección

"Mexico’s cultural minister, Alejandra Frausto, has accused the fashion house Carolina Herrera of culturally appropriating indigenous Mexican patterns and styles in its 2020 resort collection." Originally reported in El País (en Español). The NYTimes has further information as well as a bit of a rundown of fashion's history with cultural appropriation.
posted by primalux at 12:47 PM PST - 26 comments

What I demand is your respect for my humanity.

Justin Kirkland interviews Billy Porter for Esquire: Three decades after Billy Porter’s career began, the people who once brushed him off for auditions are doing double takes. He’s caught the attention of fashion gurus with bold and stylish moments on the red carpet. And now that people are listening, he has a few things he’d like to share: memories of breaking free from abuse and his own doubt. Words about respect and acceptance. But most of all, what he's sharing makes one thing clear—Billy Porter didn’t evolve into this phenomenon. It took thirty years for the world to catch up.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Truth Be Told

"Truth Be Told is an advice show made by and for people of color. It’s like the friend you call after a long, exhausting day – the one who will laugh, cry, bitch and moan with you. The one who gets it." [more inside]
posted by kalessin at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

We sell our pizzas for $16.50. Here's how the costs break down.

Jessica Cantarelli's husband's family owns an independent pizzeria in Chicago. She explains the costs that go into a basic 15-inch cheese pizza, including the $0.30 for the box.
posted by Etrigan at 9:44 AM PST - 101 comments

The TV Run State

“Millions of other people watch all this as well. It’s true that the broader Fox project was always to make those viewers—Trump, your septuagenarian relatives, and everyone else feeling as though the elite liberal cultural complex has quietly been robbing them blind through much of their adult lives—receptive to conservative politics. But the actual election to the presidency of a Fox News addict whose understanding of politics is shaped wholly by the television he watches and his own legacy grievances and biases presents a different suite of challenges. Trump’s towering incuriosity and impatience with other people have ensured that, despite having a massive intelligence-and-policy apparatus at his command, he continues to get most of his information from his television.” The Man Who Was Upset (New Republic)
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 AM PST - 21 comments

A leisurely 40 minute downhill ride

Megavalanche 2018 SLYT that is all
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:39 AM PST - 24 comments

You Had It Coming, Meatbags

Boston Dynamics: New Robots Now Fight Back [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:37 AM PST - 32 comments

GQ and How Not to Talk About Men’s Bodies

GQ and How Not to Talk About Men’s Bodies "It’s no secret that the media reinforces our beliefs about our own bodies and other people’s bodies, and that it’s much worse for women and nonbinary people than men; our sister site Jezebel has been grappling with this for at least a decade, and is still grappling with it. As Atlantic writer Amanda Mull pointed out yesterday, however, men’s media is so far behind (with a few exceptions) that it doesn’t even know it has a problem." Paul Blest [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:14 AM PST - 31 comments

by design shadowy and vague and open to interpretation

"There's a modern (or at least louder in modern era) tendency in both fiction and the interpretation of fiction that every narrative be some sort of very specific kind of hyper-literal puzzle box that can be 'solved' by wikis and lore and clues" is near the start of a 2017 Twitter thread by Scott Benson. "After we released our game I was really blown away by how large the hunger for really concrete literal explanations were for things that were by design shadowy and vague and open to interpretation. But like, not in the sense of 'hey I'm curious', but 'hey, you left this out, when are you going to finish it or write the backstory lore etc'" [more inside]
posted by brainwane at 7:59 AM PST - 82 comments

"My obsession with old Kool-Aid packets takes me to strange places."

When you’re in the mood for Kool-Aid, you can walk into a grocery store and chose from about 20 different flavor packets all priced at about a quarter a piece. However, if you’re in the market for some quintessentially classic, high-grade, “Oh Yeah!”-era Kool-Aid (YouTube), you’ll have to enter the fruit-flavored underbelly of one the most intriguing subsets in the world of pop culture food enthusiasts: the black market of vintage Kool-Aid packet collectors. Will Hodge writes for The Takeout, interviewing Matt of Dinosaur Dracula (previously), who is a fan of old and rare Kool-Aid flavors, going so far as to mix and drink really old Kool-Aid.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:55 AM PST - 28 comments

Oh no!

You got stuck trying to get the chest. Find the way out. [more inside]
posted by vibratory manner of working at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

When fakes are common, liars have cover

Deepfakes are troubling. But disinformation doesn’t have to be high tech to be damaging. The deepfake is becoming more common. But the recent fake video of a "drunken" Pelosi was more of a cheapfake- and it was just as damaging. Numerous news organizations quickly debunked the video, but the damage to public trust was already done. Many will never know the video was a fake, but the advantages it gave to pundits will echo into the future. It’s a recent example of what legal theorists Bobby Chesney and Danielle Citron call the liar’s dividend. Those wishing to deny the truth can create disinformation to support their lie, while those caught behaving badly can write off the evidence of bad behavior as disinformation. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:27 AM PST - 21 comments

What Will the Farms of the Future Look Like?

Every person on earth needs food every day. Every day, food is tended, harvested, transported, stored, and served up on our tables. In a very real sense, food cannot be separated from life itself. And so it has been said that changing the way we grow and eat food is one of the most powerful tools we have for changing our economies and society as a whole. So when we ask: what will the farms of the future look like? We should really be asking — what do we want the future to look like? And then answers may begin to emerge. [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 6:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Thank you, Hello Games

No Man's Sky fans (previously) are buying a billboard to say thank you to Hello Games.
posted by tomcooke at 5:50 AM PST - 19 comments

P!nk the border collie goes fast

P!nk the border collie wins back-to-back titles at the 2019 WKC Masters (SLYT)
posted by Harald74 at 4:18 AM PST - 30 comments

June 13

28 years later, Swiss women strike again for equality

In 1991, there were no women in Swiss government, there was no statutory maternity leave, and some Swiss women had been granted the vote only the previous year. Fed up with such inequality and lack of respect, hundreds of thousands of Swiss women staged the biggest strike in Swiss history. Now, 28 years later, Swiss women are going on strike again to protest the lack of equality that plagues the country, which has an average 20% pay gap and 37% pension gap between men and women. You can follow the strike and its stories using the Twitter hashtag #frauenstreik2019. Also on Twitter, Anna Wiederkehr of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper shows what the news would look like without women: "No women, no media."
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:10 PM PST - 12 comments

h o r s e l i p s

Andrew Huang has written a song with a horse. [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

The New Wilderness

Maciej Cegłowski on Facebook, Google, and the absence of "ambient privacy": "This requires us to talk about a different kind of privacy, one that we haven’t needed to give a name to before. For the purposes of this essay, I’ll call it ‘ambient privacy’—the understanding that there is value in having our everyday interactions with one another remain outside the reach of monitoring, and that the small details of our daily lives should pass by unremembered. What we do at home, work, church, school, or in our leisure time does not belong in a permanent record. Not every conversation needs to be a deposition."
posted by gwint at 5:47 PM PST - 49 comments


Michael Apted's 56-year-long documentary is back once again [previously] and [even more previously] and [hints of more previously before that]. 63-Up is the latest update on a group of 14 individuals filmed every seven years since their first appearance, aged seven in 1964.
posted by dogsbody at 2:44 PM PST - 53 comments

King Princess - Cheap Queen

New video out today from King Princess. (N.B. the actual song doesn't begin until 0.55.) King Princess previously.
posted by Bee'sWing at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Typographical Posters, Post Typography!

IDC School of Design in Mumbai holds an annual Typography Day with a poster design contest. Here are winners from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

A single line tattoo

A single line tattoo. Across the chest, down the arm and around the fingers. Up forearms and down forearms. Back up the arm and over the shoulder. Across the chest and crawling down the back. Along the thighs. Up and down the spine once more. Neck flows into ear. Ears and ears and ears. Chin. Lip. (All links to artist Instagram posts.)
posted by not_the_water at 11:35 AM PST - 21 comments

when I was sick I had a fever

James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis proposed the Gaia Hypothesis of life on Earth in a vast interrelated self-stable complex system , named after a Greek primordial goddess. But what if our idea of feedback is incorrect? What if Life On Earth Is Ultimately Self-Destructive, as laid out in Peter Ward's Medea Hypothesis? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:27 AM PST - 16 comments

For it must be looked upon as borrowed by the other person

Medieval Christian theologians were OBSESSED with the cannibal baby question: if our bodies are resurrected in the Last Judgment, what happens if we were eaten? (CW: cannibalism, including medieval images of same.) [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 11:02 AM PST - 40 comments


Doctor Sleep [YouTube][Trailer]
posted by Fizz at 11:01 AM PST - 48 comments


There’s a subreddit called r/totallynotrobots where people pretend to be badly-disguised robots... There’s another subreddit called r/SubSimulatorGPT2, that trains GPT-2 on various subreddits to create imitations of their output. Now r/SubSimulatorGPT2 has gotten to r/totallynotrobots, which means we get to see a robot pretending to be a human pretending to be a robot pretending to be a human. (source)
posted by Cozybee at 11:00 AM PST - 13 comments

An animated history of social media growth by users

Fascinating animation of the rise and fall in number of users of the most popular social media networks. Starts with Friendster in 2003, with so many others, coming and going, through 2018. (warning - annoying music). [more inside]
posted by j810c at 10:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Hey (nonny nonny) now

"Now I want to hear 'All Star but it's a Madrigal' or 'All Star but it's a 40-part motet composed in the style of Thomas Tallis.'" TheWhiteSkull, Feb. '18. Ask, and it shall be given you.
posted by merriment at 9:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Sex Work Is Work

“From even a quick scan of the 20-plus page draft bill, it’s clear that decriminalizing sex work means dealing with more than just laws against prostitution per se. “This actually speaks to exactly how pervasive the criminalization of the sex industry is,” said State Senator Julia Salazar, “that it touches so many parts of the law the average person doesn’t think about when they think about prostitution being illegal.” A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights: New York could become the first state to decriminalize prostitution. (The New Republic) Sex Work Is a Hot and Messy 2020 Political Issue (City Lab) Philosophy Tube: Sex work, criminalization, legalization, and decriminalization (43:00)
posted by The Whelk at 9:34 AM PST - 28 comments

Heels touch ground when Slavs squat around

Picture a Russian male stereotype. What image comes to mind? Is it a guy squatting in an Adidas tracksuit? A People's History of the "Slav Squat"
posted by dephlogisticated at 8:57 AM PST - 32 comments

NYT drops all cartoons

The New York Times announced on Monday that it will cease publishing political cartoons, weeks after the newspaper came under fire for publishing a cartoon that was slammed because it had been deemed blatantly anti-Semitic. "I’m afraid this is not just about cartoons, but about journalism and opinion in general," Chappatte wrote. "Over the last years, some of the very best cartoonists… lost their positions because their publishers found their work too critical of Trump. Maybe we should start worrying. And pushing back. Political cartoons were born with democracy. And they are challenged when freedom is."
posted by GoblinHoney at 8:20 AM PST - 47 comments

"Corpus Bones! I utterly loathe my life."

Jeanna Kadlec writes for Nylon on how Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman, "this queer, feminist book, defined [some] millennial women. For a particular age bracket of millennial women, this book was our first feminist guidebook. It was the first fiction that insisted: God wouldn't have given me this if he didn't want me to use it. It said: Your parents don't necessarily know what is best for you. It taught us about consent, showed us that we alone owned our bodies and minds and futures."
posted by ChuraChura at 7:40 AM PST - 51 comments

‘Bread is practically sacred’: how the taste of home sustained my refuge

A Guardian long-read about food and identity Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon has written a book: My Parents: An Introduction/This Does Not Belong, from which this is an excerpt. Quote beneath the fold [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Tycho Magnetic Anomaly

Earth's clingy best friend is also the site of one of the largest-known impact craters in our entire solar system. Essentially, something caused a giant hole on the moon billions of years ago, and astronomers have just discovered that there's something big -- really big -- buried underneath the surface. [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 6:36 AM PST - 61 comments

There, is that better?

An Oral History of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Perfect Men in Black ‘Sugar Water’ Scene On the eve of the release of the latest Men In Black movie, Rachel Handler at Vulture looks back at one of most memorable scenes from the original film. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 6:00 AM PST - 28 comments

Hong Kong’s Kitchen Shorthand

From the essay Hong Kong Food Runes: Nobody knows I’m a fraud. No one here knows where I live, but they assume I live nearby—every evening with my punters’ guide, a black notebook, and a dozen bottles of beer. Like an unassuming creeper, I leisurely slot myself into taking food orders for customers when the noodle-stall keeper does not have enough hands, until eventually I’m asked to simply open the till for change. [more inside]
posted by taz at 4:45 AM PST - 24 comments

June 12

The Crab Cycle

reply to this with the weirdest image in your phone gallery ill start (NSFW, SLTwitter) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Two tales of surprising longevity in the animal kingdom

In mammals, there's a relatively simple relationship among metabolism, body mass, and lifespan. For the most part, as the size of the mammal goes up, its metabolism slows down and its longevity increases. But a new paper (Nature, abstract only, paywalled article) about longevity includes a remarkable statistic: "Nineteen species of mammals live longer than humans, given their body size, of which 18 are bats." Why do bats have such bizarrely long lifespans? (Ars Technica) Meanwhile, in herpetology -- rattlesnakes held in captivity live an average of 15 years. Herpetologist William Brown has spent decades studying a population of timber rattlers in upstate New York, and he's identified two snakes that may about 40 to 50 years old. The Town that Lives with Rattlesnakes (Outside Online)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Text Neck, Or, It All Started With A Goat

How modern life is transforming the human skeleton: ... our skeletons are surprisingly malleable. The pure white remains displayed in museums may seem solid and inert, but the bones beneath our flesh are very much alive ... and they’re constantly being broken down and rebuilt. So although each person’s skeleton develops according to a rough template set out in their DNA, it is then tailored to accommodate the unique stresses of their life. [more inside]
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Terry Gross + Lizzo

NPR's Fresh Air recently featured a full episode interview with Lizzo! [45m] Transcript
posted by hippybear at 8:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Want to be a male ally? Clean the house.

"But a growing awareness among women hasn’t been enough to fix the problem. The thing many people don’t want to acknowledge, and the thing stopping us from making more progress toward housework equality, is the resistance of men. Men remain unwilling to do their fair share of housework and childcare: they are oblivious, willfully ignorant, or pathologically indifferent to the stress and suffering of the women around them."
posted by Lycaste at 6:43 PM PST - 128 comments

The Blooming Basalt Towers of North Gorda Rift Axis

These features are part of the Gorda Ridge, a tectonic spreading center located off the border of California and Oregon. The Newly Discovered Apollo Vent Field. Via the SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog) Research Program. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

“Say that again, Kashamshan? That’s adorable, man.”

For Pride month, five queer-focused fictions — by queer authors and/or about queer characters — translated from Arabic that you can read online. Authors include Muhammad Abdelnabi, Mortada Gzar, Sahar Mandour, Alexandra Chreiteh, Amahl Khouri and Raji Bathish.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Xanthippe and...Pope Sixtus?

What did (English-language) alphabet books do before we invented xylophones and X-ray machines?
posted by Chrysostom at 2:03 PM PST - 53 comments

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! LISTEN!!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was an instant classic upon its release in March of 2017, propelling monster sales of itself and the Nintendo Switch console (much-needed after the disappointing performance of the WiiU and the disastrous "Year of Luigi") and gaining the most perfect reviews of any video game in history. Which is probably why the internet went a little bit wild yesterday when Nintendo finished their E3 Direct with a trailer announcing the venerated title's sequel. With only those ninety seconds to go on, speculation has been rampant, with the most compelling theory being that this will finally be the game in which Zelda is a playable character...
posted by Navelgazer at 1:17 PM PST - 50 comments

You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's

Where we are in 2019 - a view of the current set of spacecraft in our solar system and beyond, courtesy of The Planetary Report.
posted by Stark at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments


Kneel Before Zack [The Ringer] “This is the story of #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, the most bizarre sustained fan campaign in modern superhero-movie history, arbitrary and fearsomely dedicated, fascinating and bewildering, possibly hopeless and legitimately inspiring. It is led by people who wish Justice League were more than three and a half hours long, but also, in their defense, an entirely different movie. ”
posted by Fizz at 10:49 AM PST - 54 comments

you are what you eat

The Myth Of The Impartial Machine, Alice Feng and Shuyan Wu
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

A social experiment without consent, oversight or regulation

Alphabet-Owned Jigsaw Bought a Russian Troll Campaign as an Experiment.
posted by adept256 at 10:17 AM PST - 35 comments

"Its a good day for a choke hold"

A review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers across the US found one in five current officers made public posts or comments that were racist, or endorsed violence against black people, Muslims, women, and criminal defendants. Among retired officers, the figure was two in five. The database is the largest of its kind. (Buzzfeed News) (CW hate speech)
posted by The Whelk at 9:24 AM PST - 52 comments

Your timeline may vary, of course.

"Friends and heartthrobs of the past, future, and present: where I am now, the temperature has begun its slow climb, and summer is preparing its eviction notice for all the gentle breezes and drives with windows down and the incessant joyful choir of birds. We will soon have to settle for less pleasing aesthetics of romance. Sweat becomes romantic because it will happen whether or not I want it to, and I’ve got to make the best of it." Hanif Abdurraqib's Notes on Pop in The Paris Review: On Whitney Houston, On Summer Crushing
posted by everybody had matching towels at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

"Food is pipping hot."

Dancing Bacons is a youtuber actively documenting the street foods of Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. One of their obsessions is the world of vending machines. So enjoy their footage of a salmon vending machine, cotton candy vending machine, Probably World 1st Ice Cream Fun-Vending Machine, pizza, cake, popiah, coconut, hot cheese snacks, water, gelato, and magic Coke vending machines. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 8:11 AM PST - 16 comments

There Are Layers Here

Is There Artistic Merit In This Painting Of A-Rod Sitting On His Toilet? An Investigation
posted by Literaryhero at 8:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Watching the End of the World

The Doomsday Clock is set to two minutes to midnight—the same position it held in 1953, when the United States and USSR detonated their first hydrogen bombs. So why don't we make movies about nuclear war anymore?
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 5:56 AM PST - 77 comments

a credit card per week

People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week. Coming mostly from tap and especially bottled water, nearly invisible bits of polymer were also found in shellfish, beer and salt. "If we don't want it in our bodies, we need to stop the millions of tons of plastic that continue leaking into Nature every year." [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 4:24 AM PST - 33 comments

The vernacular architecture of Africa

The vernacular architecture of Africa (architecture built out of local materials and using traditional construction techniques) is very diverse. People build with what materials are locally available, and this varies due to what area of Africa it is. Click on a country icon to view the diversity and beauty of African vernacular architecture.
posted by the agents of KAOS at 12:26 AM PST - 13 comments

June 11

Women in Rock & Roll's First Wave, 1950s and early 1960s

For sixty years, conventional wisdom has told us that women generally did not perform rock and roll during the 1950s. The reality is, however, that hundreds—or maybe thousands—of women and girls performed and recorded rock and roll in its early years. And many more participated in other ways: writing songs, owning or working for record labels, working as session or touring musicians, designing stage wear, dancing, or managing talent—to give just a few examples. The Women in Rock Project is working to document these musicians, artists, and other women in the first wave of rock'n'roll, from Faye Adams to “The Duchess,” Norma-Jean Wofford, with biographies and partial discographies, and some interviews. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Ten Minutes Of Righteous Outrage

Jon Stewart testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, speaking out demanding the continued funding for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
posted by hippybear at 7:59 PM PST - 51 comments

I am the eye that is looking at a spectacle.

Françoise Gilot, 97, Does Not Regret Her Pablo Picasso Memoir Gilot, an artist in her own right, does not regret the (at the time) controversial book she wrote about her 10 years with Picasso. To be republished this year, she had a few words to share with the NYTimes - all of them on point. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments


Cats 'Farm' Bacteria in Their Butts (Live Science). Why do they do this? Cats use their anal glands to produce a stinky pheromone spray made up of many volatile chemicals (which they use to mark their territory with messages that tell others who they are and whether they're ready to mate). And it turns out they probably don't make most of those smelly chemicals themselves; they outsource a lot of the production to microbes that live in those glands, new research reveals. (bioRxiv) (PDF) [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

wanderin beneath the clear blue sky

Jonathan Frakes Asks You Things
posted by griphus at 5:03 PM PST - 45 comments

Father's Day is coming up

"I made a human flesh coin purse" Twitter | Threadreader
"I want to carry in this" Twitter | Threadreader
"Please look for a guy who is not scared" Twitter | Threadreader
"Search search 'Metabo bag'!
"By the way, type w which may be attached to the butt side is also w" Twitter | Threadreader
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:53 PM PST - 29 comments

We got work to do

Mavis Staples turns 80 on July 10, 2019. She's on a birthday tour, and in May she released her 12th studio album entitled We Get By (Bandcamp, and full album stream from ANTI- records on Youtube). WTF with Marc Maron interview (June 10, 2019 - interview starts at 14:55). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:20 PM PST - 22 comments

How Spotify pursues emotional surveillance for global profit

"Music is emotional, and so our listening often signals something deeply personal and private. Today, this means music streaming platforms ... have troves of data related to our emotional states, moods, and feelings. As it turns out, in a move that should not surprise anyone at this point, Spotify has been selling access to that listening data to multinational corporations." Big Mood Machine, by Liz Pelly for the Baffler.
posted by RedOrGreen at 2:16 PM PST - 35 comments

Fans are slans

At least when it comes to inventing an effective tagging system better than anything big tech can deliver so they can enjoy their Steve/Tony slash, as Wired's Gretchen McCulloch explains.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:41 AM PST - 32 comments

A Community Striving To Rebuild One Of The Poorest Places In The US

Battered by poverty, discrimination and climate change, Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation are raising homes – and hope – for the next generation. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Mobile Homes

How Mobile, Alabama fought urban blight to restore abandoned houses. Why a small group of Government employees, including "a landscape architect, a dreadlocked anthropologist, and an industrial designer with a man bun", fought to change the state constitution to make it easier for the state to seize property - and how they did it. Also featuring the strategic deployment of bright pink stickers, a $22 plate of red beans and rice, and one determined "house-hugger".
posted by Gin and Broadband at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

the market will solve it!

Back in 2000, economist Robin Hanson proposed futarchy, a governance model in which people would Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs.
"Under this system, individuals would vote not on whether or not to implement particular policies, but rather on a metric to determine how well their country (or charity or company) is doing, and then prediction markets would be used to pick the policies that best optimize the metric. " [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

The next true installment in the Nintendo franchise is (now) slated for a March 2020 release (previously: 2019). Video on twitter (alternative). As usual, you attempt to build an idyllic life from within a capitalist economic system controlled by Tom Nook, with crafting being a significant activity. Features a flimsy axe, sunsets, camp sites, fireflies, and crippling debt.
posted by Wordshore at 10:21 AM PST - 27 comments

For I Have Tasted The Fruit

Can video games have an ideology? (Previously on Sim City) Yaz Minsky thinks so: Sid Meier at the End of History: the Philosophy and Politics of Alpha Centauri (58:00) can working on video games have an ideology? On March 4, 2019, three creators—two of the creators of independent video game Night in the Woods, Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry, along with prolific artist/musician Wren Farren—announced rather suddenly that they’d established The Glory Society, a new worker cooperative video game studio.
posted by The Whelk at 9:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Fowl Play: Chickens in Video Games [Forces of Geek] “In video games however, chickens have a long and varied history, they’ve become something of a joke and have also been treated pretty badly so it’s no surprise that in some games they are straight up evil. [...] Chicken abuse has been a constant and re-occurring theme in gaming. For some reason, we enjoy attacking them, mocking them and using their limited ability of short range flight for our own means. [...] Then again, some of the chickens in games are so formidable I wonder if it’s a commentary on their treatment in the real world, what would chickens like to do to us humans as recompense for our treatment of them?” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:15 AM PST - 55 comments

A Thing for Moving

507 Mechanical Movements
posted by storybored at 8:02 AM PST - 17 comments

There's No Excuse Not to Speak Your Mind

In 2018 Seinabo Say sat down with Billboard to talk about her upcoming second album, "I'm a Dream." From Billboard: On her critically acclaimed debut album, 2015’s Pretend, the Swedish-Gambian singer battled self-doubt and self-sabotage on soul-pop tracks like “Younger,” which chastised herself for not working harder, and “Who,” a brutal self-interrogation that asked questions like: Who do you think you are? What have you done to deserve that? But on her upcoming second album, I’m a Dream, she’s noticeably changed her tune. The video for the first single, the ominous banger “I Owe You Nothing,” sees Sey posing like royalty as she declares, “I don’t have to smile for you/ I don’t have to move for you/ I don’t have to ‘dance, monkey dance’ for you." [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

In historical terms, the dimension of the catastrophe is staggering

Despite initial statements minimizing the extent of the loss, court documents reveal that a 2008 fire at Universal Studios wiped out an immense collection of irreplacable master tapes of some of the 20th century's greatest recording artists: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Buddy Holly, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra. The list goes on. (SLNYT)
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:49 AM PST - 53 comments

It's all up in the air

Juzzie Smith busking blues with a unique technique. An infectiously happy and stunning to watch one man band. [more inside]
posted by asok at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

June 10

Almost as absurd as dressing a chicken in lederhosen

The Secret Rebellion of Amelia Bedelia, the Bartleby of Domestic Work
posted by Chrysostom at 9:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Inside Patriots coach Bill Belichick's coaching mastering

The New England Patriots coach, who has took the Patriots to 9 Super Bowls has a degree in economics and has NO time to waste. The New England Patriots have ruled the NFL since 2001 and it seems that they are not going anywhere. They are here to stay.
posted by YankeeKing6700 at 9:00 PM PST - 55 comments


88 year old dad and 53 year old son At the airport (SLYT)
posted by growabrain at 7:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Mostly, but not all, dead white men

Australia's ABC Classic FM asked its listeners to vote for their top 10 favourite composers, and over the weekend of 8-9 June counted down the top 100 results. Unsurprisingly, there were a lot of long-dead white men, but also some unexpected results - who would have thought 12th-century nun Hildegard von Bingen would make it as high as 33? And although Aboriginal Australian composer William Barton clocked in at 87, at least he is still alive so has time to climb the ranks. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 7:23 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the collective noun for Meeples?

The 45th Annual Origins Game Fair kicks off in Columbus, Ohio this Wednesday. Inaugurated in 1975 as the Origins International Game Expo in Baltimore, and initially focusing on large scale wargaming, the Convention has taken place in Columbus, Ohio since 1996 and was renamed Origins Game Fair in 2007. Origins is second only to Gen Con in size with almost 20,000 attendees in 2018. While Gen Con might be considered the darling of the industry, with more premiere issues and far more attendees overall, Origins still enjoys the participation of a large number of game publishers. [more inside]
posted by hearthpig at 7:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Fantasy Shipping Forecast!

"I've heard of Fantasy Football but Fantasy Shipping Forecast?" Using the daily 0048 Shipping Forecast from the Met Office, we take the average of each gale force mentioned for an area to determine that area's score. Pick a dream team of five sea areas, and your team's score will be the average of the scores of those regions, both daily and weekly. [more inside]
posted by Hal Mumkin at 5:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Patricia Battin, Lightning Rod in a Library War, Dies at 89

Patricia Battin, Lightning Rod in a Library War, Dies at 89 (New York Times): In the 1980s, she led a national campaign to save millions of disintegrating books that were published between 1850 and 1950, persuading Congress to increase its funding for microfilming these so-called brittle books.To many librarians, Ms. Battin, who died on April 22 at 89, was a pioneer and a visionary. Horrified that the printed word seemed to be crumbling to dust before her eyes, she helped lead the profession out of the dark ages and embraced the digital revolution. To others, however, this revolution was misguided. It was, they said, stoked by hyperbole and had devastating consequences: the destruction of irreplaceable original documents. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

I am confused about the hearts of insects

At University of California at Santa Barbara's ScienceLine, UCSB research scientists answer questions from teachers and students in K-12 schools. Are you "confused about the hearts of insects?" Maybe you want to know "Where does salt come from?" Or perhaps you have "been researching, and Venus seems AWFUL. Is there anything good about Venus?" [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 4:47 PM PST - 10 comments

There Was Never a Chance That He Would Not Smoke the Toad

Tyson had a story to tell. Tyson had become a dedicated marijuana user. After he'd endured years of more serious substance abuse, weed had helped him come out of the shadows. He was a chilled-out 50-something tennis dad who'd seemingly put active self-destruction behind him. Hickman says that by that point he had “a lot of major A+ stars coming at me, trying to coordinate some branding in the [cannabis] space.” He says he met with Snoop and with representatives from Playboy. But no one made more sense than Mike Tyson. “It's changed his life,” Hickman says. “He's the perfect person.” Mike Tyson Smokes the Toad [SLGQ] [Content Warning: Tyson]
posted by chavenet at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't ask for a god-damned tomato slice

Daniel Danger has a plan. sltwitter, h/t to jpoulos
posted by yhbc at 10:54 AM PST - 142 comments

“I felt like it was giving me power and respect and authority.”

“Many right-wing creators already made long video essays, or posted video versions of their podcasts. Their inflammatory messages were more engaging than milder fare. And now that they could earn money from their videos, they had a financial incentive to churn out as much material as possible. A few progressive YouTube channels flourished from 2012 to 2016. But they were dwarfed by creators on the right, who had developed an intuitive feel for the way YouTube’s platform worked and were better able to tap into an emerging wave of right-wing populism.“I’m not sure the left understands the monumental ass-whupping being dished out to them on YouTube,” Mr. Watson, the conspiracy theorist, tweeted in 2017.” The Making Of A Youtube Radical (New York Times Feature Story)
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 AM PST - 134 comments

Africa’s Lost Kingdoms

It may remain a little-known fact, but Africa has never lacked civilizations, nor has it ever been as cut off from world events as it has been routinely portrayed. Some remarkable new books make this case in scholarly but accessible terms, and they admirably complicate our understanding of Africa’s past and present. ~ Howard French long read
posted by hugbucket at 8:43 AM PST - 21 comments

"There is only terrifying perfection."

You Can't Beat An Unwinnable Game. But You Can Break It
In 2010, some random guy on the internet beat SimCity 3000. At least, that’s how articles on the internet described it at the time. What happened was a 22-year-old architecture student in the Philippines named Vincent Ocasla achieved gaming perfection. He painstakingly designed, without the aid of cheats, a city so complex and densely populated that it rendered all future attempts at SimCity pointless. It was beautiful and horrifying.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:11 AM PST - 32 comments

"To steer safely, we need new narratives."

"One of the highest callings of science fiction is imagining utopia as a possible human future. I don't mean creating a fantasyland. I mean honest, earnest engagement with the question of what a better world looks like. " Writer Monica Byrne speaks on imagination, science fiction, and climate change in her Albright Institute talk, Our Age of Emergency: 2019-2100 (text of the talk as well as video).
posted by mixedmetaphors at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

“No one is going to stop me from playing,”

Striving to be seen: Black Girl Gamers on Twitch [BGG] “BGG has nearly 6,000 followers on Twitter and more than 4,000 followers on Twitch, and it's been featured in publications including Blavity, BBC Radio 4 and Vice's Broadly. BGG partners with other organizations, such as Intel's AnyKey, to support inclusivity efforts on all sides of video game development and consumption. "We really want to work with game developers to be able to represent the community more accurately," Lopez said. "To be able to represent the community not just as a token, as well, but also get people -- young, black girls -- into coding."” [via: Engadget] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:19 AM PST - 8 comments


Ethereum for humans - "A bit pathetically, much of what I have been doing for the past two years is working on a software project called sbt-ethereum."[1] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Brazil: Massive leak proves Lula's trial was a farce

The process that imprisoned Lula & rendered him ineligible to run – paving the way for Bolsonaro's ascension to power – was fueled by wrongdoing, politicized abuse of power & deceit: all of which will now be revealed due to this massive leaked archive of their secrets. 1/3 How and why The Intercept is reporting on a vast trove of materials about Brazil’s operation Car Wash and justice minister Sergio Moro [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 4:15 AM PST - 11 comments

June 9

"It works for people but it doesn't necessarily work as a business"

After laying off a quarter of its staff this May, Maker Media -- founder of the San Mateo Maker Faire and Make Magazine -- has ceased operations and laid off remaining staff. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:47 PM PST - 25 comments

A Brutal Inheritance

"His DNA solved a century-old jailhouse rape. The victim: his grandmother." (SLBNP)
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

L.A. County is home to at least 680 doughnut shops

The doughnut culture of Southern California.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:40 PM PST - 73 comments

We Are Live!

James Corden and basically all of Broadway opens this year's Tony awards with 10 minutes that illustrate and remind you of why live theater is so thrilling.
posted by hippybear at 8:20 PM PST - 29 comments

Bloomin' ladybirds!

National Weather Service meteorologists noticed something puzzling on their radar screens in Southern California last Tuesday evening — a big green blob, spanning 80 miles by 80 miles (130 km by 130 km) (Reuters), with the most concentrated mass about 10 miles (16 km) wide (Sacramento Bee). It was a clear day with no expectations of rain or thunderstorms, so the meteorologists called a weather spotter in Wrightwood, Calif., near the blob's location in San Bernardino County. The spotter told them the mysterious cloud was actually a giant swarm of ladybugs (NPR), also known as a ladybug bloom (NWS San Diego tweet).
posted by filthy light thief at 8:12 PM PST - 15 comments

"We are writing to express our grave concern..."

A million people in the streets: Organisers say that one million people took to the streets to protest the controversial Hong Kong proposed extradition law. If those figures are correct, it represents 1 in 7 Hong Kong residents. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 7:54 PM PST - 50 comments


My dad died. Classic start to a funny story. He was buried in a small village in Sussex. I was really close to my dad so I visited his grave a lot. I still do. [DON’T WORRY, IT GETS FUNNIER.] (Twitter | Threadreader)
[more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:22 PM PST - 60 comments

“If gold rusts, what then can iron do?”

Long Read: Digging to the Mining Arc.
In this journey, we talked to miners, companies, academics, indigenous, politicians and activists and gathered exclusive material on Latin America’s most underreported natural resources conflict.
Venezuela’s gold fever fuels gangs and insecurity: 'There will be anarchy'.
posted by adamvasco at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

A sausage-fest. (no, really, actual sausage)

Studio 188 makes trailers. Low-budget trailers. They often involve creative uses of food. Terminator 2. The Fifth Element. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Pirates of the Caribbean. The Matrix. Avengers: Endgame. And there's more! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

The ultra-rich have no redeeming social value.

“Working- and middle-class people have a vested interest in infrastructure investment. They depend on good public roads, schools, and parks. Wealthy people don’t. If public services frazzle, they can opt out to private alternatives. And the more wealth concentrates, the more our political leaders tilt the wealthy’s way. The wealthy do not like paying for public services they don’t use. Political leaders don’t make them. They cut taxes and deny public services the funds they need to thrive.” The World Would Be a Better Place Without the Rich (Jacobin) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 5:45 AM PST - 104 comments

The point of black triangles

“We’ve got ten months to deliver two games to Sony, and they are cheering over a black triangle? THAT took them nearly a month to develop?” If it may not look like much to the casual observer, but you know how important it is - it might be a black triangle. Games developer Jay Barnson on the project breakthroughs that don't give you much to show off. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 5:19 AM PST - 31 comments

Technology, Law and Political Economy for Humans

How China Is Planning to Rank 1.3 Billion People - "Yet educated, urban Chinese take a positive view, seeing social credit systems as a means to promote honesty in society and the economy rather than a privacy violation, according to a poll by Mercator Institute for China Studies."[1] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:34 AM PST - 37 comments

June 8

Smash the Wellness Industry

The diet industry is a virus. "I’m still trying to separate my worth from my appearance. They are two necklaces that have gotten tangled over the course of my 35 years, their thin metal chains tied up in thin metal knots. Eventually, I will pry them apart." Jessica Knoll for the NYT Sunday Review
posted by bq at 7:48 PM PST - 69 comments

The Yankees' 10-year World Series drought is angering Yankee fans

The mighty New York Yankees have won one World Series since 2001, in 2009. The 21st century belongs to the Boston Red Sox The mighty New York Yankees have won 27 World Series championships. They have failed to add No. 28 since 2010, and those were the last years of the Jeter-Rivera-Pettitte-Posada-A-Rod days. Since then, the Yankees have rebuilt, and rebuilt under a Yankee farm system that produced Judge, Severino, etc., but they still have not reached No. 28. Yankee fans are waiting and are restless. Yankees expect to win the World Series every year. It's fact. Call To the Pen link
posted by YankeeKing6700 at 6:28 PM PST - 58 comments

Literally, a horse of a different color.

History’s Greatest Horse Racing Cheat and His Incredible Painting Trick [Hidden History] In the sport’s post-Depression heyday, one audacious grifter beat the odds with an elaborate scam: disguising fast horses to look like slow ones.
“He was a master, at 38, of the various measures a man could take to bend the odds at the track. He knew, for example, just how much heroin to shoot into a horse’s neck to make him “think he was Pegasus,” as the Daily News put it in 1932 (about 30 milligrams by hypodermic needle, or 160 milligrams down the throat). But it was Barrie’s fingernails that told the story of his particular genius: They were nearly gone, eaten away by the bleach and ammonia he rubbed into the hides of thoroughbred horses so that racetrack stewards, detectives, jockeys, and even the horse’s own trainers mistook them for entirely different creatures.”
posted by Fizz at 5:36 PM PST - 9 comments

"Every breath Dagwood takes fills up my lungs too"

Dagwood was living a perfect life of adventure with his sister, Bucket, and his parents, Brianna and Keith, but then the unimaginable happened when he was hit by a car. Doctors said he only had a 10% chance of surviving. Watch him prove everyone wrong as his dedicated family helps him through it. Keep up with them on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Michelle Gomez specializes in "hard-to-locate recoveries"

The world's best bounty hunter Is 4'11", and sees her childhood of building computers and soldering motherboards as helping her current career -- “Profiling a subject is a lot like constructing a motherboard,” Michelle Gomez says. “You have to see connections that are invisible to other people by filling the spaces between with information.” (Wired) Despite its macho image, Gomez said women naturally have qualities that make them well-suited for bounty hunting. “We have intuition that a man doesn't have. You won’t find your subject with muscles and an ego,” she said. (Make Change)
posted by filthy light thief at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Gray Man Theory

(Don't) Be The Gray Man - Patrick Steedman : "It would’ve been much worse if my friend had bought the gun, learned how to use it, and told no one, blending in with his creative professional peers among whom gun ownership is uncommon. That would have made him a gray man, which is like normcore for preppers, except in the ways that it isn’t." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:41 AM PST - 113 comments

Good regulation enables and protects

The first steps towards creating the internet were taken in the 1960s. Originally, the internet was established to serve a common good. The idea of the pioneers of the internet was to connect people all around the world, regardless of their location. Within these years, it has taken on new dimensions. Therefore, the internet has to be analysed from different perspectives, taking into consideration the long-term futuristic view but also recognising the risks.
posted by hugbucket at 7:32 AM PST - 10 comments

June 7

Alternately, use money to buy things

35 stupid crafts one can make with cement, set to horrible upbeat music. (The last several use polymer clay.) [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 10:33 PM PST - 90 comments

Grilled Pizza... You Know You Want To

America's Test Kitchen teaches you how to make the best grilled pizza [video link, segment starts at 0m50s, ends at 9m45s]. Like, seriously, we've had this a lot and it's amazing.
posted by hippybear at 10:25 PM PST - 22 comments

I have a Dorito-ranking spreadsheet!

"I’m sure this is the kind of essay where you expect to find a picture of me casually standing in my sun-dappled kitchen, a woven basket full of my farmer’s market bounty propped against my hip as I lean seductively on my impeccable farmhouse sink, fully hydrated and ready to pass a firm, fiber-enriched stool." Except, of course, there are no farm-fresh tomatoes, and this is not that kind of essay. You know what Samantha Irby does eat? Poppin’ Jalapeño Doritos. A single-link Medium essay on using up what's in the refrigerator, delivery as a food group, and what we eat, standing over the sink, when there's no one else around.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Making Shitty Art Out of Shitty Situations

Simone Giertz, Queen of Shitty Robots, celebrates the completion of x-ray therapy for her brain tumor by turning her radiation mask into a Westworld-style LED lamp. (previously and previouslier)
posted by Doktor Zed at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

A natural mother

The story wouldn’t show her as a picture-perfect parent, but it would show her as the person I saw her to be: a woman working to assert her presence in a world that had, for a long time, refused to see her.
posted by the agents of KAOS at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

The International Space Station is open for commercial business.

According to the plan outlined today, NASA will be rolling back its restrictions on for-profit and marketing activities on the space station. Companies will now be able to pay for astronauts to help advertise their products and use the space station facilities for manufacturing and other money-making ventures. NASA also says it will open the space station to short-duration stays by commercial astronauts traveling on private spacecraft, which it says could begin as early as next year. Additionally, NASA says it will lease the last open port on the ISS, where a new module can attach, to a private company and expects to award that contract by the end of the fiscal year. [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 12:46 PM PST - 68 comments

PREDICTION: Everything will be ported to the Switch

What to expect from E3 2019 [The Verge] “For fans looking to hear about the future of games, E3 has always been an exciting week. This year, though, there’s a big cloud hanging over the show. Two of the biggest names in the industry aren’t holding their usual press conferences; mega publisher Electronic Arts will instead be live streaming news and announcements over the course of a weekend; and Sony isn’t just forgoing a keynote, it’s skipping E3 altogether. [...] It has left some to ponder — and not for the first time — whether E3 is even relevant any more. Should you still be excited?” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:37 AM PST - 89 comments

Anton Prinner "I'm a non-existentialist. I'm not myself: I'm everybody."

From the darkness, it reared its head. An aquiline nose, about a foot in length, jutted forth from the androgynous sculpture like only a Picasso can – yet, a Picasso it was not. The startling work was made by Anton Prinner, yet another of the art world’s more overlooked sensations. To the public, he was a mystery. To Picasso, he was “Monsieur Madame,” because Prinner — née Anna Prinner – only adopted a male identity when he moved from his native Budapest to Paris in the 1920s. It was there, in the heat of the Left Bank in the roaring ’20s, that he used art to bring his journey with gender identity into a more public sphere. Then, just as swiftly as he burst on the scene, he disappeared. Anton Prinner is the Genderqueer Picasso We Need in the 21st Century (Messy Nessy Chic) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

John Wick is a Modern Fairy Tale

Naming John Wick for Baba Yaga instead of Koschei places him inside a lineage of feminine power, feminine wrath, and feminine antagonism to the governance of men. John Wick is not wronged like a man. John Wick is wronged like a witch. John Wick is wronged like the only woman the king fears, and the only person who can truly hold the king to his word.
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:21 AM PST - 30 comments

The Long Car Con

“Uber is the breakthrough case where the public perception of a large new company was entirely created using the types of manufactured narratives typically employed in partisan political campaigns. Narrative construction is perhaps Uber’s greatest competitive strength. The company used these techniques to completely divert attention away from the massive subsidies that were the actual drivers of its popularity and growth.” Uber’s Path of Destruction (American Affairs)
posted by The Whelk at 9:14 AM PST - 68 comments

all your indie faves are jam bands now

Indie rock spent the past 20 years learning to love the Grateful Dead. Now what? (SL WAPO)
posted by josher71 at 8:57 AM PST - 52 comments

in their own words and images

"The eighth Women’s World Cup, which begins Friday in France, comes at a pivotal time for the women’s game. For years, players around the world have demanded better pay and more support from their federations. In some countries, serious progress has been made; in many others, the fight continues. We wanted to know what it’s like to be an elite women’s soccer player in this moment." 108 Women’s World Cup Players on Their Jobs, Money and Sacrificing Everything [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Stick it!

How to Draw a Stick Figure. Ok, that kinda got complicated at the end. No worries, let's draw some stick figure comics.
posted by storybored at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments


Vocal is a type foundry that makes typefaces that highlight the history of underrepresented people “from the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Argentina to the Civil Rights Movement in America”. For example, the Martin typeface is based on signs carried by marchers in the streets of Memphis after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. [via] [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Mom 1, Oscar 0

How to parent like a BOSS (via)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:22 AM PST - 20 comments

The librarians are freaking out about this

Twitter thread: This is a work lunchtime game changer. The Mico is a toasted sandwich maker that you put in the microwave (it uses sealed silicon-coated metal plates). It's not new - something a bit burnt from December 2017 (this looks better), and a QVC promotional video shows a bacon and cheese toastie. YouTube (caution for 'cheese leakage'): the WHICH ultimate cheese toastie challenge (Morphy Richards Mico toastie vs Breville Deep Fill). Other sandwich toasters are available. (Disclosure: we're mutuals on cake-twitter)
posted by Wordshore at 3:18 AM PST - 53 comments

Mama Alto: Our strength is in our togetherness

Mama Alto is a Melbourne, Australia-based queer trans non-binary femme of colour who is also an accomplished jazz cabaret artiste, creative producer, and community activist. Her work intertwines and uplifts the stories and experiences of people of colour, queer and trans people, and other marginalised identities, whether through reimagining jazz classics or through direct advocacy. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:42 AM PST - 6 comments

June 6

Surveillance Capit^H^H^H^H Curriculum

[...]A year later, though, Securly also began offering "sentiment analysis" of students' social media posts, looking for signs they might be victims of cyberbullying or self-harm. In 2016, the company expanded that analysis to students' school email accounts, monitoring all messages sent over district networks. It also created an "emotionally intelligent" app that sends parents weekly reports and automated push notifications detailing their children’s internet searches and browsing histories[...]
via Zeynep Tufekci on twitter
posted by postcommunism at 10:02 PM PST - 32 comments

18hr 25min layover in Moscow

The longest train ride in the world.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:06 PM PST - 14 comments

The most interesting musician who ever lived actually didn’t.

"We made this absurd comedy that has full frontal male nudity and all these drug jokes, that people are still moved by—that to me is a perfect movie." Dewey Cox Ain’t Dead: An Oral History of ‘Walk Hard’ [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Economic Possibilities

A Four Day Workweek Could Be Coming to the U.K. (a podcast for work! or leisure ;) - "If you live in the U.K., your workweek could soon be a day shorter if the political winds tilt more heavily toward the left. Jess Shankleman reports on how the proposal is gaining momentum and how it might affect Britain, then Bloomberg Opinion columnist Noah Smith joins host Stephanie Flanders for a deeper look at the economic questions raised by the four-day week."[1,2] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 7:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Into The Longest Night Goes The Night Tripper

Dr. John, The Night Tripper, has gone into the night. Mack Rebennack has been not only a godfather of New Orleans sound, but also a messenger from more mysterious parts of the bayou. At 77 on 6/6, RIP.
posted by moonbird at 5:06 PM PST - 73 comments

Ultimate limit of human endurance found

The ultimate limit of human endurance has been worked out by scientists analysing a 3,000 mile run, the Tour de France and other elite events. They showed the cap was 2.5 times the body's resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person. Anything higher than that was not sustainable in the long term. The research, by Duke University, also showed pregnant women were endurance specialists, living at nearly the limit of what the human body can cope with.
posted by bq at 3:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Yelp: The Billion Dollar Bully

Billion Dollar Bully Highlights Why Yelp Feels Unfair The overall argument of Billion Dollar Bully, the new documentary about Yelp released on Amazon and iTunes in May, is that Yelp extorts small business owners for advertising fees in return for helping to manage and improve reviews on their platform. [more inside]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:23 PM PST - 56 comments

The "Dead Consensus"

US conservatives appear to be having an internecine philosophical debate started by this creepily named manifesto, summarized well in the NY Times here. In a nutshell, the pro-Trump pundits behind the manifesto reject the old Republican political alliance which was run by libertarian/pro-business/plutocratic types, and which relegated religious conservatives to back-bencher status. Instead, they favor a more explicitly reactionary conservative movement that denounces liberal values and emphasizes more communitarian social welfare (presumably for favored groups only) and the imposition of their moral vision on the nation, including via strong government action.
posted by wibari at 1:58 PM PST - 121 comments

Google Moves to Significantly Hamstring Chrome's Ad Blockers

In fall 2019, adblockers such as uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger will likely stop working on Chrome, unless you're a paid enterprise user. "Chrome is deprecating the blocking capabilities of the webRequest API in Manifest V3," writes Simeon Vincent, developer advocate for Chrome extensions at Google. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:46 PM PST - 99 comments

Young women around the world play Master of Puppets in their bedroom

Jassy J, MelSickScreamoAnnie, Zukky, Juliana Wilson, Nishat Anjum, Jade Justine, Juliette Valduriez, Paige Marina, Phatta, Noémie B. Not in a bedroom BabySaster, Tina S. Acoustic Biljana Sovilj. Piano Vika. Bass Anna Sentina. Drums Brooke C, Meytal Cohen. Guitar lesson Mel teaches the main riffs. Not Master of Puppets Ada Kaczanowska. Not Metallica Sakura Yoshida. [more inside]
posted by adept256 at 12:41 PM PST - 11 comments

They'll stare at you til they get your love. No matter how long it takes

Lovot is a robot that's built for loving. "With a luminoxity sensor, a 360-degree half-sphere camera, a half-sphere microphone that can detect the direction of sounds and voices, and a thermal camera (thermography) that can distinguish human beings from objects. LOVOT can make an accurate scan of an entire room and find its owner immediately." So when it looks up for you and asks for a hug, you'd better hug it. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 11:22 AM PST - 36 comments

It just hits you straight in the belly

The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices (formerly Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, formerly the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir) is a Grammy-winning musical group that sings arrangements of traditional Bulgarian folk music. Founded in the 1950s, the group became known to Western audiences in the 1980s through the work of ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier and the record label 4AD, and even appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (including a rendition of "O Susanna"!). Here's a more recent performance for KEXP. The current iteration of the group is touring with Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, and are profiled in the Guardian. Want to learn how to sound like a Bulgarian folk singer? Dessislava Stefanova of the London Bulgarian Choir shows you how (via).
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:23 AM PST - 25 comments

“Our special sauce at this point has been nostalgia...”

EverQuest: A game born in an era of dial-up Internet is still doing well after all this time—how?! [Ars Technica] “Twenty years ago, a company in Southern California launched an online game that would go on to serve as the model for many more titles to come in the massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) space. And unlike many games that sought to replace it over the years, this one is still going today. No, this isn’t about World of Warcraft—that game only turns 15 in 2019. Before there was WoW, there was the MMO pioneer EverQuest. This sword-and-sorcery-based game was developed by a small company, 989 Studios, but it eventually reached its pinnacle under Sony Online Entertainment after SOE acquired that studio roughly a year after the game's launch. Today, EQ marches on with a dedicated player base and another developer, Daybreak Games, at the helm.” [YouTube][20th Anniversary Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:19 AM PST - 39 comments

Animals Such As They Are

Peruse Les Animaux Tels Qu’ils Sont, a book from the 1930s that shows how to draw animals starting from basic shapes (though the jump from second-to-last to the finished animal can be sizable). (via kottke.org)
posted by Etrigan at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: die Sinfonie der Großstadt [Berlin: Symphony of a Great City [video], or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, 1927] is a silent film by Walther [Walter] Ruttmann " is perhaps the quintessential early iteration of that celebrated genre that dwells within the interstices of the documentary and the experimental film" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:04 AM PST - 1 comment

D-Day 75th Anniversary

D-Day 75th Anniversary. On this day 75 years ago, Allied forces were storming the beaches in Normandy. The Associated Press is documenting stories of the surviving D-Day soldiers, their fallen comrades and those working to keep the memories alive today. You can follow all of the AP’s coverage at the link. [more inside]
posted by gudrun at 9:37 AM PST - 41 comments

"The world is 9, it is never complete and it’s never perfect."

Living in Addis Ababa for the past nine years has been a lesson; a lesson in humility, and a lesson in what it means to return to a land that was foreign to me. Over the past nine years, an expression of my grandmother has stuck in my mind – she would say, “The world is 9, it is never complete and it’s never perfect.” I thought it was interesting, but it wasn’t until much later as an adult that her voice echoed in my thoughts of whether we can live in this world with full contentment. [...] I have chosen to continue working on body painting, which is inspired by traditional body art from across Africa. Each work is a reflection of conscious and sub-conscious manifestations of time and space. -- Aïda Muluneh, The World is 9 [via Everlasting Blort] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

The Means Of Distribution

“ILWU International President Harry Bridges pushed to have a few Japanese Americans, interned for most of the war, admitted to the Stockton division of Local 6 (Bay Area warehouse) in conjunction with the government’s War Relocation Authority.” Dockworkers Show Us How Unions Can Be a Powerful Force Against Racism (In These Times) “The dockworkers were very involved in Latin America in general but in Chile after the coup, the dockworkers were the first to refuse to handle cargo from the dictatorship. They let fruit rot on the quays, and they refused to discharge other cargo.” Worker Power on the Swedish Docks (Jacobin) “If longshoremen in San Francisco could find a way to support Black workers in South Africa, it would help the liberation movement there survive and win. ” RIP Leo Robinson, self described ‘Red’ and Soul of the Longshore. Professor Peter Cole on the power of dockworkers (Who Makes Cents? 46:42) In the logistics industry, from port workers to truckers to delivery drivers, time is of the essence. Their potential control over that time gives workers enormous leverage in the global economy.
posted by The Whelk at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

The Giant Birds of Harlem

The Audubon Mural Project spotlights 314 bird species threatened by climate change. [more inside]
posted by hapaxes.legomenon at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

'Write to me and tell me your heart.'

Love letters from Leonard Cohen to Marianne Ihlen as featured in an upcoming auction.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:14 AM PST - 3 comments

The Special Collections Library of the Living Dead

The University of Pittsburgh Acquires Romero Collection, To Found Horror Studies Center. The University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System has acquired the archives of pioneering horror filmmaker George A. Romero (1940–2017), including correspondence, scripts, footage, promotional material, and props from his legendary films. These include Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, both shot near Pittsburgh. The new archive will form the foundation for a future horror studies center, building on collections already housed in ULS archives and special collections and funded in part by the George A. Romero Foundation. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Man, It’s a Hot One

The Oral History of Santana and Rob Thomas’ ‘Smooth’ [sl Rolling Stone]
posted by ellieBOA at 1:53 AM PST - 73 comments

June 5

Remake it so.

Remake My Day is a nice data visualization that compares the critical reception, gap between critical and audience response, and relative profitability of a host of Hollywood remakes and their predecessors.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:41 PM PST - 33 comments

An airport for the Sacred Valley

The Peruvian government has broken ground on a new airport to serve Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
posted by Surely This at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Swiss Army Archivist Chainsaw

“For people who are using the Archive to simply play with and enjoy its many different materials, be they website histories, movies, music, and books – this tool is probably not what you need. “But for the scripting-comfortable folks.. for people who want to become scripting comfortable folks… for people who are maintaining collections or working hard with multiple uploads and doing a lot of manual work to enter metadata.. this multi-tool of Internet Archive access is exactly what you need.” [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Celebrating the life and work of Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine

"You can get to anybody's heart over a bowl of gumbo. Over some good food, you can do that." Leah Chase, restaurateur, civil rights activist, art collector, and the queen of Creole cuisine, died last Saturday at the age of 96. Even into her 90s, she was a force in the kitchen at Dooky Chase's, a New Orleans landmark. And she was so much more. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Identifying an author by their punctuation

Neural networks and other machine learning approaches can often guess who wrote a given piece of text by analyzing patterns in the way they use words. But what about identifying an author by the punctuation they use instead? University of Oxford researcher Alex Darmon (and coauthors) has a web app that will compare the punctuation style of any writing sample to the authors in its database. Who do you punctuate like? (details on arxiv here)
posted by dbx at 1:20 PM PST - 56 comments

Who can adopt a Native American child?

A group with links to the Kochs attacks the decades-old Indian Child Welfare Act, which provides priority in adoption for Native American children to Native American families. Naturally, wealthy white evangelicals have stepped in to be "better parents" than the extended family of two such children and provided them with their test case. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 1:08 PM PST - 35 comments

Didn't see that comin'!

Dragonfish have 'invisible' teeth to help them sneak up on their prey owing to the nanostructures that comprise them, say the authors of On the Nature of the Transparent Teeth of the Deep-Sea Dragonfish, Aristostomias scintillans. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Disappearing foods and recipes, around the world

In the rapidly changing world, another thing to track and preserve is food. From the nearly lost art of making su filindeu, or threads of god, pasta in Italy (Saveur; previously from BBC Travel), to the local breakfast favorite, Api (morado), a warm Bolivian drink made of purple corn flour (Bolivia Belle with a recipe, without fermentation), and rare foods like Omajovi mushrooms in Namibia (Gondwana Travel blog) and Bhutanese red rice (Gastro Obscura), the Slow Food Foundation for biodiversity has a map and more information on local ingredients and cuisine that are in danger of disappearing around the world, while Slow Food USA has an "Ark of Taste" focused on the U.S.. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Cat and Mouse

A cat is chasing a mouse which is trapped in a circular pond. The cat can run around the outside of the pond four times faster than the mouse can swim. Can the mouse escape? [more inside]
posted by Stark at 5:19 AM PST - 52 comments

The OK Computer Sessions

Radiohead is no stranger to leaks -- frontman Thom Yorke praised Napster for "encourag[ing] enthusiasm for music in a way that the music industry has long forgotten to do" when their hotly anticipated album Kid A was uploaded to the service in its entirety (though the band was decidedly less thrilled when the same happened to an unfinished version of 2003's Hail to the Thief). Even pranksters have gotten in on the action. But now, after an abortive attempt at selling the stash, one leaker has given longtime fans the biggest prize yet: over 17 hours of early and unreleased material from the OK Computer era, including new full-band versions of "Lift" and "True Love Waits", an extended "Paranoid Android", alternative lyrics, rehearsals, jam sessions, found sound, and so much more. While legal eagles play whack-a-mole with download links, follow discussion of this landmark release on /r/radiohead and Discord, or get a taste of the material by browsing the scraps of it that were included in 2017 reissue OKNOTOK (including this utterly gorgeous rendition of "Motion Picture Soundtrack").
posted by Rhaomi at 4:42 AM PST - 79 comments

Common Wealth and Collective Power

Bernie Sanders' plan to empower workers could revolutionise Britain's economy (among others') - "Giving employees a stake in firms would reshape power: this could be the start of a transatlantic challenge to neoliberalism." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:32 AM PST - 7 comments

ENGO Colonial Activism that Perpetuates Indigenous Poverty

A traditional practise of the Inuit is to never waste the food or materials provided by the animals they bring home. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 3:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is LeftTube so white?

Why is "LeftTube" So White? According to Kat Blaque, it largely seems to be because White people are only willing to listen to the dangers of things like white nationalism when it's coming from another White person. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 12:32 AM PST - 13 comments

June 4

"[I]f they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site."

Carlos Maza, a Hispanic writer and video host for Vox, has been the target of a racist and homophobic harassment campaign led by right wing commentator Steven Crowder, with Crowder not only posting videos targeting Maza and calling him all sorts of slurs, but also having his followers harass Maza with calls and texts. Finally, Maza released a Twitter thread detailing the abuse he was receiving at the hands of Crowder, which got the attention of YouTube's staff.

But, after a few days, YouTube responded with a decision that in YouTube's eyes, Crowder's videos were not harassment, and would stay on the site, in seeming contradiction to YouTube's posted harassment policies. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:37 PM PST - 164 comments

Books That People Have Worn Out, Or Are Held Together By Scotch Tape

5 June 2019 marks a hundred years since the birth of American artist and author Richard Scarry (1919-1994), best known for his series of books about Busytown, which was adapted into 1990’s animated series The Busy World of Richard Scarry and the 2007-2010 Busytown Mysteries. A [more inside]
posted by jjderooy at 5:45 PM PST - 39 comments

I Tweeted About The Joker Being a Woman Who Was Tired of This Shit

Most people got the joke. They found it funny. And some people … well, they did not. I tweeted about the Joker being a woman who was tired of this shit and it now feels auto-biographical.
posted by adamcarson at 5:30 PM PST - 48 comments

The untold story of QF72:

In 2008, rogue automation caused an Airbus A330 to fall out of the sky, a harbinger of the 737MAX debacle a decade later. An uncommanded nose dive on an Airbus A330 caused a mass casualty incident, injuring 9 out of 12 crew and over 100 passengers, 14 seriously enough that they required life flights to Perth. Attempting to reboot the malfunctioning flight control computer sends the plane into a second nose dive, forcing the pilot to fly the crippled plane by hand to the nearest airport with multiple systems disabled. Initial reporting blamed clear air turbulence and reminded passengers to keep their seat belts on for safety, but it soon became clear something terrible had gone wrong with the automation on the plane. [more inside]
posted by xdvesper at 4:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Why New York Can’t Have Nice Things

“People will say to me, ‘Why are MTA construction costs so high?’ And the answer is ‘Everything,’ ” says Julia Vitullo-Martin, a senior fellow at the RPA and co-author of its 2018 report comparing New York’s construction costs to those in peer cities. “Every factor you look at is flawed the way the MTA does business, from the first step to the end.” - It costs three times more to build a subway station here than in London or Paris. What if we could change that? (Josh Barro in New York Magazine)
posted by beisny at 3:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Finger lickin' cool

Supernumerary fingers (polydactyly) are often considered to be a useless malformation and are usually removed at a young age. In this Nature Communications article (Open Access), two people with polydactyly are shown to coordinate the extra finger with their other fingers for more complex movements than five fingered subjects, and to carry out with only one hand tasks normally requiring two hands. And they were also able to play a video game designed for 6-fingered people. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 3:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Abolish the Priesthood

To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands.
posted by Bee'sWing at 3:32 PM PST - 34 comments

pride and obsequiousness

THE PROCESS OF ADAPTING A NOVEL for film or television necessarily includes acts of character assassination as familiar names are ruthlessly cut for the sake of time or clarity. Yet one Jane Austen character survives in multiple adaptations in movies and on television. I am referring, of course, to the inimitable Mr. Collins, whose very flatness of character renders him an attractive canvas on which screenwriters, directors, and actors can distinguish themselves. For what is most striking about the Mr. Collinses in Pride and Prejudice screen adaptations is how divergent they are, with each taking up different facets of his character as presented in the novel. Each Collins character is a figure of ridicule in the adaptations, much as he is in the novel, but each Mr. Collins is also ridiculous in his own way. PhD candidate Mary M. Chan writes about adapting Mr. Collins for the Jane Austen Society of North America
posted by ChuraChura at 12:53 PM PST - 28 comments

National Park Typeface

“Our National Parks belong to the people, so this typeface should too.” [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote at 10:15 AM PST - 45 comments

Existential Climate-Related Security Risk

On our current trajectory, the report warns, “planetary and human systems [are] reaching a ‘point of no return’ by mid-century, in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth leads to the breakdown of nations and the international order. (Report)
posted by Memo at 10:03 AM PST - 141 comments

The cake is a lie 🍰

Artifact was supposed to be a slam dunk. [win.gg] Instead, Artifact has thus far shaken out to be a shocking commercial flop.
“To me there are two important parts of pay-to-win. The first is whether buying something will make you a champion. This is not true for Hearthstone, Magic, or for that matter, golf. It also isn’t true for Artifact. The second part of pay-to-win is what the bottom line expenditure is. Top level decks in Magic or Hearthstone generally cost more than top level decks in Artifact. And since there is a market, you can shift around your collection with relative ease. It is easy to construct games where buying the components is a better deal than all players being forced to buy everything - though some measure of faith has to be put in the publisher.” ~ Ex-Artifact dev Richard Garfield on what went wrong.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:46 AM PST - 43 comments

How Taekwondo Made Me by Dina Nayeri

When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard – by becoming a taekwondo champion. A long read from The Guardian. [Note, talks about restrictive eating] [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

The Documentation Regime

“More broadly, our task is now to make a single, simple point. There is no humane border regime, just as there is no humane abortion ban. The border will always tear parents from children, caregivers from charges, longtime residents from the only communities they’ve ever known. It may do it faster or slower, with ostentatious brutality or bureaucratic drag, but it will always do it.“ Society as Checkpoint “And whatever downward pressure an influx of immigrants has on wages, it is dwarfed by the economic consequences of a weak and divided working class. The working class cannot reverse its economic decline without bringing immigrant workers into the fold, as a thirty-year strategy of soft-restrictionism has amply demonstrated.” The Case For Open Borders.
posted by The Whelk at 9:15 AM PST - 23 comments

"But someone killed country music, cut out its heart and soul."

Can Nashville's Music Row Be Saved from Demolition? The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Nashville, Tennessee's Music Row (heart of the country music industry for decades) one of its 11 most endangered historic places for 2019. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 at 9:10 AM PST - 15 comments

"A fully present, disgustingly kind hello machine."

"A month ago, when I started walking, I decided to conduct an experiment. ... The idea was not to totally disconnect, but to test rational, metered uses of technology. I wanted to experience the walk as the walk, in all of its inevitably boring walkiness. ... My phone ceased to be a teleportation machine and became, instead, a context machine." Craig Mod, The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 8:11 AM PST - 43 comments

You can adopt This Guy and Sparky Buttons

Various Authors, Dr Leg, and PLEASE: A Neural Network names Kittens for Morris Animal Refuge. Better names than last time (previously). And it names guinea pigs, too. From neural net whiz Janelle Shane, even more previously.
posted by Gordafarin at 8:04 AM PST - 50 comments

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something

There are millions of mobile applications available to smartphone users today, and that number will only keep growing as it becomes easier to build and deploy apps. Some apps are for amusement, but others are specifically designed to improve the lives of their users or the world at large.

We asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members the following question about some of the most innovative apps they’ve encountered that were created to help people: What’s one innovative app you‘ve seen that’s designed to help people, and what can leaders learn from apps like it?
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posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Every champion loses... eventu... wait, which champion we talkin' about?

In these dark times, you have to take joy wherever you can find it. ... This weekend, I found a new image that I will return to over and over again in times of crisis, whenever that picture of Nigel Farage covered in salted caramel milkshake just doesn’t hit the spot. It is my Mona Lisa. ... It’s this, a photo of Anthony Joshua, that impossible Herculean demigod, being laid on his arse by Andy Ruiz Jr, a man whose physique can only be described as “Peter Kay in those John Smith’s ads from the noughties”. [boxing] [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 7:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Every Champion Loses... Eventually

Last night (or yesterday morning, if you live in Alabama), a king was toppled: James Holzhauer lost a Jeopardy! match for the first time, ending a 32-game winning streak that brought the venerable game show huge ratings and nearly broke Ken Jennings' record for total earnings (the two have expressed mutual respect on Twitter). [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 5:45 AM PST - 65 comments

June 3

Now you're John Hammond.

Incredible footage shot from cruise ship MSC Opera as it slams into dock in Venice, Italy yesterday. According to France24,
A cruise ship lost control as it was coming in to dock in Venice Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat, Italian media reported.
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posted by scalefree at 9:06 PM PST - 58 comments

A man from one of the majors ... said the answer was to ban the internet

June 1999, and the music industry is rolling in cash. Bloated by the vast profits of the CD business, which reached a high of £30.6bn that year, the future looks bright for the suits at the top. Sadly for them, in a dorm at Boston’s Northeastern university, a precocious coder is about to blow it all apart. Oversharing: how Napster nearly killed the music industry -- Twenty years ago, the idea of free music was so compelling that up to 80m users downloaded Napster and broke the law. The aftershocks are still being felt today. (The Guardian) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:49 PM PST - 63 comments

California is cracking down on the gig economy

The state Assembly just passed a bill that could give Uber and Lyft drivers basic labor protections for the first time. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

darkness. light—clouds! water water, clouds clouds clouds AHA LAND HO!!!

NASA Live: Earth Views from the Space Station"...views will typically sequence through the different cameras. If you are seeing a black image, the Space Station is on the night side of the Earth. If you are seeing an image with text displayed, the communications are switching between satellites and camera feeds are temporarily unavailable. Between camera switches, a black & gray slate will also briefly appear." Here, you can find the current location of the ISS on a map of the earth.
posted by not_on_display at 6:18 PM PST - 15 comments

The Myth of 'Self Made' and The Role of Privilege

Is Meritocracy A Myth? and Other Awkward Conversations CBC Radio talks about how much privilege plays a role in what we think of as Self Made Success Stories. Is the concept of the American (or Canadian) Dream not only not possible anymore, but was it ever a real thing? [more inside]
posted by helmutdog at 3:31 PM PST - 77 comments

A Lewis Chessman has been found.

In a drawer. The chessmen, one of the treasures of the British Museum, were carved from walrus ivory in Trondheim, Norway, in the 12th century. They were found on the beach in the Outer Hebrides in 1831.
posted by Bee'sWing at 3:04 PM PST - 18 comments

I am a person, not a collection of routines.

Emily Todd VanDerWerff writes for Vox about The Handmaid's Tale and coming out as trans: "The Catastrophist"
VanDerWerff was inspired to "think about thinking about transitioning" after reading a March 2018 interview of Daniel Ortberg by Heather Havrilesky in The Cut: "'Mallory Is Not Gone': Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans"
posted by Going To Maine at 1:49 PM PST - 23 comments

how much opportunity is dependent on owning property

"To get there, you need a down payment. And if you’re putting your extra money toward child care, or loans, or medical bills — how do you come up with that down payment? And how do you find a home you can actually afford? Homeownership, like other forms of participation in the American dream, increasingly resembles an exclusive country club, with membership predicated on who your parents are and your race." Anne Helen Petersen: 14 Millennials Got Honest About How They Afforded Homeownership
posted by everybody had matching towels at 11:34 AM PST - 106 comments

Str8 Outta Mumbai (officially this time)

Jai Paul is back with a new website, and he has released the unfinished album originally leaked in 2013. [more inside]
posted by sleeping bear at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Deadwood from Primary Sources

A. W. Merrick really was a newsman, although maybe not an intrepid one. And the Black Hills Pioneer was a real newspaper. Digging through the papers archives, Matthew Dessem takes a look at the actual recorded exploits of Al Swearengen, E.B. Farnum, Seth Bullock, Sol Star, and others. Among the many fascinating revelations is that Deadwood (mercifully) leaves out a lot of historical blackface at the Gem Saloon.
posted by the phlegmatic king at 10:41 AM PST - 14 comments

I want to be where the people are

Why US troops ‘flattened’ Raqqa and Mosul, and why it may herald an era of ‘feral city’ warfare. In 2004, Richard J. Norton wrote an influential paper, Feral Cities [US Naval War College Review], in which he defined a "feral city" as a city of more than a million, which no longer was under the rule of law of a larger state, and yet maintained an international level of influence. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

“These People Are Frightened To Death”

A thriving postwar LGBTQ scene in Washington D.C was decimated by paranoia and prosecution over supposed links to queerness and communist subversion : The Lavender Scare (The Nib) “The purge followed an era in which gay people were increasingly finding each other and forming communities in urban America. During World War II, many men and women left behind the restrictions of rural or small-town life for the first time. After the war, young people poured into cities, where density and anonymity made pursuit of same-sex relationships more possible than ever.” Congressional Investigations and the Lavender Scare (Archives.gov) “Frank Kameny was fired from his federal government job in 1957 because he was gay. He didn’t just go home and pull the covers over his head. He fought a successful eighteen-year-battle with the government to change the law so the same thing didn’t happen to other gay people.” (Making Gay History)
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Did well playing an unfair game

Elbertie Foudray and the Adventure of Life: I never set out to write a book about the dream in 1940 of devising the most scientific census ever. Instead, I went looking for an obscure census mathematician named Elbertie Foudray and, to my surprise, discovered the census. This is a census story all about chance and gender (as well as power) and it began with an effort to recreate a very odd paper machine. Dan Bouk, a historian at Colgate University, shares a story of a woman who played a critical role in the development of the U.S. Census in the early 20th century, but was never properly recognized for it in her lifetime.
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:40 AM PST - 1 comment

The Perpetual Diamond

The perpetual diamond is an optical illusion that produces motion continuously and unambiguously in one direction despite the diamond itself never physically changing location. Link is to online paper; scroll down for brainbending video demos [flashing lights, only if you click play].
posted by carter at 7:40 AM PST - 48 comments

At this point, I have to turn off the tape recorder, and curse.

"I was like, “Why don’t we know these basic things about female health?” She goes, “Welcome to my world.”". An interview with Dr. Lisa Mosconi about links between Menopause and Alzheimer's . It turns out that menopause affects far more than our childbearing potential. [NYT]
posted by Mchelly at 7:32 AM PST - 19 comments


Since 2015, 21 young people from across the country have been suing the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by knowingly contributing to climate change for over five decades. Like Brown v. Board of Education did for civil rights, Juliana v. United States has the potential to become the landmark climate change case of our country’s history. [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 6:15 AM PST - 14 comments

“It's like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell.”

Apple expected to close iTunes after 18 years [The Guardian] “It was once heralded as a possible saviour of the music industry in the digital age, famously annoyed fans by forcing a U2 album on them, and its 20,699-word terms and conditions have even inspired a graphic novel, but now Apple is to replace its iTunes download service. According to a report by Bloomberg, the tech company will announce that three separate apps for music, TV and podcasts will supersede iTunes, as Apple seeks to reposition itself as an entertainment service rather than a hardware company powered by products such as the iPhone.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:47 AM PST - 121 comments

Too much zucchini seems to be a common problem

Check out the most beloved warm-weather dishes across the country! Food Network lists (with recipe links!) the top summer recipe in every state. Well, the top searched recipe in every state, anyway.
posted by Weeping_angel at 12:26 AM PST - 30 comments

June 2

Mount Everest Records, the good and bad

Mount Everest's 2018-2019 season ended on a number of highs (USA Today): more than 825 climbers and Sherpas reached the summit this year, a record-breaking number; number of permits from the Nepalese government also broke records this year, with 381 issued; and deaths were at a four-year high, with 11 fatalities, most blamed on a combination of overcrowding, inexperience and poor weather limiting the number of days climbers were able to attempt to summit. Alan Arnette recapped the season's headlines. You can skip the crowds, save tens of thousands of dollars (Cost Freak, 2017 expenses), and enjoy Paul Oakenfold's Mount Everest Base Camp Mix (CD 1 and CD 2 on MixCloud; Discogs). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:56 PM PST - 32 comments

The Butterfly Effect

From chrysalis to flight: The blogger behind TYWKIWDBI* lovingly documents the emergence of a female Black Swallowtail. (Single-link nice thing; * "Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently.")
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Sometimes they would engage in a greeting, briefly touching noses.

Researchers strapped video cameras on 16 cats and let them do their thing. Here’s what they found.
posted by not_on_display at 4:58 PM PST - 55 comments

Weee Weee Wrrr Wrrr ( Repeat Repeat Repeat Repeat )

40 minutes of a dot matrix printer printing, a banner of a hot dog. Review of the dot matrix printer. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 4:54 PM PST - 37 comments

“There’s a fundamental hatred of people of color.”

The Lost Boys of Galveston - From the New Yorker, the story of one American helping as many migrants as he can. Terry Keel is the president of the Children’s Center, a nonprofit in Galveston that supports and houses migrant children who have been separated from their parents because of incarceration, deportation, illness, or violence. [more inside]
posted by 6thsense at 9:34 AM PST - 3 comments

It's a resin-ator

I Built a Guitar Out of Epoxy Resin. Also: 8 Mega Jawbreaker Candies, some styrofoam, and pencil crayons.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:51 AM PST - 22 comments

New visa rules on social media

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles The vast majority of applicants for U.S. visas will now have to hand over their social media usernames along with previous email addresses and phone numbers, according to a newly imposed rule. Applicants for pretty much all visas, except for certain diplomatic and official ones, will have to give five years’ worth of phone numbers, email addresses, and social media handles as part of the application process.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:53 AM PST - 81 comments

Worlds about which we know almost nothing

Three talks from ParallaxNick on a lesser-known area of the solar system, and the people and history associated with it: Uranus and Neptune: Worlds of Water [30:13] – Worlds of Shadow and Light: The Moons of Uranus and Neptune [34:03] – Solar Ghosts: The Rings of Uranus and Neptune [21:37]. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 5:17 AM PST - 3 comments

June 1

To regulate certain pay-to-win microtransactions

On May 23, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), joined by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, which would ban lootboxes and microtransactions from videogames marketed to minors. (Bill text on scribd; Google Doc version.) [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 11:42 PM PST - 68 comments

"I am best egg in the world. This certificate says so."

The Eggscutioner. I know it's about two months late and not exactly seasonal, but I figured that a bizarrely catchy webcartoon is always timely when people need a laugh. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Generalist Academy, a new topic every day

The Generalist Academy is MeFite Paragon's blog where they share one interesting thing every day, like Thailand's culinary diplomacy (also known as gastrodiplomacy), 16th century German artillery master Franz Helm's proposed "rocket cat" ("This sounds like a terrible idea."), Samoan independence, and Poggio Bracciolini's Renaissance-era fart jokes. [via mefi projects]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Here comes the flood: New Blue Orchids single co-written by MES

Martin Bramah’s Blue Orchids have been the most consistently enjoyable spin-off of The Fall since 1980 (first lineup included both Martin and Fall founder/keyboardist Una Baines - previously) and they’re back with a new single co-written by Mark E Smith back in the late 70s, “Addicted to the Day”
posted by porn in the woods at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Iocaine Powder

Buried in the source code from a 1999 Rock Paper Scissors tournament is a comment section starting with, "They were both poisoned," that goes on to describe one of the cleverest strategies ever designed for a computer game. As with its inspiration from The Princess Bride, the strategy considers that its opponent might know its strategy, and that its opponent might know that it knows that the opponent knows its strategy, and... you get the idea. Tweaks on the original idea remain the core of the best Rock, Paper, Scissors algorithms.
posted by clawsoon at 3:53 PM PST - 42 comments

they're good genes Brent

We know that dog owners and cat owners have different personalities, but now it appears that love for dogs may be coded in our DNA.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Yoga’s Instagram Provocateur

You cannot swing a cat (pose) on Instagram without hitting photographs of yoga instructors with perfect figures twisted into perfect shapes, selling essential oils and greeting-card spirituality. Alex Auder is not one of them. [more inside]
posted by waving at 2:16 PM PST - 19 comments

“Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware...”

DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too [The New York Times] Chess and Go were child’s play. Now A.I. is winning at capture the flag. Will such skills translate to the real world?
“In a paper published on Thursday in Science (and previously available on the website arXiv before peer review), the researchers reported that they had designed automated “agents” that exhibited humanlike behavior when playing the capture the flag “game mode” inside Quake III. These agents were able to team up against human players or play alongside them, tailoring their behavior accordingly.”
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posted by Fizz at 12:26 PM PST - 36 comments

Lingua pulcherrima

Argumentum ad Ignorantiam: The Real Issue With Mary Beard's Latin - "What irritates me is that —again like most classicists — she treats this as a self-evident fact to be just accepted rather than a problem to be dealt with, as if nobody could hope to actually read Cicero with ease. It always strikes me as bizarre and a bit embarrassing to see classicists insisting that it is impossible to acquire fluid or fluent command of Latin or Greek, that "we" can never do this. It's not just that this assumption would be news to people like Galileo, Kepler or Descartes. It's that people do actually acquire this kind of competence. Today. Anyone who pokes around at, say, the Paideia Institute, will find proficient Latin-speakers as readily as Zeus finds incestuous booty-calls." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:11 PM PST - 54 comments

After Monica, Lorena, and Tonya

Heidi Fleiss is not trying for a redemption narrative. Her story is much stranger than that. Once a 90s tabloid cause célèbre, the former "Hollywood Madam" always refused to reveal her client's names. Then twenty years after the height of her infamy a reporter gets a call from Pahrump, Nevada. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

"Enjoy my old flute if you find one. I certainly did."

Over the last 51 years I have played and owned many flutes ... Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull tells about his flutes, and why you might find one for sale secondhand at regular market prices.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. [more inside]
posted by stonepharisee at 10:44 AM PST - 16 comments

How Do You Cover An Existential Threat?

“To limit the worst effects of the climate crisis, we have under eleven years to decarbonize our economy, mobilizing, as Bill McKibben and others have urged, on the speed and scale of WWII. One might expect to see that mobilization effort in the US media more often; climate change, after all, frames every beat. A threat of such breadth, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg once said, should preclude us from talking, writing, or reporting about anything else. Yet my news feed tells a different story.“ War all the time? Climate reporters weigh coverage quantity against quality (CJR)
posted by The Whelk at 10:39 AM PST - 33 comments

You're Gonna Miss Me

Roky Erickson, Lead singer and guitarist for legendary psych band The 13th Floor Elevator has died. Roky Erickson was a difficult personality in that he had a peerless talent for the music he created, and was known for excesses in chemical intake. This second however, may have more to do with mental illness, than actual excess. Much like contemporary Syd Barrett, Roky lead a tumultuous life. I'm going to leave the links below the fold. Please enjoy the music and videos. [more inside]
posted by evilDoug at 10:12 AM PST - 39 comments