January 12, 2017

Ward + Robes

The Starlight Children's Foundation of Canada teamed up with top designers in various fields (tattooing, fashion, embroidery, and so on), to create Ward + Robes, fashionable and functional hospital gowns for teens. The teens love it.
posted by divabat at 10:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Primates this week

Why Biologists Care About A Macaque And Deer Caught On Camera In Rare Interspecies Mating Act - "An unexpected pair has been caught in flagrante delicto and scientists got it all on tape. Primate researcher Marie Pelé and colleagues published a surprising note in the journal Primates this week—the second documented case of distantly related species attempting to mate with each other."
posted by kliuless at 9:06 PM PST - 55 comments

“I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. ”

“Has the American Dream Been Achieved At the Expense of the American Negro?” [YouTube] Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:10 PM PST - 40 comments

Rimbaud at the food court

"When I went inside the venue, a marching band was playing Jimmy Eat World’s 'The Middle,' and the ceiling was covered with 'SAD AF' balloons. To my right, a pair of husky lurkers talked about the Promise Ring; to my right, three girls who appeared to be dressed for social media Snapchatted themselves singing along to 'Mr. Brightside,' the 2004 hit by the Killers, which was playing over the speakers. The Killers were not emo." The Rise of Emo Nostalgia, by Jia Tolentino for the New Yorker.
posted by naju at 2:33 PM PST - 45 comments

He did what he must because he can

Portal Ported to Apple II. Well, not so much ported as re-imagined in Basic on an Apple II. It's only the first and last levels and end credits, but it is playable and includes an Apple II version of "Still Alive." Complete with a play-through video, source code, and a link to an online emulator if you want to try it out without installing anything. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 1:59 PM PST - 21 comments

The Concussion Diaries

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.
posted by bologna on wry at 1:19 PM PST - 66 comments

Whiskey wisdom

An Absurdly Complete Guide to Understanding Whiskey.
posted by storybored at 12:40 PM PST - 106 comments

How do we go on?

Lessons From Memphis. A comic that looks at history for inspiration to go forward.
posted by latkes at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

I Grew Up In The Rust Belt, But I’m Not In Any Of The Stories About It

It’s strange to see the media turn its attention to places like my hometown in coal-country Pennsylvania and find that my experience there, as part of the non-white working class, is still invisible. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 12:23 PM PST - 33 comments

Rethinking the IAT

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) has been a popular method in psychological studies to evaluate effects of implicit bias against women or minorities. The creation of an easy-to-use, online version of the test has led to many references in non-academic literature as well. However, the test as used for measuring racial bias may not measure what it's supporters purport and has been shown to have low test-retest reliability. In a lengthy article, Jesse Singal discusses the history of the test.
posted by demiurge at 12:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Videos of cookery in an Indian village

My Money My Food is an Indian YouTube cooking channel. While occasionally featuring videos of food collection or Indian street food, its primary content is footage of meals being cooked at village-scale. Some prime examples: Cooking 500 Quail Eggs in Our Village; Cooking 101 Chicken Legs in My Village; Cooking a 40 Pound Stingray in My Village; Cooking Mole Crabs in My Village. (NOTE that many of these videos feature meat in its yes-this-is-a-dead-animal form.)
posted by Going To Maine at 11:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Filling the amateur space archaeology niche

Paul Maley maintains three highly comprehensive pages dedicated to space debris which has fallen back to earth. These are organized into chronological sections: 1960-1980, 1981-2003, and 2004-present.
posted by Rumple at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Scientists are building an animal fart database

Does it fart?” is one of most frequent questions zoologists receive from kids, said Dani Rabaiotti of the Zoological Society of London. In fact, the whole #DoesItFart adventure started when her teenage brother asked if snakes ever experience flatulence. Rabaiotti knew from her own work that the wild dogs of Africa definitely fart, as do the extremely gassy seals that reside on the Atlantic island of South Georgia. But she wasn’t sure about snakes, so she consulted snake expert David Steen. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 10:33 AM PST - 36 comments

The Great Molassacre

Some perspective for all my fellow Californians dealing with flooding. It could be so much worse. (podcast) [more inside]
posted by ananci at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Got That Black Magic

Took Your Girl To The Secret Chamber Shit's lit like lumos. NSFW.
posted by Deeleybopper at 8:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Trees are nice, but they're not a simple solution.

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative started as a project to plant a 15-kilometer-deep belt of trees across all of Africa to stop the expansion of the Sahara Desert, but it has evolved into a more complex system that seeks to use a patchwork of local agricultural and management techniques. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 6:34 AM PST - 17 comments

What'd I miss?

The year in memes. An interactive look at everything that went viral in 2016, by date.
posted by Mchelly at 6:16 AM PST - 30 comments

YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT TO ME and i mean that from the bottom of my butts

To celebrate the release of his newest magnum opus Domald Tromp Pounded In The Butt By The Handsome Russian T-Rex Who Also Peed On His Butt And Then Blackmailed Him With The Videos Of His Butt Getting Peed On, Hugo-nominated Dr. Chuck Tingle has once again descended on a little-known corner of the Internet known as "Reddit" to share tingly nuggets of wisdom with all his BUCKAROOS. As usual, we must be strong in our fight against DEVILMEN and Void Crabs, so be on the lookout. Just know that he BELIEVES IN YOU and your dreams can come true. [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 5:49 AM PST - 56 comments

A transit planner looks at Mini Metro

Mini Metro (previously) is a transit planning game, simplified to the point of abstraction. On Waypoint, Robert Rath speaks to the developers and a real transit planner about how the game has been received in the transit planning community.
posted by Harald74 at 1:44 AM PST - 43 comments

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