February 13, 2016

Claim what's yours

MissingMoney.com is a database of governmental unclaimed property records. Exactly what it says it is. Click here for a list of participating states and provinces and links to individual states and provinces, along with contact information for the agencies for each respective jurisdiction. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 10:36 PM PST - 50 comments

"This is the sound of China’s young and restless."

A mixtape featuring 20 young independent bands from China, curated by Wooozy, one of the country's leading indie music blogs. "From sunny Guangzhou and cyberpunk Chongqing to the frigid northeast grasslands beyond Beijing. From shoegaze to riot-weird." It can also be downloaded in full here.
posted by beijingbrown at 8:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Another one from the NOPE file

The Whip Spider: A spider with hands/claws. Let the nightmares begin!
posted by blue_beetle at 7:05 PM PST - 58 comments

Reality is what it used to be

The Brain: What is Reality To conjure a reality from all [that] sensory information your brain needs about half a second. [more inside]
posted by asok at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

"Peyton, you messed up. I still don't know why you dropped your drawers. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe not. But it was definitely inappropriate. Please take some personal responsibility here and own up to what you did. I never understood why you didn't admit to it...."
Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies, as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim by Shaun King
posted by The Gooch at 4:17 PM PST - 84 comments

Antonin Scalia (March 11, 1936 - February 13, 2016)

Reports indicate that he died of natural causes on a West Texas ranch.
posted by Ouverture at 2:08 PM PST - 1461 comments

Louisiana's budget irresponsiblility so bad, it threatens football team

The state of Louisiana is facing a massive budget shortfall. Former governor Bobby Jindal positioned himself for a presidential run by slashing taxes and cutting spending, pinning his fiscal policy on the hopes that oil revenues from the Gulf of Mexico would continue to grow. Those revenues have failed to materialize, leaving the state with a deficit. Since higher education funding is one of the largest components of the state’s discretionary spending, it was one of the hardest areas hit. Louisiana has made deeper cuts to education than any other state, and colleges in Louisiana are receiving 55% less state funding than they did before the recession. The state now finds itself with a gap of $850 million for this year, and more than $2 billion next year. The result has been steeply rising tuition and decreased enrollment. It’s about to get much, much worse. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 12:06 PM PST - 61 comments

Wisconsin teledildonics

"We grew up pretty conservative," she recalls. "My parents kept us away from everything. Now everything we do is a sin." Meet Chris Johns and Tabitha Rae, the God-fearing Wisconsin couple who, if web glitches, fiercely defended patents, and a shortage of Novint Falcons don't stop them, are going to build the future of remote fucking right here in the Upper Midwest.
posted by escabeche at 12:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Another Vietnam

Unseen, rare images of the Vietnam War from the winning side
posted by infini at 12:03 PM PST - 25 comments

"We're gonna arm this thing and go hunting"

How Rogue Techies Armed The Predator, Almost Stopped 9/11, And Invented Remote Warfare [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Samantha Bee launches her own late night show, Full Frontal, on TBS

Samantha Bee Takes Her Place in Late Night (NY Times) Samantha Bee fumed for a few minutes in September, when Vanity Fair published an article on late-night television and placed a portrait of 10 hosts — all men, including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Conan O’Brien and Trevor Noah — on its cover. Then she asked a co-worker to insert an image of her as a tattooed centaur shooting laser beams from her eyes into the portrait. She tweeted it with a single word: “BETTER.” [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms at 11:33 AM PST - 24 comments

The Elwha River Comes Roaring Back

Eighteen months after removal of the last chunks of two dams on Washington State's Elwha River, an event marked on Metafilter by this brilliant post by edeezy, the Seattle Times documents the remarkably fast recovery of the Elwha ecosystem, from headwaters to saltwater. Complete Seattle Times' Elwha coverage
posted by Rumple at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a reminder that ...

The best love stories on TV are between two women, By Molly Eichel, A.V. Club
posted by pjsky at 9:17 AM PST - 23 comments

Federal Prisoners of New York

In case you missed it, Humans of New York (previously) has recently been doing a series specifically on federal prisoners in the northeastern United States. The project is ongoing, but you can read the stories compiled so far, and general reactions to the stories, on the facebook page or instagram.
posted by likeatoaster at 9:08 AM PST - 8 comments

The truth is rarely pure and never simple

Zika is not the new Ebola But what is the truth about Zika and microcephaly?
Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly
Meanwhile Brazil’s health minister insisted on Friday that authorities were “absolutely sure” Zika was connected to microcephaly, though it has yet to be scientifically proven.
A review of four years’ worth of medical records finds far greater numbers of microcephaly cases from before the ongoing Zika virus epidemic than had been officially reported.
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posted by adamvasco at 7:11 AM PST - 27 comments

“Let's get started before my headache gets any worse.”

Trek at 50: The quest for a unifying theory of time travel in Star Trek by Xaq Rzetelny [Ars Technica] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:05 AM PST - 33 comments

By itself, a comma is a portrait of a guitar. This is entirely correct.

Strunk & White's Elements of Style, rewritten by a predictive text generator by Jamie Brew. Follow along at @elementstrunk. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 5:44 AM PST - 26 comments

“Whenever I smell asphalt, I think of Maureen.”

RPS' Cara Ellison talks about Maureen, a character in Tim Schafer's adventure game Full Throttle.
posted by Sebmojo at 3:26 AM PST - 12 comments

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