February 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Maple Leaf!

Today is the fiftieth birthday of the Canadian flag. Questions have been raised, however, as to why the federal government has more or less ignored it. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:00 PM PST - 73 comments

Love Tokens from the Thames

Love Tokens from the Thames, dug up by the Mud God (aka Steve Brooker of Thames and Field).
posted by gamera at 10:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Top, Bottom, Left, Right

Tony Zhou looks at the quadrant system with scenes from Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Drive, geometric staging with Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well, and character decision with Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:07 PM PST - 30 comments

...a substantial target worth hitting

On the night of 13/14 February 1945, RAF Bomber Command carried out a raid on the city of Dresden, the capital of Saxony, Germany. For all intents and purposes, this was a standard mission undertaken in much the same way as any other sortie... Warning - some graphic images inside
posted by mattoxic at 5:42 PM PST - 79 comments

...and flies, and flies, and flies...

After qualifying with over 245 metres, Peter Prevc, the Slovenian ski jumper, breaks the world record and becomes the first ski jumper to jump / glide / soar for a quarter of a kilometre. Alternatives here and here.
posted by Wordshore at 4:16 PM PST - 33 comments

The Gaeneviad

French cartoonist Boulet creates a sweet tale for St. Valentine's day. Slightly NSFW. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:52 PM PST - 21 comments

It's like a bad movie plot, only IRL.

"Kaspersky Lab says it has seen evidence of $300 million in theft from clients, and believes the total could be triple that." The New York Times reports that hackers have pulled off the first successful bank heist from banks in Russia, Japan, the U.S., and Europe. [more inside]
posted by daq at 3:03 PM PST - 71 comments

"...safe, somewhat organic, and guaranteed to improve your life."

Icelandic Ultrablue (nsfw) [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 1:38 PM PST - 18 comments

I'll eat you up, I love you so

Shortly after meeting my wife, she introduced me to the nuanced meaning that the Spanish word nervio had acquired in the lexicon of her family. As used in their Chilean home, the word could be defined as a feeling of such intense affection that one trembles or grits his teeth with restraint so as not to harm the object of his affection. I have heard others allude to the sensation in seemingly bizarre phrases such as, "It's so cute [that] I want to squeeze it to death." I often ask people about nervio. For those like me who have experienced it frequently throughout their lives, a complete definition is unnecessary and the word fills a void in their vocabulary. With others, my description is often greeted with bewilderment. Having never felt such a sensation, it is hard for them to imagine.
More? Tagalog's gigil, corporal cuddling, and some scientific insights into the "cute aggression" phenomenon
posted by Rhaomi at 11:58 AM PST - 67 comments

Fictional Hungarian euro banknotes

A Hungarian art student's MA project is a series of banknotes with illustrated animals and plants.
posted by curious nu at 11:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Homeward

When Hugo Lucitante was a boy, his tribe sent him away to learn about the outside world so that, one day, he might return and save their village. Can he live up to their hopes? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Beyond Gandhi and King

The Secret History of South Asian & African American Solidarity. South Asians and African Americans have been standing up for each other for over a century -- and continue to do so. Race politics, shared heritage, and issues of caste and class are among the few examples of interconnected history that largely go untaught in the U.S. [via mefi projects]
posted by automatic cabinet at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Bruno Bad? Strong Mars?

Presented without comment but with great enjoyment and nostalgia: Uptown Funk v. Everybody to the Limit.
posted by WCityMike at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

From the golden age of hypertext

The Big Fun Glossary: “Big Fun began its life as the home of the Malvern Girls, three young adults from the Philadelphia Suburbs. From its initial disastrous housewarming and continuing on through the worst winter on record and into a spring infested with ticks, flies and cicadas, Big Fun, a stately yellow farmhouse in rural Central Virginia, saw many interesting sights: impromptu punk rock concerts, Dextromethorphan chug-fests, Nomadic Festivals, nazi skinheads, and (most importantly) record alcohol consumption. Like most tight social groups, Big Fun had its own language, history and collection of in-jokes. This website is designed to grant you access to the inner workings of this remarkable youth culture as it actually functioned in the mid-90s.” [more inside]
posted by smammy at 9:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Had to "put my oar in" my Valentine

Valentine's Day Cards of the Late 1800's and Early 1900's (Tillie's Antique Chatter)
A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentines Day Cards at the Lilly Library (Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington)
History of the Card
Victorian Valentine's Day Cards - in Pictures (The Guardian, from The Laura Seddon Collection held by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections)
A Victorian Treasury's piece on Esther Howland (1828-1904), Mother of the American Valentine
National Valentine Collectors Association
An antidote for saccharine: Vinegar Valentines (Pinterest)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

A Scar On The Map

Judge Carlton Reeves sentenced three young white men in the murder of an innocent black man. But first, he had something to tell them. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 6:52 AM PST - 85 comments

A cappella Cardiacs

A cappella renditions of songs off the Cardiacs album Sing to God, aka the best album you've never heard of. The original double album (Part I, Part II) is arguably the band's magnum opus, inspiring (among other things) parts of Radiohead's OK Computer; these renditions capture some of the glorious derangement of the originals, and add all manner of delightful innovations to the material. Don't miss: Fiery Gun Hand, Insect Hoofs on Lassie, Wireless, Dirty Boy, Nurses Whispering Verses.
posted by rorgy at 6:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Drawing me back through night’s dark maze

'041' by Iain Banks [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:29 AM PST - 6 comments

U Suck

Fuck Valentine's Day, 'cause really?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:59 AM PST - 55 comments

Would I argue with the Federal Reserve

Youe life time earnings and something you probably do not want to hear. People projected to earn the median amount will see their earnings grow 38 percent from the time they're 25 to when they turn 55; those in the 95th percentile will see their earnings grow 230 percent over the same period; and those in the 99th percentile will see their earnings grow 1,450 percent. That may seem obvious—those at the top of the wealth differential were probably propelled there by astronomical earnings growth, not a streak of flat earnings. The Fed report, however, points out that the steepest pay increases happen early. "Across the board, the bulk of earnings growth happens during the first decade," Fortunately for me mine took the upward swing after 23 years of employment. There is still hope.
posted by rmhsinc at 4:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Go obscure, out-of-print, feminist, progressive, female authors!!! Woot!

Drinking My Way Through the Literary 1930's : "The backbone of this blog is the amazing and unfortunately out-of-print book, So Red the Nose. To this 1935, somewhat tongue-in-cheek recipe book, thirty bestselling contemporary authors submitted original cocktails, based around their own original works ... My mission, then, is to recreate 29 of these cocktails ... and combine them with their namesakes, ... discovering which books are classics tragically forgotten and which are better left to collect dust in library basements." [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution at 3:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Alaaf!

Carnival in the Netherlands starts tomorrow. Carnival in the Netherlands is called Carnaval, Vastenavond or Vastelaovend, and is most celebrated in traditionally Catholic regions, mainly the southern provinces North Brabant and Limburg. Dutch Carnaval is officially celebrated on the Sunday through Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, but in many places, festivities have started earlier. 'Alaaf' is a traditional greeting, only used during Carnaval. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:58 AM PST - 19 comments

The world is forever spawning Damned Things

So! The "bird" category has (somewhat culture specific) internal structure. For example, most Americans will agree that a robin is a better example of a bird than an albatross, and an albatross is a better bird than an ostrich. (And while bats are not birds, they are better birds than horses are, and horses are better birds than refrigerators are; so the gradations continue to some extent outside the category boundary).
Let's talk about category structure and oppression: how the way we think about categories feeds into social oppression and justice.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:57 AM PST - 51 comments

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