May 15, 2019

Underground Photos From New York’s Seediest Years

Miron Zownir captures the provocative energy and aggressive hedonism of the city in the 80s. Hailed by Terry Southern as the "Poet of Radical Photography," Miron Zownir took up photography in the late 1970s when he arrived in West Berlin. Moved by the spirit of punk, Zownir embraced the utopian vision of anarchy and nihilistic self-destruction that flourished openly on the streets and in the sex clubs, drug dens, and nightlife of West Berlin and London.
posted by bongo_x at 11:45 PM PST - 9 comments

cartography is a weapon

"The goal of the MappingBack Network is to provide mapping capacity and support to members of Indigenous communities fighting extractive industries. Mapping has long been used as a tool for colonial dispossession; MappingBack seeks to reverse this by using mapping as a tool to fight back." Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Can CBD Really Do All That?

How one molecule from the cannabis plant came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all. (SLNYT) "With more than 65 cellular targets, CBD may provide a kind of full-body massage at the molecular level. This biochemical promiscuity is one reason CBD seems so medically promising, according to Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai, in New York. Modern neuroscience often tries to target one pathway or receptor, Hurd told me; that approach is easier to study scientifically, but it may not address what are often network-wide problems. “The brain is about a symphony,” she says. And CBD, she suspects, can “bring the entire symphony into harmony.”"
posted by Little Dawn at 9:01 PM PST - 84 comments

Rwanda on track to be the first country to eradicate cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Rwandan women (Modern Ghana), and there were considerable cultural barriers to the vaccination programme – HPV is a sexually transmitted infection and talking about sex is taboo in Rwanda. Added to this, rumours that the vaccine could cause infertility made some parents reluctant to allow their daughters to be vaccinated. Rwanda’s economy and history also made it seem an improbable candidate for achieving high HPV vaccination coverage (WHO). High-income countries had only achieved moderate coverage of the HPV vaccine (The Lancet). How Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer (Mosaic Science) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

you can have MATCHING cats... in age...

Cat Salesman (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Decriminalizing Shrooms; Psychedelic Therapy; Pyschedelics vs Capitalism

The Dramatic Story of How Denver Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms. "With a little help from Joe Rogan and the youth vote, the almost unthinkable happened—and set the stage for reform nationwide." On May 7th Denver voters voted to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, but right now many people seem to be confused about what that actually means. Meanwhile, activists in California are also hoping to decriminalize shrooms in 2020. [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 6:55 PM PST - 44 comments

I like the idea of old untranslated games being playable in any language

Universal Game Translator: This Tool Can Translate Japanese RPGs as You Play [Code Dojo] “I’m a retro gaming nut. I love consuming books, blogs, and podcasts about gaming history. The cherry on top is being able to experience the identical game, bit for bit, on original hardware. It’s like time traveling to the 80s. Living in Japan means it’s quite hard to get my hands on certain things (good luck finding a local Speccy or Apple IIe for sale) but easy and cheap to score retro Japanese games. [...] There is one obvious problem, however. It’s all in Japanese. Despite living here over fifteen years, my Japanese reading skills are not great. (don’t judge me!) I messed around with using Google Translate on my phone to help out, but that’s annoying and slow to try to use for games. So I wrote something to do the job called UGT (Universal Game Translator).” [Download available here (64-bit).zip] [via: Vice Gaming]
posted by Fizz at 11:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Making Sense Of The Britney Spears Conservatorship And #FreeBritney

The Britney Spears conservatorship saga has gone through many twists and turns since it started in 2008. Could it be coming to an end soon? (Spears and conservatorship previously)
posted by Etrigan at 11:15 AM PST - 21 comments

That boy needs therapy

The Avalanches - 'Frontier Psychiatrist'
Lyrics [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 11:14 AM PST - 51 comments

Háá Nilyį́į́h Fleming Begaye Sr.

One of the oldest WWII veterans and Navajo Code Talker, Fleming Begaye Sr. passed away on May 10th [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 10:29 AM PST - 22 comments

"may actually mask evidence that small farms aren't growing full force"

Is it a Farm if it Doesn’t Sell Food? Civil Eats on "The latest Census of Agriculture, released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [...] The new census shows that nearly 604,000 farms reported sales below $1,000, a slight increase from 2012. It's not known how many of those farms had zero sales, since that data isn't published by the USDA".
posted by readinghippo at 10:23 AM PST - 34 comments

Beads and viruses go hand in hand

Ruth Cuthland is an artist of Plains Cree, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. In her work, Trading Series, she uses beads to illustrate twelve diseases Europeans brought to North America, and porcupine quills to illustrate the disease that traveled back to Europe. In Don't Breathe, Don't Drink she beaded magnified bacterium and parasites found in the water of the 94 First Nations communities with boil water advisories
posted by ChuraChura at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

You Were the Man Then, Dog

From humble beginnings as a one-off parody of a goofy Sean Connery line, You're The Man Now Dog (YTMND) grew to become a landmark of mid-00s web culture, with its simple premise of user-generated GIF/image collages paired with text and a looping sound file spawning countless enduring memes and viral fads from the sublime and the mesmerizing to the inane and the ridiculous. While the community declined in the wake of YouTube, Vine, /r/GifSound, and other social media, and creator Max Goldberg grew increasingly ambivalent about its future in the face of medical and moderation problems, the site itself survived as a time capsule of high weirdness from the glory days of web 2.0. But now, one year after shutting down new sign-ups, YTMND has at long last gone offline for good. Punch the "." key, for god's sake, then look inside for an archive of some of the best YTMNDs of all time. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 10:10 AM PST - 57 comments

I Broke Breakfast

Americans eat a narrower variety of foods for breakfast than anyone else. It doesn’t have to be this way. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 10:10 AM PST - 110 comments

Designing media with minds in mind

Why books don’t work talks about how some media (books and lectures) do not, by default, take advantage of what is known in cognitive science, and wonders what media could be designed that would.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 10:00 AM PST - 45 comments

My wife

Anatomy of the Wife Guy Not every guy with a wife is a wife guy, and not all wife guys have wives.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:39 AM PST - 80 comments

Voynich Decoded.

Sometimes, you just need the right person for the job. After only a few weeks, Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, identified the language and writing system as the only known example of proto-Romance. [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 9:04 AM PST - 83 comments


"Nothing worse than sleeping at a friend's house and their family has some weird ass thing like calling spaghetti "Billy Dinner" or some shit" quoth HelloCullen on twitter. Twitter delivered many, many, many receipts of weird-ass family recipes and strange names for normal recipes and other alarming family habits.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:55 AM PST - 121 comments

"Anyone can get lost in there. It’s a big forest."

In Lithuania, to get lost while picking mushrooms is a common enough occurrence to have its own word: nugrybauti. [...] You achieve a state of nugrybauti when the thrill of having spotted choice edibles slides into uneasiness, brought on by the feeling that the forest has changed around you. Your sense of direction scampers off, and you trudge around aimlessly over moss, under branches, and around the skirts of spruces, lost—until, much later, you are back on a familiar path, though not where you thought you’d be. [more inside]
posted by ragtag at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Mother's Day

May 14th, 2018, was the worst day of my life, when we lost Becky forever. May 13th, 2019, this little baby came two weeks early to remind me what unconditional love is, and to bring the presence of an aunt who I would love to be here, right now. - Kate Beaton (many previouslies, specifically her sister Becky)
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow

Design your own pixel font with Bitfontmaker2 [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

A (Not So) Quiet Revolt In A Harvard House

Last Saturday, Harvard announced that it would not be renewing the faculty dean appointment of Harvard Law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and his wife, lecturer Stephanie Robinson. The decision had been in part due to toxic behavior going back years, but had ultimately been precipitated by student response to Sullivan choosing to join the defense team of sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:24 AM PST - 50 comments

Recounting the horrors of the Gulag to the Youtube generation

Kolyma - Birthplace of Our Fear (Russian, English subtitles). In late April, Russian Internet superstar Yuri Dud, mainly known for his interviews with celebrities and other public figures, shocked both his 5 million subscribers and the general public by publishing a two-hour documentary about the Kolyma region in Russia’s far northeast that is almost synonymous with Stalin-era repressions, visiting the sites of some of the deadliest prison camps in the area and interviewing historians and local activists, as well as descendants of Gulag inmates. [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms at 2:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Project Artemis

NASA's initiative to put a woman on the Moon is named Artemis, after Apollo's twin sister [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:34 AM PST - 41 comments

this week in gender

Gender Reveal is a lovely podcast if you've ever wondered about what the hell gender is. Molly Woodstock interviews other queer/trans/nonbinary people about stuff.
posted by Gymnopedist at 12:14 AM PST - 4 comments

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