September 11, 2018

A glimpse of an alternative reality

There’s one basic ingredient to living online that Sweden still lacks. They don’t have access to Amazon.
posted by Vesihiisi at 11:18 PM PST - 27 comments


The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s [Pitchfork Media] “Our list still reflects the realities of the ’80s—many great artists worked more successfully in singles than in full albums, for example—but we hope it represents the best of what this innovative decade has to offer, as well as how people consume music now. Tune in.”
posted by Fizz at 9:25 PM PST - 160 comments

China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims

Human Rights Watch has compiled a stunningly long and detailed report on China's persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang: "You either die there, or you go crazy. Two people did go mad, including a young man in his 20s. Every day, I had to tell myself that I have to survive, I must not go crazy, I pray silently inside myself."
posted by reductiondesign at 8:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Meet the girl who dreams of being Gaza’s first Olympic swimmer

Fatima Abu Shedeq has been undergoing intensive swimming training three days a week, six hours a day inside the sports club in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. Her first goal is to make the Palestinian national swimming team and go to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 6:02 PM PST - 1 comments

Ancient Jar of Gold Coins Found Under Theater

Archaeologists unearthed a pot of gold coins dating back to the 5th century AD under an abandoned theater near Milan, Italy. "The find site is just a few feet away from the forum of the Roman city where merchants, banks and temples would have done brisk cash business. It was also an elite residential neighborhood, however, so it’s not out of the question that a private individual rolled up his own wealth."
posted by grobertson at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

The Goldilocks zone for pooping

We asked five experts if we have to poop every day. Five out of five experts said no. (Alexandra Hansen, Quartz) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:04 PM PST - 189 comments

Beanplating sandwiches

We've already covered if pizza and burritos are sandwiches. Now there's a silly Buzzfeed quiz that will allow you to air your opinions and see how wrong everyone else is.
posted by coppermoss at 1:02 PM PST - 102 comments

Rising young women rock stars: feminine in the violent sense

Not Another Women in Rock Article: A new generation of rising young women rock stars—including Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, Waxahatchee and Camp Cope—has emerged. And they’re redefining what it means to own the room. "Female" is not a musical genre, it's a strength. Lindsay Zoladz, writing for The Ringer, finds inspiration in a quote from Mitski: "When I say [that my album is a] feminine album, immediately the perception is that it must be soft and lovely, but I mean feminine in the violent sense." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:13 AM PST - 44 comments

"What is more important than protecting children from corrupt texts?"

Towards a Critical Edition of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Ask Not for Whom the 60 kHz Bell Tolls

The Trump administration proposes, in its Fiscal 2019 budget to Congress, cutting $26.6 million and 136 jobs from NIST’s fundamental measurements, quantum science and measurement dissemination activities. That includes the closure of shortwave stations WWV, WWVB (Fort Collins, Colorado) and WWVH (Kekaha, Hawaii) which have provided a free audio and digital time signal to the Northern Hemisphere for over 50 years. [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:38 AM PST - 44 comments

This person secretly runs your favorite website.

What your new roommate's favorite book says about them
posted by holmesian at 6:08 AM PST - 133 comments

Terry A. Davis (1969-2018)

Terry Davis, creator of TempleOS (originally called LoseThos) - the biblically-themed operating system discussed previously, previouslier, and previousliest - passed away in mid-August while travelling on "his Great Western Adventure" through Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon. [more inside]
posted by Pinback at 5:28 AM PST - 51 comments

Wanted: One Kraken, 8-10 tentacles, no clothing

The United States Air Force needs (wants?) a kraken costume. Release the RFP! Requirements include: [more inside]
posted by COD at 5:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Would Your Favourite Celebrity be considered 'Socially Responsible?'

Fan Bingbing: Vanished Chinese star 'not socially responsible' The 2017-2018 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, carried widely by state media outlets, ranks Chinese celebrities according to three criteria: professional work, charitable actions and personal integrity. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 3:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Most excellent

How we made Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:59 AM PST - 56 comments

Release the Kraken!

He made this cool boat model out of chocolate, but then see what happened! [SLtwitter]
posted by Gotanda at 1:44 AM PST - 14 comments

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