September 16, 2018

They Scare Because They Care

"Haunters Against Hate had its genesis in some very negative speech from a group who reviews haunted attractions in the Ohio Valley area referencing the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting tragedy in the summer of 2016. They decided to take a stand in opposition to such speech; and more importantly, in support of LGBTQ actors, staff, friends and family. Haunters Against Hate stands by, always watching for hate speech or discrimination against anyone on basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and responding appropriately: Because hate is the scariest thing of all." [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 6:59 PM PST - 8 comments

The point of life isn’t to prolong youth, but to have grown up.

Why you should throw your children's art away. Mary Townsend writes: If it’s the act of making the art that’s useful and good for children, then let this part of the art live, and then let its results die. Like its aesthetic quality, the output of children’s artistic efforts is incomplete. Throwing it away actually does everyone a favor. It completes the artistic life-cycle, allowing ephemera to be just that: actually ephemeral.
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:54 PM PST - 107 comments

Mustachioed Monkeys

Entranced emperor tamarins! turn off the sound, it is annoying
posted by ChuraChura at 5:38 PM PST - 22 comments

“Your highs are Olympian, your lows like a plunge into the River Styx”

10 Brilliant Retellings of Classical Myths by Female Writers [Literary Hub] “There’s something about our oldest stories that never gets old. Rereading classical mythology is for me an exercise in surprise and recognition mixed together. There are things I’ve always missed in a myth, the previous time around, that strike me as utterly vital to understanding its meaning. I believe that myths hit us somewhere below the brain, at some irrational, dreamlike level that somehow feels truer than ordinary stories. When I read Ovid’s myth of Apollo pursuing Daphne, “one made swift by hope and one by fear,” and the nymph metamorphoses into a laurel tree to escape the amorous god forever, it disturbs and thrills me in ways I find hard to explain.* [...] The books in this list are the smartest, most beautifully wrought adaptations of classical myths I’ve ever encountered—and they all just happen to be by female writers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Linux Kernel adopts code of conduct

Linus Torvalds:
"This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry."
The Linux Kernel has adopted a formal code of conduct.
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:46 PM PST - 152 comments

what made this guy want to spend so much cash in secret?

The Billion-Dollar Mystery Man and the Wildest Party Vegas Ever Saw Tom Wright and Bradley Hope just shared an excerpt from the prologue of their book, "Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World", touted as the definitive account of the 1MDB scandal. (previously), focusing on the man still at-large, Jho Low. (twitter link to the article) Naturally, he's not taking it standing down, and his lawyers have been sending out legal letters to bookstores around the world. Back home, the book is selling fast and pirated PDFs are being freely shared. At the same time, Clare Rewcastle-Brown has also launched her own book of her investigative journalism on the scandal, in Malaysia no less, a fact unimaginable before the last election. Welp, Happy Malaysia Day!
posted by cendawanita at 1:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Yellow brick road, minus the bricks

Alejandro Durán created an art installation on the Mexican shoreline using mountains of trash.
posted by queen anne's remorse at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Hurricane Florence and Its Burdens

The reckoning, however, will not be the same for everyone in its path. Location is an obvious differentiator—but not the only one. Factors like socioeconomic status, age, whether a person has a disability, whether or not they own a car, and what languages they speak will also determine how easy or difficult it is to survive and recover from disasters like Florence. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

🐳actually, it's as much a bingo card as it is an alignment chart

Science Twitter presents the DnD-style alignment chart we never knew we needed: the nine types of 'Reply Guys.' [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:59 AM PST - 53 comments

Grimes Doesn't Pay

For generations, people have imagined life on the Martian surface in extraordinary detail, from how drinking water will be purified to how fresh food will be grown, but there is another question that remains unanswered: How will Mars be policed?
posted by Artw at 8:45 AM PST - 52 comments

Typhoon Mangkut / Ompong

Super Typhoon Ompong [international name: Mangkut] leaves at least 29 dead in Philippines as it moves on to make landfall at the Pearl River Delta near Hong Kong and Macau
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:28 AM PST - 18 comments


Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge set a new men's marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon today with a time of two hours, one minute, and 39 seconds. His new record is one minute and 18 seconds faster than the previous record set by Dennis Kimetto at the same race in 2014. Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a time of 2:18:11, with the top three women's competitors all finishing in under 2:19, a first.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Let the Nomad Games Begin!

"It would not be good for the whole world to become New York." A thousand yurts -- "the Czech Republic delegation, for example, was a group of male friends who fished around for an easy sport." -- "The American kok-boru team, some waving their own cowboy hats, brandished the flag of Wyoming" -- "The British ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Robin Ord-Smith, was a bit flummoxed about how his country could participate in the Games. “We don’t really do nomads,” he said. Then, an inspiration: Scotsmen!"
posted by Hypatia at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm just popping out for a moment

Berlin based artist Ben Roth has a slightly different blog which he calls Door of Perception inviting the viewer down a rabbit hole.
From Paul Wunderlich's Everything You Can Imagine Is Real and Mati Klarwein to Robert Steven Connett's Miracles Of Life On Display and Ernst Haeckel and oh so very many more.
(Caveat: This is an art post so there is bound to be NSFW in there.)
posted by adamvasco at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

“This Is What a Methodological Terrorist Looks Like”

‘I Want to Burn Things to the Ground’ [The Chronicle of Higher Education] “Just last month the Center for Open Science reported that, of 21 social-behavioral-science studies published in Science and Nature between 2010 and 2015, researchers could successfully replicate only 13 of them. Again, that’s Science and Nature, two of the most prestigious scientific journals around. If you’re a human interested in reliable information about human behavior, that news is probably distressing. If you’re a psychologist who has built a career on what may turn out to be a mirage, it’s genuinely terrifying.”
posted by supercrayon at 1:53 AM PST - 71 comments

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