September 18, 2018

Food, glorious food

25 Restaurants That Seriously Need To Chill TF Out
22 Crimes Against Food Serving Committed By Restaurants SOME OVERLAP DON'T @ ME
25+ People Who Never Figured Out How Food Works
20+ Memes For People Whose Religion is ‘Food’
21 Of The Laziest Things People Have Ever Done To Food LAST THREE ARE NOT LAZY FOR SOME FOLKS
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:45 PM PST - 88 comments

The long run.

I overheard a young man on the train on the way home today, talking to another young man. Holding hands. In college, I guessed. About that age anyway. Much younger than I am. He was talking about AIDS, in a scholarly way. About how it had galvanized the gay community. How it had spurred change. Paved the way to make things better, in the long run. The long run.
posted by gwint at 9:44 PM PST - 36 comments

Oh, and that man? Buried with an axe.

"I know that sounds absurd, like PC culture gone amuck. Men are, on average — and I don’t mean to disparage the capability of individual men here — less competent on the battlefield. Their higher center of gravity makes them less stable. Their voices are too guttural and low to carry well across the din of battle. Testosterone makes them prone to irrational behavior and leaves them poor candidates not just for leadership roles but even subordinate roles. Their larger body mass makes them easier targets for missile weapons and less capable of the sorts of guerrilla tactics that vikings favored on their raids. To say nothing of how men are socialized to constantly bicker with other men."
- Some Viking Warriors Were Probably Men
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 6:50 PM PST - 20 comments

I can't remember the last time a singer gave me chills like this.

Bent Knee's phenomenal album Land Animal is a study in contradictions: haunting at once effervescent, and metal and poppy and contemplative all at the same time. In short, it is a fantastic time.
posted by rorgy at 5:51 PM PST - 14 comments

The womenly women of New Zealand

New Zealand women won the right to vote on 19 September 1893 - 125 years ago today*. In doing so, New Zealand became the "first self-governing colony in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections." Join us to celebrate Suffrage 125: Women, the Vote, and Activism [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 3:53 PM PST - 8 comments

It settles my beef with Carl Jung and his one-man Canadian cover band

It is no wonder that old ideas of the masculine persist, in a kind of camp afterlife, transmitted largely via jokes we really mean and ironies that aren’t fully ironic.
Philip Christman writes an essay on contemporary masculinity, "What Is It Like to Be a Man?"
posted by Rumple at 3:07 PM PST - 100 comments

I stopped writing when we saw the new, bad MRI.

Last year, Rob Delaney (of Catastrophe and Deadpool 2) started writing a book proposal about his two-year-old son's brain cancer. He never finished it, because Henry died in January. This week, Rob published some of what he had written. Content Warning: medical description of childhood cancer
posted by Etrigan at 1:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Adumbrated sex mars rationality

The usual jerks (internet mobs, shaky governments, lickboot capital) attack female ASMR artists.
posted by clew at 11:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Forging Islamic science

Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How? [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:48 AM PST - 12 comments

160,000 letters seized by British warships will be scanned and published

"You can't love me anymore if you don't answer. I will now stop writing. I give up." A cache of 160,000 letters, posted between 1652 and 1815 but seized by British warships and never delivered, will be scanned and posted online for all to see. A large percentage have never been opened. For many that were, it's tragic to imagine that they were never received: an indentured servant writing to her father, apologizing for whatever she did wrong and begging him to send clothes because she doesn't have any, or a wife writing to her distant husband saying that he must not love her any longer because he is not responding to her letters.
posted by quarantine at 11:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Can one movie revitalize a community?

The first Haida language film could have lasting impacts [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Banana Mob Rule: Produce, Blackmail and the Mafia in Ohio

Frank Oldfield was the Postal Inspector who took down America’s first organized crime ring, The Society of the Banana (Politico). The Black Hand or "Society of the Banana" terrorized new Italian immigrant communities in parts of the US by mail. An Ohio history writer contends that organized crime didn't start in the U.S. in Chicago or New York, but in Marion (Marion Star). The grip of "la mano nera" spread across the Mid-west, as tracked by postal inspectors (Littleton Independent, 1909). The story of how a postal worker brought them down was almost lost forever (Vice) -- in part because Oldfield's family feared retribution, generations later.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

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The Life, Forking, and Death of Great Data Exchange Formats or TwoBitHistory on RSS. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 8:53 AM PST - 48 comments

Freddie Oversteegen

The remarkable obituary of Freddie Oversteegen, hero of the Dutch Resistance. [more inside]
posted by saladin at 8:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Uncommon People

In 1999, Channel 4 sent Pulp's Jarvis Cocker around the world to investigate outsider art and interview its creators; the result was a fascinating three-part series: Part one (France). Part two (US). Part three (Mexico, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and India). A full list of the featured sites (some of which no longer exist) is posted here.
posted by carrienation at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Matilda turns 30

Illustrator Quentin Blake imagines Matilda at 30. “I am sure that someone who had read so many books when she was small could easily have become chief executive of the British Library, or someone exceptionally gifted at mental arithmetic would be perfectly at home in astrophysics. And if you have been to so many countries in books, what could be more natural than to go and see them yourself?”
posted by ChuraChura at 8:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Would you like to see something A M A Z I N G?

Pick a number, any number and this fun little site will show how it is the sum of three palindromes! It doesn't seem like it should be possible, but it always is, in any base, and most of the time there's more than one way to do it.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 8:08 AM PST - 15 comments

But I Like You

Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman confirms the that characters of Bert & Ernie were written as a gay couple.
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:12 AM PST - 141 comments

Higher. Further. Faster.

The first trailer for Captain Marvel has dropped.
posted by dinty_moore at 6:22 AM PST - 176 comments

Моё имя — твой страх, кровоточит на губах

СКАЗКА / FAIRYTALE is the latest song from Moscow's IC3PEAK [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

“Enjoy every sandwich.”

What’s the best way to cut a sandwich? [The Takeout] “Today, we focus on the most vexing question to confound mankind since whether a hot dog is a sandwich.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:38 AM PST - 89 comments

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