October 6, 2014

It's 11:30 – do you know where your children are?

Saturday Night's Children: "Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our [2011-2014] column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure."
posted by not_on_display at 11:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Impediments to an Otherwise Delightful Life

A short list of doleful thoughts and feelings for a modern life. Based on The Pillow Book.
posted by Peregrine Pickle at 9:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Banning club drugs hasn't made users safer

In her quest for answers, Goldsmith came to a startling realization: Molly didn't kill her daughter. Federal policies that promote drug abolition and discourage education about safe drug use killed her daughter. "The way we deal with it has got to change because people are dying," said Goldsmith. "My heart says: if you're gonna try Molly, you better make sure you know what you're taking." - Vox: Banning club drugs hasn't made users safer, A grieving mom hopes her plan will [more inside]
posted by beisny at 6:37 PM PST - 69 comments

Hey Kids, What Time Is It?

Ladies and Gentlemen, Buffalo Bob Smith: Live at The Fillmore East (1971)
posted by jonmc at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Out, damn'd spot!

Stain Solutions. The University of Illinois Extention tells you how to tackle all the messes you've made.
posted by mimo at 6:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Seasons change, time passes by, as the weeks become the months...

Time Magazine's Seasonal Beer Guide shows you when some breweries release various seasonal beers.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:41 PM PST - 35 comments

Daily Life in Raqqa under Isis

"Vanityfair.com received the below text from a Syrian who claims Raqqa as a hometown[...]Artist Molly Crabapple has completed sketches based on the scenes presented in the source’s photos."
posted by OmieWise at 5:41 PM PST - 36 comments

Germany's 2014 Africa Prize for rescuing Timbuktu manuscripts

Abdel Kader Haidara awarded Germany's 2014 Africa Prize for rescuing Timbuktu manuscripts. Under his direction centuries' worth of texts were smuggled out when the city was taken by book-burning religious conservatives in 2012. The collection is currently in Mali's capital Bamako where it is being preserved and digitized. More text, slideshow, video, previously previously previously [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 3:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Overtone Singing

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele. "Overtone singing is a voice technique where it seems like one person sings two notes at the same time. You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 2:18 PM PST - 66 comments

sex work: fantasies as commodities, consent, and emotional labor

"In my experience, the reminder that the sexual fantasy isn’t real, that the women who perform availability aren’t ACTUALLY available, that we aren’t ACTUALLY clamouring to be sexualized by men, that we control when the fantasy starts and stops, and that our performance is just that, a performance that requires compensation… well, some men find that hard to swallow." [more inside]
posted by flex at 2:10 PM PST - 128 comments

Can I make this without the ingredients?

All The Comments on Every Recipe Blog is a list of, well, the most common comments on every recipe blog.
posted by GuyZero at 1:00 PM PST - 191 comments

These boots are made for rolling... for about ten miles or so...

For years, people have dreamed of adding a little extra horsepower to their roller skates. With batteries improving and motors shrinking, one company has decided to try again. Enter ACTON RocketSkates. Ars Technica takes them for a spin.
posted by rouftop at 11:35 AM PST - 37 comments

A man who wants to hear a Yes will find a way to drag it out of you.

I do not believe that most women — that most victims of sexual assault — freeze or shut down when faced with the prospect of coercive sex because they don’t really care what happens next, or because they're excited to push through the moment for the sheer joy of accusing the aggressor of rape after the fact. I believe that these women, these people, have a finely tuned sense for their safety, that when a woman reports having "a feeling that it would turn into an ordeal if I rejected him," she is not crazy and she knows what she is talking about.
Mallory Ortberg explores the ongoing debate surrounding passive versus active consent as its effects echo through the Alt Lit community: On Deciding What Counts: Elizabeth Ellen and What Makes A Victim.

[TW: rape, sexual assault, child abuse]
posted by divined by radio at 11:05 AM PST - 141 comments

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014

The great Geoffrey Holder died on Sunday at the age of 84 Mr. Holder was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on August 1st, 1930 and danced with his brother Boscoe’s dance troupe as a child. He arrived in New York in 1952 at the invitation of the legendary choreographer, Agnes de Mille and, to pay his fare, he sold 20 of his paintings. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 10:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Because "there’s much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines."

Coming soon to a theater near you, it's Tetris! The Movie.
posted by hoodrich at 10:38 AM PST - 60 comments

When we do this, we feel alive. And when we feel alive, we are happy.*

While Prohibition may have withered the American drinker’s palate and understanding & sent the most talented drink-slingers into exile, cocktails are back, and better than ever! And who are the people that have brought the all-but-dead art of America’s contribution to world drinks culture (and the profession & craft of the Bartender) back to stunning, exuberant life? Hey Bartender! [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Surf City USA

Where would you say the big US surf towns are? Santa Cruz? Haleiwa? Montauk? Paia? Ocean City?
How about Missoula, Montana. River Surf Session [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:59 AM PST - 15 comments

25 Years Later

Showtime officially announces David Lynch and Mark Frost's cult TV series "Twin Peaks" will return in 2016. David Lynch confirms via Twitter, and Frost speaks to Variety, confirming that the new episodes "will be set in the present day and continue storylines established in the second season."
posted by rabbitroom at 9:41 AM PST - 151 comments

"Once there was a tree . . . "

‘The Giving Tree’: Tender Story of Unconditional Love or Disturbing Tale of Selfishness?
Anna Holmes and Rivka Galchen reconsider Shel Silverstein’s classic, published 50 years ago.
posted by Fizz at 9:30 AM PST - 130 comments

One fuzzball special, coming up!

In the next of a series of comics with female protagonists (Thor, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel), Marvel Comics has just announced the (aptly-titled) Unbeatable Squirrel Girl solo comic. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:57 AM PST - 62 comments

A Medical First: Woman Successfully Gives Birth With A Donated Womb

In January, we heard that several women in Sweden had received uterine transplants. This weekend, for the first time in history, a woman born without a womb gave birth to a living child. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:51 AM PST - 18 comments

We Hunted The Mammoth

We Hunted The Mammoth digs deep into the varied worlds of Mens Rights Activism to examine anti-feminism through such lenses as giant harassment machines, pro-life horror movies, MRA automation, Islamophobia, Metafilter's own Scott Adams, and flatulence. Trigger warning: every imaginable type of MRA language. Also, explaining the mammoth thing.
posted by Evilspork at 8:47 AM PST - 72 comments

Tenny mucho mucho deniro in su trucky-trailer?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver takes on the issue of civil asset forfeiture, including "Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit", a preview of how police procedurals could handle the topic. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu at 8:06 AM PST - 50 comments


This morning, the Supreme Court denied cert petitions in all seven same-sex marriage cases that had been brought to the SCOTUS level. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:58 AM PST - 213 comments

Character and ideology and ethics and every day life are all intertwined

Ian Welsh on The Role of Character and Ideology in Prosperity and Why We Live In a Shitty Economy for Most People
posted by T.D. Strange at 6:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Awesome artist's description of how he won a design competition

Interested in art, architecture, design, numismatics, software? Then you will be fascinated by Dutch artist Stani's detailed description how he won the competition to design the 2008 commemorative 5 Euro coin themed "Netherlands and architecture". A brilliant insight into the designer's thought process and the technology used to implement his concepts.
posted by kairab at 4:18 AM PST - 6 comments

La plus ca change...

Inside Orania, South Africa's "whites only" town. In the sparsely populated Karoo desert in the heart of South Africa's Northern Cape, apartheid lives on. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 12:52 AM PST - 26 comments

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