October 16, 2017

NZ’s Experience with Deregulation & Privatisation

The US had Reagonomics, the UK had Thatcherism, while New Zealand had Rogernomics and Ruthanasia.... [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 9:43 PM PST - 12 comments

A Shit Leopard Can't Change its Spots.

John Dunsworth, who played park supervisor Jim Lahey in the long running Canadian series The Trailer Park Boys, has died at the age of 71.
posted by lkc at 7:00 PM PST - 58 comments

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

How we feel about Freud: Susie Orbach and Frederick Crews debate his legacy [The Guardian] “For a century or more, Sigmund Freud has cast a long shadow not just over the field of psychoanalysis but over the entire way we think of ourselves as human beings. His theory of the unconscious and his work on dreams, in particular, retain a firm grip on the western imagination, shaping the realms of literature and art, politics and everyday conversation, as well as the way patients are analysed in the consulting room. Since Freud’s death in 1939, however, a growing number of dissenting voices have questioned his legacy and distanced themselves from his ideas. Now Freud is viewed less as a great medical scientist than as a powerful storyteller of the human mind whose texts, though lacking in empirical evidence, should be celebrated for their literary value. The following debate, conducted through emails, was prompted by the forthcoming publication of Frederick Crews’s book Freud: The Making of an Illusion, which draws on new research materials to raise fresh questions about Freud’s competence and integrity.” [Previously.] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:01 PM PST - 51 comments

"I could have made something empowering."

Bennett Foddy, he who made exquisite torture games QWOP (MeFi), CLOP (MeFi) and GIRP (MeFi), released a new game as part of the October Humble Monthly, called Getting Over It. It'll be available on Steam on December 6, but in the meantime you can watch this trailer. It is a surprisingly realistic model of a guy in a cauldron with a pick trying to climb a mountain.
posted by JHarris at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

"He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation"

Day 270: Season of war. [this is the U.S. politics thread.] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 3:32 PM PST - 2389 comments

How Much More Are You Hiding?

The new trailer for Marvel's "Black Panther" is here (SLYT).
posted by Ipsifendus at 3:30 PM PST - 77 comments

Grace and Measure

Richard Wilbur, poet, translator, and lyricist, has died. He was 96. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

My kid could do that! Oh, wait, no. Never mind.

Callum Donovan-Grujicich is an twelve year-old artist who lives in Whitby, Ontario with his parents, his younger brother and his beloved dog Jiggs. From about the time he was learning to walk, Callum showed a strong inclination towards expressing himself through art, preferably in three dimensions. At the age of ten he began experimenting with the creation of art dolls and has been passionately constructing them ever since. They are made from a variety of materials, including paper clay, wire armature, acrylic paint, fabric, stuffing and various found objects. He hand sews all the clothes.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:13 PM PST - 23 comments

A Fire Story

When cartoonist Brian Fies's house burned down, he started drawing. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 12:22 PM PST - 15 comments


What Sewing Samplers Tell Us About Women’s Lives from the 17th to 19th Centuries.
The Fitzwilliam Museum's exhibit Sampled Lives exhibition shows how samplers (needlework training and practice) hold hidden messages in symbolism and contain clues of the lives of women and girls who made them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

me too

If every person who has been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Me too is sweeping across facebook and Twitter. Note: this is a post about sexual harassment and assault.
posted by theora55 at 8:30 AM PST - 249 comments

'Twitter today is a cesspool of hate. A plague of frogs.'

Designer and man-about-Internet shares his personal history of Twitter.
posted by nerdfish at 6:50 AM PST - 227 comments

Some days you are the dog and others you are the fire-plug.

Surviving a 15,000-feet fall. One very bad day over, in, and on the Pacific Ocean. (via) [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 6:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Welcome to CORE

Economics for a changing world - "An open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more..." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Where techno meets Giphy

Inward.Audio Real time streaming video mashups paired with the Fnoob techno stream. (Warnings: Blinking, flashing lights, potentially NSFW imagery, widely varying loud techno.)
posted by loquacious at 5:23 AM PST - 1 comments

Roses are red, violets are blue, omae wa mou shindeiru

Another merrily morbid meme for your Monday: you are already dead. What started with a ridiculous anime/ kung fu trope-tastic delayed death from various attacks by Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star (previously) expanded online, as memes tend to do, mostly in silly sorts of ways. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:28 AM PST - 18 comments

The End of WPA2?

Apparently there is a new, valid nonce reuse attack for WPA2... Well, it looks like one of the last reasonable bastions of IT security is breached. It appears you can bypass WPA2 using an attack forcing key reinstallation by manipulating modding and replaying crypto packets to get WPA2 to reset keys. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata at 3:23 AM PST - 74 comments

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