November 14, 2016

City Boy

TOKYO CULTURE STORY|今夜はブギー・バック(smooth rap) in 40 YEARS OF TOKYO FASHION & MUSIC / 'A chronological music video that compilates 40 years of Tokyo fashion and music from 1976 to 2016.'
posted by timshel at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Hang On To Yourself

Masturbation Euphemisms From Around The World — toss your own in here, too.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:17 PM PST - 89 comments

Ubuntu 12 exploit through NES ROM hacking

A new 0day vulnerability has been discovered for an older version of Ubuntu, exploitable through unexpected means, by using a specially-constructed NES ROM, in conjunction with the NSF audio format, leading an emulator to escape its expected memory region and execute outside instructions.
posted by JHarris at 9:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Democracy suffers if our news environment incentivizes bullshit

Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate. The rapid growth of these pages combines with BuzzFeed News’ findings to suggest a troubling conclusion: The best way to attract and grow an audience for political content on the world’s biggest social network is to eschew factual reporting and instead play to partisan biases using false or misleading information that simply tells people what they want to hear. This approach has precursors in partisan print and television media, but has gained a new scale of distribution on Facebook... [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 8:53 PM PST - 119 comments

47 Years Longer than the Average Raccoon Lifespan!

Ranger Rick magazine turns 50! Beginning publication in 1967, the NWF's flagship children's publication has been introducing kids to wildlife for three generations. At Classic Ranger Rick, explore the history of the magazine's look to get your nostalgia gland going, or check out early artists like Lorin Thompson and Alton Langford. Or enjoy some glorious photography it's featured through the years.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:45 PM PST - 43 comments

"'s all a sham; a way to get drug addicts out of Puerto Rico."

The Air Bridge: A paid one-way ticket from Puerto Rico to mainland American cities, including Philadelphia, promises heroin-addicted citizens good treatment at resort-like estates and even jobs; but many end up at unlicensed and unregulated treatment centers and wind up addicted on the streets or even dead.
posted by daninnj at 3:14 PM PST - 24 comments

"Free bananas in the NHS staff kitchen!!!"

Today, someone or something sent a "test" email to NHS staff. Unfortunately to rather a lot of NHS staff - between 850,000 and 1.2 million. A few of whom sent reply-all responses. Chaos ensued, though it is unclear whether bananas were involved.
posted by Wordshore at 2:53 PM PST - 71 comments

Goddamnit 2016

Gwen Ifill dead at 61.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:53 PM PST - 158 comments

Bal Diwas

The 14th of November has been celebrated as Children's Day in India since 1964. Also known as Bal Diwas, it is Chacha Nehru's birthday.
posted by infini at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

The Problem We All Live With

56 years ago today, 6 year old Ruby Bridges walked up the steps of the William Frantz Elementary School and into history, on the first day of integrated schools in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Please beware of overly friendly squirrel

In retrospect, the only reason I did not want a pet squirrel was that it simply hadn’t occurred to me to want one. On some level this isn’t surprising: It’s against the law to own a pet squirrel in many states, and as charming as they seem from afar, it is also technically true that they are rodents. How many people keep squirrels as pets? Who knows. It’s safe to say, though, the number is not very high, since most people would sooner settle for a more traditional pet than risk coming across as crazy. But looking at squirrels on Instagram awoke something in me.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:34 AM PST - 68 comments

The Inexplicably Ubiquitous Phenomenon of 'Woods Porn'

I’ve had to wonder if there was some sort of Johnny Appleseed of porn who traveled the country distributing perverse periodicals for the most inquisitive children to find on their explorations. Some have speculated about nasty gnomes or porn-faeries littering the woodlands with titillating treats.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:21 AM PST - 93 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Indigo Girls!!

Tig Notaro closes her recent Carnegie Hall show with an epic audience troll. (Yes, it's blatant pandering to throw MeFi a Tig Notaro post. I don't care. When she's not selling out Carnegie Hall, she played my town's little penny ante community center last year. There are so many reasons why I love the hell out of Tig Notaro. Here's one more.)
posted by Naberius at 9:01 AM PST - 28 comments

I prefer stories about squalor.

J.D. Salinger gave the television producer Peter Tewksbury permission to adapt “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,” and a movie was nearly made. (Single link to a New Yorker article.)
posted by thursdaystoo at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

It’s a bird, a plane, a SUPER MOON!

The November "supermoon" is extra close to Earth today  (Nov. 14), providing an extraordinary sight for skywatchers — but exactly what makes this month's full moon so special?
posted by dfm500 at 6:37 AM PST - 44 comments

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