November 25, 2016

Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Cuba's former revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, has died at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:11 PM PST - 241 comments

Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents

Despotism (1946) A 70 year old educational short, still of interest today. (10 minute slyt, previously)
posted by fings at 10:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Decorate the tree the way we deserve

Step-by-step guide to making a dumpster fire ornament for 2016.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

This place sunk a long time ago

Black Friday has cast its sinister shadow across the US once again, releasing a plague of deep discounts and demanding waves of senseless sacrifices to the god of Commerce. Why not celebrate by touring the desiccated ruins of classic American shopping temples from the comforts of your own home with Dan Bell's Dead Mall Series? Featuring the smooth sounds of Dan Mason, Washed Out and more! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 7:05 PM PST - 66 comments

OK, 2016, are you done yet?

Pauline Oliveros, great American Composer, May 30, 1932 – November 25, 2016 Oliveros coined the term deep listening, and defined it as a discipline. [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 5:13 PM PST - 52 comments

Understanding orgasm begins with a butt plug.

Nicole Prause (Wikipedia) studies the science of the connection between our brains and our genitals. This sometimes gets her into lots of trouble, but she couldn’t care less. Her study that indicated porn "addiction" was more like a high sex drive than true addiction (previously) generated calls for her to be fired. Her study of women's penis size preferences was the first to use 3-D printed phalluses.

Her current study asks the question "How do women really know if they are having an orgasm?" [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:16 PM PST - 63 comments

Our first Magic 8-Ball president.

While book-reading president-elect Donald continues to tweet and finally speaks with the New York Times, he also generates news: property in Argentina, conflict of interests and the foreign Emoluments Clause, Foundation tax returns, NASA funding, New York protection costs and disruption, flip-flopping, the Climate Accord, a musical, ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and not attempting to prosecute Hillary. New appointments include DeVos as education secretary and Haley as U.N. ambassador, with Michael Flynn tapped as national security advisor. Beyond Trump Tower, the results in three states may be challengeable or challenged, and in the ongoing count, Hillary's popular vote lead exceeds two million (live spreadsheet). [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 10:00 AM PST - 2631 comments

GPS collars, camera traps, and something called a "beakometer"

Where the Animals Go, excerpts from the book and online databases Movebank and zoaTrack
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:39 AM PST - 2 comments

All of them.

The writing staff of the comedy Workaholics has been compiling all of the worst lines you can possibly use in a show: How Many of These Joke Clichés Are You Guilty of Using?
posted by Room 641-A at 8:53 AM PST - 113 comments

Trying to challenge some of our settled assumptions

Reith Lectures 2016 by Kwame Anthony Appiah. 'I hesitate to disagree with even the Gandhi of legend, but I believe Western civilization is not at all a good idea, and Western culture is no improvement.' [more inside]
posted by asok at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Opt Outside with REI and get out in state parks, for free

Last year, the outdoor equipment retailer REI announced its stores will remain closed on Black Friday. It's doing it again this year, and they're paying their employees for the day and encouraging them to spend it outside. For everyone else, 13 states are waiving admission fees at some or all of their state parks, joining 9 states that have free basic admission every day.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it

Since we all know that the day after Thanksgiving is Math Friday, and we all need to know matrix multiplication for our everyday lives, it's perfect that we now have this lovely tool.
posted by selfnoise at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

From The Columbia Journalism Review
Covering Trump: An oral history of an unforgettable campaign. and Did Trump’s scorched-earth tactics mortally wound the media?
“The media as it used to be thought of is just not that important anymore. It doesn’t matter that some people were doing good work because… we’re just talking to ourselves and people who already agree with us.”
posted by adamvasco at 2:50 AM PST - 45 comments

'Here's the story of a lovely lady...'

Florence Henderson, famous as TV mom Carol Brady, died on Thanksgiving. She was 82.
posted by bryon at 12:18 AM PST - 101 comments

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