December 7, 2016

a perfect superposition of tragedy and farce

How the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work - "Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Cat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game

Cat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game In her own words, Cat Hulbert describes how she got rich beating male opponents - and the casinos - and explains why in her view women are innately better at poker than men.
posted by jouke at 9:44 PM PST - 61 comments

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.

The World Of Tomorrow: A Tribute to the Post-Apocalyptic Cinema (SLVimeo)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:26 PM PST - 20 comments

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

100 Notable Books of 2016 [The New York Times] The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2015, when we published our previous Notables list. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Peace, love, unity, respect, and rave with Kutski

DJ Kutski is keeping the rave alive via podcast mixes, "representing 360 degrees of the harder styles of dance music," an hour at a time. He's up to 244 episodes, and if you check out a few, you'll quickly notice a pattern in the shows. They generally feature a mix of old and new tracks, a cheeky check to see "does it sound good at 170 BPM", a bit of sample mania, and a guest mini-mix from such names as Dune and Charlie Lownoise & Mental Theo from the living history of the scenes, with folks like Sound Rush and AniMe representing the new generation. PLUR! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Not an Onion Title: Rehab for Millennials Aims to Turn Them Into Adults

"Yellowbrick was founded a decade ago specifically to treat 'emerging adult' brains. It helps its patients navigate the extended period between childhood and adulthood." At a cost of $27,500 per month and a minimum commitment of 10 weeks, parents of prospective patients are paying dearly - and some would say being sucked dry - in the name of launching their failed-to-launch 20 or 30-something child.
posted by tafetta, darling! at 8:12 PM PST - 75 comments

smash the state, pet the pups

An American in Syria: The young United States florist headed to Raqqa, Syria, as a volunteer with the People’s Defense Units, or YPG, is known to most of Weird Twitter as PissPigGranddad.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:05 PM PST - 27 comments

I am proud to be brown

The other day on the bus, my kiddo was being teased about her dark brown skin. it wasn't the first time and it won't be the last. this morning we did a little self-love exercise. i wrote some positive things on sticky notes and had her stick them to her mirror. BuzzFeed interview with Alexandra Elle.
posted by Lanark at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth

The star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering distant planets. A long read NYTMag article about a scientist that touches on exoplanets, starshades, daily commutes, love, loss, widowhood, and aliens. (As an aside: the WFIRST mission, and the proposed starshade.)
posted by RedOrGreen at 2:43 PM PST - 18 comments

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM

The Bones Brigade’s The Search for Animal Chin — the most successful skateboarding video of all time — turns 30 next year. YouTube. Previously.

Under the guidance of Tim Payne, the original Animal Chin ramp builder, a new Chin Ramp has been erected at Woodward West Skatepark in Tehachapi, California. The outcome was a near-identical ramp complete with extensions, channels, mini ramp on top of the deck and a full vert spine – a feature that hasn't been attempted again since its original creation. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 2:41 PM PST - 18 comments

"the rule was to keep patients until their insurance ran out"

When people called in to ask for help or inquire about services, internal documents and interviews show, UHS tracked what a former hospital administrator called each facility’s “conversion rate”: the percentage of callers who actually came in for psychiatric assessments, then the percentage of those people who became inpatients. “They keep track of our numbers as if we were car salesmen,” said Karen Ellis, a former counselor at Salt Lake Behavioral.
How treating psychiatric care as a profit-driven business has led to predictably horrifying results.
posted by jeather at 1:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Meeeeeeeeee​EEEEeeeee​OOWWWWWWW​wwwwww

Choir singing cat tunes.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 1:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health

Investigating Environmental Racism is the essence of The ENRICH Project, a unique and innovative project established in 2012 to address the health and socio-economic effects of NIMBYism on Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. Their work is the subject of the documentary In Whose Backyard?
posted by Michele in California at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comments

Everyone good died.

it's time for this year's edition of everyone's favorite holiday tradition: The 2016 Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog! [more inside]
posted by Old Kentucky Shark at 1:00 PM PST - 125 comments

Four podcasts with episodes mostly under five minutes long

  • Random Tape is a podcast of random audio recorded by producer David Weinberg.
    (The last two episodes are longer than five minutes. Don't start there.)
  • Sidewalks is a podcast of short interviews and other audio recorded on the sidewalk.
    (The most recent episode is longer than five minutes. Don't start there.)
  • Poetry Now is a podcast of modern poets reading poems, from the Poetry Foundation.
  • Poem of the Day is a podcast of poems from throughout history read by poets and actors, also from the Poetry Foundation.
[more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Fossil fuels are doomed

A meta-assessment by Rembrandt Koppelaar argues that "Solar is able to generate 14 times the energy invested to create the panels" while "oil and gas now generate roughly 11 times the amount of energy invested" in the U.S., due to declining reserve quality.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:06 PM PST - 56 comments

Is Your T-shirt Clean of Slavery?

Business of Fashion: "Is Your T-shirt Clean of Slavery? Science May Soon Be Able to Tell. Shoppers lured by a bargain-priced t-shirt but concerned about whether the item is free of slave labor could soon have the answer — from DNA forensic technology." [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships

What adorable animal is this? It's a type of clam called a shipworm. One of the most destructive forces in the ocean and scourge of explorers. They eat boats, and apparently taste ok. These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan (PDF).
posted by joelf at 11:26 AM PST - 15 comments

SPEAR! SPEAR! BAH GAWD HE'S BROKEN IN HALF!

A subreddit r/Dogberg collects clips of dogs Goldberg spearing humans, animals, and other dogs.
posted by burgerrr at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Çeko​slovak​yalila​stira​madi​klari​mizdan​missiniz?

What features make languages most difficult for native English speakers?
posted by Chrysostom at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Inside Quebec’s Great, Multi-Million-Dollar Maple-Syrup Heist

In 2012 (previously), $18.7 million of maple syrup was stolen from a storage facility in St-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec (Modern Farmer's illustrated account here). Much of the stolen syrup was eventually traced and recovered (previously). In November of this year, Richard Vallières and two others were found guilty of the crime. This was not the only maple syrup heist of its kind. Quebec produces 72 per cent of the world's supply, with quotas, prices, and quality standards set by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. Rich Cohen, writing in Vanity Fair, asks: "Have there been side effects to all this success? Has the federation, with its quotas and its methods of control (quotas must be enforced), reaped its own sticky harvest?"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:15 AM PST - 52 comments

Food for thought at my own office.......

How To Tell Your Boss To Kiss Your Ass, And Get Away With It No description necessary.
posted by strelitzia at 9:59 AM PST - 13 comments

“A new president, new justice appointees changed the dynamic"

House Bill 493, a so-called "heartbeat" abortion bill, has cleared Ohio's House and Senate. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 8:46 AM PST - 105 comments

First off, you have to make ALL the cookies

What Christmas means, when you're the mom. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:36 AM PST - 72 comments

Arty G. Schronce and the Price of Chicken

Are chicken prices artificially high? “I have come to question the validity of some of the information provided,” [Schronce] wrote [PDF] in September in preparation for a meeting at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. “I do not think I am getting actual weighted average prices from some companies.” [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 7:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Her Hobbies Include Restoring Deadly Weapons

Today marks the release of Marvel Comics' Dr. Aphra #1, the first ongoing Star Wars comic to be headlined by an Asian character. Created by Kieron Gillen for the highly praised Darth Vader title run, Aphra has been described by her creator as a morally "inverse Indiana Jones" and represents the rare breakout character with no connection beyond the comic universe. After all, who wouldn't love someone who makes it a hobby of finding and restoring weapons of mass destruction? WARNING: Links and below the fold contain spoilers for the Darth Vader comics! [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 7:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Donald Trump is Time's 2016 Person of the Year

"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is Time Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year." [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:52 AM PST - 155 comments

I was going for small, specific and good.

2016 was a very punishing year for a variety of reasons. We lost a lot of good people. The election certainly was divisive. I wanted to remind people that there are these moments scattered throughout the year where something good came out of popular culture. (Audie Cornish interviews Glen Weldon of Monkey See)
Once a day until December 25, the Monkey See blog is highlighting a small good thing that happened in pop culture this year. (the Pop Culture advent calendar)

posted by BekahVee at 5:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Block by block

An Atari 2600 Emulator in Minecraft built by Youtube user SethBling. After the initial 'wow' response this is actually a fascinating under-the-hood model/demo/explanation of how video game cartridges and displays functioned.
posted by carter at 5:27 AM PST - 8 comments

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