May 16, 2018

"If I go to bed before the hunger hits then half a bagel is enough"

Everyone I’ve ever talked to who has been poor and is not anymore has the same story of the moment they realized they weren’t poor anymore: grocery shopping.

Writer Erynn Brook laid out the difference between being poor and being broke in a Twitter thread and received a lot of confirmatory responses.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:54 PM PST - 92 comments

A sad voice. A sad chord. Drums and hi-hats. Maybe some beeps.

Planet Lonely is a thirty-five track “album” of melancholic house music released for free by DJ Healer on his Soundcloud, following his two recent albums and another DJ mix.
(DJ Healer’s various other aliases have included Prime Minister of Doom, Traumprinz, DJ Metatron, and Prince of Denmark.) Previously
posted by Going To Maine at 9:32 PM PST - 7 comments

A Friend In Need

The Chrysler Museum Of Art has announced a new series of acquisitions to showcase one of the most reproduced and yet least known American artists of the last century. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Famous People Dancing: Is It Different?

Random famous people caught in snapshots dancing in sundry places.
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:43 PM PST - 22 comments

“Now Fizzing”.

Fizz enthusiasts, unite! A secret seltzer society for the digital age. [The Guardian] “It’s a closed Facebook group that’s been around since 21 November 2014, and it’s composed of more than 3,100 members from around the world. Within the group, its members offer and ask for tips on where to find sought-after flavors and brands (the Polar seltzer’s seasonal flavors are always a huge hit – right now, everyone is on the hunt for its Blood Orange Lemonade, Starfruit Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade Seltzer’ade flavors), share selfies and videos of themselves trying new kinds of seltzer for the first time (called “seltzies” and “fizzeos”, respectively), and discuss other aspects of their lives through the lens of the drink that has brought them all together.”
posted by Fizz at 8:04 PM PST - 73 comments

Green gilled shark vomits fizgig arm

Shark Arm murder 1935 - The tale of a tattooed boxer, cocaine smuggling, cab rides, a speedboat chase, murders and sharks. [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

The Church of Ambient Music

Ambient Church is “an NYC-based nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through audio visual performance.” [more inside]
posted by velvet winter at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments

UIs that accidentally preserve memories

Marcin Wichary reminisces about UIs that accidentally amass memories, beginning with "the wi-fi 'preferred networks' pane – unexpected reminders of business trips, vacations, accidental detours, once frequented and now closed cafés." Examples in the ensuing twitter thread (Threadreader) include, Bluetooth pairings, weather app saved locations, Vimeo's profile photo gallery, old Mii avatars, email drafts folder, ~/.ssh/known_hosts file, and User 1's ichat logs. via
posted by not_the_water at 1:10 PM PST - 66 comments

Bringing ancient manuscripts in the Vatican's Archives to (digital) life

Archivio Segreto Vaticanum, or the Vatican Secret Archives contain 85 km (~53 mi) of shelving, but is limited to physical access only... for now. But digitizing alone isn't enough - even with an index, how can you search this volume of material? Digitized text would be ideal, but automated digital transcription through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) only works with typed text because of a need for consistent shapes and clear spaces between characters. Add artificial intelligence and now you might have something. In Codice Ratio is the research project that is trying to recognize character segmentation, which is fed into a convolutional neural network to recognize characters and language models to compose word transcriptions.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

What if Javascript Wins?

What this suggests is that JavaScript may be reaching escape velocity as a network, and as an ecosystem of related technologies. To be clear, there’s no winner-takes-all here — domain-specific languages will always have their uniquely valuable areas of focus. But for general-purpose coding? Everything from spreadsheet macros to Internet of Things hardware seems to default to having JavaScript be one of the primary ways to make things programmable.
[more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:52 PM PST - 98 comments

MH370 is still missing, with no final answers

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing. The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the official search in January 2017 with no answers. How could a modern aircraft tracked by radar and satellites simply disappear? Because, say a group of experts, the pilot wanted it to. The theory posited on “60 Minutes” has something in common with previous ones about the fate of MH370: They're all guesswork. “It's all assumption and supposition and opinion. They have no corroborated facts to back any of it up, and we have never had anything corroborated.” (SL Washington Post) [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:13 AM PST - 58 comments

“It’s kind of scary, but it’s amazing"

With auto loan delinquency rates now higher than during the 2008 financial crisis, many Americans may soon be facing a new, higher tech repo man. (wapo link, may need to open in incognito mode)
posted by selfnoise at 8:41 AM PST - 89 comments

He gets to and I have to!

Two hidden pages have been found in Anne Frank's diary. Covered with gummed brown paper to hide her risqué writing from her family, the pages contain dirty jokes and musings on sex.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:58 AM PST - 39 comments

A full English every morning

Mary and the Witch’s Flower director Hiromasa Yonebayashi on why Japanese directors go wild for Britain’s cuisine, climate, chintz – and unionised miners [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:34 AM PST - 20 comments

"Then they just go back to being inanimate objects..."

Stems is a beautiful and slightly melancholy stop-motion animation by Ainslie Henderson, created using music by Poppy Ackroyd.
posted by Stark at 4:53 AM PST - 14 comments

"it is about vengeance of biblical proportions"

Lingua Ignota, named after the mystical language of Hildegard of Bingen, is a musical project of interdisciplinary artist Kristin Hayter. In it she channels her traumatic experiences into industrial dirges inspired by liturgical chants. "Part of the reason I use tropes of extreme music is because that was my abuser's world, that was his music." [more inside]
posted by SageLeVoid at 4:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

A brief(ish) review of 'Radical Markets' - "The most radical thing about their proposal to reform property rights is the notion that private ownership of property is in some way a fundamentally flawed idea, and that progress requires movement toward a new norm: that social ownership of property is more just and efficient." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:33 AM PST - 17 comments

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