May 20, 2018

Just fuck off with your ukulele orchestra!

And so we don’t fit your criteria
You’d really like it, if you ever hear it, yeah?

If you want twee, you got it
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posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:22 PM PST - 20 comments

"cryopreserved Squid and/or Octopus eggs, arrived in icy bolides..."

A new study asks: Are octopuses aliens from outer space that were brought to Earth by meteors? [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 3:53 PM PST - 82 comments

Nobody wants to buy a Vision Quest from a Jesse Turnblatt

Vision Quest is the one the Tourists choose the most. That certainly makes your workday easy. All a Vision Quest requires is a dash of mystical shaman, a spirit animal (wolf usually, but birds of prey are on the upswing this year), and the approximation of a peyote experience. Tourists always come out of the Experience feeling spiritually transformed. (You’ve never actually tried peyote, but you did smoke your share of weed during that one year at Arizona State, and who’s going to call you on the difference?) It’s all 101 stuff, really, these Quests. But no other Indian working at Sedona Sweats can do it better. Your sales numbers are tops.
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ , a short story by Rebecca Roanhorse.
posted by Rumple at 1:24 PM PST - 48 comments

Chef Erin Wade on stamping out sexual harassment by customers

Chef Erin Wade, owner of Oakland restaurant Homeroom, "How my restaurant successfully dealt with harassment from customers": Although it is encouraging to see men finally being called out for inappropriate behavior, it’s less so that the focus is still, frankly, on men. How did they react? What will happen to their empires? What’s needed is a conversation about women – not as victims, but as revolutionaries. I am an overtly feminist restaurateur, and harassment still happened at my restaurant. This is my story, my solution and my call to action. Our Values--Homeroom: "We are trying to improve the world by building a business based on diversity, inclusion and empowerment."
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:55 PM PST - 43 comments

Learning Styles Myth

Another nail in the coffin for learning styles. Their findings “provide strong evidence that instructors and students should not be promoting the concept of learning styles for studying and/or for teaching interventions. Thus, the adage of ‘I can’t learn subject X because I am a visual learner’ should be put to rest once and for all.”
posted by storybored at 12:05 PM PST - 71 comments

Errol Morris on truth and incommensurability

Is There Such a Thing as Truth? - "To say that a philosophical system is 'coherent' tells me nothing about whether it is true. Truth is not hermetic. I cannot hide out in a system and assert its truth. For me, truth is about the relation between language and the world. A correspondence idea of truth. Coherence theories of truth are of little or no interest to me. Here is the reason: they are about coherence, not truth. We are talking about whether a sentence or a paragraph or group of paragraphs is true when set up against the world." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:26 AM PST - 14 comments

More suited for our garbage robot sons than for us

Columbia Journalism Review asks what makes internet writing uniquely “internetty”?
posted by chappell, ambrose at 11:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Means and motive

"It's been happening everywhere. I felt, I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too." - school shootings are now so common students see them as inevitable. More Americans have been killed at schools this year than have while serving in the military. As with adult mass killings toxic masculinity is a huge factor - teen dating violence Is an indicator of gun violence - in the case of last weeks Santa Fe shootings where the shooter had been stalking and was rejected by his first victim. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 11:14 AM PST - 102 comments


Microsoft announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with disabilities [The Verge] “Microsoft has announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, an Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities. The device was leaked earlier this week. It has two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connected to a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches to make it easier for a wider range of people to play games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.” [YouTube][How It Works] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments


Why Do Some Parts of New York Have So Many Subways While Others Have None? - So, who uses NYC’s flashy new, soon to be expanded ferry service? People who can afford to avoid the subway. - The city isn’t prepared for a planned shutdown of The L train, and it’s about to get even worse - (Village Voice)
posted by The Whelk at 9:31 AM PST - 24 comments

One Test Could Exonerate Him. Why Won’t They Do It?

Kevin Cooper is awaiting execution for a quadruple murder. But he may have been framed. [Note: graphic images.] [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 9:20 AM PST - 15 comments

'where she calmly, casually, tears it up'

PCGamer's Best Twitch Streamers
posted by Sebmojo at 3:46 AM PST - 21 comments

to help, to fix something to pull all cleanly out at once

circuits is a narrative-based Twine game that explores what it means to try and talk about sexual trauma. The story grapples with everything that can and cannot be said, whether these stories are told online, to the media, to health care professionals, or even in legal courts. The narrative above explores what it means to remember, witness, and talk about sexual trauma.
posted by otherchaz at 2:56 AM PST - 2 comments

2 minutes and 52 seconds of squelching noises

How Onscreen Sex Sounds Are Made, From Kissing to Hand Jobs
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Estonia to become the world’s first free public transport nation

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, made public transport free for its residents in 2013. The program is now expanding to the rest of the country, including rural connections. You'll still need to be a Tallinn resident to dodge the fare in the capital, but state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free for visitors as well. [more inside]
posted by Vesihiisi at 12:28 AM PST - 10 comments

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