September 20, 2019


Let Mr. Autumn Man officially welcome you to September.
posted by koavf at 9:02 PM PST - 44 comments

English Channel, just once?

Sarah Thomas completes the first quadruple crossing of the English Channel. On Sunday morning Sarah Thomas stepped into the chilly ocean waters outside of Dover and started to swim to France. Just over 54 hours later, on September 17th, 2019 she became the first person to swim and complete a quadruple English Channel crossing. [more inside]
posted by Dalton Luceria at 6:35 PM PST - 22 comments

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

On Monday, activist Shanley Kane highlighted a contract between Seattle-based software company Chef and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chef develops and sells open source software for configuring servers and cites Alaska Airlines, Google, Facebook, and Capital One as customers. The ICE contract created a minor stir on Twitter, but by Thursday morning, Chef hadn’t made a public statement about the controversy. Discouraged by the company’s silence, former Chef employee Seth Vargo removed several Chef-related open source tools that he had hosted on two code repositories. They included Sugar, a tool designed to make it easier to work with Chef’s software that’s widely used by Chef customers, though it’s not clear if ICE uses it. "I have removed my code from the Chef ecosystem," Vargo wrote on the code hosting site GitHub. "I have a moral and ethical obligation to prevent my source [code] from being used for evil."
[more inside]
posted by Cogito at 6:09 PM PST - 50 comments

Toby Roland-Jones not mentioned

The rise of hyphenated last names in pro sports
posted by Chrysostom at 4:45 PM PST - 24 comments

This is how you make an entrance

Billy Porter offers a master class in making an entrance...a little Friday pick-me-up (literally)!
posted by agatha_magatha at 1:53 PM PST - 38 comments

also would make some good Desert Golf levels

Hey, here's a methodology for a nice set of graphs visualizing the distribution of the letters a-z across the start, middle, and end of English words, using the Brown Corpus as a source. Quicker summary here.
posted by cortex at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

least restrictive environment

The Flores Exhibits In this video series, artists, lawyers, advocates, and immigrants read the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S. / Mexico Border. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

"i hate it, and boy do i love hating stuff"

One Scottish tourist travelling through the Pacific Northwest finds themselves in Leavenworth, WA - and promptly loses their mind. (SLTwitter) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 11:14 AM PST - 81 comments

The Vexillology Version of "If They Mated"

@FlagsMashupBot is a twitter bot that randomly takes two flags, combines them, and invents a new country based on the flag. Sometimes the results are interesting, such as Geoouti (Georgia + Djibouti). Sometimes there's no apparent change, such as Ausada (Austria + Canada). Sometimes you just get France, as in Itana (Italy + China (1912-1928)). And sometimes they're inflammatory: witness United Ireland (UK + Ireland) or Islamic Republic of Israel (Iran + Israel). As the creator of the bot has said, "Seriously thinking of turning off the bot while im sleeping".
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Sex Workers Make Great Therapists – But They're Locked Out of the Job

People in sex work say that the two roles have huge amounts of overlap, but they're shunned by the therapy profession.
posted by Etrigan at 10:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Reef manta rays, social butterflies of the sea

Although many sharks are solitary creatures, their manta ray relatives are surprisingly social (American Association for the Advancement of Science): They copy one another’s movements, play together, and will even curiously approach nearby humans. Now, scientists have discovered they also form “friendships” with their fellow rays (National Geographic)—loose associations that can last for weeks or months at a time. [...] Females were more likely to form lasting associations with each other than males, who tended to avoid other males, the researchers report [...] in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (abstract only on Springer, article paywalled)
posted by filthy light thief at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

The Christmas Shoes: A Study in Dialectic Materialism

The Christmas Shoes: A Great Movie That Makes No Sense (SLYT)
posted by all about eevee at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Choux And Solidarity

The Great British Bake Off isn't just wonderful entertainment. By prizing cooperation over cutthroat competition and solidarity over selfishness, it's also quietly radical. The Great Socialist Bake-Off (Jacobin)
posted by The Whelk at 9:41 AM PST - 62 comments

"I paint monsters."

WeFail paints British politicians like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg in a style recalling both Ralph Steadman's Paranoids and the savage portraits of Francis Bacon. Sometimes he turns his attention to other monsters of the modern age, such as Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. His banknotes are particularly good, I think, and also I like his Tarot cards.
posted by Paul Slade at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Soccer at the Edge of the World

Soccer at the Edge of the World: inside Greenland’s week-long football championship tournament, a surprisingly intense affair held each summer in a town of 5500 on the inhospitable western shore of the world’s largest island. [slnyt]
posted by killdevil at 7:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Spreading propaganda, 5 minutes at a time

Parker Molloy spent a week watching PragerU videos to write an article about it that you’re invited to read and share "so my brain didn’t turn to mush for nothing": PragerU relies on a veneer of respectability to obscure its propagandist mission (MediaMatters).
posted by bitteschoen at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Season 3, Episode 10

Some candy hearts comics [Tommy Siegel] drew, a [twitter] thread
posted by tocts at 6:20 AM PST - 4 comments

"First position," indeed

The Canadian Brass performed their Tribute To The Ballet at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto Canada in 1988.
posted by bunderful at 4:50 AM PST - 6 comments

World's first vagina museum opening in November

Museum in London aims to decrease shame and stigma around genitals Inspired by the phallological museum in Iceland, the forthcoming Vagina Museum in London aims to "'erase the stigma around the body and gynaecological anatomy'" for everyone, regardless of their race, sex or gender."
posted by stillmoving at 1:40 AM PST - 17 comments

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