January 16

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Blood, Sweat, Toil and Tears: Playing Churchill on Screen [The New York Times] “He fought with distinction and held almost every major office in Britain. He commanded a country in the midst of world war and is credited with inventing the social safety net. He has been called an imperialist and a warmonger. A drunk and a racist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, rivaled only Shakespeare in his prolific literary output, and painted more than 500 pictures in his lifetime. And, some argue, he single-handedly saved civilization. Winston Churchill was a complex and contradictory leader unlike any in recent history. And he also presents one of the most sought-after and challenging roles for any actor worth his salt.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jan 16 at 6:35 PM - 8 comments

If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the Angrydome.

This is your latest installment in the Trump / U.S. Politics Megathread. Trump golfs on MLK day after urging Americans to celebrate it with volunteering; popularity among African Americans continues to plummet. Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury. Blowback continues on “Sh—holeGate”; CNN reporter expelled from press conference for asking about it. There are four years in a Presidential term of office (not many people know that).
posted by darkstar on Jan 16 at 4:32 PM - 52 comments

"Little girls don't stay little forever."

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to testify against Larry Nassar, whom they say was allowed to abuse them for years through his position with USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and at John Geddert's Michigan club, Twistars. The hearings, which began today, will allow survivors to speak publicly, often for the first time [trigger warning for child abuse, sexual assault and suicide]. Yesterday, Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history, publicly identified herself as the third member of the 2016 gold-medal winning team from the Rio Olympics to be a survivor of Nassar's abuse, as did her two-time Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney also spoke out publicly. Today, the other survivors who aren't as well known will get to tell their stories alongside Biles, Raisman, Douglas, and Maroney, who had more media coverage. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jan 16 at 2:37 PM - 48 comments

Frankendata

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – in charts (in celebration of 200 years of Frankenstein - which maybe hasn’t gotten the respect that it should have)
posted by Artw on Jan 16 at 1:59 PM - 10 comments

It's Awl Over

The Awl and sister site the Hairpin announced that they'll cease editorial operations at the end of January. [more inside]
posted by torridly on Jan 16 at 1:22 PM - 51 comments

Lord Help Me to Improve My Debt Collection Skills

"The following is a list of 4510 different titles given to the exact same generic 9:59 self-affirmation pep-talk on Spotify."
posted by Iridic on Jan 16 at 12:55 PM - 28 comments

The Autocrat and the Apostrophe

Nursultan Nazarbayev, authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan, has been broadly popular in his rule. Until he decided to start sticking apostrophes all over the place.
posted by Chrysostom on Jan 16 at 12:28 PM - 14 comments

sexual liberation without consent is rape culture

Aziz Ansari was accused of coercing a woman (content warning: graphic description of sexual assault) into having sex with him. People are having very different reactions to this news. [more inside]
posted by runt on Jan 16 at 11:47 AM - 195 comments

#didnthappen

When someone tells a story online, someone else will inevitably be ready with a two-word reply. “Didn’t happen,” they’ll type, or those who can’t be bothered to type can choose from an array of ready-made sceptical memes. New Statesman looks at DHOTYA.
posted by threetwentytwo on Jan 16 at 9:46 AM - 54 comments

Dreamy portraits of America’s forgotten women farmers

"Women Farmers of Appalachia is a photography and interview series whose purpose is to give an honest representation of the daily lives of Appalachian women in agriculture." Austin Ledzian and Joe Mrava talk about their project Women Farmers of Appalachia

"Even more striking than the images are the stories of the strength and steadfastness of the women behind the photographs. There was Laura, whose land has remained in her family for many generations, steeled and determined to carry on a lasting legacy. Another farmer, Gwynn, spent 13 years with her family terracing a hillside and converting its clay to plantable, fertile soil, all in the midst of a series of personal challenges, including caring for an ailing husband." - Huck Magazine
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 16 at 9:16 AM - 6 comments

tea bath tone

Caitriona Dunnett is using a digital-cyanotype process to photograph Mass Paths - The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 16 at 7:41 AM - 8 comments

Their task is not merely to taste like the thing,

but to recall the Platonic ideal of the thing. The Alchemy of Novelty Potato Chip Flavors.
posted by gyusan on Jan 15 at 9:11 PM - 111 comments

well I'll be... wallaby on the bridge

Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge (smh.com.au)
posted by freethefeet on Jan 15 at 8:56 PM - 39 comments

It opens with an Iggy Pop cover

Hey, remember that time back in 1995 when Boy George put out a punk/glam rock album that was also full of beautiful pop songs and ballads? Cheapness And Beauty was a real thing! Full album [YT playlist, ~50m] Side A: Funtime [video], Satan's Butterfly Ball, Sad, God Don't Hold A Grudge, Genocide Peroxide, If I Could Fly [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jan 15 at 8:47 PM - 7 comments

the smooth, dark voice of late-night public radio has signed off forever

According to his Facebook page, public radio personality Joe Frank passed away this morning. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Jan 15 at 8:45 PM - 47 comments

We can't make up for a sleep deficit by sleeping longer another day

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State' Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences.
posted by kaltsuro on Jan 15 at 8:45 PM - 74 comments

Zack Morris Is Trash

Proof, in YouTube playlist form, that Zack Morris from the 30-year-old American sitcom Saved by the Bell is trash. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 15 at 3:43 PM - 37 comments

DOGS! DOGS! DOGS!

Good dogs! Naughty dogs! Snapchat dogs!
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jan 15 at 3:36 PM - 19 comments

But what happened to that green Beetle?

In 1968 Steve McQueen chased a Dodge Charger through the hills of San Francisco in an Mustang GT390 (previously). The production company bought two Mustangs from Ford, one was ruined during filming and the other ended up with a private owner, never to be seen publicly again. McQueen practically begged to buy it back until 1977, but was repeatedly rebuffed. But yesterday, the Bullitt Mustang was seen again.
posted by hwyengr on Jan 15 at 3:04 PM - 24 comments

Ancient Appalachian Ocean and Carolina Bays

Making salt from an ancient ocean. Making sense of the Carolina Bays.
posted by MovableBookLady on Jan 15 at 1:55 PM - 7 comments

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