James Jackson Toth (of Wooden Wand
) has a confession: he's a music addict, and he realized he had gone too far when he figured out that he couldn't listen to all his music in 40 years. But he had a plan - listen to one album only
per week, starting on the first week of 2017. Only 52 albums for an entire year, to get back to really listening to and appreciating music, instead of amassing more and more. Album #1: Autechre's Oversteps
from 2010. Things began to fall apart almost immediately.
In the 1970s, nobody knew what to do about Britain. The economy was in tatters. Industry was in decline. Governments changed like traffic lights. There were fears about terrorism, immigration, and fascism. We joined Europe, then we wanted out. This is a film about how the '70s shaped me. It's my story, but it's also Britain's.
- Boy George's 1970s: Save Me From Suburbia
How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving a Polygamous Sect?
Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen reports on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) community of Short Creek, and how it is changing now that its former leader Warren Jeffs is in prison for life, there are a growing number of ex-FLDS members in town, and formerly powerless female ex-members have formed the Girlfriend Club to support each other as they recreate themselves and their lives. (TW: Some mentions of sexual and physical assault, forced marriage.)
Zeynep Tufekci discusses in new longform piece for Wired
about how technology and the rise of social media is forcing us to rethink how we conceptualize free speech and censorship. (SLWired
A new system
is being developed by the Railway Technical Research Institute
in Japan to equip trains with sound effects to scare deer away from the tracks and prevent collisions. Researchers have seen the number of deer sightings go down by 45%.
MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of ‘The Last Jedi’ That Edits Out All The Women [Pedestrian]
“Uploaded to The Pirate Bay
by an anonymous user, the “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” is, according to their own description “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff“. You might be wondering how this is possible, seeing as the film is still a ways off from its DVD release date, but the intrepid nerdlinger(s) who decided to make this possible were so impatient for a version of TLJ where boys don’t get old off that they used a dodgy camrip with hardcoded subtitles.” [more inside]
Michelle Allison on the links between diet, death & neo-reactionary thought:
“Why do the people who have it all, who live on the bleeding edge of technological advancement, contribute in massively influential ways to our culture, who are massively financially rewarded, NEED EVEN MORE? To the point of doing away w/ enlightenment ideals and democracy itself?
It seemed impossible to understand, and then my index card reminded me: because when you can't navigate your fear of death, can't even SEE it, nothing is ever enough. You can reach the top of the existing hierarchy and at the end of it, you're still human, still going to die.” [more inside]
"Ok, I’ll try and keep this brief, but lets talk PT Cruiser and the 2007 recession. FYI, I’m not *blaming* the crash on the PT Cruiser, just generally laying out how the story of the PT Cruiser and the people who bought them provides an early window into the lending meltdown
is a series of DIY kits for their Switch console, each consisting of cardboard sheets, stickers, string, and rubber bands that can be constructed into RC cars, fishing rods, motorbikes, a piano, and even a giant robot backpack, all accompanied by games and (possibly) some kind of simple programming system. Labo follows in a long tradition of cardboard crafting and toys, from the glorious Polypops cardboard toys and furniture
from 1966, to the Amsco Playsets
of the 1970s, and of course Kenner's Star Wars Playsets
) – not to mention Nintendo's own Paper Model series
dating back to the early 70s. [more inside]
The Oral History of Breaking Bad To mark the 10-year anniversary of the premiere, Esquire spoke with Breaking Bad’s creators, actors, and broadcasters to reflect on this little-show-that-could, its groundbreaking approach to antihero storytelling, and its ascent from hidden gem to cultural phenomenon. [more inside]
The United Kingdom has a unique genetic heritage of pig breeds
, but in 1955, facing pressure from the Danish, Dutch and Irish pig industries, the Howitt Report recommended
that British pig operations needed to be based on only three breeds, Large White
, narrowing the pool of British Pigs from 16. In the subsequent years, four breeds went extinct: Cumberland
, the Dorset Gold Tip
, the Lincolnshire Curly Coat
and the Yorkshire Blue and White
. Rare breeds are now faring better than before
, but still not great. For more on these breeds and the efforts to maintain them, see the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
. British pig history side-story: The Pig War of 1859
, which was really about which country controlled San Juan Island
"If men can swallow the confronting reality that their silence is foundational to both sexism and sexual violence, then they get to embrace the inverse reality—that their vocal dissent could begin to destabilise these evils at their base.
[CW: sexual assault]
What We Talk About When We Talk About Translation
is an essay by Deborah Smith, translator of Han Kang's novel The Vegetarian, among others. It is a response to various criticisms of her translation, first
by translator and novelist Tim Parks, followed by Charse Yun, who also laid out complaints about it from Korean critics
, though, as Kang Hyun-kyung reports, Smith has vociferous defenders in Korea
. If you want a summary, Clare Armitstead, who comes down on Smith's side, recaps the controversy in The Guardian
. Jiayang Fan touches on the dispute but focuses more on Han Kang and her upcoming books in Smith's translation in an essay in The New Yorker called Buried Words
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]
This is your latest installment in the Trump / U.S. Politics Megathread.
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).
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]
Nursultan Nazarbayev, authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan, has been broadly popular in his rule. Until he decided to start sticking apostrophes
all over the place.