Tien Nguyen, Katherine Spiers, and LA Taco protest the embattled LA Weekly
’s annual Essential 99 list of restaurants: The last year hasn’t been a great one for many of our local media institutions. With the fragility of those institutions in mind, we didn’t want such a vital list to disappear. In the spirit of the first one, we decided this year to create our own. As with the original, the Rogue 99 is intended to be a guide to the culinary soul of the city. It is not, to be clear, a list of the “best restaurants” in Los Angeles; rather, it’s a showcase of places to eat if you want to be fluent in the language of Los Angeles. These are restaurants, taco stands, and food carts that have been the lifeblood of the city and the county for at least a year, if not considerably longer.
Adult Swim has dropped the longform trailer
for the upcoming new FLCL
seasons - FLCL Progressive
and FLCL Alternative
, with clips from the new themes by The Pillows. (SLYT) [more inside]
With nationalism on the rise, we ask: can philosophy enable us to think differently about our true identity? Question everything
When Aleksander Doba kayaked into the port in Le Conquet, France, on Sept. 3, 2017, he had just completed his third — and by far most dangerous — solo trans-Atlantic kayak trip. He was a few days shy of his 71st birthday. He was unaccustomed to wearing pants.
Alone at Sea
by Elizabeth Weil (SL NYT) [more inside]
These are men who are anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market, and beset by racial fears… In fact, stockpiling guns seems to be a symptom of a much deeper crisis in meaning and purpose in their lives. Taken together, these studies describe a population that is struggling to find a new story—one in which they are once again the heroes."Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns?"
Seven pages of fabulous photos.
The Bored Panda link gives you seven pages of large-scale photos. This next link is to the official Sony page which has galleries of the winners, but not as large as the BP ones. However, Sony has the info on the exhibition opening in April in London. Sony Photo Page
Wham!'s cover of The Sisters of Mercy's This Corrosion
is perfectly wrong in every way. (slyt)
How Fortnite became more popular than PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds [PCGamesN]
“...the game’s true strength was found when Epic announced Fortnite Battle Royale in September 2017 - hot on the heels of the massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The Battle Royale mode has become so popular since then that it is now the most streamed game on Twitch and the newly launched mobile version topped the iOS charts across 13 countries. Given the extraordinary success of Fortnite the fact that it is now attracting celebrities from outside of games towards its shrinking battle arenas is to be expected. It is not just Drake, either: international rugby players have imitated animations from the game during matches, and even Roseanne from the TV series Roseanne (yes, her) has caught the Fortnite fever.” [more inside]
The Atlantic recently published two very different tales of China: China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech
, where Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms
, an article by Rami Niemi on how biometric identification is being used to shame jaywalkers and linking to the still-developing citizen scores
(ACLU, 2015). Meanwhile, Murder Villages and Scam Towns
are a reality in some rural areas, where crime has become a cottage industry.
Robert Foyle Hunwick documents grim examples of corruption far from the big cities, including rural towns where individuals are murdered at work sites but made to look like industrial accidents, and other locals pose as grieving family members to get companies to pay out hush money.
Wilson, Keppel and their Betties:
an article by Luke McKernan, about the once-renowned British music hall trio, including a number of video clips showing them in action. Elsewhere, Christopher Fowler writes
that they "sounded like a firm of solicitors and looked like Egyptian hieroglyphs brought to life. They were the epitome of the bizarre speciality act..." Please note the videos linked from these pieces include potentially offensive content ranging from confusingly weird cultural misappropriation up to outright old-time racism. [more inside]
So Barker stopped taking testosterone. He delayed an appointment to discuss a hysterectomy. Well, it was just a short film. Not too disruptive. But the filming went on and on – and Barker ended up telling a very different story to the one he planned. The pregnancy he chronicled was not Tracey’s, but his own. And it changed his sense of who he was.
The story of one man’s pregnancy: ‘It felt joyous, amazing and brilliant’
Your oyster might come with a parasite that George Washington (maybe) endorsed - the pea crab
My bike was stolen a week ago Saturday. It was half my fault, half my husband’s fault, and 100 percent the fault of the person who stole it. Left with a lock, a front wheel and a heavy heart, I did the only thing I could think of: I decided to leave the thief a little note. Okay, it was a big note. […] On Wednesday evening, I got the first knock on my door.
The beginning of the end of World War I.
One hundred years ago today the German empire launched Operation Michael
, a vast offensive
aimed at cracking
the Allied armies in France and winning the First World War.
German forces, bolstered by armies freed up from the defeat of Russia's empire in the east, fought to win as much ground as possible before American armies arrived in strength. "Paris guns"
lobbed giant shells into that city from 75 miles away. It was possibly the largest military attack in human history by that point. [more inside]
"The Commotions had been a certain kind of pop band; a thoughtful pop band. I wanted to do everything the Commotions had not done; I wanted to make stupid rock 'n' roll or beautiful, almost, fleur bleue type music. The things someone in the band would have said no to were all the things I wanted to say yes to." [more inside]
Natsume Sōseki: Japan’s Foremost Modern Novelist [Nippon]
“Japan’s leading modern novelist Natsume Sōseki was born 150 years ago, on February 9, 1867. He passed away shortly before his fiftieth birthday, on December 9, 1916;
Japan marked the centenary of his death. Despite their age, his works remain fresh and full of life for contemporary readers, and they have been translated into many languages. Having lived through a period when the country stepped onto the international stage, Sōseki could be described as Japan’s first writer of world literature.” [more inside]
(SYLT) building an acoustic guitar from scrap wood.
The New Yorker on facial feminization surgery.
Challenging gender norms, beauty standards, the fraught notion of "passing," and affirming one's true self. (Note: contains somewhat graphic description of surgery about halfway through.)
I started telling stories onstage at The Moth’s story slam in New York City ten years ago this month. I’ve had some successes along the way but like all successes, they’re buttressed by constant, massive failures.[...] The following rules are things I’ve picked up along the way that help me shape and streamline a story for an audience that is hungry for human connection and a bunch of good laughs.
8 Rules for Fascinating Storytelling
: a useful and accessible list of lessons learned from 10 years of onstage storytelling, from MeFi's own chinese_fashion
. [via mefi projects
Ethan Persoff (creator of comic book scan collection Comics with Problems
, the full archive of scans of underground newspaper The Realist
and award-winning 2001 webcomic Teddy
) is currently working on a synth music/comics project, THE BUREAU
. Consisting of a series of comic panels, each accompanied by a music track, The Bureau depicts (in real-time) an ordinary humdrum day in the life of an office worker. Except the day turns out to not be quite so ordinary. Also, something is very wrong with the world, but that goes without saying. New update every weekday. [more inside]