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The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo

The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo [via mefi projects]
Mefi's own sciatrix drops science on Damore's unlistening head. Long, dense, and (from where I'm sitting) pretty darn definitive.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:43 PM Aug 19 2017 - 95 comments [294 favorites]

Why am I so lazy?

Ask Polly answers a question from a reader who asks "Why am I lazy? Why do I put off everything I don’t want to do? And why can’t I flip a switch and just be a goddamn adult?"
posted by AFABulous at 1:24 PM Jan 6 2018 - 74 comments [245 favorites]

If you're worried about identity theft...

This is an amazingly detailed and smart overview of what to do in the face of identity theft.
(pre,viou,sly posts on business and programming from kalzumeus)
posted by spbmp at 4:00 PM Sep 18 2017 - 12 comments [208 favorites]

One sandwich to rule them all

Hello. Building on the domestication of fire, stable agriculture, invention of cheese and the slicing of bread, the greatest innovation of humanity is without question the cheese sandwich. These can be uncooked, or open, or toasted or grilled. Offering popular versions and other variations, sandwiches can also be tiny, substantive, or earrings or Christmas tree decorations. Other ingredients could include balsamic blueberry, fried egg, apple, olives, mac and ham, spinach, bacon and avocado, pickle, haggis, cucumber, clementines or smoked reindeer. Or twenty slices of American cheese. Makers can be competitive or award winning, speak in Welsh, or serve you from a truck; just respect the dish and its history, even if you were expecting something else. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 2:31 PM Feb 6 2018 - 103 comments [207 favorites]

if the men find out we can shapeshift, they're going to tell the church

Contouring 101 (SLYT)
posted by Four String Riot at 4:17 PM Nov 15 2017 - 61 comments [198 favorites]

How did you assemble this list? Carefully.

An endless day in US politics included: withdrawl from the Iran nuclear deal; a trip to North Korea (start by learning their leader's name); jaw-dropping revelations about payments made to Michael Cohen's Essential Consultants LLC from a company tied to a Russian oligarch questioned by Mueller's team and corporations including AT&T (with a Twitter team that didn't handle the news so well) and Novartis (Avenatti says to follow where the money went); more on Michael Cohen's financial difficulties as he pledged his apartment as collateral; more ethics problems for Scott Pruitt (and Hugh Hewitt); reports that Trump ignored warnings from the State Department about deporting 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians currently in the country legally; bogus statistics used to justify separating families at the border; Russian hackers posed as IS to threaten military wives; a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian targeting of election infrastructure; fair-housing advocates sued HUD for suspending fair-housing rules; the Department of Labor sought to allow teenagers to work longer hours in hazardous jobs; Alex van der Zwaan reported to prison; and primaries in four states (results cheat sheet). Today: confirmation hearings for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, "a Referendum on (Un-)Accountability". Fatima Boudchar, who was tortured in a secret facility in Thailand, has A Few Questions for Gina Haspel. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 12:34 AM May 9 2018 - 2152 comments [183 favorites]

"Yeah, I know Kossula."

Sometime before 1931, Zora Neale Hurston visited Plateau, Alabama and interviewed the 95-year-old man who was the last survivor of the Middle Passage. “I want to know who you are and how you came to be a slave; and to what part of Africa do you belong, and how you fared as a slave, and how you have managed as a free man?” His head was bowed for a time. Then he lifted his wet face: “Thankee Jesus! Somebody come ast about Cudjo! I want tellee somebody who I is, so maybe dey go in de Afficky soil some day and callee my name and somebody dere say, ‘Yeah, I know Kossula.’ ” 87 years after she tried to publish Barracoon, his story is now in print.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:24 PM Apr 30 2018 - 49 comments [176 favorites]

The Secret Language of Ships

Huge container ships and the marks on them that only tugboats see and use.
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:54 PM Apr 12 2018 - 65 comments [165 favorites]

55 of the best free fonts for designers

55 of the best free fonts for designers. Sometimes in the world of free fonts, you get what you pay for. But Tom May (at art and design blog Creativebloq.com) has found the best free fonts by professional designers from a range of countries including Spain, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Latvia, the UK, Uruguay, Finland, the US, Ireland, and Canada. The fonts are arranged into eight categories: serif, sans serif, handwriting, vintage and retro, brush, tattoo, graffiti and "unusual". [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:17 PM Sep 2 2017 - 12 comments [163 favorites]

Let's be Wizards!

So you want to be a wizard? (PDF) Julia Evans (aka @b0rk, possibly MeFi’s own?) is a programmer, debugger, ‘zine author, speaker, and prolific blogger. Julia does a great job of pulling back the curtain on how computers work at a lower level than most people (including many in tech!) are familiar with, and by doing so is introducing systems programming to a much wider audience in an enthusiastic and approachable way. [more inside]
posted by yeahwhatever at 11:59 AM Dec 11 2017 - 15 comments [160 favorites]

No more "It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times"

Public domain ebooks with modern typography, full proofing, complete metadata, and version control. Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
posted by Cash4Lead at 11:51 AM Jun 20 2017 - 85 comments [158 favorites]

Abusing public office for private enrichment

There is only one Trump scandal. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:19 AM May 21 2018 - 1054 comments [155 favorites]

Not dead, just quiet: a belated and happy birthday to Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is still not dead, but he doesn't mind if you think he is*. He's a rare bird, one who falls into a tiny category of celebrities who packed it in at the peak of their careers; as he points out, “There’s me, Garbo, Salinger, and Deanna Durbin.” With around 70 recorded songs to his name** (though he only recognizes or claims 37), the prodigy who entered Harvard at 15 released two studio albums and three live albums between 1953 and 1965, and after 109 concerts, he called it quits. Since then, he's been pretty quite and generally elusive (previously), taking just enough time to grant 2 Chainz permission to sample his work, while keeping it cheeky in his reply. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:12 PM Apr 11 2018 - 46 comments [152 favorites]

🌊

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is most famous for his iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa. But he produced a huge body of work, including a little-known how-to book: 略画早指南, or Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawings, a manual in three parts. Volume I breaks every drawing down into simple geometric shapes; volume II decomposes them into fragmentary contours; and volume III neatly diagrams each stroke and the order in which they were drawn. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 7:03 PM Feb 26 2018 - 28 comments [150 favorites]

“... games that encourage players to take a moment and breathe.”

Treat Yourself with Self-Care Jam Games “There's… kind of a lot to be scared of. I'm grateful for the efforts of the Self-Care Jam creators, who all made small games in early December 2016, with the theme of self-care. Self-care is a pretty self-explanatory concept: these are things meant to give you a moment to breathe, reflect, literally take care of yourself. There are many games, zines, and interactive vignettes, all available on the Self-Care Jam page. I'd encourage you to check them all out when you need a breather.” [via: Waypoint]
posted by Fizz at 8:52 AM Oct 2 2017 - 38 comments [149 favorites]

"There's a good chance I may have committed some light...treason."

More shocking developments have come to light (Matt Shuham and Allegra Kirkland, TPM) in the on-going investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged efforts with the Russian Government to undermine the integrity of United States Presidential election and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Republican effort to undermine health insurance for tens of millions people, has met with resistance from all parts of the political spectrum. [more inside]
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal at 10:10 AM Jul 11 2017 - 3601 comments [148 favorites]

88 Lines About The 45th President

Democratic lawmakers have filed a "no-confidence" resolution against Donald Trump, listing 88 reasons why he's not fit to be President. Speaking to the New York Times, Trump provides many additional reasons. And speaking of things that no one likes that refuse to go away, Senate Republicans are back to work on a putative health care bill.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:44 AM Jul 20 2017 - 2807 comments [145 favorites]

"...and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!"

Day 284: Over the weekend, it was revealed that an indictment resulting from the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to be made public today.

[this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 10:19 PM Oct 29 2017 - 2745 comments [138 favorites]

A plethora of Sun Ra's four decades of baffling, dazzling, mystical jazz

A small, moonfaced man who spoke in enigmatic riddles, he fully inhabited the persona of a science fiction jazz Buddha. Sun Ra ... claimed he had been born on Saturn, and had come to Earth to offer a message of peace and salvation through music, as well as hope for a better life elsewhere in the universe. "I've been to a zone where there is no air, no light, no sound, no life, no death, nothing. There's five billion people on this planet, all out of tune. I've got to raise their consciousness, tell them about the wonderful potential to bypass death." With this introduction from The Believer Magazine, quoting Sun Ra himself, here is his music, on Bandcamp, from Sun Ra Music and Sun Ra via Strut. That's a lot of music, so here's a guide to Sun Ra's albums on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:38 PM May 21 2018 - 42 comments [137 favorites]

Margot met Robert on a Wednesday night…

“Cat Person” is a short story by Kristen Roupenian in the latest issue of The New Yorker. It’s about a brief modern relationship.
The magazine has also published an interview with Roupenian on the story. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 12:49 PM Dec 9 2017 - 171 comments [136 favorites]

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