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Ten Blue Links

On May 15th Google released a new "Web" filter that removes "AI Overview" and other clutter, leaving only traditional web results. Here is how you can set "Google Web" as your default search engine. If you want to give people easy access to an AI-free Google search, send them to []. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 1:01 PM May 22 2024 - 66 comments [92 favorites]

Step into the Closet

The Criterion Collection, a revered distributor of classic and arthouse cinema, built a vast library of 3,500+ films over the last 40 years. It can be overwhelming, even for cinephiles. Want a savvy friend to guide you? Enter Criterion's Closet Picks, a lo-fi YouTube series which invites top filmmakers, actors, musicians, and other artists into the vault to freely sample while musing about core influences, all-time favorites, and hidden gems. Highlights: Willem Dafoe - Maya + Ethan Hawke - The Daniels (EEAAO) - Richard Ayoade - Comic Patton Oswalt - Yo La Tengo - Cinematographers Roger + James Deakins - Charlie Day - Nathan Lane - John Waters - VG designer Hideo Kojima - Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) - Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek) - Cauleen Smith (Drylongso) - Animator Floyd Norman - Jane Schoenbrun - Paul Giamatti - Marc Maron - Wim Wenders - Cate Blanchett + Todd Field - Hari Nef - Photographer Tyler Mitchell - Molly Ringwald - Peter Sarsgaard - Udo Kier - Gael García Bernal - Pixar's Lee Unkrich - Singer St. Vincent - Critic Elvis Mitchell - Anna Karina - Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) - Flying Lotus - Agnès Varda - Alfonso Cuarón + Paweł Pawlikowski - Mary Harron - Saul Williams + Anisia Uzeyman - Carl Franklin - Roger Corman - Michael K. Williams - SNL's Bill Hader // Watch the full playlist, or see this cool database of picks (info), including the most popular.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:07 AM May 19 2024 - 31 comments [78 favorites]

How the internet revived the world's first work of interactive fiction

Life is not a continuous line from the cradle to the grave. Rather, it is many short lines, each ending in a choice, and branching right and left to other choices, like a bunch of seaweed or a genealogical table. No sooner is one problem solved than you face another growing out of the first. You are to decide the course of action of first Helen, then Jed, then Saunders, at each crisis in their lives. Give your first thought, without pausing to ponder.
Consider the Consequences!, a 1930 gamebook co-written by author Doris Webster and crusading journalist Mary Alden Hopkins, is the earliest known example of a choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) text, offering players a series of forking narratives for three interconnected characters with 43 distinct endings, fifty years before the format was popularized (and trademarked). Just a few years ago this pioneering work was at risk of falling into near-total obscurity. But thanks to the efforts of jjsonick on, you can now read the book on the Internet Archive (complete with nifty graphs of all possible storylines), or -- courtesy of developer geetheriot -- play the game online in an interactive fiction format powered by the Twine engine. More in the mood for radio drama? Listen to Audio Adventure Radio Hour's 2018 dramatic reading of the book (based on listener suggestions), and wrap it up with a delightful retro-review by librarian pals Peter and Abby on the Choose Your Own Book Club podcast. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:09 AM May 21 2024 - 16 comments [55 favorites]

Well, you know you can't take it with you

What Should You Do with Your Stuff before You Die? (slTheWalrus)
posted by Kitteh at 7:46 AM May 23 2024 - 90 comments [52 favorites]

I’ve met a lot of bears, but not nearly as many bears as men

This leads us straight back to the original conversation about “Man or Bear,” which has nothing to do with bears. (Sorry, bears!) “Would you rather be stuck in a forest with a man or a bear?” is just another way of asking, “Are you afraid of men?” It’s the same question I’ve been fielding for the entirety of my life as a solo female traveler. It’s the same question that hovers over women all the time as we move through the world. And it’s a question that’s always been difficult for me to answer. from A Woman Who Left Society to Live With Bears Weighs in on “Man or Bear” by Laura Killingbeck [Bikepacking]
posted by chavenet at 1:18 PM May 24 2024 - 40 comments [47 favorites]

They are not maternal. They are PUNK AS F*CK.

Otoboke Beaver: A quartet from Kyoto with an unusually complex and original stye of punk rock, played with great precision, energy, and attitude. Their songs tend to stop, start, and change tempo unpredictably, but they make it look deceptively easy and natural. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 5:27 PM May 24 2024 - 19 comments [46 favorites]

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Toxic Gaslighting: How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe Reporting by Sharon Lerner for ProPublica.
posted by biogeo at 7:57 PM May 20 2024 - 23 comments [44 favorites]

It was a *very* scary ham.

A very old ham finally got the funeral it deserved. Ellen Klages, during her intro on a recent episode of "Jeopardy!" mentioned an old, scary ham, and encouraged people to learn more about it. The tale of the "heirloom ham" does not disappoint. [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 8:44 AM May 24 2024 - 42 comments [40 favorites]

The Spectacular Failure of the Star Wars Hotel

Jenny Nicholson's latest video is live, it's a 4 hour review retrospective of Disney's Star Wars Hotel.
posted by Pendragon at 3:30 AM May 19 2024 - 163 comments [38 favorites]


[Soft light streamed through the window]
[Outside, birds were singing on a beautiful morning]
[As I petted her, she passed away gently, as if falling asleep]
[To everyone who has loved Kabo-chan for a long time, thank you very much]
[I believe Kabo-chan was the happiest dog in the world, and I was the happiest owner]
Kabosu, the beloved Shiba-Inu behind the globally popular Doge meme, has passed away peacefully at home today at the age of 18. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 5:00 AM May 24 2024 - 59 comments [38 favorites]

The real life Lady Whistledown scandalised 18th-century society

The Guardian: Like the fictional pamphlet from Bridgerton, Eliza Haywood’s The Parrot, published in 1746 (here in , has a distinctive, mocking voice that punches up and “speaks truth to power”. Now, a new book will republish Haywood’s funny, subversive periodical, which she wrote from the perspective of an angry green parrot, and seek to raise awareness of her groundbreaking work. A prolific anti-racist, proto-feminist writer, Haywood used her transgressive newsletter to expose 18th-century hypocrisies about race and gender. It was published weekly over nine issues. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 10:51 AM May 19 2024 - 1 comment [35 favorites]

Tom Lehrer Is Teaching Math and Doesn’t Want to Talk to You

A new musical regarding the life and works of Tom Lehrer (still alive - previously, an extremely comprehensive post by filthy light thief) debuts in London next week. It is sold out, but the playwright Francis Beckett writes about the effect Lehrer has had on his life and his unsuccessful attempts to contact him while doing research - ultimately indirectly providing the musical's title.
posted by atlantica at 4:09 AM May 22 2024 - 36 comments [35 favorites]

A full pro-shot show from my favorite era of Prince!

Prince - Sign O’ The Times (Live at Paisley Park 12/31/87) [2h12m, Vimeo]. Setlist and band member list from PrinceVault. Miles Davis guests on trumpet for the encore.
posted by hippybear at 7:15 PM May 20 2024 - 4 comments [33 favorites]

The Legacy of KMT's "Lost Army" After Losing China

Unless you knew modern Chinese history well, you probably have no idea what I am talking about. Most people only knew that "after Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists, or KMT, was defeated by Mao Tse-tung Communists, Chiang took his army to Taiwan and settled there and turned it into an economic powerhouse..." What most people do not know is that a portion of the KMT Eight Army, under General Li Mi, comprised of KMT 26th and 93rd Divisions, actually remained in Yunnan after after Chiang's retreat, and in order to grow their support, they, with permission from Chiang, allied themselves with the the Karen National Defense Organization and tried to help them take over Myanmar / Burma. Those of you who watched Rambo (2008) may recognize "Karen", as in the Karen Rebels. Yes, it's the same people, still fighting the Myanmar government decades later. And there are a lot more involvement of the Lost Army... [more inside]
posted by kschang at 3:44 PM May 25 2024 - 2 comments [33 favorites]

Scientists document remarkable sperm whale phonetic alphabet

Scientists document remarkable sperm whale phonetic alphabet. A new analysis of years of vocalizations by sperm whales in the eastern Caribbean has found that their system of communication is more sophisticated than previously known.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 5:57 AM May 23 2024 - 19 comments [30 favorites]

Why is there an AI Hype?

AI is an idea that began as a subfield of computer science, until it was so distorted that it popped, detaching itself from reality. Now, this orphaned concept has grown to a life of its own, as our discussion of AI eclipses any meaningful definition of it as a real, definable thing.
posted by signsofrain at 6:18 PM May 22 2024 - 69 comments [29 favorites]

He is very healthy and very dead

Carson the baby opossum has died. Again. And again. [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 10:24 AM May 23 2024 - 26 comments [28 favorites]

With personality and freedom, we stick out!

"The four young women wore military helmets and dead-serious expressions. Their fingers, sheathed in tailored white gloves, wiggled on loose wrists. Over a beat of hard-driving taiko drums, they scurried and bounced around the soundstage, scream-singing lyrics that, per the closed caption translation, described a domestic dystopia: 'Dad’s stuck in the grind, the job’s grip is appalling / Mom’s escaping reality, addicted to idols.' It was the explosive U.S. television debut of Atarashii Gakko!, and if you caught it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! late last year, you might have asked yourself: Where did these women come from?" Atarashii Gakko! Are Singularly, Unapologetically Themselves [more inside]
posted by jomato at 5:03 PM May 22 2024 - 9 comments [26 favorites]


Please enjoy “My Shot” from Hamilton in Japanese, translated and performed by actor and musical translator Gen Parton-Shin (辛 源). [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck at 8:26 PM May 23 2024 - 13 comments [26 favorites]

Root maps

1,180 drawings of plant root systems. A variety of strategies for collecting water and nutrients into the plant. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 5:55 AM May 25 2024 - 10 comments [26 favorites]

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