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Less is more: If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.

It's official: The world's biggest 4-day workweek trial proves there's no reason to work five days a week [ungated] - "The pandemic has proven that our modern notions of how the office and our week should look are not as set in stone as we might think, exposing our ideas of what is needed to ensure productivity. Now that we've discovered that work can be done from home just as effectively, the next step is questioning how many working days are actually needed."[1,2] [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Dec 2 at 1:57 AM - 24 comments

"you had to write out how it was smart"

"how many painters are having to basically become process artists and action artists instead and setting up a camera in order to film themselves doing the painting because actually, what the algorithm cares more about is the verb..." Gabrielle de la Puente, in the conversation "Instagram Has Ruined The Art World" (27 Nov 2022) on making alternative online venues for artists to display work. (via sliceofpearpie: "this isn’t about external validation.... these form part of our working conditions.") "You were trying to explain to an artist how they could reach ten times more followers online by adhering to certain principles. You felt like the devil when you explained it." A comic by Jaakko Pallasvuo about relatability and attention. "Not everyone presents well in 280 characters, especially in a space they don’t even want to be present." charlottemadison42 and largishcat on a similar issue for writers.
posted by brainwane on Dec 2 at 4:33 AM - 4 comments

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight Over Candy)

But we will! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Dec 2 at 8:35 AM - 10 comments

"All right. You've covered your ass now."

Secret 9/11 memo reveals Bush rewriting the history of the 9/11 attacks and the warnings he'd tuned out
On April 29, 2004, President George W. Bush hosted one of the most unusual meetings to ever take place inside the Oval Office. The 10 members of the 9/11 Commission got to ask him and Vice President Dick Cheney any question they wanted about the September 11, 2001, attacks. The words that were spoken in that room remained secret for nearly two decades. Now, we can finally read what Bush said.
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posted by kirkaracha on Dec 1 at 1:20 PM - 42 comments

Subterranean birdsite blues

Twitter export: "Do you want to export your Twitter followers, follows or other Tweet data? With our Twitter Export tool you can quickly export followers, following list, retweets or likes of a tweet for free and download it to Excel in CSV format." Via babelfish at Ask Metafilter. Seems timely. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Nov 18 at 3:18 AM - 340 comments

BFI top 100 Films

Once a decade, the British Film Institute polls thousands of critics and directors to determine the best film of all time. Here is the newly-released critics list from 2022. The greatest film of all time? Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles No other film made by a woman has ever reached the top 10. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Dec 2 at 5:35 AM - 53 comments

Should we give up flying for the sake of the climate?

“I thought I was so green, but then I realised I'm flying,” she says. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 1 at 4:47 PM - 93 comments

Oath Keepers Seditious Conspiracy Trial - Convictions

Oath Keepers Elmer Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs found guilty of seditious conspiracy, Brandi Buchman, Daily Kos, Nov 29 2022: ...Though defendants Caldwell, Watkins, and Harrelson were spared the seditious conspiracy charge by the jury, their failure to escape the obstruction of an official proceeding charge is significant. This charge, like the seditious conspiracy charge, carries a maximum 20-year sentence in prison ... Rhodes faces a max sentence of up to 60 years in prison ... Meggs up to 86 years ... Watkins up to 56 years ... Caldwell up to 40 years ... Harrelson up to 46 years... Sentencing guidelines are only recommendations and the defendants could receive shorter terms... [Previously on MeFi.]
posted by cenoxo on Nov 30 at 7:31 PM - 18 comments

It is time no longer to praise the Seagram Building, but to bury it

The embodied energy just of the construction materials of the Seagram Building is estimated at 173 million kWh – almost four times the amount of energy that workers put into building the Great Pyramid at Giza (46 million kWh, approximately 78 million days of manual labour).
Barnabas Calder and Florian Urban compare the energy profile of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram Building with Waugh Thistleton’s 6 Orsman Road, London. via
posted by Rumple on Dec 1 at 9:24 AM - 28 comments

Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie has passed

The singer, songwriter, and keyboardist was 79.
posted by humbug on Nov 30 at 2:45 PM - 74 comments

The echo of a distant time

A deeply trippy A.I. generated music video for a shortened sixteen-and-a-half minute cut of Pink Floyd's track Echoes (original track was twenty-three-and-a-half minutes) from their album Meddle. Be sure to watch at a high resolution.
posted by Hot Pastrami! on Dec 1 at 9:58 PM - 11 comments

Does a bear snort in the woods?

Cocaine Bear (SLYT) is freebased on true events and stars Ray Liotta and Keri Russell, reuniting her with her co-star from The Americans, Margo Martindale.
posted by emelenjr on Nov 30 at 5:55 PM - 35 comments

Picking till it hurts

More than picking a zit - dermatillomania or obsessive skin picking, and sufferers using social media to build community and awareness (Buzzfeed News).
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Dec 1 at 6:28 AM - 24 comments

"She always manages to seem both amused and joyless."

How Wednesday Addams Birthed a Generation of Cynics Nearly 30 years ago, Christina Ricci’s version of the character reinforced millennials’ suspicion that “the bright side” is an illusion (Emily Alford for Longreads).
posted by box on Dec 2 at 4:51 AM - 12 comments

The Street Finds Its Own Uses

This assumption is the core of post-cyberpunk’s body politic. We are subtly conditioned to believe that the optimal way to fix the world is to fix the system — luring us into a state of realism where we must work with those who rule over us, as opposed to implementing the radical solutions that have in the past led to the kind of change the world is in desperate need of right now. from The Rise and Fall of Cyberpunk
posted by chavenet on Nov 16 at 2:46 PM - 70 comments

[Re]Making the Book of Kells - Lessons from the Edge

Thomas Keyes sets out to reproduce the circa 800 CE Book of Kells from parchment making, to pigment finding/ foraging/ growing/ producing pigments (from scratch), forming and writing the text, to a complete folio. [Dark Mountain in case anyone's averse], Thomas also has a kickstarter [I have no affiliation, I simply love re-creation and experiential historical research for itself, and what we can learn from doing, I also value much of the though, work and ethos that is Dark Mountain]
posted by unearthed on Dec 1 at 11:30 PM - 7 comments

The highest degree of reprehensibility

Alex Jones ordered to pay nearly half a billion dollars to Sandy Hook families in additional damages (CNN). "This depravity, and cruel, persistent course of conduct by the defendants establishes the highest degree of reprehensibility and blameworthiness," said Judge Barbara Bellis in her decision. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 10 at 12:39 PM - 73 comments

Explore Quasi-Periodic Tiling

Pattern Collider is an interactive tool to explore Penrose (and other "quasi-periodic") Tilings. (here's another webtoy) minutephysics on YT: Why Penrose Tiles Never Repeat. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Dec 1 at 9:39 AM - 10 comments

Lasting Impressionism

Returning after a seven month sabbatical, Jason Kottke brings us, via Open Culture, a engrossing, beautiful documentary about China's Van Goghs: The Village That Paints A Thousand Fakes A Year. [more inside]
posted by mhoye on Dec 1 at 4:31 PM - 4 comments

It’s a-Here, Mario!

The Super Mario Bros. Movie | Official Trailer [YouTube] A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.
posted by Fizz on Nov 30 at 9:06 AM - 80 comments

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