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We Can’t Comprehend This Much Sorrow

History’s first draft is almost always wrong — but we still have to try and write it. "This year has been a blur, but I remember one day clearly: Sunday, March 8. It was the last day I ate at a restaurant, the last day I went to a concert (Red Baraat at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass.) and the last day I hugged a friend. It was also the first time I thought that I should begin writing about what was going on." Teju Cole opens his COVID-19 diary to all.
posted by Ahmad Khani on May 25 at 5:27 PM - 19 comments

"Like wishing me a happy birthday on my dead brother’s birthday"

Former Army sergeant Peter Sessum explains why not to thank vets for their service on Memorial Day, and why he's cool with BBQing and online deal-hunting ("a sound military strategy").
posted by splitpeasoup on May 25 at 10:05 PM - 3 comments

The coronavirus invades Trump country

Axios reports that according to a recent poll, Republicans are less worried about the coronavirus than Democrats or independents, even as it spreads out from primarily urban areas into suburban and rural Republican-leaning areas. [more inside]
posted by katra on May 22 at 4:11 PM - 132 comments

Slow -- sustained and tranquil but singing

Given these days and these times, I found myself this weekend listening to Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of sorrowful songs". (27m, 10m, 17m, 54m total) The opening movement was rather famous for a while when this 1992 recording was released and a BBC DJ played the full movement even though it was outside of the station's format. (Or so the urban legend goes.). It's a slowly building ocean of grief, a central wail, and then gradual decline. My heart was happy to have it tonight. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 25 at 7:54 PM - 6 comments

Let's do some math

3Blue1Brown known for beautiful visualizations of complex mathematical topics gives a go at livestreaming high-school level math with a 'Lockdown math' series. Brush up on things you probably forgot from math class. [more inside]
posted by zengargoyle on May 25 at 8:04 AM - 9 comments

I'll have one Chicken Dump Truck and Blinfolded Ordinary on the side...

Humorous mistranslationfilter, SLT - Twitter user @vladadraws had an appeal to her followers yesterday: "So my mother's friend's husband is stuck in a hotel in Saudi Arabia and this is the order menu they gave him, Do I have any Arabic speaking followers that can help make sense of this?" The Arabic-to-English translations on said menu are....unconventional. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on May 25 at 4:09 AM - 33 comments

"They Were Not Simply Names on a List. They Were Us."

On May 24, 2020, the New York Times' front page will contain only one article, a list of 1000 names of Americans who have died from COVID-19 [tweeted image of front page], distilled from the nearly 100,000 deaths in the United States attributed to the virus this Memorial Day weekend. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms on May 23 at 6:29 PM - 67 comments

Trump's pet medical association

There's a medical association that supports Trump's misinformation.
Among the most ardent proponents of these claims is the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a fringe group of less than 5,000 doctors. The group was recently cited by Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, to explain the president’s stunning announcement that he is taking the drug hydroxychloroquine in an attempt to protect himself against Covid-19 despite a lack of evidence of its effectiveness.
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posted by Kirth Gerson on May 24 at 7:14 AM - 38 comments

The importance of building a fort

I feel like you’re in a safe place, your own bubble of coziness. All forts, according to fort expert David Sobel, share common traits: They are handmade, somewhat secretive and “you can look out, but others can’t see in.” They are safe — physically and emotionally. “It’s your place where you want to be just you, observing but unseen,” he says. One fort-builder comments, “Everything is wrong right now, but it’s a safe space where no one worries about you...if you locked yourself in your room, people would worry, but if you hide in your fort all day, no worries.”
posted by stillmoving on May 25 at 6:25 AM - 19 comments

Making FPP's

Richard Scarry's classic What Do People Do All Day, further revised to reflect our current societal roles in The New Now. | Sanctioned Revisions to Richard Scarry texts previously on MeFi
posted by not_on_display on May 24 at 11:10 AM - 28 comments

Meet Star Stable, a horse game for girls 8 to 17

According to a 2015 profile in Venture Beat, Star Stable Entertainment broke a lot of rules when it launched (in 2011, according to various sources other than Venture Beat). "It created an online horse game, Star Stable, for girls and young women. It charged a subscription fee and built its own game engine. And it stayed online rather than diving into mobile with a million other competitors." [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on May 25 at 7:27 AM - 17 comments

American Ninja Forager

In backyards around the world, a vicious resource war is being fought between the avians and the rodents. Are you tired of standing idly by? Do you prefer the lilt of birdsong to the screech and chatter of tree-rats? Then perhaps you should look at the latest in birdfeeder anti-squirrel technology: an extensive, squirrel-scale backyard obstacle course created by YouTube science guy Mark Rober (previously). The results may surprise you. They definitely won't.
posted by ZaphodB on May 25 at 8:32 AM - 34 comments

four Good Emperors, some forgotten guy, and one more Good Emperor, then:

Obama Aurelius: on undead imperialism, Laurie Charles
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 22 at 4:33 PM - 28 comments

“Hear... Feel... Think.”

How To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV In 2019 2020 [Kotaku] “I’ve seen a lot of curiosity from co-workers and friends about how to get started with the game. With hours and hours of content, tons of jobs to choose from, and multiple places to hop in, it can seem daunting, but it’s still well worth the time. Here’s some advice for curious adventurers eager to start their adventures. Final Fantasy XIV first launched in 2010 to a disastrous reception before being revamped into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in 2013. It was an immediate improvement, bringing faster combat and a more focused storyline, and the three expansions that followed brought further refinement. The most recent of these, “Shadowbringers,” came out just last week, and there are often fun events that keep things fresh, from crossovers with other games to the sudden arrival of new job classes. [...] Final Fantasy XIV offers spectacle, cool player events, tough boss fights, and more. Soak it all in and embrace the chance to really grow, not just as a Dragoon but as a person.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 23 at 9:03 AM - 37 comments

Don’t forfeit! Don’t cheat!

While bar trivia, quiz apps, and other online sources garner fame and millions of fans, LearnedLeague largely flies under the radar. But to its players, it’s more than just a game.
posted by Chrysostom on May 21 at 9:45 PM - 39 comments

"The Countermelodies that Changed Us: A Lifetime of Loving Indigo Girls"

Karen Tongson reflects on the Indigo Girls for NPR's Turning the Tables, a "series dedicated to recentering the popular music canon on voices that have been marginalized."
posted by ferret branca on May 23 at 7:32 PM - 6 comments

Parahuman Trauma and responses thereto

Ward is the latest long-form serialized superhero web fiction from author Wildbow, aka John McCrae. It is a sequel to Worm (previously), though different characters take center stage. Where Worm was a story of power and the responses thereto, Ward is a story of trauma and - eventually! in some extremely unlikely ways! - rebuilding in the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by Fraxas on May 4 at 12:40 PM - 20 comments

Library of Congress wants to bring back the golden age of hip hop

Library of Congress app lets you make hip hop with century-old samples (Engadget): "The US Library of Congress has unveiled Citizen DJ, a digital tool that allows you to remix sounds from its massive collection of film, television, video and sound recordings. It was created by "innovator in residence" Brian Foo to recapture the '80s and '90s golden age of hip-hop sampling." You can explore collections using the web interface, use a simple music-creation app to remix beats, and download "sample packs" with thousands of audio clips from a particular collection that can be used in most music production software. Explainer video (Vimeo). See also: Library of Congress Needs a Few Citizen DJs (LOC)
posted by not_the_water on May 25 at 10:47 AM - 15 comments

“It's nice to sit at the campfire and discuss projects,”

Zoom sucks, we started having editorial meetings in Red Dead Redemption [Rock Paper Shotgun] “Mostly we were just having a really crap time,” said Viv when I spoke to them, about their meeting life before Cowboys. “We were having to deal with all those Zoom and Skype meetings and emails and phone calls… and we were just feeling worse and worse and more annoyed all the time.” Minecraft was considered, apparently, but people tended to just wander off and start digging, or dumping gravel on the meeting table, “so picking the most ludicrous game to meet in seemed good.” But then, as it turned out, it wasn’t quite as ridiculous as expected. “The thing is,” Viv explained, “the Cowboys just look right when they’re sitting around the campfire? They look like they’re in a meeting: scratching noses and frowning, and occasionally gesturing.”
posted by Fizz on May 25 at 6:36 AM - 32 comments

Non-Trump coronavirus news and analysis

Spain makes face masks obligatory in public for everyone over the age of 5. Colombia joins Argentina in banning all international flights. Gilead, maker of remdesivir, has a safer, more effective and easier to manufacture version of the drug, patented in 2009, but is not developing it. [A continuation of last month's thread of non-Trump links to international pandemic news and analysis.]
posted by mediareport on May 20 at 11:58 AM - 142 comments

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