January 20

"Hi, I'm Max Keller. This is how I usually leave a bar."

Thirty-four years ago today, NBC premiered The Master (publicity still), a ninja action series starring Western film veteran Lee Van Cleef (as the ninja) and Timothy Van Patten, half-brother of Dick Van Patten, as his hot-headed young sidekick. Each week, Max and The Master drive into a new town (in Max's custom van) and end up protecting/rescuing a damsel in distress from greedy land developers, union-busters, crimelords and their thugs, a surprisingly high number of other ninjas, and the occasional terrorist. (Here's Van Cleef promoting the show on Carson.) Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 know the show from Master Ninja I and II, repackaged video versions of the first four episodes. Cancelled after 13 episodes, the entire series is viewable on YouTube: [more inside]
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 11:04 AM - 2 comments

From where the church used to be, 2 blocks south, 1 block east

Let's talk about addresses in Nicaragua.
posted by cthuljew at 10:32 AM - 10 comments

the eucharist is lit

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posted by Going To Maine at 10:29 AM - 5 comments

An Homage to You Rudy

Two Tone was both a record label and movement that combined imported Jamaican Ska with homegrown British punk to form a uniquely British multi-racial, multi-ethnic musical (and sartorial) style that has gone on to have a worldwide impact. They also had complicated relationship with another UK youth culture at the time: skinheads.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 6:53 AM - 20 comments

Martin Luther King's intellectual, ethical, and political commitments

MLK Now - "In the year before King's death, he faced intense isolation owing to his strident criticisms of the Vietnam War and the Democratic Party, his heated debates with black nationalists, and his headlong quest to mobilize the nation's poor against economic injustice. Abandoned by allies, fearing his death was near, King could only lament that his critics 'have never really known me, my commitment, or my calling.' " (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:12 AM - 5 comments

January 19

Winter Into Spring

Need a 45 minute break? Like, from anything? Here's piano artist (painter? poet? priest? alchemist?) George Winston's 1982 album Winter Into Spring [44m]: Side A: January Stars, February Sea, Ocean Waves (O Mar), Refletion [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 11:13 PM - 10 comments

Will they ride again?

The Sedona 5's Excellent Adventure On the morning of November 19, 1995, a federal budget stalemate between President Clinton and the U.S. Congress had forced the national park system to shut down, and the entire Grand Canyon had been closed to visitors for the past five days.”
posted by RockyChrysler at 9:37 PM - 8 comments

Shut your mouth, 'cause we're about to toss some exposition your way...

Hamilton and Motifs: Creating Emotional Paradoxes [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:27 PM - 8 comments


What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year? (2017 Edition). Sticking things in our rectums previously. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:57 PM - 81 comments

You can call me Dr. Mom

The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers The increase has been especially steep among groups of women who hadn’t been having as many babies: those with advanced degrees, and those who never marry. Today, 55 percent of never-married women ages 40 to 44 have at least one child, up from 31 percent two decades ago, Pew found. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 5:52 PM - 11 comments

If it fits I sit

Why Cats Love Boxes, According to Science! There's also a (captioned) video on Twitter, starring Artemis, a black cat, which are clearly the best cats. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 5:35 PM - 20 comments

128 Story Songs

Songs from the pop, rock, and country genres that tell a story.
posted by MovableBookLady at 3:07 PM - 92 comments

Kindness in Science

Should we steer clear of the winner-takes-all approach? Looking to build a more inclusive culture and environment, scientists in New Zealand held a 'Kindness in Science' workshop in Dec 2017. Nature interviews seven scientists to discuss what this culture-shift would mean for them. The essay by Emily Bernhardt that helped inspire the workshop is also a fantastic read ('Being Kind').
posted by phigmov at 2:16 PM - 5 comments

The NAS recommends a BAC of <.05

[S]tudies from countries that have decreased their BAC laws to 0.05 percent, such as Austria, Denmark, and Japan, demonstrate that this is an effective policy. In their 500-page report, Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem, the non-partisan National Academy of Sciences note that "Alcohol-impaired driving is an important health and social issue as it remains a major risk to Americans’ health today, surpassing deaths per year of certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, and drownings, among others, and contributing to long-term disabilities from head and spinal injuries." and make recommendations for broad changes, including lowering the BAC levels from .08 to .05 percent. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 1:29 PM - 97 comments

“This place wants us dead.”

The Terror [YouTube] [Trailer] “Inspired by a true story, The Terror, from executive producers Ridley Scott, David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, takes viewers on a harrowing journey. The story centers on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:07 PM - 48 comments

The Unexpected Consequences of Accidentally Buying a Counterfeit

Your Amazon Order Could Get You in Trouble With Customs. You wouldn’t think online shopping could get you in trouble with customs, but if you accidentally order counterfeit merchandise on Amazon it just might. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling, you probably want to double check your orders from now on. It just might get you kicked out of CBP's Trusted Traveler program.
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:36 AM - 40 comments

One Dozen Jabberwocks

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 10:55 AM - 30 comments

Her Name Was Joanne, And She Lived In A Meadow By A Pond

This weekend Michael Nesmith and The First National Band begin a mini-tour of California venues, concentrating on performing their country-rock material from the early 70s. The FNB released three albums (Loose Salute, Magnetic South and Nevada Fighter) between 1970 and 1971. [more inside]
posted by plasticpalacealice at 10:49 AM - 13 comments

He's like "Your decisions in life are horrible"

Meet five large (Canadian) men and the little dogs they love.
posted by jessamyn at 9:13 AM - 65 comments

Organizing So People Can Organize Themselves

“Worker centers—a catchall term for a broad array of local groups across the country—sprung up in the void left by the collapse of unions. They are a sort of one-stop shop of last resort for the problems of the working class. They organize campaigns for worker rights, wrangle with bad bosses, and more. And because worker centers have been at least somewhat effective in mitigating the horrors of life among the working poor, pro-business forces have long been anxious to undermine them.“ Walking The Floor of the Great Minnesota Activist Factory, Hamilton Nolan - Splinter.
posted by The Whelk at 8:19 AM - 5 comments

Like a bridge over troubled water

As Macron says 'non' to a financial services deal and Boris tries to distract everyone with his bridge here's Everything you need to know about the Brexit endgame in five minutes
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:35 AM - 29 comments

You think shooting on film is hip?

Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective by Shane Balkowitsch, the only wet plate collodion artist in North Dakota. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 4:43 AM - 13 comments

On the way in I collect my eleventh cup of tea of the morning

What is a day in Britain like? [more inside]
posted by Stark at 3:29 AM - 83 comments

The London Time Machine

The Morgan Map of 1682 vs today. Compare London of 1682 with aerial imagery from today, street by street. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 2:22 AM - 9 comments

January 18

Hans Moleman Productions presents, "Bear Getting Hit by Pipe".

INSTANT KARMA bear gets hit in the nuts for messing with my water tank [SLYT]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:01 PM - 34 comments

“I shall compose some verses on the inconstancy of happiness”

It keeps looping. Unstably coded.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:36 PM - 1 comment

Apply Chainsaw Gently

"Heathers" Official Red Band Trailer (YT), for the new Paramount TV show based on the 1988 black comedy. Reactions to the trailer veer between it being "sublimely vicious" and "baffling" and "a conservative fantasy".
posted by Artw at 9:18 PM - 85 comments

Favrd's down

Dean Allen made Textism and Textile and Textpattern and Favrd and other things and posted daily photos of his dogs and they made the web better. RIP.
posted by holgate at 8:10 PM - 40 comments

The occult roots of higher-dimensional research in physics

Spiritual hyperplane: How spiritualists of the 19th century forged a lasting association between higher dimensions and the occult world.
posted by homunculus at 6:55 PM - 12 comments

First Baby

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister pregnant with first child (slGuardian)
posted by Start with Dessert at 4:25 PM - 30 comments

Less stockpiling, more listening? Sure. Let's try that.

James Jackson Toth (of Wooden Wand) has a confession: he's a music addict, and he realized he had gone too far when he figured out that he couldn't listen to all his music in 40 years. But he had a plan - listen to one album only per week, starting on the first week of 2017. Only 52 albums for an entire year, to get back to really listening to and appreciating music, instead of amassing more and more. Album #1: Autechre's Oversteps from 2010. Things began to fall apart almost immediately.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:28 PM - 79 comments

A perfect encapsulation of Daryl Gates' worldview.

How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s. A look at the 1993 point-and-click adventure game Police Quest 4 as a mirror for the career and politics of its star writer, former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates. (CW: This article discusses incidents of police violence as well as depictions of queerphobia, violence, and murder.)
posted by skymt at 2:25 PM - 39 comments

"My journey from boy to Boy George began in the 70s"

In the 1970s, nobody knew what to do about Britain. The economy was in tatters. Industry was in decline. Governments changed like traffic lights. There were fears about terrorism, immigration, and fascism. We joined Europe, then we wanted out. This is a film about how the '70s shaped me. It's my story, but it's also Britain's. - Boy George's 1970s: Save Me From Suburbia
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:51 PM - 24 comments

When cows fly

Two people were killed during the second storm this year in the Netherlands. There was extensive damage. Roofs were torn off of buildings, cargo containers were blown off a dock, buildings collapsed and trees fell on houses and cars. The storm started in the morning and blasted the country for several hours. NRC posted this (non-gruesome) report in pictures. And if you're eager to see footage made and shared by Twitter users, don't miss out on #storm and #westerstorm.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:04 PM - 20 comments

Pity the musk ox.

The ‘Ice Tsunami’ That Buried a Whole Herd of Weird Arctic Mammals
posted by brundlefly at 11:41 AM - 11 comments

"The energy here was so heavy and disruptive.... But it's changing."

How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving a Polygamous Sect? Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen reports on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) community of Short Creek, and how it is changing now that its former leader Warren Jeffs is in prison for life, there are a growing number of ex-FLDS members in town, and formerly powerless female ex-members have formed the Girlfriend Club to support each other as they recreate themselves and their lives. (TW: Some mentions of sexual and physical assault, forced marriage.)
posted by orange swan at 10:49 AM - 18 comments

...and we will be making a donation to CryptoQueens...

As Tom Phillips, the UK editorial director, leaves Buzzfeed, his parting piece describes the 29 stages of a twitterstorm in 2018. Related: the 29 stages five years ago (MetaFilter thread). Unrelated: MetaFilter content previously amplified by Buzzfeed.
posted by Wordshore at 10:33 AM - 34 comments

“this is evidence that some very strange things will happen”

"Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:43 AM - 9 comments

It's The (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age Of Free Speech

Zeynep Tufekci discusses in new longform piece for Wired about how technology and the rise of social media is forcing us to rethink how we conceptualize free speech and censorship. (SLWired)
posted by NoxAeternum at 9:11 AM - 56 comments

Train barks like a dog, snorts like a deer...

A new system is being developed by the Railway Technical Research Institute in Japan to equip trains with sound effects to scare deer away from the tracks and prevent collisions. Researchers have seen the number of deer sightings go down by 45%.
posted by agatha_magatha at 9:01 AM - 4 comments

The Encyclopedia of the Missing

She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look. [slLongreads]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:50 AM - 5 comments

Vikings Give to the Who Dat Nation

Since Sunday Minnesota Vikings fans have raised more than $150,000 for the New-Orleans based charity What You Give Will Grow founded by Saints punter Thomas Morstead. Morstead said 100% of donations will go directly to Children's Minnesota to support their Child Life department. [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:44 AM - 11 comments

Oh boy

...hoping each time, that his next leap will be the leap home. The complete Quantum Leap journey A visual representation of Dr Sam Beckett's entire Quantum Leap journey. For the Television issue of Special Request.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:56 AM - 33 comments

“This is not going to go the way you think!”

MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of ‘The Last Jedi’ That Edits Out All The Women [Pedestrian] “Uploaded to The Pirate Bay yesterday by an anonymous user, the “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” is, according to their own description “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff“. You might be wondering how this is possible, seeing as the film is still a ways off from its DVD release date, but the intrepid nerdlinger(s) who decided to make this possible were so impatient for a version of TLJ where boys don’t get old off that they used a dodgy camrip with hardcoded subtitles.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:53 AM - 109 comments

Dieting, death and neo-reaction

Michelle Allison on the links between diet, death & neo-reactionary thought:
Why do the people who have it all, who live on the bleeding edge of technological advancement, contribute in massively influential ways to our culture, who are massively financially rewarded, NEED EVEN MORE? To the point of doing away w/ enlightenment ideals and democracy itself? It seemed impossible to understand, and then my index card reminded me: because when you can't navigate your fear of death, can't even SEE it, nothing is ever enough. You can reach the top of the existing hierarchy and at the end of it, you're still human, still going to die.
[more inside]
posted by pharm at 7:49 AM - 22 comments

Doing away with academic gatekeeper language.

Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?
posted by biffa at 7:45 AM - 18 comments

Yeah, but that TruCoat

"Ok, I’ll try and keep this brief, but lets talk PT Cruiser and the 2007 recession. FYI, I’m not *blaming* the crash on the PT Cruiser, just generally laying out how the story of the PT Cruiser and the people who bought them provides an early window into the lending meltdown..."
posted by griphus at 6:52 AM - 65 comments

Amazon HQ2: The Winnowing

In an announcement made today, Amazon Chooses 20 Finalists for Second Headquarters. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:51 AM - 178 comments

I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me

Parliament has released their first song in 38 years: I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me. George Clinton in da house, baby!
posted by hippybear at 6:38 AM - 9 comments

Dumb contracts

"In the real world, contracts have social utility, and people use them in complex, strategic ways that often don’t align with their legal rights and obligations. These social functions require flexibility—often, the very flexibility that is intentionally short-circuited by smart contracts." Karen E. C. Levy discusses the limitations of smart contracts in her paper Book-Smart, Not Street-Smart: Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts and The Social Workings of Law (PDF).
posted by clawsoon at 3:07 AM - 36 comments

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