July 12

Alphabet of international bread recipes (around the world a few times)

More than white, wheat and rye, there's a glorious world of breads, and for your enjoyment, here's an alphabet of international bread recipes: Aish Merahrah / Bammy / Česnica / Dosa / Eggette / Flatbrød / Green onion pancake / Himbasha / Injera / Johnnycake / Khanom bueang / Lahoh / Mollete / Naan / Obwarzanek krakowski / Potbrood / Qistibi / Rugbrød / Soda bread / Taftan / Unleavened bread / Vienna bread / Watermelon toast / [nothing for X] / Yufka / Zopf. To take away some of the mystery from these links, there are more descriptions (and more recipes, and MORE BREADS) below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:36 AM - 35 comments

Emmy Nominations 2018

The nominations have been announced for the 70th Emmy Awards. [more inside]
posted by numaner at 11:33 AM - 50 comments

I want to play my NES, but I don't have any software

The problem with [the NES console in Animal Crossing] is that it was thought to be unplayable. Every time you interacted with it, you would just see a message indicating that you didn’t have any software to play.

It turns out that this generic console item actually attempts to scan the memory card for specially constructed files that contain NES ROM images! The NES emulator used to play the built-in games is apparently a complete, generic NES emulator for the GameCube, and it’s capable of playing most games thrown at it.
posted by frimble at 11:31 AM - 7 comments

Game the same. Just got more fierce.

Every Episode of 'The Wire,' Ranked (spoiler alert, slvulture)
posted by box at 10:31 AM - 64 comments

Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument?

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation. [more inside]
posted by Emmy Rae at 10:03 AM - 48 comments

the open society and its enemies

"Soros is as comfortable with Wittgenstein as he is with Warren Buffett, which makes him a sui generis figure in American life, someone whose likes we will not see again for quite a while. He is extremely perceptive about the limits of markets and US power in both domestic and international contexts. He is, in short, among the best the meritocracy has produced. It is for this reason that Soros’s failures are so telling; - Daniel Bessner [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 AM - 26 comments

Farmers on SNAP

Cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Formerally food stamps ) hurt small to medium hold farmers and thier customers. SNAP is a boon to rural and urban economies, cuts in the Farm Bill May end that. (Civil Eats) Tens of thousands of people are about to loose access to fresh produce. (Modern Farmer) Farm bill targets food stamps — but not the well-off farmers who have been on the dole for decades. (LA Times) Arsenal For Democracy episode: Congressional farm bill and SNAP eligibility revisions.
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 AM - 14 comments

Ten minutes of righteous robot ruination

Need to blow off a little steam and strike a blow against heartless capitalists? Industrial Accident is your jam. A short-but-satisfying Twine game from John Ayliff.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:07 AM - 25 comments

zest for life

Today as I was walking home after my run I saw a large lemon rolling down the hill. It kept rolling for about a quarter mile. And now you can see it, too. [video on twitter] [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 7:52 AM - 46 comments

Staten Island has never been a popular borough, but it’s a place of beau

Originally Staaten Eylandt, no longer a city dump Changing the dump into a park is no easy task
posted by Yellow at 7:35 AM - 9 comments

Sound Effects On The Kids

Pioneering Animation Soundtracks From Poland: "From the 1960s onwards, the Polish Radio Experimental Studio created a sonic alphabet for the imagination through sound effects that transformed the world of children's films in Poland, and influenced animation soundtracks for generations to come. Culture.pl looks at some of their most fascinating and important works."
posted by sapagan at 5:52 AM - 2 comments

July 11

"See ya later, suckas! — The Great Garrett Underpants"

It's sad when a five-year-old dies of cancer, but this is the most fun funeral and obituary you have ever heard of. Garrett Michael Matthias died at age 5 after a nine month battle with cancer, but he's going to have the best funeral ever. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:53 PM - 26 comments


Papa John has fallen. John Schnatter, aka Papa John, aka Great AllFather John, aka Pepperoni Paterfamilias, has been brought low by a racial slur and graphic descriptions of violence against minorities during a conference call. In his resignation he has sloppily slid away from his pizza empire, like cheese from an ill-baked slice, leaving only the failure-doused crust of what had once been. Schnatter and his corporation have had a long and storied history of pointless antagonism, horrific racism, consistently terrible politics, and not paying delivery drivers minimum wage. [more inside]
posted by Rust Moranis at 9:52 PM - 130 comments

"Night Trap will never appear on a Nintendo system."

"Ever since its inception, the video game industry and controversy have gone hand in hand. Custer’s Revenge, Death Race, Grand Theft Auto, Sam Fox’s Strip Poker… these titles and many more like them have secured their position in the history books by stirring up trouble, but few have instigating the kind of furore that results in the industry-wide adoption of a ratings classification system. When it comes to notorious video games, Night Trap – recently confirmed for release on the Nintendo Switch – is in a league of its own; the real irony is that its iniquitous status as highly subversive 'video nasty' is almost entirely undeserved." [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 8:33 PM - 18 comments

When Your Muse is Also a Demonic Dominatrix

On Salvador Dali's Wife, Gala.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:07 PM - 35 comments

10,000?! We could buy Photoshop for less than that!

posted by gwint at 7:02 PM - 18 comments

I wanted to make a part of myself into something wonderful.

I Turned My Own Jawbone Into Earrings by writer, poet and podcaster merritt k. CW: descriptions of dysmorphia, surgery.
posted by figurant at 6:18 PM - 11 comments

City planning history, in histograms

Urban planner Geoff Boeing has calculated some lovely polar histograms of the orientations of American city streets, and further of various cities around the world, along with explanations of the context and methods. [via mltshp]
posted by cortex at 4:08 PM - 50 comments

‘No. Not here. Not in my space,’” she said.

Inside the Guild Wars 2 meeting that’s shaken gaming [Polygon] “Jessica Price, who was fired by ArenaNet last week for arguing with fans of the company’s Guild Wars 2 MMO, said she feels betrayed by how the company “folded like a cheap card table” when confronted by toxic fandom. In an interview with Polygon, she talked about the meeting in which she was fired, and castigated ArenaNet managers for their “highly unprofessional” reaction to a social media controversy.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 3:03 PM - 166 comments


Clickhole's "Well Played" tag follows the ordeals of a mild-mannered man dealing with quiet maladies: struggling with groups and their frequent casual miseries, handling chance encounters with strangers, suffering the minor cruelties of workplaces, failing to romance, sitting wrongly, and just generally being alive. But there's something hidden among those videos. What is it? Just reload those pages a few more times, and try to watch those videos again...

(Explanation here, if you're not seeing it. Discovered through this Clickhole AMA.)
posted by rorgy at 2:10 PM - 15 comments

Is meat the muscle of an animal? Or is it the remains of a living thing?

Is Lab-Grown Meat Really Meat? Cultured-meat manufacturers like Just Inc. and Memphis Meats are hoping to provide consumers with meat that is just like its predecessor, that tastes and looks and feels and smells exactly the same as something you might get in stores today but will be more sustainable. Whether that will turn out to be true won’t be clear for some time. But there’s another, more immediate battle heating up between the cattle industry and these new entrants into the meaty ring. So buckle up and put on your wonkiest hat, because the labeling war is about to begin. [SLSlate] [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 1:46 PM - 78 comments

Two men cannot look after a baby. Next time bring a woman.

Sexism was the last thing I was expecting when I became a daddy. It was homophobia. (SL BBC) The lack of specific gender roles is confusing for some. Mothers I've met have asked if I am somehow the "mummy" - assuming my role as the primary carer conforms to the traditional gender stereotype of a mother. I am "daddy" and my husband is "papa" - we haven't set any ground rules other than to love and care for our daughter come what may.
posted by stillmoving at 12:26 PM - 25 comments

mai nam is jane

Lik the bone I know this is very thin but I couldn't resist my urge to share. a little something to smile about in these grim times.
posted by supermedusa at 12:00 PM - 28 comments

Lolth, Spider Queen of the Drow

In 1979, Queen of the Demonweb Pits debuted at the Origins game convention. This Dungeons & Dragons adventure pitted the party against a minor god, Lolth, in her home plane of the Abyss. It was published the next year as module Q1, the finale to the G (Against the Giants) and D (Descent into the Depths of the Earth/Vault of the Drow) series of modules. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 11:02 AM - 71 comments

Acquisition Dangereuse

“I licked the chair and voilà,” he says. “I could taste the fraud.” [more inside]
posted by devrim at 10:45 AM - 39 comments

Modern Florida Man Odyssey

Helena Fitzgerald on how Magic Mike XXL both follows and transcends Joseph Campbell’s traditional Hero’s Journey: Campbell’s hero appeals both to capitalism and to the misogyny built into our capitalist society and others like it. Magic Mike, on the other hand, is a story about men doing great things that manages to avoid all the traps of the great man narratives, and the specific ways in which it deviates from these narratives demonstrates exactly what is so useful and maybe even revolutionary about it... Magical Michael is but a simple furniture maker, trying to run a business, attempting to gain enough financial stability to provide healthcare to his one employee. But then — he hears the call.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:28 AM - 20 comments

A Website for Five People

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” By The Beach Boys, But With Single-syllable Adjectives Other Than “Nice”Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress: A Niche TranscriptSixteen Songs That Will Trigger Your Fight Or Flight Response When You Hear Them In Public, Provided You’ve Read HomestuckLiterally Just 16 Getty Images Of Bernadette Peters With DogsEvery Iconic Onscreen Teen Friendship That Should Have Been A Lesbian Romance But Wasn’t, Because Some Higher Power Hates Me PersonallyWe Need A Musical Episode Of Stranger Things And We Need It NowPending Edits To The Brideshead Revisited Wikipedia Page Where It’s Star Wars NowA Conservative High School Production Of Angels In America Where They Can’t Say Aids So All The Characters Have Diabetes InsteadIn Honour Of The New Star Wars Movie, Watch This Trilogy Of Luke Skywalker Fan Videos Set To Lana Del Rey Songs [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:58 AM - 30 comments

We went down / Lit up the shack

They Meet Up in Motels Across America…to Trade Old Beer Cans: "We’re at the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Park Inn by Radisson. Collectors from around the United States have gathered to trade, buy and sell beer cans at the annual Spring Thaw Brewery Collectibles Show — also referred to as 'Spring Thaw,' 'Canvention,' or 'Crownvention' — crown being slang for a beer bottle cap." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:09 AM - 7 comments

"Exploiting the 19th century panorama craze with tales of the high seas"

A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World North America's longest painting is going to be shown in all its restored glory in New Bedford this weekend. It is a quarter mile long, meant to be shown as a scrolling moving picture (PDF). If you can't visit. there's a stunning GIS-enabled digital version which includes a thoughtful article about Globalization and Diversity of Maritime Industries from New Bedford.
posted by jessamyn at 8:33 AM - 11 comments

Let Someone Other Than The QB Throw The Ball

In a surprisingly Jon Bois-less episode of Dorktown, the discussion turns to looking at the efficiency of passers in the NFL who aren't the guy whose job description is "throws the ball". Turns out, letting someone other than the QB throw is more effective than you'd think. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 8:13 AM - 9 comments

Percentiles of Vividness

The dashing and grizzled reader rubbed his angular, bestubbled chin. The site had yielded its content without objection - part craven drum beating for a product, yet perhaps just compelling enough to stroke the fires of interest amongst the percipient denizens of Metafilter. Who cares about the best novels? Or the most influential? What if you could automatically rank 5000 novels by vividness?
posted by AndrewStephens at 7:43 AM - 18 comments

The American Middle Child is now an endangered species

The Middle Child is Going Extinct By Adam Sternbergh "... here’s a suggestion as to how you can spend the next National Middle Child Day [August 12]: contemplating the extinction of the middle child. Because, like the mountain gorilla and the hawksbill turtle, the American Middle Child is now an endangered species. As the ideal number of children per family has shrunk to two — that’s not me speaking, it’s demographics — the middle child, in a very real sense, is disappearing."
posted by pjsky at 6:46 AM - 42 comments

"Do I look busy?" becomes more important than "Am I doing my best work?"

A pair of studies by Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban of the Harvard Business School tracked conversations between employees before and after their office was converted to to an open plan configuration. They found that -- "... conversations by email and instant messaging (IM) increased significantly [...], while productivity declined, and, for most people, face-to-face interaction decreased." [more inside]
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 4:05 AM - 156 comments

Lede-Buried Voicemails from Your Mom

Hi, sweetie. It’s Mom. Do you remember Mr. Levert? He lived behind the high school with that garden. You’d do yard work over there sometimes? He loved you; I’m sure you remember. Anyway, he was in a car accident. Died on impact. Call me back.
posted by like_neon at 2:10 AM - 134 comments

A Guinness and Sprite, please. (Is a thing)

The Guinness and Sprite is a thing, at least in one bar in Seattle. Apparently “It's very English”. It's been made before; the Guinness goes on top as it is less dense. Guinness can also be half-and-halfed with other alcoholic drinks such as Blue Moon, Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat and Magners Cider. In a bar in Romania, a Dark Radler consists of a Guinness and Sprite ('Radler' being shandy in Germany). The Crown Float is half Guinness, half Strongbow. There's also the Guinness Martini, the St James’s Flip (Guinness, egg, condensed milk, rum, nutmeg), the Guinness Chocolate Float and Nutella Guinness stout chocolate milkshakes, the Badger (Guinness and Smirnoff Ice), and the Guinness Bloody Mary, containing Worcestershire Sauce.
posted by Wordshore at 1:00 AM - 73 comments

Popcorn that passes itself

Could this advancement possibly change THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS AS WE KNOW IT?
posted by Berreggnog at 12:16 AM - 15 comments

July 10

Branching out

Mark Z. Danielewski has written a pilot script for a television series based on his book House of Leaves
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:56 PM - 36 comments

3-D printed guns now allowed by the Department of Justice

An article in Wired reports that now anyone can download plans for guns. A new development in a story previously discussed on MetaFilter and other publications such as Forbes: as of a couple of months ago, distributing blueprints for printing guns is no longer deemed illegal in the USA. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 9:53 PM - 54 comments

I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board

Researchers, hospitals, and programs designed to train medical professionals routinely order Liquid Ass. The stench so realistically mimics the human colon, it’s the perfect training tool to teach medical responders how to maintain focus and professional demeanor in the midst of a truly overwhelming smell. And because the stench is universally offensive, psychologists have found it’s the perfect tool for studying the effects of disgust on all sorts of human behavior, from political decision-making to health care choices.

And while we're on the subject, it's been confirmed that Uranus smells like farts.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:19 PM - 42 comments

"It was late in June so most of Japan was dripping and grey..."

In 1977, Alan Booth needed a break from his life as a writer and film critic in Tokyo, so he decided to walk from Cape Soya, the most northern point of Japan's four main islands, to the most southern point at Cape Sata, . Listen to his thoughts in a short interview with him from the BBC. [more inside]
posted by kmkrebs at 8:39 PM - 8 comments

How to Write About Africa

"In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving."
posted by oprahgayle at 8:18 PM - 14 comments

Free as f***

When we're free to be ourselves, then we're free [SLYT]. Produced for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Canada Day 2017.
posted by heatherlogan at 8:14 PM - 3 comments

Every word that I just said / Could have also been describing you

50/50: A feminist love song by Garfunkel and Oates Uh....that's all there is to say. If you like them, go hear it.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:59 PM - 7 comments

Stop Asking Me If I ‘Saved Room’ for Dessert

Six simple changes restaurants could make to be more inclusive of people in recovery from eating disorders [Eater]
posted by noneuclidean at 6:09 PM - 59 comments

Black Mtn College & Its Women

A lovely exhibition of the women artists who were there and are often overlooked. Also, here's a link to the Black Mtn College Museum & Art Center in downtown Asheville NC: Shared History
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:28 PM - 1 comment

"Skyrockets in flight/Afternoon delight"

The story behind Starland Vocal Band’s one, big hit : An oral history of "Afternoon Delight" [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 5:23 PM - 66 comments

Have you ever questioned the nature of your streaming content?

The Atlantic speculates on HBO's future under Warner Media in our Netflix-dominated world. Previously on MeFi: The DOJ has lost its suit to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
posted by seemoorglass at 3:34 PM - 24 comments

The Contemporary Tern in Bird Illustration

The Audubon Society has been inviting contemporary artists to reimagine the illustrations from The Birds of America (online edition). Some favourites: Gaby D'Alessandro: Ruby Throated Hummingbird; Olaf Hajek, Great Egret; April SGaana Jaad White: American White Ibis; L7m: Southern Caracara. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 2:51 PM - 8 comments

Inside ‘Roe v. Wade’

"Conservative actors Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Sorbo were initially cast as Supreme Court justices but left upon receiving the script." [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 1:43 PM - 75 comments

Hey, hold my beer

A magnetic koozie; need I say more? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 11:58 AM - 28 comments

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