July 20

Guarding the Art

Next March, the Baltimore Museum of Art is opening an exhibition curated entirely by 17 members of the museum's security team. “Our security officers spend more time in our galleries and living among our collection than any other staff within the institution,” said Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. “It is their perspectives, their insights, and their relationships with the art and daily interactions with our visitors that will set the stage for Guarding the Art to be an exceptional experience.” [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 10:27 AM - 32 comments

I hope you'll find the next 40 minutes useful.

"We know as much about teaching and learning as we do about public health. The difference is most of us don't know how much we know. By the time you finish high school you know what vitamins are, what germs are, and where babies come from. You probably don't know similar basic facts about how people learn and how best to teach them." - Greg Wilson, author of Teaching Tech Together (among other things, and in the blue previously) takes 40 minutes to sum up what everyone in technology should know about teaching and learning.
posted by mhoye at 10:14 AM - 16 comments

Socialist Boom Times in Tinseltown

From the superb California Sun daily newsletter: "At the start of 2020, the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America had roughly 1,700 members. There are now 5,500. The growing ranks have been fueled by a new wave of Hollywood leftists seeking transformational change, including high-profile members such as 'The Big Short' director Adam McKay and Rob Delaney of 'Catastrophe.' Hollywood Reporter interviewed dozens of showbiz workers for a piece titled 'Hollywood’s Socialism Boom.'"
posted by PhineasGage at 10:03 AM - 4 comments

“Advance Promotional Copy: Do Not Read.”

At last, I asked: Why send it to me? “It’s like when you feed a stray cat and it leaves you a dead bird on your porch,” Prickett replied. “I sent it to you as a gift. I mailed Foodies to writers I admire and a few musicians. One film director, I think. A handful of lit professors and Weird Al Yankovic. If you got one, it’s because I liked something you wrote. It could be anything from a critical tome to a tweet. In your case, I liked a short story of yours,” he said. “And sorry, but I’m going to have to keep sending yours to your mom. It isn’t a perfect system but it’s the one we have.” On the Trail of a Mysterious, Pseudonymous Author by Adam Dalva [The New Yorker; archive] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 7:22 AM - 10 comments

Gene Genie

Learning to Love GMOs. "...many environmental groups have...quietly walked back their opposition as evidence has mounted that existing G.M.O.s are both safe to eat and not inherently bad for the environment. The introduction of Bt corn, which contains a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally insect-resistant bacterium that organic farmers routinely spray on crops, dropped the crop’s insecticide use by 35 percent. A pest-resistant Bt eggplant has become similarly popular in Bangladesh, where farmers have also embraced flood-tolerant “scuba rice,” a variety engineered to survive being submerged for up to 14 days rather than just three. Each year, Bangladesh and India lose roughly four million tons of rice to flooding — enough to feed 30 million people — and waste a corresponding volume of pesticides and herbicides, which then enter the groundwater." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 7:13 AM - 51 comments

July 19

Only 90s kids will remember the husk

This ode to the husk (Twitter thread) will take you back to a simpler time. The 90s - when young and old alike venerated the husk.
posted by signsofrain at 10:12 PM - 120 comments

A lower environmental impact than traditional lithium mining.

GM Will Suck Lithium From the Salton Sea to Make Batteries [Autoweek] "Controlled Thermal Resources will pump hot, salty water from deep below the Salton Sea and extract the lithium from it, along with clean thermo energy at the same time. Cleaner water goes back into the Salton Sea and the ground beneath it. It’s a win-win." [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:52 PM - 34 comments

little canada

While other billionaires seek to leave the mess they made back on Earth by riding on space fantasies, Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer escapes in miniature: a $24-million miniature Canada in HO scale.
posted by jjray at 8:01 PM - 39 comments

Bigfoot Is Blurry

Why we're blind to the color blue. I'm always in the market for surprising facts. One of my favorites is that the color blue is always out of focus for the human eye. It's hard to believe since it appears that we see blue clearly, but it's astonishing when shown an example.
posted by Literaryhero at 6:34 PM - 64 comments

I Have No Mouth And I Must Scrum

Is your team working within a Scrum framework? Is it not working for you? Do you feel micromanaged, overworked, overwhelmed with meaningless meetings? Your team might be using Scream. The Scream Guide explains all. [more inside]
posted by cosmic owl at 1:26 PM - 87 comments

Children's lit, digital humanities, Python, and a shared notebook

"Need a fun way to learn about computational text analysis for digital humanities?" Well, "we should tell you about The Data-Sitters Club, how it works, and who we are. It all started one day when Quinn Dombrowski was on vacation in Las Vegas and started getting nostalgic about Ann M. Martin’s iconic series about girlhood in the upper-middle-class American suburbs of the 1990s." Start with "Quinn's Great Idea" to read a series of colloquial narratives chronicling research using the Baby-Sitters Club corpus. For example: Curious about what we can learn from the series's formulaic "Chapter 2" duplications?
posted by brainwane at 11:28 AM - 10 comments

St. Louis Restaurants of Yesteryear

Lost Tables and its companion site Lost Dishes chronicle the history and recipes of influential and iconic former restaurants in the St. Louis, Missouri area, complete with oral histories, photographs, and menus.
posted by jedicus at 11:02 AM - 19 comments

An Extension of the Reality Aesthetic

Reality TV Has Remade Our Politics. But Just for One Party. (slPolitico)
posted by box at 6:55 AM - 47 comments

The Film Industry Shifts to Auto-play

Is Netflix's distribution model changing the content of what we watch? (Peter Labuza, LA Times; archive link). Labuza writes that "giants such as Netflix are positioned to control which films get made and how, without necessarily following the preferences of consumers." [more inside]
posted by kingoftonga86 at 6:21 AM - 38 comments

July 18

Young, Gifted, and Black (and Gay)

The Subversive Joy of Lil Nas X’s Gay Pop Stardom NYT Magazine cover story (long read) by Jazmine Hughes. "A peek into a hot boy summer filled with new highs, disappointment and growth." Archive link.
posted by hippybear at 9:51 PM - 14 comments

"Be sure to be seated upon your golden chairs for this next bit of news"

Nobody Wants To Be a Serf Anymore [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse at 2:37 PM - 114 comments

Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon

Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists, data suggests. Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak. The investigation by the Guardian and 16 other media organisations suggests widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking spyware, Pegasus, which the company insists is only intended for use against criminals and terrorists. [more inside]
posted by Ahmad Khani at 1:30 PM - 62 comments

Inside the Imaginarium of a Solarpunk Architect

Imagine a world in which nature is intertwined with the industrial: giant lotus flowers replace concrete skyscrapers; an urban forest forms a city constantly in shift through a tree’s life cycle. This is the imaginarium of Belgian architect Luc Schuiten. To discover his work is to fall under the spell of a colourful cosmos, where architectural blueprints are swapped for visionary storyboards that invite the viewer to dive into his utopian dreamscape.”
posted by ob1quixote at 8:38 AM - 7 comments


Want to make greeting cards and signs from your very own computer like you would have in 1986? theprintshop.club emulates an Apple II running Broderbund's original release of The Print Shop in your browser, and when it prints out, generates a PDF you can then send to your printer!
posted by JHarris at 2:46 AM - 43 comments

Is Salmon Sushi Japanese?

Here is the story:
Even though the Japanese have eaten raw fish for centuries, the famously orange salmon was not a common sight in this dish until very recently. The Japanese simply did not consider their Pacific salmon clean enough to eat raw.
But is it true? The Great Salmon Sushi Conspiracy [SLYouTube, 15:36, has a commercial you can skip past pretty easily] [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 12:37 AM - 42 comments

July 17

The Transforming Power Of Christ

"17 people sent me this and all 17 of them were right to do so." [Twitter link with embedded video] Full project information here. Assembly video (for those who choose to go so far).
posted by hippybear at 8:50 PM - 50 comments

It happened to a friend of a friend of mine...

In the late 90's and 2000, YTV aired Freaky Stories, an animated series using a diverse variety of art styles to depict 140 urban legends across its 35 episodes. Not all countries to which the show was exported got to see the host segments, live-action puppet sequences which starred a bug and a maggot living in a greasy-spoon diner. Much of the show was lost until the entire run was rediscovered in 2020. Note: contains - hoo boy - death, gross-out humor, insects, spiders... everything they could get away with in a kid's show, basically. And remember: just because they never happened doesn't mean they ain't true! [MLYT]
posted by BiggerJ at 7:34 PM - 9 comments

These deaths lack individuality!

Paste Magazine attempts to list The 50 Best Dystopian Movies of All Time, including some unusual candidates.
posted by eotvos at 3:09 PM - 130 comments

RIP Wolfgang Weingart, a designer's designer

RIP Wolfgang Weingart, a designer's designer [more inside]
posted by xtian at 10:28 AM - 7 comments

Euclidean Cover Bands of the Ancient World

"So the written forms of Greek geometric propositions were not so much something one would learn and copy slavishly as prompts that said: here is something interesting; try it yourself. The Elements was not a dead repository of facts but a support for learning and practice, an invitation to perform for oneself, in the same way that rhetoric textbooks aimed to prepare students for rhetorical performance."
posted by escabeche at 10:13 AM - 9 comments

Love on a Real Train

The 1984 single from Tangerine Dream, set to a night time video of the automated Tokyo Yurikamome line from Shimbashi to Odaiba (alternative video, shortened side-view video). The track appeared in the film Risky Business, as well as The Squid and the Whale, Mr Robot, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Different train video, train composite video.
posted by Wordshore at 4:54 AM - 11 comments

July 16

All hands on Deck!

Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a handheld PC that will not only be able to play games from Steam, but also anything a computer can normally do. It is due out in December of this year and the base model will sell for $399. Here's a hands on preview from IGN.
posted by FJT at 9:48 PM - 66 comments

I literally said OMG at least once watching this

Ride With Juno As It Flies Past the Solar System’s Biggest Moon and Jupiter [JPL/NASA article, embedded video] "Using the spacecraft’s JunoCam imager, the mission team has put together this animation to provide a “starship captain” point of view of each flyby." Juno Flies Past the Moon Ganymede and Jupiter, With Music by Vangelis [4m, direct link to video on YouTube]
posted by hippybear at 8:44 PM - 26 comments

It's Who I Am

Why Name Signs Matter in ASL Shortly after the 2020 presidential election, five women joined forces with a mission: assigning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a name sign, the equivalent of a person’s name in American Sign Language. Ms. Gooden, one of the five women who came together for Ms. Harris’s name, said that as the conversation around a possible name sign for the vice president started taking shape on social media, non-Black and non-Indian deaf individuals — mostly men — were leading the dialogue. For the women involved, it was key that Black and Indian deaf women were part of the process, given Ms. Harris’s background. (NYTimes article available from Internet Archive) [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 7:23 PM - 13 comments

Biz Markie (1964 - 2021)

Rapper/beatboxer Biz Markie (née Marcel Theo Hall) passed today. He was 57. [more inside]
posted by kfholy at 6:49 PM - 61 comments

What Do You Know About Cabbage?

A Quiz
posted by gusottertrout at 1:29 PM - 51 comments

Goodbye, Cornfield County

The Weird History of Hillbilly TV. "There is the South. But there is also“the South” — the version of our region conjured by television executives. Today, Gabe Bullard takes a hard look at the weird history of hillbilly TV, from Andy Griffith to “Duck Dynasty.”" From The bitter southerner. [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 at 1:09 PM - 28 comments

All mountains are old, but the Appalachians are incomprehensibly old

Yes, all mountains are old, but the Appalachian mountains are incomprehensibly old. Have you ever wondered why we don’t find fossils in the Appalachian mountains? The truth is, we do, they’re just not the kind of fossils you might think of—there are no mammals, no dinosaurs, no reptiles. There’s something else entirely. (Single link twitter thread) (threadreader)
posted by Karmakaze at 11:34 AM - 86 comments

the national treasure that happened to reside within her

Why America embraced Whitney Houston, and how it destroyed her. What happens when you stop being America's sweetheart? And who does your voice belong to? Constance Grady for Vox's The Purity Chronicles. [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 10:34 AM - 13 comments

The Need for a New Garden City Movement

In the early 1900s, a strange and wonderful planning fad caught on. It can still help us think about building livable places.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 9:45 AM - 15 comments

Mystery seeds

The truth behind the Amazon mystery seeds “ If someone had wanted to invent a surreal provocation designed to unnerve Americans in the summer of 2020, it’s difficult to conceive of a better one than a deluge of unsolicited Chinese seeds.”
posted by dhruva at 9:05 AM - 68 comments

When I fold clothes I think of when I waited to be arrested at night

Kamil had received a phone call; by the end of it, he looked ashen. He left the office in an agitated state and headed downstairs. His colleagues ..saw three men load Kamil into a car and drive off...Two days later, three police officers drove Kamil home..They emerged with Kamil and his laptop, and drove off. Munire returned home to find their apartment turned upside down... Kamil’s books and papers lay scattered everywhere. China has interned more than 1 million Uyghurs, along with thousands of individuals from other Muslim minority groups, and undertaken a campaign of forced sterilization against Uyghur women. The U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands have officially recognized the crisis as a genocide.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:06 AM - 34 comments


After 2 years and 9 months, Eric Kleptone's tetraptych is finally available in full. Clocking in at 8 hours, 18 minutes the combined OV ER LO AD is a mashup magnum opus that will be difficult to beat. [more inside]
posted by Molesome at 4:09 AM - 23 comments

July 15

Busy doing what?

The person who paid $28 million to join Jeff Bezos on a trip to space is unable to do so because they are busy, the private rocket company has announced.
posted by Literaryhero at 6:41 PM - 129 comments


posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:20 PM - 34 comments

A Modest Proposal About Ransomware

Digital preservationist David Rosenthal suggests that the U.S. government has been slacking in its response to ransomware and should take more active measures. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 10:36 AM - 48 comments

What can I do? Anything.

Long read from Heated: After 18 years of life in the world’s fifth most climate-vulnerable nation, Baig sees her family’s predicament for what it is: not just tragedy, but profound injustice. Pakistan contributes less than 1 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and yet has been forced to bear the brunt of the world’s carbon crisis. “I’m angry about it. I’m sad about it. I don’t know how people have the audacity to prioritize money over humanity,” she said. And she can’t help but wonder if this would have happened if America—which has put more carbon into the atmosphere than any other nation—had felt these impacts first. The battle for a livable future is a battle against fossil fuels, writes Emily Atkin, and right now, it's all hands on deck. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 9:19 AM - 32 comments


The condition — officially called "cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome" but now known to health care workers as "scromiting," — has popped up with increasing frequency at hospitals in Colorado
posted by sammyo at 9:09 AM - 90 comments

July 14

BRAVO1 learns to speak again

“Neuroprosthesis” Restores Words to Man with Paralysis [UCSF article] tells of using computer-brain interface to think words for communication by people with speech loss. 21st Century medical breakthrough doesn't feel like an overstatement.
posted by hippybear at 9:00 PM - 17 comments

The Poor Man's Exploitation of the Multiverse for Personal Use

With Myst, the most enduring product of the great 90's multimedia kick, having recently been re-re-re-remade, why not go in the other direction and play the officially tolerated Apple II demake (demaker's Twitter)? You'll need this in-browser emulator. This is Myst so of course there's tips and notes below the fold. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ at 8:04 PM - 11 comments

In and Of Itself, It’s Historic

‘Welcome 2 America’: The Oral History of Prince’s Lost Album [Rolling Stone; archive]
posted by chavenet at 3:11 PM - 19 comments

Happy birthday, Metafilter!

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by Melismata at 2:10 PM - 109 comments

King of the Gig Hustle

He Thought He Could Outfox the Gig Economy. He Was Wrong. (Wired)
posted by backseatpilot at 12:44 PM - 29 comments

Women's gymnastics struggles to overcome its roots

Women’s gymnastics was created to be a feminine sport, and the femininity that it promoted was the white, Eurocentric kind. As the sport progressed from its very white, very dancey origins and increased in acrobatic complexity, the WTC and FIG held fast to a certain set of self-consciously feminine artistic ideals that were seen as being at odds with the more athletic components of gymnastics.
Dvora Meyers writes about why Simone Biles seems to be constantly low scored and how that fits in with the history of Women's gymnastics and its scoring system.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:17 PM - 26 comments

First official MCU/ex-X-verse crossover released for free!

Deadpool and Korg (Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame) do a reaction video for the trailer for a movie called Free Guy, starring a couple of guys named Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:54 AM - 26 comments

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