February 22

Tell the story. Tell the story. Tell it over and over again.

"I believe in non-violence, as a way of life, as a way of living." Get In the Way, a documentary about congressman, civil rights leader, and hero John Lewis is currently streaming on PBS.org. John Lewis previously on Metafilter: Gun control sit-in in the House. "Because of you, John." - Barack Obama [more inside]
posted by kristi at 7:47 PM - 1 comment

And I feel fine

"The End of the F***ing World" is an extremely dark-humored British TV adaption of Pennsylvania native Charles Forsman's graphic novel TEOTFW. The 8-episode first series appeared first on the UK's Channel 4 in October, and is now on Netflix. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 7:26 PM - 7 comments

The Flame-Haired Woman of the Shadows

With Joss Whedon not directing Batgirl anymore here's 9 rad women who could take his place.
posted by Artw at 7:23 PM - 6 comments


List of Oreo Varieties [Wiki] “The most popular cookie in the United States, based on sales, is the Oreo. For most of its history, owner Nabisco (originally National Biscuit Company) only made the basic version of this cookie. But in recent years, increasingly since 2010, it has expanded to a great many varieties, both domestically and globally. In addition to their traditional design of two chocolate wafers separated by a creme filling Oreo cookies have been produced in many different varieties since they were first introduced, and this list is only a guide to some of the more notable and recent types; not all are available in every country.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:42 PM - 20 comments

"Rule #1 is young men die. And Rule #2 is doctors can't change Rule #1."

'M*A*S*H' Finale, 35 Years Later: Untold Stories of One of TV's Most Important Shows
When the series launched in September 1972, CBS executives thought they had greenlit a comedy. Series creators Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart instead gave the network seriocomic vignettes of universal truths about the human condition. "We helped break the boundaries of the boss coming to dinner and burning the roast," series star Alan Alda (aka Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce) tells The Hollywood Reporter.
posted by Lexica at 6:40 PM - 14 comments

Nationalism has a way of oppressing others.

The Opportunistic Rise of Europe’s Far Right. Across the continent, racist groups have used the war on terror to gain a new platform and there is a far-right revival in Central Europe.
Guardian long read; The fascist movement that has brought Mussolini back to the mainstream.
Poland and the Uncontrollable Fury of Europe's Far Right.
The Rise of the European Far-Right in the Internet Age.
Rise of the nationalists: a guide to Europe’s far-right parties.
posted by adamvasco at 4:50 PM - 9 comments

I thought my bully deserved an awful life. But then he had one.

I never thought I could feel empathy for the boy who tormented me in childhood.
posted by adamcarson at 4:24 PM - 43 comments

The Opioid Diaries

The Opioid Diaries "Over the last year, photographer James Nachtwey set out to document the opioid crisis in America through the people on its front lines. Alongside TIME’s deputy director of photography, Paul Moakley, the pair traveled the country gathering stories from users, families, first responders and others at the heart of the epidemic. ADVISORY Graphic content could be disturbing to some readers"
posted by ericost at 2:38 PM - 14 comments


One of the many (many, many) challenges to long-term human habitation of Mars is the lack of an atmosphere, which was stripped away over millions of years due to Mars' lack of a magnetosphere. How to kick off a little climate change? How To Give Mars An Atmosphere, Maybe [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:04 PM - 7 comments

Newsweek Fighting Its New Owners

Why Is the Manhattan DA Looking at Newsweek’s Ties to a Christian University?
posted by MovableBookLady at 2:03 PM - 7 comments

"rivers are the lifeblood of the planet, and driftwood the nutrients"

From streams to estuaries to the deep ocean floor, driftwood shapes every environment it passes through. While there's an awareness that temperate rainforests are enriched with nitrogen from the marine environment, delivered by decomposing salmon, less well known is the fact that dead trees from those same forests travel to the sea and become a vital source of food and habitat. Driftwood is in need of a PR campaign, celebrity spokesperson, or publicist at the very least. Driftwood, it turns out, is also rapidly disappearing.
The Trees That Sail to Sea by Brian Payton.
posted by Kattullus at 1:12 PM - 2 comments

actually maybe I'm still sorting this one out

a comic by Edith Zimmerman: My First Year Sober
posted by everybody had matching towels at 12:08 PM - 12 comments

Extreme model railroading

In North Adams, Massachusetts, plans are afoot for the construction of a $65 million, 83,000 square foot "Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum", in which 2,000 model freight and passenger cars and 107 locomotives will operate in a landscape filled with scale models of the world's most notable contemporary buildings. Video walkthrough of first conceptual model. Building plans are being drawn up by architect Frank Gehry (the Bilbao Guggenheim, LA Walt Disney Concert Hall, Seattle Pop Culture Museum, etc.), while Thomas Krens (former head of the NY Guggenheim Museum, creator of its various spinoffs, and original driver behind the creation of MASSMoCA, also in North Adams) heads up the project, which will open in 2021. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 10:48 AM - 44 comments

"A neverending potlatch"

How can we explain the existence of Gremlins 2: The New Batch? A good place to start is the classic Key & Peele sketch detailing its origins as a Hollywood sequel but, to really dig into the meaning of it, one must consult the Institute for Gremlins 2 Studies. The ruminations regularly posted by the Institute elucidate the hidden symbolism of the gremlins as a challenge to Fukuyama's End of History, revealers of technology's full potential for horror/liberation, and "beings without economy, or perhaps, against economy" who negate the possibility of dialectic. [more inside]
posted by likethemagician at 10:06 AM - 36 comments

"I think I just need to let some arrows fly."

What Ever Happened to Brendan Fraser?
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels at 9:12 AM - 84 comments

From this day forward every decision will be my own!

For her third album released in 2006, India.Arie tapped deeply into her personal life and created a minor masterpiece about a strong women dealing with emotional difficulties: Testimony Vol. 1: Life And Relationship (Discogs link with extensive credits) [artist-created YT Playlist missing one song ~55m] [Spotify playlist of full album ~1h] CD track listing part one: Intro: Loving, These Eyes, The Heart Of The Matter*, Good Morning, Private Party, There's Hope [video], Interlude: Living

*fan-made TV show related video, not very good, not of the whole song, only version of album track available [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:52 AM - 3 comments

God should have made girls lethal when he made monsters of men

An interview with Carmen Maria Machado at Autostraddle. [more inside]
posted by kokaku at 8:48 AM - 10 comments

Scott Moir to Ref: "WAKE UP!"

Scott Moir was at the game last night. The gold medal game for women's hockey was played last night, and went all the way to a shootout. In attendance was Scott Moir, of Virtue and Moir, Canadian gold medalists for ice dance, and he was pretty invested in the proceedings. Let's watch the tape!
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:11 AM - 32 comments

All the art references in BoJack Horseman.

The animated TV show BoJack Horseman (previously 1, 2) contains dozens of references to classic and contemporary art. Daily Art Magazine has scoured all four seasons and found them all.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:57 AM - 17 comments

Let me talk about this post, which is probably a failure

Susan Cahill is failing. So is Corey Schutzer. [more inside]
posted by metaquarry at 5:34 AM - 4 comments

Its fans call themselves "potheads" and accessorise their pots

As the nation struggles [molten chocolate cake] through the Polar Vortex, failing and closed restaurants, and food pronunciation, hungry Brits [boil an egg] are staying in and using their eBay acquired Instant Pots [coq au vin]. Paula Cocozza tries one for a week, while Jessica Yadegaran happily makes risotto, and in Houston it faces off against the Dutch Oven. While Americans [baby back ribs] grieve over death by Crock-Pot, in Minneapolis Patricia Lopez makes a safer dulce de leche. Elsewhere [Cuban beef stew], Paul Hope faces off the Instant Pot against the Big Green Egg over pulled pork [Sloppy Joes], Melissa Clark is turned by a pork shoulder, and Urvashi Pitre becomes the "butter chicken lady". Though, [lemon pepper orzo] fried chicken replicators may be disappointed.
posted by Wordshore at 12:03 AM - 77 comments

February 21

But who invented the flat white?

"Five years ago, you would be hard-pressed to find flat whites and avocado toast in New York—a mention of either of those things would probably get you laughed out of your local greasy spoon. But today, you can hardly walk five blocks in Manhattan without bumping into a different “Aussie café,” a new genre of coffee shop that emphasizes carefully crafted espresso beverages (such as the flat white), charming service (“G’day, mate!”), and a menu of fresh and light fare (said avocado toast). The sheer number of them indicates that, at the very least, Aussie cafés have been not just a gustatory success but also a commercial one: Two Hands, Toby’s Estate, Citizens of Chelsea, Banter, Ruby’s, Brunswick, Sweatshop . . . the list goes on. They’re popping up not only in New York, but all up and down the Eastern Seaboard, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland." - How Australian Coffee Took Over—And Why New Zealand Coffee Could Be Next [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 11:41 PM - 129 comments

"Most fails happened when an element fall down earlier than expected."

Watch the single-take kinetic journey of a blue marble (Kaplamino previously).
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:32 PM - 13 comments

How the Vietnam War's Napalm Girl found hope after tragedy

Kim Phuc, photographed after a napalm attack in South Vietnam in 1972, is interviewed on PRI.
posted by gen at 8:22 PM - 4 comments

The Mother of Invention

A new short story from Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor: "The city of New Delta was big, but her neighborhood had always been “small” in many ways. One of those ways was how people stamped the scarlet badge of “home-wrecking lady” on women who had children with married men... Only her smart home spoke (and sometimes sang) to her." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:05 PM - 5 comments

“Somebody once told me...”

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posted by Fizz at 5:53 PM - 70 comments

Where Did All the Advertising Jobs Go?

For the first time on record, the number of people working in the industry is declining during an economic expansion.
posted by oprahgayle at 4:57 PM - 37 comments

Dismantling of a dam and restoring an ecosystem

The restoration of the ecosystem in the Elwha River Undoing the dam to restore what’s good for all animals [more inside]
posted by Yellow at 4:02 PM - 12 comments

He's either as smart as the devil himself or the luckiest bastard alive.

In 1985, KGB Colonel Vitaly Yurchenko defected to America. He told agents he had terminal stomach cancer and had decided to make the world right in the time he had left. Yurchenko told KGB secrets to the CIA and NSA, including important details about 55 to 60 KGB assets in America and two Soviet moles (Edward Lee Howard and Ronald Pelton) inside US intelligence. But three months in, he learned he didn't have terminal stomach cancer -- just a minor bowel disorder. So Vitaly Yurchenko changed his mind and escaped back to the Soviet Embassy. He told the media that the CIA had drugged and kidnapped him. “The agency had either been completely taken in by a brilliant Soviet intelligence officer, or allowed one of its top Soviet defectors to slip out of its hands.” (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 3:32 PM - 12 comments

Remember the 1998s?

Remember the Discman? Remember the best Discmens? Remember the wackiest Discman? Remember the first Discman? Remember the Data Discman?
posted by selfnoise at 1:31 PM - 73 comments

"The masculinization of fiction, 1800-1960"

The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction is a long essay by Ted Underwood, David Bamman and Sabrina Lee that uses quantative analysis of over a hundred thousand works of fiction digitized by HathiTrust to look at the proportion of fiction written by women, and the proportion of female characters, from 1780-2007. To the authors' surprise both declined steadily and profoundly from 1800-1960, before rebounding. They also looked at gender divisions between male and female characters over the same period, finding that they had lessened. The Guardian has a short summary of the findings. And for more on gender representation in 19th Century fiction, the authors point to Understanding Gender and Character Agency in the 19th Century Novel by Matthew Jockers and Gabi Kirilloff.
posted by Kattullus at 1:04 PM - 14 comments

The future will be black. And female. And cybernetic.

Metafilter's favourite android Janelle Monae announces her new album Dirty Computer. [more inside]
posted by daveje at 12:58 PM - 46 comments


Climbing is a huge part of the mythology and culture of road cycling, both professional and amateur. Legends are born on the slopes of mountains, at least going up them. The fun part, however, is going back down again so join ex-pro riders Si Richardson and Matt Stephens as they descend Mallorca's Sa Calobra. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 11:21 AM - 23 comments

Fast Food, Fair Wages

The systemic poverty and racism America faces today was not inevitable,” the statement continues. “It is the result of choices made by politicians and corporations.” The revival of The Poor People’s campaign on the 50th anniversary of Memphis sanitation workers’ strike seeks to combine the plight of the working poor, faith leaders, and the fight for a fair minimum wage for fast food workers. Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law. (Politico) Republicans silent on tip-pooling changes that woukd allow owners to pocket server’s tips. (Eater) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:25 AM - 12 comments

Worst Roommate Ever

“You’ve got your whole life in front of you. You’re pretty, you’ve got this house — well, you don’t have this house anymore. This house is my house.” (Warning, disturbing content.)
posted by backseatpilot at 9:32 AM - 81 comments

"Oh!" said his wife. "It's like the War"

Owen Stephens recalls how in 2000/01 he ran a roleplaying session for Wizard of the Coast's then new Star Wars D20 game when an elderly gentleman with actual commando experience showed up at his table. (Hat tip.)
posted by MartinWisse at 8:52 AM - 20 comments

"Joining a whisper network comes with a catch..."

"...it invites participants in on the condition of silence. And because of that, we often miss that whisper networks are a double-edged sword: the same secrecy that protects victims and whistleblowers can shield perpetrators as well." The Verge longform: When Whisper Networks Let Us Down by Sarah Jeong (cw: sexual assault)
posted by Jacqueline at 8:46 AM - 9 comments

A "plain, ordinary preacher from a farm in North Carolina."

The Rev. William "Billy" Graham has died at age 99. Washington Post obituary. Politico obituary. As a child, he was kicked out of a local youth group for being "too worldly." At age 14, upon the end of Prohibition, his father forced him and his sister to drink alcohol until they got sick, thus creating a lifelong aversion to drugs and alcohol for the rest of their lives. He rose to prominence after World War II, taking advantage of the new media of radio and TV. Criticized for his centrist views (as well as a registered Democrat), Bob Jones said that "Dr. Graham is doing more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than any living man." An early integrationist, he was also accused of pandering to southern whites. Pastor to the presidents, he was a good friend of Richard Nixon and supported the Vietnam War. He also helped George Bush, Jr. stop drinking. His Crusades reached millions. Here is CNN's 10 things you didn't know about Billy Graham. God's Bully Pulpit: Time Magazine's feature story on his 75th birthday (paywalled) And hey, did you know that Mike and Karen Pence follow the "Billy Graham Rule"?
posted by Melismata at 8:34 AM - 53 comments

"a back door to the U.S. financial system."

A Chinese Casino Has Conquered a Piece of America
Imperial Pacific’s overnight domination of Saipan has generated deep unease among the island’s citizens, many of whom are convinced that their home has been bought. The company, they believe, set out to take over a little piece of America, politicians and all. Given the billions of dollars at stake, it’s not surprising someone would try. What’s shocking is that, so far, it seems to be working.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:29 AM - 15 comments

Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.

posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:15 AM - 168 comments

This Design Generation Has Failed

And that’s when I decided that we — and by we I mean those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design’s lost generation. We are the Family Ties-era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley. Mike Monteiro on the ethical state of design's lost generation.
posted by gauche at 7:02 AM - 65 comments

The Temple of Knowledge

Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growing up in a library, creeping down to the stacks in the middle of the night when curiosity gripped him. A story for anyone who’s ever dreamt of having unrestricted access to books.
posted by Stanczyk at 6:02 AM - 7 comments

February 20

I hear their screams

Howard Jones released Dream Into Action in 1985 [CD-based YT playlist, ~55m] and it made quite a splash on both sides of the pond and around the world, with several charting singles and gigantic sales. UK Vinyl Side One: Things Can Only Get Better [video], Life In One Day [video], Dream Into Action, No One Is To Blame [video, completely different version], Look Mama [video], Assault And Battery [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 11:52 PM - 42 comments

Exhibition of Memories

The Museum of Broken Relationships. "Before flying to Zagreb, I’d put out a call to my friends—What object would you donate to this museum?—and got descriptions I couldn’t have imagined: a mango candle, a penis-shaped gourd, the sheet music from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3, a clamshell drilled by a dental student, an illustration from a children’s book that an ex had loved when he was young—showing a line of gray mice with thought bubbles full of the same colors above their heads, as if they were all dreaming the same dream."
posted by storybored at 9:40 PM - 8 comments

The Shallowness of Google Translate

Douglas Hofstadter takes a deep dive into why AI techniques don't equate to real undersanding. longread.
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:58 PM - 81 comments

Mon Dieu, it's full of...

{gravelly voice} Throughout history, mythical creatures and phenomenon have been spoken of, described, searched for. Often, with no resulting evidence, no video, no photo. The Yeti, the Sasquatch, the Unicorn, non-hipsters who eat Blue Star donuts; the roll-call of unproven legends goes on. But now, deep in the Val de Bagnes of Switzerland, unambiguous photographic proof has emerged of the most mystical, most tasty of them all... (as discussed in the Irish media, a nearby sighting, and another, the anatomy of one, a herd or flock, just over the border in Italy, and a previous sighting of similar)
posted by Wordshore at 5:30 PM - 20 comments

RIP Thomas, the blind bisexual goose, 1980-2018

Thomas, a goose whose love life has delighted visitors to Waikanae's Waimanu Lagoons in New Zealand for many years, has died. His funeral featured a procession led by a bagpiper and a speech from the local mayor before the diminutive coffin was buried in a grave next to his life partner, Henry the swan. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 4:13 PM - 12 comments

In its house at R'lyeh, dead AI waits Deep Dreaming

The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction - by Shuja Haider. A story of: Time travel, a future superintelligence as unavoidably but passionlessly vengeful God, neoreactionaries as the alt-right's intellectual avant-garde, neoreactionaries planning White Flight to Mars, Google's Deep Dream and "the Cathedral", libertarian transhumanism and libertarian fascism, Lyotardian far-rightists, Deleuzian Thatcherism and accelerationism, the Dark Enlightment, superrich supercapitalist super-villains, Silicon Valley hyperracism, Noys, Lovecraft, AI as class disparity amplifier.
And it isn't fiction.
posted by talos at 4:07 PM - 33 comments

Actually, my name is Austin Powers. Danger is my middle name

Just how dangerous are Winter Olympic sports?
posted by Stark at 12:37 PM - 67 comments

Dance or die!

Holly Dicker attends the biggest indoor hardcore rave in history to tell the story of Thunderdome and Holland's most significant youth culture movement. Legendary Dutch hardcore rave Thunderdome returns 5 years after their "final" 20th anniversary event in 2012. This is a great read about the history of a scene that inspired passion in a lot of people, as well as a detailed review of the event itself which seems rare in festival / rave culture.
posted by thedaniel at 11:02 AM - 17 comments

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