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all the wrong answers are interesting

“Eskimos Have Fifty Words for Snow” is an amazing phrase, because every word in it is wrong. Aaron Bady on what he thought would be "a few days’ research and a quick little explainer essay" and turned into half a year of research and an unexpected appreciation. "What’s fascinating to me about actually reading Whorf’s work—after working my way debunkers who gesture at his ignorance as disqualifying—is how simple the point he was trying to make actually was: that ignorance is, itself, a pathway towards new knowledge."
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The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea

Day Care for All - "Free public college, health care for all, a living wage: These are all important causes that will improve life for millions. But there's another proposal that belongs on the progressive to-do list: universal affordable high-quality child care. In fact, I would put it ahead of free public college: It would help more people and do more to change society for the better." (via)
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Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete.

"To the robot who turned 90 days into 15 years of exploration: You were, and are, the Opportunity of a lifetime. Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete. (2004-2019)"
Sarah Kaplan, WaPo: Opportunity, NASA’s record-setting Mars rover, is declared dead after 15 years. Opportunity’s mission was planned to last just 90 days, but it worked for 5,000 Martian “sols” and traversed more than 28 treacherous miles — two records for NASA. (Previously, and more at NASA's Mars page.)
posted by RedOrGreen to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 11:25 AM
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The League of Not Extraordinary and Not So Gentle Men

In 2009, a secret Facebook group called the Ligue du LOL (The League of LOL), led by young French male journalists, started harassing fellow journalists, writers, bloggers and activists - predominantly targeting women and minorities (also NYT), disrupting the lives and ruining the careers of their victims through barrages of sexist, racist and homophobic insults, pornographic montages, prank calls, and Twitter-coordinated attacks, online and IRL. The existence of the group was revealed last week, resulting in a flood of heartbreaking testimonies (megathread on r/feminisme (in French)), and in an intense bout of soul-searching in the progressive French media: not only the victims had been ignored before last week, but most of the Ligue members are now prominent journalists in major left-wing publications.
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58% Interest + 25% Confusion +8 Awe + 8% Realization

Here's an interactive map of the 2,032 sounds humans use to communicate without words. Based on new research [PDF] that found brief vocal bursts can convey at least 24 distinct kinds of emotion. Previous studies had estimated the number at around 13.
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Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans?

[NYT] Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. But a study published this month adds a twist. It found that there is likely no single natural diet that is best for human health. The research, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, looked at the diets, habits and physical activity levels of hundreds of modern hunter-gatherer groups and small-scale societies, whose lifestyles are similar to those of ancient populations. They found that they all exhibit generally excellent metabolic health while consuming a wide range of diets.
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Enheduanna

Hidden women of history: Enheduanna, princess, priestess and the world’s first known author. "The world’s first known author is widely considered to be Enheduanna, a woman who lived in the 23rd century BCE in ancient Mesopotamia (approximately 2285 – 2250 BCE). Enheduanna is a remarkable figure: an ancient 'triple threat', she was a princess and a priestess as well as a writer and poet." [Via]
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Cortex's beautiful stained glass piece


This Person Does Not Exist

This Person Does Not Exist is a single-serving website that does only one thing: algorithmically generate fake human faces. Refresh for more.
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This Doesn't Have To Be The Limit Of Your Imagination. Dream Bigger.


My Life at 47 Is Back to What It Was Like at 27


When You Bring the Songs Back, You Are Going to Bring the People Back

Jeremy Dutcher is a First Nations classically trained tenor, musician, and composer whose debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa [Youtube playlist], sung entirely in the "severely endangered" language of Wolastoqey, won the 2018 Polaris Prize, which is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian music album. You can watch him perform a stunning medley of his album at the Polaris Gala, and accept the prize. Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation, and his album is based on traditional Wolastoqiyik songs, often sampling century-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' singing, to devastatingly beautiful effect.
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 10:22 PM
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When modern builders meet old houses

Peter Ward is a surveyor who specialises in very old houses, watch him explain the problems that arise when modern builders try to 'fix' the external timber frame of a Grade 2 listed old house. At the other extreme discover a time capsule house from the 1600's that's barely been touched for centuries.
posted by Lanark to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 2:49 PM
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someone once told me the real action was in the footnotes

Illuminating Women’s Hidden Contribution to Historical Theoretical Population Genetics [preprint bioRxiv], Samantha Kristin Dung, Andrea López, Ezequiel Lopez Barragan, Rochelle-Jan Reyes, Ricky Thu, Edgar Castellanos, Francisca Catalan, Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and Rori V. Rohlfs, GENETICS February 1, 2019 vol. 211 no. 2 363-366; https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.118.301277
While productivity in academia is measured through authorship, not all scientific contributors have been recognized as authors. We consider nonauthor “acknowledged programmers” (APs), who developed, ran, and sometimes analyzed the results of computer programs. We identified APs in Theoretical Population Biology articles published between 1970 and 1990, finding that APs were disproportionately women (P = 4.0 × 10−10). We note recurrent APs who contributed to several highly-cited manuscripts. The occurrence of APs decreased over time, corresponding to the masculinization of computer programming and the shift of programming responsibilities to individuals credited as authors. We conclude that, while previously overlooked, historically, women have made substantial contributions to computational biology.
The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Feb 12 at 10:06 AM
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Drowning in Debt


Ken Nordine (1920 - 2019)

"The Voice of God," Ken Nordine, passed away today at age 98 Ken Nordine was one of the greatest voice artists of all time. You may not know his name, but assuredly you know his voice.
posted by JimInLoganSquare to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 4:14 PM
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unbelievably me

She lay every morning under an avalanche of details, blissed: pictures of breakfasts in Patagonia, a girl applying foundation with a hardboiled egg, a shiba inu in Japan leaping from paw to paw to greet its owner, white women’s pictures of their bruises – the world pressing closer and closer, the spider web of human connection so thick it was almost a shimmering and solid silk. Patricia Lockwood writes about being online.
posted by theodolite to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 7:28 AM
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Rise of the mid-rise

Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same TLDR: Because they're made of wood, which is cheap... but read on for more on the confluence of changing building codes, institutional investors, and a nationwide housing shortage...
posted by latkes to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:48 PM
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“We’re just going to wing it really; there’s not much more we can do.”

As captain May eats jam, ignores charts and monsters, and steers the 'good ship Brexit' downriver, a few Labour MPs might jump ship, possibly copied by a few Conservatives. Airbus, via Politico: “...we will have to look at future investments” and the Bank of America and German companies also paddle away (not on FlyBMI), as does Ratcliffe but not the wannabe captain. But people coming aboard may include expats with complex healthcare needs needing the NHS. A national humbling? Back on the high and ferry-free seas, Gavin's latest has displeased China and Gibralter is tense. Choppy waters, no investigation, only storm forecasts for Northern Ireland, and for Porsche-desiring MeFites. Irish Times: “...we can also glimpse an image of ourselves no longer ruling the waves.” (title)
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Feb 18 at 2:00 AM
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Nobody expected that from an English Bulldog

Dog agility courses are typically associated with speed and agility. English Bulldogs are not typically associated with speed and agility. Nobody told Rudy. Then there is Macaroni the pokey puppy. Also, Dachshunds! Mo is fast. Megan? Not so much. Almost 8 hours of footage there if you want more.
posted by COD to MetaFilter on Feb 11 at 4:29 PM
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whoever asked their monkey's paw for fewer poop posts: good job [view]
posted by phooky to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 12:19 PM
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From a post on a no-longer-available Tumblr:gosh but like we spent hundreds of years looking up at the stars and wondering “is there anybody out there” and hoping and guessing and imagining because we as a species were so lonely and we wanted friends so bad, we wanted to meet other species and we wanted to talk to them and we... [more]
posted by Lexica to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 11:44 AM
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The tax payers would have been no worse off. They are not generating any revenues now from AMZN at those sites. In exchange for $3 billion in reduced taxes and other benefits, NYS and NYC would have pulled in a combined estimate of $30 billion over 10 years or a net $27 billion. If you even cut that estimate in half, that is $13 billion. That... [more]
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:33 AM
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(psst: another way to view this is that redditors are being exploited the least) [view]
posted by mhoye to MetaFilter on Feb 12 at 10:13 AM
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sciatrix, I think "Not Very Toxic, and Didn't Run Away Fast Enough" would be an excellent title for a cookbook. [view]
posted by mandolin conspiracy to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 7:50 AM
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I've seen no evidence anywhere that left wing guys (or artsy guys, or sensitive guys, or guys who love their moms, or whatever) are any less likely to be gross sexist cretins than right wing guys. Whatever makes a dude awful or not awful to women does not seem to have anything to do with their politics. [view]
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The city lost a chance to add 25,000 decent paying jobs. No it didn't. [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:34 AM
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It's clear that this deal would have benefited Amazon, but it's NOT clear that the deal would have benefited NYC - as indicated by, well, the type of back and forth in this thread and in a lot of conversation about this issue. Plenty of valid points to go around, here, and not a lot of hard info vis a vis numbers, PR, and policy analysis. What... [more]
posted by entropone to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:14 AM
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Seattle native here. I’m having a hard time marshalling my thoughts because so much of this thread is making me furious so I’ll just say this - this city is fucking broken. This city is no longer functional or livable unless you have a very high-paying job. We’re looking at moving away, which fucking breaks my heart, which is something... [more]
posted by skycrashesdown to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:08 AM
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If AOC is fighting for the working person, she blew this. Ocasio-Cortez via Twitter: Yeah I’m laughing @ this. Amazon was not coming to my Congressional district, had no concentrated outreach to us that I’m aware of, yet w/ no effort I defeated the richest man in the world? Doesn’t add up. Story that’s not being told: the local... [more]
posted by ryanshepard to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:38 AM
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Why aren't more millennials having kids? Why aren't MORE millennials having kids? Why aren't more millennials having kids? WHY ARENT MORE millennials having KIDS??? WhY aReNt MoRe MilLeNiaLs HaViNg KiDs?? WHY ARENT MORE MINELLIAL KIDS WHAY NO KIDS WHY NO LAZY MILLENIAL AVOCADO TOAST EATERS NO KIDS?? NO KID???? WHY NO BABY KID?????? [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 6:59 AM
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This happened to me. By what group, for what reason, I don't even know, but I live in a large Canadian city and used to have a successful part time art career that is no more. I was harassed and trolled on all of my online accounts, inluding this one, most of my online accounts were hacked into, I was approached in public multiple times and... [more]
posted by OnefortheLast to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 6:17 PM
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How do you figure? Firstly, as my esteemed colleagues above have pointed out, this figure was entirely fabricated by Amazon and there's no proof that a) there would have been 25,000 jobs in the first place, and b) that they would have hired entirely locally as opposed to importing people from their main office. Secondly, Amazon is... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:44 AM
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Please don't just shout 'jobs jobs jobs'. Any argument that the city would make up in eventual taxes what it lost on the subsidies is eliding the fact that it is losing corporate tax revenue and gaining individual tax revenue. That is, it's shifting the tax burden to workers, away from this hugely profitable company. Any... [more]
posted by dbx to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:40 AM
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I got hired as a music writer in large part thanks to my pan of his second album. I'm pretty sure I used the words "sleazy" and "manipulative" and those were just to describe the songs. After I quit writing for that publication , he pulled a whole thing trying to "get that girl that doesn't like my records" to... [more]
posted by thivaia to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 4:04 PM
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Real talk: how valuable are metafilter users though?? $5, same as in town. obviously [view]
posted by aspersioncast to MetaFilter on Feb 12 at 11:28 AM
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I was part of a group of startup founders assembled to talk to a few of our PA state legislators about investing tax dollars in local technology businesses. This included State Rep. Sara Innamorato, who is lovely and also a member of the DSA. For the founders, all of our businesses were funded by a state-run investment fund and it was our job... [more]
posted by Alison to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:26 AM
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Related: Amazon made an $11.2bn profit in 2018 – and its federal tax bill is $0 Company is not paying a single cent in taxes for the second year in a row, due to various unspecified ‘tax credits’ and executive stock options [view]
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It's been my observation, from well before the Berniebro was a thing, that a whole lot of men who declare themselves to be Left object to *which* white men run the world, but they agree that white men should run the world. [view]
posted by tavella to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 7:10 PM
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Speaking as someone that LITERALLY just went through a job hunt in New York City, as well: Already-existing NYC businesses have been posting about 50 new positions per day for my specific job description, which isn't even that sexy a position. I began my job search in mid-January - but found a position only three weeks later, and am... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:46 AM
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