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52,438 High-Definition Images of Artworks Into the Public Domain

The Art Institute of Chicago has placed high-definition images of 52,438 public-domain artworks onto its website (with magnification tools) under a CC0 license (no rights reserved), including The Great Wave, A Sunday on La Grand Jette (unfortunately not magnifiable to this extent), Nighthawks, Van Gogh's Self-Portrait, Warhol's Mao, and Two Sisters on the Terrace. (via Kottke)
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 2:00 PM
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No One Is Above the Law


Before envelopes, there was letterlocking

Say you're Mary Queen of Scots, or Galileo, or Machiavelli, or Marie Antoinette. Say you want to send a tamper-evident letter, but the mass-produced envelope hasn't been invented. You could still secure your message using letterlocking: a system of folds, slits and seals that made a letter its own security system .
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Violin Sonatas, etc.

Mozart wrote three dozen of the things; Beethoven composed ten; Charles Swann was obsessed with M. Vinteuil’s. The violin sonata (and is cousins featuring the viola, or the cello, or, much less often, the double bass) is a commonplace of the classical repertoire: below the fold you’ll find links to more of them than you’ll have time to listen to. For those in a hurry, try investing 6½ of your minutes on the finale of the Violin Sonata in A major by César Franck.
posted by misteraitch to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:00 AM
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Save me from tomorrow / I don't want to sail with this ship of fools

The 2018 US elections have gone into overtime.
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“It is 11 o’clock and the war is—”

As if God had swept His omnipotent finger across the scene of world carnage and cried, ‘Enough!’ At 11 am the guns of the Western Front fell silent, all at once, for the first time in four years of continuous and brutal warfare. After a false alarm four days earlier, Allied and German delegations agreed to an armistice. Facing general defeat, mutiny, and domestic revolution, Berlin sought an exit from the war. Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated two days earlier; the Weimar Republic was struggling to be born. Sixteen million people had been killed.
posted by doctornemo to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 6:56 AM
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Public-Interest Technology Resources

A new resource list curated by Bruce Schneier. As technology—especially computer, information, and Internet technology—permeates all aspects of our society, people who understand that technology need to be part of public-policy discussions. We need technologists who work in the public interest. We need public-interest technologists. From NGOs and academic departments to programs and fellowships, what resources are there out there for those aiming to work on technology with an eye towards the public interest?
posted by redct to MetaFilter on Nov 8 at 10:22 AM
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An Axe for the Frozen Sea

I have recently started therapy. And axe throwing. My husband found me crying in the bathroom and asked how he could help. Vote. Donate. Teach our son to dismantle the white cis hetero patriarchy. “I would like to throw axes,” I said. We got a babysitter.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 10:02 AM
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Monopoly, fascism and antitrust

Extreme economic concentration creates conditions ripe for dictatorship - "In the 1930s it contributed to the rise of fascism. Alarmingly, we are experimenting again with a monopolized economy."
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“Appreciate its gestalt. Savor the aromas.”

‘Tampopo’: Celebration of Food, Friendship, Sex and Hope Still Satisfies [The Tyee] “Juzo Itami’s film, first released in 1985, was one of the first major art house hits. Certain scenes became iconic almost instantly, like a gangster and his moll sliding an egg yolk back and forth between their open mouths like a bright yellow sex toy. Or the same gangster, in a different scene, cutting his lip on an oyster shell, and a bright red drop of blood falling into the still pulsing folds of the sea creature within. Equating sex and food is a logical connection (we are all creatures of appetite), but at the time it seemed a revelation. Upon watching the film again, different things revealed themselves, namely that food is the vehicle through which we tend to each other. We feed the ones we love — tenderness, care, and compassion — all carried in a bowl of warm broth. This idea, marinated in humour and shot through with slivers of bittersweet pain, feels new all over again. The other thing I’d forgotten about the film was the plain old notion of human goodness. It ain’t fancy; it’s basic, humble and unassuming, but also resplendent in unexpected ways. ” [YouTube][Trailer]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 8:51 AM
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Just relax....

Do you suffer from insomnia? Here's Ellen Forney's illustrated survival guide. You can also try the US Army's (alleged) 2 minute sleep technique, recently featured in Teen Vogue and Fast Company.
posted by bq to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:09 PM
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A thing about chords

A Thing About Chords. A very short video about how different chords under the same melody change the feel of the melody. From Louie Zong, a cartoonist, musician, and storyboard artist on We Bare Bears. YouTube
posted by Shitty Baby Animal to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 12:53 PM
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World Champion Magician 2018

Eric Chien Just won the 2018 International Federation of Magic Societies World Championships with a routine called Ribbon. [youtube]
posted by Uncle to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 9:55 AM
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Late Nineteenth Century Japanese Firework Catalogs

Catalogs of the Hirayama Fireworks Company with line and color illustrations of the company’s products are provided by the Yokohama Public Library. [via Present/&/Correct and other people …].
posted by carter to MetaFilter on Nov 10 at 4:35 AM
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Discovery and digitization of ancient Chinese library

Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Dunhuang Library, the 20th centuries greatest (re)discoveries. The first two are commonly known, and the third was opened in 1900 by Wang Yuanlu, an itinerant Taoist monk, appointed himself their caretaker of the Dunhuang or Mogao caves. Once found, news of the Dunhuang Library set off a manuscript race among the European powers. In the century since the Dunhuang Library was discovered, a whole academic discipline has sprung up around the materials it contained, with much of it undergoing digitization by libraries around the world. A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated (Jacob Mikanowski, New Yorker, 2013)
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Nov 8 at 1:08 PM
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Um, Actually, I looked it up


Farming While Black

Farming While Black "She made it her goal to start a farm for her neighbors, and to provide fresh food to refugees, immigrants and people affected by mass incarceration. She calls the lack of access to fresh food "food apartheid" because it's a human-created system of segregation."
posted by jj's.mama to MetaFilter on Nov 10 at 7:22 PM
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10 PRINT "Hello MetaFilter" ..... 20 GOTO 10 .... RUN

You've bought the "most powerful" computer - but what now? For over half a century (here's Star Trek from 1972), people have gradually entered a BASIC program, and ... hoped. Ruth from Sinclair Research explains entering a program on a ZX80 keyboard; a VHS guide to a ZX Spectrum keyboard. "After an hour or two of typing in BASIC code, my father would lean back from the computer, type RUN, and hit return." Greg reminisces about TRS-80 BASIC, while Morten remembers the trauma of a ZX81 ram pack. Listings for a 1K ZX80 game, ZX Spectrum zombie game, BBC Basic game, some VIC-20 code - and here's a budget planner. Or slowly create the MAD logo on an Apple. While on an Amstrad, BASIC became complex. For hardcore coders, some Z80 and some 6502 assembler.
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 9:19 AM
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For the love of lichen

Welcome to the wonderful, unseen world of lichen.
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 7:00 PM
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Take another puzzle piece of my art

Puzzle Montage Art by Tim Klein
"Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable, and I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined. I take great pleasure in “discovering” such bizarre images lying latent, sometimes for decades, within the pieces of ordinary mass-produced puzzles."
Some favorites: Timekeeper; The Mercy Go-Round (Sunshine & Shadow); Thaw (Warm Breath on a Winter Window); Bow Wow
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on Nov 13 at 10:22 AM
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Ah, Harley Davidson. The official vehicle of your dentist taking his second wife a Rolling Stones concert as an ostensible tenth anniversary present that is in fact entirely for him. [view]
posted by sy to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 4:48 PM
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Okay, so yeah technically we should probably call them tisanes or infusions or whatever, but unfortunately for Benadryl Tennismatch, language evolves over time and the usage of words changes. Culturally, through use, English-speakers have largely agreed that throwing the word "herbal" (or naming the herb specifically) in front of... [more]
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Reading this article gave me PTSD. I gave birth in the Netherlands at a time when the preference was strongly against medicalised childbirth. When my symptoms started to appear, my hospital assigned midwife was convinced there was nothing wrong with me besides first time pregnancy jitters and she could determine if I got tests or no. Since I wasn’t... [more]
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Stan's Soapbox: "From time to time we receive letters from readers who wonder why there's so much moralizing in our mags. They take great pains to point out that comics are supposed to be escapist reading, and nothing more. But somehow, I can't see it that way. It seems to me that a story without a message, however subliminal, is like a man... [more]
posted by scaryblackdeath to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 11:23 AM
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I suppose the more interesting question for me is what we Millennials will rush out to buy once we're financially secure (ahahahahaha), based on what we secretly thought was the epitome of cool in our youth. So far I've come up with "fixed-gear bicycles" and "glaciers". [view]
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I see the Brits still think they invented tea. [view]
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"Let's lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them – to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.... [more]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 11:40 AM
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I tend to look at humans in general as just monkeys wearing pants. It helps keep me from getting too frustrated at the rampant greed, shortsightedness, and incompetence that is so readily apparent everywhere in society. Who put monkeys in charge of a high-pressure gas main? Who put monkeys in charge of the national economy? Monkeys did; they put... [more]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 2:34 AM
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I gotta say, as a woman I come out of that article more exasperated with the precious, dramatic fragility of masculinity than anything. [view]
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What a strange way to talk about a person. [view]
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Wow, I wouldn't be surprised if they start seeing more of these features in the area just because of what's going on with the Salton Sea. What an interesting geological problem! This is just my swing at it, but 2 things: Geophysicists are lovely and all and I adore them, but they do tend to have a specific nails because of their kind of hammers, so... [more]
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. Stan did maybe half of what popular culture credited him with, and that half is still more than enough to make him one of the greatest comics creators who ever lived. Not to mention the medium's all-time greatest hype man, by a mile. I'm glad he lived long and well. And I loved the cameos. [view]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 11:04 AM
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His work sounds fascinating. I can easily imagine that Silicon Valley techbros love it because all his words of caution make them sound "awesome." Writer Daniel Kibblesmith encapsulates this phenemon thusly: Yoda: Fear leads to anger. Batman: Right. Yoda: Anger leads to hate. Batman: Hell yeah. Yoda: Hate leads to suffering.... [more]
posted by kittens for breakfast to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 4:59 AM
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I was four months into a tense relationship with a much-hyped Swedish “digital contraceptive”, a smartphone app called Natural Cycles. I had spent my 20s on the pill, but hated not knowing whether my emotional state was down to artificial hormones or not. My boyfriend and I had been together for eight months, and I was desperately seeking something... [more]
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Anarchists only drink herbal tea. Proper tea is theft. [view]
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Othogonally,a [male] friend was expected to take a survey about what a Men's Health informal curriculum should cover and the friend asked for the opinions of his friends. I [a female friend] suggested "periods, conception, and the difference between medical and surgical abortion." Men, by and large, don't know how women's bodies work,... [more]
posted by crush to MetaFilter on Nov 13 at 12:11 PM
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Hey I'm the partner mentioned in this essay! So fun to see my wife's piece here. Can confirm that she's still just as angry, but somehow it's what keeps her going at an incredible pace... and so far the axes remain headed in a direction opposite me. Thanks for the share, KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat. (and thanks everyone for the lovely comments) [view]
posted by colossal to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 12:28 PM
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I have never seen IASP - does every episode feature a dance segment like that...? Yeah, they vary between 2 and 10-ish minutes, but it's always at the very end of the show, contextualized by the preceding script. It's pretty much the main thing the show is known for. [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Nov 8 at 7:36 AM
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Therapy, exercising, limiting screen time, volunteering, cooking nutritious meals and all the other privileged markers of 'self-care'; they're not working anymore. I made this remark to my partner the other day, that there's just not a socially acceptable place for 2018 humans to go and scream. Like, sure you can do this in your car... [more]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 10:21 AM
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ctrl+F "spot on" Yeah ok, the article doesn't mention Planned Parenthood's app Spot On, which is great. It's not pinkwashed, it doesn't act like my uterus is a rare and beautiful garden for planting a baby flower in, and it lets me use the poop emoji to track period shits. (Which was really useful in cluing me into the fact that my IUD,... [more]
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter on Nov 13 at 12:36 PM
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