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10 years later, what became of the girl in the window?

"In 2007, a feral child was found starving, covered in her own filth, unable to walk or talk. A new family took in the girl, called her Dani, and tried to make up for years of neglect." Ten years later, an update from the Tampa Bay Times. [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 8:51 AM Nov 30 2017 - 41 comments [53 favorites]

"man this dithering is stable as shit. total magic going on here."

"It feels a little weird to put 100 hours into something that won't be noticed by its absence." Lukas Pope (developer of Papers, Please [previously]) had a problem with his upcoming game Return of the Obra Dinn. The dithering used in the game's stylised 1-bit graphics caused uncomfortable flickering when the camera moved. So he fixed it.
posted by figurant at 11:27 AM Nov 30 2017 - 16 comments [36 favorites]

?? *Please do not let in the cat*

His name is Max. Max is Nice.

His owner does not want Max in the Library.
We do not want Max in the Library.

Max wants to be in the Library.

Please do not let Max in the Library.

posted by not_on_display at 11:48 AM Nov 30 2017 - 62 comments [36 favorites]

"Everyone needs someone else"

How intentional communities try to combat loneliness, a detrimental condition experienced by 40% of Americans. "Intentional communities[...] are intimate: a couple dozen apartments or single-family homes, built around central squares or common spaces. And they’re operated in ways intended to keep the community connected — with weekly dinners at a community center or other common area, shared babysitting services, shared gardens or games or even vacations. If you don’t want to participate, fine; no one will come pester you to play a pick-up game you don’t want to play or join a committee you don’t want to join. But when you need the community — because a spouse is away or a baby is sick or you’re just plain lonely and would like some companionship — it’s there for you."
posted by cocoaviolet at 10:16 AM Nov 30 2017 - 27 comments [30 favorites]

At first I thought you were simply taking a break

Why You Left Social Media: A Guesswork. An essay by Sofia Samatar on Kate Zambreno and quitting social media
At first I thought you were simply taking a break, as writers sometimes do, to meet a deadline or clear your head. That was before the election. Later, during the election and its aftermath, I thought maybe you left because you couldn’t stand the climate. [...] Perhaps you were suffering a kind of political depression.
posted by ocular shenanigans at 7:14 AM Nov 30 2017 - 98 comments [35 favorites (27 in the past 24 hours)]

Myanmar Brought Her Own Damn Stage

Tom and Lorenzo Present the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant Costumes: Part One: SPINAL INJURY SHOWDOWN! “Come to Belgium, where we like our showgirls darkly ominous and unhealthily obsessed with heraldry!” [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 3:04 PM Nov 30 2017 - 59 comments [22 favorites]

Save Our Stories

Three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down. This is also about preserving articles from writers you care about. If You See Someting You Like, Save It in the Wayback Machine.
posted by storybored at 12:10 PM Nov 30 2017 - 6 comments [20 favorites]

Still grumpy, but loves Instagram

This Korean Grandpa Learned To Draw Again For His Grandchildren "He has made hundreds of drawings and hasn't stopped."
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:22 AM Dec 1 2017 - 11 comments [20 favorites]

Biscornu? I hardly know you!

How to Make Biscornu Make a complicated looking octagonal pincushion out of two simple squares. They can be made with embroidered or plain fabric and you can add a button in the middle to make it look more like a doughnut biscuit spaceship. Biscornu is a French term that means 'bizarre' or crooked.
posted by soelo at 9:36 AM Nov 30 2017 - 15 comments [19 favorites]

You won't read this article either

New Study Finds That Most Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On [more inside]
posted by tobascodagama at 12:44 PM Nov 30 2017 - 42 comments [19 favorites]

These Girls Gonna Run the World

All-girl elementary school group raps positive messages about education and Black Girl Magic. (The latter inspired by Beyonce, Serena, Michelle Obama and other prominent Black women.) The sixth graders get shout outs from none other than Michelle Obama, Jemele Hill, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Complex magazine interviewed the girls' teacher.
posted by AFABulous at 1:29 PM Nov 30 2017 - 8 comments [19 favorites]

Let's Talk About Colin Kaepernick

There's a new Chart Party, and in this installment, Jon Bois uses math and statistics to explain why the argument that Colin Kaepernick isn't good enough to play in the NFL doesn't hold water. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 2:21 PM Nov 30 2017 - 33 comments [19 favorites]

Respectfully yours, Rosa L. Parks

Equal Justice [content warning: rape] - "More than a decade before Parks became a civil rights hero for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, Parks led a national campaign against sexual assaults on black women." (previously)
posted by kliuless at 5:38 AM Nov 30 2017 - 5 comments [29 favorites (18 in the past 24 hours)]

Sur-prise, sur-prise!

RIP Jim Nabors, 87. LA Times obit. Forever known as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith show, he had an amazing singing voice, putting out several albums, including The Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Record Album and Kiss Me Goodbye, which yours truly remembers being advertised extensively on afternoon television. He also sang Back Home Again in Indiana at the start of the Indianapolis 500 almost every year from 1972 to 2014. Oh, and he also appears on the first (broadcast) episode of the Muppet Show. In 2013, at age 82 he married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader.
posted by Melismata at 11:54 AM Nov 30 2017 - 61 comments [18 favorites]


The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. […] The results of the study are described in a paper titled “Dogs have the most neurons, though not the largest brain: Trade-off between body mass and number of neurons in the cerebral cortex of large carnivoran species” accepted for publication in the open access journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:57 PM Nov 30 2017 - 47 comments [17 favorites]


As politicians dither over repairs, the risk of fire, flood or a deluge of sewage only increases. But fixing the Palace of Westminster might change British politics for good – which is the last thing many of its residents want. Behind the scenes in Britain's crumbling Houses of Parliament – in pictures
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:16 AM Dec 1 2017 - 61 comments [17 favorites]

Patterns in Flax

Patterns in Flax (10’55, Black & White) (1947) This Weekly Review pays respect to the traditional Māori art of raranga (or weaving), and looks at the industrialisation of New Zealand flax (harakeke) processing. The episode features a factory in Foxton where Māori designs are incorporated into modern floor coverings. Patterns in Flax features some great footage of the harvesting and drying of flax plants, and shots of immense (now obsolete) flax farms. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 8:03 PM Nov 30 2017 - 3 comments [16 favorites]

A weird bit of financial history

Tom Scott explains the strange case of Yale having a 367 year old bond originally issued by a Dutch waterschap in its archives, . (slyt)
posted by
MartinWisse at 2:01 AM Dec 1 2017 - 3 comments [15 favorites]

Seriously, it sounds like a ballad you'd hear at Gorilla vs. Bear

Rarely can a film’s video game adaptation say it improved upon the film from which it drew inspiration, but the 1989 Game Boy version of Robocop, Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent genre classic, has at least one thing on its source material: An unforgettable theme song. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:59 PM Nov 30 2017 - 26 comments [14 favorites]

Private Dick/Family Man

Talking Simpsons, the in-depth Episode-by-episode Simpson’s podcast, takes a break to explore the history and backstory of the USA Network’s attempt to create a raunchy and extremely 90s competitor to The Simpsons, Duckman (92 min). They discuss the episode ‘About Face’, available online here.
posted by The Whelk at 10:35 AM Nov 30 2017 - 8 comments [13 favorites]

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