November 15

Son Goku "represents the journey of the black man."

Why Black Men Love Dragon Ball Z.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 2:21 PM - 5 comments

This might be the most Nova Scotian thing you've ever seen.

A 24-hour live stream of donair. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by anem0ne at 12:58 PM - 32 comments

Poldark: Ranking the Show’s Best Sex Stares

"Poldark is ostensibly a soap opera about eighteenth-century copper mining, but, in reality, it is a show about hot people staring at one another to a soundtrack of melancholy orchestral whining and the ceaseless crashing of waves upon the Cornish beach. Sometimes the hot people are staring at each other in anger over the glaring economic and political disparities of Georgian England, and sometimes they are staring at one another in sadness over babies dead of putrid throat or peasants crushed in mine collapses. But mostly, they are just looking at each other because they want to fuck."
posted by blithers at 12:51 PM - 15 comments

Stripping The Copper Out Of The Economy

“Billions of dollars of this debt comes due in the next few years. “If today is considered a retail apocalypse,” Bloomberg reported, “then what’s coming next could truly be scary.” Eight million American retail workers could see their careers evaporate, not due to technological disruption but a predatory financial scheme. The masters of the universe who devised it, meanwhile, will likely walk away enriched, and policymakers must reckon with how they enabled the carnage.“ - The Cause and Consequences of the Retail Apocalypse - David Dayden for The New Republic.
posted by The Whelk at 11:32 AM - 77 comments


The gang at the Onion just launched The Takeout, a new food-focused spinoff site. Stories for the debut include Rick Bayless' gravy recipe, advice for restaurant-goers from a server, and a review of Trader Joe's' turkey and stuffing flavored potato chips.
posted by Clustercuss at 11:30 AM - 30 comments

Bail Bloc

Volunteer your computer's spare power to get people out of jail - When you download the app, a small part of your computer's unused processing power is redirected toward mining a popular cryptocurrency called Monero, which is secure, private, and untraceable. At the end of every month, we exchange the Monero for US dollars and donate the earnings to the Bronx Freedom Fund and through them, a new nation-wide initiative, The Bail Project.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:22 AM - 15 comments

The Myth of the Male Bumbler

Male bumblers are an epidemic. A nice explanation to provide to those who confess to be worried that they can't tell the difference between sexual assault and asking someone out on a date. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 11:17 AM - 55 comments

British Scrabble champion accused of cheating by double-dipping

Allan Simmons, a top-billed British Scrabble player, has been barred from tournaments for three years after an inquiry concluded he had broken the rules by putting a hand with freshly drawn letter tiles back into a bag to draw more favorable tiles. [more inside]
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 10:54 AM - 18 comments

Speaking of sexual harassment....

The Unique Sexual Harassment Problem Female Prison Workers Face The sexual harassment began in 1994, Paula Purdy says, shortly after she started work as a corrections officer at the Denver County Jail. Colleagues made demeaning comments about her body. One male captain made her so uncomfortable she avoided him. But the worst abuse came from inmates, who would make sexual remarks and masturbate at her as she did rounds in their housing areas. Purdy says she reported the behavior to her bosses, but there were few consequences. “I would get emotional at work several times a day,” she said.
posted by strelitzia at 8:52 AM - 6 comments

A Million+ Navi's screamed 'HEY LISTEN' Into The Void [SLYT]

Warning: This Video Gets Exponentially loud and mind-meltingly annoying. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:51 AM - 15 comments

This is what I call “swimmin’ juice”

In December 2016,Water Safety New Zealand and ACC created The Swim Reaper as a way to use dark humor and social networking to spread awareness of swimming hazards, specifically targeting young males. You can find the Swim Reaper lurking at known high risk beaches, lakes, rivers and waterways in New Zealand, looking out for young people making bad decisions. He's been in a few YouTube videos, but the best place to see his work is on Instagram. (title source)
posted by Fig at 7:46 AM - 10 comments

If I pretend I'm bad at this, will you do it for me?

Male Incompentence is a Subtle Form of Misogyny talks about the larger picture of many men's refusals to perform emotional labor in the frame of gender politics.
posted by bile and syntax at 7:30 AM - 210 comments

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need

Nick Offerman loves woodworking. The actor, perhaps best known for his turn as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, adores the craft so much, he’s started Offerman Woodshop, where he makes and sells everything from meat paddles to mustache combs to custom dining tables. Nick Offerman also loves the betterment of humanity which is why when he found a project that combined his two passions, he leapt at the chance to participate. Would Works is a non-profit charity that helps Americans in need get back on their feet through the production of handmade wood goods. Proceeds from purchases help fund the woodshop and the program. Plus, Offerman will match any donations to Would Works, dollar-by-dollar, up to $20,000. [slGQ]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:49 AM - 22 comments

November 14

No more guessing

The Racked Swag Project:
We Received $95,000 Worth Of Free Stuff In Six Months
Brands Send Me More Free Stuff Than You Can Imagine
The Secret Swag Resale Economy

posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:51 PM - 33 comments

“Ironic Nazism disguised as real Nazism disguised as ironic Nazism.”

“At times while tracking [Anglin], I couldn’t help but feel that he was a method actor so committed and demented, on such a long and heavy trip, that he’d permanently lost himself in his role.”
Writing for The Atlantic, Luke O’Brien has assembled a detailed account of the strange history and fickle beliefs of Andrew Anglin, the man behind the almost-defunct Daily Stormer: “The Making of an American Nazi”
posted by Going To Maine at 9:50 PM - 40 comments

"Assorted"—his voice catches—"intimate clothing. Ropa íntima."

Returning stuff is an American pastime, a tradition even. The industry-wide consensus is that 8 to 10 percent of all goods bought in the U.S. will be returned. For online sales, the rate is much higher, in the range of 25 to 40 percent. So...what happens to it all?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:42 PM - 32 comments

Asian-American Cuisine's Rise, and Triumph

Could we call it Asian-American cuisine? The term is problematic, subsuming countries across a vast region with no shared language or single unifying religion. It elides numerous divides: city and countryside, aristocrats and laborers, colonizers and colonized — “fancy Asian” and “jungle Asian,” as the comedian Ali Wong puts it. As a yoke of two origins, it can also be read as an impugning of loyalties and as a code for “less than fully American.” When I asked American chefs of Asian heritage whether their cooking could be considered Asian-American cuisine, there was always a pause, and sometimes a sigh. [SLNYT]
posted by destrius at 6:00 PM - 25 comments

Desprit to pass spring projict

The Shadow Scholar: The man who writes your students' papers tells his story. Two days had passed since I last heard from the business student. Overnight I had received 14 e-mails from her. She had additional instructions for the assignment, such as "but more again please make sure they are a good link betwee the leticture review and all the chapter and the benfet of my paper. finally do you think the level of this work? how match i can get it?" [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 1:27 PM - 131 comments

No. Not Possible.

An Important Discussion About ‘Pottersville,’ The Weirdest Christmas Movie Ever
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:12 PM - 55 comments

Why the hell any sane person would take a picture of a Dodge Journey

A Guide To A Bunch Of Weird Chinese Car Brands You've Never Heard Of
posted by timshel at 12:55 PM - 23 comments

“The Last of Us is a series that deserves much better...”

The Last of Us 2 Trailer Controversy Explained [Game Rant] “One of the nice surprises at Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference was a new trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2. While many fans were excited to see more footage of the highly anticipated game, others were outraged at the extreme level of violence shown in the trailer. Over the past couple of weeks, numerous outlets have stepped forward decrying the trailer for its brutality, but some fans may still not quite understand why there’s so much controversy.” [YouTube][Teaser Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:49 PM - 44 comments

From and to "The Place that Looks Like a Caribou".

A three-metre-tall polar bear stood in the doorway. It walked up to her, put its snowshoe-sized paw on her pregnant belly, and began to speak: ‘If it’s a boy, you name it after me.’ . . . When Alice gave birth to a son two weeks later, she gave him two names. The first was Mangilaluk. The second was Bernard.
A new all-season highway opens tomorrow, which will be the first road to connect Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, in Canada's far North. It is already informally being called "Bernard's Highway". Nadim Roberts tells the harrowing life story of Mangilaluk / Bernard.
posted by Rumple at 11:38 AM - 12 comments

Amazon will produce a LoTR TV series

New Lord of the Rings series coming to Amazon.
posted by mono blanco at 10:51 AM - 146 comments

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes, that prevents women from accessing the ranks of power. Conservatives and chauvinists tend to endorse the first; liberals and feminists prefer the third; and those somewhere in the middle are usually drawn to the second. But what if they all missed the big picture? ... In my view, the main reason for the uneven management sex ratio is our inability to discern between confidence and competence. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 10:22 AM - 50 comments


The ABS will be announcing the results of Australia's same-sex marriage plebiscite in just under eight hours. After a long fought campaign which has seen some of the worst of Australia's homophobia given license to speak up, the same-sex marriage plebiscite is coming to a head. If polling is any indication, with 89 percent turnout, the yes vote looks to be romping home with 63% polling yes.
posted by Talez at 7:23 AM - 131 comments

Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Reckoning Bill Clinton's sex crimes (not an article about Monica Lewinsky) "...Let us not forget the sex crimes of which....Bill Clinton was very credibly accused in the 1990s" -Caitlin Flanagan
posted by bearette at 7:16 AM - 190 comments

...and you’re being told, do it just like Apu from "The Simpsons".

How is a long-running comedy distorting the perceptions of South Asians? Comic Hari Kondabolu, a long-time Simpsons fan, confronts the problematic portrayal of his ethnicity on TV, with The Simpsons as the most conspicuous and influential aspect. His new documentary, The Problem with Apu explores the mass-media depiction of Indian-Americans, with help from Aziz Ansari, Vivek Murthy, Maulik Pancholy, Sakina Jaffrey, Kal Penn, and others.
posted by jackbishop at 5:09 AM - 47 comments


Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by a Tribal Government - "Thanks to a profitable casino, an Indian tribe gives its members sizeable cash payments."
posted by kliuless at 3:33 AM - 26 comments

Thumbs up

RIP Jeremy Hutchinson, AKA Baron Hutchinson of Lullington AKA Lord Hutchinson of Lullington who has recently died at the age of 102 and was one of finest criminal barristers to practice. He defended Lady Chatterley, Fanny Hill and Christine Keeler and defeated Mary Whitehouse. The Guardian has an extraordinary obituary of an extraordinary man.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:42 AM - 12 comments

An urgent need to play

Gamepee - connect with your audience through the interactive experience of this new technology in advergaming. (Yes, the start-up behind this is Belgian.)
posted by progosk at 1:55 AM - 18 comments

November 13

There's only one rule that I know of, babies

The Washington Post asked readers to submit stories of a time a stranger performed an act so unexpectedly kind that it stayed with them. Here are some of the most poignant ones, in honor of World Kindness Day. (yesterday at this point, but every day is immeasurably improved by kindness)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:35 PM - 45 comments

A system of cells interlinked within cells interlinked

The incredibly detailed miniatures of Blade Runner 2049. Blade Runner 2049 concept art by George Hull. Designing the technology of ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
posted by Artw at 10:15 PM - 35 comments

Endless protective coats of olive oil mixed with methylated spirits

“It’s lovely to drive by on a motor boat and it has a very nice crew and very capable, but the acoustics are hideous,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “For a catholicity of reasons, it’s not the wisest place to put on anything…with the possible exception of maybe a circus.” -- Sydney's beautiful but impossible Opera House.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:18 PM - 11 comments

two out of three ain't bad

What The Hell Explains Its Appeal? Of life’s great mysteries, surely among the most impenetrable is how Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf’s adolescent wet dream of an album that was released forty years ago today [October 21, 1977], came to be one of the best-selling albums in the history of the record industry, cracking the top five in some rankings, and out-selling nearly all the pillars of the rock canon. - Matt Fogelson [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:09 PM - 109 comments

Church of England supports trans students

"In a directive called “Valuing All God’s Children,” the Church [of England] said elementary school students 'should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision'...'All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide,' Archbishop Welby wrote, 'This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion.'." SLNYT
posted by Grandysaur at 5:38 PM - 13 comments

Beauty in Blackwater

Stunning photos of critters who only surface from the depths at night.
posted by MovableBookLady at 4:05 PM - 15 comments

"A High School Musical for Adults"

Kristen Bell Will Reunite High School Musical Cast Members for New TV Series "ABC is teaming up with Frozen and The Good Place star Kristen Bell on a new TV series titled Encore, which will reunite former high school class mates to perform their high school musical one more time. Executive produced by Bell, the series is currently seeking out cast members from high school musicals in the [1990s and early 2000s]." [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 3:28 PM - 38 comments

The Boys in the Picture

In July, 1990, photographer Peter Widing snapped a perfect shot of three young football (soccer) players. In 2006, his friend and colleague Christian Daun first saw and became obsessed with the photograph, half-joking with Widing about tracking the three unnamed boys down. In May, 2016, Widing took his own life, shattering Daun's understanding of things and sending him down the journey they'd never taken. By July, 2017, he'd found the boys, now grown men, and learned about where their own lives had led.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:42 PM - 6 comments

performing what could fairly be called unsuccessful music

That time that Brian Eno was a member of the worst orchestra in the world. (You may know them from that one Youtube video).
posted by MartinWisse at 1:25 PM - 29 comments

"Kickoffs are stupid and bad."

In the newest installment of Chart Party, SB Nation writer and national treasure Jon Bois discusses why the kickoff sucks and should be abolished. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:50 PM - 40 comments


The Union of Concerned Scientists is on the phone again. You going to get it this time? In 1992 the UCS issued the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity. Now, 25 years later, many things have changed. They've gotten worse.
posted by crazylegs at 12:36 PM - 13 comments

Against Productivity

When I look back on not only the wasted time in Puerto Rico, but the couple of unproductive years around it I see it differently now. When I wasn’t beating myself up for not being productive enough, I was thinking about and interacting with the world. I was laying the first stones of a new foundation, a new way of thinking about networked culture, and even about our place on this planet. Instead of getting things done I was learning, smiling at people I didn’t share a language with, and cross-connecting the notions of my brain and the experiences of my life. via
posted by roaring beast at 11:25 AM - 6 comments

Controlled chaos

215 gunshot victims, arriving four to a car, in one night, in one ER. A Nevada emergency doc tells how he managed the ER on the night of the worst mass shooting in US history. (Warning: contains descriptions of injured people and trauma medicine).
posted by stillmoving at 11:17 AM - 31 comments

We're putting human brain bits in mice and they're growing in there

"These micro quasi-brains are revolutionizing research on human brain development and diseases from Alzheimer’s to Zika, but the headlong rush to grow the most realistic, most highly developed brain organoids has thrown researchers into uncharted ethical waters....In the previously unreported experiments implanting human brain organoids into lab rodents, most of the transplants survived....More notably, the human organoids implanted into mice connected to the rodent’s circulatory system, making this the first reported vascularization. And mature neurons from the human brain organoid sent axons, the wires that carry electrical signals from one neuron to another, into “multiple regions of the host mouse brain,” according to a team led by Fred “Rusty” Gage of the Salk Institute".
posted by Diablevert at 10:45 AM - 38 comments

“They just made it harder for us smaller publishers,”

Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition [Engadget] “Before September, it was possible to launch a boxed version of an existing, digital-only game without paying for an additional ESRB rating. This policy allowed Limited Run to be a lean operation, avoiding ESRB fees and still releasing physical versions of weird digital games (all of which are already rated by the ESRB). In September, the board announced a new tier for rating digital-to-physical games, allowing any title with a development budget of $1 million or less to be rated as a boxed product for $3,000, rather than the standard submission price of more than $10,000. With this change, all three console manufacturers made it a requirement for every game to pay this fee and carry an ESRB rating -- even physical launches of digital titles.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:16 AM - 19 comments

Bruce Yeany - Home Made Science

Bruce Yeany's Youtube channel has some great build-your-own classroom and home demos for physics, such as physics marble tracks, and sand pendulums and Lissajous patterns.
posted by carter at 10:12 AM - 2 comments

Canada’s Most Memorable (English) TV Thing: Round of 64

I’ll get straight to the point: you know what hasn’t been done before? A public vote, in the digital age, to see what is the most memorable piece of Canadian television. You know what we’re going to do? That. Right now.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:22 AM - 180 comments

"we are a talented bunch. We are also diverse"

Edward Enninful is the new Editor-in-chief of British Vogue. His first cover girl, Adwoa Aboah is also a founder of Gurls Talk. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 9:04 AM - 5 comments

Episode 57: Return of the 'Fox

The browser that Mozilla built jumps into a new chapter on November 14th. saying this is pretty big jump as they're giving Firefox release 57 the moniker "Quantum". [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 7:47 AM - 160 comments

50 Years of Generative Music in your browser

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective by Tero Parviainen (Put on headphones, uses mouse/keyboard/touch)
posted by gwint at 5:38 AM - 17 comments

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