November 28

The Progression of Alzheimer's...

... through My Mom's Crocheting. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:57 PM - 5 comments

it's his shirt tails

Even Hey Arnold!'s city is gentrifying now After more than a decade off the air, Arnold is coming back to TV this week for Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. In the show’s timeline, just one year has passed. But Hillwood, their fictional city, has clearly changed. Just like the the real-life places it’s based on, Arnold’s historic neighborhood has been discovered by hipsters. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:11 PM - 8 comments

"To the victims of the purge...

...who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; who lost wages and lost health and lost loved ones - we betrayed you. And we are so sorry." Today, Canada's prime minister delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 members of the Canadian civil service and military whom the government attempted to purge between the 1950s and 1990s and to people who were criminally convicted for same-sex acts in the years when they were illegal. This included introducing legislation to expunge their criminal records. In addition to the apology, a settlement with the victims of the purge was also announced today. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:54 PM - 6 comments

Little bitty pretty one / I've been watchin' you grow

posted by
J.K. Seazer at 7:12 PM - 5 comments

Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Of course we have all learned by this time,” Barnum told his retinue, “that there is no such thing as a really pure white elephant. This is a sacred animal, a technical white elephant, and as white as God makes ’em. A man can paint them white, but this is not one of that kind.” Although readers who had followed the coverage of Toung Taloung’s reception in London would indeed have learned that white elephants are not literally white, Barnum’s matter-of-fact statement belied the controversy that the color of white elephants had already engendered in the popular imagination. In 1884, Toung Taloung was the catalyst for a broader public debate about race and authenticity.
Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race.
posted by Rumple at 5:06 PM - 0 comments

Music is a time machine

“I was struck by an emotion so powerful and raw that I had a hard time identifying it at first: grief. I sood there in that ecstatic crowd and mourned. I mourned all of us dumb kids. I mourned our graying hair and slackening bodies. I mourned some unnameable forgotten truth I used to know. I mourned Harold. I'd thought I was there for nostalgia; turns out I was there for an opportunity to grieve that I didn't know I'd needed”
Young and Dumb Inside (SLNewYorker), a comic by Emily Flake about an adolescence spent in an underground music scene, and the mid-life nostalgia of the former kids to whom music meant everything.
posted by acb at 4:59 PM - 24 comments

Meet the Woman Who Fought to Record and Preserve Broadway Shows

Betty Corwin, 97, the woman responsible for NYPL’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, explains how she founded the comprehensive database to create live theatre’s legacy.
posted by colorblock sock at 3:35 PM - 5 comments

Rhyme Displays that Engrave Deep as X-Rays

Joyner Lucas - I'm Not Racist
posted by cashman at 2:44 PM - 15 comments

The Dangerous Lure of Writing for White Readers in an MFA

Aisha Sabatini Sloan wonders about the work she might have done...
posted by bq at 1:53 PM - 10 comments

The only reliable method is iteration and trial and error.

Game dev Evan Todd tells the tale of developing his game's camera.
posted by Jpfed at 12:50 PM - 9 comments

Good Reader, Bad Reader

Why do bad readers matter? It is because they lead us to the kinds of citizens—the internationalized subjects—that practices of bad reading aspired to produce; and show how these literate subjects used reading to navigate a political climate that championed liberal individualism, on the one hand, while establishing unprecedented forms of institutional oversight, on the other. These subjects’ diverse and often overlapping genres of reading— properly “literary” novels but also “how to” manuals, advertisements, magazines, newspapers, simple novels, and bureaucratic documents—formed a rich textual ecology whose national and geographic limits literary scholars and cultural historians are only just beginning to map. Good Reader, Bad Reader, an essay by Merve Emre in Boston Review [Via Literary Hub]
posted by chavenet at 12:35 PM - 18 comments

Golden Blue

Back in 1973 a certain Ridley Scott directed a famous advert for Hovis... the star of that ad returned to the original location - Gold Hill in Dorset - for another advert this year, this time for a different product.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:09 PM - 15 comments

“I think I'm missing a piece.”

Daisy Ridley Builds A Millennium Falcon (While Answering Our Questions) [YouTube] [Elle Magazine]
posted by Fizz at 11:04 AM - 42 comments

The true story of the fake US embassy in Ghana

Last year, the US state department said it had uncovered a fake embassy in Accra that had been issuing a stream of forged visas (Previously). The fake embassy became a sensation largely because the story was so predictably familiar. The Africans were scammers. The victims were desperate and credulous. The local police officers were bumbling idiots. Countless officials were paid off. And at the end, the Americans swooped in and saved the day. There was only one problem with the story: it wasn’t true.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:52 AM - 9 comments

Alternate Timelines

The modern Doctor Who Episodes that never got made, joining a long list of meanwhiles and neverweres.
posted by Artw at 10:39 AM - 28 comments

It may be my 32nd or 33rd book

Judith Kerr, now 94, escaped Nazi Germany with her family on the eve of Hitler's rise to power. Writer of 33 books (so far!) she is the creator of the much loved Tiger who came to tea, as well as the lovable, recently deceased Mog. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 10:31 AM - 14 comments

The educational technology revolution is over.

Laptops are great. But not during a lecture or meeting. In a series of experiments at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles, students were randomly assigned either laptops or pen and paper for note-taking at a lecture. Those who had used laptops had substantially worse understanding of the lecture, as measured by a standardized test, than those who did not. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:18 AM - 97 comments

At The Museum

AT THE MUSEUM is a short webseries produced by the [New York] Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that shows off some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running an art museum. The videos primarily consist of ambient recordings of museum employees at work, feature little narration, and are incredibly satisfying/relaxing to watch. Episode 1. (via
posted by schmod at 9:09 AM - 4 comments

A Cornucopia Of The Past

The Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, has a collection of 30,000 historical seed catalogs. Once produced as ephemera, they are now of interest to historians, biologists, and others. [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:49 AM - 6 comments

The Times Doesn’t Know Where Nazis Come From, But The Internet Does

On Nov. 25th the NYT published ‘A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland’, a profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater that, in the Times own words, ‘has drawn significant feedback, most of it sharply critical.‘ Criticism included failure to fact check or confront Hovater’s claims (‘Here Are Some Facts And Questions About That Nazi The New York Times Failed To Note’- Splinter News), briefly linking to a Nazi merchandise store, normalizing white nationalism ( ‘New York Times Faces Back Lash Over Half-Basked Profile’ - Washington Post), and a failure to understand where these young men are being radicalized into far-right groups ( ‘The online ecosystem that supports and nurtures white nationalists..’ - Buzzfeed cw: Nazi imagery, hate speech.)
posted by The Whelk at 7:49 AM - 81 comments

November 27

The Parentified Child

When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life
posted by stoneweaver at 10:56 PM - 61 comments

The Home Page of the Finishing Industry

Finishing Dot Com is the Home Page of the Finishing Industry. It is a website for Serious Education, promoting Aloha, & the most FUN you can have in metal finishing! [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:54 PM - 13 comments

"If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door."

This Cat And Dog Love Travelling Together, And Their Pictures Are Absolutely Epic (Bored Panda). Also on The Dodo. Also on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:47 PM - 35 comments

"Parents like me often feel betrayed"

Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance. To fight for my son, I have to argue that he should never have been born. - Jen Gann "But if you had known, what then? a woman asked me earlier this year, shaking her head, her smile soft with pity. If I responded at all, and I’m not sure I did, I can’t remember what I said. But I know I did not use the word abortion, or bring up our legal situation, or explain the concept of “wrongful birth.” In a roomful of people I barely knew, with Dudley pushing a plastic car back and forth over the carpet nearby, I did not tell her that I do know exactly what it is I would have done."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:46 PM - 43 comments

“Let strength be granted so the world might be mended.”

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posted by mysticreferee at 3:22 PM - 4 comments

"Kentucky contains multitudes, our people contain multitudes."

"Our music should contain multitudes as well," writes Leesa Cross Smith in an essay about Sturgill Simpson in the Oxford American's 2017 music issue. The annual issue returns to its state-by-state look at some notable music (last year's focus was a departure from that usual format with Visions of the Blues). For 2017, here are the notes on the songs from the 19th Southern Music Issue CD featuring Kentucky. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:29 PM - 15 comments

Then they all say sorry a lot

The Martians Claim Canada - a short satire of settler-colonialism written and illustrated by Margaret Atwood.
posted by Rumple at 1:23 PM - 9 comments

BREAKING: Successful actress Meghan Markle to wed former soldier

"Outside of her day job, Markle is involved in a number of humanitarian projects. She has worked as a United Nations ambassador, visiting Rwanda and India, and written a powerful essay on combating the stigma surrounding menstruation. Windsor is a 33-year-old former soldier, having served in Helmand, Afghanistan with the Army Air Corps. He is currently unemployed but does charity work."
posted by a fiendish thingy at 1:17 PM - 90 comments

Turmoil & Tinfoil

Billy Strings was practically born into bluegrass: his mother’s water broke while she was attending a birthday party packed with musicians and baby Billy was born with the echo of guitars and banjos in his ears. Short set with Don Julin for KEXP at Pickathon 2015. Full set at Colectivo in Milwaukee last month.
posted by stinkfoot at 1:11 PM - 7 comments

Seems Like Everyone Is Out Looking For The Sun

You might have heard of Ozark Mountain Daredevils. You might have heard their mid-70s hit Jackie Blue. But that's not who they were. Here's the full album Jackie Blue came from, their sophomore album, It Shines. Surprising with every new turn, starting with track one, You Made It Right. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 12:38 PM - 20 comments

Queer in the Deep South

The rest of the country sees queer life in the Deep South as being really tragic and utterly challenging and ultimately ending in suicide, so, what I wanted was to sort of elevate these stories and sort of celebrate them in the way that I saw them flourishing.”
'New Deep South' Series Explores LGBTQ Life in Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 12:16 PM - 6 comments

Rain-activated art to brighten your day

Tiffany Quon, a third-year engineering student at the University of British Columbia, has used a hydrophobic spray to create a public art installation on the UBC campus that only appears when it rains. (UBC is in Vancouver, one of the rainiest cities in Canada.) Quon also designed the images and hand-lettering in the piece, which was part of Thrive Week, promoting mental health for the UBC community. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 7:47 AM - 38 comments


Steve Cutts (previously) brings us a tale of finding Happiness in the rat race.
posted by Catblack at 6:09 AM - 18 comments

1967's most annoying question for women in Catholic ministry

Fifty years ago, Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND conducted The Sister Survey, a 649-question survey of nearly 140,000 American women in Catholic ministry. It gathered data on sisters' theological beliefs and readiness for social change (and for Vatican II reforms). The dataset's newly available online, and Nicole (@leffel on GitLab) analyzes it to find which question led the most respondents to choose "The statement is so annoying to me that I cannot answer." (The answer: 3702 sisters (3%) chose that response when asked to agree or disagree with: “Christian virginity goes all the way along a road on which marriage stops half way.”)
posted by brainwane at 5:57 AM - 39 comments

November 26

When Cute Meets Corporate

Inside the Revolution at Etsy Etsy’s founders believed its business model — helping mostly female entrepreneurs make a living online — was inherently just. Employees shared their emotions freely, often crying at the office. Perks included generous paid parental leave, free organic food and a pet-friendly workplace. Etsy was certified as a B Corp by a nonprofit called B Lab, denoting its particularly high social and environmental standards. But once Etsy went public in 2015, it was evaluated just like any other company traded on the stock market. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 8:56 PM - 124 comments

A daughter, a wife, football, building communism

was buried in a secluded square in Murmansk in 1967 on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Inside was a message dedicated to the citizens of the Communist future." Vadim Nikitin, financial crime journalist, writes the LRB diary.
posted by
thatwhichfalls at 6:55 PM - 7 comments

Faux Foods of Silicone, Glass, and Clay

When you don't speak the language, just point. First link is about a Japanese maker of food replicas who's been at it for 60 years. The second link is a woman with allergies who was inspired by the Great British Baking Show to satisfy her longings. French desserts
posted by MovableBookLady at 6:22 PM - 10 comments

Sports, eh?

One hundred years ago today, the National Hockey League was formed. With 5 of 6 owners of the National Hockey Association forming the new league, it was obvious what its purpose was: Meanwhile, right now in Ottawa, the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League championship, is turning into a bit of a snow bowl. Watch it if you can.
posted by clawsoon at 4:23 PM - 27 comments

All I Possess

All I Possess
all i possess is an online installation by conceptual artist Simon Freund. A register of each and every object that the artist owns at this specific time. This installation is updated as soon as an object has drastically changed (ie is broken, was stolen, got lost) or when an object is added.
[more inside]
posted by device55 at 4:17 PM - 35 comments

When future archeologists excavate future Plymouth, what will they find?

Hard Times At Plimouth Plantation, Michael Hare [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:37 PM - 13 comments

Q: Why was the big emu so lonely? A: He was ostrich-sized.

By popular demand, here is the second in a series about disheveled animals. Emee Emu was hatched, as birds are wont to do. She was soon running about and playing with other young animals. She especially enjoys fetch. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:12 PM - 9 comments

Disability in rural America

Between 1996 and 2015, the number of working-age adults receiving federal disability payments increased significantly across the country, but nowhere more so than in rural America. Multi-part series from the Washington Post on disability payments and how they are shaping rural communities. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 9:22 AM - 104 comments

The Javelin’s engineering was orthodox pony car stuff.

How AMC designed and brought the Javelin to market (and racing) with the help of Mary Wells just before the peak of the pony car market in 1967.
posted by jessamyn at 8:00 AM - 32 comments

lost above the scriptorium

A dev named Nothke talks about implementing a simple navigable infinitely large library, inspired in part by Borges, Castel del Monte and Jonathan Bosile's earlier Borges project, (of which previously).
posted by cortex at 7:35 AM - 17 comments

A Dress Code For The Mind

I found myself wondering why otherwise smart people so easily slipped into this kind of business bullshit. How had this obfuscatory way of speaking become so successful?" A brief history of management speak, from a book by Andre Spicer. [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:24 AM - 252 comments

This is one time you should read the comments

Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a live stream of its town square. Join hundreds or even thousands of others in watching traffic drive by, and keep an eye out for red trucks. Follow the live chat as people describe everything that happens on the feed in real time.
posted by Literaryhero at 2:05 AM - 90 comments

November 25


The History of the Sims [YouTube] [33:12] “Very few games can say they presented something truly original to medium like The Sims did, and even fewer can boast the kind of cultural significance it has. Released in 2000, The Sims allowed players to puppeteer the lives of virtual people, micromanaging every aspect of their existence with no real goal other than whatever they set for themselves. For some, The Sims provided unparalleled escapism, letting them live out a fantasy life through in-game characters. For others it was an invitation to indulge their creative whims by crafting ideal homes and, of course, there's also those that indulged their sadistic side by toying with the lives of Sims in cruel but often amusing ways.” [via: Gamespot] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:14 PM - 31 comments

You've... kind of just ruined my flow there.

The Most Entertaining Police Recruitment Video
posted by Sebmojo at 8:26 PM - 22 comments

cool scene bro

"People are still drawing amazing graphics on a 35 year old microcomputer, the Commodore 64. A thread, starting with this one by Duce/Extend:" [Twitter][threadreader] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:27 PM - 17 comments

Inspired by a true story

The articles behind the movies:
Coyote Ugly trailer
The Bling Ring trailer
Adaptation trailer
Saturday Night Fever trailer
The Fast and the Furious trailer
Blue Crush trailer
The Insider trailer
The Perfect Storm trailer
Shattered Glass trailer
Argo trailer
Fast Times at Ridgemont High trailer [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 3:25 PM - 33 comments

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