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London-based blogger Diamond Geezer was astonished by a painting by Bob Dylan of a pier in Norfolk, Virginia. Mostly because it seemed to be based on a photograph that he'd taken of Blackpool Pier. There's been quite a bit of press coverage of this (to...
From: MetaFilter | By: Stark | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Yolocaust re-contextualizes selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. (Trigger warning: use of historical death camp photography.)...
From: MetaFilter | By: mightygodking | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Now, I never paid any attention to this. I had no interest in reading an obscure spy novel just because Trump liked it. But then over Christmas after the election, I was visiting family in Bozeman, Montana. And there it was, in a used bookstore: The...
From: MetaFilter | By: cgc373 | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Siddhant Adlakha, writing at "Birth. Movies. Death", recounts an extremely perplexing interview with the Chairman of India's Central Board of Film Certification, nearly a year after first writing about that Board's erratic censorship practices here....
From: MetaFilter | By: Ipsifendus | Friday, January 20, 2017
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An eclectic mix with a creamy center of acid techno in response to the inauguration. Music to inspire and enrage. This is a ~60 minute mix/mashup/collage of music I put together in Ableton Live. Not a DJ mix (no turntables), and not quite a mashup, but...
From: MetaFilter | By: jonnay | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Physicist Enrico Fermi famously arrived at the approximate strength of the Trinity test explosion by dropping pieces of paper and watching how far they drifted. Estimates with little or no data are now called Fermi problems, including the famous "How...
From: MetaFilter | By: Etrigan | Friday, January 20, 2017
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You think he just runs around screaming, randomly shoving a microphone into peoples' faces? Think again. Now in its fifth official season on truTV, the unique Billy on the Street is still one of the strangest shows on television — a delightful alchemy...
From: MetaFilter | By: I_Love_Bananas | Friday, January 20, 2017
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A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves. We're spilling tea and dishing just desserts one may deserve....
From: MetaFilter | By: Evilspork | Friday, January 20, 2017
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The United States of America has a wide variety of biomes, and in all of them today there are baby animals learning how to be animals. Forest: Bobcats have to learn a lot of things, to climb and play and survive in the wild* but they don't have to learn...
From: MetaFilter | By: Homeboy Trouble | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Ruby Sea Dragon filmed in the wild for the first time (film of sea dragon itself starts at 1:11) The ruby sea dragon, a native of Western Australia, was discovered as a new species in 2015. There are two other known species of sea dragon, the weedy sea...
From: MetaFilter | By: Catseye | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Mark Fisher, blogger, editor, and cultural theorist, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmith's, University of London, and author of Capitalist Realism (2009) died suddenly on 13 January 2017. He was 48 and leaves a wife and young son. Mark Fisher was...
From: MetaFilter | By: Sonny Jim | Friday, January 20, 2017
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The struggle between an international band of medievalists and the Catholic Church over the fate of a mostly unknown Birgittine convent library established in 1491 has the outlines of a Dan Brownian thriller. Add in Vicar General Monseigneur Peter Beer,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kattullus | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Mike Frizzell surrendered himself voluntarily to police in 1993. He confessed and served his time and refound himself. In 2009, he was interviewed for a Seattle radio show, telling his story. Those interviews have been newly expanded over a series of...
From: MetaFilter | By: hippybear | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Browser game developers Marek and Marcin Rudowski, creators of the beautifully illustrated Trader of Stories fantasy adventure games Bell's Heart and A Grain of Truth, have decided to treat those games as side stories for a proper series, starting where...
From: MetaFilter | By: BiggerJ | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Assuming no last-minute surprises, while the White House transitions the son of a Leòdhas emigrant will take the Oath and become the next POTUS in Washington D.C. today (security gates open at 6am, ceremony begins at 11:30am), as part of the 58th Presidential...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wordshore | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Dr. McNinja, the comedy/action webcomic created, written and mostly drawn by Christopher Hastings, has come to the end of its 12½ year saga (previously here, soon after it started). In his adventures he has defeated an Evil Fast Food Clown, Dracula,...
From: MetaFilter | By: oneswellfoop | Friday, January 20, 2017
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"A bird lands outside my window. I invite him in to learn about algebra. He declines and flies away. I hope a cat eats him. #Classwatch2017" A moment in the sad, lonely school day of Adam Heath Avitable (‏@avitable)....
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Friday, January 20, 2017
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"The Kingdom of speech" is a literary Sharknado of error and self-satisfaction, with borderline racism and anti-Semitism mixed in. In which E.J. Spode reviews Tom Wolfe's latest book, with special guest appearances by George Lyell and Ali G. (via)...
From: MetaFilter | By: AElfwine Evenstar | Friday, January 20, 2017
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Dr. Zandria Robinson writes in memory of her father. The article, a finalist for the National Magazine award, is part of her memoir-in-progress. Listen to Dr. Robinson read part of the work here....
From: MetaFilter | By: Cuke | Friday, January 20, 2017
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It's like a fish penthouse where your fish can get above your pond waterline. Some others. The Romaurie effect....
From: MetaFilter | By: adept256 | Friday, January 20, 2017
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"There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to...
From: MetaFilter | By: MonkeyToes | Friday, January 20, 2017
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"Ferrer was the son of top 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, and first cousin to George Clooney."...
From: MetaFilter | By: guiseroom | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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I felt like I should build a little web resource for the big day, and so: inaugurationlivestream.com.[Link]...
From: MetaFilter | By: cortex | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The headscarf has been banned, made mandatory, hailed as a symbol of religious virtue, accepted as a means of controlling female sexuality, and politicized by governments and colonizers across the world. Manipulated and misinterpreted, it is seen as...
From: MetaFilter | By: insectosaurus | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor died January 16, 2017. Onyeabor previously on MF....
From: MetaFilter | By: OmieWise | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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"New Impossibly Intricate Embroideries by Chloe Giordano" Colossal: "We continue to be enthralled by the work of Chloe Giordano [...] who produces everything from tiny coin-sized depictions of woodland creatures to entire book covers typography and all....
From: MetaFilter | By: Celsius1414 | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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I Am A Child – Children in Art History, more than 3,100 artists and more than 30,000 paintings. A sampling of various artists' works from horrific depictions of children in war to gently sublime storybook illustrations. Site created by Marco Regali...
From: MetaFilter | By: nickyskye | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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"In North Lawndale, Chicago, a public basketball court is changing the way people relate to local police. Built just last October, it's a half court built right next to the West 10th district police station, and it's designed to get cops to shoot hoops...
From: MetaFilter | By: storybored | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Conor Knighton is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. During the course of 2016, he visited all 59 U.S. national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. At every park, he stopped and recorded himself singing "America...
From: MetaFilter | By: Johnny Wallflower | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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How to Build a Hard Tech Startup | CEO Jason Rosenthal deep-dives into the trials and tribulations surrounding the development of Lytro Cinema technology. Below are the lessons we've learned so far about how to build a hard tech startup. Although the...
From: MetaFilter | By: I_Love_Bananas | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The audiobook for George Saunders's debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, will be narrated by Nick Offerman, Julianne Moore, Miranda July, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, Keegan Michael Key, David Sedaris, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Brownstein, a dozen other A-listers,...
From: MetaFilter | By: little onion | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every...
From: MetaFilter | By: elgilito | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The Alt-Right's Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama (single link Buzzfeed, by Katie Notopoulos)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Elementary Penguin | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Tom Hanks guest hosts on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, with panelists Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstoke, and Faith Salie, and Simone Biles playing Not My Job. AV Club was there, and apparently it was an interesting night. Chicago Tribune was also there....
From: MetaFilter | By: hippybear | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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When picturing a francesinha, imagine a croque monsieur — the delicious baked or grilled French ham and cheese sandwich — that got extremely angry, hulked out into a muscle-bound edible behemoth and was then doused by the attendant cook with a zesty...
From: MetaFilter | By: chavenet | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Google and the Miseducation of Dylann Roof - How did Dylann Roof go from being someone who was not raised in a racist home to someone so steeped in white supremacist propaganda that he murdered nine African Americans during a Bible study?...
From: MetaFilter | By: You Should See the Other Guy | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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In Search of Ragu - Matt Goulding (Roads & Kingdoms) The beauty of ragu is that it's an idea as much as it is a recipe, a slow-simmered distillation of what means and circumstances have gifted you: If Zia Peppe's ragu is made with nothing but pork...
From: MetaFilter | By: CrystalDave | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The English language has produced a staggering number of words and phrases for the state of being intoxicated by alcohol. The Drunktionary collects hundreds of them, from "A beat up tank" to "zozzled", all in glorious 2001 Tripod style. For more rigorous...
From: MetaFilter | By: jedicus | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Will Read You Now (R. Eric Thomas, Elle Culture)...
From: MetaFilter | By: moons in june | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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A Reddit thread about health inspection violations has led to an unlikely yet delightful new meme: in response to a redditor's story about their stepdad's recreation of an 18th century French bakery, redditor Poem_for_your_sprog, also known as Sam Garland,...
From: MetaFilter | By: yasaman | Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Remember the Mirai botnet that took down Dyn and made most of the Internet unusable for a day back in October of 2016? Internet security expert (and also Mirai botnet victim) Brian Krebs, author of excellent blog Krebs on Security, has a massive, four-months-in-the-making...
From: MetaFilter | By: Peemster | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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The results of the 2017 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame vote were announced this evening, and Tim Raines (in his last year of eligibility), Ivan Rodriguez (in his first year of eligibility), and Jeff Bagwell (in neither his first nor last year of...
From: MetaFilter | By: Copronymus | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Adam Sandler singing about Chris Farley NSFW Lyrics, poor video quality....
From: MetaFilter | By: dfm500 | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Released in 1992 (the same year as the much more complex Sim Life) and published by Enix, Almanic's E.V.O.: Search for Eden is a Super Nintendo game in which players evolve a custom-made organism across vast geologic epochs and numerous phylums by growing...
From: MetaFilter | By: byanyothername | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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pEPsi - "A tribute to Pepsi and Doritos, featuring remixes of some classic, re-imagined hits. Sorry in advance."Sgt. Pepsi's Thirsty Hearts Club Brand - "Fourteen icy cold tracks to celebrate your white hot love for your favorite blue soft drink. It's...
From: MetaFilter | By: jason_steakums | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Nintendo Special Big Band [SLYT] Spend an hour listening to Nintendo's jazz band jamming away at musical hits from Super Mario, Kirby, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda. This performance is part of Nintendo's press event...
From: MetaFilter | By: Servo5678 | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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"Miguel Marquez Outside" (aka Michael Pederson) takes Jeff Wysaski's "Obvious Plant" fake posters/flyers/shelf tags a step farther with site installations like the Gravity Gauge, the Vicarious Yelling Station and the Small Orange Cones for Minor Hazards....
From: MetaFilter | By: oneswellfoop | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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BBC Radio 4 has served up five 45 minute programmes of high quality brain food. Where intelligent and informed people present shows exploring the topics of; Politics, Power, Population Demographics, Globalisation and Truthy-ness at the start of 2017....
From: MetaFilter | By: Dr Ew | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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America's most expensive luxury home - complete with Dom Perignon-filled fire extinguishers, a candy wall, and the helicopter from Airwolf - can now be yours for a cool $250 million....
From: MetaFilter | By: Small Dollar | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Young Thug - 'Wyclef Jean' (no nudity, but possibly NSFW.) Young Thug 'Wyclef Jean' Director on How He Saved His Nightmare Shoot Previously (on last year's album/mixtape Jeffrey and that cover art)...
From: MetaFilter | By: naju | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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