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One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right? Recently,...
From: MetaFilter | By: oneswellfoop | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Banco Espírito Santo, Portugal's second largest bank by assets held, was nationalized "through the back door" several days ago after the shocking revelations of money laundering and tax evasion by the bank's founding family which had become public over...
From: MetaFilter | By: librarylis | Friday, August 1, 2014
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"Welcome to The Unbelievable Truth, the panel game show about incredible truths and barely credible lies. I am your host, David Mitchell. The rules are as follows: each panelist will present a short lecture that should be entirely false save for five...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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[bump worthy] - A vast repository of Adult Swim bumps dating back to 2001, including audio and video downloads, live streaming, and musical artist information for each bump....
From: MetaFilter | By: not_on_display | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pick-up Artist in Denmark Unlike in America, where bestsellers goad already overworked and underpaid women to Lean In even further, the assumption in Denmark is that feminism is a collective goal, not an individual pursuit....
From: MetaFilter | By: flex | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983 "I went to Hollywood to 'make it', but didn't, and ended up taking pictures of Hollywood, capturing scenes of others 'not making it' as well."...
From: MetaFilter | By: scody | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Putting on a brave face. It isn't easy to do without, but to do without while giving the impression that little has changed offers necessary courage to one living in an otherwise terrifying situation. Women had no power over the volatile state of the...
From: MetaFilter | By: ellieBOA | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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On the 25th of May, 2014, Martin Sonneborn of Die PARTEI became the first member of his party to enter the EU parliament. Currently using the slogan, "Inhalte überwunden" or "Overcome substance", the Partei für Arbeit, Rechtstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung...
From: MetaFilter | By: frimble | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this 1989 LifeCall ad — featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" — may be the best-loved commercial of all...
From: MetaFilter | By: Mchelly | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Hobbes Ginsberg is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself and others, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW). Buy her photozine, see photos from an exhibition, or read her...
From: MetaFilter | By: Juliet Banana | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Simon and Martina, of the joint blog Eat Your Kimchi, are a married Canadian couple that moved to South Korea in 2008. They have a YouTube series called "TL;DR" in which readers can submit questions about living in Korea, and they will answer them to...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Test footage from a Deadpool project looks to be awesome. As this is test footage, it is entirely possible that it won't actually end up in a movie or videogame, but even on its own, it's fairly fucking brilliant, and a much more accurate view of the...
From: MetaFilter | By: quin | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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A 10-Part Series By Alan Taylor. "One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and...
From: MetaFilter | By: Librarypt | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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It's a standardized room. "Like Diet Coke or iPhones, American rooms are a kind of product, built as quickly and cheaply as possible to a standardized specification. " Article describing the standard American room as viewed through youtube videos....
From: MetaFilter | By: amitai | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The Sci-Fi Writers' War. "A pro-Western, NATO-backed Ukrainian government faces a stubborn insurgency in the pro-Russian East. Fighting rages around Donetsk, with civilians dying in artillery fire and airstrikes, while Russian troops mass on the Ukrainian...
From: MetaFilter | By: Sticherbeast | Friday, August 1, 2014
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For an old North Sea hand, 40-foot waves, the kind that would terrify most of us, were nothing out of the ordinary. But the emergence from nowhere of a single wave that was more than twice as high as the others was exceptional. Warwick had encountered...
From: MetaFilter | By: Ghostride The Whip | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Musician Charles Cohen (previously) hosts a workshop at Berlin's Schneidersladen, demonstrating the use of the rare and recently re-released Buchla Music Easel...
From: MetaFilter | By: Mr. Six | Friday, August 1, 2014
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In recognition of his tireless devotion to picking up litter in the countryside, local man David "Pig Pen" Sedaris is honored by the Horsham District Council by having a garbage truck named after him. The West Sussex County Times realizes after publication...
From: MetaFilter | By: something something | Friday, August 1, 2014
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This Letter to a Young Haskell Enthusiast is mostly not about Haskell, or about programming, but about being a good person in an online community....
From: MetaFilter | By: swift | Friday, August 1, 2014
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"No wonder we react so viscerally to the 'ching-chong, ching-chong' schoolyard taunt. To attack our language, our ability to sound 'normal,' is to attack our ability to be normal. It's to attack everything we've worked for." An essay by Arthur Chu on...
From: MetaFilter | By: Errant | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge "The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water."...
From: MetaFilter | By: dhruva | Friday, August 1, 2014
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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, managing culinary director at food blog Serious Eats, recently took an extended trip to China and southeast Asia with his wife, Adri, after driving across the country during a move from New York to San Francisco. He documented his...
From: MetaFilter | By: ultraviolet catastrophe | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Advice on how to survive late capitalism: "Your life is sold to serve an economy that does not serve your life. You don't seem to be entertained, Bank-robbin'; your white-hot rage festers. It probably doesn't help that you live in Brooklyn—this place...
From: MetaFilter | By: Snarl Furillo | Friday, August 1, 2014
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On July 22, The Ohio State University fired Marching Band director Jon Waters because he was allegedly aware of (or should have known) about an "environment conducive to sexual harassment within the Marching Band". The University's 23-page report details...
From: MetaFilter | By: QuantumMeruit | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Promise - Tori Amos, featuring (her daughter) Natashya Hawley...
From: MetaFilter | By: nadawi | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Two approachable visual presentations of simple neural networks: one showing how a soft activation function allows the successive layers of a neural network to distort the input until the different classes are separable, and the other showing how a hard...
From: MetaFilter | By: Jpfed | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Early days, but if true => BIG change...
From: MetaFilter | By: aleph | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal looks at Palna, an organization in Delhi that raises children who have been abandoned. Palna means "cradle"; most children who live there are left in a wicker basket outside the front door. Established in 1978, today, "these services...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The highway, however, is getting mighty crowded. Hundreds of different beers debut weekly, creating a scrum of session IPAs, spiced witbiers, and barrel-aged stouts scuffling for shelf space. For consumers, the situation is doubly confusing. How can...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The Aesthetes - For the legendary expats of Tangier, a life devoted to beauty reaches full flower in this North African hothouse of history and hedonism....
From: MetaFilter | By: backseatpilot | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Don't just say, 'Oh, I need to work on that.' Say, 'I need to work on this element of that.' Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that. Fast Company interviews Joss Whedon on how to get things done, part of a round-up...
From: MetaFilter | By: shivohum | Friday, August 1, 2014
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I come from the future , and I'm here to tell you: transcending the limits of the flesh can be downright dull. Push hard on my skin, and you'll find... two lumps of glass, metal, and plastic embedded in my right hand: a years-old magnet in the ring finger...
From: MetaFilter | By: modernnomad | Friday, August 1, 2014
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British romance novelist Ida Cook (1904-1986) wrote over a hundred books for Mills & Boon under the name Mary Burchell, including the thirteen-book, opera-focused Warrender saga. The passion she and her sister, Louise Cook, shared for opera carried...
From: MetaFilter | By: mixedmetaphors | Friday, August 1, 2014
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As a single woman, I received a lot of attention. ... It felt that I was either pissing people off with my bubbly attitude or breaking hearts. All that said, the most difficult part of all was having everyone think I was bad at Magic simply by looking...
From: MetaFilter | By: annekate | Friday, August 1, 2014
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"DISCLAIMER TIME! 50 is a very small number. I make no claims to any of these lists being either comprehensive or some sort of objective analysis of the 'best' films directed by women. I make selections based on on what I've seen, what I like, and the...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Why are women so less self-assured and why are men so overconfident? The Atlantic takes on what they are calling the "confidence gap," the tendency of women to underplay their expertise to lack confidence in both their achievements and their potential....
From: MetaFilter | By: amanda | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Trade Tales and Tiny Trails: Glass Beads in the Kalahari Desert...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Friday, August 1, 2014
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On July 29, 2014, the City of Chicago released to the public a set of documents long sought by journalists and civil rights lawyers. Here they are. In 2006, journalist Jamie Kalven wrote a series of blog posts entitled "Kicking The Pigeon" (prev.), based...
From: MetaFilter | By: stinkfoot | Friday, August 1, 2014
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"The difficult ... you're supposed to do right away. The impossible ... that'll take you a few days longer." Building your own town out near Tuscon, Arizona probably falls in the category of "the impossible," but Ed Keeylocko did that, a pickup truck...
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Friday, August 1, 2014
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You are a bear. You wake up in a dimly lit cave. Your eyes are adjusted to the low light, so you are able to see the textures of your surroundings. You are about to begin a new day as a bear. There will be many obstacles, mental and physical, for you...
From: MetaFilter | By: drlith | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table, according to a recent study led by UC Berkeley researchers at the Haas School of Business. The study, published online July 14,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins is an animated children's show about 6-year-old Dottie McStuffins, who wants to be a doctor like her mother, and pretends to be a doctor to her toys. Doc McStuffins has done well as a TV show, but it's as a doll that Doc's...
From: MetaFilter | By: ocherdraco | Friday, August 1, 2014
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In case of cute emergency, here is a three-banded armadillo named Rollie playing with his favorite toy....
From: MetaFilter | By: Orange Dinosaur Slide | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War. "I had a little bird, Its name was Enza.  I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. ~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918"...
From: MetaFilter | By: Dashy | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Can Joey explain the Marvel Cinematic Universe to his sister Cassie, who only has eyes for Rocket Raccoon? Click to find out![Link]...
From: MetaFilter | By: Brandon Blatcher | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Are you combing Netflix trying to find all the TV shows you missed the first time around? Or maybe you just want to take a nostalgia trip and revist all of the great television that is gone but not forgotten? So much good TV! Problem is, it's not like...
From: MetaFilter | By: BeBoth | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Many types of quilt blocks can be built by stitching together simple geometric shapes. Then there's paper (sometimes called foundation) piecing. Paper piecing is an old technique (wikipedia suggests very old) that's been steadily developing over the...
From: MetaFilter | By: heyforfour | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Who knew structural engineering could be so sweet? Justina Yang is the "paper engineer" behind Fiber Lab, a design studio located in her sunroom. She creates paper art, décor, bracelets, bowties, and lamp shades. In her short videos, she demonstrates...
From: MetaFilter | By: fundip | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Behold the five Oscar-nominated Supporting Actresses of 1973: a "bitchin' babe" (Candy Clark), a pint-sized con-artist (Tatum O'Neal), a possessed teenager (Linda Blair), a selfish carnival dancer (Madeline Kahn), and a vinegary New York institution...
From: MetaFilter | By: troika | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Legendary experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose films and installations critiqued institutions of power and explored complicated relationships with the image, passed away yesterday at the age of 70. Official site. At Film Studies For Free....
From: MetaFilter | By: AtoBtoA | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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