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All of The Baffler's back issues are available online, for free. The Paris Review recommends: Miracle on Ice Lotteryville, USA Making Babies The American Girl Way The Problem With Music also, from 1993: The American Nonconformist In The Age Of The Commercialization...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Photographer Miho Aikawa explores how we eat through pictures taken in New Yorkers' homes. Some of Aikawa's subjects still used dinner as a time to socialize, but over the computer or phone rather than in person. "I don't think having dinner with a cellphone...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kitteh | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Una Baines' unreleased album with her band The Fates has been reissued by Finder's Keepers on vinyl. You may know Una Baines as the first keyboard player in the Fall, as a founding member of Blue Orchids or from a short lived stint in Nico's backing...
From: MetaFilter | By: kittensofthenight | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design (The Guardian): "Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster" Nobody seriously paused to think about the different functions and their...
From: MetaFilter | By: flex | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Are you playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood yet? Pretty much everyone is, including the EPA Office of Water. Your mission is simple: become an A-list celebrity through networking, flirting, modeling, promoting vodka, avoiding landlords and poking birds...
From: MetaFilter | By: Metroid Baby | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Ellen Rumel plays in the band The Nunnery and takes 35mm photographs of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho. Alexander Miranda plays in the band Underpass and takes 35mm photographs of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia....
From: MetaFilter | By: Juliet Banana | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Iron, Steam and Coal. Photographer Matthew Malkiewicz captures the timeless beauty of the steam locomotive and steam trains - the steam, the tracks, the folks who run them and just the folks who love them. (Via Petapixel)...
From: MetaFilter | By: caddis | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Wigs filled with maggots, hair filled with mice and tiny battleships - twonerdyhistorygirls have The Truth About the Big Hair of the 1770s and How they Did It. Inspired to make your own bone powder and pomatum? You can use the original recipe or these...
From: MetaFilter | By: viggorlijah | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Studio engineer Matt Ross-Spang wasn't even born when most of Sun's most famous records were cut. Nonetheless, he's thought a lot about what makes them sound the way they do (transcript). Matt has been buying up old gear for a few years, returning the...
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Friday, July 25, 2014
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"A set of towers, spread across the globe, have given goats the opportunity to make good on their evolutionary heritage and farmers a chance to leave an unforgettable impression on visitors. And don't worry—there hasn't been a single report of the...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Ever wonder what it feels like to be old? "I am the same age as Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood. In Dog-years that is really really ancient..."...
From: MetaFilter | By: banished | Friday, July 25, 2014
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"I gently lay my mind on the text as if the text is a Ouija board and let it move me around. And my eye circles the page precisely the way your eye circles the landscape when you are anxiously looking for someone in a crowd: You scan for red hair, for...
From: MetaFilter | By: colt45 | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Stephen "Hoppy" Hopkins reports finding a large-bodied earthworm, tentatively identified as Martiodrilus crassus, in Provincia de Napo, Ecuador. The internet weighs in: real or fake? Australia also has a big worm: the giant Gippsland earthworm, Megascolides...
From: MetaFilter | By: We had a deal, Kyle | Friday, July 25, 2014
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CIRCA's "You Should Move to ..." series is a charming exploration of "beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost." CIRCA is a magazine-style site that primarily features older homes for sale, with fun niche...
From: MetaFilter | By: batmonkey | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Burger King's CEO is 33 years old. Its head of investor relations is 29 and its CFO is 28....
From: MetaFilter | By: Jasper Friendly Bear | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Who wants elephants and candy? Inspired by the post on the troll museum... if you're ever driving Route 30 in Pennsylvania, heading towards Gettysburg, you may pass by Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium. Mister Ed Gotwalt started collecting...
From: MetaFilter | By: jenfullmoon | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Finally the important question of our time is answer: What if Jary Senfild were emoji on i-phone toady? Jeray himself is: bemused. Created by your textable friend, Seinfeld2000...
From: MetaFilter | By: Potomac Avenue | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell...
From: MetaFilter | By: nadawi | Friday, July 25, 2014
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The fragments of information that have filtered out make it clear that the building houses one of the largest fusion experiments now operating in the United States. It is also one of the most unconventional. Instead of using the doughnut-shaped 'tokamak'...
From: MetaFilter | By: Ghostride The Whip | Friday, July 25, 2014
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How to put on your face: in which youtuber Anna Akana shares her beauty routine. [SLYT]...
From: MetaFilter | By: ocherdraco | Friday, July 25, 2014
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no more "put a skirt on it" In a historical vacuum, we would not project gender onto images with no visible gender signals. But we've inherited, and perpetuated, the idea that a blank person is a Man. Unless you add decorations. Then you have yourself...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Not too long ago feminist ideals and other (mainly) women's issues like body image, street harassment or double standards in the workplace would have left most advertisers and brands running for the hills. The current fourth wave made feminism so popular...
From: MetaFilter | By: travelwithcats | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Here's What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like...
From: MetaFilter | By: rtha | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Yesterday, Time magazine apparently felt it important to inform its readership what the slang term "bae" means. Black Twitter has responded with #timetitles. A few examples: Let me HOLD SOME MONEY...Asking for a loan from someone who clearly has it with...
From: MetaFilter | By: fuse theorem | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Mey from Autostraddle interviews actress and advocate Laverne Cox on her Emmy nomination, the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, and how to create a more supportive and loving community. Previously on Metafilter, Cox has been spotted...
From: MetaFilter | By: Juliet Banana | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Windows from Prison – Mark Strandquist asked hundreds of prisoners a straightforward question—if your cell could look out on one scene, what would it be? See also the project that this grew from, Write Home Soon, an ongoing project featuring participant...
From: MetaFilter | By: yeoz | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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"[F]rom the vantage point of a 12-year-old, adulthood is something best avoided. The key question, then, is how long can you run?" Rolling Stone launches their new monthly feature, "Be Kind, Rewind" with a new look at Step Brothers. "For Step Brothers'...
From: MetaFilter | By: Tevin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Colombian student Diego Gomez faces four to eight years in prison for sharing an academic article online. While working on his Master's degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management in Costa Rica, the 26-year-old Gomez provided a link to someone else's...
From: MetaFilter | By: sockermom | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Greg Abbott is running for governor of Texas. He's campaigning in Regal Cinemas as a pre-movie ad. Alamo Drafthouse, a competing chain, has a long history of making PSAs asking patrons not to talk or text during a movie (previously). They felt they had...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lemurrhea | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Misleading on Marriage: how gay marriage opponents twist history to suit their agenda - "Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for." As someone in a same-sex...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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RIP Thomas Berger. If you know only one book by Thomas Berger, it's probably Little Big Man, which was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Dustin Hoffman. You may have also heard of his book Neighbors which was also made into a movie starring John...
From: MetaFilter | By: Francis7 | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Two simple sites by Johnny Webber - Fucking Homepage (profane language): "WE POST DAILY, YOU LEARN COOL SHIT." Daily Zen List: "Daily — Because we post daily; Zen — Because this blog is about simplicity and all things self-improvement; List — Because...
From: MetaFilter | By: flex | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Betrayed by Silence — In a four part investigation, MPR News details the cover up of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Chapter 1: It all began in Lafayette "The story is that when they sent Archbishop Flynn to Louisiana,...
From: MetaFilter | By: supermassive | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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1980s computer hacking supercut. Via the great FoundItemClothing.com...
From: MetaFilter | By: Chrysostom | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A young girl's questions about the Boko Haram abductions reveal an increasing consciousness of a misogynist world. How can her mother—a survivor of kidnapping and abuse—respond? Lacy M. Johnson writes for Dame Magazine: "I Don't Want to Be a Girl."...
From: MetaFilter | By: divined by radio | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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In Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face, technology reporter Robinson Meyer details an experiment in which he tried actually going about his day to day life in downtown Washington DC while wearing CV Dazzle, (previously on MeFi) makeup and hairstyles...
From: MetaFilter | By: Naberius | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The gals at Anglo-Filles have an entertaining (and epicly long) talk about the history of Dracula and vampires as characters and symbols throughout the ages and throughout fiction - topics discussed include Varney The Vampire, The Vienna Vampire Scare,...
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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In a sixth floor walk-up on New York City's Lower East Side, you'll find The Troll Museum. Run by a woman in elf ears named Reverend Jen Miller, along with her pet chihuahua, Reverend Jen Jr., it's dedicated to her admitted obsession with vintage Troll...
From: MetaFilter | By: Mchelly | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Where Restaurant Reservations Come From: Why did the practice develop? In the startup terms of our day, what problem did the institution of restaurant reservations solve? Well, the answer boils down to... sex and propriety....
From: MetaFilter | By: Cash4Lead | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann: [The New Republic] Home to goddesses, dreams, and a dangerously uncorrupted literary mind....
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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David Simon runs into Governor Martin O'Malley on the Acela. O'Malley, current governor of Maryland and former mayor of Baltimore, was one of the inspirations for Tommy Carcetti, the ambitious Baltimore politician in Simon's series The Wire. O'Malley...
From: MetaFilter | By: spaltavian | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Narrowly saved from the scrapyard just a few years earlier by then-mayor Dianne Feinstein, San Francisco's historic fireboat Phoenix has been credited with saving the Marina District from a blaze in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Following...
From: MetaFilter | By: annekate | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Unlike most murder ballads, The Long Black Veil doesn't retell the story of an actual murder. Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin borrowed bits of stories about Valentino and a murdered priest and a Red Foley chorus and crafted their own story in 1959 to...
From: MetaFilter | By: julen | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Pet Shop Boys, still going strong after over 30 years, and still as inventive as ever, debuted their "orchestral pop biography in eight parts for electronics, orchestra, choir, and narrator" at the BBC Proms last night. A Man From The Future [audio only,...
From: MetaFilter | By: hippybear | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi's African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Beyoncé's "Rosie the Riveter" Instagram photo is causing internet waves. The Independent has a more substantive, historically concerned article....
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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There were a number of notable firsts for women elected to office as early as the late 1800s, and there is a significant history of women running for president and vice president in the United States, but until 1984, no woman had been nominated to as...
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Why Silicon Valley Needs The Coder Grrrls Of Double Union, The Feminist Hacker Space The lack of women in the tech world isn't just a pipeline problem--it's one of rampant sexism. Enter the haven of Double Union. Like many area hacker spaces, Double...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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"The Soup" host Joel McHale takes a classic 1959 Ford Skyliner to new heights with "Veep" star Tony Hale. Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine....
From: MetaFilter | By: paleyellowwithorange | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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A Church Divided Over Marriage Equality The Church's rules against homosexuality have divided Methodists for forty years. Attempts to abolish or even soften these rules have failed at every General Conference, the quadrennial meeting of the denomination,...
From: MetaFilter | By: davidstandaford | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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