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Craps and Cryogenics: Blow Your Savings and Live Forever in the New Atlantic City Revel Casino Hotel was part of a building boom in AC, encouraged by the state's gambling addiction and emblematic of the casino saturation problem. Revel closed down last...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Indigenous tribes have been painting their bodies with pulverized minerals and stretching their lips for millenia in the remote Omo valley a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Africa, where the earliest known Homo sapiens remains have been found. Their whole...
From: MetaFilter | By: adamvasco | Monday, May 25, 2015
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"The life-changing message of 'On Writing Well' is: simplify your language and thereby find your humanity." William Zinsser, journalist and nonfiction writer, passed away earlier this month. His book, "On Writing Well," is one of the definitive works...
From: MetaFilter | By: jbickers | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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"All of those things play a part in who I am as a person. It all has equal weight. I want sexual abuse to sit happily alongside other topics like music and creativity, without this gut shudder, 'Oh no, we can't talk about that.'" The book is accompanied...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Wham-O (previously) revolutionized the circle, the torus and the sphere, but they once did something innovative with the humble rectangle: Wham-O Giant Comics (alternate ad here), intended to be a quarterly magazine but ultimately the only issue released...
From: MetaFilter | By: BiggerJ | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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California's Homeless Find a Quiet Place. (slNatGeo)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kitteh | Monday, May 25, 2015
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A recent study served to confirm the patently obvious: song lyrics for the most popular genres of music are ridiculously obtuse — and getting worse over time. Though this might not be a revelation, the figures are distressing indicators of both an...
From: MetaFilter | By: philip-random | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The New York Times reports on "a five-week industry boot camp designed to bring young veterans into the television business" that is "run by one of the Iraq war's fiercest critics, Jon Stewart, the longtime host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show.""...
From: MetaFilter | By: Little Dawn | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Everyday Sigils: A tumblr where you can commission magical sigils and symbols to deal with everyday trials, from the mundane to the sadly common....
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Monday, May 25, 2015
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asylum-exe is a GameMaker-created, retro-styled chase game for Windows in which the goal is to escape each room of a mental institution, being chased the whole way by the proverbial (and literal) men in white coats. 20 levels in which new twists to the...
From: MetaFilter | By: hiteleven | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner has now been crowned (previously), but the real stars of the contest were the fabulous and entertaining International Sign interpreters. For the first time ever, viewers of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest had...
From: MetaFilter | By: zebra | Monday, May 25, 2015
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They haven't forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they...
From: MetaFilter | By: Johnny Wallflower | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Americans try Dutch sweets. Some are received very well, others ... not so much. Some commentary at 24 Oranges....
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Monday, May 25, 2015
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It instantly hits your eyes haloed in a corona of potency—structured so soundly as to seem staged, this forceful frieze of physical dominance. The Victor yells, the Loser displays himself vanquished, and the Watchers are all caught in that moment....
From: MetaFilter | By: Horace Rumpole | Monday, May 25, 2015
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On The Beautiful and Tragic Weirdness of Sonic Adventure...
From: MetaFilter | By: Charlemagne In Sweatpants | Monday, May 25, 2015
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"The world authorities have run out of ammunition as rates remain stuck at zero. They have no margin for error as economy falters" (Telegraph) - HSBC chief global economist Steven King (not that one): "The world economy's titanic problem" (CNN Money's...
From: MetaFilter | By: cotton dress sock | Monday, May 25, 2015
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"For those who love books, but don't have enough time for reading. Here are the best books you can read in under an hour each." 24 books to read in under an hour (infographic) by Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly. (via Electric Literature) Previously:...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Monday, May 25, 2015
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MeFi's own John Scalzi, author of numerous popular books and a blog almost as popular as said books, has done okay....
From: MetaFilter | By: Megami | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The lost city of Ordos The Kangbashi district, planned to accommodate a population in excess of one million, is home to a lonely 20,000 people – leaving 98% of this 355-square kilometre site either under construction or abandoned altogether....
From: MetaFilter | By: bitmage | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Friends, once again, here is yet more proof that one string is all you need....
From: MetaFilter | By: flapjax at midnite | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted of Manslaughter in 2012 Deaths [New York Times] A police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase in 2012 and fired repeatedly at its unarmed occupants, both of them black, was acquitted of manslaughter...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Welcome to the Polish Sahara! Glaciars and medieval industrial degradation created the Bledow Desert, a small area of scrub and blowing sands in Poland. Former WWII training ground - now a tourist destination....
From: MetaFilter | By: bq | Monday, May 25, 2015
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The music of the legendary Simon and Garfunkel seems to still have a life of its own, long after they broke up in 1970. The great songwriter Paul Simon went on, of course, to have a highly successful solo career, and Art did a few films and several albums....
From: MetaFilter | By: Seekerofsplendor | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Can China take a joke? The NYT Magazine examines the growing standup comedy scene in China, and its complicated relationship with traditional Chinese "cross-talk" performances, and modern Chinese society. [previously on metafilter]...
From: MetaFilter | By: firechicago | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Hollywood & the 'Comic-Book Movie' and part 2...
From: MetaFilter | By: shakespeherian | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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RIP Marques Haynes, who died Friday at age 89. According to his NYT Obituary, he joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1946 or 1947, and played with them through the late 1970s. (Yours truly remembers him from that goofy Saturday morning show, the Harlem...
From: MetaFilter | By: Melismata | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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http://libraryofbabel.info/ The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence - in short, it's just like any...
From: MetaFilter | By: andoatnp | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Steven Gerrard played his last game in the English Premier League and in a Liverpool shirt today. Things went...badly. But this farewall tour hasn't been all he'd hoped for in any fashion. (Last link has a lot of profanity.)...
From: MetaFilter | By: josher71 | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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One World Trade Center's new Observatory (Go Pro/YouTube) (SLYT)...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Tri-City News reports that a seventeen-year-old "has now admitted to a total of 23 offences of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment." "He had a consistent pattern of trying to connect with the online gamers — many of them fans of the...
From: MetaFilter | By: sardonyx | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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John Nash, notable mathematician, died yesterday, with his wife Alicia, in a taxi accident. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994 for his contributions to game theory, in particular his discovery of the Nash equilibrium. (previously)...
From: MetaFilter | By: wormwood23 | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Remember the surprising stealth thing-that's-great Frog Fractions (previously)? When creator Jim Crawford (also previously) and his team released its successfully Kickstarted sequel, they won't tell anyone, and will leave everyone to find it for themselves....
From: MetaFilter | By: BiggerJ | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Phillip Larkin was one of Britain's most famous twentieth century poets. He's probably most well known for 'This Be The Verse' (nsfw) but another notable poem was 'The Whitsun Weddings' based on a railway journey or journeys he undertook from Hull to...
From: MetaFilter | By: fearfulsymmetry | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Recent video with striking imagery ... Abstract: O D Y S S E Y (see also Pacific Light) • Fu Liu (tutorials 1 & 2) and Beiquan ... Hyperreal / Glitched realities: simulacra (see also Plain Sight) • as-phyx-i-a (made using Xbox One Kinect) •...
From: MetaFilter | By: Monsieur Caution | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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What Is Bro Science?: 50% fact, 50% magic, 100% results. How To Get Your Girlfriend To Start Lifting What Is Crossfit? Rookie Mistakes In The Gym What Your Gym Gear Says About You People You Hate At The Gym Evolution Of The Lifting Man...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Wait, Women Don't Have Equal Rights in the United States? - Tabby Biddle, Huffington Post. The History Behind the ERA Amendment ( brief introduction, argument for why ERA is needed). March 22, 1972 | Equal Rights Amendment for Women Passed by Congress...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest concluded today, with Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw performing the winning song. A brief recap of the live performances provides glimpses of the costumes, stage effects, and choreography peculiar to Eurovision grand final...
From: MetaFilter | By: needled | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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A pretty great comic that clearly lays out how (some) privilege works....
From: MetaFilter | By: Shepherd | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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It's almost summer, so here's the story behind one of the best ever pop songs about spending time outside. The Young Rascals, Groovin'....
From: MetaFilter | By: freakazoid | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Lindenhurst, New York: Black Family Reportedly Receives Anonymous Letter Urging Them to Move Ronica Copes said she found a letter in her mail Thursday that read, "You don't belong here!!!" Police and town officials are investigating the case as a hate...
From: MetaFilter | By: ourt | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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R.I.P. Louis Johnson, great funk bass player. Founding member of funk group Brothers Johnson and legendary bassist Louis Johnson died too young at the age of 60. The Brothers Johnson's first #1 hit, from 1976: I'll Be Good to You From the same Quincy...
From: MetaFilter | By: maggiemaggie | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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A 10-step guide to party conversation for bioinformaticians...
From: MetaFilter | By: a lungful of dragon | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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The Republic of Ireland made history today by becoming the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage via popular vote. Ireland only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, so the country has seen an amazing turnaround on gay rights issues. And...
From: MetaFilter | By: orange swan | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Why would I, who learned to cook from Culinary Luddites, who grew up in a family that, in Elizabeth David's words, produced their "own home-cured bacon, ham and sausages . . . churned their own butter, fed their chickens and geese, cherished their fruit...
From: MetaFilter | By: Charlemagne In Sweatpants | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Carl Zimmer writes for The New York Times: How Simple Can Life Get? It's Complicated - "Scientists have long wondered how much further life can be stripped down and still remain alive. Is there a genetic essence of life? The answer seems to be that the...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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"Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but don't. This tasty little guide is meant to be an appetizer for understanding. It's okay if you're hungry for more." (Primary link is to version 3; here is the first version and walk-through.)...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Can evolution explain acts of kindness, and morality? [The Guardian] We arranged a debate between a sceptical Tom Stoppard and the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson. Stuart Jeffries acted as referee. We arranged for the two to meet recently in...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Lego Adventure in the City. via the always wonderful The Kid Should See This From TKSST: This stop motion animated short story, LEGO Adventure in the City, was written and directed by Rogier Wieland for AKQA, Shanghai and LEGO China. It took six animators...
From: MetaFilter | By: signal | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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