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What It's Like to Have Down Syndrome—and Care for a Sister With Disabilities While the initial focus was to portray Alyssa as just another member of her family, the project changed slightly when Carly began to lose neurological ability. Although Carly's...
From: MetaFilter | By: magstheaxe | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Other Space: A sci-fi workplace comedy created by Paul Feig. Featuring Milana Vayntraub (a.k.a. the lady from the AT&T ad), Karan Soni (a.k.a. the dude from the AT&T ad), and Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu from MST3K....
From: MetaFilter | By: Cash4Lead | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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A girl at the beach, one year before WWI. In 1913, Amateur photographer Mervyn O'Gorman took beautiful, vivid photos of his daughter using an early color photography process called autochrome. Previous autochrome posts: 1, 2, 3...
From: MetaFilter | By: Alexandra Michelle | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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"For the sake of argument, here are the best and most reasonable ways to improve [the White House Correspondent's Dinner]." This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, explained: Strong said she doesn't "want to be too mean where it really hurts...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Sally Mann's Exposure An essay by Sally Mann about the publication, and subsequent reaction to, her second book of photographs, Immediate Family. [Many of the photographs featured naked images of her young children.]...
From: MetaFilter | By: OmieWise | Friday, April 24, 2015
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How did Europeans become "white"? see also:Eight thousand years of natural selection in Europe The arrival of farming in Europe beginning around 8,500 years ago required adaptation to new environments, pathogens, diets, and social organizations. While...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Monday, April 27, 2015
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Want to play Warhammer Fantasy Battle? Not possesed of a Scrroge McDuck style moneypit or willing to sell organs in order to buy figures? Kieron Gillen and Matthew Sheret are here to help with Hipsterhammer. Jump in with guides to building Dwarf, Empire...
From: MetaFilter | By: Artw | Monday, April 27, 2015
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Robert Macfarlane, in The Guardian: In music, literature, art, film and photography, as well as in new and hybrid forms and media, the English eerie is on the rise. A loose but substantial body of work is emerging that explores the English landscape...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wordshore | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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While you were out, your childminders have been entertaining your offspring with dry ice experiments. You're that sort of parent, with those sorts of friends. On your return, you discover that this has gone down very well with junior, and that there's...
From: MetaFilter | By: Devonian | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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"Permission to use all or part of this work for personal, classroom, or whatever other use is NOT granted unless you make a copy and pass it to a neighbor without fee, excepting libations offered by the aforementioned neighbor in order to facilitate...
From: MetaFilter | By: yeahwhatever | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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When you're sitting on the couch in your snuggie, do you ever wish you could be having sex? When you're having sex, do you ever wish you could be wearing your snuggie? Now you can with the Pokie! Comes with the exclusive Pokie Sutra....
From: MetaFilter | By: jeather | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Pocket shark caught: Rare shark with 2 big pockets netted off U.S. coast (pics) A pocket shark isn't like a pocket knife, where it fits into your pocket, it is a rare shark that actually has pockets in its body, one under each fin. "Think 'Jaws' meets...
From: MetaFilter | By: Michele in California | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Three researchers develop E-Kaia, a phone charger that plugs into a plant. E-kaia (a product that goes against all logic in the world of electronics) consists in a biological circuit that channeled the natural energy and allows portable electronic items,...
From: MetaFilter | By: ipsative | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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"There is nothing borrowed, or blue." As the Sixth Circuit marriage cases head to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, LGBT organizations make their closing arguments via YouTube....
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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[F. Scott] Fitzgerald saw homosexuality as a weakness—less a sexual predilection than something one undergoes in times of emotional distress. [Ernest] Hemingway used fiction to broadcast his virility after a sexually confusing childhood. Both were...
From: MetaFilter | By: chavenet | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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As a music fan, what I find even more worrying is that these "festival fashion" features only perpetuate the myth that women are incapable of enjoying music for music's sake. More than that: these features are flat-out telling us we're not allowed to....
From: MetaFilter | By: acb | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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They are designed to disinfect us of our fragility. To cleanse us of our flaws. To disinfect us of weakness. Love, grace, mercy, longing, forgiveness, passion, truth, nobility, dreams. Their objective is to stamp all that out; to eradicate it; to erase...
From: MetaFilter | By: philip-random | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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ICBM is a game that allows you to take on the role of a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander. Set in November 1983, during the Able Archer war games, it aims to accurately simulate shifts at a bunker beneath Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota....
From: MetaFilter | By: frimble | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The Random Startup Website Generator is brought to you by a pair of Georgia Tech computer science students. via Slashdot...
From: MetaFilter | By: Little Dawn | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Unravel 'Maybe the water is too expensive to wash them': a short documentary on how Indian women recast and recycle the clothes the West throws away...
From: MetaFilter | By: dhruva | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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"So what does this curious tale of a mediocre restaurant prove? It proves that in London's modern restaurant business, the combination of furiously high costs, reputations and big egos can be explosive. Indeed only one thing is clear to me. Right now...
From: MetaFilter | By: Punkey | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Remember Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with Pippin Barr's Let's Play: The Shining, a browser game in Atari 2600 style. Press release....
From: MetaFilter | By: khonostrov | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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At Maralinga, the British Government treated Aborigines, Australian servicemen and even its own troops as scientific guinea pigs. John Keane, whose father was there, looks at the dirty games that were played in the desert of South Australia....
From: MetaFilter | By: Wolfdog | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Key & Peele's Luther the Anger Translator juxtaposed Obama's calm demeanor with the stereotypical "angry black man." Not seen as much since the Romney debates, Luther is back. But Obama doesn't need Luther anymore....
From: MetaFilter | By: justkevin | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Remember this? The date-entry form no longer works, but that's okay, because now RAGEagain is here to automate (more than ever before) the process of reliving episodes of the beloved long-running minimalist Australian music video program rage from 1998...
From: MetaFilter | By: BiggerJ | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The ancients tell us that the hedgehog feeds its young by carrying home grapes on its quills. This curious behavior is animated in felt in De Herinacio (On the Hedgehog), the first (and cutest) nature video based on medieval bestiary. Make a hedgehog...
From: MetaFilter | By: moonmilk | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Katha Pollitt believes it's because, unlike gay marriage, "Reproductive rights are inescapably about women." Same-sex marriage is something men want. Lesbian couples account for the majority of same-sex marriages, but even the vernacular "gay marriage"...
From: MetaFilter | By: emjaybee | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Short stories. Crime. Hardboiled. Noir. Something like that. 700 words maximum. Make it tight. Make it hum...
From: MetaFilter | By: mrbigmuscles | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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"Basically, somebody who worked at Twitter back in 2009 added me to that list, and all of a sudden my online network got upgraded to the kind of numbers that are usually only reserved for rock stars." Nobody Famous — what it's like to have the social...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Bruce Jenner Says He's Transitioning to a Woman [New York Times] Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist and member of the Kardashian family, ended months of speculation Friday night when he announced during an ABC television special that he identified...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Tsunago is a pencil sharpener with a clever twist; it can take the stubs of pencils too short to easily use, and join them into a useful sized writing instrument again. [via]...
From: MetaFilter | By: quin | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Angela McRobbie on the rise of the creative economy. Why are young people attracted to creative jobs with low pay, and how does this benefit the neoliberal project?...
From: MetaFilter | By: winterportage | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Heaven Knows I'm Mexican Now: Morrissey's Latino connection goes live "I would hate to see a cheesy Mexican tribute to Morrissey," he says. "I knew I had to use well-known Mexican artists" – among others, the group features underground icon Chetes,...
From: MetaFilter | By: betweenthebars | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Kate Mulgrew tells the Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens about giving her daughter up for adoption and reconnecting 20 years later (Video). The story is a key moment from her new autobiography Born With Teeth. Also: NPR audio/transcript, AARP article....
From: MetaFilter | By: Pater Aletheias | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 has hit Nepal, killing over 1,000 people. The epicenter was just outside Kathmandu, but the effects have been felt as far away as Tibet, Bangladesh, and India. Regular updates at The Guardian....
From: MetaFilter | By: lunasol | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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TWO PROMINENT DOCTORS. ONE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN LOOKING FOR ROMANCE. AND A LIKABLE MISFIT WHO SPUN TALL TALES. THEIR LIVES INTERSECTED AFTER AN INTENSE RELATIONSHIP TURNED SOUR, BUT NO ONE GUESSED THAT THE PATH TO LOVE WOULD LEAD TO MURDER. - Texas Monthly:...
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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An oral history of The Littlest Hobo, Canada's greatest TV show. "My second episode was a few years later, as a DEA agent who was tracking some drug smuggling that was going on in a movie unit. So I was undercover as a vampire in this movie. And the...
From: MetaFilter | By: frimble | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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In just 12 days, the 2015 general election for the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) takes place. On the surface, the math is simple: there are 650 seats, so winning 326 gives you a simple majority. In the previous parliament, governance...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wordshore | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Form Follows Function is a beautifully designed collection of interactive mini-experiences, coded in HTML5, and designed to work as flawlessly on mobile as on the desktop....
From: MetaFilter | By: polywomp | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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"Usually the kind of sound effects you heard in the earliest cartoons were strictly sound effects produced by musical instruments. What happened with Treg Brown is entirely different; he would bring in sounds that were recorded in the library at Warner...
From: MetaFilter | By: Room 641-A | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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"William Guess was his name - and it was prophetic. When he shot himself while surrounded by the police, he left unanswered the question that had stumped his pursuers: why did an ordinary middle-class Texan turn into the state's most prolific bank robber?"...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Associate Professor Rana Dajani describes why she teaches evolution to Muslim students in Jordan....
From: MetaFilter | By: 1head2arms2legs | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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In Grimsby, the former fishing capital of England, sandpipers scurry across the tarmac of derelict streets. The sandpiper isn't a creature of asphalt and paving. It's a small white-breasted bird usually to be found foraging on British foreshores in groups...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The Mechanical Monsters was the second in a series of Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer/Famous Studios in the early 1940s. The Last Mechanical Monster is a webcomic by David Feis* that is a sequel of sorts (starting here, with a recap of the cartoon...
From: MetaFilter | By: oneswellfoop | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Part of Gershom Hyldreth's job involves moving fridges in his truck by himself. In these two short (and charming) instructional videos, he demonstrates how one person can load a fridge on and off a pickup truck with just a hand trolley, and how to secure...
From: MetaFilter | By: paleyellowwithorange | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Slate's Reincarnation Machine identifies your previous lives. Actually it finds a consistent chain of people through history, each born when the preceding one died, and ending up with you....
From: MetaFilter | By: Segundus | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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360º cutout books by Yusuke Oono...
From: MetaFilter | By: moonmilk | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Holy fascist retrograde, Batman! DC Comics announces "The Dark Knight Rises: The Master Race". Because the comics universe apparently needs to have karmic balance for the progress of Bobby Drake (Previously on Mefi), which is why DC is making yet another...
From: MetaFilter | By: LeRoienJaune | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Brandon Hardesty's [previously] web series, "No Small Parts," celebrates the careers of movie character actors. So far, we have five very touching short biographies of: Anne Ramsey (Throw Mama from the Train, Scrooged, The Goonies), Vincent Schiavelli...
From: MetaFilter | By: McLir | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do? [Open Phil's] six full-time staffers have taken on the unenviable task of ranking every plausible way to make the world a much better place, and figuring out how much money...
From: MetaFilter | By: andoatnp | Friday, April 24, 2015
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