June 24

IoT Nutrition Facts

IoT Security Is a Mess. Privacy 'Nutrition' Labels Could Help (Wired metered paywall): "At the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy last month, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University presented (computer.org) a prototype security and privacy label they created based on interviews and surveys of people who own IoT devices, as well as privacy and security experts. They also published a tool for generating their labels. The idea is to shed light on a device's security posture but also explain how it manages user data and what privacy controls it has. For example, the labels highlight whether a device can get security updates and how long a company has pledged to support it, as well as the types of sensors present, the data they collect, and whether the company shares that data with third parties." S&P 2020: Ask the Experts What Should Be on an IoT Privacy and Security Label (Youtube)
posted by not_the_water at 9:37 AM- 2 comments

"...Have a good life."

The A.V. Club with a fascinating look at the Sam & Diane storyline on Cheers.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:17 AM- 10 comments

Goldman Sachs is Sans a lot of things, if you ask me

"Goldman Sans is a clean, modern typeface designed for the needs of digital finance."[more inside]
posted by jedicus at 8:15 AM- 46 comments

Segway segues to Kaput

Segway, personal vehicle known for high-profile crashes, ending production. AP via The Guardian.
posted by valkane at 6:16 AM- 70 comments

The Empire Will Fall

Foundation is a new TV series being adapted from Isaac Asimov's novels. Airing next year on Apple TV+, the show stars Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, Lee Pace as Brother Day, Lou Llobell as Gaal, Leah Harvey as Salvor, Laura Birn as Demerzel, Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk, and Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn.[more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 3:14 AM- 102 comments

just a generalization of the feeling of isolation

numb - a short film 男女后式激烈动态图片 life in lockdown by teen filmmaker liv mcneil, in 203 seconds (music by M83)
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:14 AM- 11 comments

Federal News Network: No one really knows why

This story is nuts: "A group of eight IRS employees led by Jian Wang developed a method for extracting logic from assembly code to convert it into a modern language. They managed to convert 90% of the IRS's Individual Master File code to Java. Until..." IRS programming mystery continues
posted by kliuless at 1:56 AM- 46 comments

June 23

It's iconic.

The Babysitters Club Official Trailer (Previously.)
posted by toastyk at 10:16 PM- 21 comments


Japan: Law to Prevent “Powa-Hara” (Power Harassment) Takes Effect
The amended act obligates employers to take measures to prevent power harassment, such as establishing a proper system for providing consultations for employees regarding power harassment followed by responses to their concerns. (Art. 30-2, para. 1.) The amended act also prohibits employers from punishing employees for filing power harassment complaints. (Art. 30-2, para. 2.)
[more inside]
posted by Not A Thing at 9:19 PM- 6 comments

BlueLeaks: Distributed Denial of Secrets 269gb collection of police data

On June 19, 2020, Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), an alternative to Wikileaks (Columbia Journalism Review) that publishes caches of previously secret data, released a partially scrubbed 269 gigabytes of data obtained from a security breach at Netsential (Krebs on Security), a Houston-based web development firm. Over the weekend, critics of police abuse took to social media to celebrate the leak and display documents that purportedly came from it (ArsTechnica), using the #BlueLeaks hashtag on Twitter.[more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:08 PM- 9 comments


Wizards of the Coast is addressing racist stereotypes in Dungeons & Dragons [Polygon] “Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast has acknowledged the existence of racist stereotypes in its sourcebooks, and pledged to make changes to ameliorate the issue. In a blog post published on June 17 titled “Diversity and Dungeons & Dragons,” Wizards of the Coast said that depicting a diverse array of human beings — beyond “fantasy versions of northern Europeans” — is “one of the explicit design goals of 5th edition D&D.” The developers noted that while they want to feature characters “who represent an array of ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and beliefs,” the game still contains problematic depictions of fantasy races. Among these races are the orcs, who are often characterized as a savage horde of creatures who lust for battle, and the drow, an evil dark-skinned subrace of elves who dwell in a subterranean matriarchy.”[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:10 PM- 73 comments

Blackwashing, Policy, And Social Media

Writing for the New York Times, columnist Kevin Roose discusses how social media companies make public proclamations about support for movements like Black Lives Matter while refusing to address the weaponization of their platforms to attack and undermine those movements. (SLNYT)
posted by NoxAeternum at 4:10 PM- 4 comments

"It’s all these kids in the street that are inspiring the most hope"

I’ve always felt everybody has this moral, spiritual geography, emotional geography, inside themselves. You may live in Barcelona, but you can feel you’re related to Asbury Park, some place you may never go. But if a songwriter is writing well and is writing about the human condition, you’ll take them there. They’ll get there. We have our greatest audience overseas—I think two-thirds to more of our audience now is in Europe. People are still captured by and deeply interested in America, what’s going on here and the American myth. The American story is a worldwide story, and it continues to have tremendous power. Bruce Springsteen talks to David Brooks about his Playlist for the Trump Era [via Dave Pell][more inside]
posted by chavenet at 4:04 PM- 10 comments

if you say ‘patients’ when you mean ‘genetically modified mice’

Just Says In Mice retweets headlines touting new studies with the important and oft-omitted modifier "IN MICE".
The explanation: "Reporting preliminary animal research out of context. Often the easiest way to fix it is appending a simple suffix: IN MICE."
An example: Neurobiologists Discover an “On/Off” Switch for Pain IN MICE
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:48 PM- 15 comments

A Class Divided

The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.[more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 1:15 PM- 34 comments

Racism is Killing the Planet

"The ideology of white supremacy leads the way toward disposable people and a disposable natural world." - "All I know is that if climate change and environmental injustice are the result of a society that values some lives and not others, then none of us are safe from pollution until all of us are safe from pollution. Dirty air doesn’t stop at the county line, and carbon pollution doesn’t respect national borders. As long as we keep letting the polluters sacrifice Black and brown communities, we can’t protect our shared global climate."
posted by primalux at 11:31 AM- 20 comments

A succinct cut on the situation at CHOP

"...as we enter the final act of this Shakespearean tragedy of errors, it seems few will emerge unscathed." An extremely fair overview of the situation that led to CHOP, where it is now, and the tensions within the Seattle political apparatus that will shape what happens next
posted by nikaspark at 10:50 AM- 71 comments

Roc Emerson Was Right and Carl Winslow Was Wrong

In 90s sitcoms with primarily white casts, cops are recurring characters. In sitcoms with primarily black casts during the same era, cops are recurring threats.90s black sitcoms tried to warn us about how policing is carried out in America.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 10:41 AM- 4 comments

Stop hating jellyfish

Jellyfish are not a mindless menace. They are not an angry invading hoard. They are part of the ocean landscape. They provide food and safety for countless organisms. Our perception of jellyfish as war-mongering hoards poised to take over the oceans is in stark contrast to the boom-and-bust biology of their natural life cycle. We are not paying enough attention to the economically and ecologically valuable role of jellyfish in the world’s oceans. To counter the risks we’ve caused, we need first to rethink the tarnished image of the humble jellyfish. An essay from marine biologist Rebecca Helm in The Correspondent.
posted by Bella Donna at 10:32 AM- 26 comments

Non-Trump Corona virus news and analysis cont.

South Korea has second wave as Israel ponders second lockdown.African countries have created a market place to lower the cost of PPE and tests. In Himachal Pradesh a WhatsApp group is helping to inform remote communities and counter rumours. Saudia Arabia has banned international pilgrims from Hajj. Foreign Policy asks if Sweden's failure started far before the pandemic. Jair Bolsonaro ordered to wear mask in public. Europe is easing out of lockdown but rules differ across the bloc.French tracing app fails to engage.Ireland's health workers have the highest rate of covid in the world. In the global scramble for the coming vaccine how can distribution be fair?[more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:27 AM- 22 comments

"Slow the testing down!"


The Lincoln Project unveils its latest ad against Trump.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 6:55 AM- 85 comments

Re-telling the Ramp Walk in Indie Folk Style

... So then I finish saluting my final salute, I said, “Thank goodness. Thank you very much.” Think of it. So essentially almost 600 times. Now the general says, “Sir, are you ready?” I said, “I’m ready General, where are we going now?”[more inside]
posted by growabrain at 1:25 AM- 69 comments

Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the 21st Century

Politics Without Politicians - "The political scientist Hélène Landemore asks, If government is for the people, why can't the people do the governing?" (via)[more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:48 AM- 53 comments

June 22

A Dream of Shoe Lacings

What is the best way to lace your shoes?Let Mathologer (Burkard Polster professor of maths at Monash University in Melbourne Australia) tell you about his proof by dream.
posted by zengargoyle at 4:52 PM- 17 comments

How an Agoraphobic Traveler Wanders the Earth

You can just parachute anywhere. You can be on one side of the world and then two seconds later be on the other side, and never have to worry about flying, borders, any of that. – Jacque Kelly has been traveling the world for the past 4 years using Google Street View. [previously]
posted by simmering octagon at 4:44 PM- 10 comments

Apple Silicon

Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference began today with announcements on iOS 14’s new home screen, Apple CarKey, App Clips (similar to Android’s Instant Apps), improved handwriting recognition on iPadOS, 3D audio on AirPods Pro, handwashing and sleep tracking on WatchOS, macOS 11 “Big Sur”, and of course, Apple’s transition away from Intel and to its own in-house ARM processors for its computers.
posted by adrianhon at 1:18 PM- 150 comments

A full moon American fever dream

CNN reports the coronavirus pandemic does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon in the United States, according Michael Osterholm, head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and 23 states are reporting a rise in new cases compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. NBC News reports more than 120,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the US, and over 2.2 million people have been infected across the country, while CNBC reports hospitalizations due to Covid-19 were growing in 14 states as of Sunday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Trump, who hosted a racist campaign-style rally in Oklahoma over the weekend, refuses to wear a mask in public, regularly contradicts health officials, and mischaracterizes the scientific landscape.[more inside]
posted by katra at 1:18 PM- 209 comments

Patrice Lumumba: May Africa breathe the air of freedom

‘We have long suffered and today we want to breathe the air of freedom. The Creator has given us this share of the earth that goes by the name of the African continent; it belongs to us and we are its only masters. It is our right to make this continent a continent of justice, law, and peace. All of Africa is irrevocably engaged in a merciless struggle against colonialism and imperialism. We wish to bid farewell to the rule of slavery and bastardization that has so severely wronged us. Any people that oppresses another people is neither civilized nor Christian. The West must free Africa as soon as possible.’
‘Westerners must understand that friendship is not possible when the relationship between us is one of subjugation and subordination.’[more inside]
posted by Mrs Potato at 12:48 PM- 9 comments

Is There a Religious Left?

Is There a Religious Left? (The New Yorker metered paywall): “In the name of Jesus, this flag has to come down.” So begins one of the most consequential sermons of the twenty-first century. Bree Newsome, a thirty-year-old artist from North Carolina, was a few dozen feet above the ground, scaling a flagpole in front of the South Carolina State House. Police officers were hollering up at her, demanding that she come down, but she kept climbing, and kept preaching: “You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.” A review of American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country
posted by not_the_water at 12:44 PM- 24 comments

Joel Schumacher dies at 80; directed many good movies and two Batmans

Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.
posted by Etrigan at 11:12 AM- 49 comments


Certain artists are highly productive and constrain themselves to a particular style and format for their entire careers. Charles Shulz, the creator and artist of the Peanuts comic strip, produced thousands of comics over 50 years. As a result, he is one of the few artists who have enough ‘content’ to train a styleGAN2 model. By extracting each frame from nearly 18,000 comic strips I was able to harvest 63,800 distinct images featuring Charlie, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and the rest of the gang – plenty of food for the network to chew on. Several hundred hours of computational time later, a network containing the ‘visual DNA’ of Peanuts emerged.
posted by chavenet at 10:59 AM- 31 comments

My Adidas on the east coast, Converse to the west, Nike everywhere

Partnerships, or collabs, between rappers and sneaker and athletic companies are now common (Sole Collector, top 10), but it all started in the mid 1980s. Run-D.M.C.'s 'My Adidas' and the Birth of Hip Hop Sneaker Culture (Business of Fashion), and Sneakers That Defined 1980s Hip Hop (Sneaker Freaker). Taking it further, Grailed has An Abridged History of Hip-Hop’s Relationship with Sneaker Culture.[more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:51 AM- 5 comments

It seems Artemis Fowl isn't very good

125 million bucks may seem like a lot, but sometimes that's what it takes to inspire a properly apocalyptic bad review:The 9 Most Baffling Problems With ‘Artemis Fowl’

... a movie seemingly written at gunpoint by an insane robot. If you taught an alligator English and shouted “do a Harry Potter” at it until it finished typing, you’d get a more coherent story than whatever I just spent 90 minutes watching. So rather than going through every single thing wrong with the movie, I’ve narrowed down the most egregious, stand-out moments of terribality.
posted by philip-random at 9:33 AM- 88 comments

30 Years after: Uncle Tupelo's "No Depression"

Can’t Look Away: Musicians, Writers, and More Reflect on 30 Years of Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’. Thirty years (and one day) after Belleville, IL's Uncle Tupelo released their seminal alt-country album "No Depression", several current artists and writers talk about discovering the album, what it meant to them, and how it influenced them. Features Lilly Hiatt, Patterson Hood (of the Drive-By Truckers), Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s), Ben Nichols (of Lucero), Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper) and many more.[more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:21 AM- 10 comments


In 1883, a drink called "Cronk" started advertising in the Calgary Herald. See if you can spot their ads. (Twitter thread)
posted by figurant at 9:19 AM- 52 comments

Let's just pretend the PS2-era games never happened.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time [Game Trailer] “After a more than 20-year wait, a true sequel to 1998’s Crash Bandicoot: Warped is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on October 2nd. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time picks up decades after the events of Warped, back when you defeated antagonists Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy, and Uka Uka and left them stranded on a distant planet. The sequel picks up with the trio escaping, resulting in a rip in the fabric of space and time. Taking inspiration from the original PlayStation trilogy, the game will be a platformer; the trailer shows that we’ll still be spinning and jumping our way through enemies and over bottomless pits while also collecting Wumpa fruits. But it will also add new gameplay mechanics to refresh the classic formula, such as wall running, rope swinging, rail grinding, and Quantum Masks, which appear to allow the fuzzy marsupials to run on the ceiling or slow down time.” [via: The Verge][more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:01 AM- 1 comment

Voter Suppression Still Crushing Democracy

Delays and long lines at polling places during recent presidential primary elections represent the latest version of decades-long policies that have sought to reduce the political power of African Americans in the U.S. On Friday, a federal judge denied an effort to expand the number of polling places in Kentucky. The state, which holds a primary election tomorrow (June 23) to determine the Democratic candidate to face off against Mitch McConnell, will have fewer than 200 polling places. That is a fraction of the 3,700 polling places in the state during a typical election year, according to Mother Jones.[more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 6:56 AM- 28 comments

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one—until now.

It’s quarantine day 637 or something like that and a new sport is born...the American Hedgehog Bowling Association...Pepper and Tuck go head to head in 5 frames of nail biting hedgehog bowling with only one turn per frame so every pin counts....who can knock down the most pins? Don’t worry, it’s totally safe and not what you may be thinking....Check it out and comment if you’re Team Pepper or Team Tuck!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:47 AM- 10 comments

Gotta promise not to let me down and hurt you.

Rick Astley performs an incredible cover of Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 6:46 AM- 18 comments

June 21

A boundary that guided - or warned

Following hard on the heels of MrsPotato's recent Mefi post on a 7000 year old stone circle and astronomical site in Egypt, is this - a 1.2 mile diameter circle of giant shafts around Durrington Walls, a henge monument a couple of miles from Stonehenge.[more inside]
posted by reynir at 11:42 PM- 21 comments

being a pirate, be all about 'Branding'

Enemy Of All Mankind - "In the case of these two ships confronting each other in the Indian Ocean, those nearly microscopic causes will trigger a wave of effects that resonate around the world. Most confrontations like this one, viewed from the wide angle of history, are minor disputes, sparks that quickly die out. But every now and then, someone strikes a match that lights up the whole planet."[more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:42 PM- 3 comments

Adam from Buzzfeed's "Worth It" makes vegan nuggets and sauce

Adam from BuzzFeed's "Worth It" YT series makes vegan nuggets and sauce. Adam from the very popular "Worth It" video series, exposes that he is as much of a charming curmudgeon as we all expected, and is also a very good instructional cook for fast-food vegan cuisine. Nuggets and ranch are on the menu!
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:39 PM- 6 comments

We have saved millions of lives

In a recent episode of SciShow (YouTube), Hank Green and his writers share two pieces of good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. First is that for those who get the sickest from the disease, there is finally a drug with solid evidence that it saves lives: the commonly-available generic corticosteroid dexamethasone (Mayo Clinic). Second is that research is now becoming available to quantify exactly how effective quarantining, social distancing, and other policies and recommendations have been at reducing the spread of the virus, and it's pretty dramatic.[more inside]
posted by biogeo at 9:20 PM- 29 comments

A White Woman, Racism, and a Poodle

She couldn't figure out why she kept getting pulled over. "[The officer] looked in the window and flashed his light on Merlin and his demeanor changed. The stern look on his face disappeared, but he seemed…annoyed… I guess is the best word. I thought I was going to get a ticket for Merlin being in the front seat. He didn’t ask if I’d been drinking or had any weapons. He asked to see my license, looked at it under his flashlight and handed it back. Then he explained he pulled me over because I was going 3 miles under the speed limit and was impeding traffic. There were no other cars on the road. I said I was not aware of it. He told me to keep an eye on it and that he was giving me a warning. I thanked him. He walked back to his car." (via @donttrythis)
posted by Kat Allison at 2:21 PM- 56 comments

Hard Lads

Hard Lads is a new, free downloadable masculinity simulator by Robert Yang (Windows, Mac, Linux). Based on the viral video British lads hit each other with chair, Yang describes how his game echoes it in revealing “how straight mate energy is actually quite fragile ... [and] that queer love is also the force that honors masculine vulnerability, and so only we have the power to reclaim these lads.”[more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 1:09 PM- 6 comments

The world's first astronomical site

Nabta Playa: This 7,000-year-old stone circle in Egypt tracked the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season.
posted by Mrs Potato at 12:07 PM- 8 comments


Shostakovich's first opera is a surrealist piece about a man who wakes up one day to discover his nose is missing. It features tap dancing noses.
posted by ChuraChura at 12:01 PM- 20 comments

Cook a classical feast: nine recipes from ancient Greece and Rome

Cook a classical feast: nine recipes from ancient Greece and Rome. Bored with banana bread? Whip up a classical feast with nine recipes from ancient Greece and Rome. Courtesy of The British Museum Blog[more inside]
posted by gudrun at 10:27 AM- 10 comments

The BlackLumberjack

Robert Rising is a vegetarian who mills his own grains, while also being proficient in antique restoration. In 2004, he set out to build his own house out of local wood, leading him to to start NYCitySlab (don't miss the blog!), a company operated and run by Rising anddedicated to saving fallen trees and rescuing and recycling beautiful slabs. Rising recently started a YouTube series called Conversations with Blacklumberjack that is well worth a watch.
posted by jedicus at 9:16 AM- 2 comments

“The bell's already been rung.”

Zack Snyder's Justice League [Teaser Trailer] After months and even years of campaigning by fans, stars, and Zack Snyder himself, the director of Man of Steel confirmed the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League will officially be released on HBO Max 2021.[more inside]
posted by Fizz at 8:42 AM- 46 comments

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