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Published: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:47:18 GMT

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What bullets do to bodies

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:47:18 GMT

The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day.
24 hours with Dr. Amy Goldberg, Chair of Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Finally Enters Final Stage

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:46:34 GMT

Who says Canadian political campaigns are short? For over a year, candidates have been vying to replace Stephen Harper as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. There are 14 13 of them. The final official debate featured all 14 13 candidates earlier tonight in Toronto. Voting begins this Friday, with 259,010 party members registered. The new leader will be chosen on May 26-27, 2017 using a preferential ballot and per-riding points system. With likely front-runners Peter MacKay and Jason Kenney deciding last summer not to run, the race was left wide open. The most - or least - fun was had at the French language debate in Quebec. There are few things more Canadian than the sight of an Anglophone politician trying to win over Quebec votes with the language acumen of a kindergartner. Deepak Obhrai, the fun uncle (warning: autoplay) of the race, went briefly viral for his performance in French. Not-so-fun Kellie Leitch, of barbaric cultural practises tipline infamy, got early attention with her calls to screen immigrants for Canadian values, somehow making Canadian values seem like a bad thing. Brad Trost, Pierre Lemieux and Andrew Scheer are fighting for the social conservative vote, with Scheer - the only one of the three who has promised not to re-open the abortion debate - as the only social conservative who appears to be a front-runner. Michael Chong is running as a Red Tory: "No more catering to anti-immigrant sentiment ... Or discussions on climate change that don't actually include any plans to address climate change. Or an obsession with screening immigrants for somebody's perception of what Canadian values are." He is also the face of sanitary washrooms in Guatemala. Erin O'Toole and Lisa Raitt sit in the middle of the pack on conservative issues and in Conservative polling. O'Toole is hoping that Stephen Harper's example proves that you don't need razzmatazz (warning: autoplay) to win in Canadian politics. He is currently the favourite of other Conservative MPs. Raitt had three eventful cabinet postings in Stephen Harper's government, and was seen as a possible front-runner after MacKay and Kenney declined to enter the race. She has come out swinging against the "irresponsible populism" of Leitch and O'Leary. With her husband's recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's, she has noted the differing caretaking expectations applied to male and female politicians. Leading candidate Maxime Bernier, a libertarian - or, as he styles himself, an Albertan from Quebec - has played a solid ground game in an attempt to win the points system (see below). So far he has drawn the most fire from dairy farmers, though he may face more pushback in a general election over his plan to get the federal government out of healthcare. You may also recognize Maxime Bernier as Jay Bradley. Reality star Kevin O'Leary - who likes to get attention by saying controversial things (warning: autoplay) - skipped the French and bilingual debates but leads in most polls. And he doesn't care if you marry a goat. dropped out of the race earlier today, hours before the final debate, citing his failure to gain enough support in Quebec to win a general election (and doubting that Stephen Harper's Quebec-free winning strategy could be repeated). He threw his support behind Maxime Bernier. The Conservative Party has a complicated preferential ballot riding-by-riding points system which makes predicting the winner more difficult than polls would suggest. The CBC's Éric Grenier has attempted to tackle the complications; his March numbers (which didn't change much in April) suggest that the race is still wide open: Maxime Bernier still tops the index with a score of 20.1 points (suggesting he would capture 20.1 per cent of the vote on the first ballot if that vote were held today), down slightly from where he stood on Mar. 9. O'Leary is next with 18.5 points, up 0.7 points, followed by Scheer at 13.3 points. O'Toole, inching up to 9.9 points, has moved into fourth place. He displaced Leitch, who dropped 0.7 poi[...]

The Shipping News: Containers (Podcast)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:18:03 GMT

Oakland, California. The war in Vietnam. Global trade. Logistics, then and now. The thread that links them over time and space? Containers, the subject of an 8-part audio documentary hosted by Alexis Madrigal. "Throughout the documentary, Alexis uses a collection of anecdotes to explore how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. In doing so, he provides an insightful, in-depth perspective regarding the role that global trade has had in shaping capitalism, ushering in the world of commerce as we know it today."

Cap being a Nazi can't help, but...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:34:18 GMT

What the hell is wrong with Marvel Comics anyway? Marvel is in trouble. In February 2017, their best selling ongoing superhero title barely passed 60k. By contrast, DC has fifteen superhero comics selling 50k or more that same month. But why is the brand synonymous with superhero comics in the minds of the general public doing poorly?

Marvel's SVP of Sales and Marketing posited that maybe people didn't want diversity in their superheroes after all.

But maybe that isn't really the problem.
It isn't merely that there are never fewer than six "Avengers"-titled books going on at a single time (February 2017 brought "Avengers", "Avengers point one", "Great Lake Avengers", "Occupy Avengers", "Uncanny Avengers" and "US Avengers", sheesh – the best-seller was about 40k copies, yuck!) – but that Marvel prices each of them at $4 (minimum), and tries to publish as many titles as it possibly can at 16-18 times a year.

The harder you make it to collect "Marvel comics", the fewer people will do so. And that audience fracturing has finally come home to roost.

Flavor Text

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:49:55 GMT

New Scientist reports that scientists in Singapore found a new way to taste the rainbow, by electronically transmitting the flavor and color of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

The technology hasn't been perfected yet, but its makers anticipate it will be used to share flavors through social media, or as an alternative to salt or sugar by people who need to limit their intake for health reasons. The work was presented at TEI 2017, the International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions. Scientist Nimesha Ranasinghe and his teams previously developed a virtual spoon and a digital lollipop.

You are actually looking at thirty-meter bushes

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:37:24 GMT

Everybody knows that mountains are giant piles of rock. What this video presupposes is, what if they're actually giant tree stumps?

Happy Birthday, Mr Pei

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:41:56 GMT

IM Pei at 100: 10 of the architect's most significant buildings
Ieoh Ming Pei was born on 26 April 1917 in Guangzhou, China. He moved to the US to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, then engineering at MIT and finally Harvard's Graduate School of Design – where he studied under former Bauhaus masters Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. After a stint working for the US National Defense Research Committee towards the end of the second world war, Pei began his architectural career, and worked for American real-estate magnate William Zeckendorf from 1948.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:18:39 GMT

According to Emojipedia, the grimacing emoji ()—approved as part of Unicode 6.1 in 2012 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015—is "generally used when a mistake or unfavorable situation has arisen—aka 'eek'"! But this explanation, while accurate, underestimates the versatility, and sheer human poetry, contained in a simple cartoon grimace. In these awkward, uncomfortable times, we all feel like gritting our teeth in a straight line sometimes. Here are just a few reasons why the grimacing emoji is the best.

RIP Jonathan Demme, "A Champion of the Soul"

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:45:10 GMT

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who observed emphatically American characters with a discerning eye, a social conscience and a rock 'n' roll heart, achieving especially wide acclaim with "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73. [NYT]

Jodie Foster Pays Tribute to Jonathan Demme, 'A Champion of the Soul' [Variety]
Jonathan Demme: 'A storyteller of bold and muscular force' [The Guardian]
Our Favorite Jonathan Demme Movies [The Ringer]
Remembering Jonathan Demme's Unbelievable Meeting with Francois Truffaut [Vanity Fair]
Jonathan Demme Directed One of the Greatest Live Music Videos of All-Time for New Order [Billboard]
Does Jonathan Demme's Style of Close-Up Shots Make You Feel Uncomfortable, Too? [No Film School]
Jonathan Demme [Senses of Cinema]
"Hi. I've got a tape I want to play." [MetaFilter on "Stop Making Sense"]
"It rubs the lotion on its skin." [MetaFilter on "The Silence of the Lambs" at 25]

"May the Great Worm Gnaw Your Vitals"

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:11:46 GMT

In which Beatrice Patton, widow of General George S. Patton, Jr., places a seemingly effective curse on his former mistress. (SLWaPo)

We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:23:16 GMT

Unknown humans may have been in California 130,000 years ago [SL Ars Technica] Date is a whopping 115,000 years earlier than previous findings of humans in the Americas.

Read and Destroy, A Survivor's Story

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:01:48 GMT

"It has travelled around and throughout my life, this fucking tube. It – and a small passel of 21 more letters from the same sender – has taken up room in every home I've occupied. The tube and the packet contain letters from a man who molested me. After the molestation stopped, I wrote to him from the age of 13, on and off for a decade. And he wrote me back. Why would anyone maintain a relationship with someone who abused them? The tube and the packet contain at least part of the answer." ... "The letters almost always contained this instruction: R.A.D. Read and destroy. " cw: the link contains disturbing descriptions of child abuse, molestation and self-harm.

"Everything was fine, except the left rear motor with a bullet hole"

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:54:37 GMT

Ars Technica: Man takes drone out for a sunset flight, drone gets shot down
"I took two pictures, then I heard the gunshot, and all of a sudden my drone started spiraling down—I'm sitting there trying to keep it aloft and there was no lift."
Is it okay to shoot down your neighbor's drone? Under the law, you just shot at an airplane, but the case law is unclear.

Aerial drones occupy a strange legal gray area; classified as aircraft by the FAA (previously), yet also potentially subject to trespassing violations (previously). Recent cases of drones being downed by gunfire have been subject to federal lawsuits, subsequently dismissed.

Stories in Games Aren't Problems, They're Solutions

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:23:53 GMT

Stories in Games Aren't Problems, They're Solutions. "We make stories out of our trips to the convenience store and turn our co-workers into characters as we relay the events of the day to our partners. Driven by both profit motive and creative impulse, we contort our words (and worlds) until broken stories are whole. Sometimes we tell stories without spoken language and other times we build new languages from whole cloth just so that we can evoke a feeling we can't find in the sounds and symbols we already have. We invent new problems so that we can solve them with new stories and this rules." Waypoint's Austin Walker responds to a particularly polarizing piece from Ian Bogost.

Youtube's Waypoint's Patrick Klepek also includes other reactions from the industry in his reaction.

"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum."

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:12:11 GMT

'The Handmaid's Tale' Creates a Chilling Man's World [The New York Times] "In Hulu's spectacular "The Handmaid's Tale," Ms. Moss is Offred, a baby-making slave in the Republic of Gilead, which is what part of the United States (New England, roughly) has become after a fertility crisis and a theocratic coup. It's set in a near future that looks like the 1600s. "Mad Men" may have resonated with today, but it gave viewers the comfortable vantage of history, the reassurance that we had come a long way, baby. "The Handmaid's Tale" argues — with an assist from current events — that progress is neither automatic nor irreversible. "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and scary as hell." • The Handmaid's Tale will not become ordinary [A.V. Club] "Still, as both the title and the episode make clear, this is Offred's story, and the only factor more key to the outing's success than Moss's performance is, of course, Atwood's story (and Miller's adaptation). We're with Offred from moment one, jumping back and forth between her past (on the run with husband and child, smoking weed with friend Moira (Wiley), encountering same friend at the Red Center and cowering from the Aunt there (Dowd)) and her nightmarish present, where she's just entered into "service" for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife, Serena Joy (Strahovski, excellent). Moss's face tells us about the world—how much control she must have, the revulsion she feels, the struggle to "keep your shit together," the paranoia necessary for survival—while her narration tells us about who she is, or was." • 'The Handmaid's Tale' and the power of dystopian fiction in the Trump era [The Washington Post] "Dystopian fiction — and any fiction, really — shouldn't be judged by the extent to which it serves as a bulwark against actual, radical changes to American society. It is enough to ask that a story be entertaining and well-executed, and that its characters be rich and memorable. Fiction can't save the world, but it can describe important forces at work in our politics and culture that may not be captured in polling data and conventional political reporting. The question is whether we recognize these salient descriptions when we see them, and what we do in response. During the 2016 presidential election, critics — myself very much included — turned out piece after piece about art that had diagnosed or described the very forces that helped propel Trump to the presidency, many of them made in the years in between Trump's brief flirtation with a run for the Libertarian nomination in 2000 and his actual entrance into the Republican field in 2015." • The Handmaid's Tale's first 3 episodes are brilliant, terrifying television [Vox] "Caroline: I've always been a little wary of calling The Handmaid's Tale especially timely at any given moment, because the whole point of the story is essentially that it could happen at any given moment. Many of the book's most uncomfortable truths for me come when Atwood is blunt about complacency being a huge part of how Gilead came to be, and the same holds true for the show. "Birth" hammers home that point in its flashbacks, with most everyone (except Moira) rationalizing away the disturbing new changes as necessary — or at least temporary — security measures. "We were asleep," Offred tells us in her voiceover, blunt and bitter. But I won't lie: The Handmaid's Tale's pilot was the first episode of TV I watched in 2017, and it was tough. The little details the show includes to make the "before" flashbacks feel curr[...]

High-Tech Solution to Earworm Songs Discovered

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:10:43 GMT

Got a song in your head and can't seem to get it out? Chew gum. Or do a puzzle, or listen to another song. (I personally find that listening to the complete earworm song works, but I know it doesn't work for everyone.)

A large but weak web.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:23:43 GMT

The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit's Women-Hating 'Red Pill'. An investigation by The Daily Beast has discovered a trail of posts and aliases linking a Republican New Hampshire state representative to the creation of Reddit's misogynist RedPill sub. Subreddit Drama thread. r/politics thread. r/TheRedPill itself, for those unfamiliar with the topic. (content warning for all of the above reddit threads, especially the last.)

Just in time for the Twin Peaks reboot...

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:59:41 GMT

"With the rise of digital design tools in the late 1980s and early 1990s, 'old guard' design rules were torn down and gave way to new ways of thinking about graphic design. As a result, many new graphic styles were created and came to define an era rooted in remixing and experimentation. One of the best examples of this is in the form of logos for 90s-era TV shows." Typography expert Alexander Tochilovsky, Design Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in New York City, breaks it down for you (and you can download the fonts for your own experimentation).

72 years ago you were Bjorn, I mean born

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:21:08 GMT

Hey, at 72 years old, Björn Ulvaeus is still going strong. But since it's his birthday today, we get to listen to ABBA! Let's start with a lead vocal track from ABBA's first album, Another Town, Another Train.

There are a lot of Björn lead vocals on Ring Ring, but we'll move on to the most ridiculous of his lead vocal songs: King Kong Song from Waterloo. (I think that's Benny doing the low "bom bom boms" in the chorus.)

Their next album, the eponymous ABBA, had Rock Me as a deep cut. While the next album Arrival included Why Did It Have To Be Me?

What is the punctuation convention there? The question mark is part of the song title so I want to include a period at the end.

ABBA: The Album doesn't really have a Björn lead vocal unless you count the chant in Take A Chance On Me, so we'll include that here.

However, the next album, Voulez Vous, held the biggest hit ABBA had with a Björn lead vocal: Does Your Mother Know.

See, there's no question mark in that song title. *shrug*

Super Trooper has nothing that can even pretend to be a Björn lead vocal. Perhaps the guys were feeling a bit guilty about all the Fleetwood Mac-level relationship bullshit. Anyway...

I lied earlier about King Kong Song being their strangest Björn lead vocal. The Visitors, their final album, brought us Two For The Price Of One.

You can't sell a box that stops people from trusting their daughters

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:50:31 GMT

Sarah Jeong in GQ: "We all know what it's like to receive mass-mailed spam. But most people aren't going to attract enough attention to merit being spearphished. What's that like, anyway? And how is it different from regular phishing? To search for those answers, I went out and found someone to spearphish me. "