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"As soon as they start pushing an interrogation into a predetermined answer, as opposed to the truth, the outcome is inevitable." Amanda Knox on Life After Wrongful Conviction. Of further interest, False Confessions.
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:33:11 GMT

Are you having a bad day? Would you like to see some videos of people having a GREAT day and share in their excitement? How about some kids getting into college? Warning: there is screaming. Lots of it. Big article with many examples of the genre. More below the fold, if your eardrums can handle it.

Would she like to go to Princeton? I think she would.

How about MIT? Would you like to go to MIT?

Alex Little is accepted to Stanford...

and then his brother Ayrton Little is accepted to Harvard a few days later.

Rion gets accepted to the Clemson Life program.


Jose Berrios is drafted by the Twins in 2012. This is my favorite. Every time I see this video, I hold it together until the band starts to play. There IS crying in baseball.
posted by Elly Vortex at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:04:55 GMT

A prison in Romania, Doftana, spawned an intellectual newspaper for prisoners only. And then it was gone. It had been written in code on cigarette paper or foil, and pages from library books. When the prison closed, the ephemeral paper was lost. But it nurtured political activists who took its ideas to the outer world.
posted by MovableBookLady at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:02 GMT

The most sacred of all the Navajo ceremonies, the Yébîchai cheremony, aka the Night Chant , is a healing ritual that takes place over many days. Masked figures chant and perform ritual dances around the ill person in a sweat lodge, to restore "order, harmonize and re-establish and situate social relations." Sandpaintings (2) and Ye'b'tsai-tsa'pas, circle kethawns, are also employed to help heal the sick.

Some of the figures represented in the Night Chant represent members of the Holy People of the Third World in the Navajo tradition , including:
Haashch'ééłzhiní, Talking God, who was white; Tó Neinilí, Water Sprinkler, who was blue; Hashch'éoghan, House God, who was yellow; and Haashch'ééshzhiní, Black God, who was the god of fire.
Over a hundred years ago, Edward Curtis documented the masks and the performers of this rite, which was likely staged for his benefit. The photographs have recently been colorized by Frédéric Duriez.

Colorization is not without its controversy, but modern color restoration experts believe that if done well, it can enhance historical images.

Edward S Curtis Previously

Colorization Previously
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:14:29 GMT

Music and politics have a long history and in 2017, a new chapter in their fraught and complicated relationship burst open (related, previously) .... It was a strong year for guitar rock, the best of it coming from relatively younger bands dominated by women (related).... 2017 was also a year when much beloved artists abandoned the sounds their fans first fell in love with to try something new.... There was so much more that happened in 2017 .... but let's try to wrap our heads around some of it, or at least take some time to read year-end lists, or skip the words and listen to the music.

If you want the top-rated (or at least most-rated) albums, Album of the Year is again running an aggregation of 2017 Best Of lists, with Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. way in the lead, ahead of Lorde's Melodrama and SZA's CTRL. Then there are the individual lists, with a few picked here and sorted in order of number of top albums for each category.

National publications: Major music/media publications/sites: Country-focused lists: Genre-specific lists:
posted by filthy light thief at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:41:10 GMT

The Earworm 2017 has landed, as is tradition.


Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Charlie Puth - Attention
DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
French Montana Featuring Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Future - Mask Off
Imagine Dragons - Believer
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Kendrick Lamar - Humble.
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar
Post Malone Featuring Quavo - Congratulations
Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay
posted by Talez at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:29:11 GMT

Orgonite are a Middle Eastern Rave group from Tel Aviv with lyrics in Hebrew, Russian, English and Arabic: Habibi Yaeni, HAMSA, Adibass, Kayfuyem (feat. Arsen Petrosov)

Lyrics in both English and Russian

Lyrics to "Habibi Ya Eini," the Arabic folk song "Habibi Yaeni" gets its hook from.
posted by griphus at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:24:27 GMT

"Nichole Perkins was parched. 'The thirstiest,' she offers. And who could blame her? The writer had been scrolling through Twitter when she came across it—a photo of Luke Cage actor Mike Colter, seated, smoldering. She paused. And then she wrote 'I bet he mashes his cornbread in his greens, eats it with his fingers, then looks at you like 'you next.' Elsewhere, Bim Adewunmi read Perkins' tweet and gasped for air. She was scandalized, appalled, horrified! She was in love: 'I was like, 'It's so disgusting! It's disgusting. Oh my god, it's amazing.' She had known Perkins for years, but the tweet was a revelation. Perkins wasn't just a likeminded woman on the internet. She was the rarer breed: a friend in filth." And thus - Thirst Aid Kit, a buzzfeed podcast, tumblr, and twitter, was born.

"Talking about who we fancy is obviously a very shallow pursuit, but it is also a deeply human one. Thirsting is revelatory on a cultural level, and when it comes to lust, we must remember that it is all learned — taught and reinforced from the time we are first able to process texts. It's about so much more than a square jaw or the shape of a curl. To talk about who we fancy is to talk about politics, art, economics, migration patterns, history, and of course, our loins. Sure, we traded Tumblr links and gifs about our thirst objects, but we also spoke openly about how we came to arrive at this place. How our histories — which inevitably intersect with pop culture — allowed us to arrive on a social media platform, sweating and giggling over people who will probably never know we exist."
"I know people will go, 'Oh, how is it different than if it was a bunch of dudes doing it?'" Adewunmi says. And it's true: a Buzzfeed podcast in which men sat around, documenting—in sometimes vivid detail—their attractions to women celebrities would likely not go over well. "But the power structure means it is different," Adewunmi says. By which she means that men and women aren't equal, and so when women dissect a photo of Mark Ruffalo, it doesn't feel quite like it would if a bunch of dudes put Kate Upton under a microscope. Our culture is still a patriarchal one, Adewunmi maintains, defiant. So with this new podcast duo, raunch becomes subversive, even radical. Eventually, Adewunmi would like for Thirst Aid Kit to push audiences to really examine their desire, why it takes the shape it does, what influenced it. And if that makes listeners blush, well, good.
posted by ChuraChura at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:55:13 GMT

Odd and unusual utensils -- Odd and unusual -- Historically odd and currently unusual.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:50:11 GMT

People in high profile government jobs share commonly held view of multiply bankrupt toupee model

Democrats spout common sense to protect Americans from tax scam

Misogynist reality show host disparages female senator.

A twitter thread about successful election strategy
posted by Emmy Rae at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:31:46 GMT

The BMJ asks "Does Peppa Pig encourage unnecessary use of primary health care resources?

Does the author, Dr Bell, think the pig should be banned from our screens? "No, because then I would be in real trouble with my two-year-old" .

Not the first time Peppa's been in trouble for setting poor examples, see previously on Metafilter.
posted by threetwentytwo at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:14:33 GMT

Trailer for The Star Wars based on the concept art of Ralph McQuarrie (SLVimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:31:13 GMT

Andrés Forero, drummer for the musical Hamilton, demonstrates his drum parts from two songs in the show.
posted by thelonius at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:12:49 GMT

Botnik runs the Harry Potter books through predictive keyboards. It is a thing of laughter.
posted by Kitteh at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:37:03 GMT

Yet it never occurred to me, as I rehearsed my talking points more than a decade ago, that my index cards belonged to the very European history I was studying. The index card was a product of the Enlightenment, conceived by one of its towering figures: Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist, physician, and the father of modern taxonomy. But like all information systems, the index card had unexpected political implications, too: It helped set the stage for categorizing people, and for the prejudice and violence that comes along with such classification.
posted by ellieBOA at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:29:40 GMT

All 218 U2 songs ranked from worst to best.
posted by Sebmojo at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:39:34 GMT

Darwin's young children sometimes painted pictures and wrote stories on the back of draft manuscripts for Darwin's books & notes. They are very sweet.
posted by Lezzles at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:35 GMT

Shell Climate Solutions Roadshow: UK-based artist and political cartoonist Darren Cullen responds to Shell's Make the Future campaign.


- (Don't) Join the Army, now viewable in the Victoria and Albert Museum

- Pocket Money Loans, as featured at Dismaland.

- Previously
posted by Juso No Thankyou at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:25:05 GMT

In November, the artist and writer Molly Crabapple spent a week in Puerto Rico documenting grassroots efforts by communities to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Here are excerpts from her sketchbook
posted by Artw at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:51:44 GMT

As the 1950s unfolded, it became clear that buying a few extra cans of food at the grocery store wasn't going to feed the entire country sufficiently. In urban areas, high-rises, and many southern states where homes lacked basements, there would need to be larger government-run shelters. People couldn't be expected to bring their own supplies and food; everything they would need had to be ready and waiting inside a shelter when nuclear war arrived. The Eisenhower administration embarked on the quest to develop the perfect "Doomsday food."
Meet the all-purpose survival cracker, the US government's Cold War-era nutrition solution for life after a nuclear blast.
posted by Rumple at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:33:40 GMT

"He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll." Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the Smithereens, has passed away at the age of 62.

Rock critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine says "At their peak, the Smithereens could sound like the best band in the world, " and not many would argue.

Maybe you remember these:

"Behind The Wall Of Sleep" -- "She had hair like Jeannie Shrimpton, back in 1965..."
"Only A Memory"
"A Girl Like You" -- written for the movie Say Anything, but not used because it gave away too much of the plot in the lyrics, apparently.
"Blood and Roses" -- that hypnotic bass line
"House We Used To Live In"
"Yesterday Girl" -- so Beatley

I saw the Smithereens in 1988 at the First Avenue in Minneapolis and they put on a hell of a show. I wish I could see them again.

posted by litlnemo at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:24:45 GMT

How to Clean up Holiday Party messes. "TH: What other tips or tricks for the holiday party season can you give us? JK: If I had to tell people to carry just one thing with them to handle stains on the fly, it would be hand sanitizer. Weird but true. It has a high concentration of alcohol in it, which is a very good stain remover and will work on everything from pen to food spills to blood. Not that you'd need to get blood stains out of anything during the holidays, of course."
posted by storybored at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:07:03 GMT

The Healing Power of Greek Tragedy: Do plays written centuries ago have the power to heal modern day traumas? A new project raises the curtain on a daring new experiment [Smithsonian Magazine lengthy article, lightly discusses PTSD from war or police violence]
posted by hippybear at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:56:21 GMT

Earlier this year, Finland submitted the eponymously-titled Tom of Finland as its foreign-language film entry for the 2017 Academy Awards. The film - directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang - is a biopic chronicling the life and artwork of Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland. It is currently screening on selected dates in the United States and Canada (direct link to trailer here) . Some links likely NSFW.

Finland honoured Laaksonen's work in 2014 with the release of a Tom of Finland postage series ( The Jack Kirby Of Porn: Celebrating The Happy Hunks Of Tom Of Finland, previously on Metafilter).
posted by mandolin conspiracy at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:53:52 GMT

Raccoons are some of Toronto's most famous residents. Their exploits and adventures frequently make the news. Now you can answer that age old question: Which famous Toronto raccoon are you?

Background on the possible answers (in the odd chance you aren't already familiar with these Raccoon celebs).

posted by thecjm at Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:52:06 GMT