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Google announces the formal end of Talk come June, formally supplanting it with Hangouts.
posted by Chrysostom at Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:41:58 GMT

Lynda Carter's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy (SLYT)
posted by Confess, Fletch at Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:34:42 GMT

The Seasons Aren't What They Used to Be "In the latter half of the 20th century, the spring emergence of leaves, frogs, birds and flowers advanced in the Northern Hemisphere by 2.8 days per decade. I'm nearly 50, so springtime has moved, on average, a full two weeks since I was born."

National Phenology Network: Status of Spring
NYT time-lapse visualization
DC's Cherry Blossom Festival falling much earlier
Guardian, Spring Coming Earlier in US Because of Climate Change
USGS finds that "climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States." USGS Bird Phenology Project and how to participate in citizen science project tracking seasonal change
NOAA: Changes in plant hardiness zones
posted by Miko at Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:53:04 GMT

The only thing that failed harder than these dogs was the Republican Party today [music at beginning and end].
posted by Johnny Wallflower at Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:48:47 GMT

For years, the Classic had focused on the regular beats of a high school newspaper — — teacher retirements, curriculum changes, bell schedule. It was not an investigative outlet. But with Jahoda's appointment, the very nature of the school appeared to be imperiled, and the paper's staff decided it was time to step in.
posted by Hypatia at Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:24:30 GMT

Nick Fry and Caleb (slyt) are two good bros who love Camping, Wildlife, Hunting, Cooking and Eating stuff from the Aussie bush and ocean.

Come watch them learn and grow and join in the adventure!

For the most part, the two young conservationists (those who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife) hunt and fish invasive, non-native and destructive species in their local woods.

Welcome to our Kitchen!

Big Frickin' Eels

Bare-Handed Mud Crabs

Mahi Mahi and Sharks

Spear Fishing Tilapia


Bream, Squid, and Stingray
posted by shockingbluamp at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:39:02 GMT

Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

New York Review of Books: "Where do things stand? Have we closed?" Days before his death, on March 20, Robert B. Silvers was doing what he had been doing every day for the past fifty-four years: thinking about, fretting over, and laboring on The New York Review of Books. On his sickbed, galley proofs were fanned out across the coverlet, photographs spilled from manila folders ("I do think it's important to get the reporters' raised hands inside the frame"), and a large, black, multiline telephone lay humming and blinking beneath his right hand. Even as his illness began to sap the legendary energy that had propelled him, well into his ninth decade, through fifteen-hour workdays and a social calendar that his young assistants would have found daunting, Bob would lift the receiver when the office called and declaim his favorite greeting: "Hello, hello, hello!"

New Yorker: Remembering Robert Silvers

Washington Post: Why we should all mourn Robert Silvers

New York Review of Books writers on Robert Silvers
posted by not_the_water at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:55:02 GMT

Friday fiction: A short story by Daniel Orozco. As you leave work for the weekend, think about your first day there, and everybody's first day -- think about Orientation. "You must pace your work. What do I mean? I'm glad you asked that. We pace our work according to the eight-hour workday. If you have twelve hours of work in your in-box, for example, you must compress that work into the eight-hour day. If you have one hour of work in your in-box, you must expand that work to fill the eight- hour day. That was a good question. Feel free to ask questions. Ask too many questions, however, and you may be let go...."

"...Amanda Pierce, in the cubicle to your right, has a six-year old son named Jamie, who is autistic. Her cubicle is plastered from top to bottom with the boy's crayon artwork—sheet after sheet of precisely drawn concentric circles and ellipses, in black and yellow. She rotates them every other Friday. Be sure to comment on them. Amanda Pierce also has a husband, who is a lawyer. He subjects her to an escalating array of painful and humiliating sex games, to which Amanda Pierce reluctantly submits. She comes to work exhausted and freshly wounded each morning, wincing from the abrasions on her breasts, or the bruises on her abdomen, or the second- degree burns on the backs of her thighs.

But we're not supposed to know any of this. Do not let on. If you let on, you may be let go.

Amanda Pierce, who tolerates Russell Nash, is in love with Albert Bosch, whose office is over there. Albert Bosch, who only dimly registers Amanda Pierce's existence, has eyes only for Ellie Tapper, who sits over there. Ellie Tapper, who hates Albert Bosch, would walk through fire for Curtis Lance. But Curtis Lance hates Ellie Tapper. Isn't the world a funny place? Not in the ha-ha sense, of course."
posted by storybored at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:07:16 GMT

What happens if you break an artwork? Cautionary tales have been covered in countless articles and immortalized in videos of surveillance footage, though it's not often told what happens next — or what to do if this happens to you. So what happens when you break a work of art? What would (or should) you do?
posted by JoeZydeco at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:56:02 GMT

Women's Voices Now hosts hundreds of films by women around the globe. Free for anyone to view, these films depict "women's struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights".

Not sure where to begin? Why not start with the collection Voices of the Banned, which showcases documentaries made by women from countries targeted by the Muslim Ban.
posted by galaxy rise at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:25:22 GMT

The robots exclusion standard, also known as the robots exclusion protocol or simply robots.txt, is a standard used by websites to communicate with web crawlers and other web robots, and was first developed by people on the www-talk mailing list in 1994. RobotsTXT.org has information and history, and the similar Robots META tag. As with code in general, you can add silly things in the comments, and Google spoofed the format with their own killer-robots.txt. More recently, robots.txt inspired an alternative file: humans.txt, "a TXT file that contains information about the different people who have contributed to building the website."

Google got in on the fun, too. Since then, they've simplified it.

If making your own robots.txt is daunting, there are tools to help you generate one, and specifically guide each of 15 different bots, and there are a few more bots listed here, but they are both paltry compared to 302 bots detailed on RobotsTXT.
posted by filthy light thief at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:19:51 GMT

Some Friday levity for activists Raccoons of the Resistance Activism Self Care Workshop

After a troubling week of phone calls and faxes to my House representative, this Guardian cartoon says it all.
posted by Pocahontas at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:20:01 GMT

Standby is a BAFTA-nominated film (From the original site) "Gary and Jenny share the same cramped "office space" as all beat cops: the front seat of a patrol car. Their evolving relationship is an emotional rollercoaster ride that stands in often-comedic contrast to the procession of thugs and criminals filling the back seat."

In truth, there's a line of dialog that made me wince, but otherwise I enjoyed it: this is a very tightly written, edited, and acted short film that compresses two character arcs into less than 300 seconds.
posted by Mogur at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:05:42 GMT

Hugo, Inc. For only an eight-year license to publish political exile Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, a Belgian upstart entrepreneur paid an unprecedented and unmatched sum of 300,000 francs (~$3.8 million). Relying upon the first ever bank loan to finance a book, translation rights, and an extraordinary embargo and publicity campaign, the risky venture was a triumphant success.
posted by mixedmetaphors at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:45:16 GMT

Nuclear arms tests by Pyongyang / ICE is deporting everyone that they can / Israel's ambassador says that Jews are Nazis / And President Bannon does whatever he please / Looks like another threat to world peace / Caused by the POTUS

China gets a spot at Mar-a-Lago / D.O.J got bought and wouldn't do no mo' / He's got billionaire's immunity / He's a lethal weapon to democracy / Looks like another threat to world peace / Caused by the POTUS

Whenever there's a crisis / Republicans send the POTUS in / He thinks he's their "closer" / Without Russia he'd never win

The GOP wants to kill healthcare / But the AHCA isn't goin' nowhere / The right wing wants to punish mommies / And Paul Ryan do whatever he please / Looks like another threat to world peace / By the POTUS / By the POTUS / Must impeach!

Sincere apologies to Warren Zevon.
posted by jferg at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:53:52 GMT

A four year old boy calls emergency services using his mother's phone to report that she's not breathing. Thanks to the call, things work out well for everyone. Police have released a clip of the call to remind parents about the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 (UK) in an emergency. SLBuzzfeed, with transcript and audio clip of heart-breakingly young boy staying calm under pressure.
posted by RedOrGreen at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:03:19 GMT

Brad is mad online and wants to know why Cracker Barrel fired his wife.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:12:17 GMT

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars - The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet.
posted by Wolfdog at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:39:48 GMT

Last week, both Hanover Bald Eagle eggs hatched successfully. The young are being fed round-the-clock by their doting parents, "Freedom" and "Liberty." The frequent feedings result in the nest being liberally decorated with the remains of their fish, squirrel, and rabbit repasts. The live cams (Camera 1, Camera 2) allow excellent viewing opportunities.

Eaglets typically fledge in around 12 weeks. Last year, neither fledgling survived; this nest has experienced harsh weather conditions recently, and occasional aggression from other eagles, but all appears to be well thus far.

posted by I_Love_Bananas at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:37:41 GMT

You're worried that having George Osborne as editor might compromise the paper's editorial independence. What editorial independence? The Standard is a jellyfish, a parasitic worm, a creature with a hole at each end and nothing inbetween: it thinks nothing, it feels nothing, it floats through the infinite dark and waits for a tide to carry it along. Hence the fury.
Sam Kriss, Against the Evening Standard, Idiot Joy Showland (21 March 2017).
posted by Sonny Jim at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:44:07 GMT

In many towns and cities the familiar orange glow of HPS Sodium street-lighting has given way, or is giving way, to the cooler white glare of LED illumination, giving cost and energy-efficiency savings, and improving nocturnal colour rendition. Many welcome the change: Hal Espen, writing in 2011 for The Atlantic lamented the prevalence of the ‘jaundiced weirdness’ of sodium lighting and looked forward to its obsolescence. But others are unhappy: LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues reckons Jeff Hecht at IEEE Spectrum; some complain that ‘LED street lights are disturbing my sleep’ as Brian Wheeler reports for the BBC; research at the University of Exeter suggests LED lighting could have major impact on wildlife; and astronomers, among others, are concerned about the possible effects on the night sky — LEDs: Light Pollution Solution or Night Sky Nemesis? ponders Bob King at Universe Today. Lux Review (‘Your independent guide to lighting’) asks: Will tunable street light breakthrough silence LED critics?, while, at the same site, we learn of a Bird-friendly LED island in the Netherlands.

Previously at MeFi. A history of street lighting in the United States (Wikipedia). Title reference.
posted by misteraitch at Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:21:00 GMT