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Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, RIP

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Chris Cornell, the singer of pioneering grunge/metal band Soundgarden, has died of apparent suicide. He was 52. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. When I saw Soundgarden play small clubs in the early 1990s, it was always an incredibly intense and, yes, loud experience. Cornell rocked. From the New York Times:

Mr. Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. Sub Pop, then a fledgling record label, released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” came a year later.

“Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. Soundgarden’s musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Mr. Cornell’s voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl.

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including “Superunknown,” from 1994, which featured “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “My Wave.”

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StunGod
6 days ago
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One of my absolute favorite singers and songwriters. Just heartbreaking.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
tekvax
7 days ago
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#sad rest in peace sir!
Burlington, Ontario

Felt Stone Rugs

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Felt Stone Rugs

Price: $160+  | Buy

Etsy shop Fluss Design makes rugs, mats and pillows that look like they’re made of water-smoothed stones clumped together. But each stone is actually made of a foam core that’s been wrapped with wool. The shop also accepts custom orders.

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StunGod
10 days ago
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I think I want this.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth

Dark Social

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“Dark Social” is the notion that people share “content” via private/secure messaging apps, one-to-one or one-to-select-group.  That social sharing activity can’t be measured in any useful way.  There is no freely-available prosumer tool to quantify the sharing of a link.  Hence, they call it “dark social.”  When you hear someone say “dark social,” they’re bemoaning the inability to get click reports off of actual conversation.  Because when you see someone on the street head-down in their phone and dabbing away at the screen, they’re not cut off from the outside world.  They’re talking to people. Fuck your Black Mirror narrative – they’re just more interested in a window to their friends and family than they are in you peering at them in judgement.  And all that action of being engaged in a life of having your loved ones in your hand all the time and being able to show them things and talk about it?  That’s Dark Social now.

 

RECENTLY BLURBED: the excellent forthcoming novel by Jeff Noon, A MAN OF SHADOWS.  Preorder links (UK) (US)

 

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cjmcnamara
20 days ago
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I actually like using ~Dark Social~ to describe e-mailing links to friends because it makes me seem very cool for using boring and reliable technology?
duerig
20 days ago
One reason I'm not worried about people having too much 'screen time' is because almost all of the activities people use 'screens' for are things that were once seen as virtuous. It is only through the lens of tech-anxiety that they assume this negative aspect. I would love to see a cartoon which shows a contrasting coffee shop of 'then' vs 'now'. In the 'then', it would show one person reading the newspaper, another writing a love letter, another filling out a crossword puzzle, another reading War and Peace, another making snarky comments to friends, etc. And then show a 'now' where everybody has a phone or tablet but are still doing all those same things.

The Trumpcare Butcher Block Celebration in Photos, Annotated

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It was a big day yesterday. Against the expectations of many, House Republicans were able to come back from a demoralizing defeat in March and pass a slightly revised version of their “American Health Care Act.” That is to say, repeal Obamcare and replace it with Trumpcare. After passing it with 217 votes, they partied, bigly.  Here’s a collection of photographs of the good times, annotated with the number of people who will lose their health care coverage in each representative’s district.

Click the “read more” link to see the full story where the photos are large enough to easily read the annotations.

Now, where do these numbers come from? First, let me give a huge, huge shout-out to Charles Gaba and his essential ACASignups.net website. People who follow this issue don’t need me to tell them about Gaba’s site. But if you don’t follow this number stuff that closely, Gaba is the guy on this. For years now he’s been an amazing resource for journalists, politicians, policy hands and more. (Gaba’s site is one of those amazing things about the Internet – one person, really just based on caring about an issue creates something of immense value to the whole society at really no direct benefit to himself.) For these particular numbers, here’s the sourcing: The Congressional Budget Office scored the original version of the AHCA in March. That’s the source for the 24 million lost coverage numbers. The Center for American Progress took the CBO numbers and crunched the numbers for individual states and districts using data from The Kaiser Foundation and the American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau. Gaba took that data and put them in very easy to read charts for every state and every district (because that’s just the kind of thing he does) and organized them so you can compare the impact of straight repeal and repeal and replacement with the AHCA.

Here’s an example of what it looks like. (Here’s the link to the page.)

Now, the AHCA which the House passed yesterday is not identical to the one scored by the CBO (the underlying analysis for these numbers) in March. But the changes are minor and they make the legislation less generous. So we are safe assuming the number of people losing coverage is the same or in all likelihood greater than the numbers listed here.

(All photos: Associated Press, with the exception of photo #2, credit: White House.gov)

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satadru
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New York, NY
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StunGod
19 days ago
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Fuck every single one of these assholes.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
gazuga
20 days ago
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First they wrote their 2018 opponents' attack ads, now they're posing for them.
Edmonton

Roses are red, violets are insane…

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Pluses Optical Illusion

…this optical illusion broke my brain. And then for a second, I was like, I got it. Then my brain broke again. Repeat for several minutes. (via bb)

Update: This illusion was made by Charlie Deck. (via @tdhooper)

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StunGod
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Seriously. That's weapons-grade brain eating.
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Angry mom texts 35-year-old man instead of her daughter, hilarity and outrage ensues

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It starts off innocently. A Wisconsin woman texts her daughter, Jess: "Hunny please grab milk and lunch meet on your way home." But she accidentally sent the text to a 35-year-old man, who was innocently relaxing at home with his wife on his day off. He replied, "I'm pretty sure you have the wrong number. I'm already at home." But the woman didn't believe him. She told "Jess" to "stop playing." The man tried very hard to convince the woman that he was not her daughter, even offering photographic proof. This only made the woman angrier. When she finally realized the man was telling her the truth, she got furious with him and blamed him for tricking her. When he said he was going to post screenshots of the exchange she said, "Post it after u watch your porn u sick pos... do you treat your mother like this?" He replied, "My mom knows my phone number..."

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StunGod
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Mad respect for this guy...had a great time and yet was restrained
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
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