July 18th, 2017

"Just one thing I want to say. Fighting games are something so great."

http://www.metafilter.com/168272/Just-one-thing-I-want-to-say-Fighting-games-are-something-so-great

EVO 2017's Street Fighter 5 Grand Final Was Like the Last 15 Minutes of a Rocky Movie [PC Gamer] "You don't have to know anything about Street Fighter to follow this intense, exhilarating veteran vs. prodigy showdown. The three day, nine game event is perfectly engineered to generate amazing stories: anyone can enter, providing opportunity for surprises and upsets, and the double elimination format adds extra tension as one player inevitably battles their way through the loser's bracket to return for vengeance in the final match. It's a hyperconcentrated hit of everything that makes fighting games great, and that's why casual fans like me come away from EVO every year buzzing with excitement. As you watch EVO, you realize there's so much more to Street Fighter than the skill it takes to remember combos and execute special moves. Like any competitive sport, it's about strategy, timing, mind games, momentum, and the narrative we weave between matches. And all of that stuff is perfectly exemplified in this year's Street Fighter 5 grand finals, which came down to a match between veteran Japanese player Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi and up-and-coming American Victor "Punk" Woodley." (Spoilers in thread)
• Tokido vs. Filipino Champ [YouTube]
• Tokido vs. NuckleDu [YouTube]
• Tokido vs. Itabashi Zangief [YouTube]
• Tokido vs. Kazunoko [YouTube]
• Tokido vs. Punk [YouTube] [GRAND FINAL]

A Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy

http://www.metafilter.com/168276/A-Modest-Proposal-for-a-Fair-Trade-Emotional-Labor-Economy

A Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy (Centered by Disabled, Femme of Color, Working Class/Poor Genius)

"I believe in fighting to win and our ability to transform anything we need to. And all of this has started me thinking about what the solutions might be. If care labor is well, labor, and we participate in an emotional economy all the time, what would a just care labor economy look and feel like? What would I want the conditions of my labor to be, in order to feel that my work was in safe, compensated conditions that had my workers' rights at the center?"

"Keep these safe. They are my whole life." Charlotte Salomon

http://www.metafilter.com/168279/Keep-these-safe-They-are-my-whole-life-Charlotte-Salomon

Over a period of less than two years before being murdered by the Nazis, Charlotte Salomon completed Life? or Theater? (Leben? oder Theater?), a massive work in images and writing, to document her life. Before embarking on this project, she had discovered that no fewer than eight of her family members had committed suicide. Shortly before her arrest, she handed Life? or Theater? over to Georges Moridis, who had encouraged her to paint, with the words: "Keep these safe. They are my whole life." In a new article, Toni Bentley discusses the work in the light of the Salomons' family history and, particularly, Salomon's written and drawn confession that she killed her grandfather.


Looks like an ant, walks like an ant, but ... it's a spider?

http://www.metafilter.com/168280/Looks-like-an-ant-walks-like-an-ant-but-its-a-spider

Imagine you're a tiny spider, just trying to make it in a big world, a world where you're likely to be eaten. Oh hey, ants seem to do well, you notice. I'll pretend to be an ant! Apparently the tactic is so successful that there are a few types of ant mimic spiders, including some members of Castianeira sp., and more notably the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, which moves like an ant, even waiving its front-most pair of legs like antenna (full paper). Look closely in your neighborhood or local park, and you might even find a new species of spider that mimics ants.


To become a reality, UBI needs to get detailed and stop being oversold

http://www.metafilter.com/168281/To-become-a-reality-UBI-needs-to-get-detailed-and-stop-being-oversold

In a little over a decade, basic income has gone from an idea about as fringe as #FullCommunism to something that could be benefiting 1.2 billion people imminently. It's an astonishing rise. But the very speed with which basic income took off has led the debate over it to become confused in a deep way. And it's particularly confused among its proponents, a group in which I include myself. [SLVox]


To become a reality, UBI needs to get detailed and stop being oversold

http://www.metafilter.com/168281/To-become-a-reality-UBI-needs-to-get-detailed-and-stop-being-oversold

In a little over a decade, basic income has gone from an idea about as fringe as #FullCommunism to something that could be benefiting 1.2 billion people imminently. It's an astonishing rise. But the very speed with which basic income took off has led the debate over it to become confused in a deep way. And it's particularly confused among its proponents, a group in which I include myself. [SLVox]


"an occasional draft will look like a passing cloud"

http://www.metafilter.com/168282/an-occasional-draft-will-look-like-a-passing-cloud

A demonstration of Schlieren photography, which makes minute changes in air's index of refraction visible, allowing us to see air that is moving or that contains gases that would otherwise be invisible. A segment from a Science Channel program has some additional examples and some explanation.

There's also some background from the Harvard demonstration on how they set this up and how it works.

FOR ADULTS ONLY

http://www.metafilter.com/168283/FOR-ADULTS-ONLY

355 issues of sci-fi golden age magazine Galaxy are now available at The Internet Archive

Changing the Playing Field: H.L. Gold & 'Galaxy Science Fiction'

Where did science fiction come from? A primer on the pulps.
The Golden Age of Science Fiction: A Pulp Primer, Pt. 2

Our Pulp Fiction Heritage- "Galaxy began publication in 1950 in digest format, and along with Fantasy and Science Fiction was part of the literary reaction to the pulp roots of science fiction. The two magazines intended to make the genre better written with stronger literary values. Galaxy's early covers were designed in an L format, with a white trim around the painting, which contrasts with the pulpy, sensationalistic covers on Startling and Thrilling Wonder Stories. The rear cover of the first issue -- in this case a significant paratext -- was headlined: "You'll Never See It In Galaxy." The things you'll never see in Galaxy include the clichéd themes of space opera, or westerns in space, with "hyperdrives" and "six gun fights." Galaxy was a magazine for serfans, "serious fans," who wanted adult themes and intelligent ideas. Horace Gold's first editorial, "For Adults Only," pointed out that everything about the magazine: from the cover, the interior illustrations, and the design, were designed to break from the juvenile focus of some pulp magazines. Fans would not be ashamed to be seen with an issue of Galaxy."

The old goose was coming loose...

Guys Experience Periods for the First Time

http://www.metafilter.com/168285/Guys-Experience-Periods-for-the-First-Time

"I've never had a period before! And maybe, I don't know, maybe it'll make me a better man." "People who experience [periods], they always seem like super stressed about it, and just like it's the end of the world. I want to understand more, why or how it's so stressful." "I won't be the first man to ever have a period, because there are definitely trans men who do have periods." Three men who have never had a period try a menstruation simulator for three days.