on a burger the side of a toddler's head, a single pineapple ring doesn't overwhelm
Following the news from around the world -- threads worth digging into, as Mefites share their insights on:
- the forthcoming Catalan independence referendum in Spain
- the just-completed election in New Zealand
- the "most ridiculous constitutional crisis" in Australia, and
- the scandal leading to the collapse of the government in Iceland.
Join Mefites for a deep dive on some arts and culture from outside the west:
Catchy song and an intro to Kriol language and culture from an Indigenous Australian singer
A new movie provides a window into the unique culture, language, and politics of multigenerational Tamil-Malaysians
Classic short story from "one of Bengal's greatest writers"
Men's fashion from a prizewinning Indian designer
Regional politics, arts and music from Sudanese and South Sudanese journalists
daniel_charms tells the story of how my father bought a car when he was a farm worker in the USSR, others share memories of their own Ladas, and languagehat offers some more detail on the process in the Soviet car-buying thread.
It's so hot the railroad tracks are buckling! But not everywhere... vacapinta asks, why are railroad tracks okay in the heat in some places but not others?
oog and others remember driving the Nullarbor Plain (including the longest straight road in Australia): "I did this mind-numbing drive in March of 2005, alone. ... I thought I was prepared..."
Recent comments from Mefites that go behind the scenes or look a little deeper:
pinback on using Google Mobilizer as a proxy to render encrypted and obfuscated TV listings to create electronic program guides "back in the dark early days of digital television in Australia"
Eyebrows McGee on the complicated manipulations and confusion of special taxing districts
allkindsoftime on the hair-raising dangers and machinations of Nairobi's "matatu" minibus transit chaos
yankeefog on the concept of "convening an electoral college" as One Weird Trick for negotiating disputes or decisions in a healthy marriage
a fiendish thingy on resumes and job search etiquette, and why "creative" at this stage is more likely to read as "confusing" and "non-functional"
Frowner on the various considerations of navigating content/trigger warnings or disturbing material in an academic setting