A photo from Cape Canaveral of a rocket blasting off through this month's Perseid meteor shower.

“If I had seen myself reflected in any of the media I consumed growing up, it would’ve helped me understand myself really sooner, or given me the validation I never really got.”

The many ways coming-out videos are an enormous help to those who can’t, won’t, or haven’t yet.

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From the archives: How Aretha Franklin teaches us to persevere through life's most trying moments.
Channel Blade Runner and enhance images to prevent crimes in a brilliant, voice-controlled game by Nicole He.
Anecdotally, the more Trump attacks the media, the more college students are interested journalism degrees.
The active ingredient in Roundup is detected in nearly all popular oat-based snack bars and cereals in the US.

“When that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”

Much has been said about Aretha Franklin, but no one said it as well as Billy Preston.

↩︎ The New Yorker
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To hit its recruiting targets, the US military would need to lower its conviction, education, and health standards.
This intricate, exhaustive diagram depicting the history of alternative music is worth staring at for a while.
In Southwest Australia, the indigenous calendar has six seasons—now it's Djilba, first spring, season of conception.
Speculative journalism: It's 2190, and black Houstonians are redlined into neighborhoods exposed to rising seas.
The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors is a DMT-inspired temple/artwork by a couple who met and dropped acid together in 1975.
Live in Oakland? Sign up for a sociological study on how people share public space daily.
Ruling that Pastafarianism isn't a religion, a Dutch court says a follower can't wear a colander in ID photos.
Austere, symmetrical images of synchronized swimmers, by photographer Mária Švarbová.

To move from speaking standard, which is to say white, English to employing black linguistic patterns or slang successfully is a sonic journey for which there are few, if any, shortcuts.

How Sorry to Bother You and BlacKkKlansman are raising the question of what it means to “sound” black.

↩︎ The Atlantic
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After funding setbacks, a Colorado school district moves to a four-day schedule, which could save $1 million a year.
To see how Republicans will defend a possible Trump n-word tape, recall wha they did after Access Hollywood.
Since 2001, the Thai government's "gastrodiplomacy" has helped its cuisine surge in the West.