There has long been various lines of speculation about Mona Lisa
, including the existence of an earlier version of the painting. A painting purported to be the earlier version was revealed in 2012
. The accuracy of the statements are supported by The Mona Lisa Foundation, who have set up an extensive website
around the history of the Mona Lisa and other versions, and also prepared a 21 minute documentary
with various professionals providing their knowledge on the topic. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:42 PM - 17 comments
The Tumblr blog People of Color in European Art History
, or medievalpoc for short, has a simple mission
: to showcase works of art from European history that feature People of Color. All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 9:12 AM - 40 comments
MIT Researchers Say
They Have Created The Trickiest Tongue Twister To Date [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:48 AM - 64 comments
Twenty cancer patients were asked to keep their eyes shut while they were given a makeover. A photographer then immortalized the moment they opened their eyes
in front of a one-way mirror.
posted by gman at 6:34 AM - 53 comments
Don't believe France's reputation as a country where sexual peccadillos are always overlooked. After a vote by the country's National Assembly on Wednesday, it has just joined a growing group of European nations where buying sex is now illegal. France is not alone in its fresh efforts to curb prostitution. The move follows similar bans in Sweden and Norway, while other European countries are also scaling back laissez-faire prostitution policies. Germany is poised to change its liberal sex trade laws, while Ireland is also debating a measure similar to France's. Is the end of legal prostitution in Europe in sight?
(Don't miss the deep and interesting links found within the article.) [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 5:48 AM - 44 comments
is an experimental documentary that visualises the dreams of ordinary individuals...
posted by homunculus at 12:32 AM - 2 comments
12 Shoes for 12 Lovers
[NSFW] is a creative collection of sculptural footwear by New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz that is inspired by his past personal relationships. [SFW alternate link
posted by sacrifix at 11:29 PM - 16 comments
In 1986, Sandra Clarke was working as a staff nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, OR when a dying man asked her to sit with him. She agreed but first needed to make her rounds and the man died alone in his room before she was able to return. Troubled, and feeling that she had failed a patient, she resolved to gather volunteers to stay with those who were alone and close to death. Ms. Clarke enlisted her entire hospital for a bedside vigil system
to help ensure that patients would not be alone when they died. In 2001, Sacred Heart formalized the program as No One Dies Alone
(NODA) and over the last decade, it has spread to hospitals across the US. "Susan Cox Is No Longer Here"
offers us a glimpse into the NODA experience in Indianapolis. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:09 PM - 20 comments
The Cinco Family/Corporation is a fictional corporation which spans the television and internet works of comedian Bob Odenkirk
. From 2007 to 2010, the comedy television program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
, served as an outlet for Cinco Products skits. The commercials and infomercials use green screen and special effects with the intent of mimicking the standard format of infomercials from the late 1980s and early 1990s, often lampooning technology from the same era (such as the Cinco MIDI Organizer). Generally, the goods and services sold by Cinco companies are a bizarre assortment of useless, pointless and/or physically harmful products, at least three of which require the removal of all of the user's teeth. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 8:50 PM - 41 comments
The pressure of a human bite is about 1/9th of the atmospheric pressure on Venus. The fastest bacterium on earth is just outstripping
the fastest glacier. A square meter of sunshine in the spring imparts about 1 horsepower
. [more inside]
posted by kagredon at 6:10 PM - 18 comments
“People have this idea, because it’s a ‘community’ garden, you’ll have a bunch of people sitting around holding hands, singing ‘Kumbaya,’” says Julie Beals, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC ). “Have you seen an actual community?”
posted by jason's_planet at 5:40 PM - 35 comments
Following the high profile of her first major song, "Friday
", Rebecca Black has released the video to her new song, "Saturday
". [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 5:27 PM - 36 comments
So take the film on its own titular terms. What does
Love Actually tell us about love, actually? Well, I think it tells us a number of things, most of them wrong and a few of them appalling. Now, anyone who goes to the cineplex with any regularity knows that the last decade has seen more than its share of bad romantic comedies. But Love Actually is exceptional in that it is not merely, like so many other entries in the genre, unromantic. Rather, it is emphatically, almost shockingly,
anti-romantic. Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time
posted by davidjmcgee at 4:55 PM - 71 comments
is an animated short about the daily life of people living in a windy area who seem helplessly exposed
to the weather. However, the inhabitants have learned to deal with their difficult living conditions.
The wind creates a natural system for living.
posted by sweetkid at 4:30 PM - 9 comments
I discovered a new species up my nose. It could well be that the Ugandan nostril ticks have yet to spread beyond the particular park where we conducted our research. We now have to return and set traps to catch more. More on Tony Goldberg
posted by KokuRyu at 2:41 PM - 19 comments
Worried about robots? You should be.
Artificial intelligence superior to our own is, by some estimates, only thirty years away. What could possibly go wrong? The answer: everything.
posted by artemisia at 2:02 PM - 83 comments
has passed away at the age of 82
. He rose to fame in the 50s
with The Outsider
, which made him a figure amongst Britain's Beat movement and Angry Young Men
. His writing has spanned the fiction and non-fiction, with an interest in the paranormal and the occult, his thoughts on which he blended with HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos to produce The Mind Parasites
. A TV series based on his The Space Vampires, also the basis for the movie Lifeforce
), is currently planned
. Wikipedia page
, 2004 Guardian interview
, Times Obituary
posted by Artw at 1:19 PM - 34 comments
combines the (NSFW) comments left on porn sites with stock photography. (NSFW because of text). [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:09 AM - 85 comments
Do you like Pizza? Do you like The Velvet Underground? Then you might like Mccaulay Culkin's
new pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 8:18 AM - 51 comments
How the sound of a drum kit changes depending on where you play it. (slyt)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:50 AM - 10 comments
West Australian MP Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow have become the first same-sex couple
to legally marry in Australia. But the High Court of Australia may declare the legislation that allowed them to get married — and thus their marriage itself — invalid next week. [more inside]
posted by Georgina at 6:30 AM - 6 comments
We are all surrounded by microorganisms, they live on us within us and around us, they affect everything we do, yet most people have no idea what they look like. Using the latest technology it is possible to see into this normally invisible world
posted by Blasdelb at 4:15 AM - 24 comments
Celebrities naked with fish.
Photography done for the Fishlove campaign
which raises awareness about the destruction of the seas and the unsustainable practices that lead to over fishing. Founded by the restaurant, Moshimo
and the actresss, Greta Saatchi
it gathers celebrity, professional photography and fish to ask the question, "Are you a fish lover?" [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 8:22 PM - 46 comments
Pantone's committee of designers and fashion mavens have declared that the 2014 color of the year will be Radiant Orchid
. Sherwin Williams
and Benjamin Moore
disagree. [more inside]
posted by humanfont at 7:38 PM - 80 comments
You Shall Not Pass, Dog.
Sweet dogs terrified of walking past cats: a dramatic compilation.
Apparently, Gandolf would be a kitty.
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:00 PM - 74 comments
This poster has written this Metafilter post of music specially to introduce you to the instruments of the orchestra
. There are four teams of players; the STRINGS
, the WOODWIND
, the BRASS
, and the PERCUSSION
. Each of these four teams uses instruments which have a family likeness. They make roughly the same kind of sound in the same way. The STRINGS are played with a bow
or plucked by the fingers. The WOODWIND are blown
by the breath. The BRASS are blown too
. The PERCUSSION are banged
. Now we have taken the whole Orchestra to pieces. We have no intention of putting it together again. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 5:38 PM - 2 comments
is a blog that investigates products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that look scientifically implausible, outright impossible, or completely scammy
posted by The Whelk at 5:18 PM - 14 comments
The Rendition Project
is the most recent and the most thorough attempt to render visible the extraordinary scope of the global system of detention sites, linked by the covert transfer of detainees across national borders (via Geographical Imaginations
which discusses the project in the context of earlier visualizations). The Project includes first-hand accounts
, a timeline
, and the Rendition Flights Database
and interactive map (the world's largest compilation of public flight data relating to the rendition program). [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 2:47 PM - 6 comments
went behind the scenes with NFL referee Gene Steratore and his crew for an unprecedented look at the pressures and responsibilities of the third team on the field on NFL Sundays: the seven men in stripes who enforce the rules.
Part One: The Referee
Part Two: The Crew
Part Three: 24 hours of football: Saturday preparations and Game 150
posted by popechunk at 2:33 PM - 21 comments
), a virtual DJ room where users streamed music together, has lost the fight (previously
) to stay alive and has gone silent
. Are other streaming music sites like Spotify and Pandora also in danger?
posted by melissam at 2:29 PM - 45 comments
DC Metro launched a new ad to promote their rebuilding effort and were immediately criticized
for the sexist message
posted by agatha_magatha at 1:12 PM - 66 comments
Lonely? Bored? Well, the 2013 Solitaire Print and Play Contest
is here to help you stave off boredom this weekend (and burn through all of your printer ink). This year's winner is Maquis
, a "solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals - blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers - but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area." [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:47 PM - 5 comments
Bitcoin is crashing.
After reaching a peak of approximately $1150 USD per BTC yesterday, a panic selloff is happening now. The price has dropped below 800USD, a loss of over 30%, and may be lower by the time you read this. Or it could recover and go higher. You can watch realtime charts of the bubble bursting at The Genesis Block
and other BTC tracking sites.
The panic began when the government of China has banned banks from using Bitcoins
. China is the largest Bitcoin market and restrictions have a significant and unpredictable impact.
Bitcoin panic selloffs
have occurred before, but the price has recovered and increased nearly tenfold. [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf at 12:38 PM - 230 comments
Chris Sims examines Harley Quinn
, one of the most misused and misunderstood characters in comics, taking in her Batman:The Animated Series debut played by Arleen Sorkin
(audio), through to The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
and the New 52 incarnation which recently drew ire with a controversial try-out page
posted by Artw at 12:17 PM - 38 comments
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