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 - 27 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 - 36 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 - 43 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 - 9 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 - 2 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 - 17 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 - 39 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 - 64 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 - 3 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 - 157 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
The Gävle Goat
is a house-sized Swedish Yule Goat
made of straw erected at the start of Advent each year and sponsored by merchants from the southern half of Gävle. While the 2013 incarnation is currently unharmed
, the goat is a magnet for vandalism and 22 of 37 goats since 1966 have been destroyed, usually by burning. Some burn just days after construction even with ice coats and fire-proofing. The event is frequent enough that there are bookmaking odds
on whether this year's goat will survive. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 9:40 AM - 55 comments
In 1984, Mike Lazaridis, an engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Douglas Fregin, an engineering student at the University of Windsor, founded an electronics and computer science consulting company called Research In Motion, or RIM. For years the company tinkered in obscurity, until it focused on a breakthrough technology: an easy, secure, and effective device that allowed workers to send and receive e-mails while away from the office. They called it the BlackBerry
posted by Chrysostom at 8:40 AM - 55 comments
Study may bust myth of 'fat and fit' healthy obesity. Being healthy and obese is a myth, researchers say
. People who are obese and have normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood-sugar readings will still be unhealthy and die sooner compared with people who have a normal body weight, according to researchers. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 8:29 AM - 214 comments
In 1904, John A. Lomax recorded Dink, a levee worker, singing a folk song. In 1934, Lomax published the song in his book, American Ballads and Folk Songs.
It went on to become a folk staple. Recently, the Coen Brothers used a new recording of the song by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
in the trailer for the film Inside Llewyn Davis
. (Isaac plays the title role.) Jool's Musical Flowers,
a blog dedicated to "the ORIGINAL versions of [mostly blues and gospel music]
famous songs and songs covered by famous poeople" has compiled a thorough list of covers.
The only two I might add are Jeff Buckley's 1992 performance at WFMU,
and Joan Baez's 2004 performance at the Bowery Ballroom. (Previously)
posted by Going To Maine at 7:51 AM - 6 comments
"Alt lit [previously
] is accused of navel-gazing myopia, but technically any writing occurring outside of traditional institutions qualifies for the label. Everyone I know has written alt lit: every status update, every blog post, everything that has ever been said on Twitter
. And Twitter, unbeknown to Jonathan Franzen, is especially literary...Which brings me to Heiko Julien
) of "I Am Ready To Die A Violent Death
." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:41 AM - 21 comments
challenged a white-hat group of hackers to see how much they
could learn about him. Two months later, the result terrified him. SpiderLabs
tells how they did it in three posts: one
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:13 AM - 25 comments
From 1989, when Calvin & Hobbes
was still pretty new, The Comics Journal
's interview with Bill Watterson
. The interviewer was Richard Samuel West.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:59 AM - 18 comments
This video shows the process of building a log cabin.
It was shot in Finland. The narration is in Finnish, but you can turn on the English subtitles.
posted by tykky at 5:38 AM - 34 comments
Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise sing "Let it Snow"
posted by Gelatin at 5:11 AM - 15 comments
The worst thing about cats is that you can't play with them unless you're physically present. Being elsewhere means being unable to play with a cat! It's a horrible situation, but now there's a solution. iPet Companion
lets you select a shelter and control a camera and trigger toys in the selected shelter's kitty play room. If there's other people on that shelter's page, you'll have to wait your turn, but turns are two minutes long so there's rarely much of a wait.
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:01 AM - 46 comments
Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr
and youtube series TheBrainScoop
, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing.
Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 3:57 AM - 29 comments
For the first time, photographs have leaked out from inside the Nauru immigration detention centre.
Reopened in 2012, the detention centre houses between 500-600 people, mostly of Iranian background, who are attempting to seek asylum in Australia. The centre was most recently in the news following riots
that destroyed much of the facility's infrastructure. Conditions at the center have been criticised
by the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights as "unbearable".
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:35 PM - 30 comments
Sleepy, sleepy ostriches. According to this PLOS One article,
"the amount of REM sleep in ostriches is greater than in any other bird." Here's a simplified article about that study, featuring video of three of the ostriches from that study experiencing [well-labelled] slow-wave and REM sleep.
Here's one tired ostrich,
succumbing to slumber around 0:50. And here's the cute baby ostrich who just can't stay awake.
If this all's making you snoozy, you may need an ostrich pillow.
posted by not_on_display at 9:51 PM - 10 comments
The Odon childbirthing device
Argentinian car mechanic Jorge Odon saw this party trick
. It occurred to him it could help with difficult births. It seems he may be right.
posted by holist at 9:34 PM - 49 comments
Unbrella is everything bad about umbrellas, improved.
Once you see its innovations (dry side out when closed, water repelled away from you as you close it, stands on its own) you'll wonder like I did why no one thought of this decades ago. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:27 PM - 51 comments
U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff on "Why Have No High Level Executives Been Prosecuted In Connection With The Financial Crisis?"
Judge Rakoff, a federal trial judge who sits in the Southern District of New York, writes: "[M]y point is that the Department of Justice has never taken the position that all the top executives involved in the events leading up to the financial crisis were innocent, but rather has offered one or another excuse for not criminally prosecuting them – excuses that, on inspection, appear unconvincing."
posted by jayder at 9:08 PM - 24 comments
Who says our friends to the north are too polite to cause trouble ? Sometimes, they like to go out for a rip
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:03 PM - 42 comments
Do you love to play a well crafted video game, and are also interested in learning more about The Ashes? Then this video commentary
is not for you. (SLYT, blue language)
posted by Brocktoon at 7:52 PM - 11 comments
Skeptics Gone Wild: Navigating America’s Conspiracy Theory Culture
But trying to explain away anyone’s specific conspiracy belief, or conspiratorial thinking in general, misses the point—the point being that there’s no longer anything especially irrational about believing that shadowy actors are subverting American democracy. Think of that CIA dispatch, advocating a propaganda campaign against the suspicious. Picture the president, slumped forward in the back seat of his limousine, a bullet through his neck. As he lays dying something new is being born, a creeping miasma of suspicion that will spread across Dallas, across Texas, across America. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:27 PM - 76 comments
Imgur began as a photo sharing site to be used by Redditors. It now outpaces Reddit in total traffic. What's next for the site?
posted by reenum at 7:18 PM - 20 comments
The 33 Most Important Bunny Gifs on the Internet.
(Via Buzzfeed. They can stop now, they have won the Internet.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:51 PM - 21 comments
Now available, Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013
[~90m], a concert film at Staples Center, Los Angeles on November 8, 2013. Also, Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt 2
, a behind the scenes look at preparation for the tour. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:24 PM - 19 comments
with a Santeria
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:22 PM - 9 comments
A YouTube user has uploaded an earlier cut of Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal
(with characters designed
Froud). Some scenes are re-ordered, there is some different dialogue and the narration has been removed.
It didn't perform well in testing, so changes were made to the version
we all know and love. A threatened sequel, to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, is on hold
. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 4:59 PM - 30 comments
is a Twine text adventure game made by Tom McHamry
It's about becoming a master of horses, and has been described as "body horsehorror"
and like living "inside a fever dream"
. John Campbell of Pictures For Sad Children
has written a review entitled "Horse Master Class Anxiety Dream Review"
. (Warning: review will make no sense until you play the game.)
posted by Maecenas at 4:51 PM - 28 comments
"My friend Nick and I planned another prank. We thought it would be funny to scare a couple of friends while they were hanging out with some girls. We drove over to their house and crept up to the living room window with ski masks pulled down over our faces and realistic-looking water guns in our hands...
Participants in We Are All Criminals
tell stories of crimes they got away with
. via [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 4:14 PM - 23 comments
Before Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, before Blade: The Series or even the execrable Power Pack, the Marvel television universe was populated by few aside from Spider Man
and The Incredible Hulk
. Until 1990, when NBC and Marvel decided to make a movie that should be admired for its audacity is nothing else, "The Death Of The Incredible Hulk
". And true to word, by films end both David Banner and The Incredible Hulk are dead
posted by mediocre at 2:48 PM - 42 comments
Puppet recreation of the drug den shootout from the brilliant Dredd (2012).
NparticularlySFW owing to voluminous slow-mo blood jets and flagrant use of Paulstretch. Recreated shootout starts at 2.05.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:44 PM - 16 comments
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax.
The policy goals are contained in a set of funding proposals obtained by the Guardian. The proposals were co-ordinated by the State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that act as incubators of conservative strategy at state level.
posted by T.D. Strange at 1:18 PM - 139 comments
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