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"Like lost children we live our unfinshed adventures."

Excerpts from Guy Debord’s “The Muppets.” "Though the name 'Guy Debord' is now synonymous with two things: Situationist philosophy and The Muppets, this pairing of passions was not as easily reconciled as you might think. 'I had to fight really hard not to be pigeon-holed as a Marxist theorist in the puppeteering community,' Debord once said. 'They told me 'Kids don't want to hear about how the concrete life of everyone has been degraded to a speculative universe, Guy.' I said 'How about we let the children decide that?' Decide they did..." [Previously, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 1:30 AM on October 17, 2014 (19 comments)

RIP Loukanikos

A farewell to paws. "The beloved Greek riot dog is dead – and so is his revolution." [Previously]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 12:35 AM on October 16, 2014 (18 comments)

A little night music with interpretive dance

Sara X Does Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.” [nsfw, via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 7:20 PM on October 13, 2014 (19 comments)

Overtone Singing

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele. "Overtone singing is a voice technique where it seems like one person sings two notes at the same time. You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 2:18 PM on October 6, 2014 (66 comments)

BOOM

The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times. "It was 10:02 AM local time when the sound emerged from the island of Krakatoa, which sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was heard 1,300 miles away in the Andaman and Nicobar islands ('extraordinary sounds were heard, as of guns firing'); 2,000 miles away in New Guinea and Western Australia ('a series of loud reports, resembling those of artillery in a north-westerly direction'); and even 3,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues, near Maldives ('coming from the eastward, like the distant roar of heavy guns.'1) In all, it was heard by people in over 50 different geographical locations, together spanning an area covering a thirteenth of the globe."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 3:45 PM on September 29, 2014 (50 comments)

Ouvre moi la porte, toi qui a la clé!

Yelling Cat wants something. A cat to human translation reveals what it is. [Previously, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:56 AM on September 22, 2014 (26 comments)

SIMILO

SIMILO. "2065. The entire planet is hit by the effects of climate change. One of the few places that remain habitable is Antarctica, where corporations have built private cities. Hebe and Ciro get back together again. She is looking for love. He is searching for his own identity." [NSFW, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:18 AM on September 21, 2014 (9 comments)

♫ Ad hominem! ♫ ♫ False equivalence! ♫

♫ Are Video Games Sexist? ♫ Auto-Tune Rebuttal. Jonathan Mann responds to a recent video by Christina Hoff Sommers on sexism in video games. [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 7:21 PM on September 19, 2014 (67 comments)

The Last Amazon

Wonder Woman’s Secret Past: Feminism, free love, and a superhero’s real powers. [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 8:08 PM on September 15, 2014 (14 comments)

Entangled

Entangled. "Forced to care for her catatonic lover Malcolm after a secret quantum experiment goes awry, Erin is determined to uncover the cause of his condition — even at the risk of her own life. This riveting contemporary science-fiction story, from one of the writers of Orphan Black, bridges alternate dimensions as it explores how far a person will go for someone they love." From the TIFF 2014 festival.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 12:52 PM on September 14, 2014 (6 comments)

Misogyny and the Atheist Movement

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement? "The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers?"
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 3:26 PM on September 12, 2014 (332 comments)

Bowling ball pendulum wave

A mesmerizing pendulum wave demonstration with 16 bowling balls in a North Carolina forest. [Previously]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:00 PM on September 10, 2014 (22 comments)

WarKitteh

How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:30 PM on August 9, 2014 (59 comments)

En Fläsh

What if Ingmar Bergman Directed The Flash? [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 2:08 PM on July 7, 2014 (21 comments)

The Adventures of Snowdenbot

Inside Edward Snowden’s Life as a Robot. "Since he first became a household name a year ago, Edward Snowden has been a modern Max Headroom, appearing only as a face on a screen broadcast from exile in Hong Kong or Russia. But in the age of the telepresence robot, being a face on a screen isn’t as restrictive as it used to be." Indeed: Snowdenbot performs tele-diagnosis and offers aid to reporter who had first epileptic seizure.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 2:08 PM on June 13, 2014 (20 comments)

Know Your Doppelgänger

Know Your Double: A doppelgänger field guide by John Martz (previously).
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:42 AM on June 12, 2014 (43 comments)

70ème anniversaire de la libération de Paris

50 photos de la Libération de Paris se fondent dans le présent. [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 12:02 PM on June 6, 2014 (16 comments)

Grinders

Grinders: Tomorrow’s Cyberpunks are Here Today [NSFW]. "Installing magnets, microchips and sensors in their own bodies — this is how cyberpunk biohackers went from fiction to reality." [Previously, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 8:42 PM on May 30, 2014 (52 comments)

The Hidden Paintings of Angkor Wat

Hidden Paintings Revealed at Ancient Temple of Angkor Wat. "New, digitally enhanced images reveal detailed murals at Angkor Wat showing elephants, deities, boats, orchestral ensembles and people riding horses — all invisible to the naked eye." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 4:16 PM on May 29, 2014 (7 comments)

We better get used to them...

Signs from the Near Future: What the Near Future Is Actually Going to Look Like.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 8:00 PM on May 22, 2014 (65 comments)

DIY Brain Stimulation

Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation. "Inspired by scientific studies, ordinary people are buying and building devices to send electrical current into their brains. Some say it has improved their memory and focus. Others have found relief from depression and chronic pain. But are they getting ahead of the science?" [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 5:20 PM on May 7, 2014 (42 comments)

Elective Amputation

In pain and forced to use a wheelchair, a young woman opts to amputate her clubfeet. "New prosthetics have made active life possible for many with injuries and congenital defects​." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:20 PM on May 5, 2014 (35 comments)

The madness of the suburbs: who knows it but you?

Nietzsche and the Burbs.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:30 PM on April 30, 2014 (10 comments)

Orphan Black is Back

Clones Are People Too: The Science and Science Fiction of BBC America’s Orphan Black. BBC America's science fiction series Orphan Black has returned for a second season, with Tatiana Maslany reprising her extraordinary performance playing half a dozen different clone characters. Meanwhile, in the real world, scientists have created cloned embryonic stem cells from the DNA of two adult humans. [Previously]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:15 PM on April 26, 2014 (66 comments)

Mali's Ancient Manuscripts

Bonfire of the Humanities. "Nobody goes to Timbuktu, right? Patrick Symmes did, to discover what happened when jihadi rebels set out to burn one of the world’s finest collections of ancient manuscripts. Bouncing around by truck, boat, and boots, he got an intimate look at West ­Africa’s most mythic locale." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 6:30 PM on April 21, 2014 (12 comments)

OMEGA

OMEGA - A Stop Motion Animated Short. "The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies. Drawn in by mysterious creatures of light, the Ohm tracks them across the planet, changing the known order of matter, time and space." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 5:10 PM on April 20, 2014 (4 comments)

Williamsburg, 2021

The Exit Room. "In 2021, an imprisoned journalist facing execution contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and newborn child." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 5:00 PM on April 19, 2014 (26 comments)

Female Pain

Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain. "The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars. Men put them on trains and under them. Violence turns them celestial. Age turns them old. We can’t look away. We can’t stop imagining new ways for them to hurt."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 7:30 PM on April 14, 2014 (62 comments)

Jeremy Mann

Gritty Cityscapes by Jeremy Mann. Dramatically and skillfully rendered, the cityscapes and figurative works of Jeremy Mann give visual form to the emotive essence of modern life (nsfw).
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 4:24 PM on April 12, 2014 (20 comments)

Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing. "He is the only writer ever to win the National Book Award for nonfiction and fiction, but it’s not just the writing: Born into the East Coast establishment, Matthiessen ran from it, and in the running became a novelist, a C.I.A. agent, a founder of The Paris Review, author of more than 30 books, a naturalist, an activist and a master in one of the most respected lineages in Zen. As early as 1978, he was already being referred to, in a review in The New York Times, as a 'throwback,' because he has always seemed to be of a different, earlier era, with universal, spiritual and essentially timeless concerns." Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:50 PM on April 5, 2014 (40 comments)

Cyber Threats Map

Cyber Threat Real-Time Map. This Map Tracks Cyberattacks Around the World in Real Time. [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:30 PM on April 1, 2014 (10 comments)

Murals by Alexis Diaz

Alexis Diaz’s Surreal Murals Explore Metamorphosis.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 7:20 PM on March 28, 2014 (5 comments)

"I am honor-bound to protect you, brother."

The Interpreters We Left Behind. "As our troops pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, we're abandoning fixers and translators to the dangerous countrymen who view them as traitors. Asylum in the U.S. could be their last hope. If only we'd let them in."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 4:40 PM on March 27, 2014 (26 comments)

The End is Nigh

"Heaven Is a Place on Planet X" by Desirina Boskovich. "Break! Break! Break!" by Charlie Jane Anders. "System Reset" by Tobias Buckell. These three short stories are from The End is Nigh anthology, the first volume of The Apocalypse Triptych, three anthologies of stories about life just before, during, and after the apocalypse. "Post-apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that have already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that are burning. The End is Nigh is about the match."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:55 AM on March 16, 2014 (14 comments)

In search of Puddles

Let Me Live That Fantasy. "In search of Puddles, the saddest clown of all, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music — made him an Internet star."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:10 PM on March 12, 2014 (31 comments)

The Box

Twilight in the Box. "The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:10 PM on February 28, 2014 (24 comments)

De-extinction

The Mammoth Cometh. "Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad." [Previously, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 6:15 PM on February 27, 2014 (74 comments)

ITER

A Star in a Bottle. "An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 12:00 AM on February 25, 2014 (52 comments)

Vampire Squid

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet. "Banks are no longer just financing heavy industry. They are actually buying it up and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever." This is the latest and last article for Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi, who is moving on to join First Look Media.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 8:40 PM on February 21, 2014 (56 comments)

Mandala-Rama

Creation and Destruction of Sand Mandalas. Spontaneous Temporary Sand Paintings by Joe Mangrum. New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein. Geometric Paintings Inspired by Sacred Mandalas by Amy Cheng.
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:44 PM on February 19, 2014 (8 comments)

He said that in the end it is beauty that is going to save the world now

La bella vita: True beauty pleases the eye and the mind – but can it help us to become better people? "In 1795, the German dramatist and poet Friedrich Schiller published a book with a fearsome title – On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters. It has never become well-known, which is a pity, because it contains some of our most useful insights into the nature and value of beauty. Schiller’s starting point is an analysis of the human condition. He wants to understand our delight in what we find beautiful. Instead of asking which things are beautiful, Schiller is curious about what is going on in us when we respond with this distinctive, intimate thrill and enthusiasm that leads us to say ‘that’s beautiful’. Different things might provoke this response in different people. But why do we have it at all?" [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:40 PM on February 18, 2014 (13 comments)

"The street finds its own use for things"

Graffiti: 40 Years of Hacking New York City. "City as Canvas is a reminder that this is, in a very literal sense, criminal artwork." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:55 PM on February 17, 2014 (4 comments)

Gentlemen

Gentlemen, Formerly. "A gentleman in 1720 could read Greek while mounting a running horse. Today’s gentleman reads GQ in the bathroom. From rapists to stylists, a history of the American gentleman."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:15 PM on February 16, 2014 (61 comments)

Pussy Riot

What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now? "With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 10:00 PM on February 7, 2014 (57 comments)

"We Have Not Received A Valid Membership Login"

Just Ella. A short film from Jim Munroe, the creator of Ghosts With Shit Jobs, for the Lo-fi Sci-fi 48 Hour Film Challenge. "Just Ella posits a future overrun by gibbering monstrosities. Ella takes refuge in a 'the Ossington Safehouse, a collectively-run space dedicated to human sovereignty.' But despite doing the assigned tasks on the chore list, the Safehouse isn’t safe — the terrors outside are nothing compared to those within." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 9:45 PM on February 6, 2014 (5 comments)

A Medical Actor Writes Her Own Script

The Empathy Exams: Acting out pain until that pain becomes real, for $13.50 an hour. "My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies. I’m called a Standardized Patient, which means I act toward the norms of my disorders. I’m standardized-lingo SP for short. I’m fluent in the symptoms of preeclampsia and asthma and appendicitis. I play a mom whose baby has blue lips..."
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 6:28 PM on February 4, 2014 (34 comments)

Etretat, Sunset, February 5th, 1883, 4:53 PM local time

Dating an Impressionist's Sunset. "Famed French Impressionist Claude Monet created a striking scene of the Normandy coast in his 1883 painting, Étretat: Sunset. Now a team of Texas State University researchers, led by astronomer and physics professor Donald Olson, has applied its distinctive brand of forensic astronomy to Monet’s masterpiece, uncovering previously unknown details about the painting’s origins." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 11:00 AM on January 25, 2014 (21 comments)

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears. Comic strips of people's lurking fears by Fran Krause. [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 3:48 PM on January 23, 2014 (34 comments)

Gender Swap

Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to be Another. "Gender Swap is an experiment that uses The Machine to be Another system as a platform for embodiment experience (a neuroscience technique in which users can feel themselves like if they were in a different body). In order to create the brain illusion we use the immersive Head Mounted Display Oculus Rift, and first-person cameras. To create this perception, both users have to syncronize their movements. If one does not correspond to the movement of the other, the embodiment experience does not work. It means that both users have to constantly agree on every movement they make. Throughout this experiment, we aim to investigate issues like Gender Identity, Queer Theory, feminist technoscience, Intimacy and Mutual Respect." [NSFW, Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 5:45 PM on January 21, 2014 (23 comments)

AUMF

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History. "Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean." [Via]
posted to MetaFilter by homunculus at 4:40 PM on January 17, 2014 (23 comments)

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