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A taste for isometrics

Spotting real-world architecture in Monument Valley
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:00 PM on June 29, 2015 (7 comments)

"Mr. The Plague, he's around, and one of my friends hollers at him"

Hackers was a financial flop, but its hilariously over-the-top early CGI visuals, oddly prescient view on technology, and glam-cyberpunk aesthetic rendered it a cult classic. To honor its 20th anniversary—at a time dogged by newfound fears about what the future of technology holds—we thought it would be fitting to bring together a group of actual hackers to screen and discuss the film. - Hackers watch "Hackers"
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:42 PM on June 26, 2015 (89 comments)

The fossil worm turns

“Finding the head is the main scientific result. There’s been lingering controversy about this.” - A new reconstruction of hallucigenia sparsa answers questions about the shape and orientation of the animal, something that was previously so mysterious that scientists in the 70s had it upside down.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:02 PM on June 25, 2015 (30 comments)

Saga of the Sagas

This years proposed Worldcon rule changes included one introducing a new Hugo Award, for Best Saga:

A work of science fiction or fantasy appearing in multiple volumes and consisting of at least 400,000 words of which the latest part was published in the previous calendar year.

Initially the new award was coupled with the removal of an old one: Best Novellete. This raised some objections and that part of the proposal was removed. What would the winners of Best Saga Award look like? Brandon Kempner tries modeling it based on The Locus Awards and Goodreads.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:58 AM on June 24, 2015 (93 comments)

$3,000 worth of "gems"...

Gaming Your Brain - How to top the leaderboard of Clash of Clans, and how Freemium games rake in billions of dollars from their players.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:01 PM on June 22, 2015 (77 comments)

Movie: A Deadly Adoption

A successful couple house and care for a pregnant woman with the hopes of adopting her unborn child. A Lifetime movie with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.
posted to FanFare by Artw at 10:05 PM on June 20, 2015 (20 comments)


What F1 Cars Would Look Like if F1 Got Its Act Together
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:45 PM on June 20, 2015 (84 comments)

What kind of a transmission?

Derelict is an editing project for academic purposes,” explains Willins. “Prometheus wasn’t exactly an Alien prequel, but this treats it as such by intercutting the events of Alien with Prometheus in a dual narrative structure. The goal was to assemble the material to emphasize the strengths of Prometheus as well as its ties to Alien.”
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:35 PM on June 14, 2015 (50 comments)

Base Drop

How Isis crippled al-Qaida - the rift within the jihadi movement.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:00 AM on June 12, 2015 (40 comments)

My attempt at putting together a very simple...

ifTree My attempt at putting together a very simple javaScript plugin for creating dialog trees and interactive fiction games, complete with some javaScript hooks so you can tie it into other stuff. GitHub link, examples.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Artw at 2:33 PM on June 9, 2015

They Took Our Myths

So why does the Mythos have such draw? Is it because the Mythos is classic?

Absolutely not. It's because, comparatively speaking, it's modern.

The Cthulhu Mythos is almost 100 years old. And it's the most modern part of our mythology that we're allowed to access.

Hugh Hancock on copyright and ownership of modern mythologies.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:41 PM on June 8, 2015 (53 comments)

Roleplaying's just like acting, but with your friends.

You know, sometimes life can be rough. We all got hard things to deal with, right? Sometimes we lose people. Sometimes people hurt us. And some days we're just not feeling it and we don't even know why. When I'm feeling down one thing I like to do is play a game. I feel like games can really bring us together. - Life got you down? Play a relaxing game of Dungeons & Dragons with action star Vin Diesel.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:13 PM on May 25, 2015 (50 comments)

Mefi Horror Club Part II: The Returninging

Greetings, connoisseurs of the uncanny! Fanfare has new functionality to support movie clubs, and since I'm running MeFi Horror Club this week I thought I'd set up shop for us here.
posted to FanFare by Artw at 4:20 PM on May 22, 2015 (4 comments)

Movie: Berberian Sound Studio

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
posted to FanFare by Artw at 8:40 AM on May 22, 2015 (9 comments)

Welcome... To the world of tomorrow!

Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney’s strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow - cryogenically frozen head not included.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:45 PM on May 21, 2015 (21 comments)

Carpe Atmospherum

How spaceships die
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:09 AM on May 17, 2015 (15 comments)

The IPs are coming from inside the house

The hilariously absurd technobabble of CSI Cyber, incoherent techno-paranoid diaper and last best hope of the CSI franchise.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:27 AM on May 16, 2015 (77 comments)

MeFi Horror Club: Berberian Sound Studio

Toby Jones is hired as a sound engineer for Italian horror film "The Equestrian Vortex", or is something more sinister going on? It's Berberian Sound Studio, the next MeFi Horror Club film!
posted to FanFare by Artw at 5:41 PM on May 15, 2015 (6 comments)

Movie: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana. Official site/HBO PAGE.
posted to FanFare by Artw at 1:28 PM on May 10, 2015 (7 comments)

Harry Potter mostly isn't YA...

Should You Read Middle Grade Books? A Flowchart
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:49 PM on May 9, 2015 (84 comments)

The auteur of Black Widow is Scarlett Johansson

The Black Widow Conundrum - how Black Widow being the most popular female superhero of the decade is both exciting and disappointing. Also Ike Perlmutter thinks female-led films bomb, The Mary Sue discusses Joss Whedon leaving Twitter.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:20 PM on May 6, 2015 (132 comments)

"Thank God. Another human being."

You couldn’t control the camera, I mean. The Silent Hill video games were blunt and herky-jerky—you, backed into a corner, swinging a plywood board clumsily at two sets of mannequin hips bolted horrifically together, flailing at you. Clay-colored, faceless children grabbed at you in the dark as you tap-tap-jogged awkwardly in circles, desperate to regain some kind of control. The world fell silent for cutscenes, PlayStation glory-era wax-lipped women with empty eyes mouthing hollow dialogue at you from the mist and shadows.

It was all really bad and scary, and kind of broken, and everyone loved it, especially me.
Why Silent Hill mattered.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:14 AM on May 2, 2015 (57 comments)

A Field In Pseudo-Germany

Want to play Warhammer Fantasy Battle? Not possesed of a Scrroge McDuck style moneypit or willing to sell organs in order to buy figures? Kieron Gillen and Matthew Sheret are here to help with Hipsterhammer. Jump in with guides to building Dwarf, Empire or Vampire Count armies on the cheap! Doubles as a bit of a guide to the weirdo world of Warhammer Fantasy, as distinct from your more generic Tolkienesque efforts. They even have a manifesto!
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:10 PM on April 26, 2015 (24 comments)

DC Super Hero Girls

DC is partnering with Mattel, Lego, Random House and others to launch DC Super Hero Girls universe for girls. Here's seven things CBR hopes they can acheive.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:39 PM on April 23, 2015 (32 comments)

The secret man who drinks at work

An Oral HistoryOf ‘Mad Men’ - as recounted to Clickhole by Matthew Weiner and the cast. May contain spoilers and inaccuracies.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:30 AM on April 22, 2015 (50 comments)

What could go wrong?

The family shows up at Hank’s house unaware that they’ll be sharing it with assorted wildlife whose collective attitude toward humans ranges from playful to scarily aggressive. Oh, and all the animals are real, and largely untrained, and when they paw and pounce on their human costars, you can see real terror in the actors’ eyes — like actual Oh shit please God no terror.
The making of Roar, possibly the Most Dangerous Movie of All Time.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:33 AM on April 18, 2015 (25 comments)

Armageddon as Autogeddon

Mad Max: ‘Punk’s Sistine Chapel’ – A Ballardian Primer
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:15 PM on April 12, 2015 (28 comments)

From Kitty to Kamala

The Journey That Turned Ms Marvel into This Generation’s Hero
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:38 AM on April 10, 2015 (24 comments)

A Day In the •Life

A bulbous, friendly little thing - The Verge’s Nilay Patel spends a day with the Apple Watch.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:26 PM on April 8, 2015 (205 comments)

Pones and Bones: A Trip to Anti-Narnia.

Peter Watts (previously) tours the FX house responsible for Hannibal's bodies. Meanwhile Neil Marshall and Vincenzo Natali are to direct episodes of the show.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:15 PM on March 23, 2015 (29 comments)

Judge Dredd, His Apocalyptic World

ECCC attending Mefites might want to check out my panel on Judge Dredd: Arthur Wyatt (writer of Dredd: Underbelly and Dredd: Uprise), Douglas Wolk, Ryan Hill (creators of Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two, City of Courts) and artist Chris Burnham talk about the future lawman, his strange world, the Dredd movie and Pug Dredd.
posted to MeFi IRL by Artw at 4:13 PM on March 13, 2015 (4 comments)

Pink Slimer for girls, blue Slimer for boys...

Sony just gave Ghostbusters a big, familiar gender problem
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:43 AM on March 10, 2015 (167 comments)

Shame and Ideology

Study Confirms That Abstinence Education Has Utterly Failed At Preventing AIDS In Africa
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:15 PM on March 7, 2015 (22 comments)

The Uncanny X-Men

What if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:13 AM on March 4, 2015 (25 comments)

Burn After Reading

The story of The Anarchist Cookbook and William Powell, regretful author.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:42 PM on February 27, 2015 (71 comments)

"You must be Eddie"

The day Chris Kyle died - an account of the fateful gun range encounter between the subject of the film "American Sniper" and fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh. Routh has received a life sentence for killing Kyle and freind Chad Littlefield, with a jury finding his claims of PTSD to be "an excuse".
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:42 PM on February 25, 2015 (35 comments)

Red Star

A statement posted to the Russian space agency’s website said a meeting of the Roscosmos science and technical council considered Russia’s future human spaceflight plans, favoring the continued use of the International Space Station until 2024.

Then Russia plans to remove its modules from the International Space Station to form an all-Russian complex in orbit.

posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:15 PM on February 24, 2015 (54 comments)

The 87th Academy Awards, also booze

The Oscars 2015: What They Tell Us. Watch out for these 5 types of upsets. It's National Margarita Day, why not drink along to the show with a George Clooney margarita?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:55 PM on February 22, 2015 (319 comments)

Mostly As, Bs and Cs

Quiz: what mental disorder do you have? (adjusted for scientific accuracy)
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:42 AM on February 19, 2015 (27 comments)

"Lights out!"

Comics artist Brett Ewins, co-creator of Deadline, artist for Skreemer and Johnny Nemo, and frequent 2000AD contributor (cover gallery), has passed away passed away age 59.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:46 AM on February 17, 2015 (18 comments)

Push Comics Forward

It’s primarily about joining the conversations that are happening in this comics community of ours, helping to support and amplify those messages, and encouraging others to join. I love this industry. I’ve been working in it, when I’ve had the good fortune to have the opportunities, since I was like 17 years old. To see the way the industry has evolved in even the last few years is amazing–we’re seeing things (slowly!) become more representative. We’re ahead of the curve in many ways in comics and we’re also behind the curve in many ways. - Boom Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon talks to Comics Alliance about Push Comics Forward, "a movement to actively shape what the comics industry SHOULD look like in 10 years."
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:09 PM on January 28, 2015 (16 comments)

SS Pieter Schelte

The "world's largest ship" is named after a Nazi war criminal. Unsurprisingly a few people have a problem with that.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:33 PM on January 25, 2015 (80 comments)

Best Science Fiction of the last year

I've gotten out of the loop on recent Science Fiction writing. What are the best science fiction short stories and novels published within the last year?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 12:21 AM on January 25, 2015 (14 comments)


Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix] Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:25 PM on January 22, 2015 (25 comments)

An Innocuous Everyday Phrase Imbued With Sinister Meaning Due To Context

Next On “Black Mirror”
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:59 AM on January 20, 2015 (184 comments)

Broad Fucking City

“I think what we are doing differently is we never try to force emotional turns or aim to shock anyone. If you feel for Abbi and Ilana, it’s because they remind you of people you know.” - Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson talk about Broad City, which returns tonight with a new season.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:58 AM on January 14, 2015 (51 comments)

Intel Includes

Intel Wants Diversity in the Workplace, Puts $300 Million Where Their Mouth Is - Also they have a cool stabby spider dress.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:05 AM on January 7, 2015 (77 comments)

Save that dance

Who Is Agent Carter? A brief history of the starring character of Marvel's latest TV show - and now also a comic.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:21 AM on January 6, 2015 (76 comments)

Radioactive blood

Nerdist talks to Sam Raimi about fruit, his career in retail sales, how he got started making movies, the links between comedy and horror, the Evil Dead TV show and of course why Spider-Man 3 was "awful".
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:46 AM on January 3, 2015 (41 comments)

How Emily Brontë met Mickey Spillane

Book publishers back then didn’t always have much interest in books as such. They were experts at merchandising. They manufactured a certain number of titles every year, advertised them, sold as many copies as possible, and then did it all over the next year. Sometimes a book would be reprinted and sold again. Print runs were modest and so, generally, were profits.

Then, one day, there was a revolution...
Pulp’s Big Moment
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:05 PM on January 1, 2015 (9 comments)

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