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A Techno-thriller From The Case Files Of Max Remington

What’s The Matter With Covert Action? - The Digital Antiquarian takes a look at The game which Sid Meier considers his most disappointing, and the tension between procedural generation and narrative.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:12 PM on March 25, 2017 (15 comments)

A Modern Prometheus

Comics artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has passed away after a struggle with cancer. Best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing and for his astounding illustrated version of Frankenstein, he was a huge influence of many artists and will be sorely missed.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:33 AM on March 19, 2017 (36 comments)

Irish Slavery

This Saint Patrick’s Day essay will briefly review Ireland’s anti-slavery history before focussing on the more representative and troubling issue of slave ownership among those of Irish descent. What could be more appropriate? - “Kiss me, my slave owners were Irish”
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:51 AM on March 17, 2017 (13 comments)

A world with real monsters

Guillermo del Toro at MIA - Metafilter’s own Max Sparber takes a look at the "At Home With Monsters" show, fascism, and the importance of del Toro’s work right now. Previously.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:21 AM on March 14, 2017 (11 comments)

SF Masquerades 1967-2000

My Life as a Costumer 1967-2000 - Science Fiction Masquerades and Fashion Shows - A Youtube history by Kat Bushman.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:45 AM on March 13, 2017 (5 comments)

The Night Ocean

The Complicated Friendship of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Barlow, One of His Biggest Fans
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:14 PM on March 10, 2017 (33 comments)

Maybe grow some leeks too

Why a German lab is growing tomatoes in urine
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:41 AM on March 9, 2017 (27 comments)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Improve any novel by changing its second line to “And then the murders began”, a proposed addition to Elmore Leonard's rules for writers, though possibly more related to Raymond Chandler's (possibly not serious) "When in doubt have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." - Some more rules of writing.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:41 PM on March 6, 2017 (306 comments)

OMG Kitties

Naomi Kritzer's Hugo Award winning short story of AI and cats, "Cat Pictures Please", is to become a YA novel.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:52 AM on February 28, 2017 (20 comments)

The Collaborator

The final, sad fate of Jar Jar Binks has been revealed by Chuck Wendig in the latest of his pre-Force Awakens Star Wars: Aftermath books.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:55 PM on February 18, 2017 (92 comments)

Were you rushing or were you dragging?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How 'La La Land' Misleads on Race, Romance and Jazz
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:02 PM on February 15, 2017 (67 comments)

Do You Hear the People Sing?

As artists, we can no more claim to be above politics then claim we are avoiding air. Politics is killing us. It’s the fish denying the existence of water. How to get people on our side with an idea of a compassionate social order? How do we get people riled up for justice and equality? How do we, as artists and designers and writers, go about spreading our message? Learning How To Scream Again: Promoting Leftism for Artists and Writers [via mefi projects]
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:36 PM on February 10, 2017 (24 comments)

Party on Wayne, party on Garth

Did You Know There Was a “Wayne’s World” Board Game? Did you know said Wayne’s World game had a videocassette that was used for game play?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:11 AM on February 9, 2017 (20 comments)

Manzoku-san strikes back

Video game movies usually rank from least bad to absolute worst, but all that could be about to change, with cat collection game Neko Atsume getting a live action movie. Official Japanese site.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:52 AM on January 23, 2017 (51 comments)

Prometheus 2

Alien: Covenant - Official trailer
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:59 PM on December 24, 2016 (144 comments)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary

Neil Gaiman reads Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:33 AM on December 15, 2016 (4 comments)

Feature design versus trolling

“Harassers are very clever. They take advantage of tools that are very innocuous and use them as vectors for abuse,” Ehmke told me. “If you’re creating products and not thinking about how it could be used for abuse, you are not doing your job.” - How Github is dealing with its troll problem.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:22 PM on December 5, 2016 (50 comments)


The Witch as a Wes Anderson movie (Single link YouTube fake trailer)
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:05 PM on November 30, 2016 (15 comments)

AKIRA: How To Animate Light

How Akira uses lighting to tell its story.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:56 PM on November 29, 2016 (15 comments)

“You’re Welcome.”

Full clip of Dwayne Johnson’s big song from the Disney movie Moana, penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which chronicles the achievements of Hawaiian demi-god Maui in riduculously cheery manner.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:43 PM on November 28, 2016 (75 comments)


“If there’s a bathroom, there should be a toilet. And if there’s a toilet, it should flush. It’s these little pieces of seemingly pointless interactivity that maintain the illusion of being inside a functional other place, not just a place-shaped box.” - What virtual toilets can teach us about the art of game design
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:25 AM on November 27, 2016 (54 comments)

Spending time at Disneyland Vs Universal Studios

Our family of four is going to California in less than two weeks. Our mission is basically to see Disneyland and Harry Potter World/Universal Studios. We have 2 little girls, one in Kindergarten and the other a Fifth Grader. We have six days to spend between these parks. We are thinking about 4 days at Disney/California Adventure and 2 days at Universal/Harry Potter world. Does this seem like the right allocation of days in these parks?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 9:00 PM on November 7, 2016 (11 comments)

"So what have you been up to... for 20 years?"

Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose watching the Trainspotting 2 trailer and talking about it on Choose your future.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:03 PM on November 3, 2016 (73 comments)

Binary System

There are no straight women in RimWorld, as in, there are no women only attracted to men. Instead, every single non-gay woman in the game has some chance of being attracted to another woman. As for the men, it works a little differently. - RockPaperShotgun takes a look at the code for RimWorld and how it defines gender roles.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:36 PM on November 2, 2016 (232 comments)

Terror from Beyond the Stars

Classic Monster Horrorscopes by MeFi's The Whelk, who's previous spookiness spookiness includes Adult Beverages to Pair with Your Halloween Candy [via mefi projects]
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:28 AM on October 28, 2016 (19 comments)


Couple Encounters a Black Metal Band in Woods During Engagement Shoot
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:17 PM on October 21, 2016 (47 comments)

A LARP where everyone forgot their character sheets

Westworld is a good TV show about a terrible video game
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:44 AM on October 18, 2016 (119 comments)

'Tis the Season

As we pass the film festivals and Oscar Season approaches, the question is asked: Is there such a thing as an "Oscar Bait" movie?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:59 AM on October 14, 2016 (20 comments)

Stranger Things

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" broke around the same time that we started the paper, so that was Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Screaming Trees, everything was going on. Soundgarden. The whole world was moving to Seattle at the time. - Travel back to 1991 for an oral history of The Stranger, now celebrating it's 25th Year as "Seattle's Only Newspaper".
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:11 AM on October 12, 2016 (15 comments)

"TV is all made up anyway. Why not join the fun? "

Rachel Brewson, Dating Editor, has written for xoJane and Thought Catalog, loves craft beer, the beach, and warm LA nights, and does not exist. The team of men behind Rachel Brewson, the fake woman whose breakup went viral.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:12 PM on October 4, 2016 (19 comments)

Boardgames for a group of 10 year olds

Looking for suggestions for board games for our 10 year old to play with her friends. Preferably something easy to pick up but with a fair degree of depth, and she's also interested in something with a bit of a fantasy roleplaying vibe - I'm thinking something like GW's Heroquest from back in the day might work, but nothing more complicated than that. Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 11:35 AM on October 4, 2016 (21 comments)

Notes from the Lambda Complex

At the end of the process I ended up with a stack of 3.5” floppies, so I bought an external floppy drive to see if there was anything on them worth saving. Mostly they held back-ups of old manuscripts and story fragments from before I joined Valve, but on one disk I found several documents from the summer of 1998, late in Half-Life 1’s development, when I’d been working on the game for a year. - Novelist Marc Laidlaw unearths his notes from his time at the Lambda Complex, including an extensive piece on writing Half Life and afterthoughts on having shipped it.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:30 PM on October 3, 2016 (32 comments)

The Sweater Set

22 of the Most Hideous Jumpers on British TV in the 80s
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:28 AM on October 2, 2016 (53 comments)

The Haunting of Netflix House 4: The Netflix Master

Comics writer Benito Cereno gives his now traditional guide to "good, notable, or at least interesting horror and horror-adjacent movies available to stream on Netflix" in October *, the spookiest of months.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:30 PM on September 29, 2016 (62 comments)

I sing the city

The City Born Great, short fiction by Hugo Award winner N. K. Jemisin.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:09 PM on September 28, 2016 (10 comments)


TV needs far more seething, devastating women like Fleabag - The creation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge (interview), Fleabag started as a finely tuned one woman play and made the jump to television, becoming "a precision black-humor mechanism" in the process.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:54 PM on September 23, 2016 (40 comments)


How to construct the microscale trees in Full Plate's beautiful Lego countryside.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:12 AM on September 22, 2016 (8 comments)

It's a walk off!

The Great British Bake Off disaster: why the BBC got burned - thought with Mel and Sue leaving the show Channel 4 may have "just bought a tent."
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:53 PM on September 13, 2016 (86 comments)

Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads

A Conversation with Mike Pondsmith, Creator of Cyberpunk 2020
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:34 AM on September 8, 2016 (42 comments)

Pocket Devils

The World's Most Dangerous Game: Pokémon's Strange History with Moral Panics
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:52 AM on September 6, 2016 (26 comments)

Painting the Race to Space

Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, Wernher von Braun, space habitats and moon landings - the improbable, bold history of space concept art.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:28 AM on September 5, 2016 (10 comments)

Welcome to the ant farm

Workers trapped for years in "a hostile environment in total darkness." - Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:00 AM on September 3, 2016 (56 comments)

The fall of Roger Ailes

For 20 years Roger Ailes ruled the $1 billion a year Fox News empire, expecting a culture of fear to stop widespread sexual harassment from being exposed. Then, beginning with the Gretchen Carlson lawsuit against him, it was all exposed. How Fox News women took down the most powerful, and predatory, man in media.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:26 AM on September 2, 2016 (41 comments)

We are transmitting from the year two, oh, oh, four

Thanks to Sci-Fi and Horror fiction podcasts are finally a thing. or perhaps they've been a thing for a bit longer than that.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:15 AM on August 31, 2016 (59 comments)

Story of Your Life

Trailer for Arrival, the new Denis Villeneuve film based on a Ted Chiang short story, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner. Ted Chiang on seeing his stories adapted to the screen. Previous Ted Chiang.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:23 PM on August 17, 2016 (51 comments)

The best there is at what he does...

The X-Men Made Me Gay - comic by MeFi's own The Whelk.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:26 PM on August 15, 2016 (20 comments)

I write a little about growing up with Judge...

Dredding every minute of it I write a little about growing up with Judge Dredd and how Judge Dredd has grown up over the years.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Artw at 12:09 PM on August 8, 2016

1996 in music

It's 1996 week over at the AV Club, and they're taking a look at the year alternative rock died. In non-AV Club news @bestalbum95 has rolled over a year and has started polling for Best Album of 1996 - the first face-off being Belle and Sebastian verus John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:34 AM on August 8, 2016 (114 comments)

Voter suppression in America

When the deputy sheriff’s patrol cruiser pulled up beside him as he walked down Broad Street at sunset last August, Martee Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man, was both confused and rattled. He had reason: In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites. But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote. - From the county and town level to the state level, voter suppression in America is all about race.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:42 AM on August 2, 2016 (55 comments)

Even the bad ones float

All 58 Stephen King Movie and TV Series Adaptations, Ranked
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:46 PM on July 29, 2016 (53 comments)

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