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"Don’t shoot me"

Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson? - According to the police of Fergusson, Missouri it was because he reached for an officer's weapon, necessitating that he be shot multiple times as he ran away empty handed. Eyewitness tell a different story. Whatever happened the killing has prompted demonstrations and looting. Ferguson police responded in full force, firing teargas and wooden rounds into crowds of protestors and sealing the area off from the media. In the wake of the tragedy questions of racial profiling, the paramilitarization of police and media depictions of black shooting victims have been raised. Meanwhile the shooter has not been named to preserve his safety.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:53 PM on August 12, 2014 (3380 comments)

Mentally, physically, and spiritually

Director Steve McQueen interviews Kanye West
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:34 AM on January 20, 2014 (17 comments)

Comics Signing - Artw signing Dredd: Underbelly at Zanadu Comics

I'll be signing copies of Dredd: Underbelly at Zanadu Comics in downtown Seattle on the 29th, that's the comic-based follow up to 2012 Dredd movie I wrote and Henry Flint drew. Hope to see some of you there!
posted to MeFi IRL by Artw at 10:36 AM on January 16, 2014 (7 comments)

Ice flow nowhere to go

Stuck in the Antarctic ice we set out to study - Erik van Sebille of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 describes his fieldwork in Antarctica. The Guardian has extensive coverage of the expedition, including visiting the remains of a previous expedition, how they became icebound, and their rescue.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:00 PM on January 14, 2014 (17 comments)

Slight Future

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:13 AM on January 13, 2014 (223 comments)

Labeoufs in Space

The sale of Glenn Brown's "Ornamental Despair (Painting For Ian Curtis) Copied from the Stars Like Dust, 1986 by Chris Foss" (1994) for roughly $5.7 million has again raised questions over whether copying something but larger and slapping your name on it constitutes art and how it can sell for so much. Here's why it does. Just don't talk about Shia LaBeouf.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:43 PM on January 9, 2014 (90 comments)

Mountains of Post-Mortem-ness

"Last April, I began working on a game. In October, I released it. This is the story of Eldritch." David Pitman tells the story of developing and selling the roguelike/FPS Eldritch, described as equal parts Lovecraft and Minecraft. Includes lots of lovely sales figures.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:57 PM on January 7, 2014 (22 comments)

Crowdsourcing the Uncanny

"With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear" - How creepypasta is reinventing folklore, via io9.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:33 PM on January 6, 2014 (135 comments)

Balls

How the Golden Globes definition of "musical or comedy" has been stretched to the limit and why that matters
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:51 PM on January 5, 2014 (67 comments)

Master of Philosophy, Lord of Debate, Sultan of Reason

The Adventures of Fallacy Man, from Existential Comics.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:30 PM on January 4, 2014 (55 comments)

Hitting does not solve everything

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:31 PM on January 3, 2014 (137 comments)

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" RIP

Requiem for a Twitter Bot - Bixby Snyder bot is no more.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:52 AM on January 2, 2014 (18 comments)

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 3:23 PM on December 31, 2013 (24 comments)

"This is my team. This is C O P R A."

Michel Fiffe contemplates life After COPRA, the 12 part monthly comic which he wrote, drew, published and distributed himself throughout 2013. A brutal, action-packed follow up of sorts to Fiffe's bootleg Suicide Squad comic Deathzone it managed to do a better job of evoking the spirit of Ostrander and McDonnell than DC's own efforts and become one of the top comics of 2013. Fiffe talks more about the expeirence in his Exit interview with Comics Alliance.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:40 PM on December 31, 2013 (18 comments)

Welcome to Seattle, hellojed!

Let's together to welcome hellojed to Seattle! I've reserved a big table at Smiths in Capitol Hill for 6pm onwards on the 18th of January, see you all there!
posted to MeFi IRL by Artw at 4:24 PM on December 30, 2013 (20 comments)

Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?

Scientists tell The Guardian their favourite jokes
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:28 PM on December 30, 2013 (80 comments)

A Gift To You

As the Christmas season winds down, but before New Year plunges a stake into its Dracula Corpse to end it, enjoy Matt Fraction, Maggie Serota and the War Rocket Ajax crew challening each other to create the worst Christmas mixtape. Not interested in audio format banter and such? There is a Youtube Playlist. WARNING: Mostly offensive for aesthetic reasons but there are some other terribles in there as well.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:58 AM on December 27, 2013 (34 comments)

Happy Life Day!

In defense of 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:49 PM on December 25, 2013 (92 comments)

Look at all these people, liking a thing!

Criticising popular things: why is it so popular?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:33 PM on December 23, 2013 (118 comments)

Happy Holidays

About the only place this book hasn't been is in my hands, open and upright, with my eyes pointed at it. But that's about to change. Because I'm going to read this book in 20-minute bursts over the next eight hours. Why 20-minute bursts? Because that's how long it takes for a batch of my mother's Slog-famous Christmas Snowball cookies to bake. I'm going to put a tray in the oven, read, swap trays out, read some more. And I think it's fair to say that by the end of the day today—after all my Christmas cookies are baked—I will have read more of this book than Sarah Palin wrote. - Dan Savage reviews Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:16 PM on December 22, 2013 (91 comments)

Enoby, Evony, Egogy, and Tara

The worst thing ever written - The terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:00 PM on December 21, 2013 (36 comments)

Red Planet Blues

The trouble with terraforming Mars...
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:41 PM on December 20, 2013 (73 comments)

P.L Travers, Walt Disney and the "Brand Deposit"

Is Saving Mr. Banks, Disney's retelling of the events surrounding the adaptation of Mary Poppins a corporate, borderline-sexist spoonful of lies which throws author P. L. Travers under the bus?
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:18 PM on December 18, 2013 (69 comments)

The 2013 Black List

The 2013 Black List has been released.  For those unfamiliar, the “Black List” is a list of the most liked unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, as voted on by over 250 film executives, and past Black List scripts include The Social Network, Saving Mr. Banks, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:53 PM on December 16, 2013 (124 comments)

Fixing Windows 8

Wow! Microsoft is thinking about bringing back the Start Menu and Modern apps on the Desktop. This is perfect timing! Here you’ll why it’s a good idea and how they should do it.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:07 PM on December 12, 2013 (174 comments)

An Introvert's Guide to Better Presentations

Improve your public speaking with the help of MeFi's own Mathowie.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:33 AM on December 11, 2013 (62 comments)

Aliens didn't do it

The mystery of the Mima mounds may have been solved.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:06 AM on December 10, 2013 (42 comments)

There and Back Again

To define the world of The Hobbit is, of course, impossible, because it is new. - C.S. Lewis reviews The Hobbit. Why Smaug Sill Matters. Tolkien, Alignment, Non-Violence, and Why Hobbits are Required for Middle-earth to Survive. "‘Smaug’ is about almost absolutely nothing". Scientist maps climate of Lord of the Rings.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:37 PM on December 8, 2013 (157 comments)

Faculty X

Colin Wilson 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 (previously), is currently planned. Wikipedia page, 2004 Guardian interview, Times Obituary (subs only).
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:19 PM on December 7, 2013 (40 comments)

Mad Love

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 for artists.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:17 PM on December 6, 2013 (40 comments)

Bias for Action

I am working at the new Amazon fulfillment center in Haslet, Texas as a seasonal, part-time picker.  It is winter. We aren’t workers here: we are associates. It is a job that I can do hung-over and high and I can make just enough money here to technically have my own apartment, a place to store all my empty beer cans and all my crumpled Taco Cabana wrappers and all my stacks of shitty sci-fi novels. - Fulfillment
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:55 AM on December 3, 2013 (87 comments)

Her Little Ponies

"Childhood ponies getting final brush out before going into storage indefinitely. I feel like a mortician. " - Freindship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust tweets her G1 My Little Pony collection.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:01 AM on November 30, 2013 (41 comments)

How do you do the thingy with the thingy?

Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:22 AM on November 28, 2013 (44 comments)

"It's called intimate, fuck-face!"

NPR and Vulture talk to Sarah Silverman about her HBO special 'We Are Miracles', and why women run comedy. Though according to Variety she shouldn't be so dirty... or maybe Variety should shut up.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:07 AM on November 27, 2013 (39 comments)

Dogfood

You might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim. Yahoo urges its employees to switch from using outlook to Yahoo Mail in a bizare internal email. Meanwhile, as Microsoft abandons the hated practice of stack ranking Yahoo adopts it as its own.  But hey, they have Katie Couric now!
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:30 PM on November 25, 2013 (86 comments)

Sexy Times

Sales of digital comics have soared in the past three years. Readers love the look of comics on the iPad screen and they also love the convenience of in-app purchasing, which allows consumers to buy and store their comics within a single app. So it’s a big deal when Apple bans a comic—usually because of sexual or mature material or nudity—and it has happened to at least 59 comics this year. - Are comics too hot for Apple? Publishers Weekly looks at Apples role as Gatekeeper in the wake of their rejection of Sex Criminals #3 and retroactive removal of Sex Criminals #1 from the iOS marketplace. Strangely the books remain available via iBooks. This is not the first time Apples policies have been confusing or raised concerns of censorship, such as with the Saga of Saga #12 earlier this year, and before the rise of comixology with the banning/unbanning of Ulysses Seen (previously).
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:39 PM on November 22, 2013 (42 comments)

Rhabarberbarbarabarbabaren

A simple guide to how compound words work in German. (SLYT, rudimentary German makes it funnier but probably not essential)
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:32 AM on November 19, 2013 (38 comments)

“Feminism,” she said to herself, and then put on some red lipstick.

A Day In the Life of an Empowered Female Heroine (Previously)
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:17 PM on November 17, 2013 (127 comments)

Lil' Trickster

Loki's childhood, illustrated.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:16 PM on November 16, 2013 (25 comments)

Zap! Pow! Wizards grow up!

So I've been reading Harry Potter to the kiddo (7) at nighttime for a while and she's loving it. I'm enjoying it too to the point where I don't really want spoilers on anything. However as things get darker I have some concerns about the stories ahead...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 9:35 AM on November 14, 2013 (44 comments)

Calamari a la Mode

On the Lovecraftian Mode - Gord Sellar on why he writes lovecraftian fiction. Elizabeth Bear on the same question. I. N. J. Culbard on adapting Lovecraft.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:28 PM on November 12, 2013 (22 comments)

Mega, twisted and radical

Stakker Humanoid - How 25 years ago Future Sound of London brought Acid House to the mainstream.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 12:37 PM on November 11, 2013 (39 comments)

Leslie’s House

I felt like we were intruding on Mr C. As if we’d interrupt him at work on a new manuscript. The housekeeper spoke not a word of English, but led us into his office... and then left. Michelle and I were there, alone. This was no museum. This was no shrine. This was Arthur C. Fucking Clarke’s office. His office with everything.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:05 AM on November 6, 2013 (18 comments)

Fringe History

Seven Things Not to Learn from Sleepy Hollow, a "delightful but completely unreliable source of historical information". The show, which is already writen by Fringe alumni Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman just gained John Noble as a recuring character "The Sin Eater".
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:03 AM on November 5, 2013 (338 comments)

"You are never alone at the mannequin factory."

Inside the Proportion>London factory in Walthamstow. - Not an invasion force, honest.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:28 AM on November 4, 2013 (14 comments)

America's New Masters

This shift in how companies are governed and raise money is bringing with it a structural change in American capitalism. That should be a matter of great debate. Are these new businesses, with their ability to circumvent rules that apply to conventional public companies, merely adroit exploiters of loopholes for the benefit of a plutocratic few? Or do they reflect the adaptability on which America’s vitality has always been based? - Rise of the distorporation - how changes in the way companies are financed and managed is changing the wealth distribution of America.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:03 AM on November 2, 2013 (23 comments)

Prison Architect flash mob

Everyone's favorite prison simulator Prison Architect wins Halloween with an awesome Easter egg.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:01 AM on October 31, 2013 (44 comments)

Welcome to The Cutting Room Floor. 3,773 articles and counting!

Time-sink alert: The Cutting Room Floor is a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games. From debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers — or even meant for everybody, but cut due to time/budget constraints.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:16 AM on October 28, 2013 (11 comments)

Terror from the Deep

CreatureCast - Rhizocephala - a charmingly animated look at the lifecycle of rhizocephalan barnacles, one of the more horrifying (non-charming) parasitic crustaceans (likewise). NOT a practitioner of parasitic castration but still disturbing: The bobbit worm. Happy swimming!
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:09 PM on October 26, 2013 (21 comments)

Wonderbook

Infographic shows you how award-winning science fiction is born - From Jeff Vandermeer (and collaborators) Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Trailer, website, interview.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:44 PM on October 25, 2013 (3 comments)

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