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Also includes casting notes on the 2015 remake

Die Hard has been previously established as the most Christmasy film ever (shut up, Buzzfeed), now you can join in the festive fun with this specially recorded War Rocket Ajax Die Hard commentary track featuring Matt Fraction, Matt D Wilson and Chris Sims. Cue up the Vintage VHS tape (or modern alternative, scheisse dem fenster, and enjoy!
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:54 PM on December 22, 2014 (40 comments)

Freedom is the right of all sentient beings

An Argentina court has recognised an Orangutang as 'non-human person': “This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks and scientific laboratories.” - A similar case regarding a chimpanzee in New York was recently thrown out of court.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:52 PM on December 21, 2014 (71 comments)

1964 Chevy Malibu

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About The Making Of Repo Man
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 9:47 AM on December 19, 2014 (70 comments)

A dark reimagining of a Hollywood list

The 2014 Black List Has been announced - the top unproduced scripts of the year, according to Hollywood insiders. Excited film buffs will be scouring the list for overlooked gems and masterpieces that might have been, but why not go a different route? The Ten Worst Sounding Black List Scripts.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:43 AM on December 16, 2014 (136 comments)

Radio Raheem Is a Broken Record

Do the Right Thing wasn’t ahead of its time. It was behind its time, and it’s ahead of ours. It came out in the summer of 1989, six months before Driving Miss Daisy, but if you can imagine it without hip-hop, it could have come out in 1939 alongside Gone with the Wind; without color, in 1929 with The Jazz Singer; without sound, 1915 and The Birth of a Nation. If you updated the soundtrack and the fashion a bit and released it next week, critics would praise its timeliness and how its depiction of police brutality and racial tension captures the angry zeitgeist surrounding the recent killings of unarmed black civilians by police officers. Some might even predict that it would ultimately end up feeling dated, as some did 25 years ago. If only. - Lessons from Do the Right Thing on Its 25th Anniversary
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:53 PM on December 13, 2014 (34 comments)


Seeing ‘the Man Who Fell To Earth’ Was One Of The Greatest Experiences Of Philip K. Dick’s Life - The time PKD got really into David Bowie.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 2:36 PM on December 12, 2014 (23 comments)

Gotham Central

Ed Brubaker looking back on writing Batman, Catwoman and Gotham Central - an epic three part interview from Comics Alliance: 1, 2, 3

A previous interview with fellow Gotham Central writer Greg Rucka: 1, 2 3
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 11:19 AM on December 11, 2014 (23 comments)

2014: a lot of people on the internet said a lot of things about comics

The Best Comics Commentary of 2014
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:36 AM on December 10, 2014 (36 comments)

One and sadly done

12 excellent features from directors who never made another feature
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:28 AM on December 8, 2014 (38 comments)

Tales from Failed Anatomies

The Thing In The Pit
Drowning in Sand

The Unspeakable Oath presents audio versions of several Dennis Detwiller stories following the successfull Kickstarting of the Delta Green fiction anthology Tales from Failed Anatomies.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 4:15 PM on December 5, 2014 (38 comments)

Snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen

Frozen: One year later
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 7:27 AM on November 26, 2014 (129 comments)

Stop calling me 'the Ebola nurse'

"I never had Ebola, and politicians who lie do nothing to protect your health."
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 8:59 AM on November 17, 2014 (113 comments)

Nice startup you have there...

"Defensive patent aggregator" RPX have a new line of business: selling patent troll insurance to startups.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 3:39 PM on November 11, 2014 (23 comments)

The Elements of Harmony

How My Little Pony Became a Cult for Grown Men and Preteen Girls Alike
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:37 AM on November 7, 2014 (120 comments)

Moon Eggs

20 Doctor Who Stories That Are Based On Real Science
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 1:00 PM on November 5, 2014 (16 comments)

"They finally admitted it really was to keep the media out."

Audio recordings show that airspace restrictions over Ferguson following the killing of Mike Brown, supposedly due to shots fired at helicopters, were actually to keep the media out. Meanwhile federal charges against Darren Wilson are looking increasingly unlikely.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 5:40 AM on November 3, 2014 (141 comments)

"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 (3381 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)


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)

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