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January 31
We're here for deliciousness people.
Noma's Chef Rene Redzepi, whose dishes include Vintage Carrot and Chamomile; The Sea; and Asparagus and Spruce, on the science of deliciousness and the importance of using local ingredients. [more inside]
posted by lemuring at 11:41 PM PST - 8 comments

History Channel, Asleep at the Wheel!
It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof.
posted by chavenet at 10:51 PM PST - 52 comments

The secret megalopolis of the ants
This video will haunt your dreams (slyt). Ten tonnes of cement were pumped into a gigantic ant colony and carefully excavated, leaving the skeleton of an alien city and a billion dead ants. (via)
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:52 PM PST - 205 comments

'My entire life had been waiting for this moment'
Kristen Bell's Sloth Meltdown (SLYT)
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:14 PM PST - 137 comments

There are three primary colors!
The band "OK Go" are using their signature blend of pleasant indie pop and quirky, home-grown videos to teach kids about primary colors in a new short for Sesame Street. - SLYT
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Music, Movies, Microcode, and High-Speed Pizza Delivery
Le Blues De Memphis — behind the scenes at STAX & FAME Recording Studios (1969) and Hollywood Blues, a 1969 Hollywood Recording Session. Just a sample of the vintage 50s, 60s & 70s music, movies, microcode and high-speed pizza delivery at Bedazzled.tv. [sacré bleu]
posted by netbros at 6:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Piss
"Piss" Sometimes a girl just wants to get peed on. Filmmaker Bette Bentley has written, produced, starred in and co-directed a funny and very sweet short film on the bedroom negotiations of piss play. [NSFW - also possible trigger]
posted by stray at 6:01 PM PST - 88 comments

Women's Healthcare?
NPR is reporting that the Susan G. Komen foundation is severing it's ties and halting grants to Planned Parenthood, cutting off "hundreds of thousands of dollars", mainly earmarked for breast exams. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:47 PM PST - 313 comments

Let there be facial hair.
A brief but hairy encounter. (SLYT) Don't miss the shocking conclusion.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:35 PM PST - 32 comments

My Gap Yah
The gap year is often a quite memorable experience for some of the London youth. (slyt)
posted by beisny at 3:32 PM PST - 23 comments

That week-old hot dog is nauseous.
20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong
posted by dunkadunc at 3:26 PM PST - 182 comments

"It is far more rewarding to achieve your potential in real life."
IRL : "You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living until the escape becomes the habit." A short film by a recovering WoW addict.
posted by crunchland at 3:06 PM PST - 35 comments

it could be very fresh and clean it could be Frankie
In honor of Philip Glass's 75th birthday (look at the cake!), here are three rather odd albums of or based on his music, all free to play:
Glassworked by U Can Unlearn Guitar ranges from drone to speed metal.
What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass on Accordion is as described.
Glassbreaks by dj BC mashes up Glass and Hip Hop. (previously)
posted by moonmilk at 3:00 PM PST - 22 comments

The Story of Trip-Hop's Rise
The Story of Trip-Hop's Rise Sinuous and mysterious as a plume of drifting smoke, a new sort of groove wafted two decades ago from Bristol, a bohemian university town in the west of England.... Not all local grooves take flight, but trip-hop most certainly did. Over the next two decades it was re-imagined as chill-out, downtempo, illbient and lounge music.
posted by modernnomad at 2:21 PM PST - 50 comments

Sheep Cyclone
Sheep Cyclone (SLYT)
posted by clorox at 2:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Massively Parallel & Infinitely Tiny
While Moore's Law continues to drive consumer and manufacturer expectations of technological advancement, frequency scaling has given way to parallel scaling and our most visible indicator of ever increasing transistor density is ever multiplying cores. Welcome to the Parallel Jungle where heterogeneous cores and ultimately the cloud offer far faster growth rates in parallelism than even described by Moore's Law. [more inside]
posted by I've wasted my life at 2:15 PM PST - 31 comments

Dolly Parton's Other Voice
Dolly Parton is two amazing singers. You've already heard her unforgettable voice at normal speed. But as John Oswald and others show, slowed down, it becomes something hauntingly lovely.
posted by Mchelly at 1:11 PM PST - 71 comments

How very pinteresting
Marcin Wichary, a designer for Google, recently visited Chicago's Stern Pinball, the only remaining pinball factory in the world. He posted some amazing photos of his trip. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

How Much Does an A-list Actor Make ... and Spend?
New York Mag presents the balance sheets of an A-List actor for our perusal.
posted by reenum at 12:03 PM PST - 176 comments

Astronomical Cat Removal
Meet Brant Widgeon, an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer. This short video goes into the steps he takes to clean up the images taken of space. One of the most technically difficult parts of Brant's job, however, is dealing with space cats.
posted by routergirl at 11:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Bleached
At Plano Children's Theatre, They've Shampooed All the Black Kids out of Hairspray
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 11:28 AM PST - 125 comments

Technically, the home was simply for “aged and indigent gentlefolk…of culture and refinement,”
Freedman Home For The Elderly in the Bronx had an unusual purpose at its outset in the 1920s: to house retirees who used to be wealthy but had lost their money. Now it is mostly empty. ScoutingNY.com went inside and took pictures. The abandoned upper floors are especially creepy. [found via curbed]
posted by millipede at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

"Taken as prescribed... by my addict brain."
The perils of chronic pain in recovery: As a sober addict prescribed Oxycodone, comedian Amy Dresner was careful to follow doctor's orders. Then her disease kicked in.
posted by hermitosis at 11:16 AM PST - 72 comments

doesn't it feel good to touch
Slam poet Marshall Soulful Jones performs "Touchscreen".
posted by flex at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

AGAIN!
Some cats just like to be flung
posted by The Whelk at 10:05 AM PST - 67 comments

Hustlin': The Rise of the Privileged Poor
Writer and comedian A Wolfe writes a compelling piece on education, poverty, and shame.
posted by Dokterrock at 10:04 AM PST - 42 comments

Forrest Gump + Simpsons mashup
"What if you took the audio from an extended trailer for Forrest Gump and matched to clips from [The Simpsons]? Well, you don’t have to, someone else did and it is fantastic (SLYT)" [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 9:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Do you love what you do?
On the Harvard Business Review, Umair Haque talks about creating a meaningful life through meaningful work. The idea of meaningful work seems to be talked about a lot in business circles. What does that say about people in "business"?

Does meaningful work involve science (as a scientist, I say YES!), or should we just be looking for a job, and not work?
posted by source.decay at 9:53 AM PST - 40 comments

Blah people
Bloomberg columnist and The Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg explains: How to Listen for Racism on the Campaign Trail [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:29 AM PST - 147 comments

"...how did a secondary broker get 2,000 tickets?"
Bruce Springsteen's upcoming tour lands Ticketmaster in hot water. Again. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:59 AM PST - 52 comments

A Cheetah...A Cheetah...A Cheetah
The World of Corporate Logos as Seen By a Five-Year Old (SLYT)
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:21 AM PST - 86 comments

Where did heterosexuality come from?
The Invention of the Heterosexual: In a new book, author Hanne Blank explains the surprisingly short history of the concepts of hetero- and homosexuality. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:58 AM PST - 50 comments

DMARD: Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance
For the past 18 months, engineers at PayPal, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and nine other technology companies have spent their off-hours (and some on-hours) working hand in hand to tackle the problem that plagues them all: e-mail phishing. The result is DMARC, or, "Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance". It's not new, but puts SPF and DKIM to work in a new way.
posted by Blake at 7:12 AM PST - 45 comments

A neu Neubauten
Dub machines. Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher, builds and plays his own drone metal instruments.
posted by googly at 7:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Is the Earth getting lighter?
Is the Earth getting lighter? BBC Radio's More or Less ("the mathematical icing on the cake of life") talks to some of the Naked Scientists from Cambridge about whether the Earth is gaining or losing mass, revealing some surprising and interesting facts.
posted by philipy at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Yiwarra Kuju / One Road
Running nearly 2000 kilometres through Western Australia, the Canning Stock Route is the longest stock route in the world. And since 2006, Indigenous Australians from WA's Mid-West, Pilbara, and Kimberley region have been sharing their stories about this region through the Canning Stock Route Project. [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 6:23 AM PST - 14 comments

"As we shall see, the presence of one or more specimens of Equus caballus x asinus (defunctus) constitutes the truly catalytic element,"
In his essay “The Dead Mule Rides Again,” Jerry Leath Mills argues:
. . . there is indeed a single, simple, litmus-like test for the quality of southernness in literature, one easily formulated into a question to be asked of any literary text and whose answer may be taken as definitive, delimiting, and final. The test is: Is there a dead mule in it?"
Mills’s convincing textual evidence draws on over thirty authors, but declares Cormac McCarthy ”unchallenged king of literary mule carnage.”
posted by Fizz at 5:51 AM PST - 35 comments

The relentlessness of the simplest eukarya.
Gorgeous microphotography of the growth of colonial fungi species. Featuring aspergillus, fumigatus, botrytis, trichoderma, and cladosporidium.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:30 AM PST - 14 comments

January 30
Martian Chronicles
In Martian Chronicles, a young-adult novella by Cory Doctorow, colonists leave a bloated earth and head towards the economic promise land of Mars. There's a fascinating spin on this tale that isn't summarize-able so go listen to it. Part 1, 2, 3.
posted by Taft at 10:29 PM PST - 132 comments

Alan Lomax's Global Jukebox
A decade after the death of renowned folklorist Alan Lomax, his vision of a "global jukebox" is being realized: his vast archive — some 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs and piles of manuscripts, much of it tucked away in forgotten or inaccessible corners — is being digitized so that the collection can be accessed online. About 17,000 music tracks will be available for free streaming by the end of February. NYT article here.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:16 PM PST - 39 comments

Diplomacy
Diplomacy isn't everyone's idea of fun. Time is one obstacle; a quick game can take six hours, and others can go on for 16 hours. More important, most of the action unfolds away from the table, in tense, furtive conversations among the seven players representing the once-great powers of Europe as they trade intelligence and plan joint maneuvers. The back-and-forth sounds like a David Mamet screenplay about the Triple Entente, especially because no promise is binding, no piece of information reliable. According to the rules (3 MB PDF), "players may say anything they wish." Eavesdropping, slander and betrayal -- back-stabbing, in Diplomacy parlance -- become arrows in your quiver, not the concealed weaponry of cheats and spoilsports.
posted by Trurl at 8:10 PM PST - 111 comments

Terrible Commercials (MLYT)
Trale Lewous advertises Skittles. Over and over again. Also M&Ms, Snickers, Twizzlers, and Butterfingers. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

ALIEN age 11
ALIEN age 11 - an adaptation created by an underage artist based on the Alan Dean Foster novelization and a few stills, without having seen the actual film.
posted by Artw at 6:06 PM PST - 23 comments

prepared reading for curious readers
Syllabi provides context and collects informative links for a wide variety of timely topics. The posts cover material ranging from The Mystery of Whales to The Violinists vs. the Stradivarius to The Finnish Approach to Education Reform. There are also regular roundups of good reads from the previous week. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Project Unbreakable
In October, 2011, Grace Brown put up a tumblr where victims of sexual abuse can post a photo of themselves holding a quote from their attacker.
posted by gman at 5:28 PM PST - 112 comments

U.S. Press Freedom Rankings Plummet
“The United States [owes] its fall of 27 places [to 47th] to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.” -Reporters Without Borders

Btw, Occupy Wall St. has begun heating up again for the spring with 400 arrested in Oakland yesterday. And a blooming Occupy K Street movement (DC, FB) [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 4:40 PM PST - 232 comments

of Spivs, Cosh boys & Creepers
Flick Knives, Dance Music and Edwardian Suits: Teddy Boys, Christmas Humphreys and the murder of John Beckley on Clapham Common in 1953.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Flying Books, just like it says on the tin.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore , was "Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor." (SLV)
posted by HuronBob at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Being a Maid
James McBride talks about The Help, Hattie McDaniel, why black women are still winning awards for playing maids, how black culture is appropriated and represented, and whether marginalized groups in America all serve the purpose of "cultural maids". [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 3:39 PM PST - 59 comments

Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses
Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses
posted by davidjmcgee at 3:39 PM PST - 43 comments

Chrykutgh5764gvhtfvkigdrf678
"Note (January 26, 2012): Some people have complained that this site has been sending them texts. If you're one of them, then someone else might be playing a prank on you. This Cat Facts page does not gather people's emails or phone numbers and has no technology capable of sending out messages. Sorry, there is nothing we can do to help since we aren't the ones sending the messages."
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:12 PM PST - 48 comments

Visualizing economics
Visualizing Economics. Catherine Mulbrandon makes visualizations of economic data, including the variation of the top marginal tax rate over time and the high cost of buying a TV on credit.
posted by escabeche at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

War. War never changes.
January of last year, Wayside Creations - a YouTube troupe with a penchant for propmaking - released Nuka Break, a fan film based on Fallout: New Vegas. [more inside]
posted by absalom at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

The Automatic Diet Planner
Swole.me is a completely free automated diet planner that creates meals according to your goal calorie intake and how many meals you’d like to eat per day. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 2:40 PM PST - 51 comments

"Twitter Users Beware: Homeland Security Isn’t Laughing."
"Planning to make a joke on Twitter about bombing something? You might want to reconsider: According to a report from Britain, two tourists were detained and denied entry into the U.S. recently after they joked about destroying America and digging up Marilyn Monroe. That the Homeland Security Dept. and other authorities—including the FBI—are monitoring such social media as Twitter and Facebook isn’t surprising. That these authorities are willing to detain people based on what is clearly a harmless joke, however, raises questions about what the impact of all that monitoring will be."* [more inside]
posted by ericb at 2:38 PM PST - 99 comments

Mustache 2.0
Face detection has various applications. Easymustache.com is perhaps not one of the most practical ones. [more inside]
posted by tykky at 1:46 PM PST - 66 comments

Tack-o-rama: Retro resources for designers
Tack-o-rama : Retro resources for designers. (With associated Tumblr blog) [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 1:37 PM PST - 4 comments

The palpable fear of what we experience daily without a second thought
Future Shock (2, 3, 4, 5) is a glimpse at society on the precipice of the information age, in this 1972 documentary based on the Alvin Toffler classic about the world gone mad, due to technology and computers. Narrated by Orson Welles. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 1:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Fucking librarians.
The Paris Review on librarian porn (nsfw).
posted by twirlip at 12:41 PM PST - 53 comments

Unstoppable force for justice.
Gigi Gordon dies at 54; crusading criminal defense lawyer. 'Defense attorney Gigi Gordon, who was hailed as 'an unstoppable force for justice,' battled corrupt police and overzealous prosecutors to free dozens of prisoners who had been wrongfully convicted.''"She changed the way criminal law was practiced in this county," said her ex-husband, Andrew M. Stein, who also is a criminal defense lawyer. "People don't realize how many people she set free."' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:40 PM PST - 20 comments

All God's Children
The Beardslee, Shellrude and Darr families left North America for West Africa during the 1950s. They followed what they believed to be “God’s Calling” – to spread Christianity throughout the world. Their children however - starting at the age of 6 – were required to attend the boarding school in Mamou, Guinea, run by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Cut off from their families for 9 months out of the year and without any reliable means of communication, the children quietly suffered emotional, spiritual, physical and/or sexual abuse at the hands of the all-missionary staff. All God’s Children tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuse at the hands of the parents’ missionary colleagues. The survivors and parents share their journey of seeking justice, redemption and healing. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

"I don't have a crystal ball."
Jonathon Franzen doesn't just hate ebooks - he thinks they are having a detrimental effect on the world. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 11:17 AM PST - 263 comments

John Carter of Mars, the 1935 test animation
The world of science fiction is filled with strange tales of alternate futures where one minor event reshaped the entire history of the world. In our world, one minor event in 1935 could have changed the world of animation and science fiction ushering in an era of adult animation. But, alas, that did not happen and is the topic of our sad story today. Though Bob Clampett is often remembered for his Warner Brothers cartoons, including some surreal shorts, he could have been known for bringing John Carter of Mars to life in animation. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:58 AM PST - 14 comments

FML Listings
FML Listings posts incredulous commentary about outrageously overpriced real estate listings in Toronto. Look at the run-down bungalows -- in North York! -- listed for a million dollars and despair. Canada's housing bubble, on full display. Via Maclean's.
posted by mcwetboy at 10:29 AM PST - 74 comments

Plonkers
The long running English sitcom Only Fools And Horses is going to be remade in the US…. The Guardians showbiz spies reveal the subtle tinkerings that have been made to the original formula. The funniest thing ever on television. Allegedly. (This is funnier)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:24 AM PST - 37 comments

“I would love to have like 3 close friends."
The Story of a Suicide: a fantastic array of updates about Tyler Clementi’s death (Previously on MeFi) and Dharun Ravi’s trial.
posted by hermitosis at 10:10 AM PST - 78 comments

An Epic Background, A Pun On The Name, Mix and Shake Well For Best Results
You may not know who the Costacos Brothers are. But if you were a sports fan in the US during the 1980's, chances are that you had one of their posters up in your room.
posted by reenum at 10:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Also: Lions, Tigers, and Even a Bear
Sharon Montrose does lovely, wonderful, and sometimes whimsical portrait photography of rescued baby animals. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Air's new trip to the moon
“Even if you've never heard of Melies, you've probably seen the film's most famous shot: a moon with a human face, wincing at the spaceship that has just crashed into its eye.” A full-color restoration of Georges Melies’ Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) debuted this year at Cannes, with a new soundtrack by Air. Full article and preview clip (NPR)
posted by spitefulcrow at 9:34 AM PST - 33 comments

The Muppets attack Fox News
Back in December, Fox News attacked the Muppets for the supposed "anti-coprorate" and "anti-capitalist" themes they saw in the movie The Muppets. Kermit and Miss Piggy are, finally, fighting back.
posted by cerebus19 at 9:22 AM PST - 61 comments

"...obituaries are about the juicy stuff of life..."
“Obituaries are not about death. They are a celebration of life." The Art of the Obituary [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

New JFK assassination tapes
US National Archives releases newly discovered JFK assassination tapes, of the communications of Air Force One personnel following the assassination. The digitized recording was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons at the same time as it was revealed on archives.gov
posted by stbalbach at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Will we ever know what caused the Salem Witch Trials?
"I would point out to you that medical explanations are modern. That Americans today want medical explanations for things that in the 19th century would have been explained by hysteria, and in the 18th century would have been explained by religious conversion experiences in the context of the Great Awakening, when people were having these types of fits, and in the 17th century by witchcraft."
posted by empath at 8:22 AM PST - 54 comments

Are animal rescues doing animals a disservice?
No pet for you. Want to adopt a dog or cat? Prepare for an inquisition at the animal rescue.
posted by Dasein at 7:05 AM PST - 368 comments

Encarta Resurrected
"We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey..." -from the final three Diaries Of Robert Falcon Scott (p. 166/167) which are now available scanned, transcribed, and narrated in fully searchable form by the British Library. [more inside]
posted by lemuring at 5:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Wall Trampoline!
Awesome weird gymnastic wall coolness! Neat article from the NYT on new quasi-sport, Wall Trampoline. Bonus points for mentioning the school in Quebec where Cirque du Soleil kids train. Enjoy!
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:05 AM PST - 25 comments

The Snowfield
The Snowfield You are a lone soldier wandering the aftermath of a great battle. It is the dead of winter and you won’t last long in the cold. But you are not alone. [more inside]
posted by GallonOfAlan at 2:24 AM PST - 25 comments

January 29
"tearfully imploring them to remain seated each time we come up for air"
"You know how annoying it is when you're sitting on the train with a magazine and the person sitting beside you starts reading over your shoulder? Welcome to every single moment of your future. Might as well get used to it. It's an experience we'll all be sharing." --Charlie Brooker on sharing, and why the world is doomed
posted by bardic at 10:00 PM PST - 101 comments

ginklaT sdrawkcaB
You can say any common word to Alyssa. She will pronounce it backwards the proper way in 3 seconds or less.
posted by ColdChef at 9:48 PM PST - 74 comments

Pan-Sonic Africa
The Pan African Space Station continues to arrive... I previously posted about Chimurenga's Pan African Space Station. Back then they were doing special events, but they opened up a world to innovative and experimental African musical artists. Now the Station has gone live and is broadcasting all night/all day! (Yes, that is a popup radio player...) [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

First Person Monster Blog
First Person Monster Blog with your host, special effects artist Shannon Shea. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Use Me As Your Body Pillow
"Every so often I notice that someone has found this site by searching "Pregnant Woman Porn" and I have no doubt that I am not what they are looking for. But it got me to thinking..."
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:00 PM PST - 44 comments

Dancing Skies
A useful tool for those who live in the northern reaches of our planet and wish to predict dancing skies.
posted by ubermasterson at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

"You don't get to define my gayness for me."
Cynthia Nixon (of "Sex and the City" fame) told the New York Times last week that she chooses to be gay. Her comments generated a number of responses from gay bloggers, some angry, some not so much, and generated enough heat to be covered by the AP. In today's New York Times, Frank Bruni tries to make sense of it all.
posted by gertzedek at 7:50 PM PST - 90 comments

Links from Studio Olafur Eliasson
Links from Studio Olafur Eliasson
posted by beshtya at 7:24 PM PST - 9 comments

78 78s
78 78s - In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

An eBay for the broken-hearted
Never liked it anyway: A website to get rid of unwanted/left-over gifts from bad relationships. There are tales, and tips on moving on.
posted by vidur at 5:20 PM PST - 41 comments

It’s kind of like making children
David Cronenberg talks to the LA Review of Books about making movies
posted by Artw at 5:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Pineapple under the sea.... Really?
So, Nickelodeon, you tell us that Spongebob Squarepants lives in a pineapple upside down house at the bottom of the sea. Are you really sure about that? Beware of misleading your viewers about the universe, Nickelodeon! [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 2:59 PM PST - 66 comments

33 books of Borgesian favorites
In the late 1970s Jorge Luis Borges edited a 33-volume series of fantastic tales by many authors, from Jack London to Pu Songling, Leopoldo Lugones to Henry James. The series was called "The Library of Babel," after the Borges story of the same title. In 2009, Grant Monroe found a directory of Spanish-language science fiction, fantasy, terror and mystery stories, listing the contents of the 33 volumes -- JLB's own favorite weird tales both well-known and obscure -- and began tracking down links to each of the stories, one by one: "Searching the Library of Babel". [more inside]
posted by finnb at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

The First Word
The First Word. A new Electric Sheep comic by Patrick Farley on the psychedelic origins of language. [NSFW, Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Scientists boycott Elsevier
The Cost of Knowledge lets scientists register their support for a boycott of all Elsevier journals for their support of SOPA, PIPA (tag) and the Research Works Act (previously, WP, MLA, UK, Oz, etc.). It appears the boycott was inspired by Field's medalist Tim Gowers' recent comments describing his personal boycott of Elsevier journals. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 12:55 PM PST - 60 comments

Move over Babe
Rabbit plays sheepdog. (SLYT)
posted by sardonyx at 10:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Hep
London coffee bars of the 1950s (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:09 AM PST - 63 comments

First Puppy Point of View
Beautiful Day at the Dog Park - Dogs playing in slow motion.
posted by quin at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

May I have your attention please.
Is ADHD nature or nurture? Discuss. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:37 AM PST - 231 comments

Sundays and Cybele
In 1962, the New York Times called it a masterpiece, and it won the Oscar for best foreign film that year. If you can't see it any other way, one reviewer on IMDB will rent a theater and screen it for you - if you don't mind a trip to Melbourne. Sundays and Cybele (Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray) is worth tracking down, however you manage. [more inside]
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

The Gift and the Curse
After years of rumored depressiondrug and alcohol addiction, and legal issues, D'Angelo is poised to make a comeback. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:45 AM PST - 26 comments

Through a blurry electronic prism.
In an age where composite video devices are oft relegated to thrift stores, select videographers are embracing the format and its analog roots via video synthesis. [more inside]
posted by I've wasted my life at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Wrestling promo botches
Any shortlist of the top wrestling promo botches in history would include Lex Luger's t-shirt and the debut of the Shockmaster. But it is unlikely that anything will ever surpass Hulk Hogan setting up his Wrestlemania XIX feud with Vince McMahon.
posted by Trurl at 8:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Dicken feat. Milah & Korben performing Depeche Mode covers
Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader covers Depeche Mode songs with the help of his young children, Milah and Korben, using some unexpected objects as instruments and illustrative props. Three split-screen videos: "Strangelove", "Everything Counts", & "Shake The Disease".
posted by flex at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

The Nomad's Ger
A time-lapse video of a Mongolian family assembling a yurt near the Russian border.
posted by gman at 7:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Sarah and the Seed
Sarah and the Seed - a 5-part comic about hope and babies by Ryan A.
posted by heatherann at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Guga
The Guga Hunters Of Ness. (SLVimeo) [more inside]
posted by veryape at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

You Can Be Anyone This Time Around
In 1970 Timothy Leary recorded an album called "You Can Be Anyone This Time Around". Now largely forgotten, without even a Wikipedia entry, the title track is worth a listen. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:14 AM PST - 30 comments

PRINT "Donkey loses!"
First PC game, DONKEY.BAS, comes to iPhone and iPad. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem at 12:02 AM PST - 22 comments

January 28
Toolimation
Toolimation: An animated take on building up a touring bike [SLYT]
posted by BlooPen at 9:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Nyan nyan nyan
Nyancat snake!
posted by Tarumba at 7:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Yet another Bohemian Rhapsody cover.
We've had a lot of posts about Bohemian Rhapsody, but this is worth one more listen. Richie Castellano has put together a one man show, split screen version of Queen's hit, and nails it!
posted by HuronBob at 7:36 PM PST - 45 comments

Benny Anderssons orkester på svt.se
Benny Anderssons Orkester has been creating their own special blend of pop, big band jazz and Swedish folk music for over a decade now. See them in a delightful 2-hour concert recorded last summer courtesy of SVT Play. Part 1 [59m, expires Feb 7], Part 2 [59m, expires Feb 14] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Historical Travel Menus From Northwestern's Transportation Library
Food and drink menus from the international airlines, railways, and cruise ships of decades past (Click "Digital Images" link in each carrier's thread). Courtesy of the Northwestern University Transportation Library's Menu Collection. [Via]
posted by Rykey at 6:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Disasterpeace
Jump Error [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by rebent at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

"If someone comes in and says they read a little of everything, they want the romance section."
25 Things I Learned from Opening a Bookstore.
posted by jeremy b at 5:28 PM PST - 140 comments

Black Panther in Africa.
Former Black Panther patches together purpose in Africa exile. 'Most of O'Neal's big dreams have faded over the years, or come to feel silly. Like beating the 42-year-old federal gun charges that caused him to flee the United States. Like the global socialist revolution that he was supposed to help lead. Like returning home to the streets of his Midwestern childhood. Like winning citizenship in his adopted African country, and the prize that's eluded him on two continents: the feeling of belonging somewhere.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 4:46 PM PST - 11 comments

R.I.P Clare Fischer
The great pianist-arranger-composer Clare Fischer has died. Besides being a mean pianist who even Herbie Hancock called a huge influence, very few could claim the achievements of this man, who worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, the Hi-Los and other jazzmen to Prince, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney, Prince, and so many more.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

South Korea's Pop Wave
Al Jazeera takes a look at the K-Pop Wave (YouTube link) [more inside]
posted by needled at 3:19 PM PST - 53 comments

The making of Habibi
It took the graphic novelist Craig Thompson seven years to complete Habibi, his epic exploration of child slavery and sexual awakening in an imaginary Middle-Eastern kingdom. Here he charts its creation from first thoughts to finished pages.
posted by Artw at 3:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Read twice, pass to your left.
A list of pothead novels.
posted by stinkycheese at 12:30 PM PST - 61 comments

The Pojman Pocket Protector Collection
The Pojman Pocket Protector Collection
posted by sciurus at 12:20 PM PST - 18 comments

break Elmore's rules
CBC Radio's Day 6 is holding a contest to break, in one sentence, all of Elmore Leonard's 10 writing rules.
posted by anothermug at 11:51 AM PST - 50 comments

Nice catch!
Ball Boy's Quick Catch steals attention from Nadal-Federer Aussie Open semifinal match. ''I didn't have much time to think about it. I just stuck my hand out and the ball just stayed there. I couldn't believe it myself but then I just had to get straight on with the match." Dylan Colaci's catching skills were compared to those of Australia's master of close fielding Ricky Ponting. Rafael Nadal went on to beat Roger Federer in four sets and will meet Novak Djokovic in tonight's men's final.
posted by sweetkid at 11:44 AM PST - 21 comments

Another American Abducted in Somalia
American writer abducted in Somalia. A writer and travel journalist from Manhattan Beach, Calif. has been kidnapped by Somali pirates. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 11:21 AM PST - 73 comments

The subject came down out of the tree and explained to the officers he found it entertaining to sing from a tree.
Incident reports from police departments can be boring, staid affairs. Not so with those from University of Texas at Austin. This week's highlights include a budding horticulturist with a marijuana growing habit, a non-alcoholic student with catlike reflexes and a man who enjoys singing in trees. Via TM Daily Post.
posted by Leezie at 11:00 AM PST - 22 comments

No, I DON'T want a bedtime story tonight
Smother Goose, an invaluable resource for anyone who was ever traumatized by a childhood "classic", covers everything from popular kids' books to bizarre movies, even that odd little song you had memorized as a kid. [more inside]
posted by misha at 10:09 AM PST - 25 comments

Don't You Want Your Big Nice Cake?
The Nightmare Before Christmas' " This Is Halloween " sung by everyone's favorite turrets and murderous AI in " This Is Aperture "
posted by The Whelk at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Dutch royal railway waiting rooms
Dutch royal railway waiting rooms The Dutch railway system has published 360 degree videos of the waiting rooms that were constructed for the royal family at the end of the 19th century. [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 8:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... black... small pale dot... black... black... black...
Astronomical... the solar system in book form
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Pocoyo!
Pocoyó is a charming little animated children's show from Spain. Many episodes are available online in English (narrated by Stephen Fry), in the original Spanish, and in a few other languages. You can make your own Pocoyo-style avatar and read the Pocoyo blog at the show's website. [more inside]
posted by flex at 7:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Marx for Beginners
Marx for Beginners (running time: 7 minutes)
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 6:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Anti-employee collusion by SF bay area tech companies
Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Disney, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are facing a lawsuit for their for their "no poaching" agreements (Bloomberg, TechCrunch). [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 5:31 AM PST - 59 comments

Yugo Lada
To get one large point out of the way: In the new book, The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, several contributors rapidly acknowledge the oxymoron of the title as well as the practice of owning a car in the former Soviet Empire. The private automobile, that avatar of western individualism, is difficult to square with collectivist notions. And once its owners were at the wheel, these socialist automobiles were often difficult to reconcile with notions of mechanical reliability. More than one contemporary joke appears in the text; the introduction, for instance offers, “Why does a Trabant have a heated rear window? To keep your hands warm when pushing it.” All that aside, the collection of essays edited by Lewis Siegelbaum, is a fascinating look at automobile use, production, and urban planning behind the Iron Curtain. It reveals a system that, if far from socialist or egalitarian in origin, created a culture of automobile use distinct from the western world.
posted by infini at 2:36 AM PST - 23 comments

January 27
Present Tense!
First recorded 50 years ago, Peter Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon has a rather sad ending: Puff 'sadly slips into his cave' while little Jackie Paper grows up and puts his childhood behind him. But in 2007, Peter Yarrow published a book, Puff, the Magic Dragon, in which the classic song remains the same, but whose illustrations give us a new glimpse into Puff's future. Here is Mr. Yarrow, performing the song with his daughter Bethany at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre, in '07. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:51 PM PST - 49 comments

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
Anthony Griffith talks about the highs and lows of having his daughter fighting cancer as he struggles to be funny.
posted by pjern at 11:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Why History Needs Software Piracy
Why History Needs Software Piracy: How copy protection and app stores could deny future generations their cultural legacy.
posted by homunculus at 8:54 PM PST - 53 comments

Prison Chess
Photographs of the Prison Chess series were taken in 2008 and 2009 in a maximum security facility of the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Party Rock (Anthem)
Problem: There haven't been enough electronica genres clumsily co-opted by pop! Also, we need more modern interpretations of awkward '80s fashions. Solution: Party Rock Anthem. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:24 PM PST - 110 comments

ChatChat is Like DorMouse
Play ChatChat.
Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat.
Instructions: Be a cat.
(By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV).
posted by nobody at 8:20 PM PST - 34 comments

"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes."
Let me introduce you to Kai Davis and her poem "Truth" (NSFW); a powerful commentary, on racism and perceived intelligence, which has been quietly circulating the web since December 2011. While the poet herself does not seem to have a web page, Davis' slam poetry is being noticed in slam poetry circles as well as on Tumblr. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:41 PM PST - 74 comments

After a long day of work, come home and simulate more work!
While you may be familiar with popular video games like Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto or Call Of Duty, there is another genre of video simulation games dedicated to the more mundane, albeit vital aspects of life: [MLYT]
Street Cleaning Simulator
Woodcutter Simulator
Oil Platform Simulator
Bus and Cable Car Simulator
Demolition Company Simulator
Ambulance Simulator
Agricultural Simulator
They all appear to be made by the same German Game Designer. [more inside]
posted by AndrewKemendo at 7:23 PM PST - 43 comments

I am the resurrection
After announcing their reunion, all 220,000 tickets for the first three shows of the Stone Roses 2012 world tour sold out in just 68 minutes. [more inside]
posted by ancillary at 6:21 PM PST - 77 comments

"these little songs, and many like them, were made for the comfort of my friends, in their sorrow, doubt and suffering"
An internet search, even in these days of abundant information, yields only that the pamphlets can be found in various library collections, and that they continued to be produced into the '70s. And that Edmund Wilson once sent one, "Mr. P. Squiggle's Reward," to Nabokov, calling it "one of the oddest of many odd things that are sent me by unknown people." He also got the title wrong, dubbing it "Mr. P. Squiggle's Revenge," which is probably significant. But that’s it: nothing about Volk or McCalib.
Epitomes was a series of pamphlets published by Elwin Volk and Dennis McCalib. Few traces of Volk's life are to be found, but he seems to have been a lawyer, and wrote at least a couple of pamphlets about law, which he self-published in Pasadena. McCalib is equally elusive. A man by that name contributed to an issue of One: The Homosexual Viewpoint in 1964. A Dennis McCalib also used the pseudonym Lord Fuzzy. The aforementioned "Mr. P. Squiggle's Reward" got a curt, two half-sentence dismissal in Poetry Magazine, otherwise these pamphlets seem not to have troubled the literary world. Someone donated their manuscripts to UCLA where they rest undigitized in fourteen boxes. But Library of Congress has scanned a total of twenty-six pages in high resolution.
posted by Kattullus at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

A Cat's Eye View Of Alien
Cats On Film brings us My Day, By Jonesy. What's a cat to do when all the can-openers seem to have their attention focussed on the giant hairless kitten which just burst out of one of their chests?
posted by hippybear at 5:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Making stuff happen with little time and energy.
http://lowcommitmentprojects.com/
posted by deanklear at 5:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Mi-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i
StateTable:  US/Canada  states, provinces,  territories and minor possessions as CSV, SQL, HTML form elements, PHP arrays, and more. All the countries in the world, as a text list, CSV and API (from the very handy and open Factual).
Also: FreeMapTools, including “how far can I travel from any point on the Earth in a certain time, using a form of ground transportation?”, and “If I dug a tunnel straight through the planet, where should I emerge?” (previously)
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 4:07 PM PST - 11 comments

No more! No more being... subtle!
Take a ride through The Villages, FL, a retirement community where the Joneses are defined by... golf carts.
posted by troll at 3:47 PM PST - 37 comments

Two robots and a sampler
House music, particularly French house, relies heavily on sampling bits of material from all kinds of audio sources (i.e disco and classic rock). Find out how it works and where the samples from dozens of house tracks originated in this series of excellent youtube videos.
posted by Taft at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Apollo 18
Is Newt Gingrich’s plan for a moon mine science fiction? The technology may be in place, but is there any reason to go?
posted by Artw at 2:57 PM PST - 178 comments

Football Information Graphics
on Goals Scored renders (largely English) football information into a variety of visualizations, some trivial, some striking. Test your knowledge of Premier League club crests, or identify goalscorers by the shape of their productivity. [more inside]
posted by Errant at 2:28 PM PST - 11 comments

No AK
Someone worked out when Ice Cube had his 'good day.'
posted by secretdark at 1:29 PM PST - 156 comments

ReWired
After the Wire, actress Sonja Sohn couldn’t leave Baltimore’s troubled streets behind.
posted by modernnomad at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Fingathing: glitchy astral-funk crafted from a turntable and a double bass
"I suppose quite a few of you are gonna be sorta wondering what the hells going on and who the hell we are, em, but um, we're called Fingathing and we're from Manchester. My name's Peter Parker and I play, like, one turntable, and this dude over here is Sneaky, and he plays the double bass. And basically that's it. That's how we make our music." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Ethics for Justices
The firm represented the justice, who never paid for the work. Now the firm litigates cases before him. Remember Michael Gableman, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice? Now he is the subject of a likely fruitless petition by a Democratic state representative, Kelda Roys, regarding the "free" legal work done for him by a prominent firm which still litigates before him. Previously on MetaFilter on the Wisconsin Supreme Court justices. Previously on MetaFilter on Wisconsin recall elections.
posted by bearwife at 12:37 PM PST - 12 comments

PDF-ed
A UK man who downloaded recipes on how to make explosive devices has been jailed under the controversial Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which makes it a crime to be "in possession of records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism". [more inside]
posted by unSane at 12:25 PM PST - 81 comments

Sip the juice - I got enough to go around
What you may or may not have seen hidden in "The Shining".
posted by cashman at 11:16 AM PST - 216 comments

Once upon a time there was a girl who had 7 invisible horses
The girl with 7 horses – Photographer Ulrika Kestere uses clothing to form images of horses in a lovely photo-essay. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 38 minutes
Does California need the high-speed rail project? The New York Times published six opinion pieces debating the merits of the $90 billion high-speed rail plan that would connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. Streetsblog has a summary of the six opinions. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:41 AM PST - 122 comments

The 7 Biggest Economic Lies
The seven biggest economic lies with Robert Reich.
posted by latkes at 9:06 AM PST - 126 comments

Catsik ft. Exkitten - Swagga
Contrary to popular belief, cats can make great DJs. It's just a small sample, but it's nice to see him really get into it as the set progresses.
posted by gman at 8:58 AM PST - 32 comments

The Gift That Keeps On Hissing
Unsure what to give your special someone for Valentines Day this year? Why not give their name to one of the Bronx Zoo's 58,000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
posted by The Whelk at 8:35 AM PST - 47 comments

Set up minutes up (alarm): Turn arm left + wave
Artist Roger Ibars' "Hard-wired devices" are vintage video game controllers linked to clocks and other devices.
posted by griphus at 7:35 AM PST - 20 comments

"You're just like, 'What am I doing?'"
DIY bungee jumping
posted by defenestration at 7:22 AM PST - 50 comments

Knope we can!
Election year politics may be cruel, cynical and disheartening, but nerdy rapper Adam Warrock's new EP reminds us that there is one candidate whose message of positivity never wavers, even while it might be at odds with her name. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Annals of chess history
Alexander Alekhine lies dead. Little Samuel Reshevksy gives a simultaneous exhibition. Mikhail Tal presents his most chilling death stare. Fischer plays Fidel. Che meets Miguel Najdorf. Reuben Fine cavorts with a beauty on a beach, showing her his moves. Anatoly Karpov hangs out with Salvador Dali. The grave of Jose Raoul Capablanca. Klaus Junge plays in his Nazi uniform. Sometimes hit and miss, but it has to be said that this a great epic thread of vintage chess photos.
posted by rahulrg at 6:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Harder than it seems at first.
Musaic Box is a puzzle game that uses music to define the pieces. Find outlines for songs, and then try to put them together...very fun and addicting. Don't try to play with the sound off obviously.
posted by schyler523 at 6:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Sixteen Concerned Scientists
"Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to "decarbonize" the world's economy. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically." Link. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 5:59 AM PST - 270 comments

Q: What is the meaning of life? A: I don't know, ask the gyre.
Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, in which the author, Erik Andrulis, proposes an "axiomatic, experimentally testable, empirically consistent, heuristic, and unified theory of life." He also claims to be able to unify physics.....ahem. All this is done using the chemistry notation you learned in highschool. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 5:57 AM PST - 53 comments

A serial intern in the finance sector speaks.
A serial intern in the finance sector speaks: "Applying for internships is so tiresome and bruising. It's like dating, you sit by the phone waiting for a call. Back in my days at university I would get up at 5.30am or 6am. First I'd go jogging, then send out an application for an internship. Every morning. It's so painful to hear 'no' all the time."
posted by feelinglistless at 5:21 AM PST - 86 comments

It is a Puzzlement
The Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection, given to Indiana University in 2006, is now online, with images and descriptions of some 24,000 puzzles, from an 18th century Japanese puzzle to nearly 300 kinds of Rubik's Cubes. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:54 AM PST - 11 comments

January 26
desk vs desk
How to play Street Fighter by oneself (by the one and only desk)
posted by kilo hertz at 11:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Beyond Vanilla
Minecraft was officially released a few months, back, but that doesn't mean that the game still isn't being updated. Aside from new features like Kitties and Jungles being added in the latest update, there are hundreds of active mods available which are updated constantly. [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:54 PM PST - 68 comments

Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story"
Drinking: A Love Story, Chapter Six: Sex - by Caroline Knapp
posted by Trurl at 8:06 PM PST - 36 comments

"Brother Epstein, huh? I can see the headlines: 'Puerto Rican Jew enters monastery, becomes the first 'Schlamonk."'
Dear Mr. Kotter,
Please excuse Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo DeHuevos Epstein from class. He has an appointment in heaven.
Signed,
Epstein's Mother
[more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:21 PM PST - 88 comments

Jo Mora
Jo Mora was a California (by way of Uruguay and Boston) painter, sculptor, author, photographer and, most notably, map-maker. He sculpted the many figures on the Monterey County Courthouse and designed the chapel in the Carmel mission. He spent three years living with and photographing the Navajo and Hopi in Arizona. He authored and illustrated a number of children's books. Of all his many talents, Mora was probably best known for his unique maps ("cartes" as he called them) of the West. He created incredibly detailed maps, interesting, funny and maybe anachronistically racial, of California, Yosemite and Yellowstone. Music fans will recognize Mora's work from the Byrds' 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo (full carte here).
posted by one_bean at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

"A brave young man...who saw a broken machine...and fixed it."
After a string of projector malfunctions occurred during a screening of Martin Scorsese's Hugo in New York City, the pre-show advertising began playing over the film's climactic scene. Metahilarity ensues.
posted by alexoscar at 6:41 PM PST - 45 comments

Jonathan Keith Idema
"It will probably always be unclear who, exactly, Jonathan Keith Idema really was".
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 4:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Glenn Beck joins Anonymous?
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck has produced a video appropriating Anonymous' trademark style. It is unclear whether he is mocking the group or whether he seeks to join them. If "we are all Anonymous," then can't he be Anonymous, too? (direct youtube link, for those wishing to avoid Beck's site.)
posted by nobody at 3:40 PM PST - 100 comments

Gay marriage makes it okay?
The granting of gay marriage rights in New Hampshire seemed to be a step in the right direction. However recently there is a push back to refuse service in public places to the gay community based on religious objections, seemingly against earlier legislation written to stop this exact type of discrimination.

You may or may not remember a similar story featuring an upstate New York town clerk (NYT).
posted by aloiv2 at 3:11 PM PST - 65 comments

Desperately in need of musical accompaniment
Animals in hats [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave at 3:01 PM PST - 18 comments

The other side of YouTube.
TVTropes calls it a "Neo-Dada art form consisting of video remixes. . . to confuse, stun or entertain the viewer". A recent top ten list (more here) fills the gaps of that description with ample WTF, which is almost too appropriate for a video genre that first garnered attention as a misdirection troll. [more inside]
posted by I've wasted my life at 2:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Brothers and Sisters Have I One, But That Mans Father is.....
John Tyler was the 10th president of the United States. Born in 1790 he became president upon the death of "Tippecanoe" William Henry Harrison. His nickname given by his detractors was "His accidency." He led in relative obscurity. His Grandchildren are still alive.
posted by Xurando at 2:27 PM PST - 39 comments

The Ghost and the Carcass
The Atemporality of "Ruin Porn": Part I, Part II.
posted by Artw at 12:01 PM PST - 34 comments

Un, deux, trois dit miroir noir
""If technology is a drug--and it does feel like a drug--then what, precisely, are the side-effects?" "Charlie Brooker (previously), the writer of E4's Dead Set, returns with a suspenseful, satirical three-part mini-series that taps into collective unease about our modern world" - Black Mirror [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 12:01 PM PST - 76 comments

Hanging the machine guns on the wall was a bad idea.
If you like real-life crime drama, Burgled in Philly, by John Davidson, will keep you occupied for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by gilrain at 11:48 AM PST - 40 comments

loading up dream-catchers with wild and beautiful dreams for a lucky trucker
Dengue Fever is an L.A. band that fuses Cambodian pop music with psychedelic rock. They have a youtube channel where you can find highlights such as a live acoustic version of their song Uku as well as a clip from the 2007 documentary Sleepwalking Through The Mekong. NPR has an interview with them in 2008 and a review of their second album Escape From Dragon House. Peter Gabriel is a fan.
posted by mannequito at 11:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Incompatible Food Triad
After twenty-five years of thinking about this problem I decided to write a web page about it. Here is the problem: Can you find three foods such that all three do not go together (by any reasonable definition of foods "going together") but every pair of them does go together? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 10:47 AM PST - 169 comments

Can Sex Ever Be Casual?
Psychology Today delves into the societal and psychological issues raised by casual sex.
posted by reenum at 10:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Matt Damon Craft
Matt Damon Craft
posted by The Devil Tesla at 10:37 AM PST - 58 comments

Mixing With My Mind
The mind-altering power of the Mackie DL1608 Digital Mixer needs to be seen to be believed. SLYT.
posted by Paid In Full at 10:35 AM PST - 54 comments

Remember: Always wear your safety glasses!
Laser Pointer Hack! A DIY guide to turning your laser pointer into a laser cannon.
posted by quin at 10:24 AM PST - 20 comments

80s Sports Posters.
80s Sports Posters Jerry Rice: Goldfingers. Patrick Ewing: Madison Square Guardian.
posted by sweetkid at 10:01 AM PST - 38 comments

Smell like a god.....or a man encased in metal?
JADs International, makers of fine Star Wars and Star Trek related perfumes, have released a new line to coincide with The Avengers Movie. [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi at 9:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Doll 'protesters' present small problem for Russian police
Lego figurines, Kinder surprises and other toys played the role of 'demonstrators'. Police in Siberian city ask prosecutors to investigate legality of protest involving display of toy figures holding miniature placards. "Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events – using toys with placards at mini-protests," Andrei Mulintsev, the city's deputy police chief, said at a press conference this week, according to local media. "In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event." [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Just let it flow
Adam Smith is the first to admit that his debut feature film is not the easiest sell in the history of cinema. "There's no real narrative strand," says the director. "It's 85 minutes long, it's got paintballs exploding – and clowns..." Don't Think, The Chemical Brothers in concert. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Khooni lakir tod do, aar paar jod do
Inshallah Kashmir: Living Terror is Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar's brand new documentary, which is banned in India, that provides the perspectives of people that rarely receive positive mainstream media attention. [more inside]
posted by gman at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak
Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak: part one (aired 1/24), part 2 (aired 1/25) [more inside]
posted by flex at 8:13 AM PST - 55 comments

The Sting
Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions - The government's case also contained potentially embarrassing allegations that top Google executives, including co-founder Larry Page, were told about legal problems with the drug ads. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:12 AM PST - 61 comments

Too Bad, So Sad, Bye Bye
The Hidden Mythos of Police Academy.
posted by veedubya at 8:07 AM PST - 40 comments

Other, Completely Different Infinities
Japanese scientists think they may have an explanation for how a three-dimensional universe emerged from the original nine dimensions (plus time) of space: the universe had nine spatial dimensions at its birth, but only three of them experienced expansion. A Hollywood sound designer tries to explain ten dimensions. Efforts to portray an eighth dimension have already been explored.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 8:05 AM PST - 60 comments

The long strange trip of a Singaporean assault rifle
The long strange trip of a Singaporean Cold-War-era assault rifle into the hands of Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and what it reveals about the unintended consequences of the global trade in small arms and ammunition. [slnyt]
posted by killdevil at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Also, Gotye was #1 on the Hottest 100
Australian PM Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott are dragged from an Australia Day lunch by their security details after armed Aboriginal protesters surrounded the venue. The protestors arrived from the nearby Tent Embassy after comments made by Tony Abbott that it was time for the Embassy to "move on" - comments particularly pointed on a day many are trying to rebrand as Invasion Day.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:40 AM PST - 62 comments

Does What it Says On The Tin
Here's a 30-second Video of a Snoring Dormouse. [SLYT]
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:05 AM PST - 39 comments

Potting soil
As part of a university course, Steve Wheen has started the Pothole Gardener project. He uses plants and miniatures to create sanctuaries of tranquility in broken urban places. via
posted by infini at 6:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How thick is your bubble?
Charles Murray, author of the controversial 1994 work The Bell Curve, has a new book coming out, entitled Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010. He's included a twenty-five question, weighted quiz to get a feel for how in touch you are with mainstream, blue-collar American culture. It's not automated, so you'll need pen and paper. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 6:38 AM PST - 358 comments

Is there a mechanic in the house?
"Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications." - SLYT, from AT&T's Archives YouTube channel.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

SFW Porn
Reddit's r/EarthPorn is the largest of the SFW Porn Network, dedicated to large, hi-res photos. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Human Library
Check Out Some New People: The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach. Started in Copenhagen, Denmark 12 years ago, it has since Spread, and new libraries continue to pop-up All Over the Place.
posted by Blake at 5:11 AM PST - 6 comments

So mych depends upon a red London bus.
UK Photographers who compose a picture in a similar way to an existing image [PDF] risk copyright infringement, lawyers have warned following the first court ruling of its kind.
posted by unSane at 5:02 AM PST - 55 comments

Mad Panda: Bamboodome
Wastelander Panda Prologue [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 4:43 AM PST - 7 comments

HULK SMASHES THE PUNY PARADIGMS OF FILM CRITICISM
Loudly and with much smashing, FilmCritHulk has become a major presence in the world of online film criticism with his semiotical essays on storytelling, cinematic principles, and media theory. Starting first on his personal blog, Hulk now writes for Badass Digest [previously] (the lifestyle blog corner of the Alamo Drafthouse empire [previously, previously]) [more inside]
posted by kcalder at 4:40 AM PST - 24 comments

A moving experience
Four years ago, Joshua Heineman (previously) started posting animated GIFs made from turn of the century stereoscope photos, bringing this early 3D technique back to life. Now he's teamed with NYPL Labs to create an interface to let you make your own GIFs and 3D anaglyphs from the 40,000 digitized stereographs in the collections of the New York Public Library. (Background from the NYT)
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Post-Industrial Brooklyn
How Brooklyn Got Its Groove Back: New York’s biggest borough has reinvented itself as a postindustrial hot spot. In City Journal, Kay S. Hymowitz walks us through a story of entrepreneurial "creative class gentrification" in NYC's most populous borough. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:26 AM PST - 89 comments

According to Google I am an 18-24 year-old male. Or maybe it just means I'm a juvenile dick.
They are off by 20 years and a set of genitals in my case... Follow the link in the text to find out if Google has done any better with you.
posted by moneyjane at 12:02 AM PST - 133 comments

"I need to feel the winter, grey colour to me is the most poetic. It allows me to leave the prison of my imagination, everything that is grey suits me."
Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos has passed away. "[He was] possessed of a singular style that has long divided critics... visually evocative, often beautiful, his films contain long sections with little or no dialogue." In 1995, he won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for Ulysses' Gaze, and three years later, the Palme D'Or for Eternity and a Day. A career in clips. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 12:00 AM PST - 9 comments

January 25
In the end, what is life without love?
Motorsport - Love For Life The latest video created by Finn Antti Kalhol, Motorsport - Love For Life is a roughly four and a half minute meditation on auto racing, suffering and love. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 10:23 PM PST - 25 comments

"The map reflects what the plants have known for years."
The USDA has released an updated version of its plant hardiness zone map. Based on low temperatures from 1976 to 2005, it puts most US locations into a slightly warmer planting zone. While many headlines link the overall changes with global warming, the map also reflects factors such as urban heat, prevailing winds, and the slope of the land. The Washington Post has an interactive graphic showing the old and new zones.
posted by pernoctalian at 9:00 PM PST - 26 comments

More Budweiser than Bud Light
"Gridiron League is a collection of idealized NFL insignias that pay tribute to each team's history and geography in a period-specific aesthetic that glorifies the Vince Lombardi-era over the Cold-Activated-era. This is not an exercise in nostalgia but an interpretation of the league's founding principles through the symbols that we, as football fans, identify with most." [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 8:49 PM PST - 45 comments

Ultramapping pinterest blog collects great maps
Ultramapping - outstanding and cool maps of all types, collected at Sha Hwang's Pinterest pinboard.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:43 PM PST - 12 comments

"Television has been attacking us all our lives, now we can attack it back."
Handmade Cinema. A guide to experimental film and filmmakers.
posted by Pope Xanax IV at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Lisa Lyon
[all links nsfw] Although [Lisa] Lyon briefly served as unofficial chairperson for women’s bodybuilding in its infancy, her fondest desire was to explore bodybuilding as an artistic medium. Elevating bodybuilding to the level of fine art, Lyon was photographed by the likes of Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe, and was the first female bodybuilder to appear in Playboy.* [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Wild Palms
In 1993, in the era of television reinvention following the earthquake of Twin Peaks, ABC aired a 6-hour miniseries executive produced by Oliver Stone and Bruce Wagner -- Wild Palms. Featuring a monster cast (James Belushi, Dana Delaney, Robert Loggia, Angie Dickenson, Kim Cattrall, Ernie Hudson, Nick Mancuso, Bebe Neuwirth and Brad Dourif, just to name a few) and with episodes directed by the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Phil Joanou, it was a near-future cyberpunkish surreal Television Event that the New York Times described as "nothing so much as an acid freak's fantasy, drenched in paranoia and more pop-culture allusions than a Dennis Miller monologue." [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:44 PM PST - 50 comments

Australia Day
It's a day of high jinx, high revelry and high people in Australia; a day when a large and vocal majority come together to "celebrate what's great" about this country. But what is the meaning of all this fanfare? What is the true origin of this passionately marked day of facepaint and binge drinking? Is everyone in Australia so keen on this particular anniversary? To get to bottom of these questions, and more, join your amiable host Robert Foster [previously] as he conducts a high-octane, high-frequency satellite link-up with a representative of the Mainstream Australian media: multi-Logie award-winning broadcaster, entertainer, emu-wrangler and true blue Aussie, Kenneth Oathcarn. Rap News Episode 11: Australia Day
WARNING: contains adult Australian vernacular - viewer discretion is strongly advised.
posted by finite at 7:13 PM PST - 12 comments

They is Me
Canadian queer magazine Xtra! has found itself at the center of controversy after refusing to refer to certain transgendered interviewees by their preferred pronoun: "they." [more inside]
posted by asnider at 6:59 PM PST - 173 comments

"I really want folks to listen to my music just for the music..."
in which the owner of The New York Knicks, James Dolan, happens to front a blues band - JD & The Straight Shot
posted by beisny at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Bear 71
It's hard to tell where the wired world ends and the wild one begins. For years, wildlife cameras around Banff national park captured photos of animals to track their activity. One of those animals, a female grizzly identified as Bear 71, in now the subject of an NFB interactive documentary assembled from those photos.
posted by RobotHero at 6:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Wi-fi Protected Setup cracked
WPS (Wi-fi Protected Setup) is a protocol used by many wireless routers to make it easy to use wireless printers and other networked peripherals. Recently researchers revealed that the protocol was unsafe. It turns out that the PIN password space is only 11,000, and most routers don't object to repeated failed attempts to log in. As a result, it is possible to brute-force try every PIN in two-four hours. An open source program called Reaver has now been released which will do this. The Department of Homeland Security recommends disabling WPS on all routers, but not all routers permit it to be disabled.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:22 PM PST - 45 comments

The days of our kind are numbered.
Nicol Williamson passed away on December 16th in Amsterdam from esophageal cancer at the age of 73. You might remember him as Merlin in Excalibur or Father Morning in Exorcist III. Rest in Peace
posted by tribalspice at 5:44 PM PST - 37 comments

Theatre geeks rejoice!
Susan Blackwell is an American actress, writer and singer, best known for playing herself in the musical [title of show].[1] The web series "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" chronicles her unconventional encounters with Broadway celebrities: sorting laundry with Daniel Radcliffe, feeding goats with Jonathan Groff, researching rectal surgeries with Norbert Leo Butz, naming dogs with Zachary Quinto and consulting a ouija board with Andrew Rannells, to name a few. [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Modified Cabinet Cards, Involuntary Collaborations and Fat Cats in Art
Alex Gross converts antique cabinet card portraits into pop caricatures (larger collection). Chris McMahon creates involuntary collaborations with bland landscape paintings he picks up at yard sales, similar to John Lytle Wilson's Corrected Paintings. And then you have fat cats in art, or Great Artist's Mews.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Will Israel Attack Iran?
After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear — rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong, that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.
posted by Dasein at 2:39 PM PST - 312 comments

Ron and Tammy on the wings of a dragon
What happens when a Southern paleontologist falls for a creationist? According to Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, it might go a little something like this.
posted by yellowbinder at 2:30 PM PST - 30 comments

A nation full of immortal poor people.
In 2002, Doug Monroe placed his parents in assisted living. A decade later, he's looking back at "the weighty financial and emotional costs that come with a parent's immortality": The Long Goodbye.
posted by zarq at 1:39 PM PST - 85 comments

One Giant Leap For Tiny Plastic Mankind
A pair of Toronto high school students sent a Lego man into space two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by mhoye at 12:57 PM PST - 31 comments

White People Solve Racism
If 2012's Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth
posted by Artw at 11:59 AM PST - 243 comments

Live life as if the next moment is your last. Because, remember, time flies!
The One-Minute Fly [SLYT] An animated short (with a nod to Ice Age).
posted by humannaire at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Wilco's Nels Cline rig rundown
Wilco's own Nels Cline gives a 38 minute video rundown of his stage guitars and rig.
posted by Ardiril at 11:52 AM PST - 51 comments

Do You Love Me?
My mistake, if I can call it that, was trust - to think a smile was a smile and not a show of teeth. - - - All this week, tor.com is publishing The Situation, a comic based on a story by everyone's favorite Jeff VanderMeer, and illustrated by Eric Orchard. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 10:56 AM PST - 20 comments

In Mother Russia, Leaks Wiki You
Yesterday, news broke Wikileaks founder Julian Assange announced a 10-episode television show that will feature "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries." Today it was announced that the show will be broadcast by the Kremlin funded English language channel Russia Today. The press seems unimpressed with Wikileaks' chosen distribution channel.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:47 AM PST - 94 comments

Meme-ory Game
20 Things That Happened on the Internet in 2011 from Syzygy (2010 version).
posted by mrgrimm at 9:42 AM PST - 34 comments

"Except for that Abercrombie. Swear that guy has Plot Armor to prevent anything bad from ever happening to him, just like his characters."
10 SFF Authors Play D&D Together’ by Brent Weeks
posted by Fizz at 9:23 AM PST - 39 comments

"They’re not as crappy as other cities' toilets."
Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed. A short documentary on the Portland Loo. Official website.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:14 AM PST - 65 comments

Feline takeoff keeps plane on tarmac
“We now have a ‘lost cat in airplane’ file that’s got one piece of paper in it after this morning.” [more inside]
posted by empatterson at 9:00 AM PST - 70 comments

Modern portraits, old techniques
"The Soldier Portraits Project...consists of portrait photographs of soldiers of the United States Army, primarily of the 3rd Infantry Division...[t]he photographs are made using the 150 year old collodion wet plate process - the same process that was used to document much of the period (and many of the soldiers) of the Civil War." [more inside]
posted by cjelli at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic
Barbie Ma Muse Famous artworks recreated with Barbie. (NSFW - some nudity)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Boots ‘n’ cats ‘n’ boots ‘n’ cats’ n’ boots ‘n’ cats ‘n’ boots ‘n’ cats
Boots and Cats - SLYT silliness. [via]
posted by quin at 8:17 AM PST - 31 comments

hip-hop family tree comix
The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture (part two, part three) is a "semi-regular, ongoing feature" currently running in the comic Brain Rot by Ed Piskor. (Ed Piskor and Wizzywig Comics previously on MeFi)
posted by flex at 8:10 AM PST - 16 comments

shot to the heart
What do you get when you cross the low key folk rock of Bon Iver with the arena rock of Bon Jovi? You'd probably get something like Bon Joviver. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:53 AM PST - 19 comments

784 episodes, 226 stories, 11 doctors, one legend.
Every Doctor Who story, 1963-2011, a tribute clip from YouTube user Babelcolour. If this is your kinda thing, you might dig the rest of their videos.
posted by jbickers at 7:36 AM PST - 38 comments

Do you want to see something scary?
GQ reports on paraplegic web cam hacker Luis Mijangos [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Our burrito's will not be made of people!
An Oklahoma state Senator has introduced a bill to ensure the safety of the state's food supply. [more inside]
posted by Runes at 6:41 AM PST - 111 comments

Pop music cutups
The Beatles, "Revolution," cut up, scrambled, and looped. The Beatles sing "one two three four" for an hour. All of Billy Joel's greatest hits played at once. Celine Dion screams for 1.5 minutes. Please enjoy responsibly. (Mostly via I Love Music.)
posted by escabeche at 6:28 AM PST - 36 comments

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." -- Hal Borland
President Obama’s YouTube Forum deems marijuana legalization questions “inappropriate”
posted by rodmandirect at 5:45 AM PST - 198 comments

History doesn't always repeat itself; sometimes it rhymes
Germany celebrates a leader who was instrumental in bringing her power and glory as well as being responsible for carving up Poland [more inside]
posted by Renoroc at 5:44 AM PST - 25 comments

O2 mobile data networks reveal your phone number to all visited websites
It appears that the O2, Tesco mobile, and GiffGaff mobile data networks (they are the same, just rebranded) reveals your mobile number (cell phone #) to every website you visit using their mobile data network. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 1:01 AM PST - 47 comments

January 24
On mammograms
"I believe the time has come to realise that breast cancer screening programmes can no longer be justified ... I recommend women to do nothing apart from attending a doctor if they notice anything themselves." [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:35 PM PST - 52 comments

What're the profit margins on a Trojan Horse?
A Swarthmore College student-reporter's questioning of whether it is moral to go into banking sparks NYT columnist Nick Kristof to not only assert the affirmative, but to argue (in part) that in fact more well-educated, liberally-mined people should go into "conservative" industries like banking in order to reform it from the inside. In effect, Kristof suggests, socialist-leaning, educationally-empowered students should hunker down, swallow their disdain, and apply their ideals to change finance. Said student responds (in Slate): elite, ostensibly liberal-leaning students don't seem to be particularly discouraged from capitalism or going into banking in this climate, and probably never have been.
posted by Keter at 10:04 PM PST - 49 comments

Raiders of the Lost Archetype
Often cited as a direct inspiration for Indiana Jones, Charlton Heston is Harry Steele. Steele is a treasure hunting gigolo hot on the trail of an ancient Incan artifact in Jerry Hopper's 1954 Secret of the Incas. The film opens with a song featuring the beautiful soprano of the illustrious Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, better known by her stage name of Yma Sumac(previously and previously). The song may be familiar to fans of The Big Lebowski. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 10:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Boy in China has eyes that glow in the dark, and night vision.
The transhumans are among us. Let's hope this guy outbreeds us all. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 9:29 PM PST - 66 comments

there ain't no arsenic in them thar hills
A strange bacterium found in California’s Mono Lake cannot replace the phosphorus in its DNA with arsenic, according to researchers who have been trying to reproduce the results of a controversial report published in Science in 2010. (Via Bad Astronomy.) Previously.
posted by IvoShandor at 8:11 PM PST - 31 comments

The Caging of America
The scale and the brutality of our prisons are the moral scandal of American life. Every day, at least fifty thousand men—a full house at Yankee Stadium—wake in solitary confinement, often in “supermax” prisons or prison wings, in which men are locked in small cells, where they see no one, cannot freely read and write, and are allowed out just once a day for an hour’s solo “exercise.” (Lock yourself in your bathroom and then imagine you have to stay there for the next ten years, and you will have some sense of the experience.)
posted by Trurl at 7:58 PM PST - 102 comments

Wait, I don't think this is the right bridge.
Last Friday morning, two men managed to crash their pickup truck by attempting to drive 60 mph down the Sixth Street Railroad Bridge in Augusta, Georgia. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident, but the fact that the railroad track in question is an active street-running line may have also played a part. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 at 7:23 PM PST - 44 comments

A glimpse into the future.
Eight Net Generation norms. Some statistical fingerprinting. Digital natives in the workplace. Changing faith. Socialism loses its stigma. Adapting in the wake of the Great Recession.
posted by I've wasted my life at 6:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen and Mefites, The President of the United States
President Barack Obama will today give the annual State of the Union address. There will be at least three rebuttals in addition to a prebuttal that occurred this morning. The address will be streamed online at Whitehouse.gov. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 5:55 PM PST - 417 comments

On Becoming Infertile - by an Anonymous Feminist Philosopher
Let's Talk About Reproductive Norm Enforcement, Baby. An anonymous philoso-blogger recounts, in an honest, intelligent, compelling, and occasionally poignant way, the process of undergoing medically necessary surgery that would cause infertility. If you care about the reproductive expectations with which women are saddled by contemporary society, you should read this. You should also read this if you care about bioethics, medical decorum, feminism, women in academia, the ethical behavior of philosophers, or, you know, justice. If you care about those last four things, you should have been reading Feminist Philosophers already.
posted by MultiplyDrafted at 5:43 PM PST - 114 comments

Lesson number three: Always trust Centauri.
Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan Armada. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 5:42 PM PST - 40 comments

The Legal Stranger Project
The Legal Stranger Project "How do I explain to my child as it grows up that in our state, I am not your mom, that there are people out there who go out of their way to make sure our family cannot be complete? "
posted by chronkite at 4:40 PM PST - 51 comments

Pitchfork, 1995–present: What did we do to deserve Pitchfork?
In the last decade, no organ of music criticism has wielded as much influence as Pitchfork. It is the only publication, online or print, that can have a decisive effect on a musician or band’s career.... [W]hatever attracts people to Pitchfork, it isn’t the writing. Even writers who admire the site’s reviews almost always feel obliged to describe the prose as “uneven,” and that’s charitable. Pitchfork has a very specific scoring system that grades albums on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0, and that accounts for some of the site’s appeal, but it can’t just be the scores.... How has Pitchfork succeeded where so many other websites and magazines have not? And why is that success depressing? A lengthy history and review of Pitchfork [Media], from an inexpensive online alternative to a music zine, to "indie" music kingmaker, and thoughts on pop music (criticism). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 3:48 PM PST - 109 comments

Is your food spending normal?
Is Your Food Spending Normal? This interactive calculator from Mother Jones compares your spending with others in your location and income bracket.
posted by desjardins at 3:16 PM PST - 82 comments

Nostalgia embedded on a web page
A complete playable Nintendo Gameboy Color system, emulated in JavaScript and HTML5, with Super Mario Land, Zelda, Megaman, Final Fantasy, Tetris and more.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:35 PM PST - 39 comments

Come up to my loft, I'll show you my cartographs.
Maps! Maps are great. And Cartophile is a pretty great blog about maps, courtesy our own desjardins, via mefi projects.
posted by cortex at 2:35 PM PST - 20 comments

What They Know
Google announces privacy settings change across products; users can’t opt out.

But let's not single out Google:
Facebook already does it.
And let's not forget the "traditional" internet advertising companies.
Visa and MasterCard want to get in on the fun as well.
Children get tracked more than adults.
Here's a good Wall Street Journal page keeping track of the tracking: What They Know.
posted by benbenson at 2:21 PM PST - 146 comments

Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins goaltender and Free Citizen Tim Thomas skips White House dinner
One of only two American players on the 2010/2011 Boston Bruins team, goaltender Tim Thomas skipped a White House event to honor the team's Stanley Cup championship victory for political reasons. Reactions have been numerous and mixed.
posted by Hoopo at 2:12 PM PST - 58 comments

Concentration on hue and saturation
It's just another clever colour matching game. It seems to be getting trickier and trickier, but don't let that confuse you - it's all about matching the colours perfectly.
posted by hat_eater at 1:57 PM PST - 59 comments

"Your mother sells whelks by the hull"
"One in three teens has shared a password with a friend or significant other." [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 1:37 PM PST - 62 comments

There is no law in France, it turns out, against the improvement of clocks.
This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground"
posted by The Whelk at 1:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Ron Paul, Soothsayer-in-chief
On April 24 2002, Ron Paul made an address to the House on his predictions on the results of US domestic and foreign policies, ending with "I have no timetable for these predictions, but just in case, keep them around and look at them in five to ten years. Let's hope and pray I am wrong on all counts. If so, I will be very pleased." Spoiler: he is probably not pleased.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:27 PM PST - 163 comments

Deedl-ee-doo-doo, deedl-ee-doo-doo, doodl-ee-doo-dee dee.
What do you do when your viola recital gets interrupted by someone in the audience getting a call on their cellphone? Improvise.
posted by scalefree at 12:26 PM PST - 26 comments

Endangered Animal Photographer Joel Sartore's Biodiveristy Project
Stunning portraits of endangered zoo animals by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore. Part of The Biodiversity Project. Previously. (via)
posted by roaring beast at 11:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Happy Birthday Oppy
Having now traversed 34 kilometres (21 miles) across the surface of Mars and exceeding it's 90-day mission to explore Mars by 2,830 days, NASA's Opportunity rover turned 8 years old today. So what's the feisty martian robot been up to lately? It's now exploring the rim of the 14-mile-wide Endeavor crater, discovering "slam-dunk" evidence that water once flowed through underground fractures, and is being strategically positioned at a 15-degree angle for a long winter suntan.
posted by joinks at 11:50 AM PST - 29 comments

A California City Is Into Tweeting—Chirping, Actually—in a Big Way
Lancaster, CA employs an innovative method of crime fighting: bird noises.
posted by reenum at 11:48 AM PST - 20 comments

Now, the original Watchmen was groundbreaking and shocking by showing Dr. Manhattan’s blue dong. I propose that we outdo that in this fight scene by showing his anus as often as possible.
Chip Zdarksy spills the beans on the time DC asked him to write Watchmen 2. May not be safe... for people.
posted by Artw at 11:48 AM PST - 45 comments

You might just download a car
The Pirate Bay announced today a new category of torrents, Physibles:
We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.
[more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:13 AM PST - 157 comments

Rise of the Glock
How the Glock Became America's Weapon of Choice The Glock was created in 1982 by a curtain rod manufacturer named Gaston Glock. Glock didn't like the handguns available on the market and decided to manufacture a new gun from scratch. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 10:51 AM PST - 123 comments

Step Four: DIE.
if i die: if i die is the first and only facebook application that enables you to create a video or a text message that will only be published after you die. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:18 AM PST - 74 comments

A real page turner
The page turner is a wonderful complex yet compact Rube Goldberg machine. The NYT has a bit of background on the creator behind it.
posted by mathowie at 8:18 AM PST - 21 comments

"...I remember now"
Archetype is a seven minute sci-fi short by Aaron Sims, which despite being a no-budget project, features amazingly high quality special effects. [more inside]
posted by quin at 8:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Inside[r] baseball?
Pictures are making the rounds of a younger Ron Paul in the 1975-1979 Houston Astros "rainbow" uniform. Why, you might ask? "An 1889 editorial in the New York Sun advised 'all statesmen of any aspirations for the future to consider that if they have not yet recorded themselves as lovers of our national game [baseball] or some other sporting interest, they should do so immediately.'" This isn't lost on the 21st-century GOP hopefuls, either (you have to see the Rick Santorum video). Since not long after that editorial--1909 actually--the "two parties" in the U.S. Congress have faced off in the Annual Congressional Baseball Game. [more inside]
posted by resurrexit at 8:00 AM PST - 42 comments

42
What Happened Before the Big Bang? The New Philosophy of Cosmology
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:52 AM PST - 50 comments

5 things I learned today
5 things I learned today: five interesting links posted (almost) every day
posted by flex at 7:13 AM PST - 28 comments

Northern Lights
Today's Astronomy Picture Of The Day (previously, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) is utterly astonishing. [more inside]
posted by motty at 7:08 AM PST - 32 comments

The Turtle and the Shark
The Turtle and the Shark is one of Samoa's most cherished stories, and it has been animated beautifully by Ryan Woodward in the style of siapo, or Samoan tapa barkcloth. [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 4:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Dots like lines more than squiggles
The dot and the line is a romance in lower mathematics starring a dot and a line. It won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:25 AM PST - 22 comments

Real Dead Ringer For Love
Is Necrophilia Wrong?
posted by veedubya at 3:21 AM PST - 248 comments

Shipping News
Play by play animation and description dissecting the Costa Concordia tragedy using available AIS data. Warning: distracting off camera 'thunking' noise throughout. Captain John Konrad also discusses the three fatal mistakes made by the ship's master that lead to the grounding.
posted by mattoxic at 1:24 AM PST - 42 comments

January 23
King Center Archive
The King Center archive launched a new web interface this year, featuring online access to thousands of historical documents relating to Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.
posted by latkes at 10:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Animating Medicine
Bioanimation companies like XVIVO, Hybrid Medical (Previously), Random42, Biolucid, Argosy Medical, and BioDigital have been doing beautiful work for hire, freely available to watch. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 9:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Lo, in the twilight days of the second year of the second decade of the third millennium did a great darkness descend...
In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero.
posted by homunculus at 9:28 PM PST - 167 comments

Oxycontin - The Pill of Pain
OxyContin: Purdue Pharma's painful medicine. Among the sellers of opioids, none has been more successful -- or controversial -- than Purdue Pharma, maker of the No. 1 drug in the class: OxyContin, which generated $3.1 billion in revenue in 2010. Purdue and its marketing prowess are the biggest reasons such drugs are now widely prescribed for all sorts of pain, says Dhalla: "Purdue played a very large role in making physicians feel comfortable about opioids." And as we'll see, Purdue's past and present go a long way toward explaining how so many Americans came to be in the grip of potent painkillers.
posted by storybored at 8:53 PM PST - 63 comments

Chess Notes Archives
Chess Notes Archives
posted by Trurl at 7:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Barack Obama, Post-Partisan, Meets Washington Gridlock
Barack Obama, Post-Partisan, Meets Washington Gridlock. The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza reviews major domestic policy decisions from the first two years of the Obama administration, based on internal White House memos. Some key decisions: [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 7:48 PM PST - 50 comments

A day in YouTube can be reduced to 345,600 nyans
One Hour Per Second - "In 1 minute 50 seconds of uploads to YouTube, an unlucky person falling through a bottomless pit travels 12,000 miles."
posted by Memo at 7:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Today's formulaic music.
Discover bytebeat. A new genre of algorithmic music has been developed by demoscene coder viznut, a.k.a. PwP. Sharing genes with chiptunes and facilitated by bitwise operators, bytebeats are decidedly non-traditional music created by short, programmatic formulas. Read about computationally minimal art, the aesthetic that spawned bytebeat. Try your hand at composing (some helpful examples). Read an explanation of how the formulas work. A few more pieces.
posted by I've wasted my life at 5:14 PM PST - 48 comments

Of Particular Interest to Mefites
A history of "pearl clutching." Apparently, it originated on In Living Color.
posted by mokin at 5:09 PM PST - 50 comments

My Royal Canadian Mint Coins
Taxali is not my original last name. It was changed 300 years ago to Taxali by a Maharaja in India. My ancestor invented a coin that was difficult to counterfeit and was subsequently knighted Taxali by the Maharaja.  It means, "Maker or Steward of The Mint".  How serendipitous!!  Here I am, 300 years later, honouring my ancestor's achievements and mine and my sister's family name. via [Drawn]
posted by unliteral at 4:41 PM PST - 20 comments

The Apple Factory Responds
In a move seemingly inspired by the This American Life episode Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory (previously), Apple has released a list of its suppliers (PDF) around the world and is voluntarily allowing a third party to audit the working conditions at those factories and make the results available to the public. The third party will be the Fair Labor Association, who also monitor Nike, New Balance, and Adidas.
posted by gilrain at 4:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Five Square Centimetres
Dog Poop Insurance is a product that would potentially be available for a single-premium at the time of purchasing your new shoes.
posted by gman at 4:01 PM PST - 15 comments

United States v. Jones
In a unanimous decision [PDF], the Supreme Court has ruled on United States v. Jones and found that placement of a GPS tracker on a car by police is a violation of the fourth amendment—but is the ruling as clear-cut as it seems? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 3:18 PM PST - 35 comments

Disco Inferno: The Five EPs
"We were so dumbfounded at the noise that was coming out of our instruments it took us a while to get a handle on what we were hearing, let alone thinking in terms of how any records would be structured." Music journalist Ned Raggett assembles the oral history of British experimental rock group Disco Inferno's five EPs.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 2:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Caution: Intense geekery inside
Pipe Logic "Suppose the null-byte is an electron. Then, /dev/zero provides an infinite supply of electrons and /dev/null has an infinite appetite for them..." Modeling transistors and logic gates using Unix pipes.
posted by bitmage at 1:55 PM PST - 22 comments

You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative...
What the Right Gets Right and What the Left Gets Right : An experiment in "transideological friendship." What liberals and conservatives think their ideological opposition does well.
posted by crunchland at 1:39 PM PST - 121 comments

Moving forward, coast to coast
On the same day that NJ governor Chris Christie announced that he has nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor to the state’s highest court, Washington state's legislature has announced that they have the votes to pass the same sex-marriage bill that the governor has already promised to sign. Washington will be the seventh state to have same sex marriages. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:24 PM PST - 70 comments

The SAR is not charmed
"Hong Kong people are dogs," mainland professor Kong Qingdong said (video in Mandarin with English subtitles; "dog" comments are around 1:06) in response to a widely-viewed video (Cantonese/Mandarin, no subtitles, but a English-subtitled news report is here) of mainland tourists eating on the Hong Kong subway, where eating is banned. This has incited an uproar in the former British colony, but is not the only flare-up between Hong Kong and the mainland recently. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 12:02 PM PST - 88 comments

Officially, they never flew together.
When they flew together, it was like holding hands in the air. Since reviews of Red Tails are focusing on its good intentions , one way to honor those intentions is to check out some real romance and some real related history. [more inside]
posted by TreeRooster at 11:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Coalition of the shilling
Focus on the User, Google! says a coalition of engineers from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. They have created their own 'Don't be Evil' bookmarklet to rearrange Google's social search results to remove G+ bias, using Google's own APIs. Caution: Bookmarklet does not work with IE or in areas without Google's new social search features. May choke smaller ferrets.
posted by Sparx at 11:21 AM PST - 91 comments

Part of the D-Tour Collection
"Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey's image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That's appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!"
posted by obscurator at 11:18 AM PST - 95 comments

Sea bros
Off the coast of Hawaii comes the first scientific evidence of cooperative play between a bottlenose dolphin and a humpback whale. In two separate incidents a dolphin rode on the head of a whale above the surface of the water. It is not, however, the only footage of dolphins and whales playing around and helping each other out. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:54 AM PST - 29 comments

Tentacular
Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom Hunter (previously) on the importance of science fiction Awards in elevating geek culture and The Kitschies, the highly praised new genre fiction award from pornokitsch.
posted by Artw at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

[INSERT PRINCE REFERENCE HERE]
Irrational Games' creative director Ken Levine wants you to meet BioShock: Infinite's new difficulty: 1999 Mode.
posted by griphus at 10:35 AM PST - 85 comments

"It might have been designed to illustrate her love for the gaudy and unsettling."
A Portrait in Postcards. Twenty years after her death, Angela Carter's literary executor and friend, Susannah Clapp, remembers Carter through the cards she sent, "These cards make a paper trail, a zigzag path through the 80s. They are casually dispatched – some messages are barely more than a signature – but are often the more telling for that: they catch Angela on the wing, shooting her mouth off. She would have hated the idea of a soundbite, but she had a gift for a capsule phrase, for a story in a word. " The postcard gallery.
posted by gladly at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Ghostery Research Graphs
Ghostery Research has compiled data on internet trackers from users who opted into GhostRank and allowed Ghostery to send information in.
Here are a couple of interesting graphs:
Presidential Candidates websites
Which trackers cause the most lag (load time).
They also have a new site which lists trackers and their ilk in the form of a periodic table . (They explain a little about it here).
posted by marienbad at 9:44 AM PST - 25 comments

"There are many rights for which we should fight, but the right to protection from offense is not one of them."
Hari Kunzru: Reading The Satanic Verses in Jaipur: Why the novelist read from Salman Rushdie’s banned book The Satanic Verses to protest against the cancellation of Rushdie’s visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival.
posted by Fizz at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

The end of direct download file sharing?
Four days after the shutdown of popular "cyber-locker" Megaupload, rival companies Filesonic and Fileserve have also disabled file sharing. The two companies also owned wupload, upload.to, and a number of other cyber-locker sites. Is this the end of direct download filesharing?
posted by reformedjerk at 9:08 AM PST - 108 comments

The Brand
David Grann of the New Yorker writes about the power of the Aryan Brotherhood inside America's federal prisons.
posted by reenum at 9:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Problem, Black Box, and Feedback
"I love stories. My chief hobby is reading. I was formally trained as a writer, not as a game designer (there wasn’t really any formal training for game design I got started, but that’s another story). I think most game stories are not very good. And I quite enjoy games with narrative threads pulling me through them. When I find a game with a good story, I frequently prefer the story to the actual game! So please keep that in mind as you read: I love story."
Narrative in a game is not a mechanic. It’s a form of a feedback, by Raph Koster
posted by codacorolla at 8:57 AM PST - 10 comments

"This was a game he never won, even when he was sober."
PodCastle is a free weekly fantasy podcast with 192 full-length episodes and 67 mini-episodes. Featured authors have included Elizabeth Bear, Hal Duncan, and MeFi's own Willow Fagan. [projects]
posted by 256 at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Katniss?
Iza Privezenceva is a Russian girl who is astonishingly fast with a recurve bow.
posted by quin at 7:58 AM PST - 120 comments

City of Big Shoulders and Sans Serif
One designer's attempt to create a logo for each of Chicago's seventy-seven community areas, and a few of the more well-known neighborhoods in between. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 7:41 AM PST - 33 comments

Peeling Back the Labels: Survey paints portrait of black women in America
Results of a new survey by the Washington post and Kaiser sheds some light on black women in America in a way that some others have failed to do. 2011 saw a record number of articles, books and shows dedicated to analyzing the "plight' of black women in America. Naturally, most of it devolved into popular tropes about black women being undesirable, ugly, angry, and lonely. This new survey shows that for some black women, the path to happiness doesn't necessarily have to be through companionship with a mate.
posted by RedShrek at 5:49 AM PST - 34 comments

"You might not be able to do all the things you wish to do, but at least try to do some of them."
In the course of his life, he stepped into the ring as a Golden Gloves boxer, marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington DC and even fell victim to southern racism. It would not be until decades later as a mechanic that a customer would ask Gordon Burt Jr to play a song on his guitar.

In addition to receiving a recording deal, Dr. G.B. Burt continues to live in Alabama, but also enjoys his dream of performing on stage - an ambition that stretched as far back as the 1950s.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Forbidden Colors
"The observers of this unusual visual stimulus reported seeing the borders between the stripes gradually disappear, and the colors seem to flood into each other. Amazingly, the image seemed to override their eyes' opponency mechanism, and they said they perceived colors they'd never seen before."
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:07 AM PST - 30 comments

January 22
An academic review of 21 books on the financial crisis
Andrew Lo reviews 21 books on the financial crisis. In a 41-page paper, Andrew Lo, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, does a comparative review of 21 books about the financial crisis - some from academics and some from journalists and Secretary Paulson, looking for common threads. Tyler Cowen comments.
posted by falameufilho at 11:10 PM PST - 30 comments

"I really love to discover other people."
Zapatou is a video editor who likes to make audio-visual mashups, such as World Covers of Adele's Rolling in the Deep, a a 10th anniversary 9/11 memorial in pictures, quad-screen HD eye-candy of the Fast and the Furious, and Mellencamp's Hurt So Good, lip-synched by the Ice Age 3 crew.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Refining companies face $7M in fines for not adding nonexistent additive to fuels
Refining companies face $7M in fines for not adding nonexistent additive to fuels
posted by leffler at 10:21 PM PST - 50 comments

"a killing spree of staggering proportions"
Amnesty International believes that Iran has executed at least 600 people in 2011 in what it calls "a killing spree of staggering proportions". [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 8:36 PM PST - 67 comments

“Maybe you should never transition."
"We are seeing the emergence of a new variation on an old, cissexist theme: 'No, it’s not a good time for you to transition. This is going to be so hard on us. Oh won’t you wait or reconsider this choice for us normal people?'. Their subtext is plain and unambiguous to nearly every trans person: 'Maybe you should never transition.'" [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 8:18 PM PST - 184 comments

RIM jobs
After 20 years together at the helm of Research In Motion Ltd. [previousy, previously], Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the company's co-chief executives, turned over the top job late Sunday to a little-known insider as part of a board and management shuffle.
posted by unSane at 8:16 PM PST - 43 comments

"You won't often see a billfold like that."
The "unique abdominal dexterity" of Helena Vlahos.
posted by hermitosis at 7:38 PM PST - 29 comments

"I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face"
Life's a Happy Song sung by Kermit the Frog and Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKensie, who wrote the song [NYT].
posted by Kattullus at 7:05 PM PST - 39 comments

Diary of an Author: Woke up. Googled self.
Diary of an Author: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
posted by fings at 4:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Kappa Beta Phi evening of racous fun
Billionaires doing skits dressed in drag. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 4:29 PM PST - 29 comments

John Frankenheimer's "Seconds"
Seconds (John Frankenheimer, 1966) is a disturbing film to watch. With its unresolved, horrific ending, it’s possibly one of the most depressing films ever made [SPOILER]. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 3:21 PM PST - 40 comments

A dance for spring
Here's a dance performed by Yang Liping and her niece Cai Qi at a Chinese New Year gala recently. It's called "Spring" and will likely mark the end of a celebrated career. Yang Liping (杨丽萍) is perhaps most famous for her gorgeous arm movements in the Peacock Dance (雀之灵), and here's one more dance performed entirely in silhouette called "Moon". (MLYT)
posted by of strange foe at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Fun at work
Moonwalker.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Chris Dodd threatens Obama over SOPA/PIPA
With surprising candor, Chris Dodd tells Obama that the Hollywood purse strings are about to get tight. Angry over the Obama administration's siding against SOPA and PIPA, Dodd says openly that the money the Democratic party regularly counts on Hollywood for might not be there this election cycle. One view is that Hollywood considers that it bought something very specific with it's money, and it's angry it's not getting it. Should Obama be worried about this? Perhaps not. The guys from Freakanomics say that our assumption that money is the most important factor in deciding elections is a fallacy.
posted by asavage at 1:42 PM PST - 240 comments

Finland votes, round 1
Finland votes – as visualized by national broadcasting company, click Sivakoikaa! (Ski!). (About the candidates). First round of Finland's presidential elections has finished with Sauli Niinistö (conservative) and Pekka Haavisto (green) winning 36.7% and 18.7% of votes. If no-one wins over 50% in the first round, the second round will be held amongst the top two candidates two weeks later. Haavisto has steadily doubled his share in polls, where Niinistö has halved his share from his best polls. Among his other achievements in international peace and being green, Haavisto could be the first openly gay elected head of the state.
posted by Free word order! at 1:28 PM PST - 26 comments

The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
Driving through Time features roughly 2700 photographs and 76 interactive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Twilight of the Yahoo-Yahoo Boys
You may have never heard of them, but they definitely have your email address. They are the Yahoo-Yahoo Boys; the young Nigerian men who cut wide swaths of cash by preying on the naiveté of moneyed Westerners vis a vis their dreaded 419 emails. ...But if you check your spam folder right now you might notice that it is slightly lighter these days. That's because it's been a tough week for Nigeria’s most infamous internet enthusiasts. Due to the week-long strike action that took place in response to the government’s decision to remove a national fuel subsidy, it has become increasingly difficult for the Yahoos to extract funds from their “clients”. [...] The Yahoos' disposition towards #OccupyNigeria is also worth paying attention to because 419 culture is essentially a street-level microcosm of the institutional corruption that has plagued Nigeria for the past forty years. And although the Yahoos are often blamed for distorting Nigeria’s image abroad, they've also become part of the cultural fabric.
posted by infini at 12:13 PM PST - 26 comments

USA! USA! USA? Deutschland, Deutschland über alles.
Germany has the economic strengths America once boasted. 'Germany with its manufacturing base and export prowess is the U.S. of yesteryear, an economic power unlike any of its European neighbors. As the world's fourth-largest economy, it has thrived on principles America seems to have lost.' 'Germany's economy looks like that of the U.S. a generation ago. In 1975, manufacturing accounted for about 20% of the United States' economic output, or gross domestic product, about the same as in Germany today. Since then, U.S. manufacturing's share of GDP has slid to about 12%.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 11:28 AM PST - 85 comments

Happy Gung Haggis Fat Choy!
What does the dancing Chinese lion eat at Gung Haggis Fat Choy? Not lettuce.. but haggis of course [SLYT with bagpipes, be warned] (The lion breaks out into a bit of highland fling for extra fun). [more inside]
posted by chapps at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Did Gordon Ramsay “nightmare” kill off Austin’s El Greco?
Kitchen Nightmares shows Gordon Ramsay helping restaurants make miraculous turnarounds. Ramsay helped relaunch Austin, Texas's El Greco, but the restaurant still ended up closing. Some people are saying that Ramsay's interference may have been the final nail in the coffin for the restaurant.
posted by reenum at 8:57 AM PST - 112 comments

May no act of ours bring shame...
Paterno, Joseph Vincent (Joe Pa)
Born: December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York.
Died: January, 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.
Vocation: Football Coach
Employer: Penn State, Retired.*
posted by Toekneesan at 8:38 AM PST - 172 comments

Firedance Through The Night
Light your torch and wave it for the lunar event tomorrow with the full 17-minute-long video for Duran Duran's New Moon On Monday (Part 1, Part 2).
posted by hippybear at 8:26 AM PST - 17 comments

The Leading Indicator of Laughter
The Correlation Of Laughter AT FOMC Meetings.
posted by storybored at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Look at what you did, Internet, you made Ralph Fiennes blush
Tony Award winner, BAFTA winner, and multiple Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes reads briefly aloud from a Voldemort/Harry slashfic entitled "Broken Innocence," by Jaden Kelly. (SLYT for nerds, no redeeming social value) (via)
posted by Countess Elena at 7:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Napoleonland
In one of the strangest new bids to get tourism dollars, Yves Jégo, the current veep of France's Radical party and the former Overseas Secretary of State, has announced plans to start raising funds for a new theme park dedicated to Napoleon. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 2:45 AM PST - 34 comments

January 21
The Heliotropic Sounds of Sun Araw
Let's take a brief detour into the strange sonic labyrinth of Sun Araw. [more inside]
posted by SomaSoda at 11:27 PM PST - 16 comments

I think I saw this in a disney movie.
Singers get all the chicks.
posted by empath at 10:56 PM PST - 45 comments

Objects of philanthropy and NGOs or targets of the war on terror
Ayn Rand has a fantasy in Atlas Shrugged of striking ‘creative’ capitalists, a fantasy that finds its perverted realisation in today’s strikes, most of which are held by a ‘salaried bourgeoisie’ driven by fear of losing their surplus wage. These are not proletarian protests, but protests against the threat of being reduced to proletarians.
The Revolt of the Salaried Bourgeoisie in the London Review of Books.
posted by klue at 8:42 PM PST - 91 comments

Nerd Girlfriend
In 2009, Roxana Altamirano made her first post to Nerd Boyfriend (previously), a style blog that finds clothing similar to those worn by iconic male figures. Now, almost three years later, there is a Nerd Girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by mokin at 7:50 PM PST - 31 comments

SEAndroid
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has begun releasing Security-Enhanced Android patches and tools, which port their Security-Enhanced Linux tools to Android devices. SEAndroid and SELinux provide mandatory access control designed to limit the amount of damage that rogue or exploited software can do. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 6:53 PM PST - 35 comments

Strong Like Bear
The Truck They Couldn't Drown Watch agog as this Rasputin of Russian trucks conspicuously fails to give up the ghost crossing a Siberian river.
posted by ironjelly at 5:43 PM PST - 67 comments

Exactly 364 days ago I was sailing on the opposite side of Guadeloupe heading west...
Today Dutch sailor Laura Dekker returned to St. Maarten, completing her yearlong solo voyage around the world aboard her sailboat, “Guppy.” (Previously)
posted by the_artificer at 5:28 PM PST - 49 comments

#27 Help win war — beat fascism
Lists of Note is a new site from Shaun Usher, proprietor of Letters of Note. It posts interesting lists, running the gamut from funny to poignant, mostly by famous people, though other sources crop up. Here's a sampling of lists: Johnny Cash, Walt Whitman, Eero Saarinen, Don Carman, Marilyn Monroe and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
posted by Kattullus at 5:05 PM PST - 9 comments

"I am the machine"
Comedian Bert Kreischer was named the "top partier" at Florida State University in a 1997 Rolling Stone article. The 2002 movie "Van Wilder" was inspired by his life. Bert Kreischer is THE MACHINE (animated version). Bert Kreischer hangs out with Tracy Morgan. NSFW (language).
posted by IvoShandor at 4:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill
Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection provides visitors with the opportunity to view a virtual reconstruction of Walpole's extensive collections--everything from armor to wall hangings--housed in his custom-built Gothic villa, Strawberry Hill. (For video tours and discussions of its ornamentation, ongoing restoration &c., check out the Strawberry Hill Youtube Channel.) Objects can be viewed according to maker, type, or room; there's also a virtual tour, based on contemporary paintings and sketches. For more about Walpole, plus links to e-texts of his fiction (most famously, the pioneering Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto), visit The Literary Gothic.
posted by thomas j wise at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Why that's just smashing!
Perfected by the old masters, this age old tradition has been imitated, innovated and passed on to the next generation. The question remains, what made them hate those guitars so much? (MLYT)
posted by TheCoug at 3:43 PM PST - 32 comments

And Elmo begat Gladhon
Emil Johansson is attempting to build a Family Tree that holds all of the characters in Middle Earth. As of today, there are 646 entries.
posted by soelo at 3:12 PM PST - 31 comments

Amazing HD Timelapse Day and Night Video of Yosemite National Park
There's been a lot of great photography of Yosemite National Park. National Geographic has done some excellent work and there's plenty of photos that provide a great historical view of the area. More recently there was a fantastic zoomable 17 gigapixel project (previously). But this HD time-lapse day & night video of several locations around Yosemite Park provides perhaps the most amazing view of the area yet. More info on the making of the video at Project Yosemite.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:02 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm on my way to the Reprobate Empire, via Whiskey Island and the Temptation Straits
Mapping out whiskey. Start here, swimming in Drunkards Channel: Map On Temperance, 1846. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 2:20 PM PST - 17 comments

"In the constant pursuit of albino squirrel rights."
In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day 2012, I present the Albino Squirrel Preservation Society. Start a chapter in your area! (Previously on MeFi)
posted by hermitosis at 2:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Serenade, Waltz: Evgeny Grinko
Evgeny Grinko is a Russian musician who recently posted two gorgeous, minimal instrumentals to YouTube. He also has a free EP called Winter Sunshine. [more inside]
posted by fake at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

going batty
A Florida roofing crew is surprised when they disrupt a bat home. For maximum fun, there's also a longer version. (via Nothing to do with Arbroath)
posted by madamjujujive at 2:09 PM PST - 58 comments

Israel is closing the books on a rare millennia-old Jewish tradition.
Nearly three decades after Israel began airlifting Ethiopia's ancient Jewish community out of the Horn of Africa, Israel's rabbis are now working to phase out the community's white-turbaned clergy, the kessoch, whose unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 1:43 PM PST - 31 comments

What is Dub?
Speaking of Dub (the real kind), just over one year ago the music world lost one of its pioneers in the realm of dub and roots. Vivian "Yabby You" Jackson produced some of the most hard driving reggae ever released. RIP. [more inside]
posted by Jibuzaemon at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What, exactly, is Dubstep?
What, exactly, is Dubstep? Electronic music artist Bassnectar explains. [via]
posted by saiwol at 11:32 AM PST - 147 comments

Dave Brubeck Improvises At The Moscow Conservatory
Young Russian Violinists' Impromptu Jam With Dave Brubeck
posted by noaccident at 11:22 AM PST - 18 comments

How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work
“You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That’s the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours.” Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher of the NY Times give an in-depth report on Apple's migration of electronics manufacturing to Asia and its impact on middle class Americans.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:19 AM PST - 158 comments

Terminator Babies
Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous job (SL Nightmare Fuel)
posted by dirigibleman at 10:02 AM PST - 33 comments

failed simulations and the surprising psychology of impressiveness
...Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness: "Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do", posits Cal Newport of Study Hacks ("Decoding Patterns of Success" - at work, at school). (via AskMeFi)
Also from the blog: The Passion Trap ("How the Search for Your Life’s Work is Making Your Working Life Miserable") and Beyond Passion ("The Science of Loving What You Do"). [more inside]
posted by flex at 9:52 AM PST - 15 comments

365 days in the life of a bike in NYC
Lifecycle - A bike in New York is locked to a pole and photographed everyday as it slowly disappears. [via]
posted by quin at 9:28 AM PST - 42 comments

Gizmo's Freeware
Gizmo's Freeware is a non-commercial community website staffed entirely by volunteers. Our primary function is to help you select the best freeware product for your particular needs.
posted by Trurl at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Desperate Times in Xiaogang Village
The Secret Document That Transformed China. Planet Money story about Xiaogang village in China that was hungry and desperate in 1978, and how the risk the farmers took ended up influencing the transformation of China.
posted by Eekacat at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Burning bodices
The first sexual revolution: lust and liberty in the 18th century
posted by Artw at 8:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Enter the Black Water Dragon
A much anticipated birth is expected by many Chinese families after the New Moon on Monday, 23rd January ushers in the auspicious Year of the Dragon. The only mythological beast in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon as a symbol in China dates back to 3000 BC and stands for happiness, immortality, procreation, fertility and activity. This year's babies will be Black Water Dragons, considered to be calmer, more flexible and even more charismatic than other elements. In previous dragon years, countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have all experienced baby booms, and preparations are in place for this year's influx of baby dragons.
posted by infini at 7:00 AM PST - 34 comments

Another 50,000 hits on Youtube.
Is a tent clothing? Is someone wearing a tent illegally squatting? Is the person recording it all very annoying? (SLYT) There are so many things to think about here. The guy in the background makes it hard to concentrate on those things, but they're there.
posted by h00py at 4:49 AM PST - 66 comments

Steven Siegel's 80s New York
Steven Siegel's photos of New York in the 80s. Via gothamist. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:00 AM PST - 41 comments

January 20
Adorable
Ball girl saves Cedrik-Marcel Stebe from gigantic bug at the Australian Open (SLYT). [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 11:53 PM PST - 91 comments

Extinct Monkey Lives!
SFU graduate students captures photos of the "critically endangered Miller’s Grizzled Langur, which had never been documented in the 38,000-hectare Wehea rainforest and was thought to be possibly extinct."
posted by chapps at 8:57 PM PST - 7 comments

YouTube is full of videos that could be used for 418 error pages
This might be the most amazing 404 error page ever.
posted by grouse at 8:02 PM PST - 60 comments

How many Presidential candidates can you name?
There are over 400 2012 Presidential candidates not named Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, or Ron Paul. Mental Floss lists 11 of them.
posted by SisterHavana at 7:47 PM PST - 36 comments

I was a fan way before I knew it was underground.
Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery: Get ready, everybody — it's time you were brought up to speed on some important features of the female anatomy. (possibly NSFW: some diagrams of internal anatomy) [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad at 6:37 PM PST - 94 comments

rat haus reality
As we near completion of the current Year of the Rat, it feels appropriate to tell a story about how rat appreciation started, how the ratitor came to be, and how the organic unfolding of rat haus reality awareness manifested, first in the building of the balsa wood house itself (preceded by the rat cabin and ancestral rat hans), then in its image scribing, next as a gift-in-photo series, and now as this virtual gathering place for consciousness to further explore, expand, and extend itself.
posted by deanklear at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

The Waffle House Terrorists
This past November, news broke of a rather odd domestic terror plot that had been broken up by the FBI. Four senior citizens in northern Georgia who met regularly at a local Waffle House, were allegedly planning to spread ricin and botulinum toxin in Atlanta and Washington, DC, in order to kill millions of people and "save the Constitution." But was there ever really a conspiracy?
posted by zarq at 5:34 PM PST - 86 comments

STOP BEING SKINNY AND TIRED!
Ask for Amazing WATE-ON. Retronaut's collection of dietary supplement ads offers some historical perspective on the obesity epidemic. [more inside]
posted by nangar at 4:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Top Ten books of famous authors
Top Ten Favorite Books from authors: Stephen King's 10 favorite books. David Foster Wallace's 10 favorite books. Sue Monk Kidd's 10 favorite books via the CS Monitor.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:42 PM PST - 52 comments

Elephant (innards) on parade.
Inside Nature's Giants is a ridiculously educational British science documentary series featuring dissections of very big animals, including a giant squid, a sperm whale, a giraffe, and many, many more. [more inside]
posted by sawdustbear at 3:26 PM PST - 19 comments

"Let's open up this pit!"
"My First Hardcore Song," by Juliet, age 8.
posted by koeselitz at 2:31 PM PST - 50 comments

The ability to recreate an entire movie is insignificant next to the potential of the Force.
Back in 09', Star Wars Uncut (previously) asked people to recreate 15 second chunks of Star Wars: A New Hope however they wanted, using live action, animation, text adventure screens, SCUMM interfaces, costumed pets, and more. Now they've been edited together to recreate the entire movie as a homemade, constantly shifting media experiment. (Vimeo link)
posted by The Whelk at 2:08 PM PST - 131 comments

The sound of the ages
Years by Bartholomäus Traubek: a record player that plays slices of wood.
posted by functionequalsform at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Beneath the molecular diagram was the simple caption “MAKE ME!”
SiHKAL: Shulgins I Have Known and Loved: After spending days, weeks, months poring over the work [PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story; TiHKAL: The Continuation; lab books] of psychonaut-in-chief, Alexander Shulgin, Hamilton Morris mustered up the chutzpah to give him a call and request an interview. The result is this: an epic love-fest on the man who birthed Ecstasy in a test-tube. Hamilton visits the Shulgin residence (in San Francisco, naturally) and tempers his fanboy freakout with a rare and intensive look at the home and laboratory that caused the balls of millions to trip. For those who prefer text, here is the video in article form. [Shulgin previously: 1; 2]
posted by troll at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Chicago Gang Cards
In the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago gangs distributed gang cards to stake their neighbourhood claim. Full gallery available here.
posted by gman at 1:27 PM PST - 44 comments

West Memphis 3 Continued
New witnesses surface on the infamous West Memphis 3 case based on Peter Jackson's upcoming documentary which will premiere as one piece at the 2012 Sundance. Here's the trailer. [more inside]
posted by straight_razor at 1:15 PM PST - 40 comments

That's not just a kid's instrument
People can't decide if he looks more like Tom Cruise or Keanu Reeves. But whoever he looks like, it's the way he sounds and what he can play that make Benoît Sauvé unique. [more inside]
posted by circular at 1:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Internet wins: SOPA and PIPA both shelved
SOPA and PIPA dropped by Congress. The ideas present in both SOPA and PIPA may return, but both bills in their present form—and with their present names—are probably done for good.
posted by asnider at 12:58 PM PST - 99 comments

"And you could darn our clothes, and make pockets for us. None of us has any pockets.’ " ~ J.M. Barrie
Where the Peter Pan Collar Came From—and Why It’s Back. [slate.com]
posted by Fizz at 12:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Not as good as Beetlejuice, but still pretty good
Alec Baldwin has a podcast on WNYC, Here's the Thing, in which he has ~20 minute interviews with pretty much anyone he's interested in talking to. [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator at 12:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Life is a dream.
Hollywood dream of filmmaker Nicholas McCarthy is stop and go. 'His 11-minute thriller had just played Sundance. He had hoped the premiere would launch — after many failed attempts — his dream of making it. He was offered one meeting on which all his hopes rested.' 'This might be his last chance. He was 40, with a wife and baby. Like countless dreamers, he'd existed on the outskirts of Hollywood, fending off debt and doubt, staying afloat with low-wage jobs, diligently writing screenplays and making short films, hoping to hold on long enough to catch a break.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Playing for the other Team(sters): Project 59
Today on Rewind a remarkable historical piece that features two American icons who clashed over issues of corruption and misappropriation of funds in the 1950s and 60s. They are Robert Kennedy- former Attorney General of the United States, but at the time Chief Investigator of the Rackets Committee for the United States Senate, and James Hoffa- head of the Teamsters Union. (MP3) [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 12:01 PM PST - 1 comments

But there's no sex-fueled crime spree
Confessions of a Binge Drinker : "If, as the CDC suggests in a new report, binge drinking leads to violence, spread of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, and risky behavior, then why am I doing just fine?" [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 11:57 AM PST - 100 comments

Joe Pass plays a Fender Jaguar
Joe Pass plays a Fender Jaguar
posted by Ardiril at 11:56 AM PST - 17 comments

WE SELL ALUMINUM SIDING (AND JOKES)
The Schleppers.
A history of the New York comedy underworld in the 1950s, from WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Featuring Joe Ancis, Jack Roy (aka Rodney Dangerfield), and Lenny Bruce.
posted by anazgnos at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Korean Popular Songwriting
A short list of Kpop songs with double word titles from the last 3-4 years: Cry Cry High High Mirror Mirror Spark Spark Cooking Cooking Push Push Sorry Sorry Haru Haru [more inside]
posted by subdee at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

National Aerobics Championships
The 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championships, hosted by Alan Thicke. This is still a thing.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:16 AM PST - 34 comments

Underwater Experiments
Underwater Experiments. Beautiful underwater photography by Alexander Semenov. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

"Live sex shows, it ain't."
Think Downton Abbey is good? The New York Times' national desk, and over 30,000 others, can't get enough of the live webcam for Wisconsin's recall (previously). Broadcasting from an undisclosed location, the characters -- including "Sideburns" and "Flirty von Flirtenheimer" -- put the "men" into "Government Accountability Board." Background.
posted by Madamina at 10:45 AM PST - 66 comments

Forget about the election, I'm waiting on the recording contract.
I, I'm so in love with you. The soulful side of President Obama. (slyt)
posted by Hoenikker at 10:29 AM PST - 50 comments

Ugandan Little League woes and a win: “If we can beat Canada, we can beat anyone”
In July 2011, Uganda's Little League baseball team became the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series, which was held in Williamsport, Pa., in August 2011. After beating the the 22-time World League qualifying Arabian American Little League squad from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the Ugandan team couldn't take part in the world series after their visas were denied (NYT; alt: HuffPo), due to concerns about birth certificate validity, but that's not the end of their story. The Canadian team from Langley raised funds to travel to Uganda, giving the Ugandan team the match they were denied. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Javascript
What's a JavaScript Closure? Ever wonder about some of JavaScript's more advanced and esoteric features? Nathan Whitehead's interactive tutorial explains and walks through each of these concepts one step at a time. At the end of each lesson, you are encouraged to write short snippets of code demonstrating the concepts that you just learned, which are then automatically checked for errors and verified.

Perhaps you're new to JavaScript, or programming in general; CodeAcademy offers similar interactive tutorials that will teach you the basics, and hold your hand along the way. Perhaps you'd rather learn at a more even pace; CodeAcademy's CodeYear will introduce you to one new concept every week throughout 2012. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 9:43 AM PST - 42 comments

Freud: the last great Enlightenment thinker
Freud: the last great Enlightenment thinker. Freud never held out the hope of tranquillity. Rather, he aimed to reconcile those who entered psychoanalysis to a state of perpetual unrest...psychoanalysis does not so much promise inner peace as open up a possibility of release from the fantasy that inner conflict will end.
posted by shivohum at 9:23 AM PST - 71 comments

When a benefit is suggested for men, the question asked is: "Will it benefit men?" When a benefit is suggested for women, the question is: "Will it benefit men?"
Are Women People? A writer for The Hairpin discovers the satirical poetry of Alice Duer Miller.
posted by flex at 9:22 AM PST - 44 comments

Goodbye to a legend
Etta James, jazz legend best known for "At Last," died today after a bout with leukemia and dementia, while her husband and sons were battling over her savings.
posted by tr33hggr at 8:47 AM PST - 144 comments

Might As Well Jump
This might be the happiest dog you'll see today. [slyt]
posted by quin at 8:38 AM PST - 44 comments

Turn that phone over
You order your food, everyone places their phone on the table face down. The first one to flip over their phone loses the game and pays for everyone's meal, otherwise everyone pays for themselves. Don't be a dick when you're out with friends at a restaurant.
posted by cashman at 8:28 AM PST - 170 comments

You call those fist names?! Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!
Are you at a pugilistic disadvantage because your fist names are substandard or uninspired? Problem solved.
posted by acanthous at 6:38 AM PST - 42 comments

The Legend of Ungrashzon
Not sure what this Dwarf Fortress thing is all about? The Legend of Ungrashzon (German SLYT, English subtitles available) illustrates.
posted by Zarkonnen at 5:18 AM PST - 33 comments

you gotta keep the devil way down in the hole
Fukushima: Inside the Reactor 2 Containment Vessel, 1/19/2012. Here are Mainichi Daily News and Japan Times reports.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:57 AM PST - 69 comments

Drunk Ron Swanson
Drunk Ron Swanson That is all.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:14 AM PST - 79 comments

January 19
In OTC market segments, plan to collateralize subprime CDOs
Financial Advice Generator.
posted by vidur at 10:34 PM PST - 30 comments

Shredding Capitol Hill
Shredding Capitol Hill is about finding your playground.
posted by Oh OK HA HA at 10:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Why America is fucked SLYT.
Why America is fucked SLYT.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:06 PM PST - 94 comments

Fireproof Your Longboxes
Comic books are destroying society. Again (or is it still?) Bonus: the full text of Seduction of the Innocent, from 1954.
posted by tumid dahlia at 8:17 PM PST - 72 comments

achievements.unlocked();
Gamification strikes again: Microsoft Visual Studio now has a plugin that allows you to earn achievements while you code. The full list of achievements ranges from ones that reward repeated use of Visual Studio features to ones that reward poor coding techniques. No word on when they'll be incorporated into Xcode and Eclipse, but be patient.
posted by barnacles at 8:04 PM PST - 78 comments

Stephane Grappelli
The exquisite jazz violin of Stephane Grappelli - then and later [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 7:32 PM PST - 15 comments

The courting behavior of the male Newt.
The rise and fall (...and rise and fall) of Newt Gingrich. With just two days to go before the all-important South Carolina Republican primary, Newt Gingrich seems to have shaken off the spectre of past failures, is leading Mitt Romney in the most recent polls, and is on the verge of an amazing political comeback... assuming you overlook his ex-wife's new claims, set to air today, of Gingrich wanting -- and potentially having -- an open marriage.
posted by markkraft at 3:27 PM PST - 558 comments

A donkey is a horse etc.
If collaboration doesn't produce the best results (SLNYT), why do we keep trying to force people to work collaboratively? Previously
posted by stinker at 3:05 PM PST - 46 comments

What's My Name Again?
Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona was arrested today in the Dominican Republic and charged with using a false identity. [more inside]
posted by SisterHavana at 1:37 PM PST - 26 comments

"Those are some of the worst female singers I've ever heard"
There's official. And then there's Facebook official. [SLYT-viral-probably-something-blue-but-totally-worth-it]
posted by unSane at 1:32 PM PST - 52 comments

When you're poor...
The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor (sl Cracked list) [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:42 PM PST - 368 comments

Millions of links suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
Megaupload has been shut down. Four people, including the founder Kim Schmitz, have been arrested for violation of piracy laws. Two more are named as defendants in the indictment. 18 domain names have been seized, warrants have been issued in 9 countries. Given that Megaupload took the fight to Universal Music Group in December and is on record as being vehemently against SOPA, one wonders if this crackdown is a retaliation of some sort. Given that industry insiders accuse MegaUpload of being responsible for at least $500 Million in lost revenue for the music industry, it's ironic that its current CEO is Swizz Beats, noted major-label rapper and hip-hop producer.
posted by Phire at 12:41 PM PST - 334 comments

Inform the troops
The Script Lab's top10 character introductions in film
posted by Artw at 11:56 AM PST - 56 comments

Kimchi in Cambodia
The small village of Siem Reap, Cambodia has mushroomed since the 19th century French discovery of Angkor Wat. It is now Southeast Asia's most visited tourist destination, notably among South Koreans. In 2010, they accounted for 12% of foreign visitors to the region, ranking just below neighboring Vietnam. But the sprawling temples of Angkor may not be the first stop on every South Korean's itinerary.
On the frosty Korean Peninsula, relations between North and South are perennially tense. But here amid the balmy breezes of this Cambodian tourist town, Koreans from both sides of the border are enthusiastically fraternizing at the North Korean restaurant as if reunification were just days away [NYT].
[more inside]
posted by obscurator at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Gordotronic.com
Gordotronic.com launched across the interwebs.... Seattle artist and record producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) has launched an all encompassing website featuring his own unreleased albums (7 of them) , Interviews, Art, and Video.
posted by ktrain at 11:32 AM PST - 1 comments

But... I don't think this will fit into the CD player.
Mefi's own jscalzi painstakingly explains what a record is to his 13 year old daughter.
posted by desjardins at 11:32 AM PST - 112 comments

Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism
Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism. Ananyo Bhattacharya, chief online editor of Nature, writes in the Guardian that science journalism will never and should never be what some scientists want it to be. Meanwhile, aggregators like Futurity (previously on MetaFilter) and The Conversation are aiming to let scientists present their findings to the public without mediation through the traditional press. Bhattacharya describes both as "a bit dull." Bhattacharya, previously: "Scientists should not be allowed to copy-check stories about their work."
posted by escabeche at 11:17 AM PST - 42 comments

The Berne Convention Redux
"Neither the Copyright and Patent Clause nor the First Amendment, we hold, makes the public domain, in any and all cases, a territory that works may never exit. "
posted by burnfirewalls at 11:08 AM PST - 96 comments

Writing machines
Previously the Guardian has done a series on Writer's Rooms, now they have started on Writer's Desktops - "where writers show us around their working lives by revealing what's on their computer desktops" (Previously)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:48 AM PST - 10 comments

MOG: Uhhhh...
Let's Break Final Fantasy 6 is a delightful Let's Play of a familiar and beloved game in which an enlivened youth sets off on a long and arduous journey of playing a long and (well, somewhat) arduous game without...saving in order to... Wait. What? Where'd that airship come from and what is that moogle doing to that train? [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 10:24 AM PST - 39 comments

National Public Rodeo
National Public Rodeo Vanity Fair's David Margolick on the recent history and (somewhat) uncertain future of National Public Radio.
posted by Chrischris at 10:23 AM PST - 8 comments

I'll have to ask you again: do you like it hardcore? Scooter shout-outs circa 1994
We want to sing a big shout to U.S., and to all ravers in the world! And to Westbam, Marusha, Steve Mason, The Mystic Man, DJ Dick, Carl Cox, The Hooligan, Cosmic, Kid Paul, Dag, Mijk van Dijk, Jens Lissat, Lenny D., Sven Vath, Mark Spoon, Marco Zaffarano, Hell, Paul Elstak, Mate Galic, Roland Casper, Sylvie, Miss Djax, Jens Mahlstedt, Tanith, Laurent Garnier, Special, Pascal F.E.O.S., Gary D., Scotty, Gizmo,... and to all DJs all over the world!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Apple gets back into the education market.
Possibly inspired by Al Gore, Apple announces a new iTunes U app, textbooks for iBooks 2.0, and iBooks Author, so you can create your own interactive books.
posted by empath at 9:21 AM PST - 184 comments

"...very little everything and more nothing than you could imagine."
The size of the known universe - A six and a half minute video which provides a view of the scale of the universe.
posted by quin at 8:29 AM PST - 34 comments

Code Search is dead. Long live Code Search.
"Google turned off Code Search earlier this week." Google announced Code Search's impending departure last October (to unhappiness). Russ Cox, one of the original authors of Code Search and one of the head Go engineers (previously and previouslier) has published an explanation of how Code Search worked, and enough code that you can run similar queries on your own machine.
posted by mkb at 8:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns
The company that creates digital effects for Boardwalk Empire has put together the before and after shots from Season Two.
posted by gman at 8:20 AM PST - 48 comments

I AM UR HINIS NOW
IMDABES. [translation "I'm the best." SLYT]
posted by d1rge at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Inside look at a car crash, literally.
What a 130-mph car crash looks like from the inside of the car.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:05 AM PST - 53 comments

Doo...doo...doo...dee-doo...
"The '70s, man. Martin Luther King Jr. is dead. Malcolm X is dead. The Kennedys are dead. Kids at Kent State are getting capped. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix have both gone haint. Nixon's in the Oval Office, and the Manson murders stain the Hills. Morrison and Dennis Wilson once picked up Charles Manson on Sunset and dropped him off at producer Terry 'Turn Turn Turn' Melcher's house on Cielo Drive. A few years later, Manson's acolytes would murder Sharon Tate and four others at that house, including celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, who styled Morrison's original king-of-the-jungle coif." -- LA Weekly's Jeff Weiss presents an exhaustive account of The Door's album L.A. Woman, which is now 40 years old
posted by bardic at 1:11 AM PST - 84 comments

Pot meets kettle - none more black.
Chris Dodd responds to the SOPA/PIPA protest and blackout on the official MPAA blog calling it an "abuse of power".
posted by loquacious at 1:06 AM PST - 198 comments

RIP Johnny Otis
Chances are that sometime, somewhere, out of the corner of one ear, at least, you've heard the iconic (yet all-but-forgotten) "Willie and the Hand Jive". Set to a Bo Diddley beat, it was an infectious little number that made quite a splash back in its day. Here's a fun live version of the bouncy tune, complete with the three largest dancing girls you're ever likely to see, and here's the original 1958 recording. The composer of the tune, the son of Greek immigrants who decided that the world of black music was where he wanted to be, was one Johnny Otis, who has just died at the grand old age of 90. Shortly after its release, "Willie and the Hand Jive" was covered by early rock icons like Bo Diddley and, across the pond in England, Cliff Richard. But apart from his most famous tune, Johnny did a LOT of recording and performing throughout his lengthy career, so there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:16 AM PST - 42 comments

January 18
The faster Fourier transform
A quicker picker-upper. "[A] group of MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform."
posted by Ardiril at 10:33 PM PST - 34 comments

Dog Wars
Like dogs? Like Star Wars? here ya go! [SLYT, VW-Blue, intentional viral, more disclaimers, one more disclaimer)
posted by HuronBob at 9:48 PM PST - 31 comments

An Hour With Roger Waters on Howard Stern
Roger Waters spent an hour earlier today talking to Howard Stern. [soundcloud link, 57m] The interview covers a wide variety of topics, including his standing with former members of Pink Floyd, his songwriting technique, and his ongoing tour of The Wall, which just announced a date at Yankee Stadium.
posted by hippybear at 9:26 PM PST - 38 comments

Guasto Titanico
Cruise Captain says he 'tripped' into lifeboat and couldn't get out. Audio recording of an Italian Coast Guard Captain telling him to get back on board [Transcript]
posted by panaceanot at 8:03 PM PST - 194 comments

The Largest Ship Ever Built
Seawise Giant - later known as Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, and Knock Nevis - was the largest ship ever built.
posted by Trurl at 7:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Thymos must have its moment
Do Sports Build Character or Damage It? They foster the warrior within us, for better and for worse. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 6:40 PM PST - 46 comments

For the sad old earth wants plenty of mirth. And ballsiness.
"One jar contained chilli powder, the other turmeric. But in the dark, the girl from Odisha couldn't see which jar had the chilli powder. So she mixed both the powders, carried it to the bedroom and threw it into the eyes of five thieves brutally beating up his [sic] parents." The (Indian) Daily Mail write about the 24 child winners of the National Bravery Awards.
posted by Diablevert at 6:12 PM PST - 32 comments

We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth
We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth (3m14s, fullscreen)
posted by stbalbach at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

The Lucas Cranach Art Archive
"The Cranach Digital Archive is an interdisciplinary collaborative research resource, providing access to art historical, technical and conservation information on paintings by Lucas Cranach (c.1472 - 1553) and his workshop. The repository presently provides information on more than 400 paintings including c.5000 images and documents from 19 partner institutions."
posted by peacay at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Manarchy's 35 Foot Long Camera
A one-of-a-kind, 35-foot-long camera that exposes 6-foot-tall negatives. The detail in a portrait subjects’ eyeball alone is a thousand times greater than what you get with the average negative. Resulting portraits will be featured on prints 2 stories tall. Photographer Dennis Manarchy is traveling around the country documenting various cultures.
posted by The Deej at 4:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How to make sense of Conspiracy Theories
"How to make sense of Conspiracy Theories" [Part 1 of 9 from YouTube] Rob Ager is best known for his very thoughtful analyses of films such as The Shining [see also this analysis of the Overlook's geometry, previously], A Clockwork Orange [and supplement], Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Aliens, Taxi Driver and others. He has recently completed an analysis of the subject of conspiracy theories. "All of us, from time to time, will believe that two or more people in a particular context have conspired to achieve a mutual aim – be it cheating in a card game or engineering an international war. It isn’t by definition a lapse in logic to believe that a conspiracy has or is going to occur in a given situation. Conspiracies do happen and it is a natural facet of healthy thinking and self-preservation to seek out awareness of conspiracies that may affect our lives." [Text version, Ager's Collative Learning site]
posted by McLir at 4:22 PM PST - 53 comments

"a monument to the decline of monuments"
After the highly publicized Bruce Lee monument was erected in Mostar, a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005, a series of similar ventures were initiated in rural Serbia. Some sociologists describe the glorification of nonpolitical celebrity figures as the result of an identity crisis caused by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, a period when a once functioning multi-ethnic unity collapsed.
Turbo Sculpture is an essay by Aleksandra Domanović about sculptures of pop culture heroes, e.g. Bruce Lee, Rocky Balboa and Bob Marley, which have been placed or proposed in the nation-states that once comprised Yugoslavia. You can also watch a photo-illustrated reading of the essay voiced by a dead-pan British man. [via We Find Wildness]
posted by Kattullus at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Dirt
John McCain's entire 2008 opposition research file on Mitt Romney [PDF], scribd mirror
posted by msalt at 3:35 PM PST - 145 comments

Just a spoon full of butter helps the medicine go down.
The Evil Marketing Genius of Paula Deen, the New Face of Diabetes. Paula Deen has announced she has Type 2 Diabetes, has started a new web site "Diabetes in a New Light", and is now a paid spokesman for Novo Nordisk's diabetes medication Victoza. Naturally she minimizes any influence diet might have to do with her disease, but prefers to focus on the treatment side of things. Anthony Bourdain weighs in.
posted by Eekacat at 2:44 PM PST - 319 comments

What were you raised by wolves? by Vera Brosgol. Cartoonist Vera Brosgol has posted her startling, wordless mini-comic online. [Previously] [Previously]
posted by Fizz at 2:26 PM PST - 32 comments

Into the belly of it
Swallowed by a whale. If, I’ll pretend for a moment, you were swallowed, it would happen like this: You would first be chewed. Sperm whales’ teeth are 8 inches long – longer than most blades in your knife drawer. Then you would be gulped to the fauces, the back of the mouth, and forced down. Here is where Bartley apparently touched the quivering sides of the throat. You would also touch the throat, perhaps claw at the sides of the throat like you would sliding down an icy slope. There would be no air, and you’d suffocate in acid and water, but, we’re saying, you somehow survive. Imagine a black and mucous-smothered tube sock slipping over you.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:47 PM PST - 125 comments

Religions without gods?
Atheism 2.0: Alain de Botton reviews some of the often-overlooked values that religion can have for secular society. [more inside]
posted by Misunderestimated at 12:41 PM PST - 187 comments

WWRD? (What Would Rusty Do?)
All rise! The Puppet Court is now in session! Denied entry with their cameras into the courtroom for the corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora, a former Cuyahoga County official, local "ACTION!" news channel decides to reenact each day's events...with puppets.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 11:54 AM PST - 30 comments

Girls of Canada
In an editorial (PDF) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this week, interim Editor-in-Chief Rajendra Kale suggests that the sex of a fetus, determined by ultrasound, should not be revealed until after 30 weeks of pregnancy to prevent the selective abortion of females, common in other countries and taking place in some immigrant communities in Canada. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:37 AM PST - 85 comments

Living death Doll
cliff richard dying inside
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:34 AM PST - 54 comments

Not for the sheepish ... or is it?
New Zealand produces some of the world's best shearers and its national championship, the Golden Shears, receives substantial media coverage; but the IOC is unlikely to be persuaded that it should be an Olympic demonstration sport. [more inside]
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 10:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Dear Diary: Today Was Not Awesome, Man
In the same spirit as Drew Droege's Chloe Sevigny videos, I present the Diary of Zac Efron (2, 3, 4, 5)
posted by hermitosis at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

The rise and fall of personal computing
The rise and fall of personal computing - A neat (and in some ways, stark) visualization of the impact of mobile devices on computing
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:45 AM PST - 150 comments

Evil influence? Only for your productivity.
Masyu, also known as Pearls, is an NP-complete logic puzzle created by the makers of Sudoku. Brandon McPhail provides a few free puzzles to get your feet wet on his web site (Java applet). Once you've mastered those, UCLICK Games offers a free daily puzzle (Flash) with the past month of archives available too. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:35 AM PST - 28 comments

Stop the Wall
Stop the Wall - A group of NYC based Internet companies express their common distaste for SOPA and PIPA in this video
posted by rudhraigh at 3:16 AM PST - 33 comments

January 17
You may be eligible for a cash reward
This notice is here to tell you not to remove this notice.
posted by latkes at 11:46 PM PST - 134 comments

Ying-Ling? I thought that was Chinese?
Everyone knows America's Oldest Brewery is D.G. Yuengling & Son (and daughters) of Pottsville, PA (and Tampa, FL) This family owned brewery was established as the "Eagle Brewery" in 1829 by a German immigrant named David Gottlob Jüngling. After the original brewery burned down in 1831 it was relocated to its current location. It was built into a mountain with caves dug into the side, a common practice to preserve beer and to achieve the cool temperatures required to make lager before refrigeration. Yuengling spent most of its history as a small regional brewery and only began to attract national attention years after the launch of Yuengling Traditional Lager in 1987, which went on to become the flagship product of the company and now accounts for 80% of Yuengling's production. On the strength of that growth, and with other brewers being bought out by or outsourcing production to foreign companies, Yuengling has now passed The Boston Beer Company to claim the title of America's largest brewing company as well. In this globalized beer era where giants war for market share, products from America's new largest brewer are only available in 14 states.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 8:56 PM PST - 113 comments

David Wants To Fly
German filmmaker David Sieveking had just finished film school and was a huge fan of David Lynch. How could he pass up the opportunity to see Lynch when he came to speak about creativity and how to unlock it? How could he possibly fathom that the lecture would lead him on a five year voyage into the world of Transcendental Meditation, viewing the movement from within and without, with an accepting and then a critical eye, and ultimately would lead him on a journey to the source of the Ganges and yield a feature-length documentary, Sieveking's first movie? For a limited time, David Wants To Fly can be viewed at the Link TV website in its entirety. [~95min]
posted by hippybear at 8:54 PM PST - 7 comments

I Have a Hard Time Saying It
On the latest episode of Marc Maron's WTF, comedian Todd Glass publicly came out for the first time, and talks movingly about the fears of being typecast that kept him in the closet.
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:44 PM PST - 59 comments

No two days sound the same.
"The following is a short demonstration of Quintronics' latest musical invention called The Singing House. This drone synthesizer can be installed into any building in order to provide its inhabitants with a pleasing chord that is constantly changed by the weather." Brought to you by the maker of The Drum Buddy. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 6:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Aleksandr Petrov, Russian paint-on-glass animator.
The gray Cherkassian cow lived alone in a shed attached to a railroad attendant's tiny house on the vast Soviet grasslands. The cow had a calf, and the railroad attendant's son liked the calf very much. Then the calf was taken away and the cow became very melancholy. She never had a chance to tell her story. This is her story. (Contains Russian animation.) [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:13 PM PST - 6 comments

John Lennon's cats
John Lennon's cats
posted by Ardiril at 6:13 PM PST - 24 comments

"Obama has delivered in a way that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or absorb."
The attacks from both the right and the left on [Obama] and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong. ... Their short-term outbursts have missed Obama’s long game—and why his reelection remains, in my view, as essential for this country’s future as his original election in 2008. Andrew Sullivan writes an intriguingly optimistic piece on why he thinks and hopes that Obama will be re-elected this year.
posted by WalterMitty at 4:58 PM PST - 320 comments

Flying and autism
A Philadelphia program is bringing families, airport employees and airlines together to help autistic kids fly more comfortably. [more inside]
posted by chela at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

A Million Wisconsinites Petition to Recall Scott Walker
A Million Wisconsinites Petition to Recall Scott Walker: "Petitions with the names of 1 million Wisconsinites were submitted to state elections officials today, in a move that will jump-start the process of removing the nation’s most notorious antilabor governor from office... In all, close to 2 million signatures were submitted Tuesday, building the historic in-the-streets popular uprising that rocked Wisconsin in 2012 into a electoral uprising that has the potential to rock the politics not just of the state but of the nation in 2012. The movement to oust Walker will have secured the support of a higher percentage of eligible voters than has ever before sought to recall an American governor." [more inside]
posted by flex at 4:32 PM PST - 106 comments

The Omnivore's dilemma
The Hatchet Job of the Year Award, sponsored by The Omnivore, is looking for 'the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the last twelve months'. The shortlist includes Geoff Dyer on Julian Barnes ('excellent in its averageness'), Lachlan Mackinnon on Geoffrey Hill ('he is wasting his time and trying to waste ours') and Jenni Russell on Catherine Hakim ('if you should pass it in a bookshop, pick up a copy and drop it somewhere where nobody's likely to take an interest in it'). Mary Beard, another of the shortlisted candidates, insists that 'it's not actually a prize for skewering .. it's for honest as well as entertaining book reviewing, that isn't afraid to go beyond deference, to call a spade a spade'. [more inside]
posted by verstegan at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

flashback
The year was 1969, and even the people who made commercials for the International House of Pancakes were on acid.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:52 PM PST - 77 comments

GO EAGLE. GO EAGLE.
Teach Thee How to Curtsy by Sir Jarlsberg
posted by azarbayejani at 3:15 PM PST - 18 comments

The Mimic Method
The only way to become fluent in a language is to actively mimic the speech sounds of native speakers. Idahosa (ee-DAO-ssah) Ness has developed a language learning system based on music and mimicry.
posted by unliteral at 3:14 PM PST - 49 comments

10 Alternative Book Covers/Film Posters
10 Alternative Book Covers/Film Posters to celebrate the launch of the Penguin Design Award 2012.
posted by Pilly at 3:12 PM PST - 10 comments

So. Many. "Anti-cassettes."
Sleeves Received is a collection of the best-designed finds from The Wire's mailbag. (via thingsmagazine)
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

"I keep the tank in Wales, I don't bring it down my road..."
Between 1987 and 2000, MTV Europe broadcast Party Zone, charting the frontier of European electronic music. For a primer, check the frenetic "megamixes" of featured artists on Party Zone's exclusive R&S Records (alive and well). On a more coherent note, Party Zone occasionally featured live performances by Orbital, Mouse on Mars (1,2) and others. Video (and occasional) Interview jockey Simone Angel even sat down for a chat with Richard D. James [1h10m, interpsersed with heretofore unseen videos and live performances]. [more inside]
posted by obscurator at 2:35 PM PST - 1 comments

I want Carl Kasell's voice on my home answering machine, too!
Julia Wertz has been posting comics thrice-weekly about her life in San Francisco and then Brooklyn for the past 5 years. Sometimes they're sad. Sometimes they're hilarious. And sometimes they're just strange. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Happy at 100
Karsten Thormaehlen captured the wisdom and joy of aging by photographing centenarians. [more inside]
posted by gman at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Alan Attraction
Here comes Alan Measles - WW2 hero turned benign dictator turned Godhead. Guru, muse, art critic, raconteur. In his capacity as minor deity he resides in a hand-tooled Louis Vuitton traveling shrine, and embarks on a pilgrimage to Bavaria to make peace with the Germans, in his custom-built personal conveyance. In his entourage are his devoted minion and bodyguard, and some other bloke named Alan. In London this weekend? Pay your respects to Alan's stunt-doubles in the Kenilworth AM1, and purchase Measles memorabilia from the gift shop. [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Waggle waggle waggle waggle yeah
The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee (7:29, YouTube) is a short documentary that elaborates upon Karl von Frisch's honeybee waggle dance translation.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Surfing the Apocalypse
Apocalypse Later, Surf Now - A short, beautiful video of people enjoying themselves as the world ends.
posted by quin at 1:59 PM PST - 14 comments

This is what Madeline did
"I shot a little video every day of 2011 on my Canon Powershot, then I edited it all down to a little over a second each." (SLVimeo)
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:49 PM PST - 38 comments

I've no intention not to mention
Screaming Females are a 3-person self described "rock/rock/rock" band from New Jersey featuring Jarrett Dougherty on drums, King Mike Abbate on bass, and Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals. They're not incredibly famous and they're probably not on the cusp of a string of number 1 hits, but they put on a mean show and they've got a new album in a couple of months if rock/rock/rock should happen to be your thing. [more inside]
posted by sandswipe at 12:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Tearbending in excitement
Hopefully you've already seen the sneak peak, and maybe you saw the leaked opening credits. With a 2012 airdate now promised (Twitter, Nickelodeon 2012 teaser), several scenes have been recently leaked (MAJOR SPOILERS) from the first episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. (Previously.)
posted by kmz at 12:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Is It Me?
Hello (slv)
posted by jontyjago at 11:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Lucas Moves On
George Lucas on his retirement, Red Tails, and future pursuits (in love and film). SLNYT
posted by Atreides at 10:52 AM PST - 121 comments

The fans want the feeling of A Tribe Called Quest / But all they got left is this guy called West
Here's never before seen footage of a teenage Kanye West performing at the Double Door in Chicago in 1996 (YouTube) Want to go farther back in time? After posting the 1996 video DDotOmen readers uncovered footage of a 12 year old West, performing "His Name Means Love," a poem he wrote in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, at Vanderpoel Elementary School in 1990. (YouTube) [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:42 AM PST - 15 comments

The Annotated Jagger/Bowie "Dancing in the Street"
...there’s some desperation to this junk version of “Dancing in the Street,” with both parties trying to affirm their A-1 celebrity status. One of the more pernicious effects of the whole Live Aid/Farm Aid/Band Aid spectacle was to cement the hierarchy of the “legend” rock acts and a smaller tier of anointed successors from the slightly-younger generation (Tom Petty, Sting, Dire Straits, U2). It was the height of the Boomer Counter-Reformation. The late Eighties would see the over-publicized returns of everyone from Steve Winwood to the Monkees to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to a revamped George Harrison to a MOR version of Pink Floyd to Robbie Robertson pretending that he was Peter Gabriel (a version of Gabriel who couldn’t sing) to an all-star Yes and a Zeppelin-sampling Robert Plant, culminating in the return of the “revitalized” Stones in 1989, the touring company now reincorporated into a gleaming multinational. As Marcello Carlin said back when Popular covered this single: “Suddenly we were once again reminded who in pop and rock mattered and who didn’t…With their massacre of “Dancing In The Street,” Bowie and Jagger seemed to relish rubbing it in.“
-The Annotated Jagger/Bowie "Dancing in the Street"
posted by anazgnos at 10:35 AM PST - 180 comments

Gove's gong hunt
With the UK struggling through continued dismal economic prospects so grim they are even damaging such an august a tradition as the Indian restaurant, perhaps a new Royal Yacht to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee will cheer everyone up?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:32 AM PST - 31 comments

Darwin's 'lost' fossils found in a gloomy corner of the of British Geological Survey
British scientists have discovered a “treasure trove” of Charles Darwin fossils that have been lost for more than 150-years. | 'I spotted some drawers marked "unregistered fossil plants",' he recalls. 'I can't resist a mystery, so I pulled one open. What I found inside made my jaw drop!' Inside were hundreds of fossil plants, polished into thin translucent sheets known as 'thin sections' and captured in glass slides so they could be studied under a microscope. | The British Geologic Survey has images 33 of the "Lost Fossils" online. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

It's not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power...
The Gay Rights Movement in 7 minutes. [SLYT]
posted by schmod at 10:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Figure Drawing Training Tool
Gesture drawing from home: a convenient tool for practising figure drawing
posted by rollick at 10:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Borderlines
"Countries are defined by the lines that divide them. But how are those lines decided — and why are some of them so strange? Borderlines [a New York Times column by Frank Jacobs of Strange Maps] explores the stories behind the global map, one line at a time." The latest in the series: "The Loneliness of the Guyanas," and the inaugural essay, "In Praise of Borders."
posted by ocherdraco at 9:49 AM PST - 17 comments

President Colbert, the lobbyists are here to see you
Why Citizen's United isn't the problem, and why Stephen Colbert is missing the mark. [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 9:35 AM PST - 88 comments

Christiania goes Wall Street
Copenhagen's Christiania squatters, famed for their anti-free market ways, are selling shares in their community so they can buy it from the government. What do you get for your investment: "a symbolic sense of ownership in Christiania and the promise of an invitation to a planned annual shareholder party." As one squatter calls it, "ownership in an abstract form." According to the Copenhagen Post, after striking a deal with the state this summer, Christiania residents now need to raise 76.2 million kroner (almost $13 million) to buy the majority of the area’s properties and an additional six million kroner to rent adjoining green spaces. The first 43 million kroner (or approximately $8 million) is due on 15 April 2012. Several prominent people have purchased Christiania Shares, including Margrethe Vestager, minister of the economy and interior, and Mogens Lykketoft, president of parliament. The shares are available for purchase online (Text source)
posted by infini at 9:25 AM PST - 22 comments

i have the weirdest high right now
Which is easier to buy: Viagra or Marijuana?
posted by DU at 8:28 AM PST - 62 comments

The future sure looked better when we were in the past, didn't it?
Most people have heard of Daniel Lanois for his production work with U2 and Brian Eno but he started his climb to fame with a little band called Martha and the Muffins who had a monster hit song. [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 7:49 AM PST - 39 comments

I'm Human
I'm Human A video by the students of Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama. Featuring the students and faculty of Liberty Middle School, Bob Jones High School, and James Clements High School; and the music of Sigur Rós. (SLYT)
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Warning: includes content by Richard Littlejohn
Journalism warning stickers
posted by unSane at 7:40 AM PST - 33 comments

Storm in a tea state
Shakespeare's The Tempest banned by Arizona schools
posted by Artw at 6:38 AM PST - 131 comments

"Where are ya, ya spongy yellow delicious bastards?!"
Twilight of the Twinkie?: [infographic] Twinkies Maker Hostess Files for Chapter 11 Protection. [Wall Street Journal] [Previously]
posted by Fizz at 3:54 AM PST - 59 comments

The ObserverTree
On Dec 14, 2011 Miranda Gibson climbed 200ft up a tree in Tasmania. She hasn't yet come down. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 2:09 AM PST - 30 comments

January 16
Conceptual Photography 1964 - 1989 at the Zwirner & Wirth
Conceptual Photography 1964 - 1989 at the Zwirner & Wirth
posted by beshtya at 10:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Putting kickstarter out of business
An ambitious plan for putting kickstarter out of business.
posted by latkes at 8:02 PM PST - 140 comments

Defriending My Rapist
Defriending My Rapist
posted by SkylitDrawl at 7:48 PM PST - 103 comments

Debora Iyall on Native America Calling
Debora Iyall had some hits in the 1980s with her band Romeo Void. She's still making music, and just released an EP. She was today's guest on Native America Calling as the January Music Maker (stream m3u link, direct download link) [59m]. (sorry, no transcript available) [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:07 PM PST - 18 comments

R.I.P. Everything Man
The world just got a little less funky. Jimmy Castor passed away today. You might know him as the doo-wop Junior who replaced Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers. You might know him forYou Might know his hits Troglodyte, Hey, Leroy, or maybe the Bertha Butt Boogie. You might even know his Magic Saxophone. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 6:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Live(photo)Journal
[NSFW] Here's a feed of the 50 most recent public images posted to LiveJournal.
posted by troll at 5:39 PM PST - 78 comments

Share Screens Remotely With Quick Screen Share
Share screens easily in real time with Quick Screen Share [Beta]. No registration required, and it features remote mousing and keying.
posted by Rykey at 4:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Joe Dilworth: photographer/drummer
Joe Dilworth, one-time drummer/collaborator with indie stalwarts Stereolab, Th' Faith Healers and Jarvis Cocker, ex-lover of PJ Harvey, is also a very accomplished photographer. [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape at 3:05 PM PST - 4 comments

The result? Something that sounds like dubstep, except they took out all the good parts and replaced with crap. Fucking Skrillex.
"With a little help from the internet, the genre grew because it was so unique. But in growing, it also evolved. The relaxed, dubby vibe got pushed aside to make way for more. More wobble, more sounds, more everything. Maximize to maximize."

Liquido asks: Who killed Dubstep? (more)
posted by dunkadunc at 2:22 PM PST - 248 comments

The 100-headless woman
Brought to you by Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturers Sandoz, Eric Duvivier’s La Femme 100 Têtes (1967, rated NSFW) is a free cinematic adaptation of Max Ernst’s collage-novel of the same name. Via { feuilleton }.
posted by misteraitch at 2:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Nature in Slow-Motion Flight
High Speed Animal Flight Videos Show Hidden Aerial World. The Dutch Program Vilegkunstenaars (Flight Artists) sent high-speed video tools to amateurs around the world with the challenge: Capture nature in flight. They then picked the best from the over 2,400 slow-motion clips that were uploaded. [more inside]
posted by quin at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Mexican Pulp Art
Monster Brains' has posted its collection of cover art from Mexican horror magazines.
posted by gman at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

The Speedy Bob Ross!
If you like Bob Ross and his happy trees, you will enjoy Fabian Gaete Maureira. This Chilean street artist produces scenes reminiscent of that of Bob Ross and "The Joy of Painting." But he does it in three minutes! And just for the heck of it, here are some memorable videos of Bob Ross painting: Mountains Evergreen Tree Clouds
posted by zizzle at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

In Gold We Trust
In Gold We Trust. With the shiny stuff soaring to $1643.12 an ounce and prominent politicians advocating a return to the gold standard, Wells Tower investigates the latest Klondike gold rush.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:47 AM PST - 103 comments

Ultrashill
will.i.am introduces the Ultrabook Project (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:16 AM PST - 84 comments

You can slap, cough, and look at your watch.
Elevator: Source is a Half-Life 2 mod which puts the player on an elevator that visits a number of strange floors. It requires Gary's Mod and HL2:Ep2, but you can sample the experience with this gameplay video.
posted by codacorolla at 10:13 AM PST - 40 comments

Day at Night, half-hour New York public television interviews from the 70s
Day at Night was an interview series on the public television station of the City University of New York that aired from 1973-4. CUNY TV is in the process of digitizing and uploading the 130 episodes that were produced, with 46 done so far. The episodes are just under half an hour in length. Among the people interviewed by host James Day are author Ray Bradbury, actress Myrna Loy, medical researcher Jonas Salk, singer Cab Calloway, writer Christopher Isherwood, nuclear scientist Edward Teller, comedian Victor Borge, tennis player Billie Jean King, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, composer Aaron Copland, actor Vincent Price and boxer Muhammad Ali.
posted by Kattullus at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

"The author ran out of time, leaving plenty of stories untold."
How Gil Scott-Heron and Stevie Wonder set up Martin Luther King Day , with audio slideshow. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 8:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Dissent in the 1%
Last week, three founders of private equity fund The Carlyle Group shared a year's pay of $413M. They didn't do the private equity industry any favours as there has already been additional interest from the government for greater taxation of this elite subcategory of the 1%. [more inside]
posted by nickrussell at 8:48 AM PST - 63 comments

Politics of the Runway
Urban Outfitters has stopped selling a line of Navajo-themed undergarments, drinking accessories, and other items whose relation to the tribe is questionable, at best. What caused the kerfuffle, and did UO have any obligation (beyond the obvious PR repercussions) to give way? [more inside]
posted by anewnadir at 8:44 AM PST - 130 comments

Am I wasting my time organizing e-mail?
Am I wasting my time organizing e-mail? A study of e-mail refinding. (single link academic paper in .pdf.)
posted by escabeche at 8:25 AM PST - 49 comments

That's No Moon
This article aims to investigate the first ‘Death Star’ from the ‘Star Wars’ film series and how much energy it would require to destroy a planet.
posted by veedubya at 8:22 AM PST - 79 comments

Winter wrap-up at BroNYcon
BroNYcon, and New York gathering of the bronies, took place over the weekend of the 7th January. The frist Bronycon, in June 2011, was a relatively small affair, with around 100 guests. This one, held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, had 700, many of whom seemed to be faux-bewildered journalists. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest at 5:27 AM PST - 310 comments

The Widening of the American Commuter
Transit Agencies Face the New Calculus of Broader Backsides
posted by Renoroc at 4:09 AM PST - 51 comments

Jobs For Slobs!
The debate about whether young people should expect to 'intern' or work for free - and what this means in terms of who* gets into these industries - has been raging for years, but for unemployed people in Britain, this kind of labour no longer just means trying to enter into competitive or media-driven industries. An unemployed graduate, having been sent to work for Poundland without needing the experience nor being offered the job, is seeking a judicial review against the regulations that require many receiving unemployment benefit to work, unpaid, for large corporations. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:01 AM PST - 66 comments

A Pixie is trapped in frost...
William and Sly 2 is a gorgeous, ethereal fantasy exploration game wherein you play a nimble fox tasked with finding the scattered pages of your human friend's journal, while gathering mushrooms, finding keys to unlock mystery boxes, and freeing rune-bound spirits and pixies trapped in frost along the way. [more inside]
posted by taz at 1:32 AM PST - 14 comments

January 15
Adventurers in Short Shorts
Before Steve Irwin brought short shorts in Australian television documentarism to the world, there were the earworming Leyland Brothers, Malcolm Douglas, the original and literal "Crocodile Hunter" who combined conservationism with cooking, and the dry humourist Alby Mangels, who had his own personal filming curse, interviewed Caribbean drug lords, posed nude (SFW) for Cleo, filmed through minefields and warzones, and filmed more than 80 documentaries.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Biggest Teahupo'o EVER
Teahupo'o was included on Transworld Surf's list of the' Top 10 Deadliest Waves' and is commonly referred to as the "heaviest wave in the world".[6][1] The name 'Teahupo'o' loosely translates to English as “to sever the head” or "place of skulls"." [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 10:20 PM PST - 62 comments

alt.film
Movies From An Alternate Universe. Pixar's Up, filmed in 1965 by Walt Disney. Alternative movie posters of all kinds. Premakes previously.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 9:41 PM PST - 27 comments

"Maybe I should finally mention WOOL..."
Hugh Howey was a self-published novelist of no real success. Until WOOL, that is - a 15,000 word "little throwaway story" he uploaded to Amazon's Kindle Marketplace one day and promptly forget about. The story he didn't blog, didn't tweet, and didn't even sell on his site hit #2 on the Kindle SciFi Bestseller list and "changed the course of e-books." [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 9:27 PM PST - 140 comments

The Unkindest Cut of All
Why the video pros are moving away from Apple
posted by Artw at 8:52 PM PST - 111 comments

Eureqa!
Wired called it 'A Robot Scientist.' H+ Magazine asked, 'Signs Of The Singularity?' Even the more pedestrian Science News titled their article 'Software Scientist.' So what is Eureqa? [more inside]
posted by BillW at 8:21 PM PST - 24 comments

bloodrunsclear's real trailers for fictional films
The sci-fi and fantasy trailer edits of bloodrunsclear range from a more diverse recasting of The Last Airbender and a more accurate version of the upcoming live-action Akira film to a moody treatment of The Sandman to the retro-looking adaptation of Neuromancer and the haunting Call of Cthulhu film. Want trailers to video game adaptations? To wargamers he has a live-action Warhammer 40,000 teaser. To LARPers he gives you Vampire: the Masquerade. To video gamers? Well... which kind are you interested in?
posted by Apocryphon at 8:14 PM PST - 43 comments

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus
Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word
posted by Blasdelb at 6:57 PM PST - 85 comments

experimental archeology / history at its best
Victorian Farm | Edwardian Farm -- 18 hours of BBC experimental archeology/historical documentaries, online. Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and historian Ruth Goodman spend two years living the life of rural country farmers.
posted by crunchland at 6:53 PM PST - 33 comments

Those without the capital get the punishment
All this brings me to an Indian I want you to know better than his jury did—Douglas Ray Stankewitz, the longest tenured inmate on California’s death row. Like most Indians who find themselves in a group of non-Indians, he is currently known as Chief, but unlike many Indians, he is proud of the nickname. The government wants to kill Chief because Theresa Greybeal was shot dead in the course of a robbery by a group of people high on heroin, and there is no question that Chief was one of them. There is a serious question about who pulled the trigger, and juries are reluctant to kill individuals who did not pull the trigger. But as far as his jury knew, Douglas Stankewitz pulled the trigger. And he might have, but we will never know, based on his trial.
posted by latkes at 6:32 PM PST - 31 comments

Extrinsic Flavours!
Thinking of visiting Melbourne? This video will help you make your decision! (SLVimeo)
posted by awfurby at 6:30 PM PST - 32 comments

Give Me Dynamite Love
GonZo Presents Disco's Payback: The Reboots is an 11-track album featuring modern pop records mashed up with disco classics.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Piston engine goes boing-boing-boing, but the rotary goes hmmmmmmmm
There has been only one mass-produced internal combustion alternative to the traditional reciprocating engine, the Wankel rotary. There has been only one auto manufacturer that has adopted the rotary engine, Mazda. After the 2012 model year, for the first time since 1967, Mazda's line-up will not include a rotary engined car. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 5:23 PM PST - 72 comments

You Can't Drown Fire Ants!
Fire ant rafts are hard to sink - a very cool demonstration of how ants make use of surface tension.
posted by quin at 1:47 PM PST - 55 comments

Robbie Basho Archive Live Shows
Robbie Basho, "the father of the American Raga," recorded for John Fahey's Takoma label. He's often grouped with Fahey, Max Ochs, and Sandy Bull as a progenitor of "guitar soli," complex avant garde acoustic guitar (and other stringed instrument) playing. The Basho archives has posted two live shows, one from 1978, and the second from 1982, for streaming or download, and a 1983 radio interview and show for streaming.
posted by OmieWise at 1:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Understanding Adobe Photoshop
100 Free Photoshop Podcast Tutorials — While many Photoshop instructors focus on features and tools, Richard Harrington covers both the specific skills and techniques you'll need. [requires iTunes]
posted by netbros at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Warning Warning — Danger Danger
Why you will fail to have a great career [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 10:56 AM PST - 113 comments

65 cents in nickels and dimes
15 photographs taken at the scene of the 1960 Park Slope, Brooklyn passenger plane collision. These are horrifying, view with caution. Previously. Sorry it had to be from the Daily Mail, folks.
posted by timshel at 10:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Some Like It Punk
Punk Rock Fashion Show at the popular Spit nightclub. Boston, 1982. PLYT; mildly NSFW due to subliminal nipple
posted by pxe2000 at 10:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Game on
It's the BDO world championship final and the Guardian has The Joy of Six: darts the six best moments in darts history* which has a great anecdote about the Indoor League, a near legendary television programme. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Elegant Explanations
What Is Your Favorite Deep, Elegant, Or Beautiful Explanation? - Edge 2012 Annual Question (earlier)
posted by Gyan at 9:08 AM PST - 33 comments

World building the future
MeFi's own cstross on the future: Part 1, Part 2.
posted by Zarkonnen at 8:12 AM PST - 76 comments

Oh, brave new world!
Brave New World. (SLYT) An adaptation of a really excellent book. Bud Cort makes everything good.
posted by h00py at 5:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Jaaam
Pogo remixes The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. (Lots of previously here)
posted by gman at 5:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Weren't you the 1% who hurt me with your lies?
We Will Survive Capitalism! flash mob with US Uncut [previously] and the Brass Liberation Orchestra
Previous BLO flash mobs include Bad Hotel [previously], Operation Hey Mackey [previously], and "PAY UP!" (demanding Bank of America pay their taxes). Speaking of BofA, in San Francisco on Thursday activists turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine, using special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses. [more inside]
posted by finite at 4:20 AM PST - 42 comments

An African in Guangzhou
A unique urban ecology prompts a new look at globalization. Japanese architect Naohiko Hino visited Guangzhou's 'Africatown' after being inspired by an article in Le Monde Diplomatique* and wrote his view on the unique model of globalization he saw in the heart of China's manufacturing powerhouse. [more inside]
posted by infini at 2:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Web 2.0 Apocalypse
The end of the world, in 14 days, according to Reddit. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 1:30 AM PST - 188 comments

January 14
Our Stratfordian Cousin
Lincoln and Shakespeare [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:07 PM PST - 30 comments

Ensign Flipper? Dolphins in the U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program has been training the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) in mine and swimmer detection for many years. (The program was declassified in the 1990s.) Military dolphins were used in the first and second Gulf Wars, and there are rumors they are deployed in the Gulf today. These animals could be important if Iran blockades the Hormuz Strait as threatened.
posted by blob at 8:50 PM PST - 31 comments

DHS Monitoring "Political Dissent"
A FOIA by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has revealed that the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring political dissent, including social media that reflect adversely on the U.S. government generally and DHS specifically. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:56 PM PST - 61 comments

Lick Me
The language of love stamps.
posted by unSane at 4:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Mommy is still angry at Daddy.
Kill Bill, Parts 1 & 2, in One Minute, in One Take, produced by the University of York Filmmaking Society.
posted by grouse at 3:50 PM PST - 27 comments

I have no idea how these people got birds wedged in books, or why.
Birds in Books. "Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher takes doodling in the margins of old engineering and science manuals to new heights. She began the illustrations using nothing but ballpoint pen and white-out similar to Mark Powell’s envelopes, but soon explored new materials including colored pencil, gouache and other mixed media like thread and cut-out paper." Via Colossal. More illustrations on her flickr.
posted by sweetkid at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Let's start with the contents of this box.
Professor Brian Cox (previously 1 2) goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Porn again.
What's one thing the major GOP candidates can all agree on? Why, the need to be hard on porn, of course. Morality in Media (MIM, previously) recently revealed that presidential hopefuls Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich had all affirmed the group's drive for "enforcement of obscenity laws". And the multi-billion-dollar per year industry? Adult Video News responds to the campaign (nsfw ads).
posted by stinkycheese at 3:05 PM PST - 61 comments

Obama White House opposes SOPA, PIPA.
The Obama White House formally speaks out against SOPA, PIPA. The Obama White House has come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act. The move has -- unsurprisingly -- drawn responses from the MPAA, RIAA, and other interested parties.
posted by joe lisboa at 3:00 PM PST - 226 comments

HalalFilter
"The online world of Islamic extremists, like all the other worlds of the Internet, operates on a subtly psychological level that does a brilliant job at keeping people like Abumubarak clicking and posting away -- and amassing all the rankings, scores, badges, and levels to prove it. Like virtually every other popular online social space, the social space of online jihadists has become "gamified," a term used to describe game-like attributes applied to non-game activities. It turns out that what drives online jihadists is pretty much exactly what drives Internet trolls, airline ticket consumers, and World of Warcraft players: competition." [more inside]
posted by vidur at 2:22 PM PST - 22 comments

2951 IMAGES, 12FPS
Search by Image, Recursively, Transparent PNG, #1, a part of Sebastian Schmieg's ongoing Search By Image Series.
posted by griphus at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

See you Jimmy
Everything you wanted to know about Scottish independence in one single animated news item (SLYT) From Taiwanese news animation masters Next Media Animation. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 12:33 PM PST - 27 comments

Erection news
What can you do in 15 days? In China, they can build a 30-storey skyscraper.. Can't wait that long? Ok, a 15-storey hotel in 6 days then. "If China's economic development continues on its current trajectory, it could build a new Chicago every year until 2030 more than 1,500 new buildings that are over 30 stories high according to a [McKinsey] report.". For some analysts this is terrible news.
posted by storybored at 12:25 PM PST - 51 comments

Falling STAR*D?
Falling STAR*D?: It is common practice for psychiatrists to switch depressive patients between different antidepressants if their current drug does not evince a symptomatic response. Despite clinical wisdom supporting this, little empirical, controlled evidence exists to direct “switching” protocols (e.g. if a patient with Z characteristics is on drug X, is it usually better to switch to drug A, B, or C? Will switching help at all?) in the psychopharmacological treatment of depression. The NIMH-funded STAR*D (Sequenced Alternatives to Relieve Depression) study aimed to address these questions of treatment direction in a very large (n>4000), “real-world” sample using a multi-phase treatment plan with different drugs (and cognitive therapy) at every step to maximize chances of eventual remission. Overall, the NIMH reported that about 67% of patients eventually achieved remission, with few differences in effectiveness between different types of treatment at each step. However, researchers and commentators have raised concerns regarding inconsistent reporting of outcomes, after-the-fact changes in study design and analysis, and other issues that may have inflated, partially invalidated, or misrepresented widely reported treatment outcomes. These inequities may also have implications for the secondary moderator analyses (i.e. does trait A predict switching to X or Y is better?) that were a major reason for the study. [more inside]
posted by Keter at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

My Father, Always Fond of a Long Shot, Chose to Have His Cancerous Tounge Removed
Diagnosed with cancer, my father decided to have his tongue removed. It’s an extreme treatment, but he’s always known how to make things work out.
posted by Blasdelb at 12:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Brutal insect carnage
Watch 30 giant hornets take out 30,000 honey bees
posted by Artw at 11:28 AM PST - 75 comments

Microsoft locks out installation of other OS in new ARM devices...
Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices Seems like MS is up to old tricks. New BIOS bootset up seems to only allow MS Operating system as per Microsoft Windows Certification standards which hardware makers have to follow for Windows certification. [more inside]
posted by aleph at 11:06 AM PST - 113 comments

Kist o Riches Indeed
Tobar an Dualchais will keep you busy for awhile. It's a collection of over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland, from the 1930s onward. Folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, oh my. Includes some fascinating material from Belle Stewart, the McPake Sisters of Peebles and John the Bard.
posted by RedEmma at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Do you.
"We're starving." - Charlie Kaufman's BAFTA Screenwriters lecture, recorded September 30, 2011. PDF transcript.
Previously 1, 2
posted by timshel at 9:43 AM PST - 20 comments

The Return Of The Journalist Jedi
Bill Moyers has returned to broadcasting. His new weekly show, Moyers & Company, aired its first episode on many PBS stations last night with a half-hour interview with Jacob Hackler and Paul Pierson, authors of Winner-Take-All Politics, and a second half-hour examining Occupy Wall Street. The episode, and other video not included in the weekly episodes, will be available on his new website.
posted by hippybear at 9:31 AM PST - 9 comments

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS GOLD???
The Best Doritos Commercial You Will Never See on TV [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:03 AM PST - 68 comments

'For five weeks, the sun will never set on a Hirst spot.'
Hundreds of 'spot' paintings by Damien Hirst are currently on display in 8 cities on three continents.
posted by xowie at 8:23 AM PST - 96 comments

Some titles may be temporarily unavailable at local retailers.
Nicely scanned copies of classic Golden Guides. Highlights include Light and Color, Stars, Evolution, and the always popular guide to Hallucinogenic Plants.
posted by HumanComplex at 7:15 AM PST - 15 comments

KITTY!
Little Girl Vs. Lion - Wellington Zoo
posted by The Whelk at 6:56 AM PST - 69 comments

dime novels and nickel weeklies
Nickel weeklies with covers and full texts courtesy of Bowling Green State University. [more inside]
posted by maurice at 6:48 AM PST - 5 comments

The biggest time waster ever
Cat GIF Page You won't be able to stop looking.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 6:47 AM PST - 44 comments

Keep that New Year's resolution
This is why you don't go to the gym.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:40 AM PST - 59 comments

January 13
This is why Jakob Ander won't hire you
This is why I don't give you a job. Hungarian blogger Jakab Andor breaks down the numbers and explains why taxes and regulations make it highly unappealing for him to start a small business employing people in Hungary. He also argues that these same factors make women and older people particularly unappealing prospects. His comments generated quite a bit of controversy (warning: most comments in Hungarian), to which he responded with an offer.
posted by shivohum at 9:47 PM PST - 96 comments

Sarah Orne Jewett
... [Sarah Orne] Jewett's gifts have always been recognized by a select few, and continue to be. [The Country of the] Pointed Firs, especially, was immediately recognized as a major achievement. Henry James called it, perfectly, “a beautiful little quantum of achievement.” Willa Cather listed it as one of her three great American novels...
posted by Trurl at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Pan-sexual Portauthoriparty
New York Yelp's hotest reviewer is Stefon K. Founded by an unknown Manhattanite, this user's got everything: Mother Theresa on a ketamine binge, live-action Furbies, Laotian children in birdcages and a connection to one of Saturday Night Live's favorite characters.
posted by Apropos of Something at 4:52 PM PST - 50 comments

Friday the 13th by Thelonious Monk and everybody else
For Friday the 13th of January, WFMU DJ Kurt Gottschalk played about 20 different versions of Thelonious Monk's Friday the 13th, including quite a few sent in by his listeners. Here's the playlist and 3 hour mp3 stream (below the blinky picture of Monk), including listeners' comments. Good luck!
posted by moonmilk at 4:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Do, Do, Do The Funky Gibbon
Marching Band For Geese. Beethoven For Elephants. Mariachi For A Beluga Whale (previously). Heavy Metal For Parrots. Jazz For Horses.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

We're eating less meat. Why?
We're Eating Less Meat. Why? by Mark Bittman (via Ta-Nehesi Coates)
posted by flex at 2:10 PM PST - 151 comments

Promising TV Series That Weren't Picked Up
The Internet often discusses shows that died before their time. Splitsider looked at "10 Promising TV Series That Weren't Picked Up". Television Without Pity also has its "Brilliant But Cancelled" blog, taken over from the original site. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:47 PM PST - 260 comments

The Earth and its Peoples, over 100 years ago
Take a photographic journey into the past with Illustrated Past, which offers glimpses of life in Brittany, a trip to Tunis and Algiers, scenes of Dutch daily life. These examples are excerpts from the Dutch book, De Aarde en haar Volken (Project Gutenberg), or The Earth and its Peoples (Google auto-translation). Where the 1906 edition featured photos from around the world, the 1877 edition featured etchings (Gutenberg; Google translation).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

The only winning move is not to play, or to watch these first.
Game Theory 101 has a selection of video and text lectures covering such topics as How to Fly on an Airplane with an Empty Seat Next to You for Free, Why You Should NOT Maximize Your Score in Words With Friends and How to Catch a Ball at a Baseball Game. It's not all light and fluffy, though. Some other topics include Why You Should Support International Aid, How the United States Debt Crisis Will End and Why the Intervention in Libya Was a Bargain. If you're new to game theory, start with The Prisoner's Dilemma.
posted by desjardins at 1:04 PM PST - 49 comments

Mapstalgia - video game maps drawn from memory
Mapstalgia - video game maps drawn from memory [via mefi projects, MetaTalk, and Cortex]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

"Once upon a time there was an elephant who did nothing all day." - E. E. Cummings
Did you know James Joyce wrote a children's book (sort of)? Patricia Highsmith wrote one too. So did James Baldwin (not to be confused with James Baldwin the children's book author). Eugène Ionesco wrote four stories for young kids. Graham Greene also wrote at the very least four children's books (and possibly more). Other unlikely children's book authors are Aldous Huxley, E. E. Cummings, Chinua Achebe (2, 3, 4), Eleanor Roosevelt and Gertrude Stein. Author Ariel S. Winter has written about all these books on his excellent blog We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie. On his Flickr page you can look at scans from these books, sometimes even the whole book.
posted by Kattullus at 12:52 PM PST - 30 comments

'Speeders, we call them.'
Who Pinched My Ride? "Stolen bicycles have become a solvent in America’s underground economy, a currency in the world of drug addicts and petty thieves." Outside's Patrick Symmes tells his story of loss(es), frustration and the failures of modern technology. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:46 PM PST - 59 comments

Israeli intelligence agents are alleged to have posed as CIA agents to recruit members of a terrorist group.
Foreign Policy is reporting that Israeli intelligence agents posed as CIA officers to recruit members of Jundallah, a designated terrorist group, in its covert fight against the Iranian effort to acquire nuclear capability.
posted by RedShrek at 12:18 PM PST - 36 comments

How the war on pot fed the crack epidemic
In the '80s, price increases in marijuana drove demand toward other drugs. The war on drugs hard, soft, or otherwise helped persuade pot smokers to put down the bong and pick up the pipe, the mirror, or the needle.
posted by latkes at 10:49 AM PST - 67 comments

The color of our galaxy
The best description I can give
Would be that if you looked at new spring snow
Which has a fine grain size
About an hour after dawn or an hour before sunset
You'd see the same spectrum of light
That an alien astronomer in another galaxy would see
Looking at the Milky Way
[more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Things that will haunt you
Do you like creepy things? Lucia Peters has written an amazing series on "Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t" exploring Internet-age urban legends and carefully constructed hoaxes. From the world of underground video games that drive you mad, there is Killswitch and Majora's Mask. If you like modern takes on monsters, there is The Slender Man (who appears in Marble Hornets and EverymanHybrid), The Rake, and This Man. Horrible conspiracies can be found in the Indian Lake Project, the Montauk Project, and the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Haunted objects can be found in The Hands Resist Him and the Dybbuk Box. And, if you like little bits of creepypasta horror stories, check out Candle Cove and the Dionaea House. Be warned, even though this stuff isn't real (right?) there are often unsettling pictures and videos in these links. Now, I think I am going to go take a walk in the sun....
posted by blahblahblah at 10:26 AM PST - 112 comments

The drop
Hanging With Frank - a 1997 short film portrait of a Glasgow prison's execution chamber and a man that worked there in the 50's.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

They were all Clad in the Moorish habite Cassocks of Colourd Cloth or silk with buttons and loopes
The Anglo-Moroccan connection originates in the quarrels between the two half-sisters Queen Elizabeth i and Queen Mary i. Elizabeth suspected that Mary's husband, Philip ii of Spain, had designs on England, and she was consequently interested in an ally who could join in attacking Spain. On the Moroccan side, there was considerable enthusiasm for expelling the Spanish and Portuguese from the several Moroccan coastal cities they had conquered. The Moroccans also wanted naval support in case of further encroachment by the Ottoman Turks, who were eager to extend their empire west from Algiers into Morocco. It was for this last reason that the Moroccan sultan Ahmad al-Mansur was unwilling to collaborate with the Ottomans despite Ottoman consideration of an invasion of Spain: He preferred instead an alliance with the English.

An 'Extreamly Civile' Diplomacy: a short history of early Anglo-Moroccan relations
via the always wonderful @bintbattuta
posted by timshel at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Do Not Much Evil
"Google, what were you thinking?" Kenyan startup, Mocality use an online sting, and cunning detective work, to apparently find Google fraudulently stealing their customers.
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 9:26 AM PST - 131 comments

And if sturgeon is of the second freshness, that means it is simply rotten.
Every once in a while you just want to know an obscure word in a foreign language just to show off to your friends, so today's word is вымя, which means udder. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 8:50 AM PST - 26 comments

The Pyramids of Washington DC
According to the National Building Museum's new exhibit on unbuilt DC, there have been lots of proposed pyramids on the National Mall that were never built, including memorials for Washington and Lincoln. Also, a proposed National Sofa. [more inside]
posted by nonane at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Alan Moore's Masks: A Face to Face
Alan Moore and David Lloyd designed it 30 years ago. The V for Vendetta mask appropriated by Occupy protesters the world over. The Guardian recently asked Alan what he thought about the masks. Now Channel 4 news takes him into Occupy territory to face that face. But who is the true anarchist?
posted by 0bvious at 8:20 AM PST - 37 comments

tonight! AT THE JUNGLE CLUB
A flickr set of Ottawa punks from the mid-'80s. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

This is why we can't have nice things.
Unanimous SCOTUS ruling: Anti-discrimination laws (such as the ADA) do not apply to church employees with religious duties. Full ruling: PDF, HTML
posted by Evilspork at 6:44 AM PST - 107 comments

Obvious Post Title
Every Presentation Ever [SLYT]
posted by blue_beetle at 5:33 AM PST - 62 comments

Start here. Billionaire Matty Moroun Ordered to Jail
The billionaire became inmate No. 12-981.

Matty Moroun is a Detroit businessman and the owner of Centra Inc, the holding company which controls the Ambassador Bridge - a the only privately managed U.S. / Canada Border crossing, and the #1 busiest North American border crossing. He was sent to jail early yesterday for defying a judge's ruling that he comply with a court order compelling him to complete his company's portion of The Gateway project, a joint construction project he agreed to in 2008 designed to ease border traffic. Instead of working on the ramps to ease congestion, his crews built built a roadway that took traffic past the company's lucrative duty-free store and fuel pumps, and that kept thousands of trucks bound for expressways lined up on surface streets in the area. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 4:55 AM PST - 147 comments

G.D.B.P.W.S.N.B.D.G. for short
Giraffes Drawn By People Who Should Not Be Drawing Giraffes, the only website "dedicated exclusively to giraffes drawn by people who should not be drawing giraffes." It features a pithy giraffe by Philip Glass, and aims to acquire drawings from both a sitting world leader and Lady Gaga (neither of whom should be drawing giraffes). (Previously)
posted by quoz at 3:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen
posted by beshtya at 2:29 AM PST - 7 comments

I'll go as the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor
Come with me, time-traveler, you'll blend in well at the 1980 WesterCon. [more inside]
posted by troll at 2:01 AM PST - 24 comments

January 12
Bigger than Cheney?
CSPAN callers have a question, why will no one answer? [TouTube, perhaps NSFW]
posted by LarryC at 10:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Gay USA 2011 Roundup
If it's not too late for one more 2011 roundup, Gay USA featured a full hour of examining the events of 2011. Along with regular hosts Andy Humm and Ann Northrup, lesbian and AIDS activist Sarah Schulman, transgender activist Pauline Park, and gay and civil liberties activist Bill Dobbs discuss a variety of topics from DADT to Occupy Wall Street. Video runs about one hour. Sorry, no transcript available.
posted by hippybear at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

My Big Fat Environment
As discussion rages over what to do about rising obesity rates, scientists study environmental toxins called obesogens. Last night, Canadian program The Nature of Things aired Programmed to Be Fat? The documentary admits the fatty pitfalls of Western living, but asks that if this is the only factor, why has infant obesity risen 73% in the past 20 years? Babies aren't terrific Big Mac consumers. [more inside]
posted by mobunited at 9:15 PM PST - 102 comments

1982 Night of 100 Stars Fashion Show
1982 Night of 100 Stars Fashion Show
posted by Trurl at 7:01 PM PST - 42 comments

It's ...
Bookstore Waterstone's changes its name to ... Waterstones.
posted by anothermug at 6:10 PM PST - 81 comments

NESplosion!
Abobo's Big Adventure : apparently the Nintendo Entertainment System DOES blend.
posted by leotrotsky at 5:17 PM PST - 18 comments

DEY TUK UR JORBS!
When Mitt Romney Came to Town (subtitle: The King of Bain) a 30 minute attack documentary whose "overriding sensibility is not Swift Boat — it's Frontline, replete with a calming voice of God narration and meticulous sourcing to SEC filings, court documents, and the Boston Globe" (Rolling Stone) provides an interesting moment in the future of political messaging and funding. [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 5:16 PM PST - 195 comments

No more briar pipes
Néo Fénéon: "Three thousand seven hundred dollars richer after stealing from the job, Marvin Williams, 25, of Brooklyn, went to urinate in a playground." - Items from the NYPD blotter remixed daily in the style of Félix Fénéon. (previously)
posted by mrgrimm at 5:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Scrollsy
Scrollsy makes Etsy even more fun to explore.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Kix are for trids.
Arguably, less-than-ideal rhino iguana chow. [YouTube] The lagomorphs in the all-Trix arm of our study succumbed to progressive tail mange in <20 days.
posted by 0rison at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Pakistan's Next Great Hope?
Is Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician for real? What does Pakistan see in Imran Khan? Will there be a Pakistani Spring?
posted by vidur at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

"How could they use such offensive language in such a casual manner?"
"What I'm getting at here is that slut shaming is wrong at any age" - A thirteen year-old girl provides an articulate and thoughtful argument against slut-shaming.
posted by quin at 2:46 PM PST - 123 comments

"What kind of bird are you?"
The trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, is out, and boy is it Wes Anderson-y.
posted by Clustercuss at 2:43 PM PST - 111 comments

Drown In a Lake of Diet Coke, I Got Cash
I Got Cash SLYT, NSFW lyrics
posted by jivadravya at 1:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Guantanamo: An Oral History
Guantanamo: An Oral History
posted by reenum at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Júzcar, the Smurfy blue Spanish town
Júzcar is a little Spanish village that voted to stay blue, but their buildings weren't always that hue. In fact, if you view the Google maps, you'll see the traditional whitewashed walls, as you'd expect for one of the (former) White Towns of Andalusia. It happened in advance of Global Smurfs Day, to celebrate the birthday of Peyo (25 June 1928 – 24 December 1992), the Belgian creator of the Smurfs comics. The town was chosen by Sony as the site for the international debut of its new Smurfs movie, who offered to pay for the town to become temporarily blue. The citizens unanimously voted to accept the offer. In September, the 221 residents voted to keep the town blue, as the media coverage was huge, and tourism was boosted from 300 summer tourists to thousands. More photos. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Electron cloud computing...
"Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the edge of what is possible." [NYT]
posted by BobbyVan at 12:35 PM PST - 27 comments

"I cannot even decide whether [my face] is handsome or ugly. I think it is ugly because I have been told so."
Why are smart people usually ugly? (SLSlate) [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:21 PM PST - 101 comments

The devil got to him.
A year after Jared Loughner's shooting of 20 people, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, The Exiled Online has published transcripts of an interview with some of his closest friends. Their story was recorded the week of the shootings and describes the enviornment that nurtured Loughner's mania.

This piece is a part of a category of eXiled reporting based on Mark Ames's Going Postal premise: Reaganomics begat a new era of desparation, and people with mental instabilities have been the first to attempt thier own abortive rebellions. The idea was explored by a 2009 BBC documentary of the same name.
posted by clarknova at 11:44 AM PST - 32 comments

Skipping the middleman
If you believe the US government is too heavily influenced by corporations, perhaps apps like No More SOPA are the future of "voting". Will technology enable us to directly push back on corporations influencing government policy?
posted by sarah_pdx at 11:35 AM PST - 28 comments

"It can't rain all the time."
Crow + Roof + Tubing = Awesome. [SLYT]
posted by Fizz at 11:15 AM PST - 64 comments

The rest of the blogs
"Half a century after Little Rock, the Montgomery bus boycott and the tumultuous dawn of the modern civil rights era, the new face of the movement is Facebook, MySpace and some 150 black blogs united in an Internet alliance they call the AfroSpear. Older, familiar leaders such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, are under challenge by a younger generation of bloggers known by such provocative screen names as Field Negro, thefreeslave and African American Political Pundit (new). And many of the newest struggles are being waged online." ~Howard Witt-The Chicago Tribune (text via fieldnegro)
posted by infini at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Whoops.
A "mystery man" was caught at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary attempting to use a dead man's name to vote. That man turned out to be James O'Keefe, who may have also broken federal law (and potentially violated his probation for previous wiretapping shenanigans) by crossing state lines to tamper with another state's election by filming poll workers and attempting to commit election fraud.
posted by backseatpilot at 10:41 AM PST - 153 comments

The Battle Of Maldon
The Battle Of Maldon is an Old English poem (here in the original Old English, here in a modern translation) retelling the events of a battle that took place in England in 991, in which a small army of Saxons attempted to halt an invading Viking force only to suffer a crushing defeat. This battle, and the disastrous rout suffered by the Saxons, led to the introduction of the Danegeld, the payment of silver in tribute to the Vikings to buy off their invading forces. [more inside]
posted by dng at 10:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Thirteen bottles of whisky started the after-dinner drinking, but soon proved an inelegant insufficiency.
Chicago's Anti-Superstition Society throws a Friday the 13th Party, 1940.
posted by griphus at 10:29 AM PST - 31 comments

The Tome of Awesome
If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome [pdf] is for you. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 10:08 AM PST - 50 comments

The State Of The Situation.
Two months after being kicked out by the NYPD in an early morning raid, the Occupy Wall Street protestors have returned to Zucotti/Liberty Plaza to meet new regulations that make protesting all but impossible. Meanwhile, OWS is looking for an accountant and NYC councilman Ydanis Rodriguez wants to donate his 5k stipend to the protestors. Yasha Levine of The Exiled writes about his arrangement hearing after being arrested during the Occupy LA raid and Political Cartoonist and Essayist Tim Kreider releases four essays he wrote during the first occupation of Zucotti/Liberty Plaza, "What OWS Wants" "Capitalism, A Bummer" "An Open Letter To The Tea Party." and "OWS: The Morning After." [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:08 AM PST - 142 comments

Duh.
The New York Times Public Editor asks "Should the Times Be a Truth Vigilante?" As of this writing, 98% of registered commenters are saying (often in all-caps) "Yes".
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:05 AM PST - 169 comments

Sometimes state quarters forgot to Put a Bird On It.
Sometimes state quarters know you only invited them because you thought they were San Francisco. (Previously.)
posted by NickDouglas at 8:54 AM PST - 37 comments

Mockingbird -- a typewritten poem
Mockingbird -- a typewritten poem [via mefi projects]
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Skyrim 2012
Skyrim 2012. A thousand years after the Dragonborn's adventures, Skyrim endures. (SLYT)
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:18 AM PST - 44 comments

OWS: Phase II
Class Conflict Awareness Rose Significantly From 2009 To 2011 A new Pew Research Center survey reports that "the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness".
posted by Benny Andajetz at 6:45 AM PST - 86 comments

Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot
“Most of the languages I’ve studied I’ve never spoken, and I probably never will,” he told me. “And that’s okay with me. That’s nice if you can do that, but it’s rare that you have an interesting conversation in English. Why do I think it would be any better in another language?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:14 AM PST - 70 comments

Licence fee, not license fee
In the UK, people pay a yearly licence fee to watch live television, with revenues funding the BBC. TV Licensing is the group that collects fees, and they use a number of methods — some real, some imaginary, some in between — to gain compliance. But one Briton remains determined not to play that game.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:56 AM PST - 175 comments

Don't Spend It, Honey
Toronto Musician Corin Raymond wants to pay for his next recording using Canadian Tire Money.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 3:37 AM PST - 36 comments

Say Good Bye to the round pizza; and switch to the good vibes..
Pizza Boomerang (SLYT) (NSFW)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:29 AM PST - 33 comments

Catch 167: Harper government pulls rug out from under non-Canadian gay couples who married here in good faith
Ottawa does about face on same-sex marriage for non-Canadians. The Harper government has served notice that thousands of same-sex couples who flocked to Canada from abroad since 2004 to get married are not legally wed. The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce.... The government’s hard line has cast sudden doubt on the rights and legal status of couples who wed in Canada after a series of court decisions opened the floodgates to same-sex marriage. The mechanics of determining issues such as tax status, employment benefits and immigration have been thrown into legal limbo. [The lesbian couple's] divorce application will be considered next month by an Ontario Superior Court judge. They are asking the judge to either craft an exemption allowing them to divorce or to strike down any legislative provision that has the effect of preventing them from doing so. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 2:52 AM PST - 116 comments

Thrive
The heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune has dropped a load of cash on a movie: Thrive: What on Earth will it take? The premise: We are killing the world because an invisible elite is withholding the secret of free energy, to prevent us from thriving. Transition Culture thinks it's dangerous tosh. Huffington Post thinks it's a reactionary, libertarian agenda that stands in jarring contrast with the soothing tone of the presentation. An Archdruid thinks it's what a narrative of progress must produce when the narrative no longer describes observable reality. But it's bound to be popular with the Consumer class. (Warning: evidence of toroidal energy devices that some viewers may find disconcerting).
posted by falcon at 2:06 AM PST - 80 comments

January 11
Punk Rock Scrapbook
Punk Rock Scrapbook: Photos taken in Santa Cruz and San Francisco in 1978-1988
posted by beshtya at 11:03 PM PST - 12 comments

I do not care, and I do not care, and I do not care.
I want to see it all catch fire. I want to pour gasoline in the ducts and light a long fuse, and watch from the street as it burns and burns and burns. A Gizmodo blogger confronts his demons … at CES.
posted by rossmeissl at 10:12 PM PST - 69 comments

QI Series H
The entire QI (Quite Interesting) series 8 (or is that H) is available on YouTube at this user's account. Some episodes are complete in one video, some episodes are in their regular and XL versions, some are chopped up into segments. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find part 1 of s08e01. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:55 PM PST - 62 comments

Martial Artwork
MMA Fan Made is a tumblr that features submitted Mixed Martial Arts artwork and photography. Check out the archive for easy browsing.
posted by troll at 8:37 PM PST - 9 comments

The Whole True Story of the Dougherty Gang
In the news media and on the Internet, there was a great deal of speculation about the rhyme and reason behind the crime spree, with observers often reaching the conclusion that there wasn't any. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 7:17 PM PST - 32 comments

What is the light?
Here is a very good 8-part documentary about the making of The Flaming Lips' album The Soft Bulletin. Some time after their appearance on Beverly Hills: 90210, some time before releasing new music embedded in edible gummy material of various shapes (and flavors), the album was released to near-unanimous critical acclaim. The FLips, previously on MeFi.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 7:07 PM PST - 20 comments

"The All-Star Bond Rally"
Hollywood is asking Americans to financially contribute to the war. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 6:52 PM PST - 26 comments

White girls are broke like *this*...
I walk up to "2 Broke Girls" co-creator Michael Patrick King, offer my hand and say, "Mr. King, I'm sorry things got so ugly there, but I wanted to say that it came from a place where a lot of us in the room like the parts of your show involving Kat and Beth, and want the rest of the show to live up to that." King, stone-faced, silently turns and walks off the stage.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 5:13 PM PST - 118 comments

Writers are always selling somebody out.
"To really love Joan Didion—to have been blown over by things like the smell of jasmine and the packing list she kept by her suitcase—you have to be female. … Women who encountered Joan Didion when they were young received from her a way of being female and being writers that no one else could give them. She was our Hunter Thompson, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem was our Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He gave the boys twisted pig-fuckers and quarts of tequila; she gave us quiet days in Malibu and flowers in our hair. … Ultimately Joan Didion’s crime—artistic and personal—is the one of which all of us will eventually be convicted: she got old. Her writing got old, her perspective got old, her bag of tricks didn’t work anymore."
posted by Houyhnhnm at 5:13 PM PST - 45 comments

it's the little things
The Beauty of Pollination - 4 minutes bursting with life. (via @stevesilberman)
posted by madamjujujive at 5:06 PM PST - 11 comments

I can picture every part of your comeuppance.
They Might Be Giants' new video for "When Will You Die?" in which they build a giant paper monster hearse.
posted by joannemerriam at 4:57 PM PST - 26 comments

The tiniest star system
Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.
posted by IvoShandor at 3:49 PM PST - 29 comments

it’s certainly not a science
Cow Pieology 101 [more inside]
posted by zennie at 2:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Mavis Staples, Nick Lowe, and Wilco - "The Weight"
Wilco, Nick Lowe, and Mavis Staples rehearse "The Weight" backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago in December 2011.
posted by nadawi at 1:52 PM PST - 69 comments

Cookie!
Boycott Girl Scout cookies says a young Girl Scout due to Girl Scouts accepting transgender scouts and not discriminating against them. Troops in LA have disbanded in protest of the GSUSA policy of inclusion. Girl Scout cookie sales provide a large portion of the GSUSA funds. Honest Girl Scouts is the site behind this video.
posted by SuzySmith at 1:51 PM PST - 230 comments

“dope” (that’s cop parlance)
Check out some of the new improvements that defense contractor Raytheon is adding to LAPD police cars. [previously]
posted by quin at 1:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Punk rock + Swiss Modernism
Swissted New York graphic designer Mike Joyce takes vintage flyers from punk, hardcore and indie rock shows and redesigns them "into international typographic style posters. Each poster is sized to the standard swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5 inches wide by 50 inches high and set in berthold akzidenz grotesk medium, all lowercase. Every single one of these shows actually happened."
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:31 PM PST - 36 comments

On a Wingman and a Prayer
Busy people in need of a boost in the bars are now relying on professional wingpersons.
posted by reenum at 12:50 PM PST - 77 comments

If you can read this you are now a pope
"You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends." On this day 5 years ago Robert Anton Wilson died. Maybe. [more inside]
posted by mediated self at 12:16 PM PST - 27 comments

moderation in all things
Light marijuana use doesn't harm lung function, study found: "Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does."
posted by flex at 12:05 PM PST - 47 comments

The spectrum of Human-Computer competition
A recent XKCD comic charted the difficulty of various games for computers, from Tic Tac Toe and Nim being solved for all positions, to computers mastering the physical game of Beirut and mental game of chess (the 2006 Deep Fritz vs Vladimir Kramnikin games, previously). There are other games that are basic on the face, but whose potentials for move combinations is so vast as to be beyond the scope of computers. Marion Tinsley was the last great human checkers player, matching off against Chinook in the last 6 games of his life, each ending in a draw (previously). Checkers was finally solved in 2007 (Google quickview; original PDF), and is largest game that has been solved to date, at 8x8. Solving Othello might be possible, if the decision tree were truncated, as the 10x10 board game tree complexity is very huge. The 19x19 Go board is is often noted as one of the primary reasons why a strong program is hard to create, though some programs are getting better at optimizing move evaluations. More: computerized gaming solutions previously, and the Wikipedia page for solved games.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:55 AM PST - 57 comments

FBI releases file on Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard
Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Tyrone Jones) was "heavily involved" in "murder, car-jackings … and the sale of drugs [and] illegal guns", according to a newly released FBI report. The FBI's 93-page file on ODB, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, connects Mr. The Bastard with a litany of serious crimes in the late 80s and 90s.
posted by porn in the woods at 11:34 AM PST - 52 comments

In Soviet Russia, Mars travels to you
The utopian Mars fiction of Soviet Russia
posted by Artw at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

A free pony for every american
A free pony for every American - VERMIN SUPREME FOR PRESIDENT EMPEROR 2012
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:26 AM PST - 24 comments

"South Detroit is as fictional as the Shire of Middle-earth"
"I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit," he says. "The syntax just sounded right. I fell in love with the line. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned that there is no South Detroit. But it doesn’t matter." One of rock's greatest mysteries, finally solved.
posted by jbickers at 10:57 AM PST - 106 comments

Food reporting from the Stephen Bloom School of Journalism
In a first-person tale of woe, a beleaguered New Yorker stranded in the Land of Lard related his struggle to find adequate vegetarian options [NYT link, featuring obligatory pic of sullen, obese Midwesterners]. Reactions came swiftly, albeit indirectly [also NYT] since, curiously, the article itself lacks a comment section. Best comment: the one touting the multiple and tasty options, including veggie dogs and veggie chili on coney dogs, at the dive bar just across the street from the KC Star. Despite an apparent unfamiliarity with such staples as grilled cheese sandwiches, the cub reporter's failure probably won't keep him down for long. [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 10:52 AM PST - 99 comments

He wouldn't have survived a Liefeld cover
"Now I could talk about the way women are posed in cover art … or I could show you. " [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 10:32 AM PST - 81 comments

That's not what we meant by top-down.
Buildings being torn, literally, down[wards].
posted by dmd at 10:23 AM PST - 27 comments

Why Not To Attack Iran.
Elbridge Colby and Austin Long lay out a case for the US not attacking Iran. As the news of the assassination of a scientists who works on Iran's purported nuclear programs sinks in and the pressure ramps up to attack Iran, Elbridge Colby and Austin Long present a compelling case for why the US should eschew an attack on Iran and follow a containment agenda instead.
posted by RedShrek at 9:55 AM PST - 106 comments

Number A Day
NumberADay - Every working day, we post a number and offer a selection of that number’s properties.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:27 AM PST - 30 comments

Marimba, meet Mahler
An incessantly ringing iPhone in the front row prompted NY Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert to halt last night's concert. [more inside]
posted by underthehat at 5:59 AM PST - 373 comments

Dear Hiring Manager
Cover Letters from Unemployed Overachievers
posted by infini at 2:54 AM PST - 120 comments

Mike Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory
Act One of this week's This American Life finds Mike Daisey, self-described worshipper in the Cult of Mac, visiting Foxconn, where many of their products are manufactured. It's an incredibly well told and heartbreaking story. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 2:04 AM PST - 221 comments

Stepping Into the Fire - An Ayahuasca Documentary
Stepping Into the Fire is a documentary about transformation, healing and the Amazons....Ayahuasca, shamanism, human future and a long lost science from ancient civilizations. [more inside]
posted by GrooveJedi at 12:23 AM PST - 101 comments

January 10
Whatever, marriage is overrated anyway
Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:19 PM PST - 150 comments

Newports And 40s Are His Medicine
The sad tale of the man who (supposedly) cut Michael Jordan, found after not a little searching and digging. (via)
posted by mreleganza at 9:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Don't Be Afraid Of The Art Of Noise
The new orchestra will achieve the most complex and novel aural emotions not by incorporating a succession of life-imitating noises but by manipulating fantastic juxtapositions of these varied tones and rhythms. Therefore an instrument will have to offer the possibility of tone changes and varying degrees of amplification.
In 1984, inspired by concepts outlined in The Art Of Noises, a 1913 Futurist manifesto by Luigi Russolo [HTML version, PDF pamphlet version] and new music technology , a musician, a audio engineer, a programmer, a producer, and a music journalist came together to form one of the most influential music collectives of all time. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present for you, a definitive look at the Art Of Noise. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:12 PM PST - 66 comments

Vintage Ebony
Vintage Ebony Magazine tumblr [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Another brick in the paywall
Newspapers have two principal sources of revenue, readers and advertisers, and they can operate at mass or niche scale for each of those groups. A metro-area daily paper is a mass product for customers (many readers buy the paper) and for advertisers (many readers see their ads.) Newsletters and small-circulation magazines, by contrast, serve niche readers, and therefore niche advertisers — Fire Chief, Mother Earth News. (Some newsletters get by with no advertising at all, as with Cooks’ Illustrated, where part of what the user pays for is freedom from ads, or rather freedom from a publisher beholden to advertisers.) Paywalls were an attempt to preserve the old mass+mass model after a transition to digital distribution. With so few readers willing to pay, and therefore so few readers to advertise to, paywalls instead turned newspapers into a niche+niche business. What the article threshold creates is an odd hybrid — a mass market for advertising, but a niche market for users. Clay Shirky on the economics of newspaper paywalls and why article thresholds seem to be the way of the future.
posted by storybored at 7:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Dang, sun!
Paul Nosa and his Solar Sewing Rover are coming to a town near you!
posted by chronkite at 7:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Picture Perfect
A camera that runs Android. A camera that streams live to the internet. A camera that sees in all directions. A camera that flies. A camera that knows where it is and automatically uploads to Facebook. A camera that whitens your teeth. A camera that does your makeup for you. A camera that slims you by 10%. A camera that recognizes faces important to you, and turns off the flash so it doesn't disturb you as you are photographed sleeping.
posted by fake at 6:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire"
p.o.v number 8: Wings of Desire
posted by Trurl at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

High resolution scans from the US Gemini space program
On Jan. 6, the NASA Johnson Space Center and the School of Earth and Space Exploration unveiled the Project Gemini Online Digital Archive. The archive contains the first high-resolution digital scans of the original flight films from the US Gemini space program.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How to find an RPG
You've finally gotten over your geek self-loathing, and you've decided to jump back into playing tabletop, pen-and-paper RPGs. But where to begin? [more inside]
posted by jiawen at 5:31 PM PST - 51 comments

A New Face in Chopular Culture!
Sam Kekovich, former AFL player, commentator and Lambassador of Australia has once again been enlisted for a series of Australia Day promotions for lamb. This time he's brought a familiar face from the '90s.

Without further adieu, Chopular Culture and Barbie Girl.

Prev #1 and #2
posted by Talez at 4:23 PM PST - 44 comments

Rub ’til it bleeds
"The line between intentional and inadvertent exposure can be blurry in a context where inmates do not control their privacy and cells are sometimes defined as public places. What’s more, some experts on prison sex contend that anti-masturbation and anti-porn policies in prisons are counterproductive because they effectively drive inmates to engage in risky sexual behavior. According to this theory, increased access to pornography—which goes hand-in-hand with increased access to one’s doo-dads—might be just what correctional facilities need to stem prison rape. Is it time for a revolution in prisoners’ masturbatory rights?"
posted by Houyhnhnm at 4:09 PM PST - 45 comments

Spaced Shaun Fuzz Vs. The World
Has your life becomes choppy, condensed, and full of zooms? You may have Edgar Wright Syndrome
posted by The Whelk at 3:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Pink Slimed
In underreported news last month McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell have agreed to discontinue the use of ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings, a/k/a Pink Slime, in their products. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:39 PM PST - 145 comments

Pointless? Hardly.
These boots were not made for walking. (NSFW because, well, vice.com but the article is innocuous)
posted by unSane at 2:26 PM PST - 28 comments

Does he secretly eat children or something?
Dashan represents or symbolizes something very powerful to a Chinese audience...[the] Chinese have a very complex and conflicting view of themselves and the world at large...Dashan represents a Westerner who appreciates and respects China, who has learned the language and understands the culture and has even become “more Chinese than the Chinese”. It’s a very powerful and reassuring image that appeals to very deep-rooted emotions.
Mark Rowswell, aka "大山" Dà shān, the massively popular, Canadian-born 相声 xiàng sheng performer and celebrity in China, offers his own thoughts on his persona (mostly referring to it in third person), why the Chinese public is enamored with it, and why his fellow Western expats tend to resent it. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count at 2:11 PM PST - 33 comments

Works better if you up your RAM.
Online Photoshop simulator. Impressive website written entirely in HTML 5, CSS3, and jQuery/Javascript.
posted by zardoz at 1:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Goldfish Salvation
Riusuke Fukahori uses images painted on layers of resin to create mind-blowing three dimensional pieces that look amazingly real. [video]
posted by quin at 1:37 PM PST - 10 comments

A Man Provides
Giancarlo Esposito, the actor currently known best as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad (and, of course, the veteran of many, many other roles), is doing an AMA on Reddit, and responding to some of the questions via his YouTube channel. [Presumably, spoilers for BB ahead.] He also explains this.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:08 PM PST - 55 comments

"Yes."
The Fantasy Novelist's Exam: "Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great, original fantasy" is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam. We think anybody considering writing a fantasy novel should be required to take this exam first. Answering "yes" to any one question results in failure and means that the prospective novel should be abandoned at once."
posted by Fizz at 12:42 PM PST - 306 comments

Like Fake Steve Jobs with more snark
Overheard on the Goldman Sachs elevator Single Link Twitter Feed
posted by zerobyproxy at 12:20 PM PST - 91 comments

Optical illusion illusions.
Your mind subconsciously interprets this line drawing of an impossible cube as a three-dimensional object, even though it is not actually possible for such an object to exist. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 12:18 PM PST - 49 comments

The. Shortest. Fiction.
For those of us with really short attention spans.
posted by nospecialfx at 12:07 PM PST - 19 comments

...act now before Canada becomes too similar to the US to make these jokes anymore
Canada declares its "canadacy" in the race for US President (The Canada Party on Twitter; also spotted on HuffPo)
posted by flex at 11:04 AM PST - 67 comments

Minute Physics: little bits of science
Minute Physics is a YouTube Channel full of short, simple explanations of physics. Learn why there are tides, what neutrinos are and how to find them, why there is no pink light, and why Galloping Gertie didn't collapse due to resonance. Minute Physics is also on New Scientist's website, but slightly re-titled and with links to related New Scientist articles. If you have another 41 minutes, you can learn more about Minute Physics from it's creator, Henry Reich.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:44 AM PST - 74 comments

Clipart Covers
Classic Album Covers in Clipart and Comic Sans
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Pseudonyms drive communities
"Pseudonyms are the most valuable contributors to communities because they contribute the highest quantity and quality of comments." As anonymous and pseudonymic online contributors struggle to remain non-identifiable, Disqus data show pseudonymous commenters are the best. (most recently previously)
posted by mrgrimm at 9:33 AM PST - 46 comments

Oh, you're playing with your schticky
"You're gonna like the little schticky, but you're gonna love the big schticky." Pitchman Vince Offer (previously, previouslier) has returned to the airwaves to hawk a reusable silicone lint roller. This is his first new ad campaign since his 2009 arrest for aggravated battery against Sasha Harris (Vince wryly spoofs his own mug shot in the commercial). The bizarrely innuendo-laden video blurs the line between truth and parody, arguably shining a spotlight more on the polarizing salesman than on the product itself — which, for those still skeptical, is indeed real.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:12 AM PST - 53 comments

"My doctor says I have something called hypertension," she says. "I'm really scared."
Stark billboards and television commercials that feature overweight kids are part of a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the "Stop Sugarcoating It, Georgia" ads is to shock families into recognizing that obesity is a problem.
posted by edguardo at 9:01 AM PST - 241 comments

Maybe she's born with it?
Fotoshop by Adobé. (Single Link Vimeo Post)
posted by seanyboy at 8:25 AM PST - 22 comments

"We're watching you" – The Refrigerator
Breaking Bad Remix // POV Compilation You know those point-of-view shots from inanimate objects in Breaking Bad (e.g., pan, bathtub, pizza, shovel, floor)? As a fan of the show, I feel a bit ambivalent about these shots. Stylistic flourish? Representative of paranoia? A distraction? But I like this video.
posted by jacknose at 8:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Think of the children
Arresting children for trivial offences in schools. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 7:50 AM PST - 131 comments

♫ My name is James Bond, and I love to get plastered ♫
James Bond theme, with NSFW lyrics explaining why he is an arsehole.
posted by alzi at 7:46 AM PST - 76 comments

He rides the subway. He makes instant coffee.
Pictures of David Bowie doing normal stuff. Best experienced while listening to "Bowie's in Space" by Flight of the Conchords. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:39 AM PST - 87 comments

Bloody Magnificent Capra
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce "Hemo the Magnificent" (part 2), the 1957 Frank Capra-produced-written-directed introduction to the circulatory system? Bonus points for seeing Winnie the Pooh's red hair and for voice work by June Foray and Mel Blanc. "Public education through entertainment!"
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Tonight they play again
The Kendalls sing about the Pittsburgh Steelers (+ Live in Rotterdam). [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:24 AM PST - 4 comments

War Horse: An Illustrated Review.
War Horse: An Illustrated Review Lisa Hanawalt really likes horses and drawing horses and being a horse and films about horses, and so has drawn an illustrated review of the new film version of War Horse. [SPOILER WARNING FOR BOTH LINKS] [Via Glinner]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:24 AM PST - 40 comments

“You'll shoot your eye out, kid.”
Fundamentals Of Small Arms Weapons (Part Two, Part Three)
Ever wondered just exactly how repeating and automatic firearms operate? This 1945 U.S. Army training film will tell and show you the whole mechanism in-detail, complete with incredibly sweet hand-made models!
posted by teatime at 2:08 AM PST - 44 comments

The Star Pit
The Star Pit, a radio play by Samuel R. Delany, based on his short story. Notes on the production.
posted by Artw at 12:44 AM PST - 8 comments

January 9
Matthew Yglesias on how the Federal Reserve works
Fed Up. Matthew Yglesias explains how the Federal Reserve System works, and why progressives should care. A more recent column: What is "Austrian economics"? (And why is Ron Paul obsessed with it?) And the Economist has a roundup of heterodox economic theories: Austrian economics, neo-chartalism/MMT (previously), and market monetarism.
posted by russilwvong at 10:17 PM PST - 34 comments

The Hobbit 1966
The Hobbit a twelve-minute animated film by Gene Deitch from 1966 [more inside]
posted by Sailormom at 10:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Sometimes when you are fishing, weird things happen
53 year old Donna Chen was out walking her dog when she was struck and killed by 22 year old Blake Talman. Her dog, a vizsla, ran off despite his injuries. He was rescued by a fisherman quite some distance away - and more than half a mile at sea.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:12 PM PST - 47 comments

Nigerian General Strike
Some context for today's general strike, the Occupy Nigeria movement, and growing frustration over government corruption in Nigeria.
posted by latkes at 7:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Read all about it
Hubii is a map based newspaper browser. Filter by category, language, time or region or use the heatmap. [blog]
posted by unliteral at 6:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Doug Wimbish! Doug Wimbish!
Doug Wimbish plays bass.
posted by Trurl at 6:25 PM PST - 22 comments

The Secret Life of Books
"After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. Everything you see here can be purchased at Type Books."
posted by Toekneesan at 5:04 PM PST - 38 comments

The girl with the most cake
On June 3, 1995, Courtney Love played "Doll Parts" and "Softer, Softest" in what may be the only true solo performance of her career.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 3:33 PM PST - 118 comments

Outside Magazine on Livestrong - Valid criticism or concern trolling?
Outside Magazine on Livestrong - Valid criticism or concern trolling? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 2:30 PM PST - 78 comments

Fish protection finally
"Probably the most important conservation statute ever enacted into America’s fisheries law".. as of 2012, all 528 federally managed fish species now have imposed catch limits. The US is arguably the first country in the world to do it. This means every species has a hard limit of how many fish can be taken - not just how many per-boat or angler - an absolute cap on the total number (actually by weight). The law was enacted in 2006 under a policy forged under President George W. Bush and finalized with President Obama's backing.(previously)
posted by stbalbach at 1:35 PM PST - 51 comments

American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage
Iran announced today that it had sentenced Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, 28, to death on charges of spying for the CIA. Hekmati, an American of Iranian descent who formerly worked as a translator for the U.S. military, claims that his trip to Iran was to visit his grandmother. Hekmati is the first U.S. citizen to be sentenced to death by Iran since the 1979 Revolution and has been imprisoned since August. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:21 PM PST - 60 comments

The Longest Game of Hide and Seek Ever
Extinct Galapagos tortoise may just be hiding [more inside]
posted by quin at 12:41 PM PST - 32 comments

Notes From Guantánamo
My Guantánamo Nightmare. Lakhdar Boumediene was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for seven years without explanation or charge until his case made it to the Supreme Court, leading to a decision which bears his name and his release ordered by a federal judge. The NYTimes has his and another account from another former detainee: Notes From a Guantánamo Survivor. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:41 PM PST - 63 comments

*=*=* TOTALLY PLANNED *=*=*
Battlestar Galactica RPG contains spoilers for Battlestar Galactica (the good one).
Game of Thrones RPG contains spoilers for Game of Thrones (season one).
Man vs Wild RPG contains spoiled meats.
Jersey Shore RPG spoils our cultural legacy.
Previously, RPG Heroes are Jerks.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

This is forever.
"THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL." At The Drive-In reunites. [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:35 AM PST - 57 comments

Montana Supreme Court takes on the US Supreme Court
Last week Montana's Supreme Court ruled 5-2 to essentialy ignore Citizens United. Even Justice James C. Nelson one of the 2 dissenters had this to say about the Citizens United decision:
"Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people — human beings — to share fundamental, natural rights with soulless creatures of government,"
Of course the prediction is an overturn of the Montana ruling, but some hope that now given the real world examples of the modern SuperPac Justice Kennedy will at least revisit some of his earlier justification. (the ruling in question: Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Attorney Generalpdf)
posted by edgeways at 11:30 AM PST - 150 comments

Dave, it's your Father
All of the "voicemails" on this site are reenactments and reinterpretations of [my father's] calls including actual subjects and topics broached in his recorded messages and wholly fictional scenarios that would fall squarely in his wheelhouse. Enjoy.
Topics include being on the lookout for a package, trying to find hidden goods, and spousal abuse.
posted by secretdark at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah
A dramatic reading of "Sexy And I Know It" by Ira David Wood. (Slightly NSFW original video by LMFAO.)
posted by flex at 10:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Fus Rooooooooooh YEAAAAAAH!
Although the Creation Kit mod development platform for Skyrim (previously) is still a few days from being released, intrepid modders have been working with edited game files to achieve mixed results. One of those results is the "Macho Dragon Mod" (download link). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 10:02 AM PST - 81 comments

Julius Neubronner: apothecary, inventor, and a pioneer of amateur film and (pigeon) photography
Julius Neubronner, born in Germany in 1852, was the son of Wilhelm Neubronner. Wilhelm carried on the family-run pharmacy and had introduced rapid medicine delivery by way of carrier pigeon (Google books). Julius continued the family practice, including pigeon-delivery. As a young boy, Julius was interested in the then-newly invented cameras, and his hobby and his career merged when a once-punctual pigeon took was waylaid a month. Interested to find the source of the delay, Julius placed a miniature camera on the pigeon to see where it went. The effort was successful, and he improved upon the design, patenting a panoramic pigeon-carried camera that resulted in novel photos. Julius is also distinguished as an early German experimenter in amateur silent film. His recordings, including daily life, historic events, and film magic, were restored in 1996 (Google Quickview; original PDF).
posted by filthy light thief at 10:02 AM PST - 15 comments

"I want to report a rape"
Few audience members, except film buffs, realized that the recent silent film THE ARTIST used Bernard Hermann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO as the soundtrack for its climactic scenes. But Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart's co-star in the older film, sure did. Oh, boy, did she ever.
posted by unSane at 9:53 AM PST - 87 comments

Atomic Toys
The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab (Geiger counter sold separately) was one of many rad atomic toys available for inquisitive young minds living in the US.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:51 AM PST - 22 comments

No future
Punk's Not Dead. The revival of punk in couture fashion and elsewhere
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:07 AM PST - 113 comments

Everything Is Ruined 5.0
The as-yet-unnamed fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons is on its way.
posted by griphus at 7:12 AM PST - 346 comments

"When I was a child, I went hiking and found a lake."
An analysis of the design of the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.
posted by Edogy at 7:09 AM PST - 40 comments

"These were the freaks of nature, the Barnum and Bailey of nature."
"Birds with teeth, snakes with fingers, and humans with apelike hair - these are ancestral traits that pop up regularly in nature," Abouheif explained. "But for the longest time in evolutionary theory, these ancestral traits were thought to go nowhere - slips in the developmental system that reveal things from the past." In other words: make way for the SUPER-SOLDIER ANTS. [more inside]
posted by obscurator at 6:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Seriously? Shit.
Who's your favourite? (SL-interrogation-of-cute-babies-YT.)
posted by Phire at 6:30 AM PST - 11 comments

The Good, the Bad, and the Billy Joe Tolliver
Carles of Hipster Runoff discusses the relationship between mediocre quarterbacks and office jobs:
The most intense forms of competition, stress, conflict, and insecurity that most of us will ever feel take place at work. We embrace mediocrity as a safety net to alleviate our minds from these uncomfortable thoughts, and hide from the idea of heightened accountability and expectations. Instead, we choose to live vicariously through other people we don't know who are actually 'special.' Athletes, technological entrepreneurs, and other people who are recognized for being legitimately 'gifted and talented' serve as our daily inspirations and escapes. While society tends to praise greatness and unique achievement, the public ceremony of 'exposing' mediocrity provides us with the opportunity for humor and hyperbole that inspires a dark breed of empathy and fan interest.
posted by Copronymus at 6:30 AM PST - 47 comments

Priorities, priorities
The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!) (SLYT) Masterful modern social commentary.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:45 AM PST - 37 comments

She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning.
"She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning. Patsy on Jesus. Elvis without the pelvis." is how the liner notes for The Glory Road, the Numero Group's 2005 reissue of Fern Jones' classic album Singing a Happy Song start. When her album was recorded, the session musicians had just played Elvis's 1958 sessions. Later, Jimmie Davis and Johnny Cash both covered one of Fern's songs (I Was There When It Happened(YT)). Much of the information on the web, including this brief piece from The Oxford American about Fern, these images from her revival days, and other history comes from the website maintained by her daughter. Fern's daughter is interviewed about her mother here (mp3), with musical clips included. NPR reviewed the reissue in 2005 when it came out. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

January 8
put on a shirt his mother made, and went on the air
Well, bust my britches, here it is January 8, Elvis Presley's birthday! Now, a mere 20 days after the young rock crooner had celebrated his 21st, back in 1956, he stepped onto the stage at CBS Studio in New York City and made his US national television debut, on the Dorsey Brothers show. Seems he was hot property from the get-go, cause he was back on that stage, straightaway, for five more appearances, on February 4th, 11th and 18th, then again on March 17th and 24th. And, yeah, heck, he was pretty good.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:26 PM PST - 42 comments

Sleeper hits
Everything you need to know about Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips, the best writer artist team currently working in comics, and their particular brand of noirish crime and noirish supercrime. With their latest project, Fatal, they add a new ingredient to the mix and bring us noirish Lovecraftian crime.
posted by Artw at 7:28 PM PST - 58 comments

The Comic Sans Project
WE ARE THE COMIC SANS DEFENDERS. WE FEAR NO FONTS AND WE WILL MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD COMIC SANS. BECAUSE HELVETICA IS SOOO 2011
posted by blue_beetle at 7:05 PM PST - 79 comments

Laurie Anderson in the Believer
"Five thousand years from now—let’s say we didn’t find the God particle. We’re still looking. I think we probably won’t be making things of the nature that we are now. I think we’ll just be trying to appreciate things more. Maybe we’ll design better ears. I mean, our hearing’s crappy. We’ll have huge ears and we’ll be able to tune in to Mars, or we’ll have a hundred lenses through which we can look onto the surface of Mars with our so-called “bare eyes,” or look through our hands. We’ll be able to be in the present more effectively." The Believer interviews Laurie Anderson.
posted by latkes at 6:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Plotto
William Wallace Cook, seeking to help mechanize the art of novel writing, came up with the 1462 possible plots for all stories. He then devised the Plotto system, whereby an author need only consult the book of plots to construct the next best seller.
posted by reenum at 4:16 PM PST - 58 comments

OpenCode
Today, NASA goes open source with its code, joining endeavours such as SpaceHack [previously], WorldWind and (for more worldly coders) Github, GoogleCode, and the venerable SourceForge.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 4:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Live Coded Demoscene
When Iñigo Quílez isn't hard at work at Pixar, he's active in the demoscene, creating 4KB programs that render incredible procedurally generated scenes. He also writes tutorials on both video and audio synthesis, but arguably the coolest section of his site features live-coding videos of him improvising both audio and video rendering code that will make any experienced programmer feel wholly inadequate.
posted by spiderskull at 4:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Get sideways for 1000 EUR
Folkrace is a class of rally racing originated by the Finns. Run with old, cheap cars, it's intended to be the racing class for everyone. Watch F1 champ Mikka Hakkinen train up Top Gear's James May for a Folkrace.
posted by thedaniel at 4:06 PM PST - 18 comments

"We fall into genre wars, of literature versus science fiction, and I don't think it's a real war." - Lauren Beukes
The Guardian interviewed four science fiction authors on the theme of the current state of SF. These authors are, in order, Lauren Beukes, Michael Moorcock, Alistair Reynolds and Jeff Noon, the latter two being interviewed together. Opinion ranges from bullish to crotchety, with plenty of shades and nuances.
posted by Kattullus at 3:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Feeling like a million, cos I got a couple dozen in the Chilly Bin
Up and coming rapper Home Brew spits the truth about New Zealand. His affinity for Crate beer, a resolve to sit back and let the world's problems unfold, and a penchant for BBQs makes for great Summer music. (hey it's summer over here alright..) Underneath the Shade , Chicken Chow Mein , Same Shit Different Day [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

For the retro gamers: A megaman clone!
Rokko Chan! Want to relieve the nes days with megaman? Now you can - in your browser! Same difficulty and annoying traps as ever :)
posted by TrinsicWS at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

RINOA SUR
A leaked memo by India's Military Intelligence indicates they eavesdropped on a U.S. government department (USCC) that reports to congress on "the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship [between the U.S. and China]" using "lawful intercept" backdoors provided to the Indian government by Apple, RIM, and Nokia. (previously) [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 3:01 PM PST - 48 comments

Behind Every Great Woman
As more women earn high-level corporate roles, more husbands are staying home, raising the kids, and changing the rules.
posted by vidur at 2:50 PM PST - 57 comments

Disney Face Swap!
Disney Face Swap!
posted by hermitosis at 1:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Alexander Hamilton, we were waiting in the weeds for you
After the success of 2008's In the Heights, a Broadway rap musical about Washington Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda went to work on his sophomore project: a rap concept album on the life of Alexander Hamilton. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 12:47 PM PST - 18 comments

the new humanism and socialism? developing human and social 'capital'...
The Future of History (non-gated, summary): Many have noted that democracy [1,2,3] does not often sit well with capitalism [1,2,3], but Foreign Affairs argues in its latest issue that, while the ideological battle was won in the 20th century, the challenge of 21st is one of implementation -- how to make liberal democracy work. [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:33 PM PST - 12 comments

The Montreal Screwjob
The Montreal Screwjob (part 1, part 2, aftermath) - as remembered by Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels,and Vince McMahon (previously)
posted by Trurl at 11:55 AM PST - 29 comments

It's Been Done Before, A Seven Nation Army...
Seven Nation Army (original) - The Glitch MOB Remix of the song is used in the G.I. Joe 2 Trailer, which inspired me to dig up some of the better versions of the song. Nostalgia 77 - Acoustic Cover - 8 Bit - Piano - Pamplemoose - Ben l'Oncle Son - Brazilian Mefi - And of course a Ukulele - Previously on the Blue
posted by MechEng at 11:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Morpion Solitaire
Morpion Solitaire is a very simple pencil-and-paper, line-drawing game for which the best possible score is not known! New records are still being set.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Gone Silent.
Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter. Her 1925 script for "The Plastic Age" launched the career Clara Bow. She wrote numerous scripts during the silent era, including movies starring Greta Garbo and Norma Shearer with whom she became friends. But she felt badly treated by Hollywood, her scripts stolen, plagiarized or bowdlerized. She was also blacklisted, wrongly accused of being a communist. Broke and dispirited, she and her husband contemplated suicide. But she survived, and went on to write a highly critical book about early Hollywood, where she dished on many famous figures. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 11:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Googly-enheim.
The Guggenheim Museum is claiming to be the first museum to begin issuing new exhibit catalogues as e-books for purchase. But even more exciting to the 20th century art history nerd, they've also partnered with the Internet Archive to offer free digitized versions of out-of-print catalogues going back to the 1930s. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

He doesn't know real suffering, because he has not dated as much as I have.
The Comedian's Comedian's Comedian: Garry Shandling on boxing, basketball, buddhism and being.
posted by timshel at 10:04 AM PST - 38 comments

"Black Glasses Like Clark Kent"
In 2004, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke. Author Terese Svoboda's uncle checks into a pyschiatric ward. [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 9:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Otterly Adorable
Otters chasing a butterfly. (Why should cats have all the fun?). Previously
posted by Doktor Zed at 9:31 AM PST - 33 comments

Extraordinarily good at copying and following
Infinite Stupidity Now, it sounds incredible. It sounds insane. It sounds mad. Because we think of ourselves as so intelligent. But when we really ask ourselves about the nature of any evolutionary process, we have to ask ourselves whether [our mechanism for generating ideas] could be any better than random, because in fact, random might be the best strategy. Mark Pagel previously, edge.org previously
posted by victors at 9:08 AM PST - 33 comments

Will we be all right in the end? David Runciman on democracy, fatalism, and the European crisis (LRB)
Democracy, fatalism, and the European economic crisis
posted by Philosopher's Beard at 7:22 AM PST - 62 comments

garden of quasiperiodic rhombus tilings
Need some quasiperiodic tilings? Alan Schoen has a smorgasbord of tilings of rhombuses with pentagonal, heptagonal, and nonagonal symmetry that come in many flavors. Be sure to check out his page on triply periodic minimal surfaces and the other curios at his Geometry Garret.
posted by oonh at 6:37 AM PST - 9 comments

"The long sentence opens the very doors that a short sentence simply slams shut."
"Your sentences are so long," [L.A.Times] The point of the long and winding sentence - Pico Iyer’s essay on why he’s made the conscious decision to write longer sentences.
posted by Fizz at 5:17 AM PST - 83 comments

You're a wonder
John Barrowman sings a medley of the themes from Spider-Man and Wonder Woman (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Smily chap does Youtube post produced pop a cappella slickly.
"Youtube Musician" Mike Tompkins uses his "voice and mouth" (not to mention a teensy bit of post production) to cover well known pop songs. Whilst obviously far, far from the first to do this sort of thing, his videos - Coldplay's Paradise and Adele's Rolling in the Deep, for example - are perhaps unusually polished affairs, and make much of his facial expressiveness, which apparently comes from his involvement in theatre at an early age. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 2:29 AM PST - 21 comments

A puzzle game.
Puppy Shelter :( [more inside]
posted by lemuring at 1:41 AM PST - 47 comments

A Travelogue of Muay Thai, and Its Collateral Hazards
"By the time I started fighting my personality was pretty well formed already, and what attracted me was its contrast to who I was and the life I was leading. Since then I’ve become a competent boxer and I hope to be good at Thai boxing as well, but I’m not a fighter and I never wholly will be." Warning: This story has a very sad ending. [more inside]
posted by chaff at 1:02 AM PST - 19 comments

January 7
Iginla scores goal number 500.
Jarome Iginla, the first black captain of an NHL hockey team, has scored his 500th career goal during a game against the Minnesota Wild.
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:22 PM PST - 18 comments

It, by Rich Aucoin
It Nova Scotian Rich Aucoin's video for "It" directed by Noah Pink. SLYT worth clicking on. You may recognize a few scenes.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Some Cool Pens
Just some really awesome pens.
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:32 PM PST - 57 comments

Mamma mia! -- Etna erupts again
Almost nine minutes of video of Etna volcano erupting this week in Italy, including a pyroclastic flow. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 9:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Tommy Ardolino, NRBQ drummer, RIP
If you ever caught NRBQ live, you were most likely treated to some raucous, pounding and undeniably joyful roadhouse revelry that made you wanna drink another beer (at least) and bask in the divine glory of Rock. And. Roll. But it is with a sad heart that I relay the news to you today that the hard-hitting, deeply grooving powerhouse behind the drums, the man who drove America's Best Bar Band to ever more delirious heights of cathartic oneness with the Universe, has left us. RIP, Tommy Ardolino. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Vintage Dog Training and Performance: Jay Sisler
Positive reinforcement dog training existed in the States in the 1950s. Sisler's dogs were trained to amazingly high performance standards using hand signals and body language with just... petting, praise and pancakes? Aussies, maybe, but greyhounds, really? [more inside]
posted by vers at 7:56 PM PST - 22 comments

WALK
WALK .. is a trippy 1983 journey from one part of Minneapolis to another. It begins with a guy who can hardly move. He slowly gains stuttered motion and utters basic letter sounds, then begins a real and imaginary walk. His journey is from his view - floating. At the end of this walk, he meets a friend. Walk's film surface is hand worked and street noise is composed as music-concrete. 16mm B/W SLYT
posted by louche mustachio at 7:39 PM PST - 13 comments

A new way of accounting for ecological costs?
Social Credit is a movement that takes a different view of economic expansion. Mostly it focuses on how value is created and what happens to the excess value. Proponents can be very aggressive or very mellow but a key part of their philosophy is that we must recognize the value we've inherited from the past. In other words, we don't start our lives with an empty ledger but have inherited many physical and intellectual gifts from previous generations. Recently I began wondering whether we shouldn't look at the other side of the ledger, particularly when it comes to ecological impacts - i.e., the messes we inherit. It turns out that in the early 90s, some social credit economists were writing about this and were even talking about climate change as something that needed to be added to the equation. Is this an idea whose time has finally come?
posted by BillW at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Joey Quits
"The current economic climate has made it easier than ever for management to exploit employees. Fearful of losing their jobs and facing unemployment, insecure workers often submit to working conditions they otherwise would not tolerate." "The only way to improve working conditions is to organize ourselves to share information and demand respect. The “Joey Quits” video has deterred the Providence Renaissance managers from disrespecting Renaissance workers. We’ve created this site as a way to help other hotel workers share their stories and, by doing so, make change in their unjust workplaces as well." [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

The Vatican did not endorse this post
Last night, I attended a screening of 'The Devil Inside.' A screening that involved a DJ. It was a mostly miserable experience. That is, until the audience, whose members had received free tickets, started openly booing the movie after it ended. That part was fascinating - An Obsessive Chat About Last Night's 'The Devil Inside' Screening Between Mike Ryan and IFC's Matt Singer
posted by Artw at 6:48 PM PST - 64 comments

“All the weaker people have left. Now I’m the weakest one left.”
US Army Pvt. Danny Chen, 1992–2011
posted by zarq at 3:59 PM PST - 105 comments

There is fun to be done!
Oh, The Places You'll Go At Burning Man! (NSFW: Lots of dusty desert nudity, as might be expected. Indeed, "you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.")
posted by kaibutsu at 3:36 PM PST - 107 comments

New, deadlier form of TB hits India
Tuberculosis, which kills around 1,000 people a day in India, has acquired a deadlier edge. Forty years ago, the world thought it had conquered TB. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

RIP Shrek the Sheep (1994-2011)
Shrek the sheep taught us all that if you really, really don't want to do something, you don't have to.
RIP Shrek the Sheep (1994-2011) [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 2:15 PM PST - 43 comments

DIY mineral water
How to clone mineral water. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Charles Dickens’s Inner Child
‘Whatever you do—hang on to your childhood!’ He was true to this in his fashion, both in ways that delight me and in ways that do not. He loved the idea of a birthday celebration, being lavish about it, reminding people that they were once unborn and are now launched. This is bighearted, and we might all do a bit more of it. It would help me to forgive, perhaps just a little, the man who helped generate the Hallmark birthday industry and who, with some of his less imposing and more moistly sentimental prose scenes in A Christmas Carol, took the Greatest Birthday Ever Told and helped make it into the near Ramadan of protracted obligatory celebration now darkening our Decembers. - Christopher Hitchens writes about Charles Dickens in his last Vanity Fair column
posted by beisny at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

An Arrow in the Androgyne
Emerging surrealist artist Margo Selski, known for her Modern Subcultures-and-Flemish fusion inspired theatrical portraiture, has opened a new exhibit that prominently features and celebrates her shy 12-year old son Theo, who attended the opening gala in a beautiful red velvet gown, pearls, and black lace opera gloves. [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing at 11:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Time has not been kind, madam.
A story about "That One Time When Patton Oswalt was an Asshole" and Oswalt's response.
posted by eugenen at 11:14 AM PST - 196 comments

Best single-volume histories of WWII
Best single-volume histories of WWII, a survey by Edward Kosner [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 9:50 AM PST - 47 comments

Queen vs. The Beatles -- Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
Queen vs. The Beatles - Fat Bottomed Girls Come Together
posted by jason's_planet at 9:26 AM PST - 42 comments

Reality of India
This is a story of a young man named Chotu Lohar* from a small nondescript village in one of the poorest states of India. He dropped out of school to work in the iron mines. Music on a radio was the only entertainment available in his house but last year he came to national notice on a reality show called Dance India Dance - where although his untutored enthusiasm and energy captured attention - he was unable to make the cut. His passion, on the other hand, caught the interest** of the show's producers who took him under their wing and a year later, he's just made the shortlist for this year's show. [more inside]
posted by infini at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

A Not-Sober Lullaby
Ron Minis' Not-Sober Lullaby. (SLYT)
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

My Word
The Corpus of American Historical English is a searchable index of word usage in American printed material from 1810 to 2009. Powerful complex searches allow you to trace the appearance and evolution of words and phrases and even specific grammatical constructions, see trends in frequency, and plenty more. Start with the 5-Minute Tour.
posted by Miko at 8:40 AM PST - 23 comments

I can't use these things together
Top 100 all time adventure games list . Suspense killing, spoiler laden Full List (nb: links in full list do not go back to the reviews in the list).
posted by Sparx at 8:16 AM PST - 66 comments

Makes me want to break out the Vicks.
Singing Prodigy Viva Vox do a selection of tunes by the Prodigy, acapella. (YT)
posted by ironjelly at 6:36 AM PST - 16 comments

All Things Must Pass
Live! Record sleeves with those that are no longer with us edited out. SLtumblr
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:07 AM PST - 46 comments

Auld Reekie
Sensory Maps is an attempt by Kate Mclean to chart the Taste, Views and Touch of Edinburgh. More details in this post on Edible Geography.
In the Victorian era, Edinburgh earned the nickname “Auld Reekie,”for its smog. Now, according to McClean’s map, it “emits a plethora of scents and smells; some particular to Edinburgh, some ubiquitous city aromas.” Among the latter are fish and chip shops and vomit, while the peculiar smell of the Macfarlan Smith opiate factory, the fishy pong of the penguin enclosure at the zoo, and the ammoniac stench of the boys’ toilets at South Morningside primary school are more city-specific, as is the way that the prevailing south-westerly winds distribute these smell combinations.
Also related, the Sheffield Smellwalk.
posted by vacapinta at 3:39 AM PST - 9 comments

January 6
Five people cover Somebody That I Used To Know on one guitar
Five people play Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know on one guitar.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:51 PM PST - 61 comments

The Restart Page
Watch your favorite operating systems reboot at The Restart Page.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:05 PM PST - 65 comments

The Written World - A History of Writing
The Written World is a five part radio series put together by Melyvn Bragg as part of the In Our Time BBC radio project. The programmes look at the history of written word, and how it has shaped our intellectual history. Each episode is available as a podcast and has an accompanying page (1 2 3 4 5) with images and links for further exploration. Also: The books that shaped history (narrated slideshow); the British Library page. [more inside]
posted by carter at 9:42 PM PST - 11 comments

If you decide to explore the ledge where the seeker has come to rest, turn to page 6.
"There's no way we could have programmed a moral ending for every story line . . . Life isn't that way. Choose Your Own Adventure is not that way. Choose Your Own Adventure is a simulation that approximates the choices that we face in our lives." Choose Your Own Adventure: How The Cave of Time taught us to love interactive entertainment. (previously) [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:26 PM PST - 41 comments

Using a Camera Lens to Illustrate
Don Hong-Oai (1929 - 2004), was a master of creating artwork which appeared to be Chinese ink illustrations, but were actually photographs. [gallery] [more inside]
posted by quin at 8:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Earth doesn't have an energy problem; the Earth has an energy carrier problem
Alain Goeppert, G. K. Surya Prakash, chemistry Nobel Laureate George A. Olah and colleagues have co-authored a paper (doi: 10.1021/ja2100005) in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describing a novel, cheap material that scrubs CO2 from ambient air, even at the very low concentrations of the atmosphere. The material is easily manufactured, and carbon captured is readily removed from the polymer, allowing recycling of the polymer and sequestration of the carbon. The researchers, co-authors of Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy regard this as more than simply a technique for decreasing the carbon emissions of industrial processes and fossil-fuel burning machines, but as possibly an energy-carrier, by using the "catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 with H2 where the hydrogen has been obtained from water electrolysis (wiki). Articles: ScienceDaily, SciAm.
posted by bumpkin at 8:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket"
Both an ingeniously choreographed crime film and a moral drama influenced by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Pickpocket marks the apotheosis of Bresson's stripped-down style. There’s little or no psychological realism or conventional drama at work in Martin La Salle’s portrayal of a master thief who plies his trade at the Gare de Lyon and easily outwits the cops who seek to ensnare him. See it once to appreciate the spare elegance of the pickpocketing scenes, and then a second time to appreciate how subtly Bresson accomplishes the story of a man’s self-willed corruption, his liberation through imprisonment and his redemption through love, all in less than 80 minutes.* [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Hmmm, poit.com is a real site.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of Don Martin, "MAD Magazine's Maddest Artist." Don's visual style was arguably exceeded by his "endless capacity for newly coined, onomatopoetic sound effects," leading to the inevitable question: Web 2.0 Site or Don Martin Sound Effect? [more inside]
posted by stannate at 6:06 PM PST - 23 comments

The short, unique life of Zombie Pidge
Step 1: Compose your post to MetaFilter: Description: An inspirational Holiday Tale from Peter Watts. Step 2: Justify using the words "inspirational", "holiday", and "Peter Watts" in the same sentence: I'm grading on a curve. Step 3: Do you want to warn us about any pictures? Yes, I'm warning you. (Remember last time?) Seriously, some animal lovers may want to skip this.
posted by maudlin at 4:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Bomber Jackets
A gallery of personalized bomber jackets from WWII with descriptions.
posted by gman at 4:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Floppy Chorus
Moppy is a M_usical Fl_oppy controller program built for the Ardiuno UNO. (Github link.) Who dares argue the haunting refrain of the Imperial March fails to haunt ever more still when played back by floppy drive read-heads? Perhaps you'd enjoy Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive in the original 3.5", or Daft Punk's Tron anthem Derezzed? And though the season has lapsed, you can always cue up Carol of the Bells, primed and ready for December 2012.
posted by disillusioned at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Kissin plays, Kissin talks
Evgeny Kissin is not only a phenomenally active, high-strung, and almost unfailing pianist, he also declaims poetry in public -- in Yiddish. [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

"Liberal, Pretty, and Pro-Titty"
GOOGLE RUPAUL . Drag superstar RuPaul (whose reality show "RuPaul's Drag Race" returns later this month) has enjoyed piles of free publicity thanks to name association with presidential canditate Ron Paul (NY Times). [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:23 PM PST - 35 comments

Lowkey
Hand On Your Gun is a music video dedicated to suit-wearing arms dealers and champagne-drinking depleted uranium droppers from British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey. A few of his other videos: Obama Nation, Terrorist?, Obama Nation part 2, Soundtrack To The Struggle
posted by finite at 2:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Jeff Harris: 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting ...
"In 1999, Toronto-based photographer Jeff Harris began taking a photo of himself each day as an alternative to all those diaries he started but couldn't keep up. But what began as a self-portrait project has evolved considerably in its 13 years. Harris' photographs aren't the typical, self-portrait vanity projects that crop up on YouTube now and again. Instead, he used the project to inspire him in his daily life, to go out and do something that would get him off his couch....This story becomes even more incredible as it progresses, but it's difficult to explain without cheapening it."* So watch it now [video || 05:26].
posted by ericb at 1:36 PM PST - 22 comments

How yoga can wreck your body
Yoga can wreck your body. Who knew?
posted by Listener at 1:28 PM PST - 81 comments

The best NYTimes correction of all time
First, the article, about a young couple with Asperger's. Second, the correction to the story. Third, the story behind the correction. Finally, the story behind the story behind the correction, featuring dubtrot, My Little Pony dubstep. Via kottke
posted by MadamM at 1:21 PM PST - 35 comments

Geography and Science Fiction
GeoCurrents is blog dedicated to "map-illustrated analyses of current events and geographical issues", run by Martin W. Lewis, a Stanford senior lecturer. For the past week, they've been posting a series of articles on imaginary geography. See below for a list of the posts so far: [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Sent by the Guardian to Recover the Key to Time
The Doctor Who Timeline Infographic (Spoiler Alert!) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:04 PM PST - 48 comments

I AM
I Am tells the stories of 36 Sri Lankan elders, about their lives and work, and their connections to their hometown. ... With the movement of people away from their hometowns, particularly from Jaffna and Galle, I also spoke to the so called 'internal diaspora', about their longing for their hometowns and their sense of belonging to their adoptive homes."
posted by chunking express at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

No longer a Best Buy?
Why Best Buy is Going out of Business...Gradually. Or not - opposing view. 'Consider a few key metrics. Despite the disappearance of competitors including Circuit City, the company is losing market share. Its last earnings announcement disappointed investors. In 2011, the company’s stock has lost 40% of its value. Forward P/E is a mere 6.23 (industry average is 10.20). Its market cap down to less than $9 billion. Its average analyst rating, according to The Street.com, is a B-.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:31 PM PST - 143 comments

When dinosaurs ruled the art world.
The JP Show (Just People) ran December 3rd & 4th, 2011 at Nucleus in Los Angeles. Curated by Julia Vickerman and Brandon Bird, it was an exhibit dedicated to what people love & remember most about the Jurassic Park film series: the human characters. Most of the art works can now be viewed online. Prints of some works are available as well as a short gallery of photos from the opening night. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

This is actually the last level in "Frogger."
"Where I come from, a little patience at the crosswalk usually rewards me with a stoplight-induced pause in traffic, but here things are different. One had to simply cross, stride forward into the asphalt gauntlet with no fear, just faith that two intersecting streams of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, would reconcile themselves. And they always did." Photographer Rob Whitworth stitches together 10,000 images to bring you a very kinetic time-lapse video of "Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam." [via]
posted by bayani at 12:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Pop Surrealist Intervention Art
"These pictures began as a family tradition of giving each other 'gag gifts' for Christmas; I took cheap oils from a local flea market and embellished them with absurdities." (Possibly NSFW: nude painting in second link, second page of third link.)
posted by griphus at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

"This is a totem we erected to protect us from Courtney Love."
Seattle is objectively superior to the place you grew up
posted by Artw at 10:48 AM PST - 237 comments

“This is about more than a definition. It is about how seriously we take this as a country"
Almost one year after Congressional Republicans tried to limit the definition of rape to only include "force" (previously), the Department of Justice is redefining the term--but this time to to expand it dramatically:
The outdated definition that has been governing national rape statistics since 1929, “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” has been updated to "penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” According to Susan D. Carbon, director of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the previous definition “excluded an untold number of victims.” For the first time, men will be included in national rape statistics, as well as those raped while unable to give consent due to intoxication or other mental and physical incapacity.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:34 AM PST - 47 comments

"...to explore better ways to create and deliver the formal published record."
Have you seen the article of the future?
posted by iamkimiam at 9:17 AM PST - 52 comments

"The Dead"
Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet...
Today is the feast of Epiphany, the last day of the traditional Christmas season; the day also when the Misses Morkan held that grand affair, their annual dance, in James Joyce's "The Dead." [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:16 AM PST - 71 comments

It will be the first time the 21 guns salute shoots the coffin
Rumours abound in the UK about secret plans by the current conservative government to offer Baroness Thatcher, lately of ill health, a state funeral nearly exclusively afforded to the Royal family. [more inside]
posted by vivelame at 8:24 AM PST - 147 comments

You just don’t know you know them...
Why do most people assume that all nonmonogamous relationships are destined to fail? Because we only hear about the ones that do. If a three-way or an affair was a factor in a divorce or breakup, we hear all about it. But we rarely hear from happy couples who aren’t monogamous, because they don’t want to be perceived as dangerous sex maniacs who are destined to divorce. Monogamish Couples Share Their Stories.
posted by sour cream at 7:58 AM PST - 122 comments

One Dead Hippie and a bacon and egg martini, garcon
Young and Foodish give you their Top 10 London burgers. Not in the mood for minced cow? Then they also have rundowns of their favourite pizzas, coffees, sandwiches, bagels and salt-beef sarnies. And if you want to read more about food in London, in a way that doesn't suggest that one can't eat well without laying at least £70 at the wagyu-flecked boots of a Michelin-starred chef, then there's £31.75, which took its' inspiration from the infamous Aberdeen Steak House.
posted by mippy at 7:33 AM PST - 48 comments

HOLY SH*T MAN WALKS ON F**KING MOON
At one point, Stafford recognized a landmark crater, Censorinus A. He was momentarily distracted by the dramatic shadows and giant boulders surrounding the crater. “I’ve got Censorinus A right here,” he said out loud to the world, “bigger than shit!” A shocked reporter listening to the transmission in mission control turned to astronaut Jack Schmitt. “What did Colonel Stafford just say?” Thinking quickly, Schmitt covered for his colleague and replied “He said, ‘Oh, there’s Censorinus… bigger than Schmitt!’”

How not to swear on the moon, and other fun facts from Vintage Space.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Four fingers good, five fingers better
England's Obscenity Trial of the Decade is over, with unanimous Not Guilty verdicts being returned for all 6 charges. R v Peacock was a rare outing for the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and its out-lawing of media which depraves and corrupts, and despite being shown DVDs of explicit homosexual acts, fisting, testicular torture, rape scenes, prolaspses and other acts the prosecution described as extreme the jury decided the material didn't breech the law. Alex d. live tweeted the proceeding and Peacock's supprters are celebratory. The question now is what is obscene in today's society, and is the act still relevant. [more inside]
posted by samworm at 7:06 AM PST - 25 comments

A Gross Miscarriage of Justice in Computer Chess
On December 4, 2005, the computer chess community was astonished by the initial release of a free, downloadable chess program named Rybka 1.0 Beta, which within days took a sizable lead on all then-existing chess program rankings, surpassing all commercial programs, including renowned engines Shredder, HIARCS, Fritz and Junior.
[snip]
In early 2011 sixteen chess programmers, many of whose programs were direct competitors of Rybka, signed a letter wherein they asserted that Rajlich copied programming code from another engine, Fruit, authored by Fabien Letouzey and released to the public in June 2005, about six months before Rybka 1.0 Beta.
A four part analysis of the International Computer Games Association decision. (full paper in pdf) [more inside]
posted by rider at 6:20 AM PST - 47 comments

Michael Hastings: McChrystal Was ‘Complex,’ Obama Was Naive, Afghanistan Is Hopeless
Interview Transcripts from Wired.com Michael Hastings has come out with a new book titled "The Operators" in which he expands on his infamous Rolling Stone article that led to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal by President Obama. In this Wired interview, Hastings explains why he views our current situation in Afghanistan as hopeless and the real story behind the quotes he obtained from the general and his staff.
posted by RedShrek at 6:08 AM PST - 18 comments

One for the country!
Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, 83, holder of the world record for downing a yard glass of beer, shows that he's still got it. SLYT.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:42 AM PST - 25 comments

January 5
"I noticed something on a lampshade. It was writing in Korean and when I asked the interpreter what it meant, he said it meant roughly, 'Live or Die.'"
On November 13, 1982, in an outdoor arena next to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini beat Duk Koo Kim to retain his World Boxing Association lightweight championship title. It was a thrilling match, but its aftermath quickly turned into a nightmare, as Kim fell into a coma, and, a few days later, died. The bout's effects have rippled outward ever since. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:14 PM PST - 51 comments

Alan J. Pakula's "The Parallax View"
Welcome to the testing room of the Parallax Corporation's Division of Human Engineering. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:11 PM PST - 29 comments

Blame it on the beasts
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law - "Murderous pigs sent to the gallows, sparrows prosecuted for chattering in Church, a gang of thieving rats let off on a wholly technical acquittal – theoretical psychologist and author Nicholas Humphrey explores the strange world of medieval animal trials." More on the theme of barnyard scapegoats from the BBC podcast documentary: Animals on Trial.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:24 PM PST - 22 comments

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?
How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish... [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 6:21 PM PST - 84 comments

Contrarian.
Stephen Fry and Friends on Christopher Hitchens. Parts 2 3 4 [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:30 PM PST - 75 comments

Imagine there's no people
So you wake up tomorrow morning to find almost everyone on Earth missing. The Internet will continue to work for a few hours: what information could you download to ensure your survival and rebuild civilization? A few suggestions: The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Third Word Development (18 GB of information on agriculture, livestock, food processing, construction, water, sanitation, health and much more). The Global Village Construction Set (previously). Copies of Gray's Anatomy, Where There Is No Doctor, and The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide.

A few more that might be handy even in ordinary times: all of Wikipedia, or perhaps just a portion. (Ideally, of course, you’d already have a bound, printed copy), Offline Google Mail (Chrome) to save correspondence; SiteSucker to download sites you’d like to keep around while offline.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 4:52 PM PST - 89 comments

Women and men are different!
This just in ... Men are different from women. OK, scratch that. More different than researchers had previously thought.
posted by anothermug at 3:44 PM PST - 87 comments

...And you thought that you loved cat videos
A nightmarish Keyboard Cat from the 1950s children's program Andy's Gang. You might want to leave the lights on tonight.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:41 PM PST - 63 comments

J. Hoberman Fired by Village Voice
Yesterday, the Village Voice fired J. Hoberman, long-time champion of independent and experimental film (and its senior film critic of 24 years). Hoberman promises that there's a blog in his future. The Voice has an archive of his writing for them since 1998. Here are his Top 10 lists for the years 1977 to 2006, and here they are for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Here is a compilation of his advice for aspiring film critics. A critic who came of age in an era when the lines between "film critic" and "film scholar" were blurrier, Hoberman has also written books about American movies and the Cold War and the forgotton history of Yiddish cinema. Here are some interviews with him about his work.
posted by bubukaba at 3:09 PM PST - 42 comments

Billy Donovan's Secret Sorrow
Three basketball coaches share the experience of a single type of tragedy.
posted by reenum at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

So a Girl Sneaks Into a Russian Military Rocket Factory...
Lana Sator sneaked into a Russian military rocket factory, found no guards, and started taking pictures. Some of them are pretty amazing. [source]
posted by quin at 2:12 PM PST - 75 comments

Obama says no-go to Pro Forma sessions
Presidential appointments that require Senate confirmation can be made without confirmation by the President when the chamber is in recess: a so-called recess appointment, wherein the appointee is allowed to serve until the end of the next congressional session. During the Bush II administration, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began holding pro forma sessions every three days—a local Senator gavels the session in and immediately back out—to ensure that the Senate never went into recess and as a result, Bush stopped confirming recess appointments. When the Obama administration took over, the Republicans began holding the same pro forma sessions to prevent Obama from appointing any positions in recess. This week, Obama made four appointments, including Richard Cordray to the newly created role of director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, despite the fact that the Senate is not in technical recess. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:01 PM PST - 113 comments

High, low, and in between
I did this interview with Townes Van Zandt in the spring of 1994, for a now-defunct west coast monthly. Townes was promoting a new album called Roadsongs, and over the course of two days in May, he spoke to me for several hours. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Obama unveils new strategy for 'leaner' US military
"As I made clear in Australia, we'll be strengthening our presence in the Asia-Pacific, and budget reductions will not come at the expense of this critical region," President Obama and Sustaining US Global Leadership (pdf) [more inside]
posted by Petrot at 1:30 PM PST - 29 comments

DON'T DRINK THE NECTAR OF PROPAGANDA UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE FINISHED WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE
JENNY HOLZER, MOM [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing at 12:33 PM PST - 63 comments

Causes Are Hard
Trials and Errors. Jonah Lehrer's latest piece in Wired is a sort of sequel to his earlier article in the New Yorker on the decline effect (previously). Where that article focused on the institutional factors interfering with the accumulation of truth, this one focuses on the philosophical issues of causation and correlation in modern science. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Gillian Jacob's nickname is 'Walking NPR'
As fans of the television show Community wait through a Whitney induced hiatus of indeterminate length, they might be wondering what the cast and crew has been up to. At least one of those things was squaring off for a game of Trivial Pursuit hosted by Dan Harmon.
posted by codacorolla at 11:48 AM PST - 43 comments

I have no idea how these goths climbed up these trees, or why.
Goths up trees.
posted by LSK at 11:46 AM PST - 61 comments

EXT. PLAYGROUND - DAY
Recess Stories is a series of live-action, short films for kids, performed by kids and based on real-life events. The first season is available to watch online or download for free, and Season Two is coming soon.
posted by swift at 11:44 AM PST - 1 comments

"The game I play is a very interesting one. It's imagination, in a tight straitjacket."
From 1981 - 1993, documentary producer Christopher Sykes created three films about Dr. Richard Feynman. All are now available in their entirety on YouTube: Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out and Last Journey of a Genius (previously). [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Photojournalist Eve Arnold dies at age 99
Eve Arnold was regarded as one of the finest photojournalists of the 20th century. Invited to join Magnum Photos in 1951 by Robert Capa, it was with Magnum that she travelled the world documenting areas of America, China, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. A master of both black & white and colour, Arnold thrived in the golden age of photojournalism, when publications gave photographers great resources and freedom to practice their art. A world-travelling photojournalist whose subjects ranged from the poor and dispossessed to Marilyn Monroe, she has died at age 99 : Her page at Magnum Photos. Images from a recent London exhibition. A 1987 audio interview, after the publication of her book of Marilyn Monroe images.
posted by spock at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Coachbuilt, an encyclopedia of American Coachbuilders
Coachbuilt is an encyclopedia of American coachbuilders, from Adam Black & Sons, makers of commercial coaches and co-designers of the iconic UPS P-600 package delivery truck, to the York-Hoover Body Company, who started out as a prolific supplier of wooden depot hack and station wagon bodies for the Ford Model T, later catering to the funeral home/furniture store marketplace by offering a combination motorized funeral coach/furniture delivery car using a stretched Model T chassis.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:21 AM PST - 2 comments

The right to delirium
Eduardo Galeano reading The Right to Delirium. Via PULSE
posted by latkes at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

On a roll . . .
How the Dutch got their cycle paths (Youtube). How Paris decided to become a bicycle friendly city. How Copenhagen became a cycling city (PDF). How San Francisco became a cycling city. How London tried (and failed) to become a cycling city. How Sevilla, Spain is becoming a world-class bicycling city (more: Seville's lesson and Seville's remarkable transformation). How Ciclovia came to Bogotá (Streetfilms). How Portland plans to become the first world-class bike city in America; how expanding Portland's inexpensive bicycle network led to an exponentially expanding amount of bicycling (Streetfilms). How Janette Sadik-Khan is transforming New York City streets (Streetfilms). [more inside]
posted by flug at 10:55 AM PST - 33 comments

*Blink*
Stanley Kubrick animated gifs
posted by Artw at 10:46 AM PST - 49 comments

I'd put my horse in the back yard and love him with all my heart.
Vint Cerf, fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, writes in a New York Times Op-Ed today that Internet Access Is Not a Human Right:
...technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it.
[more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:32 AM PST - 65 comments

WebGL-only (no plugins!) 3D map
Nokia's 100% WebGL 3D map [SLBrowserToy]
posted by spitefulcrow at 10:06 AM PST - 26 comments

I never really cared for Kennigan, though.
Funny or Die has gone back to its archives and presents the FOD 1986 lineup. Among the eight shows available, genre fans are probably going to be most excited about getting a chance to see Malibu Days: Nights and Cop-Puter, but I was personally more excited at the fact they exhumed Buildings.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 10:00 AM PST - 26 comments

The mid-century will be about "old people in big cities who are afraid of the sky."
Bruce Sterling's State Of The World - 2012
posted by The Whelk at 9:02 AM PST - 115 comments

X-37B spaceplane spying on Chinese space station?
In March last year, the unmanned X-37B US military spaceplane launched from Cape Canaveral on mission USA-226, to "demonstrate various experiments", sensors and technology. Its original 270 day mission was extended in November "as circumstances allow" for "additional experimentation opportunities", but a dedicated group of optical tracking specialists in the US and Europe believe that the X-37B is in fact spying on the Chinese space station Tiangong-1. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 7:56 AM PST - 59 comments

War of the road bikes
Bicycle Goliath Specialized is suing their former employe's start up company Volagi over their innovative road bike design that includes disc brakes and a very interesting seat stay arrangement. Volagi's Facebook explanation. TV news report. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 7:49 AM PST - 58 comments

Pop a Scotch for me, will ya?
Scotch. In. A. Can. I have nothing more to add.
posted by cross_impact at 7:40 AM PST - 149 comments

(More Than) 500 Miles Away From Home
American Country Music legend Bobby Bare (76) will take part in the Norwegian finals in the Eurovision Song Contest. [more inside]
posted by iviken at 6:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Hoff crabs
Here are those hairy chested deep sea crabs you were asking about. We have named them "Hasselhoff Crabs" after David Hasselhof, because he is also known for his hairy chest.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:52 AM PST - 43 comments

A Man of Many Divas - Juan Pablo Echeverri
A Man of Many Divas - Juan Pablo Echeverri
posted by beshtya at 2:21 AM PST - 6 comments

January 4
Hacking the surveillance state
CV Dazzle is camouflage from computer facial recognition.

How to hide from machines: The perilous life of glamour under surveillance.
(Related, but much earlier.)
posted by dunkadunc at 8:35 PM PST - 67 comments

Raita will be all over this
12 years ago, a Japanese doujin artist drew a sketch of five handicapped girls as an extra page, musing that it would make an interesting dating sim game. 5 years ago, a group of 4channers discussed making that game. Today, the free visual novel Katawa Shoujo was released for Windows, Mac and Linux. (previous discussion about demo) [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 8:30 PM PST - 61 comments

Belgian Fries
If you don’t use the right potatoes, the right oil, and the right fryers, well, you get french fries. And that’s the reason you don’t find Belgian fries anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:09 PM PST - 113 comments

Like Real Food But Is Toy
Toy Food : A song by Neal Cicierega. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 7:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Comin' at you like school's out.
Like Film Noir? Like podcasts? Here's Noircast.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Marriage Equality in Washington State
Governor Christine Gregoire announces her support for marriage equality in Washington State. "And let me just tell you, I feel so much better today than I have for the last seven years." (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:55 PM PST - 48 comments

Go no onyx. In to battery baritone formative. Carp at ascertain. / It designs by jukebox.
The Spam Poetry Institute is an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the fine literature created by the world’s spammers
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Iconic images without their subjects
Iconic images without their subjects [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 5:46 PM PST - 75 comments

Is that a zombie in your wallet?
Bringing Expired Debt Back to Life. A controversial and growing partnership between debt collectors and banks brings back subprime lending through the revival of legally expired debt. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 5:34 PM PST - 91 comments

Poe's law just got lapped by reality
New Hampshire State Republicans have sponsored a bill to require all proposed legislation "addressing individual rights or liberties" in the State Assembly to cite its authority from the Magna Carta. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 5:23 PM PST - 110 comments

Possibly also the future of Metafilter posts
We rifled through a bevy of 2012 predictions to bring you the mother of all roundups, every line gleaned from somewhere else.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Capricorn One, for real.
"...Obama isn’t just lying about his identity. He’s lying about his military service record, too. While his political opponents in 2008 attacked him for never serving, in truth, he was concealing his participation in a hidden CIA intergalactic program hosted at a California community college in 1980."
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:58 PM PST - 77 comments

"Horse_ebooks’ voice carried through the trees and echoed into the night."
Horse_ebooks fanfics [sltmblr] [prev] [via]
posted by SomaSoda at 3:32 PM PST - 17 comments

The Inconsequential Spy
The Big Russian Life of Anna Chapman
posted by vidur at 3:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Divide football teams by race, simulate outcome.
We Simulated The NFL White Vs. Black Race Bowl On Madden So You Don’t Have To "Earlier this week, reader Dustin asked who would win between an all-white NFL All-Pro team and an all-black NFL All-Pro team. Mind you, this question was asked without ANY ROOTING INTEREST, and without any hint of RAYCESSNESS. Are we clear on that? Good. BECAUSE WE TOTALLY SIMULATED THAT RACE WAR ON MADDEN TO SEE WHO WOULD WIN." [more inside]
posted by hot_monster at 2:30 PM PST - 75 comments

NIH Open Access Policy Under Attack
The Open Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health mandates that NIH funded research is published to PubMed Central. This provides free online full text access to the resulting research. This policy has been very popular. As a result journal publishers have seen their business models threatened. As other government agencies consider similar policies, publishing industry lobbyists have worked to put an end to the practice.. (previously) [more inside]
posted by humanfont at 2:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Obama's War on Whistleblowers
This is a chilling little speech by Jesselyn Radick The Whistleblowing Protection Act is law that was created to protect transparency and integrity in government, and private institutional environments. It appears that these protections are not ironclad. Here's a recent movie that dramatizes the plight of the whilstleblower. A more extreme case is now being waged in the court of Military law. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae at 1:53 PM PST - 39 comments

Cheese Ball Invitational
In December, food blog Cheese and Champagne announced its first ever Cheese Ball Invitational. Today it revealed the six finalists (follow links for recipes). [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

A Man. A Van. A Surprising Business Plan.
Adam Humphreys created a successful business helping people navigate the Chinese embassy's bureaucracy (in a van parked across the street).
posted by reenum at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

#Riot
Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts—Coming to a City Near You: Wired looks at how messaging and social media have influenced the dynamics of riots, protests, other large crowd gatherings.
posted by quin at 1:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Sweden Recognizes The Church of Kopimism
Just before Christmas, the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation. This means that Sweden is the first country to recognize kopimism as a religion. Previously.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

"SO GHETTO!"
Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator at 12:37 PM PST - 251 comments

Not Quite Stalag 13
Sandusky, Ohio is probably best known for its roller coasters (and maybe the wineries in the area), but one of the most interesting places--a tiny little island in the Sandusky Bay called Johnson's Island--is very often overlooked. Once the home of a prison camp for confederate soldiers, daring (and not so daring) escapes, convoluted espionage schemes, poetry, and eating rats. [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe at 11:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Apple ][ Cassette Port + Internets
Finally! The unholy alliance of Apple ][ cassette port and Interwebs brings you the Apple Disk Server and the Apple Game Server. [more inside]
posted by pashdown at 11:00 AM PST - 42 comments

Translucent tape art of Max Zorn
Max Zorn makes translucent art with a scalpel and brown packing tape (though he has worked with blue and a bit of green). A self-taught "classical" painter, he turned to back-lit street art in May 2011, and now has a growing gallery of works that are inspired by American Realism/film noir.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Instant Polar Panorama with Google Street View
This link will create a polar panorama of any Google Street View location.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:03 AM PST - 43 comments

The lady's not for turning?
‘History is what happened in the past’: reflections on The Iron Lady.
posted by Artw at 9:32 AM PST - 92 comments

a human being as plated with artisanal finesse at a Michelin-star restaurant, with a head as garnish
The 50 Greatest Sports Gifs of 2011: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:57 AM PST - 135 comments

Pony Creator
Pony Creator - create ponies (in the My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic style). [Flash]
posted by Wolfdog at 7:36 AM PST - 73 comments

Why Pepper?
Should pepper, long known as the Master Spice, maintain its choice place next to salt on our tables? Does its storied history as a luxury item justify it's perpetual privileged placement? Or does this mundane choice need rethinking? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 7:26 AM PST - 220 comments

Dooooo Yooooo....Feeeeeeel Like I Doooooo
After 30 years, Peter Frampton had been living without 2 critical pieces of his legacy: 1) his hair and 2) the Les Paul that he used in Humble Pie and on the (in)famous Frampton Comes Alive album. But now Frampton can rest easy, as one of those things has been returned to him.
posted by spicynuts at 7:20 AM PST - 110 comments

Steve Jobs and the Joseph Stalin Charm School
"“Out of the crooked timber of humanity,” Kant wrote, “no straight thing was ever made.” Not even an iPad." "[A]ll the credit you give Steve Jobs for the ecstasy must be equal to the blame for the agony." Gary Sernovitz on Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs (previously), and Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. [via]
posted by daniel_charms at 6:35 AM PST - 50 comments

NSF luthiers
After Regretsy's previous run-in with Paypal during a bout of fund-raising (previously), a reader contacts them with the tale of the $2,500 'fake' violin.
posted by mippy at 6:28 AM PST - 83 comments

"He doesn't leave anything on the table, does he?"
"He doesn’t leave anything on the table, does he?" John Hammergren is the CEO of McKesson, a major healthcare system and pharmaceutical provider. He earned $145 million last year, not including an employer-contributed $13 million to his executive pension plan (the employee pension plan was shuttered in 1997, before Hammergren's tenure began), unlimited personal use of a corporate private jet, car and chauffeur, and other perks like a lifetime personal assistant and office and financial counselor. In his ten years with McKesson, Hammergren has earned over $500 million. The Daily Beast dives into the extraordinary compensation of the 0.01%. If you're so inclined, the EDGAR filing has the excruciating detail, including bits like this: [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 6:22 AM PST - 93 comments

"She certainly has “doll-like, almost delicate limbs, small hands, and hardly any hips."
Softening and sexualizing Lisbeth Salander: David Fincher's casting for Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo examined.
posted by Fizz at 5:01 AM PST - 104 comments

"Because we don't know how to make a wheel that is still generally useful for legitimate wheel applications but useless to bad guys."
Cory Doctorow's 28C3 talk The Coming War on General Purpose Computation (abstract, transcript) warns that "the coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race." [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 4:47 AM PST - 138 comments

History on a delayed live feed
RealTimeWWII live tweets hourly events from the Second World War, delayed by 70 years. Charles Darwin writes entries in his diary as he travels the world a century earlier onboard The Beagle. The 1940 Chronicle covers events of the Battle of Britain as they happened day by day. For those more inclined to peripateticism, HistoryPin (previously) overlays historical imagery on modern scenes in Google Street View. If you'd like a perspective on your own activities in much shorter timeframe, TimeHop shows you what you were doing a year ago.
Semi-Related: 100 best blogs for your liberal arts education.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 3:28 AM PST - 5 comments

You only kiss the missus on the lips.
Vinnie Jones + Bee Gees + a good cause = YouTube goodness (previously)
posted by Skeptic at 3:10 AM PST - 8 comments

You've got to worry when a woman comes off worse in 2012 than in 1891.
Is Sherlock sexist? Steven Moffat's wanton women - as River Song would say, spoilers.
posted by facehugger at 3:05 AM PST - 113 comments

Pin-gu... Pin-gu...
Lee Hardcastle Claymation remakes John Carpenter's "The Thing" in two minutes. And it's better than the 2011 Hollywood remake by far!
posted by benzo8 at 2:05 AM PST - 30 comments

January 3
Revenge of the Anti-Romney
After interminable months of campaigning, debates, and roller-coaster polling, the first official vote of the 2012 presidential race is in -- and boy, is it a doozy. Ames straw poll winner Michele Bachmann placed second-to-last, while former juggernaut Rick Perry performed so badly he's canceled upcoming events and is said to be on the verge of dropping out. Meanwhile, perennial laughingstock Rick Santorum, consolidating the support hemorrhaging from Perry, Bachmann, and an ad-blitzed Newt Gingrich, rocketed past the youth- and independent-backed Ron Paul and, with 99% of the vote counted, is separated from Mitt Romney by four votes out of ~120,000 -- by far the closest result in caucus history. As the shaken field contemplates the path ahead through Romney firewall New Hampshire, conservative South Carolina, Florida, Super Tuesday, and beyond, President Obama staged a quiet redux of his own dramatic caucus win four years ago, a dry run for the looming general election. And as for powerhouse Buddy Roemer? Don't worry -- his team is ready to do battle with evil.
posted by Rhaomi at 10:56 PM PST - 277 comments

Justice deferred
Eighteen years after the death of Stephen Lawrence, Gary Dobson and David Norris have been found guilty of his murder. [more inside]
posted by calico at 6:15 PM PST - 49 comments

Circus Galop maximus
Marc-André Hamelin composed Circus Galop for the player piano. Performing it is impossible for a mere pair of human hands, but two people have tried to fake it until they make it. Another has transcribed it (or half of it, perhaps) for one player. Often, people will run it through a MIDI sequencer of their choice, to make a lively animation. Some have built Arduino robots that perform it. But, in the end, the best medium for a work this insane is the humble, yet manic player piano (less manic, but clearer-sounding performance here). Hamelin himself has run his composition through one, managing to get his television host to start dancing as the closing credits fade out...
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:12 PM PST - 34 comments

17 countries, 343 days and 6,237 pictures take you around the world in 5 minutes
"Last year, Kien Lam quit his job, packed a bag with his camera and bought a one-way ticket to London. This video is a compilation of the time lapse vistas that he captured across the next 17 countries. In crowded cities, in jungles, libraries and ancient ruins, Lam captures scenes familiar to those that live there and foreign to those of us that don't."*
posted by ericb at 4:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Whip Inflation Now
There will be no big Federal bureaucracy set up for this crash program. Through the courtesy of such volunteers from the communication and media fields, a very simple enlistment form will appear in many of tomorrow's newspapers along with the symbol of this new mobilization, which I am wearing on my lapel. It bears the single word WIN. I think that tells it all. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 3:59 PM PST - 29 comments

“Henrik's work speaks to the idea that there is no such thing as a soul or a self that's independent of the brain.”
Out-of-body experience: Master of illusion: Out-of-body experiences are just part of Ehrsson's repertoire. He has convinced people that they have swapped bodies with another person, gained a third arm, shrunk to the size of a doll or grown to giant proportions. [ . . . ] But Ehrsson's unorthodox apparatus amount to more than cheap trickery. They are part of his quest to understand how people come to experience a sense of self, located within their own bodies. The feeling of body ownership is so ingrained that few people ever think about it — and those scientists and philosophers who do have assumed that it was unassailable. [ . . . ] Ehrsson's work also intrigues neuroscientists and philosophers because it turns a slippery, metaphysical construct — the self — into something that scientists can dissect.
posted by troll at 2:46 PM PST - 23 comments

The Debunking Handbook
"Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there's no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of reducing the influence of myths. The Debunking Handbook boils the research down into a short, simple summary, intended as a guide for communicators in all areas (not just climate) who encounter misinformation." Direct PDF link.
posted by brundlefly at 2:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Warning, this may make you want a pet goat
Goatee: The Surfing Goat
posted by codacorolla at 2:23 PM PST - 38 comments

Hungarian Democracy Under Threat
Previously. On 1 January Hungary's new Constitution came into effect which, amongst other things, entrenches the power of the current ruling party, FIDESZ, and enshrines social issues such as the right of the unborn child. Many so-called cardinal laws have been passed in Parliament which requires a 2/3 majority to change. The president of the EU, José Barroso wrote to the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orbán, requesting a rethink of two such laws which impact the political independence to the Central Bank. This was rejected by the Hungarian government. Economically things are tough with Hungary requesting additional IMF assistance but they withdrew from informal talks, citing concern over the independence of the central bank. Hungary's debt was downgraded to junk status with rating agencies citing concerned at the relationship with the IMF. [more inside]
posted by vac2003 at 2:00 PM PST - 27 comments

Anatomy of a Stump Speech
Anatomy of a Stump Speech. The NY Times has been killing it of late with interactive features. This one is particularly good -- an annotated breakdown of the text and video of Republican stump speeches by four candidates. "Revisionist history alert: Mr. Gingrich is recasting his tempestuous tenure as House speaker..."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:54 PM PST - 26 comments

Pain in the neck
Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times reported on a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine that found chiropractic manipulation to be more effective than medication in relieving acute and subacute neck pain. Light exercise worked too. No adverse effects were reported.
posted by Wordwoman at 11:49 AM PST - 95 comments

Self-seeking greed and avarice
"At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles." (relatedly via)
posted by xchmp at 11:00 AM PST - 53 comments

Flying Robots Build A Tower Near Paris
"Uh Oh. Construction workers please note: Somebody just built a 20-foot tower using flying robots. No people involved." Eric Guizo notes: "The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. A computer uses the vision data to keep track of the quadcopters and tell them where to go — the same approach used at ETH's Flying Machine Arena"
posted by MHPlost at 10:45 AM PST - 41 comments

Wanderfly: travel inspiration
Wanderfly is travel inspiration site. Enter your starting point, when you want to travel, how much you want to spend, and what you want to do, and Wanderfly spits out some suggestions from sites around the world, including things to do and places to stay.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:32 AM PST - 47 comments

The Original Rebecca Black
Back in the '80s, Kris Kardashian celebrated her 30th birthday with a very special video tribute to her friends. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 9:43 AM PST - 107 comments

It's a Small, Brief World
This amazing image of a map refracted in a drop of water as it forms a globe, was captured by Markus Reugels, using a custom rig he built for photographing liquids. [via]
posted by quin at 9:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Medieval Music & Arts Foundation
Medieval Music & Arts Foundation
posted by beshtya at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

"Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book."
Rupert Murdoch, here are my top Twitter tips – feel free to RT
posted by Artw at 9:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Because MeFites love proving that they are better than 90% of [X]
"If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud."
posted by Phire at 9:04 AM PST - 236 comments

Old video games shape the future.
Controlled Quantum Levitation on a Wipe'Out Track. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 8:46 AM PST - 93 comments

Show me the money and the milk and the honey.
"The Luminescent Orchestrii and Carolina Chocolate Drops (previously) were each performing at a folk festival in Memphis when an impromptu jam session led to a formal collaboration." [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

RIP Ronald Searle
Ronald Searle, creator of St. Trinian's, dies at 91.
posted by Ideefixe at 8:06 AM PST - 36 comments

2012 Election Resource
google.com/elections [via] "Maybe the most interesting aspect of the site is the real-time dashboard, which displays recent search trends, Google News mentions and YouTube video views for all the candidates."
posted by cashman at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See
"American mapmaking’s most prestigious honor is the “Best of Show” award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions: National Geographic (three times), the Central Intelligence Agency Cartography Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau. But earlier this year, the 38th annual Best of Show award went to a map created by Imus Geographics—which is basically one dude named David Imus working in a farmhouse outside Eugene, Ore." Slate profile on the map and award. Interview with David Imus on OregonLive.com. Book about the map (43MB PDF) YouTube interview with David Imus.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 7:49 AM PST - 26 comments

"We Stopped Dreaming"
King of the Cosmos (A Profile of Neil deGrasse Tyson) by Carl Zimmer. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:26 AM PST - 20 comments

How to Be a Dictator
In a few easy steps... 2 NYU political scientists distill academic findings and theory for the public and help you - or anyone - be a dictator. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Branding 10,000 Lakes
Designer Nicole Meyer intends to create an unique logo for each and one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. The index makes navigation easier. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:06 AM PST - 44 comments

The World As It Is
Chris Hedges: Brace yourself. The American Empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. Long, incredibly intelligent, insightful and pessimistic discussion of the current state of American politics and society, among other topics. Hedges is a long-time journalist, author and professor, winner of Pulitzer Prize and Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism for his work at the New York Times. [more inside]
posted by crayz at 2:30 AM PST - 219 comments

January 2
The Emperor's New (Old) Violin
In the world of violins, the names Stradivari and Guarneri are sacred. For three centuries, violin-makers and scientists have studied the instruments made by these Italian craftsmen. So far no one has figured out what makes their sound different. But a new study now suggests maybe they aren't so different after all.
posted by unSane at 7:08 PM PST - 108 comments

Laughing with you
Though best-of-the-year lists seem soooo two days ago, the end of holidays may require a comedy break, and the increasingly excellent Splitsider has produced a really nice review of the year in humor. The Year's Best Humor Writing features, in addition to the best of The Onion, pieces like Sometimes State Flags, The Most Emailed New York Times Story Ever, and Roger Ebert's one star reviews (you may want to check out last year's list as well). There is also a list of the 17 best comedy web series, best comedy podcasts, funniest video games, and moments in 2011 where comedy made you think (featuring lots of video).
posted by blahblahblah at 6:49 PM PST - 26 comments

Stargazing
Spacedex has well organized worldwide viewing information for meteor showers, like the brief Quadrantids on Tuesday and Wednesday. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 4:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Tinyhack
Tinyhack :Tired of the graphical complexity of Nethack? Yearn for a game smaller than a favicon?
posted by leotrotsky at 4:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Fußball ist kein Tennis
During the month of December, 1. FC Union Berlin raised money to finance a new stand in its stadium by selling shares in the stadium to fans, under the slogan We're selling our soul. But not to just anyone! (YT--German). This is the second phase of renovation at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, to bring it up to 2. Bundesliga standards. Much of the work on the first phase was done by the fans themselves (DW video--English). [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Oh look Sisyphus, there goes your rock again
Let's Play Ancient Greek Punishment! (SLFlashEternalTorment)
posted by yellowbinder at 2:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Fishing under ice
Fishing under ice (single link Vimeo post)
posted by tykky at 1:53 PM PST - 16 comments

No, not the obit kind of dots.
This is what happens when you give thousands of stickers to thousands of kids. (SLArtFilter) [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:41 PM PST - 42 comments

debt without growth?
So when the Heartlanders react to evidence of human-induced climate change as if capitalism itself were coming under threat, it’s not because they are paranoid. It’s because they are paying attention. [via the excellent Do the Math]
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 1:33 PM PST - 133 comments

Either the pinnacle or nadir of Rock and Roll.
Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovic all "Come Together"
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:47 PM PST - 36 comments

Masturbate frequently
Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:42 AM PST - 65 comments

Land of the free?
Two days ago, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), "with reservations about key provisions in the law — including a controversial component that would allow the military to indefinitely detain terror suspects, including American citizens arrested in the United States, without charge". [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese at 11:30 AM PST - 341 comments

SCG gets to 100 before Tendulkar
When Australia and India take the field today, the Sydney Cricket Ground will be playing host to a Test Match for the 100th time. Naturally, there have been some memorable games.
posted by vidur at 11:22 AM PST - 18 comments

So I hear you think you know something about Iowa?
Iowa Nice (Clean version inside) [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 11:20 AM PST - 53 comments

How Can We Fix College Sports?
The historian Taylor Branch, who in October published a lengthy excoriation of the N.C.A.A. in The Atlantic, comparing it to “the plantation,” was only the most recent voice to call for players to be paid. Like most such would-be reformers, however, he didn’t offer a way to go about it. That’s what I’m setting out to do here. Over the last few months, in consultation with sports economists, antitrust lawyers and reformers, I put together the outlines of what I believe to be a realistic plan to pay those who play football and men’s basketball in college. Although the approach may appear radical at first glance, that’s mainly because we’ve been brainwashed into believing that there’s something fundamentally wrong with rewarding college athletes with cold, hard cash. There isn’t. Paying football and basketball players will not ruin college sports or cause them to become “subcontractors.” Indeed, given the way big-time college sports are going, paying the players may be the only way to save them. - Joe Nocera, Let's Start Paying College Athletes [more inside]
posted by beisny at 11:03 AM PST - 61 comments

I Am a Tip-Top Starlet
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders attempt to read a poorly translated Hungarian interview with Madonna (allegedly re-retranslated for USA Today).
posted by hermitosis at 9:34 AM PST - 15 comments

If ever I marry and have a son...
The most common references you will see about the Green Swizzle, are the recipe that incorporates creme de menthe, or the quote from "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy". It has been said, many times, that the creme de menthe version is not the original recipe and that the original "has been lost in history" or that "it never existed". These two statements I do not agree with, and I've managed to dig up a number of articles that prove the Green Swizzle did exist, and that the original recipe may be right in front of our eyes.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Let It Snow
The Snowy Day was groundbreaking, somewhat controversial, and remains enduring. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Ezra Jack Keats’ picture book about a little boy named Peter experiencing the wonder of a city transformed by snow. It was one of the first children's books to depict a non-caricatured black protagonist. Viking Press has issued a 50th anniversary edition and the Jewish Museum in Manhattan is exhibiting a Keats retrospective through January 29th.
posted by HonoriaGlossop at 8:36 AM PST - 18 comments

World's cheapest tablet computer
IIT and a firm called Datawind have designed the world's cheapest tablet - costing about $50 for components. Their first customer is the Indian government, and they have had inquiries from several other governments as well. Wikipedia on the Aakash (also called the Ubislate 7); the first are sold out, but may be pre-booked for 3000 rupees (just under $60 USD).
posted by jb at 7:50 AM PST - 32 comments

A Slighly Mellower Party
Party in the U.S.A. (warning: contains ukulele) performed by Danielle Ate the Sandwich (previously) and the Boulder Acoustic Society.
posted by davidjmcgee at 7:16 AM PST - 30 comments

How Film is Made
How Film is Made
posted by beshtya at 5:30 AM PST - 22 comments

"It usually ends up as a swordfight between a goodie and a baddie"
Wielder of Darth Vader's lightsaber at 60 years of age (while wearing 6" platform shoes under the black cloak to match the character's height); swordplay instructor to Errol Flynn and the cast of Lord of the Rings; swordmaster on dozens of films, including The Princess Bride, Highlander, the modern Zorro franchise and Alatriste: Bob Anderson died today. A highlight reel of some of his work: part 1 and 2.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 1:05 AM PST - 61 comments

j/k im an octopus lol
Texts From Cephalopods. It is a well-established fact in marine biology that the octopus is the drunk texter of the cephalopod family. [more inside]
posted by subbes at 12:23 AM PST - 43 comments

January 1
Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, it's never easy when there is so much on the line.
Pokemon: Game Freak and Nintendo's series of cartoony monster-training RPGs that kicked off huge crazes among the kids of both Japan and the U.S. In these games, children take up the calling of "Pokemon trainers," capturing the titular animals and then keeping them as pets or fighting them against either wild pokemon or those of other trainers.
Nobunaga's Ambition: An even-longer-running classic series of historical strategy/simulation games produced by Koei. Noted for their realistic approach, their difficulty, and a high level of dryness. You grow rice, distribute it to your population to keep them happy, send out spies, guard against assassins, raise and train a military, and ultimately attempt to unite feudal-era Japan.
And now... Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition, a Real Thing that will Soon Exist.
posted by JHarris at 9:52 PM PST - 26 comments

who'd a thunk it?
Welsh pop idol and blue-eyed soulman Tom Jones as lead vocalist for 60s hippie icons Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? Seems spectacularly unlikely at first glance, but...it happened. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:37 PM PST - 54 comments

Sort of like Pandora for YouTube
Tubalr is a music video playing service for YouTube. Type in a band name and click "only" or "similar" and it will play a stream of music videos only from that artist or from a selection of similar artists. Creating an account will allow for marking videos as favorites and enable saving of playlists. Also available are genre-based playlists rather than using artists as seeds. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:43 PM PST - 27 comments

So, would your holiness care to change her password?
The holiday season isn't always relaxing for those in the computing security field. 2011's Chaos Communication Congress brought many gifts in the form of vulnerability disclosures, including: malicious documents that infect HP printers, remote control vulnerabilities in prison lock systems, and denial-of-service attacks against Web servers written in just about every scripting language.
posted by spitefulcrow at 6:26 PM PST - 32 comments

A very confused Bob Hope
A Salvador Dali dinner party featuring unicorn heads
posted by boygeorge at 5:47 PM PST - 19 comments

A top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists.
My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list
posted by The Devil Tesla at 5:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Dragon Hunters
Dragon Hunters is a french made CGI animated movie that had a limited US release. Scott Mendelson says "It is a visually rich and emotionally satisfying adventure movie that deserves to get noticed."
posted by garlic at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Aaaalrighty then
Jim Carrey has a website. (Do not click on the Bio link)
posted by growabrain at 4:03 PM PST - 45 comments

(Disney) Princesses Gone Wild
Princesses Gone Wild is a tumblr blog of Disney princesses re-imagined with tattoos, piercings, dyed hair and band t-shirts. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 2:17 PM PST - 37 comments

5 Scoops
The Peanut Butter Solution is a 1985 Canadian 'family' film about a boy who is scared bald trying to sneak into a burned house and cops a hairgrowth recipe from two ghosts. Then things get weird. See for yourself [google video, 90 min]
posted by mannequito at 2:00 PM PST - 40 comments

Clear lines
On the afterlife of Tintin. Via 3 AM.
posted by latkes at 1:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Princeless, Bayou Arcana, and more
"Princeless" is a new comic book in the self-rescuing princesses genre (more page previews here and here) - perhaps a younger-audience example of women kicking back against comic-book sexism? (previously on MeFi - wik, alsø wik, alsø alsø wik)
posted by flex at 12:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Aum Shinrikyo fugitive surrenders after 16 years
Makoto Hirata, a senior member of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo and one of three remaining fugitives from the group, has turned himself in to police after more than sixteen years on the run, leading to questions about the timing of his surrender now, after all these years. While Aum is best known as the group responsible for the deadly sarin-gas attack on Tokyo's subway system that killed 13 people and injured more than 6000, Hirata is wanted on suspicion of taking part in a different crime, the kidnapping and murder of Kiyoshi Kariya, the brother of an ex-Aum member who had left the group. Despite the fact that police stations and koban (police boxes) throughout Japan have prominently displayed wanted posters of the three Aum Shinrikyo fugitives for the past 16 years, Hirata had remained at large and hadn't had plastic surgery, leading to police speculation that he must have been helped by others while on the run.
posted by Umami Dearest at 12:06 PM PST - 22 comments

The 8th Fire
The CBC debut: The 8th Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the '8TH Fire' of justice and harmony. [more inside]
posted by what's her name at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm just gonna go ahead and Godwin this in-title.
Yesterday, 1500 protesters denounced the Netanyahu government, carrying signs reading "Zionism is racism" and wearing yellow stars to emphasize comparison between the Israel and the Nazi state. “What’s happening is exactly like what happened in Germany,” said one man wearing a yellow star. “It started with incitement and continued to different types of oppression. Is it insulting that we wear these stars? Absolutely, and it hurts people to see this, but this is how we feel at the moment, we feel we are being prevented from observing the Torah in the manner in which we wish.” Wait, what? Yep -- the protesters aren't Arabs or latte-sipping Berkeley radicals, but ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, angry about recent TV news coverage of incidents in which haredim threw rocks at handicapped Modern Orthodox children in Beit Shemesh who were using their wheelchairs on Shabbat. The angry crowd was also protesting the jailing of Shmuel Weisfish, a member of the "Modesty Squad" who recently started a 2-year prison sentence for beating and threatening employees of a computer store for selling MP4 players which might expose customers to inappropriate content. As always, Failed Messiah is your (admittedly one-sided) source for bad behavior among the frum. [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 11:40 AM PST - 75 comments

10 things that will happen in Canadian real estate in 2012
Garth Turner, former Member of Parliament and current entertaining, curmudgeonly, and well-informed Greater Fool blogger about Canadian real estate -- and the world economy generally -- gives his predictions for 2012. The main one, IMO, is the one that he talks about relentlessly in his postings: "Most people won't get it."
posted by anothermug at 10:55 AM PST - 30 comments

Oh Look It's The Hangover Ham!
Atlantic Wire: Science's Best Hangiver Cures [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:12 AM PST - 72 comments

Russian shellacing
Russian Records is an online archive of thousands of 78s issued in Russia, or with Russian themes. Just the labels are a visual feast but there's audio as well. Don't miss the whistlers with orchestral backing.
posted by OmieWise at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Stuck in the Trollmire
Tales of Maj'Eyal (ToME) is a graphical roguelike RPG. It started off in 1998 as an Angband variant (history), but has since been completely rewritten, ditching both the engine and the Tolkien setting. It recently became the first game to win the Roguelike of the Year award for two years in a row (and also the first game to win it more than once). [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms at 3:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Hi Richard!
You may know him as the funny response to Shit Girls Say , but Jeffery Self has good things to say and a fabulous organization to support
posted by mikoroshi at 3:50 AM PST - 6 comments

The newest Year
Alofa'aga mo se Tausaga Fou fiafia, manuia ma saogalemu. Ia manuia fuafuaga uma mo le tausaga fou 2012. American Samoa just changed time zones. But if you missed New Years, you still have, at the time of this writing, 50 minutes until New Years in Pago Pago.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:06 AM PST - 13 comments