October 2010 Archives

October 31


"His Face All Red," a comic by Emily Carroll. Happy Halloween! [via]
posted by brundlefly at 6:43 PM PST - 41 comments

Mr. Llewellyn [ . . . ] boasts that his safety testing method is foolproof: He and several colleagues sit in a room and take a new product "almost to overdose levels" to see what happens. "We'll all sit with a pen and a pad, some good music on, and one person who's straight who's watching everything," he says. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:15 PM PST - 57 comments

You've seen them here before: serving ice cream, pole-socking, with teddy bear heads, climbing trees, and sporting hands. But now robots are truly Metafilteranean, because they want to know: Who here likes pancakes? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

It was 1931. Subtitles weren't practical, dubbing had yet to catch on, but Universal Studios wanted their lavish new production of Dracula to play in Latin America. The solution? Shoot a separate film in Spanish on the night shift. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

The Pack Horse Librarian (Photo Gallery) was a welcomed and much anticipated sight in the isolated and hard-to-reach mountains and hollers of Eastern Kentucky between 1935 and 1943. They brought books and magazines, retrieved already-read materials for delivery at another stop on the route, read to residents, took requests, and generally served homes, schools, villages, mining camps, and anywhere there were people who wanted to read. [more inside]
posted by julen at 1:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Crossbones Graveyard (YT) is a disused graveyard in Southwark, London. Lying outside the old city walls, it became the last resting place for 15,000 paupers and prostitutes (the latter known as the 'Winchester Geese' because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester). The history of Crossbones is being rediscovered by local playwright John Constable, and is becoming a place of pilgrimage to remember the outcasts in London society (audio/slide). A ritual is held there every Halloween.
posted by carter at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

The entire run of the Bell System Technical Journal, from 1922-1983, is available online for your reading pleasure. Bell Labs on the blue previously
posted by rmd1023 at 12:08 PM PST - 21 comments

With crowd estimates between 150,000 and 250,000, the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear has inspired a variety of reactions. NYMag's Vulture blog has a summary and round up of reactions. Huffington and Armey disagree about the meaning of the rally. But Jon Stewart offered a heartfelt analysis of the event just before it ended. [scroll down for video] And the Flickr photo pool of signs is growing and growing.
posted by hippybear at 10:53 AM PST - 372 comments

Broadcast on Halloween night 1992 Ghostwatch - a live investigation into a haunted house - was one of the most controversial and terrifying programs the BBC has ever shown. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:44 AM PST - 36 comments

How To Explain It To My Parents: a video series from Lernert & Sander where conceptual artists explain their work to their parents. [more inside]
posted by fryman at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

A four part series on the science of zombies: ethics of the undead, how zombie biology would work, can you kill the undead, everything you ever wanted to know about zombies. From Discover Magazine's blog Science Not Fiction
posted by device55 at 10:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Tired of using plain old knives to carve your pumpkins? Gregg, from Nashville, Tennessee, has the answer. And he has a youtube channel!
posted by lauratheexplorer at 9:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Original Swiss Family Robinson Tree Found! Kevin, I stumbled upon your post of March this year "Some Really Big Roots" which mentioned the original Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse from the movie of 1960. I live on the island of Tobago in the Caribbean and did research on the tree and actually found it still very much alive in Goldsborough!
posted by nickyskye at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

From National Geographic News, October 29, 2010Halloween Costume Pictures: Spooky Styles a Century Ago. In 1918, American kids, witches, and swastikas were cute.
posted by cenoxo at 8:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Historian Mike Dash's schtick is writing lengthy, well-researched blog posts about obscure mysteries that often draw on archival sources. Read about the Monster of Glamis Castle, the strange miniature coffins of Arthur's Seat, the (supposedly) murderous landlords of the Ostrich Inn, or the case of the time-tripping Scotswoman.
posted by Sonny Jim at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Happy Halloween! Here's a guy in a Boba Fett helmet playing the accordion: Star Wars, Megaman, Zelda one / two / three, Mario Level 2-2, Amelie, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Macguyver (sans helmet), Punchout.
posted by tybeet at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments

It's the BED INTRUDER COSTUME! The perfect last minute Halloween costume. Who is the brilliant inspiration behind the bed intruder? Antoine Dodson. Previously.
posted by Fizz at 7:26 AM PST - 50 comments

Once Upon a Title - "pervy little stories made entirely from children's book titles"
posted by BeerFilter at 6:53 AM PST - 17 comments

A friendly Halloween warning: do not go trick or treating at this badass house [SLYT]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland at 1:47 AM PST - 31 comments

"I couldn't care less" vs. "I could care less"... A letter to Ann Landers in October 1960 is credited with starting the debate over "one of the great language peeves of our time." Via. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 1:15 AM PST - 167 comments

Happy Halloween, y'all! The Devil has some music he'd like you to hear today... Me and the Devil Blues - Devil Is Watching You - Devil's Got The Blues - The Devil's Woman - The Evil Devil Blues - Devil Got My Woman.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:20 AM PST - 24 comments

October 30

The Hunter Valley Steamfest in New South Wales, Australia holds a Great Steam Train race every so often. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments


Low video quality, high Halloween value: the beautiful, original, Hermione in a magical tale. Her last line in the film is delightful.
posted by SheaCoin at 9:33 PM PST - 6 comments

In 2015, if all goes well, the USS Gerald R. Ford, the most powerful warship ever built, will begin service in the U.S. Navy - retiring the venerable Enterprise (CVN-65). Though displacing the same 100,000 tons as her Nimitz-class counterparts, increased automation will let her operate with hundreds fewer crewmembers. Capable of launching 90 planes, including the F-35C Lightning II, on 220 sorties a day, she will defend herself against anti-ship missiles with the Raytheon RIM-162 ESSM. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 7:36 PM PST - 138 comments

CreativeApplications.Net scours the net for platform independent apps that help sharing and engaging with information. They look at OSX, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Web Apps, Flash, Physical Interfaces, Max MSP development, Processing and others. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Polka medleys are a trademark of Weird Al Yankovic in which he covers the era's most iconic songs on accordion. His next album will likely include Polka Face. But, if you like some of the older stuff... [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 2:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Some political watchers are saying this could be the nastiest, most negative election season of all time. [SLYT]
posted by ennui.bz at 2:01 PM PST - 68 comments

Graham Crowden, character actor, has died at 87 after a 52 year career on stage, television, and film. In the United States he may be best known for playing the whimsical Tom Ballard alongside Stephanie Cole's cynical Diana in the BBC series Waiting for God, often shown on PBS. Born in Edinburgh in 1922, he had a distinguished career on stage, particularly at Olivier's National Theatre, undertaking (among other roles) The Player King in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In 1974, citing an inability to commit to a single role, he turned down the part of the Fourth Doctor, which eventually went to his friend Tom Baker. A few years later, in 1977, he played in Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky. He had another star turn on television in a previous BBC series, A Very Peculiar Practice, as the physician Jock McCannon. His last role was in 2008 in an episode of Foyle's War, "Broken Souls." Said his agent Sue Grantley to the BBC, "We will all miss him enormously."
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 1:52 PM PST - 23 comments

The noble timbre of the French horn is of course ideal for the stirring Star Wars theme.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:57 PM PST - 51 comments

The Wet-Dog Shake (SLYT). Scientists have worked out the optimum amount of shaking that animals have to do to dry themselves after getting wet. Filming in slow motion, they captured various animals shaking themselves off, from a wet mouse to a big grizzly bear. [more inside]
posted by 7-7 at 12:37 PM PST - 41 comments

Frustrated by the limited costume ideas out there for women? Join in the increasingly loud backlash and ridicule for the "sexy" Halloween costume, now a major stock in trade at party stores. In a time when "Goldilocks, in a snug bodice and platform heels, gives the impression she has been sleeping in everyone’s bed" and "sexually active plaid children" are celebrated cultural icons, projects like Take Back Halloween are promoting costume ideas like Frida Kahlo and Hatshepsut as alternatives to the "skank suit." Bitch magazine chimes in with suggestions like Angela Davis and Peggy Hill. Voices in the feminist blogosphere are arguing for other approaches to the holiday that's all about alternate identity. Meanwhile, the Ms. blog wonders what sexy Halloween costumes for men might look like, and Jezebel solicits photo submissions featuring your least sexy costumes. Find and share more ideas via the Twitter hashtag #feministhalloween.
posted by Miko at 9:36 AM PST - 150 comments

Although some claim most of the oil is gone, and new tests for dispersants say seafood and people are safe, the reality is of course much different. However, an investigation by an Al Jazeera online correspondent finds toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along the Gulf coast. Trisha Springstead is a registered nurse of 36 years who lives and works in Brooksville, Florida. "What I'm seeing are toxified people who have been chemically poisoned," she said, "They have sore throats, respiratory problems, neurological problems, lesions, sores, and ulcers. These people have been poisoned and they are dying. Drugs aren’t going to help these people. They need to be detoxed."
posted by agregoli at 9:18 AM PST - 31 comments

Out and Proud - Gay and lesbian personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force talk about their lives. In his 30-year career with the army, Wood has attended conferences with officers from American services. The notable difference is that Wood can stand alongside his partner of seven years, Gerald Johnstone, and introduce him as such.
posted by rodgerd at 12:15 AM PST - 22 comments

October 29

"Organ Trail was an edutainment game developed in 1971. Schools across America used this game as a teaching tool to prepare children for the impending zombie apocolypse and dysentery."
posted by brundlefly at 9:40 PM PST - 80 comments

Madness in the Fast Lane. Part 1, 2, 3, 4 (YT -- videos include footage of human-car collisions and some NSFW language). On May 17, 2008, the identical twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson ran into traffic on the UK's M6 motorway, apparently for no reason whatsoever (original article & footage). Despite the first being run over by a lorry and the second hit head on by a car, both sisters survived, even cursing and struggling against the police who tried to help them. That's when things got weird. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:39 PM PST - 50 comments

Red Rabbit (SLVimeo) is a wonderful 8-minute animated video about human connection.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 9:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s. But most of the backlash was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued with new illustrations by Brett Helquist, of A Series of Unfortunate Events fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook.
posted by Rhaomi at 8:00 PM PST - 48 comments


The first photographic image of a person was probably an accident. Taken by Louis Daguerre in Paris, the individual made history by not moving for 10 minutes. An interesting little article on the NPR science blog.
posted by HuronBob at 7:02 PM PST - 30 comments

Google wants to speed up the Web by killing the JPEG.... and replace it with a spiffier graphics format that might be pronounced "Web-pee". The new format promises to be a whiz, cutting image sizes up to forty percent. WebP is part of a broader web video initiative WebM.
posted by storybored at 6:05 PM PST - 66 comments

Ohio McDonald's Restaurant Tells Employees to Vote Republican As the election season is here, we wanted you to know which candidates will help our business grow in the future. As you know, the better our business does it enables us to invest in our people and our restaurants. If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not. [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 5:14 PM PST - 70 comments


Cryoburn, the latest installment in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series, is out in hardcover. Hard copies of the book also contain a CD with the text of the book... and most of the rest of the books in the series, along with a number of speeches, interviews, and essays. In keeping with Baen Books' approach to DRM and publishing (previously), the entire thing is available for free online.
posted by asterix at 4:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Too late for this Halloween, but some of these super high quality masks are super realistic. So realistic, a robber supposedly used one to commit several robberies last spring in Tampa, Florida (USA) before he was caught. (They also have a bunch of scary masks, too.)
posted by crunchland at 2:53 PM PST - 29 comments


"[W]ebsites and hosting services should not be “fads” any more than forests and cities should be fads – they represent countless hours of writing, of editing, of thinking, of creating. They represent their time, and they represent the thoughts and dreams of people now much older, or gone completely. There’s history here. Real, honest, true history. So Archive Team did what it could, as well as other independent teams around the world, and some amount of Geocities was saved." Now, one year later, they have announced that nearly a terabyte of web history will soon be made available to the public as a 900GB torrent file. (Previously. / Previously.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:49 PM PST - 57 comments

There is a porn parody of The Human Centipede called The Human Sexipede. Here is the script. That is all. [NSFW]
posted by chavenet at 1:18 PM PST - 123 comments

If you look around, you'll see that the ratio of 1.618:1 appears in architecture, nature, and artistic works (such as music, previously). Studied by the Greeks, the Golden Ratio is pretty much everywhere and is common accepted as aesthetically pleasing, and now it has been found to exist down into the nanoscale level, as a byproduct of investigating the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. We may not be able to nail down both position and speed, but it appears the macro ratio is an echo of the micro one. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted at 12:52 PM PST - 31 comments

In the midst of so many bitter political campaigns this fall, the race for State Senate in Connecticut's 18th district is a bit different. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 12:48 PM PST - 24 comments



Security alerts have been declared at Airports in the US, UK and Middle East after the discovery of suspicious packages originating in Yemen. The packages, modified toner cartridges, have been described as "definitely not a complete bomb" but being "potentially sinister".
posted by Artw at 11:13 AM PST - 291 comments

Paris versus New York. A friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York : details, cliches and contradictions.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 10:45 AM PST - 38 comments

New York-based North Country Gazette has taken an interesting approach to monetizing its content: Threatening to sue people that read more than one article without buying a membership. [via]
posted by jbickers at 10:04 AM PST - 39 comments


Who is Joe Wall? Why he's an author and ambient electronic musician who works in a clock tower and loves to sing. But most Mefites know him as sonascope, author of many vast and beloved comments. His touching 2004 show, My Fairy Godmothers Smoke Too Much, is available free and complete online. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:28 AM PST - 28 comments


It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 1966. With autumn already in full swing, the Peanuts gang prepare for Halloween. Previously.
posted by nickyskye at 9:08 AM PST - 30 comments

The newest and most exclusive residential tower for this city’s superrich is a cantilevered sheath of steel and glass soaring 27 floors into the sky. The parking garage fills six levels. Three helipads are on the roof. There are terraces upon terraces, airborne swimming pools and hanging gardens in a Blade Runner-meets-Babylon edifice overlooking India’s most dynamic city. There are nine elevators, a spa, a 50-seat theater and a grand ballroom. Hundreds of servants and staff are expected to work inside. And now, finally, after several years of planning and construction, the residents are about to move in. All five of them. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:08 AM PST - 84 comments


Five years ago, the dinosaurs of Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics discussed writing a short story about a "Machine of Death" that would predict your fate. It sparked a forum discussion, which snowballed into a book project headed by North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki to create an anthology of short stories about the Machine of Death. Stories were submitted*, selected, and illustrated. Alas, no one was willing to publish an anthology that didn't feature Stephen King, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman or Nick Hornby. So they published it themselves and set out a challenge for their fans: "We want Machine of Death to become a Number One bestseller [on amazon.com] for exactly one day — October 26." And it happened! Meanwhile, unbeknownst to our heroes, October 26 was also the release date of a new book by a fellow called Glenn Beck (if you've not heard of him, a quick Google seems to indicate that he’s some sort of Ron Popeil-like infomercial huckster). And he's not happy about missing out on the #1 spot.
posted by alopez at 8:50 AM PST - 74 comments


Bird Box Studio makes short, simple, wordless, slapstick-heavy, fantastic cartoons. Bird Box UFO. Sketchy Ice Creams. Sketchy Blues. Sketchy Duel. Sketchy Guard. More available on the BBC's "headroom" website. brought to my attention by yoga in this thread
posted by Greg Nog at 8:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Probably one of the 5 best amateur animated music videos about Lisp you'll see today. [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:11 AM PST - 27 comments




“A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable [four-year-old] carte blanche to engage in risky behavior." So said a NY State Supreme Court judge in his ruling that four-year-olds can be sued. Cue Dora The Litigator.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:06 AM PST - 136 comments

"The boy insisted for months that he wanted to be a robot for Halloween. His sister was a robot when she was his age. We looked at various robot images on the computer and he was most intrigued by Robocop. After I showed him the trailer, there was no convincing him otherwise. He was going to be Robocop."
posted by Katemonkey at 4:22 AM PST - 59 comments

Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone From Outer Space. You've never seen animation quite like this before. Bizarre, but supremely impressive. Looks great at low-res if you're on limited bandwidth. [more inside]
posted by Malor at 12:07 AM PST - 27 comments

October 28

Aidan is a 5 year old boy who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Aiden really loves monsters, both dressing up as them, and drawing them. His family has is selling his artwork to help with medical expenses. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:36 PM PST - 34 comments

Staying in a homeless shelter is no fun, especially for little kids. But a bright and sunny playroom can make it a little more comfortable, especially with Calvin & Hobbes murals on the walls. [more inside]
posted by Gator at 7:47 PM PST - 67 comments

Meet Actroid-F, the "world's first true Android", unveiled this month at a laboratory fair at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Designed to be used as an observer in hospitals to gauge patient reactions, the robot can replicate surprisingly subtle facial movements. Previously.
posted by Dragonness at 7:39 PM PST - 58 comments

Earlier this year, the Washington Post exposed the increasing size of the US intelligence community: 1,931 private companies, 10,000 offices, and hundreds of thousands of employees (previously). Today we have a better picture on how much it's costing taxpayers: 80 billion every year. [more inside]
posted by notion at 6:39 PM PST - 73 comments

After 38 years in production, the Panasonic Corporation has decided to discontinue the Technics SL-1200. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 5:50 PM PST - 76 comments

With the U.S. Midterm elections less than a week away, we can expect to hear more about the Red State/Blue State dichotomy. Journalist Dante Chinni and political scientist James Gimpel are among those who maintain that it's not that simple. They say we are a patchwork nation and divided U.S. counties into 12 categories: Boom Towns, Campus & Careers, Emptying Nests, Evangelical Epicenters, Immigration Nation, Industrial Metropolis, Military Bastions, Minority Central, Monied 'Burbs, Morman Outposts, Service Worker Centers, and Tractor Country. Find out how they classified your county. [more inside]
posted by weathergal at 5:47 PM PST - 39 comments

In stark contrast to the recent results of the Torontontian mayoral results, last week, Calgary, the third-largest "municipality" in Canada, elected the country's first Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi. [more inside]
posted by skwt at 5:33 PM PST - 52 comments

Despite an exploding department store that resulted in nearly two decades of Federal tunneling bans, non-existent local funding, and the tenaciousness of Beverly Hills residents, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected a route for the Purple Line Subway Extension. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 4:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Rescued hummingbird. (SLYT)
posted by hippybear at 1:54 PM PST - 77 comments

A 3.5m picture of a rabbit is going to be painted over in two weeks, if Hackney council get their way (a slightly clearer picture). The street artist ROA painted the picture with the permission of the building's owners last year, but the local council have said that it's a blight to the local area. ROA has done lots of other pictures of large animals around the area. [more inside]
posted by DanCall at 1:48 PM PST - 52 comments

Shadofax at MovingMeat has an interesting writeup about two WSJ articles on the AMA's RUC and warring specialities. [more inside]
posted by cftarnas at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

The dhole, the maned wolf, and the Tibetan sand fox are just three of the creatures featured at The Featured Creature, a neat (and not overly serious) wildlife blog. There are even some that aren't canids, I think. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 1:18 PM PST - 31 comments



"We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for 'Caprica' and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, 'Caprica' has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season." - The Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica has been cancelled, and it's final episodes consigned to 2011. As ever there is debate as to what went wrong, though it looks like one complaint, the shows relative lack of action, will be addressed by the next spin-off: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, set during the war years of a young William Adama.
posted by Artw at 11:06 AM PST - 125 comments


This may only occur to the obsessive student of The Parent Trap, but once the subtleties are noticed, hints start stacking up, and a creeping sense of the mythic pervades the film...
Join Chris Stangl, King of the Beanplaters, as he obsessively studies The Parent Trap, Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice, Teen Wolf, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more.
posted by Iridic at 10:32 AM PST - 33 comments


After 18 years in prison on false charges, Anthony Graves walked out a free man yesterday. This recent Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff played a major role in bringing awareness to his case. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 9:32 AM PST - 36 comments

Mapping the Jersey Devil
posted by Miko at 9:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Ever wonder how the folks who make all those cool Lego creations get all those pieces? It's not because they buy multiple sets to get thirty or so cheese slopes. They go to Bricklink, where hundreds of sellers offer up individual parts you can get in pretty much any quantity. Bricklink was started by Daniel Jezek in 2000 (it was originally called "BrickBay" but someone pressured him to change that) and is at the top of every Lego enthusiast's list of bookmarks. Jezek passed away suddenly on September 24th at the age of 33. His memorial page on Bricklink reveals that his was not an ordinary life, as this Americanized entrepreneur was born in Communist Czechoslovakia. The Lego Community would simply not be what it is without Dan Jezek.
posted by Legomancer at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments


We are nearing the end of a golden age of astronomy as more than a dozen space observatories reach their end of life in a few years. The only replacement on the horizon is the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2014. Due to its enormous complexity and ever-rising costs, the JWST has starved other projects of funding. The fate of an entire generation of cosmologists and astrophysicists rests on its success.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:01 AM PST - 33 comments

MapCrunch.com Google Street View Randomizer. Try the slideshow.
posted by blue_beetle at 7:55 AM PST - 29 comments

"You fornicate and make a lot of children. You drink and you eat pork. Most of the children that you have are marked with spots and blemishes… these children that you have are bastards,” - a cautionary tale for anyone getting married or renewing their vows in a country where they do not understand the language. [YT video]
posted by MuffinMan at 7:52 AM PST - 147 comments


Hardcore Gaming 101 -- the blog previously responsible for an in-depth examination of Pre-Street Fighter II Fighting Games -- presents A Brief History of 2D Fighting Games.
posted by griphus at 7:15 AM PST - 15 comments


Millimetres Matter. [SLYT] via. Hover for spoilers.
posted by unSane at 6:48 AM PST - 36 comments

Cover Me - A blog about cover songs. Started out as a college radio show in 2006, now a website! Includes: A recently unearthed Weezer cover of Toni Braxton's 'Unbreak my Heart', 5 Good Covers of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' (with one by MeFi favorite Pomplamoose), covers of songs from the Radiohead album Kid A (one by an a cappella group!)
posted by bluefly at 4:30 AM PST - 85 comments

'Marilyn Monroe' neuron aids mind control. "Volunteers fade famous images in and out using a brain-machine' interface. People have used mind control to change images on a video screen, a study reports. The volunteers, whose brains were wired up to a computer, enhanced one of two competing images of famous people or objects by changing firing rates in individual brain cells."
posted by Fizz at 4:15 AM PST - 10 comments

El Quijote Interactivo is a site from the Biblioteca Nacional de España displaying the 1605 edition of Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote.
You can of course turn pages and zoom in and out. But, you can also search text, get a map of Don Quixote's travels, read associated books and expert commentaries, forward through 50 editions of the book, listen to music referenced by Don Quixote and, yes, share pages with your Facebook friends.
This Youtube video walks you through it.
posted by vacapinta at 2:49 AM PST - 9 comments


Procrastination is fueled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:31 AM PST - 59 comments


Allie Brosh (previously 1 2 3), drunk liveblogs (live drunkblogs?), on internet expectations, being a role model, and burritos as compared to fighter jets.
posted by yellowbinder at 12:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Torche is an absolutely incredible stoner metal band from Miami whose pop sensibility has earned them a lot of fans recently. Apparently Mike Huckabee is one of them.
posted by auralcoral at 12:12 AM PST - 32 comments

October 27

I'm going out to get a paper... When Richard goes out for moment before dinner to pick up a paper, it seems all well and good... well, almost... two weeks later...
posted by HuronBob at 9:11 PM PST - 39 comments

In Praise of Copying. A pdf of a book by Marcus Boon. [more inside]
posted by ovvl at 8:58 PM PST - 19 comments

In the scale of its intensity, its destructiveness and its horror, Stalingrad has no parallel. It engaged the full strength of the two biggest armies in Europe and could fit into no lesser framework than that of a life-and-death conflict which encompasses the earth. - The New York Times, February 4, 1943 [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 8:25 PM PST - 61 comments

PORTRAIT-DEX! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz (PVP), Box Brown (Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard (Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
posted by Gator at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Flowcharts! Flowcharts! Flowcharts! Fast Company magazine's latest installment of "Everything Explained through Flowcharts", charts the explaination of the Internet to a 19th Century British Street Urchin.
posted by jivadravya at 5:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Billy Ruane was a fixture in the whirl/world of Cambridge and Boston music in the early eighties. Billy Ruane lived widely and wildly in the Cambridge/Boston from the 1980's till now. Most who encountered him came away with stories to tell. Interesting ones. Music was his absolute passion. He had more records than anyone. One Christmas he proudly declared that he had bought the same Slim Whitman Anthology for everyone on his list. (My roommate was sitting beside him on the train from NY to Boston and so captive to such information.)
posted by emhutchinson at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

With all the recent attention in the NFL to dirty tackling, head shots, and concussions, some ground breaking research from Purdue University suggests that the routine hits to the head that happen 100s of times in every football game may be just as damaging as repeated concussions. The research was conducted on high school football players. The research uncovered marked reductions on visual memory tests in the kids who had not suffered a concussion and otherwise showed no symptoms of a head injury. These kids were, for all practical purposes, walking around with brain injuries during the season. The good news is that they all were back to normal by the next fall, suggesting that their young brains can heal themselves. (We are talking about the American brand of football here, but it doesn't seem like a real stretch that too many headers in the football played with a round ball might also be a problem.)
posted by COD at 4:04 PM PST - 68 comments


Wow, what a life for Dana Gillespie. At 14 she was British junior national water-skiing champion. At 15 she was dating classmate David Bowie, who taught her guitar. Had bit parts in movies by 16. She dated Donovan for a little while, and Jimmy Page produced and played on her first album. She went on to a long string of starring roles in London's West End. She has devoted the latter part of her life to the blues, hosting an annual blues festival on the island of Mustique, recently featuring fellow Mustiquian Mick Jagger. And if all that weren't enough, she has also released several albums in Sanskrit under the moniker Third Man, devoted to the years she spent living in India. Allah Ho Akhbar::Chitta Chora::Om Shakti
posted by puny human at 2:13 PM PST - 20 comments


Two critiques of steampunk: The Hard Edge of Empire by Charlie Stross and Stupid Things We Say by Nisi Shawl.
posted by Zed at 1:20 PM PST - 219 comments

Though the sets and music are pure golden-age horror, the villagers are coded as ’50s sitcom types, bland exemplars of suburban uptightitude. Their ranks include a young Mos Def, though he’s seldom called upon to do anything other than act scared of supernatural goings-on in a manner that would cause even Stepin Fetchit’s ghost to say “For God’s sake, man, show some dignity.”

Just in time for Halloween, the AV Club series My Year of Flops unearths the Stephen King-written, Stan Winston-directed Michael Jackson's Ghosts (2, 3, 4).
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Last year, Marie Claire magazine made headlines by employing a plus-sized fashion columnist, Ashley Falcon, whose blog “Big Girl In A Skinny World” was proudly advertised as “proof that fashionistas come in all shapes and sizes.” Yesterday, a different Marie Claire blogger attacked the new CBS show “Mike & Molly” for featuring overweight characters. Her post received more than a thousand angry comments and the magazine reportedly received over 28,000 emails, prompting an apology from the blogger and a defensive response from the Editor in Chief. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:41 PM PST - 273 comments



DEFIANCE, Ohio - town of 17,000, a longtime stronghold of the United Auto Workers, with a Democratic majority. Why is the Democratic party now doing so badly here? 'The Obama administration’s rescue of General Motors allowed the company to keep running the giant foundry here, a mainstay of the local economy. If the recession drove joblessness here beyond 13 percent, the lengthy extensions of unemployment benefits in the stimulus package enabled struggling workers to keep their homes and keep patronizing local businesses.''Jami L. Young exemplifies the emerging politics. At the age of 31, Ms. Young runs her own insurance agency.''Like many other Defiance residents, she was pleased when Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, used federal stimulus money to build a bridge, helping to temper unemployment that had climbed to 14 percent and, despite improvement this year, remains high. Yet Ms. Young, who says that she supported Mr. Obama in 2008 as “the lesser of two evils,” now says she regrets her vote.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 10:48 AM PST - 132 comments

Los Angeles's Crooked Heart: Ever wonder why the street grid in Los Angeles tips 36 degrees from the N/S axis once you are east of Hoover? Ask the Spaniards. [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:30 AM PST - 45 comments


"Most people think that Pipe Organs are only capable of producing the classical evil growl from horror movies, but in truth, they are capable of making quite a wide variety of noises that you wouldn't normally expect to come from a Pipe Organ." YouTube user FromTheGang plays covers on the pipe organ at his church and a couple accordions. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:57 AM PST - 19 comments

The Reverse Geocache Puzzle Box is quite nifty! Here's a video interview of the inventor. Maybe you prefer the analog version? Or do you want to build your own?
posted by lioness at 9:27 AM PST - 27 comments

With her writing career clearly going nowhere, Margaret Atwood has turned to a new vocation: costume design.
posted by griphus at 7:04 AM PST - 58 comments

This is the videogame you didn't know you wanted to play until now. Artemis - The Spaceship Bridge simulator is possibly the nerdiest game ever invented. The players take on the roles of Engineering, Communication, Weapon Control, etc, while one player - The Captain - stands in front of a projection screen and barks orders.
posted by empath at 6:27 AM PST - 117 comments

These Gears Really Work? Strangely soothing video of wooden, non-circular gears lovingly crafted by Clayton Boyer (YouTube Channel), talented designer of Wooden Clocks (YouTube Video, Flickr Photo Set). Via jwz and BoingBoing. [more inside]
posted by stringbean at 6:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Short Snorters: "A short snorter is a banknote inscribed by people traveling together on an aircraft. The tradition was started by Alaskan Bush flyers in the 1920s and spread through the military and commercial aviation...When the short snorter was signed, the collector would have to produce it upon request, if not, they are bounded to give the signer a drink." Some examples: Flickr, A Hawaiian one dollar bill, A bill with some real WWII history, Scrolling Multinational Short Snorters, and a British ten-shilling note.
posted by srboisvert at 5:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on the set of their new show, The Trip. An interesting article on the relationship between the two characters on screen and in real life. [more inside]
posted by Stark at 4:31 AM PST - 22 comments

You are reading this post thanks to the submarine communications cables that connect the continents together (except Antarctica). [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 1:33 AM PST - 29 comments

October 26

An internationally recognized Kanien'kehaka (Mohwak) intellectual and political advisor, Taiaiake Alfred is well known for his incisive critiques and groundbreaking work in the fields of Indigenous governance and political philosophy. In the past, Taiaiake has served as an advisor on land and governance and cultural restoration issues for many indigenous governments and organizations, and he has authored several important books including Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom and Peace, Power, Righteousness. Currently, Taiaiake serves as a Professor of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria. Recorded March 23, 2009 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, University of Victoria Professor of Indigenous Governance; a broad, deep, and beautiful discussion of pathways toward the future for indigenous people, Gerald Taiaiake Alfred talks about the “Resurgence of Traditional Ways of Being: Indigenous Paths of Action and Freedom” [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 11:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Extremity is "tri-dimensional collage" by Emilio Gomariz. It's one of his latest works. His animated gifs.
posted by nickyskye at 10:43 PM PST - 5 comments


Four is a premium alcoholic beverage that features 12% alcohol and a serious (but undisclosed) dose of caffeine. While the original "energy beer" dropped the caffeine from their formula in 2008, Four Loko has become a hit on college campuses. Now, nine students were sent to the hospital after a party at Central Washington University where the "black out in a can" was on hand. The FDA is mulling a general ban.
posted by chrchr at 6:47 PM PST - 144 comments


No mystery left in the world: Researchers say chupacabras are just coyotes and wild dogs with severe mange. [Warning, sad pictures of dead canidae].
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:59 PM PST - 35 comments

Kentucky officials have identified the assailant in the face-stomping of a private citizen shortly before a debate between candidates for the office of Senator in the state of Kentucky. Contrary to initial reports which quickly dismissed the assault as the isolated acts of assorted private citizens, it has now been revealed that the gentleman curb-stomping the head of a MoveOn.org activist prior to the debate between candidates last night was none other than a county-level representative of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, Mr. Rand Paul.
posted by joe lisboa at 4:20 PM PST - 351 comments

Graham "Grickle" Annable, perpetrator of the previously popular "Space Wolf"* animation, celebrates Halloween with some spooky, kooky, ooky** toons: in '07 it was the zombie-themed "Last Duet on Earth", in '08 "Joy to the Weird", last year we were introduced to "Principal Skeleton" and this year "Performance" (Spoiler: HE'S BACK). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments


Where Children Sleep: Children's bedrooms from around the world
posted by goo at 3:30 PM PST - 51 comments


Communist Space Babies. Title says it all, really. The tags were pretty easy too.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 2:47 PM PST - 23 comments

The Barack Whisperer. Robert Draper's in-depth look at Robert Gibbs, senior advisor and press secretary to President Obama, and his sometimes controversial relationship to the media.
posted by availablelight at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Shows like This American Life, All Things Considered, and similar stalwarts of Public Radio in the UK, Australia, and Canada have combined with the explosion of podcastery to inspire hordes of (fantastic) imitators. The result? An irresistable smorgasbord of intellectual content. Bill Mckibben examines the history of the trend, and how it can be maintained. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 2:04 PM PST - 36 comments


Time Magazine recently profiled Richard Fuller and his Blacksmith Institute in the magazine's series, "Power of One." Fuller, the president of an environmental consulting firm, is also the founder of the Blacksmith Institute, a non profit organization which is dedicated to identifying and cleaning up badly polluted sites in the developing world, especially those sites where children are at risk. Charity Navigator indicates the institute is efficient with its approximately $4 million in revenue, but it has greater ambitions. One project is to build a $500 million public health fund "to fight and eliminate legacy pollution."
posted by bearwife at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Get a grip on this. "It turns out that opposable thumbs aren't critical for getting a good grip. Neither are fingers. Scientists have created a robotic arm that can do everything from serve drinks to draw pictures even though it has no digits. Their robotic hand, which they describe online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a thin rubber sack filled with coffee grains or small glass spheres. When this hand comes in contact with an object, a small pipe sucks air from the sack, causing it to contract and mold to the object's shape. The contraction is small—a mere 1% change in volume–but was enough to grab most objects the researchers tested." Inside the balloon hand. The robotic mitt. Via: Sciencemag.org
posted by Fizz at 12:53 PM PST - 49 comments

Previously on metafilter, a flock of ducks died in a Syncrude tailings pond in Northern Alberta. Last week Syncrude was fined 3 million dollars. Now, another flocks of ducks has landed in another Syncrude tailing pond. Meanwhile, the Council of Canadians is warning that Alberta may be on the road to privatising water rights, something that ducks have previously been using for free. [/tongue in cheek.]
posted by Stagger Lee at 12:00 PM PST - 33 comments

Back in May, Jen (but never Jenn) spent 2 weeks emulating a 1950s Housewife. [Results] [Lessons] Now she's back, this time, with a more husband-centric attempt at 1950s living.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:57 AM PST - 64 comments

Who best to officiate a zombie wedding? Only the newly ordained Bruce Campbell. [more inside]
posted by cottoncandybeard at 10:31 AM PST - 60 comments

'Death' is different than a haunted house, according to Michael Speece. "We don't have a safe word to give you an easy out. If you don't like the experience, tough".
posted by 300two8 at 10:07 AM PST - 134 comments

"The successful genres of a particular period are reflections of the needs and thoughts and social struggles of that time." Daniel Abraham offers some thoughts on the nature of literary genre, including urban fantasy, complete with specific predictions for the future of science fiction.
posted by Zed at 9:29 AM PST - 77 comments


Nobuhiko Obayashi's House (also called Hausu) has been a cult film legend pretty much since its 1977 release in Japan. As director, Obayashi alchemizes the usual horror trappings (seven pretty young girls, each defined by one personality trait, visit a mysterious aunt who lives in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere) into a glorious, barely coherent, eminently watchable fever dream. The film has been discussed by those in the know for some time, but unless one knew who to ask, or lucked into the right festival, actually seeing the movie outside of the trailer or scenes on Youtube has been a bit of a difficult task. This particular injustice has officially been remedied, in a move for which very few people were calling out, but more might have if they'd known about it: House has been released on region 1 DVD and Blu-Ray by no less an entity than the Criterion Collection, finally taking its rightful place in cinematic history alongside such films as Rashomon, The Seventh Seal, and Olivier's Hamlet. Just in time for that Halloween party! Provided you not only want your guests to be entertained but also thoroughly bewildered and maybe slightly shellshocked.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 8:27 AM PST - 40 comments


From the venerable MONSTER BRAINS (previously, previously, previously) comes the lost children's classic GODZILLA LIKES TO ROAR
posted by The Whelk at 7:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Wondering why the traffic is so slow? WONDER NO MORE! [Via]
posted by Lord_Pall at 6:33 AM PST - 65 comments


Paul the Psychic Octopus is dead. The English-born octopus shot to fame this summer by successfully predicting the results of World Cup matches.

Tributes are flooding in.
posted by i_cola at 4:52 AM PST - 82 comments

Exact String Matching Algorithms - Source code for Boyer-Moore, Horspool and other string-matching algorithms, along with visualizations of their operation
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:25 AM PST - 15 comments

"I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone." So begins Bishop John Spong's scathing assault on anti-gay Christians: 'I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle," or about how through prayer and "spiritual counseling" homosexual persons can be "cured." Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy.'
posted by rodgerd at 1:22 AM PST - 286 comments

Picking locks for fun and education!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:49 AM PST - 20 comments

October 25

Doonesbury turns 40. GT originally asked for a 12 month contract. Previously
posted by johnny7 at 11:54 PM PST - 40 comments

The Daily Beast attempts to identify America's Smartest Cities. Rather more seriously, Nature ponders the Best Cities for Science worldwide, as part of its special on Science and the City. (The podcast segment on cities is a nice overview.)
posted by philipy at 9:27 PM PST - 33 comments

Dogs Gods, great portraits of dogs by British photographer, Tim Flach l Bourgeois Dogs by Torkil Gudnason l Mute: The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne, now at theprintspace, London. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 9:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Wake In Progress: Illustrations to Finnegan's Wake [via]
posted by brundlefly at 8:38 PM PST - 17 comments



Wired: "Who 'Ruled the Air' in 1910, and Who Rules It Now?". Also see: Vintage AdBrowser (Previously): Communications Ads of the: 1910's, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
posted by zarq at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Petra Cortright (C.V. here) is an internet visual artist. Her site has links to her works, which seem to be inspired by the aesthetic of the early web. She works in video, web art, and still image. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

This new ad, [appearing on a "America's #1 taxpayer watchdog website"] which features a chilling look at one potential future scenario if America continues on its current destructive fiscal trajectory, is a 2010 homage to... [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:35 PM PST - 76 comments

Colette Magny (1926 – 1997) was a French song writer, composer and singer. Overlooked by the media because of her political engagement, she had success in the 1960′s with her blues-oriented repertoire and a big hit with her song “Melocoton (and gum balls)” (1963). Gifted with a strong and melodious voice, she was one of the few French singers at ease with blues and jazz. She sang the poems of great French poets (Rimbaud, Artaud, Aragon, Villon) as well as the repertoire of great blues and jazz singers (Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday) or her own, very creative, songs. Discover or rediscover the rich voice and soul of the great Colette Magny! Basin Street Blues::French Lullaby::Rock Me More And More::Frankie and Johnny::House of the Rising Sun::"Les Tuileries " chanson, texte de Victor Hugo::more.
posted by puny human at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments

The Daily Beast discovers that the college programmers behind Facebook not only love their captors but also perpetuate the atrocities they themselves endured. Behind the new code of the schoolyard... [more inside]
posted by nickrussell at 4:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Triangulation Blog is done by industrial designer, art director Emilio Gomariz, and covers photography, art installations, product design, architecture, animation, technological and digital projects. Gomariz also does Base Times Height Divided By 2, an experimental, scientific and technologic extension of Triangulation Blog.
posted by netbros at 4:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Ussachevsky early tape manipulation piece Despite some of the synthesis sounding "dated", this and other similar pieces are still so full of audible discovery. You can find more of this and other instrumentation types here...
posted by somnambulist at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments



A third year law student at Boston College doesn't like the prospects he has after graduation, so he decided to ask the dean for a refund.
posted by reenum at 2:03 PM PST - 162 comments

The Taliban Can Has Website
They also welcome feedback.
posted by Biru at 1:55 PM PST - 81 comments

3VVVVVV (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Sea Pools: And there are the ocean pools, so beloved by Australians that they have their own culture, a culture robust enough to be the subject of a documentary: Sea Pool: A Life in the Ocean, teased in the video above. Bondi Icebergs, shown in the teaser, is particularly amazing; fed by crashing waves, it is briny and bracing all year round. Membership requires that you swim every weekend, regardless of the weather. Do that for five years, and you’re a member for life. It is the ultimate pool-lover’s pool club. [more inside]
posted by dame at 1:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Homemade SLR
posted by plinth at 1:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Dyson likes to dress as a princess, so his mother wrote a book about acceptance, and his school and family rallied around him this Halloween. [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi at 12:45 PM PST - 65 comments


The art of glass sign making. (via) A delightful and strangely relaxing short documentary about the work of David Smith, a craftsman and artist making beautiful traditional glass signs.
posted by Long Way To Go at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm sure you remember the time-travelling hipster photographed in 1940, and discovered in April of this year (MeFi). Well now there's been a new time traveler sighting - in the film "The Circus", by Charlie Chaplin a woman appears to walk by the camera talking on a cellphone. In 1928. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 11:53 AM PST - 135 comments

The 99 (previously), the Islamic-inspired superheroes which have met both praise and somewhat batshit controversy, are crossing over with the DC Universe.
posted by Artw at 11:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Aaron Gouveia and his wife were already having the worst day of their lives. Then came the abortion protesters.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:07 AM PST - 137 comments

Since being mentioned previously in the blue, land artist Jim Denevan has visited Nevada, Vancouver, and Siberia. (Warning: photography interfaces, Apollonian gaskets). [more inside]
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“I’m surprised that there aren’t a lot of independent, owner-operated editorial Web sites out there,” Mr. Sicha said. “We will be two years old in April, and we are self-sufficient and stable. That’s pretty fast.” The NYT on the ups and downs of The Awl, which happens to be launching their new site, The Hairpin, today.
posted by geoff. at 10:05 AM PST - 41 comments

N8* Neverdaunt is a dream like world of floating Islands and falling stars where nearly anything can happen. N8* is an online massively multiplayer virtual sandbox, A place to play, make friends, be creative and competitive.
Windows, .Net 2.0 required.
Tip of the hat to Jake. Hi, Jake!

posted by boo_radley at 9:32 AM PST - 26 comments

A Squirrel's Guide to Fashion : from Life Magazine, circa 1940.
posted by sonika at 8:53 AM PST - 47 comments

Worldchanging Bright Green Future City - Alex Steffen sits down with the mayors of Portland and Seattle to talk about which is better the 'future city' and the confluence of urbanization, social justice and environmental change, not to mention political pushback amid high unemployment and cultural inertia.
posted by kliuless at 7:21 AM PST - 10 comments


Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs has died after a battle with cancer. [more inside]
posted by analogue at 6:49 AM PST - 42 comments

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, has filed four lawsuits in a Californian court alleging that Mr Timonen, who ran its online operation in America, stole $375,000 (£239,000) over three years. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 6:24 AM PST - 60 comments


In 2008, residents of Seattle began to hear a very different kind of radio program on their AM dial, for three hours every weeknight. That show was Too Beautiful To Live. Much of the joy of the program is getting to know the hosts, and discovering whether or not the show survives, so I won't spoil it for you. You can start by listening to the First Show, or enter any weekday since Jan. 7, 2008, into the "Browse by date:" search box on the First Show webpage. If that's not enough motivation to start listening, here are some favorite episodes:  Interview with John Hodgman, Interview with Garfunkel and Oates, Interview with Wil Wheaton, Ross Dress for Less, Broke as a Joke in Seattle, Drunk People are So Meta, Interview with S.E. Hinton, Interview with Adam Carolla.
posted by LURK at 3:11 AM PST - 13 comments

462 feet above Seattle, a family has transformed the top of the Smith Tower into their rather fantastic residence. Slideshow here. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:15 AM PST - 112 comments

For your All Hallows pleasure, The Geek Pumpkin Roundup collects designs from Cylons to Star Wars, from silly to snappy.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:10 AM PST - 11 comments


October 24



“When it comes to user privacy, SSL is the elephant in the room.” Meet Firesheep: a Firefox plugin that sniffs out unencrypted HTTP sessions on your network segment and lets you impersonate any of the users found. Eric Butler unveiled it today at Toorcon 12, a San Diego conference on computing security, and it demonstrates what amounts to a gaping hole in the Web security model.
posted by spitefulcrow at 8:24 PM PST - 67 comments

Competitive roller derby is undergoing a transformation: skaters are adopting tactics that are unconventional, but legal, and other teams have to adopt them to just keep up.
posted by LSK at 8:23 PM PST - 63 comments


Fossil Angels - written by Alan Moore in December 2002 to appear in KAOS #15, which never appeared. Published here for the first time.
posted by MetaMonkey at 6:19 PM PST - 22 comments

Words of the World is a site dedicated to the exploration and life of words and language. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

A City of Ghosts. Nashville blogger Betsy Phillips (Aunt B) (who I posted about last year) has published a book of new ghost stories, all set in Nashville. She's posting one sample story every day for the month of October on her blog. You can start at the post link with "Still Haunted" or check out my favorite, "The Purple Impala."
posted by emjaybee at 2:45 PM PST - 3 comments



Words I love , not to be confused with Words I hate.
posted by Fizz at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments


The late Tony Wilson’s headstone, as designed by Peter Saville. “Factory Records founder Anthony H. Wilson died in August 2007 [MeFi previously]. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone – designed collaboratively by Wilson’s long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly, with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson – was unveiled in the Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester.” A 2001-like Modernist monolith for a scion of Manchester, the “Original Modern.”
posted by joeclark at 12:46 PM PST - 33 comments

The Russian mafia and criminals have their own type of music. It's called shanson [chanson]. A couple of contemporary examples by Michael Krug- Kolschik and Lesovopal- Sit Boy l Arcadiy Severnyj (1939-1980) was considered the king of street (prison-folk) songs. Shanson MyRadio channel. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 11:46 AM PST - 24 comments

The birth of Wonder Woman - notes sent between William Moulton Marston and artist H. G. Peter show the genesis of the character . Meanwhile today is the 5th Annual Wonder Woman day - a Portland and Flemington, New Jersey event supporting Domestic Violence Programs. Not able to get over to Excalibur Comics or Comics Fusion to take part in the events or activities? There's still a few hours left in which you can take part by bidding on artwork online (previously).
posted by Artw at 11:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Developed by YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum, Youtube Play - A Biennial of Creative Video - aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:52 AM PST - 10 comments

The Map of Non Monogamy [via]
posted by empath at 8:05 AM PST - 139 comments


Things Organized Neatly is a photo blog of exactly what the title says.
posted by bardophile at 2:55 AM PST - 58 comments

On November 4, 1950, the European Convention of Human Rights was signed in Rome. This site was created as part of the celebration, and apart from the text of the Convention itself it offers landmark judgements and other related information.
posted by rjs at 1:12 AM PST - 7 comments

October 23

"The history of greater St. Louis, is bound up in a tangle of local, state, and federal policies that explicitly and decisively sorted the City’s growing population by race." Mapping Decline visually connects and tracks the history of laws, zoning, urban renewal projects, and their effect on white flight in St. Louis.
posted by stratastar at 6:03 PM PST - 48 comments

Rain is falling on Australia's big red heart. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 5:39 PM PST - 56 comments

The Banana Jr. 9000 lives. No, really. The Bloom County icon comes to life thanks to RetroMacCast co-host John, a "highly modified" Mac Plus shell, and a Mac Mini. Via Cult of Mac.
posted by mcwetboy at 12:26 PM PST - 36 comments

Cosplaygate brings you the finest in inexplicable costumes narrowly evading trademark issues, as well as Japanese-style fetish and cosplay wear (mostly SFW, actually). A banner promises "100% Off-World Shipping," while a live-chat bar reads "Need help? Jelly is online to help you." [more inside]
posted by gusandrews at 11:29 AM PST - 53 comments

After 30 years and 200 million sold, Sony has announced that their April shipment of cassette Walkmans was the last. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 10:32 AM PST - 193 comments

Omar Souleyman, is the Dabke Demon. Dabke is that wild line dancing thing they start doing 30 seconds in. Mahmoud Harbi (at 0:47) is the man who follows Omar around on stage, whispering lyrics in his ear.
posted by nickyskye at 9:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Get Home is a videogame for people who like to play videogames with loud music in the background. The band playing is Team Me.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Invented by Charles Dow in 1896, The Dow Jones Average ("The Dow") is perhaps the most widely known metric of equity market behaviour. Calculated as a price weighted average of thirty stocks, The Dow is generally eschewed by professional investors who prefer the broader S&P 500, a so-called market capitalisation weighted index consisting of 500 stocks. Regardless, proponents of the Dow claim its simplicity, long history and careful design as a reliable proxy of US economic activity as points in its favour. But can they now claim predicability as well? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 8:05 AM PST - 19 comments

A lesser-known signatory of Charter 08 is an artist and human rights activist named Wu Yuren. And, like this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, he's now in prison. His wife, Karen Patterson, is a Canadian, from Calgary. And she believes his activism is why he's been detained by Chinese authorities for almost five months.
posted by acro at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments



French general strike is going on. It's against a proposal by the French government to raise the normal retirement age for public pensions from 65 to 67 and early reduced pensions from age 60 to 62. All society is concerned. Voilà the manifestations of high-school students, so damn chic.
posted by - at 3:27 AM PST - 89 comments

One of music's greatest voices and songwriters passed away last week. [more inside]
posted by bonefish at 12:02 AM PST - 18 comments

October 22

Perhaps you feel like you should, like full-time Fox News analyst Juan Williams, get worried and nervous at the sight of people in Muslim garb, but you aren't sure you can always spot them. Fortunately, a new blog, Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things, is here to help you out.
posted by Tsuga at 10:46 PM PST - 86 comments

Stephin Merritt's TONY archive. Between 1996 and 2000, the principal singer and songwriter in the band The Magnetic Fields, filed more than 100 articles for Time Out New York, including record reviews, concert previews, a minigolf report, interviews, and a list of the best recordings of each year of the 20th century. Via.
posted by ND¢ at 7:36 PM PST - 13 comments

What a dollar gets you in America today. A slideshow of photography that shows exactly, per weight, the amount of food that one dollar ($1) will buy you. [SLNYT, Flash slideshow]
posted by Countess Elena at 4:55 PM PST - 56 comments

Visually impaired people are riding bicycles. Andreas Bocelli rides a bicycle. And then there's this.
posted by Xurando at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

"Hundreds of the leaked war logs reflect the fertile imagination of the torturer faced with the entirely helpless victim – bound, gagged, blindfolded and isolated – who is whipped by men in uniforms using wire cables, metal rods, rubber hoses, wooden stakes, TV antennae, plastic water pipes, engine fan belts or chains." [more inside]
posted by notion at 3:47 PM PST - 168 comments

Happy Birthday Windows 7, Happy Birthday Windows 7, thank God you aren't Vista, Happy Birthday Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 3:26 PM PST - 124 comments

The Zensunni Wandering, among other Dune maps. The universe of Farscape. The Foundation universe, in Thai. All courtesy of the Stars in Science Fiction section of Winchell Chung's comprehensive 3-D Starmaps site. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments


"Retiring Judge Accuses Colleague Of Corruptly Siding With Major Financial Firms Over 20 Years." As also reported by Washington Post and elsewhere, retiring Judge George Painter recently leveled the explosive claim that a colleague, Judge Bruce Levine, had privately admitted to entering into a secret agreement with Wendy Gramm, former Republican chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to rule against investors in every case brought before his court. "On Judge Levine's first week on the job, nearly twenty years ago, he came into my office and stated that he had promised Wendy Gramm, then Chairwoman of the Commission, that we would never rule in a complainant's favor," Painter wrote. "A review of his rulings will confirm that he fulfilled his vow," Painter wrote. Murdoch's Wall Street Journal meanwhile runs with a slightly different take on the story (behind pay-wall).
posted by saulgoodman at 12:55 PM PST - 55 comments

Informed critiques of the science behind TV shows, by scientists: The Big Blog Theory (The Big Bang Theory), Polite Dissent (Fringe, House MD - with an excellent sideline of medicine in comics (previously)), Barone Rocks (Dexter).
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 12:24 PM PST - 30 comments

If Toonces the Driving Cat and Keyboard Cat mated, this would be the outcome: The new video Red Lights from the Canadian band Holy Fuck. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:35 AM PST - 51 comments

Programmers Who Defined The Technology Industry: Where Are They Now?
posted by Artw at 11:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Marlow and Fran Cowan, an elderly couple who'd been married for 62 years, wandered through the atrium of the Mayo Clinic in 2008 and became accidental YouTube celebrities. Early this year they returned to the clinic for an encore performance (6 parts). The Cowans tell their story here.
posted by hermitosis at 11:03 AM PST - 23 comments

ESPN the Magazine previews the 2010-11 NBA season by collaborating with Marvel Comics artists to produce comic book covers for each NBA team. The covers, which range from goofy to badass, were drawn by a team that includes "virtually a who's who of who's hot in comic books right now." Hi-res jpgs available for your downloading pleasure. [via] [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:31 AM PST - 46 comments

Demon's Souls, an action-RPG from Atlus, is the most notoriously difficult videogame of this generation (previously). If the game was too brutal for you to finish, this should add insult to injury: someone's completed it in just 54 minutes. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. [more inside]
posted by naju at 10:22 AM PST - 44 comments

Computer science student wonders if his professor is really reading his papers, so he inserts an elegant, masterful pop-culture acrostic. He gets the paper back today. That is all.
posted by timsteil at 10:18 AM PST - 94 comments

Need to fine-tune your bike riding warmth? Here are three great patterns (last link opens as PDF) for making your own cycling cap, plus one very good video tutorial.
posted by peachfuzz at 9:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Spike Magazine offers up a splendid enchanting 598 page behometh anthology of interviews, features and book reviews taken from the last 15 years of this wonderfully eclectic magazine (Direct PDF / Zip) . Nicely formatted and with enough content to keep even the most avid britlit fan happy. Highlights include interviews with (among many others) Will Self (p451,460,464,467) , JG Ballard (p27,32,35, 39), Iain Banks (p54), Nick Hornby(p276). Enjoy.
posted by numberstation at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments

The Myth of Charter Schools. A response to the case for charter schools advanced by "Waiting for Superman."
posted by availablelight at 8:54 AM PST - 103 comments

It's been suggested that the humble mosquito is responsible for more deaths than all the wars combined. Scientists working at the Planck institute are hoping to change this by using the mosquitoes themselves as a way to administer a malaria vaccine. [more inside]
posted by quin at 8:30 AM PST - 13 comments


The Amazing Flo Fox. A look at the interesting life of New York street photographer Flo Fox.
posted by chunking express at 8:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Apple has decided to follow the success of their iOS App store by making a Mac App store. Yes, applications for the Mac OS will soon be available, in addition to the previous methods, for one click download and installation from a single online source. Engadget covers the guidelines for App submissions, CNET has a FAQ about the store, while Ars Technica, PC Mag, ZDNET, MSNBC, CNN, Computerworld and Macworld discuss the pros and cons of this development.
posted by nomadicink at 7:26 AM PST - 289 comments

Code-switching is using different languages or language varieties in different contexts. Ta-Nehisi Coates does it. Jay-Z does it. The President does it. But, for African Americans, is code-switching necessary to escape poverty, an element of race as performed or neither?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:11 AM PST - 63 comments

Return to Emerald Hill Zone! Sega recently released its modernized take on the classic Sonic the Hedgehog formula with Sonic the Hedgehog 4, but for something much more authentic and in the spirit of the original Genesis games, you'll have to turn to the free fan-created Sonic Fan Remix. Now with playable PC demo! Get to it before the lawyers do! [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 7:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Gordon Pinsent reads Bieber. (slyt)
posted by jimmythefish at 6:40 AM PST - 29 comments

The blue has previously covered Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns, a satirical short talk show highlighting the uncomfortable banter (and silence) that arise between interviewer and interviewee. This week while shooting an interview for the upcoming film It's Kind Of A Funny Story he was treated a bit of his own medicine.
posted by analogue at 6:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Thomas was alone. A Flash game about friendship and cooperation.
posted by DU at 6:31 AM PST - 10 comments



In a follow on to her 2009 series "Fascist America" (part I, part II, part III) Sara Robinson asks "Is this election the next turn?" [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor at 3:17 AM PST - 93 comments

October 21

Eskimo cooking has been discussed before. But The Eskimo Cookbook still hasn't made me hungry for oogruk flippers and Eskimo ice cream. I still prefer Norwegian whale meat recipes.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:31 PM PST - 48 comments


100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers includes some great choices, among them are also many generally likable ones like the CIA (not that one, The Culinary Institute of America) l Words of the World l NPR Radio Pictures l The Metropolitan Museum of Art l PBS.
posted by nickyskye at 9:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Cubic Mouth is a series of plush dolls and toys designed by Satoshi Fumihara, creator of MTV Japan's The World of Golden Eggs and some rather interesting ads for Nissan. (previously) If the dolls look familiar, it's not a coincidence nor is it an artistic imitation; these are legitimately licensed Disney products. (most links in Japanese but self-explanatory) Oh Disney, why do you have to be so buttoned up at home?
posted by 1adam12 at 8:18 PM PST - 17 comments


OCTOBER 22 IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!!! EVERY YEAR WE GET TOGETHER AND MAKE SALMON FOR TOAST, EVERY YEAR WE GET A CROCKETY BLOAT, EVERY YEAR WE GET DRUNK ON THE DOCKS, AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE SEX WITH OUR CAPS LOCKS!!!! [more inside]
posted by tarheelcoxn at 7:37 PM PST - 390 comments

A great slideshow of the nyc subway system 1910-present. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Nick Robinson, the BBC's main political correspondent in London shows what he thinks of free speech. While taping a stand-up in the yard in front of Westminster Palace, Nick Robinson loses it with an anti-poverty protester. Robinson, an admired writer and broadcaster, was a leader of the Conservatives at university but has been largely non-partisan. His own blog about the experience in the video.
posted by parmanparman at 7:24 PM PST - 43 comments

The race is on: India by 2020, China by 2025 - will the US get there at all?
posted by PuppyCat at 7:21 PM PST - 24 comments


A Year at War: One Battalion's Wrenching Deployment to Afghanistan: "Some 30,000 American soldiers are taking part in the Afghanistan surge. Here are the stories of the men and women of First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division" out of Fort Drum, NY., based in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. Over the next year, The New York Times will follow their journey, chronicling the battalion’s part in the surge in northern Afghanistan and the impact of war on individual soldiers and their families back home. (First link is an interactive feature containing images and autoplaying video, and requires flash. Second link is a standard-style article.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 3:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Yesterday at around 3PM PST, John McAllister began his quest to beat a 25 year-old "Joust" record of 107 million points. His game is being broadcast live. It is oddly compelling to watch a skilled player in action - at 22 hours of play he has 47 million points.
posted by pashdown at 12:57 PM PST - 173 comments

The Dalai Lama on changing minds only through compassion and respect. He spent several days at Stanford recently, and this session focuses on the neuroscience of compassion. Watch it in full here.
posted by philipy at 12:39 PM PST - 56 comments

80s supermodel Paulina Porizkova (images may be NSFW) on aging: Beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. But it's also the only gift that does NOT keep on giving. It usually blossoms at an age where you're least equipped to handle its benefits and rewards and instead take it all for granted, and by the time you start understanding the value of it, it slowly trickles away. How's that for revenge of the ugly ones? (related)
posted by Joe Beese at 12:07 PM PST - 121 comments

Badass Digest is a new blog from Austin's decidedly badass Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas and Devin Faraci, formerly of CHUD.com. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

An awkward moment at the diner (complete with startled waiter) leads into a lengthy article about regrowing breasts from stem cells that are themselves harvested from liposuction, the procedure of which has been undergoing trials and continual improvement since 2006. The FDA has yet to approve it in the USA. (maybe NSFW sideboobs) [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted at 11:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson discuss tech evolution, overpopulation, the singularity, and spoons. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 11:35 AM PST - 1 comments


Keith Richards' book tl;dr? Fixed that for you. See what I did there? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:09 AM PST - 31 comments

You've seen cat parkour, but have you seen dog parkour? How about monkey parkour? Squirrel parkour? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:30 AM PST - 20 comments


The Conversation Prism "gives you a whole view of the social media universe, categorized and also organized by how people use each network." [more inside]
posted by greenish at 7:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Bruce Goff (1904 - 1982) was either a creative genius or the worst architect of the 20th century. At best, his astoundingly diverse body of work resembles a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and The Gobbler; at worst it recalls Middle-Earth or industrial storage. His designs, many of them unbuilt, run the gamut from geometric abstraction to organic imitation. Forgotten for years, Goff retains a small following, particularly in Oklahoma, where he spent most of his career. Today he's experiencing a minor resurgence in popularity. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 7:57 AM PST - 22 comments

WikiLeaks communications
infrastructure is currently under attack.
Project BO move to coms channel S.
Activate Reston5.
This cryptic message, posted to WikiLeaks twitter account yesterday, comes ahead of the imminent release of more than 400,000 "mostly" low-level documents related to the Iraq war. Wikileaks.org currently reports that the site is down for scheduled maintainance. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 7:46 AM PST - 150 comments

Hatsune Miku's latest album debuted in the number one spot on the Japanese weekly Oricon album charts. She's playing live to sold out stadiums, and action figures depicting her have been shot into space... [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 7:27 AM PST - 33 comments

An image of leafcutter ants at work in the Costa Rican rainforest has scooped top prize in the 2010 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (via The Guardian). The winners are on display now at London’s Natural History Museum. Online gallery. Previously on MeFi.
posted by londonmark at 6:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Winner-Take-All Politics [1,2] (PDF) - "The sources of American economic inequality are largely political – the result of deliberate political decisions to shape markets in ways that benefit the already-privileged at the expense of a more-or-less unaware public." (via bd) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:56 AM PST - 47 comments

October 20

NPR fires senior news analyst Juan Williams after he makes comments on The O'Reilly Factor about his nervousness when boarding a plane with Muslims. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 10:32 PM PST - 236 comments

Andy Gonsalves likes to draw silly, twisted cartoons and illustrations. What! Cat got your tongue?
posted by netbros at 10:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Porn mogul and entrepreneur Bob Guccione is dead at 79. I'll never forget sneaking peeks at my mom's copy of Viva, submitting my first post-Clarion story to Omni, and leaving the room when my college housemates were watching Caligula. Rest in peace, sir.
posted by xenophile at 7:55 PM PST - 77 comments

Do you want to be a writer? This is your tradition. In 1978, Michael Ventura co-founded the 'LA Weekly,' serving as film critic and feature writer until 1983, when (while continuing to write features) he began his biweekly column Letters at 3AM. The column appeared in that publication until 1993; since then, it has been published by the Austin Chronicle. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Ari Up became a music legend at the tender age of 14, as a founding member of legendary punk band The Slits. Their first album, Cut, blended the nascent punk genre with reggae beats and feminist politics, but was overshadowed by the nude photo on the sleeve [NSFW: boobies]. After the trio disbanded in the early 1980s, Up collaborated with Lee "Scratch" Perry, recorded with the New Age Steppers, released solo work, and raised a family. Her former stepfather John Lydon announced that Ari Up died today following a lengthly illness.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:54 PM PST - 69 comments

What Cannot Be Seen. "This is an ongoing postal photography project. I mail matchbox pinhole cameras loaded with photographic paper to participants, inviting them to photograph 'what cannot be seen'. The cameras are then returned to me to be processed, accompanied by an explanation of what the participant has photographed." [on flickr]
posted by chunking express at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:04 PM PST - 21 comments

The Chancellor of the UK coalition government has announced the details of the Comprehensive Spending Review, setting budgets for government departments to 2014/15. Total savings will be £18 billion. Local government funding will be cut 7% each year for the next four years. The Arts Council budget will be cut by 30%. 490,000 jobs are forecast to be lost over the period in the public sector. The average cuts for each government department will be 19%. The speech. HM Treasury Spending Review pages. Guardian summary. Independent article. Nick Robinson's blog for the BBC. Make your own cuts with the Guardian's interactive tool. Graphic showing 09/10 government spending (that is, before the cuts).
posted by paduasoy at 5:26 PM PST - 91 comments



Renowned theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed gave a series of five Messenger lectures on "The Future of Fundamental Physics" at Cornell University two weeks ago. 1 3 4 5 [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 3:33 PM PST - 15 comments

I ended up not taking my meds on the weekend to conserve them for workdays in case something went wrong when it came time to renew, as it always seemed to, and so the character of "Mike on the weekends" became much more sweary and unpredictable -- but even I had to admit, weirdly entertaining. I was known to unload a series of f-bombs on people wearing shorts (why shorts?) and the behavior was weird enough that I never got beat up. When Tourette's took over my life
posted by defenestration at 3:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Cocktail Party Physics-- Serving up science and culture with a splash of wit. "Cocktail Party Physics is a group science blog that aims to create a salon-like virtual space where contributors and readers alike can chat about the latest news and ideas in science -- with a twist. If we can make it fun, funky, unconventional, and blur the lines between traditional disciplines -- both within the sciences themselves, and science and the arts, literature, pop culture, history, and every other aspect of our culture -- so much the better."
posted by jokeefe at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

"I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars" - The Guardian interviews Simon Pegg, star of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Paul (trailer).
posted by Artw at 1:12 PM PST - 47 comments


Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of The Tea Party Movement and the Size, Scope and Focus of its National Factions is a new study that released today, just two weeks before the US midterm elections, by The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR). Sponsored by the NAACP, it reports that the Tea Party movement is “permeated with concerns about race” and has “given platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.” [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:59 PM PST - 73 comments

There was the home-built Lego + Mac + felt tip pen printer and a 3D chocolate printer made out of LEGO bricks (and some other bits), and now: the MakerLegoBot, a 'bot that can build models out of 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2 and 8×2 Lego bricks. Want to give it a go yourself? Here are the instructions, in 447 easy steps. Or you can skip the tricky stuff, and watch a small Lego house be built in under 3 minutes* [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Jack Conway, a candidate for United States Senate, is catching flak from Democrats and Tea-Partiers alike, for airing an attack ad against his opponent, Rand Paul that brings up some bizarre dirt published in GQ a few months back. At a debate between the two candidates Sunday, Paul refused to shake Conway's hand at the end. Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a response to the Aqua Buddha ad. [more inside]
posted by krysalist at 12:20 PM PST - 68 comments

Empire magazine tracks down where the Colonial Marines from Aliens are now.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:13 PM PST - 66 comments

OMNI was launched (PDF) by Kathy Keeton, long-time companion and later wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, who described the magazine in its first issue as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal". [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 11:47 AM PST - 64 comments

In3structotank! (a.k.a. Indestructotank 3) Now with nukes! And blimps! Blimps that go "boing"! And an adventure mode! (original Indestructotank on MeFi)
posted by Curious Artificer at 11:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Fermilab particle astrophysicist Craig Hogan is building a holometer to directly measure if our reality is an illusion - that is, nothing more than a hologram. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted at 11:33 AM PST - 59 comments

20.10.2010 is World Statistics Day, so help yourself to a metric (haha sorry) ton of publicly available data at UNdata, ICSPR (registration required to download data sets), and data.gov (previously). You can also explore, visualize and animate a variety of publicly available data sets with Google Labs' Public Data Explorer.
posted by cog_nate at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments


oops, by Chris Beckman, is a fascinating video collage of people dropping their cameras. It won the experimental category of the 2010 Vimeo Awards (previously).
posted by Hoenikker at 10:38 AM PST - 32 comments



"Then the powers that had built the site abandoned it. But the glass endured — a splotchy green circle 200 feet in diameter, dull by night, bright by day, a monument to man's inhumanity to man. This monument was surrounded by a high fence, tight strands of barbed wire, and multilingual warning signs. The gate in the fence was chained with three padlocks — two put there by government agencies — serving as links in the chain. If you got through any of the three, you could gain admission to Trinity Site. And that's what I did. In July, 1951, I entered the site, and I took the glass. Let me explain.
posted by anastasiav at 8:31 AM PST - 43 comments

Tokyo drifts ... cat2525jp has a neat YouTube channel of voyages through Tokyo transit systems, set to electronica. They include timelapse (e.g. Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line), and the lovely mirror effect "Tokyo Sky Drive" series (e.g. 1 2), and povs of high-tech automated parking systems with bowing attendants.
posted by carter at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

What I've always wanted- an atlas of the world's vulnerability to climate change (downloadable pdf on page).
posted by leibniz at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Gnome kidnapping has been a widespread crime for years, but now Furry Toys offers to send your stuffed loved one on a Grand Tour of Paris.
posted by mippy at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Minimal pixel versions of well-known groups of individuals has become a trend at Something Awful, where it was originally inspired by this post of Street Fighter characters. Guessing who has been pixelated is surprisingly easy and entertaining. If you are properly geeky, you'll probably find #1, #4, and #16 to be easiest. I happen to like #10. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 7:57 AM PST - 29 comments

Tseventy offers a curated collection of art-photograph wallpapers for mobile devices (it's affiliated with Poolga (previously)).
posted by box at 7:32 AM PST - 3 comments


Last month saw the premiere in The Hague of a new opera in the Klingon language. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:40 AM PST - 13 comments

This is it. It's not the phone that would win a popularity contest in the U.S., but there are great reasons for it being the most popular phone in the world.
posted by Leta at 6:35 AM PST - 86 comments


Ta-Nehisi Coates has written about his evolving view of the American Civil War (among many other things) on his Atlantic blog for over two years. A reader has now compiled links for all of them for our reading pleasure. There is also a page of recommendations that will help a reader find the most often mentioned civil war resources in the discussions. [more inside]
posted by severiina at 1:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Yantra tattooing is a traditional Thai, Khmer, Lao and Burmese practice using beautiful and intricately designed yantras for good luck, fortune, strength and protection. [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 12:13 AM PST - 11 comments

October 19


Add some purple to your outfit today! October 20th is LBGTQ Spirit Day. Show your pride by remembering those who have taken their lives because of gay bullying
posted by WhiteWhale at 8:20 PM PST - 140 comments

Bacteria can communicate with each other, take concerted action, influence human physiology, alter human thinking, and work together to change their environment. The bacteria in your gut are talking to each other, and to you, and you are talking back to them. The mind boggles. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 7:16 PM PST - 55 comments

wendyvainity makes 3D animations and puts them on YouTube. They are strangely captivating. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:05 PM PST - 44 comments

A project to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. John Graham (blog) has setup a pledge to build a working version of the Analytical Engine, successor to the Difference Engine(Prev) it was to be a real steam powered programmable computer.
posted by Long Way To Go at 3:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell (previously) today challenged her Democratic opponent Chris Coons on his statement that the Constitution disallowed the integration of religion into the federal government, asking, "Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?" [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 2:34 PM PST - 357 comments

"I’ve never been so frustrated by something that I wanted to be excited about, and where I wanted to see the light bulbs go off, and just hearing (to my ears) empty, meaningless, self-referential chatter."
This year's buzz word in the Valley is "gamificaton." [more inside]
posted by victors at 2:28 PM PST - 51 comments

We've previously discussed the minutiae of computer keyboards, and now overclock.net has a detailed guide to their innards.
posted by bitmage at 1:41 PM PST - 54 comments

"Marion and I have not climbed Mount Everest, or written the great American novel. But we've had the joy of raising two wonderful kids, and watching them and their friends grow up into loving adults... and I guess no man or woman could ask for anything more. To happy days." Tom Bosley, TV's Howard Cunningham, has died at 83 [more inside]
posted by evilcolonel at 1:32 PM PST - 68 comments

"I've gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I've never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That's what this Whittier story is." - After admirable efforts by Duncan Fedredo and Richard Corben, and spin-off work by Guy Davis, Mike Mignola returns to drawing Hellboy.
posted by Artw at 1:11 PM PST - 34 comments

"The mist — visible only under ultraviolet light — carries DNA markers particular to the location, enabling the police to match the burglar with the place burgled. Now, a sign on the front door of the McDonald’s prominently warns potential thieves of the spray’s presence: 'You Steal, You’re Marked.'"
posted by Scoop at 11:54 AM PST - 65 comments


Llamas have a long history living alongside humans as pack animals, and as a food source. But did you know they can also be clowns or teletubbies or eagles? More information about Llamas.
posted by Makwa at 10:28 AM PST - 29 comments

Artificer Rick L. Ross presents the Blade Runner-inspired Sebastian's Immortal Game chess set and the box it came in. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Make your own customized paper sundial . This website creates a PDF based on your location so that you can easily print out and make a paper sundial.
posted by exogenous at 9:41 AM PST - 18 comments

The BBC presents a wee Flash gubbins that discusses the history of the English language in ten parts.
posted by Dim Siawns at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

The Gulf Between Us. Stories of terror and beauty from the world's largest accidental offshore oil disaster. Six months on, Terry Tempest Williams gives us a trenchant report on the BP spill, for Orion magazine.
posted by HumanComplex at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Eyedea: A Life Cut Short. On Sunday, Michael "Eyedea" Larson's mother confirmed on Facebook that her son had passed away over the weekend. Eyedea was a talented and well-respected indie rapper with Rhymesayers. [more inside]
posted by TrinaSelwyn at 7:25 AM PST - 40 comments

The Iraq War: was there even a decision? "Perhaps most revealing ... is what is missing--any indication whatsoever from the declassified record to date that top Bush administration officials seriously considered an alternative to war. In contrast there is an extensive record of efforts to energize military planning, revise existing contingency plans, and create a new, streamlined war plan." The National Security Archive at George Washington University has released a set of documents from the US and British archives related to the Iraq war: Part I, Part II, Part III. Political scientist Russell Burgos (who served in Iraq):
... there is indeed a kind of inevitability about the confrontation, but it was an inevitability created by domestic politics rather than 9/11. In my estimation, the origins of the "path to war" are found in the Republican Revolution of 1994; I will suggest that from 1996 to 2000, Iraq policy was not about Iraq - it was about an increasingly strident partisan attack on President Bill Clinton in which "Iraq" was not a subject of deliberate policy but was a synecdoche for "Clinton's failure."
Historian Robert Jervis also comments. Via H-DIPLO.
posted by russilwvong at 7:01 AM PST - 42 comments

Scalzi's at it again with another great post. "Things I don't have to think about" - thoughtful piece of writing from John Scalzi about privilege and how it impacts us all. The comments are worth the read as well.
posted by leslies at 6:33 AM PST - 99 comments

Katherine Cahoon, author of The Single Girls Guide to Meeting European Men, breaks down the how (and why) of...Meeting European Men everywhere: at the Beach, the Club, and at the Running Of The Bulls.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:14 AM PST - 74 comments

Twice now, Mythbusters has tackled the story of Archimedes' "heat ray." Twice now it's been busted. So who could have persuaded them to revisit it a third time? ...President Barack Obama. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:34 AM PST - 121 comments

Representatives of more than 190 countries will try over the next two weeks to save some of the world’s most delicate and diverse species and ecosystems threatened by pollution, exploitation and habitat encroachment. If they are to succeed, they must safely navigate the minefield separating rich and poor nations that has so far defeated initiatives on climate change. The UN will try to convince nations that it is in their financial interest to do so, but time is running out. One in five plants, one in five mammals, one in seven birds and one in three amphibians are now globally threatened with extinction — including the tiger, whose global population now stands at an estimated 3,200. Next month’s Global Tiger Summit in St Petersburg could be the last chance for the tiger. The World Wildlife Fund wants you to help.
posted by londonmark at 2:56 AM PST - 19 comments


October 18

Professional ear cleaners are not always popular amongst backpackers in India. Few realize it's an ancient trade, passed down from father to son. It's also one that may be dying in the face of stiff competition from Q-tips and western medicine. How does one recognize an authentic professional ear cleaner? By his red skull cap, of course.
posted by Ahab at 10:20 PM PST - 91 comments

Wired article based on the New Liberal Arts Previously on Metafilter, here and here, but now being published in Wired, not just Snarkmarket. Part of a cyclical trend in some corners of the smart set to suppose that college needs a complete reinvention.  Look, the New Liberal Arts.  These starry-eyed future watchers  bring up the very old proposal that higher education is outdated, outmoded and not preparing our students for their lives in the future.   They may get their wish, but they might not like the new world without liberal arts 1.0
posted by cogpsychprof at 8:22 PM PST - 72 comments

"If you want to marry a show, I'll marry you." Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, steals the show at an NY gubernatorial debate.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:05 PM PST - 81 comments

Is seeing believing? BBC Horizon looks at sensory perception, illusions and the interplay of our different senses. (Full program for UK viewers here). Makes you feel like you've entered The Twilight Zone. [more inside]
posted by philipy at 8:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Kaz's Underworld, animated. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments


Y'know, I never really got into Phish (wiki) but, man, they just sound so good here.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:26 PM PST - 71 comments

Want to know what your old high school is doing to protect and support its LGBTQ students? Write Your Principal encourages and collects correspondence about anti-bullying efforts between alumni and their alma maters. [via projects]
posted by lalex at 5:23 PM PST - 17 comments

plsr. — an international photography showcase with dozens of options for filtering, or sorting by photographer, country, best rated, or most viewed. With links to the photographer's personal sites.
posted by netbros at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Private security guards working for Alaska Tea Party candidate Joe Miller detained and handcuffed a blogger who was asking questions at a public campaign event in a public school Sunday. Here is remarkable video from the Anchorage Daily News of the security guards trying to strongarm other reporters at the same event. Miller told CNN the blogger was "hounding" him. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:22 PM PST - 210 comments


Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said. ... al Qaeda's top leadership is believed to be living in relative comfort, protected by locals and some members of the Pakistani intelligence services... The official would not discuss how the coalition has come to know any of this information, but he has access to some of the most sensitive information in the NATO alliance. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 12:51 PM PST - 107 comments

The chaos theory of evolution
posted by Artw at 12:29 PM PST - 33 comments

'Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong.' Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis, adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine is a meta-researcher. 'He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; and he is a big draw at conferences.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:26 PM PST - 68 comments

My Great Story (flash heavy) - The National Down Syndrome Society is building a collection of stories celebrating the lives of the 400,000 people with Down syndrome in the United States. Know someone with Down syndrome? You can contribute too.
posted by plinth at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

R Crumb talks to the Paris Review about his adaptation of The Book of Genesis, cartoons, LSD, Winnie the Pooh, Terry Gilliam, and some other things.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:07 AM PST - 30 comments

In the 80s and 90s, Swans made music that moved from dissonance to melody, sometimes mixing the two (and with some diversions along the way). They broke up in 1997. [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 11:06 AM PST - 38 comments

Read any good books lately? How about bad books? With Halloween around the corner, maybe we should take a moment to revisit The Necronomicon. (slyt)
posted by mannequito at 11:05 AM PST - 68 comments

The Wall Street Journal's What They Know blog is charged with determining what information marketers are capable of learning about internet users through tracking technology. This weekend, they took aim at Facebook, after their investigation discovered that many popular apps on the social-networking site, including those by Zynga, have been transmitting identifying information in the form of User ID's to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, even if a user has enabled strict privacy settings. Additional analysis. Response post on Facebook's Developer Blog. Forbes' blogger Kashmir Hill asks if the WSJ is overreacting, and Techcrunch notes that the severity and risks of UID transferral are still being debated.
posted by zarq at 10:39 AM PST - 56 comments

Did the ancient Israelites drink beer? Although at the time beer was consumed by “men, women and even children of all social classes,” references to it in the Bible are scant. Beer production at the time was similar to bread, where wheat and barley cakes were baked then rehydrated to ferment -- a process much like the ancient Egyptian method of fermentation, as found in the Hymn of Ninkasi, which was recreated by Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing. You too can be a part of beer history by brewing your own Archeobeer.
posted by slogger at 10:18 AM PST - 27 comments

The Gravestone Girls collect and reproduce aged New England cemetery art without damaging the original stones. Not able to attend any of their classes? In the meantime here are some do's and don'ts about collecting rubbings, via the Association for Gravestone Studies.
posted by hermitosis at 9:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Remember that amazing giant head papercraft Halloween mask from last year? You can get your own now.
posted by Dragonness at 8:13 AM PST - 29 comments




Iran – a Primer brings together 50 top experts —both Western and Iranian—to offer comprehensive but concise overviews of Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy, and nuclear program. Overview.
Editor Robin Wright on The Challenge of Iran [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 4:11 AM PST - 24 comments

October 17

US Charity offers UK drug addicts £200 to be sterilised, according to a BBC report to be shown this evening, Project Prevention, which pays $300 in the US, "seeks to reduce the burden of this social problem on taxpayers, trim down social worker caseloads, and alleviate from our clients the burden of having children that will potentially be taken away."
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 10:16 PM PST - 212 comments

When he first saw a video of a Toronto constable threatening to arrest a G20 protester for blowing bubbles, one YouTube user was so livid, he couldn’t stop writing comments. In fact, the man, who uses the alias “theforcebewithme,” can’t even remember writing the specific comment that now has him defending a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit launched by Toronto’s now notorious “Officer Bubbles.” Const. Adam Josephs seeks to compel the Google-owned YouTube to reveal the identity of the person who created and posted the videos as well as any information it has on the 24 other users who made allegedly defamatory remarks. [more inside]
posted by thescientificmethhead at 9:57 PM PST - 136 comments

Measure the speed of light using your microwave. (via The Puzzler, who is, incidentally, a mefite)
posted by ocherdraco at 9:01 PM PST - 18 comments


Les Twins at 2010 World of Dance - identical twins Laurent & Larry Bourgeois of Paris (aka Ca’ Blaze and Lil’ Beast of the Criminalz Crew) are turning heads among the b-boys and poppers for their creative "new style" dance moves and freestyle hiphop.
2010 dance battles: vs Bones+Pee Fly VS Laura+Boubou Flexing New Style Dance; vs Old Future Crew; vs MEENR and Russell aka Ironman, pt.1; Part 2
2009: Phone Home and Just Debout pre-selection Paris; 2007: twins criminlaz
At World of Dance, Ruffian posts more background and more clips on Les Twins.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Rudolf Brazda, one of the last surviving victims of violent persecution of GLBT people by the Nazi regime, and Adam and other deaf gays and lesbians relate their own kinds of It Gets Better stories.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Mary MacKillop became Australia's first ever saint yesterday (Vatican time). In a counterpoint to the celebrations, pressure groups are calling for MacKillop, once banished from the church for exposing sex abuse, to be made the Patron Saint of those sexually abused by the clergy.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:12 PM PST - 38 comments

Hey, look, another cute flash game. With sheep.
posted by phunniemee at 12:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Organized religion's increasing identification with conservative politics is a turnoff to more and more young adults. Evangelical Protestantism has been hit hard by this development. 'After 1980, both churchgoing progressives and secular conservatives became rarer and rarer. Some Americans brought their religion and their politics into alignment by adjusting their political views to their religious faith. But, surprisingly, more of them adjusted their religion to fit their politics.''Throughout the 1990s and into the new century, the increasingly prominent association between religion and conservative politics provoked a backlash among moderates and progressives, many of whom had previously considered themselves religious.''This backlash was especially forceful among youth coming of age in the 1990s and just forming their views about religion. Some of that generation, to be sure, held deeply conservative moral and political views, and they felt very comfortable in the ranks of increasingly conservative churchgoers. But a majority of the Millennial generation was liberal on most social issues, and above all, on homosexuality.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:07 PM PST - 171 comments

James Hadley Chase's No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939) did for the gangster novel what Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep did in the same year for the private-eye novel. Both works were clarifiers, intensifiers, transformers. ... But, as so often happens, Orwell raises the important questions, and it is his essay that has kept No Orchids for Miss Blandish alive for serious consideration. (links may contain mildly NSFW cover art) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

From the obscure reference, to the sexy obscure reference, WTF Costumes proves that if you have a Halloween costume idea, someone has probably already thought of it. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:43 AM PST - 49 comments

Meet "The Count of Pennsylvania". Has it been over 20 years since he was "Romeo in blue jeans", "burning canyons for you"? Michael Penn hasn't had success in the music biz like his brother Sean in the movies, but he's still making good music, and pops up from time to time, like in the "House" soundtrack with a song referencing a different hospital. His latest song is so far available only as a YouTube clip recorded in a living room, but the first verse did show up on a blog right before the LAST election, showing how its overtly political theme has evolved in a short time.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Last.fm Listing History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration - Andy took his LastFM listening history, rendered it via LastGraph as PDF document and created some stunishing simple and yet beautiful wall decoration for his home. [original text is german - read a google translated version here]
posted by misterhonk at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Perhaps I don’t have the allegiance to paper that I ought to because anybody who invests in The Absolute Sandman, all four volumes, is now carrying 40 pounds of paper and cardboard around with them. And they hurt and they complain, “Oh, I feel guilty.” And I look at it and go, you’re not getting anything that is quantitatively or qualitatively better than the experience you’d be getting on an iPad, where you can enlarge the pages, you can move it around, it’s following the eye, and you can flip the pages. - Neil Gaiman on digital comics. Will this be the year of comics readng devices, as comiXology CEO David Steinberger says? Comixology is certianly leading the way, announcing tools for independant comics creators that will allow them to publish their comics via the comixology store, complete with the "guided views" which are a core part of their viewing experience. One creator who is full embracing digital is Alex De Campi, whose Napoleonic comic Valentine is not only published across a range of devices (iOs, Epub, Android, Kindle) but also in 14 languages, something that would have been difficult-to-impossible otherwise. Previous digital comics, Comixology suggestions
posted by Artw at 9:11 AM PST - 47 comments

The Electric Grandmother (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) was a made-for-TV movie from 1982, based on the short story "I Sing the Body Electric!" by Ray Bradbury. It deals in mortality, grief, abandonment, artificial (emotional) intelligence, and other themes suitable for children. [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb at 8:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Wanna Play D&D? Nobody to play with? Got a computer? Wanna experience The Temple of Elemental Evil, Castle Amber, The Palace of the Silver Princess, and Danger at Dunwater in your pajamas? Start with Circle of Eight Modpack forThe Temple of Elemental Evil and play the most complete Dungeons and Dragon game ever made. Think 3rd edition is for chumps? Show your true Moxie and revisit the modules of yore with the Classic Adventures Mod for Baldur's Gate II. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 8:38 AM PST - 42 comments

Two examinations of the Tanna island prophet known as John Frum. Both with very unusual points of view. God is American parts 1, 2, 3, & 4, and Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace podcast. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Super WiFi - "How the FCC paved the way for the next generation of wireless innovations." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:55 AM PST - 39 comments

Wrong-headed animals. A collection of Frankentoys by the artist Lucy Roberts.
posted by mippy at 4:53 AM PST - 19 comments

An Interview with The Economic Hit Man, John Perkins; where he talks, among other things, about corporate social responsibility; Free Trade; other actors at the State Department and the Pentagon; and the so-called War on Drugs.
posted by adamvasco at 3:59 AM PST - 21 comments

ESPN screened this great documentary about the rise of the Yugoslavian basketball team in the late 80s, and the breakdown of relationships within the team, in particular Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic, as the country disintegrated in the 90s.
posted by jedro at 3:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Russian films worth watching l Russian cuisine l Russiapedia l Historama l War Witness films l from rt.com the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news. The Russia Today YouTube channel. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:34 AM PST - 23 comments

October 16


Jacqueline Rush Lee is an artist drawn to objects that record physical processes or bear the imperfections and scars of life. She transforms used books into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. Also, inspired by gesture drawing and painting, her Paintures are figurative sculptures created from paint skins and paint scrapings affixed to scrap metal armatures. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:01 PM PST - 8 comments

"Zaha Hadid is a celebrated architect. You have probably read the articles by now: most famous woman architect in history, Pritzker prize winner, forceful character, born in Iraq or possibly, if the journalist hasn't done their research properly, Iran. She has just completed her first school, a powerful, singular object in Brixton, south London." Story. Slideshow. Some photos from Flickr. [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 8:59 PM PST - 53 comments

"These paintings became a way to explore how driving in weather shifts and changes the views outside the car as well how the driving experience informs our basic interpretation of environment." The work of artist Gregory Thielker.
posted by fantodstic at 8:56 PM PST - 8 comments


Japanese children fight valiently to protect their home from a zombie. There's no way this isn't the cutest thing you see all day. (Don't forget to turn subtitles on). Full 7 min video, albeit without subtitles.
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 7:40 PM PST - 86 comments


"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver, your kitchen always looks so clean. Why, thank you, Eddie. My mother says it looks as though you never do any work in here." U.S. television and film actress Barbara Billingsley, mother of Theodore 'Beaver' and Wally Cleaver on the television series 'Leave It to Beaver,' has died. [more inside]
posted by ericb at 2:21 PM PST - 71 comments


WikiLeaks and 9/11: What if? That is the question posed by former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley and former Federal Air Marshal Bogdan Dzakovic.
posted by grounded at 11:47 AM PST - 112 comments

"This family album isn't all-encompassing. 'The Sopranos' had many parents and grandparents, and it spawned many more offspring than can be covered in one slide show. We've just focused on some of the more colorful ancestors and descendants in the family tree."
posted by griphus at 8:06 AM PST - 19 comments

The panda: surprisingly good at life - "New research has revealed that, contrary to popular beliefs, pandas are surprisingly well-equipped for survival." (via ners)
posted by kliuless at 6:32 AM PST - 35 comments

FCKH8 Fundraiser with Lots of F-Bombs; NSFW.
posted by bwg at 1:02 AM PST - 56 comments


October 15

Nassim Nicholas Taleb states on his website and Facebook account that his occasional collaborator (and fractal pioneer/popularizer) Benoit Mandelbrot has died.
posted by Jpfed at 9:51 PM PST - 112 comments

Playboy interview Robert Downey Jr. "If you were to write a script about a guy who had it all, lost it all and then redeemed himself in a miraculous fashion, you could do no better than to steal from the bio of Robert Downey Jr."
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:01 PM PST - 70 comments


The fish men see her still, their Annie, in the hide-and-seek shadows of South Street. She’s telling her dirty jokes and doing anything for a buck: hustling newspapers, untaxed cigarettes, favors, those pairs of irregular socks she’d buy cheap on Canal. She’s submitting to the elements, calling out “Yoo-hoo” to the snow and the rain and her boys. Annie and Gloria: Death of a Fulton Fish Market Fixture.
posted by dersins at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments


"… if I ever have to see this gurning little maggot clicking into faux reverie mode again – rising from his seat to jazz-slap the top of his piano wearing a fake-groove expression on his piggish little face – if I have to witness that one more time I'm going to rise up and kill absolutely everybody in the world, starting with him and ending with me.". Charlie Brooker, the UK Guardian's TV 'critic', calls it quits.
posted by lalochezia at 2:28 PM PST - 71 comments

Homemade strength training and other gym equipment. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 2:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Angry Birds, the iPhone gaming sensation (and possible movie), is now available on Android for free in ad supported form. Not got a fancy phone? Maybe you can play the home game.
posted by Artw at 2:12 PM PST - 57 comments

Chris Wemmer is the Camera Trap Codger, posting wildlife photos from his robotic photographers. [more inside]
posted by domnit at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments



25 most dangerous neighborhoods 2010. Click through the maps for some more specific data.
posted by cmoj at 12:42 PM PST - 104 comments

In 2007, Beck, then the host of “Glenn Beck,” on CNN’s Headline News, brought to his show a John Birch Society spokesman named Sam Antonio, who warned of a government plot to abolish U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, “and eventually all throughout the Americas.” Beck told Antonio, “When I was growing up, the John Birch Society—I thought they were a bunch of nuts.” But now, he said, “you guys are starting to make more and more sense to me.”
A secret history of Glenn Beck, by way of Robert Welch, Willard Cleon Skousen and the John Birch Society. From the New Yorker.
posted by gerryblog at 12:42 PM PST - 41 comments

This could be the coolest marijuana invention ever. Linda agrees.
posted by carpenter at 12:32 PM PST - 80 comments

Science meets the news cycle, part n: Researchers look at cancer rates in the ancient world and conclude that cancer is "a modern, man-made disease." The story makes headlines in the UK (and pops up on the political fringe). Meanwhile, New Scientist and others debunk the claim. Will that critical perspective get as much coverage as the original story? [more inside]
posted by twirlip at 11:56 AM PST - 43 comments

The History of the Color Wheel l Using text from Sarah Lowengard's The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe we're taking a look at the progression of color organization systems and how the color wheel came to be. l The Wonderful Color Wheel l All about color.
posted by nickyskye at 11:31 AM PST - 9 comments

During his campaign, skeptics warned that Barack Obama was nothing but a "beautiful loser," a progressive purist whose uncompromising idealism would derail his program for change. But as president, Obama has proved to be just the opposite — an ugly winner. Over and over, he has shown himself willing to strike unpalatable political bargains to secure progress, even at the cost of alienating his core supporters. This bloodless, if effective, approach to governance has created a perilous disconnect: By any rational measure, Obama is the most accomplished and progressive president in decades, yet the only Americans fired up by the changes he has delivered are Republicans and Tea Partiers hellbent on reversing them. Heading into the November elections, Obama's approval ratings are mired in the mid-40s, and polls reflect a stark enthusiasm gap: Half of all Republicans are "very" excited about voting this fall, compared to just a quarter of Democrats. But if the passions of Obama's base have been deflated by the compromises he made to secure historic gains like the Recovery Act, health care reform and Wall Street regulation, that gloom cannot obscure the essential point: This president has delivered more sweeping, progressive change in 20 months than the previous two Democratic administrations did in 12 years. The Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson argues The Case for Obama. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:30 AM PST - 177 comments

Robotic privacy curtain, "My workshop is located in an old storefront with a big window facing towards the street. In an attempt to create more privacy inside, I’ve decided to install a small but smart curtain in that window." (More here)
posted by geoff. at 11:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Caught Dead In That. What do you want on your tombstone? [via mefi projects]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:55 AM PST - 144 comments

Greatest calls in sports is a selection of 32 great calls in broadcast sports, chosen by Joe Posnanski, obviously US-centric but featuring some good choices. Want some elation this Friday? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:48 AM PST - 47 comments

"[London investment analyst Rupesh] Shingadia’s journey to fame began when London Daily Mail photographer Mark Pain captured an amazing image of Tiger Woods botching a chip shot on the 18th hole during the Ryder Cup competition. But all anyone talked about was the googly-eyed guy in the gallery behind Woods, wearing a ginger wig, Groucho Marx mustache and chomping on an enormous cigar ... [He] purchased his costume online to dress up as one of his favorite golfers, Spanish pro Miguel Angel Jimenez." * He's become a Photoshop celebrity. [more inside]
posted by ericb at 10:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Hermann Scheer - long-serving German parliamentarian, "Europe's Al Gore," father of the feed-in tariff, and perhaps the most important green politician of our time - died yesterday at the age of 66. [more inside]
posted by gompa at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Rich Medina, one of New York City's most talented and innovative DJs and procuders, has put together "The King Meets The President In Africa", a ten-track mashup of Fela Kuti and Michael Jackson. Download it for free (if you're willing to trade an email address), or listen to all of the tracks on on the site's homepage. [more inside]
posted by kosem at 10:17 AM PST - 19 comments

A message to small-town high school bullies: you now risk being made an example of across the entire nation.
posted by hermitosis at 10:03 AM PST - 99 comments

The Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, has investigated in 2009 sexual practices in the USA. The results are reported in this month's Special Issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (The full text is available behind a short anonymous online survey.) [more inside]
posted by knz at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

"The first thing that needs to happen, I think, is to get these people out of their homes," a man wearing a bespoke blue-striped shirt, a Hermés tie patterned with elephants and Ferragamo loafers said recently. But, maybe Wall Street doesn't understand why foreclosure fraud is so dangerous to property rights? And, the Obama administration doesn't understand why HAMP has been a portrait in failure for homeowners (in eight parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII.)
posted by ennui.bz at 9:04 AM PST - 107 comments

Is the rise of automation from computers software and robotics and web-fueled outsourcing leading to a shrinking middle class? MIT Economist David Autor thinks so. Good Magazine speculates on the implications for America's future.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:56 AM PST - 69 comments

Bye bye Big Mal. Malcolm Allison, one of the most flamboyant characters in English football, has gone to the players' lounge in the sky. He certainly knew what sold, with his signature cigar, fedora and sheepskin coat, and also laid on a pretty good bath. But all that stuff aside, he was a well-respected manager, and will be fondly remembered by Manchester City fans (you can read the fans' tributes here, and leave your own if you are so inclined) for leading them to glory in the late 60s and early 70s. The world is a lesser place without him.
posted by Myeral at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

The Ballad of Reading Milton: A short story by then-undergrad Wes Anderson.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

For the first time in their freely-traded history, the Australian Dollar, the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar are all within a penny of parity.
posted by 256 at 7:30 AM PST - 57 comments

The latest crisis in South Korea is not coming from its northern neighbor. The country is reeling from the soaring price of kimchi. China responds with concern. "The politics editor of a major South Korean newspaper called the kimchi situation "a national tragedy,” and an editorial in Dong-a Ilbo termed it “a once in a century crisis.” previously
posted by Xurando at 7:04 AM PST - 25 comments

Friday Flash Fun. Daffy's Parachute Jump. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 6:13 AM PST - 15 comments

The UN's FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) have announced that they believe rinderpest, an frequently fatal viral disease that affects livestock and wild ruminants, to have been eliminated. This is only the second virus, after smallpox, to have been wiped out. The BBC and the Guardian discuss the story in brief, and Science has a slightly more in-depth look at it. The FAO themselves have put up an interesting history of the disease and its treatment.
posted by Dim Siawns at 6:07 AM PST - 17 comments


Monica Potts on Louis CK and privilege: "For the most part, people of color are the ones who initiate serious discussions about race and privilege in the public sphere -- and in the world of comedy ... Some white comedians, like Sarah Silverman, tend to joke about racism, making fun of white people and their ignorance in ways that shock and offend. ... But Louis' comedy is about being a white man -- and about how others view white men. He doesn't accept ignorance as a point of view. Moreover, this isn't the occasional stand-up bit; a significant number of his jokes are about race, class, and gender." [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 5:56 AM PST - 75 comments

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie resurfaced some of Microsoft's history in a recent post on his personal blog. In a sealed packet in his office, he uncovered the original press kit for Windows 1.0 and decided to put the documents online. It's a fascinating look into the beginnings of computing and into a technology that has fundamentally changed our world. from Yahoo News.
posted by Blake at 5:23 AM PST - 32 comments

Gotthardt rail tunnel breakthrough in pictures (click photo for popup gallery). The 35 mile/ 57 km long tunnel through the Alps is the longest in the world. The breakthrough is130 years after it's predecessor was finished in 1880. It took 15 years to build and cost 10 billion dollar, largely because of extra security requirements. The breakthrough in the middle happened today. Description in English.
posted by joost de vries at 3:28 AM PST - 39 comments

Scrabb.ly: Massively multiplayer online Scrabble.
posted by sveskemus at 2:21 AM PST - 37 comments

The evidence that eating a lot of butter will make you better at math is incomplete. The Butter Mind study, to be run from October 20 - November 12, will test the hypothesis that butter improves math performance.
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:42 AM PST - 39 comments

"He’s a minimalist and constantly reducing things to their simplest level. It’s not simplistic. It’s simplified. Steve is a systems designer. He simplifies complexity." John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:31 AM PST - 82 comments

Andrew Fraser was a successful Victorian barrister until he was jailed for drug trafficking. The investigation against him was led by Detective Sergeant Malcolm Rosenes, but before Fraser entered prison Rosenes was charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy, for which he himself was later imprisoned. In an unlikely twist, Rosenes later approached Fraser to write an account of police corruption in Victoria. The book has been withdrawn from sale in Victoria, allegedly because it identifies informers and a "protected witness", but the publishers say that the material is old news that is publicly available (pdf), while Fraser suggests that the government wishes to avoid any embarrassment immediately before a State election.
posted by Joe in Australia at 12:28 AM PST - 11 comments

October 14



The Secret of Kells is now out on dvd (and Watch Instantly). Worth watching for beautiful animation, worth thinking about for its tapestry of Irish myth and history. [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 7:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Sgt. Adam Sniffen from the 101st Airborne Division delivers the game ball via parachute before the Michigan vs. MSU game at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.
posted by dead cousin ted at 6:25 PM PST - 68 comments

The Society Pages is a collection of blogs based around sociology. Some have been mentioned here before, and they cover a range of topics within sociology such as sexuality, crime and race.
posted by lauratheexplorer at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments


Tail of a whale, snapped in 2 seas, reveals surprising wanderlust. "By scouring a photo-sharing website for tourists’ pictures of whales, a citizen scientist from Maine has helped to document a female humpback’s record-breaking 6,000-mile journey from Brazil to Madagascar. The remarkable voyage of whale number 1363 from one breeding ground to another is a scientific discovery for the social-networking age — a study made possible both by vacation photos posted on Flickr and an exhaustive library of photos of whales’ tails that scientists have built since the 1970s." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

League of Legends is an indie game inspired by the Defense of the Ancients map for Warcraft III. [more inside]
posted by Soup at 5:12 PM PST - 36 comments

The BoomCase by Mr. Simo.
posted by bwg at 5:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Professional philosophers have long known that there are far fewer women in philosophy than there are men. (Some quick info.) Recently, this issue has taken center-stage in the philosophy blogosphere. First, a new study suggests that gender plays a role in what intuitions one has to philosophical thought experiments, such as the Gettier cases about knowledge, and The Trolley Problem related to ethics (via). Second, a new blog, What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?, has exploded in popularity as it shows the good, the bad, and the downright ugly involved in being a woman in the profession. [more inside]
posted by meese at 5:00 PM PST - 37 comments


Typographic Maps. "These unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type."
posted by jacquilynne at 3:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Laila Kinnunen was very popular in Finland in the fifties and sixties. She sang beautifully in Finnish, but had also the ability to perform in many other languages. As performer Laila was quite versatile, just compare these two performances. Though in her heart of hearts she probably wanted to be a jazz singer. [more inside]
posted by severiina at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics celebrates fluid dynamics in all their fuck-yeahness.
posted by staggernation at 2:14 PM PST - 25 comments

The KICKMap has come up previously on MeFi (1, 2, 3). In this article, designer Eddie Jabbour elaborates his approach and offers a detailed comparison with current and past NYC Subway map designs.
posted by Casimir at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Vegan Dad: "When you have kids, supper has to be on the table every night. And when you are a vegan, the drive-thru, the deli counter, and TV dinners/frozen convenience foods are not an option. So, you do the best you can. This blog is a record of what my family eats. It's not always a totally complete meal, not always photogenic, and sometimes it's leftovers. But, it is a realistic look at a vegan family in a northern Ontario city that is not always vegan-friendly." [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:59 PM PST - 51 comments

Rob Levitt of Mado in Chicago butchering a pig. 19 more videos submitted by chefs and butchers to Protein University, a project that aims to "create an online resource populated with a family tree of butchery techniques from whole animal breakdowns to sausage making from across the globe". [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Cartoonist and former high school teacher Sean Michael Robinson (flickr) on what to do with those darn anime kids.
posted by Artw at 1:32 PM PST - 20 comments

The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult A lengthy analysis.
posted by kimdog at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Dress the Part: ten posters for ten movies prepared by Moxy Creative. First link: all the images on one page, resized and re-hosted. Second link: the original images, three per page and over 1mb per image. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:47 PM PST - 20 comments

We've seen literal video before. Artist/author Tao Lin (b.1983, previously) has turned literalism into performance and literary art. His Asperger style can be quickly distilled in these literally boring videos: [1],[2],[3],[4]. A video interview with Tao has more insights into his technique (and vegetable chopping). The critics don't always seem to get it, nor do I, though they pay lots of attention.
posted by stbalbach at 11:41 AM PST - 41 comments

New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera's column last weekend excoriated HP and SAP, and presented Oracle in a positive light. One problem: Nocera's fiancee is the PR person for Oracle's lead attorney in its lawsuit against SAP. Woops. (via gawker)
posted by VicNebulous at 11:27 AM PST - 25 comments

For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside.
posted by Heliochrome85 at 11:23 AM PST - 65 comments

Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction is a 12 minute time lapse film showing 3.5 days of construction crews replacing MUNI tracks in San Francisco. "This is a time-lapse video showing the replacement of the MUNI tracks in front of my house. Demolition began on the evening of Friday, October 8, and work continued around the clock until early in the morning of Tuesday, October 12. The MUNI folks were nice enough to distribute earplugs to those of us in the immediate vicinity."
posted by hippybear at 11:09 AM PST - 27 comments

Why is airline food so often tasteless? It looks like there are many factors, and even the background noise in the cabin affects people's perceptions of taste. [more inside]
posted by philipy at 10:52 AM PST - 52 comments

Mental Floss has some good stuff, but I really like their quizzes. Especially the "Who Am I" series. Novels. Poets. Actors. Sports. Wonders of the World. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Since 1990, Woody Blackwell has been seriously flintknapping: shaping flint, obsidian and other stones into tools, using a process called lithic reduction. [more inside]
posted by avoision at 10:22 AM PST - 20 comments

The London Murder Map. A project-in-progress to map the variety (by gun, by knife, by bomb, by blunt object) of homicides that committed in London from the 19th century to now. Populated so far with only the last few years, Murder Map will eventually incorporate data from the oft-linked The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913. impressions so far? "Richmond, The City and Hampstead stand out as murderless pockets in an otherwise homogeneously dense circle of homicide."* (Somewhat Previously)
posted by grabbingsand at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments


A Portrait of Hunger. A look at poverty and hunger in Philadelphia.
posted by chunking express at 9:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Tegan Leach, the first Queensland woman to be charged with procuring her own miscarriage, has been acquitted. She faced seven years in prison if found guilty. [more inside]
posted by goo at 9:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Surface Detail is the latest science fiction novel by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks to be set in his Culture universe.... [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:29 AM PST - 66 comments

Thomas Pynchon is one of the great unheard lyricists. His award-winning novel, Gravity's Rainbow, is full of song lyrics. Depending on how you count, there are around 100 in the book. Over the course of a year, the Thomas Pynchon Fake Book managed to set twenty-eight of them to music. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 7:43 AM PST - 65 comments

The Never-Ending Language Learning system or NELL is learning the internet. Follow NELL's discoveries on Twitter.
posted by griphus at 7:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Defamation by Twitter Broadway actor Marty Thomas has filed papers in court asking that the identify of the "bwayanonymous" Twitter account (cache) be revealed, after the account made a post alleging Thomas has crabs.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:25 AM PST - 37 comments

The normally all-business Pimm Fox interviews Mr. T on Bloomberg Television (SLYT)
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Lego in the city. This is an advert I made for Lego. It uses pieces from the stash my brother and I used to play with when we were younger, so perhaps it looks a bit dated compared with modern day Lego. Dated, but still great. Temujin Doran makes a short film. (More from Doran.)
posted by shakespeherian at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

The English Defence League, a group protesting against 'Islamification of Britain', planned a march through Leicester (a city with a sizeable Asian population) this weekend. The town braced itself for riots. What happened was somewhat different. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:57 AM PST - 121 comments

Greater Manchester Police are posting every single incident they deal with over a 24-hour period to Twitter. Due to the high volume of incidents, they're posting them over three different Twitter accounts: one two three. [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 4:49 AM PST - 31 comments

Past, I'd like to introduce you to the present. "Letters Home relies on contributions. We are nothing without readers who are willing to share their stories or respond to others. We don’t think we’re alone in wondering what’s happened to our childhood homes since we left. Or in wanting to share an important event that occurred there – from a birthday party to a marriage proposal, a secret revealed to a lie concealed. Write a letter to the present occupant (even if it’s still family), the owner of the store that now stands on that lot, whatever or whoever might be there now, and share your memory. Ask them to respond with their own story and photo. Their letter and photo will then be added to your post." How Letters Home works?
posted by Fizz at 4:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Though never a competition, the Def Poetry Jam is a rhyming spin off from its comidic uncle that plays host to some of the most fantastic spoken word from a wonderful breadth of poets and people. The fun and inocent, the declaration of love , your cause the famous and the famouser, the needs of a single woman, the manifest, the virus and one written and delivered with such emotion and power that it left me speachless, "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty
posted by Cogentesque at 2:24 AM PST - 16 comments

October 13

If a car dealership makes less than $30 million per year or has less than 200 employees - help is on the way!
posted by Brent Parker at 10:42 PM PST - 12 comments

...in this life we have to take things as we find them as the torso murderer said when he discovered his victim was a quadruple amputee. Oliver Harris on Re-Editing William S. Burroughs' First Trilogy
posted by juv3nal at 10:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Danakil Desert ; 1938 - Dinner from the sky "Italians love their food. And they love it fresh. You know this. What you might not know, though, is the lengths they will go to in order to enjoy a fine dining experience."
posted by manny_calavera at 9:54 PM PST - 8 comments


The Chicago Tribune, which has been having a few problems of its own (previously), has a grimly fascinating continuing feature called Mugs in the News in which people’s mug shots are linked to stories describing their alleged crimes. Photos are numbered and accessed from main page (no direct links, alas). Man drunk and texting, four children in car (7). Chicago politician (5). Aggravated child pornography (9). Child molesters (17,18,22). Happy teacher (21). Ninja shoplifter (23). Bad Buddhist (113). Aggravated battery of a police officer, attempted aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting a police officer, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, failing to reduce speed, improper traffic lane usage, disregarding a traffic control light and disregarding a stop sign (12). Other MetaFilter Mugshots (previously 1 2).
posted by cogneuro at 8:27 PM PST - 47 comments


Kate Bolick tells a story of Facebook voyeurism.
posted by reenum at 8:22 PM PST - 16 comments


Two minutes of worlds colliding: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers' Roadrunner and Egyptian Reggae, as interpreted by house dance troupe Legs & Co. on Top of the Pops.
posted by item at 5:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Richard Grayson is a (now retired) composer and classical improviser. To give you just a taste, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" in the style of a Tango, "Heart and Soul" a la Mahler, "Take the A Train" as a Chopin Funeral March.
posted by non-kneebiter at 4:31 PM PST - 43 comments

"I started collecting found snapshots a few years ago — at swap meets, antique shops and the like — but the thing that got me started wasn’t the photos themselves so much as the writing I’d sometimes find on the backs."
posted by gman at 4:00 PM PST - 22 comments

In Gitmo Opinion, Two Versions of Reality. "When Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. ordered the release of a Guantánamo Bay detainee last spring, the case appeared to be a routine setback for an Obama administration that has lost a string of such cases. But there turns out to be nothing ordinary about the habeas case brought by Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, a Yemeni held without charges for nearly eight years. Uthman, accused by two U.S. administrations of being an al-Qaida fighter and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, is among 48 detainees the Obama administration has deemed too dangerous to release but 'not feasible for prosecution.' A day after his March 16 order was filed on the court's electronic docket, Kennedy's opinion vanished. Weeks later, a new ruling appeared in its place. While it reached the same conclusion, eight pages of material had been removed, including key passages in which Kennedy dismantled the government's case against Uthman."
posted by homunculus at 3:16 PM PST - 92 comments

The Best American Essays, 2010, edited by Christopher Hitchens. Many of the essays can be found online: [more inside]
posted by craniac at 2:33 PM PST - 36 comments



Ask the atheist "Have a question for an atheist? Ever wonder what atheists think about morality, faith, science, etc.? How do atheists live their lives without a god? How do they know right from wrong? Are they just angry at god? Do they really NOT believe?" [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 1:48 PM PST - 211 comments

"This just blew my mind out of my nose and onto my keyboard." A spectacular show of 3D mapping light projections on 3D surfaces at the last Mobile World Congress presented by Alcatel-Lucent. Originally found via this blog:
posted by fantodstic at 1:22 PM PST - 23 comments


What if the Tea Party was Black? Jasiri X raps about radicalism and racism. Inflammatory and simplistic, maybe, but the best rap polemic since George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People. Jasiri X responds to critics here.
posted by klangklangston at 12:05 PM PST - 138 comments

"Voice of San Diego reporter Adrian Florido set out to find a family, he writes, "whose experience could illustrate the day-to-day challenge for Burmese refugees" in San Diego, since "more than 200 Burmese families have arrived [in that city] since 2006." In the process, Florido met a 24-year-old man named Har Sin" who was unable to hear, speak, read, write or use sign language, and wound up writing a two-part story about him: In a New Land, Hoping to Hear and Breaking Free of a Life Without Language. The story is available as a downloadable pdf: A Silent Journey Series. / Via The Kicker, the daily blog of the Columbia Journalism Review [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

The Mysterious "Mirror Man", aka The Collector by artist Gustav Troger
posted by gottabefunky at 11:12 AM PST - 18 comments


The biggest literary influence on my approach to game design, however, was one of the writers I worshipped as a teenager: Alice Sheldon, aka James Tiptree, Jr. Tiptree had one particular recommendation for starting a story: “Start from the end and preferably 5,000 feet underground on a dark day and then don’t tell them.” This is precisely how we begin Half-Life. It was a deliberate antidote to the many game openings that involved pages and pages of backstory presented in scrolling text. - An interview with Marc Laidlaw, writer for the Half Life series.
posted by Artw at 9:40 AM PST - 65 comments

[Probably NSFW] Alan Bennett responds to Penis Enlargement spam. [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 8:13 AM PST - 14 comments

It has been a dramatic start of the season for Liverpool Football Club both on and off the pitch. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:36 AM PST - 91 comments



Today is the day that extraterrestrials make contact with Earth! According to a retired NORAD officer who has studied alien phenomenon since WW2, a fleet of UFOs will perform a massive display for hours over the world's principal cities today, the first step in mankind's acceptance of alien existence. Drawing upon his military experience and a wealth of historical data from NORAD intelligence, Stanley Fulham has concluded in his recently published book, Challenges of Change, that October 13, 2010 is the date of first contact. Although they won't land or communicate today (so as not to cause a worldwide panic), the aliens come with the benevolent intention of saving humans from ecological disaster. Hoopy froods should know where their towels are.
posted by johnnyace at 1:46 AM PST - 188 comments

October 12


Russian cosplayer demonstrates the artistry behind her Jared Leto look.
posted by hermitosis at 5:18 PM PST - 58 comments

"I will never forget the first time I paid a player." Former sports agent Josh Luchs confesses to paying 30 college football players early in his career.
posted by availablelight at 5:07 PM PST - 51 comments

The Roman de la Rose Digital Library intends "to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the Roman de la Rose poem." The site currently offers illustrations, transcriptions, and bibliographical data for over one hundred manuscripts. One of the most influential poems of the Middle Ages, the Roman de la Rose was authored in part by Guillaume de Lorris, in part by Jean de Meun (who stepped in four decades later to finish it). Depending on which author is at work, the poem offers very different takes on its allegory of courtly love. The Roman de la Rose soon crossed the Channel as The Romaunt of the Rose, which may or may not be a translation by Geoffrey Chaucer. Notably, the poem's attitude to women spawned what came to be known as the "Quarrel of the Rose," led by Christine de Pizan (in French). In its long afterlife, the poem's influence has been felt everywhere from tapestry to pre-Raphaelite painting to allegorical gardens.
posted by thomas j wise at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Rae Fleming's new book about the Canadian broadcaster, Peter Gzowski (who died in 2002, of emphysema) should appeal to many Canadians, fans of ‘This Country in the Morning,’ and ‘Morningside,’ among his many Boswellian ventures. He sometimes brought his personal issues of smoking (up to 80 a day) and his drinking to the table (so to speak), and ‘covered’ them as the journalist he was. Fleming brings news of a son w. another woman, the telling of which raises questions about biography (and biographers).
posted by JL Sadstone at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

WarLight is a turn-based strategy game similar to the board game Risk. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 3:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Bloodied but Unbowed "... chronicles, for the first time anywhere, the late 1970's/early 1980's Vancouver punk rock scene. The documentary tells a tale of rebellion and music — a fiercely independent scene created from nothing." The full documentary can be seen here.
posted by squeak at 3:10 PM PST - 31 comments

This is the magazine that shut down 70,000 blogs... Back in July we discussed the feds shutting off 70,000+ blogs for links to Al-Qaeda... The link? A magazine for the would-be Al-Qaedian, INSPIRE. It's a pdf, but it is a sexy pdf. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 2:52 PM PST - 28 comments

SKYLINER: A short documentary about highlining in the French Alps.
posted by gman at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Got a question about old-school Dungeons and Dragons? Perhaps you should consult this database of questions and answers from Dragon Magazine's "Sage Advice" column.
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:35 PM PST - 144 comments

Live coverage of the rescue operation of the 33 Chilean miners who have been stranded underground for the last 68 days. NASA are helping in more ways than one but it isn't over yet.
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 2:17 PM PST - 191 comments

10 things you didn't know about sound. Among them: "You are a chord." A TED talk by Julian Treasure and responses by him to some of the opinions about his talk.
posted by nickyskye at 2:13 PM PST - 38 comments

Writing a work of fiction? Want to know if the female character in it is a strong one? There's a flowchart for that. (more info) Though you'll want to go through the flowchart at least twice if you want any hope of passing The Bechdel Test (bonus link)
posted by 256 at 2:11 PM PST - 109 comments

Software, and Instant Real-Time 1-Click Commissar Removal: In the old days, photographic purges were laborious and time-consuming. Modern software has of course made this process much faster, and now this important task can be applied to video, and in real-time. Of course, if you don't want to actually remove someone or something, but instead simply want to turn ordinary men into Heroes of the Revolution and vixens into forgettable faces in the crowd, well, that too is an option.
posted by darth_tedious at 1:25 PM PST - 18 comments


Chokeville. [more inside]
posted by togdon at 1:08 PM PST - 20 comments

The Imperial Stars promote their new single "Traffic Jam 101" with a traffic jam on 101.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 1:03 PM PST - 40 comments


Four different shogi-playing software programs combined forces to "aggressively pursue" and defeat female champion Ichiyo Shimizu in 86 moves. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese at 12:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Don't Make Excuses - Make Good! Between World Wars I and II, the U.S. economy was booming - workers had choices and employers competed for their time. How to motivate and gain loyalty from a labor force that knew it could walk out the door and find more work soon? Charles Mather, head of a family printing business in Chicago, offered employers a solution: the first motivational posters for the private workplace market. Printed between 1923 and 1929, Mather's "Work Incentive Posters" used strong imagery and short, clear messaging to encourage workplace values like teamwork, punctuality, safety, and loyalty. Today, some of his 350 designs can be seen in traveling exhibitions and poster galleries, and Antiques Road Show - or you can soak up some motivation from his modern-day successors at Successories - or generate your own. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:16 PM PST - 25 comments

The world (internet) is full of interesting (creative) things... a slideshow created by Google. [via]
posted by AceRock at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments


Today, The New York Times' Idea of the Day Blog announced that is is officially out of ideas.
posted by Scoop at 11:04 AM PST - 25 comments

Fox orders Napoleon Dynamite toon series. The original cast has signed on to voice the animations.
posted by morganannie at 10:24 AM PST - 70 comments

Veuve Clicquot- oldest drinkable fizzy grape juice? A missing shipment of some fine French vino, that Luis XVI sent over to the Tsar of the Russias, may have been located, and are currently being confirmed by the home vintners.
posted by LD Feral at 10:14 AM PST - 23 comments



Depressing million-dollar London property. Even in the economic crisis, £635,000 doesn't get you much inside the M25: you can take your pick of a worker's cottage near a football stadium, an Australian backpacker-style apartment near Earl's Court, a 2-bedroom house right near the ring road or various other similarly dispiriting residences.
posted by acb at 9:16 AM PST - 52 comments

Evolution of the Swissair logo and Swissair posters. Many more logos and posters at the Swissair fan site. (logos/posters are direct links to frames at the fan site)
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments


Stuck in an office this morning? Trudging through the downtown? Trapped in traffic? Time to reimagine your city. [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the movie's release, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back chronicles the complete tale—from pre-release to blockbuster success — of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series. Vanity Fair presents an excerpt from the book: rarely seen photographs from the Empire Strikes Back set, annotated with behind-the-scenes details. They also have interviews with the book’s author, J. W. Rinzler, and the man behind Boba Fett’s mask, actor Jeremy Bulloch." On a lighter note, how about a Wampa Throw Rug, new from the folks at ThinkGeek?
posted by zarq at 8:49 AM PST - 35 comments

Eight miles of Minecraft highway, displayed in a hypnotic four minute time-lapse. It took 22 hours to build and 27 minutes to traverse in game time. [via]
posted by quin at 8:33 AM PST - 270 comments


The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas is a Tea Party activist. Together, they’re the right’s new power couple. 'It’s like a Hollywood movie. One spouse goes off to work at the Supreme Court, that most august of institutions, where formality and discretion reign. The other puts on her power suit—and occasionally, a foam Lady Liberty crown—and enters the raucous, chaotic world of Tea Party politics and Fox News pontificating.''A lawyer, former staffer for the Republican congressman Dick Armey, and a former director at the Heritage Foundation, she speaks of herself as a bridge between the Republican establishment and the crowds rallying out of anger and frustration.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 8:17 AM PST - 40 comments

Game designer Raphael "Raph" Koster (Wiki) has republished his essay "The Fundamentals of Game Design." Koster was the lead designer for the progenitorial (and, in its time, wildly successful) MMORPG Ultima Online.
posted by griphus at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

"Eschatology" is, generally speaking, the study of the end of the world, but when most people in the US hear the term, they generally think of Christian eschatology.

Specifically, they tend to think of the barrels of ink and that one movie (previously) which have been devoted to the subject over the past couple of decades. Neither seems to have contributed to a wider understanding of the actual theology involved. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 6:45 AM PST - 94 comments

Workers of the world, relax. via
posted by DU at 6:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Never-before-seen footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back To The Future Before Michael J. Fox could take the part of Marty McFly, producers cast Eric Stoltz and filmed for five weeks. The producers eventually decided to go with Fox, fired Stoltz, and locked the footage away in the vault. Now, twenty-five years later, we finally get to see the "other" Back to the Future.
posted by Servo5678 at 6:05 AM PST - 66 comments

"We realized we'd never seen a Coming Out Day feature dedicated to the experiences of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered persons in the sciences and engineering." Science journalist Steve Silberman interviews Neena Schwartz, and gathers personal stories from Eric Patridge (President of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Tomlinson Holman (inventor of the THX Sound System), and others. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 5:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Photographer Lyle Owerko's "The Boombox Project" is a visual timeline of the era of the boombox. [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Chances are you've seen videos here in the blue of Norwegian Eskil Ronningsbakken performing acts of extreme balance. As a follow up, I offer numerous additional stills of Eskil in his quest to create art from balance. His official web site has more images, and he also has a Facebook page, from which I took this quote: "The vulnerable human being balancing between life and death is something I, among many others, consider art. The most important message that I signal with my actions is that ANYTHING is possible!" [more inside]
posted by bwg at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Back in the 80s when Doctor Who was mired in a creative and ratings slump, the programme's creator Sydney Newman was asked how to revive it. His answer - regenerate the Doctor as a woman. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:54 AM PST - 102 comments

"Kavus has got into an irritating habit of holding up his middle finger at you when you speak to him." In 2005, the Alphabet Business Concern announced that Cardiacs, its cult-favorite prog-punk outfit, would maintain an online diary chronicling the band's daily goings-on. The result is a surreal, hilarous interplay between the band's personalities — childish, whiny Tim Smith, pandering narcissist Kavus Torabi, contemplative Jim Smith, and the seemingly perpetually drunk Bob "Babba" Leith. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:28 AM PST - 7 comments

October 11

Abdul Karim Khan (1872-1937). Master Hindustani classical musician: Piya bin chain nahi aavat, Raag Natyageet, Bengali folk, Jamuna ke teer, Raag Bilawal
posted by stbalbach at 11:50 PM PST - 14 comments

The MIDAS - multifunction in-dorm automation system - offers a complete, torturously elaborate system for controlling every aspect of dormitory life. Note especially the emergency party mode button, and Seagalvision, the spy camera in a can of Seagal-branded energy drink.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:22 PM PST - 13 comments


How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass). Chris Guillebeau: "....Each airline alliance has its own rules for how the ticket works. The one from Star Alliance is mileage based, meaning you’ll have a limit of 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles on your ticket. The trick here is to optimize your route to...below one of the tiers, (A friend of mine got his itinerary to 33,998 miles, which I thought was pretty good.)". This, and reserving, paying for and planning the mother of all plane trips (along with Things to Watch out for).
posted by storybored at 8:10 PM PST - 39 comments

On 12 February 2009, soldiers from the ADF 1st Commando regiment crept through the dark near the village of Surkh Morghab, in southern Afghanistan. What happened next will be closely scrutinised, however grenades were used and five children were killed. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:20 PM PST - 167 comments

Stop Looking at My Moms! (YT) Boy-rapper The Astronomical Kid demands you show his mother some respect.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:55 PM PST - 37 comments

"We need to stop making autism advocacy about trying to create a world where there aren't any autistic people and start building one in which autistic people have the rights and support they deserve." In December, Ari Ne'eman was nominated to the National Council on Disability (NCD), becoming the first autistic presidential appointee in history. In response, "one anonymous emailer to a federal agency in Washington wrote that 'assholes like Ari Ne'eman' should 'have their tongues cut out' for suggesting that autistic people need respect, civil rights, and access to services more than they need pity and a cure. This conviction has made him a leader of the emerging neurodiversity movement, which Ne'eman sees as a natural outgrowth of the civil rights, women's rights, and disability rights movements of the late 20th century." (Previously.)
posted by scody at 6:36 PM PST - 50 comments

Meet Rich Iott, Ohio Tea Party candidate for Congress and currently America's most famous WW II reenactor. Rich Iott, Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio's 9th Congressional District and Tea Party favorite, has recently gotten a huge amount of national press for his hobby of dressing like a member of the German 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking. [more inside]
posted by jhandey at 5:58 PM PST - 146 comments

The Nation's Largest Libraries: A Listing By Volumes Held of the top 100 libraries in the USA.
posted by jjray at 5:39 PM PST - 31 comments

Web Design Ledger is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources. Topics range from design inspiration to tips and tutorials and everything in between. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Eugene Field's Complete Tribune Primer (with illustrations). Best known for Wynken, Blynken and Nod, Field has some words of advice for young people. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

End of the World (flash animation). Or, at least one way the world could end. [more inside]
posted by vidur at 3:55 PM PST - 30 comments

Hankering for a McRib? According to the Wall Street Journal, the elusiveness of this pork sandwich is driven by marketing, and that despite threats of retirement, the fiendish creation will get trotted out whenever they want to pull in the die-hard fans. If you're one of them, then you probably already know about the McRib Locator. But what exactly are McRib's made of?
posted by crunchland at 2:29 PM PST - 92 comments

Canvas Rider is an addictive game where you ride a bike on thousands of tracks drawn by other players. It's written only in JavaScript & HTML5, using the most of the new <canvas> element.
posted by sveskemus at 1:52 PM PST - 37 comments

Ice Cream Truck, the newest video from Cazwell. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:39 PM PST - 33 comments

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West's 1941 account of the people, history, and politics of the doomed Kingdom of Yugoslavia, is available online in its flawed, majestic entirety.
posted by Iridic at 1:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.


Merlin Mann invites you to memorize, perform, and record the Happy Few speech from Henry V before St. Crispin's Day, October 25.
posted by swift at 1:01 PM PST - 63 comments

Take a game like Super Mario Bros. Introduce garbage data into the code, either through random Game Genie codes or a corruptor program. Try to play what results, while the laws of reality slowly go insane in the background, and upload the "best" results to YouTube. Can Mario make it to the princess when stomping a Goomba turns the air to water, when hitting a block ends the world, when the world is infinite length, if the ground can't support his weight, when touching a flagpole destroys his mind, when brought into being over an ocean immediately before a fatal heart attack, before the enemies turn into Bowser-halves, while the universe is freaking out around him? (hint: no)
posted by JHarris at 12:53 PM PST - 50 comments

We're thin and stacked, so lose the old bag. Pretzel Thins first ad campaign got taken down after a bit of backlash. Now, they've created a webpage where they're asking people to "lighten up," calling their campaign provocative and asking people to vote on what they think of the ads.
posted by dzaz at 12:39 PM PST - 66 comments

Britain’s Frank Kermode is, sadly, dead, aged ninety. I was reading the obits, and memories, and definitely agreeing with the general sentiment that literary criticism (and all of the rest of us) had lost a giant.
posted by JL Sadstone at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

A team of researchers at Iowa State University has found that a murder costs more than $17.25 Million to society. [via]
posted by AceRock at 11:53 AM PST - 64 comments

Junk Charts and its "sister blog", Numbers Rule the World, are long-running sites with trenchant critiques of the visual and textual display of information in media. Both are instructive for decoding the information glut, as well as getting your own messages across clearly. See for example, posts on display of census information and race; Trying Too Hard; and Over Plotting.
posted by Rumple at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Grand Theft Rowhome: A look into a seemingly-lucrative business of stealing deeds to Philadelphia houses armed with nothing more than pen, paper, and a forged notary stamp. The depressing take-home message? The city's bureaucracy can't get its act together enough to slow down the practice, and budget cuts are only making that worse... [more inside]
posted by supercres at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments


"In the making of character, I feel completely happy. [...] I get two innocent people into a Hitchcockian muddle and make them fight their way out. But from scene to scene, they have to lead me. [...] To me, that is the whole of life. I can’t put it differently." Today's Democracy Now! features an extended interview with John le Carré on topics from Tony Blair, geopolitics, and money laundering to the novelist's life and work.
posted by RogerB at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Dame Joan Sutherland has died at the age of 83. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after a performance as Alcina. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "pin point staccatos, a splendid trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century", while Montserrat Caballé described the Australian's voice as being like "heaven".
posted by Joe Beese at 9:06 AM PST - 16 comments

"What's scary is that we've brainwashed our kids so brilliantly -- so even though they know something is disgusting and gross, they'll still eat it if it's in that friendly little shape." Jamie Oliver shows children how chicken nuggets are made [SLYT].
posted by bayani at 9:06 AM PST - 282 comments

Splitsider posts a "Fairly Comprehensive Guide" to Comedy Podcasts. The comments thread begs to differ. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:29 AM PST - 31 comments

Despite the social stigma that still surrounds mental illness, doctors are eager to learn and apply psychotherapy, and thanks to Skype and a healthy supply of retired American therapists, Freudian psychoanalysis is enjoying a renaissance in China.
posted by jetsetlag at 8:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Graham Greene, Arthur Ransome and Somerset Maugham all spied for Britain, admits MI6 "The authors Graham Greene, Arthur Ransome, Somerset Maugham, Compton Mackenzie and Malcolm Muggeridge, and the philosopher AJ "Freddie" Ayer, all worked for MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service admitted for the first time today . They are among the many exotic characters who agreed to spy for Britain, mainly during wartime, who appear in a the first authorised history of MI6."
posted by Fizz at 8:13 AM PST - 27 comments

It's October, a fine time to learn some spooky stories to tell while you're gathered around a campfire.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for New York Governor addressed a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn yesterday. Reading from a prepared statement:
“I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children. And certainly not in our schools. Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie. My approach is live and let live. I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”
The remarks were caught on video. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 6:46 AM PST - 196 comments

Eustace Tilley lifts up his monocle to peer curiously at Nick Denton and the Gawker Media empire.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:24 AM PST - 23 comments

The art of Clue suspect cards through the years, courtesy of The Art of Murder, a comprehensive Clue fan site.
posted by anastasiav at 5:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Sociologist Amy Schalet has done wonderful research comparing American and Dutch approaches to teen sexuality. (Blog commentary here) [more inside]
posted by knz at 12:37 AM PST - 68 comments

October 10

One Hello World is a collection of voicemail set to music. In a sort of This American Life meets Post Secret twist, these messages cover life, love, death, and just about anything else you can think of.
posted by mewithoutyou at 11:04 PM PST - 3 comments

BB, Eric, Jim, and Buddy If this doesn't get your head nodding, nothing will.
posted by HuronBob at 9:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Last Wednesday, October 6, a panel of speakers from a variety of political positions met antiwar activists at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco to discuss how to build a consensus to end the war in Afghanistan. The speakers included Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, Antiwar.com’s Angela Keaton, Republican congressional candidate John Dennis, labor leader Michael Eisenscher, and radio talk show host Karel. The moderator was Jeff Johnson of PeacePundit.com, and included remarks by Unitarian Church leaders Dolores Perez Priem, Sandra Schwartz, Jeremiah Halliday, and Louis Vitale, and Anthony Gregory of the Independent Institute. (via) Daniel Ellsberg - part I - part II - part III [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 9:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Banksy's Simpsons opening.
posted by empath at 7:47 PM PST - 161 comments

Vintage porn pics, with the actors removed. Also, The Promulgator has a similar idea. Probably NSFW despite the censoring, mostly owing to the hideous decor. [more inside]
posted by bwg at 7:03 PM PST - 31 comments


IMAGINE THAT THIS MINUTE, ON THIS STATION, YOU RECEIVED WORD THAT WE HAD MADE CONTACT WITH A CIVILIZATION ON ANOTHER PLANET. THE CLOSEST THING IN HUMAN HISTORY TO SUCH AN EVENT TOOK PLACE IN 1493 WHEN NEWS REACHED EUROPE THAT COLUMBUS HAD ENCOUNTERED A NEW WORLD.
posted by Brent Parker at 4:35 PM PST - 74 comments

In 1957, the year of the Treaty of Rome, founding the European Economic Community and setting the aim of an "ever closer union", the national railway companies of West Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Holland (later joined by Belgium and Spain) launched the Trans Europ Express, a joint network of first-class-only international trains for business travellers. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

The Weird Book Room at AbeBooks.com l Their Weird Travel Books l Weird Cookbooks l Bonus links: Une Semaine de Bonté – Max Ernst’s Surreal Masterpiece and their Codex Seraphinianus page.
posted by nickyskye at 1:56 PM PST - 24 comments

The next day, Sunday, I spent almost nine hours immersed in Robert Lepage’s marathon play, Lipsynch, at the Bluma Appel Theatre, which was part of Luminato. You tell people you’ve just spent nine hours watching a play conducted in four languages (with projected sur-titles) and they think you’ve undergone an endurance test, made a heroic sacrifice for art. On the contrary. There was no suffering(5 minutes of [enthusiastic] standing and clapping). The time flew by. It was like taking your brain on a luxurious cruise. Or spending the day in an art spa, basking in mind massages and sensory wraps. Maybe it was high art but the ascent was effortless: because Lepage did all the work for you, it was experienced as pure entertainment. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Allie Brosh explains how to put on a coat. Extremely descriptive step by step process on how to put on a coat, complete with cautionary tips, from Hyperbole and a Half's Allie Brosh.
posted by sweetkid at 11:22 AM PST - 49 comments

The current American Scholar has a good article on geoengineering, latest greatest solution to the climate crisis (or not). (And see geoengineering and the new climate denialism previously).
posted by JL Sadstone at 11:10 AM PST - 31 comments

Are you feeling blue? Suffer from insomnia? Need career advice? Have dietary concerns? Want to know more about sex? Wonder how the market is doing and your finances? Never fear, Sweet Old Bob is here
posted by timsteil at 8:36 AM PST - 15 comments

The trick is to give without looking to receive - to give of yourself to your family, your friends, your community, and the world community with love. The King of Rock and Soul Solomon Burke, Archbishop of the House of God For All People and member of the Hall of Fame died on a plane (2) after arriving in Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by ersatz at 6:01 AM PST - 47 comments

The Coalition of the Willing is a broad movement that began with an animated short about open source culture and the role it could play against global warming. Today, on 10th October 2010, people at 7347 events in 188 countries are getting to work on the climate crisis at the 10/10/10 Work Party. [via Appropedia] Previously
posted by The Lady is a designer at 2:47 AM PST - 50 comments

October 9

Now is the time on MetaFilter when we dance: with GROSSE FREIHEIT, Mera naam Chin Chin Chu (Hindi: मेरा नाम चिन चिन चू, Urdu: میرا نام چِن چِن چو) , and Occult Chemistry - Fire.
posted by puny human at 9:06 PM PST - 31 comments

A pullout isn't good news for PBS, either, as it signals "to other PBS members that affiliation isn't that important anymore," according to Jeffrey McCall, a media expert at DePauw University. Los Angeles Public Broadcasting Stations' (PBS) affiliate KCET has announced they will be pulling out of the network. Things have not been going well for the station for a while now. [more inside]
posted by victors at 6:55 PM PST - 52 comments

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving. SLNYT + video.
posted by chavenet at 3:40 PM PST - 116 comments

The Banishment of Beauty (Part 1) "This is part one of a one hour slide presentation I made in Laguna Beach for American Artist's "Weekend With the Masters" event. It deals with the issues as I see them between traditional and "modern" art." (Part 2) (Part 3) & (Part 4).
posted by Fizz at 3:33 PM PST - 66 comments

Islands, Guano, and Imperialism: Columbia University Law Professor Christina Duffy Burnett is interviewed in Cabinet Magazine. Via.
posted by Rumple at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Did an FBI provocateur fire the first shots before the Kent State killings. New audio analysis shows this might be the case. Dennis Kucinich wants answers.
posted by Xurando at 1:13 PM PST - 42 comments

Urban archaeologist Scott Jordan has spent his whole life uncovering New York City's remains: I have been digging for New York's artifacts since 1969. My first dig was on Governor's Island, which was my father's duty station, and I stumbled upon a time capsule of New York's military history in the moat of old Fort Jay. In the dirt under the old drawbridge were relics dating from the War of 1812 all the way to the Civil War including buttons, musket balls and bullets, coins, pottery, and even a small cannon ball. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

RecycledMovieCostumes.com A site of screencaps and photos tracking outfits that show up in different movies. So sometimes you're watching a movie and you say "that actor looks familiar." This is a collection of photos and comparisons for the times you've thought "that outfit looks familiar." [more inside]
posted by SaharaRose at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Double hit o’ 1990s-style Douglas Coupland aphorism and futurism: “Glossary of New Terms”; “A Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next Ten Years.”
posted by joeclark at 10:58 AM PST - 50 comments


Repetition needn't be redundancy. Contrastive focus reduplication (also lexical cloning, the double construction) is a little studied type of syntactic reduplication found in some languages. The first part of the reduplicant bears contrastive intonational stress, hence the name. [Via]
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:20 AM PST - 42 comments

Somebody fed the hydra a hand grenade. The “robo-signer” scandal began September 20th when news broke that GMAC/Ally was suspending foreclosures in 23 states due to flawed affidavits submitted in foreclosure proceedings there. Since then, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America, and now possibly Littleton Loan Servicing (a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs) have admitted similar problems. With yesterday’s announcement by Bank of America that it will be suspending foreclosures in all 50 states (not just the ones where foreclosures go before a judge) all signs point to the fact that mere false affidavits are no longer the issue; other, more serious problems are now being uncovered, e.g. forged assignments and failure to serve papers. Up to 40 state’s attorney’s general are poised to announce a joint investigation. What does all this mean? Well…uh…can you actually prove you own your house? And can your bank? And can the investment bank who’s been collecting the payments from the bond they made out of your mortgage? If you can’t, you’re going to have a hell of a time selling it.* And so will all the banks.* Did I mention that bank-owned (REO/forclosures) sales are 25 percent of the housing market? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 8:00 AM PST - 146 comments

You're Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles. A presentation at DefCon by Jason Scott.
posted by chunking express at 7:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Philip Scott Johnson does morphing
Van Gogh self portraits
60 years of actresses
60 years of actors
women in film
Women In Art here previously; 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art now with links to original artwork.
posted by adamvasco at 7:15 AM PST - 14 comments

October 8

A mechanic noticed a strange device under the hood of a customer's car and offered to remove it for him. The customer, an Egyptian-American student named Yasir Afifi, shows his roommate, who posts pictures of it on Reddit to find out what the heck it is. Turns out it's an FBI GPS tracking device, and the agency turned up quickly demanding he give it back. The ACLU is reportedly getting involved. [more inside]
posted by richyoung at 10:04 PM PST - 121 comments



In 1936, a teenager from Holland named Ria van Dijk shot the target in a shooting gallery, activating a camera shutter. She is awarded the photograph as a prize Over seven decades later, she is still shooting. The near-annual images are collected in the book In Almost Every Picture 7: Shooting Gallery. A selection have recently been posted online. (via)
posted by emilyd22222 at 8:31 PM PST - 26 comments

BBC Newsnight interviews [19:07] a hyperkinetic Russell Brand. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 8:10 PM PST - 52 comments

Andrew O'Hehir, writing for Salon.com, called Secretariat: "A gorgeous, creepy American myth". Roger Ebert described O'Hehir's review as "insane". O'Hehir responds.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:49 PM PST - 56 comments

Let's dust off our turntable, and the hash pipe and break out the C.O.B., which is Clive's Own Band, Clive being Clive Palmer, one of the founders of The Incredible String Band, who left after the success of their first album, took his money, and left England to live in alone in India. Later, in the early seventies, living off porridge and crackers in a caravan with Mick Bennett and John Bidwell, he released two 'progressive folk' albums, Spirit of Love and Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart, which some have called the best folk albums to have ever come out of Britain. Produced with Ralph McTell.
posted by puny human at 7:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Sesame Street's Grover spoofs the original Old Spice ad. As great as this is, it's not the first time Sesame Street has parodied something. They've also done 30 Rock, Mad Men, True Blood, Law & Order: SVU, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Highschool Musical, Twin Peaks (during a parody of Masterpiece, no less) and even Casablanca and Shaft.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:42 PM PST - 63 comments

"I don't know how magnets work," I say, to put him at his ease. Jon Ronson meets the Insane Clown Posse
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:09 PM PST - 78 comments

Cee-Lo Green has a message for all of us (NSFW!!) [SLTY]
posted by victors at 5:09 PM PST - 40 comments

River of the Net is a way to view short, tag-related videos without any sort of context. This interview explains things a little more. I've had some NWS content pop up (though not much), just as fair warning. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments


A handful of US scientists have made names for themselves by casting doubt on global warming research. In the past, the same people have also downplayed the dangers of passive smoking, acid rain and the ozone hole. In all cases, the tactics are the same: Spread doubt and claim it's too soon to take action.
posted by gerryblog at 3:46 PM PST - 31 comments

"Hollywood star Johnny Depp has made an unannounced visit to a London primary school after receiving a letter from one of its pupils. The actor turned up at the school in Greenwich, South London, dressed as his Pirates of the Caribbean alter-ego Captain Jack Sparrow. He said nine-year-old Beatrice [Delap] had written to Captain Jack, asking him to lead a mutiny against her teachers."
posted by ericb at 3:41 PM PST - 50 comments

Hitler Hops
posted by Avenger50 at 3:40 PM PST - 38 comments

"Star Trek: First Contact gave John Eaves the opportunity of a lifetime when his boss Herman Zimmerman asked him to design a new starship Enterprise. As he recalls, he was determined that the new ship would be sleek, fast, and muscular. " Designing the Enterprise NCC-1701-E from FSD: Starship Concept Art
posted by wayofthedodo at 2:44 PM PST - 31 comments



Robots Guarding US Nuclear Stockpile "The US National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding its Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The 1360+ square miles of territory is home to millions of tons of low grade nuclear waste, as well as Cold War Era nuclear weapons, and cutting edge nuclear testing research. Guarding those precious nuclear materials is the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robot, which is essentially a camera on a mini-Hummer. The MDARS can roam and scout the desert on its own, alerting a remote operator when it encounters something that shouldn’t be there (two headed coyote?). Human controllers get real time video feed form the bot and can communicate with trespassers using speakers and a microphone. There’s just one MDARS robot on patrol now, but NNSA plans on adding two more in the next six months." Via: [Singularity Hub]
posted by Fizz at 1:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Since the attack on the Togolese national team in Angola (previously), soccer in Togo has descended into a freefall. In a strange turn of events, a fake national team recently represented the country in a tournament in Bahrain. The soccer loving people of Togo were outraged when the truth about the situation came out.
posted by reenum at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments


The Design of Dungeons & Dragons: "When D&D 4th Edition came out in 2008, I was so pleased with the new rulebooks that I decided to write up the design of the various editions. Well, I ended up being too busy to do that. But upon seeing one of the even more impressive D&D Essentials books, I had to revive that project. Get ready for some intense nerdery."
posted by jragon at 1:16 PM PST - 63 comments

Shared Plates: Keeping it Kosher (a slnyt magazine post) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Here is a handy visual guide to Infinite Jest 1,2,3 [spoiler alert?] 4. [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:45 PM PST - 36 comments


"We put in a level system because that led you out of the class system," he says. "There was nothing stopping you from going up a level because you were a girl, or because you were slightly socially inept, or because you are from the North of England. It was a kind of meritocracy where everybody could succeed." Richard Bartle talks about the design of the original MUD. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 11:59 AM PST - 14 comments

What's your favorite moment from The Muppet Movie? Is it the opening, when Kermit leaves his bait shop to seek fame and fortune? The part where Miss Piggy tells Kermit that her aunt is sick? The part where Mount Rushmore talks? Or the Henry Kissinger cameo? Tough Pigs, the Muppet Fans Who Grew Up, share their thoughts on an early draft of The Muppet Movie screenplay.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 11:35 AM PST - 44 comments

Are today’s ‘Barbary Pirates’ (i.e., Somalis engaging in high seas piracy) able accurately to be so-labeled? Not according to The New York Times East Africa bureau chief, Jeffrey Gettleman, and for several good reasons, presented in the current NYRB. [more inside]
posted by JL Sadstone at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Bike Jump — Four straight minutes of dudes ramping bikes and their bodies 35 feet into the air and splashing down into a small pond. [1080p slyt]
posted by netbros at 9:52 AM PST - 43 comments

"This is your state! A big country like India is a slave to a small country like Britain. The Indian soldiers should be fighting for their freedom which can only be achieved if England is destroyed. You are only fighting to remain enslaved." A comprehensive account of WWII propaganda campaigns on all sides of the complicated relationship between Axis, Allies, and India. [more inside]
posted by albrecht at 8:59 AM PST - 13 comments

"As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics." [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:26 AM PST - 23 comments

New allegations of Widespread foreclosure fraud on the part of major US banks: As the housing crisis has unfolded, some of the biggest banks lenders have reportedly been so eager to reposses homes that, in some cases, they've changed the locks on occupied homes that hadn't even been foreclosed yet. Meanwhile, congress quietly passed little noticed bipartisan legislation that would have made it harder for home owners to contest foreclosure proceedings in some cases--legislation which President Obama vetoed despite it's legislative support among both parties. On a related topic: It's finally becoming clearer that widespread mortgage fraud, not ordinary homeowners living beyond their means, caused the housing collapse.
posted by saulgoodman at 8:09 AM PST - 130 comments

Daniel Davies writes on not being obliged to vote Democrat, parts one, two, and three.
posted by kenko at 8:04 AM PST - 64 comments

This is Mark Twain. In preparation for the long awaited release of the uncensored Autobiography of Mark Twain *, the University of California Press and the Bancroft Library * have put together an informative site about Twain's life. It features two interactive timelines (one in chronological order and one using the order of events as written in the autobiography) with audio excerpts from the autobiography, video of the editors of the Twain Papers offering context, and historic images documenting his life. Also on the site, though confusingly linked as "more about the autobiography", is a short documentary about the Twain archives at the Bancroft. Worth a visit at the very least for this image of Sexy Sam. Uncensored indeed.
posted by Toekneesan at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments


He was born 70 years ago. Killed almost 30 years ago. Museums around the world are celebrating his legacy. His Google Doodle isn't live in the US yet but you can see it on Google UK. And oh, yea...the FBI is still interested in him too.
posted by morganannie at 6:53 AM PST - 163 comments

Your future food being kicked, stamped on and inappropriately stunned. "Sickening" footage of British slaughterhouses captured by animal welfare charity Animal Aid may lead to CCTV footage being installed in all British abattoirs. Via The Guardian.
posted by londonmark at 5:46 AM PST - 58 comments

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize goes to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Beijing had previously warned the Nobel committee not to honour Liu. A BBC biography of Liu from last year: "Now his name is unknown. But one day, even if he's not regarded as a hero, he'll be thought of as a very good citizen - a model example."
posted by WPW at 2:33 AM PST - 63 comments

Trapping the Lord of War: The Rise and Fall of Victor Bout. Spiegel investigates Victor Bout on the potential eve of his extradition from Thailand to the US. previously related links
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:29 AM PST - 8 comments

October 7

Nehrim is atotal conversion of the Oblivion engine by the German amateur team at SureAI. Four years in the making and one of the largest mod projects ever completed, it features a massive new hand-crafted world, an elaborate and compelling main quest, dozens of side-quests, over 50 professional voice actors, a reworked leveling and crafting system, new spells, new items, new enemies and an original score of over 50 songs. Those who persevere through the prologue into this open world will be rewarded with a truly brilliant classical RPG. [more inside]
posted by sophist at 11:48 PM PST - 17 comments

The thinking, and this is communicated very directly to the young men, is that if you don't participate, you're gay. You're effeminate. You're not a real man. You never mature from being a boy to being a man.
Confused as to what the hell is going on in Die Antwoord's latest (very NSFW) music video "Evil Boy" (lyrics)? Well, it's a protest against Xhosa ritual male circumcision (Photos of the ceremony. More photos.) Xeni Jardin addresses why the video may be "misinterpreted as homophobic".
posted by griphus at 10:01 PM PST - 54 comments

Wow l more. That incredible and joyous exuberance was created by the Georgian National Ballet, Sukhishvili in training l On stage in costume. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 7:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Two friends, 365 days, one picture a day: A Year of Days.
posted by auralcoral at 7:01 PM PST - 22 comments


What You Missed This Morning, a photography competition at the blog Cycling Tips attracted some beautiful photos: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4.
posted by knave at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Purple Diary [NSFW] is the photoblog of Purple Fashion Magazine.
posted by sciurus at 3:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 3:09 PM PST - 99 comments


They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fasted rooted they travel about as far as we do. The quote is from John Muir, of course ("John o' the Mountains"). I guess there's a lot of these beauty of trees sites, but this is the first one I've encountered, and it's stunning.
posted by softjeans at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments



“They threw out what Tribune had stood for, quality journalism and a real brand integrity, and in just a year, pushed it down into mud and bankruptcy,”. Tribune Company - Tales of a Bankrupt Culture: 'Based on interviews with more than 20 employees and former employees of Tribune, Mr. Michaels’s and his executives’ use of sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective shocked and offended people throughout the company. Tribune Tower, the architectural symbol of the staid company, came to resemble a frat house, complete with poker parties, juke boxes and pervasive sex talk.''“They threw out what Tribune had stood for, quality journalism and a real brand integrity, and in just a year, pushed it down into mud and bankruptcy,” said Ken Doctor, a newspaper analyst with Outsell Inc., a consulting firm. “And it’s been wallowing there for the last 20 months with no end in sight.”'But even as the company foundered, the tight circle of executives, many with longtime ties to Mr. Michaels, received tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:59 PM PST - 44 comments

Lou Dobbs became notorious during his at CNN for his views on immigration, particularly advocating enforcement against those who employ illegal immigrants. Today, The Nation accuses him of just that. Lou Dobbs responds.
posted by mkultra at 12:56 PM PST - 57 comments

Czar Nicholas II was an early and ardent fan of film, and commanded that some of the significant events of his life be captured on celluloid: including his coronation in 1896 (the first film of a state occasion anywhere, nicely narrated and expanded upon at the HowStuffWorks video site), and the retreat with his family in 1917 (a repost from the excellent but difficult to navigate WPA Film Library). More (still, color) film from Czarist Russia previously on Metafilter.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Hey Mick, why don't you start singing Gimme Shelter at the mixing desk in the middle of the a huge crowd and then leisurely stroll to the stage. Nothing bad will happen. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:40 AM PST - 66 comments

Anyone who loved David Simon's ‘The Wire’ will be interested to read Lorrie Moore’s recent piece in the New York Review of Books overviewing the series (and its sixty great episodes, originally broadcast between June 2002 and March 2008).
posted by JL Sadstone at 11:25 AM PST - 57 comments

An interesting graph based on the results of an informal user poll as to the response/efficacy to various treatments for depression. "Fish oil, also popular, showed up as much less effective than [...] expected." [more inside]
posted by gallois at 11:10 AM PST - 43 comments

If you are an NBA basketball player and you do not play for a certain team in Florida, this is probably the most terrifying thing you will see this pre-season: Hakeem Olajuwon schooling Dwight Howard. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 11:08 AM PST - 54 comments

Take a trip through the Mandelbox. (You may wish to hit mute and provide your own sound.) Make your own with Mandelbulber. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 10:26 AM PST - 34 comments

Lip-sync arist crgmorgan has a thing for SNL's Kristen Wiig.
posted by hermitosis at 10:22 AM PST - 22 comments

A former magazine writer in his late fifties moves to San Diego and lives on very little money indeed. In the October 1977 issue of The Atlantic, he describes the stratagems behind his thriftiness. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Have you seen people at library book sales going over all the books with a barcode scanner? One of these folks reveals his methods and discusses his feelings about what he does.
posted by reenum at 8:20 AM PST - 165 comments

As part of National Geographic's Enduring Voices project, Gregory Anderson, K. David Harrison and Ganesh Murmu travelled to Arunachal Pradesh to document the Aka and Miji languages - and in the process, they found a previously undocumented language, Koro (not to be confused with Koro, Koro or Koro). The NG site has a video and gallery; you might also be interested in this interview given by Harrison to NPR, which includes a small audio selection of Koro words and phrases.
posted by Dim Siawns at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

"IN THE COURTYARD OF THE BELOVED is a visual and aural portrait of Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, a Sufi shrine in New Delhi, India. Made from over 18,000 still images and ambient sounds recorded on-site, rapid-fire bursts of kaleidoscopic imagery assemble into fractured collages where a moment expands outwards and then converges back into itself, fleshing out a three-dimensional rendering of place."
posted by gman at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

"The Man Who Never Was." Vanity Fair editor Todd S. Purdum follows up his 2007 profile of then-Senator John McCain and a scathing 2009 profile of Sarah Palin by asking whether McCain, "...the leader so many Americans admired — and so many journalists covered — ever truly existed." (Previously)
posted by zarq at 7:14 AM PST - 49 comments

Color Photos of the Russian Front Even though color photography was no longer entirely a novelty by the time of the Second World War, it is still uncommon and intriguing to see color photos from the war. Even moreso in this case, as the pictures in this EnglishRussia.com post are mainly of the German army fighting in Russia. The images include scenes of actual combat as well as behind the lines, though there was only one I noticed that featured a wounded soldier. There's even a picture of some GIs near the end of the series.
posted by briank at 6:58 AM PST - 30 comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked federal permission to ban the use of food stamps to buy sodas and sugary drinks in New York City. In an op-ed in the New York Times, the city and state health commissioners argued in favor of Bloomberg's proposal, saying the practice amounts to "an enormous subsidy to the sweetened beverage industry." [more inside]
posted by ekroh at 6:14 AM PST - 234 comments

Mario Vargas Llosa wrote poems when he was young. His father famously responded by sending the boy to military school—where he spent two ghastly years, gathering inspiration for his first novel—La Ciudad y Los Perros, published in English as The Time of the Hero. The military burned a thousand copies of the book and Vargas Llosa's infamy was secured.
Mario Vargas Llosa, who once ran for president of Peru and once punched Gabriel Garcia Márquez in the face, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, meaning Ladbrokes dodged a bullet. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 5:47 AM PST - 34 comments

A new poem by Ted Hughes describing the last few days of Sylvia Plath's life has been discovered. The poem is printed in the dead tree edition of today's New Statesman but the Daily Mail has published the text online
posted by unSane at 5:06 AM PST - 45 comments

Gimcrack hospital (PG) where the nurses are pretty and the Doctors are pissed.
Is an occasional dose of WTF such as advising about Charlotte’s polishing regimen or visions of vulva, or how about a travelling chinaman called bruce or even grand master revivified.
There is even advise on caring for your neovagina
(Gimcrack: - a showy object of little or no value; first use 1676 (NSFW)
posted by adamvasco at 5:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Bombay [nsfw], the new video by El Guincho, is a sexy parody of Carl Sagan's greatest hits. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Labelscar aims to chronicle the ghostboxes of America - the stripped carcasses of malls and out-of-town retail parks left over once the forclosure buzzards have moved in. And there's a lot of them about. (On the endangered list). [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:14 AM PST - 26 comments

A 15-year-old Welsh schoolboy with Crohn’s disease has taken on the peddler of a supposed “alternative remedy” which is, in fact, a dangerous industrial bleach. Despite initial criticism from others with Crohn’s, he is making considerable headway. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 4:01 AM PST - 48 comments

On October 5, 2010 PBS' POV aired The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. It can be viewed online through October 27. (alternate vimeo link) [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor at 3:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Most of you are too poor to appreciate the early Christmas shopping at Neiman Marcus. I like the His & Hers MetroShip Luxury Houseboat, but maybe the Edible Gingerbread Playhouse or the Chariot Electric Tricycle would be better for the kids. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:23 AM PST - 39 comments

Gijs Gieskes is an astonishing inventor/hacker/bender/maker of electro/mechanical/audio/artistic devices.
posted by mhjb at 3:16 AM PST - 4 comments

October 6

Craig Ferguson and the Mythbusters want to stop the world and melt with you.
posted by swift at 10:00 PM PST - 66 comments

Astonishing photos of remnants of the Soviet Lunar program, via Jalopnik, who have more details.
posted by Artw at 9:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Alec Baldwin doesn't want you to give money to NPR, you effete liberal bastards.
posted by bardic at 8:26 PM PST - 60 comments

NBC Universal and Microsoft are holding talks about changing the address of MSNBC.com, the third most popular news website on the Internet, as its "strictly objective" news coverage and staff become more differentiated from the television network, which is asking viewers to Lean Forward in a new ad campaign directed by Spike Lee.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:25 PM PST - 24 comments

I led a deprived childhood. Why didn't I have toys like this? (Man, you just know that if two kids in the same neighborhood have them, they're going to have battles.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:20 PM PST - 33 comments

October Leaves, a photographic tale of autumn by Michael J. Swanwick. [more inside]
posted by Gator at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

The web browser on the Kindle may not be the slickest piece of software in the world, barely sufficing for checking email and basic surfing, but there's one thing it excels at: web-based text adventures. Turn on your wireless connection, peck out PortableQuest.com on those tiny little keys and prepare for a game of adventure, danger, and low cunning. (You can play without a kindle as well.) [created by edman, via mefi projects]
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies has pitched the second postseason no-hitter in major league history. [more inside]
posted by waitingtoderail at 5:54 PM PST - 52 comments

Chris Kimball prepares a 12-course meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook. Using only a coal stove and other authentic Victorian-era kitchen staples, the chef, who lives in Fannie Farmer's former home, recreated a classic holiday Victorian meal from her iconic 1896 cookbook.

The twelve courses included: "rissoles (filled and fried puff pastry), mock turtle soup with fried brain balls, lobster à l’Américaine, roast goose with chestnut stuffing and jus, wood-grilled salmon, roast saddle of venison, Canton punch, three molded Victorian jellies and a spectacular French-inspired Mandarin cake."

Chris Kimball is the creator of public television's America's Test Kitchen) and Cook's Illustrated. Naturally, he chronicled the experience in a book, aptly titled, Fannie's Last Supper. In it, he offers some moden adaptations of Fannie Farmer's recipes. A film depicting the difficulties of authentically re-creating the meal airs this Fall.
posted by misha at 4:24 PM PST - 45 comments

Raymond Queneau's 100,000,000,000,000 Poems online (annotated, with both French & English text)
posted by juv3nal at 4:09 PM PST - 16 comments

X-Ray art is the use of radiography to take a different look at flowers, foliage and faux landscapes, sea shells and sea life (one of a number of flash galleries), and a weird look at the world. But these folks are all millennia behind some artists from Australia, Siberia, and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments


Alexis Madrigal is exploring the history of technology as seen through the archives of The Atlantic Monthly. (previously)
Some highlights:
Oliver Wendell Homes on photography, 1859.
Mark Twain on the telephone, 1880.
Gilbert Seldes on the first sales of TV sets, 1937.
Robert Jastrow and Homer Newell on the Apollo Program, 1963.
James Fallows on the PC, 1982.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

The Gregory Brothers do it with YouTube videos (as seen previously on the blue). Gabriel Kahane and Sam Krahn did it with Craigslist. Phil Kline and Bryant Kong did it with Donald Rumsfeld. Making music from found lyrics is booming. [more inside]
posted by sgranade at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Sea nomads. That is all. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 12:15 PM PST - 25 comments


Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia. Aimed at scientists editing science articles.
posted by jjray at 10:13 AM PST - 48 comments

Juko Martina Holliday is a psychology doctoral student who uses multimedia projects in her dissertation research process. She explores how creating visual narratives of one's personal experience with mental illness might hold value as a therapeutic tool. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Here's the conceit: Build a single wood fire and, over the course of 30-plus hours, use it to roast, braise, bake, simmer and grill as many different dishes as possible — for lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again. The 36-Hour Dinner Party by Michael Pollan
posted by AceRock at 9:17 AM PST - 35 comments

"Our findings provide genetic evidence of an increased rate of large CNVs in individuals with ADHD and suggest that ADHD is not purely a social construct." (abstract) Researchers find a genetic basis for ADHD, and the researcher hopes the finding will reduce the stigma associated with the disorder. But maybe it's more complex than just biology. In any case, children who are diagnosed at an early age are 10 times more likely to be depressed as adolescents. (abstract)
posted by desjardins at 9:16 AM PST - 57 comments

I would like to get back to the censor and agree to...take the odd 'Jesus Christ' out and lose 'Oh fuck off', but to retain 'fart in your general direction'.
posted by dry white toast at 9:12 AM PST - 27 comments

This guy loves to ride elevators. And he's made a youtube channel all about it with over 500 videos. Previously 1, 2, 3.
posted by twintone at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Introducing the new Gap logo.
posted by naju at 8:50 AM PST - 223 comments



Casualties in Afghanistan decreasing?! After a push into Taliban-controlled territory resulted in 103 Coalition casualties in June, casualties have fallen steadily and significantly, to 59 casualties last month -- lower than in September last year. October also is on track for lower casualty levels than in the year prior. With secret talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Taliban intermediaries, reports of significant security gains based on tips from informers, improved ANA training and military capability, and a chaotic, bustling Kabul trying to cope with rapid growth, could the country be on the path to gradual stabilization?
posted by markkraft at 7:41 AM PST - 43 comments

Robert Thompson of Syracuse University has provided pop-culture expertise in 150 New York Times stories over two decades. Today's spaghetti-taco article makes Helene Stapinski the 78th reporter to interview Thompson.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:06 AM PST - 26 comments



The Universe, with relative scales. Who knew there were earthworms 7m long? Or that drinking water involves Mickey Mouse heads?
posted by Happy Dave at 3:16 AM PST - 32 comments

October 5



Randall Munroe of xkcd has created a second, updated Map of Online Communities. (His first map.) You can find MeFi Island in the Troll Bay, just off the coast of Twitter. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:55 PM PST - 132 comments

Where Young College Grads are Finding Jobs. Government has been the main hirer of young college grads over the past year . And why not? Government jobs are safer, they pay well, and have better benefits than the private sector. The next biggest hirer of young college grads is the broad category entitled professional and technical services, which includes such industries as law, accounting, computer systems design, and management consulting. These industries as a whole have not been expanding, or expanding only slow–but they have been shifting towards better-educated workers. Then comes the distressing category: Hotel and restaurants.
posted by storybored at 8:54 PM PST - 101 comments

What is the proper punishment for nearly murdering a cat for no reason? Does a man once engaged in dogfighting deserve a second chance? What is the moral way to treat the animals that become your meat? Questions of the human relationship to the animal are a touchy subject. Hal Herzog has written a new book titled Some We Love, Some We hate, Some We Eat which examines this relationship. An interview is located here, in which he discusses the grey areas of the human-animal interaction. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 8:46 PM PST - 70 comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about lighthouses - The Lighthouse Directory - "which provides information and links for more than 12,900 of the world's lighthouses."
posted by awfurby at 8:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Andre Geim has earned many awards from his peers for groundbreaking research in physics, but he's arguably only won the attention of the general public a couple times: First for levitating a frog, and then for discovering 2D atomic crystals. For these efforts he has become the first person to be a laureate of both the Ig Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize.
posted by ardgedee at 7:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Emergency Landing What's it like when your aircraft is making an emergency landing? A bit disturbing to say the least. CNN suggests that, instead of the proscribed chant that the Attendants yell, Ze might have a better idea. (previously)
posted by HuronBob at 7:38 PM PST - 23 comments

The short list for the 2010 Giller Prize, recognizing the best of Canadian fiction (short stories or novels), has been announced.
posted by anothermug at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments

The Cornucopia Institute's Organic Egg Scorecard ranks egg producers on a scale from 1 to 5 eggs, using criteria like outdoor access, indoor space per bird, ownership structure, beak trimming and other factors [pdf]. The scorecard is part of the Institute's new report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture. The executive summary [pdf] provides some political context.

"Whole Foods, Walmart, A&P, Costco, Meijer, Safeway, and Trader Joe's store-brand eggs all received the lowest possible rating in Cornucopia's study."
posted by mediareport at 5:11 PM PST - 69 comments

The stately James Farley Post Office on 8th Ave in Manhattan is being converted into the long-awaited Moynihan Train Station. Almost the entire block-long building has been emptied to prepare for the conversion and Mefi's own nycscout (previously, previously, previously) was there to take pictures. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk at 1:23 PM PST - 45 comments

A knee to the groin may be more Vinnie Jones than Machiavelli, but it was no less effective for Evo Morales in asserting his presidential authority.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:54 PM PST - 57 comments

Guillermo del Toro talks about vampires, movies, Lovecraft, adaptations, fairytales and art.
posted by Artw at 12:00 PM PST - 70 comments

Chabad-Lubavitch has a long history of trying to make Jewish observance fun for children, a tactic well-documented in a recent book about the history of the movement. Comic strips played a major role, and for more than twenty-five years now, one of the most popular characters has been Shpy, a detective who solves crimes and resolves holiday mysteries. His arch-nemesis is Yetzer Hora, and his assistants include Agent 613. Until now, the strip's author was unknown to the wider world. Turns out, it's Al Jaffee of Mad Magazine.
posted by gabrielsamoza at 11:10 AM PST - 35 comments

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the birth of the legendary musician Steve Miller. Born to parents with a strong interest in music, he was surrounded from an early age by such notables as Les Paul, Mary Ford and T-Bone Walker. He grew into an accomplished musician and took strongly to the blues. Miller immersed himself in the Chicago blues scene of the 1960's, but after several years became disillusioned and left to find a different inspiration. [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie at 10:24 AM PST - 138 comments

When a Duke graduate documented her sexual hookups with a series of University baseball and lacrosse players during her time there, she thought only her close friends would see it. But the list, a PowerPoint presentation which includes names, pictures, and extremely detailed ratings of the men she had sex with, spread beyond that circle of friends and has since gone viral. A few days ago, it was posted to Jezebel and Deadspin, both part of the Gawker Media. Deadspin initially failed to redact the names or pictures of those named within to protect their privacy, prompting an angry response and leading others to speculate if this "privacy landmine" will eventually lead to lawsuits.
posted by zarq at 10:06 AM PST - 336 comments

Leave the car at home and take to the streets using your feet! Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day. Find out who and where they're walking Maybe there's a walking school bus or a bike train near you! And why not keep the momentum going and learn about Safe Routes to School in the US or Safe Routes to School in Canada [more inside]
posted by vespabelle at 10:01 AM PST - 31 comments

The Best of Bill Brett's Wedding Photos. Known as Boston's Photographer, Bill Brett shares some of his favorite wedding photos from the years. Including a civil war wedding, a romantic kiss, Old Ironsides, a street sweeper, the Oscar Meyer Wienermoble, and a third grade class.
posted by zizzle at 9:38 AM PST - 20 comments

The 2010 Best American Crime Reporting anthology is out. (Although not available for Kindle as was last year's.) The smorgasbord includes a poem by Calvin Trillin. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:08 AM PST - 18 comments


"delicious:days was launched in early 2005 and is my way of combining my passions for design and food, as well as craft tidbits about Munich, the wonderful Bavarian town we live in, our occasional travel experiences, cookbook reviews and, to cut to the chase, all things delicious."
posted by nomadicink at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

For most people, skunks just stink. But they also cuddle, wiggle, wrestle, stomp, pout, swim, and play. [Caution; may contain some absurd cuteness]
posted by quin at 7:33 AM PST - 72 comments

Two weeks ago, a Jewish newspaper in New Jersey, the Jewish Standard, published a wedding announcement for a same-sex Jewish couple. Now they're apologizing for it and saying it won't happen again. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 7:16 AM PST - 152 comments

The latest thing they're doing with Commodore 64s - Cubase 64 [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani at 6:33 AM PST - 15 comments

A photo studio roams the earth. I Am Chicago records the colorful denizens of Chicago's many neighborhoods, precisely as they are found. (via Gapers Block) [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 5:56 AM PST - 35 comments

"Teen rebels and bobbysoxers still heralded Johnnie Ray as their hero, but to parents across America, he was Public Enemy Number One. Five years before Elvis Presley evoked a similar kind of mass parental dread, Johnnie had all of button-down America shaking in their boots, fearing for the souls of their children." [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 4:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Winnebago Man is the name given to a set of outakes from a 1987 instructional video presented by Jack Rebney. As Rebney swore, thumped and shouted his way through the virtues of said RV, the crew captured it all, and tapes circulated and eventually made him a YouTube hit. Ben Steinbauer went to find Jack, to discover what he made of his online notoriety, and eventually deliver him to his audience to see whether they were what he expected. (If you;'re in the UK, you can watch the film here.)( [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:44 AM PST - 38 comments

Les Niqabitches stroll around Paris fully veiled from the waist up, but in hotpants and high heels waist-down, to protest the burqa ban in France. Also calling themselves Mi-putes, Mi-soumises, a pun on the admirable organization called Ni-putes, Ni-soumises, they believe the ban is unconstitutional, as calls for similar bans occur in other European countries.
posted by Azaadistani at 3:51 AM PST - 96 comments

Albert Einstein once articulated what many scholars have felt in their own work: The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us the human race is poor in independent thinking and creative imagination. Even when the external and scientific requirements for the birth of an idea have long been there, it generally needs an external stimulus to make it actually happen; man has, so to speak, to stumble right up against the thing before the right idea comes. The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University [html][pdf] [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 12:08 AM PST - 13 comments

October 4

Sir Norman Wisdom - Charlie Chaplin's 'favourite clown' - has died, aged 95. For some reason YouTube isn't playing sound for me right now, so I'm finding it hard to collate clips for y'all, so maybe the hive can help me out here. But Sir Norman was a complete childhood hero to me and, I would imagine, many other English (and Albanian!) MeFites, and I'd hate to see his passing go un-noticed.
posted by unSane at 9:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Steve Burns of Blue's Clues fame goes on-stage and talks about being Fameish.
posted by Taft at 9:20 PM PST - 38 comments


Sabotage in the lab. "As the problems mounted, Ames was getting agitated. She was certain that someone was monkeying with her experiments, but she had no proof and no suspect. Her close friends suggested that she was being paranoid." Scientific research collides with human nature.
posted by bitmage at 6:21 PM PST - 64 comments


visualizing.org, Making sense of complex issues through data and design. About. Visualizing is a place to showcase your work, get feedback, ensure that your work is seen by lots of people and gets used by teachers, journalists, and conference organizers to help educate the public about various world issues.
posted by nickyskye at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Two of Metafilter's favourite topics, dismal Photoshop work and movie posters collide in Empire Online's Ultimate Collection Of Badly Photoshopped Movie Posters. This collection of 37 (Why 37? Why not?) generally second-tier movies from the past decade and a bit -- listed semi-alphabetically for your convenience -- is a buffet of bad lighting, terrible crop work and grim airbrushing. So, enjoy! As a bonus, each poster has a follow-up link or two showing attempted later fixes: some passably salvaged, some even more dreadful, and more than a few WTF. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:29 PM PST - 53 comments

"With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches," [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. "We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about... We can look at bad behavior and modify it." The Atlantic's editor James Bennet discusses with Schmidt how lobbyists write America's laws, how America's research universities are the best in the world, how the Chinese are going all-out in investing in their infrastructure, how the US should have allowed automakers to fail, and ultimately Google's evolving role in an technologically-augmented society in this broad, interesting and scary interview (~25 min Flash video) [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:06 PM PST - 55 comments

Haltadefinizione is a gallery of extremely high resolution pictures of some of the greatest art treasures.
posted by gman at 2:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Who Creates Jobs? Robert Samuelson at the Washington Post discusses a paper "Who Creates Jobs? Small vs. Large vs. Young" (behind paywall, pre-publication PDF). The thesis is that long term job growth really comes from new start-ups. [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 2:29 PM PST - 21 comments

After Muybridge "is a loop made from 12 stock photographs that are sequenced to re-create the locomotion of a galloping horse. The animation was modeled after one of Eadweard Muybridge's most famous motion studies called "Daisy". I sifted through over 5,000 digital images to find 12 that matched his original photos." More from artist Cassandra Jones: Animation, Installation, Composition.
posted by puny human at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

In an ideal world, you’d imagine that someone who harmed more people would deserve a harsher treatment: a new paper by Loran F. Nordgren and Mary McDonnell, The Scope-Severity Paradox, suggests people find crime with fewer victims more severe than those with more victims. [PDF link] [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan at 1:12 PM PST - 47 comments

BiblioPulp
posted by Joe Beese at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Squishy Circuits: recipes for making insulating and conductive modeling doughs, for fun electronics projects (via)
posted by Ery at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Flipping Off the North Koreans, 1968. The crew deduced that the North Koreans didn’t know what the finger meant. In the subsequent propaganda photos of the crew, their middle fingers were firmly extended to the cameraman. When the North Koreans questioned, the crew described it as the “Hawaiian good luck sign.” (via Andrew Sullivan.)
posted by LarryC at 12:54 PM PST - 33 comments

One Song to the Tune of Another is just what it sounds like. A selection of greatest hits from BBC Radio's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. (SLYT)
posted by CrunchyFrog at 11:44 AM PST - 45 comments

Gay USA [slow-loading link, Wikipedia entry] is a long running weekly news show covering GLBT issues, hosted by Andy Humm and Ann Northrop. It can be found on Manhattan public access television, Free Speech TV [DISH Network channel 9145, DirecTV channel 348, local cable affiliates], via rss feed [individual episodes and subscribe link], and now as an iTunes podcast [iTunes link]. It is a valuable capsule summary for any who seek to stay on top of GLBT related politics, issues, and entertainment. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Journalism in the Age of Data: a documentary about data visualization as a storytelling medium. (Total running time: 54 minutes; annotated with links and related information).
posted by brundlefly at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Good news for Nick Clegg, deputy Prime Minister of the UK and leader of the Liberal Democrats: he's more popular than the Tory Prime Minister, David Cameron. Perhaps not so good news for the Liberal Democrats' image: that's with Tory party activists. Meanwhile, Cameron has professed his love of Macs and iPads in an interview, undoubtedly causing Apple to become instantly uncool in much the way The Smiths and Paul Weller did a few years ago.
posted by acb at 10:40 AM PST - 54 comments


His Masters Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi, the Edinburgh based Finnish physicist currently causing a big stir in Hard SF - also features doggies and kitties. Audio version and interview at StarShipSofa. Review of The Quantum Thief at Locus. Bonus story: Elegy for a Young Elk.
posted by Artw at 9:51 AM PST - 44 comments

Elmo cupcakes, Poo/halloween cupcakes, monkey cupcakes, sheep cupcakes, pink butterfly cupcakes, and, oh yeah, fetus cupcakes. (via)
posted by cjorgensen at 9:27 AM PST - 37 comments

Europeana, a portal that brings together digitized items from scores of museums and libraries from across the continent, has launched its first online exhibition, Art Nouveau. (Click on the object, then "View object in Europeana" for high-res images.) And be sure to check out the massive new exhibition Reading Europe at sister site The European Library.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments


"Each morning for over eight months [George Akerlof] woke up and decided that the next morning would be the day to send the Stiglitz box." James Surowiecki reviews The Thief of Time, a collection of essays about procrastination. His house is now as tidy as it ever has been. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty at 8:43 AM PST - 33 comments

"Anybody that's not in the city of South Fulton, it's a service we offer, either they accept it or they don't." In Obion County, Tennessee, the services of the South Fulton Fire Department are provided only to those customers who wish to pay their $75 annual fee. If you don't feel like subscribing, and your house catches fire, the firefighters will at least keep you company as you watch it burn to the ground.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:40 AM PST - 375 comments

"What's wrong with classical music?" That article (1) diagnoses why classical music -- both old and contemporary -- has lost its cultural vitality and (2) looks at some proposals for reviving it. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 7:07 AM PST - 186 comments

A major new survey of sexual practices in the US reveals that the kids are staying safe, but boomers overwhelmingly refusing to wear condoms. [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 6:41 AM PST - 50 comments

The State University of New York at Albany's motto is "the world within reach." But language faculty members are questioning the university's commitment to such a vision after being told Friday that the university was ending all admissions to programs in French, Italian, Russian and classics, leaving only Spanish left in the language department once current students graduate.
posted by Stewriffic at 4:00 AM PST - 68 comments

Why do people confess to crimes they don't commit? UVA Law Professor Brandon Garrett has been researching the contamination effect in interrogation. Modern interrogation practices are informed by the (copyrighted) Reid Technique. John R. Reid and Associates, Inc. responds to critics.
posted by availablelight at 12:27 AM PST - 87 comments

October 3

Google translate has added latin as an alpha language. [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 11:40 PM PST - 48 comments

Most are familiar with Victor Hugo the author, but perhaps you are not acquainted with Victor Hugo the illustrator. Delacroix wrote that Hugo would have been among the greatest artists of the 19th century if not for his writing habit. He made thousands of drawings in sketchbooks, margins, and letters, but they are surprisingly difficult to find in good quality. Here are a hundred. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 11:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Thunder Busters! [slyt]
posted by cthuljew at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

The Michael Bayifier. Turn any picture into a Michael Bay picture.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:05 PM PST - 31 comments



Archives of the Fellows from the Kelly Writers House - mp3s and videos from some great writers, including David Milch, Joyce Carol Oates, Joan Didion, Art Spiegelman, EL Doctorow, Richard Ford, Robert Creeley and many others.
posted by dobbs at 3:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Art Inconnu [unknown art] (nsfw): Collected here are works by artists who are forgotten, under appreciated, or little known to the mainstream. The focus here is primarily painting by 19th and 20th century artists but everything is fair game. Different sets of images: Reading l Some Women Painters l Chess l The World in Miniature l Weather l Motherhood l Mixed Bag. Art Inconnu's Flickr set.
posted by nickyskye at 3:29 PM PST - 10 comments



I'm Remembering has pics of things that people aged 30-40 will remember from their childhood and adolescence. Who could forget Tiger Handheld games, Hypercolor shirts, Paint With Water books, Surge soda, Scholastic Book Club, Slice cola, Madballs, Ring Pops, and, last but not least, Zack Morris's cellphone?
posted by reenum at 10:29 AM PST - 136 comments

This year at the International Lindy Hop Championship, Andrew Thigpen and Karen Turman’s routine showcased the Evolution of Lindy Hop (a takeoff on the Evolution of Dance) – from its origins as a variation on the Charleston to the Gap Khaki commercial to its current incarnation. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 8:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Never mind the bullets A parallax comix script powered by HTML 5. The art is OK, but the interface is mesmerizing.
posted by boo_radley at 8:10 AM PST - 50 comments

More than 1000 diaries kept by surgeons of Britain's Royal Navy between 1793 and 1800 have been cataloged by the National Archives, and are now available for public study. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 7:38 AM PST - 20 comments

"For a lot of soldiers, there are two kinds of people: those who serve, and those who expect to be served, and those who serve are pretty noble.'' The U.S. Army now begins its 10th continuous year in combat, the first time in its history the United States has excused the vast majority of its citizens from service and engaged in a major, decade-long conflict instead with an Army manned entirely by professional warriors.
posted by bardophile at 7:38 AM PST - 218 comments

SLYT Something I found last night that I thought was quite wonderful and appropriate for a lazy Sunday. I was really impressed with the way they handle sense in this, and it made me warm and fuzzy. I hope this isn't too terrible for a first post.
posted by Han Tzu at 7:33 AM PST - 31 comments

Watch Andy Kaufman Be Alive "This is nearly every YouTube video of Andy Kaufman, in chronological order, from college acting audition to the last TV appearance 9 years later. 175 videos." via @mikemonello
posted by gwint at 7:22 AM PST - 9 comments

"...it's probably extra easy to trace my life & interests through these galleries. They start out in Kansas (most of the early non-Lawrence/ KC ones were sent to me either by people ordering copies of my zine or by a few pals of mine who had run away to CA), and as I move around in life the bands & venues change accordingly: Kansas, Ohio, Washington DC, Kansas again, Arizona."
The Jason Willis Flyer Collection, 1981-2006
posted by nomadicink at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

October 2

The world record for human mattress dominoes has been increasing exponentially for the last few years. From 41* to 159 to 256 to 380. But China definitely dominates the world record, if mattresses aren't required.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels has finally seen an official DVD release, presented by co-director Tony Palmer. Sadly, it appears to be kind of a bumpy ride. (Previously)
posted by mintcake! at 10:13 PM PST - 56 comments

Top 100 Songs by Canadians
posted by stp123 at 9:26 PM PST - 229 comments

The first official StarCraft 2 Tounament has just come to a close with FruitDealer walloping HopeTorture 4 games to 1 to take home the top prize over 100 million Won ($87,000). The monthly series put on by South Korea's GomTV has attracted quite a few foreign players with the massive prize pool ($170,000 monthly). [more inside]
posted by empath at 7:22 PM PST - 41 comments

The "Matador at 21" festival is streaming live. The indie-rock ticket of the year is this three-day festival celebrating 21 years of Matador Records, and featuring notable Matador stalwarts of the past -- reunited Pavement last night, reunited Superchunk tonight, reunited Guided By Voices tomorrow. Didn't get tickets? Watch at home.
posted by escabeche at 7:02 PM PST - 34 comments


ffffl*ckr — Use it to find the Flickr photos you like using the simple idea that people whose work you like, probably like stuff you'll like. You start with a set of pictures. If you authenticate, it'll use 20 of your last 100 favorites, otherwise it'll start with somebody else's favorites. Click any picture to load more. Don't like what that person likes? Scroll back and click a different picture you like. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Lebanon has one tourist attraction that's making money, the Hezbollah financed "Landmark of the Resistance", a theme park commemorating multiple wars with Israel.
posted by mikoroshi at 4:02 PM PST - 38 comments

In August, Google added a feature to Gmail that lets you make phone calls — for free, if you live in the US or Canada and you're calling someone in the US or Canada. When you make a call, your number shows up as 760-705-8888. Judging by the nine pages of complaints found here, the service is often being used to prank, harass and scam people. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 3:15 PM PST - 60 comments

umbilical cord iPhone charger from the makers of the mechanical tumor. (via)
posted by cjorgensen at 3:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Right Wing Radio Duck "Donald's life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck. "
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr at 1:54 PM PST - 52 comments


My Jello Americans is the future of jello shots.
posted by box at 12:49 PM PST - 30 comments

This is a story about how me and my brother stole our fathers 1969 Norton Commando, had it restored and then gave it back to him for Christmas. He had no idea. Jeff and Jason Laydellater not only had the bike restored, they made a great short film about it too.
posted by ceri richard at 12:42 PM PST - 40 comments

Secretariat - The Movie opens next week in the US. A feminist or a Christian angle might wring some suspense out of one of the least underdoggy sports stories ever filmed, but at least it's an excuse watch Secretariat's three perfect Triple Crown races again. The Kentucky Derby, relentless come-from-behind classic. For a sense of the speed-- the unfortunate Sham, coming in two lengths behind, is also breaking the track record.
The unique backstretch run in the Preakness Stakes, may well be the fastest a horse has ever moved. If you watch one race, it should be the transcendent Belmont Stakes. With Inspirational Soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse at 12:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Yogurt goes Galt. (With a little help from MeFi's own John Scalzi) Someone asked SF author John Scalzi for his thoughts on Atlas Shrugged. Things quickly got out of hand.
posted by Naberius at 10:58 AM PST - 69 comments

Stephen King's Intro to 'American Vampire': ''Salem's Lot'' author lets loose with some pretty strong opinions about how you do bloodsuckers right in short essay for the first volume of the upcoming DC Comics title -- read it here first! "Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and work only at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes," writes Stephen King in the introduction to his move into original comic book writing, American Vampire. "What should they be? Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red. Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft-focus romance."
posted by Fizz at 10:02 AM PST - 79 comments


Where's the egg? Rumpetroll - an HTML5, multiplayer, swimming & chatting game. "It's Norwegian, but not what you think."
posted by pashdown at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner was first published 50 years ago & has remained in print ever since. Celebratory events have been happening over the year leading up to the anniversary this coming weekend. [more inside]
posted by pharm at 6:59 AM PST - 28 comments

Gunshow
posted by MetaMonkey at 6:17 AM PST - 28 comments


Skiffy - a huge collection of classic science fiction book covers, featuring the likes of Chris Foss, Bruce Pennington and John Schoenherr.
posted by Artw at 12:16 AM PST - 15 comments

October 1

The goons of Something Awful's Serious Hardware/Software Crap subforum operate an informative website with lots of useful articles, including guides to data recovery and mostly free bits of useful Windows software.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Do you like manuals? Do you like Wikis? Do you like open source software? Check out FLOSS Manuals for wiki-fied manuals for popular and fun open source software, including PureData, Inkscape, Blender, Ardour, among others. Taking a page from programmers, the group endorses "book sprints", where creative writers, editors and artists work closely together to complete an online book in a short, intense burst of effort.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:39 PM PST - 6 comments



The moral ambiguity of redemption:Is the resurgence of Michael Vick the feel good story of the young 2010 NFL season? Or is that just crazy talk?
posted by The Gooch at 5:40 PM PST - 135 comments


Ron Paul asks "What if?" (SLYT)
posted by blue_beetle at 4:19 PM PST - 135 comments

MOTHER EFFING TEXT-SHADOW For all your css-based text shadowing needs
posted by GuyZero at 3:54 PM PST - 27 comments


Twenty-four different accents in just over eight minutes. (NSFW SLYT)
posted by gman at 2:25 PM PST - 82 comments


Google PenguinView
posted by KokuRyu at 2:08 PM PST - 21 comments


The Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer, released in April 1981 by Osborne Computer Corporation. It weighed 23.5 pounds, cost $1,795, and ran the then-popular CP/M 2.2 operating system. The computer shipped with a large bundle of software that was almost equivalent in value to the machine itself. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 2:01 PM PST - 33 comments

Several physicists weigh in on what would happen if you were to place your hand in the proton stream of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. There's not a definite answer...the responses range from "nothing" to "you'd die for sure, instantly". [more inside]
posted by albrecht at 1:46 PM PST - 53 comments

Sorry. Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called 'No Pressure’. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended. As a result of these concerns we've taken it off our website. We won't be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 1:40 PM PST - 65 comments

A Tour through the Visualization Zoo. A survey of powerful visualization techniques, from the obvious to the obscure.
posted by AceRock at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

"Three years ago, on my first trip to England, I visited the Tower of London with my friends Tony and Emily. When I got home and uploaded my pictures, I found this strange blur of light on this photo taken outside the room that housed all the torture implements at the Tower... I told Antonia about my weird photo from 2007, and how I wanted to take another picture in the same place when we went, just for fun... [Back at the tower, I] took another shot of Esme on the walkway. And when I looked at it on my camera after, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Now don’t laugh at me, but do you see a sort of smudge to the center and right? Like a smudge made of light?... It made my heart stop for a second. I’m clearly starting to see spooky stuff in places where there is nothing spooky to see."
posted by ocherdraco at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments


Enter the Konami Code at the BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy page and unicorns will shoot out of your computer screen. No, really.
posted by superquail at 12:50 PM PST - 31 comments

The Geometry of Pasta. If you click on a shape, on most of them, it tells you a bit of history and recipe suggestions. l Pasta shape names l Recipes l Farfalle (butterflies/bow-ties) with Prosciutto and cream animation. The geography of pasta l The origins of pasta. Glossary. More pasta shapes. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Over the decades nature has reclaimed southern Edgemere. Groves of trees, acres of bushes, wild flowers, rabbits, and flocks of birds all thrive within sight of the nearby elevated MTA line. However, few people can be seen walking through this no-mans-land, perhaps because of its history of wild dog attacks. In 2001, two Rockaway residents "were brutalized by a pack of wild dogs" in the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, according to The Wave. The dogs came from an abandoned block, "stalked" their first victim, and "dragged him off the boardwalk onto an adjacent lot and began consuming his flesh," according to The Wave. In spite of this, several homeless camps are currently hidden deep in the Edgemere overgrowth. Some are as simple as a mattress tossed in the bushes or a sofa placed in a clearing. Others are more elaborate, including one camp with platform beds on a stone patio surrounded by a garden and fence. Another camp is large enough to house several families.
The place is Edgemere, Queens, New York, where for nearly 4 decades an entire neighborhood has sat vitually empty on abandoned ocean front property.
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:19 PM PST - 31 comments



Work piling up? Debt accruing? Beer cans stacking to the ceiling? Maybe you'd appreciate mmmmounds, a pile of piles.
posted by Michael Pemulis at 11:37 AM PST - 25 comments

"What the Mayfield case teaches about biometrics in general is that, no matter how accurate the technology used for screening, it is only as good as the system of administrative procedures in which it is embedded." The Economist outlines some of the problems with biometric passports. There are lots of them: "...biometric recognition is not only “inherently fallible”, but also in dire need of some fundamental research on the biological underpinnings of human distinctiveness." [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

High court hangups and There's no place like a hotel are short humor pieces by Miles Kington featuring the Socratically uncooperative testimony of one Mr Chrysler who's accused of stealing 40,000 hangers from hotels. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

"We are Nirvana The Band , the live musical that will never play the same show twice. To not let us play on your stage would be a terrible mistake. We are Nirvana The Band. For now; forever; for better; for worse. Four -- times four -- is sixteen."
posted by JohnMarston at 10:38 AM PST - 17 comments



From 2005, a short film version of Rogue Farm by Metafilter's Own Charlie Stross. Not had your fill of biotech horror in the Highlands? Listen to an ensemble cast perform the whole thing at Balticon, or indeed, read the original story.
posted by Happy Dave at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film. This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world. [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Earlier this week, Toxie, NPR's cutest toxic asset died. One of the mortgages bundled into this asset was an investment property in Bradenton, Florida, which, like many Florida homes, has never been occupied or served as anything other than a financial instrument. Boston.com's Big Picture recently took a look from above at the effects that this (and previous) housing bubbles have had on the development of Florida's cities and landscapes. How do you design a city that nobody plans to live in? (Previously)
posted by schmod at 7:12 AM PST - 82 comments

TechCrunch has been bought by AOL for between $25 and $60 million . Just in time, because Techcrunch founder Mike Arrington works too hard.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Please be advised that *Bacon Kevin Bacon is not edible.
posted by shiu mai baby at 3:49 AM PST - 32 comments

"Is the US heading toward a future of greater diversity and racial tolerance, or of racially-motivated violence and separation?" Al Jazeera takes a look at the White Power movement in the United States.
posted by klue at 2:29 AM PST - 60 comments

Effectology is an ongoing series of videos* that go into exceptional detail on how to use guitar effects pedals*. [more inside]
posted by mhjb at 12:39 AM PST - 20 comments