Join 3,426 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

January 10, 2011
Littlest wanderer
Meet Kepler-10b. The smallest exoplanet ever discovered. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor at 9:13 PM PST - 36 comments

Honey buns sweeten life for Florida prisoners
Meet the new form of prison currency: Honey buns.
posted by reenum at 8:59 PM PST - 62 comments

Go for the eyes, Boo!
Behold the territorial Russian attack hamster. (features some gentle prodding and the hamster is, I think, not harmed.)
posted by boo_radley at 8:15 PM PST - 75 comments

Wear your resume and see what happens.
Here's the nice story of Google employee #13. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 8:00 PM PST - 57 comments

Медвэд vs. Котэ
"The bear decided to play with the cat, but then regretted it" (SLYT)
posted by griphus at 7:39 PM PST - 52 comments

Nibbus Maximus!
Last year Jim Woodring raised close to $5,000 to build a seven foot long steel dip pen. On January 9th, the pen was unveiled. It works! [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:34 PM PST - 37 comments

flash fun, Silk
Ooooh, pretty colors. Introducing Silk - a magical interactive artwork. Go ahead, give it a whirl. Some likable Silk wallpaper too.
posted by nickyskye at 6:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Single, Female, Mormon, Alone
Single, Female, Mormon, Alone
posted by JeffL at 6:18 PM PST - 75 comments

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Recent heavy rain in Queensland has bought destructive flooding to many towns and cities. Yesterday the mountain city of Toowoomba was hit with heavy rain and experienced flash flooding. With (so far) eight confirmed dead and 70 missing, the disaster is set to worsen as more rainfall is predicted.
posted by the noob at 6:00 PM PST - 264 comments

THE ATHORE REVIEWS ARE TOTOL LIES!
Super PSTW Action RPG is a parody of modern RPGs. Axman13 was not impressed.
posted by empath at 5:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Ephemeral works
"The Szpilman Award is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time. The purpose of the award is to promote such works whose forms consist of ephemeral situations." This years winner is Treebute to Yogya. The organisers also maintain a blog and an encyclopædia of ephemeral works.
posted by unliteral at 4:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Zoltán Kocsis recital
Part one: Beethoven - Piano sonata No. 27 in E minor, op. 90, Part two: Schubert - Piano sonata No. 7 in E minor, D.566, Part three: Piano sonata, Sz. 80. [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Defense firms lure retired generals
From the Pentagon to the private sector - In large numbers, and with few rules, retiring generals are taking lucrative defense-firm jobs [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:49 PM PST - 56 comments

it's all fun and games until...
Sea Ice Skating, it's all fun and games until a passing tugboat breaks up all the ice leaving you stranded on a thin sheet of frozen water! [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 12:59 PM PST - 56 comments

Open Sourcing Intelligence Analysis
In an age of information wealth, how do we decide what's true & what's not? Allow me to introduce the world of discussion mapping. First up we have zest (demo here), a simple tool for threading mailing lists for easier navigation. It lacks the advanced features of the others but it's an easy starting point for structuring your discussions. [more inside]
posted by scalefree at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How to become a U.S. citizen flowchart
Need a quick and dirty explanation of what the process is like to become a U.S. citizen? Check out this flowchart, courtesy of the Reason Foundation. [more inside]
posted by jng at 11:26 AM PST - 76 comments

A brief history of conspicuous product placement.
A brief history of conspicuous product placement.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 10:31 AM PST - 125 comments

Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age
The Onion AV on the hip hop revolutions that weren't.
posted by Artw at 9:43 AM PST - 162 comments

Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?
"He was a good man, a very good man, I would follow him to hell and back. So would the men from E Company."

“He led hundreds of young men through some of the toughest fighting the world has known, but at his core he was a peaceful man. In everything he did, he served honorably.”

Major Richard "Dick" Winters (official site, memoirs), memorably portrayed in HBO's Band of Brothers (based on Stephen Ambrose's book), peacefully passed away on January 2. Winters never received the Medal of Honor, but there is a petition to remedy that. He was 92. (BoB previously)
posted by HumanComplex at 8:38 AM PST - 83 comments

It handles like a barge
Taking the Amphicar for a test drive. Telstar Logistics leaps at the opportunity to test drive an Amphicar. Previously.
posted by exogenous at 8:32 AM PST - 17 comments

1. Catch beer 2. Open beer 3. Insert contents in mouth
A working beer catapult fridge by Purdue undergraduate Ross Wehner and some details on its design. Powered by Arduino.
posted by grouse at 7:48 AM PST - 31 comments

I can't pick which of these to post, so you're getting both
Why Cecco Beppe Does Not Die (Scratch 'n' Sniff Edition), a reenactment of the lost 1916 Futurist film Vita Futurista by the neutered cat responsible for the sleeper hit Valentine for Perfect Strangers (DLYT)
posted by shii at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

I know it's why I always like to have a book on me.
Can a book stop a bullet? A soldier in 1916 reported a bullet stopped by a book case and a metal shaving mirror. Short story collective Electric Literature tested six of the biggest books of 2010. The Box O' Truth shot $1.50 of discarded library books. Mythbusters armoured a car with phone books. Sports Nation challenged a guest's basketball book. Internet pranksters ZUG shot different religious books as well as the Twilight Saga. One of Oklahoma's nominees for state superintendent for education even demonstrated how textbooks could protect against school shootings. Would you trust your life to such an educational encasement?
posted by Mike1024 at 4:13 AM PST - 57 comments