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January 15, 2011
The Path Of Wind
10 versions of Joe Hisaishi's composition "Kaze No Toori Michi" ("The Path Of Wind") from the movie My Neighbor Totoro [more inside]
posted by mintcake! at 8:01 PM PST - 35 comments

Mental note: Don't crash into the Pacific Ocean, especially in wartime.
Louie recoiled in horror, jerking his legs to the side, away from the shark's mouth. The shark kept coming, directly at Louie's head. Louie rammed his palm into the tip of the shark's nose. The shark flinched, circled away, then swam back at him again. Louie waited until the shark was inches from him, then struck it on the nose again. Again, the shark peeled away. Above, the bullets stopped coming. As quickly as he could, Louie pulled himself along the cord until he reached the raft. He grabbed its wall and lifted himself clear of the shark.
This quote is from an article about Louis Zamperini, whose planed crashed into the Pacific in 1941. He and two other men, Francis McNamara and Russell Phillips, made it into liferafts. They would drift in the ocean for weeks. The article is by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. For more about Zamperini and his amazing story you can go to his website.
posted by Kattullus at 6:58 PM PST - 24 comments

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown - A 90 minute documentary on HP Lovecraft with contributions by Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter and Guillermo Del Toro.
posted by Artw at 5:45 PM PST - 26 comments

The latest in active shutter 3D applications
3D without glasses! (SLYT)
posted by mexican at 3:37 PM PST - 76 comments

Approved by the liberty city department of sanitation
The trashmaster (single link dailymotion) - a 1h20mn machinima movie made with gta IV
posted by motdiem2 at 1:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Mag & The Suspects
Mag & The Suspects: Thousands Dead and Erection
posted by puny human at 12:38 PM PST - 13 comments

"Now we will tesser, we will wrinkle again. Do you understand?" "(sigh) Ok. I get it!"
"A Wrinkle in Time" in 90 Seconds.
posted by loquacious at 12:17 PM PST - 81 comments

what color is YOUR moggie?
guide to housecat coat colors and patterns Just what it says....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:13 PM PST - 106 comments

I Can Has Gravity?
Weightless Cats and other fun experiments. An excerpt from from coverage of research at the Aerospace Medical Division Hq 657Oth Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories including scenes of F-104 seat ejection; drop tests from C-130 and ejection from F-106; effects of weightlessness on cats and pigeons in a C-131; test subjects in water tank, on centrifuge, in heat chamber and on complex coordinator. Also, scenes of vertical deceleration tower, incline impact test facility, vertical accelerator, equilibrium chair and vibration platform. More videos can be found at Airboyd.tv: Accident Animations, Aviation Films, Military Flight Training Films, and Space Shuttle Vidoes.
posted by Fizz at 10:46 AM PST - 32 comments

A silent protest
Stony Stratford, outside Milton Keynes, is facing the loss of its library as a result of crippling local budget cuts. Local residents weren't too happy about this, so they decided to take some books out. All 16,000 of them.
posted by dudekiller at 9:15 AM PST - 74 comments

Cover-up
Julia Sherman offers us a glimpse into the sheitel industry and the larger global hair trade. [more inside]
posted by gman at 8:55 AM PST - 24 comments

This Man is The One!
A comedy about an English adventurer, very much a product of his time, frozen for decades only to be defrosted in modern-day London, where his challenges range from fighting petty thugs to understanding a world with totally different behaviors and sexual mores*, to the inevitable face-off with a villain from his own time.

And all this with a great swinging 60's vibe! [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 8:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Ottawa Outdoor Rink App
Ottawa Specific App - Outdoor Hockey Rink Finder (includes ice conditions and types)
posted by MechEng at 7:03 AM PST - 19 comments

get your group on
The Price of Altruism - George Price, a (troubled) father of group selection thru his discovery of the eponymous Price Equation, has a rather interesting biography... [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Conforming fleetingly to their standard
On the afternoon of November 1, 2010, Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks.org, marched with his lawyer into the London office of Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian. Assange was pallid and sweaty, his thin frame racked by a cough that had been plaguing him for weeks. He was also angry, and his message was simple: he would sue the newspaper if it went ahead and published stories based on the quarter of a million documents that he had handed over to The Guardian just three months earlier. [. . .]

In Rusbridger’s office, Assange’s position was rife with ironies. An unwavering advocate of full, unfettered disclosure of primary-source material, Assange was now seeking to keep highly sensitive information from reaching a broader audience. He had become the victim of his own methods: someone at WikiLeaks, where there was no shortage of disgruntled volunteers, had leaked the last big segment of the documents, and they ended up at The Guardian in such a way that the paper was released from its previous agreement with Assange—that The Guardian would publish its stories only when Assange gave his permission.
"The Man Who Spilled the Secrets," by Sarah Ellison, documents the tumultuous relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks.
posted by Weebot at 3:33 AM PST - 136 comments