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January 15, 2012
Adventurers in Short Shorts
Before Steve Irwin brought short shorts in Australian television documentarism to the world, there were the earworming Leyland Brothers, Malcolm Douglas, the original and literal "Crocodile Hunter" who combined conservationism with cooking, and the dry humourist Alby Mangels, who had his own personal filming curse, interviewed Caribbean drug lords, posed nude (SFW) for Cleo, filmed through minefields and warzones, and filmed more than 80 documentaries.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:35 PM PST - 14 comments

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

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

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

The Unkindest Cut of All
Why the video pros are moving away from Apple
posted by Artw at 8:52 PM PST - 112 comments

Eureqa!
Wired called it 'A Robot Scientist.' H+ Magazine asked, 'Signs Of The Singularity?' Even the more pedestrian Science News titled their article 'Software Scientist.' So what is Eureqa? [more inside]
posted by BillW at 8:21 PM PST - 26 comments

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

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus
Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word posted by Blasdelb at 6:57 PM PST - 89 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warning Warning — Danger Danger
Why you will fail to have a great career [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 10:56 AM PST - 114 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weren't you the 1% who hurt me with your lies?
We Will Survive Capitalism! flash mob with US Uncut [previously] and the Brass Liberation Orchestra
Previous BLO flash mobs include Bad Hotel [previously], Operation Hey Mackey [previously], and "PAY UP!" (demanding Bank of America pay their taxes). Speaking of BofA, in San Francisco on Thursday activists turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine, using special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses. [more inside]
posted by finite at 4:20 AM PST - 43 comments

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

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