January 25, 2012

In the end, what is life without love?

Motorsport - Love For Life The latest video created by Finn Antti Kalhol, Motorsport - Love For Life is a roughly four and a half minute meditation on auto racing, suffering and love. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 10:23 PM PST - 25 comments

"The map reflects what the plants have known for years."

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

More Budweiser than Bud Light

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

Ultramapping pinterest blog collects great maps

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

"Television has been attacking us all our lives, now we can attack it back."

Handmade Cinema. A guide to experimental film and filmmakers.
posted by Pope Xanax IV at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Lisa Lyon

[all links nsfw] Although [Lisa] Lyon briefly served as unofficial chairperson for women’s bodybuilding in its infancy, her fondest desire was to explore bodybuilding as an artistic medium. Elevating bodybuilding to the level of fine art, Lyon was photographed by the likes of Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe, and was the first female bodybuilder to appear in Playboy.* [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:01 PM PST - 31 comments

Wild Palms

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

Australia Day

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

They is Me

Canadian queer magazine Xtra! has found itself at the center of controversy after refusing to refer to certain transgendered interviewees by their preferred pronoun: "they." [more inside]
posted by asnider at 6:59 PM PST - 174 comments

"I really want folks to listen to my music just for the music..."

in which the owner of The New York Knicks, James Dolan, happens to front a blues band - JD & The Straight Shot
posted by beisny at 6:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Bear 71

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

Wi-fi Protected Setup cracked

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

The days of our kind are numbered.

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

Theatre geeks rejoice!

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

Modified Cabinet Cards, Involuntary Collaborations and Fat Cats in Art

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

Will Israel Attack Iran?

After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. Perhaps in the small and ever-diminishing window that is left, the United States will choose to intervene after all, but here, from the Israeli perspective, there is not much hope for that. Instead there is that peculiar Israeli mixture of fear — rooted in the sense that Israel is dependent on the tacit support of other nations to survive — and tenacity, the fierce conviction, right or wrong, that only the Israelis can ultimately defend themselves.
posted by Dasein at 2:39 PM PST - 314 comments

Ron and Tammy on the wings of a dragon

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

A nation full of immortal poor people.

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

One Giant Leap For Tiny Plastic Mankind

A pair of Toronto high school students sent a Lego man into space two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by mhoye at 12:57 PM PST - 32 comments

White People Solve Racism

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

Live life as if the next moment is your last. Because, remember, time flies!

The One-Minute Fly [SLYT] An animated short (with a nod to Ice Age).
posted by humannaire at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Wilco's Nels Cline rig rundown

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

Do You Love Me?

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

In Mother Russia, Leaks Wiki You

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

Meme-ory Game

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

"Except for that Abercrombie. Swear that guy has Plot Armor to prevent anything bad from ever happening to him, just like his characters."

10 SFF Authors Play D&D Together’ by Brent Weeks
posted by Fizz at 9:23 AM PST - 39 comments

"They’re not as crappy as other cities' toilets."

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed. A short documentary on the Portland Loo. Official website.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:14 AM PST - 65 comments

Feline takeoff keeps plane on tarmac

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

Modern portraits, old techniques

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

Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic

Barbie Ma Muse Famous artworks recreated with Barbie. (NSFW - some nudity)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Boots ‘n’ cats ‘n’ boots ‘n’ cats’ n’ boots ‘n’ cats ‘n’ boots ‘n’ cats

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

hip-hop family tree comix

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

shot to the heart

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

784 episodes, 226 stories, 11 doctors, one legend.

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

Do you want to see something scary?

GQ reports on paraplegic web cam hacker Luis Mijangos [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Our burrito's will not be made of people!

An Oklahoma state Senator has introduced a bill to ensure the safety of the state's food supply. [more inside]
posted by Runes at 6:41 AM PST - 111 comments

Pop music cutups

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

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." -- Hal Borland

President Obama’s YouTube Forum deems marijuana legalization questions “inappropriate”
posted by rodmandirect at 5:45 AM PST - 198 comments

History doesn't always repeat itself; sometimes it rhymes

Germany celebrates a leader who was instrumental in bringing her power and glory as well as being responsible for carving up Poland [more inside]
posted by Renoroc at 5:44 AM PST - 25 comments

O2 mobile data networks reveal your phone number to all visited websites

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