January 29, 2012

"tearfully imploring them to remain seated each time we come up for air"

"You know how annoying it is when you're sitting on the train with a magazine and the person sitting beside you starts reading over your shoulder? Welcome to every single moment of your future. Might as well get used to it. It's an experience we'll all be sharing." --Charlie Brooker on sharing, and why the world is doomed
posted by bardic at 10:00 PM PST - 102 comments

ginklaT sdrawkcaB

You can say any common word to Alyssa. She will pronounce it backwards the proper way in 3 seconds or less.
posted by ColdChef at 9:48 PM PST - 75 comments

Pan-Sonic Africa

The Pan African Space Station continues to arrive... I previously posted about Chimurenga's Pan African Space Station. Back then they were doing special events, but they opened up a world to innovative and experimental African musical artists. Now the Station has gone live and is broadcasting all night/all day! (Yes, that is a popup radio player...) [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

First Person Monster Blog

First Person Monster Blog with your host, special effects artist Shannon Shea. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Use Me As Your Body Pillow

"Every so often I notice that someone has found this site by searching "Pregnant Woman Porn" and I have no doubt that I am not what they are looking for. But it got me to thinking..."
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:00 PM PST - 49 comments

Dancing Skies

A useful tool for those who live in the northern reaches of our planet and wish to predict dancing skies.
posted by ubermasterson at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

"You don't get to define my gayness for me."

Cynthia Nixon (of "Sex and the City" fame) told the New York Times last week that she chooses to be gay. Her comments generated a number of responses from gay bloggers, some angry, some not so much, and generated enough heat to be covered by the AP. In today's New York Times, Frank Bruni tries to make sense of it all.
posted by gertzedek at 7:50 PM PST - 92 comments

Links from Studio Olafur Eliasson

Links from Studio Olafur Eliasson
posted by beshtya at 7:24 PM PST - 9 comments

78 78s

78 78s - In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

An eBay for the broken-hearted

Never liked it anyway: A website to get rid of unwanted/left-over gifts from bad relationships. There are tales, and tips on moving on.
posted by vidur at 5:20 PM PST - 41 comments

It’s kind of like making children

David Cronenberg talks to the LA Review of Books about making movies
posted by Artw at 5:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Pineapple under the sea.... Really?

So, Nickelodeon, you tell us that Spongebob Squarepants lives in a pineapple upside down house at the bottom of the sea. Are you really sure about that? Beware of misleading your viewers about the universe, Nickelodeon! [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 2:59 PM PST - 66 comments

33 books of Borgesian favorites

In the late 1970s Jorge Luis Borges edited a 33-volume series of fantastic tales by many authors, from Jack London to Pu Songling, Leopoldo Lugones to Henry James. The series was called "The Library of Babel," after the Borges story of the same title. In 2009, Grant Monroe found a directory of Spanish-language science fiction, fantasy, terror and mystery stories, listing the contents of the 33 volumes -- JLB's own favorite weird tales both well-known and obscure -- and began tracking down links to each of the stories, one by one: "Searching the Library of Babel". [more inside]
posted by finnb at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

The First Word

The First Word. A new Electric Sheep comic by Patrick Farley on the psychedelic origins of language. [NSFW, Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Scientists boycott Elsevier

The Cost of Knowledge lets scientists register their support for a boycott of all Elsevier journals for their support of SOPA, PIPA (tag) and the Research Works Act (previously, WP, MLA, UK, Oz, etc.). It appears the boycott was inspired by Field's medalist Tim Gowers' recent comments describing his personal boycott of Elsevier journals. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 12:55 PM PST - 60 comments

Move over Babe

Rabbit plays sheepdog. (SLYT)
posted by sardonyx at 10:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Hep

London coffee bars of the 1950s (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:09 AM PST - 63 comments

First Puppy Point of View

Beautiful Day at the Dog Park - Dogs playing in slow motion.
posted by quin at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

May I have your attention please.

Is ADHD nature or nurture? Discuss. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:37 AM PST - 232 comments

Sundays and Cybele

In 1962, the New York Times called it a masterpiece, and it won the Oscar for best foreign film that year. If you can't see it any other way, one reviewer on IMDB will rent a theater and screen it for you - if you don't mind a trip to Melbourne. Sundays and Cybele (Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray) is worth tracking down, however you manage. [more inside]
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

The Gift and the Curse

After years of rumored depressiondrug and alcohol addiction, and legal issues, D'Angelo is poised to make a comeback. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:45 AM PST - 26 comments

Through a blurry electronic prism.

In an age where composite video devices are oft relegated to thrift stores, select videographers are embracing the format and its analog roots via video synthesis. [more inside]
posted by I've wasted my life at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Wrestling promo botches

Any shortlist of the top wrestling promo botches in history would include Lex Luger's t-shirt and the debut of the Shockmaster. But it is unlikely that anything will ever surpass Hulk Hogan setting up his Wrestlemania XIX feud with Vince McMahon.
posted by Trurl at 8:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Dicken feat. Milah & Korben performing Depeche Mode covers

Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader covers Depeche Mode songs with the help of his young children, Milah and Korben, using some unexpected objects as instruments and illustrative props. Three split-screen videos: "Strangelove", "Everything Counts", & "Shake The Disease".
posted by flex at 7:57 AM PST - 24 comments

The Nomad's Ger

A time-lapse video of a Mongolian family assembling a yurt near the Russian border.
posted by gman at 7:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Sarah and the Seed

Sarah and the Seed - a 5-part comic about hope and babies by Ryan A.
posted by heatherann at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Guga

The Guga Hunters Of Ness. (SLVimeo) [more inside]
posted by veryape at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

You Can Be Anyone This Time Around

In 1970 Timothy Leary recorded an album called "You Can Be Anyone This Time Around". Now largely forgotten, without even a Wikipedia entry, the title track is worth a listen. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:14 AM PST - 30 comments

PRINT "Donkey loses!"

First PC game, DONKEY.BAS, comes to iPhone and iPad. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem at 12:02 AM PST - 23 comments