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January 31, 2009
Metro Collective
Metro Collective is an international coalition of independent photographers. This website is an ongoing compilation of features and portfolios that represent the individual visions of Metro photographers and their commitment to particular subjects. Their weblog features Metro news and single images, plus interesting outtake images, tearsheets, and behind the image commentary.
posted by netbros at 9:46 PM PST - 2 comments

My Valentine's date this year? Bacon Man!
I know you all love bacon. So if you're single, looking for a date, and want him to be edible... I present to you, bacon man. Step-by-step photos from NetDiva, his awesome creatrix.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:53 PM PST - 56 comments

A better reality
The world should have more interestingly shaped creatures.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:29 PM PST - 29 comments

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year
The 1984 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 4:48 PM PST - 85 comments

The comicbook version ended with a giant squid...
Understanding comics - Scott McCloud recaps his comics theory work at TED. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 3:18 PM PST - 30 comments

"It's rare to come to face-to-face with the people behind the software, music, and media we pirate on regular basis; I guess that's part of the problem."
So there is this guy named Jona Bechtolt and he is an electronic musician and multimedia artist who performs as YACHT. He recently described in an interview some audio software that he had illegally downloaded, adding "Does all this piracy make me a bad person?". The company that makes the software that he illegally downloaded apparently saw his comment and wrote a blog post where they linked to his interview and stated "We've put up with rampant idiocy from people that style themselves members of the creative community but are actually members of some kind of bullshit that doesn't have a name." Then Mr. Bechtolt commented on that blog post kind of apologizing, but also saying "I'm a musician and I haven't bought music in years, nor have almost all of my musician friends." Then the company wrote him an open letter explaining why they did not accept his apology. [via Pitchfork]
posted by ND¢ at 2:42 PM PST - 130 comments

Life at Ikea, via Flickr
Life at Ikea: Pretty much like life everywhere else.
posted by mrbula at 1:49 PM PST - 23 comments

He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he is our son-of-a-bitch
US meddling in Kenyan elections:
An exit poll, if it had been released in a timely manner, could have altered the result of Kenya's presidential election in 2007 and prevented the deaths of many people there, say people involved in the U.S. backed effort.
It is suggested that Michael E. Ranneberger US ambassador to Kenya was meddling in Kenya's Elections, playing down the corruption of Mwai Kibaki's government.
More than 1,000 people died and 304,000 displaced.
Related Metafiler threads on the 2007 Kenya election . 1, 2, 3 , 4
posted by adamvasco at 1:05 PM PST - 11 comments

New Neurons Get Timestamped
Newborn brain cells "time-stamp" memories. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Will Marion Cook
"Will Marion Cook is a name to reckon with in the history of black American music." Many of us have never heard of him, but with a recent recording of his work available, along with a new biography, now would be a good time to catch up and swing along.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

You like vinyl? I've got your vinyl right here.
Desperate Man Blues Edward Gillen's documentary about Joe Bussard, renowned collector of 25,000+ blues, folk and gospel 78rpm records from the 20s and 30s. It's about the hunt and the hunter, as much as what he found. One week only on Pitchfork TV [more inside]
posted by msalt at 11:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Reading the Riot Act
Our Sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God Save the King! [more inside]
posted by Jakey at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Pajamas Media shutters blog network
Launched with much fanfare in 2005, Pajamas Media planned to harness the distributed power of dedicated bloggers to challenge the traditional news media. On March 31st, their blogging network will shut down, along with the ad revenues it channeled to conservative commentators. With the collapse of the blog advertising market, they've decided to focus their energy on the PajamasTV video network and its exclusive correspondents.
posted by verb at 10:14 AM PST - 80 comments

Large and white.
The Fovant badges, "an historic and unique cluster of military badges cut into the chalk hills of Wiltshire", are one of many hill figure sites in the UK. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 10:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Welcome to the Khan Academy
Sal Khan likes explaining things, and he's really good at it. Here he is on CNN giving an excellent explanation of the financial crisis. And here's a great explanation of Newton's Law of Gravitation. His YouTube channel has over 700 lectures and you leave understanding everything he talks about no matter the subject.
posted by y10k at 9:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Public Domain Is A Wonderful, Scary Thing
Coming Soon : Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (from the authors of such classics as Mansfield Park and The Big Book Of Porn).
posted by mannequito at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

It is impossible - and unnecessary - to grapple with every 'must read' of the literary canon
John Updike died, have you read his books? Who has time where there are a 1000 novels to read yet! James Delingpole argues that it is impossible - and unnecessary - to grapple with every 'must read' of the literary canon. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 8:40 AM PST - 49 comments

The end of womyn's lands?
“In 20 to 25 years, we could be extinct": lesbian separatist communes grapple with aging, irrelevance to younger lesbians, and survival in the twenty-first century. [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 6:03 AM PST - 356 comments

A fistful of Rikers.
Star Trek TNG goes horribly wrong in a series of short, surreal and very zen mashups: Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
posted by loquacious at 4:54 AM PST - 102 comments

'Which animal has the stinkiest poo?'
Children interview celebrities: Simon Cowell, Girls Aloud, David Attenborough, Richard Hammond and Quentin Blake. Audio slide show adding among others, David Cameron, Jacqueline Wilson and Jamie Oliver
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:23 AM PST - 16 comments