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January 31, 2011
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2 0 1 0 a year in reviews - This visualization renders a browsable, searchable distribution of all 2010 Pitchfork music reviews
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:19 PM PST - 26 comments

Fish finger
Security advisor Brian Krebs on the 'hacking' of web dating site Plenty of fish by Chris Russos.
posted by unliteral at 7:24 PM PST - 75 comments

It's art by artists who thought of themselves not as artists . . .
You may not be familiar with the name Mel Birnkrant, but if you've played with toys in the last 45 years, you're probably familiar with his work. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Short Film: Facts About Projection [SLYT]
Short Film: Facts About Projection [SLYT]
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 6:18 PM PST - 21 comments

Strength is Life
Stronger people are harder to kill. A 20-year study involving nearly 9000 men aged 20-80 found "Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders." Food for thought when designing your next fitness program?
posted by schroedinger at 5:22 PM PST - 88 comments

Overthinking a plate of cannoli?
The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of "The END." (via) [SPOILERS, obviously] [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:56 PM PST - 73 comments

Halo: Fandom Evolved
Contrary to a lot of idle criticism, Bungie's Halo series of video games has a surprisingly rich backstory -- a universe complex enough to support seven bestselling novels, a wiki with over 7,000 articles, and one of the most successful ARGs in history (including a full-fledged radio drama). The series has also turned out sweeping audiovisual work, from the games' cinematic cutscenes and epic music (lots of free previews) to top-shelf anime and the Hollywood-quality short films -- ODST, Believe, Deliver Hope, Landfall -- that were made to promote the games (the latter of which, produced by Neil Blomkamp, inspired District 9). And that's apart from all the material produced by Bungie's dedicated fan base: genuinely hilarious machinima from Red vs. Blue, professional-level graphic novels (table of contents at the top), gorgeous artwork, hours of recorded dialogue, complete transcripts of hidden apocrypha, and more factual analysis, story speculation, and casual discussion than you can shake an energy sword at. But most of these pale in comparison to the latest and greatest exercise in Halo beanplating: the Svmma Canonica, a 40-page, 17,000-word formal treatise on the nature of canon in the world that Bungie built, and how it will fare once Bungie moves on and the franchise is managed by 343 Industries. Discussion over at Bungie's official site, or at decade-old fan forum Halo.Bungie.Org.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:40 PM PST - 71 comments

RIP Milton Babbitt
Milton Babbitt, the quintessential american academic composer, died Saturday. Whatever you think of his music, he was one of the most significant composers of new music in the second half of the twentieth century. [more inside]
posted by MisterMo at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Grow Cannon
Hooray! It's Eyezmaze's latest GROW game, Grow Cannon.
posted by Rinku at 3:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Strum me a tyrannosaur
Here is the all-guitar orchestra playing Jurassic Park you were looking for [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 2:57 PM PST - 27 comments

Printer Centipede
Xavier Antin uses four printers in series, one for each colour.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 2:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Judge not
You can't judge a book by its cover. But people do. if the 41st version of the cover of The Madonnas of Echo Park is this awful...how bad were the first 40?
posted by ecourbanist at 2:16 PM PST - 61 comments

NYC's MTA.. Visualized
"Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram." [more inside]
posted by pwally at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Intel Cougar Point has failed
As part of ongoing quality assurance, Intel Corporation has discovered a design issue in a recently released support chip, the Intel® 6 Series, code-named Cougar Point, and has implemented a silicon fix. Intel has identified the Northbridge chipset to the new Sandy Bridge processors to have an issue that will likely require the recall of all existing motherboards. Price tag for the recall is currently estimated to be $700 million. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:43 PM PST - 28 comments

The U.K. Explained for non-residents
[SLYT] A brief video explaining the parts of the UK. This video explains the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and its various territories, and which countries form which political and/or geographical groups.
posted by marienbad at 1:31 PM PST - 60 comments

"I suppose it looks strange to you to see Superman speaking Arabic"
"Until about 1964 most comic books in the Middle East were in either English or French.... Then a forward-looking editor began to wonder why comic books could not be translated into Arabic." Illustrated Publications, a Beirut-based company, did just that, starting with Superman. As a reporter for "Al-Kawkab Al Yawmi" he swooped into the Middle east from distant Krypton on February 4, 1964. The mild-mannered report, Clark Kent, became Nabil Fawzi, whose name roughly translated to "Noble Victory". The text of the comics was translated, but the rest of the comic looked an awful lot like the Superman of the United States, except the covers lacked context, Superman's S logo was reversed, and some of the colors were skewed in odd ways. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

A glock. Three high cap mags. No background check.
Gun show undercover - how dangerous people get guns.
posted by Artw at 1:25 PM PST - 76 comments

Strong is the New Skinny
Team Gorilla is "a celebration of the functional athletic physique, and the effort needed to attain it." Because strong is the new skinny.
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko at 1:00 PM PST - 52 comments

Gay enough for asylum?
Are you gay enough for asylum? “Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.” [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 12:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Baboon Holocaust!
CHUD.com presents "Horror 101". [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Graeme Obree
Earlier today, Graeme Obree revealed that he is gay, attributing his struggles with mental health in the 1990s to this. "I was brought up thinking you'd be better dead than gay." [more inside]
posted by entropone at 12:33 PM PST - 16 comments

WTF, Senate?
Filibustery, making the filibuster — and the proposals in the U.S. Senate to reform it — more understandable. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Learn to Code
Want to be a coder? Productivity-porn site Lifehacker has posted its 4.5-part "Learn to Code Nightschool Course." [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:43 AM PST - 47 comments

"What was a physical body will become one with the sky"
Residents of the unique town of Crestone, CO (and surrounding areas) are among the only people in the USA to have the option of a funeral pyre.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:19 AM PST - 31 comments

In the arms of an angel
How Sarah McLachlan Saved DMC's Life. (From the Moth podcast.) [more inside]
posted by kmz at 10:35 AM PST - 41 comments

House Movie
Cue up a kaleidoscope of House Industries techniques, substrates, disciplines and muscle memory compressed into high-definition pixels and actively matrixed through modulated electroluminescence with an audio lesson from The Bird and The Bee.
posted by chavenet at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm Henery the Eighth, I am I am.
British couple discover Medieval mural of King Henry VIII on their living room wall. (Includes video of the find.)
posted by scalefree at 10:04 AM PST - 85 comments

Books On Demand
The library system in Polk County, Florida has installed vending machines so that patrons who aren't close to a library can still check books out.
posted by reenum at 7:25 AM PST - 49 comments

"I Make Monster Porn"
Show The Monster : "Guillermo del Toro’s quest to get amazing creatures onscreen." Video: Monsters in the Making. (Via)
posted by zarq at 7:21 AM PST - 43 comments

Wikipedia, Snips & Snails, Sugar & Spice?
Wikipedia Struggles to Reduce Gender Disparities in Online Contributions Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation, has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women. Her effort is not diversity for diversity’s sake, she says. “This is about wanting to ensure that the encyclopedia is as good as it could be."
posted by modernnomad at 6:16 AM PST - 149 comments

Here we have a good view of the voicebox.
Anatomical Tutorial During Trans-Nasal Endoscopy
posted by jjray at 6:10 AM PST - 14 comments

The name's Barry, John Barry
RIP John Barry, composer of the soundtracks of 11 James Bond films and many others including Midnight Cowboy. He won Oscars for Born Free (for best song and best score), The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:54 AM PST - 65 comments

Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee
NYT article discussing a hypothetical proposal for a temperature based tax on carbon by Canadian economist Ross McKitrick.
posted by Philosopher's Beard at 2:39 AM PST - 44 comments

What they REALLY thought of your paper
Related to the previous post, but hopefully sufficiently different: referees' quotes on manuscripts submitted to Environmental Microbiology: the Best of 2010. [more inside]
posted by subdee at 1:18 AM PST - 11 comments