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February 13, 2009
The Gawain Project
The Gawain Project is an ongoing translation of the late 14th century anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (originally written in Middle English) into Modern English, for the amusement of Arthurians and anyone who likes a good story. [via mefi projects]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Wheee!
Foxes playing on trampolines.
posted by quin at 5:43 PM PST - 64 comments

Huzzah!
Huzzah!, a new round robin/exquisite corpse style comic from the creators of Who Killed Round Robin. See the story so far here. (Via the blog of D'Israeli)
posted by Artw at 4:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Add-Art: replace web ads with art
Add-Art is a free FireFox add-on which replaces advertising on websites with curated art images. The art shows are updated every two weeks and feature contemporary artists and curators.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:01 PM PST - 29 comments

They're Leasing Old Gateway Stores
Microsoft announced today, it will open a small number of stores to compete directly against Apple. Some think it's a dubious idea. "In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them."
posted by Xurando at 2:00 PM PST - 115 comments

I'm not wearing hockey pads!
Will the Dark Knight Project win an Oscar for best school documentary? [Scroll down for video]
posted by growli at 1:50 PM PST - 19 comments

"Got a light?"
"Crazy Eric" writes: You are here probably because you've read or heard something about the man who carries 1300 items in his clothes...
posted by Joe Beese at 1:05 PM PST - 68 comments

Alison Des Forges (1942 - 2009)
Alison Des Forges, American historian of Africa, MacArthur genius and top human-rights advocate, was an impassioned observer of the Rwandan genocide, lobbying the United States and United Nations to intervene in the killings, saving some Rwandans from certain death, and later writing one of the definitive histories of the events, "Leave none to tell the story". She testified at hundreds of trials and inquiries resulting from the genocide. Last night, she perished aboard Flight 3407. "Her death is a devastating blow," said the president of Human Rights Watch, where she worked as an advisor. "She epitomized the human rights activist — principled, dispassionate, committed to the truth and to using that truth to protect ordinary people."
posted by docgonzo at 12:53 PM PST - 25 comments

A Stereoscopic Pair of Oil Portraits
A Stereoscopic Pair of Oil Portraits [via mefi projects]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

SPOILER: everyone on Twitter is actually living in modern times, but they were dead all along.
It's Bad Movie Club night! You have until 9 GMT / 4 ET to procure #1: a Twitter account and #2: a copy of M. Night Shyamalan's critically misunderstood masterpiece, The Happening. Good luck!

Graham Linehan, of Father Ted and IT Crowd fame, will be your master of ceremonies, and there will be a second screening at midnight GMT / 7 ET, hosted by Phill Jupitus. But remember kids, piracy is stealing.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:44 AM PST - 32 comments

World traveler has visited 172 countries
Think you've been places? Retired scientist Galen Frysinger has visted 172 countries and 91 dependencies. His photos have been linked in quite a few comments on MeFi, but near as I can tell... never the subject of a post.
posted by ecorrocio at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Flash Friday RPG
Flash Friday RPG Fun: Hands of War. Set in a kingdom in the midst of a civil war, choose the factions you support while re-assembling the Heartstone.
posted by never used baby shoes at 10:37 AM PST - 18 comments

If music be the food of love, play on...
Why music? Music is a human universal, but why did we evolve a desire to create, perform, and enjoy it? From a biological standpoint, does it contribute to survival or, more likely, mate selection and reproduction?
posted by rocket88 at 10:15 AM PST - 51 comments

Old school breakdancing
Soviet Army dance ensemble + Run DMC = the invention of breakdancing in the mid-1900s. (slyt, via kottke)
posted by swift at 9:48 AM PST - 37 comments

A Long Story Short
Denise Long, the first woman to be drafted by the NBA. [more inside]
posted by jwakawaka at 9:37 AM PST - 27 comments

Road to Riches or Hopeless Quagmire?
Despite lukewarm reviews Ethan Nichols' iPhone game iShoot has earned him enough money to allow him to quit his day job. A recent article makes iPhone software development sound like something anyone can do, and software developers as young as nine-years-old have Apple approved games in Apple's App Store. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 9:28 AM PST - 50 comments

Matchboxes from the Subcontinent.
"Collected during my time working from Bangalore, these matchboxes are the tangible memories of my various travels and experiences through India." via (with interview)
posted by gman at 8:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Escape from City 17
Escape from City 17 - Live action short film (episode 1) Here's episode 1 of "Escape from City 17", a live action series set in the Half Life universe. Phenomenally well done, and completely worth the dreaded SLYT.
posted by datter at 8:06 AM PST - 48 comments

The opposite sex
Lille Mand - Eight year old Mathis writes an essay for school entitled, "How to Understand Women." (via Neatorama) (It will be slow to load. Also, there is brief shower nudity so NSFW)
posted by caddis at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

War in Sri Lanka
If you didn't know, there is a war going on in Sri Lanka. Jailed journalist Jayampathy Wickramaratne discusses what a political solution to the conflict might entail. Noam Chomsky offers up his opinions on the war and its eventual aftermath. Want to hear from some Tamils? MIA offers up her take on the situation. And in a very precient article from May of last year, D.B.S Jeyaraj discusses the LTTE at 32. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 7:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Make My Head Grow
Friday Flash Fun: "'Make My Head Grow' is a two player battle game. Each player control a small angry guy trying to push the other guys box over the edge. As everyone knows smacking your head into the ground makes your head grow - maybe even enough to make your box move..." [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Not ginger whingers!
Bullied, teased, and in need of a refuge? Photographer Jenny Wicks' new project, Root Ginger, asks the question: Is gingerism one of the last acceptable prejudices?
posted by Grrlscout at 12:43 AM PST - 129 comments