February 15, 2011

The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

"This is the Honey Badger. Watch it run in slow motion. It's pretty badass--look! It runs all over the place. 'Whoa, watch out,' says that bird. Eeew, it's got a snake?! ... Oh, the Honey Badgers are just crayzee." (SLYT - 3:21 - via jessamyn)
posted by not_on_display at 10:23 PM PST - 103 comments

MDMA vs. PTSD

Can a Single Pill Change Your Life? Oprah Magazine examines recent studies on the use of MDMA (the main ingredient in Ecstasy) to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
posted by mannequito at 9:53 PM PST - 104 comments

Billy Ray speaks.

Mr. Hannah Montana's Achy Broken Heart
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:09 PM PST - 115 comments

Race ya?

If you want to race in the swamp you'll need a buggy. [more inside]
posted by vapidave at 7:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheatsheet of Freedom

Scene-by-scene summaries of Red Dawn (1, 2, 3), The Fountainhead (1, 2, 3), Left Behind (1, 2, 3), Battle In Seattle (1, 2, 3), Rambo III (1, 2, 3, 4) and This Revolution (1, 2, 3). [more inside]
posted by Theta States at 6:47 PM PST - 41 comments

Exquisite Corpse 2.0

Neovella lets you write collaborative stories with friends (or strangers) online. Via the Something Awful Forums
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:39 PM PST - 32 comments

"If the bus can't get through, call me, spend a night at our place."

Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about meeting Carl Sagan as a teenager. [slyt]
posted by Taft at 6:18 PM PST - 23 comments

The Projections of Mr. Beam

Living Room is the latest 3D projection mapping project by Dutch group Mr. Beam, achieved with only two projectors. Many of their other projects have been on a larger scale. [previously]
posted by Partial Law at 6:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this post too old for Valentines?

People who have been married more than fifty years kissing.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:16 PM PST - 43 comments

Behind Every Great Man

The Real Housewives of Civil Rights [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

1920s German encryption/decryption in a modern toy body

Arduino plus programming plus children's electronic toy equals adorable Enigma machine! You can even make your own Enigma machine in an electronic toy body. Bonus Arduino Enigma fun: midi "enigma" machine hack, but no instructions. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 5:10 PM PST - 6 comments

The Last Ringbearer

... history is written by the winners. That's the philosophy behind "The Last Ringbearer," a novel set during and after the end of the War of the Ring... and told from the point of view of the losers. ... In Yeskov's retelling, the wizard Gandalf is a war-monger intent on crushing the scientific and technological initiative of Mordor and its southern allies because science "destroys the harmony of the world and dries up the souls of men!"
posted by Joe Beese at 4:42 PM PST - 90 comments

Christopher Alexander would have a fit

Freakish, otherworldly Soviet architecture. (previously)
posted by shii at 4:10 PM PST - 49 comments

DIY Video Tutorials

Vimeo pros and seasoned amateurs are developing the ongoing and rapidly growing project Quick Tüts, short video tutorials that usually focus on one specific skill or technique and last no more than a minute. Oftentimes Quick Tüts show you how to use readily available items in lieu of more expensive equipment, so for video creators operating on a low budget, they are especially useful. A good way to think of them is as little tricks of the trade.
posted by netbros at 3:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Jake the Snake

You have to wonder why a red-blooded American male in his prime would walk away from fame and fortune as an NFL quarterback to play handball and hang with his family and his dogs. Don't you? A profile of Jake "The Snake" Plummer.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 3:46 PM PST - 28 comments

I have permission from my boyfriend and he'd like to help you out

An Open Letter To Stephen Fry
posted by juv3nal at 3:32 PM PST - 57 comments

Curveball

Curveball: How the US was duped by an Iraqi fantasist looking to topple Saddam.
posted by homunculus at 3:05 PM PST - 65 comments

One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich - Full Movie

One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich Part 1 of 10 (youtube full movie), Ivan Denisovich is one of my favourite books and the 1970 movie is very faithful to the source. [more inside]
posted by selton at 3:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it the real thing?

TAL says it's got Coca Cola's top-secret recipe. The radio show This American Life found a 1979 newspaper photo of a hand-written copy of John Pemberton's top-secret original Coke recipe. Presto: the secret ingredients of 7X. Coke says no way. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:57 PM PST - 192 comments

The Exact Opposite of Countercultural

The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War New York Magazine's Jennifer Senior writes on prescription drug (ab)use among soldiers and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 11:30 AM PST - 53 comments

The Most Human Human

"During the competition, each of four judges will type a conversation with one of us for five minutes, then the other, and then will have 10 minutes to reflect and decide which one is the human. Judges will also rank all the contestants—this is used in part as a tiebreaking measure. The computer program receiving the most votes and highest ranking from the judges (regardless of whether it passes the Turing Test by fooling 30 percent of them) is awarded the title of the Most Human Computer. It is this title that the research teams are all gunning for, the one with the cash prize (usually $3,000), the one with which most everyone involved in the contest is principally concerned. But there is also, intriguingly, another title, one given to the confederate who is most convincing: the Most Human Human award." [more inside]
posted by jng at 11:16 AM PST - 36 comments

Wallace Stevens Audio

Large audio archive of Wallace Stevens reading from his poems. Other Stevens links: several poem texts with annotation; many more of the poems; his letters on Google Books (full view).
posted by Paquda at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm walkin' here

Scientists confirm what many New Yorkers already know. Sidewalk rage is real.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:23 AM PST - 309 comments

Diamonds > 3-in-a-row

Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles is a charming puzzle game developed in Costa Rica that pays homage to games like Puzzle Fighters, Super Mario World and Bejeweled. Available for free on PC (Windows & Linux). (via DIYGamer)
posted by Memo at 10:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms "In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD."
posted by pick_the_flowers at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Open as in Apple

Apple has launched App Store subscriptions for digital content, something that should please magazine publishers looking for a non-print business model. However there is a sting in the tail - publishers must go through Apple, paying the 30% "Apple tax".
posted by Artw at 9:30 AM PST - 402 comments

Can you make it through the month?

SPENT is a flash game (or an immersive online experience depending on who you ask) that challenges players to survive poverty and see first-hand that homelessness is just a shortfall away. Created in partnership with Urban Ministries of Durham and containing scenarios commonly faced (pdf) by the working poor, it may not tell people anything they don't already know, but is a creative use of gaming and social media to raise awareness and bring in donors.
posted by ND¢ at 9:26 AM PST - 47 comments

Will it ever die?

The Patriot Act lives! The US House of Representatives has agreed to extend some of surveillance powers granted by the 2001 Patriot Act after the 9/11 attacks. In a 275-144 vote, the chamber voted to extend until December provisions on wiretaps, access to business records and surveillance of terror suspects.
posted by Philipschall at 9:24 AM PST - 39 comments

Through My Eye, Not Hipstamatic's.

Through my eye, not Hipstamatic's. (SLNYT)
posted by HumanComplex at 9:19 AM PST - 34 comments

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

After the first night, IBM's Watson has only played a single round of Jeopardy, and could be doing better. Stephen Baker (who wrote the book on this) and David Ferrucci (the project's chief scientist) analyze some of his mistakes. After his career as a game show contestant is over, will Watson be up for a role on House?
posted by jacquilynne at 9:15 AM PST - 97 comments

Poe through the Glass Prism

In 1969, a psychedelic rock group from around Scranton, PA released an album featuring lyrics by Edgar Allan Poe. [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Photographer Irna Werning's project, 'Back to the Future' recreates classic childhood snapshots 20-40 years later, using the same settings, subjects, and clothing. Zefrank's Young Me Now Me (previously) is a much more extensive crowdsourced version of the same concept. (via BB. One photo very slightly NSFW)
posted by schmod at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Berlusconi Indicted: Italian Prime Minister To Stand Trial On Teen Prostitution Charges

Berlusconi Indicted: Italian Prime Minister To Stand Trial On Teen Prostitution Charges
posted by Meatbomb at 7:24 AM PST - 53 comments

"Sitting down and playing a board game with friends at a party is a way more social game."

PC Gamer: Do you still think social games are “evil” then?
Jonathan Blow: Yes. Absolutely. [T]he general definition of evil in the real world, where there isn’t like the villain in the mountain fortress, is selfishness to the detriment of others or to the detriment of the world. And that’s exactly what [most of these games are].
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:55 AM PST - 133 comments

"To expand the definition of justifiable homicide"

Despite the recent outrage over Congressional attempts to "redefine rape" for the purpose of abortion funding, South Dakota's legislature has stepped the controversy up even further: a party-line panel has sent to the floor for a full vote HB 1171 - "An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children." Mother Jones considers the legal potential: "This could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions."
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:00 AM PST - 279 comments

Bahrain explodes

Protests erupt in Bahrain. [more inside]
posted by asymptotic at 5:47 AM PST - 54 comments

"She tightens her calves against the railing and squeezes with her thighs, and he groans..."

And the winner of the Good Sex Award is... "...recognizing the best sex writing in fiction from the past year. We've [salon.com] convened a panel of literary star judges -- Walter Kirn, Maud Newton, Louis Bayard and Salon's own Laura Miller -- to reward the best-written, most interesting and most convincing piece of sex writing published in a novel in 2010." No 2., No. 3, No. 4, No.5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8. The 2010 Bad Sex Award Winner.
posted by Fizz at 4:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Estranged Sex

Estranged Sex, by photographer Sandra Torralba (extremely NSFW). "With a broad and holistic understanding of sexuality and sex and after years of honest and stark introspection and reflection upon existence and society begins “Estranged Sex”: a work about a sexuality that is both strange and estranged, natural and alienated." [more inside]
posted by bwg at 3:15 AM PST - 46 comments

Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter

Emily Carroll (previously and previouslier) has released a sweet new comic for Valentine's Day: Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter.
posted by overglow at 12:35 AM PST - 12 comments