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May 7, 2011
The Miscreants of Taliwood
The Miscreants of Taliwood is probably one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. And it defies all types of film making (in a good way). The subject? The Talibanization of a certain part of Pakistan and the assault on art, entertainment, and humanity. But it’s not quite a documentary. It is a surreal trip through the fiction and the nonfiction of Peshawar, NWFP and FATA. It is fake, it is real, it is unbelievable. Basically, it is Pakistan. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:41 PM PST - 12 comments

A typical cafe; gems were everywhere.
L'Brondelle's Universe—I'd describe it as Tim and Eric with the Dada-meter cranked way up. SLYT
posted by Taft at 8:39 PM PST - 22 comments

I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.
EXT. STREET -- TWILIGHT. A dreary day in 1971. Wearing a trilby hat and a hideous overcoat, a LONE CROCODILE stands on the rain-slicked sidewalk. Singing in tune with the plangent sounds of the concertina he clutches in his claws, he tells the viewers that today, of all days, is his birthday. This scene presages the appearance of one of the most emblematic characters in Soviet animation. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 5:48 PM PST - 24 comments

MATER SUSPIRA VISION
Mater Suspira Vision.[nsfw] [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 4:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Filter Bubbles
Filter Bubbles: As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy
posted by MechEng at 2:47 PM PST - 77 comments

Git!
Git is the version control system that inspired social coding, music videos, and now a party game (pdf).
posted by jeffburdges at 2:07 PM PST - 36 comments

Caturday Kitten Crash
Kitten crash test, in slow motion, with a suitable soundtrack. Don't worry, no kittens were actually harmed.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:08 PM PST - 53 comments

Spiritual Atheists, Humanist Chaplains, and FFRF Weddings
Currently making the rounds. A qualitative study in Sociology of Religion looks at "spiritual atheists" in science. A call for Humanist Chaplains in the U.S. armed forces. And The Freedom From Religion Foundation becomes certified to perform weddings in Tulsa.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 9:49 AM PST - 59 comments

The runners’ bibs say something different each year: SUFFERING WITHOUT A POINT; NOT ALL PAIN IS GAIN
The Immortal Horizon: Thirty-Five Runners Face Hollers and Hells, a Flooded Prison, Rats the Size of Possums, and Flesh-Flaying Briars to Test the Limits of Self-Sufficiency in a race only eight men have ever finished.
posted by The Whelk at 9:41 AM PST - 37 comments

It's just a word, right?
Just a word. The father of a special-needs kid ponders the word "retard." [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:23 AM PST - 219 comments

Dishtip: aggregating restaurant reviews down to the entree level
Dishtip is a service that combs through restaurant reviews on other sites and attempts to figure out the best dishes of a particular type in a city of your choice (e.g. waffles in New York or tacos in San Francisco) or a particular restaurant's best dishes (say at Alinea).
posted by shivohum at 8:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Loving Free Comics Can Never Be Wrong
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Here's the store locator.
posted by BlahLaLa at 8:33 AM PST - 36 comments

notorious sites of anti-intellectualism, alcohol abuse, and sexual assault
Should Colleges Ban Fraternities? A New York Times roundtable that takes the Yale Title IX complaint and related cases as its starting point. Via Historiann, whose anti-frat attitudes are much more pointed than any of the New York Times commenters.
posted by gerryblog at 8:31 AM PST - 112 comments

Girls! Girls! Girls!
Vintage Sleaze: Exploitation and enticement in the form of drawings, comics, and pinups.
posted by hermitosis at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

PaperPhone: Flexible phone technology.
Researchers from Queen's University have been making strides (link to academic paper) in the use of flexible E-ink screens to create wearable phone displays that respond to bend gestures and adapt the software depending on what surface the device is on.
posted by dflemingecon at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

I miss, I miss, I miss, I make
Severiano Ballesteros, golf legend, has passed away at 54. If you could say anything about his game, was that he could win a British Open from the car park.
posted by valdesm at 6:03 AM PST - 26 comments

I Scheme with Genie
Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery. Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits). Increasingly, there is a rift between the President and his Supreme Leader.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:45 AM PST - 145 comments