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June 18, 2011
The Clock in the Mountain
Kevin Kelly describes how a clock designed to run for 10,000 years will function and the efforts behind its creation and building.
posted by reenum at 10:13 PM PST - 73 comments

The Muppets - Official Trailer
After the Green With Envy teaser, and the Fuzzy Pack teaser, and the Being Green teaser, we finally have the Official Trailer for The Muppets, the new movie coming out in November 2011.
posted by hippybear at 7:19 PM PST - 147 comments

got to go 'round
You spin me right round baby.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:24 PM PST - 67 comments

In70mm.com
To record the history of the large format movies and the 70mm cinemas as remembered by the people who worked with the films.
posted by Trurl at 6:23 PM PST - 18 comments

when the change was made uptown and the big man joined the band
King of the World, Master of the Universe: Rest in peace, Clarence Clemons. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 6:21 PM PST - 144 comments

Say hello to .metafilter Or New Generic Top-Level Domains
Imagine a web where domains can end in just about any generic top-level domain (new gTLD), e.g. .metafilter. Well, that's soon a reality:
The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. That could usher in the most sweeping transformation of the Domain Name System since its creation in the 1980s
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posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:09 PM PST - 103 comments

Grape Fields to The Game
The Madness of Cesar Chavez
posted by telstar at 2:50 PM PST - 44 comments

Better than an extra-strength placebo?
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have published a new study (behind paywall - summary) on the effects of "magic mushrooms". Volunteers were given 4 doses of psilocybin spaced one month apart. The study built on previous work and attempted to optimize the experience for long-lasting positive effects:
61% of volunteers considered the psilocybin experience during either or both the [highest dosage] sessions to have been the single most spiritually significant of their lives, with 83% rating it in their top five. Consistent with this, 94% and 89% of volunteers, respectively, indicated that the experiences on those same sessions increased their well-being or life satisfaction and positively changed their behavior at least moderately.
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posted by crayz at 2:35 PM PST - 172 comments

"It is better to live for one day as a tiger, than to live for a thousand years as a sheep."
Amnesty International, 50 Years: Standing Up For Freedom (Vimeo. YouTube.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

What is this, I don't even...
Mr. Ghetto's New Orleans Bounce (Wal-Mart rap) has created quite a stir. Others comment that at least the Wal-Mart that the video takes place in is clean, and well-stocked. New Orleans bounce music has been mentioned previously.
posted by domo at 1:14 PM PST - 93 comments

Outsider Even By Outsider Standards.
RIP Wild Man Fischer (NYTimes link) Only saw him once, opening for the Mothers of Invention.
posted by Danf at 10:34 AM PST - 35 comments

Before Netfilx, 16mil Rentals
Budget Films is a small, privately owned film archive in Los Angeles. Layne Murphy writes about working with her father, in the all-but-lost world of 16mil prints. One regular customer was obsessed with Paulette Goddard, and snipped out all of her scenes from the films he rented.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Jamie makes you feel you’ve witnessed a violent crime
"Punk-artist-anthropologist Cameron Jamie has made three documentaries on violence; I’ve read about them all and seen just this one." The author speaks of "Kranky Klaus," LA-born artist Jamie's peek into the Austrian folkloric character Krampus, a sort of photo-negative of Santa Claus who comes on Christmas to punish bad children. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Diane Warren
"Blame it on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli. "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton. "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes. "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher. "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion. "If You Asked Me To" by Patti LaBelle. What do all of these songs have in common? They were all written by Diane Warren, a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame whose songs have awards such as a a Grammy, a Golden Globe award, and several ASCAP awards for Songwriter of the Year.
posted by MattMangels at 9:39 AM PST - 85 comments

Country Classics
Joe Bussard has a podcast called "Country Classics," (mostly old bluegrass, but there's also a couple featuring old-time jazz) ... also available over the air on WREK (91.1 Atlanta, GA) every Friday afternoon. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a market for years?
    "Despite the fact that the US spends more per capita than any other nation on health, eight out of every 10 counties are not keeping pace in terms of health outcomes. That's a staggering statistic."
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, life expectancy for many US counties fell relative to the world between 2000 and 2007. This Science Daily article gives an overview, and the IHME website has a nice page with links to data and visualizations. Here's the UN's list of countries by life expectancy for 2005-2010 for comparison.
posted by sneebler at 9:14 AM PST - 31 comments

We Are Very Musical.
Owls Dance To The Beat.
posted by The Owls at 8:46 AM PST - 27 comments

Upper upchuck
I don't like art with puke. It's not in my pallet. It's disgusting.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:36 AM PST - 69 comments