June 19, 2014

Planetary panoramas

What happens when you take four cameras and shoot a timelapse of the night sky, and then stitch the resultant videos together? Pure trippin' amazement.
posted by pjern at 11:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Prince in the 1980s: a documentary

A documentary of unknown provenance on Prince in the 1980s.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock. Who's there? Knock knock

In 2004, pianist Branka Parlić performed a series of pieces by Philip Glass at the synagogue at Novi Sad. Metamorphosis One. Metamorphosis Two. Metamorphosis Three. Metamorphosis Four. Metamorphosis Five. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Hey Mom, my song is in 'Orange is the New Black'

Recently, the song "Bitchin' Camaro" by the band The Dead Milkmen was featured during the closing credits of an episode of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black". Because the Universe is entirely devoid of pity, this somehow led to a mildly profound and deeply disturbing discussion between lead singer Rodney "Anonymous" Linderman's mother and himself on the nature of "selling out".
posted by item at 8:25 PM PST - 97 comments

Wes Anderson Analyzed

Seven video essays by Matt Zoller Seitz on Wes Anderson films. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 7:57 PM PST - 18 comments

The Hands of Robert Bresson

'This elegantly beautiful supercut on “the tactile world of Robert Bresson” by Kogonada for Criterion shows the great French director’s notoriously precise skill is applied even at the slightest hand gesture. There are no faces in this video yet the drama of these scenes is palpable.'
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 7:31 PM PST - 11 comments

SERVER SMASH

Waterson and Mattherson, the only two US east coast servers for the MMOFPS Planetside 2, are merging this month. On hearing the news, players from each server began talking smack, smack that quickly escalated to a call for a Server Smash, a 240 vs 240 campaign lasting 2 hours on one of the Planetside continents, to decide the surviving server name. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 7:22 PM PST - 9 comments

The Secret to Getting Top-Secret Secrets

How a journalist with a dark past learned to pry info from the government—and redeemed himself in the process.
posted by valkane at 7:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Rave On

For those of you unfamiliar with the history of Gary Busey (previously), a quick recap: His first appearance on film was in 1968. He would receive his breakout role ten years later playing the title role in The Buddy Holly Story. Ten years after that, Busey was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in which he did not wear a helmet, resulting in a fractured skull and suspected brain damage. In the years since, he has continued to work in Hollywood and also projected an increasingly erratic personality. How much of it is an act? Only Busey knows for sure. But given his recent commercials for Amazon Fire TV (and outtakes), we have to ask ourselves: Is this in poor taste?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:23 PM PST - 56 comments

Penta, Mariya: Rejected

Women too awesome, awful or offbeat for the movies [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 6:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Philadelphia's Cats in Windows

"A Walking Map of Philadelphia's Cats in Windows"
posted by angrycat at 4:12 PM PST - 42 comments

Otis

Magma pay tribute to Otis Redding as only Magma can. [slyt]
posted by mediocre at 4:05 PM PST - 7 comments

The Kiss That Changed Video Games

On the first day of [the 1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo], the game’s producers, Kana Ryan and Chris Trottier, watched in disbelief as two of the female Sims attending the virtual wedding leaned in and began to passionately kiss. They had, during the live simulation, fallen in love. Moreover, they had chosen this moment to express their affection, in front of a live audience of assorted press.
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 2:47 PM PST - 41 comments

it's a free market

Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Collectivism
“In the marketplace of ideas,” Harry went on, “Voldemort has the same right to disseminate his philosophy as you do. If his philosophy is sound, it will flourish. If his philosophy is unsound, you have nothing to fear.”
posted by fight or flight at 2:20 PM PST - 46 comments

The Near-Death of Grand Central Terminal

"[S]tock jobbers[,]... confidence men,... an impecunious transportation entity", politicos, judges, scoundrels and Jackie O.: the near-death of Grand Central Terminal, and how it foretold the 2008 financial crisis. [sl Harper's]
posted by killdevil at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

spiegel has opened fire on the NSA

New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden's Germany File [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 1:40 PM PST - 48 comments

“They finally asked me not to come back anymore.”

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the first real “slasher” film, and it changed many things—the ratings code of the Motion Picture Association of America, the national debate on violence, the Texas Film Commission, the horror genre—but it remained a curiously isolated phenomenon. The film itself, involving five young people on a twisted drive through the country, is a strange, shifting experience—early audiences were horrified; later audiences laughed; newcomers to the movie were inevitably stricken with a vaguely uneasy feeling, as though the movie might have actually been made by a maniac—but the story behind the film is even stranger." We begin with a couple of stolen barbecue chicken wings....
posted by zarq at 12:42 PM PST - 51 comments

Jennifer in Paradise

Its subject is Knoll's then-girlfriend Jennifer, topless on the beach in Bora Bora, gazing out at To'opua island. The young couple worked together at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm's special-effects company, and were enjoying some well-earned R&R after working 70-hour weeks on the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Looking back, Jennifer says: "It was a truly magical time for us. My husband actually proposed to me later on in the day, probably just after that photo." Little wonder that John would name the photo Jennifer in Paradise.
If you were around when Photoshop was first released, you know the image, as it was the first photoshopped image in the world and use in a lot of the early demos for the programme. Bonus: for the twentieth anniversary release of Photoshop 1.0, John Knoll replicates the demos he used to do to sell Photoshop to Adobe.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:06 PM PST - 37 comments

It's last call to do your shopping at the last mall

The Guardian on the decline of America's shopping malls. "Dying shopping malls are speckled across the United States, often in middle-class suburbs wrestling with socioeconomic shifts. Some, like Rolling Acres, have already succumbed. Estimates on the share that might close or be repurposed in coming decades range from 15 to 50%. Americans are returning downtown; online shopping is taking a 6% bite out of brick-and-mortar sales; and to many iPhone-clutching, city-dwelling and frequently jobless young people, the culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, even cartoonish.

The trend is especially noticeable in the Midwest, a former blue-collar bastion where ailing malls have begun dotting suburban landscapes. Outside of Chicago, Lakehurst Mall was levelled in 2004 and the half-vacant Lincoln Mall is costing its host village millions in botched redevelopment plans. Dixie Square Mall sat vacant for more than 30 years after serving as the backdrop for the iconic chase scene in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. It was finally demolished in 2012. Many others will similarly lie dormant as they wait for the wrecking ball."
posted by porn in the woods at 11:34 AM PST - 181 comments

Clicked, where the cow was

Ian Bogost in the Atlantic, on Darmok. Ian Bogost, creator of Cow Clicker and noted contrarian, looks at the TNG episode Darmok.
posted by mwhybark at 11:12 AM PST - 81 comments

As Seen On YouTube

Some genius inventor in South Korea has come up with a clean, easy way to unclog toilets without a plunger! (Maybe.) Introducing, the Pongtu!
Trigger Warning: Toilet with Brown Water
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:53 AM PST - 76 comments

Oh good GOD, it is a cake recipe site

Rainbow-Cake Recipe Inspires Comment Apocalypse - sometimes you should read the comments, because they're an amazing trainwreck.
posted by desjardins at 10:48 AM PST - 109 comments

Just because you used a computer doesn't make your idea new.

We hold that the claims at issue are drawn to the abstract idea of intermediated settlement, and that merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention.
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We must first determine whether the claims at issue are directed to a patent-ineligible concept. We conclude that they are.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 [pdf], invalidating many but by no means all software patents, in Alice v CLS Bank. [more inside]
posted by atbash at 10:32 AM PST - 60 comments

Today in Geographic Microdata

Clarity Campaign Labs invites you to use TargetSmart U.S. voter data to discover, via seven yes/no/don't care questions, What town matches my politics? Business Insider uses it to determine the most liberal and conservative towns in each state.
posted by psoas at 9:20 AM PST - 87 comments

Doom and gloom

Study says Earth on brink of mass extinction event The new study focused on the rate, not the number, of species disappearing from Earth. It calculated a "death rate" of how many species become extinct each year out of 1 million species. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:14 AM PST - 44 comments

Bill Cosby's Greatest Comedy Album

"The routine Cosby was about to perform—immortalized on the landmark album To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With—represented a turning point in his career. A full 16 years before The Cosby Show debuted, the performance would serve as the blueprint for the themes that would define his work: the father as a loving disciplinarian; the siblings who could switch from screaming at one another to plotting together at the drop of a hat; the confidence that no matter what conflicts and tragedies arise, the bonds of family will hold. In To Russell, Cosby didn’t just find his voice; he tapped into something deeper." [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 9:06 AM PST - 37 comments

Mick Jagger Burping

Dancing in the Street with all music removed. A musicless musical video, with some interpretive dubbing.
posted by codacorolla at 8:15 AM PST - 35 comments

What Is The Most Asinine Topic You've Had To Talk About?

The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable video: Comedy Actresses. Stacey Wilson sits down with The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco,The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, Shameless' Emmy Rossum, and Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, to talk about stupid questions from the media, disastrous auditions, odd fan interactions, the crazy stuff people tell them, and the state of American TV. (1:03:14, highlight transcription available)
posted by The Whelk at 8:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Squirrel and Hedgehog

Squirrel and Hedgehog - Yes folks, this is a North Korean cartoon produced in house ... The animation is really good, (episode 24 and on is animated in Flash, while before it was all hand drawn) the story is pretty complicated sometimes, and the characters are cool. The only thing actually wrong with this show, other than it being blatant propaganda, is that the lipsync is awful. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Alderaan Gambit or Mothma Opening?

The complete animations for Star Wars Chess on Sega CD: Rebel Alliance and The Empire.
posted by griphus at 6:13 AM PST - 25 comments

Cubicles and Careers!

A motley group of role-players adventure in a strange, forbidding world...(via io9.com)
posted by Renoroc at 5:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Love and Death In the House of Prayer

A former member of a tight-knit college prayer group describes his community's disintegration — and how one of its members ended up dead.
posted by SkylitDrawl at 4:57 AM PST - 68 comments

Marina Abramović's Video Diary.

Marina Abramović's Video Diary. The artist Marina Abramović's latest show is a 512 hour long performance piece at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where across the opening hours of seventy-two days, she's inviting a maximum of a hundred and sixty people into an almost completely empty gallery space (the whole gallery space is empty in fact) and asking them to share that space with her and now and then following her whispered orders to stand in various places including facing a wall. For the duration she's also posting a nightly video diary at thespace.org and at the Serpentine's own website in which she describes the days events.
posted by feelinglistless at 3:57 AM PST - 16 comments

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