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July 21, 2011
This guy does what Al Gore can only dream of....
Hot off the heels of the rousing critical success of Transformers 3, producer Don Murphy has greenlighted a feature-length, live-action Captain Planet film.
posted by schmod at 9:51 PM PST - 104 comments

The New York Times Discovers The Brilliance of Dwarf Fortress
This Sunday's New York Times Magazine interviews the creators of epic ASCII megagame Dwarf Fortress......and Metafilter credited as the "popular blog" which fueled public awareness of DF! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 9:27 PM PST - 71 comments

BAR BAR LEMON
How One Man Hacked His Way Into the Slot-Machine Industry
posted by Chrysostom at 8:36 PM PST - 35 comments

Conjoined Twins Share Their Story
Stefan and Tyler are twins conjoined at the head. These brothers both play the violin and have a form of high-functioning autism, but one is homosexual and the other is heterosexual. You can watch a video of them here.
posted by GnomeChompsky at 8:36 PM PST - 45 comments

I don’t think any of us grew up into the world we were hoping for or expecting
On the heels of the newest volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and the recent completion of the controversial Neonomicon, which Moore suggests may be his last non-League comics work), Alan Moore (previously) gives Wired a lengthy interview that includes his thoughts on DC Comics' upcoming reboot (also previously) and the dilemma of the fan-turned-writer.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:34 PM PST - 39 comments

When the armor no longer needs us - what happens?
The Weaponized Transhuman: Halo, Deus Ex, Crysis, Bioshock, Warhammer, and the Future of Wetware (Us). Related: New Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Ensemble Monologue
Actor Jim Meskimen reads Clarence's monologue, slightly adapted, from Shakespeare's Richard III [text] in 25 celebrity impressions. Bonus points for using Ron Howard's voice for the line "Though 'twere to buy a world of happy days," and Barack Obama's for "Such terrible impression made the dream." (via @craigyferg) [more inside]
posted by maryr at 6:39 PM PST - 28 comments

What is a man and a woman?
Kudzu and the California Marriage Amendment Proposition 8 Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry: Initiative Constitutional Amendment SECTION I. Title This measure shall be known and may be cited as the "California Marriage Protection Act." SECTION 2. Article I. Section 7.5 is added to the California Constitution, to read: Sec. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. The biggest problem is that laws like the California initiative will make the courts decide who is male and who is female — and all available decision criteria create unavoidable miscarriages of justice that will, or should, dismay initiative proponents. You're probably thinking, about now, that I'm going to exaggerate the sex-definitional 1 problem: Probably, you and everyone you know is unambiguously male or female — or at least has always believed himself or herself to be so, and nobody's challenged that, and nobody's likely to. That's true, absolutely: Only maybe one live birth in 100 has some non-standard sex anatomy, and genetic anomalies are slightly rarer than that. However, let's talk about those 1-in-100 or 1-in-1000 cases — because those could be you, or your aunt, or your best friend — and because our system of law has to deal with 1-in-1000 situations, too.
posted by robbyrobs at 5:35 PM PST - 50 comments

The Way Of All Flesh
British figurative painter Lucian Freud, whose uncompromising, fleshy portraits made him one of the world's most revered and coveted artists, has died aged 88. Tate Gallery Google image search. [NSFWish]
posted by chavenet at 4:23 PM PST - 42 comments

Insert Tim Cappello Joke/GIF Here
Is the epic saxophone solo returning to pop music? With recent good time summer radio hits by ubiquitous hit makers Katy Perry and Lady Gaga featuring an unexpected saxophone solo, is this a hint towards a return of the woodwind as a staple in rock/pop music or just ironic posturing from vapid "tastemakers"?
posted by mediocre at 4:16 PM PST - 135 comments

Cenk Uygur and the ethos of corporate-owned media
Glenn Greenwald writes about Cenk Uygur's recent firing from MSNBC in Salon Magazine Despite having achieved the highest ratings ever for MSNBC last quarter (beating FOX News), Cenk Uygur was fired from the network this week. Rev. Al Sharpton will be replacing Cenk in the coveted timeslot formerly occupied by Keith Olbermann. Glenn talks about he reasons a major network might do this and Cenk introduces some revelations about why he was let go in in this weeks Young Turks podcast. [more inside]
posted by Poet_Lariat at 4:13 PM PST - 53 comments

[ your pun here ]
Amp Radio Calgary's controversial "Breast Summer Contest Ever", which provoked complaints to the Ad Standards Council and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, has awarded its prize of $10,000 towards breast augmentation surgery to Avery Mitchell, a 23-year-old transgendered woman. Mitchell received 76% online votes in the contest, supported by notorious "boobies"-loving website FARK.com.
posted by Zozo at 3:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Compromise this.
The US Debt envisioned in hundred-dollar bills.
posted by Phire at 2:57 PM PST - 90 comments

Funny Money
Pop-Cultured Currency - Technically, defacing US currency is a crime – but artist James Charles doesn’t seem to be in any legal trouble for his awesome series of Pop Culture Cash. His portraits, created on real money using ink, turn dead presidents into colorfully amusing pop culture icons. Alternate site with larger pics.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Hey, you've got your maps in my art!
Maps that make you smile, maps that make you look fashionable and maps that keep you warm.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Real high class lords keep it real.
Damn, it feels good to be a Lannister. [SLYT] (Also, Game of Thrones spoilers!) (NSFW)
posted by valkyryn at 1:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Could Murdoch really not have known about phone-hacking? One journalist says yes
Could Rupert Murdoch really not have known about phone-hacking? Veteran Canadian journalist and TV producer Howard Bernstein thinks it’s possible, because something almost as bad happened at CTV News, which “produced a story on Chinese students keeping Canadians out of Canadian universities. It was a crock, fabricated by a senior producer on the show.... I am certain [the] then-president of CTV had absolutely no idea.... So why is it so hard to believe that Rupert and son didn’t know about the telephone hacking?”
posted by joeclark at 12:58 PM PST - 84 comments

Henson & Oz
Henson & Oz: A tribute to one of the great comedy teams of the 20th century. [12m13s] They worked together for 27 years, from 1963 until Henson's untimely death in 1990, and their friendship and professional association spanned several TV shows and a series of feature films. This video essay sums up their excellence, and their significance.
posted by hippybear at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Look at My Professional White Background. Now Look at Your Site. Now Back to Mine. Now....
If your website is full of assholes, it's your fault. from Anil Dash. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:42 PM PST - 143 comments

Gimme three feet, gimme three feet mister
Six animations from Commute Orlando on cycling and pedestrian safety.
posted by klangklangston at 11:47 AM PST - 41 comments

'Apparently these things happen to other parents too! I'm just as shocked as anyone.'
Parenting. Illustrated with crappy pictures.
posted by anastasiav at 10:13 AM PST - 77 comments

THE RESULTS ARE IN
Holy Maury Mother of God is your one stop shop for gifs, non sequiturs, and reaction shots from the Maury Povich Show.
posted by hermitosis at 10:07 AM PST - 52 comments

"That doesn't help with your policy though."
The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain has a tradition of airing humorous celebrity "PSA" bumpers urging theatergoers not to talk during the movie. Will Ferrell. George A. Romero. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. Danny DeVito. R. Lee Ermey. Governor Ann Richards. Recently, Drafthouse owner Tim League sat down for an interview with The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg and attempted to get him to record a "Don't Talk" PSA. It did not go as planned. (Previously.)
posted by eugenen at 9:48 AM PST - 49 comments

Criminalization of walking
When Design Kills: The criminalization of walking
posted by garlic at 9:41 AM PST - 186 comments

Lift and separate
Initially the conventional wisdom was that spacesuits “would be like rockets: adamantine, metallic, armored and smooth.” But in practice, rigid spacesuits repeatedly failed under testing. So when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon they were protected from the vacuum of space by flexible spacesuits crafted from twenty-one layers of fabric, “each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles” for the Playtex Corporation. The Spirit of the Spacesuit , Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo [more inside]
posted by Herodios at 9:14 AM PST - 25 comments

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?
How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song? "Def Jam started paying for Rihanna's recent single, "Man Down," more than a year ago. In March of 2010, the label held a writing camp in L.A. to create the songs for Rihanna's album, Loud." [more inside]
posted by incandissonance at 7:53 AM PST - 75 comments

British wrestling posters
British Wresting Posters: a Flickr set. See also British wrestling photos, and the British wrestling archive. (Via everlasting blort)
posted by OmieWise at 6:48 AM PST - 24 comments

“I think it’s important to do things every once in a while purely because they amuse you.”
The Great Right Hype: Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller (CJR, via longform.org)
posted by box at 6:30 AM PST - 88 comments

Humans, presumably, come from Hummus
How to talk to an alien, a detailed guide to first contact. You might want to invent your own language for just such an occasion. Or just get to know the most common patterns for fictional alien languages.(previously)
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 5:29 AM PST - 47 comments

Thinking of taking a photograph?
Big Birds Captured in Action is just one gallery on PhotoExtract; there is also Hdr with pics like this or portraits like this.
There are a large amount of categories to explore; such as portraits or sea or Experimental.
Editor Jarek Klimek recommends 61 photographers to follow on Google+.
posted by adamvasco at 4:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Apple Stoer
Blogger BirdAboard discovers not one, but three fake Apple stores in Kunming, China.
posted by bwg at 2:36 AM PST - 74 comments