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October 9, 2010
Now We Dance
Now is the time on MetaFilter when we dance: with GROSSE FREIHEIT, Mera naam Chin Chin Chu (Hindi: मेरा नाम चिन चिन चू, Urdu: میرا نام چِن چِن چو) , and Occult Chemistry - Fire.
posted by puny human at 9:06 PM PST - 31 comments

A Not So Beautiful Day
A pullout isn't good news for PBS, either, as it signals "to other PBS members that affiliation isn't that important anymore," according to Jeffrey McCall, a media expert at DePauw University. Los Angeles Public Broadcasting Stations' (PBS) affiliate KCET has announced they will be pulling out of the network. Things have not been going well for the station for a while now. [more inside]
posted by victors at 6:55 PM PST - 52 comments

SEO Speedwagon
Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving. SLNYT + video.
posted by chavenet at 3:40 PM PST - 116 comments

"Art is the proper task of life."
The Banishment of Beauty (Part 1) "This is part one of a one hour slide presentation I made in Laguna Beach for American Artist's "Weekend With the Masters" event. It deals with the issues as I see them between traditional and "modern" art." (Part 2) (Part 3) & (Part 4).
posted by Fizz at 3:33 PM PST - 66 comments

Islands, Guano, and Imperialism
Islands, Guano, and Imperialism: Columbia University Law Professor Christina Duffy Burnett is interviewed in Cabinet Magazine. Via.
posted by Rumple at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Kent State Redux
Did an FBI provocateur fire the first shots before the Kent State killings. New audio analysis shows this might be the case. Dennis Kucinich wants answers.
posted by Xurando at 1:13 PM PST - 50 comments

Scott Jordan, urban archeologist
Urban archaeologist Scott Jordan has spent his whole life uncovering New York City's remains: I have been digging for New York's artifacts since 1969. My first dig was on Governor's Island, which was my father's duty station, and I stumbled upon a time capsule of New York's military history in the moat of old Fort Jay. In the dirt under the old drawbridge were relics dating from the War of 1812 all the way to the Civil War including buttons, musket balls and bullets, coins, pottery, and even a small cannon ball. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

neat costume and film history
RecycledMovieCostumes.com A site of screencaps and photos tracking outfits that show up in different movies. So sometimes you're watching a movie and you say "that actor looks familiar." This is a collection of photos and comparisons for the times you've thought "that outfit looks familiar." [more inside]
posted by SaharaRose at 11:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Douglas Coupland: ‘Glossary of New Terms’ and ‘Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next Ten Years’
Double hit o’ 1990s-style Douglas Coupland aphorism and futurism: “Glossary of New Terms”; “A Radical Pessimist’s Guide to the Next Ten Years.”
posted by joeclark at 10:58 AM PST - 50 comments

Girl Inform Me (What The Heck Is Going On)
A ballet based on Oh, Inverted World by The Shins. (SLYT)
posted by Askiba at 10:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Can a double positive ever make a negative?
Repetition needn't be redundancy. Contrastive focus reduplication (also lexical cloning, the double construction) is a little studied type of syntactic reduplication found in some languages. The first part of the reduplicant bears contrastive intonational stress, hence the name. [Via]
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:20 AM PST - 42 comments

Dear Homeowners Of America, if you can't walk after reading this, it's because you've been well and truly...
Somebody fed the hydra a hand grenade. The “robo-signer” scandal began September 20th when news broke that GMAC/Ally was suspending foreclosures in 23 states due to flawed affidavits submitted in foreclosure proceedings there. Since then, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America, and now possibly Littleton Loan Servicing (a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs) have admitted similar problems. With yesterday’s announcement by Bank of America that it will be suspending foreclosures in all 50 states (not just the ones where foreclosures go before a judge) all signs point to the fact that mere false affidavits are no longer the issue; other, more serious problems are now being uncovered, e.g. forged assignments and failure to serve papers. Up to 40 state’s attorney’s general are poised to announce a joint investigation. What does all this mean? Well…uh…can you actually prove you own your house? And can your bank? And can the investment bank who’s been collecting the payments from the bond they made out of your mortgage? If you can’t, you’re going to have a hell of a time selling it.* And so will all the banks.* Did I mention that bank-owned (REO/forclosures) sales are 25 percent of the housing market? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 8:00 AM PST - 146 comments

You're Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles
You're Stealing it Wrong: 30 Years of Inter-Pirate Battles. A presentation at DefCon by Jason Scott.
posted by chunking express at 7:52 AM PST - 22 comments

As the tide flows
Philip Scott Johnson does morphing
Van Gogh self portraits
60 years of actresses
60 years of actors
women in film
Women In Art here previously; 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art now with links to original artwork.
posted by adamvasco at 7:15 AM PST - 14 comments