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October 14, 2010
Mad Men Theme Song ... With a Twist
Mad Men Theme Song ... With a Twist
posted by kmz at 9:11 PM PST - 47 comments

The Beauty of AIDS Intervention
Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010... (possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

A story in pictures -- The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells is now out on dvd (and Watch Instantly). Worth watching for beautiful animation, worth thinking about for its tapestry of Irish myth and history. [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 7:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Parachuting Into Michigan Stadium with the 101st Airborne Division
Sgt. Adam Sniffen from the 101st Airborne Division delivers the game ball via parachute before the Michigan vs. MSU game at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.
posted by dead cousin ted at 6:25 PM PST - 68 comments

"Social Science That Matters."
The Society Pages is a collection of blogs based around sociology. Some have been mentioned here before, and they cover a range of topics within sociology such as sexuality, crime and race.
posted by lauratheexplorer at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Nintendo music with drums over it.
TheNintendoDrummer plays drums over Nintendo music. Totally Rad. Castlevania 2. Ghosts and Goblins. Ninja Gaiden 2. Mega Man 9.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Whale Migration on Flickr
Tail of a whale, snapped in 2 seas, reveals surprising wanderlust. "By scouring a photo-sharing website for tourists’ pictures of whales, a citizen scientist from Maine has helped to document a female humpback’s record-breaking 6,000-mile journey from Brazil to Madagascar. The remarkable voyage of whale number 1363 from one breeding ground to another is a scientific discovery for the social-networking age — a study made possible both by vacation photos posted on Flickr and an exhaustive library of photos of whales’ tails that scientists have built since the 1970s." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Welcome to Summoner's Rift
League of Legends is an indie game inspired by the Defense of the Ancients map for Warcraft III. [more inside]
posted by Soup at 5:12 PM PST - 36 comments

Vintage Suitcase Boombox
The BoomCase by Mr. Simo.
posted by bwg at 5:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Philosophers all have long, gray beards!
Professional philosophers have long known that there are far fewer women in philosophy than there are men. (Some quick info.) Recently, this issue has taken center-stage in the philosophy blogosphere. First, a new study suggests that gender plays a role in what intuitions one has to philosophical thought experiments, such as the Gettier cases about knowledge, and The Trolley Problem related to ethics (via). Second, a new blog, What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?, has exploded in popularity as it shows the good, the bad, and the downright ugly involved in being a woman in the profession. [more inside]
posted by meese at 5:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Anatomical illustrations from Edo-period Japan
Old anatomical illustrations that provide a unique perspective on the evolution of medical knowledge in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868) [more inside]
posted by gman at 4:29 PM PST - 27 comments

For font nerds AND map nerds.
Typographic Maps. "These unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type."
posted by jacquilynne at 3:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Laila Kinnunen
Laila Kinnunen was very popular in Finland in the fifties and sixties. She sang beautifully in Finnish, but had also the ability to perform in many other languages. As performer Laila was quite versatile, just compare these two performances. Though in her heart of hearts she probably wanted to be a jazz singer. [more inside]
posted by severiina at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

a shell of largely undisturbed cola that is only menticulated at its very core
Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics celebrates fluid dynamics in all their fuck-yeahness.
posted by staggernation at 2:14 PM PST - 25 comments

One map's journey
The KICKMap has come up previously on MeFi (1, 2, 3). In this article, designer Eddie Jabbour elaborates his approach and offers a detailed comparison with current and past NYC Subway map designs.
posted by Casimir at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

You don't have to be vegan to enjoy vegan food.
Vegan Dad: "When you have kids, supper has to be on the table every night. And when you are a vegan, the drive-thru, the deli counter, and TV dinners/frozen convenience foods are not an option. So, you do the best you can. This blog is a record of what my family eats. It's not always a totally complete meal, not always photogenic, and sometimes it's leftovers. But, it is a realistic look at a vegan family in a northern Ontario city that is not always vegan-friendly." [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:59 PM PST - 56 comments

wonderful magical animal
Rob Levitt of Mado in Chicago butchering a pig. 19 more videos submitted by chefs and butchers to Protein University, a project that aims to "create an online resource populated with a family tree of butchery techniques from whole animal breakdowns to sausage making from across the globe". [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

What Do I Do With Those Damn Anime Kids?
Cartoonist and former high school teacher Sean Michael Robinson (flickr) on what to do with those darn anime kids.
posted by Artw at 1:32 PM PST - 20 comments

The Magick of David Bowie
The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult A lengthy analysis.
posted by kimdog at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Dress the Part: the Fashion of Movies as Posters
Dress the Part: ten posters for ten movies prepared by Moxy Creative. First link: all the images on one page, resized and re-hosted. Second link: the original images, three per page and over 1mb per image. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Tao Lin, literal author
We've seen literal video before. Artist/author Tao Lin (b.1983, previously) has turned literalism into performance and literary art. His Asperger style can be quickly distilled in these literally boring videos: [1],[2],[3],[4]. A video interview with Tao has more insights into his technique (and vegetable chopping). The critics don't always seem to get it, nor do I, though they pay lots of attention.
posted by stbalbach at 11:41 AM PST - 41 comments

Epic PR Fail
New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera's column last weekend excoriated HP and SAP, and presented Oracle in a positive light. One problem: Nocera's fiancee is the PR person for Oracle's lead attorney in its lawsuit against SAP. Woops. (via gawker)
posted by VicNebulous at 11:27 AM PST - 25 comments

An Apartment-Sized Time Capsule
For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside.
posted by Heliochrome85 at 11:23 AM PST - 65 comments

Construction On Track
Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction is a 12 minute time lapse film showing 3.5 days of construction crews replacing MUNI tracks in San Francisco. "This is a time-lapse video showing the replacement of the MUNI tracks in front of my house. Demolition began on the evening of Friday, October 8, and work continued around the clock until early in the morning of Tuesday, October 12. The MUNI folks were nice enough to distribute earplugs to those of us in the immediate vicinity."
posted by hippybear at 11:09 AM PST - 27 comments

Why does airline food taste so bland?
Why is airline food so often tasteless? It looks like there are many factors, and even the background noise in the cabin affects people's perceptions of taste. [more inside]
posted by philipy at 10:52 AM PST - 52 comments

Hint: It's spelled *Allen*.
Mental Floss has some good stuff, but I really like their quizzes. Especially the "Who Am I" series. Novels. Poets. Actors. Sports. Wonders of the World. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Has opposable thumbs, walks upright, and makes stone tools.
Since 1990, Woody Blackwell has been seriously flintknapping: shaping flint, obsidian and other stones into tools, using a process called lithic reduction. [more inside]
posted by avoision at 10:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Murther Most Foul Mapped
The London Murder Map. A project-in-progress to map the variety (by gun, by knife, by bomb, by blunt object) of homicides that committed in London from the 19th century to now. Populated so far with only the last few years, Murder Map will eventually incorporate data from the oft-linked The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913. impressions so far? "Richmond, The City and Hampstead stand out as murderless pockets in an otherwise homogeneously dense circle of homicide."* (Somewhat Previously)
posted by grabbingsand at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

"A kind of forced autism"
A man goes to prison for two years, then returns to a thread he started on 99chan to answer questions about it.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 9:55 AM PST - 155 comments

A Portrait of Hunger
A Portrait of Hunger. A look at poverty and hunger in Philadelphia.
posted by chunking express at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Abortion rights in Australia
Tegan Leach, the first Queensland woman to be charged with procuring her own miscarriage, has been acquitted. She faced seven years in prison if found guilty. [more inside]
posted by goo at 9:12 AM PST - 22 comments

All in the details
Surface Detail is the latest science fiction novel by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks to be set in his Culture universe.... [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:29 AM PST - 66 comments

Tickling the Master's Creatures
Thomas Pynchon is one of the great unheard lyricists. His award-winning novel, Gravity's Rainbow, is full of song lyrics. Depending on how you count, there are around 100 in the book. Over the course of a year, the Thomas Pynchon Fake Book managed to set twenty-eight of them to music. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 7:43 AM PST - 66 comments

chicago is a proxy for boston_red_sox
The Never-Ending Language Learning system or NELL is learning the internet. Follow NELL's discoveries on Twitter.
posted by griphus at 7:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Only guy with crabs on Broadway is Sebastian
Defamation by Twitter Broadway actor Marty Thomas has filed papers in court asking that the identify of the "bwayanonymous" Twitter account (cache) be revealed, after the account made a post alleging Thomas has crabs.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:25 AM PST - 37 comments

Bloomberg's Pimm Fox Interviews Mr T.
The normally all-business Pimm Fox interviews Mr. T on Bloomberg Television (SLYT)
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Build anything.
Lego in the city. This is an advert I made for Lego. It uses pieces from the stash my brother and I used to play with when we were younger, so perhaps it looks a bit dated compared with modern day Lego. Dated, but still great. Temujin Doran makes a short film. (More from Doran.)
posted by shakespeherian at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

I wouldn't have got off my estate dressed like this
The English Defence League, a group protesting against 'Islamification of Britain', planned a march through Leicester (a city with a sizeable Asian population) this weekend. The town braced itself for riots. What happened was somewhat different. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:57 AM PST - 122 comments

Greater Manchester Police posting 24 hours of incidents to Twitter
Greater Manchester Police are posting every single incident they deal with over a 24-hour period to Twitter. Due to the high volume of incidents, they're posting them over three different Twitter accounts: one two three. [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 4:49 AM PST - 31 comments

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home..."
Past, I'd like to introduce you to the present. "Letters Home relies on contributions. We are nothing without readers who are willing to share their stories or respond to others. We don’t think we’re alone in wondering what’s happened to our childhood homes since we left. Or in wanting to share an important event that occurred there – from a birthday party to a marriage proposal, a secret revealed to a lie concealed. Write a letter to the present occupant (even if it’s still family), the owner of the store that now stands on that lot, whatever or whoever might be there now, and share your memory. Ask them to respond with their own story and photo. Their letter and photo will then be added to your post." How Letters Home works?
posted by Fizz at 4:27 AM PST - 10 comments

He made himself a Daddy
Though never a competition, the Def Poetry Jam is a rhyming spin off from its comidic uncle that plays host to some of the most fantastic spoken word from a wonderful breadth of poets and people. The fun and inocent, the declaration of love , your cause the famous and the famouser, the needs of a single woman, the manifest, the virus and one written and delivered with such emotion and power that it left me speachless, "Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty
posted by Cogentesque at 2:24 AM PST - 16 comments