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November 4, 2010
"...the best form of democracy we’ll have in this process."
Are you ok with your bank playing roulette with your deposits? Yes? No? Well, today is the last day to speak up and be heard! [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 10:31 PM PST - 29 comments

"I realized it is basically insane to make any kind of judgment about rap without hearing it."
Listening to Rap for the First Time, with a Book Critic
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:29 PM PST - 80 comments

Translation in Practice
Translation in Practice, an extensive guide to the methods and business of literary translation, is available free of charge [PDF] from Dalkey Archive. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

My favorite cult is ______
My name is l33tpolicywonk and I am not a douche. [via mefi projects]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 8:30 PM PST - 52 comments

Look at that focaccia-ing tumblr blog.
Bread people. It's people. In bread.
posted by phunniemee at 8:29 PM PST - 31 comments

these portraits look back at us and embody a louder voice in the discourse of the gaze
100 Portraits — 100 Photographers
posted by andoatnp at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Tickling the fancy of those who tickle the ivories
There's never been a better time to be a curious classical pianist. A few YouTube users have been uploading synchronized scores to dozens of interesting pieces, usually virtuosic and/or obscure, and often out of print or otherwise unavailable. There are all sorts of treasures, but perhaps the most notable scores are those of a lost generation of post-Scriabin Russian composers whose avant-garde output was later suppressed by the Soviet government.
posted by dfan at 7:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Same as in town.
“But Gitmo, a ‘betrayal of American values’? Would that it were! Alas, for nearly every grisly tabloid feature of the Khadr case, you can find an easy analog in our everyday criminal justice system. In a sense, much of our War on Terror has proven a slightly spicier version of our ‘normal’ way of doing criminal justice. Using the case of Omar Khadr, let's take this step by step.”
posted by kipmanley at 6:02 PM PST - 37 comments

Give and you shall receive
What would you do with $11,255,272? Violet and Allen Large gave most of it away. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 5:34 PM PST - 46 comments

“If you don’t like him, you don’t like ice cream.”
Legendary baseball manager George "Sparky" Anderson dead at 76. Ernie Harwell on Sparky. Interview on Santa Clarita community access. "Mr. President, I know you love those Cubs, but if you knew these Tigers, you'd love 'em more. Hall of Fame entry. He was a crummy player, though. Remembering Anderson's class. STAY CLASSY, SPARKY! The End of a Sparkling Life.
posted by klangklangston at 4:27 PM PST - 54 comments

The Meta Prefix: Is There Anything It Cannot Do?
An Invisible Man with perfect vision sounds like a superhero from a comic, but may be close to reality thanks to scientists at the University of St Andrews. A team of physicists are one step closer to creating a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak, with a new form of material that could also be attached to contact lenses to provide ‘perfect’ eyesight. Here comes the science.
posted by chavenet at 4:09 PM PST - 38 comments

Brian Eno: The Dick Flash Interview (SLYT)
You love playing with what somebody else is playing as much as you like playing with yourself. Dick Flash from Pork Magazine interviews Brian Eno about music, copyright and the collaborative process. (SLYT) Previous Eno
posted by bunglin jones at 3:45 PM PST - 45 comments

Linda Perhacs
"Parallelograms is an album by American psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs. Her first and to date only album, it was all but completely ignored when originally released on Kapp Records in 1970. Discouraged by the lack of commercial attention and the label's reluctance to promote the album, Perhacs returned to her career as a dental technician. In the 30 or so years that followed, the album gradually developed a cult following, particularly on the Internet. Young listeners found appeal in her subtle instrumentation and delicate harmonies..." Parallelograms::Chimacum Rain::Hey, Who Really Cares?
posted by puny human at 3:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Zombie Ants
Once the fungus invades its victim’s body, it’s already too late. The invader spreads through the host in a matter of days. . . . Just before dying, the infected body—a zombie—grasps a perch as the mature fungal invader erupts from the back of the zombie’s head to rain down spores on unsuspecting victims below, starting the cycle again. This isn’t the latest gross-out moment from a George A. Romero horror film; it is part of a very real evolutionary arms race between a parasitic fungus and its victims, ants. (SL Smithsonian article)
posted by bearwife at 2:31 PM PST - 80 comments

Fractal Art
New fractal art from Metafilter's own Jock Cooper. Fractal animations, some with fractal music, mechanical fractals, zoomable fractals, even a DVD. Main site. Previously.
posted by sunnichka at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Newly weird
Jeff Vandermeer discusses Amazons top 10 SF/Fantasy books of the year, which he selected in consultation with Amazon editors : Part 1, Part 2.
posted by Artw at 1:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Tiny, Lazy, Fluffy Puppies
A short video of a few very tiny, very lazy, very fluffy puppies playing with miniature tennis balls. That is all. (SLYT)
posted by Gator at 1:49 PM PST - 54 comments

“If the goal of the majority is to govern, what is the purpose of the minority?”
How They Did It - A Republican Strategy Session 11 days before Obama's inauguration. 'How they did it is the story of one of the most remarkable Congressional campaigns in more than a half-century, characterized by careful plotting by Republicans, miscalculations by Democrats and a new political dynamic with forces out of both parties’ control.' 'At that Republican retreat in January 2009, gathering inside a historic inn in Annapolis, Md., the group — led by Representatives John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, and Eric Cantor of Virginia, the whip — did not tolerate the hand-wringing that consumed so many Republicans that dark winter. Instead, they walked through a by-the-numbers picture of Democratic vulnerability that had been lost in the excitement over Mr. Obama’s election.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 1:27 PM PST - 143 comments

Tweeting the good tweet
"Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, [programmer Nigel Leck] wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot @AI_AGW scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science." (via by way of via)
posted by m0nm0n at 12:21 PM PST - 57 comments

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Laurent Lavader is a French astrophotographer. His new collection, Jeux Lunaires (Moon Games) features whimsical and beautiful photos of the moon (NPR Gallery, Flickr). Many of the photos have been coupled with a poem and collected in a book which you can preview online. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Plans for UK's Tech Future
Prime Minister David Cameron set out his plans for making Britain more innovation and startup friendly. [more inside]
posted by philipy at 11:58 AM PST - 42 comments

100 Greatest Horror Movie Quotes of All Time
100 Greatest Horror Movie Quotes of All Time (slyt)
posted by nickyskye at 11:53 AM PST - 35 comments

"If my daughter had dressed as Batman, no one would have thought twice about it. No one."
My Son Is Gay
posted by zarq at 11:12 AM PST - 241 comments

Close Encounters of the Comet Kind
Earlier today a comet passed just 435 miles from a spacecraft. The NASA spacecraft EPOXI took some amazing pictures of the event. Scientists are still working to determine if there was any damage to the spacecraft as the comet passed by.
posted by morganannie at 10:42 AM PST - 56 comments

Sacred secrets; new finds from Orkney
Mr Mowatt said he had always wondered what lay under an 8ft stone in the garden and eventually curiosity got the better of him, "On the screen... I could clearly see what I thought was a white skull, with two eye sockets, looking back at me." [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 10:00 AM PST - 39 comments

It is a point click adventure game that leads a Werewolf.
Werewolf Werewolf2 Werewolf3 Werewolf4 Werewolf5 [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:29 AM PST - 17 comments

A Tale of Two Tarts
Illadore was surprised to see her article about apple pie published in Cooks Source without her knowledge. After asking for an apology and a donation to the Columbia School of Journalism, Cooks Source editor Judith Griggs responded in an email that "I do know about copyright laws . . . But honestly Monica, the web is considered 'public domain' and you should be happy we just didn't 'lift' your whole article and put someone else's name on it!"
posted by Avenger50 at 9:03 AM PST - 351 comments

woa
Seydou Keïta, self taught Malian portrait photographer, shot some of the most renowned portraiture of 1940 - 1960's Bamakan society. [more inside]
posted by iamck at 8:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Highrise: Out My Window
Out My Window (trailer) is the new web documentary from the Highrise project, one of the world's first interactive 360° documentaries. Delivered entirely on the web, it explores the state of our urban planet told by people who look out on the world from highrise windows. With more than 90 minutes of material, Out My Window features 49 stories from 13 cities, told in 13 languages.
posted by gman at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

"Say it with me: Automatic. Withdrawal."
Pastor Ed Young comes up with the spiritual successor to Give us all your money
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:11 AM PST - 97 comments

deviantART: Not for Deviants?
deviantART: Not for Deviants?
posted by Zarkonnen at 4:20 AM PST - 269 comments

Take off your pants and watch cartoons
Your Daily Cartoon [more inside]
posted by jtron at 2:53 AM PST - 10 comments

On Joe Gavin, Jr., director of the Apollo 11 lunar lander program
“There’s a certain exuberance that comes from being out there on the edge of technology, where things are not certain, where there is some risk, and where you make something work.” Joseph Gavin Jr., an MIT-trained engineer and director of the Apollo 11 lunar module program for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, died on Saturday. A few quotes from Joe about the program's complexity via an old Popular Mechanics article are nice, but this more complete interview providing some fascinating insights on the process and the culture and just how much went into the lunar lander program, from an engineer's perspective, is fantastic.
posted by disillusioned at 2:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Chasing your own ambulance
Hilary Mantel's Diary
Three or four nights after surgery – when, in the words of the staff, I have ‘mobilised’ – I come out of the bathroom and spot a circus strongman squatting on my bed. He sees me too; from beneath his shaggy brow he rolls a liquid eye. Brown-skinned, naked except for the tattered hide of some endangered species, he is bouncing on his heels and smoking furiously without taking the cigarette from his lips: puff, bounce, puff, bounce. What rubbish, I think, actually shouting at myself, but silently. This is a no-smoking hospital. It is impossible this man would be allowed in, to behave as he does. Therefore he’s not real, and if he’s not real I can take his space. As I get into bed beside him, the strongman vanishes. I pick up my diary and record him: was there, isn’t any more.
posted by adamvasco at 1:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Triumphant
Regina Jonas was the first woman rabbi. Ordained by the head of the German Liberal Rabbis’ Association in 1935 she continued to meet considerable resistance from many more conservative Jews; nevertheless she continued to work as a rabbi whereever she could find an audience even after being deported to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt; she remained there, giving comfort as she could, until she was murdered at Auschwitz in 1944. Her work was, for many years, forgotten until her papers were discovered in East Germany.
Ukrainian-born German Alina Treiger is to become the first woman ordained in Germany as a Rabbi since then.
posted by rodgerd at 12:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Deconstructing Henry
Dr. Jacopo Annese, sitting in front of his ventilated biosafety cabinet, a small paintbrush in his hand, teases apart a crumpled slice of brain.

Written by the grandson of the neurosurgeon who conducted Patient H.M.'s historical surgery, this article is a great follow-up to the San Diego Brain Observatory's live webcast from last December. [more inside]
posted by empatterson at 12:12 AM PST - 6 comments