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November 13, 2011
Laptop Dogs
The Fall have a new record out, Ersatz GB. It's their 29th studio album. An excellent interview with Mark E Smith from The Independent. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 10:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Eyes without a face.
Exposing our skin to the sun's ultraviolet rays unfortunately can give rise to a multitude of adverse health effects. Our skin's ability to produce melanin serves as buffer by absorbing those nasty UV rays. But how exactly does our skin know when it's being exposed to UV light? Well, apparently it can see it. [more inside]
posted by Isosceles at 8:16 PM PST - 24 comments

A Map Of The Floating City
Thomas Dolby's first album of original material in nearly 20 years is not only a CD and an online MMO game, but it's also an opportunity to look inside the creative process of one of the more respected artists of our time. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 4:54 PM PST - 62 comments

What and how should you teach your kid(s) about sex?
A woman wonders how she will teach her daughter about sex in an essay titled How I Learned About Sex.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:26 PM PST - 96 comments

Persuasive, Unignorable, Relevant, Rememberable (P.U.R.R.)
Ask yourself, what can cat videos do for your business? [SLYT].
posted by sharpener at 2:57 PM PST - 27 comments

What Games Are...
What Games Are is the name of a blog and book by game designer and deep thinker Tadhg Kelly (G+ profile). While the book is planned for release next year, Kelly has been posting in his blog and getting feedback from notables such as MeFi fav Raph Koster. [more inside]
posted by victors at 2:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Call Your Girlfriend
Erato Covers Robyn -- Cottage Cheese Percussion Version (slyt)
posted by jtajta at 2:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Brian Eno - Composers as Gardeners
Brian Eno - Composers as Gardeners "My topic is the shift from 'architect' to 'gardener', where 'architect' stands for 'someone who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for 'someone who plants seeds and waits to see exactly what will come up'. I will argue that today's composer are more frequently 'gardeners' than 'architects' and, further, that the 'composer as architect' metaphor was a transitory historical blip."

Brian Eno quoted from Edge.org issue 11.10.11
posted by ThenCameNow at 1:45 PM PST - 40 comments

"In almost all cases it is not possible to bring a civil action against" a website that hosts your nude images posted without your consent.
This past July, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill posted a three-part series about "online defamation and involuntary nudity." The first entry focused on an offender: Hunter Moore, owner of IsAnyoneUp.com (Link is NSFW.) The second entry focused on a victim: Paul Syiek, whose company was defamed by a disgruntled ex-employee on the consumer website Rip-off Report. The third profiled a Senior Copyright attorney at Microsoft, Colette Vogele, who co-founded a side project this year to help victims: WithoutMyConsent.org. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:22 PM PST - 53 comments

How I stopped worrying and learned to love the OWS protests
How I stopped worrying and learned to love the OWS protests
posted by garlic at 11:01 AM PST - 153 comments

"...all I could think was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful and yet again, wonderful"
Between August and October this year the crew of the ISS used a special low-light HD camera to visually capture the earth as it passed beneath them. The result, edited together by Michael König and set to music, is jaw-droppingly spectacular.

It may be redundant to tell you to set Vimeo to full-screen mode before playing, but do so - you won't regret it. Post intended as something of a sequel to this. Some related channels on Vimeo: The World In HD, HDTime, Slow Motion & Timelapse Theatre.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 10:41 AM PST - 74 comments

Damien Walters.
Awwwwww yeah, it's that time again! Damien Walters' Showreel 2011 has been released, and while it is slightly shorter than previous years, he sure has some great new tricks up his sleeve. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Edward Sorel: Nice Work If You Can Get It
Edward Sorel: Nice Work If You Can Get It a 20-minute overview of his career as a cartoonist and illustrator, in which the artist goes through a lot of paper in the search for immediacy. Filmed by his son, with commentary by contemporaries Milton Glaser and Jules Feiffer.
posted by TimTypeZed at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Leg hair font
A lot of us are interested in fonts. A lot of us are interested in, or have, leg hair. And now, finally, there's a story for both those groups.
posted by anothermug at 8:56 AM PST - 29 comments

Carl Ruggles
In 95 years of life, Carl Ruggles composed only 84 minutes of music - including his masterpiece for orchestra, "Sun-Treader". Charles Seeger called it "dissonant counterpoint". Charles Ives called it simply "strong, masculine music". In 1980, Michael Tilson Thomas recorded all of it for a long-out-of-print 2 LP set that has never been reissued on CD. Today, with almost none of the music from this significant American composer commercially available in any form, the Internet Archive has performed a valuable cultural service by hosting a 24-bit lossless rip of the Tilson Thomas set. It is powerful stuff.
posted by Trurl at 8:29 AM PST - 32 comments

You can't tell the players without a scorecard
Signs & Symbols: Decoding Mediaeval & Renaissance Iconography. An online exhibition from the Dunedin Public Library. Does what is implied on the tin, if you have a grounding in the history of tin-decoration.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Tai Star spent seven hours balancing 600 quarters, 501 dimes, 313 nickels, 1699 pennies and five foreign coins (3,118 coins in total) on a single dime. It's not his first attempt to break a record.
Star explained: 'It is on the very corner for a few reasons: to make it easy to see that it is on one dime and I think the structure of the table is most sturdy there - plus I just like precarious balance.'
posted by gman at 6:51 AM PST - 51 comments

"And it's pretty clear the idea behind this choice is to stress how distant Kay is from the dark universe of the Corleones."
The Clothes of Kay Corleone.
posted by Fizz at 5:56 AM PST - 51 comments

Fall Mode on
The Peel Player... every track of every John Peel Festive Fifty ever
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:22 AM PST - 18 comments