November 15, 2012

No pony simply trots into Maredor

Lord Of The Rings... Re-enacted by Ponies. The Bronies bring forth what may be their greatest creation.
posted by hippybear at 9:41 PM PST - 27 comments

The Mico / Тхе Мичо

Mihajlo Dimitrovski (The Mico / Тхе Мичо on deviantArt, Facebook, Blogspot) is an artist most famous for his fanart, and he's got some great A Song Of Ice And Fire illustrations (and others!). [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Impossible Youtube duet: Miles Davis improvising on LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem + Miles Davis: "No editing or other tricks, just 2 youtube videos played at the same time." (SLYT)
posted by juliplease at 8:28 PM PST - 50 comments

Adventure Chef, c'mon tell your friends, we'll cook in very distant lands.

Rutabaga, a webcomic about an adventuring chef.
posted by curious nu at 7:34 PM PST - 9 comments

"Here is the map. Where you go is up to you."

Pete Namlook, electronic music producer and ambient pioneer, has died. [more inside]
posted by Otherwise at 7:12 PM PST - 39 comments

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years
posted by spiderskull at 6:51 PM PST - 44 comments

In case you didn't know how....

How to Be a Hipster In 22 steps.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:32 PM PST - 125 comments

Goldie Blox

Move over Barbie, Goldie Blox is coming to town. A kickstarter-funded construction toy + book series targeting at 5 to 9 year-old girls.
posted by gruchall at 6:27 PM PST - 35 comments

PickachEEEEEERRRRGHAAAARGHGRRRRRGSSSSH

Circuit Bent Pikachu. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Encourage adult reading!

World Book Night in the USA, UK, Germany Readers, give away free books you love! Encourage reading! [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 5:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Think twice before going for that hot Ding Dong

Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread has filed for bankruptcy twice in the past two years. Hostess workers (members of the Teamsters' Union) staged a walkout on Sunday after the company cut wages by 8 percent and benefits by up to 32 percent. Since the workers went on strike, Hostess has closed three of its plants. Hostess said today that if enough workers do not return to work by this evening, it will liquidate the company and lay off its 18,000 workers. It will announce its decision tomorrow.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:16 PM PST - 295 comments

Niza Yanay - the ideology of hatred: the psychic power of discourse

"The Ideology of Hatred": An interview with Niza Yanay - "Once we understand how hatred operates as an apparatus of power relations, and particularly how the discourse of hatred is motivated and mobilised in national conflicts, serious questions about misrecognition, veiled desires and symptomatic expressions arise. These questions have, to a large extent, been left unaddressed in studies of hatred between groups in conflict." [more inside]
posted by flex at 4:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Marijwhatnow?

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) has provided Seattle-ites with a practical guide for marijuana use in the Emerald City. [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 4:02 PM PST - 91 comments

What's Dylan Grillin'?

Bob Dylan says, "Betcha can't guess what I'm grillin'!" [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 3:41 PM PST - 27 comments

RIP, Lucille Bliss: Voice of Smurfette and Crusader Rabbit

'TV historians will tell you that “Felix the Cat” was one of the first images ever broadcast on television (when RCA broadcast a Felix doll in 1928 on experimental station W2XBS) — but it wasn’t until the late ’40s that the first animated character was created expressly for TV. Crusader Rabbit appeared for the very first time on KNBH (Los Angeles) on August 1, 1950, and featured a Don Quixote-like title character aided by his friend Ragland T. “Rags” Tiger as they pursued adventures in serial (i.e. cliffhanger) installments.' On November 8th, the voice of Crusader Rabbit, Lucille Bliss, passed away at the age of 96. Ms. Bliss may be more familiar to younger fans as the voice of Smurfette, from The Smurfs, or as Ms. Bitters on Invader ZIM. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Affordable private railcars!

We have previously discussed private railcars on Ask Metafilter, but there is a growing hobby of people owning and running their own railcar speeders. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 1:57 PM PST - 31 comments

'Shuffle the pages like a game of cards'

Shuffle Literature and the Hand of Fate: an article about aleatory literature— including mention of Marc Saporta’s Composition No. 1; B. S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates; Robert Grenier’s Sentences and Herta Müller’s Der Wächter nimmt seinen Kamm.
posted by misteraitch at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Thomas Ligotti

... [Thomas] Ligotti's stories tend to have a profound emotional impact. His vision is exceedingly dark, and it is possible for his stories to infect the reader with a mild-to-severe case of depression. It is even possible for them to effect a change in the reader's self-perception and view of the universe. This warning is not meant to be sensationalistic, nor is it meant to turn new readers away. It is simply a statement of fact based upon the experiences of actual readers. Ligotti writes about the darkest of themes with an amazing power, and he means what he says. Often his stories seem to communicate a message below their surface, a sort of subliminal statement that should not rightly be able to traverse the barrier of verbal language. - Matt Cardin (previously) [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen at 1:50 PM PST - 21 comments

"...the ways in which musicians are screwed have changed qualitatively, from individualized swindles to systemic ones."

"The "Tugboat" 7" single, Galaxie 500's very first release, cost us $980.22 for 1,000 copies-- including shipping! (Naomi kept the receipts)-- or 98 cents each. I no longer remember what we sold them for, but obviously it was easy to turn at least a couple bucks' profit on each. Which means we earned more from every one of those 7"s we sold than from the song's recent 13,760 plays on Pandora and Spotify. Here's yet another way to look at it: Pressing 1,000 singles in 1988 gave us the earning potential of more than 13 million streams in 2012."
Making Cents: Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services and explains what the music business' headlong quest for capital means for artists today. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 1:42 PM PST - 85 comments

With A Million Stars All Around

The Eagles had been together for barely a week at the time, but Frey immediately recognized a great song when he heard it.
posted by timsteil at 1:18 PM PST - 70 comments

Clever pretty Starbucks drawings

Tomoko Shintani just draws at Starbucks without any special reason.
posted by TimTypeZed at 12:16 PM PST - 39 comments

Why did Prop 37 Fail?

Why did Prop 37, the GMO labeling bill, fail? Ernest Miller of KCET argues that it wasn't money, but message. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 10:25 AM PST - 154 comments

Polls for pols for Peelers

England and Wales go to the polls today...or do they? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 10:24 AM PST - 48 comments

Let Me Take You To The Max

Give to the Max Day is an attempt to boost local online philanthropy by aggregating all Minnesota nonprofits (and public schools) into a search engine and encouraging contributions on a single day.
posted by antonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 11 comments

All I remember about it was that I was having sex with Pierce Brosnan in a hot tub. Except that he had a vagina.

"Emma Stone was my dream best friend for a number of weeks. We'd see movies together. Get drinks and gossip. I remember one dream where we just texted. She resurfaced as my best friend last fall after I saw The Help. An actual friend of mine once told me a story about meeting Andrew Garfield's best friend, which meant Andrew Garfield and I were dream best friends for the following few nights. Again, there was texting." The Awl asks people: What Was Your Weirdest Celebrity Sex Dream?
posted by The Whelk at 9:57 AM PST - 113 comments

Geek Tragedy

Geek Masculinity and the Myth of the Fake Geek Girl - why we get things like the "Imposter" ad and the Tony Harris rant.
posted by Artw at 9:49 AM PST - 259 comments

Jingle Cats, Crawling in my Skin

Jingle cats SCREEN TEST - Crawling in my SKin. Ayuh, seems like Christmas comes earlier every year. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Medieval Writing

Medieval Writing is your one-stop shop for all things medieval paleography. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Ingress

Ingress: What is The Niantic Project? The trail starts here
posted by GuyZero at 9:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Senator Chip Rogers - Agenda 21 - Mother Jones

Chip Rogers is the Republican Majority Leader of the Georgia State Senate, and Treasurer of ALEC (previously 1 2). On October 11th he hosted a four-hour briefing for his fellow senators, regarding Obama's mind-control techniques which are forcing the US into a United Nations-led Communist dictatorship in which suburbanites are forcibly relocated to cities. The theory is based on Agenda 21, the non-binding 1992 UN treaty on sustainable development. Rogers narrowly failed to pass a resolution against Agenda 21, but other states have done so, and Alabama has even forbidden its implementation in law.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:54 AM PST - 132 comments

Seriously.

New Games Journalism luminary Tim Rogers lays it out, clear as day: "Pong was released in 1972 — that’s forty years ago. Forty years is a long time for something to exist without anyone else bothering to make anything better than it."
posted by griphus at 8:48 AM PST - 81 comments

Then in 1908, it burned down a third time

Tragedies and disasters of the Crowsnest Pass (part 1, part 2).
posted by Chrysostom at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

While the Band Played On

I have always been fascinated by the way music can completely change the way you watch film - and how you feel as you watch the images. Adam Curtis [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 7:55 AM PST - 26 comments

Ashlyn Blocker Feels No Pain

The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 7:24 AM PST - 32 comments

No rights are absolute and there is no hierarchy of rights.

A woman wanting a mans-style hair-cut was denied one by a Toronto barber because his religion forbids him from touching a woman he is not related to. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is expected to hear the issue if mediation fails, as a competing rights issue where there is a conflict between two individuals exercising their rights. The OBA (warning, cheesy music autoplay) defends some Barbershops as a men's-only space tradition dating back to Ancient Greece, while others point to womens-only spaces like spas that are allowed to continue to operate while discriminating against men.
posted by saucysault at 6:53 AM PST - 239 comments

@&$%#&#**#$!!!

WTFlevel.com: Real-time updates on twitter swearing.
posted by ennui.bz at 6:35 AM PST - 14 comments

90 years of (British) radio in 90 seconds

90 years of (British) radio in 90 seconds. That is all.
posted by Paul Slade at 3:30 AM PST - 19 comments

He did not understand that if he waited and listened and observed, another idea of some kind would probably occur to him someday.

Being a content creator is a wonderful job: "It's 2pm. Don't you think it's time you put on some pants?" [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 12:10 AM PST - 88 comments