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December 13, 2010
The Futurological Congress
What Should Design Researchers Research? Report from 2020
posted by Artw at 11:43 PM PST - 11 comments

We would drain out Lake Michigan and have butterscotch ripple dropped from airplanes on our heads.
The Dating Game’s 10 best celebrity contestants. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by gman at 7:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Enrique Morente, gigante de flamenco, fallece a 67
Enrique Morente, a controversial, influential giant among flamenco singer-songwriters, died today in the Madrid clinic La Luz, where he had been in an induced coma for the last several days. He was said to have been suffering from stomach cancer, and last week had entered the hospital for surgical intervention for hemorrhaging. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:43 PM PST - 4 comments

"Serge Daney was the end of criticism as I understood it."
Serge Daney (1944 - 1992) is often cited as one of the greatest film critics. After joining the legendary film magazine Cahiers du cinéma (which he would eventually edit) at age 20, Daney wrote extensively on the changing place of movies in culture, on directors new and old and on television, war and even sports. He founded the film magazine Trafic before dying of AIDS in 1992.

Though some of his essays have been officially translated and a small book of his writings has been published in English, the vast majority of his work remains untranslated into English. That hasn't stopped a devoted group of cinephiles from taking matters into their own hands. [more inside]
posted by alexoscar at 5:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Tech support for your parents (so you don't have to)
Google presents: TeachParentsTech.org (via the official Google blog). You'll never have to teach your parents how to copy and paste, attach a file to their email or transfer files again.
posted by peacheater at 5:40 PM PST - 68 comments

Giving What We Can
Giving What We Can is a movement founded by Toby Ord , a 31 year old Oxford academic on slightly more than average income who plans to give away a million pounds during his lifetime. [more inside]
posted by philipy at 4:40 PM PST - 52 comments

Application of first sale doctrine to foreign-made products called into question by Supreme Court
A very bad day for libraries: Today's Supreme Court deadlock casts Doctrine of First Sale into doubt for products made abroad. The Supreme Court today deadlocked on the question of whether Costco committed copyright infringement by selling Omega watches produced and purchased overseas. In effect, this deadlock upholds the 9th Circuit appeals court ruling that the First Sale doctrine does not apply to products produced outside the United States. Thinking of selling, lending, or transferring ownership of something originally produced overseas -- like, say, a book? This ruling calls the legality of such sales into question. [more inside]
posted by artemisia at 3:35 PM PST - 167 comments

You Are A Big Winner!
You'd better get the robot those letters so he can be awesome. One of the most technically challenging banner games JayIsGames has developed, Robot Wants Jig is a metroid-ish platformer in which you acquire upgrades by collecting the letters of JAYISGAMES and unlock new areas of the map. A map of the game world is below in case you get hopelessly lost. [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 3:15 PM PST - 17 comments

The Imagination Diet
To Eat Less, Imagine Eating More
posted by morganannie at 3:07 PM PST - 41 comments

Communists and Religion and Corporations and Capitalism and Taxes and the 9th Circuit, oh my!
How do you tax religious communists engaged in capitalism through an exempt religious corporation? The Stahl Hutterian Brethren is a 65-member community of Hutterites that runs a 30,000 acre farm in Washington. The community is incorporated as a religious corporation. Its members give all their "time, labor, services, earnings, and energies" to the community. They disavow individual property ownership, draw no salary, and do not contribute to or collect Social Security benefits. Instead, the community provides for its members' personal needs. And now it is the subject of the most fascinating 9th Circuit tax case [PDF] you'll read this year!

But before you dig into the 9th Circuit opinion, here's a great summary and commentary by law professor Shaun Martin. The case addresses the very tricky question of whether, as employees of a non-profit religious corporation, the community members should be allowed to deduct their living expenses, which are paid for by the corporation (they're communists, after all). Tricky additional fact: The 65-member community is all one big family.
posted by The World Famous at 2:00 PM PST - 36 comments

Saving Youth Centres = Terrorism
12-year-old Nicky Wishart wanted to save his youth centre from being shut down due to funding cuts. This gets him questioned and tracked on Facebook by British anti-terror police.
posted by divabat at 1:43 PM PST - 44 comments

Two gays run the Tough Mudder gauntlet
“A member of the armed forced wrote our bib numbers on our foreheads and arms in permanent marker, presumably to facilitate the identification of our dead bodies.” What happens when a gay man in his 40s and his boyfriend decide to run the nearly insane Tough Mudder obstacle course amid a sea of generally shirtless “non-homosexuals.” Tasks include manhandling lubed-up monkey bars, fording ice-cold lakes, and conquering steep mud hills. (It almost – but doesn’t quite – include falling into a burning ring of fire.) [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 1:28 PM PST - 53 comments

Hamid Karzai had heard enough
"If I had to choose sides today, I'd choose the Taliban," [Hamid Karzai] fumed.
posted by klue at 1:27 PM PST - 48 comments

The New Yorker profiles Shigeru Miyamoto
There are generally two approaches to thinking about games: narratology and ludology. The first emphasizes story, the second play. The next time I played Super Mario, on the Wii (you can order all the vintage games), I found myself in a narratological mode. Mario reminded me of K. and his pursuit of the barmaid Frieda, in Kafka’s “The Castle,” and of the kind of lost-loved-one dreams that “The Castle” both mimics and instigates.

The New Yorker profiles the father of modern video games, Shigeru Miyamoto. (via Kotaku)
posted by incomple at 1:11 PM PST - 37 comments

Apple Pie
Merry Christmas music from the North Point iBand, using borrowed iPhones and iPads
posted by growabrain at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Life's a pic-a-nic
Excited for the 3D Yogi Bear movie this holiday season? Me too. Here's an alternate ending! (Possibly NSFW.)
posted by naju at 12:11 PM PST - 85 comments

A Vacation Spot With An Afterglow
Looking for a winter vacation get-away? How about going to Chernobyl? "Tours to Chernobyl are extreme tourism, plenty of curious people are looking for extreme adventures," he said. previously
posted by Xurando at 11:52 AM PST - 36 comments

The Black List was published today...
Zombie Baby, Fucking Jane Austen, The Last Witch Hunter, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, American Bullshit, Better Living Through Chemistry... just some of the titles that made this year's Black List, a list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year as voted on by industry insiders. LA Times and Deadline Hollywood have pieces on it and here's an October audio interview with Franklin Leonard, creator of the Black List. In past years, aspiring screenwriters could find PDFs of the scripts online. It's gonna be a lot harder now.
posted by dobbs at 11:50 AM PST - 42 comments

LGBT Books At Harvard Vandalized
Approximately 40 books dealing with LGBT issues were vandalized with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library on the Harvard campus on November 24, according to a report filed Friday by the library security staff to the Harvard University Police Department. Something similar (minus the peepee) happen in San Francisco, where they took the books and made Art!
posted by Blake at 11:13 AM PST - 71 comments

DJ Assault offers hours of ghetto-tech, for free
DJ Assault (born Craig De Sean Adams, aka Craig Diamonds "The Street Narrator") is a Detroit-based music producer, who was part of a movement to bring ghetto-tech, aka booty house, from the urban streets of Detroit to the suburban club circuit. With his Jefferson Ave. label, he's bringing it directly to you, via the internet, for free. Four albums, 22 EPs, 11 DJ mixes, and three bonus collections of rap and "accelerated funk", all streaming and downloadable. [Warning: most music is NSFW or those sensitive to repetitive, crude lyrics]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:49 AM PST - 25 comments

BMJ Christmas Edition
BMJ Christmas Edition Every year the British Medical Journal publishes a series of tongue-in-cheek papers for Christmas. posted by alby at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Wot's... Uh the Deal?
Astronomy Domine
See Emily Play
Lucifer Sam
Matilda Mother
Flaming
Pow R. Toc H.
Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
Interstellar Overdrive
The Gnome
Chapter 24
Scarecrow
Bike
[more inside]
posted by swift at 10:37 AM PST - 61 comments

The English Mountain Bike
Geoff Apps has been building and riding his own distinctive cross country cycles since the late 1960s. Unlike the members of the Rough Stuff Fellowship, who traditionally used touring or road bikes, Geoff's designs come from his background in motorbike trials (previously). After more than twenty years off the market, his latest design will soon go into production: the Cleland AventuraTT.
posted by scruss at 10:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Otakupocalypse
Localfilter: Today in Tokyo, legislation passed that will further restrict manga and animation "glorifying or exaggerating illegal sexual acts." Ten of the biggest comics companies are protesting the Tokyo International Anime Fair, sponsored by the city, responding that a focus on their mode of expression is unfair. Blogger Dan Kanemitsu reports.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:04 AM PST - 55 comments

Beethoveniana
Beethoven is so much more than Für Elise and the Fifth symphony. [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 9:54 AM PST - 25 comments

You win some, you still lose some
A Federal Judge in Virginia has ruled the mandate in the recently passed Affordable Health Care Act unconstitutional. This unlikely result means that the Supreme Court will be in the position to decide whether or not all or part of the health care reform remains intact. Some argue this development may reflect the success of broad-reaching Republican efforts in recent years to tilt the political alignment of the Federal judiciary. Others, naturally, disagree.
posted by saulgoodman at 9:43 AM PST - 209 comments

Geeky Bibliopegy
Geeky Bibliopegy. Custom hand-bound journals and albums, featuring Buffy, Firefly, Doctor Who, etc. Check the blog for additional details on many of the volumes.
posted by kmz at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

It is acceptable for a man of action to break some rules.
Max Spaiser of The Suits of James Bond presents: The Template for 007. More on Dr. No costuming: 2-eyelet derby, 2-button turnback cuff, trilby.(Clothes on Film previously)
posted by shakespeherian at 8:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Son of a Birch!
250-year-old birch bark canoe found in barn to be returned to Canada. While we are on the subject, you could do worse than to spend an hour today watching this fascinating 1971 documentary on a Birch Bark Canoe builder. (Not terribly often you come across a video captioned in Cree.) More YouTube Birch Bark Canoe building goodness.
posted by spock at 8:51 AM PST - 27 comments

Grammar rodeo at the Sheraton Hotel in Afghanistan
"Hann sells his Afghanistan tours as a chance to see the country's rugged outback while sleeping on dirty teahouse floors and tackling the country's roads in minibuses that buck like mechanical bulls... Obviously, Hann's tours attract adventurous travelers, but they're not adrenaline freaks or war junkies. Most are past middle age, unmarried, fairly mild-mannered, and childless," Damon Tabor on tourism in Afghanistan.
posted by geoff. at 8:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Single sentence animations
Single sentence animations. The Bastard.
posted by stbalbach at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Magnificent Obsession
The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles' second film, has inspired a legend around the lost footage excised by the studio to make it more appealing to audiences. The film's making is a cautionary tale in letting the studio have creative control, and the finished product pained Welles to his dying day. The mythical status of the lost footage has inspired a few to try and track it down. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Zarjaz!
Prog 1 to Prog 1500- Every cover of the British science fiction comic 2000AD from the years '77 to '06 in 3 and a half minutes. (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:55 AM PST - 28 comments

Is Your Life Really That Bad, Julie Powell?
Lawrence has decided to watch the movie Julie and Julia every day for a year. [link via Bookslut]
posted by drezdn at 6:48 AM PST - 101 comments

The soothing sound of Shop Teacher Voice
"Tubal Cain" was the name of a Christian version of the Roman Vulcan. It's also the nick of YouTube user and retired shop teacher mrpete222 in his many videos covering machine shop tips and procedures. [more inside]
posted by DU at 6:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Tired of bunga-bunga
Italy’s government teeters on the brink: tomorrow (Tuesday) a no-confidence vote should decide whether we have another three years of bunga-bunga partying, "escort" (= prostitute) scandals and international gaffes from the leader of this NATO partner and founding EU member, or whether Silvio Berlusconi will be sent home. Some think it’s a hilariously stupid (SLYT) to suggest he might step down. [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 4:39 AM PST - 40 comments

Tango with Tabby
Dancing with Cats is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats to dance with them, or why. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:58 AM PST - 38 comments

A Top Hat and Wild Hair
Audio slideshow: Photography of Sir Wilfred Thesiger Sir Wilfred Thesiger took nearly 40,000 photographs during his eight decades of travels throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Now, to mark 100 years since his birth, Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum is displaying some of his most striking images.
posted by Lezzles at 3:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Put It On Or Something. Something.
W Magazine has Ryan Trecartin to make a fashion spread. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 3:48 AM PST - 8 comments