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Sometimes, famous landmarks lose some of their draw when put in context, as seen in this Imgur gallery, which was expanded and modified slightly by Bored Panda. For more physical context, there are Google earth links below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 19 at 2:25 PM - 24 comments

Roxane Gay on The Biggest Loser: "My body is wildly undisciplined and I deny myself nearly everything I desire. I deny myself the right to space when I am public, trying to fold in on myself, to make my body invisible even though it is, in fact, grandly visible. I deny myself the right to a shared armrest because how dare I impose? I deny myself entry into certain spaces I have deemed inappropriate for a body like mine—most spaces inhabited by other people. "
posted by ambrosia on Apr 19 at 1:34 PM - 4 comments

Over the last six months, an unidentified person has been leaving feces on children's slides in the parks of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Despite deploying hidden cameras, the police have been unable to identify the mystery pooper. To enlist the help of the public, a series of billboards have been erected around Ypsilanti with such humorous taglines as "Do Your Civic Doody: Report the Pooper" and "Help us Catch the Poopetrator," as well as a Twitter campaign featuring the hashtag #ypsipooper.
posted by Existential Dread on Apr 19 at 1:22 PM - 23 comments

What's New With NCSA Mosaic?
posted by Pope Guilty on Apr 19 at 2:35 AM - 29 comments

Advertising trade paper ADWEEK is trying to handle 'viral marketing' and 'social media' the same way as it always handled TV commercials and magazine ads. So, it noted that one of the most successful 'social branding' promotions of the last six months was for Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart on Broadway.
Note: While McKellan was much more active on Facebook recently, Stewart has had many more MetaFilter FPPs (in fact, Ian's only post here was about him officiating at Stewart's wedding).
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 19 at 3:22 PM - 1 comments

A better way to say sorry.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 18 at 2:47 PM - 47 comments

Alan Prendergast writing in Westword reflects on the history of "Bloody Ludlow."
posted by audi alteram partem on Apr 18 at 1:35 PM - 20 comments

Tabletop Simulator is a, well, simulator for tabletop gaming. The trailer shows a number of applications: classics like chess and chinese checkers, RPG campaigns, and games using a standard deck of playing cards. And if you're looking for something with less structure you can set up domino chains. The game supports net-play with friends (video has a bit of cursing), with the option of flipping the table if the game isn't going your way. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 19 at 12:32 PM - 14 comments

"Hannibal exists in a world where all metaphors move from abstract to concrete and literal—they become embodied. Metaphorical vision and 'seeing' become a giant eye stitched from human flesh." The mind and the body in Hannibal. Spoiler heavy up to the most recent episode. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 31 at 5:24 PM - 1155 comments

Fisher Yu, a Princeton grad student, and David Gallup, a Google employee, have published a method for retrieving the 3D information of a scene from the small motion of the hands that occurs while taking video. They've given their paper a website that includes a video, the paper itself, and a dataset. One neat application of this is the ability to simulate short depth of field, a feature that has made it into the new Google Camera app.
posted by Maecenas on Apr 19 at 11:37 AM - 14 comments

How Long does it actually take to form a habit? Answer: Not 21 days. ...Maltz's work influenced nearly every major "self-help" professional from Zig Ziglar to Brian Tracy to Tony Robbins. And as more people recited Maltz's story -- like a very long game of "Telephone" -- people began to forget that he said "a minimum of about 21 days" and shortened it to: "It takes 21 days to form a new habit." A study debunks a popular self-help myth.
posted by storybored on Apr 19 at 1:40 PM - 3 comments

Fanesca is a traditional soup from Ecuador and is a special soup or stew because it is only prepared once a year during Easter. From a blog of Ecuadorian dishes by Layla Pujol. A few ceviches.
posted by growabrain on Apr 18 at 11:00 PM - 11 comments

I was a veteran, a father and husband and a small-business owner. Then I was deported.
posted by pravit on Apr 18 at 11:50 AM - 55 comments

Did you ever reach a point in Super Mario Brothers that you wanted to see them all pay? Here you go: Mario goes Berserk.
posted by quin on Apr 19 at 10:22 AM - 12 comments

In Deep: The Dark And Dangerous World Of Extreme Cavers
On his thirteenth day underground, when he’d come to the edge of the known world and was preparing to pass beyond it, Marcin Gala placed a call to the surface. He’d travelled more than three miles through the earth by then, over stalagmites and boulder fields, cave-ins and vaulting galleries. He’d spidered down waterfalls, inched along crumbling ledges, and bellied through tunnels so tight that his back touched the roof with every breath. Now he stood at the shore of a small, dark pool under a dome of sulfurous flowstone. He felt the weight of the mountain above him—a mile of solid rock—and wondered if he’d ever find his way back again. It was his last chance to hear his wife and daughter’s voices before the cave swallowed him up.
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posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 18 at 7:51 PM - 54 comments

Grandma: What are you doing for a living? Because your mother says you’re "kind of like a model," and she wouldn’t say "kind of" if you were, and, no offense honey, but you’re a bit short.
Stoya: You know like Bettie Page, right? I do stuff like that except, because everybody runs around in skimpy clothing now, I do the modern version, where I have sex with people on video.
Grandma: Oh, you’re a nudie girl in the moving pictures!
Stoya: Yes!... I’ve got to tell you another thing.... I’m using your name.
Grandma: Ooooh no.

Coming out as a porn performer. (SLVox)
posted by tybeet on Apr 19 at 7:11 AM - 69 comments

On this date 50 years ago, IBM announced the System/360. IBM bet $5 billion and the company's future on the product. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Apr 7 at 12:58 PM - 46 comments

How I got here in the end. Picture this: you're a former drug dealer who has turned to hacking for a living. You're crashing in an apartment a bit older than Texas, surrounded by about seventeen computers, sleeping on a futon with a girlfriend with metre-long purple dreadlocks, and planning your defection from one net-based futuristic corporation to another over Korean take-away food. [more inside]
posted by bitmage on Apr 18 at 6:11 PM - 19 comments

VC for the people - "It's just that people who have options are much more likely to actually find success than people who don't." [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Apr 18 at 9:54 AM - 13 comments

An army of NYPD cops on Thursday evicted a homeless man from his Manhattan Bridge "home" — which was complete with a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Apr 17 at 1:12 PM - 58 comments

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