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Satiregram

Satiregram, you may never post again on social media.
posted by HuronBob on Nov 1 at 4:37 AM - 5 comments

ghosties & ghoulies & lang-legged beasties

For others stuck at home tonight, as I am, answering the doorbell for little spooks, some between-rings amusement. From poetry.about.com, a very fine link farm to some spooky halloween poems. If you don't know Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market," go there first. More inside. [more inside]
posted by jfuller on Oct 31 at 5:51 PM - 5 comments

'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong

Actor spouts extreme views about Muslims to gauge reaction of public. In an attempt to test whether Canadians feel safe in the presence of Muslims following the fatal shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo by an Islamic extremist last week, director Omar Al-Bach conducted the experiment in Cirillo's home town of Hamilton to see how many people would defend a supposed Muslim from verbal abuse. (link to The Independent)
posted by glasseyes on Nov 1 at 6:13 AM - 7 comments

Won't You Come Out to Play?

Beatles Guitar Secrets
"My videos are really intended for accomplished guitarists who want to polish up their Beatles repertoire and can benefit from 'seeing' how a song is played. If the various chords that I am playing are not familiar to you then I would suggest that you visit some of the many free guitar chord sites. I had to learn these songs by listening to vinyl records and watching live performances on tv." [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Nov 1 at 12:13 AM - 9 comments

longer than the Bible and with a better afterlife scenario

Alan Moore's Jerusalem - "The frequently confusing cross-currents of Moore's late work make much more sense, in fact, when one sees them not just as entertainment products but as attempts at building a better reality."
posted by kliuless on Oct 31 at 4:32 PM - 25 comments

A Who Wore It Best poll? Glass: "no question, the dog would win it."

Ira Glass dressed as a dog dressed as Ira Glass. A few days ago: "I learned on Twitter this weekend that the annual "Pupkin" Halloween dog costume contest in Fort Greene Brooklyn was won by a dog dressed as me. This is a level of fame I’ve never heard of before and I guess I feel ... um, flattered?" Subsequently: Elna Baker makes a costume. Result: Ira as dog as Ira. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 1 at 5:39 AM - 6 comments

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me candy to trade for cash

Halloween is not good for the teeth of trick-or-treaters. There's a plethora of candy, and kids will eat candy they wouldn't normally eat, because hey, it's there. What's a parent to do? Offer cash for candy, with the help of a local dentist. Halloween Candy Buyback, complete with zip-code dentist search, the website for the movement that has expanded from it's quiet start in 2005 with a single dentist in Wisconsin. Now, thousands of dentists across the U.S. buy back tons of candy at a dollar a pound, then send the candy with toothbrushes and toothpaste to Operation Gratitude to be added into care packages for active U.S. Military. If you're having trouble getting a younger child to part with their candy, there's the Switch Witch, who will take a pile of candy and switch it for a special switch gift. And if you want to start at the source, you can always make your own candy with one of the various sugar substitutes, or go with a teal pumpkin and avoid the candy all-together.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 31 at 1:05 PM - 134 comments

I will be very proud if I have changed our city in some ways that last.

Tom Menino, Boston's 53rd and longest-serving mayor, dies at 71. He had recently published his memoirs, but announced last week that he was suspending both his book tour and his cancer treatments. "Because of his leadership," current Mayor Marty Walsh said in a released statement, "Boston is a better place today." That is an understatement -- some polls showed that more than fifty percent of Bostonians had met him at one time or another; Tom Menino was the People's Mayor. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Oct 30 at 9:30 PM - 48 comments

Naked Scripture Vs. Geopolitical Influence

Berkeley Students Rally To Remove Bill Maher As Commencement Speaker following critical comments about Islam.
"Freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion you want without fear of violence, freedom to leave a religion, equality for women, equality for minorities, including homosexuals, these are liberal principles that liberals applaud for," Maher said, "but then when you say in the Muslim world this is what's lacking, then they get upset."
In what began as a debate over Islam between Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, tensions rose. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 29 at 4:22 PM - 258 comments

Dr. Zissou or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shark

Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic trailer in the style of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 31 at 10:56 PM - 1 comments

Jian Ghomeshi fired from CBC

Jian Ghomeshi, host and co-creator of Q, has been fired from the CBC ‘over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show.’ [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Oct 27 at 6:43 AM - 733 comments

Account of an ayahuasca ceremony

Thomas Leveritt at Harper's Magazine writes about his experience participating in an ayahuasca ceremony. A pleasingly (and humorously) well-written, detailed account.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 1 at 2:59 AM - 9 comments

Inflammatory Seattle pastor of Mars Hill Church steps down

Following an investigation by church elders that cleared him of behavior disqualifying for a pastor, "charismatic but choleric" Mark Driscoll has voluntarily stepped down after 18 years as the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Dozens of elders and church members disagreed with the ruling of the investigation, and the megachurch has been steadily bleeding members and donations over recent months. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Oct 16 at 3:23 AM - 52 comments

It's a graveyard smash!

You might know the Monster Mash, but how much do you know about the original artist, Bobby "Boris" Pickett? The article includes a link to the official website of The MoNsTeR mAsH, a revenant from Web 1.0 [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar on Oct 31 at 10:39 AM - 29 comments

bad and dumb and needless and not matt taibbi’s fault

Matt Taibbi has left Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media before Taibbi's digital magazine, Racket, ever debuted. First Look is still publishing The Intercept, and that magazine's Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and John Cook have chosen to tell the inside story on Taibbi's leaving. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Oct 30 at 12:29 PM - 70 comments

Mind the Gap

We used to think that the ultimate in security was a stand-alone (that is, off the network) computer, sort of like a room with no doors. How can an attacker get in If there's no way to get in? Such computers are referred to as air-gapped. But as early as 1985, it became clear that we might be able to read the contents of a monitor screen from the next room using Van Eck phreaking (dramatized by Neal Stephenson in Cryptonomicon). Now it appears things are even worse. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Oct 31 at 7:58 AM - 49 comments

Where stray or personal thoughts have intruded, you may delete them.

"Black Box," a futuristic spy story by Jennifer Egan. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 31 at 3:08 PM - 9 comments

Rock and Rule.

"It just might be the most classically animated teeth-gnashing and hair-flipping metal you’ve seen in your lifetime." Master animator Juanjo Guarnido had a successful Kickstarter to assemble a killer crew to make a music video for the "face-meltingly awesome" Swedish metal band Freak Kitchen. The finished video Freak of the Week is a tour de force of Old Skool hand-drawn animation, and I believe it rocks pretty hard. [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Oct 30 at 5:25 AM - 14 comments

Please read the form again.

How My Employer Put the “FML” in FMLA
posted by capnsue on Oct 29 at 11:38 AM - 104 comments

Spaceship Two has crashed

Spaceship Two lit its engine for a test flight then experienced an anomaly. [more inside]
posted by Sophont on Oct 31 at 11:47 AM - 148 comments

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