April 19

The Exit Room. "In 2021, an imprisoned journalist facing execution contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and newborn child." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 5:00 PM - 16 comments

The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards and finalists for the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards have been announced in advance of LonCon3, the 2014 WorldCon of Science Fiction. [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 4:25 PM - 73 comments

New research suggests that it's the male black widow spider who chooses the female in order to avoid being post-coitally eaten, rather than the female who chooses the male. (article abstract)
posted by anothermug at 4:22 PM - 9 comments

World's longest-running experiment captures elusive tar pitch drop fall on video after 84 years of waiting — though, sadly, too late for physicist and former pitch drop custodian Prof. John Mainstone, who passed away last year.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:11 PM - 13 comments

Remember Texts From Last Night? This is that, with added Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Via io9)
posted by Mezentian at 3:52 PM - 14 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 at 3:22 PM - 14 comments

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 at 2:25 PM - 71 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 at 1:40 PM - 14 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 at 1:34 PM - 22 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 at 1:22 PM - 39 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 at 12:32 PM - 25 comments

TheGuardian.com recently surpassed the 100 million Unique Visitor monthly threshold for the first time. To mark the occasion, its editors have compiled the 100 most read pieces of Guardian content since 2010. Refreshingly, the Top 100 is (mostly) click-bait and listicle-free. (Though a Top 100 is inherently click-bait and a listicle, innit?) Edward Snowden: The Whistleblower Behind the NSA Surveillance Revelations tops the list.
posted by wensink at 11:42 AM - 12 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 at 11:37 AM - 21 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 at 10:22 AM - 13 comments

If you go to see a Broadway or off-Broadway show this June, the masthead of your Playbill will look a little different; for the first time in its 130 year history, the program, along with their digital properties and social media sites will turn rainbow during the last week of June to commemorate Pride weeks in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and other major cities around the world.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:05 AM - 4 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 at 7:11 AM - 87 comments

What's New With NCSA Mosaic?
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:35 AM - 32 comments

April 18

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 at 11:00 PM - 14 comments

In 1952 Malaya, cabaret dancer Rose Chan's bra snapped on stage. Noticing the enthusiastic response from the audience, she decided to capitalise on this, and transformed herself into Malaysia's first (and so far only) Queen of Striptease. (Many of these links have NSFW pictures) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:54 PM - 10 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.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:51 PM - 61 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 at 6:11 PM - 20 comments

A better way to say sorry.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:47 PM - 48 comments

Moonwalking is often attributed to Michael Jackson, but as summarized in this low resolution clip from Soccer AM, it was performed under various names in decades before MJ's live television performance in 1983. Let's backslide through the years, from Cab Calloway's 1932 version that he called "The Buzz" to Jeffrey Daniel performing the backslide as a member of Shalamar in 1982 on Top of the Pops in the UK. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:52 PM - 13 comments

Bafo da Onça mix by Pepe Sol for Sabrosa

Sabrosa Son Sistema: purveyors of sound system cultures originating from the cities and islands of the Caribbean, Africa & Latin America.
posted by Tom-B at 1:39 PM - 1 comment

Alan Prendergast writing in Westword reflects on the history of "Bloody Ludlow."
posted by audi alteram partem at 1:35 PM - 21 comments

FIRE [more inside]
posted by vapidave at 1:19 PM - 16 comments

Pyro Board. Or flammable sound waves and music. Danish Fysikshow demonstrates a 2-D Rubens' tube (wiki, demo).
posted by severiina at 12:22 PM - 14 comments

I was a veteran, a father and husband and a small-business owner. Then I was deported.
posted by pravit at 11:50 AM - 62 comments

The Dangers of the Monster Myth In 2012 Jill Meaghar was murdered. Today, her husband, Tom Meaghar speaks out about the dangers of the "monster myth". "I dreamed for over a year of how I would like to physically hurt this man, and still often relish the inevitable manner of his death, but wouldn’t it be more beneficial for Jill’s memory, and other women affected by violence to focus on the problems that surround our attitudes, our legal system, our silence rather than focusing on what manner we would like to torture and murder this individual? Adrian Bayley murdered a daughter, a sister, a great friend to so many, and my favourite person. I am the first one who wants to see him vilified and long may he be one of Australia’s most hated people, but it only does any good if this example highlights rather than obscures the social issues that surround men’s violence against women
posted by Fence at 11:28 AM - 23 comments

I was to discover, however, that there were many others who didn’t share my warm and benevolent views of emerging adults. Quite the contrary. Professor Jeffrey Arnett thinks 20-somethings are unfairly maligned.
posted by shivohum at 11:08 AM - 121 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 at 9:54 AM - 13 comments

Two of these Java class names from the Spring framework are made up. One of them is real. Can you guess the real one?
posted by schmod at 9:51 AM - 56 comments

Digger is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software. You can play it online via HTML5, online via Java or download a version for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:42 AM - 24 comments

New York once had a concentration of type foundries near City Hall. "What did they find so vital about this one neighborhood?"
posted by ChuckRamone at 8:56 AM - 3 comments

The US is a little closer to a popular vote for president. Governor Cuomo added New York State to the National Popular Vote interstate compact. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 8:54 AM - 60 comments

Post-operative Check: "It's okay that you don't remember me. My name is Shara, and I'm part of the surgical team. I'm checking to see how you're doing after your surgery. Do you know where you are right now?" [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:49 AM - 21 comments

Royal Enfield motorcycles are built in Chennai, where they are painted by by hand.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:41 AM - 15 comments

Gorgeous castle, abandoned for 20 years. And, interestingly, it's a variation on a Calendar House, with 365 rooms--one for every day of the year. No idea what they did about leap years. Tent, maybe?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:20 AM - 16 comments

BOYFRIEND TWIN - a tumblr documenting the curious pattern of gay men dating themselves.
posted by The Whelk at 7:47 AM - 63 comments

Pharrell Loves My Work Anne Marsen compares the video of Girl Walk//All Day with Pharrell's Happy
posted by Lanark at 3:01 AM - 30 comments

Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in one flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 1:59 AM - 15 comments

April 17

History of the Cycle World Record brought to you by the World Sport Stacking Association. [previously] [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 9:31 PM - 28 comments

How many rappers have name-checked Tough Actin' Tinactin brand anti-fungal skin products? More than you would think.
posted by not_on_display at 9:27 PM - 24 comments

Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt shadows chef Wylie Dufresne for a day.
posted by moonmilk at 7:12 PM - 26 comments

Won't you please, please won't you be my neighbor? NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star. Kepler-186f is a planet about ten percent bigger than Earth that orbits within the habitable zone of its star. The light there is dim and orange, and it only gets about a third of the sunshine we do, but that may be enough for life. If you go outside tonight, there might be someone 500 light years away looking back at you...
posted by Kevin Street at 4:55 PM - 74 comments

High End Customizable Sauna Experience by Porpentine
posted by bile and syntax at 4:14 PM - 46 comments

How Americans Die - a visual tour through surprising trends in mortality among Americans in the last several decades
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:59 PM - 58 comments

Yupanqui's gorgeous and meaningful songs have been covered by musicians, worldwide. Yupanqui's are songs about life, revolution, the worker, and everyday things (like a workers cart). Give a listen to some of his songs (and their covers) - even if you don't understand a word of Spanish, you will be rewarded lilting melody and the soul of a true musician/poet. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae at 3:58 PM - 4 comments

ALT/1977 is a series of advertising mock-ups which imagines modern products with the aesthetics and production of 1970s consumer electronics. Faux-wood paneling, angular fonts, and more orange than you can shake a stick at.
posted by codacorolla at 2:50 PM - 58 comments

When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview.
posted by scalefree at 2:37 PM - 81 comments

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