September 22

Cheese it! It's the cops!

NYC's underground grilled cheese [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 7:00 AM - 66 comments

RIP Kihachirō Kawamoto

On August 23rd, the great Japanese stop-motion animator and president of the Japan Animation Association Kihachirō Kawamoto passed away at the age of 85. Here is a selection of his beautiful short films (available on DVD) __ Farce Anthropo - Cynique (1970) - The Demon (1972) [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 5:04 AM - 6 comments

Is the source open enough for you?

When releasing the Mozilla source code, Netscape's lawyers insisted that the code first be sanitized. In particular, "any text containing vulgar or offensive words or expressions; any text that might be slanderous or libelous to individuals and/or institutions," had to be removed. Here is a sample of what it looked like before that occurred.
posted by Obscure Reference at 4:57 AM - 46 comments

DADT stands.

Cloture to force a vote on the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill has not been achieved. DADT will stand. Chances are not better in a possibly more Republican Senate post-November, and the bill is unlikely to pass before then. Republican voters against cloture: Every single senator; Democratic voters against cloture: Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.
posted by jaduncan at 1:58 AM - 186 comments

Case is that you?

Sometime its seems like you're living in a William Gibson novel. Was Stuxnet Built to Attack Iran's Nuclear Program?
posted by Long Way To Go at 12:06 AM - 51 comments

September 21

Red Vs. Blue

"With the midterm elections in the U.S. Senate just six weeks away, everyone is wondering how the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats will shake out after November 2." Wonder no more with Google's 2010 U.S. Election Ratings Map. Information can be filtered by state, type of race (senate, governor, house), and by source. A Google Maps blog entry has more detailed info for those who want to dig deeper into the application. [via TechCrunch]
posted by bayani at 10:27 PM - 20 comments

I have measured out my life in login codes.

The .Doc File of J Alfred Prufrock "Let us go then, you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky/Like a laptop, put in sleep mode on a table..."
posted by magstheaxe at 9:23 PM - 32 comments

We are Super Rich.

Earning $250,000 Does Not Make You Rich, Not in My Town. A controversial blog post from a University of Chicago Law professor makes its way around the web as the debates about president Obama's tax plan get louder. "Our combined income exceeds the $250,000 threshold for the super rich...The problem is, we can’t afford it. Here is why." [more inside]
posted by windbox at 9:18 PM - 373 comments

Freddie Foxxx's glaring omission notwithstanding

The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names. Via.
posted by cashman at 7:32 PM - 32 comments

“I have no emotional stake in Panda fucking.” - George Carlin

Never Say No To Panda [SLYT].
posted by Fizz at 6:38 PM - 40 comments

"I turn the corner, and what do I see? A TRANSVESTITE, MAN!"

Do you enjoy decks? Jean shorts? Odd and offensive monologues? Christian Poetry? [more inside]
posted by snapped at 6:37 PM - 28 comments

Quyi

"He sits at a table and spins his yarn, his only requisites being a small stick, the so-called 'wakening-rod' xingmu (in Yangzhou storytelling called 'talking stopper' zhiyu), a handkerchief and a fan."
A comprehensive guide to the art and tradition of Chinese Storytelling — with photographs, text, audio and video clips illustrating elements of performance.
posted by unliteral at 6:20 PM - 3 comments

Hauntingly Calm

Recently uploaded airplane camera footage from 1945 Japan (slyt). Uploaded from the Romano Archives (previously).
posted by glaucon at 5:49 PM - 34 comments

Served Raw

Spiked milkshakes? Braised short-ribs for breakfast? Yes, please! [more inside]
posted by gman at 5:16 PM - 17 comments

Avant En Garde

Jabberwacky, A Free Comic Book about the Middle Ages (sort of) from Wide Awake Press (also available in pdf or cbz format) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:33 PM - 4 comments

Dan Savage fights teen suicide

It gets better. Billy Lucas committed suicide September 9th. Hate messages have been left on his memorial page. Dan Savage was looking for a way to reach out to every gay kid in high school and tell them that they have something to live for, so he started another youtube channel, encouraging submissions from those who have gotten through it. Dan has a well known sex advice column and podcast. Previously
posted by poe at 3:09 PM - 80 comments

I. WAS. PROMISED. FLYING. CARS!

PopSci: Archive Gallery: From Chicago to Shanghai, 138 Visionary Years of World's Fairs [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:35 PM - 5 comments

Gillian Hills

When Gillian Hills was discovered in 1958 by Roger Vadim, she was touted as being the next Bridgett Bardot. She went on to star in such films as Antonioni's Blow Up and the British rock and roll film Beat Girl, and even had a small part as Sonietta, the girl with the lollypop in A Clockwork Orange. But it is her early '60s French pop records which fascinate me. Here with Qui a su, Rien n'est changé, Rentre Sans Moi, Look at Them and Tomorrow Is Another Day .
posted by puny human at 1:57 PM - 7 comments

Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas

The Vatican Bank is once again Under Investigation. In 1982 The Vatican Bank was involved in the Ambrosiano Scandal with its associations with Roberto Calvi, Gladius, Opus Dei and the P2 masonic lodge, all well documented.
The story was summarised in a 1982 Time article. The Vatican Bank is also known as the The Institute for Works of Religion and apparently holds 5 billion Euros in complete secrecy (pdf). For further reading there is the book Vatican exposed.
posted by adamvasco at 1:55 PM - 125 comments

I smell expensive perfume... I'm standing on some sort of fur rug. There's music... I must be in the Playboy Mansion!

Stan Lee has not yet been told about ... GRIT! FEATURING -- Dourdevil, the man without a sense of humor (different presentations of the same comic). The year was 1983, and Alan Moore was spoofing the style of Frank Miller (bibliography), towards the end of Frank Miller's run with Daredevil. Moore thought highly of Miller, if one believes what Moore wrote in "The Importance of Being Frank" (linked therein as a .cbz file), which was published in the same comics magazine run as Grit! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:10 PM - 53 comments

But how many dog treats did it take?

What does four weeks, 124 takes, 12 trainers, two furniture movers, 12 dogs, one goat, 38 buckets and a bunch of furniture equal? OK Go's new video White Knuckles, all shot in one single take. A behind the scenes look at the video here.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:45 AM - 94 comments

Twitter worms

Can you write a hack in 140 characters? Someone figured out how, and now Twitter is infested with them. They say they'll have a fix today. In the mean time, the twitter page belonging to the wife of the British PM has been hacked, making it redirect to a Japanese porn site.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:15 AM - 53 comments

Please come to Boston (she said no)

Music Hack Day heads back to Boston October 16 and 17. Music Hack Day is a free-to-attend 24-hour convergence over two calendar days designed to throw together programmers, musicians, artists, conceptualizers, and, of course, marketers and promoters. "Music + software + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it's music related." Music Hack Day London just ended (September 4, 5). My favorite (and the MHD-London winner!) was Speakatron, which is WebCam + Software = Goofy Fun! (related, previously) [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 9:20 AM - 4 comments

Pokémon Apokélypse

Pokémon Apokélypse: The Live Action Trailer [SLYT]
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:25 AM - 33 comments

Making Do Without Making Up

"Make-up is great. It is a powerful tool, a way to express yourself, your mood and interior life. But, when you can’t go without something, it loses its spark." We are two days into Rabbit Write's NO MAKE-UP WEEK.
posted by hermitosis at 8:23 AM - 227 comments

The Price of Weed

New York:

High Quality - $448.92/oz
Medium Quality - $341.42/oz
Low Quality - $183.36/oz
posted by swift at 8:02 AM - 173 comments

The man who posted himself

He showed that the Royal Mail will deliver things as small as a bee or as large as an elephant; he once posted himself home; and he invented the self-recirculating postcard - it had two sides, each with a different address. W Reginald Bray was a genius at mail art and the self-proclaimed autograph king. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:51 AM - 13 comments

Planet Michael

The new planet, currently under development and slated for launch next year, will be an immersive virtual space themed after iconic visuals drawn from Michael’s music, his life and the global issues that concerned him.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:44 AM - 9 comments

You just never know what you're stepping into when you hit up a random car on a random street

When a thief stole a backpack and a GPS unit from Amanda Enayati's car, he picked the wrong target to mess with. [more inside]
posted by acb at 7:02 AM - 222 comments

Is Groupon worth it for businesses?

Is Groupon worth it for businesses? Depends who you ask. Posies Cafe says no. [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 6:48 AM - 84 comments

Afghan boys are prized, so girls live the part.

Facing social pressures, families disguise girls as boys in Afghanistan. (slnyt)
posted by killdevil at 6:46 AM - 15 comments

Every day the same dream.

Every day the same dream. Every day the same dream.
posted by tybeet at 5:23 AM - 15 comments

letters and numbers

This new Australian tv quiz show is so awkward it's endearing, and Lily's good at maths! [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 2:14 AM - 42 comments

September 20

Are you a cafeteria American?

She read from notes, stumbling occasionally, and did not so much lean on her metaphors as wrestle them to the floor and grind them underfoot; but they loved it anyway - all 15 minutes of it. She attacked everyone from the president on down, demanded stricter standards for America's service personnel, espoused an aggressive red-meat constitutionalism, and proposed a new policy which she summed up as "if you don't like it - go home." The 2,000-strong crowd cheered wildly as she literally howled her frustration before leading them, fists pumping, in an anti-incumbent chant of "Go home!" A strange mix of patriotism and petulance, it was a rough kind of stump speech that hadn't been tested in a focus group or tried out on a campaign aide, and which was delivered with complete disregard for how it might play in the media. Witness the startling political debut of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, American citizen.
posted by anigbrowl at 11:19 PM - 115 comments

It annoys me that knights aren’t allowed to carry their swords

Beloved author Terry Pratchett was knighted in 2008. He has since decided that he needed a sword. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:28 PM - 55 comments

"A novel metric of habitability"

Amid news of new extrasolar planet discoveries, including a system with a possible 7 planets, Greg Laughlin and Sam Arbesman have released a paper that will be published next month in the open-access journal PLoS One. "A Scientometric Prediction of the Discovery of the First Potentially Habitable Planet with a Mass Similar to Earth" (pdf of full paper) boldly predicts that: "the fi rst potentially habitable planet will be discovered, in this case, as early as May 2011, and likely by the end of 2013." NASA's Kepler mission is set to release data on hundreds of candidate planets early next year. The mission has discovered 7 so far. (Pre-vio-usly)
posted by IvoShandor at 10:16 PM - 23 comments

bollywood radio

Bollywood Radio, the classics l Top 40 Countdown, news, interviews, talk about the music scene in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam l Bonus links: Indian classical music on Radio Live365 and more.
posted by nickyskye at 10:00 PM - 8 comments

"this is so fuckin awesome. I want to be fuckin bird"

BBC puts cameras on some speedy raptors' backs.
posted by kickingtheground at 9:35 PM - 40 comments

I'm hoping you can fill in the squares.

Much like the Garfield Randomizer, Random Dick — the Dick Tracy Continuity Randomizer creates wonderfully surreal little comics (thanks to The Comics Curmudgeon)
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:32 PM - 18 comments

And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site -- Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo. [....] when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire. [....] At least two other separate studies have come to similar conclusions, suggesting the genocide victims at Sacred Ridge belonged to an ethnic group that was different from that of other nearby populations.
posted by orthogonality at 7:37 PM - 45 comments

HTML5 Games and Other Demos

For those Internet gamers who have grown tired of the same old Flash games, Casual Girl Gamer has assembled a well-vetted list of the 30 best HTML5 games. And for those with a more artistic bent, HTML5 also has much to offer, such as this kaleidoscope project (which allows visitors to use their own Flickr photos) or this doll creator (which also allows users to create custom faces from their own photos). These pages -- or at least some of the links contained within them -- are all associated with Microsoft's Beauty of the Web event, which highlights websites taking advantage of HTML5 and other cutting edge Web technologies. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky at 6:44 PM - 41 comments

Burn Rubber, Baby, Burn Rubber

Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome, France [more inside]
posted by bwg at 6:30 PM - 26 comments

Worry and change, it has spun me around

It's time to smile. (SLYT)
posted by jbickers at 6:25 PM - 7 comments

'If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.' - Frank Lloyd Wright

When Humans Ruled the Earth. [SLV] An insight into the human machine and it's consumption addiction.
posted by Fizz at 6:24 PM - 12 comments

Bad-assed woodworking

YouTube video (15:45) description says: "Mike Jarvi badassedly constructs his signature one-piece, the Jarvi Bench." Really?   r e a l l y .   More of Mike's badass work at mikejarvi.com.
posted by spock at 5:46 PM - 26 comments

Northern lights online

AuroraMax will be providing live images of Canada's northern lights, courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency. It all begins tonight at about 11:30 EDT.
posted by Crane Shot at 5:20 PM - 10 comments

Bahnhof ISP

Located in a nuclear bomb shelter which was built during cold war under 30 meters of rock mountain, Bahnhof ISP is host to the Wikileaks servers. [more inside]
posted by gman at 4:46 PM - 42 comments

How white is your hood?

How segregated is your city? Eric Fischer maps the top 40 US cities by race, using 2000 census data. Each color-coded dot represents 25 people: Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, and Orange is Hispanic. The maps are oddly pretty, and revealing. Compare, for example, Detroit and San Antonio. via [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 2:53 PM - 174 comments

Like Speed Chess, But With Writing Instead of Chess

Click "Write". Get a prompt. And a timer that will all too quickly hit 0:00. That's when you don't get to edit anymore. It's Six Minute Story, and it's among the most fun/frenetic (or perhaps fun/harrowing) 360 seconds you'll have today. [via mefi projects]
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:31 PM - 25 comments

Movie Unsheets

When a movie one sheet not an ad for an upcoming film? Some talented graphic designers have taken to creating one sheets for already released films. These 'unsheets' as screenwriter John August calls them are often clever and subtle pieces that reference iconic scenes of the film such as Die Hard's infamous walk on broken glass scene for example. Previous discussion of re-imagined movie posters. and here.
posted by clockworkjoe at 1:40 PM - 27 comments

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