: Jan-M. Studt's writing/directing debut. "Businesswoman Sarah Townsend looked back on a successful day when a promising, unknown man called on her 3D-holophone. Too bad the holophone technique isn't very advanced yet. And men are not what they used to be..." (German with English subtitles.)
posted by Orb at 1:13 AM - 14 comments
The INA is a project out of Princeton's Sociology dept, focused in part on gathering data sets regarding globalization & making the information more publically digestable. Towards that end, these seven amazing infographics are provided covering the following topics: the Global Arms Trade
, the US goverment as Employer
, The Coming Water Wars
, The International Tobacco Industry
, The Movie Business
, and the prevalance & impact of McDonalds & Starbucks
posted by lilbrudder at 12:11 AM - 19 comments
Hey, that drum set looks like it's melting!
Acid starting to kick in? No! It's a TRIXON drum set! Trixon is exciting!
Incontrovertible evidence that when it came to funny looking drum kits, the Germans had it down. Well, maybe with the exception of these
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:42 PM - 14 comments
and other classics in clay animation
. Joan C. Gratz
is the talented artist behind this and other projects
This particular short film won an academy award for best animated short film in 1992. I am surprised to have never viewed it before today. Wikipedia has next to nothing on Gratz or her works.
posted by jkafka at 11:31 PM - 6 comments
Matsushita Shuji writes
about the latest effort to prop up the Hanko
system in Japan.
posted by tellurian at 11:06 PM - 23 comments
~ Ride your horse, lasso the creatures, and feed your demon. (note: flash)
posted by crunchland at 9:58 PM - 17 comments
The sketchbooks of Edward Burne-Jones
, Benjamin Champney
, Henri-Edmond Cross
, Jacques-Louis David
, Paul Feeley
, Jean-Honoré Fragonard
, Sanford Gifford
, George Grosz
, Frederic Leighton
, and John Singer Sargent
. UnderCover, Artists' Sketchbooks
exhibition by the Harvard Art museums [via woolgathering]
posted by bigmusic at 7:15 PM - 9 comments
Assassination by sock - a much more productive way to find out who is really the world's fastest knitter.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:46 PM - 18 comments
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi defies opposition, makes annual controversial trip to Yasukuni Shrine.
are not amused.
Adding to the drama and sparking debate amongst the Japanese is a recently discovered private journal of former Emperor Hirohito that reveals Hirohito stopped visiting the shrine in the 1970's
when he learned that 14 class A war criminals had been secretly interred.
Those 14 Class A war criminals are the focus of the controversy, and many Japanese are discussing having the remains of those men removed from Yasukuni.
posted by zardoz at 5:15 PM - 45 comments
Can you see me now?
is a chase game played online and on the streets. Players are dropped at random locations into a virtual map of the Banff Centre
. Tracked by satellites, Blast Theory's runners appear online next to your player. The runners use handheld computers showing the positions of online players to guide them in the chase. From the good folks at Blast Theory
and the Mixed Reality Lab
posted by greatgefilte at 4:11 PM - 8 comments
Where do you find the U.S.
in this 2006 CIA World Factbook list? Yep. It's ok... things are cool because of all those lucrative foreign investments
like T-bills. Trouble is, oil and euros
are looking a lot better. Is this a recipe for a collapse
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:12 PM - 42 comments
have been a hand-crafted tradition for centuries in China and Japan. Also known as kishu-temari
, edo-temari, etc., these intricate woven balls
were originally toys for children and later became gifts symbolizing friendship and loyalty. Though they used to be constructed from scraps of old kimonos, over the years they have evolved into elaborate geometric
designs using silk as well as other, less expensive materials. People outside Japan have been making their own
recently and a homemade temari
makes a beautiful
posted by ktoad at 3:02 PM - 11 comments
is a self-described "professional hoaxer" active since 1959. His classic hoaxes include the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals
, the 1964 presidential campaign of Jewish housewife Yetta Bronstein
, a topless string quartet
(slightly NSFW), and the wedding of Idi Amin
. He also released two mockumentaries
long before Spinal Tap was a gleam in Christopher Guest's eye. Now Abel's daughter Jenny has released a documentary tribute to her father, Abel Raises Cain
, which has some great You Tube clips
, including 1970s talk show staple, Omar's School for Beggars
. (some clips may be NSFW)
posted by jonp72 at 2:30 PM - 15 comments
give a welcome
posted by EarBucket at 2:16 PM - 72 comments
Bicycle Coffee Systems
reviews products essential to the "joys of bicycling and drinking good coffee, at the same time" and is written by "The Earth's Leading Authority on Conveying Coffee by Bicycle".
posted by turbodog at 1:50 PM - 8 comments
Dynamic 3D with CSS and the DOM
Brothercake describes how to generate 3D mazes using nothing but CSS, the DOM and cunning. If you're not interested in the explanation, jump right to the example
posted by boo_radley at 1:01 PM - 22 comments
The decade between 1922 & 1932
was not a good one for Frank Lloyd Wright; his star had faded in the US upon his return from Japan
, and even though his most prolific years were still ahead of him
, he had trouble finding work, and was evicited, his fabled home
siezed by creditors. The Library of Congress hosts a fantastic collection of 5 projects
he undertook during
, none of which ever came to fruition. All that's left are his extensive blueprints
, perspective drawings
, and scale models
carved specifically for the exhibit.
posted by jonson at 12:58 PM - 15 comments
I've long felt that the U.S. of A. "jumped the shark" as a country when we rejected the Metric System. The price of gasoline would still be under a dollar (per liter). Yet, we'd drive less because a short 20 mile trip would become a long 32 km trip. Then there's the most important measurement of all
[maybe NSFW animated graph], providing us with the joy of 12.9(!) while we try to ignore that Japan is .1 ahead of us and France is .1 more than South Africa
. (And is that Korean average North or South?)
posted by wendell at 11:43 AM - 65 comments
NPAA Best of 2006
Photojournalism from around the world: Escuintla Guatemala
, Tahrir Baghdad
, Naples Fla
, New Orleans
, Immokalee Fla
A project of the National Press Photographers Association.
posted by Lanark at 11:27 AM - 14 comments
Tonight is the world premiere,
at the Edinburgh film festival, of "The Flying Scotsman"
, a biopic of Graeme Obree,
the Scottish cyclist who broke the world hour record on a bike famously made from washing machine parts. Obree has faced many problems in his life, and the film has too,
many of the participants haven't been paid yet. Of course, you could just buy the book.
posted by aisforal at 11:14 AM - 3 comments
is a programming language in which programs look like abstract paintings. You can view some sample programs, or if you just like Mondrian, why not make your own with the Mondrian Machine? Or maybe you don't like Mondrian but you do like programming, in which case you can check out other strange languages, such as Petrovich, where you can punish or reward your PC. Finally, if you don't like programming OR Mondrian, have a look at a silly gif of a kitten.
posted by Orange Goblin at 10:55 AM - 11 comments
raises lowers the bar.
Apparently 1.5 nanometers
is all that is needed for a 0 or a 1. This advance
in data storage technology is a ways off from making an impact in chip construction, but allows for storage that is 1/8 the size of CMOS's wildest dreams. Neat. via ZDNet
posted by Addiction at 10:47 AM - 14 comments
: It's a new and long overdue slur to describe the increasingly common practice
on the right (and yes, on the left
, too) of cherry-picking random comments or hate emails to smear your entire opposition as raving nuts. The worst so far: this execrable WSJ op-ed
by Lieberman adviser Lanny Davis
. Can the new term (which is modeled
on the success of Godwin's Law
) succeed in shaming the nutpickers? Either way, the practice is likely to become more common, especially if the "netroots" actually win some races this November.
posted by TheWash at 9:58 AM - 61 comments
So we all have our favourite question site
. And we all know the big
takes on the space. But now there's the Web 2.0 Q&A sites: Wondir
(in beta, of course) and the latest, Yedda
. [via TechCrunch
posted by GuyZero at 9:40 AM - 30 comments
Learn how to floss on Dental Movies dot com!
Or learn more about what could go wrong with your teeth
if you don't. Lots of fine dental info, with amusing animated gifs. Do you have bad breath
? It's too bad they've had to temporarily shut down their offer
for free simulated dental makeovers
posted by owhydididoit at 9:17 AM - 6 comments
Al Jazeera have the scoop on the new name for OLPC
$100 $140 dollar laptop
posted by davehat at 8:32 AM - 32 comments
NewsFilter: Castro Alive and kickin' it old school.
The Cuban media has released some pictures of Castro alive and well
. This is actually the first time I've ever seen him not wearing military garb.
posted by delmoi at 8:16 AM - 32 comments
We’ve detected background radiation from the Big Bang. We’ve sent explorers to the bottom of the ocean and the moon above us. We have images of the individual atoms of which our world is made. But we cannot have direct access to the sensory experiences of another human being. Language can help to bridge the gap but it is an imperfect tool. The closest we have come is Brain Fingerprinting
and even that only indicates recognition of a scene or object; it does not capture the actual visual memory of the scene or object. This may soon change. Several years ago, researchers at Berkeley wired a cat’s neurons to a computer and were able to obtain videos of what the cat was seeing.
posted by jason's_planet at 7:51 AM - 50 comments
Too Wong Foo: There's Mixed-Up Surf Nazis Invading A Plane!
In honor of Snakes On A Plane slithering into theaters this coming weekend, Boston.com
offers eleven perfectly descriptive, or overly cryptic, but all memorable movie titles. How would you retitle your favorite movie
to be as descriptive as Snakes On A Plane?
For example, The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down
posted by Lord Kinbote at 7:10 AM - 119 comments
Hostage: The Jill Carroll Story. Jill Carroll
, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, was ambushed along with her Iraqi translator, Alan Enwiyah, on January 7, 2006. He was shot and killed
, but she was held captive until her release on March 30, 2006. She tells her story in an ongoing 11-part series.
posted by initapplette at 6:49 AM - 9 comments
Free archives of over 11,000 old radio shows, get your Jack Benny fix here ! Yeah, they use RealPlayer, but it's still pretty cool.
posted by lobstah at 6:09 AM - 12 comments
The 50 coolest websites
: according to Time Magazine, at least. Who cares if they changed the world
or not: as long as they're cool, that's all that really matters!
's in there, as is MySpace
(!), but they somehow seem to have neglected Metafilter, deciding that Cute Overload
is way more hip instead.
And no, Flickr
's not in this one either.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 5:40 AM - 40 comments
- brought to the world by our own stavrosthewonderchicken
. He asked what you would like to see on the site here
. Now sit back while he brings it to you. Or not. Probably not, now I think about it.
In any case, the man writes like a demon on crack (except twice as interesting) and, whether or not you have the slightest interest in Korea, you will be entertained by the stories. If you follow his personal site
, you know what to expect. If you have never read his writings before, strap in, you're in for a bumpy ride.
posted by dg at 4:38 AM - 19 comments
Beethoven stretches out
and relaxes. Gorillas belch
to let others know where they are. Fish
sing the body electric
(.mov, 12 MB) for food and safety. How has your own perception
shaped your worldview?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:18 AM - 4 comments
60 Minutes interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Some have described Iran's president as just another middle eastern wacko along the lines of Saddam and Bin Laden. After viewing the 60 Minutes interview, what is your take on things?
posted by mk1gti at 10:45 PM - 118 comments
CBC Blogging Manifesto
Tired of waiting for CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to come up with a blogging policy, CBC bloggers – including the infamous pseudonymous blogger A. Ouimet
– charge ahead and write one themselves.
posted by joeclark at 10:18 PM - 12 comments
Every year the The Burryman
makes his appearance
at the Ferry Fair Festival
. It has now been revealed
how he copes with all that whisky.
posted by tellurian at 10:00 PM - 13 comments
create some bizarre
, teamups; not at all separating reality
. It's been happening for a long time
and continues to this day
posted by Kickstart70 at 7:59 PM - 32 comments
Your band name sucks:
50 of the Inexcusably Worst. (via Fark)
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:40 PM - 97 comments
The Evolution of the Desktop 1984-2007
My oh my, how far we've come.
posted by fenriq at 7:01 PM - 60 comments
In the days after Hezbollah crossed from Lebanon into Israel, on July 12th, to kidnap two soldiers, triggering an Israeli air attack on Lebanon and a full-scale war, the Bush Administration seemed strangely passive... The Bush Administration, however, was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney were convinced, current and former intelligence and diplomatic officials told me, that a successful Israeli Air Force bombing campaign against Hezbollah’s heavily fortified underground-missile and command-and-control complexes in Lebanon could ease Israel’s security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential American preëmptive attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations, some of which are also buried deep underground.Test Case
posted by y2karl at 6:06 PM - 78 comments
Autism is growing,
especially in the Silicon Valley
. We’ve talked of this twice before
, but what are we missing about the connection between autism, geekhood, and the Silicon Valley? Let’s talk about this more [inside].
posted by Milkman Dan at 5:09 PM - 80 comments
has a distinguished career as a photojournalist who works in black and white. Although not limited to U.S. work, he excels in Americana. His portfolios are fun to surf - here's a sampling that I liked: window washer
, the Hatt family of Maine
, Cheer Squad
, and Prisoner, Adelaide Jail
. Oh, and whatever you do - don't miss the Show Dogs
, heh. [more]
posted by madamjujujive at 3:58 PM - 9 comments
There's no need for you to record short videos
(youtube) of yourself singing impossibly cheesy songs about astological signs whilst a woman does interpretive dance in the background, because Harvey Sid Fisher
has already done it for you.Thanks to Ryan at FFFF for bringing this to my attention
posted by Afroblanco at 3:55 PM - 16 comments
Can microbes make us fat? Of the trillions and trillions of cells in a typical human body — at least 10 times as many cells in a single individual as there are stars in the Milky Way — only about 1 in 10 is human. The other 90 percent are microbial. These microbes — a term that encompasses all forms of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and a form of life called archaea — exist everywhere.
New evidence suggests microbes in our bodies can determine how efficiently we process food and affect our hunger centers.
posted by caddis at 2:35 PM - 29 comments
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