A YouTube user has uploaded an earlier cut of Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal
(with characters designed
Froud). Some scenes are re-ordered, there is some different dialogue and the narration has been removed.
It didn't perform well in testing, so changes were made to the version
we all know and love. A threatened sequel, to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, is on hold
. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 4:59 PM - 33 comments
is a Twine text adventure game made by Tom McHamry
It's about becoming a master of horses, and has been described as "body horsehorror"
and like living "inside a fever dream"
. John Campbell of Pictures For Sad Children
has written a review entitled "Horse Master Class Anxiety Dream Review"
. (Warning: review will make no sense until you play the game.)
posted by Maecenas at 4:51 PM - 28 comments
"My friend Nick and I planned another prank. We thought it would be funny to scare a couple of friends while they were hanging out with some girls. We drove over to their house and crept up to the living room window with ski masks pulled down over our faces and realistic-looking water guns in our hands...
Participants in We Are All Criminals
tell stories of crimes they got away with
. via [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 4:14 PM - 24 comments
Before Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, before Blade: The Series or even the execrable Power Pack, the Marvel television universe was populated by few aside from Spider Man
and The Incredible Hulk
. Until 1990, when NBC and Marvel decided to make a movie that should be admired for its audacity is nothing else, "The Death Of The Incredible Hulk
". And true to word, by films end both David Banner and The Incredible Hulk are dead
posted by mediocre at 2:48 PM - 43 comments
Puppet recreation of the drug den shootout from the brilliant Dredd (2012).
NparticularlySFW owing to voluminous slow-mo blood jets and flagrant use of Paulstretch. Recreated shootout starts at 2.05.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:44 PM - 17 comments
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax.
The policy goals are contained in a set of funding proposals obtained by the Guardian. The proposals were co-ordinated by the State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that act as incubators of conservative strategy at state level.
posted by T.D. Strange at 1:18 PM - 143 comments
King James Programming
– "posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the King James Bible and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
posted by tss at 1:09 PM - 17 comments
is a film-interview conducted by Jean-Luc Godard of his “old friend” Woody Allen, in 1986. With JLG-style editing (and JLG-style trolling??). Previously
posted by zbsachs at 1:06 PM - 2 comments
Christmas Cats TV
is "an eight-hour streaming video of a 'cat lady' and an elf hanging out with cats — some of them in holiday sweaters." (Direct link to site
- autoplaying music)
posted by desjardins at 12:48 PM - 36 comments
"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike.
" [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:27 PM - 25 comments
is a blog devoted to exposing dinosaurs for the murder oriented monstrosities they were, promoting preparations for the likelihood of their return, and outing those people who support the dinosaur agenda."
posted by brundlefly at 12:05 PM - 14 comments
Insomnia causes depression as much as depression causes insomnia: Three surprising points from a fascinating episode of KQED Forum
[audio, no transcript] with guest Dr. Michelle Primeau of the Stanford School of Medicine.
- Insomnia has long been taught to be a symptom of depression, but in many cases is a cause of depression.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an effective treatment for both insomnia and depression.
- CBT can be more effective and longer lasting than sleeping pills
For those averse to audio (like me, normally), the NYT also covered the research in print:
First story: Treating Insomnia to Heal Depression,
Follow up a couple of days later: Double Effectiveness of Depression Treatment by Treating Insomnia,
Two readers (both psychiatrists) respond, and
A NYT editorial. [more inside]
posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 11:53 AM - 22 comments
is a set of generative art pieces written in gazelle
. Best viewed in Chrome.
posted by Jpfed at 10:21 AM - 13 comments
"Over time, it has become clear that anti-negativity is a worldview of its own, a particular mode of thinking and argument, no matter how evasively or vapidly it chooses to express itself. For a guiding principle of 21st century literary criticism, BuzzFeed's Fitzgerald turned to the moral and intellectual teachings of Walt Disney, in the movie Bambi: 'If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.'"
posted by josher71 at 9:43 AM - 99 comments
Theatre critic Mark Shenton has been fired from the Sunday Express
for having brought the company into disrepute after naked images of him were posted on a gay website behind a paywall.
Richard Desmond, the owner of the Sunday Express is also the owner of Television X, the UK's most popular pornographic TV channel.
posted by the latin mouse at 9:16 AM - 50 comments
Monster Of The Week
), the X-files recap comic by Narbonic
creator Shaenon K. Garrity presents a guest-artist filled tribute to one of the strangest episodes of TV ever: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'
posted by The Whelk at 9:06 AM - 20 comments
The city is a fountain that never stops: it generates its energy from the human interactions that take place in it. Unfortunately, we’re getting to a point where many of New York’s citizens have been excluded from this equation for too long. David Byrne comments on New York's hospitability to creative types
posted by shivohum at 8:40 AM - 86 comments
'Pictures from my own private mouseland' (tumblr) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:37 AM - 19 comments
Forget the pony, forget the teddy bear -- this kid wants a little thing that can turn into anything at anytime
posted by flyingsquirrel at 7:44 AM - 164 comments
Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell has been known to hurl wooden pencils
from the tower of his castle to the stone courtyard below.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:44 AM - 17 comments
For over 17 years Furtherfield
gallery, London, has been working in practices that bridge arts, technology, and social change. As its physical and online territories expand to include a new 'Commons' lab space
curator, director and critic Marc Garrett
reflects on the gallery's rich history, arguing that art from beyond the mainstream exhibits an ever burgeoning oppositional agency
posted by 0bvious at 7:10 AM - 1 comment
Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything
. Warning: arrows hitting people.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:53 AM - 24 comments
by photographer Greg Miller and writer Peter Short, tells the story of how Southern mariachi bands like Mariachi Mexicanisimo de Atlanta
tour the region, “playing to audiences of immigrants and learning to please the gringos at the same time. As Short so beautifully puts it, ‘Tradition and culture sustain themselves not through purity and absolute preservation, but through introduction and acceptance.’”
posted by ob1quixote at 3:30 AM - 19 comments
Because who is perfect?
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Busty Mannequins and an Inflated Sense of Beauty in Venezuela
In Venezuela, women are confronted with a culture of increasingly enhanced physiques fueled by beauty pageants and plastic surgery. - The New York Times [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 2:31 AM - 26 comments
Though humans often liken themselves to top predators such as lions, a new study
) used FAO data to calculate the human trophic level (HTL), i.e.
the position of Homo sapiens
in the food chain, and found that humans are actually on a par with anchovies and pigs with an average trophic level of 2.21
1 for plants to 5.5 for bears and orcas). Values vary by country, from 2.04 in the 97% plant-eating Burundi to 2.57 in the 50% fish-loving Iceland. As meat consumption is growing in countries like India and China, mankind is globally becoming more carnivorous and has been improving its trophic level by 3% since 1961. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 2:09 AM - 31 comments
I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her
"The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda."
posted by GrapeApiary at 8:48 PM - 35 comments
The legal framework of terrorism has been ... complex. Under the Bush Administration, terrorists were deemd to be "unlawful enemy combatants
," and not afforded the protections of the III Geneva Convention
. The policy, thought not the name
, has continued under the Obama Adminstration, and this indeterminate legal status has significantly complicated
efforts to try or release
However, there is an older legal model
that may suffice: piracy
. (previously [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:56 PM - 16 comments
The World Outside My Window - Time Lapse of Earth from the ISS (SLYT, make sure to play it in the highest resolution you can)
posted by griphus at 6:21 PM - 15 comments
Wonder Woman will be finally be appearing on the big screen, though not in her own film. Instead she'll appear in the untitled Batman vs Superman movie set to open in 2015
that will be directed by Zack Snyder
. The character will be played by actress Gal Gadot
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:11 PM - 187 comments
ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners
in assault on clean energy. The American Legislative Exchange Council commonly know as ALEC
which raises over 90% of its funds from corporate backing
is associated with the Dominionists
Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Taylor caught a glimpse
of the ALEC Nation a Climate Denial Machine
. A little
posted by adamvasco at 3:30 PM - 59 comments
In case you were starting to miss the daily insanity that is Rob Ford, Toronto's admitted crack-smoking, tax-cutting, drunken stupor of a Mayor, your wait is over. Newly-unredacted wiretaps
from the police investigation into attempts to retrieve the infamous video of Rob Ford
smocking crack, calling his football team "a bunch of fucking minorities", and Justin Trudeau a "fa**ot", have re-ignited the inquiry into the Mayor's actions. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast at 2:57 PM - 96 comments
In the introduction [of Batman: Black & White] the editor mentions that the premise of the book came about because he had a discussion with other members of the comic world and they were debating which one comic run you'd want with you if you were stuck on a desert island. The consensus was Creepy the classic Warren Magazine because of all the incredible artists who contributed to it.
The Warren Publishing Archive
is online, courtesy of the Internet Archive. [more inside]
posted by Zed at 2:43 PM - 15 comments
is a free downloadable puzzle-platformer
(Windows only, sorry) with retro graphics and a cheerful chiptune soundtrack. Use your fire hose and ladder, along with portable fire extinguishers, to fight fires and rescue people from the blazing infernos! A trailer is available here
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:40 PM - 4 comments
of Michigan prisoners sentenced to life for crimes committed while they were minors. [more inside]
posted by mibo at 12:51 PM - 44 comments
Within the confines of her tiny studio and without the help of digital embellishment, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee
created elaborate landscapes for her series of self-portraits. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:14 PM - 15 comments
On September 20, 1956, just before the bars closed at 3 a.m., a single-engine plane landed
on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street in northern Manhattan. Behind the stick was 26-year-old Tommy Fiztpatrick, who pulled off the no-lights, no-radio "feat of aeronautics" while (allegedly) drunk to (allegedly) win a bar bet. Two years later, when a fellow patron called his story into question, Fitzpatrick did it again
posted by gottabefunky at 11:20 AM - 43 comments
Despite a customer base that crosses many demographics
, a large part of the video game industry has remained resolutely focused on appealing and marketing to male players in the 18-24 age group. It wasn't always this way. Although early coin-op and console game development was male-dominated, titles in the 1970s were either marketed for entire families or for adults in bars and later arcades. What changed? Polygon investigates
posted by figurant at 11:20 AM - 135 comments
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