A new article in Nature
warns that "the costs of a melting Arctic will be huge", thanks in part to the likely release of "a 50-gigatonne (Gt) reservoir of methane, stored in the form of hydrates" beneath the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, "either steadily over 50 years or suddenly". An abrupt release is "highly possible at any time", says Natalia Shakhova
of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, who has observed plumes of methane up to a kilometre wide bubbling to the surface in the area.
posted on Jul-25-13 at 2:42 AM
Is a ’director’s cut’ ever a good idea?
The director's cut has been a feature of the home video landscape for years, getting a significant boost from multi-disk DVD and now Blu-Ray sets. There are some pretty bad
ones around, but which are the best? Movie sites like Shortlist
, IGN Movies
have all given us lists of the best (and worst), and online discussions
have suggested others (Blade Runner
tops most lists, but beyond that they diverge significantly). Where do you start when that two-hour epic isn't epic enough?
posted on Apr-3-12 at 9:48 AM
Britain's finest Baroque portraitist
, on a par with Frans Hals, has been all but forgotten, but a new BBC documentary and associated website seek to address that. William Dobson, 1611-46, was painter to Charles I's court during the English Civil War, and the turmoil of the period meant that much of his biography and even the names of the subjects of his portraits were lost. But many of his portraits
have survived, and they're astonishing.
posted on Oct-1-11 at 4:13 AM
were to New Zealand what the Beatles were to the UK, and like the fabs their legacy is impressive: an endlessly entertaining back-catalogue
and some inspiring solo and band offshoots
. One of these, Crowded House
, captured more of the world's attention, but few in New Zealand would question the priority of the Enz. Which must be why, in 2007, Radio New Zealand made an eight-hour
documentary series split over ten podcasts about their fascinating journey from art-folk-classical-prog to New Wave pop mastery: Enzology
is essential listening for any Split Enz fan, featuring "excerpts from all the hits and numerous album tracks, plus previously unreleased demos, live recordings and studio out-takes gathered from the band members' personal archives and elsewhere".
posted on Apr-28-11 at 5:16 PM
It's our language, not yours.
So, you were born in an English-speaking country founded by the English, speak English, have a degree in English, write and publish in English, have lived in England for years, and would like to become an English citizen? Sorry, you failed our English test to determine whether you have workable English, so you can't be English.
posted on Aug-19-04 at 10:19 AM
"The story of Scott's last expedition to the south pole
will, I feel sure, be already known to many of you ... it is one which for courage, endeavour, endurance and unselfishness even in the face of death, will, I feel, never be surpassed.... I feel you will understand the difficulties met with when I tell you that the negatives from which these slides
were made and the slides themselves
were developed and washed with the aid of melted ice."
posted on Aug-17-04 at 6:53 AM
The Office as training video?
"The staff had just returned from lunch and all the managers were in a training room, sitting in a semi-circle and looking really pleased with themselves. Then one of them blurted out 'Mahna Mahna' at us without warning. We just stared blankly back at them."
posted on Aug-12-04 at 4:38 AM
Bono's commencement address to U.Penn.
"The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.... That's what this degree of yours is, a blunt instrument. So go forth and build something with it." [via Ed]
posted on Jun-2-04 at 3:54 AM
Around the States in Eighty Days.
Monty Python's Eric Idle is three quarters of the way through a North American tour and keeping an extensive online diary as he goes. "I would never be sitting at home writing my memoirs like this. There's just something about the time available and the different places we visit that invites introspection
posted on Dec-5-03 at 6:53 AM
Looking for a new use for that webcam? Go fly a kite! Kite Aerial Photography
has caught the imagination of photographers
and hobbyists around the world,
and some of the results are spectacular.
posted on Nov-26-03 at 5:31 AM
Badgers badgers badgers badgers FLASH MOVIE FLAAASH MOOOVIE.
posted on Sep-10-03 at 3:32 PM
Is he the world's unluckiest man
or the luckiest
? Either way, Croatia's Frane Selak, who had already gained attention
for escaping death seven times,
has just hit the jackpot with his first lottery ticket in forty years. How can we normal mortals compete?
posted on Jun-19-03 at 7:00 AM
If life's a game, how do you win?
We've been mapping our paths
through life for centuries, but it took an American Civil War-era publisher
to turn it into a boardgame
(after Lincoln's new beard killed demand for his line of clean-shaven presidential portraits
). In the age of the PC we can find the answer to life
in games, live parallel lives
in games, simulate the evolution of life
in games, and search for everlasting life
in games - but can they beat the dusty old box and dice? And what life lessons are all these games teaching us?
posted on Mar-26-03 at 3:22 AM
Here is the News.
The old news, that is: the entire 3500 hour British Pathé Film Archive covering news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970, with low-res clips available for free, was launched today
posted on Nov-19-02 at 4:45 AM
Before the Berlin Wall, there was Hadrian's Wall, one of the most successful attempts ever to keep noisy neighbours at bay. It's still an impressive sight
, even though most of its stone has been recycled over the centuries. Nothing beats walking
it in person, but thanks to the web you can see a 3D VRML model
of one of its forts, read about the digital imaging
of thousands of written documents unearthed at another
, and even read a 2000-year-old request to "send me some cash
as soon as possible".
posted on Sep-19-02 at 9:01 AM
One kid's mission to watch every post-apocalyptic movie ever made.
Conveniently, he sorts them by cause of the apocalypse: cyborgs; plague; zombies; nukes; and 'misc'. (The sixth link on the page - 'working' - turns out not to be one of the causes of the apocalypse, at least in Hollywood.) How would you like the world to end?
posted on Feb-19-02 at 7:48 AM
Let's make today Link KPMG Day.
Why? Because apparently they think that people need their permission to link to them
]. This sort of nonsense is completely antithetical to the spirit of the web.
posted on Dec-3-01 at 3:43 AM
Reasons for Liking Tolkein
at the London Review of Books. "In his fiction, he created a machine for the evocation of scholarly frisson. The thrills are the thrills of knowledge hidden, knowledge uncovered, knowledge that slips away... what Freud called the 'the uncanny': 'the over-accentuation of psychical reality in comparison with material reality'. Isn't that what being a bookish adolescent is all about?"
posted on Nov-20-01 at 5:22 AM
do u mail or Do you email?
Hyphenless email drops the e as Josh Davis retreats to his virtual cave.
posted on Nov-19-01 at 5:20 AM
To concentrate chemicals in solution, just add water:
'a chance discovery so unexpected it defies belief and threatens to reignite debate about whether there is a scientific basis for thinking homeopathic medicines really work.'
posted on Nov-9-01 at 2:19 AM
World's steepest street claims a life.
'What appears as a young couple out to have a bit of fun with a wheelie-bin has ended in tragedy.'
posted on Feb-28-01 at 4:16 PM
Gives a whole new poignancy to the term 'hosed'.
Hearing about this sort of destruction always makes me feel like time is running out to see the world's wonders before they're gone.
posted on Feb-7-01 at 2:22 PM
Interview with the (Secretary of the) Vampire.
Hitler's secretary, now 80, describes the man in this interview with The Times.
(Via Arts and Letters Daily
.) 'After all the despair, all the suffering, not one word of sorrow, of compassion. I remember thinking, he has left us with nothing.'
posted on Sep-25-00 at 1:08 PM
Put the keyboard down, and back away from the MetaFilter...
and you thought coups only happened in Fiji. Via wetlog
, of course.
posted on May-25-00 at 11:33 PM