Are you a fan of inventive, black-humored sci-fi/fantasy animation? Desperate to fill the Futurama-shaped hole in your heart? Look no further than Rick and Morty
, the superb new Adult Swim series from animator Justin "Lemongrab" Roiland and Community darling Dan Harmon
. Inspired by a (terrible and very NSFW) Back To The Future knock-off
, the show pairs a naïve young teen (Morty) with his cynical, alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather (Rick), each episode exploring a trope -- dreams, aliens, innerspace, parallel universes, virtual reality -- and turning it inside-out with intricate plotting
, eye-catching art
, and dark, whipsmart humor
(with plenty of improvisation
along the way). A ratings hit
already secured for a second season
, the show returns from an Olympics-induced hiatus tomorrow -- in the meantime, why not sample the six episodes aired so far: Pilot
- Lawnmower Dog
- Anatomy Park
- M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
- Meeseeks and Destroy
- Rick Potion #9
. Want more? Promo/highlight reel
- AV Club reviews
- Rick & Morty ComicCon panel
- Storyboard Test
- Soundtrack samples
- Play the "Rushed Licensed Adventure" point-and-click game
posted by Rhaomi at 2:20 PM - 7 comments
Finite time blowup for an averaged three-dimensional Navier-Stokes equation
- "[Terence Tao
] has shown that in an alternative abstract universe closely related to the one described by the Navier-Stokes
equations, it is possible for a body of fluid to form a sort of computer, which can build a self-replicating fluid robot that, like the Cat in the Hat
, keeps transferring its energy to smaller and smaller copies of itself until the fluid 'blows up
.' " [1
posted by kliuless at 1:49 PM - 4 comments
on the blue. Raphael Pirker, a.k.a. "Trappy" was the first person ever to to fined by the FAA for the commercial operation of a drone. However, instead of paying up, Pirker decided to contest the ruling with a little pro bono legal help
. Last Thursday evening, the judge issued his ruling
. The judge dismissed the FAA's case
, agreeing with the defense that since the FAA never created any legally binding rules for small drones to begin with, they cannot now apply rules that would be used for a pilot flying a full size manned aircraft to drone operators.
For now, the ruling means that commercial operation of SUAS
in the United States is, basically
, legal. Within 24 hours of the ruling, the FAA appealed
the case to entire board of the NTSB.
SUAS experimenters who have been waiting in the wings are pleased with the ruling
posted by smoothvirus at 1:42 PM - 3 comments
Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study.
'Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world's leading experts in agnotology
, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. It's a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities.' [LATimes link, use privacy setting in browser for access] [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 12:59 PM - 11 comments
David Wasting Paper
queries 200+ illustrators
, comic book
, and editorial
cartoonists on their trade, tools, favorite things, and more in his compulsively readable Cartoonist Survey
) [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:59 AM - 3 comments
After the success of releasing the television pilot for Battlestar Galactica
in movie theaters (in Sensurround
) in 1978, Universal Pictures decided on a theatrical release for it's other
science fiction TV series: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
. The film version of the pilot was essentially the same as what later appeared on NBC... except with a very different style of opening credits
and theme song
posted by jca at 9:14 AM - 54 comments
The Sun's page 3
has been featuring nude women since the 1970s. Last week the British newspaper teamed up with CoppaFeel
, a young charity for breast cancer awareness, to inspire women to touch their own breasts. The headline reads "Page 3 v breast cancer", next to a model in a pair of underpants who barely covers her breasts. Readers are encouraged to ‘Check ‘Em Tuesday’ and post pics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #checkemtuesday.
While some applaud
the newspaper for putting an important women’s health issue on the front page, others are against the sexist representation of women
and concerned it could trivialize breast cancer
Not only due to the titillating images on page 3, The Sun's readership is still mostly male. So does this campaign exist for women?
posted by travelwithcats at 8:29 AM - 49 comments
Each week for a year, the folks in the special collections library at the University of St. Andrews are taking a how-to book from the collection and following its instructions for a project, in order to get a clearer sense of what life was like a century or two ago. Thus far in 52 Weeks of Historical How-Tos
, they've learned how to make shoe polish like an 1825 footman
, bake mince pie from 10 different recipes dating from 1710-1862
, perform parlour tricks to amaze your friends
, and take photographs via the wet collodion process
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:57 AM - 5 comments
Behind the scenes of Cuba Gooding's 1996 Oscar acceptance speech
As the director calls the shots from inside the TV truck, Cuba corpses. Cue music. And then...
posted by sweet mister at 5:43 AM - 51 comments
is an animated, charming look at how mortality personalities learn to do what they do.
posted by mikurski at 10:25 PM - 10 comments
Chris Lilley is an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician and writer
, who got his major start as the drama teacher, Mr. G.
, in the sketch comedy series Big Bite
. The series ended after one season, and Lilley went on to create four subsequent mocumentary-style series, We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year
, Summer Heights High
, Angry Boys
, and most recently Ja'mie: Private School Girl
. Each show consists of primary characters all played by Lilley, ranging from a 47 year old woman with skeletal dysplasia
, a 13-year-old school boy with a Tongan accent
(NSFW language), a 24 year-old African American rap artist from Los Angeles
(NSFW language), and a 16 year old girl from a grammar school
, to name a few. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:34 PM - 22 comments
You may be familiar with the 'business cat' memes I Should Buy A Boat Cat
(aka Sophisticated Cat
) and Business Cat
). And perhaps you followed Matthew Inman's workplace adventures of the Bobcats
at The Oatmeal. More recently, Tom Fonder at Happy Jar
has been developing a subset of comics centered on his own version of a cat who also happens to be a CEO. So far: Coffee
; Pay Rise
; and Fight and Flight
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 8:04 PM - 31 comments
Jamestown Baloos (1957) [SLYT]
by Robert Breer [PDF]
) "is a frenetic, three-part stop-motion animation that features an army of everyday forms and figures — geometric shapes, a piece of string, newspaper clips, a pin-up girl, even Napoleon Bonaparte — flashing across the screen. Placed in increasingly compromised situations and choreographed to a jingoistic tune, the figures essentially become puppets of their former selves. Such unrelenting visuals recall not only Fernand Léger’s early experimental film, Ballet Mécanique
(1924), as Breer himself has mentioned, but also early twentieth-century Dadaist collage. Dada artists like Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch created witty, unapologetic works that reflected the chaos and violence of modern existence. Jamestown Baloos
serves, as their works did, as a pointed indictment on the absurdity of war."
posted by Room 641-A at 7:23 PM - 2 comments
In Defense of Talking Funny:
an examination of dialects and how people deal with them.
posted by flatluigi at 6:41 PM - 54 comments
Yeah, it sucks that we're losing an hour tonight. But it could be worse. We could be losing eleven days
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 6:26 PM - 23 comments
The Identity Project
"seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality." Accompanying each portrait are words the subjects prefer to use to describe themselves -- "Boi," "Provocateur Lesbian Dandy," "Queer Femme Beefcake," "Gold Star Gay Wife," "Gay Masculine of Center," "Lezzer Queer Bossy Mama," "Inbetweener," "Legally Married." By San Francisco photographer Sarah Deragon. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:31 PM - 55 comments
We can't create Jurassic Park era (yet) but there is a place on Earth lost to time
, a modern proxy
of the Pleistocene (35,000 to 12,000 years ago). Other than the mammoth and a few other species, the flora and fauna remain largely unchanged, even the climate is similar to the last ice age (cold and dry). There are wild horses, reindeer, saiga antelopes, argali sheep, wolverines and snow leopards. The Altai and Sayan mountains of western Mongolia and southern Russia (map
)... [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 5:12 PM - 2 comments
is a floating black sphere that follows people around and plays back ambient sounds it has recorded. It was designed
by Francesco Tacchini
, Will Yates-Johnson and Julinka Ebhardt.
posted by Kattullus at 4:05 PM - 33 comments
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women, and focus attention on areas still needing action. In the run-up to the event, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits
of women and their daughters. They asked each mother what her profession was, at what age she had finished education, and what she wanted her daughter to become when she grew up. They also asked each daughter at what age she would finish education and what she wanted to do in the future. (SLAtlantic)
posted by capricorn at 1:52 PM - 10 comments
Monsanto Is Going Organic in a Quest for the Perfect Veggie
- "The lettuce, peppers, and broccoli—plus a melon and an onion, with a watermelon soon to follow—aren't genetically modified at all. Monsanto created all these veggies using good old-fashioned crossbreeding, the same technology that farmers have been using to optimize crops
for millennia. That doesn't mean they are low tech, exactly. Stark's division is drawing on Monsanto's accumulated scientific know-how to create vegetables that have all the advantages of genetically modified organisms without any of the Frankenfoods ick factor." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 1:34 PM - 42 comments
The Men of Atalissa
collaborates with the New York Times
on a 35-minute documentary about the intellectually disabled men exploited for thirty-five years by Henry's Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. (The documentary at the NYT
or embedded in a Q&A with the journalists at PBS's POV
.) [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:11 PM - 9 comments
This site has the aim of encouraging a wider reading of all types of literature, through a series of recipes inspired (directly or indirectly), by those works. It explores the ways in which descriptions of food are used to elicit meaning for a character trait, a foreign country, or social etiquette. [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 11:38 AM - 5 comments
Earlier this week, the captain of a Westjet
flight received a note from a passenger
regarding her place in the "cockpit". At the time Westjet declined to comment, feeling no need to "lend credibility to the author of the note." In honour of today being International Women's Day,
Westjet has provided a more subtle response.
posted by nubs at 11:31 AM - 71 comments
It turns out that fish may need bicycles after all.
Or, more accurately, fish need more bicyclists, and fewer motorists. "Water pollution attributable to automobiles includes oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, [copper], etc." (via rootsimple.com
) See also
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 11:14 AM - 4 comments
Britain will betray the United States and Ukraine to keep laundering dirty Russian money.
"The city has changed. The buses are still dirty, the people are still passive-aggressive, but something about London has changed. You can see signs of it everywhere. The townhouses in the capital’s poshest
districts are empty; they have been sold to Russian oligarchs
and Qatari princes."
posted by four panels at 10:23 AM - 65 comments
Melee combat enthusiasts rejoice! Cold Steel
) are back with a whole bunch of new videos
showing off their newest armaments. The more exotic selections include the Battle Star
, the Boomerang
, the Viking Axe
, the Grosse Messer
, the Sergeant's Halberd
, the War Hammer
, the War Club
, the Sword Cane
, and a brand new video for the beloved Two Handed Great Sword
: Pig carcass butchery and tactical dummies full of blood ahead.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:40 AM - 61 comments
Talking gender to Africa
International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misunderstood. It fosters inaction and lip service on the part of patriarchal African governments and civil servants. Gender has become the preserve of the educated elite. The voices of African women have been lost. [more inside]
posted by infini at 8:32 AM - 6 comments
The Teaching of Arithmetic: The Story of an experiment. In the fall of 1929 I made up my mind to try the experiment of abandoning all formal instruction in arithmetic below the seventh grade and concentrating on teaching the children to read, to reason, and to recite - my new Three R's. And by reciting I did not mean giving back, verbatim, the words of the teacher or of the textbook. I meant speaking the English language. I picked out five rooms - three third grades, one combining the third and fourth grades, and one fifth grade. I asked the teachers if they would be willing to try the experiment.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:55 AM - 13 comments
Jean Bon-Bon is a very sad guy in pursuit of cookies on the streets of Paris. Les Mousserables
is a Sesame Street parody which explores the many emotions which a powerful musical can create.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 AM - 6 comments
Artist Jesse Krimes created a 39 panel allegorical mural
while incarcerated in a federal prison in Butner, NC. The multi media piece is made primarily from prison bedsheets and photos from the NY Times. A little more about Krimes.
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:41 AM - 16 comments
Glasgow graffiti artist Rogue One
casts some new light
on a dark and dank local underpass. [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 4:32 AM - 14 comments
touched a nerve at the beginning of the ’90s, as grunge rock poured from the Pacific Northwest and independent movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992), Clerks (1994), Kids (1995), and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) flourished. In the same way that punk and grunge felt real—not like slick stadium rock, big-budget studio movies, hokey scripted TV—Geek Love achieved a fresh kind of authenticity. The Binewskis felt real, even as their lives and their story were fantastical. There was something about the idea of a freak show, an entertainment that hadn’t thrived in American culture for generations, which felt just right in the early ’90s."
posted by R. Schlock at 4:30 AM - 22 comments
, produced by WGBH, in cooperation with the Poetry Foundation, presents videos of poetry being read, often by the author
And, if you want to introduce a child to poetry, don't miss the animated films
made by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
(there even seems to be one written and animated especially for MetaFilter, Spacebar)
posted by HuronBob at 2:58 AM - 2 comments
"I want to make fictional worlds, inhabited by large robots and machines, all over the Google campus"
Google has recently shown a great deal of interest in robots, snapping up companies right and left. Mark Pauline, a noted expert in the field, offers his services to the search behemoth.
posted by mecran01 at 8:50 PM - 28 comments
I've seen a lot of great bands play public transportation, and TOO MANY ZOOZ is the cream of the crop.
posted by Lutoslawski at 8:40 PM - 13 comments
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