In 2010, Judea Pearl was honored with a symposium on his work
. He gave a talk on how to use causal models to evaluate counterfactuals
. (He takes the first 14 minutes to thank people and reflect on his intellectual debts. Skip it if you really want to get to the meat of the talk, but it is well worth watching.) [more inside]
For the 2012 iTunes Music Festival, 65 acts (including P!nk
, One Direction
, David Guetta
, Jessie J
, Ellie Goulding
, Andrea Bocelli
, Matchbox Twenty
and many others) performed at the Roundhouse in London throughout the month of September. 40 performances are available in full online. [more inside]
| Hundreds of Stories.
A YouTube Playlist. Experience a day
in the life of a public hospital (Highland Hospital) in Oakland, CA at a moment of profound change to the nation's economy and its healthcare system. [more inside]
It's New Years Eve (or already the first day of the new year, depending on where you are
), and you may be looking for something other than the radio to play for a countdown. Head backwards, then, to cruise into the 80s with the Grateful Dead
for the closing of Winterland
. Or join the Janglers
to say goodby to 1993 and hello to 1994
at Peabody's Downunder
. You can check out twelve hours of Essential Mixing and relive the transition from 2000 to 2001
. Get closer to the present day with some big band and swing into 2010 in style
. Say hello to 2011
with B.A.G.S. (Bullman, Ashworth, Guggino, Sipe)
, spend an hour and a half
with Blu Mar Ten
or six and a half hours
with Mr Scruff
. And if you're looking for something new for tonight, try some mixes from Redondo
, Montreal Funk Monkeys
, and a countdown minimix from DJ Raymix
The Williams Institute at UCLA has recently completed an analysis
of same-sex couples' distribution, as reported by the U.S. Census. The Big Find
: over 900,000 self-identified couples, 22% of whom are raising children. Profiles for individual states, plus D.C.
(72% male) and Puerto Rico
via MetroWeekly. Previously, Queering the Census.
A great English icon visited an Aussie one when Stephen Fry came to the Sydney Opera House to discuss travel, language, the three W's (Wilde, Waugh and Wodehouse) and everything in between, in a 90 minute talk-fest. The night involved a cracking 45 minute chat by Fry and then a 45 minute Q&A with First Tuesday Book Club's Jennifer Byrne.
Parts 1 2 3 4 5
The Open Laboratory 2010:
Best Science Blog Posts from 2010. 50 essays, 6 poems and 1 cartoon selected from nearly 900 submissions. Open Lab previously on MetaFilter
Let’s put things into perspective: 2010 was not the worst year ever. There have been MUCH worse years. For example, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period, the Earth was struck by an asteroid that wiped out 75 percent of all the species on the planet. Can we honestly say that we had a worse year than those species did? Yes we can, because they were not exposed to Jersey Shore. Dave Barry reviews 2010, the worst of all years, ever.
: a toast to some of those who left us
Don't Stop the Pop
: the mashup of the year's top 25 songs, from DJ Earworm! (Previously on Mefi: 2007
. ) [more inside]
Al Jazeera's top 10 stories of 2010
Including top 10 news
, and opinion
stories by reader hits.
ESPN baseball writer Jayson Stark presents his Strange But True hitting feats of 2010.
Only in baseball's...umm...unique scoring system could someone get caught stealing 3B, and then safely steal 3B on the next pitch
. Warning: both links contain auto playing video with ads at the top.
And just think: When your shitty kid marries someone you violently disapprove of 20 years from now, this song -- with its references to blowjobs and songs that were ground into the ground before the kid was a twinkle in your eye -- will serve as the couple's first dance. As you watch your offspring and new in-law twirl around the dance floor, you will reach for a glass of Champagne Loko (President Kid Rock won't try to ban the stuff until he's up for re-election in 2032) and wonder how everything went so, so wrong.
The Village Voice presents the 20 Worst Songs of 2010. [more inside]
The final data for the 2010 Census
has just been released, showing the last decade's trends in population, growth and diversity. [more inside]
Best Music Writing 2010
- Links inside! [more inside]
The New York Times presents an interactive map of America's population
separated by race, income, and education, according to census data from 2005 to 2009. One dot for every 50 people. (Previously
) [more inside]
Google presents: Zeitgeist 2010: How the World Searched,
based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into their search engine this year. Accompanying YouTube Video
Top 10s of 2010
. Each Saturday, we pore through our favorite tips and tricks to find 10 great hacks surrounding any subject, from food and thumb drives to browsers and Wi-Fi. Here are our most popular Top 10s of 2010.
It’s maybe a little
early yet for year’s end retrospectives, but who cares: we’ve got 157 songs, 10.5 hours, 1.12 GB of “some of the best and most notable music from 2010... covering indie, pop, rock, punk, folk, rap, R&B, soul, dance, country, modern classical, ambient and electronic music, and in many cases, hard-to-classify genre hybrids.”
—Curated by FluxBlog’s own Matthew Perpetua.
A little ahead of schedule, Yahoo
have released their lists of items most often searched for in 2010. Google hasn't released their list but you can see popular searches using their Insights
Karen, Rick, Luke and Rachel are four people marooned in an airport lounge sometime in the very near future. The price of oil goes through the roof, and a kind of apocalypse takes over the world- or at least the world that they can see through the windows of the bar and on the crackling, intermittent news reports. Thick ash falls from the sky. The taps are dry. Cellphones don't work. Sealed in, the four can only talk to each other, examine their lives and the meaning of love, and try to confront their own demons. There is no turning back, they realise. [more inside]
One week. Two
. Hundreds of heads of state, development luminaries, CEOs, and social entrepreneurs. Celebrity star power
(pdf). No poor people. Aid Watch spent three days trying to make sense
of the greatest show on earth to help the world’s lowest.
"This is a blog documenting a project that will span exactly one year, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. On each of those 365 days, I will photograph or draw (and occasionally paint) one collection
. Most of the collections are real and exist in my home or studio; those I will photograph. Some are imagined; those I will draw or (occasionally) paint."
is running around modern day London. Airing Sundays on BBC1
, The BBC has reinvented the master dectective and his sidekick for 2010. Sherlock is cast as a modern day "high functioning sociopath" while Watson is a former army doctor with PSTD returned from Afghanistan. It has been written and created by Doctor Who writers Mark Gatiss
and Steven Moffat
Reviews are in
and the update is a stellar success. The series has been sold worldwide, however UK viewers can watch with BBC iplayer. Rumor has it that those unwilling to wait for release can find alternative sources for viewing.
The 2010 Booker longlist is out,
and it seems that most of the buzz in the UK is about who's not
on the list. The Guardian article "Amis-free Booker prize longlist promises to 'entertain and provoke'
" introducing the list of 13 nominees actually devotes its headline, subhead, and most of the first four paragraphs to the subject of who's missing in action: Amis, McEwan, Rushdie. Elsewhere in the Guardian Books section, research professor Gabriel Josipovici pulls no punches in including these (former?) darlings of the glitterati in his assertion that Feted British authors are limited, arrogant and self-satisfied
, compares them to "prep-school boys showing off," calls them "virtually indistinguishable from one another in scope and ambition," and muses that the fact that they have won so many awards is "a mystery." [more inside]
Just over three weeks after being sworn in, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the Governor-General this morning and called a federal election for the 21st of August
. [more inside]
Time has released their list of the best blogs of 2010
. [more inside]
Welcome to Friday afternoon. Time to stand up, drop trou, and air out your junk. [more inside]
"...Arctic sea ice – frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface – is now at its lowest physical extent ever recorded for the time of year, suggesting that it is on course to break the previous record low set in 2007.
Earth has been 0.65C warmer over the past 12 months than during the 1951 to 1980 mean, and that the global temperature for 2010 will exceed the 2005 record."
set to be the warmest year on record.
A mining town in Kentucky hoping to build a different kind of future. One of the last three Negro League stadiums. A 34-acre ranch owned and run one of California's earliest entreprenuers and rare early female landowners. The "cathedral of African Methodism" which saw the funerals of Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks. Otherwordly sand dunes in Michigan, mysterious freshwater caves in Guam, the Wilderness Battlefield...and the Merritt Parkway. These and more sites are on the (US) NAtional Trust's 2010 roster of the 11 Most Endangered Places
for their song Tiger is a voyage through some vintage 80's scifi.
The recently announced 2010 Hugo awards nominations
include a semi-regular mefite appearance
, a fanzine nomination for a podcast (previously
) and, under Best Graphic Story, a nomination for Captain Britain And MI13
by occasional Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell
- a title which, um, Marvel have already canceled
. Oops. Still, you can read the first two issues of the nominated story online for free
An Olympic Tent Village
has opened in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, on an empty lot
currently being leased by the Vancouver Olympic Committee, in response to increasing homelessness
in "Canada's most livable city", in spite of spending more than $6 billion
on the 2010 Olympic Games. Mayor Gregor Robertson has stated that they won't be evicted
- for now. [more inside]
Born on Halloween in 1920
, died on Valentine's day 2010
, Dick Francis
great mysteries most of which centered on a world he knew well, with the racetrack at its omphalos. [more inside]
Olympian killed in luge accident
Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia was killed when he wrecked on the luge course in Vancouver. This is the second crash
Stephen Colbert and Shepard Fairey create a Vancouver 2010 Olympic Poster
. [pdf link]. And Stephen suggests to the Colbert Nation that they download, print, and post it all over for the games. (see sidebar
"Back when I was a boy, I bought a children's book at my town's library book sale called "2010: Living in the Future" by Geoffrey Hoyle. Written in 1972, it had been withdrawn from the library's collection by the mid-80s, when I picked it up. I've somehow managed to hang onto it for 25 years and now, suddenly, here we are: 2010. I'm reproducing this long out-of-print book here to see how we're doing. Are we really living in the future?
2 Minute Ad for MS office
after the travesty of the windows 7 launch party ads, MS gets it right. SLYT