Recently surfaced video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan
. An incredible 25 minutes of breathtaking power and destruction.
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]
Last year, The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's Law School released a report
) detailing new, more restrictive state laws that affect voting rights and are likely to impact the outcome of the 2012 elections. The restrictions "fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities." On August 3rd, 2012, they updated their analysis
with a pdf
of passed and pending State government legislation. Their conclusion: after a century in which the United States "expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation... that momentum [has] abruptly shifted." [more inside]
Following the March 2011 earthquake
in Japan, commercials largely disappeared from television. To fill space between the news reports and lists of missing people, the Ad Council of Japan
put together a number of PSAs. Since there were only five or ten of them, the PSAs played thousands of times
over the course of a few months, searing themselves into the memory of the Japanese public. Most were typical messages about common courtesy
, listening to your kids
, and international support
. But one PSA in particular
quickly took on a life of its own, instantly being mashed up with a classic Japanese TV trope: Robot Transformation Sequences
! [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 Best And Worst Of Everything In 2011: A Mega, Meta Mashup
from Fast Company. An exhaustive and eclectic amalgam of year-end lists from various sources.
The final tweets
of some notable people who died this year. Some other final
has been mentioned before
on Metafilter as a website that collects the best writing around the web. Over the past 3 days they've been posting their year end list of the best essays from 2011. The full annotated list is after the jump. [more inside]
The Millions 2011: A Year in Reading.
With 72 participants naming 214 books, it’s safe to say this has been our biggest and most high profile Year in Reading yet. Our participants included the current Poet Laureate
, a longtime candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature
, the reigning winners of the IMPAC and Pulitzer Prizes
, two authors
of books named The New York Times’ 10 Best of 2011, a recent inductee to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and more Pushcart winners than I care to count. [more inside]
2011 in Lego Pictures. From the royal wedding to the death of Osama bin Laden, the English summer riots and the fall of Gaddafi, here are some of major news stories of the past 12 months captured in Lego by Flickr members.
It's December so it must be time to list the best songs of the year.
Pitchfork's Top 100 Songs
and Top 50 Albums
, MTV's Top 10 Songs of 2011
, Billboard's 20 Best Singles
, Spin's 20 Best Songs
and Top 50 Albums
, AARP's Top 10 Albums For Grown Ups
, The A/V Club's Best Music of 2011
, Rolling Stone's 50 Best Singles
and 50 Best Albums
, NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs of 2011
, BET's 100 Best Songs of 2011
, NME's Best Albums of 2011
, MixMag's Tunes of The Year, Metacritic's Top 10 Albums of 2011
, Pop Matters 75 Best Albums
. [more inside]
Fukushima. Osama Bin Laden. The Arab Spring. The Royal Wedding. Natural Disasters. Argentine Soccer Teams. Elizabeth Taylor. Gabrielle Giffords. iPad2 & iPhone 5. Steve Jobs..... Google Presents their 11th annual Zeitgeist: 2011 Year In Review (youtube)
"What mattered in 2011? Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year's 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011." [more inside]
As we wind down 2011, we think of the most exciting moments from the last year. We measure these moments by "Tweets per minute". The 10 Most Tweeted Moments Of All Time
all happened during the last year. Remember when Osama bin Laden died? (Number 10
: 5,106 tweets per second.) There was an earthquake in Japan (Number 7
: 5,530 tweets per second.) There were sporting events
. But the Number 1 most tweeted event of 2011 was... [more inside]
The Thais, resourceful as ever, have come up with numerous ways
to overcome the recent flood waters
that have killed over 500 people.
Matthew Goodman created a time-lapse video showing five weeks of Burning Man
using a Canon EOS 500D set up on Razorback mountain to snap 8,000 12-megapixel photographs. Here's how he did it
A Miss USA delegate from each state (and D.C.) was asked whether or not they felt evolution should be taught in schools
"A short film
chronicling the legendary Johnny Canuck, his years of triumph and turmoil, and how they mirror the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise and their Stanley Cup run in 2010-2011." [SLYT] [more inside]
False May 21, 2011 Doomsday prophet Harold Camping "deserts" devastated followers, church offers solace (PHOTOS)
Doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who predicted that the End of the World would come on May 21, 2011, has gone missing ever since it became increasingly clear that his prediction is going to fail, even as local churches willingly stepped in to provide counseling and help to Camping's devastated followers.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2011's first semi-final begins at 2 PM CST. Watch it online.
has released an updated version of his 2008 Google Maps and Google Earth layers
showing Canada's 2008 federal election data in every riding across the country
, accessible down to the polling district level. A great GIS data
visualization tool for understanding how your riding or district may vote on May 2
In February, AOL acquired
the Huffington Post for $315 million. (Previously)
The formation of The Huffington Post Media Group was announced
, to integrate content for a new combined, claimed audience of "117 Million Americans and 270 Million Globally."
Then, AOL fired 200 US employees (leaving many sites without editorial staff
) and began restructuring
. Today, they announced that 30 brands
, including popular site Slashfood
, will be closed or folded into existing Huffington Post sections. [more inside]
The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history.
- Christopher Hitchens on the historical revisionism of The King's Speech
. The LA times suggests that this, along with the History Channel digging up footage
of King George VI not really stuttering all that badly at all, might be the beginning of a backlash
against the film, which has been gaining Oscar momentum
since it's SAG Award wins
. With The Social Network, 127 Hours
and The Fighter
also having a basis in reality, is today's film making too hung up on the "true" story?
On January 13, 2011 Freedom House released ts findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties. According to the survey’s findings, 2010 was the fifth consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline—the longest period of setbacks for freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report. [more inside]
On June 23, 1911, The Miami Metropolis
published predictions about the year 2011 from Thomas Edison
, including his visions of transmuting metals, a world of light-weight steel products, and writings printed on leaves of nickel that would be "so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume." In Edison's future of today, five authors and an editor/publisher envision the world of publishing in the year 2021
. Spoiler: nickel is not mentioned once. [more inside]
January 1, 1985
: Earfuls of earrings out, armful of bangles in.
January 1, 1993
: Pellegrino out, Crystal Pepsi in
January 1, 2004
: Viagra out, Levitra in (MetaFilter previously in)
January 1, 2011
: Trolling out, Hacktivism in.
The List: a middlebrow, Beltway elite, mildly insufferable, perennially baffling Washington Post tradition since 1978
(Concave chests out, bosoms in)
A lawfirm perusing the New York Times archives has examined how physician W. J. Mayo, famed industrialist Henry Ford, anatomist and anthropologist Arthur Keith, physicist and Nobel laureate Arthur Compton, chemist Willis R. Whitney, physicist and Nobel laureate Robert Millikan, physicist and chemist Michael Pupin, and sociologist William F. Ogburn foresaw the year 2011
from the year 1931, with commentary. [more inside]
Sudan is at a crossroads.
A referendum in three months will probably see South Sudan, a mainly Christian and animist region the size of Texas, to become an independent country
. The Muslim north has greatly modernized
but citizens believe they will take armed revenge on the south.
After almost 50 years of fighting, the costs may be high.
The New York Times visualizes
the proposed $3.83 trillion budget for 2011.
It's (semi) official
: Washington and Baghdad have reached a final agreement after months of talks on a pact that would require U.S. forces to withdraw from Iraq by 2011, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday.
Additionally, "Iraq said it had secured the right to prosecute U.S. soldiers for serious crimes under certain circumstances" "Inside their bases, they will be under American law. Iraqi judicial law will be implemented in case these forces commit a serious and deliberate felony outside their military bases and when off duty." [more inside]