"Curses! The birth of the bleep and modern American censorship
" by Maria Bustillos
"The bleep of censorship invariably draws attention to the material it was intended to conceal; circles it, if you like, by loudly omitting it. Bleeping also serves as proof that there is a watcher: someone looking out for us in advance. In the bleep lies the evidence that you are being “protected” — but by whom? Why? And from what?"
posted by andoatnp
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Marcel Proust’s First Poem, ‘Pederasty,’ [Daily Beast]
"Here is the first known poem by Proust, written when he was 17, that shows him struggling with his homosexual urges. The poem is dedicated to his friend Daniel Halévy, and he wrote to him in a letter: “Don’t treat me as a pederast, that wounds me. Morally I’m trying, if only out of a sense of elegance, to remain pure.” The poem is titled “Pederasty.”" [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Mar 27, 2013 -
was a titanic "electronic" tea time BBC general knowledge quiz show in the late 1980s, presented by heartthrob Debbie Greenwood
(now a regular on QVC UK) with the aid of a BBC Micro called Eugene. Two teams of teenagers represented their schools as they battled for supremacy playing a random selection of arcade games like skateboarder 720 degrees
, the ultimate prize an Acorn Archimedes
. Now, the nail-biting encounter between Armthorpe School in Sheffield and Montagu School of Kettering is on YouTube [parts 1
posted by feelinglistless
on Jul 11, 2012 -
A chance of a lifetime for aspiring filmmakers: Kevin Spacey
stars in three scripts from the Jameson-sponsored First Shot contest. In the phenomenal The Ventriloquist
a ventriloquist and his dummy are having a hard time relating to each other and humanity; in The Envelope
, a Russian man's hobby fulfills his purpose; and in Spirit of a Denture
a mild-mannered dentist faces off with a difficult patient.
posted by jocelmeow
on Jun 8, 2012 -
is an amazing video sharing site for indigenous filmmakers. Isuma
is perhaps best known for their incredible work on films set in arctic Canada (Atarnarjuat
, Journals of Knud Rasmussen
and the upcoming Before Tomorrow
). Isuma.tv is a fantastic place to work by all sorts of First Nations film makers and is a much needed voice for the generally ignored indigenous artists.
Isuma was last discussed on Metafilter in 2002.
posted by dogbusonline
on Apr 30, 2008 -
("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") robotics competition has recently begun it's 2007 competition season. The competition, which began and still enjoys it's greatest popularity in the United States, challenges high-school students and mentors to design and build a (teleoperated) robot to play a game in six weeks. Founded by Dean Kamen
, of segway, IBOT
, the first home dialysis machine
, and clean drinking water
fame founded the competition in 1988 to inspire students to enter the engineering profession. Every year
a new challenge is put forth, and this year's
game involves placing inner-tubes on a cylindrical rack in addition to lifting other team's robots. A sizeable community
has sprung up around FIRST, with much attention paid to Dean Kamen's ideal of gracious professionalism
which is like sportsmanship without the sports.
The 2007 regional competitions
provide teams an opportunity to show off their work.
If you're interested in getting involved, or just watching the events,
FIRST provides a handy Event Locator.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms
on Mar 8, 2007 -
Recipients of "Leaks" May Be Prosecuted, Court Rules
In a momentous expansion of the government's authority to regulate public disclosure of national security information, a federal court ruled that even private citizens who do not hold security clearances can be prosecuted for unauthorized receipt and disclosure of classified information.
The ruling by Judge T.S. Ellis, III, denied a motion to dismiss the case of two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) who were charged under the Espionage Act with illegally receiving and transmitting classified information.
The decision is a major interpretation of the Espionage Act with implications that extend far beyond this particular case.
The Judge ruled that any First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of speech involving national defense information can be superseded by national security considerations.
posted by Unregistered User
on Aug 10, 2006 -
rode out Katrina in New Orleans and later "escaped" one of the freeway-based collection points. His is the first of what will surely be many firsthand accounts appearing on blogs. Why not collect your link finds here?
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 5, 2005 -
The FBI has issued the first demand for library records
under the Patriot Act. The library in question is somewhere in Bridgeport, CT. The ACLU is seeking an emergency court order
to lift the FBI gag order, but they've been instructed by the gag to keep the person whose library records being sought (i.e., their client) a secret. What the ACLU has revealed is that the client is a member of the American Library Association (clearly, a front for terrorism). If any MeFites are interested in digging up additional details on this and start making calls, here's a good place to start
. What indeed would the FBI consider so threatening?
posted by ed
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Movie Store "Who's on First."
CUSTOMER: Why can't I rent Seven?
CASHIER: Because it's over the limit.
CUSTOMER: Right, but I want Seven. Get rid of Ten.
CASHIER: (Pause.) That would leave negative three.
posted by adrober
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Ron's first Goatse (SFW, honest).
Porn star Ron Jeremy is handed a Sidekick presumably displaying a certain infamous image during a meet-n-greet by persons unknown with the foresight to bring a camera. MeFi Jr. Detective League bonus!
Who is responsible for this belly-laugh inducing document? [via and linked to themaxx.com
, which may indeed contain NSFW material].
posted by mwhybark
on Oct 10, 2004 -
First JPEG virus discovered...
"The W32/Perrun virus, as it is now being called, extracts data from JPEG files and then injects picture files with infected digital images. A fair warning to those individuals who are fond of sending multimedia files to friends and families." Is everyone's porn stash threatened now?
posted by darian
on Jun 14, 2002 -
The Origins of AIDS
AIDS has become such a commonplace thing, hence the need for days like today. When is the last time you thought of how HIV/AIDS came about? Have you ever? Such interesting tidbits as the fact that it's been documented to 1959 can be found here.
posted by ashbury
on Dec 1, 2001 -