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A little Clump of Soul

Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy. Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations. It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time -- an eccentric, richly produced, and incredibly catchy blend of funk, salsa, bossa nova, experimental electronica, J-Pop, swing, lounge, bamboo flute, hair metal, buoyant parade music, soaring children's choirs, Macintalk fanfares, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros. Called a consumerist critique by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi (who after one sequel moved on to Glitch, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy, and playground design), the series has inspired much celebration and thought [2, 3] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 21, 2014 - 89 comments

THERE IS ONLY ONE MAGIC HEXAGON

20 Fun Facts about Hex Grids!
posted by Sebmojo on Sep 21, 2014 - 27 comments

Stampylonghead

Tens of millions a viewers a month watch Youtube videos of an orange and white cat and his friends playing in Minecraft. Twenty-three year old Joseph Garrett plans to use Minecraft as a platform for launching an educational channel. [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 31, 2014 - 28 comments

Happy Friday

Elephant plays with blue streamer. (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 29, 2014 - 24 comments

You must be this tall to Ride or Die

There's a lot of tragedy in the world lately. Please enjoy a video of DMX on an amusement park ride.
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jul 30, 2014 - 27 comments

They Are Sports Bar

Sports Bar are a band from Richmond, Virginia that play fun, fast, lo-fi, riff-heavy upbeat rock songs with lyrics like "My friends are your friends but your friends are bullshit!" and "Waaa-ohhhh-ohhh-wa-oh-OH-oh-oh!" It's the summer party music you didn't know you needed, and because their one album and two EPs can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp: Cassette, Tyler Perry's Sports Bar, and I Want To Waste Away With You.
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 30, 2014 - 16 comments

Globe Trot (50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance)

Globe Trot (50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance) A fun little romp around the world as over 50 people do a cool dance that combined with sharp editing can't help but make you feel good. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 30, 2014 - 4 comments

Put that beanbag on your shoulder

Four cute kids dance The "Bean Bag Dance", The "Hokey Pokey", and a few other kids' favorites
posted by growabrain on May 18, 2014 - 0 comments

And together, THEY FIGHT CRIME!

During the late 1970's and 1980's, Glen A. Larson's lighthearted television dramas were incredibly popular: Knight Rider. B.J. and the Bear. The original Battlestar Galactica. Quincy M.E. The Fall Guy. Magnum, P.I. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Larson had hit after hit and it seemed he could do no wrong. But he did produce three flops in the 80's, (and another in the 90's that managed to last two seasons): Automan, The Highwayman, Manimal and Night Man. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 16, 2014 - 138 comments

Digger: Now On Almost Every Platform

Digger is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software. You can play it online via HTML5, online via Java or download a version for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 18, 2014 - 24 comments

Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?

We know you love your library! Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal [hundred] number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out!
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 14, 2014 - 57 comments

Life Rolls On

"Pssssttt! What does the yellow light mean?"
"Slow down."
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Slow down!"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Slow down!!!"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 11, 2014 - 56 comments

Ball sucking done right

Best use of a vacuum cleaner ever.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 25, 2014 - 21 comments

Internet Archive Digital Residencies

Each week, the Internet Archive's tumblr account is completely transformed by a digital resident along a theme of their choosing. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 18, 2014 - 3 comments

The Year of the Beard

Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3): The Year of the Beard. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 comments

More happiness

In case you're having a rough day go brush a pony, skip a rock on a lake, or just scream out into the alps [link will take a little while to load]
posted by special-k on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 comments

It's almost that time again

Pairing wine with Girl Scout Cookies.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 16, 2014 - 44 comments

Henry's Concepts

Henry chooses the location and the pose. Alex (his nanny) takes a photo of him and then he takes a photo of her in the same pose. Henry is two and a half. Via
posted by zarq on Dec 26, 2013 - 46 comments

For unto us a child is born

According to statistician Aki Vehtari of Aalto University in Finland, there is diminished 20% chance that today, December 25th, is your birthday. There is a 5% higher likelihood than chance that your birthday is actually February 14th. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 25, 2013 - 27 comments

Would you believe...

What do you need to be an international CONTROL super spy fighting the forces of KAOS? A Shoe-Phone. A Cone of Silence. A Bulletproof Invisible Wall and a Laser Blazer. Then, and only then, can you Get Smart. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 16, 2013 - 52 comments

I love the smell of francs in the morning

Have you dreamed of owning a money bin a la Scrooge McDuck? Your dreams can now become a reality.
posted by reenum on Dec 13, 2013 - 33 comments

A cob house project

How Lois Lewis, 72, Built Her Own Home [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 7, 2013 - 22 comments

La bôite á donuts

Le French Food Note: Not all food speaks French. Extra note: some of the food is NSFW!
posted by chainsofreedom on Dec 4, 2013 - 22 comments

COW COW COW

Find The Invisible Cow Does what it says on the tin.
posted by Mooski on Nov 20, 2013 - 42 comments

Rhabarberbarbarabarbabaren

A simple guide to how compound words work in German. (SLYT, rudimentary German makes it funnier but probably not essential)
posted by Artw on Nov 19, 2013 - 38 comments

Sailor Moon Saturday Gone Gaga

"Take me to your [Sailor] Venus!"
Lady Gaga – Sailor Stars
Lady Gaga – Papercraft Roleplay Venus [more inside]
posted by fraula on Nov 16, 2013 - 21 comments

All of this is Nebraska.

Here’s What Happens When You Ask People To Draw A Map Of The USA From Memory (single Buzzfeed link)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 14, 2013 - 131 comments

The dinos are really good at tin-foil, Daddy

Welcome to Dinovember. "Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep." By Refe Tuma via Medium.
posted by sweetkid on Nov 13, 2013 - 39 comments

I am the one who clicks

Instructions:
  1. Cook batches of meth
  2. Sell meth
  3. Buy stuff with your drug money

posted by no regrets, coyote on Nov 7, 2013 - 184 comments

Rogue troubadors in my lecture hall.

Singing for a smile at the University of Toronto. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Oct 21, 2013 - 11 comments

This is how they deal with horse thievery in Denmark. (SLYT)

Pretty much what it says on the tin, SLYT depicting radical Danish solution to horse theft.
posted by dancestoblue on Oct 18, 2013 - 74 comments

jIyIntaHvIS not qajegh

Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," performed in Klingon.
posted by brownpau on Oct 16, 2013 - 21 comments

And now, conducting the 'The Marriage of Figaro'....

Last week, Improv Everywhere set up the ACJW Ensemble Orchestra (of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School) in Herald Square in New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, "Conduct Us." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 30, 2013 - 41 comments

Jerking guys off is clumsy and weird.

I Do Not Want To Jack Guys Off Is there anything more ludicrous than a woman giving a man a hand job? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Sep 23, 2013 - 206 comments

This is exactly why I often get really good service

Before we go any further, I just want to point out that this bear is literally 75% off. I mean, unless you have the body of the headless bear in the back.
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Sep 18, 2013 - 77 comments

Hello World Quiz

Guess the programming language by "Hello World" snippet.
posted by Artw on Sep 11, 2013 - 62 comments

Do you remember?

A game that would be at home in an arcade cabinet beside Robotron, FORGET-ME-NOT is a classic-style, that is to say, neon-filled, randomness-laden, bone-hard 2D maze/shooting game, with cute characters and retro effects, inspired by the Commodore game Crossroads II, Nethack and Pac-Man CE. Collect all the FLOWERS in each random, single-screen level to make the EXIT appear. Then, get the KEY and take it there to move to the next level.

The only controls are the arrow keys (or screen swipes in the iOS version). Face down a large variety of randomly-generated enemy types, and get as far as you can! You automatically shoot in front of you, but beware: your shots can wrap-around, and if they hit you they hurt! They key to playing well is grinding: push into a wall as you sail past it to build up a charge. Charge up enough and you start glowing; while glowing, you instantly kill any enemies you touch, but if you charge to much you blow up.
Free: Windows - OSX - Pandora - Morphos. Not free: iOS [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 19, 2013 - 22 comments

A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Aug 10, 2013 - 8 comments

GearSketch

GearSketch is a cool and simple gear-making game. Click on the "?" for a quick demo.
posted by xingcat on Aug 1, 2013 - 11 comments

Velocissimo, Affrettando, Prestissimo!!

50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds: A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
posted by taz on Jun 30, 2013 - 12 comments

"Phone companies didn't think you were going to blow them up back then."

What's in the database? Roughly 1,000 records of documents related to phone phreaking history. It includes newspaper and magazine articles, letters, memos, FBI memos, audio recordings, you name it.. Extra Goodies! [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust on Jun 6, 2013 - 7 comments

Some Nights I'm Your Pusher

It Takes Two + I'm Your Pusher + Some Nights = Some Nights I'm Your Pusher (Lloyd).
posted by WCityMike on May 17, 2013 - 10 comments

Eschersketch

Eschersketch is a fun online web-toy for making symmetry/tessellation drawings. It was created by the likably interesting brainiac, Anselm Levskaya with the tessellations of MC Escher in mind. On Twitter he says it is as yet unfinished.
posted by nickyskye on May 9, 2013 - 24 comments

Baby is invincible. But baby can't jump and climb ladder.

Keita's Quick Ideas. In 2011, Keita Takahashi, designer of Katamari Damacy, joined the team of the unconventional MMO game Glitch (previously), which had to close its doors last year. The Glitch people have since published 200 of Keita's ideas for the game.
posted by ignignokt on May 2, 2013 - 31 comments

Just dumb ninja fun

Ninja Slash (fun flash Friday). Move left/right/up/down to kill zombies faster and faster.
posted by klangklangston on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 comments

Probably not really safe for... anywhere.

Turn empty water bottles into alcohol fueled rockets. [slyt]
posted by quin on Apr 17, 2013 - 34 comments

Calvin and Hobbes - the movie?

This Gritty Reboots Calvin and Hobbes reimagining is fun. Wormwood hall, indeed!
posted by pjern on Apr 7, 2013 - 32 comments

Dueling saxophones underground

Sax battle on the NYC subway [slyt].
posted by nickyskye on Mar 31, 2013 - 36 comments

If ever a thread needed an [IMG] tag...

Calvin & Hobbes GIFs
posted by zarq on Mar 27, 2013 - 47 comments

The Printed Internet

The Printed Internet: One man's attempt to recreate the internet. On paper. And publish it on the internet.
posted by no regrets, coyote on Feb 27, 2013 - 20 comments

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