Before retiring in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson spent 26 seasons as the manager of Manchester United, the English football (soccer) club that ranks among the most successful and valuable franchises in sports. During that time the club won 13 English league titles along with 25 other domestic and international trophies—giving him an overall haul nearly double that of the next-most-successful English club manager.
In 2012 Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse had a unique opportunity to examine Ferguson’s management approach and developed an HBS case study around it. Now she and Ferguson have collaborated on an analysis of his enormously successful methods
posted by criticalbill
on Sep 10, 2013 -
Hellblazer, the DC/Vertigo comic starring Alan Moore created occult investigator John Constantine, is being cancelled at issue #300
to make way for a new comic set in DC's New 52 universe. Hellblazer was DC's longest running continuously numbered comic
and it's cancelation marks the last of the DC Comics characters with Vertigo titles being taken back into the mainstream DC universe (previously
). Vertigo was originally an imprint for mature readers occult themed titles and creator owned work, though it has changed over the years with an adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo becoming the first Vertigo to receive TV advertising
posted by Artw
on Nov 9, 2012 -
We want to sing a big shout
to U.S., and to all ravers in the world! And to Westbam
, Steve Mason
, The Mystic Man, DJ Dick
, Carl Cox
, The Hooligan
, Cosmic, Kid Paul
, Mijk van Dijk
, Jens Lissat
, Lenny D.
, Sven Vath
, Mark Spoon
, Marco Zaffarano
, Paul Elstak
, Mate Galic
, Roland Casper
, Sylvie, Miss Djax
, Jens Mahlstedt
, Laurent Garnier
, Special, Pascal F.E.O.S.
, Gary D
,... and to all DJs all over the world!
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 19, 2012 -
Postcards From Hell
— For the last half-decade, the Fund for Peace
, working with Foreign Policy, has been putting together the Failed States Index
(the 2010 version is out), using a battery of indicators to determine how stable—or unstable—a country is. But as the photos here demonstrate, sometimes the best test is the simplest one: You'll only know a failed state when you see it. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jun 25, 2010 -
is a place where you can play The Greatest Game, or seek your Ambitions, or, what the heck, just Seduce an Artist's Model! Ever since London was dragged one mile below the Earth's surface -- and one mile closer to Hell -- by a huge flurry of billions of bats, finding your fortune in the city has been something of a different beast. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew
on Apr 14, 2010 -
, the most recent release from indie game designer Vic Davies (and one of Eurogamer's Games of 2009
), is a turn-based wargame in which the players, as members of Hell's aristocracy, vie for control of Satan's recently vacated throne employing diplomatic measures and demonic armies. Over the last couple of weeks the boys at Rock, Paper, Shotgun
have posted epic turn by turn battle reports
of a month-long play-by-email game undertaken by two of their own and four acquaintances, two of whom have written up their
. Without fail the accounts are full of twists and turns, blunders and screwups, conniving, back-stabbing and all sorts of bastardry that make them fine examples of game writing as well as gripping page-turners. [more inside]
posted by aldurtregi
on Jan 25, 2010 -
is a 3D adventure game with arcade-style elements. It was programmed for computers running
DOS Flash 10
. Here's the plot: your character is a Space Marine on the planet Mars, who uses guns his fist, and even a chainsaw to kill monsters from another dimension.
posted by Smart Dalek
on Dec 4, 2008 -
are a bunch of crazy German software engineers known best for making Melodyne, a family of top of the line pitch correction tools. Apparently they've recently figured out how to do what they do with polyphonic audio.
I can't begin to explain how cool this is. Just watch the video.
posted by stenseng
on Mar 13, 2008 -
Robert Oppenheimer agonized over building the A-bomb. Alfred Nobel got queasy about creating dynamite. Robert Propst invented nothing so destructive. Yet before he died in 2000, he lamented his unwitting contribution to what he called "monolithic insanity
posted by PenDevil
on Mar 9, 2006 -
"History is filled with legends of Demons: evil creatures with dark powers and horrifying strength. There is Astaroth, who turns invisible; Beelzebub, master of flies and all Earthly diseases; Mephistopheles, Prince of Deceit; Asmodeus, Lord of Corruption; and Leviathan, great monster of the Deep. You are Bill." It's a Flash game.
posted by Gator
on Jan 22, 2006 -
"If you love someone, you want to give something of yourself to them... Go big or go home you know?" Show that special sweetie of yours that you care with the magic of mutual self-mutilation.
Really, how often were you using that ring finger, anyways?
posted by Simon!
on Jul 8, 2005 -
Hell House: The Ghosts of Maryland
Many say the place is haunted
. Others used talk of satanic altars
or drug labs hidden within the cavernous old building. And... people sacrificing goats?
Well, not really. These are just rumors surrounding the old St. Mary's College in Ilchester, stories passed around among teenagers from all over the region. The students have a different name for the old seminary too: "Hell House
posted by Shanachie
on May 11, 2005 -
For those who throw good manners, common decency, and proper etiquette to the wind, here is a website collecting stories about social gaffes that are often hilarious.
posted by livingsanctuary
on Jan 26, 2005 -
"Hubert Selby died often. But he always came back, smiling that beautiful smile of his, and those blue eyes of his... This time he will not be back. My saints have always come from hell, and now, with his passing, there are no more saints".
is the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn
, (tried for obscenity in England
and supported by, among many others, Samuel Beckett and Anthony Burgess), Requiem For a Dream
, Song of the Silent Snow
. He is being eulogized in the USA and UK
, but also, massively (I've just watched a fantastic TV special) in France, where he is much more popular than in his native land (Selby's death was the cover story -- plus pages 2, 3 and 4 -- in the daily Libération today -- .pdf file
): Dernière sortie vers la rédemption
, L'extase de la dévastation
. What makes all this kind of ironic -- in a very Selbyesque way -- is that Selby himself used to say, "I started to die 36 hours before I was born..." (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Apr 28, 2004 -
- we've all thought about it, read about it (line 70 onwards 40% of the way down)
and probably dismissed it as silly. Then along comes a choice candidate
and the questions start again. Who would you put in hell, and why?
posted by grahamwell
on Aug 16, 2003 -
The Mythical Quest
, an old exhibition at the British Library. 'Throughout the world, tales have always been told of
heroes and heroines embarking on perilous quests in
search of lost loved ones, the secret of immortality,
earthly paradise or simply great riches. Many of these
stories have elements in common, such as clashes with
monsters, battles with the elements, interventions by
the gods and tests of moral character, mental cunning
and physical strength. These tales have been expressed
in songs, literature, art and dance for thousands of
years, and are still being reinterpreted today in
books, comic strips, interactive games and adventure
More British Library exhibits here
, from early Indian photography
to the secret life of maps.
Examples of mythical quests :-
Journey to the West
not to mention
the Thai version);
(subject of a previous
the journey of Alexander
world of Dante
posted by plep
on Jul 11, 2003 -