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Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There's a team at a Google office that hasn't slept in three days. Somewhere there's a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she's dead. And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.
posted by xqwzts on Apr 30, 2014 - 90 comments

United States Devil Map

Can't decide where to go trick or treating? Jonathan Hull has created an interactive map of all the places in the U.S. with words like Devil, Hell, or Satan in the name. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 comments

Ferguson's formula

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 - 17 comments

"Gigablast pivots into Flurbit, largest event search engine in the US!"

Web2.Hell collected the names and taglines of real web2.0 start-ups that somehow were actually funded. "Remember Nothing! Zukmo Everything!" "Unlike on other sites, your posts must be one word long!" (The phenomena of baffling name choice lives on in current day successes like Snotr, LiveMocha, Magoosh, Squidoo etc., etc., etc.)
posted by blankdawn on May 19, 2013 - 51 comments

How do you baffle a vegetable?

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 - 85 comments

A New Vision of Hell

The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell ; Dante updated for the age of scientific misconduct. Via
posted by TedW on Nov 9, 2012 - 10 comments

Italians have a lot of hells...

The Nine Circles Of Hell, As Depicted In LEGO
posted by Artw on May 13, 2012 - 43 comments

I'll have to ask you again: do you like it hardcore? Scooter shout-outs circa 1994

We want to sing a big shout to U.S., and to all ravers in the world! And to Westbam, Marusha, Steve Mason, The Mystic Man, DJ Dick, Carl Cox, The Hooligan, Cosmic, Kid Paul, Dag, Mijk van Dijk, Jens Lissat, Lenny D., Sven Vath, Mark Spoon, Marco Zaffarano, Hell, Paul Elstak, Mate Galic, Roland Casper, Sylvie, Miss Djax, Jens Mahlstedt, Tanith, Laurent Garnier, Special, Pascal F.E.O.S., Gary D., Scotty, Gizmo,... and to all DJs all over the world!
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 19, 2012 - 15 comments

Heaven and Hell

1923 aka Heaven or 1925 aka Hell [dlv] via.
posted by ennui.bz on Aug 20, 2011 - 21 comments

Hell, Rebranded

"With the help of Chris Herron Design, the Hell Office of Travel & Tourism has created a friendly and welcoming voice for destination Hell, and in so doing, has reaffirmed its mission to create an environment in which local businesses can succeed and flourish." Hell presents their new identity: Simply Heavenly ™ . Take a look at the brand new website. See Chris Herron's breakdown of the redesign process, along with dozens of logo explorations. Related: Logos for the moon. (via Brand New)
posted by JimBennett on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 comments

Theological Clusterf***

Who Goes to Hell? An editorial response (by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, posted on Foxnews.com) to the controversy of Chad Holtz, a Methodist Church pastor in North Carolina, having been fired for questioning whether hell exists.
posted by rodmandirect on Mar 29, 2011 - 397 comments

Physics from Hell

It's possible that Galileo arrived at basic laws of physics by studying Dante's Inferno. In 1588, Galileo gave two lectures questioning the scalability of Dante's Hell. A paper questions its importance.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jan 16, 2011 - 24 comments

Client/designer relationships explained. Finally.

Why you don't like changes to your design.
posted by nomadicink on Oct 7, 2010 - 88 comments

Images From the World's Most Failed States

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 - 16 comments

MetalliFilter

The Basics:
  Metallica Likes Death.
  Megadeth Likes to Kill!
  Slayer Likes Satan and Hell...
  ...and AC/DC Likes Rock 'N' Roll!
posted by not_on_display on Jun 16, 2010 - 48 comments

Light Grenades

Photographer/Filmmaker Freddie Wong and friends blow the crap (YoutTube) out of each other with light painting. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Jun 7, 2010 - 18 comments

Welcome, delicious friends!

Echo Bazaar 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 - 44 comments

"There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach."

Xkcd's hell, the flash game.
posted by Artw on Apr 9, 2010 - 84 comments

Amidst the Hall Of that infernal Court

Solium Infernum, 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 own reports. 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 - 45 comments

Artificial Intelligence?

Hell is Other People [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Oct 19, 2009 - 61 comments

Civilization

Civilization is a video mural created by video artist Marco Brambilla and Toronto-based studio Crush for an elevator in the Standard Hotel in New York. It depicts a journey from hell to heaven as the elevator goes up, or from heaven to hell as it goes down. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Jun 18, 2009 - 26 comments

The Jade Calendar

A Visitor's Guide to Hell - A translation of the Chinese version of what happens to the human soul after death [with some illustrations]. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Feb 26, 2009 - 34 comments

Knee-Deep in the Dead, Redux

DOOM 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 - 85 comments

Hearing Spooky Voices

Hearing Voices [prev, prev] has a devilishly viscera-soaked Halloween broadcast: Bloody Hell: The First Half is Bloody. The Second Half We Go to Hell. So, turn the lights out, press play, and grab your favorite token of comfort. (It won't help.) [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Oct 27, 2008 - 3 comments

The Door to Hell

The Burning Crater of Darvaza. [Via.]
posted by homunculus on Mar 26, 2008 - 31 comments

If it really works, it's the coolest audio production tool ever.

Celemony 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 - 122 comments

Photos of WWI poison gas and flamethrowers.

Photos of WWI poison gas and flamethrowers. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Sep 14, 2007 - 44 comments

HELLO KITTY HELL

HELLO KITTY HELL
posted by loquacious on Jun 23, 2007 - 35 comments

Treading lava in the lake of fire...

DAMN YOU TO HELL!
posted by MaxVonCretin on Dec 1, 2006 - 46 comments

Black Humor

"Three dollars a minute for technical assistance for my computer? If I'm going to spend that kind of F--KING money, I'd just as soon have phone sex." Lewis Black on customer service.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 27, 2006 - 25 comments

P2P is a sin

P2P is a sin [bugmenot]
posted by PenguinBukkake on Oct 10, 2006 - 35 comments

The Final Theory

Mark McCutcheon's book is a Top Science Bestseller at Amazon.com (currently #28, ahead of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. The reader reviews are overwhelming five star. In other news, the correct value of PI is 3.125 and the wheel has been reinvented. You may find this simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics useful when considering these ideas.
posted by unSane on Jun 28, 2006 - 48 comments

Jesus saves losers. or you really don't get to go to hell.

He lost his chruch,(streaming mp3) lost his congregation, and started a newto oklahoma evangelistic Christianity. (pdf)
posted by bigmusic on May 22, 2006 - 47 comments

Dilbertville

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 - 47 comments

Bill the Demon

"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 - 17 comments

Sand, Hell and Kittens

War of The Hell. World of Sand. Hell of Sand. Cat Sledging. Java Friday. [via]
posted by empath on Dec 30, 2005 - 19 comments

Underworld Engineer

The Charts of Clarence Larkin A mechanical engineer by training, Clarence Larkin later found his true calling as a pastor and an author of influential books on religion. He is best remembered, however, for his detailed charts on topics such as: The Underworld, The Failure of Man, The Threefold Nature of Man, and an incredibly detailed The Book of Revelations from his book on Revelations.
posted by vacapinta on Dec 2, 2005 - 6 comments

Love at First Bite

"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 - 31 comments

Hell House

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 - 12 comments

hell money

Hell Money "the Chinese believed Hell was the English term for the Afterlife. The word was incorporated and printed on the traditional Chinese Afterlife Monetary Offerings, otherwise known as Hell Bank Notes."
posted by dhruva on May 5, 2005 - 21 comments

Etiquette Hell

Etiquette Hell 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 - 14 comments

Map of the Hell Stars

You must be this tall to enter the City of Dis. Need a five-minute web break? Peruse this quick and dirty Interactive Map of Dante's Inferno. Don't forget to play the 'Drag and Drop Monsters Game' in Lower Hell! (Flash 6 or higher required)
posted by Darkman on Jan 7, 2005 - 15 comments

Incurious George and the Political Debate ?

Curious George and the high tension power line : A cartoon story in 9 parts, on how a cute little monkey out of his depth gets turned into a stuffed ashtray holder.
posted by troutfishing on Oct 2, 2004 - 15 comments

Hubert Selby, Jr (1928-2004)

"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". Selby 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 - 16 comments

Flamefest

Hell - 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 - 47 comments

The Mythical Quest

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 films.'
More British Library exhibits here, from early Indian photography to the secret life of maps.
Examples of mythical quests :- Monkey: Journey to the West (another version here, not to mention the TV series); the Ramayana (and the Ramakian, the Thai version); Cupid and Psyche at the Classics Pages (subject of a previous thread); the Holy Grail (more at the Catholic Enyclopaedia); the journey of Alexander the Great; Pilgrim's Progress and John Bunyan; the world of Dante and a map of Hell.
posted by plep on Jul 11, 2003 - 17 comments

A Bad O’Hair Day

"Madelyn Murray O’Hair In Hell" is difficult to describe... Danté meets Seinfeld? I dunno... but it's damn funny—and just a little thought provoking. I can't wait for the next installment! Brought to you by the good folks over at The Morning News.
posted by silusGROK on Jan 15, 2003 - 18 comments

Entrances to Hell

Entrances to Hell abound throughout the United Kingdom. Who knew?
posted by staggernation on Dec 12, 2002 - 28 comments

Jumping Jesus on a Pogo Stick!

Jumping Jesus on a Pogo Stick! A little program that's fun for about five minutes. Play it with your mouse, and make sure you turn the sound on for the full effect.
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Mar 29, 2002 - 5 comments

Happy Holidays--IN HELL!!

Happy Holidays--IN HELL!! I think someone in Scotland has been watching too much "South Park".
posted by gimonca on Dec 2, 2001 - 15 comments

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