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Mads Mikkelsen is absolutely stellar as the Mad Hatter

Ranking all the James Bond movies from the universe where Bond faced off against all of Batman's villains
posted by The Whelk on Dec 30, 2013 - 32 comments

Segaga... ga?

The video game SEGAGAGA, a Japan-only release for the Dreamcast, is an incredibly odd bit of gaming history. A business sim (of sorts) it tasks the player to lead Sega to victory over its rival the evil DOGMA Corporation (a thinly veiled analog for Sony). Loaded with in-jokes obvious and obscure, it is a love letter to Sega fans, and it was one of the last Dreamcast games made before Sega went third party. After a four-year hiatus, the Segagaga fan translation project has resumed work on localizing this most unusual game. Intro video. Edge Magazine interviews the director. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 23, 2011 - 24 comments

Laugh it up, fuzz ball!

"Security officer demonstrates how to easily hack into every imperial computer system with a simple jail-breaked R2 unit. #wookieeleaks"

In response to the leaks of top-secret military documents concerning the war in Afghanistan earlier this week on Wikileaks, (covered previously on MeFi) Twitter users started posting their “Star Wars”-themed parodies of the scandal days later using the hash tags #Wookieleaks and #wookieeleaks. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 2, 2010 - 51 comments

Prattling on about Pancakes

Mmmmm. Pancakes. Called by many names - Blintz, Palascinta, Flensjes, Pannkuchen, Po-Ping - yes, you know they're yummy, but what do you know about their history or their religious significance? For instance, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day and for the past 53 years, women in Olney, England and Liberal, Kansas race down the streets of their towns flipping pancakes, continuing an English tradition that goes back more than 500 years. (Melbourne, Australia has a Pancake Day race, too! ) The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Shrovetide with a type of pancake called Blini, and I think most of us know that Latkes (potato pancakes) are a traditional part of the Hanukah feast. (Although apparently there is some debate on the virtues of Latkes over Hamentashen.) On a more secular note, we've just missed the 2002 Fall Flapjack Festival, held every year in Land O'Lakes, Florida. Glenn, Michigan has an annual Pancake Festival, too (since 1938). Hey! I'm getting hungry ... somebody pass the Maple Syrup!
posted by anastasiav on Nov 12, 2002 - 34 comments

Here at Metafilter - as in many other places on the web - we spend a lot of time talking about (and in) Haiku. For some reason the web-enabled generation has come to think of Haiku as a hip, funny, and somewhat ironic way to express ... anything. But lest we forget that Haiku is, first and foremost, a beautiful, traditonal art form. How many of you out there know much about the history of Haiku? Did you know that Japan is full of monuments to Haiku? Have you heard of or read any of the great traditional haiku poets, like Masaoka Shiki, the man for whom the International Haiku Award is named? If you enjoy reading traditional-style Haiku, you can read any number of magazines devoted exclusively to Haiku. Many of us have not tried to write Haiku since Junior High - do you perhaps need some instructions on how to write Haiku? If you really enjoy reading or writing Haiku, perhaps you might wish to join the Haiku Society of America. And, of course, if you wish to know more about Haiku, there are any number of other resources out on the web.
posted by anastasiav on Mar 29, 2002 - 26 comments

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