Driving Off the Map
by James Clinton Howell is a formal analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2. If you played this game — even if you didn't like it (especially
if you didn't like it) — you need to read this to learn what you actually played. If you've never played Metal Gear Solid, it's still an excellent example of serious video game scholarship.
posted by cthuljew
on Dec 8, 2008 -
The Pitch Drop Experiment.
Everyone should know by now that 'glass is a supercooled liquid' is an urban legend
. But there are true liquids that appear solid at room temperature. Pitch, a petroleum derivative, is one of them. The
Blair Pitch Pro
Pitch Drop Experiment, begun in 1927, drips pitch out of a funnel, at roughly one drop every ten years
. It has a webcam
[RealPlayer req.], with a short canned loop of audio explaining the experiment's origins. I tell you, I'm on the edge of my seat watching this thing!Swiped from The Cellar.
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Jun 6, 2002 -