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Making Shoes by Hand

Shoemaking (the job of a cordwainer) is a very particular blend of artistry and science. Here are some masters at work: Emiko Matsuda at Foster & Son; artisans at Saint Crispin's; and at Paul Parkman. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 24, 2015 - 11 comments


Mic.com: 12 Years Later, Here's What Happened to the Viral Mastermind Behind 'The End of the World'
posted by divabat on Nov 20, 2015 - 107 comments

Lick lick lick lick

10 cats enjoy an ice ball
posted by The Whelk on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 comments

The flowers and the candles are here to protect us.

In the aftermath of the attack in Paris, a small boy & his father are interviewed. Together they remind us that even in the darkest hour there is light and hope.
posted by scalefree on Nov 18, 2015 - 28 comments

UCLA Game Lab: cultivating the subversive in game design and game play

"the [UCLA Game Lab] fosters research and development in not only computer or video games, but also physical, tabletop, and other game forms. Known for its annual Game Art Festival at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, California, the lab supports the production and exhibition of student work, but it also curates and promotes vanguard game design from around the world. Through its tripartite mission to push the envelope of game aesthetics, game context, and game genres, the lab nurtures game projects that often adapt contentious, controversial subjects not found (overtly, anyway) in many commercial games: issues of politics, gender and identity, industry and commerce, the environment, experiences of alterity, the silly and the surreal…. In short, all that composes lived experience becomes fair game, so to speak, for adaptation.." -- Playfully Subversive: the Many Roles of Adaptation in Making Games at the UCLA Game Lab by David O'Grady [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 17, 2015 - 4 comments

Just a bunch of blondes in a swimming pool

Intrepid band of puppies take a swim for the first time.
posted by phunniemee on Nov 15, 2015 - 34 comments

“Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It”

"A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation” is how director Christopher Kirkley describes his West African re-imagining of Purple Rain. Set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. But riffing on Prince’s tale locates Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat
posted by infini on Nov 15, 2015 - 10 comments

Everybody needs a thneed

The Kesla 28RH is a machine that turns trees into logs. Very quickly. (SLYT)
posted by theodolite on Nov 14, 2015 - 77 comments

A Concert of Empires and a Sandwich

Extra History: The Seminal Tragedy (2, 3, 4), wherein Extra Credits' history subseries (previously) takes us into the series of coincidences, missed saves, miscommunications and bad decisions that led the world improbably into The Great War. (Bonus: Corrections, Retractions, and Lies!)
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 11, 2015 - 4 comments

Sony to end production of Betamax

Sony has announced that it will stop its production of Betamax video tapes in March of next year. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 10, 2015 - 85 comments

“The aims of life are the best defense against death.”

The Art of Witness by James Wood [The New Yorker] How Primo Levi survived.
“Primo Levi [wiki] did not consider it heroic to have survived eleven months in Auschwitz. Like other witnesses of the concentration camps, he lamented that the best had perished and the worst had survived. But we who have survived relatively little find it hard to believe him. How could it be anything but heroic to have entered Hell and not been swallowed up? To have witnessed it with such delicate lucidity, such reserves of irony and even equanimity? Our incomprehension and our admiration combine to simplify the writer into a needily sincere amalgam: hero, saint, witness, redeemer.”
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 comments

Obligatory Monty Python Reference Goes Here

Geekfilter: A series of video lectures on how Python works under the hood. (MLYT)
posted by JHarris on Oct 31, 2015 - 9 comments

Livestreaming Happy Trees

Twitch, the social media platform for video games, just launched ‘Twitch Creative': a section of the site dedicated to non-gaming videos from artists. There you'll find people creating paintings or illustrations, composing songs, designing costumes, and even glass blowing. To celebrate, Twitch is holding an 8-day marathon livestream of every single Bob Ross The Joy of Painting episode.
posted by zarq on Oct 30, 2015 - 44 comments


Henry Bendinelli has been skiing for 70-some years. A short docu by filmmaker Riley Hooper, about a 91 year old guy.
posted by growabrain on Oct 30, 2015 - 7 comments

Halloween Rainbow Pumpkin Pajama Party

Celebrate like it's October 31, 1994! This music video is a cover of TLC's classic song "Creep" from 1994 and features a pumpkin-headed Creeper, a time/space portal, psychedelic flowers, silk pajamas, and a seductive mysterious crystal. What could possibly go wrong?!
posted by nangsta on Oct 29, 2015 - 3 comments

Two owls? Count me in!

An owl and his robot friend sing and dance to The Monster Mash. SLYT
posted by howfar on Oct 24, 2015 - 9 comments

Look where you're going, look behind you.

Reversed video of a backwards running competition. (SLYT - h/t reddit)
posted by benito.strauss on Oct 24, 2015 - 37 comments


It's the trailer that everyone has been waiting for and everyone is talking about... VENTURE BROS. SEASON 6
posted by Artw on Oct 20, 2015 - 44 comments

This Creepy Puzzle Arrived In Our Mail

"We received a letter from Poland containing a really weird CD. Written on the disc is what looks like a product key, however upon examining the contents of the CD it’s quite clear that this is a puzzle of some sort." More, from the Washington Post.
posted by jbickers on Oct 20, 2015 - 35 comments


At the beginning of October, the Toronto Blue Jays at long last clinched the AL East division, ending a record 22-year drought [prev.]. Meanwhile, after a disastrous, injury-plagued 2014 season, the Texas Rangers rebounded from a late-summer nadir to improbably win the AL West title. The two teams collided in a best-of-five series -- Texas won two, then Toronto. It all came down to Wednesday night's showdown. Tied 2-2 after six, the 7th inning proceeded to unravel over the next 53 minutes in increasingly bizarre and dramatic fashion. To wit: A freak accident. A controversial call. Roars and brickbats from the crowd. The mayor tweets for calm. A comedy of errors. A violent slide. An epic home run, and an even more epic bat flip. Benches clear. Players ejected. Fans arrested. And the slap-ass heard 'round the world. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 15, 2015 - 109 comments

Real Mjǫllnir

A real-life version of Mjǫllnir, made with a bit of sufficiently advanced technology.
posted by jedicus on Oct 14, 2015 - 25 comments

You're really huge now, Knut

Bodybuilders Go To This Tiny Town To Cheer Themselves Up When They're Feeling Sad (slyt) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Oct 6, 2015 - 33 comments

We're A Happy Family

Do It For Mom! (And Denmark). Denmark's birth rate is stlll languishing, so the Danish government has expanded their original program. Parents can send their adult children on vacation to, uh, make grandchildren. Danish Blue, previously on MetaFilter.
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 4, 2015 - 19 comments

“I like the half-rhyme. I like 'greatest' & 'played with'. That's good.”

Salman Rushdie Reads Drake Lyrics. [YouTube]
Salman Rushdie's a 68-year-old award-winning novelist but he can also spit bars — Drake's bars. In this clip from Exhibitionists, a new CBC Arts series premiering Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:30pm, watch Rushdie read selected lyrics from hip hop icon Drake.
posted by Fizz on Oct 2, 2015 - 2 comments


Mary Maley records her recent encounter with a bear in Berg Bay, Alaska. Despite her cajoling and her persistent attempts to reason with it, the bear insists on destroying Mary's kayak, even after she has pointed out that the kayak is made of plastic, does not taste good, and offers no nutritional value. The bear ignores Mary's repeated requests to explain its actions and throughout the incident Mary fails to connect the bear's actions to the stimulus that immediately preceded it. Bears everywhere know exactly why this bear is destroying Mary's kayak. [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Oct 1, 2015 - 113 comments

Song name?

It's Sandstorm all the way down: accordion quintet, toy trumpet, Minecraft, floppy drives, kazoo, Mario paint, slowed down, tin whistle, marimba.
posted by jedicus on Sep 30, 2015 - 40 comments

Candid Yakuza

In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld. In 2015 The economist created a short film about that project. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 comments

DragonCon Cosplay Party

A music video showcasing some of the awesome cosplay at DragonCon 2015. Part 2, Part 3.
posted by cozenedindigo on Sep 29, 2015 - 16 comments

and really who amongst us has not been thus tempted

Man attempts to kill spider with fire, nearly burns down gas station [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 28, 2015 - 119 comments

the closest you'll ever come to getting hit by a mail truck, hopefully

Watch This Pro BMX Rider Terrify All Of NYC (vertigo/nauseating camera angles warning) [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 24, 2015 - 43 comments

I Presume You Mean Computers And So Forth?

"I found this collection of outtakes in my archive. I shot these interviews on the streets of New York in the late 70s when I was doing a documentary on the coming of the information age." - Man on the street interviews with New Yorkers in 1979 about science, technology, corporate influence, computers, and paperwork. (SLYT 5:45)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 23, 2015 - 17 comments

Don't you just hate things?

"The Disgustings" (12:12 ) is a short film starring Drew Droege and written, directed and starring Jordan Firstman. It's about two gay men living in Los Angeles who just happen to be completely, utterly awful. The Disgustings return in "Save The Date." (5:45)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 22, 2015 - 14 comments

Onward, intrepid hero.

New York rat drags a slice of pizza down subway steps. Insert joke about inferiority of your preferred regional pizza here.
posted by phunniemee on Sep 21, 2015 - 111 comments

"Occasionally, we find that an invited guest is insane . . . "

Cormac McCarthy just did a short video on behalf of the Santa Fe Institute explaining why you should join their enterprise.
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 20, 2015 - 6 comments

The love that dare not speak its name

Cat & Snail [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 18, 2015 - 23 comments


Jomsviking reenactors demonstrate the ancient sport of failing to hit each other with heavy bags. (SLYT)
posted by theodolite on Sep 17, 2015 - 18 comments

What we've got here is a fairly large live oak....

TREE JOB FROM HELL! Massive 30-50 ton live oak fall balanced on a chimney removed with naught but slings and a bucket truck and chainsaws. (slyt, 30:23, not safe for home owners)
posted by loquacious on Sep 16, 2015 - 39 comments

Modal Nodes

The Tracks Go Off In This Direction - a 30 minute Star Wars audio visual mix by DJ Food/Strictly Kev.
posted by Artw on Sep 11, 2015 - 5 comments


GoPro on a weather balloon over Arizona (photo)
Reddit comment describing the student project
Video showing preparation details and more footage of the earth (stay for the slo-mo shot of the balloon bursting at high altitude) [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Sep 11, 2015 - 5 comments

“You don't lick your boom boom down...”

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform the History of Rap Part 6 [YouTube] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 10, 2015 - 63 comments

Highlights from Key & Peele's incredible run

In its all-too-brief 3½ year run, Comedy Central's sketch comedy powerhouse Key & Peele burned brightly, leavening Peabody-award-winning social commentary with sublime silliness and Hollywood-quality production values, all centered on the impeccable character acting of co-stars Jordan (Peele) and Keegan-Michael (Key). By the time its end was announced, characters like the Substitute Teacher, the East/West College Bowl players, and Obama's Anger Translator had captured the popular consciousness, while skits like TeachingCenter and Negrotown deftly spotlighted our most pressing problems. With the finale airing tonight, and the dynamic duo free to tackle other projects, why not revisit the program's concentrated brilliance in the form of ~100 of their very best short bits available on the web, sorted loosely by topic. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 9, 2015 - 76 comments

Mimi, Django, Kaat, Lotje, Patrick, Oom Boudewijn, & Butler Ed

Poesjes is a new live action series about a family of cats who live in a cat-sized house and have a turtle butler. It's in Dutch but speaks the international language of cat. [more inside]
posted by item on Sep 6, 2015 - 26 comments


In 1986, ABC executive SQuire (sic) Rushnell attempted to begin a Christian franchise on par with the Care Bears with a live-action/animated special: Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure (multi-video version) (also adapted as a book). Only one of several attempts to continue the series came to fruition: the initially direct-to-video Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten (multi-video version).
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 5, 2015 - 10 comments


Sexy Pudding! Part 2! The long awaited and highly anticipated sequel to butt pudding, previously.
posted by phunniemee on Sep 4, 2015 - 7 comments

"Google Glass: 2013-?"

Here are some useful websites from our pals at Google. Well actually, the websites and tools have all been killed, but their dev blogs helpfully remain!
Google Notebook - iGoogle - Google Desktop - Google Video - Orkut - Jaiku (Here's a hilarious-in-retrospect article from Venturebeat about Google buying Jaiku.) - Google Talk (semi-dead, hasn't updated since 2010) - Google Reader.
A good list of killed Google services can be found on Slate's Google Graveyard, unrelated to the one Joe Beese linked in 2010 which has, itself, died. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 4, 2015 - 87 comments

tiny robot rides a bike

tiny robot rides a bike
posted by scalefree on Sep 3, 2015 - 11 comments

it's like a weird naked pink egg

How To 'Skin' A Watermelon
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 3, 2015 - 62 comments

The epic story of 30 circles as they battle the squares, and themselves

Here's a collection of Sesame Street "30 Dots" shorts, from the show's classic days. They build in an entertaining way, but whatever they're supposed to teach beats the heck out of me.
posted by JHarris on Sep 2, 2015 - 52 comments

Featuring a relative of LazyTown's Robbie Rotten! Because I mean COME ON

Herschell Gordon Lewis is best known for being a legend of gory schlock horror, but his resume also included two children's films. Of the two, the 'best worst' is the earlier by one year: Jimmy the Boy Wonder, featuring a low-budget Land-of-Oz-with-the-numbers-filed-off, a bizarre villain named Mr. Fig and a lengthy sequence of poorly-dubbed possibly-European animation. The other, The Magic Land of Mother Goose (aka Santa Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose - guess who never appears in the film?), was the result of Lewis being hired to shoot a vehicle for a magician entirely on a high school stage. Both films are available for purchase from Something Weird Video (parts of site NSFW) as downloads and DVD-Rs.
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 2, 2015 - 4 comments

like I'm the only person who ever mixed a margarita in a sailor's mouth!

How Many Men Did The Golden Girls Sleep With, Exactly?
Refinery 29 claims to have tallied up the numbers. (A quick summary courtesy of Jezebel.) [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 1, 2015 - 54 comments

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