I’m Jonathan Klinger and I’m spending one full year driving a 1930 Model A everywhere I go. (Starting October 13, 2010) Why? Because not everything a person owns should contain a computer. 365 days of A
What the Chinese Guy Said.
Jia Wei is currently doing a six-month internship at Dawn, one of Pakistan's leading English dailies. This is his blog.
The Time Hack
: A web-based effort
to challenge one person's perception
of time through new and unusual experiences
A profile of legendary Black comedian Pigmeat Markham
by Kliph Nesteroff
) [more inside]
“I’m going to divide the universe into Planck-sized regions, and put a monkey in each one. You will ask what the monkey is made of, when nothing can be smaller than the Planck scale, and I will say that it is not made of anything – it is a single, fundamental monkey particle. One in every Planck sized region of space. These regions are very small - there will be nearly as many monkeys inside the space occupied by a single atom as there are atoms in the universe. And there will be monkeys in the spaces not occupied by atoms too. And they will type faster. How fast can a thing happen? Just as there is a shortest possible distance, there is a shortest possible time, and it’s called the Planck time." A look at the idea of an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters. [more inside]
, what was the primary danger Ellen Ripley faced? Was it A. the machinations of the officials of the Weyland-Yutani corporation, B. the attacks and acid blood of the aliens themselves, or C. the bizarre, space-warping doors of the space colony dumping her into pits of death? According to a recently-surfaced prototype of a Famicom (Japanese NES) port of Aliens
, produced by Squaresoft, the answer is C!
Sardius of gaming blog Dream And Friends
tells us all about it: Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3 [more inside]
Who, exactly, represents the left extreme in the establishment blogosphere? You'd likely hear names like Jane Hamsher or Glenn Greenwald. But these examples are instructive. Is Hamsher a socialist? A revolutionary anti-capitalist? In any historical or international context-- in the context of a country that once had a robust socialist left, and in a world where there are straightforwardly socialist parties in almost every other democracy-- is Hamsher particularly left-wing? Not at all. It's only because her rhetoric is rather inflamed that she is seen as particularly far to the left.
Freddie De Boer on the lack of left wing discourse in the blogosphere
. [more inside]
While the self-appointed task of one creative act per day continues to exist, I present the sonic explorations of Clang Jingle Clang
. Highlights of Kerrith Livengood's early morning posts include a Goomba
attack, political musings
, and a fable from Aesop
The Open Laboratory 2010:
Best Science Blog Posts from 2010. 50 essays, 6 poems and 1 cartoon selected from nearly 900 submissions. Open Lab previously on MetaFilter
"The Szpilman Award
is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time. The purpose of the award is to promote such works whose forms consist of ephemeral situations." This years winner is Treebute to Yogya
. The organisers also maintain a blog
and an encyclopædia
of ephemeral works.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his awesome abstract compilation album Miniatures
, Morgan Fisher
(of Mott the Hoople fame) has started going through the 51-track masterpiece
from the beginning in, well, minute detail, updating readers on the current status of the featured band, providing relevant links, explaining his compilation process, and, of course, streaming each track. So far
the first 7 tracks are featured, but start here with the bonus track added to the 1994 CD re-issue of Miniatures – "The Miniatures Miniature"
. [more inside]
You may know Mefi's
own Lore from Lore Brand Comics (Related but with Monsters Previously
) but did you know he is pushing the limits of free avatar creators at Hall Of Lores
? Now you do.
is a collaborative blog and podcast from evolutionary biologist Casey Dunn
, who uses it as a teaching tool at the Dunn Lab
at Brown University. The Lab investigates ways in which evolution has produced a diversity of life, and the blog includes neat, invertebrate zoology-related videos that may cover anything from "mating when you're stuck to a rock"
to Flying with Squid
to Diving for Jellies
. (Via) [more inside]
is a new, free community and platform for young people to share their fiction writing, "connect with other readers and discover new stories and authors. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate
with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." (Via
With it's new redesign
Gawker, and it's affiliates
, will be moving away from being blogs. They want to be like Television
[Warning: some links NSFW
] Callgirl and blogger Alexa DiCarlo had some questions raised about her authenticity dating back to 2008
, but her website RealPrincessDiaries.com (archive.org cache
) still attracted huge traffic and she was even named the #1 sex blogger of 2010
. A student at SFSU's master's degree program in sexuality studies
, she also volunteered her time providing sex education advice to teenagers online under the name Caitlain or Cathy. And she mentored newbie sex workers via e-mail, giving them pro tips and even sharing with them one of her top clients, Matt, whose identity and safety she vouched for.
But in true Kaycee Nicole
/ JT LeRoy
style, it now turns out there wasn't
any "Alexa", "Caitlain", or "Cathy". Outed by the anonymous blog Expose A Bro
, combined with the anonymous twitter account @ExposingAlexa
, the real story has emerged. Alexa was apparently a married middle-aged guy named Pat, not a student at SFSU, had no formal training from which to be sharing "advice" (or naked photos!) with those teenagers online, and he was the "client"
that "Alexa" had sent to her protégées to sleep with... [more inside]
is a blog by Jon Rafman
, featuring a collection of interesting images found on Google StreetView.
Book lovers never go to bed alone
- a tumblr dedicated to bookshelves.
"Between the Bars
is a weblog platform for prisoners, through which the 1% of America which is behind bars can tell their stories. Since prisoners are routinely denied access to the Internet, we enable them to blog by scanning letters. We aim to provide a positive outlet for creativity, a tool to assist in the maintenance of social safety nets, an opportunity to forge connections between prisoners and non-prisoners, and a means to promote non-criminal identities and personal expression. We hope to improve prisoner's lives, and help to reduce recidivism." [more inside]
What do these things have in common?
; b) boxing
; c) Nazis [more inside]
, the maned wolf
, and the Tibetan sand fox
are just three of the creatures featured at The Featured Creature
, a neat (and not overly serious) wildlife blog. There are even some that aren't canids, I think. [more inside]
is done by industrial designer, art director Emilio Gomariz
, and covers photography, art installations, product design, architecture, animation, technological and digital projects. Gomariz also does Base Times Height Divided By 2
, an experimental, scientific and technologic extension of Triangulation Blog.
Scalzi's at it again with another great post.
"Things I don't have to think about" - thoughtful piece of writing from John Scalzi about privilege and how it impacts us all. The comments are worth the read as well.
The Wall Street Journal
's What They Know
blog is charged with determining what information marketers are capable of learning about internet users through tracking technology
. This weekend, they took aim at Facebook, after their investigation discovered that many popular apps on the social-networking site, including those by Zynga
, have been transmitting identifying information in the form of User ID's to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies,
even if a user has enabled strict privacy
settings. Additional analysis
. Response post
on Facebook's Developer Blog. Forbes' blogger Kashmir Hill asks if the WSJ is overreacting
, and Techcrunch notes
that the severity and risks of UID transferral are still being debated
Chris Wemmer is the Camera Trap Codger
, posting wildlife photos from his robotic photographers. [more inside]
Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
Gimcrack hospital (PG)
where the nurses are pretty and the Doctors are pissed.
Is an occasional dose of WTF such as advising about Charlotte’s polishing regimen
or visions of vulva
, or how about a travelling chinaman called bruce
or even grand master revivified
There is even advise on caring for your neovagina
(Gimcrack: - a showy object of little or no value; first use 1676
[unknown art] (nsfw): Collected here are works by artists who are forgotten, under appreciated, or little known to the mainstream. The focus here is primarily painting by 19th and 20th century artists but everything is fair game.
Different sets of images: Reading
l Some Women Painters
l The World in Miniature
r l Motherhood
l Mixed Bag
. Art Inconnu's Flickr set.
The Wellcome Library Blog
is the accompanying blog to London's Wellcome Collection
Each post examines new acquisitions or existing holdings of this fascinating and eclectic collection. This week's post is about Graphic Medicine
- the intersection of Graphic Novels and Medicine. Interesting posts in just the past few months include Japanese colour printing
, Do the English really have bad teeth
?, A hot night in Bengal
, Murder - He telegraphed
and a post on Early Cycling
10 years and 10,000+ posts old yesterday. The web creation of MetaFilter's own, quonsar and madamjujujive, Everlasting Blort
, - a compendium of the web's weird underbelly, updated daily with links to the strange, absurd, bizarre, humorous
One week. Two
. Hundreds of heads of state, development luminaries, CEOs, and social entrepreneurs. Celebrity star power
(pdf). No poor people. Aid Watch spent three days trying to make sense
of the greatest show on earth to help the world’s lowest.
Justin and Stephanie are travelling from Philadelphia
to Auckland on the Cap Cleveland
, a 220m long container ship
. [more inside]
, who is in hospice care in Ohio, talks about why she decided to start a blog at the age of 90
and how technology has brought a new dimension to her life.
How downloading music has literally saved my life
: a lightly punctuated personal essay about obesity and compulsion.