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iPadGate

Marissa is an adorable toddler with a rare and terrible medical problem: West Syndrome, a.k.a. infantile spasms. Her father Mike has been active in the online Special Needs community, chronicling her story for years now at his blog Marissa's Bunny. Last year, his readers raised almost $30,000 through a ChipIn fundraiser to offset the costs of Marissa's neurosurgery. As a sort of 'thank you', and with the help of matching funds from his employers, Mike offered to give away and/or raffle 40 iPads to the special needs kids of his blogger friends, to be used as assistive technology devices for many of their non-verbal kids. This follows on the heels of several other iPad raffles he's held in the past year.

Guess what happened next. The Special Needs Parenting blog community is on the case: Ellen Seidman (and her commenters), Rob Rummel-Hudson, Sarah and Joyce Hely, Shannon Des Roches Rosa and others are putting together the pieces right now.
(previously on MetaFilter: the unravelings of Kaycee Nicole, JT LeRoy, Kodee Kennings, Alexa DiCarlo, and Amina Arraf)
posted by Asparagirl on Jul 18, 2011 - 183 comments

TRANSMISSIONS FROM TOMORROW

Five minutes into the future - a blog where Astro Zombie posts things he finds that appear to come from the not-so-distant future. Check out New Tombstones Adorable Cars Modular Toasters Augmented Reality Shopping and Smart Lamposts [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 16, 2011 - 28 comments

"I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of." ~Michel de Montaigne

Book Blogs Search Engine: "Looking for reviews of a book by real-life book bloggers? Tired of sifting through corporate sites in your regular Google search results? That’s why I created the Book Blogs custom search engine – all book bloggers, all the time! Whether you’re looking for other non-commercial reviews of a book you’ve just read, or want real readers’ opinions on a new book you’re considering, this is the place." If you want to include your book blog in the search engine, leave a comment at this link.
posted by Fizz on Jul 10, 2011 - 3 comments

People used to make records, as in a record of an event — the event of people making music in a room

"The George Sanders Touch: Songs For the Lovely Lady" ...exists. Wow! But Not on CD.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 5, 2011 - 10 comments

Brave New Beige

Ever wonder how many variants of jumpsuits there can be? Do mock turtlenecks belong in space? Why is brown the color of respecting alien cultures? Fashion It So takes on the couture of the 24th century one Next Generation episode at a time.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 3, 2011 - 32 comments

Who can't empathize with whom?

"It’s an oft-repeated and erroneous stereotype that autistic people lack empathy." Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg, who was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 50, blogs about the different kinds of empathy and to what extent they are present in those with autism.
posted by Obscure Reference on Jul 2, 2011 - 93 comments

15 YEARS IS BIG METAL CHICKENS

"You’d be crazy not to buy that. I mean, look at it. IT’S FULL OF WHIMSY."
posted by zarq on Jun 24, 2011 - 258 comments

Get settled. You'll be here for awhile.

Internet K-Hole is an image blog consisting mostly of anonymous snapshots and Polaroids from the 1970s through the 1990s presented at random without description or context that go on for ever and ever and ever. (Some images NSFW.)
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jun 10, 2011 - 121 comments

Therapy With Translucent Pink Orbs That Do Nothing

Hate The Future. Bad news from another time.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Jun 6, 2011 - 30 comments

NPR Alt.Latino: a completely new Latino soundscape

NPR's Alt.Latino is a new program that started almost a year ago. There is the main NPR sub-site that provide access to everything Alt.Latino, including the blog with a tracklist and links, and a 30 minute radio-type show, where the two hosts chat about the music, describing the lyrics for those not fluent in Spanish, and providing background on the musicians.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 3, 2011 - 16 comments

Fox Mulder's Wristwatch

The Internet's most comprehensive examination of the watches worn by Fox Mulder on TV's 'The X-Files'. [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Apr 29, 2011 - 46 comments

Smile, Paul!

In a heartbreakingly candid blog post, Paul finally explains his deepest, darkest secret to his friends, his family and the world:
That last photo I'm aware of that exists with me smiling with an open mouth is my eighth grade school picture. [...] By the time I was 17, I had cavities in three of my top front teeth and virtually no enamel resembling anything pearly or white when I opened my mouth...so I quit opening it.
His blog now follows his progress as he goes through reconstructive dental care, shares anecdotes from his past, and encourages others to ask for help.
posted by halseyaa on Apr 14, 2011 - 84 comments

Nawaat

Nawaat, a Tunisian group blog (mostly in French).
posted by nangar on Apr 3, 2011 - 3 comments

Revolutionology

Revolutionology is the blog of a sociologist in Libya.
posted by serazin on Apr 2, 2011 - 5 comments

"Though I hadn't seen him in over twenty years, I knew I'd miss him forever"

"Most actors will go their entire careers without doing a movie like Stand By Me, or working with a director like Rob Reiner. I got to do both when I was 12. For a long, long time, I felt like I needed to top or equal that, and it wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I accepted that it’s unlikely to happen -- movies like Stand By Me come along once in a generation."
The cast of Stand By Me(link has autoplaying sound,) recently recorded some interviews to promote the re-release of the movie on Blu-Ray. Wil Wheaton has blogged about reuniting with the cast and missing River Phoenix. (Via)
posted by zarq on Mar 28, 2011 - 50 comments

funny newspaper goofs and weirdness

Criggo is a blog that posts amusing newspaper bloopers and oddities - bad headlines, poorly chosen pictures, strange advertisements, etc. The blog only has the past month's worth of posts, but it's archived in its entirety here. [more inside]
posted by flex on Mar 25, 2011 - 15 comments

What makes a toy truly “special”?

Francesco Marciuliano (writer of the comic strip Sally Forth) presents The Catalog of Unfit Toys, mixed in among many other random amusements and strange humor at the blog for his webcomic Medium Large (oh yeah, and there's a cat: cat poetry, that is - parts 1, 2, 3). [more inside]
posted by flex on Mar 19, 2011 - 9 comments

"Go to War. Do Art."

USMC Warrant Officer (ret.) Michael D. Fay served as a combat artist from 2000 through January 2010 under the History Division of the Marine Corps University. He once described his orders from them as "Go to War. Do Art." Fay was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been keeping a blog of his sketches since 2005. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 18, 2011 - 22 comments

Everything is cheaper than it looks

Pleasant Family Shopping is an extensive blog dedicated to shopping malls and supermarkets of the past. The entries devoted to the 60's are especially interesting. The Woolco entry has lots of period photograghs of customers from around 1970. [more inside]
posted by pyramid termite on Mar 18, 2011 - 27 comments

Weather Geekery

I've been greatly enjoying the NZ MetService weather blog for a while now. There are posts about cloud formations, weather pioneers, forecasting, and all kinds of other weather geekery. It does have an NZ slant in places but everyone has weather, and the technical information included is fascinating whatever your location. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat on Mar 16, 2011 - 6 comments

Are there renowned Internet startups with black founders?

Are there renowned Internet startups with black founders?
posted by Memo on Mar 13, 2011 - 60 comments

Monsters & Madonnas.

Monsters & Madonnas. The International Centre of Photography Library Blog.
posted by chunking express on Mar 8, 2011 - 6 comments

Street Art Rocks!

Last month our family watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop." We loved it. In fact Gracie was bound and determined to become a street artist when she grew up... Now of course we would never in a million years damage anyone's property. But we wanted to do something artsy. Something stealthy. Something public. Then I had a bright idea... A gallery of dozens of small rocks with cartoony faces hand-painted on them and placed back outside. (Via CNLT. previously. )
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 7, 2011 - 40 comments

"In brightest day... in blackest night..."

The Green Lantern: Illuminating answers to environmental questions. Slate.com's Environmentally Focused blog which asks important questions such as: Should I buy milk in glass, plastic, or cardboard containers? Should I get a solar water heater? Or solar electric panels? Is grass-fed beef better for the environment? Are fake flowers better for the planet than fresh ones? and more. Archives: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.
posted by Fizz on Mar 4, 2011 - 35 comments

"And how are we today?" "Better." "Better?"

bites "is a unique comprehensive resource for all those with a personal or professional interest in food safety. Dr. [Doug] Powell of Kansas State University, and associates, search out credible, current, evidence-based information on food safety and make it accessible to domestic and international audiences through multiple media. Sources of food safety information include government regulatory agencies, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), peer-reviewed scientific publications, academia, recognized experts in the field and other sources as appropriate." (Description from website.) The folks responsible for bites also run the more entertainingly named barfblog.
posted by cog_nate on Mar 2, 2011 - 10 comments

channel surf the music web. Or something

Shuffler.fm makes radio stations sorted by genre by playing MP3s posted on music blogs. Think stumbleupon with autoplay.
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 24, 2011 - 28 comments

"There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back."

"The blind teaching the reader." An interesting interview that looks at how the blind read from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blogger SB Sarah.
posted by Fizz on Feb 24, 2011 - 7 comments

Does it make me more money now?

Why Gawker Nick Denton is a genius - he can smell the page views!. The redesign he's championed (previously) is a convoluted nightmare which breaks the web and left blog posts unindexed Google. Page views are in the toilet. He may loose that bet. It doesn't matter, Nick Denton is a genius. Look, pictures of a naked man!
posted by Artw on Feb 16, 2011 - 148 comments

A Quest For Gameplay

GLOBALTIMOTO - one man, on a motorcycle, around the world, in a quest for gameplay.
posted by jtron on Feb 14, 2011 - 1 comment

A post about a page that posts posters.

Reelizer is a curated collection of re-imagined movie posters.
posted by Memo on Feb 14, 2011 - 15 comments

People we want to see pictures of.

A blog collection of classic celeb photos.
posted by BeerFilter on Feb 12, 2011 - 38 comments

That story is true I'm here to say, 'cause I was driving that Model A

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
posted by fixedgear on Feb 12, 2011 - 38 comments

Malay-Chinese blogger in Pakistan

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.
posted by bardophile on Feb 11, 2011 - 21 comments

The Time Hack

The Time Hack: A web-based effort to challenge one person's perception of time through new and unusual experiences.
posted by parudox on Feb 9, 2011 - 28 comments

"Ohhh, we are gonna get so much crap for that...."

How it Should Have Ended: Terminator / Star Trek / Aliens / The Empire Strikes Back and more.... Links contain spoilers
posted by zarq on Feb 5, 2011 - 33 comments

Here Come Duh Judge

A profile of legendary Black comedian Pigmeat Markham by Kliph Nesteroff (prev prev) [more inside]
posted by jtron on Feb 3, 2011 - 12 comments

Typing is what a monkey particle does.

“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]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 1, 2011 - 74 comments

“Listen, those cops are going to have to shoot me or let me stay in here until Christmas is over, and that’s all there is to it.”

The Super Secret International American Time Box by Miracle Jones
posted by cthuljew on Jan 22, 2011 - 18 comments

LOOKIT ME IM DANCIN

In Aliens, 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]
posted by JHarris on Jan 20, 2011 - 37 comments

1957 Timecapsule

A blog dedicated to chronicling the events that took place on this day in 1957.
posted by Leezie on Jan 20, 2011 - 26 comments

Not Common People

Not Common People is a photography blog. It's probably NSFW.
posted by chunking express on Jan 20, 2011 - 37 comments

On the Lack of Left Wing Discourse in the Blogosphere

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]
posted by ennui.bz on Jan 18, 2011 - 84 comments

Clang Jingle Clang

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.
posted by Bistle on Jan 14, 2011 - 2 comments

Best Science Blog Posts of 2010

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
posted by bobobox on Jan 12, 2011 - 7 comments

Ephemeral works

"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.
posted by unliteral on Jan 10, 2011 - 9 comments

Morgan Fisher's Miniatures - The Blog

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]
posted by carsonb on Jan 6, 2011 - 11 comments

It costs a lot of bandwidth to look this cheap

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.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 28, 2010 - 10 comments

CreatureCast

CreatureCast 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 Multicellularity to Diving for Jellies. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 16, 2010 - 2 comments

Figment

Figment.com 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)
posted by zarq on Dec 5, 2010 - 19 comments

Beyond the blog?

With it's new redesign Gawker, and it's affiliates, will be moving away from being blogs. They want to be like Television.
posted by Artw on Dec 1, 2010 - 63 comments

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