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Bazinga!

The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob: Short Version. Full Compilation. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 19, 2012 - 46 comments

Affordable private railcars!

We have previously discussed private railcars on Ask Metafilter, but there is a growing hobby of people owning and running their own railcar speeders. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Nov 15, 2012 - 31 comments

The Library of Babel in 140 characters (or fewer)

The universe (which others call The Twitter) is composed of every word in the English language; Shakespeare's folios, line-by-line-by-line; the Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, exploded; Constantine XI, in 140 character chunks; Sun Tzu's Art of War, in its entirety; the chapter headings of JG Ballard, in abundance; and definitive discographies of Every. Artist. Ever... All this, I repeat, is true, but one hundred forty characters of inalterable wwwtext cannot correspond to any language, no matter how dialectical or rudimentary it may be. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 27, 2012 - 14 comments

Honest Trailers

Witness the excitement of Iron Man repairing a spaceship for twenty minutes! Watch Batman and his ongoing battle with throat cancer! In a dystopian future the rich dress like second-rate Lady Gagas! More honest trailers.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 26, 2012 - 234 comments

Fun With Accordion Covers, Part 2: Revenge of the Accordions

Accordion covers (previously) are no longer just for soloists. You've probably seen five North Koreans performing A-Ha's "Take On Me." (Previously.) And of course tango is ever-popular for the accordion. But have you heard Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor? Or a medley from "The Sound of Music?" Or the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? Or a choreographed routine for North Korean school children? Or the theme from E.T.?
posted by jph on Sep 12, 2012 - 8 comments

A kit for the pen-sucked flap-dragons in your life

Are the verbal pignuts nipping at thine clay-brained heels yet again? Does your dankish, knotty-ated mind quiver at scouring the bard's odiferous works for suitable defense? Then attend thee to the Shakespeare Insult Kit, where all manner of creations await your dullish wit.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 comments

"An Engagement at the ICA"

MeFi's Own Jack and Teresa Got Engaged. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 8, 2012 - 15 comments

But as I stand here... I remain a child.

When I Grow Up (SLYT)
posted by zarq on Aug 3, 2012 - 29 comments

What it is is Beautiful.

Build Lego onto a Google Map [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Jun 26, 2012 - 13 comments

friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets! A photo tutorial for chevrons and another photo tutorial for basic stripes, chevrons, & diamonds. More basics with simple patterns & advanced. The BeyondBracelets thorough video tutorials (& on her blog is a bracelets 101 to gradually progress your skills). For complicated patterns check out these, and also these (with alphabet patterns & instructions), and also this crowdsourced free pattern-sharing site (patterns & tutorials), and finally this dollar-a-pattern pay site. If you're not interested in bracelets you can use the same idea for tangle-free headphones or wrapping tech cords & cables. (previously: lanyards)
posted by flex on Jun 17, 2012 - 33 comments

Richard Wiseman: quirky tricks, science, & jokes

10 bets that you will always win is a video collection of clever tricks (& science) from Richard Wiseman's Quirkology YouTube channel; see also top 10 quirky science tricks for parties, 10 more science stunts for parties, another 10 quirky science stunts, and 5 amazing mind tricks (previously: 10 practical jokes). Wiseman is a psychologist, magician, and author who created LaughLab: the scientific search for the world's funniest joke; the final report & top jokes* are available here (PDF) and over 1000 LaughLab jokes (all clean!) here (also PDF). Previously: his research on luck. (via voices + gizmodo)
posted by flex on Jun 16, 2012 - 16 comments

Flash Friday

Snowball! Friday afternoon has arrived and what better way to celebrate that on a Spring day than with a snowy flash pinball game...
posted by caddis on Apr 20, 2012 - 12 comments

MapsTD = Tower Defense + Google Maps

Mix tower defense games and Google Maps and you get MapsTD.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 1, 2012 - 30 comments

"Liven up your results by reporting them in furlongs, chaldrons, and fluid scruples."

How to Write Like a Scientist
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 24, 2012 - 67 comments

A psychopathology of unconscious gesture in search of a purpose

"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 20, 2012 - 16 comments

Science. Fun. Community.

Water your brain so you can grow stuff in there.
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 16, 2012 - 45 comments

What it's like contributing to open source

Open Source for You, or "Your Day Job Sucks, Make Programming Fun Again". Stephen McDonald, creator of Mezzanine, shares his experience of "what it's like contributing to open source".
posted by philipy on Feb 15, 2012 - 18 comments

Present Tense!

First recorded 50 years ago, Peter Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon has a rather sad ending: Puff 'sadly slips into his cave' while little Jackie Paper grows up and puts his childhood behind him. But in 2007, Peter Yarrow published a book, Puff, the Magic Dragon, in which the classic song remains the same, but whose illustrations give us a new glimpse into Puff's future. Here is Mr. Yarrow, performing the song with his daughter Bethany at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre, in '07. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 27, 2012 - 49 comments

Shredding Capitol Hill

Shredding Capitol Hill is about finding your playground.
posted by Oh OK HA HA on Jan 19, 2012 - 10 comments

Pony Creator

Pony Creator - create ponies (in the My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic style). [Flash]
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 4, 2012 - 73 comments

Santa's got backup

A sub-directorate of the Bureau of Special Christmas Operations (BOSCO), Santa's Little Secret Service is an Elvish security agency with the primary mission of ensuring the safety of Santa, Mrs. Claus and other high-value Christmas persons. The Service is separated into divisions focusing on personal protection, diplomatic protection, intelligence, and Christmas certainty operations.

When not protecting Santa, LSS can found assisting in protection of other high-value, Holiday persons, such as the Easter Bunny and Jesus with the help of their unique Candy Cane weapons.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 10, 2011 - 16 comments

Eight Ferraris and one Lamborghini ... in a $4 million pileup

"Flashy sports cars valued at as much as $4 million became a mangled mess in a matter of minutes on Sunday when a Ferrari leading a pack of exotic sports cars on a trip from Japan’s southern island of Kyushu to Hiroshima skidded as it tried to change lanes."
posted by woodblock100 on Dec 4, 2011 - 79 comments

Sticky thing

A sticky thing you play with in your browser. via
posted by Foci for Analysis on Oct 29, 2011 - 27 comments

Draw a Stickman

Everyone knows how to draw a stickman. This cool game brings your stickman to life!
posted by rozomon on Sep 21, 2011 - 56 comments

"...featuring Amy Wong as a kickass Ghostbuster..."

The artists of Draw2D2 are given two "geeky things" based on a monthly theme, and then have two weeks to create mash-up illustrations. Art is posted every other Thursday at 12:00pm EST, with a poll for the public to vote for their favorites. Artists with the most votes can show their process in a spotlight post. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 12, 2011 - 14 comments

This is what dialup sounded like

Kids today won't know the shrill cry of a 9600 baud, or the magical "doodleeedoo" of a 28.8 modem. Help preserve our digital history. Join us in recording your best impression of a "modem handshake" sound.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 11, 2011 - 67 comments

The joy of the clown nose

WhyTheNose is a photo blog devoted to spreading joy thru the simple act of wearing clown noses.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 9, 2011 - 31 comments

Someone Thinks of the Children

"There's just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them... But we don't underestimate kids around here." [Via.]
posted by chavenet on Aug 25, 2011 - 10 comments

Welcome to the Enrichment Center for Aperture Science Laboratories

Portal: No Escape (SLYT, via)
posted by zarq on Aug 23, 2011 - 42 comments

Interview with a one year old

Interview with a one year old | Interview with a 2-Year-Old | MrArturoTrejo's YT channel.
posted by nickyskye on Aug 13, 2011 - 14 comments

Way across the maps and seas

Have you ever wondered which part of the other side of the earth is directly beneath you?
posted by cashman on Aug 8, 2011 - 120 comments

404: Page Not Found

The most exciting and ridiculous 404 page you'll ever see [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 2, 2011 - 51 comments

The Silly Adventures of Mr. Mochi (an Oblivion Machinima)

The Silly Adventures of Mr. Mochi (an Oblivion Machinima) via
posted by Foci for Analysis on Aug 1, 2011 - 22 comments

Friday Flash Fun: Shield Defense

Say goodbye to your work flow. In Shield Defense you play a building with a force field. 50 levels, high learning curve, be prepared to boggle.
posted by parmanparman on Jul 22, 2011 - 21 comments

National Water Gun Fight Day - July 30th

Next Saturday, July 30th, is National Water Gun Fight day. Are you team blue, or team red? You can have a water gun fight in the darnedest of places so get your squirt gun of choice and don't forget the first rule of war: He who takes a nap shall get blasted. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 comments

Oh nah nah, what's my name?

Pop star Rihanna gives good Meet & Greet [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 18, 2011 - 132 comments

Curiously useful things, courtesy of a breath mint

22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 14, 2011 - 58 comments

babies find their own bliss

Babies laughing at being sprayed with water | babysitter kitteh | baby loves Bon Jovi| heavy metal lullaby | Oh baby...President Obama. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jul 8, 2011 - 39 comments

"Party on the Floor"

For the second year in a row, DJ Earworm has created a mashup video, "Party on the Floor" of all fifteen artists who performed at Capital FM’s 2011 Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium on June 12th. The video premiered during the concert. His official website has more videos and free, downloadable MP3's. Last year's remix: Like, OMG Baby. (His year-end pop-mashups: previously on Metafilter.) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 6, 2011 - 15 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

Woolite is Blue, Isn't It?

Rob Zombie directs Torture. (YouTube) Background. (Via)
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2011 - 20 comments

Follow Your Dreams!

Presenting Nyanicorn, the love child of Robot Unicorn Attack and Nyan Cat. That is all.
posted by lauratheexplorer on Jun 8, 2011 - 23 comments

A boy and his otter

A boy playing with an otter. via
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on May 30, 2011 - 19 comments

Cooking should be fun

Food should be delicious, cooking should be fun, and people should feel good about what they eat. This blog is all about making that happen!
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 24, 2011 - 46 comments

Greetings, True Believers!

Marvel.com now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes, X-Men, The Animated Series, X-Men Evolution, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, and Spider-Man (1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 17, 2011 - 35 comments

Cricket on the halo deck?

"This Imperial dOvewalker COOs his way into a Big Surprise. Parveen says let him have it with the dOveton Launcher 3000! He won't know what hit him after attacking my planet." Just another tale from the The Pakistani Starfleet Explorers. Via boingboing.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 12, 2011 - 16 comments

f p p

Minimal Movie Posters [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 1, 2011 - 38 comments

ACCESS GRANTED

Hacker Typer - Now you can look like you're doing something important on your computer, like you've always wanted to! (hit hack and just start bashing at your keyboard)
posted by azarbayejani on Apr 27, 2011 - 71 comments

royally silly

Not the Royal Wedding [slyt] [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Apr 16, 2011 - 29 comments

"It was my skirt and my husband and your glass floor."

Last month, the BBC's Comic Relief Night (Red Nose Day, previously) featured the premiere of a two-part mini-sketch from "Doctor Who" penned by current showrunner Steven Moffat: Time and Space. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 16, 2011 - 23 comments

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