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Flowers for the lady

"Lavatory Lovestory" Something light and warm for holiday enjoyment. A short animated film from Russia about a middle aged woman and her secret admirer. (via that most wonderful of linkblogs: The Presurfer) [more inside]
posted by caddis on Dec 30, 2011 - 2 comments

Art or Not?

What is art, really? Is it dependent on context? Do you need an art history degree to appreciate it? Was Jackson Pollock an artist or a scam artist? Are Grand Tour portraits considered art merely because of their age? These questions have been objectively unanswerable - until now. Through the power of the internet, and the experience of Hot or Not, we can measure the democratic answer to these questions.
posted by Pants! on Dec 29, 2011 - 93 comments

Works on low-talkers too!

Having confronted the problem of how to walk past someone without running into them, it's time MetaFilter dealt with another pressing social issue: How to deal with slow walkers (SLYT).
posted by scalefree on Dec 28, 2011 - 47 comments

Shep of the Day

Here is the Shep of the Day podcast: bringing you something that Jean Shepherd said this day on the radio. (Actually, sometimes a whole show.)
posted by JHarris on Dec 27, 2011 - 17 comments

The special duty of a Jewish Christmas baby

The special duty of a Jewish Christmas baby by Sheila Heti Most of the people one deals with say, “Oh! You're a Christmas baby! You must get ripped off when it comes to presents, right?” Their eyes light up. It's a hard question to answer. The honest answer is, “I'm a Jew, I don't celebrate Christmas,” but saying this always seems chastising, and the person who asked then feels embarrassed (as they should) and I feel embarrassed that this is my accidental role in the world: reminding everyone that Jews exist. The times I say, gruffly, “I don't know. I'm Jewish,” they usually say, “Oh, I'm sorry!” But this always sounds to me not like, “I'm sorry I assumed you were Christian,” but rather, “I'm sorry that you're Jewish.” Given all this, I usually reply simply, “Yeah, it's awful. I get ripped off every year.” [previously from Sheila Heti]
posted by KokuRyu on Dec 25, 2011 - 119 comments

’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day...

’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day... A science writer's take on the famous Christmas poem.
posted by Jaybo on Dec 24, 2011 - 5 comments

A dramatic retelling of the nativity and baby Jesus

The true story of the nativity and baby Jesus.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 24, 2011 - 34 comments

The Christmas Card

Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card. Gilliam made this in 1968 for the children's TV series Do Not Adjust Your Set. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Dec 22, 2011 - 10 comments

Review with Myles Barlow

After leaving the warmth and comfort of ordinary humor and setting forth on the ship of outlandishness, Myles Barlow navigates the sea of dark comedy as he reviews life experiences, so his viewers don't have to. Come, let us raise our binoculars and view the great black whale of humanity after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 22, 2011 - 12 comments

You shall Hear things, Wonderful to tell

A decade on, the Coen brothers' woefully underrated O Brother, Where Art Thou? [alt] is remembered for a lot of things: its sun-drenched, sepia-rich cinematography (a pioneer of digital color grading), its whimsical humor, fluid vernacular, and many subtle references to Homer's Odyssey. But one part of its legacy truly stands out: the music. Assembled by T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack is a cornucopia of American folk music, exhibiting everything from cheery ballads and angelic hymns to wistful blues and chain-gang anthems. Woven into the plot of the film through radio and live performances, the songs lent the story a heartfelt, homespun feel that echoed its cultural heritage, a paean and uchronia of the Old South. Though the multiplatinum album was recently reissued, the movie's medley is best heard via famed documentarian D. A. Pennebaker's Down from the Mountain, an extraordinary yet intimate concert film focused on a night of live music by the soundtrack's stars (among them Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thomas King, bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley) and wryly hosted by John Hartford, an accomplished fiddler, riverboat captain, and raconteur whose struggle with terminal cancer made this his last major performance. The film is free in its entirety on Hulu and YouTube -- click inside for individual clips, song links, and breakdowns of the set list's fascinating history. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 22, 2011 - 107 comments

How Computers Work

How Computers Work. Recently recovered & scanned in by the good folks at BoingBoing, this was an early textbook explaining the fundamental concepts & inner workings of modern computing systems. I believe a slightly different edition of this book was my own introduction to computers when I was in 6th grade or so, which explains a lot about my approach to using them.
posted by scalefree on Dec 22, 2011 - 44 comments

Two PDFs about PDFs

An "Exciting Guide to Probability Distributions" from the University of Oxford: part 1, part 2. (Two links to PDFs)
posted by JoeXIII007 on Dec 15, 2011 - 17 comments

Pull my finger.

Fart jokes! Everybody loves them! And everybody knows a couple of good ones. But did you know that they date back to the 5th century BC, and appear prominently in two plays by Aristophanes, "The Knights" and "The Clouds"? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 15, 2011 - 45 comments

If it's out there, it's in here.

Ding! Furniture stripping. Rock drills. Herbs. Die casting. Dumbwaiters. Conductive shoes. Vanity cases. Civil engineers. If it's out there, it's in here. [MLYT] [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Dec 11, 2011 - 4 comments

Please don't use them for more than 18 things...

Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Chicken Wings (SLYT)
posted by Godwin Interjection on Dec 9, 2011 - 29 comments

Suddenly, eight years later

Here is the hilarious comics and popular culture blog Mike Sterling's Progressive Ruin, which just turned eight years old!  Features include The End of Civilization, where he riffs on the embarassing pictures in the Diamond Previews catalog, Sluggo Saturdays, which is just what it sounds like, and he's also kind of a fan of Swamp Thing. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 6, 2011 - 15 comments

Kitty Lit 101

Comediva is having a Cat Week, and one of the features is "Kitty Lit 101".
posted by reenum on Dec 4, 2011 - 9 comments

You look really pretty this week

Next Time, On Lonny [A reality webseries where nothing much really happens during the show] [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 3, 2011 - 42 comments

Always Get Someone a Glass of Water

Roderick on the Line - An audio program in which Mefi's Own Mr. Merlin Mann and Mr. John Roderick of the Long Winters discuss their many problems, including pixxxxxie grrrls, Rem Koolhaus, corporeal punishment, Goodwill organization, and many others. It lends itself to in-jokes.
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 1, 2011 - 11 comments

Automato Triumphant

Ketchupbot v. picnic food. Ketchupbot, aka Automato, and the Catsup Crapper have been around since 2007, the invention of a trio of MIT students. Automato outtakes. Automato teaches its art to a smaller sibling. Catsup Crapper meets Martha Stewart.
posted by Slithy_Tove on Dec 1, 2011 - 15 comments

RIP Patrice O'Neal

Comedian Patrice O'Neal passed away on Monday evening, following a stroke suffered in October. A few clips. Rest easy, Big Man.
posted by VicNebulous on Nov 29, 2011 - 50 comments

"With your teeth, but like you don't have teeth."

Nathan, Jordan, and Bobby are Uncastable. (via)
posted by Iridic on Nov 16, 2011 - 29 comments

"What if you could take children's dreams and insert them into the bowling ball?"

"Imagine a world where casual and hardcore gamers can enjoy games together? So instead of hardcore gamers pretending to like wii sports just so they can spend xmas with their family they actually prefer it as opposed to just going off and playing the best hardcore games such as Skyrim or Fable3." From the often hilarious fake Twitter account for "Peter Molyneux 2" comes cascore. Finally, bowling and survival horror come together. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 14, 2011 - 13 comments

Rick. Rick. Rick.

Rick taught his cat, Lou, how to use instant messaging. Their chat logs can be read at Lou vs. Rick. (SLTP)
posted by shiu mai baby on Nov 3, 2011 - 106 comments

Sonic Screwdriver

Sonic Screwdrivers: Banned in Action Movies Since 1963.
posted by homunculus on Oct 29, 2011 - 32 comments

Why are you so angry at her for being a sexy... giraffe?

"For the last two weeks, people have been like, "talk about sluts on Halloween!" And at first I didn't even really want to make this video because you, my friend, are talking to a slut on Halloween. But because people kept bombarding my social media platforms with requests for me to do a video on sluts on Halloween, I'm gonna do a video on sluts on Halloween. But I'll tell you one thing right now: you're not gonna like it."

(nsfw language, her avatar is a lingerie pic, plus it's a single-link vlog post)
[more inside]
posted by juliplease on Oct 28, 2011 - 146 comments

It's Decorative Gourd Season

Because it's Fall, f*ckfaces. Realizing that McSweeney's is disfavored on MeFi, and that many will have seen this before, I offer this nonetheless. Because it's that time of the year, and goddamit, it's funny.
posted by mikeand1 on Oct 20, 2011 - 59 comments

Six Characters in Search of an Author

The Strange World of Gurney Slade was a "sitcom" starring Anthony Newley (previously). Airing on British television in late 1960, the show's self-reflexivity, bizarreness, and deep experimentation was truly ahead of its time for television. All six episodes are available on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Pope Xanax IV on Oct 17, 2011 - 12 comments

A Moving Jocularity

David Malki!, of the "illustrated jocularity" Wondermark, has released Wondermark Kinetic. It's a series of ad-libbed, paper-puppeteered videos in an approximation of his usual, surreal style. (If you're unfamiliar with what that style is, he conveniently keeps a list of his own favorite strips.) I particularly like how a story slowly emerges from the rough start of this one. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Sep 30, 2011 - 2 comments

Box o' Yuks

Metafilter has debated the necessity of the laugh track before; we even got called out by Craig Ferguson for allegedly mistaking a live studio audience for canned laughter. But do you know the history of the laugh track? (previously) [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 28, 2011 - 115 comments

Depictions drawn from regrettable accounts of the less fortunate for purposes of instruction; so that one may avoid similar missteps.

Things Could Be Worse. [more inside]
posted by subbes on Sep 19, 2011 - 45 comments

The fantasy of being the Roger Ailes of veracity is not collective — it's his and his alone.

Jon Stewart and the Burden of History.
posted by valkyryn on Sep 15, 2011 - 123 comments

Ooh! I really love your (b)ass(oon) right now.

The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet perform hits by Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Owl City, and even (wotta concept!) manage to sneak in some classical music. (MLYT)
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Sep 10, 2011 - 20 comments

Tribute to George Carlin

Louis CK talks about what George Carlin meant to him during a New York Public Library tribute to Carlin hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, that also featured, among others, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith and Carlin's children Kelly and Patrick.
posted by Kattullus on Sep 6, 2011 - 136 comments

Instant Fall TV Lineup Generator

He's a leather-clad ninja librarian moving from town to town, helping folk in trouble. She's a beautiful communist femme fatale with someone else's memories. They fight crime!
posted by The Whelk on Sep 2, 2011 - 46 comments

"Everyone has pain. It's your job to find it."

Start a home business, get rich quick, win financial freedom! If you watch late-night TV, you've heard it all before. But what's the story behind these slick pitchmen and their dubious schemes? Enter The Salty Droid, your ornery metal guide to the corrupt underworld of scam-marketing scum. This charmingly acerbic bot (owned and operated by mild-mannered Chicago dog-lover Jason Michael Jones [inter-view, long talk + transcript]) is a valiant crusader against the vile con-men who bankrupt the elderly and the desperate with beautiful lies. Exposed so far: A shadowy "Syndicate" of frauduct-pushing personality cults polluting the media with blogspam and woo-woo talking points. Boiler rooms in the Utah desert where telemarketers farm credit from easy targets with cunning, probing scripts [PDF]. Powerful politicians bought wholesale. Believers left to die in fraudulent new-age vision quests. It's a soul-crushing beat, enough to make one feel like a regular catcher-bot in the digital rye. But somebody's got to do it -- preferably someone with plasma nunchucks and titanium skin.
posted by Rhaomi on Aug 31, 2011 - 47 comments

"If you know something, kill something."

Paul Scheer of NTSF:SD:SUV and Human Giant addresses the most pressing question of our modern era: How Did This Get Made?
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 31, 2011 - 19 comments

“Did... did that tree just blow up?” Rainbow Dash asked, confused.

It was a beautiful day in Ponyville. The sun was shining; the birds were singing. Ponies big and small cantered throughout the town, whickering and neighing merrily as they went about their business.
Suddenly, there was a huge explosion!
“Oh my god, that was a huge explosion!” yelled Twilight Sparkle, staring in shock and horror at the massive fireball rising from the center of town. Hundreds of ponies ran screaming from the burning wreckage of the Town Hall. Some were covered in soot, and limped as they streamed past her, desperate to escape the burning hell behind them.
“Yo Twi’, you see dat shiz?” said Spike, her jive-talking baby dragon sidekick. He stood on her back, one claw wrapped in her mane while the other casually removed a set of shutter-style plastic sunglasses. You know, like the ones Kanye West is always wearing.

Michael Bay presents My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (It's fanfiction, but readable without knowledge of the show or fondness for pastel-colored horses.) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 29, 2011 - 38 comments

I’m a turtle. I didn’t know a Danish was a pastry. I only eat pizza. I searched this ship for a Danish man.

Fixing Films is a new blog that fixes classic films by a heavy application of mash-ups and MSPaint.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Aug 22, 2011 - 20 comments

Phở -- it's soup!

Pronunciationbook has many helpful Youtube videos for learners of American English. If you want to learn to pronounce things like bolognese, gyro, pwned or Ke$ha, pronunciationbook has you covered.
But in recent months, a competitor has popped up. Now, PronunciationManual can tell you how to pronounce such things as penis, Hulk Hogan, or milk argument. [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog on Aug 13, 2011 - 58 comments

"The prize itself is a mug...but the glory is incalculable!"

Novelist, frontman, economist, pig stealer, and man from Ireland, Julian Gough invites you to join him on an adventure in "a love-based mutant version of capitalism."
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 13, 2011 - 18 comments

Food Network Humor

Food Network Humor (previously)
posted by Trurl on Aug 3, 2011 - 61 comments

Perspectives on Therapy as a Practitioner and client

Dr. Rob Dobrienski is a Manhattan therapist who blogs with honesty and humor on shrinktalk.net about his practice and topics interesting to both laypersons with an interest in psychology and therapy as well as therapists in current practice. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 31, 2011 - 19 comments

Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?

Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game. As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert -- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon. Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire. Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat." But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and All That. To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 25, 2011 - 116 comments

'Apparently these things happen to other parents too! I'm just as shocked as anyone.'

Parenting. Illustrated with crappy pictures.
posted by anastasiav on Jul 21, 2011 - 77 comments

And now, a very special public service announcement from Captain Tight Pants...

Two "Nerd PSA's": Kaley Cuoco addresses Slave Leia Fatigue. Nathan Fillion on Swamp Ass. (Both links YouTube, Via)
posted by zarq on Jul 15, 2011 - 111 comments

Maine Coon boil

Maine Coon boil (SLYT)
posted by Trurl on Jul 14, 2011 - 104 comments

A Unique Business Opportunity.

The Craig's List Reverse Programmer Troll
posted by empath on Jul 14, 2011 - 39 comments

"Don't steal from *this* show! That's like taking pants from a hobo!"

After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?! That's right. The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer -- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences (including the iconic animal puppets): "ABC" by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance" by Irene Cara, "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka" by Shakira, "Men in Black" by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant" by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)" by Tino Rossi. Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious -- he responded to Arthur's "homáge" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 11, 2011 - 12 comments

Huey Lewis and the News: You are hanging from monkey bars in two or more successive class pictures

what your favorite '80s band says about you
posted by flex on Jul 5, 2011 - 356 comments

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