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The Power of Boots Compels You.

Swiper no Swiping!: The Demonology of Dora the Explorer
posted by ursus_comiter on Nov 27, 2012 - 57 comments

That's No Moon

This article aims to investigate the first ‘Death Star’ from the ‘Star Wars’ film series and how much energy it would require to destroy a planet.
posted by veedubya on Jan 16, 2012 - 79 comments

Stuff to keep nerds up at night

The Nine Greatest Nerd Fears Today
posted by ShawnString on Dec 14, 2011 - 80 comments

The economics of Death Star planet destruction.

Furthermore, let’s remember that Alderaan isn’t gone. It’s just blown up. Suddenly all the metallic elements that were languishing away in the planetary core are floating around in the void, ripe for the plucking. And anyone who can plausibly claim to have owned them is dead. You can build a lot of Death Stars with that much tungsten. Well, not even a lot—but maybe one.
The Overthinking It Think Tank takes a look at “the economic calculus behind the Empire’s tactic of A) building a Death Star, B) intimidating planets into submission with the threat of destruction, and C) actually carrying through with said destruction if the planet doesn’t comply.” [more inside]
posted by kipmanley on Apr 29, 2011 - 78 comments

Global warbling is real

In September, Jade Ewen replaced Keisha Buchanan in the line-up of the British pop group Sugababes. Buchanan was the last original member of the group, making the Sugababes the pop equivalent of the Ship of Theseus, an ancient philosophical paradox. The switch caused acrimony, heartache and legal wrangles. But Popjustice now reveals that it also has terrifying implications for the future of human civilisation. Sunday 30 April 2265: Mutyageddon.
posted by WPW on Nov 11, 2009 - 32 comments

The Life and Times of Fuzzy Dunlop

The Wire Files Open-access online journal darkmatter, "producing contemporary postcolonial critique," devoted its fourth issue to the television drama The Wire. An editorial explains that the "special issue aims to examine the place of race in the complex formation of the series." Thirteen articles cover The Wire's political economy, subversion of heteronormative assumptions, racial codes, Herc as a Zelig-like nexus, Baudrillardian urban space and much more in a veritable smorgasbord of academic bean-plating.
posted by Abiezer on Jun 29, 2009 - 37 comments

1001 Rules for My Unborn Son

1001 Rules for My Unborn Son
posted by sciurus on May 21, 2009 - 122 comments

No overthinking required.

A plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Dec 12, 2008 - 56 comments

Now you know why you can't kill Vamp.

Driving Off the Map by James Clinton Howell is a formal analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2. If you played this game — even if you didn't like it (especially if you didn't like it) — you need to read this to learn what you actually played. If you've never played Metal Gear Solid, it's still an excellent example of serious video game scholarship.
posted by cthuljew on Dec 8, 2008 - 37 comments

A lot of thought.

Star Wars Technical Commentaries. Learn about the Endor Holocaust. [previously] Learn why it's not really called a "Super Star Destroyer," and why it's not actually five miles long. You can even learn what all those little pips and cylinders mean! [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Dec 6, 2008 - 66 comments

Beanplating Porn

Discovering Porn (On Your Boyfriend’s Computer) [SFW]
posted by BeerFilter on Aug 24, 2007 - 233 comments

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