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A Universe In Which Time Has No Beginning

"Maybe the Big Bang never happened because the universe never began because it has always existed." Scientific American magazine revisits the decade-old idea that we live in a "Rainbow" universe (where different wavelengths of light experience spacetime differently and where the big bang may never have happened) following the publication of new physics research on the subject.
posted by rcraniac on Dec 10, 2013 - 83 comments

Chromatic Typewriter

American painter Tyree Callahan converted an old typewriter from 1930s into a machine that prints colors instead of letters.
posted by chavenet on Jun 16, 2013 - 23 comments

Everywhere Over a Rainbow

Earlier this week, an Australian conservative state government minister for roads and other stuff... Duncan Gay, ordered the removal of Sydney's first and only rainbow crossing. It had been a highlight of the recent mardi gras celebrations. As it was ripped up. In the middle of the night. And now there is an organic backlash as people around Australia, and the world, create their own in chalk. Everywhere. (disclaimer.... we made one in Sydney Park, St Peters this afternoon.) The crossing on twitter The hashtag is diyrainbow. And they're being posted on facebook here. Some more here: here
posted by taff on Apr 14, 2013 - 80 comments

A streaker comes across the stage. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now

Gravity's Rainbow won the National Book Award in 1974. Its author, the famously reclusive Thomas Pynchon, did not appear at the awards ceremony, but instead sent comedian Irwin Corey in his place who accepted the award on behalf of one "Richard Python." At the end of the speech, a streaker ran nude across the stage. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Nov 19, 2012 - 42 comments

Somewhere, over the rainbow, far far away

The light from a primary rainbow is partially polarised. Now, in a paper accepted by the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, the authors show how to use the weak signal from rainbows in starlight reflected by exoplanets to detect the presence of liquid water clouds. [arXiv preprint link]
In particular, liquid water clouds covering as little as 10%-20% of the planetary surface, with more than half of these covered by ice clouds, still create a polarized rainbow feature in the planetary signal. Indeed, calculations of flux and polarization signals of an exoplanet with a realistic Earth-like cloud coverage, show a strong polarized rainbow feature.

posted by Talkie Toaster on Nov 7, 2012 - 21 comments

This Could Be the Last Time

Last night, Saturday Night Live said good bye to Kristen Wiig. It did so after an opening featuring Kristin’s small-handed character, Dooneese Maharelle and Jon Hamm. The guest was 70ish Mick Jagger performing with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck. The show ended with a last dance.
posted by Toekneesan on May 20, 2012 - 81 comments

The Fire Rainbow

If you are very lucky you may see a fire rainbow once or twice in your life.
posted by Wolfdog on May 19, 2012 - 39 comments

Elusive quadruple rainbow photographed for first time.

You've seen a double rainbow, if lucky a triple, but never a quadruple rainbow. Until now (?). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Oct 5, 2011 - 52 comments

Look. At. All. Of. Those. Wiggles.

Behold the infectious ecstasy of the Rainbow Sponge Lady. (SLYT)
posted by hermitosis on Jul 19, 2011 - 63 comments

Recombinant rainbow poop diagnostics

The E. chromi project is forging ahead with its plan, using recombinant bacteria to detect and display disease states of the human body in your toilet. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Apr 27, 2011 - 18 comments

Robo Rainbow

Robo-rainbow. SLV. That is all.
posted by Ahab on Feb 2, 2011 - 23 comments

LaForging New Alliances

LeVar Burton goes behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a Reading Rainbow episode. (via)
posted by spiderskull on Jan 21, 2011 - 52 comments

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posted by GuyZero on Oct 1, 2010 - 27 comments

real estate mogul has full on double rainbow reading twilight

Real-Estate Tycoon Deconstructs 'Twilight' "Barrack describes a lonely evening on a yacht in Turkey after a cancelled business meeting. In the yacht, Mr. Barrack writes, he came upon a book on which 'were written the words that strike terror in the hearts of every macho, red-blooded male... TWILIGHT'. He goes on..."
posted by kliuless on Jul 10, 2010 - 35 comments

It's So Beautiful

Full on double rainbow all the way across the sky! (SLYT)
posted by domnit on Jul 4, 2010 - 57 comments

Shiny diamonds.

The rainbow has gone dark. Wendy Dio, wife and manager of metal legend vocalist Ronnie James Dio, reported that this morning he lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67. [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on May 16, 2010 - 135 comments

Metafilter woes getting you upset? Unicorns can help.

uniCornify the Web! That's right. Unicorns and rainbows when you feel the web is icky or frustrating. Here's what Metafilter could look like. If you want you can add their java snippet to your browser bar and cornify anything!
posted by filmgeek on Feb 4, 2009 - 23 comments

Someday we'll find it

Atmospheric Optics. Rainbows, in spray, of moonlight, in reflective paint, without sky, with spokes, twinned, reflected, in clouds, in the fog, more. Halos, horizon distortion, green flashes, pillars, near-contrails. Surface and volume shadows. Waves atop the atmosphere. Mysteries. Picture of the Day. Via. Previously. Still no unicorns.
posted by fantabulous timewaster on Jan 13, 2009 - 18 comments

The other panda is vomiting a rainbow without photographs

The panda is vomiting a rainbow and photographs.
posted by ardgedee on Oct 5, 2008 - 43 comments

Books of art

ABC3D is an elegant pop-up book featuring the letters of the alphabet. Plus: a flip book that generates a rainbow.
posted by tepidmonkey on Mar 24, 2008 - 16 comments

Turn Your Bookshelves into Art

Brilliant bookshelves by color. What's that? You can't find The Scarlet Letter? Did you look under lipstick red? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte on Mar 4, 2008 - 54 comments

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite's fans are apparently more legion than I had known. Don't miss the fanfic or the gallery! With the help of her sidekick Twink, Rainbow Brite struggles on to defend Colorland from the forces of darkness.
posted by mwhybark on May 22, 2005 - 15 comments

They are in love. Fuck the war.

So I illustrated Gravity's Rainbow -- nobody asked me to, but I did it anyway. Previous Thomas Pynchon/Gravity's Rainbow related post.
posted by arse_hat on May 1, 2005 - 30 comments

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Coalition

We're not in Maryland Kansas Anymore Alan Keyes sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" [Windows Media link]
posted by kirkaracha on Aug 12, 2004 - 18 comments

Can you spell Innuendo, children?

Rainbow Innuendo Episode Evidentially Rainbow was a children's show in Britain (Canada?) in the Late 70's - early 80's. (I never heard of it till now here in Ohio.) Anyway, wether this went on the air or whether it was just a gag reel for the cast and crew... I doubt anyone will know. I went out and found the full 16MB MPEG version for downloading, because I love ya. Must be seen to believed. Possibly NSFW. Maybe. Can't believe your ears/eyes? Want to see the script? Here ya go.
posted by Dome-O-Rama on Feb 26, 2004 - 11 comments

The Fate of JOHN 3:16

Those of you old enough to remember watching sporting events in the late 70's and early 80's may remeber a gentleman with a rainbow colored wig who enjoyed holding up a sign reading JOHN 3:16. That gentleman was named Rollen Stewart and while he was ubiquitous for a time, he came to sad and bizarre end. His rise and fall detailed in this article and a short movie is an interesting cautionary tale about the nature of celebrity in a media saturated world.
posted by jonmc on Oct 14, 2002 - 12 comments

You may have heard of the Dark Side of the Rainbow, the synching of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. But this isn't the only mystery that surrounds the band. The Publius Enigma is the story of an anonymous Usenet poster connected to the band in some way that claimed that The Division Bell album held a very tangible and real prize. Was it a cosmic mystery of an esoteric nature or just a gimmick to sell records?
posted by euphorb on Mar 28, 2002 - 26 comments

mommy, where'd the rainbow flag come from?

mommy, where'd the rainbow flag come from?
hint: it's got more to do with harvey milk than that old hag.
posted by patricking on Sep 6, 2001 - 9 comments

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