the areas in the United States with highest marijuana use? Where are the areas with the lowest? A different kind of red versus blue. But wait, there's more
, especially if you would prefer to be binge drinking to wash away those lonesome blues. And a list
of information broken down by drug, if your fix is more obscure.
posted by nervousfritz
on Jun 17, 2005 -
Do you speak American?
The companion website to a PBS series, full of interactive language and dialect tools. You can map your attitudes
about regional correctness, guess the speaker's home
, learn about American varieties
, track the history of certain words
, hear samples of regional dialects
, and more.
Further reading: Dialect Map of American English
's local terms, and this collection of local phrases
Previously on MetaFilter: The Dialect Survey (and results), The Speech Accent Archive, Pop vs. Soda.
posted by stopgap
on Jan 20, 2005 -
Homer Simpson: Hack your DVD player.
It seems in countries in which the DVD Copy Control Authority doesn't own the government, even the giants of corpmedia don't like the "protection" features the platform foists on consumers. On Fox's Simpsons UK DVD release FAQ page, Homer himself says "I have no idea whatsoever what regional coding means. But it is essential that you buy a multi-regional player. Do it now." Is the DVD region-coding system really only relevant in the United States?
posted by Vetinari
on Jul 11, 2002 -
DVDs is a common practice among the large movie studios. Mostly American
companies putting into place regional coding "to protect American interests" in
many cases. But then why does
between the US and the European counterparts of the home entertainment
industry. The industry claims it is to protect themselves from piracy, but is it
really the control of content that they want? And whether they've created that
content or not, is it collusion and unfair business practices to give one region
completely different availability than another, or just business as usual?
posted by benjh
on Feb 17, 2002 -
is essentially going against the will of the MPAA by offering
(followed the link from the Thirteen Days
dvd) information regarding a work around to RCE (which prevents Region 1 dvd's from being played on region free dvd players). It's funny how the MPAA has taken 2600
to court because they posted links to DeCSS but they haven't made any moves against Amazon. CSS isn't protection against copying, it's really just used to prevent
people from importing dvd's.
posted by dave
on Jul 12, 2001 -
Yet another reason to avoid the Battlefield Earth DVD:
A brand new "feature" called Regional Coding Enhancement, or RCE. Having the word "enhancement" in the title might make us think that we, the consumer, might actually benefit for this technology, but that isn't the case. The only people to benefit are the movie studios who, not content to gouge us on DVD prices (DVD's are cheaper to press than video tapes) have made it impossible to backup a DVD, or play a foreign DVD on a North American DVD player. Now, thanks to RCE, if you own a region-free DVD player, guess what? You can't play Battlefield Earth on it!
posted by johnnydark
on Jul 8, 2001 -