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The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect

Fifteen months ago, Donald declared and we commented; two months earlier, Hillary did likewise. And now, here we are near the end of an divisive and damaging election. As Donald's campaign struggles under many allegations [BBC] [NBC News] [Guardian] [New York Times] and increased conversation on abuse, Hillary pulls out a 7 point lead in a Fox poll, a gap in the Real Clear Politics poll average and a large victory chance in 538 (though, cautionary words about poll bounces). Michelle Obama spoke about the language of this election (FPP title from her speech) [BBC] [New Yorker] [Washington Post] and in The Guardian: "She lent her extraordinary ability to say what people are feeling to every English-speaking woman in the world". Elsewhere, Trump-stooge Chris Christie is facing a criminal summons and Utah could be a three-way race which leads to a small possibility of President Evan. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 14, 2016 - 4623 comments

You went above the line

"I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was "buffed" with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year." via
posted by rtha on Jul 2, 2015 - 66 comments

Twitter and other social media & the ability for users to tailor content

"Things Left Unspoken: Erasure in Online Discussion of Domestic Violence" - Trigger Warning: Domestic violence, mentions of violent actions, physical abuse, sexual assault. By Catherine [Kiran/Rin] Oliver at Model View Culture. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 10, 2015 - 3 comments

Tagged medieval art databases

Manuscript Miniatures, Effigies & Brasses, Armour in Art, and Aquamanilia are four online databases of medieval art. Together they comprise some 19,506 images. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 12, 2014 - 8 comments

Steam Tags

This past week the digital game distribution service Steam unveiled a new beta feature: user contributed tags for games. Unsurprisingly, the feature was quickly abused, leading to Steam introducing means to moderate tag usage. The plus side to all of this is that you can now play a game where you match Steam tags to the games they describe! Steam Tags: The Game
posted by codacorolla on Feb 15, 2014 - 31 comments

Important communication skills

Use "Metatalk" skill to discuss communication problems.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 15, 2013 - 46 comments

Doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom doom

There are only seven weeks until we run out of Doctor Who until Christmas! So, what should you do? Well, it's 2012, so what better way than to look at the end of the world, as visualised in the 1970s, and watch some Doomwatch? Doomwatch was was created by Gerry Davies and Kit Pedler, who originated Doctor Who's Cybermen, and were the show's early scientific advisors. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Sep 1, 2012 - 15 comments

"Perfect Storm" Lobster Tags found 20 years later

Perfect Storm lobster tags wash up 3000 miles and 20 years later. Here's the US version of the story. Ocean currents hero Curt Ebbesmeyer (previously), "studier of flotsam," believes the tags were likely stuck in mud, then meandered around the Atlantic until arriving last year in Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland. There is a monument to the lives of fisherman lost in Gloucester and includes over 10,000 names dating back to 1716, including those from the Andrea Gail.
posted by eggman on Dec 2, 2011 - 31 comments

The new browser video wars

The <video tag>, as defined by the HTML5 spec, is an element "used for playing videos or movies". Which codec those videos or movies are in is currently undefined, with the two contenders being the free open source Ogg Theora and the proprietary H.264. With the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9 both Microsoft and Apple are supporting H.264 in their browsers, and comparisons of the standards seem to bear out H.264 as the better of the two. However Mozilla have taken a stance against incorporating H264 into Firefox on the grounds that it is patented and has to be licensed. Arguments are now being made for and against Mozilla sticking to its ideals. John Gruber of Daring Fireball points out that Firefox already supports proprietary formats such as GIF. Um, perhaps not the best example.
posted by Artw on Mar 21, 2010 - 140 comments

For Thirty Euros, A Palestinian Artist Will Tag The West Bank Wall For You

For €30, a Palestinian artist will tag the West Bank wall for you.
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Feb 25, 2009 - 36 comments

Tag Art

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. Example. (via)
posted by blue_beetle on Jun 22, 2008 - 27 comments

Play games, teach computers

Each year, people around the world spend billions of hours playing computer games. What if all this time and energy could be channeled into useful work? What if people playing computer games could, without consciously doing so, simultaneously solve large-scale problems?
GWAP is Luis van Ahn's answer [PDF, HTML cache] to these questions, a collection of easy and engaging games that make computers smarter.
posted by carsonb on May 27, 2008 - 27 comments

Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy is pretty cool. [Flickr, tags, photos, fun for all]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on May 22, 2008 - 13 comments

least awful use of tag clouds ever

Brand Tags Tag a brand/logo and see what others have tagged it. Because "whatever it is they say a brand is, is what it is", depending on what your meaning of is is, I guess. Or play the reverse tag game and identify brands by their tags. And now, there's Celeb Tags! This will not wendell. [more inside]
posted by wendell on May 11, 2008 - 38 comments

If they suck, we just have to say goodbye

posted by serazin on Mar 27, 2007 - 24 comments

Repair your carbon credit, cheap

December 2006: carbon credit market to crash-land? One problem, most of the countries submitted emissions plans that allocated permits for more than is currently being emitted--in other words, instead of reductions, they proposed increases. Collectively, EU countries have allocated permits allowing emissions 15 percent higher than actual emissions. February 2007: Splat. The collapse in the price of a tonne of carbon dating back to May last year when it emerged that most countries in the scheme had set their carbon caps far too high, resulting in fewer firms than expected having to buy credits and causing the price of a tonne of carbon to plummet from over €30 to less than €10. SPLAT!: A year ago, CO2 was changing hands in the ETS at 30 euros (33 dollars) a tonne, triple that at the market's launch in January 2005. Today, a tonne of CO2 can be bought for little more than one euro. I'm a good greenie, I'm buying enough credits to offset my coal-fired barbie and my Bradley Shopping Vehicle for the rest of eternity. That should cost me about fiddy cents. (Buy yours here.)
posted by jfuller on Feb 27, 2007 - 18 comments

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud View the most popular words in presidential speeches, from 1776 to 2006. Simply sliding the bar from year to year makes it easy to see trends over time. (via Crooked Timber)
posted by afu on Nov 4, 2006 - 28 comments

Audible Hemmorage

Gotta Love Amazon's Product Tags. Another milepost for the K-Fed meme.
posted by ambulance blues on Nov 3, 2006 - 46 comments


Google Image Labler game You and a random partner try to pick tags for random images. If any tags match up, you both get points.
posted by delmoi on Sep 14, 2006 - 45 comments

Not just a crappy Cranberries song anymore

Silly name, but fun all the same ... Free web (2.0, natch) chat site that allows users to search for chat rooms based on tags or to set up their own room(s) that are either public or private.
posted by terrapin on Aug 22, 2006 - 21 comments

I can label my house from here.

If you want to see all the interesting stuff hidden in Google Maps then you need look no further than a site like Google Sightseeing, but what about the other way around? If you've ever wished Google Maps was better labeled then Wikimapia might be what you're looking for.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia on Jul 19, 2006 - 29 comments

Code Snippets

Code Snippets is a tag-based repository for (duh) code snippets.
posted by turbodog on Mar 22, 2006 - 15 comments

News Cloud

NewsCloud. A new way to read the Washington Post.
posted by srboisvert on Nov 23, 2005 - 17 comments

You gonna shoot, shoot!

Tejas to Sony BMG: "Reach for th' sky, varmint. Now turn around reeeeal slow. And keep them hands where ah can see 'em." The rest of the necktie party is forming up over here. Popcorn?
posted by jfuller on Nov 22, 2005 - 31 comments


RawSugar - tastier than del.icio.us? Their hierarchical tagging scheme and the way they handle suggested items between users seem slick. But the social bookmarking phenomenon keeps growing, including specialty sites for academics and scientists. With Yahoo!'s My Web 2.0, it went mainstream. Google's tagging too. Heck, even Amazon's doing it. The usefulness of a social bookmarking site depends on its popularity, so is the concept getting hurt by all this balkanization? Have things gotten out of hand if there's a swiss army bookmarklet tool generator to speed things up? When will the tagging craze die down?
posted by TunnelArmr on Nov 16, 2005 - 33 comments

Art for everyone!

Sketchplanet.com "is a new web service based around sketches. Taking some obvious cues from Flickr (e.g. tags, ability to comment etc.) Sketchplanet is an online sketching network where people can draw whatever they like, add titles, comments, tags, save favourites and more."
posted by gen on Oct 11, 2005 - 17 comments

H2O Playlist

H2O Playlist: a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event. With tags, rss and other good stuff. And this time the color scheme is quite nice.
posted by signal on Jul 15, 2005 - 6 comments


CommonTunes.org, a community directory of freely distributable music. With tags. Also see CommonFlix & CommonBits. Oddly enough, the site itself is "All Rights Reserved". Pity about the color scheme.
posted by signal on Jul 14, 2005 - 6 comments


Foundcity is a social mapping tool for creating a personalized map of your life on-the-fly. Using your mobile phone, you "tag" or capture photos throughout the day, label them with any words you want, and send them to your map. At home, you access and customize your map, which you can share with friends, keep private, or publish openly. As a visitor to the Foundcity site, you view a map of all tags and connect with the people and places that share your interests. By plugging in to the network of Foundcity users, you learn what others value in the city as you surf their hotspots. By publishing your own tags, you share what you know about your city.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 22, 2005 - 14 comments

Smoked Beer

Anybody into smoked beer? It's called Rauchbier and it's a new one on me, but it's been around since the 1500s. (I'm apparently a little behind the curve). Here's a recipe if you are into homebrewing. (Which reminds me, did you see the article: How to Brew Beer in a Coffee Pot ???)
posted by spock on May 26, 2005 - 33 comments

A look back at THE SciFi space movie

At a time such as this, it is important to remember what true Sci-Fi moviemaking talent LOOKS like. "When [studio] bosses finally got to see what they'd put their money into . . . they couldn't figure out if they were looking at the biggest disaster in [studio] history or at one of the greatest movies ever made." The year was 1968, one year prior to man's landing on the moon. <Gawd, I miss Omni magazine>
posted by spock on May 19, 2005 - 116 comments

collaborative images

Fellow automatically combines 50 Flickr images with the same tag into a single image. So who owns the copyright? Heh.
posted by jeremias on Mar 19, 2005 - 30 comments

meta meta

"Conversation will improve, language barriers will fall, artificial intelligence will begin to emerge, and, hopefully, people will be more honest about what they want and who they want to have sex with." If you could meta-tag a tag itself, would the resulting "tagweb" mirror how we collectively organize thoughts in our [collective] brain? (via del.icio.us)
posted by acid freaking on the kitty on Feb 3, 2005 - 17 comments


Visitors to the US tagged with RFID chips? They already use them on goods and livestock, but soon also foreign visitors will be earmarked. Will it make the US a safer country?
posted by kika on Jan 27, 2005 - 34 comments

News Classification System

From the creators of the OpenDirectory Project comes their new effort: a classifying news crawler : Topix.net. They've got some cool text processing that allows them to classify each story in terms of content and geographic location. Very cool ideas in agreggation!
posted by cpfeifer on Jan 13, 2004 - 3 comments

delicious linkage

del.icio.us is a remotely hosted app that will let you quickly add links, which you can integrate into your site like the pros.
posted by riffola on Nov 20, 2003 - 13 comments

The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head

The Second Superpower Rears its Beautiful Head. "With its mind enhanced by Internet connective tissue, and international law as a venue to work with others for progressive action, the Second Superpower is starting to demonstrate its potential." Starry-eyed Wired-era cyber-bull? Or are bloggers and texters (plus peace activists) the vanguard of the revolution? Douglas Ruskhoff concurs.
posted by theplayethic on Apr 3, 2003 - 12 comments

What's your tag?

VandalSquad Always fancied yourself as a "Writer" but don't want to get covered in paint or arrested? This download allows you to deface a train wagon to your hearts content and then upload it to a gallery. Not the real thing but as close as most of us will ever get...
posted by jontyjago on Mar 28, 2003 - 1 comment

How to prevent theft of your source code.

How to prevent theft of your source code. From Frequent Questions Answered, a list of useful tips in web development. I'm thinking of trying a few of these, especially the <INVISIBLE> tags.
posted by jonah on Dec 11, 2002 - 33 comments

Blogdex at media.mit.edu

Blogdex at media.mit.edu (The link may not work, I've gotten through twice now, both times between noon and 4pm PST, but every other time I've tried I've gotten server not available errors.)Does anyone know what this is? The times I got through it looked like an interesting cross tabulation of what is being covered in the web log world, like a handy index for people looking for entries on a certain topic. It was not complete looking when I got in last, the site mostly consisted of the front, and an "about" section, but the front page did have a list of the top ten links being talked about on currently indexed blogs. I found the link in my referer log.
posted by Nothing on Jul 21, 2001 - 15 comments

Graffiti or art

Graffiti or art Where is the line, and if it was in your street would you mind? - watch out this is flash intensive but well worth it.
posted by kramer_101 on Jul 19, 2001 - 56 comments

King of the Road:

King of the Road: A summary of Oedipus, of course. Who says all that time looking for personalized plates doesn't pay off? Anyone care to find Ulysses?
posted by salsamander on Mar 1, 2001 - 13 comments

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