With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
As part of this weekend's Guardian series: 50 years of Doctor Who
, six of the actors who have played The Doctor's companions - Louise Jameson, Freema Agyeman, Katy Manning, Carole Ann Ford, Billie Piper and Karen Gillan discuss their experiences on the show in video interviews.
(Links to print interviews within.) [more inside]
Derek Smart has been making games for over 20 years. He sold his first games in plastic baggies at hobby stores. Yet his longevity is somewhat of an anachronism. Many gamers today don't even know who is is, in spite of the fact that his games have sold well enough to keep his company in business since 1992. And the games themselves, well they're mostly terrible. Especially his first, Battlecruiser 3000AD. The Verge
takes an in-depth look at the hotheaded perfectionist millionaire game developer whose impenetrable
, terminally overhyped
games sparked one of the most legendary flamewars in internet history
Kim Han Sol is the son of Kim Jong Nam, who is the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, the recently deceased North Korean dictator. In this English interview for Finnish TV with former United Nations Under-Secretary General Elisabeth Rehn, he talks about his life, refers to his uncle and current DPRK Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Eun, as a 'dictator,' and says he never met his grandfather. [Part 1
(interview begins at 1:35)] [Part 2
You can accurately judge a person just by looking at their shoes, psychologists say.
"Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger's age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person's shoes." Virginia Postrel responded
: "The study made a solid contribution to research on first impressions, but it was hardly earthshaking. By getting so much attention, however, it demonstrated a sociological truth: People love to talk about shoes. Even those who dismissed the research as silly often felt compelled to call radio stations or comment on websites, providing details about their own choices. Why this fascination with footwear? " [more inside]
Last week Reason Magazine posted a 20-minute video interview with David Simon
and more) on its web site. On his personal blog Simon accused the Reason editors of "shanking" the interview
by selectively editing the video in favor of "banter and quick reposite", and sacrificing context and complete arguments to the extent that the interview seems "incoherent." In response to Simon's comments Reason has posted the full 1 hour 20 minute audio
of the interview. (direct link to mp3 audio
Robert MacPherson interviewed
as part of the Simons Foundation's Science Lives
series. MacPherson is among the founders of the modern theory of singularities
, points like a kink in a curve where the geometry of a space stops being smooth and starts behaving badly. In the interview, MacPherson talks about cultural differences between math and music, his frustration with high school math, growing up gay in the South and life as a gay man in the scientific community, smuggling $23,000 in cash into post-Soviet Russia to help mathematicians there keep the lights on, catastrophe theory, perverse sheaves, how to be a successful graduate student, stuttering, and of course the development of the intersection homology theory for which he is most well-known.
Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak: part one
(aired 1/24), part 2
(aired 1/25) [more inside]
Fans of National Lampoon Magazine
circa 1970 might remember the iconic Trots and Bonnie
comic strip. Recently Jeff Kay
) asked the cartoonist, Shary Flenniken
for an email interview. She unexpectedly answered his questions in a 4 part video response. PT1 PT2 PT3 PT4 [more inside]
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
Style Like U
features an exhaustive video archive
of people talking about their clothes and history and what personal style means to them and the power of self transformation. [more inside]
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
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]
over the weekend, in less than two weeks the millions of videos uploaded to six-year-old erstwhile YouTube competitor Google Video will no longer be viewable
. Though a download button has been added to each video page for easy back-up, that will only be available though May 13th
, and the company will not be offering transfer service for users with YouTube accounts. The search giant has been slowly winding down the service over the years since their billion-dollar buyout of YouTube, controversially revoking purchased content
(with a refund) in 2007 and disabling new uploads in 2009
. The shutdown is a big blow to the web video ecosystem, as Google Video was one of the few major services to allow free hosting of long-form video, including the content for many popular MetaFilter posts. But all is not lost! Reddit users have organized a virtual potluck
to share the most interesting and unique videos not available anywhere else, and the Archive Team
, preserver of doomed web properties like Geocities (previously
), is partnering with Archive.org to back up as much content as possible
. In that spirit, click inside for a list of some of the most popular Google Video-centric content posted here over the years. [more inside]
Six months ago, MetaFilter discussed Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev's disappearance
. This past week, an interview with him was aired on Gay USA
. (Interview starts around 30m10s, and runs for 17m30s ) Episode also available as audio only
, and available through iTunes
as a free podcast. [more inside]
Web of stories
- "There are few things more interesting or more pleasurable than to watch someone tell a good story. And one story always leads to another."
FACTUM. To produce the series of works collectively titled FACTUM (2010), Candice Breitz conducted intensive interviews with seven pairs of identical twins and a single set of identical triplets in and around Toronto during the summer of 2009, footage from which she then edited seven dual-channel video installations (and one tri-channel video installation). Like Robert Rauschenberg's near-identical paintings FACTUM I and FACTUM II (both 1957), from which the series borrows its title, each interviewee in FACTUM is an imperfect facsimile of their twin: their apparent identicality is soon disrupted by a host of subtle differences. FACTUM KANG
, FACTUM TREMBLAY
, FACTUM MISERICORDIA
, FACTUM TANG
, FACTUM McNAMARA
Country music star Chely Wright talks to Oprah about coming out, prior relationships, and her career. Part 1
. Part 2
. Part 3
. [more inside]
Once Upon A Time In Norway
(MLYT). An oral history of the early days of Black Metal.
) [more inside]
"The people whose stories you watch on Peoples Archive
are leaders of their field, whose work has influenced and changed our world as we know it." The archive includes talks by luminaries such as Hans Bethe
, Benoit Mandelbrot
, Donald Knuth
, Quentin Blake
, Stan Lee
and many others.
Russell Brand talks to Dawn French about comedy, revealing a peculiar and compelling intelligence apparently gleaned from TV and substance abuse. Part 1
"Long thought to be lost or destroyed, this complete recording of one of the few hour long interviews of Alfred Hitchcock has been found
." [more inside]
An homage to the director and soundtrack composer John Carpenter: ZOMBIE ZOMBIE [more inside]
The recent passing of Studs Terkel
sparked a renewed interest in his interview projects, like Working
, and Hard Times
. But Studs was not just a broadcaster who liked people; he was a practitioner of oral history
, a method of gathering information about the past through preserving individual recollections. It's a subfield
of history, with its own ethics
, professional literature
, and limitations
. Learn how
to collect and share
oral histories yourself, from interviewing
and getting clearances
and disseminating. Oral histories have been preserved as text transcripts
for decades; now digital media isreinvigorating the form
, bringing new ease to recording and wider opportunities
for the public to see and hear the content
. Explore oral history projects on the web with stories of veterans
, jazz cats
, Nevada nuclear test site witnesses
, Basque Americans
, rodeo cowboys and cowgirls
, Katrina survivors
, ACT UP
activists, Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge
, Native Americans
, women whose lives were affected by the Pill
, survivors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
,women in World War II
, workers in Paterson, NJ
"My name is Mike Wallace.
The cigarette is Philip Morris." Before there was 60 Minutes
, there was The Mike Wallace Interview
. Thirty minutes with Steve Allen
, Frank Lloyd Wright
, Kirk Douglas
, Pearl Buck
, and Salvador Dali
, to name just a few.
Science Live site
I found this because of the live coverage of the Festival of Science 2006 from Norwich, but found lots of other great links! Great for kids, but good for anyone curious about science.
"What if you could watch any popular science lecture you wanted to? What if you could participate in any popular science event? What if you could find out what scientists themselves have to say about the issues that are important in society today? ScienceLive is an initiative that seeks to bring some of the best popular science events (discussions, lectures, interviews) directly to your home, so that you can watch these events whenever and from whereever you can.
When the levees broke,
he looked for was his camera and a boat. This Times-Picayune photographer tells his story of what happened next.
Live in Boston? Need a ride to (or from) work? You could be a guest
on Ravi Jain's weekly video blog/talk show/commute. Episodes 1
, and 6
, (QT .mov)
The Wright brothers may not have been the first to fly (fascinating articles on other claims: Sir George Cayley
, Richard Pearse
and Gustave Whitehead
) but they were pretty decent chaps, according to Kate Carew
in her strange 1910 interview
and delightful caricature
. '“Your $7,500 flyers,” I said to the Wright brothers, “will prove very useful, I should think, to establishing a safe and somewhat aloof aristocracy.' Perhaps less well known is the brothers' role in defending America from the Spanish
, and Fu Manchu
(Comedy Quicktime links).
how's your news?
mine just got a lot better: camp counselor takes a team of adults with developmental disabilities on a cross-country road trip, conducting 'man on the street' interviews along the way. end product is a hilarious and very human non-exploitive