March 2011 Archives

March 31

We have to wean fish off water

"The paper puts forward a small but novel idea of how we can cut down the incidence of bribery. There are different kinds of bribes and what this paper is concerned with are bribes that people often have to give to get what they are legally entitled to. I shall call these 'harassment bribes'. Suppose an income tax refund is held back from a taxpayer till he pays some cash to the officer. Suppose government allots subsidized land to a person but when the person goes to get her paperwork done and receive documents for this land, she is asked to pay a hefty bribe. These are all illustrations of harassment bribes. Harassment bribery is widespread in India and it plays a large role in breeding inefficiency and has a corrosive effect on civil society. The central message of this paper is that we should declare the act of giving a bribe in all such cases as legitimate activity [PDF]. In other words the giver of a harassment bribe should have full immunity from any punitive action by the state." [more inside]
posted by vidur at 11:00 PM PST - 36 comments

Will he team up with Steampunk Palin?

Smilin Stan Lee, co-creator of everyone from Spider-Man to Striperella, is teaming up with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a comic and cartoon called The Governator. According to the article, Athe Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short). There's an excerpt on the EW site. Excelsior!
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:58 PM PST - 53 comments

A Little Knowledge

For more than forty years, Betty Debnam has been writing, illustrating, and publishing a newspaper for kids: The Mini Page. It's now fully archived online. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:49 PM PST - 20 comments

America is dense and Europeans lack gravity

The GOCE satellite has completed its survey of the Earth's gravitational field. This visualisation of different gravitational potentials (the geoid) will help us understand earthquakes and the flow of ocean currents by comparing the actual height of the surface with the one predicted by the geoid. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Andy Jackson, you crazy.

Historically Hardcore is an awesome fake advertising campaign for the Smithsonian. Created as a portfolio project by two students, the ads have gone viral and the Smithsonian is none too pleased about it.
posted by helloknitty at 8:06 PM PST - 66 comments

If that was no toe tapper or no body shaker, boy you need to see the undertaker!

"It was fantastic to be undeniably receiving radio from Britain. Ever since then I've always wanted to spin records on the World Service." Former Clash frontman Joe Strummer first listened to the BBC World Service while visiting his father in Africa as a teenager in the mid-1960s. [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 6:30 PM PST - 54 comments

glow boys, nuclear janitors dying for a living

Nuclear janitors |They’re called ‘jumpers’ and they go where no one else will | "Off to Japan" | The pay rate at Three Mile Island in 1979 post accident was $7.00/hour and $30.00/perdiem. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 3:20 PM PST - 49 comments

Notes on being creative

How to steal like an artist (and nine other things nobody told me).
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:42 PM PST - 57 comments

Who's got the back that makes the beat go boom?

Y'all Get Back Now is the joyous new music video from Big Freedia, the Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce. If Y'all Get Back Now isn't enough for you, there are more videos to watch on her website. [New Orleans Bounce previously on MeFi]
posted by Kattullus at 1:55 PM PST - 40 comments

A More Perfect Union

In his project A More Perfect Union, artist R. Luke Dubois aggregated language used in the profiles of 19 million single Americans on 21 dating sites. He then organized the data to create "dozens of insanely detailed city and state maps which tell a wonderfully rich story about who we are, or at least, who we claim to be." A Video about the project. (R. Luke Dubois, previously on MeFi.)
posted by zarq at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Nuclear Archeology with John Coster-Mullen

John Coster-Mullen didn't finish his university degree in physics, yet in less than ten years of spare time, he figured out how to make Fat Man and Little Boy, while driving semis for a living. What started as an effort to make replicas of the bombs for the 40th anniversary of the detonation of the two atomic bombs became a larger challenge to simply to present readers with accurate information about the past. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Ten Dreams Fine Art Galleries

And here is Ten Dreams, your Symbolist, Magical Realist, and Metarealist brain/eye candy art source, featuring, among scores of many other artists and subjects, Alma Tadema, Bouguereau, Ernst, Hundertwasser, Klimt, and Maxfield Parrish, too. And then there is the Ten Dreams of Ten Dreams, and not an exemplar known to me included. [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 1:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Judge Amanda Williams's Very Bad Week

Ira Glass does an atypical bit of investigative reporting about an especially punitive drug court in rural Georgia. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 12:49 PM PST - 100 comments


Jan Banning: Bureaucratics
posted by puny human at 12:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Free, High-Quality Musical Instrument Samples

Do you need a free library of high-quality, carefully-recorded samples of a wide variety of musical instruments? The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios' Musical Instrument Samples page has got you covered, from alto flute to violin. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 11:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Sayonara America, Sayonara Nippon.

A series of articles about developments in Japanese popular music spanning from the mid-1960s to the late-1970s. Part 1: 1966-1969. 'Although much has been written on Japanese experimental and avant-garde music from this period, the 60s and 70s were also times of massive change and development for mainstream Japanese music, and the origin of the split between “underground” and “overground” in Japan’s pop music discourse.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Don't eat the magic blue glitter

In 1971, a clinic in Brazil bought a radiation therapy machine. Fourteen years later, the practice closed and was abandoned. On September 13th, 1987, two men sold the inner canister of the machine for scrap. Upon breaking it open, a scrapyard employee found sparkling, glowing blue powder. It was distributed to family and friends, who used for decorative and magical purposes. Sixteen days later, 112,000 people were in Olympic stadium, being tested for radiation poisoning. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 10:32 AM PST - 123 comments

The Psychopathology of Extreme Heroism

SciAm takes a look at the fine line between clinical pyschopaths and real-life superheroes. Related: Addicted to Being Good
posted by saulgoodman at 10:17 AM PST - 46 comments

A true ironist in an era of ersatz irony

Fran Lebowitz: Reflections on Austen [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:57 AM PST - 29 comments

Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders have climbed up into trees to escape the rising flood waters, cocooning them.
posted by livejamie at 9:50 AM PST - 104 comments

Books by Murderers

Given that a book collection can be quite valuable if it has a quirky theme, keep in mind that Books by Murderers is on its 5th installment (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) over at the blog of respected London second hand bookshop Any Amount of Books. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Why StartUpBritain is nothing more than a government backed link farm

Why StartUpBritain is nothing more than a government backed link farm
posted by nam3d at 9:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Reflections on Pioneer

As they leave the solar system, the Pioneer spacecraft have anomalously decelerated, pointing to a possible gap in our understanding of gravity. Now, a computer graphics technique known as Phong shading predicts that the Pioneer anomaly is just a side effect of how the shape of the spacecraft reflects sunlight.
posted by jjray at 7:35 AM PST - 57 comments

And apparently he roomed with Jon Stewart in Colledge

New York State Congressman Anthony Weiner (D) did an IAMA (I Am A Democrat Who Fights) Q and A on reddit last week. While he answered many questions, he responded to the top five most popular questions questions in video form. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 7:02 AM PST - 54 comments

The economic effects of immigration policy.

"When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well."

A joint report from The Center for American Progress and The Immigration Policy Center calculates the striking costs for trying to remove undocumented immigrants from Arizona. Although S.B. 1070 has not been fully implemented in AZ, were it to be, it would: decrease employment by 17%; result in the loss of ~600k jobs; reduce state tax revenue by 10%; and, shrink the state economy by ~$49 billion. Intro and summary (pdf). Full report (pdf).
posted by OmieWise at 6:45 AM PST - 74 comments

"No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library." ~Samuel Johnson

Is a library without books still a library? Newport Beach library is considering closing its original library and replacing it with a community center that would offer all the same features — except for the books.
posted by Fizz at 6:12 AM PST - 80 comments

Hisss... I'm Real Bacon!

The pilot episode of Snake 'N' Bacon, based on the comics by Michael Kupperman.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 5:32 AM PST - 19 comments

1 electric mandolin + 1 Fender amp = Burn

Donna Stoneman - Mandolin Shredder . Winning Arthur Godfrey with The Bluegrass Champs (2:10), "Under The Double Eagle", and The Stoneman Family - "Big Ball In Monterrey".
posted by Ardiril at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Kirkuk: Ignore It While You Can

Kurds Move To Upend The Status Quo In Kirkuk - "In northern Iraq, Kirkuk has always been a flashpoint with Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs, who all claim it as their own. It has a special place in the new Iraqi constitution, but nothing has changed for years." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:56 AM PST - 1 comment

You have put me in here a cub, but I will come out roaring like a lion, and I will make all hell howl! - Carry A. Nation

For the good of the nation, you won't be able to drink your favoured beer. At least, if the collection of middlemen monopolies called America's Beer Distributors and their lobby have much to say about it. [more inside]
posted by converge at 3:40 AM PST - 65 comments

Elephant/PR Killer

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons has just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe and has posted a video of the killing of a "problem elephant" (graphic images). The response has been fairly predictable: outraged tweets and Facebook posts, and a very special award from PETA. With many GoDaddy customers vowing to take their business elsewhere competitor has taken the opportunity witha special offer of $4.99 transfers and a donation to Save The Elephants.
posted by sycophant at 2:31 AM PST - 180 comments

“It’s a self-licking ice cream cone."

The Dangerous US Game in Yemen “The global war on terror has acquired a life of its own,” says Colonel Lang. “It’s a self-licking ice cream cone." [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 1:21 AM PST - 26 comments

March 30

Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers

High School geometry taught us about the Centroid, Incenter and Circumcenter of a triangle. But there are actually an infinite number of ways of finding the center. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

When she placed it in his hand, people must have seen the sparks. Neither understands what just happened to their hearts.

Canadian indie/hardcore band Fucked Up have released the first of four singles from their upcoming rock opera, David Comes To Life. The album appears to be about a man who works in a lightbulb factory and is a follow-up to their critically acclaimed The Chemistry Of Modern Life. Cryptic character bios can be found on the album's site and more information from the band can be found on their blog.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Wait till he takes guard in Mumbai

"I've never been in a stadium that feels like this one. Hindus and Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, people from different castes and classes, speakers of a dozen languages, all citizens in the Republic of Sachin. The stern cops give wide smiles and thumbs-ups. The chant goes from "Sachin! Sachin!" to "Hoo … ha … IN-DI-A!" They are interchangeable." [more inside]
posted by vidur at 7:54 PM PST - 73 comments

“Show me a grad student I can f*ck”

A Call to Shun. Women share sexual harassment stories on "Being a Woman in Philosophy." Several philosophers suggest the idea of not inviting known repeat offenders to conferences. Professor Mark Lance of Georgetown: It's time for philosophers to take a stand against "the many people in the profession believed by wide numbers of people to have engaged in horrible behavior on repeated occasions."
posted by availablelight at 5:42 PM PST - 96 comments

Never/only use it for evil.

CSSPivot: Add CSS styles to any website, and share the result with a short link.
posted by brundlefly at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

...your brain power might help bring a killer to justice.

On June 30, 1999, sheriff’s officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick. He had been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim’s pants pockets. The FBI is now asking the public to help them solve the murder.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:07 PM PST - 87 comments

AdViews vintage TV commercial archive: So Good it Hurts

AdViews: A Digital Archive of 8,700+ Vintage Television Commercials (1950s-1970s) at Internet Archive. So good it hurts.
posted by stbalbach at 4:25 PM PST - 32 comments

My Health Doesn't Depend on What I Believe about the Theory of Evolution

Ray Comfort calls the Atheist Experience. The Atheist Community of Austin run a live call-in show on public access. Over the years, they have challenged Ray Comfort to call in. This week, he finally does, and talks to AE hosts Matt Dillahunty and Russell Glasser. The only banana joke is visual. Ray reacts. Matt D reacts. AE fans react. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 2:31 PM PST - 101 comments

Sandwiches, and also more sandwiches

Sandwich Mondays! For the past year, the Wait Wait... Don't Blog Me! team at NPR has been blogging about a different sandwich every Monday. Some highlights include the most expensive burger in the world, the Kevin Butler (a "nonfictional sandwich from a fictional person"), , Paula Deen's favorite burger (it is even more impressive than you expect), and quite possibly the first sandwich ever made. And, from the Golden Arches, the McGangBang McRedacted, the classic McRib, and the Mc10:35 (possible only during the magical moment when breakfast and lunch menus are available at the same time).
posted by blahblahblah at 1:42 PM PST - 59 comments

Words Do Hurt

Eighth grader silently expresses her anguish over being bullied for two years. [SLYT].
posted by morganannie at 1:10 PM PST - 249 comments

Not back to school camp, a place for unschoolers

Not Back To School Camp is a place where unschooled teenagers (previously, 2) can go to meet, teach, and learn from other unschoolers. Despite doubts and criticism, unschoolers and homeschoolers are making their way to college [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

To Infinity... And Beyond!

The Beauty of Pixar and 25 Years of Pixar Animation. (MLYT) (Via and Via)
posted by zarq at 12:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Texas Republicans: 100 Ways to say "We don't want you"

Texas Republicans have been turning against the ideas on immigration supported by George W. Bush, who actively courted Latino voters in his 1998 gubenertorial election campaign (cached), and in his two presidential election campaigns. In 2010, some 12,000 Republican delegates came together, many proposing new directions on immigration reform. By January 2011, there were more than three dozen immigration-related bills filed, a number of them creating heated debates. By the of March, there were nearly 100 immigration bills written or filed, some with serious loopholes. (Rep. Debbie Riddle, previously.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:31 PM PST - 54 comments

Gnome Chompski: The Game

Gnome Chompski: The Game. I'm sure Noam is secretly a hardcore videogamer and he would approve. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 12:16 PM PST - 23 comments

10 years of cheese-eating, clog-wearing, tulip-loving, same-sex marriage

1 April 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage (homohuwelijk) in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 11:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Das Game

The Game
posted by puny human at 11:35 AM PST - 43 comments

Constitutional Crisis in Curdistan

There is a constitutional crisis in Cheeseland. If you haven't been paying attention, WI governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled Senate and Assembly passed a controversial bill and signed it. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:03 AM PST - 371 comments

George Tooker: August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011

Master painter of the anxious, alienated, mysterious and sublime, George Tooker : August 5, 1920March 27, 2011
posted by y2karl at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Sweatin' to the emergency exits

Air New Zealand's new in-flight safety video featuring Richard Simmons. Enjoy.
posted by found missing at 8:10 AM PST - 50 comments

Angry Birds Middle East Mashup

Russian designer Egor Zhgun (LiveJournal) remixes pop culture and politics, to humorous effect. His latest is a mashup of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"; the game Angry Birds; and current Middle Eastern politics into an animated political cartoon: Three Big Pigs.
via Eathan Zuckerman and Cartoon Brew
posted by artlung at 7:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Health Statistics by County

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sponsored the most detailed ever look at county-level American health data. Access to the data--including a ranking of health in each state by county--was made available today at [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:54 AM PST - 15 comments

China's Ghost Cities

China's Ghost Cities (via)
posted by nam3d at 6:44 AM PST - 47 comments

Neko, no.

Touch The Screen [more inside]
posted by empath at 5:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Keeping the black dog at bay

Steinbolt1 battles with depression. On his Tumblr blog, he chronicles his week-long stay in a mental health facility somewhere in the American Midwest. First installment can be found here. There's two installments per day of his stay, and he posted part two of day four two days ago. And, by the way, he's currently feeling a lot better.
posted by Harald74 at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Look at all those books!

"The finished Strahov library panorama , released Tuesday on Martin’s website, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside one of Prague’s most beautiful halls, a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists... Martin’s panorama lets you examine the spines of the works in the Philosophical Hall’s 42,000 volumes, part of the monastery’s stunning collection of just about every important book available in central Europe at the end of the 18th century — more or less the sum total of human knowledge at the time."
posted by languagehat at 5:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Fraction vs liquefaction

Listen to this first: Fraction Too Much Friction... and then listen to this while watching the clip: Liquefaction. Damned talented, them Kiwi's.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Draw the change you want to see in the world

Gandhi street art. Classic. Armed. With friends. Writing. Silly. Warholesque. Urban. Meditative. Minimal. Grim. Shackled. Happy. Alone. Leading. On the fence. Mischievous.
posted by anirvan at 2:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Goodies and Baddies

Humanitarian Intervention 101 by Adam Curtis at the BBC. The idea of "humanitarian intervention" which is behind the decision to attack in Libya is one of the central beliefs of our age. It divides people. Some see it as a noble, disinterested use of Western power. Others see it as a smokescreen for a latter-day liberal imperialism.
posted by lucia__is__dada at 1:38 AM PST - 35 comments

March 29

Use the Force, Luke.

Jedi Badminton. [SLYT] For the inner geek in you.
posted by pjern at 11:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Pakistan's Secret Dirty Little War

Pakistan's Secret Dirty Little War
posted by lalochezia at 10:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Make Believe

It's like band camp, only with magic nerds.
posted by JPowers at 9:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Hitler. In a red gingham dress. Baking.

Sixty Unusable Stock Photos. Does what it says on the tin.
posted by rodgerd at 8:49 PM PST - 103 comments

Tabor Write The Songs

An extraordinary karaoke performance of "I Write The Songs"
posted by LSK at 8:43 PM PST - 20 comments

It was song number 3 on John's last CD. "I'm gonna make it through this year if it kills me". And it almost killed me.

Craig Finn from The Hold Steady joins The Mountain Goats on stage to sing 'This Year'. [more inside]
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:17 PM PST - 58 comments

Kickflip, Ubu, kickflip! Good dog.

posted by boo_radley at 7:27 PM PST - 28 comments

you've heard him a million times, but he ain't no millionaire

Give the drummer some? Nuh-uh. PAY the drummer some! Living Legend Tries to Make a Living. I'm talking about the man who gave us the drum solo (at 5:35) that launched a thousand hip hop ships, James Brown's funky heartbeat, Clyde Stubblefield. [previously].
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:54 PM PST - 36 comments

Abode of Peace

The Santiniketan Park Association, known informally as "The Family" was a group founded around 1964 after Dr. Raynor Carey Johnson began hosting regular meetings of a religious and philosophical discussion group led by the yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne on his property on the outskirts Melbourne, Australia. The group began to recruit potential new members from Newhaven Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital, owned and managed by Marion Villimek, a Santiniketan member, and staffed by other Santiniketans psychiatrists who would administer LSD to patients. [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 4:56 PM PST - 23 comments


Cheezburger gets 30 million dollars in venture capital, peels off a couple million to buy Know Your Meme.
posted by ardgedee at 1:32 PM PST - 111 comments

Nothing suits them like a suit!

For over a year now, Righthaven has been suing bloggers, news websites, and now even journalists covering Righthaven for reproducing, in full or part, articles and pictures from newspapers that it purchases the copyright for. But it might be starting to backfire. [more inside]
posted by SirOmega at 12:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Brit creates 'Quakebook' to help disaster victims

Last Friday the blogger “Our Man in Abiko” launched an effort to produce a crowd-sourced collection prose, photos and illustrations that would be compiled into a self-published book to benefit the victims of the Japan earthquake | The title of the book is 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Being Gay in YA

Last Monday, young adult author Jessica Verday announced that she'd pulled out Wicked Pretty Things, an anthology forthcoming with Running Press, after the anthology's editor asked her to change a romance between two teenage boys to a heterosexual pairing. The editor responded, "These teen anthologies I do are light on the sex and light on the language. I assumed they'd be light on alternative sexuality, as well. Turns out I was wrong!" [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 12:36 PM PST - 121 comments

"You do not sew with a fork, and I see no reason why you should eat with knitting needles." - Miss Piggy

How to build a bookshelf with chopsticks. [SLYT]
posted by Fizz at 12:08 PM PST - 36 comments

Artificial Leaf

"A practical [inexpensive] artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades. We believe we [Sun Catalytix] have done it." Video: Professor Daniel Nocera at MIT
posted by stbalbach at 11:36 AM PST - 69 comments

The artists who crossed the line

Voina are a group of revolutionary artists. The most controversial of all was Voina's final stunt before the arrests, which the artists called "Palace Revolution". Members overturned seven police cars, some of them with officers inside, at St Petersburg's Palace Square one night last September. Obviously, a group called "war," is going to attract a certain amount of controversy, but they're also going to attract some allies. Right now, they're just trying to dodge the fuzz. Who knows? Maybe they're just dicks.
posted by snottydick at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Cosmic Dudes

For all your italo/euro/synth/space-disco needs, Cosmic Dudes record store has you covered. Sample tracks: Richie Heinen - Beach Freak or Torelli/Massiera - Afro Disco (scroll down for both)
posted by puny human at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments

No matter what we get out of this, I know, I know we'll never forget

"Smoke on the Water", as performed by Germany's military brass band and Berlins guard battalion, part of the farewell to German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:03 AM PST - 54 comments

1.1 million people ride NYC subways every day, but nobody talks. Until now.

Just keep going, you've got nothing to lose. [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 11:01 AM PST - 45 comments

Blodes Orchester

8 years in the making, ~200 antique appliances comprise Michael Petermann's Stupid Orchestra (SLVimeo).
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:19 AM PST - 10 comments

"This partnership between our extraordinary artisanal brewing team and one of the best brewers in the world in Anheuser-Busch..."

Popular Chicago Brewery Goose Island has been bought by Anheuser-Busch. Moreover, brewmaster Greg Hall has resigned and will be replaced by Brett Porter, former head brewer of Deschutes Brewery.
posted by IjonTichy at 9:46 AM PST - 136 comments

Build a Boat!

Boat builder, model enthusiast, author, World War 2 veteran, and all-around fascinating character Harold H. "Dynamite" Payson passed away last week at the age of 82. [more inside]
posted by richyoung at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

"Your eyes hurt, and there was a metal taste in your mouth. Those are the two things you felt."

How do you clean up a massive nuclear disaster? With 800,000 people, 45 seconds at a time. The Liquidators, Chernobyl's "biorobot" cleanup crew: Part 1, Part 2. [more inside]
posted by googly at 8:26 AM PST - 22 comments


Photos from all over Japan of libraries after the earthquake. (Via) [more inside]
posted by jardinier at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Book Review Commentary Goes Awry (read: Entertaining)

An author takes exception to a review of her book & comments on the reviewer's site. What could possibly go wrong?
posted by PepperMax at 7:44 AM PST - 185 comments

Perlman and Zukerman in London - 1997

Halvorsen's Duo for Violin and Viola (after Handel), played by Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman in London, 1977.
posted by beisny at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Theological Clusterf***

Who Goes to Hell? An editorial response (by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, posted on to the controversy of Chad Holtz, a Methodist Church pastor in North Carolina, having been fired for questioning whether hell exists.
posted by rodmandirect at 7:03 AM PST - 393 comments

monkey like jump cuts

If you believe the hype, this is a surfer video edited by a monkey.
posted by crunchland at 6:50 AM PST - 27 comments


Last Friday, an adolescent cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo. Now, it has begun taunting its former captors. (Via)
posted by zarq at 6:42 AM PST - 56 comments

From Beyond

Following the success of The Haunter of The Dark, the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcasts presents two new readings, From Beyond and The Picture in The House, by Andrew Leman and Bruce Green. Both recordings are available "In 3D". Alternatively if you like your Lovecraft with both pictures AND sound, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society version of The Whisperer in Darkness is complete and being shown at worldwide film festivals - it's a talkie! (The HPLHS are now also offering a rather handsome "official membership" pack.) Want something more interactive? Cthulhu Dark offers a complete Lovecraftian tabletop RPG system that fits on two sides of a sheet of paper. Please note: "If you fight any creature you meet, you will die. Thus, in these core rules, there are no combat rules or health levels. Instead, roll to hide or escape."
posted by Artw at 6:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Bill, your beard is ridiculous.

Insulted by Authors. Book lover Bill Ryan had the clever idea to start asking his favorite authors to insult him instead of simply signing their books. (Via)
posted by shakespeherian at 6:30 AM PST - 24 comments

Chinese Scientific Progress to Overtake American Counterpart Earlier Than Anticipated

According to a new study from the UK's national science academy, the Royal Society, China is on course to outstrip US scientific output as earlier as two years from now. [SLBBC]
posted by modernnomad at 5:22 AM PST - 36 comments

Anna Åhman is Birgit Bidder

Anna Åhman performs as the solo artist Birgit Bidder. Her debut album “The Life Home” will be released tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by three blind mice at 5:17 AM PST - 2 comments

No Chewbacca?

A growth chart for Star Wars fans.
posted by bardophile at 5:07 AM PST - 26 comments

Walking alone

"It is completely strange, isn't it? It's all fucked up. Where the hell are all the others? No one is coming out." The Guardian interviews Anton Hysén, the world's only openly gay male professional footballer.
posted by londonmark at 4:36 AM PST - 51 comments

The elevator was too easy

Alain Robert has scaled Burj Khalifa in Dubai for a world record. If you are into people climbing skyscrapers, there's Robert in Abu Dhabi or Sao Paulo and other awesome stuff. (Very previously.)
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:40 AM PST - 12 comments

March 28

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared

Twin baby boys have a conversation. Beside music & how-to videos, politics, and whathaveyou, YouTube is an excellent conduit for cute home movies about baby twins (and triplets). Here’s another interaction between twin siblings, here's some kissing, some dancing, some crying, some more laughing (here’s a clip with triplets). So much more inside – you can search for the rest yourself there
posted by growabrain at 11:52 PM PST - 43 comments

Still the spring winds come and the young girls walk by in their beautiful way. All is never lost. And in the face of eternity, what we consider all and everything is truly nothing

Joe Bageant, influential voice of the silent underclass and cartographer of the American Hologram, has died at 64. Bageant, author of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America's Class War and a prolific essayist known for his humor and irreverent style (shades of Thompson at his most human echo), spent a career reporting the rise and fall of the American working class and documenting the colorful lives of the people therein. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 8:44 PM PST - 53 comments

Roger Abbott RIP

One of the key members of the award-winning Canadian comedy institution Royal Canadian Air Farce, Roger Abbott died on March 26th after a 14-year battle with leukemia. [more inside]
posted by hala mass at 8:08 PM PST - 22 comments

"We, like you, have problems with hostile neighbors."

The Babylonian Talmud was composed in the historical region of Palestine and in (not surprisingly) Babylonia (modern-day Iraq) between ~70 C.E. and ~700 C.E. Many centuries later, it turns out that "there are more South Koreans with Talmud sets in their homes than Jews in Israel." (Hebrew original) [more inside]
posted by -->NMN.80.418 at 8:06 PM PST - 36 comments

Emboar, is a pig that is on fire that is also a professional wrestler.

Chris Sims offers up a blow-by-blow rundown of a My Little Pony vs Pokemon wrestling match, complete with fanart. Nostalgic for the old days of Internet fight-based nerdery? Than poke around the Comic Book Universe Battles archive. My Little Ponies previously
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:04 PM PST - 29 comments

The New Jim Crow

“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.” [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 7:16 PM PST - 142 comments

A Murder Foretold

"My name is Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano and, alas, if you are hearing or seeing this message it means that I’ve been murdered by President Álvaro Colom, with the help of Gustavo Alejos." Rosenberg went on, "The reason I'm dead, and you're therefore watching this message, is only and exclusively because during my final moments I was the lawyer to Mr. Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie Musa, who, in cowardly fashion, were assassinated by President Álvaro Colom, with the consent of his wife, Sandra de Colom, and with the help of . . . Gustavo Alejos."
posted by vidur at 6:27 PM PST - 47 comments

The Ballroom Under the Lake

The Ballroom Under the Lake [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 6:25 PM PST - 30 comments

Chicken for us to no eat?

Tired of having Rebecca Black's Friday stuck in your head? Try Gang Fight, the song as interpreted by a bad lip reader. They also bring you Asian Baby.
posted by jouir at 5:35 PM PST - 58 comments

Hand built Muppet Theatre Playset

When Palisades Toys went bankrupt in 2006, they ceased production of The Muppet Show collection of character figures, Lance Cardinal took it upon himself to craft an intricately detailed Muppet Theatre Playset by hand.
posted by rhapsodie at 5:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Vietnam Flashback: The Domino Theory

There is more than one way to knock down dominos: there are at least SIXTY-EIGHT of them. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:41 PM PST - 33 comments

Start with a seed.

No winning, no losing. Just choices. Mitoza. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 3:25 PM PST - 10 comments

A Review of Sucker Punch

This Movie Made Me Feel Bad To Be Alive: A Review of Sucker Punch
posted by 235w103 at 2:52 PM PST - 437 comments

A History of Skeletal Drawings

A History of Skeletal Drawings: Part 1 - pre-20th century, Part 2 - Bone Wars to the 1950's, Part 3 - Dino Renaissance to the present. Via Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.
posted by brundlefly at 2:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Jeff Koons Must Die

JEFF KOONS MUST DIE! Who said games can't be art?
posted by Tom-B at 2:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Burt's Bees Co-Founder Wants to Donate National Park

In 1975, with $3,000 in savings Roxanne Quimby and her boyfriend moved to Maine. They bought a tract of land on which they built a cabin and an outhouse. Near her Guilford homestead, Quimby later met beekeeper Burt Shavitz and used his beeswax to create candles (making $20,000 in her first year selling at local crafts fairs) -- and later their (yes, the two cofounded a company together) best selling product Burt's Bees Lip Balm (it's Burt's image that still graces many of the company's products). With the phenomenal success that followed, she sold 80 percent of her shares in the company to New York investors in 2003 (eventually the company was sold to Clorox) to help fund significant land purchases. For years Maine sportsmen have been outraged with Quimby for forbidding hunters, loggers, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on the 120,000 acres of woodlands she now owns. Quimby has recently offered a compromise. She wants to donate 70,000 acres to help create a new national park (Maine Woods National Park) while "setting aside another 30,000 acres of woodlands ... to be managed like a state park, with hunting and snowmobiling allowed." [more inside]
posted by ericb at 2:00 PM PST - 47 comments

You can cover me

Cover Song Archive A collection of songs you know, by people you don't. (a Booooooom project)
posted by Felicity Rilke at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

I Need the Darkness Someone Please Cut the Lights

At 830 pm local time on March 26 the world celebrated Earth Hour 2011 by turning off the lights.
posted by Glibpaxman at 12:46 PM PST - 96 comments

Rameau for two harpsichords live

An entire live recital with Skip Sempé and Pierre Hantaï at the Paris Musée de la musique from 25 mars 2011, on two historical harpsichords in very good condition, with (modern) arrangements of orchestral and chamber music by Jean Philippe Rameau [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 12:28 PM PST - 15 comments

SLYT: Steve Martin: Hymn for Atheists

SLYT: Steve Martin: Hymn for Atheists via Open Culture
posted by artlung at 12:11 PM PST - 24 comments


The Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore. "Argentinians are a famously literary people. In coffee shops, parks, on the bus and even while walking down city streets, their heads are often buried in a book. So it’s only fitting that Buenos Aires can lay claim to one of the world’s most incredible book stores: The Ateneo Grand Splendid."
posted by Fizz at 12:00 PM PST - 29 comments

The fan-flattering hall-of-mirrors

Was the latest episode of Community making fun of its fans? (spoilers in this link and others) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:29 AM PST - 227 comments

The Lego Set of Civilization

Let's say just for a moment that you were ready to cash out. Quit your job. Sell your house. Take you and yours out of the rat race with a few hundred of your friends and family and relocate onto arable land. What tools would you need to sustain a livable—maybe even comfortable—lifestyle? Open Source Ecology suggests you start with ~2.6 million dollars and these | fifty | machines (← watch this first), collectively referred to as the Global Village Construction Set.
posted by carsonb at 11:28 AM PST - 48 comments

This is not a Gaga post

La Coacha explores modern pop music in Blonde Ambition.
posted by hippybear at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

R.I.P. Paul Baran

The father of packet switching - Mr. Baran’s invention was so far ahead of its time that in the mid-1960s, when he approached AT&T with the idea to build his proposed network, the company insisted it would not work and refused.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 10:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Pauline Baynes

Pauline Baynes: Queen of Narnia and Middle-Earth
posted by puny human at 10:16 AM PST - 18 comments

The Flowers are a Riot of Color ... and the Courtyard is a Riot of Peasants

In the summer of 1968, Jim Henson met Johnny Hart, the co-creator The Wizard of Id. The comic had been syndicated in US papers since 1964, and Henson and Hart discussed making a TV show based on the comic, featuring puppets by Henson and co. In early 1969, a short test pilot was shot and shopped around the TV networks. Over a year later, ABC supported the idea of a feature-length film, but by this time, Henson was busy with Sesame Street and other Muppet productions, so the program was scrapped. Earlier this month, the Henson Company posted the short test pilot on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:13 AM PST - 43 comments

On First Looking into Lovecraft's Homer

A Cyclops' cave the wanderers brave
And find much milk & cheese
But as they eat, foul death they meet
For them doth Cyclops seize.

From The Young Folks' Ulysses [PDF], by H. Lovecraft, poet, aged seven. One of the "freely available editions of obscure, outlandish and otherwise outré works of semi-fine literature" from the electric publishing wing of
posted by Iridic at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

So many jokes, so little space...

There's a map for that. If you're looking for a graphic (in a SFW way of speaking) of Penis size around the world...Read it and weep... or what's in the water in Bolivia.
posted by tomswift at 9:02 AM PST - 107 comments

This is the Internet. This is the Internet on drugs.

David Kraftsow is a visual artist and programmer, and maintains Don' to showcase his work. You may be familiar with Yooouuutuuube (Example, Previously) which has added a new feature called "flux", which increases the transformations that can be applied to a video. But Kraftsow is also the mind behind YouTube Datamosh (example), which will remove keyframes from a video to give it a glitched out aesthetic, an automated service to find videos that are better than Justin Bieber, a live feed of QVC processed with hallucinogenic video effects, and first person Tetris (previously). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

When you roll over in bed, the jagged edges poke you in the side.

We all know what happens when you take Garfield out of Garfield, but what happens when you take the punchline panel out of Peanuts? A never-ending morass of melancholy and despair.
posted by Freon at 7:59 AM PST - 79 comments


Newly released GIRP is to rock climbing what QWOP was to running. (previously. also previously.) The games' creator, Bennet Foddy, appears to be a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on biomedical ethics. His list of recent publications demonstrates an engagement with addiction studies. Proceed with caution. (via)
posted by nobody at 7:41 AM PST - 36 comments

Female workers make gains but still earn less than men. It's 2011, right?

OK News Sobering statistics in 2011 America:
  • One in three families with children relied solely on the mother's earnings in 2010, but women's earnings accounted for only about a third of married couples' income.
  • Women still earn less — about 77 cents for each male dollar.
  • [more inside]
    posted by zooropa at 6:58 AM PST - 73 comments


    Fecal transplants have been used with success to treat C.difficile infections, often acquired in hospital or nursing homes and notoriously difficult to treat. They have also shown some efficacy in treatment of ulcerative colitis (pdf). [more inside]
    posted by ursus_comiter at 6:34 AM PST - 97 comments

    AI War: The Big Boost

    AI War: The Big Boost has just been ...released? published? Up today on FS& (or "fsand") is the latest in The Continuing Time series by Daniel Keys Moran. The first book in this series, "Emerald Eyes," was published in 1988, and the last time new material in the series hit the stands it was in November of 1993, in the form of "The Last Dancer." So, it's been a while. [more inside]
    posted by thanotopsis at 5:50 AM PST - 15 comments

    Have a stroke of its mane, it turns into a plane

    Amazing Horse: The Musical. [more inside]
    posted by SomeTrickPony at 5:34 AM PST - 13 comments

    "Though I hadn't seen him in over twenty years, I knew I'd miss him forever"

    "Most actors will go their entire careers without doing a movie like Stand By Me, or working with a director like Rob Reiner. I got to do both when I was 12. For a long, long time, I felt like I needed to top or equal that, and it wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I accepted that it’s unlikely to happen -- movies like Stand By Me come along once in a generation."
    The cast of Stand By Me(link has autoplaying sound,) recently recorded some interviews to promote the re-release of the movie on Blu-Ray. Wil Wheaton has blogged about reuniting with the cast and missing River Phoenix. (Via)
    posted by zarq at 4:46 AM PST - 50 comments

    Tahrir Documents: The Revolution Will Be Translated

    Tahrir Documents is an ongoing effort to archive, translate, and make available printed matter from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath. We are not affiliated with the papers’ authors nor with any political organization, Egyptian or otherwise. [more inside]
    posted by jng at 12:20 AM PST - 6 comments

    March 27

    Picking up condiments, how does it work?

    Have you ever looked at a goopy mess of ketchup and mustard and though, "I wish I could somehow pick this up with perfect precision and transfer it to some other surface?" Well, now you can*! [more inside]
    posted by kmz at 11:18 PM PST - 74 comments

    A difficult business

    Just before intermission, Cowie took the stage and began juggling a ball with her feet until suddenly she popped it in the air, swished her right foot around the ball twice, kicked it up again, then rotated her left foot around once without letting the ball touch the floor. She bent her right foot back behind her body and caught the ball on the sole of her shoe. “I could feel the excitement building in the auditorium,” she recalled. “I could hear the oohs and the aahs. I could sense the shock.” ¶ For her finale, Cowie lay on her back and juggled the ball over her head with her feet. As they applauded, Green Hope students turned to their friends with the same question: Who is she?
    The New York Times Magazine profiles soccer freestyling star Indi Cowie. Photos of a few tricks. Video includes demonstrations.
    posted by grouse at 9:47 PM PST - 19 comments

    Burgers. Juicy, Juicy Burgers.

    Linda's dad is not an adventurous eater. Linda's dad likes hamburgers. All-American juicy hamburgers. Linda doesn't want to cook the same thing for her dad every night. So, Linda decides to introduce her dad to new foods through inventing a NEW hamburger recipe for every country in the world. 192 United Nations recognized countries. Using ingredients inspired by the cuisine of each country but relatively available in most U.S. grocery stores. Enter...the hearty Australian. The piquant Azerbaijan. The sweet and spicy Afghanistan. Each recipe invented for and tested out on Linda's dad. [more inside]
    posted by jeanmari at 9:14 PM PST - 146 comments

    Cole to Left: "Learn to walk & chew gum at the same time."

    "The United Nations-authorized intervention in Libya has pitched ethical issues of the highest importance, and has split progressives in unfortunate ways. I hope we can have a calm and civilized discussion of the rights and wrongs here." Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan writes An Open Letter to the Left on Libya.
    posted by dvorak_beats_qwerty at 8:01 PM PST - 243 comments

    Fuck This, I'm Selling The Annandale

    Sydney's live music scene faces another crisis with the announcement that the iconic Annandale Hotel will be sold. The pub is one of the centres of Sydney live music and has played host to everyone from small local bands to Joan Jett. The selling follows the closure of the Hopetoun Hotel in 2009 and the recent loss of Raval and the Excelsior Surry Hills. In Melbourne last year the closure of the Tote Hotel lead to the 20,000 strong Slam Rally and an overhaul of planning laws. Nothing similar is planned for Sydney yet. In the meantime, you can realize your Australian live music memories with the videos at Moschcam.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:50 PM PST - 37 comments

    Lois Lane, Girl Reporter

    Lois Lane, Girl Reporter - an awesome proposal for a series of YA books that didn't happen.
    posted by Artw at 6:34 PM PST - 45 comments

    Simulacra develops "pop-cultural instruments for data expression": Fizz takes your Facebook or Twitter connections and shows growth and changes to your social ecosystem. Cartagram places geo-located photos from Instagram on the surface of the planet. Newsmap (Flash required) draws Google News sources from different countries and visually treemaps them. The developer of Newsmap, Marcos Weskamp, also wrote the Etsy geolocator and Flipboard, a personalised social magazine for iPad. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

    "having the knowledge will help them, if at some point they have to use the moving ice."

    "A group of Inuit experts, community researchers, and university researchers, have worked together over the past several years to document specialized Inuit knowledge about sea ice." [more inside]
    posted by jessamyn at 3:04 PM PST - 27 comments

    Being bi, I personally don't see what the problem is, but you know, different strokes and all that, eh?

    How To Make Love To A Trans Person by Gabe Moses
    posted by Ardiril at 11:18 AM PST - 112 comments

    Roly-Poly Rabbits

    Biggest Rabbit was "Roly-Poly." The remains of a 26 pound prehistoric rabbit were found on an island believed to have been without predators, accounting for their size. "He was probably on an evolutionary vacation," said Brian Kraatz, an expert in rabbit evolution, like an "islander beach bum."
    posted by zizzle at 11:17 AM PST - 32 comments

    Anthony Jeselnik

    Dane Cook Impression by Anthony Jeselnik
    posted by puny human at 10:04 AM PST - 64 comments

    "We believe as much in the purity of races as we think they do."

    "Among the Hagiographers": The Wall Street Journal's review of a new biography questions our supposed deification of Mohandas Gandhi.
    posted by beisny at 9:42 AM PST - 93 comments

    Reaching for the stars

    The Women@NASA website was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology. Through a collection of videos and articles, the Women@NASA project shares the stories of 32 women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many ways.
    posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:30 AM PST - 31 comments

    Games and resources from museums for children

    Show Me is a site collecting games and resources for children from UK museums. [more inside]
    posted by paduasoy at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

    The first thing I see in a man is the woman by his side

    Natalie Barney was a muse for her age. A chance encounter with Oscar Wilde when only six years old ( she would later have an affair with his niece Dolly) helped change her outlook on life.
    She moved to Paris and in 1909 started her famed salon at Rue 20 Jacob, with its Temple de l'Amitié (Fr.) sometimes called the Sapphic centre of the Western World and which ran for 60 years.
    This was where Ezra Pound met Olga Rudge. Although polyamorous Natalie had a 50 year relationship with Romaine Brooks.
    In 1927 she started an Académie des Femmes (Women's Academy) to honor women writers. The cast of females involved in Natalie Barney’s Fridays is vast and includes: Sylvia Beach, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Colette, Nancy Cunard, Janet Flanner, Radclyff Hall, Hadine Hwang, Zita Jungman, Marie Laurencin, Toupie Lowther, Liane de Pougy, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Renee Vivien, and Virginia Wolff.
    Here are a couple of brief interviews with her biographer; and some photos.
    In 2009 Dayton got around to honoring her but by July 2010 the marker had been vandalized.
    posted by adamvasco at 8:05 AM PST - 13 comments


    6 ways to turn Cthulhu into an emoticon. How to pronounce "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" via The Lovecraftsman A contemporary blog about HP Lovecraft, Cthulhu, the Necronomicon, Miskatonic University, Arkham, R'lyeh, The Book of Eibon, Yog-Sothoth, De Vermis Mysteriis, & other unspeakable things...
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:30 AM PST - 105 comments

    Mo Ibrahim: Entrepreneur, Visionary, Philanthropist

    Mo Ibrahim (wikipedia) is a Sudanese-born billionaire with opinions and goals for modern Africa. A recent New Yorker article profiled him. Earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and subsequent employment in telecom led him to found Celtel, the wildly successful(LGT PPT file) corporation that brought the mobile telephone revolution to Africa, despite a corporation-wide refusal to participate in the rampant corruption and bribery seemingly required at the time (~9:30 in this interview). He eventually sold Celtel to MTC Kuwait, which allowed him to focus on other pursuits, namely further development and investment within Africa. [more inside]
    posted by knile at 6:24 AM PST - 15 comments

    yes, RLY!!! (a 28LYT)

    "The Life of Reilly" the film of Charles Nelson Reilly's autobiographical one-man show (no Match Game stories) is on Youtube in its entirety, in 28 bite-sized (approx. 3 min. each) pieces.
    Opening, "I Thought You Were Dead", The Bronx, mom and dad, Puppets and Stickball, "Save It For The Stage", "You can't be in the play!", An actor was born, Dad and Disney, The State of Regret, aunt and uncle, an Ingmar Bergman adolescence, What Mrs. Treski told him, "I hope it burns to the ground!", from usher to actor, "Do you remember...", Uta Hagen's Class (and his classmates), the Hal Holbrook story, "they don't let queers on television", Off Broadway, Kate Treski and Molly Picon, a family Christmas tradition, dad and mom and Miss Marion, 56 times on TV this week, Shakespeare with Johnny, Burt Reynolds' father, "thank my mother", on teaching Acting, Epilogue: A Pelican. You will laugh, you will cry, you will [BLANK], you will see he really was as awesome as Weird Al says. (via)
    posted by oneswellfoop at 5:06 AM PST - 36 comments


    Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood is a largely forgotten documentary about Hunter S. Thompson (previously).
    posted by twoleftfeet at 3:07 AM PST - 27 comments

    March 26

    Never second best.

    Nick Pitera. One Man Disney Movie. That is all.
    posted by lazaruslong at 10:53 PM PST - 33 comments

    The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale

    The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale looks at the cause of polarizing debates such as: global warming, gun ownership, school shootings, terrorism, nanotechnology, public health, nuclear power, foreign wars and just about every heated thread in Internet history. In short, the polarizing issue is "risk"- the perception of risk, and the proposed solutions to risk. It turns out people see risk in polarizing ways according to where they stand on a scale of cultural beliefs. [more inside]
    posted by stbalbach at 9:03 PM PST - 46 comments

    A fair day's wage for a fair day's work

    "People who work for free are far hungrier than anybody who has a salary, so they're going to outperform, they're going to try to please, they're going to be creative," says Kelly Fallis, chief executive of Remote Stylist, a Toronto and New York-based startup that provides Web-based interior design services. "From a cost savings perspective, to get something off the ground, it's huge. Especially if you're a small business." In the last three years, Fallis has used about 50 unpaid interns for duties in marketing, editorial, advertising, sales, account management and public relations. She's convinced it's the wave of the future in human resources. "Ten years from now, this is going to be the norm," she says.
    posted by Slap*Happy at 8:27 PM PST - 227 comments

    Hacking the Free Market

    Engineer-turn-blogger Scott Whitlock offers some insight into the limitation of free markets. [more inside]
    posted by lohmannn at 5:28 PM PST - 33 comments

    The Power Of Killer Tofu

    Back when Super Meat Boy first came out, PETA made a parody game called Super Tofu Boy, which sort of sucked hard. Really hard. But the developers were amused, and so they put a secret into the game, letting you play as Tofu Boy himself! Unfortunately, the anemic little man could only jump half as high as the titular character and was unable to run, making it seem absolutely impossible to use him in any capacity. He can't even complete the very first level of the game.

    And so, he was shelved as a joke character, and everyone forgot about him.

    Or not.

    {OTD}q has just released a video showing almost every possible level possible to beat with Tofu Boy and set it to a killer soundtrack, pairing the popular fansong/remix "The Power of Meat" with a lovely mix of everyone's favorite band.
    posted by flatluigi at 5:13 PM PST - 73 comments

    Jack and Patrick draw and paint

    Two people involved in marathon, inspirational artistic efforts: Six-year-old Jack Henderson is offering to draw anything in exchange for a donation to the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh, which treats his little brother Noah for bronchiolitis. Meanwhile, artist Patrick Joyce, aka The Incurable Optimist, is trying to paint 100 portraits before motor neurone disease (also known as ALS) robs him of his abilities, and, ultimately, his life. Their works include, respectively, A rubber duck riding a bike shooting lasers, and Professor Stephen Hawking. [more inside]
    posted by penguin pie at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

    Selections from the Philosophes

    "Maxims and axioms are, just like summaries, the work that spirited people do, it seems, for the use of mediocre or lazy spirits." Presenting maxims, axioms and more from the Philosophes: Vauvenargues! Chamfort! Fontenelle! La Bruyère! Galiani! La Rochefoucauld! Saint-Évremond! [more inside]
    posted by Iridic at 3:48 PM PST - 9 comments

    Aloha, mahalo

    The history of Hawaii, as told in plate lunches, by Sarah Vowell.
    posted by Artw at 3:31 PM PST - 33 comments

    Bioware politely kicks ass, takes names.

    Bioware has been well appreciated for their integration of LGB inclusive play options into Dragon Age, but recently, Dave Gaider has warmed hearts and hopes with his response to a player disgruntled by this. [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb at 2:43 PM PST - 200 comments

    Diana Wynne Jones Has Died

    Dianna Wynne Jones, author of many many excellent books, especially her YA Fantasy has passed away at 77. [more inside]
    posted by GenjiandProust at 2:35 PM PST - 83 comments

    Geraldine Ferraro, 1935-2011

    Geraldine Ferraro — who was a prosecutor in Queens, then a House Representative, then a United Nations Ambassador, yet will go down in history for her unsuccessful run as the first woman on an American presidential ticket — died today at 75. [more inside]
    posted by John Cohen at 1:56 PM PST - 61 comments

    Bike Awareness!

    A few of the best bicycle awareness PSA videos you'll ever see.
    posted by Windigo at 11:41 AM PST - 38 comments

    Can You See Me Now?

    "The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones."
    posted by Scoop at 11:24 AM PST - 45 comments

    Let the chips fall where they may.

    "I've been eating two family-size bags [chips/crisps] a day for two years, and little else for the past decade." Via: The Guardian .
    posted by Fizz at 10:46 AM PST - 133 comments

    J programming language

    The J programming language is kind of like a super calculator (it’s been described as executable mathematical notation). It was developed by Ken Iverson and Roger Hui and is a successor to APL (and there’s no need to buy a new keyboard). The language is free and open source, and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. A series of books and articles on using J are also available to download. To whet your appetite, here’s an article on using J to find the eighth ten-digit prime number that appears among the digits of pi.
    posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 10:10 AM PST - 79 comments


    Many people have described the popular freeform game Minecraft as "kind of like Lego", so a few enterprising stop-motion animators have decided to jump on that idea.
    posted by The Whelk at 9:21 AM PST - 27 comments

    SLRP (R=reddit). PDF Paradise!

    "Have any of you ever found a great PDF online?" [more inside]
    posted by grumblebee at 9:01 AM PST - 52 comments

    Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds nab the wrong guy?

    Anthrax Redux. Wired's gripping account of the FBI's investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks.
    posted by dudekiller at 8:10 AM PST - 17 comments

    Caution: Middle East under construction

    Aluf Benn from Ha'aretz asks if the middle east is breaking apart. [more inside]
    posted by beisny at 3:24 AM PST - 31 comments

    ooooo shiny

    Ever made an indie action film and needed something for that epic glass-break scene? How about the blackest black you can find? Want to adjust your boots so that they are mud repellant? Inventables has everything you need - for the budding inventor, busy set designer, or Q in training.
    posted by divabat at 2:00 AM PST - 43 comments

    March 25

    What's that, up in the sky?

    An Ornithopter Drone That Actually Looks Like a Bird
    posted by cthuljew at 10:18 PM PST - 59 comments

    "I hate rude behavior in a man. I won't tolerate it."

    Draft Tommy Lee Jones for Senate. Texas’ conservative voters aren’t about to send just any Democrat to the Senate in 2012. Hell, it’s been seventeen years since a Democrat has won any statewide race here. That’s quite a record and one we’d like to see broken. To do that, whoever the Democratic nominee is in 2012 better bring something awfully special to the race. Tommy Lee Jones is the only Democrat (or potential Democrat) who does. His name ID, near-universal popularity, fundraising ability, residence in and love for this state, his success as a cattle rancher, Spanish fluency, his image as a western tough guy and his impressive academic credentials would instantly make him the frontrunner, regardless of who the Republicans nominate.
    posted by valkane at 7:55 PM PST - 94 comments

    Kids, I'm gonna tell you an incredible story: The story of how I met your mother.

    Win $10,000
    posted by cjorgensen at 7:22 PM PST - 83 comments


    Chernokids: with English subtitles, by; SLVimeo, 6.57
    posted by bwg at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments

    Venezuelean hunger strike ends

    A half-month hunger strike by Venezuelan students has ended. More than 150 students participated in the protests, some sewing their own mouths shut. [more inside]
    posted by clarknova at 5:30 PM PST - 18 comments

    Photo Montages of Tsunehisa Kimura

    Tsunehisa Kimura (1928-2008) was a Japanese artist best known for his photomontage art. There doesn't seem to be much about him in online in English, beyond reiterations of the same three images that BLDG BLOG copied from the 1979 book Visual Scandals, and a few short pages that are related to an interview on Australian radio back in 2002. Yet his imagery has caught the eye of various musical groups over the years, including Midnight Oil, Paul Schütze, and most recently, Cut/Copy join the fanclub, with their cover for Zonoscope. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 5:02 PM PST - 4 comments

    A history of the world in 100 seconds

    "Many Wikipedia articles are tagged with geographic coordinates. Many have references to historic events. Cross referencing these two subsets and plotting them year on year adds up to a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history." Via curiosity counts.
    posted by brundlefly at 4:55 PM PST - 38 comments

    The Loudness War is over

    The music industry Loudness War is over. Research into actual sales rankings, Radio Impact, Listener ratings and Hearing loss, all show better results for music with a higher dynamic range.
    posted by Lanark at 4:12 PM PST - 60 comments

    miss u bb

    Goodnight, Hipster Runoff. <3 u Carles. [more inside]
    posted by naju at 3:51 PM PST - 42 comments

    Psst. Hey buddy? Can we borrow $75,000,000,000,000?

    Earlier this month, thirteen record labels tried to claim that Limewire was liable for between $400 Billion and $75 Trillion in damages. (For some perspective, the world's GDP in 2011 is expected to be a mere ~$65 billion.) Judge Kimba Wood called the assertion 'absurd' in a 14 page opinion. (pdf) [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 3:30 PM PST - 105 comments

    A Moveable Feast

    "I called Sam and asked him if he wanted to come to dinner but he said he had softball practice and I said that was a damned shame and hung up. When I got to Sun City Bea and Rob were at were at the bar, behind tattooed women and men with guitars. They were sitting in the shade and their beers were half empty. We drank beer and ate pho but Rob was restless and did not talk very much..." Ernest Hemingway, Yelper. Fill free to riff up and add your best Imitation Hemingway below. Here is a guide and a sample
    posted by growabrain at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

    City of Sculptures

    A while ago, the west Swedish city of Borås proclaimed itself city of sculptures. And indeed you find all sorts of petrified things around the city: some neighbor on the main square; a sad rabbit in the snow; an exclamation point; some freezing kids; and a lazy student. Some of them have stories attached. [more inside]
    posted by Namlit at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

    The Wozard of Iz

    The Wozard of Iz "is a psycho-electronic re-working of "The Wizard of Oz" that sounds like the soundtrack to the greatest LSD/freak-out/moog/synth/electronic musical that never was. This oddity is a hysterical and typical leftist/hippie commentary on the socioeconomic human condition of the average American in 1968, and uses the analogy of Dorothy taking a "trip" from Kansas for a brighter and better world where one can really be "free." With music by electronic music/moog pioneer Mort Garson: Prologue - Leave the Driving to Us :: Upset Trip - Never Follow Yellow-Green Road :: Thing a Ling - In Man - Man with the Word :: They're Off to Find the Wozard - Blue Poppy :: I've Been Over the Rainbow :: High on Big Sur :: You can listen/download Mort's other moog masterpieces, including Black Mass/Lucifer, Music for Sensuous Lovers, and Plantasia here.
    posted by puny human at 1:24 PM PST - 19 comments


    In 2009, there were 423,773 children in foster care in the U.S., one of those children is "Jacket," who at age 20 months in December 2009 was placed into foster care with her foster mother Rebecca. Rebecca, single and in her early 30s, had already fostered a few young children and started blogging about it. [more inside]
    posted by k8t at 1:17 PM PST - 42 comments

    Thanks for the memories

    With the loss of Elizabeth Taylor perhaps it is time to check in on those performers from the golden age of film who are still with us. [more inside]
    posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:04 PM PST - 35 comments

    A brief history of time zones

    The BBC looks at time zones - how they are worked out, why they cause so many arguments, and how they affect us all. (via)
    posted by nam3d at 11:54 AM PST - 35 comments

    It's On Like Harper Kong

    The Government of Canada has fallen after a 156-145 contempt motion passed in Parliament. The contempt motion came after a Parliamentary committee found (PDF link) that the government failed to provide adequate information on the costs of crime legislation. Stephen Harper will go to the Governor-General on Saturday to request an election.
    posted by mightygodking at 11:35 AM PST - 158 comments

    Bringing Good Tax Schemes To Life

    G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether. 'General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.' [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 11:33 AM PST - 117 comments


    A 1961 fashion shoot from Disneyland which was featured in Midwest Magazine, a supplemental newspaper insert in the Chicago Sun-Times.
    posted by gman at 11:14 AM PST - 30 comments

    It's life, Jim, but not as we know it

    Could the three established domains of life - eukaryotes, bacteria and archaea - be joined by a fourth?
    posted by Artw at 11:09 AM PST - 52 comments

    Laptop thief humiliated by computer's original owner... film at Vimeo

    Never steal a laptop from someone who is tech-savvy. You may end up publicly humiliated.
    posted by MegoSteve at 11:07 AM PST - 46 comments

    U.S. 'Addicted' to Drug Courts?

    Within the realm of criminal justice policy, drug courts have received growing attention and widespread adoption in the United States as a solution to cycles of addiction and incarceration. Their effectiveness has again been questioned, however, in recent reports released by the Justice Policy Institute and the Drug Policy Alliance: Addicted to Courts: How a Growing Dependent on Drug Courts Impacts People and Communities and Drug Courts Are Not the Answer. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals issued a lengthy initial response, pointing to past research touting the success of the drug court model. [more inside]
    posted by lunit at 10:55 AM PST - 20 comments

    Duran + Lynch

    Earlier this week, nearly 30 years since the release of their first album, Duran Duran played a concert which was streamed live online, directed by David Lynch. [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 9:47 AM PST - 42 comments

    Friday Adventure Game Goodness

    Remember when you got out of college and had no idea what to do with your life? Did you ever consider becoming a paranormal investigator? Well Ben Jordan did. His adventures have taken him to Florida, California, Scotland, England, Japan, Greece, and Italy, where he has encountered various paranormal phenomenon. Fortunately, Ben was created using AGS so you can tag along on his adventures in preparation for the final epsiode.
    posted by dortmunder at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

    Infinite diversity in infinite combinations

    Since they were first discovered just a few years ago Mandelbulbs (a remapping of the 2D Mandelbrot set into 3D space) have grown in diversity, becoming more exotic, ornate, and animated. They’ve even inspired their own fanbase and usergroups. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 8:20 AM PST - 33 comments

    Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Anniversary

    100 years ago today, fire swept through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killing 146 garment workers trapped inside. The tragedy spurred New York State to enact progressive labor reforms and was the motivation for the creation of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Although subsequent labor laws and regulations protect factory workers in the United States, the problem has moved overseas.
    posted by pashdown at 8:09 AM PST - 58 comments

    Every day carry

    In preparedness circles, EDC means Everyday Carry, being items one keep on or near one's person at all times, to help with both planned and unforeseen events during the day. A lot of opinions about what should be in an EDC kit exist, but the minimum usually recommended seems to be a cell phone, light source and small folding knife. The EDC blog shows pictures and lists of submitters' EDC kit. [more inside]
    posted by Harald74 at 8:05 AM PST - 214 comments

    Is the Tomahawk worth well over $1 million a shot?

    Cruise Missiles: The Million-Dollar Weapon (SLHP) In the opening days of the assault on Libya, the United States and the United Kingdom launched a barrage of at least 161 Tomahawk cruise missiles to flatten Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and pave the way for coalition aircraft. In fiscal terms, at a time when Congress is fighting over every dollar, the cruise missile show of military might was an expenditure of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. Each missile cost $1.41 million, close to three times the cost listed on the Navy's website.
    posted by Dragonness at 8:01 AM PST - 105 comments

    FOIA request for WI Professor emails

    A week ago, University of Wisconsin History Professor Bill Cronon wrote a blog post about the organization he claimed was driving much of the legislation in Wisconsin: ALEC. Shortly after that, he wrote an op ed for the New York Times about the legislation. Now, the Wisconsin GOP have sent a FOIA request to the University requesting all emails that Cronon may have sent containing the terms "Republican, Scott Walker, recall, collective bargaining, AFSCME, WEAC, rally, union ..." and others. Cronon responds, calling it an "Attack [on] academic freedom". (via TPM)
    posted by demiurge at 7:34 AM PST - 119 comments

    Draftsight, free 2D CAD software

    Interested in CAD but find AutoCAD too expensive? Try Draftsight, a free CAD package from the makers of Solidworks. [more inside]
    posted by backseatpilot at 7:29 AM PST - 36 comments

    funny newspaper goofs and weirdness

    Criggo is a blog that posts amusing newspaper bloopers and oddities - bad headlines, poorly chosen pictures, strange advertisements, etc. The blog only has the past month's worth of posts, but it's archived in its entirety here. [more inside]
    posted by flex at 6:53 AM PST - 15 comments

    Ceiling Cat Is Watching This Cartoon

    Either the Best or Worst AIDS Awareness Video you'll ever see features "Smutley", a silent-era-style animated cat having sex with everything in sight, to a soundtrack of Joan Fucking Jett's "Bad Reputation". Kinda obviously NSFW although lacking any cartoon genitalia. And where's the message? Wait for the end. From the French non-profit organization AIDES, which has been even more NSFW in the past, like a year ago with an animation which was, well, all genitals. Coming next: a site about "a better way to talk condoms" at Oh, those French! (via Adrants)
    posted by oneswellfoop at 5:36 AM PST - 39 comments

    "Passion for place – there is no greater urge in feline nature."

    Cat-Library™[SLYT] .
    posted by Fizz at 5:14 AM PST - 28 comments

    March 24

    Chess mates' cheating checked

    Three grand masters have been caught cheating at a chess Olympiad. The team members communicated using instructions disguised as phone numbers and and an ingenious system relating positions within the room to positions on the board. Details of the system and the way it was revealed can be found here, and the French Chess Federation's report (in French) here.
    posted by Joe in Australia at 11:01 PM PST - 72 comments

    Crowdfunded visual journalism is a site where photojournalists can pitch ideas to be funded by many small donations, i.e. crowdfund them. So far nine projects have been pitched, covering a range of subjects, from the Uyghur in western China to life in Greenwood, Mississippi. Each project has a short introductory video and all are interesting in their own right. So are the descriptions and photographs that accompany the projects. The blog is worth checking out as well, especially the interviews with journalists, such as the four women who want to document a mass rape that happened last year in the Congo and a project about communism in Laos. The FAQ explains and how crowdfunding works in greater detail.
    posted by Kattullus at 10:40 PM PST - 3 comments

    Comodo Registration Authority compromised

    The circumstantial evidence suggests that the attack originated in Iran. Every time you see a little lock icon in your browser and are using HTTPS connections, odds are you're using a site whose certificate was signed by an Certificate Authority like VeriSign, Comodo, or Thawte. This week, SSL certificate provider Comodo announced that one of its accounts had been compromised. The attacker used the account to generate 9 bogus certificates to use for 7 well-known domains. While the breach was discovered and the certificates were revoked, it does raise questions about the chain of trust for all SSL certificates. [more inside]
    posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:05 PM PST - 49 comments

    Message With a Bottle

    Message With a Bottle is a pretty darned charming tumblr by a stay-at-home dad who writes post-it notes to himself about parenting and fatherhood.
    posted by Shohn at 7:06 PM PST - 31 comments

    Were they Above The Law or Out For Justice?

    Controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio and movie/TV star Steven Seagal raided a suspected cockfighter's house with a tank and several other armored vehicles. No comment yet from Outlaw Vern, who literally wrote the book of Steven Seagal. He has been covering Seagal's show Lawman on his site. Previous post on Joe Arpaio.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:12 PM PST - 138 comments

    Fine British political snark

    10 O'Clock Live is a show currently airing on Channel 4 in the UK. It could be considered a British take on the Daily Show, but longer, weekly, with more discussion, and performed live. MeFi favorite Charlie Brooker is one of their presenters, along with David Mitchel, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr. While focused on British issues, the show sometimes covers international topics, and is wildly funny. Here are some highlights:
    Charlie Brooker: On Gaddafi - On Berlusconi - On the 'Big Society' - On Sarah Palin - On the iPad 2 - On the English Defense League & the Daily Star - On Ed Miliband (Leader of the Labour Party, beating out his brother David) - On Prince Andrew
    David Mitchell: On political hyperbole - On language in the media - On encouraging rich people to immigrate - On what to do with the Olympic Stadium
    Jimmy Carr: As Berlusconi - On Product Placement
    Lauren Laverne: Guide for new democracies - Inside the brain of Ed Miliband - British PR companies helping tyrants
    Everyone on David Cameron on The One Show (this one's awesome)
    [more inside]
    posted by JHarris at 6:07 PM PST - 84 comments

    World control panel

    World control panel Continuing a trend of modern parents that put the boring, lifeless drones that raised you and ruined your life to shame, is Steve Lodefink, a UI designer for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Seattle. His latest project, The World Control Panel, was designed at the request of his son, Harlan. Harlan wanted a light panel to use for secret missions when he and his friend play "agents." The resulting UI design, which took three weeks to build, displays a variety of light combinations and includes a voice recorder and the Larson Scanner (used in Knightrider and Battlestar Galactica).
    posted by hincandenza at 5:41 PM PST - 32 comments

    Draw me a tank!

    For many years, the inhabitants of the Corsican village of Vezzani have been entertaining visitors with a curious legend: the actual father of a certain embattled dictator is rumoured to be a local boy. Like Saint-Exupery, Albert Preziosi once fell from the sky. According to local lore, he wandered in the desert until he met, not a Little Prince, but a princess. Like father, like son? No one has tried yet to get a DNA sample from the Colonel, but who knows what the future holds?
    posted by elgilito at 5:32 PM PST - 9 comments

    Party in Rob's Room!

    "Hi Rob. You know how we said we were going to have a 6 month party in your room?" Rob's roommates had a good time while he was away.
    posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:25 PM PST - 51 comments


    Betty Anne Waters's brother Kenny was sent to prison for first degree murder and armed robbery in 1982. Over the next 16 years, Betty Anne got her GED, college degree, and law degree, all in an effort to prove Kenny was innocent. With the assistance of the Innocence Project, Betty Anne was able to use DNA evidence to show Kenny was innocent. [more inside]
    posted by reenum at 5:06 PM PST - 27 comments

    Plan 241

    Five Alaskans have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill judges and State Troopers. At the time of their arrests, they had obtained illegal guns, grenades, and silencers. Schaefer Cox, the leader of the group, identifies himself with the Sovereign Citizen Movement and is a member of the Alaska Citizens Militia. The militia—one of hundreds of active “Patriot” Groups in the United States—maintains a website with pictures of bears, videos, and a list of Acts of War, which include “mandatory medical anything” and “involuntary involvement in anything.” [more inside]
    posted by charmcityblues at 4:03 PM PST - 88 comments

    Lying prosecutors in Indiana

    The protests in Wisconsin have drawn criticism from some quarters, leading to the firing of a deputy AG in Indiana. Previously. After a lawsuit forced the WI DoA to have emails to Governor Walker released, certain others have claimed to have "had their email hacked". Not so much.
    posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:49 PM PST - 47 comments

    Sinning Wizards

    Mormon Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson of the "Mistborn" and "Wheel of Time" fame got some flak for his stance against gay wizards- (and marriage). After a reddit user posted his essay, Sanderson joined the discussion to defend the position of his church and to explain exactly how sinful engaging in homosexual acts is.
    posted by ts;dr at 2:55 PM PST - 216 comments

    This frog knows no fear.

    Don't touch the frog. Mark Moffett, previously discussed here, tells the humorous story of how he went to a remote Columbian valley and photographed a very deadly frog.
    posted by apathy0o0 at 2:40 PM PST - 12 comments

    Super Size Mii

    The 3DS, Nintendo's new handheld console, is coming out next week in the US, and is already out in Japan. The console's big feature is its "glasses-less 3D" screen, which achieves its effect via a parallax barrier. One of the console's lesser-touted features, however, is that there are two cameras on the back of the device, which can be used for taking 3D pictures, and also for playing augmented reality games, using an included card for tracking. The augmented reality features also include the ability to render a tiny version of your mii on a tabletop. If you're somewhat ambitious, you could even make your own, larger version of the tracking card to render your mii "life-sized". And if you're REALLY ambitious...
    posted by luvcraft at 2:21 PM PST - 37 comments

    "We dream that one day Walt Bogdanich will have to say: 'I can’t believe the Sarasota Whatever-Tribune cost me my 20th Pulitzer.'"

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune Reporter Matt Doig is looking for investigative journalists....
    posted by zarq at 2:15 PM PST - 14 comments

    Koch Industries looking north.

    There's been a lot of talk about Koch lately, mostly in regard to Wisconsin and Michigan. Now the billionaire Tea Party financiers have turned their eyes to Canada, and are set to lobby the Alberta government. Previously.
    posted by Stagger Lee at 1:06 PM PST - 85 comments

    First-Hand Gaming History, from Mike Dailly

    Game programmer and designer Mike Dailly has been making games since he was 14, back in 1984. It was then that he met David Jones, Russell Kay and Steve Hammond at the Kingsway Amateur Computer Club, a group that gathered at Kingsway Technical College in Dundee, Scotland. These four chaps would go on to form DMA Design, home to Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, amongst other games. Dailly has been sharing stories and materials from the archives of DMA, including The Complete History of DMA Design, The Complete History of Lemmings (previously), GTA prototypes, graphics and early game design docs (when it was called "Race 'n' Chase"), and more.... [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

    On acting and animation in the movie Rango

    On ILM's first animated feature, Rango: Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Alexander gives details about creating the scenes, while Johnny Depp discusses the acting techniques used.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:31 PM PST - 37 comments

    "From Vinyl, To Tape, To You"

    Pates Tapes is an online music project from Charles Pates comprised of hundreds of hours of mixtapes culled from vinyl and cassette. Just click and play.
    posted by dhammond at 12:04 PM PST - 20 comments

    Friday Flash Fun Fezalike: Sky Island

    Get yer dose of Friday Flash Fun with this Fezalike: Sky Island is an adorable 8-bit platformer that involves perspective-shifting and tropical tunes.
    posted by tybeet at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

    Real life imitates art?

    Pontypool is Canadian director's Bruce McDonald zombie (?) flick about language virus. In real life, Toronto's Global News Mark McAllister suffers a bizarre on-air episode on Wednesday, reminiscent of the CBS Serene Branson.
    posted by SylviaAspevig at 11:30 AM PST - 35 comments


    Virginia Woolf and Arturo Gatti have never met. If they had met, likelihood would have made their meeting brief and prosaic. This Triple Canopy piece unites their motivation, if only briefly, and makes for one hell of an interesting article. [more inside]
    posted by Arquimedez Pozo at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

    Everyone Once in Berlin

    Since the fur-coated Boot Girls’ particular services were suggested by the iridescent colors of their calf-length, patent-leather boots and shoelaces, suitors had to be intimately familiar with their semaphore-like advertising before accompanying them to nearby apartments. Naturally, only devoted aficionados could decipher such specific messages with confidence. Other potential clients had to buy special primers, where Berlin’s complex street semiotics were thoughtfully decoded for the uninitiated. - Sex tourism in Berlin during the Jazz Age, along with some illustrations from the period. (Racy rather than obscene, but somewhat NSFW)
    posted by Slap*Happy at 11:15 AM PST - 16 comments

    Raw Music International

    Raw Music International is a prospective television series about music from around the world that would usually escape the attention of folk not living in the middle of it. The first episode has already been shot in Kenya, and the folk behind it are currently trying to get it funded. But until it gets broadcast, we can read their accounts of going out and recording the hip-hop, reggae and more trad-ish music of Kisumu. If you're interested in THE MUSIC AND NOTHING BUT THE MUSIC, head over to their Soundcloud page.
    posted by Dim Siawns at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

    Monopoly is as monopoly does

    Why Is Microsoft Seeking New State Laws That Allow it to Sue Competitors For Piracy by Overseas Suppliers?
    posted by T.D. Strange at 10:23 AM PST - 41 comments

    An Apology of Sorts...

    Popular punk band Screeching Weasel has dis-banded after front man Ben Weasel punched two women at SXSW last week. Weasel offered an apology (kind of). Last night, the other four members of the band resigned. [more inside]
    posted by shesdeadimalive at 10:14 AM PST - 204 comments

    X day

    OS X is X today! Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple.
    posted by Artw at 9:38 AM PST - 116 comments

    Who Would Dare?

    Roberto Bolaño recalls his days of stealing books in Mexico.
    posted by shakespeherian at 9:35 AM PST - 14 comments

    Shoot it in the head! Shoot it in the head!

    The Zombie Autopsies with Steven Schlozman, MD (SLVimeo)
    posted by cthuljew at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

    I eagerly await the return of Craigslist Adult Services.

    Village Voice debunks influential study of online trafficking. Feministing has more.
    posted by prefpara at 9:28 AM PST - 37 comments

    What's the opposite of outrage filter?

    In what appears to be the first such action of its type, an Immigration Judge in Manhattan has adjourned deportation proceedings for the Argentine lesbian spouse of an American citizen to allow the couple to proceed with their application to have their marriage recognized for purposes of federal immigration law. [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 9:22 AM PST - 23 comments

    Open for Business

    The U.K. Government presented its 2011 Budget , intended to be a “budget for growth” aimed at reinforcing the message that Britain is “open for business”. [more inside]
    posted by three blind mice at 8:47 AM PST - 27 comments

    Is China Next?

    Francis Fukuyama on China's political (r)evolution: Will the protests that have swept the Middle East inspire a similar movement in China, or is that country's middle class more interested in the material than the political? [more inside]
    posted by kliuless at 7:42 AM PST - 62 comments

    Tennis Girl: a face behind the behind.

    Fiona Walker has stepped into the spotlight to claim ownership of the world's most famous bum- certainly the most famous in tennis [more inside]
    posted by rongorongo at 5:21 AM PST - 70 comments

    Akira adaptation courts white actors

    Beloved anime classic Akira (previously) is in the process of getting a live-action adaption courtesy of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. In fact, they're currently trying to assemble a cast. Oddly enough, despite keeping the leading characters' names Kaneda and Tetsuo, all the actors approached are white. This hasn't gone unnoticed, and is preparing a campaign to protest. Just last year M. Night Shyamalan's adaption of The Last Airbender (previously) drew massive criticism for having an all-white cast in an Asian setting. [more inside]
    posted by Harald74 at 5:21 AM PST - 226 comments

    HTML Phive

    Think Quarterly a new online magazine by Google UK. [more inside]
    posted by blue_beetle at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

    Go Ahead, Be Vulnerable. This Is Coke Talk.

    This is an advice column by an L.A. party girl who likes to talk shit on the internet. E.g. She’ll take your questions about the point of Serious Relationships. And give you advice about your sexual identity. Or tell you about a little something called Prince Charming Disease. There’s some advice about managing your existential crisis too. Even replies to fifteen year old girls on tumblr about their teenage flirting. There is also tons of fun sized advice. In her own summary: “What I [write] may be unfiltered, but it’s still cooked up from the same basic ingredients as the rest of pop culture.” It’s “Shady advice from a raging bitch who has no business answering any of these questions.” It’s Dear Coke Talk. [more inside]
    posted by fantodstic at 12:45 AM PST - 84 comments

    March 23

    Get your Ph.D. in EDMCs

    Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Music Dance Culture is the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal for promulgating interdisciplinary research concerning all aspects of electronic dance music culture. [more inside]
    posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:11 PM PST - 16 comments

    Not just SOME things. Nuh-uh. EVERYthing.

    Everything I do gonh be funky from now on. [more inside]
    posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:49 PM PST - 23 comments

    Vitamin Records: String Quartet Covers

    Looking for something familiar with a twist? Best told from their About Us Page: Vitamin Records was formed in Los Angeles in 1999 to provide music lovers with high quality string quartet, lounge and electronic tributes to major pop and rock artists. Vitamin's mission is to offer fans exciting versions of their favorite songs performed in new musical contexts. [more inside]
    posted by filmgeek at 8:44 PM PST - 22 comments

    That whole vomit thing was an isolated incident

    Former Philadelphia mayor and PA Governor Ed Rendell responds to GQ's Worst Sports Fans in America.
    posted by rodmandirect at 7:58 PM PST - 56 comments

    Indicating by this succinct phrasing his understanding as to the work that would be required in order to make sense of the sketches and the heinous nature of the crime.

    There are few works of greater scope or structural genius than the series of fiction pieces by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, collectively known as The Wire; yet for the most part, this Victorian masterpiece has been forgotten and ignored by scholars and popular culture alike. [more inside]
    posted by kipmanley at 7:35 PM PST - 38 comments

    twenty years of schoolin’ and

    In over 35 years of friendship and conversation, Walter Michaels and I have disagreed on only two things, and one of them was faculty and graduate student unionization. He has always been for and I had always been against. I say “had” because I recently flipped and what flipped me, pure and simple, was Wisconsin. When I think about the reasons (too honorific a word) for my previous posture I become embarrassed. ... The big reason was the feeling — hardly thought through sufficiently to be called a conviction — that someone with an advanced degree and scholarly publications should not be in the same category as factory workers with lunch boxes and hard hats. Wisconsin has taught Stanley Fish that academics are workers too. Marc Bousquet (author of How the University Works) responds at the Chronicle of Higher Education with five lessons for academics from Wisconsin.
    posted by gerryblog at 6:46 PM PST - 48 comments

    Punk rock and comic books! My two favorite things!

    Mitch Clem, author of the late, lamented punk comic Nothing Nice To Say, is back with Turnstile Comics. The first issue is a collaboration with Jesse "Swan" Thorson from Minneapolis punks The Slow Death and includes a 4 song EP from them. It's printed in a 7 by 7-inch square to help fit with your record collection.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:00 PM PST - 9 comments

    Oh God, not another meme post...!

    Full-on metaphysics. In meme form I know I probably shouldn't. It's too trite. Memes. Just shoot me now. One of probably many previouslies
    posted by Redhush at 5:58 PM PST - 35 comments

    A Rommel Christmas: every day

    Gary Brecher-ne-Dolan, better known as The War Nerd, has switched from bimonthly articles to a daily blog. First stop? Why Lybia! Where else? [more inside]
    posted by clarknova at 4:54 PM PST - 24 comments

    Talking to the Enemy

    Scott Atran, has appeared previously on Metafilter. He released a book a few months ago called, Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists. Atran has spent many years studying terrorists, particularly suicide bombers. His research disputes the assertion that terrorists are primarily driven by religious belief, but instead youth culture and group dynamics. [more inside]
    posted by KaizenSoze at 4:17 PM PST - 41 comments

    Christchurch, New Zealand, post-quake

    Eerily calm - Civil Defence New Zealand has released footage of post-earthquake Christchurch.
    posted by Catch at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

    Lapdog healthcare

    Coalition health reforms will spell the end for the NHS and lead to U.S. style system, claim researchers. 'Prof Allyson Pollock, from the Barts and The London School of Medicine, and David Price, senior research fellow at its Centre for Health Sciences, write in a paper published on that the legislation “amounts to the abolition of the English NHS as a universal, comprehensive, publicly accountable, tax funded service, free at the point of delivery”. They say the Government “has repealed the health secretary’s duty to provide or secure the provision of comprehensive care” in order to create a commercial market in care. Instead, under the new system the state "finances but does not provide healthcare", in “equivalent to Medicare and Medicaid schemes in the US”'. Meanwhile, Dr Kim Price, claims 'the UK coalition government's planned NHS and welfare reforms, and their use of 'nudge' theory, hark back to ideas on welfare and recession from the end of the nineteenth century, according to studies by a University of Leicester historian whose research paper has recently been published in the Lancet'. [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 4:03 PM PST - 32 comments

    Segaga... ga?

    The video game SEGAGAGA, a Japan-only release for the Dreamcast, is an incredibly odd bit of gaming history. A business sim (of sorts) it tasks the player to lead Sega to victory over its rival the evil DOGMA Corporation (a thinly veiled analog for Sony). Loaded with in-jokes obvious and obscure, it is a love letter to Sega fans, and it was one of the last Dreamcast games made before Sega went third party. After a four-year hiatus, the Segagaga fan translation project has resumed work on localizing this most unusual game. Intro video. Edge Magazine interviews the director. [more inside]
    posted by JHarris at 3:59 PM PST - 24 comments

    3D DOA?

    In the movie business, sometimes a flop is just a flop. Then there are misses so disastrous that they send signals to broad swaths of Hollywood. “Mars Needs Moms” is shaping up as the second type. Is the fact that the Robert Zemeckis animation tanked so badly (A $7m opening weekned against a $150m budget) part of a back-lash against 3D or was Mars Needs Moms just a particularly bad film?
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:40 PM PST - 286 comments

    Play Me

    A digitized collection of old school handheld electronic games from around the world. [more inside]
    posted by gman at 2:55 PM PST - 26 comments

    "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

    Maine governor Paul LePage has ordered the state's Labor Department to remove a mural he says is too pro-labor. He has also declared several of the building's conference room names to have "one-sided decor." This was reportedly at the behest of anonymous businesses who complained of a pro-labor bias. [more inside]
    posted by Celsius1414 at 1:37 PM PST - 282 comments

    What went right and what went wrong

    For the 25th Game Developers Conference, organizers hosted several postmortems for classic games such as Out Of This World, Doom, and Maniac Mansion. They are now free to view online. [more inside]
    posted by hellojed at 1:03 PM PST - 28 comments

    You Got Stale! (AOL Reboots Itself)

    In February, AOL acquired the Huffington Post for $315 million. (Previously) The formation of The Huffington Post Media Group was announced, to integrate content for a new combined, claimed audience of "117 Million Americans and 270 Million Globally." Then, AOL fired 200 US employees (leaving many sites without editorial staff) and began restructuring. Today, they announced that 30 brands, including popular site Slashfood, will be closed or folded into existing Huffington Post sections. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 12:44 PM PST - 52 comments

    Big Machines Dancing!

    "Pretty Big Dig": Small advertisement will play before video. A dance film by Anne Troake that gently illustrates the assimilation of technology. Also, a shorter clip with commentary by Anne Troake.
    posted by Fizz at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

    aurora borealis

    Time lapse video of an aurora borealis, by Terje Sorgjerd.
    posted by Pants! at 12:16 PM PST - 16 comments

    Defeating the NYT paywall

    4 lines of Javascript defeats the NYT paywall popup. NYTClean is a script which does the deed.
    posted by Chocolate Pickle at 12:09 PM PST - 86 comments

    From Flax to Fiber to Fashion

    Be Linen (vimeo) a video commissioned by the European Linen and Hemp Community beautifully shows how flax plants become linen fabric. [more inside]
    posted by vespabelle at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

    Extreme Pterodactyl! (It's about carrots.)

    How baby carrots got the Mad Men treatment to make them seem more like junk food.
    posted by mudpuppie at 10:58 AM PST - 91 comments

    Serotonin, mice and a good time

    Interesting effect on the lack of the neurotransmitter serotonin in male mice.
    posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:52 AM PST - 36 comments

    L'Ami Louis

    We order foie gras and snails to start. Foie gras is a L’Ami Louis specialty. After 30 minutes what come are a pair of intimidatingly gross flabs of chilly pâté, with a slight coating of pustular yellow fat. They are dense and stringy, with a web of veins. I doubt they were made on the premises. The liver crumbles under the knife like plumber’s putty and tastes faintly of gut-scented butter or pressed liposuction. The fat clings to the roof of my mouth with the oleaginous insistence of dentist’s wax.

    Restaurant critic A.A.Gill visits L'Ami Louis. A.A.Gill is not impressed.
    posted by Neiltupper at 10:30 AM PST - 104 comments

    Brewing Barefoot Brouhaha?

    A few years back MeFi'er freshwater_pr0n covered the burgeoning trend of barefoot & minimalist footwear running. The trend has continued with Fila now producing a look-alike to the popular Vibram Five Fingers shoes, but the jury is still out, scientifically speaking, regarding the impact of running in little to no footwear. One study points to low loading rate as the potential key to injuries, while longtime running researcher Benno M. Nigg's new text says just the opposite and a third (excerpted) study seems to point out that a change in footfall/strike correlates to footwear but may not reduce injuries. Given the shifting scientific analysis, runners are left with impassioned testimonials and heated debates. Nigg's advice might ring truest: shoe comfort is "probably the most important variable". [more inside]
    posted by mostlymuppet at 10:26 AM PST - 60 comments

    Sydromachos had a backside “as big as a cistern.”

    Titas wuz here: Ancient graffiti begins giving up its secrets. [Via]
    posted by homunculus at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

    Dancing Android

    Dancing Android
    posted by puny human at 10:19 AM PST - 26 comments

    If Someone Whistles "Woooo"

    Written by Walter Doyle and arguably made popular by Harry Reser, Mysterious Mose became a cartoon starring an early Betty Boop and then Screen Novelties made this awesome puppet version!
    posted by mikoroshi at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

    He's Luke's Father!

    Spoiler Supercut. [more inside]
    posted by ericb at 8:48 AM PST - 41 comments

    A Massage from President Director

    Tri-M.G. Intra Asia Airlines (Warning: Sound, Flash, airplanes) has taken regional airline website design to new heights (Warning: Airline banned in the EU for being unsafe). via
    posted by swift at 7:57 AM PST - 25 comments

    It's All Gone Pete Tong

    The top 50 dance records of the past 20 years. -- as selected by BBC radio DJs and 'industry leaders' and mixed by Jaguar Skills.
    posted by empath at 7:57 AM PST - 98 comments

    RIP Elizabeth Taylor

    Film legend Elizabeth Taylor died today at the age of 79. The two-time Oscar winner, who was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in February for symptoms of heart failure, was reported to be feeling stronger as recently as late February. She celebrated her 79th birthday on February 27th. [more inside]
    posted by litnerd at 6:33 AM PST - 182 comments

    Deadbeats and Turnips

    Even if you can't afford child support, a lawyer will not be provided for you. The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that parents who are behind on child support can be jailed for up to year without ever having had legal representation, on the basis that violating court orders is a civil offense rather than a criminal one.
    posted by Leta at 6:28 AM PST - 171 comments


    Rap News 7: #Revolution - What if it's the first world that needs to be liberated? (SLYT - The subtitles help.)
    posted by Baldons at 6:19 AM PST - 10 comments

    March 22

    The Outfielder Was a Poet

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Fernando Perez has published his poems in Poetry and The Southern Review. He studied creative writing at Columbia, just like James Franco. He is into Robert Creeley. He has a twitter feed. His career batting average is .234 but he's hitting only .161 in the Cactus League and might not make the big league club. Spring Training is the cruelest month.
    posted by escabeche at 11:01 PM PST - 15 comments

    Google Goes Gaga

    Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga. A 1h13m video interview with Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, mostly fan-submitted questions. [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 10:11 PM PST - 69 comments

    April 2011 cover girls

    A first? This month's Linux Journal cover features Angela Byron, co-maintainer of Drupal 7, while Wired's cover features Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries.
    posted by anirvan at 9:52 PM PST - 19 comments

    the future of food and farming

    How to feed 9 billion people: The global food supply is starting to get tight, with increasing sensitivity to droughts and floods causing price spikes and food shortages. The UK commissioned a report to examine how to feed a planet with a population that is set to increase to 9 billion by 2050. [more inside]
    posted by kliuless at 8:42 PM PST - 50 comments

    Brit Writer Goes Pro-Nuke.

    Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power Brit writer raises interesting points.
    posted by goalyeehah at 7:17 PM PST - 403 comments

    Hypnotic Tesselations

    Topologies is an audiovisual work led by artist Quayola in collaboration with software artist Mauritius Seeger and musician Matthias Kispert, in which high-resolution photographs of Velazquez' Las Meninas and Tiepolo's L’ Immacolata Concezione are reduced to triangular meshes and transformed by sound, made into hypnotic ambient works: Excerpt I (Velazquez) | Excerpt II (Tiepolo). [more inside]
    posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:18 PM PST - 4 comments

    Just A Simplified Oscilloscope

    Televisions Turning Off. [more inside]
    posted by mkb at 5:47 PM PST - 43 comments

    Let the children use it

    The long-lost David Bowie album Toy has leaked online.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:47 PM PST - 65 comments

    The Great American Counterterrorism Memo

    Employed as a Counterterrorism Analyst, But Think Your Bosses Are Misunderstanding the Problem? Quit your DoD post and write a book! Offer it for free, on the Web. Oh, and do it anonymously. Reddit AMA here.
    posted by darth_tedious at 5:17 PM PST - 29 comments

    More Truths to Handle

    German news magazine Der Spiegel has published trophy photos taken by a U.S. Army "kill team" in Afghanistan. [more inside]
    posted by clarknova at 4:01 PM PST - 191 comments

    Opting out rejected, Opting in suggested

    Only weeks after Judge Denny Chin extended the filing deadline, and presumably a final decision, and reflecting the Department of Justice’s own opinion, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the landmark class-action lawsuit settlement between the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and Google. And offers some advice for a revised resubmission.
    posted by Toekneesan at 3:58 PM PST - 22 comments

    The Fog Of War

    Libya: Six injured as US team botches rescue of downed airmen. 'US forces sent into Libya to rescue two downed American airmen botched the mission by shooting and wounding friendly villagers who had come to help, witnesses have said. Libyans who went to investigate the US warplane's crash site said that a US helicopter had come in with guns firing, creating panic and wounding onlookers, some of whom had to be taken to hospital; one 20-year-old man is expected to have his leg amputated.' [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 3:51 PM PST - 125 comments

    South Dakota House Bill 1217 signed into law

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed into law bill 1217 [pdf], which requires a three-day waiting period and mandatory counseling from a "pregnancy help center" before a woman may obtain an abortion. [more inside]
    posted by 0xFCAF at 3:28 PM PST - 345 comments

    "I ought to warn you, if you haven't read any of my stories, that you may be a little disturbed by some of the things that happen."

    Though Roald Dahl is better known in this day as the author of stories for children, he had a parallel career as the author of short stories with more adult, macabre sensibilities. Some of those stories became part of a short-run series to fill the slot of to not one but two ill-fated Jackie Gleason shows. But instead of another game show or talk show, CBS wanted something to pair with the Twilight Zone. That show was Way Out, though it didn't rate well and only ran for 14 episodes (and 5 episodes are on 18 years later, Dahl returned to TV with his sinister stories, but this time it was in the UK, where Tales of the Unexpected lasted 9 seasons, 112 episodes in total. You can view 23 or so episodes online, split into parts (YT Playlist). [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 2:56 PM PST - 27 comments

    Command and control

    How Operation b107 decapitated the Rustock botnet (Previously)
    posted by Artw at 1:55 PM PST - 49 comments

    Yakuza To The Rescue

    Even Japan’s infamous mafia groups are helping out with the relief efforts and showing a strain of civic duty. "The Kanagawa Block of the Inagawa-kai, has sent 70 trucks to the Ibaraki and Fukushima areas to drop off supplies in areas with high radiations levels. They didn't keep track of how many tons of supplies they moved. The Inagawa-kai as a whole has moved over 100 tons of supplies to the Tohoku region. They have been going into radiated areas without any protection or potassium iodide."
    posted by kingv at 1:19 PM PST - 61 comments

    Want to explaind the Solar System to someone?

    A beautiful interactive model of our Solar System
    posted by analogtom at 1:15 PM PST - 20 comments

    "Welcome It's Elf's World"

    "A Adept Arranging For Mother Volcano Bakemeat" [SLYT] Horribly-translated Pokemon bootleg makes "All Your Base" intelligible. Walkthrough: Part 1 of 18
    posted by Fizz at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

    Julian Assange: Bad Houseguest

    Julian Assange is apparently a bad houseguest.
    posted by everichon at 11:44 AM PST - 69 comments

    Do Something Funny for Money

    Comic Relief held Red Nose Day to raise money for charity by making some funny sketches.
    posted by jaybeans at 11:40 AM PST - 15 comments

    Ell Bee Gee Tee reppin fo my faggot family

    Imma Homo - Rainbow Noise Entertainment [SLYT, NSFW, has "rape" in the lyrics]
    posted by kavasa at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

    Chris Ware Interview

    An interview with Chris Ware from May 2010 at the international Copenhagen comics festival. Ware is the creator of Acme Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. (via kottke) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
    posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

    “I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up … I finally wanted to speak the truth.”

    Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas, spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously) Her replies: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine," and that the Jews "can go home" to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else," sparked media outrage, prompted her to issue an apology and retire. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    posted by zarq at 10:47 AM PST - 219 comments

    Jeeves, I’d Like Some Mood Music

    There are days that your MP3 player has died, searching YouTube for music feels like too much work, and you just want some sounds to mask the world. A few options:
    8Tracks has playlists to suit your mood (having a one-person dance party, gaming, sad, and many more); if you want something a little more ambient, SimplyNoise provides white, pink and brown noise; RainyMood, the sounds of an endless rainy day. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 10:45 AM PST - 16 comments

    If you ask the wrong question, the right answer to that question isn’t going to help you

    "Eisler’s decision is a key benchmark on the road to wherever it is we’re going" Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin: I wasnt planning to write a post this past weekend for Monday morning publication. But then Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler contacted me on Saturday to tell me what Barry is up to. Ive read their lengthy conversation about Barrys decision to turn down a $500,000 contract (apparently for two books) and join Joe (and many others, but none who have turned down half-a-million bucks) as a self-published author. [more inside]
    posted by lodurr at 10:35 AM PST - 59 comments

    WTH, retro style!

    50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos. That is all. (Mildly NSFW.)
    posted by flyingsquirrel at 9:49 AM PST - 121 comments

    Limpia, fija y da esplendor

    "cleans, sets, and casts splendour" is the motto of the Real Academia Española, the 300-year-old institution tasked with keeping the natural evolution of the Spanish language both coherent and true to its character, reflected in print through the publication of the Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española (online). [more inside]
    posted by valdesm at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

    Timeline of Middle East protests

    Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests.
    posted by homunculus at 9:19 AM PST - 15 comments

    R.I.P. Loleatta Holloway

    Legendary disco and soul vocalist Loleatta Holloway passed away last night in Chicago, after a short illness. She was 64
    posted by Morpeth at 8:57 AM PST - 17 comments

    "A love smack"

    The Duke Nukem series is certainly not known for its positive portrayal of women. In the previous game, (NSFW) women were either strippers, prostitutes, or trapped in alien cocoons, begging you to end their pain. The new game starts off showing Duke getting an implied blowjob from twins in school uniforms. The strippers and clubs are back. But when a multiplayer mode called "Capture the Babe" requires you to abduct women and lets you give them a "reassuring slap" on their buttocks if they "freak out", have the developers simply gone too far?
    posted by ymgve at 8:12 AM PST - 297 comments

    This is a song I wrote about 'brownness'

    Reggie Watts makes some music on Conan.
    posted by empath at 5:42 AM PST - 40 comments

    King Pong

    12-Year-Old Pong Master. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 1:23 AM PST - 42 comments

    March 21

    Liberty Dollars in Jail

    Bernard NotHaus has been convicted of possessing and selling coins that resemble United States coins, violating U.S.C. 18 § 486 and other US statutes. This follows three years after a raid on the Liberty Dollar offices. The trial took four days, the deliberation all of two hours. The US government is now pursuing a forfeiture case against Liberty Services for approximately $7 Million. (previously) [more inside]
    posted by Hactar at 11:42 PM PST - 154 comments

    RIP Mr. Boogie Woogie Piano Man

    RIP Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins - "It is with deep sadness that we announce Pinetop Perkins passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 21, 2011 in Austin, TX at the age of 97." One of the last great Mississippi bluesmen, having played with Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, and for a number of years, the great Muddy Waters. Pinetop & friends at his 95th birthday; Pinetop Perkins with Willie Big Eyed Smith; Muddy Waters with Pinetop Perkins, 1970s [more inside]
    posted by madamjujujive at 9:21 PM PST - 40 comments

    The "flipback", a new kind of book

    A new kind of book has been created in Holland, where its sold over 1m copies since it came out in 2009. Now finding its way to England, called the "flipback", the pages are super thin Bible paper with a special lay-flat spine and small format, making it suitable for reading with one hand, thumb page-flips, and shirt pocket storage.
    posted by stbalbach at 9:08 PM PST - 60 comments

    Single in the Pulpit? Good luck to you!

    With Few Jobs, an Unmarried Pastor Points to Bias “Prejudice against single pastors abounds,” Mr. Almlie wrote in articles (Part 1, Part 2) he posted on a popular Christian blog site in January and February, setting off a wide-ranging debate online on a topic that many said has been largely ignored.
    posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:10 PM PST - 76 comments

    A penis, or a four-color ballpoint pen?

    "n arratives is a surreal, offbeat humour, low-key comedy cartoon show in amazing MULTICOLOURWIDESCREENMADNESSTECHNOLOGY." Apparently the first in a series. (SLVimeo; German with English subtitles.)
    posted by ixohoxi at 7:55 PM PST - 7 comments

    women portrait themselves

    The original time-lapse self portrait? And some modern artists: Enchanting self portraits from Iceland's Rebekka Gaudleifs. Nude self portrait (NSFW) from Israeli artist Roni River. Disturbing stories from Canada's projecteye (NSFW) and magical self-portrait from New Hampshire-based Sarah Ann Loreth.
    posted by SylviaAspevig at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

    The internet raises all-in

    I have no idea how this poor child performer got on an American morning show and then got slowed down 33%, or why. However, I feel the results will likely be viewed by future historians as the primary contribution of this, and indeed any other, civilization. (SLYT)
    posted by felix at 7:28 PM PST - 102 comments

    Another Role for Buses in Civil Rights History

    Worcy Crawford ran the only bus company that would transport colored passengers in pre-Civil Rights Act Birmingham. Mr. Crawford recently passed away and now the buses sit in disrepair.
    posted by reenum at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

    Deal of the Century

    How two American kids became big-time weapons traders - "Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract. With a single deal, two stoners from Miami Beach had turned themselves into the least likely merchants of death in history." (via; previously on arms contractors)
    posted by kliuless at 6:00 PM PST - 69 comments

    Concerto Of Midnight Sun

    An in-depth examination of Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance focusing closely on its aesthetic aspects and minute architectural and gameplay details.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:07 PM PST - 29 comments

    It's this. This is the saddest thing.

    "Another nagging idea which slowly grew from a whorl in the tub to a Pacific gyre was that, as I wrote piece after piece, it seemed like I was just imitating myself, if that makes any sense. I had always prided myself on not being formulaic (say, Monday jokes and lasagna jokes), so this presented a grave problem. I have always wanted Achewood to be something that didn’t exist before, including earlier versions of itself. ... Like a sparrow birthing a clenched human fist, Achewood must be reborn in strange ways over time to achieve this ideal." Chris Onstad announces an indefinite hiatus to the popular web comic Achewood. [more inside]
    posted by codacorolla at 4:41 PM PST - 136 comments


    The Newspaper Guild is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Art Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor. In addition, we are asking that our members and all supporters of fair and equitable compensation for journalists join us in shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company. [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 4:23 PM PST - 51 comments

    OMG, Shoes.

    Fantastical shoe designs by Kobi Levi.
    posted by hermitosis at 4:13 PM PST - 33 comments

    Boxing Day

    Boxer - the DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac, making it beautifully, trivially easy to run DOS games [via]
    posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:58 PM PST - 39 comments

    DIY Scanning Electron Microscope

    Area man builds scanning electron microscope in garage.
    posted by mhjb at 1:45 PM PST - 31 comments

    wheezing groaning

    In the dim and distant past before video recorders, never mind DVDs and the interweb, the only way a Doctor Who fan could re-live old episodes of the programme was via the Target Books novelizations. The BBC is reissuing some of the classic stories with new intros by the likes of Neil Gaiman. [more inside]
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:31 PM PST - 32 comments

    Captain Video! Electronic wizard! Master of time and space! Guardian of the safety of the world!

    Captain Video and his Video Rangers was a television series that was staple of the DuMont Television Network. The series first aired in the middle of Golden Age of Science Fiction, and with an initial air date in 1949, it was the first science fiction television series in the United States, complete with futuristic gadgets. The series was aimed at children, with public service announcements for kids, the a special ring (or three). Recorded and broadcast live five to six days a week, the series had a run of thousands of episodes, though most are now considered lost. 24 episodes are in the UCLA Film and Television archive, and a few episodes have made their way into public domain compilations, and online (three random episodes episodes on Internet Archive; and same three episodes on YouTube). Continue in for more on the good Captain, and the network he called home. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 1:12 PM PST - 19 comments

    The site should smell like a musty book.

    The US Library of Congress has updated their site to be more user friendly. Collections are now very easy to explore. All of the fun of wandering around a library without leaving your chair. [more inside]
    posted by kensch at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

    Code Cowboys
    Tumblr has had a major security breach causing the web server to spit out source code containing passwords, database schema, and secret API keys. How did this happen? Probably editing the [live] file in vim, forgot it was in Replace mode, and tried to enter Insert mode by tapping i while at the beginning of the file.
    posted by wcfields at 12:19 PM PST - 125 comments

    Exodus for Apple?

    Exodus International, the so-called "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content." Many are not pleased. [more inside]
    posted by xedrik at 10:19 AM PST - 274 comments

    Happy 65th birthday to the MRC birth cohort of 1946

    Epidemiology: Study of a lifetime. "In 1946, scientists started tracking thousands of British children born during one cold March week. On their 65th birthday, the study members find themselves more scientifically valuable than ever before." [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

    (Oh no! Not) The beast day!

    Owner of this iconic afro? Singer on the amazing "(Oh no! Not)The Beast Day!"? Muse for "Brown Sugar" and mother of Mick Jagger's child? Star of the musical Hair? The third stage breast cancer survivor? Author of these books? Not several people but one Marsha Hunt.
    posted by rongorongo at 9:17 AM PST - 30 comments

    New York City history, for your clicking and dragging pleasure.

    How Manhattan’s Grid Grew. Interactive New York Times map comparing 1811 New York with present day, plus other cool historical stuff. Huzzah, as the kids say.
    posted by flyingsquirrel at 9:12 AM PST - 25 comments

    Gaming in the Clinton Years

    In the mid-1990s, a man named George Wood created a TV show called Flights of Fantasy on a Maryland public-access channel. The show was was dedicated to videogames, and gained quite a few detractors; Wood was not known for his playing skills, research, or good taste, and the production was rather cheap. He would also tend to go off-topic, sometimes markedly so.

    It had a small following, being a local public-access show, but would have been lost forever had Wood not joined a video gaming association called NAViGaTR, who archived the entire series, edited each episode, and put them online as Gaming in the Clinton Years.
    posted by Anatoly Pisarenko at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

    Why are you on my train?

    Why are you on my train? [more inside]
    posted by educatedslacker at 8:28 AM PST - 11 comments

    It's not easy being green (or blue, or golden, or red)

    To deny the awesomeness of frogs would be foolish. They are colourful, they are diverse, and if they were the size of humans, they could leap over buildings! 10 facts and 25 pictures about our amphibious friends, the mighty Frog!
    posted by drlith at 7:27 AM PST - 31 comments

    The Hilarious, the Sad and the Downright Stupid

    Why Was I Banned? via GFi
    posted by jtron at 7:20 AM PST - 116 comments

    Hard rain on Libya

    The Great Sand Sea in Libya preserves some remarkeable meteoritea. Amazing though these are, none as enigmatic as the Libyan desert glass. [more inside]
    posted by BadMiker at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

    Fully (sic): linguists down under.

    Fully (sic) is "Crikey’s very own language blog for discerning word nerds. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle of Australian linguists getting all hot and bothered about the way we communicate." It's the Aussie equivalent of Language Log, frequently linked here on the Blue. To get you started, Does Moomba really mean ‘up your bum’? (Answer: Nobody knows for sure, but the search is lots of fun.)
    posted by languagehat at 7:03 AM PST - 9 comments

    See? She thought I was a lawyer.

    Over the years, he's become so well versed in restaurant labor law that his attorneys don't even charge him for filing lawsuits anymore. 'They take them on spec,' he boasts. 'By now, they know that if I file something, it's legit.' Eddie Santana, restaurant rebel, has filed 30 lawsuits against companies — nearly all restaurants and bars — for everything from illegal tip pools to excessive uniform costs. He's netted $144,924.79 after attorney fees from 20 separate settlements. And from the nine suits still pending, he hopes to make another $100,000, if not more.
    posted by shakespeherian at 6:51 AM PST - 47 comments

    Downhill Carnage

    Downhill Carnage (SLVimeo)
    posted by KirkpatrickMac at 4:46 AM PST - 34 comments

    "Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar."

    Between Page And Screen is an augmented-reality book of poems (written by Amaranth Borsuk) developed by Brad Bouse. Like a digital pop-up book, you hold the words in your hands. Print a marker and try it. Requires Webcam. [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 4:29 AM PST - 7 comments

    The Responsive Eye

    The Responsive Eye. Brian De Palma's 1966 film (25 mins) of the opening night of New York MOMA's 'The Responsive Eye' exhibition on op art.
    posted by ClanvidHorse at 1:43 AM PST - 13 comments

    March 20

    Blinky Just Wants To Be Your Friend!

    "My name is Blinky, and I just want to be your friend!" A well-crafted short film by Ruairi Robinson (slightly gory CGI ending may be NSFW).
    posted by killdevil at 10:50 PM PST - 25 comments

    The first nuclear reactor was in Africa.... a long, long time ago

    The first nuclear reactor was in Africa, 2 billion years ago. Two billion years ago, there was enough uranium 235 in a naturally occurring deposit in Africa to fuel a nuclear fission reaction. In 16 separate locations, spontaneously occurring fission reactions went on for some hundreds of thousands of years, cycling multiple times per day. A picture of Fossil Reactor 15. The American Nuclear Society info site.
    posted by bq at 10:43 PM PST - 46 comments

    paper sculpture

    Giang Dinh uses the wet folding origami technique to make faces, animals, figures, and even miniatures.
    posted by heatherann at 8:36 PM PST - 12 comments

    Radiation Belt Modelling For Living With A Star

    The Van Allen Belt is a pesky radioactive torus surrounding Earth. Spacecraft operating for extended periods within it must use heavy and expensive radiation hardening techniques just to survive. Tethers Unlimited has proposed a rather daring scheme for circumventing this nuisance: HiVOLT. [more inside]
    posted by Casimir at 8:22 PM PST - 23 comments

    John D. Olmsted, Naturalist (1938-2011)

    John D. Olmsted, a naturalist who for over 40 years led efforts to preserve Northern California nature areas, open spaces and hiking trails, recently passed away at the age of 73. A distant relative of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, John D. Olmsted was inspired by John Muir to preserve wilderness, and his son recently completed a film about his life.
    posted by The Emperor of Ice Cream at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

    AT & T & T-Mobile

    AT&T has announced plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom, creating the largest wireless provider in the United States. [more inside]
    posted by ofthestrait at 7:43 PM PST - 149 comments

    Types of Toast,

    Types of Toast. Does what it says on the tin.
    posted by Effigy2000 at 7:16 PM PST - 45 comments

    Tweeting Operations in Odyssey Dawn

    One Dutch radio geek is monitoring the airwaves for information about Operation Odyssey Dawn—and tweeting the surprisingly-detailed results.
    posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:46 PM PST - 37 comments

    Cell division = copyright infringement?

    “To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life.” Craig Venter created synthetic life and inscribed this quote from James Joyce into its genome. Now he has been threatened with a suit for copyright infringement by the very litigious James Joyce estate.
    posted by caddis at 6:43 PM PST - 31 comments

    Suit you, sir

    This listing for my urine-free wetsuit is getting a lot of unexpected attention which is nice but I'm feeling I should do something positive with all the 'f*cking energy man', so I've decided to give 90% of the money it makes to the Red Cross to aid their efforts in Japan. That sounds all 'oh look at me I'm so nice I'm giving to charity' doesn't it... yeah well p*ss off. Ebay stunt post goes badly right.
    posted by Jakey at 4:53 PM PST - 40 comments

    Detention Centre Riots

    In Australia, about 250 detainees rioted last week at Christmas Island's infamous detention centre in protest of their harsh treatment and long incarceration. The Federal Opposition has called for the rioters to be charged amid controversy over police use of beanbag rounds and tear gas. A former detainee is also 'suing for the pain and suffering of being locked up more than four years'.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:34 PM PST - 116 comments


    Today is the 8th Anniversary of the beginning of the War in Iraq. Protesters around the country are trying to bring attention to our nation's continued involvement.
    posted by whimsicalnymph at 3:45 PM PST - 38 comments

    Achievement Unlocked: Read the article fully before commenting

    Greg Mclanahan of Gamasutra talks how to design achievements right.
    posted by flatluigi at 3:37 PM PST - 77 comments

    Into the Abyss

    Venturing into a cave more than a few steps can induce intense psychological pressure and strange sensory phenomenon. Werner Herzog's latest film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams (trailer) shot in 3D inside Chauvet Cave in southern France suggests that our compulsion for this experience is shared with many ancient cultures, such as those at Chavin de Huantar, that may have included exploitation of the acoustic properties of caves.  We continue to descend into inner spaces, increasingly with high-tech equipment. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:22 PM PST - 30 comments


    Girls Making Gun Sounds
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:39 PM PST - 92 comments

    Don't Have to Ask Permission if I Want to Go Out Fishin'

    Being Alone. A good discussion on the upside of solitude, including cites to some research experiments. It's even on a single page.
    posted by not_that_epiphanius at 11:47 AM PST - 67 comments

    Wijnanda Deroo

    Wijnanda Deroo: Inside New York Eateries "Continuing her long-term exploration of the architectural interior as a genre of photographic investigation, artist Wijnanda Deroo has scoured New York's five boroughs documenting the full spectrum of the city's culinary institutions. From Café des Artistes to Papaya Dog, the Russian Tea Room to Yonah Schimmel's Knishes, Deroo's viewfinder alights on diverse sites (and sights) where we New Yorkers sit (or stand) to consume our daily bread." More interiors at the artist's website -- Indonesia :: Curacao :: Mexico :: Berlin
    posted by puny human at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

    You'll never make it, kids. Here, I got you jerseys.

    "On our island we loved to watch football. But no one had actually ever played it." The story of a football team on the floating village of Ko Panyi. [more inside]
    posted by Taft at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

    Tennis, with a net.

    What would some famous (and infamous) comicbook classics look like as Penguins or Pelicans? [more inside]
    posted by kipmanley at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

    Radiation, yes indeed.

    The xkcd Radiation Dose Chart. (More about it.) (via)
    posted by Artw at 10:09 AM PST - 87 comments

    James' Face

    posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:50 AM PST - 156 comments

    Harmony Korine's Umshini Wam

    Harmony Korine's Ushimini Wam. A 16-minute short where Ninja and Yo Landi from South Africa's Die Antwoord, "play trigger-happy, gun-toting misfits who bond throughout the film by sharing cartoonishly huge joints, sticking-up business owners, and seeking refuge and shelter in the woods."
    posted by geoff. at 9:34 AM PST - 18 comments

    More Kutiman

    My Favorite Color. Another Youtube mix from Kutiman. Previously.
    posted by zabuni at 8:18 AM PST - 17 comments

    Le Flaneur.

    Paris in 2000 images. A time lapse of Paris at night. Interview with the creator. [more inside]
    posted by Phire at 1:49 AM PST - 22 comments

    Bork bork bork.

    Dogs with table manners. Slow, surreal and delightful.
    posted by Cold Lurkey at 12:35 AM PST - 23 comments

    Such a thing... such an octopus of a thing

    Neal Adams is one of the greatest comic artists, best known for drawing the most reprinted comic sequence and revitalizing Batman after the campy Adam West show . Now, Neal Adams is returning to Batman with a 12 issue mini-series titled Odyssey and six issues in, some are already calling the story " without hyperbole... the most insane comic book we have ever read ." While some might be shocked that the famous Adams seems to have lost his way and is acting a little crazy, Metafilter readers probably should have seen this coming
    posted by jaybeans at 12:26 AM PST - 80 comments

    March 19

    River Transit Maps

    Inspired by Harry Beck's London Underground maps, Daniel Huffman designed a series of stylized river maps for Michigan, North and Central California, Southwest New England, The Colorado River, Columbia River, and The Mississippi River. He also writes about the process he used in creating them.
    posted by sambosambo at 9:58 PM PST - 30 comments

    Honneur et Fidélité, Legio Patria Nostra

    The Légion Étrangère is a French special forces unit comprised mostly of foreign nationals who wish to fight for France, and the promise of a French citizenship. They are today considered an elite unit, on par with or superior to the British SAS or Russian Spetsnaz, and have in their long history served in campaigns as far-flung as Mexico and Vietnam, but are most famous for their image as colonial shock-troops in North Africa and the Middle East. Legionnaire fought Legionnaire in the Second World War during the Syria-Lebanon Campaign, as the Vichy's 6e Régiment Étrangère d'Infanterie lined up against the Allied 13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère in a critical, yet unsung battle for North Africa. Their first campaign was in Algeria - will their latest be in Libya?
    posted by Slap*Happy at 9:33 PM PST - 45 comments

    Reagan's Propaganda Campaign Against Libya

    In the 80s, US intelligence services were claiming to have uncovered a host of un-American plots concocted by Gaddafi such as sending hit squads to kill Reagan and other members of the administration, launching terrorist targets in Europe and elsewhere , a plan to kidnap or execute the American ambassador to Italy, and a suicide mission against the USS Nimitz.

    Then in 1986, Bernard Kalb stepped down as spokesman for the State Department after hearing of government plans to plant false stories about Gaddafi.
    posted by destro at 9:02 PM PST - 55 comments

    Hall of Inaccurate Presidents

    America's greatest president... Buddy Knox. (SLYT)
    posted by whitneyarner at 7:44 PM PST - 27 comments

    Setting the Record Straight

    ICorrect: The universal website for corrections to lies, misinformation and misrepresentations. [more inside]
    posted by bwg at 6:49 PM PST - 47 comments

    Your Best Photo Stories

    Pictory is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory’s editorial themes. The recent theme was Infrastructure, where Japan’s near-simultaneous earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis has provided a graphic reminder about the centrality of infrastructure in our lives. Another theme was Platonic Love Stories, about the folks who laugh at the same dumb jokes you do, have been there for you through thick and thin, and are still friends with you despite it all. Pictory of the Day photo blog. The Pictory Feature Archive. Here are the presently open themes. [more inside]
    posted by netbros at 4:34 PM PST - 6 comments

    What makes a toy truly “special”?

    Francesco Marciuliano (writer of the comic strip Sally Forth) presents The Catalog of Unfit Toys, mixed in among many other random amusements and strange humor at the blog for his webcomic Medium Large (oh yeah, and there's a cat: cat poetry, that is - parts 1, 2, 3). [more inside]
    posted by flex at 4:11 PM PST - 9 comments

    Slow Action

    Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film that brings together a series of four 16mm works which exist somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. [Via]
    posted by homunculus at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

    Local Food, Local Rules

    A few tiny towns in Maine have enacted new ordinances described as "food sovereignty laws". [more inside]
    posted by Leta at 11:56 AM PST - 111 comments

    Knut The Polar Bear Has Died

    Knut , who charmed visitors to the Berlin Zoo as an orphaned cub in 2007, died in his enclosure today in front of a crowd of 600-700 people. Knut was only four years old, as opposed to the typical polar bear lifespan of 15-18 years. Tragedy seems to have followed Knut for his entire brief life: his twin died at only four days old, and the zookeeper who hand-raised him died in 2008. As Knut grew, he stopped being the cute cuddly cub everybody loved; like many zoo animals, his behavior became problematic, and people avoided visiting him. A post-mortem is scheduled for Monday.
    posted by briank at 11:42 AM PST - 76 comments

    "You're a plumber, Mario. You need to stop doing so many mushrooms!"

    What if Mario was really just drug-addled and lovesick? [SLYT] Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi's short film remakes Super Mario as indie flick, produced for South by Southwest. WARNING: May contain content hipsters find appealing.
    posted by Fizz at 11:31 AM PST - 24 comments

    Posh Nosh

    Posh Nosh "I once ate a Flayed Swordfish And Guava Millefeuille that reminded me, in one sweet mouthful, of a Sea Interlude by Britten, a painting by Turner and one of Michael Holding's rampant, perfect-length balls. Sniff your computer screen. What does it remind you of? Roasted fruits? A Hockney? Cherry blossom? No. It reminds you of nothing. Computer screens look, smell, feel (even taste) like nothing. They're devoid of sensuality. People who stare at screens all day should be shot. But there are so many millions of them. There simply isn't time." Architect's Fish and Chips :: Birthday Parties:: Paella :: Beautiful Food :: Bread and Butter Pudding :: Leftovers :: Sauces :: Comfort Food :: (BBC 2, Arabella Weir, Richard E. Grant, each episode 9 mins., previously)
    posted by puny human at 9:57 AM PST - 43 comments

    Nikolai Alekseev interviewed on Gay USA

    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]
    posted by hippybear at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

    Spoiler alert: they misspell "pwned"

    A video has leaked online showing Microsoft's vision for their next generation gaming platform. The video comes from the WGX (Windows Gaming eXperience) team, and as ZDNet reports, the video shows "[the] team’s ambitions for next-generation gaming between Windows, Xbox Live, and mobile platform[s]." [more inside]
    posted by codacorolla at 8:25 AM PST - 84 comments

    Chickam 2011

    Chickam 2011 has begun. Live cam of a chicken-egg incubator run by a Something Awful regular. So far five chicks have hatched, please welcome Rambo, Spaghetti, Weedcat, Pompadour and Duck. [more inside]
    posted by Iteki at 8:24 AM PST - 26 comments

    March 18

    Holi, celebrating the arrival of Spring in India

    Holi is a wild, sexy celebration in India. People wear white and then throw or squirt colored powders and water at each other. There are bonfires, marijuana drink parties, mischief, all kinds of sweet pastries, venting of sexual heat, dancing in the streets and happy, colorful mayhem. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 10:45 PM PST - 88 comments

    The painted ceiling of St Martin’s Church

    The earliest preserved, figuratively painted wooden ceiling in Europe can be seen above the nave of St Martin's Church in Zillis. It features beheadings, temptations, naked people, and lots and lots of fish tails.
    posted by nasreddin at 7:49 PM PST - 30 comments

    Muppet Museum of Natural History

    Bill Mudron's Color Cornucopia
    posted by OverlappingElvis at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

    The spice!

    Welcome to Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages On these pages, I present solid information on (currently) 117 different spice plants. Emphasis is on their usage in ethnic cuisines, particularly in Asia; furthermore, I discuss their history, chemical constituents, and the etymology of their names. Last but not least, there are numerous photos featuring the live plants or the dried spices.
    posted by halcyon_daze at 6:43 PM PST - 27 comments

    Destroyed in Seconds

    Five surveillance cameras capture a tornado hitting Alexander Hardware and Small Engine; tornado was an EF 2 with wind speeds of 120mph.
    posted by bwg at 6:24 PM PST - 38 comments

    Japan explains nuclear crisis to kids with a cartoon about poop and farts

    Japan explains nuclear crisis to kids with a cartoon about poop and farts
    posted by Alcibiades. at 4:55 PM PST - 53 comments

    Smells like Teen Spirit, alright.

    Chicks Rock! 10 basement youtube unknowns.
    posted by Ardiril at 3:00 PM PST - 29 comments

    Three Paths for Four Chambers

    It was Alex St. Martin's gory musket injury that paved the way for cow fistulation, a hands-on method to explore the inner workings of bovine digestion.
    posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 2:50 PM PST - 56 comments

    "Go to War. Do Art."

    USMC Warrant Officer (ret.) Michael D. Fay served as a combat artist from 2000 through January 2010 under the History Division of the Marine Corps University. He once described his orders from them as "Go to War. Do Art." Fay was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been keeping a blog of his sketches since 2005. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 1:12 PM PST - 21 comments


    The Creature Connection: Our love for animals can be traced to our capacity to infer the mental states of others, which archaeological evidence suggests emerged more than 50,000 ago. This article is part of a NYTimes series on the relationship between humans and the animals we raise. [more inside]
    posted by homunculus at 12:32 PM PST - 21 comments

    Poverty pr0n

    Hiding the Real Africa [more inside]
    posted by infini at 12:30 PM PST - 23 comments

    What Have You Done For A Friend Today?

    In 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov went up in a capsule he knew would never get back (NSFW gruesome image) to earth in one piece. He could have bowed out of the mission, but that would meant his good friend, Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space) would have drawn the mission instead. So Vladamir launched knowing it was a suicide mission. The CIA was listening in , and recorded what may have been Vladimir Komarov's last words, amid cries of rage. Adding to the tragedy, Yuri died in a plane crash the next year.
    posted by COD at 12:25 PM PST - 101 comments

    Maps of Time, Space, and Words in Lovecraft

    While constructing a free ebook of the complete Lovecraft stories, Cthulhu Chick made a wordle of Lovecraft's corpus, and notes on word frequency. (Surprise: he only used "squamous" once.) Another fan has made a geopolitical map of Pangaea c. 252 million years ago. The Cthulhu Mythos Timeline explains what's going on.
    posted by Zed at 12:15 PM PST - 51 comments

    "If you feel stupid, it's not because I'm making you feel that way."

    What is a photocopier? Ten pages of Ohio Supreme Court testimony where a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, office worker deliberately tries to muddy the waters in a deposition. Hilarity ensues. "If you don't know what that means in an office setting, please tell the court you don't know what it means in an office setting to have a photocopying machine."
    posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:06 PM PST - 82 comments

    There are some folks that think a large earthquake could hit the U.S. West Coast in the next few days.

    Earth Tides, Syzygy, this weekend's Supermoon, and whale beachings are all things that some folks think point to a possible tectonic event on the U.S. West Coast this weekend. Jim Berkland, retired USGS Geologist thinks so. See his interview here. And, he's got a track record of predicting earthquakes.
    posted by bricksNmortar at 11:53 AM PST - 56 comments

    Everything is cheaper than it looks

    Pleasant Family Shopping is an extensive blog dedicated to shopping malls and supermarkets of the past. The entries devoted to the 60's are especially interesting. The Woolco entry has lots of period photograghs of customers from around 1970. [more inside]
    posted by pyramid termite at 10:36 AM PST - 27 comments

    Trolls Belong Under Bridges

    Comment OR Vote: "A civilized cyberspace being necessary for the sanity of a free state, the right of the People to be secure against unreasonable Internet comments shall not be infringed. No person leaving a comment, or any legal incident thereof, on any web site shall vote in any federal, state, or local election within two years, or within such lengthier period as the Congress or the legislatures of the several states shall direct."
    posted by anotherpanacea at 10:30 AM PST - 43 comments

    NYTimes has a paywall; this is free.

    [Basetrack] is an experimental media project, tracking the deployment of 1/8 – 1st Battalion, Eighth Marines, throughout the duration of their deployment to southern Afghanistan. A small team of mobile media operators is embedded with the battalion, transmitting their reports and reflections from Helmand province as they travel across the battalion’s area of operations.
    posted by nushustu at 10:26 AM PST - 1 comment

    Today in Working Class History

    May 18th marks two significant days in the history of labor. On May 18th, 1871 the workers of Paris, joined by mutinous National Guardsmen, seized the city and set about re-organising society in their own interests based on workers' councils. [more inside]
    posted by Stagger Lee at 9:38 AM PST - 23 comments

    Keep the Faith: Prattonia 1967

    Last fall, Mitzi Swisher, a vintage dealer, bought a boxed set of posters [more inside]
    posted by Ideefixe at 9:04 AM PST - 23 comments

    Send lawyers and money, got guns.

    The Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday night to advance legislation to allow concealed handguns on college campuses. Over half of the Texas House has signed on as co-authors of the bill. University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa disagrees. Utah beat them to it.
    posted by the Real Dan at 8:41 AM PST - 102 comments

    Chris Eckert makes machines

    Chris Eckert is an artist who makes sculptures and... machines: Auto Ink, Auto Masochist, Auto Rosary
    posted by gwint at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

    Painting is a Process

    Painting of a tangerine... being peeled (SLYT) Painter Duane Keiser paints a tangerine. Then peels it. Then paints it. Then peels it. Then paints it. Fun video, I thought.
    posted by cogpsychprof at 8:38 AM PST - 25 comments

    A womb with a view

    Abortion has always been a hotspot in the culture wars. But of late, the anti-abortion movement has had some huge wins, often sliding in under the radar of pro-choice supporters. Idaho bans abortions after the 20th week, claiming that mother's shouldn't have the right to make a fetus uncomfortable. Nebraska also banned abortion after the 20th week, so did Oklahoma. Oregon, Minnesota, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, and Ohio are also considering joining the 31 states that currently have such a ban. Virginia passed a law that will shut the doors of almost every abortion clinic in the state. And various areas are now enacting laws that suggest a fetus is significantly more important than the carrier of said fetus. One judge ruled that a girl couldn't have an abortion because she had bad grammar. It is quite possible that women who are in their 40s right now may be the only generation of American women that possessed full reproductive rights for their entire child bearing years.
    posted by dejah420 at 8:30 AM PST - 209 comments

    56 gigs and counting.

    Jesse Heiman, World's Greatest Extra. According to myth, he has appeared in every movie and tv show ever created. (via)
    posted by phaedon at 7:51 AM PST - 44 comments

    Thank you Norway!

    Shallow diver breaks world record for paddling pool jump. "A US shallow diver has broken his own world record by swan-diving 36ft (11m) into a paddling pool containing just 12in (30.5cm) of water. Darren Taylor, also known as Professor Splash, dived into a pool of near-freezing water in Trondheim, Norway, making the jump his 13th Guinness certified record. Mr Taylor, who is from Colorado in the US, has 25 years' professional high-diving experience and works as a stunt diver." Via: BBC
    posted by Fizz at 7:50 AM PST - 37 comments


    How to be a Retronaut presents USA Shopping Malls, Summer 1990.
    posted by shakespeherian at 7:29 AM PST - 80 comments

    Guaranteed to go in the Cuteness Hall of Fame

    Mommy's Nose is Scary! Mother films her son reacting to her blowing her nose - he's not sure whether it's funny or terrifying (SLYT).
    posted by rodmandirect at 7:21 AM PST - 23 comments

    Urban Traps

    Urban Traps [more inside]
    posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:38 AM PST - 52 comments

    A Looney Boyle Film

    Wile E. Coyote in 127 Hours. [via]
    posted by crossoverman at 2:33 AM PST - 37 comments

    120 Minutes Returns

    The incredibly influential and loved music show 120 Minutes returns, with Matt Pinfield returning as host. The MTV2 premiere happens later this year, while the web version 120 Seconds debuts today. [more inside]
    posted by naju at 12:32 AM PST - 60 comments

    March 17

    Science Fair Photos, 1942-2011

    The Society for Science in the Public Interest photostream features photos of Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search winners from 1942 to the present. First place winner Ron Unz, later a failed California gubernatorial candidate and now publisher of The American Conservative. Nerds have always loved glowing liquids. Also van de Graaf generators. A guy made the finals with a sweeping robot. "Look! It's the future!" Ann Sieferle-Valencia won 7th place in 1997 with a an archeology project and is now the curator of the Tucson Museum of Art. George HW Bush digs science projects. So does Chuck Schumer. Tall finalist. Science! I just liked this one.
    posted by escabeche at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

    RSA has been hacked.

    Computer security vendor RSA, maker of two-factor authentication SecurID, has been hacked by unknown parties. In an open letter to it customers RSA Executive Chairman Arthur W. Coviello, Jr. calls the attack the work of an Advanced Persistent Threat, meaning a highly skilled, well-funded group acting deliberately & precisely to achieve a specific goal. RSA's clients include many Fortune 100 companies, US Government, Military & Intelligence Community organizations.
    posted by scalefree at 8:27 PM PST - 114 comments

    RCA, that's the company that used to make phonographs... uh, yeah, sure

    RetCon Artists: Improving the Future by Improving the Past ... A few days ago, MeFi's Own waxpancake hosted a special session at SXSWInteractive where he invited web-savvy people to make pitches for The Worst Website Ever II (it was done once before), with concepts that are bad, worse than bad, so bad they're good, evil, just plain wrong or not even wrong. One of the presenters (some guy from a website) came up with "RetCon Artists: Improving the Future by Improving the Past" (video) (PDF), providing a Social Solution to a Seinfeldian (or actually Costanzan) Problem. He went on to build a website that expanded the concept into useful services "whether you're polishing your personal brand or managing a multinational corporate image". Since this is the only one of the ideas that has ended up on the Web since the competition, it is obviously the one that won. Congratulations, Josh. [via mefi projects]
    posted by oneswellfoop at 7:34 PM PST - 20 comments

    Multi-tracked Melodica

    The melodica has all the irritation and the none of the charm of the accordion, but James Howard Young is doing amazing things with it... and multi-tracking. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, first movement, arranged for 10 melodicas (the video shows 9), Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico Concerto no. 8 in A minor for 2 violins, 3rd mvt arranged for 7 melodicas, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto, no 1, first movement, arranged for 12 melodicas. All videos featuring just one melodicist. [more inside]
    posted by Jahaza at 7:29 PM PST - 40 comments

    Libya no fly zone

    UN Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya.
    posted by Meatbomb at 6:29 PM PST - 903 comments

    The beauty of the web

    We are IE - Comparing every version of Internet Explorer (slyt)
    posted by Artw at 6:00 PM PST - 33 comments

    "Steer clear of the Failed State of Third Wave Ska, son. It’s like Mogadishu, but with soul patches and trombones."

    Comic Punx is a blog devoted to the (mostly hilarious) depictions of punk rock in comic books. It's by Andrew Weiss, who's main blog is Armagideon Time (home of the great Nobody's Favorites.) He's also one of the the Bureau Chiefs behind Fake AP Stylebook (previously) and runs Dateline: Silver Age (previouisly).
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

    knit two, purl two

    How to knit a GIGANTO-BLANKET! The finished product: Giganto-blanket – finished! Oh yeah, and there's a cat.
    posted by cjorgensen at 4:31 PM PST - 44 comments

    CSI: Ankh-Morpork

    Discworld's City Watch to be turned into a TV series. Sam Vimes may finally be coming to moving pictures.
    posted by kmz at 4:21 PM PST - 145 comments

    Japanpost-earthquake nuclear crisis keeps going

    Fukushima Dai-ichi status and potential outcomes The Oil Drum has begun posting daily threads about the Japanese nuclear plant event. As during the last energy crisis, the comments there tend to have a good signal-to-noise ratio.
    posted by mediareport at 4:10 PM PST - 1760 comments

    You know what it is to keep a promise to the dead.

    Aboriginal Science Fiction was started in 1987 to rethink the look and feel of SF magazines; Charles Ryan published it in full sized magazine format, on glossy paper, with four-color interior illustrations and it sold well. Aboriginal kept up a full schedule through 1991, when a personal financial crisis nearly shut him down. He kept putting out the occasional issue until 2001, but the irregularity made it hard to find.

    Aboriginal courted new writers, one of whom was Robert A. Metzger, an electrical engineer and laser specialist who wrote quirky, fun hard SF stories. After Aboriginal mostly folded and he got shafted on his first book deal, he mostly walked away from writing. He's drifted back in a bit since 2001, but fortunately at some point along the way he decided to put some of his boomerang era pieces online. And that's how it's possible for you to read one of the most haunting, breathtaking short stories I've ever read:

    In the Shadow of Bones
    posted by localroger at 3:45 PM PST - 17 comments

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Irish dancing flash mob in Sydney's Central Station. The dancers included twenty members of the Riverdance show and dancers from local Irish dancing schools.
    posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:23 PM PST - 53 comments

    Cake Comes Full Circle

    Three parts guitar, one part drums, one or two parts percussion (to taste), one part trumpet, and a couple dashes of organ. Add a hearty shake of vibraslap. Season with half-sung, half-spoken vocals and lyrical wordplay. And there you have it, Cake, roughly the same recipe as they've been using for the last 20 years. There is a new solar powered serving available now. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 2:22 PM PST - 45 comments

    Clean, orderly, and entirely devoid of human life

    The official "StreetView" map of China is eerily reminiscent of SimCity, rendered in perfect isometric perspective without a pixel out of place: Shanghai, the Forbidden City, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. That hasn't stopped companies from trying to create a more true-to-life photographic alternative: there is coverage of Hong Kong and Macau in Google Street View; sanction to cover the rest of China appears to have been given to City8, which covers 40 cities. (The latter site is in Chinese, but Chrome or language plugins do a decent job of translating the content). [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments

    Smiling Indians

    Smiling Indians [more inside]
    posted by Miko at 1:48 PM PST - 40 comments

    happy ending

    Wait for it. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 1:19 PM PST - 50 comments

    Schiller's List

    The US House of Representatives has voted to cut all federal NPR funding. To take effect, this would still need to make it through the senate, which most likely would not succeed. [more inside]
    posted by pla at 1:16 PM PST - 131 comments

    Age of Pedagogy

    Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School by Alison Gopnik [more inside]
    posted by AceRock at 12:35 PM PST - 36 comments

    Guilty Dog

    Who ate the kitty cat treats? The guiltiest dog ever. via
    posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:09 PM PST - 85 comments

    You And Me, Beans

    An Overly Intense Track-By-Track Analysis Of Joanna Newsom’s ‘Have One On Me’ [part one] [part two] [part three] (prev prev prev) {Amazon link with previews} {Label site for album}
    posted by jtron at 11:44 AM PST - 25 comments

    Surreal Babies

    Babylon: Surreal Babies "Babies hatch from eggs, bubble from cauldrons, are fished from rivers, emerge in the cabbage patch, sit atop clouds, and ride in zeppelins. They play instruments, drive automobiles, fly in balloons, harvest the fields; an anarchistic world of baby heaven. The postcards were a source of inspiration to many artists in the 1920s and '30s, in particular to both the Dadaists and the Surrealists. They were collected by Paul Éluard, André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Hannah Höch, Herbert Bayer, and Man Ray. The popular images excited inspiration in these artists because of their boundless inventiveness."
    posted by puny human at 11:34 AM PST - 10 comments

    The Invisible Needs of Women

    "No Toilet, No Bride": Count the number of public toilets for women in India, or the availability of something as basic as low-cost sanitary napkins, and the invisibility of women’s needs becomes apparent." Private toilets may increase in number: "There are signs of change, though, and one of the most surprising may be in the matrimonial market. Four years ago, the Haryana government started its "No Toilet, No Bride" campaign, painting walls across the state with the slogan: 'I won’t allow my daughter to marry into a home without toilets.'
    posted by emhutchinson at 11:23 AM PST - 31 comments

    Yasir Qadhi, American Muslims, and Jihad

    “I want to be very frank here,” Qadhi said, his voice tight with exasperation. “Do you really, really think that blowing up a plane is Islamic? I mean, ask yourself this.” The New York Times' Andrea Elliott explores the fine line between Salafiya and contemporary American values. Multimedia slideshow. [auto-playing video] Qadhi, previously.
    posted by reductiondesign at 11:04 AM PST - 43 comments

    Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

    Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World. An hour-long docu about the device born out of an organ company's need to replace a $4 switch with a 30 cent potentiometer. The Wah-Wah pedal's influence on rock and r & b (among other things) is indisputable. And yes, it is still in production today.
    posted by grabbingsand at 10:27 AM PST - 44 comments

    Wave Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Engine

    Michigan State University builds a prototype that would replace the internal combustion engine in automobiles. The wave disk engine runs on shockwaves, and would emit 90% less carbon dioxide, run at 3.5 times greater fuel efficiency, and weigh about 1,000 pounds less than a combustion engine system in a typical automobile.
    posted by Rykey at 10:05 AM PST - 89 comments

    A roaring, terrible sadness...

    Colin Stetson is an unusually gifted sax player. He's worked or is working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, GY!BE, Bon Iver and others. He's opened for Arcade Fire, Tim Hecker, and The National. What's most unusual about Stetson is that he's able to make all the sounds you hear with one horn, utilizing no loops or overdubs. Stream three tracks and download one or watch two videos of him play.
    posted by dobbs at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

    despirate for dancing

    The only thing more off the hook than these Indian guys doing a Classic Dance is the Dubstep Version of the same video. (via)
    posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

    New York Times launches digital subscriptions

    The New York Times launches digital subscriptions, only for Canadians at the moment and on March 28 for everyone else. Packages start at $3.75/week. Readers will be allowed 20 free articles a month sans subscription. (previously, previously)
    posted by shivohum at 8:29 AM PST - 185 comments

    "It hasn’t struck any deals with studios and doesn’t plan on doing so."

    New streaming entertainment service Zediva is streaming new-release movies, avoiding the waiting period you get with Netflix, Amazon or iTunes. How? Instead of converting movies to files on a hard drive, they're renting out actual DVDs being played in actual DVD players - remotely. That means if the movie you want is being watched by someone else, you're gonna have to wait. Launched in November, the company is supposed to exit its beta phase this week.
    posted by jbickers at 8:01 AM PST - 69 comments

    Film or Digital?

    Can you guess if it's film? Can you guess if it's film? Or digital? This is an old(er) quiz and the answer has been... answered but if you haven't seen it and you think you know your stuff, this is a good way to test it.
    posted by SylviaAspevig at 7:46 AM PST - 20 comments

    A roof over our head

    The Unst Bus Shelter website has been updated, and remains as charming as ever, 10 years on. It has been occasionally mentioned on the Blue, but the new version of the site shows that it just keeps on getting better. The shelter has even been praised by UK film critic, Mark Kermode who visited it when it doubled as a two person cinema. It has also hosted the crown jewels, beer drinking hamsters and music festivals.
    posted by quarsan at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

    The Little Homeless Dutch Boy Millionaire

    Jerry Winkler was a homeless drug addict on the streets of Amsterdam. His life had been one filled with strife and tragedy, until the fateful day he discovered his biological father was a millionaire.
    posted by msali at 7:39 AM PST - 19 comments

    A Robot That Kills

    Heather Knight is currently conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. One of Heather's robots, Data, is an aspiring stand-up comic. He also has a twitter page. Heather and Data were recently featured on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. In addition to working on her robots, Heather also collaborated on the OK GO Rube Goldberg video.
    posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 7:23 AM PST - 16 comments

    I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’

    Clint Eastwood as Superman or James Bond? ‘It could have happened.’
    posted by Fizz at 7:19 AM PST - 25 comments

    March 16

    "Banksy gets it more than just about anyone right now"

    "To someone my age (47) Keith Richards (67) in his memoir Life has a kind of rare healthy post-Empire geezer transparency. But for my younger friends, it’s no longer rare; it’s now just the norm. What does shame mean anymore? my friends in their 20s ask. Why in the hell did your boyfriend post a song called 'Suck My Ballz' on Facebook last night? my mom asks. But nothing yet compares to the transparency that Sheen has unleashed in the past two weeks—contempt about celebrity, his profession, the old Empire world order..." Bret Easton Ellis on Charlie Sheen and the worlds of pre- and post-"Empire," i.e., celebrity.
    posted by bardic at 11:48 PM PST - 110 comments

    Food Safety Research Well-Done

    Combining two of Metafilter's favorite topics, Scientific American has an edited excerpt from Modernist Cuisine on the arbitrary and political nature of food safety guidelines. Yes, AskMetafilter, you can (probably) eat that!
    posted by rhiannonstone at 8:16 PM PST - 65 comments

    Positioning Yourself in the Peloton

    Bicycle racing requires strategy and skill as well as strength and endurance to keep up pace with the peloton. This article from Cycling Tips breaks down basic techniques to gain and keep position in the pack.
    posted by Slap*Happy at 8:11 PM PST - 30 comments

    The Old Negro Space Program

    "Word spread quickly. By the summer of 1960, NASA had over 240 blackstronauts. White NASA was beginning to take notice". The Old Negro Space Program (yt)
    posted by dunkadunc at 6:51 PM PST - 65 comments

    Love and Peace and Nyoki Nyoki!! Please!!

    Hi Everyone!
    We are tsukushi! nyoki nyoki!

    We've been acting "nyoki nyoki please" on YouTube.
    "nyoki nyoki" means Growing up!

    We want to grow up the world for the peace!
    "nyoki nyoki"& your smile is going to save the world!

    [Instructions on how to properly execute the "Nyoki Nyoki Please"]
    [Here are some responses]
    [more inside]
    posted by not_on_display at 6:44 PM PST - 28 comments

    They forgave him

    "At a hearing of the Lahore Sessions Court convened for security reasons at the Kot Lakhpat Jail today, CIA contractor Raymond A. Davis was arraigned on double homicide charges and then quickly acquitted and released. Attorneys for Davis and the victims' families announced that they had entered into an agreement in which Davis offered compensation to the families -- $1.4 million total -- and they forgave him." [more inside]
    posted by vidur at 5:58 PM PST - 60 comments

    The Song Ends With You

    Playbutton embeds albums in wearable button badges.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:41 PM PST - 55 comments

    A heartfelt display of something I can't do.

    "Anybody else give up the use of their left side for Lent?" Carl Warmenhoven, the owner of a Seattle's Comedy Underground had a stroke -- and two weeks later does a stand-up routine about it. [SLYT, via SLOG]
    posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 5:11 PM PST - 14 comments

    I got wheels for feet -- do ya get that?

    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as C3PO and R2D2
    posted by empath at 3:10 PM PST - 59 comments

    The cats are safe!

    Cat Island is Safe, Needs Supplies The people of Cat Island have a long history with cats: [more inside]
    posted by Katjusa Roquette at 3:10 PM PST - 34 comments

    Out of Context Science

    Out of Context Science. (SLTumblr)
    posted by kmz at 3:04 PM PST - 14 comments

    “The gap between low and middle is collapsing.”

    Public Job as Only Route to Middle Class. 'While that might not seem like much, jobs' 'with benefits and higher-than-minimum wages, are considered plum in' the town of Gallipolis a 'depressed corner of southern Ohio. Decades of industrial decline have eroded private-sector jobs here, leaving a thin crust of low-paying service work that makes public-sector jobs look great in comparison.''Now, as Ohio’s legislature moves toward final approval of a bill that would chip away at public-sector unions, those workers say they see it as the opening bell in a race to the bottom. At stake, they say, is what little they have that makes them middle class.' [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 1:34 PM PST - 175 comments

    Duke vs Michigan

    On Sunday, ESPN aired an acclaimed documentary about the University of Michigan's Fab Five. In one segment the members of the Fab Five discuss their hatred of the Duke University basketball program, and Jalen Rose goes so far as to say that at the time he felt like Duke players were "Uncle Toms". Link goes to clip of relevant segment (1:24), after a short ad. Grant Hill, who played for Duke against the Fab Five, responded in today's New York Times. [more inside]
    posted by auto-correct at 12:45 PM PST - 87 comments

    "monroe ficus" +raped +"too close for comfort" -"cosmic cow"

    A Very Special Episode: On July 20, 1985, ABC aired a "Too Close For Comfort" episode titled: "For Every Man, There's Two Women" in which Monroe Ficus (played by "unabashed gay icon" Jim J. Bullock) is kidnapped and raped by two bikers (possibly in a bathtub of jello). In recent years, stories have surfaced of individuals traumatized by the repressed memories of this mysterious episode. This is one of those stories. A film by Ethan Duff. (via The Retroist) [more inside]
    posted by mrgrimm at 11:50 AM PST - 275 comments


    EVERYPONY MUST STAND -- OR EVERYPONY WILL PERISH IN THE THUNDER OF COSMIC HOOVES! - Great Comics That Never Happened presents Jack Kirby's My Little Pony.
    posted by Artw at 11:50 AM PST - 27 comments

    Paul Theroux

    The Trouble With Autobiography
    posted by puny human at 11:16 AM PST - 18 comments

    Too many

    Five days of earthquakes. An animated display of all earthquakes over M4.5. 1 video sec = 1 hour real time. The big one hits at 1:17. (SLYT).
    posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 10:32 AM PST - 28 comments

    Sit! Search and Rescue Dogs Denied

    Swiss search and rescue dogs were having trouble entering Japan due to strict Japanese rules on imported animals. [more inside]
    posted by anya32 at 10:10 AM PST - 34 comments

    My elephant is smarter than your elephant

    It's not 'cheating' if you don't get caught. Elephants can figure out how to cut corners.
    posted by mudpuppie at 9:42 AM PST - 37 comments

    All Your Art Are Belong To Us

    All your art are belong to us. Previously, Rogert Ebert said that video games can never be art. And previously, some disagreed. In a recent opinion piece, game developer Brian Moriarty discusses the debate, and fires a fresh salvo. The piece is long winded, examining art, medium, games, and industry. He seems to conclude that games are not Art, but lengthily addresses what may be the more important question: Could they be?
    posted by Stagger Lee at 9:12 AM PST - 127 comments

    30 days of biking

    #30daysofbiking "The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online." This round starts April 1st. [more inside]
    posted by jillithd at 8:50 AM PST - 61 comments

    Tour The Solar System

    Tour the solar system from a browser window. "Eyes on the Solar System", currently in beta, from JPL and Caltech. Yes, you have to allow a 3rd party plugin. Sorry about that. Zoom in to earth, and the sunrise line is accurate for the current time. Zoom to asteroids, satellites, or planets. Rewind time to watch Voyager go home.
    posted by lothar at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

    Activity “adverse to the interests of the university”?

    Professor Sheila Addison was fired from John F. Kennedy University for performing in a burlesque revue. Steven Stargardter, president of the university, said that her actions brought “public disrespect, contempt and ridicule to the university”, although she never publicized the show on campus, discussed it with students or identified her affiliation with JFK when she performed. Meanwhile, a male colleague in another department was performing at the same time in a one-man show in which he was partially nude, and he publicized his show on campus and invited students and colleagues. He was not disciplined.
    posted by kyrademon at 7:58 AM PST - 126 comments

    Where's the musical saw?

    The musical saw is an instrument with close to a 300 year history. The musical saw sprung out of the Appalachian hills with mountain music, and then it found a home in Vaudeville. Despite its spotty documentation, the musical saw lives on.
    posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:17 AM PST - 31 comments

    Just MacGyver it!

    Conceptual Devices is a think tank that considers design as a social engagement. Its projects operate through a shift of symbolic values due to the social utility and social responsibility of arts and design in contemporary society. Where you can learn how to transform a hoodie into a: computer sleeve, baby carrier, strap bag, back-pack, pillow. The DIY diary, Graphic Templates for DIY Leaflets, and much more. [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

    R.I.P. Nathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg 1969-20011

    41 year old rapper, singer, G-Funk ambassador Nate Dogg died last night. Nate is remembered by Snoop and Daz, but his death will leave a mark on the entire rap music world. Videos below the fold. [more inside]
    posted by paisley henosis at 5:38 AM PST - 69 comments

    The cyclotrope

    The cyclotrope is a cycle of 18 images that is spun at a certan speed so that the frame rate of the camera filming it gives the illusion of animation. Created and animated by tim wheatley. Like a Zoetrope or Phenakistoscope but using a bicycle wheel. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 3:10 AM PST - 13 comments

    Weather Geekery

    I've been greatly enjoying the NZ MetService weather blog for a while now. There are posts about cloud formations, weather pioneers, forecasting, and all kinds of other weather geekery. It does have an NZ slant in places but everyone has weather, and the technical information included is fascinating whatever your location. [more inside]
    posted by shelleycat at 2:05 AM PST - 6 comments

    March 15

    Unicorns and Pegusus and Sharks and Snakes oh my.

    Claymation of the Roesch - Willi Schlage (Hamburg, 1910) chess game featuring fight scenes between the pieces. [SLYT] [more inside]
    posted by Mitheral at 9:55 PM PST - 9 comments

    on helping after the earthquake

    Want to help out after the earthquake in Japan? Huffington Post has info on how best to donate to disaster relief and Charity Navigator has information on what organizations are working there. On the nerdier side of things, the fandom community over at Livejournal is auctioning off their art, from fanfiction to scarves to editing, at help_japan and quite a few of the DeviantArt kids are making "Pray For Japan" (and "don't pray, just act") themed art to encourage people to donate. (More on the DeviantArt stuff.) Some Etsy users are also selling crafts for earthquake relief*. [more inside]
    posted by NoraReed at 9:32 PM PST - 32 comments

    SXSW winners

    SXSW is winding down and there are winners! Skateboarding punks and crippling anxiety! But is winning worthwhile? What happened to these guys?
    posted by mrfuga0 at 9:20 PM PST - 23 comments

    "I want to tell my dad that I love you, and I finally made it now."

    Thailand's Got Talent: Boy or Girl? (SYTL) Maybe this reinforces some cliches, and maybe it's overwrought and scripted reality tv, but I still found this pretty sweet.
    posted by the thing about it at 8:19 PM PST - 58 comments

    A First Time for Everything

    Recreating Mills & Boon romance covers, one passionate moment at a time. [more inside]
    posted by whimsicalnymph at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

    Diana, at first I was just happy that you weren't a naked guy yeah

    ChatRoulette Love Song; SLYT (3.44). Cool moment at 1.33.
    posted by bwg at 7:11 PM PST - 39 comments

    Penguins on a plane

    Returning from the 2011 National Science Teachers Association Conference with their cargo of penguins that had been on display in the exhibit hall, SeaWorld animal escorts decided to give their charges some freedom to stretch their legs during Southwest Flight 583 to San Diego. The flightless birds promptly made the most of the situation.
    posted by scalefree at 5:04 PM PST - 70 comments

    The Death (and life) of Salvador Dali

    The Death Of Salvador Dali [18m23s] is a 2005 short film surrealistically depicting an imaginary visit to Sigmund Freud by the legendary artist. (Alternate Yahoo Video link) [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

    Is Glee's "Kurt" an Offensive Stereotype?

    Glee has been massive ratings success for Fox and the character of Kurt has been named one of the "best gay characters" of all time. But others argue Kurt is nothing more than the latest embodiment of a tired cliche -- the 'fabulous' gay man. [more inside]
    posted by modernnomad at 2:41 PM PST - 165 comments

    Uke Virtuoso

    Taimane's Toccata. Via [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 2:35 PM PST - 22 comments

    The Horror of Solitary

    Dickens condemned it over 160 years ago: "I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body: and because its ghastly signs and tokens are not so palpable to the eye and sense of touch as scars upon the flesh; because its wounds are not upon the surface, and it extorts few cries that human ears can hear; therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay. I hesitated once, debating with myself, whether, if I had the power of saying 'Yes' or 'No,' I would allow it to be tried in certain cases, where the terms of imprisonment were short; but now, I solemnly declare, that with no rewards or honours could I walk a happy man beneath the open sky by day, or lie me down upon my bed at night, with the consciousness that one human creature, for any length of time, no matter what, lay suffering this unknown punishment in his silent cell, and I the cause, or I consenting to it in the least degree." But this very moment, over 25,000 prisoners in the U.S. are being subjected to it. Its horrific effects are well known. [more inside]
    posted by storybored at 2:16 PM PST - 60 comments

    The Orphan Tsunami

    Around midnight on January 27, 1700, a mysterious tsunami stole through several villages on the eastern coast of Japan. [more inside]
    posted by Danf at 2:01 PM PST - 18 comments

    Form Constants

    "In the Bible, God appeared to Ezekiel as a “wheel within a wheel”. Spirals and concentric circles are commonly found in petrogylphs carved by cultures long dead. Similar visual effects are reported during extreme psychological stress, fever delirium, psychotic episodes, sensory deprivation, and are reliably induced by psychedelic drugs."
    Form Constants and the Visual Cortex, or Where Psychedelic Visuals Come From.
    posted by Taft at 11:44 AM PST - 47 comments

    Cathartes Aura, or "Purifying Air"

    Celebrate "Buzzard Day" this weekend at Arizona's Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Too far away? You can always join the Turkey Vulture Society instead. They'll teach you how to attract vultures to your property (or if you prefer, how to discourage them).
    posted by hermitosis at 11:29 AM PST - 24 comments


    “Outside In” is a jaw-dropping IMAX film currently in production that uses only photographic images from space probes to create a tour of the solar system in a one smooth, continuous camera shot – no 3D, no models, no matte paintings - by a single filmmaker in his basement. Via
    If you find the site overloaded, you can also see the trailer for the film at APOD or on Vimeo. Also of note: some amazing photographs of the Sun and other celestial objects by Alan Friedman, and a shot of Saturn’s moon Dione seen past Rhea, reminiscent of 2001.
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 11:25 AM PST - 36 comments

    Debt is Dumb, Cash is King

    Dave Ramsey - a syndicated radio host, author and revival-style seminar leader leads a Christian-themed, tough love crusade to convince Americans to cut up their credit cards and renounce debt forever. His detractors say our impulses, not our debt, are the problem.
    posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:35 AM PST - 80 comments

    Bahrain explodes (part two)

    Government of Bahrain declares state of emergency. Mixture of Saudi, UAE, and other GCC troops enter Bahrain upon invitation. [more inside]
    posted by asymptotic at 10:15 AM PST - 41 comments

    What Made This University Scientist Snap?

    A recent article from Wired Magazine exploring a tragic case of genius gone mad.
    posted by fernabelle at 9:47 AM PST - 59 comments

    That's an awful nice box you got there.

    Best-selling author Seth Godin has launched a challenge to traditional publishing with The Domino Project, the first publishing imprint to be powered by Amazon. [more inside]
    posted by crackingdes at 9:35 AM PST - 42 comments

    That High, Lonsome sound

    Toshio Hirano is from Japan. Toshio Hirano lives here now. He came to this country following a particular sound and has made a career of it. He even has a movie about him (YT trailer)! He plays monthly here in San Francisco. Last night, as I watched him sing the blues, I reflected on how different yet connected our two countries are. Join me in sending good thoughts to our brothers and sisters in Japan.
    posted by Jibuzaemon at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments

    Baby Bleeding from 3 Orifices

    Police reports are more than just the facts. Ellen Collett, who left entertainment to work for the LAPD, knows one officer by his words alone. [more inside]
    posted by Ideefixe at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

    A Lie of the Mind

    A Lie of the Mind : 'Brain tumors are funny, but they're not hilarious.' On the Fourth of July 2010 I was walking to the train with my favorite person ever, Mike O’Malley, and had several massive, uncontrollable seizures. [...] I am now under the care of new specialists because of an insurance issue, and am kind of starting from scratch again regarding treatment. This blog is meant to record this bizarre process.
    posted by shakespeherian at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

    Victorian stuff in jars!

    The Grant museum of zoology in London has been called "A restored Victorian treasure-house crammed with specimens from a bottle of preserved moles to extinct zebras and (just identified) the legs of a dodo. And all this was put together by the man that taught zoology to Charles Darwin"
    The entire collection has been closed for almost a year as all 67,000 specimens were moved from a tiny (but charming) space to a new larger space.
    The new Grant Museum and its reopening.
    posted by vacapinta at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

    "When you say to a child 'Bedtime, it's bedtime now' that's not what the child hears. What the child hears is 'Go and lie down in the dark. For hours. And don't move. I'm locking the door now."

    Scottish teenagers to receive sleep training in schools. [BBC] Resources to teach teenagers how to get enough sleep are to be offered to schools across Scotland.
    posted by Fizz at 6:01 AM PST - 57 comments

    Not the insurance you're looking for

    Bank of America has allegedly engaged in mortgage fraud, according to an Anonymous website. The first batch of leaked emails appear to show that bank employees were trying to hide documents from regulators. The emails are put into context on the website Seeking Alpha which explains that they refer to the use of force-placed insurance to increase mortgage servicers' profits through kickbacks from insurers - a practice which has just been forbidden under a settlement imposed by the US' states attorneys general. [more inside]
    posted by Joe in Australia at 3:52 AM PST - 93 comments

    Kid Zangeif

    Long-time bullying victim finally snaps: a video of an incident at a Sydney High School has gone viral over the internet three days prior to Australia's National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Police and bullying experts are concerned about the level of online support that the fed-up victim's actions have received after the video, filmed by his miscalculating tormentors, was posted to Youtube (since removed and reposted multiple times). The 16 year-old has been suspended from school, but already has an online tribute to his actions and thousands of Facebook supporters.
    posted by moorooka at 3:21 AM PST - 714 comments

    March 14

    Why Not a Negative Income Tax?

    Why Not a Negative Income Tax? "What kind of program could help protect every citizen from destitution without granting excessive power to bureaucrats, creating disincentives to work, and clogging up the free-market economy, as the modern welfare state has done? [Nobel-prize winning economist Milton] Friedman’s answer was the negative income tax, or NIT."
    posted by shivohum at 10:20 PM PST - 106 comments

    ...when the games were mostly defeated and well past the point of replay, the adventures continued on a massive wooden kitchen table.

    ionustron makes the most amazing video-game-inspired figurines out of twist-ties.
    posted by luvcraft at 9:22 PM PST - 11 comments

    NCAA Office Pool Tips from an Expert

    Nate Siver of (who prior to getting into political analysis invented the sabermetric analysis framework PECOTA) has published a detailed explanation of How We Made Our N.C.A.A. Picks. It goes well beyond the standard advice "don't just pick the favorites".
    posted by TheShadowKnows at 8:06 PM PST - 37 comments

    Brighter Than Creation's Dark

    Wes Freed (some images NSFW) is a painter who combines Southern gothic subject matter with an outsider art style. He's best known for his work with the great Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and has designed most of their album covers, posters, and merchandise.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:36 PM PST - 27 comments

    R2-D2 Xbox Casemod

    Yep, that's an Xbox in R2-D2
    posted by JV at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

    The Dalai Lama Resigns

    The Dalai Lama announces his resignation as a political leader. It remains to be seen if the Tibet Parliament will accept.
    posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:30 PM PST - 40 comments

    The Zune is dead

    The Zune [player] is dead. "Microsoft will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones." [more inside]
    posted by iviken at 5:55 PM PST - 193 comments

    Whats the arabic for Anschluss?

    Gulf states send forces to Bahrain following protests: authorities urged the population to "co-operate fully and to welcome" the troops.
    posted by dash_slot- at 4:32 PM PST - 34 comments

    Kris Dutson, Amateur Weatherman Snaps Stunning Pics

    Amateur Weatherman Snaps Stunning Pictures. Kris Dutson, 53, has spent ten years scouting out the ideal locations across Britain to capture the most astonishing atmospheric shots on his camera as rain falls. Via The Presurfer. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 4:13 PM PST - 28 comments

    "She signed up a year ago, under the old privacy policy, and hasn't logged in since 2010. And now I know what dildo she uses."

    In a move reminiscent of Facebooks Beacon program, Etsy's new People Search feature has exposed account details, including purchase histories and real names, of its buyers and sellers. Here's how to opt out.
    posted by Anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 54 comments

    Notes: Level 6-3 made entirely out of pentagrams

    What do you mean you don't remember Olegco Gaming? They were like the best developer for the Atari! They had classics, like Cool Beens, and Ghost Garden Man. Don't tell me you never played Baron of the SkeleBone Zone! Well, you take a look at all of their games on their archive site. Now try to be a little more knowledgeable before we talk about video games again... thanks.
    posted by codacorolla at 3:34 PM PST - 17 comments

    AIDS Chic?

    "Anyone who was around New York City in the late 1980s and early '90s couldn't have missed the work of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, better known as ACT UP. Its group's activism reached a fever pitch during the early '90s, when the iconic black 'Silence=Death' posters and t-shirts seemed ubiquitous downtown and served as somewhat more defiant symbols for the Gay community than the rainbow flags that took over to serve that role slightly later. ... So what were we to think as we wandered through Barneys Co-op in Chelsea yesterday when we spied a whole shelf full of T-shirts featuring ACT UP's famous imagery [priced each at $50 ... 'a portion of that price tag will go to the activist group'] as if they were magically transported there from 20 years ago?" [more inside]
    posted by ericb at 3:07 PM PST - 48 comments

    A film... in reverse... in reverse

    Top Secret! is a 1984 film from the makers of Airplane!, parodying WWII spy movies and Elvis movies amongst other subjects. One of its more famous scenes took place in a Swedish bookstore (proprietor played by Peter "Grand Moff Tarkin" Cushing). The eerie nature of the scene comes from having been created to be watched backwards. Here is that scene, now reversed, as in played forward, and acted backward.
    posted by hippybear at 12:49 PM PST - 147 comments

    London's Unfinished Ringways

    Unfinished London's long awaited second episode is a wonderful DIY documentary about London's failed 'Ringways' road-building project, made and presented by Jay Foreman. The first episode, about a branch of London's underground that was never built, is also excellent (and much more fun that you might expect). [Previously.]
    posted by hot soup girl at 11:58 AM PST - 22 comments

    Big Jack Johnson

    Mississippi Bluesman Big Jack Johnson has died. His performances in the documentary Deep Blues are brilliant. He was last surviving major performer featured in the film.
    posted by zzazazz at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

    they simply forgot about it

    How a handful of geeks on Usenet defied the USSR. [more inside]
    posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:28 AM PST - 39 comments

    Nowhere safe: natural hazard maps

    Thinking about natural disasters in your area? There's a map for that! For earthquakes, there is an interactive map of the US showing the maximum peak ground acceleration that your area has a 10% chance of encountering over the next ten years (about PGA, worldwide risks), and a map of global tsunamis. For weather, look at all F5 tornadoes in the US, tornado risks abroad, US hurricanes and cyclones (this map can also do hail, floods, drought and other weather hazards), and billion dollar natural disasters in the US. For bonus worries: global nuclear sites and volcanoes. More generally, a PDF of Presidential disaster declarations and Reliefweb's global crises maps. And a big map of all natural disasters going on right now.
    posted by blahblahblah at 11:21 AM PST - 23 comments

    Roxie Laybourne

    Who invented the cloacascope? Who could pinpoint minute structural characteristics of charred bird feathers and identify the bird species or family based on the feathers? Who was the oldest of 15 children and worked for more than 50 years at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History? Roxie (large image). Roxie C. Laybourne, feather detective, pioneer of forensic ornithology. [more inside]
    posted by cashman at 11:02 AM PST - 13 comments

    Play Tesla the Weather Man

    You are Nikola Tesla. Dodge obstacles and control the elements as you race to stop Thomas Edison. A game by ThoughtQuake Studios, made using open source software and part of IndieDB's top 100 games of 2010. via BlenderNation.
    posted by circular at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

    Don't wait for Arbor Day!

    Cloning trees to stop global warming! Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non profit organization that creates clones of ancient trees and uses them for the purpose of functional forestation. They are doing their part to stop deforestation and fight global warming by planting these cloned trees in different area across the planet. They are also preserve some of the oldest living things on the planet for future generations as well!
    posted by Mastercheddaar at 9:20 AM PST - 62 comments

    MathML and LaTeX users rejoice

    "MathJax is an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers." Displaying math and equations in web pages has been a pretty consistent problem. MathJax allows you to use either MathML or TeX/LaTeX as input and then formats it into beautiful, scalable HTML.
    posted by Deathalicious at 8:28 AM PST - 24 comments

    "The reason this topic has been so long in coming is that we've been waiting for the industry to provide us an example of a well-done female character."

    What it takes to write a great female video game character.
    posted by EvaDestruction at 7:59 AM PST - 275 comments

    You Are Not Alone

    "You probably don’t believe everything you read, hear or see in news, culture and advertising, but maybe you don’t know why." MeFi's own The Last Psychiatrist and Pastabagel have created a new open blog, [more inside]
    posted by overeducated_alligator at 7:01 AM PST - 40 comments


    Happy half-τ day! What's a half-τ? You know it as π, but π is wrong. (via)
    posted by DU at 5:20 AM PST - 100 comments

    Joe Morello 1928–2011

    Joe Morello was the drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet. His skill and style in odd time signatures was something to behold and emulate. His approach to Brubeck's music was often the first study, for many young drummers, in how to interact with odd meters as well as with soloing and stick control. He was a jazz legend in the percussion world.
    posted by greenskpr at 4:56 AM PST - 35 comments

    Ceaseless generation of new perspectives

    Zhuangzi as Philosopher Essay by Brook Ziporyn made available (there's also some other prefatory matter there) at the website of the publishers of his translation of the Zhuangzi, one of the seminal texts of Daoism, putatively authored by Zhuang Zhou in the fourth century BCE. Via, where there's plenty of other informed discussion on Zhuangzi, Daoism and other ancient Chinese thought.
    posted by Abiezer at 1:45 AM PST - 24 comments

    Pyongyang Style – North Korean Haircut

    Filming in North Korea is a bit of an iffy task, and you never know when a minder may decide to confiscate your memory cards or camera. That was a risk I didn’t want to take, so I decided not to reveal to them the fact that my 5D was capable of shooting video. I taped up the back screen with black electrical tape. Pyongyang Style – North Korean Haircut
    posted by finite at 12:09 AM PST - 54 comments

    March 13

    The answer to everything in Dubai is money

    "The plan was money. The architect was money. The designer was money and the builder was money. And if you ever wondered what money would look like if it were left to its own devices, it's Dubai."
    posted by vidur at 10:31 PM PST - 69 comments

    Your favourite net.utopia sucks

    An Accelerated Grimace. Chris Lehmann takes down Clay Shirky's cyber-uptopianism by way of Evgeny Morozov.
    posted by Sparx at 9:03 PM PST - 39 comments

    "Tomorrow I get to skin snakes and chop their heads off, and I am super-excited about it,"

    Does this machete go with my tiara? "Pageant hopefuls decapitate, skin snakes at Rattlesnake Roundup: To win the Miss Snake Charmer beauty pageant requires beauty, grace, talent and a strong stomach. It's probably the only pageant in the country that requires the winner to decapitate and skin a snake."
    posted by Fizz at 4:38 PM PST - 72 comments

    Sunday Comes Afterwords

    Rebecca Black's Friday is a video single from an artist you may have never heard of, yet it's spawned animated gifs and in-depth lyrical analysis, raised speculation over possible album tracklists, garnered numerous covers, it's received the super-slow treatment (similar to Justin Bieber), and a short movie mash-up. Where did this all start? A magical place called Ark Music Factory.
    posted by filthy light thief at 4:03 PM PST - 277 comments

    Get along Kid Charlemagne

    Psychedelic icon Owsley Stanley dies in Australia "Owsley 'Bear' Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76." The Bear, previously on MetaFilter.
    posted by terrapin at 12:45 PM PST - 94 comments

    Car back door

    Researchers at UCSD have modified an MP3 file so that when it is played on a car's stereo system it modifies the stereo's firmware and opens up a security back door into the car's operating system. Using it, they were then able to control the door locks, the car ignition, and change the speedometer reading. [more inside]
    posted by Chocolate Pickle at 10:14 AM PST - 143 comments

    Are there renowned Internet startups with black founders?

    Are there renowned Internet startups with black founders?
    posted by Memo at 10:12 AM PST - 58 comments

    The Master Theorem

    M presents: The Master Theorem. Not that master theorem, this one is full of puzzles and games. Take a crack at this week's theorem, or start with a tutorial from the help page. Once you've solved your first theorem (and earned membership) check out the seals, a different, sometimes deeper style of puzzle. New theorems and seals are being added weekly. [more inside]
    posted by Maastrictian at 9:52 AM PST - 57 comments

    Please Support Genetic Freedom

    Should you be allowed unrestricted knowledge of your own genetic makeup? Or should your doctor be the one to decide how much you can know about your own genes? Currently direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies (such as 23andMe) allow consumers to discover which genes they have inherited. But some influential people are arguing that the general public is harmed by the ability to freely access this type of information. The American Medical Association is urging the FDA to make it so that genomic information is only available to a person through a personal physician or medical counselor. As a counterpoint the geneticists at the Genomes Unzipped website provide a six point statement on why People Have A Right To Access Their Own Genetic Information. [more inside]
    posted by Jason Malloy at 7:28 AM PST - 97 comments

    Dog CPR

    "Canyon Crest K9 Training Center owner, Ron Pace, saves the life of a boxer with CPR (SLYT; 7.52) during a regular training session. During the session, the dog suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. Ron immediately applied CPR. Within a few minutes, the dog regained consciousness." [more inside]
    posted by bwg at 6:41 AM PST - 26 comments

    Top 50 bike blogs 2011

    Top 50 bike blogs in 2011 from the London Cyclist.
    posted by jeffmac at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

    Its existence almost beggars belief

    Matthew Engel, starting a new series on British institutions in the Financial Times, examines the BBC.
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:46 AM PST - 10 comments

    Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

    Description of Incident: POLICE SAVE DOLPHIN
    posted by rodgerd at 1:20 AM PST - 37 comments


    Plasticize Me: Will recent advances in human tissue preservation change the way we think about bodies, death, God… and China? [Previously, Via]
    posted by homunculus at 12:15 AM PST - 13 comments

    March 12

    A story of international solidarity

    The Coca Cola Case is a 2009 National Film Board Of Canada documentary about labor rights around the world. NFB website with trailer [2m13s]. Full film on YouTube: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 11:41 PM PST - 2 comments

    "It's called Ferris Bueller's Day Off. You've probably never heard of it."

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off: re-cut trailer, as a pretentious, coming-of-age indie film.
    posted by SkylitDrawl at 10:43 PM PST - 134 comments

    A crash course in nuclear wessels.

    Amidst the massive aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami being discussed in this thread, the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants continues to unfold. For objective information, discussion, and analysis of the ongoing efforts to stabilize the fuel cores in the boiling water reactors of the type in Fukushima, nuclear engineers such as @arclight are providing laypeople with a much needed crash course on the inner workings of nuclear reactors. [more inside]
    posted by Dr. Zira at 9:06 PM PST - 3070 comments

    All around the mulberry bush...

    I was doing some research on Dryads when I stumbled upon the TreeSpirit Project. To cut to the chase, it appears to be a series of artful, tasteful photographs of people dancing butt-naked around trees. What more can I say? Well, other than NSFW, obviously...
    posted by jim in austin at 8:10 PM PST - 39 comments

    Don Armando

    '80s Dance Party with Don Armando and the Second Avenue Rhumba Band: I'm An Indian Too and Deputy of Love.
    posted by puny human at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

    family planning, old school

    Antique contraception & protection from the disease - (NSFW) male & female methodologies of birth control from antiquity to the 1900s in pictures and text (Translated from Russian) [more inside]
    posted by madamjujujive at 7:32 PM PST - 19 comments

    Guitar Music From Western Sahara

    The Music of Group Doueh. Doueh is a guitar genius from the disputed territory of Western Sahara. [more inside]
    posted by TheCoug at 6:25 PM PST - 9 comments

    What a fool I am

    Protests spread to Portugal. As of posting, two hundred to three hundred thousand people are currently protesting the current government in Lisbon. The majority of the complaints come from the "desperate generation", 20 to 30 year olds who, although educated, cannot find a job, while facing increasing austerity measures, amidst rumors of an Ireland style bailout. The spark that set off the protests was a youtube video of a song by the popular band Deolinda (Portugese) (myspace). [more inside]
    posted by zabuni at 5:50 PM PST - 47 comments

    And you made it enjoying what you do...

    *LIVE THE DREAM* (Previously) [more inside]
    posted by lemuring at 2:17 PM PST - 16 comments

    So therefore, OPEC felt justified in raising the price of oil. To 45 dollars a barrel. At the height of the commodities boom, oil was trading for three times that amount.

    Why Gas Is So Expensive Today (Hint: It’s Not Libya) A long but enthralling proposal that current gas prices have nothing to do with supply and demand, but are instead due primarily to rampant unchecked commodities speculation ("unchecked" because it had been granted special exemption from the clearly-defined checks). Quotes heavily from this article and this book. (found via Hacker News)
    posted by luvcraft at 2:07 PM PST - 184 comments

    They only did it 'cos of fame - A.P.I.

    "Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no." - Not long after saddling it's own iOS client with some unpopular new "features" Twitter is saying no to the development of new competing clients. Existing clients such as Twitterific and Echofon should be unaffected.
    posted by Artw at 2:05 PM PST - 42 comments

    Harmony harmony oh love!

    PonyCraft 2 - StarCraft 2's trailer, but with ponies.
    posted by inedible at 1:13 PM PST - 29 comments

    Brooklyn Black Market Bug Rolls

    Da first ting ya gotta do, see, is friend da Brooklyn Underground Anglers Association's facebook page, who will hook ya up wit Dr. Claw, da Lobstah Pushah [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

    brooding boyfriends in handicrafts

    20 Sad Etsy Boyfriends , mostly wearing crochet beanies. Even more examples of this phenomenon at the Sad Etsy Boyfriends Tumblr. Regretsy started it with the saddest Etsy hipster boyfriend of them all... still, he dances, with only a neck and one sleeve to keep him warm. [more inside]
    posted by flex at 9:45 AM PST - 77 comments

    Obama agrees with Manning Treatment

    Despite Amnesty's recent denouncement of his treatment and a State Department official's comment that it is "stupid" among other things, Obama apparently stands by the current conditions under which Bradley Manning is being held. [more inside]
    posted by Glinn at 7:00 AM PST - 269 comments

    Zahida Kazmi, Taxi Driver

    For the past two decades, Zahida Kazmi has been driving a cab in Pakistan.
    posted by bardophile at 2:43 AM PST - 14 comments

    March 11

    Spare Parts

    The printing of an engineered [non-functional model of a] replacement kidney on stage at a recent TED talk is just the latest in a spate of recent high-profile biomedical engineering headlines. [more inside]
    posted by richyoung at 10:41 PM PST - 17 comments


    An open letter to Wil Wheaton. With response.
    posted by kmz at 10:06 PM PST - 58 comments

    Zigguraticity, Pyramidality

    College Bowl was an American tradition for more than 50 years: two teams of four players each, who are read a toss-up question which anyone could answer alternating with a bonus question which only the team which got the toss-up question could answer. It was officially cancelled in 2008, due to a variety of factors. A strange new format dominates its successors: pyramidal quiz bowl. [more inside]
    posted by curuinor at 9:07 PM PST - 61 comments

    The Price Rollback of the Comics

    In 1989, Bill "Calvin and Hobbes" Watterson gave a famous address at Ohio State U.'s Festival of Cartoon Art: "The Cheapening of the Comics" (transcript). Twenty-two years later, successful webcomic artist Dave Kellett (of "Sheldon" about a boy and his non-imaginary talking duck, and "Drive" a sci-fi comic with a convoluted premise and funny aliens) offered a new-generation response at the same venue: "The Freeing of the Comics" (YouTube part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). While Watterson told how and why newspaper comics were (and are) dying, Kellett explained how webcomics can (and do) replace them (although not necessarily for Watterson). [more inside]
    posted by oneswellfoop at 9:04 PM PST - 27 comments

    You set a magic missile on my heart and charm person on my brain...

    Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you... "This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
    posted by Gator at 6:57 PM PST - 46 comments

    "That which suggests is superior to that which shows. Movies today show more and more. It’s paranoid dictator cinema. What we need is schizophrenic cinema." -- René Laloux

    René Laloux is best known for his direction of the 1973 animated film La Planète Sauvage, titled Fantastic Planet in English, but his life in film started earlier. His first shorts came from his painting and shadow puppetry workshops with the patients of La Borde psychiatric clinic. Laloux continued to work in animation, making one short himself, then collaborating with four different artists (Roland Topor, Moebius, and Caza), turning out a total of 10 shorts and 3 feature films. [Surreal, NSFW videos and images inside] [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 5:26 PM PST - 16 comments

    Does the church advertise a gluten-free option for Communion?

    Hipster Faith "To remain relevant, many evangelical pastors are following the lead of hipster trendsetters. So what happens when 'cool' meets Christ?"
    posted by klangklangston at 5:22 PM PST - 127 comments

    Sorry about your productivity...

    Jorinapeka For Friday Flash fun, here's the newest addiction from Tonypa Games.
    posted by krakedhalo at 5:18 PM PST - 26 comments

    This web page is too small. Can you make a bigger one?

    Play Katamari Damacy with any website. [more inside]
    posted by empath at 3:38 PM PST - 44 comments


    National Geographic's Journey To The Edge Of The Universe. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) [more inside]
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments


    ♪ I feel so unsure as I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor as the music dies, something in your eyes calls to mind the silver screen and all its sad good-byes ♪
    posted by boo_radley at 2:40 PM PST - 59 comments

    Off the top of the dome

    Dr. Charles Limb put jazz musicians and freestyle rappers in an fMRI machine and asked them to improvise/freestyle. [more inside]
    posted by AceRock at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

    A notable issue with Wikipedia

    Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate. - The Wikimedia Strategy March 2011 Update discusses wikipedia's declining ability to retain new editors. Meanwhile the case of the deletion (and restoration) of the article on the remarkably notable Old Man Murray highlights the bad decisions that can occur when insular admins and editors favor deletionist sentiment and bureaucratic rule-waving over the input of outsiders and a basic level of research.
    posted by Artw at 1:47 PM PST - 96 comments

    What? For giving Star Trek a good review?

    The Plinkett/Nadine saga concludes... or does it? [more inside]
    posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 1:30 PM PST - 16 comments

    Enrique Metinides

    Enrique Metinides: In the Place of Coincidence "On Feburary 2011, Enrique Metinides will turn seventy-seven. Fifty of those years have been dedicated to what is called in Mexico “red note” photography. Sensational images of the tabloid press, images of accidents, deaths, disasters. Metinides’ images capture exquisite and compelling moments from such tragic events. His photographs a complex dynamic which both attract and repel; photographs which become engraved in our imagination through the power of the aesthetic experience." [graphic content]
    posted by puny human at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

    I say, have you seen Inception?

    Inception remade as a 60-second Victorian woodcut animation via boingboing (via suckerpunch).
    posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:39 PM PST - 26 comments

    Acoustic OONTZ

    How to play a trance song ... on a guitar. [via reddit]
    posted by bayani at 12:39 PM PST - 55 comments

    Would you kindly play this?

    Episode One: Prairie Dogging is a Flash game that answers the question, "What if BioShock had been developed in the style of an old-school 2D adventure game?" By Jeremy Scott, creator of the Hsu and Chan comic strip. [more inside]
    posted by jbickers at 12:25 PM PST - 11 comments

    "I Have Sex"

    "I Have Sex" is a video made by student group Weslyan Uncut to protest federal cuts to Planned Parenthood funding. via @heathercorinna
    posted by DarlingBri at 12:08 PM PST - 45 comments

    It's About Damn Time, sort of

    Kraftwerk, after being silent since 2003, finally has a new release of original material. It's not exactly what we were expecting.
    posted by smcdow at 11:57 AM PST - 23 comments

    Atlas Flushed

    "Frankly, my toilets don't work in my house. And I blame you, and people like you" [YT].Senator Rand Paul accused Energy Department official Kathleen Hogan yesterday of offering consumers more choice in reproductive decisions than in household appliances.
    posted by Rykey at 11:48 AM PST - 200 comments

    Frida Kahlo doll house

    This dollhouse combines two of my fave things, doll houses and Frida Kahlo. (Single-link Neatorama post.) I love dollhouses and this one, of her tiny palette and paintbrushes really tickles my fancy!
    posted by Lynsey at 11:30 AM PST - 1 comment

    Women and Engineering no longer

    Women More Likely To Leave Engineering Over Work Environment, Study Finds [more inside]
    posted by jillithd at 9:34 AM PST - 132 comments

    Blind dog gets his own dog guide

    Guide Dog Loses Eyes, Gets His Own Guide Dog There is a video at BBC News as well.
    posted by dancingfruitbat at 9:29 AM PST - 30 comments

    Cracking voyeurism

    Using honeypots and logging tools, some server admins have logged actual server break-in attempts by nincompoop crackers. [more inside]
    posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:35 AM PST - 50 comments

    The Cockroach

    La cucaracha, la cucaracha - ya no puede caminar - porque no tiene, porque le falta - marihuana pa' fumar. (The cockroach, the cockroach, - can't walk anymore - because it doesn't have, because it's lacking - marijuana to smoke) The records of the Dutch accordion-playing duo Henny Voskuyl & Coby Mol (known as Die Kirmesmusikanten). Cecil Adams about the lyrics to the song.
    posted by growabrain at 8:10 AM PST - 23 comments

    More Americans are Surviving Cancer

    According to new data released by the CDC yesterday, more Americans are surviving cancer thanks to advances in increased early detection and treatment. CDC analysis shows an unprecedented 20% increase in survival rates between 2001 and 2007, which is nearly a quadruple increase since 1971. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 7:43 AM PST - 26 comments

    If it's good enough for the Oscars...

    MetaVote! Britain will head to the polls on May 5 to vote on, er, voting, in a campaign that could change the political face of Britain. A little. It’s a two-horse race between the venerable, incumbent first-past-the-post and the upstart preferential Alternative Vote. Should Britain replace it’s electoral system? These people say yes. These people say no. These people also say no, but for different reasons. Does anybody even care? Let the bickering begin!
    posted by londonmark at 5:23 AM PST - 83 comments


    Users may now ban domains from their Google results. After users click through, they may return to Google and ban the entire domain from ever showing up in results again. This comes as part of a general reaction in the context of increasing complaints about Google's search results being spammy.
    posted by jaduncan at 4:58 AM PST - 187 comments

    Laurent Boutonnat pop videos

    In the two decades starting in the 1980s, Laurent Boutonnat produced a series of atmospheric pop videos for Mylène Farmer, the chart-topping "French Madonna" who is little known outside the Europop circuit. [more inside]
    posted by raygirvan at 4:30 AM PST - 7 comments

    Everybody's good at cooking something

    The Crumble Song (Bombay Mix) (SLYT)
    posted by mippy at 3:23 AM PST - 8 comments


    Alexander Graham Bell's Delightfully Weird Sketchbooks . You know him as the inventor of the telephone, but Graham Bell also came up with horse-pulled kites, really sweet airplanes, "ghost effects" with an "elliptical reflector", and a better seesaw. More of Bell's papers from the Library of Congress.
    posted by twoleftfeet at 2:38 AM PST - 24 comments

    March 10

    What's in Spock's Scanner - Part 1

    What's in Spock's Scanner - Part 1
    posted by Daddy-O at 10:51 PM PST - 23 comments

    Large earthquake off coast of Japan

    Preliminary magnitude 7.9 off Honshu at 05:46 UTC The Pacific Ring of Fire has been living up to its name lately. BBC flash reporting a Tsunami Alert has been issued.
    posted by Celsius1414 at 10:12 PM PST - 3220 comments

    Phil Likes Dancing

    Phil dances in the Eaton Centre. Looks like Phil takes videos of himself dancing in various Toronto locations.
    posted by pick_the_flowers at 9:56 PM PST - 25 comments

    Supermasochist Bob Flanagan

    Bob was sick He didn't take it the way you or I might. He got pissed off. And he took it personally. [more inside]
    posted by Splunge at 9:00 PM PST - 9 comments

    Rain When I Die

    Alice In Chains' bass player Mike Starr has passed away. They said it; we die young.
    posted by rainperimeter at 8:16 PM PST - 29 comments

    L'Eroica -- A cycling classic

    L'Eroica in Italy offers something truly unique: a race on ancient roads using obsolete bikes, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and fuelled by a mouth-watering selection of food and wine. [Official site]
    posted by bread-eater at 8:15 PM PST - 19 comments

    Banks considering capping debit card transactions

    JP Morgan Chase considering limiting size of debit card transactions to $50 or $100.
    posted by Netzapper at 7:52 PM PST - 129 comments


    Fuck Yeah Nouns

    While it remains unclear if we've reached peak Fuck Yeah Tumblr, if you're looking to start a new one on your own favorite obscure subject, now you've got a start. (Previously and previously)
    posted by Copronymus at 7:37 PM PST - 45 comments


    Old games with new SFX And bonus, Super Mario 1 with modern SFX
    posted by delmoi at 7:15 PM PST - 18 comments

    First they came for the Muslims, and I broadcast nothing...

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY), not content with questioning Muslim loyalty, has introduced HR 607, the "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011," to take away HAM radio from amateur operators, and sell it to he highest commercial bidder in order to fund some kind of separate internet for cops.
    posted by Slap*Happy at 6:58 PM PST - 66 comments

    Earth tide

    "The Earth tide is a little-known daily event, similar to the oceans' more familiar tides. But the sun and moon's gravity doesn’t just pull on water, it deforms the Earth itself, causing the ground beneath us to bulge toward the pulling heavenly body." [more inside]
    posted by Paragon at 6:48 PM PST - 12 comments

    Rossi and Focardi's energy catalyzer (aka cold fusion)

    Rossi and Focardi's cold fusion claims update. [more inside]
    posted by Brian B. at 6:33 PM PST - 31 comments

    Leg Godt!

    Jim Hughes loves illustration and graphic design, as witness his gorgeous and eclectic blog Codex xcix. He also loves Lego, as you can tell from his delightfully detailed Brick Fetish site. His newest blog post combines these two loves into Lego: A Natural History of Package Design. [more inside]
    posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

    Foreshortened Space

    Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in wall mounted bas-relief constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and sometimes photo-realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. [more inside]
    posted by netbros at 3:45 PM PST - 15 comments

    Andrew Crosse: poet, naturalist, and creator of insects born of electricty and minerals

    Andrew Crosse (June 17, 1784 – July 6, 1855) was a British poet, naturalist, local magistrate, and "gentleman scientist" who may or may not have created life in an electrocrystallization experiment. [Post inspired by TheophileEscargot on MetaChat] [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

    I have a cave under my house

    Warren Ellis impersonates Alan Moore (SLYT audio only)
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:20 PM PST - 61 comments

    Car-go or Car-stop?

    Yesterday Air Canada said it would stop shipments of all cargo to the U.S.A. due to an "emergency change to US security" [more inside]
    posted by sardonyx at 1:17 PM PST - 60 comments

    Mr. Funny Reviewer

    Mr. Hargreaves takes us on a Jungian journey to the integrated self. A series of entertaining Amazon reviews written by Hamilton Richardson for the Mr. Men classic library.
    posted by Fizz at 1:01 PM PST - 16 comments

    Beware of Imitations

    Omni magazine visits the set of THE THING. (previously)
    posted by Artw at 12:45 PM PST - 58 comments

    Tornado in Pupping

    Slow dust devil lifts plastic sheets off of a strawberry field [via]
    posted by puny human at 12:41 PM PST - 44 comments

    Long journeys, short videos

    The Green Tunnel is a six month hike up the Appalacian Trail in a five minute time-lapse video. Though the time-lapse road trip, usually with ambient music, is an overdone genre (except for Michael Gondry's), other time-lapse travel videos can still be interesting: a year long walk through China focusing on beard growth, a visually great (but faked) stop motion walk across America, a boat ride through the Panama Canal,a tilt-shift roadtrip, and the space shuttle Discovery being transported and launched. And, of course, Minecraft in time-lapse. Previously and previously.
    posted by blahblahblah at 12:29 PM PST - 20 comments

    Felicia "Snoop" Pearson arrested in drug raid

    The Wire's Felicia ("Snoop") Pearson has been arrested as part of large scale drug raids according to the Baltimore Sun. Life imitates art, but in this case art had closely imitated life, as Pearson was not a trained actress, but grew up in tough Baltimore neighbourhoods and has a conviction for second degree murder for an act at the age of 14. However in recent years she had been involved in anti-violence campaigns and other work with young people.
    posted by philipy at 11:40 AM PST - 96 comments

    Bike Lane Backlash, Backlash'd

    "When the city introduces a bike lane on a given street, it removes dozens of parking places." John Cassidy, staff writer on economics at The New Yorker, blogs his feelings about bike lanes in New York City. [more inside]
    posted by everichon at 11:39 AM PST - 154 comments

    The error-ridden U.S. citizenship test

    ProPublica reporter Dafna Linzer recently became a U.S. citizen. How? By not giving correct answers to the questions on the citizenship test. Readers respond. [more inside]
    posted by bokinney at 11:24 AM PST - 81 comments

    Weather Visualization better than the window

    WeatherSpark is a new weather forecast visualization tool that will make you think you are living in the year 2011. [more inside]
    posted by ChrisHartley at 11:24 AM PST - 37 comments

    Can I sit down, please?

    Can I sit down, please? Elizabeth Carey Smith of The Letter Office charted her progress in the subway while pregnant and presented the results in graphic form. The WSJ is there.
    posted by shakespeherian at 11:22 AM PST - 75 comments

    Is Glenn Beck losing his edge?

    Is Glenn Beck losing his edge? David Carr certainly thinks so (NYT link). While Beck's numbers are still high in comparison to his rivals, he's lost around a third of his viewership, primarily younger viewers. Fox is even thinking about life without Beck. [more inside]
    posted by willhopkins at 11:20 AM PST - 34 comments

    The Case of the Filthy Fake Facebook Profile.

    The Facebook profile I could not get removed. Writer Susan Arnout Smith joined Facebook only to find she was already there, as a fake profile trolling for sex. Needless to say it was difficult to contact Facebook about the matter, and sometimes difficult to convince friends and colleagues it wasn't really her. Eventually though, she tracked down the perpetrators. Radio Netherlands interview here.
    posted by JanetLand at 10:44 AM PST - 41 comments

    Don't shit in the blue cabinet!

    International Color Idioms. Hundreds of international idioms that mention color, with literal English translations as well as meanings. From this page, which also has an interesting essay on colors and language. (via)
    posted by kmz at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

    RIP Agnes Milowka

    Agnes Milowka, vivacious and courageous cave diver, was found dead last week in Australia's Tank Cave. [more inside]
    posted by googly at 9:54 AM PST - 28 comments

    Thanks for the adventure. Now go have one of your own.

    A team at National Geographic, for an upcoming show called How Hard Can it Be?, created a real-life floating house inspired by the movie Up.
    posted by Lutoslawski at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

    The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox

    The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox.
    posted by Sticherbeast at 9:07 AM PST - 25 comments

    What's under my plane?

    As your airline takes you from Point A to Point B, do you ever wonder about all the points in between? Enter MondoWindow (in beta today), which mashes up satellite photos, air traffic data, wikipedia, and flickr to show where your plane is, and what's nearby on the earth below, provided your flight has wifi. [more inside]
    posted by underthehat at 8:33 AM PST - 15 comments

    Angry Birds

    How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner. [more inside]
    posted by AceRock at 8:13 AM PST - 90 comments

    R. Vaneigen spins in his grave.

    The Situationist App. For the revolution of everyday life, or not?
    posted by pianomover at 7:28 AM PST - 47 comments

    "He's so unstoppable in these circumstances."

    An animated Gareth Bale destroys Inter Milan. [more inside]
    posted by dyobmit at 7:19 AM PST - 24 comments

    Sick Ink

    Tokyo artist Sagaki Keita creates incredibly detailed illustrations which are almost completely improvised. More of his work can be found on his website.
    posted by gman at 6:48 AM PST - 17 comments

    Read the Classics: "Top Twenty" isn't quite "Truest Twenty," but....

    Via the Economist: the top twenty papers from 100 years of the American Economic Review. (This post is mostly pdfs.) [more inside]
    posted by anotherpanacea at 5:50 AM PST - 28 comments

    "Beware of others making these claims. They want to have sex with you, or THEY'RE A LAWYER!"

    Pretty much the entire run of HBO's Mr. Show is available on YouTube. One of the standout features of the show was it's treatment of advertising. Mr. Show did use the sketch comedy trope of strange products of dubious value, but it also satirized escalating political attack ads as well as the difference between the high road and the low road. Mr. Show also addressed public relations advertising. The show explored the use of shock to grab consumers' attention, and while send-ups of legal services advertising isn't unique, the technique certainly is. NOTE: some videos contain naughty words.
    posted by Mayor Curley at 5:35 AM PST - 106 comments

    March 9

    Premature birth-preventing drug faces cost spike

    Progesterone caproate injections have been used to reduce the likelihood of premature births in at-risk pregnant women for years. Up until now, the drug was custom-compounded by wholesale and specialist pharmacies, legally, but without federal approval. These injections cost between $5 and $15 a dose and were regularly reimbursed by insurance companies and Medicaid. Last month, the FDA announced their approval of a commercially produced version of the compound, to be marketed under the brand name Makena by a company called KV Pharmaceuticals. No stranger to controversy and trouble, KV barely survived a rash round of layoffs and wrongful termination lawsuits. Their former chief executive now faces criminal charges surrounding the company's failure to notify the FDA that they were producing oversized morphine tablets. (He could also do for a shave, it appears.) Now, KV has announced that the new drug will be available at a cost of $1,500 per dose, bringing the total pregnancy term cost of treatment to $25,000-$30,000, from its former cost of $250-$300, a 100-fold increase—but it gets worse... [more inside]
    posted by disillusioned at 11:47 PM PST - 63 comments

    Questionable reporting in rape case

    After the horrific gang-rape of a child in a small town in east Texas has gained national attention, serious criticisms have been made of how the story has been reported. [more inside]
    posted by jb at 11:35 PM PST - 123 comments

    Old Pen

    "The Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historical Site was a functioning prison for 101 years. It was built in 1870 and the first prisoners were brought in 1872. The buildings on the site were built by inmate laborers. The Old Idaho Penitentiary grew from a single cell house into a complex of several buildings holding Idaho's most notorious criminals. The Old Pen received over 13,000 inmates with a maximum population of 603 inmates. There were 222 women inmates (including repeat offenders.) Closed after riots in 1973, some say it's haunted.
    posted by bwg at 11:25 PM PST - 5 comments

    Going for a Beer. A short story.

    Going for a Beer. A short story.
    posted by shivohum at 10:05 PM PST - 11 comments

    Caveman and Philosopher

    A man known as micromike was a cave dweller within the town famous for the Manhattan Project . Although the residents of the town didn't think of him as more than a nuisance, a documentary film was made about him. He isn't the small town's first outcast to gain attention from the outside world.
    posted by hellslinger at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments


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    posted by not_on_display at 9:28 PM PST - 56 comments

    The future, for a little while anyway

    The future in 1988. (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) [more inside]
    posted by codacorolla at 8:50 PM PST - 11 comments

    The Ashtray: A Series on Incommensurability

    The Ashtray: The Ultimatum. Part one of a series by Errol Morris on meaning, truth, intolerance and flying ashtrays. [more inside]
    posted by homunculus at 7:47 PM PST - 20 comments

    Eva Braun's Private Photos

    LIFE presents: Eva Braun's Private Photos. The highlight of the collection: Eva as Al Jolson.
    posted by nasreddin at 7:12 PM PST - 77 comments

    They're Getting Away With It

    Remember that whole thing last fall where the banks got caught lying in court while trying to foreclose? And the attorneys general of all 50 states got all pissy? Well, on the quiet, ever since then….in some states it seems like the banks have quietly stopped foreclosing. Even though they said this was all sorted out back in October. In state courts across the land, legal troubles for the banks are mounting --- most especially, with regards to the Mortgage Electronic Registration System, or MERS, which maybe kinda sorta hopelessly FUBARs 400 years worth of property law. But not to fear --- the nation’s largest banks are about two months from making this all go away: The state AGs and every federal regulator have almost come up with some sort of settlement plan with the banks. Details leaked today in American Banker (pdf of whole proposal; cliff notes version). Does the settlement have its heart in the right place? Or is it a useless slap on the wrist? [more inside]
    posted by Diablevert at 7:10 PM PST - 25 comments

    A picture is worth a thousand little words

    69 Love Songs, Illustrated is a blog where comic book artists and illustrators interpret the songs on The Magnetic Fields' classic album 69 Love Songs.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:36 PM PST - 17 comments

    Lost, Then Found!

    Update on this post: Todd Bieber (no relation to Justin) found the owner of the mystery film he found in Brooklyn's Prospect Park during a winter snowstorm.
    posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:16 PM PST - 16 comments

    Steampunk Insects

    Steampunk Insects. "Tom Hardwidge’s Arthrobots are robotic insects — steampunk creations made from upcycled gears, nuts, bolts… and bullets!"
    posted by Phire at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

    The music won

    Carnaval (or Carnival) week is over in Brazil, and the judges have decided: the winning samba schools of the two main parades in the country, Rio and São Paulo, were Beija-Flor and Vai-Vai. And both chose musicians as their themes. Beija-Flor honored Roberto Carlos, known as the king of Brazilian music. From his origins in Jovem Guarda (an early form of Brazilian pop and rock'n'roll) to the adoption of romantic melodies, he is considered a living Elvis Presley. Vai-Vai, on the other hand, chose as a subject João Carlos Martins - whose life could be a MeFi post in itself. [more inside]
    posted by Trielli at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

    Glacier Caves

    "I figured I'd explore for a bit and before I knew it I was 50 yards within a huge cave gazing at the most beautiful, otherworldly sight I had ever laid eyes on," he tells us. "It was like stepping into Superman's lair and every changing shade of blue lured me deeper and deeper." Inside Glacier Caves. [more inside]
    posted by Rinku at 4:59 PM PST - 20 comments

    Film lovers are sick people.

    Film Film Film (1968), an award-winning Soviet animated short (1, 2), depicts the many unalloyed joys of filmmaking, from writer's block to studio censorship, working with children, unforeseen script revisions, delays, running over budget, technical difficulties, and uncertain audience reception. [more inside]
    posted by Nomyte at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

    A Half-Century of Rights, Gone

    Republicans remove fiscal measures of Wisconsin's controversial budget repair bill, no longer need quorum denied to them by the 14 AWOL Senate Democrats. After seven minutes and over the objections of the Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, the bill is revised and accepted. The bill passes in the Senate 18-1. Previously. Before that Before even that.
    posted by shesdeadimalive at 4:33 PM PST - 1251 comments

    Return, I will, to old Brazil.

    Carnival 2011! [more inside]
    posted by SPrintF at 4:30 PM PST - 12 comments

    "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history": Illinois abolishes the death penalty

    IL Gov. Pat Quinn—formerly a strong supporter of capital punishment—today signed into law the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois. This comes eleven years after Gov. George Ryan—also a former supporter of capital punishment—signed a moratorium on the death penalty, commuting the sentences of 167 death row inmates to life (including ten men who had made false confessions under torture directed by police commander Jon Burge [previously here and here]). Between 1977 and 1999, Illinois executed 12 inmates, while freeing 13 innocent men from Death Row. [more inside]
    posted by scody at 4:09 PM PST - 40 comments

    I Am Animator!

    Animation Hotline is a series of daily animations where Dustin Grella uses messages left on his voice mail for content. If you feel so inspired, call. Other animation projects from Grella's personal site... [more inside]
    posted by netbros at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

    iTunes Scammers At It Again

    A thread at Apple's Support site has popped up with frustrated users describing nearly identical iTunes account disruptions: up to hundreds of dollars of charges are being racked up by fraudulent buyers, using iTunes gift card balances and even credit card information to fund the purchases. [more inside]
    posted by Khazk at 2:37 PM PST - 69 comments

    Getting Illuminated

    Could you last 46 days on dopplebocks alone? One man is about to find out -- in the spirit of European monks centuries ago, he's giving up food during Lent. "For the next 46 days, under the supervision of a doctor and spiritual advisor, Wilson will drink only Illuminator and blog about the journey."
    posted by naju at 2:16 PM PST - 65 comments

    fee fie foe fud

    Point-of-sale equipment vendor Veriphone issues a stern video about how smartphone payment processor Square makes it easy to skim credit card data. The internet is there to translate. [more inside]
    posted by mullingitover at 2:05 PM PST - 54 comments

    Remember The Triangle Fire

    March 25, 2011 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. American Experience has marked the anniversary. HBO will also mark the anniversary. In fact, many groups all across the country will mark the anniversary. [more inside]
    posted by hippybear at 1:53 PM PST - 35 comments

    That's 137 in Bunny Years

    Everything is Cuter In Bunny Ears, right? (Almost) every day for the last year, cartoonist/animator Ryan Green has demonstrated how many things are... [more inside]
    posted by oneswellfoop at 1:24 PM PST - 7 comments


    DEATH / HITCHCOCK (SLYT) (NSFW - brief nudity)
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:57 PM PST - 30 comments

    My name is Thom. I like to dance. Watch me dance.

    Four weeks ago, the video for Radiohead's Lotus Flower went up on YouTube. It's a simple thing, black and white, starting off with a silhouetted dancer who turns out to be Thom Yorke. The formerly "very shy and uncertain" fellow has since turned into a back-up dancer for Beyonce, makes Window Licker a bit less creepy*, and is a dancing queen. There's a step-by-step graphic break-down of Thom's dance (descriptions in French, auto-translated by Babelfish and alternate descriotion in English), a detailed break-down of Yorke's influences, a tumblr of 150 dancing Thom video edits and mash-ups, and a Know Your Meme page. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 12:53 PM PST - 25 comments

    I Don't Particularly Like To Read

    F*ck Yeah Headlines! Each weekday Eric Wedum finds a headline on a major news site, and illustrates it without reading a word of the story.
    posted by CrunchyFrog at 12:53 PM PST - 29 comments

    What metal(s) do you want in the new coins?

    The United States mint is asking for public feedback regarding what kind of metals to put in the next batch of coins. Here is a bit of history of the metal composition of US coins
    posted by robbyrobs at 12:24 PM PST - 107 comments


    The Like Log Study: [SLVimeo] What can we learn from Facebook reactions to online news? Sortable statistics from a study on Facebook "Likes" of major news sites and stories.
    posted by Fizz at 12:09 PM PST - 11 comments


    Inspired by Iceland
    posted by puny human at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

    David S. Broder, RIP

    David S. Broder: Reporter. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 11:59 AM PST - 19 comments, Vote Like A Pirate!

    Massachusetts has recognized the Pirate Party as an official political party and voters may register their party affiliation as "Pirate" effective immediately. The Massachusetts Pirate Party follows in the footsteps of the Swedish Pirate Party, which ran in 2006 in response to the ongoing copyright infringment struggles between the Pirate Bay and the Swedish government, and has spawned a larger global political movement. The Massachusetts Pirate Party sees its platform extending beyond copyright issues to include working against corporate personhood, increasing transparency in government, and maintaining personal privacy in the wake of the PATRIOT Act and other civil-rights-diminishments.
    posted by briank at 11:45 AM PST - 54 comments

    Retroactive Copyright

    Library Rights Are at Stake in New Supreme Court Copyright Case Article by Marc Parry appeared in: "Chronicle of Higher Education" March 8, 2011, 4:12 pm Does Congress have the right to restore copyright protection to foreign works that have fallen into the public domain? That issue is at the heart of a major copyright case that the Supreme Court agreed to hear yesterday. Its resolution could have implications for libraries’ ability to share works online, advocates say.
    posted by naight at 11:25 AM PST - 25 comments

    Don't You Wish You Had A Kitchen That Was Hot Like This

    10-year old Timmy singing and owning Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" into a very ripe unpeeled banana. [YT] [more inside]
    posted by Mike Mongo at 11:20 AM PST - 28 comments

    Ideal for pranks...

    Introducing the Skeletonics exoskeleton (slyt)
    posted by Artw at 11:15 AM PST - 21 comments


    posted by The Whelk at 11:07 AM PST - 36 comments

    Gulf War Syndrome II

    "The saddest part is the children... We’re seeing young children with extremely high levels of chemicals. We're altering our DNA and our bodies forever. We're a bunch of guinea pigs." (previously)
    posted by Joe Beese at 10:27 AM PST - 91 comments

    Did you notice this bar is like a total sausage fest?

    Celery -- Just some bros hanging out. Probably a bit NSFW.
    posted by empath at 10:05 AM PST - 44 comments

    "Sometimes I get bitter... about things..."

    Wooden Puppet. Life can be hard for a wooden puppet. (via)
    posted by kmz at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

    Boy, those French. They have a different word for everything

    4 photogenic youngsters travel to beautiful cities, to Paris, Barcelona, Beijing & London. Short, upbeat commercials by Gustav Johansson & Albin Holmqvist for a French language school
    posted by growabrain at 9:16 AM PST - 22 comments

    reality got rocked

    The new The New Pornographers video: Moves [Written and Directed by Tom Scharpling], features cameos by all of your favorite alt.comedians (including one of Mefis Own). [more inside]
    posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

    Hitchens Harris Rabbis Afterlife Debate

    Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris Debate Rabbis David Wolpe and Shavit Artson on the existence of an afterlife (video) [more inside]
    posted by AceRock at 8:08 AM PST - 92 comments

    Ah. A 3 dimensional person at last!

    Something has happened to the world. Everything has been flattened into 2D - except you. Now the world needs you to put things back to normal. Antimatiere is a small puzzle game where you move 2D objects around on walls and floors to solve problems. It also has a slight resemblence to Portal in that placing doors and windows punches holes through the mentioned walls, allowing you to pass between different rooms. Warning: Requires the Unity Web Player plugin to run. [more inside]
    posted by ymgve at 7:31 AM PST - 34 comments

    The Happiest Man in America

    The New York Times asked Gallup to come up with a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on the characteristics that most closely correlated with happiness in 2010. Men, for example, tend to be happier than women, older people are happier than middle-aged people, and so on. Gallup’s answer: he’s a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year. And here he is. (single link NYT-filter)
    posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:45 AM PST - 73 comments

    Trust me, it used to be funny

    Will future generations understand "The Simpsons"? [more inside]
    posted by rodmandirect at 6:04 AM PST - 121 comments

    Nicholas Cage: a career plotted on two axes

    The Nicholas Cage Matrix.
    posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 5:26 AM PST - 56 comments

    "It's the only grain that's a complete, perfect protein"

    How to cook quinoa with David Lynch. Part 1, part 2. Yes, that David Lynch.
    posted by londonmark at 5:22 AM PST - 34 comments

    Serious fixies

    Keirin: Speed Racers is a short film, presented in a visual anthropological style, that explores the Japanese gambling sport of Keirin [more inside]
    posted by KirkpatrickMac at 5:06 AM PST - 10 comments

    The Map Of Science Fiction

    The History Of Science Fiction: a submission for the 7th iteration of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit.
    posted by ninebelow at 3:35 AM PST - 26 comments

    March 8

    Unintelligible cursing here

    "'Madness' has gone dark. The ‘R’ did us in." Previously. Guillermo del Toro's Lovecraftian film "At the Mountains of Madness" was killed because he demanded an R rating, instead of the more lucrative PG-13. Ebert: Hollywood holds Del Toro hostage to 13-year-olds, or, the death of movies for grown-ups.
    posted by zabuni at 11:28 PM PST - 190 comments

    They lack life experience

    New Hampshire House Republicans are pushing for new laws that would prohibit many college students from voting in the state - and effectively keep some from voting at all. "Voting as a liberal. That's what kids do," [State Speaker William O'Brien] added, his comments taped by a state Democratic Party staffer and posted on YouTube. Students lack "life experience," and "they just vote their feelings." WaPo. Youtube. Yick Wo.
    posted by Navelgazer at 10:52 PM PST - 90 comments

    Full Metal Kubrick

    "I'm not going to be asked any conceptualizing questions, right?" STANLEY KUBRICK - THE ROLLING STONE INTERVIEW. Conducted in 1987 by Tim Cahill to promote Full Metal Jacket, it's considered one of the longest he ever gave.
    posted by philip-random at 10:46 PM PST - 19 comments

    True art is irrational.

    This is what pi sounds like. At least, that's one person's interpretation. There are certainly plenty of others, including touchtone pi, hammered dulcimer pi, violin pi, smooth techno pi, crazy awesome pi, vaguely unsettling pi (sounds best with headphones), and lots of piano pi. Pi has even done a duet with its buddy e. Nothing here that tickles your fancy? Think you could do better? Why not make your own pi song? Hell, make two! If you're having trouble remembering all those pesky digits, don't worry: there's a song for that, too.

    (pi as music previously on metafilter)
    posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 10:42 PM PST - 20 comments

    Taking the Stress out of Debilitating Health Issues

    Student Loans Disability Discharge - The home page of now includes a link, "Loan Discharge", leading to information on obtaining a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge for borrowers and their physicians. The form is fairly simple. This information was nearly impossible to obtain BO (before Obama).
    posted by Ardiril at 10:17 PM PST - 26 comments

    History, Reinvented

    We are used to engaging with figures from history on Twitter. Some are true extracts from life: tweets from Samuel Pepys are particularly good (you can also read his diary in blog form), along with the occasional thought from Queen Catherine Braganza. But what if historical personages could be brought back to life on Twitter? That is the goal of reOrbit, where writers and filmakers inhabit characters from both real life and fiction, including Arthur Miller and the Emperor Norton. [more inside]
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 9:48 PM PST - 10 comments

    How energy efficiency increases energy consumption

    Does improving energy efficiency end up increasing energy consumption? It's a paradox first pointed out by William Stanley Jevons in the 19th century. . The rebound effects are complex, hard to measure and vary according to sector, technologies and end-user behavior (full report here) [more inside]
    posted by storybored at 8:50 PM PST - 32 comments

    Don't Get Caught!

    "Looptaggr drive-by stenciling technology is infinite fun. Create your own Looptaggr today!" For those days when the thought of traditional tagging wears you out, there's Looptaggr from F.A.T. Lab, the team that brought you Notorious R&D. Now out: the Charlie Sheen Browser Blocker. [more inside]
    posted by therewolf at 8:45 PM PST - 11 comments

    Anonymous takes on the big one

    Hactivist group "Anonymous" has declared war on the US government. "We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget.”
    posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:36 PM PST - 172 comments

    I do not promise that I will never slay P.B. Fouke himself, but he knows that if I do murder him, it will be only out of genuine love and necessity.

    P. B. FOUKE: You have my personal guarantee that the goods we sell are priced as low as is economically feasible. A cent less, and our children would surely starve. You have my pledge that I will buy your quality furs at above market prices. Ours is a business of pristine furs. J. F. SWANTON: The true fur trapper is born with a mouthful of blood and hair! I was born in a hollow log and reared at the sour teat of a wild boar. As soon as my legs could bear my weight, I slew the bristly beast that mothered me and bit the skin from its body with my scarce infant teeth. [more inside]
    posted by Sticherbeast at 7:25 PM PST - 17 comments

    Why are the Dutch so tall?

    Why are the Dutch so tall? [more inside]
    posted by Meatbomb at 7:23 PM PST - 89 comments

    Never get in the way of people trying to give you money

    Anatomy of a Crushing: Imagine you're a relatively small company (Pinboard) and news leaks that your vastly larger competitor (Delicious) might be about to disappear. A huge bonanza? Sure, if you can keep the site running under traffic that's suddenly 20 times higher than normal. (previously) (via)
    posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:58 PM PST - 21 comments

    Oregon State Outrage

    Art Robinson, a research professor at Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, ran (and lost) as a Tea Party Congressional candidate in his district in 2010. He now claims that three of his children who are all PhD candidates at Oregon State University - a place he describes as "a liberal socialist Democrat stronghold" [warning: self-penned WorldNetDaily crzy] - were prevented from earning their degrees as political payback by his opponent's supporters. In retribution, he created a website which publishes the contact information for the Nuclear Engineering faculty and urges his supporters to put pressure on them to end the political discrimination he says is occurring, but which he admits he has no proof. OSU says the allegation is without merit.
    posted by contessa at 6:57 PM PST - 47 comments

    Boldly Watch for the Rest of Your Life

    We consider it our duty to provide every episode of Star Trek ever made totally free. It should be too good to be true. But it's not.
    posted by Glibpaxman at 6:24 PM PST - 129 comments

    Buffy, who?

    If Joss Whedon produced a season of Doctor Who in 1997, the opening credits would probably look something like this... [SLYT]
    posted by schmod at 6:17 PM PST - 60 comments

    Who the f**k is Wikileaks? ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

    At long last, Wikileaks gets a catchy theme song: "Who the f**k is Wikileaks" by "Chicken Soup (Boney M Goes Club)", a new project from veteran producer Frank Farian, the man behind Boney M and Milli Vanilli. Warning: the song contains repeated use of the "F"-word, and the video contains images of the "anonymous" mask. [more inside]
    posted by iviken at 2:55 PM PST - 32 comments

    How the Samba School's "Bateria" Works

    Conduct the Bateria. Carnival in Rio: play yourself a samba school drums section. The animation lets you conduct the samba, along with master Ciça. [more inside]
    posted by nickyskye at 2:13 PM PST - 17 comments

    Dan Rather on Mark Cuban's island.

    Dan Rather is doing valuable journalism on a subscription cable channel of 20 million households, on a show whose ratings Mark Cuban will not reveal to him, on a show bracketed by pro-wrestling and Girls Gone Wild -- and he loves it. A profile of Dan Rather by Jim Rendon in Mother Jones. (via)
    posted by shadytrees at 1:42 PM PST - 32 comments

    Drawings of Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Every Hall of Famer is a blog where Summer Anne Burton is drawing pictures of all 295 members of the baseball Hall of Fame. She started in January and plans to finish by the end of the year. Here's an interview with her about the project. The drawings include telling bits of information and cool quotes. It's a fun way to learn about baseball history. Here are three of my favorites so far: Charles Radbourne, Dan Brouthers and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
    posted by Kattullus at 1:20 PM PST - 27 comments

    Fly As High As The Sun

    Watville Primary School sing 'Flight Of Icarus' by Iron Maiden (SLYT)
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:50 PM PST - 27 comments

    He's at it again ...

    "Ron Schiller, NPR Foundation's senior vice president for fundraising, was recorded secretly on Feb. 22 by Republican filmmaker James O'Keefe, who is well known for his undercover stunts targeting various agencies. Schiller is seen on a videotape during a luncheon with men who were posing as members of the fictitious Muslim Action Education Center."* [more inside]
    posted by ericb at 12:20 PM PST - 203 comments

    Greatest Hits

    The Greatest Hits of the World looks at two songs that have achieved cross cultural, and multigenerational success -- Ben E. King's Stand By Me and Mbube, aka Wimoweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight (BBC World Service, 2 parts, 25 minutes each)
    posted by puny human at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

    “You just have to get deep enough to open a hole and put something in. It’s that simple.”

    Lepht Anonym is a DIY biohacker (a.k.a. a grinder) who, with vodka, scalpels, an anatomy book, and a spotter if she passes out, inserts tings like RFID chips, compass chips, and nedymium discs into her body in order to expand her senses.
    posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 11:41 AM PST - 87 comments

    Windex should have subsidized this video....

    A Day Made of Glass. (A vision of the near-future from the makers of Gorilla Glass.) [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 11:40 AM PST - 63 comments

    the re-invention of silk

    The re-invention of silk "For a millennium, traders brought silk fabrics from the Far East along the Silk Road to Europe, where the beautiful yet tough material was fashioned into dazzling clothes. Today bioengineers (video interview)are infusing the natural protein fibers spun by silkworms with enzymes and semiconductors. They are processing the modified strands under varying temperature, shear and acidic conditions to create novel materials with remarkable properties."
    posted by dhruva at 11:22 AM PST - 13 comments

    Bird songs of Messiaen

    The bird songs of Messiaen as transcribed by Messiaen.
    posted by at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

    Charlie Sheen is not filial.

    The Global Times gives us the Chinese Communist Party's take on the Charlie Sheen saga [more inside]
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:52 AM PST - 62 comments

    Place Mattes

    placekitten is like, but with kittens. [more inside]
    posted by mkb at 10:46 AM PST - 22 comments

    Strange stars on the range

    Ryan Richardson maintains several different and somewhat esoteric archives, including the entire five-issue run of the controversialish 70s teen groupie magazine Star, and a collection of covers from pulpy gay and lesbian novels from the 50s and 60s. [more inside]
    posted by Dim Siawns at 9:16 AM PST - 17 comments

    I am a stand-up comic. Before that, I was a drug counselor. Before that, I was a drug addict. Before that, I was 12.

    Comedian Mike DeStefano has died of a heart attack at 44. DeStefano told wrenching tales from his life as a recovering drug addict, like the MOTH monologue in the title link, which begins with a very bad day he had while caring for his wife as she was dying of AIDS (NSFW language). [more inside]
    posted by itstheclamsname at 9:04 AM PST - 24 comments

    Demolition Man got it wrong.

    Subway has surpassed McDonald's as the world's largest restaurant chain. [more inside]
    posted by 2bucksplus at 8:45 AM PST - 157 comments

    "...because I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, who's boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to the young lady I sent out to evaluate you."

    James Bond star Daniel Craig in drag for International Women's Day. Daniel Craig wears women's clothes for a short film about sexual inequality for International Women's Day, narrated by Judi Dench, who plays M in the 007 films. [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 8:12 AM PST - 55 comments

    Perfect Risotto

    Engineering the perfect risotto. [more inside]
    posted by AceRock at 7:40 AM PST - 62 comments

    The family that sleeps together

    TODAYMoms contributor Mayim Bialik, PhD (yes, Blossom Russo) writes about sharing a bed with her two children, ages 5 and 2. "Do I sleep as well with my kids in our bed as I would without? No. But it will be over soon, and it’s not weird to want to be close to your children when their physiological and psychological development dictates that they need to be held close."
    posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:21 AM PST - 99 comments

    Monsters & Madonnas.

    Monsters & Madonnas. The International Centre of Photography Library Blog.
    posted by chunking express at 6:32 AM PST - 6 comments

    don't stop too early, or you'll miss the awesomeness via the D3 JS library (data-driven DOM) a project of Mike Bostock. Thanks
    posted by gen at 5:29 AM PST - 23 comments

    Facebook Connect Comments => The end of Internet discourse?

    Facebook Connect Comments are not a new feature, but ever since Techcrunch started using it the outrage has started to pour in. [more inside]
    posted by asymptotic at 3:14 AM PST - 220 comments

    South African Afrofuturistic WorldTown Dance Funk

    "Who knew township occultism and gangs of South African kids shared something of the pulse of post-punk dirges?" Spoek Mathambo covers Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" and sparks a journey into a world of grimey dub, white suits, musical dissemination via taxi cab, and a potential dash of Black Identity. [more inside]
    posted by artof.mulata at 12:39 AM PST - 51 comments

    March 7

    I just mailed you a bunch of Anthrax... CDs. I heard you were a big fan.

    Some new advice dog style memes: Ordinary Muslim guy, business cat. [more inside]
    posted by NoraReed at 10:58 PM PST - 69 comments

    N64Boy Advance

    N64Boy Advance is one fine lookin' Nintendo 64 handheld [more inside]
    posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 9:21 PM PST - 10 comments

    And You Thought Orwell Wrote Fiction

    Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The announcements, coming more than two years after Obama vowed in another executive order to close the detention center, all but cements Guantanamo Bay's continuing role in U.S. counterterrorism policy.
    posted by valkane at 9:17 PM PST - 304 comments

    Global Warming?

    Clement Valla uses Google Earth to zoom in on bridges and roads in a way which makes them appear warped. [more inside]
    posted by gman at 7:45 PM PST - 20 comments

    Freedom from information

    As despotic regimes fall under the weight of free communication and transparency, the state of Utah takes a step in the opposite direction. The Utah legislature seeks to restrict GRAMA (Government Records and Management Act) by prohibiting disclosure of lawmaker instant messages, cellphone texts, and video chats, while raising the fees for records requests. After being rammed through the legislature on a fast-track last week, then following a resounding public outcry, the bill has been delayed to allow for public input.
    posted by pashdown at 7:24 PM PST - 26 comments

    Crowd-Based Peer Review of Real-Time Experiments

    Backyard Brains, the people who showed you how to stimulate neurons in a cockroach leg using your iPhone, now bring you the remote controlled roach. [more inside]
    posted by drdanger at 7:07 PM PST - 28 comments

    Coming Home

    1699 US Military personnel are still considered as POW or MIA from the Viet Nam conflict, but one is finally coming home. The remains of James Moreland are being returned to the US, and Kathy Strong, who's worn his POW/MIA bracelet since she was 12, can now, 38 years later, take it off.
    posted by tomswift at 6:48 PM PST - 37 comments


    Rules of Misbehavior: On Dan Savage, America's leading ethicist. (Via
    posted by box at 5:55 PM PST - 141 comments

    Stroke weight

    We love typography. Don't try to deny it. We love it deconstructed. We love asking questions about it, and hearing people talk about it. We’ll even play games about it.
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 5:47 PM PST - 21 comments

    In Heaven, everything is fine. We'll make Heaven a place on Earth.

    Tom Waits has teamed up with The David Lynch Foundation to help launch DLF Music and their ‘Download for Good’ campaign on PledgeMusic. The David Lynch Foundation "is a non-profit educational organization which was established in July 2005 to ensure that anyone at-risk for traumatic stress can learn Transcendental Meditation."
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:11 PM PST - 39 comments

    See You Space Cowboy...

    You Never Get a Seventh Chance to Make a First Impression: An Awkward History of Our Space Transmissions
    posted by Artw at 3:01 PM PST - 46 comments

    The deeper you go, the deeper you need to go.

    Fractal Lab is an interactive WebGL fractal generating app that allows you to virtually explore 3D fractals in a web browser (Chrome or the latest Firefox 4 beta). [more inside]
    posted by crunchland at 2:46 PM PST - 20 comments

    A midsummer night's dream on Elm Street.

    A hapless painter is endowed with the ability to understand the speech of forest creatures. Little does he know that the evil King Cactus is planning to destroy the forest using his monstrous grinding machine and an army of magically animated polearms, or that he will play an instrumental role in thwarting the scheming xerophyte. Released in 1986, Čudesna šuma ("The Magical Forest") is Yugoslavia's first feature-length animated film. Created in collaboration with a US production company, it's available in English as (hold on to your hats, folks) "The Elm-Chanted Forest." [more inside]
    posted by Nomyte at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

    Live Long And Prosper

    Star Trek Convention NYC 1973 - Interviews with the fans, some of the makers of the show and Isaac Asimov (SLYT)
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:38 PM PST - 47 comments

    "This is a system that fails the responsible and the innocent."

    "Yesterday, I went to court. I was there for the sentencing of the man who spent this summer stalking me." [more inside]
    posted by torisaur at 11:49 AM PST - 230 comments

    Bean plating brass lanterns

    The IF Theory Reader is finally out...a collection of some intriguing thought about the theory, craft, and history of interactive fiction (free PDF or buyable paperback). A must-read for both Ludologists and Narratologists.
    posted by Sparx at 11:46 AM PST - 12 comments

    You are listening to Los Angeles

    Police scanner + Ambient instrumental music = You are listening to Los Angeles [via mefi projects]
    posted by carsonb at 11:45 AM PST - 108 comments

    Tiger, Tiger

    Margaux Fragoso met Peter Curran when she was 7 and he was 51. For the next 15 years until his suicide, they had a hidden, violent and sexually abusive relationship. Her new memoir, Tiger, Tiger is being likened to a "reverse, true-life Lolita," told from the perspective of Delores Haze's character, which in some ways humanizes the pedophile who preyed upon her without excusing him. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 11:21 AM PST - 51 comments

    hey, Ant...

    Not much is stranger than a small red ant talking like Dean Martin and a giant blue aardvark that talks like Jackie Mason. The Ant and the Aardvark were a series of 17 theatrical short cartoons produced between 1969 and 1970 by animator Friz Freleng's studio, DePatie-Freleng. (MLYT). [more inside]
    posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:18 AM PST - 36 comments

    The Definitive Look at the Diversity of Our Planet

    Five years ago this week, the BBC started broadcasting one of the most extraordinary documentaries ever to grace television: Planet Earth. The culmination of five years of field work, it employed the most cutting-edge of techniques in order to capture life in all its forms, from sweeping spaceborne vistas to shockingly intimate close-ups -- including many sights rarely glimpsed by human eyes. Visually spectacular, it showcased footage shot in 204 locations in 62 countries, thoroughly documenting every biome from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the lifegiving waters of the Okavango Delta, a rich narrative tapestry backed by a stirring orchestral score from the BBC Concert Orchestra. Unfortunately, the series underwent some editorial changes for rebroadcast overseas. But now fans outside the UK can rejoice -- all eleven chapters of this epic story are available on YouTube in their original form: uncut, in glorious 1080p HD, and with the original narration by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Click inside for the full listing (and kiss the rest of your week goodbye). [more inside]
    posted by Rhaomi at 11:15 AM PST - 69 comments

    When Words are Pictures

    In 1918 Guillaume Apollinaire published his Calligrammes introducing a type of wordplay still used in France, and occasionally animated (albeit slowly).
    However today's nerd totally outdoes them with Typography Portraits.
    posted by adamvasco at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

    ATF: Fast and Furious

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowed assault rifles to be smuggled into Mexico, so they could be tracked. The weapons were then used in a spree of murders, including that of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The operation was called "Fast and Furious". The Mexican government was apparently unaware of the operation, and is investigating. The ATF is going to have a review of whether their strategy supports "the goals of ATF to stem the illegal flow of firearms to Mexico".
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:14 AM PST - 59 comments

    Elizabeth David

    At Elizabeth David's Table: Classic Recipes and Timeless Kitchen Wisdom "When I go back and read her books now, I feel I plagiarized them. All of it seeped in so much, it's embarrassing to read them now." Alice Waters [more inside]
    posted by puny human at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

    Meet the Geminoid DK.

    Meet the Geminoid DK, who looks exactly like Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Aalborg University in Denmark. If you're wondering why on Earth someone would want an exact robotic double of themselves, besides being TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY AWESOME, the Geminoid is going to be used for researching "emotional affordances" in human-robot interaction, the novel notion of "blended presence," as well as cultural differences (from different continents) in the perception of robots.
    posted by amro at 10:00 AM PST - 32 comments

    Inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring business

    With the institution of No Child Left Behind, educational testing in the US boomed. Now, some of the low paid temp workers hired to score these tests are speaking out about the behind the scenes manipulation that goes on to ensure test scores are in line with "customer expectations".
    posted by reenum at 8:56 AM PST - 142 comments

    "A flamingo falls on them from above"

    Frozen Flamingos falling down in Siberia. [more inside]
    posted by stbalbach at 8:38 AM PST - 9 comments

    I hope he's still reaching for those rainbows

    The Accrington Michael Jackson: Part One Part Two [more inside]
    posted by mippy at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

    She's just asking for it

    American women at work, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratio of women's to men's earnings, for all occupations, was 81.2 percent in 2010. Of course, it was also at this level in 2005 and 2006. Give it another 40 years or so to women to get paid what men do for working the same jobs. Though the trend is stagnant at the moment (see Chart 1 on page 3 of this 2009 PDF) some are optimistic about the progress women have made. [more inside]
    posted by cashman at 8:03 AM PST - 47 comments

    "Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink." Charles Bukowski

    Full Bladder, Better Decisions? Study says controlling your bladder decreases impulsive choices.
    posted by Fizz at 8:02 AM PST - 32 comments

    The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu (and Super Secret Menu!) Survival Guide

    The Ultimate In-N-Out Secret Menu (and Super Secret Menu!) Survival Guide. (previously)
    posted by Joe Beese at 7:37 AM PST - 126 comments

    "I could clear nearly 1 percent of my state’s organ waiting list."

    Giving life after death row. Death row inmate Christian Longo continues his crusade to allow prisoners to donate their organs with an op ed in the Times. Post mortem voluntary donation supposedly avoids the same consent issues as some recent domestic and international cases. Journalist Michael Finckel--whose identity was stolen by Longo at one point--describes his own part in how Longo came to this cause (Finkel's encounter with Longo was part of his own redemption story after a fabrication scandal at the New York Times Magazine).
    posted by availablelight at 6:26 AM PST - 29 comments

    Stasi, SSIS, ...

    "I almost can't believe I'm witnessing this. We're inside the fortress of terror, our very own Mordor..." [more inside]
    posted by jeffburdges at 6:17 AM PST - 74 comments

    Where the wild things are

    HBO filmed a documentary with Maurice Sendak last year. PBS filmed one back in 2009. (previously)
    posted by ironbob at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

    Halvin and Cobbes

    Joker and Lex. Lara and Mxy. Ozy and Buba. Peter and Mary Jane. Carmine and Selma. (Part 2.) Hobbes and Hobbes. Calvin and Holly. Calvin and Hobbes.
    posted by Evilspork at 4:39 AM PST - 51 comments

    The World of R. Buckminster Fuller

    Buckminster Fuller was an architect, engineer, geometrician, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Previously.
    posted by twoleftfeet at 4:31 AM PST - 20 comments

    As you were.

    Irish pop singer Brian McFadden released a single called 'Just The Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar)' on February 25th. Clem Bastow, in her 'Singled Out' review column for Australian street press music weekly Inpress, writes about it in the context of the centenary of International Women's Day (March 8th). [more inside]
    posted by carbide at 3:59 AM PST - 65 comments

    Dr. zu Googleberg

    In February, a political and academic scandal broke in Germany when it turned out that the defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation, defended in 2006 and published as a book in 2009. Guttenberg, who had initially denied the allegations and maintained his popularity despite the scandal, resigned on 1 March. [more inside]
    posted by daniel_charms at 2:22 AM PST - 28 comments

    Street Art Rocks!

    Last month our family watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop." We loved it. In fact Gracie was bound and determined to become a street artist when she grew up... Now of course we would never in a million years damage anyone's property. But we wanted to do something artsy. Something stealthy. Something public. Then I had a bright idea... A gallery of dozens of small rocks with cartoony faces hand-painted on them and placed back outside. (Via CNLT. previously. )
    posted by ShawnStruck at 1:25 AM PST - 38 comments

    What does an athlete look like?

    What does an athlete look like? (via Hacker News)
    posted by zanni at 12:49 AM PST - 51 comments

    March 6

    Early portable (?) synthesis: the Hammond Solovox

    A tour inside a Hammond Solovox circa 1940s, a monophonic synth/organ and "a scaled down mono version of the 170-tube 500-some-pound Hammond Novacord", by Bob Weigel. via
    posted by Ardiril at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

    The Missing Transposable Link

    In the 1940s Barbara McClintock discovered the remarkable phenomenon of mobile genetic elements, or transposons: parasitic DNA that makes up a significant fraction of the human genome. (Here is a video segment about McClintock: Part 1 & 2.) The discovery remains highly important: we now know that transposons play a role in driving genome evolution. Where do they come from? A compelling hypothesis is that some evolved from viruses.

    Now a marine biology group at UBC has found a virus whose closest genetic relative is a type of transposon. (The paywalled paper's abstract is here.) But that is not even the interesting part. [more inside]
    posted by jjray at 10:47 PM PST - 33 comments

    Fly The Unusual Skies

    (SLYT) -- Suppose you are a pop star out on tour. Suppose that one night, your flight gets cancelled, stranding you -- and lots of other passengers -- and that subsequent flights also get cancelled and delayed, and that the other passengers are starting to get really angry, to the point that some tempers are starting to flare. What do you do? Well, if you're Cyndi Lauper, you get one of the airport mikes and lead a singalong.
    posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:44 PM PST - 55 comments

    Budget Balancer of the Year: You

    The Program for Public Consultation carried out a different kind of budget poll -- they asked each of their respondents to generate a package of tax increases and spending cuts sufficient for substantial deficit reduction, then averaged the results. The outcome was not what you might expect. The mean package included twice as much tax increase as spending cut: big deficit-reducing moves included substantial income tax increases for the highest brackets and deep cuts in defense spending. Republicans cut less spending than Democrats, as did people who identified as "very sympathetic to the Tea Party." Hardly anybody likes the reduction of the estate tax. Why is the public consensus so different from the Washington consensus? Read the full report (.pdf) Or try the interactive budget exercise.
    posted by escabeche at 8:07 PM PST - 52 comments

    Donald Davidson

    Exactly 94 years ago today the American philosopher Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was born. [more inside]
    posted by The Emperor of Ice Cream at 7:53 PM PST - 7 comments


    The Story So Far: Calamity of Challenge is a comic (plus ads) by Matthew Allison concerning a very different kind of superfigure: CANKOR. (possibly NSFW or at least lunch)
    posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments


    Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer. "Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. Choose from two different modes: novice, where the computer learns to play from scratch, and veteran, where the computer pits over 200,000 rounds of previous experience against you."
    posted by bwg at 4:46 PM PST - 71 comments

    A Cautionary Song

    Do The Decemberists have too many songs about rape?
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:26 PM PST - 119 comments

    I wish there was a website that displayed random ideas from Twitter

    Twtspire uses the twitter search api to find tweets with key phrases like "I wish there was a site that..." and collects these ideas for your perusal. (via Hacker News)
    posted by The Devil Tesla at 3:56 PM PST - 16 comments

    Maiden for Peace

    Can Metal, specifically Iron Maiden, cross cultural boundaries and help build world peace? So asks Mark LeVine in AlJazeera. When some of the biggest names in Metal during the 80s performed at the Moscow Peace Festival in 1989 lots of critics gave a shrug. Iron Maiden, which has a following the world over, could be part of an unsung musical movement that is providing home for a community that crosses national and cultural lines.
    posted by kmartino at 3:40 PM PST - 38 comments

    Shinto Perspectives in "Spirited Away"

    Among the anime films by Hayao Miyazaki made available in English translation, Spirited Away contains the most folk and Shrine Shinto motifs. The central locale of the film is a bathhouse where a great variety of creatures, including kami, come to bathe and be refreshed. This feature, plus the portrayal of various other folk beliefs and Shrine Shinto perspectives, suggests that Miyazaki is affirming some basic Japanese cultural values which can be a source of confidence and renewal for contemporary viewers.
    posted by hippybear at 3:36 PM PST - 55 comments

    Dealing with Internet Trolls - the Cognitive Therapy Approach

    Author Shlomi Fish offers advice on how to more effectively disarm Internet trolls using techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    posted by ChrisHartley at 3:32 PM PST - 56 comments

    British Soul

    How Soul Music Became "Soul Music." A writer takes the occasion of the release of Adele's new album, 21, to explore the popularity and implications of the young British soul singers. "Because if we're truly living in an age that defies stereotypes and explodes clichés, where distances of all kinds have been virtually obliterated, then everything—timbre, blue notes, pronunciation, timing, diction—is available as stylistic options." [more inside]
    posted by beisny at 1:50 PM PST - 36 comments

    With one voice

    Mariella Frostrup on International Women's Day, feminism and the emancipation of women in the developing world.
    posted by Artw at 12:42 PM PST - 10 comments

    Philosophy of Science

    An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science 8 videos in which SisyphusRedeemed, academic philosopher, attempts to explain what science is, how it got to be that way, and why it works. [more inside]
    posted by Obscure Reference at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

    Whoooo are you? Barn Owlet Cam

    The Hungry Owl Project has rescued a couple of Barn Owlets and has placed them in a nest box complete with camera for your viewing pleasure on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center. It is the 3rd cam at the bottom of the page. I have donated to Wildcare (their parent organization) but am not otherwise affliated with this program.
    posted by agatha_magatha at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

    "Take the death off the table."

    The Billionaire Who Is Planning His 125th Birthday. Also: The Die-Later Diet [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 11:06 AM PST - 65 comments

    HTML 5 Circus

    Mozilla's HTML 5 Circus rolls into town. The emergence of HTML 5 is marked by, among others, emerging browsers (or browser versions). The soon to be released Firefox 4, often delayed, mirrors the slow march to an HTML 5 Flash reduced web. Like others, Mozilla feels the need to sell HTML 5. We also have Chrome Experiments, Canvas Demos, IE HTML 5 demos and Never Mind the Bullets, and Apple's (warning: sniffer protected) HTML 5 showcase. [more inside]
    posted by juiceCake at 9:40 AM PST - 101 comments

    Jesus and Mary "Awesome" Show, Great Job!

    May 21, 2011 (not September 6, 1994, as once thought) is the big one, and Project Caravan -- not to be confused with the Caravan Project -- is rolling your way, albeit on a path suspiciously coincident with the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Family Radio will bring the message to those not on the route, but the caravan is bringing the message along more than 30,000 miles of road. "Everybody's desperate trying to make ends meet/Work all day, still can't pay the price of gasoline and meat/Alas, they drive . . . in big RVs."
    posted by Clyde Mnestra at 9:38 AM PST - 17 comments

    Photos of the West, 1880-1890

    Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill sent 188 photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill is known as a western photographer, documenting many aspects of frontier life – hunting, mining, western town landscapes and white settlers’ relationships with Native Americans.
    posted by The Whelk at 9:33 AM PST - 30 comments

    Vintage Brazilian Carnaval

    Vintage Brazilian Carnaval seen through old family album pictures. SLGallery. SFW.
    posted by Tom-B at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments


    An essay in two parts on the pilcrow (¶) kicks off a new blog called Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation.
    posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:03 AM PST - 17 comments

    Why the Web isn't an Echo Chamber

    It's sometimes argued that people use the internet as an "echo chamber" to reinforce their own views. Scientific American magazine blog editor Bora Zivkovic argues that the web breaks echo chambers in a way unlike offline communities and traditional media.
    posted by mccarty.tim at 7:54 AM PST - 33 comments

    "We never forget who we're working for"

    "Our Census Business Practice successes include the U.S. 2000 Census, the United Kingdom’s 2001 Census, and Canada’s 2006 Census..." [more inside]
    posted by ReWayne at 7:36 AM PST - 14 comments

    Death becomes her.

    "When [700] hundred years old *you* reach, look as good *you* will not, hmm? " Face of incredibly preserved 700-year-old mummy found by chance by Chinese road workers.
    posted by Fizz at 6:30 AM PST - 30 comments

    You are wrong because you use the fallacy wrong

    Across the internet, over the shouts of "First!" can be heard thecries of "Ad hominem!" shamefully and ignorantly used against disagreeing attacks most who call this out fall victim of the dreaded Ad Hominem Fallacy Fallacy [more inside]
    posted by AndrewKemendo at 3:53 AM PST - 107 comments

    March 5

    NSFE (Not Safe For Electrosensitives)

    Unless you are in an extremely remote location, your environment is likely filled with an invisible mesh of dozens of wireless signals, silently communicating. What would you see if that electronic aether was made visible? Some attempts to do just that: lightpainting the “electronic terrain” of WiFi in Oslo, “Immaterials”, visualizing the volume and shape of RFID signals, and a delightful little Rube Goldberg-esque film of devices and objects influencing each other in a chain reaction of nearfield wireless communication. Also: Wireless in the World and its sequel, along with Magnetic Movie.
    posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 11:46 PM PST - 18 comments

    Recording the Star Wars Saga

    Recording the Star Wars Saga (1 MB PDF) [more inside]
    posted by Joe Beese at 8:00 PM PST - 27 comments

    More of the Human Planet

    The BBC nature series, Human Planet, has been mentioned here before. Photographer Timothy Allen traveled with the film crew and has created this audio slideshow. [more inside]
    posted by angiep at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

    Having it both ways on an old standard

    Solo duet - "Dream a Little Dream of Me." Sophie Merry, AKA Groovy Dancing Girl (previously, more, videos, to enjoy), made this video where she lip synchs and mimes both parts of the classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong duet.
    posted by i less than three nsima at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

    NASA Scientist Finds Extraterrestrial Bacteria In Meteorite

    Dr. Hoover has discovered evidence of microfossils similar to Cyanobacteria in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites. The scientist's conclusion is that the fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies. The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets.
    posted by Surfin' Bird at 2:29 PM PST - 142 comments

    Wonder Woman

    She's completed ten marathons, climbed 6.5 of the Seven Summits, and she's preparing to dogsled to the North Pole. Wendy Booker also has multiple sclerosis. Interview with Craig Ferguson.
    posted by kmz at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

    Up and down

    Is it time to get rid of the scrollbar?
    posted by Artw at 12:27 PM PST - 98 comments

    Don't Feed the Animals

    Girl Walk // All Day
    posted by benzenedream at 12:08 PM PST - 51 comments

    Speculators Gonna Speculate

    The World Development Movement (WDM) published a report six months ago on How Banking Speculation Causes Food Crises. It describes why the deregulation of commodity derivatives, specifically food commodity derivatives, has led to a state of global instability in the price of food. Political instability in the Middle East is not helping either. The European Commission is considering methods to introduce regulation in commodity derivative markets [Strategy Outline PDF]. In the meantime, speculators gonna speculate. [more inside]
    posted by lemuring at 11:40 AM PST - 26 comments

    Stay and play with me ... forever ...

    Spanish TV hidden camera prank with a fun twist -- Place a creepy, ghostly little girl in a hotel hallway. [more inside]
    posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:19 AM PST - 70 comments

    Parents are the very last people who ought to be allowed to have children.

    Parents are a pain. Kids are a pain. But kids have their uses--and sometimes, parents do too. They can build things like a marble track around your room. Or just hire someone to design a pirate ship bedroom for you. Maybe teach you the alphabet in Star Wars. Build a mini catapult for your toys. Turn you into Robocop for Halloween (or the Death Star). Cut snowflakes with you in the winter. If they get tired of pulling you and your sled up that hill, they can rig an engine to do it for them. And who knows, they might inspire you to start building your own projects. [more inside]
    posted by therewolf at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

    Finally you can afford to satisfy your lust for power

    The Sinclair ZX81 is 30 years old today. The ZX81 was a hugely successful low-cost home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured by Timex in Dundee, Scotland. The ZX81 came with 1 KB of on-board memory, for extra gaming power Sinclair produced a 16 KB add-on memory module and a thermal printer.
    posted by Lanark at 10:53 AM PST - 60 comments


    Braindriver is a car that allows you to steer, accelerate and decelerate with nothing more than the faint electrical signals generated by the brain.
    posted by jason's_planet at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

    The 9 billion-people question

    A special report on feeding the world
    posted by beisny at 10:03 AM PST - 17 comments

    The Book That Tried To Kill Me

    Why Do Writers Abandon Novels? [more inside]
    posted by philip-random at 9:50 AM PST - 45 comments

    I mentally seceded from the US in 2004

    Cartoonist Tim Kreider (previously, previously) of The Pain talks about the last decade, our "disastrous decline" and his latest book of cartoons and essays, Twilight Of The Assholes. Part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
    posted by The Whelk at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

    Chess Music

    "For absolutely no good reason, I found myself wondering what a chess game would sound like if played on the piano"
    posted by rollick at 8:53 AM PST - 15 comments

    I'm 4 years old. AMAA.

    Q: what is best in life? A: Eating cake. I mean spending time with my family.
    A gosh darn cute Reddit AMAA featuring a 4-year-old.
    posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:46 AM PST - 40 comments

    A History of Picture Books

    A timeline of children's picture books, from their beginning in 1658 to present.
    posted by helloknitty at 7:39 AM PST - 23 comments

    Crater love

    Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world's largest active volcanoes. The Boston Globe presents photographer Oliver Grunewald's amazing photo essay of a June 2010 expedition to the lava lake sheltered inside the crater. [more inside]
    posted by Joe in Australia at 5:31 AM PST - 34 comments

    "It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed – after a while you may like it or you may not." Jackson Pollock

    “My monkey could have painted that.” 1 in 3 Art Students Can’t Tell Famous Paintings from Paintings by Monkeys. Take a look at the two images in this post. Can you tell? [more inside]
    posted by Fizz at 5:31 AM PST - 304 comments

    Don't Call Me Out My Name Again

    A Letter To Lil Wayne by Watoto From the Nile, an all girl rap group. [more inside]
    posted by azarbayejani at 3:09 AM PST - 14 comments

    Let's Get Small

    Suppose you love to sail. Suppose, further, that you would like to do some cruising (travelling by sailboat) but can't afford the cost of an offshore-capable yacht. Or suppose you're reluctant to become dependent upon the many complicated systems that a modern cruising sailboat relies on. Or suppose the whole luxury RV aesthetic of modern cruising sailboats turns you off. What then? Well, maybe you should think smaller. [more inside]
    posted by richyoung at 12:30 AM PST - 37 comments

    March 4

    Mice on Venus will always be piano3.ogg to me

    The soundtrack to Minecraft by C418 has recently been released for sale as an album. Price is whatever you want to pay, so long as it's at least $3.99. [more inside]
    posted by inedible at 11:12 PM PST - 50 comments

    Myers vs. Brooks

    Polysyllabic Magical Incantations. For those who enjoy vigorous criticism, a bone-crushing takedown from biologist and blogger PZ Myers of David Brooks' latest foray into belles lettres. [more inside]
    posted by steambadger at 10:42 PM PST - 34 comments

    Give up rooboottt again

    It might be weird that, in this year of all years, Gamasultra's favorite indie game of 2010 would be a flash game. That is kinda beyond the point, thou, as Give Up Robot 2 is really kinda perfect. (via RPS, previously)
    posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:38 PM PST - 29 comments

    "My brain seems to work okay, but how would I know?"

    My Above-Average Stroke. From November 2010, Garrison Keillor writing about the stroke he suffered in 2009. [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 7:13 PM PST - 50 comments

    Yo La Tengo Live on WFMU -- 2011 All-Request Marathon

    Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges, right now on WFMU. Every year, Yo La Tengo perform requests live on-air in exchange for pledges, to help keep freeform noncommercial radio station WFMU (91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ) on the air. This year is no exception. They are on-air right now, and will be playing listener requests for several more hours.
    posted by trashflow at 7:01 PM PST - 62 comments

    Blixa Bargeld

    Blixa Bargeld - Mein Leben (My Life), part 2, part 3, part 4. A 2008 documentary about Blixa Bargeld, founder and singer of Einstürzende Neubauten and former guitarist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. English subtitles are kindly supplied by the YouTuber who uploaded it. [Via]
    posted by homunculus at 6:00 PM PST - 23 comments

    Sexy Baby!

    "Toddlers and Tiaras"... with Tom Hanks?
    posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:12 PM PST - 38 comments

    Happy, devoted, dearly in love

    Ed Watson and Derence Kernek have been together for forty years (SLYT). Last summer, 78-year-old Ed Watson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His greatest fear is that he will "lose the ability to recognize [his] beloved Derence when he gets on his knee to propose." This is their heartbreaking plea to the California Supreme Court to rethink its refusal to expedite key Proposition 8 hearings.
    posted by superquail at 3:54 PM PST - 51 comments


    Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution [more inside]
    posted by kliuless at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

    This time, the climate is different?

    A scathing grand jury report accused the Philadelphia Archdiocese of providing safe haven for as many as 37 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Most of those priests remain active in the ministry. 'The possibility that even one predatory priest, not to mention three dozen, might still be serving in parishes — “on duty in the archdiocese today, with open access to new young prey,” as the grand jury put it — has unnerved many Roman Catholics here and sent the church reeling in the latest and one of the most damning episodes in the American church since it became engulfed in the sexual abuse scandal nearly a decade ago. The extent of the scandal here, including a cover-up that the grand jury said stretched over many years, is so great that Philadelphia is “Boston reborn,” said David J. O’Brien, who teaches Catholic history at the University of Dayton, referring to the archdiocese where widespread sexual abuse exploded in public in 2002.' [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 3:31 PM PST - 123 comments

    He Thinks Many People Will Like To Read It

    The process of publishing a book in 1947 was different than it is today.
    posted by gman at 3:30 PM PST - 25 comments

    'The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke's head caved-in down an alley in Bradford.'

    Richard Peppiatt, a reporter for the British tabloid the Daily Star, has quit because of its "hatemongering" anti-Muslim propaganda. This is his resignation letter.
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:55 PM PST - 35 comments

    Tick. Tick. Tick. That's the sound of your life running out.

    Tick Tock - What would you do if you had five minutes to live?
    posted by Memo at 2:45 PM PST - 73 comments

    Newt Gingrich in Front of Stock Photos

    Yesterday, Newt Gingrich announced that he's going to "explore the possibility" of running for president in 2012 with an exploratory site that uses an awkward stock photo. Then Web incompetence led to an inevitable consequence. (previously)
    posted by mrgrimm at 2:45 PM PST - 86 comments

    Of Another Fashion

    Of Another Fashion: An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color.
    posted by Anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

    The Cycle of Beer

    Bend, Oregon is known for cycling. And world class microbreweries. Cycle Pub gives you an opportunity to enjoy these two passions, and create an experience you and your fellow riders will never forget. It's a non-tradtional bike, where you sit and pedal in a non-traditional way, and enjoy non-traditonal features and beverages. For lack of a better description, it's a rolling pub on wheels, that you pedal.
    posted by zamboni at 1:24 PM PST - 41 comments

    Key Ingredients

    Key Ingredient: in which Chicago chefs grapple with kluwak nuts, geraniums, hops and spirulina.
    posted by Iridic at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

    How to Break into a zippered suitcase with a pen

    Stunningly easy way of breaking into and then resealing a locked suitcase. A little harder: How to open a padlock with a beer can shim. Or do it without tools: Opening a master lock. For that oops moment: How to get into your car when you've locked your keys inside. [more inside]
    posted by storybored at 12:25 PM PST - 50 comments

    It was a very good year...

    When I was 17... it was a very good year. Opera is now available in the Mac App store but you must be 17 years old to download it. Those under 17 can get it outside the app store.
    posted by juiceCake at 11:54 AM PST - 89 comments

    Same Sex Marriage in Maryland

    Last week, the Maryland Senate approved legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. A half-hour ago, after a whole lot of drama, the bill was passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
    posted by amarynth at 11:42 AM PST - 42 comments

    Time worms, Blitzscribe and Cognitive Science

    From the day cognitive scientist Deb Roy and his wife brought their son home five years ago, the family's every movement and word was captured and tracked with a series of fisheye lenses in every room in their house. The purpose was to understand how we learn language, in context, through the words we hear. [more inside]
    posted by cashman at 11:10 AM PST - 22 comments

    Relationships with Animals

    Robin Schwartz has photographs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, and The National Museum of Art among many other institutions. She depicts our relationships with animals as exhibited by her galleries: Primate Portraits, demonstrating the animals' unique personalities, The Presence of Animals in People's Lives in Rural Mexico, Amelie's World: Animal Affinity, drawn from real journeys taken with her daughter. See also Amelie's World: Dreams and Amelie's World: Imaginary Tales. [more inside]
    posted by netbros at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

    A long-overdue concession in the browser wars

    The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown: Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6. An interactive tracking tool brought to you by Microsoft.
    posted by ardgedee at 10:15 AM PST - 74 comments

    Our Home and Native Re-Brand

    Public servants from four different departments have confirmed to The Canadian Press that they received a directive late last year that the words "Government of Canada" in federal communications be replaced with "Harper Government." [more inside]
    posted by Hoopo at 10:10 AM PST - 89 comments

    Watch a spacewalk from your backyard.

    Amateur astronomer Martin Lewis used a home-made telescope and digital camera to take a picture of the International Space Station, and caught NASA astronaut Steve Bowen on a spacewalk.
    posted by jjray at 9:49 AM PST - 30 comments

    There can only be one...billion.

    The most typical person on the planet is a 28 year old Chinese man. For now. [more inside]
    posted by phunniemee at 9:15 AM PST - 49 comments

    Isn't that right, Zach?

    "In 2010, Deadly Premonition was a surprise hit among players searching for a deep narrative single player game, and went on to win over a dozen end of the year awards from a variety of media outlets (including Gamasutra). At GDC 2011, Deadly Premonition director Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, revealed his seven tactics for creating a memorable story that will inspire a strong fan reaction." Link contains spoilers, excerpt inside the thread. [more inside]
    posted by codacorolla at 8:25 AM PST - 30 comments

    my secret healthcare superpower is invulnerability to other people’s cognitive dissonance.

    Hello! I am a person who is training to become an abortion provider. As you can imagine, it is really fucking weird to be one of me, especially lately!
    posted by emjaybee at 8:11 AM PST - 185 comments

    Now where's my flying car?

    Inside Google's Auto Driving Car
    posted by empath at 7:38 AM PST - 31 comments

    Phillies Blunts

    Blunt Assessment: The Need for Legal Weed in Philadelphia. To many inside the criminal justice and pro-legalization arenas, the racial disparity in Philadelphia's pot arrests is nothing short of an ongoing conspiracy. Offenders caught possessing 30 grams or less get to make a deal: Agree to pay a $200 fine and attend a three-hour treatment class and avoid going to trial and risking jail time.
    posted by fixedgear at 5:29 AM PST - 61 comments

    "In brightest day... in blackest night..."

    The Green Lantern: Illuminating answers to environmental questions.'s Environmentally Focused blog which asks important questions such as: Should I buy milk in glass, plastic, or cardboard containers? Should I get a solar water heater? Or solar electric panels? Is grass-fed beef better for the environment? Are fake flowers better for the planet than fresh ones? and more. Archives: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.
    posted by Fizz at 4:34 AM PST - 35 comments

    March 3

    The mighty force of metal

    Invisible Oranges is a blog devoted to heavy metal. The term “invisible oranges” describes the clutching gesture you make when the mighty force of metal flows through you. [more inside]
    posted by kenko at 11:18 PM PST - 63 comments

    Always be stay in Japanese heart

    "Formed by Rocket Matsu in 1995, Pascals is a fourteen piece acoustic orchestra that makes very unique and original tunes with the pianica, many kinds of toy instruments, violin, cello, banjo, guitar, winds, accordion, and more. The sounds is always seasoned with spirit, wit and humor. And it gives people a feeling of freedom." [more inside]
    posted by Rube R. Nekker at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

    These are all Industrial Age economic models, and we are no longer in an Industrial Age.

    "New Economy, New Wealth - We are entering a post-industrial age with a very different economy and needs for a different view of wealth. What does this mean for us?" A presentation by Arthur Brock, using Prezi (previously). I recommend viewing it full-screen.
    posted by baejoseph at 9:27 PM PST - 19 comments

    The Economic Super-Cycle

    We've had 2 economic super-cycles before. One from 1870 to 1913. Another from the end of World War II until 1973. Now we may be in the midst of another, this time the cycle is all about the emerging consumer class in Asia. [more inside]
    posted by stbalbach at 9:18 PM PST - 49 comments

    Orange Party racists/tea party members protest and hurl epithets at a local muslim organization's relief dinner to raise money for women's shelters and raise aid for homelessness and hunger in the US

    Orange County tea party members protest and hurl epithets at a local muslim organization's relief dinner to raise money for women's shelters and raise aid for homelessness and hunger in the US Here is the video. Watch as members of congress show their support for this extreme show of xenophobia and racism.
    posted by wooh at 8:24 PM PST - 355 comments

    Pagan Atheists?

    What you gonna do with atheists, all those pagan atheists? I'm gonna set set set them free, make them Christian just like me. With my faith, my faith my faith my faith. See also Don't Cha Wish Your Savior Was Right Like Mine. [more inside]
    posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:36 PM PST - 33 comments

    The Price of the Paperless Revolution

    Essays on mining and its environmental and human health costs in the Fall 2010 Virginia Quarterly Review: Digging Out; Tin Fever; The Pit; Here Everything is Poison, The Solution: Bolivia's Lithium Dream; The Underground Giant: Life in the Hard Rock Mines of Quebec and Ontario; Jharia Burning; Mother of God, Child of Zeus. Editorial: The Price of the Paperless Revolution.
    posted by cog_nate at 6:37 PM PST - 9 comments

    Smarter, Happier, More Productive

    Previously we worried Is Google Making Us Stupid?. Author Nicholas Carr has expanded that concern into a book, The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. An interesting review, more of a discussion piece, from the London Review Of Books. (via)
    posted by tumid dahlia at 6:02 PM PST - 55 comments

    Dude, where's my planet?

    Where's Tyche, the 10th 9th planet? Getting the full story. John Matese and Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently made the news when they announced the possible discovery of a gas giant planet they named Tyche in the Oort Cloud, at the extreme edge of the Solar System (previously). Now ars electronica breaks down the evidence behind the announcement, what can be done to confirm or disprove its existence & how long it could take.
    posted by scalefree at 5:44 PM PST - 17 comments

    ‘The Last Photograph of Cat’

    The Last Photograph of Cat. MeFi’s own RJ Reynolds proves that, in hands like his, it is indeed possible to memorialize one’s beloved pet with restraint and humour yet no loss of feeling. [more inside]
    posted by joeclark at 5:28 PM PST - 88 comments

    Opera and Ballet, Explained

    Satiric Art by Polish artist Pawła Kuczyńskiego (Paul Kuczynski).
    posted by bwg at 5:17 PM PST - 12 comments

    FULL NAME: your african-american friends | LOCATION: probably can't stand you

    A new nightclub is opening in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It's call Prime 6 and despite opposition from local Community Board 6 it had already acquired a 3 story space not far from the Atlantic Yard projects as well as the requisite liquor licenses from the State Liquor Authority. The nightclub's owner promises that the club will cater to a Park Slope clientele but locals aren't convinced. Prime 6's Myspace and Facebook pages (now both deleted) featured "suggestively posed women" and a link to the “Prime 6 mixed CD,” created by hip hop artist DJ Big Jeff, with songs titles including “Motha F–ka, I’m Ill” and “New Money.” CB6 has officially stated that it will reconsider its next move, however local CB6 member Jennifer McMillen has distributed a virtual petition seeking to persuade the nightclub to "Embrace Indie Music" instead of hip-hop. [more inside]
    posted by 2bucksplus at 4:34 PM PST - 117 comments

    The Bio-Physics of Limbaugh

    "I was intrigued by your recent expression of the interest in the 'actual weight' of the outlandish pumpkin head of the total A-hole, R. Limbaugh. By grand good chance, a friend of mine is a professor in bio-physics here at the university, and, with some sophisticated instruments, and his professorial savvy, he was able to take the measurements necessary for the calculations directly off the video screen."
    posted by Scoop at 4:06 PM PST - 34 comments

    Holy Crap

    An anonymous writer is sticking his or her novel, titled Holy Crap, to a series of street lamps in New York City's East Village, one page at a time. New York Post report. Village Voice report. Yahoo report. Picture of Page 7. Picture of Page 8.
    posted by chavenet at 2:46 PM PST - 45 comments

    More recent events in solar power

    Around one year ago we saw some of the recent events in solar power. At that time solar panels topped out at a peak efficiency of around 290W for a 1.99 x 0.99 meter 72-cell module, with a lone rare and expensive 315W module that was used to build team Germany's solar decathlon winning house. Since then prices have dropped a lot, and China is advancing in commodity tech. [more inside]
    posted by thewalrus at 1:56 PM PST - 80 comments

    The Easy-Bake Oven

    The Easy-Bake Oven has inspired some children and mutilated others en route to being immortalized in The National Toy Hall of Fame. But with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs effectively prohibited from manufacture starting in 2012, the suprisingly versatile cooking instrument is being retired in favor of an "Ultimate" model powered by a non-bulb heating element.
    posted by Joe Beese at 1:33 PM PST - 69 comments

    A rare look at Ansel Adam's darkroom

    This is the extended version of Marc Silber's visit to Ansel Adams' home and darkroom . You'll hear his son Michael talk about some of Ansel's most iconic images, including the breakthrough he had when he first visualized the image of Half Dome. This led to the development of his unique and masterful style. You'll also see much more of his darkroom and hear about how Ansel worked and see the darkroom he custom built, like none on earth. Join us now for this rare, behind the scenes look. (SLYT 17:04)
    posted by spock at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

    Slow Sculpture

    Unsolving the city: BLDG BLOG interviews China Miéville
    posted by Artw at 1:24 PM PST - 30 comments

    Black Cat Detective

    Have you ever wished Tom (of Tom and Jerry) was more like Dirty Harry? Maybe just shoot Jerry once in a while? Then you're in luck! 黑猫警长 (Hei Mao Jing Zhang, literally Black Cat Police Chief, more commonly translated as Black Cat Detective) was a hugely popular children's cartoon that ran from 1984 to 1987 in mainland China. Episodes featured the eponymous police chief taking down criminals any way he could, whether it's shooting fleeing mice in the back, burning locusts with exploding arrows, or administering beatdowns with shock batons. Beyond the police brutality, children also got to see baby animals eaten by giant eagles and learn about sexual cannibalism in praying mantises. And it's on Youtube! [more inside]
    posted by kmz at 12:33 PM PST - 21 comments

    Delicious Doomsday

    Romantically Apocalyptic is a morbidly funny webcomic from Russo-Canadian digital artist Vitaly Alexius (interview, gallery). Set in the starkly diaphanous wreckage of post-nuclear Manhattan, it follows an eccentric contingent of Soviet soldiers as they poke through the detritus of the past and contend with the mutants, cultists, aliens, and other horrors that inhabit the ruins. The comic's striking art style is the result of an arduous process, using "Photoshop, live actors, dead actors, sexy assistants, greenscreen, a camera, and a Wacom tablet" to composite "6 years worth of textures: 1 terabyte of stock footage, shot in real abandoned, forgotten places of our world." This multimedia ambition has burgeoned into plans for a community-powered animated/live-action web series (teaser video, animatic, fanart). While waiting for that to come together, be sure to spend some time on Kimmo Lemetti's excellent Gone With the Blastwave (previously), a very similar webcomic project with a more subdued palette that turned out nearly fifty pages of richly-illustrated post-apocalyptic humor before going on indefinite hiatus.
    posted by Rhaomi at 12:30 PM PST - 18 comments

    Feline Imagine Circa 1999 is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
    posted by awesomebrad at 12:29 PM PST - 30 comments

    Hate Man

    Hate Man. "How a New York Times reporter dropped out and became a hate evangelist in Berkeley." [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 12:00 PM PST - 48 comments

    Clear your dance card

    A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, will arrive on July 12. [more inside]
    posted by Iridic at 11:49 AM PST - 159 comments

    Saying a lot with a little

    Dan Tague is an artist who takes pictures of dollar bills after folding them to spell out political messages and social commentary. Additional galleries linked on the left of his page. Some of his work is in NYC this week as part of the VOLTA Art Fair.
    posted by yiftach at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

    George Lucas Wants To Cash In (in 3D!)

    Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to be released in 3D. The movie will hit theaters on February 10, 2012.
    posted by andreaazure at 9:59 AM PST - 175 comments

    Faux Queerness

    This blog collects dissenting voices: Gays Against Gaga. [more inside]
    posted by youarenothere at 9:46 AM PST - 174 comments

    Things were wonderful once

    1. Tin Huey T-Shirt. 2. A silk-screened poster from the Sept. 22, 2000, Mary Timony (of Helium) concert in Oberlin, Ohio. 3. "Crazy Rhythms" by the Feelies (on white vinyl). 4. A big-ass dining room table. 5. The Futon. 6. One audio MiniDisc of the Black Keys' first live performance, July 2002. 7. 7. One black-and-white photo of Patrick and me, taken in 2003, at Apple Studios. A marriage, and divorce, in seven mementos.
    posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:37 AM PST - 28 comments

    Siege mentality

    Sarajevo Survival Tools is a virtual exhibition of the objects created and used by the citizens of Sarajevo during the three and half years the city was under siege. Highlights include a home-made gun, watering can and water cart. Intro in the Guardian - Welcome to Sarajevo's designs for survival
    posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:29 AM PST - 17 comments

    Lack a soul? There's still a team for you!

    What Baseball Team Should I Root For? (image) Now you can establish a lasting emotional bond through the magic of pure logic.
    posted by ardgedee at 8:24 AM PST - 152 comments

    BYU’s honor code requires students to live a chaste and virtuous life

    Third ranked NCAA basketball team Brigham Young University dismissed starting center Brandon Davies for violating the school's honor code by having premarital sex with his girlfriend. [more inside]
    posted by T.D. Strange at 8:09 AM PST - 142 comments

    What Enemy?

    The U.S. Army has brought 22 new charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Among the new charges is an Article 104 offence of 'aiding the enemy' that carries a potential death sentence. Yet neither the original charges nor the new charges identify the enemy to which the US military is referring. (previously) [more inside]
    posted by jeffburdges at 7:15 AM PST - 215 comments

    Don't say I didn't warn you.

    This is a single-link YouTube post involving a small child singing a grown-up song. But she's absolutely fierce, so it's quite a lot less annoying than that sounds. [more inside]
    posted by jacquilynne at 6:44 AM PST - 32 comments

    Following the Early Modern Engraver

    The Brilliant Line explores the techniques of Renaissance and Baroque engravers. This interactive exhibit shows how layers of lines become art. (Flash.) [more inside]
    posted by zamboni at 6:31 AM PST - 8 comments

    Romeo and Juliet, or Sex Offender Registry?

    An Illinois 'Romeo and Juliet' law would take young sex offenders off of the registry. [more inside]
    posted by anya32 at 5:57 AM PST - 49 comments

    space, from the ground

    Passage of the International Space Station and Discovery, taken on February 28th 2011 at 17:58UT from the area of Weimar, Germany. The shooting equipment is described in detail in this page. (Flash 10 required)
    posted by DU at 5:38 AM PST - 22 comments

    The battle for control of the internet

    "We may argue again and again whether the Internet is changing our brains, elevating us, lowering us, making us smarter, or making us stupid. But at the end of the day, it seems the real argument is about control — who has it, who shares it, and who wants it." What people who worry about the internet are really worried about. Via naked capitalism.
    posted by londonmark at 4:56 AM PST - 24 comments

    "Yarr! Go To Sleep, You Scurvy Dog!"

    The Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom.
    posted by Fuzzy Monster at 4:54 AM PST - 71 comments

    A turning point in economic development?

    "Towards a Sustainable Global Golden Age" (four youtube links) is a talk by Carlota Perez comparing the current revolution in information and communications technologies (ICT) to four prior technological revolutions. She argues that each revolution has started with a long phase of experimentation driven by finance, which leads to a financial bubble and subsequent crash. The short phase of recovery from the crash is followed by a long phase of consolidation driven by concrete productivity gains and government policy. She believes that NASDAQ was the crash in the ICT revolution, and that we are still in the recovery phase, partly because cheap oil and manufacturing labor facilitated a reemphasis on unskilled-labor- and energy-intensive means of production. She speculates on what may come out of the consolidation phase she hopes we're now entering. [more inside]
    posted by Coventry at 4:51 AM PST - 4 comments

    Puppy Love

    Pitbull vs Horse SFW SLYT
    posted by lobstah at 4:22 AM PST - 21 comments

    "For those of us who dreamed of trips to Mars, the trouble with our times, as Paul Valery once said, is that the future is not what it used to be."

    When will our Martian future get here? [via: The Space Review]
    posted by Fizz at 4:22 AM PST - 10 comments

    Direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.

    The "King of English", H.W. Fowler wrote A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Although "modern linguists are almost by definition incapable of understanding the function of a book like Fowler’s Dictionary", the "half-educated Englishman of literary proclivities" who just wants to know: "Can I say so-&-so?’" may now buy the classic first edition of the Dictionary again. An earlier book, The King's English, is free for anyone seeking advice on Americanisms, Saxon words, the spot plague, archaism or split infinitives.
    posted by TheophileEscargot at 1:20 AM PST - 26 comments

    Offshore Banking Business

    "People have always thought of tax havens as sideshows to the main event, whereas in fact they are central to the global economy". . . Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World [more inside]
    posted by Mister Bijou at 1:01 AM PST - 47 comments

    March 2

    tidal kites

    Green electricity from the artificial, tethered ray (the fish, not the beam). Video here.
    posted by megob at 11:55 PM PST - 21 comments

    Cats are snackers

    Facts on cats (and some tips) [slyt]
    posted by silby at 9:55 PM PST - 21 comments

    Our squirrel friends

    Watambi is a simple but heartfelt little animated film. Sarod music never hurts.
    posted by Jibuzaemon at 9:17 PM PST - 1 comment

    Valparaiso Cerro Abajo

    The Valparaiso Cerro Abajo is an increasingly popular urban downhill bike race. This is what it's like to ride it. [via]
    posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 7:32 PM PST - 48 comments

    Sticky Tape

    Simon's Cat SLYT of one of your favorite cats!
    posted by tomswift at 6:17 PM PST - 29 comments

    Mahou Shoujo Tragical Faustus

    Puella Magi Madoka★Magica (unofficial trailer) is an animated show about a pink-haired girl and her buddies who fight against cursed witches (video example). Boasting buildings based on well-known architecture, a slowly shifting opening sequence and dark ending sequence, Faustian graffiti and ciphered German runes, this currently-airing show has been called a deconstruction of the magical girl genre. [more inside]
    posted by anthy at 5:45 PM PST - 23 comments

    Peter Watts presents: Flesh-Eating Fest '11

    Peter Watts presents: Flesh-Eating Fest '11 (NSF the squeamish pictures several clicks further into this link). SF writer Peter Watts (aka The Plastinated Man) has survived a near-lethal bout with necrotising fasciitis (Wiki link with disturbing image at the top). Part 0 (Mildly icky picture of a small sore on his leg.): "Anybody know what this thing is?" Part 1 (no images): "Some of you may have heard by now that I got hit with a serious case of necrotising fasciitis (more luridly known as “flesh-eating disease”) late last week. I’m told I was a few hours away from being dead." Part 2 (no images): "Let us start with the fact that I contracted flesh-eating disease during the course of getting a skin biopsy — that it was being all precautionary and taking proper medical care of myself that nearly got me killed." Part 3 (ohgodohgodohgod - very graphic photos): Recovery at home shown in words and pictures. Some of the photos show cute cats and a smiling, competent home nurse. Most do not. You have been warned.
    posted by maudlin at 5:19 PM PST - 105 comments

    He found the bandages inside the pen

    Songwriters on Process interviews songwriters in depth about their writing process. They've talked to everyone from Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) to J.D. Cronise from The Sword. Where else can you find both Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus talking about Faulkner and Eric from Foxy Shazam admitting he's never read a book in his life?
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments

    The Program Abides

    The Tron Lebowski: that motherboard really tied the room together, man. [more inside]
    posted by bwg at 5:11 PM PST - 36 comments


    Anjelo Baligad aka Lil' Demon is an 8 year old breakdancing prodigy who appeared on So You Think You Can Dance at six years of age. He recently battled Joshua Lee 'Milky' Ayers at Bboy City, Hawaii. {MLYT}
    posted by gman at 4:15 PM PST - 13 comments

    "I know Islam better than my own religion."

    How We Train Our Cops to Fear Islam. There aren’t nearly enough counterterrorism experts to instruct all of America’s police. So we got these guys instead.
    posted by lullaby at 3:41 PM PST - 65 comments

    It is now safe to turn off your computer

    Man upgrades to Windows 7, from Windows 1.0. [SLYT]
    posted by schmod at 2:40 PM PST - 169 comments

    Who needs a fix?

    Can you get hooked on diet soda? 'Government surveys have found that people who drink diet beverages average more than 26 ounces per day (some drink far more) and that 3% of diet-soda drinkers have at least four daily. Are these diet-soda fiends true addicts? And if so, what are they addicted to? The most obvious answer is caffeine -- but that doesn't explain the many die-hard diet drinkers who prefer caffeine-free varieties.' But at least it's not sweetened soda with all attendant problems, such as high blood pressure, so what about artificial sweeteners? [more inside]
    posted by VikingSword at 2:16 PM PST - 180 comments

    Automated robots look less threatening in seal suits

    "A ball-throwing robot with visual feedback" sounds dull, so let's hide the robot arm in a plush seal suit! Now that ball-throwing robot with stereo vision looks like a seal playing basketball! Just ignore the robotic hand coming out of it's mouth, and the un-seal-like movements. (via)
    posted by filthy light thief at 1:59 PM PST - 30 comments

    God's Angry Man

    God's Angry Man - a documentary portrait of Dr. Gene Scott by Werner Herzog.
    posted by Joe Beese at 1:15 PM PST - 37 comments

    "I have the uncanny feeling that I’m making up the world as I’m going along"

    "Like most committed crystal meth smokers, when he wants to share his pipe Duze does not take no for an answer." Clancy Martin, the author of How to Sell and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, is hitchhiking from Kansas City, Missouri, to New York City in order to catch the last day of Christian Marclay's The Clock at the Paula Cooper Gallery. Part I, Part II [more inside]
    posted by not_the_water at 1:13 PM PST - 12 comments

    It's an intense thing, but it's a small thing.

    In strange reversal of conventional wisdom, four fifths of enrolled undergrads skip out on optional Fucksaw presentation. [more inside]
    posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:38 PM PST - 233 comments

    Urban Design

    Candy Chang is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner and 2011 TED Senior Fellow based in New Orleans. Her Civic Center creates projects that try to "make cities more comfortable", and encourage residents to envision alternate urban realities: "I Wish This Was...." (site) / The NYC Street Vendor Guide / "Before I Die... In NOLA" / The Restroom Map Notepad / The Sexy Trees of the Marigny 2011 Calendar / The Neighbor Doorknob-Hanger / A Nice Place for a Tree and Post-It Notes for Neighbors. (Via). [more inside]
    posted by zarq at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

    Modern Art Iraq Archive

    The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA) is a resource to trace, share, and enable community enrichment of the modern art heritage of Iraq. Explore the works by artist, browse through related textual materials, or add your own images or stories to the archive.
    posted by sciurus at 11:45 AM PST - 2 comments

    A lot of beats

    Cozy Powell plays 400 drums in one minute (via WFMU Blog) [more inside]
    posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:28 AM PST - 29 comments

    Narwhal Tusks for Sale

    There once was a man from Nantucket, who sold whale teeth by the bucket. His lucrative plan was found out by the Man. He'll get 33 months in prison. [more inside]
    posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:22 AM PST - 27 comments

    Safe for work

    Barbecue (or barbeque) Porn. (SFW) And on flickr. (Sorry about that: Myself, I’m been a vegetarian for over 41 years, so this is not for me)
    posted by growabrain at 11:17 AM PST - 30 comments

    Live stream of the Apple iPad 2 event

    Live stream of the Apple iPad 2 event
    posted by nam3d at 10:59 AM PST - 354 comments

    That Other Kind of Panelling

    Powerful Panels. Kirby Panels. 50 Monday Panels. Art of Archie Panels. Panels Repaneled. [more inside]
    posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

    Kamikara's creations

    Amazing, fun and interesting kinetic paper creations:Gear's heart [action starts at 0:49]. Paper Engineering by Kamikara. Some of his other creations in action: The Egg of the Dinosaur | Surprised Zombie | Globe Puzzle| Penguin Bomb | Mr. Grieve | His YouTube channel, girigiriou. Previously.
    posted by nickyskye at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

    Ms. Deen's Wild Ride

    On February 27th, Paula Deen hitched a ride on Food Network host Robert Irvine. Overnight, a meme surfaces. Today, Rolling Stone re-imagines their March cover.
    posted by hermitosis at 9:48 AM PST - 69 comments

    Where disagreements are treated with bullets

    Barely two months since the assassination of Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab, another of Pakistan's politicians noted for their stance on the blasphemy laws has also been gunned down. Shahbaz Bhatti, himself a Catholic, was the Federal Minister for Minorities. Now that two of the original three individuals involved in the calls to amend the blasphemy laws are dead, fears arise for the safety of Sherry Rehman, the female MP who went so far as to table a motion specifically requesting they be amended. That motion was ruled out by Pakistani President Yousuf Gilani. More on the blasphemy laws Previously
    posted by dougrayrankin at 9:46 AM PST - 17 comments

    Oscar acceptance speech for "Inside Job"

    In his Oscar acceptance speech, documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson reminded viewers worldwide that "not a single financial executive has gone to jail" for the fraud that created the 2008 financial meltdown. His film Inside Job (on Netflix DVD) explains, among other things, that the crisis was avoidable. See also the Inside Job trailer and a subsequent followup video in which Ferguson says that many sources "mysteriously backed out" before being filmed. He also spoke at MIT in January.
    posted by mark7570 at 9:38 AM PST - 51 comments

    "Impossible, you say?"

    "The day with its cares and perplexities is ended and the night is now upon us. The night should be a time of peace and tranquility; a time to relax and be calm. We have need of a soothing story to banish the disturbing thoughts of the day, to set at rest our troubled minds, and put at ease our ruffled spirits. And what sort of story shall we hear? Ah, it will be a familiar story. A story that is so very, very old, and yet it is so new. It is the old, old story of …" the 2012/13 touring production of Einstein on the Beach. [more inside]
    posted by williampratt at 9:32 AM PST - 21 comments

    Zeus does not understand contraception

    so the moral of the story is
    always wear a condom
    because otherwise
    you are going to have to resort to an impromptu skull c-section
    with a shovel

    Myths Retold. [more inside]
    posted by KathrynT at 9:32 AM PST - 50 comments

    It's Ugly, But It's Legal

    The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of categorizing Westboro Baptist Church's funeral protests as protected speech under the First Amendment. [more inside]
    posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:27 AM PST - 173 comments

    I'll trade you three Creepers for a Herobrine card

    Minecraft mastermind Markus "Notch" Persson has officially announced his company's next project: a hybrid online board game/trading card system called Scrolls. Spearheaded by Mojang co-founder Jakob Porser (interview) and with backstory penned by Penny Arcade wordsmith Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, the game will consist of turn-based battles between collectible "scrolls," illustrated character cards strategically deployed on an abstract gaming grid. In an interesting inversion of the Minecraft model, the game itself will be free, while updates in the form of additional scroll packs will cost a nominal fee -- a business model gaming analyst Sean Maelstrom decries as "snake oil." Mojang, for their part, is unafraid and even eager to target an untested slice of the gaming market, and is angling to get their playable prototype of Scrolls ready for a possible Alpha release this summer.
    posted by Rhaomi at 8:50 AM PST - 127 comments

    You must upgrade Flash to view this menu

    What's the deal with restaurant websites? Devra First, the Boston Globe's restaurant critic, wonders too. Previous discussion on the blue (tangential to discussion of OpenTable).
    posted by catlet at 8:42 AM PST - 50 comments

    Breast cell animation

    Etsuko Uno and metafilter's own Drew Berry have released three new animations illustrating breast stem cell differentiation, a control mechanism for the process, and how this relates to carcinogenesis. [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments


    The Elder Scrolls VI: Equestria. [more inside]
    posted by kmz at 8:08 AM PST - 20 comments

    I Heart Oliver Sacks

    I never knew that renowned neurologist & author Oliver Sacks, who has written about prosopagnosia, suffers from it himself! Most notably, he addressed prosopagnosia in his 1985 publication, The Man who Mistook his Wife for A Hat. These video clips are from a discussion at last year's World Science Festival in New York about this very topic & how I came to learn of Dr. Sacks' first-hand experience. [more inside]
    posted by PepperMax at 7:30 AM PST - 34 comments

    "And how are we today?" "Better." "Better?"

    bites "is a unique comprehensive resource for all those with a personal or professional interest in food safety. Dr. [Doug] Powell of Kansas State University, and associates, search out credible, current, evidence-based information on food safety and make it accessible to domestic and international audiences through multiple media. Sources of food safety information include government regulatory agencies, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), peer-reviewed scientific publications, academia, recognized experts in the field and other sources as appropriate." (Description from website.) The folks responsible for bites also run the more entertainingly named barfblog.
    posted by cog_nate at 7:06 AM PST - 7 comments

    who knew?

    The science behind crazy cat ladies. TIME Magazine breaks it down.
    posted by xbonesgt at 6:51 AM PST - 58 comments

    Alex Jones

    Talk Radio's Alex Jones, the Most Paranoid Man in America. Charlie Sheen's interviewer opens up.
    posted by fixedgear at 6:47 AM PST - 83 comments

    Bruno Mars covers "California Girls"...

    Bruno Mars covers "California Girls"... on BBC 1's Live Lounge. Live Lounge generally features two acoustic performances, one of which is a contemporary cover song. Interpretations are often passionate and reverent. Here, Bruno Mars covers a pure pop song, Kate Perry's California Girls, without any irony.
    posted by beisny at 5:59 AM PST - 26 comments

    Date: March 2, 2011 - Weather: Cold - Health: Good - Food: 839 pounds - Music: Awesome

    Annie & Mac are a talented, independent duo from Virginia that have created one of the largest repositories of Old-Time music on their Youtube channel. Songs include The Falls of Richmond, Sandy Boys, Arkansas Traveler, the Crawdad Song, and The Eighth of January.
    posted by lemuring at 5:58 AM PST - 4 comments

    Un petit détour

    The Japanese word kōgei (also as kougei) [工芸], basically translates as 'crafts', or even 'handicrafts'. In many places in the world, such products are generally considered as something lesser than 'arts'. In Japan however ...     Please meet Mr. Lionel Dersot, Tokyo resident for 25+ years, who is ready to take you on a (bilingual) survey of some wonderful work in the field, both old and new, at his blog 'The Daily Kogei' - Un petit détour bilingue dans l'artisanat japonais et bien plus, diffusé de Tokyo.
    posted by woodblock100 at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

    The Hoxton Window Project

    The Hoxton Window Project: “I had no plan, I had no thought, I had a pen and decided to take it for a walk. My brain is a mess, my mind a ball of spaghetti charged with tiny electrical pulses being generated by a team of termites on a treadmill. I put it all up against the glass, I hope it will delight and intrigue and not leave anyone aghast” says window artist Jon Burgerman. Frame features the work of digital creative company Unit 9 at a square in central London.
    posted by honey-barbara at 5:22 AM PST - 4 comments

    "Basketball is for folks who don't toss around mindblasts"

    March: when the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the NCAA Basketball Tournament begins and March MODOK Madness returns! Everyone's favorite Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing gets his yearly tribute of new fan submitted artwork throughout the month, and this year, you can EVEN GET A T-SHIRT! [more inside]
    posted by KingEdRa at 12:13 AM PST - 22 comments

    March 1

    Putting "black-out" in quotation marks doesn't make drowning sound any better.

    Extreme Underwater Ice Hockey. [SLYT]
    posted by Fizz at 11:29 PM PST - 27 comments

    My God, it's full of bars!

    Thanks to long rainy days and a lot of funky global culture and cross-pollination, Seattle has long been known as an epicenter of music and related creativity where people riff off of each other and freely beg, borrow and steal ideas. But how incestuous is it, really? Who has collaborated with whom? Played gigs together? Worked on albums together? Exactly how complicated is the Seattle music scene? It's so complicated that it needs a map - the Seattle Band Map. Via Wired.
    posted by loquacious at 11:27 PM PST - 16 comments

    Date Night at the Creation Museum

    Saddle up your dinosaur and head down to the Creation Museum for a lovely date night. Just be sure you don't ruin it for everyone else by being gay.
    posted by mrfuga0 at 9:51 PM PST - 62 comments

    All For Henry

    Katie Granju 's 18-year old son Henry lost his battle with drug addiction in May 2010. Since his death, a scholarship fund to send teenagers to rehab has been started in his honor, a short documentary on his life has been posted online, and his mother is using her blog to seek justice for those involved in his death. The Introduction and Parts 1, 2, 3 of her quest have been posted, with more to come.
    posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:19 PM PST - 50 comments

    My God, it's full of life

    Tropical Island Infinite Photo, at National Geographic. [more inside]
    posted by bwg at 5:10 PM PST - 23 comments

    Corporations, Don't Take It Personally

    Today the Supreme Court in ruled 8-0 in FCC v. ATT that corporations have no "personal privacy" exemption under the Freedom of Information Act. The opinion ended the speculation that the Supreme Court would use this case to take yet another step towards equating corporations with actual people. For links to the various briefs, lower court decisions, and a summary of the underlying facts and opinion, visit the SCOTUSblog. [more inside]
    posted by Muddler at 5:02 PM PST - 92 comments

    Aquaman, king of the catwalk

    To mark it's fifth anniversary superhero fashion blog Project Rooftop announced it's ultimate challenge: redesign Aquaman. With the winners in did they succeed in restoring some dignity to the King of the Sea after years of Superfreinds jokes?
    posted by Artw at 4:41 PM PST - 85 comments

    Goodnight Shai-Hulud, bursting out of the dune

    A few months ago, a bunch of us thought that Goodnight Dune would make a great sci-fi children's book. So did Julia Yu.
    posted by KGMoney at 3:28 PM PST - 65 comments

    It's a death row pardon two minutes too late

    The trailer for Radio Free Albemuth, an independent film based on the Philip K Dick novel, has been released. The film stars Shea Whigam as Philip K Dick and features Alanis Morissette as a mysterious singer. It premiered last year at the Fantastic Planet Film Festival.
    posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 3:18 PM PST - 27 comments

    "Don't remember. Don't care. Drug tests don't lie." - Billy

    If Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ lived like Charlie Sheen: Sheen Family Circus. [more inside]
    posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:49 PM PST - 89 comments

    Jury nullification advocate accused of jury tampering

    Scott Horton at writes about Julian P. Heicklen, a 78-year-old retired chemistry professor from New Jersey, now faces federal criminal charges for informing people entering the federal courthouse about the doctrine of jury nullification. Scott Horton's post is a response to the New York Times column on Mr. Heicklen. [more inside]
    posted by fartknocker at 1:11 PM PST - 100 comments

    Real-time cheating

    Cheating at exams is hardly new, but last week a user on Yahoo Chiebukuro in Japan (Yahoo Answers) audaciously posted questions online during university entrance exams and received answers before the exams were over. [more inside]
    posted by adrianhon at 1:05 PM PST - 57 comments

    Matryomin: a theremin squeezed into a Russian nesting doll

    The Theremin is a fairly well known instrument, by it's sound if not appearance. Masami Takeuchi, the first professional thereminist of Japan, changed the typical look of the theremin by setting it inside a matryoshka doll, calling the product Matryomin. Where the typical theremin consists of two antenna (a horizontal loop antenna for volume and a vertical linear antenna for pitch), Matryomin are more basic and only allow pitch control. The function is straight-forward, but it's not so easy. To play well requires accuracy. That's one Matryomin, how about a group performance, or a large ensemble? [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief at 1:00 PM PST - 20 comments

    Starring Herbert West as ship's doctor

    The Love Craft ... exciting and new... come aboard... we're expecting you... (SLYT)
    posted by JHarris at 12:58 PM PST - 16 comments

    Gaddafi does the Zenga-Zenga

    Gaddafi does the Zenga-Zenga (youtube) Video featuring a Gadhafi speech paired with the rap music track 'Hey Baby'. Despite being created by a Jewish Israeli music journalist, reactions around the Arab world have been largely positive. [more inside]
    posted by Lanark at 12:18 PM PST - 23 comments


    Wisconsin has had some record breaking protests in the past week, with hundreds occupying the capitol building full time, even setting up a small village, with support provided from around the world. Some even got married. [more inside]
    posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 12:14 PM PST - 703 comments

    The walking cactus

    Consider this animal, the newest fossil discovery from Jianni Liu in China. She calls it "the walking cactus." We have grasses and flowers and beetles in more varieties than you can imagine, and yet, in some deep architectural way, the developmental paths were set way back then, 500 million years ago. The Walking Cactus is just another souvenir of that crazy moment.
    posted by jjray at 10:50 AM PST - 68 comments

    "Sooner or later, nearly everyone on Haaretz gets called a Nazi."

    The Dissenters. New Yorker profile by editor David Remnick: "Ha'aretz prides itself on being the conscience of Israel. Does it have a future?" (Via)
    posted by zarq at 10:23 AM PST - 48 comments

    "The proliferation and acceleration of commentary on the web"

    After more than 30 years at the New York Times, Frank Rich is departing the newspaper to write a column for New York magazine and its website. Rich has had a Sunday column for 17 years, which followed 14 years as a theater reviewer. [...]

    The changes come as the NYT prepares a major overhaul of the Week in Review section. Rich’s weekly 1,500-word column (previously most columns were around 800 words) was part of an expanded Op-Ed page that the Times introduced in the Week in Review section in 2005.

    Since then, the proliferation and acceleration of commentary on the web has called into question the role of a weekly opinion section. It’s also called into question the state of most weekly magazines, but for a variety of reasons—including its web sensibilities, New York magazine has been able to withstand those pressures (even Gawker’s Nick Denton has praised the publication).

    posted by not_the_water at 9:00 AM PST - 53 comments

    Saudi Royal Wealth: Where do they get all that money?

    Reuters Special Report: U.S. cables detail Saudi royal welfare program "The cables, obtained by WikiLeaks and reviewed by Reuters, provide remarkable insight into how much the vast royal welfare program has cost the country -- not just financially but in terms of undermining social cohesion. Besides the huge monthly stipends that every Saudi royal receives, the cables detail various money-making schemes some royals have used to finance their lavish lifestyles over the years."
    posted by Dragonness at 8:14 AM PST - 94 comments

    This one particular boy’s goal was to be able to press his lips to every square inch of his own body.

    Backbone, by David Foster Wallace. (SLNYorker)
    posted by HumanComplex at 7:33 AM PST - 33 comments

    Screw Tops

    Meet Andrew Myers, one of the most patient modern-day sculptors around. He starts with a base, plywood panel, and then places pages of a phone book on top. He then draws out a face and pre-drills 8,000 to 10,000 holes, by hand. As he drills in the screws, Myers doesn't rely on any computer software to guide him, he figures it out as he goes along. "For me, I consider this a traditional sculpture and all my screws are at different depths," he says. Other work by Andrew Myers.
    posted by chavenet at 7:20 AM PST - 42 comments

    The World's Largest Oligarchy?

    Is India an oligarchy? Late last year, when India's income tax office tapped the phone of well-connected lobbyist, Niira Radia, they were looking for evidence of tax evasion and money laundering. But what they found instead was what many consider evidence of an even bigger problem: "[T]he tapes reveal that the country that prides itself on being the world's largest democracy is really ruled by a small coterie of powerful people." Some of the leaked tapes that sparked the scandal are available online, on the website of the weekly magazine that first broke the story, as well as a few transcripts. [more inside]
    posted by saulgoodman at 7:09 AM PST - 61 comments

    Amanda Hocking, self-publisher

    Amanda Hocking is 26 years old. She has 9 self-published books to her name, and sells 100,000+ copies of those ebooks per month. She has never been traditionally published. ... And it’s no stretch to say – at $3 per book/70% per sale for the Kindle store... there is no traditional publisher in the world right now that can offer Amanda Hocking terms that are better than what she’s currently getting, right now on the Kindle store, all on her own. (related)
    posted by Joe Beese at 7:07 AM PST - 241 comments

    Death of a Mentor

    Harvey Dorfman, author of The Mental ABCs of Pitching and The Mental Game of Baseball, died on February 28th. A sports psychologist, Dorfman counseled hundreds of baseball players, mentoring some of the best players in the modern era. Mike Pelfrey called Dorfman after nearly every start. Roy Halladay, before he was "Doc," went to see the Dorfman and continues to give his book on pitching to all young pitchers. A 2009 profile of "Dr. Baseball" explained how Dorfman worked, "One week I’m Hamlet, the next week I'm Bozo. You come to me with a certain disposition; I better know who to play…. I am neither an asshole nor a saint, in totality. I am whatever is required at the moment."
    posted by gladly at 6:49 AM PST - 2 comments

    Emacs Artist Mode

    Emacs Artist Mode (screencast) allows you to use the mouse to draw squares, lines, and other shapes in plain text, or even paint. I'm not an emacs user, but I thought this was pretty cool. Even better, you can use an open source Java tool called ditaa to transform ascii text into a full-color graphic. Needless to say, users of other IDEs want this.
    posted by Deathalicious at 6:33 AM PST - 39 comments

    to pump, to prime, to caress

    The kinetic sculptures of Anne Lilly.
    posted by le morte de bea arthur at 6:24 AM PST - 11 comments

    The little Maharajah that could

    Air India (in collaboration with Indian Airlines, the Indian Air Force and Aeroflot) is in the Guinness Book of World Records for their airlift in 1990 when they successfully evacuated 111,711 Indian citizens from Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan by operating 488 refugee flights over a period of 59 days. While they have never quite managed to break that record in the intervening years and subsequent strife, Air India in collaboration with any available merchant ships is at it again after Egypt to deal with the largest evacuation since then ongoing right now from Libya.
    posted by infini at 6:00 AM PST - 14 comments

    I got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant and a personal agenda

    Carlin Step is George Carlin, mashed, mixed, remixed, re-edited, autotuned and better than you'd expect, mostly from his classic "Modern Man" opening routine (which has been set to music before). via MissC.
    posted by oneswellfoop at 2:34 AM PST - 12 comments