January 9, 2009

Meet Fedor8, the angriest film reviewer alive

In only three years, IMDb commenter Fedor8 has written over 800 reviews, the majority of which are the most vitriolic comments ever put online. [more inside]
posted by Down10 at 11:47 PM PST - 63 comments

Utah Phillips.

Utah Phillips: Songwriter, singer, storyteller (May 15, 1935 – May 23, 2008). "Moose Turd Pie". "Get rid of the bum on the plush" and "Hallelujah, I'm a bum". Emmylou Harris sings "Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia". Tom Waits sings "Goodnight-Loving Trail" A tribute to Judi Bari, plus "World Turned Upside Down". Bob Neuwirth sings "Rock Salt and Nails". Amy Goodman interviews Utah Phillips: War and Non-Violence. [more inside]
posted by shetterly at 10:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Rock Tots and other Lil Music Makers

Rock Tots and other Lil Music Makers.

Yes, because kids rock too.
posted by swift at 9:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Hypnotic sounds of sirens echoing through the streets

Having a hard time taking over the Earth? Inefficient right hand men making a mockery of your efforts to wreak havoc? Could you use a tool that will help your evil team monitor the crises you create whilst you cackle out callous laughter? Well then the Henchman's Helper is just what you've been breaking into run-down laboratories for. [via mefi projects]
posted by cashman at 8:43 PM PST - 18 comments

China's Olympic Pollution Control

New Satellite Data Reveal Impact of Olympic Pollution Controls. [Via James Fallows]
posted by homunculus at 5:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Excuse me, I think I may have dropped my SAT scores by your table.

Smarter men have more sperm (via)
posted by device55 at 5:34 PM PST - 55 comments

Tigers beat

Is this end for the Tamil Tigers? The Sri Lankan army have captured Elephant Pass, the latest in a string of victories against the guerrilla outfit. The army has pledged to avoid civilian casualties (which have caused India and other countries to intervene in the past) but there are still concerns with reports of artillery strikes on civilian centers in Tharmapuram [graphic], and serious human rights concerns. Though the military battle may be all but over the country is sure to face armed political struggle for some time.
posted by Artw at 4:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Old People Dancing

I just love to watch old people dancing. I hope that when I'm this old, I'll be able to do the same!
posted by not_on_display at 3:47 PM PST - 35 comments

Play with your balls!

Friday fun: The revamped Globulos! [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Dubya, Drawn and Quartered.

George Bush's failings and follies inspired some of Vanity Fair’s illustrators' best work.
posted by gman at 3:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Growing Up Star Wars

There is something indescribable about the Growing Up Star Wars (1977 - 1985) Flickr pool. I think it's the fact that the nostalgia for a commercial product actually is pretty moving. Okay, some are creepy, but in general I'm happy this exists. It's strange to see your childhood and realize how old it looks.
posted by one_bean at 2:21 PM PST - 34 comments

Cure for pain

In December 2003, Brent Cambron gave himself his first injection of morphine. Save for the fact that he was sticking the needle into his own skin, the motion was familiar--almost rote. Over the course of the previous 17 months, as an anesthesia resident at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambron had given hundreds of injections.
- Going Under by Jason Zengerle of The New Republic [print version] is heartbreaking article about the high rates of drug addiction among anesthesiologists. It tells the story of Brent Cambron and his spiral into addiction. His live was also sensitively chronicled in The Boston Globe by Keith O'Brien in Something, anything to stop the pain [print version]. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 1:10 PM PST - 96 comments


Friday Flash Fun: Evacuation is a puzzle game about explosive decompression. Save the crew! Eject the aliens into space by opening the spaceship's doors! The catch: doors of the same color all open together. [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 1:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Missed Connections

Missed Connections by state A map showing missed connections for Craigslist, by state and gender breakdown, for approximately the last two weeks by Very Small Array.
posted by ugf at 12:29 PM PST - 57 comments

Words, words, words...and moving pictures!

London-based videographer Jim Clark uses photographs and paintings to create wonderfully disturbing videos of celebrated poets posthumously reading their work.
posted by youarenothere at 12:22 PM PST - 19 comments

"Many times when the women were sewing they would cry."

Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory, an online exhibit of comtemporary textiles created (mostly) by women living in war zones.
posted by Miko at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Gettysburg Daily

Gettysburg Daily features every day (and I mean every day) large photos and discussion of some minutiae of the Gettysburg battlefield. Topics covered include: Dinosaur footprints on the battlefield, artillery shells lodged in local buildings, battlefield panoramas, witness trees, and rampant development. Whoever does the site recently started an award program: "The Sickles," awarded for the dumbest thing done on the battlefield in the past year. The award is named after General Daniel Sickles. Previous Metafilter discussion of Sickles and his day at Gettysburg.
posted by marxchivist at 10:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Blagojevich on the run

Blagojevich impeached by State House. With only one dissenter Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives while out jogging (video). This is the first step for removing the governor from power. Next the state senate puts Blaggo on trail, and that is scheduled to happen shortly after Obama's inauguration in a couple of weeks. Capital Fax Blog is reporting that Blaggo is not going to resign, and the governer has scheduled a press conference this afternoon with an official response to the vote. Previously on Mefi [more inside]
posted by zenon at 10:38 AM PST - 78 comments

Hold Tight

Dave Dee, RIP. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears

William Zantzinger, who inspired the Bob Dylan song "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," died January 3. He was 69 years old. [more inside]
posted by Rangeboy at 9:48 AM PST - 25 comments

No College for You!

Dirty Secrets of College Admissions Via The Daily Beast
All of your worst suspicions confirmed. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:10 AM PST - 155 comments

Antibiotics in organic vegetables and honey

Worried about antibiotics in your beef? Organic vegetables (and pirated honey) may be no better. 90% of animal antibiotics are excreted as dung which is then used as fertilizer. The amounts are smaller but cumulative, particularly in potatoes, lettuce.
posted by stbalbach at 8:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Why am I sometimes awakened in the middle of the night by explosions going off in my head?

Do you ever wake up feeling like a cannon just went off inside your head? If so, you may have Exploding Head Syndrome. People affected by this parasomnia experience it as a loud bang coming from inside the head, while sleeping. Think exploding bomb, gunshots, cymbal crashes. Sometimes there's a muscle twitch, or even a bright flash of light. Doctors theorize that stress may be a factor. (Also, it's "The Internet's Newest and Most Exciting New Band!")
posted by ivey at 8:14 AM PST - 59 comments


Justin Quinnell takes pinhole photographs[pdf] with six month exposures, for example: Bristol from the Winter to the Summer solstice, if you like them, why not try it yourself?
posted by nfg at 7:55 AM PST - 31 comments

"Whopper Sacrifice"

Burger King's (CP+B's) advertising campaigns have been featured on the blue before. But this one takes the cake burger friendship.
posted by jckll at 6:51 AM PST - 87 comments

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy, a novel by Jack Torrance. [more info; via] [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 5:50 AM PST - 48 comments

Anthropology Goes to War, and Bad Things Happen

Paula Loyd, a 36 year old anthropologist and US Army reservist, is the third social scientist to be killed within the last 8 months while working for the US Army's controversial Human Terrain System project in Afghanistan. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:36 AM PST - 63 comments

Tiny happy people

Make your own tilt-shift photographs. Flickr group of the results. Previously.
posted by WPW at 2:45 AM PST - 66 comments

Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street, Rainy Day in Google Maps

Gustave Caillebotte was a French impressionist who painted in a more photograph-like style than many of his friends. (Notice the reflections on the ground in some of his paintings) His Paris Street, Rainy Day (La Place de l'Europe, temps de pluie) was a painting done of an intersection on the Rive Droite of Paris. Can you find other street-view versions of famous cityscapes?
posted by cmchap at 2:20 AM PST - 13 comments

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