February 17, 2010

You're still going to die a lot.

You already know that this is the only level. Well, this is the only level too. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 11:01 PM PST - 27 comments

The Rapture of the Nerds

Science Fiction writers Alastair Reynolds, Vernor Vinge, Karl Schroeder and MeFi's own Charles Stross discuss the Singularity - which, Stross cheekily points out, has been around the corner for a good 20 years.
posted by Artw at 10:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Union Seafaring 1953

The Seafarers (1953): (1) (2) (3). A documentary for the Seafarers International Union by Stanley Kubrick. [NSFW]
posted by jjray at 10:43 PM PST - 3 comments

her hips, her lips

A powerful poet of the people died Saturday. Lucille Clifton. [more inside]
posted by kozad at 7:58 PM PST - 16 comments

and what exactly is a 'Great Deal'?

what do the other 66% of women think about everyday..? [more inside]
posted by pwedza at 7:31 PM PST - 103 comments

TV, When It Rocked and Rolled

In August 1990, when Spin magazine was still an edgier cousin to Rolling Stone, it published a list of the 35 Greatest Moments in Rock 'n' Roll Television. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 7:01 PM PST - 49 comments

Ruby Hunter

We were supposed to really actually forget about that lifestyle. But it'd come back to me in song.
Ruby Hunter, award winning songwriter, has died.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

News Dots

News Dots: The Day's Events as a Social Network. Six degrees of news separation.
posted by fixedgear at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Sometimes You Can See Sound

Sonic Boom in a Sun Dog (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by bwg at 4:32 PM PST - 45 comments

Bed Bugs, Dust Mites and Dirt. Oh, my!

"Half a million dirty Britons wash their bed sheets only three times a year, a survey discloses laying bare the disgusting bedroom habits of the nation. One in six people also admitted waiting at least a month before washing their bed sheets." "Londoners have the dirtiest bed sheets in the country." [more inside]
posted by ericb at 3:29 PM PST - 239 comments

How much would it cost to melt all the snow in Buffalo?

A Diary of Numbers: Physicist Aaron Santos, author of How Many Licks (Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything), uses science and math to estimate answers to life's greatest questions, including: How likely is it that we inhale a molecule breathed by Carl Sagan?; and What costs more: the Silverdome or the number of peanuts needed to build a life-size replica of the Silverdome? [more inside]
posted by sarahnade at 2:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Logic Puzzles

Since 1980, Nikoli^ has been in the business of creating many different variations of logic puzzles (such as the very popular Sudoku and Kakuro). Unfortunately, as they're stationed in Tokyo, their magazine is unavailable to most Americans.

Luckily, over the decades they've inspired quite a few people to make their own puzzles and variants, including: posted by flatluigi at 2:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Made in Sweden

posted by iviken at 2:21 PM PST - 62 comments

I'll have a shandy, thanks

Scottish brewery Brewdog announce the world's strongest beer, Sink The Bismarck, at a staggering 41%.
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 2:19 PM PST - 88 comments

Viktoriya Yermolyeva, heavy metal pianist

Viktoriya Yermolyeva plays Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Motorhead's "Ace of Spades", and Slayer's "Seasons in the Abyss" the way they were meant to be heard - on the piano.
posted by Joe Beese at 1:46 PM PST - 59 comments

All the Documentaries You Can Handle

The HotDocs Festival, North America's largest documentary film festival, has placed an enormous amount of content online.
posted by modernnomad at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

A Lot To Live For

An Olympic Tent Village has opened in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, on an empty lot currently being leased by the Vancouver Olympic Committee, in response to increasing homelessness in "Canada's most livable city", in spite of spending more than $6 billion on the 2010 Olympic Games. Mayor Gregor Robertson has stated that they won't be evicted - for now. [more inside]
posted by dinsdale at 12:53 PM PST - 42 comments

From Mountain View to Vladivostok

"The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house." [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 11:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Wait...is that...a Glitch?

Some of you may remember the Game Neverending (previously). But have you heard about Glitch? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 9:42 AM PST - 26 comments

All tweets going forward will be "I'm home. Yup, definitely home."

PleaseRobMe.com tells you when people on Twitter are advertising that they are not at home. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:24 AM PST - 84 comments

Hot Barbeque!

When we reach these, the bleakest and coldest days of winter, my mind inevitably turns towards the warm days of summer and one of America’s favorite pastimes: Barbeque. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 8:23 AM PST - 74 comments

Portrait of The Na'vi People of Hometree Wisconsin

LARP (Live Avatar Role Playing) (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:12 AM PST - 60 comments

Talking with a mouthfull of motor.

Ate Up With Motor provides well-reaserched articles on automotive topics. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 5:51 AM PST - 9 comments


Hackerspaces.org. Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.
posted by vostok at 5:45 AM PST - 48 comments

Everywhere you look, there's a heart, a hand to hold on to.

Lost: The Sitcom. Season 1, season 2, season 3.
posted by jbickers at 3:26 AM PST - 66 comments

Glory at Sea : "I try and think about how this storm and all these people dyin' was all a part of God's plan. But mostly, I just stare up through the water hopin' I can have one last look at them."

2008's "Glory at Sea" [.mov] [vimeo] [youtube] is an extaordinary 25-minute short film in which a group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea. [more inside]
posted by churl at 3:14 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm shocked, shocked I say!

It feels best at 220 volts. But with the provided replacement plugs, the Vilcus can also be used at 110 volts. Makes a great gift for those special friends. (from the people who brought you the LCD keyboard)
posted by klausness at 2:54 AM PST - 54 comments

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