September 12, 2008

The Aesthetic of Anticipation

What does the artist do to a machine? There's a hammer lying here. Suppose we consider the computer a tool very much like the hammer, only we don't know what to make with it or what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 11:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Mormon vampires?

LDS Sparkledammerung IS HERE! The crypto-mormonism of Stephanie Myers' Twilight series. (Spoilers, image heavy, extreme derisiveness)
posted by Artw at 11:05 PM PST - 48 comments

Unearthly Island

Even the inhabitants of Socotra might think some of their island is beautiful but a bit outré.... Alien landscapes on Earth.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 10:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Find pictures that look the same, with or without metadata.

Piximilar searches through large image collections to instantly retrieve visually similar images, based on color, shape, texture, luminosity, etcetera. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris at 10:32 PM PST - 5 comments

LET'S DANCE

I LOVE LAZER BASS (BEAMZ MUSIC PERFORMANCE SYSTEM REMIX) much more here
posted by vronsky at 9:16 PM PST - 19 comments

RIP Gregory Mcdonald

The author of the Fletch novels, Gregory Mcdonald, has died. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:55 PM PST - 22 comments

NetFlix Origami

NetFlix Origami The fun way to recycle your NetFlix flaps
posted by ColdChef at 6:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Bullshit Easier To Swallow In Pill Form

Vitamin purveyor Matthias Rath^ has dropped his libel case against Ben Goldacre^ and the Guardian. Goldacre's take. [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 6:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Rotating Drumstool Policy

Matt Cameron gained a lot of respect early on in the Seattle grunge scene, particularly for his ability to make odd time signatures feel like straight time. Over the years he kept time for Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Temple of the Dog, and his own Wellwater Conspiracy. Since 1998 he's played with the last men standing of the Seattle heavyweights, though it's a little known fact that he recorded drums on the original pre-Vedder demo. In the 8 years between, Pearl Jam had a few other drummers of note sit in. [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 6:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Negating a frame activates that frame

Don't Think of a Maverick! George Lakoff offers some tips on framing to the Obama campaign.
posted by homunculus at 5:46 PM PST - 57 comments

"...the posterboy for Generation Halliburton."

"I asked [Bono] why, in his opinion, [Tony] Stark couldn’t be content with charitable work à la Bill Gates, shaping the world with his billions. "You have to understand these guys," was Bono's one-line reply. "Bill's software. Stark's all hardware." Vanity Fair profiles a year in the life of Tony Stark, and asks what the literal and figurative ascent of the inventor/playboy/superhero means for 21st Century geopolitics. Is Iron Man "the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy -- a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems"? Or is he merely the improbable but logical outgrowth of one young man's vast wealth, careless hedonism, prodigious intellect, and strained familial and mentor relationships? Christine Everhart examines the political implications and personal motives of Stark's quest to beat swords into plowshares -- while profiting from the retrofits. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 4:44 PM PST - 19 comments

The Feminine side of Buddhism

As in most religions, Buddhism's pantheon of deities and saints has been male dominated. The preeminent exception to this is Kuan Yin, the goddess of compassion, also called Guan Yin or Kannon. She is the female form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, who underwent a gender shift after being popularized in China. She has inspired amazing forms of worship. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 3:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Photos of the 2008 Paralympics

Photos of the 2008 Paralympics. Sadly the Paralympics rarely garners the coverage of the Olympics, but thanks to the internet you can witch videos of the competitions at Universal Sports (though it may be region-blocked, require registration and only seems to work on Windows).
posted by GuyZero at 3:37 PM PST - 30 comments

I Am The King Of Meta

WireFilter: David Simon speaks at USC Law on journalism and The Wire. (Youtube - 1:22:50; a few mic/sound problems in the first few minutes)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you hear the people sing?

Les Misbarack. (Slyt? Yes. Awesome? Yes.)
posted by mothershock at 2:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Not with a bang but with a televised political satire

"We don't vote for them, we don't even know their names and we're not quite sure what they do. But they wield enormous influence. They are the power behind the power. They are The Hollowmen." You can watch the Australian Broadcasting Company's new political satire The Hollowmen [warning: sound] on the web. Or you can find it via Bittorrent. (Or if you live down under I suppose you could watch it on ABC 1 Wednesdays at 9pm or ABC 2 Thursdays at 8:30pm.) It's worth a look because it may be the funniest new satire on any English-language network. [more inside]
posted by sdodd at 1:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Speed Limit: Cars 30 - Skateboarders 40+

Adam Kimmel shares a video of a couple of sane and sedate runs down Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, California. (The likely route.)
posted by maxwelton at 12:52 PM PST - 39 comments

Virtual Spider

Ever wanted a pet spider but didn't want to bother with all the messy upkeep? Try a customizable tarantula in your browser! (flash) (NSF Arachnophobes)
posted by lekvar at 12:03 PM PST - 35 comments

Tipping Point Ahead

Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip, an 11-minute animated film about climate change by activist Leo Murray, complete with script with references
posted by criticalbill at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

5873 was their best album

(Happy birthday, Neil) Did you enjoy VH1's rockin' Passover special, "Matzo and Metal?" How about "Matzo and Metal II: Back to the Desert?" Then you're going to love "RUSH HASHANAH!!!!1!1!!"

As the Rolling Stone article points out, the title is not just an excrutiating pun, or an excuse for a 24 hour Rush marathon. Challah Fame member Geddy Lee is also a child of Holocaust Survivors.
posted by ericbop at 11:21 AM PST - 42 comments

Joan Wulff - 1st Lady of Fly Fishing

Joan Wulff, one half of the most famous couple in fly fishing, has devoted 60 years to perfection in casting. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Coming from Uranus to check my style

Another dimension, new galaxy - J.C.R. Licklider was one of the most influential people in the history of computer science . Dr. Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (or “Lick”), was the Director of ARPA’s Information Processing Techniques Office and from 1963-64 put in place the funding priorities which would lead to the Internet, and the invention of the mouse, windows and hypertext. In 1960 he was writing about Man-computer symbiosis and The Computer as a Communications Device . He also wrote epic memos such as his 1963 memo to “Members and Affiliates of the Intergalactic Computer Network
posted by Smedleyman at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

whale anti-collision

A new whale anti-collision system "A remarkable feature of Andre's system is its ability to single out and track an individual whale among all its “family” members in the same area – a breakthrough made with the help of a West African musician. In attempting to unravel the chaotic rhythms of the sperm whale clicks, he was struck by the similarity between his underwater recordings and African tribal music. A Senegalese griot (drummer) confirmed the likeness and – amazingly – was able to pick individual whales from André’s recordings through their distinctive rhythmic structures."[via]
posted by dhruva at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Jesus came and touched me down inside!

80's Christian band, Sonseed sing about Jesus (YT). A great find says Doug. Not so fast say others.
posted by xmattxfx at 9:11 AM PST - 84 comments

"Ban, ban, Ca-Carol Ann?"

Britain's biggest exam board has removed a poem by Carol Ann Duffy from the GCSE syllabus and asked schools to destroy the anthology it is contained in because it makes a reference to knife crime. This followed a complaint made by Pat Schofield, an exam invigilator. Duffy responded with the poem: Mrs Schofield's GCSE. [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 9:01 AM PST - 78 comments

Dog Days of Occupation of Iraq

Endgame in Iraq - 9/11 release of Sean Smith's latest video. This one, finished this summer, is of candid interviews with soldiers in the 101st Airborne in Baghdad. [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus at 8:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Bazooka and more.

David Arthur Kelly of seminal noise band Kittens passed away 3/30/08. Sonic Unyon are graciously offering three albums in memorial. [more inside]
posted by quintessencesluglord at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Sendak

Was there anything he had never been asked? He paused for a few moments and answered, “Well, that I’m gay.” "Maurice Sendak’s 80th year — which ended with his birthday earlier this summer and is being celebrated on Monday night with a benefit at the 92nd Street Y — was a tough one. He has been gripped by grief since the death of his longtime partner; a recent triple-bypass has temporarily left him too weak to work or take long walks with his dog; and he is plagued by Norman Rockwell. Or, to be more accurate, he is plagued by the question that has repeatedly been asked about Norman Rockwell: was he a great artist or a mere illustrator?"
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Yelling Fire! in a crowded asylum.

The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than them. For want of water, a house burns down. The hydrants were off. Why? Well to prevent terrorism, obviously.
posted by bitmage at 7:04 AM PST - 76 comments

The other IKE that deserves attention

Those who judge hurricane risk merely by their Saffir-Simpson category number (1-5) are not getting the entire picture. Another (coincidentally-named) IKE (Intergrated Kinetic Energy) proposes an improved method of classifying hurricanes, one that takes into account their size and separates the danger components of sea surge (which kills 9 out of 10 hurricane victims) and wind. By that measure, Hurricane Ike is the most dangerous storm in 40 years. Ike's path reminds many of the greatest natural disaster in U.S. History, the Great Hurricane of 1900 (91 minute History Channel video on Google) which killed thousands due mainly to the great sea surge. After that the 17' Galveston sea wall was built and it has never been topped since by hurricane waves. Hurricane Ike may change that as current wave heights (WVHT) being reported by buoy data in the vicinity of Ike are well over 20 feet. A computer-simulated "Hurricane Carly" shows the results of various sea surges for the Galveston area (with graphic graphics): Play with real-time data and forecasts for the western gulf with the experimental nowCoast.
posted by spock at 6:55 AM PST - 84 comments

You Know... For Kids

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: "You're never too young to learn about the idiocy of racism and the folly of prejudice." [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:36 AM PST - 30 comments

A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks

Seth MacFarlane [Family Guy | American Dad!] presents his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. But wait... this will not run on Fox - it is web only, and with Google backing. It is also intended that the ads are delivered as part of Google AdSense offering with the NYT stating "advertising will be incorporated into the clips in varying ways". [more inside]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 2:09 AM PST - 63 comments

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