February 8, 2013

Thankfully unrelated to the NIN song.

Head Like An Orange is a tumblr dedicated to posting beautiful gifs from various nature documentaries.
posted by flatluigi at 11:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Herd Immunity Demo

A series of simulations demonstrating disease spreading through a population and the benefits of herd immunity
posted by mulligan at 11:23 PM PST - 34 comments

New York Biotopes, abstract plants and creatures growing in NYC

New York Biotopes deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. Set to the music of Man Mantis. More videos from Lena Steinkühler on her Vimeo channel.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

"Print and digital can co-exist; we’re trying to level the playing field"

What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?. Insufferable is a new web comic from Mark Waid (writer of Captain America, 52 Kingdom Come and Daredevil among others), creator of Irredeemable, and ex-chief creative officer of Boom Studios) being offered via Thrillbent, a platform he he and others hope will revolutionise digtial comics. Waid's goal in the long run: to create a collective of new creators and industry veterans who want to aggregate their content and use the digital medium in new and different ways. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian at 9:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

An updated gallery of National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry's last roll of Kodachrome film. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:17 PM PST - 30 comments

Defeats Cabin Fever

8 GIFs of Bill Cosby Dancing. What it says on the tin. Move the furniture and get down!
posted by sweetkid at 8:11 PM PST - 28 comments

I WANT TO LIVE! God, sometimes I wish I'd never been born

The Dark Side of the Sun (Wiki) was Brad Pitt's first starring role in a movie. Made in Yugoslavia in 1988, the film was apparently lost until after the Croatian War of Indepedence. When Brad Pitt became famous the film was somehow rediscovered and released, straight to video, in 1997. The story concerns a man who has a rare skin disease that could kill him if he is exposed to light. For much of the movie, Pitt appears in full leather, covering his whole body, including his face. Here's Part 1 of 12, but if you just want to see a very young Brad Pitt, start at Part 6.
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:32 PM PST - 14 comments

OMG SCIENCE!

Henry Reich of Minute Physics shares his favorite science blogs, video channels, and other resources on the web. (Minute Physics previously) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

The sunsets were purple and red and yellow...

Not little fluffy clouds in Arizona, but little squishy, um...orbs. In the desert near Tuscon, thousands of tiny purple spheres have appeared, isolated from the rest of the terrain. The mysterious objects, described as being like "gooey marbles that ooze out a water substance when squished," have yet to be identified.
posted by davebush at 5:45 PM PST - 75 comments

Slinky Skull

Li Hongbo's flexible paper sculptures are incredible. Li Hongbo makes the sculptures by manually gluing sheet upon sheet of paper together to make 3D objects which bend and flex in mindbending ways. Portfolio and bio (slightly NSFW), and more pictures and videos of the sculptures in action.
posted by codacorolla at 4:31 PM PST - 15 comments

"Scholars, however, have long known a very different story"

The Real Cuban Missile Crisis: Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong.
posted by andoatnp at 3:36 PM PST - 49 comments

The Moose Cleanse

Remember, it's not about "not eating" human food. It's about eating more pondweed.
posted by Tesseractive at 2:38 PM PST - 33 comments

You are getting very sleepy

Drift into the weekend with Henry Flynt, Zomes, and Spacemen 3. Hell, play all three at the same time.
posted by theodolite at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

The Unsettling Beauty of Lethal Viruses

“Viruses have no color as they are smaller than the wavelength of light,” says Jerram, in an email. “So the artworks are created as alternative representations of viruses to the artificially colored imagery we receive through the media.” Jerram and Davidson create sketches, which they then take to the glassblowers, to see whether the intricate structures of the diseases can be replicated in glass, at approximately one million times their original size. RECENTLY
posted by heyho at 1:58 PM PST - 26 comments

You Will Select A Decision

"In 1987, an anonymous team of computer scientists from the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic wrote a series of children's books based on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure series. The books were hastily translated into English and a small number were exported to America, but the CIA, fearing a possible Soviet mind control scheme, confiscated them all before they could be sold. Now declassified, the books have been lovingly converted to a digital hypertext format and put online for the English-speaking world to enjoy."
posted by Iridic at 1:12 PM PST - 72 comments

Northern Lights

The Nordic countries are reinventing their model of capitalism
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:42 PM PST - 33 comments

An internal investigation is ongoing

"John, can you explain to me why the sprinkles are empty?"
[SLYT. Trigger warning: cuteness, small child.]
posted by Countess Elena at 12:04 PM PST - 101 comments

Their heart aches for what the eye does not see

"This is what cultured people are like. In order to be cultured and not to stand below the level of your surroundings it is not enough to have read “The Pickwick Papers” and learnt a monologue from “Faust.” … What is needed is constant work, day and night, constant reading, study, will…. Every hour is precious for it…. Come to us, smash the vodka bottle, lie down and read…. Turgenev, if you like, whom you have not read. You must drop your vanity, you are not a child … you will soon be thirty. It is time! I expect you…. We all expect you." - Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People, in a letter to his older brother Nikolai
posted by beisny at 12:04 PM PST - 26 comments

the inside of my Trapper Keeper except British actors instead of horses

Behold, terrible drawings of British actors. (Note: the blog was originally called Terrible Drawings of John Finnemore, but there weren't enough pictures of John Finnemore on the internet, and, so, yes.)
posted by cortex at 11:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Also I Have Dinosaurs!

On a mountain top somewhere in the Andes mountains, a small group of very, very, very old nuns maintains a cozy orphanage. The kids have lost their families, and it may never stop snowing, but there's always a fire in the fireplace and a never-ending supply of snowballs just outside the front door. It's Snowflakes, a comics series in 5 Acts, by James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weiner.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Who By Fire

Get your CanCon on! Buck 65 covers Leonard Cohen in a new video directed and choreographed by Jacob Niedzwiecki. The video for 'Who By Fire', inspired by the motion of a pendulum, just had its world premiere at New York's Lincoln Center as part of the 2013 Dance on Camera Festival.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

"Now I know to keep my pants on.”

When Bill Met Shelly Bill Ott will always remember the moment he met Shelley Belgard. It was in spring 1988. He was 12 and sometimes shy. Into music, sports and, suddenly, girls.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:38 AM PST - 27 comments

Once upon a time ...

... a story appeared on a wall
posted by specialk420 at 9:35 AM PST - 39 comments

Don't go out and sell your U.S. Steel stock

The Land of the Free: How Virtual Fences Will Transform Rural America (originally posted on v-e-n-u-e.com)
posted by DynamiteToast at 8:41 AM PST - 34 comments

Raven in Snow

Happy snow day, superkids! Here's a raven, havin' a time. SLYT, about a minute long. Dig it.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:19 AM PST - 36 comments

Is this the secret US Drone Base in Saudi Arabia?

Noah Shachtman of Wired has published Bing/Nokia satellite maps that shows what appears to be a previously unknown US drone airbase deep in the desert in Saudi Arabia. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 8:00 AM PST - 77 comments

See if glass breaks. Jump on stuff. See if bullets leave holes.

Gamers are the ultimate trolls.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:24 AM PST - 109 comments

Are you crazy to follow your dreams?

Little Octopus Climbing Over That Rock! [slyt] [via]
posted by quin at 7:22 AM PST - 29 comments

It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

Calvin and Hobbes in real life.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Fleetwood Mac’s strangely savage “Tusk” was the band’s weirdest hit

AV Club discusses "Fleetwood Mac's weirdest hit" in a feature called Hear This.
“Tusk,” which is featured prominently and often in the première of FX’s The Americans... is a work of strange savagery, overlaid with jungle sounds and a thudding, endlessly repetitive drum riff that drives everything that happens in the song.
[more inside]
posted by getawaysticks at 6:47 AM PST - 84 comments

Bush family data breach exposes GWB's artistic chops

The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and sensitive correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned. Among this leak are some of George W.'s self-portraits.
posted by porn in the woods at 6:33 AM PST - 156 comments

I did not have sexual relations with that solar panel

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has refused to confirm that the reason for his resignation is a compromising photo recently published online. Posting on his personal Facebook page, he states: "I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations... I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges..."
posted by 445supermag at 6:18 AM PST - 33 comments

"The cryptanalyst has two cards in her hand, so there's nothing to do"

A card game to teach computer security. [d0x3d!] is the creation of some Naval Postgraduate School computer scientists, designed to help players learn digital security concepts. Playtested with middle school students.
posted by doctornemo at 5:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Shattered Glass Animals

Shattered Glass: Animal Sculptures "Using carefully broken shards of colored glass, Polish artist Marta Klonowska assembles translucent animals in life-like proportion and size." Title link contains small collection of eleven images. The gallery portfolio of the artist contains a more extensive list. The glass sculptures were originally shown at the European Glass Content exhibition, which took place on the Baltic island of Bornholm in 2011. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:03 AM PST - 26 comments

Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship

Representative democracy is what's happening. Unfortunately, democracy is broken. There's a hidden failure mode, we've landed in it, and we probably won't be able to vote ourselves out of it. (via cstross)
posted by j03 at 3:56 AM PST - 92 comments

How you like me now

Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather has created a new animated campaign for PETA [more inside]
posted by Megami at 3:43 AM PST - 62 comments

I got a floating M4 stickin' out of my head

Better known as Miracle of Sound, Gavin Dunne of The Escapist composes and performs songs dedicated to popular video games and movies. [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 2:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Peddling the jump-shoot-dodge cycle.

Flash Friday: Intrusion is a 2008 run'n'gun side-scrolling flash game by Russian developer Aleksey Abramenko. Try the demo of Intrusion 2, his 2012 follow-up, finally out after three years of development.
posted by cthuljew at 1:17 AM PST - 4 comments

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