March 9, 2016

Digital Humanism

The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Franco Moretti - "the term 'digital humanities' (DH) has captured the imagination and the ire of scholars across American universities. The field, which melds computer science with hermeneutics, is championed by supporters as the much-needed means to shake up and expand methods of traditional literary interpretation and is seen by its most outspoken critics as a new fad that symbolizes the neoliberal bean counting destroying American higher education. Somewhere in the middle of these two extremes lies a vast and varied body of work that utilizes and critically examines digital tools in the pursuit of humanistic study. [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Hell's Club, Part Two: Another Night

Horror and moral terror are your friends ... - Tell that to my little friend! There is a place where all fictional characters come to meet, again. (Previously, the "original motion picture") (via Filmmaker Magazine)
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Katamari Damacy is pretty much the same.

Game Box Art Recreated With Cute Japanese Stock Art
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“Can you imagine a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy?” asked the lawyer, Douglas E. Mirell.

“If they were a child,” Mr. Daulerio replied.

“Under what age?” the lawyer pressed.

Gawker founder Nick Denton and former editor Albert J. Daulerio take the stand.
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"You can do it! You can do it! You can do it!"

Storm of excitement to the hard work of kindergarten children jump 10-stage of Tears (SLYT)
posted by andoatnp at 6:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Dr. Pimple Popper

A dermatologist finds fame among those for whom watching a pimple explode recalls the butterflies of a first kiss.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:13 PM PST - 67 comments

"American community uses the slang term No-Maj, short for ‘No Magic’."

JK Rowling has been accused of appropriating the “living tradition of a marginalized people” by writing about the Navajo legend of the skinwalker in new story. [The Guardian] [more inside]
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12 Things About Being A Woman That Women Won't Tell You

"​Hey, I'm not going to womansplain feminism to the readers of Esquire! That's not happening on my watch! You're sophisticated, 21st century men with a copy of the El Bulli cookbook, a timeless pair of investment brogues and a couple of Joni Mitchell albums — for when you want to sit in your leather armchair, and have a little, noble, necessary man-cry." [slEsquire, Caitlin Moran]
posted by katrielalex at 2:23 PM PST - 106 comments


It's always a great time to look back at the joy and wonder that was (is) Ren & Stimpy! The madness! The pain! The tangents! Still respected and celebrated as one of the most influential shows of the animation renaissance of the 90s, Ren & Stimpy love is still strong, and creator Jon Kricfalusi is still doing some great work. And let's not forget the adverstisers!
posted by pt68 at 2:20 PM PST - 59 comments

A tale as old as time...

Megan Kearney's wonderfully-crafted graphic novel take on Beauty and the Beast. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments

"To them we were cartoons come to life"

VancouFUR, Vancouver's principal furry convention, occurred at a hotel that was also housing Syrian refugee families (many with small children). The kids loved it, and so did the convention attendees.
posted by scrump at 12:54 PM PST - 66 comments

The Secret Service will rest easier without you around on our south lawn

15 seasons.
282 Episodes.
13 years.
Thousands of experiments and explosions.
White House visits, including a failed solar death ray.
And at least one Metafilter debate answered on air.
Goodbye, Mythbusters. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 11:36 AM PST - 68 comments

Sausage roll nation

How Greggs conquered Britain
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:48 AM PST - 74 comments

Colorlines - White Privilege II

Colorlines (w/ Jay Smooth) talks about White Privilege II, the Macklemore/Ryan Lewis single, with the artists. The article has context, but here's the direct video also.
posted by neuromodulator at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Have you ever wondered what a loggerhead turtle's esophagus looks like?

Well wonder no more. [more inside]
posted by Ned G at 10:06 AM PST - 36 comments

Six-Time Tony Winner Returns to the Great White(?) Way

Shocking As It Is to Believe, the Theater May Be in a New Golden Age One reason: Audra McDonald, Broadway’s greatest voice, is back.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

"[C.E.] has been rejected by every single game publisher on the planet."

The story of Cosmic Encounter is about a flash of creative genius in the early seventies, followed by four decades of struggle to see that vision fully realised. Despite the rapturous critical acclaim Cosmic Encounter has accrued in the 39 years since its first publication, it has not been followed by commercial success. Indeed, the creators of the greatest boardgame in existence have never made a living off it. The making of Cosmic Encounter, the greatest boardgame in the galaxy
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:24 AM PST - 43 comments

You have one hour. Good luck.

The team that brought you the Real Life First Person Shooter has struck again with Real Life Hitman which is even more impressive. Behind the scenes.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:43 AM PST - 31 comments

Teach your children well

Grenade in a toaster oven (SLYT)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:16 AM PST - 70 comments

woe is the millennial, bringer of slack and turpitude

the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income, its time for the 2016 monthly millennial news roundup, money spent in waste according to the politbureau, millennials, the new pointdexters snitchin' away to get ahead, investors scurry to understand them, shallow and lazy says the critics, swimming against the economic tides says some, suck it up and bootstrap says some others, and someone else says its the polar opposite. thankfully, Dave Mustaine says it like it is.
posted by xcasex at 6:09 AM PST - 152 comments

No wool, no vikings

The fleece that launched 1,000 ships.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Is the Competitive Bridge World Rife with Cheaters?

Billionaires, partying until the early morning, and Internet sleuthing: A recent scandal that rocked the world of high stakes contract bridge has it all.
posted by reenum at 4:58 AM PST - 69 comments

The Quest For The Real-Life Treasures of Atari’s Swordquest

In the 1980s Atari offered golden treasures as gaming prizes, most of which were lost to time. Until now.
posted by veedubya at 4:44 AM PST - 22 comments

"Life is good, sept the parts that suck"

Andrew Loomis, drummer of the influential band Dead Moon, has died. [more inside]
posted by deadbilly at 1:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Someone buying this property will obtain a piece of cultural history

Maya Angelou's Harlem home is up for sale - and it can be yours for about $5 million.
posted by divabat at 12:41 AM PST - 11 comments

The new triangle trade

"If slavery were an American state it would have the population of California and the economic output of the District of Columbia, but it would be the world’s third-largest producer of CO2."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:00 AM PST - 24 comments

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