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What's scarier than a ventriloquist dummy? A ventriloquist dummy's mugshot.

Vaudeville Ventriloquist Dummy Portraits. Don't miss the mugshot of The Great Lester, who is noted to have "a wonderful way with the ladies."
posted to MetaFilter by scody at 8:50 AM on July 19, 2011 (31 comments)

Look. At. All. Of. Those. Wiggles.

Behold the infectious ecstasy of the Rainbow Sponge Lady. (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by hermitosis at 11:25 AM on July 19, 2011 (63 comments)


Five minutes into the future - a blog where Astro Zombie posts things he finds that appear to come from the not-so-distant future. Check out New Tombstones Adorable Cars Modular Toasters Augmented Reality Shopping and Smart Lamposts [via mefi projects]
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 8:23 AM on July 16, 2011 (28 comments)

Born and Bred in a... snap bean farm

The Wren's Nest, so named for the birds that took up residence in the mailbox, is the former home of author Joel Chandler Harris, the man behind the Uncle Remus tales. Located on the west side of Atlanta, the house--now a museum--was neglected, in disrepair and in debt until 2006, when Harris' great-great-great-grandson Lain Shakespeare took over as executive director.
posted to MetaFilter by Maaik at 1:50 PM on July 7, 2011 (19 comments)

You're Gonna Miss Me

You're Gonna Miss Me (YT)
posted to MetaFilter by swift at 8:30 AM on July 7, 2011 (22 comments)

A Brought This On Yourself Production

Every Day Posters Every Day turns mundane life into slightly less mundane posters.
posted to MetaFilter by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 10:00 PM on June 29, 2011 (30 comments)

The Loading Dock Manifesto

John Hyduk, a middle aged blue collar worker in Cleveland, writes about his daily existence.
posted to MetaFilter by reenum at 8:23 AM on June 28, 2011 (46 comments)

Reith Lectures Archive

The Reith Lectures are an annual series of lectures by the BBC, started in 1948 and dedicated to advancing "public understanding of significant issues of the day through high-profile speakers." The BBC have just opened a complete archive of them, both as audio and as transcripts. (previously)
posted to MetaFilter by dng at 3:49 PM on June 26, 2011 (15 comments)

Underneath the sofa

X-ray technology developed for airport security and bomb disposal is now being used to see beneath the surface of eighteenth-century furniture. The resulting images are unexpectedly clear and often beautiful in themselves, revealing not just nails and screws but also layers of upholstery and even woodworm tunnels. (Via Treasure Hunt, Emile de Bruijn's blog featuring works of art in the National Trust's historic houses.)
posted to MetaFilter by verstegan at 3:37 PM on June 25, 2011 (11 comments)

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

The Growth Ponzi Scheme, a series of five blog posts on the financial underpinnings (or lack thereof) of the American post-war development pattern. 1: The Mechanisms of Growth - Trading near-term cash for long-term obligations. 2: Case studies that show how our places do not create, but destroy, our wealth. 3: The Ponzi scheme revealed - How new development is used to pay for old development. 4: How we've sustained the unsustainable by going "all in" on the suburban pattern of development. 5: Responses that are rational and responses that are irrational.
posted to MetaFilter by parudox at 11:08 AM on June 23, 2011 (84 comments)

Terrorists on wheelchairs

Stuck. On their way home from photographing Formula Drift Palm Beach, Joe Ayala & Larry Chen found themselves stranded over night in Dallas Fort Worth as their flights home were canceled
posted to MetaFilter by growabrain at 5:53 PM on June 17, 2011 (34 comments)

popular (folk) song

Satan your kingdom must come down.
posted to MetaFilter by flapjax at midnite at 9:08 PM on June 15, 2011 (31 comments)

Falling Comet

"In 1955 "Rock Around the Clock" went to the top of the charts and turned Bill Haley into the king of rock and roll. Twenty-five years later, he was holed up in a pool house in Harlingen, TX, drunk, lonely, paranoid, and dying. After three decades of silence, his widow and his children tell the story of his years in Texas and his sad final days." (Via)
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:32 AM on May 25, 2011 (34 comments)

An Essay by Michael Moore

Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden Although not typically a fan of a lot of Michael Moore's work, I think he has some cogent thoughts concerning recent world events and the U.S. in particular.
posted to MetaFilter by PepperMax at 8:37 AM on May 13, 2011 (184 comments)

tonalist's videos: contemporary music in Moscow

tonalist (aka composer Pavel Karmanov) is a YouTube user who has uploaded numerous videos featuring performances of contemporary/classical music from the former Soviet Union...
posted to MetaFilter by misteraitch at 3:16 AM on May 9, 2011 (3 comments)

Listen to the whole song, dummy!

I always loved the Quincy Jones-composed theme song to 70s sitcom Sanford and Son, but up until a few minutes ago I'd never heard the entire piece: three minutes and six seconds of delightfully infectious, playfully bright instrumental pop-funk. It's called The Streetbeater, and its creative and ever-changing arrangement includes snippets of the rarely heard bass harmonica. The piece is just a hella lotta fun.
posted to MetaFilter by flapjax at midnite at 7:04 AM on May 6, 2011 (70 comments)

This is what Bill Watterson has been up to

Cul de Sac is a daily newspaper cartoon by DC-area artist Richard Thompson (previously). In July of 2009, Thompson announced on his blog that he had been diagnosed with Parkinsons's disease. Earlier this year, friends of Thompson launched Team Cul de Sac, a fundraising project for Parkinson's research. The project has been accepting donations of artwork by cartoonists, to be published and sold in a book later this year. One recent donation to Team Cul de Sac is particularly noteworthy: a brand new painting by Bill Watterson.
posted to MetaFilter by eggplantplacebo at 3:51 PM on April 23, 2011 (10 comments)

Avoid the News

Avoid the News: Towards A Healthy News Diet. (large-ish PDF) Go without news. Cut it out completely. Go cold turkey. Make news as inaccessible as possible . . . . After a while, you will realize that despite your personal news blackout, you have not missed – and you’re not going to miss – any important facts. If some bit of information is truly important to your profession, your company, your family or your community, you will hear it in time – from your friends, your mother-in-law or whomever you talk to or see. When you are with your friends, ask them if anything important is happening in the world. The question is a great conversation starter. Most of the time, the answer will be: “not really.”
posted to MetaFilter by jason's_planet at 4:58 PM on April 20, 2011 (113 comments)

Cute Roulette

Cute Roulette
posted to MetaFilter by Blazecock Pileon at 11:58 PM on April 13, 2011 (29 comments)

Don Leslie birthday

One hundred years ago Don Leslie was born. Leslie invented the Leslie speaker that made the Hammond organ famous. Listen to Svoogaloo by Sven Hammond Soul and the Organ grinder's swing by Jimmy Smith and my favorite Billy's Bag by Billy Preston.
posted to MetaFilter by Waslijn at 10:01 AM on April 13, 2011 (33 comments)

Look at all those books!

"The finished Strahov library panorama , released Tuesday on Martin’s website, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside one of Prague’s most beautiful halls, a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists... Martin’s panorama lets you examine the spines of the works in the Philosophical Hall’s 42,000 volumes, part of the monastery’s stunning collection of just about every important book available in central Europe at the end of the 18th century — more or less the sum total of human knowledge at the time."
posted to MetaFilter by languagehat at 5:40 AM on March 30, 2011 (24 comments)

Health Statistics by County

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sponsored the most detailed ever look at county-level American health data. Access to the data--including a ranking of health in each state by county--was made available today at CountyHealthRanking.org
posted to MetaFilter by jefficator at 6:54 AM on March 30, 2011 (15 comments)

George Tooker: August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011

Master painter of the anxious, alienated, mysterious and sublime, George Tooker : August 5, 1920March 27, 2011
posted to MetaFilter by y2karl at 8:35 AM on March 30, 2011 (27 comments)

The fan-flattering hall-of-mirrors

Was the latest episode of Community making fun of its fans? (spoilers in this link and others)
posted to MetaFilter by Potomac Avenue at 11:29 AM on March 28, 2011 (237 comments)


A 1961 fashion shoot from Disneyland which was featured in Midwest Magazine, a supplemental newspaper insert in the Chicago Sun-Times.
posted to MetaFilter by gman at 11:14 AM on March 25, 2011 (31 comments)

Thanks for the memories

With the loss of Elizabeth Taylor perhaps it is time to check in on those performers from the golden age of film who are still with us.
posted to MetaFilter by dances_with_sneetches at 12:04 PM on March 25, 2011 (35 comments)

women portrait themselves

The original time-lapse self portrait? And some modern artists: Enchanting self portraits from Iceland's Rebekka Gaudleifs. Nude self portrait (NSFW) from Israeli artist Roni River. Disturbing stories from Canada's projecteye (NSFW) and magical self-portrait from New Hampshire-based Sarah Ann Loreth.
posted to MetaFilter by SylviaAspevig at 7:53 PM on March 21, 2011 (8 comments)

Hard rain on Libya

The Great Sand Sea in Libya preserves some remarkeable meteoritea. Amazing though these are, none as enigmatic as the Libyan desert glass.
posted to MetaFilter by BadMiker at 7:05 AM on March 21, 2011 (9 comments)

Destroyed in Seconds

Five surveillance cameras capture a tornado hitting Alexander Hardware and Small Engine; tornado was an EF 2 with wind speeds of 120mph.
posted to MetaFilter by bwg at 6:24 PM on March 18, 2011 (38 comments)

Uke Virtuoso

Taimane's Toccata. Via
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 2:35 PM on March 15, 2011 (22 comments)

Everybody's good at cooking something

The Crumble Song (Bombay Mix) (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by mippy at 3:23 AM on March 11, 2011 (8 comments)

Don't Feed the Animals

Girl Walk // All Day
posted to MetaFilter by benzenedream at 12:08 PM on March 5, 2011 (53 comments)

Let's Get Small

Suppose you love to sail. Suppose, further, that you would like to do some cruising (travelling by sailboat) but can't afford the cost of an offshore-capable yacht. Or suppose you're reluctant to become dependent upon the many complicated systems that a modern cruising sailboat relies on. Or suppose the whole luxury RV aesthetic of modern cruising sailboats turns you off. What then? Well, maybe you should think smaller.
posted to MetaFilter by richyoung at 12:30 AM on March 5, 2011 (37 comments)

Always be stay in Japanese heart

"Formed by Rocket Matsu in 1995, Pascals is a fourteen piece acoustic orchestra that makes very unique and original tunes with the pianica, many kinds of toy instruments, violin, cello, banjo, guitar, winds, accordion, and more. The sounds is always seasoned with spirit, wit and humor. And it gives people a feeling of freedom."
posted to MetaFilter by Rube R. Nekker at 10:46 PM on March 3, 2011 (3 comments)


The benshi of Japan were live narrators of silent films. "To many 'silent' cinema fans in Japan, benshi were a major attraction. It was usually the film that drew people to the theater, but it was often the benshi which determined which theater a person would attend. Benshi were huge cultural stars of the time, with benshi earning as much, if not more, than many actors."
posted to MetaFilter by Paragon at 4:17 PM on February 27, 2011 (17 comments)

"I've Been Thrown Out of Some of the Best Churches in America."

He began his musical career as Georgia Tom, playing barrelhouse piano in one of Al Capone’s Chicago speakeasies...
posted to MetaFilter by magstheaxe at 8:17 PM on February 5, 2011 (4 comments)

The new school of fish

The Bay Area’s smartest diners, chefs, and purveyors now know (and care) where every cut of grass-fed beef and stalk of pesticide-free produce comes from. Yet nearly all look the other way when fish is on the plate. What will it take to stop the eco-fibbing?
posted to MetaFilter by Joe Beese at 9:31 PM on February 4, 2011 (47 comments)

Bad Men

'The writing is extremely weak, the plotting haphazard and often preposterous, the characterizations shallow and sometimes incoherent; its attitude toward the past is glib and its self-positioning in the present is unattractively smug; the acting is, almost without exception, bland and sometimes amateurish.' Daniel Mendelsohn dislikes Mad Men.
posted to MetaFilter by verstegan at 6:03 AM on February 4, 2011 (152 comments)

Snow (1963) — A stunning mix of spectacle, social commentary, and snowbound trains.

Snow is a short film directed by Geoffrey Jones (1931-2005) and shot by Wolfgang Suschitzky [imdb], simultaneously spectacle and social-commentary it can be viewed online (YouTube). Snow was made under the aegis of British Transport Films (wiki) and nominated for an Oscar in 1965; unable to afford to licence his choice of soundtrack—“Teen Beat” by Sandy Nelson—Jones enlisted Johnny Hawksworth to rerecord “Teen Beat” with an altered tempo and effects by Daphne Oram [wiki, BBC]. The result is a masterpiece of sound and image.
posted to MetaFilter by nfg at 4:23 AM on February 4, 2011 (11 comments)

"Obliterating Anything!"

Solard Death Ray: Power of 5000 suns! [SLYT] The R5800: made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8" (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 suns! This amount of power is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5'9" and is 42" across.
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 11:06 AM on January 30, 2011 (59 comments)

Jacques Rivette

Jacques Rivette, who emerged in the 1950s... as one of the primary filmmakers of the French New Wave, is the most underappreciated (and under-screened) of this legendary group. Rivette’s deliberately challenging, super-size films defy easy assimilation, and demand a level of attention unusual even to his compatriots’ works. In addition to being considered difficult, however, Rivette’s body of work is also, arguably, the richest of the New Wave era, possessing an intellectual inquiry and humanity unmatched in the French cinema of his time.
posted to MetaFilter by Joe Beese at 11:42 AM on January 29, 2011 (11 comments)

Spencer Tracey, Kirk Douglas, and introducing Warren Hsieh in...

Walt Disney's Up (1965)
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 10:34 PM on January 27, 2011 (23 comments)

He Touched Me

He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley -- Where other documentaries have focused on the early rock-and-roll of the Sun years, the Memphis Mafia, or the fat, drugged Elvis of the Las Vegas era, this documentary focusses on a side of Elvis many people may not be familiar with, and does a convincing job showing that it was early Southern gospel groups (both black and white) which were his true love and the main musical influence throughout his life. Filled with wonderful archival footage and revealing, and rather tender interviews from his band and his backup singers. (Part One) 1::2::3::4::5::6::7::8::9::10::11::12 (Part Two) 1::2::3::4::5::6::7::8::9::10::11 And here is a clip of Elvis singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic section from his American Trilogy, used to good effect in the Bazooka & Jetpack Scene from the movie Kick Ass. [This post dedicated to "The King" of Metafilter music, the mighty mighty flapjax at midnight]
posted to MetaFilter by puny human at 1:06 PM on January 24, 2011 (13 comments)

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep: Lally Stott (original version) ll Middle of the Road (Top of the Pops) ll The Strollers (Malaysia) ll Koivisto Sisters (Finland) ll Snaps (Italo) ll The Jay Boys (Reggae) ll Chai Mimi and 鳳飛飛 - 愛情多甜蜜 (Mandarin) ll Tyyne Lipasti and Aki, Turo & Hepamamas (Finland?) ll Børre & Gibb (Norway) ll Paul Mauriat (France) ll Los Continuados (Spanish) ll Mac & Katie Kissoon and Lush (Britain) ll The X Factor
posted to MetaFilter by puny human at 5:01 PM on January 18, 2011 (25 comments)

STEADY THIS (explosion

$14 Steady-cam The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera. Unfortunately, professional steadycams cost around $1500. Even the cheap 3rd party ones cost $600+. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, a videographer, the family documentarian, or just want more utility out of your video camera, you'll appreciate a steadycam. Includes Video of steadycam working. (What is a steadycam?)
posted to MetaFilter by Keyser Soze at 3:50 AM on April 9, 2004 (25 comments)
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