MetaFilter posts by growabrain.
Displaying 1 through 50. Subscribe: RSS feed for this tag

According to the International Organisation of Book Towns, a book town is "a small rural town or village in which second–hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated". Most Book Towns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty. Here is a list of book towns around the world. And here is an Atlas Obscura story about The village of Hobart, in Delaware County, New York, with a population of 441 people, at the 2010 census, and 5 independent book stores.
posted on Jan-9-18 at 5:57 PM

Howard Lee is a hyper-realist illustrator, who creates amusing gifs of his drawings
posted on Jan-7-18 at 10:06 AM

Unlocking an 18th-century French Mechanical Table: The 1st of 14 videos about Eighteenth-Century Mechanical Furniture and Automata. This is one of the many playlists of the Getty Museum Youtube Channel.
posted on Jan-3-18 at 4:49 PM

Danish boy choir sings Christmas carol angelically, and a second time with a kick.
posted on Dec-16-17 at 9:12 AM

8 European kids living with disabilities experience zero gravity. The experience was made possible by the European Space Agency, and Novespace, a subsidiary of French CNES. The kids rode a converted Airbus A310 which flew in repeated parabolic arcs to simulate the effects of zero-gravity without having to visit space.
posted on Oct-15-17 at 12:06 PM

Can't stand it any more? Try a bit of Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) from Chicago-based Hindi-Jazz singer/songwriter Subhi. Here's the full track. Here's her Soundcloud. Indian Fusion Previously.
posted on Sep-29-17 at 1:33 PM

Susan Sarandon posted on instagram the first photo from the shooting of "Going Places". Going Places is an upcoming crime comedy written, directed by, and starring John Turturro, acting as both a remake of the 1974 French film of the same name by Bertrand Blier, and a spin-off to the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski, from which Turturro reprises his role as Jesus Quintana.
posted on Sep-17-17 at 1:59 PM

Rowan Atkinson Sketch - single link youtube
posted on Sep-1-17 at 9:49 PM

Mike Boyd is a Scottish lad who challanged himself to learn many specific skills. He documents the actual time it takes to 'master' them (or at least achieve a certain milestones of mastery). So far he uploaded 35 videos. (Previously.)
posted on Aug-27-17 at 12:32 PM

Ali Alamedy, an Iraqi artist living in Turkey after being forced out of his country, makes incredibly detailed dioramas of places he has read about but has never been. From filmmaker Veena Rao.
posted on Aug-22-17 at 6:32 PM

What I Ate Today - Pence is gearing up for Job 1. Pence/Christ 46: President Mike Pence is proud to serve the white and Christian population of America
posted on Aug-13-17 at 1:28 PM

Frogs + iPhone = hours of entertainment (SLYT)
posted on Aug-10-17 at 11:27 PM

Would you kill a random person for a million dollars? Made by comedy troupe Picnic Face, creaters of Infomercial Voice . Based on a 1985 Twilight Zone episode, (which was also made into a film with Frank Langella). Through a Pictures for Sad Children panel by John Campbell, which was found on mltshp
posted on Aug-2-17 at 6:39 PM

Lip art from makeup artist Mimi Choi
posted on Jul-31-17 at 8:08 PM

Donald Trump Says Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions. (SLYT). From J-walk, who called it "Best video I've seen all day"
posted on Jul-18-17 at 6:47 PM

The instagram art of governor Scott Walker (SLWired)
posted on Jul-9-17 at 12:47 PM

Macklemore’s grandma talks shopping, strippers and shooting his new video in Modesto
posted on Jul-7-17 at 1:13 PM

David Kawai makes tiny hand-folded origami cranes. More on his instagram, twitter.
posted on Jun-28-17 at 2:29 PM

A Sociology of the Smartphone, 10 years after the launch of the iPhone. Interesting longread by Adam Greenfield. Via VersoBooks.
posted on Jun-18-17 at 2:21 PM

The Girl In The Yellow Dress, by David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson. (SLYT) Animation by Danny Madden. NPR interview.
posted on Jun-10-17 at 3:56 PM

he Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and photography was invented in the 1820s and 1830s, so most of the veterans of the war didn’t live long enough to have their portraits made. A handful of them did. In 1864, 81 years after the war, Reverend E. B. Hillard and two photographers embarked on a trip through New England to visit, photograph, and interview the six known surviving veterans, all of whom were over 100 years old. The glass plate photos were printed into a book titled The Last Men of the Revolution.
posted on Jun-6-17 at 8:24 PM

MAKIN’ MOVES, a short video by Visual Art Director Kouhei Nakama. His previous videos. (Via blort)
posted on May-30-17 at 10:55 PM

A small dog chewed the corner of conradcourtney's 1950 Saruk rug, so s/he set to fixin' it. (Slimgur) Here's a YouTube channel of a rug repair shop from British Columbia. Wikipedia's Oriental rugs article is great .
posted on May-28-17 at 5:53 PM

World's longest joke: Nate The Snake
posted on May-15-17 at 2:38 PM

An instagram account of homemade bike crates in Amsterdam. Or you can buy one already made. Or, re-watch one of the most touching Dutch shorts about bicycles.
posted on May-7-17 at 6:13 PM

Jared Rydelek reviews exotic fruit. Why fruit? Finding exotic fruit that is unavailable to the rest of the world is a bit like a treasure hunt. Finding something I never knew existed is a thrilling experience whether or not the fruit actually tastes good. Some of the fruits I find are tasty, some are disgusting, some are dangerous to eat, but all of them are interesting. Here is his review of the $80 mango. (Via).
posted on Mar-28-17 at 12:23 AM

Robert Ek is a digital artist from Sweden with an unsettling style.
posted on Mar-25-17 at 8:11 AM

“I’m lucky to have a fairly high tolerance for cannabis, so I can consume in all forms without stringently measuring and know that I’ll still have the energy and articulation to host the show”. Bong Appetit, a cannabis-fueled culinary web-series in search of bold flavors, colorful characters, and truly "high"-end eating.
posted on Jan-7-17 at 10:18 AM

New Republic Article: The alt-right is a loser's poor fantasy of what a radical revolution looks like. I should know. By Jacob Bacharach.
posted on Nov-23-16 at 9:18 PM

My dad never played catch with me
posted on Sep-21-16 at 10:29 PM

In the course of two decades, a medical secretary in Paris persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture. A clip from the short art film “I (comme Isabelle)” about Mège’s work. [Nudity]
posted on Sep-18-16 at 9:49 PM

2 Clintons * 42 years * $3 Billion: A Washington Post investigation reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe. Their fundraising methods have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors.
posted on Nov-20-15 at 4:05 PM

From National Geographic YouTube channel: The Shaolin (Wushu) Temple Kung Fu Academy is the largest school of its kind in China. Footage was adapted from filmmaker Inigo Westmeier's 2012 documentary 'Dragon Girls' with music from Gener8tio featuring M.I.A. The Academy has a website.
posted on Nov-18-15 at 10:01 AM

The Guča Tumpet Festival, also known as Драгачевски сабор, is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, in western Serbia.
posted on Nov-16-15 at 2:39 PM

Drone video footage of the largest ice fishing tournament in the world from Gull Lake, Minnesota. (SLYT) There are over 20,000 holes in the ice and just as many anglers.

posted on Nov-15-15 at 2:10 PM

Donna Pinckley photographs interracial couples and writes the negative comments they have been subjected to underneath
posted on Nov-14-15 at 12:47 PM

Wanna buy a palatial 365-room Castle in the Florentine foothills - CHEAP? The bizarre castle and its 160-acre grounds, which have been left to ruin for the last several decades is being auctioned off at a starting price of just S20 million in an attempt to save the estate from private investors who are angling to turn it into a luxury resort if the price falls low enough. Google images here.
posted on Nov-13-15 at 11:50 AM

Monster flash flood, August 30, 2015, Southern Utah: A massive thunderstorm stalled up this basin and dumped billions of gallons of water in around and hour and a half.
posted on Nov-11-15 at 2:24 PM

"Spätzle are a kind of soft egg noodle found in the cuisines of southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Alsace and South Tyrol. Traditionally, Spätzle are made by scraping long, thin strips of dough off a wooden (sometimes wet) chopping board (Spätzlebrett) into boiling salted water where they cook until they rise to the surface... Spätzle typically accompany meat dishes prepared with an abundant sauce or gravy, such as Zwiebelrostbraten, Sauerbraten or Rouladen. In Hungary spätzle often are used in soup..."
posted on Nov-10-15 at 11:10 AM

"San Bernardino is the poorest city of its size in California, mired in its fourth year of bankruptcy. Industries left, the middle class shrank, the working poor struggle to rise and the destitute fall. Yet there are people in San Bernardino who work tirelessly to resurrect the city for the next generations. Although their paths are different, their trajectories meet at the same question — can San Bernardino be saved?"
A slow, powerful documentary by photojournalist Liz O. Baylen about a sad, desperate city not far from here.
posted on Nov-8-15 at 1:34 PM

Dutch artist/musician Kamiel Rongen creates liquid landscapes, WaterBallet if you will. Here are all of them. Here is his website.
posted on Nov-4-15 at 9:39 AM

Nate is a 16 yr. old with calm demeanor and tolerance for ingesting peppers with very high Scoville scale. He started his Youtube review channel "snacksandsuch" 5 years ago with a spoon of Blair's Pure Death (Scoville Heat Units 35,000).
The videos are all similar in style: Here he is eating a Yellow 7 Pod cultivar (1M+SR). Here is his Chocolate Bhut Jolokia test, etc. He gets to taste the Naga Viper, the Trinidad moruga scorpion, Carolina Reaper, and many others.
posted on Nov-2-15 at 9:46 PM

Irish director Shaun O. Connor's short film Uisce Beatha ('Whiskey / Water Of Life') was researched, written, cast, shot and edited in one month, with a total budget of less than 300 euros. It's a simple tale, based on a true event that happened 100 years ago.
posted on Nov-1-15 at 9:31 PM

Henry Bendinelli has been skiing for 70-some years. A short docu by filmmaker Riley Hooper, about a 91 year old guy.
posted on Oct-30-15 at 6:12 AM

Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. “This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.“ Here are 120 photos of the "Silk Road".
Kevin Kelly loves to travel: Read the “Previous Lives“ part on his bio. 
KK's Asia travels on Metafilter before, here and here.
posted on Oct-28-15 at 1:05 PM

How do you learn to keep your balance when skydiving? Take lessons in a wind tunnel
posted on Oct-26-15 at 9:35 AM

Chuck Berry was born in 1926. Here he is performing Johnny B Goode: The date is April 14, 2014.
posted on Oct-24-15 at 8:48 PM

The latest thing is Recipes as animated GIFs:
Pull-out monkey bread
Avocado & Eggs breakfast
Better than sex brownies
Homemade Nutella
Apple roses
Pizza dip
PES guacamole
Mozzarella sticks
Archer's Margarita

posted on Oct-22-15 at 11:20 AM

I Thought I Told You To Shut Up. In 1977 David Boswell created comic book anti-hero Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman. 30 years later, the big screen Hollywood adaptation remains in contractual limbo. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Jonathan Demme. Previously on M-F, with that comment .
posted on Oct-19-15 at 1:21 PM

"Loadingicon are small, trippy-looking color-limited .gifs that would make good or at least interesting animated icons or loading screens.
Gifs posted should be a closed loop, and animated either by hand or computer.
Gifs drawn from film, television, or other video sources are not allowed. Reposts or posts that otherwise aren't a good fit may be removed at the mods' discretion.

posted on Oct-18-15 at 7:04 AM

next page »