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The Making Of "How It’s Made"
"At the studio, a researcher collaborates with an engineer at the plant to ensure that the script describing the manufacturing process is accurate."
television  meta 
december 2016 by kevan
Life in life - YouTube
"A video of Conway's Game of Life, emulated in Conway's Game of Life."
emulation  meta  via:waxy 
october 2012 by kevan
Systematic review of publication bias in studies on publication bias « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"They conclude, “We found no evidence of publication bias in reports on publication bias.” But of course that’s the sort of finding regarding publication bias of findings on publication bias that you’d expect would get published."
science  meta  via:timharford 
may 2012 by kevan
Random Dungeon Generator as a Dungeon Map by Paul Hughes — Kickstarter
"This intricately illustrated 36" by 24" playable dungeon map poster encapsulates the Dungeon Master's Guide's complete rules for generating random dungeons: Appendix A's four pages of charts are rendered into a flowchart WHICH IS ITSELF A DUNGEON."
roleplaying  maps  meta  via:ben 
march 2012 by kevan
Metagames: Games About Games -
"Most of these, like Desert Bus or Quest for the Crown, are one-joke games for a quick laugh. Others, like Cow Clicker and Upgrade Complete, are playable critiques of game mechanics. Some are even (gasp!) fun."
games  meta 
february 2011 by kevan
Adactio: Journal—The Chalkboard of the Fourth Wall
"I’m the unluckiest chalkboard in Brighton. Summer’s coming and this side of the building is always in the shade. Please come inside and tell them to move me to the western wall."
signs  meta  brighton  advertising 
october 2009 by kevan
Zaratustra Productions - Omniludicon: OmniLudiCon Intro
Build and share single-level puzzle games, made by combining and mutating the ludemes from retro videogames. Impressive how many genres you can mimic using only a few simple mutation vectors.
games  meta  mutation  design 
august 2008 by kevan
Hardcore Gaming 101: Segagaga
A 2001 Sega game about the fall of Sega. "After defeating an enemy, there's a chance that they'll stick around and negotiate for a job. You have 10 seconds to answer a rapid fire series of questions, most of which includes salary offers."
games  history  meta  via:venusberg 
july 2008 by kevan
The Passively Multiplayer Online Game, PMOG
Now out of beta. "With a game head-up display in Firefox, players can bomb each other, wage war over web sites, and lead other users on web missions. Ordinary web sites become caches for items and currency."
games  web  meta 
may 2008 by kevan
Raspberry Debacle » Blog Archive » A Sketch Towards a Taxonomy of Meta-Desserts
"Dessertoms are not infinitely stable: many, such as 'crepe' and 'sweet bread', are actually very unstable, and can easily turn into a dessert that would be horrible."
food  meta  maths  via:holly 
june 2007 by kevan
Welcome to RiffTrax!
MST3K living on, with Mike Nelson and others providing heckling commentary MP3s to play alongside films. Hadn't looked at the site since it launched; it's got dozens of films on there now, including a lot of recent releases, and Night of the Living Dead.
films  meta  mp3s  zombies  todo 
may 2007 by kevan
Clue (1985)
Cheerfully nonsensical vagueness that only really works if you know the three endings are coming, and doesn't really work that well anyway. The isolated-house murder-mystery trope is always fun, though.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  death  board  games  meta  crime  secrets  weapons 
april 2007 by kevan
Infinite Dvorak card game - Cards and Rules - The Dvorak Game Wiki
"The Infinite Dvorak Deck is an ever-expanding card game, which anyone can add cards to. There's no coherent theme, and cards can be original, inspired by anything, copied from other Dvorak decks, or even dragged in verbatim from other card games."
creations  games  cards  meta  nomic 
march 2007 by kevan
EN World - Meta-Mechanics Worth Stealing
"Each player starts with a pool of Patience and may expend it to achieve [effects] that would otherwise take time with little gameplay component. Not only does it speed up gameplay, it tells you exactly what the players are/aren't interested in."
games  design  meta  via:ben 
february 2007 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Charlie Brooker on getting married
Using Comment Is Free to complain about your sub-editors: "I wish to point out that I didn't write the words 'Well get this-- I'M NOT!' in the original headline. No. That was added later, presumably to fill some space on the page. Ugh."
writing  news  meta 
january 2007 by kevan
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Wii)
The Wii gives a brilliant new dimension to the throwaway minigame genre; each game becomes a physical object that's thrown at you, and you have to work out how to manipulate it. The preparatory "forms" are genius; pity that multiplayer mode begins locked.
gamelog  meta  random  via:matthew 
january 2007 by kevan
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
A film director trying to experience enough poverty to feel justified in making films about it. Endlessly and easily drawn back to the comfort of Hollywood, the looping plot keeps coming back on stranger and darker levels.
filmlog  3stars  films  money  meta  depression  society  illusions  lies 
november 2006 by kevan
News Sniffer - Revisionista recommended revisions
"Revisionista monitors news websites and detects when articles change. The versions are viewable and the changes are highlighted."
news  politics  language  meta  via:currybet 
october 2006 by kevan
gamelab :: arcadia
"Feed your old skool nostalgia with Arcadia, gameLab's homage to 80s videogaming. In this hyperactive video game collage, you play four retro-inspired videogames - all at the same time!"
games  meta 
september 2006 by kevan
Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (2005)
Fun if easily-distracted metafiction, a good sense of having seen the relevant bits of a larger story, from the only edges of its construction. Brydon's excellent.
filmlog  4stars  films  books  meta  history  children 
july 2006 by kevan
Edge - Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism
Jaron Lanier on the variable wisdom of crowds. "We now are reading what a collectivity algorithm derives from what other collectivity algorithms derived from what collectives chose from what a population of mostly amateur writers wrote anonymously."
web  society  wikis  politics  meta 
june 2006 by kevan
Murder By Death (1976)
An elaborately pointless and talent-wasting parody of fictional detectives, and the isolated-mansion mystery story. I'd forgotten how enjoyable the genre itself could be, though.
filmlog  2stars  death  mysteries  meta 
may 2006 by kevan
Poynter Online - Forums - Piece on plagiarism was plagiarized
"David Edelstein, our film critic, conceived of this idea and tracked down 20 articles on the subject of plagiarism pegged to various scandals. Then he did a big cut-and-paste job and wrote a denunciation of plagiarism that is roughly 99% plagiarized."
writing  cheating  meta  via:hoaxes 
may 2006 by kevan
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Fun recursion about padding a shallow film with random songs, and dubbing because the stupid audience won't realise.
filmlog  3stars  music  weather  films  meta  via:holly 
april 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Liars 'too self aware to twitch'
"The image of a twitchy nervous liar touching his nose and stroking his hair may itself be a lie, a study says."
lies  psychology  meta 
march 2006 by kevan
/// - Meanwhile
Choose-your-own adventure time-travel comic. "'Meanwhile' works via a network of tubes connecting each panel to the next. Sometimes these tubes split in two giving the readers a choice of which path they would like to follow."
comics  time  meta  via:waxy 
february 2006 by kevan
99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
Five-Obstruction-style retellings of the same mundane conversation in different contexts and comic-book styles.
art  comics  meta  books  time 
january 2006 by kevan
The Trendspotting Generation
"It's wasn't so long ago that big news meant Great Men and Major Events. [Now] trend stories are everywhere. Already common 20 years ago, they have become ubiquitous in the last five or ten."
news  society  meta  psychology 
january 2006 by kevan
The New Gamer | Interactive Fractals
Superimposing ten differently-shaded games of Gradius. "The most common moves would sorta layer on each other and the mostly translucent layers would brighten and solidify. And as a bonus you would see the ghosts of the less traveled."
games  meta 
december 2005 by kevan
The Five Obstructions (2003)
Much less literal and verbatim than I expected it to be, being remakes of mere sections of the original, but fun to watch, brilliant that the most punishing obstruction is "make a version with no obstructions".
filmlog  4stars  films  meta 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | 'They have given me somebody else's voice - Blair's voice'
The Sun disingenuously connecting their own headline quote with a photo of a bombing victim, a professor of, er, media studies. "You don't even have to be a sophisticated analyst to see what they are doing with the visual rhetoric and verbal anchorage."
news  cheating  terrorism  politics  meta 
november 2005 by kevan
Weblog for a pleased-with-itself card game about game design; building a game from arbitrary ludemetic fragments, and playing lesson-teaching design-process actions on it. Seems quite arbitrary, skimming it.
games  design  cards  meta  education  business 
october 2005 by kevan
Five Men and a Limo (video/quicktime Object)
Five big American voiceover voices overvoice their limo ride to an awards ceremony.
humour  meta  videos  via:holly  filetype:mov  media:video 
september 2005 by kevan
BlogNomic: The Second Dynasty of Josh
"In the centre of the room is a large, round table, covered in all sorts; the walls are stacked with shelves, most of which are laden with mouldering game boxes." Metagame dynasty. Shame I haven't got the spare time for this at the moment.
games  nomic  meta 
august 2005 by kevan Life is short in online news - How long did it take you to find this story?
"After just three days, most people who are ever going to read the item have already done so."
news  web  memetics  meta 
may 2005 by kevan Fourth wall breaches in video games
Mostly Metal Gear Solid, which is appalling for this. "Ah, you have saved often. You are a prudent person... Ah, yes... I am going deeper into your mind... into your soul... you like Castlevania, don't you?"
games  meta 
april 2005 by kevan
Timecode (2000)
Four impossibly single-shot ninety-minute interconnecting threads of mundanity, split-screen to be edited by the viewer's eye. A shame that the initially slight information overload subsides into soundtrack-guided attention, but still astonishing.
filmlog  4stars  films  meta  time 
april 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: The Game
A variant of Existentialism, with rules for scoring. "A person who loses the game receives -1 (negative one) point, and the other n players present get 1/n points."
games  meta  memetics 
february 2005 by kevan
The Incredible LinkTron5000 (tm)
Obscure keywords as permalinks. "With an Unbreakable Link, even if your content moves to a different webserver on the other side of the planet, Google will still find it - provided you have a good enough set of query terms."
web  meta 
february 2005 by kevan
Squashed Philosophers
"Condensed and abridged to keep the substance, the style and the quotes, but ditching all that irritating verbiage."
books  philosophy  meta 
january 2005 by kevan
Media Mammon
"Media Mammon is like a stock market of news, memes and hypes. It allows you to trade shares of companies, countries, events, persons or sports teams: in fact any word or phrase you can think of."
games  meta  news  web 
december 2004 by kevan
10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time
One hundred news-trawled words and photographs, daily.
meta  news  photos  web 
november 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | In pictures: Rolf Harris' 'Draw In'
This was amazing, last month - 144 people each painting a magnified section of Constable's Hay Wain, before sticking them all together outside the National Gallery.
art  meta 
october 2004 by kevan
Inverse Shootem'up
Defeat a lone, recalcitrant spaceship with a mere army of turrets and fighters at your disposal. Has anyone done Space Invaders yet?
flash  games  meta 
october 2004 by kevan
Top Headlines
An ambiguous-news-headline LiveJournal community.
language  meta  news 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Politics | Between the lines
A newspaper article explaining how to read newspaper articles, by Andrew Marr. "If the headline asks a question, try answering 'no'."
meta  news 
september 2004 by kevan
IF Literacy
A tempting index of quirky and quality-gimmicked interactive fiction.
if  meta  todo 
september 2004 by kevan
goodbye romania
Evaporating images of Romania. "Warning: by visiting this site you will destroy it. Each visit will remove one pixel from these photographs."
history  meta  photos 
september 2004 by kevan
Spielboy : Who Goes First?
An archive of the rules used to determine which player plays first, for over a thousand board and card games. Er.
games  meta  pointless 
september 2004 by kevan
ljviz - LiveJournal friends/interests visualization
A LiveJournal version of, displaying friends according to number-of-shared interests, or interests according to number-of-interested-friends. Nice work.
hacking  meta  society  web  weblogs 
september 2004 by kevan
Chronocide - I lose again
"Everyone is playing Existentialism at all times, except for the people who aren't. You are playing it right now. Whenever you realize you are playing it, you lose."
games  meta 
august 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of answer songs
"An answer song is a song that refers directly or indirectly to another song, or is meant as a reply to another song."
meta  music 
august 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: List of Self-Referential Songs
"I wrote this song two hours before we met."
meta  music  pulp 
august 2004 by kevan
Registration -
"If you are an employee, partner, affiliate or legal representative of any site which enforces compulsory user registration than we require you to complete our registration process."
humour  meta  surveillance  web 
july 2004 by kevan - a way to post
More LazyWeb-slinging - a fantastic alternative bookmarklet for that suggests tags (from your set) that previous users have used for the link.
hacking  meta  web 
july 2004 by kevan
foe romeo: phrenology
History of "The moral of the story? I dunno. Maybe that it pays to know interesting people who sometimes stay indoors more than they should."
meta  web 
july 2004 by kevan - charting the tags of users
"extispicious, a. [L. extispicium an inspection of the innards for divination; extra the entrails + specer to look at.] Relating to the inspection of entrails for prognostication."
maps  meta  web 
july 2004 by kevan
Another amusing Nomic variant from Royce. "The first five new rules must be rules from pre-existing games."
games  meta  nomic 
may 2004 by kevan
The Infected Stand United
Infertility-diseased Breedster bugs decide to make disease-spreading their game objective instead, zombie style. With crass AIDS references.
games  insects  meta  pestilence  society  zombies 
april 2004 by kevan

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