Random Word Generator No, not that one! Check out synonyms for awesome, diseases you don't want to have (you know, as opposed to diseases you want to have), and the ultimate MoFi mashup (apologies for random, dated selection). more inside
Jonathan Glazer's Motorola Red ad faces chop. Jonathan Glazer, famous for creating conceptually and visually [YouTube links] stunning music videos for Radiohead and engendering controversy with his film Birth, has created a hauntingly beautiful TV spot [YouTube] for Motorola Red [embedded wmv] as part a global corporate campaign against AIDS. The response from Motorola? "[It will] never see the light of day." more inside
Thank God our perception of beauty is distorted. Remember the Dove ad (previously here)? Don't know if this is a counter-point or just a well made spoof, but it may just
stop you from slow down your drinking and smoking. [flash video]
How do you pronounce Pinochet? There's no single correct pronunciation for the name in Chile. The first two syllables don't change too much, and should be something between "pin-oh" and "pee-no." But the last syllable is up for grabs: Some Chileans go with "shay," others "chay," and still others "chet."
Pop Culture Translator "I'm capable. Of preparing you. For sex. Just let me be dad. You can be mom." Fifty Cent, Ozzy Osbourne, Gollum, and even Irish Mickey deciphered at last. [video clips with sound]
Critiquing the critics NYCFilter: "Everyone’s a critic, but some professional reviewers have the power to shape NYC culture—and for the first time, these tastemakers have been rated by the artists and industry insiders who know them best." more inside
Booker Prize Winner Ian McEwan under fire. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, winner (2002) of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ian McEwan's novel Atonement, currently being developed into a film, has come under fire on charges of plagiarism. more inside
What American accent do you have? After you've mastered this (and lived to tell the tale), perhaps you'd like to take the next step and compare yourself to other USians. more inside
Wordie "Like Flickr, but without the photos."
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence "Sixteen days may, in the near-manic world of politics and media, seem a long time to expect people’s attention to one topic, but given the scale of the issue in hand, it is a relatively small demand – one we wish to make." [links preserved from original text] more inside
New technology catches Hitler off guard "I understand you didn't like the movie last night," he says. "I know what you want. You want Gone with the Wind." more inside
Comedian Michael Richards loses it. I hesitated posting this here, because by now you've probably all heard about it and can get your fill of it elsewhere, plus the ensuing discussion is bound to get contentious, but I would like to see how Monkeys weigh in on this. more inside
Speak 10 languages instantly Remember Leia's "translator device" in Jabba's palace? This was to become a reality in the near future thanks to advances in machine translation and voice recognition technology. Well, looks like Skype beat them to it (well, sort of). more inside
Life's Greatest Inventions Of course, given that the article is six weeks old, it's possible that other great life-preserving inventions/discoveries have been made since, rendering this Top Ten list obsolete. more inside
Colorful language We've seen English words ranked according to usage before, and over on that other site there was a recent discussion of the Internet's favorite color, and now we have Color Code [slow-loading java applet], a "full-color portrait of the English language."
Monkeyfilter: jest a bunch o' rednecks. Not yer style? How about Cockney? Or try Jive, Elmer Fudd, Moron, or Hacker. The Dialectizer. more inside