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It's a girl!!
Japanese Crown Princess Masako gives birth to a daughter. Congratulations to the Imperial family and to MeFi readers in Japan.posted by shylock at 11:46 PM PST - 15 comments
At Yale, A Theft Of Historic Proportions
"A college student is accused of abusing his position at Yale University's rare books library to steal more than $1.5 million in one-of-a-kind historic signatures and other items — then selling them on the Internet."posted by dayvin at 8:32 PM PST - 8 comments
Copy-Protected CDs: The List!
Buying CDs as gifts this holiday season? If the people on your gift-giving list have MP3 players or listen to their CDs on their computers, you'll want to have this list handy, as these CDs have intentional "copy-protection" defects that may render them unplayable on computers, certain car stereos, and some other high-end audio equipment.posted by tpoh.org at 8:08 PM PST - 14 comments
Want free admission to a baseball game? Get a tattoo.
The Daytona Cubs, a minor league affiliate (high A-ball) of the Chicago Cubs, are running a promotion where "Any fan 18 or older who gets a Daytona Cubs tattoo from Willie's Tropical Tattoo in Ormond Beach, Fla., will receive a lifetime general admission ticket."
"I'm not squeamish about where someone wants to put it," said Charlie Subock of Tropical Tattoo. "It might be disrespectful to get it on your butt. But if you didn't like the Cubs, that may be the place to put it."posted by moz at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments
I can't get past 23
on this damn Flash game. All you have to do is click on a ball to keep it in the air, but it's tough.
(Old link, but I don't see it in the archives)posted by jragon at 2:01 PM PST - 26 comments
If you're selling your multi-million dollar cable network
be sure to heed Ted Turner: "My advice to younger people in the room is be real careful who you sell your company to." With regards to being fired by Gerald Levin: "Turner recalled that Levin said 'Ted, you’re my best friend. I said, ‘I’m your best friend? Jerry, I’ve never been in your home. If I’m your best friend, who’s your second best friend?’ "posted by CosmicSlop at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments
is a must read for anyone that is in a band or that has friends in a band.
A lot of people will already know about these practices, I'm posting this for those that don't.posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 8:56 AM PST - 24 comments
Surely this is a man thing. We get something with screws in it and have to take it to pieces.
this man bought a gamecube
He says that it still works.
There are a few pages of pictures here so be warned..
I thank you.posted by Spoon at 8:30 AM PST - 13 comments
Univ. of Georgia applicants evaluated on the basis of academics only.
Without regard to race, gender or country of origin. On the other hand, we have the UC system undertaking
a more "comprehensive" system. Predicition: If this continues for 20 years, there will be a huge shift in the academic centers. The UC system will be regarded as a diploma mill, while schools like UGA, which implement tough, academic-based admission policies will be the leading schools of the country.posted by prodigal at 8:23 AM PST - 31 comments
the cult statue made by Phidias, once in the Parthenon: here rendered by the Franch Beaux Arts architect Benoit Loviot. Slow but worth the wait, with more inside.posted by y2karl at 5:56 AM PST - 12 comments
This Saturday at the New Museum is an opening reception for the artists who had studio space in the World Trade Center on September 11th. If you are in New York this weekend and are looking for something to do, your presence would be greatly appreciated.posted by darkpony at 3:21 AM PST - 2 comments
IBM gets the bill
for less-than-standard advertising methods supporting Linux. The city of San Francisco yesterday quashed some of the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with the Linux operating system when it reached a settlement with IBM that calls for the vendor to pay $120,000 to compensate the city for damages caused by a "guerrilla" marketing campaign centered on Linux.posted by trioperative at 11:48 PM PST - 15 comments
Just when you thought things couldn't get any more unsettling,
some of America's biggest radical racists glorify Al Qaeda's grit. "I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude," says Billy Roper, a National Alliance official. White supremacists and Islamicists like Osama bin Laden just plain agree on a lot of things--in particular, that globalism and multiculturalism are the uber-enemies, and that separatism and cultural purity are the answer.posted by semmi at 10:05 PM PST - 15 comments
Ashcroft's Visa Carrot Trick
Ok, considering the PATRIOT
Act -empowered changes in our government's pursuit of terrorists, and the DOJ
's current "throw every non-American you can find behind bars indefinitely and secretly"
-- then are there any non-U.S. citizens out there dumb [or desparate] enough to fall for John Ashcroft's visa-carrot-for-terror-info trick?posted by blackholebrain at 9:36 PM PST - 21 comments
Will members of the religious right pass on smallpox vaccines
in the event of an attack? Apparently many of the smallpox vaccines now in use come from work done in 1966 on aborted fetuses – which presents a small dilemma for some anti-abortion conservatives.
"I think this scenario puts pro-lifers in a tough spot, and I'm not sure we need to accept this as the only alternative," Earll said. "We need to call on the government to put more research effort into this before we invest our tax dollars into a vaccine that comes from a tainted source."
Of course these are the same people who oppose potentially life saving research on stem cells
. Some think that eventually the religious right will have to make some hard choices about their stance
on fetus research. As scientific research marches on, will potential medical pay offs out weigh moral opposition in the future?posted by wfrgms at 8:27 PM PST - 14 comments
It's His Fan Club I Can't Stand.
Mayor of Florida town issues official proclamation...um...banning Satan. "Be it known from this day forward that Satan, ruler of darkness, giver of evil, destroyer of what is good and just, is not now, nor ever again will be, a part of this town of Inglis. Satan is hereby declared powerless, no longer ruling over, nor influencing, our citizens."posted by tpoh.org at 7:50 PM PST - 56 comments
You too can piss off Jerry Falwell.
It seems Bev of FunnyTheWorld
had an idea: "...when Christmas comes around this year and all those [Salvation Army bell-ringing] Santas take to the streets, I will have a card ready to slip into the pot. The card will let them know that I really wanted to contribute money for them to help the needy at Christmas time, but because of their homophobic philosophy
, I have taken the money I would have donated and have given it, instead, to a local AIDS organization." Well, Saundra of HeadSpace
liked the idea too and shared it with gay-rights organizations. Now Jerry Falwell is pissed off
.posted by fleener at 6:49 PM PST - 28 comments
If you miss Weblogs.Com's capability to keep a list of your favourite weblogs, you might want to try Yaysoft Weblog Directory
(YayDir). It allows you to create weblog reading and favourite lists and keep track of their updates. The directory is searchable, which makes setting up reading and favourite lists a breeze. It currently tracks only weblogs that ping Weblogs.Com but I read here
that they're going to have their own crawler soon. Neato!posted by Firda at 6:41 PM PST - 2 comments
is back. After an 8-year hiatus, the classic rock rag that launched the career of editor/author/Springsteen-worshipper Dave Marsh
, elevated Lester Bangs
to rockcrit boddhisatva status, and introduced me to the Velvet Underground and the Stooges is online and ready to roll the presses once more. Will they give a much-needed kick in the ass to a moribund field of journalism, or are they a bunch of old hippies cynically cashing in on Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous
vibe? Don't forget to dig the scanned covers
. Boy Howdy!posted by MrBaliHai at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments
Fighting Words on White Rap:
but not what you'd expect, especially from the Village Voice
Our children—are in crisis, trapped in the grip of a culture that glorifies drug use and debauchery, slovenly dress, and lack of respect for authority. A culture whose worship of antisocial behavior and debasement is rivaled only by its amoral concessions to the dictates of mammon.
This can largely be attributed to the unfortunate dominance of black popular culture, and—more specifically—hip-hop. In the past, mainstream culture refined raw black cultural materials, resulting in musical zeniths such as the recent neo-swing movement, which briefly presented a viable outlet for young dancers unwilling to subject themselves to the degrading influence of rap and rave music. This has got to be a put-on . . .posted by ryanshepard at 12:32 PM PST - 87 comments
Anime from a religious perspective
This could never get tiresome - Jack Chick and others may think they have cornered the market in (unintentionally) hilarious Christian interpretations of popular culture, but this excoriation
of Anime by (I suspect) a Baptist and definitely a fundamentalist is wonderful reading, and provides some competition. Quite apart from the fire and brimstone article itself, the pictures are a good laugh too.posted by tiny pea at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments
For the last year or so, I've been messing around with a little app called Blender
. Blender is a piece of 3d rendering and animation software that does quite a bit of what high priced renderers like 3D Studio Max and Ray Dream do [samples
]. The difference is that Blender is free
.[more...]posted by eyeballkid at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments
Excite turns out the lights.
For the last four years Excite's portal page
has been my daily stop for news, stocks, showtimes, weather, etc. But they've been turning off services for weeks, and now the whole portal seems to be dead. Are free news portals soon to be quaint memory? [more inside]posted by y6y6y6 at 11:28 AM PST - 35 comments
Tune In To The Fine Art Search Machine: Artcyclopedia
continues to be too good to be true. It's updated regularly and all you have to do is follow your favourite artists around the many participating museums, going "Aaah
..." at every click.
My particular obsession is Milton Avery
. I first saw a painting
of his at the old Tate Museum in London, when I was about 12, and have been intrigued by him ever since. Is he an American Matisse or just a less obviously picture-postcardish Raoul Dufy?
To cut to the chase: what painter keeps you
unable to make your mind up about him or her?posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:17 AM PST - 15 comments
Jerry Falwell being defended by ACLU.(via FARK)
Now I've heard everything. Now, I like Falwell about as much as the rest of you, but he may have a case. To give the ACLU their due, they always stand by their principles regardless of whose rights are being violated and whose political sensibilitie it might offend. I hope however, this will keep ol' Jerry from villifying the group in his sermons from here on out.posted by jonmc at 10:43 AM PST - 9 comments
Adios Ayer by Jose Padilla
(Track 13 of Cafe Del Mar Vol. 6) is one of the most emotionally touching songs I've heard. What songs have touched you on a deeply emotional level?posted by physics at 10:13 AM PST - 37 comments
The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.posted by o2b at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments
the latest offering by the mighty K10K
is finally available. The program is a shareware, a serial costs $15, but does it also cost K10K their anti-commercial attitude?posted by riffola at 9:10 AM PST - 21 comments
I've been accused in the past of only posting fun and games type links
- so just to prove that i'm no fly-by-night-non-serious-funster here is a news link.
It requires no flash plugins of any sort..... ladies and gentlemen i give you.... Fisherman playing game electrocuted.
i thank you.posted by Spoon at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments
Walk for Capitalism
is scheduled for this weekend (Sunday, December 2nd) in over 100 cities around the world. One of the few rallies actually for
something, and certainly first global campaign for capitalism
in history. Will you stand up for the principles set forth in their position statement
?posted by dagny at 5:05 AM PST - 34 comments
Mexican government going to take care of unfinished business.
President Fox made this a major campaign promise and it looks like it's going to be one he's going to keep. Sounds like shades of Argentina and Chile. The only difference between Mexico and those places is that the head hombre in Mexico doesn't feel he owes the ones who were in power back when the murders took place anything. Interesting to see how this develops.posted by MAYORBOB at 4:23 AM PST - 1 comments
is a great slot-car game. Build your own track race the little car around the track. Amusing... classic toy... I want one for christmas :)posted by dancu at 3:02 AM PST - 13 comments
Court of Appeals upholds ban against DeCSS.
More significant than the banning of DVD cracking is the edict directed towards 2600, which has been forbidden to post any links related to DeCSS. My concern with this decision is whether the current decision may be interpreted in a broader context, preventing others from linking to sites that aren't as sexy as Mom and Apple Pie to the powers that be. Maybe I'm overreacting. But could we see bloggers forced to remove certain links and led to the Tombs if they refuse? Discuss.posted by ed at 11:20 PM PST - 15 comments
We can all breathe a little easier now,
but it comes at a hefty price - $428 million. That's a boatload of money for a security blanket we may not even need. It's times like this, though, that make me happy (not necessarily proud) to be an American. What do you think?posted by catatonic at 10:58 PM PST - 11 comments
PrintCafe sues idiot.
Literally. They are suing several individuals who posted anonymous comments on F---edCompany's message boards. So far, all they have are the aliases the comments were posted under, namely "Ex-DLJ", "sucky-me", and "idiot!". Apparently that's all they're going to get, since Pud says here
, "FC servers contain no logs
". Also of note is item number 4 on this page
of the letter Pud received.posted by Potsy at 10:29 PM PST - 8 comments
A pilot's investigation of the crash of EgyptAir 990, and the cultural reverberations of a seemingly straightforward airplane crash. Truth as political expediency.posted by semmi at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments
According to this editorial,
the Russians have outmaneuvered the US oil interests by encouraging the Northern Alliance to take Kabul. "The alliance is now Afghanistan's dominant force and, heedless of multi-party
political talks in Germany going on this week, styles itself as the new "lawful"
government, a claim fully backed by Moscow."posted by electro at 6:22 PM PST - 14 comments
Richard & Judy's new show on Channel 4 has begun.
Three episodes in and Judy still looks nervous and Richard's marbles have still escaped him. But they've also taken a turn in 'National Enquirer' territory, featuring an item about non-movement excersise programmes and a video about a man who could change shape. As 'Off The Telly' reports: "This pandered to Richard and Judy’s well-worn obsession with anything of a freakish nature. The footage showed an ordinary person - or “Spookman” as Richard instantly dubbed him - whose face ostensibly changed into others as you studied it. The studio crew were convinced, gasping on cue, and Richard was rapt: “Oh man, I could watch this all night”posted by feelinglistless at 4:39 PM PST - 15 comments
Sports & Leisure Wash®
Ever get that not-so-fresh feeling after a big game? Are you interested in "a thorough bath in just 10 minutes with NO shower or tub, NO water, NO soap, NO towels, and NO laundry"? Sorry ... I just can't see how you can possibly get a thorough
bath without water ... ewww ...posted by GatorDavid at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments
@Home pulling a Northpoint?
Looks like excite@home might go dark on friday. I've gotten three emails from AT&T on this and this week looks like it might be it. I feet a great disturbance in the net, Like millions of voices cried
out in terror, then were silenced."posted by skallas at 3:16 PM PST - 39 comments
In praise of bad habits.
Interesting lecture that postulates our bad habits make us human, and help fulfill an evolutionary need for risk. The lecturer also poses some interesting moral questions about the "health police":
"Engaging in risk - smoking, drinking, creating the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, eating fat, sugar, salt and avoiding too much exercise - is characteristic of a different strata of society - the poor and marginalised, the working classes, ethnic minorities and 'deviant' groups. When the proponents of healthism are urging changes in lifestyle in order to achieve, in their terms, 'well-being', they are advocating changes for others much more often than they are for themselves. In this sense they are essentially moralists seeking to stigmatise specific members of society."posted by kittyloop at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments
Just think, it's normally worth a red card.
(from espn) MADRID -- Sevilla's Francisco Gallardo is totally surprised that the Spanish Football Federation has opened an investigation into his bizarre goal celebration during his team's 4-0 victory over Valladolid last weekend. Gallardo was caught on camera bending down and biting teammate Jose Antonio Reyes' genitals
in celebration of the striker's goal early in the second half of the match. "I don't think what I did was very noteworthy," Gallardo was quoted as saying by Spanish media Wednesday.
"I just felt a slight pinch. I didn't realize what had really happened until I saw the footage on television," Reyes was quoted as saying by the French Press Agency. "Gallardo hasn't heard the end of this. The worst thing now is the stick I'm getting from the other players," he added.posted by crabwalk at 2:36 PM PST - 26 comments
Looking the World in the Eye
Huntington, a Harvard prof., lays out his vision for the future of the clash of civilizations in an article in The Atlantic Monthly. The main points are-
• The fact that the world is modernizing does not mean that it is Westernizing. The impact of urbanization and mass communications, coupled with poverty and ethnic divisions, will not lead to peoples' everywhere thinking as we do.
• Asia, despite its ups and downs, is expanding militarily and economically. Islam is exploding demographically. The West may be declining in relative influence.
• Culture-consciousness is getting stronger, not weaker, and states or peoples may band together because of cul tural similarities rather than because of ideological ones, as in the past.
• The Western belief that parliamentary democracy and free markets are suitable for everyone will bring the West into conflict with civilizations—notably, Islam and the Chinese— that think differently.
• In a multi-polar world based loosely on civilizations rather than on ideologies, Americans must reaffirm their Western identity.posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments
Boy Left At Bus Stop In Snow, Cold
"Nicholas Degnan was left standing in snowy and cold weather about a quarter-mile
from his house... Nicholas said that his legs were sore after the long walk in deep snow." Hard news, bland food.
I love my state.posted by mecawilson at 12:13 PM PST - 39 comments
Dead Men Walking
Thomas Lipscome urges us to think about 4th generation warfare, the nature of the battle, and the potential dangers well beyond the idea of nations such as Afghanistan and Iraq. From the article: "Terrorists become extraordinarily resourceful playing weak hands against the strong and rich. So do revolutionaries. And it is time to realize bin Laden is both"
This article is short yet wide-ranging, neatly bringing together the Balkans, Clinton, the Media, and 4G warfare.
via follow me hereposted by cell divide at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments
Whoops, turns out it wasn't Bin Laden who planned 9/11 after all; it was KOLVENBACH, THE BLACK POPE!!!
Dispensational Fifth Monarchy Seventh-Day Baptist-Calvinist White American Freeman anti-Jesuit conspiracies, anyone?posted by brownpau at 9:18 AM PST - 24 comments
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed
).posted by adrianhon at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments
I've been accused in the past of only posting serious news item type links - so just to prove that i'm no stick-in-the-mud here is a fun link.
It requires shockwave plugins.....
ladies and gentlemen i give you.... table tennis!!
please enjoy this during work hours.posted by Spoon at 7:44 AM PST - 31 comments
The End of Gay Culture.
In a nutshell, the author is saying that the next generation of homosexuals is discarding gay culture after being accepted into society for its financial clout. What do you think? Is this good, bad or way off base?posted by Poagao at 1:06 AM PST - 24 comments
What's up with this Iraq stuff?
No more formal way of putting it, sorry. Can anyone say what the hell is going on here
, exactly, when bin Laden hasn't even be found and the Taliban is still putting up a fight? Is Bush, in saying Saddam will "find out"
how the U.S. will respond to its refusal to allow inspections (again), just throwing a small bone to the hard right? Is the national press on too much of an adrenaline rush, or bored with Afganistan already? Or are the Dr. Strangelove wannabes talked about here really taking over?posted by raysmj at 11:53 PM PST - 81 comments
"Movie Mask Player
is software that gives you the choice to watch any movie at your comfort level. If you don't want to hear profanity, view graphic violence, or see nudity or sexual content in the movies you watch, then mask (remove) those scenes with Movie Mask. You are now in control over the movies you choose to watch." I can't wait to see what it does to the first 20 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan."posted by KLAX at 7:00 PM PST - 33 comments
Judge tells Mickey D's to McForget about it.
Chinese guy in England has audacity to name his restaurant McChina's Wok Out. Mickey D's says we own the rights to everything that begins with a Mc. Don't you just love a story where McDonalds is told to go Mcfuck themselves?posted by MAYORBOB at 6:39 PM PST - 22 comments
coolest christmas songs
i'm trying to put together a really great Christmas c.d. I have some Burl Ives, the Chipmonks, David Bowie with Bing Crosby. But I know I'm missing some great tunes. Do you know of anything cool?posted by tsarfan at 3:53 PM PST - 123 comments
Name that TV theme song!
Found this little gem while I was googling for a theme song I needed for a school presentation. I'd imagine this would make for a pretty interesting drinking game.posted by PWA_BadBoy at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments
Cool high-school science experiment: Mapping The Homunculus
. The 15 year old in me wonders why nipples and other naughty bits aren't mentioned, though. Bet they'd be really big!!!posted by luser at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments
Watch all 6 New York Miracle Spots!
I've been waiting for them to put these online for a long time. Which one's your favorite? (Mine's Woody Allen...how'd he learn to do that?!) Oh, and you need RealPlayer to view them.posted by adrober at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments
Take the 1980s Music Quiz
(via Net Buzz). Guess the song and artist of each. Hint: No two songs are by the same artist, and all were produced between 1980-1989.
222 lines from 222 songs from 222 different artists. This is quality time-wasting.posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments
Minneapolis declared a snow emergency this morning. That means parking will be banned on all parkways tomorrow. What's a parkway? The city has a simple answer
So, the question is, how does your
city torment you
?posted by mrbula at 9:39 AM PST - 62 comments
"X-men: speed mutation" is a rich and fun analysis
of issues of body, minority struggle, other-ness and the evolution of science fiction in the comic book and film idioms of the X-men. It may even argue that the X-men's overwhelming popularity is owed to something greater than stylized violence and skintight outfits: relevance as a cultural text.
"Immune systems are information systems. Biological space is pervaded and negotiated through exchanges of genetic data; biochemically, we are in a constant state of alienation from our "selves". ... The world of X-Men is inverted on its own processes and intertexts. Its gaze is focused on the technologies of the body and on the intersections between the body and the mind, the body and the self."posted by scarabic at 8:55 AM PST - 1 comments
Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom
Bush has said this in a recent speech.
The Nightwatch Officer also says this to Zack in the Babylon 5 emp "Messages from Earth". Does B5 mirror our reality in a strange warped way? Can a shadow of President Clark be seen in President Bush? Is Ashcroft heading a real world Nightwatch? Where does the line blur between TV news and ISN?posted by mfoight at 7:46 AM PST - 29 comments
Since the gift season is right around the corner, what are all the audiophiles looking for? Is it a minidisc
? Or mp3
? Or some kind of combination
? Maybe something to integrate into your stereo system
Which side of the tradeoff is worth it? Cheap capacity with real-time recording limitations or ease of use and multi-format support with high priced memory?posted by rich at 7:14 AM PST - 37 comments
I know what I'm buying this year.
Reverend Rose of the Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT has released his annual Warped Toy List
. "A variety of toy stores and discount chains are visited on a monthly basis by members of the Grace Church Warped Toy Committee, in order to track what sort of toys are being offered for children ... Only the very worst, most psychologically dangerous and most offensive toys are selected."posted by MegoSteve at 6:36 AM PST - 37 comments
Finally a reason to be proud you're a an atheist lefty.
There perhaps, isn't a publication more vapid than Focus on the Family's hip christian, college age marketed offshoot "Boundless"
. In this treasure, the author trashes the intellectual individualism his conservative ideology doesn't afford him. Don't miss the wonderful blurb on the left sidebar which reads:
ROTC recruiters never tire of citing the army's desperate need for the kinds of bright minds and "independent thinkers" needed in today's mobile, high-tech military; and yet many of the most promising candidates remain all but off limits to them.
I'm glad I'm from another planet. Obviously.posted by crasspastor at 10:35 PM PST - 79 comments
was one-half of a Christian ventriloquist's act, but I wouldn't be surprised if her creepy grin and high-pitched singing were responsible for frightening more kids into becoming atheists than converts.posted by MrBaliHai at 8:25 PM PST - 8 comments
Giddyup Big Boy.
Is this guy hot to trot or should he just be put out to pasture? Personally, I find HBO's Real Sex to be a real waste of time. That and the sight of this stud in his little leather gear is, well, it's just downright disturbing.posted by MAYORBOB at 6:22 PM PST - 30 comments
Snoop Dogg will save Cadillac
Want proof: I don't care how much it costs, I don't know what it looks like, but I want one and I have begun saving up already for the Snoop Deville.
Hopefully bulletproof windows and roach-clip are standard.posted by tsarfan at 3:48 PM PST - 44 comments
Why Don't Prosecutors Want to Let Her Go?
An interesting article from Texas Monthly about journalist Vanessa Leggett, currently clocking record-setting jail time for refusing to turn over names of her sources. The article speculates on the rationale for the prosecution's hard line. (via Romenesko
)posted by BT at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments
Has anyone read "Swimming Across" by Andy Grove?
It appears to be pretty far from the traditional "look-at-me, revel in my vision, I'm an uber-CEO," self-promotional book; he never even gets into his Intel career, apparently. Instead it's an account of Grove's childhood
in Hitler and Stalin's Hungary and the story of how he came to America. The book has been getting great reviews
, from people as diverse as Tom Brokaw, Elie Wiesel and Monica Seles
. Still, the cynic in me says that no matter how dramatic the tale, when you're a Fotune 500 CEO, you always have other motives. Perhaps I'm just too cynical. So again, has anyone read it? What did you think?posted by emptyage at 1:16 PM PST - 3 comments
"Hello, world!" in 114 programming languages.
Whenever picking up a new language, it's customary to write a program that prints "Hello, world!" to see how one goes about writing anything in said language. Now you never need be curious about what language to write your custom-designed CMS in.posted by moz at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments
The Age: The perils and joys of fleadom
(where flea=independent businessperson).
"Sadly, Handy says, a world of fleas and small organisations has led to a more selfish society ... 'What we need particularly is somewhere for the unhappy fleas to belong to.'"
So, for all those people who will be unsuccessful in business, and join the have-nots instead of the haves... what could they possibly belong to that would make things allright?posted by kv at 9:22 AM PST - 4 comments
Unknowingly sending all your personal finance information through the servers of a sleazy ad service: Priceless.
Do you pay your AMEX bill online at americanexpress.com
? If you do, you should know that you're being ported through the ad.doubleclick.net advertising service
. Mouse over the links on the AMEX homepage and see. All your information travels through doubleclick's servers on its way to AMEX. Nice, huh?posted by jpoulos at 8:49 AM PST - 13 comments
The next supposed Japanese video game craze is about spanking.
The game is simple, you poke a fake derrier for points. Its stupid fun, yet everytime something odd becomes popular in Japan I have to hear two or three pundits explaining to me why its a social phenomenon and how clever the inscrutable designers are. I find it hard to believe that there isn't simply tasteless marketing, no-brainer toys, and bad ideas in Japan. It seems Wired, and others, can't get enough over-analysis.posted by skallas at 6:37 AM PST - 18 comments
A classic economist would tell you MetaFilter ain’t worth the server it’s hosted on. He’d say it has negative worth, since maintenance
probably costs more than the gains
. In classic economic terms, then, MetaFilter is not worth having around and might as well be shut down. Readers might object to that — the benefits they recieve are both intangible (information) and immeasurable (community). “The information era, with its economy of multiplication, will have more experience with and give more attention to positive sum games — if you gain, I'll gain too through feedback loops.” Time to update the Dismal Science
.posted by raaka at 5:19 AM PST - 22 comments
BBC Panorama exposes far right group
and hosts a detailed website, that gives chapter and verse. well, that the BNP are a bunch of nazi's is no real expose, but as someone who fought against these fools in the 70's and 80's, we need to remain vigilantposted by quarsan at 4:40 AM PST - 4 comments
R2-D2 Beneath the Dome
is cute, funny, silly and the most despicable ploy to hype a movie ever in the history of cinema. Most importantly, it diminishes the stature of a great man
, by failing to mention Kenny Baker's contribution to the successful phenomenon. It's like talking about Indiana Jones "behind the scenes" without mentioning Harrison Ford.posted by ZachsMind at 12:10 AM PST - 20 comments
Surrounded on all sides
by religious interolance, these two men prove that you can staunchly maintain your faith under an oppressive regime and still be an utter a-hole.posted by Hildago at 9:40 PM PST - 11 comments
Just Wave The Flag, And Nobody Gets Hurt. On Friday, Oct. 26, two Secret Service agents, along with Durham police investigator Rex Godley, came to [A.J.] Brown's apartment. Special Agent Paul Lalley, who did most of the talking, spoke first. "Ma'am, we've gotten a report that you have anti-American material, or something like that, in your apartment," he said, according to Brown. Then the female agent asked if they could come inside.
The "anti-American material"? A poster critical of George Bush.posted by tpoh.org at 9:21 PM PST - 45 comments
U.S.' first Afghanistan conflict casualty may be C.I.A. operative "Mike"
Time magazine's Alex Perry reported from the scene outside Mazar-i-Sharif that at least one American, whom he identified as "Mike'' and said belonged to U.S. special operations forces, was missing and presumed dead after prisoners began firing smuggled weapons. If the man was confirmed as a soldier, it would be the first known U.S. combat death in Afghanistan since Washington began attacking Taliban forces -– although it is suspected that "Mike" is a covert CIA operative.posted by marc-hamilton at 8:43 PM PST - 4 comments
Dot-Com Is Dot-Gone, and the Dream With It
A New York Times article on the dot-com-crash.
"Each day, the old idols seem to fade further into the dim past, barely recollected in a country where the languages of "revolution" and "warfare" are no longer just business metaphors. This is the next step after the bursting of the dot-com economic bubble — the bursting of the cultural bubble, the end of the nerd as a crossover hit, of the I.P.O. zillionaire as role model to college students."
I agree that our country is in the beginning of a cultural revolution; starting with the dot-com crash last year and accelerating with 911. Am I alone or does anyone agree?posted by Oxydude at 7:34 PM PST - 23 comments
Annoyance or Invasion?
Sure, most of this information is available when you do a WHOIS search on someone, but does anyone else think that this site is putting a little bit too much information out in the open?posted by almostcool at 7:33 PM PST - 20 comments
P.J. O'Rourke's Finest Moment: National Lampoon.com
has just re-released his classic 1979 article, "How to Drive Fast On Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink
". This was long before he became the sedate, Republican C.E.O. of the Sofa he is today. Is it still funny today? Or only to us nostalgic boomers who remember the spirit of 79?posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:54 PM PST - 9 comments
Rising Sea Level Forcing Evacuation of Tuvalu.
"During the twentieth century, sea level rose by 20-30 centimeters (8-12 inches)." The 1,196 tiny islands of the Maldives are "barely 2 meters above sea level". "In 2000 the World Bank published a map showing that a 1-meter rise in sea level would inundate half of Bangladesh's riceland." Here are EPA
sites on the sea level. (NASA? They may be promoting justification to colonize other planets ASAP!)posted by mmarcos at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments
Military Justice is to Justice as Military Music is to Music.
Alan Dershowitz in The Village Voice: "A long-term resident of the United States who President Bush believes may have aided a terrorist can now be tried in secret by a military commission and be sentenced to death on the basis of hearsay and rumor with no appeal to any civilian court, even the Supreme Court."posted by adrober at 11:44 AM PST - 29 comments
MIT's Erotic Computation Group.
"By developing advanced sexual appliances and techniques, we seek to broaden the range of human amative expression and heighten our potential for sexual gratification." Good to see that at least some people are doing research that will benefit all mankind.posted by Eloquence at 11:42 AM PST - 22 comments
The Burka and the Bikini
"Our war against the Taliban, a regime that does not allow a woman to go to school, walk alone on a city street, or show her face in public, highlights the need to more fully understand the ways in which our own cultural ''uncovering'' of the female body impacts the lives of girls and women everywhere. ... Whether it's the dark, sad eyes of a woman in purdah or the anxious darkly circled eyes of a girl with anorexia nervosa, the woman trapped inside needs to be liberated from cultural confines in whatever form they take. The burka and the bikini represent opposite ends of the political spectrum but each can exert a noose-like grip on the psyche and physical health of girls and women."posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:12 PM PST - 55 comments
In death, J.D. O'Neal leaves few with fond memories
“Jerry Dow O’Neal II owned The Current News
, a small gay magazine. [...] By last month, when J.D. O’Neal committed suicide to avoid prosecution and shame, hardly anyone in Kansas City considered him a good friend. The 37-year-old white-collar crook and gay-rights opportunist had created enemies throughout the community. [...] ‘It was important for [J.D.] to appear successful.’ [...] ‘I’ll believe he’s dead when I see the body’ ”posted by joeclark at 6:18 PM PST - 3 comments
from WaPo : When did this happen? Where are the kids who are supposed to be beating up the kids who like Harry Potter? Where is the bully who is going to tell them what kinda dorkface fairies they're being? Where are the kids who don't like to read?
So, come on, bullies! Get with the program!posted by swell at 3:33 PM PST - 34 comments
WE ARE WATCHING YOU.
"The FBI added that its research is 'always mindful of constitutional, privacy and commercial equities,' and that its use of new technology can be challenged in court and in Congress." No really, go ahead, try and stop us if you don't like it. That's your (snicker, snicker) right.posted by rushmc at 9:17 AM PST - 12 comments
F*ck off you crazy old dyke
In 1993 Camille Paglia and Julie Burchill had this fax exchange over a book review Burchill had done for the Spectator. This brings back all that 80s anti-PC, pro pop culture journalism I loved so much in my youth. Pity both Paglia and Burchill seem to have had their time and run out of ideas. Sorry this is so old, but I only learnt about it while reading Toby Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate Peopleposted by Summer at 5:37 AM PST - 30 comments
is predicting another aurora showing this weekend due to the sun erupting a coronal mass ejection toward earth on Nov. 22nd. Although I live in the far west Chicago suburbs, others around my area saw the wild aurora showings on October 28th and November 6th. I missed them both because I didn't know about these events (which is why I now subscribe to the SpaceWeather.com mailing list). Had I known, maybe I could have seen this
, or this
, or maybe this
, all from around the midwest! One thing's for sure, I'll be outside this weekend. The sky is very busy this fall!posted by Sal Amander at 1:04 AM PST - 9 comments
a piece from NPR for all those people who, even during these crazy times, have a love of getting/receiving mail (need Real Player to hear)...posted by Miyagi at 9:26 PM PST - 2 comments
The Taliban's war on art
extended beyond merely blowing apart the two monumental Buddhist statues. Here's a nice little piece about a wrecking party at the Kabul Museum of Art lead by the Taliban Ministers of Information and Finance. Their acts of barbarism against women and people who failed to live up to their religious code was unspeakable, but IMHO this willful destruction of art is also worthy of condemnation. This is nothing less than the destruction of a people's culture.posted by MAYORBOB at 7:58 PM PST - 17 comments
"Universities have a serious problem.
The type of liberalism so heavily favored by the intellectual elite has crossed the line. Professors throughout the educational world are supporting murderers and terrorists; they are justifying despicable actions because of the political philosophies of the actors. Murder, slaughter, and terrorism are OK, they say, as long as they are directed at law-enforcement officials or civilian Westerners. It's fine as long as the murderer is anti-capitalist, anti-establishment or anti-conservative." -- Written by a UCLA studentposted by Steven Den Beste at 4:26 PM PST - 50 comments
Mark and Michelle
like to take trips, like this one
by SUV across the entire width of Asia, from Vladivostok to istanbul, through Siberia, Mongolia, Tuva
, Kazakhstan, western China, the Central Asian ex-Soviet republics, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. An immense site, with hundreds of photographs and lots of great stories.
Travel narratives like this are a classic use for the web, and there must be lots of them out there. Any favorites?posted by rodii at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments
Mary Whitehouse dies.
Whitehouse was a campaigner for what she considered taste and decency on TV. So that meant no swearing, no violence, absolutely no sex (no matter who was doing it) and certainly no fun. Her perfect schedule would have been church services, cookery programmes and happy news about animals. For some peculiar reason she targetted Doctor Who in particular during the 70s for being too scary for children which led to that show moving from a taste for horror to tasteless kitch. Oh and Channel Four for be about young people, for young people. As former C4 controller Michael Grade relates: "She really wanted television to be propaganda for a very moral view of the world, not the imperfect world we live in. She was really detached from the reality of the creative process."posted by feelinglistless at 12:21 PM PST - 24 comments
Chinese planning on going to the moon.
I know some would like to see the US return the moon. Some think it was all staged in a big hoax, but could a joint US/Chinese mission be possible by say 2010? What companies in China are working to make this possible? Would having Russia next door make the program any better? Personally, I'm glad to see someone will be returning to the moon.posted by brent at 11:00 AM PST - 24 comments
What's going on?
"A senior Taliban official in Kunduz, whose identity was not revealed, told Northern Alliance officials here in a radio conversation that a Pakistani Air Force plane had landed in Kunduz Tuesday and ferried away several Pakistani and Arab fighters. The Taliban official said the plane was the third to land in the city in recent days." (NYT)posted by semmi at 10:53 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment
kick back and relax...
FLASH!! it's a flash sound site - this one is very nicely put together with some great samples, tidy graphics and a sprinkling of JAH SHAKA BOOOOOM.posted by Spoon at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments
Honk Kong's reclaimation efforts for Disney are killing its fishing industry.
Is this the proper way to reclaim land? It looks like HK would happily trade away its dwindling fishing industry for a Disney business opportunity. I can't decide if this is economic progress or a very risky trade between a market that produces goods (fish) and one that produces a service (entertainment). I can't read this and not think of Paris' Eurodisney disaster. I wonder how the one in Tokyo is doing.posted by skallas at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments
More - movie short
Buy Nothing Day 2001
"This November 23 is international Buy Nothing Day, an activist holiday at odds with the wartime equation of consumerism equals patriotism."
On the historically busiest shopping day of the year in America, here's a bit of individual protest one can engage in (or not) that has an even greater resonance this time around.posted by mapalm at 10:18 PM PST - 69 comments
Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay®
Cosmetics died today. It looks like they were anticipating
it. Not only did she found what grew to be a huge company(in the male-dominated 60s), she inspired people to be successful. I was never a big fan of the pink Cadillacs, but reading some of this made me a fan.posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 8:24 PM PST - 11 comments
In the house of anthrax.
"AMERICAN officials increasingly believe the anthrax attacks since September 11th were not carried out by people connected to al-Qaeda, but may have been the work of a lone American madman. To avert future attacks, though, perhaps they should look harder."posted by Zool at 6:51 PM PST - 22 comments
Sikh Words Of Wisdom.
If, from a Western perspective, there is one Cinderella among Eastern religions, one undiscovered gem waiting to be polished and admired by people outside the South Asian religious culture, it is the Sikh faith – in particular, the poetry of the Sikh Gurus. (From BBC.)posted by tpoh.org at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments
Vote Wil Wheaton 'Entertainer of the Year'
in Entertainment Weekly's poll. As one Farkster put it, "a vote for Wil Wheaton is a vote for messing with the normals." Won't Britney Spears be crushed? At the moment "Wil" is leading, but his evil twin "Will" is coming up fast.posted by fleener at 11:09 AM PST - 64 comments
Tired of the same old spin from the big news agencies? Try a "new old" spin from Finland's YLE: news updates in Latin.posted by gimonca at 10:36 AM PST - 3 comments
Making noise on a budget.
Helpful instructions on how to convert a old guitar into a hurdy-gurdy, make a 2-octave kalimba from lawn-rake tines, or build a 5-string fretless banjo in a weekend.posted by transient at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments
Did the government hinder the FBI to investigate against the Bin Laden family?
Transcript from last night's BBC Newsnight:
The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to turn a blind eye to terrorism?
There is a hidden agenda at the very highest levels of our government.
JOE TRENTO, (AUTHOR, "SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA"):
The sad thing is that thousands of Americans had to die needlessly. posted by alex63 at 5:00 AM PST - 13 comments
Got your own Web site? Got an Amazon wishlist? If the answer to both of these is yes, and you like the idea of giving and receiving, you should definitely sign up.posted by nico at 4:40 AM PST - 6 comments
Download a Dinosaur
- just print it out and get yourself some glue and scissors (careful with the scissors) and you got your very own dinosaur. Hours of fun!posted by semper at 4:30 AM PST - 3 comments
Interview with one of "the evil ones."
A conservative group founded by first lady Lynne Cheney recently released a report
(pdf) that accuses numerous college professors of being enemies of civilization, for not "transmit[ing] our history and heritage to the next generation." Curiously, the report originally looked like this
(pdf), which quoted professors by name to create a modern-day blacklist, but was removed and reformated to the one currently on thier site. This interview sheds light on one professor's view of being in the report and on the current state of debate and dissent among academics. [via RRE
]posted by mathowie at 10:00 PM PST - 43 comments
Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London
Have always heard so much about this. Wild debates all Sunday long, no rest for the weary. Martin the Sex Speaker, Simon the Bulgarian and Barry the Marxist Mystic; who knows, do they have their own web sites ? Any other Speakers Corners one can go to, or is this purely a British phenomenon?posted by Voyageman at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments
Anorexia is a lifestyle choice?
Some, apparently, have argued that it is, and they are putting their money where their mouthes are in the form of 1 million dollars (for lack of food, I suppose). "One of the leaders of the 'Annas' gives her name only as Sahara and describes herself a 22-year-old student from the prestigious Stanford University, near San Francisco ... A computer specialist, she runs a website that provides detailed advice for those who want to starve themselves — coupled with tips on fooling parents, friends and doctors." Some respond
to the advocacy
of anorexia, but gains and losses are both apparent in what looks to be a battle of attrition.
The Starving Annas remind one of the equally controversial efforts by the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
and similar movements in that both advocate widely-considered unhealthy lifestyle choices. (Sunday Times link courtesy of The Morning News
.)posted by moz at 9:20 AM PST - 83 comments
Time's 2001 inventions of the year awards.
Why do all of these have that cheesy "Sharper Image" feel to them? Aren't there inventions out there slightly more important than a potato masher or a remote control smoke alarm? Naww, everything else would go over the heads of the readers. Keep that gravy comin' ma!posted by skallas at 9:07 AM PST - 24 comments
A mindbending little site [sight, cite] designed for [fore, four] the wordsmith/word-splitter in you.posted by webchick at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments
For all your middle east rumor mill needs
Just another alternative media, highly speculative source for rumors... blah, blah, blah Quite a few of their "stories" have been confirmed as of late. Maybe it's worth another look for those of you who have never been.posted by yangwar at 8:06 AM PST - 7 comments
Software projects are notorious for time and budget overruns (examples that come to mind include Mozilla
and the Denver Airport baggage system
). There are a large number of design methods, development processes, and programming methodologies that claim or hint at objective estimation of development schedules, project complexity, and programmer productivity. Unfortunately, they're all bunk.
"The creation of genuinely new software has far more in common with developing a new theory of physics than it does with producing cars or watches on an assembly line."
Programmers, try telling that one to your next customer.posted by lagado at 6:19 AM PST - 21 comments
How to survive extreme natural events.
promoting understanding disasters from the "roots" up, and preventing disasters from the "bottom up" as well as the "top down". Whatever you think of his politics, this project should be encouraged.posted by asok at 6:06 AM PST - 5 comments
Today's high school seniors a bunch of scientific know nothings?
According to the most recent national test results, it would appear so. Is this a case that the money is thrown in areas that will make the SATs look good? If that's the case, has that been money well spent? Is it really just a case of money? Whatever the answer, it sort of makes you fear for the future.posted by MAYORBOB at 4:22 AM PST - 37 comments
for the Opera (the browser not the singy thing) snobs out there.posted by zeoslap at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments
"Mohammed, do you ever get that 'not so fresh' feeling?"
The Captions Blog takes press photos and adds humorous fictitious comments. One of my favorites is a photo of two military men wrestling. The caption reads, "Soldiers prepare for Operation Sweet Sweet Lovin'." Kudos to the highly amusing moderator and creator Jeff Druzba
. He seems to have prevented this site from devolving into the baffling inside references and unfunny gross-out jokes that proliferate on other group "humor" blogs.posted by maggeh at 3:16 PM PST - 11 comments
As a part of the upcoming Microsoft Settlement:
"Terms of the deal would require Microsoft to donate software, recycled laptops and desktop computers, and other services to students in grades K-12 who attend public schools where 70 percent or more pupils are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches."
So, is this MS reaching out to help disadvantaged children and positively affect their future, or is this allowing MS to lure hundreds of thousands into being MS customers for life?posted by mathowie at 11:52 AM PST - 40 comments
Amazon screws up bag promotion.
Amazon messes up a 'Buy this camera and get that bag free" promotion to be "Buy this bag and get that camera free." As a result you can get a $350 Minolta Maxxum SLR for $40. We'll see how long this lasts. I know that when the airlines made this mistake, they had to honor it.posted by kfury at 11:47 AM PST - 146 comments
It's the Democracy, Stupid
Quick hit from Middle East expert Thomas Friedman on why democracy matters in the Middle East, and by extension why democracy-building is one of the US's best weapons there. Starts out with a news quiz: "Name the second-largest Muslim community in the world. Iran? Wrong. Pakistan? Wrong. Saudi Arabia? Wrong." (NYT link)posted by cell divide at 10:58 AM PST - 20 comments
weekend drug use ok?
Interesting article... I hesistate to sign my neam this time though - i wouldn't want to put anyones nose out of joint.posted by Spoon at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments
Reasons for Liking Tolkein
at the London Review of Books. "In his fiction, he created a machine for the evocation of scholarly frisson. The thrills are the thrills of knowledge hidden, knowledge uncovered, knowledge that slips away... what Freud called the 'the uncanny': 'the over-accentuation of psychical reality in comparison with material reality'. Isn't that what being a bookish adolescent is all about?"posted by rory at 5:22 AM PST - 16 comments
Evangelist Franklin Graham, stands by his statements
that Islam is "wicked, violent".
"It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn't Lutherans," Graham told NBC. "It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith."
Is it strange that the son of the popular and eloquent Billy Graham hasn’t come under much fire for his anti-Islamic statements while the goofy duo of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are still being roasted for their own inflammatory 9.11 statements
against liberals and gays?posted by wfrgms at 4:33 PM PST - 47 comments
Colin Powell has a vision:
"We have a vision of a region where Israelis and Arabs can live together in peace, security and dignity. We have a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders. We have a vision of a region where all people have jobs that let them put bread on their tables, provide a roof over their heads and offer a decent education to their children. We have a vision of a region where all people worship God in a spirit of tolerance and understanding. And we have a vision of a region where respect for the sanctity of the individual, the rule of law and the politics of participation grow stronger day by day."posted by kliuless at 4:18 PM PST - 30 comments
Al Gore, corporate master of the universe?
The near-president has taken a job as vice chairman of Metropolitan West Financial
, a "diversified financial services firm" in L.A. If, around September 2000, you weren't sure if Gore was serious about his "I'm for the people, not for the powerful" schtick, now you know.
No word on compensation, but CNN reports Gore "will focus on developing private equity strategies in the biotechnology and information technology fields." Uh, sure.posted by crabwalk at 1:06 PM PST - 34 comments
The Red Cross
has a decade-long pattern of using local crises to raise funds, and then to spend those funds on other things. The donors had thought their money would go to help specific victims, and sometimes up to 80% would be diverted to other causes. I think this is wrong.posted by Steven Den Beste at 11:32 AM PST - 39 comments
The Smashing Pumpkins'
website is even more active than it ever was before the group disbanded. With a 6 part documentary, "Graceful Swans of Never", that was uploaded part by part every Monday over the past 6 weeks, and the upcoming animation project "Glass and the Machines of God", Billy Corgan is keeping interest alive postmortem.posted by Satapher at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments
The RFK Department Of Justice?
That's what the news is. President Bush will name the Justice Department after Robert F. Kennedy citing his contributions to fighting organized crime and the logical links to today's war on terrorism. The book, Robert Kennedy: His Life
, has great stories on how RFK took on the mafia. But don't you think Bush is pulling a fast one to get liberals to forget how much the current AG John Ashcroft is rolling back civil liberties?posted by flip at 8:49 AM PST - 24 comments
CheckMate: The 5 Minute Semen Detection Test Kit Infidelity? Cheating Spouse? Find out what's really going on, the quick and easy way, with the CHECKMATE 5 Minute Infidelity Test Kit. CHECKMATE is the only product of it's kind that can actually monitor your spouse's sexual activity outside of the relationship!
Oh, boy. Where to start, where to start....posted by adampsyche at 8:20 AM PST - 22 comments
A story about Rasa Nasir Khan
a seemingly regular guy whose only crime is an expired visa and ethnicity, and a passion for hunting. He is one of over a thousand people being held in connection with 9-11 even though his jailers acknowlege that he has no connection whatsoever with terrorism.posted by Danf at 7:19 AM PST - 18 comments
- A cellphone, a digital camera, a photo album, a PDA with a color display and joystick -- all within 114 x 56 x 26 mm dimensions, shaped like this
, looking like this
. Must... put... on... Christmas... wishlist.posted by frednorman at 6:33 AM PST - 26 comments
Final Hitchhiker's Novel Found: A Salmon of a Doubt
, the sixth novel in Douglas Adam's series, will be published next May upon Adam's death. But is this a serious effort from a man who was growing tired of the Hitchhiker's
series towards the end of his life or an easy way to cash in on Adams's death, V.C. Andrews-style?posted by ed at 12:55 AM PST - 19 comments
A story that seems to be good news
no matter what side of the 'war' you're on. The dragnet around Bin Laden is reported to be closing quickly, and currently stands, says the Sunday Times, at about 30 squares mile. So, what happens next? (via Plastic.com)posted by Hildago at 10:39 PM PST - 13 comments
Gimme That Old Time Religion.
Lakeland, Fla. -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell says even Osama Bin Laden's soul could be saved if he converted to Christianity -- but he would still deserve to be killed.posted by semmi at 7:44 PM PST - 15 comments
Think anybody can make electronic music? You're right
. This snappy flash ap from Crash!Media makes Mobies out of the musically challenged. Today I learned that a pleasant, new agey sound scape can be turned to pure evil with just a little loud bass! [via Evhead
]posted by jennyb at 6:46 PM PST - 25 comments
This started out as a skit on a Japanese comedy show and eventually grew into its own fig leafed music video. Does anyone know of any other musical gems like this? Warnings: 7.71 MB Windows Media file & scantily clad menposted by Alison at 5:20 PM PST - 9 comments
Stop the War.
50-100,000 people marched on Trafalgar Square today to protest against the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.. (lil bit more inside
...)posted by Mossy at 3:18 PM PST - 57 comments
More Q & A on Terror and War
"A number of folks feel that current events -- particularly in the last few days -- have dramatically changed the logic and morality of what has been done in Afghanistan, calling into question much of the analysis and assessment that has been offered by critics of the war. Here are some of the questions we have been asked, and our brief replies."posted by mapalm at 9:36 AM PST - 60 comments
Payout for TV trauma of Trade Centre relatives. "British families who watched their relatives die during live television coverage of the World Trade Centre atrocity are to be compensated for the trauma they suffered, The Telegraph has learned."
We're all aware of Road Rage and Airport Anxiety; now there's a new diagnosis: Televised Trauma. Whatever happened to British stiff upper lips?posted by Carol Anne at 8:33 AM PST - 26 comments
A developer is pushing new luxury rental apartments in this building
in Lower Manhattan with ads on nytimes.com
. Rentals are probably slow because the building is five blocks
from a disaster zone. But let's all just pretend it's not. Potential renters, take note: "actual view south"
may not be the actual view south.posted by davidfg at 7:33 AM PST - 22 comments
the biohazard symbol came to be (from NYTimes Magazine)...posted by Miyagi at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments
Now, I've never been a BIG fan of either Frank Sinatra
or Robbie Williams
. Sure, I've a lot of respect for the former, and the latter's a great singer and entertainer from the UK. But last nite, I was converted. Anyone see A Night With Robbie Williams on TV in the UK last night? (more inside)posted by wibbler at 6:17 AM PST - 18 comments
Is your inability to become a new MeFi member too much to handle? Well, you can just follow this man's
example, and buy
your way in!posted by christian at 3:45 AM PST - 40 comments
Blair's Road to Nemesis
"There will come a day when the Government commits suicide" Columist of the year, Andrew Rawnsley's devastating critique of new labour is also supported by the BBC's Mark Mardell
"Blair will get bored of just being the British PM soon". Ex-labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley says He must be stoppedposted by quarsan at 1:57 AM PST - 8 comments
Leonid Meteor Shower
- Hot or Not? Was it a once-in-a-lifetime event, as was billed, or did you just find yourself standing out in the cold and looking straight up? I'm on my way outside right now to shiver & stare.posted by kokogiak at 1:33 AM PST - 58 comments
Tell me about this Chomsky character again.
Operation Mindcrime: The Selling of Noam Chomsky.
As much play as Noam Chomsky's been getting around here, I happened upon this older now republished article over at disinfo. Love him or hate him. Agree or disagree. Chomsky makes an impact.posted by crasspastor at 8:16 PM PST - 36 comments
If you like Pink Floyd youll like the tribute site Echos
.. it has 25 full-length "best of" songs with artwork, lyrics, videos, message board and anthologys. Combined with a nifty interface. Any other good Pink Floyd sites?posted by stbalbach at 6:06 PM PST - 17 comments
A common dollar for Canada and the U.S.?
With the Euro unit of currency slowly coming into common use, it's only natural for other continents/countries to follow suit. How would this affect the national identity of Canada? Is this a sensible thing to do? What are the benefits and deficiencies of such a plan?posted by ashbury at 4:26 PM PST - 39 comments
CNN going down the tubes
A view from writer for San Fransisco Chronicle that appeared in Japanese paper. Other news channels strike me as "sexier," but CNN, still, for many, best bet on worldwide news coverage. Does sexy make more interesting presentation?posted by Postroad at 3:38 PM PST - 19 comments
from director Saira Shah of Beneath the Veil
fame is appearing several times this weekend. I am very much looking forward to this as I found the first film insightful, thought-provoking and observant. It all leads me to wonder how does one help dimilitarize and rebuild a country where an entire generation knows nothing but war, insecurity and guile?posted by dness2 at 3:14 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment
Yemeni Proverbs for All Occasions
: "He who has no job should search for a camel.", "A destroyer can defeat thousands of earthenware makers." and "My daughter, as long as you keep quiet, much money will paid for your marriage." Clever these Yemenese.posted by feelinglistless at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments
Looking to kill time?
this site has plenty of weapons for it. see what it takes to make a paper-mache elvis. learn about matchstick kitties. find out how much shaving cream is in a single container. plus a little culture jamming. it's all right here. (plus the webmaster is a goofy looking bastard.)posted by jcterminal at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments
With the gamecube, xbox and ps2
all on the market (although ps2 has been around awhile), it seems to be gaming heaven. I've always been a nintendo man, what do you guys/gals think? Can you rate your top five consoles of all time (based purely on joy it brought to you)?posted by dig_duggler at 7:22 AM PST - 53 comments
Some people are so lazy
that they’ll hold up the busiest airport in the world for 3 hours, rather than be inconvenienced. Is this a sign of social breakdown, this inability to follow the rules of civilization, or am I just a curmudgeon?
Or both?posted by jpburns at 7:17 AM PST - 40 comments
$100 million in fake software seized
.The copies of Windows Millenium and Windows 2000 Professional were indistinguishable from the real thing except for their failure to crash every 15 minutes(I made that up).Ever burn a copy for friends? Is that wrong?posted by Mack Twain at 12:01 AM PST - 31 comments
The World Food Program
announces that it has been able to ship in more food to Afghanistan than it needs: 52,000 metric tons this month. Distribution problems still remain (and are being solved), but it could be a whole lot worse, and it looks like there will be no mass starvation.posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:22 PM PST - 43 comments
In U.S. Success, Anti-War Faction's Worst Fears Realized
writes our own James Lileks. Noam Chomsky, our own little Quisling, popped up in India to denounce the United States and describe the attacks on Afghanistan as "a bigger terrorist act than what happened on Sept. 11." It takes tremendous energy to maintain these hideous delusions. Chomsky must be exhausted. He must also be surprised every time he lands back in America and is not arrested; the nation he describes would surely clap him in chains and leave him in a basement to devolve to rat food and bones.posted by ericost at 3:59 PM PST - 43 comments
Trouble for Pakistan?
It looks like the Pakistanis have really managed to piss of their Afghan neighbors with their imperialist ambitions
. The foreigners who so eagerly rushed to help the Taliban are getting shot for their troubles, some have wised up and are refusing to surrender
. Should we be trying to stop such behavior, or is this a case of If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen
?posted by jaek at 3:43 PM PST - 2 comments
Beware the white van:
(scroll down a bit for the content that matters) I've never been scammed before, but these guys were brilliant. The details of my sad story are inside.posted by aladfar at 3:18 PM PST - 49 comments
Justice Rejects Microsoft Penalty (yahoo news)
The government considered but rejected penalties against Microsoft Corp. in its antitrust case that would have required the company to reveal the secret blueprints to its flagship Windows software and to distribute products from its fiercest rivals, court records show.
The Justice Department also set up an e-mail address where consumers and companies may send their comments about the antitrust settlement.
That address is: email@example.com
Whether or not you're pro-Microsoft, anti-Microsoft, or on the fence... I encourage everyone to send their thoughts along.posted by SilentSalamander at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments
c2it to be free; PayPal raising fees.
Will this spell the end of PayPal? Free c2it from Citibank can be used the same way the "old" PayPal could (for friends and roommates to settle up bills) as well cutting deeply into PayPal's core on-line auction settlement business (well over half its revenue), already under attack by eBay's Billpoint.posted by MattD at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments
Philip Morris changing name to...Altria?
According to this SF Chronicle story, Philip Morris is trying to distance itself from tobacco by changing its name to Altria Group. Rumor has it the name is short for "Alternate Reality," which is where PM executives think they're living.
(link via NextDraft
.)posted by me3dia at 12:52 PM PST - 22 comments
urban coffee opportunities
according to this map, there are 38 starbucks within my area code alone. and right down the block, there are 2 out of 4 storefronts, of which this map only notes one: meaning there are more coffee opportunities available.
is the full link, since i think the first one got cut off.
idea from adbusters, but i did the work myself!posted by whoshotwho at 12:44 PM PST - 40 comments
Gaza Diary by Chris Hedges
It's generally not the best idea to post links about the Palestine/Israel conflict, as each day's news can be debated ad infitum by various sides. However this Gaza Diary is a stunning personal look into the ravages of war and occupation. Written by the New York Times Mideast
Bureau Chief, and published in Harper's in October, it's a meditative reflection on the ways the human spirit can be twisted by conflict, and how a reporter (even a seasoned one) responds to the demons of war. Well worth your time.posted by cell divide at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments
An Episode II trailer that actually gives us plot details! And the only sign of Jar Jar seems to be a shot of him falling from a building on Coruscant.posted by silusGROK at 9:14 AM PST - 38 comments
(NYT) It is not just the poverty,
the illiteracy and the absence of any commonly accepted social contract that define our sense of wretchedness; it is, rather, the increasing awareness among us that we have failed as a civil society by not confronting the historical, social and political demons within us. . .posted by semmi at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments
Bush signed an executive order
on Nov. 1 limiting the public's access to past presidents' papers. Many of Ronald Reagan's documents were set to go public, but the release was delayed
while the current White House reviewed the policy for nine months. Now, records don't go public until after 12 years, and once a request is made, the current president and the president in question have to approve access. The only place I saw this reported was in a NYT editorial
. Is there something to hide? Is the timing of this order improper?posted by panopticon at 7:37 AM PST - 30 comments
Please...Tell me you're joking....We all went to school with someone who had... shall we say... an odd name. But who in their right minds would call their child this
. or this
. or this
? any more? oh come
on there must
Spoonposted by Spoon at 2:01 AM PST - 74 comments
Last of the dot-com playboys?
Henry Blodget, who talked up the tech boom and failed to predict the bust, has taken up Merrill Lynch
's general redundancy offer and walked away with a cool $2 million. (This after ML settled with a client who had his portfolio wiped out by following Blodget's recommendations.) Somehow, though, I suspect that many casualties of the shrinking Nasdaq who followed his recommendations might wish a different "lifestyle decision" for him... (NYT, blah etc blah)posted by holgate at 8:12 PM PST - 7 comments
Bill & Will & Grace?
The Microsoft Xbox
was featured visably (the console and its output a big plasma screen --complete with sickly green logo) and mentioned by name three times in tonight's episode. I was almost expecting Karen and Jack's son to settle their differences through head-to-head football action. And to think... the Xbox was just released today.... Coincidence?posted by grabbingsand at 6:59 PM PST - 31 comments
Thinking of shipping valuable stuff by UPS? Think different!
Every time I forget exactly why I never, ever want to ship anything at all by UPS ground, a story like this one pops up that reminds me. The last time I had something sent to me using that "service" (and I use the term loosely) my Athlon desktop system showed up at my door with the case dented and the CPU & heatsink loose inside the case
as the box was jolted so violently that it broke the notch (on the ZIF socket) which usually keeps the assembly in place. Use FedEx if it positively, absolutely has to be there in one piece, I guess.posted by clevershark at 5:09 PM PST - 20 comments
Putin taking questions on from American call ins and emails on NPR.
It's 5:05pm on the west coast and Putin is on his way from Ground Zero
to the New York studios of NPR. Switch on your local NPR station; Putin is supposedly very good at answering candid questions. I can only imagine Bush entertaining call in questions in Russia (or the US for that matter). Comments after the interview?posted by jonah at 5:08 PM PST - 6 comments
Puppetry of the penis: "The ancient art of genital origami"
. And some still say there's nothing under the sun, or the pants for that matter :)
(warning: male back nudity)posted by betobeto at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments
Defend Your Freedom
from dictatorship, porkbarrel opportunism, pseudo-stimulus. This site generates a personalized email to the Prez and your Senators. Maybe an empty gesture, but better than nothing...posted by seitz at 3:13 PM PST - 4 comments
When academics rebel.
A group of economists
is attempting to redraw the landscape of academic research publication by injecting new electronic
peer reviewed journals into the marketplace. Electronic publication of research certainly has its merits at times. Case in point: Because of the pressing medical importance of analyses of the recent anthrax cases, JAMA
has published the results of two studies (one of patients who survived
and one of those who did not
) online in advance of the print publication in order to inform health care professionals as soon as possible. Do situations like this argue in favor of a change in the way that research is conducted and/or reported?posted by iceberg273 at 2:19 PM PST - 14 comments
"What do you mean by the destruction of America?"
The plan is going ahead and, God willing, it is being implemented. But it is a huge task, which is beyond the will and comprehension of human beings. If God's help is with us, this will happen within a short period of time; keep in mind this prediction.
Mullah Mohammed Omar, in an interview with the BBC. To me this is not a threat at all, but a prophecy. (Also interesting is the distinction between extremism and conservatism, getting rid of freeloaders.)posted by rschram at 1:40 PM PST - 26 comments
McGovern was right, says right-winger
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, upon reading a new Michael Beschloss book about the LBJ tapes, says Nixon's 1972 opponent was right in opposing the war, as were Senate critics. Says, in a column printed on a Heritage Foundation site, that the book should serve as a warning to fellow conservatives who won't tolerate dissent or any differing viewpoints. Via kausfiles
.posted by raysmj at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments
The stuff from which Myth is made.
A recent discovery of a meteor impact crater in the middle-east, dating around 2300BC, is shedding new light on the decline of many cultures and the rise of many legends.posted by mkn at 10:20 AM PST - 19 comments
scum take advantage of xbox launch. Check out this
auction. Do these people have no ethics?posted by milnak at 9:55 AM PST - 62 comments
Girl is slashed by 3/4 inch electric cord to death by father.
Sad as it is there was a passage in the article that made me laugh: "Pfeiffer said Larry Slack, who weighs more than 350 pounds, had sneaked a 6-inch kitchen knife into the Calumet Area police station by hiding it in the folds of his skin. He stabbed himself in the chest and was transported to Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was treated for minor injuries before being returned to police custody."
My sincere apologies for the big FPP. (Article via DR
.)posted by HoldenCaulfield at 9:06 AM PST - 76 comments
Were you ever a member of AVS, the Adult Verification System? If so, the Feds have you on a list of potential pedophiles.
I remember AVS from the mid-1990s; they were one of the easiest ways to generate revenue from an adult Web site, using the same business model as AdultCheck
does today. A very few of the hundreds of sites AVS "fronted" for contained child porn, and the owners of the service are now in federal prison as a result. Even though they knew differently, federal authorities claimed that they had "dismantled the largest-known commercial child pornography enterprise ever uncovered," and for the past two years have been sending offers of child porn to some of 30,000 people on the AVS membership list, the vast majority of which have no interest in child porn.posted by tranquileye at 8:53 AM PST - 19 comments
Bush woos Putin at his Texas ranch
- after apparently failing to come to a consensus about the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.
Good for Bush for getting his diplomacy on, but -- I'm wondering how popular the proposed American missile-defense system is with members of the Metafilter community. If it means scrapping the ABM... is it worth it?posted by SilentSalamander at 7:27 AM PST - 37 comments
"I’d keep guns off the streets if I could -- keep them off people, off cops, off everybody. They’re just built to kill people, and that’s no good. Sometimes I feel like turning people in -- like when there’s a shooting in front of my house. But something always stops me. I grew up in this place. I knew these people before they even started dealing with guns. Those are the people who watch my back when I need them. They’re like family -- I can’t turn them in." Jesus Gonzalez reports on the illegal handgun trade
in Brooklyn, NY, as part of a Marketplace series on the underground economy
.posted by sudama at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments
Scalia's Constitution is dead.
So, do rulings from the Warren Court deserve deference? Are colonial practices our standard for cruel and unusual punishment? Does the right to bear arms stop at muskets, or does it include nuclear arms?posted by kcmoryan at 6:15 AM PST - 36 comments
The Taliban withdrawal is a strategic move, not a sign of retreat.
By strategically handing over key Afghan cities to the Northern Alliance before melting into the mountainsides, the Taliban tossed political hand grenades at the United States.
On the surface, it appears the Taliban were dealt a crushing defeat. Thousands of Taliban fighters switched sides or were captured during the Northern Alliance’s advance, and the remainder melted into the hills having put up almost no fight. However, the Taliban withdrawal was far from a rout. Rather, it reflects abandonment of a strategy that could have led to their destruction, in preparation for a more traditional and effective strategy for combat in Afghanistan — guerrilla warfare.posted by Davezilla at 3:41 AM PST - 23 comments
"A Spear Avenue resident reported a male-type human in his backyard performing the specialty of the breed - stumbling around and cursing. The interloper without portfolio wandered off in a random direction
." This quote and more can be found in the Arcata Eye police blotter. (From Cruel.com
; also mentioned in a comment
in an older thread.)posted by moz at 8:40 PM PST - 19 comments
The Vertigo Tarot
by Dave McKean
, illustrator of among many other good things the Sandman
comics, was reissued
in August. The cards, loosely based on characters from DCs Vertigo comic inprint, are among the most uneasily beautiful interpretations I've ever seen.
The original set was in a limited edition of 5000 copies and is changing hands for suitably outrageous sums on ebay. The new edition (slightly smaller cards) retails around the $30 mark.posted by thatwhichfalls at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments
SAS man exposed as fraud
The BBC has discovered that Tom Carew, who writes articles from an SAS perspective for the papers and has just published a book
about serving in Afghanistan, was never actually a member of the SAS at all. I just saw this interview on TV and laughed and laughed when he punched the camera. WARNING: Realplayer linkposted by Summer at 4:01 PM PST - 34 comments
is a new project from kokogiak
(author of The MegaPenny Project
, which answers the burning question "what would a trillion pennies look like?"), chronicling a parade of extinct weird animals, organized into groups such as "Interesting Names", "Woolly and Huge" and "Strange and/or Massive." [via MeFi-Projects
]posted by JParker at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments
Wow, the Romans
really found no problem with sex being shown out in the open. This is a picture found in an ancient Roman bath.posted by yevge at 2:29 PM PST - 49 comments
Fake or Foto?
Try to guess which are photographs, and which have been cleverly computer-generated. Sure it's a game, and it's interesting on that level, but I was wondering if anyone was seeing any patterns in the kind of objects they were able to recognize as one or the other. I know I did.posted by Hildago at 12:37 PM PST - 33 comments
Eat the Rich
I just re-read this P.J. O'rourke book. I don't agree with all of P.J.'s conclusions, but I HIGHLY recommend you give this book a read if you find yourself thinking along "wealth is theft" lines.posted by Leonard at 10:05 AM PST - 26 comments
"Hell, I still love you New York." (WMA or RA)
I've been seeing the video for Ryan Adams' "New York, New York" late at night on VH1. At a time when television censors are editing out images of the World Trade Center and words like "hijack" out of old movies, it is a welcome surprise. The video, filmed on Sept. 7th, has a pre-attack NY skyline with the WTC prominently featured. It's the best tribute to NY I've seen in the last couple of months.posted by eyeballkid at 10:01 AM PST - 20 comments
Wesley Crusher returns!
Yes, Star Trek fans, Wesley Crusher will return for the (supposedly) last of the series, Star Trek X. Right on, we get to find out how much intergalactic tail Mr. C has been getting while swooping around the universe.posted by Hildegarde at 9:52 AM PST - 36 comments
Trains and boats and planes.
As the international environmental elite flies around the world attending conferences on global warming, earth-friendly toilets, whale saving, etc., these guys pause and figure out that jetting around kerosine-guzzling aircraft makes them part of the very problem they are trying to solve. So they travel to their next conference overland. Good start, fellows. Beyond warming up the air (actually a good thing, if you ask me), jets degrade the environment by needing to be served by city-sized airports, with all their attendent horrors, and by being damned noisy (I'll never forget the lovely silence that followed the air lockdown following 9-11). Besides walking to work, how else can conscientious eco-types put their money where their mouths are?posted by Faze at 9:40 AM PST - 32 comments
Get em' all.
Its funny, while the United States struggles to fight a "humane", or at least politically correct war abroad, here at home American citizens are not so lucky
. And unfortunately it looks like the English are following our leadposted by Grok09 at 7:45 AM PST - 23 comments
Google told me
it was Monet's Birthday
. Not only is it a pretty link-worthy event, but Google again created an artsy banner to go along with a holiday. Does anybody have a cache of their special occasion banners?posted by taumeson at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments
U2 sells out
(again?). I just got this email, which calls for a boycott of Best Buy
because of an exclusive distribution deal with U2
. Apparently, their upcoming concert DVD will be available
at Best Buy two weeks before we can buy it anywhere else
. Personally, I hoping for another interview with the Edge
in which he claims to know nothing about this.
I've always been a fan, but it is difficult to decide if these guys are genuine humanitarians or corporate pawns. In this day in age, I'm sure you can be both and get away with it.posted by jeffvc at 5:21 AM PST - 57 comments
Have aliens answered our message?
In 1974, as part of the SETI project, an encoded message was sent from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. On the 20th August, near the Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, England, an amazing crop circle was discovered that appeared to answer the message....posted by salmacis at 2:33 AM PST - 25 comments
is Leonard Knight's grand tribute to God. Whether or not one shares his beliefs, his accomplishment is admirable, and his artwork often breathtaking
. The Mountain has become a popular stopover for fans of folk art. Godfrey
Daniels spoke with Leonard
a while ago about his life, his art, and his love for all of creation. What's your favorite labor of love?posted by Optamystic at 12:14 AM PST - 7 comments
A bit late, but I found the first new episode of Absolutely Fabulous
to be fairly lackluster. Seemed forced and disjointed. Should Jennifer Saunders have left well enough alone?posted by juniper at 10:28 PM PST - 18 comments
Terror trials by military
is president Bush's plan for speedy wartime tribunals. He enacted this without the need for congress' approval, and the sole purpose is to process terrorists faster and in a more secretive setting than a standard civil trial. Is this too much or does it sound fair, considering this is wartime?posted by mathowie at 10:06 PM PST - 50 comments
Childish fun-poking sites
seem to be springing up everywhere, nowadays. From the looks of this site
, and this site
, and many others, is the internet continuing to open up as just another medium for people to make fun of eachother, more and more, everyday?posted by trioperative at 9:54 PM PST - 19 comments
is a robotic cat that looks more like a cat than a robot. This site is only available in Japanese, but check out the photo
galleries. (I saw this thing mentioned in a Reuters article
about the new "human-like" Honda robot).posted by edlundart at 5:38 PM PST - 17 comments
Actor Ralph Meeker
portrayed hardboiled private dick Mike Hammer in the Robert Aldrich film "Kiss Me Deadly", a celluloid masterpiece of brutal cold-war paranoia that introduced the filmgoing public to the concept of suitcase nukes back in 1955. For some reason, I find the thought of Conway Twitty
films far more disturbing.posted by MrBaliHai at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments
is a "site about dead musicians...and how they got that way". I got to thinking about my favorite late artists, mostly classic rock, from the 60's, 70's & 80's, and which ones would IMO be making good music were they alive today. Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, SRV and Bob Marley top that list, while Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison probably died at the right time, when their stars were shining bright. By the way, if you want to know where the deceased RIP, try Find A Grave
.posted by msacheson at 11:14 AM PST - 36 comments
Ansel Adams at 100
-- If you liked my Coltrane link
of a few weeks ago, and you are into visual stuff as well, this San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibit site is a real gem. I particularly like the "where to stand, what to keep" "essay" that you get when you click on the "Frozen Lake and Cliffs" image.posted by fpatrick at 11:09 AM PST - 7 comments
. ZIMBABWE announced new measures yesterday [10/12/01] to enable the Government to nationalise up to 90 per cent of all white-owned land at the stroke of a pen — a move expected to wipe out next year’s crops almost totally. posted by jfuller at 8:13 AM PST - 16 comments
"I became known as the first "cybersex fiend"
Finally cleared and released Oliver Jovanovic in his own words in the NY Post: "...Thankfully Steve Dunleavy, a reporter for the New York Post, saw straight away that the whole prosecution was completely rotten. And he wrote that again and again until he finally had my named cleared...I believe in the police, I believe in the government and believe in the United States of America. But I need District Attorney Robert Morganthau or Fairstein, the outrageous self-promoter, to please explain how I did 20 months in prison, cost my family more than half a million dollars in legal fees, and got stabbed in the neck by some wacko while I was eating corn flakes. " Honest journalism by Mr Dunleavy and the NY Post in the noble pursuit of justice, or sly schemers boosting circulation as the tech bubble burst ?posted by Voyageman at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments
iTunes installer débâcle
Backups are insufficiently sexy: “This time Apple deserves the lion’s share of the blame for creating an operating system that can’t be backed up and restored reliably many months after the initial release. For this reason alone, Mac OS X cannot be considered acceptable for serious use in many situations”posted by joeclark at 5:42 AM PST - 10 comments
Woman Pregnant Twice.
An Italian woman is due to give birth in a hospital in Rome this week to a baby girl - before returning three months later to have triplets. If both deliveries are successful, it is thought that this will be the first such case in history.posted by tpoh.org at 7:32 PM PST - 17 comments
Scientology Fan Fiction!
Curious about the mystery behind the one, true "religion?" SomethingAwful.com shares their knowledge of scientology through a great fictional piece, complete with illustrations.posted by valerie at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments
Escapism, Star Wars style
- The new Star Wars Ep II trailer, "Mystery" is out there - not the 'breathing' teaser, but a longer one. It's supposed to be unlocked by EP I DVD owners only, but of course there are mirrors. Post others inside if you find them. Star Wars haters can just move along, there's plenty other news today.posted by kokogiak at 12:03 PM PST - 37 comments
Independents Day's first event
is taking place now, with a new essay on the future of the independent web being posted every six hours. I especially liked Halcyon's predictions
, including: "Jacob Nielson is discovered to have heavy.com as his homepage. At a press conference, he admits he finds his own webpage 'unappealing'."posted by fraying at 10:26 AM PST - 52 comments
She's 17? That'll Be One Cow Please, Your Majesty
The king of Swaziland imposed a ban on having sex with any female under the age of 18, in hopes of curbing the nation's growing rate of HIV infections. But he just married a 17 year old girl. (His 9th wife.) His penalty? One cow, as per the rules of the sex ban. The cow was roasted and eaten by a group of 300 young women who marched to the palace to protest the marriage. My question is - how does a cow make up for possibly infecting a young woman with HIV? (I'm not suggesting that the king is infected, but if he were, what good would the cow do?)posted by Dreama at 8:58 AM PST - 24 comments
Why yes, I could use a distraction
. Simple, yet oddly effective. Distraction.com is a distraction and nothing more.posted by plinth at 4:39 AM PST - 6 comments
Some twins share
thoughts, dreams, clothes, but these two have shared sooo much more. Quite possibly the most bizarre thing I have seen in a while.posted by dancu at 12:57 AM PST - 17 comments
Photos from Afgahnistan (mostly quite old tho)
This site has a fairly large amount of pictures of sites in the cities in Afgahnistan. I remember reading something about the 'Friday Mosque' in Herat and trying to find a picture of it - well turns out it's here. Unfortunately, it's on GeoCities, so it runs of of bandwidth from time to time. But if you can see it it's quite interesting.posted by QrysDonnell at 11:26 PM PST - 3 comments
The recount results are in. Will this only serve to undermine Bush's authority in a time of crisis? Should the media have sat on this until the current situation becomes more stable?posted by Bezuhin at 6:48 PM PST - 62 comments
"is a non-linear loopbox of digital samples and serendipitous scraps which may be entered and mixed from multiple points"posted by MrBaliHai at 6:03 PM PST - 2 comments
Laws of Form
In 1969, George Spencer-Brown published a mathematical book called Laws of Form
, which has inspired explorations in philosophy, cybernetics, art, spirituality, and computation. The work is powerful and has established a passionate following as well as harsh critics. This web site explores these people, their ideas and history, and provides references for further exploration. I read this then, didn't understand much of the math due to my innumeracy, but was struck by a passage in passing... I especially am curious to see what the numerate in MetaFilter have to say.posted by y2karl at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments
in Northern China challenges theory on origin of man. Human activities started in Asia some 2 million years ago long before Out of Africa.posted by stbalbach at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments
Roger Ebert on Steve Martin.
"He published a novel last year that was touching and true, and he is an expert on modern art, and he is capable of hosting the Academy Awards and starring in a David Mamet movie and writing for the New Yorker and, no doubt, brooding a lot."posted by adrober at 9:37 AM PST - 24 comments
As a youngen, I was very much enamored with Ken Kesey's questioning soul and his flare for the wild. His novels provided much comfort as I tried to navigate my way through those conforming years we all know as high school. May he RIP.posted by Ms Snit at 5:48 AM PST - 7 comments
Bing, Bangs, Liz, Hugh...and Baby Too
Hollywood playboy Steve Bing doesn't want Liz Hurley's baby. Neither does Hugh Grant, although he'll be there for her. Divine Brown and Cannibal Sheila
are nowhere to be seen. Confused
? You will be, when you read this Sunday's episode of Soap. William Cash, an old friend of the mother-to-be, ungallantly spills the beans on an unholy transatlantic row.posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:44 AM PST - 28 comments
In Flanders Fields
- by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
MetaFilter readers wherever you are, please take a moment of silence to honour those who gave their lives so that we could live ours.posted by PWA_BadBoy at 12:51 AM PST - 75 comments
Did many of the "great masters" of Western art, well, cheat? Not exactly, says David Hockney, but they were close. In his new book
, entitled Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
, Hockney fleshes out a theory that he's been toying with
for years: that artists from Raphael to Caravaggio used devices similar to a camera obscura
(specifically, a camera lucida
), to "assist" them in making near photograph-quality reproductions of their subjects. The theory
(and the resulting debate
) is fascinating: if these artists did, in fact, benefit from "technical assistance," how should this affect our view of them, and of art history in general?posted by arco at 10:41 PM PST - 16 comments
Desperate, clueless people scrambling to keep us safe?
Or cynical manipulation of public fear and superstition, keeping the pea hopping from shell to shell while the real machinations go on behind the scenes? Either way, the government seems to be doing their part to see that we don't forget that we're supposed to be terrorized.posted by rushmc at 10:34 PM PST - 16 comments
Bin Laden: Yes, I did it
"In a previously undisclosed video which has been circulating for 14 days among his supporters, he confesses that "history should be a witness that we are terrorists. Yes, we kill their innocents".
In the footage, shot in the Afghan mountains at the end of October, a smiling bin Laden goes on to say that the World Trade Centre's twin towers were a "legitimate target" and the pilots who hijacked the planes were "blessed by Allah".
The killing of at least 4,537 people was justified, he claims, because they were "not civilians" but were working for the American system." (via lgf
Evidence enough? Will this cause any in opposition to reconsider? (it's even from a British
newspaper...)posted by owillis at 7:35 PM PST - 47 comments
Frank's Vinyl Museum
is an invaluable resource for those of use who think that there's a thin line between trash and treasure. It's also a great place to indulge your taste in guilty musical pleasures without having to actually buy any of these crappy records at your local thrift store.posted by MrBaliHai at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments
has some interesting type experimentation geared towards the screen. Warrning: browser hijacking, though relatively well-done. More stuff at NoFont
, and Bembo's Zoo
. Know of any other places people are playing like this?posted by Su at 3:25 PM PST - 12 comments
How attached are you to your alma mater?
I heard about this on Bill Geist's "It's Just a Game" this morning and said to myself, "talk about being a longterm fan." The owner of the company says he's considering getting the licensing from professional sports teams. After all, once you're a Cub fan, you're a Cub fan forever.posted by MAYORBOB at 5:59 AM PST - 17 comments
Photographers: Consider do-it-yourself lens repair
- but remember those safety glasses.posted by normy at 4:21 AM PST - 9 comments
From 1780 BCE
to 2001 AD
. Almost four thousand years of sociology, humanity, and depravity
. You've come a long way, baby
but just how far have we come? Are we going in the right direction? Can a person be inherently good or evil, or is it that one's actions, thoughts and words can be defined as good or evil, and Mankind is intrinsically definied as neither? What is your definition of evil? What is your depravity scale? Would you want to help define evil for the next four thousand years? Will it make a better world?posted by ZachsMind at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments
Scott Adams has a new comic. His words:
"...it 's an engineered comic strip devoid of any artistic integrity whatsoever." It's a Dilvert spinoff set in Elbonia that he started over the summer. Now he's shelving it due to the resemblance between Elbonians and a certain nation we're at war with right now.posted by badstone at 5:07 PM PST - 18 comments
Finally, good news
in the war in Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance has captured the city of Mazar-e sharif. "Afghan rebel commanders proclaimed tonight they have captured the provincial capital of Mazar-e Sharif and have routed its Taliban defenders."
Northern Alliance forces entered the city quickly after winning a fierce battle at a bakery(!?) between the two airports that had served as an alliance base until the Taliban took the city three years ago.posted by rabbit at 3:37 PM PST - 36 comments
Lee Atwater - The Movie
Yep, coming to your town will be a film based on the career and life of Lee Atwater, former Republican national chairman and (insert description here).
Jay Mohr is set to star as Atwalter, no word on who will be playing Willie Horton.posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments
The Black Day, indeed.
Some amazing pictures in a classy site about Sept. 11. I read in the SF Chronicle (but can't find a link) that he set this up and sent it to a couple of friends, and now it's getting thousands of hits a day.posted by aacheson at 2:16 PM PST - 14 comments
In a web full of lame Flash cartoons, Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob
stands out. It had us in complete hysterics when we first saw it on an MTV animated special months ago. It's a rude, hip-hop Strawberry Shortcake-ish series, with music by Pharcyde and great characters. Watch all 5 episodes if you can, or at least the 2 music videos in the sidebar.posted by fotzepolitic at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments
-- a fairly well known (I think) Internet marketing newsletter -- has redesigned its site. Founder Michael Tchong thinks the new, Flash-based design's "fun interactivity" will one day become "the hallmark of all online media." A dangerous claim to make, especially now.... (Google cache of the old design is here
.)posted by mattpfeff at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments
The World According to Student Bloopers
is an extremely hilarious 'essay' which was created by Richard Lederer, who compiled embarassingly silly quotes from students' essays. This was brought to my attention by my Modern-Western History teacher, and I believe everyone should read this. While humorous, it is also indescribably frightening that there are people out there who actually wrote this stuff.posted by Dark Messiah at 12:54 PM PST - 22 comments
Author Ken Kesey
in critical condition in Eugene. . .He's been sort of a local celeb around here. Cuckoo's Nest is still one of the major works of the 20th Century even though he never wrote anything approaching it. I hope that he survives to write more and is seen again cruising in his Caddy convertible.posted by Danf at 12:38 PM PST - 22 comments
U.S. Will Monitor Calls to Lawyers
According to this article in today's Washington Post
, the United States' Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to "listen in" on telephone conversations between lawyers and their clients in federal custody—including people who have been detained but not charged with any crime "whenever that is deemed necessary to prevent violence or terrorism." Sounds to me like an infringement of the right to counsel and attorney-client privilege. In a related article
, the DOJ has also decided to stop releasing a count of the thousands of people it is detaining—without charging them with a crime—just as civil libertarians and the media are starting to question the secret and possibly unconstitutional detentions.posted by terrapin at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments
PAX AMERICANA IN THE ARAB WORLD
A calm voiced and knowledgable description with excellent links by Fouad Ajami, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.posted by semmi at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments
evolution never happened. And
maybe industry doesn't cause pollution and population growth is no problem. At least that's what they're teaching kids in Alabama and Texas (and maybe your state as well).posted by conquistador at 11:43 AM PST - 108 comments
Build your own satellite
Three years ago, when midshipmen and members of the aeronautics department approached the school about building a satellite, officials balked at the half-million-dollar price tag. The group returned with a plan to build one for less than $50,000. After a month in orbit, a satellite built by Naval Academy midshipmen with off-the-shelf parts from Radio Shack is exceeding all expectations, sending and receiving messages from ham radio users around the world. Amazing!posted by suprfli at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments
Howard Zinn - "A Just Cause, Not a Just War"
"The moral equation in Afghanistan is clear. Civilian casualties are certain. The outcome is uncertain. No one knows what this bombing will accomplish - whether it will lead to the capture of Osama Bin Laden (perhaps), or the end of the Taliban (possibly), or a democratic Afghanistan (very unlikely), or an end to terrorism (almost certainly not)."
A well-reasoned, dispassionate argument against the war, from the man who brought us "A People's History of the United States."posted by mapalm at 10:09 AM PST - 68 comments
finally airs! I watched the premiere episode of Fox's live-action version of The Tick last night. This morning at breakfast I found myself saying to the coffee maker, "Java devil, you are now my bitch!" What was your reaction?posted by MrBaliHai at 8:37 AM PST - 54 comments
An Archaeological Find For Our Times?
Indian archaeologists have uncovered two ancient statutes, believed to be representative of Ashoka
, an emperor who, after a brutal climb to the throne, switched over to Buddhism and attempted to create a just society.posted by ed at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments
Bardolotry or Cheat Sheet?
I just clicked through from a TextAd to this "premier Shakespeare destination." I love finding reference sources available on the web, but this site strongly advertises its cheat-o-riffic functionality (more inside).posted by BT at 6:32 AM PST - 21 comments
- Tree Poetry, Funny Tree Poetry. I want to hug some trees.posted by semper at 5:32 AM PST - 7 comments
Should KaZaA users beware?
Has anyone else using KaZaA media desktop been invaded with viruses? Students at the high school where I work have downloaded KaZaA on every PC that they could, and I've been going around deleting it as fast as I could, because of the pr0n files they were downloading along with the mp3's. Now we've come under siege by viruses, mostly nimda and loveletter, and they all came attached to files downloaded via KaZaA. It has made for a frantic couple of weeks at work, I can tell you. It seems that not only other parasite spyware programs, but also viruses are piggybacking on the service.posted by Lynsey at 10:46 PM PST - 14 comments
Once some of us Americans thought such barbaric acts of human sacrifice were the perfect place to take the kids, wear our Sunday best. For all the talk of a ‘color blind’ society by anti-affirmative action proponents and all the whines those who decry the tyranny of political correctness, there remains this fact: a lot of us not so long ago practiced political terrorism on our fellow citizens. I don’t think the moral high ground we claim is that moral or that high and nor do I think we have repaid the debts we owe to our fellow citizens. These pictures alone are an argument for reparations to my mind--and something we must never
forget are part of our history. Which is why my skin crawls when I see epithets like ‘towelheads’ or ‘ragheads’ bandied about these threads…posted by y2karl at 9:28 PM PST - 70 comments
The Reality of Islamic Protests
An excellent article in Al-Ahram describing the anti war protests in Pakistan. It goes into the different groups who are organizing them, what hidden agendas they may have (some actually profit from the Afghani drug trade), and points out that for the most part, while not supportive of the war, most Pakastani's are not speaking out against it.posted by billman at 3:56 PM PST - 22 comments
, aka Joe Engressia, is quite possibly the man who arguably first discovered blueboxing
, the art of stuffing a 2600
Hz tone into a phone in order to make a free phone call, by blowing a Cap'n Crunch whistle.
I recently (re)discovered all this information after having a conversation about a guy in the phonebook who was listed as Joybubbles. I first heard about Joybubbles a number of years ago when I was involved in a local Ham Radio club, and we had to change the roster because the guy changed his name. He even answers his phone "Joybubbles". Thank you Google
!posted by manero at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments
law in Oregon stuck down by feds. Voters have approved assisted suicide twice. But apparently John Ashcroft knows better than we do. . .posted by Danf at 11:48 AM PST - 17 comments
"The sky won't fall,
it will probably just trickle down." On whom? (Guess who.) Out here in Washington State voters just approved another in a series of initiatives that, collectively, choke off the state government's primary funding sources. What else are the results of the initiative process around the country? And are The People responsible enough to be trusted with it?posted by argybarg at 10:39 AM PST - 30 comments
As usual, when it's the U.S. turn, they play by different rules
How come Russian and Scandinavian hackers can be charged under U.S. law for activities done in their home countries, yet when an American company gets a very reasonable request (IP tracking that it is done for web banners anyway) from a judge overseas, the U.S. grabs the free speech / local law argument.posted by magullo at 9:10 AM PST - 23 comments
60 school kids from the 70s singing Bowie's Space Oddity.
An incredible recording. A 60 student chorus of western Canadian rural school children belting out, among other things, Good Vibrations, Desperado, and, the cream of the crop, I think, Klaatu's Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. mp3 samples on the page. It is amazing. Read David Bowie's quip. (And the quip from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association is classic.)posted by mmarcos at 9:01 AM PST - 48 comments
Music lessons can improve spatial reasoning
in kids. Did you take music lessons as a child? Did you stick with it? Why/why not? Any regrets? Anyone take up an instrument as an adult? How much does my sister weigh?posted by luser at 8:28 AM PST - 38 comments
Big Al Wants His
If Bloomberg's win validated the Dems need to kowtow to Sharpton, what do y'all think will be the impact if they let crazy Uncle Al out of the attic? Is this just a NY thing
or does it have national implications for the way the party deals with minority leaders?posted by nobody_knose at 6:18 AM PST - 27 comments
You Won The Election -- Now What?
It's clear that the daunting tasks facing this week's newly elected officials is little different than the fiction portrayed in the 1972 film, The Candidate
. Robert Redford starred as an idealist running for U.S. Senate. He never worried much about his campaign promises, because he never thought he would actually win. So when he did, the candidate turned to his manager and asked the question the campaign left him completely unprepared to answer: "What do we do now?" Like Redford's character, the winners of Tuesday's election must now put their campaign promises into action. Was former House Speaker Tip O’Neill right when he said: It’s easier to run for office than to run the office?posted by flip at 6:00 AM PST - 4 comments
It was now or not for 200 years,
and it was starting to look like it wouldn't be for another 200 years with the initial exploration funding cutbacks by Bush & Co. But reason has prevailed in the house and senate, and a Pluto mission is back in the plan. I never did find out why Bush opposed this mission. Maybe he thought that $30 million was too extravagent for a trip to Disneyland.posted by holycola at 5:48 AM PST - 18 comments
coming soon. Why do they insist on keeping that build alive? Netscape 6.x is finally at a point when it's almost as good as IE 6.0/IE 5 Mac, if not better, so another 4.x release is just very odd. [Netscape 4.79 FTP
folder]posted by riffola at 4:14 AM PST - 49 comments
Incredible Java Banner
Remember that cool "Mind The Banner" Project? Exonemo, Japan, present their stuff. To me the concept for a new view on banners. Arty and strange, but worth to see. Move the Popups around!posted by heimkonsole at 2:07 AM PST - 4 comments
UN warning over plundered Earth EARTH is being plundered at an unprecedented and unsustainable rate which needs to be curbed quickly to avoid disaster, the United Nations says.
Will the conflicts of the 21st century be based around the control of water, the needs of food production and economic inequality? Maybe it's time to consider these issues. We can't totally blame the poor and weak for their own circumstances. posted by skinsuit at 11:16 PM PST - 14 comments
An article by Oliver North
discusses how the celebration of the Marine Corps' founding in Philadelphia and the president's U.N. discourse on the same day are perversely related in an interesting twist of irony.
One of the battles that will be recalled during the Corps' birthday celebrations on Nov. 10 is the 1804-1805 campaign by Marine Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon against the Barbary pirates. They were terrorists, and they were Muslims. The naval and land campaign continued through Ramadan, and the pirates were hunted down and hung.
Thomas Jefferson ignored the critics and whiners of the day until success was achieved. And nobody accused the United States of pursuing a "war against Islam." But O'Bannon reportedly underlined in the Bible he carried with him the consoling words of John's Gospel (15:18), "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you." posted by rabbit at 10:47 PM PST - 12 comments
proves what I've always suspected: no matter how strange a fetish may be, some idiot is going to take it to its logical and extreme conclusion.posted by tiny pea at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments
White House summons biz chieftains The industry's top leaders, including Viacom Inc. chairman Sumner Redstone and News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, will assemble in Beverly Hills Sunday morning with Karl Rove, the president's senior adviser, to hammer out a specific agenda for the entertainment industry to aid the fight on terrorism.
They say it's not about propaganda, it's to identify strategies and agree on practical ideas, which may involve films as well as TV messages.
Huh? That sounds like propaganda to me.posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 4:35 PM PST - 15 comments
Victoria's Secret is going prime-time.
On Nov. 15, Victoria's Secret will be putting on a fashion show on ABC smack dab in the middle of prime time. According to the Wall Street Journal, "in a move that further blurs the line searating entertainment and advertising, the program's high-profile models also will make guest appearances on at least two of the network's shows during the week of the broadcast
" -- "Spin City" will go backstage, and the models will play "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."posted by me3dia at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments
Welcome to Teddy.
Images, words, and comics about a relationship gone wrong, right, wrong, wrong, and wrong from Ethan Persoff; incredible stuff. Some language may not be suitable for work viewing, unless no one can see your monitor. (Thanks to Velvet Cerebellum
.)posted by moz at 1:33 PM PST - 18 comments
HP's proposed buyout of Compaq has run into some unexpected resistance -- from a couple of guys named Hewlett and Packard
.posted by jjg at 11:25 AM PST - 17 comments
Want to Link to Auto-Zone?
Well make sure you read, fill out, and sign this form, then fax it back to Auto-Zone's legal team. A search on Google
reveals that many companies have "Linking Agreements." Mostly large companies looking to protect themselves, presumably in part from being linked from 'the wrong sites'... is this a right that a website owner has, or should have?posted by cell divide at 10:33 AM PST - 39 comments
Watch Marketing In Action
Read this wire article about the "new" flat-iron steak and you can almost hear the gears spinning in the heads of Beef Council
marketing flacks as they imagine how to take a junk cut of meat and turn it into the "latest taste sensation". Does the world really need another kind of steak? (link to news article via FARK.....don't hate me)posted by briank at 9:47 AM PST - 23 comments
Bishop of Oxford lifts gypsy curse on football ground.
Reported in today's tabloids, my local football club, Oxford United, has called in the Bishop of Oxford to exorcise a gypsy curse on their new ground. However, as is usual, the truth
is rather more mundane. Unfortunately it appears that the team's losing sequence to the start of the season is more likely down to the team being useless.
Has your favourite sports team ever resorted to such desperate measures?posted by salmacis at 8:44 AM PST - 7 comments
Ecstasy approved by the FDA
Well not exactly but I thought it would grab people's attention a lot better than the original title of the article.
My only question is: Does seeing my fat, hairy, aunt naked qualify me as suffering from post-traumatic shock syndrome?posted by Grok09 at 8:27 AM PST - 42 comments
? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 8:05 AM PST - 50 comments
completely re-designs and re-tags it's site (in the same basic colour block style everyone is using, including me). Good, Bad, Ugly?posted by MintSauce at 4:29 AM PST - 40 comments
How to buy military weapons banned for civilians, with the help of the police
- In a small Missouri town, a 72-year old man and 3 buddies bought weapons and accessories banned for private ownership claiming they were part of a "volunteer deputy" SWAT team. The police chief at the time agreed, although only one of them was a police deputy doing 4 hours a week of police work. The new police chief, a person with real experience in SWAT teams, freaked out when he heard of the agreement, which lets the "fantasy" deputies keep the weapons locked in the trunk of their cars. City officials aren't happy either, perhaps be because they were not informed at the time of the deal ("we wanted to keep it low key, you don't want the bad guys to know our tactics"). Many neighbors of the single-stop-light-type of town praise the good intentions of the men, but members of professional SWAT deny in several ways their ability to deal with any high-intensity situation. A very entertaining read picked up at obscurestore.composted by magullo at 2:20 AM PST - 8 comments
San Francisco is spending about $22,000 every hour on homeless people.
"Leave politics out of it. Leave all the issues of needy folks out of it. We're talking about hygiene here," he said. "It's where people walk and take their kids. It's dirty and nasty and not healthy."
"New York City, credited with cleaning its streets of the chronically homeless, offers shelter to every person needing it - 27,000 a night. San Francisco instead focuses on long-term housing solutions featuring full services for those lucky enough to get in." (via obscurestore
)posted by owillis at 5:31 PM PST - 39 comments
Stretching a Jewish Vigil for the Sept. 11 Dead.
The usual Jewish tradition of sitting shmira, keeping the dead company for the twenty-four hours before burial, has been going on outside the New York City Medical Examiner's Office since Sept. 11. Every soul has been given companionship and prayer. For me, this is a reminder not to forget the souls of the living as we get on with our daily lives.posted by sierray at 3:32 PM PST - 7 comments
Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST)
We know about the US "elite" special ops - Delta Forces, Navy Seals, CDC (I would argue) - but had you heard of NEST
, located inside a small, unobtrusive box under "Dept of Energy, Emergency Response" in the New York Times Office of Homeland Security Org Chart
(reg required), "....The primary task of NEST is constantly to be on the lookout for potential nuclear or radiological weapons that might be smuggled onto the U.S. ....After the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, NEST was put on a state of high alert and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the nation's capital and New York City monitoring for nuclear-related weapons... includes extensive use of deployed sensors and specially equipped vehicles patrolling the streets of both cities..." I can't decide if I feel safer or more paranoid thinking the windowless minivan parked for the last hour outside my window is sniffing for a nuke.posted by Voyageman at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments
Are you a blogaholic?
Auiz that rates you as some who blogs and is perhaps addicted. Take the quiz and get your score. Is it bad to be a blogaholic or merely a habit, like doing hard drugs?posted by Postroad at 1:03 PM PST - 14 comments
Cornel West cuts rap album
He's the king of black studies. There is none better. Sucka MCs can call him . . . professor! Sorry. The phenomena of rock stars trying their hand at acting, and vice versa, has never been pleasant. Now, celebrity academicians want- or at least this one from Harvard wants - to diversify? Isn't this talked about in the Book of Revelation somewhere?posted by raysmj at 12:23 PM PST - 14 comments
What happened at Lingua Franca?
had top-notch writing and reporting on the academic life as well as National Magazine Awards, but it shut down
in October. It was originally thought to be another September 11 casualty (circulation hovered around 15,000, despite the magazine's heavy buzz). Now, it looks like a $16.5 million lawsuit filed against Academic Partners acquisition Arts and Letters Daily might have hastened the magazine's demise. The charge? Breach of verbal contract -- after the papers selling ALD were signed, promises of payment to the previously working for free executive editor went out the window. What responsibilities come with turning a communal labor of love into a business enterprise? How do you introduce the element of professionalism into something that was once done for fun?posted by maura at 10:06 AM PST - 10 comments
"Congratulations, you have created A Long, Swampy Wet Fart that was Barely Noticable. You can email your fart to a friend, or make a new fart. " Doesn't get any better than this.posted by swift at 9:16 AM PST - 37 comments
was released recently. Some poor OS X users lost
all their data after installing this seemingly innocuous software. (about a third of the way down)
Is being on the bleeding edge worth it? What responsibility does a software manufacturer have to prevent from damaging your data? Any other horror stories from installing just released software? Not bashing Apple, as I'm using a Mac myself.posted by the biscuit man at 6:33 PM PST - 25 comments
Obviously, some other people do, as evidenced by Dream Catcher
. Set up as a weblog that allows anyone to post via a "guest blogger" account, Dream Catcher is set up for the discussion of dreams and dream-related links. While it's just starting out, I think Sean Mattison may've hit on an idea that could be a valuable, useful, therapeutic, and even entertaining resource on the world wide web. Visit Dream Catcher at: http://www.seanmattison.com/dreamcatcher/
.posted by philulrich at 5:46 PM PST - 7 comments
Bona fide druggies in the NBA
repeatedly gets caught not only breaking league rules, but the law. And like Lamar Odom, not much happens to these young men except they lose tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
My question: why have a drug policy in the NBA if you're not going to do much to punish them - especially the super talented, good-looking, nice ones like Odom?posted by tsarfan at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments
Wow, I can't
believe they let people as fat as that one go to the Emmy's. It's just sick. [No need to accuse me of being insensitive]posted by yevge at 2:51 PM PST - 55 comments
Or, as my friend put it, Company that thinks it's still 1995 ISO engineer who also thinks it's still 1995.... (I mean, can they be serious?)posted by mattpfeff at 2:10 PM PST - 22 comments
Hawk hiccup? How wide is wider in a `wider war'?
With the world dazed and everything in flux, seize the moment. I'd make a deal with Ankara right now to move across Turkey's border and annex the northern third of Iraq.
Safire has been Monday-morning quarterbacking in his column since September 11. (He suggested the FBI wasn't doing enough to "deprogram" material witnesses with "conservative Muslim clerics".) He's made no bones about his desire to squash all terrorists, coalition be damned. He's sided with "wider war" wing of the administration, but this is by far the zaniest scheme--projected onto his ex-boss in a convo from hell. I know there are a lot of people--intelligent people--reading MeFi that support the war. Mostly our discussions have run pro/anti. The flower-children (anachronistic anarchists?) like me should sit out this one. Do any of you imperialists pig-dogs support this?posted by rschram at 1:33 PM PST - 28 comments
Mayo test detects anthrax in minutes
The Mayo Clinic says it has developed a DNA test that can identify anthrax in "less than an hour instead of days." The test was developed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials announced at a press conference today.
Isn't it great what people can accomplish together when they're motivated by humane concerns?posted by 4midori at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments
aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia
, New Jersey
and New York City
. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?posted by flip at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments
Monsters Doomed To Rot In a Hellish ‘Dungeon'
I was wondering where they would end up. Imagine expecting virgins and bliss dying a martyr for Allah, but ending up forgotten for the rest of your life in Florence, Colorado's very own Supermax
in 7 by 12 foot cells, with 387 other inmates like Luis Felipe, leader of New York's Latin Kings street gang. Why does this give me such a curiously strong sense of satisfaction. And apparently it only costs the taxpaying public $ 100 per day per prisoner. What a bargain. How about abolishing the death penalty for all Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.posted by Voyageman at 10:56 AM PST - 63 comments
Seeing as Camp David has now taken on new importance
for President Bush [NYTimes link], now might be a fun time to take a tour
(sort-of) of the highly secretive
compound. Or perhaps you would like a more detailed history
of the Presidential retreat, or even some personal stories
as told by people "in the know." (Though for the life of me I can't find more info on the person who developed these sites.)posted by arco at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments
Restless Leg Syndrome
has happened to me while watching tv, and it happens to a lot of people. Has it happened to you? It's a real affliction! Granted, it's more severe for the people who are seeking out help, but this definately fell into my "there's a support group for everything" file.posted by fnirt at 7:33 AM PST - 19 comments
searches the Blogdex
for the URL you feed it and gives you the results. At the Blogdex page. Isn't that what that "url search" link--at the Blogdex--page is for?posted by Su at 6:50 AM PST - 12 comments
Foes begin using new tactics. Non-violent, yet still aimed to cause fear one way or another...posted by da5id at 6:13 AM PST - 38 comments
John Ashcroft, I'm Only Dancing
--- What goes on behind closed doors in the Oval Office, late at night? The Taliban may be holding out, but they have yet to experience the cringe-inducing trauma of the President's disco dancing. They should fear for their lives. (Number one in e-mail
in France, Italy and Portugal, right now. Oh, the excitement!)
N.B. A "no comments" link in the old stylee, for entertainment purposes only. Be sure to click on all the left-hand side options, specially No.2. Flash or something probably required; no idea actually.
;-)posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:48 AM PST - 5 comments
Design for a Web Filtering Service. Phil Agre
, an associate professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the editor of the rather popular mailing list called The Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE)
. In his latest email to the group, Phil picks up the issue of community web filtering and announces that he started a yahoo! group
on the topic. The prime goal of the group will be the design of software to power what he calls a webfilter, "a cross between a discussion
list, a weblog, and a bookmark file".posted by HeikoH at 12:31 AM PST - 5 comments
This is for cool cats and their people.
I'd never heard of catnip bubbles till I went to kittysit for 2 cats, one of whom is blind, this weekend. The blind cat chased these bubbles and I don't know how. Did he hear them popping or maybe smell them? They smelled like regular soap bubbles to me. It was uncanny but cool. The seeing cat ignored them.posted by Lynsey at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments
Diamondbacks win! Diamondbacks win!
More importantly, the Yankees lose! Yankees lose!
There's something supremely fitting that to win, the Diamondbacks had to come from behind against Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9th in Game 7... this is one of the greatest, most intense World Series I've ever seen!posted by hincandenza at 8:27 PM PST - 49 comments
A great resource is threatened.
The Internet FAQ Archives
has lost its funding. Although the site is operated by volunteer labor, the bandwidth expenses are high. Can Kent make-up the difference with Paypal
donations? Will a new sugardaddy be found? Will TextAds
start appearing on the homepage?posted by chipr at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments
Charlie Daniels's racist 9.11-related song banned
Country Music Television refused to allow ever-increasingly reactionary redneck musician Charlie Daniels to sing a new song, "It's a Flag, Not a Rag," at Nashville benefit for victims of the Sept. 11 terror. The conclusion to the title line is, " . . . and we don't wear it on our heads." Daniels, however, says the effect
has been to increase sales at his web site
. Can he be officially lumped in with Klansmen and skinheads now, and only invited to severely marginal, sub-Jerry Springer talk shows? Please?posted by raysmj at 12:03 PM PST - 58 comments
David Greg Harth is not afraid.
As part of his ongoing art project in which this New York artist stamps US currency with phrases, he's releasing 'I am not afraid' and 'I am not terrorized'. He needs help circulating the bills.posted by prolific at 11:41 AM PST - 23 comments
From the Sunday NY Times
comes an article detailing an unprecedented roundup of Arabic people living in the US, some as naturalized citizens, but most under varying types of visas, (oftentimes lapsed). And release bonds are but non existent The gov's strategy seems to be to try to cast a wide net and scoop up as many "likelies" to put a wrench in "The Base's" homeland terror machine.
Calling it "widescale racial profiling" like the well documented Japanese internments of WW2, defense lawyers and civil libertarians are getting constitutionally antsy about the roundup, which they say accellerated noticably after the 9/22 warnings of imminent attack. Is their alarm well founded or reflexive and hollow?posted by BentPenguin at 11:16 AM PST - 24 comments
How lyrics work,
offered up by one of my favorite singers and songwriters. No, you won't learn who she was really singing about in "You're So Vain" but it's still a fascinating read about a topic she knows a thing or two about.posted by MAYORBOB at 5:53 AM PST - 7 comments
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes!
No, not the children's book
, but the punk novelty band, featuring talent from various punk bands, including the bassist from NOFX. They do covers of decidedly non-punk songs, such as Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs," the themes from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl".
Their record label offers four free mp3s
including "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Wild World."posted by CrunchyFrog at 7:16 PM PST - 20 comments
In 1948 Caryl Chessman was awarded two
death sentences on two counts of attempted rape. He was probably innocent, yet he was executed in 1960 for more or less "being a smartass." In the years between his sentencing and death, he wrote three memoirs and a novel, which sold well. After the first memoir the prison forbade him to write about anything other than the legalities of his case, so he developed an elaborate code to get his work out to his lawyer. His spirit never broke, as strange as it was. This is his story
.posted by kittyloop at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments
Arrest in Trenton NJ.
Looks like the Feds may be onto something in the anthrax investigation. Makes you wonder why this rapidly slipped to the back pages on Yahoo, though...posted by shagoth at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments
is a new play about the nobel-winning physicist richard feynman. the idea is intriguing, and if anyone should get the one-man-show treatment it's feynman
. but does the idea of alan alda playing feynman seem slightly off somehow?posted by pxe2000 at 10:07 AM PST - 14 comments
Are you looking for a new religion?
Why not try Church of Reality
? The Church of Reality is an alternative religion that is based on the dedication to seeing reality the way it really is. Our motto is, "If it's real, we believe in it."posted by Rastafari at 8:03 AM PST - 33 comments
A picture of weblogs
is what they call it. I was looking thru my site's referral reports and found that it was indexing me. Pretty cool idea to draw the incoming and outgoing links from every site... you should see MeFi's node on it - it's huge.posted by arnab at 4:27 AM PST - 5 comments
Bush to call for viable Palestinian state
How much can be imposed? there remain key issues that are not in the "plan," such as Jerusalem, Right of Return, and geographical boundaries. But perhaps this may be a start. America needs some change in this chaos if we are to get and/or retain Arab support for Afghanistan.posted by Postroad at 7:36 PM PST - 19 comments
Fact or Fiction?
You decide. But before you discount it as ranting conspiracy theory, read it all and really think about it. Then consider the new executive order
issued today by the White House.posted by bas67 at 3:35 PM PST - 49 comments
Judge May Reject Olson Guilty Plea
"A day after Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty to attempted bombing charges and then denied her guilt outside the courtroom, a Los Angeles judge announced he will hold a hearing next week to decide whether to toss out the plea."
Even if she's actually innocent, I can't help but think the former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive should've kept her mouth shut until after the sentencing at least.
The LA Times
isn't very sympathetic, either.posted by phartizan at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments
'WHOEVER I LENT MY NORD MODULAR TO /MSG ME ASAP'
is an extremely
funny fake chat log between the bright stars of the IDM/techno music world. If you're familiar with the music of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Plaid, and the like, and if you've ever used IRC, then you'll probably get a kick out of this.posted by 40 Watt at 2:09 PM PST - 28 comments
Salman Rushdie weighs in. (NYT)
An Iraqi writer quotes an earlier Iraqi satirist: "The disease that is in us, is from us." A British Muslim writes, "Islam has become its own enemy." A Lebanese friend, returning from Beirut, tells me that in the aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, public criticism of Islamism has become much more outspoken. Many commentators have spoken of the need for a Reformation in the Muslim world.posted by semmi at 1:57 PM PST - 20 comments
Five Salem Witches Exonerated - 300 Years Later
I would say something like "It's about damned time" -- but like the various Christian denominations apologizing for the Trail of Tears
and participation in the slave trade
, perhaps it is simply too late. There is no risk in making this gesture at this time.
And what is the message here? That these women simply were not guilty of the charges levelled, or that it was wrong to persecute on such a basis in any case?posted by grabbingsand at 11:19 AM PST - 20 comments
Microsoft signs consent decree
with the US government to settle antitrust case. Settlement is fair, reasonable and good for consumers; It is time now to focus on challenges ahead for the industry and Economy, says Gates.posted by riffola at 10:01 AM PST - 23 comments
It's Friday and I hate my job!
Man, my job sucks! If it weren't for movie's like office space I don't know what I would do. Can anyone suggest another good "anti-work" movie such as Office Space?posted by aj100 at 8:40 AM PST - 60 comments
Shrek is released on DVD...
I've got mine, and it is great! In all seriousness, I think this film is one of the finest artistic achievements of *all time* (and damn funny), and furthermore I predict that animation (particularly computer animation) will be the preeminent artistic form in the next 10 years. So, that's my opinion clarified.
What do you guys think? Away you go, esteemed fellow MeFi people!posted by rikabel at 8:37 AM PST - 37 comments
Bush Makes a Pitch for Teaching Patriotism
At a Washington, DC area high school—whose mascot is the Patriot—President Bush spoke on the supposed importance of patriotism.
"The Bush administration has backed a series of initiatives aimed at boosting children's patriotism and enlisting the young in the effort to counter anti-American propaganda abroad."
Is this how the Hitler Youth
started?posted by terrapin at 7:15 AM PST - 44 comments
Unemployment Rate Jumps!
The unemployment rate had its largest jump in 21 years as fallout from the WTC continues to sweep through the economy. Service, Hotel, Travel and Retail jobs most affected by layoffs.posted by Lanternjmk at 6:58 AM PST - 21 comments
Two nights in a row!
Whether you love them or you hate them (which I do, GO METS) you had to be blinking your eyes in disbelief after the ninth inning last night.
Can the Yankees actually make the claim that they are Gods team?
Have any others that could compete for that title?posted by Grok09 at 6:20 AM PST - 44 comments
Jennifer Lopez makes uncharitable demands
and The Smoking Gun
has all the evidence. Basically - she was supposed to be filming a brief part of a video for the Marvin Gaye song "What's Goin On" - which is being released as a charity
single. But Lopez demanded (amongst other things) a 45 foot trailer, CD player, TV/VCR complete with a white room with white flowers, tables, curtains, curtains, candles and couches, a vast amount of fruit and desserts, over 40 CDs (specified individually) and flowers. She was on set for 90 minutes and didn't go near any of it!
Charity begins at home...posted by barbelith at 5:46 AM PST - 35 comments
California Governor Announced
that there is a credible threat against the bridges of the state of California. Including the Golden Gate Bridge. The attacks are likely to take place between the second and ninth of November, during rush hour.posted by yevge at 3:03 PM PST - 57 comments
is a surrealist "game of folded paper that consists in having a sentence or a drawing composed by several persons, each ignorant of the preceding collaboration." Original participants included Miró and Man Ray, among others. (some additional history
In this modern version, the participants create their sections of the "corpse" based on a 15-pixel strip of the previous section, with some pretty interesting results.posted by me3dia at 3:02 PM PST - 12 comments
a short but sweet Paul Krugman critique of the House stimulus bill.posted by electro at 1:14 PM PST - 57 comments
has just finished a new track and I was also pretty impressed with the two quicktime videos on the site, which I hadn't seen before. Know of any other decent/successful artists who promote themselves online
, rather than through the recording industry?posted by walrus at 1:05 PM PST - 14 comments
Microsoft, DOJ settlement close...
but the deal apparently would not place significant limitations on functions that Microsoft could "bundle" into its Windows operating program. The judge is said to be concerned about the "national psyche," but will slapping Bill on the wrists really help things?posted by tranquileye at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
It seems to be for President Bush. He's refused to campaign for Republican governor candidates in Virginia and New Jersey facing the voters next week, even though they are both behind in the polls and could use the help. But the Washington Post
says Bush is likely to do a fundraiser for brother Jeb who is not up for re-election until 2002. Bush cancelled
another fundraiser just last week. (Via Political Wire
.)posted by flip at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments
Bible stories, anyone?
On this, el dio de los muertos, perhaps we should take time out from our mundane existence to explore the spirit world. Thus this handy link to Bible stories, brilliantly illustrated with...Legos! (from bifucated rivets)posted by Lynsey at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments
"It feels like a warm, wet vagina."
A mandatory "sex orientation" for students at Dartmouth College. The administration claims it was educational. Students who attended aren't so sure. Is this sort of thing common elsewhere?posted by gdog at 10:06 AM PST - 105 comments
Are war reporters manufacturing a picture of a failing war effort?
Slate's William Saletan makes some interesting points. Reporters get frustrated simply reporting the same stuff each day -- they want news
. With the current rarity of dramatic events in Afghanistan, Saletan suggests, media outlets are growing impatient, and letting their "professional biases" distort the picture they present. (Shucks. If only Bin Laden had tried to escape in a white Ford Bronco....)posted by mattpfeff at 8:22 AM PST - 27 comments
became a reality, with the construction of the 100 meter bridge spanning the E-18 in the township of Ås, east of Oslo. The design of the bridge makes modern bridges seem old in comparison. It seems that many
of DaVinci's 500 year old ideas are coming to fruition.posted by dancu at 1:13 AM PST - 10 comments
Tiny Sepuku: Relationship advice column meets "Hello Kitty".
It's funny cuz it's true!!! Tiny Sepuku is Ken Cursoe's brilliant, sometimes bitter, and always
bitingly funny advice column/ comic strip. I became a loyal reader when it was syndicated by the Seattle Weekly
a few months ago, but it seems that Ken has been churning out these nuggets of wry insight, which so perfectly capture the almost comical absurdity of dating in these modern times, since waaay
back in '97. He now has a website where you can indulge yourself in all that archived "Sepuku" goodness...posted by hincandenza at 12:49 AM PST - 8 comments