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November 30
Bagels and Bongos
Two guys join forces together to write a book about classic Jewish LPs. [more inside]
posted by martinc6 at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

"...truly general principals are hard to come by, and ultimately every case is a different case."
Tom ("Duff's Device") Duff examines improving computer source code to make it more concisely communicate it author's intent, in Reading from Top to Bottom. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:19 PM PST - 52 comments

Gamblers Anomalous
A long-brewing online poker scandal reaches the mainstream: 60 Minutes Report (1, 2) (text version) and two consecutive front page Washington Post articles (by Pulitzer winning investigative journalist Gil Gaul) (plus lots of web exclusive content about the investigation)! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:06 PM PST - 45 comments

Chainsaw Bayonet
Bayonets Are So 2007.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 6:41 PM PST - 59 comments

Some Old Pooh.
Original Winnie The Pooh Drawings. SLBOP
posted by stinkycheese at 6:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Hey Honey, Has Juniors T-Ball Score Come in From Bangalore yet?
We should have known it was inevitable. Your local newspaper being written in India. Get ready for the outsourcing of journalism. Maureen Dowd doesn't like it.
posted by Xurando at 6:09 PM PST - 57 comments

Will success spoil Nate the Great?
It happened to Clifford. It happened to Little Bear. It happened to Harold and his Purple Crayon, and Curious George. Now, Moe Greene productions presents, Nate the Great. I don't want to begrudge my favorite children's book authors a fat paycheck, BUT... [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 5:48 PM PST - 32 comments

Beautiful Lit Trees.
Beautifully Lit Trees : Nothing to do with Christmas. [via]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:24 PM PST - 17 comments

The Power of Ideas
What to Do. 2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics Paul Krugman on what to do about the economic crisis. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 4:00 PM PST - 67 comments

The Truth about the Election
NYRB-filter: The Truth About The Election by Elizabeth Drew
posted by wittgenstein at 3:49 PM PST - 33 comments

The Nike of Nonconformity
Emily the Strange has been the Hello Kitty for teenage girls who prefer black to pink for some 17 years now (if she were a real teenager she'd have grown out of her merchandise). Unfortunately for her creator, someone noticed that nonconformist gloomy teens are nothing new...
posted by mippy at 11:54 AM PST - 121 comments

Empiricism
Ricky Gervais explores the complex meaning within the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme.
posted by plexi at 11:37 AM PST - 39 comments

Groundbreaking skateboarding video
Beez skateboarding video. A portion on youtube (gross). It will be a cult classic. [more inside]
posted by spork at 10:23 AM PST - 34 comments

That'll be HOW much?
Every single ticket issued in New York City from July 2007 to June 2008 in interactive map form. Most ticketed street? 14th Street between 7th and 8th avenue. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Hey DJ, drop the beat.
The Top 10 Samples in Hip-Hop History. -- Well, not really the 'Top 10', but it's 10 samples and loops from hip-hop history, brought to you by a somewhat goofy bedroom DJ. He followed it up with 14 more sets of 10 -- 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. (List of tracks discussed in each part in the youtube descriptions.) [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:34 AM PST - 40 comments

Resistance in Tibet?
The Tibetan Youth Congress has been described as an organization bent on terror wherein Young Tibetans ‘will resist China with blood’.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:21 AM PST - 30 comments

"I feel very fortunate to have it eat my flowers..."
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Fluorescent Pink Katydid [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:50 AM PST - 36 comments

“I don’t mind you having a black character, but please don’t show them in school together.”
Charles Schulz: "I finally sighed and said, 'Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?'" We don't usually think of Peanuts as given to political statements but this great post at Edge of the American West makes the case for Schulz's progressive racial politics. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 12:00 AM PST - 69 comments

November 29
Back-handed by Anubis
Astaria Films presents: Something Lost ... the Love of Your Life ...
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:52 PM PST - 39 comments

That’s just a scroll in his hand!
The source of a recently-broken curse, the tallest statue to adorn the top of any building surmounts the tallest masonry building in the world. A bit of perspective. Too much perspective? [more inside]
posted by Robin Kestrel at 8:20 PM PST - 33 comments

ANCIENT GANJA STASHES FOUND IN CHINA
The Western press is heralding the discovery of the "world's oldest marijuana stash" (789 grams) in the tomb of a 2,700-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed mummy in the Xinjiang region of China (photo). The mummy is believed to be a Nordic-featured Gushi shaman from the Tarim Basin. Scientists conjecture that the cannabis was being saved for use in the afterlife. In actuality, according to the Journal of Experimental Botany, the stash is the oldest pot to be tested for its properties. In 2006, the Chinese press reported that Chinese scientists had unearthed an older marijuana "baggy" in a 2,800-year-old Caucasian shaman's Xinjiang tomb.
posted by terranova at 7:25 PM PST - 63 comments

Death to film critics! Hail to the CelebCult!
Death To Film Critics! Hail The CelebCult! "A newspaper film critic is like a canary in a coal mine. When one croaks, get the hell out. The lengthening toll of former film critics acts as a poster child for the self-destruction of American newspapers, which once hoped to be more like the New York Times and now yearn to become more like the National Enquirer. We used to be the town crier. Now we are the neighborhood gossip."
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 6:24 PM PST - 37 comments

70s Rock Stars in their parents' homes
70s Rock Stars in their parents' homes (via BuzzFeed)
posted by mattholomew at 6:05 PM PST - 47 comments

seier + seier = (architecture + comment) x excellence
Jørn Utzon, the architect who designed Sydney Opera House despite the project being plagued by controversy and scandal, died today. While the rest of us are posting photographs of our drunken friends or the poetry of a plastic bag caught in the wind, one Flickr user is busy with pithy, insightful, considered and often witty architectural commentary supplementing exquisite architectural photography. This obituary for Utzon captures the cost of that project to the man himself and to the world. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 4:15 PM PST - 21 comments

A Canadian Legend
On this date in 1949, a Canadian music legend was born. Stanley Allison "Stan" Rogers chronicled Canadian life. He wrote his own sea shanty after a song session with the Friends of Fiddler's Green , and the song he came up with, Barrett's Privateers, is still sung today by members of the Canadian navy as they march. Many of his songs were of tragedy or hard times or the loss of a way of life. On June 2nd, 1983, an in-flight fire aboard an Air Canada flight forced the plane to make an emergency landing at the Greater Cincinnati Airport. Survivors spoke of a large man with a booming voice who helped others to safety, only to perish himself of smoke inhalation. It was believed, though not confirmed, that Stan Rogers was the hero. His music has also saved at least one life. The song "The Mary Ellen Carter" speaks of perseverance and rising to any challenge, and is a fitting legacy to a Canadian legend who died at the age of 33. His son Nathan carries on his musical tradition, as does Stan's brother Garnet Rogers, who also performed on Stan's albums.
posted by newfers at 3:59 PM PST - 44 comments

בית חב"ד
Set up by Hasidic Jews as Community Centres, there are 3000+ Chabad Houses around the globe. The recent terror attack at the Centre in Mumbai took the lives of 9 people, including a Rabbi and his wife. The rescue (YT) was not without contention. You may also remember this Bangkok Rabbi from his interview in 1 Giant Leap.
posted by gman at 3:57 PM PST - 22 comments

Dance Your Ph.D.
Dancing Scientists Invade YouTube. The winners of the 2009 AAAS/Science Dance Contest (previously) have been announced. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Lévi-Strauss at 100
Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss turned 100 on Friday. NPR's Frank Browning offers an appreciation of his work (audio). Anthropologist Dan Sperber (at OpenDemocracy) offers a succinct appraisal of his influence. Patrick Wilcken (TLS) writes about "the century of Claude Lévi-Strauss." [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 3:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Garden and Cosmos
A rare glimpse into a forgotten Hindu world.
Garden and Cosmos - The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur. Virtually none of the 60 works on view in "Garden and Cosmos" have ever been published or seen by scholars since their creation centuries ago.
All paintings are from the Mehrangarh museum. ( whose links are also full of interest ). [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Everything you wanted to know about pre-Columbian Central America but were afraid to ask lest your heart get ripped out and offered to Quetzalcoatl
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies is your one-stop shop for pre-Columbian Central America awesomeness. There are so, so many wondrous things on that site, I don't quite know where to begin. I suppose John Pohl's scholarly introduction is a natural place to start. But maybe you just don't have time to read anything and just want to dive into pretty, pretty pictures. Perhaps the most user-friendly databases are Justin Kerr's photographs Maya Vases (e.g. 1, 2, 3) and Pre-Columbian Portfolio (e.g. 1, 2a, 2b, 3). From there you can delve into the collection of Linda Schele's photographs (e.g. 1, 2) and drawings (e.g. 1, 2, 3). There are more image databases but let me direct you to the collection of old Maya, Aztec and Mixtec books which are simply stunning (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 [last link pdf]). You can read more about Mayan and Mixtec codices and download high resolution versions of the entire books. There are also Maya dictionaries, glyph guides, linguistic maps and a who's who. There is also classic Mayan and Aztec poetry in translation. I'm telling you, that's not even half of what this amazing site has to offer.
posted by Kattullus at 12:49 PM PST - 19 comments

A Mother's Love
With that meeting, Mr. Allo took his first step into an intricate trap. The deeply strange tale of one very determined woman's quest to overturn her son's conviction for murder.
posted by digaman at 11:38 AM PST - 57 comments

WFMU-TV
WFMU-TV; That's Irritainment (Heino, Shatner): Baby Octopus: Love Onion: Hisao Shinagawa: Organisation- Ruckzuck (Kraftwerk): You Must Choose!: FAUST.
posted by vronsky at 10:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Death: 20 tears ahead and 30 years back
How you will (and won't) likely die in the next 20 years (from WHO's Global Burden of Disease). Bonus: map of the last thirty years of disasters, showing the relatively safe and unsafe parts of the world.
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

999 Call Transcripts
JS (Aged 5) She can't wake up.
Operator No? Is she breathing? Can you see her chest go up and down?
JS I can see her shoulders going ... I can see her doing [Makes breathing noises]
Operator She's breathing, is she? But you think she's having a fit.
JS Yeah, I think she is and ... I don't know what to do.

6 transcripts of 999 operators helping people cope with emergencies: a mother giving birth alone, a 5 year old whose mother is fitting, a mother and son trapped in a house fire, a brother and sister resuscitating their father, a husband saving his choking wife, and a neighbour saving his friend with an amputated arm
posted by roofus at 10:01 AM PST - 43 comments

Web design inspiration
Pattern Tap: an organized collection of web design ideas. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:42 AM PST - 8 comments

November 28
Social Networking, Mobile Phones, and Crisis Communication
Can social networking be used to effect positive social change? Ushahidi (meaning "testimony" in Swahili) is one such project that harnesses mobile technology to empower local citizens to report on crucial and crisis situations in their area. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:12 PM PST - 19 comments

It’s 1929 again
Can China Adjust to the US Adjustment? Prof. Michael Pettis of Beijing University on the macroeconomic parallels between the present crisis and that of the 1930s, with China playing the role today that the US played back then.
posted by Abiezer at 10:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Keg Beer 101
It's party season and a good time to start thinking about topping last year's lame office party. It may have been a few years and maybe you have forgotten some critical lessons from college. Thankfully, there is a science to keg beer. Think it all through and make some plans. You could also hide the vodka and tonic for you and your close buds and be a dick to everyone else. Have fun!
posted by shockingbluamp at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Better Run Run Run
Nostalgic for a time when robots tried to kill you while being condescending? Well, Hunted Forever isn't Portal, but if you're jonesing for some Flash Friday, it might be right up your alley.
posted by 235w103 at 7:15 PM PST - 15 comments

You be the [election] judge
You be the [election] judge. View and vote on six hundred challenged Minnesota ballots. Each is accompanied by a link to a PDF of the full ballot with the name of the challenging candidate and the reason for the challenge. (registration required) via fivethirtyeight.com
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Got Milk?
Thirty years ago yesterday (November 27, 1978) San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the U.S. Prior to his death he championed a movement against a California proposition (Proposition 6, dubbed the Briggs Initiative) which sought to ban gays and lesbians, and anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California's public schools. In the midst of a national right-wing, conservative, religious movement heralded by folks like Anita Bryant the proposition was soundly defeated. Fast forward to today. A new film "Milk" [trailer] (starring Sean Penn in the title role) is garnering critical acclaim and is relevant to current events. "Harvey came up against a lot of obstacles, which I think is the case for any gay man now," says Brolin, who plays Dan White [in the film]. "The irony is that Prop 8 is now what Prop 6 was then."
posted by ericb at 5:58 PM PST - 60 comments

A New Way to Stimulate the Economy.
100 artists from around the world designed credit cards for a Japanese bank and Visa. [more inside]
posted by gman at 3:42 PM PST - 33 comments

Frost
10 Abstract Masterpieces of Frost.
posted by homunculus at 3:30 PM PST - 13 comments

The name of this post is Talking Heads.
The Waseda Talker has been turning heads (har har) lately. It's a mechanical simulation of the human vocal tract, from the motion of its synthetic lips down to the hypnotic undulation of its rubbery vocal folds (compare the genuine article here). Think this is new? Well, these days we do most of this stuff electronically — but talking simulacra have a long and weird history, starting back when electronic synthesizers were just a pipe dream. Here's a talking pair of bellows from 1791, and a head you can play like a trumpet as recently as 1937. The granddaddy of 'em all are the Kratzenstein resonators (not Frankenstein, Kratzenstein!) from 1779. Make your own with pipe insulation and a duck call.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Dagny *hearts* Collateralized Debt Obligations
"She let out a rich, powerful moan, like the sound of a passing diesel train in the night." Jeremiah Tucker updates Ayn Rand's objectivist novel for the current financial crisis. [more inside]
posted by LMGM at 1:45 PM PST - 47 comments

The Rainbow Bomb
Nukes In Space: The Rainbow Bomb (52 minutes Google Video) [more inside]
posted by acro at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

I believe we must speak our conscience in moments that demand it, even if we are but one voice.
Previously on Metafilter, a lively discussion followed news that Attorney General Mukasey collapsed during his speech last week to the Federalist Society in which he was defending the Bush administration against "the casual assumption among many in media, political, and legal circles that the Administration’s counterterrorism policies have come at the expense of the rule of law." Just before his collapse, however, an unknown heckler yelled "tyrant!" at him. After some speculation, that person has been identified. [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 1:09 PM PST - 21 comments

haven't had a dream in a long time
'You loser!" screamed Katie, aiming a vase at her husband. "You've destroyed my life,'' she continued, hurling it. "Just look at my hair, look at my nails! You loser, you jerk, you nobody."

Katie's husband, Jack, whose property portfolio disintegrated in the financial crash, had just told his wife that she would have to cut back on her thrice-weekly visits to Nicky Clarke, the nail salon in Harvey Nichols, and the oxygen facials, chemical peels and seaweed wraps at Space NK.
posted by plexi at 12:57 PM PST - 91 comments

Violence, the RPG
Violence, the RPG. In 1999, Greg Costikyan, designer of Toon, Paranoia, and the Star Wars RPG, released this satirical and profane take on violence in games anonymously. It's now available as a free download. [more inside]
posted by empath at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

He's Just Pining For The Fjords
Batman is dead, joining the ranks of Martian Manhunter (in the DCU) and Captain America in Marvel Universe. Are there no other ways to generate comic book sales without killing off characters or blowing up the universe every year?
posted by hrbrmstr at 11:53 AM PST - 57 comments

A Terrifying Narrative Experience
Night of the Cephalopods Shoot eldritch floating squid monsters with a shotgun as a horrified narrator describes your every move. Requires download, and is Windows only, I'm afraid. via
posted by Caduceus at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

The greatest histories are always written in the toughest times
Je ne comprends pas anglais, Former Canadian PM Jean Chrétien forgets his second language as he and former NDP leader Ed Broadbent use their elder statesmen status to discuss bringing down the six week old Conservative government in Canada after the promised economic stimulus turned into cutting travel expenses, cancelling pay equity and the right to strike for federal workers, and changing the party funding law in favour of the ruling Conservatives under PM Stephen Harper. The opposition still vow to topple the government even though the funding change appears to have been dropped. But the largest opposition party is effectively leaderless and they need the Bloc Quebecois support. Could the next Prime Minister of Canada be Gilles Duceppe?
posted by saucysault at 9:43 AM PST - 295 comments

You're in Deep Poo now!
Post-Thanksgiving Friday Flash Fun: Damn Birds is a point and shoot game with a humorous twist. You are a statue sick and tired of bird crap and have decided to defend your honor. [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

"So I lost the baby, but I totally got the last Wii."
SighFilter: In light of other Black Friday tales of horror or posts urging a more sober consumerism, now comes this story of a worker trampled to death at Wal-Mart and a woman who miscarried in a stampede. They ought to have read FEMA's Black Friday Advisory.
posted by resurrexit at 7:45 AM PST - 135 comments

Urban exploration Japan: abandoned mining town
Urban exploration Japan: abandoned mining town. Step into the doctor's office for a dose of creepy. Three-part photo essay. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 6:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Just three old blues tunes, that's all.
Ramblin' Thomas: No Job Blues (1928), J.D. Short: Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake (1930), Bo Carter: My Baby (1940). [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Retail therapy
Apropos on Black Friday, Charles, Prince of Wales addresses the Foreign Press Association with a comprehensive lecture on the dangers of unchecked consumerism and the need for an increasingly holistic worldview in light of the global social, economic and environmental challenges. The credit crisis is a side effect of a throwaway society and consumerism is no cure for depression, he says, and we need to question the concepts of "Modernity" and "Economic Growth" we take for granted.
posted by infini at 4:27 AM PST - 102 comments

"With his black eyepatch and empty sleeve, Carton De Wiart looked like an elegant pirate, and became a figure of legend."
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO, thought to be the inspiration for the Ben "Richie" Hook character in Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour" trilogy. A soldier and a hero, resplendent in his eye patch, de Wiart is the shining embodiment of the phrase "they just don't make 'em like that any more"
posted by fatfrank at 3:55 AM PST - 10 comments

November 27
Nintendo Comics System
Nintendo Comics System. Full colour scans of most of the Super Mario Brothers comics that many Nintendo fans, such as myself, read back during the 90s. Oh, as well as Legend of Zelda, Punch Out!!, Metroid and Captain N: The Game Master. Further reading, if you dare.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:48 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm Never Going to Give You Up, All of America ...
Rick Astley and Foster's Home for Imaginary Kids conduct the largest rickroll in recorded history, when you consider how much of America tunes into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (And maybe the first live, in-person rickroll with Astley himself?) (SLYT)
posted by WCityMike at 9:46 PM PST - 87 comments

What's up, doc?
Some forty-three classic Warner Brothers cartoons. (Sorry, no index page.)
posted by cthuljew at 9:13 PM PST - 18 comments

The Opry Has Sinned
"The Reinstate Hank campaign calls for the remittal of Opry star, and country music legend, Hank Williams." [more inside]
posted by Knappster at 8:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Bondi Jitterbug
1930's Bondi Beach fun "Bondi resident George Caddy was best known for his success as a jitterbug dancer. But it's these posthumously discovered photographs of 1930s 'Beachobatics' that's got Alan Davies from the State Library of NSW jumping for joy." [more inside]
posted by lottie at 8:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Tis the Season for Shoplifting
Tis the season for Shoplifting, when the unemployed, teens, professionals, kleptos, and political shoplifters jack, rack, nick, and stroke holiday gifts. The BBB anticipates a rise in light-fingered merchandising, but notes that on average, shoplifters get pinched only "once for every 48 times they steal." Retailers are fighting back in unusual ways. Wal-Mart, the oft-target of political shoplifters, aggressively guards its merchandise, while across the pond the Dutch approach the problem with bemusement.
posted by terranova at 7:47 PM PST - 50 comments

The Economist: The World in 2009
In 2009, a remarkably gifted politician, confronting a remarkably difficult set of challenges, will have to learn to say "No we can't", Guantánamo will prove a moral minefield, economic recovery will be invisible to the naked eye, governments must prepare for the day they stop financial guarantees, we will judge our commitment to sustainability, scientists should research the causes of religion, we will all be potential online paparazzi, English will have more words than any other language (but it's meaningless), Afghanistan will see a surge of Western (read: American) troops, Iran will continue its nuclear quest while diplomacy lies in shambles, the sea floor is the new frontier, we should rethink aging, (non-)voters will continue to thwart the European project -- but cheap travel will continue to buoy it -- though it has some unfinished business to attend to, and a Nordic defence bond will blossom.

The Economist: The World in 2009. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:00 PM PST - 31 comments

It's Just Art, Dude
Burton Snowboards' new Love (NSFW?) and Primo (NSFW?) snowboard lines are causing quite a stir across the country. Even the Burlington, VT, City Council wants to get involved. Here's what the Burton cofounders have to say about the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 6:57 PM PST - 43 comments

IRL Games
Several bees. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Four Acts in Four Rooms
Thanksgiving at Dan and Jane's by Dave Eggers. [Lech, 6, under the table, pretends to be dead, in a coffin raised over the heads of hysterical mourners.]
posted by silby at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you spot Mr. Cook's cameos in the videos?
The Brighton Port Authority was a shadowy musical project lasting from the early 1970s and lasting until the mid 90s, or so it's rumored. The tapes from this project have recently been found and are slowly being released. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Gleaming the Cube
Dave Bollinger is a computer artist that specializes in geometry. He creates both still images and short videos. Some videos are silent, like this unusual Pac-Man homage, and some have soundtracks. Some are in black and white and some are in color. His Flickr photostream categorizes still images by style. His current fascination seems to be with cubes and cubic lattices.
posted by Tube at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

This one goes to 11.
This one goes to 11. Louder than the "loudest band in the world" but powered by a Hemi, (sound, pops), the most powerful sirens ever built served faithfully through a war that didn’t happen. Others may be more technologically advanced but even today’s loudest ones can’t match the Chrysler (though they may be useful in warning of other types of disaster). [more inside]
posted by SoFlo1 at 5:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Brooker Blue
The second episode of the current series of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe is a special on television advertising (1, 2, 3) (possible NSFW - swearing and nipples) or as George Orwell put it: "The rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket." [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:32 PM PST - 26 comments

Fixers.
Fixers are local guides who help foreign journalists get by. Fixers on the Frontline in 6 parts - 1 2 3 4 5 6.
posted by gman at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Mammoth Stars
WR 25 And Tr16-244: Previously Unseen Mammoth Stars Get The Hubble Treatment.
posted by homunculus at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Historic Photos of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
posted by vronsky at 3:04 PM PST - 11 comments

We don't need no straight lines.
50 strange buildings of the world. What it says on the tin. via.
posted by jokeefe at 2:44 PM PST - 45 comments

The Black President
A 1926 Brazilian sci-fi novel predicts a U.S. election determined by race and gender. O Presidente Negro envisions the 2228 U.S. presidential election. In that race, the white male incumbent, President Kerlog, finds himself running against Evelyn Astor, a white feminist, and James Roy Wilde, the cultivated and brilliant leader of the Black Association, "a man who is more than just a single man ... what we call a leader of the masses."
posted by Tom-B at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Pop Rocks
The Little Fox has gas. Giovanna Tinetti using the Hubble Telescope says (in Nature - subscription required) there's Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere of the Jupiter sized, hot, extrasolar planet HD 189733b. Scientists have also found methane clouds in its atmosphere, as well as water vapor. Tinetti (who looks a bit like Kari Byron from mythbusters if you squint) also found evidence of methane.
posted by Smedleyman at 1:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Deconstructing Dinner
Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner has been designed to dispense and discuss current food issues. This weekly radio show hosted by Jon Steinman features a wide range of topics revolving around food security. [more inside]
posted by utsutsu at 12:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Do the Wasteland Boogie
Fallout Funk
posted by empath at 9:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Where the battlegrounds meet moral grounds.
World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion involves a quest titled The Art of Persuasion. Richard Bartle, co-author of MUD (and pioneer of MMO gaming), speaks out against this: "Basically, you have to take some kind of cow poke and zap a prisoner until he talks. I'm not at all happy with this. I was expecting for there to be some way to tell the guy who gave you the quest that no, actually I don't want to torture a prisoner, but there didn't seem to be any way to do that..." (via) [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 8:18 AM PST - 167 comments

Defining Imagery
The Photographic Dictionary defines words through the personal meaning found in each picture. M is for mask, E is for ephemeral, T is for twin, A if for alone.
posted by netbros at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

The Gobbler
A Thanksgiving treat from Lileks. The Gobbler may be the most ill conceived, worst designed hotel to ever grace the American landscape. I sure wish I could have visited there.
posted by COD at 6:05 AM PST - 41 comments

To Roll, To Crease, To Fold...
Richard Serra: Man of Steel. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:46 AM PST - 43 comments

November 26
It's 1 AM, do you know where your enemies are?
I often find myself asking, "Who wants to kill me and how can I avoid them?"
It seems that the list is pretty long. There are a whole batch of international threats out to get me. There also appear to be a number of street gangs, happy to do the deed as well. What's worse is that they are spreading. However, since I don't travel abroad and I don't live in a fancy-dancy city like Los Angeles, Chicago or Fargo, I'm probably safe right? Nope, sadly it seems hate groups are everywhere -- in my backyard and probably yours. I think this year I'm having Thanksgiving in the bunker.
posted by BeReasonable at 10:36 PM PST - 43 comments

I think that's a hard G.
Gizmine - "the world's largest Japanese gadgets and lifestyle design shop." Viewable by color, theme, price, popularity, or brand.
posted by Manhasset at 10:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Tear me apart at the seams
India, as she is today, was carved out of British India, in 1947 when the left and right hand sides of the country became the new nation of Pakistan (East and West) respectively. While the history of Islamic influence and subsequent tolerance and intolerance goes back centuries to the first advent of the Mughal invasion, it has been said that the post Independence troubles of the modern nations of India and Pakistan stem from this sundering. In 1971, war brought forth Bangladesh from the former East Pakistan on India's eastern border. The Partition, as this holocaust is known, embedded in current day Indian memory, history, culture, movies, books, TV serials and music, was an unimaginable horror of slaughter and bloodshed. This separation was not in the plans of the Mahatma, and it is said he was assassinated by Hindu fundamentalists for letting it happen. What future awaits the Hindus and Muslims who have lived side by side for hundreds of years?
posted by infini at 9:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Ievan Polkka
The Ievan Polkka ("Eva's Polka"), as sung by the Finnish quartet Loituma (lyrics). Suddenly, in a flash (previously) of brilliance, youtube is inundated with lots and lots of remixes. Most contain Bleach girl Orihime Inoue spinning a leek (now lovingly known as Leek Girl). Others teach you how to dance, play piano, and, of course, sing. But don't forget Rick!
posted by zonem at 7:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Network TV, They Finally Got The Picture
Cop Rock, created by Steven Bochco (the same mind that brought us NYPD Blue, LA Law, and Hill Stree Blues), is considered one of the worst tv dramas ever. It ran for only eleven episodes in 1990. What do you think?
posted by mrzarquon at 7:15 PM PST - 61 comments

Roll 1d20 for save. 9 again? Heh, too bad.
In a must-see interview for tabletop gamers everywhere, Colonel Louis Zocchi talks about modern mass produced plastic dice and why they utterly fail at being random: Part 1 - Part 2
posted by loquacious at 6:00 PM PST - 84 comments

By Jove!
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first video journal for biological research accepted in PubMed, featuring hundreds of peer-reviewed video-protocols demonstrating experimental techniques in the fields of neuroscience, cellular biology, developmental biology, immunology, bioengineering, microbiology and plant biology, free of charge.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art
The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art. Check out the Hermitage, Guggenheim, Tate, Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art ... Become a member today.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Beware the Three of Stakes!
Artist Robert M. Place reveals images from two works-in-progress: The Vampire Tarot, based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula, and one called The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. Place already has several gorgeous decks to his name: The Alchemical Tarot. Tarot of the Saints. The Buddha Tarot. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:40 PM PST - 35 comments

Minims
minim ['mInIm] n: a statement expressed in proverbial or sentential form but having no general application or practical use whatever — compare MAXIM. [via]
posted by parudox at 2:32 PM PST - 93 comments

How The Pentagon Bankrupts America
America's Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress (2.3 MB PDF). A new report from the Center for Defense Information on the DoD's wastefulness, and suggested solutions. Recommended holiday reading from James Fallows and Andrew Sullivan.
posted by homunculus at 1:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Justice at last?
Lori Drew has been found not guilty on felony charges. However, she was found guilty on three misdemeanor counts. (Previously: 1, 2)
posted by Kimothy at 1:23 PM PST - 55 comments

Terrorist attack in Mumbai
Massive coordinated terrorist attack in Mumbai. The news is pouring in, but not from traditional sources. The latest breaking news seems to be coming from Twitter, many from people on the scene. One local has been snapping photos, and Flickr just gave him a free three-month account to upload the images. Metroblogging in Mumbai has been updating the news as it comes in as well.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:06 PM PST - 571 comments

The Garvanian
Garvan Ellison purports to be an expat Ulsterman now living in Chesterfield, England. His persona is that of a funeral director with a macabre sense of humour, who baits sparrows for his cat Zoe, spies on his neighbors Wong, Raj and Marvyn with CCTV, tests electrical outlets by poking a pen knife in the socket, writes odes to Sarah Palin and expounds broadly on his flat earth view of science and religion. His blog entries are a delightful tongue in cheeck variety of the charming, the whimsical and the bizarre.
posted by Neiltupper at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Enough with the "sexy librarian" jokes.
In economic hard times, public libraries generally get a lot busier. With that in mind, here's a handy list of the top 20 things librarians in public libraries wish patrons knew or did (original article here).
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:21 PM PST - 115 comments

Art Behind Bars
If people who have a lot of time on their hands and inner demons to exorcise turn to art as an outlet, the results can be startling, even if they have had no prior art instruction and have to make a paint brush out of their own hair and use coffee as paint, or weave things out of hoarded chip or Ramen bags. Drawing elaborately on handkerchiefs became so common in the mid 20th century it's become known as panos. Welcome to the world of prison art. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Tie Brian Up, Tie Brian Down.
The Brian Williams Tie Report Archives. "Logging the neckwear fashion decisions of America's most trusted voice in evening news." No, seriously.
posted by dersins at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Single Link Apple Spoof
SchmApple SLAS (Single Link Apple Spoof). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:42 AM PST - 36 comments

Watch out for the Holnists.
Russian professor and information warrior, Igor Panarin, has predicted the collapse and breakup of the USA. (Potential artists' renderings 1 2) The interview was originally reported in the Russian newspaper, Izvestia. (Google Translated) The prediction has been met with varying levels of credulity, scoffed at by some and embraced by others. The prediction, which goes so far as to speculate exactly how the US might reorganize, was posted to Drudge and has offended many bloggers who, while excited by the prospects of secession, are insulted by the insinuation that the south may go Hispanic and not Confederate.
posted by Telf at 8:23 AM PST - 106 comments

Puntland
Visit beautiful Puntland! "You can find more or less everything in Puntland: mountains, wide beaches, clean lakes, deep forests, world-class historic monuments, and friendly people." Enjoy a traditional Somali breakfast over the daily paper. If you plan on an extended visit, consider taking a course at good ol' PSU.
posted by JVA at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Iraqi Clink.
The BBC was given the first look by foreign media inside Baghdad's Rusafa prison.
posted by gman at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Everybody's hugging!
Of what purpose is a lap dance? Is it about alcohol and leisure? Is it an exercise in objectification? Is it a question that requires a lap-dancing body (phwoar!) to decide? Or Parliament? Should someone hold a seance and ask Paul Raymond? (previously) [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:58 AM PST - 89 comments

But I will defend them to the end. I would NEVER do this for any other product. I defend them like I would a crap friend.
Ever wondered what makes people complain about the media? An Apple ad was recently banned by the ASA as it was felt that the ad exaggerated the speed of internet services. Could the complainants have been genuinely mislead about the phone's services? In the case of one complainant, a man who had queued on release for the first iPhones to arrive in the UK, it seemed an ideal way to fight back against poor customer service. "We arent a cult, we are just a brand..."
posted by mippy at 5:09 AM PST - 23 comments

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
"This year, Americans are planning to spend over $400 on Christmas gifts. Instead of buying things we can’t afford, here’s a way to do something more meaningful." Via
posted by jbickers at 4:45 AM PST - 42 comments

Yours is also mine
"Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies as shown by this map.
The resentment rises as villagers are stripped of holdings and livelihood in Laos; and land prices are soaring in Brazil.
Here are some of the biggest deals. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 4:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Dufaycolour, Technicolor and Kodachrome
The Thirties in Colour is a four-part series using rare colour film and photographs to give poignant and surprising insights into the 1930s. [Previously] [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:25 AM PST - 15 comments

In particular, it is shown that the Hilbertian Entscheidungsproblem can have no solution.
Wanted: Bug Finding Program [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 12:09 AM PST - 82 comments

November 25
Up in the sky!
The entirety of the Fleischer/Famous Studios Superman Film Series. In the early 1940s, this series raised the bar for theatrical shorts with its fluid animation and action-packed storylines. It remains a classic series thanks to its high production values and historical significance not only as the first comic-to-film adaptation, but also as an occasional vehicle for American propaganda during the war.
posted by cthuljew at 10:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Green Genes
"Leaves that crawl".... Assimilated chloroplasts give a species of sea slug its deep green glow; and to keep it, Elysia Chlorotica becomes even a little more plant-like....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:04 PM PST - 23 comments

An A to Z of M. F. K.
A, in M. F. K. Fisher's case, is not for apple—it's for dining alone. The full text of her 1949 series An Alphabet for Gourmets is now available online. [via] [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

One Foxxy Brady
Jamie Foxx Performs the Theme to "The Brady Bunch". SLYT.
posted by New Frontier at 7:23 PM PST - 29 comments

Remaking the case for humanitarian intervention abroad.
From The Economist (remember who they endorsed recently?): What Congo Means for Obama.
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:20 PM PST - 31 comments

From 0 to 60 to World Domination
"Engineers Rule" and "The Toyota Way": How Toyota and Honda have bested the Big Three.
posted by rollbiz at 5:34 PM PST - 131 comments

A comic for you to enjoy
The Abominable Charles Christopher. Please enjoy this comic. I think it is delightful in every way.
posted by boo_radley at 3:25 PM PST - 62 comments

Special Bail Out Offer, No Payments Until January 20th
Have we jumped over all the hurdles in our ongoing economic fiasco? Probably not, the next hurdle is Credit Cards. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:21 PM PST - 99 comments

Ancient Greek Drama for the Moderns
"The plays can reassure a soldier, she says, 'that I am not alone, that I am not going crazy, that I am joined by the ages of warriors and their loved ones who've gone before me, and who have done what most in society have no idea our warriors do.' " The Philoctetes Project. (video available)
posted by wittgenstein at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Screaming Eagle
When I heard NPR's remembrance of Tom Gish yesterday, I figured someone would beat me to posting about him here on the Blue for sure, but apparently not. Gish, who died last week at 82, was the editor and publisher of The Mountain Eagle, a rural Kentucky newspaper. While still covering typical small-town happenings over the last 50+ years, he and his wife Pat (and eventually their kids) brought to light myriad injustices, from political corruption to poverty, safety violations in local mines to illiteracy. I found this appreciation, with bottom line proof of the Gish's popularity and influence, despite the death threats, firebombing, boycotts, and other hardships they endured:

"The population of Letcher is less than half what it was when they moved up here," said Ben Gish, editor of The Mountain Eagle and the couple's son. "But circulation has more than tripled."
posted by yiftach at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Man arrested for possession of explicit manga
A man -- Christopher Handler -- has been arrested in Iowa for possession of explicit yaoi and lolicon manga. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 1:54 PM PST - 156 comments

Heiko Müller
Heiko Müller - Paintings and Drawings. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

His name is Robert Paulson
The Bra for Boys blossoms in Japan.
posted by cytherea at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

He made her forget she was a Communist.
He's a madman, she thought as he made love to her again. Oh my God, after twenty years of being the most rational Bolshevik woman in Moscow, this goblin has driven me crazy! Oh joy! It's time for the annual Bad Sex Award. Shortlist is up at The Guardian.
posted by jokeefe at 10:57 AM PST - 69 comments

Two "new" sites for film lovers
The Auteurs is a new web site (in beta) for film lovers--and, for those film lovers, Criterion has relaunched their site. Now with the ability to watch (some of) their films online for $5 (good for a week's worth of watching one title). The viewing cost is also applicable to the cost of buying the same title on DVD.
posted by Manhasset at 8:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Droste Effect Video
You might have seen the Droste Effect before, perhaps even the animated version. But here's a new iteration - a music video.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 8:45 AM PST - 28 comments

"We're not deciding that anorexia is wrong. It just IS wrong."
Pro-Anorexia Group presence ballooning on Facebook. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:40 AM PST - 161 comments

"Do you live here?"
Offshore wind farm stirs up a tempest. Lines are being drawn in the battle over a proposed windmill development to be built in Lake Ontario two kilometres out from the Scarborough Bluffs? Is this just another case of NIMBYism? Or are wind farms unreliable, dangerous to migratory birds, and a source of health problems for people who live near them?
posted by you just lost the game at 7:20 AM PST - 76 comments

Till human voices wake us
Alone Together. In American lore, the small town is the archetypal community, a state of grace from which city dwellers have fallen.

Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones.
posted by plexi at 7:19 AM PST - 90 comments

Yukio Mishima 14 January 1925 - 25 November 1970
"There's something very shabby about a noble grave... Political power and the power of wealth result in splendid graves. Really impressive graves, you know. Such creatures never had any imagination while they lived, and quite naturally their graves don't leave any room for imagination either. But noble people live only on the imaginations of themselves and others, and so they leave graves like this one which inevitably stir one's imagination. And this I find even more wretched. Such people, you see, are obliged even after they are dead to continue begging people to use their power of imagination." - Yukio Mishima via Kashiwagi in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. On this, the anniversary of Mishima's transformation into a headless god, a collection of video links. [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Robert Frank’s Unsentimental Journey
Robert Frank’s Unsentimental Journey. "Published in 1958, Robert Frank’s photographic manifesto, The Americans, torched the national myth, bringing him such comrades as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and—for a controversial documentary—the Rolling Stones. On a trip to China, the 83-year-old rebel of postwar film still defies expectations." [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Take the Skizin Off.
Gettin' mashed with Snoop and Martha. SLYT
posted by gman at 6:17 AM PST - 56 comments

Better to give than to receive
Charity fundraising volunteers, known colloquially as "chuggers", are a common sight in downtown London. And charity watchdog group Intelligent Giving believes they should be banned. Chuggers are not without their defenders, of course, or their detractors. Some have already downplayed Intelligent Giving's report, and Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, has called it "grossly irresponsible".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:39 AM PST - 65 comments

2008 Corporate bad
In the 20 years that we've published our annual list,
we've covered corporate villains, scoundrels, criminals and miscreants. We've reported on some really bad stuff - from Exxon's Valdez spill to Union Carbide and Dow's effort to avoid responsibility for the Bhopal disaster; from oil companies coddling dictators (including Chevron and CNPC, both profiled this year) to a bank (Riggs) providing financial services for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; from oil and auto companies threatening the future of the planet by blocking efforts to address climate change to duplicitous tobacco companies marketing cigarettes around the world by associating their product with images of freedom, sports, youthful energy and good health. But we've never had a year like 2008.
( via ). [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 1:51 AM PST - 37 comments

November 24
Romano Archives
ROMANO-Archives has a YouTube channel with over 270 color film clips, called Unknown WWII In Color. "World War ll has usually been seen in black and white, but our recent research has unearthed an abundance of superb color film that shows what it really looked like to those who were there. The Author presents mainly WW2 recently declassified and other previously unavailable material, exclusively filmed in color." They also have over 900 videos of Automobile History USA l lots of pages of images with history, like Jammin' with Betty Boop. [In English and Italian] [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:45 PM PST - 18 comments

The Burgh's Birthday
Pittsburgh celebrates its 250th birthday today (warning: audio). It's too late to see the Festival of Lights, but Fort Pitt Museum has a full day of activities scheduled (and cake!). Historic Pittsburgh offers texts, maps, and 10,000+ photographs of the city and its people.
posted by Knappster at 10:41 PM PST - 18 comments

the SERPENT project
The SERPENT project Collaborating closely with key players in the oil and gas industry, the SERPENT project aims to make cutting-edge industrial ROV technology and data more accessible to the world's science community, share knowledge and progress deep-sea research. Galleries, video of rare elbowed squid.
posted by dhruva at 9:48 PM PST - 5 comments

The law of unintended consequences?
Wendy Whitaker is a sex offender. At 17, she had oral sex with a boy, just shy of his 16th birthday. She's losing her house because she cannot live within 1000 feet of any area where children congregate, and the local church runs an unadvertised daycare. In 2006 she sued over the residency restrictions. Last Thursday, she lost. She filed a new lawsuit, saying that her sex offender status is cruel and unusual punishment. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:49 PM PST - 169 comments

The National dish of Texas
Thanksgiving is a few days away and while most will be doing the turkey and trimmings thing and perhaps a ham, in my house we do that along with CFS and tamales. Sound strange? It is afterall, all about the gravy and gravy. YUM! Don't be afraid. Texas love & Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by shockingbluamp at 6:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Father and Daughter
"With the holiday season almost upon us, the Picture Palace is in a familial, touchy-feely mood. Also, we thought it’d be kind of cool to turn you into a shivering puddle of tears. And so we present to you Michael Dudok de Wit’s Father and Daughter. It won the 2000 Best Animated Short Oscar, along with a whole crapload of other awards. There’s a reason for all those accolades: This wordless, minimalist, beautifully animated eight-minute fable, about a girl who watches her father leave and continues to wait for him, is one of the most powerful things we’ve ever seen. It’s also been a cult item among animation buffs for a long time now."
posted by vronsky at 3:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Text 118 question stream
The mesmerizing live question feed from text118118.com shows questions from curious UK residents. The answers are always polite and reasonable complete and accurate. Sometimes you can see one person submitting the same question or a string of related questions.
posted by closetphilosopher at 3:28 PM PST - 70 comments

Cartoons AGAINST Narrative!
“A Dream To Have In Heaven” (Tengoku De Miru Yume - 天国でみる夢) is a non-narrative, surreal manga created by Maki Sasaki. It was published in the November 1967 issue of Garo, a now-defunct alternative and avant-garde monthly manga anthology magazine that peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
posted by defenestration at 1:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Behind the scenes at Iron Man
Making Iron Man
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Insert your favorite euphemism
Rose George wants you to start talking about waste. And no, she isn't concerned with your recycling habits, your fluorescent light bulbs, or the packaging on your electronics. She's concerned with your, ahem, human waste. Ms. George has written a book on the way both first and third world societies deal with sewage, and now Freakonomics is talking with her about it.
posted by aliceinreality at 12:26 PM PST - 31 comments

Turkey Day ---} Techie Day
It's a geek Thanksgiving! On Here & Now, Instructables' Christy Canida shares tools for organizing Thanksgiving dinner - Gantt chart, purchasing calculator, kitchen workstation for workflow management, stastical analysis of turkey cooking, and more. You'll also find results of their Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest, like the giant fractal pecan pie, the 20-sided pie-cosahedron, and the recirculating gravy fountain.
posted by Miko at 11:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Yow! I am having FUN!!
The Zippy the Pinhead Archive: Are We Having Searchable Fun Yet? lets you search through many years of Zippy daily comic strips by keyword or date, from January 1, 1994 to the near-present. Sundays included. The Roadside Tour lets you search to see if Zippy's been in your part of the world! [Click the "Where's Zippy?" javascript button for detailed location indeces] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 10:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Vultures, vultures everywhere
Will the declining economy trigger a wave of burglaries? The answer seems to be a definitive maybe. There's no doubt, however, that property crime is a popular pastime of late. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 10:16 AM PST - 41 comments

Rats! A New 21st Century Plague?
Scientists Discover 21st Century Plague? Bartonella bacteria, spread by the brown rat, Europe's largest and most common rodent, are considered emerging zoonotic pathogens because they have the potential to transmit human disease worldwide, including heart disease and nervous system infections. [more inside]
posted by terranova at 10:05 AM PST - 11 comments

78 labels
Ted Staunton's archive of labels from 78 rpm records. Perhaps most easily explored through the massive "Decades" pages of thumbnails.
posted by OmieWise at 9:58 AM PST - 16 comments

StreetWars News Segment
A news segment on StreetWars: the 24/7 watergun assassination game.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:10 AM PST - 40 comments

AAA?
Anatomy of a Meltdown - Ben Bernanke and the financial crisis (in one page)
posted by Gyan at 6:47 AM PST - 61 comments

Too Bad About His Taste
Britain's Biggest "Gigaholic". [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:39 AM PST - 42 comments

Self Loathing.
Sentences were delivered yesterday in Israel's Neo-Nazi trial of the 8 members of "Patrol 36" who were active in and around Petah Tikvah. [more inside]
posted by gman at 4:14 AM PST - 30 comments

Diffusion spectrum imaging
The Brain Unveiled: A new imaging method offers a spectacular view of neural structures. Diffusion spectrum imaging, developed by neuroscientist Van Wedeen at Massachusetts General Hospital, analyzes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in new ways, letting scientists map the nerve fibers that carry information between cells.
posted by srboisvert at 4:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Frozen Scandal
"Scandal is our growth industry. Revelation of wrongdoing leads not to definitive investigation, punishment, and expiation but to more scandal. Permanent scandal. Frozen scandal." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:37 AM PST - 14 comments

November 23
Batman always wins
The Top 25 Comic Book Battles, as voted on by the readers of Comic Book Resources. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 11:53 PM PST - 142 comments

M. Mattius Kaufman recreates classic album cover poses. How many can you identify?
Can You Identify Famous Album Covers Based Only on a Mime in A Leotard? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:13 PM PST - 66 comments

...perhaps in Dubai
They cannot perform in public. They cannot pose for album cover photographs. Even their jam sessions are secret, for fear of offending the religious authorities in this ultraconservative kingdom. The AccoLade is Saudi Arabia's "first all-girl rock band."
posted by Navelgazer at 9:15 PM PST - 36 comments

The Northwest Passage
Scientists are now revising earlier projections about the speed at which global warming will impact the arctic ice sheet. By 2013 it could very well disappear in the summer months, opening up new sea lanes for commerce and, potentially, "a quarter of the earths oil and natural gas resources". Several arctic countries are thinking ahead, while it appears others have been for quite some time.
posted by Glibpaxman at 9:14 PM PST - 47 comments

All I want is to enter my house justified.
David Samuel "Sam" Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film maker who directed 15 major motion pictures, and created the television series The Westerner, starring Brian Keith and John Dehner. His second film Ride the High Country, " [Starring aging Western stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott in their final major screen roles, the film initially went unnoticed in the United States but was an enormous success in Europe. Beating Federico Fellini's 8½ for first prize at the Belgium Film Festival, the film was hailed by foreign critics as a brilliant reworking of the Western genre.] [more inside]
posted by nola at 6:21 PM PST - 25 comments

No Coffee for Old Men in Black
In a series of sixteen advertisements screened in Japan, Tommy Lee Jones plays extraterrestrial 'Alien Jones', who has taken the form of a man to check on the world of humans, all the while drinking a Japanese brand of coffee named BOSS. I have no idea how Tommy Lee Jones got talked into doing these advertisements, or why. And after watching them for yourself (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16), you probably won't either.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:59 PM PST - 85 comments

The ladybug always wins.
minuscule: La vie privée des insectes (warning: auto-play sound). This is a series of short, funny films with no dialogue (so you don't need to know French to appreciate them), combining actual footage with 3d animation. Films include: bouse de là!, catapulte, chewing gum, hyperactive, l'attaque de la sucette rose, les vers sont dans la pomme, libellules, petit repas entre mouches, silence, top départ and zzzeplin. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 3:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Tim Tam Slam
It's a bickie, not a cookie. Named after the winner of the 1958 Kentucky Derby, it's Australia's equivalent to the iconic Oreo. How do they make them? How do you eat them? Tim Tams! They almost make up for the Vegemite.
posted by ninazer0 at 3:43 PM PST - 73 comments

Christians AGAINST Cartoons!
Christians AGAINST Cartoons!
posted by defenestration at 12:19 PM PST - 93 comments

Sunday Paper Pledge Drive?
Can nonprofit news models save journalism? The advertising-supported, for-profit institutional model of journalism (skip this ad) is on the wane. Except for a few large and successful outlets, investment in comprehensive reporting has suffered from a shrinking bottom line, even as the hoped-for development of citizen journalism has been generally underwhelming. But some see a solution taking shape in not-for-profit, independent, citizen-supported online news organizations that would employ skilled professional journalists. Pointing to the encouraging recent growth of NPR and PBS as news outlets, many industry thinkers are starting to agree that "The only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility." Editors are beginning to experiment with models like that of Paul Stieger's ProPublica (a sort of reporting clearinghouse), Geoff Dougherty's ChiTown Daily News, The NYC Center for an Urban Future's City Limits, and Scott Lewis' Voice of San Diego. Great idea - will it work?
posted by Miko at 10:30 AM PST - 35 comments

Prophesy of economic collapse 'coming true'
In 1972 the Club of Rome published the famous book Limits to Growth that predicted exponential growth would eventually lead to economic and environmental collapse. It was criticized by economists and largely ignored by politicians. Now Graham Turner at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has compared the book's predictions with data from the intervening years. According to Turner (PDF report) changes in industrial production, food production and pollution are all in line with the book's predictions of collapse in the 21st century. According to the book, the path we have taken will cause decreasing resource availability and an escalating cost of extraction that triggers a slowdown of industry, which eventually results in economic collapse some time after 2020.(via; previously; previously)
posted by stbalbach at 10:15 AM PST - 80 comments

Everything with a Schmear
The perfect Sunday nosh: A short history of the bagel. In an age when allegedly edible breadstuffs that my grandmother would have barely recognized have become ubiquitous, did you know that even the Pharaohs had a yen for the iconic Jewish comfort food that is as much a symbol of New York City as baguettes are to Paris? Bagels turn out to be surprisingly easy to make at home, too, though they won't be the same without a schmear and some nice Nova. (Previously on Ask.) Extra credit: the history of everything.
posted by digaman at 9:52 AM PST - 64 comments

Nicotine-free crafts: crafting with cigarette and cigar packaging
If you've quit smoking and you're trying to get through the early withdrawal symptoms without gaining 20 pounds, one coping strategy is to get busy crafting. Sure, you say, you've made naughty figurines out of your cigarette packages in bored moments before, but now if you're going to craft you want to make something that celebrates your fantastic self-discipline and can serve as a worthy memorial to your renounced habit. If that's how you feel, check out these links. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

I aint Cube and I'm havin a f*cked up day
Eric 'MC' Breed, a well known rap artist popular in the 90's, died yesterday at the age of 36. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Stand By Me
Playing for Change - Peace Through Music (flash) is a documentary film by Mark Johnson. He traveled the world and recorded various musicians playing the song Stand By Me. Each musician was charged with layering a single song over the previous artist thus building upon it. Over thirty musicians globally participated in this project and not one artist knew the other or came in contact initially. [more inside]
posted by Sailormom at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

[Insert clever lyric pun here]
Hall & Oates are suing their publisher, Warner/Chappell Music Inc., claiming the publisher failed to enforce the copyright on their song "Maneater" and sue an unnamed singer-songwriter (quite possibly Nelly Furtado) for infringement. The only problem is, Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills - the composers of the Furtado track - also work for Warner/Chappel Music. What happens when publishers don't protect songwriters from other songwriters working for the same publisher.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:57 AM PST - 45 comments

This is your brain in overdrive
Christopher Farmer of Opord Analytical has just posted his solution (PDF) to part 4 of the much studied "Kryptos" cipher. He's recently cracked Zodiac Killer ciphers thought unsolvable for nearly 40 years and has a theory (PDF) about the Zodiac Killer's possible identity that is hard to be ignored. Mr. Farmer freely shares his many discoveries on his website's forum board.
posted by wherever, whatever at 5:21 AM PST - 58 comments

A beautiful truthful mind
Brain reorganizes to make room for math. But does math easily lead to truth? Is it really just beauty?
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:45 AM PST - 31 comments

Matter is merely vacuum fluctuations
Confirmed: Scientists Understand Where Mass Comes From. An exhaustive calculation of proton and neutron masses vindicates the Standard Model. Matter is merely vacuum fluctuations.
posted by homunculus at 1:23 AM PST - 52 comments

November 22
Blindspots
Blindspots is a continually-updated collection of movie reviews based around one very interesting concept -- how accessible they are to the visually impaired. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 11:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Megaman the Movie
Speaking of robots, here is a trailer for Megaman the Movie, a low budget live action adaptation of the classic NES game. [sort of previously] [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 10:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Pfft! You Was Gone
What began as a gospel song became Archie Campbell's signature song on Hee Haw, with the help of Gordie Tapp and some surprise celebrity guests.
posted by Knappster at 10:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Ride the Roomba!
Pets have long been afraid of anything robotic, whether it be Roomba or Robotic Dog, but times they are a'changing and Pets are fighting back and have learned to overcome.
posted by Del Far at 9:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Cleaning Up.
As the Bay Area looks to become the electric vehicle capital of America, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI won the Green Car of the Year Award at the LA Auto Show.
posted by gman at 9:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Infopornographics
Everything is prettier as a flow chart. [more inside]
posted by puckish at 8:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Broken Windows Theory Experiments
A place that is covered in graffiti and festooned with rubbish makes people feel uneasy. And with good reason, according to a group of researchers in the Netherlands. Kees Keizer and his colleagues at the University of Groningen deliberately created such settings as a part of a series of experiments designed to discover if signs of vandalism, litter and low-level lawbreaking could change the way people behave. They found that they could, by a lot: doubling the number who are prepared to litter and steal.
A story about a series of experiments on The Broken Windows Theory. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Redundant trainer
Now we know what Mike Post has been up to lately. It's a treadmill. Powered by your feet. That you run on. Outdoors. On the road. Kind of like...running...on the road. The mind boggles.
posted by ericbop at 7:41 PM PST - 56 comments

The kids aren't on your lawn, they're in the house and don't even notice you.
Immersion
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:40 PM PST - 81 comments

Got mad hydration in the troposphere
This weather forecast rap is one of many funny musical videos by GoRemy (website, blog). Some of his videos make fun of politics, and he was interviewed by Politico earlier this year. If he seems familiar, you may remember him from Hummus: The Rap or his question about taxes which was asked during the CNN/YouTube presidential debates.
posted by Tehanu at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

The Disappearing Male
“The Disappearing Male” is a one-hour documentary about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system. The whole documentary is on Google Video.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 12:16 PM PST - 118 comments

Making Tracks
"We were looking for pretty animals that have eyes, are coloured, or glow in the dark; instead, the most interesting find was the organism that was blind, brainless, and completely covered in mud." Some of the oldest fossil records may need to be reconsidered: Dr. Mikhail Matz of the University of Texas has discovered Gromia Sphaerica, a species of protist, making tracks.... [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 10:35 AM PST - 21 comments

click...click...click....click
Agence France-Presse or AFP is the world's oldest established news agency.
AFP pays tribute to the International Festival of Photojournalism.
Check out the portfolios of photographers such as Olivier Laban-Mattei or Lionel Healling... or... or any of the others here all with captioned slide show.
posted by adamvasco at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Policy Potpourri
Policy Archive compiles research and recommendations from think tanks, universities, government agencies and foundations into one browseable/searchable site. Designed to give the non-wonk layperson free, centralized access to subject-specific information on public policy in the USA, Policy Archive offers quick links to topics like banking & finance, education, labor, and military. Or just browse by who wrote, published, or funded a given bit of research. 16,000+ documents and growing.
posted by Rykey at 7:46 AM PST - 12 comments

The Divine Right of Kings
The Devil's Whore is a tale set in the English Civil War about a fictional woman, Angelica Fanshawe, and how her life intersects with the real events and key figures of the time, including Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. (Featuring a welcome return to the small screen for John Simm as the mysterious Edward Sexby) [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Burj Dubai BASE Jump
World Record BASE Jump: from 650 meters up the Burj Dubai. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:20 AM PST - 47 comments

November 21
Close-ups of insects
The Insect Close-ups Flickr Pool is full of fascinating pictures. There are all kinds of wonderful images to be found, of spiders, ladybugs, hornets, aphids, grasshoppers, worms, water striders and those superstars of the insect world, bees and butterflies. You can also search a map for pictures by location. If you want to take your own bug photographer Mark Plonsky has written a short how-to guide. He has taken some pretty great photographs of insects himself.
posted by Kattullus at 10:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Yes, Virginia, there is a Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy, the sixth studio album by Guns N’ Roses, is being released this Sunday, after over a decade of delays. Chuck Klosterman liked it. John Pareles from the New York Times did not. You can decide for yourself by listening to it here. Or you can pick it up this Sunday at Best Buy. But make sure you collect your free Dr Pepper. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 8:00 PM PST - 122 comments

MeteorFilter
Fire in the sky - a meteor burns up somewhere over Western Canada. Really impressive video here, another video, TV news with more footage here.
posted by Artw at 6:52 PM PST - 67 comments

Kick YouTube in the pants.
Psst. Hey, wanna know secret? YouTube is offering 720p HD streaming on select videos. [more inside]
posted by tracert at 6:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Facing things differently
It took me a second to realize what this was, but amazed I had to continue looking at Batman and Robin, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Pop Art Blonde. Face painting was never like this in my day.
posted by salishsea at 5:44 PM PST - 25 comments

"Remember when Rorschach killed that one guy horribly?" "Ha ha, good times."
You guys! Psyched about that whole Watchmen movie thing (previously, we've touched on Watchmen briefly, like, once or twice?), kinda wanna read the book, but you just can't see fitting a 400-page comic into your busy, busy schedule? Fortunately for you, there's The Condensed Version. (Via the often NSFW Journalista.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:40 PM PST - 59 comments

The Tone Generation, A Radio History of Electronic Music
The Tone Generation is a radio series by Ian Helliwell 'looking at different themes or composers in the era of analogue tape and early synthesizer technology'. The original globe-trotting series: Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, USA, Canada, Rest of World. Bonus programmes: Expo 58, The RCA Synthesizer. All links are to MP3 files, except the first one. Alternatively, you can slurp down the lot in one go by subscribing to the podcast feed.
posted by jack_mo at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Super Stacker
Super Stacker. Flash Friday fun with a physics-based stacking game. (Via JIG).
posted by afx237vi at 2:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Saved By Zero Kills
Saved by Zero Kills (slyt) [via Consumerist] [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 2:10 PM PST - 45 comments

Dreaming of...
People with closed eyes [more inside]
posted by Glow Bucket at 2:02 PM PST - 18 comments

"... He clutched her in a semi-muscular embrace"
Despite sagging paperback sales in the publishing industry, romance novels -- and particularly hen lit -- fiction featuring older female heroines -- are thriving. In 2006, according to Romance Writers of America, 26.4% of all books sold were romances, generating $1.37 billion in sales. In hen lit aka Matron literature, heroines typically are over-40, widowed grandmothers whose romance yearnings are secondary to family, work, and hobbies.
posted by terranova at 1:40 PM PST - 29 comments

The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine
The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine via [more inside]
posted by Knappster at 12:41 PM PST - 28 comments

We're Only In It For the Money
Somali pirates have captured a Saudi oil tanker, demanding a $25 million ransom. Somali pirates are well known and active - as of 30 September, 12 vessels remained captive and under negotiation with more than 250 crew being held hostage. But this time they may have gone too far: by capturing a ship of a Muslim nation, the pirates have drawn the ire of Somali Islamist fighters, who have vowed to combat the pirates. The pirates say they're just doing it for the cash, while some report they're living large. Who are Somalia's pirates anyway?
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:25 PM PST - 63 comments

My Life In Ham Radio
"Ham Radio is a life long learning experience. You never stop learning." Don, W3RDF, is a CW enthusiast who shares with us his love of a hobby that has been a source of many friends from around the globe. With Solar Cycle 24 just beginning, the Ham Bands have been heating up with activity. Perhaps you might want to listen to what they are saying.
posted by jackspace at 12:00 PM PST - 31 comments

The Worst Day of my Life
The Worst Day of My Life. SLYTP
posted by adrober at 10:48 AM PST - 146 comments

WORKING. HAMMERS. SWEATING. POWER. CIRCUITS.
This is my Milwaukee (SLYTP-esque) [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 10:39 AM PST - 59 comments

DIGG ATTACK
DIGG ATTACK is a game. Lead a small band of good guys (small bluish dots) in a struggle to flee from Digg Stories. Requires your browser support the canvas tag.
posted by boo_radley at 10:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Does bacon really make everything better?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: --- The Turbaconducken.
posted by empath at 10:10 AM PST - 73 comments

Pilot School
Pilot School. A nice collection of teevee show pilot scripts. Observe the embryonic state of many of the classics of the past few decades, including Buffy, The Wire, Hill Street Blues, Battlestar Galactica, The Sopranos and The West Wing. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:41 AM PST - 29 comments

Hello
Hello.
posted by monospace at 9:07 AM PST - 80 comments

Designer, Engineer, Geek
Acko.net is the web home of Steven Wittens, designer of AVS presets for WinAmp, as well as the current Bluebeach theme at Drupal.org. Steven also dabbles in programming; for instance his Farbtastic jquery color picker. Be sure to watch his blog for development jewels like Projective Texturing with Canvas.
posted by netbros at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

19-Year-Old Lifecaster Commits Suicide on Justin.TV.
19-Year-Old Commits Suicide on Justin.TV. [previously.]
posted by chunking express at 6:50 AM PST - 128 comments

You know, for kids
Sex: wot's the big deal is a sex exhibition for kids currently taking place at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Pre-teens can learn about love, puberty, making love and making babies, and they can also experiment a little bit. The show is based on Willies: a user's guide (in French: Le zizi sexuel) by Swiss comics creator Zep, and features the rising star of French playgrounds, Titeuf (NSFW unless you're a French preteen)
posted by elgilito at 6:34 AM PST - 42 comments

A novel use of intellectual property law
In a new twist on trademark disputes, the federal goverment wants to confiscate the trademark of the Mongols Motorcycle Club. The Wall Street Journal (among other people)weighs in.
posted by TedW at 6:26 AM PST - 25 comments

John Lee Hooker and the fine art of translation
You know, I want you to pick up on this. You know, these lyrics are something else. Just dig this. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:11 AM PST - 20 comments

The White Album hits middle age.
The White album turns 40.
posted by sleepy pete at 5:16 AM PST - 112 comments

Keep your eye on the grand old flag
Fringe Friday: Did you know that a fringe around the flag indicates martial law? Any sovereign citizen knows better than to accept the jurisdiction of the American War Flag! Or wait--is it really Old Glory that bows to martial law? Fly your Civil Flag with pride!
posted by shii at 5:02 AM PST - 39 comments

People kissing alligators
People want to kiss alligators and crocodiles. They do it in Costa Rica and Lousiana and Mississippi. Why do many otherwise normal people want to kiss alligators?
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Flash Friday: Auditorium
Auditorium is a musical flash game where you influence a stream of particles with gravity-based nodes. A steady stream of particles past a collector enables a layer of music. Good fun! Via Jay is Games
posted by closetphilosopher at 1:54 AM PST - 15 comments

The Dangerous Dwarf
Mongo the Magnificent. "Out of nowhere, believing that it is good for the soul to have one insane idea a day, whether you need it or not, the notion of a dwarf private detective came to me [...] I considered such a character bizarre and absurd, unworkable and unpublishable, and thus a waste of time to spend and length of time trying to develop it. I kept searching, but the damn dwarf just wouldn't go away. [...] It was to be a satire. Halfway through, I discovered a key to the man's character was a simple quest to be taken seriously, for dignity. That touched me, and I started over again, this time doing it "straight" (or as straight as I'm able). I gave Mongo dignity, and in return he gave me a career. The diverse background was, I thought, necessary in order to properly equip him in a "world of giants"."

George C. Chesbro, RIP [more inside]
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 12:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Depression 2009
Depression 2009: What would it look like? "Lines at the ER, a television boom, emptying suburbs. A catastrophic economic downturn would feel nothing like the last one." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:15 AM PST - 48 comments

Though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage...
Pardon the turkey.
It is unverified that the turkey was ever vetted to be the national bird.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:01 AM PST - 80 comments

November 20
Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapses during speech
Attorney General Michael Mukasey was giving a speech tonight at the Federalist Society meeting tonight when he collapsed on stage. Talking Points Memo has a report from an eyewitness. [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 8:53 PM PST - 187 comments

Centerfold
We had a tale of time travel getting a man out of a speeding ticket. (Previously) Now we have a man trying to pay a bill with a spider drawing --not a speeding ticket this time. (He mentions time travel as well.) [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 8:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Jurrassic World
We get you real woolly mammoth, very cheap, good quality.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:56 PM PST - 44 comments

The Outsider
The Outsider: The story of Harry Partch. BBC Documentary. "...a documentary about the composer Harry Partch who invented his own compositional method using a 43-tone scale and many instruments that he built by hand."
posted by vronsky at 7:18 PM PST - 15 comments

This post is a series of tubes
This site is about capsule pipelines.
posted by brundlefly at 6:04 PM PST - 36 comments

Billings, meet the Billings, they're a modern Bytown family..
Meet Braddish Billings, the first settler in Gloucester Township, and his family, including the famed palentologist Elkanah Billings. Learn about the Bridge Braddish built, and the community that grew around it. Learn about the way the Billings travelled, occupied their free time, got educated, and tons of other stuff. All thanks to the Billings Estate National Historic Site of the City of Ottawa. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Poor Little Rich Kids.
Influential billionaires like Carl, Thomas, Kirk, and Warren have been losing their shirts. And it's being felt around the world. [more inside]
posted by gman at 4:05 PM PST - 65 comments

What a caper!
The plan isn’t foolproof. For it to work, certain things must happen:
posted by oxford blue at 3:55 PM PST - 59 comments

Theatre of the New Ear
Theatre of the New Ear. Two radio plays: one by Charlie Kaufman, the other by the Coen Brothers, recorded live and starring Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 3:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Polly wants a Prozac
Polly wants a Prozac. Fred the Parrot tries to bite his neck off after his owner dies, vets prescribe bird-friendly anti-depressants.
posted by BrnP84 at 3:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Gotta Get Back To The Garden
Come And Visit The Garden Of Earthly Delights
posted by Xurando at 2:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh, it's a big, pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels; why, it looks like a big Tylenol!
Mark takes us on the A380 (warning: image heavy) from Dubai to New York with meticulous photographic detail. For $7300 you can fly the A380 with access to amenities like showers and a full-service bar, and stroll down to see the plebs in steerage. Arguably the last time a flying hotel was tried in earnest was the post-WWII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, a staple of Pacific routes until jet-powered 707s appeared on the scene.
posted by crapmatic at 1:12 PM PST - 90 comments

iSerenity
Like a little serenity? "Ambient sound environments at your desktop for relaxation, privacy and solitude". Soothe yourself with the sound of purring or some birdsong , rainforest, storm, sounds of the beach to go with your tea and contemplation. You might pretend you're taking a train trip, on a plane, visiting NYC. Or for fun you could mix them up, pencil writing and windchimes. Each soundscape has a visual to accompany it as well.
posted by nickyskye at 11:58 AM PST - 37 comments

Soon we'll be livin' it up!
Lady Dottie's a "sixty-something blues queen with body pillows for boobs and more swagger than Space Ghost." Her band, The Diamonds, is a bunch of young hard-rockers. (Think Kings of Leon or the MC5 backing up Etta James.) Their new record kicks all kinds of ass - as do their live shows.
posted by jbickers at 11:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Another Man Done Gone
Carolina Chocolate Drops rock the piedmont. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 11:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Gills, Fins and Psychedelic Thai
There have been precious few times that a restaurant review had me laughing out loud, even on page 2.
posted by aletheia at 10:52 AM PST - 71 comments

Yugo, 1953-2008
Yugo (now Zastava), the icon of Soviet-era automaking, rolled out its last car on November 11th, 2008, a victim of the global financial crisis. The Kragujevac plant, having endured political crises and NATO bombs, has finally been sold to Fiat. Previously.
posted by swift at 10:25 AM PST - 28 comments

What will the parents think of this...
Then, all of sudden, I saw a hand holding a piece of chalk and writing on a black-board something like a mathematical formula. The vision was very clear, but it stayed only for few seconds and disappeared again. The Internet is abound with a new, simple technique for at-home DIY multimodal (vision, sound) Ganzfeld Hallucinations (previously). [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 9:22 AM PST - 45 comments

Visualizing emotions
How do you ask a stranger (not necessarily fluent in English) to recall and describe their private emotions? A research project visually displays anger, joy, fear, sadness, and love.
posted by desjardins at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

All The YouTube People (Put a Camera On It)
The latest dance craze to inspire YouTube dance fiends is Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)". There's a Big Girl Remix, a Single Man version (the original became so popular that the Single Man did a version with a more modest outfit at the request of BET), and lots of other individual interpretations. Beyonce has said her video was inspired by another YouTube video - a mashup of a Fosse dance routine performed by Gwen Verdon and the hip-hop song "Walk It Out" (the original Fosse routine with the original music). Videos might be NSFW.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:03 AM PST - 69 comments

Anomalous Materials
Ten years ago Valve released Half Life, to the delight of gamers, modders, critics and people who hate cut scenes. Marc Laidlaw, writer for Valve, talks about the genesis of scientist turned crowbar wielding survivor, Gordon Freeman. Somehow avoided playing it in all these years? You can buy it on Steam for less than a dollar until midnight November 21st.
posted by Artw at 9:00 AM PST - 86 comments

Can Facebook Save the World
"Can Facebook defeat terrorism?" wonders Matt Armstrong. A conference of both web and social entrepreneurs, policy wonks, and activists will convene to create a how-to guide for changing the world through social networking tools. Jared "Children of Jihad" Cohen was a driving force behind the initiative. We've seen social networking impact an election, while others are already trying to change the world with it. This conference, while exciting and important, raises a few questions. Just look at the list who's convening it: "Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, Howcast, Columbia Law School and the U.S. Department of State Convene the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit." [more inside]
posted by cal71 at 8:34 AM PST - 27 comments

oh you pretty things
Smoke if you got 'em. Today is the Great American Smokeout, a time to reflect on how great people look when smoking, and the terrible things (NSFW) the additives do to you.
posted by plexi at 7:13 AM PST - 82 comments

Europeana
Europeana is the new EU digital library. It gives multilingual access to two million digitized books and other items of cultural and historical significance held in over 1,000 institutions in the 27 EU states. There will be 10 million by 2010. Soon after its launch the website froze, its servers overwhelmed by over "10 million hits an hour".
posted by stbalbach at 5:36 AM PST - 21 comments

"... first by inflation and then by deflation, ..."
Tangible evidence of deflation? The prices of commodities, houses and a wide range of consumer goods have collapsed, with observers predicting continued declines. While many point back to The Great Depression as an example of damaging deflation, the recession of 1920-1921, a frequently overlooked period in economic history, is perhaps the best example we've got of a deflationary wave similar to what might now taking place. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 4:28 AM PST - 92 comments

Rocky loses the fight, Rocky wins the fight, Rocky loses the fight but also wins a fight
100 Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. (Single Link College Humor Post). "It was all a dream but check this movie out anyways because it's got a chick with three boobs in it."
posted by crossoverman at 2:42 AM PST - 46 comments

Ask not for whom the tail wags
The Long Tail wags no more - Chris Anderson, Wired editor and populariser of the Long Tail concept admits that "radical inequality is increasingly the norm as markets get more networked", though it may still persist in some industries. [more inside]
posted by patricio at 2:20 AM PST - 32 comments

November 19
Friendly fire coverup
New friendly fire coverup: Army shreds files on dead soldiers. "Hours after Salon revealed evidence that two Americans were killed by a U.S. tank, not enemy fire, military officials destroyed papers on the men."
posted by homunculus at 11:58 PM PST - 46 comments

I, for one, welcome our new lizard people overlords.
Minnesota's recount of the Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman (R) and challenger Al Franken (D) began yesterday. Some results are already being reported. One unintended consequence of the recount is the exposure of a shocking write-in challenger: Lizard People.
posted by nathan_teske at 11:02 PM PST - 70 comments

Free eBook: "Art & Science of CSS" from Sitepoint
A 4-star rated book on CSS: The Art & Science of CSS is a FREE DOWNLOAD for 14 days from the folks at Sitepoint. Reader reviews give it 4 stars at Amazon. 208 pages. [more inside]
posted by spock at 9:16 PM PST - 32 comments

bitch, bitch, bitch
KVETCH : Am I venting or not?
posted by boo_radley at 7:21 PM PST - 31 comments

"just numbers on a piece of paper"
I do not want to spend too much time beating a dead war-horse, but your average D&D game consists of a group of white players acting out how their white characters encounter and destroy orcs and goblins, who are, as a race evil, uncivilized, and dark-skinned. To quote Steve Sumner’s essay again, “Unless played very carefully, Dungeons & Dragons could easily become a proxy race war, with your group filling the shoes of the noble white power crusaders seeking to extinguish any orc war bands or goblin villages they happened across.” I would argue with Sumner’s use of the phrase “could become,” and say that unless played very carefully, D&D usually becomes a proxy race war. Any adventurer knows that if you see an orc, you kill it. You don’t talk to it, you don’t ask what it’s doing there - you kill it, since it’s life is worth less than the treasure it carries and the experience points you’ll get from the kill. If filmed, your average D&D campaign would look something like Birth of a Nation set in Greyhawk.
- Race in Dungeons & Dragons by Chris van Dyke, a powerpoint talk given at Nerd Nite. Via Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog where there's a smart discussion going on about the essay.
posted by Kattullus at 7:18 PM PST - 195 comments

Real life Furby.
Believed to be extincted, the pygmy tarsier has recently resurfaced in a rain forest in Indonesia. More pictures here and video here.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)
If plastics, or pesticides, or antidespressants have got you down, you can still make art with it, drink it or cook with it. It's been a strange week for semen. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Keep Calm and Carry On
In 1939, King George VI commissioned the Ministry of Information to produce three posters designed to reassure and prepare the British nation for an inevitable war. The posters were designed not so much to deliver any specific instruction, but rather to suggest an attitude - from King to country - towards the unknown. Stiff upper lip, old boy. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. [more inside]
posted by 6am at 5:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Think big!
What would you do with eternity and a bunch of rocks? [more inside]
posted by Tobu at 5:38 PM PST - 31 comments

The Moose Stops Here
The conservative (post-election) Crack-Up. In the wake of their recent defeats, many American conservatives have formed a circular firing squad, with some arguing that the GOP needs a little less GOD, while others say it's just a matter of returning to their roots. At this point, it looks like the party is headed for civil war and electoral disaster. Democrats and liberals may be enjoying the show these days, but what does the future hold for the GOP? (Previously.) [more inside]
posted by you just lost the game at 3:58 PM PST - 102 comments

Power To The Poster
Power To The Poster
posted by sciurus at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Pining for Pins.
APIC is dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency. While this site's appearance may not be, some people's collections and knowledge are impressive. [more inside]
posted by gman at 3:12 PM PST - 3 comments

The Genesis of Doctor Who
"A frail old man lost in space and time. They give him this name because they don't know who he is. He seems not to remember where he has come from; he is suspicious and capable of sudden malignance; he seems to have some undefined energy; he is searching for something as well as fleeing from something. He has a 'machine' which enables them to travel together through time, through space, and through matter." The Genesis of Doctor Who.
posted by Knappster at 2:15 PM PST - 49 comments

He hates to lose
Dallas Mavericks owner, celebrity dancer, Dairy Queen manager, and bloviating billionaire Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading. In its complaint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Cuban of selling his entire stake in Momma.com (since renamed) to avoid a $750,000 loss in 2004. But not even the government has a gag big enough to cover Cuban's mouth. On his blog, Cuban says the SEC is picking on him and presented an excerpt of a deposition of Mamma.com's CEO. And Cuban would like you to believe that he's being politically persecuted for his support of the 9/11 conspiracy film, "Loose Change." Cuban's Magnolia Pictures, which redacted Redacted, was said to be interested in a distribution deal.
posted by up in the old hotel at 12:40 PM PST - 42 comments

The Faroe (Fær Øer) pilot whales slaughter.
The Faroe (Fær Øer) pilot whales slaughter (warning, crude pictures). The Faroe Islands (prev) were nominated in year 2007 by National Geographic as one of the most appealing tourism location in the world. The inhabitans have traditionally hunted pilot whales and other cetaceans for their own sustainment, but according also to their own national statistics (PDF) , the whale hunting business is no longer a significant factor. Some ongoing online petition is trying to put a final end to this practice.
posted by elpapacito at 12:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Kinetic Advertising
"The way all of these objects interact and just miss each other in the same environment, it's kind of building a machine out of organic movements." A timesculpture is part music video, part performance art, part kinetic sculpture, and part innovative use of computer and video technology. Its first application? Advertising, of course. [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] at 12:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Yum - Yum...Gone!
Overfishing - a global disaster: A Seafood Snob Ponders the Future of Fish while time runs out for Japan's dangerous obsession with the bluefin.
Blue Ocean Institute’s seafood program helps consumers discover the connection between a healthy ocean, fishing, and seafood. Here is a Guide to Good Fish guides., and some political recommendations.
posted by adamvasco at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

"I don't know what safe is."
Culture Of Fear. An interesting look at the security concerns National Football League players harbour in the wake of the death of Sean Taylor, who was robbed and shot within his own home. Previously. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Put that organ in a plastic bag!
Claudia Castillo's new bronchus is the result of stem-cell research. The first hollow tube body part is transplanted with no rejection issues. A lab in Italy stripped the donor trachea of living tissue leaving a collagen matrix. Claudia's stem cells were grown in a Bristol lab, (all 6 million of them) to flesh it out, so to speak. Epithelial cells from her nose & lungs formed the lining. But...... [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 10:35 AM PST - 37 comments

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway
The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway. Why is Helvetica used now, and when did the changeover occur? To answer those questions this essay explores several important histories: of the New York City subway system, transportation signage in the 1960s, Unimark International and, of course, Helvetica.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 10:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Polaroids are not dead!
Poladroid is a free app for your mac that lets you drag an image onto the polaroid camera in the corner of your screen. it then spits out a polaroid image that develops on your desktop. there's a flickr group for these shots already. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:18 AM PST - 39 comments

John Ziegler vs. Nate Silver
You may have heard of John Ziegler. A former right-wing talk radio host turned right-wing documentarian, he was once the subject of a well-known David Foster Wallace essay about conservative talk radio. Ziegler later gained some notoriety by slamming Wallace heartlessly after the author committed suicide, calling him an overrated writer and criticizing the press for its coverage of his death. Now, Ziegler has once again made waves by going nuclear in an interview with pollster-watcher Nate Silver over the legitimacy of a commissioned Zogby poll. Silver questions the value of the poll, which contains leading questions, and which Ziegler plans on using in his upcoming documentary to "numerically prove" that Obama supporters are grossly misinformed idiots. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 9:54 AM PST - 70 comments

Mormon Musical.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, "are planning to stage a Broadway musical based on the lives and (many) loves of typical members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints." They - "along with Robert Lopez, the co-writer of 'Avenue Q' - have finally settled on a script and are workshopping their new production aptly titled, 'Mormon Musical.'" They've had fun with Mormons before: South Park episode: All About the Mormons? Full episode [21:37]. Clip [08:40]
posted by ericb at 9:53 AM PST - 45 comments

You made this? ... Oh!
The bacon-and-fried-egg scarf. The Bad Clam. First Prize. Some tasty dreams, but mostly nightmares, are made of the abominations and inspired works found by the bloggers of Craftastrophe. [via MoFi]
posted by not_on_display at 9:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Opposing the Destruction of Great Music
Justice for Audio. Opposing the destruction of great music.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Here’s sand in your eye
Neil Gaiman celebrates 20 years since the first publication of Sandman. Yes it’s that old. Io9 lists five ways in which Sandman changed the comics world.
posted by Artw at 8:58 AM PST - 66 comments

Also not a series of tubes
RadioWallah - "Fabulous transistor radios from the fifties." A few more.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:51 AM PST - 11 comments

The Internet Answer To Obvious Questions
There are times when you are asked startlingly obvious questions - here is the all-purpose response.
posted by Happy Dave at 8:02 AM PST - 38 comments

NYC Rooftop Beekeeper
NYC Rooftop Beekeeper - At 6:30 in the morning I met David Graves of Berkshire Berries outside a lower Manhattan building whose rooftop plays host to one of the 15 beehives he keeps on roofs around New York City... At Zina Saunder's blog filled with her portrait work. [previously]
posted by jim in austin at 7:28 AM PST - 12 comments

20 compelling photos from the Civil War.
20 photos from the Civil War via listverse
posted by lobstah at 7:20 AM PST - 16 comments

AP Calls Alaska Senate race for Begich.
One last goodbye for the memories. Theodore Fulton Stevens has lost his Alaska Senate seat.
posted by daHIFI at 6:14 AM PST - 75 comments

Gorilla Hospitals
The invisible hand of the Free Market guides insurance payments to hospitals "Call it the best-kept secret in Massachusetts medicine: Health insurance companies pay a handful of hospitals far more for the same work even when there is no evidence that the higher-priced care produces healthier patients. In fact, sometimes the opposite is true: Massachusetts General Hospital, for example, earns 15 percent more than Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treating heart-failure patients even though government figures show that Beth Israel has for years reported lower patient death rates."
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:46 AM PST - 29 comments

BNP members 'outed'
British media goes mental when someone leaks a list of British National Party online. The list is here as news outlets are wary of quoting directly. Given that membership of the BNP is forbidden for those in the Police force amongst other organisations, it's interesting reading. Their leader is interviewed on this morning's Five Live breakfast (about 2hrs in) on the matter, pointing out that as a party standing for election they are as legitimate as any other.
posted by mippy at 3:31 AM PST - 151 comments

YouTuberama
YouTubeFilter: The Monty Python Channel: "No more of those crap quality videos you've been posting. We're giving you the real thing - HQ videos delivered straight from our vault." l a feast of vids 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube ( Smart Video Collections) l Book TV on YouTube l Computer History Museum on YT l 100 Awesome Youtube Vids for Librarians l Top 5 Most Inspirational Videos on YouTube l Top 10 Amazing Animal Videos l Top 10 YouTube Hacks l a couple of good YT member collections: TEDTalksDirector's YT vids and Basic Computer HowTo by Help Me Rick on YT l Amazing YouTube Video Tools Collection l Is YouTube the Next Google?
posted by nickyskye at 1:22 AM PST - 23 comments

November 18
Kinetic Illusions in Op Art
Art as Visual Research: Art and neuroscience combine in creating fascinating examples of illusory motion.
posted by homunculus at 11:45 PM PST - 7 comments

“You say?” Apparently they do.
It's not even Thanksgiving yet and already the 2008 "best of" lists have begun. Here's a list of the Top 60 popular Japanese words/phrases of 2008. "Morning banana" doesn't mean what you think it does. Is Sarah Palin an obaka-aidoru - おバカアイドル ? (via)
posted by tractorfeed at 10:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Drawing No Lines and Making No Distinctions
Fraction is a bi-monthly online photo magazine that promotes work from established artists and emerging artists side by side. In the current issue, I particularly like the work of David Eisenlord and Suzanne Revy. It also features the recently posted Richard Rinaldi piece, Touching Strangers. There are also three archived issues. [A few images nsfw] [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

It happens every year?
Despite the much-maligned economy, people are seemingly starting the holiday season early this year in Loveland, Colorado by "paying it forward" for strangers' coffee at a Starbucks drive-through. This has happened in 2006 and similar events were debated last year on the blue, which led me to believe it was not a real phenomenon. CNN has the video version of the first link with interviews of those involved. Maybe it's not a PR stunt after all.
posted by knile at 9:05 PM PST - 75 comments

Neil Gaiman is creepy, but not a doll
Neil Gaiman helps Jonathan Coulton perform the song "Creepy Doll." [slyt] [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 8:50 PM PST - 14 comments

FUN FUN FUN
30 seconds over Tokyo is a song that is both unpretentious and epic at the same time. Anticipation mixed up with fear, flying, crashing, burning. Nevermind just give it a listen 30 seconds over Tokyo. Rocket from the Tombs, a nasty bit of rock history. Get out a shovel and exhume it's remains. [more inside]
posted by nola at 8:22 PM PST - 18 comments

What's wrong with primary care in the US?
What's wrong with primary care in the US? With a new survey suggesting that nearly half of all primary care physicians would leave medicine if they had a viable alternative, and with American medical schools not generating nearly enough new doctors going into primary care, in this, their first issue to hit doctors' desks since the election, the New England Journal of Medicine has devoted their entire editorial section to exploring yet another challenge that threatens the stability of the US health care system. Video of the roundtable discussion. Individual essays, at times touching, at times hopeful, from various primary care perspectives in the US and Britain. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:01 PM PST - 47 comments

Lube Jokes will be too Obvious
At a cost of $20,000 a pound (google search prices vary). You have to wonder how much this cost. Poor Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper dropped her tool bag But don't worry, NASA tracks NEOs. And then there is the missing spider. Lastly, throwing in a gratuitous link to APOD (because it's cool and I can't wait to see the tool bag show up).
posted by cjorgensen at 5:57 PM PST - 52 comments

BIKING + GUITAR HERO
BIKE HERO (slyt)
posted by boo_radley at 4:28 PM PST - 69 comments

MLYT: Bach's Toccata and Fugue in Dm on Guitar
California Guitar Trio plays a quiet version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in Dm. Here is another solo electric version by Sean Conklin. Finally here is a passionate acoustic electric treatment by Michael Fix.
posted by RussHy at 4:11 PM PST - 14 comments

I have found very few women that have not already been beaten down to a flimsy, irrational, empty pulp.
You should contact me if you are a skinny woman. If your words are a meaningful progression of concepts rather than a series of vocalizations induced by your spinal cord for the purpose of complementing my tone of voice.... Are you Libertarian? And Lonely? Is the Atlas in your pants "Shrugging"?
posted by orthogonality at 3:15 PM PST - 167 comments

Do we really want that Moon base?
An election of a new President brings forth new ideas on the Vision for Space Exploration. The Planetary Society is lobbying to remove the Moon from the equation, which prompted Apollo astronaut, ex-senator, and geologist Harrison Schmitt to resign from the board in protest. Meanwhile moon-free plans proliferate. What will Obama do? Interesting hints are given in a position paper written by people associated with his transition team. [more inside]
posted by spaceviking at 3:01 PM PST - 70 comments

Trouble at' Mill
A Matter of Loaf and Death is the new BBC Christmas short from Nick Park and Aardman. In the mock murder mystery, Wallace and Gromit start a new bakery business, Top Bun. The short, Park's first since 1995, will introduce a new love interest for Wallace, Piella Bakewell, a bread enthusiast.
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Heroes
Super Powers, winner of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short (possibly NSFW - a couple of swear words and adult theme)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Last Words
The End.
posted by william_boot at 1:40 PM PST - 32 comments

Kaninhoppning
Bunny show jumping, or kaninhoppning, started in Sweden and has spread to Finland, Denmark, Norway and other countries. The rabbit who completes the course with the fewest mistakes or fastest time wins. (previously, mostly YT)
posted by joannemerriam at 1:03 PM PST - 33 comments

Is that "annals" or "anals?"
Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head, spent some time talking to the New Yorker about his experiments in brewing, many of which are considered to be "extreme beers." The article (very briefly) portrays Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, as waving a dismissive hand at such brews, but Oliver steps in to say that his opinion was misrepresented. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 11:47 AM PST - 104 comments

Children's Letters to God? Check.
Children's Letters to God? Check. [more inside]
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 11:03 AM PST - 55 comments

Not Just for Skull T-shirts Anymore
Inspired by the 88-artist exhibition Africa Remix, Juxtapoz magazine's most recent issue is almost entirely dedicated to contemporary African artists. Highlights include Pieter Hugo's Nollywood photo series, Diane Victor's Smoke Portraits, Abu Bakarr Mansarray's crazy machine sketches, Ransome Stanley's oil paintings, Mikhael Subotzky's prison photography, Wangechi Mutu's collages, Cheri Cherin's large-scale political canvases, and Jane Alexander's human/animal sculptures. [more inside]
posted by pinothefrog at 10:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Say it ain't so, (fire) Joe (morgan)!
#$^$ the heck? Fire Joe Morgan, one of the interwebs' most beloved baseball geekery/Sabermetrics/media-criticism blogs, calls it quits (for now). [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.
LIFE photo archive hosted by Google. Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Go.
posted by chunking express at 10:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Michael Myers Beauty Mask Infomercial
This is a really creepy mash up of the Rejuvenique infomercial and Joe Cocker's "You are so Beautiful to Me".
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 10:12 AM PST - 31 comments

Bridge Loaner? But I hardly know her...
Andrew Ross Sorkin takes apart GM piece by piece. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:21 AM PST - 134 comments

Wow, Boogle. It looks brown and soft and it smells terrible. We’ve just got to get some of that!
Annotated playthrough of Torin's Passage. There are 12 videos so far. See also: Ways to die in the game, including the easter egg message you got if you made a hilarious but stupid choice at the end.
posted by Tehanu at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Georgia and Russia: the aftermath
Georgia and Russia: This is the most balanced and informative discussion I've seen since the invasion over three months ago (MeFi thread). If you've been wanting to catch up, this essay and its many useful links are the way to go. The author, Donald Rayfield, is professor of Russian and Georgian and knows both countries well. (Via wood s lot.)
posted by languagehat at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Thomas Kinkade's 16 Guidelines for Making Stuff Suck
Thomas Kinkade's 16 Guidelines for Making Stuff Suck [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 7:52 AM PST - 219 comments

Tiny Concerts
Composer Max Richter's newest work, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, is a series of ringtones.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Throw like a girl!
The Kobe 9 Cruise, a Japanese professional baseball team, has drafted Eri Yoshida as a pitcher. She's sixteen years old, a high school student, and will be the first female professional player. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 7:21 AM PST - 37 comments

Mr. President, were you the one who authorized the leak of the classified NIE?
"Yeah, I did." On November 15, Scott McClellan, former white house press secretary to President George W. Bush revealed to an audience at the Miami Book Fair that President Bush had confided in him that he had personally authorized Scooter Libby to leak the classified information in the Plame affair.
posted by acro at 6:57 AM PST - 101 comments

The current state of DRM and piracy in casual gaming
You may have heard by now about World of Goo, an independent game which can best be described as a "physics/construction puzzle game" that touches on everything from beauty to consumerism to internet privacy. The developer, 2DBoy who had originally released the game under a "no-DRM, don't screw us" policy now estimates a piracy rate of 82%. [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 6:50 AM PST - 46 comments

Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web
Jerry Yang, founder and CEO of Yahoo, has stepped down. He recently turned down a $31 a share offer from Microsoft, and with Yahoo shares hovering around $10, some say he was forced out.
posted by plexi at 6:48 AM PST - 27 comments

A relationship's ephemera captured in needlework
Ginger Anyhow (blog) has embroidered a series of romantic text messages, capturing the 21st century record of the waxing and waning of a relationship in a pre-industrial era form. (via notcot)
posted by mojohand at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

November 17
Furry crack
BUNNY CONCERT. 5 bunny in concert. [SLYT, Via]
posted by homunculus at 11:20 PM PST - 28 comments

The miracle that is public access television
In 1984, the Cable Franchise Policy and Communications Act (along with legislation dating back to the 70s) forced cable companies to create public access television. Thanks to this foresighted policy, we can all now enjoy programming that might never have existed otherwise. Case in point: Los Angeles's Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Show. Many more examples inside (some videos NSFW). [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Love in the Time of Darwinism
Kay S. Hymowitz strikes again. Previously, she wrote an article positing that "that too many single young males (SYMs) were lingering in a hormonal limbo between adolescence and adulthood, shunning marriage and children, and whiling away their leisure hours with South Park reruns, marathon sessions of World of Warcraft, and Maxim lists of the ten best movie fart scenes."
Now she has a new thesis: That angry, disenfranchised single young men use "Darwinist" philosophy to justify "resistance to settling down" and "unsentimental promiscuity". [via]
posted by shotgunbooty at 10:55 PM PST - 164 comments

“Intestines of what?”
David Fishman, 12-year-old food critic, takes himself out to dinner.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:14 PM PST - 90 comments

"Man is Only 90% Water, but On The Hour is 100% News"
On The Hour - available for download now The radio precursor to TV's The Day Today - both brainchildren of Comedy's 11th funniest man (ahead of Peter Sellers and Bill Hicks), Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci - is now available for download via iTunes and Warp Records (via DRM-free Bleep). On The Hour also saw the first appearance of Steve Coogan as the hapless sports reporter, Alan Partridge who made regular appearances in "On the Hour" and "The Day Today" before being spun off into the TV shows: "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "I'm Alan Partridge" [more inside]
posted by JustAsItSounds at 7:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Hillary Clinton to accept Obama's offer of secretary of state job
Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.
posted by defenestration at 6:50 PM PST - 195 comments

This is why we have the Large Hadron Collider!
Monday Evening Flash Fun: Fold. Run. Jump. Bend gravity at your will. Looks easier than it really is.
posted by schyler523 at 6:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Vegetable musical instruments
Ever wanted to play a white radish like a flute? Or maybe a carrot clarinet? Or perhaps a cucumber trumpet?
posted by scarello at 5:53 PM PST - 22 comments

reality jockey
RjDj "is a music application for the iPhone. It uses sensory input to generate and control the music you are listening to. RjDj is mainly listened to with headphones. Think of it as the next generation of walkman or mp3 player." l Michael Breidenbruecker initiated the project, now joined by a team of musical and technological thinkers and coders l "What it’s really about is a new approach to how to listen to music, how to develop musical tools, and how communities own and share that work." [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 5:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Cue Mister Rogers - then follow steps 2, 3, 4, and 5...
Want to be a good neighbor but don't know how? Now there are checklists! (Chicago and SF focus) [more inside]
posted by puckish at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

I love the 80's! En español!
Héroes del Silencio. Miguel Mateos. Caifanes. Soda Stereo. Miguel Bosé. [more inside]
posted by needled at 4:21 PM PST - 14 comments

But don't break anything. The furnishings are fra-gee-lay.
Make this Christmas special. Spend it in Ralphie's house! Bunny suit and Lifebuoy soap included. For an extra fee, the owner will convince you to lick a metal pole and then shoot your eye out. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 2:40 PM PST - 41 comments

Meh
Meh. (Previously).
posted by swift at 2:32 PM PST - 61 comments

Super Obama World
Super Obama World
posted by KokuRyu at 2:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Stories are about people
John Wyndham: The Invisible Man of Science Fiction (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) - documentary about the British science fiction writer best known for The Day Of The Triffids
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:02 PM PST - 30 comments

No hair on the palms?
Luxo Jr. goes blind. (SLYT). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 1:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Yo-ho-ho
Piracy may be on the rise, but it's never really gone away. [more inside]
posted by gman at 1:02 PM PST - 52 comments

Petition to recommend Michael Pollan for Agriculture Secretary under Obama
Pollan for Agriculture Secretary? It has been suggested (and previously) that Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature, The Omnivore's Dilemma, might make a good Secretary of Agriculture. This would be a dramatic departure for an office that has a decades-long history of steering US agriculture policy to the advantage of the largest agribusiness corporations. Especially given Obama's potential connections to Big Corn, how silly would we be to anticipate real change in US ag policy, relevant as it may be to the economic, energy, climate, and national security issues he campaigned on? Via the Brian Lehrer Show.
posted by maniabug at 11:56 AM PST - 66 comments

Matinee with Bob and Ray
"Wally Ballou here, reporting for the Matinob with Ray and Bob from the World Wide Internets..." Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding are better known as Bob and Ray. Spending over four decades on the radio, television, print, and Broadway, beginning in Boston in 1946, they pioneered absurdist, satirical, dry, improvisational sketch comedy, influencing a legion of future comics (and others). The duo was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame in 1984. They last appeared on the radio in NPR's "The Bob and Ray Public Radio Show" from 1982-1987. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 11:36 AM PST - 27 comments

Trolling the head of the TSA
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic [previously] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response on his blog. Hawley then leaves a comment to that post. Schneier fires back again in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
posted by ChasFile at 11:23 AM PST - 30 comments

A mass-casualty exercise EVERY SINGLE DAY
Join Devin Friedman at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a city of broken men. During the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany has blossomed into the hub of one of the most amazing and miraculous wartime medical systems in modern history. Each week sees 14 flights into and out of the medical center, delivering dozens of war wounded from the battlefield and back out to the more specialized care centers back stateside; the rapidity of care and transit from the war fronts to stable medical care has decreased the mortality of serious wartime military injuries to just ten percent, from the high-20s/low-30s of previous wars. This is an incredibly nice look at the Landstuhl system from the perspective of a single planeload of injured soldiers.
posted by delfuego at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Obama win spurs white racial backlash
Obama's win is a racial milestone in world history, but beneath the surface a white backlash is festering in the US, spurring hate crimes around the country and an uptick in recruitment among white supremacists, according to the The Southern Poverty Law Center.
posted by stbalbach at 11:09 AM PST - 98 comments

Your worst favorite band sucks
"Beautiful Sunrises" is a pretty good litmus test for whether or not you like music for reasons I can get behind. If you don't appreciate "Beautiful Sunrises" as a unique and untempered piece of genuine expression, then you probably like a lot of bullshit music. If I could spend five minutes of my life as completely into something as the vocalist of Complete is about being the vocalist of Complete, well then I'd think I had reached some sort of life accomplishment pinnacle. - Steve Albini (quote via this electrical audio thread) [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 10:07 AM PST - 135 comments

Finally, an end to the last battle of the Gulf War?
A report presented today to the US Secretary of Veteran's Affairs concludes that Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is "a real condition with real causes and serious consequences for affected veterans." While depleted uranium had long been suspected as a cause of the physical and neurological symptoms associated with GWS, the report fingers pesticides and the pyridostigmine bromide pills given to troops to counter the effects of nerve agents. [more inside]
posted by googly at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

I Am Not a Whiner
Phil Gramm is unrepentent. "Mr. Gramm said the problem of predatory loans was not of the banks’ making. Instead, he faulted “predatory borrowers". "Mr. Gramm, ever the economics professor, disputes his critics’ analysis of the causes of the upheaval. He asserts that swaps, by enabling companies to insure themselves against defaults, have diminished, not increased, the effects of the declining housing markets." “This is part of this myth of deregulation,” he said in the interview. “By and large, credit-default swaps have distributed the risks. They didn’t create it. The only reason people have focused on them is that some politicians don’t know a credit-default swap from a turnip.”
posted by Xurando at 9:37 AM PST - 69 comments

"It seems like a money-saving exercise," she said. "If a patient dies, tough."
£35,000-a-year kidney cancer drugs too costly for NHS: Sutent offers to extend a kidney or GIST cancer patient's life by about 26 months, but the British NHS refuses to fund it, citing "marginal benefit at quite often an extreme cost."
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:27 AM PST - 47 comments

Phiring Up Phillies Phans.
Crowd Control
posted by empath at 8:42 AM PST - 29 comments

Faen!
Faen! (SLYT) Will teach you a useful Norwegian swear word. Warning: will offend Finns, who will find their own favorite curse mocked, and annoy Danes, who will find that the dapper hat-wearing, glasses-doffing Norwegian mispronounces their favorite curse word. (NSFW: Much cursing in English and various Scandinavian languages; brief image of copulating turtles.)
posted by languagehat at 8:19 AM PST - 44 comments

Real people... MADE OF PLASTIC!
50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography - "Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model."
posted by Manhasset at 7:22 AM PST - 49 comments

Critics justify their existence.
Squarepusher takes on the Guardian's pop critics.
posted by minifigs at 5:08 AM PST - 99 comments

A Look Inside Two Central Banks: The European Central Bank And The Federal Reserve
A Look Inside Two Central Banks: The European Central Bank And The Federal Reserve [PDF], 2003 article comparing and contrasting their basic structure and management from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's magazine Review (blue ribbon for Most Generic Magazine Title). Author Patricia S. Pollard is now with the IMF. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 4:37 AM PST - 2 comments

November 16
Organic Decay
Tickling Thicket: the art of Katty Stone and Yvette Molina. [Via BLDGBLOG and Inhabitat] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 11:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Obama vows to shut down Guantanamo Bay
Guantanamo Bay, or Gitmo as it has often been called, has a long and sordid history of human rights abuses and those that have spent some time there have more than their fair share of stories to tell. But it looks as thought it's all coming to a close as in a major interview with 60 Minutes, Obama has vowed to shut down Guantanamo Bay and rebuild "America's moral stature in the world." [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:02 PM PST - 98 comments

The Gold Standard
Gold Standard, Way before then, Then, Now, and... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 7:38 PM PST - 50 comments

Capucine tells a captivating tale
Once Upon a Time - a filmed fairy tale starring baby monkeys lost in frightening trees, a witch, crocodiles, a tiger, a "popotamus" and a lion, and even a "tremendously very bad mammoth." (In French, English subtitles)
posted by madamjujujive at 7:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Ensuring the future of food
A well designed Japanese video about food security
posted by oxford blue at 6:50 PM PST - 44 comments

Your favorite typeface rocks.
Your favorite rock typefaces. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 6:22 PM PST - 17 comments

common reactor
Babies born in 1954 have more Carbon-14 in their DNA ; trees have rings with a spike of C14 in that year, and even ringless equatorial trees will show an increase of radiocarbon if they were alive in 1954.

In the mid 1950s the United States, Britain, France and Russia tested not quite a million nuclear weapons. Maybe some part of them is still with you.
posted by plexi at 5:40 PM PST - 63 comments

The call is coming from INSIDE the Pyramid!
A hidden room sealed inside the Great Pyramid may hold the explanation for how the pyramids were built. Previously, it was believed that the construction took place from the outside, but evidence points to the building starting on the inside and working out. Do you want to build your own pyramid at home? Well, that's considerably easier. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Barcelona!
A lost Beatles track called Carnival of Light does exist and could be released. Sir Paul McCartney has a master tape of the piece, adding: "The time has come for it to get its moment."
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Another Russian animation post?!
Animatsiya in English is weblog (warning: livejournal) with a narrow focus: tracking the production of Russian animated feature films. Russian animation has a long history with output both abstract and obstructed; from the early influence of the Russian avant-garde and the work of small groups of enthusiasts, through Stalin-era Socialist realism and a style known as Éclair that was marked by the use of extensive rotoscoping, to the 1960's and beyond when surreal and politically charged (and unfortunately, in this case, anti-Semitic) as well as unconventionally structured, emotionally fueled films found release. Fortunately, when Pilot Studio—the Soviet Union's first private animation studio—decided to relegate parts of that history to the dumpsters out back, the people were ready to sift through the mess. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Tull Then and Now
Ian Anderson Advises You on Kitten Care You may think you remember Jethro Tull but the lead singer changed a bit over the years. As well as recently receiving an (honorary) doctorate in English literature and taking up the cause of wild cats, the multi talented Ian would also like to tell you about Indian food.
posted by mygothlaundry at 3:18 PM PST - 39 comments

Making the Title of Miss Universe a Little Less Impressive
Is the Multiverse Real? Discover takes a look at theories that our universe is one of many. This blogger adds some interesting commentary. via
posted by Bookhouse at 2:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Let me guess- you didn't show that ad to a Mom, did you?
Want to sell your pain reliever to mothers? Rule #1: Don't make an ad that pisses off the "Mommy Bloggers". Twitter is currently "Motrin Moms" central- but that's not good news for Motrin.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:28 PM PST - 119 comments

Duanna Johnson sues police department, is murdered
Duanna Johnson broke the news in June when vidotape of her (alleged) beating by Memphis police was leaked (youtube). According to Johnson, the provocation for the (alleged) assault was asking to be called by name rather than as "faggot" or "he/she." Involved in a lawsuit against the Memphis Police Department, she was murdered on Sunday. Answering a call for donations for funeral expenses, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition raised $5,300 in four hours. There are nagging questions about the circumstances of the case and the level of coverage this case has received in comparison to Prop. 8 protests. (More coverage: bilerico, feministing, the HRC, questioning transphobia.)
posted by KirkJobSluder at 2:13 PM PST - 52 comments

gorgeous sea animals
Pictures and descriptions of sea slugs - an absolutely stunning species of marine life
posted by darsh at 2:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Feels just like Sunday...
John Prine Live in 1980 on youtube--with interspersed interviews from around his hometown: in his 1951 Ford Custom Club Coupe (Automobile), down by the train tracks (Bruised Orange) on the porch ( How Lucky) and at the Scene of the Crime (The Accident). Previously [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Star Trek XI, the trailer.
Star Trek XI, the trailer. (previously) [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:44 AM PST - 247 comments

Not suitable for children, or those of you who may have a nervous disposition
The Kneale Tapes (1, 2, 3, 4) documentary about British science fiction screenwriter Nigel Kneale. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Flying Fish
The longer the fish can stay out of the water the less likely a predator will catch it. Flying fish are showing up all over the world.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 10:50 AM PST - 28 comments

I have no idea what perceptual insight is, but this is pretty interesting
An Introduction to Sine-Wave Speech Play the first sound and you'll probably hear nothing but squeaks and bleeps. Play the second one and then go back to the first. Cool!
posted by TheDonF at 9:29 AM PST - 63 comments

Restrospect respect
Georges Barbier (nsfw)(1882-1932) Fashion Illustrator extraordinaire whose prints are easily found on the web now has the first posthumous exhibition of his work on show in Venice. Titled: The Birth of Art Deco Despite his prodigious output there is little biographical detail of his life. Some of his designs were exquisite. ( related ).
posted by adamvasco at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Your motorcycle gang days may be over, but thanks to crafting your leather jacket can rock on.
Got some old leather articles lying around that have become dated, worn, or too small? Well, happy days are here again for your old leather goods, because here are some ideas on how to make old leather items into new items you can use. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Thus did the sons of the Heike vanish forever from the face of the earth.
The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari) is a medieval Japanese account of the rise and fall of the Taira clan and has inspired many other works of art. Click on the chapters and scroll down to see Heike illustrations (or start here), see more art or figures inspired by the Heike. Would you rather read? [more inside]
posted by ersatz at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Fashion, turn to the left...
The fashion world scrambles to stay ahead. Michelle Obama emerges as an American fashion icon. She may appear in Vogue. Can she recover from her election night fashion faux pas? This is history in the making.
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:12 AM PST - 81 comments

(laws of human stupidity)
Why systems fail - Review of the book: Systemantics; how systems work... and especially how they fail by John Gall. New York, Pocket Books, 1978. {via} [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 6:33 AM PST - 21 comments

November 15
The psychology of cons
How to Run a Con. A neuroeconomist looks at the Pigeon Drop. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 10:48 PM PST - 49 comments

Tokyo Glow
"The beauty in chaos." Photographer SATO Shintaro's Tokyo Twilight Zone and Night Lights.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:40 PM PST - 17 comments

If it ain't Dutch dominos, it ain't much dominos.
Where does the domino theory still apply? Why, Holland, of course, where a new record for most dominos toppled was just set, in their annual Domino Day. See the 2006 competition (and brush up on your Dutch) here: part 1 and part 2. No one can deny, the Dutch have a way with dominos. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

FWD: fwd: Fwd: RE: nuclear launch codez
U.S. Presidents have had an uneven relationship with technology. The Clinton Presidential Library has more than 40 million White House emails on record (but only two are from the man himself). The Bush Administration, on the other hand, junked the Clinton archival process and replaced it with a comically inept alternative that has lost more than five million messages, many concerning official government business. (President Bush, for his part, gave up his longtime address -- G94b@aol.com -- just before his inauguration). Even the Reagan White House had its share of problems with the digital age. Now, as tech-savvy Barack Obama prepares to implement his technology plans, does he have a shot at dragging the Oval Office into the 21st century? Or will he have to surrender his laptop, his email account, and his beloved Blackberry?
posted by Rhaomi at 8:08 PM PST - 38 comments

Alebrijes
Alebrijes, first created by Pedro Linares, are brightly-colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical animal-like creatures. [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 7:52 PM PST - 7 comments

The Secrets of Talk Radio
"I was distraught. I felt I was actively participating in something so inconsistent with reality that even most conservative talk radio devotees would see this. But in a way, it was merely a more obvious example of how talk radio portrayed reality selectively." A former producer reveals the secrets of talk radio. via
posted by Knappster at 6:19 PM PST - 92 comments

Malcolm Gladwell on genius
Malcolm Gladwell asks: is there such a thing as pure genius? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 5:42 PM PST - 67 comments

Lawless Lands: Justice Denied to Native Communities
"Lawless Lands": Michael Riley, writing in the Denver Post, investigates the dysfunctional state of law enforcement on Native American reservations, and the shocking consequences for crime victims. Bill Moyer's Journal has followed up with an excellent documentary expose entitled "Broken Justice." [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Wrists Of Fury
Wrists of Fury: Flight Of The Bumblebee on the marimba.
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 2:23 PM PST - 31 comments

Shoddy Experiments and the Newspapers Who Love Them
An experiment published in Biology Letters has been interpretted by the press in different ways. The Daily Mail: "Women over the age of 50 may be less frisky, less nimble and less cute but, as if by way of compensation, they are also a lot less bitchy." The Telegraph: "So today’s research published in Biology Letters, that finds women become less bitchy when they are older, is frankly, unsurprising. The mistake however is that the researchers thought the decline in bitchiness came post-menopause, when they should have set the benchmark as post-puberty." Dr. Petra Boynton's take: "If we don’t take action we’re going to keep on seeing this carnival of poor sex science being promoted. With poor media coverage following as a result."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:49 PM PST - 33 comments

All Your List Are Belong To Us
It’s been said that if you can’t find what you’re looking for, make it yourself. In searching for a list of lists, these guys noticed a lack of sites that aggregate lists, so Listropolis was born. For example, The 10 Worst Places to Get Caught Having Sex. Some of their lists are a little more useful like 20 Essential Sources for Free HD Videos, or the aptly named 7 Big-Ass Holes in the Earth.
posted by netbros at 1:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Springsteen tackles 'Dream Baby Dream,' teams up with Suicide
Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" YT Link is the duo of Alan Vega and Martin Rev at their most anthemic and uplifting, a different side of their confrontational synth-punk. Bruce Springsteen closed his shows on the 2005 Devils & Dust tour with a fantastic solo cover of "Dream Baby Dream," and is sharing a new split 10" with the NYC electronic pioneers themselves.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Making a Mockery of Meat.
Meat analogue or faux meat comes in a variety of forms with plenty of ways to cook it. Although not the first, Seth Tibbott invented Tofurky back in 1986, with KFC getting in on the action earlier this year.
posted by gman at 12:35 PM PST - 36 comments

Preliminary sketches of Tony Blair invariably had the PM knocking off the head of a robot.
When the House of Commons required a portrait of outgoing PM Tony Blair, to whom did they turn? Phil Hale. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 11:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Myra, It's Getting Too Damn Hot In Here!
The Funky Fresh Senior Choir, also known as the FBC Senior Adult Choir. (via Neatorama) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Irasshaimase!
Meet Chikan. He likes to touch young women in the crowded subway of Tokyo. Meet Chikan, Otaku, Pachinko, Yopparai Salaryman, and yes, even Geisha at 51 Japanese Characters. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 10:58 AM PST - 30 comments

Letter From Iceland
Letter from Iceland. There you see the Iceland of today – the victim of an economic 9/11 and one of the very few places in the world where the words “financial meltdown” can be used without fear of exaggeration. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:50 AM PST - 33 comments

I can haz hooman condishun?
I Can Has Cheezburger... and pathos? : Salon writer Jay Dixit discusses the link between LOLCats and the human condition.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:28 AM PST - 42 comments

Radio in Name Only
[An Important SLYT from President-elect Barack Obama] President-elect Obama releases his first Weekly Radio Address over Youtube. This marks the first time the weekly address has ever been released on web video, and the first of his promised web addresses that will be broadcasted throughout his administration.
posted by Weebot at 9:53 AM PST - 57 comments

Failing Hard Drive Sounds
Failing Hard Drive Sounds. via
posted by sveskemus at 5:55 AM PST - 46 comments

In case you were wondering
Joyce explained. (via)
posted by kliuless at 5:38 AM PST - 23 comments

TV Offal's songs and the US radio jingles which inspired them
TV Offal's songs and the US radio jingles which inspired them. "It's nice in Detroit." "It's nice being Esther." TV critic Victor Lewis-Smith's late night comedy show was short lived but well remembered by those of us who saw it on Channel 4in the UK (cf, Google Video and YouTube).
posted by feelinglistless at 2:49 AM PST - 6 comments

November 14
(limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone
20x200
"We introduce two new pieces a week: one photo and one work on paper. Each image is available in three sizes." Limited edition artworks priced $20 to $2000. An interesting concept with some nice pieces.
posted by Manhasset at 9:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Brenin
The philosopher and the wolf. "A spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a wolf cub changed Mark Rowlands’s life. From that moment on he found human company never quite matched up." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 9:15 PM PST - 50 comments

Enjoy Risk? Then you may like 300% Leveraged ETFs
Enjoy Risk? Then you may like 300% Leveraged ETFs [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 9:10 PM PST - 31 comments

A President is Known by His Lawn Mower
Is there no end to the shady associations of Barack Obama? Crack journalist Dave Barry has published photographic proof that the president-elect is a Lawn Ranger. What's a Lawn Ranger? Glad you asked. Dave Barry has written about this nefarious organization not once, but twice and their strange and eldritch rites have been profiled on WILL public television of Central Illinois, where the organization has its headquarters, in the town of Arcola, where they parade every year.
posted by Kattullus at 8:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out
New Scientist kicks off it's science fiction special by asking "Is science fiction dying?", with answers by Margaret Atwood, William Gibson and Ursula K Le Guin amongst others. Meanwhile on the Nebula Awards site Geoff Ryman talks about Mundane SF, and how it was a reaction to a phenomenon he noticed in new SF coming through the Clarion workshop: A lot of it doesn't have much science fiction in it.
posted by Artw at 8:43 PM PST - 70 comments

Everybody wants to rule the world...
Enjoy Risk? Then you may like Strategy Game Network [requires registration.] Strategy Game Network has similar gameplay and in addition to the classic map, there are many alternative maps. With 24 hour turn limits it isn't a huge time sink, just play a few minutes a day.
posted by schyler523 at 6:45 PM PST - 18 comments

The Plum Book, 2008 Edition
Wondering which Obama administration job is right for you? The Plum Book (2008 Edition) is a US government publication that lists some 8000 jobs (including salary ranges) in the executive branch that will become available upon the inauguration of President-Elect Obama. (Individual chapters are .pdf files.) [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:18 PM PST - 34 comments

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The GDT's* European Wildlife Photographer of the Year; winning image is NSFW. (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) *Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen [more inside]
posted by Korou at 4:40 PM PST - 22 comments

L'Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode
A complete archive of French magazine L'Officiel de la Mode, from 1921 to 2008. It's a treasure trove for fans of fashion, photography, advertising and design. [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 3:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Astro-turf from Walmart?
Ernest Kirschner, a 61-year-old business owner from East Haddam, is among thousands of Connecticut residents who may become the new voice of Walmart. When the Benton, Ark.-based retailer formed its own "support group," the New England Customer Action Network, Kirschner signed up eagerly. "I would stick up for Wal-Mart as strong as I can," said Kirschner, a frequent shopper. "I really think they've gotten an unfair shake." Wal-Mart Forms Customer 'Support Group' To Counter Opponents [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Safe Haven
"Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska," Gov. Dave Heineman told CNN. "Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them."
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:45 PM PST - 78 comments

They laughed at Peter Schiff
The laughed at him. Foretelling the doom and gloom of the mortgage crisis as a pundit in these 2006-2007 interviews, Peter Schiff held to a grim economic outlook. Recently in the Washington Post, Schiff writes: "Our leaders irrationally promoted home-buying, discouraged savings, and recklessly encouraged borrowing and lending, which together undermined our markets."
posted by thisisdrew at 1:20 PM PST - 33 comments

I'm acting the role of a tired nonconformist
Mike Wallace interviews Rod Serling in 1959, discussing timidity and censorship in television programming, and Serling's upcoming series The Twilight Zone. Part one. Part two. Part three. (TouTube links)
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
The Dog Files is a website and video podcast about dogs and the people that love them.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

BBQ Bees
Man attempts to kill some bees that have invaded his BBQ, ends up annihilating entire colony of honey bees.
posted by sidartha at 12:00 PM PST - 144 comments

Team Lioness - Female Soldiers in Combat in Iraq
Team Lioness is the name given to a group of female soliders, (and the documentary about them) who were some of the first women in modern American warfare to engage in frontline combat — something that is officially forbidden by the military. "The female support soliders were assigned to the 1st Engineer Battalion and they were recruited to accompany Marine units during raids. Originally, the female soldiers were there to search and detain any women they came upon and to guard the unit's Arabic interpreter. Over time, however, as the situation in Ramadi deteriorated, the Marine units transitioned into a more offensive role, baiting insurgents into firefights in order to draw them out. Until officers higher up the chain got spooked over the possibility of a female soldier killed in combat and quietly disbanded the unit, members of Team Lioness were often right in the thick of things, including some of the fiercest urban firefights of the Iraq War."
posted by nooneyouknow at 11:49 AM PST - 22 comments

The Texture of Time
Nabokov and the Moment of Truth. VN talks about metaphors of time, great books, and reads the first line of Lolita. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 11:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Don't You Wish You Could Draw
Chicago jam-comics group Trubble Club boasts an all-star line-up of amazing illustrators, collectively creating surreal, hilarious and somewhat disturbing comics. [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Groundbreak Much?
"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier." The U.S. names its first female four-star general: Ann E. Dunwoody. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 10:39 AM PST - 40 comments

Scientists Determine the Fishiest Election Ever (LiveScience)
Scientists make fish "vote" by having them choose an artificial fish to follow. Shocker: There's not a lot of individual decision-making.. I always did say some people are as intelligent as fish..
posted by bondgirl53001 at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

The "We Drink Your Milkshake Act" Passed
Oiligarchy is a resource management game reminiscent of their earlier McDonald's Game. Build your empire and keep the shareholders (all old, bald, white men) happy. Social activism wrapped inside an (admittedly simplified) game! via [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 8:30 AM PST - 27 comments

Eclipse Aviation, start to finish.
Eclipse Aviation yesterday told all of its employees to go home and that they would not be paid for their past two weeks of work. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:58 AM PST - 41 comments

Add Math to Bush Administration Failings
Dems eye midnight regulations reversal. Congressional Democrats are eyeing a little-known, Clinton-era law as a way to reverse Bush administration midnight regulations — even ones that have already taken effect. “Fortunately, [the White House] made a mistake,” said a top Senate Democratic aide. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:48 AM PST - 76 comments

legoloverman
There are many good swooshing opportunities here.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:15 AM PST - 45 comments

"A Computer With a Lens"
RED's new DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System is "completely modular and upgradeable in every way."
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:37 AM PST - 41 comments

November 13
Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
Explore painter Vincent Van Gogh's "nocturnal interiors and landscapes, which often combine with other longstanding themes of his art -- peasant life, sowers, wheatfields, and the encroachment of modernity on the rural scene." View "paintings, drawings, and letters from all periods of his career, as well as examples of the rich literary sources that influenced his work." Also includes audio commentary.flash. via [more inside]
posted by hortense at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Angry clown thing awaits on the Gayway
Rejoice! There are Seattle World's Fair 1962 images, advertisements for the Gayway (which became Fun Forest) section of the attraction, racy construction shots and postcards. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 10:03 PM PST - 14 comments

BURN-E
BURN-E is a short film by Pixar Animation Studios based on a character who was briefly seen in the movie WALL-E. It takes place concurrently with the movie during the sequence when WALL-E and EVE fly around the Axiom starliner, and enter through a door, locking a welder robot outside of the ship.
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:33 PM PST - 97 comments

The Internet in Canada’s far north
Using the Web to buy a carton of milk in Nunavut. Satellite Internet in Nunavut (Canada’s newest territory – the White Stripes played there) is slow and has such draconian bandwidth caps (2GB a month) that nobody downloads audio or video. But they use it for every kind of online banking and E-commerce in a territory with barely any retail stores. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been, A Maverick?
Want one of the roughly 7,000 jobs in Obama's administration? Hope you've got a pencil and some time to spare. Obama wants any internet "handles" you've used, too, presumably for vetting past snark. But lengthly questionnaires aren't anything new... [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 7:19 PM PST - 77 comments

Trans in the Red States
"In Loveland, Colorado -- population 61,000, 92 percent white and heavily evangelical Christian -- Michelle didn't know what to expect when she began to work with the school to facilitate her daughter's transition from a boy to a girl. At first, it was difficult. The school 'freaked out when I told them,' Michelle says. 'When we started with M.J.'s transition, I was envisioning riots.' And so Michelle became an advocate for transgender people -- those who identify as a gender different from the one assigned at birth. Michelle organized trainings for the faculty and staff and prepared 'cheat sheets' in case any of their students asked prying questions. But on the first day of school, nothing happened." - Trans in the Red States by Jeremy Bearer-Friend and Daniel Redman. [via Obsidian Wings]
posted by Kattullus at 7:11 PM PST - 21 comments

In the mood for trying new things at TJs? Look no further...
Trader Joe's Fan: Recipes, product reviews and more.
posted by invisible ink at 7:08 PM PST - 27 comments

For Schytts & Grins
Swedish Dance Bands of the 70's.
posted by mattholomew at 6:45 PM PST - 36 comments

We gotta love you, leave you miles behind / But if you wanna talk a walk then come into the garden with me / Jimmie Jones...
From Silver Lake to Suicide: One Family's Secret History of the Jonestown Massacre.
posted by scody at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Stealing Your Library
OCLC, owners of WorldCat, are getting greedy. It's now demanding that every library that uses WorldCat give control over all its catalog records to OCLC. It literally is asking libraries to put an OCLC policy notice on every book record in their catalog. It wants to own every library. It's not just Open Library that's at risk here -- LibraryThing, Zotero, even some new Wikipedia features being developed are threatened. Basically anything that uses information about books is going to be a victim of this unprecedented power[ ]grab. It's a scary thought. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 6:32 PM PST - 40 comments

Coming to a town near you... Prop 8 Protests
Proposition 8. Saddened? Curious? Outraged? Happy? Dont Care? On Saturday, November 15 in every state across America and even in cities worldwide there will be a day of action. The response has been so overwhelming the website organizers needed to open up a sister website to handle to traffic overload. In many cases, police are being updated repeatedly by event coordinators with exponential expectations for attendees. [more inside]
posted by Glibpaxman at 6:14 PM PST - 114 comments

Don't Worry, Be Happy.
Hi there, it’s Gail Westerfield, the writer's super heroine, and I'm feeling groovy thanks to Dr. Michael Mithoefer. Previously.
posted by gman at 4:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Novels 'better at explaining world's problems than reports'
Novels are 'better at explaining world's problems than reports'. According to the study "The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge" (HTML or PDF), people should read best-selling novels like The Kite Runner and The White Tiger rather than academic reports if they really want to understand global issues, such as poverty, migration and other issues. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 3:21 PM PST - 60 comments

Fin-Fish Airship
Fin-Fish blimp will alter your perception of flying. Airship Regatta in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
posted by Surfin' Bird at 2:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Pictures of the Day
The WSJ Photo Journal - The Boston Globe's Big Picture has company. [previously]
posted by kliuless at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

First Pictures Taken Of Extrasolar Planets
First Pictures Taken Of Extrasolar Planets
posted by jason's_planet at 2:02 PM PST - 32 comments

The right to live well leads to the right to die well.
Hannah Jones is a terminally ill 13 year old who has won a court battle in Britain allowing her to die peacefully instead of undergoing the major surgery that could prolong her life.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:16 PM PST - 111 comments

Operation Arizona Bay
This morning millions of Southern Californians dropped, covered, and held on as part of The Great ShakeOut. The largest earthquake preparedness exercise in U.S. history simulates a 7.8 quake rocking the southland. [more inside]
posted by Curry at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Pleasant Grove City v. Summum
The previously-mentioned Summums want to place their own monument in a park which contains the Ten Commandments, making the Supreme Court's heads explode in a a hilariously weird oral argument[pdf]: "Scalia: I don't know what that means. You keep saying it, and I don't know what it means. [...] Breyer: Suppose that there certain messages that private people had like "eat vitamins"—and then somebody comes along with a totally different content, "ride the roller coaster," and they say this part of the park is designed to get healthy children, not put children at risk." [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur at 12:16 PM PST - 116 comments

The Typewriter Tape
On June 25, 1964, Janis Joplin visited Jorma Kaukonen at his home in San Francisco. Accompanied by Jorma's wife on typewriter, they recorded six songs. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
posted by Knappster at 11:53 AM PST - 24 comments

More fun with Scientology!
Recently, everyone who pre-ordered a certain book on Amazon.co.uk received a letter notifying them "This item has been removed from sale for legal reasons." Amazon.com claims the book is temporarily out of stock. The book? The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology by John Duignan. Interestingly, on November 5th, Tom Cruise attended an "all hands" meeting of Amazon.com bigwigs. Photos. A random coincidence? What about all those one and two-star reviews that kept disappearing from books like Dianetics and Science of Survival?
posted by changeling at 11:52 AM PST - 76 comments

WAIT 6502,1
The story of an easter egg in Commodore PET BASIC V2, and other bits of computer archeology from fantastic pagetable.com.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:32 AM PST - 26 comments

99 Tetris bricks on the wall, 99 Tetris bricks, take one down, toss it around...
99 Bricks is what you get when you cross Tetris with Jenga. Instead of keeping your tower's height to a minimum, the goal is to get it as high as possible with 99 bricks. And the bricks don't stick to each other anymore. One wrong placement and they'll fall all over the place.
posted by grouse at 7:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Down South frumpin'!
Jocelyn Testes-Harder is a no-nonsense woman
posted by iffley at 7:17 AM PST - 94 comments

How usable is your world?
Happy World Usability Day. Download the poster. Take the global transport challenge. Get involved in a local event. Not sure what usability is? These guys can tell you. Usability principals are being applied not only to websites, but to increase the level of accessibility in all facets of life including voting, product development, and how we talk to one another. You're on your own to improve your own usability, though.
posted by angry jonny at 7:07 AM PST - 21 comments

Analysis: People all over the world love counting!
Video blog of people's reactions around the world to the 2008 CNN presidential countdown.
posted by aftermarketradio at 5:48 AM PST - 53 comments

Incredibeta
Incredibots. Make crazy machines! Solve puzzles! Share with your friends! And that's just the beta. Similarly [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:11 AM PST - 36 comments

The perfect Yorkshire pudding
The Royal Society of Chemistry has published their specifications and recipe for the perfect Yorkshire pudding. Unusually for this type of thing, it might not have anything to do with selling anything.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 3:11 AM PST - 56 comments

On Growth and Form and Constructal Theory
On Growth and Form (1917) was D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's pioneering effort to explore the mathematical principles that underlie biological form. He studied the similarity between the shapes of a jellyfish and a drop of ink, a splash and a hydroid, between dragonfly wings and bubble froth, the growth of radiolaria and snowflakes, the spirals of nautilus and mollusk shells and sheep horns. More recently, Adrian Bejan's Constructal Theory aims to explain all biological shape from one thermodynamic principle. This month there is an interview with Bejan for the layman. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:17 AM PST - 16 comments

November 12
How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you.
How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you.
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:23 PM PST - 110 comments

Paper Dolls Aren't Just for Sissies Anymore
"You're a paper doll and you're confronted with a horde of hungry zombies. Whose weapon do you wish you had?" Pick your doll. Dress her up naughty or nice. Pick a pet. Stick around for Mermaid Monday, and have fun. My girlfriend says she'll wear this Cupcake Dress for me. Be sure to check out Hobbit Girl. Or the Original Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter) from Watchmen and Rachel from Blade Runner. There's the obligatory wtf? And finally Sarah Palin. Sorry guys, she doesn't draw men (even if she likes all the same things you do). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

yeah i thought it sounded like paladin too
Forget all your worries with PALADON - the singing gardener.
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Palin & Africa Redux
A false expert and phony think tank fool bloggers and the mainstream news media. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 6:42 PM PST - 110 comments

Nanobliss: now with extra audacity, hope and change!
Nanobliss "Nanobliss is a gallery of visualizations of small-scale structures of carbon nanotubes and silicon, created by John Hart." I came for the awesome Nanobamas [Flickr set here], but was impressed enough with the rest to share the whole. Enjoy---particularly the informative techniques page. At the very least, have a look at some of the pretty nano pictures.
posted by kosem at 5:31 PM PST - 11 comments

At Gamestop at Midnight? You might be a Lich King
Gee, boss, I'm feeling a cold coming on. I definitely won't be in to work tomorrow. What's that? You saw me at Gamestop and/or Best Buy at midnight? I, er, well, I was dealing with a nasty bug. No, not that one, the other one (no worries, I'll be compensated!). I'm quite talented, you see. If I was in Europe, they'd already be showing me the way to Northrend. Alas, I'm not, and I have to wait until 9pm PST. In the meantime, there are those who've been where I'm going, and have nicely posted a review already.
posted by thanotopsis at 5:02 PM PST - 68 comments

"We did some Chuck Berry and took it from there. I suppose it worked."
Mitch Mitchell, best known as the drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, dead at 61. The last member of the trio to pass away, Mitchell was found in his hotel room early Wednesday morning. Give the drummer some!
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:43 PM PST - 64 comments

Where will your water be coming from and will you have to fight for it?
The map to "blue gold" may define or avert future wars.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Foot by Foot, oooh baby
Remember those pesky left feet that kept washing up on Canada's West Coast? One of their counterparts finally showed up. The plot thickens with the knowledge that The Sixth Foot was a hoax... [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 2:12 PM PST - 78 comments

Productivity geeks of the world, rejoice!
Love the idea of Google Apps, but feel like they already have more of your data than they should? Self-hosted, open-source app OpenGoo just released version 1.0, and it appears to be taking on not just Google Apps but services like Basecamp and Backpack, too. Live demo. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 1:30 PM PST - 22 comments

What happens when the Big One hits?
Is Oakland supposed to...ripple like that? [more inside]
posted by rtha at 12:38 PM PST - 63 comments

Yes, I would like to purchase a 12-pack of radial tires please.
Ken Block Gymkhana Practice [video] (an obstacle course for cars)
posted by blue_beetle at 11:45 AM PST - 34 comments

The Complicated Relationship Between Bailarinas And Their Clients
Rosa is a bailarina. For a couple of dollars per song, she dances with strangers in a bailarina bar. It’s a job held by many immigrant women in Spanish-speaking New York, filling a need created by many immigrant men. The man on the phone is typical of her clients. He’s in his twenties, doesn’t speak English, and immigrated to the United States by himself—no mother, no girlfriend, no wife. He works six days a week at a restaurant and sends his money back home to Ecuador. Most of all, he’s lonely.
posted by jason's_planet at 11:32 AM PST - 43 comments

Are you making a living wage?
Are you making a living wage? An online calculator from the Poverty in America project's set of tools. [more inside]
posted by geos at 11:10 AM PST - 83 comments

Wong Kar-Wai's Mood
In 2005, Margaret Pomeranz interviewed Wong Kar Wai. In 2007 GoldenDragonPictures posted the unedited footage to YouTube [parts 2 3 4 5 6] wherein he discusses his career to the point of 2046. [more inside]
posted by saturnine at 10:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Greetings... from the woooorld of tomorrow!
This morning, New Yorkers were offered free copies of the New York Times--which happen to be fake, including a clever twist on the Times' slogan reading 'All the news we hope to print. The accompanying website may or may not open for you, but Gothamist posted the front page at least. Rumors are that this is the latest work of culture jammers, the Yes Men (whose site is also down today).
posted by adamms222 at 10:14 AM PST - 54 comments

How do you say 'Get me off this crazy thing!' in Estonian?
Kiiking means 'swing' in Estonian. Estonian swing culture explained.
posted by grounded at 9:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Small-scale nuclear - not an oxymoron anymore
For sale: 25 MWe uranium hydride nuclear reactor. $25 million. Size of hot tub; transportable on back of truck; suitable for burial next to steam turbine generator. No risk of meltdown. Powers 20,000 American homes, or significantly more remote African ones. Provides electricity at 10 cents/kWh. To join the waiting list or if you have questions, please contact Hyperion Power Generation.
posted by Dasein at 9:51 AM PST - 85 comments

Now. I mean NOW!!!!
Everything. Right. Now. Sprint presents an overwhelming, sprawling, entertaining dashboard that both mocks and plays into data overload. See how many people are stuck in elevators while you play pong, hear the latest music, and observe internet buzz - all at the same time (and yes, it is an ad for something). Overwhelmed? A more sedate text-only version of live world statistics can be found at worldometers.
posted by blahblahblah at 9:39 AM PST - 25 comments

The latest in women's safety devices or modern chastity belts?
Brazilian lingerie leaps into the world of technology with the"Find Me If You Can". Geocachers everywhere rejoiced. The design targets "techno-savvy" women but might sell better to women frequently misplacing their undergarments.
posted by If You Ain't Dutch, You Ain't Much at 9:18 AM PST - 25 comments

The Art of Onfim: Medieval Novgorod Through the Eyes of a Child
Amazing collection of sketches and doodles, drawn on birch bark, created by a child in Medieval Novgorod.
posted by sidartha at 8:37 AM PST - 26 comments

I'm doing fine with my shoes right now...
Sneakers: A Short Film Meditation on International Shoe Culture [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Civl War Dinosaurs
"It's 1863 and Union soldiers have discovered a hidden valley filled with dinosaurs. Now the Yankees plan to use the dinosaurs as weapons of mass destruction against the South." Presenting Professor Cline's Dinosaur Kingdom at Natural Bridge VA. Providing fun for the whole family, this is "not your father's dinosaur park." [via] [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 8:03 AM PST - 22 comments

Would you like to buy an fuzzy multi-instanton knot?
"...the best place to hide bulls**t is in a refereed journal that’s not open-access!" The math-physics blog n-category cafe digs into the curious case of M.S. El Naschie. El Naschie is editor-in-chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals, published by the well-respected scientific publisher Elsevier and sold to academic libraries for US$4,520 a year. The problem? El Naschie has published 322 of his own papers in the journal -- papers that John Baez (of "This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics" and "The Crackpot Index") describes as "vague, dreamlike imagery," "undisciplined numerology larded with impressive buzzwords," and "total baloney." Is El Naschie a reverse Sokal? Or a Markov process for producing random publishable papers? One thing's for sure -- he knows how to cure cancer.
posted by escabeche at 7:56 AM PST - 49 comments

Xanax withdrawal isn't pretty
"The agonizing final hours" of Sean Levert ("Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is") of the R & B group, LeVert. Deprived of his Xanax, the R & B singer "shrieked delusionally for more than 24 hours before collapsing in the overcrowded jail." [more inside]
posted by Faze at 5:02 AM PST - 131 comments

Gandy Dancers
Gandy Dancers is a fascinating and inspiring look at the music made by the African-American workers in the south who maintained railroad tracks, "lining up" the tracks manually. This hard work required synchronized effort, and the rhythm came from improvised songs. The film features a group of retired Gandy dancers talking about and demonstrating the songs they sang and the work they did.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs
Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs
posted by knave at 4:07 AM PST - 27 comments

Money for nothing: a new era of zero interest rates?
The Fed cut 100 bps. BOE cut 150 bps. ECB cut 50 bps. India, Vietnam, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark, South Korea and other nations have all cut interest rates in recent weeks, with many Central Banks cutting more than once. The G20 is now discussing the possibility of further, coordinated interest rate cuts. As interest rates globally plummet, we are observing what some analysts are calling "The Race to Zero". [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:27 AM PST - 86 comments

OS Wars: The African Theatre
Microsoft and Linux have been battling for dominance in Africa for some time now. In South Africa, Linux elicited the help of a former Microsoft executive, to which Windows countered with a massive free software giveaway. A more recent front has been in Nigeria, where Mandriva looked set to secure a government contract, until Microsoft allegedly paid $400,000 to have that contract dumped. Microsoft, for its part, has denied the allegations.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:14 AM PST - 40 comments

Direct Postage
What happens if you post a letter using coins instead of stamps?
posted by divabat at 2:29 AM PST - 49 comments

November 11
A chance encounter at war changes history, Spitfire pilot remembered
Charley Fox, two-time recipient of the Distinguished Cross, died on October 18th in a car accident. Another WWII veteran gone, and as with many, an interesting tale exists in his past. Credited with injuring Rommel (although he didn't know it at the time and it was denied by Germany), it's often thought that the loss of Rommel from Hitler's strategy team helped sway the war for the Allies (though it's wondered if has Rommel lived the July 20 plot against Hitler might have succeeded). After the war, Charley was an advocate for veterans and trained many. He died wearing his uniform.
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:37 PM PST - 12 comments

We feed babies our insanity
The Stone of Folly is a wonderful stop motion animation released in 2002. Luckily, for those of us who don't own a copy, it was shown on the Canadian short film show Bravo!Fact Presents. Their website contains a treasure trove of Canadian short film (check the linked video).
posted by Alex404 at 10:44 PM PST - 4 comments

The Downward Spiral
What killed Sgt. Gray? "He survived the war only to die at home. An exploration of his death and his combat unit's activities reveals what can happen to soldiers who feel the freedom -- or the pressure -- to do things in war they can't live with later." -- An American Radioworks documentary.
posted by empath at 10:36 PM PST - 29 comments

It Don't Matter if You're Black or White (Furred)
You know, sometimes, you want to read about an upcoming economic nightmare, sometimes, you want to read about Obama's transition team, sometimes, you want to read about the Rifleman's Creed, and sometimes, you just want to see squirrels dance to Michael Jackson (SLYT).
posted by WCityMike at 10:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Smashing Magazine Comes Through Again
Newspaper Website Design: Trends And Examples. News websites can be intriguing to examine from a design perspective. Regardless of what type of news they cover, they all face the challenge of displaying a huge amount of content on the home page, which creates plenty of layout, usability and navigational challenges for the designer. The lessons that can be learned from examining how news websites address these challenges can be valuable for designers who work with other types of websites, including ones with blog theme designs.
posted by netbros at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

The gene is in an identity crisis
Now: The Rest of the Genome. "Only 1 percent of the genome is made up of classic genes. Scientists are exploring the other 99 percent and uncovering new secrets and new questions."
posted by homunculus at 7:30 PM PST - 13 comments

These molecules, they vibrate?
The Science of Scent. An entertaining and enlightening TED talk by biophysicist Luca Turin.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Darwin, extended
The "blind watchmaker" may not be as blind as we thought. A team of scientists at Princeton University discovers that organisms are not only evolving, they're evolving to evolve better, using a set of proteins to "steer the process of evolution toward improved fitness" by making tiny course corrections.
posted by digaman at 6:50 PM PST - 66 comments

Electric Shadows
China Film Journal "a bilingual website dedicated to Chinese-language cinema from around the world."
posted by Abiezer at 6:25 PM PST - 10 comments

The Archive of American Television
The Archive of American Television "produces extensive video oral history interviews with television legends of all professions and makes them available online. To date, the Archive has completed over 2000 hours of videotaped conversations with over 570 Actors, Producers, Writers, Newscasters, Executives, Directors, Craftspersons, and more. ... The interviews are conducted by reviewing the subject's life and career chronologically. They discuss their childhood, early influences, how their career began, and thoroughly cover their television careers, ending with their thoughts on the industry and legacy."*
posted by not_on_display at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

The Matrix Runs on Windows
Loading... [SLYT]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 3:35 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm your private dancer.
A Panoramic shot of a dressing room in Larry Flynt's Hustler Club in New York. A bit NSFW
posted by gman at 3:32 PM PST - 53 comments

FOB
My Mom is a FOB: Moms from Asia say the darndest things.
posted by nitsuj at 3:05 PM PST - 49 comments

Liar's Poker was not intended as a how-to manual.
The End of the Wall Street Era. “We always asked the same question,” says Eisman. “Where are the rating agencies in all of this? And I’d always get the same reaction. It was a smirk.” He called Standard & Poor’s and asked what would happen to default rates if real estate prices fell. The man at S&P couldn’t say; its model for home prices had no ability to accept a negative number.

The author of Liar's Poker on the collapse of the subprime industry.
posted by bitmage at 1:08 PM PST - 57 comments

But will it work on the subset of searches sent via avian carriers?
Google Flu Trends brings us epidemiology through search analytics. The prevalence of certain search terms seems to be a good predictor of CDC flu reports a couple of weeks later. The New York Times has a story on this project.
posted by grouse at 1:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Workplace Mobbing
Sometimes, especially in winter, Kenneth Westhues can hear a flock of crows tormenting a great horned owl outside his study in Waterloo, Ontario. It is a fitting soundtrack for his work. Mr. Westhues has made a career out of the study of mobbing. Since the late 1990s, he has written or edited five volumes on the topic. However, the mobbers that most captivate him are not sparrows, fieldfares, or jackdaws. They are modern-day college professors. [more inside]
posted by parudox at 1:03 PM PST - 58 comments

A New Theory Of Mental Disorders
"Their idea is, in broad outline, straightforward. Dr. Crespi and Dr. Badcock propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes from the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg can, in effect, tip brain development in one of two ways. A strong bias toward the father pushes a developing brain along the autistic spectrum, toward a fascination with objects, patterns, mechanical systems, at the expense of social development. A bias toward the mother moves the growing brain along what the researchers call the psychotic spectrum, toward hypersensitivity to mood, their own and others’. This, according to the theory, increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later on, as well as mood problems like bipolar disorder and depression."
posted by grumblebee at 11:49 AM PST - 43 comments

The End of an Era?
According to political scientist Wayne Parent, “The South has moved from being the center of the political universe to being an outside player in presidential politics.” Are we finally seeing the end of Nixon's infamous Southern Strategy? For years Republicans have depended on the region to win elections. Some now argue that the G.O.P. has "transformed itself from the Party of Lincoln into the Party of the Old Confederacy." In any case, playing to racism and resentment [PDF] isn't as effective as it used to be. Furthermore, many Republicans have publicly disowned such tactics.
posted by 912 Greens at 11:12 AM PST - 75 comments

Go about your life as if you had never read this material
11:11. Just in case you haven't already heard about it, people all over the world have been experiencing the most amazing phenomenon in the history of our planet. I suggest that you click on The Rainbow Chamber link to continue.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:40 AM PST - 125 comments

This is my rifle, this is my gun.
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than any enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will... My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit... My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will.... Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 8:55 AM PST - 133 comments

Men Against Rape
Men Can Stop Rape is part of a growing movement to stop rape, sexual assault, and sexual violence by focusing on educating men. There are efforts to change the climate on college campuses and curriculum at Haverford, Tulane, Kansas State, Idaho State, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, University of Minnesota, University of Maine, Portland State, Harvard, University of Rochester, University of Delaware, Franklin and Marshall, and Colorado State, to name a few. Want to start your own? Here's how. Not in college? There's [more inside]
posted by lunit at 8:47 AM PST - 279 comments

Thar She Blows 2.0
The Online Annotated Power Moby-Dick explains the more obscure seafaring and whaling terms, 19th Century slang and topical jokes in Melville's epic. Hey, didja know there's a fart joke right there in Chapter 1? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 8:29 AM PST - 50 comments

Glamorous Fairytales
Fashion meets classic children's fantasy: Vogue UK has photographed some amazing scenes inspired by the poems and other works of Roald Dahl, and featuring Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. For more, see Annie Leibovitz's fashion-filled take on the Wizard of Oz with Kieira Knightley as Dorothy. Also Vogue does Alice in Wonderland, also by Annie Leibovitz with many of the odder characters played by fashion designers. And, in a slightly more sweet vein, the same photographer uses many famous faces to illustrate Disney fairytales. Finally, and a bit darker, are these takes on fairy tales.
posted by blahblahblah at 8:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Games as Spiritual Experiences
Bill Viola's video game, The Night Journey, is inspired by "the lives and writings of great historical figures including: Rumi, the 13th century Islamic poet and mystic; Ryokan, the 18th century Zen Buddhist poet; St. John of the Cross, the 16th century Spanish mystic and poet; and Plotinus, the 3rd century philosopher" and "attempts to evoke in the player's mind a sense of the archetypal journey of enlightenment through the "mechanics" of the game experience". [more inside]
posted by pinothefrog at 7:56 AM PST - 12 comments

okay this is where the monster first showed up
Further proof (as if you needed it) that some people have too much time on their hands: someone has taken full advantage of the many tools available on Google Maps to create a map of the events in Cloverfield. The narrative at each point is stonerific.
posted by shiu mai baby at 5:24 AM PST - 56 comments

One Minute Languages
At One Minute Languages you can learn greetings, talking about names, counting, and more in Catalan, Danish, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian.
posted by sveskemus at 3:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Street With a View
Street With a view On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more... Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform. This first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View made its debut on the web in November of 2008.
posted by srboisvert at 2:21 AM PST - 25 comments

November 10
Bob and Neil
Bob and Neil have a history of friendly competition. They have, on occasion, shared a stage. Neil has covered Bob. Bob has covered Neil. Neil has name-checked Bob. Bob has name-checked Neil. Neil admires Bob. Bob visited Neil's childhood home.
posted by Knappster at 10:55 PM PST - 33 comments

The Tempest
Your goats? Do you dance with them?
posted by vronsky at 8:59 PM PST - 34 comments

Now you must know and understand, O Best Beloved, that till that very week, and day, and hour, and minute, this 'satiable Elephant's Child had never seen a Crocodile
Thrill-seekers swim with crocodiles in Australia Tourists who want to get cozy with a crocodile climb into a clear acrylic cage, dubbed "the cage of death," which is about 145 mm (5.7 inches) thick and 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) high, wearing just a pair of swimming goggles and a swimsuit. [Pictures] [YouTubery] "I can understand how this might be attractive to tourists but has anyone considered the welfare of the crocodile?" [More about saltwater crocodiles] [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 8:22 PM PST - 25 comments

The game is on.
SoftBoard Games: Free, Commercial, and Abandoned Computer Versions of Board and Card Games with Computer AI (Artificial Intelligence) Opponents.
posted by jbickers at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Good Guide - a Guide to Buying Good
"Good Guide provides the world's largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home." Now in iPhone.
posted by one_bean at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Bod
The Tibet Album: British photography in Central Tibet 1920 - 1950 [previously] via The Best of The Asian Studies WWW Monitor [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 6:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Goodnight Sweet Lander
Phoenix Mars Lander: This is My Farewell Transmission From Mars.
posted by homunculus at 5:57 PM PST - 52 comments

Got to get that modem off my back
Do you have a yearning to be online? Do you suffer from difficulty concentrating or sleeping, irritation, or mental or physical distress? According to doctors in China, you might have an internet addiction. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 5:50 PM PST - 25 comments

the ultimate chaser
The gift every adult will want. (via log_070329 [NSFW])
posted by parmanparman at 5:30 PM PST - 92 comments

No Terrorists Here
Hundreds of Icelanders make postcards to assure British PM Gordon Brown that they're not terrorists.
posted by hermitosis at 5:21 PM PST - 77 comments

QWOP
QWOP is difficult. How far can you run?
posted by boo_radley at 5:19 PM PST - 59 comments

1001 Movies, Set To Music
First published in 2003, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a reference book which provides blurbs for a list of critically acclaimed films. YouTuber matthiasheuermann has begun an ambitious, collective project to set selections from each of the films to music. [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 4:15 PM PST - 23 comments

If you think you may be offended, switch off now.
Gilles Peterson does his thing which you can listen to weekly. Some of his mixes and podcasts are available for download. Dude even digs Obama. [more inside]
posted by gman at 3:25 PM PST - 14 comments

I never hear the rattling of dice that it does not sound to me like the funeral bell of the whole family.
Zilch is a nice little (flash) dice game. Via JIG.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:16 PM PST - 37 comments

We will remember
The Great War Archive goes live today (November 11), the 90th anniversary of the Armistice. Launched by the University of Oxford in March 2008, the initiative invited members of the general public to submit digital photographs, audio, film, documents, and stories that originated from the Great War. Although the dealine for submissions is past, photos can still be added to the project's Flickr group.
posted by Abiezer at 3:11 PM PST - 19 comments

< 3
Less Than Three ... oh emm gee. [SLYT]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:06 PM PST - 30 comments

Little Shop Of Horrors Alternate Ending
The Little Shop of Horrors movie was originally intended to be.... very different. Three-part YouTube link. Amazing.
posted by macrowave at 2:49 PM PST - 38 comments

Test your webpages with an online screen reader
Working on ADA compliance? Wondering how readers for the blind parse your webpages? Feed them into WebAnywhere, an online screen reader. Unlike other solutions, it is not a browser plugin and is free.
posted by Foam Pants at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Soros on the Banking Crisis
Soros on the banking crisis:
"A deep recession is now inevitable and the possibility of a depression cannot be ruled out. When I predicted earlier this year that we were facing the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, I did not anticipate that conditions would deteriorate so badly." - Soros lays out some ideas about what can be done to fix the markets ... Planet money had another nicely done piece on the debacle last Friday.
posted by specialk420 at 12:42 PM PST - 79 comments

We were given a flicker of time in which an entire other life might be carried out, birth to death, as an exercise in paying attention, ....
Some strange and strangely compelling short-short stories (by a Mefite): Sometimes the sick got well, and sometimes they didn't. It was commonplace for my grandmother to inherit an entire estate, based on the words "All Left to Persis" scrawled across the back of an envelope.
posted by orthogonality at 11:58 AM PST - 22 comments

The Godfather of Chinese Rock'N'Roll
"‘Bad boy’ Cui Jian, [pronounced Sway Jen] China’s first long-haired rock icon, has pulled off another musical coup by becoming the first artist to adapt hip-hop to the mainland. His hoarse voice has long signified anger, confusion and pain, especially during the 1989 student revolt when his hit single, “Nothing to my Name”, became a veritable anthem. Despite the government’s attempts to silence his voice by routinely banning his concerts, Cui Jian carries on with the rapper’s staccato precision." EAST vs WEST – Hyper and Cui Jian collaboration, a Hyper remix of an original Cui Jian piece - with great Chinese papercut visuals. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 11:44 AM PST - 19 comments

Muppetize Me!
F.A.O. Schwartz (doesn't everybody think of that first when they hear the name?) has come up with a Design Your Own Muppet Workshop (with appropriate video intro). Limited design options (they're the "Whatnot" Muppet extras, no identifiable characters) and a $90 pricetag for a custom-made Mup, but the design process is still fun (and better than their previous Design Your Own Tutu).
posted by wendell at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments

Pomegranate dens?
Pomegranate is the Answer. James Brett perhaps has an answer to Afghanistan's Opium issue: On the drive back to Peshawar I saw the same farmer in his fields harvesting his crop. I asked my driver to stop the car. On the card I had previously bought I wrote the words ‘Pomegranate is the Answer’ and ran into the field to go and talk to the farmer. My translator called after me “Don’t go in there you could get shot” but it all happened in a second and I called back to him “come on I need you to translate” . Upon reaching a surprised farmer I asked him many questions and talked to him about the affects of Heroin and also the possibilities of Pomegranates. He explained to me about his family , children, how he lived and why he grew opium. I explained how it was possible for him to change his situation working together with other farmers and how this would help the people of Afghanistan and the rest of the world. He appears to be having some success. (previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ...) via Crooks and Liars
posted by caddis at 11:23 AM PST - 56 comments

American for a Day
Canadian historian Rob MacDougall, on how Americans present movements for social change as the self-evident intentions of the nation's founders:
"[Martin Luther] King went on: 'When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note … a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' And here Sancho [Panza] or Sacvan [Bercovitch] whispers to the guy standing next to him, 'Were they? Really? If we went back in time and asked the architects of the republic–Jefferson and Madison and Washington and the rest–did you mean for this to apply to your slaves too, would they agree? … Because it would have saved a lot of trouble if they’d spelled all this out in 1789.'"
(via)
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:09 AM PST - 39 comments

GOP 2.0--Republicans Go Internet
GOP 2.0 There's no doubt that the internet operation of President-Elect Obama was a key part of his success. While it appears that he is attempting to turn that success into an engine for keeping citizens and supporters engaged with the revolutionary Change.gov,(Previously), the other side also is looking to harness the wave of internet electioneering. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 9:23 AM PST - 163 comments

"A lot of writers are mad."
Long interview with Doctor Who showrunner Russel T Davies on his writing and producing career (at the BBC's Writersroom).
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Games that Never Existed
The Loneliness Engine and other invisible games.
posted by flatluigi at 8:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Fun for kids!
'the plausible impossibility of death in the mind of cartoon characters' via [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 8:08 AM PST - 37 comments

Miriam Makeba Has Died
Miriam Makeba, 1932-2008. "Her haunting melodies gave voice to the pain of exile and dislocation which she felt for 31 long years. At the same time, her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us" -- Nelson Mandela [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:03 AM PST - 46 comments

Time to die...
Time to play The Game. A Flash Monday tour of the absurd.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:31 AM PST - 19 comments

"I'm a true fairy!"
Bruce Wayne "Jobriath" Campbell was mass-marketed [NSFW] to the American public as the first American glam rock singer (glam being a primarily British phenomenon) and the first openly gay rock performer. The publicity push and sexuality were too much for the American public, and his two albums seemed to sink without a trace. In recent years, a glam historian and pop singer named Stephen Paul Morrissey has helped to remaster his music and make it more readily available. Unfortunately, Morrissey's plans to have Jobriath open for him on his first solo tour were curtailed by his premature death from AIDS-related illnesses in 1983. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Touching Strangers
"When my friend Richard Renaldi showed me the first images from the new series Touching Strangers I was just amazed. Asking two complete strangers to not only pose with each other, but to also touch each other while doing that... And this in a culture whose discomfort with touching someone you don't know, or touching something that someone else might have touched still baffles me, even after having spent almost ten years in it!" - A Conversation with Richard Renaldi about 'Touching Strangers' [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Like Manga?
Manga fan? Then you already know about this. Otherwise, check out the list of selectables in the upper right hand corner. I think they have what you have been looking for. [more inside]
posted by jimahon at 5:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Rhode Island to NYC in 3 minutes
Tech Columnist Andy Ihnatko takes us along for the ride. For a recent trip from Kingston, RI to the East Village, Ihnatko set up a Nikon Coolpix 6000 to take a picture every 30 seconds - out the train window, then around his neck. The result is a great time lapse journey.
posted by pupdog at 4:58 AM PST - 30 comments

From Cold Sweat to the Mothership, Ain't It Funky
Ain't It Funky is a BBC-produced documentary from 2005 with lots of great performance footage and interviews, as well as period footage from the civil rights era for some historical perspective. James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and many of their key sidemen are featured. Highly recommended. part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. These same YT clips can also be found all together, embedded at Funk Deli. NOTE: Unfortunately, the audio and video are slightly out of sync on part 1. Parts 2 through 8 lock up just fine, though.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:44 AM PST - 18 comments

November 9
The way is always down, Runner.
Sunday Flash Fun: Run. [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:19 PM PST - 40 comments

Yes we can can craft.
As much as you may enjoy using your discarded tin cans to have top secret conversations make yourself taller, you'd like to know if there's anything creative to do with tin cans. Here are some ideas to get you started. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Friends of Lady Day
In 1972 Lady Sings the Blues was released. Ostensibly a biopic about the life of Billie Holiday, it was a travesty of made up history and glaring ommissions. In response to that release a symposium was held on Lady Day's life and work which included storytelling from Artie Shaw (about hiring her in 1938) and Carmen McRae (about her drug life). The CBC recently put together an excellent podcast with these stories and some interview tape from Billie Holiday herself.
posted by salishsea at 8:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Witty aphorisms in a delightfully rich ambiance!
[NSFW] The Bathroom Graffiti Project | The Writing's on the Stall [previously] | The Writing is on the Wall | And the Words of the Prophets Were Written on the Bathroom Stalls | It's All in the Head | Microsoft Bathroom Graffiti | Documentary: In Search of Bathroom Graffiti | The Flickr Bathroom Graffiti Pool
posted by not_on_display at 7:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Ram, gang, ram!
Zombies don't run, says Simon Pegg. Well ours do, says Charlie Brooker, director of Deadset. (also some stuff about the election and skeletor and stuff)
posted by Artw at 7:23 PM PST - 84 comments

A House Built on Hope
In 1972, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were convicted of murdering a prison guard in Louisiana's notorious maximum-security prison, Angola. The warden sentenced them to solitary confinement, where they remained for the next 36 years. Until March 2008, the men had spent at least 23 hours per day in cells that measured only 6 x 9 feet. Woodfox's conviction was recently overturned, evidently through a federal habeus proceeding, and he is awaiting a new trial. NPR did an outstanding job of tracking down people involved and telling a riveting story: Part I, Part II, Part III. No doubt that much of the attention brought to the case is due to the efforts of Jackie Sumell and her Herman's House project. [more inside]
posted by ajr at 7:10 PM PST - 8 comments

It looks so cool though...
GM has been touting the Volt as it's triumphant entry into green transportation, but 2011 is a long way off and the big three aren't doing so hot and neither is the Volt, it would seem. Meanwhile, Dean Kamen shows off a working Hybrid Electric/Stirling Engine car based off the TH!NK, a car Ford canceled over a half decade ago (and shipped to Norway where they still live on). The full Frontline Documentary, Heat, which is about the current state of energy policy, implementation, and the climate (which is not good!) is online and well worth watching. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 6:22 PM PST - 57 comments

Steroids Saved My So Called Life?
Steroids Saved My Life. Enjoy watching ten episodes of a pasty, skinny Canadian gain 20+ pounds of muscle, a luxurious tan, a website and a new chemical habit.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 5:02 PM PST - 57 comments

Indie video
In addition to hosting the stuff we all know and love (loathe?), the anime music videos, the World of Warcraft ego films, the leave Brittney alone guy, youtube is also a medium for distributing indie video. Often combining moderately good production values, bizarre humor and genuinely funny writing, Kim Evey is one such producer/writer/actor, in between doing various TV roles. [more inside]
posted by sotonohito at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

The British Cartoon Archive
The British Cartoon Archive holds more than 130,000 original editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines. The collection of original artwork dates back to 1904. The Independent reviews nine of the finest.
posted by stbalbach at 3:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Goma, DRC
Covered in lava, Goma in the DRC, was destroyed by the Nyiragongo Volcano a few years back. Since then, the aid hub has seen a lot of turmoil. As Rebel General Laurent Nkunda of the CNDP nears Goma, 250,000 have fled the area and disease is rife.
posted by gman at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Obama and the Imperial Presidency
After the Imperial Presidency. "Will the new president and Congress undo the executive-power plays of the Bush era?"
posted by homunculus at 12:51 PM PST - 83 comments

UAVs over Sadr City
A sanitized look at the use of UAVs 1.9 miles above Sadr City, Iraq. [print version] [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 11:31 AM PST - 36 comments

Adam Smith in Beijing
Adam Smith in Beijing Embedded Flash film 1hr59mins "Is US power in decline? What are we to make of the rise of China? Will a possible equalization of North-South relations herald a more brutal capitalism or a better world? Giovanni Arrighi, Joel Andreas, and David Harvey give their perspectives in this forum, for a discussion of Arrighi's 2007 book Adam Smith in Beijing. The event, filmed in Baltimore, MD, in March of 2008, was organized by the Red Emma's collective."
posted by Abiezer at 10:21 AM PST - 10 comments

A day at the fair
You may remember Stan Brock from as the British anaconda wrangler from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (top right video). These days he runs Remote Area Medical, a volunteer airborne relief corps that brings medical, dental, and educational assistance to remote areas of the world. Every year, they go to remote Appalachian Virginia, a one day drive from Washington DC, for a 3 day event at the fairgrounds.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:30 AM PST - 10 comments

What does it all mean?
What does it all mean? In many ways, today's remix culture kicked off in earnest one weekend in 1983 when two ad men (one a recording engineer) spent a weekend in a studio crafting the first pop record made up entirely of samples in the hopes of winning a $100 remix contest. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 8:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Two mathematicians walk into a bar...
A math professor was explaining a particularly complicated calculus concept to his class when a frustrated pre-med student interrupts him. "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" the pre-med blurts out. The professor pauses, and answers matter-of-factly: "Because math saves lives." "How?" demanded the student. "How on Earth does calculus save lives?" "Because," replied the professor, "it keeps certain people out of medical school."
posted by cthuljew at 8:09 AM PST - 82 comments

Monk brawl in Jerusalem
Fighting monks: not just in your D&D campaign anymore.
posted by baphomet at 7:59 AM PST - 24 comments

There will be a quiz in four years
Now that we can dispense with trivia about the U.S. elections, it's time for everyone to get better acquainted with President-Elect Obama: 50 things you should know about Barack Obama vs. Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know. (via Buzzfeed) [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 7:22 AM PST - 112 comments

Write or Die from Dr. Wicked's Writing Lab
When you write, will you pick Gentle, Normal, or Kamakaze mode? - “Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 7:13 AM PST - 28 comments

Architecture, Sampled And Remixed
Dionisio González makes photographs of imaginary favelas, Filip Dujardin makes photographs of imaginary buildings.
posted by jack_mo at 5:56 AM PST - 6 comments

cephalopod appreciation
The beautiful and amazing caped crusader, Tremoctopus. Amazing Cephalopods, that can moonwalk, run, cleverly open a variety of jars and shapeshift. Masters of illusion. Giant octopus encounter. Shark vs. Octopus. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 3:06 AM PST - 60 comments

Life in the Tunnel - Dark Days
Sunday Morning Movie - A moving and fascinating documentary, Dark Days is on Google Video. Marc Singer lived in the tunnel, and started filming with the help of his fellow tunnel dwellers. Trivia here. Inevitable Wikipedia link here. [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 1:19 AM PST - 19 comments

November 8
30 Seconds of Pillowdrome
PILLOWDROME NUMBER OF PLAYERS- Standard play: 2 Tournament play: 3 - Infinite. EQUIPMENT: 2 identical pillows 1 suburban-style kitchen island Alcohol (recommended). STRATEGY: There are two known strategies, and infinite unknown strategies: Go fast and try to catch the other guy. The aggresive player will attempt to catch up to the other, focusing on moving as quickly as possible. This strategy relies upon SPEED. Pillow management. This more defensive policy focuses upon preservation of a balanced pillow. The player circles just quickly enough to avoid the other. This strategy relies upon ENDURANCE.
posted by vronsky at 8:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Something's fishy in this state, too
Very, er, unusual voting results in Alaska. [more inside]
posted by flotson at 7:22 PM PST - 90 comments

Hello Barack, Goodbye Shrub
It's only 73 days before Inauguration Day 2009. Planning has been going on for a while. Beyonce wants to perform and the Boss plans to release an album on the day. Be sure to call your Congressperson to get your tickets. Make your plans right away, everybody wants to go. If you go, don't forget to say a rousing good-bye to you know who.
posted by Xurando at 7:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Obama victory headlines.
Global Headlines. Yes, we've made history. Here is what it looked like, via the headlines of the newspapers around the world.
posted by HuronBob at 5:50 PM PST - 39 comments

"Date Rape Chuck is so first season"
SOAPnet.com presents a weekly "Gossip Girl Finger Puppet Parody". Sadly, only season 2 is available.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Cecil, a short film by Terribly Timely and the Fashionably Lates
Cecil, a short film by Terri Timely (SLQTP)
posted by ambulance blues at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Orangutan hunting fish with spear
Yes, hoomon, we cans.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:05 PM PST - 44 comments

Chicago Daily News Photos 1902-1933
Man walks on water from the archives of the Chicago Daily News. [more inside]
posted by winna at 4:26 PM PST - 19 comments

No More Mr Nice Gay...
"We should have got nasty a long time ago,". So the mormon church has decided to get itself involved with the politics in California? Some California residents have decided to attempt to have the church's tax exempt status revoked while others are taking the fight more directly to the church. Some have called for a boycott of Utah while possibly the only mormon in Utah who doesn't give a crap about gay marriage has written a very insightful piece.
posted by Talez at 3:41 PM PST - 220 comments

Congratulations, India!
India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, has just reached the moon. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, told reporters, "The last 20 minutes were so critically important, I can say my heart skipped a beat or two." Here are some hi-res photos of Earth, taken by Chandrayaan-1.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:40 PM PST - 29 comments

AOS
Official WWI artist, chaos magician.
posted by internationalfeel at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Yosemite-17-Gigapixels
Yosemite National Park - 17 Gigapixels [via] [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 2:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Long Term Thinking
How far do you plan ahead? Are we careering towards another Dark Age? The Long Now Foundation (subject of many previous posts on Metafilter), has finally solved the technical problems in producing a modern day Rosetta Stone. Orders are now shipping. [more inside]
posted by Homemade Interossiter at 1:39 PM PST - 37 comments

2008 Vendée Globe
The 2008-2009 Vendée Globe starts tomorrow from Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Held every four years, this single-handed, non-stop, round the world sailing race is so competitive that the 2004-2005 edition saw the top 3 finishers separated by less than 29 hours after 87 days of racing! [more inside]
posted by findango at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Bhutan crowns a new King.
posted by homunculus at 12:33 PM PST - 40 comments

Bt Cotton and Farmer Suicides in India
A recent study shows that farmer suicides in India have not increased due to introduction of GM crops The Washington based research organization IFPRI claims that "Bt cotton is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for the occurrence of farmer suicides. In contrast, many other factors have likely played a prominent role." Their study has been wielded in the empirical arms race by big pharmaceutical corporations such as Monsanto against NGOs that oppose GM modified crops in India such as Gene Campaign and activists such as Vandana Shiva.
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

"Just don’t call this blog entry a deconstruction."
It was a dark and stormy campaign... A film theorist's thoughts on the narratives of Barack Obama and John McCain. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 12:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Time's Person of the Year?
Celebrated Yup'ik Iron Dog snowmobiler and father of five, Todd, has had an illustrious career in the oil and fishing industries. Now that his latest aspirations have been dashed, what will this well dressed man do now? (18 links)
posted by gman at 11:42 AM PST - 46 comments

Geared Steam
On a traditional steam locomotive the pistons drive the wheels directly via cranks. An unusual looking series of variants, the geared locomotives, took a different approach - using gears and driveshafts, giving them an advantage in traction at the cost of speed, making them ideal for steap grades and tight curves of logging railroads. The most common was the Shay Locomotive (video), with it's vertical pistons. Other variant included the Climax (video, seen at the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad) and the Heisler, which had it's pistons in a V-formation (video). Many examples of the geared locomotive can be found at the Northwest Railway Museum.
posted by Artw at 9:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Do you like this post? a)Yes b)Of course c)How could I not? d)Maybe
Rethinking Public Opinion - the immense importance of public opinion polling in American politics, and the under-reported problems at the heart of the enterprise, combine to call for a serious critique of the polling industry, its assumptions, and its method
posted by Gyan at 3:26 AM PST - 40 comments

November 7
the snob gobbler
Jozin z bazin Mladek & Banjo Band, worth waiting to 2:00. "The song is about this monster Jozin who lives in the swamps somewhere in Moravia and eats only people from Prague - the city snobs." [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 11:48 PM PST - 30 comments

The View-Master Mistress
View-Master. It's was, for many, their first exposure to 3D. But where did all those little dioramas come from? Well, sculptor Florence Thomas for one, responsible for these Tom Corbett images. More. Via. Previously.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:22 PM PST - 36 comments

Memoirs of a Space Engineer
Memoirs of an [Australian] Space Engineer is a too-short collection of several old-school engineering stories. [more inside]
posted by troy at 10:44 PM PST - 12 comments

And he won by thirteen points.
The recent election season in the US was marked by many firsts. One you might not know about: Silverton, Oregon has elected Stu Rasmussen as their mayor. Stu is believed to be the first ever openly transgender mayor in the United States.
posted by tractorfeed at 9:24 PM PST - 25 comments

The "Near Future Technopop Unit"
Perfume, a three-girl Japanese technopop sensation formed in 2001 now consisting of Nocchi, Kashikuya and A~chan, is about to release their ninth single, "Dream Fighter". Perfume's July 2008 single "Love the World" was the first technopop song ever to debut at #1 on the Oricon sales chart. The previous highest debut for techno was Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Kimi ni, Munekyun" 25 years ago in 1983. (original article citing #1 record translated via Google translator) [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:03 PM PST - 61 comments

A Viral Antidote for Racism
Tolerance over Race can Spread, Study Says. ...psychologists have been able to establish a close relationship between diverse pairs — black and white, Latino and Asian, black and Latino — in a matter of hours. That relationship immediately reduces conscious and unconscious bias in both people, and also significantly reduces prejudice toward the other group in each individual’s close friends. This extended-contact effect, as it is called, travels like a benign virus through an entire peer group, counteracting subtle or not so subtle mistrust. A matter of hours...hmmmm... that might explain the subject of this thread.
posted by storybored at 8:00 PM PST - 33 comments

SFMOMA ArtScope
SF artmuseum's zooming interface interesting collection, flash [more inside]
posted by hortense at 7:26 PM PST - 2 comments

389 years ago
389 years ago...
posted by desjardins at 7:18 PM PST - 53 comments

There he was with his immigration face giving me a paper chase
Remember Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie Myers , the immigration chief who had some controversy during her tenure and introduced “operation scheduled departure” where illegal immigrants would turn themselves in and who’s organization was refered to (in so many words) as the gestapo by (Dem) Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez? Yeah, she resigned. [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 5:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Awesome
Seminal Synth & New Wave Sounds
posted by vronsky at 4:57 PM PST - 19 comments

share desk photos
Share photos of your desk. And see others', too. Apparently written in Django
posted by signal at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Panoramic view of the Airbus A380 cockpit
It's a small cubicle you have toshare, but the view is pretty good.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:40 PM PST - 42 comments

Plenty Butter! Plenty Syrup! Very Good!
YouTubing this clip of Smedley serving Chilly Willy a tall stack of pancakes [More butter? More butter! More syrup? More syrup! Nice? Very nice!] led me to Chilly's Video Den at Chilly Willy's Sub-Arctic World. [Warning: Comic Sans font and a whole cold-butt-load of .wmv's] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 4:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Evolution of the White House
The White House Museum’s website offers a fascinating historical chronicle of the interior of the White House. Though the East and West wings are interesting in their own right, it is the evolution of the President’s Residence that offers the most intimate view of the tastes and lifestyles of the various first families. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 3:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Eugene and Helene Allen
"In its long history, the White House -- just note the name -- has had a complex and vexing relationship with black Americans." An article that's not quite what you think it is. Read to the end. Just make sure you have a Kleenex handy.
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posted by jckll at 3:35 PM PST - 41 comments

"These sho am Quality Folks"
The Evolution of Pabst Blue Ribbon Advertising
posted by jsonic at 2:47 PM PST - 82 comments

You'll poke your eye out!
"This toy is so fantastic that it's not just for humans anymore. You can find otters, chimps and dogs -- especially dogs -- playing with it." The National Toy Hall of Fame has inducted the stick.
posted by Knappster at 2:04 PM PST - 44 comments

A brilliant talent gone too soon. Breece D'J Pancake.
Transcripts of a troubled mind tells the life and times of Breece D'J Pancake, a brilliant young writer from South Charleston, West Virginia. In a raw, stripped down style, much of his work focused on the people and the language of the Appalachia He committed suicide at the age of 29 and left behind a small, but powerful collection of stories
posted by scarello at 1:21 PM PST - 22 comments

This Old House
A group of artists calling itself Da! Collective has begun squatting at a six-storey townhouse in Mayfair, estimated to be worth around £6.25 million. And they're inviting others to join them. Under British law, squatters can stay on a claimed property until the owners evict them - something the owners of this property, British Virgin Islands-based Deltaland Resources Ltd., have yet to do. Only 11 years and 11 months until the new home is theirs completely.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Touch the button and someday you'll tell your grandchildren about it
Can you tell a person on television just what you think? If you live in Columbus, Ohio, you would be able to tell the people at a television station how you feel. All you have to do is push a button. The people in this city are trying out a new kind of television called QUBE TV.
posted by Otis at 9:52 AM PST - 40 comments

Have high oil prices caused the current recession(s)?
CIBC's Jeff Rubin and Peter Buchanan have written an article (pdf, pages 4-6) arguing that triple digit oil prices (and not plunging real estate prices) are to blame for the current economic woes of the OECD. [via]
posted by adamdschneider at 9:18 AM PST - 41 comments

Get Your Earplugs Ready
Two of the hosts of The Gadget Show, Suzi Perry and Jason Bradbury, took on their most embarrassing challenge to date: they each had to record a song which would be broadcast on the show and judged by industry insiders. Using the latest in home studio (Jason) and pro studio (Suzi) technology, they attempted to perfect their amateur vocal skills and impress the experts. The Results: 'I Can Be Your Robot' and 'Running'.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Tent Cities, USA
As forclosures rise, so do tent cities filled with Americans. Across the country, tent cities are rising everywhere. From California, where foreclosures are taking over 60,000 homes per month, to Vegas, where hungry children sleep in the glittered dust of the wealthy, to St. Petersburg, Florida where the cops are destroying the tents of the homeless to make them leave the city, to the suburbs, homelessness, hunger, and poverty are on the rise. The government's response? Change how "homeless" is defined, so that the numbers appear to be decreasing at the same time that tents are springing up all over the country. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 8:20 AM PST - 135 comments

Disturbingly adorable even-toed ungulate
Monifa, "I am lucky" in Yoruba, is the world's newest and cutest pygmy hippo, born into captivity at NSW, Australia's Taronga Zoo.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:34 AM PST - 27 comments

Haleliwia!
Following in the footsteps of (fellow Welshman) John Cale, Jeff Buckley, kd lang, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, et al, Welsh band Brygin have been given permission by Leonard Cohen (touring for the first time in 15 years and in Cardiff tomorrow night) to release their Welsh language version of Hallelujah. Lyrics for those wishing to sing along and compare to the original.
posted by ceri richard at 6:47 AM PST - 31 comments

A marriage made in water
Last week, following torrential rains, Northern and Central Vietnam suffered their worst flooding in the past 25 years, killing more than 70 people and devastating buildings and crops. Still, life goes on in the inundated Hanoi neighborhoods, and water won't prevent people from walking/driving/boating around the city, getting engaged, marrying and fishing. These folks got their car back and the scenic Ninh Binh region looks like the Ha Long bay. By the way, Google understands vietnamese now.
posted by elgilito at 5:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Foreclosures by Bruce Gilden.
Foreclosures. A photo essay by Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 4:49 AM PST - 35 comments

Planet Finance
Wall Street Lays Another Egg. "Not so long ago, the dollar stood for a sum of gold, and bankers knew the people they lent to. The author charts the emergence of an abstract, even absurd world—call it Planet Finance—where mathematical models ignored both history and human nature, and value had no meaning."
posted by homunculus at 12:18 AM PST - 63 comments

November 6
Doooooom
Live doom. KFJC in Los Altos Hills, California is streaming live video and audio of Japanese doom gods Corrupted and Oakland's Asunder starting immediately. Requires free download of VLC media player shareware to get the live feed (instructions in first link). Equipment being set up as we speak. [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 8:43 PM PST - 61 comments

Woah. Excellent.
Man loses father to smoking 50 years ago. Builds time machine.
posted by loquacious at 6:46 PM PST - 143 comments

Bunk up, it's booming.
Bunkers have a wide variety of uses in today's world. They're not all used by those fearful of a terrorist attack. They are also used to protect from natural disasters and to hide grow-ops. George's got one. Tom too. You can build you own, or have someone do it for you. The Ark Two Shelter is located just outside of Toronto. Tours of bunkers are also available. Be prepared. Previously.
posted by gman at 5:21 PM PST - 13 comments

They're coming for you!
Gargoyles 1972 TV Movie
posted by vronsky at 4:36 PM PST - 31 comments

How smart is YOUR phone?
How smart is your phone? Maybe it plays music. Boring. Maybe it's famous for constant connection; almost addictive? Ha. Ha. It's been done to death, that one. But wait, there's more. Warning: This is not what you think it is. Also, pretty sure you have to have up-to-date Flash. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 4:08 PM PST - 49 comments

Hobo Matters
There had been hobos in the United States since there had been trains and liquor. Which is to say, always. [Semi-SLYT] [more inside]
posted by jckll at 3:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Soldiers at War
Suzanne Opton's haunting soldier portraits, appearing on a billboard near you. (courtesy of Design Observer) [more inside]
posted by puckish at 3:15 PM PST - 43 comments

Angry "Rocky Horror" fans want to
stop the remake! I may not be one of the more hard core fans, but I agree with Will Wheaton. [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 2:57 PM PST - 86 comments

Oh, for F-bomb's sake
The current FCC case [PDF] before the U.S. Supreme Court presents a fascinating dilemma for the judges: how do you respectfully discuss the legality of profane words in the nation's highest court? And for reporters: how do you report on the specifics of the case? It seems decisions vary across publications: NYT, Washington Post (reg req), LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, AP, McClatchy. As for the judges themselves, they opted to allow only substitute terms. PDF transcript with word count at bottom. Background.
posted by Tehanu at 2:36 PM PST - 26 comments

I've been waiting for me
Change.gov, office of the president-elect went live today. Submit your story. Share your vision. Get a non-career job in the administration, or get ready to get involved.
posted by cashman at 2:21 PM PST - 188 comments

Dissent: Voices of Conscience
"You can not come back to Canada until you have been criminally rehabilitated." Ann Wright, who had 29 years of military and govt service, resigned in protest on the eve of the Iraq War from her position as deputy ambassador to Mongolia. In this hour long talk, she discusses her story and the story of several others from various countries who resigned in protest. Her new book, Dissent: Voices of Conscience, details the story of 24 people who resigned in protest. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 2:17 PM PST - 6 comments

“Single?” Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape
Chances are, over the past two years you've seen lawn signs for [your_town_name]singles.com If you're like me, you wondered about the marketing strategy behind them. If you're like this guy, you launch an obsessive investigation into the phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 1:46 PM PST - 41 comments

RIP John Leonard
John Leonard is dead. A literary prodigy at thirty-two when asked to edit the New York Times Book Review, Leonard oversaw the NYTBR's glory days between 1971 and 1975. Television critic for New York, monthly books critic for Harper's, regular contributor to The Nation and The New York Review of Books, he also went out of his way to help young writers.
posted by ed at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

CNN Holograms, not so much
The jedi council may have to wait a few more years to incorporate holograms for absentee members.
posted by theManRoom at 1:07 PM PST - 64 comments

visualizing data
20 Useful Visualization Libraries from the excellent A Beautiful WWW. Well, not entirely limited to libraries. Useful stuff for visualization practitioners sounded a little non-specific, though. These are all freely available. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

from 52 to 48, with love
from 52 to 48 with love : Ze Frank collects post-election messages of unity and reconciliation. [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 12:34 PM PST - 76 comments

Behind the Mask
A new article in the New Yorker discusses the work of Dr. Kent Kiehl, one of the world’s leading investigators in psychopathy. While Kiehl's research focusses on violent psychopaths, not all psychopaths are violent, or even criminal. At least one psychiatrist contends that the definition of a psychopath - first described by researcher Robert Hare and made manifest in his Hare Psychopathy Checklist (previously) - is more accurately attributed to narcissism.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:52 AM PST - 56 comments

Grim Fandango, I knew you had hard puzzles.
Grim Fandango, which was released in 1998, is considered by many to be one of the best Lucas Arts adventure games ever made. It tells the story of Manny Calavera, a travel agent working in the land of the dead. The game combines Aztec and film noir imagery to create a game that is wholly unique and still has a rabid fan base. Tim Schafer, the primary writer for the original (and a mastermind behind recently critically appreciated games such as Psychonauts through his company Double Fine Productions [previously]) has released the full 72 page design document that was written in 1996. [direct pdf link]. This is great reading for those who get nostalgic just thinking about the game. Here's the opening scene of the game to help you develop an appreciation, if you haven't done so already: youtube link
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:33 AM PST - 73 comments

May The Sluttiest, Male Or Female, Come Forward (Or Just Come And Get It Over With)
I'm neither a psychologist or a statistician, but perhaps some nations are sluttier than others. And I'd like to know which. Or whether this is, academically or instinctually, just another steaming - yet amusing - pile of the vilest-smelling bull poo. [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:27 AM PST - 99 comments

Everything in its right place...
Factory Balls 2 is a puzzle flash game where your objective is to recreate the ball shown on the box by dropping a ball on tools in the correct order. It isn't extremely difficult but is quite fun. Sorry, every day feels like friday this week...
posted by schyler523 at 10:02 AM PST - 35 comments

Illinois Lottery Draws 666 on Heels of Obama Victory
The day after a senator from Illinois, is elected president, the Pick 3 lottery in Illinois comes up 666. It's happened before, notably in Pennsylvania (12 times, including one time as part of a scam and once earlier this year, in Maryland. Some are jokingly (I hope) calling him the antichrist as a result. Others, namely numbers geeks like me, are spending their lunch hours looking up the history of lotteries drawing triple numbers and sharing it with MetaFilter.
posted by sjuhawk31 at 9:59 AM PST - 70 comments

Fixing Foreign Entanglements
Fred Kaplan gives President Obama suggestions on foreign policy repair.
posted by wittgenstein at 9:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Mammals at the Natural History Museum
Mammals | Natural History Museum. From fascinating bats to enormous whales, mammals are the most diverse group of animals on our planet. Equipped with wings, fins, horns and spines – they have evolved to fill many niches and roles. Discover more about this complex group, which of course, includes us. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:45 AM PST - 15 comments

A new approach to first contact
Hacking aliens to pieces with a machete (flash game) [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 4:58 AM PST - 28 comments

November 5
It has heart
Who's Gonna Save My Soul directed by Chris Milk
posted by gwint at 10:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Let's get slow
It's been a hectic and exciting week and it's barely half over. Let's slow down and take a trip over the ocean... [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 9:02 PM PST - 18 comments

How Obama Did It
How Obama Did It: an in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign, assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election Day.
posted by thbt at 6:56 PM PST - 254 comments

Applications to ship-in-bottle concept?
You thought Bonsai Kitty was a hoax. (SLYT; cute) [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 6:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Go ahead: diagnose yourself! Are you an Aspie?
Do you have Asperger's Syndrome? Answer these questions and find out. I'm skeptical about this, but I find it fascinating. For years, I've suspected I'm an Aspie, and, as it turns out, I answered the questions exactly the way the researchers predict an Aspie would answer them. My "normal" wife answers them they way "normal" people do. I am almost incapable of understanding the "normal" answer. To me, the Aspie answer is obviously correct. Here is a great discussion about the research. Here is the original research paper (MS Word file). [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:38 PM PST - 179 comments

Say good night, Gracie.
Gore Vidal. Ralph Nader. Two men, praise worthy in the past, who perhaps now need to go home and take a nap. 2LYT
posted by mojohand at 5:53 PM PST - 134 comments

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
This thing ain't over yet! Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia has failed to reach 50% of the vote, thereby triggering an automatic runoff election on December 2nd, between him and Democratic challenger Jim Martin, who received 47% of the vote. This gives the Democrats a rare opportunity to concentrate all their efforts over the next month on a state in the heart of the South. Can we expect President-elect Obama and Jim Martin to launch a concentrated campaign across the state of Georgia, hoping to do what they did in Indiana, and turn a traditionally Republican state blue again? Yes, I suspect, we can!
posted by markkraft at 4:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Music Is the Weapon: Fela documentary from 1982
Fela: Music is the Weapon is a documentary film from 1982 featuring a wealth of live concert footage (from his club in Lagos, "The Shrine") as well as interviews with the legendary Nigerian singer, bandleader and social critic. Here's part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:57 PM PST - 22 comments

Dancing in the streets for Obama
People took to the streets to celebrate Obama's victory in New York, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, Boulder, New Brunswick, Oakland, Philadelphia, Gainesville, Los Angeles, Boston, Portland, Atlanta, Cambridge, Madison, Richmond, Baltimore, Santa Cruz, and Washinton, D.C. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:51 PM PST - 82 comments

A retrospective
We're all anticipating the future right now, but don't forget to remember the past, as well. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 3:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Tubular bells?
"Next-generation loudspeakers could be as thin as paper, as clear as glass, and as stretchable as rubber." Making sound from heat and vice versa is nothing new, but a flat loudspeaker sure would be cool, provided nothing goes wrong. [previously.]
posted by arcanecrowbar at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Daddy, we need more Snausages!
Having extracted from their father a promise of a new puppy (in front of 71.5 million witnesses, no less), the Obama girls will soon have a choice to make. Should the First Dog be a golden? A beagle? A poodle? Or maybe a mutt? Of course, they could possibly go for something a little larger. Just be sure to keep tabs on the little fellow.
posted by william_boot at 3:28 PM PST - 59 comments

The World's Safest Railroad
The Subway Sun and The Elevated Express &reswere posters used to inform passengers travelling on the IRT. A couple that tickled my fancy - the unlikely to happen Sociability Limit and an Obnoxious Custom. [via]
posted by tellurian at 2:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Presidential Underdog
Presidential Underdogs: it's not only McCain who lost the elections.
posted by Surfin' Bird at 2:33 PM PST - 32 comments

Portals Between Earth and Sun Open Every Eight Minutes
Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth. "Like giant, cosmic chutes between the Earth and sun, magnetic portals open up every eight minutes or so to connect our planet with its host star. Once the portals open, loads of high-energy particles can travel the 93 million miles (150 million km) through the conduit during its brief opening, space scientists say." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:55 PM PST - 34 comments

Short Vids: No Fat Clips
no fat clips!!! features a cornucopia of music videos, short movies, commercials, and other kinds of short visual entertainment from around the world, all available for immediate viewing and as high-quality-format downloads. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Obama Didn't Need a Weatherman
“I think my relationship with Obama was probably like that of thousands of others in Chicago and, like millions and millions of others, I wished I knew him better.” William Ayers speaks.
posted by Knappster at 10:54 AM PST - 78 comments

Michael Crichton, dead at age 66
Michael Crichton, dead at age 66.
posted by nitsuj at 10:03 AM PST - 197 comments

Building the ParaSet
I first heard of a 'Paraset' when I saw a message on the QRP-L reflector announcing an upcoming 'June 6th Paraset D-Day' activity. A search for more information soon revealed that the Paraset was a small vacuum-tube transmitter-receiver unit built during WWII in the UK at the Whaddon Hall headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service Communications Unit. Known officially as the 'Whaddon Mark VII', the units were either air-dropped by parachute or carried, by the jumpers themselves, into many of the occupied countries of western Europe. . .
posted by jackspace at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

"You named your collaboration QAP? Really?"
The DiVincenzo Code [youtube trailer, geekery]. Faced with a strict demand from a funding agency to allocate research funds towards the dissemination of research ideas to the public, an experimental physics group at the University of Oxford produced a feature-length (55 min) action thriller about murder, ancient prophecy, tea breaks, and quantum computation. [more inside]
posted by fatllama at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

PARA 00-34-24 WASHINGTON. JOHN MCCAIN ELECTED PRESIDENT
Thirty years ago 'probably the single most influential graphic novel to have come out of Britain to date' was published, The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot. Interview - Part 1, Part 2.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
It's morning in America again -- but for the thousands of committed gay couples who got married in California [warning: Dan Fogelberg music, sweet visuals], the long nightmare of intolerance and hate is not yet over with the probable victory of Proposition 8. Supported by the anti-equality stances of Sarah Palin and "divinely" inspired others, and paid for by members of the Mormon Church and the mother of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, many of the ads for Prop. 8 featured the faces of Obama and Joe Biden, who declared their opposition to the initiative but refused to support equal marriage rights for all, preferring to talk about "civil unions." Even excellent Democratic-leaning politics sites like Talking Points Memo were saturated with the deceptive ads, which overwhelmed those comparing the proposition to other forms of discrimination in California's history.
posted by digaman at 8:11 AM PST - 720 comments

Nov. 4th plane crash
While most of the world was watching* Obama win, people in Mexico (specially in Mexico City) were busy watching news that a plane had just crashed near one of the busiest intersections of the City, killing all its passengers and wounding at least 40 others in the street and nearby office buildings. The plane, a Lear jet, had eight people on board, among them Juan Camilo Mouriño, Secretary of the Interior [link in Spanish] and at least two other high ranking officials in the mexican federal government. [more inside]
posted by omegar at 6:41 AM PST - 52 comments

November 4
One that should have won, but didn't.
Perhaps lost in the well-deserved joy of Barack Obama's victory is the race for the Kansas House of Representatives, district 15. [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 10:20 PM PST - 51 comments

Barack Obama is the next President of the United States
Attention world: We're back baby! USA! USA! USA! USA! [more inside]
posted by plexi at 8:00 PM PST - 1282 comments

We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go...
SLSGPP (Single Link Streaming Grant Park Post) [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 5:50 PM PST - 43 comments

Listen alla yall its an arbitrage
You know those exploitative 0% APR offers from the credit card companies? With careful work, some brave souls cash them out as interest free loans and invest it in high yield accounts -- but its not for the faint of heart, especially with the economic downturn.
posted by thandal at 2:54 PM PST - 32 comments

The airwaves are freed
The results of the vote are in. Today, the FCC voted 5-0 to approve the Google-sponsored initiative to free up vacant TV airwaves. The "Free The Airwaves" victory means broadcast spectrum that becomes available as analog TV transmissions are switched off can be made available to create nationwide wireless internet access services, or "Wi-Fi on steroids". [more inside]
posted by lodev at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments

We think http://www.metafilter.com is written by a man.
GenderAnalyzer will look at a blog and attempt to determine whether it was written by a man or a woman.
posted by jbickers at 2:14 PM PST - 43 comments

Spotlighting exceptional research
From the American Physical Society, Physics is a great free resource for those of you out there that want to keep up with current research topics in the vast world of physics. [more inside]
posted by ozomatli at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Clones produced from mice frozen for 16 years
Production of healthy cloned mice from bodies frozen at −20°C for 16 years. Mammoths next?
posted by homunculus at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

That lady sure looks surprised!
Chimpanzee Riding A Segway + Soccer Ball (In The Face) + Boogie Boogie Hedgehog + Hamster On A Piano (Eating Popcorn) = Videos in the key of Parry Gripp (of Nerf Herder fame).
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Andy Baio's Youtube Links
All of Andy Baio's Youtube links. [via]
posted by Korou at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

The America We Never Seem to Talk About.
The America We Never Seem to Talk About. Brenda Ann Kenneally captures the female working poor and culture of incarceration in Troy, N.Y., where the presidential race has little resonance.
posted by chunking express at 11:47 AM PST - 53 comments

Clever girl.
One Velociraptor Per Child
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:28 AM PST - 36 comments

Certiorari Noir
"Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a threedollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood." Dashiell Hammett? Raymond Chandler? Nope. Chief Justice John Roberts (pdf).
posted by Knappster at 10:49 AM PST - 16 comments

From the inside out.
A cat getting into a yogurt box. And a girl getting into a vending machine. DLYT.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:46 AM PST - 33 comments

Live webcam of a box full of puppies.
Live webcam of a box full of puppies. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:16 AM PST - 202 comments

I know you're waiting for the rain to come by -- Plant Information Online
Planning next spring's garden? Just curious about plants? Then check out Plant Information Online, which "provides access to: Current Plant and Seed Sources for 107,631 plants... from 1,054 North American firms that will ship plants; Contact information and links... for 2,448 North American retail and wholesale seed and nursery firms; Bibliographic details for 377,083 images of 140,104 wild and cultivated plants from around the world in botanical and horticultural books and magazines from 1982 to the present; and links to expert-selected sites on growing plants in your region of Canada or the US." (Description from website.)
posted by cog_nate at 8:32 AM PST - 5 comments

shrimp scampy
Oregon prof's immunology research produces viral video. "We were all amazed ... like 'wow, look at the shrimp go!'"
posted by nickyskye at 8:08 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I Injury Me? Let Me Count the Ways.
A cornucopia of 'pictorial representations' of safety messages for industry. All images freely available in EPS and and DXF format. My personal favorite is this rather unfortunate situation.
posted by sp160n at 7:31 AM PST - 47 comments

Election Protection
Having trouble voting? Have a question about the polling process in your state? The folks at the non-partisan 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection Hotline are there to help. Online, they offer information about voting in your state, the ability to report problems at the polls or live chat with Election Protection workers.
posted by eschatfische at 6:47 AM PST - 14 comments

What Is Your State Of Mind On Election Day?
People All Over The World, Ride The Word Train! The Word Train! This is a neato thingy on the NY Times front page where you can enter a word that describes your mood on election day and compare with others. Best thing is you can change your word every 30 minutes. Next best thing - changing your word every 30 minutes might get your Virginia-baked ham away from the television/Internet/porcelain throne/medicine cabinet/gun closet while the election roars on....
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:04 AM PST - 31 comments

Free stuff for voting!
Today, we Americans exercise one of our most sacred rights - the right to free stuff. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 4:13 AM PST - 40 comments

Demarco Digital Archive
The Demarco Digital Archive holds 10,000 images and documents gathered by Richard Demarco, gallerist, Beuys collaborator, founder of the Traverse theatre and a key figure on the Scottish arts scene since the '60s. [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 2:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Voting day today
There hasn't been much coverage about this in the major media, so you probably aren't aware that there is a presidential election today. After two terms, the current president cannot seek reelection. The next president could be a military man or an attorney. There could also be changes in the Senate. All of this means a lot for the country's relations with other countries, its independence from foreign energy sources, and for the future, in general, of this great country.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:06 AM PST - 41 comments

November 3
The Biggest Twitch
Suppression is the act of concealing news of a rare bird from other twitchers. Other twitchers take the more open approach - Sean Dooley broke the Australian record for most birds seen in a year, and inspired by his example, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller gave up their jobs and embarked on a quest to see "over 3,662 different species of birds in twelve months, from 1st January to 31st December 2008." On October 31st, they achieved their goal.
posted by awfurby at 10:44 PM PST - 13 comments

We have the facts and we're voting...
At 12:00am EST, in the Ballot Room of the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the 2008 Presidential Election began.* The vote was 15-6 Obama -- the first time a Democrat has carried the village since 1968. Despite their "first in the nation" status, though, they have only picked the winner 50% of the time. [more inside]
posted by dw at 10:05 PM PST - 2076 comments

We Can Talk Politics All Night
You Can Vote However You Like
posted by Navelgazer at 9:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Troopergate Update
An independent investigator hired by the Alaska Personnel Board has cleared Governor Sarah Palin of wrongdoing in the Troopergate controversy. (Executive summary and recommendations of the report). As previously covered in MeFi, the Alaskan legislature had conducted its own investigation and had concluded that Governor Palin had indeed abused her power in dismissing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, but the independent investigator concluded that the Legislature's special counsel used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence in the investigation.
posted by gyc at 8:26 PM PST - 96 comments

wonder showzen
Hi, I'm Clarence. Ep 1 - What are you running from? l Ep 2 - Freedom of Speech l Ep 3 - Will you accept Jesus? l Ep 4 - Politeness l Ep 5 - What gets people mad? l Ep 6 - What is Private Space? l Ep 7 - What are Heroes? l Ep 8 - Patience l Ep 9 - Please don't film me l Ep 10 - The Future l Ep 11 - Counting + Beat Kids
posted by vronsky at 6:53 PM PST - 26 comments

An electronic corpus of paintings in Shahnama manuscripts
The Shahnama or “Book of Kings” is the longest poem ever written by a single author: Abu’l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi, from Tus in northeastern Iran. His epic work narrates the history of Iran (Persia) since the first king, Kayumars, who established his rule at the dawn of time, down to the conquest of Persia by the Muslim Arab invasions of the early 7th century A.D.
posted by tellurian at 5:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Say You, Say Me
Call a phone number and explain why you're voting the way you are. Brought to you by these guys.
posted by gman at 5:12 PM PST - 47 comments

Like a City
Television technology explained. By Bjork.
posted by davebush at 2:39 PM PST - 100 comments

Obama's grandmother dies hours before the election
Obama's grandmother, the woman who raised him, dies one day before the election. Madelyn Lee Payne "Toot" Dunham, 86, died of cancer, Obama and his sister say. The timing is ridiculous. He saw her last last week, knowing she was failing. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 2:27 PM PST - 431 comments

Hoh River
Silence Like Scouring Sand. "One of America's quietest places, and the valiant effort to keep it that way." (Previously.)
posted by homunculus at 1:35 PM PST - 24 comments

「荒ぶるマンボウのポーズ!!」お疲れ様でした!
Need a light-hearted break from ElectionFilter? Then get onboard the sunfish and enjoy the frantic, spastic, fantastic world of Albatrosicks. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Typo-induced time warp
The story of a speeding ticket, in three acts (click to see full-sized, readable versions). The Cliffs Notes version: man gets speeding ticket complete with a typo on the date of issue, man responds to police with amusing tales of time-travel, infants driving, and automobile prototypes. I won't spoil the ending.
posted by mathowie at 10:12 AM PST - 88 comments

Director Peter Watkins on the Hollywood Monoform
Director Peter Watkins' web site describes the filming, distribution and critical reaction to each of his controversial films, including Punishment Park, the rock star satire Privilege, The War Game, La Commune and more. He also offers a 10-part critique of "the media crisis" that marginalizes non-mainstream ideas via the Hollywood monoform and the Universal Clock, a style he claims structures almost all of the messages delivered to the public, but which sharply limits the range of relationships possible between media producers and audiences. [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

A blog about Japanese photography seen from abroad.
A blog about Japanese photography seen from abroad. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:38 AM PST - 2 comments

In historical perspective.
The fierce urgency of now and then. On May 24, 1963, concerned about the potential for race-related riots nationwide after Birmingham, Attorney General Robert Kennedy met with group of prominent black intellectuals and artists, such as Kenneth Clark, Clarence B. Jones, and Harry Belafonte, in a meeting organized by James Baldwin (YouTube 7:07... and also 6:27 and 6:28, if you're interested.) The tone of this emotionally wrenching meeting, however, would be greatly influenced by the presence of fifteen-year-old Jerome Smith, a nonviolent CORE volunteer who was being treated in New York for jaw and head injuries sustained after a brutal beating by segregationists in Mississippi. [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

The Presidential Transition Period
Well, the Presidential election is only one day away...after which, the US begins the 11 week transition period to a new administration! [more inside]
posted by brandman at 8:18 AM PST - 86 comments

Monday Illustrators
A handful of young illustrators. Yann Le Bec / Adam Dedman / André Metzger / Илья Казаков / Sophie Blackall
posted by netbros at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

free reading, writing and arithmetic resources
EduChoices offers some good free stuff online: 25 Places to Read Free Books Online l 50 Online Writing Websites for New Writers l Ranking of 20 Universities that Offer Free Courses Online (with links to the free courses), as well as information about university courses etc. l Great Reference Sites Other Than Wikipedia l Free Linux Tutorials for Beginners l Useful Online Calculators For Almost Every Educational and Life Need. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 6:11 AM PST - 7 comments

50,000 words of cr - pure awesome
It's that time of the year again! NaNoWriMo, previously seen on MeFi here, has kicked off again. If you're stuck, try these tips to lift yourself out of the rut, or feel free to run over to the MeTa thread to grumble about it to fellow NaNo-ers. For the more OCD among us, popular applets to organize your thoughts include bubble.us, seen here previously, to create mindmaps and plot diagrams, or yWriter to organize your prose into chapters and scenes. Other online communities are joining in the fun. Livejournal is donating $1 to the Young Writer's Program for every completed novel. So ignore the deterrents, whip out your thinking hat, and let the logorrhoea start!
posted by Phire at 5:59 AM PST - 44 comments

Jimmy Carl Black, RIP
Drummer and vocalist Jimmy Carl Black, "the Indian of the group", who appeared on more Mothers of Invention records than you could shake a stick at, has passed away. Here's Jimmy drumming with The Mothers of Invention live on French TV 1968, live on BBC TV 1968, singing with The Muffin Men, 2002, and on one of his last gigs, singing Capt. Beefheart's Dropout Boogie in June 2008, in his duo with mad banjo wizard Eugene Chadbourne which they called The Jack and Jim Show. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:44 AM PST - 49 comments

sovereign risk and the current economy
Another economic post. With the debt and equity markets in a comparative calm, a lot of people are asking what next? One area little examined is the idea of sovereign risk. Basically, those with the armies make to rules, and you don't want to be invested there when they change the rules,. The USA has been the power behind globalisation for over half a century, enforcing the rules of the marketplace we have grown to accept. Some are questioning whether it can maintain this position. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 4:37 AM PST - 15 comments

November 2
Roger's little rule book
It is acceptable, but rarely, to join in a general audience uproar, as at the first Cannes press screening of "The Brown Bunny." Even then, no cupping your hand under your armpit and producing fart noises. Roger Ebert's little rule book.
posted by Knappster at 10:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Face Detection detects Faces. Faces are people. People Like You!
PhotoFunia: take a portrait, upload it, and see the magic.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:55 PM PST - 23 comments

You Betcha
This f*cking election. A babble tower.
posted by digaman at 8:41 PM PST - 100 comments

Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects
Soon to be a Ron Howard movie (trailer here), portions of the Frost/Nixon interviews can be found online. More Nixon interviews can be found here. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 7:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Yma Sumac RIP
She was the voice of exotica. Rumored to be a Brooklyn housewife named Amy Camus, she was, in fact, native Peruvian with a voice of three octaves, Yma Sumac's singing graced the exotic easy listening albums of Les Baxter and Billy May. Yma Sumac died today at age 86. (Via) [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Read this column before you die
Read this column before you die.
posted by stbalbach at 7:38 PM PST - 55 comments

Sometimes I just want to buy them for the packaging
Eric Skillman, art director / designer of many of Criterion's DVD packages, has a design process blog. There, he often discusses his work for the company.
posted by Manhasset at 5:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Flying Low.
Budget Airlines and sites which book their flights are plentiful. Sterling, Zoom Airways, XL Airlines, Oasis Hong Kong, and a whole slew of others, may have gone down (refunds possible), but there's a new Muslim friendly airline on its way and Ryanair is launching £8 flights to the US. [more inside]
posted by gman at 2:52 PM PST - 42 comments

intimidating men of ordinary firmness
A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocking him off his feet. George Kyle picked himself up and ran. He never did cast his vote. Nor did his brother, who died of his wounds. The Democratic candidate for Congress, William Harrison, lost to the American Party’s Henry Winter Davis. Three months later, when the House of Representatives convened hearings into the election, whose result Harrison contested, Davis’s victory was upheld on the ground that any “man of ordinary courage” could have made his way to the polls. The New Yorker looks at how we used to vote. [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 1:38 PM PST - 24 comments

The Music is the Message
The Soul is in the Soundtrack . . . Barack Obama's soundtrack, that is . . . [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 1:02 PM PST - 41 comments

Now we will see what a perfect post looks like. And what it can do.
Here is the post. Here is the post. Here is the perfect post.
How does such a number function? What kind of thing is it?
We will look into that. We will investigate that.

posted by StopMakingSense at 12:46 PM PST - 63 comments

Fixing the world on $2/day
Amy Smith and MIT's D-lab apply engineering principles to real-world problems that affect the world's poorest residents. She organizes an annual conference. Hear her talk at TED. Previously
posted by lalochezia at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

AquaJelly & AirJelly
All Hail Robo-Jellyfish! Behold Festo Bionic Learning Network's AquaJelly & AirJelly.
posted by homunculus at 11:20 AM PST - 18 comments

you really should watch this.
Hunting the Hidden Dimension. You may be familiar with fractals, but in this PBS Nova episode, divided online into 5 parts, fractals go beyond the impossible zoom of the Mandelbrot set. Scientists are using fractals to describe complex natural occurrences, like lava, capillaries, and rain forests. In part 5, scientists measure one tree in the rain forests, and the distribution of small and large branches mirror the distribution of small and large trees. Fractals, it seems, are nature.
posted by plexi at 10:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Plucked Spaghetti
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain travels south of the border
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Building a real financial system
The origins of central banking or, perhaps, central planning[1,2] and a defense of fiat currency[3] in the information age. [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 8:50 AM PST - 39 comments

Dock Boggs, 1966
As a young man in the 1920s, Dock Boggs [previously] recorded some songs that were released as 78s, and they are wonderful treasures of southern Americana, but I was always even more fond of his recordings from the 1960s, when, as an old man, he was rediscovered during the folk boom. So I was delighted to find that three of his 60s-period performances have recently shown up on YouTube. Here's Pretty Polly, Country Blues and I Hope I Live, all from 1966. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Helter Skelter Vermont Style
Charlotte Dennett who read for the bar in Vermont, is now running for Vermont Attorney General on the Progressive Party ticket. Her platform: Prosecute George Bush for murder. Her choice for chief prosecutor: Vincent Bugliosi. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:10 AM PST - 62 comments

Speculative Poetry
When we think of contemporary poetry, what comes to mind is difficult footnotes, scorching confessions, bardic combat, or maybe a new translation of a classic. Look to the land of children and you spy the sidewalk's end or a pack of Thneeds. Somewhere between the gravid and the childlike is the realm of speculative poetry. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja at 5:08 AM PST - 31 comments

Parr: Pies, parties and pink drinks
'From Gateshead pie shops to dog-grooming parlours in Brighton, take a tour of the UK with Magnum photographer Martin Parr' [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:08 AM PST - 7 comments

November 1
living the high life
High Peaks: aerial panoramas of 18 famous Himalayan mountains, from the Digital Himalayas Collections, which include all kinds of interesting things: old and new photographs, short films from the 1930's, maps, rare books and manuscripts, songs and stories in the languages of the locals in these remote parts of the world at high altitudes.
posted by nickyskye at 10:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Got a crafting urge all bottled up?
Even though you recycle the plastic you discard, you sometimes feel guilty about how much you throw out and worry about where it's going. Would you like to be a little more hands on and proactive and recycle some of your plastics yourself? If so, I've got some ideas for you. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Goodnight Opus
The final Opus comic strip appeared online a couple hours ago, but the final reveal of the beloved penguin's 'final paradise' had to wait for the Humane Society to update its website. (An interesting strategy for Berkeley Breathed, who started the eponymous Sunday Funnie as absolutely-paper-only... I'm sure Opus fans who acquired newsstand "Saturday Preview" editions of their Sunday papers are especially pissed) Well, the waiting is finally over because here he is... [more inside]
posted by wendell at 9:03 PM PST - 73 comments

Famous Balloon Movies
From the Reichenbaugh Library's collection of rare balloon movies. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11:
posted by vronsky at 7:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Malted battery acid
Pepsi White [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:16 PM PST - 56 comments

Hello, Governor Palin?
Governor Palin gets prank called. "Like we say in France, [we could go kill some baby seals]." Governor Palin is mildly amused.
posted by spiderwire at 4:46 PM PST - 311 comments

Colbert will love you, baby!
Wilco perform "The Wilco Song" on The Colbert Report... and Tweedy even manages to work Colbert's name into the lyrics. Apparently, the band are tight with a certain candidate.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:11 PM PST - 35 comments

This Has Nothing to Do With Volkswagen.
Tuaregian band, Tinariwen, are members of a nomadic tribe in the Northwest of Africa which still practises slavery.
posted by gman at 2:08 PM PST - 44 comments

Drawn Together
The anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has some pretty devoted fans. OK, very devoted fans. One such fan has started a petition to allow people to legally marry anime characters. The object of his affection is Asahina Mikuru. His goal is 1,000,000 signatures, and is making slow progress. One blogger cites two legal snags: Japan doesn't allow polygamy, which means one human per anime character, and Japan gives tax breaks to married couples, so those with a strictly 3D arrangment might view the otaku as getting an unfair deal. Yet another blogger has cited a third, perhaps more obvious snag.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:51 PM PST - 43 comments

James Ellroy's Crib Sheet
Real L.A. Noir. (Video/audio auto-plays). Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Lieberman has been chronicling the era of the LAPD Gangster Squad, a secret division of the department that tried to combat the mobs of Jack Dragna and Mickey Cohen in the 1940s and '50s. (Keep the cast of characters straight with this handy chart.)
posted by Bookhouse at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

The true conservative in this race: Barack Obama
As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib
posted by 445supermag at 8:56 AM PST - 93 comments

One bloody thing after another.
One bloody thing after another is a serialized horror story written by Joey Comeau and illustrated by Emily Horne, creators of A Softer World. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
posted by lunit at 8:40 AM PST - 12 comments

A three minute fairy tail
Boy meets girl, you know how it goes. The catch? They're made from Myriad Pro. This short TED talk by someone called Rives was cute, and whimsical enough to make me smile. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Types of people through 14 years
Tableaux: In 1994 Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek made a series of 12 photographs of have gabbers and put the pictures in a tableau. They've been making tableaus of types of people for 14 years now and it's all on their site. Some random examples: gabber bitches Rotterdam 1996, football supporters Rotterdam 1997, smas Rotterdam 1997, scream Beijing 1999, bundaboys Rio de Janeiro 2000, skins Rotterdam 2002, girls on their first communion Maastricht 2006, retired Dutch men, proper girls Rotterdam 2006, yupsterboys New York 2006, yupstergirls New York 2006, pin-ups London 2008, city girls London 2008, hipsters Rotterdam 2008, flexmanagers Rotterdam/Paris 2008, the girls of the affluent 7th district of Paris 2008, geeks in London 2008 [more inside]
posted by jouke at 5:36 AM PST - 51 comments

The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace
The Lost Years & Last Days of David Foster Wallace, Rolling Stone (warning: long article; could make you cry)
posted by Baldons at 5:03 AM PST - 70 comments

The Lost Synthesizer Classics of Ursula Bogner
It seems almost incredible that Ursula Bogner's musical talents should have remained undiscovered until now.
posted by jack_mo at 3:57 AM PST - 20 comments