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September 2002 Archives
There's a reason why you've been getting those 'RapeMaster' spam ads
although we're not sure why, but alot of weird stuff is popping up in spam. I could live without ads for 'farmer girl on cow' sites.
To heck with thinking this out, it's obviously a massive conspiracy
involving the Government, Government Ops, Ariel Sharon, the CIA
, the Queen of England
, Mothers who post bikini pics for pedophiles
, Capitol Hill Blue
and other forms of media to discredit the Internet while using the Internet to do it.
Anyways, what sorts of weird 'GovOps' spam are you getting in your mailboxes?posted by RobbieFal at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments
Oh No - Not the O-Zone Layer AGAIN!
It seems that our wonderful ozone hole over the Earth has split in two... Now you don't need to wear 100 sunblock just on Australia and Antarctica. But scientists *sound* a little happier, or perhaps I'm just reading into it a little too much.posted by djspicerack at 8:33 PM PST - 4 comments
What lies beneath
. Confirming what you probably already knew, "as we juggle eating, drinking and working at our work stations, the tight shadowy crevices between our keyboard become the computer equivalent of a black hole, sucking in pizza toppings, contact lenses, paper clips, the odd insect...
". Germ freakery or a genuine hygiene concern?posted by netsirk at 7:29 PM PST - 43 comments
The Rise of the Ideopolis
"Democrats have been gaining strength in areas where the production of ideas and services has either redefined or replaced an economy dependent on manufacturing, agriculture, and resource extraction. Many of these areas are in the North and West, but they are also in states like Florida and Virginia. Republicans are strongest in areas where the transition to postindustrial society has lagged. Many of these are in the Deep South and Prairie States. As Democratic politics has evolved over the last decade, it has increasingly reflected the socially liberal, fiscally moderate priorities of these new areas -- what we call a politics of progressive centrism. Republicans have continued to espouse an anti-government credo closely identified with business and the religious right -- a politics that plays well in parts of the Deep South but not in a new postindustrial America." (Check out what's going on in Illinois
). If that doesn't work, there's always the NASCAR Democrats
.posted by owillis at 7:13 PM PST - 15 comments
on a level that I can definitely get behind. A shot by shot analysis of the full trailer for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". The trailer is up in Quicktime
, for all us fanboys.posted by GriffX at 6:32 PM PST - 19 comments
If you can spare a moment from histrionic rhetorical arguments about far away places you have no real experience with to involve yourself with practical ways to stop the trend toward a fundamentalist totalitarian corporate dictatorship in this country and step by small pragmatic step reclaim democracy, a good first step is to support Oregon's Measure 23,
to promote comprehensive universal health care using a single payer public finance mechanism, or support healthcare for everyone
in your state.posted by semmi at 6:30 PM PST - 37 comments
Music compact disc distributors, retailers settle price fixing suit.
But they're still busting our chops for downloading MP3s. This is ammo to Kazaa or WinMX the SOBs into submission, I say. What share of this cash will actually benefit consumers?
By the way, part of the press release at the AG's site may be cut off. It's the bottom of the first page:
Today’s settlement has three major components:
1. Sales Practice Changes. Defendants have agreed to an injunction preventing them from forcing retailers to increase CD prices and encouraging price competition between them.posted by stevefromsparks at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments
One sunny day, Bill Beaty
was walking through a car park when he noticed a black car that appeared to have a series of interesting spots and highlights on its hood
. On closer inspection, he also noticed several hand prints which had a curious property: they didn't appear to be on the surface of the paintwork at all but instead looked as though they were floating several inches below the surface
. In some cases they even looked like they were floating above the surface. After thinking about this he came to realize that he looking at a kind of holographic effect but this kind of hologram didn't require all the usual paraphernalia
nor was it caused by light wave interference. It was a kind of holography that could be used to draw pictures in 3D by hand
. (More inside...)posted by lagado at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments
Cicero, writing in the first century BC, mentions an instrument “recently constructed by our friend Poseidonius, which at each revolution reproduces the same motions of the sun, the moon and the five planets.” Archimedes is also said to have made a small planetarium, and two such devices were said to have been rescued from Syracuse when it fell in 212BC. This reconstruction suggests such references can now be taken literally.posted by grumblebee at 4:43 PM PST - 9 comments
U.S. helped Iraq start bioweapons program
"I don't think it would be accurate to say the United States government deliberately provided seed stocks to the Iraqis' biological weapons programs,'' said Jonathan Tucker, a former U.N. biological weapons inspector.
"But they did deliver samples that Iraq said had a legitimate public health purpose, which I think was naive to believe, even at the time."
-isn't iraq just another case of blowback
and is anyone asking what the next round of "blowback" will be if we go in again?posted by specialk420 at 2:46 PM PST - 35 comments
Student arrested with boxcutter & scissors.
But the thing that really boggled my mind was this:
"Since February, we've taken more than 25,000 boxcutters from carry-ons and off of passengers. We've taken more than 500 firearms and 215,000 knives," Johnson said."
For one thing, I guess I had never realized how much box cutting went on in the US - but the bizarre piece is the guns. A half dozen I can see, but five freakin' hundred
? How can that many people - in the post 9/11 world - still be trying to get serious weapony onto airplanes?posted by MidasMulligan at 1:33 PM PST - 45 comments
American Dreams premierd last night on NBC.
"This evocative drama -- set against the memorable, upbeat sounds of the 1960s -- depicts a more innocent America as seen through the youthful Pryor family of Philadelphia as they brace for cultural turbulence ahead that still resonates in this contemporary era." Several things along those lines in the show caught my attention. One being the way the 1960's mother role is portrayed. Is she content or is she oppressed? What happend to the everyday sit-down family dinner, where some things are not appropriate to say at the dinner table? Why did it seem like such a simpler place and time? Would America today feel the same pain if we lost our president? The show is not a whole lot different from the concept of the Wonder Years but it seems fresh compared to some of the other NBC dramas.posted by Recockulous at 11:06 AM PST - 53 comments
is a pay-pr0n site (don't worry; the first page, at least, is work-safe) that collects the explicit photos, films, etc. that "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane
took of himself and a ceaseless stream of female companions in his off-hours. What makes the site unusual is that it's run by Bob's son, Scotty, who takes particular pride in defending his dad's sexual prowess and mental health. This defense is necessary because Crane is being biopic'd in a new film by Paul Schrader
which, according to a recent NYT article
, imagines Crane as the archetypal sex addict, culminating in a still-unsolved murder. [reg. req'd: metafilter41, metafilter; much more inside.]posted by blueshammer at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments
Between the photo shoots, trips to the orthodontist for work on your platinum grill, and keeping your hos in check, you don't have time to sit down and compose songs. It's rare that you even have time to kick back with a 40. Producing with RAPGEN ensures that you'll always be keeping it real.posted by adamms222 at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments
The following is a [partial] list of the most frequently challenged books of 2001...
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (the "Most Challenged" fiction book of 1998)
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
5. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
(Last week was Banned Books Week
. Sorry this is late.
Did you remember to hug your favorite banned book? Does anyone really
think children need to be "protected" from these books?)posted by Shane at 10:22 AM PST - 52 comments
was an entertainment park, the largest anywhere in the world. It was New York's answer to Disneyland. Built in the shape of the United States, this 205-acre park's main theme was American history. It was divided into seven sections of our country, each with its own special exhibit or disaster. You could travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, all in one day. It only lasted frm 1960 till 1964 and considered one of the greatest failures in amusement park history.posted by atom128 at 10:03 AM PST - 10 comments
Are you writing a novel?
An article in the NY Times urging would-be authors to pack it in. Given the quoted stat (that 81% of Americans 'feel they have a book in them'), and extrapolating it for the rest of the world, that still means that there are roughly 12,887 unwritten books out there in me-fi land. Is this true? And has anyone actually written theirs down?posted by jonathanbell at 9:16 AM PST - 59 comments
The Demon in the Freezer
An article by the author of The Hot Zone
. " The water contained the
whole molecules of life from variola, a parasite that had colonized us thousands
of years ago. We had almost freed ourselves of it, but we found we had
developed a strong affinity for smallpox. Some of us had made it into a
weapon, and now we couldn't get rid of it. I wondered if we ever would, for the
story of our entanglement with smallpox is not yet ended".posted by Mack Twain at 1:57 AM PST - 10 comments
A gaping but temporary hole
has opened in the blogosphere. Will Vehrs claims that this week's PunditWatch
will be the last of the venerated
Sunday Morning political talkshow digests until November 5th--the weekend before the election. Who will step up to the plate at this critical juncture? ...please?posted by goethean at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments
A six month reprieve.
Congressman Sensenbrenner just last week
proposed a bill that would delay for six months the effectiveness of CARP fees webcasters would otherwise have to start paying in October. The bill is up for a crucial vote on Tuesday. If you want to Save Internet Radio in the U.S., this is your chance! Call your representative (no time to use faxes or snail mail, just dial the Congressional Switchboard, 202-225-3121) and tell your Congresscritter to support HR 5469
.posted by IPLawyer at 6:22 PM PST - 9 comments
Agency disavows report on Iraq arms
"The International Atomic Energy Agency says that a report cited by President Bush as evidence that Iraq in 1998 was 'six months away' from developing a nuclear weapon does not exist. 'There's never been a report like that issued from this agency,' Mark Gwozdecky, the IAEA's chief spokesman, said yesterday in a telephone interview from the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria."posted by owillis at 1:41 PM PST - 52 comments
This Green House,
an Orlando couple's struggle to build the ecologically friendly home of their dreams:
"The question eventually comes down to the price of environmental consciousness. I was asked, 'Why bother with all these things if the readily available alternatives are suitable?' And my best response is: 'Why not?'"posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:53 PM PST - 11 comments
- Martha Cooper began her love affair
with photography when her dad gave her a Kodak Baby Brownie sometime around 1946. A professional photographer, for the last 25 years she's also been an avid collector of photographica. Her focus is on images of women
with cameras. Browse through more than a century
of historic photos, quirky memorabilia, advertising, toys, comics, movie stills and figurines - it's a fascinating site!
In her own photos, Ms. Cooper favors art, anthropology, and urban folk culture. Her colorful work can be viewed at NYCity Snaps.posted by madamjujujive at 6:10 AM PST - 2 comments
"All it takes is a snowball," he said, "to start an avalanche." Vaclav Havel speaks
to Cuban exiles.posted by swell at 3:16 AM PST - 10 comments
(Flash link) I never knew the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," but I'm pretty sure I'll never forget them now. Animation! Vikings! And... kittens! However, as much fun as the video is, I'm not convinced it's historically accurate.posted by headspace at 10:56 PM PST - 21 comments
Activists' names on no-fly blacklist -
A federal "No Fly" list, intended to keep terrorists from boarding planes, is snaring peace activists. Several federal agencies -- including the CIA, FBI, INS and State Department -- contribute names to the list. But no one at those agencies could say who is responsible for managing the list or who can remove names of people who have been cleared by authorities.posted by dejah420 at 9:45 PM PST - 20 comments
Use P2P? You might be unknowingly stealing money from one of your favorite websites. Add-on software that come with the programs divert commission money from affiliate sales
on popular websites like Amazon.com to the creators of the file sharing programs. Follow the link for instructions on how to uninstall the software. Yet another reason I use KaZaa Lite
. I've got to get those MST3K episodes
from somewhere.posted by Pinwiz at 4:54 PM PST - 17 comments
big ambitions. I've always lived in small houses and flats so this would be the perfect little place for me. As people are progressively continuing to stay single for longer into their lives, are homes like these what they'd be looking for to settle into?posted by feelinglistless at 4:04 PM PST - 23 comments
Apple releases iSync
barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?posted by jragon at 11:01 AM PST - 19 comments
Meet Edgar Sanchez
He's 'Helmet Man' at Kansas City Chiefs football games.
He runs a store that sells 'George Foreman grills.'
He sells hot dogs in downtown.
He appears on the radio.
And he was in the Witness Protection Program for testifying against Sheik Omar Rahman, the man behind the bombing of the World Trade Centers.posted by RobbieFal at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments
Anyone go to the anti war protest in London today?
The number of the people has been estimated from between 3000 (by the police) to 350,000 (by the organisers
). I reckon 200,000. Either way, its the largest peace protest ever in the country. Me and my friends sign was a great success, with many people commenting on it/photographing it. It was the only black one we saw, so easily stood out. It said 'Its all about the oil' on one side, and on the other there was a picture of Bush looking stupid, and 'No to War'. The protest was peaceful (or was when I left) and on the whole, a success. The only question is, will Bush and Blair take any notice?posted by Orange Goblin at 9:39 AM PST - 130 comments
and Conservativism FAQ
describe the differences (and similarities) between the two oft-discussed by seldom understood political mindsets. Both FAQs are detailed, concise, enjoyable, and not annoyingly biased. Read with caution: Knowing your enemies sometimes makes it less fun to bash on them.posted by oissubke at 5:21 PM PST - 25 comments
The Truth Squad
- ABC News
wants your help. Specifically, the ABCNEWS Political Unit Election Watchdog (PUEW), looking to keep upcoming elections as truthful as possible, wants you to gather up your election mail; take notes about the campaign-related phone calls you get; and send them your tips and credible accounts, so that they can go through them. They have a page of descriptions
of what they are looking for. Are they expecting things to be particularly ugly? Are they trying
to dig something up, or is this really an attempt to neutralize election season lies?posted by mikhail at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments
How many Saddams are there?
"A German television network said on Thursday it had made a scientific study of 450 photographs of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and concluded there are at least three doubles posing as the Iraqi president."posted by owillis at 1:54 PM PST - 38 comments
The weblog of Steven Champeon is in hiatus-mode now. At the moment it presents certain photos on the first page.
Photos? If you click one, you get something that looks like a badly increased jpeg or something. But it isn't. Take a look in the source code. How did Champeon made that? And: Why?posted by ronsens at 12:23 PM PST - 20 comments
Information gods amongst mortals
is the first in a series of three blog entries (so far, anyway) by Brad Wardell
on the topic of the growing knowledge gap between the net-savvy and the non-wired.
I found the link in a newsletter from WinCustomize
today. They plugged all three:
- Information gods amongst mortals
Information Gods respond
Gods Srike Back
He explores the theory that those who are net savvy are quickly leaping ahead of the non-wired among us: "You know the situation. Someone has told you something you want to know more about and within a few minutes you have gotten yourself up to speed on it. You did it through the use of the Internet. A combination of search engines and helpful websites have educated you on that topic."posted by tbc at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments
Comic books, cannibalistic worms, albinos, copyright infringement, and the Blues. This story
has it all.posted by anathema at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments
Blondes 'to die out in 200 years' .
The last natural blondes will die out within 200 years, scientists believe.
A study by experts in Germany suggests people with blonde hair are an endangered species and will become extinct by 2202.
[Insert blonde joke here]posted by MintSauce at 9:50 AM PST - 66 comments
'The guy who tried to kill my dad.'
Setting aside partisan bickering, this description of Saddam Hussein by George W. Bush today sent my mind reeling. Is this in reference to something published in the past that is just escaping my mind? The Reuters
version of the story adds that it is reference to "an Iraqi plot to kill former President George Bush after the 1991 Gulf War." Anyone have a link to that older story?posted by bclark at 9:36 AM PST - 36 comments
Think of the children!
Is the crayon-toting lobbyist
the next big thing in politics? Is this a legitimate political strategy or
despicable behaviour on the part of the teacher? Charles Helwig
at the University of Toronto has some evidence that elementary school age children have some understanding of democracy and freedom of speech and "can use those concepts to evaluate political systems". How old does a person need to be to voice an opinion? (via plastic
)posted by snarfodox at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments
Do you feel a little lighter when you go to visit your Aunt Betty in Poughkeepsie? Maybe this gravity map
can shed a little light on the subject.posted by NedKoppel at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments
Hurah! It's Friday! Time to do some work!
Well, actually, no. But this is a seriously good game that combines "pairs" with something of the "Street Fighter" genre. It's also written by a mate of mine who I went to uni and shared a house with. Anyone else got any 1 or 2 player games worth wasting the day with? 5 hours to go to beer and counting ...posted by ralawrence at 4:13 AM PST - 10 comments
If you still go to raves, think twice
before popping that pill this weekend. A new study by JHU suggests that the long-term effects of esctasy could lead to conditions similar to Parkinson's. [related: Erowid's MDMA vault
]posted by hobbes at 3:32 AM PST - 37 comments
What's So Absurd About Partisanship?
The Lying in Ponds*
website is a clever attempt to measure partisanship in the daily columns of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Although - or perhaps because - its methodology is simple and straightforward, its conclusions, though necessarily unsurprising, are quite interesting, often amusing and seem fairer than er, more partisan
"media watch" thingies [Don't miss their 2002 Top Ten.
]. But why
is being openly partisan seen as such a terrible thing in America? Why is so much time and effort expended to hide it or deny it? Or, put another way, why is bipartisanship such a desirable thing, often presented as being somehow above
politics? Is it American exceptionalism again?*[Echoing what Dennis said in Monty Python And The Holy Grail: "Listen!Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!"
]posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:04 AM PST - 20 comments
of vision science at MIT understands that life isn't just black and white, even though we often see it that way. This
amazing illusion proves it, and these
slick, fast-loading, Flash demonstrations of lightness perception show how it's done. (My favorite is the "Koffka Ring
".) White paper here
, for deeper background.posted by taz at 1:27 AM PST - 29 comments
Jedi (n) and Klingon (n)
will now be listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. As will Ass-Backward.
Given MetaFilter's interest in grammar
this seems worth noting. How the editors decided that "Jedi" is worth inclusion but "Stormtrooper" is not is a conversation I would have loved to have heard. Naturally, people complaining about such inclusions ain't
new. However, when words are removed from the same dictionary it's hardly noticed.
Clearly unused words go away, so why do people make a stink about this year after year? Slow news cycles? Or is it an extension of the Prescriptivist - Descriptivist Argument
with the Prescripts making a push for the "hearts and minds" of the public?posted by herc at 4:11 PM PST - 35 comments
One of my co-workers commited suicide. There were no apparent signs;
on the contrary, she was young, dedicated, driven, and personable. I was shocked to learn that suicide
is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. It doesn't make sense to any of us, but it makes you think a lot more about the lives of the people we often spend eight hours a day with.posted by mad at 3:34 PM PST - 71 comments
this kid had a lot of guts - will he get the recognition he deserves in israel or the US?
username: metafilter password: metafilterposted by specialk420 at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments
Scientists grow pig teeth in rat intestines.
Wait! Keep reading . . .
[This] experiment suggests the existence of dental stem cells, which could one day allow a person to replace a lost or missing tooth with an identical tooth grown from his or her own cells.
So can I stop flossing now?posted by mikrophon at 11:58 AM PST - 25 comments
cool or creepy?
apple is hyping the way forensic detectives in a southern town have gone mac. are we supposed to focus on the guy with the ipod or the corpse on his screen?posted by subpixel at 11:40 AM PST - 32 comments
War as a Way of Life
The latest Reggio/Glass collaboration - Naqoyqatsi - is coming out Oct. 18. From the looks of the trailer, this could be the coolest of the trilogy
. Of course, who could forget the scene from Koyaanisqatsi where Reggio jumps from scene of Twinkies rushing through production line to fast-forward scene of daily-grinders moving up escalators in subway station - priceless. Just more 70's grad-student dope-smoking backdrop -- or essential media for our age?posted by minnesotaj at 11:32 AM PST - 15 comments
(also known as "Griddlers" or "Paint By Numbers") were invented by Non Ishida in 1987. Originally trying to design pictures that could be created by turning the lights on or off in the windows of skyscrapers, Ishida soon realized that the same principle could used as the basis for a new genre of logic puzzle. Since then, enigmatologists around the world have wasted hours solving them online
and completing entire books
of these elegant brainteasers.posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:15 AM PST - 16 comments
Whoa! Gag! They did what??
"The history of drinking urine for therapeutic purposes dates back at least to the Holy Roman Empire when great urinal troths were erected in the public squares......"
courtesy of WFMU
magazineposted by protocool at 9:15 AM PST - 49 comments
Would you have the patience to apply for this job?
142 occupational questions. Some are thought-provoking, others need to be unpacked like a philosophical argument (scroll about halfway down the page for the beginning of the occupational questions section). If you want to apply for the archivist position at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, in Austin, Texas, help yourself.posted by datawrangler at 8:41 AM PST - 13 comments
is a great collection of amazing electronic and ambient mp3s(try the Cerebellum
, Red Lines
for good examples), mostly from unknown artists. The mp3s rotate monthly, and there's a mailing list you can join to remind you when the music changes. You've already missed the previous seven installments, but there's plenty more to go around...posted by 40 Watt at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments
CNNNN: Chaser Non-stop News Network.
This week, the Terrorthon
reveals that Iraq is a bad place. "Last week, President Bush demanded unconditional access for weapons inspectors. And what does Saddam go and do? He gives unconditional access to weapons inspectors. Can you believe the nerve? It was a very aggressive act of compliance. Very provocative compliance. President Bush mustn't take yes for an answer." Must-watch for all Americans...
From the same gang that brings you The Chaser
, which continues dispite problems with its distributor over this story
. Apparently it was in bad taste. I just thought it was funny...posted by robcorr at 8:01 AM PST - 11 comments
Expelled for Blogging?
Kid threatened with expulsion after having the nerve to blog from school. I assume his high school had nothing else to crack down on other than the gangs of bloggers up to no good like keeping a tech journal.posted by Coop at 6:59 AM PST - 33 comments
Re-Shape Your Eyes While You Sleep?
Wow - I don't know about you, but if I could wear contacts during my sleep that I *took out* when I woke up and didn't have to wear any all day, and
I could see
, then I'd do it in a second. When will it become reasonably priced?posted by djspicerack at 6:59 AM PST - 25 comments
NYC Subways and then some.
This has been one of my favorite sites for a long time. It's amazingly comprehensive, and not just being content with New York, it covers nearly every other subway in the world as well. If you're not into the technical details, just enjoy the thousands of pretty pictures.posted by The Michael The at 6:23 AM PST - 20 comments
The street where my office is
will most likely be fenced off and guarded by police when I roll in tomorrow morning. Conventional wisdom in D.C. for tomorrow is: a) Don't try to drive b) Don't try to take the Metro, either. Great.posted by GriffX at 6:15 AM PST - 76 comments
Typical jokes aside, the Make Your Own Bush Speech
application is a great use of flash.
Some fun hints: layer phrases over one another for added effect, and always end with the "afghanistan and beyond" blurb. Now if I could only save the speeches out as mp3 files, and layer some beats underneath...posted by mathowie at 12:47 AM PST - 38 comments
The Guardian announces weblog competition winners!
and commends 30 in all, so at the very least there are some new and interesting places to have a little surf. I hadn't heard of any of them before and the ones I have had a look at are worth a second glance, although , at the risk of appearing a mite cynical, there seem to be plenty of Guardian links in a couple of them.posted by Fat Buddha at 12:35 AM PST - 21 comments
Kazaa to RIAA; "Catch us if you can!"
Although I was initially skeptical, it seems as though Kazaa's decentralized system is proving to be a problem for the RIAA. With Napster, it seemed like they caved almost immediately. What I'm wondering is, does Kazaa actually have a change at establishing some sort of favourable ruling concerning file-trading / P2P? I know it's probably too early to tell, but speculation makes for great conversation some times.posted by Dark Messiah at 10:05 PM PST - 15 comments
Originator of term "Shareware" Dies
Bob Wallace, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949, the author of PC-WRITE, and one of three persons credited with coining the term "Shareware" was found dead at his Northern California home on Friday, September 20th, 2002. In 1978, Bob joined Microsoft (the company that wrote MS DOS for IBM) when the company had only ten employees. He was employee number 9. Five years later, Bob decided to break with Microsoft (which by then had grown to company of over 300 employees) and establish his own company: Quicksoft. Among Quicksoft's innovations in software design and marketing was the "shareware" concept. Cause of death was determined to be pneumonia.posted by jackspace at 5:55 PM PST - 24 comments
Riding The Reputation Seesaw:
I'm a sucker for underrated/overrated lists anyway, but this series of short articles from underrated American Heritage
magazine is one of the best I've ever read. I specially liked the haphazard criteria for selecting the categories, leaving out some of the most obvious.posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:30 PM PST - 17 comments
Think the upcoming Ice Age theory has died?
It's been mentioned once or twice in discussion threads, but I spent some time in the library recently reading this very interesting article from Discover magazine. I was discussing it with a meteorolgist friend of mine, and supposedly the mini-ice age theory is very alive and has a lot of support. Should we start buying more electric blankets?posted by mychai at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments
has stunningly beautiful pictures of mushrooms. (Please don't crash the site, gang; I'm using it for research...)posted by realjanetkagan at 3:20 PM PST - 25 comments
Bumfights.com producers arrested
and charged with "conspiracy, solicitation of a felony crime and illegally paying people to fight". The site itself was discussed here
a few months ago. At that time, there was disagreement as to the legality of the tapes. The producer defended his legal footing
saying that the participants signed releases. Looks like that wasn't enough, hearing to start Oct 10th.posted by jonah at 1:26 PM PST - 60 comments
Mel Gibson wants to do a movie on the last 12 hours of Jesus's life.
The only issue? He wants to do it totally in Latin and Arameic without subtitles. A cool way for Hollywood to branch out from the norm, or artsy pretension from a rather boring actor? Time may tell. Seen also on AICN
.posted by Ufez Jones at 10:41 AM PST - 55 comments
A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-1971 Lisa Law's photographs provide glimpses into the folk and rock music scenes, California's blossoming counterculture, and the family-centered and spiritual world of commune life in New Mexico. They are moments that she lived, witnessed, and recorded on the frontier of cultural change.
posted by konolia at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments
Think you're smart? How does your test-taking ability stack up to your forebears? Could you have graduated eighth grade
in 1895? Been accepted into college
in the 1930s? What do you think - is it easier to be a student today or harder?
Oh, here's a cheat sheet
in case the 8th grade exam proves too challenging!posted by madamjujujive at 7:41 AM PST - 32 comments
FM morning radio show comedy at it its finest. Of course, in Pittsburgh we appreciate the finer things in life. Sadly, this is the only episode I could find on the web.posted by Recockulous at 7:38 AM PST - 10 comments
The end of an era?
The Miss America crowning had just 12 million viewers tune in this past Saturday, the lowest viewership in the history of the pageant. Are people turned off by this type of competition? Or are there just better things to do
on a Saturday night?posted by MediaMan at 6:27 AM PST - 36 comments
Satire is dead.
"On Monday 23rd September, the Metropolitan Police (acting with the support of The Internet Watch Foundation) contacted my web host, Webfusion (aka Host Europe), and requested that thinkofthechildren.co.uk be 'removed from the public domain'."posted by MintSauce at 4:54 AM PST - 31 comments
"He was twitching and his eyes were not quite shut ... I thought he was dead."
With the rise in home-computers during the mid-nineties came the fall of game arcades and their unhealthy drifter culture. The family-oriented nVidia and ATI companies provided home-entertainment and the final nail in the coffin for the infamous arcade. That was until late 1998, and DDR. Dance Dance Revolution
swept the nation and kids exchanged "moves" like bubblegum. It was a juggernaut. It was out of control. DDR claimed victim
, with no signs of stopping...posted by holloway at 1:36 AM PST - 14 comments
The Timecube guy has gone even
than ever before. Some quotes on his site right now.
"Tis Time to kill any educator who does not teach Cubicism above cubelessness."
"Time Cube debate denial is educator evil. It is not immoral for students to kill all educators who ignore Nature's Harmonic Time Cube or suppress free speech rights to debate Time Cube Creation Principle. Ignorance of Time Cube is Greatest Evil."
Will the Time Cube guy soon meet up with the FBI? I'm sure endorsing murdering of teachers isn't legal.posted by RobbieFal at 8:49 PM PST - 32 comments
Gore: Saddam must go
Al Gore has told Iraqi opposition politicians that the United States remains committed to the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein. "There can be no peace for the Middle East so long as Saddam is in a position to brutalise his people and threaten his neighbours" - Al Gore [more inside]posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 7:47 PM PST - 47 comments
U.S. forces head to Ivory Coast
- with all the debate for/against military action in the middle-east, I'm pleased to see US forces being deployed to protect innocent people.
"Their first task may be to retrieve about 100 American children who have been trapped at a school in the city of Bouake for five days and to protect Americans in three or four Ivory Coast towns held by rebels. "posted by Stuart_R at 10:23 AM PST - 28 comments
23 dead, numerous injured
in a temple in Gujarat, India. About 3 - 5 terrorists carrying AK-47s entered the temple complex and started shooting indiscriminately, a couple of grenades were detonated too. Indian special forces are currently engaged in a shoot-out, as Gujarat is placed on red alert. Some claim this act was done to disrupt the elections in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.posted by riffola at 10:07 AM PST - 20 comments
Michigan: Land of Alternative energy? "DTE Energy
[Detroit Edison] said Monday it has a deal to build and test a hydrogen system capable of generating more than 15,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. The $3-million test project, funded by DTE and the U.S. Department of Energy, is to be operational in 2005. "
Wayne State University is also jumping on the bandwagon
. What, if anything, is your town doing (or claiming it will
do)?posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:39 AM PST - 15 comments
Is Jesse ever happy?
You'd think he'd be happy with the #1 movie in the country for 2 weeks straight being a movie that is cast totally with black people. But nope, he's not. He's upset because there was a goof on Rosa Parks and MLK Jr. Wasn't this just a movie?posted by the_0ne at 7:31 AM PST - 83 comments
Ex-dot-commers are considering other careers.
In this case, a potentially lucrative, more recession-proof trade: Bartending ("When times are good, people drink. When times are bad, people drink.") Not a terribly enlightening article in itself, but tell me: Have you or a friend abandoned a tech field? What's your new job?posted by Shane at 6:47 AM PST - 27 comments
"I asked who was playing. A Moroccan group, said the cabbie. He told me its name. Did I want to know what it was singing? Certainly. It was a plea to Israel from the Arab people. The chorus was, 'We have the same father. Why do you treat us this way?' Who might the father be? I asked. 'Ibrahim
,' he said. 'The song is called Ismail and Isaac,' after his sons."posted by artifex at 3:58 AM PST - 8 comments
Is Libya next?
This story in Israel's Ha'aretz
has a very very interesting lead: "The U.S. agrees with Israeli assessments that Libya has renewed its efforts to acquire a nuclear bomb, and that those efforts have been stepped up since 1999, when the UN sanctions on the country were removed.
" Not only that, Ariel Sharon says that he believes the Iraqis might be helping build said nuclear bomb, and that Libya might attain nuclear capability before Iraq does.
And not only that
, the always-exciting "unnamed experts" suggest that Pakistan and North Korea might have a hand in this as well.
Libya is still on the State Department list of nations that support terror, so why hasn't this story been getting any play stateside? Is it really overstating the case to suggest that Bush's new doctrine of preemptive strikes without hard evidence, if applied across the board, could very well lead to world war?posted by textureslut at 2:43 AM PST - 76 comments
While it's hard to say when the dotcom bubble began to burst, it's now officially clear when the internet stock bubble ended, which would be today
. With the NASDAQ taking the first dip to 1996 levels, it's time to grab a Webvan
-delivered 40oz out of your orange Kozmo
-surplus bag and tip it in honor of all them Pets
can't drive.posted by mathowie at 11:52 PM PST - 20 comments
This may not make as effective a sales pitch
as "weapons of mass destruction," but with two oil men in office, it can't be ignored as a possible ulterior motive to war in Iraq. Am I a cynic or should we be asking if this "preemptive" war is really about what they are saying it's about?posted by karlcleveland at 11:15 PM PST - 7 comments
, a new exhibition at Whitney Artport, forces us to view the scripts and codes that generate software art before seeing the “art.” The other aspect of the curatorial premise: each artist's code must create art that connects three points in space. [via rhizome]
.posted by hama7 at 11:09 PM PST - 12 comments
Dr Venter says he will be able to provide an individual's genome on a CD
in about a week for $712,000 (£400,000) from later this year with the ultimate goal to sequence someone's entire genome in 24 hours for $1,000 (£562).posted by nasim at 10:44 PM PST - 9 comments
Is Germany next on the list?
Well, no, but the way the Bush administration approaches diplomacy needs some work. Is a war in Iraq worth "poisoning" America's relationship with the international community?posted by elwoodwiles at 9:48 PM PST - 30 comments
The Trick Behind the Trick?
A great piece about the subtle and ongoing dismantling of democracy in America by the Bush Administration. What's so sad about this ongoing disaster is that there are no Republicans willing to stand up for liberty, when the last great speech by a President on our present danger was given by Eisenhower.posted by minnesotaj at 5:31 PM PST - 49 comments
. The air around a dropzone, especially a big one like SkyDive Chicago
, is pretty rarefied: a newcomer to the sport like myself is entirely lacking in cool, even if normal people think having made even one solo jump is pretty impressive. I'm certainly nowhere near the cool-level of the Golden Knights
, the Army's team of crack parachutists. Speaking of them and SDC, they were of course there when this year's national championships
were held in August. I especially liked the video of them showcasing their excellent HALO technique.posted by kavasa at 5:30 PM PST - 20 comments
~Did I ever tell you I'm your hero? I am the subtext beneath your sling
[Not work-safe. Don't read it out loud, anyway.]
strives for intelligent, what about full-on intellectual erotica? I submit Foucault's Pendulous...
at Suspect Thoughts
. Not – at all – to be confused with Foucault's Pendulum
, which oddly enough has its own bit of intellectual erotica in it that ties together the Khaballah, new pregnancy, and a woman telling her husband he's being an idiot, all at the same time.posted by Su at 3:24 PM PST - 3 comments
Is self-regulation a legitimate approach to protecting copyright on the internet? This question is being debated at Spiked online
which has commissioned responses from a variety of sources and also welcomes comments from readers.posted by anathema at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments
Cooking the Books
The Office of National Statistics feels that the UK population is a little too small - so they're inventing one million people to fill the gap. Why did they do a census if they were going to make it all up?posted by tabbycat at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments
"In late January 1994, Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohl entered Bob Lang's studio in Seattle for their final recording session. Following a long jam, they captured this powerful tune
in one take, including the gut-wrenching vocal -- a spooky, ambient intro of echoed harmonics and a fractured guitar solo."
--Jim DeRogatisposted by Reggie452 at 9:09 AM PST - 76 comments
So that woman on video beating her child...
WAIT! Don't delete this yet.
Something I found interesting was that at least one news article
mentioned that she was an Irish Traveller
. Apparently there are ten thousand Irish Travellers in the USA but little is known about them academically
, as a result, they have developed a rather negative stereotype, primarily as con artists
. Probably one of the only nomadic groups left in modern times, these gypsies
are a discriminated race
in native Ireland.posted by dirtylittlemonkey at 8:00 AM PST - 91 comments
as a new tab on their other search interfaces with a heavy redesign, though it still carries a "beta" label. The front page changes every few minutes based on some hidden popularity algorithm, as do the sub-pages. Featuring a stark ad-free design that looks quite a bit more attractive than CNN.com or any other major news site, perhaps robot-collected news is the wave of the future.posted by mathowie at 7:27 AM PST - 40 comments
The All Species Inventory
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the complete inventory of all species of life on Earth within the next 25 years - a human generation. It's an interesting project, based on open-source ideology (check out their "Principles
") but seems to be limiting itself to strictly Linnaean
methods.posted by Irontom at 6:02 AM PST - 10 comments
"'The best thing is being able to write my name,' says Siddiqa, 18...." Simple and powerful lessons
are being taught in Afghanistan.posted by donkeyschlong at 4:46 AM PST - 8 comments
Cats Can Be Workaholics Too, You Know!
Some, like Doncaster's sixteen pest-control experts
, hate being out of work so much they're desperately looking for new fields of employment. Others are important tools of bibliographic research
. Non-intellectual types prefer police work
and other less desk-bound jobs. Shopcat.com
has compiled a state index
of these working stiffs so grateful citizens may more easily seek them out and warmly shake their paws: Good work, guys! How can anyone still imply you're a bunch of lazy, selfish bastards whose breath smells of cat food? [ My favourite employee, who's many a time given me her signature cold-shoulder treatment is Matilda, the official recepcionist and furniture-duster at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
]posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:57 AM PST - 13 comments
Kodocha calls it
Kodocha Anime, one of the best known and most reliable anime fansub
tape distributors, is closing down operations. Why? Because everything's going
digital. [more inside]posted by Slithy_Tove at 12:57 AM PST - 3 comments
Paul Miller (re-)launches an ambitious
new magazine. Looks promising with such "Confirmed Regular Contributors" as Howard Bloom, Alex Burns, Erik Davis (yay!), Samuel Delaney, William Gibson, Jaron Lanier, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, R.U. Sirius, Bruce Sterling, and Margaret Wertheim :)posted by kliuless at 8:52 PM PST - 24 comments
Sure you've been to The Met
, and probably MOMA
, but have you made it to The Apple Museum
, The Godzilla Museum
(King Kong only seems to have a Lost & Found
Video Game Museum
The Voodoo Museum
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Butterfly and Insect Museum
Wooden Nickel Museum
The National Bird Dog Museum
, and finally,
A Web Ring
, for the stranger ones, and a Directory
, for the normal ones. Now go get some culture.posted by Blake at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments
Dunkin' Donuts founder passes on -
From a single shop in Quincy, Mass. to over 5000 stores around the globe, William Rosenberg created what is probably world's most recognizable donut and coffee chain. (Well, maybe that's because I live in New England, where there's always a DD location within a block radius.) Rosenberg was 86.posted by MediaMan at 6:15 PM PST - 31 comments
Drive Me Insane!
Want to send a man to the asylum? Paul Mathis's site allows you to control his lights, lava lamp, remote control car, and allows you to follow him around his Texan home camera by camera and microphone. I turned his lights on and off about ten times, so I've already had my fun. ;-)posted by wackybrit at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments
Coming of age
in America is a ritual occasion with the goal of having an adventure that will serve as story fodder for decades to come. Whether it's waking up near death in a filthy Guadalajara alley next to some wealthy guy that you think you met in New Orleans or blowing most of your college savings on a weekend of tame debauchery in Amsterdam, the moment is meant to be simultaneously cherished and regretted for the rest of ones life.posted by bunnytricks at 1:21 PM PST - 19 comments
starts from the premise that Baseball is a metaphor for life. It celebrates individuality and creativity. Notwithstanding that cricket
is the best available metaphor for life, there is loads to explore on this wacky site, not much baseball on it though.posted by Fat Buddha at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments
Your screensaver is boring.
(Linux, OSX) produces animated flame fractals rendered via distributed computation. n 0 time
(Win) draws its data from things such as a custom word list, cached web site text, your favorites, or your cookies. The Bank of Time
(Win2k-, OS9-) grows plants based on your idle time connected to the net. Dirty Fingerprints
(Win) leaves fingerprints all over your screen, generated by user clicks on contributing sites. Or, if you really want, you can join in the effort to crack various encryption methods
(most systems) at Distributed.net. Deskswap
) has unfortunately been offline for months, due to bandwidth issues.posted by Su at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments
I just read
will be offering free education via it's OpenCourseWare
project (starting September 30th). This makes me very happy. Are there any other universities that offer similar services?posted by Rattmouth at 8:38 AM PST - 16 comments
Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner
is a spectacular Canadian film offering a rare glimpse into a rich aboriginal culture. It is written and produced by an independent Inuit film company
and cast entirely with native actors
, a settlement of about 1200 people in the Baffin region
where it was filmed. Visually stunning, the story is based on local legend, with elements of stark realism, shamanism, suspense, humor and love. It's no surprise that it's raking in awards. I was spellbound. Can anyone recommend any other films by and about native cultures?posted by madamjujujive at 7:15 AM PST - 34 comments
Computer gaming ,which once seemed in danger of being entirely trounced by the popularity of console games, now seems healthier than ever, with new game engines taking advantage of speedier processors and the improved capacities of the new age 3D cards.
A mere week after the launch of the demo, the PC game Unreal Tournament 2003
has gone gold
. Also being launched in the US is "The Thing"
which picks up on the story from the John Carpenter movie of the same name. Gamers are also eagerly anticipating "Thief 3," "Doom 3," "Unreal 2,"
and "Deus Ex 2"posted by lucien at 2:16 AM PST - 59 comments
More than a year ago,
MetaFilter discussed a petition to bring "Spirited Away
," the newest full-lenth animated movie by Hayao Miyazki, to the US. Released in Japan as Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
, it is the most popular movie ever released in Japan and has it's US limited release this weekend. Do you think "Spirited Away" will "break through" to a wider American audience when Princess Mononoke didn't? What a wonderfully fantastic movie!posted by gen at 10:11 PM PST - 32 comments
"Fundamentalism is the Enemy of All Civilized Humanity".
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), an organization fighting against the Taliban for the past ten years, commemorates Sept. 11 and describes Afghanistan one year later. What they describe ain't pretty:
"With their second occupation of Kabul, the 'Northern Alliance' thwarted any hopes for a radical, meaningful change. They are themselves now the source and root of insecurity, the disgraceful police atmosphere of the Loya Jirga, rampant terrorism, gagging of democracy, atrocious violations of human rights, mounting pauperization, prostitution and corruption, the flourishing of poppy cultivation, failure of beginning to reconstruct, and a host of further unlisted evils, too many to enumerate."posted by talos at 5:18 PM PST - 26 comments
it's everyone's favorite preschool art activity, now on your PC! Go sand art! Still, with this version you can't get into sand throwing fights with your friends...posted by unreason at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments
Your Appetite For Death And The Taste Of Its Mouth*
With Seville's World Flamenco Fair
coming up on October 3, I was astonished to find, thanks to the samples [MP3 and Real Audio req.
] offered by the Flamenco World
website, how revitalized it's recently been by eclecticism and sheer, uninhibited imagination
. And here's an interesting collection of essays and links
to pour over while you're listening...
*Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you. For posterity I sing of your profile and grace. Of the signal maturity of your understanding. Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth. - Federico Garcia Lorcaposted by MiguelCardoso at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments
A new chapter
in the nigerian letter fraud most recently discussed here.
Yes, someone actually fell for it, and cost her employer $2.1 million in the process. via fark.posted by Grod at 3:32 PM PST - 24 comments
It seems that Pakistan is back in business
"Officials from three Pakistani militant groups said in interviews this week that the government of Pakistan has allowed Islamic guerrillas to resume small-scale infiltrations into Indian-controlled Kashmir. " (NYTimes - regd' required)posted by nish01 at 1:27 PM PST - 1 comments
Free Speech 101 -
We must acknowledge that people who use force to suppress the opinions of others are committing assault not merely on other humans and on the basic promise of free speech, but on democracy itself.posted by semmi at 9:38 PM PST - 31 comments
The best guitarist you never heard in your life
. Shawn Lane is an underground hero in guitar circles. Born 1963 in Memphis Tennesee, he joined Black Oak Arkansas at the age of 13 , beat Ted Nugent in a cutting contest, and made Billy Gibbons fall off his bar stool.
Shawn now plays with the Jonas Hellborg Trio
- Windows media clip here.
I admit that fusion and guitar heroics are not to everyone's liking. But, if you like this kind of thing, you must agree that this guy is the the real deal.posted by crunchburger at 9:21 PM PST - 19 comments
Robert (Willie) Pickton.
Now charged in the murder of 11 Vancouver-area eastside
prostitutes. Not sure if many outside of Canada have heard of this man. They've been digging up his pig-farm for months now and they keep uncovering more victims (now as many as Clifford Olson
). There's still a lot more to search and a lot more women missing
. How long have they known
about this guy and when will the gruesome discoveries end?posted by trillion at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments
"ABC News Nightline opened last June 9 with words to make the heart stop. "It is becoming increasingly clear," said a grave Ted Koppel, "that George Bush, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into the aggressive power that the United States ultimately had to destroy."
Does it matter if no one reports it? Does a tree falling make a sound if no one hears it? Are these facts not relevant to the war against Iraq? For your debating pleasure, a blast from the past.posted by nofundy at 11:43 AM PST - 33 comments
The Rapture Index
This rather bizarre site is the Dow Jones of the end of the world. From the site, "You could say the Rapture index is a Dow Jones Industrial Average of end time activity, but I think it would be better if you viewed it as prophetic speedometer. The higher the number, the faster we're moving towards the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture. "
Whacked...posted by Coop at 10:57 AM PST - 23 comments
Smoke Gets In Your...Eyes?
According to Geoffrey Gray in The Village Voice
, a lot of ex-smokers like to...watch. Whether they're pregnant women
, nicotine voyeurs
or just regular, filter-tipped voyeurs
[comes with a pop-up and probably isn't endearing to employers
], it seems that even this intensely physical pastime is becoming virtualized. So be it. But...what does it all mean
? Can smoking really be vicarious?posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:36 AM PST - 31 comments
Study: One in five start-ups dot-bombed "Nearly one in five start-ups backed with venture capital at the peak of the Internet boom went out of business before first-stage investors could sell their shares, costing them billions of dollars, according to a study released Thursday".
Does 20% seem like too small a number to anybody else?posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments
One Good Turn Deserves Another
Mantaine Minis, 6, was living in a hut in a remote village in Kenya, in need of lifesaving heart surgery, when the improbable happened one day in June. A group of students and parents from the Langley School in McLean (Virginia) as on safari at the Masai Mara National Reserve, where Mantaine's father is a game warden.
That's when someone from the village told a Langley teacher about Mantaine's heart problem. From there, things seemed to unfold quickly.posted by tommyspoon at 8:35 AM PST - 5 comments
Time to repeal Godwin's law?
Ward Sutton's most recent cartoon
makes an explicit link between Dubya and Hitler that some might call a cheap shot (and the cartoon, admittedly, is kinda weak since by the second panel you can see where it's going). But he's not alone: Germany's justice minister, who oughta know something about Hitler, made the same comparison
in all seriousness. This isn't your standard "worse than Hitler" rhetoric; there are clear tactical analogies that are above and beyond the cynical strategies of most other global politicians this century. Or are they?posted by soyjoy at 7:53 AM PST - 50 comments
JK Rowling's expecting - twice over
. A new baby's on the way and the new book's almost finished. Ain't life grand.posted by zimbobzim at 7:27 AM PST - 10 comments
Another year, another Chat.
This year's Loebner Prize
competition will be held next week in Atlanta, GA (at SciTrek and GSU)
. The yearly contest is a modified "Turing test" (seminal paper here)
where people try to guess whether they're chatting with computers or with people.
There are some resources for rolling your own
, but before you begin, think about these two sentences and you'll see what a serious problem natural language is: "We gave the monkeys the bananas because they were hungry
" and "We gave the monkeys the bananas because they were ripe
" (nod to this guy for the example)
. You have to know a lot about the world and the things in it to disambiguate the "they"
in those sentences.posted by zpousman at 6:34 AM PST - 15 comments
PeaceTrees Vietnam. Reversing the Legacy of War.
"A group of American volunteers, including Vietnam War veterans, helped Vietnamese victims of the war move Thursday into a newly built 'peace village'
on the site of a former U.S. Marine base. The 100 families who will live in the village lost relatives or limbs in explosions of bombs, shells or other ordnance left over from the war. PeaceTrees Vietnam, the Washington State-based nonprofit group which sponsored the $385,000 project, says it spent months digging out 339 pieces of ordnance both American and North Vietnamese to make the 100-acre site safe."
Beautiful project and story....but one can't help wonder how many years will pass before we reverse the legacies of today's (and tomorrow's) wars.posted by fold_and_mutilate at 1:20 AM PST - 39 comments
When was the last time we bombed Iraq? 1991? 1992? How about 4 days
ago. And again six days before that to name just a few. The US Bombing Watch page
keeps detailed tabs on all bombing attacks by allied forces since March 9, 2000, but the bombing has continued since the end of the Gulf War [via rc3.org
].posted by mathowie at 9:33 PM PST - 81 comments
II. In the original post, we had a blast exploring odd sites in which people displayed eccentric talents. MOs walk a thin line between genius and madness. These are people with "too much time on their hands." How I envy their crackpot devotion, energy and perfectionism. These are the True Geeks! (Fresh examples inside...)posted by grumblebee at 9:27 PM PST - 14 comments
How sick are we
as a nation when this is done is public and no one notices. Of course, the coast was clear, as the mom checked before she launched this attack. But then, to read that the family, seeing the videotape of the beating, still protects their daughter, I have to come close to burning rage inside.
Enough to make me wish she gets caught and prosecuted in Texas, where she has some links.posted by Busithoth at 8:19 PM PST - 50 comments
The grayest of gray Republican eminences weigh in on the Iraq Debate. Brent Scowcroft
, an ex-general with the prejudices and proclivities of his scholarly peers --the nattering nabobs of negativism-- proposes that the United States forget about invading Iraq. Henry Kissinger
, one of the great American opportunists, has positioned himself as a kind of stealth critic, a loyal oppositionist who is doing his darnedest to nudge Bush in a multilateral direction. James Baker
, who is intimately tied to a wide range of allegedly satanic forces and has an incredibly long and distinguished record of public service, to chasten George W. Bush's hawkish impulses on Iraq, proposes that the administration sponsor "a simple and straightforward resolution requiring that Iraq submit to intrusive inspections anytime, anywhere, with no exceptions, and authorizing all necessary means to enforce it."posted by semmi at 4:31 PM PST - 11 comments
Davis signs $9.95 billion bond bill to boost high-speed rail
"Gov. Gray Davis signed a $9.95 billion bond measure Thursday that would clear the way for a high-speed rail system linking California's major cities."
this may be the first step in getting a decent rail-system going in the states. what do folks think about high-speed rail in general, do you think acela's
are indicative of what we have to look forward to?
do those of you who have direct experience with existing high-speed rail systems have insights about the kind of obstacles this project might run into? will it revolutionize travel in the united states, or turn into a massive boondoggle?posted by dolface at 3:31 PM PST - 34 comments
Snow White and the Seven Shao Lin Monks
Picture Snow White, frozen in motion, arms outstretched and her legs prepared for a kick (a la The Matrix
). Just can't see it? Well the Folks at Disney can, and according to this CNN article. It seems that Disney is in negotiations with Yuen Wo Ping
to direct a live-action martial arts remake of the classic Snow White film. This time Snow White seeks solace with seven Shao Lin monks
who, in turn, come to believe the woman holds the fate of the world in her hands and protect her.
I'm not much of a Snow White fan, but there are several Disney films that I think
would benefit from some ass-kicking! Any other Disney films come to mind?posted by DragonBoy at 2:06 PM PST - 18 comments
I'm sorry, WHAT?
MSNBC and Newsweek (plus Fox and a few others not in this specific link) are reporting that an FBI agent/informant had a direct link to the 9/11 hijackers- he lived with them.posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:05 PM PST - 20 comments
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's
body of work has been commented
I've been to the Met. and looked at this
and it would never fit in a game room or above the urinal at the local trendy bar, but the works of C.M. Coolidge
I also ran across another great American artist, Art Frahm
but the link had already been discussed a couple years ago here
. If you have not seen it its worth the visit. Art at it's best.posted by mss at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments
has launched a new design that provides better navigation, larger photos, personalized weather, a new 'User Picks' feature, and more depth in specific subject areas, including technology, entertainment and world news." Is it really any better? I think it looks more cluttered than ever. What's the most usable news site?posted by dayvin at 11:46 AM PST - 44 comments
Joyce Slaton takes the blame
(or some of it) for over-hyped dot com boom reporting (maybe she read this thread
). Journalists flog themselves and their inexperienced peers: "There were a lot of lifestyle editors that ended up on the business desk because that's where the pages were being added," says John Battelle, co-founder of Wired and founder and publisher of The Industry Standard."
Will we ever again be so gullible?posted by akmonday at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments
Freeh's misplaced priorities.
"The threat level grew so high that by December 1998, the director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet, issued a "declaration of war" on Al Qaeda, in a memorandum circulated in the intelligence community. Yet, Ms. Hill said, the intelligence agencies failed to adequately follow up on the declaration, and by Sept. 10, 2001, the F.B.I. still had only one analyst assigned full time to Al Qaeda. "
Whereas Freeh had 85 agents assigned to the continous microscopic inspection of Clinton's zipper. Politics trumps national security?posted by nofundy at 10:14 AM PST - 21 comments
" as the singer for Brazilian rockers ACC
storms the studio, so to speak, and forces a DJ to play his band's record over and over for an hour. Are things really this desperate?posted by mikrophon at 10:00 AM PST - 12 comments
Germany slips on its jack boots to keep in step with the USA
In the wake of september 11th Most supposedly enlightened "western" countries have curtailed or outright forbidden free speech to groups suspected to be sympathetic to "terror". The question in my mind is how long until just being part of a political organization that opposes first use of violence and criticizes government policy (libertarians, Greens, CUSPA) will get you on the FBI "hit" list here at home?posted by hoopyfrood at 9:34 AM PST - 27 comments
Before the Berlin Wall, there was Hadrian's Wall, one of the most successful attempts ever to keep noisy neighbours at bay. It's still an impressive sight
, even though most of its stone has been recycled over the centuries. Nothing beats walking
it in person, but thanks to the web you can see a 3D VRML model
of one of its forts, read about the digital imaging
of thousands of written documents unearthed at another
, and even read a 2000-year-old request to "send me some cash
as soon as possible".posted by rory at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments
"Some of the stories on the list may deserve wider and more thorough coverage. But to label any of the subjects "censored" is either flat-out deception or an admission of astonishing ignorance. A quick stroll through the Nexis database reveals that nine of this year's top-10 "most censored" stories have already turned up in the New York Times, many of them with prominent placement, considerable depth, and angles not far off from Project Censored's leftist slant." Related article in Mother Jones
.posted by owillis at 8:51 AM PST - 30 comments
Like a big bald eagle? Order one now! Humour might be one way of trying to protect endangered animals but the bushmeat trade
is no joke and fighting it
is damn difficult, probably as difficult as fighting world poverty. Does anyone else feel that these jokes just aren't funny anymore?posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:52 AM PST - 9 comments
The Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project
is an unmatched international effort that pools top-notch technical talent from MIT, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The mission is nothing short of groundbreaking. The plan is to build a spacecraft capable of housing a small crew of mice, including pregnant females, which will simulate the gravity of Mars to determine its effects on mammalian development.posted by David Dark at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments
truth seekers 0. Bush reissues order keeping Nevada site secret.
I can't believe he had time to think about this with all the other shit he's stirring so hard.posted by puddsharp at 8:55 PM PST - 16 comments
It's sad we lost, but the Mayor got what she had coming
This woman is an atrocity to the beautiful city of Dallas - she is grossly uncouth, lacks class, and is not fit for the position of mayor in one of the greatest cities in America. She made a bet on the Cowboys when they started the season with a game against the Houston Texans - and lost. The agreement was that if the 'boys won the game, the Mayor of Houston would wear a 'boys cap and jersey at a city hall meeting. Likewise and reciprocal from the herself. Yeah.posted by JessicaRose at 8:31 PM PST - 25 comments
Tumbling Woman A statue of a falling woman designed as a memorial to those who jumped or fell to their death from the World Trade Center was abruptly draped in cloth and curtained off Wednesday because of complaints that it was too disturbing.
It's all right if you don't want to discuss it here and now. I was also in NYC and saw the towers on that day.posted by neu at 8:23 PM PST - 70 comments
ESPN and Reality Based TV....together at last!!
It's called Beg, Borrow and Deal, ESPN's new reality show. 2 Teams, 4 people each are dropped into Times Square with just the clothes on their back. They have to make their way to Alcatraz Island in 4 weeks. The catch? They must complete 10 of 40 challenges
. These challenges range from difficult, (watch the Kentucky Derby from the infield and place a winning bet on the Kentucky Derby itself), to unbelievable (play horse vs an NBA player and win), to crazily impossible, (play 4 members of congress in a game of flag football in front of the Capital building in DC, one must be a senator).
To make matters worse, you're given no money or food or equipment. No contestant is allowed to touch any money during the game. They can only (ahem) beg, borrow and deal for favors from strangers or friends. Add to that, none of the sports teams or organizations know about the contest...
The Prize: Two tickets, all expenses paid, to four championship events of the next year.
I was skeptical at first, but man, what a great first episode. I haven't had this much fun since the original Survivor. It looks like the contestants had the time of their lives. It's like a super cross country sports scavenger hunt. Sign me up for next season!posted by gwong at 7:43 PM PST - 24 comments
Ever wanted to be an author
but didn't know how to start? Here's your chance - a story already underway and waiting for you to add your contribution. [more inside]posted by dg at 6:07 PM PST - 15 comments
Fire up that warp drive. In this week's issue of Nature
, physicists claim
to have made 50,000 atoms of antihydrogen. Not only is this a lot more antihydrogen than has been produced before, the stuff is cold -- read slow-moving -- so it's possible that physicists will finally be able to trap it and study it. (Less technical news story here
.)posted by ptermit at 1:56 PM PST - 26 comments
"When you talk about running electricity through someone's genitals, most people think of torture. However, we have found that low power, high frequency (audio) current can produce some very interesting tingling and throbbing sensations."
Bored of the same, day-in, day-out masturbation routine? Try electronic masturbation
! "posted by Pinwheel at 12:12 PM PST - 28 comments
The Black Belt TV Network.
An L.A.- based producer is trying to create a new 24-hour martial arts TV channel airing nothing but kung-fu movies, kung-fu tournaments, Kung-Fu
the series, and cartoons where the characters are doing kung-fu. Say producer Larry Kasanoff, "We want to do the same thing for the martial arts that MTV did for music," a line that merits numerous possible responses so obvious I'm not going to touch them with a ten-foot kendo stick.posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:54 AM PST - 54 comments
in a variety of circumstances. A 52-year-old security man disappeared from an inn; a 22-year-old bar hostess went missing after dropping off her children at a day-care center; two college students on summer vacation went missing near a beach; an engaged couple disappeared after apparently stopping at a seaside lookout.
They lived and died
with their kidnappers.posted by i blame your mother at 9:47 AM PST - 24 comments
According to this guy
we have become an over-regulated society, directed towards obedience, bordering on totalitarianism. While much of what he says here is not new to us, it does appear that with each new law put into effect, we are incrementally giving up more and more of our freedoms. So, when is the breaking point? Some laws and regulations are necessary, but have we already gone too far?
(More interesting/entertaining rants from him here
.)posted by eas98 at 9:33 AM PST - 23 comments
...a $17,100 traveling toilet box; a $15,000 dog umbrella stand; a $6,300 sewing basket; a $6,000 shower curtain; $5,960 for two sets of sheets; a $2,900 set of coat hangers; a $2,200 gilt metal wastebasket; a $1,650 notebook; and a $445 pincushion.
Yes, it's more insane
corporate greed: Tyco Details Lavish Lives of Executives (NYT link, 'free' regis. req'd)posted by Shane at 9:19 AM PST - 22 comments
As it is... Bhagavad Gita Art
- love it - (as seen in those Hare Krishna books they give out around the world) and makes sure not to *always* stick with Eastern representations. I think Dubya should do more of this
... whaddyathink?posted by HeadSessions at 9:18 AM PST - 10 comments
India's slide into facsism...
An essay in The Nation by India's Arundhati Roy — novelist, essayist, activist — lays down the facts around a very troubling assertion: people-heavy, nuclear-armed, legitimacy-seeking, proto-super-power India is quickly becoming a fascist state.posted by silusGROK at 8:59 AM PST - 14 comments
Black-Jew Rift Widens After Southern Primaries
WASHINGTON — Participants in this month's Congressional Black Caucus conference say the defeat of two black House members in bitter primaries not only suggests a widening rift with Jewish Democrats, but trouble within the Democratic Party itself.
I have long considered the Democrats in trouble: one of their charms. A Black loses to another Black and it is the fault of the Jews? Reparations? Assuming there had been a strong lobby at work to get the Jewish vote to come out against these candidates, is that un-American? Don't we vote for those we feel best serve our interests? Odd that he Protocols of Zion not mentioned.posted by Postroad at 7:35 AM PST - 26 comments
This war plan forces me to stand by the dictator who tortured me.
Iraqi writer, an exiled dissident and victim of Hussein's regime speaks against war and sanctions: "You are "either with us or against us", they say. As an Iraqi that means choosing between war and the dictator. To be on the side of the oppressed does not mean we are unaware of the complexity of the situation. To campaign for the lifting of sanctions, for an end to the paralysing bombardment and daily threat of war is to stand by the Iraqi people; it is that policy which will help them to change the oppressive regime. Any change should be initiated from within Iraq, not imposed by Bush or Blair.
"posted by talos at 7:34 AM PST - 11 comments
, David Greenberger's legendary zine which has spawned books, CDs, comic books, and videos
, finally went online sometime this year. "In the universal experience of aging we are desperately short of meaningful guidance. The Duplex Planet offers some lessons and examples," says Greenberger
. Does he succeed, or is DP just an artful "seniors say the darndest things"?posted by kmel at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments
It's The Way You Quote Them: Frosties
is a cracking new collection of quotations from Ariga
, expertly and eccentrically selected by one I.Frost
, who defines himself as "friend, philosopher and jurist" . Unlike many online dictionaries, it includes generous helpings from its chosen authors; proper references; unexpected quotations (rather than the same old chestnuts) and, above all, personality. Bravo!posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:06 AM PST - 25 comments
of the Egyptian Zawahiri's Islamic Jihad and the Saudi Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda in 2001, based on the foundation of Qutb's book "Milestones", provide outlet for those who have no other way of expressing their objections to the authoritarian regimes of the countries they live in, and the reach of American power in the Middle East.posted by semmi at 9:44 PM PST - 19 comments
Mars Austrailia creates fake band and single to advertise Starbursts.
It is the latest marketing idea: create a fictitious group named after your brand and release a cheesy song that gets radio airplay and is sold as a music single to teenagers. The song is Get Your Juices Going
, by fictional pop group Starburst. It has secured high-rotation airplay on radio station Nova 96.9 and has had its promotional video featured on Video Hits. The song's lyrics were written by copywriters and the video, in which the group's identity is hidden, was created by television commercial producers. Not once, however, is the pop group linked to Mars.posted by ncurley at 3:27 PM PST - 67 comments
Your guide to recent corporate scandals.
An excellent visual description of recent corporate scandals and all the connections between the different firms and people involved. There is a small pop-up thingie that comes up if you drag your mouse on any box (the techies will know the more precise term for it).posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments
The following sing I a book. a book of art. of mind art as that which he hid reveal I
. Tom Phillips
made his first Humument pages
in 1966 and continues to make them. He drew new meanings out of a forgotten Victorian novel - A Human Document
by W.H. Mallock
- by painting over or otherwise obscuring most of the words on the page, leaving pithy fragments. The result is wonderfully allusive, poetic and occasionally wise as well as beautiful to look at. He's used it to comment on Dante's Inferno and Joyce's Ullysses
, made a sort of opera out of it, and it's dead postmodern
to boot.posted by Grangousier at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments
River found under Sahara
Russian satellites have discovered a river flowing 700 feet under the Sahara.
It carries enough water to supply 50,000 people and is said to surge with "colossal power".
---the thing that interests me most about this is the economic impact that this will have on the area. seeing as how wars are being fought over water supplies in the area, what do you see as the most likely result of this discovery??posted by daHIFI at 1:48 PM PST - 24 comments
Enron 'Crooked E' For Sale
"The ultimate symbol of the bankrupt power trader -- one of the ubiquitous chrome signs dubbed "the Crooked E" for its distinctive slant and commentary on the company's questionable dealings -- is on the auction block." The sign is only one of thousands of items up for sale September 25th and 26th, at the Houston Radisson Astrodome
hotel.posted by gummi at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments
An unfinished work representing a centuries-old mystery and containing an encrypted signature, Pythagorean philosophy and celestial numbers... Could it be the new Neal Stephenson novel? Actually, it's Johann Sebastian Bach's "Art of Fugue
", believed by some to have been conceived as "absolute music" never intended to be played at all. Artist Elizabeth Harington has created a lovely and loving visual interpretation
of the work in the form of 14 folded sculptures (nicely presented by Colophon
).posted by taz at 1:11 PM PST - 12 comments
Hearings for court nominees restored.
"It was not until the Democrats regained control of the Senate last summer and Leahy assumed the chair that hearings and confirmations resumed. As of this writing, the Democratic-led Senate Committee had held hearings on 82 Bush nominees, approving 80 of them -- including 16 women. The full Senate had already confirmed 73.
This is normal -- traditional. It was not that way from 1994 to 2001."
It's enough to make a Shrub hugger angry, isn't it?posted by nofundy at 12:06 PM PST - 41 comments
Snoop Dog to appear in Muppets Movie
"The two-hour film, which is currently in production in Vancouver, will feature cameo appearances by Oscar winners Sir Michael Caine and William H. Macy, Snoop Dogg
, Carson Daly, Jon Stewart, Kelly Ripa and Rachel Hunter, among others."
Unless The Muppets
has suddenly become a program for adults, not kids, what a horrible idea. Would Jim Henson approve of this? I know, let's put Eminem on the teletubbies show!posted by 4midori at 11:35 AM PST - 50 comments
The Antarctic Ozone Hole Predicted to Close by 2050
Australian scientists at CSIRO
have confirmed their earlier predictions that the ozone depletion in the Antarctic is slowing, and ozone will steadily increase from 2005 on. The "hole" will close by 2050. "[Paul Fraser, chief of CSIRO, said] 'I think this shows global protocols can work,' ... while acknowledging that 'the economics' of greenhouse gases were far more complex than the CFC issue." (1
). An interview with Fraser by ABC is here (2
) Some past stories (3
).posted by rschram at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments
Hispanic Heritage Month
began in the U.S. this past Sunday. Food, music, dance, art, language - our lives are richer for the far-reaching cultural contributions of our Hispanic neighbors. Who or what aspects of this varied culture would you join me in toasting
Me, I raise my glass to some of the wonderful
who keep traditional folk themes
alive.posted by madamjujujive at 9:26 AM PST - 47 comments
Seen any St***n S***rb**gh films lately? CleanFlicks
, a Utah (US) based company, is using digital editing to "clean up" popular films by removing the sex, nudity, profanity and extreme violence (for example, the edited natural born killers runs approx. 2.5 minutes, while the CF version of Resevoir Dogs is titles and credits only).
Recently the Colorado licensee of Cleanflicks got wind of a potential lawsuit by the Directors Guild of America. Deciding not to wait for this to even get off the ground, Cleanflicks has decided to sue 16 of the directors
that are apparently most offensive to them.posted by i blame your mother at 8:51 AM PST - 116 comments
Some Good News for a Tuesday
Now that a third
cabinet official has been held in contempt over the handling of funds owed to Native Americans, is a big check in the mail? Or will the Interior Department claim that they are out of stamps?posted by tommyspoon at 8:43 AM PST - 25 comments
Take a hint from the MPAA, Ms. Rosen.
The IBC met to talk about problems with digital video/movie piracy, and came to the conclusion that they're at fault, not movie pirates. "We have met the enemy, and he is us." They realized if they offered a reliable, affordable online video service... it might actually work! I'd sign up for cheap downloads, and no return hassle. You?posted by gramcracker at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments
have been talking about it for a while, but this Music Identification Service for British
(nyt) mobile phones is finally here. For 50p, you can place your mobile phone next to any machine playing groovy unidentifiable music, and within a minute, it'll text and tell you what's playing. So far, I've worked out that it's great at identifying Sheryl Crow and Bush tracks, but it's not so good at identifying
traditional Greek folk music.posted by seanyboy at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments
Speed of light broken with basic lab kit.
Physicists at Middle Tennessee State University report that they've broken the speed of light using only $500 in off-the-shelf equipment that can be set up in less than an hour. Don't expect warp drives any time soon, but this does open up a cool area of science to the "two guys in a garage" arena. Is there a Jobs & Wozniak out there who will kick start a transportation revolution?posted by mkultra at 8:15 AM PST - 22 comments
Sen. Paula Hawkins was at one time curious about what kind of toys Frank Zappa's children played with. Now we know: Among Dweezil's collection was a 1963 Fender Stratocaster owned, played, and burnt to a crisp by one Jimi Hendrix. Now, Dweezil is selling the thing
, but not to buy a new car or house or something. He's trying to raise funds to refurbish his old man's studio. Zappa once wrote an essay about how to raise fantastic children. It seems from this story that he did exactly that.posted by NedKoppel at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments
"One nationally renowned academic ... was recently called by an administration official to talk about serving on an HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] advisory committee.... To the candidate's surprise, the official asked for the professor's views on embryo cell research, cloning and physician-assisted suicide. After that, the candidate said, the interviewer told the candidate that the position would have to go to someone else because the candidate's views did not match those of the administration."
The overhaul of the U.S. public health advisory committee system begins with politics and ends with canning those who disagree with George W. Bush.
The public interest is somehow left out of the process.posted by PrinceValium at 6:38 AM PST - 21 comments
Nüp2 Incorporated will revolutionize the electronic memory business. Using our patented memory technology and our patent-pending "Topolithographic" manufacturing process, we will develop and produce solid-state electronic memory having gigabytes of storage in a tiny package for just a few dollars per Gigabyte.
Hoax? Vaporware? Revolution in data storage? You decide.posted by RylandDotNet at 6:38 AM PST - 3 comments
City officials to give away weed.
A Santa Cruz councilman wants to show solidarity with those arrested in a recent federal raid
on a medicinal growing operation. Apparently "the whole community is up in arms about this." This, being the raid, not the medicinal use of marijuana. Is the general public's attitude finally starting to sway?posted by FiveFrozenFish at 6:23 AM PST - 20 comments
From the secret world of the "black budget"
comes the story of a man who wants to know the truth about the army's research into anti-gravity technology and zero-point energy ("There's enough energy in your coffee cup to evaporate the world's oceans many times over."
). Is he a lunatic
? A "Ufologist
"? Nope, he's an award-winning defense and aerospace reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly
, the highly respected magazine on international military and policy issues. In fact, he says, the loonies may be right! He thinks there probably are saucerlike flying objects, but they're not alien, they're made in the USA (who got the technology from the Nazi's - who else?). He even goes so far as to suggest that the CIA has a program to discredit people who see UFO's. I like my stories rich, and this one is very
rich. (via Atlantic Unbound
)posted by NekulturnY at 1:52 AM PST - 13 comments
"If the Department of Energy has its way, the nation's nuclear garbage could end up in everyday items like bicycles, frying pans, and baby strollers." The East Tennessee Technology Park
, was once known as "the K-25 site. Its mission: to produce highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons." Now, efforts are being made to recycle
some of the irradiated scrap metal into unlabeled household objects. On the plus side, any radioactive metal that finds its way into your kitchenware won't be headed for Yucca Mountain
.posted by Joey Michaels at 7:15 PM PST - 12 comments
It's 25 Years Ago Today Since Maria Callas Died.
There's a badly designed but well-intentioned and informative Italian website to commemorate the anniversary and there's the film Callas Forever
, directed by one of her best friends (and the director of many of her most memorable operas, Franco Zefirelli
. It premiered today
. Mozart's Requiem
was also played at the concert held in her honour tonight in Athens
. I can't help thinking, though, that the Web is sorely lacking in resources about one of the greatest, most goosebump-provoking singers who ever lived. In fact, classical singers and classical music in general seem very (increasingly
) badly served. Even the glorious Andante
magazine, which I recently linked to
, looks like it's disappeared...posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:54 PM PST - 21 comments
Robots vs. bunnies!
Dust bunnies, that is. Roboticist Rodney Brooks
, who you should know because you should have seen Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
, co-founded iRobot
, which is releasing its first consumer model this week: Roomba
, the vacuuming robot. Even once you've seen it in action (which, of course, I haven't), it's probably not going to convince that the future has arrived or get you thinking about the moral rights of robots
, but every consumer tech movement has its watershed, and maybe this will turn out to have been a Big Step for getting robots in our daily lives. The author notes that iRobot "hopes that one day Roomba will do for vacuuming what dishwashers did for dishwashing."posted by blueshammer at 2:10 PM PST - 18 comments
The lost Egyptian city of DeMille
In 1923, Cecil B. DeMille
built an Egyptian city in the dunes of the Guadalupe Desert north of Los Angeles as the set for "The Ten Commandments
," the first true Hollywood epic. Cost over-runs on the filming left too little money for a complete dismantling of the set, so DeMille had it buried instead. In recent years the set has been partially uncovered by Pacific winds, revealing the remains of three-story-tall plaster sphinxes and other artifacts
, and leading to a campaign to excavate
this important piece of film history.posted by me3dia at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments
The Bolan Tree
Today is the 25th Anniversary of the accident in which folk-singer turned glam pioneer Marc Bolan died. The tree
his car hit - driven by his partner, soul singer/producer Grace Jones
- has been purchased by a fan group [T-Rex Action Group], who have also contributed a bust sculpted by Canadian Jean Robillard
(with Quebec Government Cultural Attaché to Great Britain attending the unveiling today).
You may not think you know his music, but if you've seen Velvet Goldmine
or Billy Elliot
, watched the NBA Playoffs on TNT [using 'Get It On/Bang A Gong'
], or ever wondered where the ubiquitous '20th Century Boy'
[with the definitive power chord + squeal opening burst] comes from, now you know.
Marc inspired devotion in his fans, and respect from the likes of Bowie, the Damned and Billy Idol in his own lifetime - and influenced musicmakers like The Strokes & The Red Hot Chili Peppers [according to this article in The Philidelphia Enquirer
Dandy's in the Underworld, indeed.posted by dash_slot- at 11:59 AM PST - 34 comments
Sweden bucks the trend.
In a heated
election yesterday, Swedish voters ended the European left's losing streak. Despite having the highest taxes in the industrialized world, Swedish voters rebuffed the tax-cutting, center-right parties that proved so successful in Denmark, Austria, Italy, Portugal, France and Holland. With Germany's Socialists suddenly ahead
in the polls, and the implosion
of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, is the center-right revolution in Europe out of gas?posted by Ljubljana at 9:02 AM PST - 23 comments
Religious Fundamentalism: 1, Science: 0.
In a stunning knock-out blow to rational thought, the United States tells Darwin, "Not so fast, bud. We better check with God before naming you the head honcho of evolution." Read the article carefully-on first read the new law sounds benign enough. Legislators claim the law will only require that the "debate" between creationism-evolution be discussed. Sounds simple, right? Think again. Once again, the Ohio mentality begs me to flee this state...posted by tgrundke at 8:38 AM PST - 100 comments
Few Advertisers Use Pop-Ups (or do they?)
"Though they seem to be everywhere on the Internet, pop-up advertisements are used by less than 10 percent of all companies that advertise online, according to a report from Nielsen//NetRatings." Do you buy this? Is this industry propaganda or a true description of what is out there? The sites I visit regularly all seem to have pop-ups (e.g. nytimes, espn, slate, theatlantic.com). For the last 1 month or so, ESPN seems to launch two pop-ups when I first visit them, in fact. What has your experience been?posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 8:19 AM PST - 28 comments
"I can sympathize with you, but I can never feel your pain," as stated by a Turkish taxidermist in the film Taste of Cherry, by Abbas Kiarosatami
, Persian director of great works of cinema. This film's poetic, universal message can apply to anyone who is trying to come to terms with loss, especially a year after that day. more insideposted by insomnyuk at 4:38 AM PST - 12 comments
Need a user's manual for your DNA?
Sure that there's some bug in there you could fix if you knew how to? Here are the tools you'll need. I know the web isn't relly about one-to-many publishing, but just sometimes it does it wonderfully well.posted by alloneword at 4:35 AM PST - 3 comments
AES may have been broken
. The new standard in crypto, AES
, and other algorithms, appear to be vulnerable to xsl
. This is not a practical attack, yet, but if you're interested in crypto it's fascinating (and shocking) news.posted by andrew cooke at 4:06 AM PST - 7 comments
What's our government doing right now? Nobody cares.
(via David Cogswell
) "There is this gap, you see, this enormous, gaping separation between what the honest and ardent and yet often shockingly misinformed populace believes drives the heart of this great nation, and what actually drives it." Slap a new adhesive flag over the one bleached by the summer sun and let's get to it. This really has to stop.posted by crasspastor at 11:15 PM PST - 22 comments
An Editorial from Jane's, 9/11: in search of context and meaning
"Fiction, non-fiction, news, news analysis and opinion... And unfortunately we continually mix and merge these groupings, using them in similar ways and often believing them to contain similar weight and importance." "We now tend to respond to the news rather than attempting to get behind it and create policy."posted by semmi at 10:18 PM PST - 7 comments
On Iraq, Where Are The Democrats?
"Oh, the party's leaders speak: They appear on talk shows; they write op-eds; they convene congressional hearings. But most of what they say is best understood as highly articulate evasiveness. They have devised a series of formulations designed to make the party appear to be offering a clear response to the president's proposed war, when it is actually doing the opposite.". But now some are willing to outright question
the timing of our newfound desire to eliminate Hussein: "It's hard not to notice that the sudden urgency of war with Iraq has coincided precisely with the emergence of the corporate scandal story, with the flip in the congressional [poll] numbers and with the decline in the Republicans' prospects for retaking the Senate majority"posted by owillis at 9:59 PM PST - 18 comments
Bob Greene Quits after Affair with Teen Revealed
No big deal in the broad scheme of things, perhaps, but for those who know of/have read Greene, this story is an extra-large helping of irony - basically, one of the high priests of wholesome, 50s-era Americana taken down by a sex scandal. On the other hand, it's not clear that he did anything legally wrong; nevertheless, the paper gave him the quick boot. We expect high ethical standards in politicians' personal lives, but is it fair to expect the same thing of journalists?posted by risenc at 9:17 PM PST - 29 comments
Today's comic was too cool to pass up.
I'm normally a big fan of Foxtrot
to begin with, but Bill Amend really pulled a fun stunt in today's online comic. Who can spot the inside joke first? Does anybody else have a favorite memorable inside joke from the funny pages? c'mon, I couldn't resist so lets just pretend it's still Friday...posted by LuxFX at 3:45 PM PST - 23 comments
Who the heck cares if Saddam Hussein gets a nuke?
Not Pat Buchanan
, who provocatively suggests we have little to fear from an Iraq armed with a nuclear weapon. Pat's isolationism
are obvious, so let's examine the specifics of his argument instead: "Stalin acquired nuclear weapons in 1949, but did not blackmail us out of Berlin. Mao acquired nuclear weapons in 1964, but did not blackmail us out of Taiwan...[F]or him to threaten us with it would invite annihilation...Why would Saddam, who sleeps in a different bed every night to stay alive, risk the utter destruction of himself, his family, his dynasty, his monuments, his legacy?"posted by mediareport at 12:44 PM PST - 43 comments
"The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC)."posted by tpoh.org at 11:17 AM PST - 46 comments
as a weapon of mass subversion? Netanyahu is suggesting that the US broadcasts such subversive programs as Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 in Iran...posted by titboy at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments
West Nile Virus got you down?
Then jump on the Bring Back DDT
bandwagon, because it's time to kill something to stop the evil WNV!
Heck, DDT doesn't harm the enviroment or people, it doesn't
Question to ponder: DDT, good thing to use in the US?, bad thing to use? or "Just like hunting for deer with a bazooka"?posted by RobbieFal at 11:20 PM PST - 22 comments
Like it was so hard to get porno off Napster before.
Well, that was quick. Spanish pornography conglomerate Private Media Group, Inc. has made a bid to take control of the now-bankrupt file-trading pioneer
, in effort to created an already-branded network exclusively for trading adult material. PMG claims to have the largest library of online adult content in the world, with of course the exception of the hard drives of most 16-year-old male Napster users, hence their desire to expand their collection. Honest.posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:36 PM PST - 15 comments
War Could Unshackle Oil in Iraq
..All five permanent members of the Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- have international oil companies with major stakes in a change of leadership in Baghdad.
Okay, everybody say it with me now...It's about the OIL!posted by bas67 at 10:07 PM PST - 38 comments
The Mind of a Madman.
PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN’S ADDRESS ON THE ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRAND BATTLE "MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES" JANUARY 16-17, 1991. See also President Saddam Hussein's speech on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the day of the great victory over Iran and other funny stories
. And now, for the rest of the story.posted by Mack Twain at 9:54 PM PST - 10 comments
Homeland Security Cultural Bureau.
"HSCB is protecting the interests of the country's national security by employing efforts to direct and guide the parameters of cultural production. " Actions include encouraging Hollywood to make less cynical, more patriotic movies, and shutting down art galleries whose subversive content is a threat to national security. I presume the site is a parodic/political commentary one--since as far as I know such a bureau has not actually been authorized by the Bush White House--but the makers of the site are holding their cards very close to the chest, with content that is nearly indistinguishable from what the real thing (a Bushian arts censorship commission) would actually be.posted by Rebis at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments
The Homeless Guy Weblog
A weblog written by Kevin Barbieux, who lives in a homeless shelter in Nashville and has been homeless since 1982. The guy can write and has put together an amazing blog through some of the Bill Gates computers in the public libraries.posted by Coop at 5:13 PM PST - 70 comments
Fantômas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil, the arch-criminal anti-hero of a series of 32 pre-WWI French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to witness his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine.
In 1912, Apollinaire founded the Societe des Amis de Fantomas
which included prominent artists and writers. Magritte
considered Fantomas to be a major influence in many of his paintings. Fantomas was not only a comic book but also spawned
films, tv and radio shows and plays. (There is, of course, a modern band
as well)(I read the Mexican comic book
as a child)posted by vacapinta at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments
Negativland Uses Mosquito Fleet To Bite Clear Channel and the NAB.
Six unlicensed FM stations in Seattle joined forces, simulcasting a fake "KJR-FM" broadcast created by members of Negativland. The spoofed programming repeatedly jabbed at the Clear Channel affiliate for claiming to play only "The Best Of The 60s and 70s", while injecting at least almost 100 songs from the 80s into it's smotheringly-tight, mechanised auto-pilot playlist.
Snippets of the simul-pirate-cast can be heard here
.posted by tpoh.org at 9:00 AM PST - 46 comments
MTV bans Public Enemy
's video "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need" because the video contains the lyric "Free Mumia and H Rap Brown". MTV are willing to air the video if the lyric is cut. Public Enemy front-man Chuck D is vocal in his response
. Responsible action or censorship in its worst form?posted by nthdegx at 4:35 AM PST - 75 comments
There's something out there
Target Body: J002E3 Spacecraft (UNCONFIRMED)
Observer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Coordinates: 118°14'27.6''W, 34°03'15.1''N
Since September 5th, the Minor Planet Mailing List (MPML) has been abuzz with speculation about an unidentified 16th- magnitude object. During the next 10 days the object will be moving rapidly across Aries and then Taurus, passing between the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters.posted by riley370 at 9:52 PM PST - 29 comments
This week in 1978, the most bizarre and hideous of murders was committed. Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident was jabbed in the thigh with a deadly umbrella
. The umbrella inserted ricin into him, killing him on September 11th, 1978. To this day, his killer has not been punished.
Question to ponder: Does the US CIA have their own 'deadly umbrellas'?posted by RobbieFal at 3:49 PM PST - 38 comments
Intelligent Grappling: the new creationism?
Teachers for Equal Time hopes that the addition of the warning stickers will pave the way for the teaching of its alternative theory, Intelligent Grappling, the theory that certain intelligent and conscious agents "push" things together. (hey its friday)posted by skallas at 3:31 PM PST - 18 comments
"The fight America has on its hands militarily is one thing. A fight our American intelligence and soldiery will not lose. Drunken, doped-up third world peasants paradise-bent on living as if it is still the stone age challenge us, now let them taste the full, unadulterated wrath of America's force. Let them drown in pools of their own blood." Call it "the ultimate pre-match promo:" the well-thought-out and eloquent political pundrity of The Ultimate Warrior
. Yes, that
one.posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:28 PM PST - 23 comments
Why Aren't U.S. Journalists Reporting From Iraq?
"This notion that the Iraqi leader is in cahoots with Osama will be easy to feed the American people. To the American people, one bad Arab is the same as the next, and Osama equals Saddam. People who wonder about the Bush war-urgency only need to think about this: there’s a blind spot that needs to be exploited now, before too many journalists get the idea to go inside Iraq and find out what’s really happening. As long as the Condi Rices, Dick Cheneys and other hawks are talking to journalists with no experience inside Iraq, they won’t get a raised eyebrow about this notion that the secular dictator is in bed with the jihadis
-- even though [reports indicate]....the CIA has found no link between the Iraqi dictator and Al Qaeda."posted by fold_and_mutilate at 1:48 PM PST - 55 comments
Word 97 Users Abandoned by Microsoft?
"Microsoft's flagship word processor has for years had a security flaw that could allow a criminal to steal computer files by "bugging" a document with a hidden code." Microsoft will fix the problem for newer versions of Word, but those of us who use Word 97 are more or less out of luck. As it turns out, the Microsoft Corporation page
doesn't seem to have any easily accessible information on this issue.posted by Joey Michaels at 1:08 PM PST - 40 comments
Boston is having a real brouhaha over grass-roots efforts to return to rent control
. Here in D.C., some folks aren't happy
about a massive vending machine in Adam's Morgan. Meanwhile, D.C. braces for protests
surrounding the upcoming meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Is there, in this day and age, a debate raging about the equity, and even the efficacy, of capitalism
? Is Marxism
still a viable vein of thought in the modern age? Are free markets as self-policing as some folks
argue? Or does industry require a more arduous watchdog
?posted by NedKoppel at 12:08 PM PST - 33 comments
Nothing Friendly About "Friendly Fire"
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Air National Guard pilots may face criminal charges for their roles in a bombing that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
A senior defense official said the Air Force is recommending that charges be filed against F-16 pilots Maj. Harry Schmidt and Maj. William Umbach. Pentagon officials were expected to announce the charges Friday after the U.S. Central Command and the Canadian government released additional details from a joint investigation of the April 17 tragedy.
what do you think? will this help prevent similar tragedies, will pilots think twice before they let fly on unsupecting canadian troops or wedding parties?posted by henriettachicken at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments
Welcome to the State Department... I mean, the Republican Party.
"For some time, travelers browsing the State Department Web site for helpful tips about Guadalajara, Mexico, found much more than they bargained for when they clicked on a photograph of President Bush. The click transported them to a partisan playground, where they were told how to get involved with the Republican Party and even how to donate money to it."
(Why does nytimes.com have all the good stories?- metafilter, metafilter)posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments
Thieves have stolen 6 valuable paintings, and a Mini Cooper S. Read the mysterious novella by Scottish author, Val McDermid
, and then fly to Barcelona to take part in this mystery. Mini has arranged plane tickets and hotel for you. Are you up for some sleuthing? Get briefed.
This could be one of the coolest interactive marketing campaigns I've seen in a long while. [some links contain flash]posted by mad at 7:53 AM PST - 14 comments
Shaving for Uncle Sam.
Stories like this just heat my blood. I swear that some people cannot see past their stars at what is really going on. Is this becoming a Gentleman's War? Next thing you know Special Forces won't be able to carry bullets in their guns.posted by Stretch at 7:31 AM PST - 27 comments
Terrorists to make us "cry on 9/13"
Looks like some terrorists have been picked up on I-75 in Florida, apparently on their way to the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Seems like the news media is definitely glomming on to the "special dates" scenario that's been spoken about a few times, i.e. 9/11, Friday the 13th, Halloween, et al. Do you buy into that, or is it just coincidence?
Watch out for terrorists at your local Shoney's!posted by djspicerack at 6:13 AM PST - 103 comments
The Ultimatum has been delivered to the UN...
This conflict, simmering for over ten years is about to erupt. "In strict accordance with international law," unilatteral military action is imminent unless demands are met. Animosity has been mounting steadily for months, and Russia is ready to invade Georgia. "No one can deny today, and for ourselves we are certain, that Georgian territory is sheltering both those who are implicated in the attacks on the United States and a direct operative involved in the attacks on housing units in Russia," Mr. Putin said on Russian television, echoing the logic U.S. President George W. Bush has used to rally international support for a pre-emptive strike on Iraq. The United States said it would not support Mr. Putin if he carried out his threat to attack Chechen rebel bases in Georgia, and slammed him for suggesting he might. "The United States strongly supports Georgia's territorial integrity and would oppose any unilateral military action by Russia inside Georgia," a U.S. State Department spokesman said. This all seems rather hypocritical, business as usual new world order politics: Is the price of getting UN Security Council approval on Iraq going to be public and secret deals, and is this really about the Chechens, or about breakaway republics and Caspian Sea oil? And what about China? Will we rubberstamp their ambitions re: Taiwan, Spratley Islands, Mongolia? And finally, why Georgia? I know they put up a two-bit Olympics and never caught that one terrorist bomber, but really, Georgia?posted by Mack Twain at 4:58 AM PST - 25 comments
Is This Finally The Best Of The Rolling Stones?
was redesigned earlier this month in preparation for Forty Licks
, the upcoming anthology which is being touted as the definitive compilation of their best songs. Is it though? There have been, er, more than a few of them
in the past - even (most shockingly!) a couple of very good ones. Nor do the four new songs exactly transmit over-confidence. More pertinently: does it (do they) still matter
? [Or, are we better off sticking to the current Primal Scream reincarnation?
]posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:53 AM PST - 51 comments
Read it sideways.
The first smiley was posted to usenet on September 19, 1982. Almost twenty years later, the original posting
is uncovered on an old tape backup (after a search that smiley-inventor Scott Fahlman has dubbed the “Digital Coelacanth Project”
). Of note: Mr. Fahlman thinks that AOL’s and MSN’s penchant for replacing the smiley-string with little pictures “destroys the whimsical element of the original.”posted by sherman at 12:39 AM PST - 26 comments
It's big, it's bad, and it's coming your way. Beware Bonnie! No, no, wait. Hide from Hanna! Hmm, nope. Run from Rene! Geez, this naming thing
isn't easy. How do you name a tropical storm
? Should the name be masculine or feminine? Should it roll off the tongue with ease or be a mouthful? Are there some names you can't use
? If a tropical storm was closing in on your neighborhood, what would you
call it?posted by debralee at 11:12 PM PST - 10 comments
A Blast from the Past.
In 1998, George Bush, Sr. explains why Saddam was not removed in the Gulf War: "Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome."posted by owillis at 9:43 PM PST - 19 comments
Can't we just get George Bush and Saddam Hussein take E together?
Two weeks ago a friend of mine and I were hypothesizing that we could avoid a war with Iraq if these two leaders would just hangout together, take MDMA, and talk to each other. From related experiences I can say that it would certainly help them work through their disagreements. What about you? Has ecstasy use helped or harmed your mental health? (And does anyone read Salon anymore?)posted by popvulture at 9:42 PM PST - 34 comments
.i la lojban mo
Lojban is in many ways like any other language. There's an English-Lojban dictionary
. There's a Lojban grammar
. You can even get your news at Nuzban
, a Lojban-only news site.
Lojban, however, is a completely constructed language
. Why Lojban
? Well, Lojban came from Loglan
, an invented language from the 1950's (Loglan was created as an experiment to study the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
: succinctly, the idea that language and culture are hopelessly intertwined) Today, there are hundreds of invented languages
and a thriving language construction community
. Alongside well-known constructs such as Tolkien's elven languages
, there's also d'ni
- the language of Myst, a language
of flowers, opus-2
- a language that shuns word order and Teonat
- a language of the imaginary inhabitants of Teon.
With the help of online language construction kits, you too can create
your own language
.posted by vacapinta at 8:44 PM PST - 34 comments
Remember Bullet Time
? Remember how it got damn annoying from overuse really quickly? When was the last time you saw something neat done with it?
Take a look at Lumasol
.posted by Su at 6:26 PM PST - 20 comments
Play with your food.
Or rather, play it. The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra creates a unique sound using instruments made from vegetables. Then, they make soup.posted by frykitty at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments
"Why terrorism works."
In an interview plugging his new book, Alan Dershowitz makes some interesting points and suggests some intriguing solutions vis-a-vis various Current Situations.posted by donkeyschlong at 1:30 PM PST - 24 comments
WOD hits new low in ridiculosity. From the Shameless Scare 'Em for Ratings files: Flush from the 911 hyper-commemoration news frenzy, but just a little disappointed that the evil-doers didn't do any (as hyped), the news media finds itself on 912 with too much time on their hands. What to do? Break out the tried-and-true emerging drug menace story you keep on hand for just such a news lull!
, (briefly) touted as a new drug menace back when our boys were (briefly) in Somalia, was then shilled as the drug that made somalis into raving homicidal maniacs. IT'S BACK
!! According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, chronic use can cause violence and suicidal depression similar to amphetamine addiction, though the agency said it was unaware of any examples
(emphasis mine). no laughing now, they want you to take this threat seriously
Some say its harmless
, others like to compare it to Methedrineposted by BentPenguin at 12:49 PM PST - 18 comments
Jeb Bush delivers Florida ... to Janet Reno's opponent in the primary.
Not a repost of the trouble-at-the-polls brouhaha
. Carl Hiaasen looks at the Bush team's "stupendous" backfire in targeting a second-tier candidate, eventual winner Bill McBride, in an apparently incessant string of TV ads that moved McBride from anonymity to a fearsome candidate. "Why else would the GOP buy so much TV time to slam him?" asks Hiaasen, and indeed, McBride's follow-up ads capitalized on this notoriety. By carrying the primary, the race against Bush gets more interesting: "Reno is a known quantity about whom most voters already feel strongly one way or the other," notes Hiaasen. "McBride is a fresh face with no Clinton baggage and a Bronze Star from the Vietnam War."posted by blueshammer at 12:37 PM PST - 11 comments
An Anti-War Movement of One.
by Philip Gold, senior national security analyst for Seattle's conservative Discovery Institute
. "...of late, I've taken to constituting myself as an anti-war movement of one--a man of impeccable conservative credentials and long experience in the national-security field, a grumpy old Marine, who has grown infuriated with and appalled by both the conservative embrace of disaster and the enormity of the smallness of what passes for the anti-war movement today." posted by Ty Webb at 12:21 PM PST - 15 comments
Fruit flies take death lying down.
Some scientist somewhere noticed an interesting death habit, if you will, in fruit flies. One day they flop over upside down, and stay there, until they die - almost always ~14 days later. The live approximately 60 days. The point? They believe that something naturally triggers the onset of death and dying. Interesting.posted by JessicaRose at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments
Very bad news for Warren Zevon.
AP reports that he has untreatable lung cancer. His quote: "I'm OK with it, but it'll be a drag if I don't make it till the next James Bond movie comes out." Damn. Damn.posted by maudlin at 11:42 AM PST - 18 comments
Remembering the crazy dot-com boom.
In November of 1998, a small California Internet provider named AvTel Communications announced they were providing local ADSL service to the community via a typical (and innocent, at least so it was thought) corporate press release. Business wires
completely mis-interpret the release, CNBC talks about it on air, then clueless investors hoping to get rich quick start throwing money at the stock causing the stock price to rise an amazing 1284% in one day
before trading is suspended. After several class-action suits
, and a company re-name
, the company managed to survive the hoopla, but only barely. Now they're being de-listed
like yesterday's trash. Did something like this ever happen to a company for whom you worked? Let's share! (Yeah, I worked there then.)posted by WolfDaddy at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments
I guess the media does have some good qualities after all.
Yesterday was 9/11. Much of the media spend the day remembering what took place a year ago. A local pop radio station here in Pittsburgh B94
did something a little different. Yes they did the remembering but they also did something that went along the lines of "going about our business". They organized a little something called Operation Jumpstart Pittsburgh. They collected faxed and emailed resumes and hooked people up with companies that were hiring on the spot. It's nice to see the media doing something constructive for a change. I just wonder if anyone else might have some information about things that media outlets in other cities might have done like this.posted by whirlwind29 at 11:12 AM PST - 5 comments
The Voice of the Prophet.
Rick Rescorla was Head of Security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York. A vet of three wars and a survivor of the 1993 WTC bombing. He saved many lives that day, but lost his own on Nine Eleven, no doubt again attempting to save lives as he had eight years before. If this is what Shrub means by a Patriot, he should listen to patriots instead of try to name Nine Eleven after them. Rescorla's words echo now in a startling matter-of-fact yet poignant way. I'll copypaste a partial transcript into the body of the thread for those who can't stream video.posted by ZachsMind at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments
Ship searched for nuclear material
after it was diverted from New York harbor, reports MS-NBC. Apparently a Department of Energy Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) was involved. Initial report states that elevated gamma and neutron emissions were detected.
Aside from this report--which is unconfirmed--how likely is such an attack? How do we deal with thousands of container ships, each holding hundreds of anonymous containers? This kind of attack scares me much more than airplanes dropping out of the sky.posted by mooncrow at 10:10 AM PST - 17 comments
"You know, you cannot exercise your powers to the point of humiliation for others. That is what the Western world -- not only the Americans, the Western world -- has to realize. Because they (the have-nots) are human beings too. There are long-term consequences if you don't look hard at the reality in 10 or 20 [or] 30 years from now... I do think that the Western world is getting too rich in relations to the poor world. And necessarily, we're looked upon as being arrogant, self-satisfied, greedy and with no limits. And the 11th of September is an occasion for me to realize it even more." Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien reflects on September 11th
, and not all Canadians agree with him
.posted by tranquileye at 10:10 AM PST - 65 comments
You you read that right. I think people are taking "whole-body" work outs a BIT far. As Comic Book Guy would say, "Worst product ever!"posted by Dome-O-Rama at 9:20 AM PST - 16 comments
Another election debacle in Florida.
One year and $30m in technology later, the Reno/McBride primary is marred by late openings and other assorted and sundry glitches. I know, it's a CNN link, but I can't resist anything that includes someone delivering the grade "F-minus-minus-minus" (later determined to be merely an "F-minus-minus" and some Drambuie). Any personal voting horror stories from our Florida contingent? Will the state become a case study in how "throwing money at the problem" never works?posted by mkultra at 8:24 AM PST - 27 comments
Finally, a Fair Fight with Big Music
From a Business Week Online column..."Telecom giant Verizon is battling the industry's bid to make it name a file-sharing subscriber. It's also defending your right to privacy. On July 24, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made an unprecedented request of Verizon Communications (VZ). The music industry's trade association served the telecom with a subpoena, seeking the identity of a Verizon subscriber who had allegedly illegally traded digital songs by artists including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and "boy band" N'Sync. The RIAA didn't specify why it wanted to know who the user was or what it would do with the information."posted by fpatrick at 8:17 AM PST - 22 comments
When patriotism wasn't religious (nytimes)
Last night in front of the Texas Capitol in Austin, the 9/11 memorial vigil featured singing of The Lord's Prayer; a Baptist reverend who talked mostly of caution against the "Islamic government of Sudan" and "Islamic mobs" who attacked Christians and Jews in Pakistan; and a Catholic bishop who addressed "our God" over 100 times. Am I wrong to think this amount of religiosity was inappropriate in front of a mixed public crowd at the statehouse? How can we be free when church and state are so intertwined?posted by skyboy at 7:44 AM PST - 122 comments
U.S. troops on DEFCON 2 alert
"The Canoe.qc.ca web site has learned that American Marines in the Persian Gulf have been placed on DEFCON 2 alert status, a possible precursor to war with Iraq." - the Canoe.ca site is often several hours ahead of more popular news sites (CNN, MSNBC, ect) with breaking news.posted by stevengarrity at 7:45 PM PST - 22 comments
Are you being watched at work on the Web? And how carefully?
The good news is that I finally have more than dialup at work. The bad news is that my Internet is filtered, or at least being watched via something called Websense. How common is use of such software these days? Does anyone have experience with this type of software? What information does it log? Can it be defeated?posted by ParisParamus at 6:53 PM PST - 43 comments
Attempted hijack on Dallas to Houston flight?
RTE in Ireland is reporting an American Airlines jet bound for Dallas, Texas returned to Houston Airport shortly after takeoff because of what an airlines spokesman called 'a security incident' on board...just a precaution or was something serious going on?posted by tomcosgrave at 6:41 PM PST - 23 comments
Take Five - you won't be disappointed
The perfect way to end a day of stress and media overload. This will take about five minutes, but stay with it.
Sure, it's funny (VERY), but it's the messages at the end that make it worth watching the whole thing.
Just when I was feeling like there was nothing worth looking at today...posted by sparky at 5:14 PM PST - 50 comments
supersized. Indulge in tactile manipulation on the kind of scale that would make jealous schoolchildren weep. Do they come in giant plastic shells?posted by Dukebloo at 5:10 PM PST - 10 comments
certainly is an anniversary, but of more than you might remember. Historical Hindsight
is a short piece on why some events are remembered and others forgotten. "The things that get remembered serve a purpose. They have to do something relevant in the present."posted by raaka at 4:21 PM PST - 3 comments
Help yourself to an exploit.
No biting social commentary here, just spreading the word on an ooky Win XP exploit in the form of a malicious Help Center request. The patch has been silently rolled into SP1, and is otherwise unavailable. Of course, if you want to install SP1, you'll have to agree to that nasty Trojan EULA.posted by badstone at 2:39 PM PST - 17 comments
The Pakistani Sufi-Rock band Junoon
have released their new English single "No More" which remembers the innocent victims of 9/11 and terrorism everywhere. Penned by Polar Livine of Polarity 1
and Salman Ahmad of Junoon
the song can be heard/downloaded at the Junoon Website
along with they lyrics.
They might not be household names in the US but they are big in the subcontinent and elsewhere. They have appeared on US media many times including NPR
took a deeper look in their role in presenting another face of Pakistan.
Together Salman Ahmed, Brian'o'Connell
, and Ali Azmat
have relentlessly called for peace between India & Pakistan
and raised enough controversy domestically to be banned by several "Democratic" governments in Pakistan.posted by adnanbwp at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments
Some sort of insanity must have possessed this guy
, making him think he could write a prequel trilogy
to Roger Zelazny's classic Amber
series (ahem, not this one
). Most reviewers
agree--and you can read
for yourself--that it's not very good. All this, and the fact that the Sci-Fi Channel
also has sinister plans
for the property means that there are only one or two nails left to be driven into the coffin of my childhood. Hooray!posted by Hildago at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments
Not some new government organization, nor a new tech term. I am speaking of the age old decision maker, Rock-Paper-Scissors. Who knows how many important decisions in the course of history have been decided by this method.
A little bit of fun here on such a somber day, just don't let your co-workers catch you practicing against the computer
.posted by Addiction at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments
some of us thought it would be fitting to build a thread made exclusively of links, where each link would be allowed to speak for itself and be each user's personal take - his or her own wordless comment, as it were - on any of the many issues, meanings and aspects surrounding today's date. (Here's the MetaTalk thread where it was discussed
).posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:45 AM PST - 189 comments
You Call That Evidence?
Op-Ed from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about the so-called evidence for the administration's claim that Iraq is "moving very near a nuclear weapon capability." Too bad something that at least seems to be approaching the truth will have nothing to do with whether we go to war or not.posted by elgoose at 8:13 AM PST - 51 comments
Man awakens from 7-year coma.
Peter Sana of Honolulu, Hawaii, finally began responding to human interaction last month after slipping into a Meningitis-related coma in 1995. Peter, we've got some good news... aaaaaaaaaand some bad news...posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:02 AM PST - 55 comments
Simon Schama on the last year...
Excellent stuff. The article moves from describing the immediate grief to an analysis of where events have taken America religiously, politically, and in its public life.
Apparently, the dead are owed another war. But they are not. What they are owed is a good, stand-up, bruising row over the fate of America; just who determines it and for what end? posted by humuhumu at 6:04 AM PST - 14 comments
"In the most recent issue of the Arms Sales Monitor, the Arms Sales Monitoring Project finds that the War on Terror has provided the U.S. military with an excuse to begin arming regimes that had previously been blacklisted for human rights abuses, weapons proliferation, or brutal conflict"
- Federation of American Scientists.
The content of this document gives rise to a range of issues. Can arming new friends with advanced weaponry strengthen the long-term security of the U.S, or will this ultimately ensure renewed hostility arising from an apparent readiness to take sides in foreign conflicts?? One year on from 9/11/01, has the moral high-ground implied by the 'War Against Terrorism' been fatally eroded by turning a blind eye to the questionable ethics of 'friendly' states (the records of the Saudis
, and arguably, the Israelis
and others, may also be a case in point)?posted by Doozer at 5:50 AM PST - 6 comments
George Bush's Article in NYTIMES.
I was surprised to see an article by the prez on nytimes.com. We are used to presidents communicating through TV- but there the speech is picked up by all major channels in that case. It seems odd to see a sitting president use one
newspaper to put forward a viewpoint. Perhaps, Al Gore's articles in the same space spurred dubya. Oh, by the way, what did you think of the story? Is this the work of a speechwriter or do you think it is genuine? Did everyone notice the absence of the word Iraq in this article?
(The customary apology for the nytimes post applies. I believe you can still register as metafilter, metafilter.)posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 5:41 AM PST - 36 comments
I've always loved Bernard Herrmann's music (symphonic or film) but I didn't know until this afternoon that he was responsible for the two most recognizable bars of music in the last 30 years: the theme for The Twilight Zone.posted by realjanetkagan at 11:43 PM PST - 8 comments
Export Restrictions on a website?
I had to agree to this before downloading stuff from Oracle:
I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.posted by arnab at 11:28 PM PST - 10 comments
's getting into the act of remembering last year with a reasonably classy homage on their site. Spot any other tributes on the major sites?posted by PWA_BadBoy at 11:20 PM PST - 33 comments
I'm off to a conference today
to discuss the EU and Asia one year on, in the European Parliament which should be very interesting indeed. Almost every Asian and Middle East ambassador will be present .
What are you going to do today?posted by quarsan at 10:23 PM PST - 10 comments
"First you look at the cover ...
probably something rather lurid and colorful that makes you smile for its ingenuity. You are immediately assaulted by the characteristic smell of rotting paper, of pulp wood paper. You pick it up, wondering what strange stories you will find within those badly yellowed and rather crumbly pages - a dastardly deed, a fantastic villain or incredible hero, a love story perhaps, or even a voyage to some distant planet!"posted by crunchland at 10:19 PM PST - 10 comments
So much for customer servise
A website chronicling one guys journey though tech support hell. I laughed my head off at what the guy had to go through and also that he would go so far to document it like he has. Not a lot of fun (but funny because it wasn't me)posted by Coop at 10:02 PM PST - 18 comments
Yes.. we all know what today is (it's pretty much Wednesday here).. read up on the MeFi reactions
, or the reactions from Fark
. Hundreds of these have to be around. I'm just linking some ones off the top of my head here. Here's one timeline of last 9/11
also which seems more skeptical about all of this. Here are some events
Do something good for somebody today.posted by RobbieFal at 9:57 PM PST - 5 comments
Nelson Mandela calls it like he sees it: the United States of America is a threat to world peace... Dick Cheney [and Donald] Rumsfeld...are dinosaurs, who do not want [President Bush] to belong to the modern age.
His arguments are well made. But is the power of his historical perspective undermined by his forays into oversimplified racial analysis?posted by alms at 7:44 PM PST - 56 comments
Celestial Atlases are perhaps some of the most beautiful scientific books ever published, capturing the mystery and the grandeur of the heavens, and rife with beautiful and often intimidating interpretations of the constellations. Out Of This World
has been my favorite website since the dawning of time, and one I go back to over and over again even though it never changes. The period from 1603 to 1801 produced the most beautiful star maps, and you don't have to know a thing about astronomy to appreciate how heavenly these are.posted by iconomy at 5:31 PM PST - 9 comments
Florida just might screw it up again
, with problems voting state-wide, with concentrations in the southern portion of the state. With the fame of the Reno vote, along with the controversial gay rights issue
on the ballot, can they afford to screw this up? And if they do, what next? More lawsuits?posted by benjh at 4:55 PM PST - 30 comments
While poking around today, I found a link to Treefold
, which isn't all that
impressive in and of itself. The reason for my interest was that it's the first use I've come across of the Proce55ing
language, which is a sort of continuation of John Maeda
's teaching language, DBN
(Design by Numbers). While still not ready for general release, it's grown a lot since the last time I looked at it.posted by Su at 3:55 PM PST - 11 comments
Mark Bingham, 9/11 'hero', honoured by San Francisco. "His presumed actions to thwart the terrorists' activities on board flight 93 helped derail the plan to crash that plane into a target in Washington, D.C."
On August. 15, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission
voted to name the gym at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center in the city's Castro neighborhood after Bingham, a former nationally ranked rugby player.
Mind you, it's a good job he didn't want to serve his country as a lawyer for the US Army, where gay heroes are not allowed - not even in the front line of Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States military
In the gay community, there is some dissent about the meaning behind a 'gay hero'
: would you
have made assumptions about him, or other 'heroes', had you not known?posted by dash_slot- at 3:13 PM PST - 36 comments
One Less Tourbus
. Singer/songwriters tearing down the Oil Economy one gig at a time. Next time you're at a show and the musicians are all winded and sweaty before they even start, this is why.posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments
Hong Kong Debt Collection Gets Ugly. "Collectors have been known to throw snakes, or a swarm of grasshoppers into an apartment to hasten debt repayment, or to hang the carcasses of dogs and cats outside."
I think I'd prefer being declined for credit, wouldn't you?posted by Miss Beth at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments
Christopher Reeve is gaining ground in his fight against paralysis.
I was prepared for the article to be a typical "celebrity's struggle gets public attention" piece, until I read this:
"No one who has suffered an injury as severe as Chris', and failed to have any initial recovery, has regained the amount of motor and sensory function he has."
Hope is coming for many.posted by o2b at 1:17 PM PST - 25 comments
"Moon opens for business"
The first commercial trip to the moon has been approved by the US government, according to the BBC. TransOrbital, Inc.
received approval to launch its TrailBlazer satellite into lunar orbit in June of 2003; the satellite will not
touch down, but instead will orbit the moon and "provide stunning, high-definition (HDTV) video and maps of the lunar surface (at 1 meter resolution), as well as new images of earth-rises over lunar craters." [press release
] Another company, Lunacorp
, is hoping to send its own satellite up soon.posted by me3dia at 1:04 PM PST - 29 comments
This content-free Salon article is pointed to by News.com and chances are it will be picked up by tech weblogs within a couple of hours. Notice the presence of popular (in blogland) underdog in the title (Mozilla). The many blog references in the article body, including a gratuitious reference to the arch-tech-weblog
that presumes knowledge of said blog's moderation system. The meta implications of web media composing content so that it may be picked up by weblogs are interesting --and yes, the irony of a MeFi FPP is painfully obvious. What next?posted by costas at 12:55 PM PST - 25 comments
is finally coming out! For those of you unfamiliar with Larry Gonick
are a few samples
of this cartoonist's historical and scientific cartooning. He's done cartoon books on physics
, the history of the United States
, the environment
, and, of course, the history
of the universe
.posted by interrobang at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments
The Shot Chord Heard Round the World!
On the morning of Nine Eleven 2002 at 8:46am
, over 160 choirs across the world will sing Mozart's "Requiem"
to metaphorically stand in for the thousands of voices silenced a year ago. Among all the ideas I've heard to commemorate this occasion, this one seems the most dignified, and least cringeworthy. They mentioned it on NPR's Morning Edition
(caution: Real Audio file).posted by ZachsMind at 10:44 AM PST - 33 comments
Terrorism Status: Orange - High Condition
Homeland Security has announced that the Terrorism Advisory Status is moving up to Orange. According to the HSO
, Orange alerts mean that we should be "preparing to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed workforce, restricting access to essential personnel only."
What is your company's policy for the Orange alert? Will you be working from home tomorrow? Better compose that email to HR now...posted by DragonBoy at 10:34 AM PST - 45 comments
Its the end of Online anonimity as we know it.
Intel announces that its next generation of CPUs will have Digital Rights Management hardwired onboard the chip. See also Microsoft's Palladium, an OS-level identity and rights management scheme.
(is this Wintel's idea of how to jump start anemic computer sales?)posted by BentPenguin at 10:15 AM PST - 28 comments
Surprise! The Pentagon's internal problems are worse than we thought...
And in other news, we still find ourselves fit to order the rest of the world around.
That the Pentagon's internal management is a shambles is an
understatement. Frank Spinney's testimony in June of this year demonstrates not only the complete failure of the Pentagon to manage itself, but also how the political system acts as a dangerous reinforcement, and vice versa. More important for the soldiers in the field, he also demonstrates how/why some of the tools being used are wholly inadequate and inappropriate.
On a related note, does anyone else find it strange that our military planners feel a $350 billion/year budget is not sufficient to handle two "medieval countries" (Afghanistan/Iraq) simultaneously? Makes me glad we never had to take on the Soviets full bore...posted by tgrundke at 9:41 AM PST - 10 comments
He came, he swam, he conquered.
The swimmer Martin Strel
braved whirlpools, snakes, gators and tankers to become the first person to swim the length of the Mississippi River in a single attempt. He swam for 68 days before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, drinking a bottle of wine/day and losing nearly 40 lbs in the process. Crazy? Heroic? You decide.posted by Ljubljana at 8:20 AM PST - 17 comments
A resistance to the disease of thought.
"On historic day, U.S. turns away from eloquence."
-- Lewis H. Lapham
"The boundaries of my language are the boundaries of my world."
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Submitted without color commentary (even though I do have an opinion.)posted by nofundy at 7:14 AM PST - 33 comments
U.S. Stops Iraq-Al Qaeda Talk
From the Washington Post. Beyond the superficial significance of administration back-tracking, in regards to intelligence there seems to be two key aspects to this story: 1) The article talks about how the CIA was unable to "validate two prominent allegations made by high-ranking administration officials," implying that Bush/Cheney/etc. have been making baseless assumptions about Iraq in their pro-war arguments, and 2) it brings into question whether we know anything at all about Iraq, anyway. What if the same can be said of Hussein's nuclear plans?posted by risenc at 7:09 AM PST - 27 comments
A group of british artists have set up a webserver that also controls a crusher. The thing is, the webserver is inside the crusher and will crush itself on Thursday at 20:00 GMT. (via found
)posted by edsousa at 6:41 AM PST - 29 comments
A Day in Radio.
"On September 21, 1939, WJSV, an AM radio station in Washington, D.C., recorded the entire 19 hours of its broadcast day... Along with the news coverage, the station ran the standard stream of music, soap operas, sports, and other programming." Looks like you can listen to pretty much the entire's day's broadcasts.posted by Tin Man at 6:39 AM PST - 15 comments
Telemarketers to take tomorrow off.
According to the story, telemarketing companies will instruct most of their employees to not come into work for September 11, "recognizing that many Americans won't be in the mood for getting sales calls that day." Umm... we all pretty much have the same reponse in our heads to that line,
don't we?posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:30 AM PST - 55 comments
From Richard Wilbur:
The only thing I can say right now is this. There is no excuse for the cold inhumanity of 11 September, and there is no excuse for those Americans, whether of the left or the religious right, who say that we had it coming to us.
Dick"posted by semmi at 10:59 PM PST - 23 comments
Post-Saddam Iraq? Not Our Problem.
"President Bush Monday told world leaders it will be the responsibility of the whole international community, rather than the United States, to determine what kind of regime should replace Iraqi President Saddam Hussein if his government is toppled by U.S. military action, European diplomats told United Press International." How's your shining beacon of democracy doing today?posted by owillis at 10:34 PM PST - 45 comments
Thinking Big - A Plan for Ground Zero and Beyond
- from this past Sundays NY Times Magazine. Some months ago, when the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation made public their plans
, Metafilterians were, for the most part, underwhelmed
. This new plan, from an impressive set of architects
, goes far beyond the LMDC plans and really redevelops much of the surrounding region as well. There's certainly no lack of bold or controversial designs. I for one, think this is the best set of suggestions that I've seen so far. Delightfully bold.posted by warhol at 9:02 PM PST - 16 comments
As it describes itself, an "audio based trance induction" device to "re-experience past love". An extremely interesting and hypnotic
experience in which you find and examine a memory
. Unfortunately, it seems to get caught in a loop in the last stage, but what is usable is still quite intriguing. Heed the warning on the front page and use accordingly. Also, due to it's nature, not feasible for work or school. A quiet and focused few minutes is needed. [more...]posted by sinical at 8:52 PM PST - 14 comments
Jesus junk mail.
(As an update to last year's Texas story
) Every household in South Carolina will receive a videocassette of a bad film about Jesus
this week. The Special 9-11 Remembrance Edition features an introduction by three members of the NY Fire Dept. Regardless of how you feel about Jesus H., isn't there a better film to send to every household in South Carolina?posted by found missing at 6:53 PM PST - 45 comments
Churning out code all day is all well and good but for a feeling of a job well done nothing can take the place of making something with your own hands. Dave Gingery
will show you how to build a foundry
to cast parts for a lathe
which you can use to make a shaper
which you need to build the milling machine
etc etc :)
Also worth a mention is Ron Reil
who knows a thing or two about propane burners
(last link has a very cool pic).posted by zeoslap at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments
Artists, Lovers And Art Lovers or Amadeo, Anna and Olga
: I was astonished to find such a thorough Modigliani gallery as this on the Web, complete with a charming piece
on his love affair with the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova
. It's part of Olga's Gallery
, an entirely amateurish affair
mounted by Olga and Helen Mataev
with the intention of opening their children's eyes to the wonders of the (art) world. Its innocence and guilelessness are obvious, but its enthusiasm for painting - and its anxiety to share what's unsettling and magnificent about art - did much to renew my faith in the good ship Internet and in so many who sail in her. Long live amateurishness and its real root, love
! OK, so it's a bit raw around the edges... Who cares? It may be unprofessional, uncool and even awkward - but it's truly lovely.posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments
"The Septemer 11 Digital Archive
uses electronic meda to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and the public responses to them." An extensive archiving project by the Smithsonian and other museums.posted by frykitty at 3:50 PM PST - 2 comments
Comedy and tragedy:
a paper looking at "the role of humor in constructing a global response to disaster." Credit to Polo Mr. Polo for finding the above link (the original post was removed for reasons unrelated to the content of the link).posted by KiloHeavy at 1:09 PM PST - 37 comments
The first world, or west
or any other generic term, is not the cosy alliance it once was according to this author. There is a growing schism which is becoming wider, is this a problem. Whilst on a lighter note the house of Sauds' representative
here in the UK maintains a war on iraq is madness, seems everything is just super.posted by johnnyboy at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments
The End of Empire?
"You can't sustain an empire from a debtor's weakening position--sooner or later the creditors pull the plug. That humiliating lesson was learned by Great Britain early in the last century, and the United States faces a similar reckoning ahead."posted by homunculus at 11:44 AM PST - 39 comments
The Yeti lives!
WORLD-renowned hair expert is on the verge of proving the existence of a yeti-like creature on an Indonesian islandposted by JonnyX at 8:20 AM PST - 19 comments
22 years ago, 13 hours of television changed my life.
I was just 11 years old when I saw Cosmos
for the first time. Carl Sagan
's explanation of the "Billions and Billions" of stars in our universe was often heckled, but I always related to the wonder of the magnitude that he was trying to relate. Vangelis
was responsible for the soundtrack (the same folks behind the music from Chariots of Fire
and Blade Runner
), and listening to it today, I feel the stirrings of emotion that brought me running to Science at an early age.
If you're looking for a gift for a child in your life this holiday season, I suggest the DVD Compilation
. Make sure to buy it from the carlsagan.com site, as 10% of the proceeds go to the Carl Sagan Foundation.posted by thanotopsis at 6:53 AM PST - 44 comments
"It's a terrible thing, but it's time to embrace Big Brother"
A high school in Santee California has implemented "security procedures" that would do Mr. Orwell proud. Wireless cameras the face and license plate of every driver and car entering the parking lot. If you go to the bathroom, your picture gets logged. Hall monitors will soon carry wireless computers that can pull up a student's school picture and class schedule. And they are considering implementing face recognition software. Installed over the summer, a few parents complained to the school system - NOT
that it was being done, but that they hadn't been notified. (LA Times Link - metafilter99/metafilter99
)posted by Irontom at 6:23 AM PST - 39 comments
Just what you've been waiting for...
or maybe not
"Due to overwhelming public demand, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have decided to use the site of the World Trade Center for America's number one theme park, Twin Towers over Ground Zeroâ?¢!"
Since long before Jonathan Swift
, writers (and others
) have used absurdity to spur discussion and spark protest. Sick of all the 9/11 glurge
and tacky commercialism (1
a local resident continues the tradition.posted by Modgoddess at 4:56 AM PST - 14 comments
A game? A work of art? Something entirely different? Welcome to the weirdly beautiful world of Quebecois Interweb designer Yohan Gingras
. You can click and drag various elements on nearly all of his pages (I recommend "Evil Pupil / V.2" as a starting point) to discover, well, new things to click and drag. Just don't ask him what you are supposed to do or he will call you a dumbass
.posted by Joey Michaels at 3:58 AM PST - 14 comments
Yes, no, yes, no....
Ok, it isn't Friday anymore, but we all have to head back into rush hour tomorrow.
(apologies if this has been posted before, I couldn't find it.)posted by kayjay at 9:51 PM PST - 18 comments
is the most natural of phenomena, in that every presence begets an absence. It's just the way things work. Yet absence is at the root of all of the hardest things we have to face deaths, breakups, any kind of separation."posted by semmi at 9:19 PM PST - 5 comments
NPR's Lost & Found Sound brought together radio producers, artists, historians, archivists, and the public broadcasting community came together to collect and preserve audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of 9/11.
What they came up with is sonicmemorial.org
. [more inside]posted by lampshade at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments
When somebody is energetic, enthusiastic and uninhibited, their lover might say that person is an animal
in bed. When it comes to sex, what type of animal
are you?posted by debralee at 11:36 AM PST - 27 comments
Do not instant anything. Don't multitask. Don't think about tomorrow.
Matt Richtel, in a somewhat op-ed piece about technology, thinks we should disconnect ourselves. Just for a day, mind you. I love being connected, and will miss my email greatly, but I'm thinking about doing it. Take a step back, interact with people fully. "That person sitting across from you at lunch deserves all your attention. Pretend that he or she is a New York firefighter. Do not once say: "Hold on. That's the other line." " Anyone wanna try it with me?posted by gramcracker at 10:04 AM PST - 30 comments
For a relatively low price, given the time and commitment, Richard Reames will grow a beautiful piece of sculpture, furniture, or even a whole room for you. Yes, I said grow
.posted by Su at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments
A Scranton, PA man is auctioning
250,000 pieces of software mostly games from the 80s and early 90s composed
of around 20,000 unique titles
(2MB Excel Spreadsheet) for $250,000. He says its the worlds biggest collection and many games are rare and in demand
. You will need trucks and warehouse. If anyone can afford to sit on these for a few decades untill the 80s generation gets old and nostalgic it could be the Schoyen
of early computer gameing software.posted by stbalbach at 7:09 AM PST - 16 comments
"Thank goodness they got those buildings. I've always hated them! They're so ugly." This article
goes to show it's not just extremists
who have (or initially had) inappropriate feelings about 9/11.posted by etc at 6:16 AM PST - 55 comments
London Muslims to CELEBRATE 911
Is it cool to be angry? Do I care? I'm VERY angry about this. Maybe someone will celebrate 911 by flying an aircraft into Finsbury Park Mosque. There must be a limit to the progressive tolerance of other cultures and religious nuts. I think Londoners might reach it very soon. We seem to have our own Taliban. The time might be right for a radical secularism. What do you think?posted by terrymiles at 3:39 AM PST - 146 comments
White House: Bush misstated report on Iraq A senior White House official acknowledged Saturday night that the 1998 report did not say what Bush claimed. 'What happened was, we formed our own conclusions based on the report ,' The photograph in question was not U.N. intelligence imaging but simply a picture from a commercial satellite imaging company
Did he think no one would notice?posted by bas67 at 10:21 PM PST - 32 comments
This week, two boys in Florida were tried for the bludgeoning-murder of their father. With accusations raised of the actual killing to have been done by another, adult male with alleged sexual ties to the two boys, the boys were found guilty only of a lesser second-degree murder charge
, claiming the adult must have done the actual deed... yet the jury was unaware the adult accused and being tried for that very idea was acquitted of all charges the previous week
. The issue? Both trials were handled by the same prosecutor who presented completely different theories to each jury...
in other words, not settling on a confident belief of who actually performed the killing, the prosecution tried to get both the adult and the pair of boys convicted for it. Isn't that risky? Or, if you like a different flavor of debate, isn't that completely unethical?posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:32 PM PST - 40 comments
Stop Street Spam!
Roadsides and telephone poles are full of the crap. Matt's link
(and the double post) reminded me of something happening in the Austin area. Someone is spray painting "SPAM" over the herbalife
and other signs [or painting over or cutting off the phone numbers]. Austin is also recruiting citizens
[pdf]to root up these signs. Does your neighborhood have too many of these signs? I'm getting some spray paint and becoming a sign shark.
.posted by birdherder at 12:19 PM PST - 31 comments
In May, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jane Eisner invented an interesting new concept
: First Vote. It's not an organization, it's not a corporation, it's not a club -- First Vote is a concept. Eisner attributes low turnount in part to a societal lack of recognition and congratuations on the occasion of an 18-year-old's first vote. Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne picked up the idea and ran with it, offering a refined proposal for change in an August column
. Is First Vote on the right track to improving youth voting? What will you do to support First Vote this November?posted by waldo at 11:05 AM PST - 37 comments
A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago and New York This exhibition of more than 150 black-and-white photographs represents a cross-section of the thousands of significant buildings that are protected by local landmark designation in Chicago and New York City. The story of how this came to pass is both as similar and as different as the cities themselves.posted by vacapinta at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments
Drug War Roundup IV. An athlete who refused a drug test was stripped of her awards. She plays bridge
. American Indians who honed their skills tracking drug smugglers recently trained
Baltic border guards in the hopes of preventing nuclear weapon proliferation. Another chapter was written in the ongoing "is ecstasy all that dangerous
?" debate. Salvatore Gravano is on his way back to prison for running an ecstasy
ring. Nevada is edging closer to legalizing
up to three ounces of marijuana, to the disdain of Bush's Drug Policy director and Nevada's biggest police group. A Canadian right wing party and cops came out against
their government's recent pro-legalization report. I see a pattern, but maybe it's just the pudding
.posted by raaka at 5:31 AM PST - 30 comments
The Houston KMart mass arrest saga continues.
The arrest of 278 people, many seemingly innocent, for trespass in a KMart parking lot was hotly discussed here
the Chief's suspension of the Captain in charge of the raid. The Chief later suspended an additional twelve officers. Apparently, the captain and the chief have a running feud from well before this raid, which has now led to the chief being indicted for perjury and stepping down until his trial is over.posted by caddis at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments
Buddy, we hardly knew ye.
Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., mayor of Providence, R.I., heads off to jail on conspiracy charges, thus ending one of the most colorful relationships between a mayor and his city
since Daley's Chicago. Whether revered for his astounding reconstruction
of an embattled downtown, chastised for a career of shady dealings with shady people
(and one unfortunate incident involving a fireplace, a lit cigarette, and his wife's lover), or turned into a cult figure
by artsy college students, one thing is certain: Providence is a more interesting place because Buddy was a part of it.posted by PrinceValium at 5:17 PM PST - 11 comments
Despite Homer Simpson's worst fears, the Albuquerque Isotopes will take the field next year. However, the team is not originally from Springfield, but from Calgary. The city's AAA baseball team will move to New Mexico next year.posted by xmutex at 1:50 PM PST - 21 comments
A hot rod hamster
caused quite a stir when he was caught racing along the promenade – in his dragster car.
More Friday Funny.posted by Grod at 1:39 PM PST - 21 comments
The Iraq Daily
- News from the Iraqi Ministry of Information. Sure, it might be information light and propaganda heavy, but since Iraq has been in the news lately, why not check out how they are represented online? I found their art links to be especially interesting (apparently, Kelsey Grammar's recent "Macbeth" production was of interest to the Iraqi press). The Iraqi News Agency
provides a bit more information. Headlines include "Stupid American Sanctions"
. You can also read a series of open letter to the people of the United States from President Hussein himself.
Egads, I hope I am not going to be monitored by the Feds because I visited these sites.posted by Joey Michaels at 1:07 PM PST - 22 comments
one: a space odyssey
here's a wonderful little film that manages to do kubrick's 2001: a space odyssey
in exactly a minute with lego. it's only flaw is it brevity, but it does cover all the major plot points cleanly. enjoy it on this lazy friday.posted by boogah at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments
The Associated Press
has written a summary of the Bush Administration's curtailment of civil liberties. This appears to an unbiased and factual catalog of the changes 9/11 has wrought on our justice system. It would appear that the Law and Order wing of the GOP has spanked the Libertarian
wing but good. Let the Eagle Soar!posted by pejamo at 9:52 AM PST - 54 comments
From the jawdropping-stupidity-in-advertising dept:
Target recently pulled
its "eight eight" line of clothing upon learning of its neo-Nazi undertones. At the same time, British sneaker pimp Umbro got spanked for naming a new line of kicks "Zyklons" — which may seem like a meaningless Decepticon-esque fake word unless you happen to remember that the Nazis used Zyklon B (hydrocyanic acid) in their death chambers. But, OK, still, some marketing twerp that doesn't know his world history, working for Umbro — fine. Pull the sneakers, no harm, no foul.
But Umbro is not the only manufacturer trying to get some play out of the Zyklon name. Turns out that Siemens — a German
manufacturer — wanted to have a new, Zyklon-branded line of appliances
. Among the to-be-branded Zyklon products?
Gas ovens.posted by blueshammer at 9:43 AM PST - 34 comments
Aviation inventor and innovator Paul MacCready's
son, Tyler, invented the Walkalong Glider
, which is a glider that flies from the air that your body (hands, head, etc.) pushes up as you walk behind it, to give the glider lift. WowWee
, a division of Hasbro, has bought the rights to Tyler's invention and is mass producing and marketing them as the Air Surfer
, coming to a toy store near you soon! Check out the commercial
(5.4Mb) to see it in action, or check out the training movies
. I have got to get me one!posted by Sal Amander at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments
Check out this
Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 -- it vibrates!
Friday Flash: MashiMaro
! He's a disgruntled rabbit that looks like a marshmallow, and he's a hit with the Hello Kitty crowd looking for some potty humor.
For those of you without Flash, I offer Kogepan
, a burnt red bean bun
with a negative attitude. To quote the designers, "If a round & expressionless character says 'wanna try?' ... it's unexpectedly funny! Kogepan was born from this idea!"posted by me3dia at 9:30 AM PST - 8 comments
A new take on an old song, chock full o' irony -- Flash animation to Slim Whitman's There's a Rainbow in Every Teardrop You're Cryin'
.posted by sparky at 7:44 AM PST - 2 comments
99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete
An excerpt from an upcoming book by Mr. Zeldman in which he continues to argue the practice of standards compliance - "Held up as a Holy Grail of professional development practice, backward compatibility sounds good in theory. But the cost is too high and the practice has always been based on a lie." I enjoy his writing but he seems to be repeating himself as usual. Still, it is a good argument: where do we focus our priorities for future development - pure standards compliant CSS models, backwards compatibility, or somewhere in between? I know this has been discussed before
but thought it postworthy due to the new book and all.posted by poopy at 6:51 AM PST - 110 comments
may be driving me crazy with popup ads but I love their service. Where else can you rent L'Avventura
, The Seventh Seal
, Run Lola Run
It encourages me to explore more movies, which has led me to several
"greatest movies ever
. I'm thoroughly hooked and my film snob rating is slowly rising. Is this a good thing? I can't even stand to watch drivel like Signs
anymore, and my family is tired of subtitles and refuses to watch No Man's Land
with me. Anyone else in this predicament? By the way... has anyone seen a good book about the greatest directors?posted by kevin123 at 4:39 AM PST - 57 comments
Looks like it's already started,
American and British aircraft make an unusually large strike against Iraqi air defences near the jordainian border. Is this the precurser to Bush and Blairs looming Gulf war?posted by JonnyX at 3:28 AM PST - 62 comments
Who Killed Tupac Shakur?
More importantly, does the L.A. Times
run the risk of re-igniting an east-coast/west-coast rap "war" by implicating a certain notorious
indivdual in a feud that was virtually nonexistent until the media hyped it up the first time around?posted by aflores at 2:25 AM PST - 34 comments
105 unconscious children temporarily buried alive in the name of religion.
In a horrible ritual witnessed by an Indian government official, who quit his position shortly afterward
, children were worked until exhausted, wrapped in cloth, and then buried for one entire minute. Sometimes it feels like that we will never shake off the need for ancient tradition, myth, and groundless faith, but there is a bright side. There are more non-religious people now than ever
. As the information age expands, education becomes more accessible and may be the most important factor in determining how religious one is.
Unsurprisingly, a follow-up article
on the mass-burial quotes, "Inquiries also revealed that no educational programme had been introduced anywhere near Perayur in the last six years."posted by skallas at 1:07 AM PST - 93 comments
Looking for a gift for that special child? A battery of reviewers at Amazon are just humming over the Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 Broom.
Harry Potter toys aren't usually worth the buzz they generate, but the users of this one seem positively stimulated about the good vibes.posted by swell at 11:42 PM PST - 109 comments
Get on the love train
and ride the singles car
: "Thousands of New Yorkers are now forwarding an anonymous e-mail to each other informing them that from now on, every first subway car has been declared 'the singles car.'"
Any New York Mefites want to claim responsibility for this?posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:54 PM PST - 24 comments
on a Yahoo News photo of the former World Trade Center site. I wonder if this is some subtle hack or if it's just someone at Yahoo screwing around. The URL seems to be legitimate, but I can't find that photo with the same caption in Yahoo's regular photo rotation
.posted by mrbula at 6:43 PM PST - 34 comments
Putting the 'fun' back in fundamentalism, and the 'beastly avatars of Satan' back in... cat
? (via memepool).posted by oflinkey at 5:02 PM PST - 23 comments
Could We Become What We Abhor
and compromise the very ideals that we hold dear. Here, Jimmy Carter traces some of the fundamental changes that are taking place in the historical policies of the United States with regard to human rights, our role in the community of nations and the Middle East peace process -- largely without definitive debates.posted by karlcleveland at 4:31 PM PST - 48 comments
The solemn, the dignified, the high-profile marketing.
On September 11th, the national anthem will be sung on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. By the recent winner of Fox's American Idol
. Days before the release of her new album. Two weeks before the winner's next, though obviously equally significant, "American Idol in Las Vegas
You will also note that this was reported before last night's finale. Meaning, this important symbolic event was arranged without even knowing who the winner was. In other words, Kelly Clarkson is not signing the National Anthem on September 11. "The Winner of Fox's American Idol
" is.posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:11 PM PST - 36 comments
If you missed the very powerful Frontline "Faith and Doubt"
on the spiritual implications of 9/11, check out the PBS site with the full script and interviews with priests, rabbis, an Islamic scholar, a professor of Middle East studies, an English professor, a
British novelist, a psychoanalyst, and the photographer who documented Ground Zero for the City of New York..posted by semmi at 4:10 PM PST - 10 comments
Couple evicted from treehouse in San Mateo County.
new law signed by California's Gov. Davis requiring a 60-day notice for evictions, Thelma and Besh are being given the old heave-ho. Actually, San Mateo County has had an eye on them for quite a while, but didn't make a move until they were sure that the couple's treehouse fell within county parks jurisdiction, rather than state jurisdiction.posted by Lynsey at 3:54 PM PST - 14 comments
What is the AniMatrix?
A direct-to-video release of 9 animated shorts (comic book style, pure CGI, etc) by 7 directors looks at possible visions of the world pre-Matrix. Looks like it could be an interesting collection.posted by mathowie at 2:25 PM PST - 27 comments
What happened in the final days of the Gulf War?
"The Battle of Rumaila was closely reviewed at the war's end by an analyst for the C.I.A., who confirmed that the Iraqi losses were great. The toll included at least a hundred tanks from the Hammurabi division. "It's like eating an artichoke," one colonel had said of combat.... 'Once you start, you can't stop.' One of the destroyed vehicles was a bus, which had been hit by a rocket. The precise number of its occupants who were injured or killed is not known, but they included civilians and children. One of the first Americans at the scene was Lieutenant Charles W. Gameros, Jr., a Scout platoon leader, who called in a Medevac team for the victims. At the time, he was "frustrated" by what he saw as needless deaths, Gameros recalled in an interview. 'Now I look at it sadly,' he said. Unresisting Iraqis had been slain all morning, but the deaths of the children troubled many soldiers." What's happening
in "the final days" of the war in Afghanistan? What will be happening in the upcoming war in Iraq?posted by fold_and_mutilate at 1:35 PM PST - 100 comments
Have you got the latest UltraforceTitanium10000-equipped desktop computer? The latest PDA? The latest Java
Virtual Machine and the latest browser? Or have you got an 18 year old ZX Spectrum
? Or a Commodore Amiga
? Don't worry, there's always some way to show how powerful you machine of choice is. Demos have been around since the dawn of home computing and the best of them
might someday be mistaken for video
art.posted by edsousa at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments
Let the market decide
where Dan Bern
will play next. Bern and his band are auctioning off a private concert at the auction winner's house. You can apparently make his appearance as large or intimate as you want. Would a dutch auction
like this be enough to build a U.S. tour on?posted by Dirjy at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments
Apparently, "congress approved a joint resolution December 18 authorizing the president to designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day." I have a difficult time believing that this name will replace the simple "9-11" in the public's mind. On the other hand, Armistice Day
eventually became Veterans Day...posted by Joey Michaels at 11:58 AM PST - 78 comments
Another Big Lie.
"The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one." Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Mein Kampf, vol. 1, ch. 10 (1925)" There are Big Lies
all around us. We seem to prefer to turn away from them, to dismiss the believers as harmless deluded fools. But doesn't that just make it worse?posted by Cerebus at 10:31 AM PST - 28 comments
Slate presents its "Real War on Terrorism."
Robert Wright's "The Earthling" column for Slate is taking a thoughtful look on how to deal with terrorism, and for foreign policy laymen like myself, it's pretty interesting. He's writing a piece a day
for two weeks, outlining his propositions and prescriptions one by one and asking for the Fray folk (Slate's message board) to try to dismantle the logic of his arguments.
His propositions so far: Al-Qaida and radical Islam are not the problem. For the foreseeable future, smaller and smaller groups of intensely motivated people will have the ability to kill larger and larger numbers of people. The number of intensely aggrieved groups will almost certainly grow in the coming decades of rapid technological, and hence social, change. The amount of discontent in the world is becoming a highly significant national-security variable.
His prescriptions: Take your bitter medicine early. The substance of policies should be subjected to a new kind of appraisal, one that explicitly accounts for the discontent and hatred the policies arouse. The ultimate target is memes; killing or arresting people is useful only to the extent that it leads to a net reduction in terrorism memes. In a war on terrorism, applying force
inconspicuously makes sense more often than in regular wars.
(I know, I know, what could be more Plasticky than a Slate link, but it's good reading and good discussion fodder.)posted by blueshammer at 9:39 AM PST - 20 comments
This was mentioned once before a year ago
but I missed out on the fun of the thread. It's that time of year again. This year there's over one hundred and thirty
locations. Since farming alone doesn't bring enough money in for many, I guess tourism & entertainment is a nice sideline for some farmers. Gee whiz! It looks like fun! Any Texan
MeFites interested in a road trip?posted by ZachsMind at 9:26 AM PST - 15 comments
Terrorism takes the world stage
30 years ago today, armed terrorists took 11 Israeli athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics. Did anyone see this past weekend's ABC News documentary
on it? The Academy Award winning film
? This is an utterly fascinating story, in my opinion. Even today, people are puzzling
over just how much went wrong.posted by Gilbert at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments
Stalin, Hitler, Guilt, Finger-Pointing And Friendship: Timothy Garton-Ash
reviews, a trifle superciliously but fairly, a very lively and soul-searching polemic between two consummate, consuming and irresistible writers, Martin Amis
and Christopher Hitchens
- who also happen to be old friends. Funnily enough, I'd suggest reading Hitchens's review in the Atlantic Monthly first
; then the three
] extracts from
] Amis's book
] and, finally
, Hitchens's reply to them. All in all, it's that rare thing: a long, juicy, well-written and passionately argued polemic with plenty of insights into how generations come to terms with the honest indiscretions and oversights of their youth. Oh and there's a lot about communism, nazism, totalitarianism and the Sixties too...posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:27 AM PST - 15 comments
Shift Magazine Turns 10
They've got a fine commemorative Collector's Issue out, which fittingly includes various Top 10 lists. Among them: Reasons Weblogs Exist, Sites Wil Wheaton Quite Enjoys, and Top Heavyweights On The Web (which lists our beloved Matt Haughey at No. 8, two places above the ubiquitous Evan Williams). A damn good read.posted by susanlucci at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments
Car Bomb Rocks Central Kabul, Many Dead:
"Two explosions rocked Kabul today, killing at least 15 people, sending panicked citizens running and causing serious structural damage in the Afghan capital, authorities and witnesses told CNN. Many were wounded [in the blasts], which took place near the Ministry of Information and Culture, but it is not clear if the ministry was the target."posted by tranquileye at 6:31 AM PST - 12 comments
Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11
"CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks." Rumsfeld: "Go massive ... Sweep it all up. Things related and not."posted by owillis at 6:07 AM PST - 61 comments
Israeli Police Find Huge Car Bomb.
Certainly car bombings in the Mideast are nothing new but what I found interesting was this paragraph:
Police found a cellular telephone attached to the bomb, apparently to set off the charge by remote control. The second vehicle was apparently to have served as a getaway car
Does that piece of information strike anyone else as significant? I wonder how many previous "suicide" bombings were not.posted by ElvisJesus at 3:36 AM PST - 26 comments
crashbonsai No passengers have been injured in CrashBonsai accidents, although some drivers have reported a brief, even euphoric loss of consciousness.posted by ginz at 3:03 AM PST - 14 comments
is "the Ed Wood of internet cartooning", according to some
. He is a frustrated but relentless artist whose "passion far exceeds his aptitude", and who seems destined for mediocrity and ridicule
everywhere but in the panels of his own comics
, where he treads the earth like a living god -- a misogynistic, racist, and ultimately unintelligible god, yes, but man, he sure can dance
.posted by Hildago at 10:26 PM PST - 10 comments
Meanwhile in Small town news,
the city of Independence, Missouri is holding a battle on adding fluoride to the water. Don't say you didn't expect odd quotes from people: "We have the best water in the area as far as solids and softness go, I myself have been drinking this water for over 30 years, and I have every tooth in my mouth that God gave me, except the four the Marine Corps took away from me years ago.", I, myself, trust one authority on this, Jack D. Ripper. ;)
So... Fluoride: good, bad or neither?posted by RobbieFal at 8:25 PM PST - 40 comments
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
"This is a reproduction of the award-winning Dark Alliance website, which first appeared Aug. 18, 1996, as part of a series I wrote for the San Jose Mercury News. This innovative website was seen by millions worldwide and acclaimed as the first Internet-based expose in journalism history. In the wake of a furious controversy, the site vanished from the Web in 1998. It has been reproduced here for historical purposes and is in no way affiliated with the San Jose Mercury News. -- Gary Webb" (via disinfo
)posted by kliuless at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments
Couch potato lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking
Poor diet and lack of exercise cause more illness than smoking, new figures show. The lifestyle of couch potatoes has overtaken smoking as the major cause of ill-health in EU countries for the first time, the World Health Organisation says. Great, now reading Metafilter is bad for me.posted by Coop at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments
Chinese checkmate ?
"Those who love to quote Sun Tzu might consider his nationality', says James Webb, as he offers still more cogent reasons why a 30 year "MacArthurian regency in Baghdad" is probably not in America's national interest. Why are the military men the ones who have to keep pointing out the unwisdom of an invasion of Iraq? Quoth Secretary Webb:
"The issue before us is not simply whether the United States should end the regime of Saddam Hussein, but whether we as a nation are prepared to physically occupy territory in the Middle East for the next 30 to 50 years."posted by rdone at 6:00 PM PST - 18 comments
They're athletes not rocket scientists: Reporter:
"President Bush has been holding town meetings across the country about Title IX
. He's considering changing this important legislation that's helped women get involved in sports. If you could say something to President Bush, what would you say?"
"I have no idea what Title IX is. Sorry."
Single-mindedness is quickly becoming a pre-requisite for reaching elite status in almost any pursuit or occupation. Are we forsaking ourselves and our children
by continuing to reward such single-mindedness with fame and fortune?posted by ajr at 1:00 PM PST - 37 comments
is a true maverick of the British music industry and is a legend in some sad quarters. His last hit was 25 years ago and now that he is coming up to 50 his fans have promised him another hit for his birthday
. I see this as a fight for authenticity and against bubblegum. John must have that hit. It's a miracle he has survived, he deserves it.posted by Fat Buddha at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments
As if verbal and physical threats in the schoolyard
aren't enough. Give a bully a mobile phone and voila, another way of torturing another kid. But which is worse? Being picked on to your face or being bombarded with nasty text messages?
It seems that kids have a pretty rough go of it nowadays. It makes me glad I'm almost a grown up.posted by quietfish at 12:09 PM PST - 33 comments
''Am I proud to have served my country? Hardly.
On September 11, I will awaken at dawn. I will retrieve all my variously colored medals from their little box in my dresser drawer. I'll put my robe on, go into my daughter's room and tell her I love her. I will unlock the deadbolt (my homeland security), and proceed out the front door, remove the lid to the trashcan, and throw my medals in the garbage, where they belong." (via yellowtimes.org)
Napoleon once said he could make men fight and die for brass, and bits of colored ribbon. There will be no more fitting memorial for September 11 than destroying the symbols of a way that contributed so mightily to the terrible events of that day....an American Waterloo.posted by fold_and_mutilate at 12:02 PM PST - 87 comments
How am I going to watch my DVDs? Or, for that matter, get my ego stroked by people ogling my TiBook?posted by fpatrick at 11:02 AM PST - 35 comments
Elephants are people, too.
A new book by Steven M. Wise
, Drawing the Line
, marshalls the latest research on animal cognition in arguing for legal rights for some animals, especially gorillas, chimps, elephants, and gray parrots
. The author's previous book, Rattling the Cage
, forcused on primates, as many researchers and animal rights activists do. After all, we share at least 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees.
Other researchers are expanding our knowledge of animal cognition in the octopus
, even dogs
. See also: Next of Kin
and When Elephants Weep
.posted by acridrabbit at 10:47 AM PST - 40 comments
French film on September 11 to debut in Toronto on, well, Sept. 11.
-- I came across this link in the Guardian describing a series of 11 short films strung together by a French filmmaker. What doesn't bother me is that the film is labeled as "Anti-U.S." People have their own opinions and that's just fine. What DOES bother me is the debut of this film at the Toronto Film Festival
is slated for Sept. 11 2002. Has anyone seen this film? Should the festival organizers been more respectful of the deceased and debuted the film on another date? Does it matter that there were more nationalities
than just American that lost citizens that day?
Please be respectful. I'm trying to open a dialogue on the film and it's contents, not a flamewar on US Foreign policy.posted by absquatulate at 9:18 AM PST - 47 comments
from a Canadian Special Senate Committee that cannabis should be from here on in legal and of restricted use. Legal pot in Canada, about time.posted by Leonard at 9:06 AM PST - 24 comments
Do Judge A Magazine By Its Cover:
I'm ashamed to say I only recognized one name (Covarrubias) from the list of illustrators
featured in Condé Nast's sparkling collection of cover art
, dating from the 1910s to the 1950s. It's also searchable by magazine
. So now I count myself a fan of Rene Bouet-Willaumez, A.H. Fish, Henry Stahlhut, Carl Erickson and a few others too. All in all, it's good, clean fun - even though the site's commercial and one's fingers often ache to open the damn things and actually read the bastards!posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments
Britney turned on by lesbian porn.
Seems pop princess Britney Spears has been hanging recently with adult film star Jenna Jameson. Reportedly there is "an attraction between them," and Jenna would love to perform with Britney in a movie. I can't make this stuff up.posted by johnnyace at 2:23 AM PST - 43 comments
"A format designed for Unabombers."
Andrew Sullivan blasts Weblogs (odd, ain't it?)
in a conversation with Kurt Anderson at Slate
. Both Sullivan and Anderson rip on our own Rebecca Blood
I find it especially ironic that Sullivan refers to blogs' "supercilious tone." He also can't stand the idea that drives Metafilter, apparently: "Worse, [Blood] can write earnestly about a Weblog 'community.' Aaagghh. "
*more inside*posted by Vidiot at 12:42 AM PST - 49 comments
Bush By The Numbers...
"Bush has spent a whopping total of 250 days of his presidency at Camp David (123 days), Kennebunkport (12) and his Texas ranch (115). That means Bush has spent 42 percent of his term so far at one of his three leisure destinations." More fun numbers about "43" in the story...posted by owillis at 12:40 AM PST - 48 comments
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
is still in theatres three months after its release. After seeing it last night I understand the hype and great word of mouth it continues to receive. Will Hollywood wake up and take notice?posted by Macboy at 5:40 PM PST - 46 comments
U.S. faces bigger issues than hitting Iraq.
A former Japanese diplomat--now chairman of the English-Speaking Union of Japan-- offers a quintessentially Japanese view regarding the manifest folly of a US attack on Iraq. (From The Japan Times). Mr. Hanabusa underscores the formidable difficulty of the victor's creating anything but a puppet "regime change." Since Japan has had some recent experience in this regard, his words merit contemplation by those who favor an immediate attack and damn the foreseeable consequences thereof.posted by rdone at 3:59 PM PST - 26 comments
World on Fire
is brought to us by the fun kids at NASA, showing satellite images of active fires around the planet on July 11, 2002. "Across the world, the widespread fires that burn each year in the savannas of Africa, Australia, and Brazil dwarf even the most significant fire season in the western United States as far as total acreage and number of fires."
has its own set of images from 2000 as well.posted by keli at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments
Tired of all those namby-pamby "socially responsible
" mutual funds out there? Me too. That's why I'm putting my money in the Vice Fund
, the first socially irresponsible
mutual fund. It started trading today, investing in companies that benefit from smoking, drinking, gambling and defense spending.
"It is our philosophy that although often considered politically incorrect, these and similar industries and products...will continue to experience significant capital appreciation during good and bad markets. We consider these industries to be nearly 'recession-proof.'"posted by me3dia at 10:32 AM PST - 34 comments
The headline of this CNN story is a bit of hyperbole, since it's just one guy advocating euthenasia. But it's depressing enough that Keiko, the orca from the "Free Willy" films who was later released into the wild, has recently appeared on the Norwegian coast, apparently looking for human contact after getting dissed by his killer-whale brethren. God ...posted by risenc at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments
I Leave You With These Words:
If you've ever thought about making a will, why not devote some time to composing your epitaph? It'll probably be the last people will hear from you. The Epitaph Browser
is full of good and famous examples and might give you the push you need to get cracking. There are far too many to read and I just looked for writers I liked, but my favourite is from a gentleman resting in peace in Nova Scotia: Here lies Ezekiel Aikle, Age 102, The Good Die Young.posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:56 AM PST - 62 comments
As the day after Labor Day is traditionally the first day of School for many of us in the USA, I offer you froguts.com
- virtual online frog dissection. All the educational parts of biology class without the nauseating smell of formaldehyde.posted by anastasiav at 4:39 AM PST - 10 comments
Now, this is just odd... The case, which has shocked France, came to light on Saturday with police saying the 19-year-old man had been beaten with a baton, burnt with an iron, raped, had his nose smashed, his ears half torn off and starved.
I have read of some strange stories of people taking advantage of others, though this strikes me as odd. Again, those questions of WHY
smack you in the forehead!posted by Kodel at 10:34 PM PST - 11 comments
Iraq Advice-Givers Have Business Ties
This interesting information. I've done a lot of research on these folks and knew of many of these business ties already. But I doubt the general public has put them together. Yet considering how this information affects the slant of the many "printed statements" and "op-ed" pieces by Baker
et, al...why haven't any of the shrill talking heads on cable news revealed this?posted by bas67 at 8:13 PM PST - 19 comments
The British Empire in Colour
-- a three-part documentary series from the producers of the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award-winning Britain at War in Colour
will air this month. The series is supposed to include "a treasure-trove of early colour movies filmed before 'technicolour' transformed film making in the 1930s. Unique colour footage of the Edwardian splendour of 1906 British India, soldiers of the First World War and class divided Britain in 1926 as seen for the first time by a modern visually sophisticated audience."
Apparently, it also includes Horrifying footage of last days of Raj
.posted by Bixby23 at 7:56 PM PST - 17 comments
Does the MDA Labor Day telethon
do more harm than good from a cultural perspective? Sure the money helps to find a cure, but does it cause 'normal' people to feel undue pity for the physically challenged? Is Jerry Lewis
doing more harm than good for the cause? [MORE..]posted by ZachsMind at 3:58 PM PST - 28 comments
Canadian Prime Minister surprises with pledge to put Kyoto accord to Parliament.
Until now, with resistance from the oil-rich western provinces, Canada has been luke-warm on Kyoto. PM Jean Chretien surprised all of us (a pleasant surprise, for many) by making the announcement today at the Summit in South Africa. The PM recently announced that he'll be leaving office in 18 months - leaving him with a lot of power and little accountability - possibly working on his own legacy rather than for the good of his country. So far so good.posted by stevengarrity at 10:02 AM PST - 15 comments
Remember the case of the woman in rural Pakistan that was sentenced by a "tribal court" to be gang-raped? Four of the rapists and two of the tribal councillors were sentenced to death
today for the crime. Some others were sentenced to life imprisonment. "There's nothing to celebrate," said the victim
after hearing of the verdict. "Whatever punishment they got is because of their crime."posted by laz-e-boy at 12:23 AM PST - 28 comments
Brooklyn Welcomes Romeo Beckham!
The stuffy old Daily Telegraph
heartily approves of Romeo
, the name Victoria and David Beckham have given to their new baby
, a brother to Brooklyn
. So now an extra throne must be added to the happy parents' atrocious, unmissable website
. I would have let this foolishness pass, had I not noticed with alarm that there already exists a bottomless resource
catering to those who insist
on giving their offspring Shakespearean names. If this is a trend, how bad can it get?[Please, no suicide jokes.
Or, to put it in Shakespeare's own words, from Romeo and Juliet
no less, is this a case of "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by another name would smell as sweet"[Act ii, sc.2
] or, rather, of "the children of an idle brain begot of nothing but vain fantasy"?[Act i, sc.4
]posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:21 AM PST - 72 comments
As a follow-up to his original story, discussed here,
Paul Sheehan has written an article
detailing recent developments, including reaction
from an ABC science show.
If this is true, it has enormous implications for our health care.posted by emf at 11:45 PM PST - 11 comments
Greece bans gaming.
Apparently since the law was passed last month, video arcades (other than registered casinos, of course) have been raided and closed down rapidly now. I found no evidence of a hoax, but a Slashdot post links to this NY Times article from March
about the pending legislation. (Translations of the law to English can be found here
as well.) This seems legit: if so, wtf is the host of the next Olympics doing banning people from playing games?posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:19 PM PST - 24 comments
"Dog Day Afternoon"
Is one of my favorite movies
. In it, Al Pacino plays a born loser who attempts to rob a bank in order to pay for his lover's sex-change operation. It's based on a true story, and you can read the original article that inspired the movie here
. Strangely, the real-life robber was able to pay for the sex-change operation with money he got from the proceeds of the film. Also of interest is this French documentary about the crime.posted by grumblebee at 10:57 AM PST - 17 comments
Reality catches up a bit with scifi
through a new Chicago startup called Arryx, who is developing the first commercial tractor beam. Tractor beams are nothing new
at mefi, but this is a major step up from last year's story
. One, it's graduated the technology from the nanoscopic application to cellular-level microscopic levels. Two, this is destined to be an actual commercial product. The technology is licensed to the company from the university where it was developed, my very own alma-mater, The University of Chicago
:) [link via ArsTechnica]posted by LuxFX at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments
Matthew Good's manifestos.
The opinionated leader of the defunct Matthew Good Band has written a series of "manifestos" since 1997. For the uninitiated, Mr. Good has managed to insult many major Canadian bands, alienate his own band, and sell millions of albums while doing it. Since this hardly sums him up, you can read more about him here
.posted by Joey Michaels at 3:27 AM PST - 16 comments
This has disturbed me for a day now, and I feel compelled to post it here. There was an article on the front page of Kuro5hin
(I know, but please bear with me) on revenge, titled "The Big Payback."
As I was reading through the comments section, there were some really funny
, and cruel
tales of revenge. But this one
continues to disturb me.
I believe that this may very well be a confession to second degree murder. Some apparently agree with me
, and has even gone so far as to have found a name and an address. What could be, or even should be done about something like this?posted by aznblader at 3:15 AM PST - 62 comments
Employing a rather breath-taking counter, Netsizer
claims to track the growth of the internet (users and hosts) in real time based on a methodology briefly and unsatisfyingly explained here
. According to Netsizer the number of internet users already tops 800 million, but the Cyber Atlas
is projecting 700-950 million users in 2004. Does anybody really know what's going on?posted by taz at 12:27 AM PST - 7 comments