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January 5, 2009
GIMME GIMME GIMME!
Kure Kure Takora was a Toho produced, short form children's television show from the Japan in the early 1970's. Meet the Cast: Kure Kure Takora, aka Gimme Gimme Octopus; his closest friend, the coin vomiting squash Chonbo; jellyfish bully Tororo; Monro, the sexy walrus who gets around; Debura,the grizzled and world-weary badger; Biragon, lazy trust-fund iguana; and last but not least, the picked on, Sea Cucumber Gang. An exhaustive listing of videos for all 220 episodes, most with plot breakdowns. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Yes, even MS Comic Sans
Enter some text and see it written in all the fonts installed on your system
posted by slater at 9:32 PM PST - 46 comments

Online Game Manuals (for free!)
Bought a video game second hand and found it doesn’t have a manual? Or have you been thinking about that great manual that came with that copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past you owned years ago and wouldn't mind taking a look through it again? Well, help is at hand! Vimm offers you heaps of free pdf manuals from retro systems as old as the Atari 2600 and as recent as the N64! Meanwhile Meekeo does much the same, although it mostly looks after current generation systems (including the PC) only. Finally, if you own a Nintendo Wii, DS, Gamecube or Gameboy Advance, Nintendo is offering up full colour pdfs of games they publish(ed) for these systems, as well as manuals for some of their older games.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:24 PM PST - 15 comments

So There
Do you have something to say, but never had the chance to? Founded in late 1997 and originally published August 15th, 1998, So There has stood as a testament to your daily lives for over five years.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Geek Affairs
Paul and Storm have been discussed on MetaFilter before. Now they're trying to determine who should be named President Obama's Secretary of Geek Affairs. Vote in the Lobot bracket, and check out the results for the Jor-El, Bombadil, and Do'Urden regions.
posted by EarBucket at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

One Button. Endless Possibilities.
OMG! It's THE NEW MACBOOK WHEEL! Squeeee!
posted by miss lynnster at 6:20 PM PST - 81 comments

I live my life like there's no tomorrow.
You loved David Lee Roth singing Running With the Devil unaccompanied, amirite? Well, then you're going to TOTALLY love the David Lee Roth Runnin' With the Devil Soundboard.
posted by The Straightener at 5:24 PM PST - 42 comments

The bubble to end all bubbles?
The cover of a major financial publication warns: If you're holding U.S. Treasuries, GET OUT NOW! [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel at 4:29 PM PST - 74 comments

A story of Hollywood... as you always knew it would be.
This is the story of Lylah Clare. Overnight, she became a star. Over many nights, she became a legend. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 2:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Christine Maggiore has died
HIV/AIDS denialist Christine Maggiore has died. [more inside]
posted by lalex at 2:52 PM PST - 211 comments

What's A Web Magazine Really Worth?
What if The Huffington Post isn't worth $200 million, but say $2 million? There's a lot to love in this article, including key Nick Denton quotes on the Huffington Post's valuation.
posted by Stephen Elliott at 2:44 PM PST - 41 comments

Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree Disposal - Just Add Elephant!
Baby Elephants Eat Christmas Trees : in Germany, baby Elephants are put to work eating five fir trees apiece each day. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:43 PM PST - 26 comments

Lake Michigan Stonehenge
A year and a half ago, a professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan University discovered a pattern of stones 40 feet below the waters of Lake Michigan. The story has been surprisingly under-reported, given that the Stonehenge-like structure is potentially estimated to be 10,000 years old. One of the stones even appears to have a mastodon carved on it.
posted by jon_hansen at 1:42 PM PST - 42 comments

Thriving in the Age of Collapse
Thriving in the Age of Collapse. (Via Bruce Sterling's State of the World 2009.) [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 1:28 PM PST - 22 comments

i bought some crappy lights and started calling people up
Live from the Pink Couch: Punks, Girls, Boys, Warriors, Witches, Kids, Comptrollers, and your new favorite band Best Friends Forever! (boyzone comment flamewar included) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Don't murder me bro.
Early on New Year's Day, Oscar Grant was involved in a scuffle with an older man he hadn't previously met. The fighting continued and when the train reached Fruitvale, BART police stopped the fight and took Grant and several others into custody. The officers were armed with stun guns as well as sidearms. Three BART officers then proceed to place Grant face down to handcuff him, then one of them stands up, draws his weapon and shoots him in the back. Graphic video of the incident.
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:23 AM PST - 367 comments

Liberal Guilt
"Church was not part of my family life, and I don't think I ever expected to find myself being a Christian or, as I used to think of it, a 'religious nut.'" Sara Miles grew up an atheist. One day she went into a church, took communion and had a moment with God. She's now a Christian that has made it her mission in life to feed the homeless. She's started a food pantry in the slums of San Francisco that feeds over 450 hungry families every week. She's also a lesbian who is outspoken for gay marriage and considers herself a liberal but doesn't really care for liberal guilt.
posted by Hands of Manos at 11:11 AM PST - 63 comments

The Doctor Who of Junk Food
The Great British Sandwich is a 'collaborative web project' to build the world's tallest sandwich, one ingredient at a time. It began picking up inedible layers early (20th from the bottom is Cat Hair, 38th is an iPhone 3G) and is now almostover 400 layers including the Higgs Boson, Child's Tears and All the Turtles. via the Ridiculant
posted by wendell at 10:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Being snarky (a MeFi homecourt advantage)
Snarky indeed: An interesting review of New Yorker magazine writer David Denby's book, Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation, from New York Magazine. MeFites might feel right at home.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:43 AM PST - 53 comments

Story From North America
Story From North America. A boy learns to appreciate life in all its forms via song.
posted by ludwig_van at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

2008 Cliopatria Awards
2008 Cliopatria Awards announced. These awards are given for the best History Blogs. Winners this year include: The Edge of the American West (best group blog), Wynken de Worde (best new blog), and Northwest History ( best individual blog) by mefi's own LarryC. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

New Yorker short fiction 2008
New Yorker fiction 2008. Annotated list of short fiction from the past year. "As perhaps the most high-profile venue for short fiction in the world, taking stock of the New Yorker's year in fiction is a worthwhile exercise for writers and readers alike."
posted by stbalbach at 7:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Castor fiber
An escaped beaver has been felling trees in Devon. The large (six-stone) male escaped an animal sanctuary along with two females when an electric fence was shorted by flooding. His owner thinks he went in search of a mate."We've got traps being made up at the moment," he said. "Using the scent from one of the female beavers, we'll be able to catch the male beaver fairly quickly." [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 7:10 AM PST - 39 comments

Buttered side down. Definitely.
Though you'd think it's as old as humanity itself, Murphy's Law is only just turning sixty this year. Happy 60th, Murph!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:20 AM PST - 38 comments

Illustrations of the Shahnama, the Persian epic poem
The Princeton Shahnama Project is an "archive of book paintings--commonly known as Persian Miniatures--that were created to illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama (the Book of Kings). The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. The core of this archive is a fund of 277 illustrations from five illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama that are housed in Princeton University's Firestone Library." The site also has the complete Shahnama in the Warner & Warner translation but here's another translation by Helen Zimmern [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 2:26 AM PST - 5 comments

My voice gives me super-strength!
A British parody of an Americanized and kid-sanitized edit of an animated Japanese show based on a children's collectible card game: Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged Series. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 1:02 AM PST - 13 comments

"Please pay no attention to the problems we are failing to address"
The End of the Financial World as We Know It. "We have a brief chance to cure ourselves. But first we need to ask: of what?" How to Repair a Broken Financial World. "There are obvious changes in the financial system to be made, to prevent some version of what has happened from happening all over again."
posted by homunculus at 12:12 AM PST - 48 comments

How to screw up a war story
What was so shameful and embarrassing to me, an American journalist whose own Moscow-based newspaper, The eXile, had just been driven out of existence [previously] by these same Kremlin bastards, is that Sasha was rightly frustrated. A Kremlin minder right and the Western journalists wrong? What has this world come to when the Kremlin has a better grasp of the truth than the free Western media?
How to screw up a war story: The New York Times at work
posted by Anything at 12:04 AM PST - 32 comments