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January 7, 2010
Good Evening, I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in parts of my body?
"The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases." [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Best and Worst Jobs
Wall Street Journals 200 Best and Worst Jobs
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:19 PM PST - 114 comments

Sic Transit Gloria VML
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines instead of pixels - is partially supported in most web browsers but not in Internet Explorer. Javascript libraries such as dojo.gfx and Raphaël have tried to bridge the gap programmatically with impressive results but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously)
posted by XMLicious at 8:41 PM PST - 52 comments

RIP, Lhasa
From the official press release: The singer Lhasa de Sela passed away in her Montreal home on the night of January 1st 2010, just before midnight. She succumbed to breast cancer after a twenty-one month long struggle, which she faced with courage and determination. For those unfamiliar with this wonderful trilingual singer: Love Came Here, Anywhere On this Road, La Confession, and That Leaving Feeling, with Tindersticks' Stuart Staples. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Edmund McMillen & friends strike again
Friday windows-only fun: Cryptic Sea, developers of the hits Gish and Bridge Builder, are back with combat/economy/flight simulator game A New Zero (gameplay) [more inside]
posted by anthill at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Images from the History of Medicine
Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM). Their collection includes thousands of really fascinating images from warnings about winter driving to instructions about how to keep your privy clean. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Knut Magne Haugland - a real life adventure story
Knut Haugland, the last surviving member of the Kon Tiki expedition, and possibly the quietest hero you’ve never heard of, died on Christmas Day. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 7:30 PM PST - 21 comments

If it takes one to know one, where does that leave us?
Are we still relevant if we can no longer reliably grade the Turing Test? [more inside]
posted by minimii at 5:16 PM PST - 106 comments

google street view as photography
The Nine Eyes of Google Street View "It was tempting to see the images as a neutral and privileged representation of reality—as though the Street Views, wrenched from any social context other than geospatial contiguity, were able to perform true docu-photography, capturing fragments of reality stripped of all cultural intentions."
posted by dhruva at 5:15 PM PST - 35 comments

Life without eathing
Nil by Mouth is Roger Ebert's article about what life is like now that he doesn't eat or drink anymore, but is nourished by tube. And interesting reflection on what life can be like after thyroid cancer, and not as sad as you might think.
posted by kaszeta at 4:04 PM PST - 50 comments

Pa... pa... papa... papa...razzi
Polaroid, the struggling instant film camera company, has hired a new creative director in hopes of returning the brand to its former glory. That hire just happens to be pop (and previously) sensation Lady Gaga. Polaroid Previously [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 2:39 PM PST - 65 comments

Rising incomes and prosperity can actually increase child sacrifice rituals.
A former witch-doctor who now campaigns to end child sacrifice confessed for the first time to having murdered about 70 people, including his own son. Human sacrifice is on the increase in Uganda, and according to the head of the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce the crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity, and an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly. Uganda's Minister of Ethics and Integrity James Nsaba Buturo believes that "to punish retrospectively would cause a problem... if we can persuade Ugandans to change, that is much better than going back into the past." [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 2:02 PM PST - 91 comments

Black Lung Crayola
My name is Jacob. I have been a smoker for about 14 years. I decided this year to knock that shit off. I'd tried and tried before to no avail. But this year my youngest brother suggested something I found to be quite a good idea. Why not replace my trusty pack of Camel's with a pack of Crayolas. That way, every time I wanted a cigarette, I would just draw pictures.
posted by Panjandrum at 2:02 PM PST - 48 comments

A World of Hits
A World of Hits "Ever-increasing choice was supposed to mean the end of the blockbuster. It has had the opposite effect." [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 1:57 PM PST - 22 comments

I Will Alarm Islamic Owls, and other works of Anagram Poetry
From the dusty depths of Modern Humorist comes Anagram Poetry: If Poets Wrote Poems Whose Titles Were Anagrams of Their Names. Volume 1 contains Toilets, Skinny Domicile, and I Will Alarm Islamic Owls. Volume 2 consists of Likable Wilma, Hen Gonads and nice smug me. And there are three more volumes, for your distraction. [via]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Look at this f**king MetaFilter thread
Not content to sit by and watch other single-topic blogs ink book deals, Look At This F**king Idea For A Blog-To-Book Deal goes wide where others have gone narrow. (Actual site and URL not censored. Adjust your NetNanny expectations accordingly)
posted by mkultra at 12:02 PM PST - 42 comments

Open Source Cocktails
The Violet Hour, a speakeasy styled lounge in Chicago with no sign, has been pushing the envelope in creative drink mixing since it opened in 2005. Toby Maloney, the Violet Hour's "Head Intoxocologist", had no problem posting on a Chicago food forum and sharing some of the drink recipes that have made his bar one of the most exciting in the country. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 12:00 PM PST - 35 comments

Justice bites the hand that feeds it
Blow the whistle on the rich and powerful, go to jail, while they avoid jail. Tax Notes, the weekly publication on federal taxation, announced its "2009 Tax Person of the Year" - a whistleblower from Swiss banking giant UBS whom it called "the Benedict Arnold of the private banking industry." Bradley Birkenfeld came forward and exposed the tax fraud dealings of UBS which led thousands of millionaire tax cheats to come forward and pay billions in back taxes. His reward? Tomorrow he goes to jail. The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a Washington watchdog organization that has extensive whistle-blower experience, says a chilling effect is already apparent: a senior executive at a European bank that offers similar U.S. tax shelters is having second thoughts about going public because of the Birkenfeld case.
posted by caddis at 10:28 AM PST - 42 comments

"A silly mistake" with explosives on a plane.
Last weekend, Slovakian border police placed explosive in the bags of a passenger, Stefan Gonda, as he departed for his home in Ireland. The aim was to train dogs to detect explosives but an undetected and unretrieved package of RDX (the base for a number of military explosives) flew with the unaware Mr. Gonda, who was later arrested by police in Dublin under the Offences Against the State Act. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:24 AM PST - 49 comments

The Big Chill
What Britain looks like without the Gulf Stream.
posted by Artw at 10:15 AM PST - 134 comments

Clock Tower
The Most Expensive Property in Brooklyn, New York
posted by vronsky at 9:43 AM PST - 97 comments

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski
The Big Lebowski as written by Shakespeare.
posted by Eideteker at 9:40 AM PST - 106 comments

Armed with SCIENCE!
Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military is a podcast put out by the US Department of Defense. Each week, they interview scientists and other personnel about R & D in the military. Topics include nutrition, portable fuel cells, virtual online worlds, substance abuse, and the effects of sounds on whale behavior. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Surprising images in the "Where's Waldo?" books
For those with enough time and attention to detail, the Where's Waldo puzzles hold some strange and lurid images. In fact, the book has made banned lists in the past despite the fact that it doesn't contain the word scrotum once (previously on MeFi).
posted by bizwiz2 at 9:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Here are some suggested things to say if you want to sound like an idiot when you talk about social media:
How to say stupid things about social media Arguing for the banality of user-created content vis-a-vis social networks.
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:13 AM PST - 144 comments

Up In The Blue Air
Lost In The Air: The Jason Reitman Press Tour Simulator (SLvimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:32 AM PST - 17 comments