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January 10, 2008
NATE NOTES
"Nate Notes are crazed, obscene or blindingly profound 10x10 images that are born from blood, tears, and relentless toil. Sometimes they are funny. Please laugh at them."
posted by anarcation at 10:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Drunk History
On August 6th 2007, Mark Gagliardi drank a bottle of Scotch...
And then discussed a famous historical event.
posted by carsonb at 8:59 PM PST - 55 comments

Gee, Your Penis Smells Terrific!
Does Your Penis Smell Perfect? Have you ever asked yourself: "Why is it that no matter how much time and effort I put into washing my penis in the shower, I still get that awful whiff of a rancid smell throughout the day, or even right after a shower?" Nodoro has the solution. There are commercials (Are they real or parodies?) here. Via.
posted by amyms at 8:10 PM PST - 122 comments

AskAP or LOLAP?
Got Questions About the News? Ask AP (Associated Press) All you have to do is "send your questions to newsquestions(at)ap.org, with "Ask AP" in the subject line. Then keep an eye out for installments of the new Q&A column, where you'll finally get some answers"... maybe... if they feel like it. Instant Analysis: No threat to Ask Metafilter.
posted by wendell at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Echo
The finished work of a favorite author annoys, resonants a certain word. Puissant at first, it puissantly overpowers sentences and paragraphs amazingly. Anyways.
posted by Mblue at 7:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Seven!
You all remember the song from Sesame Street, but you've never heard it like this: one two three FOUR FIIIVE six seven EIGHT NIIINE TEN eleven TWELVE! (via). Se7en!
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Is Toronto being taken over by hucksters, fauxhemians, and the "knowledge economy"?
Toronto: Justice Denied. Mark Kingwell writes about Toronto. The article is a great read even if you've never stepped foot in the city.
posted by chunking express at 5:27 PM PST - 34 comments

CES Credentials-B-Gone
Juvenile? Awesome? Awesomely juvenile? The kids of Gizmodo bring some TV-B-Gones to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. This is what happened. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 5:09 PM PST - 85 comments

Everybody here go BANG!
Gun for the whole family. A Scanning Around With Gene article about historic gun ads. More fun with Gene Gable: Cigarettes, diving, winter fonts, red white and blue, and so much more.
posted by klangklangston at 4:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Sir Edmund Hillary, RIP
Sir Edmund Hillary died today, aged 88. Best known as the man who "knocked the bastard off", by scaling Mt Everest, Hillary was an adventurer, activist, and all round kiwi bloke. We will miss you.
posted by pivotal at 2:57 PM PST - 88 comments

Academic "Job Talk" advice
Advice on Academic Job Talk Visits by Siva Vaidhyanathan.
posted by mattbucher at 2:31 PM PST - 33 comments

Where do they all belong?
"We all leave something behind, but it looked like Olive had left nothing." Olive Archer passed away after five years in a care home, five years that passed without a visitor. Concerned that Olive was an Eleanor Rigby the minister prepared for her service by making an appeal to the public to find if anyone remembered Olive. Friends were found. Sadly, she is not alone. Maybe she needed SagaZone.
posted by geekyguy at 1:25 PM PST - 45 comments

Playing hardball
Chris Matthews has been openly critical of Hilary Clinton. Still, he's certainly not the only one to suggest her recent tears were nothing more than a performance. So when does criticism cross the line into obsession? Note: For those of you sick of American politics, consider this: when was the last time you saw a potential leader pinched on the cheek?
posted by misha at 11:58 AM PST - 151 comments

How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry
"(Steve) Jobs, a notorious control freak himself, wasn't about to let a group of suits — whom he would later call "orifices" — tell him how to design his phone."
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:00 AM PST - 204 comments

Wait, this still isn't a victory, right?
A new report authored by WHO and Iraqi officials suggests a lower violence-related death count - 151000 - than previous studies, notably that of the Lancet [pdf] where over 650000 were reported to have died. Previously on metafilter. For previous studies, the timing has not been a coincidence.
posted by YouRebelScum at 10:22 AM PST - 75 comments

Incredible hulks and prisons at sea
A visual history of floating prisons shows that using ships at prisons did not end with the infamous prison hulks along the Thames. Today, New York (home to the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument commemorating the most deadly part of the Revolutionary War) uses the impressive Bain, anchored off the Bronx, as a prison barge, while the Australians have the sleek-looking Triton as a mobile prison ship patrolling national waters.
posted by blahblahblah at 8:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding first picked up the bass at fifteen. In the few years since, she has proven herself a master. She is now the youngest faculty member ever at Berklee and a rising star in the jazz scene. She is currently touring with another young and talented jazz gem, Gretchen Parlato.
posted by honeyx at 8:01 AM PST - 33 comments

Neu-York.
"An obsessively detailed alternate-history map, imagining how Manhattan might have looked had the Nazis conquered it in World War II." A project by artist Melissa Gould. The neighborhoods (Charlottenburg, Neukölln, etc.) are named for corresponding Berlin ones. Schrecklich fun. Via strange maps.
posted by languagehat at 7:40 AM PST - 51 comments

A Weekend At Virgilio's
Hell’s Kitchen duo wheel friend’s corpse around midtown Manhattan to cash his Social Security check.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:28 AM PST - 41 comments

Simple print on demand for Google Books and Internet Archive
Public Domain Books Reprints Service is "an experimental non-commercial project to re-print public domain books". It's the first service I have seen that allows simple affordable one-off point and click facsimile paperback replication of any book at Google Books or Internet Archive (millions of books). Curious how it works? Each book includes the technical details (Perl+Ghostscript+DJVU+XLST+etc..). The "experiment" has been running since November and is created by Yakov Shafranovich, a Russian Jewish immigrant in Baltimore of many talents.
posted by stbalbach at 7:18 AM PST - 17 comments

I Don't Want To Blow You Up!
Ricardo Cortés has a new book talked about here and here. Previously, he wrote It's Just a Plant, talked about on O'Reilly and previously here. He also plans to write a children's book about cocaine in the near future.
posted by gman at 7:02 AM PST - 30 comments

... over 6 months of experience in online dating and relationships
"Carl knows how to treat the ladies. And with all of his qualities in one package, he is quite the value meal. Eat up ladies. His fries are getting cold." Fun stuff from one of the members of comedy troupe The Groundlings.
posted by jbickers at 5:15 AM PST - 29 comments

The Wire: 4 seasons in 4 minutes
Q. Everyone tells me how great The Wire is, but I've missed the first four seasons. Should I bother with Season 5? A. Yes. Ultimately, you'll want to buy the DVD's, but until then we've got The Wire: four seasons in four minutes. (Single link U-tube)
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:38 AM PST - 61 comments