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January 21, 2008
Join a community commitment to make a thing a day
for the month of February. "knit cook draw paint sodier (sic) write install destroy invent document" are presented as ideas to demonstrate that anything goes. Last year's contributions are currently down, but did run the gamut of media and topics.
posted by artifarce at 7:51 PM PST - 8 comments
Hollywood Midget Movie Stars.
They started as popular vaudevillians
. (From a review
: "The chief feature, however, was the ten scenes in which the Singer Midgets appeared. The Midget strong man, the Midget conjurer, the Midget "Cleopatra" with the winning ways--these and many more were there.") They stormed the New York stage
. They were members of The Lollipop Guild
(YouTube link), as well as playing other Munchkins
. They were suspected of being German sympathizers
. But they may be best remembered for starring in the world's first all-midget musical western
. Now available for your viewing pleasure from YouTube: Part 1
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:27 PM PST - 32 comments
Justice, the french electro-whatever group (read: Daft Punk)(previously discussed here
) recently had their addition to the prestigious FabricLive Series
rejected for not entirely clear reasons, although the relatively short length (40-something minutes) and taste (or perhaps the lack of) may have been factors. Justice, being the gentlemen they are, decided to give the mix away as a Christmas present to their friends (yes, I'm a little late on this, but not as late as you, presumably), and it is now readily available for anyone to download here
. I'm only familiar with a few of the artists in the mix (Fucking Champs! Goblin!), but it's a pretty good time, and definitely a big, fat middle finger to most of the minimal techno mixes which Fabric usually releases, which is probably why they rejected it in the first place. Lots of old pop, funk and super-cheesy french music (and the FUCKING CHAMPS!), tell me what you guys think!
posted by domakesaypat at 4:12 PM PST - 52 comments
"I have a dream..."
Take 17 minutes out of your day and remember. And then maybe take a look at this NY Times slide
show of murals depicting Dr. King.
Feel free, in fact please do, add appropriate links and suggestions in the comments section.
posted by brookeb at 11:12 AM PST - 42 comments
has quickly become the number one Linux distro
for the desktop. Not only is it free, but it has also made Linux easier to use than ever. Now, Wubi
enables Windows users
to install Ubuntu just like any other application, so you no longer have to mess around with partitions, burning CDs, etc. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:09 AM PST - 82 comments
So we've already learned how babies are made in Germany
. But we haven't seen Russia
. Could be NWS if you work with people who don't know where babies come from.
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:38 AM PST - 31 comments
A year from yesterday, George W. Bush will no longer be President. So here's yet another
online quiz to help you "Test your party preference".
But the policy questions in contention in this quiz may seem surprising to many Americans.
posted by orthogonality at 6:36 AM PST - 75 comments