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January 22, 2003
is both funny, witty and entertaining but at the same time makes you feel dirty for reading it. Equally loved
by her readers, "Riti Sped" and her adventures as a special needs teacher are fascinating.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 8:50 PM PST - 53 comments
was a secret, cold-war era project to determine vulnerabilities of US warships to various chemical and biological attacks. While lots is known about what happened
, there's still a lot of information that hasn't been released yet.
In the early 1950s, the US Army sprayed the bacteria Serratia Marcesens
over San Francisco. While the government thought that it was safe, many people ended up checking into the hospital. One elderly man even died as a result of the US testing chemical and biological agents against it's own citizens.
posted by manero at 6:41 PM PST - 4 comments
owners of .org domains will have a new registry, the Public Interest Registry. After winning the .org registry away from Verisign, PIR (a creation of the Internet Society (ISOC
)) promises to be more responsive to the non-commercial needs
of Internet users, which is ostensibly what the .org is all about. Info from ISOC on the bid and other related items here
, some grumbling about ISOC's methods by the losing bidders here
. Will .org return to its roots with this change, or business as usual?
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:47 PM PST - 16 comments
Back in the time of which I am speaking,
due to our Coordinators had mandated us, we had all seen that educational video of "It's Yours to Do With What You Like!" in which teens like ourselfs speak on the healthy benefits of getting off by oneself and doing what one feels like in terms of self-touching, which what we learned from that
video was, there is nothing wrong with self-touching, because love is a mystery but the mechanics of love need not be, so go off alone, see what is up, with you and your relation to your own gonads, and the main thing is, just have fun, feeling no shame!"
posted by semmi at 5:11 PM PST - 21 comments
, experience the challenges of working in the liberal media. Fun but the politics are a bit heavy handed. [flash required]
posted by bobo123 at 5:01 PM PST - 5 comments
"My basic theory can be summed up in the following few words: "In that part of this world that we are unable to experience, 'True Suction' does exist." "I will pay two thousand dollars to the first person that proves the basis of this (my theory) is wrong... Also, to show how certain I am that this is right, I will pay one thousand dollars to the first person that can prove any one, or more, of the fifteen following statements is false. If you earn the reward I will pay it". I like #15: ""Every person living on this planet has been alive, at the very least, for several million years". Get some.
posted by Mack Twain at 4:17 PM PST - 35 comments
Snooker legend dies
A very sad day for snooker lovers. Bill Werbeniuk, the only man to split his trousers on live television during a professional snooker match, has died. And he liked a pint or thirty.
posted by skellum at 3:49 PM PST - 22 comments
Bye Bye Ms. Rosen.
Hilary Rosen announces a decision to depart the RIAA. Is it REALLY about her children
or does the RIAA want to soften it's image. Rosen's tendency to polarize the situation with hard-hitting threats like this
may have finally broken the camels back.
As a friend said - "Things for RIAAare just going to get worse as music sales decrease, piracy increases, and responses to it alienate
listeners of all stripes, who just want to hear some tunes, man."
posted by bkdelong at 3:16 PM PST - 26 comments
We can be summed up in one word
Absolutely the most amazing movie I have ever seen, beyond my expectations (WARNING
this is a movie link .mov file with sound, size 6.91MB but it's worth it)
Whoever did this, did an excellent job ! Bravo !
posted by bureaustyle at 2:03 PM PST - 29 comments
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's MDMA
Police uncover ecstasy ring in UK targeting children by stamping the image of Harry Potter on the pills. Wonder if Rowling will work X into the next story line? Don't know whether to laugh or cry.
posted by xmutex at 11:42 AM PST - 25 comments
50 years ago last month,
a dark cloud settled in over London. And stayed for four days. This fog, which was brought on by a lethal combination of high pressure, near freezing temperatures and London's pervasive coal burning, starting killing things. At first, the animals at a cattle show, then the elderly, or those prone to resperatory disease. By the end, over 4,000 people had died. Strangely, to this day the disaster retains a low profile, unlike more glamorous disasters such as the Titanic, or Bhopal. Stranger still, is that unlike those others, while the fog was at its most deadly, few realized there was even an epidemic occurring, with most viewing it as, at worst, a mild nuisance.
posted by jonson at 11:38 AM PST - 22 comments
The Pill changes women's taste in men.
Women on the pill prefer masculine men for marriage and sensitive guys for flings. Women not on the pill prefer the opposite, according to a recent British study. Researchers don't know why but "Where a woman chooses her partner while she is on the pill, and then comes off it to have a child, she may find she is married to the wrong man."
posted by stbalbach at 10:22 AM PST - 47 comments
Thanks Again, Frauhofer!
"Software developed by Germany's Fraunhofer Institut, the creators of the MP3 ... called "Query by Humming," -- a type of melody recognition software program that identifies a song by title and composer based on a person humming a few bars into a microphone."
Sure, it'll put quaint sites like this
out of business, but think of the fun you'll have walking by your co-workers cubicle only to hear them furtively humming into their PC so that it can search for that pesky tune they can't get out of their head.
(This technology sounds familiar, so advanced apologies for a double post. I did a search, really.)
posted by chandy72 at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments
You've probably heard of the WWII Navajo "code talkers"
who managed to baffle crack Japanese cryptanalysts and were credited with enabling US success at Iwo Jima. Civil engineer, journalist and photographer Philip Johnston
was the determined mind behind the "windtalkers". The son of missionaries, Johnston grew up on a Navajo reservation and was one of only a handful of outsiders fluent in the Navajo language. A bit of his background is included this article
, and you can read a complete history
of his plan, view an archive of photos by Johnston
, and see copies of his enlistment application
letter to the Marine Corps commandant, as well as a recommendation letter
from the Commanding General. (more inside...)
posted by taz at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments
Gaudi's Grand Hotel
During his life, Barcelona’s “bauharoque” architect Antonin Gaudí
pioneered imaginative structures with Moorish spires and whimsy likened to Dr Seuss. (Counter to popular myth, however, the word “gaudy” is not among his legacy.)
Several of his works
broke his patrons’ budgets and remain unfinished. Now, Boston artist-architect Paul Laffoley
is attempting to revive Gaudi’s dramatic 1908 New York City concept
and give it a second chance
—at the WTC site for which it may originally have been commissioned. His thesis is both an intriguing history walk and a cloying, self-ingratiating, told-you-so piece.
posted by skyboy at 6:28 AM PST - 14 comments
Email as the new foreplay
E-mail conversations between men and women have a way of turning flirtatious far more rapidly than do their telephonic equivalents. People are less inhibited in e-mail: It's why flameouts happen so quickly. One cannot temper anger or dismay with tone and body language (and those awful emoticons don't come close to substituting for the human face). It's easier to be brave when talking to a screen.
Not that we MeFiers would know anything about flameouts.
posted by orange swan at 6:23 AM PST - 21 comments
Front-line troops disproportionately white, not black.
While blacks are 20% of the military -- compared with 12% of the U.S. population -- they make up a far smaller percentage of troops in combat jobs on the front line. In a host of high-risk slots -- from Army commandos to Navy and Air Force fighter pilots -- blacks constitute less than 5% of the force, statistics show. Blacks, especially in the enlisted ranks, tend to be disproportionately drawn to non-combat fields such as unit administration and communications. ''If anybody should be complaining about battlefield deaths, it is poor, rural whites,'' says Charles Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University in Illinois.
posted by dagny at 4:34 AM PST - 48 comments