January 26, 2010

Exploring Monochrome

Exploring monochrome. Paco Pomet -|- Devin Leonardi. Some of my favorites include Internacional, and Gatun Lake. Pomet uses primarily oil on canvas, and Leonardi acrylic on paper.
posted by netbros at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Trusting the FOX

Fox News is the most trusted news network in the United States, according to a new poll [.pdf] of 1,151 Americans conducted by Public Policy Polling (a polling firm with a mostly Democratic and progressive list of clients), the most trusted news network among Americans is FOX News, which was trusted by 49% of respondents (beating out CNN, MS-NBC, CBS, NBC, and ABC (though PBS was not included in the survey)). The pollsters conclude: “A generation ago you would have expected Americans to place their trust in the most neutral and unbiased conveyors of news,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But the media landscape has really changed and now they’re turning more toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”
posted by washburn at 8:10 PM PST - 126 comments

Guy Fawkes, meet Robin Hood

Debt collectors call him a credit terrorist. “Cunningham beats the debt collectors at their own game. He turns their money-making practice into a financial liability. He is a regular guy who has become a radical enemy of the banking system.” [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 7:30 PM PST - 113 comments

On the rapid proliferation of powerful chess software

"It was my luck (perhaps my bad luck) to be the world chess champion during the critical years in which computers challenged, then surpassed, human chess players. [...] What if instead of human versus machine we played as partners? My brainchild saw the light of day in a match in 1998 in León, Spain, and we called it "Advanced Chess." Each player had a PC at hand running the chess software of his choice during the game. The idea was to create the highest level of chess ever played, a synthesis of the best of man and machine." The Chess Master and the Computer: A article/book review on computer chess and the state of the top-level chess world by Garry Kasparov. [more inside]
posted by painquale at 5:35 PM PST - 43 comments

YouTube Is The New iTunes

YouTube has launched Disco. From TestTube - the GoogleLabs of YouTube - it's like Pandora lite with videos. Create and share playlists (linked playlist via TechCrunch), or just search for an artist and see what it comes up with. [more inside]
posted by battlebison at 4:39 PM PST - 47 comments

For Kids Who Want to Draw Anatomy Good And Wanna Learn To Draw Other Stuff Good Too

How to draw, by Rad Sechrist, storyboard artist at Dreamworks animation
posted by Artw at 3:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Free books, textbooks... but free

From the newly launched OpenSource.com comes a pointer to the Open College Textbook Act of 2009. This bill, currently stuck in committee, calls for the adoption of openly licensed and freely distributed electronic textbooks. It is hoped that this will lower costs, level the playing field and even help restore overseas confidence in the U.S. educational system. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 3:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Three Days Before the Shooting...

Ralph Ellison's unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting... was published today by The Modern Library. The 1,101-page book is the result of an extensive editing process. Something of a review is here. (Previously.)
posted by Prospero at 3:10 PM PST - 11 comments

And when the Lamb had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour

Is a pie in the face a terrorist act? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 2:50 PM PST - 91 comments

Gotcha

The FBI has arrested James O'Keefe, one of the filmmakers behind the ACORN "pimp" video, and three others over an alleged plot to tap the phones in the office of Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., according to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (Previously: 1,2,3)
posted by ekroh at 2:05 PM PST - 263 comments

Pay Wall Fail

In late October, New York Newsday put their website content behind a pay wall. How many subscribers signed up since then? 35. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:04 PM PST - 65 comments

Confessions of a Book Pirate

Confessions of a Book Pirate [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 12:44 PM PST - 114 comments

SAAB not dead

SAAB lives. Today GM reached a deal to sell (previously doomed) Swedish car manufacturer SAAB, not to Koenigsegg, maker of exclusive sports cars, but to Spyker, maker of exclusive sports cars. The fans are rejoicing.
posted by mr.marx at 12:08 PM PST - 58 comments

I gadda push dis button every hunredunate minnits!

The Antonucci family of Long Island recaps all five seasons of Lost.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:46 AM PST - 76 comments

I have a good feeling.

'Kafka was a slightly strange man.' A profile of Alice Herz-Sommer, lifelong friend of Kafka.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

The Music. The Memories. The Magic.

It started with, 'How do we give the visitor a big hug in each room?' Ladies and Gentlemen, AbbaWorld is now open for business. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Class Warfare?

Today, Oregon voters will decide whether or not to increase taxes on businesses and the rich. Ballots for Measures 66 and 67 are due today at 8pm, polling is extremely tight, and at this point the election will be decided by turnout. With the opposing sides having collected a combined $10.1 million in donations, Oregonians have spent the last month deluged by political ads, canvassers, and phone calls. Whatever the outcome, this election has at least had the effect of making "spadea" into a household word. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 11:06 AM PST - 169 comments

Future of Manufacturing

Wired magazine has a long and detailed article about the future of manufacturing. Short version: the same kind of democratization that technology has effected in publishing, music, video, etc., is opening up design and manufacturing to anyone who wants to participate. [more inside]
posted by yesster at 10:59 AM PST - 41 comments

Bondsmen vs. Pretrial Release

Pretrial release is an alternative to a cash or surety bond that allows some criminal defendants to avoid jail while awaiting trial; allowing defendants to continue to work or care for children. [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 10:22 AM PST - 29 comments

Is indie dead?

"What we’ve called it has never been stable—it’s been known alternately as “punk” for its early attitude, “underground” for where it happened, “alternative” when the mainstream held it up as an antidote to its own poison—each of these picked up then sloughed off when the semantic baggage grew too unwieldy. Most recently, “indie”—long thrown around as a signifier of how it got done (i.e. independently)—has become the nom du jour." Is indie dead?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:40 AM PST - 127 comments

Wisconsin inmate loses battle to play Dungeons and Dragons in jail

Wisconsin inmate loses battle to play Dungeons and Dragons in jail. News article and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.
posted by seliopou at 8:33 AM PST - 183 comments

radio radio

Antique radio tuning dials [flash] from Michael Feldt's collection. [via]
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 7:56 AM PST - 20 comments

The Annotated White House Flickr Feed

The Annotated White House Flickr Feed
posted by minifigs at 7:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Hey! Keep your eyes ON my chest, buddy!

On the one hand, it ensures slow dancin' teens keep a safe distance apart. On the other, well, there's the sightline issue. Will it give geeks the nerve to dance with a partner? Covert Athletics presents Pong Prom. Can literally gettin' it on like Donkey Kong be next?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Questo of The Roots

"THE MOST HILLLLLARIOUS of them all (and yeah ill mention the rate cause that is ridiculous) has to be chuck berry who i believe has the highest rate charge for "johnny b good" in which i think in between chokes and laughter i was told he wanted $1.75 million." ?uestlove explains the economics of walk-on music, public performance fees and the music industry as a whole. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 7:29 AM PST - 46 comments

UK Government bans export of "explosives dowser"

The UK Government has banned the export of the ADE651 to Afghanistan and Iraq. [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 7:20 AM PST - 54 comments

The Polygamists - National Geographic Explores the FLDS

"A highly respected member of the FLDS, Joe is also the patriarch of a family of 46 children and—at last count—239 grandchildren." The Polygamists (photos)- National Geographic wanders through a section of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the mormon splinter group that proudly continues this marital tradition.
posted by shivohum at 7:06 AM PST - 80 comments

Candide, ou l'Optimisme

Few books written in the 18th Century are better known or more read today than Candide, Voltaire's great satire of optimism. The New York Public Library's Candide exhibition has many delights, including Rockwell Kent's famous illustrations. Many other artists have illustrated Candide, and many of those images can be seen in the University Library of Trier's Candide image database. If your eyes are tired, you can also download an audiobook of Candide for free from LibriVox, or you can listen to a lecture on Candide [iTunes] by Stanford professor Martin Evans. Adam Gopnik explains how Candide fits in Voltaire's life and what it can teach us today. And don't miss this old post about Leonard Bernstein's Candide operetta.
posted by Kattullus at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out.

Magician, actor & Scientologist Larry Anderson wants his money back. Although he had modest success in Hollywood, he was known to millions as the narrator of Scientology's introductory film Orientation; certainly his most famous line was said for that movie:
"If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice."
Listen in as Larry negotiates with Church officials to recover $120,000 he deposited with the church in anticipation of receiving services from it.

In related news, Adams County, CO DA is charging Scientology OT7 Rev. Rex Fowler, owner of Scientology-run Fowler Software with murder and attempted murder for shooting ex-partner Tommy Ciancio three times in the head as he attempted to collect his severance pay, then turning the gun on himself, firing one shot up through his chin. Authorities initially believed Fowler was the victim based on witness testimony, but forensics showed that Ciancio could not have fired the three shots that killed him.
posted by scalefree at 6:18 AM PST - 59 comments

Kiki Does Windows.

American artist Kiki Smith, a life long Catholic, has taken on an unlikely project: a stained glass window for the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum on New York City's Lower East Side.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:23 AM PST - 49 comments

Citizen (Crowdsourced) Journalism

Is there something you wish would be reported comprehensively by mainstream news media, even though they won't likely touch the topic? Try open-source reporting. From the 2006 experiment NewAssignment, professional journalists, non-profits seeking crowdfunding, and the Internet public have collaborated to do in-depth investigation and reportage of whatever people were interested in. Jay Rosen, founder of ExplainThis, the newest site in crowdsourced journalism, wants a way to answer questions that are too complicated for a Google search. Will these things deliver well-researched thoughtful analysis, or will they be no match for the Green?
posted by divabat at 4:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Waxy Music

Karin from Fever Ray's bizarre acceptance speech to an award ceremony in Gothenburg
posted by ashaw at 3:29 AM PST - 47 comments

Simon Swears

What happens when you have an old 80's toy, and too much time on your hands. [Audio NSFW]
posted by pjern at 1:16 AM PST - 9 comments