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January 28, 2008
Lights on in the Darkroom
Darkroom book images, You may have had to of spent 100's of hours in a darkroom to appreciate this project. "Images articulated around the decline of silver-gelatin photography" Book from Nazraeli Press by Michel Campeau. {via darius himes blog}
posted by doug3505 at 10:54 PM PST - 17 comments

U2FU?
U2FU? Paul McGuinness, longtime manager of the band U2, has called on governments to compel ISPs to introduce mandatory French-style service disconnections to stop unauthorized downloading. [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 10:54 PM PST - 68 comments

Deep Throat
ehhhhhahah. ehhahhhah. Hehhaahhah!...eeeee. EEEEEEEE! And Eeeeeeeeeeeee. And hhhhhhhheh. HHHHHHH-heh/ HHHH-heh-HHHHH! And of course this ode to the meaning of life...iiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Predators III: Predator Gone Wild? Nope, it's your voice box.
posted by humannaire at 10:36 PM PST - 15 comments

The Animated Oppa Novy God
18 animators collaborate on a cute little cartoon set to a song by Oppa Novy God, a "festive brass band" from St. Petersburg. (via Bloody Circus of Scary Dolls)
posted by madamjujujive at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Conservative in Liberal's Clothing?
Obama--A Conservative Hope? Despite running for the candidacy of the Democratic party, Barack Obama should be the great hope of conservatives—both in the US and Europe.
posted by John of Michigan at 7:07 PM PST - 177 comments

Presented in the belief that divorce is America’s greatest danger to the home and the community...
Divorce Hearing was a television program where couples aired their grievances to Dr. Paul Popenoe, who would attempt to help them figure out how to make things work. Popenoe is notable for few things: he wasn't a real doctor - his highest academic achievement was receving an honorary degree from Occidental College; he founded the first "marriage clinic" in the US in Los Angeles in 1930 and created and authored the long-running "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" column for Ladies Home Journal. Oh yeah, he was a eugenics proponent, too. (Discovered via.)
posted by beaucoupkevin at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Hoo. Me?
Buttercup Festival is resurrected! Our beloved comic strip is back. Three new panels are up so far.
posted by amelliferae at 6:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Science Buddies
Need an idea for a Science Fair project? The scientists at Science Buddies are here to help.
posted by pombe at 2:16 PM PST - 13 comments

What does the "F" in CFO stand for?
Pimping ain't easy. In a cluster of lawsuits gathered up by The Associated Press, the former chief financial officer of health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. is depicted as a corporate Casanova -- a world-class, love-'em-and-leave-'em sort of guy who romanced dozens of women around the country simultaneously, made them extravagant promises and then went back on his word with all the compassion of a health insurance company denying a claim. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 1:57 PM PST - 41 comments

Sky Writer : Robert Burnham Jr.
Over 30 years ago, Robert Burnham Jr. struggled to get his astronomical (in more ways than one) three volume work published. Burnham's Celestial Handbook: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System "remains a sort of real-life hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, a compendium with something to say about nearly every cosmic destination worth visiting. . . It is rarely compared to other books because there simply is none other like it." It remains a beloved and relevant book among star-gazers today. Yet few know much about the life of the author, or of his sad and lonely demise: Sky Writer.
posted by spock at 1:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Lego my lego.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Lego brick...A timeline...How they're made... and The Google/Lego connection (see their homepage today.)
posted by uaudio at 12:07 PM PST - 77 comments

Put away your asterisks
Steroids, "Other Drugs," and Baseball: a Voice of Scepticism on the Impact of Steroids on Major League Baseball. Eric Walker suggests a "juiced" ball made much more of an effect than PEDs.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:16 AM PST - 32 comments

The world is going to hell in a hand basket, I feel fine.
According to studies, most people are positive about their own lives, but tend to see the world going to hell in a hand basket - for a sample ride in said hand basket, see the disturbing A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006; 1hr 23m) one of the canonical Peak Oil educational/propaganda films. Doomer porn is nothing new - starting with Rousseau, a common belief still exists - both in popular and scientific circles - that humans reached the height of advancement in the hunter/gatherer stage, a proto-garden of eden, and its been downhill since. Or is it just the same old story?
posted by stbalbach at 10:04 AM PST - 124 comments

It's a medical decision, stupid.
Someone is offering doctors a financial inducement (premium? kickback?) to write prescriptions for certain drugs at the expense of others. Only this time it's the insurers paying $100 a pop for switching patients from brand-name statins to generics. Pfizer, manufacturer of the statin Lipitor, the world's best-selling drug brand of all time, is pissed. They point to a study that says you are more likely to die if you switch to generic simvaststin than you are if you stay on Lipitor. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 9:09 AM PST - 68 comments

Anti-Pacman
Anti-Pacman.
posted by sveskemus at 8:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.
The Return of a Clockwork Orange - Writers, artists, directors, UK film censors and starring actor Malcolm McDowell discuss Stanley Kubrick's classic film A Clockwork Orange
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:05 AM PST - 121 comments

RIP / QEPD
The biggest tourist attraction in Buenos Aires is a cemetery. El Cementerio de la Recoleta is the final resting place for some of Argentina's most illustrious and wealthy residents. (Yes, Evita is among them.) AfterLife explores the architecture, motifs, and history of this cemetery, as well as the stories of its residents. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 5:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Who is Grady Harp?
The murky demimonde of Amazon's Top Reviewers. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, but I had imagined Amazon's customer reviews as a refuge from the machinations of the publishing industry: "an intelligent and articulate conversation ... conducted by a group of disinterested, disembodied spirits..."
posted by farishta at 5:11 AM PST - 44 comments

An Orgy Of Savage Lusts!
Trailers From Hell. Cult directors (and other industry types) introduce and comment on trailers for cult films. For instance, Allison Anders on Peeping Tom, Rick Baker on The Man Of A Thousand Faces, Joe Dante on Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman, Jack Hill on White Heat, Dan Ireland on The Haunting, Mary Lambert on The Masque Of The Red Death and Edgar Wright on Carnage. (Flash menu and intro unfortunately)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Run away! Run away!
Will asteroid 2007 TU24 devastate our planet due to "magnetic reconnection"? Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait doesn't think so.
posted by starkeffect at 2:27 AM PST - 43 comments

It's Down At The End of Lonely Street
San Francisco's Hugo Hotel, the current home of Brian Goggin's Defenestration, has been seized by eminent domian and will probably be demolished. Fear not; San Francisco has many other ancient hotels.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:56 AM PST - 17 comments