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February 1, 2009
It's bittersweet for me to know
A faux war made in America. A real war Made in America. The cost of war. The Art of War. War games. War games. War Games.
posted by cashman at 8:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Seed Salon
Seed Salon Short conversations (video/transcription) hosted by Seed Magazine. For example: Albert-László Barabási + James Fowler | Will Self + Spencer Wells | Paola Antonelli + Benoit Mandelbrot | David Byrne + Daniel Levitin.
posted by carter at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What a crate idea
For the last few years across Melbourne a mysterious, box like man has been appearing. He is known as crate man. He has appeared sitting atop factories, climbing into the city, on cranes, in the city and again, taking a smoke, being crucified, on factories, climbing around and occasionally just having a hard time. Currently he is just hanging out in Yarraville having a brew Via Melbourne in photos and The Wooster collective
posted by sien at 6:52 PM PST - 22 comments

We don't care, we don't care, we'll get braver, and more courageous than the lion
"I am Russian so, obviously, I like this film. It has typical Russian humor, it is a farce, so do not look for higher meanings in the jokes, it makes fun of the social standards of the Soviet regime as well as the people who served it so well. It features some of the best Russian actors that we love seeing and acting; they sing in the movie and it is lovely as well. If you are a tough judge of movies, then please make sure you know Soviet history a bit and understand that the humor differs from what you see in American movies before you call it crap." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, world's first lesbian prime minister
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became today Iceland's, and the world's, first openly lesbian prime minister.
posted by Morrigan at 6:45 PM PST - 50 comments

Lawrence Schiller: At the Heart of the Sixties
Lawrence Schiller: Photographer, author, producer, director captured the sixties and Marilyn Monroe. (Some Marilyn Monroe, NSFW)
posted by terranova at 6:23 PM PST - 7 comments

The Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum
The mission of The Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum is to preserve the history of the cultural contributions of Burt Reynolds. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 6:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Congregational Copulation.
Rev. Ed Young challenged husbands and wives among his flock of 20,000 to strengthen their unions through Seven Days of Sex (perhaps FF to 2:15 on either video). Their site has a comment section.

He was recently on The Colbert Report (Canadian version). [more inside]
posted by gman at 5:13 PM PST - 42 comments

The Art of Rock Skipping
Throwing a rock and making it skip on water is more than something you do when you're bored and sitting at the edge of a lake or river. There's an art and a method to rock skipping (also known as Stone Skimming), and to some people it's a sport. The current record stands at 65m (the record is based on distance, not skips) although Guiness World Records has the most number of skips at 51 (see it being done here). Check out more rock skipping videos here and learn how to do it yourself here. Can't get to a body of water right now to try out your new rock skipping skills? Then try out this simple online rock skipping game instead.
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Race With The Devil
Race With The Devil "This novel fusion of car-chase film and spooky horror became a surprise box-office hit in 1975. The story begins with car enthusiasts Frank (Warren Oates) and Roger (Peter Fonda) taking their wives, Kelly (Lara Parker) and Alice (Loretta Swit), on a vacation in a recreational vehicle. Their camping trip goes horribly awry when Frank and Roger accidentally stumble upon a group of hooded Satanists committing a human sacrifice. The cultists give chase..." 1::2::3::4::5::6::7::8::9
posted by vronsky at 4:09 PM PST - 34 comments

Fast-talker
A sampling from John Moschitta Jr.'s oeuvre: Minute RiceNorthern Exposure Series RecapThe Theory of Evolution in One Minute • As "Blurr" on Transformers • As Supersonic Seymour on Garfield and Friends • On Sesame Street: 1 2 • As the Micro Machines guy: 1 2 • And the role that catapulted him to fame
posted by not_on_display at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Painting with your food.
Painting with Ketchup and Fries. Sketching Elvis with Cheetos. Artist Jason Baalman specializes in painting in unusual mediums and then posting the results to YouTube. Painting with ribs. Or just the BBQ sauce. Or chocolate syrup. Branching out from food, he also paints with mascara, lipstick and vegemite. He says he can teach you to draw too. His Mona Lisa in MS Paint has previously been posted here.
posted by CunningLinguist at 1:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Humanism
The Virtues of Godlessness. "It is not the most religious nations in our world today, but rather the most secular, that have been able to create the most civil, just, safe, equitable, humane, and prosperous societies."
posted by plexi at 12:59 PM PST - 110 comments

Got rodents?
Previously discussed last fall, ABC has officially greenlit a pilot for its reworking of "V." [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:11 AM PST - 108 comments

Post No Bills
"The Journal of Urban Typography is dedicated to the documentation and study of signs, word fragments, and typography created with utilitarian intent in urban environments." [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 10:38 AM PST - 16 comments

“If cartoonists would look at this more as an art than as a part time job or a get-rich-quick scheme, I think comics overall would be better.
The Alternative Comics Apocalypse Has Begun [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:41 AM PST - 69 comments

The Disturbatainment That Is Ryan Trecartin...
Ryan Trecartin is what happens when John Waters meets David Lynch meets Atom Egoyan meets Harmony Korine.... Try I-Be Area first. More here. A quick review of I-Be Area. Trecartin in the Times. Enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Wade Mainer, Old Timey Banjo Player
Wade Mainer played a two-finger style of banjo, between old timey and bluegrass. Here is an interview he did with David Holt at the age of 97. Part 2. Part 3. Still playing strong!
posted by RussHy at 6:01 AM PST - 9 comments

British jobs for British workers?
British jobs for British workers? Workers at a Total refinery in north Lincolnshire walked out in protest over an Italian firm importing Italian and Portuguese workers to complete an expansion. Since Wednesday, the walk out at the Lindsey refinery has snowballed into a mass industrial action across the UK. The majority of the strikes and protests have been by energy workers, though some in other sectors (steel) hit by closures and vulnerable to job offshoring have joined the action in solidarity. Brown's government is trying to respond, without much success.
posted by Grrlscout at 3:32 AM PST - 113 comments

...the intrinsic vitality of the human organism.
Human fat was supposed to alleviate rheumatism and arthritis, while a paste made from corpses was believed to help against contusions.... For some Protestants,... , it served as a sort of substitute for the Eucharist, or the tasting of the body of Christ in Holy Communion. Some monks even cooked "a marmalade of sorts" from the blood of the dead.
. . . . The assumption was that all organisms have a predetermined life span. If a body died in an unnatural way, the remainder of that person's life could be harvested, as it were -- hence the preference for the executed.... In 1492, when Pope Innocent VIII was on his deathbed, his doctors bled three boys and had the pope drink their blood. The boys died, and so did the pope.
When we read about Burundians and Tanzanians murdering albinos to make "medicine" of their victims, we should not forget that European Medical Cannabalism was an accepted practice as late as the 18th Century.
posted by orthogonality at 3:08 AM PST - 52 comments

variations on a theme of feeling good
Feeling Good by Nina Simone with a video by mrfnk l Feeling Good by Gilbert Price, age 23, who sang it first as a spiritual. More info on joannao's blogspot l Feeling Good by Muse l Feeling Good by My Brightest Diamond.
posted by nickyskye at 12:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Between the Wars
Worktown Between 1937 and 1938 Humphrey Spender took over 900 pictures of Bolton as part of the Mass Observation [Previously] project. Spender's "Worktown" photographs offer a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.
posted by Abiezer at 12:06 AM PST - 16 comments