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February 4, 2008
Chicken hypnotism
There's more than one way to hypnotize a chicken.
posted by starkeffect at 11:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Buy Platinum (if you can afford $1800 per ounce)
Jewelers, engine parts manufacturers, and most of all, investors are watching as platinum hits an all time high, topping $1800 per ounce. An electic supply crisis in South Africa is to blame/thank for this unprecedented rise as mines are facing limits to the amount of electricity they can use. A mining analyst said it could eventually top $2000/oz.
posted by JD Rucker at 10:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Low-bit gal from 'round Tokyo-way.
There is a small but very dedicated and enthusiastic group of people around the world making music with Nintendo Game Boys and other cheap electronic gadgetry. While many of them are consciously fitting their low-bit sonics into relatively straightforward and predictable dance-oriented forms, some others are taking a rather more whimsical and less predictable approach. One such favorite of mine is the utterly charming, Tokyo-based henna dress. Then there's her alter ego, beta dress. Then there's her 3rd alter ego, CAMEBOY (of GGG) . [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Howlin' Wolf on the YouTube and related links
Howlin' Wolf - How Many More Years
Howlin' Wolf - Meet Me in the Bottom
Howlin' Wolf - Highway 49
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning
Howlin' Wolf - Dust My Broom
Howlin Wolf - I'll Be Back Someday [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 9:47 PM PST - 29 comments

African-American Snapshots & Portraits
African-American Snapshots & Portraits (page is slow to load) (previously) (via).
posted by JPowers at 8:32 PM PST - 6 comments

SF squids
Talking Squids in Outer Space : The Pinnacle of Science Fiction
posted by dhruva at 7:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Recent projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Over The River Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado. The Mastaba of Adu Dhabi Project for the United Arab Emirates [more inside]
posted by hortense at 6:57 PM PST - 9 comments

MeatFilter
Mystery Meat.
posted by Pinback at 5:21 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking Up
Bombs Away Over Iraq: Normalizing Air War from Guernica to Arab Jabour.
posted by homunculus at 5:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Lyrical visuals
Solar, with lyrics. A very pretty, surprisingly wordy video. (via)
posted by Pronoiac at 2:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Meant to be seen and heard, I say
You've listened, but have you watched? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 2:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Crank on, Captain Bike.
RIP, Sheldon Brown. Head tech for Harris Cyclery, keeper of a vast (and very web 1.0) compendium of bicycle repair lore, often linked funny guy, and a standard answer to every bicycle question in AskMe.
posted by eriko at 12:59 PM PST - 131 comments

Who should I vote for?
A little lost coming up to the Presidential Primary? The Electoral Compass is a brief set of questions that matches your choices with the candidate whose positions are the closest to yours. Discover your position in the political landscape for the US presidential election 2008. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 11:38 AM PST - 126 comments

Lovie Yancey, Creator of Fatburger, R.I.P.
Opening a restaurant is not an easy way to get rich, but for 36 year old Lovie Yancey, an African American woman living in Southern Califoria in 1947, the gamble paid off. As founder of the Fatburger chain (warning - audio), Lovie is remembered as the creator of arguably the greatest hamburger in a nation obsessed with hamburgers. Lovie passed away Jan 26, at 96 years of age, and even if you're not a fan of her burgers, take a moment in tribute to a remarkable woman.
posted by jonson at 11:24 AM PST - 34 comments

Photorealistic drawings with a biro
The incredible works of Juan Francisco Casas, drawn using a Bic pen (some NSFW).
posted by goo at 10:27 AM PST - 44 comments

Poster Police
On Saturday police in Virginia Beach (VA) seized two promotional posters from an Abercrombie & Fitch store and have cited the manager of the store with an obscenity charge. "One [of the posters] shows a group of shirtless male models and one has his jeans low enough to show a part of his buttocks." "The other image is of a woman who is topless and whose 'breast is displayed with her hand covering just the nipple portion.'" Police spokesman Adam Bernstein: "An officer went and looked at them, and thought himself that they were pretty racy." The obscenity charge was issued under City Code Section 22.31 which makes it a crime to display "obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles." [more inside]
posted by ericb at 9:49 AM PST - 71 comments

Set!
Set! Set! Set! (now @ NYTimes!) Learn to play. Get a deck! I love set! [more inside]
posted by brevator at 9:40 AM PST - 68 comments

Congress 2.0
Opencongress.org is a website for keeping track of the U.S. Congress. (previously) But, now it also a social network. So, sign-up and see what your favourite Senator has been doing, track bills and, follow important issues. Then, share that information with your friends or write about it on your blog.
posted by geos at 8:30 AM PST - 20 comments

"It was so peaceful a death, that I felt its reproduction would not be in bad taste. But there probably would be another school of thought on this."
Before a hill, a figure rests, his hands folded. His face retains a unsettling demeanor of peace, or contemplation. Whatever thoughts come to his mind at this point, we shall never know, for he shall never awake from his slumber. [via] [more inside]
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:01 AM PST - 36 comments

I Can't Do That Dave, now put your pants back on
In what may be the silliest poll ever taken, British women say Men Named Dave are Most Likely to be "Well Endowed". There's a whole "Top 10" and "Bottom 10" list of names... see how you stack up. The people who did the survey do this kind of thing for companies to get publicity. It works pretty well. [more inside]
posted by wendell at 2:43 AM PST - 97 comments

Everything I needed to know I learned as a sperm thingy
Coil [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 12:24 AM PST - 41 comments