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February 6, 2008
The Promised Land
The Land List: everything you need to know for and about vintage Polaroid cameras.
posted by fandango_matt at 9:59 PM PST - 35 comments

Still living after all these years
Founded in 1947 and surviving today both as a relic of the psychedelic 1960s and a continually groundbreaking troupe, the Living Theatre found a national spotlight during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a "nomadic touring ensemble" performing anarchist, sexually-liberated, audience-participatory, collectively-created, sometimes nude or semi-nude productions like Paradise Now, the Legacy of Cain, and Frankenstein, under the direction of founders Julian Beck and Judith Malina. Beck died in 1985, but Malina, now 81, remains both an inspiration and a leading actress (currently starring in the company's Maudie and Jane).
posted by beagle at 6:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Hire Michael Schur
The authors of the sportswriting-mocking blog Fire Joe Morgan have dropped their previous anonymity. Among the blog's contributors was the late Robert Altman. [more inside]
posted by RogerB at 5:57 PM PST - 27 comments

When frisking a suspect, beware of low-riding jeans.
BLUTube is a specialty video site for law enforcement. This one's my favorite.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:15 PM PST - 37 comments

PSP Spontaneously Combusts, Burns Hole in Kid's Pants
A PSP residing in the pocket of a Michigan elementary school student caught fire in the kid's pants and caused burns to the boy's inner leg. The boy escaped serious harm, only being treated for minor burns at the hospital. But maybe Chen should start considering what he puts or doesn't put in his pants.
posted by JD Rucker at 5:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Your Moment of Late Night Cartoon Violence
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien fight over Mike Huckabee (which is so much more fun than Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon fighting over Sarah Silverman).

Yeah, fake fight, especially knowing Conan and Colbert are united against bears. [more inside]
posted by wendell at 4:05 PM PST - 57 comments

Man versus nature
Domesticated by photographer Amy Stein explores the tension between settled and wild spaces.

Stranded is another collection of work dealing with the expectations of public and private space.

More self-explanatory: Women and Guns and Halloween in Harlem. She also has a fine blog.
posted by klangklangston at 1:54 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm f*****g Matt Damon
The feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon is very Andy Kaufmanesque. Only Andy never dated Sarah Silverman.
posted by barrakuda at 12:32 PM PST - 114 comments

Commitment ceremony, or needing to be committed?
As national signing day approached, a small town in Nevada got excited that one of its football stars would go to a big time college program. Finally on the fated day town notables and media gathered for a ceremony where, Kevin Hart, made his choice known. Then it all unraveled, he was never recruited at all.
posted by humanfont at 12:26 PM PST - 67 comments

Life Is Sketch Comedy and God and the Bible
Mr. Show skits that became reality . (Warning: mature language)
posted by boost ventilator at 11:29 AM PST - 43 comments

blah blah baby shoes blah
Six word memoirs: too short for
posted by dersins at 11:11 AM PST - 160 comments

Civil War and/or Aerial Reconnaissance Nerds Only
The of Battlefields and Bibliophiles blog has a fun quiz. Check your knowledge of American Civil War battlefields by guessing which battleground is featured in the Google Earth images. Answers here. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

The Mechanical Universe on Demand
The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond is a critically-acclaimed series of 52 thirty-minute videotape programs covering the basic topics of an introductory university physics course. This well produced and highly informative 52 episode series, hosted by David Goodstein of Caltech, is available as Video on Demand (Note: simple registration required to view videos). [more inside]
posted by FuturisticDragon at 8:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Planning for a LONG walk
Plan your trip to a far away spot on the globe. You might wish to walk in a straight line or maybe just take the shortest route (other than, perhaps, digging). Take your camera in case you pass one of these. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 8:34 AM PST - 28 comments

eye-opening curiosities
"Of all the various types of optical objects known to exist, far and away the most magnificent and attractive are the optical fans." These sly spying devices, now rare collector curiosities, were once a more discreet and chic alternative for spying on your neighbors in fashionable gatherings than opera glasses, spyglasses, or jealousy glasses.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:07 AM PST - 19 comments

ZEPPELIN! Well, sorta.
The Bonnaroo lineup announcement is always a big deal, but this morning's was especially exciting because according to the Associated Press and any number of news outlets, the reunited Led Zeppelin would be headlining. Trouble is, it's not true. It's all-girl cover-band Lez Zeppelin. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Is alcohol worse than ecstasy?
A BBC Horizon documentary, asks "Is alcohol worse than ecstasy?" (iPlayer link valid for UK users until 11 Feb). Here comes the science... [more inside]
posted by Jakey at 6:37 AM PST - 71 comments

Come and take it
The president of The University of Texas at Brownsville has refused to sign a right of entry request granting access to surveyors planning the U.S./Mexico border fence. This comes shortly after Cameron County landowners were forced to allow the government access to their land. Meanwhile, landowners in Hidalgo County are filing the next wave of lawsuits.
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:56 AM PST - 48 comments

Skelewags
Skelewags - drawings from a delightful Burtonish/Goreyesque world, including some skewed takes on Carroll's Alice.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Britain: we discovered the queue
Oh, I say old chap--do you mind not going all "immigrant" on me, and spitting all over the place? Thank you very much. (how Britain proposes to solve the problem of integrating its migrant population)
posted by hadjiboy at 3:01 AM PST - 109 comments

Body Worlds: Home Version
Love "Body Worlds,"(previously) but wish you didn't have to say goodbye to all those exquisite corpses upon leaving the exhibit hall? Well, now you can bring a slice home with you. [more inside]
posted by contraption at 2:00 AM PST - 57 comments