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February 9, 2010
The new Coke...
Bolivia has a new softdrink that puts the Coca back in the cola... It shares a key ingredient with the original Coke and this new cola beverage seems to have the backing of the Bolivian government.
posted by brando_calrissian at 10:21 PM PST - 42 comments

Vintage dinosaur books
Vintage dinosaur books. Those of a certain age likely discovered dinosaurs in the pages of one of these books in their grade-school library. I'm almost sure that this one was my first (but I remember the cover being black instead of red), and that this was my second. Does anybody remember this one? Or this?
posted by e-man at 10:00 PM PST - 41 comments

RIP Captain Phil
Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie, a crab boat featured on Deadliest Catch has passed away. [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 9:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Space Tree the Space Tree in Space!
Hey, remember the webtoon Space Tree from about 5 years back? If you don't, or (more likely) if you never became familiar with the series in the first place, check it out. It hasn't been updated in a few years, but the creator said on his twitter feed that new episodes are coming soon.
posted by LSK at 9:35 PM PST - 5 comments

NonMusic Video
Ever wonder what a music video would be like without the music? "I thought Andreas Nilsson's latest video was so compelling I wanted to see if it would stand on its own, so I took the music out and put sound effects back in, as if it was a short film." [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments

DSM-5
At midnight tonight, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a proposed draft of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 9:12 PM PST - 60 comments

Ólöf Arnalds
As They Say is a 20+ minute musical composition by Icelander Ólöf Arnalds, where she plays and sings all the parts herself in nine-fold splitscreen. She created the piece from interviews with 17 New Yorkers, each of a different nationality, and she sings in all 17 languages. Other Ólöf Arnalds videos: 11 minute documentary, 4 songs live on KEXP, covering That Lucky Old Sun, original song that morphs into Springsteen's I'm on Fire live, new song, an interview broken up into 17 chunks and a 10 minute documentary. The interview, the first of the documentaries and some songs are in English. [Ólöf Arnalds previously on MeFi]
posted by Kattullus at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

License to kill?
National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told representatives that American citizens can be assassinated by the US government when they are oveseas. Blair said the comments were intended to “reassure” Americans that there was a “set of defined policy and legal procedures” in place... (via antiwar.com) [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:46 PM PST - 104 comments

Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name
Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name is a 'sugarcoated horror' webcomic that's wonderfully illustrated and typeset.
posted by flatluigi at 7:10 PM PST - 19 comments

"imagine the rotary plow's fanwheel blowing a cloud of snow 40 feet in all directions"
The logistics and beauty of snowplowing or snowblowing by train (not always successful). [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 6:37 PM PST - 33 comments

American Innocents Abroad
Perhaps it seemed like a good idea at the time, but a combination of naïveté, ignorance, and blind faith led to ten Americans stuck in a Haitian prison for trying to take children out of the country without paperwork (see earlier discussion on the blue on this topic in regards to international adoptions). It seems that they were warned not to do it by a Dominican official, and now the Americans are starting to turn on each other. (And speaking of being warned, the US passport itself contains the warning "Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws...") The tragedy is that legitimate rescue groups are now unable or unwilling to risk airlifting critically ill children to hospitals in the US for fear of similar kidnapping charges. Has any supposed mission of mercy had such devastatingly tragic consequences? The latest twist is that the Americans are now complaining that the US government isn't doing enough, although the State Department points out that it's doing exactly what it is supposed to. [more inside]
posted by math at 5:45 PM PST - 142 comments

The Loss Of A Child Leads Bereaved Parents To Create Living Memorials
Deep Grief: Creating Meaning From Mourning (Article from NPR.) How some parents have channeled their grief over the loss of their children into memorial efforts that provide for others. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Investigating All Forms of Life From Around the World
SpineTV is investigating all forms of life from around the world through films like Neon Men, or music like New York Street Songs. Their Stolen Moments are informative interviews with some really great creatives like Michael Marriott. Lots to explore in the video realm.
posted by netbros at 3:35 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment

Music and subculture in the Nation's Capital
Dissonance is a biweekly show on D.C. micropower FM station Radio CPR featuring interviews and guest DJ sets from longtime local punk musicians, artists, and activists. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

From Amazing Stories to Weird Tales: Covering Pulp Fiction
The William Benton Museum of Art is displaying pulp illustrations from the collection of Robert Lesser. They have also posted close to 500 pictures to Photobucket. Would that they were larger! Via io9. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

DON'T LOOK IN THE MIRROR!
HORROR MOVIE RULE #1: Don't look in the mirror. SLYT | 04:11.(via.)
posted by ericb at 2:12 PM PST - 101 comments

Exile in Greenville
Indie rock darling Liz Phair shares thoughts on her experience at a NASCAR race.
posted by reenum at 2:09 PM PST - 60 comments

I can put whatever I want here. It doesn't have to compile.
A Few Billion Lines of Code Later: Using Static Analysis to Find Bugs in the Real World. A frank account of the technical, social and commercial challenges encountered while turning an academic research tool into a business.
posted by ltl at 2:05 PM PST - 43 comments

That'll do
Neuroscience explained using LOLcats (SLLJ). You're-a-kitty filter. That is all. [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:56 PM PST - 26 comments

165-Million Year Old Spider Fossil
Stunningly Preserved 165-Million-Year-Old Spider Fossil Found
posted by nickheer at 1:39 PM PST - 41 comments

Stevie Nicks backstage singing Wild Heart
Stevie Nicks backstage singing Wild Heart (SLYT)
posted by generalist at 12:45 PM PST - 47 comments

Go Beyond Status Messages
Google has had mixed successes with social networks before. Orkut never caught on in the United States; a much-hyped demo of something called SocialStream was never realized. Today, Google begins rolling out Buzz, a social network that lives entirely inside Gmail.
posted by Rory Marinich at 12:13 PM PST - 190 comments

Hiro, Protagonist?
Racism and Sexism in Heroes and Hollywood [more inside]
posted by jtron at 11:43 AM PST - 69 comments

The Purpose Of The Universe And Other Easy Questions
The Disenchanted Naturalist's Guide to Reality (see also)
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:40 AM PST - 31 comments

Films of the Oughts
Paul Proulx has composed a beautiful 7-minute montage of 'The films of the 2000s.' [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 11:19 AM PST - 32 comments

Put down the razor blade, let’s go play tennis
Vampire Weekend in the Shadow of 9-11 by Gavin McInnes [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:21 AM PST - 185 comments

There will be no shame.
Perhaps you like Canabalt. Perhaps you miss Lisa Frank. Or perhaps you just dream... dream of a robot unicorn leaping through stars with rainbow power. The music doesn't have to stop when the game does.
posted by prefpara at 10:04 AM PST - 27 comments

"This was not to be a human birth..."
The Jain's Death. A sci-fi webcomic by Patrick Farley.
posted by hermitosis at 9:38 AM PST - 36 comments

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
The 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (all links may be NSFW) was published today with cover model Brooklyn Decker. 82% of readers agree that the issue is presented in a classy and elegant manner. An intellectual history. The value of the models' autographs. And hegemonic masculinity. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese at 9:21 AM PST - 91 comments

Wanna fancify your living room?
Ugly Furniture (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:39 AM PST - 26 comments

Facebook Regions of America
Researcher uses data regarding connections on facebook to map distinct regions of the United States.
posted by jefficator at 8:11 AM PST - 55 comments

Born from jungle techno, the amen break, hip-hop and dub: a history of Drum'n'Bass
Perhaps you were there in 1991 when someone spun We Are i.e. for the first time. Maybe you were a suburban rebel in the mid 1990s, listening to British pirate radio and taping the broadcasts. Or you kept it legit and heard Fabio and Grooverider on Kiss FM or BBC Radio 1. Perhaps you only caught wind of it when Goldie was on BBC's Maestro (prev). You might spend your time figuring out which breaks were used, from the well-known Amen, Brother sample (prev), to Both Eyes Open by Lucille Brown & Billy Clark. Or maybe you don't know the difference between clownstep and liquid funk, but it sounds like something you want to know more about. Step inside, junglist, and embrace the bass. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 7:28 AM PST - 70 comments

May the Holy Flow Unite Us
SF classic series Gaean Trilogy anatomy visualized, art collected, partly mapped (more here) and more.
posted by DU at 7:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Parental age increases risk of autism
Parental age increases risk of autism - a study published in Autism Research shows a significant increase in the risk of autism based on age of either the mother or father, and in relationship to each other.
posted by Argyle at 7:05 AM PST - 70 comments

Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists, and Weirdos
"I don’t want my unborn grandchildren to listen to the story of how Taylor Swift won a Grammy she hadn’t earned. I want them to set pianos on fire." [more inside]
posted by rollick at 5:44 AM PST - 334 comments

Bring me the Head of Saddam Hussein
"Ben Turnbull is fascinated by the global dominance of American culture, and his works unsettling effects result from re-presenting the toys of our innocent youth in symbolic forms that reveal the shocking truths about war, death and guns in the world’s most powerful country." [more inside]
posted by bwg at 2:19 AM PST - 55 comments

The People's Manifesto
Comedian and activist, Mark Thomas, has been touring the UK over the past year, compiling a set of policies that his audiences want to see implemented in Britain. As part of the publicity for the resulting book, The People's Manifesto, his publishers are offering to pay one lucky applicant's £500 deposit and campaign expenses to stand for public office at the upcoming general election, on the condition that they will base their campaign on the policies gathered in the book. [more inside]
posted by idiomatika at 1:48 AM PST - 35 comments

Canada's bright, shining star.
Colonel Russell Williams is an elite pilot. He has flown the aircraft carrying the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Canada on both domestic and overseas flights. He commands CFB Trenton, Canada's largest air force base and home of much of the nation's aviation might. Colonel Williams has been "a shining bright star" of Canada's military. He has hobnobbed with top brass, both political and military.

He is also accused of being a serial rapist, home invader, and murderer..
posted by Justinian at 1:40 AM PST - 91 comments