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February 10, 2010
When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist...
Optimal Waist-to-Hip Ratios in Women Activate Neural Reward Centers in Men by Steven M. Platek and Devendra Singh.
posted by jjray at 9:45 PM PST - 177 comments

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Moments is a series of punning Post-It note cartoons
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Horrible Histories, children's historical sketch comedy show from BBC
Horrible Histories is a sketch comedy show made by the BBC for children. It's subject is history. Here are twenty-five sketches, including the stupid death of Edmund II, the pirate's rulebook, witchfinders direct, the song about Henry VIII's wives, Christians vs. Lions and crazy Caligula. [via Kate Beaton's twitterfeed]
posted by Kattullus at 8:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Given a cold shoulder?
"The Cheyenne River Reservation located in the State of South Dakota, homeland of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is currently facing an emergency situation due to an ice storm that crippled the electrical and water infrastructure. Though the ice storm has passed, the water and power system remains challenged and several Reservation communities have been without power for over ten (10) days. Moreover, a bitterly cold weather system is expected to come in by Sunday evening." [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Google- will soon own us.
1 gig per second.... drooling yet?
posted by HuronBob at 6:47 PM PST - 153 comments

"Poor Salignac! how hard a fate was thine..."
Presidents as Poets, a virtual exhibit from the Library of Congress, examines the lyrical efforts of eight American presidents, including Barack Obama's "Pop," Abraham Lincoln's "The Bear Hunt," and John Quincy Adams' Dermot MacMorrogh or the Conquest of Ireland: An Historical Tale of the Twelfth Century in Four Cantos. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 4:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment
Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 3:25 PM PST - 42 comments

mel-*moth* the wanderer(s)
Moth trails. Long exposure shots of moths at night, twirling around lights. Elsewhere, in video form.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Motivational Posters for Black History Month
"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Motivational poster for Black History Month
posted by jefficator at 2:25 PM PST - 39 comments

the view from above
Some of the only known aerial photos, taken by a police helicopter, the only aircraft allowed in the Manhattan airspace during the attacks, of September the 11th have been released. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:24 PM PST - 95 comments

Popular: The UK's #1 Hits Reviewed
Popular: Every UK #1 single since 1952, reviewed in chronological order by Tom Ewing. He's up to 1987.
posted by staggernation at 2:10 PM PST - 20 comments

3D TV?
3D is all the rage these (warning: video opens with story) days, but will 3D TV ever take off in the home? CNN thinks so, so does Sky Broadcasting in the UK. It's been touted for a while and (as ever) the porn industry is leading the way. But maybe we should just stop and think about things first.......
posted by micklaw at 2:00 PM PST - 69 comments

''Mumbo-Jumbo will hoo-doo you'': Vachel Lindsay reads The Congo
Vachel Lindsay reads The Congo.
Jim Dickinson reads The Congo.
Laura Fox reads The Congo.
Vachel Lindsay as Performer
Lindsay and Racism
See also Race Criticism of "The Congo"
A podcast: Noncanonical Congo: A Discussion of Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo." [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 1:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Roger Penrose is looking more credible
Quantum processes involved in photosynthesis? "[A]lgae and bacteria may have been performing quantum calculations at life-friendly temperatures for billions of years. The evidence comes from a study of how energy travels across the light-harvesting molecules involved in photosynthesis. The work has culminated this week in the extraordinary announcement that these molecules in a marine alga may exploit quantum processes at room temperature to transfer energy without loss. Physicists had previously ruled out quantum processes, arguing that they could not persist for long enough at such temperatures to achieve anything useful." (via mr)
posted by kliuless at 1:11 PM PST - 43 comments

A Film about how all of us have become Richard Nixon.
A film about how all of us have become Richard Nixon. From Adam Curtis. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 1:08 PM PST - 42 comments

The Impact of Diversity
"Race & Gender of Judges Make Enormous Differences in Rulings, Studies Find," is the headline of a February 6 ABA Journal article. The article refers to two studies reported in law reviews, linked here in pdf format, on the effect of gender and race on decisionmaking in harassment and discrimination cases.
posted by bearwife at 1:01 PM PST - 31 comments

So ask me, I won't say no, how could I?
56 Cover Songs By The Decemberists as collected by Matt at You Ain't No Picasso.
posted by boo_radley at 1:01 PM PST - 41 comments

imnotchristinaamiwhoami
A fourth music video clip has appeared on iamamiwhoami, a YouTube channel set up in December, complete with cryptic title and enigmatic imagery. The quality of the music as well as the apparent high budget of the videos has people guessing as to who's behind it. Is it Poe? The Knife? Goldfrapp? Is it Margaret Berger? Lady Gaga? It's not Christina Aguilera, is it?
posted by creeky at 12:32 PM PST - 71 comments

Christianity 2.0 - The Emergence Movement
A new view of Christian belief that views the acceptance, environmentalism, social justice and world peace as the embodiment of the Kingdom of God. [more inside]
posted by empty vessel at 12:09 PM PST - 254 comments

The Wyoming Mystery Billboard
Miss me yet? A mysterious billboard has cropped up on I-35 in Wyoming. Nobody knows who paid for it, and the media has picked up the story. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 11:57 AM PST - 99 comments

The Evolutionary Origins of Religion
Ilkka Pyysiäinen and Marc Hauser have a new paper in the journal "Trends in Cognitive Sciences". The origins of religion : evolved adaptation or by-product? (via) [more inside]
posted by lholladay at 11:00 AM PST - 28 comments

America, fuck yeah!
Captain America takes a swing at the Tea partiers... or does he? Marvel editor Joe Quesada on how teabag-gate went down.
posted by Artw at 10:44 AM PST - 128 comments

San Francisco History buried deep within Office Depot
Where is home plate from Seals Stadium now? (Aisle 6.)
posted by serazin at 10:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Ain't No Doubt, I Love This Land
How to Smoke a Fatty is a helpful tutorial that does what it says. Here is a thread full of fatty experimentation, including epic Taco Bell fatty. Fatty inside a fatty inside a fatty inside a fatty. Maybe you'd prefer a fatty with venison and mushrooms + bacon weave. For the gourmand: vegetable-stuffed fatty with rosemary potatoes. [via]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 10:21 AM PST - 44 comments

Top Videos from MTV's First Day
Top Videos from MTV's First Day. Most people know that The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video ever played on MTV, on August 1, 1981. The Top 13 picks the top 13 videos that aired that day. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:08 AM PST - 57 comments

Sexy Sesame Street costumes for people who want to dress like exposed-thigh versions of Sesame Street characters
Sexy Big Bird Woman. Sexy Cookie Monster Woman. Sexy Elmo Woman.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:26 AM PST - 85 comments

Truth, Justice & Giant Spiders
With the recent news that Christopher Nolan will be "godfathering" the next Superman film into production for Warner Bros., one can only hope that his project fares better than previous attempts. Previously.
posted by Toby Dammit X at 9:14 AM PST - 81 comments

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"
Nobody told Donnie to arrange his toys in geometric patterns. Or to juxtapose them "socially". He just does it. Oh yeah, Donnie is a dog.
posted by orthogonality at 8:07 AM PST - 89 comments

Joe Pastry
Joe Pastry doesn't do cake porn, but he's very fond of cake history and baking science. Recently, Joe wrote a heavily critical review of home-baking folk hero Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest book. Her response was to call him up and smooth things over herself. Also, Rose on cookbook photography/publishing and on writing technical, encyclopedic books for an amateur niche audience. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 6:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Lemurs have more fun than you do
Lemurs are drug addicts who dance the funky monkey. Oh yes, a lemur can dance. Dance, dance, lemur.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:27 AM PST - 36 comments

Cake and Death
Whisk Kid is the place to be if you like your cake porn with a beautiful twist of bruised melancholy.
posted by Jofus at 4:22 AM PST - 29 comments

I love your suffering
Geek Heroes sing "We Love xkcd" As a follow up to this animation of the original strip Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Wil Wheaton, Hank Green and a cast of dozens sing of love and geekiness.
posted by mikoroshi at 12:11 AM PST - 92 comments

"I was raised by a single mom, and I turned out just fine."
"It's going to be okay. I was raised by a single mom, and I turned out just fine." A young doctor in NYC writes a moving post about her observations in the neonatal intensive care unit.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:09 AM PST - 78 comments