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February 13, 2009
The Gawain Project
is an ongoing translation of the late 14th century anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(originally written in Middle English) into Modern English, for the amusement of Arthurians and anyone who likes a good story. [via mefi projects]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments
is a free FireFox add-on which replaces advertising on websites with curated art images. The art shows
are updated every two weeks and feature contemporary artists and curators.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:01 PM PST - 29 comments
announced today, it will open a small number of stores to compete directly against Apple. Some think it's a dubious
idea. "In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them."
posted by Xurando at 2:00 PM PST - 115 comments
Alison Des Forges,
American historian of Africa, MacArthur genius
and top human-rights advocate
, was an impassioned observer of the Rwandan genocide
the United States and United Nations to intervene in the killings, saving
some Rwandans from certain death, and later writing one of the definitive histories of the events, "Leave none to tell the story
". She testified at hundreds of trials and inquiries resulting from the genocide. Last night, she perished
aboard Flight 3407. "Her death is a devastating blow," said the president of Human Rights Watch, where she worked as an advisor. "She epitomized the human rights activist — principled, dispassionate, committed to the truth and to using that truth to protect ordinary people."
posted by docgonzo at 12:53 PM PST - 25 comments
Think you've been places? Retired scientist Galen Frysinger
has visted 172 countries and 91 dependencies. His photos have been linked in quite a few comments on MeFi, but near as I can tell... never the subject of a post.
posted by ecorrocio at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments
Music is a human universal, but why did we evolve a desire to create, perform, and enjoy it? From a biological standpoint, does it contribute to survival or, more likely, mate selection and reproduction?
posted by rocket88 at 10:15 AM PST - 51 comments
"Collected during my time working from Bangalore, these matchboxes
are the tangible memories of my various travels and experiences through India." via (with interview)
posted by gman at 8:29 AM PST - 26 comments
- Eight year old Mathis writes an essay for school entitled, "How to Understand Women." (via Neatorama
) (It will be slow to load. Also, there is brief shower nudity so NSFW)
posted by caddis at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments
Friday Flash Fun: "'Make My Head Grow
' is a two player battle game. Each player control a small angry guy trying to push the other guys box over the edge. As everyone knows smacking your head into the ground makes your head grow - maybe even enough to make your box move..." [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments