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February 15, 2009
The voices of happiness
What does happiness sound like? Maybe Anna knows. Charles Spearin explores. Mrs. Morris - Vanessa [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 11:02 PM PST - 3 comments

PBS: Arthur
Despite being a kid's show on PBS, Marc Brown's Arthur series is still the favorite of many older viewers for its elaborate parodies and references to things like the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Law and Order, Harry Potter, and even South Park.

Wicho262 is busy posting episodes on Youtube, while some misguided fans attempt to create an Arthur of their own...
posted by mmmleaf at 10:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Heroes of UK comics
Leo Baxendale, Hunt Emerson Neil Gaiman, Melinda Gebbie, Brendan McCarthy, Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Posy Simmonds, Bryan Talbot - Paul Gravett's Heroes of UK Comics
posted by Artw at 10:40 PM PST - 25 comments

For Sale: King of Pop
In April, an extraordinary auction will provide an unprecedented look into the private world of Michael Jackson. More than 2,000 items, ranging from personal effects and costumes to pieces from Jackson's private art collection as well as fittings and furnishings from his Neverland ranch, will be up for sale. The auction is so extensive, a six-volume book was printed just to detail every lot. [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 10:20 PM PST - 36 comments

Boris Indrikov
Boris Indrikov Gallery. [Via musecrack]
posted by homunculus at 8:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Early images of Egypt
Early images of Egypt (via)
posted by dhruva at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Post neoliberal or just pre liberal?
"The crisis is an opportunity to sweep away the rotten postwar settlement of British politics. Labour is moribund. But David Cameron has a chance to develop a "red Tory" communitarianism, socially conservative but sceptical of neoliberal economics" [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo at 7:31 PM PST - 22 comments

I've been from state to state, followers tailgate
Journalist Jill Homer writes about and takes media of snow cycling Up in Alaska. Now deputy managing editor of the Juneau Empire, she has written for NPR about being a snow cyclist. From the first cycle tour she went on in 2002 to recently when Jill said "If I don't die or worse, I'm gonna need a nap.", there is no shortage of pictures and video and accounts of scenic places encountered via cycle along the way, all over the country. There are a wealth of stories to read and pictures to look at while you sit out Winter in your home. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

First clone of extinct species
In 2000, the Spanish Pyrenean Ibex (a type of mountain goat) went extinct. In early 2009 it was brought back to life, the first time an extinct species has been "successfully" cloned. The newborn bucardo died of respiratory failure minutes after birth, setting a second extinction record.
posted by stbalbach at 6:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Supermax Nation
Awakening on a mattress atop a wooden slab, the bare walls of your 7' x 12' cell come into focus, illuminated by the constant glare of an overhead light. Through the narrow window in the back of your cell, you can peer out into the prison yard. In the window in the reinforced steel door, you can catch an occasional glimpse of a prison guard as they bring your meals, usually the only interruption of the silence and isolation that pervade your living conditions. Those walls are the boundaries of your world for 23 hours a day in the Departmental Disciplinary Unit-- the supermax prison maintained in Walpole, Massachusetts, one of dozens of such institutions currently operated in the United States, in spite of growing outcry based on human rights violations. [more inside]
posted by Law Talkin' Guy at 4:54 PM PST - 94 comments

Earth Not Flat After All
After ten years of legal battles, three federal judges rejected the theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism. "Petitioners' theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," wrote Special Master Denise Vowell in the case of Colten Snyder v. HHS. "To conclude that Colten's condition was the result of his MMR vaccine, an objective observer would have to emulate Lewis Carroll's White Queen and be able to believe six impossible (or at least highly improbable) things before breakfast." [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:51 PM PST - 248 comments

Twice as good as your usual flickr time machine.
Introducing - Maurine & Noreene. The mystery solved.
posted by prefpara at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Michael Jackson, Manu Dibango, Rihanna in copyright infringement?
“Mamase mamasa mamamakusa” or “Mamaku mamasa makumakusa”? Michael Jackson is sued for copyright infringement – again – by Cameroonian singer Manu Dibango (Flash homepage with autoplaying audio). Dibango’s Duala-language original phrase mutated into something else (Swahili?) in “Wanna Be Starting Somethin’.” They settled out of court – but then Jackson licensed that phrase to Rihanna, a right that Dibango claims Jackson never had. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 2:08 PM PST - 40 comments

Suupa Roboto Redo Baronu
Super Robot Red Baron : Opening : The HQ : YOR! : Matsubara Mari
posted by vronsky at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Post WWI inflation currency
As the national debt is monetized we may revive that phrase "you needed a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread." Notgeld, German for "Emergency Money" or "necessity money." 896 beautiful examples.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 12:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Canvas on Canvas
Wrestling Stars
posted by william_boot at 12:11 PM PST - 23 comments

whither or wither?
What is the future of capitalism?
a) 3.0
b) Canada* ([1],[2])
c) 'smart growth' (viz.)
d) none of the above** [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:41 AM PST - 86 comments

Gramophone Archives
The Gramophone Archive is a (free) searchable database containing every issue of Gramophone from April 1923 to the latest issue.
posted by Gyan at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Stimulus Bill Wiki
Stimulus Bill Wiki.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:36 AM PST - 24 comments

How the Crash Will Reshape America
" ... the recession, particularly if it turns out to be as long and deep as many now fear, will accelerate the rise and fall of specific places within the U.S.—and reverse the fortunes of other cities and regions." From The Atlantic Online - How the Crash Will Reshape America
posted by Afroblanco at 8:35 AM PST - 69 comments

Polaroid Alternative Process Galleries
Joanne Warfield's innovative work in Polaroid emulsion and image transfers, time/zero manipulation and corrosion. (previously on MeFi)
posted by netbros at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

The Last Ace
"American air superiority has been so complete for so long that we take it for granted. For more than half a century, we’ve made only rare use of the aerial-combat skills of a man like Cesar Rodriguez, who retired two years ago with more air-to-air kills than any other active-duty fighter pilot. But our technological edge is eroding. ... Now we have a choice. We can stock the Air Force with the expensive, cutting-edge F‑22—maintaining our technological superiority at great expense to our Treasury. Or we can go back to a time when the cost of air supremacy was paid in the blood of men like Rodriguez." - The Last Ace, a feature article in this month's The Atlantic by author Mark Bowden.
posted by billysumday at 7:36 AM PST - 63 comments

Beyond Chris Brown and Rihanna.
Beyond Chris Brown and Rihanna. By now you've probably heard about Chris Brown and Rhianna. Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine asked Elizabeth Mendez Berry, author of Vibe Magazine's 2005 feature Love Hurts (pdf) about "domestic violence within (and without) hiphop", for her thoughts. [more inside]
posted by lunit at 1:50 AM PST - 53 comments