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February 20, 2003
Nightclub fire injures scores
at the Station
nightclub in West Warwick, RI at a Great White
concert on Thursday night. WHJY-FM
reports that 150 people have been taken to area hospitals and 10-20 bodies have been recovered from the scene so far; blood is needed in the Providence area and a press conference is imminent. A Kent County official reports 40-50 unconfirmed casualties, and an unnamed West Warwick fire official has been quoted as saying that bodies "are stacked in there like cordwood
[Providence Journal; requires registration]."
posted by dayan at 11:37 PM PST - 78 comments
For Mac users (OSX), desktop widgets of a cute and useful nature. Create your own if you're so inclined; they'll add it to the gallery
. Keep track of weather, the latest Homeland Security Department alert level, sports scores, your iTunes status--all in a tiny little application.
posted by padraigin at 10:12 PM PST - 16 comments
anyone been to safer america
to stock up on tin foil hats or mustard gas spit shields?
is it strange to capitalize on paranoia like this, or to open flag shops after sept. 11th?
joking aside, any reports from the store from new yawkers?
posted by asparagus_berlin at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments
Put your words in the mouths of talking heads. Or dogs, with Scottish accents. Brought to you by the good folks at Bud. Weis. Er. Excellent pronunciation!
posted by steef at 5:01 PM PST - 24 comments
Open Source Content Management Systems
Great resource for software (typically free) that allows you to start and maintain websites. The owners have gone so far as to install each one of them and give users admin access to try them out before downloading them.
posted by oissubke at 2:51 PM PST - 27 comments
Lost Disney Memo Found.
McSweeney's posts a posthumously uncovered memo from the Disney board to Walt regarding his initial plans for a radically different "Disney-Land."
posted by jonson at 1:40 PM PST - 22 comments
The bird flu is back. Despite denials
by the Hong Kong government, the World Health Organization announced
yesterday that two people were killed by the same virulent species-jumpingstrain of influenza that caused the 1997 panic
. It's certainly less gruesome than the ebola outbreak
going on in Congo right now, but, unlike ebola, the flu is highly contagious. [more inside]
posted by ptermit at 1:05 PM PST - 14 comments
For all those who spent hours in the darkness of Introduction to Western Art I staring at slides out of context perhaps you should take a look at African art. In the West, to a large degree, art hangs on walls or resides only in museums
, but most "traditional" African art needs to be understood in context. Among my favorites are the linguist staffs
of the Ashanti people
of the Akan. These staffs are used to tell parables, but they also create a nexus between culture, politics and beauty.
posted by Bag Man at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments
A reality show featuring Mike Tyson could be announced in the coming weeks, according to a Hollywood TV show producer who says he's been having substantive negotiations with a major television network.
Schreiberg wouldn't give specifics about the format to the show, only to say it would be "Rocky-esque, with good dramatic story telling of characters over many weeks that eventually builds to a live event."
Doubt it will happen since none of the networks seem to admitting interest... but if it does, could this be the lowest low for reality TV?
posted by orange swan at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments
Mini Nukes - Major Treaty Threats.
"A leaked Pentagon document
has confirmed that the US is considering the introduction of a new breed of smaller nuclear weapons designed for use in conventional warfare. Such a move would mean abandoning global arms treaties." The document was made available by The Los Alamos Study Group
, which comments "It is impossible to overstate the challenge these plans pose to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the existing nuclear test moratorium, and US compliance with Article VI of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which is binding law in the US....These plans deserve outrage – first in the United States, and throughout the world. It may or may not be obvious that if allowed to proceed further -- especially in the present jingoistic atmosphere now prevailing in Washington -- the process outlined here will be quite hard to stop. "
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 10:32 AM PST - 26 comments
in today's NYTDirect/CIRCUITS: "Wouldn't it be great if you could look up a person and read the real scoop about what he or she is really like? Think how many weeks of dating you'd be able to avoid if you had capsule summaries available: "Comes across great on a first date, but beware — runs out of stories by Day 2." Or, "A bit unkempt, but you'll never meet a more loving, loyal mate." Or, "Sharp dresser, warped mind."
"Of course, a Web site where you could review friends and coworkers probably wouldn't work. I'm kind of kidding about this whole thing."
(Rate-A-Mate.biz still available.)
posted by azul at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments
If it happened here.
A lengthy, reality-based scenario of a bioterrorism attack on Los Angeles (and its aftermath). Like a horror movie.
posted by xowie at 9:00 AM PST - 39 comments
Jihad in textbooks:
posted by troybob at 8:13 AM PST - 4 comments
At some point in 2001 one of my favorite bands got it's own
website and I didn't
notice until just now. I mention this not because it's particularly mefi
worthy just because I like it, but because I have four of their albums and they never fail to cheer me up
when nothing else will. It's the steel drums
Alas, doesn't look they will be playing near me anytime soon, but there are still many other steel drum bands out there and if this one isn't coming your way either you can probably find one that is
posted by wobh at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments
Takes the phrase "Get a Life" to a new level.
Those masterminds of marketing, those night rocking, day partying satanic minions, KISS, have achieved the ultimate score in product merchandising. That's right, it's your very own KISS coffin, and while you might think "What's the point?", keep in mind that before you shuffle off this mortal coil, it doubles as a beer cooler.
posted by jeremias at 6:37 AM PST - 36 comments
Lets go fly a kite, up to the... Oh... it's paper planes
, but it's still addictive in a stupid kind of a way... And it's a day early. Sue me.
posted by twine42 at 1:04 AM PST - 15 comments