February 24, 2008
Lots and lots of money.
David Horvitz will do things for money. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 7:59 PM PST - 93 comments

putative clandestine organizations
The International Institute of Social History was founded in 1935. It is one of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history. From their collections: Secret Societies: Documents and illustrations of Freemasons, Jesuits, Illuminati, Carbonari, Burschenschaften and other putative secret societies and clandestine organizations.
posted by nickyskye at 5:51 PM PST - 11 comments

A New Age of Sail?
Some time this month, French wine will once again be transported by sail. As the Guardian reports today, French vineyards concerned about climate change are about to make life much easier for oenophiles wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. Later this month, the Belem, a 19th century barque will sail from Languedoc to Dublin with 60,000 bottles of Bordeaux. [more inside]
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Japanese book jackets
Slideshow: Japanese book jackets. via
posted by vronsky at 3:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Students Rewarded for Destroying Productivity
The Winners of the 10th Annual Independent Games Festival were announced Wednesday night at this year's GDC. Finalists in the Student Showcase included Crayon Physics Deluxe (previously), Flip Side and Empyreal Nocturne, as well as a 2-D platformer named Polarity, developed by the same team behind Bandology and Skyrates.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Design and the Elastic Mind
Design and the Elastic Mind is a MOMA exhibit of cool objects, gadgets, websites and ideas. Some personal favorites are The PainStation, The Religious Helmet, Body Modification for Love, The Minutine Space and Lightweeds.
posted by Kattullus at 1:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Hellraisers on F1 wheels
When F1 was sex and drugs and rocky roads. Starring, of course, James Hunt. And Jody Scheckter's iconic 6-wheeled Tyrrell P34. And your crash of crashes, Niki Lauda at Nurburgring 1976. Despite falling into a coma and suffering extensive facial burns, Lauda was back in 6 weeks at Monza.
posted by grounded at 12:27 PM PST - 39 comments

The Amber Room found?
The Amber Room found? German treasure hunters using electromagnetic pulse measurements are "90% sure" the Russian "Eighth Wonder of the World" was buried by the Nazi's in a man-made cavern 20 meters underground near the village of Deutschneudorf (map), but it will take "..until Easter to get into the chamber because it may contain booby traps and has to be secured by explosives experts.. The chamber is likely to be part of a labyrinth of storage rooms that the Nazis built." Russia is eyeing its return, "If, hypothetically speaking, the room still exists."
posted by stbalbach at 10:28 AM PST - 31 comments

half-baked food for thought
Sushi Science and Hamburger Science: I had always regarded science as universal and believed there are no differences in science at all between countries. But I was wrong. People with different cultures think in different ways, and therefore their science also may well be different. In this essay, I will describe differences I have observed between Western science and Eastern science. Let me start with a parable......
posted by Rumple at 10:13 AM PST - 47 comments

My Paper Mind
My Paper Mind is a 44 second animation created by Javan Ivey using his stratastencil technique.
posted by gwint at 10:08 AM PST - 15 comments

The Beatles Are Your Old Bicycle
Before Obamania, there was BeatlemaniaWashington Coliseum (02/11/64) Melbourne (06/17/64) Hollywood Bowl (08/24/64) Wembley Stadium (04/11/65) Paris (06/20/65) Barcelona (07/03/65) Shea Stadium (08/15/65) Munich (06/24/66) Tokyo (07/01/66) Dodger Stadium (08/28/66)
posted by Poolio at 9:34 AM PST - 11 comments

I Dream of Hillary... I Dream of Barack
I Dream of Hillary... I Dream of Barack. The world's first metaphysical poll on the Democratic contenders. Complied by Sheila Heti.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 8:26 AM PST - 33 comments

It's Official.
Nader's done it, once again.
posted by gman at 8:06 AM PST - 263 comments

"Prepare for death and follow me."
Over 400 classical images of Death [warning: embedded music]
posted by hermitosis at 7:30 AM PST - 30 comments

The Muscle Shoals Sound
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was comprised of four session musicians operating out of the tiny northern Alabama town of town Muscle Shoals. Just four unassuming crackers who happened to have provided the funky underpinning for a huge number of hit songs by, among others, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, The Staple Singers , Jimmy Cliff and many, many others. Hey, they were the house band to the greats. Big respect to the men from 3614 Jackson Highway! [note: see hoverovers for link descriptions] [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Let it blaze! Let it blaze! For we have done with this ‘education’!
Virginia Woolf: A feminist's view on why we go to war.
posted by hadjiboy at 3:23 AM PST - 25 comments