February 27, 2010

MMMmmm Sunday Zombies

Thanks to a lot of what I've read on Metafilter, I've found some amazing websites (many of these have been posted before), and I've built up kind of a Sunday routine that starts at Post Secret, then continues toTXComics, where I check the weeks updates on Kukuburi and The Abominable Charles Christopher, all the while hoping that Sin Tutulo will be back soon (Feb 28th, they say). From there I check out A Softer World, and every once in a while, go back to check on comics that seem to have stopped, like We The Robots and Simulated Comic Product (which seems to have undergone some changes. The key? I usually finish with Bob the Angry Flower, whose recommendations are always worth a shot. Therefore, I give you Infectonator! [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 10:57 PM PST - 30 comments

Because without Beer, things do not seem to go as well.

Did you miss SF Beer Week?
With 347 days until the next one, Wet Your Whistles has got you covered with a list of 50+ beer-loving spots along the Caltrain line, no designated driver needed.
Not near Caltrain? Beer By Bart covers the rest of the Bay.
posted by madajb at 10:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Powder Blue Cadillac

A BBC Documentary on Hank Williams ( incomplete) 1 2 4 5, The History Of Country Music 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
posted by nola at 7:52 PM PST - 17 comments

that's Johnny Depp on guitar, no?

Star-studded Haiti disaster relief singles probably won't get any better than this: Shane McGowan, Nick Cave and friends with I Put a Spell On You.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:32 PM PST - 60 comments

Portfolios of the Poor

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day A new book by Daryl Collins of Bankable Frontier Associates; Jonathan Morduch of NYU's Financial Access Initiative; Stuart Rutherford, author of The Poor and Their Money and founder of SafeSave; and Orlanda Ruthven of Impactt investigates the question of how over a billion people make ends meet on only $2 a day. "The authors report on the yearlong "financial diaries" of villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa--records that track penny by penny how specific households manage their money." The strategies adopted by the households of Hamed & Khadeja (pdf) from Bangladesh, Thembi (pdf) from South Africa, Feizal (pdf) from India and others may surprise you.
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 7:09 PM PST - 10 comments

This is a lot more satisfying than AvP

Danny Glover in Dances With Predators
posted by brundlefly at 4:58 PM PST - 32 comments

The Ancient Theatre Archive

The Ancient Theatre Archive: A Virtual Reality Tour of Greek and Roman Theatre Architecture offers photos, panoramas, detailed descriptions, and, in several instances, virtual tours of classical theatre sites across Europe. (Tours require Quicktime to view.) The Met offers a basic overview of the differences between Greek and Roman theatrical architecture. For more theatres and related theatrical imagery, visit John Porter's one-stop catalog of online visual resources, Skenotheke.
posted by thomas j wise at 3:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Testing, Testing

Atul Gawande offers a way for health care to be improved through experimentation and pilot programs, much as agriculture was in 20th century
posted by reenum at 3:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Can't Read His Poker Face.

Before he became a household name for "possibly gay figure skater," Johnny Weir skated to Lady Gaga, making him a totally AWESOME figure skater.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:59 PM PST - 116 comments

These Bishops were Hard Core!

According to legend, back in the bad old days of the 10th C, Bishop Hatto (actually Archbishop of Mainz), decided to deal with excess mouths during a famine by burning said people alive. In retribution, he was eaten alive by a horde of angry mice, supposedly in the Mausturm near Bingen. The story ended up in Baring-Gould's Curious Myths of the Middle Ages (print wiki) and has been widely celebrated in poetry, much of it awful. It probably was an influence on Lovecraft's story "The Rats in the Walls." [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Recent events in Solar Power

Solar power continues to become more economical with every passing month. The price of standard monocrystalline/polycrystalline 210W to 300W modules has halved, from above $3/watt to below $1.70/watt in the past 12 months. The Canadian province of Ontario has become the first location in North America to offer an aggressive feed-in tariff comparable to the feed-in tariffs in Germany and Spain, paying above 80 cents/kWh for power generated by small rooftop photovoltaic installations. The US federal government is also offering massive tax breaks for solar installations as part of the 2009 ARRA act. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 12:24 PM PST - 50 comments

The Pleasure of Flinching

The Pleasure of Flinching. "In the viral video realm, amateur Iraq war footage ranks just behind pornography, celebrities’ drunken exploits, and shark attacks. Do these videos represent what Sontag called our 'right to view,' or are they a porn medium made from leftovers of a world filming its self-destruction?" [Via]
posted by homunculus at 10:08 AM PST - 40 comments

The Deflationist

The Deflationist - How Paul Krugman found politics.
posted by nevercalm at 8:06 AM PST - 27 comments

Not too milky, not too frothy

If you're in London these days and are serious about your coffee, then you'll know what a Flat White is. It is part of the emerging coffee scene in London, host of 2010's World Barista Championship and home of last year's winner - Gwilym Davies. Here's a guide and map from London's TimeOut to the city's best coffee shops, many of them staffed by antipodean baristas.

Predictably, Starbucks in the UK wants a piece of the action.
posted by vacapinta at 6:48 AM PST - 123 comments

He Ate Nails for Lunch and He Never Laughed

Johnny Cash (who would've been 78 yesterday) performs on Sesame Street. Nasty Dan, Five Feet High and Rising, Don't Take Your Ones To Town, Tall Tale and also spoofed as Ronnie Trash. [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 2:53 AM PST - 20 comments

I bought my baby a red radio

RadioLabour "presents 'The Solidarity Report', a half hour audiocast of international union news every Sunday morning." Main mover and presenter Marc Bélanger describes the journalistic and educational goals of the new service.
posted by Abiezer at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

2010 Chilean earthquake

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile at 0634 UTC (3:34 am Chilean time) tonight -- the strongest since the 1960 earthquake which sent a tsunami across the Pacific, yet just short of the 9.3 figure recorded in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Tsunami warnings are now up for Hawaii for Saturday.
posted by crapmatic at 12:15 AM PST - 144 comments