March 5, 2010
Mean (Disney) Girls [SLYT]
This is not your (grand)father's PennyFarthing ... but it sure looks like one! Introducing the YikeBike, being developed by an outfit in Christchurch, New Zealand. With a top speed of 20kph, a cruising range of 9~10km, and a re-charge time of 20+ minutes, it's not going to be the answer for every commuter, but given the astonishingly small compact size to which it can be collapsed - and taken on a train/bus/etc. - it looks to be a real contender in the 'run about town' market. Plenty of action videos are linked from the bottom of their Gallery page.
[NSFW] • Concrete TV -- bringing you an audiovisual mashup of pornography, drugs, violence, rock'n'roll, the 1980's, and humor** -- via NYC Public Access Channel 67, Friday nights at 1:30 AM.
John Coker's Rocketry is organized to provide useful and interesting information for rocketry hobbyists, and cool pictures and fun descriptions for the web surfer curious about hobby rocketry. From an introduction and tutorials, to John's rocket fleet and launch photos, liftoff is made easy. But what brought me here was the Crayon Pack. [via metachat] [more inside]
Do you need a big ass web message? Whether you like it basic, magic (warning, big annoying flashing), jeopardy or metafilters favorite - pepsi blue - big ass message serves all your potential needs.
More Alike than Different the National Down Syndrome Congress has been running a campaign for Down syndrome awareness. As part of the campaign, they invited families to create their own own posters. Some are simple. Some are heartwarming. Some are fun. You too can vote for your favorite.
Auschwitz: Then and Now. From Remember.org: In 1979, The Auschwitz Museum Archive reproduced selected pieces of art and sent them to writer/photographer Alan Jacobs. After years of related work and many more trips, Jacobs, and his son Jesse, returned to the camps in 1996 to find and photograph the identical scenes depicted in the art. [more inside]
David Lynch's A Goofy Movie (slyt)
Penny Arcade TV did an episode on game testing recently. It followed their thought process on coming up with a comic about Sony's reality show The Tester. [more inside]
Alabama Governor Bob Riley has recently begun a crusade against electronic bingo machines in the state. His task force has conducted massive raids on bingo parlors in the state, some involving 150 state troopers at once. Riley's own Attorney General disagrees with the Governor and thinks the parlors are legal. Citizens are deeply divided on the issue. Owners are fighting back through the courts and by surrendering their liquor licenses. [more inside]
When writer Robin Romm's mother was dying of cancer, she started keeping a journal--writing from the trenches. At the time she had no idea it would become a book. The Mercy Papers (excerpt) is a gut-wrenching, painfully honest, and deeply moving account of her mother's last three weeks. [more inside]
Jeff Heard, from the Renaissance Computing Institute (a joint project between the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, among others), posts gorgeous visualizations of internet traffic to projects hosted by iBiblio.org. [more inside]
Sleep is Death is the new two-player game being released by Jason Roher, known for his thought-provoking arthouse games such as Passage. [more inside]
A hen in Shrewsbury, England takes a litter of puppies under her wing, and other animals that take in other species.
Las Vegas is the final part of the Another Version of the Truth collection, and is exclusively community-created. Filmed entirely by fans and co-ordinated by Alex Gamble, this release saw the community fly in from around the world, donate technology, skill, and even airfare (fans raised money to send chaonatic, a valued taper, to the concert) to document the final performance of Nine Inch Nails' stunning 2008 tour. Over 200GB of footage was collected, which was meticulously edited together by a team comprising of people from all over the world. [more inside]
Yo La Tengo's annual request show on WFMU has become something of a Metafilter tradition (2002, 2006 2007 2008 2009). Listen live tonight at 8 pm Eastern time. [more inside]
Pink Terror by Mike Barzman. Shot on a Phantom High Speed Camera with Stephen Hawking commentary. Barz Art has stills (JPG) and audio (MP3) that can be downloaded. Phantom camera previously mentioned here: High Speed Slow Motion Video Gallery.
Posts in recent days have thoughtfully considered alternative energy sources, but the idly curious might wonder about other utility posts... you know, the ones alongside the road. Here's a diagram of what all those lines are for, plus a link to the unofficial utility pole page. "How can birds sit safely on power lines ?" you might ask. In fact, avian mortality has been a serious problem for quite some time. Solutions do exist, and efforts are underway to address the issue.
I'd like to send this letter to the Prussian consulate in Siam by aeromail. Am I too late for the 4:30 autogyro?
There is a rhesus macaque monkey on the loose in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It seems to get around. It has been shot with tranquilizer darts a number of times, but always gets away. It has been roaming the Tampa Bay area for at least a year. It has fans on facebook.
Nazi's propaganda. My Granddad once told me that I didn't understand Nazi's, because the black and white film always made it look unreal. He said if the films were color, I'd see.
Section 25 frontman Larry Cassidy, 56, has died. The news was first reported by journalist and punk musician John Robb on his blog; at this time, no cause of death has been released. [more inside]
"Everybody betray me. I fed UP with this world!" It's The Room soundboard.
"Now his dream ship is languishing, forgotten by the nation she so proudly served. There must be a reason why this ship is still with us, after so much neglect and after so many years. It must be because we still have a chance to save her." Norweigan Cruise Lines, owners of the S.S. United States, have recently opened up bidding on the ship to scrappers.
A future history of the CD revival. In response to a piece on cassette culture (previously), music writer Tom Ewing reports from the 2020s' revival of interest in the compact disc format, and the interplays between hazy memories of growing up in the '00s, reaction against networked "social playlists", and a fetishisation of both the "glossy, uneasy sheen" of the CD sound and the constraints in working with physical artefacts.
Botanical Drawings for the Digital Age "Macoto Murayama can spend months on one of his botanical illustrations, and when he’s done, the plant looks like something that blossomed in outer space."
While much is being made of dysfunctional government [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9] and hung parliament [1,2,3,4,5], David Cameron's pitches for a fairer society [1,2,3], smarter policy [1,2,3] and employee ownership [1,2,3,4,5,6,7] have been positively, uh, Obamanian.* [more inside]
On Wednesday, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison rallied to honor Holocaust victims and demand that the student newspaper remove an offensive ad posted to their website. The Badger Herald recently posted an ad questioning the existence of the Holocaust paid for by a Holocaust denier. The paper’s editors are defending the ad on free speech grounds. UW Chancellor Biddy Martin weighs in.
If you liked Blonde Zombies (prev) or the Groovy Age of Horror (prev and also), you may enjoy the Müller-Fokker Pulpbot Effect and most especially Ultra Guro. NSFW unless you have a really cool job.
"The people whose stories you watch on Peoples Archive are leaders of their field, whose work has influenced and changed our world as we know it." The archive includes talks by luminaries such as Hans Bethe, Benoit Mandelbrot, Donald Knuth, Quentin Blake, Stan Lee and many others.