March 30, 2011

Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers

High School geometry taught us about the Centroid, Incenter and Circumcenter of a triangle. But there are actually an infinite number of ways of finding the center. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

When she placed it in his hand, people must have seen the sparks. Neither understands what just happened to their hearts.

Canadian indie/hardcore band Fucked Up have released the first of four singles from their upcoming rock opera, David Comes To Life. The album appears to be about a man who works in a lightbulb factory and is a follow-up to their critically acclaimed The Chemistry Of Modern Life. Cryptic character bios can be found on the album's site and more information from the band can be found on their blog.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Wait till he takes guard in Mumbai

"I've never been in a stadium that feels like this one. Hindus and Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, people from different castes and classes, speakers of a dozen languages, all citizens in the Republic of Sachin. The stern cops give wide smiles and thumbs-ups. The chant goes from "Sachin! Sachin!" to "Hoo … ha … IN-DI-A!" They are interchangeable." [more inside]
posted by vidur at 7:54 PM PST - 75 comments

“Show me a grad student I can f*ck”

A Call to Shun. Women share sexual harassment stories on "Being a Woman in Philosophy." Several philosophers suggest the idea of not inviting known repeat offenders to conferences. Professor Mark Lance of Georgetown: It's time for philosophers to take a stand against "the many people in the profession believed by wide numbers of people to have engaged in horrible behavior on repeated occasions."
posted by availablelight at 5:42 PM PST - 100 comments

Never/only use it for evil.

CSSPivot: Add CSS styles to any website, and share the result with a short link.
posted by brundlefly at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

...your brain power might help bring a killer to justice.

On June 30, 1999, sheriff’s officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick. He had been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim’s pants pockets. The FBI is now asking the public to help them solve the murder.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:07 PM PST - 93 comments

AdViews vintage TV commercial archive: So Good it Hurts

AdViews: A Digital Archive of 8,700+ Vintage Television Commercials (1950s-1970s) at Internet Archive. So good it hurts.
posted by stbalbach at 4:25 PM PST - 32 comments

My Health Doesn't Depend on What I Believe about the Theory of Evolution

Ray Comfort calls the Atheist Experience. The Atheist Community of Austin run a live call-in show on public access. Over the years, they have challenged Ray Comfort to call in. This week, he finally does, and talks to AE hosts Matt Dillahunty and Russell Glasser. The only banana joke is visual. Ray reacts. Matt D reacts. AE fans react. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 2:31 PM PST - 107 comments

Sandwiches, and also more sandwiches

Sandwich Mondays! For the past year, the Wait Wait... Don't Blog Me! team at NPR has been blogging about a different sandwich every Monday. Some highlights include the most expensive burger in the world, the Kevin Butler (a "nonfictional sandwich from a fictional person"), , Paula Deen's favorite burger (it is even more impressive than you expect), and quite possibly the first sandwich ever made. And, from the Golden Arches, the McGangBang McRedacted, the classic McRib, and the Mc10:35 (possible only during the magical moment when breakfast and lunch menus are available at the same time).
posted by blahblahblah at 1:42 PM PST - 59 comments

Words Do Hurt

Eighth grader silently expresses her anguish over being bullied for two years. [SLYT].
posted by morganannie at 1:10 PM PST - 270 comments

Not back to school camp, a place for unschoolers

Not Back To School Camp is a place where unschooled teenagers (previously, 2) can go to meet, teach, and learn from other unschoolers. Despite doubts and criticism, unschoolers and homeschoolers are making their way to college [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 12:45 PM PST - 24 comments

To Infinity... And Beyond!

The Beauty of Pixar and 25 Years of Pixar Animation. (MLYT) (Via and Via)
posted by zarq at 12:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Texas Republicans: 100 Ways to say "We don't want you"

Texas Republicans have been turning against the ideas on immigration supported by George W. Bush, who actively courted Latino voters in his 1998 gubenertorial election campaign (cached), and in his two presidential election campaigns. In 2010, some 12,000 Republican delegates came together, many proposing new directions on immigration reform. By January 2011, there were more than three dozen immigration-related bills filed, a number of them creating heated debates. By the of March, there were nearly 100 immigration bills written or filed, some with serious loopholes. (Rep. Debbie Riddle, previously.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:31 PM PST - 57 comments

Gnome Chompski: The Game

Gnome Chompski: The Game. I'm sure Noam is secretly a hardcore videogamer and he would approve. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 12:16 PM PST - 24 comments

10 years of cheese-eating, clog-wearing, tulip-loving, same-sex marriage

1 April 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage (homohuwelijk) in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 11:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Das Game

The Game
posted by puny human at 11:35 AM PST - 45 comments

Constitutional Crisis in Curdistan

There is a constitutional crisis in Cheeseland. If you haven't been paying attention, WI governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled Senate and Assembly passed a controversial bill and signed it. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:03 AM PST - 377 comments

George Tooker: August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011

Master painter of the anxious, alienated, mysterious and sublime, George Tooker : August 5, 1920March 27, 2011
posted by y2karl at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Sweatin' to the emergency exits

Air New Zealand's new in-flight safety video featuring Richard Simmons. Enjoy.
posted by found missing at 8:10 AM PST - 53 comments

Angry Birds Middle East Mashup

Russian designer Egor Zhgun (LiveJournal) remixes pop culture and politics, to humorous effect. His latest is a mashup of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"; the game Angry Birds; and current Middle Eastern politics into an animated political cartoon: Three Big Pigs.
via Eathan Zuckerman and Cartoon Brew
posted by artlung at 7:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Health Statistics by County

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has sponsored the most detailed ever look at county-level American health data. Access to the data--including a ranking of health in each state by county--was made available today at CountyHealthRanking.org [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:54 AM PST - 15 comments

China's Ghost Cities

China's Ghost Cities (via)
posted by nam3d at 6:44 AM PST - 48 comments

Neko, no.

Touch The Screen [more inside]
posted by empath at 5:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Keeping the black dog at bay

Steinbolt1 battles with depression. On his Tumblr blog, he chronicles his week-long stay in a mental health facility somewhere in the American Midwest. First installment can be found here. There's two installments per day of his stay, and he posted part two of day four two days ago. And, by the way, he's currently feeling a lot better.
posted by Harald74 at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Look at all those books!

"The finished Strahov library panorama, released Tuesday on Martin’s website, is a zoomable, high-resolution peek inside one of Prague’s most beautiful halls, a repository of rare books that is usually off-limits to tourists... Martin’s panorama lets you examine the spines of the works in the Philosophical Hall’s 42,000 volumes, part of the monastery’s stunning collection of just about every important book available in central Europe at the end of the 18th century — more or less the sum total of human knowledge at the time."
posted by languagehat at 5:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Fraction vs liquefaction

Listen to this first: Fraction Too Much Friction... and then listen to this while watching the clip: Liquefaction. Damned talented, them Kiwi's.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Draw the change you want to see in the world

Gandhi street art. Classic. Armed. With friends. Writing. Silly. Warholesque. Urban. Meditative. Minimal. Grim. Shackled. Happy. Alone. Leading. On the fence. Mischievous.
posted by anirvan at 2:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Goodies and Baddies

Humanitarian Intervention 101 by Adam Curtis at the BBC. The idea of "humanitarian intervention" which is behind the decision to attack in Libya is one of the central beliefs of our age. It divides people. Some see it as a noble, disinterested use of Western power. Others see it as a smokescreen for a latter-day liberal imperialism.
posted by lucia__is__dada at 1:38 AM PST - 35 comments