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April 5, 2010
Play Houses
The World's Strangest Housing Communities. Brazilian dystopia, mysterious Midgetville, mock California in China, deserted Taiwan futureland and Indian utopia [also Paulville - 100% Ron Paul Supporters].
posted by meech at 9:31 PM PST - 40 comments

WV Mine Explosion
7 Dead, 19 Missing "The Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA, has cited the Upper Big Branch Mine for hundreds of violations in recent years, including 10 so far this year related to legal requirements for ventilation systems to control methane and dust. The company has contested numerous fines, including two in January totaling more than $130,000 related to mine ventilation."
posted by wv kay in ga at 9:17 PM PST - 57 comments

Boys who like girls who like girls like their boys.
Boys Will Be Girls, Girls Will Be Boys
posted by empath at 9:10 PM PST - 73 comments

It was hot, the night we burned Chrome
Canadian researchers have uncovered a vast “Shadow Network” of online espionage based in China that used seemingly harmless means such as e-mail and Twitter to extract highly sensitive data. Stolen documents recovered in a year-long investigation show the hackers have breached the servers of dozens of countries and organizations, taking everything from top-secret files on missile systems in India to confidential visa applications, including those of Canadians travelling abroad. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:02 PM PST - 35 comments

All things eventually, however, disappear
Atta Kim is a photographer and videographer. His website doesn't allow deep linking, however the Superimposition (some NSFW) and Deconstruction (likewise) series are a good start.
posted by klangklangston at 7:22 PM PST - 42 comments

Not everybody has an uncle who knows somebody from golf.
"With job openings scarce for young people, the number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading federal and state regulators to worry that more employers are illegally using such internships for free labor." (via)
posted by The Whelk at 6:55 PM PST - 120 comments

We Got It All on U-Tube-F
"Weird Al" Yankovic – self-sufficiency nut, nature fan, police critic, happy shopper, and Grammar Nazi. A series of cute little Al-esque supershorts he has been posting to his YouTube channel (RSS).
posted by WCityMike at 6:20 PM PST - 45 comments

Yarr! meets Academia
Piracy Studies [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust at 5:26 PM PST - 13 comments

First iPad car installation
First iPad in dash. [SLYT]
posted by fixedgear at 4:31 PM PST - 50 comments

You can never win a game of slaps with a squid
I am a giant squid. I swam up from the briny ocean depths. I have a computer, with a specially-modified tentacle-friendly interface. I have a fast internet connection. I seek to learn about humans and about the world. I have read much on the internet. Yet still, I have many unanswered questions. And you must have questions of me. We have much to learn from one another. To this end, I have developed the assortment of quizzes, games and activities you find before you. They form part of my ongoing campaign to facilitate improved human-squid relations. Try them out, you will most certainly learn something about squid.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:08 PM PST - 42 comments

Iz just like Friends, but with cupcakes, at McDonald's and ...
When do you know the cupcake fad is dead? When Germans start selling them at McDonald's with names inspired by New York City neighborhoods.
posted by treeshar at 3:10 PM PST - 108 comments

I didn't think the film would ever get made.
Beautiful high-res images of Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie. [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. at 1:43 PM PST - 42 comments

Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-POWER BLOOOOOOOO
Old Spice Deodorant hired Tim and Eric to make some commercials. Via [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:16 PM PST - 74 comments

Is the Tea Party phenomenon good for (American) Democracy?
Naomi Wolf (previously) in her essay "Tea Time in America", wrote: "...concentration of executive power has threatened America’s system of checks and balances and given the Federal government the authority to spy on citizens, withhold information, and aggressively arrest and even Taser protesters – or to hire private contractors to do so. In these circumstances, the Tea Party activists’ focus on supporting states’ autonomy – and even on property rights and the right to bear arms – can seem like a prescient effort to constrain overweening corporate and military power in national government." [more inside]
posted by blue funk at 12:45 PM PST - 139 comments

Freedom of the Press vs. Israel's Military Secrets
An Israeli journalist, Anat Kam (23), has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked up to 1,000 highly sensitive, classified military documents suggesting the IDF breached a court order against assassinations in the occupied West Bank, to Ha'aretz reporter Uri Blau. A court-imposed gag order first proposed by the Israeli government and now apparently supported by Kam's lawyers is preventing media investigation and coverage of both her arrest and the charges of espionage and treason against her in Israel. Blau is reportedly now self-exiled in London, and negotiating his return with Israeli authorities. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:10 PM PST - 38 comments

Highly Unlikely Subway Maps
Transit Authority Figures. "A fanciful sendup of traditional subway maps takes locations that will never have a subway and imagines what the map would look like if they did."
posted by rouftop at 11:37 AM PST - 46 comments

YOU ARE NOT COOL
Flavorwire brings us some signage for the modern age from Trustocorp. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Following the invention of soft serve, the creation of thousands of new places to go and sit and eat it was almost inevitable.
Dairy Queen: Small-Town Texas Institution
posted by jjray at 10:11 AM PST - 146 comments

Collateral Murder
Wikileaks posts a classified US military video (17:47) to YouTube. It depicts "the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff." Supporting documents from military whistleblowers appear at the site they set up, Collateral Murder.
posted by cashman at 8:09 AM PST - 423 comments

"White people didn't shoot me. Three white people shot me."
At age 15, Darryl Williams was felled by a sniper's bullet-- on a football field in Charlestown, MA, where he was huddled with teammates on the visiting Jamaica Plain High School Football team. It was 1979, 5 years after the Boston busing crisis. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 6:50 AM PST - 65 comments

Better than Paganini
Condomise, sings Babsi! Babsi, born 1933, playing the song Mabelete (Bitches) on the "Fenjoro" which he built from a plastic container, wood and strings from a handbrake cable of a car: it normally has 4 strings like the violin, but one broke.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Horizontal Drilling
Please take a few minutes to watch this video about our horizontal shale oil drilling practices.
posted by three blind mice at 5:03 AM PST - 60 comments

Point and click and point and point and click
Hetherdale is a full scale point and click adventure, for free. Don't forget to use the map option when it arrives in order to travel faster.
posted by Sparx at 4:01 AM PST - 20 comments

What is Life?
What is Life? Really, What is Life? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:11 AM PST - 36 comments

Oxford Clay
Oxford Clay: a webcomic about dinosaurs "coming to terms with their impending mortality" by Dan Berry. Its visual style borrows heavily from George Herriman's Krazy Kat.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 2:43 AM PST - 9 comments

"Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there."
Image Error Level Analyser [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:40 AM PST - 30 comments