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April 7, 2011
The Friday Flash Fun Before Time
Friday Flash Fun: Remember Dino Run? It's back in two new forms. Dino Run: Marathon Of Doom is one extra long, hard Dino Run level. It's helping promote Dino Run SE, a $3 downloadable version with new maps, hats, and dinosaur colors. Money goes to support Gamma Bros 2.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 11:51 PM PST - 8 comments

I have great faith. Obviously, I've been a Mets fan for forty years.
Jon Stewart hosts a three part debate with Mike Huckabee about religion, society, and policy. [more inside]
posted by graphnerd at 11:26 PM PST - 118 comments

A specialized type of planetary gear.
Behold the Moebius Gear. Includes a description of the entire process from modeling to fabrication for your reading pleasure.
posted by boo_radley at 7:41 PM PST - 28 comments

Buying stocks by the speed of light, in the middle of the ocean
"..the time it takes light to propagate between [stock] exchanges, for example between New York and London, is now a limiting factor in [financial] trading.. enabling traders to buy low and sell high [ahead of others].." [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 7:24 PM PST - 138 comments

David Armand explores the medium of interpretative dance
I'm sure many have fond memories of Karaoke for the Deaf, in which 'Johann Lippowitz' gives us Torn. (bit NSFW) With or without Natalie Imbruglia. And Wherever I Lay My Hat. Well, David Armand aka Johann Lippowitz has been at it again. This past season, BBC 2 has been airing an improv comedy show called Fast and Loose hosted by Hugh Dennis. [more inside]
posted by likeso at 6:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Pulp Fashion: Paper Couture
Beautiful, elaborate, flowing dresses... made entirely of paper. "Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave... forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world." Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
posted by biddeford at 6:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Congratulations on coming to the conclusion everyone else made in 1974
The Nixon Presidential Library recently opened a new exhibit on Watergate. In previous years the museum's position was that the scandal was an attempt by Democrats to overturn the 1972 presidential election, but it is now taking an unforgiving look at the 37th president and the actions that led to his resignation.
posted by helloknitty at 6:38 PM PST - 25 comments

For All Mankind
For All Mankind "Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Forty years after the first moon landing, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earthshaking event." "For All Mankind is irreplaceable: one of a kind and likely to remain so. It is, formally, among the most radical American films of the past quarter century and, emotionally, among the most powerfully affecting. It makes its impossible title stick. In For All Mankind, we all lift off together, and we all come home the same way, and few movies have captured so well the rhapsodic absurdity of our common voyage." 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5 :: 6 :: 7 :: 8
posted by puny human at 6:10 PM PST - 35 comments

A world in glorious black and white.
Peter Milton's etching and engraving work takes on the detailed nuance of fine B&W silver prints. Peter is colour blind.
posted by arse_hat at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Open Compute Project
Facebook's Open Compute Project aims to share with the public the social network's efficiency design improvements to its compute nodes. [ via ]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

And a great big blue sky below
32 images of the earth from the blackness of space, many with spacewalking astronauts in the foreground, presented in a Big Picture style. (via) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Waukeshocker
Waukeshocker! After Tuesday's painfully close, still undecided Supreme Court race between JoAnne Kloppenburg and David Prosser, Republicans warned that partisan election officials in certain municipalities might conveniently find bushels of extra uncounted votes after the fact. It has come to pass -- but the extra votes were found in deep-red Waukesha County, represnting the entire city of Brookfield, and give GOP favorite David Prosser a probably insurmountable 50.2%/48.8% lead. Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus's policy of storing election returns on a personal computer in her office with no backup was criticized last August. Nate Silver says the new numbers look reasonable.
posted by escabeche at 4:01 PM PST - 255 comments

50 Books Every Eleven-Year-Old Should Read
The Independent (UK) proposes a list of fifty books that every eleven-year-old should read. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:24 PM PST - 96 comments

Budgetary Hemlock
How can you have a university without a philosophy department? In response to a 17% budget cut to higher education by Governor Sandoval, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas is proposing the complete elimination of its Philosophy Department. The Mayor of Las Vegas has called it a sin. Others have said it seems like something out of an episode of The Simpsons. Todd Edwin Jones, chair of the UNLV Philosophy Department, makes his case.
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:20 PM PST - 159 comments

AtariPadGasm
Atari Brings 100 Retro Titles to iOS in "Atari's Greatest Hits". Designed for the iCade. Toucharcade review. ArsTecnica review. Does it break the iTunes App rules?.
posted by chavenet at 2:11 PM PST - 73 comments

So much depends on /proper syntax
This is just to say/Mefi's Cortex/has created/ a william carlos williams/ poem generator Forgive me/ it came from Think Stank/ Previously
posted by The Whelk at 1:43 PM PST - 79 comments

Now who will call us Hitler?
Glenn Beck's television show has been canceled by Fox News. [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 1:41 PM PST - 129 comments

Irwin is a brain-damaged kangaroo & therapy pet
Irwin broke his neck. A woman facing her own challenges adopted him, hopes to keep him. There's video, too.
posted by ambient2 at 1:28 PM PST - 20 comments

‘Mad Men’ opening credits in CSS3 and JavaScript
Mad Men opening credits in CSS3 and JavaScript. Using scripting and CSS, designer/developer/sharp dresser Andy Clarke and animators Anthony Calzadilla and Geri Coady reproduce Mad Men’s opening credits in-browser. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 12:45 PM PST - 80 comments

"This is the largest market you’ve never heard of."
TheFix.com is a new site targeting the more than 40 million Americans who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. It features Ask-An-Expert videos, news, editorials and thorough reviews of rehab facilities based on Zagat's system. Founded by Maer Roshan, one of the founders of Radar Magazine. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 12:12 PM PST - 36 comments

O pais do futuro?
Lula's Brazil - "Compared with his predecessors, he had the imagination, born of social identification, to see that the Brazilian state could afford to be more generous to the least well-off, in ways that have made a substantial difference to their lives. But these concessions have come at no cost to the rich or comfortably-off, who in any absolute reckoning have done even better – far better – during these years. Does that really matter, it can be asked: isn't this just the definition of the most desirable of all economic outcomes, a Pareto optimum?" (via via)
posted by kliuless at 11:00 AM PST - 16 comments

PJ Shrugs
Atlas Shrugged and so did I. PJ O'Rourke has seen Atlas Shrugged (the movie - part 1) and ... [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 9:24 AM PST - 201 comments

Prime Numbers For Web Designers
The Cicada Principle and Why It Matters to Web Designers
posted by veedubya at 9:18 AM PST - 38 comments

Dear Woman
Dear Woman, we stand before you today as men committed to becoming more conscious in every way.
posted by Avenger50 at 9:06 AM PST - 197 comments

The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide
The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide. The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is intended primarily for use on ships where no doctor is carried and it is necessary for laymen to assess and treat injuries and to diagnose and treat ill health. The Guide can also be recommended for use in other situations where professional medical advice is not readily available, for example on expeditions.
posted by leigh1 at 8:42 AM PST - 35 comments

Japan hit by another earthquake
A tsunami warning has been issued for north-eastern Japan after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4.

Per Reuters: "Tokyo Electric says its engineers at Fukushima Daiichi plant have evacuated after tsunami warning." However, NISA reports that the Onagawa nuke plant in Miyagi-ken has lost 2 of 3 external power grids.
posted by pleasebekind at 8:22 AM PST - 80 comments

Spitalfields Nippers
Of the two hundred and forty photographs Horace Warner shot in 1912 of the Spitalfields Nippers, only 30 are around today. [more inside]
posted by gman at 7:48 AM PST - 29 comments

What Civil Rights?
My Student, the 'Terrorist' If this were a movie, the story might end with a triumphal courtroom scene, or an intrepid Washington Post reporter breaking the story. It might have a sentimental ending, with a conservative Muslim family and community locking arms with Christians and Jews and atheists and turning the country back to its commitment to civil rights. The government, shamed, would reform its practices. But this is not a movie, and inhumane treatment is well protected in post-9/11 America. [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 4:43 AM PST - 56 comments

War and Conflict Across the Globe
Conflict History: a Timeline of War and Conflict Across the Globe You can browse the timeline to find information about wars from a long time ago up to the present. A map shows the conflicts spread across the globe. You can search for specific wars: we got your War of Jenkins' Ear and your Battle of Gqokli Hill.
posted by marxchivist at 4:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Off with his head!
Little old ladies do it too, not just dictators.
posted by infini at 4:07 AM PST - 20 comments

James Salter Month at The Paris Review
James Salter Month at The Paris Review. A series of articles throughout April celebrating the life and work of one of the best at his craft there is. A great writer indeed.
posted by hydatius at 3:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Symphonic Youtube
Is the Youtube Symphony Orchestra a viable model for traditional symphony orchestras in the West? It's only been around for a couple of years but seems to be causing enough of a stir to be taken pretty seriously.
posted by joboe at 3:00 AM PST - 45 comments