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April 9, 2010
Gordy's Cameras
Naked Zorki Standard [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Horror was commonplace. Slaughter was mundane. Four Canadians would win the Victoria Cross.
Canada was another country before it was born. In the fire of the battle of Vimy Ridge, people who were born in Canada, or who came to Canada, came together, as Canadians, in one of the defining battles of the the First World War. This is the 93rd anniversary of the greatest unifying event in Canadian history.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 11:04 PM PST - 32 comments

This site is dedicated to the Fujipet (フジペット) camera
This site is dedicated to the Fujipet (フジペット) camera [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

You can get a smack for this
Tell 'em why you mad, son! Unkut rails on why Nicki Minaj is a terrible rapper, how Gorilla Zoe is an example of premature rap ejaculation and why Wiz Khalifa will never get big, no matter how many times he changes his style.
posted by cashman at 9:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Failure?
Nothing succeeds like failure. [H]istory shows that breakthroughs often spring not from carefully laid plans, but from mischance or even sheer, ridiculous accidents. A stovetop spill heralded vulcanized rubber; the potency of uranium was revealed when a rock was left in a drawer among photographic plates. And great research seldom follows an unswerving path. At RCA in Princeton in the 1950s, David Sarnoff exhorted his team to invent a flat television that could hang on a wall. “There were an enormous number of failures,” says Princeton historian of science Michael Gordin — and instead of TVs, the world got the Seiko digital watch in 1973.
posted by caddis at 9:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Education and NASA
Neil deGrasse Tyson : What NASA Means to America's Future. NdGT eloquently, passionately explains the essential importance that the nation have a strong education system driven by a national vision that excites children. He argues for the importance of NASA in capturing the imagination of American children, leading them to excel in the sciences — back in the day. SLYT. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 7:00 PM PST - 67 comments

Tramampoline!
International Gymnast Magazine reports the passing of trampoline inventor George Nissen, whose brainchild trained World War II pilots, transformed into an Olympic sport, and became a pop culture fixture.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 5:14 PM PST - 27 comments

It's Appomattox Day!
It's April 9th! Appomattox Day! The day R.E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. Ending the Civil War! Jon Stewart wants to call it Union Victory Month. I'm content with a day. So as Floydd suggests raise a glass of usquebaugh! [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 4:37 PM PST - 67 comments

Easter egg found on Good Friday
Ever since Pat and Diane Farla moved into the detached Victorian building three years ago, they'd wondered what lay behind the metre-long rectangle which lay alongside a wall.
posted by mattdidthat at 1:48 PM PST - 113 comments

From Oil Derricks To Wind Turbines
A 1999 Texas electricity deregulation statute included, almost as an afterthought, a requirement that the state develop 2,000 megawatts of wind power by 2009. This past February, wind generators delivered a record 6,242 megawatts of power to Texas population centers -- 22 percent of all the electricity consumed in the Texas grid. Could their model transform the nation's utility sector?, Or will it be derailed by special interests and politics? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 1:26 PM PST - 68 comments

Piano Hero / Synthesia
Want to learn how to play piano but can't read sheet music? Synthesia or previously known as Piano Hero. Synthesia FAQ
posted by MechEng at 12:13 PM PST - 45 comments

Butch Anthony and The Alabama Museum of Wonder.
The Alabama Museum of Wonder. Butch Anthony has a word – a word which he concocted himself. A word which he designed to precisely describe his unique personal style of art and artistic discovery. That word is “intertwangleism.” [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

"There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you, and a Mario level with a star just out of reach."
Xkcd's hell, the flash game.
posted by Artw at 11:10 AM PST - 84 comments

the countries of old men drift like the waters
A Tale of Two Films. Bertrand Tavernier's In The Electric Mist nee Dans la brume électrique [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

The Last Protestant Justice?
After sending strong signals by hiring just one clerk, Justice Stevens has officially announced his retirement. The retirement, which follows a very distinguished and lengthy tenure, is effective the end of the current U.S. Supreme Court term. President Obama now has his second chance to nominate to fill a vacancy left by a member of the Court's liberal wing. Among the most frequently mentioned possible candidates are Judge Diane Wood, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Judge Merrick Garland, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 10:08 AM PST - 242 comments

Hevisaurus
Hevisaurus are a Finnish kid-friendly, all-dinosaur power metal group.
posted by zamboni at 9:45 AM PST - 40 comments

If hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it.
"George W. Bush Knew Guantanamo Prisoners Were Innocent." In a signed declaration filed as part of a pending lawsuit on behalf of former Guantanamo Bay detainees and obtained by The Times, Lawrence Wilkerson, a high ranking aide to former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell, makes the stunning claim that: "George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror." (via)
posted by saulgoodman at 9:13 AM PST - 101 comments

PIGS... IN... SPAAAAACE!
Pigs in Space appeared in over 30 Muppet Show episodes and spoofed contemporary science fiction television series. Most of them are now on YouTube or other video streaming sites. Links inside. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 8:38 AM PST - 52 comments

You should probably bring your own pen
Lets say you're the first human ever to make alien contact... (via)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:26 AM PST - 100 comments

Sort of the anti-lolcat
The Cat With Hands, a short film not to be watched alone after dark with a cat on your lap.
posted by desjardins at 7:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Virulent Discourse
Does the immediacy of the internet tend to make people more bad-tempered and ill-mannered than they would have been otherwise? Theodore Dalrymple seems to think so, but is comment moderation the answer? (via) [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:01 AM PST - 52 comments

Visual Aesthetics in Early Computing
Visual Aesthetics in Early Computing (1950-80) - a little look back at plotters and light pens and flow charts, which I found a bit nostalgic. You can watch Lapis, Permutations and Arabesque on YouTube.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Paddington Bear this is not.
‘I no longer wish to parent this child’ – part of the note attached to 7 year old Artem Saveliev sent back to Russia yesterday by his American adoptee mother Torry Hansen who claims she was misled by the Russian Authorities as to the boys mental stability. 'A seven-year-old boy arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on April 8 in the morning. The skinny boy had no luggage with him – he was only holding a letter in his hands.' according to the Russian Media, though other sources suggest a Russian Tour guide was located on the internet and paid $200 to collect Artem from the Airport and take him to the Russian Authorities. The Kremlin's child rights comissioner Pavel Astakhov and Russian Media in general are coming down very hard on the American mother and painting this as cruelty rather than tragedy.
posted by numberstation at 5:30 AM PST - 208 comments

I said, "Kiss me, you're beautiful.. These are truly the last days"
It's official, post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor were only mostly dead, and will curate and play at the next All Tommorow's Parties, then on for a European and US tour.
posted by vivelame at 5:30 AM PST - 36 comments

Building a Green Economy
Building a Green Economy, Paul Krugman on the economics of Climate change.
posted by afu at 4:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Plumpy'nut threatened by fat companies
Nutriset, producer of Plumpy'nut (a widely distributed ready-to-use therapeutic food), is under attack from two American companies for their patent. [more inside]
posted by tweemy at 1:16 AM PST - 38 comments