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April 10, 2008
The antidote to LOLbushsuxx0rs.
Over the course of the past week, Slate ran a ten (10!)-piece series, "Fixin' It", in which various writers postulated how the course of various aspects of the United States' military, culture, and policies could be redirected for the better. Although the articles are not entirely devoid of Bush criticism, there's mostly a fairly rare focus on the positive actions to be taken from here onward by the next President (whether it be McCain or Obama or Clinton).
posted by WCityMike at 5:54 PM PST - 33 comments
"Moralistic, prejudiced, racist, misogynist, manipulative, sexist, daring, exciting, critical, sarcastic and passionate - these are just a few adjectives that commonly describe Mexico's most widely-read publication: the historieta
." [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments
Alf Leif Erickson is the Captain of the American Screw Tuskers Elephant Polo team . Alf is a retired attorney and former law professor from Florida. This alone doesn't make much of a post, but, you guessed it, there more, sometimes NSFW, inside..... [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 2:15 PM PST - 19 comments
A Million Voices.
Staff members of the University Archives at Virginia Tech are working to catalog and make available the more than 87,000 letters, poems, posters and artifacts that arrived at the school in the wake of the April 16 shootings. Dubbed The Prevail Archives
, the website has a database
with images of some of the items. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 12:38 PM PST - 11 comments
is a group in various cities that allows people to "share their own adolescent journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more." It's embarrassing
, to be sure, but it's frequently also hilarious
(NSFW). Recently they've set up a page
to share videos of live performances, and the latest is my favorite so far. "500 Miles To Hollywood
" features Elijah Wood, James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Busy Phillips (Freaks & Geeks), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds) "helping Jason Smith fulfill his dream and bring a 2-decade-old screenplay to life."
posted by ktoad at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments
a Worcester fortune-teller claims she can tell people's futures by using asparagus
Ms Packington, who calls herself Britain's only "asparamancer", showed off her technique at the British Trade and Travel Fair at Birmingham's NEC. Actor Tony Robinson, Baldrick in the comedy series Blackadder, also happened to be there and had his asparagus read by her. [more inside]
posted by electricinca at 8:09 AM PST - 22 comments
Baby Loves Hip-Hop?
Kids albums are designed to amuse wee tots at the expense of parental sanity, right? Maybe not. What if you asked one of rap's finest producers to form a supergroup of some of the brightest names in the genre, all to create an album to introduce little minds to the world of hip-hop? You'd end up with Dino 5
, a dinosaur-themed collection of tracks featuring Scratch (from The Roots
), Ladybug (from Digable Planets
), Wordsworth (from eMC
) and Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5
), all under the direction of the one and only Prince Paul
. (Props to Ivan at Hip-Hop Is Read)
posted by grabbingsand at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments
Learn (or teach) fundamentals of computer science, without a computer
. Provided as hands-on exercises suitable for children, or even CS-illiterate adults. (If this is too basic for you, go here
posted by orthogonality at 12:12 AM PST - 13 comments