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April 30, 2008
An extraordinary piece of magazine writing by Chris Jones.
Jones tells the story of how the body of Sergeant Joe Montgomery makes its way from a Baghdad suburb to its final resting place in a grave in Indiana. It's one of the finest pieces of journalism that I've read in years. It’s extremely moving without being saccharine or twee. It’s a military story, but utterly without jingoism or indictment. And it’s wonderfully observed. If I taught a first-year creative writing course, I'd make this required reading.
posted by dbarefoot at 9:57 PM PST - 87 comments
The performer Reggie Watts
(wiki) is truly sui generis: comedian, musician, stream-of-consciousness performance artist, he rolls his talents and laid-back, slightly stoner persona together into something quite unlike anything you've seen or heard before
(that's a long-ish video, but well worth it, BTW). Imagine Spalding Gray mixed with Andy Kaufman, channeling a hiphop Sly Stone while reading Gertrude Stein on LSD, and you still won't get what it is that makes Watts so great. [more inside]
posted by ornate insect at 9:42 PM PST - 31 comments
Amber Hawk Swanson
was lonely. So, like lonely singles everywhere, she contracted RealDoll.com
, "Home of the World's Finest Love Doll," to provide her with some companionship. But she had one special request - that the doll be made to look exactly like her.
Nine months later, Amber Doll
was born, and the two were married
the next day in a Las Vegas ceremony. Amber documents the wedding, and explores the relationship between fantasy and reality
, in her film To Have, To Hold, and To Violate, Amber and Doll
(5-minute compilation.). (most links nsfw) [more inside]
posted by granted at 8:10 PM PST - 53 comments
Ways of Seeing
, the BBC documentary written and hosted by novelist and art critic John Berger
, is back up on YouTube. (scroll down for direct links to all four half-hour episodes) "I actually find it rather disturbing that -- despite our claims to be a culture that's increasing freedom of choice all the time -- we haven't come up with anything quite as astute, subversive or beautiful as Ways of Seeing since. Not on the BBC, and not even -- especially not -- on the internet. Download it while you still can."
posted by vronsky at 2:06 PM PST - 32 comments
If you find yourself in Finland
on the evening of April 30th or on May 1st, you must be aware of the following information. Today is Vappu.
Also known as Walpurgis Night, Vappu is a traditional holiday in Finland, and there are a number of unique social customs and dress you must be aware of in order to avoid embarrassment and ridicule. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments
Homer Simpson in CSS
"...I stayed with the idea in mind that more complex designs could be made using the Verdana font and absolute positioning in CSS, thus generating vector drawings directly embedded in the code html." [via]
posted by mewithoutyou at 12:15 PM PST - 52 comments
Want a highway-speed in-production electric car right now
and can't afford a Tesla Roadster
? The now defunct Corbin Sparrow
has been re-born as the NmG
("No More Gas") from Myers Motors. It uses 12 lead-acid batteries (1-4yr life), 70+mph, 30 mile range, about $50k. It's not for everybody but - in the US - it's currently the only other pure EV option available (that's not a conversion
or low-speed). However if you can wait a couple years more EV's are in development
posted by stbalbach at 11:11 AM PST - 32 comments
is an amazing video sharing site for indigenous filmmakers. Isuma
is perhaps best known for their incredible work on films set in arctic Canada (Atarnarjuat
, Journals of Knud Rasmussen
and the upcoming Before Tomorrow
). Isuma.tv is a fantastic place to work by all sorts of First Nations film makers and is a much needed voice for the generally ignored indigenous artists.
Isuma was last discussed on Metafilter in 2002.
posted by dogbusonline at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments
Well, that's one less Carolina flying squirrel, but having it for dinner might actually help keep them around. A list of endangered American species once common on the dinner table has become a book
, its author, Gary Paul Nabham, encouraging the reader to keep disappearing
local culinary traditions alive
. Endangered Dinners
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:45 AM PST - 26 comments
, derived from fuku (to blow
), is one of the more infamous meals you can order, celebrated in haiku and pop culture
. It's popular enough, however, that there are "farms" raising 10,000 tons of blowfish
the Japanese consume each year.
Adam Platt, the latest American to document the dish, dines out on fugu six ways
: fugu sashimi, fried fugu ribs, hot fugu porridge, smoked fugu fins, and two variations of "white babies". [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 8:08 AM PST - 46 comments